In today’s cricket sports news, learn more about the next year’s men’s and women’s Ashes competitions for English cricket will be condensed into a period of only six weeks in order to make room for the One Hundred to take the spotlight in August. This will be done in order to make room for the tournament. Meanwhile, Australia picked its 15-person team on September 1, and since the country just won the World Cup less than a year ago, there were not many changes. Aaron Finch might be snubbed because of his ongoing struggles. Lastly, James Pattinson, a former test star, has severed ties with Cricket Victoria after working together for the past 14 years. Pattinson will take a significant hiatus from the sport.
Ashes 2023 Will Be Six Weeks Long to Make Room for the 100
English cricket’s bid to regain the men’s and women’s Ashes from Australia will be crammed into six weeks next year as the Hundred takes center stage in August.
England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the 2023 international summer schedule on Wednesday. The five-Test men’s Ashes will begin at Edgbaston on 16 June and end at the Oval on 31 July. The women’s multiformat series begins with a five-day Test at Trent Bridge on June 22.
Shelley Nitschke’s first tour as Australian women’s cricket coach is in December.
Heather Knight, England’s women’s captain, welcomed a five-day Ashes match after their last five four-day Tests ended in draws. The next three T20s are at Edgbaston, the Oval, and Lord’s.
“I’m so happy,” said Knight. “I’ve been drumming for five days, so it’s a big moment. It feels like a long time coming for five days of bigger grounds.
The women’s Ashes run until 18 July with three ODIs in Bristol, Southampton, and Taunton. The Trent Bridge Test is England’s most northerly assignment before Sri Lanka visits for six white-ball games in September.
The men’s Ashes will be played in 46 days, a challenge for fast bowlers, and at the same venues as the 2-2 draw in 2019. After Edgbaston, Tests will be at Lord’s (from 28 June), Headingley (6 July), Old Trafford (19 July), and the Oval (27 July).
On 16 June, England will host the first Ashes Test. Foto: Zac Goodwin/PA
While Australia’s white-ball team is due to tour South Africa in August, this compressed men’s Ashes reflects the ECB’s desire to stage the Hundred during the school holidays in 2024, 2025, and 2026.
From 30 August to 26 September, England will play 11 white-ball internationals against New Zealand and Ireland after the Hundred. Preparing for the 2023 World Cup in India before Christmas is another reason for the lopsided schedule.
Before the men’s Ashes, England will play Ireland at Lord’s starting 1 June. The Indian Premier League runs until May 28, which could limit player availability here.
The World Test Championship final will be held at the Oval in the second week of June, according to the Guardian. Pat Cummins’ team is top of the league and would need a disaster to miss out.
Lord’s will host the 2025 ICC final after missing out on this year’s due to commercial contracts.
Finch Could Flip the Wc Script After Being Snubbed
Tuesday night, Cameron Green asked the same question 30 times.
Why isn’t he in the T20 World Cup squad?
One innings doesn’t make a T20 star, but the 23-year-old would have a strong case to be in the squad.
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Australia named its 15-man squad on September 1, and with the World Cup less than a year ago, there was little change.
Reserve spinner Mitchell Swepson was replaced by breakout star Tim David.
With 61 runs off 30 balls against India in Mohali, many will wonder if Green should have been included.
The right-hander had only played one T20I and never opened in international cricket.
David Warner was rested, so Green was thrust into the new role and played an innings beyond his years, helping Australia win by four wickets to open the three-match series.
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Green was man-of-the-match as Australia chased 6-208 with four balls left. It was Australia’s second-highest T20 chase and largest ever against India.
Teams can make World Cup roster changes without the committee’s approval. Australia’s Super 12 team has until Oct. 15 to make changes.
It’s unlikely that Australia’s selectors will move heaven and earth to include Green in its World Cup plans at this late stage, but the door is not entirely shut.
As the tournament nears, selectors must deal with injured stars and a player in poor form.
Mitch Marsh has been injured since the 2021 World Cup and will have few chances to play before the first match.
Marcus Stoinis has a side strain that has interrupted his tournament prep.
Both should be fit for the World Cup, but a lack of 20-over playing time is concerning. Marsh only played one of Australia’s six ODIs against Zimbabwe and New Zealand, and Stoinis missed the final game with an injury.
The struggles of opener Aaron Finch are a bigger concern.
The 35-year-old was so out of form in 50-over cricket that he quit after Australia’s last game against New Zealand.
