- Published on: 8:17pm Saturday 19th November 16
Three days into Visakhapatnam's maiden Test match, the prospects of England emerging from this contest with anything less than a hefty defeat remain no less bleak than they had appeared at the height of their top-order implosion on the second afternoon.
However, this was a day on which their hopes of a fightback in the remaining three fixtures were exponentially boosted,...Read More
- Published on: 8:15pm Saturday 19th November 16
Test cricket is as much about execution of tactics as much as it is about planning. It allows teams the luxury of switching plans midway. In blunting 35 overs for a little over one run per over after restricting their first-innings deficit to 67, Pakistan ensured the new-ball storm was weathered. But their crawl allowed New Zealand to take the...Read More
- Published on: 8:13pm Saturday 19th November 16
Underperforming batsmen and an untimely calf flare-up to Steve O'Keefe have complicated matters further for Australia's interim selection panel on the eve of an especially tense squad announcement for the Adelaide Test.
The acting chairman of selectors, Trevor Hohns, is expected to name a 13-man squad for the day/night match on Sunday afternoon, underlining the uncertainty surrounding Australian cricket on the...Read More
- Published on: 9:35pm Friday 18th November 16
At every critical juncture of this typically subcontinental Test match, England's cricketers have inadvertently been telegraphing their sense of impending doom. It was visible in Alastair Cook's body language after losing a vital toss; it resurfaced on the first afternoon when Virat Kohli was dropped at fine leg by Adil Rashid, and there were tremors again this morning, when Moeen...Read More
- Published on: 9:30pm Friday 18th November 16
It was a tale of two debutants on a fascinating day of Test cricket where ball dominated the bat. Although the final analysis of 13 wickets for 237 runs would suggest a menacing surface, the truth was that a lot of batsmen, especially from Pakistan, were out poking or trying to play expansive drives. New Zealand fared much better with...Read More
- Published on: 9:00pm Friday 18th November 16
Faf du Plessis, South Africa's stand-in captain, could be suspended for a Test match after being charged by the ICC over an alleged ball-tampering offence.
Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty and is seeking legal advice to further contest the charge. A hearing before match referee Andy Pycroft will be held, but a date for the hearing has not yet...Read More
- Published on: 8:37pm Thursday 17th November 16
It was a day of firsts at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. The first day of the first Test at what is now the 111th such venue in world cricket, and quite possibly the first occasion on which a pitch invasion by a stray dog has brought about an early tea interval.
But, notwithstanding a trio...Read More
- Published on: 8:36pm Thursday 17th November 16
A washed out first day in Christchurch is unlikely to prompt wholesale changes in strategy, because there is still "plenty of time left in the game", New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan said. Not even the toss was possible on Thursday, which means neither team has yet named their XI.
Play is now set to begin half an hour early,...Read More
- Published on: 8:32pm Thursday 17th November 16
Faf du Plessis will find out by Sunday if he will face a charge for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct after South Africa's stand-in captain was shown on camera shining the ball with what appeared to be a sweet in his mouth. ICC CEO David Richardson is expected to take a call over the incident, which took place...Read More
- Published on: 8:05pm Wednesday 16th November 16
For once, Pakistan aren't attracting pre-series headlines. There has been no turmoil on this trip. No stirred-up talk of an embattled captaincy or selection chaos. Mohammad Amir's re-entry into international cricket is old news. The only distraction has been Monday morning's 7.5-magnitude earthquake, but even that has barely affected Christchurch, even if it did give the visitors a...Read More
- Published on: 8:04pm Wednesday 16th November 16
It is a couple of thousand kilometres from Dhaka to Rajkot but England travelled even further in their attempts to banish the subcontinental homesick blues. The Saurashtra Cricket Association were welcoming it hosts, it has to be said, and Alastair Cook had the fates on his side at the toss, allowing England's batsmen to stockpile runs (and confidence) on a...Read More
- Published on: 8:02pm Wednesday 16th November 16
Australia's selection chairman Rod Marsh has become the first notable figure to quit amidst the plummeting fortunes of the national team, forcing an extraordinary board meeting later on Wednesday to decide on his replacement.
