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IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg
IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg

IPL 2021 has been facing a different scenario so far as the tournament was suspended midway in April and the resumption is set to take place in a few day’s time. With the T20I World Cup set to take place in UAE straightway after the IPL 2021 gets over, the players have been looking at the tight schedule ahead and have opted out of the cash-rich league.

Injuries often see player pullouts in the IPL. But when players register their name in the auction and then fail to honor their contract without injuries, it becomes a problem for the franchises. A total of 64 foreign players are allowed in IPL and in IPL 2021, 17 of them have withdrawn, dealing a blow to both BCCI and the franchises.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg

Adam Zampa (RCB)

Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Adam Zampa was thinking about his mental health before pulling out of IPL 2021. (Source: Twitter)Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Adam Zampa was thinking about his mental health before pulling out of IPL 2021. (Source: Twitter)

One of the first players to pull out midway through IPL 2021 was Australian spinner Adam Zampa. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player pulled out citing bubble fatigue amid the second wave of COVID-19 in India in May. In phase 1, Adam Zampa didn’t feature in any match. Royal Challengers Bangalore have roped in Sri Lanka’s spin all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga for the 2nd phase of IPL 2021. He has replaced leg-spinner Adam Zampa.

Adam Zampa was one of the few players who had withdrawn from IPL 2021 before the season was suspended. He has been named in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad.

Adam Zampa has picked 21 scalps in 14 IPL games averaging 17.61 including a 6 wicket haul in his debut season in 2016. He played in IPL 2016, 2017 and 2020. His career-best figures of 6/19 for Rising Pune Supergiants against Sunrisers Hyderabad is 3rd best figure ever in IPL history.

Daniel Sams (RCB)

Daniel Sams 
Daniel Sams Image Source: Twitter

Another RCB player to pull out was Daniel Sams. The Australian played two matches in the IPL 2021 after spending 14 days in isolation after contracting COVID-19 upon reaching India. But he didn’t want to come back and pulled out ahead of Phase 2.

He played 5 IPL games scoring only 6 runs and picking up a solitary scalp and didn’t have an impact as expected. Delhi Capitals brought Daniel Sams to their squad for IPL 2020 as a replacement for an injured Jason Roy and he played for RCB in IPL 2021.

Daniel Sams, who was traded to the RCB this season from Delhi Capitals, was the second player of the franchise to recover from COVID-19. Opener Devdutt Padikkal, who was the highest run-scorer for RCB last season with 473 runs from 15 matches, had earlier recovered from the dreaded disease and joined the team after returning negative.

Mitchell Marsh (SRH)

Mitchell Marsh winces in pain BCCI
Mitchell Marsh. Image Credits: BCCI

Australian Mitchell Marsh was the first player to pull out of IPL 2021 even before the tournament began. Retained for the 14th edition of IPL, SRH looked for consistency in batting and roped in Mitchell Marsh in the IPL 2020 auctions but he pulled out next season citing bubble fatigue after getting injured in 2020.

Mitchell Marsh played 21 IPL games scoring 225 runs averaging 17.3 and picking 20 scalps averaging 21 with the ball. He played only 1 IPL game in 2020 where he failed to make an impact. Last year, Mitchell Marsh was not able to play the entire tournament for SunRisers Hyderabad as he was ruled out with an ankle injury mid-season. He was ruled out after suffering an ankle injury in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Josh Philippe (RCB)

Australia's keeper Josh Philippe will be unvailable for RCB during IPL 2021 (Courtesy of BCCI)
Australia’s keeper Josh Philippe will be unavailable for RCB during IPL 2021 (Courtesy of BCCI)

RCB have had a long list of pull outs and Australian youngster Josh Philippe was one of them. He too informed the franchise that he won’t be available for the IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore had signed explosive New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Finn Allen as a replacement for Josh Philippe.

Finn Allen has a career T20 strike rate of over 180. Josh Philippe, who made his debut for RCB in IPL 2020 in the UAE, made himself unavailable for the whole of the upcoming season.  He played 5 matches for RCB in IPL 2020 managing 78 runs averaging 19.5.

Regarded as one of the brightest batting prospects in Australia, particularly in limited-overs cricket, wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe was given his first taste of the international set-up for the 2020 tour of England which took place amid the Covid-19 pandemic. To date, he has played 3 ODIs and 10 T20Is for Australia.

Ben Stokes (RR)

Ben StokesBen Stokes. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ben Stokes played just one match for RR in IPL 2021 before injuring his finger. He returned to England after the match and since then has been recovering from the injury. However, the all-rounder decided to take an indefinite break from cricket citing mental health, and decided not to return for IPL 2021.

England and Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes is unlikely to take part in the second leg of the Indian Premier League 2021. Ben Stokes had announced an indefinite break from cricket last month, intending to focus on his mental health. The all-rounder had spent considerable time away from family and in bio-secure environments with the England team.

