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De Grandhomme ruled out of NZ ODI squad due to bereavement
New Zealand allrounder Colin de Grandhomme has returned to Zimbabwe following the death of his father and has been replaced in the squad for the series against West Indies by Doug Bracewell

Sutherland denies spot-fixing allegations
James Sutherland, Cricket Australia's chief executive has denied allegations that the Perth Ashes Test could be subject to instances of spot-fixing, while stressing that the Australian board will cooperate fully with the ICC's investigations

Stoneman gives England impetus after Cook fails again
Alastair Cook's 150th Test match began poorly when he was dismissed in the fifth over, but Mark Stoneman ensured that England progressed reasonably well during the opening session

Shamsi's four-for bowls Titans into final
Tabraiz Shamsi's best haul in the tournament limited Warriors to 143 before Aiden Markram and AB de Villiers helped themselves to half-centuries and eased Titans to a win

Ashes Test overshadowed by 'spot-fixing' claim
The build-up to the crucial third Ashes Test at the WACA has been overshadowed by claims that the match has been targeted by spot-fixers

Finn on track for early return from knee surgery
Fast bowler could be an outside bet for the New Zealand Test series after making rapid recovery from Ashes-ending injury

Our winning Ashes tour was wilder - Finn
English cricket's ability to mix with supporters is special, says Steven Finn, but he fears it might now be under threat

Johnson relives old memories in Lions assault
It was not quite the Ashes, but for Mitchell Johnson, a chance to take on England Lions beat just sniping from the sidelines

Four-day Test to have 98 overs a day
Also, the follow-on mark will come down from 200 to 150 as per the playing conditions for four-day games

PSL franchises concerned over Pakistan players in T10 League
A number of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises have raised concerns over the PCB's decision to allow contracted players to play in the T10 League, which starts in the UAE on Thursday

Indore to host second Ranji final in a row
This season's final will be played from December 29, running into the new year

Hodge named Kings XI Punjab's head coach
Australia's T20 veteran signs three-year deal, will report to Virender Sehwag

Lillee set to shun WACA's Ashes farewell
Dennis Lillee won't be attending the finale Ashes Test for the WACA Ground in protest at its decline as Australia's fast bowling fortress

SLC looking to relaunch showpiece T20 league
The board has not begun planning the event yet, but it has taken the preliminary step of blocking out a three-week slot in August and September 2019

Dobell: Rightly or wrongly, careers and jobs on the line for England
If England lose in Perth the Ashes will be gone and a whitewash will loom, leaving players, coaches and selectors with tough questions to answer

Root steps in over Anderson coaching comment
Joe Root has defended England's coaching staff after what appeared to be some criticism from James Anderson

Ingleton replaces Dodemaide as Cricket Victoria chief executive
Andrew Ingleton, an executive with Cricket Australia, will replace Tony Dodemaide, who stepped down in August, following controversy over the mooted changes to the state association's constitution

Mitchell Marsh in line but Handscomb gets Smith backing
Steven Smith has spoken sympathetically about Peter Handscomb's struggles but suggested the selectors were leaning towards playing a fifth bowling option

Boshier to lead New Zealand U-19s in World Cup
Finn Allen, Dale Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, and Felix Murray, who were part of the 2016 Under-19 World Cup squad, have been picked for the 2018 edition too

BCCI appoints Tufan Ghosh as National Cricket Academy COO
Tufan Ghosh has served nearly three decades in the healthcare and hospitality industries and was chosen in line with the CoA's directives of finding a non-cricketing professional for the post

Rohit's rampaging double-ton levels series
Rohit Sharma razed his way to an unbeaten 208, his third ODI double-ton, to thrust India to a series-levelling win in Mohali

England hopes on the line at WACA's Ashes farewell
The last time a team came back from 0-2 to win the Ashes, Sir Don Bradman was at the forefront of that charge. Can England's batsmen strike similar form on a ground where they haven't had much success?

T10 League, a test case for cricket's shortest format
Cricket's first organised foray into the 10-over format aims to attract more youngsters to the game with a snappier style, while also looking to appeal to the Asian expatriate workforce in the UAE

'I'm the greatest' says Gayle after Mirpur mayhem
Chris Gayle did not bother with false modesty after a world-record sixes spree

Ireland, Afghanistan set to play consistent Test cricket
Both countries will play a combined total of 29 Tests in the next cycle of the Future Tours Programme

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

IPL now has window in ICC Future Tours Programme
An internal ICC document, which lists and dates all the major tournaments in the 2019-23 cycle, includes dates for the IPL alongside major events such as the World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20.

