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Eng vs NZ 2021 – Ross Taylor banks on county experience to counter England bowlers

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Batter expects Kane Williamson to find a way past the plans England’s bowlers have worked out for him

Ahead of England’s two-Test series against New Zealand, fast bowler Ollie Robinson has detailed several plans to deal with Kane Williamson. But Ross Taylor downplayed Robinson’s assertions, saying that “a lot of teams” have tried to work Williamson out, but his record shows how successfully he had countered those plans.

“Swinging it away from him, setting him up, pulling him across the crease and then using the crease with the nipbacker to get him lbw looks like a solid option,” Robinson had said. “That will be Plan A, but if he gets a few more we have got a few Plans Bs and Cs in the background.”

When asked if Plans A, B and C were enough for someone of Williamson’s calibre, Taylor countered with, “D, E, F… there’s always going to be a few plans for everybody. Some work, some haven’t. Kane’s got a fantastic record all over the world.”



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Sophie Molineux named Melbourne Renegades captain

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The allrounder replaces Amy Satterthwaite after a season where the Renegades won four matches

Allrounder Sophie Molineux has been named the new captain of Melbourne Renegades as the club looks to bounce back from a difficult 2020-21 WBBL where they finished seventh.

Molineux’s appointment, to replace New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite, means a new captain-coach combination for the Renegades with Simon Helmot having replaced Lachlan Stevens.

Last season Molineux scored 221 runs and took 11 wickets as the team secured four wins in 14 matches during the tournament that was played entirely in a Sydney-based hub.

“It’s a real honour to be appointed captain of a club I love so much and follow in the footsteps of some high-quality leaders that I look up to,” Molineux said.

“Amy Satterthwaite has had a massive influence on the group and on me personally. Her wealth of knowledge and ability to stay composed is what I’ve always admired. Jess Duffin is such a competitor and leads by example and I’ve also had the privilege of playing under Meg Lanning in the Victorian and Australian teams.

“I am really excited to be able to take what I’ve learnt from each of them, combine it with how I approach the game and continue to grow and learn along the way.”

Molineux is a regular part of Australia squads with 24 T20I caps under her belt alongside six ODIs and one Tests although did not make the side during the tour of New Zealand earlier this year.

“Sophie has fantastic relationships within the squad. She’s tactically astute, trusted and highly respected across the playing group,” Helmot said. “She’s had an excellent apprenticeship working under some great captains, including Amy who has helped nurture so much of our young talent.

“That grounding under such leadership will have Sophie well prepared, we’re excited to see this next phase in her career and we’ll support her along the way. We look forward to the start of a sustained period of success for the club under Sophie’s leadership.”



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Debut double helps Devon Conway enter Test batters' rankings at No. 77

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Ollie Robinson made a big entry too, his seven wickets at Lord’s taking him to 69th among bowlers



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Eng vs NZ 2021 – Kane Williamson ruled out of second Test and Tom Latham to captain New Zealand

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Will Young to bat at No. 3 after showing strong County Championship form for Durham

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, has been ruled out of the second Test against England at Edgbaston because of a persistent elbow injury.
Williamson had to miss an ODI series against Bangladesh earlier this year because of the same problem, which also caused him to miss the start of the 2021 IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Tom Latham, the regular vice-captain, will lead the team in Williamson’s absence, as he did against Australia at the SCG in January 2020 and West Indies in Wellington in December.



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