Ben Stokes was a part of the Royals set up in the first half of the IPL before he broke his finger in a fixture against Punjab Kings while fielding in the deep. Having been ruled out ever since from all cricketing action, he returned to lead England to a 3-0 ODI win over Pakistan after Covid-19 struck the home camp, ruling out four players including skipper Eoin Morgan. Ben Stokes, however, did not participate in the T20I series that followed and revealed his decision soon after.

Jos Buttler (RR)

Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia
Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia

Another Rajasthan Royals player to pull out was Jos Buttler. The England opener played the entire IPL 2021 phase 1 but decided against returning for Phase 2 citing bubble fatigue.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler hit the top gear against Sunrisers Hyderabad by smashing 124 off 64 balls in an IPL 2021 match. RR opener Jos Buttler wasn’t at his usual best before he came to his own with a scintillating 124 versus Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), just a few days before BCCI suspended the tournament due to Covid-19 threat.

He had scored 328 runs in the IPL 2020 and 254 runs in 7 games in the IPL 2021 averaging 36.28. While he had to leave IPL 2019 midway to join the England team for the World Cup 2019 preparations, he made an impact during his eight-game stint, scoring 311 runs, following his 548-run season in IPL 2018 where he averaged 54.8.

Liam Livingstone (RR)

Liam Livingstone Instagram
Liam Livingstone Instagram

Liam Livingstone left IPL 2021 midway through the season amid the second wave of COVID-19 in India. The England batsman although will be returning for Phase 2. In a major boost to Rajasthan Royals, English all-rounder Liam Livingstone is all set to be available for the second phase of IPL 2021 which will resume from Sep 19 onwards.

After three English players Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, and Chris Woakes pulled out of IPL 2021 there were question marks of Liam Livingstone’s availability for IPL. However, Rajasthan Royals confirmed that Liam Livingstone will be featuring in the second phase of the cash-rich league.

Rajasthan Royals though have been dealt with a massive blow as in-form batsman Liam Livingstone is likely to miss the first few games of the second phase of IPL 2021 due to injury.

Dawid Malan (PBKS)

Dawid Malan File Photo
Dawid Malan File Photo

It is difficult to term Dawid Malan’s pull out other than plain and simple revenge. After Virat Kohli-led India decided not to play the 5th Test amid the COVID-19 outbreak inside India’s camp, Dawid Malan pulled out at the last moment, annoying Punjab Kings.

Dawid Malan was picked by the Punjab Kings in the 2021 auction for a price tag of INR 1.5 crores and it will be the lefthander’s debut IPL season. He played only 1 game scoring 26 runs.

Jonny Bairstow (SRH)

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow of SRH (Photo Source: Twitter)

Another last-minute pullout came from SRH’s top-scorer Jonny Bairstow and it is believed that he too followed similar instincts as Dawid Malan, dealing an ailing SRH a heavy blow. Jonny Bairstow had a brilliant debut IPL season in 2019 scoring 445 runs that included a century while opening the batting with David Warner. He had amassed 1038 runs in 28 IPL games averaging 41.52.

Sunrisers Hyderabad have roped in West Indies batsman Sherfane Rutherford for the remainder of IPL 2021. The middle-order batsman from the West Indies comes in as a replacement for opener Jonny Bairstow. Notably, SRH has had a disastrous campaign so far winning only one of the seven games in the first phase of IPL 2021, and are currently placed at the bottom of the table.

Chris Woakes (DC)

Chris Woakes | Delhi Capitals
Chris Woakes | Delhi Capitals

Amongst the three players, Delhi Capitals’ Chris Woakes is the other England player to announce his pull-out at the 11th hour. The England pacer gave no reason behind the opt-out. Chris Woakes played just two matches in Phase 1 due to injury.

Chris Woakes did not feature in IPL 2020 but Delhi Capitals retained the England cricketer for the IPL 2021. He scored 15 runs and picked up 5 scalps in 3 games before IPL 2021 was suspended due to Covid-19. Overall, he has 30 scalps in 21 matches averaging 21.93, and scored 78 runs playing IPL 2017,2018, and 2021.

Andrew Tye (RR)

Andrew Tye has flown back home from IPL.
Andrew Tye has flown back home from IPL. Photo: BCCI

After returning midway through IPL 2021 Phase 1, Australian pacer Andrew Tye informed RR that he won’t be returning for Phase 2 due to bubble fatigue. Andrew Tye, who had first joined RR in 2020, wasn’t a regular for RR but was one of the overseas options that RR could have considered.

The Purple Cap winner of IPL 2018, Andrew Tye only played 6 matches for Punjab Kings(then KXIP) in 2019. He moved to RR at his base price of Rs 1 crore. He only played one match in IPL 2020 in UAE. He went for 50 runs and scalped one wicket in the fixture and despite that fact, he was retained by the franchise.

Kane Richardson (RCB)

Kane Richardson. (Image Source: Twitter)
Kane Richardson. (Image Source: Twitter)

After playing Phase 1 of IPL, the Australian all-rounder Kane Richardson decided against returning for Phase 2. He had also opted out of Australia’s tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh. Signed by the Pune Warriors India for IPL 2013, he had the opportunity to sharpen his skills with the legendary Allan Donald.

