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Dobell: England’s humiliation at Lord’s was an accident waiting to happen

Dobell: England’s humiliation at Lord’s was an accident waiting to happen

What did they think would happen? What did they think would happen when they pushed the first-class competition into the margins of the season so its viability as a breeding ground was compromised? What did they think would happen when limited-overs cricket - and the money it can generate - was prioritised at the expense…
Kimber: Clinical Pakistan produce the unexpected dissection of England

Kimber: Clinical Pakistan produce the unexpected dissection of England

Mark Wood punched the ball down the field for an off drive, and Mohammad Amir was at mid-on, but made quick ground to catch up to the ball. He came from the left of the ball, but he kept running until he was on the ball's right. Then he squatted as he ran and tried…
Allegedly corrupt pitch curator is not a curator, says SLC

Allegedly corrupt pitch curator is not a curator, says SLC

The person identified in an Al Jazeera investigation as a "groundsman" who may have twice curated Test pitches in Galle to suit bettors, is not in fact a curator, according to SLC. As such, he did not have powers to alter the state of either pitch, board officials said. In the investigative documentary, "Cricket's match-fixers,"…
The IPL has made Indian cricket not only richer but better

The IPL has made Indian cricket not only richer but better

The IPL has enjoyed another highly successful season featuring numerous nail-biting last-over finishes and a tension-building scramble among teams vying for a place in the finals. In its 11th season, the tournament has certainly not lost, and if anything only gained in, lustre. Players from all around the cricketing world are desperate to win a…
Recriminations postponed as England revival masks dire day at Lord’s

Recriminations postponed as England revival masks dire day at Lord’s

At around 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon, a fair few people in England cricket were sitting mightily uncomfortably. It wasn't just the fourth-day ticket-holders. It was the coaches who can demonstrate little progress from their players, the administrators whose policies are looking more self-defeating by the day and the team who had been completely out-played in…
“No nervousness” as tricky fourth-innings chase looms – Shafiq

“No nervousness” as tricky fourth-innings chase looms – Shafiq

How much will be too much? It is the question that has haunted Pakistan and Pakistani fans for as long as anyone can remember, but especially over the last decade or so. From the moment England nudged into the lead, it began. Double-figures and no worries, 120-ish and errr, 150-plus and spend the day watching…
CSK, Sunrisers reflect on challenges overcome on eve of grand final

CSK, Sunrisers reflect on challenges overcome on eve of grand final

The two IPL 2018 finalists have traversed contrasting paths during the past seven weeks to get to Mumbai. And now they face off for the fourth time this season, after overcoming very different challenges. Sunrisers Hyderabad will play their second IPL final but for their new captain Kane Williamson, it will be his first. They…
Mahela makes his entrance

Mahela makes his entrance

Mahela Jayawardene: Sri Lankan legend © AFP 1977Sri Lankan all-time great Mahela Jayawardene was born on this day. A prolific and elegant batsman with a huge appetite for runs, he made his debut at 20, coming to the crease at the unique position of 790 for 4, when Sri Lanka milked India for 952 for…
Hasan Raza caught on camera in alleged spot-fixing sting

Hasan Raza caught on camera in alleged spot-fixing sting

Former Pakistan batsman Hasan Raza has been filmed on camera by news channel Al Jazeera in the same room as another former cricketer - Robin Morris from Mumbai - talks about facilitating spot-fixing in T20 tournaments. Raza does not participate in the conversation between Morris and the undercover reporter, but is seated in the chair…
ENG 235/6  (78.0 ov, JC Buttler 66*, DM Bess 55*, Mohammad Amir 2/35) – Stumps | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo

ENG 235/6 (78.0 ov, JC Buttler 66*, DM Bess 55*, Mohammad Amir 2/35)...

England 184 (Cook 70) and 235 for 6 (Root 68, Buttler 66*, Bess 55*) lead Pakistan 363 (Babar 68*) by 56 runsnScorecard Jos Buttler, basically in his IPL post-season, and Dom Bess, a 20-year-old debutant for whom batting is his second suit, found England's match-cause beaten and bloodied in a gutter, resuscitated it, and gave…
Final (N), Indian Premier League at Mumbai, May 27 2018 | Match Preview | ESPNCricinfo

Final (N), Indian Premier League at Mumbai, May 27 2018 | Match Preview |...

Chennai Super Kings: beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets, beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets, lost to Delhi Daredevils by 34 runs Sunrisers Hyderabad: beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs, lost to Chennai Super Kings by two wickets, lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by five wicketsn Big picture The head offices of India…
Five ways that Sunrisers can surprise CSK

Five ways that Sunrisers can surprise CSK

Sunrisers Hyderabad have played Chennai Super Kings three times this IPL - at different venues and with different XIs - and lost every time. ESPNcricinfo looks at five things they could do better to try and beat MS Dhoni's men in the IPL final. Identify their best XI: Play Khaleel and Brathwaite again? Carlos Brathwaite's…