Australia's entire first-choice bowling attack will sit out the opening Twenty20 against England this weekend, selectors said Thursday, as they rotate the squad to ensure peak fitness for the World Cup.
Aaron Finch dropped to four in the batting order and found some confidence-boosting form Wednesday, hitting 58 to steer Australia to a three-wicket win over the West Indies in the opening T20I at the Carrara Oval in Queensland
Josh Hazlewood is confident that bowlers will play a crucial role in the forthcoming T20 World Cup and the teams will not be utterly dependent on the power hitters.
Skipper Dasun Shanaka scored 54 runs off just 25 balls to help Sri Lanka beat Australia in the third and final T20I on Saturday night.
SL vs AUS: Sri Lanka stunned Australia in their third and final Twenty20 international after skipper Dasun Shanaka hit an undefeated half-century to lead his team home in a nail-biting finish on Saturday.
The visitors eased to 134-0 in 14 overs, chasing just 129 for victory, after a penetrative Josh Hazlewood spell restricted the hosts to 128 all out in 19.3 overs.
SL vs Aus: Hazlewood returned in the 14th over to send back Kusal Mendis (1), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (0) and Dasun Shanaka (0) on the first, fourth and sixth delivery of the over respectively.
Jos Buttler smashed a record-equalling fourth century of the tournament as Rajasthan Royals hammered Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets on Friday to set up an IPL final against Gujarat Titans.
RCB take on Rajasthan, a team which has all bases covered but still came up short against Gujarat in Qualifier 1.
IPL 2022: Mohammed Siraj, who bowled just 2 overs vs PBKS, has taken eight wickets in 13 matches but more worryingly for RCB, he has an economy rate of 9.82.