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Subject: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/17 at 2:20 am

Australian cricketers are "prepared to strike" if a contract dispute is not resolved, which could have an impact on the Ashes at the end of the year. In March, Cricket Australia proposed salary increases for men and women, but this would mean players no longer receive a percentage of CA's revenue. The offer was rejected and CA said it would not pay players after 30 June. If the dispute is not resolved, there would be uncertainty over what team Australia could field after 30 June, with a two-Test series scheduled in August in Bangladesh before a home Ashes showdown with England, which runs from 23 November 2017 to 8 January 2018.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/39912591

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/22/17 at 12:03 pm

England will name their squad for this winter's Ashes series in Australia at 10:00 BST on Wednesday. The announcement will happen at The Oval before the start of the fourth one-day international match against West Indies. There are injury concerns, with seamer Toby Roland-Jones having recently had scans for his back complaint. And on Thursday, Lancashire batsman Haseeb Hameed broke a finger during a match against Middlesex. England begin the tour against a Western Australia XI on 4 November, with the first of their five Tests beginning on 23 November in Brisbane. The teams will also play each other in five one-day internationals. Australia coach Darren Lehmann and fellow selectors Trevor Hohns and Greg Chappell will name their Ashes squad in November

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/25/17 at 6:31 am

India have moved to the top of the ICC one-day rankings after completing a series win against Australia with two games to spare. Aaron Finch hit 124 from 125 balls for Australia in their 293-6 in Indore. Openers Ajinkya Rahane (70) and Rohit Sharma (71) put on 139 and Hardik Pandya scored 78 as India secured a five-wicket win with 13 balls to spare. The hosts, who have moved above South Africa in the rankings, lead the five-match series 3-0. India, who now top the Test and one-day rankings, have won their past nine one-day internationals, equaling their best run. The fourth game of the series is in Bangalore on Thursday with the final encounter in Nagpur on Sunday, 1 October

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/28/17 at 9:40 am

England have suspended Ben Stokes and Alex Hales from international cricket until further notice after the pair were involved in an incident near a Bristol nightclub.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/17 at 9:39 am

Tom Westley, Keaton Jennings and Mark Wood have been named in England Lions' squad for a training camp in Australia. Ben Duckett, who made his Test debut last winter, and Lancashire's Liam Livingstone are also included. The 17-man party will be based in Brisbane from 14 November before flying to Perth on 30 November. The Lions will shadow the senior squad for large parts of the Ashes tour, which kicks off in Brisbane on 23 November. The third Ashes Test - in Perth - will run from 14 December. While in Western Australia, the Lions will play three Twenty20 matches against Big Bash outfit Perth Scorchers.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/03/17 at 4:33 pm

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales' last two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland with a calf strain. The 28-year-old could be out for a month and that would also rule Bale out of the play-offs on 9-14 November. Wales are second in Group D and if they keep that spot it could be enough to earn them a place in the play-offs. Bale joined the Wales squad on Monday and, despite sitting out training, it had been hoped he would be fit. But a scan revealed the severity of the injury and means Bale will not travel to Georgia for Friday's game in Tblisi and will play no part in the Cardiff clash with Republic of Ireland three days later.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/17 at 1:29 am

England have become the number one ranked team in the world for the first time after knocking Australia off the top of the ICC women's rankings ahead of this winter's Ashes. Heather Knight's side, who won the World Cup in July, have 128.47 points, with second-placed Australia on 128.43 points. It is the first time Australia have slipped from first place since the rankings were introduced in 2015. The Ashes series starts on 22 October.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/17 at 5:27 am

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson will miss the Ashes series following a recurrence of a back injury. Pattinson was left out of the tour to Bangladesh in September with a lower-back stress fracture, which he suffered as a teenager. The 27-year-old, who has 70 wickets from 17 Tests, took 32 wickets in five Championship matches for Nottinghamshire last summer. He will take an indefinite break from bowling.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/05/17 at 8:26 am

All-rounder Ben Stokes is set to be awarded an England central contract when the list is announced on Friday. The announcement was due on Wednesday but has been delayed. Test vice-captain Stokes, 26, was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm in September after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub. He and batsman Alex Hales, who is set for a renewed limited-overs contract, will not be considered for selection until further notice.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/17 at 8:49 am

The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that Ben Stokes will not travel to Australia with the rest of the Ashes squad "at this stage". Stokes was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/17 at 9:30 am

Calum MacLeod hit the third-highest one-day international score by a Scotland batsman in his side's 101-run win over Papua New Guinea.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/08/17 at 3:51 am

England batsman Alex Hales is not expecting to face a criminal charge over an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol in September. Hales was interviewed under caution by police on Friday but released without being under investigation. He had been with Test vice-captain Ben Stokes, 26, who was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and released under investigation. Hales' lawyer said he would be "surprised" if he faced further action. Any decision on charges will be in the hands of the Crown Prosecution Service, but lawyer Ian Kelcey told BBC Sport he does not expect it to go any further. Avon and Somerset Police declined to comment.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/08/17 at 4:24 am

