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MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014.© AFP
MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014.© AFP
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MS Dhoni Is One Of The Sharpest Cricket Minds I Have Encountered, Says Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell has rated former India captain MS Dhoni as “one of the sharpest cricket minds”, saying his decision-making skills set him apart from his great contemporaries. Greg Chappell, who had a tumultuous two-year tenure as India’s chief coach from 2005 to 2007, had often spoken highly of the two-time World Cup-winning captain who ended his glorious career as one of the country’s greatest players.

MS Dhoni remains the only skipper to win all 3 ICC titles-the T20I World Cup (2007), the ODI World Cup (2011), and the Champions Trophy (2013). After making his debut in 2005, he first became the Indian cricket team’s skipper in 2007 and lifted the inaugural T20I World Cup.

MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

Greg Chappell: MS Dhoni One Of The Sharpest Minds

The Australian cited the example of former retired Indian skipper MS Dhoni while lamenting the absence of natural environments that once played a huge part in the development of players in strong cricket nations.

“The developed cricket countries have lost the natural environments that were a big part of their development structure in bygone eras. In those environments, young cricketers learned from watching good players and then emulating them in pick-up matches with family and friends,” Chappell wrote.

“The Indian subcontinent still has many towns where coaching facilities are rare and youngsters play in streets and on vacant land without the interference of formal coaching. This is where many of their current stars have learned the game.”

Virat Kohli took over captaincy from MS Dhoni in all forms in 2017 | Photo Credit: AP, File Image
Virat Kohli took over the captaincy from MS Dhoni in all forms in 2017 | Photo Credit: AP, File Image

One of them is MS Dhoni, who came from the town of Ranchi in Jharkhand.

“MS Dhoni, with whom I worked in India, is a good example of a batter who developed his talent and learned to play in this fashion.

“By competing against more experienced individuals on a variety of surfaces early in his development, MS Dhoni developed the decision-making and strategic skills that have set him apart from many of his peers. He is one of the sharpest cricket minds I have encountered,” Chappell said.

Beginning his career under Sourav Ganguly and John Wright, MS Dhoni began flourishing in the Rahul Dravid-Greg Chappell era, his explosive knock of 183 not out in an ODI against Sri Lanka being of the highlights.

MS Dhoni, however, remained a vital cog of Virat Kohli-led India’s limited-overs side, having retired from Tests in late 2014, till he played his last match in the 2019 ODI World Cup and decided to hang up his boots the following year on Independence day.

Greg Chappell: England’s Batting Has Lost Much Of Its Flair For Not Having Many Natural Environments

Former Australia batter Greg Chappell is of the opinion that coaches need to create environments where players can learn problem-solving and decision-making on their own. Noting England’s struggles in the recently-concluded Ashes 2021/22, Greg Chappell said the problem is with the absence of natural environments for the youngsters to express themselves.

“England, on the other hand, have very few of these natural environments and their players are produced in a narrow band of public schools, with an emphasis on the coaching manual. This is why their batting has lost much of its flair and resilience.”

“The games that young people make and play are dynamic and foster creativity, joy, flexibility in technical execution, tactical understanding and decision-making, which are often missing in batting at the highest levels.”

Greg Chappell
Greg Chappell

He added, “Invariably, when an adult gets involved with kids playing cricket, they break up the game and kill its energy by emphasising correct technique. This reduces a dynamic, engaging environment that promotes learning to a flat and lifeless set of drills that do little to improve batting in games.”

Greg Chappell said having highly structured settings is not the right way to go.

“The growth in structured training in the preparation of batters has not only failed to take batting forward, it has actually resulted in a decline in batting. Highly structured environments, and an excessive focus on teaching players to perform “correct” technique, dehumanise cricket.”

The England team was seen without a fight barring the fourth Test match in Sydney, as they were battered and humiliated with increasing levels for the remainder of the four-Test matches. In Brisbane, England lost the series opener by 9 wickets. In a D/N Adelaide Test, Australia routed England by a massive 275 runs.

The humiliation was at its peak in Melbourne when England was bowled out for 68 and lost the Boxing Day Test by an innings and 14 runs when Australia had barely managed 276 runs in their only innings.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad batted out nervous four overs to secure a draw at SCG. The story continued in Hobart, in the second D/N Test, as England was thrashed by 146 runs suffering a collapse in the fourth innings which saw them going from 68/0 to 124 all-out.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Shane Warne Hopes Ravichandran Ashwin Picks 1000 Test Wickets

Shane Warne is highly impressed with Indian off-spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin’s work acumen and hopes he goes on to pick up 1000 Test wickets for his team. Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan- the two greatest spinners of all time sit atop in the list of the world’s leading wicket-taker with 709 and 800 Test scalps respectively.

