• Do visiting teams stand a chance if they lose the toss?
  • KL Rahul available for Ranji Trophy semi-finals at Eden Gardens

Neil Wagner set to return leaving New Zealand a tough selection call

Neil Wagner will return to a pace attack that was outstanding in the first Test  12:53 AM GMT Neil Wagner is almost certain to be back in New Zealand’s bowling attack for the second Test against India, which begins in Christchurch on Saturday. Wagner missed the first Test in Wellington on paternity leave, but he will return to the squad on Wednesday, replacing Matt Henry. The debut performance of Kyle…

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DJ Rabada in the house: Kagiso Rabada is on song again – with help from Dad

Kagiso Rabada looks on during the second day of the Third Test between South Africa and England  6:40 PM GMT When Kagiso Rabada earned his fourth active demerit point in a 24-month period and was suspended from the final Test against England last month, his father sent him a little something to make him feel better and it’s not what you might expect. “I sent him a song about the…

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'Test cricket is the best and most rewarding form of cricket' – Jos Buttler

6:02 PM GMT Jos Buttler admits that he cannot continue to be picked on “potential” alone at Test level, after being retained in England’s squad for next month’s tour of Sri Lanka despite an off-colour showing during the recent Test series in South Africa. In the midst of an otherwise upbeat run of performances from England’s new-look Test team, Buttler’s form was a notable exception. He mustered 115 runs in…

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No 'official complaint' from Quetta Gladiators over alleged Peshawar Zalmi ball-tampering – PCB

Ahmed Shehzad accepts Hasan Ali’s apology after the bowler hit him on the followthrough  4:09 PM GMT Danyal Rasool Peshawar Zalmi will have no case to answer for alleged ball-tampering during their game against Quetta Gladiators, after the PCB confirmed that Quetta had failed to formally make a complaint. Quetta captain Sarfaraz Ahmed‘s claim they had reported what they perceived as ball-tampering by Peshawar has been refuted by the PCB,…

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'There were nerves, but we showed our character today' – Rachel Haynes

2:59 PM GMT Annesha Ghosh in Perth Imagine falling asleep after Australia’s defeat in the T20 World Cup opener against India on Friday and then waking up no sooner than the third over of their 123-chase against Sri Lanka three days later, only to find the four-time winners and defending champions are staring at another potential league stage defeat. Australia have never lost to Sri Lanka across limited-across formats; at…

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Seamers impress as England Lions close in on innings victory

Feb 23, 2020 ESPNcricinfo staff Australia A 5 for 103 (C Overton 2-24) trail England Lions 428 (Lawrence 125, Sibley 116, Bracey 65, Steketee 4-75) by 325 runs The touring England Lions put on another strong showing at the MCG, extending their first innings to 428 through James Bracey‘s half-century and then making good use of the pink ball under lights to remove a Test-strength Australia A top five cheaply….

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Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar to return to action in DY Patil T20 tournament

2:23 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan will look to prove their form and fitness when they return to action in the DY Patil T20 tournament, which began in Mumbai on Monday. The invitations tournament, which is in its 16th edition, is usually utilised by the Indian players to tune up for the IPL. This time, it will also serve as a selection precursor for…

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'I could've reached a triple-hundred tomorrow' – Mushfiqur Rahim

2:12 PM GMT Mushfiqur Rahim has admitted that he had his eyes on a maiden triple-century, but was cut short by a surprising declaration against Zimbabwe late on the third afternoon in Mirpur. Rahim remained unbeaten on 203, his third double-century in Tests and second against Zimbabwe, before Bangladesh took two wickets to put the visitors in further trouble. Part of the reason for the declaration is assumed to be…

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Do visiting teams stand a chance if they lose the toss?

February 24, 2020 Virat Kohli brought up the toss unprovoked at the post-match presentation, but does he have a point? Virat Kohli congratulates Kane Williamson © Getty Images It was quite uncharacteristic of India captain Virat Kohli to bring up the toss unprovoked at the post-match presentation after their 10-wicket loss to New Zealand. Some might be tempted to look at it as an excuse – as was done by…

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KL Rahul available for Ranji Trophy semi-finals at Eden Gardens

KL Rahul raises his bat after getting to a hundred © PTI Karnataka will be bolstered by the addition of KL Rahul for their Ranji Trophy 2019-20 semi-final against Bengal at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, after he was included in the 15-man squad for the match starting on February 29. Rahul had asked to be rested from Karnataka’s quarter-final match but is now available for the climactic stages of…

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