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Sri Lanka v South Africa

2nd Test, SSC

Karunaratne builds lead after spinners rout SA again

Dilruwan and Akila took nine wickets between them to give Sri Lanka a 214-run first-innings lead


Fernando: The case for scrapping the toss

Could giving away teams the choice of batting or fielding first reduce the scope for lopsided contests on pitches heavily skewed in the home side's favour?

Maharaj spins his way into the history books

The left-arm spinner now has the best bowling figures for any visiting bowler in Sri Lanka


Zimbabwe v Pakistan

5th ODI, Bulawayo

Raza learns to enjoy life and cricket again

The allrounder talks about the mental battles he fought since Zimbabwe's agonising exit from the World Cup Qualifier


Zimbabwe's last chance to end horror run

After sleepwalking to a series win, Pakistan raised the tempo courtesy Fakhar Zaman's double-century. What does Sunday have in store?

Top headlines

Ian Chappell


It's not the toss, silly

The way to ensure your team is competitive in Test cricket is to have players who have the technique and ability to succeed in all conditions

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Fakhar Zaman's 210*

New Ground Broken

Fakhar Zaman - from king of Katlang to pride of Pakistan

From being a 17-year-old who joined the navy, Fakhar Zaman had to travel thousands of miles - both literally and figuratively - before breaking a new record for Pakistan

Before #Fakhar210, there was #Anwar194. How well do #YouRemember it all?

Look away, India fans. Hello, Pakistan fans. Welcome on board for some sweet nostalgia. See how well you remember Saeed Anwar's 194 all those years ago

'To break Saeed's record needed a special knock'

West Indies v Bangladesh

1st ODI, Providence

Mashrafe's return boosts Bangladesh against imperious West Indies

Andre Russell also returns for West Indies, and is expected to make his first ODI appearance since 2015

Future of English cricket

ECB's T10 discussions

ECB considering 10-over cricket for domestic game?

ESPNcricinfo understands that talks have been held between the ECB and the owner of the inaugural T10 league in the UAE

Warner's road back


Warner confident he will be ready for World Cup

The opener has also said his one-year ball-tampering ban has given him time to 'reflect on myself as a human being, just be a dad and a husband'

'If I didn't love cricket, I would've already retired' - Warner


Injury mismanagement?

India news

Wriddhiman Saha to undergo shoulder surgery

Bulletin on BCCI website says Saha complained of pain in shoulder as far back as January, after returning from South Africa with another injury

The Chatter

AB de Villiers' Wimbledon connection

And what's left Joe Root embarrassed in England? Find out with Eisha Acton in our weekly social round-up


Twenty20 Vision

The latest from the Vitality Blast

Hopps: 'I'm not really a risk-taker,' says T20's fastest gun

He has one of the highest T20 strike rates of all time but Birmingham Bears opener Ed Pollock is enjoying his anonymity - at least for now

'Want to play for England in all formats' - Pollock

Birmingham Bears' Ed Pollock insists he isn't focusing on obtaining a fast strike rate and insists his dreams lie in representing England in all forms of cricket.


15-point checklist

England-India Tests

What India need to do to win in England

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Zimbabwe v Pakistan

4th ODI, Bulawayo

Fakhar's 210* hands Zimbabwe another drubbing

Shadab Khan's four-for helped the visitors go 4-0 up after Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq snuffed the life out of the Zimbabwean attack

Fakhar and Imam steer Pakistan to record ODI total

Fakhar Zaman became Pakistan's first double-centurion while putting on the highest ever opening stand in ODIs with Imam-ul-Haq

By The Numbers - Pakistan's run-fest against Zimbabwe

Pakistan broke several records in their thrashing of Zimbabwe on Friday


Bangladesh news

Testing times ahead?

Senior players reluctant to play Tests - BCB president

Nazmul Hassan didn't explain why the players felt so, but said it was linked to the worldwide trend of declining interest in Tests

Neil McKenzie named Bangladesh batting consultant

Former South Africa batsmen has been given the role till the 2019 World Cup

Pat Cummins


'If you haven't played a lot, it's pretty hard to fake confidence'

Pat Cummins talks about becoming a fixture in the Australian side, and his part in the review of the team's culture.

