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Ollie Robinson Felt Great To Open Bowling With James Anderson

Ollie Robinson, England pacer on Saturday said his legendary teammate James Anderson helped him in tweaking his wobble grip ball technique and it gave him a perfect result in the third Test against India.

Ollie Robinson exploited the second new ball on the fourth morning en route splendid bowling figures of 26-6-65-5 as England drew level in the five-match series with an innings and 76 runs win.

England’s Ollie Robinson Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
England’s Ollie Robinson. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters

Ollie Robinson Felt Great To Open Bowling With James Anderson

Ollie Robinson was named player of the match as England completed an innings-and-76-run victory in the third LV= Insurance Test at Leeds. He claimed 7 for 81 in the match, including 5 for 65 in the second innings

“I noticed Jimmy holding his wobble grip slightly differently. I was holding it from the other side so I spoke to him and just tried to practice it in the nets,” Robinson told reporters after his man-of-the-match performance.

“It went quite nicely, so I tried it in the game and it worked quite well. It’s something I need to practice a bit more. This learning opportunity is invaluable for me at this stage in my career and luckily it came off today. Obviously, it’s great to open the bowling with Jimmy and build pressure on both ends. I enjoyed it and hopefully, I can continue.”

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara[photo: Twitter]
India collapsed from 215 for two to 278 all out on Day 4 of the 3rd Test. England began the proceedings with the second new ball and it all began with Ollie Robinson dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara on his overnight score of 91. Out-of-form India skipper Virat Kohli got to his first fifty of the series but only to be dismissed by Ollie Robinson that triggered a stunning collapse.

“It feels like a very special day, I don’t quite feel like it’s settled in yet. For me, it’s one of the great days in my cricket career, to get my first Test win is really special.”

On taking the prized scalp of Kohli, he said: “It is an amazing feeling. The crowds here were unbelievable. The noise when we got Kohli out was deafening, just an unbelievable experience and feeling to get that wicket.”

Ollie Robinson was named player of the match as England completed an innings-and-76-run victory in the third LV= Insurance Test at Leeds. He claimed 7 for 81 in the match, including 5 for 65 in the second innings.
With James Anderson and Stuart Broad coming towards the end and Jofra Archer facing an uncertain future, in Test cricket at least, Ollie Robinson’s emergence gives England great reassurance for the future. Ollie Robinson took 4 for 25 in eight metronomic overs on the fourth and final morning.

Ollie Robinson Trying His Best To Become A Better Person

Not long ago, the Sussex pacer had doubts over his fate in England cricket as he was suspended for offensive old racist tweets following his spectacular Test debut against New Zealand in June. After his apology, the Sussex seamer earned a recall for the Trent Bridge Test where he grabbed his maiden fifer.

“It’s off the back of quite a few hard years, I’ve had to work hard to get here and do a lot of extra to get here so to get the rewards in the last four four Test matches has been very pleasing,” the 27-year-old said.

Craig Overton celebrates a wicket Getty Images
Craig Overton celebrates a wicket Getty Images

“When you are performing obviously the scrutiny is off you a little bit. It (the racist tweet episode) is still quite fresh in my memory and I’m trying to work on becoming a better person.”

Ollie Robinson, England’s best bowler in the second innings, claimed 5 for 65 – a second career five-for in just his fourth Test. Craig Overton took two wickets to wipe out the tail and seal the match. Moeen Ali produced a big-spinning beauty to get a wicket of his own, and James Anderson was unlucky to wind up with just one dismissal to his name – he’d been all over Virat Kohli in his first spell.

England 432 (Root 121, Malan 70, Hameed 68, Burns 61, Shami 4-95) beat India 78 (Sharma 19, Anderson 3-6, Overton 3-14) and 278 (Pujara 91, Sharma 59, Kohli 55, Robinson 5-65) by an innings and 76 runs

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Jofra Archer Frustrated At Missing Out On International Cricket In 2021

Jofra Archer, England fast bowler has admitted that missing out on international cricket due to a recurring elbow issue has been frustrating. At the same time, he asserted that he remains positive about his future as a Test cricketer as he is still only 26.

Jofra Archer was ruled out of the entire 2021 season following a recurrence of the stress fracture in his elbow. Apart from the ongoing Test series against India, Jofra Archer will also miss The Ashes and the T20 World Cup.

