Cricket news 2020: Graham Thorpe stumping, Ian Healy sledge, 1993 Ashes


England cricket great Graham Thorpe has revealed the brutal sledge from former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy which thwarted him during the 1993 Ashes series.

During the fifth Test at Edgbaston, England was reeling on day four at 8-229, with Aussie tweakers Shane Warne and Tim May rattling the depleted batting attack.

As the only batsman to pass fifty in the second innings, Thorpe was showing some resistance until Healy started to chirp from behind the stumps.

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In the end, Healy’s cheeky sledge proved a masterstroke.



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WBBL 2020: Alyssa Healy innings, Sixers vs Stars, result, record score, Big Bash news, WBBL finals


Sixers star Alyssa Healy has gone completely nuts in the WBBL in a record-breaking pyrotechnic display.

Needing a miracle to pull the Sixers into the WBBL Finals when she walked to the crease to chase the Melbourne Stars’ innings of 178 from 19 overs, Healy went to work in spectacular fashion.

The 30-year-old smashed the fourth-fastest century in the history of the WBBL, reaching her hundred from just 48 balls at North Sydney Oval.

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Alyssa Healy century not enough to help Sydney Sixers into WBBL finals


Healy said her side had been “found out a few times” during the course of the season but would learn from their mistakes next year. The Sixers started off the season strongly, but were unable to rebuild quick enough in the face of five-straight losses.

“I think it just shows how consistent you need to be in this WBBL to be at the top of the table,” Healy said. “The teams are so well-matched, there is no easy games out there. It’s getting harder and harder every year -if you’re not consistent, you’re not going to be at the top of that leaderboard.”

Healy’s performance ensured the Sixers went out with a bang – with the 30-year-old claiming a century of 48 balls. Credit:Getty

Healy’s performance ensured the Sixers went out with a bang. Healy’s husband, Test quick Mitchell Starc, clapped on the sidelines as Healy posted the third fastest ton in WBBL history and the tenth fastest in any women’s T20 match.

Dismissed for 111 off 52 balls, Healy was also frustratingly close to the highest ever score in WBBL history, set by teammate Ash Gardner who reached 114 in 2017. The century was Healy’s fourth in the WBBL – with no other player in the tournament having more than two.

Despite the relatively underwhelming performance, Perry managed to claim a record of her own, becoming the second batter in WBBL history to score 3,000 runs. Beth Mooney became the first batter to pass the milestone on Saturday.

In yet another blow for the Sixers on Sunday, Cricket Australia announced mid-game they would be handing the team a $25,000 fine following an “administrative error” during Saturday’s clash against the Melbourne Renegades.

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Fast bowler Hayley Silver-Holmes had recently recovered from a foot injury and was set to make her return during the must-win game – but the comeback had not yet been formally approved by Big Bash officials.



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Alyssa Healy innings, Sixers vs Stars, result, record score, Big Bash news


Sixers star Alyssa Healy has gone completely nuts in the WBBL in a record-breaking pyrotechnic display.

Needing a miracle to pull the Sixers into the WBBL Finals when she walked to the crease to chase the Melbourne Star’s innings of 178 from 19 overs, Healy went to work in spectacular fashion.

The 30-year-old smashed the fourth fastest century in the history of the WBBL, reaching her hundred from just 48 balls at North Sydney Oval.

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She was eventually dismissed via a run out for 111 from 52 balls, including 15 fours and 5 sixes.

She was just three runs short of the all-time highest score of 114 runs.

Healy know has four of the five highest score in the WBBL, according to cricinfo.

Healy and Ellyse Perry guided the Sixers to 0/150 in the 15th over before Perry’s dismissal resulted in a top order collapse at the pointy end of the run chase.

They lost 4/6 in 10 deliveries.

Despite cruising with Healy’s pyrotechnics, the Sixers went into the final over still needing seven runs to win with five wickets in hand.

They finally pulled off the win with two balls to spare.

It wasn’t enough for the Sixers to jump the Scorchers into fourth spot.

The Stars will now play the Perth in the first week of the finals with the Heat facing the Thunder in the other game.

Despite the result of missing out on a spot in the finals series, the Sixers disappointment was overshadowed by Healy’s heroics.

