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Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates during a match against England in the 2019 Ashes, in London. File photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates during a match against England in the 2019 Ashes, in London. File photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Pat Cummins Feels He Is As Fresh As He Has Ever Felt Before Ashes 2021/22

Pat Cummins, an Australia vice-captain, feels he is as fresh as he has ever felt coming into a Test series but says he would be surprised if Australia persists with the same four-man pace attack throughout all five Ashes Tests, something they did against India last summer, in a losing cause.
Pat Cummins has returned to Australia and is into hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast on Tuesday with the majority of the triumphant 2021 T20I World Cup-winning squad to begin their Ashes 2021/22 preparation. He hasn’t played a first-class match since February 2021.
Since April, Pat Cummins has only featured in seven T20Is, having opted out of the limited-overs tours to the Caribbean and Bangladesh during Australia’s winter. He also missed the second half of the IPL 2021 prior to the World Cup to be home for the birth of his son.
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters.

Pat Cummins Said There’s No Niggles As He Feels Fresh For Ashes 2021/22

Australia will only have one three-day intra-squad match to prepare for the first Ashes Test starting December 8, but Pat Cummins has no concerns about his personal preparation.
“My body feels as good as it has in a couple of years. There’s no niggles,” Pat Cummins said. “I think the first, I guess, benefit of the short spells is we’re all feeling really fresh. I always feel like it’s better to be underdone than overdone coming into a big Test series.
“For now it’s just trying to work back from that day one, get a few good bowls in, I think. We’ve got access to quite a few center wickets. So we’ll have three, four, five center wickets where we try and have relatively big days, you know, bowl a couple of spells on those days. And we’ll be ready to go. And we had a similar prep last year and all felt really good going into that Adelaide first Test, ” Pat Cummins said.
Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc played all four Tests against India last year, but the plan backfired as the trio tired on the final days in Sydney and Brisbane and were unable to bowl out India in either game as the visitors produced a famous come-from-behind series win.
Australia rotated their bowlers heavily in the 2019 Ashes series, using Peter Siddle and James Pattinson as specialists in those conditions. Pat Cummins was the only one of the five Australian fast bowlers used in that series to play all five Tests, and he expects that there will be some rotation again this summer.
“When someone’s I guess rested it is normally more to it than just purely workload,” Pat Cummins said. “There’s always niggles and small little injuries that we’re dealing with, basically after every single Test match.”
“The great thing is we’ve got a huge stable of fast bowlers. So yeah, I don’t think it’ll be a huge issue if someone’s not able to get up for a Test or someone’s just red-lining a little bit. Someone else can slot in.”
“I’d be surprised if the same four bowlers were used for all five Tests. That’s pretty rare, especially the five-Test match summer. But I certainly won’t be putting my hand up to be rested unless I’ve got something going wrong.”
Michael Neser | Getty
Michael Neser | Getty Images.
Jhye Richardson is firming as a certainty to play a part in the upcoming Ashes series, having not played a Test match since 2019 when he dislocated his shoulder in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup and the then Ashes tour. In recent years, Michael Neser has also been a constant presence in Australia’s Test squads and could also make his Test debut this summer despite coming off a hamstring injury.
“I think both can slot in really well,” Cummins said. “It might be like-for-like maybe in some regards. I’d say probably Jhye, especially last week, I only saw a little bit but apparently, he bowled beautifully up here at the Gabba.”
“It’s really great to see him back around the squad. He was on the verge of a World Cup and an Ashes series a couple of years ago before having a shoulder injury, so it’s great to see him get back and bowling well, fully fit, and hopefully he kind of starts off where he left off against Sri Lanka a few years ago.”
Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson were in the 15-man line-up as back-up for the fast-bowling attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood after the shock retirement of James Pattinson last month.

George Bailey Impressed By Jhye Richardson’s Form

The 15-man Ashes squad for the first two Tests, as well as an Australia A squad, was announced on Wednesday. Chairman of selectors George Bailey was also impressed by Jhye Richardson’s form leading into the Ashes series following his Player of the Match performance for Western Australia against Queensland at the Gabba last week, where he took eight wickets, including 5 for 23 from 22.2 overs in the second innings.
“Getting pretty excited by Jhye,” Bailey said. “One physically, I think he looks as strong as I’ve seen ever seen him.”
Jhye Richardson
Jhye Richardson. Image Credits: Twitter.
“He’s had a couple of niggles, and he’s worked his way back from those so he’s starting to build some resilience into his body, still a young body.

