Poonam Yadav joins WBBL side Brisbane Heat
Melbourne, Oct 8 (Cricket news) Spinner Poonam Yadav on Friday became the eighth Indian cricketer to sign for the Women's Big Bash League after Brisbane Heat roped her in for the upcoming season.
The 30-year-old diminutive India wrist spinner joined the Brisbane side to fill the spot left by the withdrawal of New Zealand star Amelia Kerr.
Yadav is in the Indian squad for the ongoing multi-format tour of Australia. She played in two of the three ODIs against Australia but did not find a place in the playing eleven in the subsequent lone Pink-ball Test.
Yadav has made a habit of wreaking havoc against Australian batters, including her 4 for 19 in last year's T20 World Cup opener, and Brisbane will hope she can do the same in the WBBL.
She is the eighth India player to sign a deal for the upcoming season joining Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav (both Sixers), Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma (both Thunder), Richa Ghosh (Hurricanes), Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur (both Renegades).
She rounds out the Heat’s overseas contingent, joining South Africans Anneke Bosch and Nadine de Klerk.
"When we lost Amelia Kerr, we were confident we could back our group to give a good account of themselves regardless but adding Poonam’s skill and her competitiveness is a huge result," Heat coach Ashley Noffke was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.
"She is a different type of bowler to Melie, and we are clear on how we can best utilise her talents in our line-up.
"Jess Jonassen has played against her and as captain, she is very keen to work alongside her now she is with the Heat." Yadav has played one Test, 54 ODIs and 71 T20Is since making her debut in 2013.
Kerr withdrew from the Big Bash last month, citing the need to continue focusing on her mental health after she had already chosen to sit out of New Zealand’s tour of England.
Yadav's signing is the final international spot in the competition to be confirmed.
The Heat have now completed their 15-player roster, making just four changes to the group that made the semi-finals last season.
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Mithali dethroned from top spot, Goswami rises to number two position: ICC ODI rankings
Dubai, Sep 28 (Cricket news) India captain Mithali Raj on Tuesday lost her top spot in the ICC Women's ODI Rankings for batters as she slid to the third place while veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami climbed two places to second in the bowlers' list.
The 38-year-old Raj, who scored just 87 runs at an average of 29 in the just-concluded three-match series against Australia, now has 738 points in her kitty.
South African Lizelle Lee (761) grabbed the top spot after gaining one place while Australia's Alyssa Healy, who scored 112 runs in the three-match series against India, is at second spot with 750 points.
Another Indian, Smriti Mandhana climbed one place to be at number six with 710 points.
The 38-year-old Goswami's stellar show during ODI series against Australia also took her to second spot.
Goswami took four wickets in the series which India lost 1-2, including the three-wicket haul for 37 runs in the final match which India won to break Australia's astonishing winning streak of 26 ODIs.
She had an average of 28.75 in the three matches.
Goswami also gained three places to be at 10th spot among all-rounders with 251 points.
Australia's Jess Jonassen continued to lead the bowling chart with 760 points as against 727 of Goswami.
Another Australian Meghan Scutt occupies third spot with 717 points after losing one place.
Others making waves in the bowler's rankings were the England duo of Anya Shrubsole and Kate Cross, both of whom jumped into the top ten, occupying the 9th and 10th spots respectively.
Shrubsole gained four places after picking three wickets in the final two ODIs against New Zealand, while Cross' spell of 3/44 in the fifth ODI helped her move up five slots.
The spotlight among the batters was on Beth Mooney. She rocketed up eight places to break into the top ten, sitting at No. 8, just below compatriot Meg Lanning by nine rating points.
Mooney's marvellous performance against India included a stunning century as well as a half-century as she amassed 177 runs at a strike rate of 89.84. In the all-rounder's rankings, Ashleigh Gardner scaled four places to reach the sixth position while Ellyse Perry's poor form led to her dropping two positions, pushing South Africa's Marizanne Kapp to the top of the all-rounders' rankings.
India's Deepti Sharma dropped one place to be at fifth.
