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As things stand, India A will remain in South Africa with both teams committed to continue their red-ball series

The status of India’s December-January tour of South Africa remains unchanged, for now. It is understood that the Indian team will require special government permission to tour South Africa – the borders between the countries are open at the moment, and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has instructed officials to review plans to ease travel restrictions.

If the borders close between now and December 8-9, when the Indians are expected to fly out, the prospect of the tour taking place will be severely diminished. As things stand, the Netherlands team, which is in South Africa for an ODI series, has opted to postpone the last two games, and the women’s ODI World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe has been called off altogether. But India A are expected to stay in South Africa and complete their red-ball series in Bloemfontein, of which two (of three) games are left.

“Both boards are in touch. They will take a final call soon. We will abide by travel directive from the Indian government in the interim”

Arun Dhumal, BCCI treasurer

India A not returning home could suggest that the senior side will follow, but the situation is changing quickly with more countries issuing travel bans on the southern African region. The United Kingdom, the United States of America, most of Europe, and Australia have all stopped travel to and from the area. The South African government is petitioning them to reverse those sanctions.

While CSA is likely to be anxious about India squad arriving for the tour, the BCCI has decided to not rush into taking a call at the moment.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and players’ safety is paramount for both BCCI and CSA,” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told ESPNcricinfo. “Both boards are in touch. They will take a final call soon. We will abide by travel directive from the Indian government in the interim.”

Anurag Thakur, the former BCCI president who is now the country’s sports minister, told ANI, “In such situations, every board, be it BCCI or any other, should take permission from government of India. Government will take a decision when it gets the application from them (BCCI).”

India’s tour of South Africa, which is set to run from December 17 to January 26, consists of three Tests, three ODIs and four T20Is.



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The batter’s immediate aim is to top the scoring charts in the coming T20Is against England at home



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WI vs Eng, 2022 – Jason Roy returns to action with 36-ball hundred ahead of West Indies T20Is

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England signalled his fitness by smashing 115 off 47 in a warm-up match ahead of the T20I series against West Indies

England 231 for 4 (Roy 115, Vince 40*) beat Barbados Cricket Association President’s XI 137 for 11 (Springer 36, Mills 3-25) by 94 runs

Jason Roy marked his return to fitness by hitting a 36-ball hundred – and 115 off 47 overall – in England’s warm-up match against a BCA President’s XI at Kensington Oval.
Roy has not played any cricket since tearing his left calf muscle during England’s final Super 12s game of the T20 World Cup against South Africa in November when he collapsed in pain after running a single and was carried off the pitch.

But his onslaught, which contained nine fours and ten sixes, signalled his fitness ahead of the five-match T20I series that starts on Saturday and will be staged in Barbados in its entirety.



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Recent Match Report – ENG Women vs AUS Women 1st T20I 2021/22

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Meg Lanning said while her side had undergone some enforced changes, she was confident in their make-up

Toss Australia chose to bowl vs England

Australia opted to field in the first T20I against England in Adelaide, the opening match of the 2022 Women’s Ashes.

Grace Harris has been recalled to cover for Mooney’s absence and is listed in the middle order, while legspinner Alana King will make her debut for the home side, who are without the injured Georgia Wareham and Sophie Molineux.
Maia Bouchier will play just her third T20I for England after she impressed during the warm-ups. Part of England’s senior Ashes squad, she top-scored with 27 for England A in the second T20 warm-up, both of which were won by the A side.

Lanning, the Australia captain, said while her side had undergone some enforced changes, she was confident in their make-up.

“It’s a belter of a wicket, it always is at Adelaide Oval,” Lanning told the host broadcaster. “We feel like we’ve got a different look but hopefully we’ve got all bases covered.”

Heather Knight said she would have also opted to bowl, had she won the toss.

Making up the multi-format series, three T20Is in Adelaide will be followed by a Test in Canberra, then three ODIs – the first in Canberra and two in Melbourne. Two points will be awarded for victory in each of the limited-overs matches, with the Test worth four points for the win.

Australia: 1 Alyssa Healy (wk), 2 Meg Lanning (capt), 3 Tahlia McGrath, 4 Rachael Haynes, 5 Ashleigh Gardner, 6 Grace Harris, 7 Nicola Carey, 8 Jess Jonassen, 9 Alana King, 10 Tayla Vlaeminck, 11 Megan Schutt

England: 1 Tammy Beaumont, 2 Danni Wyatt, 3 Heather Knight (capt), 4 Nat Sciver, 5 Amy Jones, 6 Sophia Dunkley, 7 Maia Bouchier, 8 Katherine Brunt, 9 Sophie Ecclestone, 10 Sarah Glenn, 11 Freya Davies

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo



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