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Mohammad Hafeez: Pakistan off-spinner’s action reported for third time

Mohammad Hafeez has taken 136 wickets at an average of 36.68 in 193 one-day internationals Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been reported for a third time for a suspect bowling action. The off-spinner was cited by umpires in Pakistan’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the the third one-day international on Wednesday. Hafeez, 37, was reported in December 2014 and June 2015, after which he was suspended from bowling in international cricket for 12 months. He will be tested within 14 days, during which he is permitted to bowl. Source…

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Matt Coles: Essex sign Kent all-rounder on two-year contract

Matt Coles averages 22.61 with the ball in List A limited-overs matches County champions Essex have signed Kent all-rounder Matt Coles on a contract until the end of the 2019 season. Coles started his career at Kent, before rejoining the club in 2015 after an 18-month spell with Hampshire. The 27-year-old has taken 334 wickets in first-class cricket at an average of 29.25 and a further 202 dismissals in limited-overs matches. He averages 20.17 with the bat in the four-day format, with one century and 12 fifties to his name….

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Women’s Ashes: Heather Knight did not expect ‘four days of solid rain’ in Australia

Captain Heather Knight says the disruption to England’s Women’s Ashes preparation has been “frustrating”, after their first two warm-up games were washed out by rain. England, who are the top team in the International Cricket Council’s rankings, will try to regain the Ashes in the multi-format series that begins on 22 October. You can follow the Women’s Ashes on the BBC, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra on all games, and live text commentary on the Test and T20 internationals. READ MORE: Cheatle & McGrath in Australia…

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Surrey: Conor McKerr, Ollie Pope and Amar Virdi extend deals until 2020

Ollie Pope hit his maiden first-class century in his second Championship match for Surrey, which was against Hampshire Teenagers Conor McKerr, Ollie Pope and Amar Virdi have all extended their contracts with Surrey, and will remain at The Oval until the end of 2020. The three players, all 19, made their first-class debuts for Surrey in 2017. Wicketkeeper-batsman Pope scored 371 runs in one-day competition and then played in the club’s final five games in the County Championship. Off-spinner Virdi took six wickets in three outings while seamer McKerr struck…

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Imam-ul-Haq: Pakistan great Inzamam’s nephew hits debut 100 against Sri Lanka

Saleem Elahi is the only other Pakistani to hit a debut hundred, also against Sri Lanka at Gujranwala in 1995 Third one-day international, Abu Dhabi: Sri Lanka 208 (48.2 overs): Tharanga 61, Hasan 5-34 Pakistan 209-3 (42.3 overs): Imam 100 Pakistan won by seven wickets Scorecard Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq, hit a century on his international debut as they beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, seamer Hasan Ali (5-34) became the quickest Pakistan bowler to reach 50 one-day international wickets. Sri Lanka were bowled…

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AB de Villiers hits 176 as South Africa thrash Bangladesh by 104 runs

De Villiers’ previous highest ODI score was 162 not out Second one-day international, Paarl: South Africa 353-6 (50 overs): De Villiers 176, Amla 85, Rubel 4-62 Bangladesh 249 (47.5 overs: Kayes 68, Mushfiqur 60, Phehlukwayo 4-40, Tahir 3-50 South Africa won by 104 runs Scorecard AB de Villiers hit his highest one-day international score, smashing 176 from 104 deliveries as South Africa thrashed Bangladesh by 104 runs in Paarl. The 33-year-old, who had not batted in international cricket since June and stepped down as ODI captain in August, hit 15…

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David Warner’s Ashes warning to England ‘pathetic’ – Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick retired from international cricket in 2008 but still plays for Somerset Australia vice-captain David Warner’s warning that England should expect “war” next month was “pathetic”, says 2005 Ashes winner Marcus Trescothick. Batsman Warner, 30, said he will try to make himself “hate” England’s players for extra motivation. Trescothick, who made 76 Test appearances, says the tourists will take no notice of Warner’s claims. “I don’t think they will get that involved. To come out with those sort of comments is not needed,” he said. “There’s always the hype…

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County Championship: Middlesex unsuccessful with ‘crossbow’ points deduction appeal

Middlesex’s match at The Oval was abandoned on 31 August when a crossbow bolt was fired into the ground Middlesex have failed in their appeal against a two-point deduction in the County Championship, confirming their relegation from Division One. The punishment came for their slow over rate during August’s match at Surrey, which was abandoned when a crossbow bolt was fired into The Oval. Middlesex finished one point below Somerset, who were ready to take legal action if the appeal was successful. Middlesex, county champions in 2016, will play in…

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Rob Keogh: Northamptonshire all-rounder signs contract extension

Rob Keogh helped Northamptonshire win the T20 Blast in 2013 and 2016 Northamptonshire all-rounder Rob Keogh has signed a new deal to stay with the club until the end of the 2019 season. Keogh has scored almost 4,000 runs in 139 games for Northants in all formats, having made his professional debut with the county in 2010. The 25-year-old off-spinner has also taken 73 wickets, averaging 39.89 with the ball in first-class matches. “Rob’s a modern, three-dimensional cricketer, able to contribute in all formats,” head coach David Ripley said. “He’s…

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Will Beer: Leg-spinner signs new one-year contract with Sussex

Will Beer took first-class best figures of 6-29 against South Africa A in May Leg-spinner Will Beer has signed a new one-year contract with Sussex. Beer, 29, has been at the club since he was 10 and has taken 153 wickets in 166 matches across all three formats. He took seven wickets in nine T20 Blast matches last season, as well as making three appearances in the One-Day Cup and one in the County Championship. “I am looking forward to kicking on from last season and hopefully bringing success and…

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