Brathwaite and Chanderpaul tons extend West Indies' grip on another curtailed day

West Indies 221 for 0 (Brathwaite 116*, Chanderpaul 101*) vs Zimbabwe After a wet outfield claimed the first two sessions on day 2 in Bulawayo, gritty centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul saw West Indies extend their grip on the first Test against Zimbabwe. Only 51 overs were played on a rain-curtailed opening day, and West Indies – resuming from 112 for no loss – made the most of…

February 5, 2023
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Charlotte Edwards to coach Mumbai's WPL team

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards is set to be appointed head coach of the Mumbai franchise in the Women’s Premier League (WPL). Edwards will be part of an all-woman coaching staff that also includes former India captain Jhulan Goswami, who will be mentor and bowling coach of the franchise that was bought by owners of the Mumbai Indians. Edwards, one of the most successful players in women’s cricket, has significant…

February 5, 2023
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Turner puts Scorchers' success down to 'confidence in the depth of our squad'

Turner’s faith was justified when 19-year-old Connolly became an instant hero at a heaving Optus Stadium after combining with unheralded Nick Hobson to lift Scorchers past Brisbane Heat in an absorbing final. “We pick guys for a reason, we trust their skill. We don’t need to tell Cooper how to bat, how to play the situation,” Turner said after Scorchers chased down 176 runs to win by five wickets. Related…

February 5, 2023
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Josh Hazlewood to miss first Test against India

Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood is set to miss the first Test against India in Nagpur with a Achilles niggle in his left leg, and is doubtful for the second Test in Delhi as well. In Hazlewood’s absence, Scott Boland is likely to play his first Test overseas, with Australia also missing Mitchell Starc (finger injury) and the bowling services of allrounder Cameron Green, who is recovering well from his…

February 5, 2023
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Peirson 'immensely proud' of Heat's late season revival despite falling short of title

Having stormed into the final on the back of seven wins from eight games, underdog Heat were given little chance against powerhouses Scorchers at a feverish Optus Stadium packed with 53,886 rowdy locals. But after posting a strong 7 for 175, Heat were in the box seat of a see-saw Scorchers chase when Ashton Turner was run-out in a horrendous mix-up for 53. Related Turner fifty, Connolly cameo help Scorchers…

February 5, 2023
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Decision on Asia Cup venue postponed to March 2023

A final decision on whether Pakistan will host the 2023 Asia Cup is now expected in March, after an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting in Bahrain failed to reach a breakthrough. They will meet again in a month’s time, around the next set of ICC meetings. The uncertainty around the 2023 Asia Cup began in October when the ACC president, and BCCI secretary, Jay Shah said it will be held…

February 4, 2023
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'Mate, we can do it. I have full faith in ourselves'

By the end of an unforgettable BBL final, inexperienced Cooper Connolly and unheralded Nick Hobson etched their names into Perth Scorchers’ lore to become unexpected heroes at a febrile Perth Stadium. It wasn’t in the script when ice cool skipper Ashton Turner appeared set to once again rescue defending champions Scorchers in a nerve-jangling instant classic against Brisbane Heat. He reached his half-century with a six but at 4 for…

February 4, 2023
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Brathwaite, Chanderpaul help West Indies hold sway on rain-curtailed day

West Indies 112 for 0 (Brathwaite 55*, Chanderpaul 55*) vs Zimbabwe Amid the Bazball era and a trillion T20 leagues, Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul brought out the good old-fashioned Test match cricket grind to gain ascendancy over Zimbabwe on a rain-curtailed opening day of the first Test in Bulawayo. With the weather always expected to be a factor, West Indies opted to bat first. Zimbabwe had to field four…

February 4, 2023
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WPL auction during T20 World Cup a 'distraction' but 'enormous step for women's cricket'

The world’s elite female cricketers will have to find a way to manage their expectations and emotions when the Women’s T20 World Cup collides with the Women’s Premier League auction on February 13. About 45 players (including the entire Indian squad) competing in the ICC tournament, which starts on Friday, could be picked in the WPL. Up to seven overseas players, of which one must be from an Associate nation,…

February 4, 2023
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Turner fifty, Connolly cameo help Scorchers defend BBL crown

Perth Scorchers 178 for 5 (Turner 53, Kuhnemann 1-28) beat Brisbane Heat 175 for 7 (McSweeney 41, Behrendorff 2-26) by five wickets Teenager Cooper Connolly and Nick Hobson kept their cool in a nerve-jangling chase as Perth Scorchers ended Brisbane Heat’s remarkable revival with an epic five-wicket victory to win their fifth BBL title. Chasing 176, in a fitting end to a madcap BBL season, Scorchers endured a see-saw filled…

February 4, 2023
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