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A photo of Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain. — ESPNcricinfo Twitter
A photo of Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain. — ESPNcricinfo Twitter
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Mohammad Hasnain To Undergo Test On Bowling Action After It Was Reported In Big Bash League 2021/22

Mohammad Hasnain, Pakistan fast bowler is set to undergo a test on his bowling action on Tuesday, after it was reported by umpires in the Big Bash League. The pacer has just finished a productive five-game stint with Sydney Thunder but will now undergo the test at the ICC-accredited biomechanics laboratory in Lahore.
The 21-year-old, who once bowled a 155kph delivery in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), made a strong impact in his debut season at the BBL. He came in as a replacement for English quick Saqib Mahmood and took 3 for 20 in Thunder’s 28-run win over Adelaide Strikers, in his debut.
Mohammad Hasnain will undergo a biomechanical test in Lahore
Mohammad Hasnain will undergo a biomechanical test in Lahore © Getty

Mohammad Hasnain Reported For Suspect Illegal Bowling Action And Is Set To Undergo A Test On His Bowling Action

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain has been reported for a suspect illegal bowling action in the ongoing Big Bash League. His action was reported by the umpires in the game between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers on January 2. In a statement, Cricket Australia confirmed it was during that first appearance that he was reported by the umpires.

A file photo of pacer Mohammad Hasnain. — PSL/File
A file photo of pacer Mohammad Hasnain. — PSL/File

Mohammad Hasnain played another four matches in the competition. In his last game against Sydney Sixers, Moises Henriques was heard on the stump mic saying “nice throw mate” to Mohammad Hasnain, after he bowled him a bouncer. He didn’t pick up a wicket in that game though he was economical (4-0-22-0), as the Sydney Sixers won the match by 60 runs.

Mohammad Hasnain, who once bowled a 155kph delivery in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), has played 8 ODIs and 18 T20 Internationals after making his Pakistan debut in 2019. He has picked 12 ODI and 17 T20I scalps.

Mohammad Hasnain Picked 7 Wickets In 5 Games In Big Bash League

In the five games he played, Mohammad Hasnain conceded runs at just 6.00 per over while taking seven wickets at an average of 15.71. He was due to undergo a test on his action on January 19 in Australia, but because he was due to return to Pakistan at the end of his stint and because there is an ICC-accredited testing facility in Lahore, it was decided he would get tested there.
The test comes at a crucial time for Mohammad Hasnain, given that the PSL’s seventh season is due to begin in less than ten days in Karachi and he is an important part of the Quetta Gladiators squad. If the test finds his action to be legal, he will continue playing as usual. But if he is found to have an illegal action, he will be suspended from bowling in international cricket and domestic events around the world until he corrects his action.
Mohammad Hasnain's bowling action reported during Big Bash League.© Instagram
Mohammad Hasnain’s bowling action was reported during Big Bash League.© Instagram
Under clause 11.5 of the ICC’s regulations and protocols surrounding illegal actions, the Pakistan Cricket Board – as Mohammad Hasnain’s national cricket federation – can permit him to bowl in their domestic events. Mohammad Hasnain could be allowed to bowl in the PSL, though in the past they have not permitted bowlers with suspect actions to bowl in the league.
In any case, he is allowed to bowl until the results of his testing come out, which could take up to 14 days. That means, in theory, he could be fine to bowl in the opening games of the PSL. As the initial report was made during a BBL match, CA will review and verify the report provided by the PCB’s testing facility.
The then 19-year-old Pakistan right-arm pacer Mohammad Hasnain claimed a hat-trick (5th October 2019) evening during the first T20I of the three-match home T20I series against Sri Lanka. He became the youngest bowler to claim a T20I hat-trick. On 3 November 2020, in the third match against Zimbabwe, he took his first five-wicket haul in ODI cricket, returning figures of 5/26 in 10 overs.
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Justin Langer
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Justin Langer Isn’t Nervous About Discussions With Cricket Australia Regarding His Future As Australia Coach

Justin Langer is not flustered over his impending talks with Cricket Australia surrounding his renewal of contract as the men’s team head coach. Australia have witnessed four months of success including the 2021 T20I World Cup triumph followed by Ashes 2021/22 victory after stories emerged that the players were unhappy with Justin Langer’s management style.

