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AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter
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AB de Villiers Retired From All Formats As Soon As The Enjoyment Of Playing Cricket Went Down In IPL 2021

AB de Villiers, the former Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman recently called time on his illustrious career, but that was a decision that was already made before its confirmation. AB de Villiers retired from all forms of cricket late last year, after having completely ruled out any possibility of returning to the Proteas fold months earlier.

That statement alone crushed the spirits of many a Proteas fan, who had been clinging on to any sight hope that they would get to see AB de Villiers in the green and gold South African cricket jersey again. However, despite a year of publicly flirting with the idea of a sensational return, both CSA and AB de Villiers seemed to finally accept that his international career had come to an end.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

AB de Villiers Retired From All Formats As He Felt The Difficulty Of Travelling In Bio Bubbles In IPL 2021 For Close To 3 Months

That is, of course, an incredible international career, which saw AB de Villiers represent the Proteas for 16 years at the highest level. In that period he amassed all of 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20s for South Africa, doubling up as wicketkeeper-batsman. He was also no slouch on the field when deployed elsewhere when not wearing the gloves behind the stumps.

But it was undoubtedly with the bat in hand where he made his name and shone the most for the Proteas. The 37-year-old notched up a mind-boggling 20,017 runs across all formats of the game for South Africa. He also holds the unique record of being the fastest batter to reach 50, 100, and 150 in ODIs.

AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

AB de Villiers revealed that the decision to retire was already set in stone before it was announced to the world.

“Cricketing wise, it has been coming for quite some time, it’s always been about enjoyment for me. And the minute where I felt the difficulty of traveling and being there at the IPL for two and half to three months a year, specifically with this one that was spilt into two, bubbles and this and that made things very complicated with regards to cricket and the enjoyment thereof,” said de Villiers.

AB De Villiers retires from IPL as the sixth highest run-getter in the tournament and one of the two overseas players to scale the mountain of 5000 runs. AB De Villiers retired from all forms of cricket in November 2021, making the 2021 season of the IPL his last IPL season.

The 37-year-old had played in 184 IPL matches, firstly for Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) for three seasons, followed by a successful decade with Bangalore, where he formed a formidable partnership with Virat Kohli. Overall, he scored 5162 runs at an average of 39.70 and strike rate of 151.68, including three centuries and 40 half-centuries while being a member of the Royal Challengers Bangalore side, which entered the IPL playoffs five times.

AB de Villiers Said It Was Time To Move On As Soon As The Enjoyment Of Playing Cricket Went Down

AB de Villiers then made a startling revelation that, while the rest of the world enjoyed seeing the talented former batter racking up the runs on the park, the feeling was rather different for him.

“I found myself on the park where scoring runs and doing well for the team didn’t really match with everything that goes with it any more and that’s where the balance started leading towards hanging my gloves up.I have never been the guy who is going to push every single bit of energy of my ability and my cricketing skill, I have always played for the enjoyment of the game. And the minute that sort of started going down, I knew it was time for me to move on,” concluded de Villiers.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

No matter how one feels about AB de Villiers, his contribution to not only the Proteas but the sport of cricket deserved a better ending than that. AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on November 19, 2021.

Notably, he had already retired from international cricket in May 2018 and since then he was playing only franchise cricket. AB de Villiers, who hangs up his boot as one of the greatest players in the shortest format of the game, hit 9424 runs in 340 matches in T20 cricket, having played franchise-based cricket across the globe.

He had retired from international cricket in 2018 after scoring 1672 runs in 78 T20Is, 9577 runs in 228 ODI matches, and 8765 runs in 114 Tests. He played seven matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2021 and smashed 207 runs at a strike rate of 164.28 averaging 51.75.

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Cricket South Africa Image Source: TWITTER/CSAOFFICIAL
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Covid-19 Cases Growing Exponentially, But Protocols Are In Place For All Eventualities For India Tour: Dr. Shuaib Manjra

Dr. Shuaib Manjra says the risk of hospitalization in Gauteng is growing especially in unvaccinated people, on the day BCCI postponed the South Africa cricket tour. While India’s cricket tour of South Africa is set to be delayed by at least a week after global panic over the new coronavirus variant Omicron, the hosts have underlined the sturdiness of the bio-safe bubbles put in place for the cricketers.

The chief medical officer of Cricket South Africa (CSA) Dr. Shuaib Manjra has said that though the virus spread is “growing exponentially” in Gauteng province, which includes the Johannesburg region where India are slated to play their first two Tests, there are protocols in place for all eventualities.

