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Women’s cricket – India Women set to tour Australia in September 2021

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CA is yet to confirm the make-up of the postponed series, but an announcement is expected soon

India Women are set to tour Australia for a bilateral series in September. The tour, originally comprising three ODIs and slated for January this year, was officially postponed in December 2020. A report on the Cricket Australia website at the time said the series, rescheduled for the 2021-22 season, would be expanded to include three T20Is.

While CA is yet to make an official announcement on the dates or make-up of the series, Australia pace bowler Megan Schutt said on a recent podcast that her side’s next assignment would be against India.

“We have got a tour against India in mid-September,” Schutt said on No Balls: The Cricket Podcast, hosted by Kate Cross and Alex Hartley, in an episode aired on May 13. “So, there’s a couple of camps. I believe we are doing one in Darwin, which will be really cool… and then the tour against India. And then pretty much from there things get crazy with Big Bash, WNCL, Ashes, World Cup, and hopefully the Commonwealth Games.”

It is understood the Australian board will make an announcement regarding the new dates for the series soon.



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Kevin O’Brien, Ireland’s hero of Bangalore, retires from ODI cricket

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Allrounder steps down from 50-over format but will continue in Tests and T20Is

Kevin O’Brien, the Ireland allrounder whose record-breaking hundred stunned England at the 2011 World Cup, has announced his retirement from the 50-over format.

O’Brien, 37, will carry on playing at Test and T20I level, but has chosen to bow out of the format in which he made his debut against England as a 22-year-old in 2006, in Ireland’s first full ODI. He went on to make 3618 runs from 153 ODIs, and claim 114 wickets, the most by any Ireland bowler. His 68 outfield catches is another national record, while he played 95 of his matches alongside his elder brother, Niall, who retired in 2018.

“After 15 years playing for Ireland, I feel now is the right time to step away and retire from ODI cricket,” O’Brien said. “It has been an honour and a privilege to represent my country 153 times. The memories I take from them will last a lifetime”.

Those memories include appearances at three World Cups, including the 2007 event in the Caribbean, the moment when Ireland truly made their mark on international cricket.

Their historic victory over Pakistan at Sabina Park sent shockwaves through the sport, and O’Brien played an integral role in Ireland’s tense run-chase, digging in from an unbeaten 16 from 52 balls to guard against a collapse before the captain Trent Johnston struck the winning six to seal a three-wicket win.
However, it was four years later at the 2011 event in India that O’Brien played the innings for which he will forever be remembered – a breath-taking knock of 113 from 63 balls in Bangalore, including a century from 50 balls that remains the fastest in World Cup history.

Replying to England’s imposing total of 327 for 8, Ireland had slumped to 106 for 4 when he arrived at the crease, which soon became 111 for 5. But he responded to the adversity with an outrageous counterattack, cracking 13 fours and six sixes, before falling in the penultimate over with 11 runs still needed. However, John Mooney kept his cool to seal the chase, with Johnston again unbeaten at the other end.



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Recent Match Report – South Africa vs West Indies 2nd Test 2021

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Temba Bavuma and Nkrumah Bonner ruled out, Kyle Verreynne and Kieran Powell keep their places

Toss West Indies chose to field vs South Africa

Under cloudy skies and after a 15-minute rain delay, Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and decided to field, having gone the other way in the first Test. The pitch in St Lucia showed off a healthy tinge of green and Curtly Ambrose, on the pitch report, said he expected bounce and seam movement.
So do West Indies, who included an extra seamer in Shannon Gabriel at the expense of offspinner Rahkeem Cornwall. Gabriel missed the first Test with a hamstring injury. That left allrounder Roston Chase to do most of the spin bowling in this Test.
West Indies were also without Nkrumah Bonner, who started the first Test but was then replaced with Kieran Powell after suffering a concussion. Bonner was hit on the helmet by Anrich Nortje and was unavailable for this match. Powell kept his place in the XI.
South Africa’s XI was unchanged with vice-captain Temba Bavuma sitting out once again. Bavuma had recovered from the hip injury that kept him out of the first Test but dislocated his left middle finger during fielding drills two days before the match. Kyle Verreynne got another opportunity at No. 5 as a result.

While South Africa cannot lose the series, they are chasing a first series win away from home since March 2017, when they beat New Zealand.

Cricket West Indies has made arrangements for 400 fully vaccinated fans to attend each day’s play, marking the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic that spectators have been allowed in for a cricket match. The stands, however, were empty when play began.

West Indies: 1 Kraigg Brathwaite (capt), 2 Kieran Powell 3 Shai Hope, 4 Kyle Mayers, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Jermaine Blackwood, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Joshua da Silva (wk) 9 Shannon Gabriel, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Jayden Seales

South Africa: 1 Dean Elgar (capt), 2 Aiden Markram, 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Keegan Petersen, 5 Kyle Verreynne 6 Quinton de Kock (wk), 7 Wiaan Mulder, 8 Keshav Maharaj 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Lungi Ngidi

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



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The Hundred 2021 – Andrew McDonald withdraws from the Hundred due to clash with Australia tour

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Andrew McDonald is set to be the latest big-name withdrawal from the Hundred, amid concerns over fixture clashes and bio-bubble fatigue.
McDonald had been appointed as head coach of Birmingham Phoenix, but ESPNcricinfo understands that he will not be coming to England this summer with his responsibilities as Australia’s assistant coach taking priority. Daniel Vettori is believed to be a strong favourite to secure an interim role in charge of the side.



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