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Marcus Stoinis is building back to full fitness © ICC/Getty Images


Allrounder Marcus Stoinis believes he is back to full fitness and will be available to bowl in Australia’s next T20 World Cup warm-up game on Wednesday against India after playing as a batter only in the three-wicket win over New Zealand on Monday night.

Stoinis made 28 off 23 as Australia scraped home with just one ball to spare. It was just his second match back from a hamstring injury he suffered while bowling the first match of the second leg of the IPL on September 22.

Stoinis played in Delhi Capitals’ IPL Qualifier loss to Kolkata Knight Riders but again played just as a batter. He had been running and bowling in the nets, but he is still working his hamstring back to full strength and running power. Stoinis also suffered a minor back injury while training in Perth prior to flying to the UAE for the resumption of the IPL.

He is confident he could bowl against India if needed on Wednesday with Australia’s World Cup opener against South Africa just three days later.

“[My] hammy is good. I didn’t bowl tonight but it’s tracking pretty well,” Stoinis said. “It feels like it’s on the right track and it’s ready to go. I guess I’ll probably bowl in that next game.”

Stoinis’ bowling will be needed if Australia opt for a four-man bowling attack as they did against New Zealand. One of the major debates within the Australia camp ahead of the World Cup is whether to pick five specialists bowlers, as they did during their run to world No.1 on the ICC T20I rankings in 2019-20, or whether they play four specialist bowlers only and use Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Mitch Marsh as the fifth bowler.

Marsh was used as the fifth bowler against New Zealand and was slaughtered conceding 53 runs in four overs including 25 in his first over inside the Powerplay. The other knock-on effect of Australia’s four bowler strategy is it forces the spinners to bowl in the Powerplay although Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa bowled very well with two men out conceding just 10 runs from their combined two overs with Zampa picking up the wicket of Martin Guptill.

Australia showed their hand with the bat with Marsh batting at No.3 and Steve Smith slotting in at No.4 ahead of Stoinis, with Glenn Maxwell resting. Matthew Wade batted at No.6 and kept wicket with Australia’s reserve keeper Josh Inglis playing as a specialist bat but demoted to No.9 in order to give Agar and Starc some practice in a chasing scenario.

Smith and Stoinis combined for a 48-run stand from 39 balls to control the middle of the chase however Australia lost 3 for 1 and needed Agar, Starc, and Inglis to see them home.

Stoinis was pleased with his own form and the team’s performance despite the obvious rust.

“I think it’s a good start,” Stoinis said. “We obviously haven’t played together for a while so that was nice to firstly get a win but two, to try a few new things and give a few people a crack.

“I felt alright. It was nice to spend some time in the middle. I’ve spent a lot of time in the nets lately, so it was nice to get in the middle and just build a little partnership and do what is required for the team.

“I think the way we were scoring was fine. I think ideally, we wouldn’t have lost those three wickets for not many, but I think the scoring rate was fine. We had it in control. Ash and Starcy got it over at the end, and Ingo actually.”

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo


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WI in PAK Nicholas Pooran Shai Hope to lead West Indies in Pakistan after injury forces Kieron Pollard out

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Powell added to T20I squad, Thomas named ODI replacement

Kieron Pollard will not travel to Pakistan for the ODI and T20I series tour that starts next week after failing to recover from a hamstring injury that he picked up at the T20 World Cup. In his absence, Nicholas Pooran will be T20I captain and Shai Hope will be ODI captain. Pollard has been replaced by allrounder Rovman Powell for the T20Is and wicketkeeper-batter Devon Thomas for the ODIs.

A CWI statement said that Pollard will undergo rehabilitation work in Trinidad and will be reassessed in a few weeks ahead of the upcoming home tours against Ireland and England in January 2022.

This will be the first time Hope will be ODI captain and has a challenge ahead. The three ODIs are part of the World Cup Super League competition where West Indies are eighth on the points table with four wins in nine ODIs. However, a 3-0 ODI series sweep will lift West Indies to third.

Pollard’s experience will be missed in the West Indies contingent which is light on experience. None of Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis or Shimron Hetmyer are part of the squads. The ODI squad is instead full of inexperienced but promising players like Justin Greaves, Shamarh Brooks, Gudakesh Motie and Odean Smith while the T20I squad includes Dominic Drakes and Motie.

West Indies have had a positive run when Pooran has stood-in as captain. Under his leadership, West Indies recently defeated Australia 4-1 in home conditions earlier this year. Hope will be his T20I team vice-captain while Pooran will be the ODI team deputy.

All six games against Pakistan will be played in Karachi. The first T20I is on December 13 while the final ODI is on December 22.

ODI squad: Shai Hope (captain), Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Anderson Phillip, Nicholas Pooran, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr, Devon Thomas

T20I squad: Nicholas Pooran (captain), Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Rovman Powell



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BBL11 2021-22 – Brisbane Heat look for stability under Jimmy Peirson

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Their spinners were excellent last season while there are high hopes for import Tom Abell

Squad
Tom Abell (England), Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Ben Duckett (England), Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Lynn, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Connor Sully, Mitchell Swepson Jack Wildermuth, Matt Willians, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan)

In Tom Abell, Ben Duckett, Michael Neser (Strikers), Connor Sully
Out Joe Burns (Stars), Lewis Gregory, Ben Laughlin, Dan Lawrence, Simon Milenko, Morne Morkel, Jack Wood

