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Heads, you lose: cricket farce - The Sydney Morning Herald

In Cricket Australia versus the players, it is as if they have had a toss, and both decided to bat, and both are out there now, one at each end, tapping their bats on the creases, chins jutting, waiting for a ball that will never come. Both know there needs to be a bowler, but are damned if it will be them.

Worse, both think they will win over the crowd this way, blind to the fact that as a duo they're going about as well as Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten. It won't be long before the crowd gives up and goes off to the footy. They've been doing that for a while now anyway.

Illustration: John Shakespeare Illustration: John Shakespeare 

Consider Friday, D-Day minus seven. CA make it known it will be releasing a statement in the afternoon. Oblivious, the Australian Cricketers' Association issues its own release. So CA pre-releases its release. "Pay talks advance as CA revise MOU offer" trumpets CA's defiantly...


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Rare dismissal helps Proteas level series - cricket.com.au

A bizarre dismissal suffered by England opener Jason Roy turned the second Twenty20 International's South Africa's way as the Proteas won by just three runs at Taunton on Friday.

The narrow victory saw South Africa level the three-match series at 1-1 as they bounced back from a nine-wicket defeat by England in the series opener at Southampton on Wednesday to set-up a winner-takes-all clash in Cardiff on Sunday.

Quick Single: Stunned Stokes slams 'embarassing' decision

England were on course for an unbeatable 2-0 lead while Roy (67) and Jonny Bairstow (47) shared a second-wicket stand of 110.

But when Roy was given out obstructing the field -- the first time this ever happened in a T20 international -- the innings fell away.

England's cause was not helped by batting second under increasingly dark skies in a match that started at 4pm local time despite a lack of floodlights on the...


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Australia confirm pre-Test tour camp - cricket.com.au

Australia have finalised preparations for their next Test assignment, today announcing they'll complete a week-long camp in Darwin ahead of their Qantas Tour of Bangladesh in August.

In a bid to replicate their pre-series tune-up in Dubai for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series earlier this year, Australia will embark on a seven-day training camp from August 10 which will include a three-day intra-squad match on August 14 at Marrara Cricket Ground.

Australia's squad for the two-Test tour of Bangladesh – which currently features 13 players but selectors are expected to add a fast-bowler following the Australia A tour of South Africa next month – will depart for Dhaka on August 18.

The two Australia A one-day squad members as it stands who have also been named in the Bangladesh touring party (Hilton Cartwright and Ashton Agar) will link up with the Test squad in Darwin on August...


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Cricket Australia chairman David Peever welcomes Afghanistan and Ireland - The Sydney Morning Herald

Cricket Australia chairman David Peever has welcomed Test cricket's latest additions, and says the new financial model for all nations is a "fair result".

Ireland and Afghanistan have been elevated to full member status by the International Cricket Council, and are likely to start playing Test cricket in 2019. However, it's unlikely they will face the top Test playing nations, including Australia, in their initial years.

Ireland players celebrate the dismissal of Afghanistan's Najeeb Tarakai during their fifth one-day international cricket ... Ireland players celebrate the dismissal of Afghanistan's Najeeb Tarakai during their fifth one-day international cricket match in Greater Noida, India. The rise of Afghanistan and Ireland in the ranks of international cricket gathered pace when they were voted in as full ICC members, meaning they can play test matches against the world's elite countries.  Photo: AP

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ICC support World XI matches in Pakistan | cricket.com.au - cricket.com.au

Plans for the full resumption of international cricket in Pakistan moved forward Friday when the sport's global governing body said it wanted to send a World XI to the country later this year. 

With the exception of Zimbabwe's tour two years ago, Pakistan have had to play all of their 'home' matches outside of the country since a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore.

But Friday saw the International Cricket Council, following the conclusion of its annual meeting in London, announce that plans for a World XI to play in Pakistan later this year were "continuing to be developed".

Quick Single: Fakhar receives hero's return in Pakistan

The ICC board said it had agreed to support a three-game Twenty20 series between Pakistan and a World XI in a bid to help revive international cricket in the country. 

