Uncapped fast bowler Jofra Archer has been included in England’s 14-man squad announced on Saturday for next week’s Ashes opener against Australia, with all-rounder Ben Stokes re-appointed as vice-captain. The pair both enjoyed starring roles in England’s stunning World Cup final win over New Zealand
Veteran pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad hold the key to England’s bid to reclaim the Ashes this summer, according to their former team-mate Steve Harmison.
It was the second such incident at the event in England and Wales, after a banner was flown over the same ground in Leeds during last week's match between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik on Friday confirmed his retirement from one-day cricket without making a farewell appearance in his side's victory over Bangladesh on Friday.
Reigning champions Australia are already through to the semi-finals, while South Africa cannot qualify for the last four.
A gritty century by Angelo Mathews lifted Sri Lanka to 264-7 against India after a top-order collapse on Saturday, the final day of the World Cup group stage.
India made two changes after beating Bangladesh by 28 runs on Tuesday in Birmingham.
Playing in his debut match, Mumbai Indians’ West Indies’ quick Alzarri Joseph registered the best-ever IPL bowling figures of 6/12 off 3.4 overs to fire Mumbai Indians to a 40-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a match of modest scores at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.
In a match pitting two of the bottom-placed IPL 2019 teams — Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) — against each other, it was the Royals who finally opened their account this season with an 7-wicket romp at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday. RCB meanwhile remain rooted to the cellar -- still pointless -- by virtue of this loss.
During a lull in Afghanistan’s never-ending war, before the fighting season resumes once again in the spring, Taliban fighters recall laying down their Kalashnikovs and, for a brief moment, enjoying a game of cricket. The sport is the only one most of the fighters enjoy, commanders say, with matches attracting hundreds of spectators from Taliban-controlled villages when there is no fighting.