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    Australia announce Twenty20 International squad for series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan

    Gillette Twenty20 International Series squad announced

    The National Selection Panel has announced the following 14-man squad for the Gillette Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan:

    Aaron Finch (captain) (Victoria)
    Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
    Alex Carey (vice-captain) (South Australia)
    Pat Cummins (vice-captain) (New South Wales)
    Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
    Ben McDermott (Tasmania)
    Kane Richardson (South Australia)
    Steve Smith (New South Wales)
    Billy Stanlake (Queensland)
    Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
    Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
    Andrew Tye (Western Australia)
    David Warner (New South Wales)
    Adam Zampa (South Australia)

    National Selector, Trevor Hohns said:
    “It is almost a year to the day until Australia hosts the men’s Twenty20 World Cup and we have selected this squad with that in mind. We have looked to put a squad together that we think can take us through to that tournament.

    “Australia won our two most recent T20I matches against India in February and face a worthy challenge to open the Australian international summer with three matches each against Sri Lanka and the number one ranked Pakistan.

    “The squad we have selected is quite role specific and we believe it gives us the flexibility to thrive in all match conditions.

    “We are delighted to welcome Steve Smith and David Warner back into the Twenty20 International fold. Steve is a world-class batsman in all formats, while Warner is Australia’s highest ever T20I runs-scorer. He was also the leading runs-scorer at this year’s Indian Premier League with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    “Aaron Finch retains the captaincy after strong recent 50-over form at the World Cup and Marsh Cup and forms an excellent top three along with Warner and Smith. Aaron is joined by vice-captains Alex Carey and Pat Cummins, both of whom are still in their 20s and in possession of outstanding leadership skills.

    “In terms of batsmen, we have selected top and middle-order specialists. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner and Carey provide us excellent options through the middle-order after Finch, Warner and Smith.

    “In terms of spinners, we feel like the all-round package Ashton Agar possesses is irresistible at the moment and Adam Zampa has proven to be a very good T20 bowler in all conditions.

    “We’re also confident in the potency and flexibility of our fast bowling group. Mitchell Starc gives us a left-arm option and has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading quicks at the top of the innings and at the death. Pat Cummins is a world-class right-arm option and has been in superb form of late. Andrew Tye is a wicket-taking proposition, Billy Stanlake has the X-factor and Kane Richardson has been an excellent short-form player for some time now.

    “We’re looking forward to the series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan as we build towards the Twenty20 World Cup.”

    The squad will travel to Adelaide on Thursday, October 24 and ahead of the first T20I at the venue starting on Sunday, October 27.

    Gillette T20I schedule vs Sri Lanka:
    Sunday, October 27 – First T20I, Adelaide Oval
    Wednesday, October 30 – Second T20I, The Gabba
    Friday, November 1 – Third T20I, Melbourne Cricket Ground

    Gillette T20I schedule vs Pakistan:
    Sunday, November 3 – First T20I, Sydney Cricket Ground
    Tuesday, November 5 – Second T20I, Manuka Oval
    Friday, November 8 – Third T20I, Perth Stadium


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    Pretty strong squad. Cummins, Starc, Maxwell, Finch, Warner, Carey and Smith are there.

    Let's hope this SL series has knock some sense into Misbah and he picks a good squad this time and lets hope Babar captains it.

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    Full strength team

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    Cummins deserved a rest

    He has bowled like a machine this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    Cummins deserved a rest

    He has bowled like a machine this year.
    He has gotten a rest from shield cricket and will not play any domestic so he is fit for the Sri Lanka and Pak series.

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    When was the last time you saw Warner, Smith, Starc and Cummins in a T20 team? This is the closest they can get to a full strength team. So, finally they've started to take the format seriously.

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    I would have taken Wade instead of Smith.


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    Strong squad, would be fortunate to win even one of the games

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    With an eye on the ICC Men's Twenty20 World Cup at home next year, Australia have announced a 14-man T20 squad to face Sri Lanka and Pakistan across six games this year.

