Crowd favourite: Ellyse Perry takes a selfie with one of the many excited children in the crowd. © Getty Images

The first-ever standalone Women’s Big Bash League began at North Sydney Oval on October 18, with (fittingly) another Ellyse Perry masterclass. Expectedly, crowds have thronged to watch the games – made up largely of young children – matches have been closely contested and everyone has been thoroughly entertained. In the first quarter of the tournament, 

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Marizanne Kapp in action. ©ICC

One track, two versions. South Africa were asked to bowl first in the final ODI. It was the first time the touring pacers were getting a first go with the ball at the Reliance Cricket Ground in Vadodara. Immediately Shabnim Ismail found Priya Punia’s edge that landed just short of first slip. Soon enough though, 

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Punam Raut raises her bat after reaching a milestone. ©ICC

In cricket, generally, ‘hunt in pairs’ is a phrase commonly used in relation to pace bowlers. But a glance at the statistics of the partnership between Punam Raut and Mithali Raj show that this batting pair takes down the opposition bowling together. Slowly and steadily. In the 27 ODI innings Raut and Mithali have batted 

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India after winning the T20I series against South Africa. © Lesego Pooe/Cricket South Africa

A new venue, some of the main players missing in action, some wet weather and an unprecedented action – the T20I series between India and South Africa had it all. Women’s CricZone looks at some of the major highlights of the series: 1. Spin to win South Africa were always going to be tested by spin. 

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South Africa will have to adapt better to spinning conditions in order to compete. © Cricket South Africa/Twitter

The moment Sune Luus missed an attempted sweep to be out LBW, you almost knew. Perhaps, Lizelle Lee’s hara-kiri in attempted a wild shot against Poonam Yadav asserted it. Probably Laura Wolvaardt and Nadine de Klerk’s partnership just delayed it. But you knew. The going so far for the Indian bowlers, especially spinners, has been 

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From (L-R) Anya Shrubsole, Smriti Mandhana, Deandra Dottin, Alyssa Healy ©ICC

With the knockout stages of the 2018 edition of the World Twenty-20 just around the corner, there are a few players to keep your eyes peeled for. They have either already put in brilliant performances or, they are just on the verge of doing so. Either way, these players should be watched out for. Harmanpreet 

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