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1st ODI (D/N), Australia tour of England at London, Jun 13 2018 | Match Preview | ESPNCricinfo

1st ODI (D/N), Australia tour of England at London, Jun 13 2018 | Match...

Big Picture England-Australia encounters, even outside of the Ashes, rarely come without a bit of circus accompaniment - but this standalone five-match ODI series has big-top potential, particularly after England's unexpected rumbling in Edinburgh at the weekend. "We think it's going to be pretty full on," said Australia's captain Tim Paine on arrival, adding that…
Survival of the fittest for Justin Langer’s Australia

Survival of the fittest for Justin Langer’s Australia

When Australia's players sauntered in one after the other to complete their customary 2km time trial at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane last month, some got quite a shock when they were immediately asked to do a series of short sprints to test their endurance. This extra stretch of the players was no surprise…
Scotland’s win is great for Australia – Ashton Agar

Scotland’s win is great for Australia – Ashton Agar

There were many interested observers of the scenes at The Grange on Sunday and a group of them were in London on a day off before their final preparations for the one-day series against England. Scotland's victory is being seen by the Australians as a timely boost before their new-look team takes the field at…
Steyn returns to Test squad for SL tour

Steyn returns to Test squad for SL tour

Dale Steyn has been included in South Africa's Test squad to tour Sri Lanka next month. Steyn, who returned to competitive cricket for Hampshire six months after a heel injury saw him break down in the New Year's Test against India, is three wickets away from breaking Shaun Pollock's record as South Africa's leading Test…
John Mooney’s Test debut with Afghanistan

John Mooney’s Test debut with Afghanistan

On May 8, John Mooney sent a message to William Porterfield, the Ireland Test captain and a close friend since the two were former team-mates from the days of "under-age cricket" and after. Mooney and Porterfield used to have a routine when they played for Ireland. Usually Mooney would be at cover and Porterfield at…
Mohammad Shahzad, the original Afghan superstar

Mohammad Shahzad, the original Afghan superstar

Everything stopped at the Afghanistan Cricket Board offices in Kabul. On a pleasant winter afternoon in November 2014, everybody, from peon to auditor to IT man to cook to physio to CEO, had only two questions every five minutes: "Is he still batting?" and "How much is he on?" Outside, in the Kabul International Stadium,…
Maxwell “close to big score” despite poor run – Langer

Maxwell “close to big score” despite poor run – Langer

Australia coach Justin Langer is confident Glenn Maxwell is close to "a very big score" despite two single-figure innings to start the tour of England which follow on from a lean IPL, but admitted he faces some tough selection decisions before the first ODI at The Oval. Maxwell made 1 and 3 in the two…
Scotland coach Grant Bradburn: ‘No surprise’ we could compete

Scotland coach Grant Bradburn: ‘No surprise’ we could compete

Scotland's win over England at the Grange was not just their first ever over the "Auld Enemy". It was also the first time an Associate country had ever beaten a No. 1-ranked side, and predictably it has reignited a debate which continues to lurk around such encounters: whether or not more teams, specifically Associates, deserve…
Walking in the footsteps of Dick-a-Dick: a new path for Australia’s indigenous cricketers

Walking in the footsteps of Dick-a-Dick: a new path for Australia’s indigenous cricketers

People are throwing hats at an indigenous Australian man at Lord's. Not because he's indigenous, but because Dick-a-Dick, famed tracker, cricketer and showman, has dared them to do it. Dick-a-Dick was so quick and smart, that even when everyone threw their hats at once, he was basically never hit. The Aboriginal XI of 1868 knew…
1st T20I, Pakistan tour of Ireland, England and Scotland at Edinburgh, Jun 12 2018 | Match Preview | ESPNCricinfo

1st T20I, Pakistan tour of Ireland, England and Scotland at Edinburgh, Jun 12 2018...

Big Picture Pakistan are the No.1 T20I team in the world, having won 17 of their last 20 games in this format. One week less than a year ago, Sarfraz Ahmed's men clinched the Champions Trophy at The Oval. When the calendar showed Pakistan would play two T20Is against Scotland at the tail end of…
Navdeep Saini’s road to the India Test squad

Navdeep Saini’s road to the India Test squad

Who is Navdeep Saini? A tall right-arm quick who hits speeds upwards of 140kph, Navdeep Saini broke into the Delhi squad in the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy at the age of 21. Saini's sharp pace has attracted the attention of the national selectors for some time now, and his credentials were further validated when he had…
Shami out of Afghanistan Test after failing fitness Test

Shami out of Afghanistan Test after failing fitness Test

India quick Mohammed Shami has been left out of the squad for the Afghanistan Test in Bengaluru after failing a fitness test at National Cricket Academy (NCA). It is understood Shami has a hamstring issue in the right leg and it was decided to rest him keeping in mind the five-Test series in England which…