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Big test for India's middle-order against mighty Australia, Harmanpreet not fit for opener
Mackay, Sep 20 (Cricket News) The under-fire middle-order will be expected to deliver when India take on the mighty Australia in the ODI series beginning here on Tuesday, aiming to finalise their combination ahead of the Women's World Cup next year.
India have lost back-to-back series against South Africa and England primarily due to poor batting and even poorer strike-rate save for openers. The next challenge could not be tougher with Australia on a record 22-match winning streak.
Key batter Harmanpreet Kaur is unavailable after injuring her thumb before the warm-up game on Saturday.
"Unfortunately she injured her thumb few days ago and is not available for the first game. The rest of the squad members are fit and available for tomorrow," head coach Ramesh Powar said on the eve of the game.
Lack of firepower has been an issue for India since the home series against South Africa and Powar has clearly conveyed his expectations to the batters. Depending on how the batting performs, skipper Mithali Raj will decide on whether to bat number three or four in the longer run. With Harmanpreet injured for the opener, she is likely to stick to four to lend more solidity to the batting line-up.
The team has realised that Punam Raut neither has the power nor the game to build momentum at one-drop position after Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana's flamboyance.
Jemimah Rodrigues, who had a dismal run against England, played brilliantly in The Hundred and is back in the reckoning for the number three spot.
Mithali, with her two-decade long experience, also makes a lot of sense at number three as the innings can be built around her presence in the middle. She had scored three consecutive fifties in England at number four.
Deepti Sharma is another slow-scorer in the middle-order, which has often lost momentum.
Even during the one-off practice game, Deepti consumed as many as 93 deliveries to return with a 49 not out but its her tight off-breaks that India would require in the middle-overs which makes her indispensable.
However during the warm-up game against Australia that India lost by 36 runs, left-handed batter Yastika Bhatia gave a good account of herself scoring 41 off 42 balls as Harmanpreet was not fit for the game.
Yastika has a good chance of starting tomorrow. She is a hard-hitting batter with a good range of strokes in the off-side area.
Richa Ghosh looks set to play the 50 over format as Taniya Bhatia's strokes also lack strength, something where the Bengal girl is far ahead.
The advantage for India will be Australia's bowling line-up which isn't the most experienced one as the cricket board wants to manage the workload of the players in a series with short turnaround between formats.
So Ellyse Perry will have Annabel Sutherland, Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Stella Campbell for company in absence of seasoned pacer Megan Schutt and spinner Jess Jonassen.
The Australia bowlers have made their intentions clear: they will be aiming to bounce out the India batters as it was evident in the warm-up game.
It is Southern Stars' might batting line-up that will pose a bigger challenge for the Indians.
If the warm-up match is anything to go by, Indian bowlers, save leg-spinner Poonam Yadav and senior seamer Jhulan Goswami, looked out of rhythm as the home team scored 278 in 50 overs which is more than winning score in women's cricket.
The line up of Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, Perry and Beth Mooney form a formidable five.
It is no surprise that Goswami and Yadav will need a lot of support. With Shikha Pandey not having measured up in recent series as Goswami's pace bowling partner, rookie Meghna Singh might be tried out along with bowling all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar.
Squads India: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Ekta Bisht.
Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Rachael Haynes (vice-captain), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.
Match Starts : 5:35 am IST.
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Perry set to spearhead depleted Australian bowling attack against India
Brisbane, Sep 17 (Cricket news) Star Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry, who is set to lead the home side's depleted bowling attack in the upcoming ODI series against India, sees this as an "opportunity" with the new ball in the absence of regular pacer Megan Schutt.
India's tour of Australia begins with the opening ODI at the Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay on September 21 and concludes with third and final T20I at the Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast on October 10.
With Australia without the services of pacers Schutt and Tayla Vlaeminck and spinner Jess Jonassen, Perry is set reprise her new-ball role in the opening ODI.
"With Megan Schutt missing for this series there might be more opportunity there with the new ball, especially initially," Perry was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
"That still very much depends on performance but I think there will be a fair bit of change in between the attack, just managing people's workloads given that a number of us went through 14 days' quarantine before this," she added.
