We will review why batters are failing in 3rd innings of Test matches: Dravid
Birmingham, Jul 5 (Cricket News) India head coach Rahul Dravid on Tuesday said the repeated failures of his batters in the 'third' innings of a Test match is a matter of concern and they will sit with the national selectors to address the issue.
The Indian team, under Dravid's tutelage, has lost its last three overseas Test matches -- two in South Africa and one in Birmingham. It failed to defend a whopping 378-run target in the just-concluded game against England.
India scored 266 in their second innings in Johannesburg, 198 in Cape Town and 245 in Birmingham, which has been effectively third innings of a Test match.
In all these three games, India failed to defend targets like 240, 212 and now 378.
Asked how he plans to analyse, the Indian coach gave a glimpse of his humorous side.
"There is so much of cricket that we aren't having any time to reflect. In two days, we will be talking to you about something entirely different," Dravid said, referring to the T20 International series starting in less than 48 hours.
"...But we will certainly try and reflect on this performance. Every match is a lesson for us and you tend to learn something. We have to reflect why we aren't able to bat well in the third innings of a Test match and why we aren't able to take 10 wickets in the fourth innings," he said on a serious note.
India play their last six games of the current World Test Championship cycle in the sub-continent and Dravid plans to sit with Chetan Sharma (chairman of selectors currently in England) to analyse the shortcomings.
"Now the next six Test matches are in sub-continent (2 in Bangladesh and 4 in India), and our focus will be on those remaining games but obviously, coaches and selectors would sit down and analyse this defeat.
"That review happens after every game and so when we next travel to SENA land, we are well equipped to deal with it," he said.
Variety of reasons for losing sustained intensity --------------------------------------------------- The current team has been losing steam during the third and fourth innings of a match and it could be because of a variety of factors, including bowlers' fitness over a passage of time.
"It is something that we need to look at and work on. We have been very good in last few years being able to take those wickets but yeah we haven't been able to do it over last few months,' he admitted frankly," said Dravid.
He then listed out the factors roughly.
"Could be a variety of factors -- may be we need to maintain that intensity and may be we need to maintain that level of fitness, maintain that level of performance right through a Test match." The batting is a cause of concern, he said time and again.
"Also in all these Test matches, the batting has also not been up to the scratch in the third innings as well. So both in SA and here, we have started well but haven't been able to finish well. Certainly, we need to get better at that and improve," he added.
The conditions didn't warrant a second spinner ---------------------------------------------------- Ravichandran Ashwin's absence has been debated but Dravid defended the team's strategy.
"It's not easy to leave someone like Ash out in a Test match but when we looked at the wicket on first day, it had a pretty even covering of grass, and we felt that there was enough in it for the fast bowlers," Dravid explained the team's position.
"Also, if you see, wicket hasn't spun much either for Jack Leach or Ravi Jadeja, who bowled through the match. Weather also played a part as for first three days, there wasn't long phases of sunshine. Probably, it didn't spin as much as we expected it to." Dravid said that everything looks different in hindsight but reality is a bit different.
"It actually would have looked nice to have second spinner but it didn't turn enough to justify inclusion," he added.
Don't know about 'BazBall' but England have been exceptional ------------------------------------------------------------------- Dravid smiled when asked about 'Bazball', the popular lingo about Brendon McCullum's positive influence on England's Test batting over the past month.
"I don't know what it is. The cricket they played for four Tests, chasing like this in fourth innings doesn't happen often in this country but the brand of cricket you play depends on players and their form. You can play positive (cricket) when you have form players," Dravid said.
No excuses that this is one-off Test -------------------------------------- When the series was halted at 2-1 last year due to COVID outbreak in the Indian camp, Dravid was still the head of NCA and by the time it ended, he was the head coach.
Did a one-off Test become an impediment and preparations were hampered.
"Look, I don't want to make excuses. I wasn't a part of the team back then (in 2021). India was on a roll back then and England was probably in a slightly different situation when the series was on.
