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England announce squad for first Test against West Indies

England National Cricket Selectors have named the following 13-man squad for the first Test match against West Indies starting at Edgbaston on Thursday August 17.

The Squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire, wk), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), Tom Westley (Essex), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) 

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South Africa ‘A’ vs India 'A': 1st Test Preview

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South Africa ‘A’ coach Shukri Conrad admits they are not dwelling on their One-Day Triangular series final loss to India ‘A’ earlier this week and are instead, focussed on the two four-day games starting at the Assupol Tuks Oval in Pretoria on Saturday.

The hosts suffered a seven-wicket loss in the final, which came after a solid overall campaign and the vastly changed side are now looking to bounce back against the visitors. 

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Brad Haddin joins Cricket Australia coaching staff

Former Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has joined the Bupa Support Team Staff with the Australian Men’s side as High Performance Coach until the end of 2019.

Haddin replaces former Australian batsman Greg Blewett who has taken up a position with the South Australian Cricket Association, predominately as the coach of the Under 19 side but also as assistant coach of the West End Redbacks and the Adelaide Strikers.

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Ravindra Jadeja suspended for Pallekele Test

India’s Ravindra Jadeja has been suspended for the upcoming Pallekele Test after his accumulated demerit points reached six within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for which he received a 50 per cent fine and three demerit points.

During the third day’s play in the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday, Jadeja was found guilty of breaching article 2.2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match”.

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Moeen Ali bowls England to series-clinching victory

Moeen Ali completed a magnificent all-round match and series when he ripped the heart out of the Proteas middle and lower order to set England up for another big win – this time by 177 runs – in the final Test match which finished Old Trafford in London on Monday. The result gave England a 3-1 series win and represented the first time they had beaten South Africa in a home Test Series since 1998.

Moeen captured his second five-wicket haul of the series to finish the leading wicket-taker with 25 dismissals – five better than Jimmy Anderson – at an average of 25.64 to go with the 252 runs he scored at an average of 36.

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