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Ravi Shastri Elated As India Retain No. 1 Spot In ICC Team Rankings After Annual Update

Ravi Shastri, India’s head coach has praised his boys for showing grit and determination to finish as the top-ranked Test team after ICC released the team rankings on Thursday.

The ICC World Test Championship (WTC) finalists India and New Zealand finished as the top two teams respectively in the ICC Men’s Test team rankings after the annual update carried out on Thursday.

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravi Shastri Elated To See India Crowned No. 1 In Test Rankings Yet Again Showing Resolve And Focus And Playing Tough Cricket In Tough Times

Virat Kohli’s men are closely followed by their World Test Championship final opponents, Kane Williamson’s New Zealand, with a rating of 120. The Kiwis have garnered 2166 points from 18 Tests. India heads the table after gaining one rating point for an aggregate of 121, having accumulated 2914 points from 24 matches.

Taking to Twitter, Ravi Shastri wrote: This (India flag) team has shown steely resolve & unwavering focus to be crowned No. 1. It is something the boys have earned fair & square. Rules changed midway but #TeamIndia overcame every hurdle along the way. My boys played tough cricket in tough times. Super proud of this bunch.”

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New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson (L) hugs India’s captain Virat Kohli after New Zealand’s win (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to change the criteria for qualifying for the final in 2020. A percentage system was introduced. But India still ended as the No.1 team in the World Test Championship points table. Under the leadership of Virat Kohli and the under the watchful eyes of head coach Ravi Shastri, Team India has performed consistently well in the longest format of the game.

Ravi Shastri, the head coach of India’s men’s cricket team, applauded the “steely resolve and unwavering focus” shown by his side that saw them lead the Test rankings for the fifth consecutive year.

England Overtook Australia While South Africa Ranked 7th- Their Lowest In Test Ranking History

India gained one rating point for an aggregate of 121 and New Zealand was only one point behind after gaining two points in Thursday’s update, which eliminated results from 2017-18. India’s 2-1 win over Australia and 3-1 win over England over the past year and New Zealand’s 2-0 series win over the West Indies and Pakistan helped them keep ahead of the pack.

The latest update rates all matches played since May 2020 at 100% and those of the previous two years at 50%. It saw England (109) overtake Australia (108) to the third position as England’s 4-0 defeat to Australia in 2017-18 was dropped from the rankings.

Pakistan (94) gained three points but remained in the fifth position while the West Indies (84), who beat Bangladesh 2-0 and drew 0-0 with Sri Lanka in series played this year, moved from eighth to sixth, their best position since 2013.

India head the table with a rating of 121 having accumulated 2914 points from 24 matches. (BCCI)
India heads the table with a rating of 121 having accumulated 2914 points from 24 matches. (BCCI)

South Africa (80) was in the seventh position, equaling their lowest in Test ranking history, while Sri Lanka (78) was next on the list.

Bangladesh(46) lost five points but remained in the ninth position while Zimbabwe gained eight points(35) but was still nine points behind Bangladesh. India and New Zealand will square off in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl from June 18 to 22.

India had won the Test series against Australia despite missing key players due to injuries. At home, they overcame England by winning Tests 3-1. On both occasions, the team lost the 1st Test.

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Steve Smith Likely to Feature In The Decider Against England

Australian batsman Steve Smith missed the first two ODIs against England due to a concussion after getting hit on the head with a ball in training. Australia lost the second match in the ODI series. England went to bat first and set up 231 for nine wickets on a pitch hard to score runs on.

Australia had a good start and were only 144 for two but slumped off quickly at 207 all out and lost the match by 24 runs. Australia skipper Aaron Finch played a knock of 73 runs and Marnus Labuschagne scored 48 which didn’t prove enough for the Aussies.

The first ODI was won by Australia and now the series is levelled up at 1-1 with one match remaining. The ODI series being played between England and Australia is a part of the World Cup Super League campaign.

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He has ticked every box at the moment: Justin Langer on Steve Smith’s return

Australian head coach Justin Langer told Steve Smith has been training and has completed all the concussion protocols. He will be hitting the nets today, unless he is not feeling well, told Langer.

