The Ashes are done. South Africa are in India. Fixing is back. The Hundred’s draft process has been revealed. Misbah will boss his former boss, and that’s okay by Waqar. Never a dull moment if you are a cricket follower.
Beuran Hendricks and Quinton de Kock sparkle as South Africa level series
South Africa kicked off their India tour with a three-T20I series. The first one was washed out; India won the second on the back of a half-century by Virat Kohli; and in the final game, in Bengaluru on Sunday, South Africa chased down a target of 135 with nine wickets to spare.
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan to go ahead as planned
Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan will proceed after SLC confirmed that the Pakistan government had reaffirmed its desire to provide the Sri Lanka team with the same level of security afforded to visiting heads of state.
Simon Harmer leads from the front as Essex clinch maiden title in last-ball thriller
The offspinner took seven wickets on Finals Day (four in the semi-final and three in the final) after which Ravi Bopara took care of the 146-run chase.
Akila Dananjaya banned from bowling for one year
His suspension is a result of the ICC’s automatic penalty for bowlers who have twice failed an assessment inside a two-year period. The offspinner can, however, bowl in domestic cricket conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket, with the consent of the board.
‘When I started, I wanted to play long for India. But now I just want to enjoy the ride’
India middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari looks back at his eventful first year in international cricket in an interview with Varun Shetty.
A good team, not a great one yet – Langer
Australia retained the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001, but coach Justin Langer says they are still aspiring to be a great team. What were your favourite non-Headingley moments? Our writers from the series picked theirs. England spinner and beloved No. 11 Jack Leach is a bit bewildered by his cult-hero status. Meanwhile Jofra Archer says that his first taste of Test cricket this summer has whet his appetite for future engagements.
India women player reports fixing approach
It has been clear for a while now that fixing isn’t limited to the highest levels of the game. This week an India women player reported an alleged approach to fix matches during the team’s home series against England earlier in the year. The BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit is also conducting an inquiry into alleged approaches made to several players by suspicious people in the latest edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League.
Waqar looks to reignite chemistry with Misbah
This will be Waqar’s fifth term in the Pakistan support staff, having served twice as the head coach, as the bowling coach in 2006-07, and the bowling and fielding coach briefly in 2009-10.
George Munsey’s mind-boggling hundred sets records ablaze
Opener Munsey hit a 56-ball 127 powered Scotland to 252 for 3 – their highest T20I total and the sixth highest overall – against Netherlands in Malahide. His match-winning 200-run opening stand with captain Kyle Coetzer was the third highest for any wicket in T20Is, and Munsey’s 41-ball ton was the fifth fastest in the format.
‘I’m a player, really. I think I understand how players think’
At the end of his tenure as England coach, Trevor Bayliss looks back at his four years in charge, and Eoin Morgan weighs in on a coach who did more than he seemed to. Meanwhile Mark Nicholas suggests Gary Kirsten would be great as England’s new coach.
Twenty-nine Jimmy Neesham tweets for Neesham’s 29th birthday
Because you neesh ’em.
Was Dhoni someone who looked to take games to the last over? Not quite
To see him in that light is to misunderstand what he truly brought to the game, writes Kartikeya Date.
‘If Steven Smith was Indian, his technique would just be accepted’
Trent Woodhill, who coached Australia’s Ashes colossus early in his career, talks about why unconventional approaches are harder to get away with down under than elsewhere. Listen to the podcast with Woodhill here.
Kyle Abbott claims 17 wickets to put another dent in Somerset’s title ambitions
Abbott’s 17 for 86 for Hampshire amounted to the best first-class match figures in England since Jim Laker’s 19 for 90 against Australia in the fourth Test of the 1956 Ashes.
From local icons to ‘non-playing players’: Details of The Hundred draft revealed
Each team will be able (but not obliged) to pick up to two “local icon” players, who have played at a county within the team’s catchment area in the 2019 season, at a fee at or above their reserve price. The team will then lose a pick in the actual draft according to the player’s salary band.
How good are Kohli, Smith, Williamson and Root at occupying the crease?
An analysis of the survival rate of the top Test batsmen today, by Himanish Ganjoo.