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Alice Capsey named in England’s Commonwealth Games squad, Tammy Beaumont omitted

Alice Capsey, the rising star of last year’s Women’s Hundred, has been named in her first England squad for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, but there is no place for Tammy Beaumont among the 15 names who will compete in Birmingham at the end of the month.

Capsey, who turns 18 in August, played an integral part in Oval Invincibles’ victory in the inaugural season of the Hundred, finishing as the team’s joint-second-highest run-scorer and their third-highest wicket-taker, with her stand-out moment being an innings of 59 from 41 balls against London Spirit at Lord’s.

She is one of two uncapped teenagers in England’s ranks, alongside the left-arm seamer Freya Kemp, who has been added to Southern Brave’s ranks for this year’s Hundred, having helped secure the Charlotte Edwards Cup with Southern Vipers already this season.

Issy Wong, who claimed three wickets on her ODI debut against South Africa on Friday – only weeks after picking up her first Test cap against the same opponents – has also been included in the squad for a tournament that will take place in her home city of Birmingham between July 29 and August 7. Katherine Brunt, England’s senior pace bowler, who retired from Tests earlier this year, has also been named in the 15.

The same squad will also take on South Africa in the T20I leg of the ongoing multi-format series, starting at Chelmsford on July 21. England currently lead the series by six points to two after two comprehensive wins in the first two ODIs.

However, the squad’s shock omission is that of Beaumont – arguably England’s most dependable batter of the past five years, dating back to her starring role in the 2017 World Cup victory, when she was the team’s top scorer for the tournament with 410 runs at 45.55.

In 2022, however, Beaumont has made just 34 runs in two T20Is (the format for the Commonwealth Games) while her ODI average for the year (28.21 in 14 games) has dipped below 40 for the first time since she broke into the side in 2016.

“We’ve picked what we think is our best T20 squad,” Lisa Keightley, England’s head coach, said. “We’ve got one eye on taking our T20 game forward, but we do believe this squad gives us the best chance of success in the Commonwealth Games – and that’s something to be really excited by.

“T20 cricket and women’s cricket in general is evolving all the time – and in order to put ourselves in a position to win global tournaments we have to move forward with it, be aggressive, be dynamic and part of our selection is about embracing that. Similarly we have selected players who are flexible, adaptable, fit in a number of roles and give us the most options for individual match-ups.

“It’s really exciting that we’ve got so much competition for places. Obviously, it’s hard for those that miss out, it’s never nice to not be selected in a squad, but we’re not accustomed to having to make such difficult decisions and they are part of the game and an indication of how much the game is progressing.

“We now have players across the domestic game putting their hand up for selection, which is testament to the regional game, and we have real strength in depth, and that’s so important.”

Heather Knight, England’s captain, added: “It is such a massive opportunity for us and for the game to compete in the Commonwealth Games, especially on home soil.

“When you’re younger you watch these multi-sport events but, as a cricketer, you don’t imagine you’ll be out there representing Team England. It also gives us a brilliant chance to engage some young people in cricket who maybe haven’t played or watched it before.

“It’s a hugely exciting squad and for us as a group to have a chance to make history and be the first women’s cricketers to medal at the Commonwealth Games is something that can really drive us forward.”

The Commonwealth Games will be hosted at Edgbaston and screened live on the BBC, with England’s first fixture against Sri Lanka on

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Second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan may be moved to Galle

Colombo was due to host but there are fears that ongoing political demonstrations may cause logistical challenges

Dimuth Karunaratne and Babar Azam pose with the trophy they are fighting for, Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day, July 16, 2022

The second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka may be moved from Colombo to Galle, owing to the possibility of political demonstrations in the island’s capital.

While at no stage have cricket matches been threatened by the large-scale civil unrest seen in Sri Lanka over the last few months, and particularly in the past week, there are fears that masses descending on Colombo’s streets again may create logistical challenges for a Test match.

Galle itself had seen a large protest on July 9, on the second day of the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka. However, the crowds seen there were not extraordinary in scale, as had been the case in Colombo.

Sri Lanka Cricket has been at pains to point out that the island remained a viable cricket destination, even as they prepare to host a Lanka Premier League in the first few weeks of August, followed by an Asia Cup featuring nine teams.

There have been international matches in Colombo recently. Two of the three T20Is, and three of the ODIs from the Australia tour were all played at Khettarama stadium. While those games were almost uniformly well-attended, and went off as usual, the scale of the political demonstrations has increased substantially in Colombo since then. Khettarama was scheduled to host the second Test against Pakistan but if it shifts to Galle, this would be the third successive home Test series to be played exclusively at the venue.

