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Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali, who suffered a side injury in training, is likely to play in a tour match beginning on 15 November at Townsville and should be fit for the start of the Test series, BBC Sport reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ali's involvement would be a huge boon to England's fortunes amidst a rash of bad news. With Steve Finn ruled out and the continued absence of Ben Stokes, losing arguably their most in-form player would've been disastrous for a side missing key pieces of skill and experience. Ali has been a man in form this year across all formats, batting at an average of 32.81 in seven Tests this year while taking 30 wickets in 14 innings at an average of 21.29 including two fifers.
Steven Finn    (Finny)    Bowler    Middlesex Panthers
Finn will miss out on England's Ashes tour with torn cartilage in his knee, BBC Sport reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Finn was injured whilst batting in the nets as they were preparing for the tour in Australia. The injury is a huge disappointment for both Finn and England, as he was already called up as a replacement for Ben Stokes, who remains out as he lets his disciplinary issues run their course. Finn has had a tumultuous history with the Ashes, taking career best figures of six for 125 in his maiden Ashes match, but has been extremely expensive against the Aussies, conceding at an economy of 4.03 in seven matches against them. Mason Crane, who's currently the only fit frontline spinner, could draft into the starting XI in his place while someone amongst Tom Curran, Tom Helm or Liam Plunkett could be in line for a call-up to replace Finn as a seam option.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis will be out for the next six weeks as he recovers from an acute lumbar disc injury, but should be fit ahead of South Africa's Boxing Day Test against Zimbabwe, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

While it was initially unclear the severity of the skipper's injury, particularly considering the match situation which he was removed as the Proteas were coasting to victory over Bangladesh, the prognosis is more severe than originally anticipated. With that said, he's still on-track to compete in his next commitment, with the cancellation of the T20 Global League, due to start on November 3, he'll have two full months to heal up for the start of a busy 2018.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis retired hurt on 91 off 67 including 10 boundaries and one maximum and has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh with a lower-back strain, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Du Plessis was well on his way to his ninth ODI ton, having not scored a single run in the first two matches against Bangladesh, but a back injury restricted him to 91 and will knock him out of the upcoming T20I series. With the cancellation of South Africa's global T20 league, he'll have until Boxing Day to rest up when it comes to playing for the national team. In his stead, JP Duminy will take on the role of skipper and he'll be replaced by Dwaine Pretorius in the squad.
Chamara Kapugedera    (Kapu)    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Kapugedera, who was struck in the face by a ball in Wednesday's third ODI against Pakistan, did not sustain a fracture and may be available to return for Monday's match, Rex Clementine of Cricbuzz reports.

Fantasy Analysis

It was a scary moment for Kapugedera after getting blindsided under his right eye, but fortunately swelling seems to be the only issue moving forward. Sadeera Samarawickrama is in line for more playing time during Kapugedera's absence.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal (thigh) was unable to play in Sunday's first ODI against South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

While nothing is official yet, it would be surprising to see Iqbal participate in the second ODI against South Africa on Wednesday. The batsman originally suffered the Grade 1 tear of his thigh in late September.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes was withdrawn from the Ashes squad as the investigation into his September 25 arrest continues, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

While this doesn't provide any more clarity to the longer-term outlook for the world-class allrounder, this did seem like an inevitable step after video was released from the incident in question. Stokes was replaced by Steven Finn in the Test squad while Alex Hales, who was with Stokes that night, remains unavailable as well.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis declared after working his way to 135 off 181 not out including 15 boundaries in South Africa's Test victory over Bangladesh in the second Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

The skipper has been in excellent form of late, nearing a century in a first-class match used as a tune-up after a long summer of limited-overs matches and was in form against Bangladesh in the two-nil thrashing. He followed up his second innings half-century at Potchefstroom with an unbeaten century in the first innings. He narrowly missed out on his top-score, coming up just two runs shy after opting to declare at 573 for 4 with 17 overs to tea.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal is out of the second test against South Africa with a thigh injury sustained in a warm-up match, aggravating the injury in the first Test on Monday.

Fantasy Analysis

The Bangladesh opening batsman who has been a mainstay in the side for the past decade has been ruled out of the second Test with a grade one tear in the thigh. Iqbal recorded scores of 39 and a duck in the first Test, but the 28-year-old is the nation's highest run scorer in Tests, with the most centuries and will be sorely missed against South Africa.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali smashed 48 from 25 balls to clinch the fourth ODI for England against the West Indies on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Having earlier gone for 70 runs from his nine overs, Ali made up for his expensive bowling with an essentially match winning 48 from only 25 deliveries. Along with Jos Buttler who hit 43 from 35, the pair carried England from 181 for 5 to win the game at 258 for 5 on Duckworth Lewis. Ali's innings included six fours and two sixes.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales was suspended from Wednesday's fourth ODI against the West Indies to aid the police in their investigation following Ben Stokes' arrest on Sunday night for suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The limited-overs specialist was positive on Sunday, atypically working his way to 36 before being tagged with a lbw on review. However, his form is less concerning than his role Sunday night as he was with Stokes surrounding his arrest outside of a nightclub. While it doesn't appear as if Hales was involved in the incident himself, he's remained in Bristol to help with the investigation with an eye on exonerating his teammate. Hales' availability for the fifth and final ODI on Friday is still up in the air.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes was suspended from Wednesday's ODI after being arrested in Bristol on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

On the eve of the selection as to whom would be selected for the Ashes tour, Stokes changed the narrative significantly after his late-night arrest outside of Mbargo nightclub. While there are scant few details available beyond the confirmation of his arrest, he and teammate Alex Hales (who was with Stokes on Sunday night) have both been suspended for the fourth ODI against the West Indies with their longer-term outlook still unclear.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali hit for a record-breaking 102 off 57 including seven boundaries and eight maximums in Sunday's ODI victory over the West Indies at Bristol.

Fantasy Analysis

A pedestrian start to his day ended with an absolute flourish. In a 14 ball span, Ali scored 61 runs including eight sixes-a display of power that would make even the Universe Boss blush-that took him to the fastest hundred on English soil and the second-fastest ODI hundred in England history. After a year to forget last summer, Ali has turned in match-winning knocks with the bat and match-winning spells with the ball, tallying a whopping five Man of the Match awards this calendar year, propelling himself to 12th in the ODI allrounder rankings.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes showed real intent with 75 off 63 including five boundaries and three maximums in Sunday's ODI victory over the West Indies at Bristol.

Fantasy Analysis

Mired at three for 74 after Eoin Morgan's golden duck, Stokes and Joe Root turned in a rapid-fire 132-run fourth-wicket stand while taking just 20 overs between the two. Stokes' form has been outstanding of late, recording four half-centuries and one century in nine innings against the West Indies with the bat this year. In the final two ODIs, he'll look to continue the stellar form that's pushed him into the top-six of ODI allrounders.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes led the charge with three for 43 off nine overs with the ball and closed things out with 23 off 10 not out including a boundary and two maximums with the bat in Tuesday's ODI victory over the West Indies at Old Trafford.

Fantasy Analysis

Save for a tough final over where he conceded 15 runs and a pair of dangerous no-balls, Stokes turned in a Man of the Match-worthy performance. He claimed the scalps of Shai Hope and Marlon Samuels early in his spell and then knocked out Jerome Taylor in his final over to continue his excellent run of bowling of late and then, entering with plenty of balls to spare and few runs to score, Stokes put on a clinic with the bat, taking a hyper-aggressive stance to try and put the match away as quickly as possible, nearly costing Jonny Bairstow his century thanks to his nose for the rope.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales raced to 43 off 17 including eight boundaries and one maximum in Saturday's T20I defeat to the West Indies at Chester-le-Street.

Fantasy Analysis

The T20 specialist has been struggling for form of late, ever since his first-class double-century at Derby in the County Championship, not scoring more than 28 runs in an innings across all formats and no better than 17 in a T20. That all changed as from the first ball, Hales looked to be on the front-foot. He batted nearly through the powerplay, recording a boundary quicker than every-other ball and neared the fastest fifty, but came up perilously short on an otherwise tame delivery. As England's Test top order sits in disarray, Hales provides the perfect T20 opener along with Jason Roy when in form.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne (thumb) is likely to miss Sri Lanka's two-match Test series against Pakistan as he continues to recover from a broken thumb, Wisden India reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The batting allrounder hasn't played since July when he broke his thumb fielding in the first Test at Galle against India. While he's unlikely to be fit for the two Tests, Sri Lanka is hopeful that he'll be available for the five ODIs that follow, beginning on October 13.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis was named South Africa's ODI captain on Monday, making him the captain across all three formats, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Du Plessis was named the Test captain in August of last year after previously being named T20 skipper in in February 2013. The talented middle-order batsman has excelled in all three formats of the game and was an obvious choice for the final format. His first assignment as the captain across all formats will come later in September when South Africa hosts Bangladesh in two Tests, three ODIs and three T20s.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes was named Man of the Match in England's Test victory over the West Indies at Lord's thanks to his six-for with the ball and his half-century with the bat.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes' first innings with the ball were as good as he's ever been as a bowler, taking six for 22 off 14.3 overs including six maidens and was easily his best bowled innings. On tricky batting conditions, he reached his 12th Test half-century at nearly a run per ball (50 off 51). This was the fifth time Stokes has earned Man of the Match honors in a Test including the second time this year as he's matured into being a top-class allrounder.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum will miss the duration of the CPL with an elbow injury, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum sustained the injury after being struck by a ball on 26 Saturday night against the Barbados Tridents and retired hurt. McCullum was in fine throughout the tournament, scoring 335 runs in 10 matches including a CPL-high 91 against the Jamaica Tallawahs in the previous matches. It's unclear how long McCullum will be out for, but with no international commitments, the Big Bash League is the next big domestic T20 tournament on his radar.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood is out of Australia's tours of Bangladesh and India having picked up a side strain in Australia's 20 run loss to Bangladesh in the first test match on Wednesday. ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The pacemen joins fellow quick Mitchell Starc on the injury list following his side strain injury. Hazlewood managed just short of five overs in he second innings on the third day when he left the field. It was later confirmed that Hazlewood would be heading back home by the close of the test. Steve O' Keefe has been selected to join the squad in the wake of Hazlewood's injury.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal posted a half-century in both innings with the bat to contribute largely to the historic test win over Australia for the first time in Bangladesh test history on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The Bangladesh opener was in fantastic form as he hit scores of 71 and 78 in their 20-run test win. His 71 in the first innings came from 144 balls with f\five fours and three sixes. This included a partnership of 155 with Shakib Al Hasan to take the side form three for 10 to four for 165. In the second innings, Iqbal went seven runs further to hit 78 from 155 balls, with eight fours.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali top-scored for England with 84 off 93 including 14 boundaries in the second innings of England's second Test against the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

The batting allrounder has been in tremendous form with the ball, taking 25 wickets against South Africa in their four-match series prior to this series and then top-scored with the bat in England's big second innings to put them firmly in the ascendancy. The half-century was his 12th in 43 Tests and on a turning and unpredictable fifth-day pitch, will look to close things out for England as they look to take the series lead.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes continued his strong form, piling up 58 off 108 including 11 boundaries in the second innings of England's second Test against the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

After being the only one to find his form in the first innings by recording his sixth Test century, Stokes was one of six English batsmen to record a half-century, with their 490 being the highest score in a Test without a century. Stokes' all-around ability and England's strength in the middle-order has bailed them out time-and-again (particularly with their top-order struggles) and are in prime position going into the fifth day of the Test before eventually losing in the final half-hour of play.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum top-scored with 91 off 62 including five boundaries and six maximums in Saturday's victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs.

Fantasy Analysis

After an unbeaten half-century in his first match of the tournament, he went through a rough patch where he didn't break 19 runs in a match and averaged 11.00 across a five-match stretch. However, since then, McCullum has hit a rich vein of form, scoring 196 runs with two half-centuries in the past three matches.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal opened with 71 off 144 including five boundaries and three maximums in the first innings of Bangladesh's first Test against Australia at Dhaka.

Fantasy Analysis

Iqbal was in remarkable form in the Champions Trophy, scoring 292 runs across the four matches including two half-centuries, a century and a duck thrown in for good measure. Iqbal has been in fine form this year in Tests as well, recording four half-centuries in six matches this season including one Man of the Match award in his last Test back in March against Sri Lanka at Colombo.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes hit a controlled century to ensure a respectable first innings score for England in the second test against the West Indies on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The allrounder hit 100 from 124 balls to help England along to 258 all out after a strong display from the West Indies bowlers. Coming to the crease with the score on four for 71, Stokes saved his side from a low and easily reached first innings total. His patient and controlled innings included 17 fours but uncharacteristically no sixes from Stokes.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum hit an incredible 40 from 14 balls to contribute in a stunning victory against the Patriots on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

With 86 runs needed from six overs, McCullum is often a likely pick when a player is needed to do the job. In this instance he was at his destructive best and hit three sixes and five fours to score 40 from 14 balls and ensure victory for his side along with Darren Bravo.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes was excellent with the ball in the second innings, taking one for nine off nine overs including four maidens in England's Test victory over the West Indies at Edgbaston.

Fantasy Analysis

After being the most expensive bowler in the first innings, conceding at a 5.71 economy-nearly a run worse than the next poorest figures-Stokes found his range with the pink ball. He took the scalp of Shai Hope and conceded at just a run per over, allowing the specialist seamers to quickly and confidently work their way through the beleaguered Windies order for the second time in a day.
Steven Finn    (Finny)    Bowler    Middlesex Panthers
Finn snatched four for 24 off four overs in Tuesday's NatWest T20 Blast victory over Gloucestershire at Uxbridge.

Fantasy Analysis

The rangy bowler was named to England's Test squad for the final match of their last series against South Africa, but couldn't track the XI and hasn't played in a T20I since 2015. However, during the NatWest T20 Blast, which is far from the pinnacle of competition but does bring together a number of internationals from England and otherwise, Finn has been in good form, taking multiple wickets in six of his past seven matches and posted career-best T20 figures on Tuesday.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum was out for a golden duck despite his side winning against Guyana on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The chase of Guyana's total worth 156 started in the worst possible way, with their opener McCullum being caught on the first ball of their innings. McCullum was caught by Gajanand Singh off the bowling of Sohail Tanvir. The ex-New Zealand skipper started the tournament with a bang, hitting 58 not out but has only managed scores of 19, 16 and a duck since.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis notched 61 off 85 including eight boundaries in the second innings of South Africa's Test defeat to England at Old Trafford.

Fantasy Analysis

Stepping into the crease at No. 5 at three for 40, his 123 run partnership on the fourth wicket with Hashim Amla gave South Africa a glimmer of hope, but once Amla lost his wicket, it was all downhill for the Proteas. After a miserable third Test at The Oval, du Plessis found his rhythm and form in the last innings en route to his 14th Test half-century. After a brutal tour, du Plessis and the Test squad will look to return to their winning ways when they host Bangladesh at the end of September.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali was named Man of the Match in England's Test victory over South Africa at Old Trafford.

Fantasy Analysis

A year since he looked on thin ice with the Test squad after a difficult summer, Ali has been nothing short of sensational of late. In the second innings, he recorded an unbeaten 75 and then took a five-for with the ball. Over the course of the series, he racked up 25 wickets and two half-centuries, making him co-Man of the Series with Morne Morkel. They have a quick turnaround before hosting the West Indies, starting August 17 at Edgbaston.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep tore his left hamstring and will miss the third and final Test against India, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Seemingly the only bowler in form for Sri Lanka, taking a career-best six-for in the first innings at Galle, Pradeep's injury is crushing to a team that already lacks even passable seamers. Pradeep has been afflicted with the injury bug for much of his career, which makes this disappointing, but far from surprising as he was a late fitness test coming into the series. His timetable requires at least two weeks to heal, which could put him back into contention for the ODI series, which begins two weeks from now on August 20.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales nearly recorded the quickest T20 century, racing to 95 off 30 including nine boundaries and nine maximums in Nottinghamshire's victory over Durham in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Fantasy Analysis

The perfect T20 opener, Hales nearly made history on Sunday, finding the boundary quicker than every other ball and posted a strike rate of 316.66. By his 19th ball, he reached his half-century, his 30th in 158 innings while coming perilously close to his third T20 ton while scoring 106 runs in the Powerplay, the most ever recorded in a T20. Hales' dominance in the format gives England an opener they can rely on in at least one format.
Steven Finn    (Finny)    Bowler    Middlesex Panthers
Finn was put on stand-by for the fourth and final Test of the series, replacing Mark Wood, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

While not held in quite the same regard he once was when he broke into the squad in 2010, Finn is still a solid option in the attack as the 6'7" quick has still shon himself to be a talented first-class bowler. With Mark Wood out of the squad with a bruised heel, Finn joins the provisional squad and is unlikely to crack the XI for the fourth and final Test of the series. Finn last appeared in a Test at Dhaka in October 2016 and has not taken a Test wicket since August 2016 when he took three for 110 in the first innings against Pakistan.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes was named Man of the Match in England's Test victory over South Africa at The Oval.

Fantasy Analysis

A century in the first innings, three wickets with the ball and a solid 31 in the second innings with the bat was just the all-around performance England needed to overcome the nightmare that was Nottingham. With nearly identical batting (34.19) and bowling (34.46) averages and the kind of enterprising attitude in the crease that can lead to a truly special innings, Stokes' value to the squad is nearly immeasurable. Stokes and the rest of the England squad will try to deliver the first series victory for Joe Root as captain as they travel to Manchester for the finale, beginning Friday.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali snatched four for 45 off 16.1 overs including five maidens and bowled for a hat trick in the second innings of England's Test victory over South Africa at The Oval.

Fantasy Analysis

While maybe not a hat trick for the purists, Ali's hat trick at the end of the fourth innings certainly got the job done and helped guide England to a 2-1 series lead. He knocked out Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada at the end of the 76th over and got Morne Morkel on his next ball to open the 78th over on a cleverly reviewed lbw. He now has 18 wickets on the series including three of his five career four-fors and his only ten wicket haul. A good bet for man of the series, Ali may be the secondary spinner but has turned himself into one of the most important pieces of the England Test squad.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis was beaten for a golden duck in the second innings of South Africa's Test defeat to England at The Oval.

