Akila Dananjaya found to have illegal bowling action

Akila Dananjaya found to have illegal bowling action

Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya has been suspended from bowling in international cricket after failing an independent biomechanics assessment in Brisbane. He may, however, bowl in Sri Lanka’s domestic competitions, with SLC’s consent. The news is a major blow to Sri Lanka ahead of next year’s World Cup. Dananjaya had been the most consistent bowler in Sri Lanka’s ODI ranks over the past year, and had begun to have success in the Test format as…

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England stick with unchanged Test group for West Indies

England stick with unchanged Test group for West Indies

England have stuck with the players who claimed a historic Test whitewash in Sri Lanka last month in naming their squad for the Caribbean. Ollie Pope, who left Sri Lanka to join up with the Lions in the UAE, misses out and there was no room for Jason Roy, despite speculation he could be included as a spare top-order batsman. Ben Foakes, who was not part of the original party for Sri Lanka but claimed…

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Two arrested at MSL match over suspected involvement in ‘betting activity’

Two arrested at MSL match over suspected involvement in ‘betting activity’

5:46 AM ET Liam Brickhill Two men were arrested at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday, during the Mzansi Super League (MSL) match between Durban Heat and Jozi Stars, amid concerns about their possible involvement with “betting activity”. They were released on bail after being charged with trespassing. The two British citizens were reportedly watching the match from a hospitality suite at the ground when the arrests happened. This is the second such incident at an…

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Paine adamant about finger, less sure on DRS

Paine adamant about finger, less sure on DRS

If Shane Warne famously insured his rare spinning fingers for millions, then it is difficult to put a price on the premium that might be attached to the right index finger of the Australian captain Tim Paine. Operated on no fewer than seven times due to problems dating back to a bad break in 2010, Paine’s digit was struck a stinging blow on the final day of the Adelaide Test by Mohammed Shami. The blow…

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Chris Lynn named captain of Brisbane Heat

Chris Lynn named captain of Brisbane Heat

Three seasons after his first go at captaincy in the Big Bash League, Chris Lynn will take up the mantle again. His team, the Brisbane Heat, made the announcement on Monday, ahead of their season opener against the defending champions Adelaide Strikers on December 19, and the opening batsman welcomed the extra responsibility on his big-hitting shoulders. Lynn had led the Heat in the 2015-16 edition of the Big Bash when he finished Player of…

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Live report: Australia v India, 1st Test, day five

Live report: Australia v India, 1st Test, day five

3:00 AM ET Andrew McGlashanDeputy editor, ESPNcricinfo Close Deputy Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England’s batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went…

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Zondo, van Wyk guide Heat home in 162 chase

Zondo, van Wyk guide Heat home in 162 chase

Durban Heat 162 for 4 (Zondo 67, van Wyk 56, Nawaz 2-21) beat Cape Town Blitz 161 for 6 (de Kock 86*, Klaasen 1-12) by six wickets Fifties from Morne van Wyk and Khaya Zondo helped Durban Heat to a consolatory six-wicket win over Cape Town Blitz at a sunny Newlands on Sunday afternoon. Heat are already out of the running for a play-off position at the business end of the Mzansi Super League, and…

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Thomson, du Plessis keep Rocks alive with close win

Thomson, du Plessis keep Rocks alive with close win

Paarl Rocks 172 for 4 (Thomson 71*, du Plessis 61, Olivier 3-30) beat Jozi Stars 170 for 6 (Van der Dussen 83*, Mungroo 3-29) by six wickets Having totaled 17 runs in three games until Sunday, Grant Thomson left behind his mark in the 2018-19 Mzansi Super League with a courageous 71 not out to keep Paarl Rocks alive in the competition, after a tight chase against Jozi Stars at the New Wanderers Stadium. Barring…

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Ashwin, Shami leave Australia limping

Ashwin, Shami leave Australia limping

Australia 235 and 104 for 4 (Marsh 31*, Shami 2-15, Ashwin 2-44) need another 219 runs to beat India 250 and 307 (Pujara 71, Rahane 70, Lyon 6-22) After Cheteshwar Pujara continued his masterclass from the first innings and Ajinkya Rahane progressed to a busy fifty, R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami turned the screws on Australia in their daunting chase of 323 at the Adelaide Oval. Rishabh Pant’s hit-and-giggle cameo in front of the stumps,…

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Cloete, von Berg keep Spartans in play-off race

Cloete, von Berg keep Spartans in play-off race

Dec 7, 2018 Liam Brickhill Tshwane Spartans 165 for 4 (Cloete 65, Williams 1-15) beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 137 for 9 (Duckett 47, von Berg 3-19) by 28 runs Gihahn Cloete targets the off side MSL AB de Villiers‘ Tshwane Spartans kept their Mzansi Super League play-off hopes alive, holding Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to 137 for 9 to secure a 28-run victory at St George’s Park. Opener Gihahn Cloete‘s third fifty of the competition…

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GLT20 franchise owner to launch legal action against CSA

GLT20 franchise owner to launch legal action against CSA

1:34 PM ET Liam Brickhill Cricket South Africa is being sued for over half a million dollars by one of the franchise owners of the defunct T20 Global League. Hiren Bhanu, owner of the Pretoria Mavericks, is claiming damages of USD 515,627.91 plus interest and costs of the suit from CSA. Legal documents accessed by ESPNcricinfo provide detail on that total, with Bhanu claiming he has spent USD 81,247.76 on marketing, USD 68,538.68 on legal…

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Habib Bank lift Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after tense draw

Habib Bank lift Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after tense draw

Habib Bank won their first Quaid-e-Azam trophy since 2010-11 beating defending champions SNGPL in the final. The game ended in a draw, but HBL were awarded the trophy courtesy their first-innings lead. The match looked set for a tight finish, with HBL requiring 83 runs to win with four wickets in hand, but bad light called an end to the proceedings and Misbah-ul-Haq‘s SNGPL were forced to relinquish their domestic crown. SNGPL have won the…

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Hughes, Larkin tons hand NSW the edge

Hughes, Larkin tons hand NSW the edge

South Australia 380 (Carey 110*, Cooper 89, West 3-88) lead New South Wales 0 for 223 (Larkin 109*, Hughes 105*) by 157 runs The second double-century opening stand of the season from New South Wales pair Daniel Hughes and Nick Larkin dragged the Blues back into the game against South Australia at the SCG. Just three weeks after piling up a 251-run stand against Queensland in Canberra, the pair again made twin hundreds to leave…

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Tamim Iqbal’s return gives Bangladesh happy headache | Cricket

Tamim Iqbal’s return gives Bangladesh happy headache | Cricket

Tamim Iqbal carves the ball behind square © Raton Gomes Big Picture Bangladesh could not have asked for a better build-up to the ODI series, having already swept West Indies 2-0 in the Test series. Bangladesh will be boosted further by the return of Tamim Iqbal from multiple injuries. He had tuned up for this series with a match-winning 73-ball 107 against the West Indians in the tour game…

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Australia would be ‘worst blokes in the world’ if they celebrated like Kohli

Australia would be ‘worst blokes in the world’ if they celebrated like Kohli

Justin Langer believes if the Australia players were to react in the same manner Virat Kohli celebrated the wicket of Aaron Finch they would be considered “the worst blokes in the world”. Langer also fended off criticism from Sachin Tendulkar over Australia’s slow batting in the first innings. Langer’s comments showed the level of scrutiny that surrounds Australia on two distinct levels: their style of play and their on-field behaviour. Amid all the swirling fallout…

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