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Zimbabwe, Netherlands qualify for T20 WC

Hosts Zimbabwe and the Netherlands filled the last two places for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia by winning their qualifying tournament semi-finals in Bulawayo on Friday.

Reacting positively to a plea from coach Dave Houghton to be fearless, Zimbabwe beat Papua New Guinea by 27 runs after posting 199-5 in 20 overs, then restricting their rivals to 172-8.

Bas de Leede inspired the Netherlands to a seven-wicket win over the United States. Replying to an American total of 138 in 19.4 overs, the Dutch reached 139-3 with six balls to spare.

Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates and the West Indies had already secured places.

The 16-team tournament runs from October 16 to November 13 with Australia defending a title they won in the UAE last year.

“It is exciting to have qualified for the World Cup,” said Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine. “Having put on 199, we felt we were going to take control of the game.

“I thought our seamers performed very nicely. At the group stage the spinners controlled the game for us, but credit to the seamers today.

“I wish we could play more cricket here (Bulawayo) because the support is unbelievable. We are on the rise and the most important thing is to keep improving.”

Houghton, who replaced Lalchand Rajput only a few weeks before the tournament after 3-0 T20 and one-day international series losses at home to Afghanistan, admitted he was “relieved”.

“We were under pressure because we were expected to qualify and were the only Test-playing nation among the contenders.

‘Scared to make mistakes’
“I’m thrilled with the way the team has responded. I think the biggest thing that I have brought to the team is trying to unlock the fear.

“I have known our players for a long time. They are very talented but too scared to make mistakes. I have tried to take the fear away.”

Winning the toss and opting to bat, Zimbabwe clicked with six batsmen led by Wesley Madhevere scoring at least 22 runs.

Madhevere top scored with 42, including five fours, and added 63 runs in a second-wicket partnership with Ervine.

Papua New Guinea, who scraped into the semi-finals after winning just one of three group matches, were close to matching the Zimbabwe run rate for much of the innings with Tony Ura starring.

But when Ura fell off the final ball of the 14th over, after notching 66, including five sixes and four fours, the islanders lost momentum.

Blessing Muzarabani was the most succesful Zimbabwe bowler, taking two wickets at the expense of 24 runs in four overs.

Zimbabwe will be making a fifth appearance at the T20 finals.

In the other semi-final, captain Monank Patel top scored for the USA with 32 and Steven Taylor, their star batsman in the group stage, contributed 26.

De Leede and Paul van Meekeren took two wickets each, but Fred Klaassen, who captured five wickets against Uganda on Thursday, had a disappointing 0-40 four-over stint.

After impressing with the ball, De Leede sparkled with the bat, striking an unbeaten 91, including three sixes and nine fours.

Captain and wicketkeeper Scott Edwards weighed in with a run-a-ball 26 to ensure a fourth consecutive T20 World Cup appearance for the Dutch.

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Potts earns first England ODI call-up for SA series

Matthew Potts has earned his first call-up to the England one-day international squad for next week’s series against South Africa.

Potts has impressed for England’s Test team this year after recovering from several injuries.

The Durham fast bowler has played all four Tests under new captain Ben Stokes, taking 18 wickets at an average 26.72 during England’s winning run against New Zealand and India.

Despite making just 10 List A appearances at domestic level, the 23-year-old has been handed his chance to take on the Proteas.

England, who face India in an ODI series decider at Old Trafford on Sunday, begin their next limited over series just 48 hours later at Potts’ home ground of Chester-le-Street.

Another change sees first-choice leg-spinner Adil Rashid return for both the 50 and 20-over squads in place of Matt Parkinson, following his return from The Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Parkinson took one wicket in two appearances in Rashid’s absence but continues to be viewed as a back-up option across the formats.

Jonny Bairstow is restored to the T20 setup after missing out against India due to his exploits in the Test side, but left-arm quick Tymal Mills is absent.

Stokes is once again rested from the T20 games as part of his ongoing workload management and the England and Wales Cricket Board also confirmed he would not be available for Northern Superchargers at the start of this year’s Hundred tournament.

The six matches against South Africa take place between July 19 and July 31.

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Bijoy must wait for his opportunity, says Domingo

Head coach Russell Domingo said Taskin Ahmed and Anamul Haque Bijoy were unfortunate as Taskin’s exclusion from the second ODI and play Mosaddek Hossain was due to matchups and conditions.

Domingo also stated that Bijoy must wait his time because there are others ahead of him in the pecking order.

