Cricket

Here’s something you wouldn’t know from all the recent Ashes build-up: MITCHELL JOHNSON IS RETIRED. Has been for two years. Australia have invoked his name so many times, it’s like they are trying to summon the Candyman, but Johnson is a lot less terrifying off 280 characters on Twitter than he was off 18 or
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England’s “unknowns” are happy to let Australia do the talking ahead of the Ashes, feeling the hosts will have “put themselves under a lot pressure” if they don’t start the series well. England have been dismissed as something approaching no-hopers from the moment they arrived in Australia without Ben Stokes. They have heard David Warner
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Dilruwan Perera, the Sri Lanka allrounder, survived an lbw decision after an unusual route to taking the assistance of the Decision Review System (DRS). At the time of the incident, Dilruwan was batting on 0 off 7 balls. He went on to play out a further 27 balls, and add 43 for the eighth wicket
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Just as the smog has relented and the air quality in Delhi has come down to being just “very poor” from “severe” levels, flights landing and taking off from the domestic terminal of the Delhi airport had a new threat. In the adjoining Airforce Sports Complex in Palam, Rishabh Pant was announcing return to form
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Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has earned a shock recall to the Australia side for the opening Ashes Test against England, seven years after his last cap and having endured a torrid run of finger injuries. ESPNcricinfo picks out a few other surprising selection calls. Peter Taylor England had wrapped up in the 1986-87 Ashes with a
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Your team is batting. Victory is in sight, with an entire day to spare. And it seems like you won’t be needed at the crease. Nathan Lyon was in paradise at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Wednesday. At least until he decided to make himself a piece of toast. A few minutes later, an
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Thisara Perera slams one into the leg side © Associated Press Allrounder Thisara Perera will lead a new-look, 16-man Sri Lankan squad to play the T20I series against Pakistan starting next Thursday. The shake-up is the result of some first-choice players – including the regular limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga –
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Fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami returned to India’s ODI squad for the first three of five-match series against Australia. India have also chosen to be without R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja – as they were in their most recent 50-over series, when they whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0. Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, however,
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Restricting the duration of high-value contracts to five years and being transparent in the tendering process has proved to be a fruitful exercise for the BCCI, which has raked in close to INR 20,000 crore (approx US $3.12 billion) across three mega deals sealed in the past six months – Monday’s record-breaking IPL rights deal
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