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'I don't like it at all': Langer opposed to schedule clash - cricket.com.au
Head coach fears for the second half of the Marsh Sheffield Shield season if two Australian sides are abroad at the same time
Head coach Justin Langer says he's opposed to the prospect of Australia playing separate Test and T20 series at the same time early next year and fears it will damage the second half of the Marsh Sheffield Shield season. Australia are scheduled to play five T20s in New Zealand from February 22 to March 7, a series that looks set to clash with a proposed Test tour of South Africa as per the International Cricket Council's Future Tour Programme. With cricketing nations around the globe suffering financially due the coronavirus pandemic, Langer says he understands how important international tours are, a point that was emphasised by the thanks he and his side received following their series in the UK earlier this year. And he's conceded the international game is facing more complications than ever due to the health crisis. But having informed Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings and interim CEO Nick Hockley of his opposition to having two Australian sides playing at the same time in different parts of the world, he says he doesn’t want it to happen again. "The chairman knows this, the CEO knows this really clearly - my personal opinion is I don’t like it at all," Langer told SEN. "I don't ever want to have two Australian teams in one place. That's my personal opinion. In this year, with what's happening with COVID, I understand there's complexities to it. "We're one country, aren't we? We're not two countries. And we're one sport." Should the men's teams' matches in NZ and South Africa coincide, it would not be the first time an international schedule log-jam has forced Australia to field teams in overlapping series. In 2017, Australia's three-match T20 campaign against Sri Lanka – which Langer stepped in as coach for – coincided with the arrival of the men's Test team in India, which meant selectors named two separate squads. A year later, Australia's T20 team was in New Zealand for the final matches of their tri-series against the Black Caps and England while the Test team was playing a warm-up match in South Africa. And at the start of the 2014-15 summer, Australia played a home T20 against South Africa two days after their Test series against Pakistan wrapped up in the UAE. England also fielded separate Test and white-ball sides during their home season this year, with their three-match ODI series against Ireland in Southampton finishing the night before a Test against Pakistan in Manchester. While the tour of South Africa has yet to be confirmed, Hockley believes it's important that the Australian side does its bit to help keep the game moving around the world. "Sport around the globe has been heavily impacted by the COVID19 pandemic and it is incumbent upon all of us to play our part in helping international cricket back to a healthy position," Hockley said in a statement late last month. "Hosting this series is of vital importance to NZC and we stand ready to assist them, as we did the ECB with the recent white ball series in England. "Every board will have to make compromises and sacrifices to help the international game recover from the impacts of COVID19 and we are happy to do our bit. "This is a unique set of circumstances brought on by the pandemic and is not something we envisage replicating regularly in future." Chief among Langer's concerns is the impact the two concurrent tours will have on domestic cricket, with more than 30 of the country's best cricketers likely to be unavailable for a large part of the second half of the Shield season. The Shield competition, which began this week without 14 state-contracted players who are playing in the Indian Premier League, is yet to have a final schedule determined for matches following this season's KFC BBL. "If you have two Australian cricket teams in this current COVID period … let's say we’ve got to take 18 players to New Zealand, we've got to take 18 players to South Africa, that's 36 players out of the backend of the Sheffield Shield competition," he said. "And that's before any injuries that will inevitably happen every year. "So you're taking all your best players out of the back half of the Shield competition, which we've always said is the best domestic competition in the world. They're the sort of things that worry me with this. "But this is a really strange season; we're seeing it with AFL, we're seeing it with NRL, but I certainly would never like to see it be a permanent fixture."
