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Amy Satterthwaite to replace Suzie Bates as the Captain of the New Zealand team

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Suzie Bates took the position of New Zealand’s captain back in 2011 but after 6 years, she has decided to step down. The decision comes two months before the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament.

Suzie said, “Captaining the White Ferns was a great honor and a rewarding experience. I can look back knowing I gave it my all for six years“. Suzie will continue to play for New Zealand under the new skipper.

She said that she would be concentrating more energy into her performances on the field. Suzie has represented the country in 115 ODIs and 101 T20I.

Amy Satterthwaite has been named the new skipper of White Ferns. “She has my full backing and I am looking forward to supporting her in any way I can.“, Suzie said.

Satterthwaite told that she is excited about this new challenge. “It’s a huge honor to be asked to captain your country and I’m really excited about what lies ahead. Suzie has done an outstanding job captaining the White Ferns over the past few years and I’m sure she’ll continue to contribute considerably in a leadership sense,” told Satterthwaite.

The team would be playing a 3 match ODI series against Australia, scheduled to start on 29th September.

India Women beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in 1st ODI, bowlers and Mandhana shine

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Indian Women team registered a comfortable victory in the 1st match of the ODI series, defeating the host by 9 wickets. With this win, India took a lead of 1-0 in the 3 match series.

Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first. The Indian bowlers were right on the money from the start. Mansi Joshi, who was making her national comeback after eight months of injury took the first wicket by getting rid of Sri Lankan opener Prasadani Weerakkody. She took 3 wickets in her spell of 6.1 overs, giving only 16 runs, a fantastic way to make a comeback.

The veteran Jhulan Goswami took her 300th international wicket, first woman cricketer to achieve this milestone. The whole Sri Lankan team only managed to put up a score of 98 runs in 35.1 overs.

Chasing the target, Indian openers Punam Raut (24 runs off 41 balls, 2 fours) and Smriti Mandhana (73 runs off 76 balls, 11 sixes, 2 fours) gave India a flying start. Both of them had a partnership of 96 runs, taking the team to the victory line comfortably.

Indian skipper Mithali Raj also reached a milestone, as she captained India for the 118th time in ODI, most by any captain in Women cricket.

Both teams will be facing each other on 13th September for the 2nd ODI of the series at the Galle International Stadium in Galle.

Three new players included in England Women’s squad for India tour

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Sarah Taylor, Tammy

England Women have called up three rookies for their upcoming T20I and ODI tour of India while Sarah Taylor has been rested.

Surrey batter Bryony Smith, Kent all-rounder Alice Davidson-Richards and Hampshire left-arm seamer Katie George of Hampshire have been named in England squad for the first time, while Kate Cross, Tash Farrant and Amy Jones also returns to the side.

The 16-member group, which will contest a triangular T20I series with India and Australia before a bilateral three-match ODI series against India, doesn’t feature Sarah Taylor or Katherine Brunt, with Brunt unavailable after injuring her back during the Women’s Big Bash League and Taylor rested.

England will play four T20Is – and, if they make into the finals, a fifth – between March 22 and March 31 and then three ODIs versus India on April 6, April 9 and April 12.

England squad:

Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Katie George, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones (wicketkeeper), Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Bryony Smith, Fran Wilson, Danni Wyatt.

India’s squad for ODI series against Australia announced

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India ODI squad

The All-India Women’s Selection Committee has named the India Women’s squad for the ODI series against Australia Women. The three-match series that will be held in Vadodara from March 12 is a part of the ICC Women’s Championship (2017-2020).

Team India will be led by Mithali Raj, who had an excellent series in South Africa and Jemimah Rodrigues, the new wonder kid on the block will get a chance to make her ODI debut after the strong performances in T20Is.

Harmanpreet Kaur will be Mithali’s deputy, while Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy will provide the experience to the batting unit.

Veda Krishnamurthy, Harmanpreet Kaur

The bowling attack will be lead by Shikha Pandey with young Pooja Vastrakar also taking the new ball. Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht and Rajeshwari Gayakwad are the specialist spinners in the squad.

