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Opponents still scared, but 'it's not as easy as it was' - Chris Gayle
Fans asking him to hit sixes still spurs him on, says the West Indies opening batsman

Dimuth Karunaratne eases self-doubts with composed knock
Having not played ODIs since the 2015 World Cup, Sri Lanka's new captain couldn't have asked for a better initiation again

David Hussey replaces Stephen Fleming as Melbourne Stars coach
Hussey won the duel with the ex-Victoria coach David Saker for the role to replace the outgoing Fleming

England's team culture is as strong as it's ever been - Eoin Morgan
Captain describes final selection meeting as "toughest decision" but stands by the 15-man squad that will launch campaign on May 30

Glenn Maxwell keen to control with the ball and finish with the bat
The allrounder is pretty clear about what his roles will be in the Australian XI going into the World Cup

Gareth Batty's Jedi mind tricks turn tables on Kent after Sean Dickson ton
Surrey sprung a surprise during the final session of the day to round up eight Kent wickets for just 91 runs

Forecast gloomy for Warwickshire despite Liam Norwell's debut seven-for
Somerset's breakneck pursuit of victory saw the visitors six down at the close still needing 136 to win

Steven Mullaney summons Notts response with gritty hundred
Notts captain gives his side a lifeline after they slip to 159 for 8 in response to Hampshire's 310

Josh Shaw helps skittle Durham for second time as Gloucestershire close in
Durham could muster only 132 in their second innings before Gloucestershire's openers knocked off half of the target before the close

Depleted Northants grateful for Ricardo Vasconcelos resistance
Ricardo Vasconcelos made 86 but fell in wasteful fashion to leave Sussex on top

Richard Gleeson burst makes Lancashire favourites in low-scorer
Liam Livingstone's fifty helps eke out Lancashire advantage before more wickets for Richard Gleeson

Daniel Douthwaite interventions leave Derbyshire hopes in balance
Allrounder leads fightback with bat and then takes four wickets as Derbyshire limp to the close

Focus on fringe inclusions shows how far England's World Cup planning has come
It hasn't been an entirely smooth route to England's final 15-man squad, but it's a vast improvement on past campaigns

BCCI elections set for October 22
Committee of Administrators takes decision as 31 out of 38 state associations technically agree to implement Lodha recommendations

Wahab Riaz determined to 'prove Mickey Arthur wrong' at World Cup
Recalled paceman expects his experience and ability to reverse swing the ball to stand him in good stead in the UK

Northants get concussion sub for Alex Wakely after accident at home
Josh Cobb in to face Sussex after skipper falls ill on arrival at ground

ICC confirms James Vince, Liam Dawson cannot play Royal London Cup final
England World Cup call-ups deprive Hampshire of captain and allrounder for domestic 50-over showpiece

Handling pressure, not conditions, the challenge at the World Cup - Virat Kohli
Ravi Shastri expects the World Cup to come to India if the players perform to their potential

England team 'has grown up together' - Jos Buttler
Like a highly specialised fathers' group, this squad, largely unchanged since the last World Cup, have been through a lot

Jofra Archer believes IPL pressure will prepare him for World Cup
England's newest fast bowler believes he's got the game to excel in 50 overs after earning late squad place

No changes, Bangladesh keep faith in original squad of 15
Performance in Ireland tri-series has given everyone a lot of confidence, says chief selector Minhajul Abedin

Shahzad ton as Afghanistan tune up for World Cup with series-levelling victory
Captain Gulbadin Naib also played a crucial hand, taking 6 for 43 - the third-best figures for Afghanistan in ODI cricket

Pradeep leads the way as Sri Lanka break win-less streak
The pacer struck four times in a rain-affected match after the top order had ensured a stiff chase for Scotland

Leaving David Willey out of World Cup a 'very tough call' - Ed Smith
National selector says decision was a 'consensus' rather than unanimous

'That's the beauty of being an allrounder, I can be versatile' - Liam Dawson
England's recalled spinner did his best to remain tight-lipped on the eve of the England World Cup squad announcement

