Cricket Today: Proteas smash India, Stokes update
Welcome to our new column Cricket Today. Things didn’t go according to plan for Virat Kohli and India at Supersport Park…
What’s on the site
In the wake of the selection debate that has raged in Australia after Glenn Maxwell was axed from the squad for the ODI series against England, we take a look at the contrasting careers of the Big Show and Travis Head.
We have a brief look at some of the talking points from day five of the second SA v India Test from Supersport Park in Centurion.
Dean Elgar says that a series win over India will be something to savour, we are sure that there is plenty of savouring going down right about now.
What’s in the news
Ben Stokes has been cleared to return to England duty and is likely to fly out for the New Zealand leg of the triangular T20I series that also involves the hosts and Australia.
We wrap up all the latest action from the ICC Under-19 World Cup.
What’s on social media
There was controversy at the Under-19 World Cup after South Africa’s Jiveshan Pillay was given out ‘obstructing the field’ after he picked up the ball and threw it to a fielder while batting.
This is a absolute joke…not in the spirit of the game .I have done this almost a 100 times. https://t.co/nX0KUJ9PI4
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) January 17, 2018
Hugely exciting to wake up to the news that people are upset about someone being punished for breaking the laws of the game.
Hoping same folks will be defending a footballer next time they do a handball.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) January 17, 2018
The South African coach quickly played down the issue though.
The classy interview given by South Africa U19s head coach Lawrence Mahatlane following today’s controversial dismissal.
— ICC (@ICC) January 17, 2018
Elsewhere the ECB’s handling of the Ben Stokes issue was questioned after he was cleared to return to action despite facing charges of affray.
As usual Jonathan Liew has his finger on the pulse.
The ECB banned Stokes far too quickly, responding to media pressure, thinking the police process would take days rather than months. Ever since, they’ve basically been making things up as they go along.
— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) January 17, 2018
How about this catch from Morne Morkel?
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) January 17, 2018
What’s on TV
Wednesday 17th January
ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2018
Bangladesh Under 19s v England Under 19s
Sky Sports Cricket (21:25), Sky Sports Mix (21:25), Sky Sports Main Event (21:30)
Thursday 18th January
New Zealand v Pakistan ODI Series 2018
New Zealand v Pakistan 5th ODI
Sky Sports Cricket (21:55), Sky Sports Main Event (23:55)
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