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There is still much to achieve in order to achieve true gender equality in cricket: Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 4 March: The continual growth of girl’s participation and all-girls teams, the transition to a standalone rebel Women’s Big Bash League, as well as the unforgettable and inspiring ICC World T20 victory by the world champion Australian Women’s Cricket Team are all noteworthy achievements highlighted in the Australian Cricket 2019 Press for Progress Report, released nationally today.

In line with International Women’s Day, Australian Cricket’s launch of its second Press for Progress Report reflects the commitment to be openly accountable for the ongoing progress towards our aspiration of being Australia’s Leading Sport for Women and Girls.

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said while there had been solid progress in the report findings, he also acknowledged there is still much to achieve in order to achieve true gender equality in cricket.

“Key to our commitment is being transparent and not shying away from our challenges: overcoming the perception that cricket is still ‘not for girls’, continuing to draw women’s elite sport into the public arena, and authentically prioritising workforce diversity across the country,” Roberts said.

“While we’re proud of the progress made, we know and are committed to this and for the first time we share our 2022 national targets that collectively across Australian Cricket we are all working towards.”

International Women’s Day 2019 also marks the one-year countdown to the women’s final of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia, at the MCG.

All Australians have the opportunity to create history, as we look to break the world record for the highest ever attendance at a standalone women’s sporting event on Sunday 8 March 2020.

The boldness of this goal has led to Cricket Australia partnering with International Women’s Day on a content collaboration recently released, calling on sports globally to share what they are doing to drive forward gender equality in sport.

“Ultimately, success will be achieved when cricket is viewed as a genuinely gender equal sport, aligned with this year’s theme for International Women’s Day: Balance for Better, which highlights that each and every one of us has a role to play in creating a gender-balanced world,” Roberts concluded.

Source: Cricket Australia

Can Australia win CWC19? Absolutely, insists Ricky Ponting

Photo: ICC

MELBOURNE,10 February: Ricky Ponting, Australia’s assistant coach for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, believes the defending champions will be one of the main contenders for the title, despite their recent troubles in the one-day international game.

Australia is No.6 on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings and have struggled without Steve Smith and David Warner, leading to concerns about their chances in England and Wales. To boost their chances, they have brought on board Ponting, who is a three-time World Cup winner – twice as captain – as Justin Langer’s assistant for the tournament.

The former captain argued that the conditions in England and Wales will favor the men in green and gold, who will also be strengthened by the expected returns of Smith and Warner by then.”Absolutely,” Ponting told reporters on Sunday, 10 February, when asked if he thought Australia could defend their title. “India and England are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add Warner and Smith back into that line-up, then I think that team looks as strong as any.

“I am not just saying that because I am one of the coaches. I actually said it when I wasn’t around the group. Conditions in England will suit our style of play … I think Australia will be one of the main contenders for sure.

“With the inclusion of two of the best one-day players in the world who have a lot of experience, all of a sudden the team starts looking a whole lot better,” he added. “You will have guys that will handle a lot of pressure situations better because they have done it all before.”

The bans of Smith and Warner will run till March 28. However, the two have been under an injury cloud, with Smith especially facing a spell on the sidelines after elbow surgery. Australia also has injury concerns to speedsters Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, but Ponting shrugged it off.

“We went to World Cups with Michael Bevan injured, Darren Lehmann suspended, Warney (Shane Warne) went home and Jason Gillespie went home,” Ponting remembered of his time in the tournament.

“World Cups very rarely run exactly to plan … All the planning right now is we will have all those guys in the squad and if we do, it looks as good as any squad on paper.”

Source: ICC

Shane Warne calls Australian squad for Gillette ODIs against India as ‘ridiculous’


By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, January 4: Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne has expressed his unhappiness at the Australian ODIs squad against India announced today by the Cricket Australia in a Tweet as “These ridiculous selections must stop in all forms of Australian cricket – end of !”
In a Tweet earlier he said, ” Just saw the Aust ODI squad that was announced & was absolutely staggered at some of the players that were left out & some of the inclusions – they don’t make any sense whatsoever. I was asked by @foxcricket to give my team – so here it is ! Thoughts ? Agree ?”

