• Pakistan reaching last chance saloon, New Zealand look to sew up final-four berth

Andrew McDonald set to be head coach of Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred

7:43 AM ET Andrew McDonald is set to be named as the head coach of the Birmingham-based team in The Hundred, Birmingham Phoenix. While earlier reports had suggested that Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, was frontrunner for the job, ESPNcricinfo understands that McDonald has been given the role after eight candidates were shortlisted for the position. Daniel Vettori, the former New Zealand allrounder, will be his assistant. McDonald, a seam-bowling…

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Australia had 'bitter taste' after fading in previous Ashes – Mott

11:57 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Australia women coach Matthew Mott has admitted that the way the team faded at the end of the 2017-18 Ashes has provided motivation to retain the prize with outright victory in this year’s multi-point series. Australia kept hold of the Ashes when it was played on home soil – having regained them in 2015 – but England won the final two T20Is to level the…

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Wakely's timely half-century leads determined Northants effort

3:00 AM ET ECB Reporters Network Leicestershire 6 for 0 trail Northamptonshire 299 (Wakely 65, Wright 4-78) by 293 runs Alex Wakely made his first half-century since resigning the Northamptonshire captaincy to lead his side to a good opening day against Leicestershire at Wantage Road. Wakely’s 65 in testing conditions set Northants up to make 299 having been sent in before the visitors survived three overs to the close 6…

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Chris Dent reaches another century for Gloucestershire, Marnus Labuschagne in pursuit for Glamorgan

3:00 AM ET ECB Reporters Network Glamorgan 187 for 4 (Selman 73, Labuschagne 56*) trail Gloucestershire 313 (Dent 105, Hammond 61) by 126 runs Chris Dent notched his 16th first class century and Marchant de Lange his 300th wicket as Gloucestershire and Glamorgan battled for supremacy on the second day of the Specsavers County Championship match at Bristol. It ended with the visitors 187 for 4 in reply to Gloucestershire’s…

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Cameron Bancroft finally summons a pitch for the Ashes

3:00 AM ET Paul Edwards Durham 259 for 5 (Bancroft 120*; Eckersley 70*, Jordan 4-41) vs Sussex Both Chris Jordan and Cameron Bancroft have played eight Test matches. No one knows if either will play any more. Jordan squeezed his allotment into 12 months whereas Bancroft’s five-day career with Australia was infamously paused a year last March. It may yet be that both cricketers will have even more reason to…

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Because of misfielding we missed the opportunity again – Gulbadin

4:38 PM ET Gulbadin Naib, Afghanistan’s captain, blamed a shoddy fielding performance for his side’s failure to claim their first scalp of the World Cup, as his attempts to replicate the circumstances of their battling display against India on Saturday came unstuck in a 62-run defeat against Bangladesh. Faced with the same strip of turf on which Afghanistan’s spinners had bowled heroically to limit India to 224 for 8 two…

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Aaron Beard's electric spell brings talk of Fortress Chelmsford

Jun 23, 2019 Somerset 32 for 1 trail Essex 216 (Cook 80) by 184 runs Only three counties have never won the Championship, but once again the perception is growing that this finally can be Somerset’s year. Their lead is already 24 points, stoking optimism that the south-west’s roll of honour will no longer be restricted to the three unofficial titles that Gloucestershire won in the 1870s. It was a…

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'Won't be easy but we will give our best shot against India' – Shakib

Shakib ‘very satisfied’ with his form in World Cup (1:09) The Bangladesh allrounder says this kind of a performance – from him and the team – was needed (1:09) 3:56 PM ET Soon after leading his team to victory against Afghanistan with an all-round performance, Shakib Al Hasan said that Bangladesh will give their “best shot” against India, their next opponents, despite facing a stiff equation to qualify for the…

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