Lanning ruled out of Australia's bid for 21 straight wins - cricket.com.au
Tahlia McGrath to play her first ODI since late 2017 with Australia captain Meg Lanning ruled out of the final Rose Bowl one-dayer
If Australia are to achieve a world record-equalling 21st consecutive ODI victory, they will need to do so without Meg Lanning after the Aussie captain was ruled out of the third and final one-dayer against New Zealand in Brisbane. Lanning hit a match-winning 101 not out in the second ODI but tweaked her right hamstring in the process of guiding her team to a seven-wicket win. Rachael Haynes will step up from her role as vice-captain to lead the Australians in Lanning's absence, with Australia to bat first after New Zealand won the toss. Allrounder Tahlia McGrath comes into the XI in her place, with the South Australian to make her first appearance in Australian colours since the 2017 Ashes. Meanwhile, New Zealand will be without pace star Lea Tahuhu, who has failed to overcome the back and side strain issues that limited her to bowling just 2.4 overs in the second ODI. Second ODI: Lanning leads Aussies to 20th straight ODI win The Australian captain averages 70.12 in one-dayers against the White Ferns and had continued that domination this series, scoring 62no in the opening match before posting her 14th ODI ton in the second. However, Australia will back in their other top-order talent, including openers Alyssa Healy and Haynes, and Beth Mooney, alongside youngsters Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux and Annabel Sutherland - who has been listed at No.3 - to get the job done in their skipper’s absence. Australia have won eight-straight one-dayers against New Zealand, a run that started in March 2017. Speaking on the eve of the match, spearhead Megan Schutt said the team were not focused on the world record. "Look, 2022 (ODI World Cup) is the absolute goal," Schutt said. "We honestly haven't spoken about the streak – that's not really on our minds. First and foremost was winning the Rose Bowl and now we can move on to just playing our best cricket and finishing off the series well. "Chasing (253 to win) yesterday, we knew that pitch was awesome and we thought they were 20 or 30 under par so we just went in and played good cricket. "We've been in so many games where we've pulled it back from nowhere, or made something happen. "I think that comes from the experience that's in the group. A lot of us have been around for a long time now. "There's some fresh faces in there and that makes it all new and nice but I think for us, we've played enough cricket now to know it's not over 'til it's over, so I think no matter what the situation is, we've got the experience to combat that." Australia XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes (c), Annabel Sutherland, Beth Mooney, Sophie Molineux, Ashleigh Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt New Zealand XI: Sophie Devine (c), Natalie Dodd, Amy Satterthwaite, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin (wk), Katie Perkins, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Hannah Rowe, Holly Huddlestone, Rosemary Mair CommBank T20I and ODI series Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa New Zealand squad: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Natalie Dodd, Deanna Doughty, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin All matches to be played at Brisbane's Allan Border Field First T20: Australia won by 17 runs Second T20: Australia won by eight wickets Third T20: New Zealand won by five wickets First ODI: Australia won by seven wickets Second ODI: Australia won by four wickets October 7: Third ODI, 10:10am AEST (11:10 AEDT) Watch live on the Seven Network, Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports
'Tireless efforts': Jones family thanks Brett Lee | cricket.com.au - cricket.com.au
Dean Jones' wife and daughters pay emotional tributes amid outpouring of goodwill from around the world
The family of Dean Jones has thanked Brett Lee for his "tireless efforts" to save his life as Jane Jones penned touching tribute to her late husband following his death in India this week. Lee performed CPR on Jones after the 59-year-old suffered a heart attack in Mumbai where they were working for broadcaster Star Sports during the ongoing Indian Premier League. Jones is survived by his daughters Phoebe and Isabella as well as his wife Jane, who said the family had been moved by the outpouring of goodwill from around the world. "My girls and I are devastated and saddened beyond belief to hear of Dean's death in India," Jane said in a statement. "My beautiful husband, the love of my life has lived his life with every bit of energy at his disposal, and he leaves an enormous gap in our lives which can never be filled. "He leaves us with so many wonderful memories that will last forever. At this challenging time, when our grief is so raw, we have drawn much consolation from the many messages of goodwill and support from so many people around the world. "We want to especially thank and acknowledge Brett Lee's tireless efforts to keep Dean alive." In an emotional Instagram post, Phoebe Jones added that their family "is eternally grateful to Brett Lee for doing everything he could. "We are overwhelmed with your outpouring of kind words, support and tributes. His legacy will live on in every life he touched. "I just keep staring at my phone waiting for him to call and tell me this is just a bad dream." The late Jones' playful sense of humour was on display in a video shared by Lee on Instagram on Friday that had been filmed in the preceding days. Jones, a talented golfer, poked fun at fellow Star commentator Scott Styris (the former New Zealand allrounder) as Jones and Lee chipped golf balls down the hallway of their hotel. Lee showed the camera one of Jones' golf balls that read 'Dean Jones – 324'. "His Test number," Lee noted, before Jones wryly added, "It's my highest score too" in reference to his 324 not out for Victoria against South Australia in 1995. Lee and Styris went to air for Star only hours after Jones' death, with Styris holding back tears. "What 'Deano' would've wanted is for us to come out here in the dugout, get it done, have some fun for the game we all love," Lee said. Speaking to News Corp, the former fast bowler added: “It’s hard to put into words the sense of loss I’m feeling right now. Deano was a great mate and champion bloke who we already miss dearly. “Even though I gave my everything in trying to resuscitate Dean with the use of CPR and a defibrillator, I wish there was somehow or someway to bring him back.” Dean Jones with the PSL-winning Islamabad United in 2016 // Getty The legendary batsman was much loved around Australia, and had been a cult hero in his home state of Victoria, while he became a popular figure on the subcontinent through his work as a coach and media pundit. He was revered in Pakistan in particular having coached Islamabad United to two Pakistan Super League titles. Islamabad’s general manager Rehan Ulhaq this week shared a screenshot of a message sent by Jones last year in which the Australian sought to raise money for Asif Ali while his daughter battled terminal cancer. I normally wouldn’t share screenshots of any convos but I think ppl should know the kind of man #DeanJones was off the field. One of the most compassionate ppl. This he sent to me when Asif was going through a tough time, he believed in Asif & Asif delivered that season. pic.twitter.com/xbhjsNVosc— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) September 24, 2020 Jones had broken down in tears at a press conference when talking about Ali and his daughter. "Given Dean's special love for the subcontinent, it was especially touching to hear so broadly from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan," Jane Jones said. "We are overwhelmed by the scale of the response to the news of his death and we will forever be grateful for that." Some have suggested the MCG could erect a statue in Jones' honour; the Victorian was icon of one-day cricket through the 1990s, while his double century in the Tied Test in 1986 is remembered as one of the gutsiest innings by an Australian. "Hopefully we can do something with the Boxing Day Test," Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings said. "He owned the ground. It was his stadium when he walked out to bat on Boxing Day."
