Virat Kohli aims to oust Steve Smith from top of ICC rankings

  India captain Virat Kohli will look to overtake Australia’s Steve Smith and become the number one batsman in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings during the five-Test series against England, starting in Birmingham on Wednesday. Kohli trails Smith, who is currently serving a 12-month ban due to his role in the ball-tampering fiasco […]

Even groundsmen don’t know how pitch will behave: Broad

BIRMINGHAM: England pacer Stuart Broad on Saturday said even the groundstaff won’t be able to predict how the 22-yard strip would behave during the first Test against India, as searing heat soaked all the moisture from the Edgbaston pitch. “It will be a really exciting series as both teams don’t know what the pitch will […]

Manchester City’s World Cup stars coming back early: Pep Guardiola

MIAMI — Manchester City’s World Cup players will cut short their holidays to return to preseason training, Pep Guardiola has announced. City had seven players who played in the last weekend of Russia 2018, either in the final or third-place playoff, but they were not due back until the day after their Community Shield clash […]

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri ‘still waiting for the best Morata

‘NICE, France — Maurizio Sarri said he is still waiting to see the best version of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea, but he praised the Spaniard’s performance in Saturday’s penalty shootout friendly victory over Inter Milan. Cesar Azpilicueta netted the winning spot kick as Chelsea triumphed 5-4 in the shootout after a 1-1 draw in their […]

Fakhar Zaman breaks into top 20 for the first time

The rankings were released on Sunday following the conclusion of the West Indies-Bangladesh series and also incorporate player performances from the Zimbabwe-Pakistan series. Fakhar scored 515 runs in the series and has gained a total of 22 places to move into 16th position. When the player rankings were last updated on 17 July following the […]

Five World Cup questions for South Africa

  And so it begins. South Africa’s quest to claim the 2019 World Cup starts on Sunday, with the first of 21 ODIs before the tournament. The last time the team played in an ODI series, they lost 1-5 to a rampant Indian side whose wristspinners asked questions South Africa’s batsmen didn’t even understand, let […]

No one listens to Vaughan – Rashid lashes out at “stupid” comments

Adil Rashid has shot back at critics, in particular former England and Yorkshire captain Michael Vaughan and the Yorkshire county, after his selection in England’s Test team drew flak. He thinks Vaughan’s comments are “stupid” and “do not matter”, and he is hurt by Yorkshire’s expression of disappointment, which might lead him “to think about […]

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