“I think he’s worked his way into the last three shield games quite nicely, but one particular spell I think it was the morning of day [three], a really impressive spell early on, I think he ended up ended up getting the wickets of Marnus [Labuschagne] and Joe Burns, who both commented that it was it was impressive quality.”

Veteran Usman Khawaja and middle-order batsman Travis Head were recalled to Australia’s squad for the opening two Ashes Tests against England Wednesday, with incumbent number five Matthew Wade axed. Marcus Harris, as expected, got the nod in the absence of concussion-hit Will Pucovski and is expected to open alongside David Warner. But there was no place for his fellow World Cup standout performer in the final — Mitchell Marsh.

Australia squad: Tim Paine (capt), Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner


Top 5 International Cricketers Who Spent Most Of Their Career While Nursing Injuries Than Playing

Every cricketer dreams to play international cricket successfully for a long time. While most of the times, there is a huge competition in the national team, there are only some cricketers who manage to successfully maintain their international career for an extended period.

Apart from the form and personal behaviour, fitness is also a very crucial factor for a cricketer. There are many cricketers whose careers have never grown up successfully due to fitness issues.

Here we are talking about the top five international cricketers who spent most of their career in injuries than playing.

Michael Kasprowicz (Australia)

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Michael Kasprowicz (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Australian right-arm pacer Michael Kasprowicz, who played the international cricket between 1995 and 2006, was a member of the great Australian pace-bowling sides. While he had an opportunity to rise in the game, injury massively hit his career. However, he always fought back against fitness issues. Though he didn’t play many international matches, he was a very successful domestic cricketer and left a special mark in the game.

Kasprowicz had a big list of his fitness issues, including back injury during bonding exercises, groin injury, leg injury and many others.

Kasprowicz played 38 Tests, 43 ODIs and two T20Is, where he collected 113, 67 and five wickets respectively. However, in the first-class cricket, while he played 242 matches, he got 959 wickets.


Peter Siddle Names Indian Wicketkeeper In His All-Time Opponent XI

Former Australian cricketer Peter Siddle has picked veterans in his all-time opponent XI against whom he has played throughout his illustrious career. There are two Indian cricketers while the majority is of South African cricketers in fast-bowlers’ playing XI.

Siddle is one of the greatest pacers in Australian history who has registered a hat-trick in Ashes. He has played 67 Test matches, and 20 ODIs. The pacer announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect on 29 December 2019.

MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar in Peter Siddle’s team:

Peter Siddle's all time Opponent XI, MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Siddle has chosen England’s great batsman Alastair Cook and South Africa’s Graeme Smith for the opening stand. According to Siddle, both the left-hand batsman will be tough to compete.

“Two lefties… obviously great players… very good captains in their own rights. But yeah, otherwise tough opponents whenever we came up against them,” Siddle said in the video uploaded on

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara is at No. 3, but Siddle has not chosen him for wicketkeeping. Next to Sangakkara is the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and AB de Villiers. The best allrounder Jacques Kallis is in the sixth position. Siddle heaped praises of the allrounder and said:

“I nearly forgot to put this man in the team, but Jacques Kallis comes in at No.6. If you are a bowler, you will be very happy with his stats. If you are a batter, you will still be very happy with his stats. He has got almost the same number of wickets as Brett Lee.”

MS Dhoni, Peter Siddle all time opponent XI
MS Dhoni. Credits: AP Photo

Next is, India’s cricketer MS Dhoni, who will be wicketkeeping, is the second Indian cricketer in the team. Siddle’s bowling comprises of furious pacers Dale Steyn, James Anderson, and Stuart Board. Rangana Herath is the only spinner in the team.

Peter Siddle reveals his opponent XI:

Alastair Cook, Graeme Smith, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, MS Dhoni, Stuart Broad, Dale Steyn, Rangana Herath, James Anderson.

Peter Siddle (Image Credit: Google)

Watch: Peter Siddle’s Smart Run-Out Impresses Cricket Australia

While Peter Siddle just announced his international retirement, his latest smart run-out technique in a Big Bash League (BBL) match has impressed the Cricket Australia (CA).