Smith in doubt after 'rusty' net session on match eve - cricket.com.au
Australia's coach says his star player 'looked a bit rusty' in his return to the nets and is far from certain to play the third ODI against England
Coach Justin Langer has cast doubt over Steve Smith's return for Australia's series-deciding ODI against England, revealing the star batsman 'still looked a bit rusty' in his return to the nets early on Wednesday morning (AEST). Smith, a notoriously dedicated trainer, ducked into a bouncer that kept low on a worn pitch in the Old Trafford nets last week while facing throw downs near the end of a long batting session. While he has passed multiple concussion tests since then, the star batsman - who became Test cricket's first concussion substitute last year during a memorable Ashes duel with Jofra Archer - has been held back from the first two ODIs as a precaution. Speaking on Tuesday night AEST, before Smith batted in the nets at Old Trafford, Langer said the right-hander was "definitely tracking in the right direction" to be cleared to play in the final match of the series. But the coach struck a far less optimistic tone after watching Smith at training. "He had a hit today and he still looks a bit rusty, to be honest," Langer told SEN. "We'll give him until the last moment to play, but I'm not as confident now as I was 24 hours ago." Australia rue fresh collapse as England win second ODI Marcus Stoinis, who has made 43 and 9 batting in Smith's No.3 spot in the first two ODIs, would appear the most likely man to make way for the former captain if he returns. Despite the series being on the line, Langer said the team’s medical staff will have no hesitation in ruling Smith out of the match if he wasn’t ready to play. "If he doesn't come up again, we'll keep his - like all of our players - health in mind,” he said. "He was probably on his 30,000th ball and he probably had about two or three to go. The facilities over here are brilliant but they're a bit worn because of so much traffic through them over the last few months with (England's preceding series against) Pakistan. "So one ball just didn't quite get up and he ducked into it and it hit him on the side of the helmet. It was unfortunate, these things happen." Langer's admitted his mind started to drift towards bringing in fresh faces for the final game of the tour when Australia were cruising towards what would have been a series-clinching victory on Sunday. He was quickly brought back to earth as Australia, chasing 232, collapsed from 2-144 to lose their final eight wickets for 63 runs. While Langer praised the reserve members of his extended 21-man squad (six of whom have not played a game), he stressed the Aussies will select a full-strength XI for the third ODI. "When we were cruising in the last game, my mind was ticking over all sorts of opportunities, (thinking) 'We might be able to give the (reserve) guys the last game,'" said Langer. "I would suggest the rivalry between England and Australia and how tight the T20 series and one-day series (have been), they probably won't get the same opportunities they might have had the results gone differently. "It's a shame, but I've been consistent in saying from the start of the tour we'll be picking our best team as much as we can, that's the Australian way of doing things. "But we've had eyes on them, we've seen what they're like around the group, we've seen their talent, we've seen them in the practice games. It bodes well for the future." 2020 Tour of England Australia's T20 and ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa England T20I squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood. Reserves: Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Reserves: Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood First T20: England won by two runs Second T20: England won by six wickets with seven balls to spare Third T20: Australia won by five wickets with three balls to spare First ODI: Australia won by 19 runs Second ODI: England won by 24 runs September 16: 3rd ODI, Old Trafford, 10pm AEST
Release the handbrake: Gilly calls for full throttle ODI cricket - cricket.com.au
Aussie legend Adam Gilchrist says Australia's one-day side is too conservative, calling for more aggression in the middle overs and better performances against spin
Gilchrist smashing ODI and T20I sixes Adam Gilchrist has implored Australia's one-day side to 'release the handbrake' and play more aggressive cricket, suggesting young gun Josh Philippe could be a "catalyst for change". Gilchrist, the most-destructive wicketkeeper-batsman the game has ever seen and a multiple World Cup winner from a golden era of Australian cricket, said the current side was too conservative and other teams were exploiting their weakness against spin. Alex Carey will take the gloves for Australia in tonight's opening ODI against England (10pm AEST on Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports), his position confirmed by captain Aaron Finch on match eve in a show of faith after being dropped for the third T20 against England. But Gilchrist suggested his long-term hold on the spot may be shaky if he’s unable to adapt his game. "That wicketkeeping role, Alex Carey showing so much promise in an array of facets of the game – leadership, his wicketkeeping is excellent, he's opened in Big Bash with great success, and he's shown some really solid form in that middle-order finishing role," Gilchrist said. Carey, Labuschagne shine in T20 warm-up games "But he still hasn't consistently banged out 80 off 40, total game-changing innings, a la a guy like (England's Jos) Buttler does regularly, or (Jonny) Bairstow if he happens to have the gloves. "That