Bangladesh on Friday, February 19 named the unscrewed left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed in their 20-man squad for their limited series in New Zealand.
Bangladesh will play three ODI Super League Cricket World Cups and as many as T20Is against New Zealand in March, and there is a recall for Mohammad Naim, opener, mid-level batsman Mosaddek Hossain and pacer Al-Amin Hossain.
However, Taijul Islam’s left arm spinner failed. Also missing was the versatile ace Shakib Al Hasan – he sustained a thigh injury during his first test against the West Indies – with reports in Bangladesh suggesting BCB had given him paternity leave.
Even in these difficult times, when tournaments are facing many challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sportswear manufacturers are bringing out innovative tennis designs that provide top performance features and take fashion sustainability to the next level. Marija Zivlak from Women’s Tennis Blog presents the best WTA apparel launched at the Australian Open 2021.
Even at 39 and after 25 on the pro circuit, Serena Williams remains the sport’s top trendsetter and player breaking the boundaries of tennis fashion. The Australian Open outfit that caught the American’s eye was inspired by the one-legged catsuit worn by late track star Florence Griffith Joyner, also known as Flo-Jo.
As if the asymmetric one-piece silhouette wasn’t controversial enough, Nike amplify the surprise effect with blocks of bright pink and red that Williams pairs with a bold blue headband and shoes.
We can’t say that the NikeCourt Melbourne apparel introduces something new to the world of WTA fashion – asymmetry, pleats, cuts, color blocks, cross straps, it’s all been around for a long time – but Nike combines those design features with a fresh new look. way to create one of the most amazing collections of all time.
Perhaps the secret lies in the unusual combination of subtle camo prints, earthy tones and vibrant colors that are a nod to the Nike All Condition Gear heritage line.
Venus Williams‘ EleVen Queen of the Forest Skater Dress Reimagining the zebra print in a bold mint color. The sleek silhouette features a high neckline and an A-line bottom. To support environmental friendliness in the fashion industry, each dress is equipped with 12 recycled water bottles. Additionally, fabrics and garments are made locally in the USA.
Garbiñe Muguruza rocked the navy Adidas Prime Blue Dress, a 2-in-1 item characteristic for its dramatic back cut, perforated skirt and striking yellow contrasts. The design brings back memories of the adidas beach-inspired jumpsuit, where Caroline Wozniacki won the 2018 Australian Open.
Mesh openings, strategically placed perforations and airy mesh skirts maximize ventilation. They work alongside the HEAT.RDY fabric to keep players dry and comfortable.
This top-performing dress also plays a role in adidas’ initiative to stop plastic waste, as it includes recycled plastic waste collected from beaches and coastal communities, preventing it from reaching the oceans.
Coco Gauff, the youngest player in this year’s Australian Open draw, was awarded a special Grand Slam appearance by her outfit sponsor New balance. American youth deserve such an investment, because the games always attract attention. Two weeks into the Australian Open, the 16-year-old is wearing a racerback dress that is unique due to its faded stripes, orange chest and dark blue skirt. A generous lower back cut is enhanced by contrasting edges. To match her outfit, the rising WTA star has painted nails on her left hand blue and her right hand orange.
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After being pushed to the brink of defeat by Ajla Tomljanovic in the second half, second seed Simona Halep was back to her best as she beat seed No. 32 Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Against local crowd favorite Tomljanovic, Halep has been beset by 37 own faults and a passive game that has allowed the play of Australian power to flow. A similar performance against Kudermetova who is in her best form would be problematic.
After all, the Russian just walked out of her maiden WTA final in Abu Dhabi last month, and has matched her career-best Grand Slam performance by reaching the third round. Her previous four Top 5 wins, as well as a first-half loss to Caroline Wozniacki at the 2019 Roland Garros which proved to be the Danish’s last game in Paris, also shows that Kudermetova has the potential to combine her best.
Indeed, Kudermetova was impressed at times, especially with some good play in front of goal and a subtle strength that saw her double up for breaks in a competitive second set. But he was overturned by tallying 38 own mistakes to just 17 winners, while Halep combined accuracy and aggression to round 21 winners into 12 own mistakes.