The possibility of breaching that mark seems unlikely but two spinners Nathan Lyon and Ravichandran Ashwin’s excellent performances in recent Tests mean the records may be broken after all. Pacer Jimmy Anderson, with 640 wickets and the third-highest wicket-taker, is on the final leg of a long international career. His teammate England’s Stuart Broad isn’t far behind.

The only two active players in the top 15 are spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Nathan Lyon with 430 and 415 wickets, and although both are in their mid-30s, this duo is the only one that stands a chance to come close to Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan’s magnanimous feats.

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

Shane Warne Hopes Both Ravichandran Ashwin And Nathan Lyon Break Records Of Most Career Test Scalps

The battle of two modern-day greats is a phrase that has often been used to describe many a rivalry, but mostly for batsmen. Today, however, individual battles have transcended beyond batsmanship.  However, off the field, it’s a different story altogether. Both the aforementioned spinners are high on praise for their counterparts. Having said that, no amount of mutual respect can douse the competitive fire residing in their bellies.

It is because of this very intensity that fans, time and again, can’t help but debate as to who between the two of Nathan Lyon and Ravichandran Ashwin would be the first to surpass either Shane Warne or Muttiah Muralitharan. The comparison is surely understated and doesn’t get the attention it deserves, and weighing in on the same, the legendary Shane Warne states that there is nothing he would want more than to see both reach the pinnacle.

“I hope both Ashwin and Lyon do (break Warne and Muralitharan’s record), because the more we see quality spin bowlers bowling, it makes for more interesting cricket. I think when you watch a pace bowler bowl real fast and a batter trying to take them on and then you see a really good spinner and that battle between him and a spinner.”

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

“And you see that battle evolve. If you can see those two things in Test cricket, I think it becomes more entertaining. So if we can have that, then I hope Ashwin takes 1000 Test wickets, Lyon takes 1000 Test wickets. That would be fantastic,” Shane Warne said in an interview arranged by BookMyShow stream, the platform which premiers the Australian great’s much-awaited documentary film ‘Shane’.

In terms of their performances overseas, Ravichandran Ashwin holds the edge over his Aussie counterpart. During last year’s Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed 12 wickets and had the wood over Steve Smith. At present, the 35-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin has 430 Test wickets under his belt in 84 matches including 30 fifers and seven 10-wicket hauls.

He may not have gotten a single game in England last year, and might have perhaps sat out the South Africa Tests as well had Ravindra Jadeja been fit, but that hasn’t stopped Shane Warne’s admiration towards the efforts and hard yards Ravichandran Ashwin puts in.

“Ashwin is getting better and better. He has been fantastic. A true test of any cricketer is how they go away from home. Over a long period of time when you go to different countries and see how you perform overseas and then you end up having a record – both home and overseas, it gives you an idea as to how far you’ve come as a player. I am a big fan of Ashwin, the way he bowls. I think he is always trying to develop and explore different deliveries,” he mentioned.

Ravichandran Ashwin finished the calendar year as the leading wicket-taker. The Indian off-spinner picked 52 wickets in 9 Tests with an average of 16.94 which included 3 fifers. Ravichandran Ashwin also made a comeback for T20Is after 4 long years and he returned with figures of 9 wickets in 5 games as he played in T20 World Cup and a home T20I series against New Zealand.

Shane Warne Reckons It’s Very Hard For Kuldeep Yadav To Get Into Team As Ravichandran Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja Are Doing Well

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja aren’t the only two Indian spinners Shane Warne touched upon. The once-threatening but currently fading duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav is a topic the Australian legend shared his insights on.

About four years ago, ‘Kul-Cha’ had sidelined Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja out of the XI as India’s two most prolific spinners in limited-overs internationals. In fact, when India had famously beaten South Africa 5-1 four years ago, the duo had accounted for 33 wickets.

Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Today, both find themselves at the crossroads of their careers. While Kuldeep Yadav has kind of vanished entirely, Yuzvendra Chahal is lacking the same spark.

And funnily enough, Ravichandran Ashwin has made a comeback into the limited-over fold, while Ravindra Jadeja has emerged to become arguably the world’s best all-rounder after Ben Stokes. Ravichandran Ashwin played the first two ODI games in the recently concluded series against Proteas and looked very ineffective. He returned with figures of 1/53 and 0/68 in his comeback ODI series.

But the decline of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal is a notion Shane Warne doesn’t buy.

“I’m not sure they have declined. When you have Ashwin and Jadeja, two wonderful bowlers, it’s very hard to get into the team. Kuldeep is a wonderful wrist-spinner, so is Chahal. But it’s tough to get into the team when you’ve got Ashwin and Jadeja. So I don’t think they’ve had a downfall or anything like that, or drop in form. I just think the other two are doing really well,” explained Warne.

The former leg-spinner reckons ‘Kul-Cha’s’ return into contention has gotten tougher because Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja haven’t given selectors reasons to leave them out.

