Cricket Today: Proteas smash India, Stokes update

Welcome to our new column Cricket Today. Things didn’t go according to plan for Virat Kohli and India at Supersport Park…

What’s on the site

In the wake of the selection debate that has raged in Australia after Glenn Maxwell was axed from the squad for the ODI series against England, we take a look at the contrasting careers of the Big Show and Travis Head.

We have a brief look at some of the talking points from day five of the second SA v India Test from Supersport Park in Centurion.

Dean Elgar says that a series win over India will be something to savour, we are sure that there is plenty of savouring going down right about now.

What’s in the news

Ben Stokes has been cleared to return to England duty and is likely to fly out for the New Zealand leg of the triangular T20I series that also involves the hosts and Australia.

We wrap up all the latest action from the ICC Under-19 World Cup.

David Warner feels that England are the team to emulate in ODI cricket while Jonny Bairstow doesn’t believe that their style would suit the Aussies.

What’s on social media

There was controversy at the Under-19 World Cup after South Africa’s Jiveshan Pillay was given out ‘obstructing the field’ after he picked up the ball and threw it to a fielder while batting.

The South African coach quickly played down the issue though.

Elsewhere the ECB’s handling of the Ben Stokes issue was questioned after he was cleared to return to action despite facing charges of affray.

As usual Jonathan Liew has his finger on the pulse.

How about this catch from Morne Morkel?

What’s on  TV

Wednesday 17th January
ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2018
Bangladesh Under 19s v England Under 19s
Sky Sports Cricket (21:25), Sky Sports Mix (21:25), Sky Sports Main Event (21:30)

Thursday 18th January
New Zealand v Pakistan ODI Series 2018
New Zealand v Pakistan 5th ODI
Sky Sports Cricket (21:55), Sky Sports Main Event (23:55)