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Showing posts with label Australia. Show all posts

Thursday 27 April 2017

CT17 - All Teams Full Squads Except India

#CT17 #ChampionsTrophy 2017

Here are the latest squads for the ICC Champions Trophy to be played in England and Wales from June 1st, 2017.

Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Steve Smith (c), Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mehidi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Somya Sarkar, Sunzamul Islam, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed.

Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Missed the deadline. According to the Hindustan Times, the board is planning on announcing the squad after an ICC board meeting ends on April 27th, in which governance reforms and revenue will be voted upon.

New Zealand
Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson (c).

Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Ahmad Shahzad, Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Imad Wasim, Shahdab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Muhammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan

Sri Lanka
Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lakshan Sandakan, Upul Tharanga.

South Africa
Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), AB de Villiers (captain), Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.

The action begins Jun 1, 2017.

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Wednesday 4 March 2015

CWC 2015 - Is Australia Unlucky Or Rusty So Far

#Australia v #Afghanistan, #WACA, #Perth
4th Mar 2015

Some say, they've had a rough time with weather, injuries and unlucky moments in matches thus far.
Their position in the table is a testimony to that thought. 

3 Matches - 3 points is certainly not something you'd look at as Australia's position especially given the quality of their side and being frontrunners to lift the #CWC15 trophy.

Game 1 - Thumped England comfortably at the #MCG
Game 2 - Washed out v Bangladesh at the #GABBA, #Brisbane
Game 3 - Lost narrowly to New Zealand at #EdenPark, #Auckland

Their batting against the Kiwis was far from convincing and clearly showed their unpreparedness in tough situations. This can be exploited by other strong teams in the competition. 

Bowling is plagued with injury scares, latest being the ankle twist of #PatCummins that has put him doubtful for the next games.

#MichaelClarke has to guide his team through this tricky phase and build momentum as they move towards knockout stages.

As for #Afghanistan, at their stunning victory over #Scotland few days ago will definitely lift their spirits. But, its too monumental a task to compete with the Aussies, let alone win a game against them. They can however give a good account of themselves by playing some aggressive and disciplined cricket.

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Saturday 21 February 2015

CWC 2015 - Aus v Ban - Washout in Pool A

#Australia v #Bangladesh, #Woolongabba (#GABBA), #Brisbane
21st Feb 2015

Australia's fears have come true. 
They were praying for a full match (atleast a 20 over reduced game) against #minnows Bangladesh to take full points and most importantly much needed #match #practice for their #bench players. However #rain #gods didn't relent and the match was #abandoned without a #ball being bowled.

Both teams take a point each from the game.

Bangladesh smiling long :)

They now have to challenge and beat one of the other biggies in the group and dream for a #quarterfinal spot in tournament! (Looking at the way #England are playing and #SriLanka not in good touch either ... they can really look to spring a surprise in Pool A.

Pool A looks exciting now

#NewZealand - 3 matches - 6 points
#Australia - 2 matches - 3 points
#Bangladesh - 2 matches - 3 points
#England - 2 matches - 0 points (to be fair to them - they have run into the two top contenders (NZ and Aus) for this year's world cup in their first two games itself!)
#SriLanka - 1 match - 0 points

Another upset or a washout can dramatically alter scenario in this Pool now.

The #Aus and #NZ game at #Auckland in few days time gains crucial importance for leaderboard position in the Pool.

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Aus v Ban Match Delayed Due To Rain

#Australia v #Bangladesh, #GABBA, #Brisbane
21st Feb 2015

Bad news from the GABBA.
There is a #raindelay in this match.
Match may start in a while and we'll keep you posted.

If the match does get washed away, Bangladesh will be the happiest lot.
They will steal one point from Australia and make Pool A very interesting !

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Sunday 15 February 2015

CWC 2015 - Did England Lose Match At The Toss v Australia?

England won a great toss but chose to field. Did they lose the game there?

#EoinMorgan mentioned at the toss that he'd like to exploit overnight moisture at the #MCG early and inserted Australia in. Was it a fatal mistake? Big game, Tournament opener ... was it not a better idea to bat first and put runs on the board?

#GeorgeBailey was very happy to lose the toss and still get his choice - bat first. He mentioned the pitch would be great throughout and it did play true throughout the game.

Morgan's decision would have been vindicated greatly, if Aaron Finch would not have been dropped in the very first over on nought. He went on to make 135. Huge dent...

The specially minted #coin for the match toss is beautiful though.

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Saturday 14 February 2015

CWC 2015 - Mitchell Marsh 5-For Brakes England Chase Badly

#MitchellMarsh 5-For against #England.
Marsh is producing an amazing spell of seam bowling at the #MCG

His current figures read 8-0-20-5 .. simply amazing.

Another wicket in his next two overs and he may just snatch that man of the match award from #AaronFinch. Who would you give it to?


