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Multi-million $ boost for female Cricket, applications open till 7 Aug.

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Multi-million $ investment to grow female Cricket, applications open till 7 August

By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 19 July: Women’s Cricket is all set for a big boost with the Cricket Australia announcing a massive financial input for the sport. The infusion comes after research identified the fundamentals that can help in the growth of girls cricket.

Cricket Australia has announced a new $4 million investment to grow female cricket, including a new Growing Cricket for Girls Fund that will help create sustainable girl’s competitions targeted at girls aged 11 to 18.

The multi-million-dollar investment will be allocated on a $1 million per year basis over a four-year period – $500,000 of which will go directly to cricket clubs, associations and secondary schools through the Growing Cricket for Girls Fund.

The additional $500,000 per annum will be used to employ full-time female participation specialists across the country to provide ongoing support to clubs, associations and secondary schools.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland and Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Holly Ferling and Alyssa Healy joined a group of young female cricketers at the MCG for the announcement.

Mr. Sutherland said: “Girls and women are playing cricket in record numbers and participation growth last summer was fueled by the incredibly successful launch of the Women’s Big Bash League.

“Whilst cricket has had a national female competition for 70 years, we are committed to further investment to grow the female game with the Women’s Big Bash League at the forefront. The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are the world’s number one ranked women’s team – and our female cricketers are deservedly the best paid of all women’s team sports in our country.

“Our female cricketers are wonderful role models and we are delighted to see their increasing exposure is inspiring more and more girls to play cricket.”

Commonwealth Bank Southern Star Alyssa Healy said: “It’s exciting to see this new investment in cricket. I know from my own experience of coming through community cricket that dedicated competitions for girls to play against other girls of the same age will have a huge impact on the development of them as cricketers and female cricket in general.”

The investment follows in-depth research into female participation commissioned by Cricket Australia and undertaken by Roy Morgan that identified three key pillars of focus:

• Greater availability of local girls competitions with the option of playing girls of similar age and/or ability.

• Associations and clubs actively supporting female competitions.

• Better coaching and facilities at a club and school level.

Through the Growing Cricket for Girls Fund, clubs and secondary schools have access to $2,000 of funding annually, while associations may receive $10,000 over two years.

The Growing Cricket for Girls Fund, a first of its kind by a national sporting body, is a key component of Australian cricket’s inclusion and diversity education program, A Sport For All.

The fund and full-time female participation specialists will be backed up by a local area marketing campaign as well as supporting material for clubs and associations.

The investment in female participation follows a recent payment pool increase for women’s cricketers from $2.36 million to $4.23 million, making Australia’s leading female cricketers the best paid of any women’s team sport in the country.

Applications are open until Sunday, 7 August 2016. Recipients will be announced the week beginning August 15.

For full information, visit http://www.community.cricket.com.au/clubs/a-sport-for-all/growing-cricket-for-girls

- SAT News Service.

Steve Smith to lead Qantas tour of Sri Lanka test squad

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By SAT Sports Desk

Melbourne, 24 May: Cricket Australia has announced a 15-man Test squad ahead of the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka due to take place from July this year. New South Wales all-rounder Moises Henriques will return to the squad for the first time since 2013. Henriques, 29, played his only three Tests to date for Australia on the 2013 tour of India.

Moises was named earlier this month in the Australia ‘A’ squad for the Quadrangular Series this winter in Queensland in August and September, but will now move to national duties.

Australia will embark on its first Test tour since ascending to the No.1 ranking earlier this year in the wake of its 2-0 series win over New Zealand in New Zealand.

Victorian paceman James Pattinson is unavailable for this tour due to a recurrence of stress fractures in his back.

Cricket Australia Physiotherapist David Beakley said: “James experienced lower back pain during the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch and was given some time to rest. Unfortunately his back pain continued during this time and after further investigation it confirmed that he has had a recurrence of a back stress fracture.

James will continue to spend the winter recovering from this injury, at which point we hope to have a clearer view of timelines for his return to play.”

Also missing from the squad is Peter Siddle (back) and Chadd Sayers, with Henriques, left-arm spinner Stephen O’Keefe and WA quick Nathan Coulter-Nile coming into the expanded 15-man squad.

O’Keefe, 31, returns to the squad after playing in the Commonwealth Bank Series against the West Indies in Sydney at the start of the year.

Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka Test Squad

Steve Smith (c) (NSW)

David Warner (v-c) (NSW)

Jackson Bird (TAS)

Joe Burns (QLD)

Nathan Coulter-Nile (WA)

Josh Hazlewood (NSW)

Moises Henriques (NSW)

Usman Khawaja (QLD)

Nathan Lyon (NSW)

Mitchell Marsh (WA)

Shaun Marsh (WA)

Peter Nevill (NSW)

Stephen O’Keefe (NSW)

Mitchell Starc (NSW)

Adam Voges (WA)

Coach: Darren Lehmann

Commenting on the Test squad National Selector Rod Marsh said: “This squad has proven experience in sub-continental conditions.

