Jameson Anderson has come to terms with the committee's decision

The exclusion of James Anderson from his team for the West Indies tour was beyond his control. Together with the 35-year-old Stuart Board, the 39-year-old James.

He said he had reconciled and was focused on Lancashire, the county championships which kick off next month.

James said all he can do now is train and get ready for the county season and show what he's capable of, mentally and physically he can't wait to play in lancashire.

Head coach Chris Silverwood had to decide England's coaching structure and cricket director Ashley Giles and assistant coach Graham Thorpe all left their roles after Ashes' 4-0 draw.

Uncertainty about who will be in charge has left Anderson, who has scored 640 goals in 169 Tests, unclear about his international future.

Their opening home test series of 2022 will be against world champions New Zealand, starting June 2 at Lord's.

James said he had to talk, what he could. That is playing cricket and trying to work hard to get out of his abilities and will prepare his body by working out in the gym.

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Bangladesh was beaten by New Zealand in the first tournament in the Women's World Cup

New Zealand's win over Bangladesh in the Women's World Cup was their first. Having been beaten in the opener to the West Indies, and when the rain caused a delayed start at Dunedin left White Ferns frustrated.

But Cup debutants Bangladesh are limited to 27 over per position, and New Zealand are chasing targets in 20 over, then Bangladesh will face Pakistan on Monday, and New Zealand will meet 2017 runners up India Hamilton on Thursday.

New Zealand going forward will compete with India, South Africa, West Indies for the two-place semifinals. For most of the day, it looks like the White Fern will be disappointed on the world's southernmost international cricket ground.

And the match finally started at 15:00 local time and Bangladesh made an encouraging start by pressing south africa .

Over 9 over Shamina Sultana and Fargana Hoque added 59. From off Frankie MacKay's spin, Lea Tahuhu ran a side-foot limit. Bangladesh detained 3-25 from Army satterthwaite. And the chase is led by Captain Bates, playing dolo in an International match for the first time

Bates is the sixth player, to pass 1000 rounds at the Women's World Cup as she shares Kerr's record of 108.

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New Zealand vs West Indies
New Zealand defeated in opening match

The hosts were disappointed by the loss in the opening match of the Women's World Cup in Tauraga

Matthews is stunning with a good shot, making West Indies 259-9 after being asked to hit in ideal conditions at the attractive Bay Oval

And New Zealand are rarely on top of the chase as Matthews claimed 2-41 with an off spin.

After Devine was caught brilliantly and sent in for a 108th by Chinelle Henry, goalkeeper Katey Martin was allowed to set her tail.

Martin's strike brought the equation down to six from the final over, only for Deandra Dottin to pick up the ball for the first time and trap Martin lbw for 44 with a yorker pinpoint.

Dottin then caught Jess Kerr in midway and when Fran Jonas ran out of the next ball, the West Indies won by three rounds.

It was a thrilling curtain-raiser for a tournament delayed by a year by the Covid-19 pandemic, whetting appetite for the 30 games remaining until the final in Christchurch on April 3.

Magic Matthews and Dottin inspire West Indies
Matthews and Dottin were the stars of victory at the 2016 T20 World Cup, but West Indies have been in the shadows of that team ever since – they won just two games at the last 50-over World Cup in 2017.

However, with legendary bowler Courtney Walsh quickly in charge, it was a resurgent display, fueled by Matthews' glorious half.

Together with opening partner Dottin, Matthews immediately hit New Zealand bowling with sweet timing and classic stroke play.

He hit 16 fours and six, receiving support from captain Stafanie Taylor, who made 30, Shemain Campbelle 20 and 36 by Chedean Nation.

West Indies were hampered on the pitch by five dropped catches - two of which saw Devine suspend, who could also have been out - and they looked to have squandered their chance in the face of Martin's late strike.

But Dottin, a great death bowler hampered by a shoulder injury in recent years, dramatically demanded the ball and made a game-winning impact.

Martin was pinned down by a burning swinger, Kerr failed to fall for 25 and 17-year-old Jonas was sent off without a face after being sent back to the non-striker end.

It is a very disappointing result for New Zealand, who are likely to compete with South Africa and India for the two semifinal spots.

But they can take the heart from England in the last World Cup. The hosts suffered a shock loss to India in their first game, only to later be crowned champions.


Azhar Ali: Worcestershire sign Pakistan batter to replace Matthew Wade

Worcestershire have brought in Pakistan batter Azhar Ali as a replacement for the unavailable Matthew Wade for the 2022 County Championship season.

Former Somerset right-hander Azhar, 36, has hit 18 centuries in 91 Test matches for his country, averaging 42.53.

He will replace Australia batter Wade, who had agreed to join the Pears but has instead been picked up by Indian Premier League side Gujarat Titans.

Azhar should be available for all 14 of the Pears' Division Two games in 2022.

"It is a fantastic signing and [head coach] Alex Gidman is delighted," said Worcestershire cricket steering group chairman Paul Pridgeon.

"His record in Test cricket is outstanding, and he offers great experience and is of high quality."

Former Pakistan skipper Azhar played 19 County Championship games over three years for Somerset, scoring a century on his debut against Worcestershire at Taunton in 2018.

He could make his debut in the Pears' opener away to Leicestershire at the Uptonsteel County Ground on 7 April.

"It is excellent that we've got someone available to play County Championship cricket all summer. It gives us that stability," said Pridgeon.

"The fact Azhar has played county cricket already so knows all about English conditions is another plus factor."

India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Another easy outing

More than this West Indies team, India would be concerned about Deepak Chahar’s injury, as the swing bowler looked to be in serious pain, after trying to stop a ferocious Kieron Pollard pull off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling. Chahar left the field immediately. The injury didn’t look good.

As for the West Indies’ resistance, it was basically down to Nicholas Pooran’s half-century that gave their total a fighting feel. On a very good Eden Gardens pitch, a victory target of 158 wasn’t going to bother the hosts much. Rohit Sharma made a crunching start, which offset Ishan Kishan’s struggles at the other end. Thanks to the skipper, India raced to 58 for no loss at the end of the Powerplay and after that it was about carrying on with the momentum. The hosts duly sealed a six-wicket victory in the penultimate victory.

At his happy hunting ground, Rohit was bossing the Caribbean bowling. A couple of fours and as many sixes in an Odean Smith over oozed languid elegance. But after scoring 40 off 19 balls when he became Roston Chase’s maiden T20I victim, India’s progress became a little laboured. Virat Kohli was serenaded by ‘Kohli, Kohli’ chants by a handful of fans, as he walked out to bat. He responded to it by dancing down the track and playing a gorgeous lofted drive off Akeal Hosein. Another attempt to clear the long-off boundary off Fabien Allen, however, wasn’t fruitful and once again the former captain got out cheaply after making a promising start.

His departure on the back of Kishan’s dismissal brought the tourists back into the game a bit. Rishabh Pant, too, got out soon and at 114/4 in the 15th over, the hosts had a bit of concern. From the West Indies’ perspective, Suryakumar Yadav’s wicket became important at that stage. But the latter was waltzing through his knock, offering an assortment of conventional shots and innovations. His 34 not out off 18 balls slammed the door shut on the visitors. Venkatesh Iyer at No. 6 gave him good company, scoring 24 not out off 13 balls. An unbroken 48-run fifth-wicket partnership took India home with seven balls to spare.

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