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Cricket Australia targets sport’s inclusion at 2032 Olympics

Cricket Australia has targeted the inclusion of the sport at the 2032 Brisbane Olympics as part of a strategic plan to expand participation and maintain the game’s position at the heart of the country’s sporting culture.

The ambitious “Where the Game Grows” plan released on Monday aims to double the number of children aged five to 12 playing the game to 210,000 over the next five years, with girls making up 60,000 of that tally.

Another of the targets is to get cricket back into the Olympics for the first time since 1900 – if that goal has not already been achieved at the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Cricket has been shortlisted for possible inclusion at the 2028 Olympics along eight other sports and the International Cricket Council (ICC) will make a presentation to organizers later this month.

The host city can include any sport but needs the approval of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Brisbane has plans to rebuild the city’s Gabba cricket ground as a 50,000-seater Olympic Stadium to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2032 Games.

The inclusion of cricket in the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics is part of the “sustainable future” strand of the plan, which also aims to improve fan experience, expand the grassroots and continue Australia’s success on the world stage.

CA has set a target of at least three ICC tournament triumphs over the next five years for both the men’s and women’s national teams.

Elsewhere, it has committed to publishing an action plan related to environmental sustainability.

“Cricket is a quintessential part of the Australian summer. However, recent years have shown how vulnerable our game is to a changing climate,” the document said.

There is also a strong focus on the BBL and WBBL with this season labeled the “Rebound” following the impact of Covid, especially on attendance, before a period that has been called “Reimagine”. The challenges are particularly acute for the BBL given the rapid growth of T20 leagues in the January window.

“This strategy contains both a vision and a clear plan for how we can achieve bold, transformative change while also meeting our core responsibilities,” said CA chief executive Nick Hockley.

“I would like to thank everyone across the game for their passion and commitment as we work to unite and inspire everyone to love and play cricket, and in so doing make cricket a sport for all that makes Australians proud.”



Alyssa Healy runs out Beth Mooney in The Hundred, sparking Northern Superchargers’ win over London Spirit

Alyssa Healy has delivered a bit of brilliance in the field to run out Australian international teammate Beth Mooney and help inspire her Northern Superchargers side to their first victory in this year’s Women’s Hundred in England.

Healy’s airborne dismissal of Mooney, who scored 97 not out in the London Spirit’s opener to the 100-ball-a-side competition, proved the turning point in the Superchargers’ five-run win at Headingley.

Spirit’s pursuit of 4-127 was going along smoothly enough at 1-54 with Mooney still looking in control when she had a mix-up in running with second-wicket partner Amelia Kerr.

Turning for the second run, Mooney was in trouble, but the throw from mid-wicket from Beth Langston looked to have reprieved her because it was wide and high to wicketkeeper Healy.

But the Australian World Cup star leapt high to her left and not only collected it but managed to flick an underarm throw that hit the stumps and left her international opening partner stranded, out for a threatening 30 off 20 balls.


From that point, the run chase was always in trouble, especially when Danielle Gibson top-edged Alice Davidson-Richards to fine leg next ball.

Spirit ended up needing 13 off the final series of five and despite an excellent effort from Sophie Luff, the visitors fell five runs short.

Earlier, Bess Heath had been key for the Superchargers, with a blistering 57 off 34 deliveries featuring 10 boundaries digging her side out of trouble.

Healy had also played her part with the bat, smashing 22 off 16 including one huge six over long-on before she perished, seriously annoyed with herself, after plonking a juicy full-toss off Kerr straight into Alice Monaghan’s hands on the boundary.

Maxwell stars with bat and ball

In the men’s tournament, Glenn Maxwell shone with bat and ball to help London Spirit maintain their perfect record in The Hundred.

Englishman Adam Rossington took center stage with the competition’s fastest 50, smashed off just 15 balls, as Spirit made mincemeat of their 144-run target against the Superchargers at Headingley.

