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Lockdown Tournament Cricket 19

Welcome to a preview and also an update of my adventures during the lockdown period as the Short Leg will be in action on the cricket field but not in person.

I have entered the Social Distancing T20 Shield competition on the Planet Cricket forums and will be up against 17 other Planet Cricket members to see who comes out on top in the short form tournament. This is an AI vs AI competition on Cricket 19 so while I won’t be putting my in game skills to use, I will be the manager, owner, coach and water boy for my newly created team: the “Short Leg XI”.

As part of the tournament, all the managers contested in a series of auction rounds to buy and select the players we wanted for our team. We all had W$T 1400 to spend on 16 players with one player at least coming from each category: Batters, Batting All Rounders, All Rounders, Bowling All Rounders, Keepers, Pace Bowlers and Spinners.

Auction Round 1:

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In the first round, I had a very mixed round securing 8 players but missing out on some of the key signings that I had shortlisted as my important and star players. Kane Williamson, David Miller, Martin Guptill and Jonny Bairstow were all poached by other teams. I lost Williamson by only $2 as he went to Fire in Babylon for $112 which was incredibly disappointing. In terms of losing more players, my bids for Marcus Stoinis ($86) = $90, Mitchell Santner ($74) = $85, and Kagiso Rabada ($88) = $136 were unfortunately not enough to acquire their services. There was also another frustrating and heartbreaking loss as Trent Boult was poached for $90 following my unsuccessful bid of $88.

It was not all doom and gloom though as I secured some very good players and bargains. Most notably, Glenn Maxwell aka the Big Show has joined the ranks for a cheapish $100 as well as snapping up Aussie keeper Alex Carey $85 and West Indian extravagant batter Shimron Hetmyer for just $90. Sam Curran $87 was the most expensive all rounder in the first round however I think he will be a success whilst D’Arcy Short is set for a good tournament with bat and ball.

Aussie international and future Test keeper with a T20 average of 31. Can bat in the middle or up the top.

A left handed aggressive batsman with an average just below 40 who can also bowl some handy left arm chinemanns. Will be very useful in an opening partnership.

Best buy of my team by far. A true all rounder with incredible skills with the bat, ball and in the field. Will be the crucial cog if we will have success! One of the best all rounders in the world.

A young Afghan spinner most recently in the CPL and Big Bash. His googlies and leg spinners make him an exciting proposition.

Usually seen on the Test scene, Curran joins my team with his T20 skills on the rise from the IPL and his ability to score quick runs and take big wickets makes him a must buy.

A Sri Lanka big hitter who will be key with his pace off and slower deliveries as well. A well rounded player who could make a big impact.

A highly economical bowler who has a variety of skills and deliveries. Will be a leader in the bowling ranks.

The Short Leg XI Captain. An elegant yet explosive batsman with a lot of flare and promise. His middle order runs and playing of spin will be very valuable.

Auction Round 2:

Round 2 was underway and I had a big ambition to sign top order batsmen and sign them I did. Diminutive stroke maker Temba Bavuma joins the ranks for a lowly $82 for his ability to bat well and long at a more than adequate strike rate. I needed another good signing so I splashed the cash for a number 3/4 and Joe Root at $117 was the man that popped up and accepted the invitation. On the bowling side, Australian quick Jhye Richardson was a bargain at $86 whilst spinning all rounder Krunal Pandya $81 will be a good backup to Qais or a genuine all rounder in his own right.

With every win there is a loss and both Tim Southee and Mark Wood were snatched away very narrowly. Southee went to Ducks XI for $99 and only $3 more W$T than my bid whilst Wood was snaffled up by LLL on a tiebreaker after both parties bid $94. Nevertheless, Round 2 was a good improvement on Round 1 only leaving me two players to pick with seamers in short supply so far.

Likely to start as a backup but he is more than capable of featuring. The young Kiwi opening keeper batsman is a highly innovative and brute player who will be ready to fill in across the order.

