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‘Fearless’ Dan Christian ideally suited to Australia’s T20 World Cup needs

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His BBL coach Greg Shipperd believes the allrounder could fill one of the troublesome middle-order spots

Dan Christian‘s “unique skillset” and wealth of experience make him an ideal candidate for Australia’s T20 World Cup squad following his surprise national recall according to his BBL coach at the Sydney Sixers, Greg Shipperd.

Thirty-eight-year-old Christian, who last played for Australia in 2017, was one of six players added to the large preliminary squad ahead of the tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh with the expectation that a number of those involved in the IPL will make themselves unavailable for the trip.

“It’s a unique format of the game and he’s got a unique skillset as a strong finisher through the middle and at the back-end with the bat, he’s got the capability to bowl a couple of intelligent, player-specific overs right across the three phases with the ball,” Shipperd said on the day he signed a two-year extension as the Sixers coach which takes him to the end of the 2023-24 season.

“He’s a super fieldsman but there’s also a wealth of cricketing strategy and knowledge that resides in his brain and he’s a real giver in any team he’s involved with. If you’re going into a specific tournament, they’ve got a couple of World Cups coming up, he’s a strong choice. He’s in form, he’s fit and strong, he’s got a lot of positives going for him. I hope he gets game time and performs really well and gets an opportunity to play in the World Cup.”



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Royal London Cup 2021 – Shreyas Iyer ruled out of Lancashire county stint

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India batter continuing his recovery from shoulder injury suffered in March

India batter Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of appearing for Lancashire in the upcoming Royal London Cup. Iyer had signed as an overseas player for the 50-over tournament but required surgery on a shoulder injury suffered during India’s home ODI series against England in March.

It has since been decided, following discussions between Lancashire and the BCCI, that Iyer will remain in India to continue rehab ahead of his planned return to cricket.

“We are obviously very disappointed, as we were thoroughly looking forward to welcoming Shreyas to Emirates Old Trafford,” Lancashire’s director of cricket, Paul Allott, said. “Ultimately Shreyas’ long-term fitness is of paramount importance and Lancashire Cricket fully respects the decision.



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England vs Pakistan 2021 – Matt Parkinson ‘gutted’ to be left out of England’s white-ball squads at start of summer

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Legspinner hopes performances against Pakistan prove he can play alongside Adil Rashid at T20 World Cup

Matt Parkinson has admitted he was “gutted” to be left out of England’s white-ball squads at the start of the summer and that he hopes his performances throughout Pakistan’s tour can prove he can play in the same team as Adil Rashid at the T20 World Cup in October.

Parkinson was overlooked for the T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka last month, with Liam Dawson preferred as England’s third spin option. Eoin Morgan, their limited-overs captain, explained at the time that Dawson’s versatility and his ability to bowl in the powerplay had been key factors in him earning selection, but Parkinson admitted that he was so disappointed about his omission that he had not asked for any feedback.

“Obviously I was gutted,” he said on Monday. “I didn’t ask for any feedback – I was sort of hoping it was about letting me play a bit in the Blast, and not come and carry drinks. That was how I tried to look at it. Sometimes if you look at things too closely, you can get down very easily, and I think I probably used it as momentum to performance for Lancashire.

“It’s funny how cricket works. A month ago, I probably would never have thought I’d have played for England this summer, so to have played for the past two weeks have been great – if you’d told me two weeks ago I’d have played five internationals for England this summer and taken some wickets I’d have probably laughed at you. I think the reason I’ve done well is because I tried to use it as a bonus. I didn’t really have this on my radar.”

Parkinson’s success in Sunday’s 45-run win – he took 1 for 25 in four overs and conceded a single boundary while defending a score of 200 – formed part of an unprecedented, spin-heavy England strategy, which saw him, Rashid and Moeen Ali bowl 11 overs between them to strangle Pakistan’s run chase. It was the first time that Parkinson had played in the same England team as another frontline legspinner, and he said he hoped that his success in tandem with Rashid demonstrated their complementary skillsets.

“I’m used to playing with spinners at Lancs – it’s a philosophy we use there,” he said. “We bowl spin through the middle and to do that with England yesterday was awesome. A lot gets highlighted about how slowly I bowl – [Rashid] bowls faster than me, he uses his googly more than me. I think we are different and I think that’s why yesterday worked so well: from each end it was different and they couldn’t just line up one of us.

“Moving forward, I would love to play with Rash. I don’t think it’s always feasible, but I’d like to think the performances I’ve put in this week will only aid us going forward. The best thing about yesterday was the pressure we had on them: all three spinners didn’t really bowl a bad ball, and I think it was 11 overs, 5 for 80-odd [87] and that only got ruined at the end by some slogging.



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Alex Davies to trade Lancashire for Warwickshire at season’s end

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Wicketkeeper-batter says time is right for “new challenge” as he seeks England honours

Alex Davies will leave Lancashire to join Warwickshire on a three-year deal at the end of this season.

Wicketkeeper-batter Davies, who linked up with Southern Brave on Monday ahead of The Hundred, said he saw the move as a chance to press for England selection and that it was the right time “to look for a new challenge”.

“Warwickshire are a massive club with a proud tradition of winning,” Davies said. “The Bears squad have potential to win trophies and I want to contribute to future success. At the same time, I remain totally committed to my ambition to play cricket for England and I believe that Warwickshire can help me do that. I have loved my time at Old Trafford and am now looking forward to an exciting next chapter in my journey.”

Davies made his first-team debut in 2011, going on to become the first Lancashire keeper to score 1,000 first-class runs in 2017. He has made 90 appearances in red-ball cricket, scoring 4,682 runs at an average of 36.57 and he has 170 catches and 16 stumpings.

Davies has also excelled in white-ball games as part of the Lancashire Lightning side that won the 2015 Blast. In T20s, he averages 27.40 with 42 catches and 10 stumpings and, in List A, he has made 1,380 runs at 32.08, with 48 catches and 11 stumpings.

Davies has largely played this season as a top-order batter with Dane Vilas keeping wicket for Lancashire. Middlesex wicketkeeper John Simpson got the nod for England honours when a new-look white-ball squad had to be plucked from the counties for the recent ODI series against Pakistan following a spate of positive Covid tests within the original group.

Paul Farbrace, Warwickshire’s director of cricket, described Davies’ signing as “huge” for the county.

“Alex has firmly established himself as one of the best wicketkeeper-batters in the domestic game and he knows what it takes to win,” Farbrace said. “In the red-ball game Alex has broken Lancashire records, whilst in white-ball cricket he bats with a fearless approach that can change the course of games.

“To have a player of his calibre want to join Warwickshire with an ambition to win trophies and push for international selection is a fantastic boost to everyone connected with the club. Aged only 26, we believe that Alex’s best years are ahead of him and we’re committed to giving him the best platform possible to push for a place in the England team across all formats.”

Paul Allott, Farbrace’s counterpart at Lancashire, said: “We are sad to see Alex leave Lancashire, but respect his decision to move on. On behalf of everybody at the club, I would like to thank Alex for his commitment and efforts during his time at Emirates Old Trafford and wish him well for the next stage of his career.”



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