Cricket News: Hales nails opening audition, Iyer explodes as India beat Proteas, Perry’s T20 fight, Mitchell OK


Alex Hales put his name to England’s T20 World Cup squad as he featured in their tense eight-leg win over Australia in Perth.

With captain Jos Buttler returning from a calf injury, Hales was favored over Phil Salt as the England captain’s opening white-ball partner for the first of three T20s against rivals Ashes on Sunday.

And although Hales struggled at first for fluidity, he gradually gained a foothold and backed England’s 6-208 with 84 from 51, sharing a searing 132 run on 11.2 overs with Buttler.

Their efforts were a big part of the success for the tourists as Australia went from 3-158 to 9-200, with David Warner’s 73-for-44 misses at Optus Stadium.

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Buttler confirmed that Hales, who recently returned to the fold after more than three years after failing a recreational drugs test, is expected to reopen when England return to the same venue in a fortnight for their opening game of the World Cup against Afghanistan.

“Things change quickly in the sport, but he gets the first chance, by the minute,” said Buttler, who revealed Hales was selected because of his Australian Big Bash League pedigree.

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“It was a very difficult decision, we spent a lot of time debating and thinking about it, and it was really only Alex’s record in Australia that took it forward.

“He’s settled in very well and he’s played fantastically well here. He’s a really destructive player, he accesses all areas of the pitch and he’s intimidating to bowl, so it was great to watch him from the other side.

Buttler, who himself shone with 68 of 32 balls, declined to appeal for apparent onfield obstruction as an entertaining high-scoring contest drew to a close.

Confusion reigned as Matthew Wade banged his helmet before appearing to block Mark Wood as he raced towards a comeback attempt, but England’s win wiped out any controversy.

“I was just watching the ball,” Buttler said. “It’s quite difficult, I don’t really know why I’m appealing, maybe I could have asked other boys to see if they had better eyesight.

“I didn’t really see what happened. We’ve only just arrived in Australia, so I thought I’d continue the game.

“It was a great cricket match, I really enjoyed it. Australia seemed to have it under control and we had to find ways to take wickets, but we did it and showed great temper.

“We can derive very good confidence from that. Every time you play in Australia it’s tough games.

“They left a few guys behind which is a pretty smart move with the schedule they’ve had and the World Cup fast approaching. It was a great cricket match and I expect two more.

Iyer propels India to conquer Proteas

Shreyas Iyer broke an unbeaten 113 and forged a 161-run stand with Ishan Kishan to secure India’s seven-wicket win in the second one-day international at Ranchi.

Chasing 279 for the win, India lost the opening two games in nine overs, but Kishan hit 93 and Iyer produced a career-best shot to help the hosts head home with 25 balls to spare on Sunday.

Choosing to bat first, South Africa were 2-40 when Reeza Hendricks (74) and Aiden Markram (79) combined in a run-a-ball partnership of 129 as a total of over 300 looked well within their reach.

After their departure, Heinrich Klaasen (30) and David Miller, who made 35 not knocked out, scored sharply but the Indian bowlers conceded only 57 in the last 10 overs to limit South Africa to 7 -278.

Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the Indian attack, claiming 3-38 in his 10 overs.

India lost skipper Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill before they could reach the 50 mark, but Kishan and Iyer kept their chase firmly on track.

Kishan broke seven sixes – three more than the entire South African team – but his 83-ball blitz ended when he hit a deep midwicket just below his one hundred.

Iyer stayed put to seal the win with his 15th four and complete a brilliant comeback from an Indian side bereft of their key white ballers, who are in Australia for the Twenty20 World Cup. New Delhi will host the decider on Tuesday.

Perry’s shot at the T20 recall

Ellyse Perry’s best shot at an international Twenty20 call-up may come from the WBBL, with the all-around superstar calling the tournament a potential launch pad for several players.

Monday marked exactly one year since Perry’s last T20 for Australia, having since been overlooked for the format at the last Summer Ashes and Commonwealth Games.

Australia will face a changing of the guard in the coming months, with Rachael Haynes retiring and Meg Lanning still on personal leave ahead of the summer and February’s T20 World Cup.

Perry would appear as a logical option. Still a fixture on the 50+ team, the 31-year-old would provide value for her high-profile experience as a steady hand at No. 3 and No. 4.

The right armourer has also returned to bowling, having overcome a stress fracture in her back while working on technical changes in her delivery.

Ellyse Perry celebrates a wicket.

Ellyse Perry celebrates a wicket in match two of the Women’s Ashes ODI series. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

Perry is loath to discuss his chances of selection, but can see this summer’s tournament as crucial in the race for selection to fill the two spots.

“Traditionally, the WBBL has been a great launching pad for all players,” Perry told reporters. “We discovered great talent in this competition and it gave people luck and opportunity.

“With some changes to the Australian set-up, there’s a very big chance that everyone will play very well and do their best to be part of a really competitive Australian team.”

Australia have several promising options ahead of the T20s in India in December, including Nicola Carey, Elyse Villani, Georgia Redmayne, Georgia Voll, Annabell Sutherland, Phoebe Litchfield and Laura Harris.

But Perry probably holds the cards with his change of mind beating the most important factor.

The right-hander will bat at No. 3 or No. 4 for the Sixers when they start the tournament against Brisbane at Mackay on Thursday night.

She’s yet to bat to a strike rate over 100 in any edition of the WBBL, but has been keen to add to her power play over the past year and hit 136.73 in the WBBL. recent Hundred tournament in England with the Birmingham Phoenix. .

“You always want to evolve and different moments along the way things are highlighted and talk more about where you want to take things – and maybe also how you want to continue contributing to the game. team and the game,” Perry said.

“For the past two years, this has been at the forefront of my mind.

“Hopefully this will make my contribution to the team I’m part of greater than what it has been in the final moments.”

Meanwhile, Sydney Thunder have named speedy New Zealander Lea Tahuhu as a replacement for Hannah Darlington (knee) ahead of their opener against Hobart on Friday.

Mitchell should be right for the World Cup

New Zealand will be hoping the all-rounder Daryl Mitchell recovers from a broken finger in time for their T20 World Cup opener against Australia on October 22.

Mitchell fractured the little finger of his right hand last week and was ruled out of the ongoing tri-series at home to Pakistan and Bangladesh.

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead says Mitchell has a positive prognosis after injury tests.

“We’re still hoping he’ll be right in Game 1, but probably more realistically in Game 2,” Stead told reporters on Monday.

Daryl Mitchell celebrates.

Daryl Mitchell. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

New Zealand, second to Australia last year in the United Arab Emirates, will face Afghanistan in their second match on October 26.

Seam bowler and mid-order batsman Mitchell had a cast on his hand on Monday but said it was a huge relief to be cleared for the World Cup.

“It’s just a matter of getting rid of the pain. Hopefully that will go away in the next few weeks,” he told reporters.

Paceman Lockie Ferguson, who missed the World Cup last year with a torn calf, is also under a cloud heading into Australia after sustaining an abdominal injury.

Stead said he was unlikely to make the home tri-series but was “tracking well” for the World Cup.

Fast bowler Adam Milne was also cleared of major damage after an injury scare in New Zealand’s eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in Christchurch on Sunday.

Playing in his first competitive match since March after recovering from an Achilles injury, Milne suffered a slight abdominal strain after playing twice.

Stead said it was purely preventative, however, and Milne could feature in the upcoming World Cup warm-up against Pakistan in Christchurch on Tuesday.




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