The younger lesser known Pandya will be looking to make a name for himself in this tournament. Can provide runs down the order and bowl some helpful overs in the powerplay. The spinning all rounder will be in and about the team.

A promising and sharp Perth seamer who has made a good impression on the international stage. His raw pace will be providing nightmares for opposition opening batsmen.

The small batsmen looking to make substantial scores. The South African Bavuma is a very technical and smart cricketer who will bring some calm and sense to our onslaughts. Will be looking for him to rotate the strike, run well and bat the majority of the innings whilst operating at above a strike rate of 110. Could open with Short.

A cheap alternative at the top of the order who will start on the bench. Despite that, his flamboyant nature and ball striking will be hard to ignore and makes him a very useful squad player.

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Root may be a Test captain but his T20 record is nothing to be scoffed at. Root averages north west of 30 at a tidy strike rate as well which will be crucial in the overs after the powerplay. Hopefully, he can compliment Maxi in a formidable duo at 3 and 4.

Auction Round 3:

I was in desperate need of seam bowlers that could fill the void left by Boult, Rabada, Southee and Wood. Whilst Morkel, Hazlewood, Broad and Anderson were all available to pick, I decided to spend my remaining $190 on two impressive and experienced heads. Doug Bracewell is a quick hostile bowler with the ability to score some crucial lower order runs too. Steve Finn is becoming a T20 bumper bowler and I am confident his abilities and skills can match those of the international stars.

Both will start as backups but will certainly feature in the tournament for their experience and fantastic records with the ball.

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With our team complete, we will be playing in Group A against five other very good sides. Games will be streamed on Youtube and I will be linking my games to the site so you can watch them if you please. Alternatively, to catch up on any action from the Lodckown Tournament you can read the forum: https://www.planetcricket.org/forums/posts/3399740/

I would just like to say a huge thank you to the tournament organizer and creator Waste Your Youth who has put in hours of hard work and commitment to this tournament and deserves full credit for the start of this tournament. Just hoping his team will not take glory haha! Here is a link to some of his academy creations where he has made all of the International teams whilst keeping them all regularly updated for the Cricket 19 game. https://www.planetcricket.org/forums/posts/3398380/

 I am looking forward to seeing how we will fare in the tournament and I will be giving regular updates as the tournament progresses. Thank you for the support on this blog it is nice to see some new followers as well as my older followers and from me I hope you are all coping with lockdown and are staying safe. Thanks 

Short Leg

 

 

 

Selected Players joining other teams:

Alastair Cook $130 to Lucky Lockdown Lunatics, Virat Kohli $98 to Montreal Midgets, AB De Villers $100 and David Warner $98 to Gilly’s Grubs, Shikhar Dhawan $113 to Gilly’s Grubs

Hashim Amla $92 to Lockdown Losers, Rohit Sharma $121 and Aaron Finch $110 to Twelve Fine Legs, Steve Smith $113 to Ducks XI, Chris Lynn $100 to Neptune Gaming, Faf du Plessis $117 to Spartans, Keaton Jennings $78 to Lockdown Losers

Jos Buttler $110 to Twelve Fine Legs, Quinton de Kock $90 to Isolated XI, Jonny Bairstow $134 to Thunder,

Chris Gayle and Marnus Labuschagne $95 to Fire in Babylon, Marcus Stoinis $90 to Twelve Fine Legs, Suresh Raina $90 to Isolated XI

Nathan Lyon $85 to Ducks XI, Jack Leach $120 to Lucky Lockdown Lunatics, Harbhajan Singh $88 to Lockdown Losers, Rashid Khan $89 to Ducks XI, Yuhvensdra Chahal $150 to Trump’s Fringe, Imran Tahir $103 to P9 Panthers, Mujeeb $105 to Isolated XI

