Your fantasy tips for the T20 World Cup game between Australia and England
Match 26: Australia vs England, Dubai
Fantasy XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, Mitchell Starc, Tymal Mills, Adam Zampa
The Australia captain has phenomenal T20I numbers against England, scoring 550 runs in 12 games at an average of 61.11 and a strike rate of 174.60.
He has not gone wicketless in his last eight outings in T20Is, where he has picked up 13 wickets.
David Warner: His last three scores for Australia in Dubai are 59(34), 53*(39) and 65(42).
Recent Match Report – Bangla Tiger vs Abu Dhabi 17th Match 2021/22
Half-century from Gayle not enough as Udana holds his nerve
It may have taken a week but finally, after five wins out of five, the winning streak of Team Abu Dhabi came to an end courtesy of the Bangla Tigers.
Buoyed by a capacity crowd and after losing the toss, the Tigers’ batting order took on the attack from ball one as Johnson Charles dispatched a short delivery from Ahmed Daniyal for four, but he was gone the next ball hitting one straight to Marchant de Lange at long-off.
Many a batter has struggled with the England international throughout the recent T20 World Cup and at the Abu Dhabi T10, yet Jacks showed what he was all about, first slogging Livingstone over cow-corner and then dancing down the track to loft one back over the bowler’s head.
Livingstone may have taken a beating with the ball in hand, but he ensured he would have his say with the bat. Luke Wood was smashed for three sixes in a row. The last one the pick of the bunch – majestically lofting a fuller delivery off long-off. Yet, with the following delivery, Wood took a little pace off and deceived the Team Abu Dhabi skipper. Livingstone swung and missed and saw his stumps go flying. Wood, was ecstatic, roaring past Livingstone in a mix of relief and jubilation.
Despite losing regular wickets, the league leaders kept themselves in the chase with lusty blows from Gayle and a fighting Salt, who courageously came in at No. 6. Benny Howell was fantastic, bowling two overs for just 13 and dismissing Chris Benjamin and Salt. The latter bowled after looking to scoop.
With 37 required from two overs and the self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” still at the crease, anything was possible. Mohammad Amir was clubbed for 18 off the penultimate over as Gayle effortlessly used his pace to send the ball to the boundary and the crowd were treated to yet another last-over finish with Team Abu Dhabi.
Crucially, the 42-year-old was not on strike for the beginning of the last over and perhaps the two balls he didn’t get to face off Udana saved the Tigers. Gayle had earlier hit three boundaries in the Sri Lankan’s first over. This time, he could only manage one more maximum, which brought up a quite brilliant half-century in 22 deliveries, but it was ultimately not enough.
For Tigers skipper Du Plessis, it was the first time he had reached double figures in the tournament and crucially, his two sixes in the last over proved to be the difference between winning and losing. “It’s a big step in the right direction for us, especially after losing the toss,” he said.
Eight years ago to the day, he played one of the great match-saving Test knocks with 110* off 466 deliveries against Australia, at a strike rate of under 30. This time, du Plessis ended unbeaten with a strike rate of 275. If the Tigers are going to use this momentum to the Abu Dhabi T10 title, then they will need one of the most versatile multi-format cricketers of this generation to showcase more of his class with the bat.
Matt Henry to return to Kent for 2022
New Zealand quick won club’s Bowler of the Year Award in 2018
Henry, the 29-year-old right-arm seamer, is set to join the club on July 10 and will be available for up to seven Championship games and for the Royal London Cup, subject to regulatory approval.
Having originally played for Kent as an overseas player in 2018, Henry had planned to re-join them during the 2020 season before the Covid-19 pandemic forced both parties agreed on his withdrawal.
He took 75 wickets in 11 matches during the 2018 Championship, finishing the year as Division Two’s highest wicket-taker, with a bowling average of 15.48. During that time, he achieved new first-class best bowling figures twice, firstly with 7 for 45 at Durham before his current best of 7 for 42 against Northamptonshire.
In the 2018 One-Day Cup, Henry was part of the side that reached the final at Lord’s, taking 16 wickets in 11 matches and he won Kent’s Bowler of the Year award at the season’s end.
In 2021, Kent topped Division Three of the Championship and won the Vitality Blast title.
“I have really good memories of playing for Kent in the past,” Henry said. “I’m driven to bring more success to the county in 2022. It was fantastic to see Kent win silverware in 2021, and I know that further trophies are the target for everyone at the county next season – hopefully I can have an impact in making that happen.”