He was then inducted into the Rajasthan Royals side in the 2014 auction, followed by RCB in IPL 2016. The fourteenth edition of the league will be his second stint with the RCB. He played 1 IPL game in 2021 picking a solitary scalp.

Pat Cummins (KKR)

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]
KKR’s star pacer and Australia’s vice-captain Pat Cummins was the first confirmed pullout of Phase 2. The star opted out to be with his partner who is expecting their first child. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have signed Tim Southee for the remaining 31 games of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Pat Cummins, who was signed for Rs. 15.5 crores for IPL 2020 season, has been a key member of their side, and this season he played all their seven games, taking nine wickets and scoring 93 runs, including a career-best 66 not out against Chennai Super Kings. Pat Cummins picked 12 wickets in 14 games that included a 4-wicket haul in the 2020 IPL season. He bowled well in IPL 2021 picking 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31.

Jhye Richardson (Image Credit: Twitter)
Jhye Richardson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Riley Meredith (PBKS)

Riley Meredith is excited to be part of the IPL | PBKS Instagram
Riley Meredith is excited to be part of the IPL | PBKS Instagram

The other PBKS pacer to pull out is Riley Meredith. The Australian star also featured in Phase 1 and has missed Australia’s tours while also opting out of Phase 2. The right-arm pacer from Tasmania is capable of clocking 140 kmph very consistently and has proved his worth in the domestic circuit.

He made his T20 debut against New Zealand in 2021 and debuted in the IPL after the Punjab Kings won the bidding war, eventually acquiring the Aussie pacer for INR 8 Cr. He picked 4 scalps in 5 IPL games.

Finn Allen (RCB)

Finn Allen IPL 2021
Finn Allen IPL 2021

The New Zealander Finn Allen came as a replacement player for Josh Philippe and spent the first half of IPL on the bench. But he has informed the franchise that he won’t be returning and Tim David has been roped in as a replacement.

Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter
Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter
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Nathan Ellis Finalised As A Replacement Player In the UAE Leg Of IPL 2021

Nathan Ellis, Australian pacer is having a dream year. He got to make his T20I debut against Bangladesh recently and made it memorable by picking a hat-trick. Apart from that, he was also named as a reserve player in the squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Now, the year 2021 has got even bigger for him as one of the unnamed IPL teams has picked him for the UAE leg which is set to resume on September 19 as it was postponed due to a bio bubble breach in India in early May. Interestingly, he was being chased by three different franchises before one team finalized him.

Nathan Ellis
Nathan Ellis. (Photo by Md Manik/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Nathan Ellis Will Come As A Replacement Player In IPL 2021’s UAE Leg

The pacer’s final IPL deal will be approved by Cricket Australia (CA) and then Nathan Ellis will be eligible to play in one of the best franchise T20 leagues going across the globe. If the 26-year-old continues to impress in the IPL 2021, then Australia could also include him in the main squad. Interestingly, Nathan Eilis went unsold in the IPL auctions earlier this year. But an opportunity came along for him when the 14th edition of IPL 2021 got postponed due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India.

Nathan Ellis Takes Hat-Trick Against Bangladesh in Debut T20I
Nathan Ellis Takes Hat-Trick Against Bangladesh in Debut T20I (Image Credit: Twitter)

With the eight franchises desperate to finalize the teams due to certain players declining the UAE leg of IPL, Nathan Ellis is one of the players who will come to the second leg as a replacement player. The 26-year-old player attracted the spotlight with a hat-trick in his debut match. Picking 5 wickets in 2 games, he emerged as a powerful bowler during Australia’s miserable 4-1 loss to Bangladesh in the series.

Nathan Ellis Made An Impression In The Big Bash League And Was Praised By New Chief Selector Of Australia George Bailey

Nathan Ellis first made an impression in the Big Bash League (BBL) while playing for Hobart Hurricanes. Once rejected for being too short as a fast bowler, he kept on continuing with his dream of being a pacer. His life changed 360 degrees when he decided to move to Tasmania.

“There were no promises or anything, but it was, ‘If you train well and play well, you’ll get the chance’,” Ellis told cricket.com.au in 2019. “That was enough for me.”

Australia chief selector George Bailey hailed Nathan Ellis’ commitment and patience in putting hard yards.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

“It’s a great story of perseverance and commitment to the cause,” Bailey said.

“In terms of what you’re after from those reserves and knowing we can’t carry that many of them, you want someone who can cover as many bases as you can, particularly in T20 and the distinct roles of bowling with the newer ball and finishing off at the death.”

Australian fast bowlers Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson, and Riley Meredith are among the contracted Australian players who are not expected to return to the UAE leg of IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore had already drafted in Scott Kuggelign as Kane Richardson’s replacement and the New Zealander is likely to continue in Phase 2.

Kolkata Knight Riders are likely to make a move for Nathan Ellis to replace Pat Cummins, while the same could be the same for Punjab Kings, who are set to be without Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith. Furthermore, Rajasthan Royals could also emerge as suitors, with Jofra Archer ruled out of the tournament with an injury.

