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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Glenn Maxwell flies in as Ashes cover for injured Australian opener David Warner

Glenn Maxwell has been summoned as cover for David Warner but the vice-captain remains "very confident" he will be fully fit for the Ashes opener which begins in Brisbane on Thursday.Warner recovered from a stiff neck to bat in the nets on Wednesday during Australia's final session before the first Test.
The aggressive opener twinged his neck while taking a high catch at the Gabba on Tuesday morning.He was in obvious discomfort when he attempted to bat on Tuesday, lasting only two throwdowns before trudging off to the rooms for treatment."He's very confident and he says he'll be right to go," captain Steve Smith said.
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Warner received treatment on his neck at yesterday's net session

A helmet-less Warner had a 30-minute net session at The Gabba, facing some throwdowns from assistant coach John Davison.The left-hander looked slightly uncomfortable at stages early in the session and grimaced in discomfort when playing some shots. But he finished with a couple of booming pull shots and some fluid straight drives before speaking with team doctor Richard Saw and heading to the rooms.The left-hander reported some stiffness whenever he moved his head backwards, but his light-hearted suggestion that he could even adopt the unusual front-on batting stance of West Indian great Shivnarine Chanderpaul suggests he's unconcerned heading into his first Ashes campaign as vice-captain. "He said he'll even bat like Shivnarine Chanderpaul if he has to and face the other way, so I think he'll be alright," Smith said.
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Warner confident for first Test after neck injury

Australian Test opener David Warner appeared to suffer a neck injury in a training session in Brisbane days out from the Ashes. The team were conducting fielding drills when an awkwardly taken catch caused him to hurt his neck. Warner immediately sought attention from medical staff who took him to the Gabba sheds for further treatment.
Warner returned for a net session with the bat soon after but was calling for the team doctor after facing just two balls. It's a worrying sign for the Australian team with only two days till the first Test gets underway in Brisbane where Warner is expected to team up with debutant Cameron Bancroft at the top of the batting order. In a press conference after the incident, Warner told reporters he should be fine to play despite the unfortunate timing of the injury. "My neck is quite stiff," Warner said.
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Jake Lehmann's name did the rounds but he failed to make the cut

Jake Lehmann, the talented, flamboyant left-hander did his chances no harm by making useful runs in the Sheffield Shield. The fact that he was the son of national team coach, Darren Lehmann, further enhanced his chances, or so everyone thought. Even Steven Smith, the skipper, was impressed by what little he had seen of Lehmann.
"He almost bats the same as 'Boof' [Darren Lehmann], stays very leg-side of the ball and frees his hands and takes the game on," Smith had said. "He must have played really well this week in Melbourne and he's obviously started his career pretty well as well, so I'm sure he's going to keep improving."But, unfortunately, the Aussie selectors wanted someone with a lot more experience and hence Lehmann missed out while Shaun Marsh found his way back in.
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Hilton Cartwright missed out despite showing a lot of promise in his short Test career thus far

Hilton Cartwright must be among the most unlucky figures in Australia. He replaced Mitchell Marsh in the Aussie squad for the Pakistan Test series at home and despite showing a lot of promise, was dropped in favour of Marsh again when the Indian touring party was announced.
However, his recent Shield form worked against him. The Western Warriors' batting all-rounder had a dismal season, with just one half-century from six innings, averaging 25.33. A pair of ducks against the NSW Blues further damaged his chances of making the Ashes squad. He was ineffective with the ball too, taking just one wicket.
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Maxwell missed out on the no.6 spot

Shaun Marsh overtook a slew of contenders to make it to the squad, the most prominent among them being Glenn Maxwell. The off-spinning all-rounder made a resounding comeback in the longest format of the game in India, notching a hundred in Ranchi, looking as good as anyone else in the Australian side during the series.
While he isn't the first choice no.6 in these conditions, he could have provided the Aussies with an X-factor in the middle-order. Instead, Maxwell will have to turn out for his Shield side after being considered surplus to requirements.
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Renshaw will continue to train in the background after missing out

David Warner's partner at the top for the past twelve months, Matt Renshaw, a stoic, courageous, talented youngster missed out despite faring quite well compared to his colleagues on the Indian tour. A slew of poor scores in the Sheffield Shield affected Renshaw's chances as did the performance of Cameron Bancroft, who will now partner Warner at the top.
The southpaw has made 623 runs at 36.64 in six Tests for his nation, but hasn't managed a half-century in his previous nine innings although his temperament, maturity and composure at the crease complemented Warner's aggression quite well. He will now need some runs in the Shield to put himself back in contention.
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Nevill was set to replace Wade but the selectors sprung a surprise

