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England skipper Joe Root (Photo | PTI)
England skipper Joe Root (Photo | PTI)
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Team’s Motive Is To Do Something Special In India, Says Joe Root

Joe Root, England skipper has said that his team England wasn’t taking the opportunity to ‘helping Australia’ and that the main motive of the England team was to end the 4-match Test series on a high as Australia needs England to beat India in the 4th and final Test to qualify for the World Test championship final.

India need a draw or a win and Australia need England to beat India to qualify for the final of the World Test Championship which will be played at Lord’s from June 18.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

Even A Draw In The 4th Test Would Be A Fantastic Achievement: Joe Root

Australia stand-in coach Andrew McDonald has publicly said that Australia are backing their Ashes foes and hoping the team do well in the Ahmedabad Test from Thursday.

But England captain Joe Root doesn’t see the upcoming match as an opportunity to help Australia. With a smile on his face, the 30-year-old said that the team’s only motive was to salvage a draw and do something special in India. Notably, England is out of the WTC final race after losing the pink-ball Test by 10 wickets.

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“I wouldn’t see it as helping Australia. I would see it as ending with a drawn series and doing something special in India. Unfortunately, we can’t qualify for the final now but a draw would be a fantastic achievement and that’s all I can really say as an England captain,” Joe Root said.

The four-match series between India and England are poised at 2-1 in favour of India after England won the 1st Test by 227 runs before losing the next by 317 runs. India won the 3rd Test by 10 wickets in a low scoring encounter where England was dismissed after managing only 112 and 81 in the two innings respectively.  India also suffered a batting collapse in their first innings by scoring 145.

 England Must Embrace Conditions And Play A Fearless Brand Of Cricket: Joe Root

Joe Root reiterated that England need to play a fearless but not reckless brand of cricket. He expressed the belief that his side has all the “ingredients” to succeed in tough Indian conditions.

“I think it’s a reflection of conditions,’ said Root. ‘Being fearless means not having that tentative mentality of being trapped on the crease or caught in two minds. It’s having confidence to play the ball in front of you, not having baggage from what has happened before, not overthinking the pitch and trying to see things as they are.”

Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI
Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

“It is all still there for us. We’ve got all the ingredients, all the pieces and all the skills to exploit and succeed in these conditions. It’s important we harness that and have it in the front of our minds. We need to be braver and play with a bit more freedom.”

‘That doesn’t mean going out there and trying to slog it or be ultra-aggressive. We play our game a certain way but we must not be scared of conditions. We must embrace them, however they turn out in this game,” Joe Root added.

Man of Match Axar Patel took 11 wickets in both the innings combined as he is on a dream run taking 18 wickets in his first two Tests averaging 9.44. Ravichandran Ashwin is the leading wicket-taker with 24 wickets in 3 Tests.

India smartly included three spinners in starting XI, while England banked on one front-line spinner in Jack Leach, which, in hindsight, did not work in the best of interests for Joe Root’s team. After bagging a maiden five-wicket-haul on his Test debut at Chennai, Axar Patel was unplayable and finished with 11 wickets in the match – 6/38 in the first innings and 5/32 in the second – as India bundled out England for 112 and 81 in the two innings.

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Washington Sundar Was Pretty Disciplined: Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald, Australia’s assistant coach on Saturday praised the highly inexperienced Indian bowling attack for the final Test and singled out Washington Sundar, saying the young off-spinner filled the shoes of Ravichandran Ashwin “quite well”.

Hit by a barrage of injuries through the series, India picked debutants Washington Sundar (3/89) and medium-pacer T Natarajan (3/78) in the playing eleven on Friday.

Andrew McDonald
Andrew McDonald (Image Credit: Google)

Andrew McDonald: Indian Bowlers Were Very Consistent

The duo of pacer T Natarajan and spinner Washington Sundar was travelling with the Test squad as net bowlers as they were asked to stay behind after conclusion of limited over series.

