Nov 102013
 

Ed Cowan and Adam Voges will be familiar names in the Invitational XI to face England at the Sydney Cricket Ground from 13-16 November.

In what will be England’s final warm-up game before the Ashes series begins on November 21, Cowan – who played briefly in the summer Ashes series – is likely to open the batting with Australia’s rising Twenty20 star Aaron Finch.

Batsman Voges is well known to England having spent several years in county cricket with Hampshire, Nottinghamshire and Middlesex.

Another batsman, Callum Ferguson, who played with Australia A in Hobart, is also included to give him another chance to push for the Test team. His inclusion means another Test hopeful, Phil Hughes, drops out of the squad and will play instead in the Sheffield Shield for South Australia against Western Australia.

Usman Khawaja, also announced previously in the Invitational XI, will now play for Queensland to strengthen the Bulls line-up following several injuries to that squad.

CA Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard said: “This match will provide a number of talented players from across the country with good international experience.

“In selecting the final XI, we have tried to be flexible given the needs of particular states and individual players following the latest round of first-class matches across the country.

“We recognise the injury situation in Queensland, so it is appropriate to release Usman Khawaja from this tour match to support his state.

“We have also taken the view that due to the rain-affected match in Hobart, Callum Ferguson didn’t get the depth of international exposure we hoped to give him through his Australia A selection. Through consultation with the SACA, we felt it made sense to select him in the next tour match against England.

“In light of Callum’s selection, Phil Hughes, who has played a lot of international cricket in recent months will remain with South Australia for its next Shield match.”

Team:

Ed Cowan (Tasmania)

Aaron Finch (Victoria)

Callum Ferguson (South Australia)

Adam Voges (Western Australia)

Ben Rohrer (New South Wales)

Ryan Carters (New South Wales)

Peter Nevill (New South Wales) – Captain

Stephen O’Keefe (New South Wales)

Josh Lalor (New South Wales)

Chris Tremain (New South Wales)

Nic Bills (New South Wales)

Coach: Geoff Lawson (New South Wales)

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Oct 192013
 
Faulkner hits Australia to unlikely win

James Faulkner’s late blitz overshadowed a tour de force from India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Australia moved 2-1 ahead in the one-day international series.

Dhoni had rescued the hosts, who were asked to bat, from a rocky start with a quite brilliant 139 not out from 121 balls.

However, a total of 303 for nine proved insufficient as half-centuries from Adam Voges and Faulkner took Australia over the line by four wickets in dramatic fashion.

Although Aaron Finch and George Bailey, with 38 and 43 respectively, had kept Australia in the hunt, they appeared to have little chance with three overs to go.

Requiring 44 at that stage, something special was required. That was exactly what Faulkner produced, striking a four and four sixes in an Ishant Sharma over that yielded 30 runs.

With Voges for company, he easily saw Australia over the line, fittingly ending matters by heaving Vinay Kumar over leg for another maximum. Voges ended on 76 and Faulkner 64 from just 29 balls.

Earlier, some magic from Dhoni was required in the face of an outstanding Mitchell Johnson.

Australia’s left-arm paceman proved a constant threat in claiming 4-46, with only Virat Kohli finding an early antidote as he continued his good form with a flashy 68.

But it was Dhoni expertly marshalling the tail that gave his side a chance as 12 fours and five sixes highlighted his masterclass.

Sep 292013
 
CLT20: Royals Outclass Limp Scorchers
Sunday 29 September 2013 

by Daniel Grummitt

Rahane plays a shot

Ajinkya Rahane made the Royals run chase a formality.

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Rajasthan Royals 121-1 (Rahane 62no) beat
Perth Scorchers 120 (Cooper 4-18) by 9 wickets
Champions League T20, Group A Match, Jaipur
Scorecard

The day’s second Champions League T20 match was markedly more one-sided than the first. Whereas Otago and Lions had needed a second tie-breaker to separate them, Rajasthan Royals breezed into the semi-finals courtesy of a nine-wicket demolition of a now-eliminated Perth Scorchers.

Slow bowlers Kevon Cooper and Pravin Tambe shared six wickets for 35 runs as Perth were dismissed for a pitiful 120 after being asked to bat. Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson then hit unbeaten half-centuries to help the Royals ease home in the 17th over.

They did lose their skipper Rahul Dravid in the opening over of their run chase to Jason Behrendorff for a duck, but that was to be the Scorchers’ sole success. Rahane and Samson added an unbroken 120 for the second-wicket in 95 balls, with the former ending on 62 off 53 balls having hit seven boundaries, and the latter on 50 off 42 balls, also with seven boundaries to his name.

The Scorchers bowlers hardly disgraced themselves but were simply given far too few runs to defend. Behrendorff, Michael Beer and Joel Paris each went at around seven runs per over.

