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Fidel Edwards Announces Availability For West Indies, Hopes To Secure IPL 2021 Contract

Fidel Edwards, 38 year old pacer, has announced his availability for West Indies and eyes a return to international cricket after almost a decade following the end of his Kolpak status.

Fidel Edwards, who last represented West Indies back in 2012 in Test and T20Is and in 2009 in ODIs, hopes to secure an IPL contract this year and also believes that he can play a part in West Indies’ title-defending campaign in this year’s World T20I.

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Fidel Edwards

Fidel Edwards Made Himself Available For West Indies And Spoken To Kieron Pollard And Phil Simmons

The 38-year old who will be a year older in 6 February is currently featuring in the on-going Abu Dhabi T10 League and has revealed that he has spoken to Kieron Pollard regarding his availability for the national team.

“I have made myself available for West Indies. I have spoken to Kieron Pollard and Phil Simmons and let them know that, if there’s any opportunity, I’m ready. Training has always been a big part of my game but, in the last 18 months or so, I’ve changed what I do and I’m the fittest I’ve ever felt. I’ve had my time in England and now I’ve made myself available to represent West Indies again. I think I did pretty well in the CPL and I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” Edwards said.

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Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Richard Levi and Kyle Abbott of South Africa, Tino Best, Ravi Rampaul and Shivnarine Chanderpaul of West Indies, Brendon Taylor and Kyle Jarvis of Zimbabwe are some of the Kolpak cricketers. The ruling allowed citizens of around 100 nations to play cricket in any EU nation without being considered as an overseas player.

Fidel Edwards Enjoyed Time Spent At Hampshire

With UK’s departure from the European Union, Kolpak registrations have officially come to a close. Fidel Edwards had been representing Hampshire since 2015 but is now free to play international cricket again. He is also hopeful to land an IPL deal this year – a competition in which he last played back in 2009.

“I enjoyed my time at Hampshire, but that was a big part of me not playing in the IPL. But now I’m not with them, my aim is to put my name back out there and hopefully get another chance to play. Anything is possible.”

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Fidel Edwards has always been renowned for his searing yorkers and exceptional pace. Even at this age, he was clocked at nearly the 150 kph mark in the most-recent edition of Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Fidel Edwards represented Deccan Chargers in 2009 and 2010 and Rajasthan Royals in 2013 in IPL but played 6 games only in 2009. He has played 55 Tests, 50 ODIs, 20 T20Is and 6 IPL games.

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New Zealand Star BJ Watling Reveals The Toughest Bowling Duo He Has Faced, Names Indian Pair

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has named the toughest bowling pair he has faced in his career so far. The 35-year old is the most experienced Test wicketkeeper in the world right now and is arguably the best in the business. He has been playing Test cricket for New Zealand since 2009 and has done a stellar job so far.

BJ Watling has been a prolific run-scorer in Test cricket in recent years. He has scored more runs as designated wicketkeeper than anyone else this decade. Having played 70 Tests so far, he has kept the wickets in 62 of them, scoring 3,266 runs at an average of more than 40 with the help of 7 tons and 17 fifties.

Earlier this year, he was named in ICC Test Team of the Year after an impressive 2019 with the bat. He finished the year with 559 runs from 8 Tests at an average of more than 55. He also scored a stunning double century against England at home, helping his side win the series.

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Toughest bowling duo:

In his decade-long career so far, BJ Watling has faced almost all the big names in the game in the last one decade. But the bowling duo he rates as the toughest are India’s Ravichandran Ashwin – Ravindra Jadeja and former South African Test bowlers Dale Steyn – Morne Morkel. Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, BJ Watling said that facing Ashwin and Jadeja is extremely hard in Indian conditions. He then went on to say that facing Steyn and Morkel in South African conditions is even more tougher.

“When it’s turning in India it’s obviously very tough to play any spinner, really,” BJ Watling said. “The likes of [Ravichandran] Ashwin and [Ravindra] Jadeja, if conditions are in their favour, it is extremely hard work to score runs in itself, and to not get out.

“But facing guys like Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel in South Africa, that’s a pretty tough challenge. I think they have some of the quicker wickets in the world and obviously it cracks up late in the games. And those types of test matches can be very daunting, with those types of bowlers coming at you,” he added.

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T20 World Cup 2010, Morne Morkel, Top Five Best Bowling Figures Registered In ICC T20 World Cup 2010
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Top Five Best Bowling Figures Registered In ICC T20 World Cup 2010

Since the emergence of the 20-over format, six world cups have been played in the format. There have been several reforms in the format and successively, the game has also improved.