In a media release, the Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel announced the following 14-man squad for the Gillette ODI Series v India starting in Sydney at the SCG on January 12:

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)
Peter Handscomb (Victoria)
Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)
Mitch Marsh (vc) (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Jhye Richardson (Western Australia)
Billy Stanlake (Queensland)
Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia)
Peter Siddle (Victoria)
Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)

National selector, Trevor Hohns, said: “After a disappointing period in ODI cricket, the National Selection Panel along with team coaches have reviewed our performances across this format and we’ve identified a number of key areas that we feel we need to improve in order to help put this team in the best possible position to turn this period around.”

“With this in mind and the World Cup looming, we’ve selected players we feel provide us with the flexibility to play a variety of roles at different stages of a match.”

“The upcoming three-match series against India and the ODI tours of India and the UAE are important windows to put this into practice and to build a squad to help defend our World Cup title.

“After a hefty workload in the Indian series to date, it has been decided not to select Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in this squad to allow them to freshen up for the Test series against Sri Lanka.”

“Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake fill the fast bowling spots in this squad.”

“It’s wonderful to have Peter back in the squad for the first time since 2010. His white ball cricket has improved considerably the older he has got, and his selection is great reward for his professionalism and strong leadership qualities.”

“We have rewarded both Jhye and Jason as they continue to put up strong performances with the white ball. Jason provides us with a left arm option in the absence of Mitchell Starc and is very capable of taking wickets early in the innings.”

“Nathan Lyon comes back into the squad and will join Adam Zampa as our spin options. Nathan is the best off-spin bowler in the world and we’ve noted how successful teams around the world have been using a two pronged spin attack in the right conditions in white ball cricket, something we are very mindful of heading to the World Cup.”

“With a focus on improving our ability to post competitive totals we’ve recalled Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitch Marsh to the squad.”

“Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter is not only a fine player of spin bowling, he’s also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Mitch gives us another all-round option with his ability with both bat and ball.”

“Travis Head, Darcy Short and Chris Lynn have been unlucky to miss out. All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia.”

“Unfortunately for Ashton Agar the return of Nathan Lyon as one of our specialist spinners means there wasn’t a place available in the squad for him.”

“Nathan Coulter-Nile recently experienced some lower back soreness, and on the advice of our medical staff we weren’t prepared to risk selecting Nathan in the side given the demands of the upcoming ODI series.”

“As has been our message throughout the summer, with such a big schedule ahead, both home and away, opportunities may well present themselves for players not selected in this squad.”

Gillette ODI Series Fixture:

First Gillette ODI – January 12
Australia v India
SCG, Sydney
1:20pm (Local Time)

Second Gillette ODI – January 15
Australia v India
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
1:50pm (Local Time)

Third Gillette ODI – January 19
Australia v India
MCG, Melbourne
1:20pm (Local Time)

Scott Morrison : Australia-India Cricket passion to strengthen ties

By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, 1 January: Prime Minister Scott Morrison today hosted a New Year’s Day Reception at Kirribilli House for the Australian and Indian Test Cricket Teams and their families.

PM & Mrs Morrisson welcome Indian cricket team
PM & Mrs. Morrisson welcome the Indian Cricket team.

The Prime Minister was presented with framed cricket bats by the Australian Captain, Tim Paine, and Indian Captain, Virat Kohli.

PM Morrison Cricket bat presentation

The Reception was held in conjunction with The McGrath Foundation and guests were encouraged to wear something pink. The McGrath Foundation’s mission is to raise money to place Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia as well as to increase awareness in young people.

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PM’s address at the reception:

Well thank you very much Bridget, welcome everyone. It’s wonderful to have you here at Kirribilli House. Can I particularly extend a very warm welcome to His Excellency the Governor-General who is here with us today. He is my neighbour, he has popped across. I was going for a swim yesterday afternoon and he said, “You got all those cricketers coming over tomorrow?” He was standing up on the balcony. I said, “Yeah.” He said, “Do you mind if I pop over?” I said, “Sure, that’s what neighbours do at this time of year when you have people around. So Your Excellency, it’s great to have you. High Commissioner, it’s wonderful to have you here. Consul-General, to Michael and Catherine, Deputy Prime Minister, thank you for being here today. Michael is an absolute cricket tragic, he is the one who you know keeps that spirit alive in our Government in particular and it’s great to have you both here, just come down from Queensland this morning. To Bridget and David, of course, to Marise Payne and Stuart Ayres – there’s fewer people more passionate about sport in New South Wales than Stuart Ayres, also the Sports Minister here in NSW – great to have you here with Marise. David and Dotte Coleman, the Minister for Immigration, thank you so much for coming.


