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
T20 World Cup 2021 – Chris Gayle fumes over Curtly Ambrose’s comments says he is finished with him
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.
“I am speaking about Curtly Ambrose. I am singling out Curtly Ambrose, one of your own. I highly respected him when I came into the West Indies team,” Gayle told The Island Tea Morning Show, a radio station in St Kitts, on Tuesday.
“When I just joined the team, I looked up to this man. But I am now speaking from my heart. I don’t know what, since he retired, what he had against Chris Gayle. Those negative things he has been saying within the press, I don’t know if he is looking for attention, but he is getting the attention. So I am just giving back the attention which he requires and which he needs.
“I can tell you personally, and you can let him know that Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, have no respect for Curtly Ambrose whatsoever.”
Gayle, who was part of the 2012 and 2016 World Cup-winning teams, added that if former West Indies players “continue to be negative” and not support the team, then the ‘Universe Boss is going to be disrespectful, disrespectful verbally in their face”.
“I am finished with Curtly Ambrose,” Gayle, 42, said. “I have no respect, any time I see him I will tell him as well — ‘Stop being negative, support the team ahead of the World Cup.’ This team has been selected and we need past players to support us. We need that, we don’t need negative energy. In other teams, their past players support their teams, why can’t our own support us in a big tournament like this?
“We have won the tournament twice, and we will be going for the third title. The team has seen what is happening. It is going to reflect on the team. I am not going to take anything from any senior player. Curtly Ambrose pull your socks up, alright? Support for West Indies, ok? Support West Indies, that is the thing.”
“This team has been selected and we need past players to support us. We need that, we don’t need negative energy”
Last week, Ambrose spoke about Gayle’s recent lack of form going into the World Cup. Since the start of 2021, Gayle has accumulated just 227 runs in 16 T20Is, averaging 17.46 with a lone fifty to his name.
The opener had left the IPL bubble to stay fresh for the global tournament after playing just two matches – where he scored 1 and 14 – for the Punjab Kings in the UAE leg of the tournament. Before the IPL, Gayle had scored 165 runs at an average of 18.33 in nine matches for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Though Ambrose felt that if Gayle gets going, “he can still be destructive”, he said the batter “hasn’t done much in the last 18 months to convince me that he will set the World Cup alight.”
“For me, Gayle is definitely not an automatic choice for starting,” Ambrose said on a radio talk show in Barbados. “When you look at his exploits over the last 18 months, he has struggled not only for the West Indies, but other T20 franchises. The few home series we played, he hasn’t had any scores of significance.”
WBBL news – Rachael Haynes hamstrung for the entire WBBL
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.
She returned to New South Wales to be with her partner Leah Poulton as she gave birth to their son Hugo. Haynes had always planned to miss the early part of the WBBL to be with her family, however, New South Wales residents still aren’t permitted to leave the state without doing 14 days hard hotel quarantine due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the state. Players from New South Wales and Victoria have had to do 14 days quarantine prior to the start of the tournament in Tasmania this week.
With the entire WBBL to be played in Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, and Queensland, Haynes has made the decision to miss the tournament unless there are changes to the fixture or the border conditions.
“I understand the schedule needed to be rejigged due to the ongoing border closures,” Haynes said. “However, the fact it means Sydney Thunder will be on the road for the entire duration of the WBBL – along with the mandatory 14 days in quarantine – left me with no alternative but to make myself unavailable.
“However, as I told the squad, I will be back if there are changes to the current border restrictions of the tournament structure.”
Haynes said she will continue to rehab her hamstring with the aim of being able to play later in the tournament in the unlikely event of the state borders opening up.
“As much as I want to be with the team, leaving Leah and Hugo at this stage for such a long period wouldn’t be fair on us as a family,” Haynes said. “I’ve spoken to all the players and staff, and they’ve been extremely supportive of my decision.
“It just shows that in matters of the heart, the heart wins. However, I am doing my hamstring rehabilitation with the intention that I can put myself forward to play, but it would be much later in the season and contingent on state borders opening up.”
T20 World Cup – Kane Williamson ‘fine after very, very slight hamstring twinge’, on course for T20 World Cup opener
“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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