Australia 'out of control' before ball-tampering scandal – Ian Gould

4:46 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Australia were “out of control” well before the ball-tampering scandal two years ago according to former international umpire Ian Gould who has recalled his role in the infamous Newlands Test. Gould, who retired from the international game after last year’s World Cup, was the TV official during the Cape Town Test and relayed what had been spotted on TV footage of Cameron Bancroft putting sandpaper…

Read More >>

£1 million domestic prize money reallocated to support player wages

Ryan ten Doeschate lifts the County Championship Division One Trophy as his Essex team-mates celebrate  3:27 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) has agreed to reallocate £1 million of domestic prize money towards player contracts for 2020, after reaching an agreement with the ECB and the 18 first-class counties in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has already delayed the start of the county season. Following discussions…

Read More >>

Locked-down Pakistan players to undergo fitness tests via video

Pakistan’s players will be required to complete, among other things, 60 push-ups in a minute  1:11 PM GMT There’s no cricket on the horizon, yet, for Pakistan’s players, but lockdown or no lockdown, they’ll have to keep their fitness levels up. That’s the message from the PCB, which will conduct fitness tests for over 200 of its contracted domestic and international players, via video link, on April 20 and 21….

Read More >>

Mark Boucher excited 'to see the guys grow a bit' in white-ball cricket

After a period of uncertainty and flux, the South African team is enjoying some stability under the care of coach Mark Boucher  11:29 AM GMT Mark Boucher has called South Africa’s win over Australia in the ODI series in March the “light at the end of the tunnel” after a difficult first season in charge of the men’s national side. Boucher took over in December and oversaw South Africa lose…

Read More >>

Young India players have 'very less guys to look up to' – Yuvraj Singh

11:21 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Yuvraj Singh believes the big difference between players of his generation and the ones today is how they dealt with seniors in the team, specifically in the “sense of respect towards seniors” and appreciating their work. “The youngsters say anything to anyone now,” Singh told Rohit Sharma during an Instagram chat hosted by the latter on Tuesday. According to Singh, the other key difference between…

Read More >>

John Wright, former India coach, appointed Derbyshire president

8:50 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Derbyshire have appointed former India coach and New Zealand batsman John Wright as their new club president. Wright scored almost 15,000 runs for Derbyshire in all formats between 1977 and 1988, and is widely regarded as one of the club’s finest batsmen. He returned to the club as a specialist T20 coach in 2017, and led an unfancied side to their first quarter-final in the…

Read More >>

India series uncertain but ECB ring-fences £20m investment into women's game

8:29 AM GMT Matt Roller Close Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets at @mroller98 England women’s home series against India is in doubt due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the ECB remains hopeful that it will be possible for the tour to be completed at some stage this summer. India are due to play two T20Is and four ODIs in England, with the first game…

Read More >>

"Whatever happens will not define you" – Memories of the Super Over

7:48 AM GMT Wisden Almanack In an extract from the 2020 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, England’s World Cup XI look back on the thrilling denouement to last summer’s unforgettable final at Lord’s Lethal weapon: Archer bowled much of the World Cup in pain, but finished as England’s leading wicket-taker Getty Images Joe Root There wasn’t the normal Lord’s hum, but pockets of pin-drop silence, like a game of snooker. Jofra was unlucky…

Read More >>

Ben Stokes named as Wisden's leading cricketer in the world

Ben Stokes sits in the Headingley dressing room after his match-winning innings  7:28 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Ben Stokes has been named as the leading Cricketer in the World in the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, which is published today, after a remarkable 2019 in which he guided England to their maiden World Cup title before producing one of the great Test innings to beat Australia in the Headingley…

Read More >>