Justin Langer held meetings with each member of the Australia squad and was reportedly asked to change his coaching style, a suggestion which he adhered to. There have also been calls for Australia to move on from Justin Langer with the former opener being in charge of the squad for nearly four years now.

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

Justin Langer Feels Really Content With Winning The Last 2 Series And Isn’t Nervous About Discussions With CA Regarding His Future As Australia Coach

Australia coach Justin Langer on Wednesday said that he is not nervous about his upcoming contract discussions with Cricket Australia.

“No never edgy, whatever happens,” Langer said when asked if he’s nervous about the upcoming discussions with CA regarding his future. “Before the World Cup and before these Ashes, we’ve never ever been better prepared. It’s not a coincidence we’ve had the success we’ve had.”

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“Whatever happens from now we can all be incredibly proud of this little period. We had two missions to win the World Cup and to win the Ashes, to do that in such a short period is a monumental effort and we’re all really satisfied with that, we’re all really happy with that, we’re all really proud of that. I sit here at the moment feeling really content with the last two series,” he added.

The likes of Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, and Shane Warne have called CA to give Justin Langer a new contract.

Justin Langer Excited For Next Challenge Of Winning Overseas Beginning With Pakistan Tour

CA was expected to sit down with Justin Langer after the completion of Ashes 2021-22.

“The absolute truth and people don’t seem to believe this, but the absolute truth is before the World Cup and the Ashes we all committed to, at the end of the Ashes, sit down and have some conversations,” Langer said.

“It’s been four really big years. It’s an all-encompassing job, and it’s a tough gig. That’s just the truth. We all just said we’d sit down after the Ashes. In the next little bit, I’m sure those conversations will start to be had. There’s plenty to be spoken about,” he added.

Australia’s three-match ODI series with New Zealand has been officially postponed due to uncertainty over quarantine. Australia’s next assignment is five home T20Is against Sri Lanka.

New Zealand vs Australia
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Australia’s Test team will then head to Pakistan in late February for three Tests while a T20 squad is scheduled to head to New Zealand for a three-match T20I series at the same time, however that series is also in doubt due to New Zealand’s quarantine rules.

Australia’s limited-overs specialists will then head to Pakistan for three ODIs and one T20I in late March-early April. For coach Justin Langer, the next challenge is to start winning Tests overseas with the Pakistan tour being their first major challenge.

“It’s the next challenge,” Langer said. “We’ve done some extraordinary things the last few months. But we haven’t played much Test cricket over the last couple of years because of the Covid situation. Our next big challenge is to start winning overseas now. We’re all aware of that, we’ve got a really good team. So many guys have stepped up this summer and it’s so exciting to watch, it’s been an incredible brand of cricket. We’re excited about our next big challenge of winning Test matches overseas.”

Australia’s tour to New Zealand was postponed on Wednesday morning. Australia is now slated to tour Pakistan for a multi-format series. New Zealand’s quarantine requirements and border controls have seen the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series and a T20 match postponed indefinitely, it was confirmed. Australia and New Zealand were due to play three ODIs on January 30 and February 2 and 5, and a one-off T20 match on February 8.

New Zealand cricket team. (Credits: Twitter)
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.

New Zealand's Tour Of Australia Postponed Due To Quarantine Issues 1
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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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Australia Captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)
Australia Captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)
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Tim Paine’s Brother Slammed Cricket Australia For Not Letting Him Play A Farewell Test In Hometown Hobart

Tim Paine’s brother Nick Paine, has slammed the Australian cricket board after their Ashes win over rivals England. They won the series 4-0 after winning the fifth and final Test in Hobart.

Meanwhile, Tim Paine is out of cricket at the moment after he was stripped of the captaincy following his sexting scandal with a Cricket Tasmania co-worker in 2017. What followed was some tough reaction from the public and the Australian Cricket Board after which he had to move away from the game for the time being.

Tim Paine, left, with brother Nick Paine, centre, and fellow Tasmanian cricketer Matthew Wade.(Twitter: China Paine)
Tim Paine, left, with brother Nick Paine, center, and fellow Tasmanian cricketer Matthew Wade. (Twitter: China Paine)

Tim Paine’s Brother Nick Paine Said His Brother Deserved Proper Send-Off On His Home Ground In Front Of His Family, Friends, And Supporters

Tim Paine was handed over the captaincy in 2018 post the infamous ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town Test in 2018. Without the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner, the keeper worked hard behind regrouping the team and the players to form a strong team again.

