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Recent Match Report – South Aust vs Queensland 2nd Match 2021/22

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Left-hander makes fastest ever List A double-century, off 114 balls, surpassing his own record to become the 3rd player to score multiple doubles

South Australia 9 for 391 (Head 230, Weatherald 97, Sandhu 4-73) versus Queensland

South Australia captain Travis Head has made history becoming just the third player to score two double-centuries in List A cricket after hammering 230 against Queensland at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide.

Head joins India’sRohit Sharma, who has scored three in ODI cricket, and Englishman Ali Brown, who has the highest score in List A cricket, as the only men to have managed multiple double-centuries, with Head adding to the 202 he scored against Western Australia in the Marsh Cup in 2015.

Head made 230 from 127 balls – the sixth-highest List A score – with 28 fours and 8 sixes to help set up South Australia’s total of 8 for 391 from 48 overs, with two overs lost to rain. Head’s innings was the second-highest score in Marsh Cup history behind D’Arcy Short’s 257, as well as the fastest List A double-hundred (off 114 balls). The team total was South Australia’s second-highest in competition history.

Head last played ODI cricket for Australia in 2018 when he was dropped after three single-figure scores in a series against South Africa. Since then in 21 List A innings, he has made 1136 runs at an average of 63.11 and a phenomenal strike-rate of 121.75, with three centuries and six half-centuries. His love affair with Karen Rolton Oval continues as well, averaging 95 in 11 innings there across Marsh Cup and Sheffield Shield cricket including three scores in excess of 163.

He entered with the score at 1 for 22 in the fourth over following the loss of Alex Carey. Head began his assault on the Queensland bowlers immediately and never relented. He raced to his century off just 65 balls, bringing it up with a six over square leg. His second hundred took 49 balls with the only thing to halt his progress being a short burst of rain that cost the Redbacks two overs.

Head scored all around the ground but was particularly savage on anything short, clubbing sixes over square leg and point. He was fearless with his footwork to the spinners smashing them repeatedly down the ground. He finally holed out at long on in the 47th over.

He got great support from Jake Weatherald who made 97 in their 244-run stand. Weatherald missed out on his century when he was caught off a leading edge at mid on from the bowling of Gurinder Sandhu. The right-armer took 4 for 73 on his Queensland debut having played previously for New South Wales and Tasmania.

Queensland’s target was adjusted to 397 under DLS because of the rain delay midway through South Australia’s innings.

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo



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T20 World Cup 2021 – Chris Gayle fumes over Curtly Ambrose’s comments says he is finished with him

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Batter takes issue with Ambrose’s comments that Gayle shouldn’t be an “automatic choice” in West Indies’ XI for the T20 World Cup

Chris Gayle had stern words for Curtly Ambrose after the former West Indies fast bowler said that the batter wouldn’t be his automatic pick in the West Indies XI for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which begins on Sunday in UAE.

Gayle hit back at Ambrose saying he has “no respect” for the former player and that he is “finished” with him.



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WBBL news – Rachael Haynes hamstrung for the entire WBBL

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Thunder captain opts to stay with her family after the birth of her son, with border restrictions making it too difficult for her to join the team

Sydney Thunder captain Rachael Haynes has withdrawn from the entire WBBL due to a combination of injury, border closures, and parental leave, barring a change in quarantine arrangements for people leaving New South Wales.

Haynes suffered a hamstring injury during the third ODI between Australia and India in Mackay last month and was ruled out of the remainder of the series including the day-night Test and the three T20 internationals.



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T20 World Cup – Kane Williamson ‘fine after very, very slight hamstring twinge’, on course for T20 World Cup opener

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“He’s getting through everything at the moment and he’s feeling good,” New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said

Kane Williamson, who had missed Sunrisers Hyderabad’s last league fixture against Mumbai Indians last week with injury, is “fine” now, two weeks out of New Zealand’s T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan in Sharjah.

Manish Pandey, who had stood in for Williamson in a dead rubber for Sunrisers, said that Williamson was nursing an elbow niggle, but according to New Zealand head coach Gary Stead, Williamson had hurt his hamstring.

“Kane is fine. He just had a very, very slight hamstring twinge, but he’s getting through everything at the moment and he’s feeling good,” Stead told NZC’s in-house media team at their training base in Dubai. “They [Sunrisers Hyderabad] were out of the competition as well, so I’m not sure if that was something he had to play in.”

Devon Conway, who had sustained a finger injury at the inaugural Hundred in August earlier this year, has also hit the nets. Conway is being seen as the second wicketkeeper in the squad behind the first-choice Tim Seifert, who is currently part of Kolkata Knight Riders’ squad in the IPL.

“Yeah, he’s going well,” Stead said of Conway’s progress at the nets. “He had a first real session yesterday with the gloves back on and kept very well in that and got some specialist coaching and stuff. Encouraged [by] the way he’s going.”

Shane Bond, James Neesham and Adam Milne have linked up with the New Zealand squad in Dubai after their IPL side Mumbai Indians missed the playoffs this time. Stead said that Bond’s role with the national team would involve working with the spin bowlers and helping bowling coach Shane Jurgensen.

“So, Bondie came in, in the last couple of days as well, when Mumbai were knocked out,” Stead said. “He’s working specifically with the spin bowlers in the tournament for us as well. So, he’s been great and it provides another set of hands for Shane [Jurgensen] when you look at a large number in squad are bowlers. He’s working with the spinners, in particular, and just around their strategies.”

New Zealand will play three warm-up games against Netherlands, Australia and England, before they run into Pakistan in the main tournament on October 26. Stead indicated that the guys who haven’t had enough game-time in the IPL will be given a chance to work their way back into rhythm. Left-arm spin-bowling allrounder Mitchell Santner, who is part of the Chennai Super Kings squad, is the only New Zealander who hasn’t played a single game this IPL. As for Kyle Jamieson, he doesn’t have much game-time under his belt, having not featured in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s last five games in the UAE leg.

“I think the guys that haven’t played – we will be looking to give them as much game-time as we can,” Stead said. “We’ve obviously got Netherlands on the 16th, Australia the 18th and England on the 20th. The other guys will come in and join us after the IPL stages, so we’ll just see who has been playing and who hasn’t in that time. Kyle will join up in the next couple of days and he will want a bit of match-time and I believe Mitchell Santner will want some match-time as well.”

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo



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