Australian Players In IPL 2021
Australian Players In IPL 2021
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Cricket Australia To Issue No Objection Certificates For White-Ball Specialists To Play IPL 2021 In UAE

Cricket Australia has cleared the way for the nation’s top white-ball players to return to the Indian Premier League 2021’s 2nd leg to be held in the UAE in September and October. It will be the second season on the trot in which Cricket Australia’s players have missed the opening rounds of Australia’s domestic competitions to participate in the lucrative domestic T20 tournament.

Cricket Australia will issue No Objection Certificates for leading players to return to the IPL when it resumes next month while a planned T20 tri-series with Afghanistan and West Indies may be repurposed as World Cup warm-ups.

Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia To Issue No Objection Certificates For White Ball Specialists To Return To Play In The IPL 2021

IPL 2021 was halted midway in May after a catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19 in India and bio bubble breaches resulting in players reporting positive. About 40 Cricket Australia’s players, coaches, broadcasters, and support staff had to spend time in the Maldives while international borders were shut, before eventually returning via a charter flight provided by the BCCI.

The IPL 2021 has since been rescheduled to complete the remaining 36 games in 27 days between September 19 and October 15 in the UAE, finishing just two days before the T20 World Cup begins, which has also been relocated to the region from India for Covid-19.

IPL Trophy.
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Australia’s men’s domestic summer will begin with a Marsh One-Day Cup game on September 11, meaning any players heading to the IPL and subsequent T20 World Cup will not feature at home before the Test summer begins against Afghanistan from November 27.

Cricket Australia’s clearance came after the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed the postponement of a three-match ODI series between the two nations originally planned to be held in India in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup. A mooted T20 tri-series also involving the West Indies was due to form an important part of the World Cup preparations for all three squads, and Afghanistan authorities are continuing efforts to secure a venue to host it.

With the initial group stages of the T20 World Cup expected to be played primarily in Oman, the UAE venues could be free to host the matches between the end of the IPL and the start of the World Cup’s Super 12 stage, expected to begin on October 23.

Eight Players Who Played IPL 2021 Initial Stage Made Themselves Unavailable For West Indies And Bangladesh Tour Where Australia Suffered Heavy Defeats

Eight players who participated in the initial stage of this year’s IPL made themselves unavailable for Cricket Australia’s recent tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh, where the T20 side slumped to 4-1 defeats against both nations. Seven of those players – David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, and Daniel Sams – are now expected to return to the IPL 2021.

KKR pacer Pat Cummins has said he will miss the IPL reboot due to the impending birth of his first child but has committed to Australia’s T20 World Cup tilt. Josh Hazlewood, Riley Meredith, Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Mitch Marsh, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, and Josh Philippe are the players that hold IPL deals that were part of the squad that toured the Caribbean and Bangladesh.

Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, and Josh Philippe had opted out of the first stage of the IPL tournament midway that was held in India but is eligible to return to the rescheduled closing stages, although it has not yet been confirmed if they will.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

“If in case any player who was injured or unavailable during the India leg of IPL 2021 and is now fit or available then the franchise which had taken a replacement player … will need to elect (either) one of them,” IPL chief operating officer Hemang Amin told ESPN.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn and Ben Cutting – none of whom are in Cricket Australia’s plans or hold state contracts – are the other Aussies with IPL deals. Australia legend Ricky Ponting, who is also head coach of the Delhi Capitals IPL side, said the tournament was ideal preparation for the T20 World Cup.

“No doubt it’s their best preparation to be in those exact conditions, playing in probably the strongest domestic T20 tournament in the world,” Ponting said on SEN radio in conversation with Australia Test captain Tim Paine, who also endorsed the players going to the IPL.

“All the best players in the world will be there … and I’m not just saying it because I want some of the Australian players there at the Delhi Capitals. I’m not sure if they’ll be any restrictions on the bowlers going there, there may well be, but certainly the guys like Smith, Davey, Maxi, Stoinis who have been out of cricket for three or fourth months they need to get back into the groove.”

The T20 World Cup will begin with the qualifier rounds that will feature Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, and Papua New Guinea. Australia has been drawn in Group 1 of the Super 12 stage with England, South Africa, and the West Indies, plus two teams from the qualifier round. India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two qualifiers will be in the other Super 12 group.

Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
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Pat Cummins Likely To Miss IPL 2021 When It Resumes In The UAE

Pat Cummins, Australia, and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer is likely to miss the resumption of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE from September 19.

The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Pat Cummins Hints That Probably He Won’t Be Going To UAE To Play The IPL 2021

Pat Cummins said that he hasn’t made an official call on not playing in the IPL 2021 but admitted it will be “tough” to go to UAE and play in the cash-rich league.

“Unfortunately, at this stage, I probably won’t be going to the IPL. I haven’t made an official call on it. But my partner is pregnant and our baby is due in the middle of the IPL. At the moment, there is a travel restriction to get back to Australia, you got to do 2 weeks quarantine,” the Australian fast bowler said on his YouTube channel.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

“There is probably going to be somedays quarantine going to UAE. So it’s going to be tough to go and play there,” he added.