Fantasy Analysis

The South African captain faced just eight balls in the match, scoring just a single run in the first innings and was beaten on almost identical deliveries-the first innings by Jimmy Anderson on a lbw and the second by Ben Stokes for a golden duck. After looking like the calming influence to guide his side to victory in his return at Nottingham, du Plessis helped contribute to his side's collapse in the third Test. He'll look to salvage things in the series finale at Manchester, starting on Friday.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne broke his thumb in the first innings at Galle and was ruled out for the remainder of Sri Lanka's tour against India, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Gunaratne picked up the injury in the 14th over of the first innings, diving to his left and having the ball strike off the end of his thumb. He immediately showed signs of distress and quickly left the ground in pain, with his x-ray showing a serious fracture in his thumb. The injury will keep him out for six-to-eight weeks and he will be unable to return for the duration of the Test series, as well as ruling him out for the ODI and T20 portions of the tour as well. Against Zimbabwe in the one-off Test, he turned in a crucial unbeaten 80 in the fourth innings chase against Zimbabwe and picked up a pair of wickets with the ball in the first innings to boot.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales pummeled 14 boundaries and four maximums en route to crushing 101 off 47 in Sunday's NatWest T20 Blast victory over Yorkshire.

Fantasy Analysis

The England Test squad opener for a spell at the start of 2016, Hales has mostly been consigned to the limited-overs squads. However, with Keaton Jennings struggling for form and Hales rounding into good shape, he may yet get another crack on the five-day squad. While his strike rates and temperament of late have been perfect for T20 cricket, Hales turned in a good knock in his last first-class innings, posting 85 while maintaining good rhythm in the crease. With the Ashes upcoming, Hales could find himself back in the opening slot with the Test squad if Jennings can't settle in.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes notched up his fifth test century in the third test against South Africa on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Joining Alastair Cook at the crease with the score on 120 for four, the two produced the two key scores of note in the first innings to take England to 353. While Cook failed to reach three figures, Stokes reached the milestone and finished with 112 from 153. His innings included nine fours and four sixes. Stokes also picked up the wicket of Keshav Maharaj as South Africa fell to 126 for eight.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep took six wickets as India made 600 in the first innings of the first test on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The quick bowler marked his return to cricket following a hamstring injury with his first six-for and first haul of wickets over four. He finished with personal career best figures in test cricket of six for 132 off 31 overs with two maidens. This included the wickets of India's top four.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales crushed 44 off 22 including 10 boundaries in Tuesday's victory over Durham in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Fantasy Analysis

The limited-overs specialist and England international showed his class with a rapid fire 44 that saw him find the boundary on virtually every-other ball. His cameo ended at the end of the seventh over at one for 69, needing just 55 runs over the next 13 overs. Hales has been excellent in short bursts, but can be cheap with his wicket at times. However, as tactics shift to openers who can come out guns ablaze, Hales' value will only increase as he's able to find the boundary with ease and then let a fresh man come in to slog through the middle-overs.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep (hamstring) was named to Sri Lanka's Test squad for the first match of the series against India, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The pace bowler picked up a hamstring concern that sidelined him for two weeks, but his return to fitness means the end of Dushmanatha Chameera in the attack for the Test squad. With 24 Tests under his belt, he has an average of 42.98 and took his sixth-career four-for in his last Test innings against South Africa in January at Johannesburg.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn will have surgery on his left shoulder and is likely to be out until the end of the year, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

This is Lynn's third injury of the same shoulder in the past three years and while he said he's able to play through it, that he'd rather be at 90 or 100 percent than the 50 or so he's currently at. Lynn was supposed to play in the Caribbean Premier League and is unlikely to be available for the rest of the year, which means he'll miss Bangladesh's T20 league as well as Australia's proposed tour of India in September and October.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales scored 30 from 16 balls in Nottinghamshire's win over Northamptonshire in T20 Blast Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Hales all-out attack put Notts 12 runs ahead of Northant's 195/8 on Duckworth-Lewis by the time the rain hit at Trent Bridge in the sixth over. The England international and his opening partner Riki Wessels raced to 52 for no loss from 5.1 overs before the umpires motioned the players off. The 28-year-old clobbered five fours and one six in his 16-ball innings.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum was out for a five-ball duck in Middlesex's loss to Surrey Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

One day after returning his first substantial score of his T20 Blast campaign McCullum departed on the final ball of the first over after skying an attempted drive to Jason Roy off the bowling of Jade Dernbach. The Middlesex captain now has scores of nine, 10, 10, 88, and 0 in a season that currently sees them mid-table.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum blasted 88 from 51 balls to earn man of the match and fire Middlesex to victory over Kent on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

In first score above 10 in the Natwest T20 blast, McCullum unleashed with six sixes and nine fours to reach his score of 88 before he was bowled by Calum Hagget. The win gives Middlesex and outside chance of progressing in the tournament, sitting in fifth in the South group after six games.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance has been ruled out of the third Test between England and South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

After just returning to England's Test set-up the Yorkshire batsman will once again be on the sidelines after a broken finger diagnosis was confirmed by a hand surgeon. The 27-year-old batsman suffered the injury after being hit by a short ball from Morne Morkel on the final day of the second Test. His return to the top level hasn't been a resounding success, with scores of 20, 34, 27, and four. England named Essex batsman Tom Westley as his replacement for the third match though he may be available for selection for the following match.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne was named man of the match in Sri Lanka's victory over Zimbabwe on Tuesday with his performance with both bat and ball.

Fantasy Analysis

Over two innings, Gunaratne produced scores of 45 and a superb 80 not out to win the game for the home side when chasing a record 387 for Sri Lanka. With the ball, he bowled seven overs for 28 runs while taking two wickets. Gunaratne also took a catch in the first innings.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne slowly worked his way to 59 off 81 not out including four boundaries in Monday's defeat to Zimbabwe at Hambantota.

Fantasy Analysis

While his primary role is as a batsman, Gunaratne has taken on allround responsibilities and has seen his work with the bat falter a bit. However, on Monday, he shined with both the bat and the ball, reaching his first ODI half-century in 17 innings with the bat while bowling one for 23 off four overs with the ball to more than keep his side competitive. While a batsman by trade, his figures of seven for 177 with the ball made him one of the better options for Sri Lanka over the series made him one of the more economical options for Sri Lanka over the course of the series.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali claimed six for 53 off 15 overs including four maidens and was named Man of the Match in England's first Test against South Africa at Lord's.

Fantasy Analysis

A half-century in the first innings with the bat, 10 wickets with the ball and a successful start to Joe Root's captaincy led to Ali's Man of the Match award. His six for 53 in the second innings was his best bowled innings and this was the first time he'd taken more than eight wickets in a match. While at this time last summer, there were more questions than answers about their spinning allrounder, he's certainly acquitted himself well of late and will look to continue his form into the second Test at Trent Bridge.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali returned figures of four for 59 on day 3 of England's first Test against South Africa Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

A day after becoming the fifth-fastest player to score 2000 Test runs and take 100 Test wickets Ali finished as England's best bowler in their first Test bowling innings of the summer. The 30-year-old added two more wickets to his performance on day 2, Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander, both batsman were dismissed shortly after reaching their 50s. The offspinning allrounder held England's second-lowest economy rate of 2.95. It's his best bowling performance since October 2016 when he took five for 57 against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali hit 87 from 147 balls and took two wickets in South Africa's incomplete first innings on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ali came into bat with the score at five for 190, but with Joe Root, put on a partnership worth 177 and took their side through to 367 when Root fell. Ali was dismissed shortly after for 87, bowled by Kagiso Rabada in an innings that included eight fours. With the ball, Ali took the wickets of Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar to give him figures of two for 35 off 13 overs including five maidens. During the match, Ali notched up the milestone of 200 runs and 100 wickets, becoming the fifth fastest to do so for England.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali finished 61 not-out on day 1 of the first Test between England and South Africa Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

After Stokes and Root brought England back to life Ali and the latter carried on the win the day for the Lions. The two put on an unbeaten 167 run stand for the sixth wicket of which Ali scored all of his runs. The 30-year-old brought up his 10th Test 50 off 81 balls including four fours. He struck five fours in total by stumps on the opening day.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stoked scored 56 runs on day 1 of the first Test between England and South Africa Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes entered the game with England in real trouble at 76/4. He joined new England captain Joe Root and the two partnered for 114 runs for the fifth wicket of which Stokes scored 56. The 26-year-old brought up his nineth Test 50 in 95 balls, hitting seven fours and one six. He hit eight fours and one six in total. Stokes dismissal finally came from South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, his only wicket of the day. The hard-hitting allrounder attempted a hook shot but only managed a thin edge that carried through to South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. This innings is only his second first class innings of the season, after delivering a stunning first season in IPL and playing Champion Trophy Stokes has only turned once for Durham in County Championship, he scored zero in his only innings.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance was out for 20 on day 1 of the first Test between England and South Africa Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ballance was given another shot at Test cricket by his Yorkshire turned England Captain Joe Root but failed to make the most of it in his first innings back. The 27-year-old batsman faced 41 balls before he was sent packing by South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel. The Zimbabwe-born batsman was given out lbw after he was hit in front of middle stump but reviewed the decision anyway. Ball tracking wasn't on his side and he was forced to go after no evidence was found to save him.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance was named in England's Test squad for their first match against South Africa at Lord's starting Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

In his latest Test appearance, or as most would have thought his last, Ballance scored just nine and five, He scored 24 runs overall in England's two-Test series against Bangladesh. However, the 27-year-old has been in magnificent form in 2017, average over 100 runs in the County Championship. In April the batsman had a stunning game, smashing 108 and 203 not out when Yorkshire took on Hampshire. "Yorkshire's Gary Ballance could play his first Test since October. He has been in fantastic touch with the bat in the Championship averaging over 100. He deserves to be included and we feel that he will add maturity and experience to our middle-order," said national selector James Whitaker.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis may miss South Africa's first Test against England which starts on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Du Plessis is yet to return to the UK after returning home for the birth of his first child. Cricket South Africa released a statement saying it was a "difficult birth" and he will only return to England once the baby and his wife are "settled." If the Protea captain should miss the match, batsman Dean Elgar will lead. Either Aiden Markram or Theunis de Bruyn could fill the batsman's spot with de Bruyn tipped to get the nod since he already has one Test cap.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis will miss South Africa's upcoming T20I series against England and potentially the Lord's Test due to the expected birth of his first child, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The Test captain has long wished to play Test cricket at Lord's and the 32-year-old could miss his final opportunity to play there due to the birth of his first child. This year, du Plessis has been in solid form in Test cricket, going for an average of 48.83 with three half-centuries in eight innings and scored at least 26 runs in each of South Africa's three Champions Trophy matches. If he cannot go, South Africa will need to replace both he and AB de Villiers, which may see Hashim Amla drafted back into the side along with a number of other options including Dean Elgar or JP Duminy.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal scored 70 runs from 82 balls in Bangladesh's loss to India in the second Champions Trophy semi-final Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Iqbal's forth 50 in five innings came from 62 balls and included four fours and one six. He hit seven fours and one six in all. The opener lost his partner, Soumya Sarkar, for zero in the first over of the match. After the second wicket he teamed up with wicketkeeper Mishfiqur Rahim, the two put on 123 runs of which Iqbal scored 63. The pair would both eventually be dismissed by part-time offspinner Kedhar Jadhav. Going into the match Iqbal was the tournaments highest run-scorer but was passed by both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. He currently sits third with 293 runs.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes made a start with the bat and was expensive with the ball as England were eliminated by Pakistan in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Following his heroic century against England, Stokes was brought back to earth as he failed to capitalise on the start he made, which was a slow 34 from 64 without a boundary. His bowling was expensive without a wicket, going for 38 runs from just over three overs.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes blasted 102 runs from 109 balls and took one wicket for 61 runs in England's win over Australia in Champions Trophy Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes smashed his third ODI hundred in a space of 13 matches to secure England's spot in the Champions Trophy semi-finals. The 26-year-old joined England captain Eoin Morgan at the crease with their team struggling at 35/3. The two proceeded to share a 159-run partnership of which Stokes scored 85. The allrounder brought up his century off 108 balls, he hit 13 fours and two sixes in total. The innings marks Stokes highest ODI score outdoing his two scores of 101, the most recent of which came against South Africa late last month. He was also helpful with the ball, dismissing the Australia opener Aaron Finch on 68.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal top-scored with 95 off 114 including six boundaries and three maximums in Monday's no result against Australia at The Oval.

Fantasy Analysis

Iqbal has been in absolutely stellar form in both the run-up to the Champions Trophy (a century against Pakistan) and in the opening match, putting up 128 on the hosts and came up just short in a rain-shortened no result in the second match. Iqbal out-scored the rest of his team 95-to-78, which illustrates the dichotomy in form between their talisman and the rest of the batting lineup. Thanks to a rain-soaked opening round for Australia that's seen them pick up a pair of no results and a tricky final match against England, Bangladesh can still qualify for the semifinals with a victory over New Zealand.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood picked up six wickets and his best ODI figures in Friday's Champions Trophy match against New Zealand that was rained out.

Fantasy Analysis

The Aussie seamer picked up the first wicket of the innings and followed it up with five more in ensuing spells to leave him with his best figures in his ODI career of six for 52. Hazlewood took the first wicket of Martin Guptill, who was caught by Glenn Maxwell for 26, but had to wait a while before tearing through the middle and lower New Zealand order with the opposition collapsing from 254/4 to 291 all out. Recently, Hazlewood has struggled to take wickets, as he last took more than one wicket in an innings against India on the 4th of March.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal hit 128 runs from 142 balls in Bangladesh's loss to England in the Champions Trophy opener Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Iqbal brought up his ninth ODI hundred off 124 balls, which included 11 fours and one six. All together, though, he hit 12 fours and three sixes. The 28-year-old shared a 166-run partnership with wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, accounting for 83 of those runs himself. The Tigers spoiled what would have been a wonderful setup by the opener. Following his departure, Bangladesh lost three wickets for 44 runs and stumbled to 305/6. That total was polished off by England, who only lost two wickets in the process.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales scored 95 runs from 86 balls in England's Champions Trophy win over Bangladesh on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

The 28-year-old hit 11 fours and two sixes during nearly two hours in the crease. After opening partner Jason Roy was outed for just one run, Hales shared a 159-run stand with centurion Joe Root. However, Hales holed out to mid-wicket just before he could reach what would have been sixth ODI ton. The opener was out after a slog-sweep ended up in the hands of substitute fielder Sunzamul Islam.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes blasted 101 off 79 with 11 boundaries and three maximums with the bat and picked up one for 12 off three overs with the ball en route to being named Man of the Match in Saturday's ODI victory over South Africa at Southampton.

Fantasy Analysis

While his club IPL will be disappointed to have seen him miss out on the final, the training camp for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy showed how quickly Stokes can flip a switch. The century was his second ODI ton, having also gone for 101 in October against Bangladesh at Dhaka. Coming off being named Most Valuable Player in the IPL, Stokes will look to finish the three-match series against South Africa strong at Lord's on Monday before jumping into the Champions Trophy with a pool-play match against Sri Lanka at The Oval.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne hit an unbeaten 70 and took a wicket in a loss to Australia by two wickets on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Having underachieved lately with the bat, Gunaratne turned it around in this innings with a well-compiled 70 where he was not out at the end of the innings. His innings included 8 fours and two sixes, and came from just 56 balls at the back end of the Sri Lankan innings. With the ball in hand, Gunaratne took the wicket of tail-ender James Pattinson for 9, clean bowling him.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali was named man of the match following his performance with the bat and ball in England's win over South Africa on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Batting first, England put up a big 339 score thanks largely to Ali who blazed 77 from only 55 balls in an innings that included five fours and five sixes. With the ball in hand, Ali took the wickets of Chris Morris and the big scalp of captain A B De Villiers. He finished with figures of two for 50 off nine overs in his first international match since England played the West Indies in March.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal posted an equal team high score of 65 as Bangladesh recorded a win over New Zealand to the tune of five wickets on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The Bangladesh opening batsman finished third in the top run-scorers leaderboard with his second 50-plus score in a performance that contributed hugely to the winning of the game. The score comes in a good patch of form recently, as he recorded a not out score of 64 in a no result match against Ireland and made 47 in his previous match, also against Ireland. His innings in this match started on the front foot, slamming the ball directly over the bowlers head for six off the first ball of the innings, this boundary went with six fours to contribute to his 65 from 80 balls when he was caught by Hamish Bennett from the bowling of Mitchell Santner.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes was strong in all areas, hitting a quick 33, picking up two wickets, effecting a run out and taking a catch despite his sides loss to Delhi on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

It appeared that Stokes was everywhere in Friday's game with the English allrounder showing his full worth with a hand in every aspect of the game. This begun with the runout of opener Sanju Samson for two, taking the wickets of Karun Nair and Pat Cummins and also the catch of Mohammed Shami off the bowling of Jaydev Unadkat. With the bat, Stokes hit 33 from 25 balls in a losing effort with other batsman failing to make substantial scores other than himself, Steve Smith and Manoj Tiwary, with Pune losing by seven runs.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn blasted 84 off 52 with eight boundaries and three maximums in Tuesday's defeat to Kings XI Punjab.

Fantasy Analysis

Since returning from a shoulder injury on Sunday, Lynn hasn't missed a beat in the crease. After a rapid-fire 50 in his first match back, Lynn was as terrifying as ever on Tuesday, finding the boundary 11 times in 52 balls and finishing with a strike rate of 161.53. Somehow for the tournament, his strike rate sits at 186.33 with an average of 86.33 and has more runs in just four matches than established stars such as Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma in twice (or more) as many matches.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn pummeled 50 off 22 with five fours and four maximums in Sunday's victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fantasy Analysis

After missing the past month with a dislocated shoulder from attempting to make a diving catch, Lynn returned ahead of schedule and formed one of the most impressive partnerships of the season thus far. With Sunil Narine batting at an otherworldly 317.64 strike rate, Lynn wasn't too far behind, finding the boundary quicker than every third ball for his second half-century of the tournament in just three innings to give him 175 for the tournament, outscoring batsmen like Karun Nair and Chris Gayle despite playing a fraction of the games.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes piled up 39 off 25 including one four and three maximums with the bat while racking up three for 30 off four overs with the ball and chipped in a pair of catches in Saturday's victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes was everywhere on Saturday in a performance that most days would merit the Man of the Match award; however, Jaydev Unadkat's triple wicket maiden in the death over kept Stokes from earning his fourth such honor of the season. The talented allrounder has struggled to put both a strong bowling performance along with a good spell in the crease, but on Saturday he mustered his first match scoring more than 20 runs while also taking multiple wickets.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum raced to 45 off 27 with five fours and two maximums in Monday's defeat to the Rising Pune Supergiants.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum did well in the powerplay to partner with Ishan Kishan for 55, but couldn't get much going with anyone else as wickets started falling with greater consistency. After struggling over his past three matches, scoring just 15 runs, this was his sixth score above 30 this tournament to put him sixth on the orange cap table and with the third-most maximums.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes bashed 103 off 63 not out with seven fours and six maximums in a Man of the Match performance in Monday's victory over the Gujarat Lions.

