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Ashes Cricket (PS4) GTC: Oh Jonny Good!

 

England - West Indies Squads

Following successive defeats to South Africa and Sri Lanka in the opening rounds of the Global Test Championship fixtures, England return home to take on the West Indies at Jimmy Anderson’s hunting ground, Old Trafford.

Stokes Injured

We have made the 1 change to our playing XI which is enforced as Ben Stokes picked up an unfortunate hamstring injury whilst fielding late in the Sri Lanka game. This injury will side line Stokes for the next two matches as he looks to return and be ready for after the GTC fixture break. Stokes is only one of four batsmen to score over 100 runs in the England squad but was used sparingly and ineffectively with the ball and regardless of injury, his role was under pressure.

Jonny Bairstow NO.3 (2)

His replacement is the experienced wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow who makes the step up from the bench and straight into the line of fire at 3. An average of 39.77 with 17 fifties and 3 tons will undeniably improve our line up after not being selected due to the fantastic form of incumbent keeper Ben Foakes, who incidentally will keep the gloves.

Joe Denly

Kent’s Joe Denly comes into the 15 man squad as a batsman (and occasional leg spin bowler) who is capable of playing anywhere in the line up. His versatility and experience at the age of 32, will unquestionably boost our chances at a successful GTC campaign yet his last international match was in 2010.  He joins allrounder Sam Curran, fast bowler Mark Wood and fellow fast bowler David Willey, who replaces spinner Jack Leach due to the more favourable seaming conditions in Lancashire, on the side lines for the Windies encounter. The never give up motto has been applied by Denly!

England - West Indies Intro (2)

West Indies come into the contest off the back of a devastating loss to Bangladesh, who chased down 431 for the loss of only 4 wickets on a degrading Day 4, and a 201 run defeat to the Australians and will be looking like England to get their campaign started. Leg spinner Devendra Bishoo replaces the out of sorts seam bowler Kemar Roach with the conditions at Old Trafford profitable to some turn.

Be sure to revisit the site to see if Joe Root and his men can bounce back from consecutive defeats and collect their first Global Test Championship points with a positive result against the Windies. Many thanks for your support.

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Big Bash 08 Season

 

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Another BBL season over and what a year it was! Blazing sixes, smashing wickets, remarkable fielding and some sensational catches plus stories, BBL 08 was right up there. It cured our winter blues and reignited our Australian spirit for cricket after a chaotic year of cricket. It was our filling between a Test match series in West Indies and Sri Lanka! As per each year, there were some stand out players and others that flopped in the hot Aussie conditions as Short Leg will inform you on all the interesting stats from the Big Bash!

https://www.bigbash.com.au/stats

Top Run Scorers 

D’Arcy Short 637 (Hobart Hurricanes) Matthew Wade 592 (Hobart Hurricanes) Marcus Stoinis 533 (Melbourne Stars) Callum Ferguson 442 (Sydney Thunder) Daniel Hughes 399 (Sydney Sixers) Chris Lynn 385 (Brisbane Heat) Ashton Turner 378 (Perth Scorchers) Ben McDermott 376 (Hobart Hurricanes) George Bailey 363 (Hobart Hurricanes) Jono Wells 359 (Adelaide Strikers)

Top Wicket Takers

Kane Richardson 24 (Melbourne Renegades) Sean Abbott 22 (Sydney Sixers) Steve O’Keefe 21 (Sydney Sixers) Josh Lalor 20 (Brisbane Heat) Tom Curran 20 (Sydney Sixers) Rashid Khan 19 (Adelaide Strikers) Jofra Archer 18 (Hobart Hurricanes) James Faulkner 18 (Hobart Hurricanes) Andrew Tye 17 (Perth Scorchers) Riley Meredith 16 (Hobart Hurricanes)

Wicket Keeper Dismissals

Josh Philippe 12 (Sydney Sixers) Alex Carey 11 (Adelaide Strikers) Matthew Wade 10 (Hobart Hurricanes) Sam Harper 8 (Melbourne Renegades) Peter Handscomb 6 (Melbourne Stars) Jimmy Peirson 6 (Brisbane Heat) Seb Gotch 6 (Melbourne Stars) Cameron Bancroft 5 (Perth Scorchers) Jay Lenton 3 ( Sydney Thunder) Baxter Holt 3 (Sydney Thunder)

Catches win Matches

Melbourne Renegades = 69 ; 18 dropped Melbourne Stars = 65 ; 18 dropped Sydney Thunder = 60 ; 14 dropped Adelaide Strikers = 60 ; 15 dropped Brisbane Heat = 58 ; 17 dropped Perth Scorchers = 53 ; 17 dropped Sydney Sixers = 53 ; 14 dropped Hobart Hurricanes = 47 ; 12 dropped

Season in Numbers

2 Hundreds were scored in BBL 08 and both were from Sydney Thunder (Callum Ferguson 113 NO vs Perth Scorchers + Shane Watson 100 vs Brisbane Heat)

3 Melbourne Renegades players made a fifty in their season winning campaign

6.04 was the best economy rate achieved this year by Brisbane Heat and Afghanistan mystery teen spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman

11.17 was the worst economy rate achieved this year by Sydney Thunder bowler Nathan McAndrew, who only featured in 4 matches. 

524 was the amount of sixes hit with top run scorer D’Arcy Short notching up 22 just ahead of Chris Lynn and Matthew Wade on 21.

1344 fours were scored with D’Arcy Short leading the way again with 65, 16 ahead of the second highest of Marcus Stoinis

460 catches were taken throughout the competition however there was 125 catches dropped.

22 was the amount of players used by the victorious Melbourne Renegades

74 balls were faced by allrounder Simon Milenko (Hobart Hurricanes) who played in each game.

games the Hobart Hurricanes went unchanged before Jake Doran replaced Alex Doolan for their Melbourne Stars regular round robin match.

191 fours were hit by the Sydney Sixers whilst also taking third best 88 wickets.

166.07 was the highest Strike Rate scored by the flamboyant Adelaide Strikers leg spinner and power hitter Rashid Khan.

