Warner's manager claims Australia were 'told' to tamper with ball after Hobart loss in 2016-17

David Warner‘s manager James Erskine has claimed that Australia were given the go-ahead to tamper with the ball after their defeat against South Africa in Hobart in 2016-17, when Australia were bowled out for 85 and lost by an innings and 80 runs in little more than two days. “Two senior executives were in the changing room in Hobart, and basically were berating the team for losing against South Africa,”…

December 8, 2022
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Australia bat, and play Neser, Boland; West Indies hand debuts to Mindley, Thomas

Stand-in Australia captain Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bat against a revamped West Indies line-up in the day-night Test in Adelaide. Australia too were forced to make changes from the side that claimed the first Test by 164 runs. They had a new-look attack, with regular captain Pat Cummins failing to overcome a quad strain he picked up during the first Test, while quick Josh Hazlewood was…

December 8, 2022
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Ben Stokes embraces the 'why not?' as England look to press harder still

At around 1pm at Multan’s Ramada Hotel, a handful of England players (those who weren’t off to play golf with head coach Brendon McCullum) were milling around as a group of Pakistan players were getting a tune-up at the onsite barber. Meanwhile, Ben Stokes was holding court. It was, for all intents and purposes, a run-of-the-mill press engagement. The first of this week’s duties ahead of the second Test, which…

December 7, 2022
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Ollie Pope could retain gloves as Multan fog poses start-time dilemma

Ollie Pope could keep his spot behind the stumps at the expense of Ben Foakes, while Mark Wood is primed for a return as England address selection conundrums ahead of the second Test against Pakistan. Following a historic 74-run victory in the first Test, England arrived in Multan on a high but with considerations over their XI, given the magnitude of the events in Rawalpindi. A virus in the camp…

December 7, 2022
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Mehidy: 'I never believed I could get the hundred'

Bangladesh allrounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz said that setting small goals, calming each other whenever panic set in, and not worrying about the final total were key elements of his record-breaking partnership with Mahmudullah in the second ODI against India. Their 148-run stand for the seventh wicket helped Bangladesh win by five runs and clinch their second successive series at home against India with a game to spare. Related Bangladesh hold…

December 7, 2022
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Rohit frustrated with India's mounting injury list: 'We need to get to the bottom of it'

Rohit Sharma, the India captain, has expressed displeasure at players pulling up injured repeatedly despite being passed fit. He hopes the National Cricket Academy, the body that monitors and rehabilitates injured players, can “get to the bottom of it” soon. India have been ravaged by injuries to several regulars throughout the year. Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar, part of the Bangladesh tour, have been among those who’ve spent extensive periods…

December 7, 2022
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ZC launches six-team T10 tournament in March 2023

Zimbabwe Cricket has announced their first privately-owned franchise league, a T10 tournament, which has been established with Mulk International – the founding company of the Abu Dhabi T10. The six-team tournament is slated to take place in March 2023 and will be called the Zim Afro T10. The Abu Dhabi T10 has been played since 2017 and has just completed its sixth season. “We are pleased to announce the introduction…

December 7, 2022
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Maia Bouchier, Alice Davidson-Richards added to England T20I squad

Bouchier, who turned 24 this week, has played 14 T20Is since making her debut in September 2021 – including all five matches at the Commonwealth Games – but missed out on a central contract and was left out of the initial 15-player squad for the five-match T20I series. But she has now been added to the squad as replacement for the injured Capsey, with Alice Davidson-Richards also drafted into the…

December 7, 2022
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Easwaran, Pujara, Bharat put India A in charge

India A 324 for 5 (Easwaran 144, Bharat 77, Sumon 2-67) lead Bangladesh A 252 (Shahadat 80, Jaker 62, Mukesh 6-40) by 72 runs India A captain Abhimanyu Easwaran struck his second century against Bangladesh A on the second day of the unofficial Test in Sylhet. He remained unbeaten on 144 as the visitors went to stumps on 324 for five, in reply to the home side’s 252. Resuming the…

December 7, 2022
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Labuschagne displaces Root to become No. 1 Test batter

Marnus Labuschagne‘s aggregate of 308 runs in the first Test against West Indies has lifted him past Joe Root to the top of Test batting rankings. Labuschagne scored 204 and 104* in Perth, becoming just the eighth player to record a century and a double-ton in the same Test. The knocks gave him 50 rating points, helping him regain his position at the top of the rankings table for the…

December 7, 2022
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