Worker replaces injured Bracewell in NZ ODI squad

  Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of New Zealand’s first two ODIs against Pakistan with a hamstring problem. The 27-year-old fast bowler had only just returned from a hiatus of nearly a year in the recently concluded series against West Indies, playing five out of six limited-overs matches to pick up six wickets. On […]

BBL semis, final may move to entice broadcasters

  An expanded Big Bash League will stretch into mid-February next summer as Cricket Australia seeks to make the finals of the tournament a more significant climax for broadcasters in the looming round of television rights negotiations. James Sutherland, the CA chief executive, said that the governing body had indicated a desire to make a […]

Dead Ball law under scrutiny after Inglis gaffe

  Debate sounded about the Dead Ball law after an unusual gaffe from the Melbourne Renegades wicketkeeper Emma Inglis nearly cost her team their Women’s Big Bash League encounter against the Sydney Sixers in Victoria on Wednesday. In a dramatic finish, with the Sixers requiring three runs off the final ball, Inglis’ premature celebrations inadvertently […]

Arsène Wenger’s high-wire act exposes hole at heart of Arsenal

  Stoppage time provided a vignette of classic latter-Wenger Arsenal. Hearts were in mouths, and nobody knew whether to celebrate or panic or faint. Having taken a lead, then thrown a lead, and then seized back some pride with a last gasp equaliser, Arsenal’s defence evaporated completely as Chelsea almost won it all over again. […]

Coutinho pushes Liverpool to consider British-record deal with Barcelona

  The 25-year-old’s desire to move to Camp Nou has not dwindled and his camp have worked tirelessly on softening the stance of the Merseysiders Philippe Coutinho has repeated his insistence to trade Liverpool for Barcelona in a potential deal that would comfortably surpass the British transfer record. The Brazil international, who has been in […]

India’s winning run under threat from South African green tops

  CAPE TOWN: India’s long winning streak in Test cricket is under threat in a quick-fire three match series against South Africa this month, where their status as the top ranked nation in the format faces a stiff examination. Virat Kohli’s side have won nine successive series to climb to the top of the International […]

MCG pitch rated poor by ICC

  Nannes: Pitch was completely unacceptableDirk Nannes and Melinda Farrell discuss the “disappointing” state of the pitch after Australia and England played out a dull draw at the MCG Australian cricket has been embarrassed by the ICC rating the MCG drop-in pitch for the Boxing Day Ashes Test as “poor” following a dull draw in […]

Last chance for Vince and Stoneman to impress

  ‘Dreamed of playing in Sydney’ – StonemanWith friends and family in the city, England opener Mark Stoneman feels the final Ashes Test will be the icing on the cake for him personally The Ashes may have gone but, for several England players, the Sydney Test could have career-defining implications. The likes of James Vince […]

Nehra and Kirsten join RCB coaching staff

  Ashish Nehra is presented with a memento on the occasion of his final international match BCCI Former India seamer Ashish Nehra, who retired from all forms of cricket in November, has been appointed bowling coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore. The franchise has also brought in former South Africa batsman Gary Kirsten as batting coach […]