Australia’s women’s team will return to action in late March on a tour of New Zealand which includes three T20Is and three ODIs.
The T20I series will be held in Hamilton on March 28, 30 and April 1 followed by the ODIs in Mount Maunganui on April 4, 7 and 10.
The first ODI will be a chance for Meg Lanning‘s team to surpass the record for consecutive victories in the format having equaled the mark of 21 set by Ricky Ponting’s side in 2003 when the two sides met last year in Brisbane.
On that occasion Australia won the T20I series 2-1 and the ODIs 3-0.
The tour, along with the preceding visit by England, help fill the gap created by the postponement of the ODI World Cup until next year. There had been talk of the three teams being involved in a triangular series but they will be two separate tours.
“We’re very grateful to the New Zealand government for supporting and enabling these women’s tours and for creating an environment in which they can proceed,” David White, the NZC CEO said.
“And with the ICC Women’s World Cup to be hosted in New Zealand next summer, it’s particularly important that teams are able to play and compete and develop their games ahead of such a significant tournament.”
Australia had been due to host India in mid-January but that series has been pushed back to next season.
The squad in New Zealand will undergo two weeks managed isolation on arrival.
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Australia Test and T20I squads – Matthew Wade dropped from Test squad, Tanveer Sangha earns T20I call-up | Cricket
Matthew Wade has been dropped from Australia’s Test squad for the series against South Africa, and will instead tour New Zealand with the T20I side when the concurrent trips are due to take place in February and March, while Tim Paine has been given a strong endorsement to continue has captain.
The South Africa tour, which is set to include three Tests, is still awaiting final sign-off between the two boards with the series currently expected to begin in early March. The squad to New Zealand is due to depart on February 7.
Alex Carey has been included in the Test squad while Queensland quick Mark Steketee has also been called up with Jhye Richardson, who had been tipped for the South Africa trip, heading to New Zealand instead.
The T20I squad includes a host of names who have impressed during the BBL including 19-year-old legspinner Tanveer Sangha who has starred for Sydney Thunder. Josh Philippe and Riley Meredith are the other uncapped players.
“We do not envisage replicating concurrent Australian men’s tours in the future, but we appreciate the need to do so now to assist our friends around the world during this challenging period for international sport and given the additional time requirements of mandatory quarantine periods,” Ben Oliver, the head of national teams, said.
Wade had a disappointing series against India where he made 173 runs at 21.26 and his shot selection came under particularly scrutiny in the final two Tests when he moved back down to the middle order having helped fill the opening void in the absence of David Warner and Will Pucovski.
Pucovski ended the series on the sidelines again due to a shoulder injury following an impressive debut at the SCG but he and Warner are likely to form the opening partnership going forward.
The majority of the 19-man test squad were involved in the India series but Carey now has the chance to firmly establish himself as the eventual successor to Paine.
“When presented with the challenging task of selecting two concurrent Australian men’s squads for overseas tours, we picked our first-choice Test squad given the importance of the proposed series against South Africa,” national selector Trevor Hohns said. “It is testament to the depth of Australian cricket that the NSP has been able to select two Australian men’s international squads of such quality.”
Paine, who has come under pressure for the 2-1 series loss against India during which he also apologised for his on-field behaviour on the final day at the SCG, was given strong backing.
“Tim Paine has been an outstanding captain since taking over the Australian men’s Test team in incredibly difficult circumstances,” Oliver said.
“Tim has the support of the team, the coach and everyone else at Cricket Australia and the result of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series has done nothing to diminish that. Tim is in career-best form with the bat and, while the series against India was not his best with the gloves by his own admission, he remains in the top echelon of wicketkeepers globally.
“And as a leader, he has been brilliant. To captain a squad through the many challenges presented by the pandemic – not least the unique pressures of hub life – is no easy task and Tim did that with strength, humility and good humour.
“After a series that attracted so much global interest, it was inevitable there’d be scrutiny. But some of the commentary surrounding Tim and his position as Test captain has been wide of the mark.”
