Neser hat-trick mystery as Renegades beat Heat, Proteas not scared, Baz has fun with Stokes


Amid the chaos, Michael Neser said he was unaware he had scored the ninth hat-trick in BBL history.

It went on for two overs as the Brisbane Heat point guard destroyed the best order of the Melbourne Renegades on Wednesday night, reducing them to 4-9 in their chase.

“Damn, that’s funny,” Neser told reporters after the game when they briefed him on the rare feat.

“I hadn’t realized I had taken a wicket on that last ball before. That’s pretty cool – the first hat trick I’ve ever done.

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“To be honest, there was a lot going on. The wicket was doing a lot, the ball was swinging, so I was really focusing on good bowling length.

Michael Neser celebrates. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Sent off from the Australian Test team, Neser responded spectacularly with four wickets in his first eight deliveries on his return to BBL service.

The Heat had posted a modest 8-137, batting first, before Neser gave them a run-up with the ball. The 32-year-old trapped Sam Harper’s wicket with the Renegades’ first innings delivery and fired Jake Fraser-McGurk with the last ball from the same over.

Nic Maddinson was Neser’s next victim early in the third and the hat trick was over when Jon Wells left one that barreled through the stumps. Neser was not far off the BBL’s second double hat-trick when an inswinger came through Andre Russell’s gate, narrowly missing the off-stump.

The close shave didn’t faze Russell, who quickly knocked Neser to the roof of the GMHBA stadium.

It was one of three sixes that West Indies power hitter Neser threw, who still finished with career-best T20 numbers of 4-32.

Russell netted a half-dozen sixes in his 57-for-42 game winner, leading the Renegades to a four-wicket victory.

The result left the Heat in a 0-2 hole before a clash with the undefeated Adelaide Strikers (3-0) – Neser’s former team – at the Gabba on Friday.

The Renegades, who cut three straight wooden spoons after winning the 2018-19 title, made a perfect 3-0 start to the season.

The outlook was not so rosy when No. 6 Russell came into the slot in third with the score at 4-9.

“In situations like this, I don’t think the best way to go is to go block,” Russell told reporters.

“For me, it’s being positive and taking the pressure off the batting team and trying to put the bowlers under pressure.

“I’ve been in a few situations like that in my career and I’ve gone out and done similar things. I’m glad it worked out again tonight.

Russell was dropped on the 31st by Bazley and took advantage, doubling the Heat’s three-six total before finally being caught by Mark Steketee (2-23).

Aaron Finch (31 not out) and Will Sutherland (6no) brought the Renegades home after Akeal Hosein (30 of 19) played a crucial role at bat.

Sutherland faced just one ball, equaling Russell’s record with a 103m six of his own.

Earlier, Brisbane won the coin toss and struck first, but staggered during an innings that lacked the usual T20 fireworks.

Captain Jimmy Peirson (45 not out) was the best scorer for the Heat and hit six of his team’s eight fours on a 29-point surge in the final two overs.

Matt Renshaw (29) and Sam Billings (25) put together a 61-run partnership for the third wicket but both fell victim to Renegades point guard Tom Rogers, who posted career-best numbers from 4-23.

Import spinner Hosein (3-26) also did damage with the ball.

Proteas bats aren’t scared, claims Zondo

South Africa’s struggling batting roster won’t be daunted by the prospect of another spirited pitch for the second Test against Australia.

The Proteas were rolled for 152 and 99 in Brisbane last week, falling 1-0 behind in the three-game series after the Test lasted just two days.

In their last six completed Test rounds, South Africa have failed to reach 200.

Number 5 Khaya Zondo scored with an unbeaten 36 runs in the second inning, but the Proteas’ inexperienced hitters were no match for the speedy Australian star on a Gabba pitch that the ICC called “below the mark”. medium”.

Last year’s Boxing Day Test ended before lunch on day three and the pressure is on MCG curator Matt Page to deliver a pitch that offers a fair fight between bat and ball .

But Peter Roach, head of cricketing operations for Cricket Australia, was adamant there had been direction to flatten the MCG wicket after the express game at the Gabba and last year’s bowler-friendly conditions in Melbourne .

