Alex Hales has become the second England cricketer in the space of a week to sign white-ball only terms with his county, following Adil Rashid into limited-overs specialism.
A match that summed up England’s disastrous Trans-Tasman tri-series saw victory sealed off the final ball but the game effectively lost 11 deliveries earlier.
Ben Stokes was back on a cricket field alongside his England team-mates, for the first time since 24 September, in a light training run at Hamilton on Saturday.
Australia chased down a world-record 244 to beat New Zealand by five wickets at Auckland, reaching their target with seven balls to spare, in a match which saw an incredible 32 sixes and a combined total of 488 runs for the loss of 11 wickets.
Rod Bransgrove remains undeterred in his dream of watching an Ashes Test at his beloved Ageas Bowl, with the Hampshire chairman hoping that new mobile technology will help see it realised one day even though he will be “well into his dotage”.
Trent Bridge will not host an Ashes Test in 2023 but the Nottinghamshire ground will host the finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup from 2020.
Trevor Bayliss has welcomed the return of Ben Stokes but confirmed he is unlikely to play in England’s first ODI of the New Zealand series.
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Paceman Chadd Sayers has been drafted into Australia’s Test tour of South Africa as a replacement for injured quick Jackson Bird, who strained a hamstring during the last round of the Sheffield Shield.
Ever since Chris Jordan watched Jofra Archer as a plucky teenager in the Barbados nets, the pair have had an affinity.