Jofra Archer - GETTY IMAGES
Jofra Archer – GETTY IMAGES

Jofra Archer Feels Frustrated To Miss Series Against India, Ashes, And T20I World Cup

Jofra Archer wrote while pouring his heart out in a column for The Daily Mail. England fast bowler Jofra Archer still believes he has a Test future as he targeted a return to the five-day format during next year’s tour of the West Indies.

The 26-year-old was ruled out of the current Test series against India and the Ashes tour of Australia, as well as the T20 World Cup that falls between those campaigns – after suffering a stress fracture in his right elbow.

“When I got the news that I’d be out for the rest of 2021 because I had suffered another stress fracture in my elbow, it was pretty tough to take. But I’ve always been of the view that everything happens for a reason, and the injury doesn’t change the way I look at my career.”

Jofra Archer made his Test debut at Lord’s against Australia last year. (Source: Reuters)
Jofra Archer made his Test debut at Lord’s against Australia last year. (Source: Reuters)

“I’ve said many times before that Test cricket is the most important format to me and nothing has changed in that respect. It’s frustrating to be sitting out an important series against India, as well as not being to make the trip to Australia this winter — not to mention the Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE.

“If I do end up with another stress fracture, I may have a different view on things as regards to my future. But for the moment, I’m still only 26 and I think my best years as a Test cricketer are ahead of me,” he added.

The 26-year-old Barbados-born pacer explained that he got operated on in May because he wanted to sort out the problem once and for all and start helping win games for England.

Jofra Archer: There’s A Chance To Be Ready In Time For England’s 3 Test Series Against West Indies

While he did not commit to it, Jofra Archer hinted that he is targeting a comeback for the three-Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean.

“I’m trying to be cautious about when I make my comeback, but I guess there’s a chance I’ll be ready in time for England’s three-Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean in March. But I can’t make any promises, and I’ll be seeing a specialist soon about the elbow.”

Jofra Archer. (Image Source: Twitter)
Jofra Archer. (Image Source: Twitter)

“Tim Bresnan had a similar problem, and we spoke about the issue which made me a bit nervous, I must admit. But I’m sure it will be fine in the long run, and I’m grateful that the injury doesn’t stop me going about my daily business. It’s not as if I’m limping around, or anything like that,” he further wrote.

Jofra Archer last played international cricket during the tour of India in March this year. He featured in all five T20Is before being ruled out of the one-day series.

Jofra Archer, the England fast bowler, was forced home from the tour of India at the start of the year and subsequently forced to pull out of the IPL 2021 due to pain in the elbow. He underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from the elbow in May.
After returning to bowling with his county side, Sussex, in recent weeks he felt increasing discomfort and was sent for further scans. These revealed he had suffered a recurrence of the stress fracture that first became apparent in South Africa at the start of 2020.
As a result, the ECB has announced he will play no part in the Test series against India, the T20 World Cup, or the Ashes. Given that he has only played six Tests, three ODIs, and 11 T20Is since he was first troubled by the problem, the news is bound to raise question marks about Jofra Archer’s future career.
Ollie Robinson PA Images via Getty Images
Ollie Robinson PA Images via Getty Images
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Ollie Robinson Picks Maiden Five-Wicket Haul On Comeback Test

Ollie Robinson, the England pacer who grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul in his comeback Test (2nd Test) after being suspended for his offensive old racist tweets, said that he has grown as a person since then.

Ollie Robinson was banned after his racist and sexist tweets as an 18-year-old were discovered on the opening day of his Test debut against New Zealand at the Lord’s in June.

Ollie Robinson bowls on Day 1 of the first England-New Zealand Test. (Getty Images)
Ollie Robinson bowls on Day 1 of the first England-New Zealand Test. (Getty Images)

Ollie Robinson Termed Suspension Period Was The Toughest Period In His Life

The 27-year-old played only two T20 games for Sussex since his suspension from International cricket as he bounced back to grab 5/85 to dismiss India for 278 on day three of the opening Test here.

“I was young 18-19 years old. I made a lot of mistakes, not just those tweets. I’ve grown as a person a lot in that time. Obviously, I’ve learnt a lot try to develop as a person in the last 10 years. I try to make myself the best person I can be,” he said at the end of the day’s play.

