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K Gowtham, who was part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise, will ply his trade with Kings XI Punjab in the next edition of the Indian Premier League, it was confirmed on Thursday (November 14). The Karnataka all-rounder moved to the Kings XI team as part of a trade off, while the Royals acquired the services of Ankit Rajpoot who was with the Punjab franchise.
The Royals made a successful bid of INR. 6.2 Crore to get hold of Gowtham (who started with a base price of 20 Lakhs) for the 2018 edition of IPL and he was retained for the 2019 season.
On Wednesday, Trent Boult had been traded to Mumbai Indians by Delhi Capitals, while Rajpoot's move to the Royals was also confirmed on the same day.
Boult was bought by Capitals for INR. 2.20 Crores ahead of IPL 2018 and picked 18 wickets from 14 games. Things, however, didn't go as planned as he had only five wickets in five games in IPL 2019 at an average of 32.60. With the track conditions favouring spinners, Capitals have decided to sign R Ashwin and traded J Suchith to KXIP. Boult has 33 IPL games and has 38 wickets overall at an economy of 8.78.
Capitals have made several changes to their squad trading Sherfane Rutherford to Mumbai Indians and including Mayank Markande to their squad.
Rajpoot played only four games in IPL 2019 and was able to manage just three wickets at an economy of more than nine and an average of more than 50. The pacer has also featured for Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders since making his IPL debut in 2013.
Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Travis Head and Michael Neser have been named in Australia's 14-man squad for the upcoming two-Test series against Pakistan. Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja and Peter Siddle, who featured in the 17-man Ashes squad earlier this year, have been left out.
Australia squad for Test Series v Pakistan - Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head (vc), Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner
Bancroft wasn't even in the original squad for Australia A's practice game against Pakistan but found himself rushed in owing to Nic Maddinson's mental health break. Batting at No. 6, Bancroft made a gutsy 49 off 155 balls in Australia A's first innings effort of 122 all out, and has been picked in the Test squad for a middle-order spot. He will likely be competing for the No. 5 spot with Travis Head, Australia's co Test vice-captain who was dropped ahead of the final Ashes Test at the Oval. Head, though, got back into contention with a superlative 109 for South Australia against a strong New South Wales bowling attack last week.
Bancroft himself only played the first two Ashes Tests in England. His returns this season in the Sheffield Shield have been modest -- 57 runs in six innings at an average of 11.4 and a top score of 30 -- but finds himself in the squad owing to well-timed runs and unavailability of certain players.
Matthew Wade, with two Ashes Test hundreds to his name last series, continues to populate the middle order. He has hit three half-centuries in six Shield innings this season.
"Travis Head scored a hundred against a very good New South Wales attack just a few weeks ago and also offers the option of part-time off-spin," Trevor Hohns, the national selector, said. "Matthew Wade was superb as a specialist batsman through last summer, had a solid Ashes Series with two hundreds and strong start to the current domestic season.
"We anticipate Matthew and Travis will give us a strong middle order in support of the top four. Cameron Bancroft is someone who has the ingredients of what we believe makes a good Test cricketer and rounds out our batting group in the squad," Hohns added.
Will Pucovski, who was in contention for a middle order spot too, wasn't considered after he opted out of Test reckoning on grounds of mental health well-being. Peter Handscomb, with first-class scores of 30, 12, 19, 11 and 52 for Victoria this season, continues to miss out. Mitchell Marsh continues to recover from his fractured hand.
Joe Burns had narrowly missed the Ashes berth earlier this year but is likely to partner David Warner at the top against Pakistan. He has hit two half-centuries in three innings this Shield season but failed with scores of 0 and 11 in the practice match against Pakistan in Perth. Marcus Harris, in contrast, has a Shield hundred this season but it came on one of the flatter tracks at the Junction Oval. He was the replacement for Bancroft in the last three Ashes Tests to failed to make his chances count.
"David Warner and Steven Smith are in magical touch. We also welcome Joe Burns into the squad who we feel was unlucky to miss the Ashes squad. Joe's record speaks for itself, he has Test hundreds on the board and has combined very well with David (Warner) in the past. We also like the feel of a right-hand, left-hand combination at the top of the order. Marnus' performances in England and at the start of this season demanded his selection," said Hohns.
Neser has been picked ahead of Siddle, with the fast bowling attack also featuring Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc. Nathan Lyon is the lone specialist spinner whereas Tim Paine continues to lead the side.
