Cricket Today: Australia’s day of shame extended
Welcome to Cricket Today your window into the world of Australia’s great shame and a few other things that may have happened in cricket in the last 24 hours.
What’s on the site
John Nicholson is back with another of his highly anticipated pieces for us over here at Cricket365, this time he has to admit his dad was right about Australians.
There was a a scrum at the airport as Steve Smith scrambled to get back to Australia after learning he would be banned for a year for his role in the ball tampering scandal.
Smith and Warner will also miss out on their IPL deals.
We look ahead to the Proteas opportunity to make history at the Wanderers.
What’s in the news
Lehmann issued a public apology after CA cleared him of wrongdoing in the ball tampering fuss.
Worcestershire have signed Martin Guptill and Callum Ferguson for the 2018 Blast.
At the Cobras awards Pieter Malan was the big winner.
Former England skipper David Lloyd doesn’t think the bans for the trio of Aussies involved in ball tampering are too severe.
What’s on social media
Plenty of opinions floating around about #Sandpapergate here are a few…
This “leadership group” of Smith and Warner” seems pretty small to me…🤔 in my experience of playing bowlers know/always want to know what’s going on with the ball when they’re trying to get it reverse/conventional swinging… #SandpaperGate #SAvAUS
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) March 27, 2018
I can’t believe for one minute that only three players knew what was going on…bowlers, coach and bowling coach weren’t involved in discussions of how to get the ball moving…whether it be by cheating or not! 🧐🤨 #sandpapergate
— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) March 27, 2018
So, three batsmen hatched a plan to tamper with the ball to HELP the bowlers. And bowlers didn’t know about it. I need time to process this. #SandpaperGate
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 27, 2018
In hindsight, this doesn't look too clever…
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) March 27, 2018
— Innocent Bystander (@InnoBystander) March 27, 2018
— GoanPatiala (@TheGoanPatiala) March 28, 2018
OK we could go on all day here but we have to stop somewhere.
Heather Knight renews call for five-day Tests after South Africa draw
The last women’s Test to end in a victory either way was in 2015.
Rain forces draw between England and South Africa in Taunton Test
Heather Knight’s side had looked to close in on victory on the final day.
England’s hopes of rare home Test victory dashed by bad weather at Taunton
Play against South Africa was eventually called off after four rain delays.
Ben Stokes: Workload of bowlers could be a game-changer
The England captain has admitted he deliberately pushed his team-mates to the limit at Headingley.
Is Jos Buttler the right man for England white-ball captaincy?
Buttler has been confirmed as Eoin Morgan’s successor in the job.
Jos Buttler takes over from Eoin Morgan as England’s limited-overs captain
Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday.
Dom Sibley to return to Surrey from Warwickshire at end of the season
Sibley has played all of his 22 Tests since joining the Bears.
James Anderson returns for England’s Test against India
Sam Billings also comes in as Ben Foakes and Jamie Overton miss out on the Edgbaston contest.
England name Sam Billings and James Anderson in XI for Test against India
Billings was drafted in at short notice for his second Test appearance against New Zealand last week as a Covid substitute for Ben Foakes.
Temporary stand collapses ahead of second day between Sri Lanka and Australia
Cricket Australia confirmed no one was underneath the small makeshift seating area.