“Fingers crossed. We know what a great player he is, he got a blow to the head in training the day before the first game, so we’ve been going through all the concussion protocols, he’s definitely tracking in the right direction.

“We’re hopeful he’ll be right for tomorrow, but if he doesn’t come up again, then like always we’ll keep him healthy in mind. Australia coach Justin Langer as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

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He was just practising, we talk about Steve, he was probably on his 30,000th ball, probably had two or three to go, and the wickets over here, the facilities have been brilliant, but they’re a bit worn because of so much traffic through them over the past few months.

“One ball just didn’t quite get up, he ducked into it and it hit him in the side of the helmet.He did all his running yesterday, did some high speed running, worked hard as part of the protocols, he has ticked every box at the moment, so he will 100% have a bat this afternoon unless he’s not feeling well this morning. He’ll definitely have a hit this afternoon,” he added.

We’ve played well with no cricket under our belts: Justin Langer on Australia’s current form

Australia lost the T20I series 2-1 and are 1-1 in the ODI series with one game left to play. This series is the first game team Australia are playing after the long gap influenced by the lockdown. Head Coach Justin Langer feels Australia have been doing good considering they have just returned from a long gap.

“It’s been disappointing, we’ve played such great cricket throughout this whole tour. You always look below the surface, how we’ve all played our cricket, all the guys have played their cricket from the moment we arrived with no cricket under our belts, it’s been a real credit to the boys.

“Consistently across the board we’ve been really impressive. there’s a few areas we need to get better at though, and that’s part of becoming a great team,” Langer said.

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The final match of the series will be played on 16th September at the same ground of Old Trafford. The third match would be the decider for the series which is at level, as of now.

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Jofra Archer Admits Living In Bio-Secure Bubble Affect His Performance

England’s premier bowler Jofra Archer has admitted the fact that living in a bio-secure bubble, has been mentally challenging for him. He believes that the new routine has also somewhere affected his performance.

Jofra Archer, who is currently playing against Australia in the ODI series, has played two-Test series and one T20I series since the cricket activities have resumed after the outbreak of coronavirus. While playing all the series, he had to live in the bubble until the completion of the series.

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Jofra Archer (Credits: Twitter)

Moreover, the youngster had to also live for an extra six days in isolation after violating the bubble as he visited his home for one hour in between the series. He was heavily criticized for his irresponsible behaviour. Overall, Archer has spent over 87 days in the bubble longer than any player. 

While talking to ESPNCricinfo, Jofra Archer acknowledged that the players would have to adjust themselves according to the new norm although it has not been an easy task for him. He said that the meeting family has become rarer after COVID-19.

“I’ll tell you, it has been mentally challenging,” Archer said. “We’ve been in here for 16 weeks or something like that. I think it is going to be rarer going home or being normal again. Here has become the new norm. We’ll just have to adjust again when we get some time off.

If I feel good, I ball faster: Jofra Archer

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Talking about his consistency in pace, Archer said that “a change of scenery or a change of personnel” might have refreshed him to keep with the performance after he felt as if he had “hit a wall” at times during the summer.

The time I spend bowling with the white ball is a lot less than in Test cricket. You can’t run in the whole day. It is actually impossible to run in the whole day bowling at 90mph. If you can show me someone who does it then fair play. I’ve not seen any bowler who bowls 90mph do it for a whole day.

“It might be different environments as well. A change of scenery or a change of personnel. You do sometimes feel like you hit a wall. Sometimes you just need to relax or just need to switch your mind off for a few days,” Archer said.

Jofra Archer believes that keeping himself in a good frame of mind helps him to ball faster and at a good pace. 

“I honestly don’t know what it is but if you’re in a good frame of mind I feel you’ll probably bowl a bit faster. On Sunday, I didn’t feel as though I was bowling that fast. At times I felt I’ve bowled faster. For me as long as I feel good, I don’t care what speed I’m bowling at,” Archer.

