Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Cowan

Australia’s former Test batsman Ed Cowan criticized Australian player handling technique after withdrawing from the national team of Nic Maddinson from the domestic cricket.

This week Maddinson player will miss from the New South Wales Sheffield Shield match which played against Queensland team. Australian Cricket Board and Cricket NSW said he is still not available in the squad due to “personal reason,”

The 25-year-old was one of the shocking of young batsmen to debut for Australia over the home summer after selectors shook up for performing well in the South Africa Test series.

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In the last test against Pakistan, Maddinson struggled to score in the fighting Test series. In the last three match test series, he scored only 27 runs where Peter Hands come, and Matt Renshaw played a vital role as an opener during these Test matches.

Cowan

On Thursday the 34-year-old Cowan told local reporter, “If they’re going to churn through players then Cricket Australia need to be aware that there’s going to be some burn and that they’re going to have to work extra hard on the welfare side to look after guys that they spit out the other side.”

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“I don’t think the Australian test team manages any exit very well, to be honest,” he added.

“From my personal experience it feels like you’re left at a train station, you look up, and the train is five stops (gone) flying down the tracks.”

“First and foremost it’s just pure disappointment,” Cowan said.

“I think for some guys it can be a relief because the spotlight of international cricket is very bright and very harsh and if you’re not playing well then sometimes you’re relieved that you can be taken back from that.

“Then it’s a question of time healing the wound and wanting deep inside to get better and reclaim that place.

“That whole process doesn’t happen overnight. It can take a season, four weeks, sometimes two seasons.”

Maddinson was a “good spirits” said that one by Cowan.

“He’ll come back stronger when he chooses to really flick that switch of desire wanting to play, and we’ll support him through that,” the 34-year-olg Cowan said.

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“He’s 25 years old. His best years are well and truly ahead of him… (He’s a) prodigious talent and that time will come.”

On the last week of Feb Australia will play four-Test match series starting from Feb 23.

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Chris Lynn

Australian big-hitter Chris Lynn forced for ruled out of the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka due to his neck injury.

Before that series, Lynn also ruled out for the Australian ODI matches against Pakistan in the last month.

After performing well in the Big Bash League, his luck didn’t go with his favor to play for the International team.

“Chris resumed some light training as part of his rehabilitation, but was still unable to function at the level he needs to play international cricket due to his existing neck injury,” Australian team’s physiotherapist Kevin Sims said.

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“Chris will be seeing a specialist later this week, and from there we will have a better understanding of the ongoing management, along with the return to play timeframes,” he added.

Chris Lynn

Though in the T20Is his record does so exceptive not comparing to other players. In the T20I he only played five matches with the average of 21.66, but his first class career is much better than any international format.

Australian Coach Darren Lehmann said that Australian team needs a destructive player like Chris Lynn and Ben Dunk will be the right one in Lynn’s place for the upcoming Sri Lanka T20I series, which will begin on Feb. 17 in Melbourne.

Interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hahns said, “It`s unfortunate that Chris is not fit to participate in this series, but we are excited at the prospects Ben will bring to the squad.”

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“Ben was the highest run scorer for the Big Bash, amassing a total of 364 runs in just 222 balls faced and currently sits at an average of 52,” he added.

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Anil Kumble

Virat Kohli and his team will play their first Test Match of 2017 against Bangladesh in Hyderabad. Indian Coach Anil Kumble said that though Karun Nair had a great triple century in the last Test match against England, that will not enough to prove himself for the number five batsman for the Team.

Before the last two Test, Ajinkya Rahane holds the number five position who had a big record during the foreign tour with that spot.

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But for last two Test, Rahane was out from the squad for his finger injury. During this time Karun Nair made an unbeaten triple hundred. In April 1930, England’s Andy Sandham made 325 in the Test match against West Indies and did not play again, because he was 39 years old then.

“We still haven’t thought of the combination, but it is nice that Karun took his opportunity and did what he did in Chennai,” Kumble said.Anil Kumble and Rahane

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“It is fantastic for a young cricketer to come in and score a triple-hundred. But we know what Ajinkya has done for this team. Ajinkya’s performances have been phenomenal across conditions. It is nice that somebody who came in to replace Ajinkya because of the injury in Mumbai, took three or four innings and was able to score a three-hundred. It’s nice to have to have that kind of contribution and that kind of ability from the youngsters,” he added.

