Cricket Today: Reflection time
Welcome to Cricket Today where we examine what is going on in the world of Cricket365 and the nasty rash that we know as social media.
What’s on the site
A former Australia skipper feels that the current team have gone too far with the way they celebrate wickets.
Usman Khawaja feels that he has settled into his role in the Test XI now.
Graham Thorpe has backed James Vince to come good for England.
Dawid Malan hopes to be part of the England set up for some time to come.
England’s tour match in Hamilton didn’t quite go to plan but Liam Livingstone pressed his case for inclusion in the Test team.
What’s in the news
Afghanistan kept themselves in the running for the 2019 World Cup by beating the West Indies.
Nepal sealed ODI status for the first time in their history when they beat Papua New Guinea in a play off in Zimbabwe.
Australia women wrapped up their ODI series in India.
Kent announced the signings of Adam Milne and Marcus Stoinis for the Blast.
What’s on social media
Social media was abuzz this morning after Vernon Philander claimed his twitter account was hacked after a post claiming Steve Smith was to blame for Rabada earning a suspension appeared on his account.
The tweet in question was deleted but here is Philander’s apology…
Good morning all my tweeps. Waking up this morning to alot of twitter craziness as my acc got hacked and someone posted a nice little article on my behalf. Sorry for all the drama or entertainment caused by the looks of it. Have a great day all.
— Vernon Philander (@VDP_24) March 15, 2018
Australia’s finest investigative journalists are on the case though…
Have had quick glance through Vernon Philander’s Twitter feed. The alleged hacker did decent job adapting to his tweeting style. Has noted his regular use of “…” to connect clauses, general reluctance to use apostrophes in contractions, plus very occasional spelling error 🕵 pic.twitter.com/0ZvyvmFdkk
— Andrew Wu (@wutube) March 15, 2018
And twitter did what it does.
Vernon Philander has just been charged with a Level 2 offence by the @ICC after his tweet last night. Upsetting Australians before breakfast carries a maximum charge of 4 demerit points. And big Vern is carrying over 3 demerit points from 1997 so could miss 5 Tests #SAvAUS
— Old Man (@AngeloZack) March 15, 2018
What’s on TV
Friday 16th March
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018
Ireland 07:30 Zimbabwe
Sky Sports Cricket (07:15)
Heather Knight renews call for five-day Tests after South Africa draw
The last women’s Test to end in a victory either way was in 2015.
Rain forces draw between England and South Africa in Taunton Test
Heather Knight’s side had looked to close in on victory on the final day.
England’s hopes of rare home Test victory dashed by bad weather at Taunton
Play against South Africa was eventually called off after four rain delays.
Ben Stokes: Workload of bowlers could be a game-changer
The England captain has admitted he deliberately pushed his team-mates to the limit at Headingley.
Is Jos Buttler the right man for England white-ball captaincy?
Buttler has been confirmed as Eoin Morgan’s successor in the job.
Jos Buttler takes over from Eoin Morgan as England’s limited-overs captain
Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday.
Dom Sibley to return to Surrey from Warwickshire at end of the season
Sibley has played all of his 22 Tests since joining the Bears.
James Anderson returns for England’s Test against India
Sam Billings also comes in as Ben Foakes and Jamie Overton miss out on the Edgbaston contest.
England name Sam Billings and James Anderson in XI for Test against India
Billings was drafted in at short notice for his second Test appearance against New Zealand last week as a Covid substitute for Ben Foakes.
Temporary stand collapses ahead of second day between Sri Lanka and Australia
Cricket Australia confirmed no one was underneath the small makeshift seating area.