Gabba reaches record in just three days

Saturday December 17, 2016 by  

The historic Gabba Commonwealth Bank Day-Night Test has continued to draw strong crowds, with a record attendance confirmed today for a non-Ashes Test match at the venue.

The opening game of the Test series against Pakistan had attracted 66,325 fans after the first session, with the two-session ‘twilight’ tickets now applying.

In 1975-76, the West Indies and Australia drew 64,383 fans to the “old” Gabba. Read more

Adelaide to host first ever day-night Ashes Test

Tuesday December 13, 2016 by  

Adelaide Oval will host the first ever day-night Ashes Test match after Cricket Australia and the England Cricket Board today confirmed the 2017-18 Men’s Ashes Test schedule.

The day-night fixture will be held from 2-6 December, 2017 in the Second Test of the men’s Ashes series.

Having hosted the past two day-night Tests against New Zealand and South Africa with record attendances, Adelaide Oval has cemented itself as a venue for future pink ball fixtures. Read more

South Africa wins first Test

Monday November 7, 2016 by  

South Africa has completed a 177–run victory over Australia on the fifth and final day of the First Test in Perth today.

The South Africans achieved a rare hat-trick of WACA Test victories against Australia, bowling the hosts out for 361 to take a one-nil series lead with two Tests to be played.

Kagiso Rabada was named player of the match, taking seven wickets which helped his team rebound off the ropes after their first innings to win the match on the fifth day. Read more

Proteas in the box seat

Sunday November 6, 2016 by  

South Africa is closing in on victory against Australia after the fourth day of the First Test in Perth today.

Stumps on day four, Australia are 4-169, still needing 370 runs to win with six wickets in hand and one day to play.

Set 539 runs to win, after the Proteas declared their second innings shortly after lunch on 8-540, the Australians made a great start in pursuit of a world record victory target. Read more

Proteas weather the heat to bat all day

Saturday November 5, 2016 by  

South Africa has taken the upper hand on the third day of the First Test against Australia in Perth today.

The Proteas weathered the heat to bat all day, losing four wickets while pushing their lead to 388 runs, finishing on 6-390 with Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander at the crease.

Jean-Paul Duminy and Dean Elgar were the mainstays, both recorded their fifth Test centuries with the latter going on to notch his highest score to date. Read more

Bowling trio lead Proteas fightback

Friday November 4, 2016 by  

The ball has continued to dominate the bat on the second day of the First Test between Australia and South Africa in Perth today.

South Africa closed out the day 2-104 having restricted the Australians to only a two-run lead by capturing all 10 first innings wickets for 86 runs after David Warner and Shaun Marsh shared what looked to be a commanding 158-run first wicket partnership.

Dean Elgar and JP Duminy guided the Proteas’ to the close of play, Elgar patiently moving towards his fourth Test fifty while Duminy fended away the short pitched bowling from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood after Stephen Cook and Hashim Amla were dismissed. Read more

Opening day honours to Australia

Thursday November 3, 2016 by  

Australia has taken the honours on the opening day of the First Test against South Africa in Perth today.

Having bowled South Africa out for 242, David Warner and Shaun Marsh led the Australian pursuit for the first innings lead with a quick-fire evening session response.

Vernon Philander almost had Warner out lbw in the sixth over only for Decision Review System (DRS) appeal to show he overstepped the mark. To rub insult into that South African review hawkeye showed it was hitting the stumps after umpire Aleem Dar had said not out. Read more

Canberra to host Test Cricket in 2018-19 Season

Wednesday April 20, 2016 by  

Cricket Australia, the ACT Government and Cricket ACT today announced that Canberra’s Manuka Oval will host Test cricket in the 2018-19 cricket season.

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer, James Sutherland joined ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA and Cricket ACT Chief Executive Officer, Cameron French at Manuka Oval, following the announcement of the 2016-17 Australian men’s international schedule earlier in the day.

“Over several years, Canberra has demonstrated a strong appetite for international cricket, with consistently strong crowds coming to Manuka Oval for One-Day International matches,” Mr Sutherland said. Read more

Perth to host opening Test of 2016-17 Season

Wednesday April 20, 2016 by  

Perth will host the opening Commonwealth Bank Test of the 2016-17 summer of cricket in a break from tradition that will have current world No.1 Australia take on third-ranked South Africa at the WACA Ground from 3-7 November.

The move marks the first time since hosting Zimbabwe in October 2003 that Perth will hold the opening Test of the summer and comes as welcomed news to a state that is home to about a quarter of the country’s South African expat population, while the time difference between Western Australia and South Africa will allow for primetime viewing.

WACA CEO Ms Christina Matthews said: “This is a fantastic result for the people of Western Australia and WA cricket’s Members and fans. Read more

Cricket Australia to use Dukes balls

Wednesday March 30, 2016 by  

Cricket Australia (CA) will trial Dukes cricket balls in the second half of next season’s Sheffield Shield competition as it aims to better prepare players for the 2019 Ashes series in the United Kingdom.

Used for international cricket in the UK, the Dukes ball will feature in all Shield matches from rounds six to 10 as well as the final.

During the first half of the season players will continue using the locally-made Kookaburra as they prepare for Test matches in Australian conditions where it is the ball of choice. Read more