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New Zealand Add Corey Anderson And Glenn Phillips To T20I Squad For Pakistan Series

New Zealand have added allrounder Corey Anderson and wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips to their squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Pakistan.

New Zealand had already announced the squad but had named only 11 players. They had decided to fill the vacant places on the basis of the players performance for New Zealand A against Pakistan A in UAE. And Anderson and Phillips made the cut. Both the players are likely to play the remaining two one day games against Pakistan A before joining the squad.

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Phillips ended the three-match T20 series against Pakistan A as the highest run-scorer, scoring 126 runs. Prior to his latest performance, he had impressed in the Caribbean Premier League. The keeper-batsman had finished the tournament as the  second highest run-getter with 457 runs.

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On the other hand, Anderson struggled with both bat and ball against Pakistan A. The allrounder has so far scored 16, 0, 22 and 38 in three T20Is and one one-dayer. But interestingly, he made it to the squad.

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The call means Anderson will finally make his international return since playing against Bangladesh in the Champions Trophy last year. He underwent a back surgery last year which sidelined him for a lengthy period. His form then only made things tougher for him. The hard-hitting allrounder managed just 17 runs and 3 wickets for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

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But he had a good outing for Somerset in England, scoring 514 runs.

New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said:

“Corey and Glenn are in good form and have performed well in the local conditions over the past couple of weeks. They obviously bring plenty of firepower, but their versatility will also give the squad the desired balance.

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New Zealand will take on Pakistan in UEA in a full-fledged series. The series consists off three T20Is, three ODIs and a couple of Tests.

New Zealand squad:

Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Seth Rance

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IPL 2018: Top Five Most Expensive Spells of IPL Season 11

IPL 2018: Top Five Most Expensive Spells of the Eleventh Season

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a delight for the batsman from all-round the globe.

The T20 game gives the freedom to the batsmen to go all guns blazing. However, the bowlers can think they have a selected a wrong domain.

It is not easy to hit the right length all the time. Furthermore, heavy bats and short boundaries have given an edge to the batsmen. Thus, the bowlers can expect some bad day at the office in T20 cricket.

In the eleventh season of IPL, there were some expensive overs. The bowlers were taken to cleaners by the world-class batsmen in some of the matches.

Let’s take a look at the Top Five Most Expensive Spells of the Eleventh Season:

5. Prasidh Krishna: 56 runs in 4 overs.

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Credits: BCCI

Prasidh Krishna leaked 56 runs in the second qualifier against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Rashid Khan attacked the Karnataka bowler in the fag end of the innings.

Krishna gave away 24 overs in the final over of the innings which gave an advantage to the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Rashid Khan late blitz helped his team, as they won by 13 runs.

However, Krishna had a good IPL season for the Kolkata Knight Riders. The right-handed bowler scalped ten wickets in the seven matches he played in the season.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore. Credit: BCCI

IPL 2018: Five Players Who Might be Dropped by RCB in the Next Edition

The campaign of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Vivo Indian Premier League’s (IPL) season eleven has come to an end following their defeat against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their final group game.

The Bangalore-based outfit started off pretty poorly in the tournament which resulted in their eventual ouster from the tournament. Though they gave themselves a chance with three victories out of the last four matches, however, it didn’t prove to be enough in the end.

Over the years, they have always had a solid team. But, they haven’t been able to produce the magnificent performances on a consistent basis.

Hence, they are one of those teams who are yet to win an IPL despite having a star-studded line-up.

After a poor show which hampered them to make it to the playoffs, the team management might decide to drop a few players in the twelfth edition of the IPL.

Here are five big players who are expected to be released by RCB:

Sarfaraz Khan:

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Sarfaraz Ahmed might not be a big name in the cricketing circuit yet, but the heavily built young man has some exceptional capabilities which proved as the sole reason behind RCB’s decision to retain him ahead of the IPL’s mega-auction.

However, the youngster failed to deliver in the limited opportunities he got in the tournament so far.

In seven matches he played in this edition, Sarfaraz scored only 51 runs at a below-par average of 10.

