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Recent Match Report – Braves vs Bangla Tiger 12th Match 2021/22

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Bangla Tigers 91 for 1 (Charles 36) beat Chennai Braves 90 for 6 (Perera 26, Howell 2-22) by nine wickets

On a night where most batters struggled on a much slower and trickier wicket in Abu Dhabi, Johnson Charles and Hazratullah Zazai of the Bangla Tigers made it look like they were playing on a different surface to the rest.

Tasked with chasing 91 to beat Chennai Braves, Charles, promoted to open after struggling lower down the order, blasted 36 off 12 balls including five sixes, alongside Zazai who smashed 34 not out off the nine deliveries he faced, in a quite brutal display of T10 hitting.

The batting blitzkrieg from the pair ensured that they made light work of the challenge in front of them, before Will Jacks carried on from where he left off on Sunday night to finish the job. It took the Tigers just 26 balls to reach their target.

It was an emphatic hammering that leaves Braves rooted at the bottom of the table of the Abu Dhabi T10, alongside Northern Warriors, as the two teams who are yet to win a game.

After Deccan Gladiators had earlier got off to a nervy start in their chase of just 71 against Northern Warriors, before David Wiese rescued them with 27 off nine, Tigers might have gone in at the interval with an element of doubt.

That was despite an exceptional effort with the ball and in the field as they restricted Braves to a meagre total of 90 for 6 off their ten overs.

Any such doubt was thrashed away as the man from St Lucia hit Munaf Patel for three huge sixes in the first over of the run chase and when Zazai thumped Curtis Campher for 26 off the second over, the game was as good as done. At 46 without loss after two overs, it was a matter of time.

Young Welshman Roman Walker, a former England Under-19s seamer, was welcomed into the attack by getting sent over deep midwicket by Charles and despite the West Indian being dismissed by his countryman, Mark Deyal, the Tigers rampaged on.

Jacks, fresh from his stunning unbeaten 57 not out against Northern Warriors, got going with consecutive boundaries off Deyal, before dancing down the pitch to tonk the offspinner over long-on.

And it was left for Zazai to seal Tigers’ second victory, after starting their campaign with two defeats, by heaving Tion Webster over long-on for six more.

Remarkably, 82 of the 91 runs came via boundaries and that clear focus was something that Charles elaborated on.

“If it’s raining sixes, you don’t need to run… I was feeling great actually,” he said. “With these small totals, you really don’t want to mess around. You just want to get on with it and get it out of the way as soon as possible. In T10, there’s really no time to pick which bowler you’re going to go after, so you’ve gotta go.”

He joked after that much of his conversation with Zazai was a fairly simple one: “You stay over there and I’ll stay over here. Let’s just keep hitting them.”

For skipper Faf du Plessis, a man renowned for sending the ball to all parts, it was pleasing to know that he wasn’t required with the bat.

“When the guys are striking the ball like that, it’s very nice to be on the side,” du Plessis said.

For Tigers, the arrival of Mohammed Amir after recovering from Covid-19 will add another left-armer to their pace attack, alongside James Faulkner, Isuru Udana and Luke Wood, and there is little doubt that the quality and experience of Amir will have an important role to play over the coming week if they are to progress to the play-offs.

Another left-armer, Tymal Mills is also back and firing after suffering a tournament-ending injury at the T20 World Cup. Mills stayed on in the UAE to support the England side and do his rehab with the England setup to get himself fit and ready for the Abu Dhabi T10.

On his return to action, he picked up the prized scalp of his England captain Eoin Morgan and here he dismissed the Warriors skipper and top-scorer of the competition thus far, Rovman Powell.

“It wasn’t a bad injury, I knew it would just be a couple of weeks but it was very frustrating to miss the back end of the World Cup,” Mills said. “I’m still easing my way into it, getting the confidence back and it’s nice to be able to contribute to a few wins.”