All the matches would take place in Lahore and be accorded full Twenty20...


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Traffic police U-turn after irking Bumrah - cricket.com.au

An Indian crossed the line on foreign soil, the consequences were disastrous and the police acted swiftly to make an example of the culprit. But, after realising their mistake, law enforcement issued an apology to the wounded offender.

Sound like the plot of a Bollywood action film? Well, not quite. 

Rather, it describes an amusing chain of events after police in the city of Jaipur erected a billboard referencing India quick Jasprit Bumrah's Champions Trophy blunder to make a point about traffic regulations.

Fabulous Fakhar smashes maiden ton after early life

With India heavy favourites going into last week's final of the showpiece ODI event, Bumrah gave Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman a reprieve in the fourth over of the match when the left-hander edged behind off a no-ball.

It proved a massive let-off for Fakhar, who stormed to his maiden international century as Pakistan claimed a...


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Ford exits as Sri Lanka head coach | cricket.com.au - cricket.com.au

The architect of Sri Lanka's famous Test series win against Australia, head coach Graham Ford, has left the team, Sri Lanka Cricket have confirmed.

Ford had spent 15 months in charge of the Sri Lankan team and leaves a full two years ahead of schedule, having originally been appointed to guide the team through the 2019 World Cup in England.

His tenure comes to a premature end – albeit one that was by mutual consent according to a release from Sri Lanka Cricket – after the team failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy in England.

Sri Lanka romp home to record famous upset

That campaign saw them thrashed by South Africa by 96 runs before turning the tables and upsetting subcontinent rivals India by seven wickets. But shoddy fielding saw them lose to eventual champions Pakistan in a thriller to exit the tournament early.

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Catch controversy engulfs Zimbabwe - cricket.com.au

Zimbabwe cricketer Ryan Burl has apologised after claiming a catch with his foot over the boundary line rope in his side's one-day match with the Netherlands.

Netherlands opener Stephan Myburg had been in punishing touch in the second match in Amsterdam, and had raced to 77 from 70 balls in a 143-run opening stand.

The teams had agreed to take the fielder's word for contentious catches with no third umpires in use for the three-match series that, because the Netherlands has lost their one-day international status, is being played as List A games.

So when Myburg lofted a Graeme Cremer delivery towards long-on, where Burl juggled the ball before throwing it up to himself to safely pouch and claimed a successful catch, the Dutch opener was on his way.

Myburg had already hit 13 fours and one six in his 70-ball knock. His departure stymied the flow of the home side's innings, but from...


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England loss at Women's World Cup cricket - SBS

India have scored the sixth-highest ODI total in their history on the way to defeating hosts England on the opening day of cricket's Women's World Cup.

England have suffered a 35-run defeat in their opening match at the Women's World Cup after falling short in what would have been a national-record run chase against India at Derby.

The tournament hosts were always up against it after seeing India run up 281 for three off their 50 overs, with top three Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana and captain Mithali Raj all making half-centuries.

Only Australia had ever managed to successfully overhaul a bigger target in women's one-day international history and victory for England would have comfortably eclipsed their own previous record run chase, which was the 243 they scored to beat New Zealand in 2008.

England battled hard and at 6-229 in the 44th over with Fran Wilson still there after recording...


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Kohli insists 'respect' for ex-coach - cricket.com.au

Despite going back to delete a tweet of congratulations to Anil Kumble from 12 months ago, India captain Virat Kohli refused to discuss the bitter departure of the head coach on Thursday, insisting he "respects" the former spinner.

Although his contract had come to an end at the conclusion of the Champions Trophy tournament in London last Sunday, Kumble was retained for the forthcoming brief limited-overs tour of the West Indies.

However, he announced his resignation the day after the title-holders succumbed to a crushing 180-run defeat to arch-rivals Pakistan in the final at The Oval.

Pakistan thrash India to claim Champions Trophy

In announcing his decision, the former leg-spinner said he had been informed by officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that “the captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as head coach.” 