Hardik Pandya $82 to Gilly’s Grubs, Jason Holder $95 to Fire in Babylon, Tom Curran $85 to Lockdown Losers, Moeen Ali $110 to Lucky Lockdown Lunatics, Andre Russell $100 to Lockdown Losers, Ravi Jadeja $110 to Isolated XI, Shahid Afridi $87 to Montreal Midgets

Ben Stokes $137 to Blocktown Brotherhood, Dwayne Bravo $113 to San Francisco Suckers

Lockie Ferguson $83 to Lockdown Losers, Sheldon Cottrell $79 to Fire in Babylon, Trent Boult $90 to Montreal Midgets, Pat Cummins $110 to Ducks XI, Mitchell Starc $100 to Fire in Babylon, James Anderson $95 to Ducks XI

Neil Wagner $90 and Jasprit Bumrah $119 to Trump’s Fringe, Kagiso Rabada $136 to Thunder, Jofra Archer $140 to Blocktown Brotherhood, Tim Southee $99 to Ducks XI, Josh Hazlewood $97 to Lockdown Losers, Morne Morkel $115 to Gilly’s Grubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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England Down Under 2021/22

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Whilst cricket is on the down-low and is not on the minds of many (understandably so), the Ashes 2021/22 will still remain at the forefront of England’s test teams’ planning when cricket eventually resumes when it is safe too.

After the excitement of the World Cup victory, the Ashes were disappointing especially from the position they were in at Edgbaston in the first test where Australia were reeling at 122-8 before Steve Smith stole the show and the Ashes. Ben Stokes at Headingley galvanised the country with his heroic and frankly world-class batting to keep us in contention of winning the Ashes but signs at Old Trafford of the old England crept back in with a demoralising loss before an encouraging yet insignificant win n the final test. In simple, Australia’s batting was catapulted into winning positions from the genius of Steve Smith, the courage of Marnus Labuschagne and the gritty nature of Matthew Wade skillfully supported by a pace brigade of Cummins, Hazlewood, Pattinson, Siddle to an extent Starc as well as the GOAT in the form of the top quality spinner Nathan Lyon. The bowling throughout the series was exceptional and there was little difference between the quality of each line up which highlighted the class and form of Smith and Labuschagne. England’s batting was certainly improved, showed through resilient and determined knocks up and down the order at Headingley and Old Trafford in particular, but other than Stokes’ incredible knock, England were outclassed in the batting department. 

From that entertaining series, England has lost in a poor series in New Zealand and signs were looking similar in the first test in South Africa. However, thanks to the introduction of pace spearheaded by Anderson and an injury-free Wood and proper, brilliant batting in challenging conditions led to a 3-1 series win. The new look top order of Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley (Biunrs injured after Test 1) showed promise, courage and a willingness to score runs whilst keeping their wicket intact. Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope in the middle order time and time again built healthy partnerships and both players scored valuable centuries with superb flair, technique and style. This was all accommodated from a firing low order and an exciting bowling attack backed up by the youth of Dom Bess in a real breakthrough series for the off spinner. The series was fun to watch at home but for the England side, it portrayed a winning formula through batting long to make a shed load of runs before knocking the opposition out into sheer obliteration. This is hugely encouraging and welcoming for England fans and players alike as the faith in youth has paid dividend so far…

England Team

Welcome to November 2021. Coronavirus is free, life has somewhat returned back to normality and sport is back on the table. Next up for the English side is Australia down under in a mouth-watering contest. The big question is who will make the England squad to hopefully gain revenge on the Aussies after they retained the urn in 2019 and thumped England in 2017/18. Here is who I will predict to see in that England touring squad to contest back for the urn: (22 players bit like Australia’s inter-squad friendly last year)

Rory Burns

Dom Sibley

Zak Crawley

Sam Hain

Joe Root (C)

Tom Abell

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Jonny Bairstow

Ben Stokes

Ollie Pope

Ben Foakes (2)

