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10:26 AM ET Shashank KishoreESPN Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, hasn’t taken the Asia Cup scheduling too kindly, given it will leave his team travelling back and forth from Abu Dhabi to Dubai for the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup. This will also be the case for Afghanistan and Bangladesh, while India have
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Michael Vaughan fears that Alastair Cook’s Test retirement could trigger an exodus of England’s remaining senior players, in the wake of James Anderson’s emotional farewell to his “best mate” at The Oval last week. Anderson had seemed on the brink of tears in the immediate aftermath of England’s victory in the fifth Test against India,
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Big picture Historically, India have been clinical dismantlers of Associate opposition. Before Zimbabwe played their first Test match, India beat them five times in five ODI meetings. It was eight out of eight in Bangladesh’s case. And in 27 ODI meetings with all other Associate teams and pre-Test-status Ireland and Afghanistan, they have only lost
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Big Picture It’s debatable how much of an upset an Afghanistan victory would even be, on Monday. ODIs are, without a doubt, Sri Lanka’s worst format. Over the last 18 months, they have lost half the matches they have played against Zimbabwe, for example, on top of which they have comprehensively lost ODI series against
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Victoria 240 (Maxwell 80, Maddinson 68, Steketee 4-35) beat Queensland 227 (Swepson 77, Sutherland 5-45) by 13 runs Glenn Maxwell raises his bat after getting to a fifty Getty Images On an opening day of the Australian domestic season so early it could only have been played in far north Queensland, its new possibilities were exemplified
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Big Picture If an Associate side wants to celebrate a landmark day, who better than Pakistan to share their (non-alcoholic) champagne with. They have championed the Associates’ cause more regularly and sincerely than any other Full Member, who have never quite exuded the superiority complex that, with the reduction of the World Cup to ten
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“Baal sabke kaale hai” (All of you have black hair), quipped Sarfraz Ahmed as he sat alongside Rohit Sharma, Angelo Mathews, Mashrafe Mortaza, Asghar Afghan and Anshy Rath at the captains’ press conference to unveil the Asia Cup in Dubai on Friday. It elicited laughter among the audience. Sarfraz was just getting started with his
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Cricket Australia has avoided the potential of an extensive court battle by settling their case with former employee Angela Williamson who was sacked follow tweets about abortion. Last month, Williamson was heavily critical of Tasmania’s Health Minister Michael Ferguson for his comments on the state’s abortion policy, calling his comments “irresponsible, gutless and reckless”, which
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