Ellyse Perry to the fore again as Australia retain Ashes in drawn Test with England

Jul 19, 2019 England Women 199 for 6 (Jones 64, Sciver 62*) trail Australia Women 420 for 9 dec (Mooney 51) by 221 runs Maiden Test fifties from Amy Jones and Nat Sciver staved off the threat of England being run through on the third afternoon in Taunton, but the prospect of Australia retaining the Ashes just past the midpoint of the series moved a step closer to reality. Needing…

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Five USA players get 12-month contracts; three pull out of Global T20 Canada

12:09 PM ET Peter Della PennaCricket Close Peter Della Penna is an American cricket journalist who also writes for ESPNcricinfo.com and DreamCricket.com. Since 2010, he has penned the USA entry in the Cricket Round the World section of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterDellaPenna The USA men’s national team players are starting to reap the rewards of gaining ODI status, with a total of 17 players awarded central contracts through…

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Newlands scandal ended reverse swing arms race – Paine

11:28 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine believes that the Newlands scandal and its aftermath served to end what had been a rapidly escalating arms race among international teams in finding methods for ever more rapid and frequent reverse swing – a race that resulted in heavy penalties for Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft when caught in the act. In a frank admission ahead of…

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No bias or favouritism in Rayudu's WC exclusion – Prasad

Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from international cricket after a World Cup snub  10:58 AM ET Vishal Dikshit in Mumbai The 3D sequels aren’t over yet. Among the clarifications India’s chief selector MSK Prasad made on Sunday were a couple related to World Cup selections. Prasad stressed the decision to leave out Ambati Rayudu did not have any bias. He also explained why Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal had been…

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'I will never regret the decision' – Kumar Dharmasena

Let’s talk about six, baby: Kumar Dharmasena’s controversial decision in the final is going to be a conversation piece for a long time to come  5:27 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Umpire Kumar Dharmasena has said that the decision to award England six runs instead of five following the overthrow in the last over of the World Cup final was a collective one, and was made in consultation with square leg…

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MS Dhoni opts out of West Indies tour, Hardik Pandya rested

4:52 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Amid intense speculation over his future, MS Dhoni is not travelling with the India squad to the West Indies. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have been rested from the white-ball leg of the tour, and the latter isn’t part of the Test squad either. The Test squad is largely along expected lines, with Wriddhiman Saha making his return after a year out injured as one…

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Stitches but no scars for Carey in Ashes hunt

Steve Waugh’s knowledge is amazing for the group – Carey (1:58) Australia’s Alex Carey talks about how the side is benefiting from having former captain Steve Waugh around the group. (1:58) 5:52 PM ET Alex Carey‘s scar is healing well. Signs of the blow to the chin by Jofra Archer’s short ball in Australia’s World Cup semi-final defeat are still there, but will not be anywhere near as indelible as…

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Mark Watt contains Yorkshire, Billy Godleman lets loose in Derbyshire chase

3:00 AM ET Paul Edwards Derbyshire 166 for 5 (Godleman 70*) beat Yorkshire 164 for 8 (Thompson 50, Watt 4-19) by five wickets Yorkshire’s David Willey runs in to bowl to Billy Godleman. The ball is speared down leg side and races away for five wides. On the instant a deep-throated cheer comes up from most of the supporters who ring Queen’s Park. Chesterfield’s festival, once threatened, always cherished, has…

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