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Bristol, Learned a lot in IPL, says England’s Jonny Bairstow

May 15  Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, who scored a brilliant century in the third ODI which England won against Pakistan, said he benefited a lot from his experiences in the just concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Bairstow was in brutal mode on Tuesday, smacking 128 runs of just 93 balls as England chased down a challenging 359-run target with more than five overs to spare at the County Cricket Ground. His innings was studded with eight fours and four sixes.

He had a tremendous debut IPL season as he scored 445 runs in the 10 matches he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

“I loved it there (IPL) and learned different things from different coaches and players (including teammate David Warner),” cricket.com.au quoted him as saying after the match.

“It’s just little things like game plans. He (Warner) hits in completely different areas… I guess it is method more than anything else,” he added.

He also explained that the secret behind his piling huge runs in the recent times was playing “strong shots”. “It’s not like we are slogging and playing ramp shots but genuine cricket shots,” he said.

England skipper Eoin Morgan also praised Bairstow, saying he alongside Jason Roy (76), set the platform for the team to register their second highest chase in ODIs.

Put in to bat, Pakistan rode on a brilliant 151 from opener Imam-ul-Haq as they posted 358/9 in their stipulated quota of 50 overs.

“I’m extremely proud. I thought the guys came out and played in the manner that we have done for some time now,” said Morgan.

“We thought 358 was pretty on par at this ground and we felt it was a really good batting wicket.

“The two boys up front (Roy and Bairstow) were absolutely outstanding and set the platform for the way we wanted to go about the chase,” he added.

(IANS)

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IPL rules can hurt Kings XI after Ness Wadia fiasco; BCCI

Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia being sentenced for drugs possession while on a skiing holiday to Japan could mean trouble for the Indian Premier League team. As per the Operational Rules of the cash-rich league, no team official involved with the league can act in a manner which brings disrepute to the team, the league, the BCCI or the game on or off the field. If guilty, the persons action can even lead to suspension of the team.

While the matter is required to be first sent to the commission for investigation, the commission will then forward its finding to the ombudsman.

Citing the manner in which Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had to bear the brunt for the acts of the team principal, a senior BCCI functionary said that KXIP could be in deep trouble.

“The KXIP are unfortunately looking at suspension as a best case scenario and termination as a worst case scenario due to the conviction of an owner in a criminal case of drug possession.

“No less than the Lodha panel had suspended the CSK for two years because their team official was accused of betting. In this case we have an owner convicted of drug possession by a criminal court. If he was a state cricket official he would have stood disqualified from holding office automatically.

“This also exposes the discriminatory provisions of the new BCCI constitution which is draconian for a state association but doesn’t put any restriction on a franchise official even though IPL performances clearly matter more for selection to the Indian team than Ranji performances,” the functionary told IANS.

As per the IPL Operational Rules accessed by IANS, clause 14 of section 2 of the IPL Operational Rules state that each person subject to the operational rules shall not, whether during a match or otherwise, act or omit to act in any way which would or might reasonably be anticipated to have an adverse effect on the image and/or reputation of any Team, any Franchisee, any Player, any Team Official, the BCCI, the League and/or the Game or which would otherwise bring any of the foregoing into disrepute.

It further state that the ombudsman and the commission may suspend a team or franchisee from the league if any person representing the team/franchise breaches clause 14 of section 2.

While adjudicating in the IPL betting matter against CSK and Rajasthan Royals, the Lodha panel had taken into consideration section 4, rule 1.1 of the Operational Rules, which puts strict obligations on each franchisee that its team officials complies with the regulations.

This was to ensure that cricket should be played not only within the laws, but also within the spirit of game and nothing was done by its representatives (Team Officials), players and etc on the field or off the field which is contrary to the spirit of the game or which adversely affects the reputation of the game.

This saw the Lodha panel not just ban CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan and RR co-owner Raj Kundra for life from any matches conducted by BCCI, but also suspended CSK and RR for two years.

It is this precedent that is set to haunt the KXIP since CSK had been suspended for two years despite there being no adverse finding of misconduct against any player or the team.