England’s Ollie Robinson said he was embarrassed and ashamed of the offensive tweets he made between 2012 and 2014. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
England’s Ollie Robinson. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters

The 27-year-old played only two T20 games for Sussex since his suspension from International cricket as he bounced back to grab 5/85 to dismiss India for 278 on day three of the opening Test here.

Terming the phase as the toughest period of his life, he said: “It was the toughest period in my life. It affected myself and my family but I’ve learnt a lot since then. It was quite tough and to get the rewards, in the end, was pleasing,” he said about his performance as he revelled alongside the master class of veteran England pacer James Anderson (4/54).

Ollie Robinson, who made his Test debut against New Zealand in June, was removed from the squad for the next match-the 2nd and final Test of the series after his historic offensive social media posts resurfaced during the first -his debut Test.

The initial one-game suspension was imposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board before Ollie Robinson withdrew himself from selection for his county side Sussex for the T20 games. Ollie Robinson admitted to breaching two ECB directives in relation to a number of offensive comments he made on Twitter in 2012-14.

Ollie Robinson issued an apology for the posts he sent in 2012 and 2013 when he was in his late teens, which were unearthed and shared online on the day he made his Test debut against the Black Caps. Ollie Robinson led England’s attack in his debut Test vs Kiwis with 4-75 in the first innings at Lord’s and followed up with 3-26 in the second while making a useful 42 with the bat as England fought hard to earn a draw in the 1st Lord’s Test against New Zealand.

James Anderson Goes Past Anil Kumble’s 619 Scalps

Meanwhile, James Anderson has gone past Anil Kumble to become the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket’s history. James Anderson went past former Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble’s 619 wickets with the dismissal of KL Rahul, who was caught behind for 84 in India’s first innings of the first Test against England. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warne (708) are ahead of James Anderson at the moment.

James Anderson surpassed Anil Kumble's scalps. (Getty Images)
James Anderson surpassed Anil Kumble’s scalps. (Getty Images)
Anil Kumble remains only the second bowler in Test cricket’s history to bag all 10 wickets in an innings. He achieved the tremendous feat against Pakistan in a Test match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium (then Feroz Shah Kotla) in the year 1999 whereas James Anderson is the most successful pacer at the moment, and the 39-year-old is still looking good to cross the 700 wickets mark as well.
England’s Ollie Robinson Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
England’s Ollie Robinson Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
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Ollie Robinson Decides To Take A Sabbatical From Cricket After His Suspension

Ollie Robinson has decided to take a short break from cricket. England pacer Ollie Robinson, who was suspended from international cricket recently for his racist tweets, has decided to take a sabbatical from cricket.

Ollie Robinson, England pacer issued an apology for the posts he sent in 2012 and 2013 when he was in his late teens, which were unearthed and shared online on the day he made his Test debut against the Black Caps.

Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images
Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images

Ollie Robinson Missed 2nd Test Against New Zealand For Suspension

The 27-year-old missed England’s second Test against New Zealand after being suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation into historical racist and sexist tweets. Ollie Robinson issued an apology for the posts he sent in 2012 and 2013 when he was in his late teens, which were unearthed and shared online on the day he made his Test debut against the Black Caps earlier this week.

A statement from the player’s county, Sussex, announced: “After a difficult week, Ollie has decided to take a short break from the game to spend time with his young family.”

Confirming Robinson would not be part of the Sussex squad for the team’s opening two Vitality Blast fixtures against Gloucestershire and Hampshire, the statement continued: “Player and staff welfare – including mental health and wellbeing – is a priority for the club and, as such, Sussex Cricket fully supports Ollie in his decision.”

Olly Stone’s last appearance for England was his Test debut, against Ireland at Lord’s in 2019.
Olly Stone’s last appearance for England was his Test debut, against Ireland at Lord’s in 2019. Photograph: Shutterstock

“When he is ready to return, Ollie will be welcomed back to the club, where discussions with the remainder of the squad over the last week have made clear that he retains the support of all his Sussex teammates. We remain in close contact with Ollie from a welfare perspective and will issue further updates on his availability at the relevant times.”

