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With 86,714 attendance ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final sparks new era for women’s sport

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Australia celebrates after winning the ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup Final match between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 08, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia.Photo: ICC

By SAT News Desk/ICC

MELBOURNE,8 MARCH 2020: The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final broke the world record attendance for a women’s cricket match as 86,714 watched Australia beat India at the MCG. The attendance also marked the highest attendance for a women’s sporting event in Australia as the hosts won their fifth T20 World title in front of a home crowd defeating India by 85 runs.

In fact, that’s an understatement – the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Final will be seen as the day which marked the dawn of a new era for women’s sport worldwide.

Five years in the making, the most highly-anticipated occasion in the sport’s history lived up to its billing by setting a new attendance record not just for a women’s sporting event in Australia, but for women’s cricket globally.

It may have fallen just short of beating the world record attendance for a women’s sporting fixture, but 86,174 fans filling the iconic MCG is a sight for any sports fan to behold.

In the six previous editions of the tournament, the highest Final crowd came in 2009 when 12,717 watched England beat New Zealand in Sydney.

And seeing 73,000 more turn up in Melbourne for the same event 11 years later is a true testament to how far the game has come.

“I never thought I’d be playing in front of a crowd like this,” said Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner.

“It was amazing to have all those people before us.”

What the match had achieved was apparent before the stadium gates had opened as fans streamed into Melbourne Park in their hundreds up to seven hours before the first ball was bowled.

Seas of yellow and blue engulfed the concourse as fans from all walks of life – male and female, boys and girls, young and old – came together through a love of cricket.

But it was when those fans entered the bowl that the real weight of the achievement hit home.

The noise was deafening from the offset – let alone when Alyssa Healy hit back-to-back sixes to set Australia on their way to lifting the title on home soil.

The crowd figures will be talked about for years to come, but you don’t have to look far to realise that filling the MCG for a women’s sport fixture will not be a one-off.

Records had been broken long before the gates at The G had even opened.

By the conclusion of the group stage, fans had engaged with an ICC women’s tournament in greater numbers than ever before.

Since the 2018 tournament, there has been a 1600 per cent increase in viewing minutes in Australia while the ICC’s digital and social platforms have attracted an unprecedented 701 million video views to date – 600 million more than the 2017 50-over tournament recorded overall.

When we look at it that way, filling the MCG was just the icing on the cake for a ground-breaking two weeks in the world of women’s sport.

The best part is those numbers were always a possibility rather than a mere pipe dream.

But this tournament is about so much more than the figures – it’s a defining moment for men, women, cricket lovers and sport fans across the globe.

The players who took to the field at the MCG were representing every female who has come before them and giving this generation the platform to shine will undoubtedly change the sport for the better.

Amidst the sea of face-painted children were not only young girls with new role models to look up to but also boys wearing Australia shirts with Jess Jonassen’s name on the back.

“Everyone is talking about what a big day this is for women’s game, I think it’s a big day for cricket,” said ICC commentator Harsha Bhogle.

“In small towns in India, they’ll all be watching these girls and saying ‘I want to be her on the big stage as well.’”

Australia’s winning 184 is the highest total in a T20 World Cup Final across both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

So if Sunday night proved anything, it’s that it doesn’t matter who’s playing – sport always has the potential to be our greatest spectacle.

Cricket is a sport that brings joy to so many worldwide and now it’s proved it can successfully expand its circle.

And if this tournament is anything to go by, that circle is only going to get bigger and bigger.

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final preview: MCG awaits the world

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 7 March 2020: After two years of waiting, the most anticipated day in the history of women’s cricket has arrived. ICC Women’s T20 World Cup matches in Australia have been to four cities, met ten teams and watched exhilarating matches aplenty as the tournament lived up to its billing as the most entertaining and competitive yet.

Now two weeks later, we are left with the two sides who will battle it out for the title of Women’s T20 world champions at the MCG – Australia and India.

India progressed as the top-ranked team in Group A following a semi-final washout and their unbeaten run in this year’s tournament makes the finale tough to call.

Australia edged out South Africa in a tight semi-final but when it comes to history in the T20 experience, the two battling it out couldn’t be further apart.

For the hosts, it will be their sixth successive appearance in the T20 World Cup Final, having made the showpiece in every edition since 2010.

And this time, they’re bidding for a record-extending fifth T20 World Cup title.

As for India, they have never previously made it to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final, looking to become just the fourth side – after Australia, England and West Indies – to be T20 world champions.

