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County cricket talking points: it’s all to play for in the T20 Blast

Both groups of the T20 Blast are finely poised as teams turn their attention back to the County ChampionshipBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogLancashire continued their fine season with a crushing win over Northamptonshire to all but secure qual…

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England’s schedule could allow players to play full IPL season

• Participation in entire seven-week league is possible• Players have in the past had to return for home internationalsEngland’s cricketers look set to be granted full availability for next year’s Indian Premier League – a first since the tournament’s …

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County cricket talking points: Glenn Maxwell lights up the T20 Blast

The Australian was the star of the show for Lancashire as they beat Nottinghamshire and extended their unbeaten runBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogLancashire’s five wins have lifted them well clear of the pack in the North Group in a season br…

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County cricket talking points: T20 Blast lifts off in front of big crowds

Kent and Lancashire have made the early running in the T20 Blast, which has filled stadiums across the countryBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog“I don’t really follow cricket, but that was incredible!” That’s been said to me three or four times …

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Cricket Australia unveils family-friendly Big Bash finals revamp

Shorter season announced to bid to win back crowdsTeams finishing first and second get double chance Five teams will face off in a revamped Big Bash finals format aimed at rewarding the top finishers and adding intrigue to the end of the season. Cricke…

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Danni Wyatt lays foundation for England’s T20 win over West Indies

• England 180-6 beat West Indies 138-9 by 42 runs• Home side take 1-0 lead in three-match seriesA change in format, a change in fortunes for West Indies Women? Not so much.These are the former World T20 champions but once again – as they had already do…

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Eoin Morgan and Jofra Archer star in England T20 win over Pakistan

• Morgan hits 57 not out to guide England to seven-wicket win• Archer presses World Cup claims with two for 29This was not the most significant cricket match ever played, even in Cardiff, which may explain some of the empty seats: a T20 contest in a Wo…

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England call up uncapped Sussex batsman Phil Salt for Pakistan T20 game

• 22-year-old Salt will replace injured Dawid Malan• Salt spent winter with Islamabad United in PakistanUncapped Sussex batsman Phil Salt has been added to the England squad for Sunday’s Twenty20 international against Pakistan following Dawid Malan’s w…

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England call up uncapped Sussex batsman Phil Salt for Pakistan T20 game

• 22-year-old Salt will replace injured Dawid Malan• Salt spent winter with Islamabad United in PakistanUncapped Sussex batsman Phil Salt has been added to the England squad for Sunday’s Twenty20 international against Pakistan following Dawid Malan’s w…

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The rise of the ambidextrous cricketer

Will the emergence of Kamindu Mendis inspire other cricketers to try batting, bowling and fielding with both hands?By John Stern for Wisden Cricket MonthlyFor most of us, the sight of Kamindu Mendis on his international debut in Colombo last year bowli…

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Mitchell Starc sues insurers for $1.5m over missed IPL season

Australian quick did not play for Kolkata in 2018Starc took out unique policy with Lloyd’s of LondonMitchell Starc is taking legal action to get back the $1.53m he lost out on after missing last year’s IPL season through injury.Fairfax Media reports th…

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Ravi Ashwin criticised for controversial IPL Mankad dismissal of Jos Buttler

• Ashwin’s Mankad helps Kings XI to win over Rajasthan• Eoin Morgan says bowler has set ‘terrible example for kids’Jos Buttler’s controversial dismissal overshadowed Kings XI Punjab’s 14-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier Leagu…

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‘Nervous’ David Warner clubs 85 on IPL return to give Australian selectors a headache

Banned batsman stars despite Sunrisers’ defeat‘It’s a great problem,’ says spinner Nathan LyonDavid Warner was a bundle of nerves upon his Indian Premier League return but it did not show, with the suspended batsman blasting 85 for Sunrisers Hyderabad …

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Danni Wyatt leads England past India to seal Women’s T20 series

India 111-8; England 114-5 and win by five wicketsWyatt hits 64 from 55 balls to seal win in final overDanni Wyatt hit an unbeaten 64 to give England victory in the second Twenty20 international against India and seal a series win. England limited Indi…

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Jonny Bairstow hits out for England after Tom Curran slows West Indies

• First T20: West Indies 160-8; England 161-6 • England win by four wickets with seven balls remainingEngland beat West Indies by four wickets at Gros Islet in the first game of the three-match T20 international series. Despite a late wobble when Joe D…

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England’s Sam Billings steps in from the fringe with eye on World Cup stage

• Kent man opted for Lions as means to revive ODI hopes• T20 series with West Indies a late opportunity to impressHaving made his international debut against New Zealand at Edgbaston in June 2015 in the match that launched England’s white-ball renaissa…

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England’s Sam Billings steps in from the fringe with eye on World Cup stage

• Kent man opted for Lions as means to revive ODI hopes• T20 series with West Indies a late opportunity to impressHaving made his international debut against New Zealand at Edgbaston in June 2015 in the match that launched England’s white-ball renaissa…

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Dawid Malan aims to grab T20 chance and show he is England class

• Malan dropped after first Test against India in August 2018• ‘I still believe I’m good enough to play international cricket’For Dawid Malan the three T20 internationals that conclude England’s tour of the Caribbean are anything but an afterthought gi…

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Pat Cummins wins first T20 for Australia with final-ball heroics in India

India 126-7; Australia 127-7 | Australia win by 3 wicketsTourists hit required 14 runs off final over for victory Pat Cummins proved his worth with the bat to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in a Twenty20 thriller against India, where the golden…

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Meet Haris Rauf, Pakistan cricket’s latest speed-demon Cinderella man

The ballad of Haris Rauf is interesting to an English cricket fan. Mainly because it just couldn’t happen here at the momentGutted for Pitbull. It has been a hard week for the Miami-based chart ace, sport’s own king of the tournament opening ceremony. …