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India To Begin Their World Cup Campaign Against Pakistan At MCG On October 23

India will face Pakistan in their first match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Melbourne on October 23 as the ICC announced the fixtures of the mega event. The Super 12 stage will begin with the re-match of the T20 World Cup 2021 final as the hosts Australia will start their title defense against New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground.

The tournament will begin on October 16 as Sri Lanka will take on Namibia at Geelong. The first round will be played at Geelong and Hobart as Sri Lanka, Namibia, West Indies & Scotland will be joined by 4 qualifiers.

Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, and Virat Kohli share a heartfelt moment after Ind vs Pak game | Photo: T20 World Cup / ICC
Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, and Virat Kohli share a heartfelt moment after Ind vs Pak game | Photo: T20 World Cup / ICC

World Cup final to be played at MCG on November 13

Two semifinals will be played at Sydney and Adelaide while the final will take place at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 13.

India has been placed in Group 2 along with Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh along with two qualifiers from the first round. India will face South Africa in Perth on October 30 while they will set lock horns with Bangladesh in Adelaide on November 2.

The defending champions Australia will be in Group 1 along with New Zealand, England, Afghanistan, and two other qualifiers. The MCG will host another arch-rivalry as they will host the clash between Australia and England on October 28.

Speaking about the tournament fixtures, Australia captain Aaron Finch said that knowing the groups does help with the planning as the hosts will be defending their title.

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Australia- T20 World Cup 2021 winner (File pic)

“Our planning was ultra-detailed last time, knowing what the groups look like eight, nine months out is really helpful because it can help your level of detail in that planning phase. It’s a tough group though. They’re both tough, and when you throw in qualifiers like West Indies, Sri Lanka, you’ve got to play really well to get out of the group stage.” Aaron Finch said on Friday at MCG.

Last year Australia won the Men’s T20 World Cup for the first time as they beat New Zealand by 8 wickets in Dubai. Mitchell Marsh was the hero of the night as the all-rounder played a match-winning knock of 77 runs off 50 balls.

David Warne was given the ‘Man of The Tournament’ award as the left-hander scored 289 runs in 7 matches with a strike rate of 146.70 which included 3 fifties.

Also read “India Should Have Given The Ball To Venkatesh Iyer”-Zaheer Khan

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New Zealand cricket team. (Credits: Twitter)
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New Zealand’s Tour Of Australia Postponed Due To Quarantine Issues

New Zealand‘s limited-overs tour to Australia has been postponed due to uncertainty over quarantine rules.

The tour was set to begin on January 27 with a practice match at Perth, followed by 3 ODIs and one T20I starting from January 30. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) released a statement that there is no certainty for the touring party to return back in time as the government imposed a 10-day strict quarantine amid Covid’s omicron variant. Notable that New Zealand will host South Africa for a 2-Test match series starting on February 17.

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New Zealand was set to play 3 ODIs and one T20I starting from January 30

“As we now know, the advent of Omicron prompted a change of strategy from the Government, resulting in a hard 10-day mandatory isolation period being imposed on all incoming travellers,” NZC chief executive David White said.

“NZC and CA had explored a proposal to expand the tour and to push out the date on which the squad might return to New Zealand, in the hope that might be more achievable for the Government,” he added.

“But we received advice this morning that they could not provide certainty over this, either,” he said.

Meanwhile, the discussions between the two boards will be carried on to reschedule the series. However, it will be difficult to see this happening as New Zealand has a packed schedule ahead of the summer.

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Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said that the talks have been going on to reschedule the series.

“We are extremely disappointed that we won’t be able to play the scheduled matches against New Zealand as planned, however we will continue to work with New Zealand Cricket to reschedule the series,” Hockley said.

“We thank NZC, who made every effort to make the series happen, however because they were unable to get certainty over return quarantine arrangements, it is simply just not possible at this time.We know fans will be disappointed and thank them for their understanding given the unique circumstances that the global pandemic presents for everyone. We look forward to welcoming Sri Lanka to Australia next month and will confirm the schedule for that series as soon as possible,” he added.

It’s interesting that Australia is supposed to travel to New Zealand for a 3-match T20I starting on March 17.

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“I Have Signed Up For The IPL Auction”– Pat Cummins

Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins has confirmed his availability for the upcoming IPL season as he has signed up for the IPL mega auction to be held in the second week of February.

There were reports that Australian pace battery might opt out of the upcoming IPL season to manage their heavy workload in the next year or so. Australia will travel to Pakistan in March-April for a full-fledged series to play 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, and one T20I. So it will be interesting to see if the IPL franchises show interest in Australian pacers.

Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders) IPL 2021
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

KKR picked Pat Cummins with a price of ₹15.5 crores ahead of IPL 2020

However, Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins left it to the individual’s choice whether he wants to play the mega league or not.

“I’ve signed up for the auction at this stage. I’ll probably have a bit more of a think about it before that auction date. At this stage, I plan to do the IPL. I have no advice for anyone else. I think you’ve got to be aware of (workloads), it could be a lot of time on the road, some people manage that better than others,” said Cummins as quoted by Cricket Australia.

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“You have to know what you’re signing up for. It could be a long-ish winter but the last couple of winters have been quiet at home. The traditional tours are still a little way away, it will be bubbles for a little bit longer. Everyone has to be aware of it,” he added.

Cummins had a great time as his first assignment as Test captain as Australia dominated England to win the series by 4-0 and he himself was the leading wicket-taker in the series as he picked 21 wickets in 4 matches with an average of 18.04. He missed the second test match at Adelaide as he was identified as close contact of a Covid-19 positive case.

Also read: Ben Stokes Likely To Opt Out Of IPL Mega Auction

The 28-year old made a big headline in the IPL auction ahead of the 2020 season when Kolkata Knight Riders picked him with a whopping price of ₹15.5 crores. He picked 21 wickets in 21 games in the last two seasons.

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Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

It Would Be Nice To Have Clarity Over Justin Langer’s Contract – Pat Cummins

Australia Test captain Pat Cummins said that Justin Langer should be given clarity over his future as Australia coach. Langer’s contract will be expired in June 2022 but there are rumours floating around his future though ex-Australian players came out in full support for his teammate.

Though Justin Langer made it clear that he loves his job as Australia coach and would like to continue with the team, there is silence from Cricket Australia’s side.

Justin Langer
Justin Langer

Justin Langer’s contract will expire in June 2022

Speaking on the second day of the Ashes, captain Pat Cummins made a diplomatic statement however he urged CA to clear things out as soon as possible.

That’s above my pay grade. We’ll wait and see, it’d be nice to have clarity for everyone, but he’s been doing a fantastic job, we absolutely love JL. He’s been really great through the World Cup and the Ashes. Honestly, it’s not been a talking point at all within the camp. The plan has always been to chat about it after the Ashes, so the powers that be, I’m sure, will chat at some stage. But he’s been fantastic for us and the boys love having him around.” Pat Cummins said.
Under the guidance of Justin Langer, Australia retained the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001. Also, Australia won their maiden Men’s T20 World Cup title last under his coaching as well.
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CA chief executive Nick Hockley hasn’t made any official statement yet, though there are speculations that both parties will discuss things post the Ashes.
Earlier Australia’s legendary captain Steve Waugh also urged Cricket Australia to make things clear about his future. Steve Waugh also worked with the team in Ashes 2019 when Langer asked him to join the team as a consultant.
“Position in doubt? Influenced the culture and character of the team after the Cape Town debacle. Coached the team to a winning World Cup 20/20 and now to a commanding Ashes victory. Time to put the rumours and innuendo to rest. #respect #culture #character” Steve Waugh posted on his Instagram page.
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Can’t Believe Dean Elgar Survived That LBW Review – Brad Hogg

Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg also opined his views on the DRS controversy which happened during the third test match between India and South Africa on the third day. Hogg said that he couldn’t believe how Elgar got a reprieve off that LBW review as it looked plumb in front.

In the 21st over of South Africa’s second innings, Dean Elgar was adjudged LBW against the bowling of Ashwin but after some discussion with his batting partner Keegan Petersen, he decided to review the decision. After a few replays, it looked very plumb, but what hawk-eye projection showed, left everyone in shock. Umpire Marais Erasmus himself was seen saying, “That’s impossible!”

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images

Brad Hogg also opined the same as he tweeted, “Can’t believe Elgar survived LBW review. Not right when you bowl the right length, hit batsman under the knee roll & ball is going over the stumps. Side on view needed to be looked out on such instances. Hard on the umpire. Again DRS is for the howlers not this. #INDvSA” 

“DRS is for the howlers, not for this”- Brad Hogg

However, the controversy didn’t stop there as Indian players made a series of comments hitting out the host broadcaster ‘Supersport TV’

You should find better ways to win, SuperSport,” Ashwin said coming close to the stump mic.

Kohli was furious as he kicked the ground in anger when the hawk-eye projection showed that the ball is going over the stumps. He also joined the chatter as he came close to the stumps to send his message to the broadcasters, “focus on your team as well when they shine the ball. not just the opposition! Trying to catch people all the time!”

