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Fantasy XI – Australia vs South Africa 13th Match, Group 1 2021/22 – Cricket Insights

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Your fantasy tips for the T20 World Cup game between Australia and South Africa

Match 13: Australia vs South Africa, Abu Dhabi

Fantasy XI: Quinton de Kock (vice-capt), Aaron Finch, Rassie van der Dussen, Steven Smith, Aiden Markram, Glenn Maxwell (capt), Mitchell Marsh, Anrich Nortje, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Tabraiz Shamsi

Captain: Glenn Maxwell
In his last five innings against South Africa in T20Is, Maxwell has scored 172 runs at a strike rate of 168.63.

Vice-captain: Quinton de Kock
He is the third-highest run-scorer in T20Is this year with 455 runs in ten games at an average of 56.87.

Other players
Aaron Finch: He is the leading run-scorer for Australia in this format since 2020 with 595 runs in 18 matches at an average of 35.

Rassie van der Dussen: He tends to start a series well, recording scores of 37, 64, 34*, 56 and 25 in his first innings of the last five series.

Steven Smith: His form against South Africa has been good. His last four scores against South Africa are 44 (26), 45 (32), 29 (26) and 30* (15).

Aiden Markram: He is the second-highest run-scorer for South Africa this year with 408 runs in 11 innings at an average of 40.80 and a strike rate of 150.

Mitchell Marsh: He is the man in form. He is the leading run-scorer for Australia in T20Is this year with 442 runs in 15 games . He was also the leading wicket-taker for his side in the recent series against West Indies, picking up eight wickets in five games while also scoring 219 runs.

Anrich Nortje: In his last 17 outings in the UAE, he has gone wicketless only once, picking up 26 wickets.

Mitchell Starc: Starc has been Australia’s best bowler in World Cups. Starc has gone wicketless only once in ten T20I World Cup games picking up 15 wickets.

Adam Zampa: He took five wickets in three games at an economy of 5.89 against South Africa when they last met in a T20I series, in 2020.

Tabraiz Shamsi: He is the leading wicket-taker in T20Is this year with 28 wickets in 17 games, and is the No. 1 bowler in this format.



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Recent Match Report – Afghanistan vs Netherlands 2nd ODI 2021/22

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Netherlands lost their last eight wickets for just 64 runs, costing them the opportunity to level the series.

Afghanistan 237 for 6 (Gurbaz 103, Shahidi 54, Boissevain 2-39) beat Netherlands 189 (Edwards 86, Mujeeb 4-32) by 48 runs

In the second of three matches in Doha, Afghanistan batted first after winning the toss, and despite the early loss of Usman Ghani, got off to a solid start thanks to an 83-run partnership between Gurbaz and Rahmat Shah. The Dutch bowlers found wicket-taking a challenge, and that stand was followed up by 106 runs added for the third wicket, with Hashmatullah Shahidi scoring a half-century.

Once Shahidi was bowled by debutant Ryan Klein, Afghanistan struggled to tee off, but cameos from Najibullah Zadran and Rashid Khan meant they managed to get up to 237. Fred Klaassen and Phillippe Boissevain took two wickets each.

The chase began with the early loss of Musa Ahmed and Colin Ackermann. A 90-run stand between Scott Edwards and Bas de Leede pushed Netherlands up to 125 for 3, but once that stand was broken, Afghanistan began to take control again.

Pieter Seelar’s run out saw the lower middle order come in, but strikes from Rashid and Mujeeb meant Afghanistan were burrowing deep inside the Dutch tail. Once Edwards fell for 86, there was little resistance from the rest, and by the time Mujeeb bowled No. 11 Vivian Kingma, Afghanistan had wrapped up a comfortable win. The Netherlands lost their last eight wickets for just 64 runs, costing them the opportunity to level the series.



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‘Don’t perform, you don’t get chance’

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India coach says squad for the New Zealand series and Women’s World Cup picked itself, going by each player’s recent performances

India head coach Ramesh Powar has provided official clarification on the exclusion of Shikha Pandey and Jemimah Rodrigues from India’s extended squad for the forthcoming series against New Zealand and the Women’s World Cup that follows. Asked about the same ahead of the team’s departure for these assignments, he said, “If you don’t perform, you don’t get your chances.”

Addressing a virtual press conference from Mumbai, Powar, when asked if Pandey and Rodrigues’ experience would be missed on either assignment, said: “Not really. At the end of it, five selectors, captain, the coach – they have their discussed all the players and we came out with 18 players who can play better in the New Zealand series as well as in the World Cup.”

