- Pakistan stay on top despite David Warners third century in a row
Pakistan 454 & 38-0; Australia 303 all out Pakistan have a healthy lead of 189 after third day Younis Khan hits 25th Test century for Pakistan David Warners third consecutive century was not enough to keep Australia in touch with Pakistan, who ended day three of the first Test in Dubai in an ominous position. Warner, whose previous Test appearance against South Africa in March yielded hundreds in both innings, turned his 75 not out into 133 to prop up an otherwise disappointing innings from his side. Continue reading... The bails fly as Australian batsman David Warner is bowled out by Pakistan's Yasir Shah. Photograph: Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty ImagesThe bails fly as Australian batsman David Warner is bowled out by Pakistan's Yasir Shah. Photograph: Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images
- Middlesex ditch Panthers nickname with immediate effect
County opts to be known as Middlesex CCC in all formats Club mascot Pinky the Panther will survive the rebrand Middlesex have called time on their limited-overs name Panthers with immediate effect. The county, who previously played one-day cricket under the controversial Crusaders moniker, have decided to abandon nicknames altogether and will be known simply as Middlesex CCC across all three formats of the game. Continue reading... Middlesex adopted the name Panthers for their limited-overs sides in 2009. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty ImagesMiddlesex adopted the name Panthers for their limited-overs sides in 2009. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images
- Pakistan v Australia | First Test match report day two
Pakistan 454; Australia 113 for 0 Warner will resume on 75 on day three Younis Khan hits 25th Test century against Australia David Warners aggressive half-century led Australia to a solid 113 without loss after Sarfraz Ahmeds belligerent century lifted Pakistan to 454 on the second day of the First Test in Dubai on Thursday. Warner raised his sixth consecutive 50-plus score in Tests and was unbeaten on 75 off 77 balls, with seven fours and a six, at stumps. Chris Rogers, dropped on 13, will resume on 31. Continue reading... David Warner struck 75 from 77 balls to guide Australia to 113 without loss on day two in Dubai. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty ImagesDavid Warner struck 75 from 77 balls to guide Australia to 113 without loss on day two in Dubai. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images
- Jonathan Trott furthers comeback by signing new deal with Warwickshire
Trott agrees three-year contract with Bears Turnaround for players following Ashes departure Jonathan Trott has confirmed the success of his comeback from the mental issues that led to his abrupt departure from last winters Ashes tour by signing a new three-year contract with Warwickshire. Trott lost his central contract with England in September but the Bears have shown their faith in him by agreeing a new deal that runs until the end of the 2017 season, when he will be 36. They are helped by the fact that Trotts contract will be exempt from the county cricket salary cap next season, as for all players in the year after they lose an England deal. Continue reading... Jonathan Trott reverse sweeps during Warwickshire's London One-Day Cup semi-final against Kent last month. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty ImagesJonathan Trott reverse sweeps during Warwickshire's London One-Day Cup semi-final against Kent last month. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
- Andrew Flintoff signs up for Australias Big Bash with Brisbane Heat
36-year-old to continue playing return in Australia Flintoff to play for Brisbane in latter half of season Flintoff will thrive in Big Bash, says Stuart Law Brisbane Heat have confirmed the signing of Andrew Flintoff for the forthcoming Big Bash League in Australia as the 36-year-old continues his playing return from retirement. Flintoff, who agreed to join Queensland in 2010 only for injury to prevent him from doing so, came out of retirement in the summer to play for Lancashire, turning in an eye-catching performance in the T20 Blast final where he took the wicket of Ian Bell with his first ball and struck two bludgeoning sixes. Continue reading... Andrew Flintoff made his comeback for Lancashire in the summer and almost guided them to the RT20 Blast title. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty ImagesAndrew Flintoff made his comeback for Lancashire in the summer and almost guided them to the RT20 Blast title. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images
- Younis Khan hits 25th Test century for Pakistan against Australia
Pakistan 219 for four after day one of first Test in Dubai Khan out for 106; Michell Johnson takes three for 22 Two debutants feature for each side The Pakistan batsman Younis Khan and the Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson shared the spotlight on an even first day of the first Test in Dubai. Younis registered his record-equalling 25th Test century in a stumps total of 219 for four, before becoming Johnsons third victim of the day. Continue reading... Younis Khan of Pakistan celebrates after reaching his century during day one of the first Test against Australia. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesYounis Khan of Pakistan celebrates after reaching his century during day one of the first Test against Australia. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
- ICC: We do not have power to intervene in India v West Indies dispute