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Can I also particularly acknowledge all of the teams that are here today, both of them, and they will I think want to welcome a couple of legends of the game who are with us today. That’s of course Greg Chappell who is here, who I grew up watching, and Ravi Shastri of course, the coach of the Indian team. And there are few better than ‘Ooh Aah’, Glenn McGrath. Here he is. Glenn, it is wonderful to have you here today because you are not just here because you’re one of the greatest to ever play for Australia but you’re here because you have shown, I think, Australians that when you’ve achieved something remarkable in sport how you can translate that to an enormous gift to the Australian people that you have been able to do with the McGrath Foundation. So to Sara and to Glenn, we really appreciate having you here, and Holly as well who is head of the McGrath Foundation. Over 100 breast cancer nurses now right across the country. It is one of the organisations that I often refer to when I’m talking to people coming from overseas and they want to know about various organisations in the country. And it’s not just because he was born in the Shire but it is more to than that, it says so much about how in Australia we are able to link sport, the community of sport and to able to convert that into something, giving back to a community and to people who really need it. And Glenn is someone who have never forgotten where he is from, and to understand the challenges faced by women facing breast cancer in rural and regional areas, that’s something he knows about. In fact, when I was with Michael and we went up to Quilpie not long after I became Prime Minister, the family we met, the Tullys, they had had their own battle with breast cancer when we were there and they were very well aware of the McGrath Foundation and the work they do. So Glenn, it is wonderful to have you here.

I won’t go on too much today other than to say that this is a great tradition, having both of the teams, the Indian team and the Australian national team here together at Kirribilli House. It was something that was initiated by the first Prime Minister to make this his residence, John Howard, many years ago. And he was truly Australia’s greatest cricket tragic. And remains so to this day and he sends his apologies today. He was invited along today but he is away on holiday. But he wanted me to pass on his best wishes, and also from Jeanette. It’s also a great tradition of the Pink Test. The Pink Test has been completely embraced by Australians, particularly by Sydneysiders. And it’s going to be tremendous for those players who haven’t experienced it before who are visiting or even in our national team, you will be able to take part in something truly that is part of Australia’s both sporting calendar but also I think our cultural and community calendar. It’s a tremendous day that everyone gets involved in, we all don the pink as many of us have today and I think that’ll be tremendous.

It was Alfred Deakin, our second Prime Minister, who first talked about the relationship between Australia and India. He visited and he came back and he said that the distance will be diminished year by year between Australia and India. And that is no more true than where we are today. There is some – as David Coleman knows – there is some 700,000 people living in Australia today of Indian descent, and there is 87,000 Indian students here in Australia. Which explains all those cheers you can hear down at the G or anywhere else. There is a pretty big following when it comes to the Indian national team coming and playing here. And so it is a very strong people to people relationship. But the great thing about the relationship is it is built on shared values. We believe the same things. We have the same passions. And there is no greater example of that than our shared passion for cricket, our national game in both of our countries. And this particular exchange we have seen between our two teams over this Test Series has been enthralling. This is about the only time of the year I get to sit in front of the box and watch a bit of it, signing Christmas cards and doing those sorts of things as I enjoy doing over recent days and recent weeks. This series, despite the Australians loss in the Boxing Day Test, but to pick up the win in Perth and the first Test over in Adelaide, it has been an enthralling series. And I’ve got to tell you – particularly the Australia boys – when I was over in Iraq, visiting our troops, that was one of the first things that they wanted to know about. They wanted to know all about the Test and how that was going and what was going on back home when it came to the cricket. And the Border-Gavaskar Trophy has got a great history. Now, there is a lot to play for in this Test. There is a lot to play for. If the Indians can secure this Test Series, it’ll be their first win on Australian soil. So no pressure, no pressure.

Source of text & photos: Australian PM’s Media Office.

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.