The T20 format was initially considered as the batsman dominating game while bowlers have to be at the receiving end. However, gradually, the bowlers have evolved their tactics and have adapted the game very well.

Here, in this article, we have mentioned the top five bowlers who dominated the match against an opponent during the T20 World Cup 2010 tournament.

5. Scott Styris:

Scott Styris, Top Five Best Bowling Figures Registered In ICC T20 World Cup 2010
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New Zealand cricket Scott Styris started his career as a bowler but switched to being a batsman, who could occasionally bowl, after sustaining a knee injury. He became an integral part of the team in the shorter formats and continued his stint for Blackcaps for over a decade.

In the ICC T20 World Cup 2010, he was the second-highest wicket-taker for New Zealand. He registered his best bowling figure against Zimbabwe at Providence. In the rain-curtailed match, Styris notched three wickets in two overs at the economy rate of 2.50 to enlist his name in this list.

T20 World Cup 2007, Here, in this article, we have mentioned the five bowlers who registered five best bowling figures in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007.
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Top 5 Best Bowling Figures In ICC T20 World Cup 2007

India lifted the trophy of the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 after beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the sensational grand-finale. As it was the inaugural edition of the tournament, there were fewer expectations from the MS Dhoni-led team as the senior players had snubbed the tournament. Dhoni led the young Indian team with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Sreesanth and came out as victorious.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2007 was hosted by South Africa and 12 teams participated in it. Several memorable knocks were played and new records were formed during the tournament.

Here, in this article, we have mentioned the five bowlers who registered five best bowling figures in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007.

1. Mark Gillespie:

Top 5 Best Bowling Figures In ICC T20 World Cup 2007
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Mark Gillespie burst into the international cricket in 2006 for New Zealand after having an impressive domestic season for Wellington. Although he had a short international career, he gave impressive performances when asked to deliver. His best was seen in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 against Kenya in the group stage match.

He demolished Kenya with his right-arm quick bowling as he picked four wickets in three overs and leaked just seven runs. He registered an amazing economy of 2.5 in that match.

However, opportunities fell short for Gillespie to cement his place in New Zealand. With the advent of injuries, he lost his spot and last played for them in 2012.

Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, Top Five Highest Wicket-Takers In The ICC World Cup 2015
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Top Five Highest Wicket-Takers In The ICC World Cup 2015

Australia lifted their fifth World Cup title in 2015 under the captaincy of Michael Clarke. They defeated the co-host New Zealand in the grand finale to grab the hands on the coveted trophy. 

The marquee clash was the thrilling match where Kiwis were all out for just 183 runs which was a below-par target for impregnable Australia. Steve Smith and Clarke scored half-centuries to chase the target and ending all the hopes of Kiwis.

During the tournament, several records were build up by batsmen and bowlers. Here, in this article, we have mentioned the five bowlers who were the highest wicket-taker in the ICC World Cup 2015. 

Mitchell Starc:

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Mitchell Starc place was questioned in the team because of his lack of consistency in early of his career. Even before the World Cup 2015, he had gone wicketless in some series but the 30-year old was included in the mega event. He ended all the debates as he turned out to be the highest wicket-taker for Australia in the tournament.

The fast bowler was declared the man of the tournament, picking up 22 wickets in the tournament at an average of 10.18 and a startling economy rate of 3.50. Starc also took the number 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings after the break-through World Cup campaign. 

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Michael Hussey Reveals His ‘Best Of Enemies XI’ In Test Cricket

While most of the cricket events have been postponed in the coronavirus outbreak, the cricket families are revealing their best cricketers and best teams in various point of views. The former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey recently came up with his “Best of Enemies XI” in Test cricket, where he selected three top Indian batsmen.

Michael Hussey served for the Australia national cricket team from 2004 to 2012. He played 79 Tests, 185 ODIs and 38 T20Is where the left-handed batsman scored 6235 runs (average 51.52), 5442 runs (average 48.15) and 721 runs (average 37.94). For his incredible batting abilities, Hussey was known as the “Mr Cricket”.

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Recently, during “The Unplayable Podcast”, Hussey picked up his “Best of Enemies XI” in Test cricket. In the opening batting role, he named the former Indian opener Virender Sehwag and former South African captain Graeme Smith.

