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    Nottinghamshire down - and Newell is taking the flak for it. You imagine Moores coming in during the close season will transform that side, because they have been so, so poor this term. Likewise, Warwickshire have flattered to deceive for the majority of the campaign - and even if they win the Royal London One-Day Cup - you'd imagine Dougie Brown is under real pressure, especially after their latest defeat to Somerset.

    Australia, meanwhile, have ended their tour of SL with another T20 victory. Dilshan says goodbye to the Colombo crowd in anti-climactic fashion. It's a real shame, too, considering Murali ended with a wicket, and Sangakkara/Jayawardene's final act together was a dismissal in which both were involved. Dilshan, though, finished with his lowest score in five innings after he chopped Hastings to slip - but at least he chipped in with two wickets of his own.

    Australia managed to overcome the hosts, despite some slight scares from the spinners. Warner took three catches - two of them were absolutely unbelievable in terms of athleticism, too - to help tighten his grip on the limited overs captaincy. He led from the front, snatching catches off Faulkner, Hastings and Zampa, who all ended with three wickets respectively as SL crawled to 128-9 by the end of their 20 overs.

    Maxwell's one and only over was expensive, with him going at 16, but Zampa and Faulkner went at just four an over from their four overs as only de Silva managed a notable contribution, hitting 62 off 50, while Perera was the only other batsman to achieve double figures with 22.

    Pathirana and Dilshan got two wickets each, but despite threatening to de-rail the visitors, Australia were in control and Maxwell's 66 propelled them to victory.

    The first wicket stand between Maxwell and Warner - 93 off 8.3 overs - set them in good stead, before SL got them four wickets down for just 99 runs by dismissing Maxwell, Henriques, Warner and Finch in quick succession. Khawaja and Wade both fell cheaply too - for 6 and 14 respectively - but Head and Nevill got them over the line.

    The difference between Maxwell and Warner at the top of the order was stark, but they have the ability to become a really key partnership for Australia in limited overs. The former hit 66 off 29 deliveries, bludgeoning boundaries and exerting control, while Warner was left with 25 off 24.
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    18 ball 50 jheeze all we (KXIP) need now is for him to open seeing as he can now bat in the subcontinent
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    Pretty boring and dull match, in truth, to be honest. The Australia middle order is incredibly brittle, but Maxwell's ability is clouding that fact at the minute. It's no surprise the limited overs specialists shone in this series - because there's simply too much cricket being played in the international calendar right now. No wonder Smith is burnt out and returned back to Australia.

    Not that that matters, of course, with Warner thriving under the captaincy/leadership role.

    Farewell Dilshan. Thanks for the memories.
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    BREAKING: Morgan and Hales will NOT tour Bangladesh, with the ODI captaincy passing to Buttler.

    Morgan will, in theory, return to lead the limited-overs sides against India in January.

    Strauss, in an ECB statement, said: “Whilst we understand and respect Eoin and Alex’s decision, we are disappointed they have made themselves unavailable for selection for the Bangladesh tour. We have had open and honest conversations with all the players about the security arrangements and we are not expecting any other individuals to withdraw. Final selection for the Bangladesh tour will take place on Friday.

    “As with all England tours, the safety and security of players and staff is of the utmost importance. We will continue to monitor the situation in Bangladesh, take advice and consider the appropriate steps up to and throughout the five weeks we are on tour.”
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    Absolute **** move to say players have a free choice and then express disappointment when they make the choice you don't want.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    BREAKING: Morgan and Hales will NOT tour Bangladesh, with the ODI captaincy passing to Buttler.

    Morgan will, in theory, return to lead the limited-overs sides against India in January.

    Strauss, in an ECB statement, said: “Whilst we understand and respect Eoin and Alex’s decision, we are disappointed they have made themselves unavailable for selection for the Bangladesh tour. We have had open and honest conversations with all the players about the security arrangements and we are not expecting any other individuals to withdraw. Final selection for the Bangladesh tour will take place on Friday.

    “As with all England tours, the safety and security of players and staff is of the utmost importance. We will continue to monitor the situation in Bangladesh, take advice and consider the appropriate steps up to and throughout the five weeks we are on tour.”
    Can't say I'm surprised at his decision tbh.
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    WTF: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/sha...0a69f2a95a95e0
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    Hales no longer permanent test opener? Would think the lancs kid should get it
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    What do you guys think the current best test xi should be?