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Andy Zaltzman

England v India ODI series

How much greyer was Dhoni's beard at the end of the series than at the start?

A round-up of the stats that matter from the three matches

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Vitality Blast

North Group

Lancs v Yorks: Livingstone outdoes Root in last-ball thriller

Lancashire took the Roses spoils in front of a record home crowd despite Joe Root's late-innings heroics and a nail-biting finish at Old Trafford

Birm v North: Bell ton helps Bears salvage tie

Ian Bell's rejuvenation continued with his first T20 hundred as Birmingham escaped a third successive defeat in a high-scoring tie against winless Northants

Dur v Worcs: Stokes keeps Durham flying

Durham, once bereft in North Group, added leaders Worcestershire to their victims as they continued to transform their season

Vitality Blast

South Group

Hants v Middx: Fuller six pack can't deny Hants' first win

Colin Munro crashed his maiden fifty in this season's Vitality Blast as Hampshire finally ended their winless start to the tournament

Kent v Surr: Finch powers fourth-highest T20 score

Aaron Finch has been in devastating form for Surrey but Kent escaped with a point as rain prevented a pursuit of 251 to win

Glam v Som: Hildreth, Anderson fire visitors to victory

A fifth-wicket partnership of 97 between James Hildreth and Corey Anderson set the foundations for Somerset as they beat Glamorgan by 30 runs

England v India

3rd ODI, Headingley

Ganguly: Better options around than Raina

The former India captain throws his weight behind KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane, tagging them two of India's "best batsmen"

England's schedule in 2019

Fixtures confirmed

Edgbaston opens 2019 Ashes, Ireland inked in for Lord's debut

Australia series to begin on August 1, after England play maiden Test against new boys

England Lions v India A

Unofficial Test, Worcester

Pant provides silver lining as India A are routed

England Lions wrapped up a comprehensive 253-run victory on the final day of their four-day unofficial Test at New Road

Fisher proud of Lions wickets after injury struggles

Matthew Fisher looks back on taking two key wickets for the England Lions on day two against India A


Gubbins 'frustrated' not to reach a century for the Lions

England Lions' Nick Gubbins feels pleased to have batted positively against India A and says batting with Alastair Cook made it easier to score runs.


'A bit of farming can take some credit for me scoring runs' - Cook

England batsman Alastair Cook joked about enjoying his time away from the game but is pleased to be back playing red-ball cricket again.


World Cup star in limbo

West Indies news

ECB chairman offers support for Collis King in UK immigration fight

Former West Indies star forced to return to Barbados while applying for a visa to live in the UK alongside his British wife

Eng U19 v SA U19

2nd unofficial Test, Chester-le-Street

Finch claims eight-wicket haul in England U-19s win

England Under-19s produced a brilliant performance to clinch their series against South Africa by winning the second unofficial Test by four wickets

India in England 2018

Test squad announced

Saha out for at least two months with shoulder injury

The wicketkeeper-batsman, who had recovered from a thumb injury he picked up earlier, has been advised to not even lift a bat for two months

India pick Kuldeep, Pant for first three Tests

Rohit Sharma finds no place in the squad, while Karun Nair and Shardul Thakur do

Talking T20 podcast

In conversation with Venky Mysore, CEO, Knight Riders


'Overseas T20 leagues will benefit Indian cricketers' - Mysore

Knight Riders' CEO also feels it's time for the IPL to move to a draft system

Osman Samiuddin


What makes left-arm wristspinners such a threat?