Finally, 120 was the top Highest Opening Partnership between D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade of the Hobart Hurricanes.

It was a ripper of a season down in Australia who now have the conclusion of the 4 day  Sheffield Shield with 4 rounds left before the season closing Final. Following this BBL post, there will be a Team of the Season round up as well as Short Leg handing out a variety of awards including Fan Catch (or Attempt of the Year). Thanks for the continued support and I look forward to posting more cricket content soon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ashes Cricket GTC (PS4): England vs Sri Lanka – A new Smiling Assassin!

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Following our lame defeat at the hands of the touring South Africa side at Trent Bridge, we hit the road and the sky and travelled overseas for the first time in the Global Test Championship with the aim of registering our inaugural Championship points at the desirable curtailment of Sri Lanka. 

Root 4 for 56

For the second consecutive time, we were inserted into a bat and we made history in the GTC but not in the ideal way. Lahiru Kumara ripped through our top order leaving us reeling at 3-29 in similar circumstances to the South Africa match with Jennings (1), Burns (14) and Stokes (4) falling foul of the extra pace on show. Jos Buttler’s expertise against spin started expansively and captain Root looked in prime form before left arm spin curtailed his innings for the third successive time. 

Foakes 5 for 74

The tourists were 5-87 at home to the Proteas and found themselves 5-74 in Sri Lanka within the first session with Foakes (0) the fifth to depart having made 1 and 85 against South Africa. However, Foakes’ excellent glove work and standout innings in the two test matches so far leaves his place at the moment is unthreatened. 

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Chris Woakes bowled for a golden duck by Dilruwan Perera as Sri Lanka reduced us from 68-3 to 74-7

Spin was at the forefront of the Sri Lankan bowling and heavily speculated to who would fill the massive void of the experienced Rangana Hearth left. But, both Dilruwan Perera and Malinda Pushpakumara delivered when they needed to taking 9 combined wickets across both innings. Buttler fell LBW for 21 sweeping in front of the canny Perera who executed a great plan and his slower arm ball yorked Woakes (0) crushing England to 74-7 

Rashid and Ali 50 partnership

The tourists stabilized themselves from their precarious position with new inclusion Rashid combining with the Beard that is Moeen Ali and putting on an important 78 together momentarily denting Sri Lankan hopes of an early tea. Rashid has 10 first class centuries to his name alongside 37 half centuries and enhanced his batting credentials (mostly in the 2nd innings), one of the little positives we will take away from this encounter.

Moeen Ali 50 to 90

Moeen Ali smashed an unbeaten 90 and has been England’s most consistent performer in the GTC so far with 7 wickets @ 29.71.

Rashid departed for a gusty 13 and it seemed all hope was lost but Ali ventured on dominating the strike and hitting boundaries at aplomb. England’s tail was wrapped up quickly with Broad (2) and Anderson (0) failing to stay at the crease leaving Ali stranded on 90, which was exactly half of our total!

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An image summing up our efforts and performances in the Global Test Championship

Sri Lanka made good use of the extended period to bat on Day 1 with just under half of the day to build a healthy lead reaching 50 within no time. Opener Karunratne fell for 23 to the leg spin of Rashid just after 50 but keeper Samarawickrama and exciting talent Danajaya Da Silva developing an untouchable partnership. We toiled hard in tricky conditions for bowling with the pitch flattening out and the batsman maintaining their control. Veterans Broad and Anderson failed to lead the line with their conventional accuracy and wicket taking success as our spinners led with favourable turn and bounce which complimented Ali and Rashid but to largely no avail early on.

Run out or Not

We felt aggrieved at some umpiring decisions over the course of the match and this run out appeal from Burns was wrongly rejected or rightly dismissed?

dhanjaya de silva 84

Moeen Ali managed to rip one just enough to provide the edge which Foakes took comfortably with Samarawickrama departing for an elegant 56. Runs though were hard to stop with De Silva and now Gunathilaka settling against the varied England attack which caused threats with seam and spin but not sustained pressure. The Barmy Army though stayed in full voice right until the end of the day and it was maybe the singing that caused bedlam at the wicket with De Silva playing a rash shot on 84 nicking behind off the bowling of Woakes (catch above.) The last over ploy from Woakes with men around the bat setting up for the bouncer before bowling a pin point leg cutter. Day 1 finished with Sri Lanka 209-3.

We started Day 2 on a high and our rejuvenated attack struck with the second ball of the day as Matthews succumbed to Woakes’ cunning ploy, Rashid taking a smart catch. Ben Stokes hasn’t featured with the ball much in the GTC but proved golden arm with the tenacious Gunathilaka nicking behind for a well made 36. Keepers Chandimal and Dickwella rebuilt after a mini collapse but weren’t given an inch by England in a spirited bowling performance.

Root bowling

A composed 59 run partnership was ended by Rashid who found enough turn to dismiss Dickwella (24) before the introduction of captain Joe Root worked a treat as his clever off spin bowling cannoned into Chandimal'(39) middle stump leaving Sri Lanka 6-280.

Flying Foakes

Foakes taking a remarkable catch ending the Sri Lankan 1st innings.

England swiftly wrapped up the tail as Lakmal (1) and Pushpakumara (19) falling to Rashid (6-109) for his fourth victim in the 1st innings whilst Kumara (2) failed to impress with the bat gaining Ali his 4th and promoting him to our leading wicket taker in the GTC. 

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Provided the rapid nature of the match, we were intent on getting off to a good start in order to build a respectful lead. After a promising start, Burns departed for a solid 22 to a vicious Lakmal bouncer and Ben Stokes (4 & 1) increased the pressure and questions over his role in the squad, departing for 1. Jennings and Root both needed to ease the pressure on their positions and duly set about creating a successful partnership. Root in particular displayed a different side to his innings playing a more aggressive role with Jennings methodically making his first half ton in a lot of matches.

Hey Keaton

However, Kumara proved the villain and broke the stumps off Jennings which left him bamboozled and England still 25 runs behind. What followed was the England we know and love! 136-3 to 170-7! Perera took both keepers Buttler (7) and Foakes (4) before 1st innings hero Moeen Ali was bowled for 6 by Pushpakumara and Woakes (5) nicked to 3rd slip off Kumara.

