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Recent Match Report – AUS Women vs NZ Women 3rd T20I 2020/21

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Less than three overs were possible at Eden Park with the attention now switching to the ODIs

Australia 14 for 1 v New Zealand – Match abandoned

Australia and New Zealand shared the spoils in the T20I series after rain forced the decider at Eden Park to be abandoned with less than three overs bowled.

The contest had been reduced to 13 overs per side after a delayed start but shortly after the game begun the rain returned and though the umpires did their best to keep the match going it became too heavy and did not relent.

“The forecast wasn’t great, you just hope it goes round,” Australia captain Meg Lanning said. “It’s disappointing, think it would have been a really good game. Both sides were playing reasonably well and at an amazing stadium as well. Frustrating, that’s for sure.”

It was the first time since 2017, when they lost to England during the Ashes, that Australia had not taken away a T20 prize on offer – a run that includes two tri-series and two World Cups.

In the short period of play possible New Zealand had again bowled well in the Powerplay with Australia only able to score two boundaries off the 17 deliveries sent down. Rosemary Mair had struck in her first over when Beth Mooney guided a catch to short third where Lauren Down, who had replaced the injured Frankie Mackay, held on well.

There was time for Alyssa Healy to play her best shot of the series, a thumping straight drive off Jess Kerr, but two balls later the players went off.

Australia had made one change to their side with a swap of pace bowlers – Tayla Vlaeminck returning in place of Darcie Brown who had made her debut in Napier. Ellyse Perry became the most capped T20I cricketer with her 123rd appearance, overtaking New Zealand’s Suzie Bates.

New Zealand were again without captain Sophie Devine who did not play the last two games of the series due to suffering from fatigue. It remains to be seen whether she is available for the one-day series which starts on Sunday but Mackay has definitely been ruled out with a partial tear to her right calf.

“Frankie was outstanding with bat and ball in Napier and showed plenty of grit playing with an injury,” head coach Bob Carter said. “We wish her all the best in her recovery and thank her for what she’s added to the group.”

The focus will now turn to the ODIs which will be played entirely in Mount Maunganui. A victory for Australia in the opening match would give them a world record 22 wins in a row, beating the 21 of Ricky Ponting’s 2003 which they currently stand level with.



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The Hundred – Sandeep Lamichhane asks ECB for ‘clear answer’ after visa issues rule him out

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Tabraiz Shamsi replaces the Nepal legspinner in the Oval Invincibles squad

Sandeep Lamichhane has urged the ECB to give him “a clear answer” after visa issues ruled him out of the Oval Incincibles’ side for the inaugural season of the Hundred.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Lamichhane said he was “extremely gutted” to miss the tournament – having previously been ruled out of the Vitality Blast at short notice because of similar reasons – and said that he had “followed all the instructions given to me by ECB officials”.
ESPNcricinfo revealed on Monday that Lamichhane had been told that his £60,000 contract with Invincibles was in doubt despite the fact that he was close to completing his mandatory ten-day quarantine in London following his arrival from Nepal, and the ECB confirmed on Wednesday that he had been replaced in the squad by Tabraiz Shamsi.



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Eng vs Pak 3rd T20I – Eoin Morgan

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Spin might not play as a big a role in the UAE in October-November as anticipated, says England captain

Eoin Morgan does not expect pitches to be conducive to spin in the T20 World Cup in October-November, and feels there are still spots up for grabs in the England set-up despite the fact that they will not play another T20I before naming a provisional squad for the tournament in mid-September.
England have never bowled as many overs of spin in a T20I series outside of an ICC event as they did against Pakistan (28 in three games), and with the World Cup scheduled to be played in the UAE (some first-round matches will be hosted in Oman) immediately after the rescheduled IPL, there had been suggestions that playing on slow, spin-friendly pitches would serve them well for the tournament.



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Rizwan climbs to career-best seventh on T20I rankings after bumper series against England

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Shakib Al Hasan’s five-for against Zimbabwe, meanwhile, moved him to eighth in the ODI bowling rankings



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