Jayasuriya denies smuggling accusation, four wickets in four balls and more - Cricket News Today, 22nd November 2018

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After the end of the highly unpredictable India-Windies T20I series, India started their much-anticipated tour of Australia with a loss in the first T20I game. For fans, however, be it a match day or even a non-match day, there are loads to catch up on the cricketing front with updates from around the world.

Here are some of the headlines from the world of cricket:

Sanath Jayasuriya denies smuggling accusations

Sanath Jayasuriya

Former Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya, who, according to several reports in the media, was accused of smuggling, has denied the allegations.

The 1996 World Cup winner was accused of smuggling 'rotten betel nuts' to India. Reports suggested that Jayasuriya had been interrogated by the Director of Revenue Intelligence along with two other cricketers with regards to smuggling of betel nuts worth several crores.

"This is absolutely false and I have never been involved in any business activity dealing with Betel Nut. I completely deny the contents of the article and my lawyers have already responded to this defamatory and false article. - Sanath Jayasuriya said in a statement on Twitter.

T10 league witnesses four wickets in four balls

Aamer Yamin

The T10 league, despite the criticism from purists, has seen some high-octane action in the first few days of its second season. A day after Mohammad Shahzad's pyrotechnics saw his side chase down 96 runs in four overs, two exemplary bowling performances lit the league in Sharjah.

Pakistan pacer Aamer Yamin took four wickets in four balls during Bengal Tigers' 36-run win over Northern Warriors. He ended with figures of 2-1-4-4, taking the wickets of Lendl Simmons, Rovman Powell, Ravi Bopara and Hardus Viljoen.

47-year-old Tambe snares hat-trick

Pravin Tambe

Returning to cricket after 19 months, veteran leg-spinner Pravin Tambe picked up a sensational hat-trick during the second season of the T10 league in the UAE. Having previously played for Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions in the IPL, Tambe is one of the eight Indians who are part of the unique league that is played with 10-overs-a-side.

Representing the Sindhis, Tambe took a hat-trick and ended with figures of 5-15 from his two overs. After the first over, his figures read 1-0-6-4.

Tambe became the third bowler in the history of T10 (after Shahid Afridi and Aamer Yamin) to take a hat-trick.

Uncapped batsman for India Tests

Marcus Harris

Victoria opening batsman Marcus Harris found a spot in the Test squad for the first two games of the upcoming series against India. The 26-year-old has played 67 first-class matches and scored over 4000 runs.

"Marcus Harris has forced his way into the squad after an impressive start to the Sheffield Shield campaign for Victoria, and in recent times has performed in high-pressure matches, including Sheffield Shield finals. Not only has he made plenty of runs, but he's also displayed the mental application we believe is required to compete at Test cricket", National Selector Trevor Horns said, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo

Australia squad:

Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Chris Tremain, Peter Siddle, Peter Handscomb