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Team of 2018 - Dhoni, Williamson in; Stokes, Krunal out

ESPNcricinfo picks the team of the IPL league phase, using Smart Stats, our new way of analysing T20 cricket


Ponting on Maxwell's poor form: "I wish I knew why"

The Delhi Daredevils coach also explains why the team stuck with Maxwell in the XI despite repeated failures

Overseas players at IPL: Afghanistan ace league phase

Around $39m was spent on overseas players at the IPL auction. Country-wise, which internationals had the most and least impact so far?

Top headlines

IPL Team Exit Reports

Mumbai's back-up not strong enough

Graeme Swann reviews Mumbai Indians' performance in IPL 2018


Time taken to settle on best XI costs RCB dear


Daredevils fail to translate on-paper potential

What were the positives? Who were the letdowns? And what can they look forward to next season? Ajit Agarkar reviews the season that was for Delhi Daredevils


Top-heavy Kings XI waste an excellent start


Rohit's leanest IPL season hurts Mumbai

Most of his runs came while batting at No. 4, but he only batted there five times this season


Gloves Off - Are English players underperforming at the IPL?


Talking T20

A podcast with Graeme Swann

The Hundred 'done blatantly for TV' - Swann

Former England spinner doesn’t buy ‘new audience’ justification for format tweaks

'In T20, I was looking to get a batsman out, not worrying about fours or sixes'


Eng v Pak, 1st Test

England's new-look team

'It feels like another debut' - Buttler on Test recall

Stunning run of T20 form earns batsman another chance in format he still believes is 'the pinnacle'

Will Buttler be able to adapt his IPL game for Tests?

Jos Buttler says he's been told to express himself as he prepares to make his return to Test matches against Pakistan


CSK v Kings XI

IPL 2018, Pune

MS Dhoni, and managing chaos

By inverting his middle order, the CSK captain created confusion. A touch of madness, perhaps, but as always there was a method to Dhoni's madness

Agarkar: Bizarre changes from CSK in batting line-up

Ajit Agarkar and Graeme Swann also look back at Kings XI Punjab's season and how they slid out of the top four


Talking Points - What was that CSK batting order about?

Ashwin promised to defy convention in this IPL, but it was his former franchise captain who took things to a new level

Daredevils v Mumbai

IPL 2018, Delhi

Mumbai knocked out in another close finish

Chasing 175 in a game they had to win to make the playoffs, Rohit Sharma's team fell 11 runs short

Agarkar: If fit, Rohit should have come in at 3

Graeme Swann, meanwhile, says Amit Mishra turned the match around in the middle overs with his 3 for 19


Top five reasons why Mumbai lost to Delhi

Middle-over troubles, relay catches and more


SA v Bangladesh

3rd T20I, Bloemfontein

Kapp, Khaka hand Bangladesh another whitewash

Once the match was reduced to nine overs a side, the hosts defended their total of 64 with Marizanne Kapp and Ayabonga Khaka picking up five wickets

New coach

Zimbabwe news

Rajput appointed short-term Zimbabwe head coach

The former Afghanistan coach is on a three-month deal, which might be extended based on results

Afghanistan v Bangladesh

Squad news

Mosaddek Hossain back in Bangladesh T20 squad

Batsman recalled for three T20s against Afghanistan in June

Test summer approaches

England v Pakistan

Wood raring to make mark after swapping IPL for Test audition

Despite his battles with injuries, the fast bowler wants to succeed in the form of the game he considers "the pinnacle"

'Came back to push for my Test spot' - Wood

Mark Wood spoke about his rivalry with fellow Ashington and England bowler Steve Harmison and explains why he'd like a second chance in the IPL


Bairstow ready for batting at No. 5 and keeping wicket

"Proud" to be asked to move up England's Test batting order and remains confident he can cope with the challenge

Governance dispute

USA news

USACA president sues Richardson, ICC for defamation

Gladstone Dainty and a fellow board member have filed a lawsuit in New York seeking $2 million dollars in damages

USA Cricket inaugural elections postponed

Elections for USA Cricket, the governing body seeking to replace the expelled USACA as the ICC's member board in America, have been put back to May 29

Deadly attack

Afghanistan news

Blasts kill eight people at cricket match in Afghanistan

The attack occurred around 11pm local time on Friday, as spectators had gathered at the stadium to watch the Ramadan Cup