ICC: we hope the matter will be resolved amicably India suspend all future West Indies tours The Spin: the new ICCs first giant test The International Cricket Council has admitted it does not have the power to intervene in the dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The future of the West Indies national side is up in the air following the squads premature abandonment of their three-format tour of India a momentous decision that led to the BCCI initiating legal action against the WICB and suspending all future tour agreements between the teams. Continue reading... The ongoing dispute stems from issues between the West Indies players, the players association and the WICB. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesThe ongoing dispute stems from issues between the West Indies players, the players association and the WICB. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images
- Australia know the team that stays together wins together against Pakistan | Geoff Lemon
Australias last Test series in Asia was a disaster but if they can keep a united line-up they should prevail Australias last Asian Test adventure the Indian tour of early 2013 was exhausting. It was like one of those biopics where you already know that the subjects bright prelude will slump into 140 minutes of failed relationships, addiction, dereliction and the death of at least one key supporting character. Still, you start watching because you like Frances Farmer or Peter Sellers , and then youre stuck as the whole depressing spectacle unfolds. Australia were flogged all round the field in that series, with a makeshift team, inconsistent selections and embarrassing performances. Ravi Ashwin choked their batsmen at will. An unknown first-class opener named Shikhar Dhawan scored the fastest debut century in history without hitting a ball in the air. The Australian dressing room was divided, procedures fell apart, and Mickey Arthur began his own downfall with the disastrous suspensions he talked himself into imposing on players . Shane Watson left the tour in a huff one Test, then was captain the next. The whole thing was a glorious, awful, squalid mess. Continue reading... Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin will be key players in the upcoming series against Pakistan.Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin will be key players in the upcoming series against Pakistan.
- West Indies warn India of serious implications of suing over tour
BCCI announces legal action over abandonment of India tour WCIB: A way can be found to repair the damage ICCs first giant test: saving West Indies cricket from implosion The West Indies Cricket Board has called on its Indian counterparts to consider the serious implications of taking legal action against the WICB after the abandonment of the recent tour. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Tuesday that it plans to sue for losses of more than $60m (£37.2m) in sponsorship and television contracts and suspend all future bilateral series against West Indies after last weeks decision to return home after the fourth of five one-day internationals. Continue reading... Virat Kohli will captain India for the hastily arranged five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PAVirat Kohli will captain India for the hastily arranged five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA
- The new ICCs first giant test: saving West Indies cricket from implosion | Andy Bull
The West Indies Cricket Board is more concerned with appeasing India than repairing relations with its own players West Indies Test future in doubt as crisis grows Clive Lloyd: withdrawal from India tour is a mistake And so to India, and another fine mess. Last Friday the West Indies team pulled out of their tour of the country, abandoning the fifth game of the ODI series, a single T20 fixture, and three Tests. It was a strictly internecine conflict, a three-way tussle between the players, their union, and the board. But it has exploded, and the blast, no exaggeration, threatens the future existence of the West Indies Cricket Board. Continue reading... Wavell Hinds, the West Indies Players' Association president and CEO, has been accused of not sufficiently consulting with his members. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action ImagesWavell Hinds, the West Indies Players' Association president and CEO, has been accused of not sufficiently consulting with his members. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images
- India suspend all tours with West Indies and will take legal action
BCCI responds to West Indies abrupt cancellation Board also thanks Sri Lanka for stepping in West Indies Cricket Board confirms India tour is over West Indies withdrawal from India tour risks rift with BCCI The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced that all bilateral tours with the West Indies have been suspended and confirmed it would initiate legal proceedings against the West Indies Cricket Board following the abrupt cancellation of the recent tour. Last Friday, the WICB announced that it would be bringing an end to the tour of India and would not be playing the reamining five scheduled matches because of a pay dispute with the players. Continue reading... The West Indies announced last week that they would be cancelling their tour of India with five matches still remaining. Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty ImagesThe West Indies announced last week that they would be cancelling their tour of India with five matches still remaining. Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images
- Kevin Pietersen's international absence 'unbelievable', says Eoin Morgan
Batsmen will both play in Big Bash Morgan also back Alastair Cook Kevin Pietersens exile from the England team is sad for cricket, according to his former international team-mate Eoin Morgan. The release of Pietersens book earlier this month appears to have slammed the door shut on any chance the 34-year-old had of returning to the England side after he singled out a number of his former teammates and coach Andy Flower for criticism. Continue reading... Eoin Morgan will play for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash.Eoin Morgan will play for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash.