Taking to Twitter, Nick Paine, Tim Paine’s brother said that it was tough to watch the Australian team rejoicing in the absence of Tim Paine. He also said that the keeper deserved a farewell game at his home ground in Hobart.

“Pretty hard to watch this knowing full well that one of the key people in resurrecting the reputation of Cricket Australia and this team was shafted by that very same organisation because of a personal mistake he made nearly 4 years ago,.He deserved this send off on his home ground in front of his family, friends and his long time supporters,” Nick Paine tweeted.

Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Image: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne. Image: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Tim Paine, the former Australia Test skipper has taken a “leave of absence from all forms of cricket” following his resignation as captain for the side ahead of the Ashes 2021/22. Tim Paine had announced his resignation last week following a ‘sexting scandal’ with a former Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017.

Nick Paine mentioned that he could not bear the scenes out there at Hobart following the Ashes victory as his brother had done a lot of work in rebuilding the reputation of Australian cricket after the 2018 Ball-tampering scandal. He also noted that the 37-year-old deserved to get a farewell in his home ground (Hobart).

Nick Paine Slams Cricket Australia For Showing Double Standards For Local Player Tim Paine

Nick Paine further had a shoutout to Cricket Australia and slammed the organization of showing double standards in Tim Paine’s case.

Australia Test skipper Tim Paine (Photo | AP)
Australia Test skipper Tim Paine (Photo | AP)

“It’s just a real shame that one mistake in life (that the person was cleared and exonerated by an inquiry) can end a kids dream but then for others who make then, they come back and it’s all ok an in a way forgotten. Double standards from an organisation that clearly doesn’t have the back of its people.A local boy on his local ground in front of his people. Gut wrenching stuff,” he added.

Tim Paine has so far played 35 Tests, 35 ODIs, and 12 T20 internationals for Australia scoring over 2500 runs across formats. The keeper has led his country to 11 wins, four draws, and eight defeats. Under his leadership, Australia had retained the Ashes and won 11 of 23 matches but had lost two successive home Test series to India.

In Ashes 2021/22, Travis Head top-scored with 357 runs in 6 innings averaging 59.5. Skipper pacer Pat Cummins was the highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps averaging 18.05.

Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)
Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)
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Michael Vaughan Reckons Justin Langer Is Doing A Fantastic Job As Australia’s Head Coach

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain has advised Australia against ending head coach Justin Langer’s tenure when his contract ends in mid-2022. Michael Vaughan believes Justin Langer has done a commendable job since taking the team’s charge three years ago.

Cricket Australia will decide whether or not to extend Justin Langer’s tenure after the ongoing Ashes 2021/22 series. While the West Australian intends to continue in the role and has done remarkably well, the board could replace Justin Langer.

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

Michael Vaughan Reckons Justin Langer’s Doing A Fantastic Job And If He Was Cricket Australia, He Would Sign Him Up For 2 More Years

Michael Vaughan said that Australia must extend Justin Langer’s contract. Justin Langer, Australia coach had earlier hinted that he would seek an extension of his four-year contract, expiring in June 2022, saying he “loves his job”. Justin Langer had faced criticism for his coaching methods from the players but now has a Twenty20 World Cup in his CV besides adding the coveted Ashes Trophy 2021/22 win to it.

The 47-year old feels the national team might suffer from Langer’s departure, so he should stay for two more years, saying: “I would jump at the chance. Be careful what you wish for – that’s all I’ll say. The grass is not always greener, and Justin Langer, from what I see – he’s doing a fantastic job. If I was Cricket Australia, I’d sign him up for at least a couple more years.”

Australia wins 2021 T20I World Cup In UAE [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]
Australia wins 2021 T20I World Cup In UAE [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]
Justin Langer came under serious pressure after last year’s home series loss to India. The 51-year old’s fraught relationship with the players also emerged. However, he boosted his chances of remaining with the team following the World T20 and Ashes 2021/22 wins.

Opener David Warner fired another shot at his critics and Mitchell Marsh scored a quickfire half-century as Australia cruised to its maiden T20 World Cup triumph, beating New Zealand by eight wickets.

Justin Langer was given the job to overhaul the team’s culture and regain the respect of the Australian public after the ball-tampering scandal of 2018 (Sandpaper Gate) which saw then skipper Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft banned for a year or so.

