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Ponting on Maxwell’s poor IPL season: “I wish I knew why”

Ponting on Maxwell’s poor IPL season: “I wish I knew why”
Twelve innings, 169 runs, an average of 14. Glenn Maxwell had a terrible IPL 2018. His team, Delhi Daredevils, did not fare much better: with five wins in 14 games, they finished bottom of the points table. Still, given their own form, Daredevils persisted with Maxwell for 12 of the 13 games he was available…

‘In T20, I was looking to get a batsman out, not...

‘In T20, I was looking to get a batsman out, not worrying about going for a four or six’
Graeme Swann was on ESPNcricinfo's Talking T20 podcast this week, sharing his views on a range of issues: from the evolution of fingerspin in the T20 format, the state of the game in the UK, and England's new generation of white-ball stars making their name in T20 leagues around the world. The following is an…

Pick your all-time T20I XI

Pick your all-time T20I XI
To mark 25 years of ESPNcricinfo, we're picking our dream XIs in each international format from the cricketers who played in this 25-year period - March 1993 through December 2017. Our jury for the men's T20I XI was former Test players Ian Chappell, John Wright, Sanjay Manjrekar and Dav Whatmore, and former Hampshire captain and…

The Hundred ‘done blatantly for TV’, says Graeme Swann

The Hundred ‘done blatantly for TV’, says Graeme Swann
The ECB's proposed 100-ball format has been cooked up to fit the TV schedules, according to former England spinner Graeme Swann, and not because cricket doesn't appeal to a younger audience, as chairman Colin Graves has said. "It will be exactly the same as T20 cricket if they get the world's best players in it,"…

Why 100-ball cricket won’t make a difference in an era of...

Why 100-ball cricket won’t make a difference in an era of binge-watching
A couple of years ago, I spent far too much of my time immersed in the backwaters of cricket administration while working on the documentary Death of a Gentleman - an investigation that ultimately concluded that administrative mismanagement at the International Cricket Council and short-sightedness in pursuit of money across the sport in general poses…

Overseas players at IPL 2018: Afghanistan ace the league phase

Overseas players at IPL 2018: Afghanistan ace the league phase
What's in a ranking? The eighth-ranked T20I side leads the way in bowling this IPL season. Afghanistan have had only three players in the tournament, out of which just two have been regulars, but both their young spinners have lit up IPL 2018 with their bags of tricks. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have…

D’Antoni: Rockets ‘played soft’ in record rout

D’Antoni: Rockets ‘played soft’ in record rout
OAKLAND -- Coach Mike D'Antoni used the most damning four-letter word in the NBA vernacular -- "soft" -- to describe the Houston Rockets' performance in the most lopsided playoff loss in franchise history. The Golden State Warriors routed the top-seeded Rockets 126-85 at Oracle Arena in Sunday's Game 3 to regain the series lead in…

Ohtani: ‘Honored’ to be in Home Run Derby talk

Ohtani: ‘Honored’ to be in Home Run Derby talk
Invitations to the Home Run Derby won't go out for another month or so, but that hasn't stopped reporters from asking Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani if he'd be interested in taking part. Ohtani, the two-way star, got his fourth win of the season Sunday. He went 7 2/3 innings, striking out nine. After…

Golden Knights ride improbable run to Cup Final

Golden Knights ride improbable run to Cup Final
9:35 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Vegas Golden Knights have a nickname for themselves. After they punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night, they're happy to say it with pride. "We call ourselves the Golden Misfits for a reason," said winger Ryan Reaves, who scored the game-winning goal…

Cardinals’ Hicks throws two 105-mph pitches

Cardinals’ Hicks throws two 105-mph pitches
St. Louis Cardinals rookie right-hander Jordan Hicks hit 105 mph on the radar gun twice Sunday, becoming the first pitcher to throw multiple pitches at that speed in the same game in the past 10 seasons. Current New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is the only other pitcher to hit 105 mph on the radar…

Doncic wins Euroleague title, NBA decision ‘soon’

Doncic wins Euroleague title, NBA decision ‘soon’
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Eight months after helping Slovenia to its first European Championship, Luka Doncic added a Euroleague title to his ever-growing mantel, which now also includes the Euroleague MVP and Euroleague Final Four MVP awards. The 19-year-old, who is currently slated as the No. 2 prospect on the ESPN Top 100, scored 15 points…

Tour Match, Pakistan tour of Ireland, England and Scotland at Leicester,...

Tour Match, Pakistan tour of Ireland, England and Scotland at Leicester, May 19-20 2018 | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo
Leicestershire 226 for 6 (Javid 54 ) drew with Pakistanis 321 for 9 (Azhar 73, Zaman 71, Salahuddin 69*) by 95 runsnScorecard As Pakistan laboured to work their way through a second string Leicestershire line-up, it was hard to be hugely optimistic of their chances in the Test series against England. After all, there attack…