WAPDA maintain perfect record, SNGPL defend 160
WAPDA made it two wins in two in the Super Eight stage of the QeA to put one foot in the final

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"

Gayle's record 146* carries Rangpur to maiden title
Chris Gayle hoisted Rangpur Riders to their maiden BPL title, his unbeaten 146 leading them to a 57-run win in the final against Dhaka Dynamites

Frustrated Root calls for England to produce 'game of their lives'
Joe Root has called on his England team to 'stand up and be counted' ahead of 'one of the biggest games of our lives'

India's batting under pressure as SL eye series win
Having trounced India in seam-friendly conditions in Dharamsala, Sri Lanka go to Mohali with a chance of ending an otherwise miserable ODI year on a high

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 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

Williamson credits fast bowlers for series win
New Zealand's captain said he was pleased with his bowlers' performance on pitches that demanded patience of them

Australia quicks targeting key Root wicket
Josh Hazlewood says Australia's bowlers are competing for the chance to take down England's captain Joe Root as they attempt to seal the Ashes in Perth

Astle, Ferguson return to New Zealand's ODI squad
Williamson, Southee partly rested in anticipation of heavy workloads during a hectic home summer involving limited-overs series against Pakistan and England

Injured Ambris out of ODIs against New Zealand
West Indies batsman fractures left forearm after being struck by Neil Wagner short ball

Wagner, Boult seal 2-0 sweep
Trent Boult and Tim Southee shot out the top order, Neil Wagner bruised the batsmen in the middle, and Mitchell Santner cleaned up the tail, as New Zealand cruised to a 240-run victory at Seddon Park

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

Big-hitting foreigners hold the key in BPL final
With Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Brendon McCullum, Shahid Afridi, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Johnson Charles and Shakib Al Hasan set to take the field on Tuesday, expect some fireworks in the BPL final between Dhaka and Rangpur

'We need to rebuild the fans' trust' - Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow says that England must begin the process of winning back the trust of their fans at the WACA next week

England players behaving 'like students' - Vaughan
Michael Vaughan says that England's senior players should be setting a better example to get the Ashes campaign back on track

Kohli ties the knot with Anushka Sharma
The India captain and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma tied the knot in Italy, in the presence of family and close friends

Charles smashes 105 to take Rangpur into BPL final
Johnson Charles and Brendon McCullum smashed 151 runs, putting together the season's highest partnership, to secure their spot in the BPL final on Tuesday against Dhaka Dynamites

BCCI revokes Rajasthan CA suspension
At its SGM on Monday, the BCCI also decided to continue contesting the damages it was ordered to pay to former IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala

Sarwate bags six as Vidarbha complete massive win
A six-wicket haul from the left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate completed Kerala's humbling in Surat, where Vidarbha won by 412 runs to set up a semi-final meeting with Karnataka

'T10 cricket is ideal for Olympics' - Morgan
Do you find those dull middle overs of T20 too much? Well, turn your attention to the UAE this week

Majumdar scores ton as Bengal bat on and on
Anustup Majumdar joined Bengal's list of second-innings centurions as they ground Gujarat into the dust on the fifth day in Jaipur

Gambhir, Chandela lead breezy Delhi chase
Gautam Gambhir's 95 and another half-century from Kunal Chandela enabled Delhi to romp into the Ranji Trophy semi-finals with a seven-wicket win against Madhya Pradesh

Mahmood stars as Lions spoil Perth opening
Any news is good for England - and the Lions provided it by becoming the first team to win at the Perth Stadium

New FTP could usher in Big Four era
India will play more than half their cricket against Australia, England and South Africa between the World Cups of 2019 and 2023, if the proposed FTP is ratified

PCB to challenge new FTP proposed by BCCI
The PCB has moved the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee with India unable to honour their commitments of paying Pakistan

Brook tasked with World Cup mood swing
England's Under-19 World Cup record is poor and raising perceptions of English cricket would certainly be timely

Will try to improve Bangladesh's away record - Shakib
Shakib Al Hasan has said leading Bangladesh's Test team should be easier now than it was in his first stint, given how settled the current group of players is

