Australia retain No. 1 spot, England remain at No. 5

prv_7725e_1473015937Australia’s 4-1 series win against Sri Lanka and England’s similar finish in the series against Pakistan helped them consolidate their positions in the latest One Day International (ODI) rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday (September 4). Continue reading

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Century in Sri Lanka a ‘sigh of relief’: David Warner

prv_751e8_1473037041David Warner, Australia’s interim captain, admits scoring a drought-breaking century in the finale of the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka was a “sigh of relief”.

The 30-year-old scored 106 to steer Australia to a five-wicket victory and a comprehensive 4-1 series win against Sri Lanka. It was Warner’s seventh ODI hundred and the first by an Australian in an away one-day series against Sri Lanka. Continue reading

All-round Hong Kong take 1-0 lead against Ireland

prv_aa197_1473099289A strong performance with the bat and a disciplined show with the ball helped Hong Kong overcome hosts Ireland by 40 runs at the Bready Cricket Club on Monday (September 5) to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Chasing 170, Ireland were rocked early, and despite fighting performances from Greg Thompson (44 off 32) and Kevin O’Brien (32 off 24), they ended up being bowled out for 129. Continue reading

No need to panic, Test defeat to Sri Lanka just a blip: Rod Marsh

prv_91ba0_1473124794Rod Marsh, Australian chief selector, insists Australia’s recent Test whitewash in Sri Lanka was just a “blip” and believes there is no need to panic ahead of a major tour of India next year.

After convincingly losing all three Tests to Sri Lanka, Australia have now lost nine consecutive matches in Asia stretching their mediocre subcontinent record to just one win from 18 since 2008. Continue reading

Phehlukwayo among three uncapped players in South Africa’s ODI squads

prv_c7425_1473150159Andile Phehlukwayo, the 20-year-old Dolphins seamer, has been picked in South Africa’s One-Day International squads for the forthcoming series against Ireland and Australia. Phehlukwayo is among three new caps, alongside top-order batsman Temba Bavuma and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorious, in line for an ODI debut during the upcoming limited-overs swing for South Africa. While Phehlukwayo finds a mention in both squads, Pretorious and Bavuma have been included only for the one-off game against Ireland. Continue reading