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Qantas tour of the UK confirmed; squad announced

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 14 August 2020: Cricket fans are in for a feast with the Australian men’s Qantas Tour of England being confirmed with Aaron Finch’s squad set to travel to the United Kingdom later this month.

Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to detailed biosecurity and travel plans for what will be the first international tour undertaken by an Australian national sporting team since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The CA board approved the plans at a meeting last week and the Australian Government on Wednesday granted exemptions for outbound travel for the touring Australian squad, says a Cricket Australia media release.

Nick Hockley, CA’s Interim Chief Executive, said: “We are very excited to be heading to England and to get back into the international fray. We congratulate the ECB on leading the resumption of the game in a way that places the health and safety of players and staff at its core.

“We would also like to thank the Australian Government, as well as all those who have worked tirelessly to put together a plan that allows for the tour to progress in a bio-secure way.”

The Australian men’s team will depart from Perth on Sunday, August 23, and travel to Derby. They will play four practice matches – three T20s and one 50-over game – before playing England in three Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. Both venues have hotels on-site.

Cricket Australia has also worked closely with the Federal Government as well as health authorities in planning the tour.

Justin Langer, the Australian men’s Head Coach, said: “It’s vital for cricket that we do everything we can to keep the game going in these tough times.

“I am delighted with how the players have returned to their states from the break back in March. The whole squad has come back fitter and stronger, which is a great testament to each of them.

The three One-Day Internationals will form part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.

The National Selection Panel (NSP) has chosen the following Australian T20 and ODI squad for the Qantas Tour of England:

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Josh Hazlewood (New South Wales)
Marnus Labuschagne (Queensland)
Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
Mitchell Marsh (Western Australia)
Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
Riley Meredith (Tasmania)
Josh Philippe (Western Australia)
Daniel Sams (New South Wales)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
Steven Smith (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)
Andrew Tye (Western Australia)
Matthew Wade (Tasmania)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (New South Wales)

“It’s a squad with great depth and a sprinkle of some exceptional young players,” Trevor Hohns, National Selector, said.

Australian Men’s Qantas Tour of England matches:

Friday, Sept 4: 1st T20 International, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Sunday, Sept 6: 2nd T20 International, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Tuesday, Sept 8: 3rd T20 International, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Friday, Sept 11: 1st ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Sunday, Sept 13: 2nd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Wednesday, Sept 16: 3rd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Dates of 3 T20’s, 3 ODI’s, a 4 Test Series against India among 2020-21 Men’s and Women’s International fixtures announced

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By SAT Sports Desk/Cricket Australia

MELBOURNE, 28 May 2020: Cricket Australia is confident of hosting a safe and successful summer after announcing its 2020-21 men’s and women’s international schedule.

The anticipated arrival of superpower India to play the Australian men’s teams across all formats, as well as the return of Australia’s all-conquering women’s team, are among the highlights scheduled for this summer.

Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia CEO, said:

“While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combatting the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020-21.  

“We know that circumstances or events beyond our control could mean that the final schedule potentially may look different to the one released today, but we’ll be doing everything we can to get as much international cricket in as possible this summer. We will communicate any changes to the schedule if or when they are required.

“We are engaged in ongoing discussions with federal and state governments, our venues and the touring nations to continually understand and monitor the situation in front of us, which is evolving every day. We’ll continue to act in accordance with public health advice and government protocols to ensure the safety of the public, players and support staff. 

“We are working closely with the BCCI to deliver the eagerly anticipated men’s and women’s tours, and we are looking forward to staging the important series against both the men’s and women’s New Zealand sides. These are in addition to the scheduled men’s Test against Afghanistan and a T20 series against West Indies.

Final details of the Australia – Zimbabwe ODI series scheduled in August will be confirmed in the coming weeks after consultation with relevant stakeholders.

“The Australian men’s team recently claimed the No. 1 Test ranking after India had held the top spot for almost four years. The Border-Gavaskar series is one of the international sport’s great rivalries and this will no doubt be another enthralling chapter.

“Another highlight this summer will be the return to action of the Australian women’s team. Their last match, of course, was the history-making, record-breaking T20 World Cup final at the MCG. We’re confident more Australians than ever will be keenly following our elite female cricketers this summer.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Australian broadcast partners, FOX SPORTS, the Seven Network, ABC, Nine Radio, and Crocmedia for working constructively with us on this schedule despite the challenges we all face during this once-in-a-century pandemic.

“I would also like to thank the many people involved in developing our biosecurity plan, which we are hopeful will allow us to host an exciting summer of cricket.”

Peter Campbell, Head of FOX SPORTS, said:

“Three T20’s, Three ODI’s, a 4 Test Series against India – Smith v Kohli, the two top-ranked Test players from two of the top-ranked Test Nations head to head on Australian soil. What a Main Event.

“The class act of our World Champion women’s team at home again. Who will ever forget that magical night in March – well, they’re on again. And then more men’s white-ball cricket – The West Indies, they’re coming. Let’s hope the Kiwis make up for their disappointing summer last year – they’re better than that. We know scheduling is hard at this time, but it is great to have confirmed dates and who wouldn’t want to lock in their summer on Foxtel right now – our team is counting the days.”

