Australia duty sees Stanlake withdraw from Blast

Australia fast bowler Billy Stanlake has been withdrawn from his scheduled stint in the T20 Blast with Yorkshire to focus on national commitments. Stanlake has been selected for Australia’s T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe but is also believed to be in the frame for an Australia A tour to India. The big quick returned to the…

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Kevin O’Brien leads Ireland fightback with gutsy ton

Kevin O’Brien led a spirited Ireland fightback after they found themselves in real trouble following on against Pakistan at Malahide. Ireland began day four of the only Test against Pakistan on 64 without loss but found Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas difficult to handle. Some sharp work from Faheem Ashraf caught Ed Joyce (43) short…

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Leach ruled out of Pakistan series with broken thumb

England spinner Jack Leach will play no part in the series against Pakistan after he broke his left thumb in warm-ups during a County Championship match against Hampshire. Leach broke into the England Test XI at the back end of a long tour to Australia and New Zealand but will not be named in England’s…

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Bancroft cleared for grade cricket return

Australia Test opener Cameron Bancroft is free to play club cricket in Western Australia while serving his nine-month suspension for ball tampering. The 25-year-old was granted special dispensation to play for Willetton after the 16 WA Premier Cricket clubs voted 14-2 in favour in an extraordinary general meeting. Bancroft did not attend the meeting according…

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