Field of Flavours returns to Sydney and Melbourne for Gillette ODIs


By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, January 01, 2019: Cricket fans at the upcoming Gillette One Day International matches in Sydney (Saturday 12 January 2019) and Melbourne (Friday 18 January 2019) will be treated to some of the best food their city has to offer at Cricket Australia’s ‘Field of Flavours’ food market.

‘Field of Flavours’, which is making a return for matches this season has been a hit amongst fans at international fixtures over the past two years, is inspired by popular late-night food markets around the world and seeks to provide patrons with a mix of culture, culinary delights, and cricket.

Open to the public and with outstanding offerings from local restaurants and food trucks, live music and cultural performances, plenty of shade and comfortable seating, and a big screen showing all the cricket action, ‘Field of Flavours’ enhances the experience for those at the cricket and gives the broader public a chance to be a part of the cricket-focused fun.

The Sydney ‘Field of Flavours’, located outside Gate E of the SCG in Centennial Park, will feature food from Black Bear BBQ, Zahara Grill, Porteno, Agape Organic, and Chatkazz. As well as delicious cuisine, Sydneysiders at ‘Field of Flavours’ will be able to enjoy musical performances from local acts including the Gemma Lyon Trio and Stereo Spin as well as some world-class cultural performances.

In Melbourne, ‘Field of Flavours’ will be situated in Yarra Park outside the MCG, with Biggie Smalls, La Revolucion, Autorickshaw, Sliders on Tyres, and 400 Gradi providing patrons with plenty of food options. In addition, there will be cultural performances and musical entertainment from acts such as the Oberon Lane Trio and Natasha Pinto Trio.

Commenting on the Field of Flavours offering, Cricket Australia Executive General Manager, Fan Experience, Anthony Everard said:

“We are excited to be bringing Field of Flavours back again this season in Sydney and Melbourne and giving our fans more options about how they make their day at the cricket an unforgettable one.

“With fantastic food offerings, live performances, and plenty of spaces to sit and enjoy the food and take in the cricket action on the big screen, we are sure Field of Flavours will be a hit with both Australian and Indian fans at these matches.”

For more information, and to purchase tickets to the Gillette One Day International Series, please visit cricket.com.au/tickets.

Indian fans tsunami hits MCG Boxing Day Test

From Shobhit Nanda @ the MCG

Melbourne: With the test series equally poised at 1-1, India and Australia went into the boxing day test match with high expectations. Winning the toss was always going to be crucial and India’s captain Virat Kohli called correctly to bat first. This gives Indian, looking for their first series win in Australia, a good chance of taking the lead.

The Melbourne Indian community was at the ground in big numbers and no doubt joined by interstate & international visitors to attend the world famous day 1 of the boxing day test match at the MCG. The organisers for their part created exclusive Indian fan zones on either side of the ground where a sea of blue and a wave of tricolour flags were seen in numbers. The day ended up being the biggest crowd for an India – Australia boxing day at over 70K people.


Morning and Afternoon Sessions

The day started with a new opening pair for India, Mayank Agarwal on debut and Hanuma Vihari promoted up the order. They batted out the first hour and did their job to take the shine off the new ball before Vihari got ruffled up by a bouncer hitting his helmet and then later ended by hitting another short one in the air to the keeper. He made 8 runs but crucially batted for  66 balls.  The day belonged to Agarwal as he reached his 50 on debut and looked good until he also hit a short one on the leg side to the keeper to get out on 76. A debut century was missed but none a less a positive start from the openers.

The morning and after lunch sessions were slow scoring affairs. The run rate at one point dipped to below 2 runs an over such was the pace at which Indians were batting. The Australian fast bowlers kept a good line and length and did not give away easy runs on what looks like a slow batting wicket. Hero of the second test, Australian off spinner Nathan Lyon was ineffective on this pitch and may come into play later in the game.

Post Tea Session

Mayank Agarwal at the stroke of tea lost his wicket and setting the stage for Virat Kohli to show his trade to an eager MCG crowd devoid of runs and wickets. He walked out as the Indian crowd cheered and sections of the crowd booed. He got off to a brisk start, scoring his first 20 runs at almost run a ball to increase the run rate before shifting gears gradually as the end of the day neared. His partnership with Pujara yielded over 90 runs off 200+ balls in the last session. There were a few opportunities created with the new ball and a half chance to get Kohli by a catch behind was missed. The day ended at 215/2 and even though the scoring rate was low, India ended up with a great position to take control of the game on Day 2 with captain Virat Kohli on 47* and Pujara in the 70s and looking as solid as ever.



