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Clincial Stars topple Thunder as Stoinis and Zampa wreak havoc

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As Australia’s top batsmen drop like flies on the eve of the Test summer against India, Usman Khawaja’s bid to resurrect his international career weren’t helped by a “howler” during the Thunder’s loss to the Stars in Canberra.

Set 170, the Thunder got off to a flying start but their chase took a blow when umpire Phil Gillespie gave Khawaja out caught behind as he attempted a lap-sweep off Pakistan quick Dilbar Husain.

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Does the Big Bash need DRS?

Does the Big Bash need DRS?

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Khawaja (7) death-stared Gillespie, before making the long walk back to the sheds.

His dismissal – the third umpiring mistake of the afternoon – sparked a long discussion on why the Big Bash must re-introduce the DRS, with Mark Waugh and Adam Gilchrist leading the calls for the tournament to use the technology on offer.

Earlier, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis made up for his duck the night before by belting 61 off 37 to set-up the Stars’ second victory in as many days, sharing a 56-run second wicket stand with Glenn Maxwell (39).

English international opener Alex Hales (46 off 41) and first-drop Callum Ferguson (54 off 35) put them on track, but the latter’s exit proved too much as the Stars won by 22 runs.

Ump gifts debutant his first

Ump gifts debutant his first

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KHAWAJA MISSES CHANCE

Injuries to David Warner and Will Pucovski, as well as Joe Burns’ horrible form, suddenly gave hope to batsmen across the country on the eve of Australia’s series against India.

Indeed, Fox Cricket host Mark Howard had asked Khawaja during the Stars’ innings whether he was hoping for a recall at some point.

“I see you’ve thrown the bait out there, I’m not falling for it,” Khawaja quipped.

But there is not a cricketer in the country who doesn’t want to play for Australia, and this was a chance to remind selectors of his worth.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t helped by a dodgy umpiring decision.

Dead ball leads to wicket!

Dead ball leads to wicket!

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‘GET THE DRS IN’

That was the emphatic statement from Gilchrist just moments after Khawaja left with his bat hanging under his arms.

“We don’t want to see the biggest names in Australian cricket in this tournament having to leave due to errors that can very quickly be overturned,” Gilchrist said.

“The technology is around now. It won’t take much, get rid of the time out, that’s a waste, it’s 20 overs, keep the game moving. Get the DRS in and utilise that time to make sure that decisions are correct.”

'Terminator's' insane effort

'Terminator's' insane effort

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COME IN SPINNER

Adam Zampa’s class shone again as he piled on the pressure with dot after dot, but Australian cricket also saw the emergence of another young exciting leg-spinner.

On debut, Australia under-19s leggie Tanveer Sangha took a wicket with his third delivery and finished with the impressive figures of 2-26 for the Thunder.

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RESTED ALREADY?

We’re only a couple of days into the Big Bash, but already some of the best talent are getting rests – much to the frustration of former national selector Waugh.

Australian quick Nathan Coulter-Nile took 4-10 from 3.5 overs on Friday evening.

Apparently, that put him at risk of injury.

“Hopefully, he’s (Maxwell) not too tired,” Waugh sarcastically said in commentary. “He got 40-odd yesterday. Lucky Warnie’s (Shane Warne) not here.”

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