On the final day of the year 2019, Sydney Thunders and Adelaide Strikers faced each other in the BBL 2019/20 at Adelaide. After Sydney Thunder won the toss, they decided to bat first.

Though the opener Alex Hales (4) was dismissed cheaply, another opener Usman Khawaja and the skipper Callum Ferguson handled that early situation very well along with the 73 runs partnership for the second wicket. Their partnership was running very well as Usman Khawaja scored a half-century and Ferguson was also set in the crease. However, that strong rhythm was broken after Peter Siddle smartly dismissed Khawaja.

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Usman Khawaja. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

It was a tough single as Khawaja forced Ferguson to take that single while Khawaja was in the danger end. Wes Agar successfully sent the ball to the bowler Peter Siddle who grabbed that just ahead from the wicket, and without wasting time he hit the ball to the non-striker end wicket without looking that wicket. Khawaja, who was batting on 63 off 50 balls (6 fours and only six), was short of the crease when Siddle successfully hit the wicket as it was a comfortable dismissal at the end.

Here is the video:  

Peter Siddle not only bowled well but also built up a game-changing partnership

Though Callum Ferguson scored 73 off 46 balls (7 fours and 2 sixes), he didn’t get enough further support as they managed to score 168/5 in 20 overs. Peter Siddle also bowled very well in that game as he had the bowling figures of 4-0-30-2 – best bowling figures in that innings.

Peter Siddle, Cricket Australia, CA
Peter Siddle (Photo by Will Russell – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Though Adelaide Strikers lost their wickets in regular intervals, opener Jake Weatherald (52) and the lower-middle-order batsman Rashid Khan (40) stretched that innings closer to the victory. However, finally, Adelaide lost that match by just three runs as they were restricted to 165/9 (20 overs). Peter Siddle remained not out on four runs off eight balls, but he had an important 47 runs partnership with Rashid Khan for the eighth wicket that suddenly made the game-on.

Rashid Khan, shot
Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Google)

Watching the smart run-out dismissal from Peter Siddle, CA has openly asked him on Twitter, “Are you sure you want to retire @petersiddle403?!?! #BBL09”

After the Melbourne Test against New Zealand in last week, where Peter Siddle missed out the playing XI, he announced his retirement from the international cricket.

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Australia Pacer Peter Siddle Announces Retirement From International Cricket

Australia pacer Peter Siddle has retired from international cricket with immediate effect. The right-arm pacer ends his career with 221 scalps in 67 Tests. Siddle also played 20 ODIs and two T20Is, scalping 17 and three wickets, respectively.

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Siddle announced his decision on the fourth day of the Boxing Day Test, which could end today if Australia are able to dismiss New Zealand. The 35-year-old was recalled to the Test side for the ongoing Test but wasn’t included in the playing XI.

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Siddle, who made his Test debut against India back in 2008, got the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar as his first scalp. He would go on to become one of the successful pacers for Australia and played a pivotal role in Australia keeping the Ashes urn in 2019.

He wasn’t in the scheme of things for the series but Siddle continued to toil in county cricket and forced a comeback into the Test squad. He was also preferred over Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood in the opening Test of the series.

“It’s always hard to know when the right time is. The Ashes was the main goal, to try and get on that touring party and be a part of that series. Once I’d ticked that off, I was talking to ‘Painey’ (captain Tim Paine) and JL – I thought I could have done it there, but the chance of getting one last crack if it came in Australia, too (have one more Test) at home would have been nice. To think as a young kid I wouldn’t get a chance to play, I’m obviously very happy and a bit sad,” Siddle, who was part of Australia famous triumph in 2013/14, told Fox cricket.

Earlier in 2019, Siddle made his ODI comeback after eight years and played his first ODI after missing 169 matches in between.

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Remembered for taking a hat-trick on his birthday, back in 2010, Siddle will continue to play domestic cricket and will also play county cricket in England.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (Image Credit: Google)

Australia Include Marnus Labuschagne For India ODIs, Glenn Maxwell Dropped; Peter Siddle Recalled For Boxing Day Test

Australi have rewarded all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne for his consistency in Test cricket as he has been named in the ODI squad for the tour of India which takes place next month. Labuschagne has smashed three centuries in as many Tests he has played at home in the ongoing season. The 25-year-old’s inclusion meant Glenn Maxwell was dropped from the ODI squad.

