In a small sample size, the third Test between England and New Zealand was perhaps the best example of the problem-solving, spirit and intent Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes want from their team. The reaction to being 55 for 6 in their first innings, the manner in which they picked off New Zealand to restrict
Rahul Dravid walked and sat on a wooden bench alongside the nets at Edgbaston. On the adjacent bench was Jasprit Bumrah, padded up, bat by his side. Bumrah had just finished a batting session. You can’t know the exact words the duo exchanged, but on the available evidence, Dravid’s gestures indicated him checking if Bumrah
Sri Lanka’s police and army have removed anti-government protesters from the fort ramparts overlooking the ground at Galle, on each of the first two days of the ongoing Test against Australia. The public is ordinarily allowed to hold banners and placards as they view the match from the fort. These are mostly related to cricket.
From falling out with the head coach to becoming his new boss, Enoch Nkwe has completed a triumphant return to South African cricket. The 39-year old who resigned as assistant coach in 2021 in part due to differences with Mark Boucher has now been appointed Director of Cricket by CSA. Nkwe beat former South Africa
Lunch South Africa 284 and 140 for 5 (Sekhukhune 19*, Kapp 17*) lead England 417 for 8 dec by seven runs Tumi Sekhukhune, South Africa’s nightwatcher, and Marizanne Kapp, their first-innings centurion, frustrated England’s attempts to push for a result even before rain arrived on the final morning of their Test in Taunton. Sekhukhune, who
Australia 313 for 8 (Green 77, Khawaja 71, Ramesh 4-107) lead Sri Lanka 212 by 101 runs Two sensational seventies from Cameron Green and Usman Khawaja gave Australia a vital lead over Sri Lanka on a weather-affected second day in Galle as the pitch continued to deteriorate quickly. Green made 77, his fifth Test half-century,
In other major updates, Hasan Ali, who has had a poor year in the shorter formats, has been demoted to Category C in white-ball cricket but has earned a Category B deal for Test cricket. Imam-ul-Haq had an overall [white and red ball] Category C contract last year, but has moved to Category B in
James Anderson returns to England’s Test team in place of Jamie Overton, despite Overton’s vital 97 on Test debut at Headingley last week, while Ben Foakes has been ruled out after failing to recover in time from the Covid diagnosis that caused him to miss the second half of England’s seven-wicket victory. Sam Billings, who
Cricket Australia’s free-to-air television broadcaster Channel Seven has filed proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia to terminate their A$82 million-a-year broadcasting agreement which has two years to run citing “multiple quality and standards breaches.” The move by the network continues a long-running battle between Seven and CA that began in 2020 following the onset
Rahul had been named the captain of that side after regular captain Rohit Sharma, as well as Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah were rested for the series. Rishabh Pant was named captain after Rahul had to pull out, as the series ended 2-2 with the last match ending in a no-result. More recently, in Ireland,
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Sri Lankans will stand to attention in a fitting salute to all-time cricketing great Australian spin wizard Shane Warne when the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia gets underway on June 29 at the Galle International Stadium. Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC’s) noble gesture to dedicate the first Test to the memory of Warne, will
SL vs AUS Live: Usman Khawaja plays a shot.© AFP SL vs AUS 1st Test, Day 2 Live Updates: The start of play on Day 2 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Galle has been delayed due to rain. Australia will begin Day 2 at 98/3 after having bowled the hosts out for 212.