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Former Yorkshire fast bowler to be unveiled on Monday after answering call to help club

Darren Gough is set to be unveiled as Yorkshire’s new director of cricket, as the club embarks on a rebuilding process in the wake of last week’s sacking of the existing coaching and medical staff.

Gough, 51, is expected to announce the appointment on his talkSPORT radio show on Monday, as he prepares to put his media career on hold to help shore up the foundations of his former county, in the wake of Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of institutional racism and the extensive fall-out that has followed.

As one of the most popular players in Yorkshire’s history, Gough claimed 453 first-class wickets in 15 years with the club, during which time he also picked up 229 wickets in 58 Test appearances for England, before finishing his career at Essex, where he still lives.

He is seen by Lord Kamlesh Patel, the club’s new chairman, as the ideal man to help heal the deep divisions at Yorkshire, as he steps into the role vacated by Martyn Moxon on Friday – one of 16 members of the back-room staff axed in a dramatic statement of the club’s determination to put the racism scandal behind them.

That issue is unlikely to resolved without further revelations, however. The 16 players are expected to seek legal advice on Monday, after it transpired that several of their number had sent a joint letter to the Yorkshire Board in October, seen by ESPNcricinfo, outlining their deep unease at the club’s handling of the racism case, and its failure to rebut Rafiq’s extensive claims.

Gough has been involved in coaching on a consultancy basis since his retirement in 2008, including a stint with England’s Test squad in New Zealand in 2019-20, but his new role is expected to be focussed on strategy, planning, recruitment and development.



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Aus vs Eng, Men’s Ashes, 2021-22 – Alex Carey ready if Test debut comes

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A lean run in the Sheffield Shield has not dented the wicketkeeper’s confidence

Despite a relatively lean Sheffield Shield season Alex Carey feels he is well placed should he get the nod to be Australia’s wicketkeeper in the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba.
Thirty-year-old Carey, who plays for South Australia, is the frontrunner to fill Tim Paine’s position ahead of the highly-regarded Josh Inglis but insisted he has yet to be given the nudge from the selectors.

Inglis, along with fellow Western Australia team-mates Mitchell Marsh and Ashton Agar, flew back to Perth on Tuesday for a pre-planned few days back home and will rejoin the squad after a short break but it has been taken as an indication of the way the selectors will fall.

Carey has made just 153 runs in eight Sheffield Shield innings this season – with single-figure scores in his last five outings – but did crack a century in the Marsh Cup before heading to Brisbane. Due to his place in the T20 World Cup squad Inglis, who shot into contention after a superb 2020-21 domestic season, has only played one first-class match this summer.

“I’ve felt in a really good place,” Carey told RSN radio. “I feel like I’m hitting the ball well and although the runs didn’t come as I would have liked in the first part of the Sheffield Shield season I think consistently over the last couple of years I’ve been pretty solid.

“It wasn’t a case which end do I hold the bat, still felt like I knew what I was doing, and to get some runs in that one-day game is great. Nice to know what I was doing is still the right thing.

“I’ve done what I can so I’ll sit back and hope for the best.”

Carey is also encouraged by the philosophy of the current selection panel – headed by George Bailey – that they are not swayed by a small sample of recent results and look at a larger picture.

“Cricket’s a game where if you miss out in one game you are judged on that and you feel like everything is coming down on you but it takes one innings to turn that around and you are in great form again,” he said. “Justin [Langer] and George have played so many games and they know what it’s like and they’ve put a lot of trust and open communication with the players.”

Overall Carey averages 34.73 in first-class cricket with five centuries. He was due to be the reserve wicketkeeper on the postponed Test tour of South Africa earlier this year and last season took the gloves for Australia A.

Other selection calls Australia need to make ahead of the opening Test are between Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson – with Starc expected to retain his place – and which of Travis Head and Usman Khawaja bats at No. 5.

Australia’s intrasquad match which was due to start on Wednesday has been canceled due to the continued wet weather in Brisbane with players hoping to get some centre-wicket time if the rain clears over the next couple of days.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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