It’s great to see Reece Topley back in action and amongst the wickets again. The England man is making a comeback with Susssex and the early signs are promising. Fingers crossed that he can stay fit.
It’s not so great to see England’s Women struggling horribly against Australia in all formats of the game. In particular Amy Jones’ game (A Test fifty aside) has regressed horribly with ducks becoming an all too familiar story once again.
Those Australians that didn’t make the cut for Australia Men’s Ashes party are now turning up up and down the country for various counties. Alex Carey is at Sussex whilst Peter Handscomb is the latest to sign up, in his case making Durham the third county that he’s represented.
Disclaimer: Yes this is a lazy version of an Extras post!
Averages 78.00 with the bat and 18.19 with the ball in Tests. Averages 50.35 with the bat and 24.87 with the ball in ODIs.
These statistics surely belong to one of the greatest players the game has ever produced. Step forward Australia’s Elysse Perry!
If she were only a batter then she’d be set to go down in history as one of the greatest. If she were only a bowler then she’d be set to go down in history as one of the greatest. BUT SHE’S BOTH!
She’s so far ahead of her peers that she’s, dare I say it… Bradmanesque. That would be doing Perry and the women’s game a disservice though by comparing her and it to the men’s game.
Do her teammates envy her? Do they get sick of it all being about Ellyse?
Golden Girl, Southern Star, Ellyse the Incredible, it’s all been written before. Cricketer, footballer, author, you know how it goes…
When I typed Ellyse Perry into Google to check her stats, I saw a comment suggesting that the Wahroonga native be considered one of Australia’s greatest ever sportspersons. Surely somebody’s already described her as Australia’s greatest ever female too. Forget Australia and female. How about Ellyse Perry is simply one of the world’s greatest sportspeople?!
Please find listed below six women’s international players that I suggested keeping an eye on when T20I status was dished out all around the globe. Firstly, here’s the link to my original post…
Louise Little (Ireland)
A tough time for the still only sixteen-year-old but hopefully she’ll be stronger for it.
Mariko Hill (Hong Kong)
Has shown glimpses of her ability but will want to make more significant contributions.
Pauke Siaka (Papua New Guinea)
A name synonymous with cricket in PNG, her games played are a small sample size on which to make a judgement.
Naruemol Chaiwai (Thailand)
Quite a few games under her belt now and performing well. She’s averaging 27.29 with the bat and has a top score of 64 not out scored against Malaysia in Bangkok last February.
Rubina Chhetry (Nepal)
Has produced some encouraging displays with both bat and ball including figures of 4-2 against Indonesia last January.
Cher van Slobbe (Netherlands)
Has chipped in with some wickets in her few games played.
It’s been well publicised that Mali Women were dismissed for the lowest ever T20I total last week… 4 all out against Rwanda!
What some of you may have missed is that they followed that up with 11 all out against Tanzania the following day then 10 all out against Uganda the next. That’s 25-30 then!
They made 30-9 against Rwanda again yesterday mind…
So things are on the up!
This of course has brought into question the validity of the records being set and T20I statistics in general. I’ve heavily promoted my proposed structure of international cricket, one that would currently see a team such as Mali not hold full international status but have the right to earn it. Teams such as England would currently have full international status but could lose it. That’s meritocracy in sport (Hey Manchester City Women’s football team… meritocracy!).
As it stands, all international women’s teams have full status. I’m a big believer in being better for gaining experience. Mali will improve and I look forward to hearing about it. I’m not a fan of the idea of picking and choosing statistics. Cricket should be a global game and whilst this may have been a chastening experience for the Malians they will be better for it. International sport should be ruthless. That is how the best help the weaker sides improve and therefore create competition. Don’t get me started on critics of the USA Women’s football (Soccer!) team. for their celebrations against Thailand. Anybody who has a problem with that is not someone who should be allowed anywhere near competitive sport. Even if it’s the absolute doldrums of the village cricket circuit, I don’t ever want anybody taking it easy on me!
The Women’s Ashes takes place this summer and it’s certain to be hotly contested by two extremely talented sides. The multi-format series starts in early July with three ODIs before a single Test and a further three T20Is.
In captain Heather Knight as well as the likes of Anya Shrubsole, Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt, England possess genuine world class professionals throughout their side.
Not to mention super stumper Sarah Taylor!
For Australia, Captain Meg Lanning and the ridiculously effective all-round star Ellyse Perry will be key to their chances but their strength goes far beyond those two. The likes of Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner and Megan Schutt will help the visitors pose a severe threat to the home side.
With the men’s ODI World Cup and Ashes series taking place in England this summer, it’s to be hoped that the women’s encounters gain the exposure that they deserve.
Since the multi-format points system came into place, the urn has alternated between holders with home advantage playing a pivotal role. England won at home in 2013, Australia won down under in 2014, England again won at home in 2015 before Australia regained the title on home turf in 2017. England will be hoping that Australia don’t buck the trend this year!
China Women succumbed to a record-breaking defeat at the hands of UAE in a T20I encounter in Bangkok today. Both the margin of defeat (189 runs) and their brittle batting effort (14 all out) mean the players enter the record books for all the wrong reasons!
With T20I status now applied all across the globe, it’s to be hoped that such humbling defeats don’t discourage players from emerging nations and that cricket continues to evolve into a truly worldwide sport.
It was Kings of Convenience who said that “Failure is always the best way to learn”…
Looking forward to China posting competitive totals in the future.