"We are blessed to have four of the best fast bowlers in the world challenging each other for spots and most importantly playing as a group. Cummins, Starc, Hazelwood and Pattinson are daunting pace prospects for any opposition, particularly at home. Michael Neser adds to that group with his ability move the ball both ways, giving the team another bowling option depending on the conditions," Hohns added.
Allround Cottoy hands USA another drubbing
Keron Cottoy starred with the bat and the ball for Windward Islands to give USA a 43-run drubbing. USA were stunned to silence and had no answers to Cottoy's heroics - a counter attacking run-a-ball 43* and his first List-A five-fer. This match saw USA again shooting themselves in the foot, not once but twice. Having left the opposition reeling at 128 for 7, USA failed to clean the tail and allowed the Windward Islands' innings to meander along to reach a respectable 226. Apart from that USA were cruising at 117 for 2 before committing 'harakiri'.
Earlier in the afternoon, stand-in captain Steven Taylor got lucky at the toss and sent in Windward Islands to bat. Soon enough, Elmore Hutchinson and Jessy Singh had Windward down in the doldrums at 3 for 17. Elmore had West Indies discard Devon Smith nicking an innocuous outswinger to gully. Jessy Singh steamed in to have Stewart caught at first slip with a beautiful out swinger.
After that first wicket Jessy had his tail up and had Kirk Edwards' wood work disturbed with a peach of an inswinger. Desron Malloney and Kaveem Hodge steadied the Windward Islands' rocking ship with a 50+ stand. Timil Patel had the stand broken with a straighter one that thudded into Maloney's front pad to have him LBW for 44. Cameron Stevenson cranked up some speed in his second spell with a barrage of bouncers. He had the batsmen fending on a pitch that was of little assistance to him.
Stevenson had the dangerous looking Hodge caught behind for 40 before cleaning up Athanaze for 25. Elmore too joined in the party to have Yadram caught driving up-ishly at point, having Windward in the dock at 128 for 7. The jailbreak began with Shillingford and Cottoy taking the attack to the opposition with a flurry of boundaries. Shillingford was particularly severe on Timil, taking him over the ropes twice in the 39th over. The USA bowlers looked flat and bereft of options after the second drinks break and Windward tail wagged to reach 225 for 9 in 50 overs.
226 did not seem a tough task by any means. USA had auditioned their 3rd opening pair in as many games as Marshall and Sagar strolled down in the middle to commence the chase. However, USA got off to the worst possible start imagined as they lost Sagar in the second over of the chase. Sagar seemed to have done in by the pace as he nicked one to the keeper off Shermon Lewis. Steven Taylor joined Marshall at the crease with the score at 8 for 1.
With the two most attacking batsmen in the USA squad at the crease one would imagine USA would play at a fair clip to bury the ghosts of the previous game but what ensued until the end of the first power play was a flurry of dot balls and some pretty arduous batting. USA managed only 22 off the first 10 overs. Taylor soon was back to his usual best as he started becoming more adventurous against spin. He heaved one over long on against Shillingford for six to get some momentum going in his innings.
On the other hand, Marshall, having been dropped twice already, couldn't make it count as his luck ran out at 20 off 44 balls, offering a return catch to the bowler Edwards. Monank Patel joined Taylor at the crease and immediately hoicked one with the spin by the cow corner for a six against Shillingford. Taylor and Monank forged a busy little partnership of 48 from 68 balls and seemed to be running away with the game.
It needed some moment of magic from the Windward players to break the stand and Athanaze provided just that. Taylor pushed one in the air and Athanaze dived full stretch to his left 180 degrees parallel off the ground and plucked it out of thin air. Taylor looked set for a big one but couldn't add any more to his tally of 62 runs. USA looked still in the game with Monank looking solid as ever and Nisarg able rotate the strike with ease. However, Monank got out at a crucial juncture with USA needing 74 off 69 balls.
It was again a soft dismissal in the end as Monank drove uppishly to short cover to a nothing delivery really. Driving on the up straight to short covers has been his one of his weaknesses as seen in Miami in the previous games as well. As soon as Monank got out USA fell like dead rubble against Cottoy's leg spin, and USA were steamrolled for 182. The last eight USA wickets fell for 65 runs as the lower middle order and the tail got bundled out without much resistance.
USA paid the ultimate price for letting the opposition off the hook twice. On a pitch where Windward's spinners ruled the roost it is difficult to comprehend why USA bowled just 15 overs of spin with Nisarg Patel not getting a go at all. USA also clearly needs to rethink their batting approach in the powerplay as the strategy to play defensive cricket up top and chase a run a ball in the last 20 overs is clearly not working with the wicket getting increasingly difficult to score. USA play their next game of the tournament against the hosts Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.