    Steve Smith, the Player of the Series in the 2019 Ashes, returns to their T20 unit after more than three years. While the 30-year-old has superb numbers in Test and one-day international cricket, he will want to improve on his returns in the T20Is: 431 runs at 21.55 in 30 games.

    Apart from Smith, opener David Warner and left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc have also been included in the squad, while top-order batsman Usman Khawaja has been left out. "It is almost a year to the day until Australia hosts the men's Twenty20 World Cup and we have selected this squad with that in mind," said Australia National Selector Trevor Hohns on Tuesday, 8 October.

    Marcus Stoinis, Shaun Marsh, D'Arcy Short, Jhye Richardson, Peter Handscomb, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Nathan Lyon, all of whom were a part of the T20I series against India earlier this year, have been left out. Meanwhile, fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has opted to undergo spinal surgery for his recurring lower-back injury.

    While many players have been left out, impressive domestic performers like Billy Stanlake, Ben McDermott and Kane Richardson have been brought back in the squad. Stanlake has picked up five wickets in the Australian domestic one-day cup this year, including figures of 3/38 against South Australia last month. Richardson, too, has been among the wickets, returning six wickets across four games in the competition so far.

    McDermott, meanwhile, has impressed with the bat for Tasmania, and recently smashed an unbeaten century against South Australia in Perth.

    "In terms of batsmen, we have selected top and middle-order specialists. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner and Carey provide us excellent options through the middle-order after Finch, Warner and Smith," said Hohns.

    Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1374757


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    Why is Chris Green being ignored when he has shown that he's an amazing bowler and also has considerable batting skills?

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    Pretty strong Aussie team. They are the favorites to win 2020 World T20.


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    That squad should beat us black and blue. Will truly dispel the myth that we are the number 1 T20 team lol.

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    So SL will only travel there for a few T20's ? It should have been a triangular series which would have made it more interesting as well.


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    Australia are taking T20's seriously since the World cup is not far away and on home soil, they can break their duck in this format.

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    Mike Hussey and Ryan Harris will join the Australian team's backroom staff for their Twenty20 internationals that open the men's international summer next week.

    Hussey's appointment follows in the footsteps of the mentoring roles played by Ricky Ponting at the ODI World Cup and Steve Waugh in the Ashes Test series earlier this year.

    Harris will step up from his usual role as a high performance coach at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane to be the side's bowling coach.

    Australia are due to play back-to-back three-game Gillette T20 International series against Sri Lanka and then Pakistan starting next Sunday (October 27) as the first steps towards next October's men's T20 World Cup, the only global cricket tournament Australia have yet to win.

    "I'm very excited actually. I'm really looking forward to getting back in around the Aussie team," Hussey told News Corp.

    "They are going to be trying to get strategies in place, develop a style of play and what players they want and I love all that stuff — planning for a big event.

    "They have floated the possibility of being involved closer to the T20 World Cup as well but it's all pretty loose at the moment."

    Langer has long been a fan of having past players closely involved in the national team, a trend that shows no sign of slowing down as he draws on the glory days of Australian cricket.

    "I can't tell you how influential these guys can be on the group. It's about building our leadership, about honing their skills as cricketers, and they can just complement the other guys who are full-time coaches," Langer said.

    "It's nice to have different voices and different eyes and see guys of that calibre giving us feedback on what they see."

    Known as 'Mr Cricket' Hussey signalled his liking for the shortest format in the first-ever T20 International, coming to the crease late in the Australian innings and promptly blasting three sixes in an unbeaten 31 from 18 balls in a laid-back affair where players wore retro kits and outlandish hairstyles.

    Over the next 11 years, on all surfaces and against all types of bowling, he barely let up, plundering almost 5,000 runs and establishing himself as one of T20 cricket's most versatile batsmen.