Both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were dropped from India’s squad for the 2021 T20I World Cup last year. While Chahal did make a return to the team after the tournament, Kuldeep Yadav has not played for India since the white-ball series against England last year at home.

Yuzvendra Chahal currently played the ODI series against South Africa. He picked just 2 wickets in the series playing all 3 ODIs. Kuldeep Yadav is the only Indian bowler to take two ODI hat-tricks and his T20I record isn’t bad either with 41 wickets in 23 games with an economy of 7.15. In ODIs, he has 107 scalps besides his name in 65 games averaging 28.34.

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Stuart Broad and Joe Root | Getty
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Joe Root Wants Changes In System; Stuart Broad Says “County Cricket Is Harshly Treated”

Joe Root pointed out that the players coming into the reckoning at the international level are managing so not because of county cricket but despite it.

England’s abject show in the recently concluded Ashes 2021-22 has led to calls for significant changes in county cricket with skipper Joe Root being critical of its current state. England drew one and lost four Tests as they suffered a 0-4 defeat to Australia.

England, PTI
England. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Joe Root Who Was Named Test Cricketer Of The Year Wants Changes In System

Despite a difficult year for his side, Joe Root hit 1,708 runs in 2021 – the third-most in a calendar year in Tests. He scored two double centuries and a further four hundred, including three in successive Tests against India. England won just four of 15 Tests in 2021, including losing the Ashes in Australia and series against India and New Zealand, but Joe Root stood a class above the rest of his side’s batting line-up.

Joe Root scored more than three times as many runs as any of his teammates – Rory Burns was the next highest scorer with 530 runs – and averaged 61 from 29 innings. Hence, England captain Joe Root was named men’s Test cricketer of the year by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

“Anyone that’s coming into this Test team at the minute is doing it in spite of county cricket, not because of county cricket,” Root had said after the Ashes defeat.

Joe Root wants changes to the current system which he feels will make a significant impact.

“I think there are definitely things that need to change, some things that need to change over a long period of time – it won’t happen overnight – but there are a lot of things that can change quite quickly that would hopefully make a significant impact for youngsters and guys in and around this team to ready themselves better,” he said.

There have been plenty of ideas about how to improve first-class cricket in England, with Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Agnew calling for the County Championship to be scrapped. However, Stuart Broad has defended the current structure, stating county cricket gets “harshly treated” and urging people “not to disrespect it”.

Stuart Broad: Sometimes County Gets Harshly Treated And Is Against Using Kookaburra Ball

However, in his column, veteran pace bowler Stuart Broad said while English cricket can take a few lessons from Australia, it’s unfair to put the entire blame on the county.

“The analysis of defeat shows the difference between the scrutiny placed on red ball and white ball cricket in our country. Yes, you can try to tweak things as Australia have done in the past by introducing the Dukes ball to the Sheffield Shield. But sometimes the county game gets harshly treated,” Stuart Broad wrote.

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)

Dipping into his own experience, Stuart Broad, who has 854 first-class wickets to his name, wrote that it’s important to not disrespect the domestic competition but did suggest some changes.

“I’ve played a lot of county cricket since the start of 2019 and I believe it’s important not to disrespect it. Yes, you could play more in June and July, and take the seam on the ball down slightly,” the 35-year-old wrote.

However, he’s against the introduction of the Kookaburra ball.

“For what it’s worth, I don’t think introducing the Kookaburra ball would be a good thing because in my opinion it is not of good enough quality to cope with English moisture. It would swell,” he pointed out.

But the pacer accepted that some of the pitches could be better.

“I accept that some pitches could be better – I am lucky as I get to play on very good surfaces at Trent Bridge – but it’s hard to blame all our batting failures this winter on county cricket because we also failed at home against New Zealand and India last summer,” he observed.

England bowler Stuart Broad has defended county cricket after Joe Root claimed the current system does not adequately prepare players for Test cricket. England lost 4 out of 5 games as 1 match ended in a draw. Australia won the 1st Test by 9 wickets, 2nd Test by 275 runs, 3rd Test by an innings and 14 runs, and 5th Test by 146 runs.

Stuart Broad was also part of the Ashes 2021-22 series. The right-arm pacer played 3 Tests and picked 13 wickets at an average of 26.31. Joe Root scored 322 runs playing all 5 Tests at an average of 32.20, finishing as the team’s highest run-getter.

Andrew Strauss. Photo- Twitter
Andrew Strauss. Photo- Twitter
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Michael Vaughan Believes Andrew Strauss Should Become Next ECB Chairman

Michael Vaughan believes Andrew Strauss should become the next ECB chairman and “drive-through change” for England’s Test team after Ashes 2021/22 drubbing.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison has claimed the 4-0 thrashing England suffered at the hands of Australia in the Ashes is a “brilliant opportunity” for a reset and team director Ashley Giles is responsible for conducting a review into the defeat.

Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Michael Vaughan: Andrew Strauss Would Make A Great Chairman Of ECB

Andrew Strauss will play a key role in examining that report and currently attends ECB board meetings in a non-voting capacity in his role as Chair of the Cricket Committee.

Michael Vaughan believes Andrew Strauss is the right man to take over as ECB chairman, with the board still looking to appoint a permanent successor to Ian Watmore, having successfully spearheaded a major overhaul of England’s limited-overs side which culminated in the 2019 World Cup win.

“Andrew Strauss would make a great chairman of the ECB,” Michael Vaughan said.

“I think he is the person to drive through change. He was here four years ago and, after another 4-0 defeat to Australia, he wrote a report saying we need better pitches, and a different ball in county cricket. Nothing happened, possibly because he left soon after the tour.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called for the ECB to appoint Sir Andrew Strauss as their new chairman
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called for the ECB to appoint Sir Andrew Strauss as their new chairman ( Image: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

“He commands respect and knows exactly what is required. No county chairman would look at Strauss and say: ‘Sorry, I disagree with your views on red-ball cricket.’ He knows what needs to happen, and that enough is enough. The line in the sand with our white ball cricket was the 2015 World Cup and this is the moment for red ball cricket.”

Andrew Strauss is credited with leading England’s white-ball cricket overhaul that saw them becoming the ODI World Champion in 2019. Michael Vaughan feels he’s the right person “to drive through change. Drawing parallels between England’s disastrous show at the 2015 ODI World Cup and the Ashes 2021-22 thrashing at the hands of Australia, Michael Vaughan thinks this is the right time to revive red-ball cricket.

Michael Atherton Believes Andrew Struss Should Replace Tom Harrison

Michael Atherton also believes Andrew Strauss should be more involved at the ECB but feels he should replace Tom Harrison instead.

“Harrison is in the final stretch of a seven-year stint as chief executive, and is expected to leave within the next 12 months,” Michael Atherton wrote.

“Strauss is exceptionally capable and should be persuaded to take the job when Harrison goes. No one in English cricket is better qualified.”

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison Getty Images
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison Getty Images

The England team was seen without a fight barring the fourth Test match in Sydney, as they were battered and humiliated with increasing levels for the remainder of the four-Test matches. In Brisbane, England lost the series opener by 9 wickets. In a D/N Adelaide Test, Australia routed England by a massive 275 runs.

The humiliation was at its peak in Melbourne when England was bowled out for 68 and lost the Boxing Day Test by an innings and 14 runs when Australia had barely managed 276 runs in their only innings.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad batted out nervous four overs to secure a draw at SCG. The story continued in Hobart, in the second D/N Test, as England was thrashed by 146 runs suffering a collapse in the fourth innings which saw them going from 68/0 to 124 all-out.

Team Director Ashley Giles will submit the review report to the ECB while Andrew Strauss will play a key role in advising the board’s executives about the future of the England Test side. Coincidentally Andrew Strauss was the captain when England last time won a test match in Australia as they beat Australia by 3-1 in the Ashes 2010-11. Since then England played 13 Test matches and lost 12 of those, only one test ended in a draw.

Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo
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Joe Root Who Went Unsold In IPL 2018 Mega Auction Hasn’t Registered For IPL 2022

Joe Root has once again passed on the opportunity to enter the IPL auction and hasn’t registered for the league. He went unsold in IPL 2018 mega auction.

The fans’ wait to see Joe Root participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been extended by at least one more year as the England Test captain has decided against entering the mega auction. Joe Root, who recently finished his five-match assignment against Australia, had recently hinted at entering the auction for the first time in 4 years.

Joe Root to sacrifice IPL in order to turn the fortunes of England's Test side.© AFP
Joe Root to sacrifice IPL in order to turn the fortunes of England’s Test side.© AFP

Joe Root Went Unsold In The IPL 2018 Mega Auction And Denies Entering IPL 2022 Mega Auctions

Joe Root is uncapped in IPL as he went unsold in the IPL 2018 mega auction. He hasn’t entered an IPL auction since and the chances of him playing in the T20 league are diminishing with every passing season. A number of England greats, including Alastair Cook, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad, didn’t play IPL. Though the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen earned huge amounts by taking part in the league.

England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson , Twitter
England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson, Twitter

The IPL 2022 mega auction is likely to take place on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. The list of players up for grabs will be out once the 2 new teams announce their 3 respective picks.

During the presser after another defeat on the tour, Joe Root denied entering the auction and said that he ”will keep sacrificing as much he can.” “There’s a lot that we need to do for this team, which deserves all of my energy. I’ll keep sacrificing as much as I can because I care so much about Test cricket in our country and trying to get us to where we want to be,” the England skipper said.

England was thumped 0-4 in the recently concluded Ashes series but Joe Root insisted that he wants to continue as the captain as he has the ‘appetite’ for it. As a result, he will not be entering the IPL 2022 auction.

