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Recent Match Report – Queensland vs Tasmania 6th Match 2021/22

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The left-arm spinner came into the match with just nine first-class wickets

Queensland 6 for 487 dec (Labuschagne 136, Renshaw 120*, Khawaja 119) and 1 for 132 dec (Labuschagne 60*) beat Tasmania 182 (Kuhnemann 5-60) and 341 (Jewell 90, Kuhnemann 5-107) by 96 runs

Left-arm spinner Matt Kuhnemann completed the first ten-wicket haul of his career, more than doubling his career tally, as Queensland overcame a stubborn Tasmania second innings in Townsville.

Kuhnemann, who before this match had just nine first-class wickets, gave Queensland an early lift when he removed Charlie Wakim. When Marnus Labuschagne had an lbw appeal upheld against Caleb Jewell to remove the opener for 90 – much to Labuschagne’s delight – Tasmania were 4 for 173 but they did not give in without a fight.

Jake Doran, who took a nasty blow on the helmet when he was trying to avoid a short delivery, and Beau Webster added 65 before Kuhnemann worked his way through the middle order. Doran top-edged to short fine leg, Webster and Lawrence Neil-Smith were both lbw playing across full deliveries and Tom Andrews chipped tamely to mid-on.

When Gabe Bell was caught behind Queensland were just a wicket away but that final blow took some time to come as the last-wicket pair of Jarrod Freeman and Riley Meredith added 64 to bring the required runs below 100.

However, before it got into nervy territory debutant Connor Sully, who had claimed a wicket with his first delivery on the second day, wrapped up the match when Meredith pulled into the leg side.

It was a notable result for Queensland who were without Michael Neser, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Xavier Bartlett and Billy Stanlake in their bowling attack.



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The former captain was expected to bowl in this game, but that now appears unlikely

Angelo Mathews‘ role in the ongoing second Test against West Indies in Galle could be substantially restricted after he picked up a thigh strain on the second morning.

He sustained the injury while running a single in Sri Lanka’s first innings, and ended up having to retire hurt, when on 12, presumably to receive further treatment in the dressing room.

Mathews did return to bat after a gap of just under eight overs, during which four Sri Lanka wickets fell. Coming in essentially at No. 10, Mathews completed only one hobbled single, choosing instead to remain in his crease and try to clobber boundaries. He hit two straight sixes and a four in the company of the tail, before becoming the last batter to be dismissed, scoring 29 of Sri Lanka’s 204.

When West Indies came out to bat, Mathews did not take the field. He had been expected to bowl in this match, but that now looks unlikely. He will be assessed over the next 24 hours, but given his long-standing problems with hamstring, quad, and calf injuries, it is possible that he will not field, and only bat if required.

This is Mathews’ first international series since May. In the first Test, he had hit 3 and 69 not out.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf



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BBL 2021-22 – Joe Clarke keen to keep in permanent role at Melbourne Stars

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He has kept just five times in T20s but is set to take the gloves for the Stars all season and open the batting alongside Marcus Stoinis

English import Joe Clarke is preparing himself for an unfamiliar role in the upcoming BBL as he is set to be Melbourne Stars’ wicketkeeper for most of the tournament.
Stars’ local wicketkeeper Seb Gotch is battling a career-threatening finger injury and is likely to be unavailable for the entire tournament.

They had searched far and wide for a wicketkeeping option including big-name overseas players. West Indies wicketkeeper-batter Nicholas Pooran did a short stint with Stars last season but was unable to return. The job is set to fall to Clarke who has kept just 11 times in his six-year professional career, and only five times in T20 cricket, all of which were in this year’s PSL for Karachi Kings.

He kept in one County Championship fixture for Nottinghamshire this year and is predominantly a part-timer behind first-choice Tom Moores but Clarke said he is looking forward to the challenge.

“Obviously my keeping was something that has sort of been on the on the backburner last couple of years,” Clarke said. “I went to Pakistan to play in the Pakistan Super League and was keeping for that. It’s something that I’m looking forward to doing as well over here.”

Clarke will have his hands full keeping to legspinning duo Adam Zampa and Qais Ahmad, but he completed a sharp stumping during one of two practice matches he played in on Tuesday.

Coach David Hussey was concerned about the lack of keeping knowledge on his coaching staff and may look for reinforcements to help. But Clarke was comfortable he would be able to get the preparation work that he needs with Hussey and assistant coach Ben Rohrer.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with them so far,” Clarke said. “Although obviously [they] didn’t do too much with keeping in their day, [they] just facilitate with me and do the drills that I do back home and stuff like that and just make me feel as best prepared as I can be.”