Pat Cummins picked 12 wickets in 14 games that included a 4-wicket haul in the 2020 IPL season. He bowled well in IPL 2021 picking 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31. He was the most expensive buy in the 2020 IPL Auction after being bagged by KKR for a whopping 15.50 crores.

Pat Cummins’ KKR teammates Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, and Tim Seifert had tested positive for Covid-19 leading to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2021.

Most Australian players, including all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, are likely to participate in the second phase of IPL 2021 when the tournament resumes in UAE. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams, all of who had pulled out of the West Indies tour recently, will turn up for their respective franchises when the T20 league resumes.

BCCI Confirms England Players’ Availability For IPL 2021 2nd Phase

Earlier in the day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the English players will be available for the resumption of the IPL 2021.

Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments said the BCCI has received the green signal from the England and Wales Cricket Board on the participation of the English players and is the perfect example of the brilliant working relation BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has with the English and Bangladesh cricket board.

BCCI, ECB Logo
BCCI, ECB Logo

Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the remainder of the IPL 2021 which will be held in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days. In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and in Abu Dhabi.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith- Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
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Pat Cummins Terms Steve Smith As The Most Complete Test Batsman

Pat Cummins picked his Australian and New South Wales team-mate, Steve Smith, as the “most complete Test batsman” during a Q&A session on YouTube on Tuesday.

Pointing out Steve Smith’s ability to adapt according to conditions that are in offer, Pat Cummins called the former Australia skipper a problem solver who has the unique ability to master every condition.

File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Pat Cummins: Steve Smith Solves Whatever Problem He Has In Front Of Him

The country’s seven top cricketers including the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams have pulled out from the upcoming West Indies series and Bangladesh series. Star batsman Steve Smith was also not included in the squad as he is yet to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the IPL.

Answering a question from a fan on the most complete Test batter he has seen, the 28-year-old pacer replied: “I am going to be biased here. I am an Australian and have seen Steve Smith score hundreds here in Australia, in the fast and bouncy wicket, in South Africa where the wickets are green and its seams, in England against the swinging Duke’s ball and in spin fests in India.

“Steve Smith solves whatever problem he has in front of him. He’s better than anyone I have seen.”

Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Steve Smith would be a topper in most of the unbiased lists as well. The 32-year-old former Australian captain has 7,570 runs from 77 Tests at an average of 61.8. Except in Bangladesh, he doesn’t average below 40 in any country.

He averages 59.55 in England, a country where visiting batters often find themselves at sea. Even batting in India has been a challenge for most visitors in recent times, but Steve Smith averages 60 there. For anyone with over 1,500 runs in Test cricket, Steve Smith’s batting average is only next to Don Bradman. It’s even more incredible for someone who debuted as a leg-spinning all-rounder.

Pat Cummins Reveals His Favourite All Rounder Mitchell Marsh

Pat Cummins also went on to reveal his favourite all-rounder. He went with his Australian teammate Mitchell Marsh. Mitchell Marsh had a brilliant T20I tour of the West Indies last month where he scored 219 runs at 43.8, striking at over 152. He also picked up eight wickets at an average of 11 and went for only 6.76 runs an over. On Tuesday, he top-scored for Australia with a 45 in their loss in the first T20I against Bangladesh.

“My good mate Mitchell Marsh. Got to love him. Had a great series against the West Indies lately,” added Pat Cummins, the No.1 Test bowler, who is currently in a break and readying for fatherhood.

Mitchell Marsh starred with bat and ball Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh starred with bat and ball Getty Images

Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, and Mitchell Marsh are expected to unite in October when Australia begins their T20 World Cup campaign. It’s the only major white-ball tournament that Australia hasn’t won.

Australia T20 stars are expected to be part of IPL 2021 once it resumes in UAE in September this year. According to a report, barring a few who have already stated their unavailability for the 2nd phase of IPL to be played in UAE, the IPL franchises will not have to ponder and sweat over the absence of their overseas stars, especially from Australia.

Most Australian players, including all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, are likely to participate in the second phase of IPL 2021 when the tournament resumes in UAE. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams, all of who had pulled out of the West Indies tour recently, will turn up for their respective franchises when the T20 league resumes.

As for Pat Cummins, who had made himself unavailable for the T20 league well in advance, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would have to do without the services of their most expensive player for the remaining games of the season.

Alex Carey will be Australia's 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images
Alex Carey will be Australia's 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images
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Alex Carey To Become 4th Wicket-Keeper To Captain Australia In ODIs After Aaron Finch Misses Out Due To Injury

Alex Carey will become just the fourth wicket-keeper to captain Australia’s men’s ODI team when the side takes on the West Indies in the first of three one-day internationals on Tuesday at Kensington Oval.

Cricket Australia said on Monday that Aaron Finch injured a knee while batting in the fifth Twenty20 in St. Lucia last Friday and that his fitness for the ODI series will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.
Alex Carey to lead Australia in the absence of Aaron Finch. (Reuters Photo)
Alex Carey to lead Australia in the absence of Aaron Finch. (Reuters Photo)

Alex Carey Is Honoured To Be Assigned Captaincy In Injured Aaron Finch’s Absence

Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey takes over the captaincy in the absence of regular vice-captain Pat Cummins who is sitting out the Caribbean tour. Only three keepers have captained Australia’s men’s ODI team in the past.