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport said: “We look forward to working with Cricket Australia on a great season of cricket.”

Roberts added: “Cricket plays an important role in society, and we know our fans are excited at the prospect of seeing their heroes in action again this summer after what has been a challenging year for everyone. We will continue to assess whether it is possible for them to attend matches in person, however, if it is not deemed possible, we already have a solid blueprint in place.

“CA made the decision in early March for our men’s team to play New Zealand in an ODI at the SCG in front of no fans due to coronavirus concerns. The experience will no doubt serve us well for planning purposes this summer.

“We will not rush any decisions however it’s crucial for us all to have a blueprint to work from to deliver cricket safely.

“Australian cricket will survive and thrive after the coronavirus pandemic dissipates, just as we have after world wars, depressions, recessions and the many other challenges that have confronted us over the past 140-plus years.”

2020-21 Men’s and Women’s International Schedule **

Gillette Men’s ODI Series against Zimbabwe
Australia v Zimbabwe at TBA (August 9)
Australia v Zimbabwe at TBA (August 12)
Australia v Zimbabwe at Riverway Stadium, Townsville (August 15)

CommBank Women’s T20I Series against New Zealand
Australia v New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, North Sydney (September 27)
Australia v New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, North Sydney (September 29)
Australia v New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, North Sydney (October 1)

CommBank Women’s ODI Series against New Zealand
Australia v New Zealand at Riverway Stadium, Townsville (October 5)
Australia v New Zealand at Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns (October 7)
Australia v New Zealand at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (October 10)

Gillette Men’s T20I Series against West Indies
Australia v West Indies at Riverway Stadium, Townsville (October 4)
Australia v West Indies at Cazaly’s Stadium Cairns (October 6)
Australia v West Indies at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (October 9)

Gillette Men’s T20I Series against India
Australia v India at the Gabba, Brisbane (October 11)
Australia v India at Manuka Oval, Canberra (October 14)
Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (October 17)

Men’s Test Series against Afghanistan
Standalone Test, Australia v Afghanistan at Perth Stadium, Perth (November 21-25)

Men’s Test Series against India
Australia v India at the Gabba, Brisbane (December 3- 7)
Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (December 11 – 15)
Boxing Day Test, Australia v India at the MCG, Melbourne (December 26 – 30)
Pink Test, Australia v India at the SCG, Sydney (January 3 – 7)

CommBank Women’s ODI Series against India
Australia v India at Manuka Oval, Canberra (January 22)
Australia v India at Junction Oval, St Kilda (January 25)
Australia v India at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (January 28)

Gillette Men’s ODI Series against India
Australia v India at Perth Stadium, Perth (January 12)
Australia v India at the MCG, Melbourne (January 15)
Australia v India at the SCG, Sydney (January 17)

Gillette Men’s ODI & T20I Series against New Zealand
Australia v New Zealand ODI at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (January 26)
Australia v New Zealand ODI at Manuka Oval, Canberra (January 29)
Australia v New Zealand ODI at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (January 31)
Australia v New Zealand T20 at the SCG, Sydney (February 2)

**CA reserves the right to change the 20-21 international cricket schedule

Australian Men’s Team ranked No.1 in Test and T20 International Cricket


By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, May 1, 2020: The Australian Men’s Team has become the No.1 ranked side in the world in Test and Twenty20 International cricket, usurping India and Pakistan in the latest MRF Tyres International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

The Test team displaced India from top spot on the world Test standings, a ranking Virat Kohli’s men had had held since October, 2016.

In T20 Internationals Australia claimed top spot for the first time since T20 rankings were introduced by the ICC in 2011. Pakistan had held the top rankings for 27 months.

Australian Men’s Team coach Justin Langer paid tribute to the sides for their efforts across the past 12 months.

The Test team retained the Ashes in England and were unbeaten in five home Tests against Pakistan and New Zealand during the Australian summer, while the T20 side was unbeaten across six matches at home and defeated South Africa 2-1 in South Africa this season.

“We have got lots of work to do to become the team we want to be, but over the last couple of years not only have we performed well on the field but we have performed well off it,” Langer said.

“We have earned some respect back from other teams around the world but also from Australia.”

Langer said performance was not the only measure of his team.

“When we started on this journey there had been a lot of talk about Australia wanting to be No.1 in the world in all three forms of the game,” he said.

“We took a different approach. Not once did we talk about being No.1 ranked in the world, we wanted to be No.1 in our values and process. That is what I am most proud of.”

Langer said while Australia may have assumed top ranking, India was still the benchmark.

“I said in my first conference as coach we will know we are a great team if we can beat India in India and that is certainly a great goal for us. We know they are so tough to beat so only then will we really know we can claim the number one spot,” he said.

“The last time we played India here they beat us for the first time in Australia so we will be determined to beat them when they come back.”

Winning the T20 World Cup in October-November is the next priority for the team, but Langer warns just how difficult that prospect is.

“I also know how hard it is to win World Cup,” he said. “England were very deserved winners of the One-Day World Cup last year and everything has to go right, you can’t have an off day.”

India dropped to third with New Zealand retaining second place in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings.

In the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings Australia (278) tops the list from England, India, and Pakistan.
For the full rankings visit https://www.icc-cricket.com/

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

Victory final
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