Of particular note is Halep’s determination upon his return: the Romanian secured the first two breaks of the match, and set his first set point, with the clean winner returning in a very dominant opening stanza.
“I played much better than before,” said Halep. “Tomljanovic, he hit a little bit stronger, so it was very difficult for me to defend better … I felt more confident after the game against Ajla, because when you stay mentally strong during the game you get an extra boost in the next one. . “
After having a meeting that could prove to be far more complicated than before, Halep will now face a rematch with champion Roland Garros Iga Swiatek, who knocked him out 6-1, 6-2 at this stage in Paris in October.
“I have a lot of different things to do,” mused Halep about the potential for the Swiatek meeting. “It was a very fast match at Roland Garros. I didn’t really feel anything. He was very fast and very strong that day. But I will forget the match.”
Swiatek hits Ferro, showing off skill
Like Halep, seed No.15, Swiatek, was also sharp in passing Fiona Ferro 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 24 minutes, winning his 10th successive Grand Slam in straight sets, despite overwhelming resistance. from an underdog French woman.
Ferro pounced quickly as Swiatek’s focus faltered at times, swinging free through a dangerous forehand to hit four straight games from a double break in the first set, and breaking the 19-year-old defender as he served for the match. But for most of the contests, Swiatek spins and is often out of play, dazzling the evening session crowd with its anticipation and control of some incredible prizes, as well as a 180-degree turn to successfully tackle that clean wire. send the ball spinning behind him.
The Pole has now reached the second week of a Grand Slam for the fourth time – exactly half of the major draws he’s fought in his youth career. There are painful memories of being sent off at Melbourne Park, though: this time last year, Swiatek were thwarted in the first quarter-final by Anett Kontaveit with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-5 win.
Aoyama, Shibahara keeps winning
No doubles team is as hot as Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara today. The Japanese duo opened 2021 with their fourth and fifth consecutive titles together, in Abu Dhabi and at the Yarra Valley Classic, and Friday saw them extend their winning streak to 10 to advance to the third round of the Australian Open.
Aoyama and Shibahara did it the hard way: for the second consecutive round, they had to come from behind, this time also needing to save match points before overcoming wildcards Lizette Cabrera and Maddison Inglis 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6- 0. Best performance seed No. His previous 7 in a major came at Roland Garros last October, where they reached the quarter-finals before falling to runners-up Alexa Guarachi and Desirae Krawczyk, although in 2013 Aoyama also partnered Chanelle Scheepers to make the Wimbledon semifinals. This week, 12th seeds Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani stand between them and their second successive last eight appearance.
Gippsland Trophy champions Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova are also in the process: seed No. 3, the only other 2021 title in the draw, won their sixth game in a row beating Ons Jabeur and Christina McHale 6-3, 6-4. Elsewhere, teenage duo Coco Gauff and Caty McNally took just an hour to beat the No. 6 Gabriela Dabrowski and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1, 6-2.
Steve Smith and Beth Mooney have won the best award at this year’s Australian Cricket Awards, being recognized by their peers, match officials and the media for an incredible 12 months in the game.
Smith beat Pat Cummins to win the Allan Border Medal, the award given to Australian men’s cricketer this year.
The hitting superstar won 126 votes in the voting period (January 9, 2020 to January 19, 2021), 12 more than Cummins’s 114.
This is the third time he has won the Allan Border Medal. Only Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke – four times each – have won more.
Smith scored 1098 points at 45.75 across all formats in the voting period, the highest number of runs of any Australian player. In one international day he scored the bulk of his run, counting 568 at 63.11 to also be selected as the Australian men’s ODI player this year.
Cummins, who took 21 goals at 20.04 in the Border-Gavaskar series – the only four Tests played in the voting period – was voted Test player of the year.
Beth Mooney beat captain Meg Lanning to win the Belinda Clark Award
Mooney beat captain Meg Lanning to win the Belinda Clark Award, the prize awarded to Australia’s best female cricketer this year.
He scored 555 rounds at 42.69 across all formats in the voting period and earned 60 votes. That’s two votes more than Lanning, which scored 442 votes at 49.11.
Mooney was the team’s dominant hitter in the T20I in the voting period, scoring 504 points at 45.81, including the sixties and being named Australia’s women’s T20I player of the year.
She is the top scorer at the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup, scoring 259 runs at 64.75, including 78 unbeaten in Australia’s win over India in the final.
Ashton Agar has been named the Australian Men’s T20I player this year.
Ashton Agar wins the T20I Men’s Player of the Year award
Mooney is the first player apart from Ellyse Perry, Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy to win the Belinda Clark Award since 2013.
Rachael Haynes has been named Australia’s women’s ODI player of the year, having scored 222 points with an average of 74 in the voting period.
On Friday, Shaun Marsh and Elyse Villani were named Australia’s domestic players of the year, and Will Sutherland and Hannah Darlington were announced as Don Bradman and Belly Wilson’s young cricketer of the year.
This summer also saw all three of Johnny Mullagh, Merv Hughes and Lisa Sthalekar inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
Recipient of the 2021 Australian Cricket Awards
Allan Border Medal – Steve Smith Belinda Clark Award – Beth Mooney Male Test Player of the Year – Pat Cummins ODI Men’s Player of the Year – Steve Smith T20I Men’s Player of the Year – Ashton Agar Women’s ODI Best Player – Rachael Haynes T20I Women’s Player of the Year – Beth Mooney Community Impact Award – Josh Lalor Best Male Domestic Player – Shaun Marsh Young Bradman Cricketer of the Year – Will Sutherland Female Domestic Player of the Year – Elyse Villani Young Cricket Player of the Year Betty Wilson – Hannah Darlington Australian Cricket Hall of Fame – Johnny Mullagh, Merv Hughes and Lisa Sthalekar
Australia’s men’s squad for the February-March Twenty20 International series against New Zealand has been announced.
The 18 man squad will be captained by Aaron Finch, with Andrew McDonald at the helm of the team in the absence of Justin Langer, who will be in South Africa for a series of three Tests planned for the same time.
Finch will be replaced by Matthew Wade, who was not included in the 19-man Test squad to play in South Africa. While there are no cross-format stars for Steve Smith and David Warner, the batting sequence will not be short of firepower, with Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis all included.
Australia will also have service from two of the world’s 10 best T20I bowlers, with spinners Adam Zampa (fourth) and Ashton Agar (sixth) including along with 19-year-old foot spinner Tanveer Sangha.
Fast bowler Jhye Richardson hopes to play his first match for Australia in any format since March last year, and Jason Behrendorff is the first since the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
This series is the main preparation for Australia ahead of this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in India.
“In one World Cup year, it is very exciting to select a squad that combines some of the biggest names in international T20 cricket with the best players in the country,” said Australian Cricket head select Trevor Hohns. “We love the balance of this squad for what should be a thrilling series against the Black Hats.
“The batting line-up will be strengthened by the inclusion of Matt Wade, who is joined by experienced international players such as Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, D’Arcy Short and Ashton Turner.
“They will be complemented by some outstanding young talents such as Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott, both of whom have performed strongly in this BBL campaign.
“We are fortunate to have some versatile players to choose from which is reflected in the selection of Mitch Marsh, Daniel Sams and Ashton Agar along with the likes of Maxwell and Stoinis.
“Adam Zampa has developed into one of the best spinners in international whiteball cricket and we are very impressed by Tanveer Sangha, who has been brilliant along the way and with the Sydney Thunder this season.
“We are also happy with our fast bowling stock. Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith and Jason Behrendorff all impressed as long as BBL and Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye proved to be on the international stage. “
Australia currently sits second on the ICC T20I ranking, one place behind Great Britain and four ahead of New Zealand.
AUSTRALIA T20I SQUAD
Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (vc), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
THE T20I SERIES AGAINST NEW ZEALAND
Feb 22, 7:00 pm at Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Feb 25, 14:00 at University Oval, Dunedin
March 3, 7:00 pm at Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington