March 3rd, 2016
It’s Steven Smith and not Aaron Finch who will be leading the Australian side in the World Twenty 20 Championship in India.
Smith is already in charge of the Australian team in the other two formats of the game and he has now been given the charge of the shortest format as well.
However, a few former players believe that it’s something which would not help Smith in the long run as his workload would be immense.
Smith himself had also said at the time when he was appointed the test and the One Day captain that he would like to keep himself away from the twenty 20 captaincy as it would give him a little bit of a breather.
But, he seems to have become ready to take that added responsibility now.
As far Finch is concerned, he is in the squad for World Championship and if his hamstring, which he had injured playing against India, gets healed, he would partner David Warner to open the batting for Australia.
The Australian selectors have pulled off a couple of surprises in terms of their pickings.
Cameron Boyce, the young leg spinner who had bowled so well in the third Twenty 20 game against India earlier in the summer, he couldn’t make it to the squad, while, Matthew Wade has missed out as well.
Peter Neville, the test wicketkeeper of Australia has replaced Wade.
November 30th, 2015
James Taylor might make a comeback in the England test squad for the series against Pakistan that is to be played in United Arab Emirates.
Taylor has shown in his short international career so far that he can play spin bowling really well.
He is good both at the front foot and the back foot. He goes down the track to get to the pitch and kill the spin and then, he hangs back and cuts and pulls as well picking the length of the deliveries early. It’s really hard to bowl to him if you are a spinner.
In Emirates, it’s most likely that the pitches that would be dished out to England, they would be spinning ones and thus, somebody of the type of Taylor would be needed there.
In the current England test line up, barring Ian Bell and Joe Root, there is no one who is known to be at ease when the ball is turning.
Alastair Cook has been playing for a long time and he has had quite a few tours of the subcontinent countries, but, his technique against spin is still a little susceptible.
There are murmurs of Moeen Ali to be asked to open the batting against Pakistan.
If that’s the case, England can accommodate Taylor in the playing XI and can make him bat at 5 with Bairstow, Buttler and Stokes batting at 6, 7 and 8 respectively.
Or if Taylor bats at 3, Ian Bell can come down to 5 where he has batted for most parts of his career.
October 4th, 2015
Matthew Wade was brilliant both behind and in front of the stumps in the One Day series against England and for the time being, it looks like he has cemented himself in the Australian line up.
The wicketkeeper’s slot in the Australian ODI team had got vacant post the World Cup because of Brad Haddin calling time on his limited-over career and it was Wade who got the first opportunity to have a crack as he was picked ahead of some of the other contenders for the England ODIs.
The Victorian left hander made sure he made that count as he thumped a couple of wonderful half centuries and took some great, diving catches as well to play a key role in Australia winning the series 3-2.
When Wade had first got a look in at the international level, his game was more about playing the conventional straight bat shots, but, now, when he has returned for his second stint after being left out by Australia due to poor form, he seems to have added quite a few other shots to his repertoire.
In the England series, it appeared he had done some hard yards on his batting while in his time on the sidelines. He displayed 360 degree game as he played scoops and reverse-flicks on occasions and also used his feet against the fast bowlers. And, he executed all those shots with extreme confidence.
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