Rejuvenated Starc swings into World Cup defence
The Player of the Tournament in the 2015 World Cup hopes to rediscover his best after recovering from yet another injury

Jofra Archer and Liam Dawson named in England World Cup 15, as David Willey and Joe Denly miss out
England confirm three changes to their final World Cup 15, with James Vince also stepping up as a replacement for Alex Hales

Dottin to miss West Indies' England-Ireland tour, Cooper called up
No. 1 allrounder needs surgery on injured shoulder

Moeen hopes fans don't get personal with Smith and Warner
The England allrounder says the two are "probably really good people" deep down

Jadhav fit, no changes to India's World Cup squad
The selectors decided to stick to the original 15 once they were told Jadhav had been batting in the nets without any discomfort

Chris Jordan, Ben Brown pass 150 unbeaten to rescue Sussex
Visitors were 68 for 6 before pair saved the day in style

James Anderson bags five wickets, but Lancashire struggle with bat
Red Rose go five wickets down chasing small first-innings target after Anderson demolishes Worcestershire

Gloucestershire well placed after David Payne four-for against Durham
Visitors trail by just 38 runs with five wickets in hand in first innings

Somerset take stride towards victory with Dom Sibley's wicket
Oliver Hannon-Dalby claims five-wicket haul to give Warwickshire hope

Will Jacks leads Surrey recovery with maiden first-class ton
Scott Borthwick adds 95 in record sixth-wicket stand with Jacks

Joe Weatherley top scores for Hampshire in Isle of Wight fixture
Hampshire's 288 for 6 at stumps reflects a day when the ball moved a lot but batsmen could prosper if they played straight and late

Bereaved Asif Ali to play in World Cup
The middle order batsman has lost his 19-month old daughter after a long battle with illness, but is scheduled to join the squad for the warm-up matches

Wahab, Amir, Asif Ali included in Pakistan World Cup squad
Junaid Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Abid Ali have been removed from the provisional squad

WA contract Murray Goodwin's son Jayden for 2019-20 domestic season
Jayden is one of three new rookies, along with Sam Fanning and Bradley Hope, while Will Bosisto and Jonathan Wells miss out on new deals

Billy Root banned from bowling, responds with his bat
As Glamorgan announce ban over suspect bowling action, all-rounder reaches unbeaten fifty

Adam Zampa keen to continue dual spin threat with Nathan Lyon
Despite Australia's battery of quicks, the legspinner believes the two slower bowlers can play a vital role together in the World Cup

Pakistan have made strides but fielding a 'real worry' - Mickey Arthur
Mohammad Amir still in contention for World Cup after recovering from chicken pox, says coach

'Every squad member should expect to play a World Cup role' - Eoin Morgan
Length of tournament, and nature of injuries, means that players who miss the cut should not give up hope of involvement, says skipper

Luis Reece century gives Derbyshire the edge on opening day
Reece notches first ton in more than a year before bad light, rain halt play

Iram Javed, Nida Dar steer Pakistan to 2-1 lead
Having slipped to 3 for 3 in pursuit of South Africa's 138 for 3, Pakistan were revitalised by a 77-run stand between the duo

Phil Simmons to step down as Afghanistan coach after World Cup
The former West Indies opener has chosen not to extend his contract, and believes it is time for him to move on from the post

Adair, Murtagh trip up World Cup-bound Afghanistan
The batting revival was led by Stirling and Porterfield, before the bowlers came up with an inspired defence

Chris Woakes' five-for shines at end of England's spotless World Cup warm-up
Hosts dominate with bat, ball and in the field despite resistance from Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam

Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard named among West Indies' World Cup reserves
The reserves include Sunil Ambris and Raymon Reifer, who will join the main 15-man squad in a training camp in Southampton from May 19 to 23

Having both skills and pace makes India's pace attack strong - Shami
The fast bowler says he never lost belief in his ability as a white-ball bowler even as he missed the bulk of India's ODIs between the 2015 World Cup and the end of 2018