NSW Sheffield Shield great Trent Copeland wrote on Twitter: “Alyssa Healy!!!!! 100 off 48 balls. Unreal”.



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Cameron Green selection, Ian Healy ‘filthy’ Australia vs India, team news, squads


Australian cricket legend Ian Healy has questioned selectors over some of their decisions after one-day international and T20 squads were announced ahead of white-ball series against India Down Under.

Boom all-rounder Cameron Green, 21, was named in his first national squad while veteran New South Welshman Moises Henriques was also recalled after a lengthy absence.

There was no room for Queensland all-rounder Michael Neser, who started the Sheffield Shield season with a century and five-wicket haul, while Blues quick Sean Abbott was given a go.

Speaking on SEN’s Pat and Heals, former Aussie wicketkeeper Healy — a proud Queenslander — said he was “filthy” only one player from his home state (Marnus Labuschagne) was rewarded, questioning why so many New South Welshmen were picked.

“Daniel Sams, Moises Henriques, where has he come from?” Healy said. “They butchered his (Henriques’) selection seven years ago, he was going pretty well on an Indian tour, and then all of a sudden he was out of the team.

“For some reason he’s back, and you don’t put Moises in the side to not play him, so he’s going to be an important part with the leadership in the squad. I like him, he’s a good man, but he must be wondering, ‘How did they pick me?’

“Sean Abbott has a knack of getting wickets and handy runs, but does some silly things with the bat.

“Seriously, Michael Neser, where is he?”

Healy doesn’t like the selection of wunderkind Green, who is fresh off a sparkling 197 for Western Australia against NSW in the Shield, dominating an attack featuring international bowlers Abbot, Trent Copeland and Nathan Lyon.

Healy thinks the national selectors should bide their time with Green and let him develop fully in first-class cricket before unleashing him in the green and gold.

“Cameron Green gets a run right, he won’t play, he’ll just be in there to get acclimatised to how the squad goes about it,” Healy said.

“They’ll manage him through this and get him into the squad set-up, hopefully they don’t rush him.

“I don’t want him rushed, he’s come good in the top order with the bat and he’s capable with the ball, but he’s got a lot of work to do.

“In about three years’ time he might be able to start to play for Australia, don’t rush him in my view.”

AUSTRALIA ODI/T20 SQUAD: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

INDIA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA 2020-21

First ODI – November 27, SCG

Second ODI – November 29, SCG

Third ODI – December 2, Manuka Oval

First T20 – December 4, Manuka Oval

Second T20 – December 6, SCG

Third T20 – December 8, SCG

First Test – December 17-21, Adelaide Oval

Second Test – December 26-30, MCG

Third Test – January 7-11, SCG

Fourth Test – January 15-19, Gabba



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Aussie star Alyssa Healy has to get through the WBBL bubble before she can see husband Mitch Starc again


Alyssa Healy says she is “too scared” to look at a summer schedule which remains in a state of flux knowing it could mean she doesn’t see her husband, Australian fast bowler Mitch Starc, until nesxt year.

Healy will move in to the WBBL “village” in Sydney on Thursday to play a packed five week schedule of games for the Sydney Sixers which begins on Sunday and will finish when the Australian men’s team is in the middle of a white-ball series against India.

That means Starc will be in another biosecurity bubble, which could also be in Sydney with Cricket Australia yet to secure clearance to play the games in Queensland as they hoped.

The Test series follows, meaning another bubble which would extend until the middle of January, and Australia’s best players could even be separated form their families at Christmas.

In a bid to ensure mental wellbeing is looked after, players and staff will be allowed a “support person”, be it a partner family member, to stay in the WBBL bubble under strict guidelines.

But Starc is about to head to Adelaide to join NSW’s Sheffield Shield team which means Healy might not get to benefit from that measure.

“I’m too scared to look at the schedule. I don’t know even know what he has on,” Healy said on Tuesday.

“For me I’m going to get stuck in to the WBBL and if I get the chance to see him after that, I’ll jump at it. At this stage I am really focused on the next five weeks.

“That’s the nature of 2020 and what it’s thrown at us and I know Crickett Australia and the ACA have done a lot of work in making sure that player welfare is at the forefront.

