• Surrey release Michael Di Venuto from his contract early

Amir in focus as Pakistan run into red-hot New Zealand

Match facts January 15, 2015Start time 1900 local (0600 GMT) Play 01:42 Pakistan’s well-rounded pace attack could pose New Zealand with a sterner test as both teams would look to fine-tune their preparations for the World T20 Big Picture New Zealand have batsmen in a record-breaking mood. Pakistan are hoping reignite their T20 game after losses against England. There is a World T20 in two months. But none of this…

Read More >>

India seek to rebound on flat surface

Match facts January 15, 2016Start time 1320 local (0320 GMT) Play 04:06 Agarkar: India must play wicket-taking bowlers Big Picture Australia carry a 1-0 series lead to the second match in Brisbane, although there were several stages during the first ODI in Perth when India looked to be in control of the game. Batting first, they put on 1 for 149 in the first 30 overs and with so many…

Read More >>

Threat of rain looms over the Gabba

Match facts January 15, 2016Start time 1320 local (0320 GMT) With David Warner on paternity leave, Shaun Marsh is set to play his first ODI in nearly a year © AFP Big Picture Australia carry a 1-0 series lead to the second match in Brisbane, although there were several stages during the first ODI in Perth when India looked to be in control of the game. Batting first, they put…

Read More >>

Expect more high scoring – Faulkner

James Faulkner: “Everyone was quite surprised by the way the wicket played in Perth, it was very flat and we saw a lot of runs scored” © AFP James Faulkner predicts more feats of run scoring and further sobering times for bowlers in the second ODI between Australia and India at the Gabba, even though playing conditions have actually eased in favour of the fielding sides since last year’s World…

Read More >>

Brathwaite fifty takes Barbados past ICC Americas

© WICB Media/Ashley Allen Kraigg Brathwaite scored an unbeaten 86 in his first match back from the West Indies tour of Australia as Barbados kept their Nagico Super50 semi-final hopes alive with a four-wicket win over ICC Americas at Queen’s Park Oval. Brathwaite’s innings came after Barbados were reduced to 0 for 2 in response to ICC Americas first innings total of 202. Timroy Allen bowled Dwayne Smith and had…

Read More >>

NZ playing 'wonderful cricket' – Shehzad

Ahmed Shehzad has said batsmen will have to be careful with their shot selection and not get overly tempted by Eden Park’s short boundaries © AFP Pakistan have spoken about being aggressive with bat and ball on tour, but Ahmed Shehzad has conceded that New Zealand are currently playing cricket that is “awesome to see”. The hosts’ batsmen set New Zealand records during the 2-0 defeat of Sri Lanka last…

Read More >>

Cook concentrating on series victory

Alastair Cook is excited by the prospect of securing a series victory in Johannesburg – although the England captain is waiting to see if opening partner Alex Hales will be fit for the third Test. Hales has been struck by the virus which laid Chris Jordan and Nick Compton low in Cape Town, and although he was well enough to practice on Wednesday, he did so away from the rest…

Read More >>

De Villiers aims to turn up heat on England

Newly-installed South Africa Test captain AB de Villiers has declared that “losing is not an option” as he prepares to keep his side’s series hopes alive against England in Johannesburg this week. De Villiers will take over the Test reins at the Wanderers for the first time after Hashim Amla’s surprise resignation after last week’s drawn Cape Town Test. While De Villiers has admitted he might happily give up the…

Read More >>

Roland-Jones relishing Lions chance

Toby Roland-Jones is maintaining the strong Middlesex representation for the England Lions against Pakistan A this winter – and if he can match the performances of his county team-mates Dawid Malan and Steven Finn before Christmas, he’ll be delighted. Roland-Jones is one of three newcomers to the Lions set-up this winter for the second five-match series against Pakistan A. Somerset’s Craig Overton has joined his twin brother Jamie, and Yorkshire’s…

Read More >>

Napier targets Essex swan song

Graham Napier is keen to go out with a bang this season after announcing that he plans to retire from cricket at the end of the 2016 campaign . Napier will hang up his boots after what will be his 20th season representing Essex in order to become director of the Graham Napier Cricket Academy at Royal Hospital School in Suffolk. The 36-year-old already has plenty to look back on…

Read More >>