Overall in first-class cricket, Henry has 335 wickets at an average of 24.71, including 15 five-wicket hauls, from 78 career matches. Last June, he finished with six wickets for the match in the second Test against England at Edgbaston – his most recent appearance for New Zealand – and he now has 37 wickets from 14 Tests. In ODIs, he has taken 98 wickets in 55 matches at an average of 25.89 and economy of 5.29.
IPL 2022 retentions for DC, MI, CSK, KKR, RCB, RR, SRH, PK
The key questions facing the existing franchises as they look to firm up their retentions
Hardik, who was one of the four players retained ahead of the 2018 auction, struggled with his fitness during IPL 2021. It is learnt that he has told the Indian selectors to not consider him for selection for a while so that he can work on his overall fitness, including returning to full-time bowling.
Kishan is an equally attractive proposition for Mumbai, considering he is a powerful batter at the top, in the middle, and can also keep wicket. As for Suryakumar, he is also a big-impact player who can bat aggressively and also anchor the innings.
CSK retentions: Why Moeen Ali may pip Faf du Plessis
The defending champions are set to retain four players, including the Indian trio of captain MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Ruturaj Gaikwad. There is a slight question mark over the final slot: will it be Moeen Ali, Josh Hazelwood, Sam Curran or Dwayne Bravo?
The other point of discussion, it is learnt, concerns around Dhoni’s slot on the retention list as that will have an impact on the auction purse. Super Kings are in favour of marking Dhoni, who has been their captain since 2008, as their first retention. While that would mean INR 16 crore will be deducted from the purse, the advantage the franchise foresees is, in case he retires after IPL 2022, it will allow Super Kings to have a strong purse ahead of the IPL 2023 auction. But Dhoni, it is learnt, is keener to be bought back at a lesser price so that the other players get better deals.
KKR retentions: One out of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, or both?
It will not be an easy choice, considering Gill and Iyer bring different skill-sets. Gill’s tempo has often been a talking point, but Knight Riders might look at him as a future captain. Iyer, meanwhile, made a strong impression in the UAE leg of the 2021 IPL, which paved the way for his India debut recently in the home T20I series against New Zealand. There aren’t many genuine allrounders in Indian cricket; plus Iyer can also be a floater in the batting line-up. Tripathi, too, has the ability to move around in the batting line-up and score quickly.
Royal Challengers Bangalore retentions: Harshal or Siraj? Chahal or Sundar?
Padikkal, 21, has quickly grown into one of the most consistent openers since making his IPL debut in 2020. Harshal, who also made his T20I debut against New Zealand recently, has become one of the best death bowlers in IPL. In the most recent season, he was the highest wicket-taker, with 32 strikes in 15 matches at an economy rate of 8.14.
Chahal continues to be a sought-after spinner in IPL alongside Rashid Khan and R Ashwin while Siraj has become a more dependable seamer in the last two seasons.
Rajasthan Royals retentions: Should Royals take a gamble with both Stokes and Archer?
While Sanju Samson, who was elevated to captaincy last season, has been confirmed as Royals’ first retention, the franchise is still waiting to seal the other three slots. England wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler is the second name on the list and Royals are optimistic that he will sign the new contract. The fourth place is likely to go to Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was bought by Royals in the 2020 auction for INR 2.4 crore. The third retention has been reserved for England fast bowler Jofra Archer, subject to fitness. Archer was named Player of the Tournament in 2020, but missed the entire 2021 season with injury.
After being dropped from the Sunrisers XI and stripped off his captaincy, David Warner struck back in the T20 World Cup, where he was named Player of the Tournament. However, Sunrisers are unlikely to retain him. Rashid Khan is set to be the first retention while Kane Williamson, who was handed captaincy midway through the 2021 season, is the second name Sunrisers are considering to retain.
If Williamson does get picked as Sunrisers’ second player, they will lose anywhere between INR 10 and 12 crore from the auction purse depending on how many players they eventually retain. The question Sunrisers are faced with is: can they release the New Zealand captain and buy him back at the auction for a lesser price in case the two new teams don’t pick him before the auction?
Has KL Rahul categorically told Punjab Kings that he wants to move on? There is no definitive answer yet, but there has been speculation that he has given an in-principle approval to the Lucknow-based franchise to move there. Kings, though, are keen to persuade Rahul to stay back.
With inputs by Gaurav Sundararaman
Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo
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