Root 100

Root though stood tallest of all and whacked an important 114 in tough Sri Lankan conditions to temporarily restore English pride and passion into a lead which would be competitive chase. Adil Rashid merited his inclusion to the Test XI with a swashbuckling and attacking 68 with an 110 run partnership plus an 11th wicket partnership with Jimmy Anderson of 40 runs with Anderson adding 8. We ended up with 303 in a more spirited and determined batting innings yet we knew that 159 with 2 and a half days left would be a comfortable chase for the hosts if we didn’t take early wickets. 

Umpire sri lanka batting

Jimmy Anderson had a disappointing time with the ball in the 1st innings but was clearly fired up and broke through the defence of Karunratne (6). Then, a fortuitous umpiring decision by Aleem Dar meant that De Silva (15) was dismissed to Rashid through to Foakes’ 5th catch of the match. Sri Lanka were then reduced to 3-52 when Anderson produced some magic to run out opener Samarawickrama (27) – a top quality effort from the England and Lancashire veteran. 

Run out sri lanka batting

A direct hit from Anderson (0-32 & 1-27) giving England some hope.

Gunathilaka and Matthews though had other ideas and put on a mammoth and crushing 100 partnership with Gunathilaka reaching 50 through innovation. Rashid capped off his impressive GTC start and dismissed Matthews (47) to end the match with 6-109 and valuable lower order runs. Gunathilaka then scored the winning runs sparking excitement on the Sri Lankan balcony and despair for England with two defeats on the bounce. 

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This was an emphatic and hammer blow win for Sri Lanka who seem to have found some form after their opening victory against Bangladesh. A first innings bowling display which saw the tourists all out within 50 overs set the tone for a big victory. It was the shortest GTC innings to date and a sign of collapse and frailty in the England line up. Sri Lanka mainly had contributions with the ball as Kumara, Perera, Pushpakumara and Lakmal took noteworthy wickets. With the bat, De Silva starred with 84 as their depth in batting wasn’t nearly as tested as their previous game against Bangladesh. 

The first two matches have definitely been an experience and disappointing for us. 7 players have made individual half centuries whilst Root has been the only one to convert to a ton. In both matches, crumbling with the bat in the first innings has been the major difference between winning and losing as we scored over 300 in the second innings of both games. Joe Root is our top scorer with 168 with only Buttler, Ali and Stokes reaching above 100 runs. Our lower order do put on some runs though with Rashid and Broad scoring more than our two incumbent openers. In terms of bowling, Moeen Ali leads the way with 7 followed by fellow spinner Rashid as seamers Broad (2), Anderson (5) and Woakes (5) have struggled so far with the pink ball. There have been few influential and decisive contributions made so far. However, the atmosphere is still positive as we are intent on revenge to get our Global Test Championship rolling. 

Our next match sees us return home to the sunny skies of Lancashire, for the Old Trafford Test Match, to take on the West Indies who are also in the same boat after being defeated in their first 2 encounters. Pundits and speculation is rife over the squad, and changes can be expected with Jonny Bairstow amongst others in contention to feature with the apparent injury to Ben Stokes ruling himself out of the next 2 matches. However, we will review conditions prior to confirming any amendments to the squad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who to Watch: IPL 2019 Special! – Indian Players Part 2

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Kolkata Knight Riders 2019 Team courtesy of kkr.in

Chaitanya Bishnoi (Chennai Super Kings)

The 24 year old left arm allrounder has had a whirlwind career including making his First Class debut for Durham and has yet to progress into the CSK side and make his mark on the domestic T20 competition. A left arm orthodox bowler is more known for his gritty first class batting display in challenging times with crucial half centuries in the Vijay – Haraze Trophy over the past two years. He has made 15 First class fifties, 5 List A fifties and 1 T20 fifty but is missing that valuable century with a high score of 65. His record with the ball is also adequate but not spectacular and with the depth of CSK spinners (Ravi Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner and Kedav Jadav) he will struggle to find a place in the side. However, Bishnoi is an experienced domestic player who deserves a chance in this campaign to see if he is up to it. 

Abhishek Sharma (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

A talented 18 year old who has already had some IPL experience looks set for some time at the crease with ball and bat. Another left handed allrounder who bowls some handy left arm leg spin to compliment his main batting ability. Having only played 7 First Class matches, Sharma has scored 326 runs with a high score of 94 with two fifties, but his List A record has an average of only 16. But, IPL 2018 showcased his potential as in 2 innings he scored 63 at a strike rate of 190.90 for Delhi including a masterstroke of an innings of 46NO. His debut match for First Class was 2017 and his rise through the ranks could help his chance of featuring as he plays alongside Rashid Khan, David Warner and Kane Williamson in an experienced line up. 

Siddhesh Lad (Mumbai Indians)

At 26 years of age, Lad is one of the older and more experienced players that I have selected and he has had a long but infrequent career in the IPL. Having signed on for Mumbai Indians in 2015, the steady batsmen has featured only four times throughout the editions. He has made his name though in the First Class level as he brought up his 3000th run in November and completed the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 as Mumbai’s leading run scorer with 652 runs in 7 matches. Lad has 8 centuries and 22 half centuries at the first class level but his one day skills are equal if not better. In List A cricket, he averages 46.45 with 4 centuries and 3 half centuries whilst in T20’s he goes at a strike rate of 120.51. Known as a steady batsman, Lad provides a handy off spin option with his record in T20’s impressive with 7 @ 27. He is currently featuring for India A against the England Lions and if he continues his form, he could be a crucial player for the Indians. 

Nikhil Naik (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Naik is a newer player who has featured sparingly in Indian competitions and formats across all levels however his promise has got him a contract at KKR. The 24 year old has played 2 IPL matches for the Kings XI Punjab but failed to impress there and up until this year, he hadn’t played a First Class match. An occasional wicketkeeper but his batting is him main strength with over 1000 runs scored across List A (640) and T20 (562) formats all together. With high scores of 78 and 70NO in List A and T20 cricket, Naik has performed admirably with a 30+ average. His ability to keep could see him feature more often this edition with only Dinesh Kartik the other recognised keeper. If Naik gets a chance, I hope to see him do well as his stats say he could be a fantastic player. 

