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New-look SA aim for redemption after ODI debacle

Big picture A tour of two halves now reaches its bonus add-on: three T20s in a week, played as double-headers with the same women’s teams of these two nations, who are in completely contrasting moods. India are on a high. Led by a captain that is considered among the best players not just of his generation, but ever, they have ...

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Sri Lanka capitalise on coach Hathurusingha’s insider information

It had been suspected right through Sri Lanka’s tour, but it is now official: Chandika Hathurusingha‘s knowledge of Bangladesh players and conditions provided Sri Lanka with a substantial edge. Having been Bangladesh’s head coach – a role he had held since 2014 – until October last year, Hathurusingha was instrumental to the long-term development of the Bangladesh side, and was ...

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Shaken NZ battle England for final spot

Big Picture What just happened? That was the overriding sentiment, you imagine, in the New Zealand dressing room after Friday night’s pongo-fest. At the halfway stage of the game at Eden Park, Martin Guptill’s hundred looked to have put the hosts on the way to sealing their spot in the tri-series final; when Aaron Finch hit the 32nd and final ...

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Virat Kohli leads India to victory over South Africa

Virat Kohli inspired India to victory against South Africa with an unbeaten ton  Kohli hit 129 not out to set a record for the most runs in a six-match ODI series India restricted the hosts to just 204 runs by balling them out with 19 balls left Kohli led the charge as India easily reeled off the runs with 107 balls ...

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Cooper’s ton fires South Australia to first-innings lead

New South Wales 256 and 1 for 61 (Hughes 32*, Cowan 16*, Winter 1-26) lead South Australia 281 (Cooper 105*, Andrews 50, Copeland 4-63) by 36 runsScorecard An unbeaten century from South Australia veteran Tom Cooper helped the Redbacks claim first-innings lead over New South Wales in a tight tussle at the SCG. The Redbacks were 7 for 141 at ...

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Willey: Rashid’s red ball exit could be first of many

England all-rounder David Willey believes Adil Rashid could be the first of many top players to turn their backs on red-ball cricket. Rashid has decided to focus exclusively on limited-overs competitions next season and is renegotiating a deal with Yorkshire to reflect his withdrawal from the first-class game. The leg-spinner, who earned the last of 10 Test caps in December ...

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Was it worth the millions?

Was all the effort worth it? Were the years of jostling, the vast debts incurred and the public money diverted worth the effort? Because, here we are, every bit of 20-years into an arms race that rendered almost half the competition (Hampshire, Durham, Yorkshire and Glamorgan) all but insolvent and we appear to be back where we started. With the ...

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Ben Stokes’ very subdued return to the England squad

There could not have been a more low-key way for Ben Stokes to rejoin the England team on Friday after a tumultuous winter that has seen them thrashed in the Ashes without him. It was just after 6pm here on a sun-lit evening in sleepy Hamilton when Stokes strode through the front door of the England team hotel to resume ...

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Kohli’s 35th ODI ton helps India wallop South Africa 5-1

India 206 for 2 (Kohli 129*, Rahane 34*) beat South Africa 204 (Zondo 54, Thakur 4-52) by eight wickets Confidence and form are two of the most influential factors in batting. They often dictate timing and placement – requisites for scoring runs. South Africa have lacked both after their sub-par performances this series. Therefore, in good batting conditions in Centurion, ...

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