Michael Vaughan Suggests England May Appoint Justin Langer As Coach If Australia Doesn’t Want Him To Continue

Michael Vaughan also backs Justin Langer to lead Australia to an Ashes victory in England next year, trusting his knowledge and experience.

However, he also feels the 105-Test veteran would be a perfect fit for England’s coach, saying: “He’d take all that information to make sure that in 2023, Australia go on to win the Ashes convincingly in English conditions because they’ve got the squad and the mentality around the group with Justin’s kind of leadership to go on and do so. But if you don’t want him, yeah, we’ll have him.”

Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Australia has won the Ashes for the third time in a row as they lead the five-match series 3-0. They have beaten England convincingly in all three Tests.

In the ongoing Test, Usman Khawaja departed after scoring a fantastic century on return to Test cricket to power Australia to 416/8 declared in the first innings while Stuart Broad took a brilliant five-wicket haul on Day 2 of the 4th Ashes Test at the SCG.

Usman Khawaja was added to the Australia squad after middle-order batter Travis Head returned positive for COVID-19 last week. This is also Usman Khawaja’s first international match since the 2019 Ashes in England.

Australia has made one forced change in their XI for the 4th Test match as Usman Khawaja has replaced middle-order batter Travis Head who was ruled out for this match after testing positive for Covid-19. Meanwhile, pacer Scott Boland has been retained in the XI as Josh Hazlewood still hasn’t recovered from injury.

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Justin Langer
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Nick Hockley Not Ruled Out The Possibility Of Australia’s Current Coach Justin Langer’s Role Being Split

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia chief has not ruled out the possibility of current Aussie coach Justin Langer’s role being split, or for players to have input over his future, as the governing body holds firm on its coaching timeline despite the recent success of the national men’s team.

Justin Langer’s position should hardly be stronger, but he is being made to wait until the end of the home season before learning if his contract will be extended. It is a curious position for the head coach to be in after Australia’s maiden men’s T20 world title and with victory imminent in this season’s one-sided Ashes series and reflects what has been an uneasy relationship between Justin Langer and his charges – as revealed by this masthead in January.

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

Nick Hockley Not Ruled Out The Possibility Of Justin Langer’s Role Being Split

The concept of appointing a coach for particular formats is not new but, though Justin Langer and his predecessor Darren Lehmann have had deputies step in for a few of the white-ball tours, Cricket Australia has not deviated from the traditional structure for the all-important role.

There have been calls from the Australian cricket fraternity to split the job for red and white-ball formats, including from former captain Steve Waugh. Such a move would ease the burden on the head coach, a point former coach Darren Lehmann alluded to in 2017 when he spoke of the difficulty in going on every tour due to the demands of the heavy international schedule.

Darren Lehmann Getty Images
Darren Lehmann Getty Images

There is speculation in Australian cricket circles assistant coaches Michael Di Venuto and Andrew McDonald were hired to take more white-ball tours, but Justin Langer was adamant last week he wanted to remain as head coach in all three forms of the game.

Asked on Sunday if the role would be split, Nick Hockley said: “That’s something we’ll look at towards the end of the season.”

Trailing by 124 runs, Australia ended Day 1 of the ongoing third Ashes Test match posting 61 for one at Stump’s against England at the MCG in Melbourne, on Sunday. The hosts lost the crucial wicket of David Warner, who was dismissed by James Anderson after registering 38 runs off 42 balls.

Earlier, England was bowled out for 185. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon were the picks of the Australian bowlers, taking three wickets each. Mitchell Starc took two while Cameron Green and debutant Scott Boland also picked a wicket each to put Australia in the driver’s seat. For England, captain Joe Root was the standout, scoring yet another fifty. Marcus Harris and Nathan Lyon will resume batting for Australia on Day 2.

Nick Hockley Said Justin Langer Would Remain Coach Till His Contract Ends

But Nick Hockley said Justin Langer would remain until the end of his four-year contract, which expires in June, and expressed his take in the mooted Test tour of Pakistan.

“There’s no question Justin will see out his contract. That goes out to the middle of next year,” Hockley said. “Obviously, once we get through the Ashes we want to sit down and work out where we want to go from there.”

