Ian Cockbain, who scored a fiery 71 off just 42 balls to take Adelaide Strikers through to Big Bash League playoffs, has been snatched by Karachi Kings for the upcoming Pakistan Super League season.
Cockbain, 34, has played three crucial knocks in the middle order for Strikers this season in his first week for the club. While in his first game, he played a grafters role to take his team over the line, his latest innings for the Strikers was a severely attacking one where he scored at a rapid rate against the likes of Dan Christian and Sean Abbott.
Cockbain was signed as a replacement for countryman Tom Abell, who sustained a knee injury during the current Big Bash League season.
The Pakistan Super League will start on 27 January in Karachi and will shift to Lahore for the second phase of the tournament after February 7.
Former South Africa player Robin Peterson, in an interview with Anand Vasu has explained how Marco Jansen has become a sought after commodity in South African cricket. Calling Jansen a talent that will serve South Africa for years to come, Peterson has stated that Jansen’s ability to learn new skills sets him apart. He revealed that in the initial days, Jansen was not comfortable with bowling from around the wicket. “He wasn’t comfortable bowling around the wickets. In the first game he played with us he went around the wicket in Bloemfontein and took three wickets. We had to explain to him that sometimes the ball is not going to swing back at the stumps. You’ve got to bring in more dismissals from around the wickets if it’s flat. With the angle he was able to bring lbw and bowled into play, and that he was able to execute that in a game quickly was a bonus.” This addition was evident in the current series against India where Jansen picked 19 wickets at an average under 17. “It was great to see him do that in the Tests, go around the wickets and try to hit the cracks and bring the ball back into the right-hand batsmen. Those are skills that he has learned over the last 12 months. To take that into a Test match and be successful shows you how quickly he grasps things and puts them into practice,” Peterson added.
Latest South Africa pace sensation, Marco Jansen has made headlines after picking up 19 wickets in the three match Test series. Jansen’s tall frame and angles troubled the Indian batters and he was th go to man for the South African captain Deal Elgar when something needed to be done. The debutant finished the series as the second highest wicket-taker in the series just one behind Kagiso Rabada. Former South African spin-allrounder Robin Peterson spoke to journalist Anand Vasu about mentoring Jansen from a young age and stated that the lanky left armer’s maturity sets him apart. “Often you’ll find young kids can bowl well with the new ball but they don’t really know what to do once the ball has gone a bit soft. With his discipline and what he did with the old ball, he was miles ahead in terms of maturity. That stood out. The more I got to know him the more I realised he’s got a lot of heart and fight in him. When things get tough he generally stands up. The mentality is that of a winner. He’s competitive,” Peterson told Vasu. He further went on to say that Jansen caught the eye of Rahul Dravid when he came to play in India for the U-19 team. The former international stated tha this height and frame made him stand out from the rest of the people and Jansen is an asset that can go long for South Africa. “Firstly the physical attributes. He’s two metres tall and delivers the ball at pace from height. What caught my eye is his accuracy. He could sustain his pace for a long time,” Peterson added.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be pulling out of the Indian Premier League. If the reports in the British media are to be believed, Stokes will be joining his captain Joe Root in the revival of Test cricket in England. The development comes right after England were drubbed at the hands of the Aussies 4-0 in the recently concluded Ashes series that left a sour taste in the mouths of cricketers and experts. Root, who has openly criticised the County structure has argued that the domestic cricket provides zero incentives to players who want to play in the long format of the game. For Stokes personally, this has been a turbulent year after the passing of his father, his surgeries on his hand and then the long mental health break that he took before joining the Ashes. It could be expected that more cricketers will follow suit.