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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 30, 2014
HOBART—Cameron White scored 75 runs from
43 balls and took man-of-the match honours
yesterday as Australia beat England by 13 runs
in the first of three Twenty20 matches.
White led Australia to 213-4, hitting six bound-
aries and four sixes, after the home side won the
toss and elected to bat first.
White’s last international for Australia was a
Twenty20 match in October 2012.
“It’s been something I’ve worked pretty hard
to get the opportunity to do, so it was great to
get a few runs in the first game back,” White said.
Bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile (4-30) and Moises
Henriques (2-36) restricted England to 200-9 in
its 20 overs, with Ravi Bopara’s 65 runs from 27
balls the highlight of the visitors’ innings.
White and opening partner Aaron Finch (52
from 31) put on 106 before Chris Lynn hit three
sixes in his late 33 from 19 balls.
England lost Michael Lumb (9 from 6) at 14-
1, then Henriques struck twice in the fifth over,
removing two of England’s top T20 players. Hen-
riques had Luke Wright (9 from 10) playing on
and then Alex Hales (22 from 12) lbw, reducing
the visitors to 45-3.
Coulter-Nile then had Jos Buttler (20 from 14)
and Joe Root (32 from 24) caught in the deep in
the 12th over at 100-6.
A flurry of seven sixes from Bopara wasn’t
enough to revive England’s hopes.
England captain Stuart Broad said his side could
take some confidence from getting as close as it
“We never really got going with the bat but still
got 200 runs,” he said. “Thirteen runs isn’t a huge
The teams will play T20s tomorrow in Mel-
bourne and Sunday in Sydney to conclude Eng-
land’s Ashes tour. Australia regained the Ashes
with a 5-0 scoreline in the Test series and took
the one-day internationals 4-1. (Cricinfo)
SYDNEY—Australia’s Test team left for its South
African cricket tour yesterday with captain
Michael Clarke concerned over two players forced
to remain behind to receive treatment on their
While fast bowler James Faulkner was ruled
out of the tour on Tuesday with a right knee
injury, Shaun Marsh (calf soreness) and Jackson
Bird (back) will have to prove their fitness before
making the trip.
“I’d like them to be on this plane now but that’s
not realistic,” Clarke said at Sydney airport.
Both would likely need to leave Australia by the
weekend if they want to take part in Australia’s
one warm-up match from February 5-8 at Potchef-
The first Test at Centurion begins February 12.
The second Test will be played beginning February
20 in Port Elizabeth and the third from March 1
in Cape Town, followed by three Twenty20 match-
Bird bowled well in the nets on Tuesday and
will be passed fit if he has another positive session.
Marsh’s calf muscle strain is said to be minor, but
medical staff are treating the injury with caution
because he has had similar injuries before.
Clarke said Australia, which completed a 5-0
Ashes sweep and a 4-1 win in the one-day inter-
national series against England, needs to back
that up against the world’s No 1 Test team in
“A lot of teams in test cricket are having success
in their own back yard, but the greatest challenge
is to be able to win away from home,” Clarke said.
“That’s what we face right now.” (Cricinfo)
Ian Bell has risked the displeasure
of England’s team director Andy
Flower by joining Kevin Pietersen
as the only regular England Test
players to put their names forward
for the auction for this season’s IPL.
Pietersen’s Test career is held to
be in doubt with both Flower, the
team director, and Alastair Cook fail-
ing to pronounce that he is a part of
England’s “new era”—and the usual
mutterings have been heard in some
quarters about his passion for playing
That can hardly be held against
him, however, when Bell, often pre-
sented as a model of professionalism,
has also entered the auction—at a
tempting price of only US$160,000.
Bell, who was England’s most suc-
cessful batsman against Australia last
summer, clearly feels that he can get
his Test game into shape without the
benefit of early season Championship
matches. As England’s season starts
with limited-overs cricket against Sri
Lanka, it is hard to fault his logic. It
is also pertinent to note that he shares
the same agents, Mission Sports, with
During negotiations about Eng-
land’s new central contracts, it was
agreed in principle that the ECB
would be supportive where possible
of England players’ ambitions to play
IPL, which legitimises the ambitions
of Bell and others to play in the tour-
That has not stopped England from
having meaningful discussions with
their best younger players about
where their responsibilities should
lie. That has resulted in the absence
of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler from
the IPL hopefuls.
Stuart Broad, England’s T20 cap-
tain is another absentee, while Graeme
Swann’s brief mental dalliance with
a season in IPL during his retirement
media conference has not translated
into action; his retirement now seems
confirmed for good, with a media
career lying in wait.
Arguably the two most aggrieved
players in England’s list could turn
out to be Samit Patel and Alex Hales.
The Nottinghamshire pair
were released by their county
as long as they earned a min-
imum of US$400,000—an
attempt to measure their argu-
ment that they could not finan-
cially afford to ignore the tourna-
That figure has turned out to be
high and has been cut to the auction
ceiling of US$320,000, but that still
leaves Patel, in particular, seeming
overpriced. Hales, one of the
leading T20 batsmen in the
world, should surely sell at that
players are in the list.
White steals show
in T20 opener
Australia leaves for
South Africa Test tour
Ian Bell (Warks), Ravi Bopara
(Essex), Jade Dernbach
(Surrey), Alex Hales
(Notts), Craig Kieswetter
(Somerset), Azhar Mahmood, Dimitri
Mascarenhas, Eoin Morgan (Middx),
Samit Patel (Notts), Kevin Pietersen
(Surrey), Luke Wright (Sussex)
Bell breaks ranks for IPL bid
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