That is the conclusion of the IPL 2019 Indian players preview with an Overseas preview soon to be on the site which will analyse the choices from the 8 franchises. There will be plenty more content on this site and I am very grateful and thankful to those that have supported, helped, liked, commented and viewed as it has been instrumental in the continuation of this site. 

अलविदा और आशा है कि आप जल्द ही वापस देख (goodbye and hope to see you soon)

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Cricket Captain 2018: Disappointing Defeats – T20I Series Round Robin

Game 3: Pakistan vs Australia 

Game 3 result

With the table hotting up, approaching the final two round robin matches, Australia encountered Pakistan in the UAE looking to qualify automatically for the final.

Game 3 Pak batting scorecard

Pakistan began the innings with the same intent they showed at the end of their innings in the first game courtesy of a Sarfraz 61 as Zaman and Farhan took the mantle dispatching Short and Faulkner early on. Jhye Richardson has been the find of the season so far for Australia (in for Stanlake) and he delivered breaking a promising partnership with Farhan (22) sent back to the pavilion. Sohail had struggled adjusting to three in his first two matches and Richardson exploited that at 2-60 with his second LBW victim outside the powerplay.

Zaman’s scoring rate had stagnated from his early hitting with Farhan and Sohail falling and in an attempt to kickstart his innings and take spin out of the attack, he succumbed to the left arm spin of Agar for a brisk 34. Talat and Hafeez impressed against Zampa and Agar as the experienced head of Hafeez dispatched boundaries quickly. Zampa in particular bowled accurately and tightly for his 4-0-28-0 keeping the Pakistan side under control. With the 50 partnership up, the 7th bowling option of off spinner Maxwell made the breakthrough bowling Talat (31).

Game 3 Mohamad Hafeez batting

The dangerous Ahmed (14) showed glimpses of his imperious ball striking from game 1 with two glorious boundaries but the fast Richardson took his third of the night decimating the leg stump. Another wicket fell with Nawaz (5) finding the gloves of Carey off to expensive Tye. Wickets at intervals had decreased the set batsmen scoring rate and Hafeez departed at 7-161 for 39 LBW to Faulkner from 26 with a leg side filled wagon wheel. Faulkner dismissed Shadab Khan for 4 as another leg before wicket in a strong comeback from Australia at the end of the innings with tight and economical bowling as Pakistan ended on 163-8 which was above par but they were certainly hoping for more on the board. 

Game 3 Jhye Richardson bowling

Jhye Richardson impressed with the ball with fast economical bowling taking 3 scalps for 19 runs in his first game of the series. 

Game 3 Aus batting scorecard

Pakistan knew the danger of a Finch and Short partnership blossoming and after some early treatment of Amir, the rejuvenated Hasan Ali dismissed Short for 14 who has been starting to look out of sorts from his beginning of the ODIs with a rest required soon. Carey had had a real Jekyll and Hyde series with a first ball duck in the first game and then an explosive 25 from 10 and Hasan Ali, who dismissed Carey in the first game, did the same on his first ball. The introduction of leg spin from Shadab Khan provided Pakistan with increasing momentum as set batsmen Finch (17) looked to take the attack but Sarfraz took a neat stumping. 

Lynn and Head continued Australia’s fearless run scoring rate with the run rate least of the tourists problems as Amir and Ashraf felt the heat of the boundaries whizzing past. Lynn looked in the zone to make a big knock but Amir’s relentless pressure finally succeeded with Lynn (19) nicking behind and falling into a well executed trap. Ashraf backed up Amir’s wicket with the crucial wicket of Head (9) as Australia were wobbling at 5-61. 

Game 3 James Faulkner batting

Maxwell and Faulkner played dissimilar roles with Faulkner the aggressor against the enthusiastic Pakistan attack. Maxwell’s conserved innings was over as he left for 5 LBW to Ashraf for his second. Faulkner’s aggressive style was bringing Australia faint hope but his 22 from 12 was “all she wrote” with Khan grabbing his second wicket leaving the Aussies 7-90. Agar was back in the hut for 2 as the young leggie took his third in an exciting spell of spin bowling. Zampa and Richardson used the long handle in an intent for boundary or bust and Zampa’s entertaining 13 from 5 was ended by Nawaz. Tye is not known for his big hitting but he delivered two lusty blows before Richardson curtailed the innings at 128 at a losing cause of 35 runs. 

A disappointing batting innings where we never applied ourselves to the chase and batted with too much recklessness and not enough rotation of strike. A top order collapse was detrimental with no one stepping up to provide that winning knock. Nevertheless, we still play Zimbabwe with a spot in the final virtually guaranteed. 

Game 3 Shadab Khan bowling

Expensive from the young leg spinner but a crucial spell with 3 important wickets in Pakistan’s tight victory.

Table after Game 3

Game 4: Zimbabwe vs Australia

Game 4 result

With Zimbabwe out of contention for the final, Australia will play Pakistan in the final but first was the chance for Zimbabwe to get some points and Australia to rest and rotate their squad around. 

Game 4 Zim batting scorecard

Solomon Mire starred against the Aussies in game 2 and started well against left arm spinner Short but fell soon after to Faulkner caught behind to returning keeper Matt Wade. Richardson picked up where he left off from the Pakistan game and ripped the middle stump of Zhuwao (5). Malcolm Waller made his T20I debut in this dead rubber and showed small glimpses of talent but Stanlake’s superior bounce found an edge flying to Finch at slip who took a smart catch. Zimbabwe were in trouble at 3-35 as Ryan Burl walked to the crease with memories of his entertaining knock fresh in both teams minds. Masakadza had witnessed the fall of the wickets at the non strikers end but wasn’t fazed with the task of setting a competitive score. Burl played second fiddle but Australia struck again with the inexperienced Dwarshuis catching Masakadza edge for 34.