Shakib Al Hasan is expected to skip the ODIs against West Indies next month, according to BCB president Nazmul Hassan who made the announcement after a board meeting held in Dhaka on Wedesnday. Shakib was initially named in all three squads, but now it seems he will leave the tour after the T20s. Shakib led
Surrey have signed uncapped Australian allrounder Aaron Hardie for the rest of the Vitality Blast, after losing Kieron Pollard to injury. Hardie, who has been in Sri Lanka with Australia A, has joined up with the squad and will be available for Surrey’s Blast game against Kent on Friday. Surrey are top of the South
The PJL is the brainchild of PCB chairman Ramiz Raja, who is looking to exploit the commercial market interest in spending on cricket. The six franchises will be sold through a bidding process, and the team names will be based on major hubs in the country, albeit different from ones already established in the Pakistan
Across 20 years of Test cricket, James Anderson has endured and so far out-lived many different dressing-room regimes. He has served under six head coaches and eight Test captains, in a variety of combinations, all imposing their whims and ethos (or trying to at least) with varying degrees of success. So when he says there
The tour will mark the international comeback for Rilee Rossouw. Rossouw, the 32-year-old batter, played the last of his 51 international games in October 2016 during the T20 World Cup in India, and wasn’t considered for selection since signing a Kolpak deal with Hampshire in 2017. More recently, he has returned to play in South
Lunch South Africa 284 and 9 for 1 (Wolvaardt 6*, Cross 1-5) trail England 417 for 8 dec (Sciver 169, Davidson-Richards 107) by 124 runs Nat Sciver extended her powerful innings and then had a hand in an early breakthrough as England stretched their advantage over South Africa at lunch on the third day of
Western Australia will begin their Sheffield Shield title defence against New South Wales at the WACA, while the details of the expanded WNCL have been locked in with the announcement of the domestic fixtures for the Australian summer. There will be a full men’s domestic programme for the first time since 2018-19 following two disrupted
Toss India opt to bowl vs Ireland Hardik Pandya won his first toss as India captain and inserted hosts Ireland in the season-opening first T20I in Malahide, after rain delayed the toss by about ten minutes. Hardik said that the persistent rain threat on Sunday evening prompted him to opt to chase. India handed a
Jayden Seales, Obed McCoy and Odean Smith have earned their maiden Cricket West Indies (CWI) international retainer contracts for men, for the period between July 1, 2022, and June 20, 2023. Also joining the list of 18 are Brandon King, Rovman Powell and Romario Shepherd, while the now-retired Kieron Pollard, as well as Fabien Allen,
Legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay will make his Test debut as Sri Lanka have picked three specialist spinners in their line-up after winning the toss and electing to bat in the opening Test of their two-match series with Australia in Galle. Vandersay, 32, bowled impressively in the ODI series taking 3 for 49 and 2 for 40
Michael Vaughan has made the decision “step back from work with the BBC”, almost two weeks after being charged over the Yorkshire racism scandal, and will not be part of the Test Match Special commentary team for next week’s delayed fifth Test against India. Vaughan was dropped from last winter’s Ashes coverage after being implicated
Who’s still in contention, who isn’t, and who needs to do what to face off for the coveted Test mace in the World Test Championship (WTC) final next year? Here’s the lowdown. How does England’s 3-0 win over New Zealand affect the WTC table? England were already so far behind that even their whitewash of
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When India began their chase of 109 in the first T20I against Ireland in Malahide, they sent out Deepak Hooda, rather than the regular opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, to start their innings alongside Ishan Kishan. It seemed at the time to be a tactical decision, with the freer-scoring Hooda preferred in a game shortened by rain
Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson registered India’s highest-ever partnership in T20Is.© Twitter Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson‘s scripted India’s highest-ever partnership in T20 Internationals (T20Is) with their massive stand against Ireland on Tuesday. The two stitched up a 176-run partnership in just 87 deliveries to help India post 225/7. Their partnership eclipsed Rohit Sharma and
West Indies’ search for the ideal squad to take to the T20 World Cup in October continues at pace with an almost entirely new set of personnel set to take on Bangladesh in a three-match series that starts on July 2. Five of the 16 that played in their last short-form assignment have been left
Stuart Broad has received an official reprimand from the ICC and had a demerit point added to his record for a code of conduct breach during the Headingley Test, which England won by seven wickets. Broad was charged with a breach of Article 2.9, with relates to throwing a ball “at or near a player