In the two ODIs against Australia, Jofra Archer has picked three wickets in each match. Currently, the three-match series is level at 1-1 and the decider will be played on Wednesday. 

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England vs Australia 2020: Second ODI Loss A Real Punch In The Guts For Australia- Shane Warne

Former Australian spinner Shane Warne has said that the loss to England in the second ODI is a real punch in the guts for Australia. England went to bat first and set up 231 for 9 wickets on a pitch hard to score runs on. Australia had a good start and were only 144/2 but slumped off quickly at 207 all out and lost the match by 24 runs. Australia skipper Aaron Finch played a knock of 73 runs and Marnus Labuschagne scored 48 which didn’t prove enough for the Aussies.

The first ODI was won by Australia and now the series is leveled up at 1-1 with one match remaining. The ODI series being played between England and Australia is a part of the World Cup Super League campaign.

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England vs Australia

It’s 1-1 ahead of the last day of the international summer. Who writes these scripts?” : Shane Warne

Spin legend Shane Warne has stated that this loss will be a punch in the guts for Australia. Earlier, Australia lost the T20I series to England 2-1 and now the ODI series is 1-1 with one match to play. Warne has said that the Australian side were just not good enough in yesterday’s match.

“Australia hadn’t played cricket for quite a long time so you sort of excuse them (that collapse) in the first T20, even though it cost them that series,” Shane Warne told Sky Sports

“They have been pretty good since then but this will be a real punch in the guts for Australia. They pride themselves on getting over the line in those sorts of games and doing the basics well. They didn’t do that – they weren’t good enough, with Aaron Finch the only batsman to really show any touch. It’s 1-1 ahead of the last day of the international summer. Who writes these scripts?”

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“Australia got it a bit wrong”: Shane Warne

According to Warne, Australia failed to judge the conditions right and went for the wickets which were wrong. He said they got a bit greedy to try to get them all out.

“Australia got it a bit wrong. They tried to go for wickets and didn’t sum up conditions and think ‘hard length at the stumps is tough for the batsmen so it should be the same for the tail’. They got a bit greedy trying to knock them over,” Warne said.

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The final match of the series will be played on 16th September at the same ground of Old Trafford. The third match would be the decider for the series which is at level, as of now.

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Mitchell Marsh Is Feeling Confident About Being Consistent At Number Five For Australia

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh feels confident about doing consistently good at the number five spot, for the Kangaroos. Marsh scored an important 73 runs off 100 balls for Australia, getting them back on track after they lost their openers quickly. Australia set up a score of 294 through important knocks of Glenn Maxwell (77) and Mitchell Marsh(73).

However, England fell short of just 19 runs in the run chase, Sam Billings (118) and Jonny Bairstow (84) did not prove enough for the Three Lions to win the game.

Josh Hazlewood scalped three wickets and Adam Zampa got four wickets which proved the key for Austalia’s defence of the target. The Aussies, in the end, managed to win the match by 19 runs against the hosts England.

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I don’t look up my stats too much but certainly, love this format: Mitchell Marsh

The Australian all-rounder feels confident about his form playing at the number 5 spot for Australia. He tells he doesn’t look at on his stats much but he absolutely loves the format. He thinks if he continues to give match-winning performances for the team his place automatically will open up.

“This format has certainly been the one I’ve been most consistent in. I take great confidence in that. I don’t look up my stats too much but certainly, love this format.

“I certainly know I’m being given this opportunity again, batting at number five is a role I’ve done for most of my career in one-day cricket and I certainly feel really confident I can play my role for the team there,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Marsh as saying.

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“It’s not about me going out there and playing every game to try and cement my spot. It’s about playing to the best of my ability to make sure I’m contributing to wins for Australia. If you do that, your position in the team takes care of itself,” he added.

Mitchell Marsh believes partnership with Glenn Maxwell took them out of trouble

Australia were batting first and had lost the openers very quickly at a low score. The middle-order came in action to save them and Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell played a stupendous partnership to lift Australia. Marsh said Maxwell’s amazing innings took the pressure off him at various times.