The teams may take center stage but the captains will certainly be under the spotlight, with Meg Lanning and Harmanpreet Kaur both standing on the brink of history.

Kaur will be the first woman to captain India in a T20 World Cup Final, while Lanning could become the third Australian to lift a global trophy on home soil after Lyn Larsen and Michael Clarke.

The hosts will go in as favorites, but with India having stunned them on the opening night in Sydney, we could be in for the most electric Final yet.

The match sees the return of familiar faces, with the likes of Lanning, Kaur, Alyssa Healy and Smriti Mandhana all regulars on the global circuit.

But it also presents fans with the chances to witness cricket’s newest stars with India’s teenagers Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues likely to be at center stage.

Verma has lit up the tournament with her performances at the top of the order, having already hit 161 runs in her four innings.

Australia’s batters have also caught the eye, with Beth Mooney and Healy scoring 341 runs between them at the top of the order.

The two leading wicket-takers in the tournament will also be in a show with Megan Schutt and Poonam Yadav both having nine to their name.

But no matter who is celebrating on Sunday, history beckons in more ways than one.

The Final presents an opportunity to set a new record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture, bidding to beat the 90,185 set at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final in the USA.

Fans are expected to flock across the river in numbers with pre-match activities kicking off in the MCG Fan Zone from as early as 11h00, while the stadium gates will open at 15h30.

Throw in two live performances from Katy Perry and the 75,000+ who have tickets to their name will tell you one thing: this is an occasion not to be missed.

Source: ICC Media Zone

Australian ODI squad for the Qantas Tour of India; Peter Siddle joins Test squad

By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, December 17, 2019: The National Selection Panel (NSP) of Cricket Australia has named the following 14-player Australian squad for the Qantas Tour of India from January 14-19.

Australia:

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Peter Handscomb (Victoria)
Josh Hazlewood (New South Wales)
Marnus Labuschagne (Queensland)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
Steven Smith (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)

National Selector Trevor Hohns said: “Similar to the Test team, we are wanting the white ball squad to continue the form of the unbeaten T20 Series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“The performance of our white ball squads has been strong, and we are hoping to build the momentum towards the T20 World Cup at home at the end of the year and ultimately build towards the 2023 ICC World Cup in India.

“The performance of the top order at home through the T20 Series was very strong so we look for that to continue in the Indian ODI series. We also believe Marnus Labuschagne is ready for his international white ball debut after his strong form for Queensland in this form of the game.

“Ashton Turner has proven himself in India with his ability to adapt to local conditions as did Peter Handscomb who joined the squad at the most recent World Cup. Peter also doubles as a backup keeper if required while Ashton Agar adds to the squad with his all-round abilities.

“In terms of the bowling group we are sticking with combination that are performing well. Sean Abbott and Kane Richardson are in the squad following the successful T20 campaign.

“Adam Zampa and his growing combination with Agar is also something the selectors want to see more of while Nathan Lyon remains in the one-day squad selection frame.

“It is great to see Glenn Maxwell returning to the game in the Big Bash League. We will closely monitor his form after what would have been disappointing 12 months in the one-day game by his standards.”

Australia’s Senior Assistant Coach Andrew McDonald will lead the group to India. Head Coach Justin Langer will remain in Australia having spent the majority of the last 18 months away from home.

“As one of the leadership group, it’s important to show that not only are we focussed on getting the balance right for the players but equally the coaches and staff, head coach included,” Langer said.

“Macca is an exceptional coach in all forms of the game and has been fantastic since coming on board. He will do a great job with this squad. We are in very, very good hands.”

Qantas Tour of India:

January 14: First ODI Australia v India, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
January 17: Second ODI Australia v India, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
January 19: Third ODI Australia v India, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

It was also announced today Victorian paceman Peter Siddle will be brought into the 13-man squad for the injured Josh Hazlewood for the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand at the MCG.
“Peter has been brought in as a 13th player for Melbourne. He is a proven Test match performer with an exceptional knowledge of the MCG which will be a valuable part of our preparation,” Hons said.

WORLD CUP – ASIA THWARTED: India’s fear of failure ends Asian challenge in the Cricket World Cup

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Source: @BCCI

By A Special Correspondent in Manchester

India promised much in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, yet it was the ‘Fear of Failure’ that led to the fancied team’s shock defeat in the semi-final against New Zealand, who advanced to their second successive title encounter with an 18-run victory.