Australia's leading women's wicket-taker across all formats, Perry, was recovering from a hamstring injury and hence did not feature in a single ODI in 2020.
Earlier this year, in the series against New Zealand she just bowled six overs in the first two matches.
"Last summer I was grateful just to be back on the park … a lot was made of the limited impact I had with the ball, and it's been a really great challenge to continue to evolve and try and improve that.
"Right the way across my career I've always really enjoyed the challenge of trying to get better and evolve my game because I think the game's evolved so much.
"To have such a long period of time over the off-season to (train) in Victoria has been really good … obviously I've still got to perform and translate that back onto the park but I'm looking forward to the summer ahead." One of just seven bowlers to have taken 150 wickets in women's ODIs, Perry had a career-best year in 2019, claiming 21 ODI wickets at 13.52.
"Physically, I don't feel any different almost 18 months down the track from that (hamstring injury), and I think the numbers are one thing and then the other side of it is playing a role for the team and contributing to how we want to play," she explained.
"As the personnel in our team evolves or we change that, your role as an individual slightly changes too, and it's about balancing that within a group," she said.
The multi-format series comprises three ODIs, a day-night Test and three T20s.
The Test will be played from September 30 to October 3 in Canberra.
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Australia fast bowler Vlaeminck ruled out of India ODIs, Test
Melbourne, Sep 16 (Cricket News) Australia women's team express pace bowler Tayla Vlaeminck was on Thursday ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series and one-off day/night Test against visiting India due to niggles.
The home team's support staff is looking to best manage its battery of young fast bowlers.
Head coach Matthew Mott said Vlaeminck, who did not bowl on Thursday, would be the lone player unavailable for next week's ODIs in Mackay and the ensuing Test in Gold Coast.
He added that she will likely feature in the T20 series.
"Tayla has had some little niggles throughout her build-up down in Victoria," Mott told reporters after his 18-member squad played out a 30-overs per side game in Brisbane.
"That's something that we've been monitoring all the way through.
"And she does have to step up her loads gradually. We've got to manage her really well – we've got a huge 18 months for her as a young fast bowler, and we know the impact that she can have when she plays." Vlaeminck, who played the first of her 20 matches for Australia as a 19-year-old in 2018, has for some time been considered among the world's fastest bowlers, though knee and shoulder problems as well as a stress fracture in her right foot have stalled her progress.
With the 22-year-old speedster still working her way back to full fitness ahead of the T20s, Australia will be without their first-choice new ball pairing for the three ODIs and one-off Test as veteran seamer Megan Schutt is also unavailable following the birth of her first child.
With experienced spinner Jess Jonassen also missing out owing to an injury, Mott is expecting star all-rounder Ellyse Perry to take on a leadership role in the young bowling group.
"(Perry has) obviously had a very long recovery now and (this series is) something she's planned a lot for," he said.
"Speaking to (bowling coach) Ben Sawyer, who has worked a lot with her at the Sixers, he's really happy with where she's at.
"At the crease he can't remember her being as strong as she has been, and certainly in the hits that we've had up here (we've seen that).
"She had a pretty good bowl today, she got a little bit of tap early, but then came back and got a wicket, got Meg out and bowled really well.
The tour begins with the opening ODI at the Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay on September 21 and concludes with third and final T20I at the Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast on October 10.
One of the young bowlers wearing the Baggy Green for the first time could be Darcie Brown, an 18-year-old tearaway from Kapunda in South Australia who burst onto the scene in last summer's WBBL before going on to make her ODI and T20I debuts in New Zealand in March-April.
In Vlaeminck's absence, Mott said Brown could well make her debut in the one-off Test and be deployed as an impact bowler.
"What we have found in our stats for the last few Tests is that spinners bowl a lot of the overs, so having some like Darcie to come in for short spells is probably how she's going to be used anyway," he said.
"I think our quicks will probably be used a lot more for impact than the grunt work in the middle overs."
