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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.

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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, 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.

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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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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Australia Vs India Final – When and Where To Watch

India and Australia, who played the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 opener, will now play the title decider on Sunday (March 8) in Melbourne. Well, you have to wait to see whether the result will be different or the same as what was the outcome of the curtain-raiser at Sydney’s Showdown Stadium.

India got a direct entry in the final as they could not get the match in semi-finals against England because officials had to abandon the game due to the torrential downpour in Sydney. Thus, India were ahead of England as they topped the Group chart, Harmanpreet Kaur-led side got an unarguable entry in the final.

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On the other hand, the second semi-final was played between Australia and South Africa. The hosts played a full 20-over contest, setting up a target of 134 runs.

However, the rain interrupted the game and according to Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method, South Africa was given a revised 98-run target in 13 overs. However, Proteas failed to chase the target and Australia went on to make it to the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

India vs Australia final: When and Where To Watch

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The final between the two strong teams will be played at an Iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Interestingly, India’s men’s team has registered many memories at this particular venue. And, it will be interesting to see whether the women’s team can create history on super Sunday.

Interestingly, the marquee clash will be played on International Women’s Day i.e, 8th March (Sunday). Also, Indian skipper Harmanpreet’s birthday falls on the same date, so the Indian women’s team would be keen to dedicate a victory to their charismatic leader.

The match will be telecast on Star Sports 1 or Star Sports 2 HD besides streaming will be available on Hotstar. According to Indian Standard time, the clash will begin from 12:30 pm while the toss will take place half an hour before.

So, be ready and glue to Tv sets – to support the Indian team who recently made it to the maiden T20 World Cup final following some incredible performances in Australia.

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Mitchell Star with his wife Alyssa Healy. Photo Credit: BBL/IPL.
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Ravichandran Ashwin Hails Australia’s Decision For Allowing Mitchell Starc to Watch Alyssa Healy at ICC Women’s T20 World Cup

Women’s cricket is not popular among fans but is it has gradually become successful in gaining attention far and wide. Meanwhile, the recent gesture from the Australian men’s cricketer Mitchell Starc is winning the hearts of fans. The pacer’s wife Alyssa Healy is also representing the Australian women’s team. Her team will be competing against India’s women cricket team in the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on 8th March.

To through support behind his wife, Starc sought leave from the ongoing ODI series between Australia and South Africa. Thus, it saw India premium off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin giving thumbs up to Starc’s heartwarming gesture.

Healy is the opener and the wicketkeeper for Australia’s women cricket team. So far, her best performances came against India and Bangladesh’s team, scoring 51 and 83 respectively.

Recently, Starc wanted to support his wife so he took the leave from the national duty. His move will surely create an impact worldwide and will surely encourage the fans to watch the title decider match.

Ashwin, who remains quite active on social media, took Twitter as he came to know of the news. “So refreshing to see this!! Well done,” he tweeted on Saturday.

Ravichandran Ashwin happy for Mitchell Starc, who returns Australia to support Alyssa Healy:

Australian head coach Justin Langer also gave the reason behind releasing Starc from the squad

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Mitch to watch Alyssa in a home World Cup final and so we were happy to allow him to return home to support n hais wife and be part of a fantastic occasion,” Langer had said on Friday.

Meanwhile, the result of the three-match ODI series between Australia and South Africa is already decided as the Proteas are leading with an unassailable lead of 2-0.

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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Ellyse Perry Ruled Out With Hamstring Injury

Australia women’s cricket team have lost two key players in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup tournament. Earlier, pacer Tayla Vlaeminck was ruled out of the tournament with a foot injury ahead of the start of the group stage. In the latest development, all-rounder Ellyse Perry has been ruled out of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup after picking up a hamstring injury.

Ellyse Perry, who is the No.1 all-rounder in women’s ODIs and T20Is will no longer swing her arms for the rest of the tournament as she sustained a hamstring injury during Australia’s final Group A game against New Zealand on Monday, March 2.

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Ellyse Perry. (Photo Getty Images)

The incident took place during the 11th over of New Zealand’s run-chase when the all-rounder Perry pulled up after collecting and releasing at mid-off region and after which, she limped from the field with the assistance of support staff.

Ellyse Perry will be out for a significant time: Team doctor

Perry is expected to be out of action for a long period and is also set to miss Australia’s tour of South Africa which comes after the World Cup. Team doctor Pip Inge confirmed that Ellyse Perry picked up a high-grade right hamstring injury.

“Ellyse sustained a high-grade right hamstring injury that is expected to keep her out of the game for a significant period of time. We are currently exploring management options,” the doctor said in a statement.

