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Friday, 23 February 2018

Chris Lynn’s chances of playing IPL 2018 for KKR gets big boost

Australia cricketer Chris Lynn’s manager Stephen Atkinson has stated that the star opener doesn’t need to undergo a surgery after the T20 specialist hurt his shoulder during the final of the tri-series in New Zealand.“Chris got a positive result from the doctors who said he will not need surgery,” Atkinson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “Chris is disappointed at missing the Pakistan Super League but he will be making every effort to play in the Indian Premier League and, if selected, the five ODIs for Australia in England in June.”A media release sent by Cricket Australia on Friday read: “Chris has undergone scans which confirmed some of the expected signs of a shoulder dislocation including bleeding in the joint along with some cartilage and ligament damage. After consultation with a specialist, at this stage we have confirmed that Chris does not need to undergo stabilisation surgery on his shoulder.“He will now undergo extensive rehabilitation to give us a better idea of how his shoulder will cope with return to normal function, with a view to being available to play in the IPL and the short-form series in the UK in June. We will have a better understanding of how possible this will be in a few weeks, once we know how he is responding to the rehabilitation,” the release said.
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Steve O'Keefe will return from injury for NSW in their Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania

Fringe Test spinner Steve O'Keefe will return from a leg injury for NSW against Tasmania for their Sheffield Shield clash, starting on Saturday.O'Keefe, who was hurt in an innocuous fielding mishap during a Big Bash game on January 1, will replace injured quick Mickey Edwards at the SCG.He is one of three frontline spinners in the 14-man squad, joining Will Somerville and Dan Fallins, who claimed four wickets on debut in the last round.The Blues (27.54) sit third on the Shield ladder, just under five points behind first-placed Queensland (31.92), while Tasmania (29.14) are second.Tigers tweakers Jarrod Freeman and Mac Wright will travel to Sydney and are a chance to make their Shield debuts.Queensland have again named an unchanged side to play South Australia at the Adelaide Oval, with Joe Burns still recovering from a groin injury also sustained in the Big Bash.Australian T20 performers Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell will return for Victoria against Western Australia at the WACA, with Finch replacing Test squad member Peter Handscomb as captain.
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Ali said Australia's reaction to the Ashes was 'disappointing'

Moeen Ali has taken a swipe at Australian cricket fans while declaring the future of Test cricket looks grim.The all-rounder addressed the media in New Zealand as England prepares for its ODI campaign against the Kiwis and he didn’t hold back.It's no secret the lure of Test cricket has been under question for some time with T20 proving to be a real hit with younger audiences.And even though the Ashes has long been regarded as cricket’s showpiece event, Moeen was quick to throw shade over the longer form of the game.“It’s been a worry for a while but Australia really opened my eyes. I found it disappointing,” he said.“I feared (for the future) in the Ashes, actually. The crowds were quite disappointing in general.“There were a couple of days — Boxing Day, the first day of the series — but even when they won the Ashes there weren’t that many people celebrating.
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Yorkshire have signed at 6ft 8in, Billy Stanlake for this season's T20 Blast

The 23-year-old, who has played six T20 internationals, is set to play a minimum of 12 games for the Vikings.Stanlake helped Australia win the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 tri-series, featuring New Zealand and England, on Wednesday."It'll be a great experience and hopefully an exciting few weeks," he said. "It's a huge club with great history and tradition and I've only heard positive things from the guys who have been there in the past."Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon added: "We're delighted to have Billy on board."He's someone I noticed when I went out to see Jason Gillespie in the Big Bash. He's a tall, fast bowler with pace and is a wicket-taking option for us."Stanlake joins New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson as one of Yorkshire's overseas players for the T20 Blast.
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Monday, 19 February 2018

'Fierce' BBL behind Australia's T20 rise

Fierce competition in BBL is behind Australia's rapid rise up the international T20 ranks and potential capture of the No.1 spot, all-rounder Ashton Agar says.Australia were ranked seventh among T20 nations earlier this month but will become No.1 by beating New Zealand in Auckland on Wednesday.Big-hitting Glenn Maxwell and the BBL's leading run-scorer D'Arcy Short have been among the players to translate stand-out BBL form into match-winning performances during the recent T20I tri-series.Both have scored more than 200 runs in four appearances in the international series.Agar said a group of his teammates had been picked at the top of their form that had been developed in a "pretty fierce" competition."Playing against some of the world's best players and then coming over here with that momentum has made a big difference," he told RSN on Tuesday.
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Australian cricket legend Alex Blackwell retires after stellar 15-year career

Australia's most-capped female cricketer, Alex Blackwell, says she wanted to leave the game while still at her peak.But although the Australian vice-captain and long-serving NSW skipper announced her retirement from international and state cricket on Monday, she promised she wouldn't be lost to the game.Blackwell, 34, has long been a key figure for both club and country, as well as for Women's Big Bash League club Sydney Thunder, where she will continue to play.Nevertheless, the consistent run-scorer decided this season she would end her involvement in an Australian career that has brought a record 251 appearances across all three formats and included five ICC World Cup wins."It is really nice to retire at a time when I feel when my game has never been stronger," Blackwell told reporters at the SCG.Blackwell has created an extensive on-field resume that started with a one-day international against England in early 2003.NSW is looking earn a 19th title in the 22-year history of the WNCL, with Blackwell having won 13 previous titles.