AB de Villiers reveals he helped steer Faf du Plessis away from Kolpak route
De Villiers also opens up about retirement, hinting at "deeper reasons" for his decision to quit South Africa duty

Smith, Warner ready to 'face the fire' on Australia comebacks - Langer
Australia coach delighted to have Steven Smith and David Warner back ahead of World Cup and Ashes in England

Don't want to have 'fear of failure' - Faf du Plessis
There is a World Cup at stake, but if South Africa are under any extra pressure, it won't be coming from inside their camp

'Bowling is going to play a very big role in this World Cup' - Rahul Dravid
The former India captain says India are "lucky" to have bowlers who can take wickets in the middle overs in what he expects to be a high-scoring World Cup

Persistent rain washes out series opener
Sri Lanka were meant to start their pre-World Cup fine-tuning in Edinburgh, but the weather wasn't kind enough

Billy Stanlake to join Derbyshire for Vitality Blast
Giant quick signs after fellow Australia international Kane Richardson pulled out of planned T20 stint with Derbyshire

Lee, Kapp carry South Africa to series-levelling win
The duo's half-centuries meant Bismah Maroof's 63 went in vain for Pakistan, leaving the series tied at 1-1

William Porterfield hopes bowlers can step up against Afghanistan
The Ireland captain, who found much-needed form with 94 against Bangladesh on Wednesday, also wants to prove that innings wasn't a 'one-off'

'Not obsessed with the number of boundaries we hit' - Sanjay Bangar
India's assistant coach on transitioning from the IPL to the World Cup, and India's batting methods in ODIs

Pakistan Under-19s' tour of Sri Lanka to begin on May 23
The tour was originally scheduled to begin in early May, but was postponed following the Easter Sunday blasts in Colombo

England keep their foot down, Pakistan battle to keep up
With the series decided, Headingley offers a final chance for those on the brink of World Cup selection to impress

Bates calls for more women's Tests with Ashes-like format in other series
The New Zealand veteran said she saw potential for at least four teams, and possibly six, in the Women's T20 challenge

Mosaddek adds missing piece in Bangladesh's puzzle ahead of World Cup
With his 27-ball 52 in the final, Mosaddek made a strong case for the No. 7 position in Bangladesh's World Cup opener on June 2

Jason Roy scores emotional hundred after daughter's hospital dash
Opener steps up after sleepless night, as infant daughter is taken ill on eve of game

Big scores aplenty but match ends in a draw
Nick Selman and Marnus Labuschagne go well into triple figures, forcing Gloucestershire to defend

Leicestershire thwarted by bad weather as Colin Ackermann leads charge
Five delays for rain and bad light cost Leicestershire the chance of a rare Lord's win

Ben Coad six-for ends Kent resistance as Yorkshire take points
Kent battled hard for an unlikely draw but Ben Coad's nine wickets in the match completed a 172-run win

Rain ends promising match in a disappointing draw
Will Jacks reaches half-century for Surrey but weather wreaks havoc on result

Dananjaya, Sandakan eye 'A' route for national comebacks
Spin bowling pair to be mentored by Piyal Wijetunge on the 'A' tour of India

Tune-up time for Sri Lanka ahead of World Cup against Associates on the rise
Sri Lanka arrive in Edinburgh having lost eight straight ODIs and new captain Dimuth Karunaratne must now not only band together a struggling team, but also prove his own worth in the XI

Hampshire bowlers knock over Warwickshire for 314-run triumph
Hosts struggle against all-round bowling strength chasing huge target

South Africa prepare to feel the heat ... with one eye on England's heavens
Talk about the weather isn't exclusively an English trait, as South Africa's squad compares notes about conditions ahead of World Cup

Lancashire wrap up 10-wicket victory in eight minutes on final day
With just 16 runs needed to defeat Northamptonshire, Keaton Jennings and Haseeb Hameed finish the job

