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Josh Hazlewood Picks Virat Kohli And Steve Smith In His India-Australia Combined Playing XI

As India is set to tour Australia to play the much-awaited four-match Test series in December, Aussie pacer Josh Hazlewood picked up the India-Australia combined Test playing XI. He made some obvious choices but didn’t name the captain of the team. 

Meanwhile, the Test series will start on 3rd December in Brisbane. Following which, the next two Test will be played in Adelaide and Melbourne and the last match will be played in Sydney from 3rd January. 

Josh Hazlewood selects Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli:

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The fast bowler Josh Hazlewood choose Team India’s opener Mayank Agarwal and the attacking batsman David Warner as the opening batsman in the India-Australia combined playing XI. At no. 3, he placed his teammate and No. 1 Test batsman Steve Smith, who has scored 7227 Test runs. 

Hazlewood selected Indian captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively in the playing XI. For the No. 6 position, he wants either Marnus Labuschagne or Rohit Sharma because they have the talent to change the game.  

“Openers would be Mayank Agarwal – taking future in consideration – and David Warner. Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are automatic picks at three, four and five,” he told WION. 

“At no. six…I will have Marnus Labuschagne or Rohit Sharma given their ability to change the game,” said Hazlewood.

Jasprit Bumrah in fast bowling department: 

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The right-arm pacer Josh Hazlewood picked himself and his teammate Pat Cummins in the fast bowling department. He also picked India’s premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the pace battery. For the spinner position, he chose Ravichandran Ashwin for the Indian condition while Nathan Lyon for Australian conditions. 

Hazlewood’s India-Australia combined Test XI: Mayank Agarwal, David Warner, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Marnus Labuschagne/Rohit Sharma, Nathan Lyon/Ravichandran Ashwin, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Jasprit Bumrah.

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Top Five Best Bowling Figures Registered In ICC Champions Trophy 2017

ICC Champions trophy’s last edition was last played in 2017 and was hosted by England. The final of the tournament was played between India and Pakistan where the Men in Green crushed India’s strong batting line-up before lifting their first ICC trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup under the dynamic leadership of  Imran Khan. Well, now, the ICC Champions Trophy tournament has been scrapped by the governing body, ICC.

The tournament held the importance like other ICC tournaments and was played by the eight major Test-playing nations. However, the tournament has been discarded, here, we have brought some stats related to the mega event.

Top Five Best Bowling Figures In An Innings In ICC Champions Trophy 2017:

1. Josh Hazlewood:

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Although Australia had a disappointing Champions Trophy 2017, Josh Hazlewood enjoyed immense success as the bowler. The Aussies speedster was the highest wicket-taker for his side in the tournament.

Hazlewood is a lanky pace bowler known for his accuracy and has been compared to former great Australian paceman, Glenn McGrath. He made the debut for his country in 2010 and since then, he has been the mainstay for Australia in Tests and ODIs respectively.

In the last edition of the Champions Trophy, he scalped nine wickets in three matches at a decent economy rate of 5.07. His best performance came against New Zealand where the fast-bowler picked six wickets in nine overs at the economy rate of 5.77

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Top Five Highest Wicket-Takers In The ICC Champions Trophy 2017

ICC Champions Trophy, which was earlier known as the ICC knock-out tournament, was inaugurated in 1998. Its name was changed in 2002 as the ICC Champions Trophy. India has won this tournament two times in 2002 and 2013. In 2002, they were joint winners with Sri Lanka as the grand finale was washed out. Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, the Men in Blue won the trophy in 2013.

India had also reached the grand finale of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 but faced the defeat against Pakistan. Notably, ICC has now scrapped this tournament and its last edition was the ICC Champions trophy 2017. In this article, we have mentioned the top 5 highest wicket-takers of the tournament.

Top Five Highest Wicket-Taker In The ICC Champions Trophy 2017:

1. Hasan Ali:

Hasan Ali, Top Five Highest Wicket-Taker In The ICC Champions Trophy 2017
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Pakistan’s fast bowler Hasan Ali had the most successful ICC Champions trophy 2017 edition. Having made the debut for the team in 2016, he became the regular feature for the team and got the place in the tournament. His fast-bowling brought laurels for the Green Army in the mega event.

In the grand finale against India, he played a significant role in dismantling India’s lower-order batsman. He picked up the crucial wicket of MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah to bowl India all out for 158 runs while chasing the target of 338 runs.