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Sam Curran

Dom Bess

Stuart Broad

Mark Wood

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Jofra Archer

Olly Stone

Chris Woakes

Ollie Robinson

Saqib Mahmood

Moeen Ali

Jack Leach

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Joe Root remains my captain for the Ashes 2021/22 series because of his improving skills and tactical nous as well as his sheer quality with the ball and improving quality with the ball. Ben Foakes displaces both Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow as my premier keeper due to his superb keeping record and his ability to score runs at the high level as well as at county level (Sri Lanka 2018 maiden century ion debut). The opening trio of Burns, Crawley and Sibley for me is the perfect set of batters to score runs and take on the new cherry at the highest calibre providing platforms for our more explosive middle order batters. At a push, I would have Burns and Sibley opening due to their current record of scoring half-centuries and centuries especially the Surrey man who despite a tough start has really nailed down his place through substantial knocks. James Bracey is a young and promising keeper who has the right technique and temperant to succeed at Test level with bat and gloves.

Warwickshire’s Sam Hain and Somerset’s Tom Abell will play as reverse batsmen as both have amazing potential on the biggest stage of them all. Hain (24) currently averages 37 in county cricket and his ability to score runs consistently is ideal for England whilst Abell (26) averages just north of 31 at some tricky wickets at Taunton. Seamers Ollie Robinson, Olly Stone and Saqib Mahmood also feature in this squad. Robinson has had two incredible years of wicket taking 74 and 63 wickets apiece in first class cricket and most recently starred in the Lions tour of Australia. He is not the quickest of seamers but his ability to maintain an immaculate line and length should suit Australian wickets. Stone has been very unfortunate with injuries but he can reach 90mph and more so he is a prime candidate to add to his only test cap. Mahmood is very similar and will be able to provide competition in the bowling ranks. The rest of the squad is fairly familiar and I have trust in the likes of Broad, Wood, Curran and Archer to lead the pace attack as well as having depth in spin with Bess, Leach and maybe even Moeen.

So there is my squad for the next Ashes down under. I hope you enjoyed reading this and it took your mind off the current situation whilst excitiing you with the depth in England’s batting and bowling. Thank you for reading and see you guys soon.

 

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World Cup Sundries

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Bye: Chris Gayle has dusted off the cobwebs from his whites it seems as he has reversed his retirement decision and will continue on after the World Cup. He has hinted at a future Test match against the imperious India and will be looking to add to his two triple centuries in a Test career where his last appearance came 5 years ago – however he might want to inform his captain.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/27058640/chris-gayle-says-definitely-playing-odis-maybe-test-post-world-cup

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Leg Bye: South Africa have been a well talked story in the World Cup but for all the wrong reasons as their talented side crashed miserably out of the World Cup with games to spare. Losing Dale Steyn to injury was a blow but it has been the incumbent players that have not delivered with only Rassie Van der Dussen and Imran Tahir having a  successful time. 4 fifties and no hundred alongside key players not performing as (wickets) Rabada (6) and Ngidi (7) haven’t adjusted to the conditions. Back to the 4 year drawing board!

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No Ball: Previously banned David Warner leads the tournament currently for most runs scored with 500 followed by Australian batting partner Aaron Finch (496). Warner holds the highest score (166) whilst Shakib Al Hasan has been in super form becoming only the third player to score a hundred and take a 5 wicket haul in the tournament. 

Wide: We have some amazing cricket matches with some nail biting matches including New Zealand’s pair of brilliant chases against South Africa and Bangladesh led well by Captain Kane Williamson! England’s collapses against Sri Lanka and Australia as well as a poor showing against Pakistan have had an old era about them. Cricket is on the up and it is a sensational sport!

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Cricket 19 Plans

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A rather late but important piece of news – Cricket 19 will be here with us on the 28th May!

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More Joe Root hundreds coming your way and the understated news that players will take their helmets off when scoring a hundred… very minor but exciting nonetheless!

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I think Cricket 19 will be my year for fielding but you can still guarantee the odd comical run out and dropped catches.

