Five things we learned from the first Test

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 63 total views,  21 views today “West Indies captain Jason Holder (R) celebrates with John Campbell (L) after a four-wicket win over England in the first Test at Southampton. ©AFP” outhampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – International cricket returned from lockdown in style as the West Indies beat England by four wickets in the first Test at Southampton. AFP Sport looks at five key points from a match that took place against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. Holder heroics West Indies captain Jason Holder led from the front by taking a Test-best…

Black players allege ‘racial divide’ in South African cricket

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 76 total views,  21 views today “South Africa bowler Lungi Ngidi expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement last week. ©AFP”  Johannesburg (AFP) – Racial divisions in South African cricket were laid bare on Tuesday when 30 black former international players issued a statement alleging racism remained a factor in the game. The letter commended current fast bowler Lungi Ngidi, who last week expressed support for Black Lives Matter, and called for Cricket South Africa (CSA) to come out strongly in favour of the movement. Signatories included fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, who…

England to back Buttler, but Denly in the firing line

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 79 total views,  21 views today “England’s Jos Buttler looks set to retain his place for the second Test against the West Indies. ©AFP” London (AFP) – England are set keep faith  with Jos Buttler despite defeat to West Indies in the first Test of a three-match series, but time may be up for Joe Denly. Captain Joe Root is set to return for the second Test starting on Thursday at Old Trafford after missing the four-wicket defeat in Southampton to attend the birth of his second child. The England selectors have…

Butch Stewart elated with Windies win

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 351 total views,  3 views today Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the Principal Partner of Cricket West Indies (CWI), has offered its heartiest congratulations to the West Indies senior team on its historic victory in the first #raiseyourbat Test match against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. In a release sent out yesterday Sandals stated: “SRI wants to join the entire Caribbean in applauding the efforts of captain Jason Holder and his squad and to recognize the outstanding performance of not only Mr. Holder, who captured six wickets for 42 runs in…

Pakistan rejects Kaneria and Malik’s pleas to help lift bans

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 1,545 total views,  3 views today “Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria, whose plea to the PCB for help in lifting a match-fixing ban was rejected. ©AFP” /> Karachi (AFP) – Pakistan’s cricket board Friday rejected pleas by two former national players for help in overturning lifetime bans for charges related to match-fixing. Former spinner Danish Kaneria was banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2012, while ex-skipper Saleem Malik was struck off in 2000 by the Pakistan board on the recommendation of a judicial commission. Kaneria, charged for inducing his…

Windies skipper Holder says he has more to do after six-wicket England haul

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 1,461 total views,  3 views today “Leading from the front – West Indies captain Jason Holder took a Test-best 6-42 against England at Southampton on Thursday. ©AFP” /> Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – West Indies captain Jason Holder said “my Test is far from over” after he rocked England with a career-best six-wicket haul on the second day of the series opener at Southampton on Thursday. Holder, the world’s top-ranked all-rounder, took 6-42 as England were dismissed for 204 to surpass his previous Test-best of 6-59 against Bangladesh at Kingston two years…

Broad reveals ‘anger’ at England Test axe

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 1,265 total views “Angry – Stuart Broad said he was hurt at being dropped by England for the first Test against the West Indies. ©AFP” /> Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) England paceman Stuart Broad said he felt frustrated and angry at having “my shirt” taken away after he was dropped for the first Test against the West Indies at Southampton. Broad was in England’s 13-man squad for the series opener, the first major international cricket since the coronavirus lockdown. The paceman is second only to long-standing new-ball colleague James Anderson in England’s…

Proteas’ Ngidi in Black Lives Matter controversy

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 620 total views “Lungi Ngidi made his ODI debut in 2018. ©AFP” /> Johannesburg (AFP) – A remark about Black Lives Matter in a Zoom press conference has made South Africa discuss once we are together in person,” said Ngidi. “We have spoken about it and everyone is well aware of what’s going on.It’s a difficult one because we are not together, so it’s hard to discuss.But once we get back to playing that is definitely something we have to address as a team.” Ngidi pointed to South Africa’s history of racial…

Moeen, Bairstow in England training squad for Ireland ODIs

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 429 total views “Moeen Ali (left) and Jonny Bairstow have been included in England’s training squad for the one-day internationals against Ireland. ©AFP” /> Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow were included in a 24-man England training squad named on Thursday for the three-match one-day international series at home to Ireland. Wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow and off-spinning all-rounder Mooen were left out of the squad for the first Test against the West Indies, taking place in Southampton this week. But with England still planning to complete a full programme…

Australia must tour Engand for ‘health’ of cricket: Langer

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 371 total views “Head coach Justin Langer says Australia are duty-bound to tour England this year. ©AFP” /> Sydney (AFP) – Australia must tour England in September “for the health of world cricket”, and players should then be released to join the Indian Premier League, coach Justin Langer said Thursday. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Langer said Australia had to play its part in getting cricket moving again, even if it meant enduring quarantine, biosecurity restrictions and time away from family. “My personal view is we have to go.For so many…