“You can’t play a game until you’re actually there,” Zondo said Wednesday.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18: Rassie van der Dussen of South Africa is beaten by Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrating his 300th Test Wicket on day two of the first Test match between Australia and Australia South Africa at The Gabba on December 18, 2022 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

“Going forward and thinking about what the pitch will look like, is it going to be bad or good, I don’t think that’s a good space for us as a team or batsmen to really think about it.

“I don’t necessarily think they will prepare a pitch like they did last time because it was rated below average, so I’m sure there will be an effort to make it fairer between the bats. and the ball.”

Zondo, just making his third Test appearance, fought valiantly at the Gabba in round two after falling in love with a duck on day one.

“I just made sure to watch the ball even closer and move a bit faster,” he said.

“If you scored a 30 or 40 on that court, it was like gold.”

Baz describes Stokes as an ‘incredible’ captain

Brendon McCullum says Ben Stokes’ captaincy is “incredible” and he took it to a new level in the 3-0 series win in Pakistan.

The Tourists picked up an eight-wicket victory in the Third Test on Tuesday morning to seal a run of whitewashes few had predicted.

All three Tests were thrilling on England’s first tour of Pakistan in 17 years, while off the pitch they pulled themselves together in the face of adversity as several squad members fell ill during the month-long trip.

And with an Ashes home series on the horizon in June, following two Tests in New Zealand in February, head coach McCullum thinks Stokes deserves all the applause.

It was his first overseas success as skipper, but England have transformed since his appointment in April.

RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 05: Ben Stokes of England celebrates with Coach Brendon McCullum after winning the First Test match between Pakistan and England at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on December 05, 2022 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

(Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

England have won nine of their 10 Tests under McCullum and Stokes, with a heavy emphasis on attacking play.

“He seems to have it (taken to a new level), it’s pretty amazing,” McCullum said of the 31-year-old all-rounder from Durham.

“What we see on the pitch, pulling the strings, is one thing – he’s constantly active, making plays and always thinking about the wickets and he’s so consistent with his message that he doesn’t care about runs.

“It’s one thing, but what he does off the pitch is quite remarkable: his management of men, his general positivity is quite astounding.

“I thought he would be good, but he continues to exceed expectations. He and I are starting to build a really good relationship, not just on the pitch but also off it. We have a good one.

McCullum placed particular emphasis on Stokes’ men’s management style highlighting his role in Jack Leach’s illness during the second Test at Multan.

“The most obvious example was when Jack Leach was a con in Game 2 and Stokesy was also incredibly sick – he never talked about it, he was just concerned about the other guys, trying to figure out who was going to take the field, “said the New Zealander.

“He went to Leachy’s room, he was pretty much a non-starter, and he said, ‘You play, I’ll pass you on, I desperately need you on this team because you’re so important to us”.

“That’s a pretty powerful message from someone as strong-willed and with a personality like Stokesy. But that’s just one example – there are plenty – it blows your mind.

“The subcontinent can be tough when you have security restrictions, but honestly that’s kind of the best thing for us. The camaraderie that has developed, the relationships and the way the guys interact teaches you a lot. It’s been an incredible four weeks and Stokes has led this.

Harry Brook, who scored a century in all three Tests in Pakistan, epitomizes England’s bold approach.

The 23-year-old says Stokes is leading from the front and all the players have bought into the mantra instilled in the dressing room.

“Absolutely, the way he plays his cricket, he leads from the front, but he has said many times that it will only work if everyone buys into it, and everyone who has played has,” said said Brook.

Windies appoint new coach, for now

Andre Coley has been named interim head coach of the West Indies men’s team for their upcoming tour of southern Africa.

He replaces former mentor Phil Simmons, who announced his departure following the team’s early elimination at the Twenty20 World Cup and quit following the recent two-Test series against Australia.

Coley will oversee the two Tests in Zimbabwe from January 28, as well as the multi-format tour of South Africa the following month, Cricket West Indies announced on Wednesday.

“To be asked to oversee the West Indies team on the upcoming tours to Zimbabwe and South Africa is a special honour,” the Jamaican said in a statement.

“West Indies cricket holds a special place in my heart.”

The South Africa tour includes two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s.

“The mission ahead will be difficult as we will face two teams in their local conditions,” said Coley.

“We will need to ensure that our planning and preparation is appropriate and be consistent in executing those plans, to give us the best opportunity to deliver positive results.”


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