T20I squad Aaron Finch (capt), Matthew Wade (vc), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
Test squad Tim Paine (capt), Pat Cummins (vc), Sean Abbott, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
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UAE players Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar found guilty of corruption
They were found to be party to attempted match-fixing during the 2019 T20 World Cup qualifier
The ICC has found UAE players Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar guilty of offences relating to attempted match-fixing during the 2019 T20 World Cup qualifying tournament. The verdict follows a hearing by an independent anti-corruption tribunal, with the ICC saying in a statement that “the pair remain suspended and sanctions will follow in due course”.
The two are among UAE’s most experienced international cricketers. Anwar, now 41, is their highest run-getter across the ODI and T20I formats, and 33-year-old Naveed their most prolific wicket-taker and a former captain.
Naveed and Anwar were charged under the ICC anti-corruption code in October 2019, and suspended days before the start of the qualifiers in the UAE. Naveed, who was UAE’s captain at the time, was stood down from the post.
The two have both been found guilty of the following breaches of the anti-corruption code:
- Article 2.1.1 – for being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect(s) of a match or matches at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
- Article 2.4.4 – failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
Naveed, in addition, was also found guilty of breaching the same two codes during the T10 League in 2019, which was also held in the UAE.
ESPNcricinfo understands the two players had allegedly stood to make around US$ 272,000 if they had been successful in impacting the outcome of matches during the qualifiers.
In October 2019, Naveed accepted that he had failed to report a suspicious approach during the T10 tournament, but claimed he had ended the conversation when he realised the person he was meeting was a “fixer”.
Ban vs WI 2020-21 – Kemar Roach draws up plans for West Indies’ pacers ahead of Bangladesh Tests
Says tips to be gained from having watched Alzarri Joseph bowl in the ODIs
After a forgettable ODI series against Bangladesh, West Indies are gearing up for the two Tests, and Kemar Roach, one of the more experienced players in the squad, is clear about what his fellow pacemen will need to do to challenge the hosts. He says a tough time awaits the fast bowlers on the mostly benign Chattogram and Dhaka pitches, but the key will be consistency and working on getting the ball to reverse.
“It is hard work for fast bowlers out here,” Roach said. “The pitches aren’t conducive to speed or any seam movement. It is all about being consistent and putting the ball in the right areas. It is a pretty straight length [while] challenging the batsmen on the front foot. That’s mainly what your best chances are to succeed in Bangladesh.
“[Also] working on the ball as hard as we can, trying to get the ball to reverse as early as you can to trouble the Bangladesh middle order.”
The visitors, who were comprehensively beaten in all three ODIs, have a three-day practice match lined up at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram over the weekend. The first Test starts at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, across town, next Wednesday.
Roach said West Indies’ knowledge of the Bangladesh batsmen will come in handy as the Tests get underway. “There’s a lot of planning going into it, and a lot of execution that needs to be done,” he said. “It is all about being consistent and putting up a good fight. My work is cut out – I am very sure about that – so I am looking forward to it.
“We know the Bangladeshi batsmen, they have been the same side for a couple of years. Their main batters that get the job done, we know them pretty well now.”
He said that another positive for West Indies was the good form of their three frontline pacers – Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and himself. “I think Shannon is in a good run of form right now. I have been doing okay myself. It is all about us, trying to get our best performances down here.
“The team is pretty inexperienced, but I think there’s enough to get us over the line. It is all about us believing in ourselves, backing our ability and getting the job done. I am looking forward to a good Test series, and I am sure we can pull one out of the hat.”
Roach added that Joseph, who was also in the ODI squad and had played two matches, had shown them the way to bowl on these pitches. “[Joseph] was consistent. I think he really challenged the batsmen’s technique. He didn’t get the wickets but I was pretty impressed how he handled the pressure. I have definitely taken some stuff from him.
“When the bowling unit has a discussion, he will tell us what he thought about the Bangladeshi batsmen and then we can plan from there. It is going to be interesting.”
Roach was also pleased by the extra work the Test batsmen have been putting in at the nets against spin bowling. “The batsmen have been doing a lot of work with spin. They have been listening and asking questions on how to improve. I am pretty happy with what I am seeing. I am sure that they will go well.
“The guys are definitely putting in the extra work when it comes to playing spin well, and trying to get their stride in, using their feet and sweeping.
“I have seen improvement in the way the guys have worked since we got here – they are working a little bit smarter – so I hope for them they get some good results in the Test series and win a game for West Indies.”
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
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