Zimbabwe pick uncapped Muzarabani, Burl for South Africa Test
While Muzarabani, the 21-year-old fast bowler, has played only five first-class matches, left-hand batsman Ryan Burl has the experience of nine ODIs

Afghanistan to make Test debut against India
The two boards are yet to confirm the dates and venue of the match, but India are likely to host it before they leave for their tour of Australia in late 2018

Nasir Jamshed handed one-year ban by PCB
An anti-corruption tribunal found the Pakistan batsman guilty of non-cooperation in the PSL spot-fixing case

Moeen calls on England to improve behaviour
Moeen Ali has admitted England's 'off-field behaviour needs to improve' after Ben Duckett was suspended for the remainder of the England Lions tour

India opt out of warm-up game ahead of SA Tests
Visitors want to have training sessions instead, says CSA

England disintegrating like in 2013-14 Ashes - Johnson
The former Australia bowler believes the visitors have enormous mental hurdles to overcome if they are to keep the Ashes series alive in Perth, even reckoning that Alastair Cook is contemplating retirement

Record-setting Taylor catches up with mentor Crowe
Ross Taylor became the joint-highest Test-hundred scorer for New Zealand on day three in Hamilton, something he never saw coming as a "white-ball player" growing up

Duckett ban fair game as Australia chase Ashes
Australia's wicketkeeper Tim Paine expects Ben Duckett's suspension to be raised as a way of distracting England on the field during the Perth Ashes Test

Cobras clinch two thrillers to make semis; Lions, Knights bow out
A round-up of the last group-stage games of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2017, where Titans, Dolphins, Cape Cobras and Warriors finished in the top four on the points table

T&T, Leeward scramble to draw in thrilling final-day finish
A round-up of the WICB Regional 4 Day Tournament games played between December 7-10, 2017

Taylor's record-equalling ton puts NZ in sight of 2-0
New Zealand's stranglehold on the Hamilton Test grew tighter as they piled on the runs to set West Indies 444 to chase, and claimed two wickets before stumps to begin the victory push

Stirling, Dockrell spearhead 2-1 series win for Ireland
George Dockrell's first four-for in nearly three years was followed by a century from Paul Stirling, who struck 101 off 97 balls, to chase down 178 with 12 overs to spare

Shillingford five-for as Windward tie with Guyana in low-scoring thriller
With six runs to defend, Shane Shillingford sniped out the last three Guyana wickets in the space of seven balls to force a rare tie in first-class cricket

Delhi hold advantage in 217 chase
Half-centuries from Harpreet Singh and Puneet Datey proved insufficient in setting Delhi a target beyond 217, especially in light of Madhya Pradesh having earlier conceded a first-innings lead

'It is an eye-opener, we will learn from it' - Rohit
The stand-in India captain also spoke about why Ajinkya Rahane was left out, and what MS Dhoni's innings meant

Duckett suspended from remaining Lions fixtures in Australia
Ben Duckett was fined and given a final warning over his conduct but escaped being sent home early from the Lions tour of Australia

Chatterjee, Easwaran keep Bengal on course for semi-finals
Despite a lead of 613 at the end of the fourth day, Bengal don't necessarily have to declare in a bid for an outright win - they are set to advance to semi-finals by virtue of their first innings-innings lead

Rain pushes second Qualifier to Monday after teams reach compromise
The game will continue at 6pm local time, resuming from Rangpur Riders' current score of 55 for 1 after seven overs

Shakib named new Bangladesh Test captain
Mahmudullah will be the vice-captain for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour, but the BCB has not named a new coach yet

Vidarbha eye semi-final berth with Fazal, Wankhade tons
With a first-innings lead already under their belt, declaration wasn't a priority for the Vidarbha batsmen who piled on 277 runs in 94 overs on the penultimate day to put their side on course to securing a semi-final berth.

