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Arnab Bhattacharya

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Shame he didn’t play last summer due to injury but I do hope he comes down under next year for t20 wc. Made his debut and hopefully more to come after last night

From freelance architect to his maiden India call-up: The story of Varun Chakravarthy

He made his debut last night vs Sri Lanka with healthy figures of 1-28 in four overs. First mystery spinner to play for India

From freelance architect to his maiden India call-up: The story of Varun Chakravarthy

Thanks for that Jeff. Proves Marsh should’ve been backed properly if anything in ODI cricket. Always the backup unfortunately

Australia are missing Shaun Marsh’s experience in eye-opening tour

Wells and Silk are two underrated T20 cricketers. However, I just don’t see them ever getting picked as Aussie selectors want power hitters at five and beyond instead of a specialist number five.

Australia are missing Shaun Marsh’s experience in eye-opening tour

I didn’t see the Windies home test series vs SA so can’t comment on the pitches. However, their home series pitches since 2018 till this year vs Sri Lanka have been fast wickets with good bounce on offer. Marnus is a good player but this is his first good outing in a T20 tournament. What if that form goes away come T20 World Cup? However I do agree that Marnus is more likely to be selected over the likes of Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja. Rightly or wrongly, only the future can tell.

Australia are missing Shaun Marsh’s experience in eye-opening tour

Newcastle needs Gagai more than the Rabbitohs do which is an indication of the state of both clubs right now. Come games where Newcastle will miss Ponga at times to injury, Gagai’s experience will help their outside backs massively

Back to the future: Why Gagai's return should be pivotal moment for Knights

Fair point. But the reason I’m backing Storm to go back to back is because of Bellamy. He won’t let complacency enter the Storm bubble regardless of how many wins they have under their belt. Most importantly, both halves have won a Premiership together last year and continue to up their game. If you think about it, the Storm have only been knocked out/lost in a GF post 2017 by Roosters and Cooper Cronk was a big reason for that.

Melbourne Storm 2020 vs 2021: The statistical point of view

I think they missed Smith more in round 2. Against Penrith had Olam passed it to JAC in the final seconds Storm wins it. I do think come next week and round 21, Storm will struggle to play the same style that they have against other sides but still come up trumps.

Melbourne Storm 2020 vs 2021: The statistical point of view

I think the points will be split which is unfortunate for both sides as they would want to play for the remaining 20 points in an ideal world. Will also be interesting regarding Bangladesh tour. Does CA ask BCB to start it at a later date now?

Crazy scenes as Australia's ODI postponed at the last minute due to COVID

Yeah the six again rule was also another reason why I didn’t include round 1 and 2 for last season. Thanks for the idea, I’ll possibly do a 2016-2018 comparison since the Storm made the GF in all of em

Melbourne Storm 2020 vs 2021: The statistical point of view

I’m going 3-0 Windies unless Finch comes back. None of the Aussie top four available for the series atm. West Indies have a stable side rn, Australia doesn’t

Australia’s opposition watch: West Indies ODI squad

Behrendorff over Neser for me. Another player who’s been unlucky not to play more List A games is Ben Dwarshuis. Taken 12 wickets in seven games and is a handy all rounder

This second-string XI dispels the myth that Australia has no white-ball depth

The lack of complacency in this Storm side is crazy. The most they’ve lost by is less than six points this season. Round 20 and 21 will be our hardest tests leading up to finals. But I expect Storm to win both of them in tight contests. Why I feel Storm are doing better this season compared to past few – their Kiwi contingent. What having that Kiwi quintet of Hughes, Bromwich brothers and NAS alongside Cheese does is that come origin time, most of the Storm side is still stable with a strong leadership group.

Half-time tackles, offensive wristbands and speedy fullbacks: NRL Round 18 talking points

An interesting fact on Sammy Guillen. His grandson Logan Van Beek has played for the Netherlands and is currently playing for Wellington. When the Blackcaps had a seam bowling injury crisis, Van Beek was close to making his Test debut vs the West Indies last year.

Also this wouldn’t really count but Phil Salt was eligible for West Indies. He grew up in one of the Caribbean Islands from the age of ten to this teens but he was always focused on playing for Sussex u19s and ultimately, England.

West Indians who also played for another country

Today’s the first time Australia lost a game at St Lucia.

Australia’s opposition watch: West Indies T20 squad

Exactly not like these guys were playing for NRR in a WC must win game. Credit to Pooran for keeping his cool while Marsh was going all guns blazing

Australia’s opposition watch: West Indies T20 squad

Seeing the amount of dot balls played Windies need Darren Bravo in this xi to play the anchor role

Australia’s opposition watch: West Indies T20 squad

They have 2 T20 wc titles and know how to win. They’re a dark horse for me for wc with this squad and favourites if narine joins the squad

Australia’s opposition watch: West Indies T20 squad

Well if one of their big players gets out with an ACL and a host of other long term injuries I’d be happy with third

V’Landys Ball proves Storm are the only truly professional NRL club

Duckett is a part time keeper and isn’t Notts first choice keeper even in white ball cricket so I don’t see him keeping for England later tonight. Lawrence seems more like a T20 player than a one day cricketer. Maybe if Duckett does end up keeping then Lawrence takes the finishers spot at six. Crawley won’t get ahead of Malan and Duckett unless he opens with Vince (which means England will be looking to be 0-50 after 10 instead of going all guns blazing in the power play like they prefer to do)

Predicting England’s ODI XI to take on Pakistan

A big reason for this is Frank Ponissi as well. Bloke has ensured that not all of the pressure is on Bellyache. The salary cap scandal should’ve broken the club. Instead it rejuvenated the Storm. That itself says a lot about what the values and ethos of the clubs are. If Storm can go back to back that’d be amazing as the Storm critics would have no answer. Said this before and said this again. Craig Bellamy is the league version of Jurgen Klopp

V’Landys Ball proves Storm are the only truly professional NRL club

1. Loved the covid13 part was giggling for a few seconds there

2. For me, a leader at an NRL club is someone who themselves understands what it means to sacrifice a lot as a junior in order to make it in the NRL and understand how one poor decision can destroy all those sacrifices. Playing sport during a pandemic is a privilege not a right. From the actions on Saturday night, those 13 thought playing sport during a pandemic is a right

What makes a leader off the park?

Considering how good he’s been in the Caribbean Premier League, how did Chris Green miss out in conditions that suit him best?

Aussie selection wildcard that could cut down the West Indies

He’s an opening bat who can also bowl spin with both arms. Left Hawkesbury for Sydney Uni last season and opened for them in first grade. From footage I’ve seen of him bowling, he’s a mystery spinner similar to a Narine or Ajantha Mendis and with the left arm his trajectory is similar to Axar Patel.

IPL, Tasmania and ambidexterity: An exclusive with Nivethan Radhakrishnan

How many games did Pakistan play between the Liberation War and were there any players from what was then East Pakistan eligible to play for Pakistan during 71? Another fantastic article tiger

A Test XI of 1971 debutants

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