The young fast bowler notched up 13 wickets at an economy rate of 4.29 in the five matches becoming the highest wicket-taker of the Champions Trophy 2017.

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Four U19 World Cup Winners Who Went On To Win The Senior 50-over World Cup

Cricketers who work hard in the domestic cricket get the chance to showcase their talent at an international level. While the age level domestic tournament gives the confidence to the young cricketers, enhancing their performance lead them to the national side.

A significant platform for juniors is the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup from where youngsters get noticed by the selectors. This tournament builds the budding cricketers who go to shine at the senior international level.

There are very rare cricketers who were part of the World Cup-winning team at the junior level as well as senior level. Here we will discuss those four cricketers who won the U-19 World Cup as well as senior-level Cricket World Cup.

Josh Hazelwood (2010, 2015)

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The Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was the one who impressed with his bowling in the U-19 World Cup 2010, after which he earned the place in the national side in the same year. He was also the part of the U-19 team in 2008 but lifted the trophy in 2010 U-19 World Cup. In that tournament, he was the third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament and most wicket-taker for the team, picking 13 wickets in 6 matches at the economy rate of 4.00. He also had two four-wicket hauls in that tournament.

With impressing in the Test format in 2014, he was also included in the Australian squad for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and played a part in their triumph, picking up four wickets against Pakistan in the quarter-finals. In the final, he went wicket-less against New Zealand, but Australia successfully registered the victory.

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Mike Hussey bats for the pace trio to shine in England

Former Australian cricketer Mike Hussey has backed Australian pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins to shine in England during 2019 Ashes.

Related imageThe trio of Hazlewood, Cummins, and Starc bagged 66 wickets in total as Australia thumped England 4-0 in the recently concluded Ashes, but uncertainty lies about their ability to perform in English conditions.

With the current pace battery relying more on pace it is thought that seam and swing bowlers will flourish more in England; however, Hussey stressed the current trio has enough skills to be successful.

It’s an interesting conversation and it needs to be had. But I still think the quality of Starc and Hazlewood and Cummins is there and they’re skillful enough to get the ball in the right areas and if you’re doing that at a good pace, it’s still going to be very hard for England to play,” Hussey said to Unplayable Podcast.

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However, Hussey admits that at times bowlers with extra pace can be a bit expensive as Brett Lee was.

I remember Brett Lee, for example, in English conditions sometimes he could be a bit expensive because of his extra pace. The very skillful bowlers who are just line and length and can swing and seam the ball around can have a lot of success over there and (that’s where) the likes of Chadd Sayers and Jackson Bird can come into line for selection,” Hussey added further.

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Meanwhile, Hussey will have a go with the current fast bowling attack first.

I certainly think I’d be looking at those guys first, but I’d be adaptable if it’s not going right early in the series and be willing to make the change – if the conditions suit,” he added further.

Hussey also believes that Australia’s Ashes defeat in England in 2015 will be motivation for the current group of players to defend the urn.

 

The first time you might battle a bit but you take lessons and learnings and become a better player the next time you go. Those guys will be better from the previous series and the heartache there last time. They’ll perform better next time,” Hussey signed off.

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Ashes 2017-18: Josh Hazelwood Ready For First Ashes Test

Josh Hazelwood is all set to make his comeback to the Australian side in the upcoming Ashes series scheduled to begin on 23rd November. The last Ashes series in Australia was a nightmare for the English batsmen, all thanks to fiery spells of fast bowling by Mitchell Johnson. Johnson picked up 37 wickets in the last Ashes on Australian soil and single-handedly won the Ashes for the Aussies.

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This time around the bowling reigns will be spearheaded by Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood who are both returning to competitive cricket after an injury lay off. Hazelwood suffered a side strain during the first Test against Bangladesh in August. Before getting injured in the first Test against Bangladesh in Bangladesh, Hazlewood led Australia’s bowling attack in the absence of Mitchell Starc. Hazlewood had played 22 consecutive Tests without an injury or rest. Before missing the Test match against Bangladesh, he last missed a Test match in the 2015 Ashes Series.

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Hazelwood returned to the domestic circuit on Saturday when he played for New South Wales in the four day Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia. Hazelwood picked up six wickets for his domestic side in the first match on his return.

Hazelwood was due to play another game for his domestic side before the first Ashes Test on 23rd November but has now pulled out of the match and will join fellow pace man Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Jackson Bird in Brisbane for training.