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Shafali retains no 1 spot in T20I batting rankings, Devine jumps to joint top among all-rounders
Dubai, Sep 7 (Cricket news) Indian teen star Shafali Verma maintained her number one position among women's T20 batters while New Zealand's Sophie Devine is the new joint top-ranked all-rounder in the latest ICC rankings issued on Tuesday.
Verma is holding onto her top rank with 759 ranking points, ahead of Australian Beth Mooney (744) and India T20 vice-captain Smriti Mandhana (716).
Another Australian Meg Lanning is at fourth spot with 709 points while Devine also gains a place in the batting chart to jump up to number 5 with 689 points.
Devine showed her class in the third T20I against England at Hove, scoring 50 runs with the bat while also returning with figures of 2/26. This has enabled her to jump up a spot and be the joint top-ranked all-rounder alongside England's Natalie Sciver.
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Other gainers in the all-rounders rankings include India's Deepti Sharma, Australia's Ellyse Perry and West Indies' Hayley Matthews, who all gain a spot to jump to no 4, 5 and 6 respectively. Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies dropped down three spots to seventh. In the batting rankings, South Africa's Lizelle Lee was the big gainer, jumping up three spots to the eighth spot in the chart.
In the bowling list, Australia's Megan Schutt gained two spots to reach no 2 in the rankings. Jess Jonassen of Australia also gained a spot to reach no 4.
India's Deepti Sharma also moved up to no 6 while Poonam Yadav remained at eighth.
Hayley Matthews, who was the joint-highest wicket-taker in the T20I series against South Africa, has gained seven places to break into the top 15 among bowlers.
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Smriti Mandhana calls for six-team women's IPL
New Delhi, Aug 18 (Cricket news) Star India opener Smriti Mandhana firmly believes that cricket in the country has enough depth for the introduction of a six-team women's IPL, which can further help in improving the bench strength for the national side.
The 25-year-old stylish batter said the quality of domestic players has improved in the men's game since the advent of the Twenty20 league and the same could be the case for women's cricket.
"There are same number of states for men and women. So, when they started men's IPL, there were same number of states. But the quality went higher and higher as the years passed by," Madhana said on Ravichandran Ashwin's YouTube channel.
"What IPL is today, it wasn't the same 10 or 11 years back. I think it's the same for women's cricket. We have same amount of girls playing cricket.
"For now, I think we will have good five or six teams to start with and probably grow to eight teams in one or two years. But till the time we don't start, we don't know," she added.
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Mandhana feels the league could give the women the right kind of exposure that is required to improve their games.
"Five-six teams, we are good to go with. But eight teams, I am still not sure how it will look like. But I think we really need to start with five or six teams so that we can actually get to eight teams very soon.
"I think till we don't start, we are not giving exposure to our girls to turn their cricket into a really different level," she said.
Mandhan said the women's Big Bash League has led to an improvement in the bench strength of the Australian team, something which can be replicated in India with the women's IPL.
"I played in Big Bash four years back and now the quality is very different. You can see that in Cricket Australia where they have 40-50 cricketers ready to play international cricket any day.
"So, I really want that to happen in Indian cricket. I think IPL will play a huge role in that," Mandhana added.
Currently the BCCI hosts a Women's T20 Challenge which features three teams -- Trailblazers, Supernovas and Velocity.
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Australian women's teams's Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen opt out of India series
Melbourne, Aug 18 (Cricket news) The Australian women's team's seasoned campaigners Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen have opted out of the upcoming multi-format home series against India due to various reasons.
The tour, starting September 19, involves three ODIs, three T20Is and one Day-Night Test.
While pace spearhead Schutt has requested the selectors to not consider her for selection due to personal reasons, spin bowling all-rounder Jonassen will miss the assignment after suffering a bone stress injury in her tibia. She is ranked world number in the ODIs.
Another notable absentee from the 18-member squad is Belinda Vakarewa, who is also skipping the series due to personal reasons.
The uncapped Maitlan Brown, who was part of the squad against New Zealand last year, has returned after a long layoff due to a hamstring injury.
