Perth Scorchers sign Chris Jordan to complete Big Bash roster

12:38 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Perth Scorchers have signed Chris Jordan, the England seamer, to complete their squad for this season’s Big Bash. Jordan, who was England’s standout bowler in their T20I series in New Zealand, has previously had stints at Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder, and joins compatriot Liam Livingstone in the squad. Both players will be available for the full season. “Playing in Perth can be quite hostile…

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WBBL round-up: Brisbane Heat book semi-final spot

12:17 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Defending champions the Brisbane Heat secured their semi-final spot with a seven-run victory over the Hobart Hurricanes. Grace Harris played the key innings with the bat as her 43 off 27 balls put the Heat’s innings back on course after they slipped to 4 for 58 in the 10th over. Amelia Kerr, who contributed an important 21 off 16, then struck vital blows with the…

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Joe Root makes breakthrough but BJ Watling steady for NZ

8:00 AM GMT New Zealand 224 for 5 (Watling 45*, de Grandhomme) trail England 353 (Stokes 91, Denly 74, Burns 52, Southee 4-88) by 129 runs Mount Maungenui’s maiden Test continued to move at a sedate pace, as England and New Zealand vied for supremacy on a glorious day at the Bay Oval. Only one wicket fell during the morning session, with BJ Watling shepherding the innings in unobtrusive fashion…

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Rocks leave Stars defence hanging by a thread

8:00 AM GMT Jozi Stars’ title defence hopes are hanging by a thread after losing a fifth successive match in the Mzansi Super League (MSL). Although mathematically it is still possible for them to make the playoffs, they will need more than just their own results to go their way. Despite shuffling their batting line-up, the Stars did not manage to score enough runs and their 129 for 3 was…

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Pant released for Syed Mushtaq Ali, Bharat called up as cover

7:31 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff The Indian selection committee has decided to release Rishabh Pant from the Test squad in order to allow him to get some game-time ahead of India’s limited overs series against West Indies next month. Pant will link up with the Delhi squad that is currently playing in the Super League of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20. He will thus be available for Delhi’s next…

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Ishant Sharma reveals secret to his red-hot form

Ishant Sharma picked up the first wicket for India on their pink-ball Test debut  6:10 PM GMT Varun Shetty in Kolkata A renewed approach to life has helped Ishant Sharma grow as a bowler, he said after taking a five-wicket haul in India’s first day-night Test. It was his first five-for in India since his first home match in 2007 against Pakistan. Ishant has more or less become a permanent…

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Hyderabad, Mumbai swap venues for India-West Indies T20Is

5:16 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff The BCCI has swapped the venues for India’s first and third T20Is against West Indies. The series opener, on December 6, will now be played in Hyderabad, while the Wankhede will host the third and final game on December 11. It is understood that on Friday Mumbai Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Naik along with former MCA president Ashish Shelar updated the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly…

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'Will not bowl first because we're scared of getting bowled out' – Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo

5:12 PM GMT Bangladesh’s decision to bat first in Kolkata may look unwise after they were blown away for just 106, but it is the type of boldness that coach Russell Domingo said he wants to bring to the dressing room. Conventional cricketing wisdom certainly went with Bangladesh but there was also the perception that an inexperienced batting line-up was left to take on a red-hot fast bowling unit. That…

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