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The Buzz: The Love Cafe's third wheel

All the bantz, the jousts, and little bit of eavesdropping from the social media playground and beyond

Welcome to ESPNcricinfo's Buzz, your go-to destination for all the bantz, the jousts, and little bit of eavesdropping from the social media playground and beyond.
January 15
There's a third wheel in the most exclusive table-for-two-only coffee klatch in cricket. Adam Zampa and Marcus Stoinis have opened the doors to their Love Cafe to let their Melbourne Stars team-mate Haris Rauf in to sample the best pourover money can't buy. We're not jealous. At all.
January 14

An England fan's long wait ends

It's been a long 2020 for most of us, but longer still for some. England fan Rob Lewis landed in Sri Lanka last year hoping to catch the Test series between the two countries scheduled in March. Then the pandemic struck and the England team were bundled back home before the series could properly begin, but Lewis couldn't make it out before the borders were closed. Instead he's been biding his time in Sri Lanka, hoping and praying that England would be back to finish the Test series. No one can be happier than him today, even if the closest he's going to get to the biosecure match is Galle fort.

Bumble's work-from-home life

On the bright side David "Bumble" Lloyd could be commentating in his pyjamas with no one the wiser.

Sophie Devine makes a little girl's day

Sophie Devine went full berserker in today's match between Otago Women and Wellington Women, bludgeoning the fastest century in women's T20s in just 36 balls. Unfortunately, the six that brought Devine to her hundred landed on a fan, a little girl, in the stands. Devine was quick to check on the fan, who was largely unhurt, but she went the extra mile, sitting with the fan after the match and even giving the kid some of her gear. Now that's a class act.
The Gabba pitch is bringing some memories back for Nasser Hussian, of a certain 2002 Ashes Test.
January 13

Kuldeep Yadav's nets gains

Kuldeep Yadav is looking in fine fettle in the India nets. Is this a sign of things to come?

Kedar Jadhav's runs stockpile

Hemang Badani's worried Kedar Jadhav's running through his run quota for the year in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy.

Sing when you're testing

What do commentators do between (Covid) tests? Let Sanjay Manjrekar demonstrate
January 12
Sabotage by Steven Smith of Rishabh Pant's guard? Moises Henriques thinks not!

Rashid Khan's Aussie slang

Rashid Khan is now as much of an Adelaide fixture as the St Peter's Cathedral overlooking the oval.

Rishabh Pant's big mess

Cricketers, they're just like us - at age 23. Rishabh Pant's hotel room is every parent's nightmare.
January 11

Navdeep Saini helps feed Ravindra Jadeja

Enjoying the fruits of your (team-mate's) labour.

The prediction

Famous last words by Ricky Ponting.

The solution

R Ashwin's wife Prithi knows exactly how to handle the chirping from behind the stumps.

Advantage Anderson in Sri Lanka

Jimmy Anderson and Joe Root went a few rounds on what looked like a spinner's pitch in Sri Lanka
But it was the fast bowler's day in the end

Alyssa Healy does not rate Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc may be one cricket's top bowlers, but he doesn't rank nearly as high on wife Alyssa Healy's HABs and WAGs list.
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