“Yes absolutely. Bijoy has done fantastically well but I like to be fair as a coach. The player that’s in the squad, must get the first chance. The player that’s coming into the squad must then wait his turn, like [Yasir Ali] Rabbi. He [Rabbi] travelled with the team for a long time and then he eventually got his turn. He’s now in the squad he’s got to wait for his opportunity because the player who’s in the squad ahead of him, should play first.

“Taskin was hugely unlucky. Just the conditions. Not difficult to figure out that any seamer who can bolw cutters and spin the bowl away from the right handers is going to be a better option. His slower deliveries are generally off-cutters coming into the right handers. Just getting the ball away from the right-hander seemed to be the better option here and that’s why we have two left-arm seamers at the moment. Taskin will play. He has been fantastic for us in this format. Just because of the conditions it’s unfortunate,” Domingo said.

Domingo has differed from captain Tamim Iqbal, who hinted that he was willing to test the bench strength but coach doubted whether conditions along with the matchups will let them make too many changes heading into the third ODI at Guyana.

Although Bangladesh has already won the series, Domingo believes the scenario will not allow for many alterations.

Bijoy, Ebadot Hossain, and Taijul Islam are the only players from the ODI team who have yet to play in the series.

“It’s tricky. I would really love to play Bijoy but that’s another right-hander in our line-up and I feel we really need to have left-handers in that particular line-up. So maybe not too many changes in the batting line-up. He is the only batsman who hasn’t played a game yet in fifty overs format but he is a right-hander and I would like to have as many left-handers as possible in the line-up. So, I wouldn’t like to tinker with that,” Domingo said a day ahead of the third and final ODI.

“The pitch conditions mean we have to plan an extra spinner, so, very difficult to play all the other fast bowlers since there is nothing in there for them at the moment. You want to play everybody but you need a balanced team suitable for those conditions. So might not be possible [to make many changes] tomorrow,” he added.

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Ireland fall one-run short chasing huge NZ score

New Zealand survived a record-breaking Ireland charge led by centuries from Paul Stirling and Harry Tector for a dramatic one-run victory in Friday’s third one-day international in Dublin.

“It was an amazing game,” said Andy Balbirnie the Ireland captain. “A bitter pill to swallow, but it was great.”

The Black Caps looked on course for a convincing win after Martin Guptill’s century laid the foundations for a total of 360 for six from 50 overs.

Stirling and Tector made the tourists sweat with some superb stroke-play in a tense finish.

Ireland’s lower order managed to bring the chase down to 10 off the last over.

They scored five off Blair Tickner’s first three balls, then Craig Young was run out trying for a second run.

Graham Hume needed three off the last ball, but his huge swing missed. Ireland got only a leg bye and, despite their highest ever ODI score of 359 for nine, suffered their third narrow loss of the series.

New Zealand won the first match by one wicket with one ball to spare and the second by three wickets to set up the sweep.

Guptill hit a faultless 115, his 18th ODI century for New Zealand, and Henry Nicholls smashed three sixes in his 54-ball innings of 79.

When Ireland batted, Stirling reached three figures with a boundary down to third man but was furious when he was out for 120, one of Matt Henry’s four victims.

His 179-run partnership for the third-wicket with Tector, who had made 113 in the series opener, was an Irish ODI record.

“The two hundreds were among the best I’ve seen,” said Balbirnie. “Tector has been threatening to do this. Getting two in a week is special.”

When Tector went for 108, the hosts’ hopes of victory looked slim, but George Dockrell’s rapid 22 kept them in the fight to the end.

“It’s been an amazing series, hats off to Ireland. All three games could have gone either way,” said New Zealand all-rounder Michael Bracewell, voted player of the series.

New Zealand will resume their duel with Ireland in three Twenty20 internationals starting on Monday.

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Ireland skipper disappointed with ICC for low fixtures

Ireland skipper Andy Balbirnie was disappointed and demanded the International Cricket Council (ICC) to give his country more cricket fixtures.

Ireland recently played two T20Is against India and three ODIs against New Zealand, however, he believes it wasn’t quite enough for the team.

“It was an amazing game (third ODI against New Zealand), we did well to go toe-to-toe with them. Bitter pill to swallow but it was great. The two hundreds (from Stirling and Tector) were among the best I’ve seen. Tector has been threatening to do this, getting two in a week is special. Hope he will get more,” said Balbirine.

“We want to be playing these teams regularly, two (T20Is) against India and three (ODIs) here. it’s a pity we don’t play any ODIs for the rest of the year,” he added.

Ireland showcased outstanding performance in the third and final ODI against New Zealand at Malahide on Friday.

Paul Stirling (120) and Harry Tector (108) slammed centuries but missed the target of 360 set by the tourists by just one run to lose the series 0-3.