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Labuschagne has played 33 List A matches in which he has 1173 runs and eight wickets. He will likely make his debut in the ODI series.

Australia Include Marnus Labuschagne For India ODIs, Glenn Maxwell Dropped; Peter Siddle Recalled For Boxing Day Test 2

Josh Hazlewood, who was surprisingly left out of the World Cup squad, has returned to the ODI fold. Sean Abbott, who was earlier recalled to the T20I squad, made it to the ODI team as well.

Nathan Lyon, despite taking over as the lead spinner during World Cup, was dropped. Jason Behrendorff, a member of Australia’s World Cup squad, underwent back surgery recently and wasn’t available for selection.

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Aaron Finch will continue to lead the team and will be assisted by Pat Cummins and Alex Carey. The three ODIs of the series will be played on January 14, 17 and 19 in Mumbai, Rajkot and Bengaluru, respectively.

Squad: Aaron Finch (Captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Peter sidle called up for Boxing Day Test –

Australia Include Marnus Labuschagne For India ODIs, Glenn Maxwell Dropped; Peter Siddle Recalled For Boxing Day Test 3

Experienced pacer Peter Siddle, who was a part of the Ashes 2019 squad, has been recalled to the Test squad in place of injured Hazlewood. Though Siddle might not get a chance in the playing XI.

James Pattinson, who missed the first Test against Pakistan before going down in the pecking order, looks frontrunner to be included in the playing XI. If not him, Australia might hand debut cap to Michael Neser, who has been waiting for his debut since Ashes 2019.

The Boxing Day Test kicks off on December 26 at Melbourne CricketGround. Australia lead the series 1-0, courtesy their 296-run win in Perth.

Tim Paine, Peter Siddle
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Ashes 2019: Tim Paine Reveals He And Peter Siddle Suffered From Injuries In Fifth Test Match

Australia retained the Ashes title because of the efforts of batsman Steve Smith and bowlers like Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Though Australians were not able to win the Ashes 2019 as England levelled the series (2-2 margin), Tim Paine became the star of Australia as under his captaincy they first time in 18 years brought back the Ashes from England.

Tim Paine revealed that he and Peter Siddle were suffering from the injuries in the last Test match of Ashes 2019. They played with the pain at the end of the Test.

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“My thumb was broken towards the end of that Test but it is not displaced, so I should be right to get back into training early,” Paine was quoted as saying by”

Tim Paine tagged Peter Siddle as Warrior

Peter Siddle, Tim Paine
Peter Siddle Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Paine shares about the injury of Peter and said he got injured on the first day of the last match of Ashes 2019. His hip was injured but the warrior as tagged by Paine played that entire game. Though he was criticised for his bowling in that Test Series, the team knew how heroic he was, opined Paine.

“Peter Siddle tore a hip flexor bowling on the first morning,” Paine said

“He has copped a bit of criticism for not bowling as well as he knows he can, but the team knows just how heroic he was. A lot of other people wouldn’t have bowled again in the match, but he pushed on because he didn’t want to leave Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins to do extra work. He’s a warrior, Sidds, and we love him deeply for that,” Paine said praising Siddle.

Further, Paine praised his team’s efforts to receive this big achievement. The accidental captain Tim Paine has registered his name in the history of Ashes.

But both Tim Paine and Peter Siddle have much time to recover as Australia’s next Test is scheduled on November 21.

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Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Google)

Top Ten Cricketers With Their Special Birthday Achievements

Birthday is a very special day for every people. Coming out with a special performance in the cricket career on the birthday is a dream for many cricketers. Some great reputed cricketers have achieved this memorable feat with some brilliant performances.

Here we are briefly discussing the top ten players who performed impressively on their one of birthdays.

10. Stuart Broad

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On his 26th birthday (24th June 2012), English pacer Stuart Broad had a great start with the ball in hand against West Indies at Nottingham. Coming to bowl as a first change bowler in the final over of the mandatory powerplay, Broad dismissed Lendl Simmons on the first ball of that over. Jonny Bairstow took a fantastic catch to dismiss that Caribbean batsman. Broad finished that match with the bowling figures of 4-0-33-1.

