Cricket Today: Rankings day
Welcome to Cricket Today where we examine what is going on in the world of Cricket365 and social media.
What’s on the site
Australia slide to fifth in the new ICC ODI team rankings with South Africa topping the list.
Quinton de Kock is relishing the forthcoming change of format and hopes to make a big impact for the Proteas against India.
Back at Yorkshire after a frustrating winter tour Gary Ballance has resolved to score a mountain of runs to win back his place in the England team.
What’s in the news
Australia progressed to the Under-19 World Cup final with a win over Afghanistan.
Rory Kleinveldt will lead the Cobras in their MODC semi-final clash with the Dolphins.
Bangladesh have added left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak to their squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka, starting on Wednesday in Chittagong.
Pakistan top the T20I rankings.
Steve Smith is committed to leading Australia’s ODI team despite being on the end of a four-one series defeat at home against England.
Colin Munro has recovered from his hamstring injury and was included in New Zealand’s squad for the T20I against Australia, taking place in Sydney on Sunday.
West Indies have designed a new contract system, that will take effect from 1 July, that will see players being contracted for the different formats.
What’s on social media
The South African media took on the Indian media in a friendly match ahead of the ODI series.
— Sue Abbott (@LiquiSue) January 29, 2018
— Lerato Malekutu (@leratomalekutu) January 29, 2018
There was plenty of IPL chat with RCB looking to have another very strong squad…
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 28, 2018
Late on Sunday Jimmy Neesham provided us with another twitter gem.
Imagine you’ve prepared for the Aussie open final. You’ve done everything. Prepared for every outcome. Then you get on the court, see Roger hit his first forehand warmup and have to play the entire match with an erection
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) January 28, 2018
What’s on TV
Monday 29th January
ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2018
Pakistan Under 19s 21:30 India Under 19s
Sky Sports Cricket (21:25), Sky Sports Main Event (23:00)
Tuesday 30th January
ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2018
South Africa Under 19s 21:30 Bangladesh Under 19s
Sky Sports Cricket (21:25), Sky Sports Main Event (23:30)
England skipper Eoin Morgan to take over as Kolkata Knight Riders captain
Morgan had been acting as deputy to Dinesh Karthik.
Misbah-ul-Haq resigns Pakistan chief selector post to remain coach
Misbah’s decision may very well be motivated by changes to the new rules surrounding designed to eliminate conflicts of interest.
Adil Rashid pens white-ball contract extension with Yorkshire for 2021 season
Rashid has had no involvement in any red-ball cricket since earning the last of 19 Test caps in the Caribbean in January 2019.
On this day in 2006: Pakistan pair test positive for nandrolone
Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were withdrawn from the 2006 Champions Trophy after the results.
England invited to Pakistan for white-ball series in early 2021
The proposed tour is set to comprise three Twenty20 matches.
Aussie finisher Glenn Maxwell doesn’t play to the gallery
Glenn Maxwell hasn’t come off with the bat in IPL 13 just yet but the Australian isn’t letting that rent space in his head.
Jayawardene backs quicks to continue to impact IPL
Will quick bowlers continue to impact the IPL even as the pitches get slower and lower? The Mumbai Indians coach thinks so.
South African cricketer’s union calls on CSA board to resign
The South African Cricketers’ Association have issued a fresh call for the entire CSA board to stand aside as government intervention looms.
Question marks over England trip to South Africa after government row
Cricket South Africa has been given until October 27 to prevent political intervention.
Adil Rashid ponders shouldering responsibility of England Test return
The 32-year-old has not played red-ball cricket since January 2019.