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Gujarat Lions might not be using Dwayne Bravo for Upcoming matches

The Gujarat Lions might not be using Dwayne Bravo, the batsman, to the fullest.


In the set-up of the Chennai Super Kings, the previous team Bravo played for, his position was always in the higher middle order and he would come to bat at the fall of the second or at maximum, the third wicket.

But, Gujarat, despite that Suresh Raina is leading them who was at CSK as well and was even a part of the team management there as the vice-captain, has regularly kept Bravo down at no. 7.

The batting order of Gujarat is lengthier than that of the Super Kings because they play with many all-rounders, but, still, one can say that Bravo’s position can be above someone like Ravindra Jadeja who is more of a swinger of the willow and is not a manipulator of the strike at all.

Whenever Jadeja finds himself at the crease at a time when there are 40-50 deliveries to see off, he gets into a state of confusion in regard to which way he should bat and trying not to get out, he ends up blocking too many which Bravo, if promoted, would not do because he has a better batting sense and not only can he keep changing the ends, but, can also, get the odd big shots in between keeping the innings fluid.
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Dwayne Smith has had a change in role at Gujarat Lions

Dwayne Smith has had a change in role at Gujarat Lions of late and he is bowling more than usual.


In fact, in the last couple of matches, he has bowled the maximum number of overs that a bowler can bowl which is 4 and, his 6 scalps at an average of 8 has justified it too.

Also, in batting, his slot has been swapped with that of Aaron Finch whose placement in the middle order did not pay any dividends.

Smith was having problems at the top too tackling the extra pace up front and it was probably in the interests of both and also, of the team that the alteration of the batting positions of the two was done.

So, the role of Smith, going into the playoffs, is now of an all-rounder who will be bowling with the new ball and batting maybe at 5 with a licence to go for the kill.

Because of Smith bowling as much as he is, Gujarat would go a bowler less in Qualifier 1 in Bangalore and get that inexperienced lower middle order packed with an extra batting resource in the form of an Indian domestic batsman. Read more »

Ian Bell would be pretty disappointed that he could not take advantage of the start

Ian Bell would be pretty disappointed that he could not take advantage of the start that he had managed to get in on a green seaming wicket at Edgbaston on the first day of the third test match.

After Australia was bowled out for just 136, England lost one of the openers and Bell came on to bat at his new position of no. 3.

He was willing to dominate straightaway and was playing his shots.

But, just for a second while facing the off spinner Nathan Lyon, he got a bit reckless or that cost him his wicket.

He was on 54 and could easily have gone on to convert that into a century, but, a rush of blood made him go down the track to Lyon who was smart enough to drag the length of the delivery just a little bit to ensure Bell does not get to the pitch of it.

The ball dipped on Bell and he only ended up lofting the ball in the air to be caught at the short midwicket position.

Not too many overs were remaining in the day’s play at that point of time. In fact, only 10 minutes after that, a rain break saw the umpires calling it the stumps. So, Bell would be sitting in the dressing room and would be kicking himself for the shot that he went for. Read more »

Phil Simmons is looking to have a face-to-face conversation with the players from the Caribbean

Phil Simmons is looking to have a face-to-face conversation with the players from the Caribbean who wants to go ahead in their careers as the specialists in the shorter formats of the game.

According to Simmons, the approach of those guys needs to change and they should really think about having a crack at test matches too as they have got all the skills required for that.

Quite a few West Indies players, in the recent times, have been unwilling to represent the national side in 5-day Cricket.

The payment structure is the main reason to it. The players reckon they don’t get enough for what they offer.

They are making 4-5 times more money plying their trade in the domestic leagues of other countries. So, they stay committed for their franchises rather than their board.

The previous year, the Caribbean team had left the India tour in between which had even sparked a dispute between the boards of the two countries.

That saw Dwayne Bravo not only being sacked from his position as captain of the One Day International team, but, being dropped too as he’s believed to be one who had led the protest of the players. Read more »

England Players had huge Impact on Ashes

The difference between the England squad that had played in the Ashes series 2013-14 and the England squad of now is the number of impact players that are there.

The guys playing at 6, 7 and 8 for England at the moment plays at such a brisk pace that their presence at the crease for even a couple of hours can be enough to get the team in a good position.

This was missing the last time around when the Three Lions had gone to Australia.

It was all about England’s top 4 back then. Once they were gone, the Aussies would be just blowing away the lower middle order.

And, that was the main reason, in none of the 5 test matches; England was able to put a good score on the board.

Test match Cricket is indeed a format where patience matters the most, but, counter attack is also a vital thing.

You’ve got to have players who can take the attack back to the opposition when needed.

So, it’s been pretty smart of the England selectors to give those sorts of players a go this summer.

There was a strong case of Ben Stokes not to be selected and Chris Woakes to be preferred over him as the Warwickshire all rounder had such a great last season.

And, on the other hand, the three test matches that Stokes had played the previous summer, he had a horror of a time. He was getting out on ducks.

So, to still show the faith in him, it’s a very positive decision. Read more »

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