Ngidi looking forward to 'grudge match' against India at the World Cup
The pacer believes that South Africa have a score to settle with India, who thrashed them five-one at home in February last year

Worcestershire overcome Chris Rushworth five-for to win comfortably
Durham bowler makes chase harder than Worcs might have liked

PCB hoping to convince England, Australia to tour Pakistan
Australia and England are scheduled to visit in 2021 and 2022 respectively according to the FTP

Instability of PCB hampering efforts to attract former players
The PCB's history of unpredictability and internal strife has made it difficult for the new setup to attract recently retired players to work in the organisation

Ben Stokes leads rescue as Jason Roy ton sets up England victory
England claim unassailable 3-0 series lead on back of Roy's century and Stokes' unbeaten 71

Mosaddek's blazing fifty seals historic win for Bangladesh
Bangladesh chased 210 in a rain-shortened game to win their first-ever ODI tournament final

World Cup 2019 winners to get US $4 million
The total prize money of $10 million will be the same as it was in the 2015 World Cup

Injured Tom Latham in doubt for New Zealand's World Cup opener
The wicketkeeper-batsman had sustained a finger fracture while keeping wicket during the third warm-up game against Australia

White signs BBL deal with Adelaide Strikers
Veteran batsman switches teams after not being offered a new deal with reigning champions Melbourne Renegades

Jason Holder targets Afghanistan at the World Cup
The West Indies captain looks ahead to the tournament in England, and to playing one team in particular

Jonh Simpson keeps Middlesex in touch with first fifty in two years
Leicestershire need 267 on final day with 10 wickets in hand

Glamorgan turn the tables to scent follow-on opportunity
Nick Selman and Marnus Labuschagne take hosts to 359 for 1, a lead of 146, with double-century stand

Josh Tongue five-for puts victory in reach for Worcestershire
Durham coach James Franklin's call for resilience may not have hit home yet

Richard Gleeson learns that if you love the game, it will love you back
Bowler takes ten wickets for the match to assure Lancashire of victory against his former side

Rilee Rossouw leads onslaught as Dom Sibley's centuries feat is left in the shade


Lewis Gregory ton gives Somerset the upper hand against Surrey
Rory Burns holds Surrey together again, eyes on Will Jacks for final day

Gary Ballance dominates to put Yorkshire firmly in control against Kent
Ballance reaches 159 with Kent needing 350 on final day

Mark Wood steps up to make World Cup case
Tough gig as fast bowler becomes next to press his claims for selection on batsman-friendly pitch

Sir Alastair Cook graces County stage in emphatic Essex win
Former England captain's unbeaten 40 sees side home after Simon Harmer's six-wicket haul

Bangladesh potentially without Shakib for final
West Indies have lost to Bangladesh in both league games. Can they turn their fortunes in the grand finale?

Another big run-fest on the cards as England face Pakistan at Trent Bridge
As England close in on 500-run innings, what better place to reach it than in Nottingham, scene of their world-record 481

Could never have dreamt of playing so many World Cups - Chris Gayle
Gayle, who is set to play in his fifth ODI World Cup, said the tournament would be another opportunity for West Indies to turn things around

Shakib Al Hasan retires hurt with suspected side strain
The incident occurred soon after he reached his 42nd ODI half-century during Bangladesh's chase of Ireland's 292

Brendan Taylor's wife mugged outside their home in Harare
Taylor tweeted about the incident, saying her wife only lost her handbag but it could've been worse

Sana Mir and Nida Dar trample South Africa women
After the two bowlers shared five wickets between them to limit the hosts to 119 for 7, Dar starred with the bat as well to put her side 1-0 up

Searing Kyle Abbott spell puts Hampshire firmly in control
Warwickshire look to Dom Sibley on 95 not out to avoid following on

Gary Ballance keeps Yorkshire afloat against Kent in reply to Ollie Robinson's ton
Ballance is 57 not out after rookie Robinson scores his second century of the season








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