“I thought they (the Indian bowlers) were very consistent. I thought Washington Sundar in particular was disciplined and fill that role of Ravi Ashwin quite well and kept it tight and was able to take some key wickets on the way,” McDonald said at the virtual post-day press conference after day two.

“So, for me I suppose, he is a bowler who controlled well the tempo of the game and I think it stood out for me.”

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar. Image Credit: Twitter.

Andrew McDonald, who also coaches in the IPL, was also impressed by T Natarajan who was leading wicket-taker in T20I series with 6 scalps and was first Indian left-arm pacer to debut in all three formats in a single tour.

“…Natarajan shaped the ball early, there is lot (to like) about him, left-arm swing bowler, no doubt he is inexperienced but has enough played first-class games to be play his first Test on this tour, (that) is a great achievement, so I think they held their own” the 39-year-old said.

The left-arm pacer had impressed in the limited-overs leg of the tour after making the Indian team at the back of a stellar IPL 2020. Australia were bowled out for 369 in the first session of the rain-curtailed second day. Like debutants Washington Sundar and T Natarajan, Shardul Thakur playing his 2nd Test also took three wickets.

“They (Indian bowlers) applied pressure throughout the innings and they made (it) difficult for ourselves. Times when we felt we would get on the top, they were able to bounce back and get key wickets at crucial times. It was great arm-wrestle, so full credit to their attack,” the Australian assistant coach Andrew McDonald said.

He also said that Indian bowlers and his batting group “have a big job” ahead of them in the second innings.

Andrew McDonald: To Get Rohit Sharma Just Before End Of Play Was Handy

India in reply were poised at 62/2 in the first innings with Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara remaining unbeaten on 2 and 8 respectively, at the end of the day’s play with the visitors still trailing by 307 runs. According to him, the dismissal of opener Rohit Sharma who scored 44 was quite handy even as he termed the proceedings so far as “even”.

“India 2/60, to get (Rohit) Sharma just before the or what was to be the end of the play was very handy. But we had 100 runs today, could that have been more possibly, but in saying that 350 plus at the first innings at the GABBA is not a bad score.”

Australia have not lost a Test at the Gabba since 1988. The assistant coach said that his team was always looking to put up a total beyond 350 in the first essay.

“…but there is lot of cricket to be played in this and will define the pretty much the series, one all coming in and all on the line. The overall performance of the series will be defined by the series, no doubt about that,” Andrew McDonald added.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma Image Credits: Getty Images

The day’s play was suspended early due to rain and he said that it was disappointing for the spectators.

“The umpires have made that call (about play being called off) but no doubt disappointing for the spectators, who stayed on. It would have been nice to get some play there, but clearly deemed by the umpires to be unsafe. I suppose the playing surface is unsafe in some areas,” Andrew McDonald added.

The series is tied 1-1 after the third Test had ended in a draw. Australia won the first Test by 8 wickets as India registered lowest ever score in Tests in 2nd essay but overcame the debacle and were victorious in Melbourne by 8 wickets after stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane scored a ton.

Matthew Wade Dropped, Alex Carey Called In Australia's Test Squad For Test Series Against South Africa
Matthew Wade (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Matthew Wade’s Best Batting Position Is In The Middle: Andrew McDonald

Australia’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald acknowledged that Matthew Wade is a good option for the opening batsman but he admitted that the wicketkeeper-batsman comes out best in Test cricket when batting as the middle-order batsman.

His reaction is to the inclusion of David Warner and Will Pucovski in the squad for the third Test against India. As both the openers have returned to the squad, the temporary opener Matthew Wade’s position has become uncertain.

Matthew Wade’s best batting position is in the middle: Andrew McDonald

Australia vs India 2020-21: Stick With Matthew Wade And Joe Burns: Michael Bevan Advise Australia To Go With The Winning Combination
Joe Burns and Matthew Wade opened for Australia in the first two Test matches. Image Credit: Getty.

