The Brisbane Broncos have taken to their playing list with ruthless abandon as they axe almost a third of the squad from this season.

After a dismal finish to the season which saw them miss out on the NRL finals by finishing ninth on the ladder, the Broncos axed 11 players.

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Jake Turpin, Ryan James, Albert Kelly, Brenko Lee, Tyson Gamble, Rhys Kennedy, Zac Hosking, Tyrone Roberts, Te Maire Martin and David Mead have departed the Broncos while Jamayne Isaako was released mid-year.

Coach Kevin Walters is entering his third season in charge and remains on the hot seat as the club attempt to break their premiership drought.

“It’s been another year where we’ve had to let go of some players and others are moving on for different reasons,” Walters said to the Courier Mail.

“I wish all those guys all the best in their future careers. They’ve been great servants at the Broncos.

“We’ve identified where we need to improve. I love working with these guys. They’re a great group of young fellas and a couple of older ones that joined us this year.

“We are on the right path and trajectory. I know where we need to go and how to get there. I’ve got great support around the club to make it happen.

“It wasn’t the best of finishes for us, but we surprised a lot of people with the football we played. It’s now about getting that consistency with our footy in years to come.”

Isaako and Lee are set to join the NRL’s new franchise, the Dolphins. Martin is joining the New Zealand Warriors.

Three players have yet to announce their playing futures with Turpin, Kelly and Roberts. Veterans Mead and James announced their retirements from the game.

Hosking is joining the Grand Final bound Panthers with Gamble set to join the Knights. Kennedy is leaving the NRL after signing a deal to join Hull FC in the Super League.

The stunning list axe leaves the Broncos with plenty of spots to fill ahead of the 2023 season with the club linked to multiple players.

Broncos fans were left up in arms after the club lost five of their past six games and eventually missed the finals race.

Walters however, despite the capitulation, is confident the club can turn it around and get back into finals contention next season.

“We are all disappointed with how the season ended, but we have done our review and identified where we need to be better,” he said.

“It was a disappointing finish, I won’t hide behind that, but the review part has been one of identifying why that happened and how that happened and two making sure it doesn’t happen next year.

“The contents of the review we will keep in-house with the staff and players. Blind Freddy can see some of the areas that need to be better, but too much information gets leaked out of our place so we will share the information with the staff and players when they come back.

“The goal next year is not just finals, I want a premiership next year. There will only be one winner this year and all the other 15 clubs will do their reviews and come back next year wanting to have a crack at winning it.

“The finals is a good stepping stone, but we have to work towards winning a premiership.”

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Cameron Green could be inching closer to a last-minute World Cup call-up after retaining his place in the Australian T20 squad for upcoming games against the West Indies.

David Warner, who Green replaced as opener in three recent matches in India, and injured trio Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Starc all return for the two matches in Queensland next week.

Selectors have named a 16-man squad, including Green, after he pounded two half-centuries with the bat in the three matches against India when asked to open with captain Aaron Finch.

While the boom all-rounder is not yet in Australia’s 15-man squad for the World Cup, which begins in November, he has made a strong case for inclusion should selectors look to make any replacements.

Warner was rested from the series against India before a bumper workload, while Marsh (ankle), Stoinis (side) and Starc (knee) return having missed the three matches with injuries.

“We have and are taking a cautious approach with the World Cup on the near horizon,” selection chief George Bailey said.

“To have four key players return gives us the ability to take a conservative path with any minor issues and resolve those well in time for the World Cup.”

Bailey also said he expected bowling duo Kane Richardson and Ashton Agar, who flew back early from India having picked up minor injuries and who are in the World Cup squad, would return for the following three-match series against England.

Green stands ready to replace any injured players, however, having blasted the fastest T20 half-century against India in the third and final match in Hyderabad last weekend, whacking 52 off just 21 balls opening the batting in Warner’s absence.

The innings came after Green made 61 in the opening match, just his second T20 for Australia.

Australian coach Andrew McDonald said Green stood up as needed and he knew where to turn should he need World Cup reinforcements.

