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Friday, April 2, 2021

tear away speedster .... Darcie Brown debuts !!

The ICC cricket committee has made changes to the way lbws will be adjudged under the Decision Review System, effectively increasing the area of the stumps a ball must be shown as hitting for a not out decision to be overturned. This "wicket zone" will now be extended all the way to the top of the bails, having previously gone only to the bottom of the bails, which is why deliveries just clipping the bails ended up staying with the umpire's call on the field. By DRS protocol, If more than half the ball is predicted to hit this region, an on-field call of not-out is reversed. This is the second time the ICC has adjusted its definition of the "wicket zone" for lbws. In 2016, they had increased the wicket zone by expanding its width, so that half the ball had to hit any part of the off- or leg-stumps, rather than having to hit at least half of each stump previously.

Less than a year out of the 2022 Women's ODI World Cup in New Zealand, the ICC has announced that all tied matches will be decided by a Super Over. In another change to the playing conditions, the five-over powerplay that was previously taken at the discretion of either batters in the middle has been scrapped.

Down under, Australia and New Zealand shared the spoils in the T20I series after rain forced the decider at Eden Park to be abandoned with less than three overs bowled. The contest had been reduced to 13 overs per side after a delayed start but shortly after the game began the rain returned and though the umpires did their best to keep the match going it became too heavy and did not relent. New Zealand levelled the T20 series with a four wicket victory in game two in Napier.

Allrounder Mackay wasn't expecting to play after she suffered a calf injury in the first game, but she got a last minute call-up and made the most of it. Playing without a sick captain Sophie Devine, McKay was the star as she picked up two wickets for 20 runs from her four overs as Australia made 129 for four. Opening the innings the Cantabrian then scored 46 as New Zealand scored the winning runs off the last ball. The White Ferns produced one of their best bowling and fielding performances of the summer to record just their second win over Australia in recent years.

In that 2nd T20I at  Napier on  Mar 30 2021,  NZ women won by 4 wickets chasing a target of 130. Without their captain, with another player barely able to move and a chase having seemingly slipped away, New Zealand levelled the T20I series in the second game in Napier when a final-ball bottom edge from Maddy Green reached the boundary to set up a decider in Auckland. .. .. the finals turned out to be a dampsquib.

Tearaway quick Darcie Brown made her international debut at Napier. Megan Schutt presented fellow South Australian Brown with Australia T20I cap No.54 ahead of the toss, which was won by stand-in White Ferns skipper Amy Satterthwaite who elected to bowl first.  A pace race among Australian fast bowlers could push teenage speedster Darcie Brown to get “a bit quicker” as speed becomes the weapon of choice for next year’s World Cup. The 18-year-old from South Australia made her debut, and took her first international wicket, in Tuesday’s thrilling T20 loss to New Zealand in Napier. Brown played instead of fellow quick Tayla Vlaeminck on Tuesday, but coach Matthew Mott has signalled his desire to use pace as Australia’s weapon, and the duo could yet turn out together.

The pair are the only members of the Australian squad (and among the few in the world) currently capable of breaching the 120 km/h mark and are spurring each other on to get faster. “I‘m just happy to watch Tayla but to be able to bowl with her in a game would be pretty cool,” Brown said on Wednesday.

Interesting ! 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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