But Australian star Maxwell was similarly pivotal in wrapping up the seven-wicket win with 18 balls to spare, as the Lord’s franchise almost certainly earned a place in the knockout stages already by winning their fourth straight match.

The Victorian cracked an unbeaten 43 off just 25 balls to steer them home after earlier granting just six runs and taking a key wicket off 15 balls in a spell that helped strangle the Superchargers.




Women’s Hundred 2022 – ‘Will I get my name up next to Warnie?’

Alana King paid a touching tribute to her hero Shane Warne after taking her first ever hat-trick, with the feat coming at Emirates Old Trafford, the ground where the late Australian icon made his name almost 30 years ago.

The 26-year-old Commonwealth Games gold medalist – who narrowly missed out on taking a hat-trick in the group stage against Barbados – bowled Cordelia Griffith, trapped Sophie Ecclestone lbw and bowled Kate Cross to etch her name into history with the first hat -trick in one-and-a-bit seasons of the women’s Hundred.

“Will I get my name up here at Old Trafford?” she asked. “That would be brilliant. Hopefully right next to Warnie. He took poles here for fun, and I’m sure he was looking down pretty happy.”

King was of course referring to Warne’s ball of the century to Mike Gatting here in 1993.

“He was a massive inspiration, but it wasn’t just me. It was kids all around the world who he inspired to pick up legspin. He was definitely the reason I picked up legspin. Hopefully he’s been proud watching down on me spin a few.

“When I was a bit younger, I did a couple of sessions with him. All I remember from that was him saying, ‘Spin it hard and have some fun’. I live by that every single day.

“That’s my first hat-trick. Not even in juniors did I take one. My first hat-trick at Old Trafford, I couldn’t have written it.

“As soon as I got that first wicket, I knew I had to keep aiming for the stumps. I’m just stoked that I can play my part for this team. Kate Cross came up to me after the game and said, ‘I can’t believe I gave that wicket to you’.”

Not only did King shine with the ball, she contributed two sixes in a crucial unbeaten 19 off nine deliveries at the end of the Rockets innings, boosting them to 119 for 5. She also took a smart low catch out at deep midwicket.

King added: “The atmosphere was absolutely incredible. To get our first win was pretty special. We knew we were under par with the bat, and we needed to stick to our game plan with the ball. We wanted to take some early wickets in the powerplay, which we did. As soon as we got their two openers out, we knew the pressure was back on them.”

Originals’ coach Paul Shaw said: “In the first half, I thought we bowled and fielded really well, and we were happy chasing 120. But then the second bit, we didn’t play like we wanted to play.

“Alana King’s a quality performer who will be around for a long time. She bowled really, really well. But we didn’t play her that well.”



Beth Mooney sets new record in women’s Hundred, but falls agonizingly short of competition’s first ever century

Beth Mooney has hit the highest-ever score in the women’s Hundred but was left a tantalizing three runs short of a century.

The Australian batter also ended on the losing side as her London Spirit team lost by six wickets to last year’s runners-up Southern Brave.

At one stage, Mooney looked like she would score the first century in the competition, which has just embarked on its second year, but needing to hit the last ball of the innings for six she managed only two.

The left-hander’s shot placement in front of a crowd of about 9,000 at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl was superb, toying with the field as she stroked 16 fours and a six.

“Credit to Beth Mooney, she was outstanding. As a captain and bowler she makes you feel like you haven’t got a clue about where to put your fielders,” Southern Brave captain Anya Shrubsole said.

Mooney’s unbeaten 97 off 55 balls was the mainstay of Spirit’s 4-155 off their 100 balls with only New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr (37 off 27) also reaching double figures.



Lisa Keightley steps down as England Women head coach

Lisa Keightley will leave her position as England Women’s head coach at the end of the summer after deciding not to pursue the option of a contract extension.

