Australia women secure T20I series – Cricket News Round-up – March 21, 2012 – Part 3
After winning the first two T20Is of the 5-match series against the India Women, the Australia Women team secured the T20I series with a third consecutive win, by 63 runs.
Aided by a spectacular 90 off 61 balls by Alyssa Healy, the tourists powered their way to a total of 151. Meg Lanning was the second half of the winning opening stand, contributing 42 runs, as the Indian bowling attack watched on helplessly, with Archana
Das being the only bowler who managed to take a wicket.
The Australia women remain unbeaten in their tour of India so far, having swept the ODI series 3-0. If they can manage to continue their winning streak in the two remaining T20s of the tour, they will round off a completely one-sided, but successful overseas
tour. The 4th T20 is scheduled to be played on March 22, in Visakhapatnam.
Daniel Vettori claimed that the third and final Test against South Africa would define the Kiwis season.
After successfully beating Australia in Hobart during the last Test of the Trans-Tasman Trophy last year, the Black Caps defeated Zimbabwe in every series during the tour, but their winning streak was brought to an abrupt end during the ongoing series against
the South Africans. After losing the T20 series 1-2, they went on to suffer a humiliating 0-3 defeat in the ODIs.
While the Test series win is out of the host team’s hands (with the first match drawn due to rain, and the second resulting in a drubbing by the visitors), the third Test offers them the opportunity to compensate for their losses, and end on a respectable
note. New Zealand will take on South Africa for the final Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, on March 23.
Pakistan’s young out-of-favour pacer, Mohammad Amir, will be taking part in an anti-corruption campaign launched by the PCB, in addition to undergoing rehabilitation with three other unnamed players.
Following his release from the Portland Young Offenders Institution in Dorset last month, Pakistan’s out-of-favour pacer Mohammad Amir will be participating in an anti-corruption campaign launched by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
In addition, the PCB will be enrolling the 19-year-old in a rehab programme, along with three other players. Following his conviction in relation to the spot-fixing scandal with teammates Mohammad Asif and then captain Salman Butt, the young pacer’s shining
career was brought to an abrupt halt. The PCB expressed the desire the rehabilitate the player while he serves the 5-year term of his cricket ban by an ICC tribunal, and various players, including India’s Rahul Dravid, have expressed hope that Amir will make
it back to the squad after his ban comes to an end.