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Fearlessness. If there’s one change Sri Lanka’s new ODI captain Kusal Perera would like to usher in, it is for his team to play as he says he does: completely unafraid.

Perera has been appointed leader of a young squad, which is without several big names, including Angelo Mathews, and now has the opportunity to turn around Sri Lanka’s poor form in the format – the side having slipped to ninth on the ICC rankings. Perera has long been one of the most aggressive batsmen in Sri Lanka’s ranks, and early indications are that he would like the team to embrace that ethos.

“We have to fearless cricket to win matches,” he said, a day after his appointment as captain was made official. “You can’t be fearful about losing. If you’re worried about your place, you aren’t going to give 100%. What I’m going to tell the players is to go and give it everything. If we play fearlessly even when we are practicing, then you will be able to play the same way in a match. That’s what I’ve told the team. If we are fearful, we will fall even further. I’m trying to build a culture where the players have a lot of confidence.”

Perera’s own most notable innings have been aggressive ones. In Tests, his 153 not out off 200 in Durban is now counted among the format’s greatest knocks. In ODIs, he has hit the second-equal fastest half-century – off 17 balls, against Pakistan, in 2015.

“I really like to play fearless cricket personally, and that’s where my success has been. Whenever I’ve played with fear, it hasn’t worked for me. I want everyone else to play like that. You can’t guarantee that you will go right playing this way, but the chances of things going well are greater.”

“But you have to practice well to instill that fearlessness. Because if you are 100% certain about the shot you’re playing, you can play without fear. You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Where does the ball need to be for me to hit it? Will I get myself in trouble by hitting there? You need to have that understanding. If you’re a bowler, you need to know which ball can get you a wicket, and which will help you bowl a dot. These things help you play fearlessly. As a fielding unit, you have to carry that same ethos as well, and I have big hopes for the upcoming Bangladesh series about our fielding.”

Although Perera has sparkled briefly, however, his overall record as a batsman is modest. After 96 ODI innings, he averages 31.04, with a strike rate of 92.04. The responsibility of leadership, he hoped, would bring bigger personal scores as well.

“What the selectors told me when they appointed me was that I often get a 50 or a 60 and get out without getting to a 100. I accept that. If I score a hundred, the chances of winning the match go up. You can’t get a 100 every game, but when you get a start, you need to make sure you convert. They expect me to take that responsibility.”

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf


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Recent Match Report – Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI 2021

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Zimbabwe brought in Ryan Burl and Donald Tiripano in place of Richard Ngarava and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe

Toss Bangladesh chose to bowl vs Zimbabwe

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal decided to field first in the third ODI against Zimbabwe in Harare. It’s the first time that Iqbal has won the toss in the series.

The visitors rested Shoriful Islam who took four wickets in the second match, while Mehidy Hasan Miraz is out with a finger injury. They brought in Mustafizur Rahman and Nurul Hasan, who is playing his first ODI since December 2016.

Zimbabwe: 1 Regis Chakabva (wk), 2 Tadiwanashe Marumani, 3 Brendan Taylor (capt), 4 Dion Myers, 5 Wessley Madhevere, 6 Sikandar Raza, 7 Ryan Burl, 8 Donald Tiripano, 9 Luke Jongwe, 10 Blessing Muzarabani, 11 Tendai Chatara

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Liton Das (wk), 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mohammad Mithun, 5 Mosaddek Hossain, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Afif Hossain, 8 Nurul Hasan, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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There has been a push to expand the WNCL but the tournament will remain 29 games for next season

Female state cricketers will have to wait for an expansion to their domestic playing schedule although those on the fringes of national selection will have more opportunity in the coming season with an Australia A-England A limited-overs series set to run alongside the Women’s Ashes.

Last season, the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) was the only state competition to run in full despite plenty of disruption due to the pandemic with the 29-match tournament played between late January and late March as it navigated various border closures and restrictions.

However, there has been a push to increase the tournament to a full home-and-away campaign to provide more than eight days of state cricket in a season.

The 2021-22 WNCL season, which will be announced on Wednesday along with the other domestic and tour match schedules, is set to start in late September – at the time Australia are playing India – and consist of four blocks of fixtures through early October, December, January and February with the WBBL played in the October-November window.

The January block of matches will provide preparation for the Ashes which will begin later that month. While that is being competed for, there will be three T20s and three one-dayers between the second XIs of both nations.

Among those calling for more domestic cricket last season was New South Wales allrounder Sammy-Jo Johnson who is one of the players pushing for higher honours and would likely feature in an Australia A side.

“You can’t pick an Australian team without this tournament,” she said in February. “The Big Bash is the shopfront window there, but the hard work goes on back at your states where these girls bust their backsides for months at a time to play only eight games of cricket.

“Credit to CA and the ACA for extending that because it was only six, but I’m hoping we can get a full home-and-away season at some point where we’re playing 12-plus games in a summer.”

Peter Roach, Cricket Australia’s head of cricket operations, said there were a number of factors to consider before expanding the tournament.

“It’s a combination of age-group, A-tours and camps to make sure they are playing the right cricket at the right time,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “The women’s game is probably still going through that transition of how much cricket they play. We have an undefined FTP at the moment in the women’s space so we are working through that to try and get some consistent windows in international cricket. Then over time I’m sure we’ll settle on a more consistent schedule. Will that look like eight WNCL games? Can’t answer that, but we are continually assessing it.”

One of the other key debates in the women’s game at the moment is how to provide a better support structure to prepare for Test cricket if that format is to have a sustained place in the calendar. England and India resumed Tests last month and both teams will play Australia during the upcoming season.

Roach said that “anything is possible” with regards to there being multi-day cricket at domestic level but also believes that preparing for a format does not have to solely be based on the level below.

“What is worth pointing out is that there’s a lot of different ways to prepare players for international cricket,” he said. “We understand Test cricket is a passion for them which is great and we’d be disappointed if it wasn’t. The players’ association is working through that with us at the moment to say what’s the best way to structure our domestic cricket in the future. We often default to answer of it being more, but there’s different ways of finding the right solution.”

Meg Lanning has said how she hopes the squad will be able to organise some long-form preparation ahead of the pink-ball Test against India in Perth which starts in late September. India will have a one-day warm-up match before the start of the ODI series which begins their tour.
As previously reported, on the men’s domestic scene there will be six rounds of the Sheffield Shield before the BBL with five before the Afghanistan Test. There will also be an Australia A-England Lions match running concurrently with the first men’s Ashes Test.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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