    Hussey was one of the few batsmen who was equally at home nudging ones and twos as he was biffing the ball over the rope, and he shone in the Indian Premier League as the leading run-scorer in the 2013 tournament.

    In the KFC Big Bash League, his move west to the Sydney Thunder began a revolution for the men in lime green that culminated in a BBL|05 title triumph of which Hussey was the architect.

    His greatest T20 performance in Australian gold was undoubtedly his staggering 60no from 24 balls in the 2010 World T20 semi-final against Pakistan.

    With Australia needing 47 from the final 17 balls, Hussey switched gears and put on a breathtaking display of T20 batting, getting his team home with a ball to spare and into their first (and still only) T20 World Cup final.

    Langer's backroom staff has been in a state of flux with David Saker vacating the bowling coach role earlier this year while Brad Haddin has also moved on from the fielding coach role he held.

    Tasmania coach Adam Griffith, a former assistant with Langer at Western Australia, filled the bowling role during the World Cup before Troy Cooley held the post during the Ashes tour.

    Ottis Gibson, the former West Indies fast bowler who has previously held coaching roles with the Caribbean team, England and South Africa, has been linked to the national team as a potential full-time fixture in the bowling coach vacancy.

    CA is also searching for a new selector to replace the recently retired Greg Chappell, with that person expected to have a heavy T20 focus with next year's World Cup looming large with Michael Klinger linked to the vacancy.

    Gillette T20 Internationals v Sri Lanka

    Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

    First T20: October 27, Adelaide Oval, 2pm (Fox & Kayo)

    Second T20: October 30, Gabba, 6.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    Third T20: November 1, MCG, 7.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    Gillette T20 Internationals v Pakistan

    First T20: November 3, SCG, 2.30pm (Fox & Kayo)

    Second T20: November 5, Manuka Oval, 7.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    Third T20: November 8, Perth Stadium, 4.30pm (Fox & Kayo)

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/mike...tan/2019-10-20


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    seriously what's with the pessimism. Pakistan dint play their best players vs Lanka. I can guarantee you they will perform vs australia when people count them out. Mark my words.

    king misbah just needs to pick the right players. No more bit part players.

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    Need more Victorians in there

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    Veteran allrounder Dan Christian believes he can be the middle-order saviour Australia are looking for at next year's T20 World Cup, and he's urged national selectors to not forget 20-over specialists like himself who play the format constantly around the globe.

    T20 skipper Aaron Finch is searching for a batting finisher ahead of Australia's Cup campaign in 12 months and selectors have opted for Ashton Turner, Ben McDermott and Alex Carey to fill that role in their Gillette T20 INTL campaigns against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, starting this Sunday.

    Overlooked for the upcoming series of matches, Christian is one of the most decorated T20 players at Australia's disposal having won seven domestic titles globally. He was also one of just 10 Australians picked up in Sunday's star-studded player draft for the new 'Hundred' competition in the UK next year.

    Since being cut from Victoria’s contract list 18 months ago, the 36-year-old has joined countrymen like Chris Lynn, Fawad Ahmed, Ben Cutting and Chris Green on the global T20 circuit and says selecting full-time Twenty20 players could help Australia reverse their disappointing record in the game's shortest format.

    "I'm not sure what way the selectors are going to go, but I think that would be certainly something to consider," Christian, who played the last of his 16 T20Is for Australia two years ago, told cricket.com.au.

    "Guys that are now specialising in that one format (and) are doing it all the time.

    "The last 18 months, I think my Twenty20 cricket has got a lot better because I'm just focusing on that format and the role I play. I bat late in the innings all the time, so I get used to being in those situations. And generally when I bowl, it's in the middle and sometimes at the death. I'm just working on those specific skills all the time and I think it's helped my cricket a lot.

    "(The World Cup) is certainly something I’d love to be a part of.

    "I feel like I'm playing probably the best cricket of my career and as long as I stay fit and keep putting those performances on the board, then hopefully I can be a part of it."