Sussex quick Ollie Robinson made an impressive on-field England debut in the drawn first Test at Lord’s concluded Sunday. But his efforts with bat and ball were overshadowed by the re-emergence of racist and sexist social media messages the 27-year-old had posted as a teenager in 2012 and 2013. Olly Stone replaced Ollie Robinson in England’s XI for the second Test that is currently underway at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Ollie Robinson Picked 7 Wickets In The 1st Test While Rory Burns Who Scored 132 In The 1st Innings Of The 1st Test Scores 81 In The 2nd Test’s 1st Innings

The pacer Ollie Robinson led England’s attack with 4-75 in the first innings at Lord’s and followed up with 3-26 in the second while in between making a useful 42 with the bat as England fought hard to earn a draw in the 1st Lord’s Test against New Zealand.

Rory Burns Getty Images
Rory Burns Getty Images
In the 2nd ongoing Test, England managed 258/7 at stumps at the end of 1st day’s play. Rory Burns, who scored 132 in the 1st Test, scored 81 as Zak Crawley and Joe Root failed with the bat. Dan Lawrence was unbeaten on 67 with Mark Wood giving him company on 16.
New Zealand showed their impressive strength in depth in making six changes to the side which drew at Lord’s and three of the bowlers who came in – Trent Boult, Matt Henry, and Ajaz Patel – claiming two wickets apiece so far.

England Playing XI: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (captain), Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey, Mark Wood, Olly Stone, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson

New Zealand Playing XI: Tom Latham (captain), Devon Conway, Will Young, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult

Rashid Khan To Comeback To Sussex For 2021 T20 Blast
Rashid Khan. Image Credit: AFP.
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Rashid Khan To Comeback To Sussex For 2021 T20 Blast

Afghanistan’ star spinner Rashid Khan has been re-signed by Sussex for the next year’s T20 Blast. He has recently completed his IPL 2020 campaign with SunRisers Hyderabad. The leg-spinner was the leading taker for them, picking 20 wickets in 16 appearances at a staggering economy rate of just 5.37 runs per over.

Rashid Khan had missed this season T20 Blast due to the overlapping of the event with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 and Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The leg-spinner was set to play for Sharks, under the leadership of Luke Wright.

Rashid Khan To Comeback To Sussex For 2021 T20 Blast

Rashid Khan,
Rashid Khan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Talking about his new deal, Khan stated that he was glad to be a part of Sussex and hopes that he will soon play in front of a crowd. As he has played for Sussex from 2018-2019, the Afghan said that it felt him to like a second home.

“I am really happy to be heading back to Sussex for the 2021 Blast,” said Khan in a statement. “Ever since my arrival on the South Coast in 2018, it has felt like a home away from home for me. I look forward to seeing everyone in 2021 and really hope we will be back playing in front of our loyal supporters soon,” he added.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Getty Images

Sussex T20 head coach James Kirtley was delighted to grab the service of Rashid Khan.

“To secure the services of Rashid next season is amazing. He would be on any team’s wish list around the world, so for Sussex to have him playing next year is awesome. We endeavor to keep the worldwide profile high of our T20 team and Rash is one of the best performing and well-known players in the game.”

Playing for Sussex, Rashid Khan has claimed 24 wickets in 18 innings at an impressive economy of 6.97.

Mitch Claydon, Australian pacer
Mitch Claydon. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Australia’s County Pacer Suspended For Allegedly Using Hand Sanitizer On The Ball

English County club Sussex has suspended it’s player Mitch Claydon, Australian pacer after he was allegedly found applying sanitizer on the ball. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has set an investigation for the same but for now, he would not be allowed to play for the club.

Sussex, on their official website, informed that ECB has opened a case against Mitch Claydon for a match between his team Sussex and Middlesex last month. Tellingly, he has taken three wickets in that match.

Australia’s Mitch Claydon Suspended For Allegedly Using Hand Sanitizer On The Ball

“Mitch Claydon is suspended pending the outcome of an ECB allegation of placing hand sanitiser on the ball in our match against Middlesex. There will be no further comment at this stage,” said Sussex on their website.

After the suspension, Mitch Claydon would not be allowed to join the Sussex squad for their next Bob Willis Trophy match against Surrey.

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ICC banned the use of saliva.

Amid the coronavirus, ICC has banned the use of saliva to shine the ball because the natural substance is the carrier of the deadly virus. But the governing council has not allowed the use of any outer substance as the replacement of saliva. The players are strictly restricted to use the saliva on the ball since the outbreak of the virus.