Mark Wood And Mitchell Starc May Feature In IPL 2022

While Joe Root has confirmed that he won’t be part of the mega auction, there is still no clear word on Mark Wood and Australia’s Mitchell Starc. Mark Wood was part of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018 but hasn’t played the league since then. Mitchell Starc participated in IPL back in 2015. He was to make his comeback to the league in 2018 after being bought by Kolkata Knight Riders but was ruled out of the season due to an injury.

Mark Wood last played in the lucrative league back in 2018 for defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and withdrew from last year’s auction to spend time with his family. But, Mark Wood has already submitted his paperwork for the upcoming auction. Mark Wood reckoned the IPL provides a lot of learnings, and it will be good considering England has a really better one-day side.

Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Mitchell Starc is contemplating a return to the IPL for the first time since 2015 as he tries to juggle Australia’s Test commitments in the subcontinent with preparation for the T20 World Cup title defense at home in October. Speaking ahead of the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart, Mitchell Starc revealed he was seriously considering entering the IPL 2022 mega auction, which is scheduled for February.
Mitchell Starc has only played in two seasons of the IPL, back in 2014 and 2015 for Royal Challengers Bangalore, despite being one of the best and most valuable T20 bowlers in the world over the last seven years. He took 34 wickets in 27 matches for Royal Challengers at an economy rate of 7.16 and a strike rate of 17. Mark Wood has played only one match in the T20 league so far and it came for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2018.
James Pattinson has 81 Test scalps from 21 appearances CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images
James Pattinson has 81 Test scalps from 21 appearances CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images
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James Pattinson Set For A 3rd Stint With Nottinghamshire

James Pattinson, the former Australia pacer is set for a third stint with Nottinghamshire after signing an all-format deal covering the 2022 season.

James Pattinson previously spent parts of the 2017 and 2019 seasons with the county, taking 40 First-Class wickets at 15.52. James Pattinson is a British passport holder but has been registered as an overseas player.

James Pattinson is returning to Nottinghamshire for his third stint Getty Images
James Pattinson is returning to Nottinghamshire for his third stint Getty Images

James Pattinson Set For The 3rd Stint With Nottinghamshire

The right-arm fast bowler announced his retirement from international cricket in October 2021, having played 21 Tests and 19 white-ball internationals (15 ODIs, 4 T20Is) for his country. His 81 Test wickets at 26.33 apiece included five in a thrilling Ashes encounter at Trent Bridge in 2013.

James Pattinson’s elder brother Darren Pattinson, who made a one-off Test appearance for England in 2008, won the County Championship title with Nottinghamshire in 2010.

“Trent Bridge felt like home from the moment I first stepped through the gates. To arrive here and be met by a group of guys that made me so welcome from minute dot was pretty special, and I’m looking forward to getting back amongst them again,” said Pattinson in a statement.

James Pattison would have been the first bowling reserve for the Ashes, but his retirement quashed that notion. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
James Pattison would have been the first bowling reserve for the Ashes, but his retirement quashed that notion. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

“The bowling group did some special things last season. Hopefully I can add something to that and help the club enjoy some success in the coming years,” he added.

James Pattinson first joined the Green and Golds at the start of their success-laden 2017 season, taking 32 wickets at 12.06 with the red ball.

James Pattinson Had Two Stints With Nottinghamshire In 2017 And 2019

On his debut against Leicestershire at Grace Road, he scored a career-best 89 not out, adding 122 for the eighth wicket with Stuart Broad, as well as claiming match figures of 8-84.

“We first recruited James in 2017 because we believed he possessed the two qualities you always look for in an overseas signing: tremendous pedigree and the desire to commit fully to life at the club,” said Head Coach Peter Moores.

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)

The pacer played in ten matches as Notts lifted the Royal London Cup, taking 13 wickets in the tournament and hitting the winning runs against Surrey at Lord’s, then returned for a brief stint in 2019. Australian fast bowler James Pattinson decided to step away from international cricket to focus on his family, continue playing for his state team, Victoria, and help nurture the next generation of fast bowlers.

Australian fast bowler James Pattinson had announced his decision to retire from international cricket in October 2021 after realizing that he won’t be in the reckoning for the Ashes 2021/22 series due to fitness issues. He had been suffering from a knee injury after a number of issues with other injuries that helped to limit his Test appearances.

He claimed 81 Test wickets, 16 ODI scalps, and 3 T20I scalps in his career after making his Test debut in December 2011 alongside Mitchell Starc and David Warner against New Zealand in Brisbane. His last Test was against New Zealand in Sydney in January 2020, while he last played an ODI back in September 2015 against England at Leeds.