wicketkeeping allrounder position has not quite been totally fulfilled, probably since Brad Haddin. "So there'll be some decisions to be made there by selectors about who they think can do it, or by Alex Carey about just how innovate and creative and aggressive he needs to be to have that impact. “And is it at the top of the order, or down at seven, six, or floating?" Young gun Philippe recalls battle with Rabada, Steyn Gilchrist suggested the three-match series against England - still three years out from the next 50-over World Cup in India - might be the perfect time to blood the "aggressive" WA and Sydney Sixers wicketkeeper-batsman Philippe. "For a long while it's almost seemed that Australia hasn't quite known what their best XI is, maybe what their best 13 is," Gilchrist said. "I reckon a guy who, in time, could very well be the solution, whether it's going out at No.1 or 2 or getting a chance in that middle order, is Josh Philippe. "Very exciting young talent, still learning his craft, about himself and what his capabilities are, and of course match situations. "But the quicker you get them exposed to the top level with that uninhibited approach, he can maybe catch a few teams off guard. Red-hot Philippe hammers unbeaten 81 "That's only going to instil more confidence in him to not suddenly have to think he's got to rein it in because he's at the next level." Finch said Australia was prepared to cap Philippe or Meredith "if the opportunity arises", conceding Australia had ground to make up on world no.1 ranked England. "Over the past few years we’re still searching for our best XI players and our best formula day in, day out in the one-day format, that’s no secret," Finch said on Thursday night. Gilchrist's comments echo those of former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who this week told cricket.com.au the current one-day side had "work to do" although Ponting suggested this tour should be more a learning experience for Philippe and fellow uncapped squad member Riley Meredith. "I think what they'll probably do is push ahead with the current guys and make some decisions probably two years out from the World Cup after looking at areas they might need to address and gaps they might need to fill," Ponting told cricket.com.au "I think that's why guys like Meredith and Philippe might be there now. "It gives them a bit of a taste of it and makes them aware of what it's going to take to be good international players." While Ponting called for the Aussies to lock in a preferred No.3 batter – either Marnus Labuschagne or Steve Smith – Gilchrist said the chief problem was a lack of an attacking mindset in the middle order. Marnus Labuschagne is pumped to be back in action this Friday night for the first of the #ENGvAUS ODIs .... but "canary yellow"? C'mon Marnus, that's Australian Gold! pic.twitter.com/UvQprMq4Da — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 9, 2020 "(The middle overs) has been a little bit of a handbrake for the Australians in the one-day format for a number of years, particularly against the spinning ball," Gilchrist argued. "Not only does the run rate come down but they tend to lose wickets in clumps – we saw that with the collapse in the first T20. "I think that's the area where other teams have tended to be accelerating and playing that more aggressive brand of cricket. Marnus makes special maiden ODI hundred "That's been our Achilles heel for a number of years (and) will be challenging again, with the make-up of the England bowling line-up and how everyone in world cricket is probably aware of that handbrake for Australia there. "It's all on the Aussies to work out what the psychology will be, what the match plan will be and what the make-up of the batting order will be." Finch indicated Mitchell Marsh would hold his spot as Australia's seam-bowling allrounder of choice in the ODI set-up, backing him to be more "consistent" in the role. "We've been guilty of shuffling him around to try and fit some different pieces in there at different points," Finch said. "In that middle-order position, it's never easy to have a real high output of runs, and if you're that fourth or fifth bowler to have a huge impact with the ball. "But I think he's got a great opportunity over the next couple of years to cement that spot. Aussies survive more middle-order wobbles to claim win "The parts of his game where (it's) been identified he needs to improve, he's made some great changes. "I've no doubt the most consistent Mitch Marsh will be on show. "In the two shorter formats when you're playing in the middle order, there's times you need to be high risk and move the game forward and there's others (when) you need to hold a little bit and take the game deeper. "So having that experience over the last 40 games or so will give him that flexibility and freedom to understand his game and understand game situations to become a really consistent player in that middle order for us." 2020 Tour of England Australia's T20 and ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa England T20I squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood. Reserves: Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Reserves: Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood First T20: England won by two runs Second T20: England won by six wickets with seven balls to spare Third T20: Australia won by five wickets with three balls to spare September 11: 1st ODI, Old Trafford, 10pm AEST September 13: 2nd ODI, Old Trafford, 10pm AEST September 16: 3rd ODI, Old Trafford, 10pm AEST
Uncapped trio make Australia's UK touring party - cricket.com.au
Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe and Daniel Sams all in line for international debuts as Australia name a 21-player squad to join England's biosecure bubble
BBL young guns into Australia squad for England tour A trio of young Big Bash stars will vie for international debuts while Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon and Marcus Stoinis are in line for recalls for the Australian men's team's first international matches in nearly six months. Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith have all been named in large 21-man touring party for the limited-overs series against England that was confirmed on Friday and will get underway on September 4. D'Arcy Short the most notable omission from the initial 26-man preliminary squad CA named for the tour last month while Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Michael Neser and Ben McDermott also missed out. Australia's T20 and ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa Cricket Australia (CA) received government exemptions for the squad to travel to the UK this week for the six-game (three T20s, three ODIs) tour which will be played under strict biosecurity arrangements. After four warm-up games in Derby, the Aussies will play three T20s at the Rose Bowl in Southampton before three ODIs at Old Trafford in Manchester. Both those venues have hotels on site. The ODIs will form part of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) new ODI Super League, which England kicked off with their recent series against Ireland. Fixtures: England v Australia T20 matches: September 4, 6 and 8. All games at Southampton's Rose Bowl. England vAustralia ODI matches: September 11, 13 and 16. All games at Old Trafford, Manchester. The Australian squad members not taking part in the subsequent Indian Premier League (which begins September 19 in the UAE) will quarantine for two weeks when they return home. Those players and support staff will not be able to join their state teams for the domestic season until the beginning of October. Stoinis has not played for Australia since last year's World Cup while Maxwell has not featured since withdrawing from international cricket for mental health reasons in October. Maxwell was named for Australia's tour of South Africa last summer but had to withdraw due to elbow surgery. Short replaced him in the middle order for Australia's most recent ODIs against South Africa and New Zealand, top scoring with 69 in the second ODI against the Proteas in Bloemfontein. Andrew Tye joins Maxwell and Stoinis in returning to the squad, with the death-bowling specialist included despite not holding a state contract. Tye's last international was in 2018. Australia claim top spot in Test and T20 rankings Fellow Western Australian quick Jhye Richardson remains sidelined due to recent shoulder surgery. Philippe was singled out by Justin Langer earlier this year as a match-winner following a couple of eye-catching seasons with the Sydney Sixers, while Sams (Sydney Thunder) and Meredith (Hobart Hurricanes) have also impressed in the BBL. "It's a squad with great depth and a sprinkle of some exceptional young players," said National Selection Panel chair Trevor Hohns. "We are very excited by these young players who we believe are all capable of playing a role in the Australian setup in coming years." Test star Nathan Lyon is also back in the limited-overs fold having, like Stoinis, played his last game in coloured clothes for Australia during the World Cup. Australia's experiment with multiple vice-captains appears over with Pat Cummins named as Aaron Finch's sole deputy for the tour. Alex Carey had previously shared the role with him. "After taking advice and reviewing the leadership of the squad we have decided to revert back to the traditional captain and one vice-captain setup," Hohns said. "Alex remains a genuine leader within the squad and will continue to provide valuable support to Aaron as skipper. Pat is very much in the same category and someone the entire squad has immense respect for as a person and a player. "This is not a reflection of succession planning, but rather a decision to return to the traditional leadership set-up that has served Australian cricket so well for generations." With assistant coach Andrew McDonald heading to the IPL to coach the Rajasthan Royals, Trent Woodhill has stepped into the void having recently left his post as list manager with the Melbourne Stars men's team to join CA's BBL team as a "player acquisition and cricket consultant". Woodhill remains head coach of the Stars' WBBL side, with their season currently scheduled to begin on October 17. England, the reigning World Cup champions who knocked the Aussies out of last year's tournament in the semi-finals, could field a full-strength team for the T20 and ODI series. The ICC's No.1 ranked 50-over side have been forced to split red- and white-ball players into separate squads in recent weeks as Tests against Pakistan have overlapped with ODIs against Ireland. England on top despite catching slip-ups England are yet to name squads for their three T20s against Pakistan beginning August 28. It would mark a tight turnaround for their Test players to feature in that series given the final Test against Pakistan is set to finish August 26. The extra week before the T20s against Australia begin could be enough time for Test players who are also white-ball stars – the likes of Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and Joe Root – to freshen up. The strict protocols of the bio-secure bubbles in place for each series have complicated adding squad members. This would affect a possible return to the England side for Ben Stokes, who is currently in New Zealand for personal reasons. 2020 Qantas Tour of England Australia's T20 and ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa England squad: TBC August 23: Fly from Perth to UK, transfer to Derby Australia will play three T20 and one 50-over intra-squad practice games September 4: 1st T20, The Rose Bowl, Southampton September 6: 2nd T20, The Rose Bowl, Southampton September 8: 3rd T20, The Rose Bowl, Southampton September 11: 1st ODI, Old Trafford, Manchester September 13: 2nd ODI, Old Trafford, Manchester September 16: 3rd ODI, Old Trafford, Manchester
Broad or Anderson facing the Ashes axe: Siddle - cricket.com.au
Former Australia quick praises star pace duo, but believes England will be better served with just one of them in their XI for the 2021-22 Ashes
Six-time Ashes veteran Peter Siddle believes England will need to drop either Jimmy Anderson or Stuart Broad to give themselves the best chance of reclaiming the urn on Australian soil next summer. As Siddle's former county teammate Broad joined Anderson in the exclusive club of fast bowlers to have taken more than 500 Test wickets, the Australian says England are building a bowling attack that could potentially end their decade-long Test drought down under. With speedsters Jofra Archer and Mark Wood in their ranks, Siddle believes England have two bowlers with the pace and bounce required to succeed in Australia. And he says that could leave one of Anderson or Broad, the country's most prolific Test bowlers, out in the cold. "I think it's going to be hard for them to both play in the same side in Australia," Siddle, who retired from international cricket last year, told cricket.com.au. History man Broad and five-star Woakes seal England win "Depending on conditions, I think Broady's probably got the upper hand – not because of age, that's got nothing to do with it – but with his skillset, seaming the ball off the deck rather than swinging it through the air. "There doesn’t tend to be a lot of swing in the air in Australia and I think Jimmy has struggled with that over the years when he's toured here. He has had success at different times, but it tended to be because the overhead conditions suited him, and he was able to get the ball swinging. "But if there’s not as much swing, it'll be harder to play them both. "That's where the tough call comes; who do you choose out of two guys who have over 500 wickets each and have bowled a lot together and had a lot of success? That's where the big question is going to come." Since famously retaining the urn in Australia in the summer of 2010-11 with Anderson leading the charge, England have lost nine of 10 Tests in Australia, losing 5-0 in 2013-14 and 4-0 four years later. Anderson and Broad both averaged 35 with the ball in those two campaigns and England have looked to supplement their skills with a handful of taller, pacier quicks who – on paper – seemed better equipped for success in Australian conditions. All of Broad's 34 Test wickets in Australia Siddle believes where the likes of Steve Finn, Boyd Rankin and Jake Ball have failed on previous tours, Archer and Wood can thrive. "In the past they've tried doing it, but the guys that they've brought out with that top speed haven't been able to control the ball as much, so the run rate has leaked," Siddle says. "You look at Steve Finn, for example, he came out but was quite expensive in a series here a long time ago. They've tried it at times, but it just hasn't quite come off. "But this time, Archer's played enough Test matches now, Wood's played enough and I think he's shown in the previous series over in South Africa, he took a bag of wickets, bowled fast and was consistent. "They've got a good consistent line-up, they bowl in partnerships and build a lot of pressure. We know in any Test team that's had success, the strength has been the bowlers bowling together, building partnerships and being economical. Anderson, Wood, Archer & Broad // Getty "I think they're definitely building a line-up that could potentially do that here in Australia." England have not shied away from having one eye on the 2021-22 Ashes campaign, with skipper Joe Root saying the decision to omit both Anderson and Broad from their side during the recent series against the West Indies has been partly with an eye to giving other quicks an opportunity. Broad was controversially overlooked for the first Test earlier this month in favour of both Archer and Wood, a move that backfired when the tourists stormed to an upset win in Southampton. The veteran responded with 16 wickets in the next two Tests, both of which England won. Siddle reached out to his former Nottinghamshire teammate after he was axed, and the Victorian says Broad's triumphant return underlined why both he and Anderson must be picked for all Tests in English conditions. "Obviously they're looking to the future when Jimmy and Broady aren't there," he said. "But with the way they're bowling at the moment, if they're still the best, they're still the best and you've got to pick them. "(The first Test) was the thinking (Australia) have had for years when we'd gone to tour over there, and we picked too much fast bowling and not enough skill and it came back to bite us. Broad sheds shackles to blast his way to whirlwind fifty "And I think this has probably shown that, the results when they changed their bowling attack back to what was more suited to English conditions. "I was messaging (Broad) the other day when he wasn't playing, and he was 15 short (of 500 wickets) then. And he was thinking 'what's going to happen, when's it going to happen, is it even going to happen at all?'. "And here we are two Tests later. It shows his class. He's bowling probably as well as he has for a long time."