We have enough depth to replace Ellyse Perry in the playing XI: Matthew Mott

Meanwhile, Australia have preferred not to name a replacement for her and will remain a part of the 15-player squad. The team coach Matthew Mott said that they are pretty much confident that they have enough depth to replace her in the playing XI.

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“Ellyse is a key member of our squad and has been for a long period of time and on a personal level, we’re disappointed that she won’t have the opportunity to finish the tournament.

She gives her absolute all every time she takes to the field for her country and that was evident again against New Zealand in the selfless manner in which she threw herself into her batting, bowling and fielding performances. We’re confident that we have enough depth in the squad to cover her batting and bowling and know whoever gets an opportunity will make a strong contribution,” Mott added in a statement.

Perry has taken just one wicket in the tournament so far but has been quite economical in her bowling approach. Her late 15-ball 21 against New Zealand in the must-win battle was vital in steering Australia to 155/5, in a game they won by a whisker of four runs to reach the semi-finals.

Meg Lanning’s team will play the semi-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on March 5, Thursday, as second from Group A.

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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: India Thump Defending Champions Australia in Sydney

India’s women cricket team had a terrific start to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 edition. They have begun the coveted event on a winning note. Harmanpreet Kaur-led side had registered the victory in the curtain-raiser against strong-looking Australia Women’s cricket team by 18 runs. The highlight of the match was Poonam Yadav’s bowling attack and the remarkable effort from wicketkeeper-batter Taniya Bhatia, who brought India right back into the game

India set the target of 133 runs:

Earlier, India’s captain Harmanpreet lost the toss and was handed over the task to set the target. The hosts were dominant from the start of the game because of which India had a slow start in the game. But soon, the young batter Shafali Verma showed her power and grit to bring momentum back in the game. She struck back-to-back boundaries of Ellyse Perry.

Although soon the partnership between Shafali and Smriti Mandhana was broken by the left-arm spinner, Jess Jonassen.

Notably, Australia has given two lives to Mandhana beforehand. So, India was 41 for one.

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Soon, the allrounder Ellyse cut short Shafali’s innings. The promising batter scored 29 runs. Besides, Jemimah Rodrigues and the allrounder Deepti Sharma set up a 53-run partnership before the former lost her wicket to Delissa Kimmince. While Sharma missed her half-century, scoring unbeaten 49 runs off 46 balls.

Australia’s bad day:

Although the Kangaroo dominated with bowling attack, they were unsuccessful to repeat the same with the bat. Opener Alyssa Healy gave the good start to the team but soon she lost the wicket after scoring 51 runs. Shikha Pandey gave the first breakthrough to the team, picking the wicket of Beth Mooney.

Behind the stumps, wicketkeeper Taniya was the nightmare for every batsman. She claimed two catches of Australian skipper Meg Lanning and Jonassen while stumping Rachael Haynes and Annabel Sutherland. India’s overall effort led them to victory in the first match.

Poonam Yadav’s bowling attack:

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When other Indian bowlers were leaking runs, Poonam Yadav came as a saviour for the team.

However, she missed the chance of hat-trick but her over was memorable. Famous for her googly, she picked back-to-back wickets of Haynes and the most crucial wicket of Ellyse.

Unfortunately, the wicketkeeper Taniya could not complete the catch of Jonassen and because of which Yadav could not register the hat trick.

Overall, she picked four wickets.

While Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Shikha Pandey picked one and three-wicket.

India’s innings:

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Australia’s innings:

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Meanwhile, the next clash of India is against Bangladesh on 24th February.

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Australia’s Women’s BBL Moved to its Own Window Away from Men’s Tourney

Women’s cricket in Australia is now tracing another millennia step. Reports suggested that the involvement of women’s interest in cricket has increased in Australia. And on Wednesday, the Women’s cricket in Australia received a boost to their confidence. The T20 Women’s BBL in Australia will now have their separate season, away from the men’s leg.

The Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) is the Australian women’s domestic Twenty20 cricket competition. The WBBL was aligned with Men’s BBL since the 2015-16 season from December to February.

However, this year’s fifth edition of WBBL will have its own time slot from October to December respectively.

After the successful WBBL 2019 result, it was the signatory moment for Women’s cricket in Australia. Cricket Australia’s head of fan engagement Anthony Everard called it “monumental for the women’s game”.

This step will encourage more women engagement in cricket and other games. The step will allow the focus to rest entirely on the budding female cricketers.

“It’s something we’ve been building towards and last year’s final series has proved that the WBBL is ready to stand on its own two feet,” said Everard.