Andrew McDonald has opined that the opening combination of Australia for the Sydney Test will depend on Will Pucovski’s test result of concussion. But the coach believes that Matthew Wade is best suited for the middle-order batsman job.

“Is Wade and Warner the best opening combination for us at this point in time? I think a lot of that will depend on how Will Pucovski is. I would suggest (Wade)’s best batting position is in the middle … and that’s probably where he’s best suited.

Joe Burns and David Warner
Joe Burns dropped. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Matthew Wade had opened the innings for Australia in limited-overs cricket, but he had never done it before in first-class cricket before the ongoing Test series against India. Test captain Tim Paine had praised Wade’s willingness to open before the first Test.

“He’s (Wade) certainly an option to open the batting. No doubt about that. Wadey in particular, we saw against New Zealand last year with the short-ball stuff, he’s willing to put his body on the line for his team. We know he’s as tough as nails and he’ll do a good job no matter where he bats,” Tim Paine said.

It will be interesting to see how will open in the all-important third Test match as David Warner is still not recovered 100% while Will Pucovski has still not cleared Test.

Ravichandran Ashwin. Image Credit: Twitter.
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Indian Bowlers Are Playing With Steve Smith And Marnus Labuschange’s Mind, Admits Aussie Coach

Australia’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald has admitted that Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne have been easily trapped because of the Indian bowler’s astute tactics.

Ravichandran Ashwin got the better of Steve Smith in the first two matches. Ashwin removed Smith with an under-cutter that went with the arm in the first innings of the Adelaide Test. The off-spinner got Smith caught at leg-slip in the first innings of the Melbourne Test. In the second innings too, Smith was struggling to pick Ashwin before getting bowled around the legs by Jasprit Bumrah.

On the other hand, Marnus Labuschange was also unsure of how to deal with the spinner. Although he scored 47 in the first innings in Adelaide, he was gifted a couple of chances. But he was halted to score big in the last three innings.

Andrew McDonald was not shy to say that Smith has not come good yet. But he believes that he was looking good at nets.

I wouldn’t be too quick to judge Steve Smith in the middle. Yeah, he hasn’t got going yet in this series. In the first four balls he faced in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test, he looked pretty solid, has looked good at the nets too. and Marnus too,” said Australia assistant coach Andrew McDonald while speaking to the media on Thursday.

India have been able to control Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne: Andrew McDonald

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. Image Credit: Getty Images.

McDonald explains that Indians have managed to control Australia’s top two batsmen, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, in the first two Test matches with the ‘leg-side theory’

“The question for me at the moment is the tactical way India have prepared and have been able to control those two players especially with a sort of leg-side theory so to speak. So I suppose those two players will have to come out with a better method.

“I don’t think it has to do anything technically. They are technically in a good space but it is the method to score runs and how they are going to combat these tactics from India bowlers and captains, that has been discussed in our conversation,” added McDonald.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (Image Credit: Google)

The Aussie assistant coach admitted that the field placements been changing constantly leaving the batsmen confused. He hopes that the two batting mainstay could overhaul India’s tactics in the third match.

“Their tactics change suddenly. Sometimes they go out with two men out, sometimes they out with leg gully, sometimes they go with box mid-wicket, the bat-pad moves around with the angle. We are back Smith and Labuschagne to read that,” added McDonald.

After an embarrassing defeat in the first Test, India bounced back stronger in the second Test to beat them by eight wickets. They will play the third Test in Sydney beginning on January 7.

Australia vs India 2020-21: David Warner Likely To Play Sydney Test Even If He Is Not 100% Fit
David Warner. Image Credits: Twitter
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Australia vs India 2020-21: David Warner Likely To Play Sydney Test Even If He Is Not 100% Fit

After facing an embarrassing eight-wickets defeat in MCG, Australia is desperate to win the third Test against India and thus, they are looking to play David Warner even if he is 100% match fit. Australia’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald said the same, stating that even if he’s 90-95% fit, they will want him to play in Sydney.

