West Indies Stun England By 7 Runs In ICC Women’s World Cup Thriller

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West Indies stunned England by seven runs on Tuesday.© AFP

A fighting bowling performance helped West Indies stun England by seven runs in the 7th match of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup at the University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday. Chasing 226, England lost its opening wicket in the ninth over as Deandra Dottin took a remarkable catch to send Lauren Winfield-Hill (16) back to the pavilion. Tammy Beaumont scored 46 but England kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and after 27 overs, the score read 109/5 with England still needing 117 runs to win. Danielle Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley scored 33 and 38 respectively and they kept England in the game.

However, England kept on losing wickets and they were reduced to 156/8. Kate Cross (27) and Sophie Ecclestone (33*) stitched together a stand of 61 runs for the ninth wicket, but Anisa Mohammed’s brilliance in the 48th over helped West Indies win the match by seven runs.

Earlier, S Campbelle played a knock of 66 runs as West Indies posted 225/6 in the allotted fifty overs. Hayley Matthews (45) and Chedean Nation (49) also chipped in with valuable knocks as West Indies posted a total of more than the 220-run mark.

For England, Sophie Ecclestone returned with three wickets.

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Brief Scores: West Indies 225/6 (S Campbelle 66; Chedean Nation 49; Sophie Ecclestone 3-20); England 218 all out (Tammy Beaumont 46, Sophia Dunkley 38; Shamilia Connell 3-38).

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Using Saliva On Ball Permanently Banned Among New Cricket Laws By Marylebone Cricket Club

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Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Laws sub-committee suggested several changes for the 2022 Code, which were subsequently approved at the Club’s Main Committee meeting last week. Whilst the amendments are being announced now, they will not come into force until October. However, in the intervening time, the relevant materials will be updated by MCC to assist with the umpire and official training on a global basis. The changes are intended to shape the game of cricket as it should be played.

Fraser Stewart, MCC Laws Manager, said: “Since the publication of the 2017 Code of the Laws of Cricket, the game has changed in numerous ways. The 2nd edition of that Code, published in 2019, was mostly clarification and minor amendments, but the 2022 Code makes some rather bigger changes, from the way we talk about cricket to the way it’s played.”

There are several notable changes, as below:

Laws 27.4 and 28.6 – Unfair movement by the fielding side

Until now, any member of the fielding side who moved unfairly, was punished only with a ‘Dead ball’ – potentially cancelling a perfectly good shot by the batter. Given the action is both unfair and deliberate, it will now see the batting side awarded 5 Penalty runs.

Law 38.3 – moving the running out of the non-striker

Law 41.16 – running out the non-striker – has been moved from Law 41 (Unfair play) to Law 38 (Runout). The wording of the Law remains the same.

Law 41.3 – No saliva

When cricket resumed following the onset of Covid-19, playing conditions were written in most forms of the game stating that applying saliva to the ball was no longer permitted. MCC’s research found that this had little or no impact on the amount of swing the bowlers were getting. Players were using sweat to polish the ball, and this was equally effective.

The new laws will not permit the use of saliva on the ball, which also removes any grey areas of fielders eating sugary sweets to alter their saliva to apply to the ball. Using saliva will be treated the same way as any other unfair method of changing the condition of the ball.

Law 1 – Replacement players

The introduction of a new clause, Law 1.3, explains that replacements are to be treated as if they were the player they replaced, inheriting any sanctions or dismissals that the player has done in that match.

Law 18 – Batters returning when Caught

First trialled by the ECB in The Hundred at the suggestion of MCC, Law 18.11 has now been changed so that, when a batter is out Caught, the new batter shall come in at the end the striker was at, i.e. to face the next ball (unless it is the end of an over).

Law 20.4.2.12 – Dead ball

The new edition sees several changes to the Dead ball Law, the most significant of which is the calling of Dead ball if either side is disadvantaged by a person, animal or other object within the field of play.

From a pitch invader to a dog running onto the field, sometimes there is outside interference – if this is the case, and it has a material impact on the game, the umpires will call and signal Dead ball.

Law 21.4 – Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery

If a bowler throws the ball in an attempt to run out the striker before entering their delivery stride, it will now be the Dead ball. This is an extremely rare scenario, which has until now been called a No ball.

