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Mohammed Shami    Bowler    India
Shami will be on India's squad for the first of three Test matches against England starting August 1, the India Times reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Shami missed most of the IPL season and failed a fitness test to play for India against Afghanistan in June. It sounds like he's back to full speed, but he may be rusty in his first outing.
Pat Cummins    (Cummo)    Bowler    Australia
Cummins (back) now questions whether he'll be able to return to full speed ahead of Australia's tour of the UAE to face Pakistan in October. "There's no guarantees with injury, especially a stress fracture," he told cricket.com.au. "It's something you have to be really, really careful with."

Fantasy Analysis

Cummins said a few weeks ago he hoped to begin bowling again in July, but it sounds like that may have been an optimistic projection. His return from a back injury may not happen until later in the fall or early next year.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar    Bowler    India
Kumar was not named to India's squad for the first of three Tests in England after he aggravated his lower-back stiffness while playing in the ODI series against England, ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

He hasn't be ruled out for the series, but he looks doubtful to play at any point in the next few weeks.
MS Dhoni    (Mahi)    Wicketkeeper    India
Dhoni scored 42 off 66 balls with the help of four fours for India in an eight-wicket defeat against England in the third ODI of three-match series in Leeds on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Dhoni had a disappointing outing for the visitors. The wicketkeeper-batsman came out to bat in the 25th over, but never get going and played a labored knock of 42 for Team India. Scoring at a strike-rate of 63.63 is unlike Dhoni's character, and the team management will be bitterly disappointed in the former captain's performance in the series decider.
Suresh Raina    (Sanu)    Batsman    India
Raina scored one off four balls for India in an eight-wicket defeat against England in the third ODI of three-match series in Leeds on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Raina had a poor day with the bat for Team India. The left-handed batsman failed to contribute significantly for the team and departed after scoring just one. Playing for the team in the 50-over format after a gap of nearly three years, Raina will be bitterly disappointed with just 47 runs in two innings and it will be interesting to see if the selectors will give him another chance in the near future.
Suresh Raina    (Sanu)    Batsman    India
Raina scored one off four balls for India in an eight-wicket defeat against England in the third ODI of three-match series in Leeds on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Raina had a poor day with the bat for Team India. The left-handed batsman failed to contribute significantly for the team and departed after scoring just one. Playing for the team in the 50-over format after a gap of nearly three years, Raina will be bitterly disappointed with just 47 runs in two innings and it will be interesting to see if the selectors will give him another chance in the near future.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli top-scored for his side with 71 off 72 including eight boundaries in Tuesday's ODI defeat to England.

Fantasy Analysis

Kohli was well on his way to one of his signature innings and had his sights set on his 36th ODI century, which would have extended his record over active players and brought him one closer to his country-mate Sachin Tendulkar. However, one of the best balls Adil Rashid has bowled in his career undid all of India's progress on the first ball of the 31st over and ended up leading them to post just 256 and restricted Kohli to his 48th half-century, improving his average to 58.20 in the process.
Shakib Al Hasan    All Rounder    Bangladesh
Al Hasan toppled six for 33 off 17 overs including five maidens with the ball and top-scored with 54 off 81 including 10 boundaries with the bat in Bangladesh's second Test defeat to the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

While Bangladesh's first innings capitulation put them well behind the eight ball, Al Hasan acquitted himself well in both innings, but tried to salvage the match by himself in the second innings. With the ball, he took his 18th fifer in 89 innings and his fifth time taking six wickets or more while also recording his 23rd half-century with the bat to improve his average to 39.69.
Kagiso Rabada    Bowler    South Africa
Rabada took four fofr 50 off 14 overs including one maiden in the first innings of South Africa's first Test defeat to Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