Claire Polosak became the first woman to umpire an Australian men's domestic fixture after officiating between New South Wales and a Cricket Australia XI. The 29-year-old was one of the on-field umpires in the 50-over contest at Hurstville Oval in Sydney. Polosak officiated four matches at the Women's World Cup earlier this year. She has been on Cricket Australia's development umpire panel for the past two years and has previously been a third umpire in men's domestic cricket.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/08/17 at 2:13 pm

South Africa thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 254 runs inside three days to win the second Test in Bloemfontein and complete a series victory. Four players second centuries in the first innings for the Proteas before they declared on 573-4. The hosts then bowled Bangladesh out for 147 and 172 to complete an easy win. Kagiso Rabada was the pick of South Africa's bowlers as he took 10 wickets in the match for just 63 runs. The victory completed a comprehensive series win for South Africa in the two-Test contest after they had won the opener by 333 runs.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/17 at 8:07 am

Uncapped pair Lauren Cheatle and Tahlia McGrath have recovered from injury and are in Australia's 15-strong Test squad for the Women's Ashes. Cheatle, 18, out for six months with a shoulder injury, is fit enough to face England in the multi-format series. McGrath, 21, played her first match in eight months on October 6 following a stress fracture in pre-season. Ashleigh Gardner, Belinda Vakarewa, Amanda-Jade Wellington and Beth Mooney are the other uncapped squad members.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/17 at 8:42 am

Sri Lanka won the second Test by 68 runs to condemn Pakistan to a first home series defeat since moving their home games to the United Arab Emirates. Chasing 317 for victory in Dubai after bowling Sri Lanka out for 96 in their second innings in the day-night match, Pakistan were well placed at 222-5. But they collapsed to 248 all out as off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took 5-98. Asad Shafiq made 112, adding 173 for the sixth wicket with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who scored 68. Sri Lanka, who had not won an away series against Pakistan since 2000, won the first Test in Abu Dhabi by 21 runs. Their heavy home series defeat by India prompted the resignation of the selection panel.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/11/17 at 3:30 am

South Africa's new domestic Twenty20 competition has been postponed by 12 months until November 2018. The inaugural T20 Global League was set to begin next month with England's Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Kevin Pietersen among the 'marquee' internationals. The decision was taken at a joint Cricket South Africa and T20 Global League board meeting. The South African Cricketers' Association expressed "concern and disappointment" at the decision.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/41576711

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/11/17 at 4:10 am

A rock was thrown at Australia's team bus, smashing a window, after their eight-wicket T20 international win against India in Guwahati. Players and staff were travelling back to the hotel from the Barsapara Stadium, when the bus was hit. Cricket Australia said no one was injured, but the players were "shaken up by the incident".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/41576041

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/17 at 12:05 pm

Somerset are preparing to take legal action against the England and Wales Cricket Board should Middlesex's appeal over a points deduction be successful. Middlesex were relegated to Division Two after finishing one point below Somerset. They were docked two points for a slow over rate during their game at Surrey in August, which was abandoned when a crossbow bolt was fired into The Oval. A decision on Middlesex's appeal could be made by the ECB next week.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/41597372

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/13/17 at 2:29 am

Plans for a Test championship and one-day international league have been approved by the International Cricket Council. Nine teams will play six series of Test matches over a two-year period - three at home and three away - culminating in a world Test championship final. A 13-team ODI league, introduced from 2021, will now be used to qualify for the World Cup. The ICC has also given the go-ahead for a trial of four-day Test matches. "Throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket," ICC chief executive David Richardson said.

Subject: Re: World Cricket 2017/18 Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/13/17 at 11:47 am

Ashes-winning fast bowler Steve Harmison has resigned as joint-manager of Northern League club Ashington. The 38-year-old was appointed boss of the ninth-tier side in February 2015. Harmison was in the England teams that regained the Ashes in 2005 and 2009 and took 226 wickets in 63 Tests.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/15/17 at 11:31 am

Australia batsman David Warner has warned England to expect 'war' in the Ashes next month. 
Vice captain Warner, 30, said how he will try to make himself 'hate' the tourists for extra motivation. He said he did not regret claiming England had 'scared eyes' during the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in 2013. "As soon as you step on that line it's war," he said of the five-Test series, which starts in Brisbane on 23 November. "You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition's eyes and try and work out 'how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him?'. You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to actually get some hatred about them to actually get up when you're out there. History is a big part in this and that is what carries us onto the ground."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/41629714

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/15/17 at 1:22 pm

South Africa thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 254 runs inside three days to win the second Test in Bloemfontein and complete a series victory. Four players second centuries in the first innings for the Proteas before they declared on 573-4. The hosts then bowled Bangladesh out for 147 and 172 to complete an easy win. Kagiso Rabada was the pick of South Africa's bowlers as he took 10 wickets in the match for just 63 runs. The victory completed a comprehensive series win for South Africa in the two-Test contest after they had won the opener by 333 runs.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 7:32 am

Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq, hit a century on his international debut as they beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, seamer Hasan Ali (5-34) became the quickest Pakistan bowler to reach 50 one-day international wickets. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 208 with 10 balls to spare in their innings. Imam, 21, hit two sixes and five fours, but fell for 100 just before his side reached their target to take a 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. The left-handed opener is the second batsman from his country and 13th overall to hit a century on his ODI debut.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 8:05 am

AB de Villiers hit his highest one-day international score, smashing 176 from 104 deliveries as South Africa thrashed Bangladesh by 104 runs in Paarl. The 33-year-old, who had not batted in international cricket since June and stepped down as ODI captain in August, hit 15 fours and seven sixes. Hashim Amla's 85 helped the Proteas post 353-6 from their 50 overs.

