Kraig Brathwaite, Nkrumah Bonner defy Sri Lanka spinners as West Indies tighten drip

Report Ramesh Mendis got Bonner leg before, but Brathwaite stayed firm at the other end Lunch West Indies 145 for 2 (Brathwaite 62*, Bonner 35, Mendis 1-34) trail Sri Lanka 204 by 59 runs West Indies sought to strengthen their grip on the game on the third morning in Galle, negotiating Sri Lanka’s spinners with relative comfort, as they added 76 runs to their overnight total for the loss of…

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Ashton Turner backs uncertainty to galvanise Perth Scorchers

News There are only two games locked in for Perth with Covid-19 potentially causing more disruption Captain Ashton Turner refused to be drawn into whether Perth Scorchers had the toughest challenge in the upcoming BBL amid ongoing pandemic hurdles, instead striking confidence that his team is well equipped to handle any arising drama. The Covid-19 situation across Australia continues to cause headaches on the eve of the new BBL season…

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Green vs Stokes? Let Cam be his own man

Green, 22, who made his debut against India last season, was smart enough not to buy-in as Australia continued their preparations in Brisbane. “No, no, no, I’m definitely not in the same conversation that he is,” he said. “He’s a world-class player and you always look forward to playing against the best in the world and he’s definitely the best in the world at what he does.” Green also noted…

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Jack Leach's Ashes prospects boosted by return of Ben Stokes

News There is a template for a success from other left-arm spinners who have toured Australia The return of Ben Stokes to the England set-up is good news on many levels, but one person perhaps happier than most will be left-arm spinner Jack Leach. England tried to find a solution by recalling Moeen Ali after the first Test against India but that still left Leach on the outer. Leach’s Test…

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Alex Carey ready if Test debut comes: 'I've done what I can…hope for the best'

News A lean run in the Sheffield Shield has not dented the wicketkeeper’s confidence Despite a relatively lean Sheffield Shield season Alex Carey feels he is well placed should he get the nod to be Australia’s wicketkeeper in the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba. Thirty-year-old Carey, who plays for South Australia, is the frontrunner to fill Tim Paine’s position ahead of the highly-regarded Josh Inglis but insisted he has…

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Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit, Bumrah, Russell retained; Rahul, Rashid opt to go into auction pool

As the deadline for player retention ahead of IPL 2022 wound down on Tuesday, a total of 27 players were retained by the eight existing franchises. Overall, the franchises spent INR 269 crore to hold on to these 27 players, which includes 19 Indians – four of them uncapped – and eight foreigners. Many of the big-ticket players, including MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Andre Russell, Sunil…

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Alastair Cook commits until 2023 season after Essex contract extension

News Former England captain to remain in game after signing two-year renewal Alastair Cook will continue to play county cricket at the age of 38 after signing a new two-year contract with Essex. Cook, England’s all-time leading run-scorer in Test cricket and former captain, signed a three-year deal with Essex upon his retirement from the international game in 2018 and was a key player during their back-to-back red-ball titles in…

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County Championship comes in from the margins in rejigged 2022 schedule

News More red-ball cricket in height of summer, but full fixtures to come in new year A greater proportion of County Championship fixtures will be played in midsummer in 2022 as the ECB look to provide better preparation for England’s Test players and respond to supporters’ frustrations about the perceived marginalisation of the four-day competition. There were only two rounds of Championship fixtures staged between June 6 and August 30…

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Shakib fit for second Test, selectors also name Naim as surprise pick

News Taskin Ahmed also included in 20-man squad after regaining fitness Shakib Al Hasan missed the first Test and the T20Is against Pakistan with a hamstring injury   Bangladesh’s Test loss in Chattogram was followed by good news after Shakib Al Hasan was ruled fit for the second Test against Pakistan starting December 4. Shakib missed the first Test, as well as the T20I series against Pakistan and the last…

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Ian Bell joins Hobart Hurricanes as assistant coach

News Former England batter won title with Perth Scorchers in 2016-17 Ian Bell was a Big Bash champion with Perth Scorchers in 2016-17 but returns to the league five seasons later hoping to inspire Hobart Hurricanes to the title. Bell retired from professional cricket at the end of the English domestic season in 2020 and has moved into coaching: he worked with England Under-19s as a batting coach across the…

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