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Ben Stokes ‘extremely delighted’ to rejoin England squad

Ben Stokes made his England debut in 2011 England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he is “extremely delighted” to be available for selection again for the tour of New Zealand. The 26-year-old has not played since an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September and has now been charged with affray. Earlier on Wednesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced it would consider Stokes for selection again. “Can’t wait to get back out with the Three Lions on my chest,” he tweeted. “Representing my country is one of the greatest…

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Nathan Lyon: Nottinghamshire considering Australia spinner

Nathan Lyon has taken 290 wickets in 74 Tests for Australia Nottinghamshire are considering Australia spinner Nathan Lyon as their overseas player for the upcoming season, reports BBC Radio Nottingham. The 30-year-old played county cricket for Division Two champions Worcestershire in 2017 and took six wickets in four Championship matches. Lyon was an integral part of the Australian side that reclaimed the Ashes 4-0 earlier this month. The off-spinner took 21 wickets at an average of 29.23. Lyon is understood to be one of a number of overseas options Notts…

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South Africa v India: Lungi Ngidi takes 6-39 on debut to seal hosts’ series win

Lungi Ngidi was playing only his 10th first-class match Second Test, Centurion (day five of five): South Africa 335 (Markram 94, Amla 82) & 258 (De Villiers 80) India 307 (Kohli 153) & 151 (Ngidi 6-39) South Africa won by 135 runs Scorecard Debutant Lungi Ngidi took 6-39 as South Africa beat India by 135 runs in the second Test to win the series with a game to spare. The 21-year-old helped bowl India out for 151 in pursuit of 287 to win before lunch on the final day in…

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Arjun Tendulkar: How Sachin’s son is making a name for himself in cricket

Arjun is the only son of Sachin Tendulkar, who also has a older daughter named Sara What’s the best way for the son of India’s most famous batsman to carve a career for himself? Becoming a bowler is probably a sensible start. Sachin Tendulkar remains the most revered sportsman in India. The highest runscorer in both Test matches and one-day internationals, he amassed 34,357 international runs and his every move was scrutinised in adoration by a country where cricket for generations has been regarded as a religion. For “Son of…

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Ireland beat Scotland by six wickets in one-day tri-series

Balbirnie continued his good form after hitting a century in Ireland’s win over the UAE on Saturday One-day international tri-series, Dubai Scotland 219 (49.2 overs): Jones 87, Rankin 3-49 Ireland 223-4 (34.5 overs): Balbirnie 67, N O’Brien 55 Ireland won by six wickets Scorecard Ireland beat Scotland by six wickets to extend their winning run in the triangular one-day series in Dubai. Michael Jones hit 87 in Scotland’s total of 219 as Boyd Rankin claimed 3-49. Ireland skipper William Porterfield fell for a duck but Andrew Balbirnie’s 67 and Niall…

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New Zealand v Pakistan: Shoaib Malik concussed as fielder’s throw hits his head

Shoaib Malik made his one-day international debut in 1999 Fourth one-day international, Hamilton Pakistan 262-8 (50 overs): Hafeez 81, Southee 3-44 New Zealand 263-5 (45.5 overs): De Grandhomme 74*, Shadab 3-42 New Zealand won by five wickets Scorecard Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik suffered concussion after being hit by the ball during Pakistan’s one-day international loss to New Zealand. The 35-year-old former captain, playing his 261st ODI, was not wearing a helmet when he was struck on the back of the head by a fielder’s throw in Hamilton. He faced four…

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Ben Stokes: England cricketer charged with affray after Bristol nightclub incident

Stokes has not played for England since the incident, which followed the side’s third one-day international against West Indies England cricketer Ben Stokes has been charged with affray after a fight outside a Bristol nightclub. The 26-year-old and two men from Bristol are due to appear before magistrates at a future date. Police investigated the incident and sent their findings to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in November. Stokes missed the Ashes series, with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) saying he would not be considered for England “until…

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Cricket World Cup 2019: Ireland to play West Indies in qualifiers

Ireland’s William Porterfield is hoping to qualify for his fourth World Cup Ireland will play the Netherlands, West Indies, Papua New Guinea and a team yet to be decided in their group for the World Cup qualifying tournament. The top three in each of the two pools go through to a Super Six competition from which two will go through to the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. The qualifying matches will be played in Zimbabwe, starting on 4 March. Ireland’s unknown opponents will be the winners of the…

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