In today’s cricket news, learn more about the announcement of Eoin Morgan’s retirement from all forms of cricket. Meanwhile, following Monday night’s lengthy WPL Auction in India, several Australian players signed lucrative contracts for the first Women’s Premier League. Lastly, Australia’s T20 World Cup defense began with a 97-run victory over New Zealand.
England World Cup-winning Captain Retires From All Cricket
Original Source: Eoin Morgan: England World Cup-winning captain announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Last year, the 36-year-old, who captained England to World Cup victory in 2019, retired from international cricket and featured in The Hundred.
“Great pride” was Morgan’s retirement announcement.
He said, “I believe that it is the proper time to step away from the game that has given me so much throughout the years.” From joining Middlesex in 2005 to playing for Paarl Royals in SA20, I have enjoyed every experience.
He stated, “As in every sportsperson’s career, there have been highs and lows but my family and friends have been my side throughout.”
“I must also thank all my team-mates, coaches, supporters, and those behind the scenes who not only made me the player I became but also the man I am today.”
Morgan led England to 118 wins in 126 ODIs and 72 T20s.
In Test cricket, he scored 130 in 16 caps.
Watch the highlights of Eoin Morgan’s maiden Test century against Pakistan in 2010.
He remarked, “Thanks to cricket I have been able to travel the world and meet great individuals, many of whom I have made lifetime ties with.”
I’ve made so many memories playing for franchise teams around the world.
I’ve been able to spend more time with my family since retiring from international cricket, and I hope to continue doing so.
“But I’ll miss the excitement and difficulties of professional cricket.”
He guided England to the top of the one-day and Twenty20 rankings and won the World Cup at home.
Morgan, from Dublin, started his international career with Ireland in 2006 but transferred to England in 2009 to play Test cricket.
The left-hander played 16 Tests and scored two centuries, but he was relegated to limited-overs cricket.
When Sir Alastair Cook was ousted on the eve of the 2015 World Cup, he became captain.
England was eliminated in the group rounds, but then-director of cricket Sir Andrew Strauss picked Morgan to revive the team.
Stokes and Morgan
Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes.
Along with new head coach Trevor Bayliss, who was more of a facilitator for Morgan’s ideas, he brought in a new generation of players and established England as the standard bearers for attacking limited-overs cricket.
In 2019, England won the World Cup on boundary countback after Ben Stokes’ heroics and a drawn Super Over against New Zealand at Lord’s.
Last year, he retired as the country’s record one-day and T20 run-scorer with 6,957 and 2,458, respectively.
Cricket’s Historic Women’s Premier League Auction
Original Source: Women’s Premier League Auction: Ash Gardner’s $558,000 payday on momentous night for cricket
Following Monday night’s lengthy WPL Auction in India, several Australian players signed lucrative contracts for the first Women’s Premier League.
Next month, five women’s teams will play 22 games at two Mumbai venues 15 years after the first Indian Premier League transformed T20 cricket.
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The Gujarat Giants paid 3.2 crore for Australian all-rounder Ash Gardner, who took her first five-wicket haul in the T20 World Cup on Saturday.
“I’m pleased to have been selected by the Giants in the inaugural Women’s IPL and look forward to joining the squad next month,” Gardner said.
“My emphasis is on Australia at the Women’s T20 World Cup and our next game.”
Beth Mooney, the 2020 T20 World Cup Player of the Tournament, was another major winner on the night, sold to the Giants for 2 crore, or $349,000.
Rachael Haynes, who retired from international cricket this summer, will coach the Giants.
Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, and Tahlia McGrath also made substantial money.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore bought India’s Smriti Mandhana for 3.4 crore, or $593,000.
We’ve been following the men’s auction. A women’s auction is a big deal. “It’s thrilling,” Mandhana said.
“RCB’s legacy and fans are huge. I hope we can become a big team.”
Harmanpreet Kaur, who was sold to the Mumbai Indians for 1.8 crore ($314,000), remarked, “I think it is a game changer for all of us.” This pressure will be new to us. I’m thrilled. This will completely revolutionize women’s cricket in India and worldwide. It’s a terrific project, and we’re looking forward to it.”
Alana King, a leg-spinner, and Darcie Brown, a youthful fast, went unsold in the auction.
England batter Danni Wyatt, Sri Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu, former New Zealand captain Suzie Bates, and South African rising gun Laura Wolvaardt missed out.
Gujarat Giants for 3.2 crore ($558,000) Ash Gardner
Royal Challengers Bangalore signed Ellyse Perry for 1.7 crore ($297,000).
UP Warriorz for 1.4 crore ($244,000) Tahlia McGrath
Beth Mooney, Gujarat Giants, 2 crore ($349,000).
Delhi Capitals for 1.1 crore ($192,000) Meg Lanning
Gujarat Giants want 70 lakh ($122,000) Annabel Sutherland
UP Warriorz for 70 lakh ($122,000) Alyssa Healy
Royal Challengers Bangalore signed Erin Burns for 30 lakh ($52,000).
