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Scotland finalise squad for T20 World Cup campaign – ICC Cricket

Scotland have included a key pace duo and an uncapped youngster in their 15-player squad for this year’s ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

Pacers Josh Davey and Brad Wheal impressed during various stages of last year’s edition of the tournament in the UAE and have been selected in a strong squad that will be captained by experienced batter Richard Berrington.

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Young batter Brandon McMullen also earns a call-up and could earn his first cap during the four-week tournament Down Under, while a trio of key players that featured during Scotland’s recent T20I series against New Zealand have missed out on selection.

Experienced seamers Ali Evans and Gavin Main miss out on the final 15, while highly-rated batter Oliver Hairs is also a notable absentee.

The improving Scotland team will rely heavily on Berrington to provide the bulk of their runs, while veteran duo Henry Munsey and Calum MacLeod are also capable of scoring well.

Berrington’s experience will be valuable in Scotland’s top-order, with the 35-year-old hitting two half centuries and contributing a team-best 177 runs during last year’s event.

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The right-hander will need to be at his best again this year if Scotland are to progress through to the Super 12 stage, with Berrington’s side drawn in Group B of the first round alongside Ireland, Zimbabwe and the West Indies.

On the squad, head coach Shane Burger stated, “We are very pleased and excited to announce our 15 players for the T20 World Cup. We have selected 15 that we believe will make the desired impact we are looking for.

“For those players who are not going to the world cup, we look forward to seeing them challenging for international honours in years to come.”

Their first match comes against the Caribbean side at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on October 17, before they take on Ireland in Zimbabwe at the same venue later that same week.

Scotland T20 World Cup squad: Richard Berrington (c), George Munsey, Michael Leask, Bradley Wheal, Chris Sole, Chris Greaves, Safyaan Sharif, Josh Davey, Matthew Cross, Calum MacLeod, Hamza Tahir, Mark Watt, Brandon McMullen, Michael Jones, Craig Wallace.

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‘Time Spent With His Family Has Done Virat Kohli Wonders’: Former India Fielding Coach – News18

Team India received a massive boost as Virat Kohli returned to form at the right time ahead of the T20 World Cup. He has been scoring runs consistently in recent matches. Kohli ended his century drought in Asia Cup with a sublime ton against Afghanistan and he carried forward his form against Australia with a crucial half-century in the series-decider to help India clinch the series 2-1.

Earlier, this year, several former cricketers started raising questions about Kohli’s place in the T20I set-up. However, the batting maverick took a short break from cricket ahead of Asia Cup 2022 and missed the tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe to work on his mental health. During the multi-nation tournament, Kohli admitted that the break helped him get in the right frame of mind.

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Former India fielding coach R Sridhar, who worked closely with Kohli, suggested that the break the premier batter took has done wonders for him.

“He is in a better space now. Like he admitted himself, he was probably not in the right frame of mind and now has got it in the right place. The break has done him wonders; the time spent with his family has done him wonders. And we saw what he could do right in the first game against Pakistan in the Asia Cup,” Sridhar told

Kohli looked energetic on the field in recent matches and has been running hard to help his team with his athletic abilities.

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Sridhar suggested that Kohli is fielding like a panther and said that looking at his recent form it’s evident that the ‘King is Back’.

The 33-year-old scored crucial 63 runs off 48 balls as he played with responsibility in a tricky situation and helped India clinch the series. His knock was laced with three fours and four sixes.

“After seeing him bat from ringside in Hyderabad, you can well and truly say that the king is back. Great mindset. He is fielding like a panther and his batting is brilliant. All in all, it augurs extremely well for Indian cricket going into the World Cup,” he added.

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Shreyas, Umesh, Shahbaz brought into India squad for South Africa T20Is – ESPNcricinfo

Shahbaz Ahmed, the uncapped left-arm-spin-bowling allrounder, has been added to the squad too. This will be his second stint with the national team, after he had been called up earlier during the Zimbabwe ODIs in July in place of the injured Washington Sundar.

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Sanju Samson Has to Perform Big In First-Class Cricket: S Sreesanth Expects Consistency From His Former Tea – News18

Despite being one of the rising stars of the game, Sanju Samson continues to be ignored by the national selectors. That’s why he has played a handful of T20Is, despite making his India debut in 2015. The 27-year-old has seen his stocks take a tumble when he was dropped during the three-match T20I series in England as the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma made their way. Furthermore, he was played just two T20Is on West Indies trip where he scored 30 and 5. The selectors then went ahead and gave him the snub, which was expected, from the 2022 T20 World Cup.

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Now, Samson’s exposure is limited to playing ODI cricket. From July onwards he has played the three ODIs in West Indies and well as the same number of matches in Zimbabwe, donning the role of the Wicket-Keeper. With reports of his promotion as ODI vice-captain for South Africa series, his ardent fans must be fearing: Is his T20 career over? Maybe, or maybe not as India is likely to restructure its t20 squad irrespective of their success or failure at the T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, one of his mentors S Sreesanth spoke on this issue exclusively to Hindustan Times and said that Samson will have to up his game.

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“He has to be consistent. See, everyone is talking about the IPL. I’m from Kerala, I’m somebody who has always supported him. I’ve seen him play from U14. He has played under me. In fact, I was the one who gave him the cap on his Ranji Trophy debut. But the way I see him… it’s a request to him – he has to start performing in first-class matches,” Sreesanth on the sidelines of the Delhi leg of 2022 Legends League Cricket.

“Sanju has to come out and perform in first-class matches. Not just score a hundred, score 200s. Come and make the Kerala team win the Ranji Trophy!”

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