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Players Who Missed Out In ICC Test And ODI Teams Of 2016

Like every cricketing year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced its ODI and Test teams of the year, with performers being duly rewarded for their consistent performances. Apart from naming the teams for respective formats, the ICC also handed out its awards to performers of the year gone by. For naming any individual in a prestigious category, the ICC considered the period from September 14, 2015 to September 20, 2016 as the cut off or qualification date.

For this period, explosive South Africa wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock was named the ICC ODI Player for the Year. De Kock had a sensational ODI year as he amassed runs for fun and did so at an astonishing strike rate. At 793 runs in 16 ODIs, with four centuries to his name, de Kock indeed was the standout performer as far as ODIs are concerned.

The ICC Test Player and ICC Cricketer Of the Year belonged to India’s very own Ravichandran Ashwin, whose wicket-taking abilities remain top notch. For the mentioned period, Ashwin took 48 wickets in eight games at an awe-inspiring average 15.39. These stats from Ashwin also include a couple of Man of the Series awards in Tests against South Africa and the West Indies, the latter one being away from home.

However, as far as the ICC ODI and Test teams are concerned, there is surely room for further improvement. A few individuals, who churned out some impressive performances, could feel a bit hard done. Keeping that in mind, we have a look at the respective teams, that could be altered a bit in order to accommodate a few players.

ICC ODI XI:

Before we analyse the case, let’s have a look at the selected XI:

1 David Warner, 2 Quinton de Kock, 3 Rohit Sharma, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Mitchell Marsh, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Sunil Narine, 12 Imran Tahir

  1. Alex Hales for David Warner:

If we look into the matter closely, we’ll understand that Warner has piled up ODI records mainly outside the cut off period. In the very same time, England opener Alex Hales was the second highest run-getter in ODIs with 914 runs at an average of 57.12. In terms of runs, Hales was second only to Joe Root. As compared to Warner, Hales averages seven more per innings. What makes the England star a dynamic package is that in the ODI series against South Africa away from home, he amassed five consecutive scores in excess of 50 and was the Man of the Series.

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Sportzwiki’s Year Review 2016: Top 5 Test Bowling Performances

“You miss, I hit”, the game’s age old saying came back into the picture ever since the first wicket of 2016 fell down. The year which had more to do with the success of bowlers than their counterparts in Tests precisely, saw plethora of records getting stitched to their names.

If not many, then two eight-wicket hauls, four seven-wicket hauls, twenty one six-wicket hauls and fourteen five-wicket hauls so far were among the headlines in the sports section next morning.

So who all performed the best? What were the best bowling figures this year in Test cricket? Here’s a list:

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Alastair Cook Is The Best Man To Lead England: Stuart Broad

England fast bowler Stuart Broad has thrown his support behind under-pressure captain Alastair Cook. Speculations have been rife over Cook’s future as the captain of the England team after a string of poor results.

The English team has failed to win its last three Test series including the home series against Pakistan and the series in Bangladesh and are trailing the ongoing five-match series in India by 3-0 but Broad insists the 32-year-old is still the best man to lead the Three Lions in the five-day format.

In his column for Daily Mail, the fast bowler wrote:” We have a long break until our next Test in July and I think that will do a lot of players good because we are a tired team at the moment.

“And when the next Test challenges come around against South Africa, West Indies and then in Australia I firmly believe Alastair Cook is still the man to be our captain. He is a brilliant man to lead the team, he brings calmness to the top order and he is a fantastic player in all conditions — not least Australian ones,” Broad added.

The bowler said the left-handed batsman has age on his side as well as the support of his teammates.

Broad wrote:”We want him leading from the front next winter and I think he knows he is still the best man for the job. He turns 32 on Christmas Day which is still young for a captain and there are challenges ahead for this team that we all need Cooky’s help with. I hope he now chills out when he goes home and re-energises — for the team and himself.”

However, it’ll be interesting to see whether Cook will be willing to continue as the captain or not. His team has lost five out of the last seven matches and his comments regarding his deputy Joe Root after the Mumbai Test when the skipper said that Root is ‘ready to captain’ has escalated the suspicions over his desire to step down as the skipper.

