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Afghanistan opt to bowl; Rashid, Nabi and Mujeeb return

© AFP/Getty Images Afghanistan opted to bowl in the first of two ODIs against Ireland in Belfast, their tune-up series before they get to the 2019 World Cup. Having undergone a camp in South Africa and played against Scotland, Afghanistan have arrived in Ireland with a full-strength squad. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who has recovered from a finger injury sustained in the IPL, will be the third spinner in their XI…

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Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard named among West Indies' World Cup reserves

3:42 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff West Indies have named allrounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo in their 10-man list of reserve players for the upcoming World Cup. Bravo, who “officially retired” from international cricket in October last year, hasn’t played for West Indies in any format since September 2016, and hasn’t played an ODI since October 2014. Pollard last played an ODI in October 2016. Both players were involved in…

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India's quicks have both skills and pace – Mohammed Shami

12:25 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Since the start of 2018, India have taken more wickets than any other team in ODI cricket, at a better average than any other Full Member team barring Afghanistan. These are highly encouraging numbers for any team that is heading into a World Cup, and Mohammed Shami is proud of being part of an attack that is considered among the best in the world. Fast…

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AB de Villiers revealed he helped steer Faf du Plessis away from Kolpak route

Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers have a chat during South Africa’s training session  1:44 PM ET Liam Brickhill AB de Villiers has revealed that he urged current South Africa captain Faf du Plessis not to take up a second stint in county cricket after du Plessis’ Kolpak contract with Lancashire expired in 2010. In an interview with Indian YouTube channel Breakfast with Champions, de Villiers explained how he…

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Smith, Warner ready to 'face the fire' on Australia comebacks – Langer

1:06 PM ET Melinda Farrell Close Melinda Farrell is a presenter with ESPNcricinfo As Australia commenced their Men’s World Cup preparations on English soil, coach Justin Langer admitted the personal welfare of Steven Smith and David Warner would require sensitive monitoring and handling over the coming months. The two players joined in the centre wicket practice at Whitgift School, in the suburbs of south London, with a small media contingent…

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'Bowling is going to play a very big role in this World Cup' – Rahul Dravid

12:22 PM ET Rahul Dravid has said the presence of wicket-taking bowlers in India’s line-up will greatly benefit them in the middle overs of what is expected to be a high-scoring World Cup. “I believe, having experienced some of the conditions in England last year with the A-team tour, it would be a high-scoring World Cup,” Dravid, the former India captain who now coaches the A team and Under-19s, said….

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Persistent rain washes out series opener

Umpire Gregory Brathwaite and Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer meet during the rain delay  3:00 AM ET Scotland v Sri Lanka Match abandoned For the second time in eight days, a rare Scotland home ODI against a Full Member was affected by rain as the series opener against Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball bowled. After waiting through close to five hours of on and off drizzle, umpire Gregory Brathwaite…

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Billy Stanlake to join Derbyshire for Vitality Blast

11:11 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Billy Stanlake, the towering Australia fast bowler, will replace compatriot Kane Richardson as one of Derbyshire’s overseas signings for this season’s Vitality Blast. Richardson was recently called into Australia’s World Cup squad, leading to him pulling out of his planned Derbyshire stint in order to manage his workload. The club have instead recruited Stanlake – who last year pulled out of a T20 deal with…

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