That the summer is now coming to a smashing end with the Indians in town if anything is the perfect recipe to test the flowering profile of cricket on Kiwi shores. And Tim Southee was only half-joking when he urged the Kiwi fans to show up at Eden Park for the first two T20Is of the five-match series to make sure that the Black Caps don't feel like they're playing an "away" game. There's been no sign of them at the nets over the two days leading up to the match on Friday (January 24). The only fans who've showed up to see both teams train at Eden Park have been the Indian expats from around town. But with some of the biggest stars of white-ball cricket set to take the stage, you'd expect the Kiwis to somehow get their hands on the tickets that the Indian supporters haven't managed to procure and show how their link with cricket. Not to forget their national team is as vociferous a fashion as what we saw from a bunch of them who travelled to Melbourne and outscreamed and outcheered the … [Read more...] about New Zealand warms up to its ‘summer team’ again as India arrive
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"She could be invited into invitational events like the World Series, so it will be interesting to see what happens when the Grand Slam comes along, how the PDC look at inviting players. I hope that they continue to invite women players into that because Mikuru and Lisa added something to that in Wolverhampton." … [Read more...] about Lisa Ashton’s exploits at Q School underlines the growth of the women’s game, says Rod Studd
Nope. His form had been dipping, seemingly terminally, for over a year, and after three games at the World Cup in which he scored 8, 0 and 0, he was dropped. Many believed he had played his last international match, more still argued that it should be so. But with new chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq at the helm, Malik has been recalled for the home series against Bangladesh. It will be the 21st successive year in which he has played at least one international match. Who says the streak stops here? … [Read more...] about The ins and outs of Shoaib Malik’s 20-year career
India middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer reposed the faith shown in hi, by the selectors and the team management at the No.4 spot – at least in the T20I format – as he came up with the goods when it mattered and took his side over the line against New Zealand on Friday at Auckland during the first T20I. He scored 58* off 29 balls, but more importantly held his nerves during the tense big 204-chase. Not only has this victory given the tourists the right start going into the big tour, but it seems to have also sorted India’s middle-order muddle. … [Read more...] about Has Shreyas Iyer Sealed The No. 4 Spot With His Match-Winning 29-Ball 58* Against New Zealand at Auckland in 1st T20I?