Problems aplenty for listless Australia

AUSTRALIA TOUR OF ENGLAND, 2018 Rob Johnston • Last updated on Fri, 22 Jun, 2018, 02:25 AM Australia have been very ordinary in the five-match series so far – and the 4-0 scoreline in England’s favour is a true reflection of their slump in the format © Getty England’s six-wicket victory over Australia at Emirates Riverside in Chester-le-Street consigned the men from Down Under to a ninth defeat from the last ten meetings between these two teams. Australia have now lost 15 of their last 17 completed ODI matches and are, at…

England close in on Australia ODI whitewash after Jason Roy powers to century

Australia will be glad to see the back of this one-day series after they followed up their Trent Bridge humiliation with another hammering in Durham. Before they depart, though, they will have to negotiate one more ODI against a rampant England team who will be hell-bent on securing a 5-0 series whitewash in Manchester on Sunday. In truth any other result would be a major shock after the world’s No1 team breezed to their target of 311 here with 32 balls and six wickets to spare. Australia, boosted by centuries…

Zak Chappell’s promise on show again amid Leicestershire revival

Leicestershire 427 (Ackermann 196, Dexter 66, Murtagh 5-80) and 0 for 1 lead Middlesex 233 (Malan 78*, Stirling 52, Chappell 4-65) Scorecard Leicestershire are showing a new lease of life under their effervescent coach, Paul Nixon. He has not been afraid of tough decisions, removing his captain, Michael Carberry, on the grounds of tactical limitations with the Championship season not halfway through. And that after Carberry, a former England batsman, was lured to the club by the chief executive, Wasim Khan, with the promise of the job. Nixon, back at…

India vs England: India have great opportunity to win series in England, says Anil Kumble

By: PTI | Chennai | Published: June 22, 2018 12:26:14 am Anil Kumble said the squad had the best spinners in the world. (Source: BCCI) India have enough experience in both bowling and batting to outwit hosts England, said former captain and coach Anil Kumble, who believes wrist spinners will play an important role in the forthcoming series in the Old Blighty. “We have a great side and an all-round side. In bowling we have the experience and bowlers who can take 20 wickets consistently. If you look at the…

Scotland implore ICC for more funding, fixtures after FTP snub

1:37 PM ET Peter Della PennaCricket Close Peter Della Penna is an American cricket journalist who also writes for ESPNcricinfo.com and DreamCricket.com. Since 2010, he has penned the USA entry in the Cricket Round the World section of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterDellaPenna A week after Scotland scaled new heights by becoming the first Associate team to beat the No. 1 ODI side in the world, a cold dose of reality has brought them back to earth. It comes in the form of the FTP schedule release through 2023.…

Finch, Marsh tons lift Australia to 310

AUSTRALIA TOUR OF ENGLAND, 2018 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Thu, 21 Jun, 2018, 10:22 PM Fine tons from Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh helped Australia post in excess of 300 © AFP Sparkling centuries from Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh helped Australia post 310 for 8 in the fourth ODI at Chester-le-Street against England in their bid for salvation having already lost the series. After suffering their biggest ODI loss in the previous game, a battered Australian outfit brought back Nathan Lyon into their XI and sent Finch up the…

Amitabh Chaudhary’s unauthorised Bhutan trip: COA issues showcause notice

By: PTI | Published: June 21, 2018 8:47:44 pm Amitabh Chaudhary has been asked to respond to the notice by July 4 on two specific counts. (Source: File) A trip to Bhutan to survey “soil and cricketing equipment” has landed BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary in a spot of bother as the COA has show-caused him, questioning the very “need of his presence” there. Chaudhary has been asked to respond to the notice by July 4 on two specific counts. Firstly, “What was the justification for the visit to Bhutan?…

Andrew McBrine, Josh Little in Ireland squad for India T20Is

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Thu, 21 Jun, 2018, 08:44 PM McBrine makes the squad after a slew of positive performances for the North West Warriors © Getty Ireland included offspinner Andy McBrine and left-arm fast bowler Joshua Little in their 14-man squad for the forthcoming two-T20I series against visitors India. The duo take the spots of Barry McCarthy and Craig Young, who were selected for the tri-nation series involving Netherlands and Scotland. Little has been given a chance to impress the selectors after a series of impressive performances…

What the FTP holds for Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe

England v Ireland in July 2019, Australia v Afghanistan in November 2021 and an India v Zimbabwe Test after 14 years – these are just some of the fascinating contests lined up in the next five-year cycle for Test cricket’s three bottom-ranked teams, two of whom are just one Test old. In all, Afghanistan and Ireland have been allotted 13 Tests each according to the new FTP while Zimbabwe have 21. Afghanistan and Ireland have been assigned only one-off Tests for the next five years, barring a two-match series between…

Indian players yet to get retainership fees, BCCI’s acting secretary awaits General Body nod

By: PTI | Published: June 21, 2018 6:33:53 pm The players leave for the nearly three-month long tour of UK (Ireland and England) on June 23. (Source: File Photo) India’s top cricketers are yet to receive their revised salaries despite having signed their central contracts back on March 5, an issue that is likely to dominate the Special General Meeting of the BCCI, scheduled in New Delhi on Friday in defiance of the Committee of Administrators (COA). The players leave for the nearly three-month long tour of UK (Ireland and…