Australia quick Mitchell Starc sues insurer for $1.5m over missed 2018 IPL

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Mitchell Starc.

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc is suing his insurer to recover $1.53 m that he lost out on for missing the IPL last year due to injury, according to Fairfax.

Starc was diagnosed with a calf injury in the second Test against South Africa last year before suffering a tibial bone fracture in the following Test. According to the report, Starc filed a case in the Victorian County Court against the insurers – a syndicate of Lloyd’s of London – of his deal to play for Kolkata Knight Riders after he was bought by the franchise for $1.8 million.

Starc didn’t feature in the tournament and was subsequently released by the franchise for the ongoing season.

According to documents presented to the court and reported by Fairfax, Starc had a $1.53m policy for missing the IPL to injury. The left-arm seamer reportedly paid a premium of $97,920. The particular insurance provides coverage for such unique circumstances. His contract had a number of exclusions for old injuries.

“The parties have exchanged correspondence about the plaintiff’s claim which culminated in a final response from the defendant’s representative in the form of an email sent on 22 November 2018,” the writ said. “That email confirmed the defendant’s contention that the plaintiff is not entitled to the total disablement benefit.”

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Australia stars deny boycott reports if David Warner had been cleared of ball-tampering

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Four Australia bowlers have denied reports they were prepared to boycott a Test match if David Warner had been cleared to play following the ball-tampering scandal.

Spinner Nathan Lyon and pace bowlers Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood all denied the Sydney Morning Herald’s claim they intended to sit out the final Test of the South Africa series last year following the incident in Cape Town.

Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were all eventually suspended due to their roles in the plan to manipulate the ball using sandpaper during last March’s third Test.

A joint statement from the bowling quartet read: “We are extremely disappointed in an article which was first published across Fairfax platforms on March 29, 2019.

“The article claims we intended to withdraw from the fourth Test during last year’s tour of South Africa had David Warner been free to play.

“This claim is disappointing on a number of fronts but most importantly because it is false.

“False claims circulated in the media, such as these, which question our relationship with David are inflammatory and misleading.

“As a team we are all focused on moving forward together and helping the Australian men’s team prepare for the World Cup and the Ashes.”

Warner and Smith are free to return to the international stage after serving their one-year bans, while Bancroft has completed his nine-month suspension and will captain Durham in this season’s County Championship.

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Maxwell, Cummins burst through Pakistan as Australia secure second major ODI series win

Waseem Ahmed 27/03/2019
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Australia overpowered Pakistan in the third ODI in Abu Dhabi.

Australia completed their second successive ODI series win against top opposition away from home with an 80-run win over Pakistan in the third ODI in Abu Dhabi, securing an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

On a day that was affected by rain delays, Australia continued to dominate Pakistan as they first posted 266-6, thanks to another fine knock from skipper Aaron Finch (90) and an explosive 71 off 55 balls from all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.

Any hopes Pakistan had of challenging the total were blown away by pace spearhead Pat Cummins (3-24), who was playing his first match of the series. The right arm quick burst through the top order getting late movement on a nippy evening, picking up the first three wickets before the seventh over to end the contest. Pakistan were bowled out for 186 with leg-spinner Adam Zampa taking four lower order wickets.

It was Australia’s second major series triumph following their come-from-behind series victory in India. Here we take a look at how the match unfolded.

SHAKY START

Conditions couldn’t have been any more different for the third ODI. While the Sharjah pitch for the first two ODIs was slow with hardly anything in it for the bowlers, the one in Abu Dhabi had some life in it owing to the overcast conditions.

Pakistan bowled first and left-arm quick Usman Shinwari pitched the ball up and burst through the forward push of in-form opener Usman Khawaja. Fellow left-arm quick Junaid Khan too got rewarded for pitching the ball up, getting an inside edge off Shaun Marsh to square leg. Both left-arm pacers were playing their first games of the series.

AUSSIES CONSOLIDATE

Australian captain Aaron Finch, meanwhile, was batting at his own tempo. Having hit back-to-back centuries in Sharjah, the opening batsman counter-attacked after the opening burst from Pakistan seamers. He got perfect support from Peter Handscomb as the two added 84 runs before the latter was dismissed for 47 by left-arm part time spinner Haris Sohail.

Finch, however, motored along towards his third straight three-figure score. But as the death overs came around, the pressure of a slowing run rate showed as Finch tried to force the issue against leg-spinner Yasir Shah and was caught at long on for 90 in the 42nd over with the Aussies struggling at 188-5.

Glenn Maxwell hit eight fours and a six during his innings.

Glenn Maxwell hit eight fours and a six during his innings.

MAXWELL TAKES OVER

Australia looked liked finishing just around the 240-250 run mark when Maxwell (71 off 55 balls) opened up. The Big Show super-charged the innings in the 46th over by spanking young quick Mohammad Hasnain for a sliced four and pull six off successive balls. While he got run out by the keeper with two overs to go, Alex Carey hit a six off the final ball to take the total well past the par score in Abu Dhabi of 250.

CUMMINS LETS LOOSE

Fast bowler Cummins was playing his first match of the series and looked fired up, bringing his form from the India tour to the UAE. With the wicket reasonably freshened up due to intermittent rain, Cummins had Pakistan’s batsmen hopping around.

He banged the ball into the wicket and got enough movement and carry to keep the slips interested. Bowling from round the stumps, Cummins got the ball to move away after pitching, getting left-handed Shan Masood and Sohail caught at slip.

Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan got the ball of the match, Cummins pushing the ball in and curving it away to get a faint outside edge.

SPIN IS IN

At 16-3, the match was effectively over. Pakistan were hoping to at least get some runs under the belt of the lower order batsmen but Australia spinners Nathan Lyon (1-48) and Maxwell were getting appreciable purchase.

Maxwell had opener Imam-ul-Haq lbw for 46, capping a stunning day in the field and establish himself as the top match-winner in the Australian side and even world cricket.

Leg-spinner Zampa (4-43) finished off the tail complete the formalities.

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