• South Africa v India: Boxing Day out, New Year likely to begin late
  • South Africa v India: Boxing Day out, New Year's doubtful
  • Walker puts Kent above England
  • 'Ready to lose a few games if we need to try out something'
  • Staff restructuring sparks protest against ACB top brass

Blackwood's lone resistance can't save Windies from follow-on

Play 01:02 Anderson makes the pink ball talk Lunch West Indies 145 for 8 (Blackwood 60*, Joseph 2*) trail England 514 for 8 dec by 369 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details West Indies’ batsmen stuttered with grim predictability on the third day at Edgbaston, losing seven wickets in a wasteful morning session before Jermaine Blackwood, with a spirited 49-ball half-century, dredged up enough resistance to see them through to the lunchbreak…

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Blackwood resists as West Indies crumble

Play 02:46 Cook’s easiest double-ton? West Indies 145 for 8 (Blackwood 60*, Joseph 2*) trail England 514 for 8 dec (Cook 243, Root 136, Malan 65) by 369 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details West Indies’ batsmen stuttered with grim predictability on the third day at Edgbaston, losing seven wickets in a wasteful morning session before Jermaine Blackwood, with a spirited 49-ball half-century, dredged up enough resistance to see them through to…

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Walker puts Kent above England

England hope to find someone to deputise for Paul Farbace during the T20 leg of their winter tour to Australia and New Zealand © Getty Images Matt Walker has withdrawn from England’s tri-series against Australia and New Zealand due to his commitments with Kent. While Walker, the Kent head coach, had previously indicated to the England team management that he was keen to take the opportunity to join the coaching…

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'Ready to lose a few games if we need to try out something'

Among the batsmen auditioning for middle-order berths will be KL Rahul and Manish Pandey © AFP It’s almost nine years to the day that Virat Kohli, a sprightly teenager fresh out of a successful Under-19 World Cup campaign, made his ODI debut for India in Dambulla. Now, he returns to the same venue as India captain, looking to build on a series of impressive results in recent times, but with…

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Can ailing Sri Lanka spring a surprise?

Match Facts August 20, 2017Start time: 1430 local (0900GMT) Play 03:55 Gambhir: Kuldeep will be a wicket-taking option Big Picture India were monumentally dominant in the Tests, while Sri Lanka are in turmoil and have a new full-time limited-overs captain, but if there is still a wisp of hope that the ODIs will be competitive, it is based on the outcome of the Champions Trophy match between these sides. Remember…

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Staff restructuring sparks protest against ACB top brass

ACB chairman Atif Mashal (right) has said the mass restructuring of the board’s staff was a necessary step towards board reforms © Peter Della Penna A large cull of employees at the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has provoked an uprising against chairman Atif Mashal and chief executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai. The ACB axed or shuffled over 30 employees including a number of top officials as part of extensive reforms after obtaining…

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Concussion substitutes to be trialled in Sheffield Shield

Daniel Hughes was struck by a bouncer after which Nick Larkin was subbed in as a full member © Getty Images Concussion substitutes will be trialled in the Sheffield Shield this year, after the ICC cleared the way for the change while allowing the competition to retain its first-class status. A successful trial over the next two seasons could even open a path for concussion substitutes to be introduced into…

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We have to be confident in our skill set – Smith

While Steven Smith said Steve O’Keefe was unlucky to miss out, he was looking at Ashton Agar’s presence on the tour with a bigger picture in mind © AFP Given Australia’s inexperience in Bangladesh conditions – none of their 14 players have played a Test here before – and the hosts’ record at home of late, Steven Smith is wary of picking favourites for the two-Test series, stressing that this…

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