Last season Challenger

Another underwhelming season appeared to be on the cards for Heat after winning just one of their first five games as they lost skipper Chris Lynn to a hamstring injury. But with Jimmy Peirson taking the reins, the rejuvenated Heat lit a fuse and headed into the playoffs as an outside title threat boosted by the dazzling return of Test star Marnus Labuschagne. They lived up to the billing with impressive wins over Strikers and Thunder, where their explosive batting order calmly chased down totals. But they were blown away in the challenger by a rampaging Perth Scorchers to fall short of the final and cap off an inconsistent season.
International impact
Heat could be hit hard by key absences, testing their depth and resolve. Lauschagne will miss most of the tournament due to the Ashes while prized recruit Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson and Mark Steketee are set to miss at least the start of the season due to Ashes and Australia A selections. Tom Abell will be absent at the start due to commitments with England Lions while hard-hitting English batter Ben Duckett will make his BBL debut after starring in the Hundred and is likely to be available for the entire tournament, so too Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Player to watch
BBL10 started slowly for destructive batter Chris Lynn, a headline act over the years and two-time Player of the Tournament. After being sidelined by a hamstring injury, the 31-year-old relished a move to the top of the order and finished with 458 runs at a strike rate of 154.73. With Peirson enjoying success as stand-in skipper, Lynn decided to step aside from the captaincy duties in the off-season after three years at the helm to focus on his batting. He was patchy in the Hundred, but a return to his favored BBL – and without the strains of captaincy – could fuel a resurgence for the six-hitting machine.

Key stat (Gaurav Sundararaman)
With a bowling average of 17.81 Brisbane Heat’s spinners were the best in the competition last time around by a mile. Mujeeb, Swepson, Labuschagne stole the show taking 33 wickets among them although they may need Matt Kuhnemann to fill some of the holes this season.

Tristan Lavalette is a journalist based in Perth



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Recent Match Report – Sixers vs Stars 1st Match 2021/22

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Steve O’Keefe picked up 4 for 14, including two in the opening over to ensure Stars were never in the hunt

Sydney Sixers 4 for 213 (Philippe 83, Henriques 76*, Couch 2-36) beat Melbourne Stars 61 (Nevill 18, O’Keefe 4-14, Abbott 3-14, Kerr 2-6) by 152 runs

Sixers’ top three took charge after they had been put in with Josh Philippe and Moises Henriques launching powerful half-centuries in a second-wicket stand of 102 in 8.3 overs. They took Sixers’ to their highest BBL total during an innings that never lost momentum. They were 0 for 40 after the four-over powerplay, 1 for 92 after ten overs, took 33 off the two Power Surge overs and in total 121 off the last ten.
Faced with an enormous chase, and without the injured Marcus Stoinis, Stars lost two wickets in the opening over against Steve O’Keefe who went on to claim career-best figures. A short while after Sixers had set a new high score, Stars subsided to their own record low. Games don’t come much more one-sided.

Philippe starts with a bang
It was a rather chastening winter for Philippe in his first introduction to the international set-up. He got set twice against New Zealand, but then in the more unaccustomed conditions of West Indies and Bangladesh, his highest score was 13 in five innings to miss the World Cup squad. However, in the early part of the season, he has shown excellent form for Western Australia and back in Sixers’ colours he produced a superb display. He was lagging behind James Vince during the initial stages but was soon up to speed to bring up a 33-ball fifty. Then he really cut loose with a brace of sixes in the first of the Power Surge overs against Sam Rainbird, the first of them onto the roof of the pavilion. When he moved into the 80s in the 16th over, Sixers’ first BBL hundred was on the cards but he then lost the strike to Henriques and perished to a catch at deep midwicket. Still, he had set an early marker.

Captain cuts loose
Henriques is one of the most impressive leaders in Australian cricket. He was restricted to five games last season due to being in Australia’s bio-bubble Test squad, but it’s unlikely he will feature this season so should have a full Sixers’ campaign. He had a fantastic platform to build on after the opening stand of 90 between Philippe and Vince. He certainly made the most of it after looking in good touch during a warm-up game against Sydney Thunder last week. His first boundary came off his fourth ball and he reached a 29-ball fifty with a mighty straight drive off Sam Elliott. He finished one short of his career-best.

Stars’ bowling looks thin
Heading into the season, the major questions were around Stars’ attack despite the presence of Adam Zampa. Their side for this game also suffered the loss of Stoinis with a side strain. The pace bowling is especially stretched with Billy Stanlake and Liam Hatcher injured while Nathan Coulter-Nile is unavailable. Elliott and Brody Couch, on his birthday, made their T20 debuts as did Pakistan left-arm wristspinner Syed Faridoun who was playing the first professional match of his career. Couch’s two overs went for 15 and 13 although he did have Vince dropped off a skier that neither the bowler nor wicketkeeper Peter Nevill could cling onto. Couch did show good composure in sending down the final over and opened his wicket tally.

Blown away
If this does prove to be O’Keefe’s final season, he has started in a grand manner by claiming Joe Clarke and Nick Larkin in his first over. Stars’ slimmest of hopes rested with Glenn Maxwell but he was cleaned up by Sean Abbott inside the powerplay to leave them 3 for 18. O’ Keefe could do no wrong as he claimed a spectacular catch at deep third to remove Nevill and a ball later Hayden Kerr found himself on a hat-trick. He was not immediately given the chance of his third, and instead, Abbott got the ball and claimed two wickets in three balls. In a final sign of how the game panned, O’Keefe bowled a hat-trick ball with two close catchers. Tournaments aren’t won and lost on the opening night but Stars will want to move on from this one quickly.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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