- Record-breaking Ben Dunk gets Twenty20 call for Australia
Wicketkeeper scored double century at weekend Doug Bollinger and Shane Watson make comebacks Ben Dunk will wear the gloves for Australia in their upcoming Twenty20 internationals against South Africa after being rewarded for his superb double century at the weekend. Dunk blasted 229 not out in a record domestic one-day innings for Tasmania on Saturday, and has now jumped the queue in the Australian wicketkeeper standings. Continue reading... Ben Dunk hit an explosive double century at the weekend.Ben Dunk hit an explosive double century at the weekend.
- West Indies withdrawal from India tour is mistake, says Clive Lloyd
Chief selector Lloyd apologises after players pull out India stand to lose well over £30m from loss of revenue West Indies Test future thrown into doubt Clive Lloyd, the West Indies chief selector and former captain, has said sorry for the national teams abrupt withdrawal from their tour of India because of a pay dispute between its cricket board and the players union. I apologise for the team leaving. Some guys decided to stop this tour and I think it is a mistake, Lloyd said in New Delhi on Saturday night. He added he hopes relations between the two cricket boards would not suffer. I did not want it to end like this. Its unfortunate we left, and I hope the damage is not irreparable. The West Indies abandoned the tour after the fourth one-day international in Dharamsala on Friday, with one more ODI, a Twenty20 and three Test matches remaining losing 17 days of cricket. The Board of Control for Cricket in India replaced the abandoned matches with five ODIs against Sri Lanka next month, but still stands to lose over £30m in revenue. The BCCI called for an emergency meeting on Tuesday to decide on the issue of claiming damages and raising the matter with the International Cricket Council. Its secretary Sanjay Patel also indicated the board is considering severing bilateral cricket ties with the West Indies. Continue reading... Clive Lloyd hopes his players' decision to pull out of a tour of India will not leave 'irreparable' damage to his team. Photograph: Andres Leighton/APClive Lloyd hopes his players' decision to pull out of a tour of India will not leave 'irreparable' damage to his team. Photograph: Andres Leighton/AP
- West Indies withdrawal from India tour risks rift with BCCI
India face going a year without home Tests Pull-out threatens West Indies key relationship with BCCI West Indies Test future in doubt The West Indies Cricket Board and the players who decided to pull out of their tour of India with the last one-day international, a Twenty20 and three Tests still to be played could find themselves on a very sticky wicket, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India determined to claim compensation for substantial financial losses. In response to West Indies pull-out over a pay dispute between board and players, Sri Lanka Cricket has already agreed to send its team across to play five ODIs, starting on 1 November, but with England reaching the island that month for a one-day series, there is no time to squeeze in any Tests. Continue reading... Dwayne Bravo is one of the West Indies stars well remunerated in the IPL. Photograph: Matthew Lewis-Idi/IDI via Getty ImagesDwayne Bravo is one of the West Indies stars well remunerated in the IPL. Photograph: Matthew Lewis-Idi/IDI via Getty Images
- West Indies Test future in doubt as crisis hits international cricket
Pay row between players and board imperils South Africa tour West Indies participation in World Cup also under threat India may scrap tour of Caribbean over Windies pull-out International cricket has been plunged into crisis by a row over pay between the West Indies players and their board that has led to the abrupt termination of their tour of India. There are now doubts over the West Indies teams next series in South Africa, their participation in the World Cup early next year, and even their future in Test cricket which would have a direct impact on England, who are due to play a threematch series in the Caribbean next spring. India have already warned that they may consider withdrawing from a scheduled tour of West Indies in 2016 , a move that would have crippling financial implications on a board who are