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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.

England’s Ollie Robinson Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
England’s Ollie Robinson Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
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Ollie Robinson Must Improve His Fitness Says Bowling Coach; England 188 In Reply To Australia’s 303

Ollie Robinson must improve his fitness to deal with the demands of Test cricket, bowling coach Jon Lewis said after the 28-year-old suffered a back spasm on the opening day of the final Ashes Test against Australia on Friday.

Ollie Robinson took two early wickets in Hobart, sending back David Warner and Steve Smith for a duck, but later sustained the back problem that limited his bowling to eight overs.

Ollie Robinson PA Images via Getty Images
Ollie Robinson PA Images via Getty Images

Ollie Robinson Must Improve His Fitness: Jon Lewis

Australia, who enjoy an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series, ended the first day of the pink-ball contest on 241-6. Ollie Robinson has taken 37 wickets in eight Tests for England since his debut against New Zealand at Lord’s in June last year. Jon Lewis said the team was hoping Ollie Robinson could recover overnight and return to bowling on Saturday.
“(His fitness) is something he needs to improve”, Lewis said. “He’s got a record of playing a lot of games of county cricket but international cricket is of higher intensity and you play it all year round.
Travis Head of Australia scores a century during day one of the Fifth Test in the Ashes series between Australia and England Image Source : GETTY
Travis Head of Australia scores a century during day one of the Fifth Test in the Ashes series between Australia and England Image Source: GETTY
“So he’s got to get used to understanding what it takes to be a full-time year-round international cricketer and playing that extra day, five days of Test cricket. Those things can come and go so we’re hoping with treatment overnight he can come back tomorrow and be free enough to bowl.”
Australia resumed innings on 241 for 6 on the second day of the 5th Ashes Test in Hobart. The rain and bad weather forced early stumps on Friday (1st Day) after Travis Head’s rapid hundred and a gritty half-century from Cameron Green put the host in a comfortable position.

Pat Cummins Picks 4 Scalps To Restrict England to 188 After Travis Head’s 101 See Australia Cross 300 Run Mark

Travis Head, who scored 152 in the opening test at Brisbane and missed the previous Test for Covid-19, counterpunched England’s early success with an aggressive 101 off 113 balls in the day-night test as Australia came back strongly after losing the toss. Cameron Green contributed an authoritative 74 and Marnus Labuschagne scored a rapid 44 before the rain arrived around half an hour after tea and prevented further play.
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Mitchell Starc took 3 scalps while Pat Cummins picked 4 as England was bowled out at 188 after Australia was bowled out for 303. Chris Woakes’ 36, Joe Root’s 34, and debutant Sam Billings’ 29 were England’s notable contributors with the bat in hand.
James Pattinson has 81 Test scalps from 21 appearances CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images
James Pattinson has 81 Test scalps from 21 appearances CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images
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James Pattinson Set For A 3rd Stint With Nottinghamshire

James Pattinson, the former Australia pacer is set for a third stint with Nottinghamshire after signing an all-format deal covering the 2022 season.

James Pattinson previously spent parts of the 2017 and 2019 seasons with the county, taking 40 First-Class wickets at 15.52. James Pattinson is a British passport holder but has been registered as an overseas player.

James Pattinson is returning to Nottinghamshire for his third stint Getty Images
James Pattinson is returning to Nottinghamshire for his third stint Getty Images

James Pattinson Set For The 3rd Stint With Nottinghamshire

The right-arm fast bowler announced his retirement from international cricket in October 2021, having played 21 Tests and 19 white-ball internationals (15 ODIs, 4 T20Is) for his country. His 81 Test wickets at 26.33 apiece included five in a thrilling Ashes encounter at Trent Bridge in 2013.

James Pattinson’s elder brother Darren Pattinson, who made a one-off Test appearance for England in 2008, won the County Championship title with Nottinghamshire in 2010.

