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The last battles of Lasith Malinga

The last battles of Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga wants to know where he should field. In the previous over he was at deep cover, which was perhaps an oversight. When a ball was struck directly at him he collected cleanly enough, but the batsmen still looked for a second. He soon gets the captain's attention and has himself stashed away at…
Lack of youth interest in cricket is ‘an English viewpoint’, says ICC chief executive David Richardson

Lack of youth interest in cricket is ‘an English viewpoint’, says ICC chief executive...

It wasn't hard to determine what the theme of next year's World Cup is set to be, given the ICC's choice of venue for its event to mark the tournament's one-year countdown. A bar and courtyard in East London's iconic Brick Lane, the heart of the capital's Bangladeshi community, was jam-packed with legends of tournaments…
Mature Mohammad Amir finds his comfort zone after Lord’s performance

Mature Mohammad Amir finds his comfort zone after Lord’s performance

A big thing happened in the life of Mohammad Amir today. For nearly every other elite athlete it isn't a big deal at all. It is a duty they must fulfill but one they approach with various degrees of interest or disdain. Two days away from the second Test at Headingley, and 62 international matches…
Did he play for a World XI?

Did he play for a World XI?

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The greatest one-day knock of all

The greatest one-day knock of all

Viv Richards' 189 came off 170 balls © Getty Images 1984The greatest innings in one-day international history according to everyone who witnessed it. Viv Richards smeared England all round Old Trafford in the first Texaco Trophy match: his 189 came off only 170 balls, with 21 fours and five sixes. What makes the innings so…
Sam Curran called up as cover for Ben Stokes after hamstring scare

Sam Curran called up as cover for Ben Stokes after hamstring scare

Sam Curran has been drafted into England's Test squad after Ben Stokes sustained a hamstring strain. Curran, the 19-year-old Surrey left-arm swing bowler, travelled to Leeds on Wednesday night and will train with the squad on Thursday. His brother, Tom, represented England in the final two Tests of the Ashes. Stokes sustained the strain during…
James Anderson shuts out criticism as England’s misfiring Test team reaches crunch time

James Anderson shuts out criticism as England’s misfiring Test team reaches crunch time

James Anderson has urged the England team to "block out the noise" from their critics as they prepare for a crucial second Test against Pakistan. Anderson is one of several members of the squad - and their support staff - to come in for criticism after a dismal performance at Lord's saw England go one-down…
Keaton Jennings: It might be the last Test I play so really want to enjoy it

Keaton Jennings: It might be the last Test I play so really want to...

Keaton Jennings hopes a more relaxed approach can help him make a successful return to "one of the toughest jobs in Test cricket." Jennings, who has been recalled for a second stint as Alastair Cook's opening partner, knows full-well the challenges of the job and refers to a "dark period" around the time he was…
Graeme Smith: Shelve T20Is, focus on marketing Tests

Graeme Smith: Shelve T20Is, focus on marketing Tests

Graeme Smith, the former South Africa captain, will do away with T20 internationals if he had the power to, while focusing on improving marketability of Tests to preserve the longest format. "Maybe the ICC needs to look at six months of T20 cricket domestically and six months of international cricket," Smith said at an event…
Kohli: The Saviour? | SkySports | ESPN

Kohli: The Saviour? | SkySports | ESPN

By the standards of most mortal cricketers, Kohli has absolutely nothing left to prove in any format of the game. Uniquely, he averages more than 50 in Tests, ODIs and T20Is, and in early 2018, his already stratospheric stature touched new heights on a personally triumphant tour of South Africa — after laying a marker…
What we’re looking forward to at the 2019 World Cup

What we’re looking forward to at the 2019 World Cup

Daniel Brettig, assistant editorThis time next year Steven Smith will again be eligible to play for his country, and the question of how he comes back into the Australian team for their defence of the World Cup title won on home soil in 2015 will be one on the lips of many. One thing is…
Dear White People Creator On Season 2, Twitter Trolls, And That Cliffhanger

Dear White People Creator On Season 2, Twitter Trolls, And That Cliffhanger

Justin Simien gets bored easily. As such, he's not interested in the obvious, which is what makes his critically acclaimed, criminally bingeable series Dear White People so thrilling. The sharp comedy never takes the easy route as it unpacks the lives of a group of diverse black students at the fictional Winchester University. In its…