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Pat Cummins    (Cummo)    Bowler    Australia
Cummins went wicketless and conceded a match-high 59 runs in Delhi's loss to Mumbai Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

The Australia fast bowler had his most expensive match in this year's IPL and only his third match without a wicket out of his nine matches this season. Cummins only bowled six dot-balls, tied for the least of any bowler that bowled four overs with his captain Zaheer Khan. The 24-year-old was carted for six fours and three sixes.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin will miss this year's edition of the IPL due to a sports hernia, Arun Venugopal of ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Slated to require 6-to-8 weeks of rehabilitation, Ashwin is nonetheless expected to be declared fully fit in advance of the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts on June 1. The absence comes on the heels of a Test season in which he bowled a whopping 738.2 overs while claiming a record 82 wickets, so the BCCI may have been searching for any reason to get him in tip-top shape for the all-important international tournament.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin snatched three for 29 off 13.5 overs in the second innings of India's fourth Test against Australia at Dharamsala.

Fantasy Analysis

After a frustrating Test at Ranchi, when India nearly bowled Ashwin into the ground as the Australian batsmen fought off ball after ball, Ashwin went back to his wicket-taking ways in the final innings of the series. His economical three-for more than got the job done as they held Australia to just 137 runs and fewer than 54 overs to give them plenty of time on the abbreviated chase. After an otherwise strong innings, Ashwin was responsible for the scalp of the most dangerous man in the lineup, Glenn Maxwell, who was beaten on 45 in the 33rd over, which hastened the Aussies' demise.
Pat Cummins    (Cummo)    Bowler    Australia
Cummins took three wickets on day 3 of the third Test against India Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

After he was the only Australian bowler to take a wicket on day 2 Cummins added three more to his tally in his first Test since 2011. The 23-year-old’s first scalp of the day was none less than India captain Virat Kohli who’s attempted drive landed in the hands of Steve Smith at second slip. The fast bowler used his bouncer to great effect to claim his next two victims Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandaran Ashwin, both were caught behind by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Rahane reacted late while trying to uppercut the ball over slips but instead ran the ball off the face straight to Wade. Ashwin was initially given not-out but an Australian review showed a small sound as the Cummins’ precise ball targeting the allrounder’s head passed his gloves. Cummins ended day 3 with figures of four for 59 from 25 overs.
Pat Cummins    (Cummo)    Bowler    Australia
Cummins has been called into Australia's Test squad after Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the series with a stress fracture in his right foot.

Fantasy Analysis

Cummins has been plagued with injury and hasn't played a Test since he was named man of the match in his debut match against South Africa in 2011. The 23-year-old fast bowler recently took eight wickets in New South Wale's win over South Australia, his first first-class match in almost six years.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin swiped six for 41 off 12.4 overs in the second innings of India's victory over Australia in the second Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

After struggling to take wickets in the first innings, but acting as a top-class holding bowler (a 1.71 economy in an arm-numbing 49 overs), Ashwin showed his form in the second innings, knocking off Australia batsman after Australia batsman. Paired up with Ravindra Jadeja, who sported a 0.37 economy during his eight over spell, Ashwin took his 25th five-for in just 47 Test matches, making him unquestionably the top Test bowler in the world.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin bowled three for 63 in the first innings against Australia at Pune on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Bowling heavyweight Ashwin certainly made his mark with the ball on the first innings, claiming the crucial scalps of opener Matt Renshaw, captain Steven Smith and the resurgent Mitchell Starc, capping the latter's contribution at 61. In his 35 overs with the ball he gave up a miserly 1.80 runs per over, allowing only eight boundaries versus 173 dots.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin snatched four for 73 off 30.3 overs in the second innings of India's Test victory over Bangladesh.

Fantasy Analysis

After struggling for form in the first innings before taking his 250th Test wicket to close out the innings, he opened up his spell in the second innings by ending Tamim Iqbal's day in the sixth over and then finished the match with his eighth four-for (to go along with 24 five-fors) in 45 Test matches. While he looks in line for a breather, he and Jadeja provide the backbone to the India attack and showed their class in the second innings, taking eight of the 10 wickets.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin became the fastest Test bowler to 250 wickets on Day 4 of the only Test between India and Bangladesh on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin only took 45 matches to take his 250th scalp, three Tests faster than the previous record-holder, former Australia fast bowler Dennis Lillee. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim gave the offbreak bowler the record when he was dismissed for 127 after edging Ashwin to India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Anil Kumble held the record for the fastest bowler from India to 250 Test wickets, which came from 55 matches.
James Faulkner    All Rounder    Australia
Faulkner snatched three for 59 off nine overs in Sunday's ODI defeat to New Zealand at Hamilton.

Fantasy Analysis

Faulkner opened the Pakistan series with a four wicket haul, but has struggled a bit since in finding his consistency with both the bat and the ball. While he got back on track with the ball on Sunday, he was beaten for a bronze duck on a tremendous catch by Ross Taylor. Faulkner was one of three in Australia's top-seven batsmen to be beaten for a duck.
James Faulkner    All Rounder    Australia
Faulkner snatched three for 59 off nine overs in Sunday's ODI defeat to New Zealand at Hamilton.