While West Indies managed to score 172/4 (20 overs) in the first innings, England chased down that target in 19.4 overs after losing three wickets (173/3). English opener Alex Hales scored 99 runs off 68 balls in that successful chase.

Stuart Broad played that match as a captain of the English team.

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Nathan Coulter-Nile played some delightful strokes. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

BBL 2018-19: Watch – Nathan Coulter-Nile Stuns all with a Helicopter Shot

While playing for Perth Scorchers in the ongoing eighth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL 2018-19), Nathan Coulter-Nile has played a famed helicopter shot—to fetch maximum runs against Adelaide Strikers.

Coulter-Nile was facing his first ball of the innings–to take everyone by surprise with his aggressive approach.

The incident happened in the 15th over of Scorchers’ innings when Coulter-Nile was fresh to the crease. Following a wicket of Josh Inglis, who scored quickfire 55 off 37 balls, Coulter-Nile smashed a ball out of the park in style, and that covered 75-metre distance.

On the other side, Scorchers’ skipper Mitchell Marsh, who was on the mic stated, he has often seen him practising the shot in the nets.

Marsh, who was batting on run-a-ball 24, laughed out while having a brief chat with commentators during a live game. He went on to record a half-century for his team.

“Watching him bat, the way he had this summer because the whole winter I was obviously handling the injury. I watched him doing this in every net session,” Marsh revealed.

Siddle, who was bowling third over of his four-over quota tried to bowl short, but the ball was in Coulter-Nile’s zone—to find enough power as the ball sailed over the deep midwicket fence for a six.

However, Cameron Valente has dismissed Coulter-Nile. He slammed 25 off just eight deliveries with the help of three sixes and a four.

Scorchers post 174 for six at Adelaide Oval, but the Strikers chased down the target in 19.2 overs with the loss of five wickets.

Coulter-Nile fainted?

Coulter-Nile also bagged two wickets after conceding 28 runs. However, while bowling the 18th over of Strikers’ innings, he suffered from vertigo between his over, before being taken to a nearby hospital.

Who’s has invented a helicopter shot?

The fact is Mahendra Singh Dhoni has invented this shot. Owing to an improvisation, Afghanistan prodigy Rashid Khan has shown the world what he is capable of by playing a helicopter shot. He repeated it during his stint with Strikers in the BBL.

Rashid who’s inspired by Dhoni smashed a six in the recently concluded T10 League in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, he was quick to dedicate the shot to Dhoni.

On the other side, Scorchers have performed poorly and are languishing at the bottom of the table. In 14 matches, Scorchers lost ten matches and registered a win in four games.

BBL 2018-19: Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers

Here’s the video of Nathan Coulter-Nile’s helicopter shot:


Watch: Australian Fielders Fail To Notice Edge As MS Dhoni Bats On After Big Reprieve

The quote ‘fortune favour the brave’ will be savoured by MS Dhoni after today’s match between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The former India skipper has been in fine form in the series, scoring two fifties in the first two games. And he went on to score another in the ongoing game. However, things could have been much different had Australia fielders been a bit more attentive and appealed for a caught behind.

The incident occurred on the fifth ball of the 29th over bowled by Peter Siddle. In an order to accelerate the run-rate, Dhoni decided to go for a big shot and came charging down the track. However, he failed to connect with the incoming delivery or that is what the Australian fielders thought. The ball sneaked past between bat and pad before Alex Carey caught the ball with a superb diving effort towards his left. But the Aussies would have soon cursed their luck when they saw that the HotSpot had a nick on the inside edge.

Watch: Australian Fielders Fail To Notice Edge As MS Dhoni Bats On After Big Reprieve 6
MS Dhoni (Credits: BCCI)

Dhoni then added further salt to Australia’s wounds by going on to score his fifty as he keeps India on track to chase down 230.

Here is a clip of that incident:

India, meanwhile, are eyeing their first ever bilateral ODI-series win in Australia. The tour has been a historic one for the visitors. They started their Australia tour by drawing the T20I series 1-1 before winning a historic Test series. The hosts bounced back by winning the first ODI before India won the second to level the series. A win in the ongoing game will be the perfect end to India’s memorable stay in Australia.

After this game, India will fly to New Zealand for the limited-overs tour that consists of five ODIs and three T20Is.

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