“Yesterday I tried to take the situation out of it, the fact we’d lost a couple of wickets, and just try to take it as deep as possible.Glenn’s innings was amazing and really took the pressure off at times, allowed me to just keep batting.

“It would have been nice to capitalise at the end and get a few more but was rapt with the partnership I had with Maxi to get us into a really good position,” Marsh said.

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Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)

The ODI series being played between England and Australia is a part of the World Cup Super League campaign. Concurrently, Australia lead the series 1-0, the second match will be played later today at the Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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With Ben Stokes Around, Don’t Think I Will Cement Number Five Spot: Sam Billings

England batsman Sam Billings has admitted that he won’t able to be a permanently own the number five spot for the Three Lions with star all-rounder Ben Stokes in the team. Billings played a stupendous knock of 118 runs for England against Australia in the 1st ODI which the hosts lost by 19 runs in Manchester on Friday. So much so, Stokes is not participating in the series due to personal reasons.

Australia won the first match following a remarkable show from the bowlers, which gave them a head start in the World Cup Super League campaign owing to the 2023 World Cup. Glenn Maxwell (77) and Mitchell Marsh(73) helped Australia set up a score of 294, which the English failed to chase courtesy Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood’s brilliance with the ball.

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Sam Billings doesn’t think he’ll keep the number 5 spot with Ben Stokes around

The 29-year-old batsman Sam Billings has said that no matter how many runs he gets, he still won’t be able to make a place with all-rounder Ben Stokes around. Stokes’ heroic performances in the 2019 World Cup won them the trophy — and he hasn’t looked back ever since and has been in the form of his life.

In the scenario, life gets harder for Billings to hope for a particular spot for England. However, he hopes to continue to deliver and looks forward to the T20 team where he has a chance to fill the vacant middle order.

“Ben Stokes isn’t here and I don’t think, however many runs I get, that I’ll keep that spot. All I can do is stake a claim. Especially building towards the T20 stuff. There is a slot in that late-to-middle order.

“Hopefully, this will keep pushing my case in that format. Loss of form and injury – as I found out the hard way – can happen. As long as you are putting yourself in the right position to be the next cab off the rank, you never know when these opportunities will arise,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Billings as saying.

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Sam Billings’ 118 didn’t prove enough for England for the chase in 1st ODI against Australia

Billings had a slow start against Australia but got in the flow and went to score 118. England opener Jonny Bairstow also scored 84 but they couldn’t sail England to the target of 295 and fell short of just 19 runs. Sam Billings feels if he and Bairstow or Moeen Ali could’ve batted a little longer the result would have been altogether different.

“Australia reminded me I was 11 of 32 pretty consistently. At that point in time, we had zero chance. I felt terrible as well. I wasn’t fluent at all. But then you look at the other end and Jonny is struggling as well and he’s one of the most fluent openers in world cricket. No one really got going,” Sam Billings said.

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“But you could see Australia’s mindset definitely change when we started to get that partnership going. The energy all of a sudden went from very positive to just slightly more intensity and thinking that we are getting ourselves back into the game.

“Who knows, if Jonny and I had batted for another five overs; if Moeen Ali and I could have got a bit of a partnership together… Yes, it was a huge ask. But in that situation it’s a matter of trying to take the game deep and give us some sort of chance,” Sam Billings concluded.

The ODI series being played between England and Australia is a part of the World Cup Super League campaign. Concurrently, Australia lead the series 1-0, the second match will be played later today at the Old Trafford Cricket ground in Manchester, England.

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Dawid Malan Replaces Babar Azam As No.1 T20I Batsman

England batsman Dawid Malan has moved to the number 1 rank in the ICC T20I Rankings for the first time in his career. Impressive performances in the England vs Australia T20I series has earned him the top spot in the rankings. The 33-year-old England star has dethroned Pakistan batsman Babar Azam from the number one spot in the T20I rankings.

