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The 2021 edition of Women's Big Bash League, WBBL 2021will begin on October 14 in Hobart | Photo: Cricket Australia
The 2021 edition of Women's Big Bash League, WBBL 2021will begin on October 14 in Hobart | Photo: Cricket Australia
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WBBL 07 Inaugural Week Uncertain After Hobert’s 3 Day Lockdown For COVID-19

WBBL 07 – The Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) inaugural week is facing uncertainty after Hobart was put under a three-day lockdown on Friday due to surging Covid-19 cases in Tasmania.

The seventh edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL 07), kickstarting on Thursday, will feature as many as eight Indian players – the highest number so far in the history of the Australian tournament. It is a fitting testament to the development of the young talent in the last T20 World Cup’s runners-up.

WBBL 07- Women's Big Bash League 2021
WBBL 07- Women’s Big Bash League 2021

WBBL 07- The Women’s Big Bash League’s Inaugural Week Uncertain As Hobart Goes Under A 3 Day Lockdown For Increase In Rising Covid-19 Cases

WBBL 07 is under uncertainty as Hobart goes under a three-day Lockdown owing to the rising Covid-19 cases in Tasmania on Friday. Cricket Australia has stated that they are working on a contingency plan.

Opener Smriti Mandhana, off-spinning all-rounder Deepti Sharma (Sydney Thunder), opener Shafali Verma, left-arm spinner Radha Yadav (Sydney Sixers), batters Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (Melbourne Renegades) keeper-bat Richa Ghosh (Hobart Hurricanes), and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (Brisbane Heat) are the eight Indians set to feature in WBBL 07.

“Four WBBL-07 games are scheduled to be played at Blundstone Arena (in Hobart) across Saturday and Sunday, with Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein suggesting crowds will now not be able to attend those matches,” a report said on Friday, adding that Cricket Australia (CA) was in talks with the Tasmanian government after the flash lockdown was imposed.

The Sydney Sixers won the WBBL opener in Hobart on Thursday night, but doubts have been cast over upcoming games there.
The Sydney Sixers won the WBBL opener in Hobart on Thursday night, but doubts have been cast over upcoming games there. Photograph: Sarah Reed/Getty Images

The report said that CA and the Tasmanian government were working on “a contingency plan”, adding that the Australian cricket’s governing body had informed the state government authorities that all players and staff members had received COVID-19 vaccinations.

During a press conference on Friday, Gutwein was quoted as saying that, “Bearing in mind there are national and international matters to consider here in terms of the broadcast, if they do go ahead they would go ahead with no crowd and with the players remaining in a bubble.”

Cricket Australia will attempt to push on with the WBBL 07 in Hobart this weekend, despite Tasmania’s capital being plunged into a snap three-day lockdown on Friday. Just a day after Sydney Sixers beat Melbourne Stars in the first game of the tournament, Cricket Australia was left sweating on fears of a potential Covid-19 outbreak in southern Tasmania.

The next four games are scheduled to be played in Hobart this weekend, with two double-headers at Blundstone Arena. In the best-case scenario for Cricket Australia, those games at Hobart will now be played without crowds.

Cricket Australia Working With Tasmanian Government On Options For WBBL 07 Matches At Hobart

A total of eight Indian players, including Smriti Mandhana, are playing in the WBBL 07, and seven of the eight WBBL sides are already in Tasmania.

“Perth Scorchers were due to fly in (later) on Friday for their first match against Brisbane Heat on October 17 but confirmed they would remain in Western Australia until more information was available,” the report added.

“Also, Hurricanes are scheduled to play the Renegades on Saturday afternoon, before the Strikers meet the Thunder on Saturday night. The Hurricanes then back up against the Sixers on Sunday morning, before the Heat play the Scorchers,” the report said.

Alyssa Healy of the Sixers on her way to making 57 in the opening Women's Big Bash League match of the season. Photograph: Steve Bell/Getty Images
Alyssa Healy of the Sixers is on her way to making 57 in the opening Women’s Big Bash League match of the season. Photograph: Steve Bell/Getty Images

“The health and safety of our players, staff, match officials and partners, along with that of the wider community, remains our top priority,” CA said in a statement, adding, “We are currently working with the Tasmanian Government on options for the upcoming Weber WBBL|07 matches at Blundstone Arena, Hobart this weekend.”