"They had now come here on back of three consecutive wins against NZ and we have had a long gap in between Test cricket and that's why Test cricket is hard. So no excuses, you got to put in performances through five days and they did that and we didn't so they deserve to win the Test match," he concluded.
We let the game slip away after dominating three days, says Bumrah
Birmingham, Jul 5 (Cricket News) India stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah on Tuesday blamed his side's defeat to England in the rescheduled fifth Test here to the batting failure in the second innings, saying they let the match slip away from their hands after dominating major part of it.
England rode on Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow's majestic centuries to thump India by seven wickets and register their highest-ever successful run chase in Test cricket.
England overhauled the 378-run target in the morning session of the fifth and final day with Root and Bairstow remaining unbeaten on 142 and 114 respectively.
"That's the beauty of Test cricket, even if you have three good days. We fell short with the bat yesterday and that is where we let the opposition in to let the match slip away from us," Bumrah said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
"Ifs and buts can always be there. If you go back, if there was no rain in the first match, we could have won the series. But England played really well." England's win meant that the five-match Test series, which spilled over to this year due to COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp last year, ended in 2-2 draw.
"We have drawn the series and both teams played very good cricket and it was a fair result," Bumrah said.
Bumrah lauded Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja for their tons in India's first innings.
"Pant takes his chances. He and Jaddu got us back into the game with their counter-attack. We were ahead in the game. He takes his chances, backs himself and very happy for him," he said.
Bumrah said he thoroughly enjoyed the captaincy responsibility and it was a pleasure to lead the national team.
"The captaincy is not what I decide. I like responsibility. It was a good challenge, a new challenge. It was an honour to lead the team and a great experience." England skipper Ben Stokes said his team was trying to rewrite the way Test cricket is being played in the country with its new-found attacking brand of the game.
"When the lads play like this, it makes my job easier. When you have clarity like we have in the dressing room, it makes chasing totals like this easier. 378 would have been scary five weeks ago, but now it's all good.
"We are trying to rewrite how Test cricket is played in England. All our plans from the last four-five weeks is what we want to take ahead. Bowling on the top of off isn't important, it is all about taking ten wicket," he said.
"We want to give some new life to Test cricket. Inspiring the next generation is what we want to do. We want to bring in new fans and want to leave a mark on Test cricket," he added.
Stokes was all praise of his batters for pulling off the historic run chase for England.
"Jonny and Root will get all the credit, but the precedent was set up by the way the openers played against Bumrah and Shami with the new ball." Man-of-the-match Jonny Bairstow, who smashed centuries in both the innings, said he was never afraid of failure and just wanted to put the pressure back on the opposition.
"It is great fun at the moment. I am stripping it back to the basics. The last few years have been tough on me but the last few months have been fantastic.
"Day five was over in 90 minutes. I just have an enjoyment factor now. I am not afraid of failing and just want to put the pressure on the opposition. We are going to lose games with the approach we have, but it is a positive fun brand of cricket to play," he said.
He said England were always in control of the chase.
"India have some world class bowlers and you just have to soak the pressure. They try to intimidate, they have some fantastic players and it was about trying to shift the pressure on them.
"There was a period when it started reversing as well. And this morning was a different morning. Root and me are just two lads from Yorkshire. We have grown up playing together and spent a lot of time together from the Yorkshire academy days to the Test team now. Special to play with him," Bairstow said.
England's man-of-the-series Joe Root said they were always confident of chasing down the target set by India.
"It's as simple as that. The environment has been great and the guys are having fun in the last four weeks. There is absolute clarity that we were chasing it down and there was total belief," he said.
Asked about his own form, Root said: "It's something you are constantly searching for and something you rarely find. You want to keep it as fun as possible. Watching Jonny bat is great, I just wanted to give him strike.
"We have been riding a brilliant wave of confidence after brilliant performances against NZ. The start the two openers got us off to was superb and they put the pressure back on."