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Hazelwood said:

“Things went pretty well the whole game. From ball one I was pretty surprised with how well the ball was coming out, how good the run-up felt, how good everything (was) in general. I’m pretty happy with where it’s at now so I don’t think there’s a need to play another game. I’m ready to go now and we obviously talk with the coaches and selectors and physios and whatnot, everyone is on the same page and ready to go.”

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The Australian team faced another jolt as Nathan Coulter-Nile was ruled due an old back injury and will join James Pattinson on the injury list.

“I feel a bit sorry for Nath, but he’s done a lot of hard work to get back from different things and I’m sure he’ll put in the hard work again and come back from this one.” Hazelwood added.

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Ashes 2017/18: Josh Hazelwood To Play For NSW On His Return To Competitive Cricket

Josh Hazelwood is all set to make his comeback to the Australian side in the upcoming Ashes series scheduled to begin from 23rd November. The last Ashes series in Australia was a nightmare for the English batsmen, all thanks to fiery spells of fast bowling by Mitchell Johnson. Johnson picked up 37 wickets in the last Ashes on Australian soil and single-handedly won the Ashes for the Aussies. The Aussies are looking forward to repeating the same tactics in the upcoming Ashes.

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This time around the bowling reigns will be spearheaded by Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood who are both returning to competitive cricket after an injury lay off. Hazelwood suffered a side strain during the first Test against Bangladesh in August.

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Hazelwood returned to club cricket the past weekend and will return to the domestic circuit on Saturday when he plays for New South Wales in the four day Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia. Hazelwood will play along with his certain bowling partners in the Ashes Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon.

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Before getting injured in the first Test against Bangladesh in Bangladesh, Hazlewood led Australia’s bowling attack in the absence of Mitchell Starc. Hazlewood had played 22 consecutive Tests without an injury or rest. Before missing the Test match against Bangladesh, he last missed a Test match in the 2015 Ashes Series.

Talking about Hazelwood Australia’s physio David Beakley said, “Until he suffered the side strain, ultimately we wanted him playing the first Shield game like the other boys. He hasn’t played that match but he played Premier (cricket last weekend), is expected to play this week. If he still gets a couple of Shield games in it’s pretty good preparation.”

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If Hazelwood gets through the match against Western Australian unscratched, he’ll play against Queensland on 13th November which will give him a two-game experience before the first Ashes Test to be played on 23rd November at Gabba in Brisbane.

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Ind vs Aus 2017: Kane Richardson Looking Forward To Cement His Place In The Team

Australia is currently in Bangladesh battling it out against an improved Bangladeshi team. Aussies will be looking to avenge their first Test defeat. After the second Test, the Australian team will begin the second leg of their 2017/18 tour of India; the Aussies will play five ODI’s and three T20s. They lost 3-1 in the Test series against India earlier this year.

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Australia picked their squad for the ODI series in India in August, and the surprise pick was the fast bowler Kane Richardson. Richardson last played an ODI in January 2016 against New Zealand. This selection has come as a blessing for the right arm fast bowler, as he will be looking to make this opportunity count. The Australians are without the services of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood due to injuries. Hazlewood, who was initially in the squad for the tour suffered a side strain in the first Test against Bangladesh.

Richardson is looking forward to the visit, he said: 

“I’m a bit of a realist and know it takes a few injuries to get the nod. But it’s always nice to get an opportunity to play for Australia. I’m not going to turn that down but there’s obviously three or four first-line bowlers that are injured at the moment.”

He understands that there’s a lot of competition for the spot and performing on this tour is important for him to maintain his place in the team:

“For me, it’s all about being the next guy in if I can be. I know that if the four big quicks  (Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Pattinson) are up and about for Australia there’s probably not going to be a lot of opportunity. But for everyone else around Australia it’s trying to be in that next group. There’s probably 10 or so behind them jostling for positions. Any chance you get is an opportunity to put yourself in fifth or sixth position. There’s a lot of good quicks around the country, that’s always been an area of strength of ours.”

Lastly, he added:

“You’re always trying to evolve as a bowler and add something you didn’t have the year before, especially in the shorter forms. If you become predictable and everyone knows your game, you’re probably going to struggle. So it’s just about trying something different, trying to find new balls, and something that the batsman’s not going to expect.”

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Ashes 2017-18 : Former England Quick Steve Harmison Heaps Praise On Aussie Bowlers Post India Series

England and Australia will meet in a Day-Night Test for the first time during the 2017-18 Ashes series. The two teams have enjoyed periods of dominance over 100 years, but the statistics show Australia having an upper hand with 32 series wins while England following them with 31 (the other five having being drawn).

