Quite a few of the Kangaroo batsmen were seen batting with no pads on the front foot in their recent practice session just before the start of the Bangladesh series and they did so deliberately keeping Bangladesh’s bowling in mind.
The thing is that Bangladesh’s attack consists of two leftie spinners who are actually not quite the spinners, but the slow bowlers as most of their deliveries don’t take spin. However, their strongest point is that they are very good with their direction and it’s very rare that they give the batsmen any free space.
Ninety per cent of their deliveries land in the area of the three stumps and finish within the three stumps as well and with such type of bowling, there is always a danger of leg before wicket if you allow the ball to hit your pad before your bat.
Delhi Daredevils have signed Australia and Tasmania star Ben Hilfenhaus, according to reports.
DD signed the fast bowler as a replacement for JP Duminyafter the player withdrew from the 2017 edition of Indian Premier League for personal reasons.
Hilfenhaus was crucial to Melbourne Stars’ semi finalfinish in the Big Bash League of 2016/17. He retired from first class cricket last year but the 34-year old would be helping DD in the current IPL season.
Hilfenhaus made a career best last year when he had 5 for 23 in the Super smash in December whilst in action for Canterbury. In the Big Bash League, he was the second highest wicket taker with 12 scalps from nine games. Only Scott Boland bettered his figures.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have signed Vishnu Vinod as replacement for KL Rahul who is not expected to return due to shoulder injury. RCB will clash with DD at Chinnaswamy over the weekend.
Steve Smith was quite critical of the Indian board as well as the Indian players for not keeping the on-field talks private during the recently completed test series.
As per Smith, neither of the two sides was silent. There were words exchanged from both sides and that too in all matches. Then what’s the point for one side to go out and allege the other side of being rude?
In the last match of the series, the Aussies were taunting the Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for the fact that he doesn’t remain one of the first choice players of his team in overseas conditions and gets to play only at home.
The viewers, however, couldn’t know what was being said by the Aussies as the broadcasters had switched off the stump microphone when the banter was going on.
But, the Indian Cricket board decided that they would take the banter to the public. They found that particular audio from somewhere and posted it on one of their official pages on social media.
Last week Wednesday evening, at the Basin Blast, saw the Melbourne Stars go on to defeat the Wellington Firebirds.
In a chase of 169 for victory, Luke Wright, Melbourne’s English import bludgeoned the attack of the Firebirds to all parts, as he went on to score 112 from 63 balls.
During his knock, Wright was able to clobber eight sixes and nine fours, all at an ease, even as a substantial crowd of spectators watched from the banks of the Basin Reserve.
From the start of the match, Wright was at his very best as he pushed on to give Melbourne a quick start into their chase of 169.
If he was not on hand to provide catching chances to those at the bank, he was out sending out such savage blows towards the base of the Museum Stand that seemed determined to check its structural integrity.
David Warner’s dismissal in the last Sri Lanka-Australia test was one of the weirdest dismissals one can ever imagine to see in the game.
It happened when Dilruwan Perera, the right arm finger spinner, was bowling to the Southpaw.
Perera was bowling over the wicket and Warner was pretty sure that his delivery had fallen outside the leg stick and even if it was going to hit him on the pads after turning, there was no danger of an LBW. So, he anticipated the turn and tried to pad it away.
But, it was actually a skidder from Perera which had landed on the leather part of the ball and so, rather than turning and going towards the middle and off which it would have done if it had landed on the seam, it held the angle it was bowled from and hit the leg stick.
Warner was batting in his sixties at that time and it was the first occasion on the tour that he had gone past the half century mark. In fact, it was the first 50-plus score he had put in front of his name in the last 9 test innings he had played.
Australia has decided to use David Warner in a new batting position in the shortest format of the game.
The powerful left hander has been batting at no. 4 in the ongoing series against South Africa.
And, he has done enough in the first couple of games to encourage the team management to keep him slotted at that position.
He along with Glenn Maxwell won Australia the game yesterday at Wanderers from a very tough situation.
Yes, it was a bowler’s graveyard, the wicket and the boundaries were not bigger than the ones in the backyard Cricket either, but, given the pressure of the situation, a master class was needed from Warner and he did produce one.
The required run rate was almost touching twelve at the time Maxwell and Warner got together and South Africa just needed a spell of 15-20 deliveries at that stage to get the target virtually out of the control of the visitors.
But, Warner just did not allow that. From the first ball itself, the manner in which he took the chase on, it was an absolute exhibition of power hitting.