Australia still lacks T20 depth and power

Adam Zampa could be Australia's spin weapon, along with Ashton Agar (Picture: IDI/Getty Images)

Adam Zampa could be Australia’s spin weapon, along with Ashton Agar (Picture: IDI/Getty Images)

After two games at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India, Australia still does not look assured in the format – even after a blistering innings against South Africa in a three-match warm-up series.

Usman Khawaja’s purple patch continued with 58 in the win against Bangladesh, but Australia’s next highest score was 26 (15 balls) from Glenn Maxwell.

Adam Zampa’s 3/23 was also noteworthy, but there is still an overarching problem: the Aussies haven’t played to the conditions, and need to sort out a few more batting woes. Continue reading

Cricket: Sting in the Scorpions’ tail

Lauren Ebsary in action for the Scorpions (photo: Cricket SA)

Lauren Ebsary in action for the Scorpions (photo: Cricket SA)

The Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and Women’s Twenty20 (WT20) kick off on the weekend of October 10-12, and the Scorpions are preparing for a competitive and confident season.

Captain Lauren Ebsary is no stranger to the big stage, and is preparing the squad for their first match against the Victoria Spirit at the Junction Oval in Melbourne on October 10.  Continue reading

Cricket: Southern Stars 3-peat a major boost

 

Australia's cricketers celebrate their WT20 triumph (photo: Cricket Australia)

Australia’s cricketers celebrate their WT20 triumph (photo: Cricket Australia)

Australia’s female cricketers returned this week from what was a gutsy and determined World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh – and they returned with silverware.

Throughout the course of the tournament, the quality of the performances was high, and the games enthralling.  Forget that the crowds were small, or that most overseas viewers could not tune in visually until the semi-finals.  Continue reading

Cricket: World Twenty20: Did Australia blow expectations in Bangladesh?

The expressions from Bailey & Starc sums up Australia's campaign (photo: Getty Images)

The expressions from Bailey & Starc sums up Australia’s campaign (photo: Getty Images)

Australian Twenty20 captain George Bailey had big shoes to fill, after the national side won an astonishing 12 of 13 games against England during the recent summer.

Travelling to Bangladesh red hot on form, things took a turn the moment Pakistan wielded the willow in their first group game in Mirpur. Continue reading

Cricket: Twenty20 bowling “101”-is it really that hard?

Dale Steyn v Mitchell Starc (photos: Getty Images)

Dale Steyn v Mitchell Starc (photos: Getty Images)

Recent performances in world Twenty20 cricket – especially with the ball – has got me thinking; is there anyone in a national side that still knows how to bowl a good yorker or land it on an uncertain length for a batsman consistently?

Mitchell Starc can hardly be forgiven for his penultimate over debacle against the West Indies in the World Twenty20Continue reading

Cricket: WNCL T20: Queensland breathe fire over Meteors for maiden state title

The Queensland Fire celebrate another ACT Meteors wicket @ the WACA (photo: Cricket Australia)

The Queensland Fire celebrate another ACT Meteors wicket @ the WACA (photo: Cricket Australia)

 

Queensland Fire batsman Delissa Kimmince put on a show at the WACA on Friday, pummelling her way to a match-winning 78 from just 52 balls as Queensland took a resounding seven wicket victory and a maiden WT20 title. Continue reading