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CPL 2021 – Mohammad Amir to play for Barbados

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Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane will pair up with defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders

Pakistan duo Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik have signed on with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 set to take place later this year in St Kitts and Nevis. Malik returns to Guyana Amazon Warriors, the side he led in 2018 and 2019, while Amir’s first stint in the CPL sees will see him ply his trade with the Barbados Tridents. Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane will team up with defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders, having played for three separate teams in the last three seasons.

Malik has captained the Amazon Warriors in every game he has represented the outfit, though Nicholas Pooran will take over the role this year. Chris Green captained the side in 2020, leading them to the semi-finals. Some of Malik’s best T20 form has come in the CPL, where he averages 43.60 with the bat and 15.66 with the ball



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England vs India, 1st Test, Trent Bridge – Marcus Trescothick admits England’s preparation not ideal | Cricket

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Marcus Trescothick has admitted that England “probably [did] not” have appropriate preparation before heading into the first Test of the LV= Insurance series against India at Trent Bridge.

England were dismissed for just 183 on Wednesday, with only Joe Root reaching 30. And with several of England top-order batters having not played a first-class match since the end of their series against New Zealand in early June and a couple of others having not played since the tour of India at the start of the year, it left Trescothick, one of the team’s batting coaches, facing questions about the team’s preparation heading into the series. While clearly in an awkward position considering his role with the ECB, Trescothick was honest in his assessment.

“It’s probably not [appropriate preparation], no,” Trescothcik admitted. “Of course you would want them to play a certain amount of red-ball cricket going into it. Scheduling is always an issue.

“We’d love to get more time into them at the crease: bowling with the red ball; facing the red ball. We’d love the preparation to be slightly better. But it’s not the way it is, so you have to get into it in a different fashion.

“We all appreciate that trying to get all the cricket in across the whole summer – county teams, The Hundred, all these competitions going on – there’s no easy solution to get this right and something always has to give.

“As coaches, we accept that is the way it is but we cannot sit back and just because we haven’t had the prep that it isn’t going to work.

“If we could get a couple of periods of time where we could get a red-ball game before [a Test series], then excellent. But quite often you go into Test series knowing that you’re coming off the back of a white-ball competition. That’s just the way international cricket is and you have to find your way as an international player to make that work. We don’t want to use it as an excuse.”

Trescothick was also full of praise for an India attack which he rated the “most potent” they had possessed for years. Recognising that they were able to omit a bowler as skilful as R Ashwin, he praised their quality and depth.

“They are the most potent in comparison to where they have been for the past few years,” he said. “They have a lot of bases covered. You can see the guys are not playing, how much quality they have also.

“They have a good stock currently. They don’t get to the World Test Championship final for no reason. We saw them go to Australia and perform there, so it’s no surprise to us. It’s just challenging and we know it’s a real contest, we have to raise our game to match up against their skills. We have that ability, it’s just making sure we do it better than we have done today.

“Of course we’re disappointed not to get more runs on the board. There were times we were playing well and getting right on top of the game and then obviously we lost wickets in clusters so it turned on its head quite quickly.

“But I’m not worried. I see these guys play and practise and you see the talent they have. We’ve got to keep remaining positive. Today has not been the ideal day, of course, not but that doesn’t define how the rest of the game or the rest of the series is going to go.

“We’ll go away, lick our wounds and find a way to try and get back in the game.”

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo


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Henriques praises Mustafizur’s skills in restricting Australians

On a difficult, sticky and turning Mirpur deck, 21-year old Afif Hossain hit an unbeaten 31-ball 37 to drag Bangladesh out of a bit of a mess, helping rescue the hosts from 67 for 5 to winning with eight balls to spare. After the victory, Afif said he knew all along that as long as he was not dismissed, Bangladesh would emerge victorious. However, he said that a useful piece of advice from Mahmudullah, the T20I captain, went a long way in achieving that outcome.

“When I went out to bat, Riyad bhai just told me one thing. To take two-three overs to settle in,” the 21-year old said. “And personally, my ambition was to return after finishing the game. First thing I did was to assess the wicket and to understand what needs to be done on this surface.

“I was aware that if I stay late, I can finish the match. The plan for both Nurul Hasan and me was to just score without losing a wicket because the run-rate was under check.”

After the match, Mahmudullah said that Afif and Nurul showed “maturity” in their partnership. He said that their half-century stand brought “relief” to a “tensed” camp that was downcast after sliding into a losing position after a terrific bowling show.

The T20I captain also praised Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib blitzed his way to a 17-ball 26 to keep Bangladesh ahead of the required run-rate early on after returning 1 for 22 in his four overs. Mahmudullah said that “Shakib once again showed how important a player” he is for the Bangladesh team. Shakib’s momentum-building innings, in a low-total run-chase, allowed Afif and Nurul to play risk-free cricket when the pressure was high.

