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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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Alastair Cook has amassed 11,691 runs and 31 centuries en route to his 150th Test appearance. ESPNcricinfo looks back at the landmarks Test No. 1 – Debut century at NagpurOne hundred and two cricketers have made a century on Test debut, including ten Englishmen since the Second World War. But few have given such definitive
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New Zealand 373 (Raval 84, de Grandhomme 58, Gabriel 4-119, Roach 3-58) and 291 for 8 dec (Taylor 107*, Williamson 54, Cummins 3-69, Chase 2-51) beat West Indies 221 (Brathwaite 66, Boult 4-73) and 203 (Chase 64, Wagner 3-42) by 240 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details 0:46 Trent Boult became the sixth New Zealander to the
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Big picture The chances of the BPL final being a one-sided affair are fairly high. If even one of Dhaka Dynamites’ departments – either the top-order batsmen or the spin bowlers – fire full throttle, then Rangpur Riders will struggle in the finale. At the same time, if Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum or Johnson Charles
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Tea New Zealand 373 (Raval 84, de Grandhomme 58, Gabriel 4-119, Roach 3-58) and 190 for 5 (Taylor 56*, Williamson 54, de Grandhomme 12*, Cummins 3-45) lead West Indies 221 (Brathwaite 66, Dowrich 35, Boult 4-73) by 342 runsLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details Kane Williamson was cleaned up by a scorching yorker from Miguel Cummins Getty
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Sri Lanka 114 for 3 (Tharanga 49) beat India 112 (Dhoni 65, Lakmal 4-13) by seven wickets play 2:55 Ajit Agarkar and Gaurav Kalra review India’s innings in Dharamsala Lesser-skilled teams’ best chances of competing are in conditions that skew the balance towards the bowlers – spin or seam. In 26 ODIs in 2017, most
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Tea West Indies 87 for 2 (Brathwaite 45*) trail New Zealand 373 (Raval 84, de Grandhomme 58, Gabriel 4-119, Roach 3-58) by 349 runsLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details Trent Boult took a sensational catch to dismiss Shimron Hetmyer Getty Images Trent Boult’s allround excellence rolled into the afternoon, as he claimed a spectacular return catch to
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Kevin Pietersen has described the batting of both England and Australia as “no good”, and questioned Alastair Cook‘s desire ahead of the third Ashes Test at the WACA. Pietersen admitted to feeling frustrated at England’s inability to capitalise on periods of competitive play during the first two Tests and expressed a belief that they could
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England’s Ashes tour has taken a further slide towards ignominy with news that Ben Duckett is facing a disciplinary investigation after an alcohol-related incident in Perth. Duckett, who has played four Tests for England and is in Australia with the Lions, was due to play for an England XI in their warm-up match over the
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Tea New Zealand 173 for 3 (Raval 84, Taylor 9*, Nicholls 5*, Cummins 2-29) v West IndiesLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details Miguel Cummins took out Tom Latham with a short ball AFP West Indies stalled New Zealand’s progress just after lunch before prising out the wickets of two set batsmen to exert some control. New Zealand,
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Moeen Ali feels he has “let down the team and the captain” with his bowling in the first couple of Ashes Tests. Moeen, who has struggled with a finger injury throughout the series, has claimed only two wickets in the first two games. And with the Australian off-spinner, Nathan Lyon, both threatening and offering his
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