Ashes 2021: Australia draw first blood, beat England by nine wickets at Gabba
The Australian team made thrashing entry into the new cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC) after their dominating nine-wicket victory against England at the Gabba. Australia is currently second just behind table-toppers Sri Lanka. Australia is placed above Pakistan and India who currently hold the third and fourth spot, respectively.
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On Day 4, Australian bowlers stamped the match in their favor and didn’t let the game go into the final day as they chased down the 20-run target with 9 wickets in hand. Earlier on the day, England lost eight wickets in quick succession without providing any threat to the hosts. England’s saviors on Day 3, Dawid Malan and Joe Root, couldn’t hold their ground and departed in the first session.
Brief Scores: England 147 (Jos Buttler 39; Pat Cummins 5-38) and 297/10 (Joe Root 89; Nathon Lyon 4-91) lost to Australia 425 (Travis Head 152; Ollie Robinson 3-58) and 20/1(Marcus Harris 9*) by 9 wickets runs. Player of the Match : Travis Head.
England docked five WTC points for slow over-rates in Gabba Test
England is fined with precious five World Test Championship points for their slow over-rate against Australia in the opening Vodafone Ashes Test. The ICC came down hard on Joe Root lead England, also fining them with 100 percent of their match fee. England players have been reported to earn GBP14,500 (about AUD$27,000) each in match fees per Test.
Match referee David Boon, the former Australia batter, imposed the penalty on England after their nine-wicket humiliating loss at the Gabba just after lunch on the fourth day of the first test. As per ICC’s playing conditions for over-rate offenses, players are fined 20 percent of the match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.
Hobart to host 5th Ashes Test in day-night format
Hobart will host its first-ever Ashes Test after being the first choice, ahead of Perth for the fifth and final clash of the current series between Australia and England.
The Tasmanian capital beat out favorites like Sydney and Melbourne with the Test to be a day-night pink-ball affair at the 20,000-capacity Blundstone Arena from January 14-18. Perth was robbed of its hosting rights earlier this week due to Western Australia state’s tough Covid quarantine rules, which required players to quarantine for 14 days. There are no such regulations in Tasmania.
Two Bangladesh Women Cricketers Test Positive for COVID-19 Omicron Variant
Zahid Maleque, Bangladesh health, and family welfare minister released a statement on Saturday that the two women Bangladeshi cricketers who arrived from Zimbabwe have tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
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”It will take time to recover and according to protocol we will keep them under watch for two weeks and they will be released after recovering fully,” said Maleque.
”We are doing contact tracing and tested everyone who had come close to them,” he added.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board, on December 6, extended the isolation time of the Bangladesh national women’s team after the two members had tested positive for the new Omicron COVID-19 variant after returning home from Zimbabwe following their participation in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 qualifiers.