BBL 2016: Top Five Transfers of Big Bash League

With the new Big Bash League season just around the corner, teams are finalising their squad before December 2 deadline.

There could still be some big signings made in the coming week, there have already been a number of marquee moves has been materialised in preparation for the latest season of Big Bash League.

Here are the top 5 signings so far:

1) Mitchell Johnson to the Perth Scorchers

Former Australian pacer will join the Perth Scorchers for his first stint of the Big Bash League this season.

2) Stuart Broad to the Hurricanes

The former England T20 captain joins the Hobart Hurricanes in an effort to trigger his white ball game, having not played for his country in limited-overs since the 2015 World Cup.

3) Chris Gayle leaving the Renegades

West Indies infamous Chris Gayle has farewelled the Melbourne Renegades and possibly the entire BBL following his lewd remarks controversy to female journalist in 2015/16 season.

4) Sunil Narine to the Renegades

The 28-year-old Trinidadian spinner will link up with fellow new recruit, Brad Hogg.

5) Ben Dunk to the Strikers

The 29-year-old Australian has proven he is a quality opening batsmen and he should add a lot to the Strikers batting line up.
27 November, 2016

Twitter reacts as Kiwis thrash Pakistan in first Test

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson half century helps to snap up a four-test losing streak when the hosts beat Pakistan by eight wickets at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

It was a much-needed win for the Black Caps, coming off a 3-0 miserable series in India and 204-run loss to South Africa.

The second and final test gets underway in Hamilton on Friday - 25 November, with the home team searching for their first series win over Pakistan in more than three decades.

Here is how Twitter reacts as New Zealand claims eight-wicket victory over Pakistan in the two-Test match series.

20 November, 2016

Sri Lanka named 15-man squad for tri-series

The Left-handed opening batsman Upul Tharanga has been named as Sri Lanka’s captain for the ODI tri-series to be held in Zimbabwe, which includes West Indies.

The regular skipper Angelo Mathews and vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal are both ruled out of the squad through injury.

Sri Lanka's first ODI match in the tri-series will be against Zimbabwe on November 14.

Sri Lanka ODI squad: Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga (capt), Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Jeffery Vandersay
06 November, 2016
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Australia favourites for Ashes 2017-18?

Ahead of the 2017-18 Ashes Series, both sides Australia and England have been involved in intriguing warm up tests but it’s Aussies who have enjoyed the best of the exchanges. The Hosts were completely dominant in their recent games and will start as red hot favourites against England after their previous Ashes encounter in which England have won the five-match series 3–2.

As for England, there were some positive signs in their winning tests against Bangladesh but what do the tourists need to do to upset the predictions?

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Key areas

Australia did show a little vulnerability against the new ball and the pace of the opponents opening attack.

The Aussies recovered to post strong totals but is there an issue at the top of the order that England’s James Anderson and Stuart Broad can exploit? Unfortunately for Alastair Cook’s side, the middle trio of Steve Smith, Michael Clarke and Adam Voges are in top form so they will need to make early inroads if they are to keep the tourists’ batters in check.

A welcome return

The most positive factor in England’s series with the Kiwis was the return to form of Captain Cook. The Essex man scored a century and looked in perfect touch throughout, showing that an absence of one day cricket has helped him rediscover where his off stump lies.

There were further tons from Ben Stokes and Adam Lyth while Joe Root also made good runs at Lord’s. Lyth’s 100 was a particular comfort to the selectors after a long search for Cook’s opening partner but in contrast, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell are hopelessly out of form.

There are further concerns over Moeen Ali who was batting as low as number eight, suggesting that the selectors view him as a front line spinner. The Worcester man’s bowling was woeful however, and must surely force a rethink with Yorkshire leggie Adil Rashid hoping for a chance.

Compare and contrast

Ahead of the Ashes, England have too many players out of touch. Along with Bell, Ballance and Ali, the bowling has many question marks too. Stuart Broad took wickets against New Zealand but was particularly expensive while James Anderson passed 400 test victims without ever really looking at his best.

Mark Wood made an impressive debut at Lord’s but having never played back to back first class matches before, the Durham quick was down on pace at Headingley. Compare this to Australia’s pace battery where Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood are all in top form and ready to make it an uncomfortable few weeks for English batsmen.

There is hope for England ahead of the Ashes which starts in The Gabba on November next year. It’s a promising new era where young players such as Stokes, Lyth, Root and Wood could be stars for years to come while the return to form of Captain Cook is another huge bonus.

Home conditions could also favour Australia but on balance. This is a side at the top of their game and while we might not see another 5-0 whitewash. England to retain the urn looks to be the safest call of the 2017 cricket season.
27 October, 2016

India vs England: James Anderson to miss first Test

England skipper Alastair Cook has confirmed that James Anderson will not be playing in the first Test in India as he struggles to recover from a shoulder injury.

Due to a stress fracture in Anderson’s left shoulder right shoulder, the seamer also forced himself out of the current series in Bangladesh.

The 34-year-old recently stated that he was hopeful of returning back to action in India, but he is unlikely to be part of the opening Test to be played in Rajkot on November 9.

Anderson sustained the injury against Sri Lanka earlier this summer, and has not featured since August because of a stress fracture.

He made his Test debut in 2003, and has claimed 463 wickets, makes him the England's leading wicket-taker.

20 October, 2016

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