Using hand sanitizer is illegal because it is considered as an outer substance. Mitch Claydon might be charged for ball-tampering and consecutively, the 37-year-old might be banned from a couple of matches.

Meanwhile, the Australian team has arrived in England to play the three-match T20I and as many ODI series. The two teams have played their first T20I match where the host England registered victory.

To curb the spread of the virus, the players are under a bio-secure environment where they will not be allowed to meet any outsider.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. Credits: BCCI Twitter
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Ishant Sharma Reveals The Darkest Phase Of His Career

India’s bowling spearhead Ishant Sharma had a lousy phase before 2017 when he stopped enjoying cricket. The senior pacer revived his passion during county cricket for Sussex under the coaching of Jason Gillespie.

During an Instagram live chat on the Delhi Capital’s official handle, Ishant revealed that he struggled during the middle phase of his career. He was under pressure and had sleepless nights. To get his form back, he went to play county cricket where he got a different environment which helped him to become a better cricketer.

I hardly found any joy in my bowling: Ishant Sharma

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. Credits: BCCI

“People keep saying Ishant 2.0, which it makes it sound like I am a robot! But the phase before 2017 was one when the pressure to perform was a lot,” Ishant said. “I gave me sleepless nights, and I hardly found any joy in my bowling. My county stint with Sussex was what changed everything.”

It was a gruelling stint for me because I was bowling 22-23 overs in a day, batting as well, and then coming back home to do the chores. It was a tough drill but somehow I enjoyed it a lot,” he recalled.

Ishant also credited Sussex coach Jason Gillespie for helping him cope with the tough times. Eventually, after playing there, his mindset changed and became more focused on the present.

Ishant Sharma is an improved bowler:

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

“It was kind of a self-realization also,” he said. “I think I enjoyed a lot more there and I ended up learning a lot about myself – credit also to Jason Gillespie who was my coach there. When I came back to India to play after that, I felt a lot free and focused only on enjoying the present, which took off a lot of pressure from me. That change in mindset is the reason for me being an improved cricketer today.”

The results also started as Ishant Sharma emerged as a different bowler and was the highest wicket-taker for India in England in the 2018 Test series. Now, he is the premier bowler for India in the red-ball format. The 31-year-old Ishant Sharma has played 97 Test matches and picked up 297 wickets.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. BCCI Twitter
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Ishant Sharma Credits Jason Gillespie For His Transformation

It has been a fruitful last couple of years for India’s veteran pacer Ishant Sharma. The lanky pacer has taken giant strides in the recent past and the results are a testimony of the same. The experienced pacer was always trolled for not delivering the goods despite all the experience under his belt. However, the Delhi fast bowler has turned the tides in the last couple of seasons.

Ishant scalped 25 wickets in the six Test matches at an impressive average of 15.56 in 2019 as he bowled at the top of his mark. The Indian spearhead has given credit to his Sussex coach Jason Gillespie for his massive transformation.

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Ishant Sharma. (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Ishant is the leader of the pack now.

Meanwhile, Indian players going into the County cricket and improving themselves is not a new story as many in the past have benefitted from the same.

Ishant added that Gillespie was instrumental in telling the solution to the problems in his bowling.

“The problem in India is that everybody tells you about the problem but no one tells you the solution. Now knowing the solution is an important aspect,” Ishant told reporters during an interaction at the Feroz Shah Kotla after the Ranji Trophy encounter against Hyderabad.

Ishant disclosed that the former Australian pacer told him to target the batsman’s knee roll in order to increase his speed by a couple of yards.

Ishant was able to find the solutions.

“I have realized that maybe one or two people worked on the solutions. The problem everyone can tell you but one who is a good coach will tell you about solutions,” said the veteran of 96 Tests and 292 wickets.

So what was his problem? “A lot of people would tell me that I need to increase the pace of my fuller deliveries. No one told me how to do that? It was when I went to play county cricket, Jason Gillespie gave me the solution,” said Ishant, who played for Sussex under Gillespie’s coaching.

“Gillespie told me that in order to increase the pace in fuller deliveries, you don’t just release it but hit the deck so that it should target the knee roll,” he said.