Root, Bairstow script England's sensational win against India in 5th Test
Birmingham, Jul 5 (Cricket News) Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow scored majestic centuries as England pulled off their highest-ever successful run chase in the longest format for a convincing seven-wicket win over India in the rescheduled fifth Test here on Tuesday.
England overhauled the 378-run target in the morning session of the fifth and final day with Root and Bairstow remaining unbeaten on 142 and 114 respectively.
England's win meant that the five-match Test series, which spilled over to this year due to COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp last year, ended in 2-2 draw.
This was the fourth time England chased down a target of over 250 in the fourth innings, the earlier three being against New Zealand -- 277, 299, 296 -- in their 3-0 home Test series win last month. Resuming the day at 259 for 3, England hit the required 119 runs in 19.4 overs.
Root's 173-ball innings was decorated with 19 fours and one six while Bairstow struck 15 boundaries and hit once over the ropes in his 145 ball innings.
It was Bairstow's second ton of the match as he had made 106 off 140 balls in the England first innings.
The Indian bowlers toiled the whole of the morning session without success, Captain Jasprit Bumrah (2/74) was the only Indian bowler to take wicket in the England second innings. He ended the match with five wickets. Mohammed Siraj had taken four wickets in the England first innings. Brief Scores: England: 284 & 378/3 in 76.4 overs (Joe Root 142 not out, Jonny Bairstow 114 not out, Alex Lees 56; Jasprit Bumrah 2/74) beat India 416 & 245 by seven wickets.
Women's ODI rankings: Mandhana jumps to 8th; Deepti, Shafali also gain
Dubai, Jul 5 (Cricket News) India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana moved up a rung to eighth position in the batter's chart in the latest ICC women’s ODI rankings released here on Tuesday.
Mandhana, who hit an 83-ball unbeaten 94 in India's 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second ODI on Monday, is the lone Indian in the top 10 of the batting chart which is headed by Australian Alyssa Healey followed by England's Natalie Sciver.
All-rounder Deepti Sharma and opener Shafali Verma have made significant improvements to their positions after helping India take an unassailable 2-0 lead against Sri Lanka in the three-match ICC Women's Championship (IWC) series being played in Pallekele.
Deepti, who grabbed three for 25 and scored an unbeaten 22, has moved up two places to the 29th position among batters and three slots to 16th among bowlers.
In the rankings for all-rounders, she has gained 20 rating points to reach within one point of Australia's Ashleigh Gardner, who is sixth on the list.
Verma, who is leading the run aggregate in the series with 106 runs including an unbeaten 71 in the second match, is up 12 places to a career-best 36th among batters. She is currently ranked fifth in the T20 list.
Other Indians to move up the batters' list are Pooja Vastrakar (up three places to 61st), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (up four places to 93rd) and Meghna Singh (up seven places to 100th).
They have all also moved up the bowlers' list -- Gayakwad from 12th to 11th, Meghna from 58th to 47th and Vastrakar from 57th to 50th.
Pacer Renuka Singh is also a major gainer, her seven wickets has lifted her 38 places to 65th position.
For Sri Lanka, Nilakshi de Silva has gained 13 ranks to reach 57th position among batters after accumulating 75 runs in the two matches while Hasini Perera (up 16 places to 83rd) and Anushka Sanjeewani (up nine places to 89th) are the others to progress in that list.
Among bowlers, former captain Inoka Ranaweera has progressed five places to 21st after her four wickets in two matches and Oshadi Ranasinghe has gone from 64th to 59th position.
The two wins have taken India to joint-second position with Pakistan in the IWC points table.
A win in the last match against Sri Lanka will see them catch up with South Africa at the top of the table with six points.
Sri Lanka are on two points, earned in their previous series against Pakistan.
Indian women get 10-wicket win to seal ODI series against Sri Lanka
(Cricket news) Indian women defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to seal the ODI Series. It has been a very dominant tour for India as they have won the T20I series 2-1 and have won the ODI series with one game left to play. It has been an incredible start to the post-Mithali Raj era as the team looks very well balanced but there is still a long way to go. Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and elected to bowl first before announcing an unchanged XI.
