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Australia must stare down the monster that is Jofra Archer's bouncer
Just like getting back in the saddle after being thrown from a horse, batsmen have to confront danger

India ponder the Rohit Sharma vs Hanuma Vihari question
Virat Kohli has indicated that India will play six batsmen in Antigua. Who will the sixth batsman be?

Paul Collingwood obliged to reapply for job as England assistant coach
ECB advertise for a new assistant coach for senior England men's team

Slow progress or no progress? Root's England can ill afford to lose at Leeds
Ashes results tend to define the careers of England's captains and coaches: if Root leads England to successive series defeats, they will have to contemplate a change

Australia yearn to take back control at Leeds
Australia will hope to attack down the Headingley hill and keep things tight going up it as they continue their attempts to 'win boring'

Improved West Indies set out to show their mettle against full-strength India
The hosts will be called on to maintain their discipline and intensity for longer periods, and solve puzzles that other teams haven't posed them

Sarah Taylor half-century in vain as Storm clinch thriller against Stars
Rachel Priest leads winners with 44, Deepti Sharma claims 3-18 as Stars fall agonisingly short

James Bracey's unbeaten ton leads Gloucestershire to victory in thrilling chase against Derbyshire
Visitors time chase to perfection to win by eight wickets and boost promotion hopes

Liam Dawson fifty steers Hampshire to safety of a draw after Ollie Pope double
The visitors looked in trouble after Amar Virdi's three wickets reduced them to 175 for 5 shortly before tea, still 37 away from an innings defeat

Fifties for Tom Banton, George Bartlett seal win for Somerset against Warwickshire
Duo hand visitors victory that trims gap to leaders Essex to just two points

Yorkshire secure fifth victory of the season with convincing win over Nottinghamshire
Keshav Maharaj claims 6-95 in Nott's second innings as hosts win by 143 runs

Defiant Mark Cosgrove hundred seals draw for Leicestershire
Left-hander hits unbeaten ton as Durham fail to force win

PCB constitution tweaked to tone down prime minister's powers
It means the country's prime minister has no power to dissolve the board or remove the chairman, with that clause being removed completely

How can David Warner emerge from his batting funk?
Opener has failed to reach double figures in the Ashes so far but Tim Paine thinks Smith absence can be the 'poke and prod he needs' to rediscover his form

Karunaratne gives players 'freedom to go and express themselves 100%' - Dickwella
Need to keep 'making good decisions at crunch moments', says the wicketkeeper-batsman as Sri Lanka chase series sweep against New Zealand

England quietly confident in Steven Smith's absence
Australia are unbeaten in eight Tests against England, but with their best batsman out, head to Leeds with the tide against them

England confirm Pakistan, West Indies Tests for 2020, 12 white-ball internationals
Home summer to start with West Indies Tests in June, with Ireland and Australia white-ball tours and The Hundred window all confirmed

Roy passes concussion test after blow to the head in the nets, Pope on standby
Opening batsman to be assessed once more before being passed fit to play at Headingley

Pace-friendly P Sara in focus as Sri Lanka eye 2-0
The conditions and history rather favour New Zealand at this venue, but then Sri Lanka often make a mockery of the expected narrative

Connecting with players, monitoring 'feeder systems' high on Domingo's agenda
Bangladesh's new coach stresses on the need to adapt to the local culture instead of expecting the players to change to his ways

Georgia Adams half-century helps Loughborough to third win in a row
Lancashire Thunder out of contention for knockouts after slipping to DLS defeat

Durham tighten grip after Brydon Carse delivers career-best
Hassan Azad scores second fifty of match but Durham seven wickets away from innings win

Centuries for Scott Borthwick, Ollie Pope leave Surrey in charge
Ollie Pope finishes the day unbeaten on 176 to send a reminder of his abilities to the England selectors

Nottinghamshire four down and facing rising tide at Scarborough
Ben Duckett carries the visitors hopes after they were set 387 to record a first win of the season

Sam Cook seven-for, Kent blown away for 40 as Essex complete outrageous comeback
Twenty-six wickets fell on the third day in Canterbury as Essex recovered a first-innings 114 to secure a vital win

