Cricket Today: Proteas hunt consolation
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
Hashim Amla says the Proteas are looking to end the series against India on a positive note.
Sri Lanka blitzed Bangladesh in the first T20I at Mirpur with a brutal batting display.
Australia stand-in skipper David Warner says the T20I captaincy still belongs to Steve Smith.
What’s in the News
Indian quick Ishant Sharma will join Sussex for the first two months of the 2018 county season subject to BCCI approval.
Zimbabwe will be looking to their passionate home support to help them secure one of the two ICC Cricket World Cup qualification spots next month.
Australia allrounder Ellyse Perry has added another feather to her cap by achieving the number-one batting position in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club have confirmed that leg-spinning all-rounder Adil Rashid will not play red-ball cricket for the club in 2018.
What’s on social media
Michael Vaughan tried to explain why Adil Rashid’s decision to drop red ball cricket left him staggered, we’ll spare you the bulk but here is a sample…
I totally agree Jamie (Son) but it doesn’t make sense .. He doesn’t have an IPL contract .. He could potentially still play Test cricket .. No T20 leagues available for him this summer … #StaggeredSon https://t.co/RCUS7DqsEi
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 15, 2018
David Tickner had less trouble processing the decision.
If I watched them pick Liam Dawson ahead of me and then saw Mason Crane hailed as the second coming of Warne for taking 1-193 I’d probably knock the red-ball stuff on the head as well tbf.
— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) February 15, 2018
Scotland are gearing up for the final stage of their campaign to make it to the 2019 World Cup.
— Cricket Scotland (@CricketScotland) February 15, 2018
What’s on TV
Friday 16th February
New Zealand 06:00 Australia
Tri-Series in Australia/New Zealand 2018, Sky Sports Cricket (05:30), Sky Sports Main Event (05:30)
South Africa v India ODI Series 2018
South Africa 11:00 India
Sky Sports Cricket (10:55), Sky Sports Main Event (11:30)
Simon Harmer moves to 49 Championship wickets as Essex beat Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire were bowled out for 197.
Q&A: Can England bounce back to level series in fifth Test against India?
The final Test gets under way at Old Trafford on Friday.
England look set to be without Ben Stokes for Twenty20 World Cup
The all-rounder is currently taking an indefinite leave of absence from the sport.
Jos Buttler and Jack Leach return as England bid to salvage India series
Defeat by 157 runs at the Kia Oval has left the hosts 2-1 behind going into Friday’s decider at Emirates Old Trafford.
On this day in 2017: Ben Stokes gets his name on second Lord’s honours board
Stokes took six for 22 against West Indies to make his way on to the bowling honours board at the home of cricket.
Harry Brook and Matthew Fisher inspire Yorkshire to crushing win over Somerset
The visitors had no answers at Scarborough.
Virat Kohli says India’s bowling performance among top three of his captaincy
It was a display of skill and discipline on a pitch that England were sure had flattened out and there were plenty of heroes.
Joe Root wants England to show more steel in big moments after fourth Test loss
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A look at some other times batting has let England down after fourth-Test defeat
England crashed to 147 for six as Ollie Pope fell for two and Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali for ducks.
England outclassed as India ease to fourth Test victory
The hosts managed just 210 in their second innings as India took a 2-1 lead with a game to play.