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)
James Anderson understands benefits of England’s ‘frustrating’ rotation policy
The seamer was rested for the second Test in India.
England batsman Zak Crawley fit again and aiming to keep improving
The Kent batsman scored 35 runs across four innings in Sri Lanka last month.
Kumar Sangakkara confirms possible IPL clash for England stars
Stokes, Archer and Buttler could miss Test duty to stay with Rajasthan Royals.
Mark Wood: England seamers are thinking pink ahead of day/night Test
England’s seam attack have seen the ball swing and bounce during net sessions in Ahmedabad.
Tash Farrant: ECB pro deal gave me fresh lease of life
The left-armer is making her international comeback in New Zealand.
When Virat Kohli felt like the ‘loneliest guy in the world’
India captain Virat Kohli has shed some light on a time in his career where he felt like the “loneliest guy in the world”.
Jonny Bairstow says IPL stints can improve England players
In years gone by the IPL presented a major bone of contention for players like Kevin Pietersen and the ECB.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali joins Chennai Super Kings in 2021 IPL auction
Moeen found himself at the centre of a battle for his services.
Glenn Maxwell joins his dream team after IPL auction bidding war
Glenn Maxwell will get to share a dressing room with his idol AB de Villiers when the 2021 IPL gets underway.
India stars make rankings charge after mammoth win
India’s second Test heroes have been rewarded with progress in the latest ICC Test rankings.