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Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning see Australia through after early scare

10:29 AM GMT Australia 5 for 123 (Haynes 60, Lanning 41*, Prabodhani 2-17, Siriwardene 2-20) beat Sri Lanka 6 for 122 (Atapattu 50, Sanjeewani 25, Carey 2-18, Strano 2-23) by five wickets Australia are not playing well at all. Australia are still in the T20 World Cup. These two truths were undeniable at the end of a white-knuckle encounter with Sri Lanka at the WACA Ground, which on several occasions…

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Sheffield Shield round-up: Centuries for Daniel Hughes and Cameron Green

7:44 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff New South Wales 7 for 294 (Hughes 103, Gilkes 83, Mennie 4-82) v South Australia Daniel Hughes struck his first Sheffield Shield hundred of the season and Matthew Gilkes made an eye-catching maiden first-class fifty, but New South Wales suffered a late wobble against South Australia. From 4 for 272, they lost 3 for 21 as Chadd Sayers made inroads with the second new ball…

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Oman's Yousef Abdulrahim Al Balushi banned for seven years

6:28 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff The ICC has banned Oman player Yousuf Al Balushi from all cricket for seven years after he accepted four charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. The charges relate to attempting to influence team members to engage in corruption during the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifier, played in the UAE. Balushi had been suspended last month for the same offence, and has now been formally…

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After Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim nears century as Bangladesh grow lead

6:07 AM GMT Liam Brickhill Lunch Bangladesh 351 for 3 (Haque 119*, Rahim 99*, Tshuma 1-58) lead Zimbabwe 265 by 86 runs Bangladesh raced into the lead with a batting masterclass from Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim on the third morning. Haque raised his ninth Test century, his first as captain, and the first by a Bangladesh batsman in more than a year. Rahim followed close behind him, cruising to…

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'We allowed them to bowl well for longer periods' – Virat Kohli

5:56 AM GMT New Zealand’s fast bowlers are unmatched when it comes to using the short ball as a defensive option, particularly in home conditions. For the best part of India’s second innings at the Basin Reserve, the hosts’ expert use of shorter lengths on a two-paced pitch with spongy bounce turned the contest into one where both teams were playing the waiting game. It suited New Zealand perfectly, given…

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ICC events proposal for 2023-31 may push players away from internationals – FICA

5:00 AM GMT Cricket’s global governors risk increasing the rate of player drain from internationals to the domestic Twenty20 league circuit should they push ahead with an ICC proposal to pack the cricket calendar with at least one major men’s event every year from 2023 to 2031, according to the global players’ body FICA. After the boards of India, England and Australia all expressed varying degrees of reservation about the…

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Williamson lauds Southee and Boult's 'patience and energy'

2:11 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff New Zealand captain Kane Williamson reserved special praise for his team’s fast-bowling trio of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and debutant Kyle Jamieson after their win against India in Wellington. The three quicks took 18 of the 19 wickets taken by the home side in the Test, not allowing India to touch 200 in either innings, and they even contributed 88 runs with the bat in…

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Kohli says toss had big impact, but wants more competitiveness from his players

1:30 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Over the dominant home season, India’s coach Ravi Shastri talked about taking the pitch and the toss out of equation, which, while lofty, is something for dominant teams to aspire to. To a large extent, India did do that in home Tests, but in away conditions against good teams, tosses can play a big part. That was the first thing Virat Kohli mentioned in his…

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Southee and Boult run through India to seal massive victory

© Getty Images The big boys of New Zealand fast bowling, Trent Boult and Tim Southee, did the business with the old ball to seal their 100th Test win, on the fourth morning at Basin Reserve. Twenty-eight of those wins have come in matches that Boult and Southee have played together. Their pin-point planning and execution made sure India’s resistance on the third evening didn’t count for much. Boult started…

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Australia rue 'missed opportunity' as South Africa prove killer instincts at death

6:16 PM GMT While South Africans celebrate their double success in T20 cricket on a super Sunday in which both the men’s and women’s teams won crucial matches, Australia are not making any attempt to hide their disappointment that victory could have been theirs. Their men’s team lost a T20 for the first time since November 2018, ending a nine-match unbeaten run and thus squandered the chance to seal the…

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