    The shock omissions of KFC Big Bash League stars like Lynn, D’Arcy Short and Marcus Stoinis from Australia’s T20 squad to start the summer represents a change in thinking from selectors, with Finch saying the national side wants to move away from playing top-order players in the middle order.

    With Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell tipped to fill the top-four positions at the World Cup, spots are available for players who possess the unique set of skills required to bat in the middle and lower-order in 20-over cricket.

    Christian's performance in the finals of last season’s BBL underlines his credentials in this highly-specialist position; the right-hander clubbed 31 not out from just 14 balls in a tense run chase in the semi-final before he scored a vital 38 not out batting at No.7 in the final after his Melbourne Renegades had collapsed to 5-65 in the 10th over.

    "That's one of the things I've got better as the older I've got," he said of the semi-final against the Sydney Sixers, when he steered the Renegades home after the run rate had ballooned beyond 14 runs an over late in the match.

    "Five ... ten years ago, there's no way I would have been that calm in that situation. I would have stuffed it up for sure. I would have probably tried to hit one that wasn't quite there, tried to hit it too hard, mishit it and hit it up in the air and it would have been out.

    "I think as you get older, you're certainly much more calm in those kind of situations.

    "I wrestled with what role I'm best at throughout my career. But the last four or five years, just specialising in that; coming in around the 10th or 12th over or whatever it might be and facing a couple of overs of spin and medium pace to get the eye in and then trying to cash in late against the fast bowlers.

    "That’s what I've practiced the most and what I've started specialising in and I've been lucky enough to help contribute to a couple of wins."

    Christian will get a rare chance to test himself against an international side this week when he co-captains the Prime Minister’s XI against Sri Lanka in Canberra on Thursday.

    He will then head to South Africa for the second edition of the Mzansi Super League, which he won with the Jozi Stars last year, before returning to the Renegades for BBL|09.

    Gillette T20 INTLs v Sri Lanka

    Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa

    Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha

    October 27: First T20I, Adelaide Oval, 2pm (Fox & Kayo)

    October 30: Second T20I, Gabba, 6.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 1: Third T20I, MCG, 7.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    Gillette T20 INTLs v Pakistan

    November 3: First T20I, SCG, 2.30pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 5: Second T20I, Manuka Oval, 7.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 8: Third T20I, Perth Stadium, 4.30pm (Fox & Kayo)

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/dan-...sts/2019-10-22


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    Strong selections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Veteran allrounder Dan Christian believes he can be the middle-order saviour Australia are looking for at next year's T20 World Cup, and he's urged national selectors to not forget 20-over specialists like himself who play the format constantly around the globe.

    T20 skipper Aaron Finch is searching for a batting finisher ahead of Australia's Cup campaign in 12 months and selectors have opted for Ashton Turner, Ben McDermott and Alex Carey to fill that role in their Gillette T20 INTL campaigns against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, starting this Sunday.

    Overlooked for the upcoming series of matches, Christian is one of the most decorated T20 players at Australia's disposal having won seven domestic titles globally. He was also one of just 10 Australians picked up in Sunday's star-studded player draft for the new 'Hundred' competition in the UK next year.

    Since being cut from Victoria’s contract list 18 months ago, the 36-year-old has joined countrymen like Chris Lynn, Fawad Ahmed, Ben Cutting and Chris Green on the global T20 circuit and says selecting full-time Twenty20 players could help Australia reverse their disappointing record in the game's shortest format.

    "I'm not sure what way the selectors are going to go, but I think that would be certainly something to consider," Christian, who played the last of his 16 T20Is for Australia two years ago, told cricket.com.au.

    "Guys that are now specialising in that one format (and) are doing it all the time.

    "The last 18 months, I think my Twenty20 cricket has got a lot better because I'm just focusing on that format and the role I play. I bat late in the innings all the time, so I get used to being in those situations. And generally when I bowl, it's in the middle and sometimes at the death. I'm just working on those specific skills all the time and I think it's helped my cricket a lot.