It was only against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) that Sarfaraz played a quickfire cameo which proved to be decisive in the end.

Coming late in the order, the promising prospect struck an unbeaten 22 of just eight deliveries. However, it is quite certain that Bangalore will release him, next year.


Anderson replaces injured Coulter-Nile in RCB squad

Bengaluru, March 24: Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday replaced injured Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile with New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson in their squad for this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting on April 7, it

The IPL Technical Committee approved the replacement for Coulter-Nile. In accordance with the Player Regulations, the Royal Challengers Bangalore were allowed to choose a replacement from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP), according to a statement read.

Virat Kohli-led RCB picked 27-year-old Anderson for his base price of Rs 2 crore.

The New Zealander previously represented Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.

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ICC Appoint Corey Anderson as Event Ambassador for ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018

The World Cricket governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday has nominated New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson as the event ambassador for the 2018 Under-19 World Cup.

“You go from playing domestic cricket to playing international cricket – it’s a big step but it’s a step that is necessary,” Anderson said in ICC’s press release.

The promising all-rounder Anderson has further expressed excitement to become the representative of the tournament which plays a significant role for the budding cricketers.

“It is extremely exciting to be involved again in the U-19 World Cup,” Anderson added.

Pertinently, the 26-year-old Christchurch-born Anderson had featured twice in U-19 World Cups in 2010 at home and in 2008 when the tournament was held in Malaysia.

“I played two of them – it is the first stepping stone to playing international cricket,” Anderson remarked.

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Hobbled by injury in the recent past, Anderson smashed four fifties in 10 matches after scoring 324 runs across both the U-19 editions in which he represented the Black Caps. Photo Credit: ICC/Web.

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The 22-day tournament will be hosted by New Zealand for the 16-team tournament, as the tournament will kick start on January 13 (Saturday) and run through February 03.

The future players are looking forward to wrestling in the coveted tournament, before impressing the national selectors for making it to the top-flight cricket.

Chris Tetley, who is the Head of Events for ICC feels having Anderson as the ambassador would leave a significant mark in the competition in his backyard.

“Having Corey on board is ideal because he a player who has come through this very system and hails from New Zealand,” Tetley said in ICC’s statement.

The 12th edition of the U-19 World Cup will be hosted at seven venues across four cities – to witness the spectacular performances from the youngsters.

Anderson, who represented New Zealand across formats, believes such competition boost the morale of the prominent players, who are raring to go while donning the national jersey in the future.

“To have it in our backyard is great. We are going to see players who people may not know now but who in the years to come will become household names,” Anderson reiterated.

The World Cup of U-19 is a stepping stone for the professionals and Anderson is one such example, who rose among such ranks – to grab the opportunity at international circuit.

Anderson made his international debut in 2014. He has played 49 One-day internationals followed by 29 Twenty20 internationals and 13 Tests. He has bagged 90 wickets across all three formats.

The first tournament of the U-19 World Cup was held in 1986 in Australia, as most of the star cricketers have had represented their respective countries.

The Anderson Show: The day when Corey broke 20-year-old record.

In My Mind I am Fully on Track to Comeback as an All-rounder – Corey Anderson

Injury-prone Black Caps all-rounder Corey Anderson is ready to put behind another stint on the sidelines and set his sights on returning to international cricket.

The seam bowling all-rounder had to leave his English county side Somerset abruptly due to a recurring back problem which required him to undergo treatment. The injury identified a stress fracture had troubled the Kiwi star since 2015 during the tour of England.

Anderson now has screws in his back following a surgery four weeks ago but was back in the gym last week. Anderson is now taking baby steps with low impact exercise and hopes to get back on full-fledged form soon.

“I’m in a good space,” the 26-year-old had said.

“I’m glad I had the surgery, I’m active again and on the road to recovery. I’m excited for what’s ahead.”

Injuries have troubled and had hampered Anderson’s career progress very badly. He has played only 13 tests, 49 ODIs, and 29 T20s, since his international debut in December 2012.

