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Brendon McCullum, the pioneering former New Zealand captain, has emerged as the favorite to become England’s Test head coach with an announcement on the successful candidate due this week. Rob Key, the director of England men’s cricket, is looking to recruit separate coaches for the Test and white-ball sides, with McCullum among those known to have been first sounded out and then interviewed during the past couple of days. It was widely believed the 40-year-old McCullum’s application would relate to the limited-overs vacancy, given a nascent coaching career spent exclusively in franchise T20 cricket and a close friendship with Eoin…

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The cricket world is holding its breath for England great Graham Thorpe after news emerged on Tuesday that he’s “seriously ill” in hospital. The Professional Cricketers’ Association revealed on Tuesday that the former England batter and assistant coach has been hospitalized and is receiving treatment. ‘SAVED MY LIFE’: Ryan Campbell speaks after release from the hospital ‘TAKE A BOW’: Cricket world goes bonkers over Pat Cummins act The PCA released a statement at the request of Thorpe’s family, which read: “Graham Thorpe has recently fallen seriously ill and is currently in hospital receiving treatment. “His prognosis is unclear at this stage and we ask for privacy…

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Umran Malik was not at his effective best for SunRisers Hyderabad on Thursday against Delhi Capitals, but that didn’t stop the young pace sensation from shattering his own record of the fastest delivery bowled in this season of the IPL. Umran steamed in a hurled a delivery at 157 kmph on the fourth delivery of the final over of the Delhi innings. Unfortunately for him, it was hit for a boundary by Rovman Powell, who remained unbeaten on 67 off 35 balls. Malik was taken for plenty at the Brabourne Stadium as he pitched it short and was constantly clobbered for boundaries.…

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are one franchise who like to go with the same combination in every game and very rarely, they opt for key changes during an Indian Premier League (IPL) season. However, before the start of the ongoing edition, CSK appointed Ravindra Jadeja as the captain and then eight matches later, MS Dhoni was given back the reins after Jadeja stepped down in order to focus on his own game. Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis who has been a part of CSK, said that he was surprised with the sequence of events and how the franchise opted for a mid-season captaincy change.…

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Former Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri left everyone in splits as he wished fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj in his own unique style on Eid on Tuesday. Taking to Twitter, Shastri advised Shami to concentrate on the game first and then enjoy his “Biryani”. On the other hand, looking at the current dip in form for Siraj, Shastri hilariously suggested the pacer have his “Biryani” twice. “Eid Mubarak to my Double Trouble! @MdShami11, Aaj game hai ! Biryani baad. Aar ya paar. @mdsirajofficial tu do baar Kha Leh,” wrote Shastri on Twitter. Shastri’s advice didn’t have much of an effect…

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NEW DELHI: A few rough seasons with the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise in the IPL, not enough chances in the national team, warming benches, carrying drinks, and injury setbacks – Kuldeep Yadav has gone through a lot in the past three years. But the left-arm wrist spinner is back with a bang and is currently second on the list of highest wicket-takers of IPL 2022, with 17 scalps.Kuldeep, who was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders unit from 2014 to 2021, was released by KKR last year and was bought for Rs. 2 crores (base price) by the Delhi Capitals.The wrist-spinner was roped in by…

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Prithvi Shaw has bought the eighth-floor apartment located in Bandra. It has a carpet area of 2209 square feet and a terrace of 1654 square feet. Delhi Capitals’ opener Prithvi Shaw recently bought his dream house in Bandra West, Mumbai for Rs 10.5 crore – the amount which is almost equivalent to the batter’s last five years’ IPL salary.

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Australia has named a 16-man Test squad for their upcoming series against Sri Lanka, with opener Marcus Harris axed and no room found for Glenn Maxwell. While there were reports that Maxwell — the short-ball specialist who has played seven Tests — would be parachuted back into the squad for the first time since 2017, Australia’s three-person selection panel rewarded the members that did the job in Pakistan in March. Instead, spinners Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson, who both featured prominently in Pakistan, as well as bowling all-rounder Ashton Agar have been selected. All-rounder Mitch Marsh will provide back-up for…

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Umran Malik is the talk of the town after his latest exploits in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. On Wednesday night, the lad from Jammu and Kashmir scalped 5/25 for SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) against Gujarat Titans. It was his maiden five-for but more than that, his express pace impressed all. Malik’s emergence has given the Indian team management fresh hope of yet another pace superstar in the ranks. There are several reports pointing toward Malik’s induction into the Indian cricket team. However, former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori advised caution in managing Malik’s workload. “This is a gem here and it’s just…

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Rashid Khan saved his best for the last over on Wednesday. Chasing 196 against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), the odds were heavily stacked against Gujarat Titans as they needed 22 off the last six balls at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. At the crease were Rahul Tewatia and Khan with left-arm pacer Marco Jansen bowling the last over. However, the duo was not unnerved as they got to the target of the last ball of the match to take  GT to a five-wicket win. With this victory, GT consolidated their NO. 1 position in the points table with 14 points. But before all that could…

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