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Then, Hussey named three batting superstars, legendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara, legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and the present Indian captain Virat Kohli. After that, Hussey named the legendary South African pace-bowling all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

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Michael Hussey had three choices for the wicket-keeper batsman role

For the wicket-keeping role, Hussey had the choice between the former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara and the former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni. The former Australian cricketer also thought the name of the former South African captain AB de Villiers for the wicket-keeper batsman role. However, Hussey believes that Dhoni and De Villiers both had major impacts in the limited-overs cricket while Sangakkara had an immense impact in the Test cricket.

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Hussey then chose three incredible pacers in his time. His first two choices were the South African duo Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Then, the former Australian middle-order batsman named the English pacer James Anderson. The former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is the only spinner in this team.

Michael Hussey’s ‘Best of Enemies’ XI in Test cricket: Virender Sehwag, Graeme Smith, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Jacques Kallis, Kumar Sangakkara, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, James Anderson, Muttiah Muralitharan.

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Morne Morkel Reveals His All-Time Best XI, Virat Kohli Makes The Cut

Well, choosing all-time best XI is always a tough job, as it needs a lot of calculations and the team balance to go with. The latest to take that task is the former South African cricketer Morne Morkel, who picked his All-time best XI. The list has been dominated by the South African players.

Despite including more Proteas players, none would question his selection, as all the players got the calibre to take the game away from the opposition. Apart from 6 South African players, he picked 2 Australians and one from India, England and New Zealand to finish his all-time best XI.

The flamboyant cricketer Morne Morkel picked  Graeme Smith and David Warner to open the innings for his side. Both of them enjoyed quite a bit of success for their respective teams and also garnered a huge name for their performances for the country during their illustrious career.

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Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers in the middle-order –

Following them, Morne Morkel asked his close friend Hashim Amla to bat at number 3 position. The talented right-handed batsman is one of the best batsmen the world has ever witnessed. For number 4, he chose the all-time legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

Following Kallis, it is the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who will be batting in the middle-order for his side. He is accompanied by the ever-stylish Kevin Pietersen while AB de Villiers is the next man to walk into the crease.

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That could be a formidable middle-order batting the world could ever see. Then comes the sole New Zealander into his side. He chose Daniel Vettori over Shane Warne and Muralitharan to do the spin duties.

Coming to the fast bowling department, he asked Pat Cummins to join Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada in the team. All in all, the squad looks complete that can beat any kind of team on its day.

Here is Morne Morkel’s All-time Best XI:

Graeme Smith, David Warner, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Virat Kohli, Kevin Pietersen, AB de Villiers, Daniel Vettori, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn.

Lungi Ngidi | Chennai Super Kings | IPL 2019 |
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IPL 2019: Three Possible Replacements of Lungi Ngidi

Defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have received a massive blow ahead of the 2019 season following an injury to Lungi Ngidi that has ruled him out of the tournament. Meanwhile, the young pacer who impressed during the debut IPL was pitted to be one of the crucial members for the Super Kings. However, an untimely injury during the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka is the reason for his ouster.

The Proteas fast bowler will need four weeks to recover followed by a rehabilitation program as he runs short of time ahead of the ICC World Cup. English bowling allrounder David Willey is the overseas backup seamer Super Kings have at the moment. The Indian bowling attack includes Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, Deepak Chahar and KM Asif.

Three possible replacements of Lungi Ngidi:

DOUG BRACEWELL

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The 28-year old has been in good form and proved that with an outstanding performance against Sri Lanka in the one-off T20I. Doug Bracewell scored a quick-fire 44 and also picked up a wicket, establishing his credentials with both, bat and ball. He has played a solitary game for the Delhi Capitals and scored 12 runs in nine deliveries. With the ball, he ended the game with figures of 3/32, showing he has talent.

He has a strike rate of 142.42 with the bat and has picked up 62 wickets in 55 innings at an average of 22.33. Also, he has a terrific economy rate of 8.62. He is also good at the death overs, something that haunted CSK last season.

Hailing from New Zealand, Bracewell will be available for the whole season which will be a massive benefit for the Chennai Super Kings.

MORNE MORKEL

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The addition of Morne Morkel can prove to be a massive advantage for the MS Dhoni-led side. Having retired from international cricket, the tall and lanky will be available for the full season. At a time, when few players will leave to join their respective national sides, the presence of Morkel can be pivotal for Chennai Super Kings.

Besides, Morkel boasts a heavy CV representing South Africa at the highest format for several years. The former Proteas pacer has also played in the Indian Premier League and know what it takes to be a champion bowler. He has played 70 games in the IPL and has 77 wickets featuring for various franchises like Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Delhi Capitals.

With his express pace and bounce, Morkel will be a more than handy customer for the CSK management.