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia's CEO --- Image Source: Getty Images AsiaPac
Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s CEO — Image Source: Getty Images AsiaPac

Australian players may also have a say as to whether the coach remains. White ball skipper Aaron Finch, new Test skipper Pat Cummins, and former tainted Test skipper Tim Paine were involved in frank discussions with Justin Langer in August over his coaching methods. Earlier this year, Australia won its maiden T20 World Cup title and the side is on the verge of retaining the Ashes.

“We’re going to sit down and work through what that process entails at that time, then we’ll be able to say more,” Hockley said.

Nick Hockley said it was CA’s intention to honour its obligation to tour Pakistan for the first time in 23 years “as long as it’s safe to do so”. A delegation of CA and Australian Cricketers Association officials recently returned from a reconnaissance trip of Asian country Pakistan, a routine procedure before tours.

Nick Hockley said home and away white-ball series against New Zealand later this season were not under threat, despite requirements for anyone entering that country to serve time in quarantine.

Justin Langer
Justin Langer
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Nick Hockley Hints Australian Coaches For Different Formats Can Be Split, Justin Langer Keen To Coach All Formats

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia chief on Sunday hinted that the coaches for different formats could be split and he did not give a clear answer on whether Justin Langer would remain the coach for all three formats going forward.

Justin Langer’s tenure as the head coach is slated to come to an end next year, however, he has shown his willingness to remain the coach of the side. Speculation is rife in Australian cricketing circles regarding Michael Di Venuto and Andrew McDonald taking over as the white-ball coach.

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia's CEO --- Image Source: Getty Images AsiaPac
Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s CEO — Image Source: Getty Images AsiaPac

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia Chief Hinted Australia May Opt For Splitting Coaches For Different Formats

Australia head coach Justin Langer has achieved monumental success with the Australian team of late. Langer helped the Aussies to their first-ever T20 World Cup title and are now on their way to probably retaining the Ashes at home. Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley isn’t in any hurry to extend the contract of Justin Langer just as yet.

There have been some questions in the past on Justin Langer’s coaching methods. Players like Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, and Tim Paine have had some hard and honest conversations with Justin Langer about the same.

“That’s (different coaches for different formats) something we’ll look at towards the end of the season,” Nick Hockley was quoted as saying.

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

Nick Hockley also confirmed that Justin Langer would remain as the head coach until the end of his four-year contract, which expires in June. Nick Hockley wants to take things slow and wait till the end of the Ashes 2021/22 series in order to discuss and come to a conclusion.

“There’s no question Justin will see out his contract. That goes out to the middle of next year. Obviously, once we get through the Ashes we want to sit down and work out where we want to go from there,” said Hockley.

“We’re going to sit down and work through what that process entails at that time, then we’ll be able to say more,” he added.

Earlier this year, Australia won its maiden T20 World Cup title and the side is on the verge of retaining the Ashes.

Pat Cummins And Nathan Lyon Pick 3 Scalps Each As Australia Dismiss England For A Paltry 185

There also have been reports of split coaching for the white ball as well as red ball teams and the theory has been supported by many Australian greats like Steve Waugh. However, Justin Langer is reportedly very keen on still remaining the head coach across formats.

Nathan Lyon Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Nathan Lyon Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Trailing by 124 runs, Australia ended Day 1 of the ongoing third Ashes Test match posting 61 for one at Stump’s against England at the MCG in Melbourne, on Sunday. The hosts lost the crucial wicket of David Warner, who was dismissed by James Anderson after registering 38 runs off 42 balls.

Marcus Harris and Nathan Lyon will resume batting for Australia on Day 2. Earlier, England was bowled out for 185. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon were the picks of the Australian bowlers, taking three wickets each. Mitchell Starc took two while Cameron Green and debutant Scott Boland also picked a wicket each to put Australia in the driver’s seat. For England, captain Joe Root was the standout, scoring yet another fifty.

Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley. (File)
Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley. (File)
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Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley Confirms Police Probing Alleged Report Of Drug Use By A Reputed Cricketer

Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley on Sunday said it has got the police involved after a confidential report on alleged drug use by a “well-known” player was leaked to the media.

It was reported of receiving a recording of a phone call between a woman, who described herself as a “high-class” escort, and Cricket Australia’s former integrity chief, Sean Carroll, in which she alleged a player was using cocaine and dancing naked on the balcony with numerous woman.