Brief Scores: Windward Islands 225-9 in 50 overs (Desron Maloney 44 (60), Keron Cottoy 43* (43); Jessy Singh 2-24) beat USA 182-10 in 45.5 overs (Steven Taylor 62 (99), Monank Patel 37 (56); Keron Cottoy 5-37) by 43 runs
Pacers give India early advantage
Bangladesh missed a trick after opting to bat on a wicket laden with moisture on the morning of the opening day of the first Test in Indore. It reflected in their scorecard as the Indian pacers extracted movement aplenty and bowled testing lines reducing them to 63 for 3 by lunch on Thursday (November 14).
India lost the toss, but got what they wanted, bowling on a pitch with a tinge of green that the pacers made the most of. The first wicket took a while coming after umpteen plays and misses from the openers to begin with. Umesh, who began his spell with a beauty that soared just over the stumps due to bounce, beat the outside edge for the nth time, before eventually being rewarded. He caught the outside edge off Imrul Kayes's bat that flew to Ajinkya Rahane at gully in the sixth over.
Not wanting to be left behind, Ishant's fuller length undid Shadman Islam in the next over. The lack of foot movement to a full delivery that the batsman went for the drive against, only could catch the edge that the 'keeper Wriddhiman Saha was happy to accept as Bangladesh slipped to 12 for 2. Mohammad Mithun and Mominul Haque - captaining in his first Test - negotiated the bowlers rather well thereafter. Mithun survived a close review for leg-before when the ball was found pitching outside off, but the runs eluded Bangladesh nevertheless. They were patient, however, despite the misses, the prods and the testing lengths and managed to keep their wickets intact. Ishant bowled great lengths and tight lines through the session, but couldn't make further inroads.
But India's best pacer, Mohammed Shami, struck on the brink of lunch. He picked his first trapping Mithun leg before off a fuller delivery that shaped back in. There was little hesitation from the umpire to give him out, ending the brief resistance between the pair. Mominul, though, showed a lot of discipline and held his end well, even getting some streaky boundaries off outside edges that spurred Bangladesh past the 50-run mark after a slothful morning.
Virat Kohli then put a regulation catch down in the slips, handing Mushfiqur Rahim a life. Mushfiqur pushed away from his body, chasing a wide one outside off, which should've been left. The edge went to Kohli at a good height, but he got across a tad late and spilled it. There were a couple of close chances that weren't taken, but India will go into the break a happy side after a good session, despite a barrage of runs streaming in in the last half hour.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 63/3 (Mominul Haque 22*; Ishant Sharma 1-12, Mohammed Shami 1-12, Umesh Yadav 1-27) vs India
New South Wales stormed to their fourth win on the bounce this season. Needing seven wickets on the final day, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood effected maximum damage with reverse swing, bowling Western Australia out for 128 and bowling NSW to a massive 223-run win.
Starc started the day with Mark Stoinis's wicket, and Hazlewood, who was near unplayable on the day, soon followed up with two wickets in two balls. WA were stuttering at 41 for 7 when Josh Inglis and Ashton Agar put on 62 runs in 27.4 overs to frustrate the hosts. Steven Smith finally picked Inglis's wicket whereas Agar was run out by Daniel Solway.
Brief Scores: New South Wales 444/8 & 98/0 dec beat Western Australia 191 & 128 (Josh Inglis 46; Mitchell Starc 4-57, Josh Hazlewood 3-7) by 223 runs
Ellyse Perry's unbeaten 70, backed up by Erin Burn's all-round effort, helped Sydney Sixers register a comfortable 39-run win over Hobart Hurricanes, Cricket Tips on Wednesday (November 13), in Launceston.
Put in to bat, Alyssa Healy and Perry helped the Sixers to another strong start, with the duo putting on 72 runs for the opening wicket, in only 8.2 overs. Healy, who was the more aggressive of the two, had already carted Nicola Carey for two boundaries and as many sixes in the fifth over. However, it was Carey who eventually had the better of the 'keeper batsman, castling her on 39.
Perry, however, continued her charge in company of Ashleigh Gardner and then Burns, stitching handy partnerships of 51 and 49 with the two respectively en route her 56-ball 70.
In response, Hurricanes struggled to get going courtesy Marizanne Kapp's double strike which had left them reeling at 29 for 3 by the fourth over. Fran Wilson and Corinne Hall resurrected the chase with a 63-run partnership, but with the pressure of required rate mounting Hurricanes struggled to keep the chase on once the duo departed. Today Match Prediction Burns chipped in with three late wickets to bundle them out for 133, with two overs to spare.