Hussey has no concerns about Clarke’s batting ability and is keen for him to form a formidable opening partnership with Marcus Stoinis.

“Joe Clarke’s been outstanding for Notts for many a year opening the batting,” Hussey told ESPNcricinfo. “So hopefully they gel very, very quickly and they can open the batting and set a nice foundation for our middle order players.”

The pair gelled nicely in the afternoon practice game on Tuesday at the Junction Oval against Renegades sharing a 95-run opening stand off 11.4 overs. Clarke made 64 off 40 balls as he rounded off his preparation ahead of his second stint in the BBL.

He played three games for Perth Scorchers last summer as an early-season replacement player prior to Jason Roy’s arrival. His 34 off 16 balls against Stars undoubtedly played a part in his recruitment.

“I loved it,” Clarke said. “Obviously I would have loved to have played some more games. But just get a taster for the Big Bash and how the competition goes was actually good fun.”

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2nd Test 2021/22

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Pathum Nissanka top-scored with 73, before hosts lost Angelo Mathews to injury

The West Indian ploy to bombard Sri Lanka’s batters with left-arm spin reaped rich dividends on the second morning in Galle, as the pair of Jomel Warrican and Veerasammy Permaul picked up nine wickets between them – including career-best figures of 5 for 35 for the latter – to restrict the hosts to a first-innings total of 204. The West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood safely negotiated the four overs before lunch with little drama.
Pathum Nissanka‘s 148-ball 73 proved to be the highest score of the hosts’ innings, alongside Dimuth Karunaratne’s 42. Angelo Mathews was next with 29.

Mathews was also the last man out, his stumps rattled by one that drew him into forward defence and then spun sharply away to knock back middle stump – the quintessential left-arm spinner’s dismissal, and one that highlighted just how well the visiting spinners utilised what was already an extremely obliging Galle surface.

That Mathews was even there at the end was down to him having retired hurt earlier in the session after what seemed like a recurrence of a hamstring injury. While this will likely mean that Sri Lanka are down to just the one seamer in Suranga Lakmal, that will hardly worry the home side, whose spinners will be licking their lips at the prospect of turning their arm over in the days ahead – though they will do well to match the efforts of Warrican and Permaul.

While the offspin of Roston Chase at times lacked a bit of control – he was guilty of pitching it too short at times on the second morning – the pair of Warrican and Permaul had no such issues. They were adroit in their lines and lengths, while Warrican in particular varied his pace and trajectory well to prevent the batters from settling down. Permaul at the other end was the epitome of discipline, with probing, consistent lines – mixed in with the odd arm ball – that would have done even the finest exponents of left-arm spin proud.

The only joy that Sri Lanka’s batters managed against the pair was on the occasions they showed positive intent – either coming down the track or sweeping, a tactic that was employed quite frequently as one would expect.

But despite Sri Lanka’s best efforts, it didn’t take long for the cracks to appear. The overnight pair of Nissanka and Oshada Fernando lasted only seven overs in the morning before West Indies struck, with Oshada edging one that was short and wide but slightly quicker through the air from Warrican into the grateful hands of Joshua Da Silva behind the stumps.

Nissanka and Mathews stitched together another small stand, with Mathews in particular willing to use his feet. But once Nissanka fell, rapped plumb in front courtesy a Permaul arm ball, not a single Sri Lanka partnership managed to last more than 16 balls from thereon. In fact, it took Permaul just two deliveries after Nissanka’s wicket to remove Dhananjaya de Silva, getting one to spin away just enough from the batter to entice a thick edge that Da Silva did well to hold onto after a brief juggle.

Charith Asalanka was the next to go; he had looked good on debut, reverse-sweeping just his second ball for a boundary, but when Permaul spun one back into his forward defence, he could only manage to lob catch to short leg via his bat and pad. Shortly thereafter, Mathews would retire hurt, and it wasn’t long before the other elder statesman in the squad, Dinesh Chandimal, would be trapped in front sweeping Warrican.

Warrican would then coax Ramesh Mendis into a leading edge that found its way to the fielder at cover, before Permaul would get Lasith Embuldeniya and Lakmal over the space of two overs to complete his five-for. A few lofty hits by Mathews at the end though would push Sri Lanka beyond the 200-mark, which may still prove to be a good total on this surface.



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