Despite fifties by Imrul Kayes (68) and Mushfiqur Rahim (60), the Tigers were routed for 249 with 13 balls to spare. South Africa now hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, which concludes in East London on Sunday. Coming in after 18 overs, De Villiers' 25th ODI century surpassed his 162 not out against West Indies at the 2015 World Cup.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/25/17 at 10:11 am

A groundsman has been sacked after video emerged of him allegedly agreeing to tamper with the wicket before Wednesday's one-day international between India and New Zealand in Pune. A sting operation by India Today TV captured Pandurang Salgaoncar on camera allegedly stating he would prepare the pitch to suit two unnamed bowlers. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asked for a detailed report. It added it had "zero tolerance towards any such activity". Salgaoncar was dismissed by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) and replaced by curator Ramesh Mhamunkar. The second ODI, at the MCA Stadium, went ahead on schedule after the pitch had been inspected by match referee Chris Broad, BCCI said. The India Today footage of Salgaoncar talking to a reporter, who was posing as a bookmaker, was broadcast a few hours before the match.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/26/17 at 6:45 am

Australia took a four-point lead in the Women's Ashes series with a commanding win over England in the second one-day international at Coffs Harbour. Skipper Rachael Haynes, dropped on 60, hit a career-best 89 in 56 balls as the hosts added 94 in the last 10 overs in their 296-6, having been asked to bat. England were then handed a revised target of 285 in 46 overs after rain. But they were bowled out for 209, losing by 75 runs on the DLS method, as Katherine Brunt made a maiden fifty.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/27/17 at 11:14 am

Captain Joe Root says England players have to "make sure" off-field incidents "don't happen again", but denies there is a drinking culture in the team. All-rounder Ben Stokes, 26, was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. He will not fly out with the squad on Saturday for the Ashes series in Australia which begins on 23 November. "We know it wasn't good enough," said Root.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/31/17 at 10:39 am

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has won a defamation case against an Australian publisher over articles that said he exposed himself to a female massage therapist.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/17 at 7:55 am

England players have agreed "sensible" rules for drinking on the Ashes tour of Australia but there will be no curfews, says coach Trevor Bayliss. Ben Stokes was arrested in September after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub during England's one-day international series with West Indies. The all-rounder did not fly out to Australia on Saturday for the Ashes series, which begins on 23 November. "Not drinking between matches is just sensible," Bayliss told the BBC. Speaking to Test Match Special, he added: "There's been no set curfews. I think they're just sensible rulings. "To me, they're what we should be sticking to anyway as a player or someone around a professional set-up. The players have sat down and had a chat and they're the ones that've come up with it."

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/03/17 at 8:13 am

Captain Joe Root says England's 5-0 whitewash by Australia on their previous Ashes tour will have no bearing on this series. Six of England's current squad were involved in 2013-14 and Australia captain Steve Smith has said he wants to "open a few of those scars up". "We're a completely different side and so are they," said 26-year-old Root. Moeen Ali and Steven Finn will miss England's first two tour matches with side and knee injuries respectively. England begin their opening two-day tour game against a Western Australia XI in Perth on Saturday (02:30 GMT). They also play two four-day warm-up matches against a Cricket Australia XI before the first Test in Brisbane starts on 23 November.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/17 at 3:30 am

Steven Finn has been ruled out of England's Ashes tour after scans showed he has torn his left knee cartilage. The pace bowler, 28, who was added to the squad following Ben Stokes' arrest, was injured in training on Thursday. He will return to the UK in the next 48 hours to meet with specialists and decide whether he requires surgery.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/08/17 at 6:39 am

Captain Joe Root scored his maiden fifty of the Ashes tour as England closed the opening day of their four-day warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI on 278-8. Opener Mark Stoneman (61) and Dawid Malan (63) also made half-centuries but no batsman was able to post England's first century of the tour. Young leg-spinner Daniel Fallins, in his maiden first-class match, removed four of England's top six in the day-night match, which is being played with a pink ball in Adelaide. Playing in conditions similar to those they will encounter in the floodlit second Ashes Test also in Adelaide, England fought hard but struggled to time the ball on a ground with a slow outfield. Root was the most fluent of England's batsmen, making a busy 58 from 89 balls, but there were failures for opener Alastair Cook (15) and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow (9).

