3:00 AM ET Deivarayan Muthu Join our live report for analysis, colour, stats and graphics from the opening Test between Australia and India. The first day was highlighted by some outstanding Australia fielding and a magnificent hundred from Cheteshwar Pujara. You can also follow our ball-by-ball commentary here *If the blog does not load first
10:41 AM ET Liam Brickhill Results Summary Zimbabwe’s domestic season is underway after the first round of Logan Cup matches in Harare and Kwekwe. Fast bowler Carl Mumba burst back onto the Zimbabwean domestic scene with a match haul of 8 for 24 to demolish the reigning Logan Cup champions Mountaineers at Kwekwe Sports Club.
8:06 AM ET Umar Farooq George Dobell Wasim Khan, Leicestershire’s chief executive, has been unveiled as the new managing director of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Wasim, who has been one of the leading lights of the ECB’s drive to engage British Asians in English cricket, forged his career as chairman of the schools’ cricket charity,
8:15 AM ET After playing “one of my top five innings” in Test cricket, Cheteshwar Pujara feels he has taken India to a decent total mainly because the pitch in Adelaide is difficult to bat on. It is one of those that doesn’t look difficult on television because there isn’t exaggerated movement, but it was
3:00 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Bangladesh Cricket Board XI 314 for 6 in 41 overs (Tamim 107, Sarkar 103*, Chase 2-57) beat West Indians 331 for 8 (Hope 81, Chase 65*, Rubel 2-55) by 51 runs (DLS method) Tamim Iqbal marked his return from injury with a blazing century for the BCB XI. The touring
4:48 AM ET You remember those yorkers. Those fast, swerving yorkers that Mitchell Starc unleashed in Auckland and Melbourne against New Zealand, the defining deliveries of the 2015 World Cup. You remember them more than you have witnessed them lately, because Starc hasn’t been able to produce them too often for a while. In the
4:36 AM ET Liam Brickhill Zubayr Hamza, the 23-year-old Cape Cobras batsman, could make his Test debut against Pakistan on Boxing Day after being named in the 13-man South African squad for the upcoming three-match Test series. If he gains selection in the final XI he will become the 100th player to represent South Africa
3:00 AM ET Lunch New Zealand 112 for 4 (Williamson 55*, Nicholls 20*, Shaheen 2-35) and 274 (Williamson 89, Watling 77*, Bilal 5-65) lead Pakistan 348 (Azhar 134, Shafiq 104, Somerville 4-75) by 38 runs Kane Williamson remains vital to New Zealand’s hopes of posting a total to challenge Pakistan in the fourth innings. An
shares Play 02:52 Is Yasir better than Ashwin and Lyon? On the fourth morning of the final Test in Abu Dhabi against New Zealand, Yasir Shah did not merely break an 82-year-old record, he smashed it. By dismissing William Somerville roughly half an hour into the morning, he picked up his 200th Test wicket
12:53 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff India’s batting seems in need of a boost after a poor start to their Test series in Australia, and it may come in the form of Prithvi Shaw. The 19-year-old opener, who made a century on Test debut, is recovering well from the ankle injury he picked up during the
3:00 AM ET Welcome to our live report for the opening Test from Adelaide as the eagerly anticipated series between Australia and India gets underway. We’ll provide analysis, colour, stats and graphics throughout the match. You can, as always, also follow our ball-by-ball commentary *If the blog doesn’t load first time, please refresh your page
9:59 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Jaydev Shah, the Saurashtra captain, will retire from all cricket after the upcoming Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka in Rajkot. The son of former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, Jaydev has already captained his team to a record 111 matches, the highest for anyone in the Ranji Trophy. The match against
3:00 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Mitchell Marsh has been dropped for the first Test against India with Peter Handscomb taking the final batting spot while Marcus Harris has been confirmed for a debut opening the innings. Harris will take his place alongside Aaron Finch with Usman Khawaja batting at No. 3. Australia XI 1 Marcus
6:36 AM ET Liam Brickhill England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has enthusiastically backed cricket’s “brilliant” newest format after turning out for Kerala Knights in the T10 League in Sharjah. Morgan suggested that T10 is the closest cricket will get to baseball, and that the format might even play a role in the sport’s Olympic aspirations.