Game 4 Ryan Burl batting

Burl immediately took the mantle and put the Australian bowlers off their usual lines and lengths. His sweeping and innovation was the cornerstone for his innings alongside some genuine power hitting strokes. Dwarshuis was likened to by Burl with his length and pace targeted consistently alongside Moor who played the second fiddle role. Burl passed 50 at a strike rate of 200 and continued in that way before Dwarshuis had the last laugh trapping him in front for a match winning 58. 

Moor couldn’t take the mantle from Burl and departed to Faulkner before Chisoro was comprehensively bowled by Stanlake for 4. Mavuta and Masakadza added 14 in the last over to get the Zimbabwe side up to 156 which was a good score epically coming from Burl after their early struggle. 

Game 4 James Faulkner bowling

2 wickets for James Faulkner who has been a revelation since his long awaited return to the Australian setup. 

Game 4 Aus batting scorecard

Despite calls for Short to be rested, he wasn’t and he opened with Finch against Kyle Jarvis but Finch lasted 3 balls before his leg stump was obliterated. Matt Wade hit a 100m maximum to kickstart a sign of form but an unfortunate piece of calling between the wickets with Hobart Hurricanes team mate Short left Wade out for 8. A fantastic opening spell from Jarvis and Mpofu set the standard for Zimbabwe and Mavuta’s tighter bowling restricted Short and his slow innings for 8 was over leaving the Aussies 3-35 just like their opponents. 

Head and Lynn had had successful partnerships together and began developing another as momentarily Zimbabwe were on the back foot. Head dealt with the big maximums whilst Lynn hammered boundaries mainly off the spin bowlers as Australia were well above the required rate but needed to maintain their partnership. 

Game 4 Chris Lynn batting

Travis Head smashed 29 from just 9 deliveries before Mavuta took an important wicket with an extra hint of swing as the dangerous 40 run partnership was over. Jordan Silk had a chance to impress Australian selectors with an innings keeping him around the side but was out for a golden duck to Chisoro. From then Lynn was struggling to find the boundary and his innings was at an end when Wellington Masakadza bowled a googly which Lynn played all around. Faulkner couldn’t repeat his heroics from England all those years ago and departed for 10 from 10 leaving Australia down and out at 7-94. 

Agar and Jhye Richardson joined together and took the boundary route in an unlikely chase with two huge sixes from the WA pair in the second biggest stand of the innings. Agar departed for an almost run a ball 15 to Masakadza with 37 required off four overs. Dwarshuis batted like he was in a test match leaving and blocking whilst Richardson pummelled the attack around the park in a 28 NO off 23. Dwarshuis was out for 2 off 12 before Zimbabwe closed the match with a narrow 17 run victory. 

Game 4 Wellington Masakadza bowling

The slow left armer impressed in the dead rubber taking 2-21

Table after Round Robin end

The result though doesn’t change the standings as Pakistan qualify top to play Australia in the Tri Series final which has so far shown the promise and excitement a T20 series between nations can cause. Maybe there will be more tournaments and series like this in the future…Be sure to find out the result of the T20I final to see whether Australia can lift their first trophy under Jamie Hamilton. 

 

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Struggling Sri Lankans Selecting Rookies for Fun!

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Sri Lankan Test Cricket is on the verge of meltdown. Only winning 4 of the last 12 Test series, over a dozen (and more…)debutants and a lot of experienced faces departing the International scene. Gone of the days where Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara leading the team with the bat and in the field and Murali Muralitharan, Rangana Herath and Chaminda Vaas destroyed batting line ups at ease with Murali’s indispensable 795 wickets imperative to Sri Lankan success. 

Now, Angelo Matthews leads a side with his 80 ,experienced but still young caps, with increasing debutants coming and going with a settled side seemingly lost at the selection policy. The recent Australian series saw plenty of debutants as the depth of Sri Lanka cricket was tested right to the bottom including a seam attack full of debut players and Kasun Rajitha in the final test.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/25929049/sri-lanka-drop-chandimal-south-africa-tour-karunaratne-made-captain

Consistency seems to be at the heart of the issues in a non stop cycle. Injuries have also been a major problem in finding the right test players. Roshen Silva had been having an impressive summer for the Sri Lankans with important knocks against England and New Zealand but had been side lined with an injury from the conclusion of the Black Caps tour and then surprisingly dropped for the Proteas.

Schedule has been gruelling on the Test front with England visiting and then subsequent Oceania tours against New Zealand and Australia and then the upcoming visit to South Africa. On the field form has been an issue but off the field drama has captivated and engulfed the side with disgruntled and unhappy players, coaches and selectors of late with the team manager changing regularly.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/25920260/two-double-tons-first-class-game-angelo-perera-achieves-rare-record

South African Squad Analysis

  1. 8 of the 17 man squad selected have played five tests or fewer
  2. The surprise axing of Dinesh Chandimal as captain comes after taking charge in 2017 and despite team performances, his form has been above most other batsmen.
  3. Four players selected are uncapped.
  4. Ireland A matches and Premier League form seems to be at precedence to Test players
  5. A pace attack containing an overall caps of just 8 caps (added to when Lakmal returns in the second test)
  6. Angelo Matthews remains a key player missing through injury
  7. Dilruwan Perera has 38 caps and has been a mainstay of the squad as spinners have drifted in and out of the squad but he has been axed
  8. Wholesale changes indicate a more youthful look at the future. 

Malinda Pushpakumara and Asela Gunaratne will surely be disappointed to miss out as Pushpakumara was touted as an experienced head to take the mantle of left arm spin from Herath and Gunaratne has an average of 56.87 in only 6 tests and a high score of 116. 

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/25696950/malinda-pushpakumara-bags-all-10-wickets-innings

Instead Lasith Embuldeniya takes the spinning mantle with other left arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan whilst batsmen Angelo Perera and Oshada Fernando take the batting spots. Some players have experience in age with Milinda Siriwanda returning from a 3 year hiatus and Kashual Silva returning from big scores in the Premier League. The tried and tested method has been chucked firmly out of the equation with chopping and changing the incentive for Sri Lanka’s demise but could be their turn around if the selected players perform against a potent South African attack and batting line up in foreign conditions.

