Pattinson suffers bruised ribs at home; Curtly Ambrose to be England’s next fast-bowling coach?

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Pattinson suffers bruised ribs at home; Curtly Ambrose to be England’s next fast-bowling coach?

Reserve fast bowler, James Pattinson suffers bruised ribs at home after the Boxing Day Test against India. He is out of contention for the third test at Sydney owing to the injuries sustained after the fall.

Pattinson was on approved leave after the Boxing Day Test when the mishap happened and he suffered bruised ribs.

James is yet to appear in the four-match Test series but would have been a sure contender to replace Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Stark if anything were to happen to any of them.

In the presence of Michael Neser and Sean Abbot in the squad, Pattinson will not be replaced. And before the fourth test at the Gabba, his fitness will be assessed.

If the match goes into the fifth day, there will be a three-day break between the third and fourth Tests.

India’s Playing-XI for the third Test

Rohit Sharma makes a come-back to the team and replaces Mayank Agarwal in the playing eleven.

The 28-year old fast bowler,Navdeep Saini is handed a Test debut in place of the injured Umesh Yadav.

Here is how the team looks like:

  • Ajinkya Rahane(C)
  • Rohit Sharma(VC)
  • Shubman Gill
  • Cheteshwar Pujara
  • Hanuma Vihari
  • Rishabh Pant(WK)
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Mohd Siraj
  • Navdeep Saini(Debut)

Australia’s Playing-XI for the third test

Australia looks desperate to include the 70% fit David Warner and opting for Will Pucovski as his opening batting partner in place of Joe Burns.In the case of which,it would be interesting to see if Mathew Wade makes a cut even after a decent show in the first two Tests.

Australia’s tentative Playing-XI:

  • David Warner
  • Will Pucovski
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Steve Smith
  • Travis Head
  • Cameron Green/Mathew Wade
  • Tim Paine(C)(WK)
  • Pat Cummins
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Nathan Lyon

Curtly Ambrose to be England’s next fast-bowling coach?

The West Indian spearhead, Curtly Ambrose in contention to be England’s next fast bowling coach.

The ECB has recently advertised for three coaching jobs vacancy. Applications for the roles, which include an elite spin-bowling coach, an elite fast-bowling coach and an elite batting coach,  close at 5 pm on January 10. Jon Lewis, the former Gloucestershire and Sussex swing bowler who shares a good bond with former  team-mate Jofra Archer, probably remains favourite for the elite fast bowling position, though Ambrose is a strong candidate.

As per ESPNcricinfo,Ambrose has applied for the elite pace-bowling coach advertised about three weeks ago. He has the lowest bowling average of any man to take 400 Test wickets(20.99)

If Curtly bags the position, he will have to work with England’s ‘next in line’ pace bowlers to ensure they are prepared for the rigours of International Cricket. Also, from time to time, he will be expected to assist with the senior squad and lead A tours.

Ambrose has had spells with West Indies as bowling coach. He was a part of the team when West Indies won the 2016 World T20. Also,in the CPL, he was with Guyana Amazon warriors for three years. He also served as assistant coach of the Combined Campuses and Colleges in Caribbean regional cricket.He is qualified to Level 3 standard.

Inspite of having a reputation of a ‘man of few words’, Ambrose is a prolific media figure and continues to enjoy a secondary career as a bass player in a band.

Citing England’s next Ashes tour, he could be a useful addition to the team. Ambrose’s record in Australia – 78 wickets in 14 Tests at a cost 19.79 apiece – is extraordinary. It also includes a famous spell of seven wickets for one run in Perth in 1992-1993.During that spell, he bowled an unplayable length, refusing to be carried away by the bounce of the WACA wicket and instead searched for the top of off stump and the batsmen's outside edges. As an example, the likes of Archer, Mark Wood and Olly Stone could hardly do better.

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