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Three Aussie Debuts, Villani Best Afield

24 February 2017

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Scorchers run machine Michael Klinger was outstanding with 143 runs in three T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka.

Six Perth Scorchers were in action in last week’s T20 International Series with Michael Klinger and Elyse Villani impressing for Australia.

Klinger along with Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner and Andrew Tye were in action for Australia in the 2-1 series loss to Sri Lanka, with the Scorchers own Justin Langer the interim coach.

Villani represented the Southern Stars, while Suzie Bates skippered New Zealand in the White Ferns’ 2-1 series win.

Bates played all three games for the visitors, with consistent scores of 26, 30 and 31, while she also took two wickets with the ball.

Villani won Player of the Match honours for the opening game after smashing 73no from 47 balls.

The games will be followed by a three-game ODI series in New Zealand this month, with a view to the 50-over Women’s World Cup in England in June-July.

Three Scorchers players made their debuts for Australia’s men’s team in the T20 series against Sri Lanka in Klinger, Turner and Richardson.

Klinger was outstanding with scores of 38, 43 and 62 at the top of the order and was unlucky to miss out on Player of the Match honours in the third match, Australia’s only win.

Turner made some handy runs in the middle order late in the innings, while he also took three wickets with his part-time spin and fielded well.

Richardson also contributed, making his debut in Geelong, taking two wickets in two games and also fielding well. He won praise from ex-England captain Michael Vaughan too.

Tye was omitted for the third game and had his work cut out bowling the death overs, but took 3-37 in the second game when he was on a hat-trick.

Australia’s next T20 International is currently scheduled for October away to India.

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