The Perth innings had earlier been a painful affair as they lost regular wickets. Six of their batsmen reached double figures, but only one of those – Adam Voges with 27 – went onto reach 20. James Faulkner took two wickets with his left-arm seam, but it was Tambe and Cooper who did most of the damage.

The 41 year-old leg-spinner took two for 17 from his fours overs, dismissing Tom Triffitt and Scorchers skipper Simon Katich. Trinidadian Cooper, meanwhile, ripped the heart out of the middle-order, removing Adam Voges, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Turner and Joe Mennie en route to four for 18 and the man of the match award.

The Royals join Chennai Super Kings in having already qualified for the semi-finals, while neither Australian side – Perth Scorchers or Brisbane Heat – can now make the last four.

Group A standings: Royals 12 points (3 games played), Otago 10 points (3), Mumbai 6 points (3), Lions (4), Scorchers (3) both 2 points.

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Sep 292013
 
Perth Scorchers stutter against Royals

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Jun 252013
 
Tom Smith relishing his unexpected Twenty20 opportunity at...

TOM Smith, a peripheral figure at Middlesex this season, is all of a sudden looking forward to being the centre of attention in his newly-acquired role as spin locum for Gloucestershire.

Signed on loan for the duration of the Friends Life t20, the 25-year-old slow left-armer is determined to make the most of an opening he did not expect to come his way.

Behind Ollie Raynor and overseas hired hand Adam Voges in the pecking order at Lord’s, Smith was resigned to the prospect of kicking his heels on the sidelines for the rest of the summer.

But proving the old adage that one man’s misfortune is often another’s lucky break, Smith is now set to benefit from the broken wrist that put Ed Young, Gloucestershire’s first-choice white-ball spinner, out of action for six weeks.

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Already without the suspended Jack Taylor and forced to fast-track rookie off break bowler Miles Hammond, Gloucestershire found themselves urgently in need of cover for the domestic t20 jamboree.

A series of telephone conversations between director of cricket John Bracewell and Angus Fraser, his opposite number at Middlesex, paved the way for Smith to head West and he will be one of the first names on the team-sheet when Gloucestershire launch their Midlands/Wales and West Group campaign against Northamptonshire beneath the Wantage Road floodlights on Friday.

He said: “I feel incredibly fortunate. If Ed had not broken his wrist, things could have turned out very differently for me.

“I could have been sat on my backside at Middlesex, instead of which I’m going to gain from someone else’s misfortune.

“I played a couple of games for Middlesex when Raynor had a loss of form, but it wasn’t to be. Ollie got his form back and (overseas signing) Adam Voges can bowl a bit of slow left-arm spin.

“Twenty20 is where I’ve played most of my cricket and I was told I would not be a guaranteed selection for Middlesex.

“I told Angus Fraser I would like to pursue cricket elsewhere and he took control of it. Next thing I knew, I was coming to Bristol.”

Smith has joined a team on the up and, if Gloucestershire’s performance in the 40-over competition this season is anything to go by, they will be competitive in the short format.

“It is hugely exciting to be here,” said Smith. “Gloucestershire have a great mix of old and young and are going great guns in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition and the championship.

“There are some very talented youngsters here and just enough experienced professionals to help them through. I think they can go a long way in the competition, at least to the quarter-finals, and I cannot wait to get stuck in.

“This is a club heading in the right direction and, if I can be of some help over the next five weeks and help the team reach the knockout stages, then that will be my job done.”

Smith announced himself by scoring second-innings runs and taking 1-12 in a losing cause against Australia A at Bristol over the weekend and he admitted he has had little time in which to discuss his role in Gloucestershire’s Twenty20 side.

He will more than likely be handed the ball with a brief to keep things tight during the middle overs, but the Sussex-born bowler insisted his game is about more than just containment. He said: “I believe you have to try to take wickets during the middle phase. If you don’t, then you get smashed in the last four overs.

“I don’t want to be going all round the park and it will be a blend. I will try to keep the runs down, but I will also try to be aggressive.”

Smith boasts t20 best bowling figures of 5-24 and a highest score of 36 not out and is confident he can make a telling contribution with bat and ball.

He added: “My batting is coming on and, although I came in at 11 for Middlesex, I’m hoping I can bat a bit higher up the order for Gloucestershire and be more of an all-rounder.”

Jun 042013
 
India bowl Australia out for 65

Published: 6:39AM Wednesday June 05, 2013 Source: Reuters

Australia were bowled out for 65 by India in a Champions Trophy warm-up match today in a blow to their morale ahead of their title defence.

Already shorn of injured captain Michael Clarke, who is a doubt for their tournament opener against England on Sunday (NZT), the Australians allowed India to rack up 308 for six before being skittled out cheaply to lose by 243 runs.

