Month: February 2019

Oct 13, 2018 Big Picture South Africa have gained significant insights into their bench strength in the last two weeks of white-ball experimentation. They have had a look at 22 players, four opening pairs, umpteen seam options and both of their frontline wristspinners, while also managing to win every match. That they have done so
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1:02 PM ET Joe Root declined the opportunity to rest during the T20I series against West Indies as he “loves playing cricket for England”. With a relentlessly busy year of high-profile cricket looming for England, the team management have been keen to ensure their key players – and Root certainly fits into that category –
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Dec 28, 2018 New Zealand 178 (Southee 68, Lakmal 5-54) and 585 for 4 dec (Latham 176, Nicholls 162) beat Sri Lanka 104 (Mathews 33*, Boult 6-30) and 236 (Mendis 67, Chandimal 56, Wagner 4-48) by 423 runs New Zealand required only 14 deliveries to wipe out Sri Lanka’s tail and claim a 423-run victory
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Dec 28, 2018 South Africa 223 (Bavuma 53, Amir 4-62, Afridi 4-64) and 151 for 4 (Amla 63*, Elgar 50) beat Pakistan 181 (Babar 71, Olivier 6-37) and 190 (Masood 65, Imam 57, Olivier 5-59) by six wickets An unbeaten 63 from Hashim Amla – his first fifty in 11 innings – helped South Africa
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  shares Hardik Pandya fields off his own bowling © AFP/Getty With less than 100 days for the World Cup, India’s preparation for the tournament suffered a blow with their main allrounder Hardik Pandya ruled out of entire home series against Australia starting this Sunday. Pandya, the BCCI said, was suffering from “lower back stiffness”
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Dec 8, 2018 Big Picture Bangladesh could not have asked for a better build-up to the ODI series, having already swept West Indies 2-0 in the Test series. Bangladesh will be boosted further by the return of Tamim Iqbal from multiple injuries. He had tuned up for this series with a match-winning 73-ball 107 against
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6:48 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Allrounder Andre Russell has been recalled to the West Indies squad for the fourth and fifth ODIs against England in place of the injured Kemar Roach. While a knee issue might limit Russell’s bowling duties, chief selector Courtney Browne believed that his batting at the death would be an “asset”
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9:09 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff AB de Villiers will make his county cricket debut this summer after signing a short-term contract to play for Middlesex in the T20 Blast. De Villiers, 35, retired from international cricket in 2018 after a 13-year career with South Africa, in which he scored 20,014 runs across all three formats.
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  shares © AFP Smriti Mandhana is in line to make her captaincy debut when India host England for three T20Is that follow the championship ODIs. The elevation comes after Harmanpreet Kaur, the designated T20I captain, was ruled out of the series because of an ankle injury. The T20I series will be the maiden international
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  shares Jasprit Bumrah jumps in celebration © Associated Press Australia won the first T20I in Vizag by the skin of their teeth. The man responsible for everyone holding their breath till the final delivery of the match was Jasprit Bumrah, who was playing his first match since the Test series in Australia in January.
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