“The next matches are not due to be played until October 19, after the scheduled end of the lockdown on Monday evening,” the report added.

More than 20 games are scheduled to be held in Tasmania over the next two-and-a-half weeks, in a bid to begin the WBBL 07 during Sydney and Melbourne’s lockdowns. The Perth Scorchers have already confirmed they will remain in Western Australia until at least Saturday, pushing back their flight on Friday. They are due to face Brisbane Heat on Sunday morning. All of the other seven teams are believed to already be in Hobart.

Alyssa Healy started the WBBL 07 season superbly as she guided the Sydney Sixers to a six-wicket win over the Melbourne Stars in Hobart. Consistent rainfall pushed back the start of Thursday night’s tournament opener at Blundstone Arena, reducing the match to 11 overs aside. Alyssa Healy whacked 57 from 27 deliveries, including four fours in a row off rookie Tess Flintoff in the third over, as the Sydney Sixers chased down the 100-run target with four balls to spare.

Rachael Haynes at the Sydney Showground Stadium which will host the opening World Cup match Getty I
Rachael Haynes at the Sydney Showground Stadium which will host the opening World Cup match Getty I
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Rachael Haynes Ruled Out Of Pink-Ball Test And 3 T20Is vs India

Rachael Haynes, Australia batswoman has been ruled out of the upcoming pink-ball Test and three T20Is against India. Rachael Haynes had suffered a right hamstring injury during the third ODI against India women which was played on Sunday and she was forced to leave the field when Australia women bowled.

Australia Women have suffered a huge blow ahead of the historic one-off pink ball Test against India women with Rachael Haynes getting ruled out of the contest.

Rachael Haynes celebrates her maiden ODI century Getty Images
Rachael Haynes celebrates her maiden ODI century Getty Images

Rachael Haynes Suffered Hamstring Injury And Was Ruled Out Of 1 Test And 3 T20Is

Rachael Haynes suffered a hamstring injury during the third WODI while fielding and hasn’t recovered in time for the historic day-night Test. The Australian vice-captain has been ruled out of the three T20Is as well, which is a part of the ongoing multi-format series.

“Unfortunately her(Rachael Haynes) hamstring is no good,” cricket.com.au quoted Australia head coach Matthew Mott as saying.

“She’s devastated — obviously Test matches don’t come around too often, she’s a key member of our squad so our thoughts are with her at the moment,” he added.

Australia’s Beth Mooney has been an integral part of the record-breaking Australian’s women’s cricket team. Photograph: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images
Australia’s Beth Mooney has been an integral part of the record-breaking Australian’s women’s cricket team. Photograph: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images

As a result, Beth Mooney is likely to open alongside Alyssa Healy in the pink-ball Test against India, beginning on Thursday. Beth Mooney remained unbeaten on 125 in the thrilling second ODI and made 52 just two days later in the third game. Australia was appearing to be sweating on her fitness when she left the field on Sunday due to a hamstring issue but Matthew Mott is confident of Beth Mooney’s availability.

Matthew Mott Hopeful Leg Spinner Georgia Wareham Is Fit To Debut

Matthew Mott also said that he is hopeful of leg-spinner Georgia Wareham being declared fit to make her debut. Georgia Wareham is in line for a Test debut if she can recover from her quad injury in time while Beth Mooney should be fit despite hamstring tightness.

“Georgia’s ticking all the boxes for her return to play. She was very sensible around that — she felt something quite early, got treatment and has been doing everything she can to get it right,” said Mott.

Georgia Wareham (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Georgia Wareham (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

“Personally, I really hope she gets through it after missing out in the last Test we played. She’s a key member; no matter what the wicket serves up, she’s a wicket-taker and she’s an incredibly good thing for this team — she leads the way in the field and her batting is evolving all the time,” he added.

Another player from the injury list who is set to be fit in time for the day-night encounter is leg spinner Georgia Wareham. The 22-year-old, who hasn’t featured in a Test match despite representing Australia 55 times, suffered a quad injury during the second ODI. The one-off Test starts on September 30 at the Carrara Oval in Queensland. The three T20Is will be played on October 7, 9 and 10 at the same ground.

Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

India Test and ODI squad: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Ekta Bisht.

Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav will be a part of the premier women's domestic T20 tournament, WBBL, with Sydney Sixers | Courtesy- Cricket.com.au
Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav will be a part of the premier women's domestic T20 tournament, WBBL, with Sydney Sixers | Courtesy- Cricket.com.au
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Shafali Verma And Radha Yadav Signed By WBBL Club Sydney Sixers For WBBL 07

Shafali Verma, a young batting sensation and left-arm spinner Radha Yadav have been snapped up by Sydney Sixers ahead of the upcoming WBBL, the club announced on Monday (September 27). The announcement comes a day after Sydney Thunder confirmed the signings of Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma.

Shafali Verma, India’s youngest debutant in international cricket, put up stunning performances on Australian shores last year at the T20 World Cup and sits on top of the ICC rankings in the format.

Smriti Mandhana. Image-PTI
Smriti Mandhana. Image-PTI

Shafali Verma Bags Her Maiden WBBL Deal

At the back of her T20 exploits, the teenager also played for Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred recently. On Sunday (September 26), she starred in India’s famous win over Australia with a mature half-century. With her stocks constantly on the rise, Shafali Verma has now bagged her maiden WBBL deal. On Sunday, she scored a maiden ODI half-century with a mature knock of 56 as India upset the mighty Australian team, snapping a 26-game win streak.

“This is a very good opportunity for me and my goal is to just enjoy myself, to make some new friends and have fun,” Verma said. “I want to play WBBL and back myself and just believe in myself.”

Shafali Verma played for the Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred recently
Shafali Verma played for the Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred recently © Getty

Head Coach Ben Sawyer, who worked with Shafali Verma in England in the recently-concluded inaugural season of the Hundred, lavished praises on the youngster labeling her fearless.

“She hits to different areas of the field and plays shots that are different to the other three girls in that top four,” he said. “The experience I had with her in Birmingham was that she wants to learn, she wants to get better and she wants to grow as a player and a person.”

At just 17, Shafali Verma, who in 2019 became India’s youngest ever to play women’s T20 internationals, is widely considered the best batting talent in the world and currently sits atop the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings. Shafali Verma is expected to form a lethal combination with Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, and Ash Gardner at the top of the order for the Sixers, giving the team the most exciting top four in WBBL history.

Radha Yadav Will Be Making Her Maiden WBBL Appearance

Radha Yadav, who is in India’s squad for the upcoming T20Is against Australia, will also be making her maiden appearance in the WBBL.

“Lots of young Indian girls want to play in the WBBL,” Yadav said. “It is a very good standard and I am so happy to be able to play for the Sixers this year.”

Radha Yadav (Getty Images)
Radha Yadav (Getty Images)

Ben Sawyer was delighted with the 21-year-old spinner’s acquisition as well considering the variety she lends to the bowling attack.

“Radha brings a skill set that we have never had at the Sixers and that’s very exciting,” he said. “I think a left-arm ortho bowler is so important in the WBBL and having one who is world-class is such a great opportunity for this team. She has also batted in the middle of the order for India so she is handy with the bat too.”

Not to be overshadowed by her teenage teammate, left-arm orthodox spinner Radha Yadav who is placed 11th on the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings arrives at the Sydney Sixers with an outstanding resume of her own. Now aged 21, Radha Yadav was one of the discoveries of the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20, finishing as the joint-leading wicket-taker for India in the tournament, with eight dismissals in five matches.

The Sydney Sixers begin their WBBL 07 campaign in the season opener against the Melbourne Stars on Thursday, October 14 at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

File image of Jhulan Goswami | Andrew Couldridge/Reuters
File image of Jhulan Goswami | Andrew Couldridge/Reuters
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Jhulan Goswami Picks Her 600th Career Wicket In India Women’s Win

Jhulan Goswami, India women’s veteran pacer achieved a personal milestone of 600 career wickets when she dismissed Australia’s captain Meg Lanning who was caught behind for a duck in the 3rd WODI between India and Australia women at McKay on Sunday.

Jhulan Goswami, 38, is the leading wicket-taker in the format and remains the only bowler in the women’s game to claim over 200 ODI wickets. Playing her 192nd game, Jhulan Goswami returned figures of 3-37 in her 10 overs, a couple of days after she had bowled a last-ball no-ball to hand Australia a controversial win in the 2nd ODI.

