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ICC Women’s World Cup: Soul-searching put Australia’s women cricketers on top of the world | Cricket News – Times of India

CHRISTCHURCH: Australia's women's cricketers can lay justifiable claim to being the greatest sports team on the planet after their all-conquering run to World Cup glory was capped by a record-breaking demolition of England in the final. Individual and team records were shattered in Christchurch as they completed a clean sweep by adding the 50-over world championship to Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes crowns, the culmination of a meticulous five-year plan. Alyssa Healy played the greatest innings by a man or woman in a World Cup final, smashing 170 from just 138 balls. Australia's total of 356-5 on Sunday was the highest against England's women, the title holders, by any team. This dazzling Australia side won all nine of their World Cup matches to take their recent 50-over record to 38 wins...
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From tragedy to triumph: the Alyssa Healy story

“Cricket has given me an escape from the grief and sadness of losing someone in your family.” When a 12-year-old Alyssa Healy was watching television at her home after school, her mother, hit by a premonition, told her she was going to see her sister Kareen play footy. Usually, Kareen, four years older, would be dropped home by a friend’s mom or the mother would go fetch her late so that young Alyssa wasn’t alone. That day, though, she told Alyssa. “I just feel like I need to go watch Kareen play.” Sometime later, a friend of her mom landed up at home, told Alyssa to spend the night at their house as the mother would be late. “I remember having the best night of my life.” No one told her that life at the Healy household would never be the same again. Next morning, her mom told her, “Kar...
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Women’s World Cup: I am 32 and I have seen it all, says ‘grateful’ Alyssa Healy | Cricket News – Times of India

CHRISTCHURCH: Record-breaking Australia wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy, whose sensational 170 set up Southern Stars' WODI World Cup triumph on Sunday, feels that she has now "seen it all" having been there and done that on most big days. Riding on Healy's breathtaking hundred, Australia bossed their way to a record-extending seventh Women's World Cup title with a crushing 71-run win over traditional rivals England, stamping their undisputed dominance in the tournament. "I'm 32 and I've seen it all. Our team sets out to win events like these and everyone is sort of keen to get out there and do just that, grateful for the opportunity," said Healy, who was named player of the final as well player of the tournament. "You probably couldn't have asked for anything more. Proud of the batting...
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Riding on Healy special, Australia annex record-extending seventh World Cup title

Australia bossed their way to a record-extending seventh Women’s World Cup title with a crushing 71-run win over traditional rivals England, stamping their undisputed dominance in the tournament after a breathtaking hundred from Alyssa Healy in the final here on Sunday. Playing the innings of her life, Healy put England attack to sword with a sensational 170 off 138 balls that powered Australia to a massive 356 for five. Defending champions England needed something more than special to pull off the record chase but kept losing wickets throughout the innings which ended at 285 in 43.4 overs. Natalie Sciver, who scored an unbeaten 148 off 121 balls for her second successive hundred against Australia in the competition, eventually ran out of partners. 🔥 Player of the Match of #T20WorldC...
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Australia beats England on sad day at ICC Women’s World Cup

In a match made solemn by tragic circumstances, an Australian team batting with two black armbands beat England by 12 runs Saturday in its opening match at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup at Hamilton, New Zealand. Australia scored 310-3 batting first and a magnificent century from 79 balls by England’s Nat Sciver kept England in the match until the final over. Sciver was 109 not out at the end of an outstanding England run chase. England needed 36 from the last three overs, 26 from the last two and 16 from the final over but fell short, finishing 298-8. Jess Johansen who had given up 16 runs from her first two overs, mostly to Sciver, bowled the last over and held her nerve to clinch Australia’s win. #TeamAustralia come out on 🔝 They beat #TeamEngland by 12 runs despite Nat Sciver's ...
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Ashes 2005: When Shane Warne stood tall amidst ruins for Australia