It was a surprise that Australia decided to drop Peter Nevill in the first place. An extremely good wicket-keeper, Nevill though did not have enough runs to stake his claim although the incumbent, Matthew Wade, was himself short on runs. Steven Smith had urged Nevill to be more vocal behind the stumps a couple of weeks back and that lack of "Australian" aggression seems to have sidelined him.
But Wade wasn't the one eventually selected as the Aussies opted for Tim Paine's glovework and batting talent. However, this decision received a lot of flak since the Australian hasn't scored a hundred in first-class cricket since 2006. Nevill, meanwhile, had played a couple of gritty knocks before being dumped and is arguably the best keeper in the country.
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Tim Paine will be playing his first Test match in seven years

Seven hand surgeries and seven years in the Test wilderness - Tim Paine understandably thought his baggy green dreams had passed by.The wicketkeeper played four Tests for Australia in 2010 but a broken finger in an exhibition game in Brisbane late that year saw him sidelined and his stocks fall.Brad Haddin, Peter Nevill and Matthew Wade wore the Test gloves at different times while Paine picked up a handful of limited overs appearances for Australia as he battled to get on top of ongoing hand problems.But a lack of runs from now-Tassie teammate Wade means Paine, 32, has been thrown the unlikeliest of comebacks in the Ashes series opener against England at the Gabba next week."I feel like I'm about to make my Test debut again," he said in Hobart on Friday afternoon.
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Chappell shocked by Ashes squad

Former Australian captain and Channel Nine commentator Ian Chappell has expressed his shock at some of the decisions made by Australian selectors ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, describing the call to drop Matt Renshaw and Glenn Maxwell as 'very surprising'.But in his exclusive chat with Wide World of Sports the Australian cricket legend said
the biggest surprise of all was saved for who was selected as Australia's wicket-keeper, with Tim Paine set to take the gloves for the first time since 2010."That was a huge shock to me.""They obviously think Tim Paine's the best gloveman. "I'm surprised, particularly seeing he hasn't kept much, and he hasn't kept at all for Tasmania this season."
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Australia name Ashes squad for first two Ashes Tests

Australia have confirmed their selection bombshell by sensationally recalling Tim Paine following a seven-year absence from Test cricket, with the wicketkeeper set to take the gloves for the Magellan Ashes.

Australia Squad for first two Tests: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb,

Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers.
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Tim Paine steps up push for Test cause with half-century against England

He hasn’t been able to get a game for Tasmania, but Tim Paine has still found a way to push his Ashes cause.Paine was the top scorer in Cricket Australia XI’s first innings against England at Adelaide Oval on day two of their four-day pink ball encounter.
Along the way the Tasmanian helped himself to five boundaries — including one six — against an English attack headlined by the in-form James Anderson. And before that he took a sharp catch off the edge of Jonny Bairstow, showing soft hands up to the stumps against a quicker, flatter ball from young leg-spinner Daniel Fallins.
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Womens Ashes 2017 Schedule

First ODI Australia won by two wickets
Second ODI Australia won by 75 runs (DLS method)
Third ODI England won by 20 runs (DLS method)
Day-Night Test North Sydney Oval, November 9-12
First T20 North Sydney Oval, November 17
North Sydney Charity Partner: McGrath Foundation
Second T20 Manuka Oval, November 19
Third T20 Manuka Oval, November 21
Canberra Charity Partner: Lord's Taverners ACT
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Chris Gayle wins defamation lawsuit against Fairfax Media

Chris Gayle is asking more than $400,000 to do a tell-all interview about his Sydney court win, declaring his exclusive account of suing Fairfax Media for defamation would be "like a movie".The West Indian cricket star has claimed on Twitter he was taken lightly ahead of his legal proceedings against
Fairfax over articles it published claiming he exposed himself to a female massage therapist.Gayle also suggested there was manoeuvring to have him banned from cricket.The powerful opening batsman said the 60 Minutes-styled interview would be awarded to the highest bidder."I have a very interested successful story to tell!! It can be an exclusive 60mins interview or y'all just have to wait on my next book!" he said.
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