IPL 2014 newsfile May 17, 2014

I've got no time for Pollard - Starc

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I've got no time for Pollard - Starc
The hatchet has not been buried between Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler Mitchell Starc and Mumbai Indians allrounder Kieron Pollard, who were fined for their ugly on-field spat at the Wankhede Stadium. Speaking to the Times of India, Starc said he had not talked to Pollard at all after the incident. "Kieron's done that a lot in the past and I don't think it's worth talking about," he said. "No, I've got no time for Pollard and I haven't talked to him at all."

"That sort of situation would probably warrant yellow and red cards if it ever does come to that. But I'm definitely staying out of that sort of thing anyway. It's not in my nature to get involved in that sort of stuff. It was a heat-of-the-moment thing."

Hussey hopes to fill in for McCullum
Australia batsman David Hussey was a late signing by Chennai Super Kings as a replacement for West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo, but he is likely to get a chance to play when New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum returns home for the birth of his child, which could rule him out of games on May 22 and 24. "The talk started a while ago, actually, with Dwayne Bravo having a sore shoulder," Hussey told IPLt20.com. "So, Stephen Fleming rang me and asked if I would be interested in playing. I was lucky enough to be here commentating, and now, I can't wait to play. I have sort of spoken to Fleming and he said that I will be a middle-order player, and with Brendon McCullum due to go home for the birth of his baby, I'll definitely get an opportunity to play."

CSK team official Russell Radhakrishnan told Hindu: "We have booked tickets for Brendon to fly out of India on May 21 and return on the 25th. His wife is expecting around that time, and if he leaves for home, he will miss two matches."

You don't have to have magic in T20s - Murali
Former Sri Lankan offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who is playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, says even ordinary Test spinners can be successful in T20 cricket because they don't need to "buy wickets" in the shortest format. "You will get wickets if you bowl tight." Murali told Deccan Herald. "You don't have to be a big spinner, you don't have to have magic in T20s but you have to have magic in Test cricket to take wickets, to some extent even in one-day cricket.

"Your mindset has to change. In Test cricket you have to buy wickets. You can't keep on bowling maiden overs and waiting, because you won't be successful. You have to have some tricks; you have to flight the ball, have variations. Test cricket teaches you so many things."

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  • Android on May 17, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Hussey seriously has a huge task in hand...First n foremost is to be a sensible middle order batsman... tat is what is expected of him on the lines of badrinath.. mcculum going means we lose a bit of firepower at the top... so based on the fall of wickets hussey may come in early or late... somehow I feel his form is a bit of a concern... though he may be a successful t20 player he somehow lacks when it comes to the IPL esp his last 3 years with kings xi... added to tat is the fact tat he hasn't had much match time in recent times and may be as rusty as his bro... somehow still feel Cameron white would have been a better choice... he is still more active than David huss.. maybe even Marlon Samuels could have been considered for his ability to bowl and being a solid middle order batsman... dhoni would have used him well... anyway done is done... let's wait and watch..

  • Android on May 17, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    David Hussey will have to do a better job with his cricket than his commentary. A lot of the times he's commentating you don't hear him and he's often prompted for his view from other commentators. Hayden would've been a better option for that commentary slot.

  • Android on May 17, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    now its clear that y csk have signed david hussey...they will not do any blunder,particularly in case of their team composition... many people argued to have an over seas quickie or badri like batsman... but regarding the situation huss is the best choice.. if hilfy or badree fails or unavailable we have back ups as Hastings n Henry... and for badree we have mithun n baba of same nature... but wat we do if any of the 3 OS batsman gets unavailable? it will really affect our strategy... but now hussey is there as back up...so if mac goes back to NZ we will change our squad as-Smith,Faf,Raina,Dhoni,Hussey,jaddu,mithun/baba/vijay,Aswin,Mohit,Iswar,Badree/Hilfy....same fire power.... csk management is always brilliant

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