Fantasy Analysis

Stepping into the crease at three for 10 just nine balls into the match, after bowling four tiring overs in the first innings, Stokes showed why he was worth every lakh of his Rs 14.5 crore price tag. His stunning display of power—finding the boundary quicker than every five balls—despite debilitating-seeming cramps and an increasingly aggressive required run rate due to the inability of MS Dhoni or any of his other strike partners to get much going, Stokes carried his squad to victory. This was the third time Stokes was named Man of the Match and is one of just four batsmen to record a century in IPL 10.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes turned in figures of two for 21 off four overs with a rare maiden and was named Man of the Match in Monday's victory over the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

Still in the Powerplay in the fifth over, Stokes bowled a wicket-maiden over, knocking out fellow Englishman Jos Buttler in the process. The maiden was only the fourth of the tournament, joining a trio of specialist bowlers — Samuel Badree, Amit Mishra, and Mitchell Johnson — as the only ones to record a maiden over. Stokes then took his second wicket without conceding a run when he bowled out Karn Sharma on the first ball of the 13th over. Acquitting himself nicely with the bat as well, Stokes racked up 17 off 12 with a pair of fours. Whether the allrounder was worth 14.5 crore will be up for constant debate, his work with both the bat and the ball certainly showed how valuable the 25-year-old can be.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum hit a quick-fire 33 from 17 balls in Gujarat's win over Kolkata on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The former New Zealand captain continued his rich form with another score of substance to take him to the top of the run scorers leaderboard in the 2017 IPL. The innings included five fours and a six, which took him to equal highest for sixes in the tournament thus far. McCullum was a presence in the field, too, with a catch and sharp run out to go along with the runs he made later in the game.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum mashed seven maximums and two fours on his way to 72 off 44 in Tuesday's defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fantasy Analysis

While it can be a bit feast or famine with the long-time New Zealand international, McCullum showed just how powerful he can be in an inspiring effort — albeit a losing one. His seven maximums vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard with 15 sixes for the tournament, three above the next highest total. He also moved into second with 225 runs scored. While the Lions have struggled, McCullum has been excellent, particularly of late, as he's scored 185 runs over his past three innings. His side will travel to Kolkata to take on KKR on Friday.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes returned figures of three for 18 in Supergiant's win over the Royal Challengers on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes took the big scalps of Virat Kohli and Shane Watson to deny RCB their second victory of the season. The allrounder bowled 13 dot balls and had the best economy of all Pune bowlers with 4.50. In the field, Stokes didn't have any catches but made an incredible play to stop a six off the bat of Stuart Binny. Stokes caught the ball and, before falling over the rope, was able to toss it far enough to land back in the field of play.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum totaled 64 off 44 with six fours and three maximums in Sunday's defeat to the Mumbai Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

After his opening partner Dwayne Smith was beaten for a duck on the second ball of the match, McCullum continued to show his class once he got himself going. After just missing a half-century Friday, scoring 49 against the Supergiant, and a tough Pakistan Super League that saw him average 13.28 in eight matches, McCullum finally seems to be finding his form for the Lions. He'll look to keep up this form in Tuesday's visit from Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes hit 50 runs from 32 balls in the Supergiants' loss to Kings XI on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes' 32-ball 50 marks his first half-century in IPL, and it comes from only his second match in the tournament. The England allrounder hit two fours and three sixes and shared a 61-run stand with Manoj Tiwary for the fifth wicket, helping to boost the Supergiants to 163 from their 20 overs. With the ball, Stoke bowled four wicketless overs for 32 runs while Kings XI chased down the target with an over to spare.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn opened his IPL account for the tournament with a huge unbeaten 93 in his side's 10-wicket win over the Gujarat Lions on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Chasing a respectably large score of 183, Lynn showed once again how he can take a game completely away from the opposition, as he did in the BBL. His massive 93 not out came from a mere 41 balls and included eight massive sixes in his favourite zones of straight down the ground and over mid-wicket. This score comes off the back of the fantastic BBL season, where Lynn was in the top-5 run-scorers, despite playing only five innings compared to at least eight from the rest and finishing with an astonishing average of 154.50 and strike rate of 177.58.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal hit 127 runs in Bangladesh's win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the series Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Iqbal's eighth ODI century took Bangladesh to their first-ever 300-run total outside of their home country. The 28-year-old batsman blasted 12 fours to bring up his hundred in 127 balls en route to hitting 15 fours and one six in total. The Bangladeshi opener, along with the No. 1 allrounder in ODIs, Shakib Al Hasan, shared a 144-run stand for the fourth wicket, the largest partnership for any wicket for the Tigers against Sri Lanka in the format.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal scored 82 runs on Day 5 of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Iqbal stroked his 22nd Test 50 to deliver Bangladesh their ninth win in their 100th Test. The 28-year-old opener brought up his half-century from 87 balls with three boundaries. He hit four more fours and one six before he was dismissed by Dilruwan Perera for 82. Bangladesh only needed 60 runs to win when Iqbal was caught by Dinesh Chandimal after he skyed a lofted drive to the Sri Lanka fielder at mid-on. Despite Iqbal's departure, Bangladesh won comfortably by four wickets.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne hit 85 from 134 in the first innings against Bangladesh this week.

Fantasy Analysis

Sri Lanka's fifth man up notched a hefty 85 at Galle this week, in a respectable performance that was completely eclipsed by a 194-run monster effort from Kusal Mendis. The Gunaratne-Mendis partnership was far and away the most productive of the first innings, producing 196 runs in a marathon fourth-wicket stand. The 31-year-old batsman hit seven boundaries in his three-hour tenure, all fours. In the 83rd over, he was bowled out with a new ball from Taskin Ahmed.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis posted a key score of 52 in a tough time for the Proteas on Wednesday against New Zealand in the first test.

Fantasy Analysis

Coming to the crease with the score at 22 for three, Du Plessis provided half of a partnership that turned the corner for South Africa early on in the first test. Along with centurion Dean Elgar, the pair took the total from a dangerous 22 for the loss of three to four for 148 when the captain departed for 52. His determined innings came from 118 balls and included seven boundaries when he was caught in the deep by Trent Boult off a short ball from Jimmy Neesham.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood snatched six for 67 off 24 overs in the second innings of Australia's defeat to India in the second Test of the series at Bengaluru.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood found success early, knocking off both Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja before the 40th over. After a tremendous partnership between Rahane and Pujara was broken by Mitchell Starc, it was Hazlewood who kept the wickets coming, knocking off Pujara, Ashwin and Yadav across a two-over spell with the second new ball. This was his fifth five-for and his best bowled innings in a Test match. On more batsmen-friendly pitches at Ranchi and Dharamsala, Hazlewood will look to keep his form going.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis scored 51 unbeaten runs from 90 balls to seal the five-match ODI series against New Zealand 3-2 in South Africa's favor Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Small totals can be tricky but Du Plessis steered the 150-run chase with uncharacteristic patience at strike rate of 56.66 compared to his career strike rate of 87.13. Du Plessis had already seen three partners by the time the wicket of the South Africa captain AB de Villiers had reduced them to 88/4. Joined afterwards by David Miller, the two put on a stand of 62 for the fifth wicket, the highest of the match, to see the Proteas home. The 32-year-old batsman brought up his 26th ODI 50 with the last ball of the match, which he savagely pulled through mid-wicket for four.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis posted a score of 67 in the Protea's loss to the Blackcaps on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

With du Plessis and JP Duminy at the crease looking established with the total on 128, it looked as though South Africa could put up a challenging total on a slow pitch. They then went on to loss three quick wickets and relied on a late resurgence from A B de Villiers and Wayne Parnell to take them through to a challenging screw of 279 at the end of their 50 overs.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne was named to Sri Lanka's Test squad for their upcoming two-Test series against Bangladesh, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The 31-year-old didn't make his international debut until a year ago, but has come on strongly ever since. After a number of convincing performances against South Africa in their ODI series earlier in February and following that up with a pair of half-centuries against Australia in T20I's, Gunaratne earned this call-up. In his two Test caps, he's recorded a half-century and a century and sports an average of 75.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep was not selected for Sri Lanka's T20I series at Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

While Pradeep has shown his class at the domestic T20 level, he's been given just two caps in T20I's including at Centurion against South Africa in January. However, he was not selected during Sri Lanka's 2-1 series victory over Australia as he struggles to get consistent run in the Sri Lanka international squad across any of the three formats. He did bag a four-for in the first innings of the final Test at Johannesburg, but in a 3-0 whitewashing, there were few positives to take away for Sri Lanka. He'll look to return to the Test squad for their upcoming pair of Test matches in March against Bangladesh.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes became the most expensive overseas player purchased at the IPL auction on Monday, going for 14.5 crore to the Rising Pune Supergiants, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

While the 25-year-old hasn't been the best T20 player in the world—just five half-centuries and he has taken no more than three wickets in a single match across 77 matches—an intense bidding war broke out early on in the auction and Stokes will head off to Pune. After a seventh place finish last season, Stokes will join an incredibly talented team that includes Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis, Mitchell Marsh and Ravichandran Ashwin among others.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne blasted 84 unbeaten runs from 46 balls in Sri Lanka's trilling last-ball win over Australia in the second T20I Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Gunaratne ransacked Australia in the last two overs of Sri Lanka's chase, helping the team score 36 from the last 12 balls - the most runs scored from the last two overs to win a match in T20I history - including a final-ball boundary to seal the game. The 31-year-old batsman brought up his fifty with a massive six from 38 balls, he hit six fours and five sixes overall. Sri Lanka is a perfect 5-0 in T20Is in Australia, that record is second only to Pakistan who have won six on the trot in Zimbabwe.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis continued his good form with the bat with 36 in his sides win against New Zealand on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

South Africa's T20 captain was in early for his side on Friday with Quinton de Kock being dismissed by Trent Boult early for a duck. Together with Hashim Amla, the pair built the key partnership of the game worth 87 runs to take the Proteas to 102 when du Plessis was dismissed in the 12th over for 36. His innings came from 25 balls and included three sixes and a four.
Steven Finn    (Finny)    Bowler    Middlesex Panthers
Finn will replace David Willey in England's ODI squad for their upcoming series against the West Indies, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The rangy seamer has quite a bit of international experience at the ODI level, having compiled 65 appearances for the ODI squad between his debut call-up at the 2011 Ashes and September 2015 when he last played for the ODI squad, but provides a strong option in the English attack. While a bowler by trade, there's not a big drop-off between his batting skills and Willey's, an allrounder. Finn has four four-fors and two five-fors at the ODI level.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes was named England's vice-captain for the Test squad on Monday, Sky Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With Joe Root moving up a chair from vice-captain to the squad's skipper upon Alastair Cook's resignation, Stokes steps into the vice-captaincy with strong leadership skills to help the adjustment of Root, who has captained a side just four times previously. Stokes' international experience at all three formats in conjunction with his extensive first-class experience with both the bat and the ball makes him a keen selection for a side in need of new energy.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne hit his maiden ODI century for Sri Lanka despite their loss to South Africa in the fifth and final ODI match.

Fantasy Analysis

The allrounder had a mixed bag of a game, succeeding with the bat but was expensive with his five overs that went for 46 runs. His century came at almost a run-a-ball, finishing with 114 not out from 117 balls. This included two sixes and 14 fours, but more importantly came at a time where Sri Lanka were four wickets down for 70 runs when Gunaratne came in to bat.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis recorded his highest ODI score of South Africa in their win over Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

South Africa's vice-captain was also named man of the match for the second consecutive game for his sublime performance with the bat, hitting a career high 185 from only 141 deliveries to take his side through to 367. Du Plessis was in from the second over when Hashim Amla was dismissed until the last over of the innings when du Plessis was caught by Asela Gunaratne off the bowling of Lahiru Madushanka.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis was man of the match in South Africas win over Sri Lanka on Wednesday with a century.

Fantasy Analysis

Due to A B de Villiers' return to the side following injury, du Plessis was relived of the captaincy role. This appears to gave worked in favour of his batting form as he struck a crucial 105 from 120 balls and assisted in taking his side to 307 with fellow centurion David Miller. In the field du Plessis was also a big presence by taking three catches through Sri Lanka's innings.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell was suspended for one year for a whereabouts clause violation, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell recently played in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder, but took part in his last internationals for the West Indies in August and had been widely assumed to be in violation of the doping code. If he does not appeal (and then win his appeal), he'll miss the Pakistan Super League (for which a replacement has already been named), the India Premier League, the NatWest T20 Blast (for which he plays for Nottinghamshire), and the Caribbean Premier League in addition to his international commitments for the Windies.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes smashed 57 not-out and captured three wickets in England's win over India in their third ODI Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes and Chris Woakes combined for a 73 run partnership for the seventh wicket that would help take England to 321/8. The 25-year-old allrounder belted four fours and two sixes in his 39-ball 57, bringing his half-century up in 32 balls. Stokes also delivered with the ball, claiming England's best bowling figures with three for 63, among his scalps were Virat Kohli for 55 and Hardik Pandya who was on 56 at a crucial moment in the game with just 50 runs and 27 balls left.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum smashed the second fastest BBL half century against the Melbourne Renegades on Friday

Fantasy Analysis

Having to chase a total of 200 to win, McCullum was quick out of the blocks and hit his 50 off 18 balls, still six balls short of the quickest fifty in the tournaments history set by Chris Gayle. Heatstroke then hit McCullum and he struggled to a score of 64 before he holed out to Long on for a score of 64 runs, still off only 40 balls.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn has been made unavabile for the third ODI against Pakistan on Thursday due to injury (neck). ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lynn missed out on the second ODI loss against Pakistan at the MCG and it has now been confirmed that he will miss the remainder of the five-match ODI series and also the upcoming Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal scored a quick half-century on the first day of the first day against the Blackcaps on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Scoring 11 boundaries on way to a score of 56 runs helped immensely with the pace at which Iqbal got to the half century mark. This milestone was eventually brought up off 48 balls. He was dismissed not long after, trapped in front by Trent Boult with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson choosing to review the not out decision made.
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.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood will miss the first ODI between Australia and Pakistan due to his workload during the Test season.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood carried a large load during the Australian Test summer bowling upwards of 40 overs in five of the six Tests he played. The 26-year-old broke a 10-year record for most overs in an innings by an Australia fast bowler, bowling 42 overs in the first innings of the Brisbane Test. "If one of our other fast bowlers picks up an injury in the run-up to Friday's first game at The Gabba then he could be called up to slot in," Australia coach Darren Lehmann said.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn has been named in Australia's ODI squad of the upcoming series against Pakistan.

Fantasy Analysis

Lynn's form in the BBL has been to good to ignore for the Australian selectors, he's currently the leading run-scorer with 309 runs from five matches. "Everyone loves what he's brought to the T20 format, now the challenge for him is to do that in the one-day format, which we know he can," Australia coach Darren Lehmann said.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn was once again the man of the match in his sides victory over the Scorchers on Thursday with a tremendous knock of 98.

Fantasy Analysis

Coming to the crease in the third over, Lynn made light work of the total of set by the Scorchers and together with Brendon McCullum finished the game by the 14th over. His score of 98 not out extended his lead atop the rankings for most runs in the tournament, hitting 309 runs altogether in just five innings. His knock of 98 included an incredible 11 sixes.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum hit an unbeaten half century in the Heat's victory against the Scorchers on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

The nine wicket win by the Brisbane side showed just how deadly the second wicket partnership between McCullum and Chris Lynn has been and has the potential to continue to be this season in the big bash. With Jimmy Peirson falling for 18 in the third over, the pair then had an unbeaten stand of 148 to cruise home with over five overs to spare. McCullum, the sides captain made 50 himself and was rarely overshadowed despite his half century coming from 31 balls.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn was man of the match in the Heat's seven wicket win against the Hurricanes on Friday, following an unbeaten 84

Fantasy Analysis

Lynn came to the crease early to join his captain Brendon McCullum and together the pair took the game away from the Hobart side, putting on 109 for the second wicket when McCullum was dismissed. Lynn continued on to score 84 runs from 50 deliveries in a knock that contained seven sixes, including one that went 121 metres and cleared the stadium.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum smashed his way to 72 as the Heat flew to their third victory in the BBL against the Hurricanes on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The Heat captain took the game by both hands having his fellow opener Jimmy Peirson dismissed in the second over of the innings by Englishman Stuart Broad. McCullum hit four sixes and 10 fours on his way to a score of 72 from only 35 balls. Together with Chris Lynn, the pair made light work of the total of 174 despite McCullum being dismissed by Cameron Boyce in the 10th over, caught by Dan Christian.
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.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum was man of the match following his quick fire 42 from 21 deliveries as the Brisbane defeated the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The former New Zealand captain led the Brisbane Heat to a victory in their opening match of the 2016/17 Big Bash against the Adelaide Strikers. McCullum smashed three sixes and four fours to have a strike rate of 200 by the time he left the crease for 42, caught off the bowling of Kieron Pollard. He later also took the catch of English import Chris Jordan for just one run.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis, the acting captain of South Africa, was named the permanent skipper by the CSA Board on Monday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With AB de Villiers still recovering from elbow surgery, du Plessis has done an excellent job in the interim, having led the team to Test series victories over New Zealand and Australia with a 5-0 ODI series victory over Australia thrown in for good measure. While not as experienced at the Test level as his predecessor, his leadership has been widely praised and he's no slouch with the bat either, having totaled six centuries and eight half-centuries in his 34 match Test career.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali was out for zero on day four of the fourth Test against India on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

The allrounder faced three balls before his untimely departure for zero left England 49/3. Ali's duck in this match is his sixth overall and his third of 2016. After this performance his tour average currently sits at 27.28, the lowest of any England batsman beside Ben Duckett's six.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali hit 50 from 104 on day of the fourth Test in India on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ali reached a respectable half-century at Wankhede Stadium, nabbing four fours and a six in the process. His batting became more aggressive over the course of his time at the crease, culminating in a risky sweep at an Ashwin delivery that sent the ball skyward off the top edge for an easy catch by Karun Nair.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood snatched three for 49 off 10 overs in Australia's victory over New Zealand in the first ODI of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood was a rare bright spot in Australia's wretched Test series against South Africa, taking 17 wickets across the three match series and continued his strong form in the first ODI, taking a team-high three wickets, starting with Tom Latham in the second over and keeping it up from there. While he's been one of the strongest members of the Australian attack in Test cricket, he's been less-so in limited-overs formats; however, the 25-year-old is bowling as well as he ever has of late.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal was bowled for a golden dunk in Chittagong Viking' loss to Rajshahi Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League, on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Iqbal faced every opening batsman's nightmare when Kesrick Williams knocked his off stump back with the first ball of the match. The Viking's captain played-on after Williams' ball moved just enough off the steam to take an inside edge. The Bangladesh opening batsman had been on a hot streak before his golden duck, scoring 62 not-out, 64 not-out, and 74 in his last three innings.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes took five for 73 off 26.2 overs in the first innings of England's third Test against India.

