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Michael Neser locks in Glamorgan link-up with Marnus Labuschagne

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After his planned stint at Surrey was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Michael Neser will belatedly get the chance to play county cricket in 2021 after signing a contract with Glamorgan for the County Championship and Royal London Cup.

Neser, 30, will link up with Queensland team-mate Marnus Labuschagne in Cardiff, with the pair filling Glamorgan’s overseas quota for four-day and 50-over cricket following Marchant de Lange’s departure to Somerset. Labuschagne is also set to be available in T20 cricket, pending his international commitments, and they have one remaining overseas spot for the Blast.

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Labuschagne has previously credited his time at the club ahead of the 2019 Ashes as a springboard for his international breakthrough, and Neser – who is yet to make his Test debut despite regularly featuring in Australia squads – said he hoped that it could have a similar effect for his career.

“I’m thrilled to sign for Glamorgan and play in Wales,” Neser said. “I’ve played with a few guys who have played at Glamorgan – Charlie Hemphrey, Usman Khawaja, and especially Marnus – and they’ve had nothing but praise for the club, the way things are done, the culture at Sophia Gardens and the friendliness of all the staff and locals.

“I’m still desperate to play county cricket after my spell this year was cancelled, so when I heard Glamorgan were interested I didn’t have to think twice. I’m keen to come over, showcase my skills, and do what I can to win games of cricket for Glamorgan. I’ve got those international ambitions, and I saw what playing for Glamorgan did for Marnus, and I’m hoping to do the same thing.”

Neser started the Sheffield Shield season in style, taking his fourth career five-wicket haul before adding a maiden first-class hundred in an innings win against Tasmania. That performance prompted Justin Langer to describe him as a “fine cricketer”, having highlighted a lack of allrounders as a problem area for Australia.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets an opportunity with the Australian cricket team soon,” Langer said. “He’s been in lots of tours but, geez, he keeps knocking hard.”

Neser was due to play in the first half of Surrey’s County Championship campaign last summer, but in early April was the first in what became a torrent of players to have an overseas deal cancelled due to international travel restrictions.

With the club’s chief executive Richard Gould confirming that they will keep Hashim Amla and Morne Morkel as overseas players following the expiration of their status as Kolpak signings, they were unable to offer Neser a new deal.



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Australia vs India 2020-21 – Ishan Porel returns to India after picking up hamstring injury in Australia

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Bengal fast bowler Ishan Porel has returned to India from Australia after recently picking up a hamstring injury in Sydney. Porel was among the uncapped bowlers who travelled with the India squads from the UAE to Australia after the IPL. Porel returned to India on November 25 and he will now head to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru over the next couple of days.

“I picked up a hamstring injury in the nets in Sydney so I had to fly back,” Porel told ESPNcricinfo. “I will be going to the NCA tomorrow or day after.”

Porel, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi and T Natarajan were not named in any of the India squads for the Australia tour initially but travelled with the contingent to spend time with the international players and serve as additional bowlers in the nets. Tyagi is the only additional bowler with the group now after Nagarkoti was pulled out before the squads flew to Australia “as he is still working with the medical team on his bowling workload management,” a BCCI release said on November 9.

On the same day, Natarajan was included in the T20I squad as a replacement for Varun Chakravarthy who sustained a shoulder injury during the IPL. Last week, Natarajan was also added to the ODI squad as a cover for Navdeep Saini who complained of back spasm before the series opener.

Porel, 22, was with the Kings XI Punjab in the recent IPL but didn’t get a game. He last played the Ranji Trophy in March earlier this year – the drawn final against Saurashtra in Rajkot – after taking a five-for against Karnataka in the semi-final. During the Ranji season he had also toured New Zealand with the A squads and played one four-day game as well as three one-day games, in which he was the joint leading wicket-taker along with Kyle Jamieson. He finished the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy with 23 wickets from just six games at an average of just 18.95.

Overall, Porel has played 22 first-class matches, 25 one-day games and 14 T20s.



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Stuart Broad nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020

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Stuart Broad is in the running for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, after claiming his 500th Test wicket during an eye-catching series of displays in England’s Test series against West Indies and Pakistan this summer.

Broad, 34, was announced as a nominee on BBC Radio One Breakfast by the DJ and cricket fan, Greg James, and Joe “The Body” Wicks, and took to social media shortly afterwards to express his delight at “such a huge honour”.

In the course of England’s bio-secure summer, Broad reaffirmed his status as England’s attack leader, alongside his long-term new-ball partner James Anderson, with 29 wickets at 13.41, including a ten-wicket haul in the decisive third-Test victory over West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford.

However, he had started the summer out of favour despite an impressive showing in England’s winter series win in South Africa, and caused a stir midway through the first Test at the Ageas Bowl, when he took to Sky Sports to express his “frustration and anger” at being omitted from the line-up.

But he soon backed up his words with deeds, marking his comeback with six vital wickets to help square the series in the second Test, then bettered that with his Player-of-the-Match display one game later – a match that also featured his 500th wicket, that of Kraigg Brathwaite on the final morning of the game, and a remarkable 33-ball fifty from No.10, the third-fastest by an England player.

By the end of the summer Broad was seventh on the all-time list of Test wicket-takers, with 514 at 27.65 in 143 Tests.

Although Broad is an outsider for the SPOTY crown, which was claimed by his team-mate Ben Stokes last December following his stellar displays in both England’s World Cup victory and the subsequent Ashes, it is the third year running that a cricketer has been nominated, following Anderson’s nomination in 2018.

The first sportsman to be announced for this year’s award was the Formula 1 racing driver, Lewis Hamilton, who claimed a record-equalling seventh world title earlier this year.





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