They are Adam Gilchrist (17 matches), Ian Healy (8), and Tim Paine (5). Alex Carey was previously a joint vice-captain of the ODI side until the selectors reverted to the traditional model of having one player in the position by naming Pat Cummins as vice-captain across all formats last year.

Australia's Aaron Finch ©Reuters
Australia’s Aaron Finch ©Reuters

“I am deeply honoured to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers,” Alex Carey said.

“To captain, Australia is one of the greatest privileges in sport and an honour I am extremely thankful to receive. Finchy is our captain and we will welcome him back with open arms when he is fully fit, so for now I hope I can fill the role to his extremely high standards. To lead this group against the West Indies in the West Indies is a great challenge and one I very much look forward to for as long as I have the opportunity.”

Cricket Australia said Monday that Aaron Finch injured a knee while batting in the fifth Twenty20 in St. Lucia. Alex Carey has previously captained the Adelaide Strikers, the South Australian Redbacks and Australia A.

Australia Looking To Bounce Back From T20I Series Loss And Will Be Confident For Winning Last 3 Bilateral ODI Series

Aaron Finch had been managing an issue with his right knee for some time till he twisted it while fielding in the final T20I on July 17. The 34-year-old had to briefly leave the ground. Aaron Finch appeared in discomfort in a chase of 200, especially when running between the wickets for a second a run on an overthrow.

Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty

Australia will be looking to bounce back from their 4-1 T20I series loss to the same opposition and have reason to be confident having won each of their past three ODI campaigns. The second ODI is set for Thursday and the final match on Saturday, all at Kensington Oval. West Indies won the T20 series 4-1, including the first three matches.

Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, and Matthew Wade were the three bright spots for the Australian team in their otherwise dismal outing in the preceding T20I series. But the ODI is a different format and is Australia’s stronger suit compared to the other two formats. Although the Men in Yellow would have wanted Aaron Finch to open the innings, he seemed to be in searing pain while running between the wickets, after he twisted the ankle.

The country’s seven top cricketers including the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams have pulled out from the upcoming West Indies series and won’t be visiting Bangladesh if that tour is confirmed. Star batsman Steve Smith was also not included in the squad as he is yet to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the IPL.

Australia's Mitchell Starc prepares to bowl during the World Cup group stage match against England at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. Image Credit: AFP
Australia's Mitchell Starc prepares to bowl during the World Cup group stage match against England at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. Image Credit: AFP
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It’s A Great Opportunity To Start Preparing With A Bit More Focus On World Cup, Says Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc, Australian left-arm seamer has described the upcoming phase as an ‘interesting’ one for multi-format players from the country as they will have to jostle between formats.

Mitchell Starc is likely to be part of the T20 World Cup in the UAE, which is scheduled to end on November 14 in the UAE. Australia’s home summer will begin with the one-off Test against Afghanistan, starting November 27.

Mitchell Starc. Pic: Getty Images
Mitchell Starc. Pic: Getty Images

Mitchell Starc: Cricket Australia Has Plans In Place For Tight Schedule Ahead

However, according to the COVID-19 rules, travellers returning to Australia will have to spend 14 days in quarantine. Cricket Australia wouldn’t want pacer Mitchell Starc to miss out even on the Afghanistan game, keeping the upcoming Ashes in mind, which begins on December 8.

Opening up on the tight schedule, which could pose a challenge for multi-format players, Mitchell Starc said the next phase will be an interesting one but he is sure Cricket Australia has plans in place.

“It’s a very interesting one. I’m sure Cricket Australia are thinking about it and putting plans in place. The way of the world at the moment throws up a lot hurdles, and then you are throwing two weeks of quarantine, like we are going to have to do coming back from this tour as well; there’s a lot of question marks.”

Steve Smith
Steve Smith Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

Mitchell Starc, however, pointed out that rules differ according to the venues, and things could be worked on, referring to the home series against India.

The Australian pacer added: “You look back to the summer, and we played Sydney under restrictions; Brisbane was under full quarantine, so there’s certainly precedence set there in how we approach different games, especially in Australia.

“In that respect, I don’t think there’re any hurdles to get around in playing cricket under quarantine conditions; it’s just some of the finer details that government and cricket will have to work together.”

The 31-year-old admitted that the multi-format players would want to play as much cricket as they can.

Starc said in this regard: “Test cricket is certainly the pinnacle for a lot of us; certainly it is for me, as is a World Cup, so it will be hard to pick and choose.”

The country’s top cricketers including the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams have pulled out from the upcoming West Indies series for varied reasons and also said that they won’t be visiting Bangladesh if that tour is confirmed. Star batsman Steve Smith was also not included in the squad as he is yet to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the IPL.