“Henriques comes into the squad to give the flexibility of an additional all-rounder option, having already shown he plays and adapts well to spin-friendly conditions. He has been working hard with his fitness and we believe he is in prime condition to serve us well should he be selected to play.

“Jackson Bird and Nathan Coulter-Nile join the squad and will give us good control and pace. Jackson had an impressive Sheffield Shield season and showed skill with reverse swing in the last Test match in New Zealand earlier this year. He’s playing in England at the moment and we’re confident this will build his skills to assist the squad if he is selected in Sri Lanka.

“Stephen O’Keefe will complement Nathan Lyon and plays an important role in the subcontinent if he’s selected in the final XI. We know his ability, he takes wickets continually in first class cricket and he impresses when we select him to play Test cricket.”

The Australia ODI and T20I squads will be announced in due course.

Australia will play three Tests, five one-day internationals and two T20 internationals against Sri Lanka. To view the full schedule for the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka click www.cricket.com.au.

- SAT News Service.

Cricket Australia lowers entry-level ticket prices for international cricket

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By SAT Sports Desk

Melbourne, 26 April: A new streamlined ticketing program after last year’s ticket review by the Cricket Australia entry level tickets for all international cricket matches is no more than $30 for adults, $10 for children and $65 for families. More than three-quarters of all seats are to be sold at lower prices than last year and more than 50 percent of all tickets will be available for $50 or less, says a Cricket Australia media release.

As part of a continuing commitment to put fans first Cricket Australia is making Test and one-day matches more affordable next season. Ticket prices for venues throughout Australia can be accessed at www.cricket.com.au/pricing.

Sydney fans will experience a significant $20 saving on adult general reserve tickets for Test and one-day matches while Perth fans will have the same benefit for one-day games.

Fans in Melbourne and Brisbane will save $10 on general admission tickets for Tests, and $5 for one-day matches while the saving in Adelaide is $5 for Tests and one-day matches, with a $5 savings for Tests in Perth.

Fans in Hobart are able to continue to enjoy same-level prices from last season when Cricket Australia reduced pricing in the state.

There are also reductions across Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum tickets at most venues, with more than three quarters of all seats to be sold at lower prices than last season. Children can continue to attend Twenty20 internationals free of charge.

Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland said that Cricket Australia had listened to the fans.

“It was clear from an extensive review that more fans wanted the opportunity to see our biggest stars in action,” Mr. Sutherland said.

“Record numbers of fans have been attending elite cricket matches in Australia during recent seasons and we want to make Test and one-day cricket even more accessible.

“This gives the opportunity for more fans to experience firsthand the skills and talent of Australia’s best cricketers across all six states and the ACT.

“At Cricket Australia our aim is to put fans first and we are living by that mantra.

“Fans around the country will benefit during another summer of high-quality international cricket.”

“Tickets to the 2016-17 international summer of cricket will go on sale from the 31 May 2016. Fans are encouraged to sign up to the Australian Cricket Family at www.cricket.com.au/acf before Sunday 22 May 2016. Membership is free,” says the media release.

- SAT News Service.

Australia to host SA,NZ,Pak & SL in 2016-17

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By SAT Sports Desk

Melbourne, 20 April: Australia is likely to have an exciting Cricket season in 2016-17 season with four nations touring Australia next summer to contest up to 41 days of international cricket across Test, one-day international and T20 international formats.

South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will each visit Australian shores during the 2016-17 season.

In a break from tradition, the international summer will begin in Perth on 3 November when Australia’s number-one ranked Test team takes on the world’s third-ranked nation, South Africa, in the first Commonwealth Bank Test at the WACA Ground.

The three-match series against the Proteas will continue in Hobart (12-16 November) before a potential day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval (24-28 November), the scene of last summer’s inaugural day-night Test that resulted in record crowds and record television audiences.

From 15 December, Australia will face Pakistan in three Commonwealth Bank Tests, starting in Brisbane (15-19 December) where the Gabba will host its first Day-Night, pink ball Test encounter. This will be the first time Brisbane will host a Test match in the school holiday period, as Cricket Australia focuses on trying to improve access to fans.

The Commonwealth Bank Test series will continue across the traditional Australian holiday period in Melbourne (26-30 December) and Sydney (3-7 January). Both matches will be traditional day matches.

Fans will get an earlier taste of limited overs action, with Australia seeking to reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy from New Zealand in a three-match Victoria Bitter One-Day International series to be held in Sydney (4 December), Canberra (6 December) and Melbourne (9 December).

It is the first of two series against the Blackcaps on either side of the Tasman during the summer, with the two sides playing the return leg of three ODIs in New Zealand in early 2017.