Jamie Hamilton 2nd innings

A delevoped career mode awaits us in fact as Big Ant CEO Ross Symons said: “Enhancements to the career mode build a story around your player; how you look in the news headlines affects your potential career trajectory.” In Ashes Cricket 17, I had completed a career mode which wasn’t posted due to my progress before I started blogging and I went from Canberra to New South Wales to Australian captain. Hopefully in Cricket 19, I will blog more often about my career mode from the outset.

Hamilton 466 (241) South Melbourne

Stand up out of chairs or your couch or sofa or whatever you are on and applaud this masterstroke genius of an innings from me taking a solid 4 hours but paying significant rewards. I’m pretty certain scores like this won’t be seen from any one individual again. A career mode where I begin in England as a batting all rounder with the handy leg spin or a quick bowler with lower order hitting – who knows?

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With the real life Global Test Championship arriving to Cricket in 2020, I will be looking to continue my Test League into the new game with possibly two Test divisions consisting of 8 – 12 possible teams in it. As 80 nations have now been ranked in the T20I standings with plenty of new nations registered in status to play International T20 matches, I will explore the opportunity to have T20I and ODI leagues plus a World Cup mode. 

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So, will Cricket 19 be a six out of the park and a smashing success or will we be run out of ideas come August?! 

https://www.icc-cricket.com/rankings/mens/team-rankings/t20i

https://www.icc-cricket.com/rankings/mens/team-rankings/odi

https://www.icc-cricket.com/rankings/mens/team-rankings/test

https://www.planetcricket.org/forums/forums/cricket-19.316/

A link to the Planet Cricket website where most Cricket Academy creations and users of Ashes Cricket 17 discuss and play the game – check it out!

 

 

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Cricket XI County Championship Fantasy Team

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Short Leg is back with a bang and in case Telegraph Fantasy Cricket isn’t for you or is too expensive like me, CricketXI is the alternative free to play classic Fantasy game. 

https://cricketxi.com/

It appears to be a traditional fantasy cricket game alongside the head to head leagues and will also feature the IPL (Indian Premier League 2019) and the ongoing JLT Sheffield Shield (Australia 4 day Domestic 2019) so if you didn’t want to just chance your arm at the county comp in England, these options are available for you. 

With a busy year of Cricket for International players with the Ashes and the World Cup occurring, it will be a chance for some of the less experienced and younger players at the county clubs to step up and make a name for themselves. Likewise with the County season opening at the beginning of April, it is a fantastic opportunity for players to push their case for the Ashes squad (especially the top order!) later on in the Summer. 

Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka) is making his first County Championship performance in his career FC: 10510 runs @ 46.16 35 hundreds and 43 fifties Tests: 4074 @ 36.05 8 hundreds and 22 fifties 

Zak Crawley (Kent) FC 2018: 755 runs @ 31.45 1 hundred and 4 fifties 

Will Rhodes (Warwickshire) FC 2018: 972 runs @ 44.25 4 hundreds and 4 fifties 

Tom Haines (Sussex) FC 2018: 319 runs @ 31.90 1 hundred and 1 fifty 1-82(33.0) 

Matt Renshaw (Somerset 2018 + Australia / Kent 2019) FC 2018: 513 runs @ 51.30 3 hundreds and 1 fifty

 Ollie Pope (Surrey + England) FC 2018: 986 runs @ 70.42 4 hundreds and 1 fifty 

Tom Moores (Notts) FC 2018: 616 runs @ 29.33 1 hundred an 2 fifties 

Liam Dawson (Hampshire) FC 2018: 385 runs @ 25.66 1 fifty – 20 wickets @ 31.35

Steven Mullaney (Notts) 601 runs @ 30.05 1 hundred and 4 fifties – 11 wickets @ 36.54

 Matt Critchley (Derbyshire) 705 runs @ 28.20 1 hundred and 4 fifties –  32 wickets @ 36.08

Tom Helm (Middlesex) 12 wickets @ 33.71 

Ben Sanderson (Northans) 60 wickets @ 16.70

Dom Bess (Somerset) 11 wickets @ 54.72

Jake Ball (Notts) 28 wickets @ 22.25 

Mason Crane (Hampshire) didn’t feature due to injury but did feature in one Test in the 2017-18 Ashes series for England

I will post updates throughout the season to see how team Short Leg Cricket fares in the English County World. Stay tuned for some upcoming articles on the site all involving the Cricketing world. Thanks for reading and visit soon!

