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Michael Neser locks in Glamorgan link-up with Marnus Labuschagne

Queensland team-mates Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser will link up at Glamorgan in 2021  10:35 AM GMT Matt Roller Close Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets at @mroller98 After his planned stint at Surrey was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Michael Neser will belatedly get the chance to play county cricket in 2021 after signing a contract with Glamorgan for the County Championship and Royal…

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'Our boy is coming home' – Bangladesh eager to welcome back 'champion' Shakib Al Hasan

First name on the sheet? © Getty Images Bangladesh cricket is eager to welcome Shakib Al Hasan back into the dressing room with open arms. That is the belief of Mahmudullah, who took over as the team’s T20I captain soon after Shakib was handed a 12-month ban. Shakib, whose ban ends on October 29, is currently in the USA with his family, but could return to the Bangladesh fold as…

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Queensland's loss is new host New South Wales' gain

7:59 AM GMT Seldom has the term “open and shut case” carried more layers than those around Australia’s home international schedule for the 2020-21 season. Little more than 14 hours after the end of the Victorian government’s interminable Covid-19 lockdown of metropolitan Melbourne, it announced – along with Cricket Australia and the Melbourne Cricket Club – that the MCG would be able to host the Boxing Day Test against India…

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Will Pucovski's star ready to shine in all three forms after Melbourne Stars contract

7:44 AM GMT Alex Malcolm Victoria young gun Will Pucovski says he is in a “really good space” in terms of his mental health and is ready for a full year of professional cricket to push his international credentials after signing with the Melbourne Stars for the upcoming BBL season. Pucovski, 22, came close to a Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2019 and was part of the Australia A…

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CSA Members' Council and sports minister Nathi Mthethwa have 'constructive' meeting

Nathi Mthethwa. South Africa’s minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, speaks at an event  5:42 AM GMT The CSA’s Members’ Council – the highest-decision making authority in the game made up of the 14 provincial affiliate presidents – and South Africa’s sports minister Nathi Mthethwa held a “constructive” meeting on Tuesday, which was the deadline for the organisation to convince Mthethwa why he should not intervene in their affairs. Mthethwa…

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Jake Weatherald withdraws from Sheffield Shield clash for mental health reasons

3:04 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff South Australia opener Jake Weatherald has withdrawn from Friday’s Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria for mental health reasons. Weatherald opened the season with a century against Western Australia, but SACA Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager John Porter revealed that Weatherald spoke with the SACA medical team about his mental health following the draw with Tasmania last week. It was decided that he should time…

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Bradburn looks to revolutionise Pakistan's coaching structure

Oct 27, 2020 Grant Bradburn, the head of high performance coaching in Pakistan wants to see a significant shift in redeveloping approaches for players growing up, emphasising the need for a team-centric approach than a player-centric approach. He was speaking to media on a day he structured a programme for coaches in the country to mentor players, and ingrain a culture that prioritised match-winning performances over those that only served…

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Marcus Harris hopes small tweaks will revive his Australia Test career

2:13 AM GMT Alex Malcolm Victoria opener Marcus Harris is hopeful a set-up adjustment he has made with new state coach Chris Rogers will help propel him back into Test calculations. Harris hasn’t played Test cricket since the 2019 Ashes where he made just 58 runs in six innings. Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer dismissed Harris five times between them, all from around the wicket and all where he was…

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India-Australia schedule confirmed; Adelaide hosts day-night Test, pink-ball warm-up match at SCG

11:09 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff The schedule for India’s tour to Australia has been confirmed with Adelaide to host a day-night Test as part of the four-match series that is also set to take in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane following three ODIs and three T20Is. The ODIs will be played on November 27, 29 and December 2 with the T20Is on December 4, 6 and 8. The first Test in…

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'No set template, be proactive and smart' – Jasprit Bumrah's guide to pressure-overs bowling

6:06 PM GMT Vishal Dikshit Here’s a short and straightforward guide on bowling in the death (and Super) overs from one of the best in the business, Jasprit Bumrah: Break the situation down into what your team wants from you in that over, assess the pitch and conditions, evaluate the match situation, check the boundary distance on all sides, especially square, and then choose the deliveries from the options available….

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