“Certainly conducting a fair game here DRS” he mocked.

Other Indian players also joined the bandwagon as there were a series of comments from all close-in fielders.

Whole country playing against eleven guys,” said KL Rahul.

“Not good. You are making the sport look bad now, making the sport look bad,” said his opening partner Mayank Agarwal.

Though at the end of the day, India got the wicket of Dean Elgar with the help of DRS as he was caught down the leg side. South Africa finished the day with a score of 101/2 as they need another 111 runs to win.

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AUS vs ENG Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update – The Ashes, 2021-22 

AUS vs ENG Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI, Pitch Report, and Injury Update of 5th Test match between Australia and England.  

AUS vs ENG The Ashes, 2021-22, 5th Test Match Preview:

Australia and England are set to lock horns in the 5th Ashes 2021-22 Test, starting Friday, January 14, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.

Australia’s dream of whitewashing England didn’t come to fruition as the fourth Test ended in a nail-biting draw. There were many positive outcomes for the hosts as  Usman Khawaja’s twin centuries set the stage on fire. They have a 100 percent win record in the Pink ball Tests and will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten streak.

England, on the other hand, had something to cheer for in this series as they managed to draw the Test at the famous SCG. Zak Crawley played fluently in the second innings which is a good sign for the visitors. Jos Buttler is out of the final Test due to injury and Sam Billings is called as he is the replacement. It will be a huge achievement if they beat the in-form Aussies at Hobart.

AUS vs ENG The Ashes, 2021-22, 5th Test Match Details:

Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Date & Time: Jan 14-Jan 18, at 09:30 AM IST

Live Score:  CricketAddictor

AUS vs ENG The Ashes, 2021-22, 5th Test Match Pitch Report:

The new cherry will talk a lot in the early one hour of play and later the wicket tends to become flat as the game goes on. Bellerive Oval has hosted 13 Test matches so far out of which only 2 ended in a draw. We can expect result in this game.

AUS vs ENG The Ashes, 2021-22, 5th Test Match Probable Playing XIs:

AUS: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Scott Boland / Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon

ENG: Haseeb Hameed / Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope / Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson

Top Picks for AUS vs ENG Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

AUS

Making his come back into the Australian side after almost two and half years, Usman Khawaja hit twin centuries in the 4th Test at SCG to give his side an upper hand. Considering his current form, he is a good pick for your fantasy teams.

Cameron Green is improving continuously as a bowler and he even complimented well with the bat in the 4th Test. In 4 matches so far in this series, he has picked up 9 wickets and has also scored 131 runs with the bat.

Mitchell Starc is unplayable with the new ball and has picked up 15 wickets in 4 Test matches in this series. He is spending more time in the middle with the bat as well and has also scored 151 runs in 5 innings at an average of 75.5.

ENG

Zak Crawley proved that he is up for the challenge in the big stage as he scored an important half-century in the second innings of the 4th Test.

Jonny Bairstow might don the gloves behind the stumps in this match. He became the 1st English player to score a century in this series when he smashed 113 runs in the first innings of the 4th Test.

Despite having a side strain, Ben Stokes hit twin half-centuries in the fourth Test. He is fit to take part in the final Test of the series.

Stuart Broad bowled splendidly at the SCG where he picked up 5 wickets in the first innings. Overall in this series, he has scalped 7 wickets with the best figures of 5 for 101.

AUS vs ENG The Ashes, 2021-22, Must Picks for Dream11 Team Prediction:

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream11 Points
Usman Khawaja 238 runs 301
Mitchell Starc 151 runs + 15 wickets 100, 177, 20, 65
Cameron Green 114 runs + 8 wickets 56, 87, 28, 137
Jonny Bairstow 175 runs 29, 191
Ben Stokes 227 runs + 4 wickets 35, 128, 33, 161
Stuart Broad 41 runs + 7 wickets 79, 124

AUS vs ENG The Ashes, 2021-22, Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:

Captain –  Mitchell Starc, Usman Khawaja

Vice-Captain –  Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for AUS vs ENG Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper- Jonny Bairstow

Batsmen-  Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Dawid Malan

All-Rounders- Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Cameron Green

Bowlers- Stuart Broad (vc), Mitchell Starc (c), Pat Cummins

AUS vs ENG Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, The Ashes, 2021-22 
AUS vs ENG Dream11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for AUS vs ENG Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper- Jonny Bairstow, Alex Carey

Batsmen- David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja (c), Zak Crawley

All-Rounders-Ben Stokes (vc), Joe Root

Bowlers- Stuart Broad, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins

AUS vs ENG Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, The Ashes, 2021-22 
AUS vs ENG Dream11 Prediction

AUS vs ENG The Ashes, 2021-22, 5th Test Match Probable Winner:

Australia is expected to win this match of Ashes 2021-22.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

 

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Usman Khawaja To Open, Marcus Harris Misses Out For Hobart Test

Australian left-handed batter Usman Khawaja will retain his place in the XI for the final Test match at Hobart. However, he has been promoted to open the innings replacing Marcus Harris. Travis Head, who missed out on the fourth test match due to Covid-19, will return to no.5.