Keightley was appointed in late 2019, and guided England to the final of the 2022 ODI World Cup. She also oversaw runs to the semi-finals of the 2020 T20 World Cup and Commonwealth Games, where England were beaten in the bronze-medal match on Sunday.

She will continue to coach the team until the end of the home season, with limited-overs series against India scheduled next month. It is understood the decision to part ways was mutually agreed on before the Commonwealth Games.

The ECB will now begin the process of recruiting a new head coach ahead of the next Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa in February.

Although England failed to defend the World Cup they won in 2017, and missed out on successive T20 titles, Keightley’s period in charge was marked by an injection of younger talent into the side, with Sophia Dunkley establishing herself as a first-choice pick and the likes of Issy Wong, Alice Capsey and Freya Kemp coming through.

Jonathan Finch, the ECB’s director of England women’s cricket, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the commitment and passion Lisa has shown over the last two-and-a-half years in the role. We have seen increased competition for places over the Last 12 months and the squad Lisa leaves is an exciting blend of youth and experience.

“Leading an international team is challenging at the best of times. It is more challenging during a pandemic, and Lisa has been able to continue the development of the team during what has been the toughest period we have faced off the field.”

Clare Connor, ECB interim chief executive, said: “I’d like to place on record our sincere thanks to Lisa for all her efforts across the last two-and-a-half years.

“Lisa was always a fierce opponent when she represented Australia, and she’s brought that same pride, passion and will to win into everything she’s done with the England Women’s team.

“The team have enjoyed working with her immensely and I know they’ll join me in wishing her all the very best for her next challenge.”

Keightley’s departure follows that of her senior assistant and fellow Australian, Tim Macdonald, who announced in June that he would be leaving after the Commonwealth Games to take up an assistant coaching post with the Perth Scorchers and Western Australian men’s teams.



Australian women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning takes indefinite leave

Australian women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning will take a period of indefinite leave, effective immediately.

Cricket Australia (CA) said Lanning made the decision for “personal reasons”, with no timeline set for her return.

“After a busy couple of years, I’ve made the decision to take a step back to enable me to spend time focusing on myself,” Lanning said in a CA statement.

“I’m grateful for the support of CA and my teammates and ask that my privacy is respected during this time.”

The announcement of Lanning’s decision comes only days after she led Australia to victory at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.



Meg Lanning takes indefinite break from cricket for personal reasons

Australia captain Meg Lanning will take an indefinite break from the game for personal reasons.

It means Lanning, who recently led Australia to the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games to follow their T20 and ODI World Cup titles in 2020 and 2022, will miss the Hundred where she would have played for Trent Rockets. Australia’s domestic season starts in late September with the WNCL ahead of the WBBL in October.

Australia’s next series is an away T20I tour of India in mid-December ahead of hosting Pakistan next January before the T20 World Cup in South Africa.

“After a busy couple of years, I’ve made the decision to take a step back to enable me to spend time focusing on myself,” Lanning said in a statement. “I’m grateful for the support of CA and my team-mates and ask that my privacy is respected during this time.”

Cricket Australia’s head of performance, women’s cricket, Shawn Flegler said: “We’re proud of Meg for acknowledging that she needs a break and will continue to support her during this time.

“She’s been an incredible contributor to Australian cricket over the last decade, achieving remarkable feats both individually and as part of the team, and has been a brilliant role model for young kids.

“The welfare of our players is always our number one priority, and we’ll continue to work with Meg to ensure she gets the support and space she needs.”

Melbourne Stars general manager Blair Crouch said: “We’re fully supportive of Meg’s desire to have a break from cricket and we will give her all the time, support and space she needs.”

Lanning made her international debut in 2010 and was named captain as a 21-year-old in 2014. She has led the team in 171 matches across all formats with 135 victories. Since 2017 she has only missed five internationals.



New Zealand news – NZC agrees to release Trent Boult from central contract

New Zealand Cricket has agreed to release Trent Boult from his central contract after the fast bowler requested to spend more time with his family and to make himself available for T20 leagues with his international career now to be “significantly reduced”.

Boult, 33, had held several conversations with NZC prior to Wednesday’s announcement. The move will have huge ramifications for New Zealand given the proliferation of T20 leagues that are popping up within the time period of their summer domestic season.

NZC released a statement explaining that Boult had made it clear to NZC chief executive David White that his appetite for touring had diminished and he wished to spend more time with his family.

“This has been a really tough decision for me and I’d like to thank NZC for their support in getting to this point,” Boult said.

“Playing cricket for my country was a childhood dream and I’m so proud of everything I’ve been able to achieve with the Black Caps over the past 12 years.

“Ultimately this decision is about my wife Gert and our three young boys. Family has always been the biggest motivator for me and I feel comfortable with putting it first and preparing ourselves for life after cricket.”

Boult has not retired from international cricket but he is likely to play a lot less with White confirming that Boult was aware of the ramifications of his decision and that NZC would prioritize contracted players.

“We’ve had several conversations and I know Trent understands that, in terms of selection, NZC will continue to make a priority of those players with either central or domestic contracts,” White said.

Boult understood that his decision would affect his selection for New Zealand.

“I still have a big desire to represent my country and feel I have the skills to deliver at the international level,” he said. “However, I respect the fact that not having a national contract will affect my chances of selection.

“Having said that, as a fast bowler I know I have a limited career span, and I feel the time is right to move into this next phase.”

White said he was sad to be losing Boult as a centrally contracted player but understood his decision.

“We respect Trent’s position,” White said. “He’s been completely honest and up-front with us about his reasoning about him and, while we’re sad to be losing him as a fully-contracted player, he leaves with our best wishes and our sincere thanks.

“Trent’s made a massive contribution to the Black Caps since his Test debut in late 2011 and is now considered one of the best multi-format cricketers in the world. We’re very proud of what he’s achieved.”

Earlier this year, Boult went straight from the IPL into the Test series against England. He played 16 games for Rajasthan Royals, including the final in Ahmedabad on May 29, before playing in the Test match at Lord’s just five days later on June 2 where he bowled nearly 38 overs. However, he has since been rested from New Zealand’s limited-overs tours around Europe but is part of the current squad in West Indies and will complete that series.

Boult has represented New Zealand 215 times across all three formats after debuting against Australia in the famous 2011 Test victory in Hobart. He is one of only four men to have taken 300 Test wickets for New Zealand, having taken 317 scalps at 27.49 with 10 five-wicket hauls and one ten-for. He also has 169 ODI wickets and 62 in T20Is. He is currently the No.1 ranked ODI bowler in the world and is ranked 11th on the Test rankings.



From Oliver Hoare’s 1,500m win to the boisterous Birmingham crowds, here are our picks for the best moments from the 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games closing ceremony gave us a bright, bold, and banging Brummie farewell, and an uplifting handover to Victoria 2026.

So with the Games now officially over, we’ve picked out some of our favorite moments from the 11 absorbing days of competition.

Oliver Hoare stuns hot field to win 1,500m

From an Australian perspective, when it comes to a pure sporting spectacle against a world-class field, Oliver Hoare’s win in the men’s 1,500 meters is at the top.

An Australian male 1,500 meter athlete crosses the line in first place as a Kenyan opponent stumbles.
Oliver Hoare won in breathtaking fashion.(Getty Images: David Ramos)

Hoare was racing against the current world champion as well as the reigning Olympic bronze and silver medalists.

It was perhaps the strongest field of any athletics event at the Games.

And not only did Hoare win it, he did it in the most breathtaking fashion.

Coming fourth around the bend, he started gaining ground in that final stretch, with those watching thinking, ‘He’s going to get bronze, he’s going to get silver … OH MY GOSH, HE’S WON IT!’

He lunged to the line as Kenya’s Abel Kipsang stumbled, and cemented his place in Australia’s middle-distance running folklore.