David Warner, who sustained a groin injury in the second ODI during the fielding, was named in the 18-member squad while Joe Burns was dropped. He has been seen in nets practising but running a bit in between the wickets.

Joe Burns and David Warner
Joe Burns and David Warner. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Andrew McDonald has revealed that they are considering to keep David Warner in the playing XI for the much-awaited third Test.

“That’s a real, clear option. He may not be 100 per cent fit — who is coming off an injury? You never know until you get out there,” Andrew McDonald said during a virtual press conference as quoted by Reuters.

He added that they would have a conversation with the southpaw about his fitness level to play the extended format.

“Look, if he’s 90-95% fit and the conversation is that he’s fit enough to be able to go out there and perform his duties for the team, then I’m sure that’ll be a conversation the coach has with the player,” he added.

“Most times Justin (Langer) is pretty open with the players in terms of giving them accountability around that,” McDonald said.

David Warner optimistic to return:

Australia vs India 2020-21: David Warner Likely To Play Sydney Test Even If He Is Not 100% Fit 1
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McDonald also stated that the left-hand batsman is optimistic about his return and is really excited to be back with the squad.

“He’s (Warner) very optimistic that he should be ready to go, which is great news for us. We are really excited to have him back,” McDonald said.

“I’m sure that he’s excited to come back into the group as well. There’s nothing worse than being injured when you are at the top of your game as David has been over a period of time.” he added.

Talking about the young gun Will Pucovski, who has also been named in the squad for the third Test, McDonald said that the opening batsman, who suffered a ninth concussion, will be put under some tests before making himself available for the selection.

“He will be put through tests whatever it needs to be put through to make himself available for selection to potentially open the batting. So it’s good to have a little bit of depth out there.” McDonald said.

The third Test will begin on January 7 in Sydney, where the new strain of coronavirus has been found.

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Steve Smith Finds Lost Touch After Dismal IPL 2020 Outing

Steve Smith seemed to have found his rhythm back ahead of Australia’s home Tests, ODIs and T20Is against India. The 31-year-old wasn’t in the best of rhythms during the recently concluded 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), but he has been coming back into shape ahead of the international fixtures by training hard at nets. In the IPL, he had a nightmarish outing after his team Rajasthan Royals (RR) finished at the bottom of the points table.

However, some adjustments to his batting technique at training nets have helped him immensely. The New South Wales-born features in all three squads and being one of the best batsmen in the world, a lot would be expected of him going forward against a strong bowling line-up of India.

Steven Smith, IPL 2020
Steven Smith (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Steve Smith: Really Excited To Finding Lost Touch Again After Training

In 73 Tests, Smith averages 62.84 while in 125 ODIs he averages 42.46.  He has 26 tons in Tests with a top score of 239. His Test batting average is 3rd (played at least 20 Test innings) after legendary Australian Sir Don Bradman‘s 99.94 and teammate Marnus Labuschagne‘s 63.43. The latter though has played in only 14 Tests and will look to score big against India too.

“I had a big smile on my face after training the other day, I walked past (men’s team assistant coach) Andrew McDonald and said ‘I’ve found them again’,” Smith was quoted as saying to cricket.com.au while speaking on his ‘missing’ hands.

Marnus Labuschagne, India tour of Australia
Marnus Labuschagne (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“I was really excited. Theoretically, it is a simple thing, but it is just getting that feel and the look of the bat behind my toe the right way and the way my hands come up on the bat. It’s hard to explain but it just hasn’t quite been right until probably two days ago and I found a little something and everything just clicked in,” he stated.

Assistant coach Andrew McDonald played 4 Tests for Australia. In October 2019, he was appointed as assistant coach to Justin Langer with Australian national cricket team.

Steve Smith Disappointed With Batting Throughout IPL As He Wasn’t Consistent

In the IPL, Steve Smith started with a couple of fifties, guiding Rajasthan Royals to victories. But from there on, he went into the slump and it rubbed off negatively on his team’s performance as well. In 14 innings during the tournament, the right-hander managed only 311 runs averaging 25.91 with 3 fifties.