Marsh return puts heat on Handscomb
Australia's coach Darren Lehmann has hinted strongly at Mitchell Marsh's likely inclusion for the final Ashes Test to be played at the WACA Ground

Gowtham six-for as Karnataka cruise into semis with innings win
K Gowtham's six-for consigned Mumbai to only their fifth innings defeat in the Ranji Trophy

Boult backs five-day Tests, wants better pitches
On a day when he paired with Tim Southee to ensure New Zealand's domination, Trent Boult said better pitches would help solve the problem of making Test cricket appealing

Wood grabs selectors' attention as England flirt with defeat
Mark Wood looks set to remain with the England squad for the rest of the Ashes tour after impressing in the warm-up match in Perth

Sri Lanka rout India to snap 12-game losing streak
Sri Lanka's seamers, led by Suranga Lakmal, used swinging and seaming conditions in Dharamsala to rip through India, setting up a seven-wicket rout that also snapped their 12-game losing streak in ODIs

Southee, Boult put New Zealand in command
The Tim and Trent adventures included one key partnership, four wickets and two spectacular catches, which left West Indies trailing by 158 runs at stumps

Comilla eye batting revival with spot in final at stake
After having been skitted for 96 - their lowest score in the BPL - Tamim's men need to lift their batting if they are to topple Rangpur and join Dhaka in the final

Bangladesh 'mentality' in SA contributed to Hathurusingha exit - BCB head
Shakib Al Hasan's request to rest during the South Africa Tests also contributed to the coach's resignation, according to BCB president Nazmul Hassan

Washington Sundar replaces injured Jadhav in ODI squad
Kedar Jadhav suffered a hamstring injury while training on the eve of the ODI series opener against Sri Lanka

'I do understand team's strengths and weaknesses' - Rohit
Rohit, who has led Mumbai Indians to three titles in the IPL, will lead India for the first time in the ODI series opener against Sri Lanka in Dharamsala

Defending champions Gujarat concede lead
The Bengal seamers did most of the damage before Abhimanyu Easwaran piled on Gujarat's troubles, nearing his second century of the match by stumps on day three

Chandela, Himmat fifties secure Delhi's first-innings lead
Madhya Pradesh finished the third day at 47 for 2, still trailing Delhi by 20 runs after they were bowled out for 405

Players' behaviour 'totally unacceptable' - Bayliss
Trevor Bayliss has threatened to drop players from the England team after another late-night incident in Perth which saw Ben Duckett pour a drink over James Anderson

Shreyas Gopal's 150 flattens Mumbai
Karnataka took another decisive step towards clinching a semi-final berth, as they amassed a first-innings lead of 397 against Mumbai

Gurbani, Fazal put Vidarbha in command
Rajneesh Gurbani's 5 for 38 gave Vidarbha a 70-run first-innings lead, and Faiz Fazal built on it with an unbeaten 51 against Kerala in Surat

Signs that Cook's time is up - Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen has described the batting of both England and Australia as "no good", and questioned Alastair Cook's desire ahead of the third Ashes Test

Jennings impresses on troubling day for England
While his colleagues were drawn into edges as the ball darted around on a grassy surface and under overcast skies, Jennings left well, played straight and put away anything on his legs or hips

Sri Lanka's best chance to challenge Kohli-less India
The visitors, buoyed by the return of Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne and Danushka Gunathilaka, seek to improve a woeful 2017 ODI record

Didn't assess Hamilton pitch well enough - Gabriel
The fast bowler also said that on a surface that was "flatter than Wellington," West Indies would have taken having New Zealand seven down at stumps

Duckett 'poured drink over' Anderson
Ben Duckett was dropped from the England XI to play a tour match in Perth after his involvement in what is understood to have been an argument with James Anderson

Lyon best spinner in the world - Davison
John Davison, mentor to Australia offspinner Nathan Lyon, believes improved batting performances from Australia have also aided the spinner's success after a difficult period last year

Gabriel, Cummins help West Indies rally after Raval 84
Half-centuries from Jeet Raval and Colin de Grandhomme put New Zealand in a comfortable position at 286 for 7, but West Indies broke through to the tail late in the day to boost their chances

Kingma's hat-trick sets up Netherlands' sweep of Namibia
The seamer's maiden five-wicket haul in List A cricket knocked over Namibia for 181 and consigned them to the last place in the WCL Championship

PCB anti-corruption unit summons Mohammad Sami
He has not been charged or issued any show cause notice with PCB's General Manager Legal Salman Naseer confirming that his appearance was "nothing out of the ordinary"

Adnan Mufti hundred in bizarre UAE victory
He made 104 but UAE were bowled out for 195. Then Nepal were cruising the chase at 90 for 3 only to end up 132 all out

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