In fact, even as per the Lodha report, RR was suspended for Kundra’s act of bringing the game into disrepute by betting and the three players’ case wasn’t the focal point in deciding the quantum of punishment.

Whereas, in this particular case, a team owner has actually been convicted of a criminal offence.

A BCCI executive said that it was strange that no statement had been made on such a matter by CEO Rahul Johri.

“It has been 24 hours and one has not heard a peep out of the BCCI CEO on a matter of this magnitude. Are we looking at a scenario where every transgression is becoming an opportunity for someone to try and build friendships at the cost of BCCI’s image and the purity of the game and its administration?” the executive questioned.

Sadly, even the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) have not issued a statement on the matter even though the reputation of the league and the board is clearly at stake.

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One of our worst defeats in Indian Premier League (IPL) says Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Sunday termed their 118-run defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad as one of their worst losses ever in the Indian Premier League.

“One of our worst losses ever. Literally nothing I can explain. Nothing went right for us from ball one until our last wicket fell in the second innings,” Kohli said after the match.

Kohli’s decision to field first backfired as Jonny Bairstow and David Warner struck whirlwind centuries to take Sunrisers to 231. In reply, RCB gave a poor account of themselves, being bowled out for 113 in 19.5 overs, with the likes of Kohli (3) and AB De Villiers (1) failing to make a mark.

RCB are still to win a game after three matches and lie bottom of the table.

“We were outplayed in all departments by a quality side. They showed that they are a champion side – they were finalists last time and beat us in the final (in 2016). Credit to them (Warner and Bairstow) – we could have tried a few different things, like pace off the ball,” Kohli rued.

“But once those guys got in, they just kept going – you need a few things to go your way, and a few catches fell in between fielders.

“They were world-class today and they deserve to be on the winning side.”

Asked why he did not open the batting, Kohli said: “We thought about that initially as well – I have done well opening the batting but myself at 3 brings that balance in the side, given that I can bat with AB and put the opposition under pressure.”

RCB next take on Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, and Kohli hoped their fortunes would change from that match onwards.

“We just need our players to put up a better challenge up front. There are still 11 games to go. The pitch will be nice in Jaipur against the Royals.

“We need to bring our A-game, like we did against Mumbai and play with that kind of intensity. If we go through the motions, we need to do the regular basic stuff, and get results our way and start winning games in the tournament – the next game should be that game for us.”

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IPL 2019; All-round Chennai beat Delhi by six wickets

Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have lost the toss, but Chennai Super Kings used the conditions at the Ferozeshah Kotla beautifully as they beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets.

If Dwayne Bravo (3/33) was the star with the ball, it was a combined effort by the CSK top order as they chased down the target of 148 with two balls to spare.

The chase didn’t start on expected lines for Chennai as they lost Ambati Rayudu (5) in the third over of the game as DC skipper Shreyas Iyer took an easy catch at mid-off off Ishant Sharma’s bowling, but that was where the joy ended for Delhi as Shane Watson combined beautifully with Suresh Raina to take the attack to the DC bowlers.

While the CSK bowlers had used the conditions well, the Delhi bowlers left a lot to be desired. The score read 60/1 at the end of the powerplay as the duo of Watson and Raina looked in complete control. It looked like they would take the game home before Amit Mishra dismissed Watson (44) against the run of play.

With the score on 72/2, everyone waited for Dhoni to come to the crease, but the fans had to wait as Kedar Jadhav walked in to join Raina. But the wish of the capacity crowd at Kotla was finally fulfilled in the 11th over when Mishra sent back Raina (30) with the score reading 98/3.

After that Dhoni, (32* off 35 balls) and Jadhav (27 off 34 balls) took Chennai home with some smart display of batsmanship. Even though the required rate did go over six towards the end, there was no pressure as such on the duo and it was more about crossing the line. Although Jadhav was dismissed with two runs left to get, Bravo completed the formalities.

