11 ODI wickets at 39.27 (5.69 rpo)
3 T20I wickets at 18.33 (6.87 rpo)
8 wickets in this season’s Big Bash, his first, at 23.50 (7.23 rpo)
How about an England recall for Nottinghamshire and Melbourne Renegades left-arm pace bowler, Harry Gurney?
Gurney is 32 and his domestic stats are okay if not outstanding. He’s performed reliably for Melbourne Renegades this term and could be an option for the brains trust of Ed Smith and Eoin Morgan in white-ball cricket. David Willey is not always a threat and his batting often not required. Sam Curran doesn’t need overloading at this stage of his career so getting a year or two out of Gurney could be a viable option for England. The experience that he’s gained from playing in the Big Bash could serve him well for a return to the international fold.
Age may count against Gurney but it certainly wouldn’t be the most ridiculous selection. In Twenty20 Internationals, to pair the left-arm variety of Gurney alongside Tom Curran, who starred in the Big Bash, could provide respite for senior England players and result in a glut of wickets for England.
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No that’s not Papua New Guinea batsman Lega Siaka’s mobile number. It’s his last seven innings in ODI cricket! His contribution to Papua New Guinea’s attempt to reach the 2019 ODI World Cup has been a pretty limp one. His most recent outing against Zimbabwe, caught in the field having accrued just 7 from all of 31 deliveries when batting at three with his team chasing 264, pretty much sums up where he’s at at the moment.
This is an especially frustrating time for the island nation’s great hope, one of the few associate cricket teams to actually field mostly if not entirely indigenous players. Siaka has an ODI ton against Hong Kong early in his career but now averages just 17.47 from 17 innings. Remove his 109 against Hong Kong from the equation and Siaka becomes fiftyless and would average 11.75. I’m always wary of chopping and changing a player’s statistics, it’s a little unfair but put that one extreme career best aside and Siaka has struggled big time. The Port Moresby native actually has three List A tons but an average of only 25.27. Again this highlights the extremes of his scoring pattern. It’s either feast or famine but the feasts are rare, like at Christmas or on your birthday!
Siaka is twentyfive-years-old. He’s not a kid, has represented Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash and turned out for the Australian Prime Minister’s XI. Of course the problem for associate players such as Siaka is the quality and volume of cricket they’re playing between tournaments. Siaka has represented Essendon in rookie cricket Down Under but compare that to the likes of Netherlands’ Ryan ten Doeschate and Roelof van der Merwe, both of whom are regulars on the English county circuit or Afghanistan’s young skipper Rashid Khan playing in the IPL and Big Bash and the experience aquired just doesn’t compare. It may be that Siaka is more suited to the longer format, he averages 32.69 in First Class cricket but in truth, that’s not the format to prosper in if you’re an associate player. That of course opens a whole can of worms regarding developing Test cricket around the world but I’ve written plenty on that already!
Fingers and toes crossed that if Siaka is presented with another chance in the ICC World Cup Qualifier that he can reach double figures and then clock up at least a second ODI half-century.
What do you mean that I’m ripping off a headline that I’ve used before?
Okay, in the words of The Warren Brothers “Guilty”.
It seems like only yesterday that Australia’s Aaron Finch was expressing his desire to earn a Test cap. After a long drought a Sheffield Shield century soon followed but his axing from Australia’s ODI side is unlikely to be because the selectors are providing him with a little rest ahead of some demanding Test fixtures.
2520 ODI runs at exactly 35.00 including seven centuries at a strike-rate of 89.07 isn’t bad but that integer special was the result of some batting average plummeting during the Victoria native’s most recent outing on the international stage. Finch totalled just 22 runs in three matches against New Zealand and it is that performance that has ultimately cost him his place.
Is Finch finiched?
Quite possibly. There’s been a clear changing of the guard in Australian cricket recently and at the age of thirty the proverbial ship may have set sail and deserted Finch on an uninhabited island, or an inhabited one with just over 23 million people.
Still, there’s plenty of T20 leagues around the world and I’m sure that a player who has represented Delhi Daredevils, Gujarat Lions, Melbourne Renegades, Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors, (Still with me?), Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will still be able to get some game time even if it’s not whilst donning the green and gold of a land down under.