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Struggling South Australia poach Brendan Doggett among host of changes

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Head coach Jason Gillespie says the new-look side will “focus on results” after four consecutive seasons at the bottom of the first-class standings

South Australia have poached the dual Sheffield Shield-winning fast bowler Brendan Doggett from Queensland among a raft of interstate additions to their squad. According to head coach Jason Gillespie, the new-look side will have a “focus on results” after four consecutive seasons at the bottom of the first-class standings and no victories at all in any competitions last season.

The recruitment of Doggett, alongside the additions of Nathan McSweeney (also from Queensland), Jake Carder (Western Australia), the Sydney Thunder’s Nathan McAndrew (New South Wales) and contract upgrades for Ryan Gibson (NSW), Samuel Kerber (Victoria) and rookie Jordan Buckingham (Victoria), marks a major departure from recent seasons in which the Redbacks tried unsuccessfully to build a home-grown team.

The failing fortunes of South Australia have been a talking point across the national system and were last year the subject of an independent review by Michael Hussey that panned a culture of mediocrity and conflicts of interest within the state’s high-performance wing.

Hussey’s review had included the following recommendations: “Identify and try to recruit the best young talent around the country (former Australia U-19 players not contracted) and engage them through Premier Cricket making them earn opportunities at the next level. Identify quality players from interstate with first-class experience to fill holes in the current list or holes that will develop in the near future. Target the best 10th to 15th players from other states.”

South Australia had already parted ways with Will Bosisto, Tom Cooper, Brad Davis, Conor McInerney, Luke Robins and Cameron Valente – all delisted – while Callum Ferguson and Chadd Sayers retired during the season after long careers with the Redbacks.

“We are extremely delighted with the additions we’ve been able to make to freshen up our squad, and we’re optimistic for an improved 2021-22 season,” Gillespie said.

“We have added considerable depth and increased our pace stocks, namely with Brendan who is a two-time Sheffield Shield champion, and we welcome each new player and look forward to the beginning of pre-season. We’ve shaped this new-look team with a focus on results, and we are confident that this rejuvenated list can take this proud state forward.”

South Australia contract list: Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jake Carder, Brendan Doggett, Daniel Drew, Ryan Gibson, David Grant, Travis Head, Henry Hunt, Samuel Kerber, Jake Lehmann, Nathan McAndrew, Nathan McSweeney, Joe Mennie, Harry Nielsen, Tim Oakley, Lloyd Pope, Kane Richardson, Liam Scott, Jake Weatherald, Nick Winter, Daniel Worrall
Rookie contracts: Jordan Buckingham, Bailey Capel, Kyle Brazell, Corey Kelly, Thomas Kelly

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig



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Recent Match Report – South Africa vs West Indies 2nd Test 2021

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Temba Bavuma and Nkrumah Bonner ruled out, Kyle Verreynne and Kieran Powell keep their places

Toss West Indies chose to field vs South Africa

Under cloudy skies and after a 15-minute rain delay, Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and decided to field, having gone the other way in the first Test. The pitch in St Lucia showed off a healthy tinge of green and Curtly Ambrose, on the pitch report, said he expected bounce and seam movement.
So do West Indies, who included an extra seamer in Shannon Gabriel at the expense of offspinner Rahkeem Cornwall. Gabriel missed the first Test with a hamstring injury. That left allrounder Roston Chase to do most of the spin bowling in this Test.
West Indies were also without Nkrumah Bonner, who started the first Test but was then replaced with Kieran Powell after suffering a concussion. Bonner was hit on the helmet by Anrich Nortje and was unavailable for this match. Powell kept his place in the XI.
South Africa’s XI was unchanged with vice-captain Temba Bavuma sitting out once again. Bavuma had recovered from the hip injury that kept him out of the first Test but dislocated his left middle finger during fielding drills two days before the match. Kyle Verreynne got another opportunity at No. 5 as a result.

While South Africa cannot lose the series, they are chasing a first series win away from home since March 2017, when they beat New Zealand.

Cricket West Indies has made arrangements for 400 fully vaccinated fans to attend each day’s play, marking the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic that spectators have been allowed in for a cricket match. The stands, however, were empty when play began.

West Indies: 1 Kraigg Brathwaite (capt), 2 Kieran Powell 3 Shai Hope, 4 Kyle Mayers, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Jermaine Blackwood, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Joshua da Silva (wk) 9 Shannon Gabriel, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Jayden Seales

South Africa: 1 Dean Elgar (capt), 2 Aiden Markram, 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Keegan Petersen, 5 Kyle Verreynne 6 Quinton de Kock (wk), 7 Wiaan Mulder, 8 Keshav Maharaj 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Lungi Ngidi

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



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The Hundred 2021 – Andrew McDonald withdraws from the Hundred due to clash with Australia tour

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Andrew McDonald is set to be the latest big-name withdrawal from the Hundred, amid concerns over fixture clashes and bio-bubble fatigue.
McDonald had been appointed as head coach of Birmingham Phoenix, but ESPNcricinfo understands that he will not be coming to England this summer with his responsibilities as Australia’s assistant coach taking priority. Daniel Vettori is believed to be a strong favourite to secure an interim role in charge of the side.



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CPL 2021 schedule tweaked to avoid clash with remainder of IPL 2021 in UAE

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“Cricket administrators must collaborate if cricket is to survive the risks and costs of Covid-19,” says Ricky Skerritt

In a shot in the arm for the BCCI and the IPL, the dates for the 2021 edition of the CPL have been revised; it will now be played in St Kitts and Nevis between August 26 and September 15. The CPL was originally scheduled to start on August 28, and end on September 18, but that changed after the BCCI began talks with Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the CPL immediately after it identified the September-October window for wrapping up the remainder of the postponed 2021 IPL.

The revised dates will mean a tweaked match schedule for the CPL, and the challenge for both CWI and CPL is that there aren’t many free days in a packed home season comprising tours of the Caribbean by South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.

Immediately after the ongoing series against South Africa, which ends on July 9, West Indies play a white-ball series comprising five T20Is and three ODIs against Australia, which will end on July 24. Three days later, the Pakistan series kicks off with a five-match T20I series followed by two Tests, scheduled to end on August 24.



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