Fantasy Analysis

After opening with a century in the first Test, Stokes has struggled with the ball a bit, taking just two wickets across the first two matches; however, he kept England in the match with his third career five-for while keeping his overs relatively inexpensive, behind only Jimmy Anderson and Moeen Ali in terms of economy. Stokes couldn't carry his form with the bat in the second innings, going out for just five runs and put England well behind the eight ball. The talented allrounder seems to find form with either the bat or the ball but rarely both at once.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne snatched three for 10 off 4.3 overs in Sri Lanka's ODI victory over Zimbabwe in the finals of the Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series.

Fantasy Analysis

Gunaratne made his ODI debut at the beginning of this tournament and quickly took to the format. The 30-year-old needed fewer than five overs to snatch the final three wickets, ending Zimbabwe's afternoon in the 37th over and did so at an economy that would make even a Test bowler pleased. After making his international debut in February, 2016 has been extremely kind to Gunaratne as he looks like an integral part of the Sri Lankan side for both ODI's and Tests.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
Du Plessis hit 118 not out in the first innings of the third test between South Africa and Australia on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

South Africa's captain hit 118 of his sides 259 from a total of 164 deliveries. This innings included 17 fours and was his sixth century for his nation.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal raced out to 75 off 51 in the Chittagong Vikings' defeat to the Barisal Bulls in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Fantasy Analysis

The Bangladeshi international opened his tournament with a half-century but cooled off over his next two matches, scoring just 14 total runs across the next two matches. However, on Monday night, he formed an 116 run partnership with Jahurul Islam that took them into the 14th over. He'll look to carry his form over into Thursday's visit from the Dhaka Dynamites.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne took three for 21 off 6.3 overs in Sri Lanka's ODI victory over Zimbabwe.

Fantasy Analysis

After impressing in his Test debut, hitting for a half-century in his first innings and a century in his second career Test, he translated his strong form with the bat over to his work with the ball. His third and final wicket ended Zimbabwe's afternoon on 154, which Sri Lanka needed less than half of their allotted overs to reach. Gunaratne will be a vital part of the Sri Lanka attack throughout the Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series, which sees their next fixture come on Wednesday at Harare against the West Indies.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood snatched six for 89 off 30.5 overs in the first innings of Australia's defeat to South Africa in the second Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

Despite Australia hitting a real valley of form in this series, Hazlewood has still managed to impress. An accomplished Test bowler, he nearly reached his best bowled innings. He now has 11 wickets across his three innings bowled, but managed just 14 runs in the second Test as a batsman. While he's not there to prop them up as a batsman, he actually scored the most runs of anyone batting below fourth in the order thanks to his six runs unbeaten in a futile batting performance by Australia. They'll look to save face at Adelaide on Nov. 24 for the third and final Test of the series.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes brought up his century and top scored as he took England through to 537 in their first innings effort against India on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

England's talented allrounder brought up his fourth test century and powered his side to a large first innings total against the Indian side on a very good Rankjot surface that proved to be batsmen-friendly as the visiting side struck up a strong first innings total. Stokes was eventually dismissed for 128, caught behind off Umesh Yadav.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali brought up his fourth test century with a score of 117 against India in the first test on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

The English allrounder continued his strong form in either aspect of the game with his fourth test century in international test cricket. He was eventually dismissed for 117 from 213 deliveries, bowled by Mohammed Shami.
Asela Gunaratne    Batsman    Sri Lanka
Gunaratne totaled 116 off 193 in the first innings of Sri Lanka's second Test against Zimbabwe.

Fantasy Analysis

After making his debut in the first Test of the series, Gunaratne wasted no time in picking up his first Test hundred. With just one international cap coming into this series, a T20I against India in February, the 30-year-old is having a renaissance of form, even if it is against Zimbabwe. He'll look to carry his strong form into the second innings as he looks to consolidate his place in the Test squad moving forward.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood bowled three for 70 in a strong first day for Australia in a Test against South Africa in Perth on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood and Starc were the one-two bowling duo of this opening innings in Perth, taking turns to pick apart the South African batting lineup all the way down the order. After Starc send opener Stephen Cook packing for a duck, Hazlewood followed up by claiming the wickets of Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla in quick succession. By the ninth over the visitors had lost three top-order batsmen for a paltry 20 runs. A short delivery to Quinton de Kock ended the wicket keeper’s 84-run stand, and any hope of a South African resurgence with it.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes snagged three for 52 off 12 overs in the second innings of England's defeat to Bangladesh in the second Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes' notorious tempestuousness got the best of him as he was fined due to an altercation, but still came through with the ball after taking a duck in the first innings with the bat. His three wickets in the innings gave him 11 for the series and five for the match. While he's one of the top batsmen against spinners for England with the bat—something he'll see plenty of in the upcoming series against India—his work as an allrounder makes him an invaluable asset to the Test squad, his poor temper notwithstanding.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance was out for just five runs in the second innings of England's devastating loss to Bangladesh on day 3 of the second Test of the series Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

The 26-year-old batsman was one of six dismissed by offspinner Mehedi Hasan. Offering an aggressive shot to a bad ball, Ballance skyed a simple catch to Tamim Iqbal at mid-off. He ended his dreadful tour of Bangladesh with only 24 runs in four innings. The first Test of the series against India starts in just 10 days, England may give Ballance one more chance before opting for 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali picked up a five wicket bag as England dismissed Bangladesh for 220 in the first innings of the second test Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

In what was just his second test five wicket bag, off spinner Ali rattled the home side and was instrumental in the collapse of the batting team that saw them fall from 190 to 220 with the cost of seven wickets. Ali finished with the figures of five for 57 from 19.5 overs. Ali was also left on a score of two not out overnight.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal made his eighth test century in the first innings of the second test against England on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Following up from his score of 78 in the first innings of the first test, Iqbal went one better and completed his century to notch up his eighth in test cricket. His score of 104 was almost half of Bangladesh's first innings total and saw him hit 12 boundaries in the process.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance scored just nine runs in England's second innings of the first Test of the series against Bangladesh on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Scoring one run in the first innings and nine in the second, Ballance's first Test in Bangladesh is going rather badly. The Zimbabwean born batsman has only crossed double figures once in his last four innings, 17 runs in the second innings against Pakistan at The Oval. Ballance fell victim to a leg-side trap, sweeping a ball directly into the hands of Imrul Kayes at leg-slip
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes scored 85 runs against Bangladesh on day 3 of the first Test of the series on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

The 25 year old allrounder helped England out of a spot of bother in the second innings against Bangladesh. Stokes came to the crease with his side at 62/5 with just under 30 overs bowled. He bashed Taijul Islam into the stands at deep midwicket to bring up his half-century off 102 balls. Stokes, along with partner Jonny Bairstow, added 127 runs for the sixth wicket, the former contributing 68 runs. Shakib Al Hasan, the world's number two allrounder, was the man to end Stokes' vigil, trapping the Englishman lbw after he missed a sweep shot - he was one of four English batsmen to be dismissed while playing the sweep on day 3.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali top scored for England in the first innings and took two wickets against Bangladesh in the first test Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Batting at five, Ali took his opportunity up the order by top scoring for the visiting side as they were all out for 293 early on the second day. Ali's score of 68 came from a huge 170 deliveries. He took two wickets in Bangladesh's score of 221/5, dismissing Imrul Kayes and Nominal Hague.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes was awarded man of the series following England's victory over Bangladesh on Wednesday, which he featured strongly in.

Fantasy Analysis

It seemed right that Stokes was at the creases when the winning runs of the series was hit as the allrounder has seemingly had a hand in most of the positives for England in the series. Wednesday's victory was no different, breaking the dangerous partnership between Bangladesh's openers and remaining not out with 47 as England won by four wickets.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes was caught for a duck, scoring 0 off 5 in Sunday's ODI defeat to Bangladesh.

Fantasy Analysis

What a difference two days makes. After his first ODI century on Friday in the first ODI of the series against Bangladesh, Stokes followed it up with a duck on his fifth ball to put England in an insurmountable 26 for 4 hole. Typically more consistent, the 25-year-old allrounder did snag a wicket during his six over spell and sported the best economy on the squad of 3.66, but will need to return to form with the bat for England to take the ODI series and ahead of their Test series with Bangladesh as tempers run hot between the two squads.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis totaled 69 off 87 in Sunday's comfortable ODI victory over Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

The talented batsman has really stepped up his form of late, scoring 213 runs over his past three ODI's (all victories) including a century and a half-century over that span. With South Africa jumping out to a 4-0 series lead over Australia, du Plessis should be challenging for "man of the series" as his performances in the crease have been a big reason why South Africa enjoys this wide series lead.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes brought up his maiden ODI century as England defeated Bangladesh in the first ODI on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The English allrounder came to the crease with his side in a worrying 3/63, however with debutant Ben Duckett the pair brought them to 216 when Duckett fell. Stokes powered on and secured his first ODI century for England at just over a run-a-ball and with four sixes. With the ball, Stokes bowled five overs for a fairly pricey 37 runs.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis totaled 111 off 93 in Sunday's ODI victory over Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

After pedestrian scores in each of the past two ODI's, du Plessis turned the screw on Sunday, hitting for his sixth century in 94 ODI matches. Despite facing the top-ranked ODI squad in Australia, du Plessis made a meal of them to take home man of the match honors and help guide South Africa to a 2-0 lead in the series. He'll look to carry his form into Wednesday's third ODI of the five-match series.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum has retired from international cricket and underwent back surgery to ameliorate a longstanding problem and will focus on professional T20 cricket, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With 12 centuries and 31 half-centuries across his 101 Test caps and success at both the ODI and T20I levels, McCullum's recurring back problems were enough for him to withdraw from consideration from the international team. He will now focus on solely T20 cricket, where he's shown himself to be quite an accomplished batsman, striking seven centuries and 33 half-centuries in 251 T20 matches, having recently completed a stint for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell has been replaced in the West Indian T20 squad to face Pakistan beginning on the 23rd of September, having asked to withdraw from the series due to personal matters. ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

A leading player for the Caribbean side in recent times, Russell's reasons for withdrawal from the upcoming games are unknown. However, it is speculated that the allrounder is set to face the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission in the forthcoming days for allegedly missing tests. As a result, Kesrick Williams has been called into the squad as Russell's replacement.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance scored three off 24 in the first innings and one off 16 in the second innings of Yorkshire's county championship match against Somerset at Headingley.

Fantasy Analysis

The Test batsman played in all four of England's Tests against Pakistan, but mustered just one half-century in seven innings and failed to break a dozen in multiple innings. While he did notch one century, his return to county cricket has been far from successful, typified by his paltry run total. With Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan withdrawing from the side, Ballance will likely be included in the two-Test series in Bangladesh, but needs to regain form ahead of their five-match tour of India.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales has removed himself from consideration for England's upcoming tour of Bangladesh due to concerns about the security, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With Bangladesh serving as a recent hot-spot for terrorism, including a July attack that killed more than two dozen people in Dhaka and a checkered history of other attacks in the past, Hales and captain Eoin Morgan withdrew themselves from consideration from the squad ahead of the ODI series there. The 27-year-old opening batsman had a rough ODI series against Pakistan, breaking 25 runs just once in five matches; however, that one was a 171-run outburst at Nottingham. Hales' regular place in the squad could be called into question as 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed looks like he could be ready to overtake Hales on the team sheet.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales top scored for England in what was a disappointing batting display for the home side despite a strong opening stand as they were beaten by Pakistan by nine wickets Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

In what was a potentially very dangerous English batting line-up, the end total for the team of 135 was somewhat a disappointment and considered to be under par. The innings however began well, with a solid opening stand between Jason Roy and Hales of 56 before the former was dismissed. Hales continued for another over and a half before he was too dismissed for 37 from 26 balls. From there, the remainder of the English team only managed to add 79 runs.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn injured his shoulder during a fielding drill and will be unavailable for Australia's upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lynn had a tremendous CPL, leading the run charts with 454 runs and has shown incredible promise in his short tenure as an international batsman. This is his third consecutive year succumbing to a shoulder injury, having previously torn his rotator cuff in his left shoulder prior to the 2014-15 season and injured the same shoulder in September 2015. The severity of Lynn's injury is still unclear, but if he's forced to miss any real length of time, it will be another major setback in what was once such a promising career. Lynn will be replaced by George Bailey for the first match of the series while Matthew Wade will stick around for both.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood will take the upcoming ODI series against South Africa off as he prepares for the busy summer schedule for Australia. ESPN Cricinfo reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Australia will have to look elsewhere in regards to having someone to lead the bowling attack, with both usual frontline quicks Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc will be back home resting for their upcoming busy schedule.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes hit 69 from 70 and bowled none for 15 in England's victory over Pakistan in the fourth ODI of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

None of the English batsmen matched Azhar Ali's 80-run tally, but a more even distribution of scoring saw the home side take out this match. Stokes led the side with 69 from 70 deliveries, lasting more than two hours at the crease. His four overs of bowling were stingy but uneventful, conceding 15 runs – including a single four – but no wickets.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis blasted 112 off 234 not out in the first innings of South Africa's second Test against New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

After a relatively sub-par summer for the talented batsman and a shaky start to the series, scoring just 23 runs in the first Test of the series against New Zealand, du Plessis went to work in the first innings. This was his fifth ton in his Test career over 47 innings. While the second innings were one to forget for the middle-order batsman, scoring just six off 28 in an uneventful half-hour in the crease, South Africa look to be in the driver's seat heading into the final two days of the Test.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep (hamstring) has been ruled out of the Sri Lankan ODI squad, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Pradeep looked as if he was fit to play but aggravated his injury just before Sunday's toss. While he's not typically a part of the ODI squad, he participated in six during Sri Lanka's tour of Ireland and England. The pace bowler will be replaced not with a seamer, but rather with Angelo Perera, a middle-order batsman.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes (calf) will be available for Durham in the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day semifinal against Yorkshire on Saturday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The Test allrounder hasn't played since injuring his calf in the second Test against Pakistan in late July, but has been cleared to play for his county against a number of his English teammates Saturday. Stokes had just recovered from a knee injury suffered against Sri Lanka when he was injured in his first match back for the Test squad. Often deployed as the No. 6 hitter for England, he'll look to quickly regain his form with higher caliber players in the opposing side, as he'll face Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow in their return from the national team for the weekend.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali punished Pakistan in the first innings of the fourth Test, hammering two sixes and 13 fours en route to 108 off 152 on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

With half of their wickets gone for 110, England was floundering in the 28th over when Ali entered at No. 7. His steadfastness was a worthy foil against Pakistan, who to that point had snuffed out any threat from the hosts. Pressing the issue with Jonny Bairstow, the pair tapped out a 93-run partnership that came to a close on an inside edge from Bairstow. Chris Woakes proceeded to join Ali and sustain the pressure, contributing 45 to a 79-run stand. After Woakes' departure, the last three wickets went for 46, but Ali's third Test century salvaged an innings that was going nowhere fast until he arrived on the scene.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell took one for five off 2.1 overs in Sunday's CPL final victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Fantasy Analysis

Coming off the quickest CPL century in Qualifier 2, Russell did his damage with the ball Sunday. On the fourth ball of the match, Russell caught the outside edge of Nic Maddinson's bat and ended his night with a golden duck. Russell was also the bowler for the final wicket of the innings, a run out of Adam Zampa on the first ball of the 17th over to give the Tallawahs a shorter chase than they could've possibly imagined. Finishing the tournament with the third-most maximums at 23, Russell also posted the third best bowling figure at 4/23 and one of just three 2016 CPL centuries.
Steven Finn    (Finny)    Bowler    Middlesex Panthers
Finn took his first wicket in 429 balls, finishing the innings with two for 38 off 13 overs in the second innings of England's victory in the third Test of the series against Pakistan.

Fantasy Analysis

Finn was not selected for the second Test of the series after a poor spell with the ball at Lord's. However, back in the attack after a subpar first innings, Finn finally broke through. In the 48th over, Finn caught the edge of Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistani skipper, and let out a piercing scream that snuffed out Pakistan's momentum. In the 52nd over, Finn doubled his wicket haul with a perfect ball that bowled out the Pakistani top scorer, Sami Aslam, and finished a 23-ball, four-wicket spell between he and Chris Woakes that put England firmly in control.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali was named Man of the Match after scoring 86 off 126 not out and taking two for 49 from 17.5 overs in the second innings of England's victory over Pakistan in the third Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

While the first innings were relatively poor for England with the bat, Ali still managed to pick up 63 off 118. However, he, along with the rest of his team, struggled with the ball. In the second innings, Ali didn't skip a beat with the bat, going for 86 runs unbeaten after going for just 61 runs in his previous three Tests combined. The allrounder seems to be coming into form at a crucial time, as earlier this series, he looked on the verge of being dropped from the side.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell blasted his way to 100 from 44 deliveries and took two wickets as the Tallawahs beat the Knight Riders in a rain-affected game Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

The West Indies international came through for the Tallawahs when he was needed, blasting the fastest century in the history of the CPL off just 44 balls to take his side to 195. Russell then backed up with the ball, taking two wickets from his three overs as a result of rain affecting the match and reducing the second innings to 12 overs.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum earned Man of the Match honors in the Knight Riders' five-wicket win against the Zouks on Thursday, making two catches in the field and top scoring with 49 off 41 not out.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum suffered through two drops in the first innings, only to make amends with a pair of catches in the death. First, he knocked out Grant Elliott on 10 in the 18th, but a top edge to McCullum at long-off from the dangerous Darren Sammy in the 19th sent him to the showers after a blazing 40 off 22. Staring down a formidable total of 164 in the chase, McCullum walked to the crease in the fifth, when Trinbago opening batsman Umar Akmal fell for the second wicket. Fortunately, Akmal, Hashim Amla, and Colin Munro racked up 57 runs to that point in the match, but McCullum was more steady than smashing the rest of the way. None of McCullum's four partnerships matched the early standard, but he and Sunil Sarine accrued the final 30 with nine fewer balls than were required when they joined forces in the 16th. McCullum and company will attempt to reach the CPL final during Friday's Qualifier 2 against the Tallawahs.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn top scored with a knock of 49 in Wednesday's win against the Tallawahs in the first qualifier of the CPL playoffs.

