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Hales ready for return to action in T10 League

Alex Hales, the England opening batsman who was present at the arrest of Ben Stokes in Bristol in September, will mark his return to action this week when the inaugural Ten10 League gets underway in the UAE. Hales had been withdrawn from England selection by the ECB following the incident outside Mbargo nightclub on September 25, in which Stokes was ...

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The matches that made a record-breaker

Alastair Cook has amassed 11,691 runs and 31 centuries en route to his 150th Test appearance. ESPNcricinfo looks back at the landmarks Test No. 1 – Debut century at NagpurOne hundred and two cricketers have made a century on Test debut, including ten Englishmen since the Second World War. But few have given such definitive proof of their poise and ...

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IPL now has window in ICC Future Tours Programme

The Indian Premier League has been all but formally recognised in the new Future Tours Programme as a global event. In the next FTP cycle (2019-23), the IPL is the only domestic Twenty20 league during which all international cricket will come to a halt, for a period of two months, across April and May. Though that has more or less ...

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WAPDA maintain perfect record, SNGPL defend 160

WAPDA sitting pretty Salman Butt‘s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) are in prime position to reach the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final, becoming the only side in the competition to win both Super Eight games, and opening up a ten-point lead in their group. Batting first against United Bank Limited (UBL), they posted 243 and conceded a 32-run lead to UBL, ...

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Anderson plays down ‘pretty silly’ Duckett episode

James Anderson has addressed the latest incident to have unsettled England’s Ashes tour by describing Ben Duckett pouring a drink over him in a bar as “a non-event”, although he admitted that the players need to avoid further controversies while in Australia. Writing in his Telegraph column, Anderson said the players had moved on from “what was a pretty silly ...

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Dhaka opt to bowl against unchanged Rangpur in BPL final

Dhaka Dynamites chose to bowl v Rangpur Riders Chris Gayle celebrates yet another T20 hundred Raton Gomes Dhaka Dynamites captain Shakib Al Hasan decided to bowl against Rangpur Riders in the BPL final in Mirpur. Shakib did what an overwhelming majority of captains Р19 out of 22 Рhave done in night games this season. Rangpur were unchanged while Dhaka ...

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India’s batting under pressure as SL eye series win

Big picture Atmospheric conditions in north India have haunted Sri Lanka right through their tour of India. If it was the smog in Delhi, it was rain in Dharamsala. On Monday, they spent four hours at the airport with their chartered flight unable to take off. They returned to their hotels and only flew to Mohali on Tuesday, the eve ...

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Cook admits England have ‘damaged’ their image

The world has changed and the England cricket team has to realise it, according to former captain Alastair Cook. Cook, on the verge of becoming the first England player to win 150 Test caps, has warned his team-mates they “can’t afford any more mistakes” as they seek to rebuild their connection with the general public in the aftermath of the ...

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Cook taking Test career on ‘game-by-game basis’

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 on the verge of retirement ...

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Williamson credits fast bowlers for series win

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson credited his bowlers for the 2-0 series win against West Indies on what he described as pitches where wickets were hard to come by. Left-arm fast bowlers Neil Wagner and Trent Boult led the hosts’ bowling efforts during the series, using predominantly short-pitched bowling to pick up a combined 24 of the 38 wickets that ...

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