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Honours shared on a riveting first day of Ashes

BRISBANE: On a riveting day of test match cricket, England and Australia shared honours on an even first day of the first Ashes Test.

Hathurusingha as head coach will be a great fit, says SLC president

Sri Lanka have finally confirmed their interest in having Chandika Hathurusingha as head coach, with the president of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Thilanga Sumathipala saying he would be “a great fit for us”.

Including player from team’s region compulsory from PSL4: PCB chairman

Sethi tells India to play series against Pakistan, or forfeit and lose points LAHORE: After much debate on non-inclusion of players from Balochistan in PSL team Quetta Gladiators, the PCB has said that it will make it mandatory for franchises to keep at least one player from the region they’re representing.

England pick Ball for first Ashes Test

BRISBANE: Jake Ball has won England’s fourth seamer spot for the Ashes Test series opener after being passed fit to play against Australia at the Gabba on Thursday.

Spotlight falls on captains Smith, Root on Ashes stage

BRISBANE: Two of the world’s best batsmen will be in opposition when Australia’s Steve Smith and England’s Joe Root both lead their countries for the first time in an Ashes Test at Brisbane on Thursday.

Azhar not returning to the pitch anytime soon

PAKISTAN: Opener Azhar Ali will not be rushing to make a comeback from the knee injury which ruled him out of the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh decides to deport five Indians for betting on BPL match

DHAKA: Bangladesh police said Monday they would deport five Indians caught betting at a weekend cricket match as authorities crack down on illegal bookmaking in the lucrative domestic league.

Hazlewood eyes redeeming himself of bitter Ashes memory

Paceman Josh Hazlewood will use this Magellan Ashes series to ease the disappointment of the one major blot on his otherwise flawless international record to date.

Gillespie appointed coach of Sussex

Former Test quick Jason Gillespie will return to the United Kingdom next year after county side Sussex announced they’ve signed the Australian as their head coach.

Bad light saves Sri Lanka after Kohli’s 50th international ton

KOLKATA: In a dramatic shift in events in a topsy-turvy test match in Kolkata, bad light finally came to the rescue of a lacerated Sri Lankan batting line-up.

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Middle-order needs to be flexible: Kohli

While almost confirming that KL Rahul would bat at No 4 in the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli stressed on the need for a flexible middle-order as well.

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