The ODI series will be followed by the Tri-nation T20I series and the Indian squad for the same will be named later. England will be the third team to participate in the tri-series.

India Women’s ODI squad:

Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Sushma Verma (wk), Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey, Sukanya Parida, Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma

WATCH: South Africa vs India 2nd T20I (LIVE coverage)

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India is taking on South Africa in the second T20I of a 5 match series at the Buffalo Park stadium in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

WATCH the LIVE coverage of the match here:

WATCH: South Africa vs India 1st T20I (LIVE coverage)

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South Africa vs India T20I

India is taking on South Africa in the first T20I of a 5 match series at the Senwes Park, Potchefstroom.

WATCH the LIVE coverage of the match here:

Laura Wolvaardt breaks Sarah Taylor’s ODI record

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Laura Wolvaardt, Sarah Taylor

India was denied a clean sweep in their ODI series against South Africa as a Proteas opener Laura Wolvaardt grabbed a slice of history during the third and final match of the series at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.

Wolvaardt, who played for Brisbane Heat in Rebel WBBL|03 on Saturday became the youngest woman cricketer to score 1000 ODI runs, reaching the milestone aged 18 years and 290 days.

Laura Wolvaardt WBBL

The teenager – who is also studying medicine while playing international cricket – broke the previous record created by England’s Sarah Taylor on 1 September 2008 against India at Taunton. Taylor was 19 years and 104 days old when she completed 1000 ODI runs.

Wolvaardt made her international debut in February 2016, becoming her country’s youngest centurion – female or male – later the same year.

Laura Wolvaardt

Meanwhile, in the 3rd ODI, a four-wicket haul from South Africa quick Shabnim Ismail kept India to 240 from their 50 overs, despite handy knocks from Deepti Sharma (79 off 112) and Veda Krishnamurthy (56 off 64).

Half-centuries to Mignon du Preez (90no off 111) and Laura Wolvaardt (59 off 88) set the foundation as the Proteas reached their target with seven wickets in hand and four balls to spare.

Sarah Taylor reveals how Quinton de Kock looks like when he “dresses as woman”

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Sarah Taylor, Quinton De Kock

Sarah Taylor is without a doubt one of the best wicketkeeper-batswomen in the world today. She is known for her excellent glove work behind the wickets; played a crucial role in England’s win during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

Recently, the 28-year-old English cricketer showed off her funny side on social media when she cheekily put up a meme, which says that when South Africa male wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock dresses like a woman, he looks like Sarah.

She posted a picture with De Kock on one side and a picture of herself on the other to point out the resemblance between the two cricketers.

Both Sarah and de Kock have been excellent servants of their nations, scoring crucial runs and also scalping important catches behind the wickets. Sarah has been in the international circuit for a much longer time than de Kock. However, de Kock is the first choice wicketkeeper for South Africa across all formats and is soon climbing up the ladder when it comes to scoring runs for South Africa.

Unlike QDK, Sarah isn’t a left-hander.

Many of the girl’s room wardrobes have posters of the likes of Brett Lee, Virat Kohli, etc. Sarah enjoys such following among boys too.

Sarah Taylor

VIDEO: Veda Krishnamurthy takes a stunning diving catch to dismiss Beth Mooney

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Veda Krishnamurthy

India’s fiery batswoman Veda Krishnamurthy is creating waves in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).

Veda Krishnamurthy catch

During a T20 match between Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat, Krishnamurthy took a blinder in the outfield to stun the Heat’s left-handed opener Beth Mooney at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

In the second over of Heat’s innings, Nicola Hancock bowled one on
to Mooney’s pads. Mooney came down the wicket and flicked the ball towards deep midwicket. As the ball went up in the air, Krishnamurthy came running down and dived with full stretch to complete the catch.

Even the commentator commended Veda’s catch by shouting, “What a catch! that is a beauty…. absolute beauty. That was one of the best catches of the tournament”.