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/09/17 at 3:10 am

Pace bowler Jake Ball added to England's injury problems before the first Ashes Test against Australia when he sprained an ankle in a warm-up game. Bowling his fourth over on the second day against a Cricket Australia XI, Ball collapsed in his delivery stride and limped off the field in Adelaide. England said the 26-year-old would be assessed overnight. Fast bowler Steven Finn this week left the tour with a knee injury and was replaced by Tom Curran.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/09/17 at 5:28 am

England failed to capitalise on some good positions on day one of their Women's Ashes Test against Australia. Opener Tammy Beaumont (70) added 104 with skipper Heather Knight (62) after the latter won the toss and chose to bat first in benign conditions. The tourists began the final session of the day-night game on 157-3 and entered the final hour on 208-4, but were pegged back as wickets tumbled. Sarah Taylor fell for a promising 29 as England finished on 235-7.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/11/17 at 9:42 am

Ellyse Perry became only the seventh woman to hit a Test double century as Australia took control of the day-night Women's Ashes Test against England on day three at the North Sydney Oval. The 27-year-old, also a football international, made an unbeaten 213 as Australia declared on 448-9, taking a first-innings lead of 168. England's openers survived to finish on 40-0 at close of play. Australia will retain the Ashes if they can force victory on the final day. But a draw may be the likeliest outcome after only four wickets fell on a day when bat dominated ball,

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/17 at 5:44 am

Captain Heather Knight led a stubborn rearguard action as England forced a draw against Australia to keep the multi-format Women's Ashes alive.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/17 at 6:01 am

Essex batsman Tom Westley says he will change his approach to Test matches as he aims to win back his England place. He made 59 on his England debut against South Africa in July but failed to make double figures in five of his next seven innings and missed out on selection for this winter's Ashes tour. "I didn't score enough runs to warrant a place on that trip," Westley said. "Going into the England setup I wanted to replicate what brought me success at Essex, which I don't think is bad." The 28-year-old told BBC Sport: "Where there's innings after innings, game after game, I sort of strip back my preparation to make sure I'm ready for Essex - but I think with England that extra time I can probably use a bit more wisely."

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/27/17 at 7:02 am

Australia completed a 10-wicket victory over England in the first Ashes Test on the fifth morning in Brisbane. Chasing a target of 170, the hosts got the 56 runs they required in little more than an hour, with David Warner 87 not out and debutant Cameron Bancroft unbeaten on 82.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/29/17 at 12:25 am

New Zealand side Canterbury have held talks with Ben Stokes after the England all-rounder was seen at Heathrow airport on Monday. Stokes, 26, is not part of England's Ashes tour after being arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm in September. There was widespread speculation on social media that he was heading to Australia after being pictured at the airport. That prompted the England and Wales Cricket Board to issue a statement denying he was joining up with the squad and confirming he was travelling to New Zealand to spend time with his family.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/29/17 at 8:14 am

Essex batsman Tom Westley is returning home to see a specialist after suffering a finger injury on England Lions' tour of Australia. The England and Wales Cricket Board said it was "probable" the 28-year-old will require surgery on the middle finger on his left hand. He had been playing for the Lions against a Queensland Select XI. The right-hander played five Tests for England in the summer, but was dropped for the Ashes after averaging 24.12. He will fly home from Brisbane on Wednesday.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/30/17 at 2:22 am


New Zealand side Canterbury have held talks with Ben Stokes after the England all-rounder was seen at Heathrow airport on Monday. Stokes, 26, is not part of England's Ashes tour after being arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm in September. There was widespread speculation on social media that he was heading to Australia after being pictured at the airport. That prompted the England and Wales Cricket Board to issue a statement denying he was joining up with the squad and confirming he was travelling to New Zealand to spend time with his family.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has signed for New Zealand side Canterbury.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42177627

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/09/17 at 7:02 am

Ben Duckett was dropped from Saturday's Ashes tour game after pouring a drink over England bowler James Anderson's head in a Perth bar.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/14/17 at 11:49 am

England batsman Dawid Malan was "almost in tears" after reaching a maiden Test century on the first day of the third Ashes Test in Perth. Malan struck an unbeaten 110 to take England, who must avoid defeat to remain in the series, to 305-4 at the Waca. "It's not every day you score a hundred for your country," the 30-year-old told BBC Sport. "It was pretty emotional. I was trying to keep the tears in." The Middlesex left-hander, playing in his eighth Test, was watched by his parents and embraced by his mother as he left the field. "To do it front of them, after the sacrifices they have made to get me here, is great. It's nice to repay them," he added.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/15/17 at 8:56 am

England's Jonny Bairstow said his 'headbutt' celebration after his century on day two of the third Ashes Test was "light-hearted fun". Bairstow was accused of headbutting Australia opener Cameron Bancroft at the start of the tour, with both saying the incident was "without malice". After reaching his ton at the Waca in Perth, Bairstow touched his helmet with his head - but said it was not planned. "It was a bit of fun with everything that's gone on," the 28-year-old added.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/28/17 at 5:01 am

Alastair Cook made the highest score by a visiting batsman at the MCG to give England firm control of the Boxing Day Test. Cook piled on 244 not out, beating the 208 of West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards, as the tourists punished Australia on the third evening of the fourth Ashes Test. At 307-6, England were in danger of surrendering the initiative, but Cook added 59 with Chris Woakes (26), before a riotous partnership of 100 with Stuart Broad, who swung his way to 56. In the end, Cook's third-highest Test score had led England to 491-9, a lead of 164.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/30/17 at 3:53 am

England were denied by yet another century from Australia captain Steve Smith as the fourth Ashes Test ended in a draw. Smith batted throughout the final day in Melbourne for 102 not out, his third hundred of the series. The tourists had hope of victory when David Warner and Shaun Marsh fell in the space of six runs to leave Australia 178-4, only 14 ahead. But Smith combined with Mitchell Marsh on a lifeless, turgid MCG pitch to take the home side to 263-4 - 99 in front - when the teams shook hands.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/05/18 at 5:11 am