Vijay and Rahul have been the most used pair at the top of the order for India in the last 12 months, but their performance wasn’t enough as per the expectation. During the last 12 month, they have only put together 50-plus run.

“I don’t think the opening slot is a concern at all. Vijay and Rahul have played wonderfully well in the last series. It’s just that you need a back-up. As far as we are concerned, openers have had [injury] issues, in the West Indies and the home series as well. It’s just a concern,” Kumble said.

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“Abhinav brings in not just the experience of playing at the international level but also lots of runs in the domestic season gone by. So he is in good form. And it’s a reward for what he has been able to achieve in the domestic circuit,” he added.

Kumble and Kohli hit that, “We certainly want to keep Hardik in the mix.”

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Steve O'Keefe

Australian recent test team spinner, Steve O’Keefe said – India’s tour always is a tough job for every foreign player. But he is very confident for the upcoming Test series against India where Australia will play four-Test series which begins on February 23 in Pune.

Steve directly said that he needs “some damage” for the Indian Team during the Test Series.

The 32-years-old Australian spinner said, “They are a class team, they are exceptional batters at home, and it’s going to be a big job. But I have got no doubt if we get it right for sustained longer periods then we can do some damage.”

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“I have spoken to the guys who have played there before. I had spoken to Daniel Vettori, I was able to chat briefly with Rangana Herath, and the main thing that I got from them is to challenge the batters defense. It is about building pressure by putting the balls in right areas,” he added.

Steve O’Keefe didn’t play any single International match in India, but he had an active memory when he visited in Indian and played against India A team. During that match, he took Virat Kohli’s wicket.

Steve O'Keefe

Steve said about the Indian Batting lineup, “In that line-up, there were plenty of players who have now cemented their places in the Indian team, such as (Cheteshwar) Pujara, K L Rahul, Karun Nair and Virat Kohli – they are four of the top six. The positive was we could play and compete against these guys. We were able to win a game and draw a game. Both Ashton (Agar) and I played over there, we had great chances, and we would draw from it.”

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“But I also understand that it would be quite hard. When they are playing for their country, they go up another level as well. So we were gonna have to match them if not try to get on top of them if we have to win.”

“The body feels good – so far so good. Have been able to get through some long days here in Dubai, getting that volume in will certainly put me in good stead,” he said.

“It wasn’t an easy decision when you step away and see the Sixers play in a final – it’s something you miss out on. But for me, it was about getting some volume under my belt.”

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“In that time I was able to get 100 overs in grade cricket and second XI cricket, and we also play with a Dukes ball, which is a little bit similar to the SG [ball used in India],” said Steve.

“I found it beneficial. Although it would have been nice to play with the Sixers, my main priority is to play well for Australia. I felt that was my best preparation.”

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ponting

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said that he feels India skipper Virat Kohli is the best one-day batsman in the world. However, it is not yet period to named him as great of the five-day format.

When asked by media ‘Sydney Morning Herald,’ Ponting said “Is he the best batsman in the world? Yeah, he probably is. I thought he was six or seven months ago and he’s probably taken it to another level since then.”

Kohli had excellent formats in 2016 as Test captain led India to comprehensives victory against the West Indies, New Zealand, and England before taking over the captaincy of limited overs.

The 42-years-old former Australian captain said that captaincy in all formats would help Kohli. “Is it too premature to call him the best ever? You can probably say that right now as far as his one-day cricket is concerned.”

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“His one-day record is outstanding and probably better than anybody that’s ever played the game given how many hundreds (27) he’s made but let’s give him a few years yet in the Test series side of things,” he said.

“It’s too early yet to be taking about him being one of the greats. I think the great players we always talk about – the Tendulkars, the Laras, the Kallises – those guys played 120, 130-200 Test matches. Virat’s not even halfway along that path,” added former Australian skipper.

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Ponting said about the upcoming tour of India; he said “The one thing about Virat Kohli is whenever there’s any confrontation, he does get a little bit outside of his comfort zone. You can see that he gets ultra-aggressive, which may be a good thing for him or maybe good for the opposition. We will wait and see what happens.”

ponting

“I think he’s a similar sort of character to me as well. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s pretty animated. He’s a very aggressive player. One thing I learnt about playing in India is the momentum that the home team can create, you have to try and stop that.”

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“Someone like Virat, you have to take his boundary-scoring areas away and make him score his runs in different areas or make him bat for a longer time to make his runs,” he added.

