Cricket Today: Holding out for a hero
Welcome to Cricket Today where we examine what is going on in the world of Cricket365 and the toxic whirlpool we know as social media.
What’s on the site
South Africa needs a hero right now and we can’t rely on Cyril Ramaphosa to save our cricket, JP Duminy called on senior players to stand up and be counted.
A future hero may just be in the ranks of the Abinala Primary School mini-cricket team who beat the Proteas on Monday.
India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he enjoys bowling in “tough situations” after achieving career-best figures in the first T20I against South Africa at the Wanderers on Sunday.
Proteas Women fast bowler Shabnim Ismail says that harnessing her natural aggression helped her pick up five against India keeping her team in the T20I series.
What’s in the news
Craig Overton was called into the England ODI squad to replace Liam Plunkett.
Australia’s Alex Blackwell announced her retirement.
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe comfortably in the fifth ODI.
Hampshire confirmed the signing of batsman Sam Northeast from Kent.
Chris Lynn is in contention to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 edition of the IPL.
What’s on social media
Dale Steyn is looking for some fishing spots in Cape Town.
Anyone in Cape Town area know of some good bass dams to fish at? 🎣
Farm dams, local dams, I’ll jump a fence if I have too#localislekker
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) February 19, 2018
Australia employed an interesting drill in their training session in Benoni…
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) February 18, 2018
Forgive us for straying from the the realm of cricket but the latest from John Nicholson over at Football365 is something everyone should read
— Football365 (@F365) February 19, 2018
What’s on TV
Wednesday 21st February
Tri-Series in Australia/New Zealand 2018
New Zealand 06:00 Australia
Sky Sports Cricket (05:30), Sky Sports Mix (05:30), Sky Sports Main Event (05:30)
South Africa v India Twenty20 Series 2018
South Africa 16:00 India
Sky Sports Cricket (15:55), Sky Sports Main Event (16:00)
Familiar faces help Dawid Malan make an impressive return home
The 33-year-old led the scoring as England wrapped up the T20 series against South Africa in Paarl.
Dawid Malan guides England to series-clinching T20 win against South Africa
Malan put England in control by plundering 16 off four Lungi Ngidi deliveries.
England fan still on Sri Lanka adventure eight months after tour was axed
The 37-year-old is hoping England will return in January so he can finally see the cricket he travelled out for.
Sam Curran relishing responsibility in England T20 side
The Surrey all-rounder opened the bowling before partnering Jonny Bairstow across the winning line.
On This Day 2012: Ashley Giles takes over as England limited-overs head coach
Team director and Test boss Andy Flower was keen to reduce his own workload and Giles seized the opportunity.
Jonny Bairstow happy to put experience to good use after move down England order
Bairstow hit a wonderful 86 not out as England won the first Twenty20 international in South Africa.
Defiant Jonny Bairstow powers England to win over South Africa
The Yorkshire batsman hit 86 not out from 48 balls in a five-wicket win.
England chasing 180 to win Cape Town clash as Faf Du Plessis makes half-century
Sam and Tom Curran experienced mixed fortunes in the first innings of the opening Twenty20 against South Africa.