3:58 AM GMT Australia’s first Boxing Day Test with New Zealand in 32 years will be the backdrop to critical talks between Cricket Australia and the ICC aimed at resolving an impasse over global events for the next international cycle. Financial woes among the majority of Full Member countries have caused them to be increasingly
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6:44 PM GMT Mickey Arthur is set to take over as Sri Lanka’s head coach. SLC has agreed a two-year contract with Arthur, the former South Africa, Australia and Pakistan coach, with a formal announcement to be made shortly. Joining his backroom staff will be Grant Flower as batting coach, David Saker as bowling coach,
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11:00 PM GMT Jeetan Patel has been appointed as England’s spin-bowling consultant for the tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka. Patel, who performed a similar role during the T20I leg of England’s tour of New Zealand, will join the England squad on December 24 ahead of the first Test in Centurion on Boxing Day.
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Play 00:36 Pink ball behaves more like a white ball – Mitchell Starc Australia’s captain Tim Paine has called for an end to demands for a pink Test match ball that behaves identically to a red one, arguing that the players and followers needed to accept floodlit long-form cricket for the high drawing entertainment product
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4:25 AM GMT Joe Root, England’s captain, has backed Jofra Archer to learn his lessons quickly after a chastening first taste of overseas Test cricket, and believes that England will travel to South Africa for next month’s four-Test series all the better prepared for the challenge after two hard-fought Tests in New Zealand. Archer endured
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4:48 AM GMT Alex Malcolm Highly-rated Western Australia allrounder Cameron Green believes he ‘is a few good years’ from being ready for international cricket despite calls from Ricky Ponting for him to be included in Australia’s squad for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand. Green, 20, made his second Sheffield Shield century in three
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6:15 PM GMT Mohammad Isam Close Bangladesh correspondent, ESPNcricinfo Nagraj Gollapudi Close News editor, ESPNcricinfo Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo BPL side Chattogram Challengers expect Chris Gayle to be available for them after he recovers from a hamstring injury. Gayle is likely to play in the BPL after January 4, after which Chattogram
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4:37 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Priyam Garg will look to join a select list of India Under-19 World Cup-winning captains consisting of Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli, Unmukt Chand and Prithvi Shaw when he leads the team at the 2020 edition in South Africa in January-February. Uttar Pradesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel has been named his deputy.
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8:11 AM GMT Mashrafe Mortaza will captain Dhaka Platoon during the 2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) season. Mashrafe is recovering from a back injury, and had also sustained a groin injury last month. He has begun training with the Platoon team as part of his rehabilitation process. Mashrafe has captained three BPL teams in the
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