AUSTRALIA’S domestic cricket season will start on September 16 and run until April, opening the door for Steve Smith and David Warner to make a Sheffield Shield final comeback. Cricket Australia (CA) has released more dates for its upcoming ‘summer’ that now spans more than six months, reflecting an expanded Big Bash League (BBL). The one-day cup starts in Townsville on September 16, halfway through AFL and NRL finals. The Shield final begins the following year on March 28, with the second half of the first-class season to start on February 23 because of a super-sized BBL.
March 28 is also the date Smith and Warner’s one-year bans for their roles in the Cape Town cheating scandal end. If NSW reach the Shield final the duo, who have vowed to play grade cricket in Sydney and continue to be wooed by Twenty20 leagues around the world including South Africa, could technically be picked by state selectors. Dukes balls will again be used in the second half of the Shield season, meaning Smith and Warner would have a chance to practice with the pills they’ll encounter if selected for next year’s Ashes tour. There will be no day-night Shield fixtures in 2018-19.
Ex-Test opener and long-time Nine commentator to link up with Ponting and Fleming at free-to-air network. Former Test opener Michael Slater has signed on with Channel Seven as a commentator for the forthcoming summer of cricket. Slater, who was formerly part of Channel Nine's cricket coverage, will join former Test teammates Ricky Ponting and Damien Fleming at Seven
after the free-to-air network acquired the rights to Test cricket, the KFC Big Bash League, the Rebel Women's Big Bash League and all Australia women's internationals for the next six summers following an historic broadcast deal in April. "I'm thrilled to be joining Channel Seven," Slater said. "I've been a long-time fan of their sports coverage – particularly live sport – and can't wait to join the new team and help give Test cricket and the Big Bash a fresh look and approach."
The big-hitting, aggressive nature of England's batting line-up is forcing Australia's bowlers into mistakes as they lose line and length. And it's happening with alarming regularity on a team-building tour where the Australians have been outplayed in every facet. "The mood after you lose a game anytime is always down," said Finch. "The bowlers are still learning, they're a young and inexperienced attack. But the last couple of games we've been making the same mistakes, so that's something that
we need to look at." Australia's most experienced ODI bowler on the tour is Kane Richardson with 17 ODIs to his name, and he has been omitted from the past two matches. Towering fast bowler Billy Stanlake has now played five, and new-ball partner Michael Neser played his second in Durham. "It just feels like we're always chasing the game at the moment. It's tough for them, no doubt, two days after what happened at Trent Bridge, but there's nowhere to hide in this game, and we're playing against the best in the world. The learnings will be valuable, whether they're good or not, that's hard to say. But they'll definitely be valuable going forward."
England are warm favourites to complete a sweep of their own at Old Trafford on Sunday, which would be their first 5-0 series win since they thumped Zimbabwe by that scoreline in 2001. But skipper Eoin Morgan says his focus is on simply building on their near flawless preparations to next year's World Cup on home soil. "I think 5-0 doesn't really make a difference in the grand scheme of things," he said. "It's another opportunity to put in a really strong performance.
"I think Manchester will be completely different conditions to any of the grounds that we’ve played at, but I think we’re in a really good position to allow ourselves to adapt so on the day we’re going to have to play well." Only Birmingham's dreary weather stood in England's way in their 2012 series against the Aussies, which they won 4-0 after the third match at Edgbaston was washed out without a ball being bowled.
India’s tour of the United Kingdom (UK) starts with their tour of Ireland where they will play a couple of T20Is on June 27 and 29 respectively at The Village in Dublin. The Indian squad has already been put forth. The Men in Blue are currently in India and will depart for the series on June 23 as per a press release by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
ENGLAND WIN BY SIX WICKETS WITH 32 BALLS REMAINING Buttler nails England’s 300 – that is becoming a customary total – by smearing a Neser yorker down the ground. He then cracks a full toss for six and skies high for two from the free hit.
Those runs earn him a 28-ball fifty and he seals the win next ball with four over extra-cover. Neser has been absolutely marmalised and England lead 4-0 after completing their second-highest ODI run chase. A win at Old Trafford on Sunday will earn them a whitewash. I'd be stunned if they didn't get it.
Another comprehensive victory for England, their 4th straight win in a row. In the previous match they notched up the highest ever score in the history of ODIs and today they have chased down their second highest total in this format. They've been on a roll, creating records for fun. Australia did manage to post a competitive score with Finch and Marsh scoring centuries
but Willey stole the show in death overs by bagging four crucial wickets. Then it was the Roy-Bairstow show once again, that proved to be the knockout punch. Roy brought up his sixth ODI ton with his flamboyant stroke play while Bairstow missed out on his century by 20-odd runs. They had done enough damage as the likes of Hales and Buttler finished things off convincingly to give England a 6-wicket win. Buttler's 29-ball 54* was an icing on the cake.
