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Blundell in line for New Zealand Test debut

Wellington’s Tom Blundell will make his Test debut in the BLACKCAPS first match of the summer against the West Indies this week. Blundell replaces BJ Watling in the side, who is unavailable to wicketkeep in the match due to a hip injury. Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has also joined the squad to add depth to the seam bowling department.

Selector Gavin Larsen said Blundell had shown a lot of improvement. 


Australia announce Ashes Test squad, Bancroft and Sayers new additions

Australia's National Selection Panel have named a 13-player squad for the first two Magellan Ashes Series Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide. West Australian Cameron Bancroft is set for his Test debut following solid performances in the Sheffield Shield this season. National Selector Trevor Hohns said Bancroft had earnt his call-up to the Test side.

“Cameron has been a player of interest to us for some time now, having been unlucky to miss out on the Test tour to Bangladesh that was cancelled in 2015. He is a very talented and tough cricketer who shows a good temperament for Test cricket. He has thoroughly earned and deserves his call-up following some outstanding performances in the early rounds of the JLT Sheffield Shield competition this season."


Patient perseverance provides success for Cornwall

Patience and persistence, they say, are the providers of progress which Rahkeem Cornwall continues to learn every time he takes the field.

The 24-year-old from Antigua was the most successful Windies “A” bowler in the second “Test” against Sri Lanka “A” which ended in three days last Saturday at the Trelawny Multiplex.


Zimbabwe wobble as Bishoo leads Windies fightback

So far it has been a case of living by the sword, dying by the sword in this first Test between Zimbabwe and the Windies at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. After Zimbabwe had deployed spin bowling so effectively to bundle out the Caribbean side for 219 on the first day – with captain Graeme Cremer leading the charge with a four-wicket haul – the visitors simply returned the favour on Sunday, skittling the home side for 159 just before tea.

Legspinner Devendra Bishoo was the chief tormentor, claiming five wickets, while there were two each for the captain Jason Holder and Kemar Roach.


Cricket Australia calls on fans to help Australia #BeatEngland

With an Ashes summer rapidly approaching, Cricket Australia has put out a rallying cry to fans around the country to get behind our Australian women’s and men’s cricket teams under the banner #BeatEngland.

The #BeatEngland campaign is built upon a simple truth – nothing brings Australia together like the prospect of seeing our cricketers beat the old enemy on home soil, and this summer fans will have plenty of opportunities to show their passion and throw their support behind our women’s and men’s teams in the pursuit of victory. 


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