Fantasy Analysis

Qualifier 1 went to the Amazon Warriors, who also finished at the top of the table in the regular season, as they beat the Tallawahs with two balls to spare to go straight through to the final. Lynn was key to the win, hitting 49 from 47 balls including three sixes as he anchored the Amazon Warriors' winning innings. The knock also sent him to the top of the most runs leaderboard with 447 runs for the campaign to date.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance notched up his first Test match fifty since his return to the England side, as he top scored with 70 against Pakistan in the third Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Pressure was put on Ballance as, although England didn't look to be in trouble, they clearly need some scores of substance to make it a passable first innings total. The partnership between Ballance and Moeen Ali did so, with both batsman making half-centuries (70 and 63, respectively). The sixth wicket stand pushed the home side forward to an eventual total of 297 all out at the close of the first day.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep injured his hamstring in training Monday, and his status is in doubt heading into the second Test against Australia starting Thursday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After a brutal first innings with the bat, Pradeep was one of the saving graces with the ball in the first Test of the series. As the only true pace bowler who made the squad, Sri Lanka will be left reeling against an Australia side who will be chomping at the bit to even up the series. Pradeep was one of the most experienced bowlers in the Sri Lankan attack and could be replaced by either Vishwa Fernando or Asitha Fernando, both of whom would be making their debutante appearance for the Test side if Pradeep can't go.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum struck for 43 off 28 during Sunday's victory against the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

Fantasy Analysis

Upon exchanging William Perkins for McCullum after eight overs, the Knight Riders already had a suitable platform from which to build upon. McCullum and Denesh Ramdin did just that, slowly whittling down the RRR until 34 runs were needed from the last 36. After bookending the 15th with sixes, McCullum tacked on one four and another maximum in the 16th, which left just four from the final 24. Thisara Perera made the pair work, but Ramdin pushed a full and wide delivery through cover point for the match-winning single to end the 17th.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood swiped three for 21 off 10 overs and picked up four maidens in the first innings of Australia's Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.

Fantasy Analysis

The accomplished pace bowler nabbed five wickets in his last ODI in the Tri-Nation Series against the West Indies and showed no drop in form in the first innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka. He picked up his first wicket in the sixth over and then followed that up with the next wicket on the first ball of the 10th over just three runs later. After a bit of a break, Hazlewood took his third wicket just before lunch at the end of the 26th over to put the Aussies firmly in the driver's seat. Batting 10th, Hazlewood will look to bat just once (maybe not at all) thanks to his and the fellow bowlers' performance in the attack.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali took three for 88 from 18.4 overs in the second innings of England's victory in the second match of their series against Pakistan at Manchester.

Fantasy Analysis

The oft-maligned spinner made the most of his opportunity Monday, grabbing three wickets in an innings for the first time since December of 2015 and his first five-wicket haul in a Test since that same series against South Africa in Durban. While his place seemed to be in jeopardy coming into the series, with Ben Stokes (calf) potentially sidelined for a spell, Ali will likely step up as one of the more experienced bowlers, even if he had an economy of nearly a run more per over than his next closest teammate.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes left Monday's second Test against Pakistan with a right calf injury and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday, Sky Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Deemed healthy enough to partake in the second Test following surgery on his left knee in late May, Stokes made his presence felt with both bat and ball, finishing the first innings with 34 off 51 and a pair of scalps for 39. After bowling his second ball of the 22nd over, though, he proceeded to pull up and leave the field with the team physio. The upcoming MRI will determine the extent of the injury and thereby his recovery timetable.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn blasted 86 off 45 in Sunday's defeat to the St. Lucia Zouks.

Fantasy Analysis

After Nic Maddinson's time in the crease mercifully ended in the fourth, Lynn put up his top score of the tournament, forming a century partnership with Dwayne Smith that lasted nearly 12 overs and was only caught out by a tremendous play in the field. The 26-year-old Australian now leads the CPL in runs scored with 332, passing Hashim Amla for that title.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis notched 48 off 37 during Thursday's 35-run defeat at the hands of the St. Lucia Zouks.

Fantasy Analysis

After both of the Patriots' openers were sent off in the Powerplay, du Plessis found some chemistry with his initial partner JJ Smuts, exchanging the strike with regularity. However, boundaries were difficult to come by, and the loss of Smuts in the ninth kicked off a cascade of wickets, a 50-run stand with Jonathan Carter aside for the fifth. When du Plessis hit to Shane Watson at square leg in the 18th, the visitors required 47 from just 15, which was too much for the bottom order to overcome.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell took four for 23 off four overs and had 44 off 24 with the bat in Monday's victory over the Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell both managed to muster a match-high 183.33 strike rate to put the Tallawahs in a decent position to win and then helped them secure it with his four wickets. Bowling in the 17th over, Russell got Kevon Cooper and Sunil Narine on back-to-back balls to beat back the Knight Riders' chase. As a batsman, this was Russell's top score of the tournament to date as he looks for his first half-century in the CPL this season.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance had 43 off 66 in the second innings of England's defeat to Pakistan during the first Test of the series.

Fantasy Analysis

After just 33 runs from the first three batsmen and needing 283 on the chase, Ballance formed a pair of strong partnerships, scoring 49 with James Vince and 39 more with Johnny Bairstow before being bowled out with England on 135. A surprise selection who was dealing with a groin injury coming into the Test, Ballance validated his selection with a strong run in the crease, even if it was in a losing effort. With a career Test average of 46.03, Ballance seems to have worked his way into the middle of the English batting lineup for the series.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes (knee) was selected for the second Test against Pakistan, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The talented allrounder injured his knee in the first Test against Sri Lanka in May and has been working himself back into form for Durham in both first class and T20 formats. Playing against fellow returnee to the Test side, James Anderson, Stokes took three for 50 off 19.4 overs in the second innings and bowled more than 30 overs in the match for the first time since returning from his knee injury. Stokes joins Anderson and Adil Rashid as additions to the English Test squad after they dropped the first match of the series with Pakistan.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell bowled two for 11 and tallied 16 from 15 in Saturday's 108-run win against the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

Fantasy Analysis

The first sign of a rout came on just the third ball of the second innings at Sabina Park on Saturday, when Russell claimed the scalp of Lendl Simmons for a duck with a catch off his own ball. The wickets fell fast and frequently from thereon out, with five of the seven Jamaican bowlers getting a taste. Russell's third-over dismissal of Faf du Plessis completed the decimation of the Patriots' top order, leaving it up to Jonathan Carter to try and salvage their innings. With the bat, Russell chipped in a meager offering, which included one six and a four, before being caught out by Devon Thomas.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis posted 42 off 34 in Wednesday's defeat at the hands of the Barbados Tridents.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis opened the tournament with respectable scores (30 and 27) but was unable to uphold that standard in the next three, recording single-digit tallies on each occasion. On Wednesday, his side faced long odds in their quest to chase 180 successfully. While Lendl Simmons and JJ Smuts burst forth with 35 on the back of six fours, the former's exit on the last ball of the third brought du Plessis to the crease. Within 25 balls, two more teammates had hit the showers, while the RRR had slowly risen from 8.58 to 9.50. As the second innings moved on, that figure continued to increase, and when he was bowled in the 16th, the Patriots needed an imposing 66 from the last 28, which didn't come to pass.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance is tending to a groin injury, which held him out of Sunday's game against Derbyshire in the NatWest t20 Blast, ESPN Cric Info reports. "Gary's got a bit of a tight groin which he sustained on Friday in the T20 against Birmingham," said Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon. "At this stage, we don't know whether he will be fit for the [first] Test [against Pakistan], but he may be okay."

Fantasy Analysis

A surprise selection for the aforementioned Test, Ballance was in form before picking up the ailment, notching 132 in the first innings against championship leader Middlesex early in the week. He followed up that performance with 33 against Warwickshire in a T20 on Friday, but he took a turn for the worse in the interim. Ballance has mere days to regain a semblance of health with the Test starting Thursday at Lord's.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn posted 34 off 37 in Saturday's victory against the the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

Fantasy Analysis

Providence Stadium has been far more conducive to bowlers than batsmen in this tournament, with perseverance the commonality in most fruitful batting displays. After Lendl Simmons supplied nearly half of the Patriots' runs in the first innings -- 50 of 108 -- the Amazon Warriors' subsequent chase endured the loss of Dwayne Smith in the second over, but the ensuing partnership between Martin Guptill and Chris Lynn reaped ample rewards. Guptill was the aggressor, powering a 60-run stand with four sixes and three fours, and following his exit in the eighth, Lynn continued to construct a more traditional innings in his home confines. Although Lynn moved on at less than a run per ball and just one other teammate (Sohail Tanvir) reached double-digit runs, Guyana put a bow on the game with nearly four overs left.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance has been recalled into the England Test team for the upcoming Test against Pakistan starting July 14, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Following being dropped during the Ashes, Ballance's future England career hung in the balance, but because of Nick Compton's decision to take a break from the game, Ballance has been given another chance to prove himself against the red ball. Ballance, who averages 33.64 in the championship and recently hit his first century of the season for Middlesex, faced strong competition for the spot from Scott Borthwick, who averages 58.50, but got the call-up from England coach Trevor Bayliss.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes (knee) has been deemed unavailable for the first Test against Pakistan starting July 14, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Although Stokes has returned from having undergone surgery on his knee injury, it is understood that the England test selectors have not chosen the allrounder, as he hasn't played enough and has not begun to bowl for Durham at the championship level. Stokes showed positive signs with the bat in his most recent game, scoring 51 against Hampshire.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn top scored with 39 off 35 not out during Thursday's win against the Jamaica Tallawahs.

Fantasy Analysis

Runs, let alone boundaries, were few and far between in this match. The precedent was set upon Chris Gayle's exit via LBW on the second ball, but nary a Tallawah found much fluency outside of Rovman Powell (38) and Shakib Al Hasan (25). Chasing down 100 shouldn't have been too tall of a task, with the Guyana Amazon Warriors boasting an opening pair of Dwayne Smith and Martin Guptill. However, both were sent to the showers in the fourth, putting the impetus on Lynn for a sustained run in the crease. A 42-run stand with Jason Mohammed for the third wicket brought the innings back into focus, while Lynn and Anthony Bramble put together 48 off 28 to wrap up the contest with 12 balls to spare.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum will be a part of the draft for the 2017 Pakistan Super League, Umar Farooq of ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum was off to a tough start in the CPL, scoring just 13 runs in his first three matches for the Trinbago Knight Riders, but turned in a 35 for 18 performance on Monday against the Tallawahs. After a strong stint with Middlesex in the NatWest t20 Blast, even at 34 years old, McCullum still has plenty left in the Twenty20 format.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn recorded 77 off 43 with the aid of eight sixes and one four during Saturday's win against the Trinbago Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

In contrast to a first innings in which Colin Munro's unbeaten century was met by silent bats on the other end, Lynn found fluent teammates aplenty in this match. Confronted with a target of 162, Dwayne Smith opened with a flurry, notching two sixes and three fours within his first 12 balls. In the fourth, Smith's dismissal LBW brought Lynn together with captain Martin Guptill, who continued his near run-per-ball pace until he was bowled in the 10th. After that 45-run stand, Lynn ramped up the onslaught as the death commenced, striking five of his sixes in the span of 13 balls at one point. Lynn suffered the same fate as Smith in the 19th, but not before whittling down the requirement to eight from the final 10 balls.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum will serve as the marquee overseas player for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2016 CPL campaign.

Fantasy Analysis

Notching another juncture off his professional belt, the Kiwi will hit the Caribbean after a modest run with Middlesex in the NatWest t20 Blast that concluded with a flourish. Last Friday, he struck for an unbeaten 87, which was fueled by five sixes and four fours. Otherwise top scoring at 16 in four other innings with Middlesex, the run didn't deviate much from IPL9, when he had just one half century in 16 innings on his way to a 22.12 average. No matter his current form, though, he'll have an opportunity to overturn prevailing opinion in Trinbago's opener Wednesday versus the St. Lucia Zouks.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis will captain the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots of the CPL this season.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis was one of six marquee overseas players to be selected in February's CPL draft. While he'll be making his debut in the tournament, he'll join forces with Lendl Simmons, Thisara Perera, and Carlos Brathwaite to form a well-balanced team. du Plessis' last stay in a domestic T20 tournament was abbreviated due to a broken finger, which contained him to six appearances with the Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL9. Before leaving RPS, though, he managed two 50s en route to a 34.33 average and 127.16 strike rate.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood took five wickets and allowed 50 runs to lift his Australian side to victory in Sunday's ODI Tri-Series final against the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood knocked the home side off-balance by claiming opener Andre Fletcher's wicket in the 11th over, then returned after Mitchell Marsh's strong performance to mop up the back half of the Windies' batting order. Hazlewood capitalised when Fletcher ran forward early on the fatal delivery, shortening his length to take the high edge of the bat for an overhead catch by captain Steve Smith. In the end, Hazlewood managed an economy rate of 5.17 from 58 deliveries, allowing six fours and a six in his time at the crease. He was named man of the series after Australia's 58-run win.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum hit a typically exhilarating 87 off just 57 balls to lift Middlesex to 210 in 20 overs versus Kent on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

In his last game for Middlesex for the summer campaign, ex-Blackcap skipper McCullum put together a century opening stand with Dawid Malan in the NatWest T20 Blast. McCullum's knock included four fours and five sixes and helped propel Middlesex to a 40-run victory. He finished not out but was unable to reach triple figures due to running out of balls left.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum hit a typically exhilarating 87 off just 57 balls to lift Middlesex to 210 in 20 overs versus Kent on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

In his last game for Middlesex for the summer campaign, ex-Blackcap skipper McCullum put together a century opening stand with Dawid Malan in the NatWest T20 Blast. McCullum's knock included four fours and five sixes and helped propel Middlesex to a 40-run victory. He finished not out but was unable to reach triple figures due to running out of balls left.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes (knee) returned to action Friday against Yorkshire in the NatWest t20 Blast, recording five off six in Durham's six-run win.

Fantasy Analysis

In a match whittled down due to D/L method, Durham required 63 from 9.5 overs, and while Stokes didn't make a grand contribution, Mark Stoneman and Ryan Pringle picked up the slack with respective 20s. A surprise member of Durham's playing XI following a month-long recovery from left knee surgery, Stokes will be a specialist batsman until the ECB clears the pacer to take the ball, which appears to be weeks away. In the meantime, expect him to pick up the bat and field in T20 outings, while his championship participation will be subject to the day.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales cranked out six sixes and 10 fours en route to 132 off 110 not out during the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Faced with 254 to seek out in the chase, England relied on its openers to perform all the heavy lifting. The fact that Sri Lanka doesn't boast the firepower of the past, both with bat and ball, helped England's cause, but an ailing Angelo Mathews was unable to provide his steady pace due to a hamstring injury. Hales and Jason Roy thus pummeled the visitor's bowling attack, bringing up their respective half centuries on exactly 55 balls and culminating the match with 95 balls to spare. In particular, Hales tallied his sixth score of 50-plus in seven ODIs, while notching his top mark overall in 30 ODI innings.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep conceded 64 runs but still swiped a pair of wickets off 10 overs during Tuesday's draw against England at Trent Bridge.

Fantasy Analysis

England didn't have much trouble reaching the boundaries during his various spells, but Pradeep did contribute to an early cascade of wickets. Residing at 72/4 in the 16th, the seamer induced Eoin Morgan into a catch to the keeper, breaking up a 42-run stand with Jos Buttler. After drinks, Pradeep's very next over included a four from Moeen Ali, but the Englishman proceeded to offer a return catch for his second wicket.
Nuwan Pradeep    Bowler    Sri Lanka
Pradeep picked up three wickets and gave up 37 runs in 15 overs in the second innings of Sri Lanka's third test against England.

Fantasy Analysis

The pace bowler took five maidens and held a 2.46 economy, more than a run better than his test average, in the second innings after a tough first innings. While he adds virtually nothing as a batsman, Pradeep's bowling ability is strong enough to make up for that.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales went 94 for 179 in the second innings of England's third test against Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

After a disappointing 18 runs in the first innings, Hales picked up his third half-century of the series and put up his high score in test cricket with 94; however, he's still yet to reach the century mark. In just his seventh test for England, Hales has quickly proved himself an indispensable part of the team's batting lineup.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood swiped two for 20 off 10 overs in Tuesday's defeat to South Africa at the West Indies Tri-Series.

Fantasy Analysis

Seamers like Hazlewood were surprisingly effective on the stagnant grounds at Providence Stadium. Firing 47 dots across three different spells early, middle, and late, he benefited from a review to get Quinton de Kock LBW in the seventh and later bowled Wayne Parnell in the 29th. Although his side was unable to chase down the first-innings mark of 189, Hazlewood posted the lowest economy rate of any Australian to use the maximum 10 overs since 2005.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell wasn't picked for the West Indies' ODI squad for the upcoming Tri-Series with Australia and South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell injured his left leg in the latter stages of IPL9 and missed KKR's final three games, including a loss in the Eliminator to eventual champion Sunrisers. Before limping off the ground at Eden Gardens on May 16, he was easily the best player for the squad, putting together a batting strike rate of 164.91 and swiping 15 wickets every 14.6 balls with a 7.97 economy rate. It's unclear if the ailment was the impetus for his absence from the national team, but the WICB is only committed to the current members for the first four matches of the Tri-Series, meaning Russell could be tabbed at some point before the Windies take on Australia on June 21.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes is slated for surgery on his left knee Tuesday, which will sideline him until July, The Telegraph reports.