Jhulan Goswami File Photo
Jhulan Goswami File Photo

Jhulan Goswami Picks Her 600th Career Wicket In India Women’s Win

Jhulan Goswami now has acquired 240 ODI wickets at 21.59, while she has claimed 41 wickets in 11 Tests at 17.63 and has 56 T20I wickets in 68 matches, a tally of 337 international wickets. She has 264 wickets in the domestic circuit. She had retired from T20Is in 2018.

Jhulan Goswami claimed the prized scalp of Meg Lanning after sending back Rachael Haynes to hand India an early advantage in the 3rd ODI, but a late-order resistance from Beth Mooney, Ash Gardner, and Tahlia McGrath ensured that Australia posted a challenging 265/9.

Meg Lanning (Photo: Meg Lanning/Instagram)
Meg Lanning (Photo: Meg Lanning/Instagram)

Leading the series 2-0 and with a 26-match winning streak in the format, Australia’s Meg Lanning opted to bat first after a steady start by openers Alyssa Healy and a returning Rachael Haynes, who put on 41, but Australia lost both Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning in the same over to Jhulan Goswami. Alyssa Healy was run out at the non-strikers’ end before Ellyse Perry was dismissed by Pooja Vastrakar for 26 off 47 balls.

Jhulan Goswami Picked 3 Scalps, Shafali Verma And Yastika Bhatia Scored The 50s

But Beth Mooney (52) and Ashleigh Gardner (67) put on 98 runs for the fifth wicket to help Australia recover before Tahlia McGrath powered her way to a 32-ball 47. India fought back well in the death overs to dent Australia’s charge and held them to 264/9, with Pooja Vastrakar and Jhulan Goswami claiming three wickets each while went to off-spinner Sneh Rana.

Indian Women's Cricket Team
Indian Women’s Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

India women went on to win by 2 wickets with 3 balls remaining and end Australia women’s winning streak. Shafali Verma and Yastika Bhatia scored fifties. Jhulan Goswami, who set the game up with 3 for 37, sealed victory with the bat in the final over and was awarded Player Of the Match. Australia asked for more than something special from the opposition to lose an ODI at long last, India delivered it to end Australia’s 26 WODI match-winning streak.

To avert a third straight loss and a second morale-crushingly narrow defeat in under 36 hours, India women needed 24 – and character from their lower order – of the last four overs in their stiff chase of 275. Their previous highest successful ODI chase was 248, and their task was made more difficult by their efforts on the field, where they shelled four genuine chances as well as gave away misfields that cost them at least 15 runs.

Australian women had won their last two WODIs against Indian women by 9 wickets chasing 226 with 54 balls remaining and by 5 wickets in the last ball chasing 275. The action now moves to the day-night pink-ball Test starting from 30th September followed by 3 T20Is in early October.

India Women 266 for 8 (Batia 64, Verma 55, Sutherland 3-30) beat Australia Women 264 for 9 (Gardner 67, Mooney 52, Goswami 3-37, Vastrakar 3-46) by two wickets

Ellyse Perry - GETTY IMAGES
Ellyse Perry - GETTY IMAGES
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Ellyse Perry Withdraws From The Hundred Citing Personal Reasons

Ellyse Perry, Australian all-rounder has withdrawn from the inaugural season of The Hundred citing personal reasons. The 30-year old woman cricketer was slated to play for Birmingham Phoenix but the all-rounder has pulled out of the tournament.

Ellyse Perry was due to play for Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural season of the Women's Hundred Getty Images
Ellyse Perry was due to play for Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural season of the Women’s Hundred Getty Images

Ellyse Perry’s Australia Teammates Also Pulled Out

Ellyse Perry’s Australia teammates Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, and Meg Lanning have also pulled out of the showpiece event, ahead of the start of the multi-format series against India, which begins in September.

“We are obviously very disappointed that Ellyse Perry has had to withdraw from the Hundred due to personal circumstances, but we completely understand her decision and wish her all the best,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Beth Barrett-Wild, head of the women’s competition, as saying.

Sophie Devine has been playing since the end of September when New Zealand toured Australia Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images
Sophie Devine has been playing since the end of September when New Zealand toured Australia Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Ellyse Perry’s absence further depletes a Phoenix squad that will already be without Sophie Devine. The New Zealander had pulled out of the tournament last month, The women’s Hundred will begin on July 21 and will run until August 21.

Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Georgia Wareham (all representing Welsh Fire), Sophie Molineux, Elyse Villani, Annabel Sutherland (all representing Trent Rockets), Ashleigh Gardner (Ellyse Perry’s teammate in Birmingham Phoenix), Alyssa Healy, and Nicola Carey (both Northern Superchargers) had already withdrawn while Rachael Haynes had confirmed her unavailability to turn out for the Oval Invincibles in May.

Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, And Deepti Sharma Will Feature In The Hundred

Meanwhile, five Indian women cricketers — Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Deepti Sharma — will be seen in action in the inaugural edition of ‘The Hundred’. Shafali Verma is the number one ranked short-form batter and she has joined Birmingham Phoenix as a replacement for Sophie Devine.

Harmanpreet Kaur will star in the opening match, at the Kia Oval on July 21, as she joins Manchester Originals. Jemimah Rodrigues will feature for Northern Superchargers. Smriti Mandhana is set to form a devastating opening partnership with Danni Wyatt at Southern Brave, while Deepti Sharma joins England captain Heather Knight at London Spirit.

Shafali Verma became the third youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women
Shafali Verma became the third-youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women

The Hundred, to be organized and invented by ECB, will feature eight teams taking on each other. The first match in the competition will be played between the women’s teams of Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21.
The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket competition that will see prominent players (both men and women) featuring in the tournament in the English summer.

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Ricky Ponting’s Car Stolen By Thieves But Found Later In Melbourne

Ricky Ponting, a former Australian skipper has been targeted by thieves last week, according to a report in 7 News. The incident occurred on Friday night when thieves entered his home and managed to steal his car, which was parked in the driveway. Large police operations were carried out thereafter to track the car.

Ricky Ponting’s car was finally found in Melbourne’s Camberwell area before it was spotted dangerously driven through the city. Thereafter, two men were spotted fleeing on the spot and managed to evade the police. The police are still on the search for the suspects.

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Ricky Ponting And Family Were At Bayside When Thieves Broke And Stole Car

Ricky Ponting, his wife, and three children were at the bayside in Melbourne when the thieves broke and stole the car. As per a report in 7News, two men were spotted trying to evade the police. The men managed to escape, but the police officials have recovered the cars. The Special Operations Group and the Airwing were deployed to track the car and reached their target on Saturday.

Ricky Ponting's Car Stolen By Thieves But Found Later In Melbourne 2Meanwhile, Cricket Australia on Monday launched the trailer of a documentary ‘The Record’ which depicts the Australian women’s team journey at the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup where they defeated India in a pulsating final to emerge as champions. The documentary follows the heroic exploits on the field and the equally daring off-field campaign to “fill the MCG” for the final on International Women’s Day 2020.

It goes inside the most dramatic World Cup in history and gives voice to the players who belong on this stage. Produced by Her Films, the documentary has voices of Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Australia head coach Matthew Mott, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Molly Strano, Harmanpreet Kaur, Heather Knight, Dane van Niekerk, and Sornnarin Tippoch.

Nick Hockley: The Documentation Of Australia’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Campaign Reflects The Monumental Occasion

Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley said ‘The Record’ is a production that the cricket board is extremely proud of and excited to see come to life.

“The documentation of Australia’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup campaign has given us the opportunity to reflect on what was a monumental occasion for cricket,” he said.

Ricky Ponting's Car Stolen By Thieves But Found Later In Melbourne 3“I would like to thank everyone who played their part in bringing both the event and this documentary to life. Reliving this special moment in time will hopefully inspire the next generation of cricketers, both girls and boys, to aspire to play on the biggest stage of all,” he added.

Ricky Ponting still holds the record for scoring the most runs in his 100th Test match, tallying 263 runs with 120 and 143 not out against South Africa. England skipper Joe Root just failed to eclipse that record in the on-going first Test against India in Chennai when he scored 218 and 40 in the two innings.  The former Australia captain scored 13378 runs in 168 Test matches at an average of 51.85 and 13704 runs in 375 ODIs at an average of 42.03.