Southpaw, Malan has ascended four places in the rankings after his stupendous performances in the England-Australia series sealed a 2-1 win for the hosts. He finished as the highest run-scorer in the series with 129 runs in 3 matches. Dawid Malan made his T20 debut for England in 2017 against South Africa hitting a stellar knock of 78 runs off 44 balls.

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Here are the top ten T20I batsmen: Dawid Malan earns the top spot

POSITION PLAYER TEAM RATING
1 Dawid Malan ENG 877
2 Babar Azam PAK 869
3 Aaron Finch AUS 835
4 Lokesh Rahul IND 824
5 Colin Munro NZ 785
6 Glenn Maxwell AUS 696
7 Hazratullah AFG 676
8 Evin Lewis WI 674
9 Virat Kohli IND 673
10 Eoin Morgan ENG 671

Among other England, stars’ improvements in the batting charts include Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow. While Buttler moved from 40 to 28th, Bairstow climbed up three spots to achieve a career-best 19th position.

KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are the only Indian cricketers in the top 10. Rahul is on the 4th spot while Kohli at the 9th. Aaron Finch regained his third position after scoring 125 runs in the series against England.

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The top ten T20I bowlers:

POSITION PLAYER TEAM RATING
1 Rashid Khan AFG 736
2 Mujeeb Ur Rahman AFG 730
3 Ashton Agar AUS 706
4 Tabraiz Shamsi SA 681
5 Adam Zampa AUS 679
6 Mitchell Santner NZ 677
7 Adil Rashid ENG 676
8 Imad Wasim PAK 665
9 Shadab Khan PAK 651
10 Kane Richardson AUS 641

England leg spinner Adil Rashid has gained two spots to take the number 7 position in the rankings. He ended the recent series against Australia as the highest wicket-taker with six scalps. Australian pacer Kane Richardson broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career, while all-rounder Ashtor Agar maintained his 3rd spot in the rankings.

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England vs Australia: Jos Buttler’s Favourite Position To Bat Is As A Top-Order Batter In T20 Cricket

England’s wicket-keeper batsman — Jos Buttler is flexible to bat any position but his favourite position in the T20 cricket is as an opener. In the ongoing series against Australia, Buttler is playing the role of opener usually, he bats at the middle-order.

The attacking batsman amassed 77 runs off 54 balls, striking six boundaries and two gigantic sixes in the second T20I match against Australia on Sunday. His outstanding knock led England to seal the series. 

Jos Buttler, in the recent interaction, said that he had most of his success in T20 at the top. He is delighted to get the opportunity to bat at the opening position. He is ready to take up ay job which his team needs.

“It probably is my favourite position to bat in T20 cricket,” said Buttler. “I’ve had most of my success in T20 at the top, but that’s natural – if you bat in the top three in T20, it’s the best place for everyone.”

“We’ve probably got eight or nine guys who’d stick their hand up to bat in the top three; I’m very happy there, but I’m also very happy to do whatever the team needs of me.”

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Jos Buttler has mostly batted at the middle order but he is comfortable to score runs that his captain or coach allots him. He said that there is healthy competition in the team for the place which will serve England to go forward.

“I’ve played a lot of my career – T20 and one-day cricket – batting in the middle, so I’m very comfortable doing that as well. It’s really for the coach and captain to decide,” said Buttler.

“We’ve got lots of strength in depth; it’s something that is the mark of good teams, good players fighting over positions and that will serve us well going forward.”

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Talking about his match-winning performance, Buttler said that it was a great feeling to bat till the last ball of the game and lead his side to victory.

“It was a great feeling to be able to walk off at the end, having won the game for your team – obviously a big game for us, with the chance to win the series, which we were determined to do,” Jos Buttler concluded.

England and Australia will play the third T20I match on 8th September although the host has already won the series.

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England vs Australia 2020: Pat Cummins Opines The Team Is Looking To Build Finisher Like MS Dhoni

Australia’s vice-captain Pat Cummins has opined that they are looking to build a player like MS Dhoni for which the management is backing players and giving enough game time to adjust. His statement was the reaction to Australia’s defeat in the first T20I match of the three-match series against England because of the early fall of the middle-order.