Here’s the video:

Schedule of India women’s tour of South Africa

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India Women tour of South Africa 2018

India women’s cricket team is scheduled to play South Africa women’s cricket team in February 2018.

The tour consists of three Women’s One Day Internationals (WODIs) and five Women’s Twenty20 Internationals (WT20Is) starting from February 5.

The WODI games will be part of the 2017–20 ICC Women’s Championship.

Here’s the complete schedule:

February 05

1st ODI at Diamond Oval, Kimberley, 1:30 PM IST / 10:00 AM LOCAL

February 07

2nd ODI at Diamond Oval, Kimberley, 1:30 PM IST / 10:00 AM LOCAL

February 10

3rd ODI at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom 1:30 PM IST / 10:00 AM LOCAL

February 13

1st T20I at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom 4:30 PM IST / 01:00 PM LOCAL

February 16

2nd T20I at Buffalo Park, East London 4:30 PM IST / 01:00 PM LOCAL

February 18

3rd T20I at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 1:15 PM IST / 09:45 AM LOCAL

February 21

4th T20I at SuperSport Park, Centurion, 4:30 PM IST / 01:00 PM LOCAL

February 24

5th T20I at Newlands, Cape Town, 4:30 PM IST / 01:00 PM LOCAL

ICC announces Women’s T20I team of the year 2017

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ICC T20I Team 2017

Stafanie Taylor, the Windies all-rounder, has been named as the captain of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Women’s T20I team of the year 2017.

stafanie-taylor

The T20I team was selected by the same panel, which had voted for the annual individual awards, and included Chloe Saltau, Mel Jones, Lisa Sthalekar (all Australia); Charlotte Edwards, Kalika Mehta, Alison Mitchell, Alan Wilkins (all England and Wales); Anjum Chopra, Snehal Pradhan (both India); Olivia Caldwell (New Zealand); Firdose Moonda, Natalie Germanos (both South Africa); Sa’adi Thawfeeq (Sri Lanka) and Ian Bishop, Fazeer Mohammad (Windies).

The panel took into consideration player performances from 21 September 2016 to date.

Harmanpreet Kaur (231 runs at 57.75), Sophie Devine (172 runs and two wickets), Megan Schutt (seven scalps at 20), Deandra Dottin (206 runs and six wickets) and the promising legspinner, Amanda-Jade Wellington, (nine scalps at 10.33) are some of the other members of the side.

Ekta-bisht

Meanwhile, Ekta Bisht is the only player to make it to both ODI and T20I sides.

Also READ: ICC announces Women’s ODI team of the year 2017

ICC T20I Team

Beth Mooney (wicketkeeper) (Australia), Danni Wyatt (England), Harmanpreet Kaur (India), Stafanie Taylor (captain) (Windies), Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Deandra Dottin (Windies), Hayley Matthews (Windies), Megan Schutt (Australia), Amanda-Jade Wellington (Australia), Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand) and Ekta Bisht (India)

ICC announces Women’s Cricket Awards for the year 2017

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ICC women awards 2017

Australia’s Ellyse Perry has won the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday.

The award has been introduced in memory of Heyhoe Flint, one of cricket’s legendary figures, a World Cup winner and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer, who passed in January this year at the age of 77.

Perry, the 27-year-old all-rounder, scored an unbeaten 213 and took three wickets in the one-off Ashes Test in Sydney and, accumulated 905 runs and took 22 wickets in 19 ODIs during the voting period ((between 21 September 2016 and 21 December 2017). She also scored 28 runs and bagged four wickets in four T20 Internationals.

Ellyse Perry 2017 ICC Awards
Source: ICC Twitter

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite has clinched the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year Award, while Perry’s team-mate Beth Mooney has won the ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year and ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year awards.

Amy Satterthwaite ICC Awards 2017
Source: ICC Twitter

In the voting period, Satterthwaite scored 1,183 runs in 24 ODIs at an average of 84.5 with four centuries and five half-centuries, and also took 20 wickets.

