• Cook, Anderson among England players released for county duty
  • Manohar agrees to stay on temporarily as ICC chairman
  • Rahmat ton seals Afghanistan's series win
  • Australia learn the value of defence
  • Dharamsala decider promises more surprises

Cook, Anderson among England players released for county duty

James Anderson and Alastair Cook will face one another at Chelmsford in April © Getty Images The majority of England’s centrally contracted players (who are not otherwise engaged at the IPL) have been made available to play for their counties in the early rounds of the Specsavers County Championship and the Royal London One-Day Cup next month. The player availability, which was confirmed by the ECB on Friday, means that…

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Manohar agrees to stay on temporarily as ICC chairman

Shashank Manohar has decided to stay on as ICC chairman, for a while at least © IDI/Getty Images Shashank Manohar has agreed to defer his resignation as ICC chairman at least until the new governance and financial models are voted on at the next round of meetings in April. The u-turn in Manohar’s stance, following his surprise resignation earlier this month, came after an ICC board resolution earlier this week…

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Kohli still uncertain about playing deciding Test

Play 02:39 Will play only if I get through fitness tests – Kohli India captain Virat Kohli has said he will play the fourth and deciding Test against Australia in Dharamsala only if 100% fit. Kohli, who suffered a shoulder injury during the third Test in Ranchi, said he would undergo another fitness test and take a call either on Friday night or on Saturday morning, the first day of…

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Rahmat ton seals Afghanistan's series win

Afghanistan 231 for 3 (Rahmat 108*, Shenwari 62*) beat Ireland 229 (Stirling 51, Joyce 42, Rashid 4-29, Fareed 3-65) by seven wicketsScorecard and ball-by-ball details Rahmat Shah hit 10 fours and a six in his unbeaten 108 © Associated Press Twice in this series, Rahmat Shah failed to kick on after scoring a half-century. In the decider, he scored in triple-figures, for the second time in ODIs, to help Afghanistan…

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Australia learn the value of defence

Can Steven Smith lead Australia to their first Test series win in India since 2004? © Associated Press Steven Smith, like his A-Team namesake Hannibal Smith, loves it when a plan comes together. And Australia’s plans for this tour of India – a campaign of which Smith is immensely proud regardless of what happens in the final Test in Dharamsala – have been coming together since they were humiliated with…

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Dharamsala decider promises more surprises

Match facts March 25-29, 2017Start time 0930 local (0400 GMT) David Warner is the only member of Australia’s top six not to make at least one major score this series © AFP Big picture In a series that has hit plenty of heights, the mountaintop locale of Dharamsala seems as fitting a place as any for the fate of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to be decided. India’s players, and doubtless a…

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South Africa target another away-series scalp

Match facts March 25-29, 2017 Start time 1100 local (2200 GMT) Play 02:20 What bowling attack will New Zealand pick? Big picture The sun is rising later and setting earlier, the leaves have started to turn shades of orange and yellow, and last-of-the-season signs are going up in shop windows. It’s almost autumn but New Zealand and South Africa have one last summer fling to complete; one that could define…

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Manohar agrees to stay on temporarily as ICC chairman

Shashank Manohar has agreed to defer his resignation as ICC chairman at least until the new governance and financial models are voted on at the next round of meetings in April. The u-turn in Manohar’s stance, following his surprise resignation on March 15, came after an ICC board resolution earlier this week that requested him to stay with “overwhelming support”. “I respect the sentiments expressed by the Directors and the…

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Kohli still uncertain about playing deciding Test

Play 02:39 Will play only if I get through fitness tests – Kohli India captain Virat Kohli has said he will play the fourth and deciding Test against Australia in Dharamsala only if 100% fit. Kohli, who suffered a shoulder injury during the third Test in Ranchi, said he would undergo another fitness test and take a call either on Friday night or on Saturday morning, the first day of…

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Australia learn the value of defence

Can Steven Smith lead Australia to their first Test series win in India since 2004? © Associated Press Steven Smith, like his A-Team namesake Hannibal Smith, loves it when a plan comes together. And Australia’s plans for this tour of India – a campaign of which Smith is immensely proud regardless of what happens in the final Test in Dharamsala – have been coming together since they were humiliated with…

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