A lot of it is down to rarity - the fact that there are, and have been, so few in the game


Global T20 Canada

What worked and what didn't

Five takeaways from Global T20 Canada

The lukewarm Sandpapergate duo comeback, the emphasis on "Global" rather than "Canada", and all the other talking points from the inaugural season

Sharda Ugra


Diluting the Lodha reforms is bad for cricket (and all Indian sport)

The Supreme Court is mulling watering down the reforms of the BCCI mandated by the Lodha Committee

World T20 hero calls it a day

Nepal news

Shakti Gauchan to retire after Netherlands tour

The left-arm spinner has announced he will bow out after Nepal's historic ODI debut series next month

England v India

3rd ODI, Headingley

Morgan, Root trump spin in England’s series win

Root makes 100 not out in unbroken third-wicket stand of 186 with Morgan; Rashid stars with three-for

Bopara: Adaptable Root the key man for England

Ravi Bopara explains to the Match Day team why Joe Root is so valuable to the England one-day side


Overcoming challenges a good World Cup preparation - Eoin Morgan

England captain says the side's ability to adapt to new challenges bodes well for their World Cup campaign


Should India be concerned about depth of pace attack?

VVS Laxman worries about the lack of alternative pace options available to the India bowling attack


Laxman: India will be very disappointed with their bowling and fielding

The Match Day team were surprised to see India so comfortably beaten after impressing in the first ODI


AB for Coach

South Africa News

De Villiers to South Africa's rescue?

Retired legend could be working in a coaching capacity with the national team in the near future

India in England 2018

3rd ODI, Headingley

Rashid could be persuaded back to Tests, says Bayliss

Legspinner quit red-ball cricket this year, but Buttler's successful Test return sets precedent for a shock recall

#PoliteEnquiries - Did Ashwin and Jadeja call Root to thank him for seeing off Kuldeep?

Melinda Farrell and Deep Dasgupta wonder if India need to take more yo-yo tests ahead of the Test series


Overcoming challenges a good World Cup preparation - Eoin Morgan

England captain says the side's ability to adapt to new challenges bodes well for their World Cup campaign


Laxman: India were outplayed in all three aspects

The Match Day team were surprised to see India so comfortably beaten after impressing in the first ODI


Bopara: Adaptable Root the key man for England

Ravi Bopara explains to the Match Day team why Joe Root is so valuable to the England one-day side


Should India be concerned about depth of pace attack?

VVS Laxman worries about the lack of alternative pace options available to the India bowling attack


Root's trust in his game results in timely Test boost

After scoring his first hundreds of the summer, England's Test captain can approach the challenge of India with faith in his game restored

Twenty20 Vision

The latest from the Vitality Blast

T20 fans struck dumb by the Blast's fatal flaw

Our snippets from the Vitality Blast include the Ed Pollock battle plan and the contrasting fortunes of Aaron Finch and Nic Maddinson

Talking T20: Keeping up with the 18

Dan Norcross and David Hopps tackle the memory test of keeping up with 18 teams in a T20 competition, and Charlotte Edwards looks ahead to the KSL

Sri Lanka v South Africa

1st Test, Galle

Shamsi leaves Sri Lanka tour for family reasons

No date set for his return; uncapped legspinner Shaun von Berg could be in the mix for a debut in the second Test starting Friday

Benkenstein calls for mental preparedness after Galle debacle

The South Africa batting coach put the team's twin collapses in the opening Test down to rustiness from a lack of Test cricket

CSA news

Cutting losses, reviving domestic T20 tournament top of Moroe's agenda

The new CSA CEO outlined his immediate financial goals in his first press briefing after being confirmed in the role in a permanent capacity

CSA rejects USD 70 million offer to privately-run T20 league

In March this year, Hiren Bhanu, owner of Pretoria Mavericks, made the offer for the rights to host a competition in the country

ODI squad

West Indies news

Russell in ODI squad for first time since 2015

Alzarri Joseph and Kieran Powell have also been recalled to the West Indies side for their three ODIs against Bangladesh

Arjun Tendulkar's U-19 debut

SL v India, Colombo

Ball-tampering fallout

Sri Lanka news

Chandimal to miss four more games over spirit of cricket

Already sitting out of the two SA Tests, he'll miss four ODIs too as the ICC's judicial commissioner imposes harshest possible penalty on SL trio

England v India

3rd ODI, Headingley

Wood seeks knock-out vibe in series decider

England aim to treat contest as a World Cup semi-final to hone 2019 preparations

The 360 degrees of Wood and Plunkett

England's Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett share their tips on how they vary their bowling to keep batsman guessing.


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