Notable that Khawaja scored twin hundreds at Sydney in his return to Test Cricket. It was his first test match in the last 16 months. Khawaja’s promotion means Marcus Harris will miss out who scored 179 runs with an average of 29.83.

Usman Khawaja.
Usman Khawaja. Getty Images.

Khawaja’s batting average as a Test opener is 96.80

“I think he (Harris) knew it was coming, The message to ‘Harry’ is that we think he’s going really well, it’s tough on him. It’s not too often that someone comes in and gets two hundreds in the same game. I thought Marcus has been really good, he’s been growing with each game. He was a huge part of why we won that MCG Test. He’s certainly part of the future, we’ll keep investing him,” Pat Cummins spoke to the media on the match eve.

The opening position is not something new for Khawaja as he had phenomenal success at top of the order. Khawaja, as an opener, scored 484 runs in 7 innings with an average of 96.80 which included 2 hundreds. He scored a hundred as an opener in the pink-ball Test against South Africa in Adelaide 2016.

Meanwhile, there are some doubts over Scott Boland’s availability for the pink ball Test at Hobart as the fast bowler is still recovering from his rib injury. Boland landed awkwardly on his ribs during the first innings of the Sydney Test. Boland had a sensational start to his Test career as he picked 14 wickets in 2 Tests with an average of 8.64 which included the figures of 6/7 in his debut Test match.

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Scott Boland. Getty Images.

However, Cummins stated that both Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser are fit and available for the selection in case Boland misses out.

“Scotty’s ribs are the only factor, He’ll give that a go, if he’s not in then Jhye and Michael Neser are both fit. We’ll work that out this arvo. Jhye coming off a five-for in the pink ball (means) he’s probably the next one (in) but we’ll have that conversation when we need to,” Cummins told reporters.

“It’s a pretty tight turnaround between Tests. We think he (Boland) should be right but he’ll just have another bowl in the nets.” he added.

Australia is currently leading the series by 3-0 as the Sydney test ended on a thrilling draw when Anderson and Broad denied them the final wicket to avoid the possibility of a whitewash.

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Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)
Ramiz Raja. (Credits: Twitter)

Ramiz Raja Proposes An Annual Four-Nation Super Series Involving Pakistan, India, Australia And England

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has proposed the idea of an annual quadrangular series to be played involving 4 countries- Pakistan, India, Australia, and England. The tournament would be played in the T20 format as each nation would get the opportunity to host the series on a rotation basis.

On Tuesday Ramiz Raja shared this information on Twitter that he would propose this idea to the next ICC meeting.

“Hello fans.Will propose to the ICC a Four Nations T20i Super Series involving Pak Ind Aus Eng to be played every year, to be hosted on a rotation basis by these four. A separate revenue model with profits to be shared on a percentage basis with all ICC members, think we have a winner,” Ramiz Raja tweeted.

Notable that Ramiz Raja is trying hard to revive cricket in Pakistan as he is now eying for the India-Pakistan series. India and Pakistan haven’t faced each other in bilateral series since 2012-13 when Pakistan toured India for a series of 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is. Pakistan won the ODI series by a 2-1 margin while the T20I series was drawn by 1-1.

Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports

“A separate revenue model with profits to be shared on a percentage basis with all ICC members”- Ramiz Raja

Since then, the two teams have faced each other in only multination tournaments like World Cup, Champions Trophy, and Asia Cup. Neither Pakistan players get chances to play in the Indian Premier League.

Meanwhile, Raja arranged a quite packed schedule for Pakistan as they will host lots of cricket in Pakistan. In March-April they will host a full-fledged series against Australia as they will play a series of 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, and one-off T20I. England and New Zealand are also scheduled to visit the country in the next 18 months.

West Indies visited Pakistan last month to play a limited-overs series however the tour was cut short as there was a covid outbreak in the West Indies camp. Pakistan clean swept the T20I series by 3-0 but the ODI series has been postponed to April 2021.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will begin on January 27 and the final is scheduled to play on February 27. All games will be played in two venues- Karachi and Lahore.