Fantasy Analysis

In the first innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Friday, Stokes felt the knee lock up while bowling his fifth over, yet he ended up completing seven, taking one for 25 with a pair of maidens. Despite the tidy effort, he'll have a keyhole procedure performed to remove "floating cartilage" from the knee. As he embarks upon his recovery, he'll set his sights on the upcoming Test series with Pakistan, which kicks off at Lord's on July 14. However, the latter stages of rehabilitation may include county cricket games with Durham.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum emerged from his slumber, smashing one six and eight fours en route to 48 off 27 during Saturday's victory versus the Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

Since the calendar flipped to May, McCullum had top-scored at 29 with four single-digit scores among six matches, averaging 9.16 at a strike rate of 83.33. Despite the dour stretch, Gujarat was the sole team to clinch a playoff spot entering the weekend, but a desire for a berth into Qualifier 1 may have inspired the capable Kiwi on Saturday. Channeling his ever-potent bat, McCullum sidestepped the abrupt exit of fellow opener Aaron Finch and joined forces with Suresh Raina. That duo took kindly to Mumbai's bowlers, nailing the ropes early and often in pursuit of 172. McCullum's exit in the 10th was followed by Raina and Dinesh Karthik in the span of 17 balls. However, Dwayne Smith and Ravindra Jadeja guided Gujarat into the top spot in the standings with plenty of room to spare.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis has been ruled out of IPL9 due to a broken finger, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis joined Kevin Pietersen among the walking wounded to drop out of the tournament, forcing the South African to embark upon an estimated six-week recovery. Such a prognosis will encroach upon the Proteas' first match of the Tri-Nation series in West Indies on June 3. Nevertheless, du Plessis departs India with a 34.33 average and 127.16 strike rate with the help of two half centuries in six innings.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell cobbled together an all-round performance Saturday, taking three for 26 off four overs and producing 17 off 12 in a 27-run loss to the Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

Captain Gautam Gambhir's decision to bowl paid immediate dividends, with Russell taking the new ball and making quick work of Dehli's openers. Russell ensured that Shreyas Iyer's dismal tournament continued with an LBW on the third ball, and three balls later Quinton de Kock holed out to deep square leg. The Jamaican's efforts were slowly but surely undone, though, mostly on the backs of a 105-run stand in the middle and Carlos Brathwaite's 34 in the death. Saving his last over until the end of the first innings, Russell finally rid KKR of the Barbadian pest, but a daunting chase to surpass 186 now await them. Without Robin Uthappa keeping his side on a semblance of the required run rate, Russell's appearance with the bat would have been all for naught. Upon entering the crease with 80 needed from the last 39, Russell teamed with Uthappa to put up Kolkata's top partnership of the day -- 44 off 21 -- but the former's exit at the end of the 17th set off a domino effect, as the last five wickets fell within 10 balls.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum mashed three sixes and six fours on his way to 60 off 36 during Wednesday's win against the Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

The pair of McCullum and Dwayne Smith swatted all comers to open the match, hitting boundaries with regularity and reaching 100 through nine overs. The innings marked the fastest team century of the tournament to date, and in the same over, McCullum made his first 50 of IPL9. Within two overs, though, Imran Tahir took the sheen off the partnership, bowling Smith on 53, and McCullum followed him to the pavilion just four balls later, as he mistimed a full delivery from Chris Morris. Thereafter, the Lions' order couldn't uphold such a pace, providing an opportunity for Morris and company to hunt down 172.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis boosted the chase with 30 off 21 during Tuesday's win against the Sunrisers.

Fantasy Analysis

The Supergiants were dealt an early blow following Ajinkya Rahane's dismissal before the first over was through, after which du Plessis and Steve Smith were contained to 24 by the end of the fourth. Fortunately for the visitors, just 119 was required to clinch the win, and a barrage of the ropes from the duo served to whittle down the required run rate to 3.60 upon du Plessis' exit on an edge to the keeper in the ninth. After back-to-back abbreviated outings, du Plessis recaptured his form from the first three games of the tournament, which included back-to-back 60s.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum cobbled together a quick-fire 42 off 24 during Sunday's win versus the Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

Staring down a first-innings total of 180, mostly from the bat of Virat Kohli (100), McCullum and Dwayne Smith squeezed out double-digit runs in three of the first four overs of the chase, settling for 47 at the latter's departure in the sixth. McCullum immediately kicked it up a notch, following five wides from Kane Richardson with six, four, six, and four on successive deliveries to conclude that over. McCullum continued onward with Suresh Raina until the ninth, when the Kiwi edged a googly back to bowler Tabraiz Shamsi. Through five games of this tournament, McCullum has yet to post a signature batting display, but it's only a matter of time due to his 137.42 strike rate in the format.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis tallied 67 off 53 with the help of eight fours during Sunday's loss to Kings XI.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis has performed much of the heavy lifting for the Supergiants in their inaugural season, with a pair of half centuries through three matches. On Sunday, he began with a flourish, striking six fours among his first 20 balls faced, but as the first innings wore on, he mustered only two more before departing on a return catch on the first ball of the 20th. Along the way, he found particular success with Kevin Pietersen (55 for the second wicket) and Steve Smith (63 for the fourth), but ultimately Rising Pune's tally of 152 was tracked down by Punjab with eight balls to spare.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes notched up 13 off eight in the first innings, then allowed 41 from 2.4 overs in the second. Sixes on his final four balls sealed England's dramatic loss in Sunday's World T20 final to the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes had a night that may well define his career in the worst possible way. With a 19-run buffer and just one over to bowl, the all-rounder conceded four sixes from four balls to Carlos Brathwaite, handing the Windies the unlikeliest of victories in the T20 final. In 2.4 overs he managed a dismal economy rate of 15.37, taking no wickets and conceding two fours along with the quartet of sixes. The usually-reliable batsman didn't fare much better on the other side of the ball, getting caught out on a misjudged run by Lendl Simmons after just 13 runs. Stokes had been looking strong -- notching up the total in just eight balls -- but a slow bouncer from Darren Bravo proved an omen of things to come.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali tallied an unbeaten 41 off 33, which he followed up with one for 17 from two overs in the second innings during Wednesday's 15-run win over Afghanistan at the World T20.

Fantasy Analysis

Ali sidestepped a review of a leg in the 18th and proceeded to combine with David Willey for 35 in the final two overs for a respectable 142. After crushing three of his five boundaries in the flurry, Ali's offspin yielded a wicket for the third time in as many matches in the tournament, as Eoin Morgan leaped to corral a strike from Rashid Khan at short extra-cover. With Wednesday's not out, Ali is averaging 56.00 with a 124.44 strike rate, while taking four wickets overall.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis (knee) may not be able to captain the first T20 of the 72-day tour of India, which starts on Oct. 2, ESPN Cric Info reports. "The injury has responded slower than expected," South Africa's team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee said. "Faf saw a knee specialist in Cape Town last week, where he received a second cortisone injection into the area. This seemed to have worked as he is currently pain-free. However, we need to see how he progresses. The plan is to commence training next week and build up to full intensity by the end of the month."

Fantasy Analysis

While preparing for last month's series against New Zealand, du Plessis sustained a knee injury, which wiped all five fixtures from his potential slate. Subsequently told that he would require at least four weeks of recovery sans running, he intends to begin workouts at some point next week, but expect the batsman to ease into them in order to avoid a setback. His progress, or lack thereof, will determine his availability for the tour, of which he'll be available for all three T20s, five ODIs, and four Tests, when healthy.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis will miss at least the next four weeks due to a knee injury, ESPN Cric Info reports. During Wednesday's ODI against New Zealand, he said, "Brandon Jackson, the physiotherapist, said I will need about three or four weeks of no running at all and then can get back into training."

Fantasy Analysis

In preparation for the series versus the Black Caps, du Plessis sustained the ailment and subsequently missed a pair of T20s. Taking on the No. 3 spot in the Proteas' order Wednesday was Rilee Rossouw, who will assume the role for the two remaining ODIs of the series. Given his recovery timeline, du Plessis should be available for the upcoming tour of India, which commences on Oct. 2 with the first of three T20s.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis is in danger of missing the entire series against New Zealand due to a knee injury, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis's lack of participation in the second Test at Bangladesh wasn't noted due to rain canceling out the final days of the match. However, after missing the two T20s to kick off the current series, there is growing worry within the Proteas' faction that he won't return in the three ODIs to come. As long as he remains sidelined, Farhaan Behardien will take du Plessis' place in the playing XI.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes finished with figures of six for 36 from 21 overs in the second innings of the Fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes brought back memories of the great English all-rounders, as he swung the ball both ways to rattle the Australian batsmen. His spell in the second innings came at a rate of 1.71 runs per over.
Steven Finn    (Finny)    Bowler    Middlesex Panthers
Finn cleaned up the Australian middle order in the second innings of the Third Ashes Test on Friday in Edgbasto, finishing with figures of six for 79.

Fantasy Analysis

Finn decimated the Australian batting order in the second innings, removing the in-form Steve Smith with extra bounce then coming back to knock over Michael Clarke and Adam Voges in consecutive deliveries. This followed up his performance in the first innings of two for 38 from 10 overs, which was the catalyst for an Australian batting collapse. His performance in this test could see him lead the attack following the injury of James Anderson.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell wrangled one for 36 off four overs and led the Tallawahs with 36 off 22 during Sunday's loss to the Red Steel.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell downed Darren Bravo along the way but otherwise yielded one four and two sixes in his last nine balls to settle for expensive overs. In an attempt to make amends, Russell recorded two fours and three sixes himself before picking out deep point in the 19th to end his time in the crease. While he's left something to be desired with the ball -- his eight wickets have fallen at a 22.5 strike rate -- he boasts a 152.87 batting strike rate on the season.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali ended with figures of three for 59 from 16.3 overs in the second innings of the First Ashes Test in Cardiff.

Fantasy Analysis

After being hit for 22 of his first two overs, Ali came back in the final over before lunch on day four to take the crucial wicket of David Warner. He finished with an acceptable economy rate of 3.57 and three wickets, to add to his two wickets in the first innings. His prowess with the bat also proved important, as he scored 77 valuable runs off 88 balls, hitting 11 fours and a six in the first innings. Then in the second innings, he hung around to allow Mark Wood to put the Australian batsmen to the sword.
Chris Lynn    Batsman    Kolkata Knight Riders
Lynn smashed three fours and four sixes en route to 52 off 33 during Tuesday's victory versus the Patriots.

Fantasy Analysis

Lynn entered after Chadwick Walton's dismissal in the third and promptly got down to business, striking three fours and one six within his first six deliveries. During his sole partnership, Lynn saddled up with Chris Gayle for 85 off 62, which equates to a healthy run rate of 8.22. In his T20 career, the 25-year-old Lynn has posted a 29.13 average and 140.54 strike rate across 43 innings.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum will skip the tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe in August, but remain a member of the Black Caps' for the next year, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Citing an unending schedule in the leadup to the World Cup and thereafter, McCullum will avoid any international fixtures until the home-and-away series against Australia at the end of the 2015, which he'll follow up with participation in the World T20 in India next March. While he'll finish out the current county cricket season with the Birmingham Bears, he also announced a three-year deal with Brisbane of the Big Bash League. As evidenced by the preceding, the 33-year-old will seemingly focus on limited-overs cricket for the foreseeable future.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes supplied 24 off 13 not out and swiped two for 24 off three overs during Tuesday's win against New Zealand in a one-off T20.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes accounted for just more than half of England's final 47 runs of the first innings, nudging out four fours in the process. With the ball, his usage was contained to the middle overs, but he helped to ensure no Black Cap after No. 4 reached double-digit runs with a pair of scalps in the 10th, including veteran keeper Luke Ronchi. Because Stokes' series versus the World Cup runner-ups was a success by all indications -- scores of 92 and 101 in the first Test, and nine wickets in the last four ODIs -- he's a great bet to earn a spot in the upcoming Ashes against Australia, which commences on July 8.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales tallied 27 off 23 during Tuesday's 56-run win versus New Zealand in a one-off T20.

Fantasy Analysis

Hales allowed Jason Roy to do all the talking to start the first innings, as the latter racked up 23 of 25 runs for the first wicket. After Roy was run out to end the third over, Hales' partnership with Joe Root was fair more equitable for both parties in their 51-run stand. Hales will now turn his attention to the county circuit with Nottinghamshire, where he posted a golden duck in Friday's defeat to Derbyshire.
Steven Finn    (Finny)    Bowler    Middlesex Panthers
Finn notched two for 73 off 10 overs during Saturday's victory in the fifth ODI versus New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Contained to opening and closing time, Finn obtained the big prize in the very first over, as Brendon McCullum nudged an inside edge into the stumps. As he took the ball for the last time in the 50th, Finn boasted a respectable 51 runs yielded, but in the midst of sending off Matt Henry, the Englishman gave up one four and three sixes to settle for his final figures. While his eight wickets in the ODI portion of the series fell every 35.2 balls, Finn's 6.02 economy rate further salvaged England's innings.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes captured three for 52 off 10 overs and eked out 17 off 13 during Saturday's win in the fifth ODI against New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes was embroiled in England's poor start to the chase, as he was among five batsmen to fall in the first 49 balls. Prior to hitting to mid-on, though, he sent the Black Caps' top two scorers, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill, to the dugout, and later, Stokes bowled Tim Southee on a length delivery in the death. Hitting on all cylinders, the scalps were among nine taken by England's bowling unit in the first innings, which kept the adjusted target of 192 in 26 overs all the more attainable. In any case, Stokes ended the ODI portion of the series with a flourish, taking at least two wickets in each of the last four matches.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal paced Bangladesh with 60 off 62 during Thursday's victory in the first ODI against India.

Fantasy Analysis

Iqbal's opening stand with Soumya Sarkar was incredibly fruitful, as the tandem knocked out 102 off 82 before Sarkar was run out in the 14th. In the 18th, Iqbal followed his teammate to the showers, but not before racking up seven fours and one six. After busting out for just one noted outing (95 off 100) in six games at the World Cup, he's responded with two centuries in the ODI series against Pakistan and no score lower than Thursday's 60, which translates to a 124.00 average and 95.62 strike rate across four ODIs.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes took two for 73 off 10 overs and recorded 19 off 12 not out during Wednesday's seven-wicket win in the fourth ODI versus New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Stokes has made an impact with both bat and ball during the current series, and Wednesday's match included much of the same. In the first innings, he induced catches from Martin Guptill and Mitchell Santner, who were two of five Black Caps to amass 40 or more runs en route to 349. Stokes later helped Joe Root complete the chase with 36 balls to spare, contributing 19 of the final 41 runs. After four of five ODIs, Stokes is averaging 31.25 at a 137.36 strike rate, while his six wickets have fallen every 29.0 balls with a 6.96 economy rate.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales smashed a quick-fire 67 off 38 during Wednesday's seven-wicket victory in the fourth ODI versus New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Hales performed much of the heavy lifting in his opening stand with Jason Roy, accounting for 67 off 100 runs on the backs of seven fours and four sixes. Since making an appearance in the final two contests of England's quagmire of a World Cup showing, Hales has notched at least 20 runs in six consecutive ODIs, averaging 38.00 along the way at a strike rate of 116.92. Because he's steadied the top of the order, the 26-year-old may be a fixture of England's ODI squad going forward.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum notched 35 off 31 during Wednesday's defeat in the fourth ODI at England.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum has been a mainstay in the two Tests and four ODIs to date on New Zealand's tour of England. However, his sole half century occurred in the second innings of the second Test, which he's followed up with no score greater than 39 in the ODI portion. With a 23.75 average and 143.93 strike rate in the latter form of the game, a bit more patience should provide the substantial output one expects from the 33-year-old Kiwi.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali recorded scores of 90 and 36 for Worcestershire in his first appearances of the NatWest t20 Blast.

Fantasy Analysis

On Friday, Ali sidestepped an early drop and paced his side to 211, tallying partnerships of 131 with fellow opener Daryl Mitchell and nine with Colin Munro. Ali's international form aided in another fruitful outing Sunday, as he powered his 36 off 24 with seven fours before he was taken lbw on an attempted reverse paddle. Through two matches, he's nabbed one wicket while allowing 8.83 runs per over, the latter of which is elevated from his career T20 mark of 7.38. In any case, expect Ali to hold down a spot in Worcestershire fixtures for the rest of the summer due to his lack of selection to the English national team.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali wasn't selected for England's ODI squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand, which commences on June 9, BBC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ali fared well during England's tumultuous World Cup campaign, putting up a top score of 128 en route to a 38.40 average and 105.49 strike rate in five outings. Moreover, with the ball, he notched his four wickets at a strike rate of 57.0, before his tournament ended due to an abdominal strain. In the meantime, he's taken part in both first-class cricket and four Tests, the latter of which he gathered 11 scalps and two half centuries. While he takes a breather from ODIs, national selector James Whitaker mentioned that Ali hasn't "been ruled out of playing a role for England in limited-overs formats in the future."
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance wasn't selected for England's ODI squad for the upcoming series versus New Zealand, which begins on June 9, BBC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ballance was a surprise selection to England's playing XI in their World Cup opener, but his inability to cobble together even modest results forced a change for the final two games of the tournament. In four appearances, he recorded a top score of 10 on his way to a disastrous 9.00 average and 50.70 strike rate. In the meantime, he's participated in all five Tests against the West Indies and New Zealand, tallying one century and two 50s along the way. While he takes a break from ODIs, national selector James Whitaker mentioned that Ballance hasn't "been ruled out of playing a role for England in limited-overs formats in the future."
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis matched his lowest score of IPL8 in Sunday's final, posting one off three during the loss to the Indians.