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Amir reveals Cook's Urdu request | cricket.com.au - cricket.com.au

They went head-to-head in the Test arena last year but it appears there's no lingering tension between Mohammed Amir and Alastair Cook ahead of the Pakistan quick's debut with county side Essex.

In fact, Amir might be giving lessons in his native tongue of Urdu to Cook if the former England captain has his way.

The left-arm paceman joined Essex after helping Pakistan win the Champions Trophy, taking 3-6 in Sunday's stunning 180-run demolition of India in the final.

Pakistan thrash India to claim Champions Trophy

Amir is expected to play in Monday's County Championship fixture against title-holders Middlesex, having seemingly earned his redemption following a spot-fixing ban in 2010 that brought a five-year ban and nearly ended his career. 

After his return, Amir was granted a visa to tour England last year which prompted England opener Cook to declare match-fixers should be banned...


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Bangladesh name massive tour squad | cricket.com.au - cricket.com.au

Bangladesh selectors will have a pool of 29 players to choose from for the upcoming Test series against Australia after a huge preliminary squad was named on Thursday.

The squad, which also acts as the preliminary group for Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa in September-October, features Champions Trophy heroes Shakib Al Hasan – the world’s premier allrounder – Mahmudullah Riyad, Tamim Iqbal and Mosaddek Hossain Saikat.

Australia arrive in Bangladesh on August 18 before playing their sole warm-up fixture in Fatullah four days later ahead of the first Test in Dhaka on August 27. The second Test will be played in Chittagong on September 4.

BANGLADESH PRELIMINARY SQUAD: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mahmudullah Riyad, Liton Kumar Das, Mominul Haque, Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin...


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Test status to unearth talent: Cassell - cricket.com.au

Ireland's recently-recruited Australian assistant coach Rob Cassell believes the landmark announcement confirming their admission into the Test playing ranks will help unearth – and retain – world-class Irish cricketers.

The International Cricket Council on Thursday unanimously approved Ireland and Afghanistan as full members, taking the number of Test-playing nations from 10 to 12.

Full story: Ireland, Afghanistan award Test status

Appointed to oversee Ireland’s bowling stocks last month, Cassell hopes to depart Adelaide, where he's played a leading hand over the last five years in developing South Australia's highly-rated seam-bowling attack, for Dublin in coming weeks pending the receipt of a work permit.

Cassell, who learnt of the good news on Friday morning (AEST) through social media, says their admission into cricket's most prestigious club will mean the likes of Ireland...


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Heads, you lose: cricket farce - The Sydney Morning Herald

In Cricket Australia versus the players, it is as if they have had a toss, and both decided to bat, and both are out there now, one at each end, tapping their bats on the creases, chins jutting, waiting for a ball that will never come. Both know there needs to be a bowler, but are damned if it will be them.

Worse, both think they will win over the crowd this way, blind to the fact that as a duo they're going about as well as Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten. It won't be long before the crowd gives up and goes off to the footy. They've been doing that for a while now anyway.

Illustration: John Shakespeare Illustration: John Shakespeare 

Consider Friday, D-Day minus seven. CA make it known it will be releasing a statement in the afternoon. Oblivious, the Australian Cricketers' Association issues its own release. So CA pre-releases its release. "Pay talks advance as CA revise MOU offer" trumpets CA's defiantly...


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Dizzy's tips for batting in Bangladesh | cricket.com.au - cricket.com.au

There is perhaps no Australia batsman in history more qualified to pass on some tips on how to bat in Bangladesh than former fast bowler Jason Gillespie.

Not Ricky Ponting, Australia’s most prolific run-scorer.

Not Adam Gilchrist, the game-changing wicketkeeper-batsman who was named as the best player of the 21st century by Steve Waugh and this website.

Quick Single: Top 100 Test players of the 21st century

And not Matthew Hayden, one of Australia’s most dominant opening batsman with 30 Test centuries.

Nope, it’s Gillespie, who concluded his terrific Test career with a remarkable innings of 201 not out against the Tigers in Chittagong 11 years ago.

