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Bolstered squad gives Chigumbura confidence

Elton Chigumbura is contemplating a move up the batting order to allow himself a chance to play more freely © AFP Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura has said he is heartened by his team-mates’ approach while training in Khulna, as they look to bounce back from the disappointment of their series loss to Afghanistan earlier this month. He also welcomed the return of “big” players like Hamilton Masakadza, Brian Vitori and…

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Vilas' late dash to play in Johannesburg

South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Dane Vilas made a 550-mile dash to play in the third Test against England this morning following a freak injury to Quinton de Kock. Vilas had been preparing to play in the opening day of Cape Cobra’s domestic match in Port Elizabeth when he received an early morning call to pack his bags and get to Johannesburg. It was hardly the type of preparation AB de Villiers…

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Pakistan Expect Mohammad Amir to Fire in New Zealand

Mohammad Amir during a practice session. © AFP Auckland: The eyes of the cricket world will be on Pakistan in New Zealand on Friday with Mohammad Amir set to make his international comeback after serving a jail term and five-year ban for spot-fixing. The 23-year-old is expected to be named in the starting lineup for the tour-opening Twenty20 when Pakistan will pit their hostile bowling attack against a New Zealand…

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Lynn and Badree hand Stars a thrashing

Brisbane Heat 7 for 188 (Lynn 56, Simmons 44) beat Melbourne Stars 9 for 132 (Badree 5-22, Gulbis 61*) by 56 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details Samuel Badree sent back five of Stars’ top six inside the Powerplay © Cricket Australia/Getty Images What is more impressive? Five sixes in five balls, or five wickets in 16 balls? Brisbane Heat had seemed out of Big Bash League finals contention for nearly a…

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Shantry aims to repay faith after new deal

Paceman Jack Shantry has declared that the time has come for Worcestershire’s young squad to repay the faith of the club after he joined a growing list of players to sign a contract extension at New Road today. The 27-year-old has agreed a three-year deal – extending his old contract by a season – and becomes the ninth player to commit his future to the Pears since August. Worcestershire were…

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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Parthiv Patel Still Harbours Dreams of Playing for India

Parthiv Patel’s Gujarat are the defending champions of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy. © PTI Mumbai: Parthiv Patel, bidding to lead Gujarat to their second successive domestic T20 title, has not lost focus on a re-entry into the national team, but without putting pressure on himself. (Parthiv Patel Leads Gujarat to Maiden Vijay Hazare Title) “I am not someone who puts extra pressure on myself thinking that I have…

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Pinak century seals series for Bangladesh

Bangladesh Under-19s 299 for 5 (Pinak 109, Shanto 79) beat West Indies Under-19s 128 (Paul 25, Shawon 3-19) by 171 runsScorecard Bangladesh Under-19s crushed West Indies Under-19s by 171 runs in Chittagong to clinch the three-match Youth ODI series with a game to spare. The home side continued their steady rise in the age-group level leading into the Under-19 World Cup which begins on January 27 in Chittagong. Batting first,…

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Derbyshire tie down young record-breaking keeper

Derbyshire have completed a deal with their record-breaking teenage wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein to keep him at the club until the end of the 2017 season. Hosein holds the club record for the most dismissals in a first-class match when he claimed 11 on his County Championship debut against Surrey in September 2014. The 19-year-old established himself behind the stumps last summer, making 12 first-class appearances, claiming 33 dismissals and registering…

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South Africa show fight after hectic late change

Lunch South Africa 73 for 1 (Elgar 28*, Amla 15*) v EnglandLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details Ben Stokes broke the opening stand in his first over © Getty Images AB de Villiers had a satisfying first morning as captain of South Africa as England reached lunch with only the wicket of Stiaan van Zyl to show for their efforts. The Bullring was not as its most ferocious and de Villiers’…

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