Jason Gillespie, ICC World Cup 2019
Jason Gillespie. Getty

Ishant revealed he was not practicing properly and changed his methods when Gillespie showed him the right path. The Delhi pacer added Gillespie made sure that Ishant’s pace increased in the fuller length balls.

“Like first, I would put cones (on good length spots) during nets. But that’s okay for a youngster, who wants to get his areas right but for someone like me, I need to see where my ball is finishing rather than where it’s pitched. The practice is almost the same but the outcome is different. Gillespie’s instructions ensured that my fuller delivery is faster now.”

Ishant Sharma is now the leader of India’s bowling line-up and he is also helping the likes of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav mushroom under his tutelage.

Travis Head
Travis Head. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Australian Player Travis Head Signed By Sussex For Entire 2020 Season

Australian player Travis head is signed by the County team Sussex for entire 2020 season. This time the player missed the opportunity because of his busy schedule in Ashes 2019. Now the 25-year-old batsman will be available for all the format.

The Sussex coach Jason Gillespie is happy with the selection of Travis Head. He opines that his experience will help the team to move forward. The team needed him and Jason hopes that his skills will benefit team.

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“We wanted a top-four batsman to improve our team and Travis will do that. He’s shown his class in his international career so far, he brings some useful off-spin and he will offer good leadership support to our captains from his time leading South Australia and the Strikers.”

“To have a high-quality international batsman like Travis on our staff in 2020 is very, very exciting.

“Next year’s international schedule leaves Australian players relatively free during the English summer, so Travis fits the bill perfectly.”

Travis Head, Sussex, County Championship
Photo Credit: AFP.

Travis Head is also should his excitement to be the part of the County cricket. The player has played 42 ODIs and 16 T20Is for Austalia. The middle-order batsman has scored 1,273 runs in ODI at an average of 34.40. He has played 93 first-class and 91 List A matches.

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“I was disappointed not to have been able to take up my contract this summer so was thrilled that Jason [Gillespie] and Keith [Greenfield, Sussex Cricket’s director of cricket] were keen to lock me away for the 2020 season. I can’t wait.”

“With such a proud history, success is expected, and I want to play my part in achieving that. I look forward to seeing you all next summer. Get behind the Sharks!”

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Rajasthan Royals, Sussex engage in hilarious banter over Jofra Archer’s WC inclusion

Barbados-born cricketer Jofra Archer‘s impressive outing in the recently concluded ODI series against Pakistan has earned him a place in the England side for the upcoming World Cup. The 24-year-old was on stand-by and his performance was under review.

Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, England, Cricket World Cup
Jofra Archer (Image Credit: Google)

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Jofra Archer earns WC call-up

He played 3 ODIs, one against Ireland and a couple of games against Pakistan. The pacer has been seen clocking the 140kmph mark on a consistent basis. He was included in the squad at the expense of left-arm pacer David Willey, who did considerably well in recent games.

Royals-Sussex engage in hilarious banter over Jofra Archer on Twitter

Archer has been one of the most sought after freelance cricketers in the T20 circuit and therefore when the news broke out, Indian Premier League franchise- Rajasthan Royals couldn’t hold on to the excitement and tweeted-  “HE’S IN!!!! Our pace machine is heading to the @icc #CWC19!”. The micro-blogging site turned out to be a hilarious platform as Archer’s County team Sussex took a pot-shot at the Royals by responding to the tweet saying- ‘Your’ pace machine?

IPL 2019, Rajasthan Royals
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The paceman’s BBL side Hobart Hurricanes saw the funny side to it and added a few emojis while reacting to the banter. It took the man himself to come out and act as the peace-maker as Archer responded to the banter with a tweet that read- “Play nicely guys”.

England name their final squad for the mega-event

Apart from Archer, batter Joe Denly too missed out on sealing a berth. Left-arm spinner Liam Dawson earned a surprise call-up instead. The cricketer last featured for his national side back in October 2018.

Jos Buttler, Pakistan, ICC World Cup 2019
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When it comes to the batting department- Alex Hales, who was suspended from all formats after failing a drug test, has been replaced by James Vince. The batsman has been in good touch, amassing a total of 509 runs in the One Day Cup in mere seven games. The highlight of his campaign was a 154-ball 190 for Hampshire, that included 15 fours and 5 maximums. He has also scored 76 runs in two games against Pakistan.

England Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, James Vince, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

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