After bowling England all out at 162, the visitors Australia failed to chase the target even though they had an excellent start. Aaron Finch and David Warner set up a 98-runs partnership before the former lost his wicket. With a match-winning start, Australia were predictable winners but their middle-order collapsed like a house of card.

Australia needed 39 off 35 balls with 9 wickets in hand but their star performers Steve Smith, David Warner, and Glen Maxwell consecutively lost the wicket. The allrounder Marcus Stoinis failed to score 15 runs from the last over as the host won the match by 2 runs.

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Pat Cummins acknowledges that the middle-order of Australia is a matter of concern but he is confident that as players will get the experience they will get better.

Maxwell and Stoinis had scored excessively in the practice matches ahead of the series. So, Cummins believes that they need to be backed because they had played in the domestic circuit and they do well there but need some time.

It’s something we’ve spoken about for exactly that reason — they’re all the best players when they go back to playing domestic comps,” Cummins was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

“You could argue that middle-order role is one of the hardest in any cricket team. That’s what we’ve identified, we’ve got to give guys a go.

Australia need finisher like MS Dhoni: Pat Cummins

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Hailing MS Dhoni as the best finisher, Pat Cummins said that he was best because of his experience of playing in almost 400 matches.

“Someone like MS Dhoni, he was one of the best in the world because he played 3-400 ODI games. You saw during this week’s practice games we gave a lot of guys a go in that.”

The speedster said that the players can not be build overnight so the captain Finch and selectors have decided to give them more time to settle in the combination.

“We know it’s not going to happen overnight. That’s been a common theme that selectors and Finchy have spoken about: we’ll identify roles and give them a long run in that.

“I think we’ve got the right squad, the right players, it’s about getting plenty of games into everyone now,” the pace spearhead said.

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Eoin Morgan Hails Bowlers’ ‘Belief’ After Last-Ball Win Against Australia

England skipper Eoin Morgan has lauded his bowling attack which had played a crucial role in England’s win against Australia in an epic encounter. England had just put up a meagre score of 162 on the board, which the Australian’s looked initially comfortably cruising towards.

However, the game changed in the last 6 overs with Australia needing just 39 runs with 9 wickets in hand. A quick fall of wickets saw Australia’s middle order failing to reach the target just by 2 runs.

Australia need 15 runs off the last over to win, which was bowled by Tom Curran and were only able to get 12 off it. In the T20I opener, Australia won the toss and opted to field.

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Eoin Morgan hailed England bowlers’ match-winning performance

Australia had a good start with both openers Aaron Finch and David Warner scoring 46 and 58 respectively. The match changed after the 15th over when Adil Rashid took quick wickets of Steve Smith (18) and Glenn Maxwell (1) in the same over. Eoin Morgan was all praises for his bowlers who he said were difficult to play for anyone coming from outside.

“Some of our pace bowlers and Adil have posed that threat, making it particularly difficult for people coming in and facing them straight away. I think after Moeen’s over, things started to turn for us. We got the ball reverse-swinging a little bit, but again, creating that opportunity with Adil getting Maxwell and Smith created that opportunity,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Morgan as saying.

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The England bowlers showed belief and courage which won them the match

Eoin Morgan applauded the bowlers showing courage and belief to make a difference in the game. Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid both took two wickets each.

“I thought we might end up running out of our best bowlers earlier, but they seemed to continue to take risks, particularly against Adil and then Jof (Jofra Archer) came back earlier as a consequence of that. I’m delighted the guys showed belief and courage to do something to take wickets, and that was displayed a lot in the last six overs when we held our length a lot because it was the hardest to hit,” he added.

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The next match will be played on Sunday at the same ground in Southampton. England have a lead of 1-0 in the three-match T20I series which Australia would want to even in the impending fixture.

The Australian team is placed at number one spot in T20s in the ICC world rankings. However, it was their first international match after the pandemic-triggered lockdown which may be a reason for their rusty approach. England have been playing since July and this is their third series after the break.

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