Australians at the IPL: Warner’s dumping, Stoinis’ one-over spells and Maxwell left stunned


The major story of the week for the Australians came off the field rather than on it

What now for Warner?

There’s only one place to start. All is not well at Sunrisers Hyderabad, especially for David Warner. Last week he questioned team selection, then he produced his slowest T20 half-century (which he held his hand up about) and now in a dramatic twist he has lost the captaincy and been left out of the side. His overall IPL record reads: 5447 runs at 42.22 and a strike-rate of 140.13. For Sunrisers those numbers are: 4012 runs at 50.78 and a strike-rate 142.82. Both the average and strike-rate are significantly down this season, but it’s a rapid fall from grace. The decision has been explained around the Sunrisers’ poor start to the season and the need to rejig the balance of overseas players (perhaps highlighting the challenge when there is an overseas captain). The hints were that there may not be a quick return for Warner, either, although the Sunrisers were on the end of a Jos Buttler special and went down by 55 runs. Interesting times.

For more analysis on the Warner decision, you can read Nagraj Gollapudi’s piece here.

Stoinis’ one-over outings

As a bowler you need to be adaptable in T20 and ready to take the ball in a variety of situations. That’s certainly been the case for Marcus Stoinis – although not for more than a single over. Things didn’t start especially well when, having not been used for the entire innings, he was asked to bowl the final over against the not inconsiderable talents of AB de Villiers. The end result? 23 runs conceded in a game Delhi Capitals would lose by one run. Perhaps shelve that idea. It went better against Kolkata Knight Riders when he was brought on in the 10th over and claimed the key wicket of Chris Gayle while conceding just seven then against Punjab Kings he was handed the new ball and went for six runs. Has he done enough to earn a second over?

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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