Rohit Sharma 'happy to bat anywhere' but not sure opener role will be changed

Rohit Sharma transitioned to become a Test opener against South Africa last year and topped the series charts with 529 runs  8:48 AM GMT Shashank Kishore Rohit Sharma is all but likely to partner Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order should he be cleared to fly for the Tests in Australia, but he isn’t too fussed over his batting position. “I will tell you the same thing that…

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Adam Voges: Fourteen-game BBL season 'too long'

8:09 AM GMT Adam Voges, the Perth Scorchers coach, has delivered a strong criticism of the 14-game length of the regular Big Bash League season, while opting for some cautious optimism about rule changes that have been brought in as an attempt to “spice up” the tournament after several years of declining broadcast audiences. In a week when there has been plenty of criticism of the introduction of changes including…

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Andrew McDonald: Short stuff no weakness for Steven Smith

7:07 AM GMT Alex Malcolm Steven Smith will have no issues if the Indian bowlers try to attack him with short-pitch bowling in both the limited-overs and Test series, according to Australia’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald. Smith himself has encouraged India to pepper him in Test cricket but McDonald thinks they may well try it in the limited-over series as well. He was concussed by Jofra Archer in last year’s…

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Sydney Sixes fined for incorrectly naming Hayley Silver-Holmes in XI

5:31 AM GMT The Sydney Sixers have been fined A$25,000, of which $15,000 is suspended for 12 months, after they erroneously named pace bowler Hayley Silver-Holmes in their XI to face the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday, despite her not officially being part of the squad. Having been replaced in the squad due to a foot injury, Silver-Holmes was fit again for the weekend’s matches but her return to the 15-player…

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Mohammed Shami: 'Once you start pitching the ball at the lengths you desire, you can succeed in different formats'

Mohammed Shami was part of the India Test attack that helped them to a 2-1 series win down under in 2018-19  4:16 AM GMT Shashank Kishore Mohammed Shami had a breakout IPL season with Kings XI Punjab, darting those yorkers, winning Super Overs, bowling with the new ball and leading a young pace attack, but he has quickly moved on from there and has his eyes set on repeating India’s…

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WBBL round-up: Shabnim Ismail burst secures Thunder's semi-final spot

1:58 AM GMT Alex Malcolm Sydney Thunder 4 for 116 (Knight 25, Carey 2-23) beat Hobart Hurricanes 9 for 115 (Moloney 39, Ismail 3-10) by six wickets A devastating spell of fast bowling from Shabnim Ismail helped Sydney Thunder secure a WBBL finals spot with a six-wicket victory over last-placed Hobart Hurricanes in the final round of the season. Ismail’s burst of pace in the Powerplay left the Hurricanes reeling…

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Sam Billings: 'This is one of the hardest sports teams to get into in the world at the moment'

7:24 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Sam Billings has described England’s white-ball set-up as among the “hardest sports teams to get into in the world” after making an encouraging start to his South Africa tour by striking a 43-ball half-century in the opening intra-squad warm-up match in Cape Town. Billings has been an irregular starter in England’s ODI and T20I sides over the last five years, but scored his maiden international…

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Joe Root, Sam Billings and Tom Curran enjoy productive England warm-up outing

Joe Root guides the ball through the off side © Getty Images Team Buttler 255 (Root 77, Billings 52, T Curran 4-25) beat Team Morgan 205 (Woakes 55, Gregory 3-18) by 50 runs England began preparations for their white-ball series against South Africa with a 40-over intra-squad game at Newlands in which all 23 players in the touring party enjoyed a run-out. The team led by vice-captain Jos Buttler prevailed,…

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Amir, Hafeez, Malik, Wahab secure preferential PCB treatment for seniority

Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez were in the A and B category respectively for the 2018-19 season  2:21 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff The seniority of Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir has resulted in the PCB agreeing to offer the quartet of non-contracted players preferential treatment. It sees all of them paid Category A match fees for representing Pakistan in any format. This is in direct departure…

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CA investigates Ellyse Perry-led Sydney Sixers' playing XI 'administrative error'

Hayley Silver-Holmes sends one down © Getty Images Cricket Australia are investigating the Sydney Sixers after they included Hayley Silver-Holmes in their playing XI to face the Melbourne Renegades in North Sydney Oval on Saturday without the pace bowler being part of their 15-member squad. Silver-Holmes had been recovering from a foot injury over the previous two weeks and had been replaced in the squad by Alisha Bates. Having recovered…

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