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‘Disappointed’ Steve O’Keefe ends Shield career after NSW contract snub

[ad_1] Steve O'Keefe, statistically the best fingerspinner in Australian domestic cricket since Ashley Mallett, has ended his Sheffield Shield career following New South Wales' decision not to offer him a contract for next summer.Not since Mallett's 344 wickets at 23.75 for South Australia and Western Australia in the 1960s, 70s and early 80s has an orthodox spin bowler taken wickets as frequently or cheaply as O'Keefe's 224 at 25.01 in
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‘Scheduling clashes’ force West Indies Under-19s tour of England to be postponed

[ad_1] West Indies Under-19s' tour of the UK, slated to run from August 16 to September 3, has been postponed due to "scheduling clashes". The initial schedule had included one T20, three List A games and two youth Tests."The situation is an unfortunate one as we had planned for the tour to be the end of a two-year development cycle for this group of U-19 players," Jimmy Adams, CWI's director
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IPL payday in limbo, but Cummins eyes Australian summer

[ad_1] Pat Cummins' AU$3.17 million contract with Kolkata Knight Riders may be enough reason for him to want this year's IPL to go ahead. But the Australian vice-captain has admitted that international cricket should take priority over the world's richest domestic league should health and travel restrictions from the COVID19 pandemic be relaxed in time to allow the calendar to resume later this year.Australia is due to host the men's
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Cricket South Africa to advertise for selection convener, national coaches

[ad_1] Cricket South Africa will advertise the positions of convener of selectors, national women's coach and support staff, men's under-19 coach and support staff, South Africa A coach and chief medical officer imminently - with current contracts coming to an end on April 30. All the incumbents will be able to apply to continue in their positions.That means Linda Zondi, currently the independent selector but previously the selection convener, Hilton
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David Hodgkiss, Lancashire chairman, dies after contracting coronavirus

[ad_1] David Hodgkiss, the Lancashire chairman, has died at the age of 71 after contracting coronavirus.Hodgkiss, who had been on the board at Emirate Old Trafford for 22 years, is understood to have had underlying health issues.Having previously served as treasurer and vice-chairman, he took over from Michael Cairns in April 2017 and was a central figure in the renovation of Old Trafford over the past decade."Further to the announcement
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David Warner opts out of the Hundred citing ‘family and personal reasons’

[ad_1] David Warner has withdrawn his name from the inaugural edition of the Hundred citing "family and personal reasons", ESPNcricinfo understands. The tournament is also set to clash in part with Australia's three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, which is included in the ODI League that will serve as a qualification pathway to the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.Australia were originally scheduled to host Zimbabwe in June, but Cricket Australia's
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‘It isn’t ever acceptable’ – Jofra Archer condemns racist abuse on social media

[ad_1] Jofra Archer has spoken out against racist abuse and called for action against its perpetrators after posting screenshots of direct messages he had received, on his Instagram story."I [have] given a lot of thought about reacting to this and I hope that no-one else has to deal with stuff like this on a regular basis," Archer wrote on his story. "It isn't ever acceptable and should be addressed properly
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Any cricket is better than no cricket? England’s ten most abject defeats

[ad_1] With the sports world in abeyance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, now's as good a time as any to reminisce about the good old days, when England were truly woeful, but at least the show was able to go on ...Sydney 2013-14Had England been a Norwegian Blue parrot, they would have been eligible for a refund as they staggered into Sydney for the fifth and final Test in January
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Stuart Broad backs ‘tough but necessary’ decision to return home from Sri Lanka over COVID-19 fears

[ad_1] Stuart Broad has backed the "very tough, but necessary" decision made by the ECB to postpone England's tour of Sri Lanka over fears about the COVID-19 pandemic.The ECB announced on Friday that the two-Test series had been postponed indefinitely, stating that "the physical and mental wellbeing of our players and support teams is paramount", and the touring party were due to fly home this weekend.Writing in a Mail on
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Joe Root admits England’s ‘relief’ after postponement of Sri Lanka tour

[ad_1] Joe Root, the England captain, says that his team's overwhelming reaction was one of "relief" after their two-Test tour of Sri Lanka was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The tour's postponement was confirmed with England midway through the second day of their final warm-up match in Colombo, ahead of the first Test in Galle that had been due to get underway on March 19.The players left the field at