Dr. Shuaib Manjra. - Chief medical officer of Cricket South Africa (CSA) (Special arrangement)
Dr. Shuaib Manjra. – Chief medical officer of Cricket South Africa (CSA) (Special arrangement)

Dr. Shuaib Manjra: Covid-19 Cases Growing Exponentially As South Africa Is At The Beginning Of Covid-19 4th Wave

According to the reports, BCCI is set to request Cricket South Africa to postpone the India tour of South Africa and one Test match is set to be removed from the three-match Test series. India’s tour of South Africa is set to be delayed at least by a week. The Indian team was scheduled to fly out on December 9 via a charter flight, but according to sources, that has been put on hold. Squads selection for the South Africa tour, too, has been deferred.

Dr. Shuaib Manjra said, “South Africa is at the beginning of the fourth wave. Statistically, the cases are growing exponentially. But the evidence so far is that the cases have been mild in general. The risk of hospitalization, in Gauteng, is growing especially in the unvaccinated population. 75 percent of the cases suggest that.”

India vs South Africa Image: AP/PTI
India vs South Africa Image: AP/PTI

Dr. Shuaib Manjra went on to cite the ongoing tour of India A of South Africa to buttress his point saying, “there have been zero positive cases so far.” The India A team is currently touring South Africa and although the BCCI is not yet pulling out of that tour, the cricket board has made up its mind to push back the dates of the senior team’s visit.

“We want to assess the situation and take a call. We want to address the fears of the players too,” a BCCI member said.

The Indian team was scheduled to fly out on December 9, with the first Test starting at Johannesburg on December 17. The team is to play 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, and 4 T20Is in South Africa. BCCI could ask CSA to delay the series. India is scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs, and four T20Is as part of the tour.

The 10-match tour is worth around R 700 million (South African Rand), roughly 330 Cr INR. The heavily-mutated Omicron variant of the coronavirus was last month identified in South Africa, where cases reportedly doubled within 24 hours on Wednesday. The Omicron variant has reached as many as 24 countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Dr. Shuaib Manjra: Indian Players Will Have To Undergo 5 Day Quarantine

Back in September, the Indian team had refused to play the fifth and final Test against hosts England in Manchester following a mini-covid outbreak in the camp. Dr. Shuaib Manjra is confident that the bio-bubbles can ensure safety. He went on to broadly give details about the protocols agreed by the two boards.

“The Indian players will have to undergo a five-day quarantine, majority of which (four days) would be mild. The first day will be the intense proper quarantine. The players can move around outdoors within the confines of the hotel complex in small groups for five days,” he said.

Manchester Test: The message on the scoreboard after the fifth Test was called off PA Photos/Getty Images
Manchester Test: The message on the scoreboard after the fifth Test was called off PA Photos/Getty Images

Besides regular testing, the players will be toggling between three bio-secure islands – hotels, grounds, and transport. While in Johannesburg for the first two Tests, the hotels will be exclusively for the players; in Cape Town for the third Test, other guests too will be staying at the same premises.

Explaining this Dr. Shuaib Manjra said, “The hotels for the first two Tests will be totally dedicated to the players. No outside guests will be staying. The players will get to move around the outdoor spaces at the hotel and won’t be confined to the rooms. The hotel in Capetown will have people other than players staying but the players’ area will be blocked and separated from the rest.”

He assured special care will also be taken to ensure that the hotel staff will check in five days before the start of the series to quarantine themselves. The bus drivers and liaison officers will also stay at the hotel. The hotels will have covid-compliant officers and only those who are vaccinated be able to work in bio-secure bubbles. Protocols are in place in case positive cases sprout up, assured the CSA medical officer.

“Of course no one can guarantee that there won’t be any positive cases. But we have protocols in place to handle them. The cricketing boards of both India and South Africa have agreed on the protocol to handle any positive cases,” the CSA medical officer said.

Dr. Shuaib Manjra is of the view that the bio-bubbles breaches usually happen due to two eventualities-among the hotel staff or any player coming from a foreign country.

“Firstly, among the hotel staff. Secondly, from any player carrying the virus from their respective country or travel. That’s why we have the first week of mild quarantine with frequent testing to find and isolate.”

Dr. Shuaib Manjra has been associated with Cricket South Africa for twenty years and is confident that the India vs South Africa all-format tour will go on without major hiccups. He, however, does feel the pressure.

“Of course there is huge pressure as there is a responsibility to ensure safety. This is a big tour for both countries. But I want to assure Indian players, the public, and BCCI that we are ready for the tour.

“We have been working on bio secure bubbles for 18 months now for various tours and we have been successful in maintaining it. All the recce and checks have been made . Protocols are in place. We are ready. ”

Notably, the India A team is currently in a bio-bubble in Bloemfontein, where they are playing the second of three unofficial Tests and there is no indication of them leaving earlier than planned.

