Cricket

Looking forward to the summer. Roll on 4th of November

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The old broadcast deal started with Women’s T20 against NZ & the new broadcast deal also starts with Women’s T20 against NZ.

Men’s tests series was against India as well

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Also last night, the South Australian Cricket Association announced it would drop the Redbacks nickname for its men’s state team from the 2024/2025 season, after nearly three decades. The women’s state team will also no longer be called the Scorpions.

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The Australian women’s team has finished its tour of Bangladesh unbeaten, winning all six matches (three ODIs, three T20s) by big margins.

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Cricketing great Stuart MacGill will stand trial later this year as he battles allegations he was involved in a large-scale cocaine deal.

MacGill faced Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court on Friday where he formally entered a not guilty plea to one count of taking part in the supply of a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug over his alleged role in a $330,000 cocaine deal.

He will now face trial in November this year, with the hearing expected to last five to seven days.

The cult leg spinner has remained on bail since his arrest in September last year.

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Wisden Cricket Almanack has named its five cricketers of 2023: Australia’s Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Ashleigh Gardner, and England duo Mark Wood and Harry Brook. Australian captain Pat Cummins was named leading male cricketer of the year, while England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt was named leading female cricketer of the year.

Wisden Trophy for Test performance of the year was won by Travis Head for his decisive 163 in the World Test Championship final against India at The Oval.

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Meg Lanning has revealed she struggled with “an unhealthy relationship” with exercise and food leading up to her shock retirement.

She was often only eating two “not significant” meals a day despite running up to 90km a week.

You can hear more on the Howie Games podcast.
Part 1: ‎The Howie Games: 208: Meg Lanning (Part A) on Apple Podcasts
Part 2: ‎The Howie Games: 208: Meg Lanning (Part B) on Apple Podcasts

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The CA announcement

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Century Cricket Group launch ‘The Century’, confirm Mackay as host location

A new national tournament with $80,000 prize money and an IPL-style auction - for amateur cricketers - has been unveiled. Discover all the exclusive details and how to nominate.

https://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/queensland/mackay/sport/century-cricket-group-launch-the-century-confirm-mackay-as-host-location/news-story/cf7133c76521762f1e8626671e92f161

Eight franchises will compete in ‘The Century’ from August 2-4 with matches played in the 100-ball format and an $80,000 prize pool on offer.

The tournament is the brainchild of Century Cricket Group, a privately owned cricket company.

The group’s website states that it aims to create “a full ecosystem of cricketing opportunities through competitions, coaching clinics and training centres”.

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England bowler James Anderson has revealed he will retire after his team’s first test against West Indies at Lord’s, which starts on July 10. He turns 42 this July and has claimed 700 test wickets and 269 ODI wickets.


Botha replaces Wade Seccombe, who is now T20 High Performance manager for Melbourne Stars.

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Victoria is the only state government not to agree on a six-year deal with cricket’s governing body, which is due to begin for the 2025-26 season, when England next tour Australia.

One (State Cabinet) minister privately accused Cricket Australia of using the delay as “leverage” during negotiations, and questioned why any other venue or host city would even be considered as it would potentially deny them their largest attendance for the series.

A Cricket Australia spokesman said negotiations were continuing but declined to elaborate.

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Both ministers agreed there was almost no chance Melbourne would lose the iconic Test.

A source close to the negotiations, who spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of negotiations, claimed Cricket Australia had instituted a “convoluted tender process”.

Well that rules out Channel 10 as the host of the Boxing Day Test

This will be over something minor (but important), like the cost of policing for the event.

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