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Fantasy XI – England vs Sri Lanka 29th Match, Group 1 2021/22 – Cricket Insights

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Fantasy picks for the T20 World Cup game between England and Sri Lanka

Match 29: England vs Sri Lanka, Sharjah

Fantasy XI: Jos Buttler, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Dushmantha Chameera, Chris Jordan

Captain: Jason Roy
Roy is in very good form and, over the years, has scored 164 runs in five outings against Sri Lanka at a strike rate of 140.17
Vice-captain: Adil Rashid
Sri Lanka have struggled against wristspinners in the last couple of games, losing five wickets for 29 runs in eight overs against them. Rashid has also picked up seven wickets in his last four games against them.
Other players
Jos Buttler: His last four scores against Sri Lanka are 68*, 13, 73* and 66*.
Charith Asalanka: He has hit the most number of runs in boundaries in this tournament – 90 of 142.
Pathum Nissanka: He is the leading run-scorer in this tournament with 169 runs in six games.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa: Has an average of 43 and a strike rate of 143.33 in the tournament so far.
Wanindu Hasaranga: He took the first hat-trick in the Super 12 phase of the tournament in the last game against South Africa and is the joint-leading wicket-taker in the tournament – with Shakib Al Hasan – with 11 strikes in six innings at an average of 10.54.
Liam Livingstone: He has accumulated more fantasy points with the ball (three wickets, ER 4.28) and in the field (three catches) than with his bat so far.
Chris Woakes: He has been phenomenal in the powerplay, taking four wickets in three games at an economy rate of 3.50.
Dushmantha Chameera: In the recent T20I series against England, he was the leading wicket-taker with six strikes in three outings.
Chris Jordan: In his last ten outings in the UAE, he has gone wicketless only once, picking up 15 wickets overall. He was the Player of the Match in the last game against Australia after returning 3 for 17.



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James Anderson sits out first Test with an eye on Adelaide pink-ball contest

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England said there are no injury concerns around the quick bowler and he was fit for selection



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BBL11 2021-22 – Bowling attack gives Melbourne Renegades hope of revival

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The batting remains questionable and they will be looking for the youngsters to develop

Captain Nic Maddinson
Coach David Saker

Squad
Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Jono Merlo (replacement player), James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, James Seymour (replacement player), Will Sutherland, Nic Maddinson, Reece Topley (Eng), Unmukt Chand (Ind), Mohammad Nabi (Afg), Zahir Khan (Afg)

In Nic Maddinson, Jono Merlo, James Seymour, Reece Topley, Unmukt Chand, Zahir Khan
Out Beau Webster, Peter Hazloglou, Jon Holland, Benny, Howell, Noor Ahmed, Imran Tahir, Imad Wasim

Last season

It was another disastrous season for the Renegades finishing last for the second straight year. They won their first match and then lost seven in a row. Their batting was abysmal, bowled out for less than 90 on three occasions and 111 in another match against Adelaide. The bowling was nowhere near as effective as season’s past and they struggled to find a consistent unit as they mixed and matched their overseas players. There was one bright spot as they produced a brilliant chasing win over Melbourne Stars late in the season. Mackenzie Harvey starred smashing 47 not out from 21 balls to give a glimpse into the future.
International impact
Renegades have been severely impacted by both Australia selection and injury. Nic Maddinson‘s selection in the Australia A side to face England Lions means the new Renegades captain won’t get a chance to lead his new club until their fourth game at the earliest. Marcus Harris is set to miss most of the season due to Test duty. Aaron Finch is in doubt for the early games due to his ongoing knee issue while Shaun Marsh is set to miss at least half the tournament due to a calf tear. England does have tour of West Indies in the new year and Afghanistan is scheduled to visit Bangladesh but it is unknown if the likes of Reece Topley, Mohammad Nabi or Zahir Khan will need to leave the BBL early.
Player to watch
Reece Topley is an important recruit for Renegades and has a chance to make a serious statement to England selectors ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia next year. Fellow Englishman Harry Gurney was a key part of Renegades’ run to the title three years ago and Topley has a similar opportunity to cause havoc on the inconsistent home surface of Marvel Stadium.

Key stat (Gaurav Sundararaman)
Renegades were the worst bowling unit in the previous BBL edition. Their bowling economy rate of 8.61 was the highest among all teams and their death bowling economy was 11.24. If Renegades want to play finals, this is an area they need to focus on. Their attack certainly looks stronger this season

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Chris Gayle farewell on the cards with Jamaica set to host West Indies-Ireland series

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The series will comprise three ODIs and a one-off T20I, all at Sabina Park

West Indies will play three ODIs and a T20I against Ireland in Jamaica from January 8 to 16, the CWI has announced, with the possibility that the standalone T20I will be used as a farewell match for Chris Gayle.

While Gayle will not be part of the ODI squad, with the series counting towards 2023 World Cup qualification through the Super League, the one-off fixture at Sabina Park could be used as his farewell game. ESPNcricinfo understands that a decision has yet to be made on Gayle’s inclusion but that the issue will be up for discussion at the next meeting of CWI’s board of directors later this month.

“It’s whether collectively we all feel that it’s appropriate for him to have one last game at home to say farewell in a one-off game,” Johnny Grave, CWI’s chief executive, told the Mason and Guest radio show in Barbados last month. “That Ireland series would represent that opportunity.

“It would certainly be appropriate, as far as I can see it, to treat our players and give them the opportunity to bow out – especially players like Chris who have had unbelievable careers and won trophies for the West Indies.”

Ireland will travel to the Caribbean on December 31, immediately after their series against USA which starts on December 22 and comprises two T20Is and three ODIs. They have already named their squads for both tours, with Kevin O’Brien left out and David Ripley taking temporary charge as interim head coach.
Ireland last toured the Caribbean in 2020, drawing the T20I series 1-1 and losing the ODI series 3-0. Sabina Park was also the venue for one of the finest moments in Irish cricketing history, their victory over Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup on St Patrick’s Day.

“We are pleased to be returning to the Caribbean where we have so many great memories,” Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland’s performance director, said. “The World Cup Super League is a crucial set of fixtures for Ireland as we attempt to qualify for the next Cricket World Cup, and – if the series in 2020 is anything to go by – we look forward to a highly competitive series in January.”

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98



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