Usman Khawaja's unbeaten 91 seized the initiative for Australia on the second day of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney. The left-hander shared an unbroken stand of 107 with captain Steve Smith (44 not out) to put the hosts within 153 runs of England's 346 all out with eight first-innings wickets still intact.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/16/18 at 6:12 am

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik suffered concussion after being hit by the ball during Pakistan's one-day international loss to New Zealand. The 35-year-old former captain, playing his 261st ODI, was not wearing a helmet when he was struck on the back of the head by a fielder's throw in Hamilton.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/16/18 at 9:01 am

Ireland beat Scotland by six wickets to extend their winning run in the triangular one-day series in Dubai. Michael Jones hit 87 in Scotland's total of 219 as Boyd Rankin claimed 3-49. Ireland skipper William Porterfield fell for a duck but Andrew Balbirnie's 67 and Niall O'Brien's 55 helped them to victory with 15.1 overs to spare. Ireland, who beat the United Arab Emirates twice last week, face Scotland again on Thursday.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/19/18 at 7:12 am

England held their nerve to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day international series with a four-wicket victory over Australia at Brisbane. Set 271 to win after Aaron Finch hit 106, the tourists eased to 119-1 only to be checked by the wickets of Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan. Joe Root and Jos Buttler rebuilt before Mitchell Starc removed the wicketkeeper and Moeen Ali in quick succession. But Root and Chris Woakes calmly guided England home with 34 balls to spare. Despite those wobbles during the chase, it was a largely commanding performance by Morgan's side, who bowled superbly to restrict Australia on a good Gabba pitch that offered turn. England can now clinch the five-match series with victory in the third ODI at Sydney on Sunday.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/07/18 at 7:44 am

Glenn Maxwell hit an unbeaten 103, after taking 3-10, to give Australia a five-wicket win in England's opening game of the T20 tri-series. Set 156 to win in Hobart after Dawid Malan made 50, the hosts fell to 4-2 in the first over as David Willey removed David Warner and Chris Lynn. D'Arcy Short, who made 30, and Maxwell rebuilt with a stand of 78. Maxwell kicked on despite further losses, sealing victory and bringing up a 58-ball hundred with a six. Australia, who won with nine balls to spare, have won their opening two games of the tri-series following victory over New Zealand on Saturday.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/12/18 at 8:49 am

England captain Eoin Morgan is a doubt for Tuesday's Twenty20 tri-series match against New Zealand in Wellington because of a groin injury. It kept him out of Saturday's defeat by Australia, and with the series now switching to New Zealand, Morgan did not bat in the nets before the game. Jos Buttler is again set to stand in as skipper, with batsman James Vince keeping his place in the XI. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has a back injury and could also be absent.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/18 at 5:21 am

England suffered a third Twenty20 defeat in a row as they were beaten by New Zealand in the tri-series which also involves Australia. The Black Caps made 196-5 after being put into bat, with Martin Guptill (65) and Kane Williamson (72) putting on 82. Alex Hales (47) got England off to a quick start but they lost James Vince, Jos Buttler and Sam Billings cheaply. Dawid Malan (59) gave England hope but, needing 37 from the last three overs, the tourists reached 184-9. Australia are already through to the final after three wins from as many games and New Zealand will join them if they can beat David Warner's side on Friday, 18 February. England have zero points and need Australia to do them a favour to take their chances of reaching the final into their last game against New Zealand on Sunday, 25 February.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/16/18 at 11:10 am

Australia scored the highest run chase in Twenty20 international history as they reached 245-5 to beat New Zealand by five wickets with seven balls left.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/16/18 at 3:00 pm

Liam Plunkett will miss the remainder of England's Twenty20 tri-series against New Zealand and Australia with a hamstring injury. The Yorkshire bowler is also out of the five-match one-day international series against New Zealand, starting on 25 February in Hamilton. Plunkett, 32, suffered a recurrence of a hamstring tear in Tuesday's tri-series defeat by the Black Caps. He had already missed the final two ODIs against Australia in January.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/19/18 at 7:24 am

Ireland continued their build-up to next month's World Cup Qualifier with a five-wicket win over Netherlands in Pretoria on Sunday. Boyd Rankin took 4-38 and Andy McBrine 2-57 as the Dutch posted 264-7 from their 50 overs. The Irish eased to victory with Andrew Balbirnie hitting 97 and Gary Wilson 89 in a total of 265-5. Ireland defeated a Northerns/Easterns XI by 91 runs on Thursday and face Scotland in another warm-up on Tuesday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/28/18 at 7:59 am

Ben Stokes' 63 not out backed up an excellent fielding performance as England beat New Zealand by six wickets to level the one-day series at 1-1.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/16/18 at 6:35 am

England's bowlers took 13 wickets on the opening day of their second tour match against a New Zealand XI. The tourists opted to stay in the field all day for bowling practice before the first Test begins on 22 March.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 2:40 am