India managed to bowl out Sri Lanka for 173 runs in 50 overs. Ama Kanchana was the highest run scorer with 47 off 83 balls. Nilakshi de Silva, Chamari Athapaththu and Anushka Sanjeewani got decent starts but couldn't score big. Seamer Renuka Thakur was the pick of the bowlers as she picked up 4/28. Renuka has taken the place of Jhulan Goswami and she is doing an impressive job. Meghna Singh and Deepti Sharma picked up 2 wickets each while the other 2 were run-outs. In total India used 7 bowlers which is looking like a long term plan for Harmanpreet who will be keen on using all her bowling options.
India chased down 174 in just 25.4 overs without losing a single wicket. Smriti Mandhana scored 94 off 83 balls while Shafali Verma scored a run a ball 71. The pair played some exquisite strokes in the innings to guide India to victory. Verma hit 4 fours and a six while Mandhana smashed 11 boundaries and a maximum. The opening partnership hadn't been too good for India on this tour but they did come good in time. The pair need to do this more often as their contribution to this team is immense. India will now be hoping to end the tour with a win to whitewash the Lankans which will be a good way to begin the new phase after a rough World Cup campaign in New Zealand.
Wicketkeeper Batsman Wriddhiman Saha to join Tripura cricket team
Agartala, Jul 5 (Cricket News) Veteran India discard Wriddhiman Saha will join the Tripura team as a player-cum-mentor, an official said on Tuesday.
A veteran of 40 Tests, Saha has already got the NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).
"We have had talks with Saha and he has agreed to play for the state. He will also act as a mentor for the senior team to motivate the players," Tripura Cricket Association (TCA) joint secretary Kishore Das told PTI.
TCA expects that Saha, a wicket-keeper-batter, will sign an agreement by July 15, he said.
Players would be immensely beneficial if Saha joins the team, considering his vast experience in international cricket and domestic circuit, Das said.
"It is not yet finalised whether he will be made the captain of the team. This will be decided later," the official said.
He is expected to play Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy matches for Tripura.
Saha, who will turn 38 in October, took a decision to leave Bengal after CAB joint secretary Debabrata 'Debu' Das alleged that the veteran keeper makes excuses to skip domestic matches for the state.
An irate Saha wanted an unconditional apology from Das, which he didn't get and when the official was sent as Indian team's administrative manager to England, it broke the proverbial camel's back. He had said he would never keep any grudge against Bengal and would be ready to serve again if needed in the future.
Having made his debut against Hyderabad in 2007, the Siliguri-born Saha has featured in 122 first-class and 102 List A games. He also has played 40 Tests and nine ODIs for India.
England inches away from victory after turning things around on Day 4
(Cricket news) At the beginning of Day 4 India were in a commanding position as they were 125/3 with a lead of 257. Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara were at the crease but England bowlers came through with some quality. Pujara tried to cut Stuart Broad's wide short ball but it went straight to the hands of the fielder. Shreyas Iyer came in and started playing his shots like he usually does but then England reverted back to their short ball theory which is Iyer's weakness. The batter fell straight into the trap as he was dismissed by Matthew Potts.
England kept India quite for a very long time and the runs stopped flowing. Pant had already smashed Jack Leach all over the park in the first innings but the bowler got his revenge. Pant was trying to take him on again but couldn't do so. He was dismissed after trying to play a reverse sweep which was caught at first slip. Jadeja was also dismissed on 23 after being cleaned up by Ben Stokes. Unfortunately for India this time their tail didn't wag and they were bowled out for 245 before tea. England started really well in the 2nd innings. Alex Lees and Zak Crawley stitched a 107 run partnership as both batters were looking solid. Lees reached a fine half century of just 44 balls.
Just before tea Jasprit Bumrah came into the attack and managed to clean up Crawley. The English opener left the ball which came back into him and dislodged his stumps. Bumrah once again provided a breakthrough in the very first ball after tea as he managed to produce an edge off Ollie Pope. Moments later Lees was run-out which put India right back in the contest. The visitors picked up 3 wickets in no time and put the pressure back on England. The two in form batters Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root soaked in all that pressure with minimum effort. The pair batted the rest of the day and added a partnership of 150 runs. Root is unbeaten on 76 while Bairstow is 72 not out. The latter was given a lifeline as Hanuma Vihari dropped him off Siraj's bowl.
Both Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj failed to bowl tight lines which made things easy for Root and Bairstow. Jadeja did keep things tight from one end as he bowled from over the wicket into the rough. England are coasting towards what will be a record breaking victory. India will need to produce something extraordinary to win the match as a draw is pretty much out of the equation. There will be a lot of pressure on Jasprit Bumrah who is captaining for the very first time. Even Bumrah the strike bowler will be under the pump as he is expected to get the breakthrough.
India failed to negotiate short ball, had ordinary day with bat: Rathour
Birmingham, Jul 5 (Cricket News) India couldn't negotiate the short ball and had an "ordinary" day with the bat, allowing England to fightback and put themselves firmly in the driver's seat in the rescheduled fifth Test, said batting coach Vikram Rathour.
Leading by 132 runs, India's batting came a cropper in the second innings on day 4 as they folded for 245 to set England a target of 378.
The hosts then produced a solid batting display and are currently just 119 runs away from recording their highest-ever run chase with Joe Root (76 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (72 not out) still at the crease and skipper Ben Stokes yet to come.
"I'll agree that we had a pretty ordinary day as far as batting is concerned. We were ahead, we were in a position where we could have batted them out of the game. Unfortunately, it didn't happen," Rathour said during the press-conference.
"A lot of them got starts but couldn't convert them. We were expecting one of them to play a big knock and have a big partnership but unfortunately it didn't happen like that." India paid the price for their poor shot selection as they struggled against the short-pitched deliveries with Shreyas Iyer falling to a bouncer yet again. Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah too followed suit in a similar fashion.
"Yes, they used a short-ball plan against us in the field," Rathour said.
"We had to show a little better, not intent, but strategy. We could've handled it slightly differently. People tried to play shots but didn't really convert or execute them well enough. They got out to that.
"We will have to rethink how we handle that next time in a similar situation, against similar bowlers who keep similar fields. We will need to have a better strategy against them." India were in a similar situation in the third and final Test in South Africa in January where the visitors had managed to grab a small first innings lead, only to blow it away as they fell prey to the short ball and lost the match by seven wickets and the series 1-2.
Asked if he expected England to use the short ball against them like South Africa did in January, Rathour said: "Of course, at this level you expect people to bowl short against us, and especially against the Indian team, people have been using short ball for quite some time.
"People have their own ways of handling that. As a batter you have your own way to deal with that. We don't really say you have to do this or do that. As a batter you need to decide, according to your game, what suits you in that situation and in those conditions. Unfortunately, today we couldn't really execute whatever plans we had." Rathour was, however, still hopeful of a turnaround and said a few early wickets can bring India back in the game.
"Two wickets in the morning early and again the game will open up. We know that, we understand the game, it is a big target still. It's still more than 100 runs. We take two wickets early and the game can still open up," he said.
"The kind of bowling Shami and Bumrah are doing, it's not beyond them that they get one wicket, then one, two, three can fall. And that can bring us back in the game."
England take control reaching 259 for 3 in pursuit of 378
Birmingham, Jul 4 (Cricket News) England have their nose ahead after reaching 259 for 3 in pursuit of 378 at stumps on the fourth day of the rescheduled fifth Test match against India here on Monday.
Jonny Bairstow (72 batting) and Joe Root (76 batting) were at the crease having added 150 runs for the fourth wicket stand after Alex Lees (56) and Zak Crawley (46) added 107 runs for the opening stand.