“If players need their partners around or if payers need to taker time out of their hubs, this goes for the male and female teams, they’ll grant them that.”

Healy’s Sixers teammate Ellyse Perry is expected to play in Sunday’s opening clash with the Thunder, having overcome the hamstring issue which has sidelined her since the T20 World Cup in March.

Inside the WBBL “village” players will be able to mingle and areas have been set aside to ensure there is some escape from a gruelling schedule which includes 13 games in 28 days, with many on back-to-back days.

“It’s going to be a tough five or six weeks mentally, especially for the Sydney sides, we are at home but not at home … watching Sydney go about their normal lives,” Healy said.

“It could be challenging but at the same time we get an opportunity to play a full season.

“I am pretty sure after being on a few Zoom calls they have literally thought of everything and we are goingt o be extremely well looked after for the five weeks we are in there.

“It’s the nature of 2020 and how we are going to play our cricket for the foreseeable future



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Cricket: Australia’s women’s team will start the home summer this weekend and Alyssa Healy has some new tricks to unveil


Australian opener Alyssa Healy wants unveil a new bag of tricks as the World Champions finally get to strut their stuff again six months after their epic MCG win.

The Aussies will take on New Zealand in six white-ball games, all in Brisbane, starting on Saturday, the first international cricket in Australia since the COVID-19 shutdown.

It also comes amid angst-riddled ongoing talks between Cricket Australia and Channel 7 after the broadcaster threatened to walk away from a deal which has four years to run.

Healy refused to get involved in that stoush and with all tickets for the three T20 games at Allan Border field, which will have a reduced capacity with spectators following strict protocols, sold out the impact of the World Cup win in March lives on.

“And I don’t think any of my family even bought those tickets, usually there’s 50-odd Healys on the hill,” Healy said on Tuesday.

“It would have been amazing to have another series right after the World Cup but … it‘s almost like we’re kicking off right where we left off.”

Superstar all-rounder Ellyse Perry could make her return from a serious hamstring injury which required surgery, left a “whopping scar” according to Healy, and forced her to miss the World Cup triumph over India.

“It was a surprise to most of us that she was here (in Brisbane) knowing the severity of the injury and seeing the whopping scar she‘s got on her hamstring,” Healy said

The last remaining members of the Australian squad flew to Brisbane this week, where the Kiwis had to serve 14 days quarantine on arrival.

Healy, player of the match in the World CUp final, blasting 75 from 39 balls in front of 86,174 fans at MCG, has used the time between games to up skill in a bid to take her batting to another level.

“I did sit down after celebrating for a month with my batting coach and discussed a few things to work on,” she said.

“So you might see some new, different things in this series.

“I don‘t want to give away too many secrets to the Kiwis, but I’ve been preparing for a few things in particular … so stay tuned.

“The ultimate goal in cricket is to be able to play 360 (degrees) and there‘s some areas I’m not quite hitting.

“So I‘ve been trying a few things to see if I can get the ball there, so you will have to see if they come out.”

Healy knows she may not see husband Mitch Starc much this summer, potentially even at Christmas, as the nature of both playing out of bubbles becomes real.

“But cricket comes first. As long as I can see him on the TV doing his stuff, that’s OK,” she said.



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Healy hoping to become a ‘360-degree’ master


“I have driven all the bowlers a little aggro over the last two weeks trying a few things. We will have to wait and see if they come out in a game … the ultimate goal in cricket is to be able to play 360 [degrees],” Healy said on Tuesday.

“For me, there are some areas I am not quite hitting. I have been trying a few things to see if I can get the ball there. You will have to wait and see if they come out in this series. If not, they will definitely come out in the WBBL.”

In 112 Twenty20 internationals, the wicketkeeper-batter averages 25.43 (one century) at a phenomenal strike rate of 132.05, while in 73 one-day internationals, she averages 32.11 (three centuries) at more than a run a ball. She is ranked the No.2 ODI batter in the world by the ICC and No.5 in Twenty20 cricket.

“I, obviously, made some technical changes a few years ago and they paid off beautifully but you never want to be standing still as a cricketer,” Healy said.

This Australian side has claimed several titles, but none bigger in the public psyche than their famous win over India at the MCG. It was a moment Cricket Australia had hoped would forge a lasting legacy but that was soon tempered by the pandemic. But with the new season approaching, the Australians hope to regain the momentum they had generated.