Somerset fight back but face tricky chase to maintain title pursuit
Recovery started by Steven Davies and Dom Bess is continued with the ball as Warwickshire stumble to 146 all out

Ollie Robinson's 14-wicket haul fuels Sussex promotion challenge
Middlesex hope fade despite second-innings resistance as Alex Carey polishes off Sussex run chase

Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen help Derbyshire turn tables on Gloucestershire
Fifties from three of the top four lead visitors to 305 for 3 and a lead of 86 with one day to play

Jemimah Rodrigues guides Diamonds to win over reigning champions
Surrey Stars struggle to post 121 for 6 before Alyssa Healy and Jemimah Rodrigues set up the chase

Knight-Wilson stand keeps Western Storm on winning run
Half-centuries for Heather Knight and Fran Wilson backed up by Freya Davies four-for

Lancashire strengthen grip on top spot with innings victory
Glamorgan dismissed for 138 on third day as their own promotion hopes take a hit

Riki Wessels' defiance in vain as Northants charge into promotion contention
Northants round up six wickets required before openers seal ten-wicket win

England women part company with Mark Robinson
Head coach leaves after almost fours years in the role, having overseen 2017 World Cup success

Here to win the Ashes not engage in bouncer war, says Justin Langer
Australia coach says team won't be swayed from pre-series plans for how to win in England

'Don't think us batsmen have lived up to the standard' - Virat Kohli
The India captain also believes competition in Test cricket has gone up at least two-fold over the last couple of years

Ramprakash, Trott among candidates to be next India batting coach
Some of the Indians who have applied for the post are Pravin Amre, Amol Muzumdar, Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Vikram Rathour

Jason Roy suited to middle order, says Bayliss - but change unlikely
England set to stick with same side but could consider bringing in Sam Curran for Chris Woakes

Brian Lara focused on sharpening West Indies' mental approach
The former West Indies captain is highly impressed by the current crop of Test cricketers and feels they can reach another level if they were mentally stronger

Sreesanth's ban reduced to seven years, to end in September 2020
Update follows the Supreme Court of India asking the BCCI to reconsider the length of the ban in March this year

Rain ruins Duleep Trophy opener in Bengaluru
Persistent rain and a wet outfield at the Just Cricket Academy Ground on the outskirts of Bengaluru ensured that there was no play on the last three days

Rashid Khan to lead new-look Afghanistan in Bangladesh Test
Ibrahim Zadran and Qais Ahmad the new names in the long-format squad, while the T20I set-up also includes some fresh faces

Concussed Steven Smith out of Headingley Test
The Australia batsman went to the ground with the rest of the team two days out from the Test, but did not train

Jason Holder, Deandra Dottin dominate CWI awards
Oshane Thomas named Emerging Player of the Year while the T20 Player of the Year award goes to Keemo Paul

Travis Head brings out the stem guard after blow to Steven Smith
Some Australia players added the stem guard - which will likely be made mandatory by CA in the next 12 months - to their helmets mid-way through the Lord's Test

Amy Satterthwaite to take break from cricket to have her first child
The New Zealand captain will continue to be contracted during her indefinite break under the board's new Women's Master Agreement

Akila Dananjaya risks suspension after being reported for suspect action again
This is the second time the offspinner has been reported in ten months, so if he fails his assessment, he stands to be suspended for a year

'It's exciting' to fight for a spot in the Test XI - Umesh Yadav
It has been a lean phase for the Indian pacer, but he believes he has rectified his mistakes and is in the right rhythm for the West Indies Tests

Fernando: Sri Lanka are winning, but it's in spite of the system
From the national coaches' unending job insecurity to a bloated domestic competition, there's a lot that's not right with Sri Lankan cricket. When will this change?

Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari tune up for West Indies Tests with fifties
R Ashwin, who didn't bowl in the first innings, bowled eight overs in the second, taking 1 for 18

Kane Williamson, Trent Boult rested for Sri Lanka T20Is; Tim Southee to lead
Squad includes fit-again big-hitting keeper-batsman Tim Seifert and three spin options in Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle and Ish Sodhi

Darren Lehmann, Danielle Hazell confirmed as Leeds coaches for The Hundred
Lehmann confirmed for his second job since resigning as Australia coach in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal

How Tim Bresnan turned down Steven Smith as rain rules the roost in the Blast
The latest snippets from the county circuit, including Delray Rawlins' Bermuda return and Middlesex's quarter-final preparations

FICA recommends protection for players over lost contracts
Their survey of 400 current men's and women's players conducted in 2018-19 suggests 34% of them have experienced late payment or non-payment of wages

'The sky is the limit' for Jofra Archer - Ben Stokes
Vice-captain says Archer's fifth spell in the first innings was "one of the best" spells of fast bowling he has seen as a player

Ben Stokes 'just finds a way' as his rediscovered authority takes on a new significance
Allrounder's hundred and Steven Smith's concussion means his could be the most prized wicket on either side at Headingley

Vijay Shankar, Samson, Rana, Thakur in A squads for one-dayers
Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer will captain the two squads for the five-match one-day series, with Yuzvendra Chahal featuring in both of them

Toby Roland-Jones takes five as Middlesex recover from nightmare first day
Ollie Robinson completes ten-for but Middlesex stay in game after poor start

Moeen Ali endures tough return as Alex Wakely, Dwaine Pretorius hit tons
England allrounder resorts to bowling two overs of medium pace on return to first-class action

Dane Vilas plunders 266 as Lancashire make hay at Colwyn Bay
Lancashire skipper hits the Championship's highest score in two years to put his side in the ascendancy

Brydon Carse keeps Durham on top after mammoth first innings
Fifties for Paul Horton and Hassan Azad but Leicestershire stumble after Carse's three wickets

Chris Dent, Ryan Higgins score tons as Gloucestershire take control
Higgins adds ton to his first-innings five-wicket haul to put promotion contenders in commanding position

Yorkshire take control as Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance extend lead
Nottinghamshire looked a different side to that spoken of as pre-season title contenders as their struggle for survival continued at Scarborough

Somerset's quest for treble stumbles despite Steven Davies' unbeaten 89
Wicketkeeper unbeaten overnight but Warwickshire turn the screw at Edgbaston

Hampshire tail wags despite Rikki Clarke's seven-for
Ryan Stevenson and Kyle Abbott frustrate Surrey with fifties before Sam Curran's cameo at number three

Mohammad Amir's four wickets provide a reminder of what first-class game will miss
On what could well be his final first-class appearance, Pakistan seamer takes four wickets to evoke memories of his up-and-down red-ball career

PCB waives Sharjeel Khan's suspended sentence following 'unconditional apology'
He is set to return to top-flight cricket by the end of the year after he met with the PCB and both parties agreed on a roadmap for his return

Zimbabwe Under-19s reach South Africa for World Cup preps
Zimbabwe's suspension will be discussed at the ICC board meeting in October

Sunrisers Hyderabad rope in Brad Haddin as assistant coach
Haddin and Bayliss have worked together before, winning the Champions League T20 for Sydney Sixers as captain and coach respectively, in 2012

Anderson out of Headingley Test as England name unchanged 12
Fast bowler to play second XI match to continue recovery from calf injury, hopes to play in fourth Ashes Test

Steven Smith moves to No. 2 in Test rankings for batsmen
Dimuth Karunaratne broke into the top ten after his fourth-innings 122 handed Sri Lanka 60 points in Galle

Ishant, Umesh and Kuldeep pick three each as India take big lead
R Ashwin did not have a bowl and Ajinkya Rahane came out to open in the second innings for the visiting side

Jofra Archer could be the weapon that turns the Ashes, suggests Joe Root
Fast bowler has had a "massive impact" after just one Test, says England captain

Toby Bailey, Keaton Jennings give Lancashire edge
Lancashire reach 85 for 1 after Toby Bailey and Danny Lamb share eight Glamorgan wickets

James Vince flatters to deceive as Rikki Clarke keeps Surrey in contention
Ian Holland's half-century the mainstay for Hampshire as they reach 222 for 7 between showers

Tim Paine vows to keep hooking as Australia stick to Ashes blueprint
Captain unconcerned after being dismissed by Jofra Archer short ball and says "message won't change" after Lord's draw

