SJN report: Another delay as CSA ombudsman asks for week's extension

News “We will have a board meeting soon after we receive the report and then we will release it publicly,” CSA acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki The ombudsman, Dumisa Ntsebeza, will now send the report to the board on December 6   CSA’s Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) report will be delivered to the organisation a week later than scheduled, with the ombudsman, Dumisa Ntsebeza, requesting an extension to the revised…

December 1, 2021
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Shaheen Shah Afridi breaks into top five in Test rankings for bowlers

News Latham, Karunaratne in top 10 of batting rankings; Jadeja No. 2 allrounder Shaheen Shah Afridi picked up seven wickets in the first Test against Bangladesh   Shaheen Shah Afridi has broken into the top five of the ICC Test bowling rankings for the first time following his five-for against Bangladesh in Pakistan’s eight-wicket win in the first Test in Chattogram. Afridi, who finished with a match haul of seven…

December 1, 2021
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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…

December 1, 2021
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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…

December 1, 2021
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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…

December 1, 2021
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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…

December 1, 2021
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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…

November 30, 2021
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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…

November 30, 2021
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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…

November 30, 2021
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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…

November 30, 2021
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