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— 8 January 2021

The Yorkshire women’s fixtures for 2021 have been finalised, with a series of T20 double headers through late April and into May.

  • The Vitality T20 competition sees Yorkshire play in Group One North alongside Cumbria, Lancashire, North East Warriors and Scotland A.

    The White Rose, coached by former Essex leg-spinner Tom Craddock, have two home dates, both at Harrogate CC, while venues for away trips are still to be confirmed.

    They begin their campaign with an away date in Cumbria on Sunday April 25, playing Cumbria (10.30am) and Scotland A (1.30pm).

    Then it is the first of two successive home dates on Monday May 3 at Harrogate, facing North East Warriors at 10.30am and then Cumbria at 4.30pm.

    The following Sunday, May 9, it is Harrogate again to host Lancashire at 10.30am and North East Warriors at 4.30pm.

    The final round of fixtures comes across the Pennines on Sunday May 16 for clashes with Cumbria at 1.30pm and hosts Lancashire at 4.30pm.

    Whilst it is expected there will be no knockout cricket following the group stages, some further friendly fixtures are likely to be arranged and announced in due course leading into the Northern Diamonds schedule and also the women’s Hundred.

    The remaining tickets for this summer’s Emerald Headingley internationals will go on general sale at 10am this coming Tuesday.

    England face Pakistan in Headingley’s first ever T20 international Sunday July 18 (2.30pm). It is the second fixture of a three-match series.

    They then host India in the third of five Test Matches from Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 August (11am).

    Following incredibly popular priority windows and ballot, only limited tickets remain for both fixtures, with many buyers carrying over their tickets from the cancelled 2020 internationals.

    Only premium seats and hospitality remains for the Pakistan IT20, whilst there is very limited availability on each of the four days of the India Test.

    To purchase, visit the ticket page on our website.

    Joe Root is hoping his best is yet to come as a batsman and captain as England begin a mouthwatering year of Test cricket in Sri Lanka this month.

  • The Yorkshire batsman has travelled to the sub-continent for a two-Test series, starting next Thursday.

    They then travel immediately to India for four Tests before returning home for a summer series with the same opponents before an Ashes series in Australia at the end of the year.

    Sandwiched in between could be a World Test Championship final at Lord’s if things go swimmingly.

    Root, who turned 30 on December 30, is likely to play his 100th career Test in the first of four against India next month.

    His last of his 17 Test centuries came in New Zealand in November 2019, and he would dearly love number 18 to come immediately.

    “I certainly hope so,” said Root, when asked recently if he feels like his best form is ahead of him.

    “I’ve been working as hard as ever to make that be the case.

    “As a player, you’re always trying to evolve and improve. One thing you’re always going to gain is experience and further knowledge of the game itself and your own individual game, how you manage situations.

    “I’ve just got to try to pull all of that together and give myself the best chance to go on and make scores.

    “I’m very excited about what we’ve got coming up. It’s a really exciting schedule with some good hard cricket involved in it, and some great opportunities throughout.

    “It was quite a frustrating summer where I didn’t quite get going, but I feel my game is in a really good place and that something big is around the corner.

    “The next couple of series will be a really good gauge of where we are as a team. And, as captain, you want to lead by example. In terms of motivation, there’s plenty there for me to go out and produce some big scores.”

    Spinner Sam Wisniewski has been highlighted as one of 50 Yorkshire sports men and women to watch in 2021 by the Yorkshire Post.

  • The White Rose left-arm wrist spinner, who made his first-team debut in the Vitality Blast in September, has been highlighted amongst some household names and youngsters making their way across their respective sports.

    Footballers, golfers, rugby players, runners and cyclists, amongst many others, make the cut, with 19-year-old Wisniewski the only cricketer named by YP sports editor Nick Westby.

    Wisniewski played two Blast games at the end of the North Group and went wicketless despite encouraging performances, particularly against Roses rivals Lancashire Lightning.

    Dawid Malan has made a confident start to life in Australia’s Big Bash with Hobart Hurricanes.

  • Malan has played five games for the Tasmanians, the most recent being yesterday, and has posted scores of 15, 39, 75, 26 and 20.

    The left-hander’s consistency, including his best of 75 in a home win over Nicholas Pooran and the Melbourne Stars, has put the Hurricanes in an excellent position to qualify for the knockout stages.

    The top five of eight teams qualify for the knockout stages ahead of the February 6 final, with Hobart currently third in the table with five wins and 19 points from nine of 14 games.

    They are three points behind league leaders Sydney Thunder and two points ahead of sixth place Adelaide Strikers, both of whom have a game in hand.

    New Zealand have topped the ICC’s Test Match rankings for the first time, with ex-Yorkshire star Kane Williamson key to their rise above Australia.

  • The Kiwis claimed a 2-0 home series victory over Pakistan on Wednesday, a Christchurch Test in which Williamson hit a first-innings 238.

    He has also risen to the top of the batting rankings on the back of scores of 251, 129, 21 and 238 in his last four innings – also against the West Indies before Christmas.

    Both him and New Zealand have achieved their respective top rankings for the first time. They have won six consecutive Test matches and have not lost a home Test since March 2017.

    Australia and India remain the top two teams in the World Championship table, of which the final will be played between the top two sides at Lord’s this summer.

    New Zealand are third and England fourth.

    Rankings are now being done on a percentage of points earned to those available following the impact of Coronavirus.

    Australia have 0.767, India 0.722, New Zealand 0.70 and England 0.608.

    England can still qualify, but they must have a fabulous run of form, starting in Sri Lanka, between now and June.