England commence their defence of the Ashes shortly with a warm-up game
on 6th and 7th of January. Unfortunately coverage will be very
limited but we do know that Channel 9 in Australia and Sky Sports in the
UK will show the three T20 games on 29th, 31st January and 2nd February.
The rather more relevant ODIs and Test will have to be followed via the
Well the new year has barely started and along comes this... some notes
'from the pavilion'. It would seem that things down under are much
as ever. I do hope this link doesn't get broken as it shows the worst
possible aspect of the media coverage of the sport. Fortunately when
'Sky' broadcast matches in the UK, these kind of comments rarely if ever
Did you know that Charlotte Edwards has captained
more ODIs than any other England Captain man or woman?
Charlotte Edwards 104 : Andrew Strauss with 62 is
the highest in the men's list.
In T20 cricket she has captained more matches than any
other player man or woman world-wide - 68 matches
Most matches as
|CM Edwards (2006-2014)
|MR Aguilleira (2009-2014)
|Sana Mir (2009-2014)
|Aimee Watkins (2009-2011)
|Jodie Fields (2009-2013)
|HASD Siriwardene (2010-2014)
|M du Preez (2011-2014)
|MS Dhoni (2007-2013
And from another
Highest partnership between Edwards/Taylor in
T20s beating by 1 run their 113 against India in 2009 T20 World
England's 5th T20 100 partnership and our 2nd
highest (eclipsed by the Claire Taylor/Beth Morgan's 122 in 2009 T20 World Cup
Taylor (11) and Edwards (7) have 18 of
England's 25 fifties. There have been 104 attempts by batsmen
other than Edwards and Taylor batting at 1, 2 or 3 and only on 4
occasions has a 50 been scored.
Of the 25 fifties scored by an England player,
Edward's 92 is the 2nd fastest scoring rate of any of them. At a
rate of 155.93 it just beats Sarah Taylor's 151.52 when scoring
exactly 50 against South Africa on 27th October 2011. However
itís still well short of the 177.78 Edwards achieved when
scoring 64 off 36 balls against South Africa on 10th August
England's 2nd highest successful run chase and
2nd highest batting-2nd score (behind the 163 we had to chase
against Australia in the semi-final of the 2009 T20 World Cup)
Edwards highest T20 score and England's highest
individual score beating Greenway's 80 from last summer.
The first time England have posted a score of
150+ when losing as few as only 1 wicket.
It's only the 2nd time 2 England players have
scored a fifty in the same T20 match. Not surprisingly it was
Edwards & Taylor that did it the first time. Taylor (50) and
Edwards (61) against India in the 2009 T20 World Cup on 11th
Edwards 13x4s in
her innings is the highest number of 4s in a T20 innings by an
England player (beating 11 jointly held by Claire Taylor
(75*), Edwards (60), Greenway (80*) and Marsh (48) ).
This is England lowest T20 score batting first
which they have done on 35
occasions. Their previous
lowest was 99 against West Indies on 10th November 2009.
Interesting list of 4
hitters in T20s:-
Edwards CM 244
Taylor SJ 163
Marsh LA 91
Greenway LS 79
Taylor SC 66
Gunn JL 40
Wyatt DN 37
Brindle A 25
Edwards is now on her own at the top of the 6
hitters with 10. Was equal top with Jenny Gunn on 9.
Sarah Taylor, Lydia Greenway and Laura
Marsh and Suzie Rowe are next on 5 each.
From ECB Press Release :
England cricketers Natasha Farrant,
Jenny Gunn, Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole were all
unavailable for the second Twenty20 International of the
Commonwealth Bank Womenís Ashes Series at the Melbourne Cricket
Ground today due to back (Farrant and Gunn), hamstring (Knight)
and hip (Shrubsole) injuries.
And now I must
apologise for the period of silence during the Ashes. Family
matters forced me away from home and, with intermittent access
to the 'Net, only the most basic updating of the site was
possible. It seems irrelevant now to discuss any of the
individual games but the aftermath is proving very interesting.
You may feel this
is the first time at which the points system for deciding this
competition can be evaluated and Meg Lanning has been suggesting
that changes need to be made. Maybe the first thing to think
about is whether two tries is sufficient to give you enough food
for thought. Like Meg I think it probably is. How about the
order in which matches are played for example? Several
commentators have suggested the sole Test should come later. I
suppose, if one side had dominated up to that point, it would
allow the other to make a spirited attempt at winning rather
than settling for a draw which has been the fate of quite a few
of these games in the past. It might have the contrary effect
though of persuading the leaders in the competition the best
course of action is to put the shutters up from day one and
certainly allow no sporting declarations (but then would we get
them anyway?). It seems to be mostly the case in the men's game
(although that is no reason in itself to follow suit) that the
Test are played before the shorter games.
The other thing
that might be changed is the points weighting of each type of
match. Meg has been suggesting I think that the Test carries too
many or possibly the ODIs too few. One thing I have suggested
previously is that odd numbers are used somewhere in this
set-up, making (weather effects being ignored) a tied series
impossible. I would not wish to see either the Tests 'demoted'
i.e. being awarded less points or the T20s promoted i.e. given
more. Indeed I would suggest one point for a T20 is quite
adequate but with the powers that be and the TV favouring this
format that's never going to happen. Therefore the simplest
change I could see, and these numbers if not from Lanning I have
seen linked to her comments, would be Test 6, ODIs 3, T20s 2.
The total points comes therefore (assuming the same number of
matches are played) to 21. Bad weather could still interfere and
mean only an even number of points was up for grabs and in the
event of a tie I would be perfectly happy to see the trophy
shared. I don't see why a previous series, possibly played with
quite different teams, and in different countries, should influence the outcome of a later
series. Yes - I know it's not traditional but neither is playing
the Ashes on a points based system.
Anyway the picture
all England supporters will have wanted to see, taken in all
likelihood by an Australian photographer is this one...
The England Team with the Ashes © Getty Images for the ECB
ECB Press Release
While on the
subject of points, rules and regulations etc. for a series I've
yet to look at the World Cup T20 set-up. I have to hope the same
anomalies do not occur as happened in the last 50-over Cup
which showed just how ridiculous NRR is as a guide to anything.
Matthews has called on ABC for the formation of an
Australian Indigenous women's team. I did see an interview not
long ago with Jason Gillespie who claimed he was the first
person with indigenous blood to represent Australia. He is, as
you might expect with such a broad claim, quite wrong.
Faith Coulthard represented her native country Australia in
1958. I was fortunate enough to meet her and have a chat in a
shopping mall in Sydney in 2009 and get her to sign my World Cup
cap. I have teased a few Australians since with the line "the
only Australian woman to have represented Australia"; not accurate
I know, but how much sledging is? She was the first
chronologically, man or woman, and as far as I am aware the only indigenous
woman to date.