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ENG Women vs IND 2021 Mithali Raj on Test kit presentation

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New head coach Ramesh Powar conceived the ceremony to help the Indian team ‘find a purpose’

The aim is to “leave the jersey in a better place,” Jemimah Rodrigues wrote on social media on Monday, after receiving her Test whites from Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.
She wasn’t the only India Women player to celebrate. After all, it’s a rare opportunity for the team – a Test match, something that had appeared a thing of the past till the other day. Since their innings win over South Africa at home in Mysuru in November 2014, the team hasn’t played any Tests – no team has, apart from Australia and England.

“From the players’ perspective, it’s just an occasion to make them feel very special about the white jersey or getting into a format which I personally fell is the most challenging, respected and oldest format,” Raj said at the team’s pre-departure press conference on Tuesday. “It has its own charm. When the girls who are getting into the team playing that format for the first time, it’s very special for them.



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Sophie Molineux named Melbourne Renegades captain

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The allrounder replaces Amy Satterthwaite after a season where the Renegades won four matches

Allrounder Sophie Molineux has been named the new captain of Melbourne Renegades as the club looks to bounce back from a difficult 2020-21 WBBL where they finished seventh.

Molineux’s appointment, to replace New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite, means a new captain-coach combination for the Renegades with Simon Helmot having replaced Lachlan Stevens.

Last season Molineux scored 221 runs and took 11 wickets as the team secured four wins in 14 matches during the tournament that was played entirely in a Sydney-based hub.

“It’s a real honour to be appointed captain of a club I love so much and follow in the footsteps of some high-quality leaders that I look up to,” Molineux said.

“Amy Satterthwaite has had a massive influence on the group and on me personally. Her wealth of knowledge and ability to stay composed is what I’ve always admired. Jess Duffin is such a competitor and leads by example and I’ve also had the privilege of playing under Meg Lanning in the Victorian and Australian teams.

“I am really excited to be able to take what I’ve learnt from each of them, combine it with how I approach the game and continue to grow and learn along the way.”

Molineux is a regular part of Australia squads with 24 T20I caps under her belt alongside six ODIs and one Tests although did not make the side during the tour of New Zealand earlier this year.

“Sophie has fantastic relationships within the squad. She’s tactically astute, trusted and highly respected across the playing group,” Helmot said. “She’s had an excellent apprenticeship working under some great captains, including Amy who has helped nurture so much of our young talent.

“That grounding under such leadership will have Sophie well prepared, we’re excited to see this next phase in her career and we’ll support her along the way. We look forward to the start of a sustained period of success for the club under Sophie’s leadership.”



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Debut double helps Devon Conway enter Test batters' rankings at No. 77

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Ollie Robinson made a big entry too, his seven wickets at Lord’s taking him to 69th among bowlers



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Eng vs NZ 2021 – Kane Williamson ruled out of second Test and Tom Latham to captain New Zealand

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Will Young to bat at No. 3 after showing strong County Championship form for Durham

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, has been ruled out of the second Test against England at Edgbaston because of a persistent elbow injury.
Williamson had to miss an ODI series against Bangladesh earlier this year because of the same problem, which also caused him to miss the start of the 2021 IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Tom Latham, the regular vice-captain, will lead the team in Williamson’s absence, as he did against Australia at the SCG in January 2020 and West Indies in Wellington in December.



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