    "(The World Cup) is certainly something I’d love to be a part of.

    "I feel like I'm playing probably the best cricket of my career and as long as I stay fit and keep putting those performances on the board, then hopefully I can be a part of it."

    The shock omissions of KFC Big Bash League stars like Lynn, D’Arcy Short and Marcus Stoinis from Australia’s T20 squad to start the summer represents a change in thinking from selectors, with Finch saying the national side wants to move away from playing top-order players in the middle order.

    With Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell tipped to fill the top-four positions at the World Cup, spots are available for players who possess the unique set of skills required to bat in the middle and lower-order in 20-over cricket.

    Christian's performance in the finals of last season’s BBL underlines his credentials in this highly-specialist position; the right-hander clubbed 31 not out from just 14 balls in a tense run chase in the semi-final before he scored a vital 38 not out batting at No.7 in the final after his Melbourne Renegades had collapsed to 5-65 in the 10th over.

    "That's one of the things I've got better as the older I've got," he said of the semi-final against the Sydney Sixers, when he steered the Renegades home after the run rate had ballooned beyond 14 runs an over late in the match.

    "Five ... ten years ago, there's no way I would have been that calm in that situation. I would have stuffed it up for sure. I would have probably tried to hit one that wasn't quite there, tried to hit it too hard, mishit it and hit it up in the air and it would have been out.

    "I think as you get older, you're certainly much more calm in those kind of situations.

    "I wrestled with what role I'm best at throughout my career. But the last four or five years, just specialising in that; coming in around the 10th or 12th over or whatever it might be and facing a couple of overs of spin and medium pace to get the eye in and then trying to cash in late against the fast bowlers.

    "That’s what I've practiced the most and what I've started specialising in and I've been lucky enough to help contribute to a couple of wins."

    Christian will get a rare chance to test himself against an international side this week when he co-captains the Prime Minister’s XI against Sri Lanka in Canberra on Thursday.

    He will then head to South Africa for the second edition of the Mzansi Super League, which he won with the Jozi Stars last year, before returning to the Renegades for BBL|09.

    Gillette T20 INTLs v Sri Lanka

    Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa

    Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha

    October 27: First T20I, Adelaide Oval, 2pm (Fox & Kayo)

    October 30: Second T20I, Gabba, 6.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 1: Third T20I, MCG, 7.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    Gillette T20 INTLs v Pakistan

    November 3: First T20I, SCG, 2.30pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 5: Second T20I, Manuka Oval, 7.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 8: Third T20I, Perth Stadium, 4.30pm (Fox & Kayo)

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/dan-...sts/2019-10-22
    A lot of these t20 specialists end up failing at the international stage, where the quality is a lot higher. In the end it is the international players that perform at the t20I world cup.

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    Even during the final frenetic overs of this week's Marsh One-Day Cup match for South Australia, as Queensland looked to close their batting innings with a clatter, Kane Richardson found his thoughts drifting to the imminent start of the international season.

    It's not that the seamer, a member of Australia's squad at this year's ODI World Cup in the UK, was distracted from his duties as the 'death overs' specialist as the Bulls threatened to post a hefty total.

    Rather, Richardson was musing as to how valuable his Gabba experience – trying to quell Test hero Marnus Labuschagne and big-hitter Ben Cutting in full flight – might prove in T20 internationals against Sri Lanka and Pakistan over the next fortnight.

    Such is the nature of the men's international schedule this Australian summer, the opening T20 match (against Sri Lanka at Adelaide Oval on Sunday afternoon) arrives with most of the home team's players having played little 20-over cricket for almost a year.

    Australia's most recent men's T20 internationals were the pair of victories they scored over India at Visakhapatnam and Bangalore last February, and the current domestic season to date has featured first-class (Marsh Sheffield Shield) and 50-over (Marsh One-Day Cup) fixtures.

