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Alex Hales,Chris Jordan set to play in play off of PSL

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Alex Hales,Chris Jordan set to play in play off of PSL

LAHORE: Star England batsman Alex Hales and fast bowler Chris Jordan are set to entertain the crowds in Karachi for the exciting play-off stage of HBL Pakistan Super League 2019.

Hales, who is an integral part of England’s limited overs sides, will be making a return to the Islamabad United after having played four matches for United last season.The explosive England batsman is replacing fellow countryman Ian Bell in the United squad.

“I am delighted to be back with Islamabad United for this year’s HBL Pakistan Super League and I can’t wait to play in front of our passionate fans, Hales, one of the top 10 batsmen in the ICC T20I rankings, said on Tuesday.

“We have seen exciting cricket at the HBL PSL this year and Islamabad United has put in some excellent performances. I look forward to joining the squad and I hope that I can help the team lift the trophy once again, said Hales.

“Alex Hales is one of the leading T20 batsmen in the world and I am glad that he will play for Islamabad United in front of Pakistani fans, said Ali Naqvi, Islamabad United team owner.

“I am confident that he will add great energy to Islamabad United as we look to win the play-off stage games”, he added.

England fast bowler Chris Jordan will also be returning to Pakistan this year as he rejoins the Peshawar Zalmi squad for the play-off stage. Jordan had to leave the Zalmi squad midway through the season due to national duty where he received the man-of-the-series award during England’s T20I series win over the Windies.

Peshawar Zalmi will be squaring off with Quetta Gladiators in the qualifier on March 13 followed by the first eliminator between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings on March 14.

 

 

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South Africa unveil England cricket tour dates

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JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Friday announced the dates for a tour by England which will include four Tests, three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.

The Test series will start in Centurion on December 26, followed by South Africa’s traditional New Year Test at Newlands in Cape Town, starting on January 3.

The remaining Tests will be in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

England will play two warm-up matches before the Tests, a two-day game against an Invitation XI and a three-day match against South Africa A. Both fixtures will be in Benoni.

Cricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe said the series would have special significance, “as this will be our first home series in the ICC World Test championship following our away series in India in October.”

South Africa will also host Australia for three Twenty20 internationals and three one-day internationals, starting five days after England’s final fixture on February 16.

 

 

 

 

 

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Smith ready to pick up where he left off at World Cup

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SYDNEY: Before his dramatic fall from grace, Steve Smith was drawing comparisons with Australian batting icon Donald Bradman, and there are signs he is ready to pick up where he left off.

Smith was the golden boy of Australian cricket until he opted to turn a blind eye to teammates Cameron Bancroft and David Warner conspiring to alter the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in early 2018.

It proved catastrophic, with his career and reputation crumbling — he was banned for a year and sacked as national captain.

The 29-year-old has admitted it left him devastated but he has done his time, worked hard to be in prime condition for his return and provided an ominous reminder of his sublime skills in pre-World Cup warm-up games against a New Zealand XI.

“Best physical condition of his life,” coach Justin Langer said recently of Smith, who is also returning from elbow surgery.

“That was one of his goals at the start of the ban, come back in better physical shape than ever before. He and Davey (Warner) have done the same thing, they are in pristine condition.”

While the Test format is where Smith has really excelled, he has also been formidable in one-day internationals, where he averages 41.84 from his 108 matches, hitting eight hundreds and 19 half-centuries.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cricket World Cup: Is Sri Lankan build-up chaotic?

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LONDON: Kumar Sangakkara hopes Sri Lanka can somehow overcome their “chaotic” build-up to the World Cup thanks to new captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s “lack of baggage”.
The 1996 champions head into this year’s edition in England, which starts next week, having lost eight of their last nine one-day internationals — with the lone win in that run Tuesday’s rain-affected victory over Scotland, a non-Test nation who have not qualified for the World Cup.
“It’s been quite chaotic, both in terms of continuity in selection and giving players a very good, consistent run in the team, which is essential for confidence,” former Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara said at Lord’s on Thursday.

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