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“It would have been amazing to have another series straight after the World Cup to see what we could do and what we could build again for cricket in this country but I guess there is no greater test for us in a series than with New Zealand, in particular at the moment, so it’s going to be a great series to watch and a great series to be part of,” Healy said.

“Everyone here is doing exactly the right thing to make sure this series goes ahead and we do everything we can to show everyone we can play cricket here in this country safely and look after ourselves and the greater society as well.”

Seven West Media and Foxtel, are seeking a cut in their rights fees, but Healy didn’t want to buy into the debate.

She again made it clear she was disappointed there were unlikely to be any Indian players in the Women’s Big Bash League this summer because of the Board of Control for India’s decision to schedule its own women’s Twenty20 tournament at the same time in the United Arab Emirates.

All-rounder Ellyse Perry has a “whopping great scar” having had hamstring surgery but is eying a return to action, having hurt herself during the Word Cup and missed the final.

Squads: Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa.

New Zealand squad: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Natalie Dodd, Deanna Doughty, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jenson, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin.

Series:
September 26: First T20
September 27: Second T20
September 30: Third T20
October 3: First ODI
October 5: Second ODI
October 7: Third ODI
* All matches to be held at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field

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Una Healy admits she was at ‘rock bottom’ after Ben Foden cheated on her during marriage


Una Healy has opened up about her divorce from ex-husband Ben Foden, revealing that their messy split left her at rock bottom.

The Saturdays star, 38, has made it her mission to no longer be “sad about her past”, but has revealed that her bitter break-up with Ben, 35, left her feeling “lonely”, reports Daily Mail.

And it seems as though lockdown has only heightened that sense of loneliness as Una spent her days at home with the pair’s kids Aoife, eight, and five-year-old son Tadhg.

The couple split in 2018 after six years of marriage after Ben was unfaithful to her.

Una revealed she hit rock bottom after messy divorce from Ben Foden

The reports of his cheating were too much for their relationship, however, and just one week after the story broke, Una announced she’d split from Ben – days before the family were due to move to the US for his career.

Speaking on the Sippin’ The Tea podcast – which premiers on Tuesday at 5pm – Una revealed what life after Ben is like during a candid chat with hosts Ariane Andrew and Matthew Dillon.

Opening up about lockdown life, Una confessed: “I was quite lonely over there [in England] with my two kids. Just not having adult company. It was just the three of us.

“I’m delighted to be back here in my home. I couldn’t think of anywhere better to be right now.”

The couple split in 2018 after six years of marriage after Ben was unfaithful to her

As the conversation shifted onto her past, Una admitted that she’s had enough experiences to write about when it comes to new music.

Speaking of her ill-fated marriage to Ben, the single mum said: “The great thing about life experience, I’ve got so much to write about.

“But I wanna be a bit more positive and excited about my future, rather than being sad about my past.

“You have to go right down to come right back up. And there’s only one way you can go when you’re at right rock bottom and that’s up.”

Una and Ben share two kids together – Aoife Belle and Tadhg John

She added: “And I was at rock bottom for a while, and I’ve come up. I’m on the way up now.

“It’s time. It’s hard and it’s horrible, but it just takes a bit of time really – that’s what I’d say to anyone.

“I have two children from the relationship, which is the positive which came out of that relationship.”

Since the pair’s divorce, Una went on to find love with Irish hurler David Breen, going  Instagram  official with him in Christmas 2018, but the pair split in March this year after realising they want different things.

Ben with his wife Jackie, who he married after just two weeks of dating

Meanwhile Ben left the world stunned after he married New Yorker Jackie Belanoff after meeting on Tinder.

He moved on quickly after their divorce as he wed Jackie just two weeks after they started dating.

Jackie recently gave birth to their first child together, making Ben a father of three.

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Mitchell Starc and Alyssa Healy out of bubble, Greg Chappell banned in fundraiser


Cricket’s power couple will emerge from their bio-security bubble and into the cold of night to help the homeless, but Greg Chappell has been sent back to the place where millions used to watch him — the home couch.