Sam Cook, Mohammad Amir put pressure on Kent batsmen
Seamers share six wickets on rain-interrupted day at Canterbury

Ryan Higgins five-for gives Gloucestershire upper hand against Derbyshire
Derbyshire recovered from 95 for 7 but could still only muster 200 as Ryan Higgins and Josh Shaw shared eight wickets

Ollie Robinson takes eight-for to leave promotion-hunting Middlesex on their knees
Middlesex blown away for 75 as Ollie Robinson follows Lions call-up with career-best 8 for 34

Australia hold out for draw, despite best efforts of Jofra Archer, Jack Leach
Steven Smith's concussion replacement Marnus Labuschagne scores fifty to help Australia avoid defeat

Durham ride high on back of Alex Lees 181
Alex Lees' century and 86 from Jack Burnham set up Durham for an imposing 368 for 5

Brett Hutton six-for sets up Northants for strong first-day showing
Alex Wakely and Rob Keogh score fifties as Northamptonshire reply to Worcestershire's 186

Tattersall leads fightback after Wood threatens mayhem
Yorkshire's top order was blown but the middle order lead a fightback to give the home side hope

Rob Yates' maiden hundred puts Somerset on back foot
Warwickshire's 19-year-old No. 3 scores unbeaten 139 as home side build commanding position

Mignon du Preez guides Loughborough Lightning up to third in KSL table
Jemima Rodrigues half-century in vain for Yorkshire Diamonds, who suffer four run-outs in making 129

Smriti Mandhana anchors chase as Western Storm maintain 100% record
Western Storm win for the sixth time out of six as Deepti Sharma guides them over the line with one ball to spare

Danni Wyatt's blistering hundred secures thumping Vipers win
England opener blasts maiden KSL hundred before Southern Vipers bowlers wrap up 89-run victory

Steven Smith hoping to be fit for Headingley Test after 'mild concussion'
Steven Smith's hopes of participating in the third Ashes Test will rest in the hands of Australia's medical team

Mohammad Shahzad suspended for a year
The ACB has sanctioned him for breaching a code-of-conduct policy that requires players to seek the board's permission before travelling abroad

Tymal Mills, Tom Curran ruled out for season
Mills out of rest of Blast with back injury, while Curran's side strain has ruled him out for at least two months

Steven Smith withdrawn from Lord's Test due to concussion
Cricket Australia have become the first team to apply to the ICC for a concussion substitute under the new protocols

I had to do it - Dimuth Karunaratne on a special century
The opener said it was important to him that he brought up the match-winning hundred, having not been able to convert his half-centuries since last July

'They're not cricket fans' - Mitchell Johnson condemns booing of Steven Smith
Former Australian fast bowler says heckling Smith after he 'braved up' to bat again is beyond the pale

'Thought the wicket would deteriorate more than it did' - Kane Williamson
Having said that, though, the New Zealand captain gave credit to Dimuth Karunaratne for a 'fantastic hundred' in the fourth innings

Dimuth Karunaratne hits 122 as Sri Lanka wrap up record chase in Galle
Sri Lanka's new captain preserved his perfect record after taking over as Sri Lanka won their third consecutive Test under his leadership to go 1-0 up in the two-match series

Being consistent over long periods a challenge I enjoy, says Rahkeem Cornwall
The offspin-bowling allrounder says preparations against sides like India A and England Lions helped strengthen his skills

Cheteshwar Pujara warms up with hundred ahead of World Test Championship
Rohit Sharma struck form with a fifty but captain Ajinkya Rahane endured a failure

Jofra Archer proves natural born thriller after visceral Steven Smith duel
England's debutant shook up Lord's and knocked the previously serene Steven Smith off his stride

Madness of Test cricket sets up compelling finish to Lord's drama
England's fragile top order was again exposed by Australia's attack but there is time for a few more twists on the final day

'I can't get on the honour board unless I'm batting' - what Smith said to Langer
The Australia coach insisted Steven Smith was right to resume his innings although said he may have to reconsider his use of stem guards after the sickening blow from Jofra Archer

Steven Smith takes centre stage again on day of high drama as Australia give themselves a chance
Smith suffers brutal blows to neck and arm as Jofra Archer unleashes hell








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