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Australia picks pace quartet
tralia has picked four fast
Pattinson,Josh Hazlewood and
Pat Cummins --- in its 15-man
Champions Trophy squad
while dropping allrounder
James Faulkner, the man-of-
the match from its triumph
in the 2015 World Cup final
against New Zealand.
Australian selector Trevor
Hohns referred to the four quicks
as a "fast-bowling artillery" and
"a very exciting proposition for
Starc returned early from Aus-
tralia's tour of India with a stress
fracture in his right foot, but Hohns
said he was confident the left-arm
opening bowler would be fit to
play in the June 1-18 tournament
Big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn,
sidelined for two months recently
with a neck/shoulder injury, was
also included in the squad.
"Our medical staff will continue
to monitor Mitchell and Chris' re-
covery from their respective inju-
ries, but we are hopeful they will be
fit in time for the team's departure
on May 18," Hohns said.
Allrounders Marcus Stoinis and
John Hastings were also included,
at the expense of the more experi-
enced left-armer Faulkner, in the
squad to be captained by Steve
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was
the only specialist slow bowler se-
lected, although Travis Head and
Glenn Maxwell offer off-spinning
Head and Aaron Finch are the
likely contenders to open the
batting with vice-captain David
Australia joins England, Bangla-
desh and New Zealand in Group A,
while defending champion India is
pooled with South Africa, Pakistan
and Sri Lanka in Group B. (AP)
Mumbai hands Kings
XI 4th straight loss
INDORE, India ---Mumbai Indians hand-
ed Kings XI Punjab a fourth straight loss
with a crushing eight-wicket win in the
Indian Premier League yesterday.
Terrific half-centuries by opener Jos But-
tler then Nitish Rana for Mumbai trumped
Hashim Amla's maiden Twenty20 century.
Mumbai's fifth win from six matches came
after it scored 199-2 in 15.3 overs, gunning
down Kings XI's 198-4.
Buttler and Parthiv Patel made a cracking
start for Mumbai. The first five overs went
Patel fell first, mistiming a ball wide of off
stump. He was out for 37 off 18 balls at 81-1.
Buttler was on 40. He slowed for one over,
to let Rana settle, then zoomed off again.
Only two overs in the first 10 netted single
figures. But by the 13th over, Mumbai's runs
needed was less than the balls remaining.
Buttler was out at the start of the 14th
over, slicing Mohit Sharma. He made 77
off 37 balls, including fives sixes and seven
He'd set it up for Rana and Hardik Pandya
to finish off.
Rana got to his fourth half-century of the
campaign, and his seventh six concluded the
match. His unbeaten 62 from 34 balls includ-
ed no boundaries. Pandya was 15 not out.
Kings XI was made to bat first, and Amla
was dropped on 3, a tough chance.
Shaun Marsh's exit for 26 at 46-1 caused
Kings XI's run rate to drop from eight-plus
to below seven, and the home side failed to
hit double figures in an over from the fourth
to the 10th.
Not until captain Glenn Maxwell joined
Amla did Kings XI get back on track. They
plundered 28 from medium-pacer Mitchell
McClenaghan, and 22 from fast bowler La-
sith Malinga. Those 50 runs from two overs
gave Kings XI a significant boost.
Maxwell fell for 40 and Amla reached the
last over on 90. He hit successive sixes off
Malinga to reach his century, and finished
on 104 not out off 60 balls, included six sixes
and eight boundaries. He scored 51 runs off
Fast bowler Rene Farrell has announced
her retirement from ODIs. She will, how-
ever, remain available for Australia's Test
and T20I teams and will continue playing
domestic cricket for the NSW Breakers, the
Sydney Thunder and the Surrey Stars.
Farrell, who made her international debut
in 2007, played 44 ODIs, taking 42 wickets at
an average of 30.78. She has also played three
Tests and 54 T20Is.
"With preparations about to begin ahead of
this year's World Cup, the time felt right for me
to retire from one-day cricket for Australia,"
Farrell said. "I've had mixed fortunes in this
format over the last few years and I no longer
feel I can give what is required to compete at
"It was an honour to be a part of the ICC
Women's Championship and to be part of the
inaugural winning side is something I regard as
very special in my ODI career. I still have the
desire to represent Australia in the T20 and Test
arenas and look forward to spending more time
with the NSW Breakers and taking on more of
a mentoring role to help our up and coming
players progress to the next level.
"I'd like to wish all teams the very best of luck
for the World Cup and I know that that those
picked to represent Australia will do us proud."
May challenges CA over players' pay offer
Tim May, one of the architects of the first col-
lective bargaining agreement between Cricket
Australia and Australia's cricketers, has chal-
lenged the board to provide better justification
for its desire to end the fixed revenue percentage
model that has remained in place over the past
In an exclusive ESPNcricinfo column, May
took issue with CA's contention that the model
had "done its job" of ensuring international male
players were the best paid in the country while
domestic players are paid competitively rela-
tive to other sports. While lauding movs to raise
pay for women, he questioned why it had been
determined that domestic players in particular
must now be locked into a wage.
He did so while noting that every major sport
in the United States---where May has been based
for more than a decade---makes use of revenue
sharing models, invariably offering the players a
far higher percentage of revenue than the figure
of around 26% Australia's cricketers have been
entitled to since that first deal was struck with
the Australian Cricketers Association in 1998.
May wondered why CA wished to break it up
at a time when domestic players were about
to provide a greater share of the game's reve-
nue---via the Big Bash League---than ever before.
(Source ESPN Sports Media)
Rene Farrell remains available for selection in the
Test and T20I formats © Getty Images
Kings XI Punjab batsman Hashim Amla plays a shot during their Indian Premier League
(IPL) cricket match against Delhi Daredevils in New Delhi, India on Saturday. AP PHOTO
FILE - In this January 5, 2017 file photo, Australia's Mitchell
Starc follows through while bowling to Pakistan during their
cricket test match in Sydney, Australia. Australia has picked
four fast bowlers---Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh
Hazlewood and Pat Cummins---in its 15-man Champions Trophy
squad while dropping allrounder James Faulkner, the man-of-
the match from its triumph in the 2015 World Cup final against
New Zealand. AP PHOTO
Steve Smith (captain), David
Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron
Finch, John Hastings, Josh Ha-
zlewood, Travis Head, Moises
Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn
Maxwell, James Pattinson,
Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis,
Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
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