Jake Weatherald, Usman Shinwari help keep Quetta Gladiators' distant playoffs dream alive

June 15, 2021

Khurram Shahzad leaps to celebrate a wicket © Pakistan Super League Quetta Gladiators 158 for 5 (Weatherald 48, Sarfaraz 34*, Faulkner 3-25) beat Lahore Qalandars 140 (David 46, Shahzad 3-14, Shinwari 3-32) by 18 runs The Quetta Gladiators bagged the much-needed two points to remain afloat this season, as their bowlers combined to fashion an 18-run win over the Lahore Qalandars after being boosted by Jake Weatherald, Azam Khan and…

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Warwickshire close to signing Che Simmons, 17-year-old dubbed 'new Jofra Archer'

News Barbadian fast bowler has UK passport and impressed on trial with 2nd XI Warwickshire look set to pull off something of a coup in signing Che Simmons, a young fast bowler who has been dubbed the “new Jofra Archer”. Simmons, a 17-year-old seamer, was born and raised in Barbados. But he also holds a UK passport through his father and, having been recommended to Warwickshire’s director of sport, Paul…

June 15, 2021
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Kagiso Rabada set to pull out of deal to play in the Hundred

News South Africa fast bowler becomes latest international player to withdraw The Hundred is set to lose more big-name players as the competition battles to compete with international schedules and bubble fatigue. Days after it emerged that David Warner, Marcus Stoinis and Sophie Devine had pulled out, ESPNcricinfo understands that Kagiso Rabada is also withdrawing. Rabada, the South Africa fast bowler who had signed for Manchester Originals, is currently involved…

June 15, 2021
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Heather Knight admits used pitch for Bristol Test is 'not ideal'

England Women had to contend with a used pitch at Taunton during the 2019 Ashes   Heather Knight, the England captain, has expressed her disappointment at being given a used pitch to host India in the first women’s Test between the sides for seven years. Knight revealed on the eve of the match at Bristol’s County Ground that the pitch had been used for Gloucestershire’s T20 Blast fixture against Sussex…

June 15, 2021
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After 'big emphasis' on improvement, South Africa get their slip-catching mojo back

News South Africa created 14 catching chances in the first Test against West Indies and took 13 of them The new South Africa Test slip cordon – “it was a matter of getting them in the right places”   Dean Elgar had asked for centuries and five-fors in his first series in charge of South Africa’s Test team and, so far, Quinton de Kock, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada have…

June 15, 2021
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Pitch battle in prospect as England, India resume long-form rivalry

Play 01:28 Heather Knight: Jhulan Goswami is ‘one of the best of our generation’ Big picture They call it the seven-year itch and after so long in the Test match wilderness, India are ready for a change of scene which they and their opponents, England, hope will be anything but dull or scratchy. So rare are women’s Tests that there is a sense of pressure to provide excitement, not least…

June 15, 2021
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WTC final: Umesh Yadav among five pacers in India's 15 as Shardul Thakur misses out

News Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul left out Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami are among the five pacers Virat Kohli has in his squad of 15   India’s opening combination for the WTC final against New Zealand has possibly been finalised, with Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma the only regular opening batters in the final 15, named on Tuesday evening. Hanuma Vihari, who India…

June 15, 2021
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Mithali Raj bats for Ashes-style three-format series in women's cricket

June 15, 2021

News “Maybe in the coming years it might also lead to a World Test Championship [for women]. You never know.” Mithali Raj: ‘Ask any modern-day cricketer, they still want to play the longer format because they eventually know that [it] tests the skill of a player’   Mithali Raj believes India Women’s return to Test cricket after a gap of nearly seven years could pave the way for multi-format, points-based…

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Lack of warm-up fixtures 'a bit of a disadvantage', says Cheteshwar Pujara

News “Test cricket needs to survive, and a WTC format helps where every Test, every series is important” “Maybe a few extra days of preparation would’ve helped, but we can’t complain”   The absence of a proper warm-up fixture for India in the lead-up to the WTC final is a “bit of a disadvantage”, but the team is happy just being able to play cricket in a pandemic-hit world, according…

June 15, 2021
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VVS Laxman's advice to Rohit Sharma: 'Focus on leaving deliveries outside off'

Play 00:52 Five batters and two spinners? Aakash Chopra’s India XI for WTC final VVS Laxman has offered two tips to Rohit Sharma ahead of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand starting Friday: know where your off stump is to leave the ball outside off and don’t take the left leg across too much while facing Trent Boult, who is likely to swing the ball into the batter….

June 15, 2021
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