New Zealand, losing finalists of the 2015 World Cup that they co-hosted with Australia, rode on top scorer Ross Taylor’s 74 and captain Kane Williamson’s fine 67 to post 239 for eight wickets in 50 overs of the rain-disrupted semi-finals that spread to two days.

It was not the target that played on India’s mind, but they were undone by the loss of three top-order batsmen with just five runs on the board. Pacemen Matt Henry (three for 37) and Trent Boult (two for 42) had India reeling after openers Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli were back in the pavilion in the initial 19 balls of the Indian innings.

India managed to fight back through a century partnership for the seventh wicket between all-rounder Ravinder Jadeja (77) and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50) but could not make up for the early slump and were all out for 221 in 49.3 overs .

Complimenting New Zealand for their victory, captain Kohli said 45 minutes of poor cricket had led to India’s dramatic ouster from the semi-finals.

As a fancied contemporary limited-over cricket team, India wre expected to have a crack at their third World Cup title triumph this summer. It was the faltering chase of a modest total that caused the end of a decent show in the World Cup, where the second-last semi-final line-up was finalised only after poor performers South Africa decimated the challenge of defending champions Australia.

The loss to South Africa was the second defeat Australia had suffered in their nine preliminary league outings, after a loss to India in what was the tournament’s showpiece game where batsmen displayed their stroke-play in the high-scoring contest.

Before they faltered against New Zealand, India were the standout performers from amongst the five Asian teams that featured in this World Cup. India had topped the standings in the preliminary round-robin league where all 10 teams played each other. This format was adopted for the first time since the 1992 edition was staged in Australia and New Zealand.

Pakistan’s nightmare of performance in the opening outing against the West Indies – when they were outplayed in quick time – stayed with them till the end. The disadvantage of the low run-rate stayed with them until the end. Pakistan’s team attracted ridicule after their big loss to arch sub-continental rivals India, but they recovered to stay in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals. Ending the World Cup with five victories and a rained off game from nine outings, Pakistan took a lot of credit for the manner of their victories over hosts England, South Africa, and New Zealand. But they barely scraped past rank outsiders Afghanistan – which underscored the combative spirit of the Afghanistan side that could have also pulled off a surprise win against India.

Bangladesh brought a unique flavor to the World Cup and was in the contest for a semi-final spot until they lost the last two outings to India and Pakistan. With a little bit of luck, they could have even started India, particularly if some of their belligerent shots against Indian bowlers had come off.

Former champions Sri Lanka’s best moment of the World Cup came from their combative victory over England, which pushed the hosts to the verge of elimination until they got their act together with a century opening partnership against India that revived their campaign.

Coming to the business end of the World Cup, an Asia team will be missing for the second successive World Cup.

Photos/graphics: @BCCI

There are valuable lessons to take into next match against Pakistan: Aaron Finch (Hear audio report)

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 9 June: Australian has lost their first match of the World Cup after going down to India by 36 runs at The Oval.

A century to Shikhar Dhawan (117) and 82 to Virat Kohli helped India to 5/352 off their fifty overs, a total which proved enough to hold off Australia.

Steve Smith (69), David Warner (56) and Alex Carey (55 not-out) did their best to chase down the total but three wickets each to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah ended Australia’s innings on 316. Full Scorecard:

https://live.cricket.com.au/match/2181/43657/india-men-vs-australia-men-icc-mens-odi-world-cup-2019/scorecard

Speaking after the match Captain, Aaron Finch, said there are valuable lessons to take into Australia’s next match against Pakistan.

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Australia play Pakistan at the County Ground Taunton on Wednesday.

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Australian Men’s World Cup Squad:
Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Steve Smith (New South Wales)
Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)
Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Western Australia)
Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia)
Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)

Australia’s World Cup Fixture:
Match 1 – June 1
Afghanistan v Australia
Bristol Country Ground, Bristol
1:30pm (Local Time)

Match 2 – June 6
Australia v West Indies
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 3 – June 9
India v Australia
The Oval, London
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 4 – June 12
Australia v Pakistan
County Ground Taunton, Taunton
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 5 – June 15
Sri Lanka v Australia
The Oval, London
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 6 – June 20
Australia v Bangladesh
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 7 – June 25
England v Australia
Lord’s, London
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 8 – June 29
New Zealand v Australia
Lord’s, London
1:30pm (Local Time)

Match 9 – July 6
Australia v South Africa
Old Trafford, Manchester
1:30pm (Local Time)

Semi Finals – July 9 and 11

World Cup Final – July 14

Photo: Cricket Australia