dangerously reliant, like most of the rest of the cricketing world, on Indian television revenue. That would be in addition to any legal action they take against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for this abandonment, which has been estimated to cost India up to £31m in sponsorship and broadcasting rights. Continue reading... Dwayne Bravo, the one-day captain, and his West Indies players are said to be angry that their representative accepted the terms offered by the board without consultation. Photograph: Matt Dunham/APDwayne Bravo, the one-day captain, and his West Indies players are said to be angry that their representative accepted the terms offered by the board without consultation. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP
- Australia lose four-day game to Pakistan A | Match report
Australia bowled out for 185 in second innings Form of Chris Rogers a concern for tourists Australia lost their only warm-up game ahead of the first Test by 153 runs against Pakistan A. Chasing 339 to win, Australia were bowled out before tea for 185 in their second innings off 51.3 overs. Test opener Chris Rogers missed out twice in the match, scoring a total of three runs, while reserve opener Phil Hughes top-scored in Australias second innings with a knock of 65. Continue reading... Ahmed Shazad celebrates the catch to dismiss James Faulkner.Ahmed Shazad celebrates the catch to dismiss James Faulkner.
- India may scrap tour 2016 of West Indies over Caribbean teams pull-out
BCCI is also considering legal action and ICC intervention It will be very difficult to play bilateral series in future India may scrap their tour of West Indies in 2016 after the Caribbean teams abrupt pull-out on Friday, said an angry Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which is also considering legal action and seeking intervention of the games world governing body, the International Cricket Council. The tourists abandoned the series with another one-dayer, a Twenty20 international and three Test matches left to play over a protracted payment dispute between the players and their board. Continue reading... The West Indies one-day captain, Dwayne Bravo, said the players had not accepted the payment agreement. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/IDI via Getty ImagesThe West Indies one-day captain, Dwayne Bravo, said the players had not accepted the payment agreement. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/IDI via Getty Images
- Records tumble in high-scoring Australian domestic match
Ben Dunk hits 229 not out as Tasmania reach 1-398 First double ton in Australian domestic limited-overs cricket Queensland post highest run chase to secure victory Queensland secured a seven-wicket win over Tasmania in an extraordinary record-laden contest at North Sydney Oval, with the openers for both teams recording centuries in a match where 800 runs were scored for the loss of only four wickets. Not even Ben Dunks remarkable innings of 229 not out - the first double century in Australian domestic limited-overs cricket - was enough to get Tasmania over the line. Continue reading... Ben Dunk eclipsed the previous benchmark in the competition set by David Warner.Ben Dunk eclipsed the previous benchmark in the competition set by David Warner.
- Dolphins duo Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport set new record partnership of 367
Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport remain unbeaten New mark surpasses Sachin Tendulkars previous record One of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkars cricket records was shattered on Friday when Dolphins duo Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport shared an incredible 367-run unbroken stand in a South African domestic contest. The opening pair remained in tandem for the entire innings against the Knights in a Momentum Cup match in Bloemfontein to set a new record partnership for any wicket in the 52-year history of limited-overs cricket. Continue reading... Dolphins duo Cameron Delport and Morne van Wyk shared an incredible 367-run unbroken stand in the game against the Knights. Photograph: Gallo Images/RexDolphins duo Cameron Delport and Morne van Wyk shared an incredible 367-run unbroken stand in the game against the Knights. Photograph: Gallo Images/Rex