Pat Cummins and Nat Sciver-Brunt Named Leading Cricketers in the World by Wisden

Pat Cummins and Nat Sciver-Brunt Named Leading Cricketers in the World by Wisden

Pat Cummins and Nat Sciver-Brunt have been crowned the Leading Cricketers in the World for 2024 by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Cummins, Australia’s captain and fast-bowling spearhead, led his team to victories in the ICC World Test Championship and the 50-over World Cup. He also oversaw Australia’s successful defense of the Ashes against England. Sciver-Brunt, meanwhile, has been recognized as the pre-eminent women’s cricketer, particularly for her starring role in the Women’s Ashes, where she produced back-to-back ODI centuries.

The thrilling nature of both the Men’s and Women’s Ashes is reflected in the Anglo-Aussie flavor of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year. Three Australians are named among the Five, including Ashleigh Gardner, Usman Khawaja, and Mitchell Starc. England’s Harry Brook and Mark Wood also make the list.

Travis Head has been awarded the Wisden Trophy for the year’s best Test performance for his match-winning innings of 163 in the World Test Championship final. Hayley Matthews becomes the first female to be named the Leading Twenty20 Cricketer.

Wisden’s editor, Lawrence Booth, highlights the compelling nature of the Ashes battle and the impact of England’s ultra-attacking “Bazball” approach. He also appeals for a reappraisal of the Spirit of Cricket and criticizes the game’s administrators for undermining the competitive nature of international cricket with an inequitable split of ICC revenues.

England Clinch T20I Series Win Over New Zealand with Clinical Performance

England Clinch T20I Series Win Over New Zealand with Clinical Performance

England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt and Sophie Ecclestone orchestrated a dominant bowling performance to secure a comprehensive five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the final T20I of the series. The triumph sealed a 4-1 series win for England.

Sciver-Brunt’s early breakthroughs left New Zealand reeling at 23 for 3. She dismissed openers Suzie Bates and Maddy Green before trapping Amelia Kerr lbw. Ecclestone then took over, claiming the wickets of Katey Martin and Hannah Rowe to reduce the hosts to 69 for 5.

However, 19-year-old Izzy Gaze played a defiant innings, scoring an unbeaten 51 to rescue New Zealand. She shared a crucial 56-run partnership with Brooke Halliday for the sixth wicket.

In reply, England lost early wickets but Sciver-Brunt and Heather Knight steadied the ship with a 57-run stand. Sciver-Brunt fell for 31, but Knight remained unbeaten on 35 to guide England to victory.

Ecclestone finished with figures of 3 for 30, while Sciver-Brunt claimed 2 for 24. Gaze’s half-century was in vain as England secured a comfortable win.

The two teams will now face off in a three-match ODI series, starting in Wellington on Monday.

Mumbai Indians Post Competitive Total Despite Early Jitters in WPL Match

Mumbai Indians Post Competitive Total Despite Early Jitters in WPL Match

Mumbai Indians (MI) overcame early setbacks to post a competitive 160/6 against UP Warriorz in a Women’s Premier League match in New Delhi on March 7.

After losing both openers cheaply, Nat Sciver-Brunt (45 off 31) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (33 off 30) steadied the MI innings with a 59-run partnership. However, the innings gained momentum thanks to Amelia Kerr (39 not out off 23 balls) and Sajeevan Sajana (22 not out off 14 balls), who added 43 runs in the final 4.2 overs.

MI’s innings began with a shaky start as Yastika Bhatia and Hayley Mathews were dismissed within the first four overs by Chamari Athapaththu. Sciver-Brunt played aggressively, hitting eight boundaries, while Harmanpreet played a more cautious role.

Sciver-Brunt’s innings was cut short by Rajeshwari Gayakwad, who deceived her with a quicker delivery. Harmanpreet then took the initiative, hitting a boundary and a maximum off Gayakwad.

UP skipper Alyssa Healy made a crucial bowling change, bringing in Saima Thakor in the 15th over. Thakor dismissed Harmanpreet with her first delivery, and Amanjot Kaur was caught soon after.

However, Kerr and Sajana played some impressive shots towards the end, including a six by Kerr off Deepti Sharma. Their partnership helped MI reach a respectable total.

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