Cricket Australia

Cricket deal for PNG and Vanuatu

The announcement brings cricket into the PacificAus Sports programme, an Australian government sports diplomacy initiative in the region already involving the Olympic movement, rugby league, rugby union, football and netball.

The Australia-Pacific Cricket Linkages project will include allowing Papua New Guinea men's and women's teams to play in competitions in Australia and offer coaching and training support.

Australian indigenous teams will tour Vanuatu and engage with the community with a particular goal of getting more girls into cricket.

Dean Jones: Former Australia batsman dies aged 59

Jones suffered a heart attack in Mumbai, where he was working as a commentator on television coverage of the Indian Premier League.

Stylish in the middle-order, Jones played 52 Tests from 1984 to 1992, averaging 46.55 and winning the Ashes on two occasions.

He was also part of the Australia team that won the World Cup in 1987, beating England in a thrilling final.

In his 164 one-day internationals, Jones averaged 44.61.

He is perhaps best remembered for his innings of 210 in the tied match between Australia and India in 1986.

Cricket Australia: Chief executive Kevin Roberts resigns

The 47-year-old was criticised for his cost-cutting measures, including asking 80% of staff to take a pay cut.

He was appointed in October 2018 following James Sutherland's 17-year tenure.

Englishman Nick Hockley, the chief executive of the T20 World Cup, has replaced Roberts on an interim basis.

Cricket Australia said a wider "operational reset" at the governing body will be announced this week.

David Warner says he has 'learned valuable lesson' from Australia ball-tampering scandal

Warner, Australia captain Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft were punished for the roles they played in the plot to alter the condition of the ball in the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March, with Warner and Smith suspended for a year and Bancroft for nine months.

Cricket Australia back embattled captain Smith

Embattled Smith and Australia are under pressure following Saturday's stunning capitulation in Hobart after they were bowled out for just 85 on day one of the second Test against South Africa.

Smith's name has been thrown under the spotlight amid calls for wholesale changes after Australia's 177-run defeat in the opening Test, with the Aussies now staring at a fifth consecutive defeat.

But Sutherland insists the 27-year-old Smith, who finished 48 not out as his team were skittled, is the right man to lead Australia.