On paper, it looks a comfortable victory for the Proteas in home conditions where the seamers create lively bounce and threatening pace whilst their batsman bat with poise and patience but don’t underestimate the Sri Lankans who all have an incentive to play for their spots. 

http://www.srilankacricket.lk/news/sri-lanka-test-squad-for-south-africa-series

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Ashes Cricket (PS4): Global Test Championship Round 2 Review

Disclaimer: The England result and report will always follow the overall round up of the Global Test Championship. Revisit to see the outcome of England’s travails in Sri Lanka.

Afghanistan vs Australia (2)

Afghanistan took the cricketing world by storm in a shock 3 wicket victory against the touring Australia. The sensational spin duo of Rashid Khan and debutant 17 year old Mujeeb Ur Rahman spun their web around the Aussie batsman with Khan taking 5 in the second innings to put him second in the GTC bowling stats and Mujeeb taking match figures of 8-149. Rahmat Shah and Asghai Stanikazi scored centuries whilst for Australia Aaron Finch smashed a ton and Mitchell Starc provided hope with ball and bat in a losing cause.

New Zealand vs Nepal (2)

New Zealand made it 2 from 2 with a thumping 292 run victory against the young Nepalese team. Colin de Grandhomme deservedly took MOM with two attacking centuries in big innings scores for the Kiwis whilst keeper BJ Watling narrowly missed out on 150 in the 581/7. Trent Boult shot his way up to first in the GTC bowling stats with 6 wickets added to his 10 against Ireland whilst Nepal saw Anil Sah make his maiden century and young leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane taking 8-246 in a high scoring match in Eden Park.

Pakistan vs Ireland (2)

Ireland stunned Pakistan away in a spirited and fantastic all round performance. Andy Balbirnie took a surprising but emphatic 3-4 in 4 overs to bowl Pakistan out for 207 before NO.10 Tim Murtagh played an amazing knock to guide his team into a leading position. Murtagh then took 3 in the second innings as Pakistan were bowled out for scores less than 250 twice. Babar Azam made a lone 73 as Imad Wasim proved his selection with an all round display but were comprehensively beaten by the Irish who made their home country singing and dancing on the street!!

Scotland vs India (2)

In a record breaking match, India emphatically crushed Scotland in a 693 run victory many thanks to a second innings stand out score. Their 708/6 declared broke record books for the highest scores as KL Rahul, Shaw, Kohli, Pujara and Pandya made tons as Scotland were made to toil hard. The isolated 708 came after both sides were bowled out for below par scores before Scotland were set a mammoth 834 runs to win. Michael Leask was the only major contributor with the bat for Scotland who were simply blown away by India’s run scoring after the first innings.

South Africa vs Hong Kong (2)

South Africa continued their impressive start with a dominant display against the inexperienced Hong Kong team. Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram hit fifties with the latter scoring consecutive half centuries following his 70 against England. Keshav Maharaj wasn’t fazed by the unsuitable spinning conditions and took 7 wickets added to his 8 at Trent Bridge and played a crucial act with the bat in the second innings. Hong Kong performed admirably for a young nation with Naweez Ahmed taking 6 wickets and Nizakat Khan continuing his run scoring streak and brought it up to 320 for the competition in match 2. 

West Indies vs Bangladesh (2)

Bangladesh defied the odds on a degrading pitch with a dogged batting display to defeat West Indies in another high scoring game. Chris Gayle’s reintroduction to the Test team looked to have payed off with a handy wicket and a century. Shai Hope scored a special century giving Bangladesh a tough and near impossible chase. However, Litton Das made 87 in the first innings before an extraordinary 209NO leading his team home alongside Mushfiqur Rahim who shrugged off last match’s disappointment with another century, leaving West Indies 0 from 2. 

Zimbabwe vs Netherlands (2)

Zimbabwe’s test home form continues to impress with a 248 run victory over the Netherlands who succumbed on a lively wicket. Chamu Chibhabba led the run scoring for Zimbabwe with a boundary filled 193 alongside Peter Moor who made 124 in the first innings alongside Ryan Burl who made two substantial knocks elevating Zimbabwe into a 632 run lead. Kyle Jarvis starred again with the ball with 7 wickets whilst captain Cremer took 5. Batting was short lived for the Dutch as the lower order contributed in both innings as Ben Cooper made an outstanding 236, one of the lowly positives for the Dutch on their travels. 

England’s travails against spinning Sri Lanka in Colombo will be the next source of Ashes Cricket content in an intriguing match. Until next time…

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Cricket Captain 2018: T20 Round Robin – No signs of Pak-ing up in a Bad-we way! (first 2 games)

Game 1 of the Tri -Series heads towards the tourists. Apologies in advance for the title, I didn’t want to use Zim so Bad-we represents Zimbabwe

Cricket Captain returns and so does the winning formula as we headed to UAE to face Pakistan and Zimbabwe in a T20 competition where each team plays each other twice before the two highest points team play each other in the final.

Australia’s 15 man squad for the Tournament

A squad, without Pat Cummins, Mitch Marsh, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood (all long term injuries), gave the opportunity for experienced Sydney Sixers batsman Jordan Silk and exiled Test keeper Matt Wade a chance to don the cap alongside Silk’s team mate Dwarshuis and spinner Ashton Agar, in an attempt to find the next generation of players.

Aggressive batsman Zaman and Farhan kickstarted the tournament but the former was soon walking back as the rejuvenated Faulkner to a LBW for 5. Sohail tried to go big from the get go however the approach failed and he nicked behind to Carey for a second ball duck. Promising batsman Talat joined Farhan and set about rebuilding after the early departures. Talat played an expansive role at the expense of Tye and Zampa scoring boundaries in quick succession. Farhan played a conservative manner in second fiddle to Talat picking off the lengths and line on occasion as Tye, Zampa and Agar struggled with the foreign conditions. 95 runs had passed since the Faulkner blitz of 2-7 before part time leg spinner Short made a blitz of his own. Farhan was dismissed inexplicably playing a rash shot to a quicker leggie (52) before getting revenge on Hafeez after a first ball six with his googly striking the pad right in front (6).