Mitchell Starc: Great Opportunity For The Limited-Overs Squad To Prepare Focusing On The T20 World Cup 

The Australian limited-overs squad mostly comprising of youngsters has arrived in West Indies for a crucial tour ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021. Following their Caribbean trip, they will head to Bangladesh for another white-ball series. While quite a few big names, including Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, and Steve Smith, have withdrawn from the twin tours, Mitchell Starc will be looking forward to getting into rhythm ahead of the T20 World Cup.

“It’s a great opportunity for the group to start preparing with a bit more focus on that World Cup,” said Starc.

File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters

“Don’t think I’ve played 10 T20s in the last four years, let alone in the space of a few weeks, so personally, it would be nice to get a bit of a rhythm of T20 cricket… I don’t change a whole lot in my preparation across formats, but certainly there’ll be a lot more planning and focus on tactically what we’ll take from this series.”

Australia will commence their West Indies tour with the first T20I at the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia on July 9. The series comprises five T20Is and three ODIs.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
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Australian Cricketers Barring A Few Are Expected To Be A Part Of IPL 2021 Phase 2 In The UAE

Australia T20 stars are expected to be part of IPL 2021 once it resumes in UAE in September this year. According to a report, barring a few who have already stated their unavailability for the 2nd phase of IPL to be played in UAE, the IPL franchises will not have to ponder and sweat over the absence of their overseas stars, especially from Australia.

Most Australian players, including all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, are likely to participate in the second phase of IPL 2021 when the tournament resumes in UAE. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams, all of who had pulled out of the West Indies tour recently, will turn up for their respective franchises when the T20 league resumes.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)

Australia Limited Overs Skipper Aaron Finch: Australian Players Would Find It Difficult To Play The 2nd Phase Of IPL 2021 Based On The Workload

The news is a welcome relief to the IPL franchises a few days after Australia white-ball captain Aaron Finch had said that it will be hard for the players who have skipped international duty citing various reasons to be part of the T20 league which will hold its remaining matches in UAE due to the coronavirus situation in India.

Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)

“This is only my personal opinion, I think they would find it hard to justify going back and playing that second half of the IPL purely based on the workload coming up with a T20 World Cup then a huge home summer,” Finch told SEN WA while speaking to Adam Gilchrist.

“It’s a tough situation everyone has been put in but personally I’d find it hard to do that knowing how challenging it is mentally and on your family.”

The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams among others may be available for the remainder of IPL 2021. The country’s seven top cricketers including the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams had pulled out from the upcoming West Indies series for various reasons, mostly bio-bubble fatigue and also said that they won’t be visiting Bangladesh if that tour is confirmed.

The absence of the top players meant veteran Dan Christian, Big Bash League stars Ben McDermott, Wes Agar, and Riley Meredith was picked in the squad alongside Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye, who both played in IPL 2021 but escaped India midway when bio bubble breaches occurred as a result of which the competition was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Not all Australians who played in the IPL 2021 opted out, as Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Dan Christian, and Jason Behrendorff have been included in the squad to West Indies and Bangladesh.

Australian Cricketer Pat Cummins Is Unavailable For IPL 2021 2nd Phase

Last month as many as seven top Australia cricketers had withdrawn from the tours of West Indies and Bangladesh. The bilateral matches provided a golden opportunity for the cricketers to lay their claim and fine-tune their skills in preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup slated to be played later this year.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (File Photo)

As for Pat Cummins, who had made himself unavailable for the T20 league well in advance, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would have to do without the services of their most expensive player for the remaining games of the season.

What also makes it prudent for overseas players to not skip IPL is the fact that the T20 World Cup will also be held in UAE meaning it will provide them with a perfect platform to get ready for the marquee event which is expected to start a few days after the league ends.

Meanwhile, BCCI is reportedly also in talks with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to secure permission for its players to be part of the extravagant T20 league. The final word on the status of overseas participants will be known by mid of July.

Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
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Aaron Finch Surprised To See Some Of His Teammates Withdraw From Upcoming White-Ball Tours

Aaron Finch, limited-overs skipper feels Australian players will have a hard time justifying their participation in the second half of the postponed IPL 2021, given the hectic national schedule, as he was “surprised” to see some of his teammates withdraw from the country’s upcoming white-ball tours.

The country’s seven top cricketers including the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams have pulled out from the upcoming West Indies series for varied reasons and also said that they won’t be visiting Bangladesh if that tour is confirmed.

Australia's Aaron Finch ©Reuters
Australia’s Aaron Finch. Photo Credit: Reuters.

Aaron Finch Is A Little Bit Surprised But Understandable At Australia’s Key Players Missing The Tours Of The West Indies And Bangladesh

While it had been a “long-term plan” for David Warner and Pat Cummins to miss the winter tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh (if confirmed), Aaron Finch said he understands his teammates’ decision.

“The other guys – I was a little bit surprised,” Aaron Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on SEN Radio.

“I’ve chatted to them all – a little bit surprised but it’s also understandable … but I wish that they were there,” said Aaron Finch.

