Joe Root believes he is the right man to keep leading England despite Ashes defeat
Root’s side were embarrassed in the fifth Test as they fell to a 4-0 series defeat against Australia.Root has never given any indication that he was ready to pass on the baton – and nobody else has offered any hint that they are ready or able to take it on – but the manner of England’s fifth Test placed his future squarely on the agenda.
England’s all-rounder Tammy Beaumont was voted as the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year for her stellar performance in 2021.
Beaumont was England’s highest run scorer, and third-highest overall in the world in 2021.
Earlier in the year, in a low-scoring series against New Zealand away from home, Beaumont was the top scorer and was awarded the Player of the Series for a total of 102 runs in three matches.
Her 63 in 53 balls in the second match put England in a winning position after they had lost two wickets in the powerplay.
Beaumont continued her form against New Zealand when they visited England for a limited-overs tour. She once again finished as the highest run scorer in the series with 113, which included a stunning 97 in the opening game of the series.
COVID chaos hits Australia's cricket schedule
New Zealand's white-ball tour of Australia has been postponed indefinitely due to travel restrictions.The Black Caps were due to play series of ODI and T20 matches in Australia, starting next week.
Commenting on her award Tammy Beaumont said: “It’s a huge privilege to win the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year Award. I’ve worked incredibly hard on my T20 game in the last few years. My T20I career has had its ups and downs and I don’t think I’ve always been known for my T20 abilities, so this award gives me a huge amount of confidence.”
“As a team we had a great year in terms of T20I results and it feels great to have contributed to team wins. We’ve got a big year ahead in all formats – with the Ashes, the ICC Women’s World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, and I look forward to continuing to work hard alongside my teammates to help us win as many games as possible.” © PA Images Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan was voted the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year 2021.
England in the West Indies: Chance for newcomers in relentless schedule
Jofra Archer has also caught up with his team-mates as the build-up to the T20 World Cup picks up steam.With several of England’s all-format players omitted after their exploits in Australia, this represents an opportunity for several batters and bowlers on the periphery to make a compelling case.
Aggregating a staggering 1326 runs in only 29 matches, Rizwan averaged at 73.66 and had a strike-rate of 134.89. Apart from his exploits with the bat, he was as solid as ever behind the stumps, playing a key role in Pakistan’s run to the semi-finals during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, where he ended up as the third-highest run-scorer.
Earlier in the year, Rizwan also scored his maiden T20I century against South Africa in Lahore and ended it continuing his form with a brilliant knock of 87 against West Indies in Karachi.
Commenting on receiving the honour Mohammad Rizwan, said: “I had an exceptional year in the shortest format of the game, and I am thankful to all my colleagues and peers for voting me as the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year. This award gives me further motivation and incentive to do even better in 2022 and beyond for Pakistan so that we can collectively achieve our objective of being the top T20I playing side and in the process enhancing our fan-base.
Blind cricketers left to fund own way to national championships after WA Cricket decision
After months of training, an email on Christmas Eve delivered Bradley Brider and his Venetians teammates a devastating blow, risking their spot at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships.As captain of 'The Venetians', as they call themselves, he and his teammates had been looking forward to representing WA at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships, set to be held in Brisbane in March.
“I want to thank all my team-mates and coaching staff who helped me throughout the year by preparing and training me well enough to contribute to Pakistan’s successes. As cricket is a team sport, I would like to dedicate this award to my teammates and fans.” Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Send email Mail
Ashes hero Head gets state cricket gong .
Travis Head has added the male domestic player of the year award to his list of honours in the past month, including being man of the Ashes series.Head was on Friday awarded one of the two main domestic awards for the summer, with Elyse Villani claiming the women's honours.