Lance Klusener has been part of the Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians coaching staff in the IPL, and in September 2019, bagged the role of Afghanistan’s head coach. Photo: PIT File.
Lance Klusener has been part of the Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians coaching staff in the IPL, and in September 2019, bagged the role of Afghanistan’s head coach. Photo: PIT File.
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Lance Klusener Decides To Step Down As Afghanistan’s Head Coach After 2021

Lance Klusener has announced his decision to step down as the head coach of the Afghanistan men’s cricket team. The latest development comes weeks after the conclusion of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, where the Taliban ruled Afghanistan crashed out from the group stage Super 12s itself.

Soon after the conclusion of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Afghanistan head coach South Africa’s Lance Klusener has decided to step down as the head coach of the Afghanistan men’s cricket team. One of the finest all-rounders to have played limited-overs cricket ever, the South African all-rounder was appointed as the head coach of Afghanistan for a two-year period.

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Courtesy of ICC

Lance Klusener Decided Not To Extend His Contract As Afghanistan’s Head Coach

Lance Klusener played 171 ODIs, 49 Test matches, 197 first-class, and 324 List A matches. He has scored 3576 in ODI, 9521 in first-class cricket, and 6648 in List A matches. After retiring from cricket, he decided to become a coach and got the training. At present, he is the level 4 certified coach. In a statement, he said he would not be extending his contract, which will come to an end on December 31, 2021.

“I, Lance Klusener, has decided not to extend my contract as the head coach of the Afghanistan men’s cricket team which finishes on 31st December 2021. Having spent two years with the team, I will take away some memorable moments with the team,” Klusener said in a statement.

Lance Klusener
Lance Klusener. (Photo by David Munden/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Widely considered one of the best all-rounders of his era, Lance Klusener played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for South Africa over his international career. However, he is notoriously remembered for not being able to take South Africa over the line in the 1999 World Cup semi-final match against Australia, which ended in a tie.

Lance Klusener Replaced Phil Simmons As Afghanistan Coach On 2019

Lance Klusener added that he was looking forward to his coaching career.

“As I walk away from Afghanistan cricket team and its cricketing structure, I look forward to the next stage in my coaching career and the opportunities it bring,” the statement added.

Phil Simmons
Phil Simmons[Photo: Getty Images]
Lance Klusener took over as Afghanistan’s head coach on September 27, 2019, where he replaced Phil Simmons.

“I am extremely excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talents in world cricket,” Klusener had said after his appointment. “Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan plays. I am very confident that with some hard work we can become one of the best sides in the world. “

Lance Klusener has previously worked as the batting coach of Zimbabwe and South Africa, and head coach of the South Africa domestic side Dolphins, as well as bowling coach of Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians. In T20 World Cup 2021, Afghanistan finished fourth with two wins from five matches.

Farhaan Behardien notched his maiden T20 international fifty © Getty Images
Farhaan Behardien notched his maiden T20 international fifty © Getty Images
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Farhaan Behardien Hopeful India’s Tour To South Africa Remains Unaffected Despite New Variant Of Covid-19

Farhaan Behardien is hoping that the new COVID-19 variant, which is causing alarm in South Africa, will not jeopardize India’s tour of the country next month as young cricketers of his nation need the series “more than ever”. The senior team’s tour to South Africa for 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, and 4 T20Is, starting on December 17, is on at the moment, although the situation is being considered as fluid.

The discovery of a new strain of Covid-19 in South Africa has cast a shadow on India’s tour of the country. The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs, and three T20Is in South Africa from December 17 to January 26, but the fact that British Government announced that the country has returned to the red list because of the spread of the new variant, B.1.1.529 has put the tour in jeopardy.

South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )
South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )

Farhaan Behardien, Hopeful India’s Tour To South Africa, Remains Unaffected Despite Discovery Of A New Covid-19 Strain

Amid reports of a possible pullout and growing Covid concerns, former South Africa batter and captain Farhaan Behardien is hopeful that the tour remains unaffected, in the best interest of the future of SA cricket.

Farhaan Behardien of South Africa
Farhaan Behardien of South Africa. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The new COVID variant, which the WHO named Omicron, has put India’s tour of South Africa in jeopardy, with the BCCI insisting that any decision on the fate of the series will be taken based on the government’s advice.

“I hope the biggest cricket nation in the world tours our country next month!! The future generation of South African players need it more than ever,” tweeted Behardien.

The 36-year-old Farhaan Behardien, who is a former T20 captain of the Proteas, also objected to the variant being identified as South African.

The 35-year-old Farhaan Behardien has played 59 ODIs and 38 T20Is since his international debut in 2012-13, scoring over 1,500 runs and seven half-centuries in both formats combined.

Farhaan Behardien has also taken 17 international wickets-14 ODIs and 3 T20Is. In the T20s, Farhaan Behardien averages 35 and has a strike rate of 132-plus, which is slightly better than his corresponding figures in international T20 games.

