Smith appointed next Test captain

Friday August 14, 2015 by  

Cricket Australia (CA) has announced that Steven Smith will be the next captain of the Australian Test team following Michael Clarke’s retirement at the end of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

The appointment was recommended by CA’s National Selection Panel and endorsed today at Cricket Australia’s August board meeting.

Smith, 26, will also take on the captaincy of the national Twenty20 International team in the United Kingdom while Aaron Finch recovers from injury. Read more

Ferguson to replace Maxwell in Australia A four-day squad

Wednesday July 15, 2015 by  

Callum Ferguson has been called into Australia A’s four-day squad as replacement for Glenn Maxwell who will now remain in the UK playing for his county club Yorkshire.

Maxwell will continue playing for Yorkshire after county teammate Aaron Finch has been ruled out with a fractured foot.

SA batsman Ferguson will fly out with the Australia A squad to India this Saturday, 18 July, ahead of their two four-day matches against India A in Chennai. Ferguson will remain in India for the one-day component of the tour, having already been named in the Australia A one-day squad. Read more

Cricket NSW welcomes SCG agreement

Thursday July 9, 2015 by  

Cricket NSW and the Sydney Sixers have welcomed a new seven-year agreement with the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust which will ensure all international cricket is now played at the SCG.

Following the success of the Sixers, which set a NSW domestic crowd record last season, Twenty20 International cricket will return to the SCG following a six-year absence.

The traditional New Year’s Test and One-Day International cricket will continue to be played at the historic venue. Read more

Ryan Harris retires from all cricket

Saturday July 4, 2015 by  

Australia fast-bowler Ryan Harris has today announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after injury ruled him out of taking any further part in the Tour of the British Isles.

Harris, 35, made his Test debut for Australia in 2010 in a match against New Zealand in Wellington at the age of 30. He played 27 Tests and took 113 wickets at an average of 23.52 with best bowling of 7/117 against England at Chester-le-Street in 2013. He also played 21 one-day internationals claiming 44 wickets at an average of 18.90.

Harris started his career as an all-rounder in South Australia before a move to Queensland in 2008 where he concentrated on pace bowling. From that moment he never looked back, eventually earning national representation and becoming the spearhead of the Australian attack. Read more

Australia and New Zealand enhance relationship

Tuesday June 30, 2015 by  

Cricket’s first day/night Test will be the centrepiece of an enhanced relationship between Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket.

To be played in Adelaide from November 27 to December 1, the historic clash has been created to drive attendances and television ratings.

A pink ball that has been developed over a decade of research and trials will be used to ensure greater visibility for players and spectators. Read more

Khawaja on track for ‘A’ Tour

Tuesday March 31, 2015 by  

Usman Khawaja is on track to make a return from a knee reconstruction in time for the Australia ‘A’ tour to India in July, with the Queensland Bulls batsman aiming to be in the nets by the end of next month.

Khawaja, who ruptured his ACL while training with the Sydney Thunder just prior to the start of the T20 Big Bash League in December, is currently working on a rehabilitation and strengthening program for his knee but has targeted a return to the nets by the end of May or start of June.

“It will around the seven month mark when the ‘A’ tour gets underway so all going to schedule, I will have had enough time to be back batting well before then,’’ he said. Read more

Chappell-Hadlee Trophy at stake

Tuesday February 24, 2015 by  

Saturday’s blockbuster ICC Cricket World Cup clash between co-hosts Australia and New Zealand in Auckland will be about more than just the race for quarter-final places and Trans-Tasman bragging rights; it will also be played with the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy at stake, it was confirmed by Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket today.

The trophy, named after two of Australia and New Zealand’s greatest cricketing families, currently resides with Australia, who retained it after a seven-wicket win against the Black Caps in Nagpur during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

But now it is up for grabs again at Eden Park as both sides seek to defend their unbeaten starts to the 2015 tournament they are hosting jointly. Read more

Southern Stars win ODI series 4-0

Tuesday November 18, 2014 by  

The Southern Stars have secured the ODI series against the West Indies 4-0 with a 148-run win at Bradman Oval in Bowral today.

The Australian side won the toss and elected to bat first, putting on 5-275, which the West Indies failed to chase down, finishing 9-127 in the 25th over. Ellyse Perry took out the player-of-the-match and player-of-the-series awards for her consistent efforts with both the bat and ball.

Meg Lanning (84) and Perry (74*) were once again the anchors of the Australian side’s batting innings, putting on a 103-run partnership. Read more

Southern Stars clean-sweep WT20 INTL series

Sunday November 9, 2014 by  

The Southern Stars defeated the West Indies by eight wickets in the fourth and final WT20 INTL at Stadium Australia today, giving them a 4-0 series clean-sweep.

After winning the toss and electing to bat the West Indies put on 7-107 from their 20 overs, which the Southern Stars chased down in 15 overs, finishing 2-111.

Ellyse Perry was named player of the match for her figures of 3-9, while teammate Jess Jonassen claimed the player-of-the-series award for her consistent effort across the four matches with bat and ball. Read more

Lehmann’s coaching contract extended

Friday October 17, 2014 by  

Cricket Australia (CA) today announced that Australian men’s Head Coach Darren Lehmann has had his contract extended until 30 June 2017.

Lehmann’s contract had been due to expire on June 30 2016.

CA’s Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard said Lehmann’s influence on the team had been immense since assuming the position in June 2013. Read more