Skipper Jasprit Bumrah got two wickets as England go into final day needing only 119 runs.
Earlier, India were bowled out for 245 in their second innings, riding on half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (66) and Rishabh Pant (57).
Brief Scores: India 416 and 245 (Cheteshwar Pujara 66, Rishabh Pant 57, Ben Stokes 4/33) England 284 and (target 378) 259 for 3 (Alex Lees 56, Zak Crawley 46, Joe Root 76 batting, Jonny Bairstow 72 batting).
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur expresses relief after openers fire
Pallekele, Jul 4 (Cricket News) Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was relieved that Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma finally came good with a record-breaking opening partnership to set up India's series-clinching 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second ODI here on Monday.
After an extended run of mediocre scores during the tour so far, Mandhana (94) and Verma (71) shared a massive 174-run stand, the highest target successfully chased without losing a wicket in women's ODIs.
"We have been talking about long partnerships and thankfully we got it today. I am happy with the way we batted, it was outstanding to watch," Harmanpreet said during the post-match presentation.
The Indian skipper also lauded the performances of the bowlers including the likes of Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh, and Deepti Sharma, who with their tight bowling, ensured the hosts are bundled out for a paltry 173.
"I am very happy that the bowlers are giving breakthroughs whenever need," she added.
Renuka, 26, registered a career-best four for 28 on a pitch that favoured the Indian bowlers from the word go. She rattled the Sri Lankan top-order with three quick dismissals.
"I've been working on my strength, practicing my hard lengths and variations. We read the wicket well, that's why we bowled first. The weather was to our advantage as well," said Renuka, who was adjudged the Player of the Match.
"Our management asked us to keep things very simple and stick to our strengths." While the Indian bowlers hunted in pairs, medium pacer Meghna Singh, who also picked up two crucial wickets, including that of Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Athapaththu, said the idea was to build a strong "bowling partnership." "The idea definitely was to build a strong bowling partnership and with someone like Renuka, who is extremely a smart player and puts her talent and skills to best use, everything fell in place today," Meghna said.
The young Indian side, under the leadership of Harmanpreet, is also without veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami.
"The current team members share their own experiences and that's why, despite the absence of someone like Jhulan Goswami, who has done so much for the team, we are able to perform brilliantly in the bowling department," Meghna said.
England Lions name squad for matches against South Africa
(Cricket news) England Men's selection panel have named a 13-player squad for England Lions two Royal London 50-over internationals against South Africa starting on 12 July at Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
England Lions Squad versus South Africa
Tom Abell (Somerset) (Captain)
Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire)
Tom Banton (Somerset) (WK)
Sam Cook (Essex)
Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)
Steven Eskinazi (Middlesex)
Sam Hain (Warwickshire)
Adam Hose (Warwickshire)
Benny Howell (Gloucestershire)
Jake Lintott (Warwickshire)
David Payne (Gloucestershire)
George Scrimshaw (Derbyshire)
Will Smeed (Somerset)
Mo Bobat, ECB Performance Director, said: "It's always great when we can bring some of our best and highest potential players together, particularly to take on senior international opposition. The two games provide an excellent opportunity to continue to grow our depth and assess players' readiness for England.
He added "The squad reflects a balance of England's next best players and some future players of note, as well as high performers from this season's Vitality Blast campaign.With these games coming at the same time as England ODIs versus India and a County Championship round, we're very appreciative of the collaborative approach of counties, enabling us to field strong teams."
The first match at Taunton will permit full squad participation to facilitate South Africa Team preparation for the international white-ball programme, but the second match at Worcester will be played as an 11-a-side List-A match. England Men's Assistant Coach Paul Collingwood has been appointed Head Coach for the two matches.