“Trent Bridge felt like home from the moment I first stepped through the gates. To arrive here and be met by a group of guys that made me so welcome from minute dot was pretty special, and I’m looking forward to getting back amongst them again,” said Pattinson in a statement.

James Pattison would have been the first bowling reserve for the Ashes, but his retirement quashed that notion. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
James Pattison would have been the first bowling reserve for the Ashes, but his retirement quashed that notion. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

“The bowling group did some special things last season. Hopefully I can add something to that and help the club enjoy some success in the coming years,” he added.

James Pattinson first joined the Green and Golds at the start of their success-laden 2017 season, taking 32 wickets at 12.06 with the red ball.

James Pattinson Had Two Stints With Nottinghamshire In 2017 And 2019

On his debut against Leicestershire at Grace Road, he scored a career-best 89 not out, adding 122 for the eighth wicket with Stuart Broad, as well as claiming match figures of 8-84.

“We first recruited James in 2017 because we believed he possessed the two qualities you always look for in an overseas signing: tremendous pedigree and the desire to commit fully to life at the club,” said Head Coach Peter Moores.

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)

The pacer played in ten matches as Notts lifted the Royal London Cup, taking 13 wickets in the tournament and hitting the winning runs against Surrey at Lord’s, then returned for a brief stint in 2019. Australian fast bowler James Pattinson decided to step away from international cricket to focus on his family, continue playing for his state team, Victoria, and help nurture the next generation of fast bowlers.

Australian fast bowler James Pattinson had announced his decision to retire from international cricket in October 2021 after realizing that he won’t be in the reckoning for the Ashes 2021/22 series due to fitness issues. He had been suffering from a knee injury after a number of issues with other injuries that helped to limit his Test appearances.

He claimed 81 Test wickets, 16 ODI scalps, and 3 T20I scalps in his career after making his Test debut in December 2011 alongside Mitchell Starc and David Warner against New Zealand in Brisbane. His last Test was against New Zealand in Sydney in January 2020, while he last played an ODI back in September 2015 against England at Leeds.

His last T20I was way back in 2012. James Pattinson also eventually made his IPL debut in the 2020 season for Mumbai Indians and became a regular member. He has picked up 11 scalps in 10 IPL games averaging 29.09.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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David Warner Urged Critics To Empathize With Virat Kohli Who Is Going Through A Lean Patch In Int’l Cricket

David Warner urged critics to empathize with Virat Kohli saying that all cricketers are going through a bubble life and that he has just had a baby.

A lot of people have had their say on Virat Kohli’s ongoing lean patch, the highlighting stat of which has been his century drought of 777 days in international cricket. But fellow cricketer and Australian opener David Warner reserved the ultimate praise for the Indian Test captain, urging critics to “understand his situation”.

Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia’s David Warner (Associated Press)

David Warner Urged Critics To Empathize With Virat Kohli

Talking to journalist Boria Majumdar, David Warner gave his opinion on Virat Kohli’s poor run of form in international cricket, saying that the veteran Indian batsman has earned the right to fail and go through a rough trot after achieving so much in the sport. He then urged critics to empathize with Virat Kohli saying that all cricketers are going through a bubble life.

“A lot of people talk about Virat Kohli’s form over the last couple of years. We have gone through a pandemic. He has just had a baby. We only see how well he has done. You are allowed to fail. You are allowed to fail. You have earned the right to fail when you are so good at what you do.

“People say Steve Smith doesn’t score a century in his fourth innings because stats say he scores a century every four innings. He is human. You are allowed to have a rough trot. That is why there are a lot more pressure on those guys. But would not feel the pressure, I guarantee that,” Warner said. 

Virat Kohli is highly likely to be fit for 3rd Test. | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli is highly likely to be fit for 3rd Test. | Photo Credit: AP

Virat Kohli is presently part of the Test series against South Africa where the Dean Elgar-led home team has leveled the series with a seven-wicket win in Johannesburg.

