ICC announce new Test cricket championship and signal four day Test cricket trials to come

The International Cricket Council have announced today in Auckland that there will be a new Test championship from 2019 and a new ODI league from 2020.

ICC's chief executive Dave Richardson said the new competitions will create a new buzz and revenue to the longer formats of the game.

"Very pleased to announce that the ICC board meeting which has just concluded gave the green light to the establishment of a nine team Test league and a 13 team ODI league aiming to bringing more context and meaning to bilateral cricket," said Richardson.

"The leagues themselves will start in 2019 after the Cricket World Cup in England – that is the Test league and the ODI league in 2020.

"The reason why there is a slight delay in the ODI league is due to existing arrangements that are in place and contractual arrangements with broadcasters and sponsors of various countries."

Richardson also said four-day Test cricket would be explored on a trial basis.

The new Test cricket championship is set to start in 2019 with the ODI league set to start in 2020. Source: 1 NEWS


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'It's never easy to let go of something that I have really loved' - Suzie Bates steps down as White Ferns captain

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates is putting her team first, handing over the reins as captain to teammate Amy Satterthwaite as her side prepares for the women's World Twenty 20 in November.

The 31-year-old made the announcement in Lincoln this afternoon at a press conference at New Zealand Cricket's high performance centre.

Satterthwaite will take over as captain for the New Zealand women's T20 series against Australia on September 29 in Sydney.

Bates said it was tough telling her teammates before the press conference.

Suzie Bates, Captain of New Zealand bats during Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Source: Getty

"It was difficult telling the team before, it's never easy to let go of something that I have really loved," said Bates, who was in charge for six years.

"It has been a long stint and probably the last 12 months I have struggled with dealing with the captaincy and playing.

"And perhaps the performances as a group haven't gone as well as I would have liked."

Bates believes not having the responsibility as captain will help her focus more on her own game.

"Now that the decision has been made, it makes sense for my own game to be able to concentrate on that at the end of my career," she said.

"And put as much into performing as well as I can without the captaincy."

Bates has played 115 one day internationals and 101 T20 internationals, debuting for New Zealand in 2006.

She has also scored 7000 runs for New Zealand.

The veteran cricketer told media today, "I've struggled with the captaincy and playing". Source: 1 NEWS


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Suzie Bates steps down as White Ferns captain ahead of World Twenty20

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates has confirmed today that she will step down as captain as the women's national cricket side prepare for the World Twenty20 tournament in November.

Bates made the announcement in a press conference at New Zealand Cricket's high performance centre this afternoon in Lincoln.

The 31-year-old steps down after six years in charge of the White Ferns team, she will be replaced by Amy Satterthwaite as the New Zealand skipper.

Satterthwaite will take over as captain for the New Zealand women's T20 series against Australia on September 29 in Sydney.


Suzie Bates, Captain of New Zealand bats during Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Source: Getty


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England's James Anderson becomes most successful fast bowler in Test history as India crumble in final Test

James Anderson became the most successful fast-bowler in Test history by claiming the final wicket to clinch England's 118-run victory over India at the Oval today.

Anderson bowled Mohammed Shami for his 564th career wicket, surpassing the record of Glenn McGrath, as England wrapped up a 4-1 series victory.

Centuries from Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant threatened what looked like a simple victory, but England took five wickets after tea to end No. 1-ranked India's second innings on 345.

Adil Rashid removed both centurions, before Sam Curran struck twice to set the stage for Anderson, who also moved past McGrath as the fourth-highest wicket taker.

Despite Anderson's heroics, Alastair Cook led England off the field having scored a century in the second innings in his 161st and final Test match.


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White Fern wanting to test herself in men's cricket at odds with Auckland Cricket

It's the predicament of holding one player back to benefit the sport or prioritise individual player development.

That's the situation White Fern Katie Perkins finds herself in with Auckland Cricket.

As the thirty-year-old comes to the tail end of her career she's wanting to do whatever it takes to be the best and she feels there’s only one place she can do that.

"At this stage of my career I want to be the best I can be and the men’s game provides that for me."

The White Ferns batter has been playing in the women's club competition for 15 years and has been trying for many seasons to get full dispensation to compete in the men's grade.

But the transfer is easier said than done.

"Auckland Cricket, to their credit, didn't say blanket no but the constraints they put around it meant it was pretty much a nil opportunity."

Auckland Cricket chief executive Iain Laxon says when there is women premier cricket scheduled, Perkins has to play that competition but when there is no women's premier cricket on a given weekend she is able to play men’s cricket at whatever level.

The ruling works out to be about two weekends in the season.

The situation has put Auckland Cricket, one of the only regions with a women's competition and actively trying to develop the women’s game, in a difficult situation Laxon says.

"From an organisational point of view, how do we get competition as strong as it can be and having Katie as part of that is really crucial of how we build the strength in that competition."

Perkins admits she’s thought about changing regions to join some White Ferns teammates and play in men’s cricket as that is all that is available.

"I have thought about it, going through this process, but I guess I’m a loyal person."


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