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South Africa’s Dale Steyn joins Hampshire

LONDON: South African pace bowler Dale Steyn has signed for Hampshire as he bids to return to fitness following a heel injury that forced him to miss the recent Test series against Australia. The 34-year-old will join the county in June and train ahead of South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka, which starts in July. The plan is that he will return as the county’s overseas player for the final weeks of the season. During the training stint in June, Steyn will fill in for compatriot Hashim Amla, who will be with Hampshire for…

England paceman Broad aims to hit the pitch hard to attack Australia

ADELAIDE: England paceman Stuart Broad said he wants to hit the pitch hard and extract extra bounce as he hopes to frustrate the Australia batsmen during the Ashes series which begins this month. While Broad admitted he bowled "like a drain" in the warm-up match in Perth last weekend, he reckons it helped him adjust his length ahead of the series opener at the Gabba in Brisbane on Nov. 23. The 31-year-old said his side will have to adapt their strategy appropriately, as they look to avoid a repeat of the 5-0 drubbing…

Cummins called up to replace Australia paceman Starc

BENGALURU: Pat Cummins is in sight of a long-awaited second test after being rushed into the Australia squad to replace injured pace spearhead Mitchell Starc for the remainder of the series in India. Cummins has not played a test since his stunning seven-wicket debut against South Africa as an 18-year-old in 2011 but he made a successful return to first class cricket for the first time in six years this week with a man-of-the-match performance for New South Wales in the domestic Sheffield Shield. Jackson…