KANE RICHARDSON

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The speedster from Australia can be a perfect replacement for Lungi Ngidi. Kane Richardson is currently in a good space having finished as the top wicket-taker in the recently concluded Big Bash League. His tally of 24 wickets helped Melbourne Renegades clinch their maiden BBL title.

Meanwhile, Richardson has a fair experience playing in the IPL representing three different franchises. However, he last played in IPL in 2016 and has bagged 18 wickets from 14 IPL games. With an excellent control over line and length, Richardson can prove to be tricky for the defending champions.

 

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Morne Morkel Extends His Contract With Surrey

The former South African pacer Morne Morkel has signed a new deal with his present County cricket team Surrey County Cricket Club. This new contract will run until the 2020 English domestic season.

After retiring from the international cricket in 2018, Morne Morkel signed the Kolpak deal. As a Kolpak registered player, he returned to the County cricket by signing a two-year contract for Surrey.

In the last English County Championship season, Morne Morkel had a huge impactful year for his team. The right-arm pacer bagged 59 wickets in ten matches with an average of 14.32. While Surrey won their 19th outright Championship title, Morne Morkel finished the tournament as the second most wicket-taker. In the entire competition, he claimed the five-wicket haul four times, including his best bowling figures 6/57.

Top performances helped Morne Morkel to earn the extended deal

Morne Morkel, Surrey
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Of course, there was no surprise that the County Club had offered him the contract extension. Though he still had one year left according to the earlier contract, the new deal will make him available for Surrey till the 2020 summer.

The County Club is very happy for this contract extension. Surrey CCC’s Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart didn’t hide their delight on this contract extension.

Alec Stewart said to the reporters, “Morne was outstanding for us during his first season, both on and off the field. I am delighted he has extended his contract with the club.”

At present, the 34-year-old Morne Morkel has just moved to Sydney with his family. With this movement, he can be available for 2020/21 Big Bash League as a local player.

Talking about his English County cricket career, he made debut in 2007 playing for Kent County Cricket Club. In the next summer, he played for Yorkshire. After ten-long-years, he made the return to the English County cricket in last summer.

Morne Morkel was a top pacer in international cricket

Morne Morkel, Surrey
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In his international career, Morne Morkel was one of the top-class pacers in international cricket history. After making his international debut in December 2006, he gradually became one of the top pace bowlers for South Africa. During his international career, Morne Morkel was the no.1-ranked ODI and no.3-ranked Test bowler.

In his 12-year-long international career, he played 86 Tests, 117 ODIs and 44 T20Is where he picked up 309, 188 and 47 wickets respectively. The right-arm pacer took 535 international wickets, which is the sixth most by a South African bowler.

After the Johannesburg Test against Australia in March-April 2018, Morne Morkel retired from the international cricket.

Whatever, South Africa will miss Morne Morkel in the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Morkel joins Surrey on a two-year Kolpak deal

South Africa fast bowler Mornel Morkel, who retired from international cricket after South Africa’s 492-run victory against Australia has signed for English county club Surrey on a two-year Kolpak deal.

Morkel played his last Test match in Cape Town where he also got his 300th Test wicket and became only the fifth South African to achieve this feat.

The fast bowler has been the victim of injuries quite a lot of times in his career lately and this was one of the reason for Morkel to think about his future.

The 33-year old fast bowler still hasn’t recovered from the side strain injury and as a result of that he he won’t be able to make his debut for Surrey in their opening Championship match of the season against Hampshire at the Oval beginning on April 20.

A similar injury to the same left side at the start of South Africa’s home summer ruled Morkel out of action for eleven weeks although it is not thought to be as severe this time. However, Morkel is delighted to join the club and also said he has great memories at the Kia Oval.

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“It is a real honour that Surrey asked me to join their club after my retirement from international cricket. I’ve got fond memories of playing at the Kia Oval and am looking forward to settling into London with my family for the summer, making new friendships with teammates and hopefully great memories on and off the field,” Morne said.

Meanwhile, the director of Cricket Alec Stewart had a lot of appreciation for the Proteas fast bowler.

“Following his retirement from international cricket I am very pleased that Morne has signed for Surrey for at least the next two years. He has had an outstanding career with South Africa and is a player that will add enormous strength and experience to our squad,” he said.

“He sets exceedingly high standards for himself and for our young bowlers to have the opportunity to train and play alongside Morne can only help to develop their own games. We look forward to welcoming Morne and his family to the Kia Oval for the start of the season,” Steward concluded.

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