Full squads and where the Aussies are playing
Australia players: Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham
Full Squad: Beth Mooney (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Sophia Dunkley, Annabel Sutherland, Harleen Deol, Deandra Dottin, Sneh Rana, S Meghana, Georgia Wareham, Mansi Joshi, D Hemalatha, Monica Patel, Tanuja Kanwer, Sushma Verma, Hurley Gala, Ashwani Kumari, Parunika Sisodia, Shabnam Shakil
Australia players: Meg Lanning, Jess Jonassen, Laura Harris
Full squad: Meg Lanning (c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Marizanne Kapp, Titas Sadhu, Alice Capsey, Tara Norris, Laura Harris, Jasia Akhtar, Minnu Mani, Taniya Bahtia, Poonam Yadav, Jess Jonassen, Sneha Deepthi, Arundhati Reddy, Aparna Mondal
Australia Players: Heather Graham
Full squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Natalie Sciver-Brunt, Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Yastika Bhatia, Heather Graham, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Dhara Gujjar, Saika Ishaque, Hayley Matthews, Chloe Tyron, Humaira Kazi, Priyanka Bala, Sonam Yadav, Neelam Bisht, Jintimani Kalita
Australia Players: Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy
Full squad: Alyssa Healy (c), Sophie Ecclestone, Deepti Sharma, Tahlia McGrath, Shabnim Ismail, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Parshavi Chopra, Shweta Sehrawat, S Yashasri, Kiran Navgire, Grace Harris, Devika Vaidya, Lauren Bell, Laxmi Yadav, Simran Shaikha
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Australia Players: Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Erin Burns
Full squad: Smriti Mandhana (c), Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Renuka Singh, Richa Ghosh, Erin Burns, Disha Kasat, Indrani Roy, Shreyanka Patil, Kanika Ahuja, Asha Shobana, Heather Knight, Dane van Niekerk, Preeti Bose, Poonam Khemnar, Komal Zanzad, Megan Schutt, Sahana Pawar
Normal service has resumed; Australia wins the toss and bats.
Day 1 of the Ahmedabad test belonged to Australia. Usman Khawaja brought up his century on the final over of the day’s play (his first in India) as the tourists reached 4/255 at stumps on a slow pitch.
Before play began, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese did a lap of the stadium (named after Modi), met both teams, and joined them for the national anthems. It marks 75 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Pretty exciting match in NZ. Not as exciting as the last English match but NZ is chasing 11 overs with about 72 runs to win.
Well another great match. NZ won off the last ball with a run out attempt (direct hit). Kane Williamson was in by the skin of his teeth.
And there it is! NZ have beaten Sri Lanka by 2 wickets on the final day with zero balls to spare. Sri Lanka’s hopes of advancing to the WTC Final have ended. This means that India have guaranteed a spot in the WTC Final against Australia
The fourth and final test between India and Australia at Ahmedabad has ended in a tame draw. Australia finished their second innings on 2/175, leading the home side by 84 runs, when the two team captains shook hands.
Virat Kohli was awarded player of the match for his score of 186, while Australian opener Usman Khawaja made 180 before he injured his leg while fielding during India’s first innings. Ravi Ashwin (25 wickets) and Ravindra Jadeja (22 wickets) were named players of the series.
India won the series 2-1 and retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy for another four years (the next series will be held in Australia).
Former Australian captain Tim Paine has now retired from all forms of cricket.
India won game one by five wickets after bowling out Australia for 188. Australia claimed game two by ten wickets after dismissing the home side for just 117.
Western Australia have won back-to-back Sheffield Shield titles, defeating Victoria by nine wickets in the final at WACA Ground this afternoon. WA captain Ashton Turner was named player of the match for his first innings score of 128, and Queensland’s Michael Neser was named player of the season for taking 40 wickets and making 357 runs during the 2022-23 competition.
The result means WA have completed domestic’s men’s treble (Sheffield Shield, One-Day Cup and BBL) for the second season in a row.
Interesting NZ A beat Australia A in New Zealand. It was a big chase. We need a test series in NZ. I am a broken down record player. I know .
BIG BASH CONTRACTING CHANGES
– Total Payment Pools rise to $3 million in BBL and $732,624 in WBBL
– Both BBL and WBBL to hold overseas player auctions
– BBL clubs able to sign Cricket Australia players on “Marquee Supplementary List” outside of squad of 18, and will be given salary cap relief should those players play
– BBL clubs must pay top six players a combined $1.7 million
– BBL clubs must pay a minimum of six players a minimum of $200,000
– WBBL clubs must pay a minimum of five players a minimum of $50,000
Overseas player draft salary bands:
Platinum (BBL and WBBL wages)
$420k and $110k
$300k and $90k
$200k and $65k
$100k and $40k
Amazing in my lifetime I am seeing Cricket come from primarily an international team sport to becoming more franchise based (where the “new gold mine is”). State cricket /county cricket was more popular back in the 80s but never to the heights of T20 (or so it appears) as television coverage is so much more widespread and T20 brings in $$$$.
Although you can watch a lot of shield cricket now using the Cricket Australia App. I don’t think many people do except for some diehard supporters. I don’t think you got live state shield cricket in the 80s besides the one dayers. Now state cricket feels like a feeder comp into the more elite competitions. It is rare you get a full strength shields teams playing, where I think in the past if there was a shield final all the test players would be available.
All this feels like Premier league in soccer. Where that league is in India instead of England. Its not quite there yet (it may never catch up to that extent). Also a bit like Baseball as well. It is a good thing for cricket? Time will tell certainly there is money to be made these days in franchised cricket (compared to our recent past).
I think a lot of sports are heading this way - the English Premier League in soccer, you could argue NRL and AFL teams are similar purely because of the $$$ involved and that there isn’t as much loyalty in the game anymore, players will often chase the biggest $$$ because they may only have a 10 or so years in it, often less.