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Aaron Finch admits Australia have under-performed amid ODI rankings slump | Cricket Bats | Australia

Australia have “under-performed dramatically” in ODI cricket over recent months, according to Aaron Finch. Australia, who will have lost five ODI series in succession if they lose any of the final three matches in the Royal London series, have slipped to sixth position in the ICC ODI team rankings. It is their worst placing since […]

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Alex Hales admits he needs ‘big runs’ to reclaim first-choice England place | Cricket Bats | Australia

Alex Hales has admitted he needs “big runs” if he is to force his way back into England’s first-choice ODI side ahead of the World Cup. Hales, who initially lost his place in the side when he was suspended in the aftermath of the incident in Bristol in which Ben Stokes was arrested, is currently […]

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Patchwork Australia still retain threat but England on course for series win | Cricket Bats | Australia

Big Picture Two games gone, three to go. And England are on the brink of their second ODI series win against Australia in the space of six months. Leaving aside Australia’s well-documented absentees for one moment, victory at Trent Bridge would be further confirmation of England’s radical departure from their traditions in limited-overs cricket – […]

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Alex Blackwell – the first ever woman elected to the NSW board | Cricket Bats | Australia

Former Australia captain Alex Blackwell has become the first woman in the 159-year history of New South Wales cricket to be elected to the board. Blackwell, 34, retired from all formats in February after a record 251 matches for Australia. She led her country to victories in the Ashes and the World T20, and was […]

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Australia slip to 34-year low in ICC ODI rankings | Cricket Bats | Australia

Defeats in the first two ODIs against England have sent Australia tumbling to a 34-year low in the ICC rankings. They have slipped to sixth place, and will need to win at least one of the three remaining games in the five-match series to climb back above Pakistan to fifth. According to cricket.com.au, the last […]

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Khawaja ‘extremely disappointed’ by ODI omission | Cricket Bats | Australia

Usman Khawaja was “extremely disappointed” there was no room for him in Australia’s limited-overs set-up despite unavailability of Steven Smith and David Warner, and has indicated that “training hard” will be a key to his return to the team’s white-ball ranks. Despite an outstanding recent record in domestic cricket and a handful of useful displays […]

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Jason Roy takes pleasure in ‘favourite’ England innings | Cricket Bats | Australia

Jason Roy described his century in Cardiff as “probably my favourite” after he paved the way for England’s victory in the second ODI against Australia. Roy’s 120 off 108 balls was his third highest score in the 50-over format and was a welcome return to the scoresheet for the opener after his second-ball duck at […]

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Australia bowl, give D’Arcy Short debut; Jos Buttler captains England | Cricket Bats | Australia

Toss Australia chose to bowl v EnglandLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details Jos Buttler is to captain England in the second ODI of the Royal London series after Eoin Morgan was forced to withdraw having suffered a back spasm. Buttler has previously captained England in three ODIs in Bangladesh. Morgan’s place in the side was taken […]

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David Warner signs with St Lucia Stars for maiden CPL stint | Cricket Bats | Australia

David Warner will make his first appearance in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) later this year, after being signed by the St Lucia Stars. The franchise announced that he will come in as a replacement for Australia’s D’Arcy Short, who they said is unavailable for the tournament because he is touring India as part of […]

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New CEO must improve CA-ACA relationship – Mark Taylor | Cricket Bats | Australia

Improving relationships between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) should be a priority for the governing body’s next chief executive, according to the former captain and CA Board director Mark Taylor. Speaking for the first time since James Sutherland‘s resignation as CEO after a tenure of more than 17 years, Taylor said […]

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