Latest Cricket News: Afghanistan vs Australia one-off test has been postponed, confirms Cricket Australia

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Latest Cricket News: Afghanistan vs Australia one-off test has been postponed, confirms Cricket Australia

The one-off Test between Australia & Afghanistan has been Officially postponed confirms Cricket Australia on Friday. The historic test has been in doubt since Cricket Australia cleared its stance that it wouldn’t support Taliban Government’s decision against the inclusion of women in sports

In place of canceling the historic match, CA has opted to postpone the one-off test by stating that it will host the test later in the future once the situation becomes clear. “CA is committed to supporting growing the game for women and men in Afghanistan and around the world, however, given the present uncertainty, CA felt it necessary to postpone the Test match until a later time when the situation is clearer,” they said in a statement.

“CA looks forward to hosting Afghanistan players in the BBL this season, who are great ambassadors for the game, and to hosting both the Afghanistan women’s and men’s team in the not too distant future.”

The one-off test would have served as the ideal preparation for the Australia-England Ashes Series. However, after the postponement of the test, Cricket Australia has decided to host an intra-squad test match which will start on December 1st at Redlands in Brisbane.

Cricket Australia also confirmed that the same venue will host the first practice match between England Lions & England starting on November 23. After the conclusion of the first practice match, both the teams will lock horns in the second practice match which will be a four-day affair starting from November 30 at the Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane.

Meanwhile, Australian test captain Tim Paine is on the road to recovery & is hopeful of playing a few games before the first test match of the Ashes series which will commence at Gabba on Dec,ber 8.

“I had a decent catch yesterday – pretty good,” Paine told media. “I had a bit of a dive around so I’m a little bit stiff today. I was going to have a catch (today) … but I’ve had to pull the pin on that just to give myself a bit of time to rest up. I don’t want to be doing too much (on) back-to-back days.

“I’m looking forward to playing a game of cricket in the coming weeks. I’d love to get a club game in followed by either a second XI or a Shield game, depending on the dates of those games and how I pull up from playing in the club game. But ideally, I’d like to play a club game, a second XI game, a Shield game and a one-dayer for Tassie in late November, and then go up to Queensland. Potentially, I’ll be getting two, three or four games of cricket in before that first Test, which would be a really good result”, Tim Paine added to his statement.

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