India-South Africa series to be played behind closed doors
The matches of the the India’s tour of South Africa will be played without the crowd amidst the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country as announced by the Cricket South Africa on Monday. India will play 3 match test series starting from 26 December. South Africa will also host India for a three match ODI series. The ODI series will be begin from 19th January.
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The South African cricket board also announced that the decision to play the series behind the closed door has been jointly taken with the consultation of Board of Control for cricket in India. The decision has been taken in the best interest of the game as well as the health and safety of players and staff.
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Mzansi Super League 2021 cancelled amid Covid-19 concerns
The 2021 edition of the Mzansi Super League has been cancelled by the Cricket South Africa with rise in COVID-19 cases due to the new variant, Omicron. Mzansi Super League was scheduled from February, 2022. Pholetsi Moseki, Cricket South Africa CEO, confirmed that the CSA T20 Challenge will be played instead of the Mzansi Super League in February. The league was not played in the year 2020 because of travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will be rescheduled in 2022.
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Australia beat England by 275 runs, to go 2-0 up
Australia take a 2-0 lead after winning the 2nd test at Adelaide against England. England chasing the Mammoth total of 468 on the final day of the Pink Ball test match, eventually got out on 192 runs with 21 overs remaining on the final day.
Jos Buttler showed some resistance for the visitor facing 207 deliveries while scoring just 26 runs. Jhye Richardson picked up the five wicket haul in the 2nd innings. Australia comfortably won the first match by 9 wickets at Gabba in Brisbane.
Brief score – Australia 473/9 dec and 230/9 dec won against England 236/10 and 192/10 ( Chris Woakes 44 , Jhye Richardson 5/42) by 275 runs
Hazlewood returns for last three Tests, Cummins available for Melbourne Test
Josh Hazlewood has been declared fit and will be available for the Australia during the last three test matches of the Ashes series. The new Skipper, Pat Cummins will also be available from the next test. Josh Hazlewood missed the Adler test match due to side strain injury making way for Jhye Richardson. While Pat Cummins withdrew his name from the test match due to COVID-19 concerns and Michael Neser was handed over his debut cap. Australia have announced an unchanged Squad for the last three Ashes Test matches including Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Swepson.
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Australia squad: Pat Cummins (capt), Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.