The five Test match series will begin on 26 November in Brisbane, with the Pink ball Test taking place in Adelaide from 2nd December. The Gabba is reportedly set to return to its prized position of hosting the opening Test of the Australian summer.

England has been beaten twice in Australia by the hosts in their last three ashes tour by a complete whitewash of 5-0.

In 2006-07, The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper described the series as “the most anticipated Ashes series ever”.

Andrew Flintoff, England’s captain, called the series,

 

“The reason we play … we are going over there to play in what could be the biggest series ever so there is an excited group of lads … it is going to be tough. We know that 2005 was something special and whether that can be recreated I am not quite sure … in England each Test match got bigger and bigger and we got a real feeling of what the Ashes was about.”

A major concern was raised in England after a dramatic capitulation just 15 months after winning the coveted urn. As a result, many criticised Andrew Flintoff’s captaincy and the resultant pressure placed on him in lieu of Michael Vaughan being injured. In 2013-14, England suffered the same fate, under Alastair Cook’s captaincy. In doing so, Australia recorded only the third 5–0 Ashes clean sweep in history. With 37 wickets and three men of the match awards, Mitchell Johnson was player of the series.

Although Johnson and other legends of the game like the Waugh twins, Shane Warne, Sir Ian Botham, and Allan border may have retired from the epic battleground but Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson ensure there are still many stories left in the attack of the hosts.

Their present performances in Border-Gavaskar trophy against India makes, the former England quick, Harmison believe that this can be another year for England to suffer from a complete whitewash at the hands of the host.

 

“I was really impressed with how Australia played against India,” Harmison told BBC Five Live.

“They didn’t give them any respite. They won the first Test and were in the majority of the others.

“In the Australian line-up they move the ball through the air very, very quickly and it caused the Indian batsman a lot of problems.”

Meanwhile, England suffered a 4-0 defeat at the host’s hand with Virat Kohli averaging 109.16 in the five-match series. England’s bowling was not impressive and India hardly was made to sweat!

Whereas against Australia, India tasted their own medicine, Aussies led by Hazlewood, Cummins, Starc had outstanding performances leading to the quick downfall of Indian batsman and Virat Kohli averaging a paltry 9.20 before missing the fourth and final Test due to injury.

 

“That was down to the Aussie bowling line-up for me,” said Harmison.

“England have perhaps got one, maybe two in (Mark) Wood and (Steve) Finn who are different to the norm which is electric pace through the air, whereas as Australia have a good bunch in Hazlewood, Starc and Pat Cummins.

“I was so impressed by Cummins. If they can get them fit and ready for November when England get there I think their batsman will be a bit fearful. In the past they’ve struggled when Mitchell Johnson hit his straps.

“If England don’t go in with Finn or Wood then the bowling is too much of a similar pace.

“On good pitches with a Kookaburra ball, as it showed last time, we were a bit toothless.

“That could be the difference and it could really hurt England.”

Well , the legacy will continue hoping to see which side cuts the edge and turn the balls to tumble down the middlestumps of each other. It, definitely is gonna be more a battle of the bowlers.

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India vs Australia 2017, First Test: Shane Warne Bats for Mitchell Swepson’s Debut In His XI

The legendary Australian bowler Shane Warne has announced his playing XI for the first Test match between India and Australia, which will kick off on February 23 in Pune. Warne has gone with two main pacers in his team in form of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood.

Mitchell Swepson and Nathan Lyon are the two spinners who have been chosen over Steve O’Keefe and Ashton Agar. Swepson getting a place ahead of Steve O’Keefe comes as a surprise but do keep in mind Swepson has been touted to be next Shane Warne of Australia.

Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell are the two all-rounders in the squad. Marsh will be assisting Starc and Hazelwood in the fast bowling duties whereas Maxwell also has the ability to chip in wicket or two at crucial times.

There is no surprise in the two openers chosen by him as both David Warner and Shaun Marsh were the automatic selection for the first Test. Marsh though had a competition with Usman Khawaja but he wins this race as he scored a century in the practice game to keep himself ahead of Khawaja.

Smith will come to bat at number three in Warner’s playing XI whereas Peter Handscomb, who possess a batting average of 99.75 has been slated to bat at number four.

Shane Warne playing XI for Pune Test: David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazelwood.

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