“I think he’s certainly embracing the challenge of opening. We asked him to show intent at the top of the order and everything we have seen suggests he’s doing that,” he said.

“It’s fortuitous (with Warner absent) but he’s taken that opportunity and that’s all you can do.

“He’s taken on some of the best bowlers in world cricket. To do it two out of three times is very impressive and bodes well.

“If anything were to happen with someone in the (World Cup squad) 15, I think it’s obvious that we‘ve got some good depth there.”

Australian T20 squad to face West Indies:

Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

T20 Series:

October 5: Australia v West Indies, Metricon Stadium

October 7: Australia v West Indies, The Gabba

Supercars star James Courtney and partner Tegan Woodford have eloped in secret, the pair revealed on Instagram.

The Tickford Racing driver says he said ‘I do’ earlier this month just over four weeks before the couple are expecting the arrival of their first child together.

Courtney already has two children with his first wife, Carys.

The 42-year-old shared a post alongside his partner’s Instagram page, writing: “Mr and Mrs Courtney. 6/9/22.

“Looking forward to celebrating and doing it all again in the future with our family and friends.”

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Woodford, 33, updated her name on her Instagram account to “Tegan Courtney” earlier this month in the first sign something was up.

A beautiful photo of the couple celebrating their special day even caught friends by surprise.

They were married at the Brisbane Registry on September 6.

It is going to be one of the craziest periods in Courtney’s life ahead of the Bathurst 1000 on October 9 and the due date of their baby on October 21, according to The Herald Sun. The Gold Coast 500 is also scheduled for October 30.

Courtney told News Corp. it is going to be a “massive month”.

“We kept it quiet for a while then it started being not so quiet so I thought we better say something. It was just us two, the kids, Zara and Cadel, my parents and Tegan’s mum.

“You need to have witnesses there so we figured our mums would be the witnesses and we wanted the kids there because they are a big part of everything.

“It was an exciting day, we had a great time. Life’s good at the moment. Life’s great.”

“We’ve got married, Bathurst and then the little guy (arriving). So, it’s going to be a little busy period but it’s awesome, but we couldn’t be happier.”

The pair have been engaged since January, less than a year after the pair went public

In August last year, Courtney apologised after he uploaded a photo of himself baking in the kitchen while Woodford sat on a stool facing the camera wearing a black lace negligee.

In late 2020 it was revealed the Supercars veteran had split with Kyly Boldy, the ex-wife of former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke.

Maryna Moroz has become the first ever UFC fighter to feature on Playboy.

The Sun reports Moroz, 31, has officially taken her modelling career to the next level by posing for some stunning pics for the legendary men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine.

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The MMA star made history as she took several sexy snaps with a revealing bathing suit and a G-string for the publication.

Moroz tweeted: “Happy to announce that I’ll be the first UFC Fighter on Playboy Centerfold!

“Can’t wait to partner up with such an iconic brand with clothing, activations, and now the platform that has all my exclusive content.”

The announcement led to a raft of positive messages from supporters congratulating her on the milestone.

One fan commented: “Congrats beautiful.”

Another said: “Gorgeous. Super cool, well done.”

Moroz still remains highly focused on her mixed martial arts career.

The Ukrainian fighter made her UFC debut in 2015 when she defeated Joanne Calderwood via submission.

The 31-year-old is currently enjoying a three-match winning streak following victories over Sabina Mazo, Mayra Bueno Silva and Mariya Agapova.

Moroz currently holds an impressive record of 11 wins and three losses in 14 fights across all promotions.

The Iron Lady is set to return to the octagon on November 19 at UFC Vegas 64 to take on Jennifer Maia.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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Should the AFL implement a longer contract for first-year draftees?

Is this a big issue for player retention?

GWS list manager Jason McCartney believes so, as the Giants are preparing to lose some of their talent in the upcoming 2022 AFL Trade Period.

But let’s take a look at it.

When youngsters get drafted into the AFL via the NAB AFL Draft, clubs are bound by a minimum contract of two years, which isn’t long enough according to McCartney.

