• Bacher lauds de Villiers for 'wise' decision
  • BBL stint rejuvenates Sodhi's love for the game
  • England, India jostle with middle-overs challenge
  • Du Preez sets up South Africa's series win
  • Sodhi's 6 for 11 knocks Sydney Thunder out

Bacher lauds de Villiers for 'wise' decision

AB de Villiers hasn’t played Test cricket since January 2016 © AFP AB de Villiers has made a “wise decision” in the “best interests of South African cricket,” by sitting out of Test cricket for most of the rest of 2017, according to Ali Bacher, the former South Africa captain and veteran administrator. Bacher met with de Villiers on Tuesday, shortly after de Villiers had ruled himself out of the…

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BBL stint rejuvenates Sodhi's love for the game

Sodhi’s six-for is the best figures by an Adelaide Strikers bowler in BBL history © Getty Images Ish Sodhi, the New Zealand legspinner, said his career-best 6 for 11 in T20s for Adelaide Strikers that knocked BBL defending champions Sydney Thunder out of contention has rejuvenated his love for the game. Sodhi, who played three games, found dip, drift and turn to pick up nine wickets, including the second-best figures…

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England, India jostle with middle-overs challenge

Match facts Thursday, January 19, 2017Start time 1330 local (0800 GMT) After conceding 0 for 63 in Pune, will R Ashwin still look to just contain or go for wickets proactively? © Associated Press Big picture With so much cricket happening these days, you don’t get to savour incredible performances for long. Two days later, you are again staring at the prospect of a gruelling ODI. They are gruelling on…

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Du Preez sets up South Africa's series win

South Africa women 251 for 7 (du Preez 79, Tryon 47, Kubra 3-48) beat Bangladesh women 157 (Fargana 67, Khaka 3-34) by 94 runsScorecard File photo – Mignon du Preez anchored South Africa’s innings with 79 © ICC/Getty Images Mignon du Preez‘s 108-ball 79 and a disciplined bowling performance helped South Africa complete a series win after routing Bangladesh by 94 runs in the fourth ODI in Cox’s Bazar. After…

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Sodhi's 6 for 11 knocks Sydney Thunder out

Adelaide Strikers 5 for 178 (Dunk 65, Pollard 47) beat Sydney Thunder 101 (Watson 39, Sodhi 6-11) by 77 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details Ish Sodhi returned the second-best figures in the tournament’s history © Getty Images Sydney Thunder needed to win against Adelaide Strikers to keep their Big Bash League title defence – which, at one stage, had looked stillborn – alive, a fortnight after Eoin Morgan’s famous last-ball six….

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De Villiers unavailable for Tests for most of 2017

AB de Villiers has ruled himself out of the Test series against England in July-August and is targeting a return to the longest format in the 2017-18 summer, in the series against India and Australia. He has opted out of the home Tests against Bangladesh. He has also made himself unavailable for any T20 leagues, except the IPL. “I’m just not ready yet,” de Villiers told reporters in Centurion, ahead…

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Elgar resists Kolpak move, joins Somerset as overseas

Dean Elgar will fit his season with Somerset around South Africa’s Test series against England © AFP Dean Elgar has resisted the temptation to join the exodus from South African cricket with a Kolpak deal and has agreed instead to rejoin Somerset as an overseas player. Elgar, an opening batsman in the South Africa Test side, is understood to have rejected the opportunity to join other counties as a Kolpak…

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BBL mulls changes to over-rate penalties

Brendon McCullum sat out the Brisbane Heat’s match against the Melbourne Stars to serve an over-rate ban © Getty Images The Big Bash League will look to “innovate” with punishment for slow over-rates in order to avoid situations like the banning of the Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum, one of the tournament’s biggest drawcards, for Tuesday’s win over the Melbourne Stars. At the MCG, Joe Burns stood in for McCullum,…

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Verma, Woodcock help Wellington remain unbeaten

Luke Woodcock hit eight fours and a six in his unbeaten 63 © Getty Images Medium pacer Anurag Verma‘s career-best 5 for 44 helped Wellington beat Central Districts by four wickets in Napier and remain unbeaten after two rounds of the Ford Trophy, the domestic 50-over competition. Central Districts elected to bat, and made 212 for 9, thanks largely to Josh Clarkson’s 68. They began with a half-century stand between…

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Fast bowlers not used to long spells – Hathurusingha

Taskin Ahmed had to bowl 29 overs in New Zealand’s first innings in Wellington, in what was his first first-class match in nearly four years © Getty Images Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha has said his team’s inexperienced pace attack has to overcome the physical test of playing back-to-back Tests if the team is to compete as hard as it did in Wellington. Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy and Kamrul Islam Rabbi…

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