23.1 overs Lyon to Roy, SIX, another batsman brings up his 100 with a six. Shaun Marsh earlier and Jason Roy now. 6th ton for Jason Roy! What a terrific knock from the Surrey lad. Shimmies out of his crease, gets to the pitch and marmalizes it over cow-corner. He pounces on YJB before
acknowledging the customary celebratory treatment. Roy brought up his hundred in the grand manor with an immense six over midwicket, from his 81st delivery – Lyon the bowler going the distance on this occasion. But the spinner swiftly had his revenge, bringing Hales to the wicket.
20.2 overs Marcus Stoinis to Jason Roy, FOUR, juicy length ball at the stumps, Roy clears his front leg and smokes it over mid-wicket. One bounce and into the fencRoy and Bairstow post their second consecutive 150-run stand
as the former mows Stoinis over midwicket for four. The pair put on 159 at Trent Bridge with some equally-impressive striking. Roy drops and goes for a single into the covers to move into the nineties. Ten off the over.
15.4 overs Agar to Bairstow, 1 run, 7th fifty for Jonny Bairstow! Plays with soft hands to tap a fullish ball towards point. A loud applause from the crowd. ‘Catch’ yells Agar as Bairstow laces a short delivery
through the covers and it wasn’t a great distance away from Finch but falls safely enough. A quick scamper for one takes Bairstow to a 40-ball fifty and Roy celebrates with a reverse-sweep for four.
England seamer Anya Shrubsole, winning her 50th T20I cap, then bowled 17 dot balls and went for just eight from her four overs on a day on which 745 runs were scored as South Africa reached 129-6 in reply, thanks chiefly to skipper Dane van Niekerk's 72 off 51 balls, which followed a score of 58 against New Zealand.
England shattered the Women's T20I record score by blasting 250-3 against South Africa at Taunton in a crushing 121-run win - just hours after New Zealand had thrashed the same opposition for a then-highest 216. Tammy Beaumont (116 off 52) and Danni Wyatt (56 off 36) laid the foundations with a first-wicket stand of 147,
before Katherine Brunt (42no off 16) and Nat Sciver (33 off 15) took England past the White Ferns' total as a beleaguered Proteas attack conceded 466 runs from 40 overs in the day. Beaumont smashed 18 fours and four sixes during her maiden T20I hundred, with her 47-ball ton the second quickest in the women's game, only beaten by Deandra Dottin's 38-ball effort for Windies against South Africa in St Kitts in 2010.
124* – Suzie Bates’ unbeaten 124 is the 2nd highest individual score in Women’s T20I format. Meg Lanning’s 126 against Ireland is the highest score in Women’s T20I cricket. Danielle Wyatt also scored 124 against India earlier this year during a chase before getting out.
Not content with merely destroying the One Day International record book, the White Ferns have this morning made Twenty20 history as well - for only a few hours. Led by a record-breaking innings by Suzie Bates, the White Ferns blasted the highest score in Women's International T20 cricket, smashing 216/1 against South Africa in the first match of their Tri-Nation series in Taunton.
Already holders of the highest score in ODI cricket after bludgeoning 490/4 against Ireland, the White Ferns continued their phenomenal run with the bat to snare the T20 record just 12 days later. However, the record lasted for only a matter of hours. The format sees each team play back-to-back games once and following their 66-run loss to New Zealand, South Africa's bowlers were shellacked by England shortly after. After winning the toss England blasted 250-3, breaking the recent record by a staggering 34 runs.
Here’s the detailed schedule of Team India:
July-September: Away series against England (5 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
September: Asia Cup
October-November: Home series against Windies (3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
November 2018- January 2019: Away series against Australia (4 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
January-February: Away series against New Zealand (5 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
February-April: Home series against Australia (5 ODIs and 2 T20Is) and Zimbabwe (1 Test and 3 ODIs)
May-July: ICC Cricket World Cup
July-August: Away series against Windies (2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
October-December: Home series against South Africa (3 Tests), Bangladesh (2 Tests and 3 T20Is) and Windies (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
January: Home series against Australia (3 ODIs)
February-March: Away series against New Zealand (2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is)
March: Home series against South Africa (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
June-August: Away series against Sri Lanka (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is) and Zimbabwe (3 ODIs)
September: Asia Cup
October: Home series against England (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is) and Away series against Australia (3 T20Is)
October-November: ICC World T20 (In Australia)
November 2020- January 2021: Australia tour continues (4 Tests and 3 ODIs)
January-March: Home series against England (5 Tests)
March: Home series against Afghanistan (3 ODIs)
July-September: Away series against Sri Lanka (3 T20Is) and England (5 Tests)
October: Home series against South Africa (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
October-November: ICC World T20
November-December: Home series against New Zealand (2 Tests and 3 T20Is)
December 2021 – January 2022: Away series against South Africa (3 Tests and 3 T20Is)
January-March: Home series against Windies (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is) and Sri Lanka (3 Tests and 3 T20Is)
March: Away series against New Zealand (3 ODIs)
July-August: Away series against England (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is) and Windies (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is)
September: Asia Cup
October-November: Home series against Australia (4 Tests and 3 T20Is)
November: Away series against Bangladesh (2 Tests and 3 ODIs)
December 2022- January 2023: Home series against Sri Lanka (5 ODIs)
January-February: Home series against Australia (3 ODIs) and New Zealand (3 ODIs)
Afghanistan will play an historic Test match on Australian soil in 2020, and New Zealand are set to return to the MCG on Boxing Day for the first time in more than 30 years under details of the ICC's extended Future Tours Program released today.