“Michael is still experiencing some lower back pain and as such is not fit for the warm-up game against India,” team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said in a statement today.

“Michael will head to London tomorrow for specialist treatment and a decision on his fitness for the next game will be made in due course.”

India were inspired by Dinesh Karthik’s 146 not out while Umesh Yadav took five for 18 as Australia never got going in their reply with Adam Voges top-scoring with 23.

India won their opening warm-up match against Sri Lanka by five wickets on Saturday when Australia overcame West Indies by four wickets.

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Apr 302013
 
Marsh, Coulter-Nile get call-up

Mitchell Marsh

Bolter … Mitchell Marsh will be back in international cricket in June. Source: AAP

Australia has selected bolters Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitch Marsh and Adam Voges in its Champions Trophy squad.

  • Michael Clarke (c)
  • George Bailey (vc)
  • David Warner
  • Shane Watson
  • Phillip Hughes
  • Adam Voges
  • James Faulkner
  • Mitchell Johnson
  • Clint McKay
  • Xavier Doherty
  • Matthew Wade
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Mitch Marsh

The Western Australia trio are amongst a young group led by captain Michael Clarke, as the team looks to win a third straight title in England.

Australia captured the previous two Champions Trophy crowns in India (2006) and South Africa (2009).

Marsh gets another shot at international cricket after overcoming a serious hamstring injury this summer and is expected to be a key allrounder, along with James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson.

After a strong finish to the Australian summer, Voges gets his chance to continue in the green and gold while Coulter-Nile’s impressive Twenty20 and ODI form earned him a call-up.

Australia T20 captain George Bailey will be Clarke’s deputy on tour and will be a vital middle-order batsman after a strong  showing in the ODI series against Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Chairman of selectors John Inverarity said the squad was designed to win.

“The ICC Champions Trophy is another important step in our aim to get back to the number one ranking. As the two-time defending champion, the squad has been selected with the aim of winning the tournament, while also keeping the 2015 ICC World Cup firmly in mind,” he said.

“Mitchell Marsh made his ODI debut in October 2011 and is a talented batting all-rounder. Mitchell’s domestic season was interrupted by injury but there’s no doubt he has the potential to perform strongly at international level.

“Nathan Coulter-Nile is an emerging cricketer as a fast-medium bowler and explosive lower-order batsman. He is also one of the finest fieldsmen in Australian cricket and the energy he brings to his game is impressive. While Nathan has played a T20 International for Australia, we are looking forward to seeing him take his very good domestic limited overs form onto the world stage.

“Adam Voges secured the final batting position with his brilliant 112 not out against West Indies in the fifth ODI at the MCG in February. Adam and James Faulkner both made the most of their opportunities late in the summer and have been rewarded accordingly.

“As discussed last week at the Ashes squad announcement, James Pattinson and Ryan Harris haven’t been selected but will play for Australia A to prepare them for the Ashes.

“Some who were close to selection included Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques. However Steve and Moises will play for Australia A while the ICC Champions Trophy is being played.”


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Apr 302013
 
Mitchell Marsh to be recalled for Champions Trophy
Mitchell Marsh struck 104 off 96 but it was not enough for Western Australia, Western Australia v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup, Perth, February 19, 2013

Mitchell Marsh’s 104 for the Warriors against Tasmania played a large part in winning his Champions Trophy place © Getty Images
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Mitchell Marsh will return to Australian duty for the first time in more than a year when the national selector John Inverarity names his squad for the Champions Trophy ODI tournament that precedes the Ashes in England.

Following a year in which he was sent home from the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane and then disciplined further for his part in the Perth Scorchers’ Champions Trophy misadventures, 21-year-old Marsh earned his place with a handful of storming domestic limited overs displays for Western Australia.

In five matches for the Warriors last summer he cracked 278 runs at 69.50, including 104 from 96 balls against Tasmania at the WACA ground as the hosts narrowly missed the final. This innings followed a hamstring injury that cruelled a significant portion of Marsh’s summer.

Marsh made his most recent international appearance in a Twenty20 against India in February 2012, and played his lone ODI in South Africa in late 2011.

He has largely flattered to deceive in first-class matches thus far, but it is in 50-over fixtures that he has been most consistent, averaging 39.90 with the bat and 24.85 with the ball across 27 matches.

The remainder of the Champions Trophy squad will be largely as expected, the experienced batsman Adam Voges included following his century against the West Indies at the MCG and the fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile rewarded for a strong limited overs season.

George Bailey, who served as Michael Clarke’s stand-in when he missed numerous ODIs towards the end of the home summer, will be appointed vice-captain.

The squad does not include numerous players taking part in the concurrent Australia A tour of the British Isles, including James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin.

Champions Trophy squad: Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey (vice-capt), David Warner, Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

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