Cricket Australia's CEO Nick Hockley Image Source: Getty Images AsiaPac
Cricket Australia’s CEO Nick Hockley Image Source: Getty Images AsiaPac

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley Reported Unsubstantiated Historical News On Alleged Drug Abuse By A Player To Victoria Police

Nick Hockley has dubbed the allegations surrounding the former player as “unsubstantiated” and “historical”.

“I saw the article this morning. Those reports are unsubstantiated,” Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockey told reporters.

“They are historical. Any stealing of confidential information is a crime. We have reported it and are getting assistance from Vic Police. It’s really important people are able to contact our integrity line in full confidence that it is going to be kept secure. Certainly our processes, we review them regularly, to ensure they are absolutely best practice,” ricket Australia CEO Nick Hockey said.

Australia Captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)
Australia captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)

The recording had been sent to the paper via an encrypted email service from an anonymous address. The source of the leak claimed to be a former CA staffer “who wanted to expose flaws in its integrity unit”. Sean Carroll left CA a year ago.

The leak comes just over a month after Tim Paine resigned as Test captain on the eve of the Ashes 2021/22 and later stepped away from all forms of cricket after it came to light that he was investigated for a sexting incident with a Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017. Australia is playing the third Ashes Test in Melbourne today against England.

Pat Cummins was later appointed as team’s captain and Steven Smith was picked to be his deputy. Under Pat Cummins’ captaincy, Australia defeated England in the first Ashes Test by 9 wickets. Due to the pacer’s injury, Steve Smith captained Australia in the 2nd Test and Australia won that too by 275 runs.

Nick Hockley Confirms Cricket Australia Working Closely With Pakistan Cricket Board And Australia Committed To Tour After 24 Years

Nick Hockley, meanwhile, said CA is committed to sending its team to Pakistan in March next year despite fresh COVID-19 concerns over the omicron strain. Australia’s last tour to Pakistan took place 24 years ago, after which series between the two countries have only been played in Australia, UAE, and England because of security issues in Pakistan.

“We just had a (CA management) team go over to Pakistan. We are working closely with the PCB and all the authorities. It’s a really complex endeavour, we are very committed to touring. It is absolutely our intention to tour as long as it is safe to do so,” Hockley said.

Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP

In the 3rd Ashes Test, England batted first and was bowled out for only 185 with skipper Joe Root scoring 50. Pat Cummins on his Test return picked up 3 wickets while Mitchell Starc picked up 2 wickets. Debutant Scott Boland and Cameron Green picked up a wicket each. Spinner Nathan Lyon also picked 3 wickets. Australia has already scored 57 losing the opener, David Warner, for 38.

Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley said on Sunday police were assisting the governing body after a confidential report made to its anti-corruption unit was leaked to the media. It was not clear when the phone call took place.

Josh Hazlewood will now work towards being fit for Melbourne Getty Images
Josh Hazlewood will now work towards being fit for Melbourne Getty Images
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Ashes 2021/22: Josh Hazlewood Ruled Out Of Adelaide Test

Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide due to the side strain he picked up in Brisbane with Jhye Richardson, Western Australia quick, favourite to replace him.
Josh Hazlewood bowled on the fourth day at the Gabba, having been held back for a large part of the innings after scans had shown a “very minor” strain but it was always unlikely he would be risked for the day-night Test.
Josh Hazlewood (Pic Source: Twitter)
Josh Hazlewood (Pic Source: Twitter)

Josh Hazlewood Ruled Out Of 2nd Ashes Test And Returned To Sydney

The pacer returned to Sydney on Sunday rather than head to Adelaide with the focus now on being ready for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. Like all the Australian pacers, he came into the Ashes without any long-form match practice. Josh Hazlewood has taken 32 wickets at 19.90 in seven day-night Tests. The series now includes a second match under lights following the relocation of the Perth fixture to Hobart.

Josh Hazlewood reportedly flew out of Brisbane to Sydney on Sunday afternoon for further assessment and rehabilitation with a decision on his fitness for the Boxing Day Test (Melbourne, December 26) to be made in due course. The Cricket Australia (CA) selection panel will likely choose between Queensland’s Michael Neser and Western Australia’s Jhye Richardson as Josh Hazlewood’s replacement.