According to the AFLPA CBA article 22.3 ‘First Year Player’ it states that:

“When a first year Player is first drafted by an AFL Club, that Player and the AFL Club shall enter into a Standard Playing Contract for a minimum term of two years…”

Giant Tanner Bruhn’s trade request to Geelong after two seasons is ‘disappointing’ for McCartney, as he believes GWS wasn’t afforded enough required time, according to SEN.

“Two years, that is really disappointing. No doubt there has been conversations had for a while and the AFLPA is involved, but our conversations with the AFLPA are around that fact,” McCartney said.

“Those first-year draftees, the two-year standard contract needs to be longer, that’s for sure.”

The Giants, alongside fellow expansion club Gold Coast, have been subject to player exodus’ since their inception, with rival clubs swooping on vulnerable players early in their careers.

McCartney believes the early period in a player’s career is now when clubs are forced to offer big money and long contracts to retain talent, to ensure they stay on the list.

“What we’re getting also is there’s an explosion in player salaries third year when they become open market. You look at ourselves and Gold Coast … what happens is you do have to pay a premium in that third year to retain the player,” McCartney said.

“That’s fine when the player is performing and you’re paying for production, but players develop at different rates.

“The challenge is you’re in a position where you’re having to pay top dollar just to retain the players. Ultimately that puts pressure on your salary cap as well.”

The array of top-end talent and high draft picks has contributed to the social darwinism that lives within the expansion clubs, a theme the 16 other clubs rarely have.

This refers to the inability to fit 30-or-so first round draft picks or highly talented players into a side of 23, meaning some players would miss out and potentially seek other opportunities because of it.

Although it does occur around the nation, the Giants are hit particularly hard in this aspect.

What does history tell us?

Looking back since the beginning of 2012 (GWS’ first year), there have been 16 players who left the Giants after their initial two-year contract, headed by Collingwood’s Taylor Adams and St Kilda’s Jack Steele.

Other players who have forged impressive careers since leaving the Giants are Carlton trio Matthew Kennedy, Will Setterfield and Caleb Marchbank.

Essendon’s Jye Caldwell quickly returned to Victoria after his two-year stint while Jackson Hately went back home to Adelaide.

Bruhn is more than likely to be added to the list, with the Giants conceding the fact they cannot hold onto him, unless succumb to paying overs.

Despite GWS not wanting to retain all 16 players who left after their initial contract, there is still reasoning behind extending the minimum years.

The Suns were only subject to three players leaving after the minimum term, that being Josh Caddy, Jarrod Garlett and Jack Scrimshaw but have struggled to retain key players as the club has yet to make the finals.

Club Player Name Year Rival Club
Gold Coast Josh Caddy 2011-2012 Geelong
Gold Coast Jarrod Garlett 2015-2016 Carlton
Gold Coast Jack Scrimshaw 2017-2018 Hawthorn
GWS Dom Tyson 2012-2013 Melbourne
GWS  Shaun Edwards 2012-2013 Essendon
GWS Anthony Miles 2012-2013 Richmond
GWS Taylor Adams 2012-2013 Collingwood
GWS Josh Bruce 2012-2013 St Kilda
GWS Sam Darley 2012-2013 Western Bulldogs
GWS Kurt Aylett 2012-2013 Essendon
GWS Jonathan O’Rourke 2013-2014 Hawthorn
GWS Kristian Jaksch 2013-2014 Carlton
GWS Caleb Marchbank 2015-2016 Carlton
GWS Jack Steele 2015-2016 St Kilda
GWS  Matthew Kennedy 2016-2017 Carlton
GWS Will Setterfield 2017-2018 Carlton
GWS Aiden Bonar 2018-2019 North Melbourne
GWS Jackson Hately 2019-2020 Adelaide
GWS Jye Caldwell 2019-2020 Essendon
GWS Tanner Bruhn??? 2021-2022 Geelong??

It may be the night of nights for the NRL stars to battle it out for the league’s highest individual honour, but it’s the partners who steal the show.

The NRL and NRLW’s biggest names are used to being stopped and pointed out when walking down the street, on the red carpet they’re effectively ghosts.