“I was pretty disappointed with my batting throughout the IPL. From my standards, I wasn’t consistent enough. I had a few innings here and there, but I never got into a really good rhythm. I got a bit caught up with trying to be a bit too powerful and that’s not quite my game,” Smith added.

Steven Smith
Steven Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Steve Smith doesn’t consider himself as a big-hitting batsman, who can clear the ropes at will. Rather, he prefers to manoeuvre the field and play ‘proper cricketing shots’ to get runs. Steve Smith is currently ICC’s number one ranked Test batsman.

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Stokes lauds Archer. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.
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Ben Stokes’ IPL 2020 Participation In Doubt Due To His Ailing Father

Ben Stokes is still with his family in all probability as Rajasthan Royals (RR) head coach and former Australian cricketer Andrew McDonald said that the franchise still has doubt over the availability of the England star all-rounder for the 13th edition of Indian Premier League.

Many players like Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh of Chennai Super Kings and Lasith Malinga of Mumbai Indians have opted out of IPL 2020 while others like Jason Roy and Harry Gurney are injured. Chris Woakes and Kane Richardson also opted out of the tournament.

Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals (Credits: BCCI)

Ben Stokes Played Remarkably Well In IPL 2017 But Could Not Repeat His Performances In 2018 And 2019:

The New Zealand-born England cricketer, Ben Stokes, is one of the finest all-rounders of the white-ball cricket. A destructive batsman and an effective fast-bowler, he has remained at the spotlight of some of England’s recent triumphs including World Cup 2019 win and making a thrilling Ashes ton at Headingley to name a few.

He made waves in his first season of the IPL when he was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiants at a record price of INR 14.5 cr. He smashed an unbeaten 103 in his first season and returned with a best of 3/18 during his 12 matches for the former defunct franchise in IPL 2017. He did not enjoy much success in the last two IPL seasons.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes
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The 29-year-old all-rounder had missed the second and third Tests against Pakistan due to family reasons. The head coach said that the franchise is ready to give an ample amount of time but they are still unsure about Ben Stokes availability for IPL 2020.

Ben Stokes Have Not Informed Team Management Of His Location

Ben Stokes reveals he didn’t sleep for a week after finding out his father Ged Stokes was suffering from brain cancer.  The former New Zealand rugby league star was diagnosed with the illness in January after returning to New Zealand from South Africa, where he was taken ill over the winter.

“First and foremost, thoughts with the Stokes family. It’s a difficult scenario, so we’re giving him as much time as he needs, and connecting with him as best we can,” ESPNcricinfo quoted McDonald as saying.
Andrew McDonald
Andrew McDonald (Image Credit: Google)

“So yeah, we’re not sure where Stokesy’s at right now, but once it has played out, then we can make our decisions from there. But I don’t want to second-guess what will happen with him just yet,” he added.

Ben Stokes who scored 123 runs and took six wickets in nine matches last season has not been too impressive in IPL as he played only the last three seasons. He has scored 635 runs and took 26 wickets in 34 matches, the bulk of which came in 2017.

The IPL 2020 will be played in the UAE from September 19-November 10 and the tournament will run for 53 days.
Rajasthan will face Chennai Super Kings in their opening game on September 22.

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IPL 2020: Salaries Of All The Head Coaches

The coach is one of the most crucial parts of any team. The present IPL franchises not only hire the Head Coach, but they also try to build up strong coaching and support staff system that can properly guide the players to achieve success in the tournament.

Head Coach is the most important part of the coaching and support staff system of a team as this coach plays a vital role in the communication system between the players and coaches and support staff.

Here we are talking about the salaries of the Head Coaches in IPL 2020

Mahela Jayawardene (Mumbai Indians) – INR 2.25 crore

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Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene is the Head Coach of the most successful IPL winning side Mumbai Indians. He is handling the Head Coach post of this side since IPL 2017, and during his coaching tenure, the four-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians have won two IPL trophies (2017 and 2019). In the upcoming cash-rich tournament, Jayawardene’s boys will participate as the defending champions.

