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Five horrible collisions on the cricket field
Five horrible collisions on the cricket field
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Five horrible collisions on the cricket field

Cricket is a dangerous game . The game requires 100 percent alertness to avoid any mishaps. In the naked eye, this game is one of the most beautiful games in the world, but it has its own painful side as on many occasions spectators have seen that their favorite player’s life-threatening injury. Though injuries are common in sports, sometimes some fatal on field injuries are severer that players need a long time to recover. Here are five instances of five horrible collisions on the cricket field.

Two all rounders in the XI could give Australia an edge
Two all rounders in the XI could give Australia an edge
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Two all rounders in the XI could give Australia an edge

The term “all rounder” is a term which is used quite often in the game. The presence of an all rounder in the test side means that a team has covered two major aspects by using just one commodity. However, things get even better for the team, when there are likely to be two all rounders in the playing XI.

That can be precise the case with Australia, ahead of their test series against Sri Lanka, away from home. Mitchell Marsh and Moises Henriques both have been in fine form off late, and one can expect the duo to carry that to Sri Lanka. With the bat, both are quite reliable and from the bowling front as well, the duo can efficiently assist the main pacers. In a chat with the press, spinner Steven O’ Keefe admitted that having two all rounders in the team was a big boon. “There’s some good allrounders in that squad – why can’t you play them all if they’re good enough?” O’Keefe said.

“Mitch Marsh is an exciting talent. We’ve already seen how well he can play and he’s only going to improve. The experience he’s already got in the national team is amazing, and he’s made a hundred for Australia in the one-day form in big-game cricket, so he’s just going to get better. “And it’s the same with Moises. His game has improved to the point that he’s a reliable top-order batter,” the left arm spinner added.

“You’ve got two guys who are playing good cricket, they’re improving, and right now is probably their time to grab their chances.  “I really think there could be a spot for both. If you could fit those two blokes into your top seven, why wouldn’t you have that?”

Mitchell Marsh admitted that competition among the all rounders was a good sign for the team. “It’s always nice to have competition in the ranks and we have quite a few good allrounders at the moment. You always have to perform. “I think on a tour like Sri Lanka, the more allrounders the better because it gives you an opportunity to play more spinners if the wicket’s going to be turning.”

“Moises has worked extremely hard. He’s been a little unlucky throughout his career with injury but I’m sure he’s going to jump at the opportunity to be back on tour with Australia. “I get along great with him. While he’s the same sort of player to me, he also has a lot of experience so I’ll be learning a lot off him. “It’s great to have him back in the squad and he deserves it,” Marsh added.

IPL Experience will benefit Moises Henriques, says Marsh
IPL Experience will benefit Moises Henriques, says Marsh
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IPL Experience will benefit Moises Henriques, says Marsh

Experience in IPL has worked for Australian  all-rounder Moises Henriques. Cricket Australia (CA) announced today a 15-member squad for the three-match Test series in Sri Lanka in July. Henriques was selected in the test side.

CA national selector Rod Marsh said Henriques, who is playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing IPL, will benefit from his experience of playing in sub-continent conditions. “Henriques comes into the squad to give the flexibility of an additional all-rounder option, having already shown he plays and adapts well to spin-friendly conditions. He has been working hard on his fitness and we believe he is in prime condition to serve us well should he be selected to play,” Marsh said. “This squad has proven experience in sub-continental conditions,” he added.

The 29-year-old Henriques, who played his only three Tests to date for Australia on the 2013 tour of India has been included in the squad alongside left-arm spinner Stephen O’Keefe and pace duo of Jackson Bird and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

“Jackson Bird and Nathan Coulter-Nile join the squad and will give us good control and pace. Jackson had an impressive Sheffield Shield season and showed skill with reverse swing in the last Test match in New Zealand earlier this year. He’s playing in England at the moment and we’re confident this will build his skills to assist the squad if he is selected in Sri Lanka,” Marsh said.

Australia will embark on their first Test tour since ascending to the No.1 ranking earlier this year in the wake of the 2-0 series win over New Zealand in New Zealand.

Squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner (vice-captain), Jackson Bird, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges.

Jonty Rhodes
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Incredibly rare cricket incidents which are tough to believe

In cricket, sometimes a very rare incident occurs which is very tough to believe as those are hardly seen or heard before. In this article, we will talk about some of those rare incidents hardly occur on a cricket field.

  1. Pair (duck in both innings of a single match) in T20 cricket

In cricket, a “Pair” means a batsman is dismissed without scoring a single run in the both innings of a match. In the professional cricket, only first-class cricket (including Test cricket) allows two different innings for every team in a match. So it is very unusual that a “Pair” happens for example in a T20 cricket.

However in limited over cricket the “Pair” is possible if the match is decided by a super-over. When a limited-over match results in a tie after completion of the regular inning, super-over is needed to decide the match. In the super-over, both teams are allotted one over each.

After getting out on duck in the regular innings of the limited over match, if the batsman is again dismissed on a duck at the super-over, then “Pair” can happen as per its definition. However, it is referred to as an “unofficial pair” as the batsman’s runs are not counted in his statistical record.

On 25th July 2013, playing for Pakistan International Airlines, Shoaib Malik scored an “unofficial king pair” against Habib Bank Limited. “King Pair” refers to that dismissal when a batsman is dismissed on first ball duck in the both innings of a match.

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik

On 10th January 2014, Sydney Sixers batsman Moises Henriques also scored an “unofficial pair” against Perth Scorchers.

Moises Henriques
Moises Henriques
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Top 10 teams with most Test runs
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Australia announce squad full of surprises for tour of Sri Lanka

After the frenzy of the Indian Premier League, one of the first international games is a Test series in Sri Lanka against Australia in July.

And Cricket Australia has now announced the 15-man squad for the travel and had some surprises in store for the fans.

After the debacle in the sub-continent in the last trip, Australia have decided to tackle the pitches and put pressure on the hosts with pace as suggested by the squad announced containing as many as 6 front-line seamers.

Along with star pacer Mitchell Starc who is recently back from injury, Cricket Australia also included all-rounder Moises Henrique and Nathan Coulter-Nile for the tour in July and August.

Starc, who picked up a knee injury in the day-night test match at Adelaide late last year is now back fit and is back to his best according to reports.

Moises Henriques, who is currently a part of the SRH squad in the IPL has also got a recall into the Test squad having played the last three test matches for Australia in the sub-continent.

It is understood that he is selected as a backup for Mitchell Mash who is still recovering from an injury he picked up during his stint at the IPL.

The fact that the likes of Glenn Maxwell are not included in the squad even in the sub-continent shows that Australia wants to rely on their strengths in their fast bowling department.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has been unlucky recently picking up injuries at important times is back in the squad alongside Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird and will hope to prove his worth against Sri Lanka.

Nathan Lyon and Stephen O’Keefe, who last played a test match in the Caribbean early last year will be in-charge of the spin department for Australia in Sri Lanka.

However, the likes of James Pattinson and Peter Siddle are both out of contention for this series nursing different injuries.

The batting line-up does not see any change in the top-5 with Shaun Marsh, expected to be back from injury, named as the extra batsman and Peter Neville named as the sole wicket-keeper.

Australia squad in full:

Batsmen: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (v-c), Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh

All-Rounders: Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc

Wicket Keepers: Peter Nevill

Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe.