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South Africa vs Pakistan, 1st ODI, 2021 – Pakistan overcome the panic – ‘We thought we’d entertain people a little’ | Cricket

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Imam-ul-Haq was one of two set batsmen to fall quickly as Pakistan stuttered © AFP/Getty Images


It should’ve been far more comfortable than it ultimately was but given Pakistan’s records in chases such as the one they faced at Centurion, it is an achievement they eventually overcame two distinct phases of panic after two set partnerships to sneak through.

Chasing 274 in the modern ODI isn’t usually seen as problematic, even accounting for a slightly trickier surface but this chase was only Pakistan’s fifth successful one of a 270-plus target in a decade. That is the same number as Ireland and fewer than every Full Member other than Zimbabwe. Chasing, all of Pakistan knows, is not a strength.

And so, as much as the win, the collapse from 186 for 1 to 203 for 5 and the unnecessary losses of Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan after a steadying partnership, was on the minds of Pakistan post-game. “You know there’s this pandemic bringing everyone down these days and so we thought we’d entertain people a little,” joked Imam-ul-Haq, whose 70 caught the mood of the win: a good enough, but it should’ve been much more.

“But on a serious note, if you want to win big tournaments and become a top three team… it’s not as if we don’t talk about this in our meetings, it gets discussed, that if your top three get set in white-ball, then in other teams they don’t just make 100, they get 150. That is what we’re trying to do, like Babar [Azam] and I were set today, we should finish the game. We were playing an ODI after a long time. We want to learn from our mistakes and turn these 70s and 80s into matchwinning knocks and turn a win like this into a seven- or six-wicket win.”

Imam did point out that a good quality attack and a surface with spongy bounce played a role in their eventual difficulties, but Pakistan and Imam’s rustiness in the format was evident too. This was only Pakistan’s sixth ODI since the 2019 World Cup and Imam himself has been a peripheral presence since that tournament – a result of no longer being in the Test XI and not getting enough ODIs to play.

“To be honest, I’m very disappointed [in not finishing the game],” Imam said. “I’ve been waiting one and a half years since my last hundred. I haven’t had that many opportunities in the last year. You don’t always get what you want, but I’ve got two more games to make up for it.”

Pakistan will also cheer Babar Azam‘s hundred, his 13th in ODIs. He hasn’t been out-of-form exactly but a little dip in the Tests against South Africa earlier this year – when Keshav Maharaj troubled him – had induced a hint of anxiety among fans. He’s since responded with runs in the PSL and now this innings, soothing reassurance that there are very few batsmen in the world better than him right now.

“I enjoyed that hundred quite a bit,” Azam said. “With Imam the plan was just to stretch that partnership as far as possible into the target. We just didn’t want to lose focus at any stage. We wanted to finish it but unfortunately, I got out, then Imam did and we had a bit of a collapse which put pressure on us. But Rizi and Shadab really had an outstanding partnership that brought us back into the game.

“We’re feeling quite confident after this win and I want to keep my form going in the next game. When you win, you have some good things and bad things you take from the game. I’m going to speak to the boys about the mistakes we made a bit more and discuss how we could’ve done things better.”

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Ban vs Aus, 2021 – Russell Domingo

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Bangladesh head coach says he does not expect big turning tracks in his side’s bid to register their first T20I series win over Australia

Bangladesh are looking for their first-ever T20I series win against Australia, but they won’t resort to big turners in order to achieve this. Head coach Russell Domingo said as much ahead of the upcoming five-match assignment in Dhaka, pointing out that it’s important to “play on good wickets” in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup in the UAE.

“Obviously, winning is always important,” Domingo said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to try and win a series against Australia; it will do wonders for our confidence. We also want to try and find our best combination [for the T20 World Cup], and playing against Australia will give us that opportunity.”

“Bangladesh don’t play against Australia that often, so this is a big series for us and we’re determined to do well in it.”

The two teams have only ever faced each other four times in T20Is, with Australia commanding a 4-0 lead in the head-to-head. The only occasion when Bangladesh hosted Australia in the shortest format, prior to this series that kicks off on August 3, was in April 2014.



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Ban vs Aus, 2021 – Ashton Turner hopes return to bowling will boost T20 World Cup chances

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He hopes for more opportunity with the ball during the five-match T20I series in Bangladesh

Ashton Turner hopes a return to the bowling crease will boost his chances of being part of Australia’s T20 World Cup squad.
Turner has undergone multiple shoulder operations during his career, the most recent two years ago, and has rarely been seen with the ball. However, across the last two ODIs in West Indies he sent down 14 overs, claiming two wickets and impressing with his control.
It was the most he had bowled since the end of 2016-17 Australian domestic season when he delivered 41 overs in a Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales.