Marsh and fellow selectors Trevor Hohns and Mark Waugh met in Hobart during the course of Australia's innings defeat to South Africa, before the 69-year-old passed...Read More
- Published on: 8:20pm Tuesday 15th November 16
Take a bow, Kyle Abbott. Take a bow, Kagiso Rabada. Take a bow, Faf du Plessis and the entire South Africa squad. A month ago, this team arrived in Australia without its captain and best batsman, AB de Villiers, who is at home injured. They lost their best bowler, Dale Steyn, to a serious injury barely...Read More
- Published on: 8:19pm Tuesday 15th November 16
Opener KL Rahul has been added to India's squad for the second Test against England, to be played in Visakhapatnam from Thursday onwards. Rahul had injured his right hamstring while batting against New Zealand in Kanpur last month. The team management was satisfied with his fitness after he turned out for his Ranji side Karnataka and
- Published on: 8:16pm Tuesday 15th November 16
Sachin Tendulkar has called for greater authority to be given to the third umpire to intervene and reverse incorrect decisions even when the player has not opted to refer it under the Decision Review System. He said the idea of the DRS was to ensure correct decisions were made consistently, and suggested the three umpires work together towards that...Read More
- Published on: 8:45pm Monday 14th November 16
On the first day, this Test was on some sort of stimulant. On the second day, it swallowed a sedative. And on the third day, it took a mood-stabiliser, as a degree normality resumed. There was neither the chaos of Saturday's 15 wickets, nor the dreariness of Sunday's wash-out, but rather something in between: seven wickets, a couple of rain...Read More
- Published on: 8:36pm Monday 14th November 16
Sent in to bat on a green and slightly damp Harare surface, Zimbabwe lasted only 41.3 overs, leaving Sri Lanka a target of 155 that they chased down breezily courtesy Dhananjaya de Silva's unbeaten 78. Easy on the eye and ruthless on anything short or on his pads, de Silva scored his second ODI half-century, and put on 56 for...Read More
- Published on: 8:19pm Monday 14th November 16
The first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan at Hagley Oval is expected to go ahead as scheduled on November 17, despite Christchurch having suffered a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, just after midnight on Monday.
The Pakistan men's team, who were in Nelson when the quake occurred, reported being a little shaken by the experience, but will prepare...Read More
- Published on: 10:20pm Saturday 12th November 16
Australia have become used to humiliating collapses in recent years. There was 47 all out in Cape Town in 2011. There was 60 all out in Nottingham last year. But, at least those debacles occurred halfway around the world, not in front of a home crowd. On the first day in Hobart, Australia found a new...Read More
- Published on: 9:29pm Saturday 12th November 16
The fourth day of the Rajkot Test ended as it began: with England needing some magic to give them a chance to win the Test. In between it seemed they had hypnotised two main India batsmen into unusual dismissals, but R Ashwin broke the spell with his 11th Test score of 50 or more. Then came a stage where, leading...Read More
- Published on: 9:25pm Saturday 12th November 16
For the second time in three matches, Mahmudullah defended six runs in the final over to bowl Khulna Titans to a sensational four-run win against Chittagong Vikings at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Chittagong, in pursuit of Khulna's 127 for 7, began the final over of the chase on 122 for 6, but Mahmudullah took three...Read More
- Published on: 8:06pm Friday 11th November 16
Cheered on by his passionate but impassive father and his much more demonstrative wife, Cheteshwar Pujara scored an emotional century in the debut Test for his home ground of Rajkot. M Vijay complemented him with a more temperate defensive display of 126 off 301 balls to take India closer to safety after they had conceded 537 in five sessions on...Read More
- Published on: 8:05pm Friday 11th November 16
Barisal Bulls opened their account in this season's BPL with a six-wicket win over Comilla Victorians, whose fight fizzled out during a fourth-wicket stand of 49 between Mushfiqur Rahim amd Thisara Perera, which sealed the contest. Comilla, the defending champions, remain winless and would be worried by a brittle batting line-up, though bowling seems to be their strength.
Set 130...Read More
- Published on: 8:00pm Friday 11th November 16
WICB chairman Dave Cameron has said Darren Bravo was offered a Grade-C contract because his "poor" recent performances did not merit a higher pay grade. Cameron also revealed that of the 15 players who were recently offered WICB contracts till September 2017, only Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels had received contracts higher than the C category. Along with Bravo,...Read More
- Published on: 10:40am Friday 11th November 16
Shahid Afridi and Arafat Sunny took 7 for 12 between them as Rangpur Riders demolished Khulna Titians for 44, before breezing to the target in eight overs, with nine wickets in hand. In their second dominating performance in as many days, Rangpur swept to the biggest win in BPL in terms of balls remaining.
Khulna's score of 44 surpassed...Read More
- Published on: 10:37am Friday 11th November 16
That South Africa won the first Test at the WACA was in some ways not surprising, for in their previous three Tests at the venue they were unbeaten, and they were accustomed to recent success in Australia, having not lost a series here since 2005-06. Even without their captain AB de Villiers, they were in familiar territory. Not so for...Read More
- Published on: 9:42am Friday 11th November 16
It took Sri Lanka a little over 50 minutes to wrap up proceedings on the final day in Harare. Resuming on 180 for 7, Zimbabwe folded for 233 to give Sri Lanka a 257-run win. Rangana Herath, in his first and perhaps last series as Sri Lanka captain - he was standing in for the injured Angelo Mathews -...Read More