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Corey Anderson In Line To Play For The USA

The allrounder Corey Anderson, who last played for New Zealand in 2018, might make a debut for the United States of America’s (USA) team after the USA’S recruitment drive that could lead to them fielding international cricketers.

According to the ESPNCricinfo, the United States were granted with ODI status during the World Cricket League Division Two after their maiden ODIs way back in the 2004 Champions Trophy. The players could represent the USA at the international level after the three-year residency path.

The USA Cricket head Ian Higgins stated that they are planning to bring quality players in their side while want to build heroes and role models to take the team forward.

“We want to win cricket games. We want to qualify for World T20s, we want to qualify for World Cups. We want to win cricket matches. By winning cricket matches, we’re able to – we don’t do this very well at the moment, but we need to do this better – we build heroes and role models that are wearing the stars and stripes, and we need to amplify those stories,” Iain Higgins, the USA Cricket CEO, was quoted as saying to ESPNcricinfo earlier this year.

“Sometimes those will be people who have come through the US and sometimes those will be people that come into the team because they have a passport or have qualified on residency grounds. But we want the USA team to be at the forefront of the international cricketing community’s minds,” he added.

Corey Anderson last played for New Zealand in 2018:

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Corey Anderson. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Talking about Corey Anderson’s career for New Zealander, the allrounder made the debut for his national team in 2016. His powerful striking has earned him fame. The right-hand batsman represented the Kiwi team in 13 Tests, 49 ODIs and 31 T20Is, scoring 683, 1109 and 485 runs respectively.

He last played for New Zealand in a T20 against Pakistan in November 2018 and is currently among those at the top of USA Cricket’s list. He has an American fiancée Mary Shamburger and spent most of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas, where Shamburger is based.

USA players with the World Cup (Credits: Twitter)

US Women’s National Team Wins The Women’s World Cup 2019

US defeated Netherlands 2-0 to win their second consecutive Women’s World Cup.

US Women’s national team became world champions for the fourth time and second time consecutively, as they see off Netherlands 2-0 in Lyon, France. USWNT manager, Jill Ellis becomes the first manager ever to win the World Cup twice.

Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored from the US side, with both goals coming in the second half. The first half saw US fiercely attacking but the Netherlands defence just being able to keep the ball from the goal. Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal pulled out some amazing saves and looked to be an unbreakable wall in the final.

Just before halftime, American right back Kalley O’Hara and Dutch attacker Lieke Martens collided in the air, bumping heads. Martens was able to continue, but O’Hara had to leave the match, and was replaced by Ali Krieger at halftime.

The second half saw US earning a penalty from a foul on Alex Morgan in the box. The penalty was given by a VAR review, which was converted by Megan Rapinioe to give the US a deserved lead.

The goal was Megan’s 50th goal for the US National team.Only 8 minutes later US’ lead was extended with a splendid solo goal from Rose Lavelle. She carried the ball from near midfield and after dribbling past a few Dutch players took a magnificent shot with her left foot to make the score 2-0.

Megan Rapinoe who played her 4th World Cup seemed joyous and said  “It’s surreal, “I don’t know how to feel. It’s ridiculous.”

Rapinoe was awarded the golden boot with 6 goals and 3 assists and was also given the golden ball; naming her the best player of the tournament.

“They put their heart and soul into this journey, and I can’t thank them enough,” said United States Coach Jill Ellis

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 16: PLayers of Oman celebrate the wicket of Nizakat Khan during the Desert T20 Challenge match between at Hong Kong and Oman at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on January 16, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

USA and Oman Awarded ODI Status

United States of America (USA) has been awarded One Day International Status for the very first time in their cricketing history after they thrashed Hong Kong by 84 runs in the World Cricket League Division 2 match in Windhoek, Namibia on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Oman who has already won 3 of their 3 games in the tournament so far also bagged ODI status. While Oman has impressed in the last year or so, the emergence of USA is great signs for cricket.

The win against Hong Kong was also Oman’s third win of the tournament in just 4 games. The victory ensured that they will at least finish in the top 4 in the points table.

The top 4 teams in the group stages among Oman, USA, Hong Kong, Namibia, Canada and Papua New Guinea will join Scotland, UAE and Nepal in Cricket World Cup League 2.

The course of the tournament has been pretty topsy turvy. After the loss against Oman by 6 wickets, USA scraped past Namibia by just a couple of runs. Meanwhile, the USA also thrashed Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong by 10 wickets which helped them gain their ODI status. They are all set to meet Canada on 26th April.

The USA is currently leading the points table with 6 points from 4 games. They will be eyeing to finish in top two to ensure they qualify for the final of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Oman also outplayed USA, Canada and Hong Kong in their first three clashes. Ahead of the final, Oman is all set to take on Namibia and Papua New Guinea.