Sport The women most likely to save cricket's lopsided summer

06:50  14 february  2020
06:50  14 february  2020 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

Aussie women's T20 form no worry: Gardner

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Heather Knight, Harmanpreet Kaur are posing for a picture: Captains Heather Knight of Great Britain, Meg Lanning of Australia and Harmanpreet Kaur of India.© Getty Images Captains Heather Knight of Great Britain, Meg Lanning of Australia and Harmanpreet Kaur of India.

Fluff, gossip, backstabbing, petty jealousies… Let’s leave men’s cricket to its own soapoperatic devices. In the men’s game, the big talking points are who got the shiniestmedallion at an awards night, who’s been kvetching about it, and who’s who in a formerskipper’s private life. Frivolity, tittle-tattle and clickbait; the men can have it.

Meanwhile, the Australian women’s team is doing business. Australia’s campaign todefend their Twenty20 World Cup title, commencing in Sydney next Friday, will be a storyabout what the ancestors who spread the imperial game used to call the manly, martialvirtues: endeavour, resilience and teamwork amid a steadily rising level of pressure to testbody and brain. In this role reversal, the gentlemen might retire to what was in those daysknown as the ladies’ lounge, while the women get down to serious combat.

Cricket: Front foot no-ball technology to be used in women's T20 World Cup - ICC

  Cricket: Front foot no-ball technology to be used in women's T20 World Cup - ICC UK-CRICKET-T20-WORLD-WOMEN:Cricket: Front foot no-ball technology to be used in women's T20 World Cup - ICCThe television umpire will monitor the landing foot of the bowlers after every ball and communicate to the on-field umpires whether it was a legal delivery.

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The last week has complicated the narrative around Australia’s preparation. Thefour-time winners of the event seemed in imperious form until the tri-series with India andEngland. There they stumbled, losing matches to both of their rivals before scraping into thefinal and managing the kind of win that will only give hope to their opponents that they arefeeling the heat. This will be the first time Australia has hosted the World Cup, anunprecedented stand-alone tournament for women’s sport. Yep, no pressure at all.

In the past, Australia has relied on its three genuine stars: captain Meg Lanning, all-rounder Ellyse Perry and keeper-opener Alyssa Healy. In the tri-series, none of those threecould describe their form as better than patchy, and Healy’s batting was proof of the oldAdam Gilchrist adage that a multi-skiller is best not to become a specialist with the bat,because if you can’t make a run you can still keep wicket and feel useful.

Technology to rule on front-foot no-balls in women's T20 World Cup

  Technology to rule on front-foot no-balls in women's T20 World Cup It has been described as an "epidemic" by Ricky Ponting but on-field umpires missing no-balls could be thing of the past if a shift to the third umpire is a success.The International Cricket Council has revealed third umpires will be solely responsible for calling front-foot no balls with the help of video replay during the showpiece tournament in Australia, beginning next week.

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The encouraging flipside of the big three’s failures was the opportunities they gavetheir teammates. Left-handed opener Beth Mooney and tweaker Jess Jonassen wereAustralia’s players of the tournament, backed by contributions from designated hitter AshGardner, the dependable Megan Schutt and quicksilver right-armer Tayla Vlaeminck, as wellas the eye-catching arrival of 18-year-old all-rounder Annabel Sutherland, who is alreadyshowing herself a tougher and better cricketer than her dad James. The Australian team hassome solid depth behind the big three, though most would expect to see them assert morecontrol when the big matches arrive.

India and England provide the likeliest challenge. The increasing lopsidedness ofmen’s international cricket is, unfortunately, even more pronounced in the women’s game.Australia’s investment in professional payment for its players has seen a surge in thestandard of play. England has always produced good cricketers. The rise of India has beenremarkable. A team that has never previously made a T20 World Cup final is now thefirming second favourite. In Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, India has arguably thetwo best batters in this format. The West Indies won the World Cup four years ago, butwere recently whitewashed by India in the Caribbean and seem in decline.

Erin Molan set to host Nine's coverage of the Women's T20 World Cup

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a man swinging a baseball bat: Harmanpreet Kaur bats against England.© Getty Images Harmanpreet Kaur bats against England.

