Hello, cricket fiends. The game of the bat and the ball has been everywhere of late. The New Zealand men’s team had a frolic against Bangladesh earlier today in a 20-over match. The England men’s team will tackle India across 50 overs in a match starting two hours after this one. But here, we’ve got the Australian women being hosted by New Zealand in the first of three T20 Internationals, followed by three One-Day Internationals.
This time of year was roughly when the 50-over Women’s World Cup was due to be held in New Zealand, but it got postponed. The Australian team hasn’t played since hosting the Kiwis last September and early October, although the players have been busy domestically. Everyone in this squad missed the last few rounds of the domestic 50-over comp, the Women’s National Cricket League, and in the absence of some star players from both sides, Queensland won the Ruth Preddy Cup for the first time over the weekend, beating Victoria.
As for New Zealand, they had a home series across both white-ball formats against England, and got thumped resoundingly. They’re a team at a dead end at the moment, unable to generate much on-field energy in the last few years, especially once they reach global tournaments. Given they’ll be hosting the big one less than a year from now, they need to break out of that lethargy.