Chris Gayle To Retire from ODIs After Cricket World Cup 2019

Chris Gayle has publicized that he will retire from One-day Internationals after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England and Wales. The 39-year-old veteran batsman had been recalled by the West indies Cricket for the first two ODIs against England in training for this year’s World Cup. Chris Gayle last played for the team against Bangladesh last July.

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Gayle having the West Indian record for most ODI hundreds with 23 centuries and is their second leading run-scorer in the ODI format with 9,727 runs. His 215 against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup also signifies the highest limited overs score by a West Indies batsman.

Last year, Gayle had levelled Pakistan star Shahid Afridi’s record of the greatest number of sixes in a career in all three international formats joint. Both batsmen have 476 sixes well forward of the next best, Brendon McCullum at 398 sixes. Gayle, however, attained the feat in 443 matches while Afridi touched the mark in 524 games. Afridi hit 351 sixes in ODIs, 73 sixes in T20Is and 52 in Tests. Gayle has smashed 275 sixes in ODIs, 103 sixes in T20Is and 98 in test format.

“We welcome the return of Chris Gayle who missed the last two series and Ashley Nurse from injury. We are pleased to introduce Nicholas Pooran to the ODI cricket for the first time,” Windies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne had said.

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India announce Squad for home T20I and ODI Series against Australia

India have named squad for home T20I and ODI series versus Australia. Regular captain Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have returned after rest in one day internationals against New Zealand. Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant have also been included in the limited overs series. All-rounder Vijay Shankar is also drafted in both lineups after impressive performance in the shorter formats recently. T20 and ODI series with Australia are important for Indian squad selection and preparation for Cricket World Cup 2019.

Indian cricket team will host Australia for two twenty20 internationals on 24th and 27th February 2019. Leg-spinner Mayank Markande has earned maiden T20I call up. He joins Yuzvendra Chahal as second spinner in T20I side in place of Kuldeep Yadav. Markande has impressive performances for India A against England Lions, backing up his good run in IPL. Dinesh Karthik is third wicket-keeper in T20 side besides Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rishabh Pant.

India Vs Australia Cricket Series - February-March 2019 - 2 T20Is and 5 ODIs
India Vs Australia Cricket Series – February-March 2019 – 2 T20Is and 5 ODIs

India and Australia will contest five one day international matches between 2nd and 13th March 2019. Three all rounders in Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav are summoned in the ODI squad. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are retained as main spinners in ODI side. Mohammed Shami keeps the pace leader role with Jasprit Bumrah in company. Siddarth Kaul is called for first two ODIs, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will join pace attack in last three one-dayers.

India cricket team chief selector MSK Prasad said: “Prior to this we had two series in New Zealand and Australia, that is where Karthik was chosen. Because Rishabh played four Test matches, so we wanted him to get a good break. He had a 20 days’ break. Then he played a couple of one-day matches against England Lions, in which he did extremely well. Then we sent him to the T20 matches (in New Zealand). So we want to give him a few ODIs also before taking a final call.”

MSK Prasad stated: “Vijay Shankar’s performance in the recent series [in New Zealand] has really changed a bit of the dynamics. He brings in that double impact to the side, which is good enough. That’s why we have included him and we’ll see how he performs in the next few matches.”

T20I Squad for India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit (vice-capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande

ODI Squad for India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice-capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohamed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, Lokesh Rahul, Siddharth Kaul / Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Australia name Squad for T20I and ODI Series against India

Australia have announced squad for T20I and ODI series versus India. Aaron Finch will lead while Pat Cummins and Alex Carey have been appointed joint vice-captains. Ashton Turner has been called-up for maiden series. D’Arcy Short has is selected as cover for Shaun Marsh. Fast bowler Kane Richardson is included in place of injured Mitchell Starc. Middle order batsman Usman Khawaja and spinner Nathan Lyon have been included in the lineup, signaling that both players are important for Cricket World Cup 2019 plans.

In form batsman Shaun Marsh will miss start of the series, welcoming his second child and healing hamstring injury. His absence offers opportunity for Alex Carey and D’Arcy Short to perform well and stack claim for CWC. Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson complete the pace battery. Adam Zampa is the other spinner in Australian ranks. Mitchell Marsh, Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake have been left out of the squad.

Australia announce squad for T20Is and ODIs versus India
Australia announce squad for T20Is and ODIs versus India

Australian national selector Trevor Hohns said: “Unfortunately scans have revealed that Mitchell Starc sustained a substantial tear to his left pectoral muscle while bowling on the final day of the Test match in Canberra. This means he will be unavailable for the tour of India. We will instead target a return to play for the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE in March.”

Trevor Hohns added: “Kane has been in outstanding form over the summer, including his recent performances in the BBL. Kane not only has experience playing ODI cricket for Australia, but he’s also performed well for his country when given the opportunity. Nathan Coulter-Nile provides us with another quality bowling option, he brings good energy in the field and can also score runs in high-pressure situations.”

Trevor Hohns concluded: “Ashton has been on our radar for some time, given his performances in the shorter formats. Ashton is a smart cricketer who reads the game well and provides us with another strong batting option. He’s been in good form over the summer, and he has an opportunity to put his case forward ahead of the World Cup.”

Australia Squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy Short (as cover for Shaun Marsh)