Talat was unfazed and soon found himself playing second fiddle to captain Sarfraz Ahmed who played an innings memorable to those who watched and those who were sent to the car park! 61 off 24 balls. 9 fours and 3 mammoth sixes which catapulted Pakistan to an above par 187 with Talat finishing on a mature 60 not out in a punishing 80 run partnership.

An early blitz gave Australia the upper hand before Sarfraz’s blockbuster innings

Momentum is an important part of cricket and soon Pakistan were in full control as they knocked over the successful partnership of Short (1) and Finch (6) before ODI centurion Carey (0) departed leaving the Aussies reeling at 3-28. All three wickets taken by Hasan Ali in a fast bowling spell of fire. Travis Head walked to the wicket in need of runs and started in a positive manner striking two boundaries from his first two balls. Lynn had witnessed the carnage unfold and made some of his own, dispatching leg spinner Shadab Khan and fast medium bowler Faheem Ashraf into the stands frequently. The evolving stand between them was ended as Head found Hasan Ali for 29 of the expensive Ashraf.

game 1 chris lynn batting

Lynn and Maxwell continued a fiery and fearsome onslaught as the run rate was the least of the tourists worries with boundaries flowing and hopes of Pakistan going. Lynnsanity had picked up gears since moving to 50 but on 68, Pakistan got their man as Hasan Ali couldn’t stay out of the action, running Lynn out at deep cover. Faulkner took the attack to Pakistan with a free flowing 21 off 11 balls with 3 fours and 1 big maximum before at 5-155 Amir executed a yorker which cannoned into off stump.

Tighter overs from Pakistan saw the pressure get to Maxwell who was dismissed for 33 at 7-170 by Hasan Ali and Pakistan had the momentum. Agar’s poor display with the ball wasn’t matched with the bat but after three successive boundaries he departed for 14 at 8-176. Conserved T20 batting from Zampa and Stanlake pushed the target closer with relative ease before Zampa smashed a boundary of Amir in the last over to guide Australia home with 3 balls left.

Despite making a big score, Pakistan will be disappointed from their bowling attack which allowed the Australian’s batting to score runs at a very quick rate and was the subtle difference between the teams.



game 1 hasan ali bowling

Hasan Ali bowled phenomenally well for his four wickets but wasn’t supported by the rest of the attack as Australia snuck home for an important victory.

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Pakistan had beaten Zimbabwe in the first game of the tournament but with a game in hand for both sides, the competition was all up for grabs!

Game 2: Zimbabwe – Australia

game 2 result

Australia faced Zimbabwe with the Aussies looking to go two from two and Zimbabwe looking to avenge their defeat to Pakistan. 

game 2 zim batting scorecard

After being trounced by Pakistan, Zimbabwe started brightly with Solomon Mire and Hamilton Masakadza taking advantage of the Powerplay. The opening bowlers were dispatched to the boundary with any width pummelled towards the crowd. Length was also smashed as momentum was firmly in favour of Zimbabwe as attacking and innovative shots were created. Tye’s clever bowling and variations caused the most threat and dismissed Masakadza for a flowing 34 from 18 trapped in front with the swing and deception. Zhuwao fed the strike straight to Mire who attacked the spin of Zampa and Agar alongside the fearsome pace of Stanlake and a score of 200+ was looking very promising. Agar, though, set up Zhuwao with dot balls and the pressure culminated in a risky ramp which struck his pad leaving Zimbabwe 2-109. Musakanda joined Mire at the crease but lasted one ball as Zampa found extra turn to knock him over. In a crazy period of cricket, Ryan Burl produced an innings that had everything. First ball 6, Second ball 4, Third ball dropped, Fourth ball LBW as Zampa got his second victim. 

game 2 solomon mire batting

Mire reached his fifty and took hold of the innings from the mini collapse but didn’t last as long as he or the team required as Zampa’s ability to turn the ball ended with the dismissal of Mire (63) LBW in a fantastic spell of spin bowling. Peter Moor played a swashbuckling knock to recover Zimbabwe from 5-133 with 6 boundaries for 29 before Zampa took his 4th – 4-41(4.0).

game 2 adam zampa bowling

With plenty of overs left in the hand, Zimbabwe were faltering as Mavuta (5) was bowled by Tye leaving them 7-164. Wellington Masakadza hit two quick fours before a Faulkner blitz promptly ended the innings at 177 from 17 overs. Masakadza (9) , Jarvis (0) and Mpofu (0) were his victims as incredibly 7 of the 10 wickets were LBW. 

game 2 aus batting scorecard

Australia started in a similar if not more aggressive manner with Jarvis and Mpofu smashed around to the short and long boundary. After racing to 48-0, a rare mix up between Finch and Short saw the former ran out for a promising 18. Short continued his ball striking exploits with Carey as the pair raced towards the competitive total. Mavuta in particular was susceptible to the boundary hitting shots mixed with the rotation of strike as Zimbabwe were looking helpless to prevent the runs flowing. Taking a leaf out of Zimbabwe’s book, Short and Carey were miles above the run rate and brought up the 50 partnership within 8 overs. With the success Zampa had, Chisoro started well against the pair and broke through at 88-1 as Carey’s powerful 25 off just 10 balls was ended. Short (48) was soon gone in a momentum change as Mavuta’s expensive spell provided the wicket as he neared his half century.

game 2 travis head batting

Lynn and Head resumed from their partnership against Pakistan when they both looked in good touch and the same was said against Zimbabwe. Head dominated the strike playing aggressive but controlled shots towards the offside and through the covers whilst Lynnsanity was turned down a gear yet boundaries were still hit. As the pair continued, the total became nearer and Head brought up a special 50 at a 160 strike rate and duly finished off the game with his 4th maximum of the match. Australia had wrapped up the match with 14 balls to spare in a dominating performance with impressive striking and boundary hitting from all. 

game 2 tendai chisoro bowling

A lone positive in a disappointing bowling performance after an above par showing with the bat for Zimbabwe.

table after game 2

Australia sit top of the Tri Series Table with 2 wins from 2 with Pakistan 1 from 2 and Zimbabwe struggling with 2 losses from 2 matches. 