To get an idea of the amount of cricket he had missed since his debut, New Zealand has played 37 tests, 90 ODIs and 38 T20s. But, despite repeated problems, the all-rounder is upbeat about his future and is in no mood to cut down his involvement in any format of the game.

“If it did ever go pear-shaped I would cross that bridge when I came to it. In my mind, I’m fully on track to come back as an all-rounder.

“The whole point of having the surgery was to get myself back to full capacity. My role in the New Zealand side, and the best way to get selected, is to be that all-rounder.”

“The dream, if you’re a Black Cap, is to play test cricket. The feelings you have and rewards you get from it are hard to compete with any other format.”

The Anderson Show: The day when Corey broke 20-year-old record.

Black Caps Wish Corey Anderson A Speedy Recovery After Undergoing Surgery

Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson is in the process of recovery after successfully undergoing a back surgery. Taking to their Instagram handle, the Black Caps posted a picture of Anderson lying on the hospital bed and giving a thumps up for his recovery. They also wished the all-rounder for a speedy recovery.

The New Zealand hard hitting southpaw first came into limelight in the year 2014 after he smashed a 36 balls century against West Indies which was then the fastest century by a batsman eclipsing the 37 balls century record held by Shahid Afridi. Over the years Anderson has evolved as a prominent member of the New Zealand team especially in the limited overs format.

He also allows the captain with the option of bowling all the ten overs. Despite going for runs on occasion, he has the uncanny habit of picking up wickets consistently and can also be a reliable bowler in the middle overs. He has also been an integral member of his respective T20 franchises over the world and has lent the much-needed stability to any side.

He also played a gem of an innings for his former IPL franchise Mumbai Indians during the 2015 edition when his team needed him to deliver the most. Mumbai needed to score over 190 in 14.2 overs, and it needed something extraordinary from any of the batsmen to get Mumbai closer. It was a sensational exhibition of strokeplay by the southpaw which ensured Mumbai reached the target with in the last delivery as wicket-keeper batsman Aditya Tare smashed a gigantic six to finish the deal for Mumbai.

The all-rounder has represented New Zealand in 13 Tests and 46 ODI’s bagging 16 and 25 wickets respectively. His bowling average is 25 which is pretty impressive for an all-rounder. The left-hander has also smashed 1,091 runs in ODIs at an average of 29.34 with a century and four half-centuries to his name.

Fakhar Zaman. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Fakhar Zaman Replaces Injured Corey Anderson at Somerset

Pakistan’s batting sensation Fakhar Zaman is all set to return to England to replace Corey Anderson in Somerset’s squad.

The left-handed batsman had shot to prominence with his heroics in the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June. After replacing Ahmed Shehzad from the second game of the tournament, the opening batsman churned out impressive performances and capped it off with a stunning century in the final that paved the way for Pakistan’s stupendous 180-run win over arch-rivals India.

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Zaman is expected to join the squad soon and will also be part of the team during their final phase of the season. The 27-year-old will be replacing South Africa opener Dean Elgar who will be busy preparing for the home series against Bangladesh.

“It’s great to have Fakhar joining us and in addition, we will have Dean Elgar back for the final three NatWest T20 Blast group stage games,” said Matt Maynard, Somerset’s director of cricket.

The county outfit will be desperately hoping that the Pakistan star’s arrival changes their fortunes, as they are facing a battle to stay in Division One of the county championship. Currently, at eighth, Somerset are 30 points from safety with six games left.

Corey Anderson, meanwhile, had to cut his short his stint to undergo a treatment for a stress fracture in his back. The New Zealand all-rounder, who hit 81 on his debut in the defeat against Surrey, had suffered a double stress fracture two years ago during the Test against England at Lord’s.

The injury had kept him on the sidelines for eight months and has hardly bowled even after regaining fitness.

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Credits: Getty

“I am grateful to Somerset for giving me an opportunity to play cricket in England and only sorry that I have been unable to conclude my stay with them. However, I hope that at some point in the future when my back problem has been resolved that I will be able to return,” Anderson said.

Somerset Signs All-Rounder Corey Anderson For NatWest Twenty20 Blast

English County Club Somerset has made an announcement on Thursday in which New Zealand’s all-rounder Corey Anderson has agreed over the signing to play the NatWest Twenty20 Blast for the club in July, this year.