Royal London Men's Internationals Schedule:
1st 50-over match: England Lions v South Africa, Tuesday 12 July, Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton (11.00am start)
2nd 50-over match: England Lions v South Africa, Thursday 14 July, New Road, Worcester (11.00am start)
Ireland announce Squad for Women's T20I Tri-Series
(Cricket news) Cricket Ireland has today announced a 14-player squad for Ireland Women’s T20 International series against Australia and Pakistan to be played at Bready Cricket Club from 16-24 July 2022, while a new national selection panel has been established for the senior women’s squad. Ireland Women will see the return of a number of high-profile players, after the recent six-match series against South Africa which saw eight players from the senior performance squad missing due to injuries or exams. Laura Delany and Orla Prendergast are both making a welcome return from injuries, while Ava Canning and Amy Hunter missed the previous series due to exam commitments.
Meanwhile, selector Cathy Murphy will be stepping down from her role effective immediately – advising her professional commitments are making it increasingly difficult to juggle a career with the growing demands of the role. A new national selection panel has been announced with Carrie Archer remaining as the Chair of National Women’s Selectors. Carrie will be joined by the three Arachas Super Series head coaches – Glenn Querl, James Cameron-Dow and Paul Davidge, with head coach Ed Joyce completing the new five-member panel.
Ireland Women’s T20I squad for Tri-Series:
Laura Delany (capt), Ava Canning, Rachel Delaney, Georgina Dempsey, Amy Hunter, Shauna Kavanagh, Arlene Kelly, Gaby Lewis, Sophie MacMahon, Jane Maguire, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Rebecca Stokell.
Carrie Archer, Chair of National Women’s Selectors, said: “We were pleased to see numerous strong performances during the recent South Africa series and, combined with the return of several players to the player pool after exams or injury, it has certainly made for several tough decisions on selection. However, these selection challenges only serve to underscore the positive fact that we are on the right track in the development of an increased talent pool to choose from in Ireland.
“Indeed, several players who missed out on this squad can consider themselves unfortunate, but certainly not out of contention for further opportunities, particularly in the lead up to T20 World Cup Qualifier in September. We have a lot to play for and a lot of players to see, especially with so many Super Series games ahead, as well as further internationals ahead of the tournament.”
On the new selector panel, she said: “We are pleased to welcome the three new members of the reconstituted national selectors panel with a busy period ahead for the women’s squad. We bid a fond farewell to Cathy Murphy as she steps down as a selector. Cathy has been an incredibly diligent and dedicated voluntary selector for several years and has been a key part of the selection team that has helped to identify talent and grow the talent pool across Ireland. Cathy has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role and her input and unique insights have been highly valued by the panel. Her contributions will be sorely missed. She will step away with pride at being part of the move to a new era for women’s cricket in Ireland.”
Women’s summer tri-series
16 July 2022: Australia Women v Pakistan Women – T20I (Bready; start time 4pm)
17 July 2022: Ireland Women v Australia Women – T20I (Bready; start time 4pm)
19 July 2022: Ireland Women v Pakistan Women – T20I (Bready; start time 4pm)
21 July 2022: Ireland Women v Australia Women – T20I (Bready; start time 4pm)
23 July 2022: Pakistan Women v Australia Women – T20I (Bready; start time 4pm)
24 July 2022: Ireland Women v Pakistan Women – T20I (Bready; start time 4pm)
TICKETS AND LIVESTREAM
Tickets are available to buy online at www.cricketireland.ie/tickets. Adults are £5, Under-16s free.
All matches will be livestreamed on www.livestream.com/CricketIrelandLive
India still in control after Day 3 despite Bairstow's incredible ton
(Cricket news) England started day 3 on 84/5 with Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow at the crease. The pair started to open up and play aggressively from the beginning of the day. Bairstow had been really cautious on Day 2 but really opened up after settling down. Ben Stokes was dropped on 18 by Shardul Thakur off Mohammed Shami's bowling. Stokes' luck wasn't up as he was dropped once again by skipper Jasprit Bumrah off Thakur's bowling. Both were rather regulation catches and that too of Stokes who is mighty dangerous. Thankfully for India, Stokes hit the very next ball towards Bumrah once again and the Indian captain dived to his left to take a blinder. Stokes had to walk back after scoring 25 off 36.
