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India’s next coach: Moody, Simmons in shortlist of six along with Shastri

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The next head coach of the senior India men’s team is expected to be chosen on Friday from a shortlist of six: the incumbent, Ravi Shastri, as well as Tom Moody, Mike Hesson, Phil Simmons, Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh. The BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee, headed by Kapil Dev, will convene in Mumbai to conduct the interviews before making their decision.

The three overseas coaches are likely to join the committee members over video conference, while Rajput and Robin, team manager and fielding coach during India’s 2007 World T20 win, are likely to be present in Mumbai for the interviews. Besides Kapil, the CAC comprises Anshuman Gaekwad, the former India opener and coach, and Shantha Rangaswamy, the former India women’s team captain.

Confirming the updates, a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India, “These six will give presentation for head coach before CAC. It has been learnt that these six have been short-listed for interview with the CAC.”

While the names of Moody, who has rich coaching pedigree in international cricket [Sri Lanka] as well as in the franchise circuit [Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, for example], and Hesson, formerly head coach with New Zealand and Kings XI, have been doing the rounds, Simmons is seen as a late entrant.

The former West Indies opener was until June the head coach of Afghanistan. In the past, he has also had stints with West Indies, with whom he won the World T20 title in 2016, and, most notably, Ireland. Hesson, meanwhile, served as head coach of New Zealand for six years, the highlights being their memorable run to the 2015 World Cup final and a home Test series win over England in 2018. He has also been linked with the Bangladesh men’s team, who are without a coach since letting go of Steve Rhodes after the World Cup.

There have been suggestions from the BCCI that Shastri is most likely to continue, something that has the backing of India captain Virat Kohli, who publicly expressed his support for Shastri at a press conference before flying out for the tour of the USA and the Caribbean late last month.

“With Ravi bhai, all of us have a great camaraderie, everyone in the team shares mutual respect [with him]. And we have done really well together as a group,” Kohli had said at the time. “Yeah, we will definitely be very happy if he is continuing as a coach, but as I said it is upon the CAC to seek my advice or opinion if they want. Right now, I haven’t been contacted at all. And I don’t know what is going to happen with the process.”

Shastri and the rest of his support staff – Sanjay Bangar (batting coach), B Arun (bowling coach) and R Sridhar (fielding coach) – are automatic entrants into the process. All of them are on an extended 45-day contract that will come to an end following the two-Test series in the Caribbean.

While Arun has been favoured, like Shastri, to retain his job, Sridhar could be up against Jonty Rhodes for the fielding coach’s position. Meanwhile, Bangar’s position as batting coach will be challenged by the candidatures of Pravin Amre, Vikram Rathour and J Arun Kumar.All three have been associated with coaching at the domestic and IPL level.

Amre is presently batting consultant of the USA national team and Delhi Capitals, while Rathour, who served as member of the selection committee until 2016, and Arun are with Himachal Pradesh and Puducherry respectively.The support staff is likely to be picked by MSK Prasad, the men’s selection committee chairman.



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Recent Match Report – New South Wales vs Victoria, Sheffield Shield, 19th Match

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Victoria 7 for 431 dec and 1 for 168 dec (Maddinson 105*, Harris 54*) lead New South Wales 310 (Patterson 54, Parker 3-54) and 1 for 41 (Larkin 21, Hughes 18*, Siddle 1-18) by 248 runs

A stunning unbeaten century from Nic Maddinson has set up a tantalising final day between Victoria and New South Wales at the SCG.

Maddinson clubbed 105 not from just 90 balls with nine fours and four sixes as Victoria declared their second innings closed at 1 for 168 after just 30 overs, having earlier bowled out New South Wales for 310 to gain a lead of 121. Marcus Harris also made 54 not out but was mainly a spectator as Maddinson assaulted his former team.

Harry Conway made an early breakthrough in Victoria’s second innings, trapping Travis Dean in front, but that was the only joy for the Blues as Maddinson teed off.

His century was his second of the season and his fifth for Victoria in just 11 matches since moving from New South Wales in 2018. It followed on from 95 in the first innings to give him 648 runs at 92.57 in Sheffield Shield cricket this year. Incredibly, he made more runs in this game than the entire BBL, where he contributed just 143 runs at 10.21 for the Melbourne Stars.

