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Third consecutive Shield title for Victoria

Thursday March 30, 2017 by  

Victoria have secured a record third consecutive Sheffield Shield title, despite drawing the match with South Australia towards the end of Day Five at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.

This record winning streak was last achieved by Queensland in 2002 and is the first time for Victoria’s 125 year history.

Victoria elected to continue batting into the fifth day, setting South Australia a chase of 524 runs. Read more

Australia’s path to seventh World Cup crown unveiled

Wednesday March 8, 2017 by  

The ICC has today announced the schedule for the 2017 Women’s World Cup in England with the Southern Stars to begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies on Monday 26 June at Taunton.

England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will join Australia in the tournament beginning on June 24, with 31 matches to be staged across five venues – Lord’s, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Having claimed their sixth 50-over World Cup title in 2013 with a 114-run win against the West Indies in Mumbai, Australia will be out to make a statement with a strong performance against the reigning Twenty20 World Champions, followed by matches against Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Bristol. Read more

Sri Lanka secure Twenty20 series win

Sunday February 19, 2017 by  

A brilliant innings from Asela Gunaratne has helped Sri Lanka seal a final-ball victory against Australia in the second KFC Twenty20 International tonight at Geelong’s Kardinia Park, in front of more than 13,500 people.

Middle-order batsmen Asela Gunaratne’s inspirational innings helped Sri Lanka fight back and win game two of the T20 series against Australia.

After Australia claimed five wickets in Sri Lanka’s batting power play, Gunaratne’s unbeaten 84 off 46 deliveries saw Sri Lanka home by two wickets with a boundary on the final delivery.

Sri Lanka now holds an unassailable 2-0 advantage after two final-ball results in the first two matches of the series, heading into the third and final match at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

Earlier in the evening, Moises Henriques was the star with the bat for the hosts with an unbeaten half-century. Read more

Twenty20 squad against Sri Lanka confirmed

Wednesday February 1, 2017 by  

Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel has confirmed a 13-man squad to take on Sri Lanka in a three match Twenty20 International series being played as double-headers with the Southern Stars also taking on New Zealand at the MCG (17 February), Kardinia Park in Geelong (19 February) and Adelaide Oval (22 February).

The squad includes four uncapped players in Klinger, Richardson, Stanlake and Turner.

Commenting on the selection, Interim National Selector Trevor Hohns said: Read more

New Zealand ODI Tour squad announced

Monday January 23, 2017 by  

The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel have named a 14-man squad for the New Zealand Tour where they will contest the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in a three-match series.

The squad includes two changes from the current side that is playing against Pakistan.

Victorian opening batsman Aaron Finch has been re-called to the squad with vice-captain David Warner having a break. Read more

Australian squad for Indian Tour announced

Sunday January 15, 2017 by  

The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) have named a 16-man squad for the forthcoming Tour of India. Australia will play four Tests against India in Pune, Bangalore, Ranchi and Dharamsala respectively.

The squad includes; six batsman, four spin bowlers, three pace bowlers, two all-rounders and a wicket-keeper.

Speaking on the make-up of the squad, Interim National Selector Trevor Hohns said the panel chose an additional spin bowler to allow as many options as possible. Read more

Heat penalised for slow over rate

Thursday January 12, 2017 by  

The Brisbane Heat Big Bash League side have been fined $1,000 per player in the playing XI as a result of a slow over rate in their match against the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba on 11 January 2017.

This fine will be reduced to $500 per player, should the Brisbane Heat accept the penalty without appeal.

The Heat were found to be six minutes behind the scheduled time to complete their 20 overs, after allowances, which equated to being one over short. Read more

Test summer sets new records

Monday January 9, 2017 by  

Australian cricket fans have set a new Test match record – for attendances over a summer that did not feature England or India.

A total of 521,725 came along to the six-match Commonwealth Bank Test series that featured South Africa and Pakistan, eclipsing the previous record of 515,157 in 2005-06, featuring the West Indies and South Africa (also over six Tests).

Other records set were the highest attendance at the Gabba in Brisbane for a non-Ashes Test (78,085) since records began in 1979, the highest ever attendance for a Pakistan Test match at the SCG, and a Day 1 record on Boxing Day in Melbourne for a Pakistan Test (63,478 v. 61,552 in 2004). Read more

Hazlewood to be rested from first ODI match

Sunday January 8, 2017 by  

Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood will be rested from the first One-Day International (ODI) of the upcoming Victoria Bitter ODI Series against Pakistan in Brisbane on Friday 13 January, it was confirmed today.

Explaining the decision, Head Coach Darren Lehmann said: “Josh has got through a heavy workload during the home summer so far and in the past two months he has sent down almost 300 overs across two Test series against South Africa and Pakistan, as well as three ODIs against New Zealand. Read more

Three changes to the Australian ODI squad

Saturday January 7, 2017 by  

There are three changes to the Australian One-Day squad that played against New Zealand in December, winning all three matches of the Chappell-Hadlee Series, for the forthcoming home series against Pakistan.

George Bailey, Aaron Finch and Hilton Cartwright have been omitted and in their places have been taken by Usman Khawaja, Chris Lynn and Billy Stanlake.

For batsman Khawaja it is a return to the squad having last played a ODI against Ireland in Benoni, South Africa, in September. Read more