The closing of the Queensland border has stopped Chappell from travelling to Sydney to attend his own foundation’s annual sports stars sleep out at the SCG this Monday, which raises money for youth homelessness.

Australian cricket stars Alyssa Healy and Mitchell Starc have been given the green light to attend despite the fact they’re both currently training under strict bio-security measures.

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Starc is set to leave for England on an Australian white ball tour on around the 21st of August, but for now is still allowed to operate as a normal private citizen outside of the measures put in place by Cricket NSW around training.

Healy and Starc have been told to take care observing social distancing while mixing with former athletes like Benny Elias, Stuart MacGill, Louise Sauvage and Andrew Mehrtens in the chilly air under the stars at the SCG, however, the Foundation has put restrictions on how many people are attending.

“It’s an interesting one. We’ve got restrictions here on our training here at Cricket NSW, and while they’re in place, it’s not necessarily stopping us from getting out and about,” Healy told The Saturday Telegraph.

“The Chappell Foundation have done a lot of work in making sure that the event is really safe, especially for a lot of the athletes that are going to be attending.

“Making sure they can go back into the environments and keep training.

“Honestly I think people are going to be sensible enough to make sure they’re doing everything right. Ultimately we don’t want to jeopardise the training programs we’re part of.

“It’s a really nice night to share together and obviously raise some funds and awareness about youth homelessness in Australia which I think is something not many people are aware of.”

The fact Test legend Chappell has been forced to call in via video link from the couch in Brisbane is seen as symbolic given youth homelessness often starts with couch hopping.

Donations can be made to the Sleep out at sportsstarssleepout.com.

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Queensland might be putting down the shutters to Sydney, but one truck has managed to make it across the border smuggling some secret cargo.

Soil from the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground wicket has been transported to Brisbane in a bid to try and boost the adaptability of Australian cricketers to different conditions and address the dearth in spin options around the country after Nathan Lyon.

The National Cricket Centre in Brisbane has expanded to a second location in Kalinga where Cricket Australia staff have carefully prepared wickets which replicate conditions at the SCG and Adelaide Oval.

The chance to bowl on a little slice of Sydney’s turning deck on a regular basis is a major boost for spinners like Aussie prospect Mitchell Swepson, who have increasingly been sidelined by flat drop-in pitches around the country.

Cricket Australia’s drastic cost-cutting measures sparked fears that the country’s high performance centre could turn into a white elephant, but the new replica wickets signal a commitment to still make the NCC a centrepiece for national teams and aspiring stars to fly into to train.

Test opener Joe Burns is relishing the opportunity to be exposed to Sydney and Adelaide batting conditions in his own backyard in Brisbane.

“We’re really lucky in Brisbane to have world class facilities with the NCC and basically be leading world cricket in training facilities and then it just goes a step further now that we’ve got this second training precinct to go to and we’ve got wickets from around the country,” said Burns.

“Not only for guys in Brisbane to train but for Australian players and state players around the country. They can come up to Brisbane and they can get ready for cricket all around Australia from one central training hub.

“It’s going to keep promoting guys as to how to adapt their games to different conditions and for guys learning first class cricket, to understand that conditions change throughout the country. I think that can only be a good thing for when we actually go overseas as well.”

Not only has soil been trucked in from Sydney and Adelaide, but intelligence on the specific curating techniques used at those venues has also been passed on to ground staff in Brisbane.

They complement the subcontinental replica wickets the NCC already has.

Queensland spinner Swepson has been on the cusp of Australian Test selection for several years, and the arrival of the new wickets are timely as he looks to cement his position as Nathan Lyon’s understudy.

“A chance to actually train in those conditions will only lead him in good stead for when we do go to Sydney to play those games for Queensland and Australian matches as well,” said Burns.

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Cricket Australia high performance boss Drew Ginn said his predecessor Pat Howard as well as former national selector Greg Chappell had played a key role in making the bold plan a reality, along with current executives Belinda Clark and Scott Lardner.

“We‘re excited to be under way with this project, which has been years in the making,“ Ginn said.

“Importing different soil types from around the states will provide players at the NCC with the opportunity to train in conditions similar to those they would experience at major grounds around Australia.


“The new wicket square will give players invaluable exposure to different pitch types and allow them to improve their skills while at the NCC.”



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