Beth Mooney ICC Awards 2017
Source: ICC Twitter

Mooney was the leading T20I scorer with 255 runs at a strike-rate of 138.5 in seven matches in the voting period, while she also scored 492 runs in 14 ODIs. In the one-off Ashes Test, she scored 27.

Beth Mooney 2 ICC Awards 2017
Source: ICC Twitter

The qualification criteria for the ICC Emerging Player of the Year was that the player had to be under the age of 26 and not have played more than six ODIs and 10 T20Is prior to the performance period.

ICC Women’s Cricket Awards 2017

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Ellyse Perry (Australia)

ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year: Amy Satterthwaite (New Zealand)

ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year: Beth Mooney (Australia)

ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year: Beth Mooney (Australia)

WATCH: Dane Van Niekerk picks up the first hat-trick of WBBL 03 against Hobart Hurricanes

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Dane-van-Niekerk Hat-trick

South Africa captain Dane Van Niekerk who is a part of team Sydney Sixers in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL 03) became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the tournament.

This was also the overall third hat-trick of the Women’s Big Bash history. Van Niekerk achieved the feat for her side against Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday.

Dane van Niekerk

The all-rounder clean bowled all the three batters starting with India’s Veda Krishnamurthy. Veda was dismissed for 13 off 16 after she missed the ball completely while charging down the track. Next Van Niekerk got rid of Hurricanes skipper Corinne Hall for a duck after she missed the ball while attempting to play a cut. The next to fall was Stefanie Daffara, who missed the ball while playing a paddle sweep.

Here’s the video:

Dane Van Niekerk also managed to pick up the wicket of Nicola Hancock and ended the day with figures of 4-20 from her 4 overs, for which she was also awarded the player of the match award.

Earlier, Hurricanes were set a target of 153 from their 20 overs and the Hurricanes were on course before Van Niekerk’s over changed the course of the match. The Hurricanes eventually fell 33 runs short of their target.

With this win, Sixers have now won three out of their four games, while Hurricanes are yet to win a match in the tournament.

VIDEO: Commentators & players left stunned with third umpire’s controversial decision

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Lisa Griffith

The WBBL|03 got off to a brilliant start on Saturday with Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades taking the match right to the wire.

After Thunder posted a mammoth total of 200 runs in their 20 overs, Melbourne gave them a run for their money in the second innings by coming agonizingly close.

Jessica Duffin

Had Renegades’ Jese Duffin been not sent to the pavilion controversially in the 17 over, the outcome might have been different.

The hard-hitter was in supreme touch and smashed 12 fours and a six before she attempted a cheeky reverse sweep that went to Thunder’s Lisa Griffith at the short third man, who claimed the catch.

Lisa Griffith catch WBBL

Duffin was at 81 runs from 47 balls and with the Renegades standing at 173 runs with three overs to go, Thunder’s total looked easily gettable. The umpires went upstairs for confirmation as they didn’t want to take any risk with the game at such a crucial point.

However, the video reviews from various angles suggested that the ball had touched the turf. The fielders were sure that the decision would go to Duffin’s favour and were preparing to resume the innings before the third umpire adjudged her out.

Commentators and players on the field were left stunned by the decision and lately, the game went on to the last ball where Renegades eventually fell 11 runs short.

Here’s the video:

VIDEO: Harmanpreet Kaur grabs a stunning catch to seal the win for Sydney Thunder

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Harmanpreet Kaur WBBL catch

Sydney Thunder beat the Melbourne Renegades by 11 runs at the North Sydney Oval in the opening game of the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League.

India’s all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur who has extended her association with the Thunder in the WBBL by another two seasons, grabbed a stunning catch of the last of the match to seal the win for her side.

Harmanpreet Kaur WBBL 03

Chasing 201, the Renegades needed 15 to win in the final over of Stafanie Taylor. She proceeded to bowl superbly, only going for 3 singles, 2 dots and a wicket off the final ball, courtesy of a superb diving catch from Harmanpreet at long-on.

Video of Harmanpreet Kaur’s stunning catch: