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KKR IPL 2021 – Eoin Morgan recovering well from hand injury to play in Kolkata Knight Riders’ opener on April 11

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The Kolkata Knight Riders captain also said the side’s spin attack is “one of the best” in the tournament this season

Eoin Morgan has said that he has progressed well enough to have a chance to play in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ season opener against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 11 after sustaining a hand injury that kept him out of the last two ODIs against India in Pune. Morgan, the Knight Riders captain, also called his side’s spin attack “one of the best” in the tournament this season, adding that they could make a huge difference especially on the turning tracks in Chennai, where they will be playing their first three matches.

Morgan required stitches after splitting the webbing between his thumb and index finger while attempting to stop the ball during the first ODI last week. While he batted in England’s unsuccessful run chase in the match, he declared himself unfit after taking part in a fielding drill at training last Thursday.



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SL vs IND – Krunal Pandya’s immediate contacts test negative for Covid-19

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None of them, however, will travel to the ground for the last two matches of the series

All the eight people identified as the immediate contacts of India allrounder Krunal Pandya have tested negative for Covid-19 in the fresh round of RT-PCR tests carried out on Tuesday. ESPNcricinfo understands the group of eight, whose identity has not been revealed by the BCCI, cannot travel to the ground for the final two T20Is of the Sri Lanka series. On Tuesday, the BCCI had said all members of the squad would be tested.
The development will come as a shot in the arm for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as it paves the way for the remaining two matches to be played over consecutive days on July 28 and 29 in Colombo. On Tuesday, the BCCI confirmed Krunal had tested positive for Covid-19, which led to the SLC postponing the second T20I by a day. The allrounder tested positive in both the antigen as well RT-PCR tests, after complaining of a sore throat on Tuesday morning.



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Alex Carey‘s calm leadership was lauded by Australia coach Justin Langer after the 2-1 ODI series win over West Indies but he appears unlikely to retain the captaincy for the T20I series against Bangladesh.

Australia need to decide on a stand-in for the injured Aaron Finch who missed the ODIs in the Caribbean and was then ruled out of the Bangladesh leg due to a knee problem that is likely to require surgery.

Carey is much less secure of his place in the T20 set-up – he made 22 runs in three innings against West Indies after being recalled to the middle order – and it could be that Matthew Wade takes the captaincy against Bangladesh having previously stepped in for Finch against India last year.

Australia fly to Dhaka on a charter flight on Wednesday and a final decision will be taken over the next few days by Langer in consultation with selectors Trevor Hohns and George Bailey.

“We’ll work through that,” Langer said. “We want to be consistent with those decisions, hopefully we’ve shown over a period now that we’re very consistent with how we’re selecting teams and selecting leaders, and no doubt that, that’ll be shown again when we get to the T20s in Bangladesh.”

However, Carey’s first stint in the role – having lost his position as shared vice-captaincy last year – will have done his credentials no harm when future captains are being assessed. Finch has previously said he would like to continue through to the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.

“I thought Alex’s captaincy was outstanding,” Langer said. “He’s so calm and you can see it in his face when he bats. We’ve seen it through his career, but we saw it in that hundred he scored with Glenn Maxwell in England last year, to win when we were really under pressure, and even the way that he batted last night he just seemed so calm under pressure.

“As we know he’s the ultimate professional, so therefore he’s easy to work with as a captain because you know that he will tick every box. He’ll make sure that all his due diligence is done on the opposition and he’ll know how our players are travelling. So he was great to work with, I loved his calmness, loved his composure, I love what he brings on and off the field so he did a really really good job. He’s a very impressive in that role.”




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Carey could get another chance in the T20 middle order against Bangladesh with Australia’s batting resources stretched due to Finch’s absence and doubts over Ben McDermott after he injured his ankle diving into a boundary board in the second ODI. Due to travel difficulties and biosecure arrangements replacements can’t be called up.

Moises Henriques had a tough time with the bat in West Indies but there is limited room for manoeuvre given both the travelling replacements, the uncapped Nathan Ellis and Tanveer Sangha, only provide bowling cover. Dan Christian and Ashton Turner did not feature in the last T20I against West Indies and will come back into the frame. With five matches in the space of seven days it is likely the fast bowlers will be rotated.

Australia will be looking to improve on their 4-1 loss against West Indies which included throwing away a winning position in the opening game and then they could not get on the board until the series was gone.

Mitchell Marsh was the biggest success in that series with 219 runs and eight wickets to push himself firmly into contention for the T20 World Cup even when the absent players are available again.

“Certainly Mitch Marsh has put his hand up. That number three position is really interesting depending on how Steve Smith comes up with his elbow injury,” Langer said. “That adds real depth to our play. I also thought that why Ashton Agar batted yesterday, [he] is certainly up there as a spin bowler and he’s like a leopard in the field. I also liked the fact that he, Matthew Wade, and Alex Carey, the left handers in the middle…we thought moving into the World Cup we might be a bit short on left hand batsman. But the way those guys have stood up is a huge bonus for us moving forward.”

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo


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Recent Match Report – Hampshire vs Sussex Group 2 2021

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Former Middlesex batter continues run-scoring form, then showcases unheralded legspin

Hampshire 328 for 7 (Gubbins 131*, Alsop 68, Fuller 54) beat Sussex 230 (Head 52, Gubbins 4-38) by 98 runs

A stirring all-round performance by Nick Gubbins guided Hampshire to victory over Sussex by 98 runs in their Royal London Cup Group A match at the Ageas Bowl.

First, Gubbins scored a magnificent century, 131 from 119 deliveries with six fours and five sixes, to help Hampshire post a daunting score of 328 for 7 from their 50 overs. Gubbins’ score was a List A record for a Hampshire batsman against Sussex.

But then Gubbins the legspinner stunned Sussex by taking four wickets for 38 runs as Sussex were bowled out for 230 in 41.2 overs. Before this Gubbins had taken only one wicket, in a T20 match. He has proved a shrewd signing from Middlesex.

A young Sussex side, with five teenagers and three others aged 22 or less, never looked likely to reach their target, and they have now lost two of their opening three games in this competition, with the other match abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Their best hope was their fourth-wicket pairing David Wiese and Travis Head, their most experienced players, who put on 61 in 11 overs. But Wiese fell to a magnificent catch by Scott Currie at wide mid-off and the Gubbins ended their last hope by bowling Head.

While Gubbins was clearly Hampshire’s batting star he received solid support from Tom Alsop and James Fuller, who each hit half-centuries.

Alsop missed Hampshire’s opening match in the competition because he was having a concussion break. But here he came into the side in place of Tom Scriven and gave his side a solid start with Tom Prest after captain Kyle Abbott had chosen to bat first.

Alsop showed his form when he hit boundaries off each of the first three deliveries of the expensive Henry Crocombe’s third over. Alsop and Prest put on 81 for the first wicket before 16-year-old legspinner Archie Lenham came into the attack to bowl the 15th over and immediately bowled Prest for 34.

Gubbins brought up the 100 in the 18th over when he swept Head for four. Alsop looked in such good form that it was a shock when he played on to Danial Ibraham for 68 off 60 balls, with eight fours. By now, though, Gubbins was in full stride.

When Hampshire were 169 from 30 overs they looked capable of scoring 350 or more. But they managed only 52 from the next ten overs because of some tight bowling from the Sussex spin trio of Lenham, Will Beer and James Coles.

It took a sixth wicket stand of 116 in 13 overs between Gubbins and the hard-hitting Fuller to put Hampshire firmly on top. And then it was Gubbins the bowler who took over.



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