Haynes and Lanning guide Australia past the White Ferns
Unbeaten half-centuries to vice-captain Rachael Haynes (69*) and captain Meg Lanning (56*) steered Australia to a six-wicket win against New Zealand in the opening match of the Women’s T20 International Series at North Sydney Oval.
Having restricted the visitors to 5-162 – a bowling effort that included a wicket to leg-spinner Georgia Wareham on debut – Australia was in trouble early on in the chase after losing four early wickets to be 4-45 in the sixth over.
The introduction of Lanning and Haynes to the crease saw the momentum swing however, the duo taking on the New Zealand attack, combining for a 119-run partnership off just 75 balls and seeing Australia home with two overs to spare.
Katey Martin top scored for the visitors with 56*, while Sophie Devine (43) looked in fine form before being dismissed by a contentious catch that went to the third umpire for clarification.
Leigh Kasperak and Devine grabbed a brace of wickets each as the White Ferns bowlers looked to have seized control of the opening international of New Zealand’s trip across the Tasman.
Haynes and Lanning were in supreme form though and they were able to make short work of the chase. Their WBBL experience will be a huge boost in the shortest format on home soil.
Matt Parkinson out to compete for Ashes spot despite England’s leg-spin ‘nerves’
Parkinson was not named in the senior squad for the tour but there was the considerable consolation of a Lions call-up for the trip to Australia.
England duo unbeaten as Ben Stokes waits for return in rain-hit tour opener
Haseeb Hameed (53 not out) and Rory Burns (39no) helped England put on 98 without loss against England Lions in Brisbane.
Cricket Australia slammed over ‘appalling’ Tim Paine treatment
Cricket Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin has hit out at Cricket Australia’s treatment of disgraced former captain Tim Paine.
First Test: Sri Lanka vs West Indies – Day Three Scoreboard
Follow Sri Lanka vs West Indies.
Shakib-Al-Hasan included in Bangladesh Test squad pending clearance
Shakib’s return is pending a fitness test.
Yorkshire reveal 36 people contacted whistleblower hotline in first week
The independent reporting service has been set up in the wake of Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of institutional racism.
ICC Champions Trophy
The ICC are confident in Pakistan’s ability to host 2025 Champions Trophy
The ICC have faith in Pakistan.
International Cricket Council
ICC places women’s cricket at the heart of fresh global strategy
ICC wants women’s cricket to spearhead growth.
Ice-cool Mohammad Nawaz clinches T20I victory off final ball
A dramatic final over saw three wickets, a six, a non-ball and finally a boundary to win it at the death.