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Friday, 19 April 2019

Wisden editor hits out at ECB’s ‘almighty punt’ on Hundred

The editor of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack has launched a scathing attack on the ECB’s decision to introduce a new 100-ball tournament from 2020 onwards, describing the advent of The Hundred as an “almighty punt”. Writing in his traditional Notes By The Editor ahead of today’s publication of the 156th edition…

Paul Farbrace shares his preferred England top order line-up for Ashes

Paul Farbrace may no longer be at the heart of the England set-up, but his new role as director of cricket at Warwickshire hasn’t stopped the former assistant coach giving the future progress of his former charges as much care and thought as he ever did. And that extends to…

County Division I: Essex suffer innings defeat despite Bopara ton

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 1 Kyle Abbott bagged a five-fer in the second innings © Getty Hampshire vs Essex, Southampton A fighting century from Ravi Bopara wasn’t enough for Essex as Hampshire completed a comprehensive innings win on the final day in Southampton. Bopara, who had already gone past fifty by…

Lightning never strikes twice, but Russell might

IPL 2019 Russell helped KKR steal 53 off the last three overs against RCB, with as many as five balls to spare. © AFP Andre Russell was stepping over the boundary line at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. He paused for a few seconds before joining the rest of his team that…

Chris Rushworth gets results early doors

Chris Rushworth made a cracking start for Durham becoming the first bowler of the 2019 Specsavers County Championship to take a wicket with the first ball, having Luis Reece depart for a golden duck at Derby. The opener had no reply but to edge to Michael Richardson at second slip…

Jos Buttler queries ‘wishy-washy’ law in wake of mankading controversy

Jos Buttler believes it was “probably the wrong decision” to give him out in Rajasthan Royals’ first game of the IPL season but feels the current wording of the Laws governing run-outs at the non-striker’s end is “wishy-washy” and requires further clarification. Buttler was run-out backing-up – or Mankaded, as…

is cricket heading down the Moneyball route?

A data analyst is trying to change the way we look at cricket – and believes the game could be on its way to a ‘Moneyball’-style stats revolution. Dan Weston is making teams think differently about the game using a numbers-based approach to predict the success of pro cricketers in…

Tactical fielding substitutions causing slow over-rates: Kaif

TACTICAL SUBSTITUTIONS Kaif raised concerns of teams using substitute fielders far too often © BCCI Calculated, pre-planned fielding substitutions are causing so many games to roll past midnight, Delhi Capitals’ assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has argued, adding his bit to the growing row around poor over-rates this season. He spoke…