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India to play two T20Is in Ireland

India to play two T20Is in Ireland

India will play two T20Is Ireland in June, on their way to their tour of England. The matches will be in Dublin on June 27 and June 29, the BCCI has confirmed. India last toured Ireland in 2007 when they defeated the hosts in a one-off ODI in Belfast. In the T20I format, though, the…
Middle-overs game key to Australia’s ODI rejuvenation

Middle-overs game key to Australia’s ODI rejuvenation

If 4-0 was a clear statement about the gap between Australia and England during the Ashes, then another figure says plenty about the fact that Steven Smith's team have a lot of work ahead of them to become genuine contenders for the 2019 World Cup. Last year, Australia won only five of 15 ODIs, endured…
Cricket chiefs urged to close player-wage gap

Cricket chiefs urged to close player-wage gap

Cricket's governing bodies must move quickly to close the wage gap in the international game or risk a mass exodus to domestic Twenty20 leagues, the MCC world cricket committee has declared. Following its annual meeting, held in Sydney on Tuesday and Wednesday, the committee used the contrasting examples of the Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan…
Gibson wants four quicks throughout home summer

Gibson wants four quicks throughout home summer

South Africa will field four frontline quicks as often as possible, particularly at home, as they aim for a more aggressive approach in familiar conditions. After the team's 72-run win in the opening Test against India, which was effectively achieved inside three days with a four-pronged pack pack, coach Ottis Gibson indicated the team balance…
Ponting to assist Lehmann during T20 tri-series

Ponting to assist Lehmann during T20 tri-series

Former national captain Ricky Ponting will take up the role of assistant coach of Australia during the T20 tri-series also involving England and New Zealand. He will work under head coach Darren Lehmann. Ponting had performed a similar role in February 2017, during the T20 series against Sri Lanka, working alongside Justin Langer and Jason…
Moeen’s horror, Broad’s toil, and Malan’s silver lining

Moeen’s horror, Broad’s toil, and Malan’s silver lining

It was another bruising Ashes campaign down under for England who had moments in each of the five Tests they couldn't take advantage of. Have any players left with enhanced reputations and who is looking over their shoulder? 7.5 James Anderson (17 wickets at 27.82)Even on days when the ball refused to swing - and…
Incredible Smith, misfiring England

Incredible Smith, misfiring England

As beatdowns go, this 4-0 Ashes drubbing by Australia was a pretty comprehensive one. They averaged 51 with the bat to England's 29, took 89 wickets to England's 58, and scored nine hundreds to England's three. Their fast bowlers took 66 wickets at 28, to England's 47 at 43, while the spin comparison was the…
Kagiso Rabada takes top spot from James Anderson

Kagiso Rabada takes top spot from James Anderson

South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has displaced James Anderson as the No. 1 ranked Test bowler, after his spells of 3 for 34 and 2 for 41 led his team to victory in the Cape Town Test against India. Rabada, 22, earned five points for that performance, taking him past Anderson's tally of 887…
Smith aces Ashes Test, Lyon close behind

Smith aces Ashes Test, Lyon close behind

10 Steven Smith This was the summer in which comparisons between Smith and Sir Donald Bradman became more than idle bar talk. Not only did Smith carry through his insatiable appetite for runs to return the second highest Test series aggregate of his career, but he also played a long game of patience with England's…
Bayliss to quit as England coach after 2019 home season

Bayliss to quit as England coach after 2019 home season

England coach Trevor Bayliss has confirmed he will step down from his job when his current contract expires after the 2019 English season. Speaking in the aftermath of England's 4-0 Ashes defeat, Bayliss said that he had made clear to Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, a year ago that he would not be…
Australia find their Test-match tempo

Australia find their Test-match tempo

In cricket, as in music, the right tempo can be hard to find. Martin Hannett, the iconoclastic Manchester record producer, is depicted in the film 24 Hour Party People telling the Joy Division drummer, Steven Morris, to play "faster, but slower". In assessing the way the 2017-18 Ashes series was played, many have noted that…
What is the highest Test score by an England batsman in Australia?

What is the highest Test score by an England batsman in Australia?

Was Alastair Cook's innings in the Boxing Day Test England's highest score in Australia? asked George Robinson from EnglandAlastair Cook's unbeaten 244 in the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne was the third-highest score for England in Australia, behind only Reginald "Tip" Foster's 287 on debut in Sydney in 1903-04, and Wally Hammond's 251 in Sydney…