India's captain Virat Kohli, second right, celebrates the dismissal of England's Jos Buttler, first right, during their second day of the fifth cricket test match in Chennai, India, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
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India vs England: Openers Lead India’s Fight Back on Day Two

In the fourth Test match, it was debutant Keaton Jennings, and today, it was another debutant, Liam Dawson, who punished Indian bowlers to set up a platform for them and made them toil on the stage, for 67 overs on the second day.

The Indian team had a great start to the day as the bowlers grabbed three wickets in the first session, including that of Moeen Ali, four runs short of his second 150. But it was Ben Stokes to go back to the pavilion in form of the first wicket of the day on the fifth bowl after the players got on the field. Indian team thought that they had got a dream start as soon Jos Buttler followed Stokes after he was hit on his pads and was found standing in front of stumps as well.

Three wickets in the first session bolstered the morale of Indian bowlers but the deficiency to wrap up the tail relapsed and the pair of Adil Rashid (60) and Liam Dawson (66*) shared 98 runs for the eighth wicket.

The Indian team had to wait for 12 overs more to come out to bat as Stuart Broad and Jake Ball put a pause in the wickets column for certain period of time. However, Dawson’s quest to score a century was stymied by Amit Mishra when he castled the stumps of Jake Ball to end the innings of England, on a score of 477.

At one stage when England tail was adding to the pain, on the other hand, Indian players were injuring themselves. First, it was Vijay who hurt his shoulder while fielding and then it was Jadeja who collided with Adil Rashid. Vijay didn’t come out to in the second innings and it was Parthiv Patel was sent to open the innings with KL Rahul.

An acrobatic but an unsuccessful effort to stop the ball from flying over the boundary resulted in Axar Patel, the replacement of Murali Vijay, going back to the pavilion for a rest with Bhuvneshwar Kumar coming to ground to complete the quota of XI players on the field.
Ina race to chase the mountainous task on the board and to survive the last risky overs of the day, Parthiv Patel and KL Rahul stepped on the field and survived the fiery Stuart Broad and Adil Rashid. Stuart Broad was the main threatening weapon as KL Rahul was finding it difficult to tackle Broad. The swinging Broad troubled the batsman but couldn’t convert it into a wicket.

Parthiv Patel too found himself in some trouble, especially against spin but fortunately, the edges didn’t carry that well to be caught. But Patel’s effort was commendable as he came down to bat after being in awkward position for 67 overs today, a total 157 overs in two days.

The Indian team will need a big partnership from these new openers in order to get par England’s total. The Wankhede Test can be biggest inspiration for them where Indian team won the game by an innings even after conceding 400 runs in the first innings.

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Australia vs Pakistan 2016/17: Stuart Broad ‘Likes’ Steven Smith’s Decision Not To Walk

Are you a ‘walker’ in cricket like Gillie (Adam Gilchrist)? Or you just want to wait and watch to see how the on-field umpire reacts before bowler appeals in his/her traditional style for a wicket, which is always a special feeling for a bowler like batters who score runs at will.

This seems pretty rough and tough to answer when it comes to international cricket particularly in Tests, but when a batsman is on 97, the plan would be simple: to wait… wait… wait and wait which apparently against the spirit of the gentleman’s game.

This time, Australian skipper Steven Smith, who did the same, was the culprit though not for the England fast bowler Stuart Broad, who liked his decision for not walking-off from the field.

The 30-year-old Broad’s Twitter handle showed some liking for the tweets about Smith’s lucky escape, after opposition failed to appeal.

After being dropped by wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed on 53, Smith edged a ball off Mohammad Amir straight into the gloves of Sarfraz in the 81st over of the first day-night Brisbane Test, but Pakistan didn’t appeal.

Smith looked behind his wickets, dropped his shoulders and acted like if he has felt nothing on his bat while praying that Pakistan should not review the decision, before hotspot picked it in the replay. And there was no doubt Smith felt the faint edge.

“It was pretty loud, but yeah, I did nick it, and no one went up so I wasn’t going to walk. I told ‘Gunner’ Gould at the end of the over ‘I’m pretty sure I hit that one last over’,” said Smith.

