Sixathon on the cards with series decider at Wankhede

December 10, 2019

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We beat oppositions by playing smart cricket – Rohit Sharma

12:46 PM GMT West Indies v India, Wankhede Stadium: here we go again. In the T20 World Cup semi-final at this venue more than three years ago, India managed only four sixes on their way to a total of 192 for 2. West Indies’ power-hitters, led by Lendl Simmons, then made that look a whole lot smaller by smashing 11 sixes. West Indies eventually sealed the chase with seven wickets…

December 10, 2019
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'Hopefully there's some pace and bounce' – Langer makes Perth Test pitch

12:41 PM GMT While maybe not the talk of the town, there is plenty of chatter about pitches in Australia. There was the abandonment of the Sheffield Shield game at the MCG and now the intrigue about what will be laid out for the second Test to be staged at the new Perth Stadium. For Australia coach Justin Langer, however, there is just one thing that matters: Test cricket can’t…

December 10, 2019
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Having Mickey Arthur as coach 'a big advantage' – Dimuth Karunaratne

12:23 PM GMT Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who has a strong side at his disposal in Pakistan, feels it is a “great pleasure to play a part” in the revival of Test cricket in the country. When Sri Lanka toured Pakistan for a white-ball series recently, as many as ten of their premier players had opted out, but the experienced Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal are in the ranks…

December 10, 2019
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Back at home, Azhar Ali wants Pakistan to 'quickly return to our groove'

11:56 AM GMT Along with ending the long break from playing Test cricket at home, Pakistan would be looking to end a winless – indeed, losing – streak in the format when the first Test against Sri Lanka begins in Rawalpindi tomorrow. It is a fresh start in so many ways – almost like making a debut, as Shan Masood put it – and captain Azhar Ali is very aware…

December 10, 2019
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Pace sensation Gerald Coetzee named in South Africa's under-19 World Cup squad

11:32 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Pace sensation Gerald Coetzee, who had suffered a hamstring strain in a recent MSL match, has recovered and was named in South Africa’s squad for the under-19 World Cup at home in January next year. Allrounder Bryce Parsons was appointed captain of a 15-man squad that is filled with all-round talent. As many as four allrounders were picked, and wicketkeeper Khanya Cotani, who has played…

December 10, 2019
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T20 transformation earns Tom Abell first franchise deal in BPL

11:24 AM GMT Matt Roller Close Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets at @mroller98 Eighteen months ago, Tom Abell was part way through his fifth season in the Somerset first team with just 13 T20 runs to his name. Now, he is Bangladesh-bound for his first taste of franchise cricket with Rangpur Rangers at the BPL, having reinvented himself as a middle-order accelerator in the shortest…

December 10, 2019
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Hardik Pandya targets comeback during New Zealand tour

11:23 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff India allrounder Hardik Pandya is targeting an international return during the tour of New Zealand which begins in the last week of January 2020. Pandya, who underwent back surgery in October, indicated that, as per the plan worked out with India’s team management, he is scheduled to join the squad “midway” into the New Zealand series, then feature in the IPL, and then be ready…

December 10, 2019
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'Almost like everyone is making their debuts' – Shan Masood

10:55 AM GMT For a man usually so measured with his words, Shan Masood couldn’t help repeating himself. Looking ahead to the first Test against Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi – Pakistan’s first at home in over a decade – Masood stressed on the value of cricketers playing regularly at home, and the benefits he was sure it would bring for Pakistan cricket in both the short- and long-term. “If you…

December 10, 2019
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Pink ball, 40-degree heat… New Zealand brace for 'most extreme' Test in Perth

December 10, 2019

Trent Boult plays football at a training session © Getty Images New Zealand are ready to embrace the “most extreme” conditions they could encounter in Australia, but don’t believe the pink ball will be toughest element of their challenge in the Perth Test. The forecast is for temperatures to top 40 degrees Celsius over the weekend, and while that is not unusual for cricketers around the world, New Zealand have…

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