BCCI Is Unsure Of Next Step, And Will Only Decide On The Tour Once The Board Gets A Detailed Picture Of The Ground Situation

As per a BCCI official, the tour is still on, but it is unsure if it will remain so once a thorough research is conducted.

“Look, till we get a detailed picture of the ground situation from Cricket South Africa (CSA), we will not be able to tell our next step. As per the current plan, the Indian team is supposed to leave either on December 8 or 9 just after the New Zealand series gets over in Mumbai,” said a senior board official said on Friday.

India is supposed to tour South Africa in December © Getty
India is supposed to tour South Africa in December © Getty.

The new variant has already thrown sports in South Africa into turmoil. Two rounds of the United Rugby Championship were postponed, with teams from Wales, Italy, and Ireland trying to find their way out, while there were several withdrawals from a golf tournament as well. In addition, the Netherlands played a rain-marred ODI against the Proteas, but the rest of their tour remains unsure as of this moment.

Although the India A team is in South Africa to play three unofficial Tests, it remains to be seen whether the BCCI persists with its planned cricketing tour of the country. Friday was the last day of the India A team’s first match, and the play was washed out, with the game ending in a draw. The team is scheduled to play two more four-day games, which start on November 29 and December 6.

David Wiese helps Namibia into the Super 12. Image-Twitter
David Wiese helps Namibia into the Super 12. Image-Twitter
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David Wiese Looking Forward Playing Against India In The T20I World Cup 2021

David Wiese, Namibia all-rounder is looking forward to playing against Virat Kohli’s India on Monday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Despite struggling in the Super 12 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Namibia has played competitive cricket throughout the campaign. David Wiese is confident they can ring a few surprises and end the tournament on a high.

David Wiese celebrates after winning a game for Namibia (Credit: Getty Images)
David Wiese celebrates after winning a game for Namibia (Credit: Getty Images)

David Wiese: Playing Against India Is Fantastic And Namibia Are Underdogs And Can Spring A Surprise

36-year-old David Wiese helped Namibia to qualify for the Super 12’s with a quickfire 66 against the Netherlands and followed it up with all-around performances. David Wiese is the only cricketer in the Nambia side to have played a T20 World Cup before.

Speaking about the upcoming clash against India in an exclusive chat, David Wiese said: “Playing against India is always fantastic. The support they have is amazing. Their players are the best in the world. And those are the kind of players you want to be playing against. A couple of guys can step up and impress the right people and it could work for them somewhere else. Life is all about opportunities. We are the underdogs but you never know.”

India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: ICC

For India, it is a must-win game in their quest to qualify for the semifinals. However, for that to happen, Afghanistan will have to defeat New Zealand on Sunday.

David Wiese: Namibia Established As The Best Associate Team By Beating Scotland

Namibia defeated the likes of Ireland and Netherlands in the Qualifier before beating Scotland in the Super 12s. And David Wiese stressed they have managed to establish themselves in world cricket. Notably, Scotland performed exceptionally in the Round 1 stage and they were undefeated. However, entering the Super 12 stage they had lost 4 consecutive games.

Namibia beat Scotland before defeats against Afghanistan, Pakistan, and New Zealand in the Super 12 stage. Namibia finished second in the qualifying group with wins over Ireland and Netherlands.

“We knew we would be up against it. But it’s also exciting. Our first result in Round 1 itself against Sri Lanka was a bit of a baptism of fire. But we have established ourselves as the best Associate team by beating Scotland which is a great achievement for Namibian cricket,” David Wiese concluded.

Namibia
Namibia (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Namibia will hope to maintain its form and come back stronger in the next edition of the ICC T20 World Cup.

Gerhard Erasmus led from the front with a well-crafted unbeaten fifty to guide debutants Namibia to a historic eight-wicket win over Ireland in the first round Group B match and qualification spot in Super 12s of the ICC T20 World Cup. Gerhard Erasmus (53 not out off 49 balls) guided Namibia’s chase of 126 in the company of David Wiese, who made an unbeaten 28.

David Wiese joined a sudden outflow of South African players into county cricket in the close season of 2016-17 when, at 31, he signed a three-year deal with Sussex, joining his compatriot Stiaan van Zyl. David Wiese had not played international cricket since March 2016 and shunned a call-up for a home T20 series against Sri Lanka in making his decision to go the Kolpak route.

He went to the World T20 in 2016, but after failing to nail down his spot, went down the Kolpak route. In 2021, David Wiese became eligible to play for Namibia based on ancestry as his father was born in the country. He was selected for their T20 World Cup squad, made his debut in the opening round of the tournament, and won two Player-of-the-Match awards in his first three matches, helping Namibia qualify for the Super 12s.

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ICC Confirms 8 Of 12 Teams To Play T20I World Cup 2022 Super 12 Stage; Sri Lanka, West Indies Out

ICC confirmed eight of the twelve teams that will play in the Super12 stage of the T20 World Cup 2022 next year, following the 2016 T20I WC defending champions West Indies‘ defeat to Australia.