Female participation in Cricket increased as compared to past records, a boost for Women’s BBL

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Brisbane Heat win with four balls to spare against the two-time champions Sydney Sixers

According to cricket.com.au, A 39 per cent increase in female participation in cricket, bringing the total number for 2013-14 up to 247,000. Females make up 22 per cent of total cricket participants.

The growth in cricket is what the Australian Cricket Board has been trying to work on. And with WBBL being commenced away from Men’s, it will give the boost to female cricketers.

Not just that, the televised content nearly doubled last season with 23 matches broadcast on free-to-air and pay-TV. Thus, a significant step was needed to be taken by the officials to make it to the next level.

To build on this, this year seven consecutive family-friendly “festival weekends” will be broadcast live.

Whereas, all the remaining matches will be streamed on cricket.com.au.

Each of the eight-city based franchises will play a total of 14 matches with the final hosted by the top teams.

However, the Women’s team in the league will still bear the same team name and colours as that of their male counterpart.

Sydney Sixers are the most successful franchise of the league with two titles to their name while the last year’s champions were the Brisbane Heat Women, who won their first title.

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Australia breeze to fourth Women’s World T20 title

North Sound (Antigua), Nov 25:  Australia breezed to their fourth Women’s World T20 title, thrashing England by eight wickets in the final here on Saturday.

England faltered with the bat after winning the toss, struggling to 105 all out in 19.4 overs with opener Danielle Wyatt (43) being the top-scorer.

Pacer Megan Schutt (2/13), leggie Giorgia Wareham (2/11) and all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner (3/22) led Australia’s clinical effort with the ball.

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Chasing a comfortable target, Australia raced to victory in 15.1 overs with Gardner and captain Meg Lanning remaining unbeaten on 33 and 28 respectively.

Interestingly, England had also mustered 105 against Australia in the final of the 2014 edition and even on that occasion, the team from Down Under cruised to a famous win.

With another emphatic win on Saturday, Australia extended their dominance in the showpiece event of the shortest format, lifting their fourth trophy in tournament’s sixth edition. Australia are also the most successful team in ODI World Cup with six titles.

However, Australia had not win a major event since their World T20 triumph four years ago, making Saturday’s triumph sweeter.

Their sole loss in the tournament came against India in the group stage before they bounced back to beat the West Indies in the semifinals.

Lanning, who hit the winning run, said being outplayed by India did not affect the team’s morale heading into the knock-outs.

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“The last two World Cups really hurt and we had to change a few things and move it forward. The group embraced it and it was a very satisfying win. The loss against India did not rock us – maybe a couple of years before it would have rocked us – but we were very calm,” said Lanning.

England, who downed an in-form India in the semifinals, had a forgettable day and their captain Heather Knight defended the decision of batting first.

“I thought it was a much better pitch than the semifinal. It skidded on a lot more. Dani (Wyatt) started really well. We just lost wickets at the key time and we lost momentum and we didn’t put a competitive total on the board. We thought there will be bit of dew but it skidded on more than what we anticipated,” said Knight.

“We didn’t probably adapt to the conditions as good as we could have. Australia were a better team than us today, congratulations to them. Now, we got massive Ashes series to look forward to,” she added.

For her all-round show, Gardner was named Player of the Match and Alyssa Healy collected the Player of the Series award from the great Vivian Richards.

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The final was expected to be a tense contest between the arch-rivals but Australia had it under their grasp ever since Schutt removed Tammy Beaumont in the fourth over.

Wyatt played a solid knock but did not get the support from the other end as wickets kept falling at regular intervals.

In the chase, Australia lost openers Healy (22) and Beth Mooney (14) for 44 runs before Gardner and Lanning shared an unbeaten 62-run stand to fashion a memorable win.

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Australia wins Women’s World T20

North Sound (Antigua), Nov 25: Australia bagged their fourth women’s World Twenty20 crown after a thumping eight wicket victory over England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here on Sunday.

They had earlier clinched the prestigious title in the years 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The Australians rode an all-round show by Ashleigh Gardner, who dominated England in all departments of the game.

The bowlers of the winning side came all guns blazing on a slow wicket as England’s decision to bat first turned disastrous.

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The English never looked in control as nine of its players did not even touch the double-digit mark.

It was opener Danielle Wyatt and skipper Heather Knight who showed some resistance with scores of 43 and 25 as England somehow managed to cross the 100-run mark before being bowled out for a paltry 105 in 19.4 overs.

Off-spinner Gardner was the wreaker-in-chief with figures of 3/22 from her four overs while Georgia Wareham and Megan Schutt also chipped in with a couple of wickets each.