In 2013-14, in a similar kind of incident, Broad in a case of blatant cheating himself had once decided not to walk against Australia at Trent Bridge when he nicked a delivery of Ashton Agar intothe hands off Michael Clarke, who was stationed at first slip. Unfortunately for Australia, they ran out of reviews before Aleem Dar gave Broad not out.

Pronouncing it a sheer luck of Smith, as a batsman, Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali said his team didn’t notice anything.

“No one really noticed anything, not even a sniff. None of our guys went up slightly, even. It was just one of those situations where no one realised what had happened,” Azhar Ali said.

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5th Test: Alastair Cook-Led England Opt To Bat; Stuart Broad Returns, Liam Dawson Debuts

England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat first in the fifth and the final Test against India at Chennai.

Both teams made a couple of changes to their playing eleven that featured in the Mumbai Test. For England, Stuart Broad, who missed the last two Tests due to a foot injury, replaced James Anderson while Liam Dawson was handed his maiden cap in place of Chris Woakes.

On the other hand, India welcomed back Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma in the playing XI. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the in-form Jayant Yadav were left out.

Here is what the captains said at the toss:

Virat Kohli: “Not such a bad position to be in. Winning the toss, the pressure is on the side that has to put up the runs. We will try to make important breakthroughs. Good wicket this, a bit of dampness for the past few days. It’s the best session for our seamers to bowl actually. Winning is a great habit and we have created that. Important to carry on, do the good work and it’s important to not take the foot off the pedal. Losing two tosses and winning those games – that’s the kind of thing that makes you a better team. We are playing some good cricket and that’s exactly our motivation. Chennai is always a place where we love playing. The crowd knows what the team is trying to do. Two local boys, so a special occasion for them. They are ready to go. Ashwin has been a match winner for us for a while. I wish them luck.”

Alastair Cook: “Yeah. It’s a good toss to win and we will bat first. Looks a very good surface considering what has happened over the last week. Never seen a pitch dried with coal before. It can be a blessing in disguise, not having nets before the game. We need to mentally get ourselves right. We have one opportunity to do that. Liam Dawson is on debut, proud moment for him. Broad is back, Jimmy and Woakes miss out.”

Meanwhile, the hosts will look to continue their impressive run in the series. MA Chidambaram Stadium has been a happy hunting ground India as they have not lost a single game in Chennai since 1999. The last time these two teams met here, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag played memorable knocks to help their team chase down 387 runs on the final day.

With the series already sealed 3-0, Virat Kohli’s men will look to extend their unbeaten run to 18 games. The hosts are on a 17-match unbeaten streak which equals their record of 17 Tests without a defeat between September 1985 and March 1987 and considering the form they are in, they should back themselves to break the record.

Moreover, the Indian team will also look to record their biggest Test series win over the visitors. India’s biggest series win against the English team came in 1992 when Mohammad Azharuddin led them to 3-0 win over Graha Gooch’s men.

Teams:
India Playing XI: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Karun Nair, Parthiv Patel(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

England Playing XI: Alastair Cook(c), Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(w), Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Liam Dawson, Jake Ball

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IND vs ENG 2016: Stuart Broad Doubtful For Wankhede Test

Huge doubts are still lingering over Stuart Broad’s participation in the fourth Test as England head coach Trevor has said he his not 100 percent confident of the fast bowler’s fitness.

Broad missed the third-Test in Mohali with the achilles tendon injury to his right foot that he sustained in the Vizag Test. It was initially expected that the bowler would recover from the injury soon as he put in one of his most impressive performances in the sub-continent so far, with figures of four for 33 in India’s second innings. The 30-year-old has been wearing a protective boot to speed up his recovery since he has not recovered fully.

With the team already 2-0 down in the series, England are desperate to have their premier fast-bowler back in the playing eleven and that is why he is continuing his rehabilitation now with the team while the rest of the squad are enjoying the weekend off in Dubai.

When the England coach was asked whether Broad will be available for the Mumbai Test, he said:“I’m not 100 per cent confident. He’s out of the moon-boot now, but we won’t really know until he gets back for those practice days before the Test. We’ll leave him as late as possible.”

The visitors have been away from their country since September. They played a series in Bangladesh before arriving in India and Bayliss said the break in Dubai was a good opportunity for his players to switch off from cricket.

Bayliss said:“We’ve been on the sub-continent for a long time. It can be difficult at times, even away from the game – the different types of food even, everything that goes along with it.”