Anderson will join South African Test batsman Dean Elgar, who is expected to miss the initial games owing to international commitments.

“I’m delighted to be heading to Somerset for the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast,” Anderson was quoted as saying by Somerset Cricket Club.

In 2015, Anderson was expected to join the squad before he was ruled out due to the back injury.

Anderson, who was the then part of Mumbai Indians, fractured left-hand finger and was eventually ruled out of the eighth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), after playing first four matches for the Mumbai-based outfit.

“Having been unable to fulfil a contract at Somerset a few years ago due to injury, I’m excited to finally get the opportunity to play for such a distinguished club,” Anderson stated.

The 26-year-old Anderson has played a significant part in the domestic circuit and has featured in different leagues across the globe.

“Somerset have a strong squad that are looking to challenge on all fronts this season and I hope I can play my part as we push for the T20 title,” Anderson maintained.

Anderson was recently a part of the IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils led by former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan. However, Delhi finished at the sixth position on IPL group stage table with 12 points after claiming just six wins in 14 matches.

The Christchurch-born left-handed batsman Anderson is the part of New Zealand’s 15-member ICC Champions Trophy squad before joining Somerset to be available for the full season, as the T20 competition is scheduled to kick off in early July.

The Director of Cricket for Somerset Matt Maynard has expressed his satisfaction after availing the services of Anderson adding Kiwi recruit would give his best – to entertain his fans during the widely acclaimed league.

“To be able to add a player of his calibre to the squad is great news for us,” he said. He’s an exciting player and a very talented cricketer who strikes the ball exceptionally well,” Maynard said.

Maynard believes players like Anderson bring experience to the table, as he has decent numbers on his back from his international experience.

“It was a shame that he couldn’t play for us a few years ago but I have no doubt that he will show the supporters that it was worth the wait!,” Maynard concluded.

Interestingly, Anderson has broken the 17-year-old record of Shahid Afridi’s, who smashed fastest ODI century on 37 balls century against Sri Lanka at Nairobi in 1996.

However, Anderson battered the West Indies bowlers on January 1st, 2014 at Queenstown, in a bid to eclipse Afridi, on the New Year’s Day. After making his international debut in 2013, Anderson has featured in 46 One-day Internationals, and 29 Twenty20 Internationals followed by 13 Tests.

He has scored 1,091 runs in ODIs and 432 in T20Is while claiming 57 wickets and 14 wickets, respectively. In overall 96 Twenty20 games, he has bagged 27 wickets and scored 1,626 runs at an average of 25.01.


IPL 2017: Watch – Corey Anderson’s Stunning One-Handed Catch To Dismiss Dinesh Karthik

With the way Dinesh Karthik was smashing the Delhi Daredevils bowlers with ease in the ongoing match at the Feroz Shah Kotla, the capital-based outfit needed a moment of brilliance to get rid of the Gujarat Lions star and that moment was provided by their all-rounder Corey Anderson.

Karthik joined his skipper Suresh Raina in the middle when the Lions were reeling at 10 for 2 in the second over. Another wicket at that point of time would have surely derailed their innings but Karthik shared a stunning 133-run partnership with his skipper in just 72 balls to put his team in a strong position. The big partnership came to an end when Raina was run-out for 77.

However, Raina’s dismissal did not make any difference in Karthik’s batting as he hit the next two balls for a four and a six to race to 65 off just 33 deliveries. With six overs still remaining, the wicketkeeper-batsman would have surely fancied his chances of scoring his maiden IPL ton but his hopes were quashed courtesy a blinder of a catch by Corey Anderson.

With the mid-off inside the circle, Karthik tried to loft a Pat Cummins delivery over the infield. However, he could not get his timing right but the ball was still looking destined to fly over Anderson. However, the New Zealand all-rounder had other ideas as he timed his jump to perfection to complete a sensational one-handed catch. What makes the catch even more spectacular is the fact that the ball had almost gone past him.

Here is a clip of that stunner: