Cricket

Big picture South Africa are less than 24 hours away from what could become groundhog day. After having conceded the ODI series, South Africa will lose the T20I series too if they don’t win at SuperSport Park, and they will be no closer to the answers to their questions about team balance and candidates for
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With their professional careers on the line defending a middling total of 159, United Arab Emirates produced a stirring fightback with the ball in the second half of Oman’s innings, eventually defeating their desert rivals by 46 runs at Affies Park. Having chosen to bat first, UAE were banking on the selection of the extra
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Left-arm seamer Brian Vitori has joined Zimbabwe’s squad for their limited-overs series against Afghanistan, a fortnight after he was cleared to bowl in international cricket again. Vitori had been suspended from bowling for 12 months in December 2016 after his action was deemed illegal twice inside a period of two years. He had taken a
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England’s best-known group of travelling fans – the Barmy Army – were planning to pay tribute before the Sydney Test to the cricket-loving group who died in a seaplane tragedy in the city. Richard Cousins, the head of the catering company Compass, was one of five Britons who died, along with the Australian-based pilot, when
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Zimbabwe 30 for 4 (Morkel 3-20) trail South Africa 309 for 9 dec (Markram 125, de Villiers 53, Jarvis 3-57, Mpofu 3-58) by 279 runs Aiden Markram manages a smile after reaching his century AFP Four wickets fell for the addition of 251 runs in the first two sessions. Nine wickets fell in the third session,
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In the revered Australian film Breaker Morant, the titular character explains his practice of shooting prisoners of war by saying he enacted “Rule 303”, in reference to the .303 calibre rifle in use at the time. In this series, Australia have skated to victory in the bare minimum three matches by invoking another simple and
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South Africa’s Test captain Faf du Plessis is in doubt for the inaugural four-day Boxing Day day-night Test against Zimbabwe, as Cricket South Africa opt for a cautious approach to managing his return from injury. Du Plessis has not played any cricket since late October when he hurt his back during the second ODI against
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India 219 for 2 (Dhawan 100*, Iyer 65) beat Sri Lanka 215 (Tharanga 95, Kuldeep 3-42, Chahal 3-46) by eight wicketsScorecard and ball-by-ball details Sri Lanka were spun around in Visakhapatnam so starkly that, if they were a cartoon character, they would have seen little Kuldeep Yadavs and Yuzvendra Chahals dancing in a circle over
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Bengal 269 for 7 (Sudip 83, Writtick 47, Saini 2-45, Manan 2-37) v Delhi Sudip Chatterjee continued his prolific run with a fifty PTI Bengal found themselves in positions of strength on more than one occasion but found ways to squander their advantage every time on the opening day of the semi-final against Delhi in Pune.
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Gary Neville with Paul Scholes and Michael Vaughan at cricket’s Old Trafford © Getty Images Gary Neville, the former Manchester United and England defender, believes that his experience of playing in men’s cricket as a youngster was instrumental in giving him the competitive edge to become a top-class footballer.
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Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine and Alzarri Joseph have been ruled out of West Indies’ limited-overs leg of New Zealand. While Samuels was pulled out due to an injured right hand and Joseph a back strain, Narine – only in the T20 squad – made himself unavailable for personal reasons. Sunil Ambris, who took a blow
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Lunch England 403 (Malan 140, Bairstow 119, Stoneman 56, Starc 4-91, Hazlewood 3-92) v AustraliaLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details Jonny Bairstow scored his first Test century in 18 months, but Australia fought back strongly in the opening session on day two at the WACA, where they bowled England out for 403. England began the morning
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© Getty Images Each day of the upcoming inaugural four-day Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth will need to have a minimum of 98 overs per day, as per the ICC’s playing conditions. That is, eight overs more must be bowled every day than what is required
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Chris Gayle gave it the full Universe Boss treatment after striking a world-record 18 sixes to turn the final of the Bangladesh Premier League into an affirmation of his talent. Asked by ESPNcricinfo if he would class himself as the Don Bradman of T20s, Gayle banged his own publicity drum after another epic display. “I’m
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Alastair Cook is refusing to look beyond the next game as he prepares for his record-breaking 150th Test. Cook, England’s record Test run-scorer, will on Thursday become the first England player – and the eighth man from any nation – to appear in 150 Tests. But while Cook insisted those who have suggested he was
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Lunch West Indies 221 and 106 for 5 (Chase 32*, Wagner 2-27, Boult 2-38) need another 338 runs to beat New Zealand373 and 291 for 8 dec (Taylor 107*, Williamson 54, Cummins 3-69)Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details Neil Wagner roars as he traps Shai Hope with his short-ball ploy Getty Images New Zealand’s pacers set the
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