Australia A squads announced for India tour


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 30 May: Cricket Australia (CA) has today announced two 14-player squads to represent Australia A in one-day and four-day matches on a tour of India in August and September.

The squad will play a one-day tri-series against India A and South Africa A in Vijayawada – with two matches against each opponent, plus a final – followed by two four-day matches against India A in Vizag.

South Australia’s Travis Head will captain the one-day team, while Western Australia’s Mitch Marsh will lead the four-day side. South Australia wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey will be vice-captain for both squads.

Australia A One-Day Squad
Travis Head (C) South Australia
Alex Carey (VC) South Australia
Ashton Agar Western Australia
Peter Handscomb Victoria
Usman Khawaja Queensland
Marnus Labuschagne Queensland
Michael Neser Queensland
Matthew Renshaw Queensland
Jhye Richardson Western Australia
D’Arcy Short Western Australia
Billy Stanlake Queensland
Mitch Swepson Queensland
Chris Tremain Victoria
Jack Wildermuth Queensland

Australia A Four-Day Squad
Mitch Marsh (C) Western Australia
Alex Carey (VC) South Australia
Ashton Agar Western Australia
Brendan Doggett Queensland
Peter Handscomb Victoria
Travis Head South Australia
Jon Holland Victoria
Usman Khawaja Queensland
Michael Neser Queensland
Joel Paris Western Australia
Kurtis Patterson New South Wales
Matthew Renshaw Queensland
Mitch Swepson Queensland
Chris Tremain Victoria

The squads boast a wealth of players with international experience in at least one format for Australia, with just six players – Queensland’s Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Jack Wildermuth, Brendan Doggett and Mitch Swepson, plus New South Wales’ Kurtis Patterson – yet to play for Australia.

National Selector Trevor Hohns said:

“We’re really pleased with the squads we have assembled for this tour,” Hohns said.

“We’ve got a couple of really experienced international cricketers, a large group who have had a taste of playing for Australia already, and some emerging players who have performed strongly and we believe have the potential to one day play for their country.

“It’s an extremely important tour, as we look for players who can adapt and find ways to excel in sub-continent conditions.

“With Australia’s series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates fast approaching, it’s a chance for some players to push for selection for that series, and for all players to gain experience in sub-continent conditions.”

Speaking on the appointment of captains Travis Head and Mitch Marsh, and vice-captain Alex Carey, Hohns said:

“We’re looking for leaders for future Australian teams, and Travis, Mitch and Alex are all very impressive young men,” Hohns said.

“Travis and Mitch both have captaincy experience at state level, and this is an exciting opportunity for them to lead a new group of players in different conditions.

“Alex, as our Twenty20 vice-captain in the UK and Zimbabwe, is also someone we rate very highly as a leader, and this is another opportunity for him to develop those skills.”

Only two players selected have yet to feature in either an Australia or Australia A squad – emerging Indigenous fast bowler Brendan Doggett and batsman Marnus Labuschagne, both from Queensland.

“Marnus and Brendan both came through the National Performance Squad program last year, and performed strongly for Queensland last summer.

“Brendan is an exciting fast bowler with genuine pace, who has impressed with his wicket-taking ability in the Sheffield Shield. Marnus has put together some really good performances with the bat over the past 12 months, particularly at one-day level.”


One-Day Matches – Vijayawada
17 August v India A
19 August v South Africa A
23 August v India A
25 August v South Africa A
29 August – Tri-Series Final

Four-Day Matches – Vizag
2 – 5 September v India A
8 – 11 September v India A

Source: Cricket Australia

Southern Stars win ODI series against India

Photos: Southern Stars Twitter posts

By SAT Sports Desk

Melbourne, 5 February: Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars won the ODI series following Australia’s six-wicket win against India in the second ODI at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart. The match was streamed live at cricket.com.au.

Nicole Bolton scored 77 and put on a 138-run opening stand with captain Meg Lanning (61) as Australia chased India’s total of 8/252 with 20 balls left.

Earlier, India’s Smriti Mandhana scored 102 in a Player of the Match performance. Ellyse Perry picked up three wickets.

The Southern Stars won the series with one match still to be played this Sunday (7 February) from 2.20pm (local time) at the Blundstone Arena, Hobart. Entry is free, with fans also able to live stream the match on cricket.com.au.

Addressing the media after the match Nicole said, “ We are trying to strike bigger and getting close to becoming a 300 runs team.”

“Time out in the middle of the ODIs is invaluable and places them well for the T20 World Cup,” she said.

With this win the Southern Stars pick up 2 more points for the 2017 World Cup qualification, with Australia still placed top of the Women’s Championship table.

- SAT News Service.