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WI vs SA, 1st Test, 2021




Kieran Powell will replace him under the concussion substitute rule

West Indies batter Nkrumah Bonner has been ruled out of the first Test against South Africa in St Lucia after being diagnosed with concussion. Kieran Powell will replace him under the concussion substitute rule.

Bonner top edged the very first ball he faced, off pacer Anrich Nortje, when he attempted to hook a short delivery but played the ball onto his helmet’s badge. He appeared shaken and was checked for concussion on the field – while South Africa reviewed unsuccessfully for a possible catch – and allowed to continue. He faced 32 balls in all and scored 10 runs but did not take the field when West Indies arrived to bowl, midway through the second session.

Instead, Powell was on the field and will now also bat in Bonner’s place. Powell has not played for West Indies since 2018 and was recalled for the series.

If was a big blow on a day of blows for West Indies, who were routed for 97 – the 19th time in Test cricket they’ve been bowled out below 100, and their lowest total against South Africa. Bonner, averaging 62.50 in his four Tests before this one, was one of only five players to face more than 30 balls in the innings.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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Recent Match Report – Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI 2021




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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Australia A-England A series to run alongside Women’s Ashes




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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West Indies vs Australia, 1st ODI, 2021 – Chance for West Indies to keep weakened Australia under pressure | Cricket





Phil Simmons: West Indies’ sense of unity comes from a hunger to win

Big Picture

As for a number of sides, one-day series have been few and far between for these two teams since Covid-19 struck. For both it will be just their third series under the World Cup Super League and in Australia’s case it’s more than six months since they last played 50-over cricket.

In a way, the two teams emphasise how each ODI is now more important. Australia have won both their series against tough opponents in India and England but are only 10 points better off than West Indies due to dropping a game in each series. West Indies were whitewashed by Bangladesh but made up ground with a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka.

Since 2000, the sides have played each other 48 times in ODIs with Australia 37-8 ahead although in this series the home advantage for West Indies could be significant. It means they can pick their specialist one-day squad whereas Australia’s line-up will be a mix-and-match job given the absentees and T20 focus of the tour.

With Aaron Finch ruled out of at least the first match with a knee injury, stand-in captain Alex Carey and Mitchell Marsh will be the only members of the top order who have been a regular part of Australia’s ODI line-up. In Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa they still have the core of their bowling attack together although there are spaces to fill there as well.

West Indies played some very solid cricket against Sri Lanka earlier this year when they won all three games chasing but coach Phil Simmons has laid down the challenge for them of going big if they get the chance to bat first. The recent T20 series was West Indies’ first bilateral success against Australia in any format since 1995 when they won a one-day series. They have a good chance of matching that this time.

Form guide

(last five completed matches)
West Indies WWWLL
Australia LWWWL

In the spotlight

Shai Hope has a phenomenal ODI record. Of players to score over 3000 runs only two – Virat Kohli and Babar Azam – currently have a better average. He was in fine form during the series against Sri Lanka in March when he made 110, 84 and 64. In his one previous innings against Australia he made 68 at the 2019 World Cup.

Mitchell Marsh was the one significant success in the T20 series as he scored 219 runs and claimed eight wickets with some of the most consistent cricket he has produced for Australia. He returned to the ODI side in early 2020 for the first time in two years but then missed the home series against India due to injury. His ODI numbers are pretty solid: a batting average of 34.36 and bowling return of 36.79. He will enter this series full of confidence with a chance to cement his role as the team’s premier limited-overs allrounder.

Team news

Kieron Pollard did not confirm whether he would be available. If he continues to be sidelined it could open up room for another batter. Hope is the vice-captain in this format. Otherwise if he is fit it could be a choice between Jason Mohammed and Shimron Hetymer in the middle order. Jason Holder is also set to return after being rested. Interestingly, Pollard hinted that West Indies could consider including legspinner Hayden Walsh Jr after his success in the T20 series even though he is not part of the squad.

West Indies (possible) 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Shai Hope (wk), 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Jason Mohammed, 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Kieron Pollard (capt)/Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Fabien Allen, 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Akeal Hosein/Hayden Walsh Jr, 11 Sheldon Cottrell

Finch’s absence may give Matthew Wade a chance of his first ODI in four years if only to add some experience to the line-up. Marsh appears likely to remain at No. 3 after his success in the T20 series while there could be debuts for Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott. Carey did not rule out a return for Dan Christian as well.

Australia (possible) 1 Matthew Wade, 2 Josh Philippe, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Moises Henriques, 5 Ben McDermott, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Ashton Agar, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Adam Zampa, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Jason Behrendorff

Pitch and conditions

This will be the first international cricket in Barbados since January 2020. Carey said the pitch looked good while Pollard noted the lush outfield. The forecast is for a cloudy but dry day.

Stats and trivia

  • Nicholas Pooran needs 18 runs to reach 1000 in ODIs. If he did it in his next innings, his 26th, he would be the third-fastest for West Indies behind Viv Richards (21) and Gordon Greenidge (23)
  • Since 1980-81, Australia have handed out three (or more) ODI debuts on only two occasions: 1984-85 against New Zealand in a game that was rained off and in 2012-13 against Sri Lanka – a match where Finch, Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes made ODI debuts.


“It’s an Australian cricket team that left the shores and these guys will want to impress. It’s a matter of us concentrating on what we need to do and our plans. Mitch Marsh has got away from us a little in the T20 series but hopefully it’s not the same in the ODIs.”
Kieron Pollard

“Learning from those T20s, we played some good cricket, we had some opportunities to stay alive in the series but unfortunately didn’t quite grab them. Now moving into one-day cricket, the game lengthens out, there’s opportunities to bat time in the middle, a new location and a new series with the likelihood of some fresh faces, it’s an exciting feel around the group.”
Alex Carey

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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