File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Asked about his teammates who requested not to be considered for the tours, Aaron Finch said: “I think they would find it hard to justify going back and playing that second half of the IPL. Just purely based on the workload coming up with a T20 World Cup and a huge home summer.

“It’s really tough. It’s a tough situation that everyone has been put in, but personally, I would find it hard to do that knowing how difficult it is and how challenging it is mentally, and on your family as well. That’s what I would think.”

Australia will take a depleted squad to the West Indies and Bangladesh after several big names, including David Warner, Pat Cummins, and Glenn Maxwell opted out of the upcoming white-ball tours.

Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, and Marcus Stoinis also requested not to be considered for the tour, with the rigours of international travel, quarantine, and bubble life over the past year behind their decisions.

Aaron Finch: Australia Will Have To Wait And See What The Team Looks Like When The T20I World Cup Is Around

Star batsman Steve Smith was also not included in the squad as he is yet to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the IPL. Earlier this week, Australia chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns made it clear that he expects the country’s IPL players to forgo the high-profile T20 league starting mid-September if a tri-series involving West Indies and Afghanistan is scheduled at the same time.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

“The guys who aren’t there have probably left the door slightly ajar. What that looks like when the T20 World Cup comes around, we’ll have to wait and see,” Finch said. “But if you can get on the international stage against a very good West Indies side and Bangladesh team (and perform well), it carries a lot of weight.”

The absence of the top players means veteran Dan Christian, Big Bash League stars Ben McDermott, Wes Agar, and Riley Meredith will get an opportunity to prove themselves at the international level.

Not all Australians who played in the IPL opted out, and Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Dan Christian and Jason Behrendorff have been included. Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye, who both played but escaped India before the competition was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, are also on the list.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns. Source: AAP
Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns. Source: AAP
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Trevor Hohns Hopes Australian Players To “Forego” IPL If A Tri-Series Is Scheduled At The Same Time

Trevor Hohns, Australia chairman of selectors on Wednesday said he expects the country’s IPL players to forgo the high-profile T20 league’s remainder starting mid-September 2021 if a tri-series involving West Indies and Afghanistan is scheduled at the same time.

In addition to the white-ball series against West Indies and Bangladesh, for which an 18-member squad was announced on Wednesday, Australia is hoping to finalize a T20 tri-series with West Indies and Afghanistan just before the T20 World Cup which will be held in October-November.

Trevor Hohns. (Credits: Web)
Trevor Hohns. (Credits: Web)

Trevor Hohns Hopes Players Forego The IPL For Representing Australia If A Tri-Series Involving Them Is Scheduled At The Same Time

Should that tri-series go ahead, it might potentially clash with the final phase of the IPL which is expected to resume in the UAE from mid-September, and Trevor Hohns made it clear where Cricket Australia expected players’ priority to lie.

“Around that time of the year, I would certainly hope so (that players forego the IPL for national representation),” Hohns was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“However, it will certainly depend on their commitments and what we think they should be committing to regarding their Australian commitments at that time.”

Trevor Hohns, however, added that the matter “would have to be addressed in the future”.

“We haven’t looked at that yet and we haven’t heard from our players at this stage,” he said.

Trevor Hohns also hinted that there is no guarantee that some of the IPL returnees who have opted out of the squad for the white-ball tours of West Indies and Bangladesh would get an automatic spot in the T20 World Cup.

David Warner and Steve Smith
David Warner and Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Seven cricketers — David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams — who recently played in the IPL have pulled out of the twin tours while Steve Smith has been rested to fully recover from an elbow complaint which flared during the IPL.

Trevor Hohns Disappointed As Several Frontline Players Opts Out Of The Twin Tours To Bangladesh And West Indies

The Aussies have included Dan Christian, Wes Agar, Ben McDermott, and Ashton Turner in the squad. Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, and Mitchell Swepson are also back in the white-ball squad having missed the recent series against New Zealand.

“That will be an interesting discussion for us, there’s no doubt about that, depending on performances in the West Indies particularly by some of the extra inclusions for this tour,” Hohns said.

Australia's Mitchell Starc prepares to bowl during the World Cup group stage match against England at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. Image Credit: AFP
Australia’s Mitchell Starc prepares to bowl during the World Cup group stage match against England at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Image Credit: AFP

He said it would have been ideal to have all the players together and play as a group and a squad (ahead of the World Cup).

“It is concerning … but unfortunately we can’t. However, we’ve got at least half of our (first-choice) squad going to the West Indies and Bangladesh, so a core group will be there, and they will be able to play together.”

Trevor Hohns also said prior to the finalization of the 18-man touring party for the West Indies and Bangladesh, the selectors were “pretty well down the track” in finalizing the squad they planned to take to the T20 World Cup.

“There may have been one or two positions up for grabs, but we virtually thought we were close to the mark or had a good idea of where we would be going with our T20 World Cup squad. We’re obviously disappointed they made themselves unavailable for this tour, but quite frankly we totally understand and respect their decisions,” Hohns said.

Trevor Hohns has made it clear where Cricket Australia expected players’ priority to lie.

Australia squad For West Indies And Bangladesh: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Riley Meredith, Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

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