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As the superstars of the game enter Randwick Racecourse for the Dally M Awards, they play second fiddle to their partners on the red carpet.

The awards night is set to get underway from 7:30pm (AEST) with a host of awards set to be dished out, but before the coverage kicks off all eyes were on the red carpet.

Here’s some of the best from the red carpet. View the entire gallery at the bottom of the story.

Dally M Leaderboard

Votes after Round 12

19 – Ben Hunt

17 – Isaah Yeo

16 – Nicho Hynes

15 – Ryan Papenhuyzen

15 – Mitchell Moses

14 – James Tedesco

13 – Daly Cherry-Evans

13 – Dylan Edwards

12 – Cameron Munster

11 – Adam Reynolds

Sydney’s season finished on the last Saturday of September, but were forced to watch Geelong run riot in the grand final, losing by 81-points.

Despite the thrashing from the Cats, the Swans 2022 campaign has been impressive, culminating with an opportunity on the biggest stage.

Bowing out in surprising fashion to cross-town rivals in the elimination final last year, Sydney came back with a purpose and their first two weeks reflected that.

The Giants were unable to match the Swans in the opening round, while Geelong had no answers at the SCG in round two, with Lance Franklin etching his name into immortality, kicking his 1000th goal.

After an impressive fortnight, Sydney was downed by the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium by 11 points the following week.

The Swans were back on the winner’s list in round four and five, knocking off North Melbourne and West Coast with relative ease.

Being tested by Hawthorn at Tasmania which saw a 32-point deficit in the first quarter, co-captain Callum Mills helped lead the club to a 41-point victory in a famous win.

However, the next month of football resulted in only one win (against Essendon) as losses to Brisbane and Gold Coast at home set the Swans on the back foot.

Facing Carlton at the Docklands, Sydney were no match for Charlie Curnow, who kicked six goals and led his side to victory.

At round 10, the Swans were hanging on to 7th spot and faced Richmond and Melbourne before the bye.

The Tigers matchup at the SCG was entertaining, with drama ensuing after the siren.

Sydney thought they locked away their seventh win of the year, but were forced to wait until a controversial umpire’s decision was resolved.

Richmond were awarded a free-kick just before the final siren around 70 metres from goal, to which youngster Chad Warner – unknowingly – kicked the ball into the stands and potentially costing his side a 50 metre penalty and shot at goal.

The final ruling was no punishment to Warner’s actions and a sigh of relief covered the SCG.

Melbourne was the next task, who just lost their first game of the season against Fremantle in round 11.

Trailing by 26 points, the ‘Bloods’ were valiant in their performance, overcoming the reigning premiers and providing a blueprint on how the Demons can be beaten.

Sitting sixth at the mid-season break, the Swans had the perfect springboard to launch their attack on the 2022 season.

However, the week off did the club no favours as they fell to Port Adelaide and the Bombers in the following rounds, while knocking off St Kilda in between.

The loss to Essendon sparked a tremendous winning streak that led all the way to the grand final.

Notable wins were against Fremantle at Optus Stadium and Collingwood in round 22, rushing to seven consecutive wins on the eve of the finals.

Sydney missed out on a home qualifying final by 2.6 per cent and faced Melbourne at the MCG.

Living in a confident space to get the job done, the game played out very similarly to the round 12 encounter.

The Demons jumped out of the gate and held a two-goal lead in the third quarter that was quickly diminished at the final change.

The pressure of the Swans was a focal point and proved to be too hard for Melbourne to deal with, booking themselves a home preliminary final at the SCG.

Enjoying a week off, Sydney had to wait to see who their opponent was, with Collingwood and Fremantle to do battle.

The former continued their fairytale and joined the Swans at the SCG for a highly anticipated clash, with a spot in the grand final up for grabs.

John Longmire’s men were on from the start, kicking 11 goals to seven in the first half.

The trend continued early in the third term as Sydney held a 23-point margin heading into the final change.

Knowing the Pies will keep coming, Longmire issued Mills to play a more defensive role from the midfield to curb any slingshot attack from the black-and-white.

Collingwood piled on four goals to one in the final term to draw the margin back to three points with two minutes to go.