The major talking points for Australia from the ICC's men’s cricket FTP schedule are:
* Afghanistan to play one Test in Australia prior to India’s four-Test tour in the summer of 2020-21
* New Zealand to play Tests in Australia over the Christmas-New Year period of 2019-20, meaning their first Boxing Day Test appearance in Melbourne since 1987
* Five-Test Ashes series to be preserved under the new Championship structure, with Australia to tour the UK in 2019 and England to reciprocate in 2021-22
* Reshaping of the international summer in Australia to feature a maximum of five Test matches and six ODIs per season under the new Test Championship/ODI League Table guidelines
* Australia to return to South Africa in February-March 2020, for first Tests against the Proteas since the seismic events in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town earlier this year
* South Africa scheduled for Test tour to Australia in 2022-23 when they will feature in Boxing Day-New Year Test window for first time since 2008
* Australia to play Tests in Bangladesh in February 2020, and will also host Tests against Pakistan in the first part of the 2019-20 home summer
* The next Test tour for Australia to India will not be until October-November 2022
Finch has batted at No.5 in Australia's past two matches against England, the first time he hasn't opened in his 92-match career, as the tourists have trialled a new opening pair of Travis Head and D'Arcy Short. The left-handed duo have posted opening stands of 24 and 27 so far, while Finch has managed a total of just 20 runs in his two hits in the middle order.
"Looking forward, we have 12 months until the World Cup and we are looking at some options." Australia's middle order has been a constant source of frustration during their recent one-day slide, which has seen them lose 14 of their past 16 matches and four bilateral series in a row for the first time in their history. Finch and his regular opening partner David Warner have been a dominant pairing during that period, but have often been followed by a mid-innings collapse that has prevented the Aussies from surging to the kind of record total that England produced at Trent Bridge.
"It's certainly a day for everyone in that changing room to be really proud of how we operated. The level of intensity we brought to the game today was on a different level to any performance we've produced over the last three years, which is hugely commendable. To operate at that level throughout the whole game was as close to a complete performance as we've ever got to.
"We had some outstanding performances, backed up by guys being relentless, both with the bat and the ball. Certainly, a day to be proud. [The top three] were absolutely outstanding. It's never a case of them just getting a score, they're operating at a level and at a strike rate that the team want them to be operating at, they stick to our mantra and they're a huge asset to have.
Tim Paine, captain of Australia, said That was some of the best striking I’ve seen. Hats off to the English boys, they are red hot. On a positive side we are getting some games into the young guys. That was the hardest day I’ve had in 16-17 years.
It was tough, no matter where we put the field they hit the gaps. They are the yardstick of 50-over cricket. Twelve months is a hell of a long time in cricket so things can turn for you quickly. We have six guys who potentially will come back in some will have depth and experience.
It was a horrific day for bowlers as the Aussies conceded 481 runs in 50 overs against England batsmen. Right from Jonny Bairstow to Alex Hales, each and every English batsman contributed in their own way. Bairstow registered his sixth ODI ton and Alex Hales went on to score 92-ball 147-run knock to put up the highest ever ODI total in the history of cricket.
Many cricketers hailed the England batting attack, right from Shoaib Akhtar, Dale Steyn to Adam Gilchrist. Of all the tweets, Gilly’s was the highlight as the stole a quote from Jacques Kallis to come up with a cheeky tweet. The former Aussie wicket-keeper went on to tweet that, “To steal a quote from the great @jacqueskallis75 …”About 10 runs short I reckon” #ENGAUS”
Umpires coming together once again, and they have asked the batsmen to leave as the light has gone down considerably. Reckon, that's stumps on day 2. Yes, it is. So finally after plenty of interruptions, the day has come to an end. There were three rain breaks altogether but the Windies batsmen kept their cool. The openers played that initial phase patiently
especially against Lakmal and even after the rain breaks, Smith was the man who kept going along at a steady pace. Lahiru Kumara was the best of the Lankan bowlers as he troubled the batsmen with his aggression. Looking at things, Windies are ahead in the match at the moment but with three more days still left, anything is possible. There are rain predictions for the remaining days too, so this match might go all the way.