Fantasy Analysis

A stalwart member of the Super Kings' middle order, du Plessis could be relied upon for a score in at least the mid-20s throughout the tournament. However, the inability of the any member of CSK to sustain an innings outside of Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina aided in the 41-run defeat. Tallying one half century and two not outs in 13 innings, du Plessis averaged 29.23 at a modest 125.00 strike rate. He'll likely have to wait to make his presence felt in July's tour of Bangladesh, which includes two T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali (abdomen) captured four wickets and recorded scores of 58 and 43 during the first Test of England's current series against New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Ali missed the final game of England's disappointing World Cup showing due to a strained abdomen, but the ailment didn't stop him from fitting in first-class cricket and striving for the Wisden Trophy in the West Indies in the interim. After the second Test starts Friday, England and New Zealand will clash in five ODIs and one T20I to wrap up the series.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum wasn't selected for the Super Kings' playing XI against the Indians on Tuesday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ending the season as the Super Kings' top run scorer with 436, McCullum left the team in order to take part in New Zealand's tour of England, according to The Times of India. Expect him to be a mainstay in two Tests, five ODIs, and one T20I over the course of the next month.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis managed 45 off 34 during Tuesday's loss to the Indians in Mumbai.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis' actions helped the Super Kings keep pace in the chase with the Indians' first-innings total of 187, scattering five fours and one six about the field. After contributing to partnerships of 46 and 40 for the second and third wickets, respectively, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were sent off on back-to-back balls in the 11th, which set back CSK's pursuit. Upon du Plessis' departure in the 14th, he had in hand his fourth consecutive score greater than 29, a span in which he's averaged 39.50 at a strike rate of 128.45.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell chipped in another productive allround performance, capturing three for 32 off four overs and striking 37 off 20 during Saturday's nine-run loss to the Royals at Mumbai.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell continues to be occasionally leaky with the ball, scattering five fours about his time in the middle overs, but he nailed down scalps in each of his final three overs to record his best figures of IPL8. In the second innings, the Knight Riders were keeping pace with Rajasthan's tally of 199 upon his entrance in the ninth, and he brought the match into further focus with four fours and two sixes during a 55-run stand in the span of 5.1 overs. A mishit to long-off in the 14th ended his day, though, and the chase didn't receive an infusion of boundaries until it was too late. In any case, Russell's first full IPL season was an unquestionable success, as he posted a batting average of 36.22 at a stellar 192.89 strike rate. He was nearly as effective with the ball, taking 14 wickets to go with a 7.96 economy rate and 17.4 strike rate. Expect his next appearance to occur in the CPL, which commences on July 11.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis struck five fours and one six on his way to 55 off 41 during Saturday's win versus Kings XI at Chandigarh.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis didn't exactly put on a power display, but his performance held together Chennai's pursuit of Punjab's first-innings total of 130. His initial partnership with Brendon McCullum stalled before any semblance of chemistry could be established, as the Kiwi was bowled on their fifth ball together. However, du Plessis proceeded onward with Suresh Raina, racking up 92 off 70 to place CSK within striking distance of a successful chase. As the toss of Tuesday's Qualifier 1 against the Indians approaches, du Plessis has in tow a 38.42 average at a strike rate of 131.21 in his last eight innings.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis recorded 29 off 23 during Tuesday's loss to the Daredevils at Raipur.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis came on at No. 4 with the Super Kings contained to just 34 in the first 8.1 overs. With a serious rescue attempt required, he set off with Suresh Raina, notching two fours in the first five balls of their partnership. Shortly thereafter, Raina hit to short cover, though, and MS Dhoni proceeded to stall any sort of respectable recovery. In his last eight IPL innings, du Plessis has tallied between 17 and 33 runs en route to a 35.66 average at a strike rate of 130.48.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum played a cautious innings Sunday, eventually posting 81 off 61 during the Super Kings' 12-run win against the Royals.

Fantasy Analysis

MA Chidambaram Stadium presented the squads with the unsavory combination of inert pitch and unbearable heat, a combination that only McCullum was able to crack. Jettisoning his normal aggression for a more stated approach, he nudged many deliveries to the gaps while blending in strategic boundaries to establish a respectable mark for the Royals' subsequent chase. He achieved his 50 off 44, or just more than a run per ball, but ramped up the pressure thereafter as fatigue set in, gathering 31 from his final 17. Among his four tandems, one in particular accounted for the bulk of Chennai's final tally: the third wicket with Faf du Plessis produced 101 in 12.4, which corresponds with a 7.97 run rate. After 12 matches, McCullum is one of five batsmen with greater than 400 runs scored, but he carries the lowest average, 38.09, in that group at a friendly 165.61 strike rate.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell (shoulder) was shelled for 50 off four overs, but with one wicket and 51 off 21, he aided in Saturday's win against Kings XI.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell suffered through his most expensive overs of the tournament, giving up two fours and four sixes, with two apiece coming in the final over of the first innings. In the midst of disaster, he bowled and caught Gurkeerat Singh, which appeared to right Russell's compass. Handling the bat for the first time and the Knight Riders wavering at 4/84 near the end of the 11th, Russell teamed up with Yusuf Pathan for 53 in the next 25 balls to get his side back on course. Russell proceeded to account for 20 of 23 runs for the sixth wicket, which doubled as his dismissal on an edge to keeper Wriddhiman Saha in the 17th. Because the left shoulder injury suffered last Monday hasn't kept the allrounder out of KKR's playing XI in the interim, Russell will bring along a 41.00 batting average and 11 wickets at a 17.8 strike rate into the last two matches before the postseason begins.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell injured his left shoulder Monday against the Sunrisers, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell's time in the crease was short-lived, as he posted only one off three, and one over removed from his first over with the ball, his diving attempt to keep the the ball within the ropes resulted in the injured shoulder. He left the match for a time but eventually returned to bowl the final over, grabbing one wicket and settling at 10 runs yielded in his two overs. His ability to complete the over intimates that he should be available for selection Thursday against the Daredevils, which will be imperative due to the allrounder's 46.20 average and nine wickets taken in the tournament.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis managed 24 off 20 during Monday's 24-run victory against the Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

Coming on at No. 4 in the sixth over, du Plessis teamed up with Suresh Raina for the Super Kings' most-productive tandem, or 64 off 52. However, the South African provided little punch, with only one six to show for his efforts, as he alternated the strike to keep the ticker turning. du Plessis was held to a combined 44 runs in his first three innings of IPL8, but in his past five, his tallies have ranged from 20 to 33. With two unbeaten outings during that span, he's recorded a healthy 46.33 average at a strike rate of 139.00.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
After losing his opening partner Dwayne Smith with the first ball of the match, McCullum could have been expected to be watchful and play steady-as-you-go cricket for a couple of overs in Kolkata on Thursday. He did just the opposite, blasting 32 off just 12 deliveries to have his side 2/64 from five overs.

Fantasy Analysis

This approach, however, came unstuck when McCullum was trapped in front by the veteran left-arm spinner Brad Hogg with the first ball of the sixth over. McCullum bashed three fours and three sixes in his 12 ball innings at a massive strike rate of 266.66, but it wasn't enough to see his side over the line. The constant loss of wickets, nine in all, impeded the run rate, and this time, the top-of-the-table Super Kings couldn't post a big enough total to hold off the home team.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell swiped two wickets for 20 off four overs, which he one-upped with an unbeaten 55 off 32 in the second innings, during Thursday's win against the Super Kings.

Fantasy Analysis

Alternating between length deliveries and slower balls in his first two overs bowled, Russell finally bowled through Dwayne Bravo with an offcutter, which knocked down the offstump to send his fellow West Indian to the dugout. Russell picked up another scalp for his seventh of the tournament, pushing the allrounder to five in the last three games. After his side stumbled to 57/3 through 9.1, he moved up to No. 5 in an attempt to bring the match into focus, and his tandem with Robin Uthappa discovered immediate chemistry. With the required run rate hovering around 10.00, the duo constructed an innings with ever-increasing momentum, as boundaries were plentiful between the 12th and 17th overs. Along the way, Russell hammered four fours and four sixes to nudge into the Top 20 run scorers in IPL8. While his 186.86 strike rate sits second among batsmen to score at least 100 runs, his average for the season, 61.66, ranks first overall.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis posted a run-per-ball 29 during Tuesday's win against the Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

Acting as No. 4, du Plessis entered in a comfortable spot (64 off 8.4) and slow played the strike for the remainder of the match, sidestepping wicket after wicket of his teammates. Among his five partnerships, only one surpassed 14 runs -- 36 with Ravindra Jadeja -- while the run rate during du Plessis' time in the crease settled at a middling 6.17. Through seven matches of IPL8, du Plessis has wielded the bat on five occasions, scoring 30-plus twice en route to a 35.33 average and 121.83 strike rate.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum made 19 runs from 14 balls against the Knight Riders in Chennai on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

After winning the toss, the Knight Riders sent the Super Kings in to bat. Although being the first batsman dismissed, a 42-run opening partnership laid the foundation for a thrilling two-run victory. The ICC T20 cricketer of the year in 2010 has had a lean seven seasons in the IPL, but this year, he has made 251 runs at an average of 41.83, which is well up on his IPL average of 28.34 coming into this season. He is now one of only six batsmen who have have scored multiple centuries in this league.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell held the Super Kings in check Tuesday, nabbing two wickets for 26 off four overs during the Knight Riders' two-run defeat.

Fantasy Analysis

After Chennai cruised to 55 runs from the first seven overs, Russell brought pace to the forefront, allowing no more than seven runs in any of his overs. Along the way, both Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni edged deliveries to keeper Robin Uthappa, marking Russell's second haul of multiple scalps in the tournament. With five in the last four matches, he boasts a 7.66 economy rate and an impressive 14.4 strike rate during that stretch.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
After a couple of lean matches, McCullum came roaring back into form with the bat in the Super Kings win over the Kings XI on Saturday. He blasted 66 from just 44 balls to set the platform for a solid victory.

Fantasy Analysis

Hitting eight fours and three sixes and with a strike rate of 150 McCullum's innings was above his tournament average of 46.4. He has played 203 T20 matches, batting in 200 of them. His highest score of 158 not out has boosted his overall average to 32.41 with a healthy strike rate of 135.02. He has made six hundreds and 30 fifties in this shortest form of the game.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis totaled an unbeaten 33 off 18 during Wednesday's win versus the Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis entered at No. 6 after another middling innings from captain MS Dhoni. Upholding a semblance of the outburst supported by Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina in the first 13 overs, du Plessis was the sole Super Kings batsman to cobble together a successful showing thereafter, finding openings in the field to the tune of four fours and even blasting a six. Wednesday's contest doubled as du Plessis' top score of IPL8, as he tallied 32, 11, and one in three previous innings. He now boasts a satisfactory 25.66 average at a strike rate of 132.75.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell failed to take a wicket for 21 off his three overs during Monday's victory versus the Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell didn't enter the crease for the second time in four matches, but his bowling was relatively cheap, lowering his economy rate for the tournament to 8.08. In two innings with the bat, though, he's prospered, tallying an unbeaten 41 against the Royal Challengers and 66 versus Kings XI. While his 107.00 average and 201.88 strike rate are sure to revert to the mean, captain Gautam Gambhir may consider moving Russell up in the order to take advantage of his batting prowess.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum suffered an early departure Sunday versus the Royals, but not before striking three fours on his way to 12 off seven in the loss.

Fantasy Analysis

Clearly, McCullum's outing was entirely composed of fours, but the spin of Pravin Tambe tricked the Kiwi into hitting an easy catch to mid-on in the third over. While McCullum has cobbled together a massive 190.58 strike rate through four IPL matches, his daring has only resulted in two significant tallies to date: 100 not out against the Sunrisers and 46 versus Mumbai. His century aside, he's averaged 20.66 at an impressive 213.79 strike rate, meaning fruitful performances are always possible as long as he remains in the crease.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell added a quick-fire 41 off 17 not out during Saturday's defeat to the Royal Challengers.

Fantasy Analysis

Coming on at 131/4 in the 17th over, Russell launched six fours and two sixes across the remainder of the first innings, avoiding late wickets of Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan to notch his first unbeaten performance in IPL action. Russell's residence in the latter half of the Knight Riders' order won't result in an appearance in the crease in each match of the tournament, but his time with the ball has been fruitless in two fixtures. In five overs bowled, his pace has yet to knock over a wicket, while translating to a 7.40 economy rate.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum smoked Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday, smashing seven fours and nine sixes on his way to 100 off 56 not out.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum more than made up for his four off two from Thursday's IPL opener, guiding the Super Kings to a daunting 209 in the first innings. With partnerships of 75 with Dwayne Smith, 60 with Suresh Raina, and 63 with captain MS Dhoni, McCullum notched his second 100 in the IPL, and first as a member of CSK. In his two seasons with the squad, McCullum has put together a 36.35 average at a strike rate of 130.17.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis struck three fours en route to 32 off 24 during Thursday's win versus the Daredevils.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis cobbled together two modest partnerships on this veritable All-Star team -- 33 runs in 4.1 overs with Dwayne Smith and 29 off another 4.1 with Ravindra Jadeja -- helping guide the Super Kings to 150 in the first innings. After two-plus IPL seasons, du Plessis is averaging 30.54 at a strike rate of 130.19, with five 50s to his name in 25 innings.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum lasted only two balls during Thursday's one-run win against the Daredevils, smashing one four before his departure.

Fantasy Analysis

Opening with Dwayne Smith, McCullum followed his teammate's 16-run first over with his customary aggressiveness, which was quickly his undoing. After lucking out when his first ball went through Yuvraj Singh's hand at first slip and reached the ropes, McCullum top edged a fly behind the keeper that Singh reeled in for any easy grab. Nevertheless, McCullum will attempt to uphold the standard of his first season with the Super Kings in 2014. In 14 matches, he notched three 50s on his way to a 31.15 average and 121.62 strike rate.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood will not play in the IPL according to Cricket Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

Cricket Australia has worked with Hazlewood to ensure he will be in peak condition for both the West Indies and Ashes tours. He has therefore decided to rest instead of playing in the IPL for the Mumbai Indians. The tournament is held in the player's offseason, but after a grueling summer and with a full winter ahead, Hazlewood has agreed to rest.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood played well in the Tri-Series that preceded the World Cup. However, an average bowling performance against England in the opening match saw him lose his place in the Australian team to Pat Cummins. Hazlewood returned against Afghanistan with figures of two for 25 and finished the tournament with seven wickets for 176.

Fantasy Analysis

Having played just 13 ODIs, Cummins has only batted once for naught not out, but has bowled 13 times and taken 19 wickets for 445 runs. His average is 23.42 with a strike rate of 31.9 and an economy rate of 4.39. In the upcoming IPL season, he'll play for the Mumbai Indians, who are coached by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting under the tutelage of new bowling coach Shane Bond.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell recorded multiple wickets in five of seven World Cup games, toppling 11 in all for a 31.18 average and 6.35 economy rate. With the bat, he further contributed 104 off 56 with two unbeaten innings.

Fantasy Analysis

After a slow start, wicket-wise, to the tournament, Russell knocked down exactly two in each of the West Indies' final four fixtures, and his 11 ultimately ranked second on the team to Jerome Taylor's 17. Russell also provided key knocks at the end of innings, including 27 off 13 not out against Ireland, 42 off 13 not out versus Pakistan, and 20 off 11 against New Zealand in the quarterfinals. With the Cup behind him, the pace bowler will commence his second season with the Kolkata Knight Riders on Apr. 8. However, he's been used sparingly in three IPL campaigns, tallying two wickets while allowing 10.03 runs per over across nine outings.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum managed an inglorious duck off three balls during Sunday's loss to Australia in the World Cup final.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum attacked opposing deliveries with aplomb throughout the tournament, recording quick-fire performances at a strike rate of 188.50 to establish significant platforms for the Black Caps. After posting three 50s in the first five matches, though, he only surpassed 12 runs one time in the final four games en route to a 19.75 average. His aggressiveness was ultimately his undoing in the final, as he didn't make contact with any of opener Mitchell Starc's inswinging yorkers, with the final one toppling the base of the off stump and setting the tone for the match. McCullum will now turn his attention to the IPL, where he'll hold down a spot as one of the Chennai Super Kings top-order batsmen.
Steven Finn    (Finny)    Bowler    Middlesex Panthers
Finn accrued a team-high eight wickets but yielded 6.89 runs per over in four innings during the 2015 World Cup.

Fantasy Analysis

Finn's figures are reliant upon a five-wicket haul against Australia and three versus Scotland. However, opponents found boundaries easy to come by en route to the worst economy rate among bowlers to pick up at least seven wickets. The development likely kept him in the barracks for England's last two games of the tournament, as well as absent from the squad for their upcoming Test series in the West Indies.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance fell flat in four World Cup appearances, averaging 9.00 at a strike rate of 50.70.

Fantasy Analysis

In the moments before opening the tournament against Australia at MCG, Ballance replaced Ravi Bopara at No. 3, which was seemingly on the basis of the former's 57 off 81 in a warmup match against Pakistan. However, Ballance responded with no more than 10 runs in any fixture, before Alex Hales replaced him at the top of the order for the final two games. Ballance will next represent England during the upcoming Test series in the West Indies, which starts on Apr. 13.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum again came out swinging with an impressive 59 off 26 balls against South Africa in the World Cup semifinal played in Auckland on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Starting his innings with a six, McCullum bullied the South African opening bowlers with eight fours and four sixes at an amazing strike rate of 226.92. Knowing they were only going to face 43 overs, he set a platform that allowed the rest of the New Zealand batsmen to play their natural games. Averaging 41.00 for the tournament, he has played a major role in getting his team into their first ever World Cup Final.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis made 82 from 107 balls in the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand at Eden Park on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

In an innings interrupted by a lengthy rain delay, du Plessis kept up his consistent World Cup form, striking seven fours and one six. After being off the field for an extended period, he had to change his batting style, as only five overs remained. His average for the tournament, coming in at No. 3, has been a healthy 63.33.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood took four wickets for 35 off his 10 overs in a man of the match performance against Pakistan on Friday at the Adelaide Oval.

Fantasy Analysis

In a move that surprised some, Hazlewood replaced Pat Cummins as the third seamer in the Australian attack. Having played just 11 ODIs since his debut in 2010, Hazlewood showed nerves of steel to open the bowling with a controlled spell, only conceding one wide from his 10 overs. His overall economy rate of 4.49 with a strike rate of 27.70 and his consistent "putting it on the spot" bowling should see him hold his position in the team for the semifinal against India in Sydney on Thursday.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood is a part of Australia's XI for Friday's quarterfinal versus Pakistan, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood will replace fellow seamer Pat Cummins. In two innings in this World Cup, Hazlewood has taken two wickets for 35.00 while conceding 4.71 runs per over.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis (back) recorded 21 off 31 to help Quinton de Kock close out Wednesday's win against Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

The Proteas stifled Sri Lanka's opening attack, containing them to 133 runs before the wickets ran dry. In the first innings, he aided his bowlers with three key catches, and when opener Hashim Amla fell at 1/40 in the seventh over, du Plessis managed the strike with de Kock to bring their side home victorious. In six World Cup fixtures so far, du Plessis ranks among the Top 15 run producers with 298 for a 59.60 average and 87.13 strike rate. At the very least, his lower back injury appears to be behind him.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali (abdomen) wasn't among those selected for England's three-Test tour of the West Indies, which begins on Apr. 13, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Missing the final match of group play last Friday due to an abdominal strain, Ali's absence will extend well into April, with his next chance to play for the national team likely arriving in an ODI on May 8 versus Ireland. On the backs of a 128 off 107 on Feb. 23, he averaged 38.40 at a strike rate of 105.49 across five World Cup fixtures. With the ball, the allrounder toppled three wickets while allowing 5.29 runs per over.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis (back) is playing in Wednesday's quarterfinal match against South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

After missing last Thursday's final game of group play, du Plessis will bring his 55.40 average and 89.06 strike rate across five World Cup fixtures into the knockout stage.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis sat out last Thursday versus the UAE due to a lower back injury but is expected to return to the top of South Africa's order Wednesday against Sri Lanka, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis' back concern wasn't apparent immediately after Thursday's contest. No matter, he should slot into his typical No. 3 spot in the Proteas' XI on Wednesday. In his five World Cup matches to date, he averaged 55.40 at a strike rate of 89.06.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis didn't play in Thursday's 146-run victory against the UAE.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis' replacement, Farhaan Behardien, contributed 64 off 31, easily his most productive innings of 2015. However, du Plessis was a part of South Africa's XI in the first five games of the World Cup, averaging 55.40 at a strike rate of 89.07. Expect the allrounder to return to the order once the knockout stages start next Wednesday.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales batted confidently for 37 from 33 balls in just his second match of the tournament, a rain-shortened match in Sydney on Friday against Afghanistan.