From the moment he bamboozled Mike Gatting with the ‘ball of the century’ in Manchester in 1993, Shane Warne loved playing in England. He fancied a bit of banter with the crowd and rolled over hapless English batters for fun, scripting many memorable Ashes victories. He also inspired Australia to a World Cup win with clutch performances against South Africa and Pakistan in the semifinal and final of the 1999 World Cup in England. Warne’s greatest individual efforts on England soil, though, ironically, came in a losing cause. The 2005 Ashes series was Warne’s ‘tour de force’. Dubbed the ‘greatest Ashes of all time’, the 2005 edition saw a master craftsman, nearing 36, standing tall against resurgent opponents and dragging an uncharacteristically underperforming Australian team along th...
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The ball of the century that launched Shane Warne’s career | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: With a single twist of his right wrist on an early summer day at Old Trafford in 1993 Shane Warne not only bamboozled England's batsman Mike Gatting with the so-called "Ball of the Century" but also revived the noble art of leg spin. The bleached blond-haired Warne arrived on that tour of England relatively unknown outside Australia and with fairly unspectacular figures from his first 11 Test matches. All that changed in an instant on the second morning of an Ashes series in which Warne took an incredible 34 wickets in Australia's 4-1 drubbing of the hosts. Rest in Peace to the man who gave us the Ball of the Century. There will never be another like Shane Warne. https://t.co/ddFaUoiTGD— Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) 1646403416000With England having made a solid start in reply ...
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Shane Warne’s top 3 greatest moments in international cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Australia spinner Shane Warne, considered as one of the all-time greats of the game who redefined spin bowling, died on Friday of a suspected heart attack in Thailand. He was 52. Warne's management released a brief statement that Warne passed away in Thailand and the reason could be a suspected heart attack. An iconic name in international cricket, Warne, since making his debut in 1992, played 145 Tests for Australia, picking up 708 wickets. In his 194 ODI appearances, Warne had 293 scalps. Here's a look at top 3 greatest Shane Warne moments: The ball of the centuryThe Ball of the Century, also referred to as the Gatting Ball, was one of the biggest highlights of Shane Warne's international career. The Australian spin legend produced the delivery against England batter...
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‘No silver bullet’ for English cricket after Ashes fiasco: ECB | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England cricket chiefs have said there is "no silver bullet" for domestic first-class cricket following demands for substantial reforms after a dismal Ashes campaign. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison called for a red-ball "reset" to help Joe Root's Test team, who recently slumped to a 4-0 series defeat in Australia The ECB announced its 2022 domestic fixtures on Thursday. There will be five rounds of four-day County Championship matches in June and July, compared with just three last year, as the competition returns to its regular two-division structure following two revamped seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the season will start on April 7, with four successive weeks of red-ball matches, and finish on September 29 -- with no Cha...
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‘Never edgy’, Justin Langer ready for contract extension talks with Cricket Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Content" after guiding Australia to its maiden T20 World Cup title and a dominant Ashes victory, head coach Justin Langer is looking forward to the impending contract discussion with the country's cricket board which has been subject to a lot of speculations. Langer was appointed head coach in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal in 2018 to overhaul the team's culture and regain the respect of the Australian public. His contract is due to end in June. "I'm never edgy (about his future)," Langer told 'SEN Radio' on Wednesday. "Before the World Cup and before the Ashes, we've never ever been better prepared. So it's not a coincidence I don't think that we've had the success that we've had," he said. Langer faced criticism for his coaching methods from the players but in the...
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Ashes: Pat Cummins’ gesture towards Usman Khawaja during celebration goes viral

Pat Cummins’ leadership qualities were on full display even after his side sealed a 4-0 Ashes series win on Sunday as he ensured Usman Khawaja, the first Muslim cricketer to play for Australia, was not showered by champagne amid the celebrations. As his euphoric team mates started popping champagne bottles on the stage at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval, Khawaja stepped aside to avoid being sprayed with alcohol in keeping with his religious beliefs. Cummins quickly noticed and asked his team mates to put aside the bottles and gestured for Khawaja to rejoin them on the dais. Khawaja, who played the last two matches of the five-test series, returned to the stage and kneeled beside Cummins as the victorious side let out a roar posing for the cameras. Pat Cummins asks his other teammates to put th...
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‘Rock bottom’: Former England captains lament ‘abject’ collapse

Former England captain Alastair Cook said England had reached “rock bottom” with their abject batting collapse in Hobart on Sunday as the latest defeat of a calamitous Ashes series ramped up the pressure on skipper Joe Root and coach Chris Silverwood. Australia crushed England by 146 runs with two days to spare in the day-night test as the hosts wrapped up the series 4-0. The visitors were competitive in only a handful of sessions over the five tests and the collapse in Hobart, where they lost 10 wickets for 56 runs, was hard to watch, said Cook. “That was very tough viewing, that has to be our rock bottom, there cannot be a worse place than getting bowled out in an hour and a half,” Cook said on BT Sport. “The conditions are tough and some good bowling, but there was no resilience ther...
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Australia beats England by 146 runs, completes 4-0 Ashes win

Australia completed a dominant 4-0 Ashes series victory over England on Sunday by winning the fifth day-night Test by 146 runs with two days to spare. England, set a target of 271 for victory, crashed to 124 all out in the last session on the third day at Hobart, losing 10 wickets for 56 after Zak Crawley (36) and Rory Burns (26) combined in the best opening stand of the series by putting on 68 runs. Fast bowlers Scott Boland (3-18) and Cameron Green (3-21) made an impact in their first Ashes series by sharing six wickets on a lively greenish wicket as England crumbled against pace for the second time in the match after being dismissed for 188 in the first innings in reply to Australia’s score of 303. Australia skipper Pat Cummins also had an impact in his second spell to finish with ...
Ashes 2021, Australia vs England 4th Test Live Streaming: When and where to watch?
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Ashes 2021, Australia vs England 4th Test Live Streaming: When and where to watch?