With this result, Sixers moved to the second spot on the points table, with an additional game in hand while Hurricanes continued to languish at the seventh spot.
Brief Scores: Sydney Sixers Women 172/2 in 20 overs (Ellyse Perry 70*, Alyssa Healy 39; Heather Knight 1-30, Nicola Carey 1-52) beat Hobart Hurricanes Woman 133 in 18 overs (Corinne Hall 31, Fran Wilson 29; Erin Burns 3-5, Marizanne Kapp 2-18) by 39 runs.
Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat, Melbourne
Half centuries by Beth Mooney and Maddy Green helped Brisbane Heat cruise to the 166-run target with 9 wickets in hand and move to the top of the points table.
Put in to bat first, Melbourne Stars were rocked early with both the openers falling cheaply. However, Mignon du Preez steadied the innings in company of Annabel Sutherland, putting on a 102-run stand for the third wicket and later added quick runs towards the end with Erin Osbourne. du Preez remained unbeaten on 88 in a 51-ball knock which included 11 boundaries and 2 sixes. Delissa Kimmince was the most successful of the Heat bowlers, returning figures of 3 for 27 as Stars managed 165 for 4.
In response, Heat got off to a strong start courtesy Mooney and Green, who put on 92 runs for the opening wicket. Green raced away to a 33-ball 56 before falling to Madeline Penna in the 11th over. However, that was the only success of the day for Stars as Jess Jonassen and Mooney completed the chase without any further stutter. Betting Tips They added 76 runs in only 8.4 overs to help heat bag their sixth win of the season, with three balls to spare.
Brief Scores: Melbourne Stars 165/4 in 20 overs (Mignon du Preez 88, Annabel Sutherland 38; Delissa Kimmince 3-27, Sammy-Jo Johnson 1-23) lost to Brisbane Heat 168/1 in 19.3 overs (Beth Mooney 70*, Maddy Green 56; Madeline Penna 1-34) by 9 wickets.
India captain Virat Kohli lauded Glenn Maxwell's brave decision to speak up and take time away from the sport to deal with mental-health related issues,Cbtf Cricket and reckoned players at the international level should be able to communicate freely when they're not in the right frame of mind in order to be able to step away from the game.
Maxwell announced his sabbatical in the middle of Australia's home series against Pakistan, soon followed by Nic Maddinson opting out of an Australia A fixture for the same reason. Both have been backed up by vociferous support from their cricket board.
While players all around the world have been able to take such a big step, there's never been such a situation from within the Indian team. Kohli stressed on the need for Indian cricketers to be able to take such calls too - if the situation arises - and have ample support provided to them.
Kohli also went on to reveal his state of mind after the lows of the England tour of 2014, when he was not sure what the right way forward was and how a decision to take a sabbatical would be received. Kohli found himself in an absolute rut in that five-match Test series, coming away with just 134 runs to his name and a clear susceptibility against the ball moving away from him.
"I've gone through a phase in my career where I've felt like it was the end of the world. In England 2014, I just didn't know what to do, what to say to anyone, how to speak, how to communicate. Cricket Tips Free To be honest, I couldn't have said I am not feeling great mentally and I want to get away from the game, because you never know how that's taken.
"I think these things should be of great importance because if you think that a player is important enough, for the team and for Indian cricket to go forward, I think they should be looked after," Kohli said.
For such a big figure - perhaps the biggest currently - in Indian cricket to throw his weight behind such a delicate issue is a welcome opinion, considering the level of competition that players have to deal with on a daily basis at every age group in Indian cricket.
"I am absolutely for it. To be very honest, you have a job to do, we have a job to do. And everyone's focused on what they need to do so it's very difficult for anyone to figure out what's going on in another person's mind," Kohli said.
"When you get to the international stage, every player that's in the squad needs that sort of communication and that ability to just speak out. I think what Glenn [Maxwell] has done is remarkable and it sets the right example for cricketers all over the world that if you're not in the best frame of mind, you try, you try, you try. But I think as human beings you reach a tipping point at some stage and you need some time away from the game.
"Not to say that you give up but just to gain more clarity and you tend to take more space, which I think is quite acceptable and quite a nice thing to do. I think these things should be respected and not taken in a negative way at all because this is happening at a human level, it's got nothing to do with what you do on the field or not. Match Tips Just not having the capacity anymore to deal with things, which I think can happen to anyone so I think it should be taken in a very positive way," he said.
Worcestershire sign Turner for T20 Blast
Ashton Turner has been signed by Worcestershire Rapids as one of the overseas players for their 2020 Vitality Blast campaign. Cricket Free Betting Tips The 26-year-old Australia will join Hamish Rutherford, who is the other overseas signing for the club, and will be available for the team through their entire campaign.
