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Fantasy XI – Afghanistan vs New Zealand 40th Match, Group 2 2021/22 – Cricket Insights

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Fantasy tips for the men’s T20 World Cup match between Afghanistan and New Zealand

Match 40: Afghanistan vs New Zealand, Abu Dhabi

Fantasy XI: Daryl Mitchell, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Kane Williamson, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Naveen-ul-Haq

Captain: Rashid Khan
No player has taken more wickets in Abu Dhabi than Rashid Khan: he has 30 wickets in 20 games at an economy of 6.21.
Vice-captain: Kane Williamson
Expect the New Zealand captain to lead from the front with the bat in this crucial match. His last five scores in Abu Dhabi are 41, 29, 50*, 67 and 31.
Other Players
Daryl Mitchell: He has scored 398 runs in 11 games at an average of 36.18 and a strike rate of 135.83 while batting in the top order in T20s.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz: He has scored 298 runs at a strike rate of 143.27 in his last ten games for Afghanistan.
Hazratullah Zazai: He has hit the joint second-most sixes in powerplay in this tournament: five sixes in four games.
Mohammad Nabi: He is the leading run-scorer for Afghanistan in this tournament, and his last three scores read 35, 32* and 35.
Gulbadin Naib: He has been contributing in all three facets of the game, and has found a spot in the dream team in the last three games for his two catches, three wickets and 54 runs.
Tim Southee: He is the only player across both these teams to have featured in the dream teams in all their four appearances in this tournament, as he is yet to go wicketless.
Trent Boult: He is the leading wicket-taker for his side in this tournament, with eight wickets in four games at an economy of 6.25.
Ish Sodhi: He is yet to go wicketless in this tournament, having picked up seven wickets in four games.
Naveen-ul-Haq: He has taken the most number of wickets in powerplay in 2021, with 18 wickets in 28 outings.



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Aus vs Eng, Men’s Ashes 2021-22

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The uncapped wicketkeeper is in the running alongside Alex Carey to replace Tim Paine

Frustration over his own inability to convert starts into big scores was the catalyst for Josh Inglis‘ rapid rise towards Test selection for the Ashes.
Inglis is likely to find out in the coming days if he has bolted into Australia’s team for the first Test in Brisbane, locked in a battle with Alex Carey to succeed Tim Paine. But it comes after a remarkable 15 months for the West Australian.

Sixty innings into his first-class career at the start of last summer, Inglis was yet to reach three figures after failing to convert nine half-centuries. It prompted him to speak with sports psychologist Matthew Burgin and spend more time with batting coach Beau Casson, with a heavy focus on how to train his mind in between deliveries.

“It sort of plays on your mind after 20 or 25 Shield games without making a hundred,” Inglis said. “It was something that I really wanted to work on in my game.

“I went to Matt, who’s now with Cricket Australia. I just really narrowed down my focus and my routines…I just really wanted to face more balls and prolong my innings.

“I spoke in depth about that, it was brilliant. It changed my game and allowed me to build a couple of big innings last year.”

Inglis, 26, is doing his best to put Test selection out of his mind, reasoning he will still have a game for Australia A to prepare for if overlooked for the Ashes opener. But the difference in Inglis since starting with Burgin has been stark, with his first-class average before last summer 28.15 compared to 58.00 since – including three centuries.

It’s also held him in good stead in recent weeks, with time as a reserve in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad and the ensuing hotel quarantine limiting time in the middle.

“That’s probably the beauty of it. I can replicate what I’m doing in training and in games,” Inglis said. “It’s not something that just comes out during a Shield game or an A game or whatever. I’m trying to use that every time I pick up a bat to help myself.

“It’s before the ball is bowled, facing the delivery and then after the ball is bowled. It’s everything. And it’s doing it at training as well to make sure I’m replicating it as much as possible.”

The other narrative around Inglis’ potential Test debut is that it would come against the country of his birth.

Born in Leeds and a product of the Yorkshire system, his first memories of the Ashes centre around hapless nights watching Matthew Hayden plunder runs in the 2002-03 series.

He vividly remembers Kevin Pietersen and current quick James Anderson reclaiming the urn in 2005, and still supported England when he arrived in Australia at age 14.

Inglis also has his old English accent back, admitting the “twang” had returned to his voice in a county stint earlier this year.

“It would obviously be very interesting [debuting against England]. It doesn’t happen very often,” Inglis said. “As a kid obviously growing up in England, I supported England.

“But [my family] would obviously still be really proud and happy for me if it were to happen. It’s incredibly exciting. If given the opportunity, I’m feeling really confident.”



