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)
Samit Patel impresses with bat and ball as Nottinghamshire edge Derbyshire
Glamorgan were the only other winners on a night as weather hit the T20 programme.
Sophie Ecclestone happy to return to the rhythm of bowling again
Ecclestone claimed four for 88 in India’s first innings.
England v India day three: Verma shines in gloom after England enforce follow-on
Rain brought about an early finish after the India opener’s second half-century of the Test.
England Women turn screw with follow-on but Shafali Verma leads India fightback
Opener Verma’s second half-century of the match followed early wickets for England spinner Sophie Ecclestone.
Day one of World Test Championship final abandoned due to relentless rain
Rain hammered the Ageas Bowl on Friday.
On this day in 2007: Michael Vaughan steps down as England ODI captain
Vaughan won 32 and lost 22 in his 60 matches at the helm.
David Bedingham half-century leads Durham to victory over Lancashire
Ian Cockbain’s unbeaten 62 helped Gloucestershire see off Middlesex.
England v India day two: Late wickets put Heather Knight’s side in charge
Shafali Verma’s dismissal sparked the collapse.
England Women boosted by late flurry of wickets on day two against India
The hosts had declared on 396 for nine.