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)
Sam Curran stars as England get creative in internal T20 practice match in Paarl
Jos Buttler’s XI coasted to victory over Eoin Morgan’s team, with a second target then hastily set to gain more practice time.
Kagiso Rabada reiterates BLM support as South Africa opt against taking knee
The Proteas will not take a knee during the forthcoming series against England.
Olly Stone ready to ‘bash down the door’ after England recall
The Warwickshire paceman was included in the one-day international squad against South Africa and impressed in an intra-squad warm-up game.
Sam Billings striving to make sure he keeps place in ‘phenomenal’ England side
Billings and Joe Root put on 103 for Jos Buttler’s XI in a 40-over intra-squad warm-up victory in Cape Town.
Joe Root hits decisive 77 as Jos Buttler’s team triumph in England warm-up match
The 23-man squad was split in two for the 40-over practice match in Cape Town, with Team Eoin Morgan challenging Team Buttler.
Joe Root hits 77 as England warm-up in Cape Town ahead of South Africa series
England split their squad into two teams for a 40-over practice match.
Warm-up match cancelled after second Proteas player tests positive for COVID-19
There will be no intra-squad warm-up for the Proteas thanks to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Chris Jordan says South Africa should not be ‘judged’ for not taking a knee
Barbados-born Jordan says racial inequality remains a pressing matter among England’s diverse squad.
Lockie Ferguson prepared to wait for his Test break
Injury to Lockie Ferguson allowed Kyle Jamieson to seize his opportunity to impress Black Caps team management before lockdown.
ICC makes alterations to World Test Championship points system
COVID-19 has forced the ICC to amend the points system for the 2019-21 World Test Championship.