Despite the huge success as the Head Coach, Jayawardene is one of the lowest salaried Head Coach in the IPL 2020. According to the recent media reports, his present salary is US$280,400 (INR 2.25 crore).

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IPL 2020: Steve Smith Is Really Looking Forward To Stepping Back Into Leadership Role: Andrew McDonald

Rajasthan Royals head coach Andrew McDonald feels that Steve Smith is ready for the captaincy of RR in this edition of the IPL. He has been in contact with the Australian batsman who will tour England for a white ball series and has stated to his coach that was looking forward to stepping back into the leadership role.

Rajasthan Royals had traded captain Ajinkya Rahane to Delhi capitals this term and appointed Steve Smith as the captain. The 13th edition of IPL was originally scheduled to kick off from March 29 was postponed indefinitely after April 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the nation. The postponing of the World Cup to 2021 gave the IPL a window to be conducted in September.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL

Andrew McDonald trusts Steve Smith’s as the leader of the team

The Australian coach who represented RCB in 11 matches in the IPL is all praises for his fellow countryman captain of Rajasthan Royals and feels he is the right man leading the team. He stated he is looking forward to work with Smith who he has known for long.

“I’ve known him for quite a while now and am really looking forward to working with him. He’s really looking forward to stepping back into that leadership role. It’s an interesting challenge for him too and I feel comfortable that we’ve got the right man leading the charge,” Andrew McDonald stated.  

Andrew McDonald, Rajasthan Royals
Andrew McDonald (Image Credit: Google)

Andrew Mcdonald on England and Australia players:

The RR head coach hopes that the players returning from the England-Australia series will be ready to hit the ground running in top form.  RR squad members Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Tom Curran will travel to UAE on 17th September to join with their squad.

“We’re really hopeful that they turn up in great shape and are ready to go. In theory, it should be a bonus for us because they’d be ready, and that’s one thing the other players will be chasing during this preparation phase -to be skill ready and match ready through practice games and intra-squad games. But we also know that it isn’t always the same as the intensity level of an IPL game,” he added.

Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals (Credits: BCCI)

The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the 8 teams play in UAE. The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

Andrew McDonald
Andrew McDonald. Credits: AAP
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Australia’s Assistant Coach Andrew Mcdonald To Miss The Upcoming Tour Of England

Australia’s limited-overs tour of England in September got sealed as Cricket Australia announced a 21-member squad. While Aaron Finch‘s men will have the services of their head coach Justin Langer, the assistant coach Andrew Mcdonald will stay out.

The reason being that Andrew Mcdonald has a pre-existing commitment with IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals.

Australia are scheduled to feature in three ODIs and three T20Is from the 4th to 16th of September. All of Australia’s frontline players including David Warner, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, and Pat Cummins have been picked.

Andrew Mcdonald will prepare himself to fly to the UAE, where the 13th season of the cash-rich league will happen. The former all-rounder, who played four Tests for the national team, served as the national team’s coach during India’s white-ball tour of India earlier this year.

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Cricket Australia confirmed the news in a statement that Mcdonald will not be present with the tourists in England. In October 2019, the 39-year old was appointed as the head coach of Rajasthan Royals.

Previously, he was also the bowling coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore and guided Victoria to the Sheffield Shield title in his first year as coach.

Australian men’s team Senior Assistant Coach Andrew McDonald will not travel with the squad to the UK to fulfill a pre-existing commitment as Head Coach of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League,” Cricket Australia claimed.

Australia and England players to miss the first week of IPL:

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Aussie and English players including Aaron Finch, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, David Warner, Pat Cummins, and Ben Stokes will miss the initial phase of the extravaganza in the UAE.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, players are required to spend six days in isolation on arrival in the UAE as per the SOPs.