Virat Kohli had missed the Test match owing to an upper back spasm following which KL Rahul was named as the captain. The 33-year-old is expected to return for the third and final Test match in Cape Town which begins on January 11.  David Warner, on the other hand, is presently part of the Ashes series at home where the Pat Cummins-led Australian side has taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series.

David Warner And Virat Kohli Are Having Contrasting Runs In International Cricket

Notable that despite the Indian test team achieving new heights in the past year, Virat Kohli didn’t contribute much with the bat. He hasn’t scored a century in any form of cricket since November 2019. Since Jan 2020, he scored only 652 runs in 25 Test innings with an average of 26.08 which included only five fifties.

Meanwhile, things are going back on track for David Warner who was sacked from captaincy for his IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last season. But since then, he has turned things around as the left-hander was given ‘Man of the Tournament award in the T20 World Cup held in UAE. Then he also scored a couple of 90s in the Ashes as Australia is currently leading the series by 3-0.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner is the top run-scorer in the IPL history so far among the foreign players. The left-hander has notched 5449 runs from 150 matches at an average of 41.59 and a strike rate of 139.96. Since being dropped by his Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad in September, the 35-year-old rebounded to take the Player of the Tournament award during Australia’s T20 World Cup triumph.

David Warner scored 289 runs in seven matches for Australia in T20I World Cup. IPL 2021 has been the Australian’s worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73. He now sits third on the runs list in the ongoing Ashes series, with 270 runs at an average of 54. He registered scores of 94, 95, 13, 38, and 30 so far in 4 Tests.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

“You Have Earned The Right To Fail”- David Warner Defends Virat Kohli For His Poor Form

Australia opener David Warner has backed Virat Kohli to come out of his lean patch with the bat and he also urged the critics to understand his situation. Warner believes that Virat Kohli has earned the right to fail with the number of matches he won for his country.

Notable that despite the Indian test team achieving new heights in the past year, Virat Kohli didn’t contribute much with the bat. He hasn’t scored a century in any form of cricket since November 2019. Since Jan 2020, he scored only 652 runs in 25 Test innings with an average of 26.08 which included only five fifties.

Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia’s David Warner (Associated Press)

David Warner was chosen Man of The Tournament in the T20 World Cup.

“A lot of people talk about Virat Kohli’s form over the last couple of years. We have gone through a pandemic. He has just had a baby. We only see how well he has done. You are allowed to fail. You have earned the right to fail when you are so good at what you do” Warne spoke to Boria Majumdar on a chat show ‘Backstage With Boria’.

“People say Steve Smith doesn’t score a century in his fourth innings because stats say he scores a century every four innings. He is human. You are allowed to have a rough trot. That is why there are a lot more pressure on those guys. But would not feel the pressure, I guarantee that,” he added.

The last few months haven’t been easy for Kohli as he was sacked from ODI captaincy as his contradictory statement against BCCI president Sourav Ganguly indicated the sour relations between him and BCCI.

India's Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
India’s Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo

Currently, he is leading India in the 3-match series against South Africa as India is eying for the first Test series win in the rainbow nation. He missed out on the second test due to an upper back spasm as the hosts leveled the series with a 7-wicket win at Johannesburg. The third and final Test will be played from January 11 at Cape Town.

Meanwhile, things are going back on track for David Warner who was sacked from captaincy for his IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last season. But since then, he has turned things around as the left-hander was given ‘Man of the Tournament award in the T20 World Cup held in UAE. Then he also scored a couple of 90s in the Ashes as Australia is currently leading the series by 3-0.

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Shane Warne
Shane Warne
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Shane Warne Blasted Ashes 2021/22 Players For Being Too Friendly

Shane Warne has blasted Ashes players for being “too friendly” and believes it has cost England any semblance of a competitive edge this summer. Cameras have routinely shown Australian and English players conversing in friendly conversation out in the middle before the start of play each day.