Fantasy Analysis

Faulkner opened the Pakistan series with a four wicket haul, but has struggled a bit since in finding his consistency with both the bat and the ball. While he got back on track with the ball on Sunday, he was beaten for a bronze duck on a tremendous catch by Ross Taylor. Faulkner was one of three in Australia's top-seven batsmen to be beaten for a duck.
James Faulkner    All Rounder    Australia
Faulkner took four wickets in Australia's ODI victory in the first of the five match series against Pakistan on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The Australian allrounder had a mixed game with the bat and ball, having been dismissed for only five runs. He later made up for this disappointment with a strong performance with the ball, taking the wickets of the first three batsmen for Pakistan and Mohammad Amir later to get figures of four wickets for 32 runs off seven overs.
James Faulkner    All Rounder    Australia
Faulkner took four wickets in Australia's ODI victory in the first of the five match series against Pakistan on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The Australian allrounder had a mixed game with the bat and ball, having been dismissed for only five runs. He later made up for this disappointment with a strong performance with the ball, taking the wickets of the first three batsmen for Pakistan and Mohammad Amir later to get figures of four wickets for 32 runs off seven overs.
George Bailey    (Hector)    Batsman    Australia
Bailey hit 59 in his sides win over the Renegades on Thursday in a record-breaking chase of 223 runs.

Fantasy Analysis

The partnership between Bailey and centurion Ben McDermott was the winning of the match. Coming together at 17 for two, the pair took their side to 170 before McDermott was dismissed. Bailey continued but was eventually Caught by Marcus Harris off the bowling Sunil Narine for 59. The match was won off the last ball of the innings when Stuart Broad hit a single to win it and be the fourth highest successful chase in T20 history and the highest innings score in BBL history.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales totaled 40 for 37 in Tuesday's tour match against India A ahead of their upcoming three-match ODI series.

Fantasy Analysis

Hales chose to recuse himself from selection for England's tour of Bangladesh and hasn't competed in competitive cricket since 7 September in a T20I against Pakistan. However, unlike Eoin Morgan—who also chose to sit out of the Bangladesh series—Hales showed good form, partnering with Jason Roy for an opening stand of 95 runs, 40 of which came from Hales who was caught out nicely at cover. The 28-year-old has six half-centuries and four tons in his 38 match ODI career and should slot right back into the squad as an opening batsman.
George Bailey    (Hector)    Batsman    Australia
Bailey totaled 69 off 54 not out in Sunday's defeat to the Sydney Thunder at Hobart.

Fantasy Analysis

Two days after being dropped from the ODI squad, Bailey came out swinging, picking up seven fours and a maximum for his second half-century of the tournament. Bailey's biggest problem has been consistency, picking up 14 or fewer runs in the four other matches where hasn't scored a half-century. At 34-years-old, his window is rapidly closing though closing out the Big Bash League strong could go a long way toward reinstating him in international squads.
George Bailey    (Hector)    Batsman    Australia
Bailey has been dropped for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan,

Fantasy Analysis

Over the past four years Bailey has been Australia's leading ODI run scorer with 2603 runs at an average of 40.67. Australia nation coach Darren Lehmann insists the 34-year-old batsman's career isn't over, "He's got to go back and make big runs. The door is not shut on any of those players by the way when you're looking at this form of the game with Champions Trophy coming up. George has got to perform well and really put his case forward."
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali completed his fifth international test century in England's defeat to India that ended Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

England made a strong first innings total when batting first of 477, largely helped with Ali's score of 146. The century was his second on the tour of India and wasn't quite enough to overtake his highest test total of his career which remains to be 155. Ali made another score of 44 in the second innings but wasn't able to convert the start into a big substantial score to save England from defeat.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin totaled 67 off 149 in the first innings of India’s Test against England at Chennai.

Fantasy Analysis

While Karun Nair will get all the headlines, you don’t get to 759 in an innings by yourself. Ashwin slowly worked his way to a half-century, spending two and a half hours in the crease and further wearing down the English attack by partnering with Nair for 181 runs. While his wicket taking prowess as a bowler will usually take center stage, this was his 10th half-century in 44 Test matches.
Ravichandran Ashwin    All Rounder    India
Ashwin returned figures of one for 151 against England on day 2 of the fifth Test Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ashwin started day 2 off with a bang, claiming the wicket of England allrounder Ben Stokes by drawing an outside edge to India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel on the fifth ball of the morning. Stoke's wicket took England to 287/5 and India would have hoped to keep the wickets tumbling to ensure a more favorable first-innings total but conceded another 190 runs before bowling the tourists out. This is the 30-year-old off spinner's worst performance of the series so far, though he is currently the leading wicket-taker for the series with 29.