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Test Cricket to Return to Pakistan?

Some potentially good news to report out of Pakistan this week.  While in Islamabad on his state visit, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announced, alongside his Pakistani counterpart, that Sri Lanka will tour Pakistan in the near future.   Continue reading

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Indian Premier League 8 Predictions

Whether or not you are ready for the onslaught of on-screen ads, flames, and cheerleaders, the Indian Premier League returns for its 8th installment this Wednesday when Kolkata takes on Mumbai at Eden Gardens in the curtain-raiser.   Continue reading

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Angelo Mathews Out for Opener in Chennai

The Daredevils were hit with some bad news just six days ahead of their opening Indian Premier League match against the Chennai Super Kings.   Continue reading

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Manufacturing Art, Part II

Another great Pathé video to send you into the weekend.  This time on the creation of cricket bats from 1962. Enjoy!

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by | April 3, 2015 · 9:00 am

Captain JP

Lost in all the World Cup Final news and aftermath was South African all-rounder JP Duminy’s rise to captaincy of the Delhi Daredevils. Duminy was selected by fellow South African and World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten ahead of the likes of Yuvraj Singh. Continue reading

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Ian Bell and Brendon McCullum Commit to Warks

Two great pieces of news out of Edgbaston yesterday as Ian Bell signed an extension with his hometown team Warwickshire which will keep the top-order batsman at Warks through the 2017 season.  Bell started with Warwickshire back in 1999 having come up with the U-11 team and has won the County Championship with the club in 2004 and 2012 in addition to last year’s T20 Blast.  Although England had a very lackluster World Cup campaign, Bell was able to notch three half-centuries in his six matches.  He now heads to the Windies for England’s tour before joining up with Warks, who will need him in form and to hit the ground running for the County Championship.

In addition, newly named Sir Richard Hadlee Medal winner, Brendon McCullum, has signed on to play seven games with the Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast this summer.  Warwickshire will be hoping McCullum can keep his World Cup form (….minus the final) for the Bears in order for them to repeat as champions.  The Kiwi captain’s first match with the Bears will be against the Lightning on June 26 at Old Trafford, following the conclusion of New Zealand’s tour of England.

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Quotas…Again

Well, it didn’t take too long for the good feeling of the Proteas World Cup run and #ProteaFire to come crashing down.  Just after the semi-final loss to New Zealand there was noise that Vernon Philander was selected over Kyle Abbott because of racial quotas. Cricket South Africa and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula were quick to deny that there was any type of racial quota being observed in the selection for the match.  Mbalula has reiterated his stance that quotas played no part in Philander’s selection on Monday.

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Looking Ahead

Although the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is now in the rearview, there is plenty of exciting international cricket in the coming months ahead.

One tour on the calendar this month that is of great excitement to From Hyderabad to Hove is England’s tour of the West Indies beginning on April 13th and running through May 5th. Windies will feel they can go on and take the series at home given England’s current lack of form.

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That’s A Wrap: A Recap of the ICC Cricket World Cup Final

And just like that, the 2015 Cricket World Cup is in the books. An unbelievable bowling performance from Australia sealed an easy victory over New Zealand inside a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Although, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first, from the first ball of the day the result never looked much in doubt for Australia. Brendon McCullum’s aggressive batting at the the top of the order has propelled the Black Caps at times this tournament, particularly in their semi-final win over South Africa. Yesterday however, McCullum was simply too risky against an excellent Mitchell Starc. On the fifth ball of the match, Starc bowled McCullum off stump for a duck and New Zealand were sitting 1-1. Martin Guptill was bowled out by Glenn Maxwell leaving the visitors at 33-2 after 11.2 overs, while less than an over later, Mitchell Johnson bowled and caught Kane Williamson.  35 overs in, Ross Taylor was bowled by James Faulkner and caught by the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin leaving the visitors 150-4 and in a world of trouble. The floodgates opened then for Australia’s bowlers, dismissing Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi for ducks. The Kiwis were 167-6 when Mitchell Johnson bowled Daniel Vettori, the veteran Black Cap was out for a measly 9. Matt Henry was gone for a duck and shortly thereafter Tim Southee was brilliantly run out after 45 overs with New Zealand putting up a paltry 183 in their inning.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Final…A Prediction

Only 100 overs remain in the 11th Cricket World Cup and for a second straight tournament the hosts square off; New Zealand versus Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the title of World Cup Champions.

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