Shane Warne said there’s time and a place to spend time with your mates, but emphasized that in the middle of the career-defining Ashes series, it shouldn’t happen. The cameras were on David Warner and Mark Wood out in the middle before the start of play at the SCG on Thursday. The pair were enjoying a friendly chat which prompted some strong remarks from the Fox Cricket commentary team.

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

Shane Warne: Don’t Think England Have Been Aggressive Enough, I’d Like Them To Get In The Face Of Australia A Bit More

Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne believes that the England National Cricket Team hasn’t been aggressive enough against Australia in the ongoing Ashes 2021/22 and he wants the Joe Root-led side to get “in the face of Australia a bit more”.

“The relationship between the two teams has been quite amicable, hasn’t it,” Adam Gilchrist said.

Shane Warne then interjected: “Too friendly for my mine. When I say too friendly, let me clarify that – I think the series is played in great spirit and we want to see that camaraderie, I think back to 2005 Ashes, the spirit between both sides was outstanding and the skill on display captured the imagination of all the public, everywhere around the world.”

“But I don’t know about this (Warner and Wood talking in the middle) just before the game. I don’t think England have been aggressive enough, I’d like them to get in the face of Australia a bit more and come out a bit harder. They’re staying in the same hotel, probably sitting around bumping into each other because they can’t do anything, they see each other at the ground and are way too friendly and familiar,” said Shane Warne.

David Warner. Credits: Twitter
David Warner. Credits: Twitter

“When you’re friendly with someone it’s pretty hard when you’ve got the ball in your hand down the other end to think ‘Oh he’s not a bad bloke this bloke’ and you don’t go easy on him but you haven’t got that extra (edge), I wanted the batsmen to hate me, I wanted them to absolutely hate me and smash me out of the park because then I had an edge,” said Shane Warne.

Joe Root-led England has performed terribly and has already lost the 5-match Ashes series by losing the first three games. England lost the first match by 9 wickets at the Gabba, the second game by 275 runs at Adelaide Oval, and the third game by an innings and 14 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Michael Vaughan Stressed That The Players Are Friendly For Playing In Franchise Leagues Together

England has been thumped in the opening three Tests of the summer and it appears only rain can save them from going down 4-0 in Sydney this weekend.

“You’ve got to be careful to not lose your edge,“ Shane Warne continued.

“They’re all competitive and they all want to get out there but don’t lose that edge of wanting to knock the opposition over and bury them, and when you’ve got them in this position – put the foot on their throat because you’re going to play them again. Australia haven’t won in England for ages. They’re too nice.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan then pointed out why times may have changed.

“It’s a different era, these players play a lot together in all these different franchise leagues so they know each other probably better than we did in our day,” Vaughan said.

“People say New Zealand are the nicest team in the world and they’re doing pretty well at the moment, I completely get that argument as well but I’m a little bit with Shane. This England team, they haven’t batted well enough to be hostile in the field, they haven’t had enough runs to put the Aussies under enough pressure but I just think they’ve been a little bit too nice.”

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

Shane Warne then referenced former skipper Allan Border’s famous approach in the late 80s that led to an era of dominance for the Aussies.

“I go back a long while and I know it was a completely different era and all that… 1989 Ashes,” Shane Warne said.

“Australia and England used to drink together, on rest days in Test they used to all hang out together, that’s all too nice, AB came in 1989 and said ‘Right, don’t even talk to them’. They were still all mates but he changed things… 93 the same thing, he said don’t even talk to them, you’re not even allowed to talk in the morning. Knowing AB he would have dropped you (if you were caught talking).”

“If you walked out on the field and Graham Gooch said ‘G’day mate’, you’d just keep walking, you wouldn’t even talk to him and suddenly England said ‘These Aussies won’t even talk to us’ but it annoyed them.”

“After the game you’d have a beer with them, no problem. And on the field, no problem if played in the right spirit. But they’re not your mates when you’re playing, they’re not your friends. After the game, sure they’re your mates.”

