Archer available for third West Indies Test as rain frustrates England

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Jofra Archer will be available for England's third and final Test against the West Indies next week after being ruled out of the second match for a breach of coronavirus protocols, it was announced Saturday. The England and Wales Cricket Board's statement came as the hosts' quest to level the three-match … Continue reading Archer available for third West Indies Test as rain frustrates England

Stokes says his success more than just ‘instinct’

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Ben Stokes said he was now more than just a purely instinctive cricketer after the all-rounder's latest superb century left England strongly-placed in the second Test against the West Indies. Stokes top-scored with 176 in England's first innings 469-9 declared, before the West Indies reached 32-1 at the close of Friday's … Continue reading Stokes says his success more than just ‘instinct’

Ganguly credits fitness for India’s fast bowling rise

New Delhi (AFP) India's cricket chief Sourav Ganguly says improved fitness standards and a change in culture have led to the country developing one of the world's best pace attacks. Spearheads Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are part of a battery of five formidable quick bowlers that have helped change India's traditional reliance on spin … Continue reading Ganguly credits fitness for India’s fast bowling rise

Sri Lankan ‘sold’ 2011 cricket World Cup final: minister

Colombo (AFP) Sri Lanka "sold" the 2011 World Cup final to India, the country's former sports minister said on Thursday, reviving one of cricket's most explosive match-fixing controversies. Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was sports minister at the time, is the second senior figure to allege the final was fixed, after 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga. … Continue reading Sri Lankan ‘sold’ 2011 cricket World Cup final: minister

Indian cricket still hopes to salvage IPL season

New Delhi (AFP) Indian cricket chiefs are sticking with plans to salvage the cash-rich IPL tournament this year even if it means playing in empty stadiums, the country's board president Sourav Ganguly said Thursday. The world's richest Twenty20 tournament is heading for the first wipeout of its 12-year history after being repeatedly postponed because of … Continue reading Indian cricket still hopes to salvage IPL season

England confirm West Indies Test series in July

London (AFP) England will play three Tests at home against the West Indies in July, subject to government clearance, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Tuesday. The first Test will take place at Southampton's Ageas Bowl from July 8-12, with the second and third Tests at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on July … Continue reading England confirm West Indies Test series in July

No place for Hales or Plunkett as England name 55-man training group

London (AFP) Alex Hales and World Cup-winner Liam Plunkett were both left out of a mammoth 55-man England training group announced Friday. But 13 uncapped players were selected, as England look to stage a full Test and limited-overs programme against West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland and Australia, despite the coronavirus delaying the start of their home … Continue reading No place for Hales or Plunkett as England name 55-man training group

Australia set dates for COVID-threatened India cricket tour

Sydney (AFP) Australia announced dates for India's lucrative Test cricket tour as the centrepiece of a busy home season on Thursday, but admitted that plans remained in flux because of the coronavirus. Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said the picture was "evolving every day" as he unveiled men's fixtures against Zimbabwe, the West Indies and … Continue reading Australia set dates for COVID-threatened India cricket tour

Cummins backs IPL to replace a delayed World Cup

Sydney (AFP) The Indian Premier League could fill the void left by the Twenty20 World Cup if it is delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, Aussie cricketer Pat Cummins said Wednesday. Due to begin in Australia in October, the T20 competition’s start is looking increasingly unlikely amid virus-related travel restrictions. Australia's Pat Cummins speaking to the … Continue reading Cummins backs IPL to replace a delayed World Cup

‘God of cricket’ Tendulkar looms over India prodigy Shaw

New Delhi (AFP) Comparisons to India's "god of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar have not always helped Prithvi Shaw as he seeks to put a doping ban and injury worries behind him and cement his place in the national side. Shaw, now 20, was instantly linked with Tendulkar when he matched the feat of the 'Little Master' … Continue reading ‘God of cricket’ Tendulkar looms over India prodigy Shaw

‘A pretty boring contest’: Will Covid-19 saliva ban take shine off cricket?

A coronavirus-linked ban on using saliva to shine the ball has caused widespread concern among cricketers, with Australian paceman Mitchell Starc warning on Tuesday that the sport risks becoming "pretty boring" if ball-tampering rules are not relaxed. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to implement the controversial ban in June after receiving medical advice that spit … Continue reading ‘A pretty boring contest’: Will Covid-19 saliva ban take shine off cricket?

England’s Roy desperate to return to cricket, even behind closed doors

London (AFP) England opener Jason Roy is desperate to get back to playing cricket, even if matches have to take place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Roy, who was part of England's World-Cup winning team last year, had a taste of playing in an empty stadium in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) … Continue reading England’s Roy desperate to return to cricket, even behind closed doors