England will look to prevent a 5-0 whitewash as they take on Australia in the 4th Test in the Ashes series on Wednesday. Having already relinquished the series after losing the 3rd Test in December, England will want to salvage some pride in Sydney. Scott Boland has retained his spot in Australia’s bowling attack for the fourth Test after his starring role on debut last week. Boland took six wickets for seven runs as England collapsed in the second innings to be all out for 68 in Melbourne, allowing Australia to retain the Ashes with two matches to spare. Any debate about Boland’s spot in the starting XI ended when veteran pace bowler Josh Hazlewood was ruled out for a third consecutive match because of a side strain. Australia made one injury enforced change for the fourth...
Australia vs England: England recall Stuart Broad for fourth Ashes Test | Cricket News – Times of India
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Australia vs England: England recall Stuart Broad for fourth Ashes Test | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: England have recalled seamer Stuart Broad to the side for the fourth Ashes Test but the batting line-up that was dismissed for 68 in Melbourne has been kept intact, assistant coach Graham Thorpe said on Tuesday. The second-innings collapse at the Melbourne Cricket Ground led to an innings and 14-run defeat which secured Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series and the right to hold onto the tiny urn until 2023. Broad's absence from two of the three matches in the series so far has confounded many observers, including Australia's Steve Smith, but the 35-year-old will be back bowling in tandem with James Anderson at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes both have shoulder injuries, Thorpe said, so Mark Wood and spinner Jack Leach will round out t...
Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley latest to test positive for Covid-19 | Cricket News – Times of India
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Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley latest to test positive for Covid-19 | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley on Monday became the latest person to contract Covid-19 during the Ashes series against England. Hockley, who is fully vaccinated, developed mild symptoms and immediately got tested and isolated, with a positive PCR result confirmed. "I am isolating at home with my family, who have returned negative results," he said. Hockley has had no direct contact with either the Australian or England squads, in line with Cricket Australia's biosecurity protocols for the tour. Australian batsman Travis Head tested positive last week and has been ruled out of the fourth Ashes Test starting in Sydney on Wednesday, with Usman Khawaja expected to replace him. Opener Marcus Harris, who was a close contact of Head, was kept away from a charter flight moving the...
England players should not miss international duty to play in IPL: Mike Atherton | Cricket News – Times of India
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England players should not miss international duty to play in IPL: Mike Atherton | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: The English cricketers should not miss international duty at the expense of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), former England captain Michael Atherton has said in the wake of the team's disastrous Ashes campaign in Australia. England have already conceded the five-match series Down Under against their traditional rivals after suffering heavy defeats in the first three Tests, the poor show attracting widespread criticism from former players. "Players should not miss international duty to play in the IPL, nor be rested and rotated to allow them to play elsewhere. The carry-on during the winter, and at the start of the English summer, should not happen again," Atherton wrote in his column for 'The Times'. With regards to the glitzy IPL, the former captain also had other su...
Graham Thorpe says Ashes shock can spur young England batters on
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Graham Thorpe says Ashes shock can spur young England batters on

England’s young batters have been given a “wake-up call” by Australia in the Ashes series and must use it to kick-start their careers, assistant coach Graham Thorpe said. England find themselves down 3-0 in the five-match series, with none of their batters scoring a century amid struggles against Australia’s superb pace attack. But Thorpe, who scored more than 6,000 runs in 100 tests for England, said that the players had started working on solutions to their problems. “With some players it’s a wake-up call and could actually kick-start their careers because they’ve started training in a very different way. They don’t waste time fluffing, hitting half-volleys,” Thorpe told British media. “They’ve come up against some very good bowling attacks, who have been able to have a l...
Australia’s Usman Khawaja looks beyond stop-gap Sydney role
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Australia’s Usman Khawaja looks beyond stop-gap Sydney role

While Usman Khawaja is ready to fill in for Travis Head in the fourth Ashes Test against England, the veteran Australia batsman hopes his would not be a stop-gap role this year. Head will miss the Sydney contest, which begins on Wednesday, after testing positive for Covid-19, and Khawaja is set to play his first test in more than two years. Khawaja is aware that Head, whose match-winning 152 in the Brisbane opener set the tone for Australia’s unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, is likely to reclaim the spot in the final Test in Hobart but believes he can still contribute to Australia. “It’s one of those things where even if I do play, it’ll only be for one game,” Khawaja told Cricket Australia (CA). “I understand that situation … hopefully I can go out there and score a hu...