 

 

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Cricket 19

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Following last week’s teaser of a new console Cricket game, today England Cricket Twitter page confirmed the new game with the title of Cricket 19 with Big Ant Studios. This game is subjected to be released in May of this year, so well before the Ashes start and just before the beginning of the Cricket World Cup. Just the fact there is a new Cricket game to spend hours playing is simply fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I will link in the two videos with some analysis and the link of the information from the England Cricket website. Enjoy your days and week and I will be back at some stage next week.

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1087746/big-ant-studios-to-deliver-cricket-19-the-official-game-of-the-ashes

 

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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

A recipe for disaster or a recipe for success!

 

Big Bash 08 : Mid Season Review


BBL 08 has reached its half way stage in the extended season with plenty of sixes, wickets and many entertaining moments from the T20 Australian Tournament. Short Leg will reflect on the mid season turn point with a Team of the Season. There will be more Big Bash related articles very soon!

Table after Matchday 31

1 Hobart Hurricanes 12 points W: 6 L: 1 NRR: 0.806

2 Sydney Thunder 8 points W: 4 L: 4 NRR: 0.304

3 Sydney Sixers 8 points W: 4 L: 4 NRR: -0.037

4 Adelaide Strikers 8 points W: 4 L: 4 NRR: -0.076

5 Melbourne Renegades 8 points W: 4 L: 4 NRR: -0.627

6 Brisbane Heat 6 points W: 3 L: 4 NRR: 0.59

7 Perth Scorchers 6 points W: 3 L: 5 NRR: -0.302

8 Melbourne Stars 6 points W: 3 L: 4 NRR: -0.426

Stats so Far:

8561 runs scored, 0 hundreds, 42 fifties, 122.3 strike rate, 685 fours, 272 sixes

356 wickets taken 1,161.0 overs bowled, 96 highest score, 7.4 economy rate, 242 catches

Short Leg’s Team of the Season So Far

1 – D’Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes) 355 runs 251 balls faced HS: 96NO vs Melbourne Stars Average: 59.17 6s: 15 4s: 31 50s: 4 SR: 141.43 16-0-115-5  E: 7.19 Average : 23.00 BB: 2-17

2 – Jos Buttler (Sydney Thunder)  273 runs 202 balls faced  HS: 89 vs Hobart Hurricanes  Average: 39.00 6s: 10 4s: 26  50s: 3  SR: 135.15

3- Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat) 313 runs 235 balls faced  HS: 84 vs Sydney Sixers Average: 52.17 6s: 17 4s: 22 50s: 3 SR: 133.19

4- Daniel Hughes (Sydney Sixers) 224 runs 172 balls faced  HS: 62 vs Perth Scorchers Average: 28.00 6s: 4 4s: 24 50s: 2 SR: 130.25

5- Ashton Turner (C) (Perth Scorchers) 300 runs 220 balls faced  HS: 60 vs Sydney Thunder Average: 50.00 6s: 9 4s: 21 50s: 2 SR: 136.36  1-0-7-0 E: 7

6- Sam Harper + (Melbourne Renegades) 189 runs 137 balls faced  HS: 56 vs Brisbane Heat Average: 27.00 6s: 5 4s: 23 50s: 1 SR: 137.96  2 stumpings and 2 catches