His last T20I was way back in 2012. James Pattinson also eventually made his IPL debut in the 2020 season for Mumbai Indians and became a regular member. He has picked up 11 scalps in 10 IPL games averaging 29.09.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant
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Ravi Shastri Reckons Rishabh Pant’s Unbeaten 100 Was Simply Magnificent And Entertaining

Ravi Shastri gave fans a glimpse of what it would have been like had he called Rishabh Pant’s century on Day 3 of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. No one electrifies the audience with his words like Ravi Shastri. As India’s head coach or as a commentator, every time Ravi Shastri is on the microphone, entertainment is guaranteed.

Both times India lifted the World Cup – in 2007 and 2011 – Ravi Shastri was on the microphone to make the occasion memorable. Ravi Shastri made Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes off Stuart Broad all the more epic.

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravi Shastri: Rishabh Pant Ton Was Simply Magnificent And Entertaining

Although he may not have returned to the commentary box, not yet, Ravi Shastri gave fans a glimpse of what it would have been like had he called Rishabh Pant’s century on Day 3 of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. On Twitter, Ravi Shastri put out a congratulatory message for Rishabh Pant, which if read in one go, would remind fans of his glory days in the commentary box.

“Pant dazzles with a hundred of sheer daring brilliance and class. Simply magnificent young man. What an entertainer,” Shastri tweeted.

Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP
Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP

Ravi Shastri has been very vocal about Rishabh Pant and his batting heroics. When the India wicketkeeper had tested positive for Covid-19 back during the tour of England, upon rejoining the team, Ravi Shastri welcomed Rishabh Pant back with a garland. Following his exploits in Australia and at home against England last year, Ravi Shastri had spoken highly of the wicketkeeper batter.

“At 21, 22, or 23, I had similar success, so I can relate to as I scored hundreds overseas. What you can never take away is exuberance of youth. It’s only when the baggage comes of being a known quantity and that’s when life starts,” Shastri had told reporters.

“Rishabh Pant, he came in after IPL with a lot of baggage and that showed in his size and he had to lose that (weight) which he did. He worked his backside off. I can tell you that he has trained harder than anyone else, and results are not just for him to see but for world to see.”

Only eight days after being slammed for his shot against Lungi Ngidi in the Johannesburg Test, Rishabh Pant registered his fourth Test century in Cape Town.

Rishabh Pant Hits 4th Ton But India Manages Only 198 In The 2nd Innings

The 24-year-old batter scored an unbeaten 100 off 139 balls on Thursday (13 January). However, India was all out for only 198 in 67.3 overs as the remaining batters put up an insipid display. This would arguably go down as one of Rishabh Pant’s finest centuries given the conditions he scored these runs in.

After Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 100, the next best score was Virat Kohli’s 29, which gives an idea of how tough batting was for the Indians. At Lunch on Day 4 of the third Test, South Africa is at 171/3 and they need 41 runs to beat India and claim a series win at the Newlands in Cape Town.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

With an unbeaten 100-run knock, Rishabh Pant entered the record books among keeper-batters. The left-hander is the first Asian keeper-batsman to score a hundred in South Africa. He is also the first Indian keeper to score a ton in South Africa, England, and Australia.

South Africa vice-captain Temba Bavuma is unbeaten along with Rassie van der Dussen while for India, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami picked one wicket each.

James Anderson, left, and Stuart Broad were still standing at the end of the Test RICK RYCROFT/AP
James Anderson, left, and Stuart Broad were still standing at the end of the Test RICK RYCROFT/AP
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James Anderson Suggested That ‘Stressed’ Stuart Broad Was Confident That The Former Would Survive The Final Over Of 4th Ashes Test

James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the England team’s senior pace campaigners showcased immense composure with the bat to help England salvage a famous draw against Australia in the penultimate Ashes Test. The rearguard action from the English duo came in the 4th Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Stuart Broad took to his social media accounts to react to the thrilling finish. In one of the pictures shared by Stuart Broad, he was captured heaving a sigh of relief after the closely fought battle. The opposite  James Anderson’s comments on the post caught the attention of many fans. The veteran pacer cheekily suggested that Stuart Broad was confident that James Anderson would survive the final over and save the Test for their side.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

James Anderson Suggested That Stuart Broad Was Confident The Former Would Survive The Final Over But The Latter Admitted He Was Nervous

Stuart Broad, in his reply, mentioned how he was quite nervous instead. James Anderson had the challenging task of saving his wicket in the ultimate over on Day 5. The 39-year-old rose to the occasion and played out Steve Smith’s entire over to draw the Sydney Test. England eked out a nail-biting draw in the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney as Stuart Broad frustrated the Australians, helping the tourists return 270/9 at the close of play on the final day.

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)

Stuart Broad also played a crucial role with the bat as he hung on for 35 deliveries and was instrumental in England eking out a thrilling draw against their arch-rivals. England’s lower order denied Australia a victory in the 4th Ashes Test. Along with Stuart Broad and James Anderson, Jack Leach also played a handy role with his knock of 26 from 35 deliveries.