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    (Original post by tazza ma razza)
    Hales no longer permanent test opener? Would think the lancs kid should get it
    Haseeb Hameed is definitely most likely - but, as I've mentioned, I have worries about his scoring rate. He has such a slow strike rate and Test cricket just doesn't give you that time to bed in - especially attacks spearheaded by the likes of Starc and Steyn. Admittedly, the Indian and Bangladeshi openers aren't that fierce, but regardless, opening on the subcontinent and debuting on those dustbowls is a task like no other.

    Of course, he may put in a stellar performance this week and cost Middlesex the Championship. The match starts today, with Yorkshire facing third-placed Somerset at Headingley, before Gillespie's men face the leaders in the last round at Lord’s.
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    I can't open that! What is it?
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    I can't open that! What is it?
    Shane Warne is getting his own range of emojis...
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    (Original post by usycool1)
    Can't say I'm surprised at his decision tbh.
    Pretty sure Morgan has been back to those countries since the attacks.

    People probably won't care if the replacements don't do exceedingly well and so long as England win all the games.

    Will be interesting if that isn't the case.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Pretty sure Morgan has been back to those countries since the attacks.

    People probably won't care if the replacements don't do exceedingly well and so long as England win all the games.

    Will be interesting if that isn't the case.
    He's been back to Bangalore, certainly, but I don't think he has ever been back to Bangladesh in fairness to him.

    It's a weird decision. He has been happy to go back to India for the IPL (presumably for a big pay day, too!) but - anyway - he's the oldest member of the ODI set-up (bar Plunkett) and hopefully this allows Ben Duckett to be selected. He's in devastating form.
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    Maybe the set-up of the ODI/T2O team which seems to be jovial, supportive and a bunch of lads who get on really well with each other won't have any disappointment in Hales/Morgan especially with the statement Stokes put on Twitter. If it had some old-school pros who were hardened then it could be tricky for Morgan but it won't cause the ructions people think as the whole atmosphere within the group seems to be supportive. Personally, I'd like to think Morgan would have listened to the experience of Reg Dickason and led his team but he's always been determined to do things his way.
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    We won't know whether Morgan has made a good or bad decision until we see how the white-ball lads get on against Bangladesh, but it's not hard to envisage he and Hales walking back into the side to be honest. The latter, in particular, has enjoyed success in the limited overs format this summer and is integral to the team alongside Roy at the top of the order (four ODI centuries in the last 12 months, remember).

    You have to say that Hales has probably conceded his Test place, though. He averages just 27.28 after 11 Tests and Hales' replacement can now play all seven of the Tests before Christmas and try to establish themselves.
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    Crikey.

    The 8 city-team Twenty20 tournament has moved closer today following a positive vote, with the counties (plus the MCC) voting by a margin of 16-3 in favour.

    They were given five options, apparently, and only Surrey, Kent and Sussex voted against the proposals.

    For the first two years, at least, it seems the tournament will be broadcast by Sky and not involve England players. Both those factors may change after a new broadcast deal is agreed for 2020 onwards.

    The existing NatWest T20 Blast competition is also expected to continue and is likely to be played in the weeks before the city-based tournament, which will be held in July.

    It's obviously aimed at replicating the success of the IPL and Big Bash, but will it work? Good luck getting somebody from Sheffield supporting a Leeds team, and likewise, you've got the Liverpool/Manchester dynamic, Portsmouth/Southampton rivalry etc etc.
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    Wow. So rather than improve the existing league they are creating an additional one? If they don't plan non-T20 games in between then it could work but no England players? Amazed it has been voted through

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    Wow. So rather than improve the existing league they are creating an additional one? If they don't plan non-T20 games in between then it could work but no England players? Amazed it has been voted through

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    It has been voted through because the counties think they'll get a shed load of money. Graves is a businessman, and he doesn't have the best interests of the sport at heart. That much is clear.

    The pros are clear: the attendances will likely be good, and it'll (hopefully) attract more high profile names. But those two plus points are sure things by any means.

    I'm glad the T20 Blast is being retained, but you've got to wonder how this will affect young English players. We've seen the likes of Roy, Hales, Billings, Duckett, Stokes make their name in the T20 game and Blast competition - but will that still happen? Teams, with big budgets especially, could swerve youngsters in favour of names from abroad. Hopefully a quota system will be introduced.

    Oh, and also, ECB calculations show that around 25% of the population live around the eight grounds that would be utilised. The comparison figure in Australia is 65%. Top-quality T20 cricket is therefore less available to a vast number of people.
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    After the Middlesex draw today it is a three way battle for the title next week. Two weeks ago I would have put my money on Yorkshire. Hopefully rain does not spoil things.
 
 
 
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