Be sure to revisit the site to see how Australia fare in the final 2 round robin matches in the bid to make the final as well as many other cricket related topics including Ashes Cricket and the travails of the International Cricket world. 

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Sundries

Australian way for saying EXTRAS!

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Bye:

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With the disappointing ODI series loss to India rumbling on, New Zealand have named two debutants for their T20I Squad which will face India between February 6 to 10. Rotation was key in selection as captain Kane Williamson returns but Trent Boult is rested. However, they have surprisingly left out in form batsman Henry Nicholls and allrounder Jimmy Neesham for Daryl Mitchell (not the Worcestershire captain) and Blair Tickner.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/25881371/daryl-mitchell-blair-tickner-make-nz-t20-squad

Leg Bye: Laurie Evans’s continued his scintillating form in the Bangladesh Premier League with a man of the match 76 NO for the Rajshahi Kings. Evans has scored 339 runs during 11 matches with a highest score of 104 NO with 2 half centuries and 1 ton at a impressive average of 37.66. 

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8653/report/1169416/rajshahi-kings-vs-sylhet-sixers-38th-match-bangladesh-premier-league-2018-19

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No Ball: Cameron Boyce had been in good form with the ball for the Melbourne Renegades and had shown glimpses of big hitting from the spinning allrounder in previous games but his innings against Sydney Thunder got him the spotlight. 51NO from 22 deliveries boosting the Renegades up to 140 before taking 2 wickets to beat the Thunder by 27 runs. 

https://live.cricket.com.au/match/2205/44015/melbourne-renegades-men-vs-sydney-thunder-men-kfc-bbl-08/scorecard

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Wide: England’s one day specialist Alex Hales had been playing in the Bangladesh Premier League for the Rangpur Riders with one century and two half centuries at a strike rate of 167.03. However, frustratingly for Hales he has sustained a back injury ruling him out of the rest of the BPL and putting his place for the One day tour of West Indies in doubt.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/25891502/alex-hales-suffers-shoulder-injury-bpl-stint-rangpur-riders

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4 Wides: Rassie van der Dussen’s South African ODI series debut against Pakistan was a dream showing which has surely established his World Cup squad. Scoring 241 runs in four innings at an average of 120.50 with three half centuries including a 93NO. His aggressive hitting and ability to see out a winning performance when chasing has boosted his stocks for the Proteas. 

http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/337790.html

Ton up: Paras Khadka has become a national hero! A maiden ODI ton against UAE in their ODI series led his team to a memorable victory in an emphatic chase. His landmark moment was also Nepal’s first ever ODI century which will live long in the players and fans dream as the century capped off a series victory, their first, since gaining ODI status.

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Ashes Cricket (PS4): Career Mode – Part time spin shines but batting fright!

Here’s my avatar – (could be worse I guess!) A batting allrounder in the middle order and bowling part time dross. 

There’s only one way to go now and its up! Yes that will be the motto of the career mode. Much like Don Bradman Cricket 17, Career mode in Ashes 17 have the usual six local team structure with the formation of the South Australian Shield. However, this year career mode has more depth with five Three Day matches alongside One Day and T20 competitions which is fantastic to improve my player’s skills in all formats (which will be important.) I have joined the Mount Barker side and with no geographical knowledge or research of other teams in the South Australian Redbacks area, I will be enjoying the pleasure of visiting Renmark, Adelaide, South Adelaide, Kensington and Whyalla, get the sun cream and floppy hats out!

jamie hamilton 1st innings

Spin was a major issue in the Global Test Championship against left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj and whilst the level of ability is much lower in the Australian club cricket, it doesn’t change the fact it is a major problem for me. A conservative 21 balls were faced as decision making against the elusive spin will need to improve to stand a chance of making big runs and progressing. 

jamie hamilton bowling

They say spin to win and when I was chucked the ball late in the Renmark innings with a 100 + lead with 3 wickets left and I did just that. 

matt quinn out to jamie hamilton

With an interesting field with leg slips and short legs and no cover, Quinn was out to my second ever delivery sweeping straight into the hands of the short leg fielder in roles reversed from the first innings. For a batting allrounder, the ball comes out quite nicely and turned even late in the innings on a newer pitch. 

steven rashid out to jamie hamilton

Much like his namesake (England international Adil Rashid), Steven Rashid made an indifferent duck as Brian Charles took another grab at short leg from an around the wicket doosra. The variety on this game is impressive however I would like to see more delivery options when it comes to spin and pace to nail those slower yorkers as well as your cannon ball.

I capped off an expensive yet rewarding spell of bowling (10-0-57-3) with the key wicket of keeper Rutherford who had made a good 77 with Charles yet again profiting another catch in a crucial area for spinners at short leg.

jamie hamilton 2nd innings dismissal

Two single figure scores to begin my 3 day campaign.

The second innings didn’t last longer than the first and I was subsequently out for two again to the mysterious spin which I can’t seem to grasp yet at any level with off spinner Webster taking the wicket. Whether or not I edged the ball or it hit my gloves remains to be seen as the umpiring and technology is still far behind that of International level. 

renmark vs mount barker result.

First 3 day match result went to the visitors Renmark who bowled and batted in a higher quality to ours with their spinners backing up their main seamer Carl Blake who took 7 of our victims. There was a definite gulf in class and we will look to improve and impress in our next game against Kensington. 

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jamie hamilton 2nd innings

With the career mode, the emphasis and focus for me will be on the batting as with the bowling from the early indications I will be chucked on when we need to break a partnership or take a prized wicket. Just to point out I do very much enjoy bowling but being a batting allrounder the batting will be the main point in further teams selections into the future. Against seam, I feel confident and can score all around the grounds and I have improved my batting against spin over the course of the game’s release but it is still quite poor. With the low batting ability, sweeps will be unsuccessful until my player improves their skill set so I am thinking I will need to go with touch and precise shots to score my runs and rotate the strike.

I am really enjoying playing Ashes Cricket and my new Global Test Championship and hope the content provided is interesting and easy to enjoy and understand. Thanks for your continued support and be sure to revisit the site to see how my player progresses in South Australia. 

 

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