A Tom Papley goal – filled with controversy – bucked the Pies momentum but not for long.

Sydney managed to hold on in heart-wrenching fashion by one solitary point, booking themselves a spot on the last Saturday of September against Geelong.

Returning to the MCG for the first time since 2019, grand final day was humming, as Melbourne put on a perfect day as the sun was shining.

Losing their last two grand finals (2014, 2016), the Swans were out to redeem their bad fortune on the ‘big dance’.

However, the Cats had other plans.

Despite the first goal coming nine minutes in the first term, Geelong put on a clinic, slotting six majors to one, opening a 35-point lead.

Although Sydney was able to curb the onslaught, the margin still held to six goals at the main change.

Unfortunately for Swans fans there wasn’t much they could do and the result was well beyond doubt once the Cats put the sword to their necks.

Geelong ran out eventual winners by 81 points and claimed their 10th premiership.

Across the ground, there wasn’t many players who could hold their head high, led by Franklin’s five touches and no goals.

Robbie Fox and Warner were clearly Sydney’s best but to no avail.

The grand final loss was extraordinary but has offered hope for the future.

Longmire’s list played well above their age, ranking seventh in age and experience with plenty of young talent holding the club in good stead going forward.

The Hope

Chad Warner

In his third season at the club, Chad Warner has announced himself as a star of the Swans.

Only 21-years-old, Warner was a pivotal member of the Sydney midfield, with his burst and dare key assets of his game.

The youngster famously kicked the ball to Franklin for his 1000th goal and was one of many special things he did throughout 2022.

Averaged 23 touches and four clearances, Longmire has a handy midfielder who can hit the scoreboard at will.

Warner polled 12 votes this year and was Sydney’s best in the losing grand final.

McCartin brothers

On the eve of the season, former number one pick and Saint Paddy McCartin was signed by Sydney in a stunning return from multiple bouts of concussion.

Playing in the VFL for Sydney, Paddy joined his younger brother, Tom (22), in the senior side as a fairytale was on the cards.

The 26-year-old played 24 out of a possible 25 in defence for Longmire alongside his brother and was one of the stories of the year.

The McCartin brothers have proven to be one of the premier defensive duos and will be for a long time coming.

Extending their time at the Swans, the pair re-signed just prior to the finals as a boost for Sydney’s future.

The Hurt

Franklin links to Brisbane

Although having re-signed with Sydney for one more year, Franklin was reported to be considering a move to Queensland, to be closer to friends and family.

Brisbane were the potential suitors for the 35-year-old but lost out to the Swans.

Franklin considered retiring and his finals performances indicated that the game may have started to go past him as he was well beaten by Steven May and Jack Henry.

The Clanger

Grand Final loss

Not much needs to be said about the grand final.

An 81-point loss equalled the fifth-biggest margin and was tough to watch for Sydney fans, according to Roar.

In a near perfect season, they just couldn’t put the cherry on top.

The match was reminiscent of Richmond’s triumph in 2019 as well as Melbourne’s in 2021.

What do Sydney need?

A key forward.

Players linked to the club

Sydney had initial interest in Dustin Martin, with reports suggesting the Brownlow Medalist was keen to get out of the Melbourne fishbowl. However, since then, Martin has committed to Richmond.

Griffin Logue was also floated as a potential option for the Swans.

Out-of-contract players

Player Name Status
James Bell Out-of-contract
Ryan Clarke Out-of-contract
Harry Cunningham Unrestricted Free Agent
Will Gould Out-of-contract
Jake Lloyd Unrestricted Free Agent
Sam Naismith Unrestricted Free Agent
Barry O’Connor Out-of-contract
Sam Reid Unrestricted Free Agent
Ben Ronke Out-of-contract
Lewis Taylor Unrestricted Free Agent

Retirees and Delistings

Player Name Status
Josh Kennedy Retired
Callum Sinclair Retired
Colin O’Riordan Retired

Floyd Mayweather has confirmed he is down the road in talks fight Conor McGregor again.