Nothing was slowing down Bairstow's onslaught as he continued to counter attack as he reached his century in just 109 balls. The batter scored just 16 runs off his first 65 balls and then scored 84 off 54. This was his 3rd hundred in consecutive Test matches and his 5th in 2022. He was soon dismissed by Mohammed Shami who produced an edge which went to Virat Kohli at first slip. Sam Billings played a nice little cameo of 36 off 56 before being dismissed by Siraj. India cleaned up the tail fairly early as England were 284 runs behind.
Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara opened the batting with a lead of 132 runs. James Anderson struck in the very first over as he got rid of Gill who edged the ball to Zak Crawley at second slip just like the first innings. Pujara and Hanuma Vihari steadied the ship with some solid batting. The pair didn't take any risks even though the run rate was very low, they managed to stay at the wicket. Vihari got out on 11 after he chased Stuart Broad's ball and only managed to edge it to Bairstow at 3rd slip. Broad kept bowling fuller to try and tempt Vihari to drive which ultimately brought the breakthrough.
Virat Kohli came into bat and instantly started playing his strokes including two glorious trademark cover drives. Kohli's bad luck continued as he was dismissed by an unplayable ball from Stokes. The hall bounced way more than it should have which caught Kohli by surprise. The ball took an edge and was on its way down after hitting Billings's glove but Joe Root was there to pick up the pieces. Kohli could only manage 20 off 40 as his struggles continued. Pant came into bat and started to put the bad balls away. Pujara reaches a solid half century to mark his return after a short time out of the squad.
England went with altered tactics towards the end of the day. They got Anderson to bang it in short from around the wicket to Pujara. On the other end was Joe Root who was constantly bowling wide to Pant to try and tempt the keeper. The pair managed to keep their calm as India finished the day on 125 for 3 with a lead of 257 runs. India are in a very commanding position with two days to go. They will be hoping to bat till tea tomorrow before trying to bowl out England once again. England will be hoping that they can make inroads by cleaning up India for less 350 before trying to pull off another stellar run chase.
Harmanpreet to return in Melbourne Renegades colours in WBBL
Melbourne, Jul 4 (Cricket News) India captain Harmapreet Kaur will return in Melbourne Renegades colours for a second season in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) during the eighth edition of the T20 tournament later this year.
Harmanpreet, who has represented India in over 200 matches across all formats, is an all-rounder, renowned for her destructive batting and handy off-spin.
The 33-year-old was Renegades' leading run-scorer and wicket-taker in the WBBL last year.
She scored 406 runs at an average of 58 -- including 18 sixes, the most in the competition -- and also claimed 15 wickets.
"I'm excited to be coming back to the Renegades," Harmanpreet was quoted as saying by the Renegades' website.
"I really enjoyed being part of the team environment last season and feel like that helped me produce some of my best cricket. Personally, I just wanted to play my role for the team and it was pleasing to be able to do that.
"We supported each other as a team last year and were able to get some good results, but we still have plenty of room to improve. Hopefully we can do that, make the finals again and put ourselves in a position to compete for the title," she added.
Batting primarily at number four, Harmanpreet was a match-winner for the Renegades on multiple occasions throughout last season.
"We couldn't be more excited to have Harmanpreet returning to our club this summer," Melbourne Renegades General Manager, James Rosengarten, said.
"Harmanpreet is one of the best players in the world, her record speaks for itself. She was outstanding for us last season and was a match-winner on multiple occasions, having a prolific impact across the tournament with both bat and ball.
“As an experienced player, Harmanpreet’s leadership and calm approach under pressure was a huge asset for our team. She was a great fit both on and off the field and really bought into our team environment," he said.
"After not being able to play games in Melbourne last season, we know our fans will be thrilled about the prospect of watching Harmanpreet in action in WBBL."