'Extremely sorry' Archer out of second Test - cricket.com.au
England quick Jofra Archer will miss the second Test in Manchester due to a breach of bio-security protocols.
An "extremely sorry" Jofra Archer has been forced out of the second Test against the West Indies after breaching bio-security protocols. It's not yet clear as to the nature of Archer's breach, with the England & Wales Cricket Board only confirming that he won't play in the second Test in Manchester. The announcement came at 8am UK time, just three hours before the first ball at Old Trafford. The right-armer will be forced to self-isolate for the next five days and must return two negative COVID-19 tests before his isolation period is lifted. "I am extremely sorry for what I have done," Archer said in a statement. "I have put, not only myself, but the whole team and management in danger. I fully accept the consequences of my actions, and I want to sincerely apologise to everyone in the bio-secure bubble. "It deeply pains me to be missing the Test match, especially with the series poised. I feel like I have let both teams down, and again I am sorry." Blackwood brilliance steers Windies to first Test win An ECB statement said the Windies "have been made aware and are satisfied with the measures that have been imposed". The Tests between England and West Indies are being played in tightly-controlled bio-secure 'hubs', with players and staff staying in hotels that are attached to the two venues in use for the series, the Rose Bowl in Southampton and Old Trafford in Manchester. Those in the hubs are tested regularly for COVID-19 and must adhere to strict guidelines. Archer's absence for the second Test means England selectors must re-think their plans for the match having already declared veteran Jimmy Anderson and speedster Mark Wood will be rested. Stuart Broad is set to return having been controversially overlooked for the first Test, while Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Ollie Robinson are the other seamers in their squad. The West Indies won the first Test by four wickets to take a 1-0 series lead and, as holders of the Wisden Trophy, only need to draw the second Test to retain the trophy. More to come
BBL takes on fan feedback to boost season 10 schedule - cricket.com.au
More games in family-friendly prime-time slots with a season that begins in early December the hallmarks of new summer schedule announced today
This summer's KFC BBL will start earlier than ever before, feature more matches in prime-time slots and a regular season that wraps up by Australia Day, with the schedule for the tenth season of the competition announced today by Cricket Australia. While the COVID-19 pandemic may yet force alterations to the summer of cricket, today's announcement confirms the commitment to a full 61-game schedule, including the return of the five-team finals format. Also announced today was a full 59-game sixth season of the Rebel WBBL to be played between October 17 and November 29, with more televised matches than previous seasons. More details on the WBBL|06 announcement can be found here. The BBL will begin on December 3 – following on from the first scheduled day of Australia's opening Test with India – with the final to be played on February 6. Starting with the Adelaide Strikers hosting the Melbourne Renegades to follow on from day one of the Gabba Test match, the BBL will run for eight nights before it takes a five-day break for Australia's day-night Test with India on December 11-15. Click on the image to expand The extended season will also benefit the Perth Scorchers, who as things stand face a gruelling 'home game - travel - away game' schedule to the east coast just twice this season, a marked improvement on last summer. The new season will see an extra 11 games scheduled to begin in prime-time slots compared to last summer, bringing the total to 48 – the bulk of them starting at 7.15pm – with 40 regular season games plus all finals available on free-to-air broadcaster Seven. Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports via cricket.com.au and the CA Live app will broadcast all 56 regular season games plus finals. The 16 Fox and Kayo exclusive matches include a Christmas Eve afternoon clash in Hobart, as well as all games on Friday nights and Saturday double-headers throughout January. Further innovations for the BBL will be announced at a later date, but are expected to include a draft system for international players, while bonus points, splitting Powerplays, strategic substitutions and free-hits for wides have all been mooted. If Australia's home international summer schedule can continue as published, Australia's Test-only players could link-up with their BBL clubs after the SCG Test in early January for the run home. On the flip side, BBL clubs will likely lose their Australian limited-overs stars around the same time, and may not see them for the remainder of the season. Australia's last scheduled home international is on February 2, with the BBL Final to be played until four days later. Dates