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Australian Team

Before India’s Tour Australian team demanded a review of performance-related pay for contracted players who stand to take one more hit after New Zealand defeated an under-strength ODI team in last week.

For their New Zealand tour, Australian board rested their top class players for the One-Day matches against NZ. Their frontline bowler Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were also rested from the ODI series against South Africa in November that’s why they failed to win any single match and whitewashed by 5-0 against the host team.

Australia could also lose their top ICC ODI ranking if South Africa defeat Sri Lanka in their last two matches of their recent series which played this week, meaning another potential hit for players who can receive further bonuses when the team holds the top ranking across the all three formats.

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Players, who have been conveying their new agreements of the  Australian Cricket Board, said the performance-based system needed to be revisited.

Australian Team

“The performance pool was agreed in the last MOU negotiation, but now we have a system that needs to be reviewed,” said Australian present chief executive of Cricket Association.

“There is a situation when this model is combined with the overlapping of the schedule and having players rested; it will need revisiting in the MOU negotiations.”

“The ACA will be exploring both the schedule and the performance pool as part of the current discussions.”

For the upcoming Sri Lanka T20I Series, no key player of the Australian team will be played, because all players are preparing for the Indian tour, that can be a real challenge for the whole Australian Team.

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Captain Steve Smith, David Warner, Starc, Josh Hazlewood and the attacking batsman Usman Khawaja will all be in India preparing for the first Test in Pune which will start from Feb 23rd.

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lehmann

Former cricketer and current coach of the Australian cricket team Darren Lehmann believes that his team will play flawlessly to defeats Indian on their upcoming tour of India for four-test series which will starts from 23rd February in Pune.

The 47-years-old Australian coach Lehmann said on Tuesday that their team must play near-perfect cricket to achieve an extreme distress.

“Everything’s going to have to go really, that’s a simple fact of life. You’ve got to be really methodical, well prepared. Which they will be. We have to hold every catch; we fielded unbelievably (in 2004),” he added “And we batted big, that’s the key … you got to put pressure on them.”

lehmann

Lehmann has openly said that Australia needs to bat 150 overs, a task will be the most challenging. “We’re not fearing getting the 20 wickets, we’ve just got to put enough scoreboard pressure on them.”

“We’re going to have to pick up certain areas … playing a world-class side like India is going to be tough. You’ve got to bat well … that’s going to be the challenge,” he added.

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Australian coach said that their team has been studying video analysis of India’s players. “They’ve been doing that for a while. The lads are pretty good with that sort to stuff now, they’ve had that on file now for probably two or three months.”

lehmann

“We just have to play pressure cricket for five days. Any away tour is really tough … for us, subcontinent tours are the frontier if you like. It (winning) would mean a hell of a lot to a young group,” he added.

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Coach Lehmann believes that Australia needed a batsman like a similar type of heroic series, he said “We hope we have a Martyn or Hayden type series from someone. If we do that, we’ll make enough runs.”

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cook

England captain Alastair Cook has taken a decision to stepping down as captain of the England Test setup.

As per the England and Wales Cricket Board website, Cook first discussed his decision with the Board Chairman ‘Colin Graves,’ who is known for founding the Costcutter chain of convenience stores, and later expressed to Direct of England Cricket Andrew Strauss his continuing commitment playing Test cricket for the country.

The 32-years-old England captain Cook, who steps down as captaincy of England, said to ECB “It’s been a huge honour to be England captain and to lead the Test team over the past five years. Stepping down has been an incredibly hard decision but I know this is the correct decision for me and at the right time for the team.”

“I’ve had time to reflect after the India series and this weekend I spoke to Colin Graves, the Chairman, to explain and offer my resignation.”

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Cook said that while quoted by ECB, it was a “sad day personally in many ways.”

“But I want to thank everyone I’ve captained, all the coaches and support staff and, of course, the England supporters and the Barmy Army who follow us home and away and have given us unwavering support,” he said.

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“Playing for England really is a privilege and I hope to carry on as a Test player, making a full contribution and helping the next England captain and the team however I can.”

On Saturday, Cook was awarded as the post of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). He is one of the most capped captains in the longest format of the game.

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He also observes as one of the most prolific and greatest batsman ever to play for England. In 1984- 85, Cook has lead England to their first Test victory in India.

Cook’s captaincy came under the observation following England’s poor performance at Bangladesh and their unsuccessful five-match Test series against India.

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Cook managed to score a century in the first Test, but England went on to be in flight 4-0 on the set by an out of control Indian side.

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