Australia A returns, no expansion for WNCL in 21-22
Australian prospects will have a chance to make their case for selection with Australia’s return to women’s matches this summer, but players in the state hoping for an expansion of the 50-year-old national tournament will have to wait.
Cricket Australia has confirmed the National Women’s Cricket League’s 29-match schedule for 2021-2022, with each team again scheduled to play eight matches before the top two ranked teams meet in the final.
FULL SCHEDULE OF THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S CRICKET LEAGUE
And as cricket.com.au reported in February, England A will accompany the England senior team to Australia early next year for a Series A which will take place alongside the multi-format Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes. . This will be the first time the Women’s A team have played since a 2019 series against India, with 2020 tour plans canceled due to COVID19.
This schedule includes three T20Is, all to play at the Phillip Oval in Canberra from January 26-30, and three 50’s games in Sydney (February 5) and the Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide (February 8 and 10).
It follows a similar series staged in England in 2019, which saw Australia A travel to the UK alongside Australian team Ashes.
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The WNCL season is scheduled to begin on September 23 with the first round being played in Adelaide and Sydney, while the remaining matches will be played in three separate blocks in December, January and February before the final on March 6.
It is a continuation of the status quo, despite lobbying by players and state coaches to return the WNCL to a full season round trip, which has not been the case since the competition was introduced. State T20 ten years ago.
Currently, the women’s and men’s one-day state competitions are structured in the same way where each team plays at least once against the other, with the WNCL offering more games because they have an additional team, the ACTs. Meteors.
However, in the absence of multi-day women’s cricket, the country’s national players – who achieved semi-professional status in the last salary deal in 2017 – train from June to April for a maximum of nine matches for their state by season.
Cricket Australia chief operating officer Peter Roach told cricket.com.au that a WNCL expansion remains on CA’s radar, but this season was about balancing the domestic schedule with the most international season. charged for the Australian women’s team in recent memory.
“It would have been a strange year to start (an expansion) when we have so much international cricket and the challenge is to try to allow our international players to play as much as possible,” Roach said.
“As we continue to increase the depth of the competition, at the moment there is a good difference when international players play and when they don’t, so we try to make sure they play at least half matches like the bare minimum.
“It was a challenge this year with the schedule we have.
“It’s definitely on the radar for the future to make sure that our growing depth and talent play enough matches to prepare them for international cricket… whether that means 10 matches (in the future) or something different, these are things that we are looking at. “
As it stands, members of the Australian squad are expected to be available for four of the eight matches each state will play.
They will miss the first round due to the Commonwealth Bank series against India and the last round due to Ashes. Additionally, for the third season in a row, the internationals will also be unavailable for the final due to the ODI World Cup in New Zealand, which immediately follows the Ashes.
“(Playing in early September) was on the radar until the recent challenges of COVID in NSW in particular,” Roach said.
“But we have some good slots in December and January leading up to the Ashes series, which is a great build-up for that and both a preparation for current players and an opportunity for fringe players to push their name forward.
“They won’t be there for the last round and the final, which is disappointing but inevitable.”
While the Australian squad will not have any WNCL matches under their belt before facing India, Roach has confirmed plans for a national camp are underway which could include intra-squad warm-up matches.
India will face an Australian XI on September 17, two days before the first ODI on September 19.
Currently, no warm-up matches are scheduled in England or Australia before the unique Ashes Test which kicks off Jan.27 at Manuka Oval, but Roach has indicated that games will likely be added to the schedule. For England, these will likely be intra-squad matches staged during their quarantine period.
Roach has also responded to calls from national leaders Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes for multi-day cricket to be included in the national calendar to better prepare players for trial cricket. While the Australians have only played one test every two years for the past decade, they will have two this summer following India’s renewed interest in the format.
“It’s on the radar, but there are a number of ways to prepare players for international cricket,” he said.
“There is a discussion to be had about this if the test of cricket in women’s football grows and countries start to engage in it. At the moment there are a few, but if it becomes one. regular placement on the schedule, these will be discussions we have. “
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Women’s circuit matches
Sep 17: Australia XI v India, Hurstville Oval (50-plus)
January 26: Australia A v England A, Phillip Oval (T20)
28 january: Australia A v England A, Phillip Oval (T20)
January 30: Australia A v England A, Phillip Oval (T20)
February 5: Australia A v England A, Drummoyne Oval (50-over)
February 8: Australia A v England A, Karen Rolton Oval (50)
February 10: Australia A v England A, Karen Rolton Oval (50)
International Women’s Season 2021-22
Commonwealth Bank Women’s Series v India
September 19: Premier ODI, North Sydney Oval (D / N)
September 22: Second ODI, oval junction
Sep 24: Third ODI, oval junction
September 30 – October 3: Test match, WACA Ground (D / N)
October 7: Premier T20, North Sydney oval
October 9: Second T20, North Sydney Oval
October 11: Third T20, North Sydney Oval
Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes v England
January 27-30: Practice match, Oval Manuka
February 4: Premier T20, North Sydney oval
February 6: Second T20, North Sydney Oval
February 10: Third T20, Adelaide Oval
February 13: First ODI, Adelaide Oval
February 16: Second ODI, oval junction
February 19: Third ODI, oval junction