    By contrast, Sri Lanka competed a 3-0 sweep of their T20I series against Pakistan in Lahore earlier this month and will begin acclimatising to Australia conditions with a 20-over match against a Prime Minister's XI in Canberra on Wednesday evening.

    But Richardson believes there is not a vast disparity in the skills needed to succeed in T20 cricket and those that underpin the 50-over game, of which each Australian state outfit has played five so far this summer.

    And to help him prepare for the three T20Is against Sri Lanka (in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne) and the three against Pakistan that immediately follow (Sydney, Canberra, Perth), he saw Wednesday's assignment at the Gabba as similar to that likely awaiting him in the 20-over format.

    "Bowling to Ben Cutting, and when Marnus (Labuschagne) was on a hundred at the death, that's perfect practice," said Richardson, who finished that game conceding just 38 runs from his 10 overs.

    "That's what I thought at the time.

    "We've got the second T20 there (at the Gabba), so it was useful to get back into that groove of bowling death and even at the start (of the innings).

    "It's all pretty similar kind of stuff - it's just four overs (in T20 cricket) instead of 10."

    As leading wicket-taker in BBL08 with 24 victims, taking a wicket every 13.71 balls bowled with an economy rate of less than for champions Melbourne Renegades, Richardson might be considered a certain starter for Australia under regular circumstances.

    But as the 28-year-old points out, last summer's men's international schedule precluded Test and ODI players taking part in the BBL.

    And the inclusion of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc for the Sri Lanka and Pakistan series demonstrably changes the pecking order.

    In addition, proven T20 quicks Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake are also vying for inclusion in the starting XI as players begin jockeying for spots ahead of next year's ICC T20 World Cup to be staged in Australia.

    Consequently, Richardson is expecting Australia's training sessions at Adelaide Oval on Friday and Saturday to be competitive outings, particularly if his experience with the ODI squad earlier in the year provides a template.

    "The training with Australia is so much more intense than state cricket and Big Bash cricket," he said.

    "I'm in the squad, but there are some pretty good quicks in there, as usual with the Australian team.

    "So it would just be nice to play some games and keep trying to get better.

    "Justin (Langer, men's team coach) has been pretty adamant about blokes playing different roles, so if there's a role for me to play then hopefully I can do that."

    Richardson admits that visualising his T20 role at the height of last Wednesday's Marsh Cup game was something different for him, as he rarely bothers to scan the playing schedule too far in advance.

    Rather, he tends to rely on cues from his South Australia and national limited-overs teammate Alex Carey who, as Richardson observes, "seems to check the calendar more than anyone".

    "He (Carey) said 'there's a T20 series coming up' about a month ago, and I'm not lying – I honestly don't know what's ahead," Richardson said.

    "So I got the call, and I'm happy to be involved in the short form.

    "The thing with T20 – everyone thinks it's really relaxed, and easy to get through because it's only four overs (maximum per bowler).

    "But I actually pull up worse after a T20 game because of all the stuff you have to do in the field.

    "You run so much more than in a Shield game - half of that you're just walking around kicking your heels.

    "So it is quite intense, but the (Marsh Cup) one-dayers are a perfect lead-in because you then pull back with your bowling workloads but you have to make up for it in the field.

    "I feel pretty well prepared."

    Gillette T20 INTLs v Sri Lanka

    Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa

    Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha

    October 27: First T20I, Adelaide Oval, 2pm (Fox & Kayo)

    October 30: Second T20I, Gabba, 6.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 1: Third T20I, MCG, 7.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    Gillette T20 INTLs v Pakistan

    Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir.

    November 3: First T20I, SCG, 2.30pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 5: Second T20I, Manuka Oval, 7.10pm (Fox & Kayo)

    November 8: Third T20I, Perth Stadium, 4.30pm (Fox & Kayo)

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/kane...-sa/2019-10-24
    Last edited by MenInG; 24th October 2019 at 15:24.


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