England’s Joe Denly during nets at Old Trafford on Monday. Reuters
Sixteen months after leaving Test cricket in disgrace over the ball-tampering furore, Steve Smith’s preparations for the Ashes have gone up to a manic level as the former skipper looks to return to red ball cricket in top form. Australia captain Tim Paine said former skipper Smith had given batting coach Graeme Hick
England are still basking in the glow of an epic World Cup triumph but if anything can throw cold water over their memorable summer it would be a first home Ashes series loss to Australia for 18 years. Battle commences at Edgbaston on Thursday and the last time Australia won there was the opening match
The opening day of the Ashes series between England and Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday also marks the start of the International Cricket Council’s new World Test Championship.
Young Emirati Rashid Al Dhaheri continues his racing programme after the summer break with a well-deserved podium in Italy. This comes as great success given his recent change and first-ever race with his new team ‘Kart Republic.’
Table toppers Al Ain will take on newly-promoted Al Orooba, who are at the 13th spot in the 14-team league. Al Ain are in stellar form and have put up a mesmerizing performance to maintain a perfect start to the season, winning all their four matches so far.
Riding on a fascinating bowling performances of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada, Delhi Capitals all but ended the play-off hopes of Sunrisers Hyderabad with an eight-wicket victory in their IPL match on Wednesday.