Rabada was sidelined for three months with a back injury coming out of the home Australia series and got 11 warm-up overs in during the tour match prior to the start of this series. However, he looked back to his normal, incisive self as he ran through Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva in Sri Lanka's middle order in the span of three balls en route to his sixth-career four-for and finished the match with seven wickets to bring him on 150 wickets in 31 Tests.
Virat Kohli    Batsman    India
Kohli scored 75 off 82 balls with the help of eight fours for India in an eight-wicket win against England in the first ODI of the three-match series in Nottingham on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Kohli had a good day with the bat for the winning side. The right-handed batsman looked in control and supported high-flying Rohit Sharma with a compose half-century, which was his 47th in the 50-over format. It was the seventh time in last 10 innings in the ODIs when Kohli scored 50 or more for his team.
Moeen Ali    (Moe)    All Rounder    England
Ali claimed figures of one for 60 for England in an eight-wicket defeat against India in the first ODI of the three-match series in Nottingham on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ali had a disappointing day with the ball for the home side. Even though the right-arm off-spinner did manage to claim wicket of Shikhar Dhawan, but finished with an economy-rate of 7.34. While doing so, Ali also bowled 18 dot balls, second-most in the innings behind leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hale will be sidelined three to four weeks due to a side strain, ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Dawid Malan will continue to replace Hales in the remainder of the ODI series against India that continues Saturday. Hales injury was initially reported as a shoulder injury.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hale was ruled out for England in Thursday's ODI against India due to a side injury, Reuters reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Dawid Malan will replace him in the squad. It's not clear how long Hales will be out.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar    Bowler    India
Kumar (back) is expected to return for India's three-match ODI series against England that begins Thursday, CNN-News18 reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Kumar may be a late fitness test, so check to make sure he's included in India's squad for the series.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes scored 14 off 10 including two boundaries with the bat and took none for 11 off two overs with the ball in Sunday's T20I defeat to India.

Fantasy Analysis

After not bowling and running a bit gingerly in his tune-up with Durham, Stokes looked himself again when back with the England squad. However, just as he started picking up steam, he mistimed his swing and was caught at mid-off on 14 as he's yet to score more than 38 runs in 19 T20I innings despite his pedigree as a dangerous limited-overs batsman. With the ball, he was far-and-away the most economical, conceding at just 5.50 an over and conceded just one boundary, but with the ask rate creeping down and his hamstring concerns still in the back of his mind, he was only used for two of his overs.
Ben Stokes    Batsman    England
Stokes scored 14 off 10 including two boundaries with the bat and took none for 11 off two overs with the ball in Sunday's T20I defeat to India.

Fantasy Analysis

After not bowling and running a bit gingerly in his tune-up with Durham, Stokes looked himself again when back with the England squad. However, just as he started picking up steam, he mistimed his swing and was caught at mid-off on 14 as he's yet to score more than 38 runs in 19 T20I innings despite his pedigree as a dangerous limited-overs batsman. With the ball, he was far-and-away the most economical, conceding at just 5.50 an over and conceded just one boundary, but with the ask rate creeping down and his hamstring concerns still in the back of his mind, he was only used for two of his overs.
Pat Cummins    (Cummo)    Bowler    Australia
Cummins (back) hopes to start bowling by the end of July, ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Cummins says he hopes to return to full speed ahead of Australia's tour of the UAE to face Pakistan in October.
Aaron Finch    (Finchy)    Batsman    Australia
Finch raced to 47 off 27 including two boundaries and three maximums in Sunday's Zimbabwe Twenty20 Tri-Series final defeat to Pakistan.

Fantasy Analysis

Finch was in absolutely electrifying form this series, beyond setting a T20I record 172 against Zimbabwe earlier this tournament, he opened with an unbeaten half-century in a cakewalk chase against Pakistan and blistered his way to 47 in the final before being caught at cover. Finch finished the series with 306 runs at a strike rate of 201.31 and could be in line for an expanded role with the ODI side thanks to his white ball performances of late.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar    Bowler    India
Kumar will miss the third T20I against England at Bristol on Sunday due to a sore back, India Today reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Siddarth Kaul replaced Kumar on India's squad. It's not clear when Kumar will be able to return.
Alex Hales    Batsman    England
Hales scored 58 not out off 41 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes for England in a five-wicket win against India in the second T20I of the three-match series in Cardiff on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Hales produced an outstanding innings and took his team over the line. The right-handed batsman looked in sublime form in tough circumstances and scored his eighth half-century in T20Is. It was also Hales highest score in 20-over format in the last 23 innings.