Jhye Richardson of Western Australia. Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images
Jhye Richardson of Western Australia. Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images
Josh Hazlewood, who was a part of Australia’s T20 World Cup-winning squad last month, took 3-74 in 27 overs in the match but only bowled eight of 70 overs on day three and 6 more on Day 4 in Brisbane before being ruled out.
He didn’t bowl on the third afternoon in Brisbane and was sent for a scan on Friday night which showed he was at least fit enough to bowl on Saturday. The right-arm pacer (14-6-32-1) got through six overs on day four and claimed the Jos Buttler in what was ultimately a nine-wicket win for the hosts.

Jhye Richardson-2 Test Veteran Frontrunner To Replace Josh Hazlewood But Uncapped Michael Neser Another Contender

Jhye Richardson is the frontrunner to come into the pace attack having enjoyed an impressive Sheffield Shield season where he has claimed 23 wickets at 13.43. He played his previous two Tests against Sri Lanka in 2019, his debut coming in a day-night match at the Gabba where he claimed match figures of 5 for 45.
Australia A's Michael Neser. Photo by Peter Wallis/Getty Images
Australia A’s Michael Neser. Photo by Peter Wallis/Getty Images
However, the uncapped Michael Neser produced a timely reminder of his credentials by taking seven wickets against England Lions including 5 for 29 in the first innings. Australia has not made any additions to the squad for the second Test.
David Warner did not field during England’s second innings in Brisbane or bat in the small chase after a blow to the ribs against Ben Stokes but is expected to be fit. Usman Khawaja is the spare batter.
David Warner. Credits: Twitter
David Warner. Credits: Twitter
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Ashes 2021/22: David Warner Doubtful For Adelaide Test

David Warner, the Australian opener was in “severe discomfort” after copping a “nasty blow” on day two of the 1st Gabba Ashes 2021/22 Test match against England. Australian opener David Warner has not taken the field in England’s second innings at the Gabba due to “severely bruised ribs” he sustained during the first Ashes Test.

David Warner scored 94 in Australia’s first innings before he was deceived by England seamer Ollie Robinson on Thursday afternoon, chipping a slower ball directly to mid-off. He fell six runs short of becoming the third cricketer to score five Test centuries at the iconic Brisbane venue.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credits: Twitter)

David Warner Didn’t Field After Copping A Knock From A Ben Stokes Bouncer During His 94 In Australia’s 1st Innings

However, David Warner was not spotted on the field when England’s second innings got underway. Cricket Australia revealed that the 35-year-old was off the field with bruised ribs, and West Australian seamer Jhye Richardson had replaced him as a substitute fielder. David Warner was replaced by a substitute fielder in England’s innings on day three after copping a knock from a Ben Stokes bouncer during his innings of 94 on day two at The Gabba.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

David Warner is believed to have injured his ribs during the first innings of the Gabba Test, in which he scored 94. He did not bat in the second innings, in which Australia needed just 20 to win. Usman Khawaja, who was recalled to the Australian squad is likely to replace him if he’s ruled out. Queensland opener Bryce Street is set to be added to the Australian squad and will be a contender for the opening slot as well.

England was bundled out for 147 in their first innings after opting to bat first. In response, Australia piled 425 and took a massive lead of 278 runs. Joe Root showed some resistance in the second innings, scoring 89 and along with Dawid Malan’s 82, England posted 297 on the scoreboard. Australia then wrapped up the show and as expected the hosts then chased down the 20-run target comfortably.

Josh Hazlewood Will Also Miss 2nd Test As He Flew Home

Josh Hazlewood, the right-arm pacer returned to bowl six overs on day four and had Jos Buttler caught behind for 23 as Australia won by nine wickets. For Australia, losing Josh Hazlewood’s services will be a big blow ahead of the day-night encounter at the Adelaide Oval as has scalped 32 wickets at an average of 19.90 in pink-ball Tests.

In last summer’s pink-ball Test against India, Josh Hazlewood was the chief architect of India being shot out for 36 in the second innings, picking 5/8 in just five overs. Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has reportedly been ruled out of the second Ashes Test on Adelaide, starting December 16 and as a result, has flown back home. Opening batter David Warner’s participation too is in doubt.

Josh Hazlewood (Pic Source: Twitter)
Josh Hazlewood (Pic Source: Twitter)

Jhye Richardson is set to be Josh Hazlewood’s replacement, which would mean that he would play just his third Test, his first after debuting against Sri Lanka in 2019. He has picked up six wickets from two matches so far. However, Michael Neser, who picked up seven wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings against the Lions could also be in contention.

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