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Matthew Wade did not need a long conversation with Australia’s selectors after being dropped for the Test squad, knowing he missed the chance to keep his spot in the side against India but insisted he has no regrets about taking on the opening role early in the series.

Wade was elevated to the top of the order when Australia were hit by an opening crisis ahead of the Tests due to injuries to David Warner and Will Pucovski. He made scores 8, 33, 30 and 40 before returning to the middle order for the final two Tests with scores of 13, 4, 45 and 0. That wasn’t enough to make the cut for the now-postponed South Africa tour, although the flip side for Wade is that he has the chance to play T20Is in New Zealand in a World Cup year.

“I’ve been around long enough [to know] that if you don’t perform at my age at a high level then your spot will be up, and if the team isn’t winning then there’s more chance of something like that happening,” Wade said. “I don’t need to dive into it too much, I know where I’m at and comfortable with what I did. There was always someone who was probably going to get left out when we lost the series and that was me.”

Trevor Hohns, the national selector, referred to Wade’s seniority when he was dropped while saying they saw more “up side” in Travis Head who was retained despite losing his Test place during the summer.

Wade believes converting one of his starts into a substantial score would have been enough to retain his place, right down to the penultimate innings of the series when he was well set before top-edging a pull to mid-on, which was followed in the last innings by a nick down the leg side.

“The only regret I have is not turning one of my starts into a big score,” he said. “I batted really well at the top of the order…so the two games I opened I actually batted as good as I did all series. Even the last Test I batted really well, got 40-odd, then got booted down the leg side in the last innings. That’s the way the gods can treat you sometimes, it’s a bit cruel, but I had the opportunities to turn those starts into big scores. If you don’t do it, this is what happens.”

Matthew Wade: ‘That’s the way the gods can treat you sometimes, it’s a bit cruel, but I had the opportunities to turn those starts into big scores’ © AFP

Having missed out in the IPL action, Wade is set to have two Sheffield Shield matches for Tasmania when he returns from the tour of New Zealand but his focus will be on team success rather than worrying about making a statement to the selectors. “I’ve never been a player that goes back and just individually wants to score runs for himself, it’s about trying to win games,” he said.

The immediate trade-off for Wade is a chance to build on his successful returns in the T20Is against India earlier in the season when he made 58 and 80 opening in place of the injured Warner and in the second match of the series he captained Australia when Aaron Finch was injured.

Wade has been confirmed in the top three for the series against New Zealand, alongside Finch and the uncapped Josh Philippe, although the order may be flexible but he expects to take the keeping gloves throughout the five matches.

Due to pre-tour biosecurity protocols it wasn’t possible to amend the T20I squad after the South Africa trip was canned, meaning a number of players who would normally have been selected are instead playing Sheffield Shield cricket.

“Not going to South Africa wasn’t a great result for all the players in that squad,” Wade said. “It’s an unfortunate situation for them that they haven’t had the opportunity to come to New Zealand because that tour fell through. For me personally it’s nice to be away, playing five T20s is a big positive given I wasn’t going to be going to South Africa. It’s the way the cards were dealt. Grateful got the opportunity to be here with a younger squad.”

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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EngVsPak- England defeated Pakistan by three wickets

Pakistan has struggled with their batting, putting up scores of 141 and 195 as they were outplayed in the first two ODIs.





James Vince scored a hundred and Lewis Gregory contributed 77 as England defeated Pakistan by three wickets to complete a clean sweep of the three-match ODI series.

Vince raced to 102 off 95 deliveries and Gregory struck his 77 of 69 balls as hosts England, chasing Pakistan’s challenging score of 331 for seven wickets, reached 332 for seven with two overs to spare.

Opener Phil Salt scored 37 while skipper Ben Stokes added 32 as England held their nerves to register a comfortable win in third and final ODI.

Earlier, skipper Babar Azam struck a career-best 158 (139-ball) and helped Pakistan’s batting finally came good in this series.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq scored 56 and Mohammad Rizwan 74 as Pakistan posted 331 for nine wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

Playing against a makeshift England squad, after the originally selected player went into isolation after three players tested positive for COVID-19, Pakistan has struggled with their batting, putting up scores of 141 and 195 as they were outplayed in the first two ODIs.

Babar came in after Fakhar Zaman was out early for 6, caught by Zak Crawley off Saqib Mahmood. He raised 92 runs for the third wicket with opener Imam-ul-Haq and then put together a partnership of 179 with Rizwan.
However, they suffered a collapse soon after Rizwan was out, caught by wicketkeeper Simpson off seamer Brydon Carse, with the score 292/3. Only one of the remaining seven batsman managed to reach double digits.

But Babar kept blasting runs from the other end and was the eighth batsman out with the score 328 in the 50th over.