West Indies lost their final league game of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to Australia, meaning the defending champions’ campaign at this edition came to an end on Saturday. Following the same, automatic qualifiers for the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 are now confirmed.

Out of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2022 edition of the tournament, eight of the twelve teams from this year will go through directly into the Super12 stage. As the T20 World Cup 2022 will be held in Australia, they are the first team to go through as the host nation. The remaining seven teams are England, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

West Indies
West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter

ICC Confirms Automatic Qualifiers For The 2022 T20I World Cup In Australia

The automatic qualifiers for the T20 World Cup 2022 are to be decided by the winner and the runners-up of the ongoing T20 World Cup, along with six teams that are ranked next highest on the ICC Men’s T20I rankings by November 15, which is the cut-off date for the same. Therefore, West Indies and Sri Lanka will need to play an additional qualifying round to enter the Super 12 stage of the next T20 World Cup in 2022.

“The automatic qualifiers for the Super 12 stage were determined to be the winner and runner-up of the current T20 World Cup, alongside the next six highest ranking teams on the ICC Men’s T20I rankings at the cut-off date of November 15,” the ICC stated.

ICC- International Cricket Council , AFP File Photo
ICC- International Cricket Council, AFP File Photo

“On Saturday, the teams that will fill those spots were confirmed courtesy of West Indies’ loss to Australia, which means they will sit 10th by the cut-off date, with Bangladesh climbing to eighth,” it further said. 

England, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia are the current top six teams. However, before West Indies’ clash with Australia, these six teams confirmed that their rankings will not go down during the remainder of the 2021 T20 World Cup.

West Indies Slipped Down To 10th Spot In Rankings While Sri Lanka Is Just Above Them At Ninth

West Indies losing to Australia also ensured that Afghanistan, which is ranked seventh at the moment, will not drop below eighth, no matter what will be the outcome of their upcoming games in this edition. With this defeat, West Indies dropped down to the tenth spot, with Sri Lanka just above them at ninth. Bangladesh has risen to the eighth position, thus gaining the cut for the 2022 edition.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka. Image Credits: Twitter

West Indies, therefore, will have to play the first round of the 2022 tournament to make it to the Super12s. They will be accompanied by Sri Lanka, Namibia, and Scotland in the same. West Indies managed to win just one match in the ongoing tournament, while Bangladesh lost all its games in the Super 12 stage.

Australia Image Source: Twitter
Australia Image Source: Twitter
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Brett Lee Confident Of Australia Bouncing Back From Group Stage Defeat Against England In T20I WC 2021

Brett Lee, former Australia pacer, is confident that Australia-led by Aaron Finch can bounce back from their crushing group stage defeat at the hands of England, who have already qualified for semis, provided their top-order fires in the upcoming matches of the T20 World Cup against West Indies and Bangladesh.

England put up a thoroughly professional display against Australia last week, bundling out the Men from Down Under for 125 before overhauling the target in 11.4 overs to record a dominating eight-wicket win.

Brett Lee Getty Images
Brett Lee Getty Images

Brett Lee: England Was Outstanding Against Australia As Australia Let Themselves Down

Australia has four points from three outings and is under the pump to win their remaining fixtures as South Africa is ahead of them with six points from four games and also has a better net run rate.

“England were outstanding against Australia. The 50-over World champions were just too good in the end, it’s as simple as that. Parts of the game were outstanding for Australia but in other parts, they probably let themselves down,” Lee wrote in his column for the ICC’s official website.

South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )
South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )

While Australia has beaten South Africa and Sri Lanka, South Africa has beaten West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh quite comprehensively.

“Now it’s not all doom and gloom for Australia – I try and look at things from a positive point of view. There are a lot of people saying, ‘he shouldn’t be in the team’, ‘he shouldn’t be batting there’ and so on. “But they say- relax and go about things patiently. I think that’s a really good expression that the team can use just to relax,” Brett Lee said.

“Everything will be okay. I know that there could be changes, they might look to shuffle the order, they might look to some different bowling options but sometimes you just get outplayed and England outplayed Australia,” Brett Lee said.

Australia beat South Africa by 5 wickets and Sri Lanka by 7 wickets before losing to England by 8 wickets. They will play against Bangladesh and West Indies next.

Brett Lee: Australian Top Order Has To Fire As Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis And Matthew Wade Has To Score Runs

Brett Lee feels it is imperative that the Australian top-order, comprising the likes of David Warner, skipper Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, and all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, fires upfront, while wicketkeeper Matthew Wade provides a solid finish.

“The top order has to fire, they have to get runs from guys like Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, who has been in good form the first two games but missed out with a duck against England and that’s part of the game. Matthew Wade has been getting a few runs, getting some starts but Australia needs a big 40 or 50 from him to finish so there are areas where Australia can take some positives out,” he said.

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

While Aaron Finch and David Warner have scored 80 odd runs in 3 games, Steve Smith has amassed 64 runs in the leading run-scorers list headed by England’s Jos Buttler-214 runs. Among leading wicket-takers, Australians Adam Zampa has 5 scalps, and Mitchell Starc has 4 scalps in a list headed by Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga-14 scalps in as many games.

Brett Lee suggested that the Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch could try out a slightly different strategy rather than going all out at the beginning of the innings.

“I know the Aussies want to get off to a flyer, I heard Warner say it, I heard it from Aaron Finch and they are two brilliant players, two guys I’d pick in my side every single day of the week. Maybe it’s about taking the foot off the accelerator a fraction at the top. I know that some teams go really hard in the first six but other teams don’t take as many risks so perhaps Australia can do that but I’ll still back Warner every day of the week to go down town first ball if he has to,” he said.

Talking about the Australian bowling unit, he said, “They probably didn’t get the right line or length against England and in this format there are days where the batsmen miss out and the bowlers defend. But when collectively you don’t have your best game, you can see what happens.”

Despite the ordinary performance against England, the 44-year-old backed Australia to lift their maiden T20 World Cup title. Ahead of the tournament, Brett Lee had picked India as the team to beat, but the former pacer feels England and Pakistan are top contenders.

South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )
South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )
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South Africa T20I World Cup Squad 2021, Schedule, Date, Time, And Venue

South Africa, who hasn’t won a World Cup before and is labelled chokers for failure to perform in the knockout matches, is placed in Group 1 in the marquee event- 2021 T20I World Cup alongside heavyweights Australia, England, and West Indies. Notably, among the aforementioned four already qualified teams in the group, the Proteas team is the weakest. South Africa has witnessed a significant downfall in international cricket recently.

They are currently placed on the 5th spot in the latest ICC T20 Internationals rankings. Also, in the last 5 T20 international series, they have lost three series. Notably, they have several good promising players on the team who are match winners. However, they have been unable to fire together as a team.

South Africa Image source: Twitter
South Africa Image source: Twitter

South Africa Has Some Exceptional Talented Players In The Likes Of Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi

The South Africa management will hope things change before the forthcoming T20 World Cup 2021 despite star batsman AB de Villiers’ absence, who decided not to return from retirement.

They have some exceptionally talented players in the likes of Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassi Van Der Dussen, David Miller, and others on the team. If the players are in good form, they can surely give tough competition to other teams. Notably, South Africa recently faced Sri Lanka in the T20I series, and they earned an amazing series victory by 3-0.

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. Image Credits: Twitter

So far, South Africa has yet to win a single T20 World Cup trophy and ODI World Cup. Also, they never made it to the finals of the T20 World Cup tournament. Meanwhile, this time under the leadership of Temba Bavuma, the Proteas team will be hoping for a better outcome in the T20 World Cup 2021.

South Africa’s Squad For The Upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Notable Omissions And Inclusions

The squad did not feature all-rounder Chris Morris, former captain Faf du Plessis, and veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir. In particular, Imran Tahir and Faf du Plessis had retired from other forms of the game, with one eye on playing in the upcoming World Cup.Imran Tahir and Faf du Plessis plays for CSK in IPL, while Chris Morris became the most expensive acquisition after Rajasthan Royals bought him for Rs. 16.25 crores in IPL 2021 auctions.Temba Bavuma will captain a young side in the UAE as he is expected to recover from a thumb injury in time for the tournament – that also featured Keshav Maharaj, the left-arm spinner who is yet to play a T20I.

Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris
Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris-Image AP

South Africa is well stocked in the spin department, with spinner Keshav Maharaj being joined by World’s No. 1 spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin as specialist spinners.

In addition, keeper Quinton de Kock, opener Aidem Markram, keeper Heinrich Klaasen, and middle-order batsman David Miller form part of an experienced batting line-up. The Proteas also boast a fearsome fast-bowling line-up featuring Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Anrich Nortje.

Quinton de Kock, David Miller, and Kagiso Rabada are the only players in the squad who participated in the 2016 World T20 in India. The Proteas have gone in Wiaan Mulder and Dwaine Pretorious as all-around options. Meanwhile, the trio of George Linde, Andile Phehlikwayo, and Lizaad Williams will travel with the team as reserves. 

Quinton de Kock and Henrich Klaasen are the two wicket-keeping options present in the team, while David Miller, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram are quality options with the bat. South Africa has a strong pace attack and included Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi, while Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj are the two specialist spinners. 

Another notable player to miss out from South Africa’s squad was Janneman Malan, who has scored 241 runs in 11 T20I matches with the highest score of 55 runs since making his debut against Pakistan in 2019.

Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen; Reserves: George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams

The complete schedule of South Africa for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021:

Saturday, October 23, 2021: vs Australia, at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, in Abu Dhabi. (3:30 PM IST)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021: vs West Indies, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, in Dubai. (3:30 PM IST)

Saturday, October 30, 2021: vs Qualifier (A1) Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah. (3:30 PM IST)

Tuesday, November 2, 2021: vs Qualifier (B2), at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, in Abu Dhabi. (3:30 PM IST)

Saturday, November 6, 2021: vs England, at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, in Abu Dhabi. (7:30 PM IST)

Sourav Ganguly reveals T20 world Cup trophy | Image Credit: Twitter
Sourav Ganguly reveals T20 world Cup trophy | Image Credit: Twitter
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ICC T20I World Cup 2021: 4 Teams Which Won’t Be Able To Qualify For The Semi-Final

ICC T20I World Cup 2021 is just a month away from taking place after a gap of five years and the excitement for the tournament in UAE is at its’ peak already. The previous edition took place in 2016 when West Indies emerged as the champions and this will be a 12 team affair this time around for the group stages.

The top eight teams from the T20 international rankings qualified automatically for the league stages of the T20 Worldcup while the remaining four teams will have to make it through the ICC T20I World Cup 2021 qualifiers. Surprisingly, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh haven’t been able to make it to the league stages and are placed in the qualifiers. Here are 4 teams that won’t be able to qualify for the semi-finals of ICC T20I World Cup 2021.

Representational image of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad
Representational image of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad

ICC T20I World Cup 2021: 4 Teams Which Probably Won’t Be Able To Qualify For The Semi-Final

Australia:

Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty

Australia is one of the powerhouses in world cricket at present for a long time now and they still continue to dominate best teams but haven’t been doing it on a consistent basis. But recent losses to West Indies and Bangladesh with a depleted squad saw their reputation diminish.

When it comes to T20 cricket, Australia hasn’t always been the team to watch out for as they do have a lot of stars in their lineup but despite that, they have lacked the T20 flavour. 2010 was the only year they reached the finals of the ICC T20I World Cup and they lost to England.

Australia’s recent form in T20I hasn’t been impressive either as they lost the T20I series in West Indies 4-1 and lost a bilateral series for the first time against Bangladesh which wasn’t the ideal preparation they needed. Australia has been placed in a strong group comprising of England, West Indies, and South Africa and their chances of making it to the semifinals look bleak at the moment.

Australia has lost the last 5 T20I series they have played against New Zealand, India, England, West Indies, and Bangladesh. With the return of big names like David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, and Pat Cummins the Aaron Finch-led side will be looking forward to gaining back the momentum.

South Africa:

South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )
South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )

South Africa has lacked the edge needed in the knockouts to progress to the finals of the tournament and it has been evident through their results so far in ICC events. They haven’t made it to a final in ICC T20 World Cup yet and have been succumbing down when it comes to pressure games for which they are labelled chokers.

The Proteas are a different looking side now without AB De Villiers and Faf du Plessis, and their new skipper Temba Bavuma will have a huge responsibility under his belt for the T20I World Cup. Their bowling attack does look good but they are expected to struggle with their inexperienced batting lineup and are unlikely to progress to the semi-finals after being placed in a tough group.

They are currently placed on the 5th spot in ICC T20 Internationals rankings. Also in the last 5 T20 international series, they have lost 3 series. They have some exceptionally talented players like Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassi Van Der Dussen, and David Miller on the team but have left out experienced Chris Morris, Faf du Plessis, and Imran Tahir.

Afghanistan :

Afghanistan
Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been one of the teams that have come from far behind in terms of development and the results are there to see as well. They have produced a lot of young match winners already and the best example is Rashid Khan who has been the best spinner in the world in the last two years globally.

Afghanistan has picked up a good squad for the ICC T20I World Cup 2021 but they have a lot of issues going on with the Taliban government and it will certainly take a toll on their performance. They have gone in for experience in the fast bowling department and Rashid Khan has stepped out as the captain of the side as well for the ICC T20I World Cup 2021. With India and New Zealand in the group, Afghanistan might not be able to progress to the semi-finals.

Currently, Afghanistan is placed on the 7th spot in the ICC T20 international rankings. Once the team enters the tournament all eyes will be on big names like Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi. ACB named Rashid Khan as their captain for the T20 world cup 2021. Rashid Khan soon came up with a tweet stating that he will be leaving the captaincy. Post that, ACB announced that Mohammad Nabi will be the captain of the team.

Pakistan:

Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby
Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby

Pakistan is looking like a better group in the last few international series and with the change in the coaching staff and the Director, a lot could change for the Pakistan side ahead of the ICC T20I World Cup 2021.