Henriques praises Mustafizur’s skills

That Afif had to take Bangladesh only past 122, however, was courtesy of the bowling effort in the first innings. Left-arm seamers Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam shared five wickets for 50 runs in their combined eight overs, and Afif said their returns had equal impact on the match result that now sees Bangladesh lead Australia 2-0 in the five-match series.

“Our pace bowlers made full use of the home advantage we have,” Afif said. “It was natural that our bowlers would bowl to a plan that is successful on these decks. But it needed backing up from the fielders too, which we received.”

Mustafizur – who finished with an economy of 5.75 and the wickets of Josh Philippe, Matthew Wade and Ashton Agar – was also the beneficiary of praise from the opposite camp. Moises Henriques, who has played both with and against Mustafizur in the IPL, said that for Australia to put up better totals, it would be paramount to combat the sort of skill Mustafizur brings to games on slower surfaces.

“Today Mustafizur showed how quickly he adapts,” Henriques said after the match. “He bowled 24 slower balls (laughs) and did not bowl anything pace on. He just summed up the conditions really well tonight.

“The amount of revolutions he gets on the slower ball even on a good wicket is hard to play anyway, let alone on a surface like that. We need to find a way to combat that, and try and get as many runs as possible. It’s quite clear it’s not a 160 to 200 wicket, but we need to find a way to get to 140 or 150 whatever that might be.”

Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @sreshthx



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Recent Match Report – England vs India 1st Test 2021

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India 21 for 0 trail England 183 (Root 64, Bumrah 4-46, Shami 3-28) by 162 runs

India took the last seven England wickets for 45 runs to bowl the hosts out for 183 after they won the toss and batted in tough batting conditions. India’s openers knocked off 21 of those without being separated. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, the two senior bowlers in the absence of Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin, took seven wickets between them in 37.4 overs. Once again, Joe Root looked like a level above his batting team-mates, scoring 64 assured runs off 108 balls in an innings that went at 2.78 an over.

England will need to look at five or six wickets that they didn’t make India work hard enough for. It started early as Rory Burns fell for Bumrah’s two-card trick in the first over in a hectic start.

India the country did not even have time to properly debate the exclusion of Ashwin – who’s in the form of his life – from the XI, to find a combination that fit the conditions and addressed India’s long tail. Ishant had failed a fitness test in the morning.

Bumrah took five balls to change the talking point. Four of them moved gently away from the left-hand opener Rory Burns before the fourth one swung back in. In 2018, when Bumrah got Keaton Jennings in the same fashion, it might have been a surprise, but by now, experts argue, you have to be expecting that delivery as a left-hand batter and not get beaten as comprehensively as Burns did.

Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley saw off the new ball with a hard-fought 42-run stand in nearly 21 overs, but Rishabh Pant managed to convince his captain to take a second review in the same Mohammed Siraj over to get the wicket of the fluent Crawley. Three balls after an enthusiastic review for a catch off the inside edge and pad cost India, Pant implored Kohli to take another, similar review. This time the inside edge was taken.

This was minutes before lunch, but in the intervening overs, Root got away with three boundaries in an over – one of them streaky – and also looked to attack Bumrah in the final over before the break.

After lunch, India operated with Bumrah and Shami, but the line of attack shifted a bit, almost like they decided the ball wasn’t doing much and they needed to get back to the leg trap they had set for Australia in Australia. Soon enough, Sibley got a leading edge to a ball sliding down leg from Shami, offering short midwicket a catch. A “nothing wicket” on the surface, but India did have a field for straight lines: a short-forward square leg to go with the short midwicket.

From 66 for 3, England found their most assured batting period with Root and Jonny Bairstow batting together for 22.5 overs. Root showed more attacking intent than any other specialist batter, scored faster than all of them and was more in control than any of them. Bairstow got comfortable as time wore on, but in one over split by the tea break, England were rocked back significantly.

Shami and Bumrah have had to work the hardest for their wickets in England among their contemporaries. As of lunch on day one, they had needed to induce 19 false responses apiece for a wicket in England, the highest among fast bowlers since 2014. James Anderson and Stuart Broad, by comparison, take about 10 false responses each.

It is part luck, part lengths, but their luck was about to change. It had already begun to turn for Shami with that leg-side delivery to get Sibley, but now even reviews were going to fall in place. In the last over before tea, Shami bowled that perfect seaming delivery to trap Bairstow in front, but two sounds probably influenced umpire Richard Kettleborough to rule it in the batter’s favour. Kohli couldn’t get affirmation from anyone in front of the wicket that the ball had missed the bat, but went with the review nonetheless.



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