Packed crowds create brilliant atmosphere, especially for local athletes

When the members of the ABC Sport team turned up to Birmingham a few days before the Games began, we were a little worried.

The people we spoke to seemed almost oblivious that the Games were about to start, and there was an air of indifference around the town.

But once the opening ceremony rolled around, it was like a flick was switched, and Brummies turned out in force and in full voice.



Australia beats India by nine runs at Edgbaston to win Commonwealth Games women’s T20 cricket gold

The Australian women’s cricket team now officially has it all.

The T20 and ODI World Cup winners are Commonwealth Games champions too after a nine-run win over India in front of a bumper crowd at Edgbaston.

When we talk about greatness in Australian team sports, surely now they must be counted amongst the very best we’ve ever seen.

“It was certainly a medal that we never thought we’d ever win, we never thought we’d be a part of a Commonwealth Games,” Australia all-rounder Ash Gardner said.

“We’ve won a lot of medals, but I think this one’s pretty special.”


The Australians batted first and made 8-161, largely thanks to Beth Mooney’s 61 off 41 balls.

As she so often does, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur took control to put India in a dangerous position before Gardner dismissed her for 65.

“I thought they had control that chase for a long period of that batting innings of theirs,” Mooney said.

“But on the flip side, I thought that if we got a couple of wickets that we were in with a real shot of turning the screws and putting the squeeze on them, which is what happened.”

India needed 11 runs off the final over, with two wickets left.

But Jess Jonassen delivered the goods with the ball as the Australians claimed another major title.

A strange sideshow played out during the game.

On the morning of the match Australia all-rounder Tahlia McGrath tested positive to COVID-19, but she was still allowed to play.

Tahlia McGrath
Tahlia McGrath motions for her teammates to stay away after taking a catch. McGrath tested positive for COVID before the match started.(Getty Images: Ryan Pierce)

In bizarre scenes, McGrath had to socially distance from her teammates when she took a catch – never mind that they were all touching the same ball.

And all the COVID safe protocols were forgotten when she was swept up by her teammates in the festivities at the end of the match.

“It’d be pretty upsetting for someone like Tahlia who’s been in this team not being able to hug her teammates when we’ve won a gold medal,” Mooney said.

“So hopefully they turn a blind eye to that and forget that happened.”

Megan Schutt said the team felt bad for McGrath.

“It was so weird. We didn’t want to get in trouble,” Schutt told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“We felt bad for Tahlia at the end there.

“At the end, screw it. If we get COVID, so be it.”

Hockeyroos win silver after defeat to England

A group of Australian women's hockey players smile up at the camera as they take a selfie with their silver medals.
The Hockeyroos finished with silver in Birmingham, just like they did four years ago on the Gold Coast.(Getty Images: Mark Kolbe)

The Hockeyroos were outmuscled by England in the women’s hockey gold medal match at Edgbaston Hockey Club, with the home side deservedly winning 2-1.

The Hockeyroos lacked fluency and the killer instinct in the circle, while England was boosted by a buoyant home crowd to win gold for the first time.

But instead of slumping to the ground in tears, or comforting each other, for the most part, the Australians kept a smile on their face, patted each other on the back, and tried to appreciate what they’d managed to achieve.


Several weeks after winning a bronze medal at the World Cup, the Hockeyroos wanted to make sure they celebrated winning silver.

Coach Katrina Powell — a two-time Olympic gold medalist — gathered all players and support staff in a huddle on the pitch, and passionately spoke to the team.

“[I told them] how proud I am of them and how we progressed while we’ve been away and how hard it is,” Powell said.

“Also [I gave them] a little reminder that you do win silver, hockey competitions are really interesting that [people think] you lose gold.

“We just won a bronze, so we saw how much happier we were than the silver medalists at the World Cup.

“And I think you miss out on that fun, that excitement, that experience, if you’re not happy with winning silver.”