Steve Smith’s men will continue their contest with Pakistan in a five-match series of Victoria Bitter One-Day Internationals in Brisbane (13 January), Melbourne (15 January), Perth (19 January), Sydney (22 January) and Adelaide (26 January).

At the conclusion of the summer, Sri Lanka will visit Australia for three KFC T20 Internationals on 17, 19 and 22 February, with venues to be confirmed.

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said: “We believe that there is something for all cricket fans in the upcoming program.

“We have two highly-regarded Test nations in South Africa and Pakistan touring Australia this summer and both series promise to be great contests.

“The decision to start the international season in Perth allows us to do so with a bang. It gives Western Australian cricket fans, including a strong local South African community, the chance to see two of the world’s best sides, while allowing us to broadcast the match in prime time to the east coast of Australia.

Adelaide

“We are working with Cricket South Africa with a view to ensuring that the Adelaide Test is a Day-Night Test. With more than 123,000 people attending and an average of two million watching on television last season, there is enormous expectation that we deliver another pink ball Test match this summer in Adelaide.

“Understandably, there is some concern from the South African players, but Day-Night Test cricket is all about the fans and a Day-Night match in Adelaide will be a bigger Test match crowd than the South African players will have ever experienced.

“The success of Adelaide last year demonstrates the huge potential the day-night format has in revitalizing Test cricket all over the world, and it’s for that reason that it is our desire to stage another Test under lights at that venue.

“We believe that having the ability to move matches into the evenings provides cricket fans with greater access to the game, both at the ground and at home on TV, and there is no doubt that this will help grow interest in Test cricket.

“Even for cricket fans at home in South Africa there are benefits. The Day-Night Test hours will allow the match to be televised in a far more attractive time of day in South Africa.”

Hobart

Mr Sutherland said the summer would see Hobart host the highly-rated South Africans for the first time in Test cricket.

“We have worked very closely with Cricket Tasmania to provide some certainty over match content for the coming years, which we hope will grow interest and demand for attending international matches at Blundstone Arena, which is now a truly world-class venue.

“This year’s match between Australia and South Africa presents a great opportunity for Tasmanian cricket fans to see two of the world’s great teams in action. We know how much Tasmanian’s love their cricket and we hope to see them in full force for this great fixture.”

“This is a vital match for Australia and we know that the team will want to see a big turnout from Tasmanians to support them.”

Brisbane

Commenting on the Commonwealth Bank Brisbane Test, Mr Sutherland said:

“The Brisbane Test is a very important occasion on the Australian cricket calendar and in 2016 we will mark the 85th anniversary of the first Test played at the Gabba.

“Given the significance of the Brisbane Test to Australian cricket, we have looked at ways to draw larger attendances for that match, aiming to attract crowds more befitting of a city with a proud cricket heritage.

“In partnership with Queensland Cricket, we’ve explored a number of options for boosting the appeal of the Test match. We think staging it at the beginning of the holiday period when more parents and kids can get to the game is certainly worth trialing.

“We also believe that Queensland’s climate really lends itself to Test cricket in day-night conditions, making for a great fan experience.

“We’ve had a number of pink ball trials under lights in Brisbane and believe that the time is right to stage a Day-Night Test at the Gabba, adding another chapter to international cricket in Queensland.

“Pakistan should be applauded for committing to and supporting the Day-Night Test initiative. Currently ranked fourth in the ICC Test Rankings, they’ll be looking to gain some movement up the ladder, particularly with Tests against England and the West Indies prior to coming to Australia.

“Their current bowling line up will put our batsmen to the test and I have no doubt this will be their major strength in the series. Day-Night Test cricket, combined with this attack, will promise fans an exciting spectacle and we look forward to seeing a packed Gabba to welcome them.”

Melbourne and Sydney

“The Boxing Day and New Year Tests are much-loved traditions in both Melbourne and Sydney and an iconic part of the Australian sporting calendar and we expect this support to continue against Pakistan, particularly with the great support we saw for Pakistan when they toured during the World Cup.

“Fans will get an early taste of one-day international action, with Australia seeking to reclaim the
Chappell-Hadlee Trophy from New Zealand in a Victoria Bitter ODI three-match series, with the first match to be held in Sydney on 4 December.

“The clash between Australia and New Zealand at the MCG is sure to be an exciting cricket spectacle made even more memorable for the fact that it marks the first time the two sides have met at the MCG since the thrilling final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

“Both cities will also host Pakistan in the Victoria Bitter ODI Series which follows the Sydney New Year Test from mid-January.”

Tickets to the 2016-17 international summer of cricket will go on sale from the 31 May 2016. For priority access and a 20% discount on gold and platinum seats, fans are encouraged to sign up to the Australian Cricket Family at www.cricket.com.au/acf before Sunday 22 May 2016. Membership is free.