7- Tom Curran (Sydney Sixers) 28.5-0-209-11 E: 7.25 Average: 19.00  BB: 3-18 vs Melbourne Renegades 123 runs 84 balls faced  HS: 62 vs Sydney Thunder Average: 41.00 6s: 1 4s: 16 50s: 1 SR: 146.43

8- Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) 32-1-157-13 E: 4.91  Average: 12.08 BB: 3-19 vs Brisbane Heat 63 runs 36 balls faced  HS: 21 vs Perth Scorchers 6s: 5 4s: 5 SR: 175.00

9- Steve O’ Keefe (Sydney Sixers) 31-0-224-13 E: 7.23  Average: 17.23 BB: 3-19 vs Perth Scorchers

10- Kane Richardson (Melbourne Renegades) 23.5-0-196-11 E: 8.22 Average 17.82 BB: 3-22 vs Perth Scorchers

11- Riley Meredith (Hobart Hurricanes) 27-0-204-11 E: 7.56 Average: 18.55 BB: 4-21 vs Melbourne Stars

With 28 games or so to play including the final, Big Bash 08 proves to be another exciting and entertaining domestic competition to free up our winter blues. Be sure to revisit the site for more Big Bash articles as well as a variety of other topics including the outcome of the inaugural Global Test Championship coming very soon.

Cricket Captain 2018: The revive of England

England show resistance in a high scoring chase with Root and Morgan leading the victory.

After the 3-0 series romp, County Durham was the venue for an England kickstart in what has been a disappointing start to their one day summer. Home pundits had been calling for changes in a poor showing from the Pommies so far against the under strength Australians and 2 were made. Joe Clarke replaces Malan in another vice versa switch from the 2nd and 3rd ODI- (will they choose who they want at 3?), and Tom Curran replacing brother Sam after an expensive start to his debut series. The Aussies made the singular change with Travis Head rested for experienced Shaun Marsh.

Lynn top scoring with a rapid century backed up by Maxwell’s aggressive 85 and lower order runs to get Australia up to 334 in their 50 overs.

The lethal partnership of Finch and Short was reignited with Tom Curran and Stokes aiming to strike early after new ball woes in the series so far. Stokes, with confidence with his last bat, took the early wicket of Short on a good length delivery, with Short looking to kickstart his innings. Lynn hadn’t fired so far throughout the series but he seized on some abysmal lengths and lines from the opening pair. Finch played a cameo role feeding the strike well to Lynn, who took down Curran and began to take on Rashid. But, the bowler of the series for England, Rashid took the wicket of Finch with another googly as batsman have struggled to pick Rashid’s deliveries. Marsh made a positive start and brought the Australians up to 130-3 after 22 overs in a quick fire run rate. However, after dispatching Curran for a boundary, Marsh succumbed to Curran’s slower ball and was trapped in front for 15 leaving Maxwell to join Lynn at 3-139.

72 runs scored in a power hitting knock from the Queensland batsman

Fireworks begun with Lynn continuing his imperious ball striking and Maxwell showing his destructive nature as Rashid, for the first time in the series, was knocked off his usual line and length. The 50 partnership was reached off only 31 balls giving the Australians hope for 350-400. Lynn took 24 off Woakes’s over before dispatching returning bowler Stokes for his 15th four to bring up his maiden ODI century. However, his celebrations were short lived as a rejuvenated Stokes trapped Lynn for the 3rd LBW out of 4. Lynn’s wicket was the first of 3 to fall for 3 runs as the inform Paine failed to pick Rashid’s top spinner and was bowled before Stokes took another in the next over as Stoinis inexpiably played a failed ramp and was bowled for 1.

An innovative filled innings of destructive batting from Maxwell propelled the Australians out of the mini collapse.

Adam Zampa rebuilt the Australian innings in a cameo role with Maxwell taking the anchor with Plunkett in particular taking the brunt of Maxwell’s aggression. The run rate began to climb as England showed glimpses of anger and dispute with each other with 2 dropped catches of Zampa and a hard chance of Maxwell put down. 75 runs were added for the seventh wicket partnership before Woakes used his slower balls for success dismissing an impressive Zampa for 37. Maxwell’s onslaught continued whilst at the other end, Jhye Richardson contributed with a maximum of his own going into the final 5 overs.