Speaking about Turner's signing, Paul Pridgeon, Worcestershire Cricket Steering Group Chairman said: "We are very pleased to sign Ashton. He is a promising, young player which fits our profile and hopefully he will fit nicely into our set-up.
"He is a top order batter, batting four or five at the moment in the Australian T20 side. His stats stack up. We've seen footage of him and have done our homework - he looks a decent player. He is also a terrific fielder which helps, and is important in T20 cricket."
Turner has played 10 T20Is and three one-dayers for Australia, after having made his Big bash League debut in the 2013-14 season. Cricket free Prediction He did make an impact with his big-hitting for the national side but endured a poor run in the Indian Premier League, earlier this year. In 83 T20 games, he has scored 1166 runs at a strike rate of 136.05.
Nicholas Pooran, the West Indies batsman, has been handed a four-match suspension by the International Cricket Betting tips free Council for 'changing the condition of the ball'. Five demerit points have also been added to the record of the 24-year-old, who was caught on tape scratching the ball with his thumbnail during the third ODI against Afghanistan in Lucknow on Monday (November 11), and he will miss the next four T20I games for West Indies.
Pooran was found guilty of violating Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct, with his offence being a Level 3 breach, and was handed four suspension points. The minimum penalty for a Level 3 breach is four suspension points, which translates into five demerit points for the player involved. Four suspension points equates to a ban of two Test matches or four ODI/T20I matches, whichever is earlier.
In Pooran's case, the next international assignment for West Indies is the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan, which Pooran won't be a part of, while he'll also miss the first T20I of the three-match series against India.
On-field umpires Bismillah Shinwari and Ahmed Durrani, along with third umpire Ahmed Pakteen and fourth umpire Izatullah Safi, levelled the charges on Pooran, who admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad.
"I want to issue a sincere apology to my teammates, supporters and the Afghanistan team for what transpired on the field of play on Monday in Lucknow. match tips free I recognise that I made an extreme error in judgement and I fully accept the ICC penalty. I want to assure everyone that this is an isolated incident and it will not be repeated. I promise to learn from this and come back stronger and wiser," said Pooran.
Western Australia were shot out for 191 in the face of some reverse swing from Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, both of whom shared five wickets. Spinners Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon shared rest of the wickets among themselves. Match Prediction Free The hosts declared on 98 for no loss in their second innings, with Daniel Hughes (53* off 48) and Moises Henriques (42* off 54) putting on some quick runs.
Set a target of 352, WA were reeling at 28 for 3 at stumps on Day 3. Starc picked Shaun Marsh and Matthew Kelly while Cummins picked Josh Phillipe's wicket.
Brief Scores: New South Wales 444/8 & 98/0 dec (Daniel Hughes 53, Moises Henriques 42*) lead Western Australia 191 (D'Arcy Short 51; Pat Cummins 3-31, Steve O'Keefe 3-36) & 28/3 (D'Arcy Short 14*; Mitchell Starc 2-5) by 324 runs
South Australia vs Tasmania, Adelaide
Alex Doolan's 176 not out combined with Matthew Wade's 89-run to take Tasmania to 345 for 5 before declaration, with a deficit of 145 runs. Tom Cooper picked three wickets. Batting again, South Australia lost Jake Weatherald to Jackson Bird early but a 141-run second-wicket stand between Henry Hunt (69) and Callum Ferguson (72*) helped grow the lead. The duo took the side to 166 for 2 in only 27 overs.
Brief Scores: South Australia 490/6 & 166/2 (Callum Ferguson 72*, Henry Hunt 69) lead Tasmania 345/5 dec (Alex Doolan 170*, Matthew Wade 89*) by 311 runs
Victoria vs Queensland, Melbourne
Mitchell Swepson's hat-trick for Queensland accounted for Will Sutherland, James Pattinson and Peter Siddle, wrapping Victoria's innings at 300 for 9 declared. Despite the whirlwind finish to the innings, Peter Handscomb's 92 and 17-year-old Jake Fraser's 51 on debut helped them eke out a 117-run lead. Swepson ended with four in total while Mark Steketee and Blake L Edwards picked two wickets apiece. Cricket Betting Tips Free again, Queensland lost Bryce Street to Peter Siddle in the second over.
Brief Scores: Queensland 183 & 3/1 trail Victoria 300/9 (Peter Handscomb 92, Jack Fraser 51; Mitchell Swepson 4-75) by 114 runs
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