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England may have been handed an Ashes lifeline after water crept under the covers in Perth overnight and delayed play on the final day. Their coach, Trevor Bayliss, expressed concern that the water on the pitch could make batting “difficult and maybe even a little dangerous” and that as things stand it is “unacceptable” for
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India 219 for 2 (Dhawan 100*, Iyer 65) beat Sri Lanka 215 (Tharanga 95, Kuldeep 3-42, Chahal 3-46) by eight wicketsScorecard and ball-by-ball details Sri Lanka were spun around in Visakhapatnam so starkly that, if they were a cartoon character, they would have seen little Kuldeep Yadavs and Yuzvendra Chahals dancing in a circle over
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Bengal 269 for 7 (Sudip 83, Writtick 47, Saini 2-45, Manan 2-37) v Delhi Sudip Chatterjee continued his prolific run with a fifty PTI Bengal found themselves in positions of strength on more than one occasion but found ways to squander their advantage every time on the opening day of the semi-final against Delhi in Pune.
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© Getty Images Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir insists the new 10-over format being piloted in Sharjah will have a positive effect on his bowling skills. Amir was the first player picked in the draft for Ten10 League in November, signed up Maratha Arabians. He has bowled six overs across
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Behind the bar in the Marsh family home there is a photo of Geoff walking off Trent Bridge with Mark Taylor after the opening pair batted all day for Australia against England on the triumphant 1989 Ashes tour. Twenty-eight years later in Perth, Australia did lose a wicket, but the exit of Shaun Marsh opened
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Australia 3 for 203 (Smith 92*, S Marsh 7*) trail England 403 (Malan 140, Bairstow 119, Stoneman 56, Starc 4-91, Hazlewood 3-92) by 200 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details Four years ago this week, Steven Smith spontaneously changed his technique while batting against England at the WACA, adding a preliminary movement in an innings that became
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Gary Neville with Paul Scholes and Michael Vaughan at cricket’s Old Trafford © Getty Images Gary Neville, the former Manchester United and England defender, believes that his experience of playing in men’s cricket as a youngster was instrumental in giving him the competitive edge to become a top-class footballer.
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Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine and Alzarri Joseph have been ruled out of West Indies’ limited-overs leg of New Zealand. While Samuels was pulled out due to an injured right hand and Joseph a back strain, Narine – only in the T20 squad – made himself unavailable for personal reasons. Sunil Ambris, who took a blow
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India players Mohammed Shami, Wriddhiman Saha and Umesh Yadav will provide the star quotient to the Ranji Trophy semi-final clashes beginning on December 17. While Shami and Saha will turn out for Bengal against Delhi in Pune, Umesh will join the Vidarbha side that takes on Karnataka in Kolkata. The participation of Ishant Sharma, who
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Sturdy Nottinghamshire seam bowler Luke Fletcher has been given the all-clear by his hospital consultant to resume full training next month – exactly six months after sustaining a serious head injury. Fletcher, one of the most crowd-pleasing figures on the county circuit, was hit by a return drive by Sam Hain in a televised T20
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James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, has denied allegations that the Perth Ashes Test could be subject to instances of spot-fixing, but said the governing body will co-operate with the ICC anti-corruption unit’s investigation while also maintaining sharp focus on the integrity of the looming Big Bash League. After being part of a teleconference
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Steven Finn, the England fast bowler whose tour of Australia was cut short by a knee injury, believes that the off-field antics of the current England team are nothing compared to those of the victorious 2010-11 Ashes squad, and fears that the sport will risk a further alienation from its fan base if the controversies
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Chris Gayle having his legs slightly apart with the bat over his head in his follow through and watching the ball sail over the long-on fielder was one of the most enduring images of BPL 2017. Gayle’s relentless assault – a record 146* off 69 balls – razed defending champions and pre-tournament favourites Dhaka Dynamites
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