Cricket

Manish Pandey works Tabraiz Shamsi to deep fine leg for a single. “I’ve Got The Power” plays on the stadium’s PA system. Suresh Raina pushes the next ball straight to cover for a dot. “Here Comes The Hotstepper” blares out. Welcome to the new world of music after every ball in T20 cricket, assuming the
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Big picture South Africa are less than 24 hours away from what could become groundhog day. After having conceded the ODI series, South Africa will lose the T20I series too if they don’t win at SuperSport Park, and they will be no closer to the answers to their questions about team balance and candidates for
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Something has to give and Trevor Bayliss is happy for it to be him. Building on his argument that T20 internationals should be jettisoned from an unsustainably hectic schedule, the England coach has endorsed his deputy Paul Farbrace to take over from him in the shortest form of the game ahead of the timeline he
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Afghanistan 241 for 9 (Ahmadi 76, Rahmat 59, Raza 2-41) beat Zimbabwe 95 (Ervine 34, Rashid 3-13, Ashraf 2-15) by 146 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details Rashid Khan slaps a six over long-off AFP Fifties from Javed Ahmadi and Rahmat Shah, and the all-round brilliance of Rashid Khan, powered Afghanistan to a 4-1 series win in Sharjah.
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Craig Overton has been drafted into England’s one-day squad for the forthcoming ODI series against New Zealand, after Liam Plunkett was ruled out with a hamstring injury. Overton, 23, was selected for his Test debut against Australia during the Ashes, and made a strong impression in two appearances before being ruled out of the series
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Big Picture What just happened? That was the overriding sentiment, you imagine, in the New Zealand dressing room after Friday night’s pongo-fest. At the halfway stage of the game at Eden Park, Martin Guptill’s hundred looked to have put the hosts on the way to sealing their spot in the tri-series final; when Aaron Finch
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Was all the effort worth it? Were the years of jostling, the vast debts incurred and the public money diverted worth the effort? Because, here we are, every bit of 20-years into an arms race that rendered almost half the competition (Hampshire, Durham, Yorkshire and Glamorgan) all but insolvent and we appear to be back
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Australia allrounder Ellyse Perry displaced India captain Mithali Raj to claim the top spot in the ICC rankings for batsmen in women’s ODIs. Perry, who leads the ICC’s ODI rankings for allrounders, topped the batting rankings for the first time in her career, with Australia captain Meg Lanning and Raj occupying the second and third
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