Cricket Australia Official Hospitality is now on sale for the 2016-17 International Season. New for Season 2016-17 is a family lounge that means guests can enjoy world class cricket hospitality with the whole family. For more information visit www.cricket.com.au/hospitality

To view the full 2016-17 men’s international fixture visit www.cricket.com.au/series

-SAT News Service.

Australia Cricket 2015-16 schedule

2015-16 Australian cricket national map infographic
Source: Cricket Australia

By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 9 July: Cricket Australia today announced the international and domestic schedule of matches for the upcoming 2015-16 season that will see Australia play host to New Zealand, the West Indies and India
Coming off the back of the biggest summer of cricket ever held in Australia, the men’s and women’s international schedules for 2015-16, the Sheffield Shield, Matador BBQs One-Day Cup and Women’s National Cricket League have all been confirmed.
The schedules for the KFC Big Bash League and inaugural Women’s Big Bash League will be announced later this week.
The Commonwealth Bank Test Series, announced last week, will see Australia take on Trans-Tasman rival New Zealand in Test cricket for the first time since 2011 when the sides tied their two-match series.
They will face Australia in Brisbane (5-9 November) and Perth (13-17 November) before an historic day-night Test Match at the Adelaide Oval (27 November – 1 December).
Australia will then face the West Indies in Test matches in Hobart (10-14 December), Melbourne (26-30 December) and Sydney (3-7 January).
ICC Cricket World Cup semi-finalist India will then travel to Australia in January for the five-match Victoria Bitter Series of One-Day Internationals and three KFC T20 Internationals. The T20 match-up with India includes an Australia Day fixture at the Adelaide Oval and the format’s return to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) as part of a new-seven year agreement between Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW and the SCG Trust that will see the SCG play host to all international cricket in NSW from this summer.
Australia’s in-form women’s team, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, will also take on India in three One Day Internationals and Three WT20 Internationals.
The ODI series forms part of the ICC Women’s Championship, which is key to Australia’s campaign to defend their title at the ICC Women’s World Cup in England in 2017.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will be looking to retain their place at the top of the ICC Women’s Championship points table. The three WT20 international matches will be played as double-headers prior to the men’s matches and will be broadcast live on the Nine Network.
All up the season will include more than 200 days of elite cricket action from October to March, covering all formats of the game.
This summer’s cricket follows on from the spectacular ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which proved to be a huge success on and off the field.

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Operations Mike McKenna said:

“The ICC Cricket World Cup was the biggest sporting event in our country since the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000,” Mr McKenna said.

“Many Australians come from non-cricketing cultures and the World Cup was a great chance for the game to showcase itself and earn new fans from all parts of our increasingly diverse community.
“We want to build on this great momentum. Following the World Cup, we are determined that local Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghan, Sri Lankan and other overseas-born fans who packed Australia’s grounds with good-humoured noise and colour are able to maintain their passion for cricket as part of their adopted Australian lifestyles.
“This summer promises to be another history-making season for cricket in Australia. Test cricket will be played in every state including an inaugural day/night Test match between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide, a step designed to make following the cricket much easier for fans to attend the game or watch on television.
“New Zealand will be out for revenge following the World Cup loss to Australia, while the West Indies will be looking to fight back after its series loss to Australia last month in the Caribbean.
“Then there’s the match-up between Australia and India, the world’s top-ranked teams in one-day international cricket through the Victoria Bitter Series.”
“These teams met in the semi-final of the World Cup in a match which saw more than 300 million fans watching on Star TV in India, and we want to continue to build a strong rivalry which will be on show throughout the summer.”
“We’re also pleased to be bringing more content to the SCG as part as part of a new agreement to host all international cricket in NSW at that ground. The partnership will see international Twenty20 cricket return to the SCG for the first time since 2010, adding to the Test and any One-Day International matches scheduled for Sydney as well,” concluded Mr McKenna.
Meanwhile the Sheffield Shield will be taken outside of Australia for the first time with a match between New South Wales and Western Australia to be played in Lincoln, New Zealand. The match will be used to help prepare the Australian Test side for its two matches against the Black Caps in February.
New South Wales and South Australia will play a shield match in Coffs Harbour as a tribute to the late Phillip Hughes from 25-28 February. The match is an opportunity for the local community to celebrate Phillip’s life and career alongside his former team mates, while supporting the game he was passionate about.

TICKETING INFORMATION

The best way for Australian fans to secure tickets to the 2015-16 international seasons is the Australian Cricket Family (ACF). Membership is free and provides priority access and a discount to tickets (compared to pre-purchase and at-the-gate ticket prices).
Members of the ACF who live overseas do not receive priority access to tickets. Fans have until 5pm AEST on Tuesday 11 August to register for the ACF and qualify for access to the priority ticketing period and other membership benefits.
More information at www.cricket.com.au/acf.

- SAT News Service