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More WBBL matches could move to primetime as viewership hits new records

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The crowd for the final in Perth set a new benchmark for a standalone WBBL match

A WBBL final which brought a record crowd and record TV ratings could herald a shift towards more primetime matches in the future as the tournament looks to its next stage of evolution.

Perth Scorchers claimed the title on Saturday in front of 15,511 spectators at Optus Stadium which set a new benchmark for a standalone WBBL match. It also had the largest average broadcast audience in the competition’s history with 535,000 put it ahead of the 2018-19 final which was played ahead of a day of men’s Test cricket.

This was the first season where every match was available on television and overall CA said it was the most-watched edition. While Alistair Dobson, the general manager of Big Bash Leagues, believes the weekend festivals, which see multiple matches at the same venue, will continue to be an important part of the tournament there will be a push to exploit more evening time slots.

“Ultimately the ambition was of getting every game on TV and we were really thankful we could do that this year,” Dobson told ESPNcricinfo. “The next evolution is to optimise those blockbusters and there’s an opportunity for us to explore more primetime matches, whether that’s Thursday or Friday nights, and working with our broadcasters to build up some big annual marquee matches which I think is the obvious next step for the competition.”

The new finals structure, which gave the team who finished top of the regular season direct entry into the final, meant there was a week to promote the match in Perth.

“I think it worked exactly how we intended to give us a full week’s build-up but also rightfully rewarding the team that finished first with the biggest advantage which we felt was warranted,” Dobson said. “The atmosphere and noise just showed how passionate the fans are and think the quality of the game did it justice as well.

The season started in a Tasmania-based hub due to border restrictions in Australia and barring a brief lockdown in Hobart was played without significant problems although two major markets – Melbourne and Sydney – were unable to stage games.

“Firstly just being able to play and getting all eight teams together in Tasmania was no mean feat,” Dobson said. “But then the quality of the cricket throughout, the quality of the overseas players, it was amazing to have such a great group of Indian players, they brought a whole new dimension, alongside all the other players.

“Matched by the depth of talent in Australia, a lot of the really big household names were easily matched by a lot of players we are all getting to know a lot better.

“In reinforces the WBBL as the No.1 cricket league for women and it’s really important we maintain that position in the future.”



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Recent Match Report – South Aust vs Queensland 10th Match 2021/22

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Renshaw hammered 156 from 109 balls after Gurinder Sandhu’s hat-trick had restricted the home side

Queensland 4 for 275 (Renshaw 156*, Bryant 68) beat South Australia 274 (Carey 101, Sandhu 4-44) by six wickets

Ashes hopeful Alex Carey blasted a century for South Australia in a timely return to batting form but it wasn’t enough to prevent a six-wicket loss to Queensland in their one-day clash at Adelaide Oval.
Carey top-scored for his side with 101 from 93 balls and combined with Henry Hunt (61) for a record-breaking 159-run opening stand before Gurinder Sandhu‘s second career hat-trick helped Queensland bowl out the hosts for 274.
Matt Renshaw, who is part of the Australia A squad, anchored the Bulls’ run chase with a career-best unbeaten 156 from 109 balls and received good support from Max Bryant (68), with the pair putting on 177 for the fourth wicket.

It was Queensland’s second win from four matches in the one-day competition this season, while South Australia are struggling with a 1-3 record.

In the mix to replace former captain Tim Paine as Australia’s Test gloveman at the Gabba next month, Carey had failed to reach double figures in any of his previous six innings for the Redbacks this season.

He made a patient start to his innings before blasting his second 50 in just 30 balls, charging to his second one-day century of the season. He smashed a huge slog-sweep six off Marnus Labuschagne but was eventually bowled by the part-time legspinner when attempting to cut a delivery that wasn’t quite as short as he had expected.

Queensland quick Sandhu finished with 4 for 44 from his nine overs, with Matt Kuhnemann also impressing as the final six South Australia wickets fell in the space of just 15 balls.

Like Carey, Travis Head was hoping to impress national selectors, but he was dropped twice before his luck ran out on 29, caught by Mark Steketee off Kuhnemann.

Queensland’s run chase began slowly and they were in trouble early when Test squad members Usman Khawaja and Labuschagne fell cheaply. Labuschagne departed in stunning fashion when he was run out by Hunt’s direct hit from a tough angle.

But Renshaw’s composed knock steered the Bulls home. Featuring 15 fours and five sixes, his century came from 91 balls with his third fifty taking just 16 deliveries as he plundered Wes Agar.



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