Getting their first national call-ups are Stella Campbell and Georgia Redmayne.
The series is scheduled to begin with the ODIs on September 19 in Sydney (there is a possibility of a change in fixtures due to the ongoing coronavirus-enforced lockdown in New South Wales), followed by the lone Test at the WACA in Perth on September 30 and conclude with the T20Is in Sydney from October 7.
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"We're fully supportive of the requests from Belinda and Megan to not be considered for selection and will continue to work with them to ensure they have the appropriate support," national selector Shawn Flegler said.
"As leader of the bowling attack, Megan's absence will provide the opportunity for someone else to play the type of role she has so well over a lengthy period.
"Jess is another big loss and will be disappointed to miss out, but she's another one that's worked hard over the winter and with a long summer ahead, her focus will be to get herself right with a lot of cricket left in the season." Redmayne, who has been playing for Welsh Fire in the women's Hundred, has been rewarded for her prolific WNCL form for Queensland last season, where she scored 531 runs at 132.75 with two centuries.
She was also Brisbane Heat's leading run-scorer in the WBBL with 357 at 32.45.
Pacer Campbell, who plays for New South Wales and Sydney Sixers, joins a growing list of young quicks in the Australia set-up alongside Tayla Vlaeminck, Darcie Brown and Maitlan Brown.
She only managed three wickets at 70.66 in last season's WNCL but was the Sixers' joint second-leading wicket-taker in the WBBL with ten scalps.
Australia squad: Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.
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Former England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor joins 'The Hundred'
According to a press release by ECB, Sarah Taylor, one of the greatest women cricketers of all time has signed up to compete in The Hundred. The former England wicketkeeper will represent Welsh Fire in the inaugural edition of the brand new action-packed 100-ball tournament.
One of England’s finest wicket keepers, Taylor represented England 226 times that included 10 Tests, 126 ODIs and 90 IT20s before announcing retiring from international cricket in 2019. Taylor has won two World Cups in 2009 and 2017 and three Ashes series.
With 232 dismissals through catches and stumpings, Sarah Taylor’s record across all formats of cricket is unparalleled. She scored 6,533 international runs with seven centuries and 36 half centuries and is presently ranked 10th in the list of all-time run scorers in both ODI and IT20s. Recently, Taylor became the first ever female skills coach of a men’s county team, in the role of a wicket keeping coach at Sussex CCC.
Sarah Taylor said: “There has been a real buzz about The Hundred, and especially the women’s competition. We’ve got the best players from around the world involved and the temptation to be part of it was too great to resist. I’m so excited at the prospect of playing again. It’ll be really special to get back out there and be part of a Welsh Fire side that hopefully can have a great first season.”
The brand new 100 ball tournament The Hundred – which is a combination fast-paced world-class cricket with family-friendly entertainment will kick start with a women’s game as Oval Invincibles will take on Manchester Originals on July 21. The men’s and women’s competitions feature world-class domestic and international players in the tournament.
The competition will have eight new city-based teams - Birmingham Phoenix, Welsh Fire (Cardiff), Northern Superchargers (Leeds), Manchester Originals, Trent Rockets (Nottingham), Southern Brave (Southampton), London Spirit and Oval Invincibles (London).
Taylor will be joined at Welsh Fire by the very talented Australian leg spinner Georgia Wareham. Wareham comes as replacement for Jess Jonassen, who has pulled out from the tournament this summer citing personal circumstances. Wareham who is only 21 years old, has already represented Australia in 48 matches. She has claimed 52 international wickets which also includes a match winning 3-17 against New Zealand in the semi-final of the Women’s T20 World Cup last year.
Beth Barrett-Wild, Head of The Hundred women’s competition said: “Sarah Taylor is a truly extraordinary cricketer, who has made a habit of breaking new ground in the game throughout her career. It’s highly appropriate therefore that she will feature in The Hundred this summer – a competition which has the potential to transform women’s cricket.
“I’m personally very excited about watching her play again, and I’m sure her involvement and performances will help to inspire the next generation of girls and boys to fall in love with the sport.”