and venues for other matches in the five-team finals series will not be determined until later in season. Although the BBL will start a fortnight earlier than its traditional slot, CA has previously confirmed this summer's Marsh Sheffield Shield competition would remain at 10 rounds plus a final, although fixtures for that and other domestic competitions will be released at a later date. CA's Head of the Big Bash Leagues, Alastair Dobson, said the earlier start to the season came after extensive feedback was sought from fans and clubs after last summer, but added remaining flexible during a global pandemic was key. "Scheduling in the time of coronavirus is not without its challenges, as we have seen in elite sporting conditions at home and abroad, and there are factors outside the league itself which could impact the fixture at a later date," Dobson said. "That said, at this time, we are happy with the fixture as it stands and excited to celebrate a decade of Big Bash with Australian fans during the summer. "It should ensure that more BBL matches are played in prime time and enable the regular season to again finish inside the school holidays, which was a key objective, particularly in light of the busy international schedule planned for the coming summer." Travel to regional centres has been restricted due to the threat of the coronavirus, with no matches scheduled in Alice Springs or the regional Victorian centre of Moe this year. However, the league is still scheduled to visit Launceston, Coffs Harbour, the Gold Coast and Canberra outside of the clubs' regular home venues. View the full rebel WBBL|06 and KFC BBL|10 fixtures here.
'Angry, frustrated': Broad opens up on Test axing - cricket.com.au
Ashes star says his exclusion for Windies Test was a "hard decision to understand" but vowed to return with a vengeance
Windies dominate day two as Holder claims career-best haul Stuart Broad has candidly opened up on his anger at being dropped for England's opening Test against West Indies and vowed to prove selectors wrong when he next gets his hands on the ball. Fill-in captain Ben Stokes told England's second all-time leading Test wicket-taker on the eve of the series opener that they had decided to prioritise pace and partner spearhead James Anderson with speedsters Jofra Archer and Mark Wood. Broad has since been reassured by selection chief Ed Smith that he remains firmly in their plans for the rest of the three-Test home series against the Windies. However, that did little to dampen the frustration of the 34-year-old, who questioned his axing despite insisting those picked ahead of him deserved their spots. West Indies deliver masterclass in how to use the DRS "I'm not a particularly emotional person but I've found the last couple of days quite tough," Broad told Sky Sports before play on day three in Southampton. "To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. You get disappointed when you drop your phone and break your screen. I've been frustrated, angry, gutted because it's a hard decision to understand. "I've probably bowled the best I ever have in the last couple of years. I felt like it was my shirt (to lose), having been in the team in the Ashes and then going to South Africa and winning there. "But we were also in quite a unique position this summer. Very rarely do you get all your bowlers fit and ready to go." Broad wears a mask in the lead-in to the first Test // Getty With Anderson sidelined during last year's Ashes, Broad had a superb campaign against Australia and in particular tormented opener David Warner by dismissing him seven times in 10 innings. After finishing that series as England's leading wicket taker with 23 victims, he then led the attack again in their series win in South Africa earlier this year, taking 14 victims at an average of 19. With Chris Woakes and Sam Curran also missing out at the Ageas Bowl, Broad conceded he was a victim of a rare occasion when England had all their fast bowlers fit at the same time. Seven deadly sins: Warner falls to Broad again "The chairman of selectors made it clear they're picking pitch for pitch," he said. "The decision to go with extra pace on this pitch was based on … this pitch. "You can't argue that the bowlers walking onto that field don't deserve to play. It's just annoying when it's not you in that XI. It's great to see strength and depth in the fast bowling ranks. "It's the only way England cricket moves forward and gets better." But if handed his spot back at Old Trafford, where the second and third Tests against the Windies will be played, Broad vowed to show the selectors had made been wrong to drop him. "I'm quite pleased I feel frustrated and gutted and angry, because if I didn't I'd have a different decision to make," said Broad, who is 15 wickets away from becoming the second Englishman (after Anderson) to 500 Test scalps. "I don't think I've got anything to prove. "England know what I can do, the selectors know what I can do and you can bet that when I get that opportunity again, you can bet I will be on the money."