The declaration left New South Wales needing 290 to win with ten overs and a full day to bat. They started the chase brightly moving to 41, but just prior to stumps, Peter Siddle made a breakthrough with Nick Larkin picking out Will Sutherland at square leg with a flat pull shot to leave the Blues with nine wickets in hand on the final day.

Earlier, the Blues began the day at 4 for 201 in their first innings but folded for 310. Debutant Wil Parker continued his fairytale start to first-class cricket by claiming a third wicket with Dean taking a stunning catch at short leg to remove Daniel Solway. Will Sutherland breached the obdurate defence of Blues skipper Peter Nevill before Chris Tremain and Siddle cleaned up the tail.



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Recent Match Report – New South Wales Women vs Western Australia Women, Women’s National Cricket League, Final

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Western Australia 231 (Bolton 67, Day 32, Farrell 4-33, Campbell 3-55) beat New South Wales 189 (Trenaman 37, Darke 36, King 3-28, Bolton 3-34, Graham 3-40) by 42 runs

A superb all-round display from Nicole Bolton took Western Australia to their first Women’s National Cricket League title with a 42-run win over New South Wales at North Sydney Oval.

WA were playing just their third final, while NSW had won 20 of the 23 editions of the tournament held since it began in 1996-97. But Bolton produced a calm and composed 67 to help the visitors to a competitive total of 231 before taking 3 for 34 with the ball to help bowl NSW out for 189 and claim Player of the Match. Fellow offspinner Emma King and Heather Graham also took three wickets each.

WA were in early trouble at 2 for 8 after winning the toss and electing to bat. Rene Farrell, in her last professional match, took the key wickets of Chloe Piparo and Graham in her first two overs. But Bolton shared three consecutive 50-plus run partnerships with Ashley Day, Mathilda Carmichael, and Megan Banting to put WA in the ascendency before Farrell returned and forced Bolton to chop on.

Stella Campbell also picked up three wickets but WA’s tail was able to keep the scoreboard moving at five per over to put up a challenging total.

NSW started the chase superbly with Rachel Trenaman and Maddy Darke racing to 62 without loss in the 13th over. But Graham trapped Trenaman in front for 37 and then the spinners got to work. Bolton took a sharp return chance to remove Darke for 36 and then King strangled the middle-order. She took three wickets in six overs including the prized scalp of teenage prodigy Phoebe Litchfield for just 3.

NSW never got close as Bolton and Graham returned to ice the game.



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Recent Match Report – Queensland vs Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, 21st Match

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Queensland 257 (Khawaja 56, Bird 4-68) and 0 for 58 (Burns 46*) beat Tasmania 78 (Wakim 11, Neser 4-18) and 236 (McDermott 69, Paine 61, Webster 50, Neser 3-48, Steketee 3-62) by ten wickets

Queensland’s seamers led by Michael Neser and Mark Steketee destroyed Tasmania to set up a ten-wicket victory inside three days at the Gabba.

Neser and Steketee took three wickets apiece to bowl Tasmania out for 236 on the third day. Half-centuries from Tasmania trio Ben McDermott, Tim Paine and Beau Webster ensured the home side would bat again but the paultry target of 58 was light work for Queensland openers Joe Burns and Bryce Street.

McDermott and Paine added 54 in the morning session after Steketee removed nightwatchman Gabe Bell. McDermott reached his second half-century of the season and absorbed 189 deliveries before Steketee produced another cracking delivery to break the partnership and have McDermott caught behind.

Paine and Webster also added 56 for the seventh wicket with the Australian Test captain passing fifty for the second time in the Shield season. He struck eight fours and a six but Neser knocked him over with the second new ball to expose the tail. Tasmania lost 4 for 43 with Webster the last man out for 50.

Burns and Street needed just ten overs to reach the target of 58. Burns raced to 46 not out from 35 balls with six fours and a six before Street hit the winning runs to deny him a half-century. The win moves the Bulls up to the second spot on the Sheffield Shield table.



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