Australia remains the team to watch, and the best team to watch. It can no longer besaid that the balance they strike between intense competitiveness and playing in good spiritproduces a somewhat bland entertainment. Lanning remains, along with Kaur, the mostimpressive batting stylist in the world and would satisfy any purist. Perry is an athleticmarvel. Healy has all the cheek and talent of her famous uncle, while boasting a fair bitmore talent with the blade; like Sutherland, she offers optimism about the future of thespecies.

What is more appealing still is the fight in this group. On Wednesday, in the tri-seriesfinal at the Junction Oval, all-rounder Nicola Carey was having an unhappy day. She had droppedan outfield catch, been taken out of the attack after giving up 13 runs in an over, and then, as Mandhana and Kaur launched towards victory, let a boundary go between her legs. Nextball, Mandhana struck one of many sweet pull shots. Carey ran in, dived forward, and took acatch as spectacular and difficult as anything I’ve ever seen. Her reaction? She snarled andpegged the ball into the turf, still filthy about the day she was having.

Starc wants MCG full for women's T20 final

  Starc wants MCG full for women's T20 final Mitchell Starc experienced the euphoria of winning a World Cup final in front of a sold-out MCG crowd, now he wants his wife Alyssa Healy to do the same.Starc regards Australia's 2015 World Cup final victory, when he set the tone in front of an MCG crowd of 93,013 by making a mess of Brendon McCullum's stumps, as a career highlight.

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As for the 120-ball format, women’s T20 is arguably a more substantial test ofcricketing skills than men’s. No ricochets off the shoulder of the bat flying for six, no over-rewarded mis-hits, no problem with too-short boundaries. As the Olympic Games reminds usevery four years by juxtaposing women’s and men’s competition, some formats and somesports are simply a better spectacle on the female side. Whereas men’s Twenty20 cricketcan struggle for seriousness, like a diver adding more lead to his weight belt in the effort togo deeper, the T20 format played by women provides a finer balance between bat and ball,a greater value in achievement, a more pleasing difficulty in the earning of runs and wickets.

Is all of this going to be enough to draw in what is still predominantly a maleaudience which is still, to some degree, derogatory about the women’s game? It’s all verywell for the cricket audience to applaud women for playing in a good spirit, but thisadmiration can come with an aftertaste of condescension. There has been lip-service paid tohow the women manage to play cricket with a smile, avoiding the competitive excesses thathave brought so much embarrassment to the men’s version. (And still do. This week,Bangladesh won its first World Cup at any level of cricket, defeating India in the final of theunder-19 championships. Australia finished sixth. The Bangladeshi performance was vibrantand confident throughout – too much for the occasion, however, when the celebratingBangladeshis got up the nose of some disappointed Indian players, and push came, literally,to shove. What was a great symbol of hope for men’s cricket turned, momentarily, into asymbol of the worst tendencies of men’s cricket.)

You can probably say it’s time for supportive audiences to put their money wheretheir mouth is. We might ask the question about this World Cup another way. What drawsanybody to watch any sporting event? The dazzle of watching the world’s best is just onefacet. The contest is the thing. As we see every weekend in club matches, in school gamesbetween the 14Cs, in the real meat and potatoes of sport, what makes a riveting spectacle isthe passion in the contest, the expression of personality, the emotion, the drive by bothsides to win, and, as a bonus, the occasional highlights-reel moment.

You don’t sit at a park and watch an incredible finish between two teams of kids or weekend slobs and then sneer that it’s not a men’s Test match. It doesn’t have to be. Very often it is better. Watch closely, and this World Cup will have all that and some of the most gifted players on the globe. Afteran unfocused and sometimes underwhelming cricket season, the best might still to come.

India back fearless T20 young gun Verma .
India are confident fearless 16-year-old opener Shafali Verma will take her confident approach into her first Twenty20 World Cup, despite her inexperience.The 16-year-old was unfazed playing against Australia in the recent tri-series, hitting 49 from 28 in India's win over the hosts in Melbourne.

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