Captain Steven Mullaney praised Derbyshire's Matt Critchley after his rapid innings helped North beat the South and tie the series at 1-1. Critchley, 21, struck four sixes in his knock of 64 off just 37 balls to propel the North to 335-8 in Barbados. Nick Gubbins made a second successive century in reply and Laurie Evans hit 64, but the South were all out for 289. "Critchley was phenomenal at the end to strike the ball the way he did," Mullaney told BBC Radio 5 live.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 2:41 am

Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-skipper David Warner have been banned for a year for ball-tampering.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/18 at 9:04 am

Darren Lehmann is to quit as head coach of Australia at the end of the current Test series against South Africa. The 48-year-old will step down after the final Test in Johannesburg, which starts on Friday, in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. Lehmann, who was cleared of any wrongdoing by Cricket Australia, had said on Wednesday he would not resign. Former skipper Steve Smith plus batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned for their part in the scandal.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/03/18 at 9:46 am

New Zealand held their nerve to secure a dramatic draw against England in the second Test in Christchurch and claim a 1-0 series victory.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/04/18 at 7:45 am

Former Australia captain Steve Smith says he will not appeal his 12-month ban for ball-tampering. David Warner was also given a one-year ban and Cameron Bancroft handed a nine-month suspension by Cricket Australia (CA), after the incident against South Africa. The Australian Cricketers' Association had said CA should reconsider the "disproportionate" bans. "I meant what I said about taking full responsibility," said Smith, 28.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/06/18 at 5:36 am

Australia's cricketers will be asked to initiate a new code of conduct following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. The proposed charter, which has been commissioned by Cricket Australia (CA) following an initial review into events in Cape Town, will set out standards of behaviour for the men's teams. David Warner and captain Steve Smith received year-long CA bans, while Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month sanction after the incident against South Africa. The players were sent home from the tour after the third Test and apologised for their actions.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/06/18 at 8:40 am

England captain Heather Knight will miss the first one-day international against India through injury, with Anya Shrubsole set to lead the side. World champions England face India in three ODIs in Nagpur, with the first starting at 04:30 BST on Friday.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/03/18 at 3:04 am

Justin Langer has been named as Australia's new head coach, replacing Darren Lehmann, who resigned in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/23/18 at 2:07 pm

Former South Africa Test captain AB de Villiers said he had "run out of gas" as he announced his retirement from international cricket. The 34-year-old has played in 114 Test matches, 228 one-day internationals and 78 Twenty20 matches for the Proteas. He took time away from Test cricket in 2017, missing the series against England that summer, but returned to the red-ball side in December. "I've had my turn and, to be honest, I'm tired," he said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/18 at 3:44 am

Former England wicketkeeper-batsman Steve Rhodes has been named as the new coach of Bangladesh. The 53-year-old, who played 11 Tests and nine one-day internationals for England, has been given a two-year contract until the 2020 World Twenty20. Rhodes succeeds Sri Lankan Chandika Hathurusingha, who stepped down in October after three years in charge. "It is a fantastic honour and it's a privilege to be involved in Bangladesh cricket," said Rhodes.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/13/18 at 11:42 am

New Zealand teenager Amelia Kerr set a new world batting record in women's one-day cricket with her unbeaten 232 against Ireland in Dublin. Kerr, 17, broke the record total during the third match of the series, a few days after the White Ferns scored 490-4 - cricket's highest-ever ODI total. The Wellington player, whose average was 29, scored 31 fours and two sixes. Australia's Belinda Clark had held the record - 229* against Denmark in 1997, three years before Kerr was born. Kerr's 232 is third highest in ODI cricket history.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/18 at 5:53 am

England's second warm-up match for this month's one-day international series against Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled after heavy rain. They were due to face a Sri Lanka Cricket XI at Colombo's P Sara Oval.

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Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/18 at 11:05 am

England's first one-day international against Sri Lanka was abandoned after 15 overs because of rain in Dambulla.

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Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/11/18 at 9:34 am

Usman Khawaja's marathon century helped Australia salvage a draw in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai. Khawaja, 31, who spent almost nine hours at the crease for his 141 and also scored 85 in the first innings, helped the Aussies survive 140 overs as they chased an improbable 462 to win. Australia finished on 362-8 before the sides shook hands at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Mohammad Abbas was the pick of Pakistans's bowlers taking 4 for 29. Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq, 22, has been ruled out of the second and final test after breaking his finger while fielding during Australia's second innings on Thursday. The second Test takes place October 16-20 in Abu Dhabi.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 1:36 am

England win fourth ODI to clinch one-day series against Sri Lanka

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 9:27 am

Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath - the most successful left-arm bowler in Test cricket - will retire after November's first Test against England in Galle. The 40-year-old has taken 430 wickets in 92 Tests, which puts him 10th on the all-time list of wicket takers in the longer format of the game. Herath will retire at the same venue at which he made his debut 19 years ago. Sri Lanka cricket chief Ashley de Silva said Herath's retirement would "be a big loss for Sri Lanka cricket".

