A dramatic second Ashes Test ended in a draw, but not before Steven Smith gave everyone an almighty scare copping a bouncer from Jofra Archer. In the West Indies, not even India’s 2-0 sweep of the ODIs and multiple ovations and honour guards could hurry Chris Gayle into retirement, while Sri Lanka hurdled a record chase in rainy Galle to take the first Test from New Zealand. There hasn’t been a dull moment of cricket this week.
Steven Smith blow brings cricket to a standstill
After a sickening blow from Jofra Archer that rekindled some awful memories, Smith returned to complete his innings after passing concussion testing, but subsequent testing showed his condition had deteriorated, and he became the first cricketer to be formally substituted under the new concussion protocols. Smith had been having a terrific Ashes till then, reminding Ian Chappell a little of Don Bradman in 1930.
Dimuth Karunaratne hits 122 as Sri Lanka wrap up record chase in Galle
Akila Dananjaya, working his newly remodelled action, rattled New Zealand early on in the Test and Sri Lanka’s cool captain preserved his perfect record after taking over as Sri Lanka won their third consecutive Test under his leadership to go 1-0 up in the two-match series against New Zealand.
Kohli hundred and dazzling Iyer fifty give India 2-0 series win
India cleaned up 2-0 in the ODI that for all intents and purposes seemed to be Chris Gayle’s last, but which, in vintage Gayle fashion, wasn’t.
Ravi Shastri to continue as India head coach
His new contract will extend up to the 2021 T20 World Cup in India. Nagraj Gollapudi breaks down the reasons the CAC chose to stick with Shastri over the other candidates, including Mike Hesson and Tom Moody.
ICC working towards cricket in 2028 LA Olympics, says MCC’s Gatting
Following cricket’s inclusion in the Commonwealth Games in 2022 with women’s T20s, ICC CEO Manu Sawhney that indicated to the MCC that talks are on to make it part of the Olympic Games. What format will they play? Who will qualify? We have answers to all your pesky questions.
‘Will miss the friendly people, but not the backstabbing ex-players’ – Grant Flower
The outgoing Pakistan batting coach minces no words in an interview with Danyal Rasool, talking about which players need improvement and his favourite and not-so-favourite memories.
Did you know we just had a disability cricket World Cup?
Chances are you didn’t, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the problems faced by disability cricket. Jarrod Kimbertakes a look.
Has Joe Root fallen out of the Fab Four?
Over the last couple of years or so, England’s captain has not quite kept pace with Smith, Kohli and Williamson, prompting Alan Gardner to call him this group’s Ringo.
Who’s the New Zealand of New Zealand? BJ Watling
He does things that are in essence truly remarkable, but does them with such banality that in the end they are barely remarked upon. Andrew Fidel Fernando examines an often overlooked player in an often underrated team.
The man who keeps New York cricket ticking
Aishwarya Kumar profiles the enigmatic Clarence Modeste, keeper of the oldest continuously run cricket club in the USA.