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South Africa hope for better outings in shorter format against Sri Lanka

DAMBULLA: The Test series was conceded without much of a fight, but South Africa head into the five-match one-day internationals – the opener will be played on Sunday, 29 July – hoping the change in formats will change their fortunes. In particular, they will want a better show against spin. In the 2-0 reversal in the Tests, South Africa were completely flummoxed by all of Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandkan and Akil Dananjaya over the course of the two matches. However, the ODI side has plenty of fresh…

Dale Steyn to retire from white-ball cricket after Cricket World Cup 2019

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn does not plan to play any more white-ball cricket after the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. Steyn has played 116 ODIs for his country, but cannot see a future for himself past the format's flagship competition next summer. "I will be trying to get to that World Cup (in England). But after the World Cup I don't see myself playing white-ball cricket for South Africa. By the time the next World Cup comes, I will be 40," said the seamer With 178 wickets to his…

Shimron Hetmyer ton sets up Windies win in last-over thriller

USA: A century from Shimron Hetmyer and a fantastic final over from Jason Holder sealed the Windies’ thrilling three-run win that drew them level 1-1 in the one-day internationals against Bangladesh. Hetmyer’s second ODI hundred propped up the Windies total of 271 at Guyana late on Wednesday. Fifties from Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim meant Bangladesh were on course, until defending eight in the final over, when Holder stayed calm. With dew making the ball difficult to grip, Holder conceded 13 in…

Pakistan crush Zimbabwe, take 4-0 ODI series lead

BULAWAYO: Fakhar Zaman became the first Pakistan player to hit a double century in one-day internationals as Pakistan crushed Zimbabwe by 244 runs to go 4-0 up in their one-day series. Zaman smashed 210 not-out from 156 deliveries, moving past the previous record for a Pakistan batsman set by Saeed Anwar with his 194 more than 21 years ago. That wasn’t the only record to tumble. Pakistan’s openers blazed a world record 304-run stand, with Imam-ul-Haq hitting 113, the triple hundred partnership becoming Pakistan’s biggest…

Bravo! Fakhar becomes first Pakistan batsman to score double century in ODI

BULAWAYO: Pakistan’s prolific opener Fakhar Zaman added another feat to his credit when he smashed a double hundred against Zimbabwe, hence becoming first Pakistan player to achieve this record mark after Saeed Anwar’s highest 194 against India in 1997. With the help of 24 fours and five sixes, Fakhar reached this landmark in 150 balls, or say half of the ODI innings. With his staggering 210, Pakistan also managed to score its highest ever score 399 in the ODIs. Pakistan reached its historic total losing just one wicket.…

Andre Russel returns to Windies squad

Guyana: Andre Russell is set to turn out for the Windies in a one-day international for the first time since November 2015. The big-hitting all-rounder has been named on the 13-member squad to take on Bangladesh in three ODIs at home. Russell made his international comeback in the Windies v World XI Hurricane Challenge Twenty20 International at Lord’s in May this year after time on the sidelines serving a suspension for a doping related offence. “Great to have Dre Russ back,” said coach Stuart Law in a statement on…

Tendulkar: scrap two new-ball ODI rule to revive reverse swing

NEW DELHI: India batting great Sachin Tendulkar says cricket should revisit the rule of using two new balls in one-day games in order to revive the moribund art of reverse swing in the format. Bowlers have often found themselves short-changed since the 2011 decision to have one new ball from each end which, many believe, has rendered the already batsman-friendly format even more lop-sided. The decision meant the ball never gets old enough to generate reverse or aid the spinners, while being easier to score off in the…

England score ODI world record 481-6 against Australia

NOTTINGHAM: England broke their own all-time record for the highest total ever scored in a men's one-day international when they posted 481 for six Australia at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. When Alex Hales, who already had a hundred to his name, hoisted Jhye Richardson for six in the 46th over it meant England had broken their previous world record total of this level -- also set at Trent Bridge -- of 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016. Hales eventually holed out for 147 on his Nottinghamshire home ground after opener…

New Zealand says weighing up playing in Pakistan

WELLINGTON: New Zealand is weighing up playing cricket in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years after an invitation from the south Asian nation’s cricket board. New Zealand have not played in Pakistan since 2003 due to security concerns but had been asked to play Twenty20 matches in the country later this year, governing body New Zealand Cricket said. “NZC has received a request from the PCB chairman for New Zealand to play in Pakistan,” an NZC spokesman said. “At the moment NZC is doing due diligence on the…