ALEX BLACKWELL STATS:

Tests - 12 Runs - 444 Highest score - 74 Average - 22.20
ODI's - 144 Runs - 3492 Highest score - 114 Average - 36
T20s - 95 Runs - 1314 Highest score - 61 Average - 21.19

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Former coach John Buchanan slams Australian ODI side

Former coach John Buchanan has slammed the performance of the Australian ODI side, saying the team “lost its way” during the recent series against England.Coming off the back of the 4-0 Ashes victory, Australia slumped to a 4-1 defeat to a revitalised England in the 50-over format of the game.The series was notable for the poor form with the bat of both Smith and opener David Warner, with the pair failing to post a 50 in a combined 10 innings.“When compared to the English side, Steve Smith’s team is clearly in a developmental phase, and certainly cannot be considered a powerhouse in the 50-over form of the game,” Buchanan wrote on his website.With the next World Cup to be played in England in 2019, bookmakers Neds have Australia as $4 favourites to retain the trophy they won at home in 2015.Buchanan says Australia’s ODI team is too heavily influenced by skills from the Test match arena.“T20 cricket will be the major building block to playing all forms of cricket into the future,” Buchanan wrote.Australia’s ODI form has been woeful in the last 12 months in ODIs, winning just two of their last 15 matches.
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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Team India to pull out of the upcoming ICC event?

A lot has been speculated over the plan of International Cricket Council to take away hosting rights of Champions Trophy in 2021 and World Cup in 2023. The reason for the same is the Indian Government’s continued resistance over giving ICC a tax exemption. However, BCCI has warned the apex body now about invoking the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) as the threat of losing the rights of ICC events looms large. India were awarded the hosting rights of ICC Champions Trophy and World Cup in 2021 and 2023 recently. But the concerns were raised by ICC officials when the Indian Government denied offering tax exemption despite continued efforts from both BCCI and the apex body of cricket. Meanwhile, there were also reports that Pakistan had offered to ICC to host the Mini-World Cup (as they as) and also cleared that their government would provide the required tax exemption for the event.
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New Zealand advance to final despite two-run loss to England

Eoin Morgan, Man of the Match: Not that good a feeling as we have not made it through. 174 was the total we were trying to defend but we could not. We fought really well. We played the best game of the tournament today and we failed to qualify. It was a bit difficult with the dew around. The groundsmen prepared a wonderful wicket for the crowds to be entertained and full credit to him. We will rest for a couple of days. A few days off and then the preparations start for the One-day series.
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Colin Munro sets a new T20I record

4.6 over for Willey to Munro, SIX, he's at it again .. getting his name into the fastest 50s list - an 18-baller. It's the same script, leg-line, full bat swing and long-on. Join the dots.
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Eoin Morgan scored an unbeaten knock of 80 from 46 balls against New Zealand

 All smash this. Well whoever came in, came in with some wierd sort of timing in them to keep smoking it into the stands. But England needed this. Mind you, they're winless as of now in the tournament and need to win by over 20 runs in keeping with the NRR math to make it through. And what a difference Morgan's return made, 80 off 46, stepping up the gas in the middle overs, especially after the subdued start. Malan gave him good company, and the rest chipped in with more than useful cameos. So then, 175, tiny boundaries, two spinners, against a line-up making 243 a couple of nights ago.
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Dawid Malan continues his rich form in T20Is

11.3 over for Ish Sodhi to Malan, SIX, brings up his fifty with a biggie! Free-hit fetches Malan half a dozen. Waits for the tossed up delivery, gets down on his knee and slaughters it over the mid-wicket fence. Plenty of power on that as it went way back in the stands.
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Can Virat Kohli go past Sachin Tendulkar?

It was a day where I felt really good. Last game I wasn't in the right mindset. Today I was feeling really good. Just decided to start timing the ball. Beautiful place to bat under lights. That was the whole idea of bowling first. They had to try something. I like setting up for the short ball as well. If I get into good positions, I feel like I can get boundaries off those short balls. It was a blessing to get so many short balls up front. They kept bowling short. In the day it was really slow. At night time the ball came on beautifully. It's been a roller-coaster tour till now. People who contribute off the field, they deserve a lot of credit as well. My wife who keeps me motivated deserves a lot of credit. She's been criticized a lot in the past. But she's one person who's kept me going throughout the tour. You want to lead from the front with your performances.
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Most runs for a visiting captain in a tour against the home team

Virat Kohli produced a dominant show in India’s tour of South Africa as he amassed 558 in the 6-match ODI series which are over 200 runs more than the 2nd highest run-getter. On his way to 558, Kohli became the first player in the ODI history to aggregate 500 runs in a bilateral series. Kohli stood as the top scorer in the Test series with 286 runs including which he made a total of 844 runs in the nine games on this tour so far to give himself a realistic chance of finishing with 1000 runs.With the 844 runs in nine matches, Kohli now holds the record for scoring most runs in an away tour against the home team while leading his side. In this process, Virat Kohli surpassed Graeme Smith’s tally of 803 runs against the England team in South Africa’s 2003 tour of Europe. In fact, Smith aggregated 937 runs in that tour that included his runs against the Windies team who were a part of the Triangular ODI series along with England and South Africa.
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