Fantasy Analysis

Hales was elevated to open the innings, replacing the injured Moeen Ali (abdomen), and proved a capable replacement. Although the only English batsman to lose his wicket, Hales showed enough to suggest that when England does a post mortem of their World Cup campaign, he should hold his position in the squad. He has only played nine ODIs at a strike rate of 77.23 and an average of 21.11.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali won't play in England's final game of the World Cup on Friday versus Afghanistan due to a strained abdomen, ESPN Cric Info reports. "Scans revealed Chris Woakes has a left third metatarsal stress reaction and Moeen Ali has a left sided abdominal strain," an ECB spokesperson announced Wednesday. "Both players have been ruled out of the match against Afghanistan on Friday and will be reassessed when the team returns to the UK."

Fantasy Analysis

During England's latest Cup loss to Bangladesh on Monday, Ali sustained the side strain while bowling, and after some treatment, he returned to the field. He concludes the tournament with a top score of 128 off 107 on Feb. 23 against Scotland, which propped up a 38.40 average and 105.49 strike rate across England's five outings. With the ball, he took three wickets while conceding 5.29 runs per over. On Friday, Ali will likely yield his regular spot in the playing XI to James Treadwell. Meanwhile, Ali's ailment could threaten his selection next Tuesday for April's three Test tour of the West Indies.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales eked out 27 off 34 with four fours during his World Cup debut Monday against Bangladesh.

Fantasy Analysis

As Gary Ballance logged barren lines from match to match, pressure built for Hales to make an appearance, and England's faithful finally got their wish. Slow deliveries greeted Hales, who is often flummoxed by such balls, but the performance actually boosted his ODI average to 19.12 with a 71.83 strike rate, as he seeks the first 50 or better in the format.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum overcame his sore arm to post an impressive 42 off 19 balls in the win over Afghanistan in Napier on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

The run machine, also known as the New Zealand captain, again made a blistering start to the innings with his 42 from just 19 balls at an extraordinary strike rate of 221.05. He is making it easy for the remainder of the team to come in and play a much more sedate role to guide the team to the top of their pool in this World Cup.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell produced eight off eight but made up for the transgressions with the ball, taking two for 43 off eight overs during Friday's defeat to India.

Fantasy Analysis

Undue pressure was placed on the West Indies' middle and late order after finding themselves at 35/4 after 9.1. Upon his own entrance at 72/6 on the last ball of the 22nd over, Russell lasted 13 minutes before his attempt at a big knock ended any dreams of his third unbeaten score of the World Cup. He fared far better with the ball, stamping out both Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja on short deliveries, but a wild streak -- five wides and one no ball -- elevated his runs per over to 5.37. Through five games in the tournament, Russell is still averaging 38.50 at an astounding 208.11 strike rate, with his seven wickets going for a 32.43 average and 6.31 economy rate.
Tamim Iqbal    Batsman    Bangladesh
Iqbal busted out for 95 off 100 with nine fours and one six during Thursday's win against Scotland.

Fantasy Analysis

Facing a daunting chase to 318, Bangladesh worst fears came to fruition when Soumya Sarkar was lost at 1.5, leaving his side at 5/1. Iqbal struck two fours in the following over, though, and as the match wore on, he produced 139 runs with Mahmudullah and 57 with Mushfiqur Rahim, before falling himself in the 32nd over. While the 25-year-old has recorded four centuries and 28 50s in 137 ODI innings, Iqbal had only shown glimpses that such a feat was possible this year. During the World Cup warmup against Pakistan on Feb. 9, he put up 81 off 109, but his subsequent one-day totals amounted to 4, 19, and a duck.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood toppled two for 25 off eight overs during Australia's 275-run victory Wednesday against Afghanistan.

Fantasy Analysis

With a World Cup-record 417 to defend, Hazlewood took the new ball with fellow fast bowler Mitchell Starc. In his fourth over bowled, Hazlewood tallied his first wicket of the World Cup and first since the Tri-Series final against England on Feb. 1. After conceding 45 in 6.5 overs in the Cup opener, he wasn't among Australia's XI in the second match but returned for the next one, which was the sole washout of the tournament. In four ODI innings this year, he's taken four wickets while averaging 27.00 and giving up 4.15 runs per over.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis notched 109 off 109 and bowled four wicket-free overs for 30 during Tuesday's 201-run victory versus Ireland.

Fantasy Analysis

After Quinton de Kock's early dismissal, du Plessis and Hashim Amla again composed a symphony of cricket. Their partnership gleaned 247 off 36.1 overs, which followed up a 127-run stand last Friday against the West Indies. Neither was lacking for power, but du Plessis' 10 fours and one six were outpaced by Amla's 16 and four, respectively. Through four World Cup matches, du Plessis has averaged a more-than-respectable 62.50 with an 88.65 strike rate.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum will be monitored in the days leading up to New Zealand's next match Sunday against Afghanistan after he was hit on the forearm during a delivery from Mitchell Johnson on Saturday, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum's forearm soon featured a significant welt, but he still managed to record 50 off 24. His immediate treatment included ice and a heavy wrap, and the damage seems to be contained to a burst blood vessel. With a prolonged layoff between games, enough time exists for the Black Caps' captain to get right for Sunday's outing.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis captured 62 off 70 during Friday's win over the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

du Plessis entered after Quinton de Kock's dismissal at 5.4, and in his patient partnership with Hashim Amla, they produced 127 off 23.4 overs. While du Plessis bowled his first overs in ODI action this year, conceding 17 off three, his greatest contribution will always come with the bat. With back-to-back 50s on his ledger, he's averaged 35.33 with a 73.36 strike rate in the format in 2015.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum took a ball on the forearm during New Zealand's innings Saturday against Australia and will be evaluated on Sunday morning, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After the strike from Mitchell Johnson, McCullum remained in the game and tapped out a game-high 50 off 24, with seven fours and three sixes on the ledger. Although significant swelling was viewed at the point of impact, McCullum didn't undergo an X-ray or MRI after the Black Caps' one-wicket win, as he opted for ice and a large wrap on the region. With a lengthy layoff before their next match on Mar. 8 versus Afghanistan, he should have enough recovery time to add to his three 50s in four World Cup fixtures to date.
Steven Finn    (Finny)    Bowler    Middlesex Panthers
Finn took three cheap wickets for 26 off nine overs during Monday's 119-run win versus Scotland.

Fantasy Analysis

Finn tallied the imperative wicket of Matt Machan immediately upon taking the ball in the middle overs, with the last two coming just before and during Scotland's Powerplay. The outing was an encouraging response to getting blasted by Brendon McCullum in England's previous match of the World Cup. Although the 6-foot-7 fast bowler boasts impressive figures, with the second-most wickets (19) in ODIs this year, Finn's pace has oscillated at times, as evidenced by a 5.69 economy rate across 67 overs.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance contributed merely 10 for 18 to Monday's victory versus Scotland.

Fantasy Analysis

Ballance replaced Ravi Bopara in England's primary XI before the World Cup commenced, but the former has yet to produce profitable innings through three games. Lasting just five muted overs before his departure, Ballance's wicket was among three to fall in the span of 11 balls, as he totaled 10 runs for a third match in a row. With a miserable 52.63 strike rate to Ballance's name, captain Eoin Morgan may ponder a switch to the order in advance of Sunday's showdown with Sri Lanka.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali recorded his second ODI century, 128 off 107, during Monday's suffocating win versus Scotland.

Fantasy Analysis

Opening with Ian Bell, the duo provided a solid base for England's first win of this World Cup, racking up 172 in 30.1 overs. The partnership doubled as the first-wicket record for their country in the Cup, eclipsing a 158-run opening stand during the 1975 iteration of the tournament. To support his outburst in the crease, he took two for 47 off 10, stopping Kyle Coetzer's pursuit of a century at 71 off 84 and Richie Berrington in the span of seven balls during the middle overs. As England prepares for Sunday's match against Sri Lanka, Ali, the allrounder, will enter with a 34.63 average and 98.93 strike rate with the bat in ODI action this year. Moreover, he's contained opposing batsmen with a 34.11 average and 4.58 economy rate on the backs of nine wickets taken.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis accrued 55 off 71 with five fours during Sunday's loss to India.

Fantasy Analysis

South Africa opened with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, but the pair had hit the showers by the completion of the 11th over. du Plessis and AB de Villiers proceeded to partner for 68 runs in 12.3 overs, but the going was tough against on point bowling and active fielding. In his last six ODIs, du Plessis has notched two 50s for a 30 average and 68.49 strike rate, which fall short of his career marks (34.03 and 84.03, respectively).
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell captured the Man of the Match award Saturday against Pakistan, scoring an unbeaten 42 runs off just 13 balls, including three fours and four sixes, and also took three wickets for 33 runs in his eight overs.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell has yet to be dismissed in this World Cup, amassing 69 runs in the two games so far, but his major role for the West Indies is with the ball. In his seven ODIs in 2015, Russell has taken 10 wickets at 35.50, with a slightly expensive economy rate of 6.22. Both of those numbers are worse than his career averages, but it's hard to expect him to bowl as well as he did against Pakistan either.
Steven Finn    (Finny)    Bowler    Middlesex Panthers
Finn posted a duck and was bombarded to the tune of 49 runs in two wicket-free overs during Friday's drubbing at the hands of New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

The outing is one that Finn won't soon forget, and not for any pleasant memory. England opted to bat first but couldn't surpass a snail's pace at any juncture, with Finn falling during a mindboggling run of seven wickets taken for 19 across eight overs to end their innings. With only 123 runs to defend, England's bowling attack needed to be on point. However, Finn was unable to fend off Brendon McCullum during his two overs bowled, even surrendering four sixes in a row at one point to the Black Caps' captain. Finn still ranks second in 2015 with 16 wickets downed in ODIs, but his 6.12 economy rate leaves much to be desired.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum unleashed a devastating attack, hitting 77 off just 25, in New Zealand's World Cup match against England on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum pounded a hapless English bowling attack, smashing eight fours and seven sixes at a strike rate of 308.00. He was particularly savage on Steven Finn, belting 44 runs off just 10 balls and hitting six sixes. So far in this World Cup, McCullum has scored 157 off 86 whilst batting at a strike rate of 182.55 and an average of 52.33.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance posted 10 for 26 during Friday's eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Prior to England's World Cup opener, Ballance surprisingly replaced Ravi Bopara in the order. The move was on the heels of Ballance's half-century in a warmup against Pakistan, when he racked up 57 off 81. However, he has mustered back-to-back 10-run outings with a 51.28 strike rate to start the tournament, which may force captain Eoin Morgan to consider a lineup change for Monday's match versus Scotland.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali eked out 20 off 15 during Friday's pummeling at the hands of New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Ali was the sole English batsmen to find success against Tim Southee, striking three of the four boundaries, all fours, conceded by the swing bowler. However, Ali proceeded to be the second of Southee's seven victims, whiffing on a ball that swung in and hit the off stump. As one of England's openers, Ali has accrued a 21.29 average and 86.13 strike rate in seven ODIs this year. Prior to allowing 60 runs in nine wicket-less overs in the World Cup opener, though, he took a wicket in all five matches of January's Tri-Series against Australia and India, recording a 28.57 average and superb 4.17 economy rate.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood has been swapped for Pat Cummins in Australia's XI for Saturday's match versus Bangladesh, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood faltered in the Cup opener against England, allowing 45 off only 6.5 overs without taking a wicket. Exchanging one young pace bowler for another is likely an experiment to see who can be trusted in the latter stages of the tournament, but Hazlewood will nonetheless take a seat in Australia's second game.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell crushed three fours and one six on his way to 27 off 13 during the West Indies' World Cup opener Monday against Ireland. Moreover, he conceded 33 off six wicket-free overs.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell was part of a lower half that produced the second-most runs (218) in ODI history, but the trio of Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, and Russell couldn't make up for the top of the order, as Ireland was able to chase down the Windies' final tally of 304. Prior to the Cup, Russell experienced similar success, including a 30.75 average and 143.02 strike rate in five ODIs versus South Africa. While he also took seven wickets during that series, his 43 overs bowled went for an expensive 6.72 economy rate.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali opened the batting Saturday at the MCG in the ICC World Cup match against Australia. He made 10 runs off 13 balls, and bowled nine overs for 60 without getting a wicket.

Fantasy Analysis

Ali didn't have a great day lasting just 4.4 overs before hitting a simple catch to George Bailey at mid on. It was a soft dismissal and set the tone for the rest of the top order. His bowling was pedestrian at best, never really threatening any of the batsmen. Even with his poor showing, Ali is a key member of the England team, with his role as an opening batsman, and his finger spinners, difficult to replace, almost guaranteeing his spot in the side for the remainder of the World Cup. He will want to get some runs on the board soon though, as he has yet to notch a half-century in the six ODIs he's played in Australia in 2015.
Steven Finn    (Finny)    Bowler    Middlesex Panthers
Finn gathered a five-wicket haul during England's dismal World Cup opener Saturday against Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

Situated at a nondescript two for 71 through 9.3 overs, Finn's fortunes soon changed in the final three balls of the game. In three consecutive deliveries, he induced two catches on the boundaries and another to mid-off, taking down Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell, and Mitchell Johnson for the hat trick and the second ODI five-for of his career. After taking 11 wickets in last month's Tri-Series, he now boasts a tidy 19.13 average and 21.19 strike rate in ODIs this year, despite leaking runs on occasion to the tune of a 5.46 economy.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood was expensive in Australia's first match of the World Cup against England on Saturday, conceding 45 runs off just 6.5 overs.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood was given the new ball but failed to capitalize on it, finishing with an economy rate of 6.58 and failing to take a wicket. Since returning to the Australian ODI squad in November against South Africa, he has taken 11 wickets in seven matches at an average of 24.27, placing him amongst some of the best bowlers in the world.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum clobbered the boundaries en route to 65 off 49 during New Zealand's World Cup opener Saturday against Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

The opening partnership of McCullum and Martin Guptill proved pesky, to say the least, sustaining a run rate over 7.00 for much of their time together. McCullum himself totaled 10 fours and one six, including 22 runs off the inimitable but on-the-mend Lasith Malinga in the eighth over. Finally, McCullum's time in the crease came to a halt when he couldn't place a full bat behind a Rangana Herath bowl in the 15th, yet the catch was taken long off just inches from the rope, exhibiting the Kiwi's focus on the day. Entering the match with a 120.68 strike rate in 2015, McCullum certainly upheld his standard.
Gary Ballance    (Gazza)    Batsman    England
Ballance will bat third during England's World Cup opener Saturday against Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

Despite having just 12 ODIs under his belt, the batsman and his career 70.16 strike rate will enter in place of Ravi Bopara. Although Ballance hasn't made an official international appearance since Sept. 2, he contributed 57 off 81 in Wednesday's warmup against Pakistan.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum blasted seven fours and one six on his way to 59 off just 45 in New Zealand's 134-run victory against South Africa in their final warm-up game Wednesday

Fantasy Analysis

McCullum once again scored at a brisk rate, helping set up an imposing total for South Africa to chase. So far in 2015, he has averaged 35.00 with a strike rate of 120.68, slotting him against the elite top order batsmen heading into this World Cup. McCullum will be looking to set alight the tournament Saturday in a similar fashion to how he opened the first ever match of the IPL with 158 off 73.
Josh Hazlewood    Bowler    Australia
Hazlewood took two for 13 from his 6.1 overs, including the prize wicket of Ian Bell, in the final of the Tri-Series against England on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Hazlewood can both open the bowling and bowl at the death, where a good economy rate is paramount. The New South Welshman is a young bowler on the rise, and while he isn't a premier batsman, he can contribute valuable runs, and lower in the order if needed. A surprise selection this summer, he's earned his place on Australia's World Cup squad, with 12 wickets taken and a 4.61 economy rate in eight career ODIs.
Faf du Plessis    All Rounder    South Africa
du Plessis failed with the bat in Wednesday's World Cup warmup against hosts New Zealand on Wednesday, scoring just eight runs off 15 balls, coming in at No. 3. He also bowled three unsuccessful overs, ending with figures of 0/21.

Fantasy Analysis

Although considered an all-rounder in some circles, today's outing marks the first time du Plessis has bowled in an international game since January 2013. His batting, though, is something that will need to improve, as he struggled at home against the West Indies in January, averaging just 23.66 with a strike rate of 61.20. His top score through the five games was an unbeaten 51 at East London, and the Proteas will want him to get closer to his career ODI average, which sits at a healthy 33.84 with a career strikerate of 84.35.
Brendon McCullum    Batsman    Trinbago Knight Riders
McCullum took 39 off 30 during Saturday's Champions League clinching victory against the Knight Riders.

Fantasy Analysis

Playing it safe, McCullum recognized Suresh Raina's hot bat (in the end, a ridiculous 109 off 62) and joined forces with his teammate to tally 118 in 12.2 overs, before exiting in the 14th over on a deep fly. Chennai's pursuit of Kolkata's 181 runs was eventually a success, but the task could have been more disconcerting without McCullum's two catches from long-off during the Knight Riders' innings. Included in his defensive heroics was a low sliding grab to put away Gautam Gambhir, who paced KKR with 80 off 52. Fielding aside, he represented a steady body in the crease during the series, recording three instances of 20-plus runs en route to a 132.29 strike rate in five matches.

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Game-Time Decision

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