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)
Laurie Evans and Sam Curran’s century stand inspires Surrey to another Blast win
Curran’s career-best 72 not out featured six maximums and five other boundaries.
Ebony Rainford-Brent praises ECB stance on historical racist and sexist tweets
Sussex seamer Robinson has issued an apology for posts he sent in 2012 and 2013.
England frustrated by umpiring decision before Dan Lawrence’s late breakthrough
An unexpected breakthrough off the final ball of the day raising the home side’s flagging spirits.
England less than impressed by decision to rule out early wicket – Jon Lewis
The tourists would have been 32 for two in the 10th over had the on-field umpires given Devon Conway out when he edged Stuart Broad to third slip.
England endure frustrating day to leave New Zealand in charge of second Test
The tourists closed just 74 behind on 229 for three – with an unexpected breakthrough off the final ball of the day raising the home side’s flagging
New Zealand make England suffer after controversial Devon Conway decision
Conway appeared to be caught out when on 22 but he was given not out and ended the afternoon session on 78.
Michael Holding: England footballers showing some backbone by taking the knee
Former pace bowler Holding was less impressed with the ‘moment of unity’ from England and New Zealand’s cricketers.
Dan Lawrence misses out on maiden Test century as England post 303
Stuart Broad dismissed Tom Latham as New Zealand reached lunch on 43 for one in reply.
Will Jacks leads Surrey to opening Blast victory over Middlesex
Opener Finn Allen made an unbeaten 73 to lead Lancashire to victory.
Crowd brings colour back to Edgbaston as England avoid batting collapse
The ground welcomed 18,000 fans on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand.