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Recent Match Report – West Aust vs Queensland 7th Match 2021/22




Cameron Green made a brisk half-century and Ashton Turner slammed 71 off 41 balls

Western Australia 3 for 361 (Bancroft 124, Turner 71, Green 70) beat Queensland 291 (Burns 73, Peirson 62, Tye 3-46, Short 3-56) by 70 runs

Cameron Green flexed in a timely Gabba Ashes warm-up while teammate Cameron Bancroft‘s unbeaten century anchored Western Australia in a run-fest one-day cup victory over Queensland.

Western Australia won the toss and made the most of the perfect batting conditions in Brisbane on Monday, posting 3 for 361 from their 50 overs.

Queensland briefly threatened to chase down what would have been the second-largest total in domestic one-day history until Jimmy Peirson and Joe Burns fell in successive AJ Tye overs.

They were eventually bowled out for 291, a 29-run last-wicket stand denying Western Australia a bonus point from their win.

Earlier Bancroft (124 not out off 105) was the mainstay for WA while Green’s 55-ball 70 and then Ashton Turner (71 off 41) provided the fireworks.

Bowled by the medium pace of Marnus Labuschagne without offering a shot in the recent Sheffield Shield win, incumbent Test allrounder Green ensured there was no repeat ahead of the first Ashes clash at the same ground from December 8.

The 22-year-old dispatched one innocuous delivery high into the top tier of the Gabba and then followed it up with two more sixes – there were five in total for Green – over the leg-side boundary.

Josh Philippe and Nick Hobson had got Western Australia away brightly, Mark Steketee the only Queensland bowler to go for less than a-run-a-ball.

In reply, Usman Khawaja picked out the only man on the leg-side boundary before Labuschagne, Max Bryant and Matt Renshaw all enjoyed bright starts. Their premature exits left too much for the middle and lower to do.

Peirson and Burns did their best, combining in a 124-run partnership that suddenly put the heat back on the visitors. But then Peirson’s well-hit cut shot speared to a diving Hilton Cartwright, before Burns holed out to square leg as Western Australia improved their standing on top of the one-day ladder. D’Arcy Short ran through the tail, while Matthew Kelly took two wickets.

Jostling for a spot in Australia’s Ashes squad, bowlers Michael Neser (hamstring) and Jhye Richardson (rested) both missed the clash for Queensland and Western Australia respectively.

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Pat Cummins confirmed as Australia’s new Test captain




Steven Smith returns to a leadership position with the vice-captaincy

Pat Cummins has been named Australia’s new men’s Test captain on the day it appeared Tim Paine’s international career may have come to an end a week after he stood down following the emergence of explicit text messages.
Steven Smith has returned to his first official leadership role with the national side since the ball-tampering scandal by taking the vice-captaincy position. It puts him an injury away from captaining the Test side again.

Cummins, who was interviewed for the top job along with former captain Smith, was approved by the CA board on Thursday night after the recommendation of a five-person panel consisting of chair Richard Freudenstein, chief executive Nick Hockley, director Mel Jones and selectors George Bailey and Tony Dodemaide.

“I am honoured to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer. I hope I can provide the same leadership Tim [Paine] has given the group in the past few years,” Cummins said. “With Steve and I as captains, a number of very senior players in this squad and some great young talent coming through we are a strong and tightly knit group.

“This is an unexpected privilege which I am very grateful for and am very much looking forward to.”

Cummins has been earmarked as a potential future captain for a number of years but was overlooked for a vice-captaincy position in 2018 before being elevated to a shared role in 2019 then as the single understudy in 2020.

“Pat is an outstanding player and leader. He has earned enormous respect from his teammates and from all corners of the game for his attitude and achievements, both on and off the field,” Hockley said. “We are extremely fortunate to have an experienced group of senior players who themselves are superb leaders. I have no doubt that Pat and Steve will be well supported in their respective leadership roles.”

His only captaincy experience at the professional level is with the New South Wales one-day side last season when he captained them in four matches in what became a trophy-winning campaign although he missed the final due to the IPL.

When NSW gave him the job it was with a view to him being Australia captain at some point amid concerns that candidates for the position were not being given enough opportunity at state level.

It will be a step into the unknown for Australian cricket with the men’s team having not been captained by a fast bowler since Ray Lindwall did it on a one-off occasion in 1956.

Given the strains of fast bowling there is a strong chance Smith will take the helm at some point during their tenure

“I am pleased to return to the leadership of the team and look forward to helping and assisting Pat in any way I can,” Smith said. “Pat and I have played together for a long time, so we know our respective styles well.”

Initially the timeline for the transition from Paine to a new captain might have been earmarked for after the Ashes but the events of last week meant the process was put into fast forward although CA said it would be a rigorous process with significant background checks for candidates.

Being an integral part of all three formats there was already a huge burden on Cummins although his durability as a fast bowler has been outstanding since his comeback in 2017. He has only missed two of Australia’ last 35 Tests, albeit they have only played nine matches since the 2019 tour of England due to Covid-19 postponements.

Cummins is currently part of Australia’s T20 World Cup and Australia A contingent still in quarantine on the Gold Coast. When they emerge next week there will be a short and intense lead-in to the Ashes with Cummins quickly having to grasp the various demands of being Australia captain before he walks out to toss the coin with Joe Root at the Gabba on December 8.

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Brydon Carse out of England Lions tour of Australia with knee injury




Seamer tore knee cartilage in training on the Gold Coast, will also maiden BBL stint at Perth Scorchers

Brydon Carse has been ruled out of England Lions’ tour of Australia after suffering a serious knee injury at training.

Carse, the 26-year-old Durham seam bowler, tore the cartilage in his right knee during a practice session on the Gold Coast, where the Lions squad are serving their quarantine period ahead of the tour starting on November 23. He will return to the UK in the coming days to be seen by a specialist.

Carse made his debut for England during the ODI series against Pakistan over the northern summer and claimed a maiden List A five-wicket haul in just his second international appearance – a three-wicket victory against Pakistan in July. He also showed his promise the with bat in scoring a 30-ball half-century in the Vitality Blast.

The Lions are in camp alongside England’s Ashes squad and the sides will play two matches against each other in Queensland ahead of the Ashes starting on December 8. The Lions will also face Australia A in a four-day match in Brisbane before returning home in mid-December.

Carse was also set to make his first appearance in an overseas franchise competition after joining Perth Scorchers for the upcoming BBL season on Friday.

Kade Harvey, Western Australia Cricket General Manager – High Performance, said Scorchers were “exploring our options” to find a replacement ahead of the BBL, which starts on December 5 with the Perth side opening their campaign three days later.

“It’s a real shame for Brydon on the eve of the tournament,” Harvey said. “We wish him all the best and hope he makes a speedy recovery.”

Scorchers had announced that Carse and Surrey batter Laurie Evans would complete their overseas signings for this season, joining New Zealand international Colin Munro.

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Not removing Tim Paine in 2018 ‘sent the wrong message’, says Cricket Australia board chairman Richard Freudenstein




CA chief executive Hockley says he was aware of the case but found out details only last week

The current Cricket Australia board would not have endorsed Tim Paine as Test captain if the information around his explicit text messages to a female colleague in 2018 had been available, the chairman of the body has said.
Paine resigned on Friday when details of the code of conduct case, which cleared him of wrongdoing, was made public. There has been considerable turnaround in the board and executive of CA since that time, with neither current chairman Richard Freudenstein or chief executive Nick Hockley with the organisation three years ago – although an overlap remains.

“While I cannot speak about the original decision-making in 2018, what I can say is that faced with the same circumstances and with the benefit of all the relevant information about this matter, Cricket Australia would not make the same decisions today,” Freudenstein said in a statement at the beginning of a press conference on Saturday.

“I acknowledge the decision clearly sent the wrong message to the sport, to the community and to Tim that this kind of behaviour is acceptable and without serious consequences. The role of the Australian cricket captain must be held to the highest possible standards.”

He said he had been told about the closed case when he came onto the board two years ago, while Hockley confirmed he was aware of its existence although only delved into it deeply last week when it became clear the story was going public. Paine was listed as captain when Australia’s Ashes squad was announced on Wednesday morning.

Freudenstein added that amendments to the code of conduct have been implemented over the last three years and that CA’s current policies were appropriate. “Think it’s important to note a lot of things have changed since that time, the player education, there’s a full programme addressing a whole range of things including texting which has been in place since 2018-19 and we’ve undertaken a full review of our anti-harassment and discrimination policies,” he said.

Although having been made aware of the case, Freudenstein said he did not believe it warranted looking into again during the intervening time until forced to by it being made pubic. “You don’t go onto a board and ask to see every integrity decision that’s been closed over the previous years,” he said. “I was given a very high-level briefing that there had been an incident and a thorough investigation and no misconduct found. There would be no reason to investigate that further. It was something that had been put to bed.”

He indicated that the board would undertake a review of past integrity findings while the credentials of Paine’s replacement, expected to be Pat Cummins, would be heavily scrutinised. “We may just need to look back…I’m very confident in the way integrity decisions are made. We’ll have a review over the past few years but I’m sure that will lead to no further changes.”

Paine had been central to CA’s attempts to forge the men’s team in a new image after the ball-tampering scandal but despite the nature of his exit from the captaincy there is confidence that any gains won’t be undone.

“The team over recent years has really prioritised team culture,” Hockley said. “Think we have made great strides. Certainly we are very clear on the vision for cricket to be the most inclusive sport with a culture of respect and its core. As Tim has said he’s owned that particular mistake. Going forward it’s incumbent on everybody to have the highest standards to represent Australia particularly on a leadership position.”

Paine had been due to return to action following his neck surgery with a club game in Hobart on Saturday, but rain prevented any play. George Bailey, the national selector, was spotted at the ground but did not make any comment on the situation.

Freudenstein reiterated that Paine remained available for selection for the Test side and that decision was now solely in the hands of the selectors. “The board of Australian cricket is comfortable he is available to play,” he said

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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