David Warner is currently serving the 12-month suspension period for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal during the South Africa tour in March. He went through one of the toughest periods of his life and career after that and is slowly coming back to the game. The left-handed batsman will be featuring for St. Lucia Stars in the upcoming season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
He is also set to play for the Winnipeg Hawks in the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada and will play under the leadership of Dwayne Bravo in the tournament. He recently played a stroke-filled 130-run knock in the T20 practice game against Australia National High-Performance Squad and proved that he is still a force to reckon with when it comes to playing in the shortest format of the game.
Billy had a similar toe issue earlier, it almost led to the amputation of the toe on his left foot during the last summer, “It just started off as an open wound on the top of my toe purely from bowling,” Stanlake told cricket.com.au of the injury he suffered earlier. “It gradually got worse and worse. I couldn’t walk on it, it got pretty serious. I was in the hospital for four days and needed surgery. I don’t think I was that far off losing it. I think if (the infection) had gotten into the bone or the tendons, I might have been in some serious trouble,” he added.
Australian selector Trevor Hohns was spotted at the training session having a chat with the Aussie skipper. Tim Paine will have a new headache of shuffling the playing XI ahead of the crucial second ODI, where he might hand the debut cap to D’Arcy Short and keep Travis Head in the middle order as Aaron Finch had a good average against England as an opener.
Glenn McGrath, in his column for the Daily Mail, expressed that England are the favourites to win the World Cup next year and also lavished praises on them. “From what I have seen of England’s one-day cricket recently, you would have to make them favourites for next year’s World Cup. They have won 19 of their last 22 one-day internationals and if they can continue the way they are going, maintaining that win ratio, keeping the energy with which they play and the same personnel together, they are going to be hard to beat, especially on home soil,” he wrote.
However, he also cautioned Eoin Morgan led side against peaking too early ahead of the marquee event. “One word of caution, though: if their planning phase has begun, as appears the case, now is not the time to peak. England face a challenge not just to stay at this level but to get better over the next 12 months,” he added.
The presentation ceremony took place with both the teams praising each other and the crowd which turned out on both the days to support them. The trophy was presented to the Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane as the whole Indian contingent posed for a photo. However, the spectators experienced something unusual and heartwarming from Rahane as he invited the whole Afghanistan squad
to join them for a group photograph. The crowd erupted in joy as it was the gesture of sportsmanship from the Indian captain. The official Twitter handle of BCCI posted the video of the same and captioned it as, “What a brilliant gesture from #TeamIndia to ask @ACBofficials players to pose with them with the Trophy. This has been more than just another Test match #SpiritofCricket #TheHistoricFirst #INDvAFG @Paytm.”
Move over three-day Tests, two days are the real deal. But poor Afghanistan, thrown under the bus against these Indian bullies at home, with a cumulative sum of first class matches lesser than those of most of the Indians individually on a ground that's
soon turning into a fortress. So today was an outclass -- with two innings getting over inside the scheduled close of play of two sessions. And we were worrying about the rain not allowing a result in the month of June.
India have enforced the follow-on. Afghanistan have been bowled out inside a session. The number one Test side were just too good in the field and with the ball. Pandya started it all by some brilliant bit of fielding to get rid of Shahzad, then Ishant followed up with a couple of peaches.
Ashwin was introduced into the attack and he didn't take long to strike nor did Jadeja. The spin twins bagged six wickets between them to bring about Afghanistan's downfall. Nabi was the only batsman to show some application and composure, while the rest surrendered meekly to the quality of the Indian attack. How will they fare in the second innings?
9.1 overs Ishant to Zazai, out Bowled!! Cleaned 'im up. The stumps are left in a mess by Ishant. The fuller length is reaping rewards for him. He had the ability to get the ball to nip back in, but with a more fuller length, Ishant will become deadly.
Pitched it up and drew the batsman into a false hope that he can drive, Zazai's feet went nowhere as he attempted to play the drive, the gap is big enough for the ball to sneak through and crash into middle and leg. Zazai b Ishant 6(10) [4s-1]
8.2 overs U Yadav to Rahmat, out Lbw! Test scalp number 100 for Umesh Yadav! Wobbly seam ball pitching on off and middle, skids on and keeps low after bouncing on the leather surface.
The batsman is stuck on the back foot and is hurried by the lack of bounce. Caught plumb in front, and the umpire had no doubt. Doesn't even think about the review. Dead as a dodo... Rahmat lbw b U Yadav 14(15) [4s-2]