He averaged 12.42 in 14 innings in 2022.
Finch’s T20 numbers are less alarming than those that made him a lock for years.
Since the World Cup semi-finals last year, Finch has averaged 24.90 with a 122.32 strike rate.
His 22 runs off 13 balls against India in the first T20 was a respectable start, but it’s hard to separate him from the 50-over version that struggled so much.
Opening the batting in T20 cricket and modern ODIs, which are played at a similar pace, is similar.
Here comes Green.
Green can cover Marsh, Stoinis, and, as seen in Mohali, Finch.
Few saw this plot twist coming.
Green was included in Australia’s T20 squad for Warner, but it was thought that Matthew Wade or Josh Inglis would replace Warner at the top of the order.
Instead, Green was a direct swap for Warner and has added pressure on Finch by proving his versatility.
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke said selectors may regret not adding Green to the World Cup squad, given his recent white ball scores of 89*, 25*, and 61.
“He’s getting better and can bat anywhere,” Clarke said on Big Sports Breakfast. We know what he can do with the ball and on the field.
I wonder if the Aussies regret not having him in the World Cup squad.
“He had a good one-day series”
“I don’t know… someone who can bat, bowl, and field is helpful in T20. I think he’s key. When you can bat anywhere, it means you have good technique, power, and form. So interesting to see what they think.
Former India batter Wasim Jaffer said Green was “brilliant” in the first T20, adding that the pressure is now on Finch with Marsh, Stoinis, and Warner likely to return when fit.
“By opening him, Finchy may have lost his spot,” Jaffer told ESPNCricinfo.
With Warner back, Australian selectors will consider it. The return of Marsh and Stoinis.
Finch stays on the side? I don’t know, but Cameron Green’s been great.”
Former Australia star Brad Hodge praised Green’s performance in a tough test.
“That was amazing,” he said. “He’s not even on the T20 World Cup team.
“To come in and perform in a tough environment — the wicket was good, but it’s the two best sides with great records.”
It was impressive to dismantle India’s bowling line-up.
Time will tell if Green can change Australia’s T20 World Cup team.
If nothing else, he has shown he can play T20 cricket in India, which could earn him millions in the Indian Premier League.
Test Icon’s Contract’mutually Terminated’ as 14-year Force Ends
James Pattinson is taking a break from cricket after 14 years with Cricket Victoria.
A statement on Wednesday confirmed the 32-year-old and CV had agreed to rip up his 2022-23 contract, indicating a possible retirement.
Nottinghamshire released Pattinson for fitness and family reasons last month.
Pattinson said he made the decision because he loves playing for Victoria and has given his all for 14 years.
“After the birth of our second child and my well-documented injuries, it’s time to retire.”
“I owe it to my teammates and myself, and I need rest. It’ll give me more time with our daughters.”
“Some of my fondest cricket memories involve Victoria, our success, and the friendships I’ve made,” he said.
“I still have fire, but I’m honest about where I am.”
In 2014/15, 2016/2017, and 2018/19, Pattinson won the Sheffield Shield with Victoria.
The enforcer played 21 Tests for Australia, taking 81 wickets at 26.33, including 5-27 in his 2011 debut.
Repeat injuries hampered Pattinson’s international career, which spanned eight years.
Graham Manou, Cricket Victoria’s general manager of cricket performance, said James was a fierce competitor.
We’ll miss his inspiring teammates and exceptional skill.
We wish James well as he prioritizes family and health.
Summary of Today’s Cricket/Sport News
Overall, the men’s and women’s Ashes will be played over a six-week period next year to make room for the Hundred in August. The first match of the five-match Ashes series for men will take place at Edgbaston on June 16 and will conclude at the Oval on July 31. Also beginning on June 22, the women’s series will kick off with a historic five-day Test match at Trent Bridge.
On the other hand, due to the ongoing struggles of opener Aaron Finch. He may stay in the side and Cameron Green will take over. Green can cover any of Marsh, Stoinis, and also Finch, as we saw in his first performance in Mohali. Green was a direct swap for Warner and has now added more pressure on Finch by proving his incredible versatility.
Finally, James Pattinson is taking a break from the game after 14 years with Cricket Victoria. A statement released on Wednesday indicated that the 32-year-old player and CV had reached an agreement to rip up his contract for the 2022-2023 season. This development raises the possibility that the player may retire in the near future.