“But when you’re playing cricket for you country in an Ashes series where your whole career is defined by what sort of player you are, I’m sorry but I don’t like it and I think back to when Australia turned it around when England were hammering Australia hammered England all the time it was ‘don’t even talk to them’ and Australia dominated England for a long period of time. Now since we’ve gone nicey nice, Australia haven’t won in England for a long time.”

Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan mentioned that the Ashes players are too friendly because they play a lot of franchise cricket together. However, he added that he is on Shane Warne’s side and said that the ” players been a little bit too nice.” Shane Warne highlighted that Allan Border would have dropped a player if he was caught talking to the opposition.

Jonny Bairstow saved England the blushes with a counter-attacking seventh Test century on the third day of the fourth Test at the SCG. England is 258/7 in reply to Australia’s 416/8 declared.

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.

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga
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Mohammad Rizwan And Wanindu Hasaranga Among ICC’s 4 Nominees For T20I Player Of The Year Award

Mohammad Rizwan, the Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter topped the batting charts in 2021 when it came to the shortest format of the game. Aggregating a staggering 1326 runs in only 29 matches, Mohammad Rizwan struck at an average of 73.66 and a strike rate of 134.89. Another keeper England’s Jos Buttler amassed 589 runs in 14 matches at 65.44 with one century alongside getting 13 dismissals. Mohammad Rizwan registered his name in history as he became the first-ever batter to reach 2000 runs in a calendar year in the T20s.

Wanindu Hasaranga, the Sri Lankan all-rounder established himself as one of the best spinners in the shortest format picking up 36 wickets in 20 matches at 11.63 while also being a player who could contribute with the bat scoring 196 runs with one half-century. Another Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh amassed 627 runs in 27 matches at 36.88 besides picking 8 wickets at 18.37.

Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mohammad Rizwan Of Pakistan And Jos Butler Of England Are Keepers Among ICC Player Of The Year 2021 Award

Apart from Mohammad Rizwan’s exploits with the bat, he was as solid as ever behind the stumps, getting 24 dismissals and playing a key role in Pakistan’s run to the semi-finals during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, where he ended up as the third-highest run-scorer.

He also scored the maiden T20I century of his career against South Africa in Lahore early in 2021 and ended it continuing his form with a brilliant knock of 87 against West Indies in Karachi. Pakistan will hope that Mohammad Rizwan continues in the same vein, with another 2022 T20I World Cup nearby. Though a chase of 152 looked relatively easy on paper, Pakistan had never beaten India in a World Cup encounter.

Jos Buttler smashed his maiden T20I ton | Photo: Rajasthan Royals
Jos Buttler smashed his maiden T20I ton | Photo: Rajasthan Royals

With the likes of pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami in opposition attack, the task was made all the more complicated. Mohammad Rizwan along with his skipper Babar Azam ensured that a famous victory would be sealed to break the jinx. He smacked an unbeaten 79 in only 55 deliveries, hitting six fours and three sixes. He ensured that there were no hiccups in the run-chase as Pakistan galloped towards the target without losing any wicket to seal a 10-wicket victory.

Jos Buttler started the year off brilliantly with two blistering knocks against India away from home. He would continue this run in the subsequent series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, despite not playing all the matches. This boded well for England as their key batter was in sublime touch heading into the T20 World Cup.

He did not disappoint in the tournament, always getting his side off to brilliant starts. His two best knocks came in consecutive matches – first against Australia and then against Sri Lanka who faced his full wrath. He ended the tournament as England’s leading run-scorer with 269 runs before their run ended by New Zealand in the semi-finals in a nail-biting thriller.

Blasting the first century of the 2021 T20I WC, Jos Buttler was at his belligerent best in the encounter against Sri Lanka in Sharjah. It was ball-striking of the highest order as the wicketkeeper-batter penetrated all areas of the ground.  His unbeaten 101 came in only 67 deliveries and consisted of six fours and six sixes. His knock allowed England to post a competitive score of 163/4, which they ended up defending and winning the contest by 26 runs.

The value of his knock was vital as it came on a slow and low pitch in Sharjah, which wasn’t conducive to a stroke-maker like Jos Buttler, with the batters finding it generally tough to time the ball.

Wanindu Hasaranga And Mitchell Marsh Are The Two All-Rounders Among Nominees For Player Of The 2021 Year In T20Is

A consistent performer throughout the year, Wanindu Hasaranga’s star shone the brightest during the T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman.  He ended the tournament as the leading wicket-taker with 16 scalps and also played some handy knocks with the bat, like his 71 against Ireland.

He was a constant menace for the opposition as Sri Lanka impressed all during the tournament with their young and energetic side. Still only 24, Wanindu Hasaranga is expected to become a cornerstone of Sri Lankan cricket, especially in the shortest formats of the game.

In a pressure encounter in Sharjah against South Africa, Wanindu Hasaranga almost single-handedly helped his side claw back into the contest with his brilliance with the ball. Claiming a memorable hat-trick, he took the big scalps of Aiden Markram (19) and Temba Bavuma (46) before dismissing Dwaine Pretorius to complete his hat-trick.  He ended up with figures of 3/20 in his four-over spell, and it was only the power-hitting of David Miller at the death that got the Proteas over the line.

Australia’s success at the T20 World Cup can be traced back to the decision to move Mitchell Marsh up the batting order to No.3, instead of designating him the role of being a finisher lower down. Throughout the calendar year, he was their best batter in the shortest format, improving his game by leaps and bounds, especially against spin and when it came to rotating the strike.

Mitchell Marsh soaks the T20 World Cup triumph ICC via Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh soaks the T20 World Cup triumph ICC via Getty Images

He was the silver lining in Australia’s otherwise poor showings in West Indies and Bangladesh, where they lost both T20I series by 4-1, batting higher up the order. Heading into the tournament in UAE, he was in supreme confidence after his good displays and improved fitness. This led to a fruitful tournament as he aggregated 185 runs in 6 matches at an average of 61.66 and a healthy strike rate of 146.82.

He reserved the best for the last, playing a match-winning knock in the final against New Zealand. Chasing down a stiff target of 173 and after the early departure of skipper Aaron Finch, the pressure was on Mitchell Marsh to build a substantial partnership with David Warner. He played his best knock of the tournament. His unbeaten 77 off 50 deliveries consisted of six fours and four sixes.

Starting off on an aggressive note, he rotated the strike brilliantly in the middle overs as he teed off again towards the end. His knock ensured that Australia chased down the challenging target in only 18.5 overs, and was crowned the winners of the T20 World Cup for the first time. For his performance, he has been adjudged the Player of the Match.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2021
David Warner[photo: Twitter]
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Congrats On The Ashes Win! Hope You Have A Good IPL Auction- SRH to David Warner

IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad congratulated David Warner on the Ashes win and also wished the left-hander to have a good IPL auction in a bantering exchange on Twitter.

Notable that David Warner was sacked from Sunrisers Hyderabad captaincy midway of the last IPL season and he played only 8 games (out of 14) in the season. The franchise decided not to retain him before the mega auction.

David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

On Tuesday a banter exchanged between the two exposed the bitterness in their relations.

It all started with a fan’s tweet when the user asked Tom Moody (Director of Cricket for SRH) to have a good IPL auction for SRH.

“How about having a good auction for SRH tom? Please?”- replied @Rag_V7 to Tom Moody

For which, Tom Moody replied that they would try their best. But David Warner jumped in the conversation as he quoted @RagV_7’s tweet with the caption “Baha doubt it”

So the Sunrisers Hyderabad came out in support of their ‘Director of Cricket’. SRH quoted Warner’s tweet with the caption- “Congrats on the Ashes win Davey – Looks like you are back to form and enjoying the after-party! On the other hand, we hope you have a good auction!”

Notable that Surisers Hyderabad won their maiden IPL title under the leadership of David Warner in 2016 when they beat RCB in the final. However recent social media interaction by Warner showed the bitterness between their relations.

Ahead of the mega auction, Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to retain Kane Williamson alongside a couple of Indian uncapped players- Abdul Samad and Umran Malik. They will have 68 crores left in the purse to spend in the auction.

On the other side, there are some reports that the Ahmedabad franchise might sign David Warner ahead of the auction.

Meanwhile, David Warner had a great couple of months as the left-hander was chosen Player of the Tournament as Australia won their maiden ICC Men’s T20 World title last month. And in the Ashes, he already scored a couple of 90s as Australia took the 3-0 lead with two matches to go.

The 4th match of the series will begin on January 5 in Sydney.

Also read David Warner Wants To Beat India In India And Win Ashes In England

 

Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
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David Warner Wants To Beat India In India And Win Ashes In England

David Warner, Australia’s opening batter on Wednesday said after Australia retained the Ashes, that it would be nice if his side manages to beat India in India as they are yet to achieve this particular feat recently.

The veteran opener also hinted towards having another crack in trying to win the Ashes in England. In 2019, the left-handed batter was out of form in England as he was continuously dismissed by Stuart Broad. In the 2019 Ashes series, David Warner scored only 95 runs in 10 innings as fast bowler Stuart Broad got him out for fun.

David Warner. Credits: Twitter
David Warner. Credits: Twitter

David Warner: It Would Be Nice To Beat India In India

David Warner, who turned 35 in October this year during the T20 World Cup, where he won the player-of-the-tournament award in Australia’s title triumph, admitted that he is not done yet.

“We still haven’t beaten India in India. That would be nice to do. And obviously, England away, we had a drawn series in 2019, but hopefully, if I managed to get that chance and opportunity, I might think about going back,” Warner was quoted as saying.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

David Warner also said that he sees age as no barrier, and he lauded England pacer James Anderson for setting really high benchmark in Test cricket.

“I think James Anderson sets the benchmark for older guys these days. We look up to him as we’re getting on in our days. But for me, it’s about performing to the best of my ability and putting runs on the board. In the first two Tests, I actually look like a proper batsman, it’s almost like I’ve played my career the other way and had to knuckle down and respect the bowling and the line and lengths that they were bowling and obviously, the hundred eluded me,” said Warner.

David Warner has played 13 and eight Tests across three series in England and two in India, respectively. But he has a poor record in both the countries, averaging 26 and 24 respectively without a century. He would turn 37 by the next Ashes trip to England, but for the left-handed opener, age is just a number.

David Warner Feels In Good Touch

David Warner has hinted that he might want another crack at winning an Ashes series in England in 2023.

“I feel in good touch. As I said, I was out of runs not out of form, so hopefully, I can put some more numbers on the board leading into this new year,” he added.

Pacer Scott Boland took six wickets in the second innings as Australia defeated England by an innings and 14 runs in the third Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. With this win, Australia regained the Ashes 2021/22 as the hosts have gained an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

After 89 Tests and a decade at the highest level, David Warner has little left to prove but the swashbuckling lefthander still has a couple of items on his bucket list.

David Warner is the top run-scorer in the IPL history so far among the foreign players. The left-hander has notched 5449 runs from 150 matches at an average of 41.59 and a strike rate of 139.96.

Since being dropped by his Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad in September, the 35-year-old rebounded to take the Player of the Tournament award during Australia’s T20 World Cup triumph. David Warner scored 289 runs in seven matches for Australia in T20I World Cup. IPL 2021 has been the Australian’s worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73.

He now sits third on the runs list in the ongoing Ashes series, with 240 at an average of 60. The New South Wales-born David Warner also averages a mere 24.80 on the slow and low pitches in India. Moreover, Australia has lost four series on the trot in India.

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