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)
On this day in 2017: Joe Root is confirmed as England’s new Test captain
In his first match as captain Root scored 190 against South Africa at Lord’s.
Pakistan limited overs tour to South Africa confirmed
Pakistan will play three One-Day International and four Twenty20 Internationals on their tour of South Africa.
England right to drop ‘tired’ Dom Bess, says spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel
Bess struggled in the second innings of the first Test against India.
Stuart Broad returns to England side aiming to improve average record in India
Broad will look to add to his 70 career wickets at an average of 25.67 against one of the format’s strongest teams.
The main talking points ahead of England’s second Test against India
The tourists are 1-0 ahead in the series.
James Anderson and Dom Bess drop out as England gamble on four changes
Jos Buttler has been sent back home for a break and Jofra Archer is ruled out with an elbow injury.
James Anderson rested and Dom Bess dropped ahead of second Test
England are making changes in Chennai.
Stuart Broad offers another string to England’s bow as Jofra Archer misses out
The tourists have options with the ball despite injury setback.
Kyle Jarvis out for six months after triple infection
Kyle Jarvis has been to hell and back thanks to a health scare that involved three deadly diseases.