However, their recent performances haven’t been up to the mark especially in England and they still have holes to fill inside the group. Lead by captain Babar Azam, Pakistan will kickstart their ICC T20I World Cup 2021 campaign against arch-rivals India in Dubai on 24 October.

They will then face New Zealand in Sharjah on 26 October before returning to Dubai to take on Afghanistan. Their last two matches in the Super 12 stages will see them face runners-up of Group A and table-toppers of Group B from Round 1 in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively.

Their middle order needed some solid experience and they have gone in for youngsters who had failed earlier. Their fast bowling and spin department don’t look bad either but they still do not like getting past New Zealand and India who have strong depth in their squads for the ICC T20I World Cup 2021.

Pakistan chose youth over experience for the backup wicketkeeper spot with the inclusion of Azam Khan over Sarfaraz Ahmed. Azam Khan has featured in only three T20Is in his career and has aggregated only six runs in two innings but his exploits in domestic T20 competitions has helped him seal a berth in the ICC T20I World Cup 2021 squad.

Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah were among the surprise inclusions in the squad for the ICC T20I World Cup 2021 World Cup, having last played a T20I for Pakistan earlier this year against Zimbabwe and South Africa respectively.

They did not find a place in the squad for the tours of England and the West Indies. The experienced campaigners Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, and Sarfaraz Ahmed surprisingly didn’t find a place in ICC T20I World Cup 2021 squad.

South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )
South Africa ( Photo Credit: Twitter )
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South Africa’s Free Agents Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris And Imran Tahir Left Out Of 15-Member Squad For 2021 T20I World Cup

South Africa will go into this year’s T20 World Cup without experienced T20I specialists Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris besides Imran Tahir, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Thursday. Temba Bavuma will lead a 15-man squad which CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith said was “a new group of players, with new heroes to be made.”

The tournament will be played in the United Arab Emirates from October 23 to November 14. The T20I World Cup was last held in 2016 which was won by West Indies.

South Africa's Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith Image Source : ICC
South Africa’s Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith – Image Source: ICC

South Africa’s Director Graeme Smith Opens Up On Discussions About Free Agents- Imran Tahir, Chris Morris, And Faf du Plessis

Graeme Smith said talks had been held with 37-year-old Faf du Plessis but said it was not possible to reach an agreement with the former captain who is now regarded as a “free agent” as he is no longer contracted to CSA.

“When you are working with free agents you have to come together. You have to find that balance that works for both the team and the free agents,” said Smith.

“With Faf in particular we struggled to find that balance.”

Although Faf du Plessis retired from Test cricket last year he said he was available for white-ball cricket and stated that he wanted to play in the next two T20 World Cups. He confirmed before Thursday’s announcement he remained available for selection. Faf du Plessis underlined his credentials by hitting 120 off 60 balls in a Caribbean Premier League match for St Lucia Kings against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in Basseterre last Saturday.

Chris Morris, 34, signed a record US$2.2-million deal with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League earlier this year and is regarded as a leading T20 all-rounder. Chris Morris was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping sum of INR 16.25 Cr & became the most expensive player bought in the IPL Auction history. He was the 2nd joint-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2021 before it was postponed with 14 scalps.

 Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris
Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris-Image AP

Graeme Smith said Chris Morris had made himself unavailable to play for South Africa after last representing the country in March 2019. Graeme Smith said veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir, 42, was another free agent whose participation had been discussed.

“He’s had a great run and he’s still being successful but we’re very confident in the spin bowlers we have available.”

Faf du Plessis made his T20I debut against England in 2012. Since then he has gone on to play fifty T20I matches for the Proteas and scored 1,528 runs at a strike rate of 134.39.

Another notable player to miss out from South Africa’s squad was Janneman Malan, who has scored 241 runs in 11 T20I matches with the highest score of 55 runs since making his debut against Pakistan in 2019. He has also scored 645 runs in 10 ODI matches for South Africa and has shined in domestic cricket as well.

Keshav Maharaj, Uncapped In T20Is Is Included In A Squad Led By Temba Bavuma

Temba Bavuma will captain a young side in the UAE – he is expected to recover from a thumb injury in time for the tournament – that also featured Keshav Maharaj, the left-arm spinner who is yet to play a T20I. Quinton de Kock, David Miller, and Kagiso Rabada are the only players in the squad who played in the 2016 World T20 in India.

Temba Bavuma Source: twitter
Temba Bavuma Source: Twitter

The Proteas instead have gone in Wiaan Mulder and Dwaine Pretorious as all-around options. Meanwhile, George Linde, Andile Phehlikwayo, and Lizaad Williams will travel with the team as reserves. 

Quinton de Kock and Henrich Klaasen are the two wicket-keeping options while David Miller, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram are quality options with the bat. South Africa has gone with a strong pace attack and included Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi while Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj are the two specialists spinners.

Squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.

Travelling reserves: George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams.

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