Keep it simple, says Dizzy // GettyKeep it simple, says Dizzy // Getty

Walking out to bat at No.3 as nightwatchman late on day one after Australia bowled Bangladesh out for 197, Gillespie survived until stumps and was still at the crease three days later.

Along the way rain...


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Fakhar receives hero's return in Pakistan - cricket.com.au

Fakhar Zaman was once banned from playing cricket in his village and beaten by his brothers because he was simply too good - but he has returned a hero after his starring role in Pakistan's Champions Trophy win.

His eyes bright, the tall 27-year-old posed for selfies and was garlanded with flowers as he was welcomed back to his home in Katlang in northwestern Pakistan.

Fakhar said he was still taking it all in after he top-scored with 114 off 106 balls to lead Pakistan to a shock victory over arch-rivals India in the final, after making his ODI debut earlier in the tournament.

"I did not feel much at that time," Fakhar told AFP, referring to Sunday's final in London.

"Then I came here, and people started coming here ... They all are giving me love, so now I feel that I have done some great heroics."

Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display in the climax of a tournament...


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Legendary commentator set to retire - cricket.com.au

Famed English cricket commentator Henry Blofeld will retire in September.

The 77-year-old, affectionately known as 'Blowers', has worked on the BBC, and sometimes on the ABC in Australia, since 1972.

His final match will be the Test between England and the West Indies at Lord's which starts on September 7.

"All good things come to an end," he said in a statement.

"After nearly 50 years in the commentary box, I have decided the time has come for the last of the old farts to hang up his microphone.

"In all honesty, at the age of almost 78, although I am still rather keener than mustard, I find it harder work than I once did.

"You haven't heard my final 'My Dear Old Thing' quite yet. Happily, I shall be commentating next month on the first two Tests against South Africa, and then for the last one of the summer against the West Indies at Lord's."

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Rare dismissal helps Proteas level series - cricket.com.au

A bizarre dismissal suffered by England opener Jason Roy turned the second Twenty20 International's South Africa's way as the Proteas won by just three runs at Taunton on Friday.

The narrow victory saw South Africa level the three-match series at 1-1 as they bounced back from a nine-wicket defeat by England in the series opener at Southampton on Wednesday to set-up a winner-takes-all clash in Cardiff on Sunday.

Quick Single: Stunned Stokes slams 'embarassing' decision

England were on course for an unbeatable 2-0 lead while Roy (67) and Jonny Bairstow (47) shared a second-wicket stand of 110.

But when Roy was given out obstructing the field -- the first time this ever happened in a T20 international -- the innings fell away.

England's cause was not helped by batting second under increasingly dark skies in a match that started at 4pm local time despite a lack of floodlights on the...


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Australia confirm pre-Test tour camp | cricket.com.au - cricket.com.au

Australia have finalised preparations for their next Test assignment, today announcing they'll complete a week-long camp in Darwin ahead of their Qantas Tour of Bangladesh in August.

In a bid to replicate their pre-series tune-up in Dubai for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series earlier this year, Australia will embark on a seven-day training camp from August 10 which will include a three-day intra-squad match on August 14 at Marrara Cricket Ground.

Australia's squad for the two-Test tour of Bangladesh – which currently features 13 players but selectors are expected to add a fast-bowler following the Australia A tour of South Africa next month – will depart for Dhaka on August 18.

The two Australia A one-day squad members as it stands who have also been named in the Bangladesh touring party (Hilton Cartwright and Ashton Agar) will link up with the Test squad in Darwin on August...


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Exhibition matches on cards as cricket pay war heats up - The Sydney Morning Herald

The staging of unofficial exhibition matches involving leading Australian stars is being contemplated as uncontracted players face the looming reality of being locked out by Cricket Australia and the states.

Time is quickly running out for CA and the Australian Cricketers' Association to strike an agreement on a new memorandum of understanding before the existing pay deal expires on Friday week, with talks between the warring parties having proved fruitless so far.

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