Stuart Broad hung around in the middle for 35 deliveries and found able support from Jack Leach, who survived 34 balls before getting out to Steve Smith on 26. James Anderson was the other batter to return unbeaten with Stuart Broad as England’s number eleven played the final six deliveries of the day.

Stuart Broad quoted alongside the last pair’s photo on Instagram in which he captioned, “Test Cricket. Battle for 5 days & it comes down to the last ball. Loved playing at the S.C.G. Special place.” James Anderson was quick to react to the post as he left a comment, which read: “Looks like you had a lot of faith in me.”, but Stuart Broad replied that he was stressed.

Michael Vaughan Praised Huge Courage Shown By England To Draw 4th Test

Former England captain Michael Vaughan commended Joe Root and co. for their courageous outing against the in-form Aussies to save the fourth Test. He wrote on Twitter that while a draw might not make much difference at this juncture, the visitors were impressive and showed a fighting spirit. High-quality half-centuries from Zak Crawley and Ben Stokes and a brave 105-ball 41 from Jonny Bairstow had earlier put England in a position to save the Test.

Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Michael Vaughan wrote: “That’s a step in the right direction .. Huge courage shown by the England side this week .. A draw might not seem much when you are 3-0 down but to me it is .. well done Joe Root & the team .. that’s what spirit is all about .. Ashes.”

The two cricketing giants will resume their battle for one-upmanship on Friday, January 14. England and Australia will lock horns in the fifth and final Test of the ongoing Ashes series in Hobart. Australia has already clinched the series and is 3-0 up.

England 294 (Bairstow 113, Stokes 66, Boland 4-36) and 9 for 270 (Crawley 77, Stokes 60, Boland 3-30) drew with Australia 8 for 416 dec (Khawaja 137, Smith 67, Broad 5-101) and 6 for 265 declared (Khawaja 101*, Green 74, Leach 4-84)

Ben Stokes (right) insists he has no desire to succeed Joe Root as England Test captain. Photograph: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP
Ben Stokes (right) insists he has no desire to succeed Joe Root as England Test captain. Photograph: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP
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Joe Root Praised Ben Stokes For Playing A Crucial Knock Braving Injury To Save 4th Ashes Test

Joe Root, England’s captain has narrated how all-rounder Ben Stokes braved his injury to play a crucial knock and help his side salvage a dramatic draw in the fourth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Incidentally, Ben Stokes suffered a side injury while bowling on Day 2 of the 4th Test at Sydney that restricted him from bowling in Australia’s second innings. He is in doubt for next week’s Ashes series finale in Hobart, after sustaining an injury to his left side on the second day of play at SCG.

Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter
Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter

Joe Root Praised Wholehearted Efforts From Ben Stokes

Joe Root believes Ben Stokes’ performances will motivate his teammates ahead of the next match.

Joe Root added: “It is obviously difficult when you see one of your most influential players walk off the field as he did clearly in a lot of pain and you know the rest of the seamers and Jack [Leach] had to pull up more workload which you don’t plan for going into the game.” 

“There was a wholehearted effort in many respects from Ben and from the rest of the guys. His performance with the bat was more like Ben Stokes near his best which is really exciting thing to see going into the last game.”

Jonny Bairstow Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ben Stokes produced two fighting half-centuries to lift England’s batting alongside Jonny Bairstow after flop shows in the last three matches. The New Zealand-born all-rounder has three days to recover and be available for selection for the final showdown in Hobart.

Zak Crawley Top Scored With 77 But It Was The Last 10th Wicket Pair Of James Anderson And Stuart Broad That Ensured The Test Was Drawn

England lost the plot once again after Zak Crawley’s fighting 77-run knock. They lost a couple of wickets at regular intervals before Ben Stokes (60) and Jonny Bairstow (41) stood tall yet again to eat up quite a few deliveries. An injury-ridden Jos Buttler also used up 38 balls for his 11. Australia had their tail-up with the new ball in hand but Jack Leach and Stuart Broad survived well to take the game deep.

Zak Crawley-Twitter
Zak Crawley-Twitter

Jack Leach edged Steve Smith to slip with 12 balls remaining, only for tailender Stuart Broad to defend an over from Nathan Lyon before the last batsman James Anderson resisted Steve Smith to put curtains on the gripping Test match. Joe Root highlighted that this week’s fight will help them ahead of the next tie.

“We never make it easy for ourselves, do we?” said Joe Root.

“Before this match, I spoke about putting some pride back into English cricket. The fight, desire and character shown in the five days has done that in a small way. It was a dark day at the end of the last Test. It would have been very easy to roll over for the last two. When you find yourself out of the series, it’s really important that you front up. Everyone has done that this week,” Joe Root concluded.

It’s worth noting that Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Jonny Bairstow all played through the pain of injuries. The visitors managed to save the fourth Test by a whisker with 1 wicket remaining, needing to chase a target of 388 on the final day in Sydney.

