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Big Vern reels in the big fish

Big Vern reels in the big fish

Vernon Philander's pitch map to Virat Kohli in the second innings of the Cape Town Test is a thing of a beauty. Philander bowled 13 balls to Kohli over two spells; all of them pitched outside off, not one was full enough to drive or short enough to cut. Nothing fuller than 6m from the…
Steyn sidelined for remainder of India series

Steyn sidelined for remainder of India series

Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the Test series against India, after seeing a foot and ankle specialist on Sunday. He will be reassessed in four to six weeks' time. He had sustained significant damage on his left heel in Cape Town. Steyn suffered the injury just before tea on the second day of…
Tea and sympathy won’t suffice as England face up to another drubbing

Tea and sympathy won’t suffice as England face up to another drubbing

There's a pattern of behaviour prevalent in England which dictates that, in times of extreme stress or emotion, we should do almost anything but acknowledge the truth. So we sit around the hospital beds of the dying, telling them they'll soon be back on their feet. We tell doctors we hardly drink, never smoke and…
The futile finale of a drained Joe Root

The futile finale of a drained Joe Root

It takes everything Joe Root has not to scream. It starts when the ball dribbles innocuously to forward square leg. Root's been trying to show some fight and lead from the front, but when he tries to play a pull shot, the ball smashes into his glove. The incident isn't noticed until Root calls for…
England don’t need ‘big upheaval’ after Ashes loss – Anderson

England don’t need ‘big upheaval’ after Ashes loss – Anderson

James Anderson admitted England have "not done themselves justice" in the Ashes but feels that, despite the result, plans for a "big upheaval" should be resisted. England were thrashed by an innings and 123 runs in Sydney - their second innings defeat of the series to go with a 10-wicket drubbing in Brisbane - as…
The Ashes event now transcends the cricket

The Ashes event now transcends the cricket

Were the 2017-18 Ashes reimagined as a major Hollywood film, its reviews might well term it "an impressive, popular technical achievement that lacks a compelling storyline - more Armageddon than Casablanca". By most measures, this has been among the most successful Ashes series of all. For attendance, it is second to only one other in…
Australia’s bowling quartet dominate

Australia’s bowling quartet dominate

Hunt like a pack Australia's bowlers hunted like a pack throughout the series with all four of their bowlers taking more than 20 wickets for the series. Pat Cummins finished as the leading wicket-taker with 23 wickets, while Mitchell Starc finished second with 22; Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood each claimed 21 wickets. No other…
INDIA 0/0  (0.1 ov, M Vijay 0*, S Dhawan 0*, null null/null) – Live | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo

INDIA 0/0 (0.1 ov, M Vijay 0*, S Dhawan 0*, null null/null) –...

WATCH - Saha's perfect ten breaks Indian wicketkeeping recordWriddhiman Saha's ten catches broke MS Dhoni's record for the most dismissals by an Indian keeper in a match India 209 and 0 for 0 need 208 to beat South Africa 286 and 130 (Shami 3-28, Bumrah 3-39)nLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details (Viewers in the Indian subcontinent…
Uncapped Mavuta and Murray in Zimbabwe ODI squad

Uncapped Mavuta and Murray in Zimbabwe ODI squad

Brandon Mavuta, the 20-year old legspinning allrounder, and Ryan Murray, the 19-year old wicketkeeper-batsman, have been picked by Zimbabwe for the ODI tri-series in Bangladesh starting on January 15. Although Zimbabwe did perform well in their most recent limited-overs assignment, winning their first ODI series against Sri Lanka in July, seven members from the squad…
The see-saw men

The see-saw men

It was that sort of year for Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer © AFP Nothing much seems to faze Zimbabweans. In November, Logan Cup cricket was played through a military coup, or "definitely not a coup" as the country had been told by a man in military fatigues on the state broadcaster that morning. Men in…
Farbrace calls for honesty after England failings are ‘exposed’

Farbrace calls for honesty after England failings are ‘exposed’

The standard of England's cricket has been "exposed" during the Ashes series, according to their assistant coach, Paul Farbrace. Accepting that England "just haven't been good enough", Farbrace urged all involved to be "brutally honest" in their assessment of the team and suggested that "the planning needs to start in the next couple of days"…
Mustafizur among the five back in Bangladesh’s ODI squad

Mustafizur among the five back in Bangladesh’s ODI squad

6:31 AM ET Mohammad IsamESPN Bangladesh have made five changes to their ODI squad for the first two matches of the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, including the addition of Mustafizur Rahman. Taskin Ahmed and Soumya Sarkar have been dropped from the ODI squad that played in South Africa. The other players dropped are…