• England bat, ring changes; Pakistan bring in Abid Ali, Shaheen Afridi
  • Afghanistan opt to bowl; Rashid, Nabi and Mujeeb return

Rain ends promising match in a disappointing draw

Will Jacks on the run © Getty Images Surrey 380 (Burns 107, Elgar 103) and 255 for 8 (Burns 78, Jacks 54) drew with Somerset 398 (Gregory 129*, Hildreth 90) Rain ruined the prospect of an exciting finish to the County Championship match between Somerset and Surrey at Taunton, which ended tamely in a draw. Only six overs were possible in the morning session before the umpires announced an early…

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Dananjaya, Sandakan eye 'A' route for national comebacks

12:28 PM ET Madushka Balasuriya Sri Lanka’s national spin coach Piyal Wijetunge will be travelling with the A team to India later this month, with new head coach Roy Dias stressing on the need to get frontline spinners Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan back and firing. Wijetunge has been working closely with struggling Dananjaya after the off-spinner remodelled his action at the start of the year following an ICC ban….

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Tune-up time for Sri Lanka ahead of World Cup against Associates on the rise

Dhananjaya de Silva congratulates Kusal Mendis on getting to his half-century © Associated Press Big picture On the eve of the World Cup, there’s still time for a tune-up fight or two for a former champion as they gear up for the main event. In one corner, wearing purple and gold trunks, stands the Associate annihilator. Across the ring in the other corner, wearing plaid blue and white, stands the…

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Hampshire bowlers knock over Warwickshire for 314-run triumph

Fidel Edwards ruffled Surrey © Getty Images Hampshire 354 (Alsop 150, Donald 75) and 302 for 5 dec (Rossouw 76, Soames 62, Northeast 55*) beat Warwickshire 233 (Sibley 109*) and 109 (Edwards 3-36) by 314 runs Hampshire convincingly defeated Warwickshire on day four of the Specsavers County Championship fixture at Edgbaston Needing eight wickets to secure victory, a ruthless spell of bowling from the visitors saw them dismiss the Bears…

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South Africa prepare to feel the heat … with one eye on England's heavens

9:51 AM ET Liam Brickhill An obsessional focus on the weather has long been a British cliché, but South Africa’s squad will also be keeping a close eye on the forecasts at the World Cup. They believe that the notoriously capricious English weather could play a vital role in the outcome of the World Cup, affecting team tactics and tilting the battle between bat and ball. England recently basked in…

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Lancashire wrap up 10-wicket victory in eight minutes on final day

May 16, 2019 Northamptonshire230 and 200 (Gleeson 5-50) lead Lancashire 415 (Jennings 97, Vilas 97, Bailey 68, Jones 67, Wood 5-72) by 15 runs “Northamptonshire found me. They gave me the opportunity to play first-class cricket and I owe my career to them. If it hadn’t been for them, I could still be coaching in schools.” Richard Gleeson will never tire of saying what he owes to Northamptonshire. The unfortunate…

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PCB hoping to convince England, Australia to tour Pakistan

Haris Sohail put up some resistance for Pakistan against Australia in the 5th ODI  9:31 AM ET The Pakistan Cricket Board has scheduled a fresh round of talks with officials from Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board after the World Cup to discuss the resumption of international cricket in the country. The board is also set to officially discuss Sri Lanka’s and Bangladesh’s scheduled visits to the country…

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Worcestershire overcome Chris Rushworth five-for to win comfortably

3:00 AM ET ECB Reporters Network Worcestershire 390 (Wessels 118, Whitely 72, Dell 61) and 84 for 5 (Rushworth 5-28) beat Durham 273 (Bancroft 70, Morris 6-53) and 197 (Tongue 5-37) by 5 wickets Worcestershire overcame a five wicket blast from Chris Rushworth to register a second successive win on the final day of the County Championship clash with Durham at Blackfinch New Road. Rushworth picked up five wickets and…

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Ngidi looking forward to 'grudge match' against India at the World Cup

South Africa’s best cricket comes when we bowl well – Ngidi (2:45) Lungi Ngidi speaks about South Africa’s reliance on bowling, the World Cup, and wanting payback against India (2:45) 9:16 AM ET Liam Brickhill Lungi Ngidi has lined up South Africa’s World Cup match against India at the Rose Bowl as a grudge match he is particularly looking forward to. India thrashed South Africa 5-1 the last time the…

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Instability of PCB hampering efforts to attract former players

8:35 AM ET A plan to involve modern cricketers in the working structure of the Pakistan Cricket Board seems to be have hit a snag. ESPNcricinfo understands one of the major reasons former players are reluctant to join the PCB is the organisation’s inherent instability and the PCB’s internal working culture. Over the last two decades, the PCB has effectively been run as a one-man show, with the chairman enjoying…

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