Joe Root-led England has performed terribly and has already lost the 5-match Ashes series by losing the first three games. England lost the first match by 9 wickets at the Gabba, the second game by 275 runs at Adelaide Oval, and the third game by an innings and 14 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

High-quality half-centuries from Zak Crawley and Ben Stokes and a brave 105-ball 41 from Jonny Bairstow had earlier put England in a position to save the Test. The fifth and final Ashes Test starts on January 14 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

England 294 (Bairstow 113, Stokes 66, Boland 4-36) and 9 for 270 (Crawley 77, Stokes 60, Boland 3-30) drew with Australia 8 for 416 dec (Khawaja 137, Smith 67, Broad 5-101) and 6 for 265 declared (Khawaja 101*, Green 74, Leach 4-84)

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
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Mike Hussey Praised Pat Cummins’ Captaincy In 4th Ashes Test-‘Almost Got The Job Done’

Mike Hussey, the former Australia batter hailed Pat Cummins’ captaincy after the fourth Ashes 2021/22 Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) ended in a draw. England batted for 102 overs to save the 4th Test. England lost the first match by 9 wickets at the Gabba, the second game by 275 runs at Adelaide Oval, and the third game by an innings and 14 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Australia had England nine wickets down with two overs to go, but Stuart Broad and James Anderson managed to hang on and deny the hosts a win. Usman Khawaja’s remarkable Player of the Match performance, with centuries in both innings, ensured Australia was the only team that could win the match.

Mike Hussey BCCI/IPL
Mike Hussey BCCI/IPL

Mike Hussey: Tactically Speaking, Pat Cummins Did A Good Job As Skipper

Mike Hussey, however, said Australian pacer Pat Cummins did well as captain and nearly got the job done.

The 46-year-old said: “I thought he was very good. I would give him a very good mark out of 10. I think the way he rang the changes today, he changed the bowlers around from different ends. I thought his field positioning was excellent as well. Almost got the job done.”

Mike Hussey said the only question was whether Pat Cummins may have made the choice to declare earlier in their second innings to give the bowlers more time to knock England over, but admitted that tactically, he was spot on.

“The only thing is, if he had the chance again, would he have maybe declared perhaps half an hour earlier? They had plenty of runs on the board for that pitch. England were always going to struggle to get that many. But tactically speaking, he did a very, very good job,” Mike Hussey elaborated.

Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP

He also praised how Pat Cummins handled his bowling while also captaining the side. Mike Hussey noted that while he didn’t pick up a wicket for a while in the second innings, he came back to bowl a brilliant spell, dismissing Jos Buttler and Mark Wood in the same over.

“Cummins didn’t pick up a wicket in the second innings for quite a period of time and I was wondering if he was juggling in his mind between his captaincy side of things and the bowling side of things. But then, he was able to compartmentalise that, come back on for that amazing spell. He saw the moment and seized the moment.”

Australia skipper Pat Cummins defended his decision to delay a team declaration after being denied a fourth straight Test win by plucky England in Sydney on Sunday. The battered English team defended desperately in the final overs to cling on for a draw with just one wicket left– and end Australia’s quest for a five-Test series whitewash ahead of this week’s final Hobart match. Australia declared at 265 for six, leaving the tourists with a massive 388 runs to win.

Mike Hussey: Scott Boland Is A Captain’s Dream

Aussie pacer Scott Boland followed up his brilliant performance in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne with yet another good showing at the SCG. The pacer returned figures of 4/36 in England’s first innings and 3/30 in their second essay. Having made his Test debut at 32, Scott Boland is a late entrant into the international arena, but Mike Hussey said he had the advantage of experience and knowing his best game.

“I think the advantage he’s got is he has played a lot of First-Class Cricket. He has a great understanding of his game and what he needs to do to have success. Quite often when young players come into the Test match arena, they are still trying to find out what their best game looks like and what it feels like.”

Scott Boland. Getty Images.
Scott Boland. Getty Images.

Mike Hussey went on to lavish praise on the fast bowler, saying: “Scott Boland has been around for a long time, he’s had a lot of success. He thoroughly deserved his opportunity to play for Australia. And what a performance it’s been in his first two Test matches. The showing in Melbourne, he showed that it wasn’t just a flash in the pan and he can back it up with another fantastic performance.”

In conclusion, the southpaw said: “He’s a captain’s dream. He’s so disciplined with his line and length. I think he’s the most accurate bowler that’s ever played for Australia.”

Scott Boland surprised himself with a sensational debut at his home ground. The Victorian pacer returned with figures of 4-1-7-6 as Australia bowled England out for 68 in the second innings of the 3rd Test to retain the Ashes urn. He received the Johnny Mullagh medal as a player of the match in front of his home crowd. With Australia leading the Ashes 3-0, the final Test in Hobart is set to begin on January 14.

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