Alyssa Healy
Alyssa Healy. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Australian Women’s Cricketer Alyssa Healy Surpasses MS Dhoni With Most Dismissals As A Wicket-Keeper In T20Is

Australian woman cricketer Alyssa Healy has eclipsed former Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni’s record for the most number of dismissals by a wicket-keeper in Twenty20 cricket. MS Dhoni recently announced his retirement from international cricket and has 91 dismissals to his name from behind the stumps. However, the 30-year-old, Healy has now 92 dismissals to her name and leads both men’s and women’s charts.

She achieved the record against New Zealand in the second T20I of the three-match series at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

MS Dhoni, Rashid Latif
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Alyssa Healy leads the charts for most dismissals as a wicket-keeper

Australia’s Healy excelled MS Dhoni’s previous record of the most number of dismissals from behind the stumps in T20 cricket.  In 114 matches, Healy has 92 dismissals – 42 catches and 50 stumpings to her credit, while Dhoni ended his career on 91 dismissals – 57 catches & 34 stumpings.

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Alyssa Healy and Mitchell Starc. Photo Credit: Twitter.

Alyssa Healy, who is the wife of Australian pacer Michell Starc is a long way ahead of fellow women’s cricketers in her record. The next women keeper behind her is England’s Sarah Taylor with 74 dismissals.

Australia lead 2-0 in the T20I Women’s series against New Zealand

The Australians won the second match in the series by 8 wickets. They managed to get the NZ team all out for 128 with 3 wickets each from Delissa Kimmince and Georgia Wareham. Sophie Molineux got 2 wickets to her name while Nicola Carey got one. Alyssa Healy gave the Aussies a great start scoring 33 runs off 17 balls and Rached Haynes finished the game with 40 runs off 31 balls.

Alyssa Healy, T20I records
Alyssa Healy (Image Credit: Google)

Australia managed to get the target with four overs remaining. The last match in the T20I series will be played on September 30th, and the Aussies will be looking for a third consecutive win against their rivals.

A three-match ODI series will be played between NZ and Australia after the T20I series, starting October 3rd. Both the teams are currently playing the first international games after the pandemic influenced lockdown.

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Mitchell Starc with RCB skipper Virat Kohli. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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“Money Is A Big Aspect But…..” Mitchell Starc Reveals Why He Doesn’t Play IPL

Indian Premier League (IPL), which is the most famous league around the world, features the best players in the business. The league not only provides good quality of cricket while also offers a big sum of money to players. Perhaps, these qualities don’t attract Australian premier pacer Mitchell Starc to play in IPL.

Starc, who is counted among the best bowlers of the modern era, last played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2015. Since then, he has made himself unavailable from the league. In fact, he doesn’t play for any of the franchise cricket around the world. But why doesn’t he want to play T20 leagues? Well, the speedster has revealed the reason behind his choice.

Mitchell Starc, IPL
Mitchell Starc. Photo: BCCI

Money is a big aspect of it: Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc wants to spend quality time with his wife Allysa Healy, who is also the prominent batswoman for Australia Women’s cricket team. The couple doesn’t get much time to spend together because of their busy schedules. Thus, when other cricketers are busy playing the league, Starc takes that time to spend with his wife.

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Mitchell Star with his wife, Alyssa Healy. Photo Credit: BBL/IPL.

“Certainly, money is a big aspect of it. It’s hard enough juggling one cricket schedule with three formats, let alone when my wife plays cricket on a completely different schedule as well. So, that’s something that I take into consideration heavily, being able to spend time together and I guess in the instance of the IPL, that (comes during) a Cricket Australia leave period,” said Starc as quoted by Cricbuzz.

Earlier this year, Starc was praised for his effort to watch his wife playing live during the T20 Women’s World Cup final in Australia. He took the leave ahead of the last ODI match against South Africa and went to MCG ground to watch the marquee clash where Allysa Healy played a blistering knock.

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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Final – Australia Women Win Fifth Title After Thrashing India Women

On Sunday (8th March), the defending champions Australia Women won their fifth trophy in ICC Women’s T20 World Cup history after beating India Women by 85 runs in the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. Australia Women became the second team, after the inaugural edition winners England Women (2009), to win the WT20 WC as the hosts.

After winning the toss at MCG (Melbourne), Australia Women’s captain Meg Lanning decided to bat first. While her team scored 184/4 (20 overs), India Women were bundled out for just 99 runs (19.1 overs).

