Cricket Today: Smith smells blood
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
Australia skipper Steve Smith wants to pick at the carcass of the Proteas after their battering at the hands of India.
Dave Tickner looks at the Adil Rashid white-ball only debate.
Chris Jordan explains a few T20 specific techniques.
Virat Kohli says its not his job to write headlines, ironically writing a neat headline for us.
Aiden Markram is grateful for the learning experience that was a 5-1 series hiding at the hands of India.
What’s in the news
Ben Stokes will not play in the T20I against New Zealand on Sunday.
Allrounder David Willey believes more players will go the root of Adil Rashid.
Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson is prepared for the Tri-Series T20I final at Eden Park to be another tough outing for bowlers.
Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah refused to put the defeats to Sri Lanka down to the inside information their new coach Chandika Hathurusingha would have from his tenure as the Tigers coach.
What’s on social media
Happy birthday AB!!!
— ICC (@ICC) February 17, 2018
The Aussies are here…
“There could be some good short pitch bowling in this series.” Aussie captain Steve Smith, looks ahead to the 4 Tests against SA. pic.twitter.com/ZyOfFsg7Hk
— stuart hess (@shockerhess) February 17, 2018
John Nicholson on the difference between Test and T20 cricket.
It’s like comparing being a stripper to reading a book.
— John Nicholson (@JohnnyTheNic) February 16, 2018
What’s on TV
Sunday 18th February
Tri-Series in Australia/New Zealand 2018
New Zealand 06:00 England
Sky Sports Main Event (05:30), Sky Sports Cricket (05:30)
South Africa v India Twenty20 Series 2018
South Africa 12:30 India
Sky Sports Cricket (12:25)
Joe Root wants England to free themselves from fear in fourth Test against India
The tourists will be hoping to level the series at 2-2 when they start the final match in Ahmedabad.
Zak Crawley vows England will be more proactive in battle against India’s spin
Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel have run riot in helpful conditions.
Dale Steyn heaps praise on Pakistan trio, prefers PSL over IPL
Record South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is full of praise for Pakistan players Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Babar Azam.
Chris Gayle sets sights on third T20 World Cup title
West Indies veteran Chris Gayle has set his sights on winning a third T20 World Cup when he makes his return to international cricket.
Cricket in line to receive significant chunk of £300m sports recovery package
The England and Wales Cricket Board welcomed the support, describing it as “a lifeline for parts of the game”.
Marcus Trescothick relishing return to ‘special environment’ with England
Trescothick is England’s new batting coach.
Jack Leach feels here to stay after establishing himself as top England spinner
Leach made his debut almost three years ago in New Zealand but had made only 10 appearances before the turn of the year.
Kevin O’Brien says century against England helped Ireland ‘reach for the stars’
O’Brien hit a 50-ball 113 as Ireland chased down a target of 328 in the 2011 World Cup.
Ian Harvey is Gloucestershire interim coach after Richard Dawson joins England
Dawson has accepted the position of ECB elite pathway coach
Marcus Trescothick, Jon Lewis and Jeetan Patel join England’s coaching staff
Trescothick has left his assistant’s role at Somerset.