“This is an opportunity to get away for three or four days, refresh and — we hope — come back raring to go.”

 

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Leaving On-Field Matters Behind, Stuart Broad Attends Yuvraj Singh’s Wedding

England fast bowler Stuart Broad has proved why cricket is called a gentleman’s game. The pacer, who was hit for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh, left his on-field rivalry behind to attend the wedding ceremony of the Indian batting star.

While every guest who attended the ceremony was looking for some famous Indian personalities, it was the English player who stole the show by turning up for the occasion. With over a week left before the fourth Test, the Indian team also attended the ceremony.

What makes Broad’s gesture even more exemplary is the fact that he went to the ceremony even after his team suffered an eight-wicket thrashing by India in the third Test. The pacer is currently nursing a foot injury and missed the match due to it.

 

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Meanwhile, Yuvraj exchanged vows with his long-term girlfriend Hazel Keech at a Chandigarh Gurudwara on Wednesday, November 30.

The wedding, which was a low-key affair, was performed as per Sikh rituals. The couple will now move to Goa for a Hindu ceremony on December 2. A reception has been planned in Delhi on December 7.

 

Stuart Broad celebrates a wicket.
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India vs England: Chirs Woakes Likely To Replace Stuart Broad For Mohali Test

England team may miss out on the services of the fast bowling spearhead Stuart Broad who is expected to miss the third Test match at Mohali as the tall and lanky fast bowler is suffering from knee and wrist issues. He also underwent a foot scan during the second Test match and the surprising moment came when he left the field on day one of the second Test after taking an early wicket of KL Rahul in the first over he bowled.

During the second Test at Vizag, Broad himself indicated that he might miss the Mohali Test as he said “So physically it has been quite a tough Test match but it’s all part of the job that you have to crack on a little bit,” Broad told reporters in Visakhapatnam.

“You have got 17 days to Mumbai which is quite a long time, slightly less for Mohali, try and get fit for the next one but definitely be fit for Mumbai,” said Broad.

He gave clear indication that he now has his eyes set on the fourth Test and is in a mood to skip the Mohali game. Well yes, 17 days are more than enough for a player like Broad to recover from these issues and get well in time before the start of the penultimate Test.

With Broad being missing the game, Chris Woakes will walk in the squad as his replacement. Though captain has two more options in form of Jake Ball and Steven Finn but batting abilities is something which keeps Woakes above others. He averages 32.81 in 15 Test matches since his debut.

The third Test between India and England start from November 26 at Mohali. Indian team is already one up in the series with three Test matches still to be played.

IND vs ENG 2016: Stuart Broad Credits Former Indian Fast Bowler For His Vizag Heroics

England were completely on the backfoot after being shot out for a paltry total of 255 runs in reply to India’s huge first innings total of 455. But their fast bowler Stuart Broad ensured that his team remains in the game by not letting the hosts  score big in the second innings. On a pitch where other pacers were struggling, the lanky pacer kept on troubling the Indian batsmen and helped the visitors to dismiss the hosts for only 205 runs. In fact, Virat Kohli’s men were reeling at 162 for 9 at one stage due to Broad’s heroic spell, but some useful contribution from Jayant Yadav and Mohammad Shami helped India to cross the 200-run mark. Broad finished the innings with 4 wickets for 33 runs.

It was very much expected that the bowler, during his press conference, would be definitely asked about how he managed such an inspirational bowling display in unfavourable conditions. As expected, he was asked about his bowling performance and the English pacer credited former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan for his brilliant display. He revealed that he picked up Zaheer’s advice during the team’s historic tour to India four years ago. Although he remained wicketless on that tour but made sure to make full use of Zaheer’s advice during the tour.

“I remember Zaheer Khan was very good at it, bowling slightly off the pace and then really surprise you with a quick inswinger. That’s something Jimmy and I talked about. Try to get batsmen bowl at slightly slow pace, then hit with a quicker pace at the stumps. Jimmy did that to Pujara. That seems to be the plan and it helped on a wearing pitch,” Broad said after the end of fourth day’s play.

Meanwhile, chasing 405 for an improbable win, the visitors were 87 for 2 at the end of  the fourth day.

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