Heather Graham, Mumbai Indians, 30 lakh ($52,000).
Grace Harris, UP Warriorz, 75 lakh ($131,000).
Gujarat Giants for 75 lakh ($131,000) Georgia Wareham
Laura Harris, 45 lakh ($78,400) Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals: Jess Jonassen for 50 lakh ($87,000).
Royal Challengers Bangalore signed Megan Schutt for 40 lakh ($69,000).
Kim Garth, Tess Flintoff, Darcie Brown, Phoebe Litchfield, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Elyse Villani, Nicola Carey, Sarah Coyte, Hannah Darlington, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Holly Ferling, Anesu Mushangwe, Nicola Hancock,
Royal Challengers Bangalore signed Smriti Mandhana for 3.4 crore ($593,000).
Mumbai Indians for 3.2 crore ($558,000) Nat Sciver-Brunt
Gujarat Giants for 3.2 crore ($558,000) Ash Gardner
2.6 crore ($454,000) for Deepti Sharma, UP Warriorz
Delhi Capitals for 2.2 crore ($384,000) Jemimah Rodrigues
Beth Mooney, Gujarat Giants, 2 crore ($349,000).
Delhi Capitals bought Shafali Verma for 2 crore ($349,000).
449 cricketers, down from 1525 last month, were auctioned on Monday, including 163 overseas players and 28 Australians.
Each side was allowed six international players, although there were only 30 spots for overseas cricketers this season. For squads of 15-18 players, each of the five teams has a 12 crore (AU$2.1m) pay ceiling.
March 4 kicks off the 2023 WPL.
Australia Thrash New Zealand in World Cup Opener
Original Source: Rampant Australia hammer New Zealand in World Cup opener
Alyssa Healy’s 55 off 38 and Meg Lanning’s 41 off 33 set New Zealand 174 to win, then Ash Gardner’s 5-12 bowled the White Ferns out for 76.
Australia’s opener Beth Mooney was dismissed for a duck in the first over by Eden Carson’s diving catch off Lea Tahuhu’s bowling.
Healy and captain Lanning shared a 70-run second-wicket stand.
Amelia Kerr (3-23) and Tahuhu (3-37) fought back for New Zealand.
Healy kept going, sharing a 50-run partnership with Ellyse Perry (40) as Australia looked like they might score 180+.
New Zealand was set 174 runs to win. In response, both openers were bowled for ducks in the opening over.
Megan Schutt (2-8) bowled Suzie Bates and lbw-ed captain Sophie Devine.
Australia lost five wickets in five overs as it tried to accelerate from 148-4 to 167-9.
Bernadine Bezuidenhout (14 off 10) was caught by Darcie Brown in the final over off the powerplay, giving Australia the lead.
Poor running between the wickets from Madeline Green (9 off 8) and Kerr left New Zealand four down with 50 runs, and when Ash Gardner dismissed Kerr (21 off 30), New Zealand had a mountain to climb.
Gardner bowled the White Ferns out for 76 runs in 14 overs.
In a poor run chase, only Bezuidenhout (14 off 10) and Jess Kerr (10 off 10) achieved double figures.
Gardner’s 5-12 was supplemented by Schutt (2-8), Brown (1-11), and Perry (1-4). Australia’s triumph is New Zealand’s biggest in T20s.
Gardner: Batter’s game.
Ash Gardner, MVP.
“Our hitters did that.” They gave us ball freedom. I ended up taking wickets.
“To go up and over the ball and turn it, I’ve focused on my wrist position.” I use my height and length to bowl.”
Devine: Disappointing day, Sophie Devine, New Zealand captain
In a tournament like this, we have to identify the good.
Lea Tahuhu and Amelia Kerr were great with the ball for us, and Australia batted brilliantly.
Lanning: Let’s go!
Meg Lanning leads Australia.
“To adjust extremely quickly with the bat and then take early wickets, especially Bates and Devine, [was amazing].” We should improve.”
174 was a challenging goal, but we lost early wickets. That sums it up.”
Summary of Today’s Cricket Sports News
Overall, English skipper Eoin Morgan led his team to victory in the 2019 50-over World Cup. Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket in June 2022 and has since retired from the sport altogether. When asked about his time as England’s white-ball captain, Andrew Flintoff said, “I have treasured every moment.”
On the other hand, as a result of Monday night’s lengthy WPL Auction in India, a number of Australian players have signed lucrative contracts to participate in the first Women’s Premier League. Ash Gardner, an Australian all-rounder, was purchased by the Gujarat Giants for 3.2 crore, the second-highest price of the night, and will earn AU$558,000 after claiming her first T20 World Cup five-wicket haul on Saturday.
Finally, with a 50-run knock from Alyssa Healy, the Aussies got off to a great start in their defense of the T20 World Cup, beating the Zealanders by 97 runs. Australia posted 174 runs, while Ash Gardner took five wickets as he knocked out the White Ferns for 76.