Earlier, DC opener Shikhar Dhawan struggled his way to a 47-ball 51 as the Delhi Capitals managed to score just 29 runs in the last five overs to finish on 147/6 in their 20 overs. This after the Delhi batsmen picked 17 runs from the 14th over of the match from Bravo.

A senior member of the team, one would have expected Dhawan to make it count after spending quality time in the middle, but he failed to accelerate after scoring a laborious fifty as the Chennai bowlers slowed things down by bowling a tight line and length.

Iyer had won the toss and decided to bat first on a Kotla wicket that wore a typical low and slow look. But it was the Chennai bowlers who looked to be at the top of their game.

Even though Prithvi Shaw looked to be positive against CSK pacer Deepak Chahar, the bowler had the last laugh as he dismissed Shaw (24) in the 5th over. DC ended the powerplay at 43/1.

The fall of wicket slowed things down quite a bit as Iyer and Dhawan found the going really tough against the Chennai bowlers who slowed the pace and looked to take advantage of the wicket.

Having struggled their way to 65/1 after 10 overs, DC lost Iyer in the 12th over as he was trapped right in front of the wicket by Imran Tahir for a 20-ball 18.

With the scoreboard looking pretty ordinary, Rishabh Pant looked to take the attack to the Chennai bowlers and was good till Bravo dismissed him in the 16th over, caught brilliantly at deep square-leg by Shardul Thakur. Pant had to walk back for a 12-ball 25 as the score read 120/3.

Colin Ingram didn’t bother the scorers much as he was dismissed by Bravo in the same over for just 2 and it was all about looking to play catch-up after that for DC.

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Rasikh Salam becomes 2nd J&K cricketer to play in IPL

Rasikh Salam Dar, the 17-year-old son of a schoolteacher, on Sunday become the second cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after Parvez Rasool.

Salam, a right arm fast bowler, was included by Mumbai Indians in the playing XI against Delhi Capitals in their opening IPL match at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

He conceded 42 runs in the four overs he bowled, but could not pick up a wicket.

Salam is the third cricketer from J&K to be picked by an IPL franchise. Manzoor Dar was roped in by the Kings XI Punjab in 2018 but he didn’t play any match.

Rasool has played 11 IPL matches for three different franchises — Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and the now defunct Pune Warriors India.

Belonging to Ashmuji village in Kashmir’s Kulgam district, Salam made his Ranji Trophy debut for J&K in December last year.

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IPL; KKR have task cut out against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Eyeing a third title which has eluded them for quite some time, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will have their task cut out when they take on formidable Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

Two-time champions KKR last won the IPL in 2014 under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir. Since then, they have made it to the playoffs thrice in four years showing great consistency, but the team will want to finish off equally well this time round.

Last season, under the new leadership of seasoned campaigner Dinesh Karthik, KKR incidentally lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs in Qualifier-2. Stumper-batsman Karthik led from the front, amassing 498 runs and finishing as the team’s highest scorer.

KKR have traditionally boasted of having a superb spin line up and it won’t be different this year. With India’s leading tweaker Kuldeep Yadav leading the line, veteran Sunil Narine and experienced Piyush Chawla will look to make an impact along with young K.C. Cariappa who was brought in as replacement to the injured Shivam Mavi.

Last year, KKR’s weak link was their pace attack. But according to head coach Jacques Kallis, the purple brigade have more options this time in the fast bowling department.

KKR will miss the services of Mavi and fellow U-19 World Cup winner Kamlesh Nagarkoti who is also ruled out due to injury. But acquisitions such as New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, left-arm Englishman Harry Gurney and West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite will add to their arsenal.

KKR received a blow few days back in the form of South Africa quick Anrich Nortje who was also ruled out after sustaining an injury. Among the Indians, Prasidh Krishna will look to continue the good work with the ball while Sandeep Warrier — replacement of Nagarkoti — will look to make the most of the opportunity.

KKR’s batting looks strong with no spare tyres in their top seven. The likes of Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Karthik and Brathwaite pack enough punch to rival any other side. According to assistant coach Simon Katich, they have the best batting line up in the tournament.