India Women: Only Deepti Sharma managed to score 20+ runs

Indian batters were struggling from the beginning of the second innings as there was no strong fight. While Shafali Verma (2) was dismissed on the third ball of that innings, wicketkeeper-batter Taniya Bhatia (2) was retired hurt in six balls later after getting hit on the helmet. Later, in 12th over when Veda Krishnamurthy (19) was dismissed, Richa Ghosh replaced Bhatia as the concussion substitute.

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Harmanpreet Kaur (Image Credit: Twitter)

Among the first five batters in the India Women squad, only the opener Smriti Mandhana (11) managed to reach the double-digit scores.

While Deepti Sharma scored the highest runs for India Women which was 33 runs, Richa Ghosh was dismissed after scoring 18 runs.

Among the Australia Women bowlers, Megan Schutt (4/18) took four wickets, and Jess Jonassen (3/20) got three wickets.

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Australia Women: Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney properly utilised their opportunities

Both the Australia Women openers wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney provided a solid start after the Indians dropped two early chances. While both the openers got one life each at the beginning of the innings, they utilised those opportunities properly and punished the India Women bowlers.

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Allysa Healy and Beth Mooney (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Aussie openers built up the century partnership (115 runs) and set the perfect condition for the big first innings total. Both the openers not only scored half-centuries, but they also stretched their innings to 70s. While Healy scored 75 runs off just 39 balls (7 fours and 5 sixes), Mooney remained not out of 78 runs off 54 balls (10 fours). While captain Meg Lanning scored 16 runs (15 balls), the other batters didn’t get enough chances.

Among the India Women bowlers, while Deepti Sharma (2/38) took two wickets, Poonam Yadav (1/30) and Radha Yadav (1/34) got one wicket each.

While Alyssa Healy won the Player of the Match award in this final game, Beth Mooney has been awarded the Player of the Tournament for finishing as the leading run-scorer (259 runs in six innings).

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Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney (Image Credit: Twitter)
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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Record Opening Partnership Guide Australia Women To Thrash Bangladesh Women

The defending champions Australia Women won another match in the Group A of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 after thrashing Bangladesh Women on Thursday (27th February).

After the hosts Australia Women won the toss, they decided to bat first. The Aussie openers performed solidly with their record partnership and set up the first innings total of 189/1 (20 overs). In reply, Bangladesh Women were restricted to 103/9 (20 overs).

Bangladesh Women innings: Only one batter reached the 20-run mark

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Image Credit: Twitter

Chasing down the target, Bangladesh Women failed to provide at least a fight. The hosts’ bowlers regularly picked up the wickets as the Bangladesh batters hardly punished the opposition bowlers. Apart from Fargana Hoque (36), all others failed to reach the 20-run mark in that innings.

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Australia Women’s national cricket team (Image Credit: Twitter)

Among the Australia Women bowlers, Megan Schutt (3/21) took three wickets while Jess Jonassen (2/17) grabbed two wickets. Also, Annabel Sutherland (1/21) and Nicola Carey (1/16) scalped one wicket each. In the final over of that match, Australia Women took three wickets in the successive deliveries, including the two run-outs.

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Australia Women innings: Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney put the 151 runs partnership for the 1st wicket

Coming to bat first, Australian openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney provided a superb start and built up a solid partnership. They broke Australia Women’s previous highest T20I partnership for any wicket of 147 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket between Kate Blackwell and Karen Rolton (against England Women at Taunton on 2nd September 2005).

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Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney (Image Credit: Twitter)

Before the wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy lost her wicket on 83 runs in the 17th over, Healy-Mooney opening partnership managed to score 151 runs. In her 83 off 53 balls, the right-handed batswoman Healy hit 10 fours and 3 sixes.

On the other hand, the other opener Mooney scored 81 not out off 58 balls (9 fours). Ashleigh Gardner also scored 22 not out off just nine balls (3 fours and only six).

Apart from captain Salma Khatun (1/39), all other Bangladesh Women bowlers failed to pick up at least one wicket in that match.

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After losing the tournament opener, Australia Women beat Sri Lanka Women and Bangladesh Women. Meanwhile, before this match, Bangladesh Women suffered a defeat in their opening game of this tournament against India Women.

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