“Every player knows. Whoever is not in the team knows why they are not there,” Powar said. “That communication from, say, captain, coach, selectors – it is not a one-time communication; it’s been on for a long period of time – at least last six months, I was very clear about the roles. I told them, specifically, what is expected out of them, and end of it this is a competition, a competitive position, so you have to perform. If you don’t perform, you don’t get your chances.

While the questions at the presser were around batter Rodrigues and swing bowler Pandey, the India squad also excluded experienced batter and ODI veteran Punam Raut. The squad was announced by means of a written media release, with no explanations given as to why the trio was left out. ESPNcricinfo had reported that all three players were fit and available for selection. That none of them were picked even as standbys raised questions, more so given they were part of a boot camp for 20 World Cup hopefuls in Dehradun last month.
Three players with much less experience (quick bowler Renuka Singh, who impressed on her debut in the T20I series on the Australia tour last year and in the domestic 50-over Challenger Trophy that followed, allrounder Simran Bahadur and batter S Meghana – both standout performers in the Challenger Trophy) – instead came into the extended squad of 18, leaving a lot to conjecture. Renuka was part of the main squad, with the other two named as standbys.

Now, Powar said the group picked itself, going by recent performances of each selected player. “So, if you look at it, you cannot pick everyone. There’s only 15 [in the primary squad] and then three standbys. And we were looking at the particular things, like fast bowlers, like Meghna [Singh], Renuka – they’re doing well and they are going to get their chances in upcoming matches.

“Again, the batting unit is consistent like Yastika [Bhatia], Smriti [Mandhana], Mithali [Raj]. Everyone is consistent so we don’t we don’t change much. At the end of it seven of us getting together and picking the right team and backing the players, that matters.”
Pandey, 32, last played an ODI in July, during the tour of England. She was also part of the Australia tour that followed in September-October but didn’t make the XI for 50-over matches.
Bhatia made such a strong impression down under that she has effectively replaced Jemimah Rodrigues in the team. Rodrigues was dropped from the playing XI in the first ODI against England in July and then, having failed to make an impression in the next two matches, was not considered to start in the Australia ODIs.
In the six ODIs that she played in 2021, Raut, 32, accumulated 295 runs, including a hundred, at an average of 73.75, but her historically low career strike rate of 58.26 has seen her being outperformed by younger, more aggressive batters. She has publicly expressed her disappointment at the World Cup snub.

Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @ghosh_annesha



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Women’s World Cup 2022 – India captain Mithali Raj says ‘too much importance is given to strike rate’

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India captain wants her batters to dig their heels in and ‘play according to match situation’

India captain Mithali Raj wants her batting line-up, especially the top order, to dig their heels in and “play according to the situation” in the upcoming ODI World Cup, instead of channeling their focus “entirely” on strike rate. And, when the need arises – which, in India’s case, is often, going by their up-and-down performances with the bat since the 2017 World Cup – they must take the responsibility to “get your team out of the hole too”.
India have been trying to score 250-plus totals on a consistent basis and, according to Raj, this is the blueprint by which they can achieve it. To further reinforce the point, she cited the example of Beth Mooney and her epic 125 not out last year where she started off circumspect, risking a low strike rate for prolonged periods of time, before hitting top gear.

“I think too much importance isn’t given to strike rate by you all?” Raj asked in response to a question on India’s takeaways regarding dot-ball percentage and boundary rates from the Australia tour, where they lost the ODI series 2-1. “Because it is always spoken [of] when it comes to batting or putting up big totals.

‘I just wanted to know if you all only follow the strike rates of the India players or the players from the other teams, because if you might give me an opportunity to enlighten [you], the Australia [ODI] series itself, the game that Australia won, the decider, if you’ve seen Beth Mooney, who scored her 50 in 80-odd balls, but she went on to play a match-winning innings for the team.

“So, as for me, I believe that cricket is a game played on situations on the ground. And yes, it is important that we keep that in mind that we need to have a healthy strike rate. But at the end of the day, it’s how our batting unit revolves and [what] the depth of the batting unit in our team [is].

“So yes, when we have to score 250-270, we need to have a healthy strike rate, but having said that, we will not only entirely focus on strike rate, it’s important to play an innings to win and build partnerships, and that happens, not because of strike rate but because you apply and play according to the situation on the ground. Sometimes you have to play fast, but sometimes you have to play to get your team out of the hole too.”

India, who were runners-up in the 2005 and 2017 tournaments, are looking to win their first world title in New Zealand in March.

More to follow…

Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @ghosh_annesha



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