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Alex Hales Announces his Shocking International Retirement for Franchise T20 Cricket

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Alex Hales Announces his Shocking International Retirement for Franchise T20 Cricket: England opener Alex Hales was the key player in their T20 World Cup 2022. He has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

The 34-year-old has decide to focus on his career in franchise T20 leagues around the globe.

Hales made his England debut in 2011 and went on to play 11 Tests, 70 ODIs and 75 T20Is, scoring a total of 5066 runs across all formats.

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He was the first Englishman to score a T20I century, an unbeaten 116 against Sri Lanka in the 2014 World T20.

He also holds the record for the highest individual ODI score by an England batter, a stunning 171 off 122 balls against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in 2016.

Hales was part of the England team that transformed their white-ball fortunes after the 2015 World Cup debacle. Playing with an aggressive and fearless approach that made them one of the best limited-overs sides in the world.

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However, his international career was marred by some off-field controversies that led to his exclusion from the squad for the 2019 World Cup, which England won on home soil.

He was suspended for his involvement in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017, along with Ben Stokes. And later tested positive for a recreational drug ahead of the World Cup.

He made a comeback to the England team in 2022, after being recalled for the T20 World Cup in Australia. He played a vital role in their campaign, scoring 86 not out off 43 balls in the semi-final against India and helping them lift their second T20 title.

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Hales said that it was an “absolute privilege” to have represented his country. He felt “very content” that his last game for England was winning a World Cup final. He thanked his teammates, coaches, family and fans for their support and wished them all the best for the future.

Hales has represented several franchises around the world, including Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL, Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League and Barbados Royals in the Caribbean Premier League.

In his statement, Hales said that he was looking forward to playing in different conditions. And learning from some of the best players and coaches in the world. He also expressed his desire to continue playing domestic cricket for Nottinghamshire. Where he has been a prolific run-scorer since making his debut in 2008.

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IPL 2024: Sachin Tendulkar Amazed by SRH’s Outstanding Shows Against DC

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IPL 2024: Sachin Tendulkar Amazed by SRH's Outstanding Shows Against DC

Sachin Tendulkar Amazed by SRH’s Outstanding Shows Against DC: The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024’s most vicious teams are the Surisers Hyderabad (SRH). Every time the Orange Army plays a group stage game, they break records, led by the recently appointed Pat Cummins.

Their most recent victory was on Saturday night when they defeated Delhi Capital by an enormous margin of 67 runs in their own turf. This was their third 250-plus total in the current competition.

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Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head, the openers, mounted an attack on the DC bowlers, amassing 131 runs for the first wicket in the Powerplay alone. With six sixes and eleven boundaries in a 32-ball performance of 89, the Australian batsman top-scored.

All-rounder Shabaz Nadeem made a half-century down the order to help the SRH record 266/7 in 20 overs.

DC responded by attempting to match SRH’s ferocity with a few early pyrotechnics. Abhishek Porel added a 22-ball 42 to help his team gain a fast start in the massive chase, which was spearheaded by Jake Fraser-McGurk’s 15-ball half-century.

With five balls remaining, the hosts were dismissed for 199 after running out of steam due to their dismissals.

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Sunrisers’ exploits continue to surprise the experts of the game. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar heaped huge praise on the Cummins & Co. for their all-round show in Delhi on Saturday.

“What is it with @SunRisers that they’ve gotten past 260 thrice in this season alone! Today was a game where they completely outclassed @DelhiCapitals. They, of course, batted well thanks to a mind-boggling start by @travishead34 & @IamAbhiSharma4 and a wonderful finish by Shahbaz. And in the 2nd half of the game, they bowled much better than DC, with their variations proving to be very effective. Well played, SRH,” Tendulkar wrote on X.

Captain of DC Rishabh Pant said his team was practically playing catch up the entire time after Sunrisers Hyderabad produced a massive “power play” by hammering 125 runs to set a new IPL record.

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“I think power play was the difference. We were just catching up throughout the match. That was the massive difference. Hopefully, we will come back with more thought process and clear mindset,” said Pant.

“The only thought process behind that (deciding to bowl first) was we thought there would be some dew but it didn’t come. I thought if we could restrict them to 220-230, we would be in with a chance,” he added.

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T20 World Cup India’s Squad 2024: 8 Cricketers Who will miss Selection from 2022 Squad

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T20 World Cup India’s Squad 2024: The BCCI is going to announce the deadline to reveal the T20 World Cup Squad. However, India’s Squad for 2024 edition will become key point.

Many social media reports claims that at least 10 cricketers have been earmarked as a sure-shot selection in the squad while there are still quite a few spots up for grabs.

Interestingly, given that the World Cup is being held in the USA and the West Indies, India may be bringing a big team, adding five players to the existing 15-man roster.

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India has not taken home a trophy since the competition’s inception in 2007 and has only advanced to the final once, in Bangladesh in 2014, where they were defeated by Sri Lanka.

India was destroyed by eventual victors England in the semi-final of the most recent edition, which was held in Australia in 2022, losing by a 10-wicket margin.

It’s interesting to note that at least seven players from India’s 2022 T20 World Cup roster may be traveling to the Caribbean this time, while at least eight other players have either lost favor or are injured.

Here are some of the players from India’s T20 World Cup 2022 roster that might not make the team for the T20 World Cup 2024.

India’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad was this:

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel

From the above squad, the skipper Rohit Sharma will travel to the Caribbean at the same capacity while Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Arshdeep Singh are more or less certain to feature in this edition as well barring any injuries.

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But players like Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Deepak Hooda have lost the selectors’ favour and aren’t even in the running to be included in the team for the 2024 T20 World Cup.

With Kuldeep Yadav’s comeback, Ravichandran Ashwin, who was a member of the 2022 squad, is also probably going to be left out.

In large part due to Ravindra Jadeja’s disqualification from the competition, Axar Patel managed to secure a spot in the 2022 edition. Jadeja is fit this time around, and even though his play hasn’t exactly lit the IPL 2024 stage on fire, it seems almost a given that the Saurashtra all-rounder will make the team.

Though he won the Purple Cap in 2022 and is India’s top wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals, Yuzvendra Chahal is an intriguing choice because he hasn’t participated in a single Twenty20 World Cup for his country.

Strangely, despite being selected for the 2022 edition, he did not appear in the playing XI at all throughout the competition. He was not selected for the 2020 edition.

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Pacer Mohammad Shami is another player who will be missing out. He has had surgery to treat his injury, and BCCI secretary Jay Shah has indicated that he may be back for the Bangladesh Test.

Nonetheless, Mohammad Siraj, who will replace Harshal Patel in the previous team, and Jasprit Bumrah, who had an injury during the 2022 edition, will be included in the 2024 roster.

One other name that could miss out from the 2022 squad is Dinesh Karthik. But with the kind of form he is in for RCB as a finisher, it will be very intriguing to see if DK’s final mad dash earns him a spot this year as well.

Expected Squad for T20 World Cup 2024:

Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya (VC), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Avesh Khan, Sanju Samson (WK), Shubman Gill

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