Coming to the visitors, SRH emerged runners-up in the previous edition after losing to Chennai Super Kings in the final by eight wickets.

The Kane Williamson-led side has been in cracking form for the past few seasons since winning the trophy in 2016 under the leadership of David Warner.

Williamson was comfortably the best batsman in the tournament hitting eight fifties and one century on the way to 735 runs in 17 matches.

All eyes will be on Warner this Sunday, as the southpaw continues his return to cricket after being banned for a year after the ball tampering incident.

According to team mentor VVS Laxman, Warner is looking as fit as ever and is raring to go.

Besides the explosive Warner and dependable Williamson, SRH have the likes of Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan who are likely to be their batting mainstays but the team will miss Shikhar Dhawan who went to Delhi Capitals. Dhawan hit 497 runs and was the team’s second highest run-scorer last year.

All-rounders Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Vijay Shankar add variety to the team.

The bowling will be led by Rashid Khan who was the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament last year. Billy Stanlake will provide the X-factor with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddharth Kaul and Basil Thampi also there to strengthen the pace battery.

Squad KKR: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Harry Gurnley, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, KC Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj and Prasidh Krishna.

Squad SRH: Kane Williamson (captain), David Warner, Abhishek Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Khaleel Ahmed, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, Shreevats Goswami, Martin Guptill, Deepak Hooda, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Wriddhiman Saha, Sandeep Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan and Billy Stanlake.

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IPL will decide India’s No.4, Pant can do job; Ganguly

There has been a lot of debates on who will be India’s No.4 in the upcoming World Cup. With India skipper Virat Kohli trying a few options in the just concluded ODI series against Australia, the debate continues on who will finally board the flight to England when the Indian team leaves for the World Cup.

Delhi Capitals advisor Sourav Ganguly and coach Ricky Ponting believe that Rishabh Pant could be the answer to India’s woes as he has the temperament and talent to do the role in England.

“Look at how Pant played in the last IPL. In ODIs, Pant is coming in and going out because MS Dhoni is there and that doesn’t help. Pant is your future. For the next 10 years you will see a lot of him. He will be a huge asset for the Indian team,” Ganguly said.

Echoing the sentiments, Ponting added: “I would be picking him in the Indian team as the batsman for No.4 as he can win you the game with his talent. We want him to focus on IPL because if the boys do well they will get a call for the World Cup.”

Ganguly said the Indian Premier League (IPL) will decide the No.4 slot. “Many choices are there but I think the IPL will in a way decide who will get that position. I had said (Cheteshwar) Pujara because he has been in good form. I saw (Rahul) Dravid do the role when I was captain. If you don’t have an option you can try him. Pant or (Ambati) Rayudu could be an option. We can give our opinion, but somewhere I feel Kohli knows who it should be.”

Commenting on Kohli’s position in the line-up, he said: “Kohli can play at any position and will score runs. But I prefer No.3 for him.”

Ganguly went on to add that this Indian team doesn’t rely heavily on the skipper. “These guys are really good. We didn’t think we will lose the final in the Champions Trophy. This team has a lot of talent. They will be favourites to win the trophy even though I don’t believe in the tag. You have (Shikhar) Dhawan, Rohit (Sharma), Dhoni, Kohli, (Jasprit) Bumrah, and others. I have no advise for this team, I just hope they play freely.

“Kohli is huge and all generations have had such class players. Every generation has produced champions and Kohli is a champion but I honestly believe that this Indian team has the arsenal apart from Kohli to do well. This is a very good side which doesn’t have too many weaknesses,” he said.

Delhi bowler Ishant Sharma has been on a roll in red-ball cricket and both Ganguly and Ponting feel that he is bowling his best right now.

“Ishant is bowling his best at the moment, the way he bowled in England and Australia. He is working really hard. Test bowling is the highest level you have to achieve. Ishant has the ability to adjust. You can see he is someone who is looking to turn it around,” the former India skipper said.

Ponting echoed the sentiments. “I think Ishant is bowling as good as ever. He is more mature and slightly refined. He is physically looking good,” he said.

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IPL; Shikhar Dhawan wants Indian batsmen to fire for Delhi

India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who has joined the rest of the Delhi Capitals squad after the ODI series against Australia, on Monday said he was looking to help younger players get used to the pressure of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium has been my home ground since my early days, and I will be doing my best to perform for the team as I know the conditions and pitches well,” he said.

“Apart from that, I will also be looking to help our younger players get used to the pressure of playing in such a big tournament, and hopefully I can spur them on to perform on the field to the best of their abilities.”

The left-handed opening batsman also took part in an internal friendly match organised by the Delhi Capitals on Sunday to prepare themselves for the upcoming season of IPL.

The stylish left-hander seemed delighted upon his return to the capital city and said he was looking forward for a stellar season with the Capitals.

“It is like a second home-coming for me, and I am very excited to be a part of the Delhi Capitals for the IPL season. It is a very happy feeling for me to have come back to my home city of Delhi after spending 10 seasons away in the IPL,” said Dhawan.

Dhawan also spoke on the importance of having a right balance in the team and feels that the Delhi Capitals have managed to build a great team this year.

“In IPL, the team which wins the trophy is always the one which has the best balance in the squad. Our team this year is also very balanced as we have good all-rounders, spinners and batsmen. The most important thing for us will be that our Indian batsmen play well and our top 4-5 batsmen are Indian, so I am expecting a great season ahead,” said the 33-year-old.

For Sunday’s internal friendly T20 match, the squad was divided into two teams – Team 1, led by Rishabh Pant, who joined the squad over the weekend, and Team 2 – led by Shreyas Iyer.

Team 1, batting first, put on a massive 194-5, during which captain Pant smashed 52 off 31 balls. Team 2 fell short of the target by 23 runs in the end, finishing at 172/7. But Shikhar Dhawan’s 53 off 41 balls, and captain Iyer’s quickfire 40 off 28 balls was good news for the Delhi Capitals franchise ahead of the season.

Jalaj Saxena, playing for Team 1, was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-36 from his 4 overs.

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Virat Kohli wants boys to enjoy IPL ahead of World Cup

The last ODI series before the World Cup might not have gone as planned for the Indians. They lost to Australia 3-2. However, skipper Virat Kohli is happy with the experimentation the team did ahead of the World Cup in England.

He now wants the boys to go into the Indian Premier League (IPL) and enjoy themselves before the showpiece event, starting May 30.

“What we spoke in the dressing room was go and enjoy in the IPL these two months. Must enjoy ourselves and play because we enjoy the game.

“Being on the road for so long does take a toll, but when there is a long season, you can reflect on it.

“I think it has been a hectic season, but we are proud of how we have played. Guys have come around and shown character.

“All of us deserve to go into the IPL and enjoy ourselves. Everything will be taken over by the World Cup when it comes to the tournament,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation on Wednesday.

“We have discussed workload and asked the players to be smart and inform the franchises. All the workload will be monitored and the players will take the opportunity to take breaks.

“We will be committed to play the IPL but the World Cup comes once in four years. Everyone is committed to the World Cup and want to be a part of the bus,” he said.

Commenting on the loss in the last series before the World Cup, Kohli said: “The fact that Australia came and won here means it was a hard fought series. They played better and won.

“We have been playing good cricket and doesn’t feel like a loss. Nobody is panicking because we know the things we were looking to do in the last three games. They just showed more composure in pressure situation.”

“I think this is exactly how we played in Australia. We were more brave than them in their situation. We just went out and expressed ourselves.

“When they saw they had a foot on the door, they showed more heart and deserved to win as they are a young team. Good for their confidence to do well in India. We didn’t play as well as they did,” he added.

While dew did play a major role in this series, Kohli said that one cannot complain about one’s home conditions.

“We cant be weighed down by our own conditions. They were more positive and brave and so they won those important moments.

“It gets difficult to go past those sides. Here and Ranchi there was constant pressure on us. Credit has to be given where due,” he said with a smile.

The team did experiment with the playing XI keeping in mind the World Cup and Kohli said he would not use that as an excuse for the loss in the ODI series.

“We won’t give trying players an excuse. We expect every player who comes to play for India must do well. Conditions based changes will be there in England, but we know the XI we wish to play.

“We have a balanced side as Hardik Pandya will return to the team. We know where we need to go as a team. Must take better decisions in tough conditions,” the Indian skipper said.

“I can’t comment on who will take pressure in the World Cup. We must wait till the side is announced. Cannot speak on the combinations. Whoever gets a chance to play must take responsibility and pressure,” he pointed out.

While everyone has spoken about India being one of the favourites to win the tournament, Kohli clarified that nobody is a favourite in a World Cup.

“Every team in the World Cup is a threat. Any team on a roll can be defeated in the big matches by a team that is brave and expressive on that day.

“No team is favourites going into the World Cup. Any team is dangerous. Everyone will look to take positive mindset into the showpiece event,” he added.

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World Cup team will be sorted out before IPL, says Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli on Friday said the World Cup team will be decided before the Indian Premier League (IPL) starts and performances in the cash-rich domestic T20 tournament will have no bearing on team selection.

“No, I don’t see the IPL having any influence on World Cup selection. I think that will be very, very radical sort of analysis,” Kohli said on the eve of the first ODI against Australia.

“We need to have a solid team. Before we head into the IPL, we need to be absolutely clear of what team we want for the World Cup. I don’t see anything changing on how the IPL goes for any of the players.

“If one or two players do not have a good IPL season, it doesn’t mean that they are out of the picture for the World Cup. Those things are not going to matter,” Kohli set the record straight.

Young Rishabh Pant has been in poor form of late but Kohli said he will be given more opportunities but not at the cost of playing a bowler less.

“We will have to think about the combinations. I don’t think playing a bowler less is a good idea because with the extra fielder in till the 40th over, it becomes very difficult to sort of get a few guys to chip in with a few overs here and there.

“We will have to work out the batting combination to try and give game-time to the guys we want to. But, I don’t see the bowling combination changing,” the skipper said.

Kohli also lavished praise on KL Rahul and hinted that he did impress the team management with his good shows in the T20s

“It augurs really well. KL, when he plays well, is operating at a different level I feel. We have seen him do that in the IPL last year and in patches over the last season we played as a team.”

Kohli explained what makes Rahul special.

“It’s very difficult to find a consistent player, who can play good cricketing shots and still win you games at a strike-rate of over 140 or 150. He has all the shots and has a solid game as well.

“…it will be interesting to see what happens in the final World Cup squad. Definitely, he has made a strong case for himself. It’s good he’s in great nick and hopefully he can carry it forward.”

Australia head coach Justin Langer meanwhile, backed top-order batsman Aaron Finch to rediscover his form during the ODI series.

Australia’s limited overs captain is going through a prolonged lean patch and has failed to register a single half-century in his last 19 innings in ODIs and T20Is.

“He’s such a good player, such a good person, captain of the team, we know he’ll come good. We just got to keep giving him plenty of care and support. We know he’ll come good. There’s no more destructive player in the world,” Langer told reporters.

“We talk about ‘Maxi’ (Glenn Maxwell), Marcus Stoinis, a number of our players who can be so destructive. But when he’s going, he is as destructive as a player as there is in white-ball cricket. We know he’ll come good and we’ll be patient with him,” he added.

Langer revealed that Finch has not let his form affect his composure and performance as captain.

“Another important part about leadership is that he’s really consistent. We haven’t see any real change in his personality or his attitude around the group, so that’s a real credit to him. That’s why he is the captain of the team,” the coach said.

“My experience of every captain, the most important thing is they’re playing really good cricket. He’s got to keep his attention on that. He’s got lots of support around him. Like I say, he’s such a good person, he’s got to be Aaron Finch, be himself. He’s doing that. He’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. We’ll just keep encouraging him to be himself. His runs will come, keep encouraging him to be himself and I’m sure he’ll come good soon,” he added.

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