AUSTRALIANS RULE THE IPL

The impact of Australians in the Indian Premier League cannot be overemphasized.


Even franchises acknowledge this; hence the increased confidence in Aussie stars. The current edition of the IPL – in its tenth year – sees half the competing teams coached by Australians.

Since the inception of the tournament, players like Adam Gilchrist, Mike Hussey, Mathew Hayden and the others, have played a crucial role in their respective teams. Even now, David Warner is an outstanding talent for the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Rising Pune Supergiants’ Steve Smith is in great form. The Kangaroos skipper displaced local favourite Mahendra Singh with his fine blend of skills. Elsewhere at Kings XIPunjab, Glenn Maxwell beat England national team captain Eoin Morgan and West Indies skipper Darren Sammy to the captainship armband despite the latter leading his team to victory at the 2016 World T20. Last season captain Murali Vijay was sidelined for the rest of the season, so a new leader had to be appointed and it had to be yet another Australian cricket star. (more…)

Matthew Wade Amazed with India’s Return in Second Test

Matthew Wade reveals that he and his teammates were taken aback by the sudden change in India’s approach on the second morning of the second test.


India had been completely down on energy in Pune and it was no different when they batted in the first innings in Bengaluru.

There was a lack of purpose in the game of almost every batsman and it seemed as if all of them were out there without any plans. No sweep shots, no going down the wicket, no rush for the singles, no attempt to manipulate the field, nothing.

At stumps on Day 1, Australia had all their wickets safely in the hut and they just had to score 150 more runs to get a first innings lead on India. It was a stage where one good batting day would have resulted in the trophy retention for the Kangaroos who had clinched the previous edition of the trophy down under. (more…)

KAUR’S SIXER LEAVES GILCHRIST IMPRESSED

Last Saturday’s opening game against Sydney Thunder, the defending champions in the Women’s Big Bash League season ended in a loss for them as they got defeated by the Melbourne Stars.


However, despite their defeat, one sure thing is that there was no disappointment from their latest recruit, Harmanpreet Kaur.

Kaur, who serves in the position of the captain of the India T20, started out her career into the Big Bash League on a bright note, at the North Sydney Oval ground which saw shoot a 28 ball 47.

However, her cameo was unable to take Thunder over the line as they ended up with 141 for 4 in reply to the 147 for 8 scored by Melbourne. However, the commentators and the spectators were struck with awe by her fours and three sixes, especially with a very particular picturesque lofted cover drive.

Melbourne’s Gemma Triscari, who was the bowler, could not hold herself as she burst out laughing in amusement. Australia’s cricketing legend and commentator, Adam Gilchrist said the sixer was “as good a cricket shot as you will ever see.” (more…)

Aaron Finch’s Striker Rate is a Talking Point

Aaron Finch’s strike rate the other night in Colombo was head and shoulders above the rest.


In fact, nobody apart from him took lesser balls to score more runs in his innings. But, post-match, the opener rated the Colombo deck the worst he had ever seen in a shorter format game.

According to Finch, for the deck to produce uneven bounce from the same length within the first eight or ten deliveries and then spin from the leg to the off stump and vice versa, it was for sure a low standard deck.

Sri Lanka had a couple of medium pacers and a part time off spinner bowling inside the first 10 and Finch thrived on it smashing the ball to the cow corner regularly to race along to his fifty.

Finch says the spin was always going to take control with the soft ball later. So, boundaries had to come against pace at the start. That’s why, he was after the bowlers straightaway and luckily, he was able to connect all the shots from the meat of the willow.
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Josh Hazlewood not sure about Selection in T20 Squad

In spite of putting in a great effort with the ball versus West Indies yesterday in the practice match, Josh Hazlewood is not sure whether he would find himself in the scheme of things next week when the Kangaroos play their first game in the World Twenty 20 Championship against the Kiwis at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala.


Hazlewood was amongst Australia’s first choice bowlers in the One Day International World Cup at home a year back and he had played both in the semi final as well as in the final, but, because of him being a length bowler and not having that much of pace, the Australian management has been reluctant to back him in the twenty 20 games as with his kind of bowling, he is bound to go for runs at the start and in the death too.

Especially in India, where if Dharamsala and to some extent Mohali is barred, the other venues are not likely to produce swinging conditions, Hazlewood might not make impression with the new ball either which he is known for. (more…)