3:49 AM ET Test-cricket broadcasting will hurtle into a new phase after the free-to-air broadcaster Seven secured permission for in-game interviews with Australian players and coaches during the forthcoming series against India, beginning in Adelaide on Thursday. After extensive off-season discussions with the captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer, among others, the network received
shares Azhar Ali raises his arms in celebration © Getty Images Pakistan 224 for 3 (Azhar 111*, Shafiq 55*) trail New Zealand 274 by 50 runs If yesterday talk of couples had revolved around Trent Boult and Tim Southee, today it was all about Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, whose partnership stands undefeated at
3:00 AM ET For the first time, perhaps, India have come to Australia with their bowlers in collective good form. Cricviz data says only four sides have travelled to Australia with better collective bowling averages in the two years leading up to an Australia tour. No Indian side has done better in the lead-up period.
shares Virat Kohli and Tim Paine shake hands ahead of the series © Getty Images Sunil Gavaskar versus Dennis Lillee. Venkatesh Prasad versus Michael Slater. Andrew Symonds versus Harbhajan Singh. Ricky Ponting versus Zaheer Khan. Gautam Gambhir versus Shane Watson. David Warner versus Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli versus Steven Smith. Australia versus India has
11:53 PM ET Australia’s attempt to emulate their Ashes bowling formula from last summer, combined with question marks over a batting line-up shorn of Steven Smith and David Warner, has forced the omission of the vice-captain Mitchell Marsh from the team to face India in the first Test of the summer at a draining Adelaide
1:12 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff In the absence of the injured Jason Holder, allrounder Rovman Powell will lead West Indies in their ODI leg of the ongoing Bangladesh tour. Batsman Darren Bravo, who had last played an ODI two years ago, T20I captain Carlos Brathwaite and offspin-bowling allrounder Roston Chase all returned to the squad.
9:32 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has retired from all cricket, calling time on a career that began in 1999-2000, and has lasted almost two decades. Gambhir’s last appearance for India came in the first Test of the home series against England in late 2016. Overall, he played 58 Tests, scoring
11:28 AM ET Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur, the two cricketers at the centre of a raging selection controversy, met in Delhi on Sunday, less than a week after their public feud began. The meeting – in the presence of Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) – does not, however, appear
8:40 AM ET Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez, 38, will retire from Test cricket after the ongoing third game against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, having informed the selectors that he wants to focus on his limited-overs career. He announced his decision after he had managed only 39 runs in four innings and went wicketless against
9:59 AM ET Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has said that he will not be distracted by his election campaign in the lead up to, and during the upcoming ODI series against West Indies. After the three ODI series ends on December 14, Mashrafe is scheduled to contest in the Narail-2 constituency elections in his home
shares BJ Watling drives through the covers © AFP Lunch Pakistan 0 for 1 (Imam 0*, Boult 1-0) v New Zealand 274 (Williamson 89, Watling 77*, Bilal 5-65, Yasir 3-75) Having faced 180 balls for 42 on the first day, BJ Watling would have slept rather soundly. He can look forward to another good
2:43 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni‘s decision to skip India’s domestic tournaments has not gone down too well with Sunil Gavaskar. The former India captain has questioned the selectors for allowing this practice even as India gears up for a hectic next six months, culminating with the World Cup in May-June
Dec 1, 2018 ESPNcricinfo staff Tatenda Taibu, the former Zimbabwe captain and their convener of selectors until March this year, is set to return to competitive cricket, six years after retiring from international cricket. He has signed for Sri Lankan domestic side Baduraliya CC for the forthcoming first-class season, he confirmed to ESPNcricinfo, in response
12:12 AM ET Alex Malcolm The Sydney Sixers have signed England pacer Tom Curran to a one-year deal for the upcoming Big Bash League. The 23-year-old has been added to the Sixers squad, after John Hastings was forced to retire prematurely due a health concern. Curran made his Test debut in Australia during the 2017-18
shares © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Memories of batting with the banned former captain Steven Smith during last summer’s Ashes will be at the forefront of Mitchell Marsh‘s mind. This as he seeks to quieten a vociferous lobby of critics while making the No. 6 berth and the Australian vice-captaincy his own during the Test
2:43 PM ET English cricket could be forgiven for feeling as if the Ghost of Christmas Past was visiting over the next few days. Events that the game may well have wanted to put behind it – notably, the late-night brawl involving Ben Stokes and Alex Hales in Bristol in September 2017 – will be