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Alex Broun and the rest of the Sport360 team are in place to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket.

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8:00pm – New Zealand women’s score highest ever ODI total

New Zealand captain Suzie Bates smashed 151 as the White Ferns made 490 for four – the highest ever total in all ODIs – against Ireland in Dublin.

Maddy Green hit an enterprising 121 as New Zealand  set a daunting target on Friday.

Read the report here.

6:00pm – South Africa relaunch T20 league

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Cricket South Africa announced a new T20 league in place of the failed T20 Global League. South Africa’s original plan of a T20 league, announced last year, failed to take off following numerous logistical and commercial issues.

South Africa hope to have the tournament in November-December this year and have teamed up with broadcaster SuperSport to launch the league.

For more, click here.

2:49pm – Mixed results at The Oval for Australian Aboriginal XI squads against Surrey

2018 Aboriginal XI squads had mixed results on Thursday at The Oval as part of their 1868 commemoration tour with the women’s squad going down to Surrey by 36 runs before the men’s squad survived a late fightback to defeat the Surrey XI by five runs.

Read all about it HERE

Hannah Darlington from the Women's Aboriginal XI sweeps on her way to 32

Hannah Darlington from the Women’s Aboriginal XI sweeps on her way to 32

1:22pm – Sachin Tendulkar says Under 19 selection important milestone for his son Arjun

Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar‘s son Arjun was selected in the India Under 19 side for the two four-day games in Sri Lanka, on Friday.

18-year old Arjun is a tall left-arm fast bowler and a handy middle-order batsman. He has trained under former India fast bowler Subroto Banerjee, his father’s close friend.

Arjun has bowled at the India nets in the recent past while also taking part in a camp for fast bowlers organised by the BCCI at Dharamsala.

Read what Scahin has to say HERE.

Sachin Tendulkar with his son Arjun

Sachin Tendulkar with his son Arjun

11:15am – Australia off to winning start on tour of England thanks to Marcus Stoinis century

Marcus Stoinis’ century guided Australia to an underwhelming 57-run victory over Sussex as they returned to action for the first time since March’s ball-tampering scandal.

Stoinis pressed his claims for Australia’s number three slot for the five-match one-day series against England by blasting a pivotal 110 at Hove.

Marcus Stoinis guided Australia to victory.

Marcus Stoinis guided Australia to victory.

A tepid Australia performance will have frustrated new head coach Justin Langer and skipper Tim Paine however, with Sussex’s inaccurate batting blowing the chance for a famous victory.

To read the full match report click HERE

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England's women cricketers handed significant pay rises after World Cup triumph

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A major step forward: England women celebrating their World Cup triumph

England’s leading women cricketers are to receive a sizeable wage increase following last year’s triumphant World Cup campaign.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced 10 members are set for a 50 per cent pay rise while there is a 40 per cent increase going into the overall payment pool.

Director of women’s cricket, Clare Connor explained how the new deals will take effect for Heather Knight’s team – who beat India in a thrilling World Cup final at Lord’s last year – and others with central contracts.

“Any increase to a player’s salary is judged on performance and potential,” Connor said in an interview on the ECB website.

“Ten of our contracted squad will be receiving an increase of 50 per cent or more.”

Connor believes further increases are likely to be forthcoming too in the future.

“At the moment it’s not about equal pay [for women], but we should be bold – I’m always looking to be ahead of other women’s team sports at international level – and demonstrate a commitment to closing that gap with a bit of urgency,” she added.

“The objective is to get to a situation in 2020 – when the new investment in the game kicks in – whereby the players are paid double what they were paid when they won the World Cup.

“It’s the direction of travel that’s important.

“We have also introduced a bonus pot for series wins for the first time.

“We now have 22 contracted players – more than ever before – including three rookie contracts [Katie George, Alice Davidson-Richards and Freya Davies] to help bridge the gap between the academy and senior England level.”

The Professional Cricketers Association, which had been negotiating the new contracts on behalf of the players for the past six months, welcomed Friday’s news.

It said in a statement: “The Professional Cricketers’ Association is pleased at the outcome of the new England Women’s contracts.

“Following the successful World Cup campaign of last summer, the overall salary paid to the players has increased by 40 per cent with 10 players seeing performance-related increases of 50 per cent or more.

“The new contracts cover the period to the end of 2019. Negotiations for the period from 2020 have already begun between the ECB and the PCA.”

Knight added: “I am really pleased with the progress over the past six months. The improvements in all areas of the contracts better reflect the professional nature of the women’s game in 2018.”

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Welcome to today’s Cricket Blog. Denzil and the rest of the Sport360 team will be keeping you informed with all things cricket.

Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout the week but we want you to get involved, too.

Tell us your thoughts on what’s happening by tweeting @Sport360.

9:00pm – Mithali Raj becomes first Indian to score 2,000 T20 international runs

The 35-year-old beat Virat Kohli to the historic mark on Thursday in India’s seven-wicket triumph against Sri Lanka in the women’s T20 Asia Cup on Thursday. Read the full story here.

8:00pm – Virat Kohli’s wax statue gets damaged

Virat Kohli‘s wax statue didn’t even make it through its unveiling at the Delhi studio of Madame Tussauds on Wednesday before being damaged. Read why here.

Visitors flocked to take selfies with Kohli's wax statue.

Visitors flocked to take selfies with Kohli’s wax statue.

6:30pm – Bangladesh have a new head coach

Bangladesh’s wait for a head coach is over after former England international Steve Rhodes was named as the new man. The ex-Worcestershire coach has been given a two-year deal until the 2020 World Twenty20 in Australia. Read the full story here. 

4:30pm – Sachin Tendulkar’s son selected in India’s Under-19 squad

Arjun Tendulkar, son of Indian legend Sachin, has been named in India’s Under-19 squad for their tour of Sri Lanka. The all-rounder will play two four-day games. Read more on the story here.

Arjun Tendulkar with his father Sachin.

Arjun Tendulkar with his father Sachin.

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