Teams prepare to battle Sri Lanka’s monsoon season again

Rinse and repeat. That is the strategy for the second ODI in Dambulla, after only 15 overs were possible in the first. Unfortunately, the chance of rain again playing a part remains high, which would be frustrating – if not entirely unpredictable, given the scheduling of this tour in the wettest part of the year […]

Roston Chase masters spin and shows the way

West Indies captain Jason Holder had spoken at length about how they need to be patient, but also recognise scoring opportunities. That they should do all they can – without being reckless – to put the pressure back on India. There couldn’t have been a better opportunity to do so than the first day in […]

Paine, Khawaja the heroes in Australia’s great escape

Pakistan 482 (Hafeez 126, Sohail 110, Siddle 3-58, Lyon 2-114) and 181 for 6 dec (Imam 48, Shafiq 41, Holland 3-83, Lyon 2-58) drew with Australia 202 (Khawaja 85, Finch 62, Bilal 6-36, Abbas 4-29) and 362 for 8 (Khawaja 141, Head 72, Paine 61*, Yasir 4-114, Abbas 3-56) Never mind the last over. This […]

Bangladesh pick uncapped Fazle Mahmud; Tamim Iqbal still injured

Bangladesh have called up uncapped left-hand batsman Fazle Mahmud and recalled seamer Mohammad Saifuddin in place of the injured Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan for the three-ODI series against Zimbabwe, which starts on October 21 in Dhaka. Shakib’s recurring finger injury has ruled him out for at least three months, while Tamim still hasn’t […]

Imam-ul-Haq out of Abu Dhabi Test with finger injury

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq has been sidelined from the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi, which begins on October 16, after fracturing his little finger on the left hand. He sustained the injury while diving for the ball in the field on the final day of the first Test in Dubai. Imam had contributed 76 […]

I would have picked Maxwell for the UAE tour – Mark Waugh

As a strong player of spin and a batsman capable of changing a game’s momentum, Glenn Maxwell should have been chosen for Australia’s UAE tour in the absence of the banned Steven Smith and David Warner, according to former selector Mark Waugh. As Australia were drifting towards defeat against Pakistan in the first Test in […]

Think Twice Before Comparing Shaw to Sehwag: Gambhir

Mumbai: While praising young Prithvi Shaw, who cracked a Test century on debut in Rajkot in the opening Test against the West Indies, India discard Gautam Gambhir asked people to think hard before comparing the diminutive Mumbaikar to his former opening partner, Virender Sehwag. “Whoever is comparing (Shaw with Sehwag) needs to think twice before […]