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Craig Overton has been drafted into England’s one-day squad for the forthcoming ODI series against New Zealand, after Liam Plunkett was ruled out with a hamstring injury. Overton, 23, was selected for his Test debut against Australia during the Ashes, and made a strong impression in two appearances before being ruled out of the series
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Of all the formats of cricket, wickets in Twenty20 have the least correlation with a bowler’s intent to pick up those wickets; they usually come through containment, and, at times, through funny shots. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is now the first Indian to have a five-for in each format, but he knows better than to look at
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Alex Blackwell, the Australia vice-captain, has announced her retirement from international and state cricket at age 34. She will, however, continue captaining her Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) side, Sydney Thunder. The announcement comes a day after Blackwell, Australia’s most-capped international player with 251 international appearances, struck a near run-a-ball 76 for her state team
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11:25 AM ET Mohammad IsamESPN Bangladesh have to face the reality of their shortcomings in T20s and only then will they improve in the format, according to their stand-in captain Mahmudullah. The call to “face facts” comes on the back of getting thrashed by 75 runs in the second T20 by Sri Lanka, culminating in
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South Africa women 134 for 5 (Luus 41, Tryon 34, Vastrakar 2-21) beat India women 133 (Harmanpreet 48, Mandhana 37, Ismail 5-30) by five wickets Shabnim Ismail roars after taking a wicket Getty/ICC India paid for an insipid lower-order collapse with their first defeat in the T20 series, as South Africa stayed alive with a five-wicket
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Trevor Bayliss, England’s head coach, has suggested getting rid of T20 internationals and leaving the format to the various leagues around the world, following the culmination of a disappointing tri-series for the tourists. England beat New Zealand by two runs in Hamilton to finally register a win but failed to qualify for Wednesday’s final because
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Tasmania 9 for 431 (Wade 139, Milenko 78, Guthrie 3-103) beat Western Australia 67 (Rogers 4-9) & 277 (Turner 81, Philippe 74, Rogers 3-46) by an innings and 87 runsScorecard Alastair Cook was dismissed for 32 by Simon Milenko Getty Images Tasmania have demolished Western Australia by an innings in two-and-a-half days to boost their chances
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New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl against EnglandLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details England are pointless in this tri-series yet still have a chance of reaching the final against Australia. They are facing a New Zealand side still shellshocked from events at Eden Park where they failed to defend 243. The home side
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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
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David Willey has expressed sympathy with his Yorkshire and England team-mate Adil Rashid’s decision to put his first-class career on hold. Willey, who has previously mulled the possibility of becoming a limited-overs specialist, said that cricket’s packed schedule was likely to push more players into making hard choices. Rashid requested not to play Championship cricket
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Big Picture It had begun so well. Bangladesh may still have been stinging from Chandika Hathurusingha’s surprise exit, but in the first three matches of the tri-nations ODI series, they stomped both oppositions, and appeared as if no side was capable of so much as challenging them in home conditions. Then came the 10-wicket thumping
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