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India vs England, 3rd ODI, Pune

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Jos Buttler, England’s stand-in captain, says he is proud of the manner in which his side stayed true to the values that won them the 50-over World Cup at Lord’s two years ago, despite succumbing to a thrilling seven-run defeat in the ODI series decider against India in Pune.

Faced with a stiff target of 330, England had slumped to 168 for 6 shortly after the halfway mark of their innings, but kept throwing their punches to the bitter end. Sam Curran belied a previous ODI highest score of 15 to finish with 95 not out from 83 balls, but a lack of batting partners undermined his attempts to seal the chase, as he was forced to turn down singles in the frantic closing overs.

And with Dawid Malan producing a run-a-ball 50 after his promotion to the full squad as an injury replacement for Eoin Morgan, and Liam Livingstone playing his second free-spirited innings in as many ODIs after stepping into Sam Billings’ role in the middle order, Buttler believes that England have made strides on this white-ball leg of their India tour, despite losing the decider in both the 20-over and 50-over rubbers.

“You play the game to win matches and to win series, and in the must-win games, we haven’t quite managed to do that, so of course, we’re disappointed with that,” Buttler said. “But there’ll be some great learnings taken from the tour, and some great exposure to players playing in this part of the world for the first time.”

“Once again, we’ve expanded the talent pool available to us in one-day cricket, building ahead to the T20 World Cup in a few months’ time and, of course, the 2023 World Cup later on down the line as well.

“So anytime we expand that player pool, that creates competition, that creates better performances, and that’s the upward trajectory that we’re always after as a side, that continuous improvement.”



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WI vs AUS 2021 – Australia captain Aaron Finch faces knee surgery as uncertainty over T20 World Cup captaincy looms

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CA optimistic Finch, who was ruled out of the remainder of Australia’s West Indies and Bangladesh tours, will be fit in time for the world tournament

Aaron Finch could be in a race to be fit for the 2021 T20 World Cup as he faces knee surgery after being ruled out of the remainder of Australia’s tours of West Indies and Bangladesh.

Finch initially suffered the injury to his right knee during practice ahead of the T20I series against West Indies and aggravated it in the final match in St Lucia. He was subsequently ruled out of the start of the ODI series and the decision was taken on Saturday that he would now return home to Australia instead of continuing to Bangladesh.

“I’m extremely disappointed to be heading home,” Finch said. “This was considered the best course of action rather than travelling to Bangladesh, not being able to play and losing that recovery time. I will have the surgery if required and start the recovery process ahead of the World Cup.”



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West Indies vs Australia, 2nd ODI, 2021

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The West Indies captain thought Australia should have been held to around 120

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard was left frustrated that his team made things harder than he believes they should have done in the second ODI in Barbados even though they came away with a four-wicket win which sets up a series decider on Monday.
Australia slid to 45 for 6 after batting first – a decision made two days ago before the 48-hour suspension of the match due to the Covid-19 scare – with Akeal Hosein taking out the middle order in the blink of an eye. However, they were able to clamber to 187 and when West Indies were 72 for 5, Australia were probably favourites to win before Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder turned the chase around.

“Pleasing to win, obviously, but to say I’m overall pleased with our performance throughout the entire game, I think we have some work to do,” Pollard said at the presentation. “Australia were [45 for 6] and getting to 190, we didn’t put our foot on the X like we should have done and gave them opportunities to come into the game. Then our batters didn’t make it easy, it seems like we don’t like to do things the easy way. Thought 120 should have been the total.”

In their previous ODI series against Sri Lanka in March, West Indies stitched together three solid run chases with a century from the top order on each occasion. This series has been much less secure with them falling to 27 for 6 in their opening defeat followed by their stumble on Saturday.



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NS-W vs WF-W 2021 – Jemimah Rodrigues on her 92* in Hundred: ‘A much-needed innings for me personally’

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India batter reflects on her 43-ball blitz on debut for Northern Superchargers, having suffered a lean patch recently in international cricket

‘It’s good to be back’ was Jemimah Rodrigues‘ over-riding feeling upon delivering Northern Superchargers’ victory with an unbeaten 92 in their first match of the Hundred against Welsh Fire at Headingley.

Rodrigues’ 43-ball knock contained a staggering 17 fours, struck to all areas of the ground, and one six. But, more importantly, it marked a welcome return to form for the India batter who had gone more than 18 months without an international fifty. It was a fallow patch that led to Rodrigues being overlooked for the last two of five ODIs against South Africa as well as the Test, first ODI and all three T20Is on India’s recent tour of England.

“I wasn’t getting an opportunity to play,” Rodrigues said. “Then when I got that opportunity in the second ODI [against England], I put a lot of pressure on myself. I said, ‘I have to go out there, make the most of it and score runs’ and all these things.

“I had to stay calm and play my game because I am good enough, that’s why I’m playing in the team. That was a slight shift that I got my mindset on, that I don’t need to put too much pressure on myself to go out and score or prove myself or make it big.

“I just stuck to my game, kept things simple and played the best cricket I possibly knew. I was batting really well in the nets and that makes a lot of difference because I knew there was nothing wrong with my technique or anything it’s just going out there with a new mindset so I just worked from that.”



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