Stokes with 3 valuable wickets and helped restrict Australia to under 350.

Plunkett had frustrated Maxwell in the previous over and his steeping bouncer managed to dismiss Maxwell in the penultimate over for an 85 boosting Australia’s score. Tye fell first ball to Plunkett a few balls later but Richardson promptly smashed 16 of the final over to bring the momentum back to the Aussies. Lynn and Maxwell starred with impressive ball striking whilst Finch, Zampa and Richardson played cameo roles in a 334 which would be tough to chase down. Stokes was the main contributor with the ball with 3 as Rashid and Plunkett chipped in with 2 but at an expensive rate.

Last over heroics give England the victory with experienced heads Root and Morgan leading the Pommies to a successful chase.

With a difficult chase ahead for England, they got off to a less than ideal start as Stanlake ripped through Bairstow for a golden duck. The NO3 position had been highly talked about before the match and the constant changing between Malan and Clarke hadn’t payed off so far and failed once more as Clarke nicked behind to Paine off Stanlake for a mere 9. Root took the mantle of the aggressor in an unfamiliar role for the Test Captain with Hales following suit to drag England inline with the required run rate. Boundaries flowed off the seam bowlers from both batsman targeting the short boundary to the offside. Zampa was attacked early on but it was Tye who broke through as Hales’s free flowing 44 was ended by a deceptively slow slower ball by the WA paceman.

Untypical powerful innings from Root in a match winning 92.
A proper captains’ inning which contributed to England’s first victory

The Vice Captain and Captain were joined together to dampen the Australian spirits with the pitch beginning to show signs of wear making the batsman’s life easier. Morgan and Root began to form a flourishing partnership with Zampa and Stoinis going at 9-12 runs an over. The momentum had turned towards England with both batsman reaching their half centuries and motoring on. Maxwell and part timer Short had bowled tight overs back to back and the pressure created culminated in the downfall of Root for a fabulous 92 playing too an extravagant shot on this occasion and finding the edge to Paine off Maxwell. (131 run partnership) Stokes followed the platform from Root and put on a brisk 28 with Morgan before the latter succumbed to the left arm spinner Short in front for 76. With only 95 required with 15 overs left, the game was firmly in the balance but the momentum of the record breaking partnership swung England into control.

Buttler had struggled so far in the series to replicate the form shown in the IPL but with the pitch in favour of the ball striker, he flourished in a supporting role with Stokes. Stokes bulldozed 8 boundaries in his innings with Australia’s main bowlers failed to strike the crucial breakthrough as England looked destined to victory. Richardson though sparked a twist in the tale as Stokes became the third out of four victims of LBW for 42. Woakes struggled throughout his 36 ball stay as the Australians kept the pressure on well to him but it didn’t deter Buttler who brought the total to 10 off the last 3 overs before Tye dismissed him for 48 becoming the fourth LBW victim. Rashid, though, finished the game off in style with a second ball six to defeat Australia and give England some light in a darker tunnel.

Billy Stanlake took 2 early wickets but in a losing cause.

In a pleasing performance for England, the experienced heads found form and steered them to the big scoring chase with the Australians fairly disappointed to have bowled poorly especially at Root and Morgan with 7 bowlers used. Stoinis and Zampa in particular were too expensive and relied on part timers to fill up their allocation. The fault lied in the bowling and fielding performances as the batting was boosted by different contributors. We head off to Old Trafford in the final ODI with the Aussies intending to finish the series off 4-1. Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb and Clive Rose are expected to play a part in the final match with Rose on debut.

Be sure to revisit the site for more Cricket Captain reports as well as different cricket topics including Ashes Cricket, the Big Bash and International Cricket. Until next time Short Leg