He now hopes for more opportunity with the ball during the five-match T20I series in Bangladesh, starting on Tuesday, which is a final chance to impress the selectors before the World Cup squad is named.

“Bowling is something I’ve always loved and unfortunately due to my shoulder injuries I haven’t been able to contribute much in games,” he said. “It’s been almost two years since my last operation, so I feel as good about my bowling as I have in a long time.

“Although I haven’t been able to bowl a lot in games, behind the scenes I’ve been working a lot at training and it’s nice in conditions that suited spin bowling and to be another option for the captain. Hoping that my bowling workloads can increase from here.

“Don’t think I’ve bowled eight overs in a game for more than four years…no doubt that will take some time. Feel like I’ve done everything I can over the recent periods and I’m starting to enjoy it as much as I used to.”

Having a second string could be a deciding factor in selection although Turner’s primary job will remain with the bat. He is seen as one of the players who could be Australia’s finisher but he only played twice in the recent T20I series against the West Indies. His best innings came in the first ODI when he made 49 while the performance that put him on the map internationally was his 84 off 43 balls against India in Mohali in 2019.

To date, he has made 87 runs from 89 balls across nine T20I innings. The 22 balls he faced in the third ODI in St Lucia is the most he has managed in a single game, in a position where the demands are often for instant results very quickly, but he believes his role in domestic cricket for Perth Scorchers stands him in good stead.

“There’s no secret until you’ve been able to walk out in high-pressure situations and perform, training can’t replicate that pressure,” he said. “I’m fortunate that for a number of years now I’ve been able to experience some close games in the middle order and try to finish innings. With that experience, comes confidence and that’s not something that can be found at training.”

In the West Indies, he also took the chance to pick the brains of Andre Russell who is a master of the closing overs and has also lent on the recalled Dan Christian in the Australian dressing room.

‘[Speaking to] Andre Russell on the back of the West Indies tour, being able to get some insights from him about how he goes about his game. He’s probably the best in the world at the moment at finishing innings and he’s another one playing T20 cricket only,” Turner said. “The message coming from Andre is that he’s trying to replicate the situations he has in games and challenge him as much as possible.

“Dan Christian is someone I’ve played a lot of cricket with but not necessarily spent a lot of time in the same dressing. So I have spoken to him about his transition from playing all formats of the game to now plying his trade as one of the best middle-order finishers in the domestic circuit. It’s interesting to see a change in his philosophy around batting and how he models his training and that’s certainly evolved over the last five years.”

The five-match T20I series against Bangladesh that begins on Tuesday will be played across seven days in Dhaka. Australia are expected to be captained by Matthew Wade in the absence of Aaron Finch who has returned home with a knee injury.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Australia selector George Bailey and his pressing tasks in the next 12 months

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New selection chief will play a key role in picking squads for the T20 World Cup and Ashes

While selectors can’t score the runs or take the wickets, they do have to make the final decision on who is best placed to do so. George Bailey, Australia’s new chairman of selectors, faces a number of big judgement calls over the next 12 months that will go a long way to defining this era of the men’s team.

A team to win the T20 World Cup

It is a trophy Australia’s men’s team have never won (they will have two chances in the space of a year) and preparations for this year’s edition have been far from ideal, with the current squad in the West Indies and Bangladesh stripped of a host of key names. However, in Bailey, they have someone very much in touch with the format – he has captained Australia in 28 of his 30 T20Is and played in the BBL as recently as the 2019-2020 season. The upcoming five games in Bangladesh are a last chance for the fringe candidates to impress Bailey, who will hope he has a full hand of players to select from for the final squad. If everyone is fit and available (captain Aaron Finch will shortly have knee surgery), the key decisions will be who fills the middle-order roles and who takes the wicketkeeping gloves.

Test batting spots

Test cricket has been thin on the ground for Australia during the pandemic and there will be a lot of people with fingers crossed that the Ashes goes ahead as scheduled. Last season’s 2-1 loss to an injury-hit India left a number of question marks with the list of central contracts announced earlier this year highlighting the uncertainty over the batting. As it stands, there is at least an opener and a No. 5 needed, presuming the other spots are filled by David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Green. With Warner being 34, it could also be that it is under Bailey’s watch that his career draws to a close.



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