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Reborn Alastair Cook: I nearly quit after Ashes

Alastair Cook has revealed how close he came to the end of his record-breaking career during England’s latest Ashes defeat before he was rescued by a perfect demonstration of the powers that have made him England’s leading runscorer. A near-deserted Seddon Park yesterday at the end of a few warm-up exercises could not have been further away from the heat ...

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Van der Merwe stars as Netherlands clinch seventh place

Netherlands189 for 9 (De Leede 39, Kami 4-24) beat Nepal 144 (Kami 36, Van der Merwe 4-20) by 45 runs Roelof van der Merwe roars after an appeal is upheld Peter Della Penna Roelof van der Merwe‘s 4 for 20 and 25 with the bat trumped Sompal Kami‘s 4 for 24 and 36 – the second-highest score in a low-scorer – ...

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Shakib, Nurul fined for breaching code of conduct

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and reserve player Nurul Hasan have both been fined 25% of their match fees for separate incidents during the T20I against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Both players have also received one demerit point each for breaching Level 1 of the ICC code of conduct. In the final over of a tense chase, Shakib gestured towards ...

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Pune to host two IPL playoff matches

The IPL governing council has decided to allot two of this season’s playoff matches – the Eliminator and second Qualifier – to the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) in Pune. The games will be played at the MCA stadium in Gahunje on May 23 and 25. “For the play-off, there was a suggestion that since Rising Pune Supergiant (now defunct) were ...

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‘Boots up! Thank you!’ – Pietersen calls time on playing career

Kevin Pietersen, one of the most brilliant and divisive cricketers of his generation, appears to have called time on his playing career with a four-word update to his 3.65 million Twitter followers. Pietersen, who had declared in February that this season’s Pakistan Super League would be his last tournament, tweeted “BOOTS UP! Thank you!” to his fans in the wake ...

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Bangladesh’s dressing room door damaged in Colombo

Aggressive bodily contact, shoving, agitated yelling, pointed fingers and a shattered dressing room door, all marred the finish and the immediate aftermath of the Nidahas Trophy match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The shattered door was likely the doing of somebody inside the Bangladesh dressing room. An outward-facing camera caught a number of Bangladesh players racing down the steps in ...

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Usman, Afridi take Karachi through to playoffs

3:46 Karachi Kings 125 for 3 (Denly 36, Ingram 31) beat Islamabad United 124 (Asif 34, Usman 4-14, Afridi 2-18) by seven wicketsScorecard and ball-by-ball details In a nutshell If Kamran Akmal’s heroics meant Peshawar Zalmi had thrown down the gauntlet to Karachi Kings, fast bowler Usman Khan and his fellow Karachi quicks picked it up and ran with it ...

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