The American legend officially hung up his gloves in 2017 after beating McGregor in ten rounds in Las Vegas, The Sun reports.

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Since then, Mayweather has had three exhibition bouts, not officially sanctioned or affecting his historic 50-0 record.

SunSport first revealed talks for a blockbuster rematch with McGregor and how the rivals were negotiating the terms of a deal.

The amount of rounds and whether the fight would be an exhibition or not were among the sticking points in the potentially billion dollar deal.

And in an interview with the Daily Mail, Mayweather confirmed ongoing discussions with McGregor for a sequel next year.

He said: “I want to go out there this weekend and have fun.

“Then I have another exhibition Dubai in November and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.

“We don’t know if it’s going to be an exhibition of a real fight. But there’s been talks of both. I would prefer an exhibition.”

Mayweather, 45, returns over the weekend in Japan against MMA star Mikuru Asakura, 30, in a three-round exhibition.

And then in just two months time he heads back to the Middle East amid talks to face YouTubr Deji, 25, brother to KSI, 29.

Mayweather aimed a dig at McGregor, 34, and the Irishman’s punch power when explaining he decision to box in exhibitions.

He said: “I am not into fights where I am going to take any real punishment.

“So, guys like Conor McGregor and guys that don’t really hit hard such as YouTubers or UFC guys, I don’t really mind colliding with those kinds of individuals but nothing where I am going to put myself in a position where I am going to harm myself or hurt myself.”

Mayweather first returned in December 2018, beating featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 24, in one round.

He then faced YouTuber Logan Paul, 27, in June 2021 and was surprisingly taken the distance.

Mayweather’s most recent bout came against ex-sparring partner Don Moore, which he dominated over eight rounds.

Talk of a rematch with McGregor has persisted ever since the pair sold 4.3 million pay-per-views and generated over $A850m.

Although the Dubliner is yet to box again, despite failed talks with Manny Pacquiao, 43, in early 2021.

McGregor was allowed by the UFC to go out of his contract to face Mayweather.

The MMA organisation received a cut of the earnings and would need to grant the same permission again.

But UFC president Dana White recently spoke out against the rematch, seemingly making his stance clear.

White told GQ: “McGregor-Mayweather 2 is not supposed to happen. Should not happen. Hopefully won’t happen.”

McGregor has two fights left on his current UFC contract, meaning he would be free to fight Mayweather once his deal is up.

Although it remains to be seen whether a loophole could be explored that would allow the ex-UFC champion to box in an exhibition.

McGregor has not fought since July 2021, when he broke his leg in a trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier.

He is set to return next year but is currently filming a Roadhouse reboot alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, 41.

This story first appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.

Australia captain Meg Lanning’s return to cricket remains up in the air after confirmation she will miss the upcoming WBBL with the Melbourne Stars as she continues her indefinite break from the game.

Lanning stepped away following Australia’s Commonwealth Games gold-medal success in Birmingham and it’s still unclear when, or if, she will return.

“The club respects her decision and asks that her privacy continue to be respected,” a Stars statement said.

The WBBL begins on October 15, and the Stars will need to find a new captain.

But the Aussies could also need a new skipper for a tour of India in mid-December, with veteran vice-captain Rachael Haynes having also announced her international retirement.

New Australian coach Shelley Nitschke revealed last week that she was yet to talk to Lanning about her future and gave no guarantee she would be back in time for the India series.

She said there was a strong group of leaders who could fill the role, including stars Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy.

“When the time is right we‘ll have those conversations about whether she is back in December or whenever it might be,” she said.

“There are a good group of emerging leaders in our team that are going to have opportunities to stick their hands up.

“We don‘t have a designated leadership group, but there are people among the team and group that are leaders on and off the field. Some girls lead in their states. They all have different strengths.”

Lanning has been captain of Australia for nearly a decade, having taken over the leadership when she was just 21.

Now 30, Lanning has led the team to unprecedented success, with the T20 and ODI World Cup titles, Commonwealth Games gold and multiple Ashes victories.

She has also maintained her form as one of the leading batters in the world, averaging 53.53 in ODIs and 36.48 in T20Is.

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