Tour schedule

SL in West Indies 2018

Financially-hit CWI asks SLC for help to host series

One Test from Sri Lanka's tour next month may be scrapped in favour of limited-overs internationals

Disciplinary action

PCB news

Hafeez in trouble for outburst about ICC's suspect-action process


SA v Bangladesh

2nd T20I, Bloemfontein

Luus, Niekerk hand South Africa unassailable lead

The 32-run win in Bloemfontein put the hosts one victory shy of another clean-sweep, having won the ODIs 5-0

Pataudi lecture

India news

Pietersen to deliver BCCI lecture; board secretary unhappy with choice

The decision to pick a non-Indian cricketer has not gone down well with parts of the BCCI administration

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Cultural Shift

Australia News

Warne criticises Australia for too much whingeing

The former Australian legspinner says he sensed attitude problem before the Newlands Test, but doesn't believe emulating New Zealand is the way forward

Test championship

Playing conditions

No choice but to play day-night Tests?

Visiting teams' objections may become irrelevant as ICC draws up Test championship rules

To toss or not to toss? ICC may scrap tradition

There has been growing concern that home boards have manipulated conditions to suit their team, in turn adding a disproportionate level of importance to the toss

FAQ: All you need to know about the Test Championship

Nine teams will contest a total of 27 bilateral series in the inaugural World Test Championship between 2019 to 2021

RCB v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Bengaluru

RCB overcome middle-overs muddle for perfect show

Quick wickets in the middle overs have often hurt RCB's ability to finish innings strongly, but Thursday against Sunrisers was a welcome departure from the norm

Top five reasons why RCB beat Sunrisers

De Grandhomme's cameo, Thampi's erratic lengths, de Villiers' promotion and more


Siraj bowled the last over really well - Pandey

The Sunrisers batsman believes 218 was a lot to go after on the Chinnaswamy pitch and they didn't bowl well in the death overs


RCB v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Bengaluru

De Villiers, Moeen keep RCB alive in playoffs race

Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey carried Sunrisers Hyderabad's valiant fight into the final over with sparkling fifties

Swann: Williamson took the pressure off Pandey

Our experts, Graeme Swann and Ajit Agarkar, marvel at the skills of Kane Williamson and reckon RCB did just enough to stay alive in the tournament


Talking points: How did Thampi concede 70 in four overs?

The numbers suggest he missed a trick that could have minimised the damage. Plus, do third umpires need time limits for decisions?

Injury update

Sri Lanka news

Mathews, Lakmal fit for West Indies Tests

Mathews to play as specialist batsman, while workload will be monitored on a match-by-match basis

Day-night Test cricket

India news

BCCI ditches day-night Test 'to help India win'; Harbhajan not impressed

'Don't you accept the challenge of playing England in overcast conditions? If we could take up that challenge why not pink-ball cricket?'


ICC on the defensive after listing dependence on India under 'weaknesses'

The BCCI took a 'dim view' of the line, which appeared in a SWOT analysis in an ICC document titled 'A Global Strategy For Cricket - Update'

Women's exhibition T20

A star-studded affair

Lanning, Raj, Goswami to feature in women's exhibition T20

Other major stars in the Supernovas and Trailblazers XIs include Ellyse Perry, Suzie Bates, Alyssa Healy, Danielle Wyatt and Megan Schutt

Harmanpreet, Mandhana named captains of exhibition sides

Several internationals from India, Australia, New Zealand and England will be part of the game to be played prior to the first IPL qualifier on May 22

Mumbai v Kings XI

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Five reasons why Mumbai beat Kings XI


We've struggled to put up a team effort this IPL - Tye

After winning five of their seven games at the start of the season, Kings XI Punjab are now on the verge of elimination

Clarity important when bowling at the death - Bumrah

The Mumbai Indians fast bowler had seemed off-colour earlier in the season, but came good in a must-win game

Mohammad Amir exclusive interview

Pakistan news

'I'm enjoying my life now' - Amir talks fatherhood and more


Canada news

T20 leagues

Cricket Canada's inaugural T20 league to begin in June

The Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Ottawa Royals, Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks and the Caribbean All-Stars will make up the six-team tournament

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