CWC 2015 - Aaron Finch becomes First Centurion

#AaronFinch - First centurion at the #ICCWorldCup2015, #CWC2015

Riding his luck of being dropped in the first over for nought, Finch goes on to stroke a superb 135 against #Eng at the #MCG


Wednesday 4 February 2015

Journey of the Cricket World Cup 1992 to 2015

We are back to Australia and New Zealand in 2015 for the ICC Cricket World Cup. From the 1992 color clothing revolution to the post IPL era of cricket in 2011, the game has come a long way.

Here we bring to you compilation of moments, drama, action, fun and happiness/sorrow across the world cups from 1992 to 2011. Hope you'd enjoy this journey as you gear up for an amazing 2015 cricket world cup tournament with one question on everyone's mind,


Clips of Defining Moments. Drama. Action. Winners. Losers. History being made. 

The answer will come on 29th Mar 2015, the day of the final at the legendary MCG when the world champion will be crowned. Will India retain the trophy or a new champion will etch its name in the annals of cricket history? Time will tell....

Journey of the World Cups 1992 to 2011

Hosts: Australia and New Zealand
Winners: Pakistan (bt. England)
Man of the Match: Wasim Akram
Man of the Tournament: Martin Crowe

Hosts: India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Winners: Sri Lanka (bt. Australia)
Man of the Match: Aravinda De Silva
Man of the Tournament: Sanath Jayasuriya

Hosts: England
Winners: Australia (bt. Pakistan)
Man of the Match: Shane Warne
Man of the Tournament: Lance Kluesner

Hosts: South Africa
Winners: Australia (bt. India)
Man of the Match: Ricky Ponting
Man of the Tournament: Sachin Tendulkar

Hosts: West Indies
Winners: Australia (bt. Sri Lanka)
Man of the Match: Adam Gilchrist
Man of the Tournament: Matthew Hayden

Hosts: India
Winners: India (bt. Sri Lanka)
Man of the Match: M S Dhoni
Man of the Tournament: Yuvraj Singh

Hosts: Australia and New Zealand

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Windies Hara Kiri in the Semifinal of 1996 World Cup

Defining Moments of #ICCWorldCup

Aus v WI , 1996, World Cup Semifinal, Mohali

If the first semi final between Sri Lanka and India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata had drama, this second semifinal had its share too! Boy .. what a game!

Again two critical moments in the game

1. The Stuart Law and Michael Bevan partnership

Batting first the Aussies got off to the worst possible start 15/4 (Taylor, Mark Waugh, Ponting, Steve Waugh all come and gone).

The Windies were harboring thought of a 100+ run chase and cantering into the World Cup final. 

The two however had different ideas. Slowly, they started building a solid partnership. Once they got their eyes in, Law took the attack to the opposition while Bevan held fort. A magnificent parttneship of 127 followed before Law was run out but not before laying a foundation for a somewhat fightable score. The Aussies eventually made 207 in their stipulated 50 overs. Something to bowl at...

2. Shivanrine Chanderpaul's wicket
Chasing a modest score, the Windies began cautiously. Chanderpaul and Browne took the score to 25 before Shane Warne got rid off Browne for 10. In came Brian Lara and tore into the Aussie bowling in his inimitable style. 

The two put on a 50+ stand in no time before Lara was bowled by Steve Waugh for 45.

The West Indian captain, Richie Rcihardson joined Chanders and they set about chasing the target like it was a walk in the park. At 165 for 2 in 41 overs, the game seemed done and dusted. 

43 off 54 balls with 8 wickets in hand.

Then tragedy struck for the Windies (just like it had for the Indians when Sachin was out after dominating the opposition bowling). In a rush of blood, Chanderpaul spooned a catch to mid on to be dismissed for 65 and the game turned course dramatically.

Warne claimed 3 wickets in no time after that. The seamers applied run pressure and Windies started collapsing. Richardson was still around and kept pushing the score along. However, he was loosing partners at the other end and fast.

As the last over began and 10 needed to win with two wickets in hand, Richardson smote a boundary followed by a single attempt that led to Ambrose being run out. In walked Courtney Walsh, the batsman with most ducks to his name then.

And what happened, first ball, Damien Fleming castled his off stump.

Windies all out for 202, 5 runs short of the Aussie total.

Extaordinary scenes in Mohali and Aussies celebrated while the West Indian captain sadly walked back unconquered but defeated!

Amazing game of cricket with awesome memories. We were watching this game on Doordarshan (India's TV broadcaster) when there was a power outage in our locality. This is when the Windies fuse went off too. They were coasting at 158 for 2 then and we felt it was a matter of time before they crossed the winning line.

We switched over to All India Radio (India's Radio broadcaster) and the commentary was magical. Hats of Gautam Bhimani and Abhay Chaturvedi for bring the match alive for us. The drama, twists and turns, wickets, runs were so beautifully presented, we felt we were at the stadium.

By the time the power came back, Windies needed 10 in the last over and the rest as they say is all history!!