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/23/18 at 4:00 pm

A dismal England fell to their heaviest defeat in one-day international cricket as Sri Lanka thrashed the tourists by 219 runs in the final ODI in Colombo.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/24/18 at 11:06 am

India captain Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 one-day international runs against West Indies in Visakhapatnam. Kohli, who achieved the feat in his 205th innings, surpassed India legend Sachin Tendulkar, who did it in 259 innings in 2001. He got to 10,000 runs with a single off spinner Ashley Nurse in his 213th ODI. The 29-year-old is the 13th batsman to reach the milestone and the fifth Indian.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/25/18 at 1:10 pm

Surrey wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has been called up to England's Test squad on the tour of Sri Lanka as cover for the injured Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow, 29, has ankle ligament damage sustained playing football in training and will miss Saturday's Twenty20 match with Sri Lanka. It is not yet clear if he will return for the first of three Test matches, starting on 6 November. Foakes, 25, is scheduled to arrive in Colombo this weekend.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/31/18 at 1:06 am

England used three wicketkeepers on the opening day of their two-day tour match against a Sri Lanka Board President's XI, who declared on 329-9. With Jonny Bairstow recovering from an ankle injury, England gave Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes and Ollie Pope time behind the stumps in Colombo.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/31/18 at 4:03 am

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should have their bans for ball-tampering lifted after a scathing review of Cricket Australia (CA), says the Australian Cricketers' Association. Bancroft, Smith and Warner were suspended after the incident in March. But an independent review commissioned by CA found the body to be "arrogant and controlling" and partly to blame. "These contrite men have suffered enough. Let them play," said Greg Dyer, head of the players' union.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/31/18 at 5:33 am

Ben Stokes retired hurt on day two of England's warm-up match in Sri Lanka after being struck on the left arm. The all-rounder's workload is being managed before the Test series and he did not bowl on day one against a Sri Lanka Board President's XI in Colombo. During England's reply, Stokes, 27, was struck by a short ball from Lahiru Kumara having attempted a pull. Pathum Nissanka was then carried off after a Jos Buttler shot struck him flush on the helmet at short leg.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/18 at 3:44 am

England's preparations for the Test series in Sri Lanka were disrupted as the opening day of their final warm-up match was washed out. The England players did not even travel to the ground in Colombo, where they are due to face a Sri Lanka Board President's XI in a two-day game. Should the match begin on Friday, both sides will bat for 50 overs - but further rain is forecast. England's first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle begins on 6 November.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/18 at 8:32 am

India thrashed West Indies by nine wickets, after bowling the tourists out for 104, to complete a 3-1 one-day series victory. The tourists were dismissed in 31.5 overs at Thiruvananthapuram, captain Jason Holder top-scoring with 25. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took 4-34, and pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah 2-11 from his six overs. Rohit Sharma made an unbeaten 63 and captain Virat Kohli hit 33 as India chased down their target in 14.5 overs. It was the West Indies' lowest total in a one-day international against India, and their 10th lowest against any country.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/02/18 at 11:17 am

Durham seamer Barry McCarthy has left the club to concentrate on his international career with Ireland. The 26-year-old made 20 first-class appearances for the county, taking 62 wickets at an average of 30.62. But with Ireland being granted Test status, McCarthy would have become an overseas player in September 2019. "It's been an absolute pleasure to be part of such an amazing club for the past four years and I will certainly miss it," McCarthy said. McCarthy has played 23 one-day internationals for his country, but did not feature in their first and only Test match so far against Pakistan in May. Ireland face England in a one-off Test in July 2019 at Lord's. Meanwhile, batsman Gareth Harte, 25, and spinner Ben Whitheead, 21, have signed new two-year deals with Durham.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/18 at 1:51 am

Ben Foakes scored 87 not out on day one in the First Test against Sri Lanka.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/18 at 1:25 pm

England bowled out Sri Lanka on day two of the first Test to move into a dominant position in Galle. Debutant Ben Foakes reached his first Test century before falling for 107 as England added 21 to their overnight total to post 342. The tourists then produced a fine all-round bowling performance, with Moeen Ali taking 4-66, to bowl the hosts out for 203 in 68 overs. England reached 38-0 at the close, 177 runs ahead.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/18 at 3:43 pm

Two batsmen in New Zealand have set a record by scoring 43 runs in an over. Joe Carter and Brett Hampton were batting for Northern Districts against Central Districts in a domestic one-day match in Hamilton on Wednesday. South Africa-born fast bowler Willem Ludick bowled eight balls in the over, including two no-balls, conceding six sixes, a four and a single. The total is a record for 'List A' matches - one-day internationals and recognised domestic limited-over games.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/13/18 at 10:02 am

Former Durham, Worcestershire and Australia all-rounder John Hastings has retired from cricket at the age of 33. It comes after doctors told him they could not cure a mystery lung condition causing him to cough up blood. "There was a lot of grey area long-term, whether it was causing any damage, and if there was any potential to have a fatal bleed on the field," he told the Sydney Morning Herald. "They just really couldn't say yes or no. And I wasn't happy with that."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/18 at 7:36 am

Jos Buttler and Sam Curran led England out of trouble and into a promising position on day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele. The tourists fell to 89-4 on a pitch showing prodigious turn before Buttler struck a superb 63 off 67 balls. On 171-7 they still faced being bowled out cheaply, only for Curran to hit six sixes in a stunning onslaught, his 64 helping England reach 285 all out. Jack Leach bowled Kaushal Silva for six as Sri Lanka reached 26-1 at the close. The hosts trail by 259 runs and face a tough battle to reach England's score, with the tourists' spinners causing problems straight away.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/18 at 5:48 pm

