“I’m extremely proud of this group, where we’ve got to and where we are at the moment”
“Look, the experience is everything for our group of players and our organisation,” Coetzer said at the post-match press conference. “Obviously, today’s result didn’t go the way we wanted, but we have to go through days like today to see the better days later on further down the road.
“It was very important for our guys to experience that, see the high class that was on show today from the Indian team. We were certainly not at the races ourselves, but I think they forced us to not be at the races with the skills that they put on show, so that was high-class execution from India today.
“I’m still extremely proud of the guys, but we’ve got a lot of learning to do, and we have to go through days like this to improve.”
Coetzer conceded that Scotland were outplayed and that they didn’t have answers to India’s bowling attack in particular. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were accurate with their yorkers while the spin trio of Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and Varun Chakravarthy thrived with their variations, as Scotland were rolled over for 85 in 17.4 overs. In reply, India knocked off the target in just 6.3 overs, giving their net run rate a big leg-up.
“Yeah, you stack up the number of games some of those players in that team have played in comparison to what we have in T20 cricket, as well as stacking them up against playing in these conditions and using the skills on show that they showed today… we were going to be up against it,” Coetzer said. “They showed how to use the surface. They showed how to bowl, execute their yorkers. Their spinners had variations, plenty of mystery about some of their bowlers.
“When you face stuff like that for the very first time, which we did today, it was always going to be hard. Not to say that I don’t back every one of our players, because I really do. I think we’ve got a fantastic group of players, and we’ll just go from strength to strength after this.”
Scotland will face Pakistan – one of the two unbeaten sides in the tournament; England being the other – in Sharjah on Sunday before heading back home. Coetzer said they were looking forward to having a crack at Pakistan and ending the tournament on a positive note.
“We’re going to go into that game full of confidence as we possibly can,” he said. “We took a few heavy punches today, that’s for sure, and the guys will be hurting, but we need to pick ourselves up and be prepared to put on a show in our last game.
“It’s our last opportunity for a little while to play a game of cricket together. It’s been a good seven weeks or so as a group, and we’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved. A few doors left open that we didn’t quite go through, I think, but that’s for us to deal with when we go home, and we have to deal with that and be willing to improve.
“We know where the bar is, like I keep saying, and that’s where we need to get to. It’s an eye-opener at some stages, but I’m extremely proud of this group, where we’ve got to and where we are at the moment, and where we’re going to go to.”
Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
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BBL11 2021-22 – Bowling attack gives Melbourne Renegades hope of revival
The batting remains questionable and they will be looking for the youngsters to develop
Captain Nic Maddinson
Coach David Saker
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
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.
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.
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
Chris Gayle farewell on the cards with Jamaica set to host West Indies-Ireland series
The series will comprise three ODIs and a one-off T20I, all at Sabina Park
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.”
“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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