Australia then comfortably chased down the target in 15.1 overs, losing just two wickets.

After shining with the leather, Gardner was also handy with the bat after remaining unbeaten on 33 runs of 26 deliveries.

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Meanwhile, skipper Meg Lanning also remained unbeaten on 28 runs as her side crossed the line with ease.

Brief scores: England 105 all out (Danielle Wyatt 42, Heather Knight 25; Ashleigh Gardner 3/22) lose to Australia 106/2 (Ashleigh Gardner 33 not out, Meg Lanning 28 not out; Sophie Ecclestone 1/12).

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Australia women whitewash India in ODI series

Vadodara, March 18: Australia women shone with the bat and ball to defeat India in the final rubber by 97 runs and whitewash the hosts 3-0 in the One-Day International (ODI) series at the Reliance Stadium here on Sunday.

Australia posted a mammoth 332-7 after opting to bat, thanks to a brilliant century from Alyssa Healy (133) on top of the order. Later, off-spinner Ashleigh Gardner (3/40) and Ellyse Perry (2/40) picked five wickets in unison to dismiss India to 235 runs in the 45th over.

In the chase, Jemimah Rodrigues (42) and Smriti Mandhana (52) forged a 101 runs first-wicket partnership to take India to a dominating start before the former was sent back by Gardner.

Following the dismissal, incoming batswomen Mithali Raj (21), Harmanpreet Kaur (25), Deepti Sharma (36) and Sushma Verma (30) got amongst the runs but failed to produce a match winning knock.

Later, the lower order batswomen were sent back with ease by the visitors bowlers to ensure a dominating victory.

Earlier, after opting to bat, Australia lost their opener Nicole Bolton (11) within the first six overs after she was caught and bowled by Ekta Bisht.

However, Healy played a match winning 115 balls innings laced with 17 boundaries and two hits over the fence to keep the oppositions struggling on the backfoot.

Barring Healy, batswomen Ellyse Perry (32), Rachael Haynes (43), Beth Mooney (34 not out), Ashleigh Gardner (35) played key knocks to help the scoreboard reach over 300-mark.

For India, Harmanpreet Kaur (2/51) was the pick of the bowlers.

Brief scores: Australia 332/7 (Alyssa Healy 133, Rachael Haynes 43; Harmanpreet Kaur 2/51) against India 235 in 44.4 overs (Jemimah Rodrigues 42, Smriti Mandhana 52; Ashleigh Gardner 3/40).

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 11: Ellyse Perry of Australia salutes the crowd after making 213 runs before Australia declared during day three of the Women's Test match between Australia and England at North Sydney Oval on November 11, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Women’s Ashes 2017/18: Ellyse Perry Scores Highest Test Score by an Australian Batswoman

Elyse Perry scored an unbeaten 213, as the Southern Stars took a-168 runs lead in the first innings in reply to England’s 280 in the first innings.

The stylish all-rounder brought up her double hundred with the only six in her innings. Perry’s 213 not out is the highest Test score by an Australian Women cricketer. The Australian women have declared their first innings at 448/9. The England women’s team is currently playing at 21/0 with one more days play left, and this is a must-win contest for the English side.

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Perry had never touched the triple figure mark in international cricket in any format although she has 24 ODI fifties and one Test fifty to her name before this match and this was her maiden international century.

Perry’s previous highest international score was 95 not out in an ODI against Vs South Africa in Canberra in November 2016.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 11: Ellyse Perry of Australia salutes the crowd after making 213 runs before Australia declared during day three of the Women’s Test match between Australia and England at North Sydney Oval on November 11, 2017, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

The Australian team was stumbling at 13-3 when Perry came into bat, but the all-rounder single-handedly took the Southern Stars a step closer to an Ashes win, as this Test match is a must-win for the England team. Perry crossed the previous best by an Australian batswoman set by Karen Rolton against England when she scored 209* in 2001.

She behind current Indian Captain Mithali Raj who sits at second spot with 214 and Pakistan’s Kiran Baluch who has the highest score of 242 against West Indies.

Player Name Span Matches Innings Runs Highest
Kiran Baluch (PAK-W) 1998-2004 3 6 360        242
M Raj (IND-W) 2002-2014 10 16 663        214
EA Perry (AUS-W) 2008-2017 7 11 432           213*
KL Rolton (AUS-W) 1995-2009 14 22 1002           209*
KE Flavell (NZ-W) 1995-1996 6 7 473       204
MAJ Goszko (AUS-W) 2001-2006 4 5 217        204
J Broadbent (AUS-W) 1990-1998 10 8 437           200

 

 

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