Sri Lanka sealed their first win of the 2018 Women's World T20 with a 25-run victory over Bangladesh in St Lucia.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/15/18 at 6:34 am

Roshen Silva hit a resolute 85 to frustrate England and give Sri Lanka a lead of 46 on day two of an evenly poised second Test in Pallekele. Resuming on 26-1, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva made half-centuries before England reduced the hosts to 165-6 shortly after lunch. But Roshen negated England's spinners and forged four defiant lower-order partnerships to take Sri Lanka to 336. Nightwatchman Jack Leach played out the last over as England closed on 0-0.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/22/18 at 11:39 am

The bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will not be reduced, says Cricket Australia (CA). Smith and Warner were suspended for 12 months and Bancroft for nine for ball-tampering in South Africa in March.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/23/18 at 2:55 am

England cruised into the Women's World T20 final - where they will face Australia - after a dominant eight-wicket win over India in Antigua.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 3:34 pm

England batsman Alex Hales struck an unbeaten 87 from 32 balls to set a new T10 League record, only a day after Jonny Bairstow's previous landmark. Nottinghamshire's Hales smashed spinner Mohammad Nabi for 32 in one over in Sharjah, with four sixes and two fours. He hit eight sixes in total to help Maratha Arabians, captained by Dwayne Bravo, to a seven-wicket win in their eliminator final with Bengal Tigers. On Friday, Bairstow hit 84 not out from 24 balls, also against Bengal Tigers.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/03/18 at 12:12 pm

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has been awarded 300,000 Australian dollars (£173,000) in damages more than a year after winning a defamation case against Australian publisher Fairfax Media.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/06/18 at 7:47 am

Cheteshwar Pujara scored a century to lead India's recovery to 250-9 on day one of the first Test in Australia. The Aussies are playing their first home Test series since March's ball-tampering scandal and started strongly. India skipper Virat Kohli was caught by a diving Usman Khawaja at gully for three as the tourists slumped to 41-4. However, Pujara batted for six hours to score 123 before being run out by Pat Cummins' direct hit to end the day's play in Adelaide.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/06/18 at 8:49 am

England fast bowler Liam Plunkett will join Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League this winter after Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson was ruled out with a back injury.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/14/18 at 10:47 am

Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch and Travis Head scored half-centuries but Australia were reined in to 277-6 by India on day one of the second Test.

Subject: Re: World Cricket (when Autumn/Winter in the UK)

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/19/18 at 1:27 am

England all-rounder Sam Curran was bought for £800,000 by Kings XI Punjab in the auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League. The 20-year-old attracted the third-highest bid of 72m rupees, having entered with a base price of 20m. Hyderabad Sunrisers signed England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow for £250,000, but Eoin Morgan and Chris Woakes went unsold in Jaipur. The 12th season of the IPL will run from 29 March to 19 May. The venue for the tournament has yet to be decided. Players involved in England's 2019 World Cup squad must return from India by 25 April.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/19/18 at 3:38 am

Australia won a Test match for the first time since March's ball-tampering controversy as they beat India in Perth to level the series at 1-1. India, chasing 287 for victory, began the final day on 112-5 but were bowled out for 140 to lose by 146 runs. Australia needed only 15 overs to wrap up the win - Tim Paine's first since succeeding Steve Smith as captain.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/20/18 at 9:04 am

Ex-Australia captain Steve Smith has appeared in a Vodafone Australia advert in a bid to "spread awareness about mental health for young Australians". Smith is serving a 12-month ban from playing state or international cricket for his role in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in March. He is also banned from the Big Bash, sponsored by Vodafone Australia. "Everything I dreamed of, everything I was a part of was just falling to pieces," Smith, 29, says in the advert.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/21/18 at 6:57 am

Ben Stokes can still be a role model despite his part in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017, says England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison. England all-rounder Stokes, 27, was cleared of affray in August. He missed five months of England games, including the Ashes, and was fined £30,000 by the Cricket Disciplinary Commission (CDC) earlier this month. "Ben is a leader in the England team," Harrison told BBC Sport.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/23/18 at 12:30 pm

Australia opener Cameron Bancroft says he almost quit cricket to teach yoga after receiving a nine-month ban for ball-tampering during a Test match. Bancroft, who admitted using sandpaper on the ball in South Africa in March, was banned with Australia captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner. He returns on 30 December, playing for Perth in the Big Bash Twenty20 League.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/19 at 3:29 am

England's players are "desperately frustrated" after falling to another crushing defeat by West Indies to lose the series, says captain Joe Root. The tourists collapsed from 35-0 to 132 all out on Saturday as West Indies won the second Test by 10 wickets inside three days in Antigua. They lead the three-match series 2-0 after winning the first Test in Barbados by 381 runs. "We've been outperformed once again. It's hard to take," said Root.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/19 at 12:20 pm

Paul Stirling will lead Ireland in T20 games in the upcoming Oman and Afghanistan series in the absence of Gary Wilson. Wilson will miss the tour after being diagnosed with a condition which impacts his vision, although he is expected to make a full recovery. "It's a privilege to captain the side in Gary's absence - I'll relish the challenge," said 28-year-old Stirling. Ireland play five matches in Oman and nine in Afghanistan.

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