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Stokes to miss South Africa T20s, Hundred to manage workload

England Test captain Ben Stokes is set to miss the upcoming three-match T20I series against South Africa and the Hundred to manage his workload and fitness.

The 31-year-old has been rested for the T20I series against South Africa to manage the workload and fitness but will feature in the ODI series against South Africa.

Stokes struggled with a knee problem during England’s tour of West Indies in March and missed the part of the County Championship season with Durham.

He took a break from cricket last year, missing the T20 World Cup to prioritise his mental wellbeing and recover from a finger injury.

England and South Africa are set to play a three-match ODI series, which will be played from July 19 to July 24. Also, they will play a three-match T20I series, which will be played from July 27 to July 31.

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West Indies vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI, Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket

The 3rd ODI of Bangladesh Tour of West Indies 2022 will be held between West Indies and Bangladesh on 16 July 2022 at Providence Stadium, Guyana.

West Indies (WI) and Bangladesh (BAN) meet in the third ODI on Saturday 16 July. This is the final game of their three-game streak, with Bangladesh sealing the streak 2-0.

The Tigers rehabilitated after disappointing earlier on the tour. They recorded a six-wicket win in the first ODI and backed that up with a nine-wicket win in the next.

With their win on Wednesday, they also took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Their bowlers were impressive once again as they bowled the West Indies for just 108 in 35 overs. Mehidy Hasan picked up four wickets while Nasum Ahmed picked up three. The guests prepared the game again with a brilliant ball control.

Their batsmen then made easy work of the comeback to finish the game in just 20.4 overs, with captain Tamim Iqbal scoring an unbeaten fifty to lead from the front. In doing so, Bangladesh once again proved they are a far better unit in the ODI format and recorded an all-out victory.

Meanwhile, after dominating Tests and T20Is, things have gone wrong for the West Indies in the one-day series. They failed to break the 150 mark for the second time. Their performance in the second game was worse compared to the first.

Match Preview

West Indies meets Bangladesh on Saturday in the 3rd and final ODI of the series. Another miserable batting performance cost the West Indies hugely as they lost the 2nd ODI by 9 wickets and also dropped the series. They were sent at-bat first on a difficult surface, crumbled for just 108 runs in 35 overs. Keemo Paul was the top scorer with 25* unbeaten runs. It’s a matter of pride for the hosts to win the 3rd ODI to avoid whitewashing. Skipper Nicholas Pooran has to make a mark ahead of time as he just managed to score 18 runs in the series.

After losing the previous Test and T20I series on this tour, Bangladesh put up inspiring performances to win the ODI series with one game remaining. They beat West Indies by 9 wickets in the 2nd ODI to take a 2-0 lead. Spinners Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Nasum Ahmed steal the show again and later Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das handle the formalities for the visitors. They don’t want to be satisfied with that and are aiming for a 3-0 win.

Bangladesh are expected to make some changes and give chances to players on the bench. On the other hand, West Indies can play this game with almost the same team.

Pitch Report

Because of the space at this venue, spinners can put the best pressure on batters and are the deadliest choice for taking wickets. On a challenging surface, both teams will find it difficult to chase around 225 in total.

Weather Report

Providence Stadium, Guyana, is forecast to be around 33°C with a humidity of 60% and wind speeds of 19-22 km/h.

Toss prediction

The toss plays a key role in the 3rd ODI 2022 between West Indies and Bangladesh. Based on our toss prediction, the team that wins the toss may decide to bat first according to the weather forecast and field conditions.

Predicted Playing XI

West Indies:

Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope (wk), Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, Alzarri Joseph

Bangladesh:

Tamim Iqbal (c), Litton Das/Anamul Haque, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nasum Ahmed/Tajiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman/Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam/Ebadot Hossain.

Tamim Iqbal has shown a lot of maturity with the racquet so far this series, hitting 83 runs in 2 matches with a best score of 50*. He is expected to continue his good form in this match.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz wreaks havoc on the West Indies batters with his spider web. In 2 games of this series he has sacked 7 wickets on an economy of 3.82 with best numbers of 4 for 29.

Nasum Ahmed is the most frugal bowler in this series so far. In 2 games he has scalped 3 wickets with an impressive economy of 1.94.

Shai Hope hasn’t had the best of the series so far, as he only hit 18 runs in 2 innings. He’s still a good buy for your fantasy teams given his experience and wicket-keeping skills.

Najmul Hossain Shanto shows pure class in the early stages of his career. He has yet to score half a century in ODIs. Overall, he added 150 runs in 10 games with the highest score of 37.