He struck 14 boundaries and four sixes during his innings.
Carse was the best England bowler on display as he claimed five wickets for 61 in his 10 overs.

Brief scores: Pakistan 331/9 in 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 56, Babar Azam 158, M Rizwan 74; Brydon Carse 5/61).

England 332/7 in 48 overs (Phil Salt 37, James Vince 102, Ben Stokes 32, Lewis Gregory 77; Haris Rauf 4/65).

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Corona hit – India-Lanka ODI matches were postponed for four days




Corona hit - India-Lanka ODI matches were postponed for four days

India’s tour of Sri Lanka has hit a roadblock after two Covid-19 positive cases in the home team’s camp delayed the start of the ODI series by at least four days, and canceled due to more cases. The possibility has been left open. Sri Lankan batting coach Grant Flower and the team’s performance analyst Shirantha Niroshna have both tested positive and the entire team that arrived from England this week has been put in isolation.

Though both the boards have not made any official statement yet, it seems that all the six matches will be played within a period of 10-11 days if there is no scope for any more positive cases. There are also concerns that the series could be called off if more positive cases emerge in the Sri Lankan camp. This means that the Indian team, which has already spent 12 days in Sri Lanka, will have to return home without playing a single match.

The tentative dates for the ODIs have been set as July 17, 19 and 21. The report states that the T20 Internationals will be played on July 24, 25 and 27. However, neither Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) nor the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given any confirmation regarding the dates.

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Indonesia lacks oxygen, seeks help as virus cases rise




Indonesia lacks oxygen, seeks help as virus cases rise

Just two months ago, Indonesia came forward to India’s aid with thousands of tanks of oxygen. Today, the Southeast Asian country is running out of oxygen as it grapples with a devastating wave of coronavirus cases and the government is seeking emergency supplies from other countries, including Singapore and China.

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the government minister in charge of Indonesia’s pandemic response, said a shipment of more than 1,000 oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ventilators and other health equipment arrived from Singapore on Friday, followed by another 1,000 ventilators from Australia.

In addition, Pandjaitan said, Indonesia plans to purchase 36,000 tons of oxygen and 10,000 concentrators — equipment that generates oxygen — from neighboring Singapore. He said he was in contact with China and other possible oxygen sources. The US and the United Arab Emirates have also offered help.

Overall, Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has reported more than 2.4 million infections and 63,760 deaths from COVID-19. Those figures are widely believed to be a huge undercount due to low testing and poor tracing measures. On Thursday, Indonesia reported nearly 39,000 confirmed cases, its biggest single-day jump.

Indonesia’s hospitals have been flooded, with increasing numbers of sick people in isolation at home or waiting to receive emergency care. In Indonesia’s most populous island, Java, hospitals began setting up temporary intensive care units in mid-June. Many patients are waiting for several days to get admitted. Oxygen tanks rolled on the sidewalks for the lucky few, while others were told they’d have to find their own.

The city’s deputy mayor Yaya Mulyana said emergency rooms at a public hospital in Bandung city were closed earlier this week amid panic buying over rising infections in the West Java provincial capital.

“The panicked people bought oxygen tanks, though they didn’t need them yet,” said Muliana. “This has exhausted the supply of oxygen.”

At a hospital in Yogyakarta in central Java, 63 COVID-19 patients died in one day – 33 of them during its central liquid oxygen supply, although the hospital switched to using oxygen cylinders was, spokesman Banu Harmawan said.

When a brutal outbreak ravaged the country, Indonesia donated 3,400 oxygen cylinders and concentrators to India. As its own cases rose, Jakarta scrapped plans to send another 2,000 oxygen concentrators to India in late June. The daily requirement of oxygen has reached 1,928 tonnes per day. According to government data, the total available production capacity of the country is 2,262 tonnes per day.

“I asked for 100% oxygen first for medical purposes, which means all industrial allocation should be shifted to medical,” said Panjaitan, a minister in the government. “We are racing against time, we have to act fast.”

Noting the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant, he warned that Indonesia could face a worst-case scenario with 50,000 cases a day. The next two weeks will be crucial, he said.

The industry ministry responded by issuing a decree that all oxygen supplies be sent to hospitals packed with coronavirus patients and asked industry players to cooperate.

Oxygen is used to make many products including textiles, plastics and vehicles. Oil refineries, chemical makers and steel makers also use it. But industry leaders are clamoring to support government efforts to maximize supplies for hospitals.

The government has redirected oxygen supplies from industrial plants at Morowali in Central Sulawesi, Balikpapan on the island of Borneo, and Belawan and Batam on the island of Sumatra, Pandjaitan said. Small oxygen industries have also been directed to produce pharmaceutical oxygen.

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