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The Spin | Big Bash’s flipping bats recall stories of cunning ploys with tossed coins

When you look closely at the ritual, it begins to seem odd that cricket lets blind luck and ‘dynamical bias’ play such a large partWhen he was 14, Persi Diaconis packed a fresh deck of cards and a spare pair of socks into a knapsack and ran away from h…

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The classic Test match Australia never deserved to win… and didn’t | Geoff Lemon

It was tight at Adelaide Oval but had Australia miraculously made 31 more runs, it would have been an injusticeThere can come a point in cricket matches when people start believing the impossible. When the ones in offices who don’t care about sport fin…

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England’s Ed Smith does not rule out Jofra Archer for World Cup

Joe Denly handed reprieve for West Indies Test seriesOllie Stone left out of ODI squad for Caribbean tripEd Smith declined to rule out the possibility of Jofra Archer entering England’s World Cup thoughts next summer despite the fast bowler’s impending…

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Resistance ends as India secure rare victory on Australian soil in first Test

India 250 & 307; Australia 235 & 291 | India win by 31 runsIndia win Test series opener in Australia for first time India recorded their first Test win in Australia since 2008, with a tense 31-run victory at Adelaide Oval putting the tourists i…

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Australia v India: first Test, day five – live!

Updates from the final day of play in AdelaideAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 11.05pm GMT Gold coin donation to get into Adelaide Oval today. So if you’re in the area, you know what to do. 11.01pm GMT How have you found the telly? Four days …

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Jason Roy could add spice to England setup as Ed Smith mulls Test squad

Selector has not shied away from bold picks and may use West Indies Test to experiment with the exciting over the pragmaticSince Ed Smith became the chief selector it has been worth keeping an eye on the announcement of England squads. He has delivered…

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Australia face near impossible first Test task as hopes rest on Marsh

Australia 104-4 chase 323 for victoryPujara 71 and Rahane 70 steer India to 307 in second inningsAustralian cricket’s whipping boy Shaun Marsh shapes as his side’s best hope of winning the first Test against India which history – and conventional wisdo…

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Australia v India: first Test, day four – live!

Updates from the fourth day of play in AdelaideAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 11.09pm GMT “Tell me it’s not raining in Adelaide,” urges ArthurshireCC. “And tell me Pat Cummins arrived at the ground burning with controlled aggression and stee…

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Kohli booed as India build 166-run lead

India 151-3 at stumps on day threeVirat Kohli made 34 before falling victim to LyonBooed to the crease by some Australian fans at Adelaide Oval, Indian captain Virat Kohli settled in style before falling to Nathan Lyon late on a rain-hit third day of t…

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Australia v India: first Test, day three – live!

Updates from the third day of play in AdelaideDay two report: India hold advantage as Australia collapse around HeadAny thoughts? Email Jonathan or tweet @JPHowcroft 6.11am GMT Thank you very much Mr Lemon, the hairiest of all the citrus fruits. Time o…

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Bring back Daddles: the hidden victim of Test cricket’s broadcast wars

When cricket moved from the Nine network after four decades, fans lost an icon of the gameIt’s a sight burned into the memory of every Australian cricket lover. As a batsman trudges back to the pavilion after being dismissed for nought, a little cartoo…

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Stokes and Hales verdict may seem a bit cosy but it is time to look ahead

The ECB’s approach may seem light beside Australia’s to ball-tampering but it is time to look forward to the last summer of cricket as we know itIt is now possible to move on. To the relief of those in charge of the England cricket teams – Trevor Bayli…

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Ben Stokes and Alex Hales fined by ECB over Bristol incident but cleared to play

Stokes fined £30,000 over incident, Hales £17,500Both players are ‘eligible for immediate selection’Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been fined by the England and Wales Cricket Board for following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub but both have bee…

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India hold advantage as valiant Head fails to mask Australian batting failures

Unbeaten Travis Head holds key as hosts end 59 behind on 191-7Shaun Marsh under pressure after cheap dismissal in AdelaideDay two of the second Test – as it happenedAustralia missed a golden chance to hammer home their ascendancy despite hometown hero …

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Australia v India: first Test, day two – live!

Updates from the second day of play in AdelaideAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 11.35pm GMT Crowd spin. Yesterday, 23,802 fans were in Adelaide Oval, way down on the day-night equivalents. Kevin Roberts, CA’s new chief exec, is on SEN radio no…

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Fox edges Seven as Test cricket on Australian TV enters brave new era | Matt Cleary

Blokey banter was minimal and one can only assume there has been word from on highAnd so begins another summer of cricket and the nation can indulge in one of our favourite pastimes – bagging the TV commentary. Who you can’t stand, who you can, and who…

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Ada Hegerberg, a dog’s goal-line clearance and vomit in Madras | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features a British boxing love-in, a jazzy hockey song for the World Cup and Kevin Keegan singing1) Let’s have a look at the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg being really good at football, rather than concent…

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Ada Hegerberg, a dog’s goal-line clearance and vomit in Madras | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features a British boxing love-in, a jazzy hockey song for the World Cup and Kevin Keegan singing1) Let’s have a look at the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg being really good at football, rather than concent…

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Cheteshwar Pujara spares India blushes on day one of first Test against Australia

India win toss and make 250-9 (87.5 overs)Pujara hits 16th Test century as teammates fail with batAustralia silenced Virat Kolhi and every member of India’s star-studded top order bar Cheteshwar Pujara, who fought back fastidiously with an impressive c…

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Australia v India: first Test, day one – live!

Updates from the first day of play in AdelaideAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 12.11am GMT Loose from the opener, trying to flay the final ball of Hazlewood’s first over through the cover but edging into the safe hands of Aaron Finch at third …