Also, read It’s Certainly On The Table – Mitchell Starc On His Participation In IPL Mega Auction

Australia's Mitchell Starc
Australia's Mitchell Starc Image Credit: AFP

It’s Certainly On The Table – Mitchell Starc On His Participation In IPL Mega Auction

Australia pacer Mitchell Starc revealed that he’s considering the possibility to play in the next IPL. However, he hasn’t put his name yet for IPL Mega Auction.

Notable that Starc hasn’t featured in this mega league since 2015. He represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in two seasons- 2014 and 2015 in which he picked 34 wickets in 27 games with an economy of 7.17.

Ahead of the 5th Test match at Hobart, he was speaking to the media where he revealed his wish as he stated that there is a big T20 season which includes a home T20 World Cup for Australia so he would like to fine-tune his T20 skills. There are still a couple of days left as the deadline to send his name for auction is January 14.

Mitchell Starc (Image Credit: Twitter)
Mitchell Starc (Image Credit: Twitter)

Starc played for RCB in 2014 and 2015

“I’ve got two days to get my paperwork in, so that might be something I do today before training. I’ve not put my name down just yet, but I’ve got a couple more days to decide on that,” Mitchell Starc said.

“It’s certainly on the table, regardless of what the schedule has got coming up I haven’t been for six years or so. With a heavy weighting towards T20s over the last period of time and the World Cup coming up later this year, that’s one to take into consideration as well,” he added.

He was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL mega auction at the whopping price of 9.40 crores but he pulled out due to injury.

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Meanwhile, the pace bowler insisted that he didn’t need any rest in the final test of the Ashes. Notable that he is the only pace bowler from Australia who played all 4 tests in the Ashes so far so the selectors are considering the option to rest him to manage his workload.

“It’s really up to the selectors – I’m not looking for a break. It’s the last Test match of an Ashes series at home and it’s the pink ball too. I’d very much like to play. I guess it’s in the hands of selectors, but I won’t be asking for rest,” he stated.

Starc picked 15 wickets with an average of 26.6 in this Ashes so far and played some handy cameos down the order as he scored 151 runs with an average of 75.5.

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Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter
Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter
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I Think Joe Root Is The Man To Captain The Side – Shane Warne

The legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne still believes that Joe Root should continue as England test captain. Noteworthy that the pressure has been surrounding Joe Root since England again failed to win a Test match in the ongoing Ashes.

Australia regained the Ashes with an innings win at Melbourne though England put up some fight in the 4th test as they managed to draw the match to avoid the possibility of a whitewash. This is Joe Root’s second Ashes series in Australia as a captain but he failed to win a single test out of 9 matches. Overall he led England in 60 test matches with 27 wins and 24 losses.

Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo

Root hasn’t won a Test as captain in Australia

Since England couldn’t get the Ashes back even in the home series under his captaincy, there are talks if it’s the right time to hand over Ben Stokes the captaincy. However, Shane Warne still backs Root to do the job as he believes in his prime batting but Warne insisted that he would need some help from the team management.

“I think Joe Root is the man to captain the side. I think he should remain as captain. What he needs, though, is not sports science people or data. He can have those people in the background. But what he needs around him is hard, Test match players, who have been there and know the game of cricket,” Shane Warne spoke to TalkSport.

Joe Root also hadn’t played an impactful knock in Australia as he is yet to score a test century in 13 Tests he played down under.

“They can help him with tactics and strategy. If you surround him with a few of those people, you’ll see the best of Root. You would have to say there’s not enough good cricket knowledge people around him,” he added.

Ben Stokes (right) insists he has no desire to succeed Joe Root as England Test captain. Photograph: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP
Ben Stokes (right) insists he has no desire to succeed Joe Root as England Test captain. Photograph: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP

Warne further pointed out that England didn’t play to their potential as they tactically lagged behind. He stated that England missed out on the trick by not playing Stuart Broad in the Ashes opener at Brisbane. Broad is the only England bowler to take a fifer in this Ashes as he picked 5/101 in the Sydney Test. He also pointed out that David Warner had struggled against Broad and having him could have set things differently for England.

England will be disappointed with the way they’ve played. They could’ve played a lot better. But I think Australia have been absolutely outstanding as well. I just think England have got a lot of the basics wrong.

“How does Stuart Broad not play that first Test? When you think of the 2019 Ashes series and what Broad did to David Warner, he owned him. When they announced Broad wasn’t playing, how do you think Warner felt? The selections have just been horrific, really. They haven’t got any of them right,” Warne said.

The fifth and final test of the Ashes will be played from January 14 at Hobart.

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