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Everyone’s trying to salvage series and reputations this week – England are clawing back from a 2-0 loss in the Caribbean, New Zealand fought back after their ODI loss to beat India 2-1 in the T20Is, Pakistan took home a consolation T20I win against South Africa after losing the first two matches. And with the World Cup looming, everyone’s taking a long hard look at their line-ups. Here’s everything you may have missed last week.
India lose some and lose some in New Zealand
The men’s team lost the T20I series 2-1 – including by their biggest margin of defeat in T20Is – while the women’s team were whitewashed 3-0 by the hosts.
India favourites for the World Cup – Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar believes hosts England and New Zealand would be the other teams to watch out for at the showpiece event. Aakash Chopra, meanwhile, has his Indian World Cup XI in place, and says that while there are questions over a few spots, most places look to be taken.
Miller: Jason Holder slow-over ban is just ICC killjoys at work
Jason Holder’s ban from the final Test after two stunning wins against England – that too for falling short of two overs – is just overkill, argues Andrew Miller. Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron shares similar thoughts.
How West Indies rose again: Holder’s ‘character’, improved pace, and keeping the faith
Former West Indies quick Ian Bishop explains the reasons behind their surprise domination of England. Mark Nicholas, meanwhile, sees of echoes of Windies legends in Holder’s future.
Australia’s gains and the unanswered questions for the Ashes
They were outplayed by India and then crushed an injury-hit Sri Lanka who couldn’t compete. Andrew McGlashan asks: what does it mean for Australia’s Test side? Dan Brettig, though, sees the turmoil shaping a better Australian team. And the turmoil continues, with the sudden resignation of assistant coach David Saker, and Ricky Ponting named in his place for the World Cup.
No quick fixes, Sri Lankan cricket needs a bottom-up overhaul
They have lost 16 of their last 18 international matches, and merely changing the personnel who must deal with the next phase of an almighty crisis won’t solve the problem, says Andrew Fidel Fernando, even while Sri Lanka make yet more wholesale changes to their line-up for the South Africa tour.
‘Test cricket is dying’ – Shashank Manohar
The ICC chairman believes the World Test Championship could keep the format alive, and says there could be logistical difficulties in staging cricket at the Olympic Games.
BCCI set to run women’s T20 exhibition games during IPL 2019
Where last year’s exercise was a one-off match, the board is mulling a three-match series this year, featuring a number of top Indian and international players. Is this the first step towards a women’s IPL?
Why selection in India is not illogical or capricious, contrary to popular opinion
Kartikeya Date argues that there is a clear, sound and well-settled pattern to how the country’s national sides are selected.
Who are the most entertaining cricketers on social media?
It’s a brave new world online and these cricketers are not afraid to share, be it memes, opinions or cricket bantz. Srinath Sripath is a fan.
‘Analysis is easy. The trick is turning it into info players can use’
Jarrod Kimber chats with Nathan Leamon, England’s white-ball team analyst and head of research and innovation, about using data to get ahead.