Law 22.1 – Judging a wide

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In the modern game, batters are, more than ever, moving laterally around the crease before the ball is bowled.

It was felt unfair that delivery might be called ‘Wide’ if it passes where the batter had stood as the bowler entered his/her delivery stride. Therefore, Law 22.1 has been amended so that a Wide will apply to where the batter is standing, where the striker has stood at any point since the bowler began their run-up, and which would also have passed wide of the striker in a normal batting position.

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Ravichandran Ashwin Shares Story Behind Shane Warne’s “Strong Shoulders”, As Told By Rahul Dravid

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India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said head coach Rahul Dravid was “extremely sad” after Shane Warne’s sudden demise. The legendary Australian cricketer died on March 4 due to a heart attack in Thailand. Warne’s death at the age of 52 sent shockwaves around the cricketing world. Ashwin said he had a chat with Dravid, who had shared the dressing room with Warne for three years in IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals after battling against each other for a long time in international cricket.

“I was talking to Rahul Dravid who was extremely sad. For a spinner, your shoulder and upper-half of the body has to be extremely strong because you have to use many rotations to spin the ball,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.

“Because for a spinner to master your craft, you should keep bowling in the nets. More so, if you are a leg-spinner. He had strong shoulders and that was his massive advantage,” he said.

The seasoned off-spinner then revealed a conversation between Dravid and Warne about the latter’s early stages of cricketing career.

“It seems Rahul bhai asked him, ‘How do you have such strong shoulders? What do you do?’ It is such a unique story. There is a sport called Aussies rules football.

“It is sport like rugby. It seems he wanted to play the sport but was not built for it since people who play it are tall and well-built blokes.”

It is a known incident that as a child, Warne had suffered two broken legs when another kid jumped from a height and landed on his back.

With both legs swathed in plaster casts, Warne had to push himself around in a cart, developing extraordinary strength in his upper body.

“So, they used to bully him and it seems he broke both his legs while playing. He couldn’t walk and was on bed rest. For 3-4 weeks he walked or rather floated using his bare hands and those made his shoulders strong and there was no looking back.

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“That’s what he has told Rahul bhai. We all face obstacles in life, but look how Warne converted it as his success formula,” Ashwin added.

(With PTI inputs)

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Jonny Bairstow’s Century Anchors England Recovery After Dismal Start To 1st Test vs West Indies

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Jonny Bairstow‘s eighth Test hundred anchored England’s revival from a woeful start in reaching 268 for six at stumps on the opening day of the first Test in Antigua on Tuesday. Bairstow’s composed, unbeaten 109 was the foundation upon which the tourists rallied from 48 for four after captain Joe Root opted to bat first on winning the toss on a pitch which looks set to deteriorate as the match progresses. One of the few England players to emerge with any credit from an abysmal Ashes campaign which ended in Australia just two months earlier, the 32-year-old Yorkshireman displayed the resolve which earned him a century in his previous Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

He faced 216 deliveries, stroking 17 fours in an effort already spanning more than five hours to tilt the balance of the day’s play significantly.

Bairstow received invaluable support from Ben Stokes (36) in putting on 67 for the fifth wicket to trigger the resistance.

That was followed by an even more productive association with Ben Foakes (42) as 99 runs were added for the sixth wicket before another all-rounder Chris Woakes (24 not out) ensured the Englishmen capitalised on a tiring Caribbean side with an unbroken seventh-wicket stand already worth 54 runs.

“We’ve spoken about partnerships and how invaluable they can be, not just up at the top but throughout the order and it’s very important for us to continue that effort tomorrow,” said a beaming Bairstow at the end of the day.

“I think there’s plenty still in it (for the bowlers) so we have to continue to bat well again.”

In stark contrast to the opening exchanges when the West Indies seemed capable of doing no wrong, the next two sessions of the day belonged to the visitors as 211 runs were added for the loss of just two more wickets.

Even the advent of the second new ball in the last half-hour of the day failed to dent the resolve of Bairstow and Woakes as pacers Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales and former captain Jason Holder, who had taken two wickets each earlier, posed little threat to the well-set pairing.

While Bairstow was concerned about the pitch already showing signs of deterioration, Roach held a different view.

“Obviously we were tiring in that final session of the day and should have been tighter with our lines and lengths,” he acknowledged. “We have to get the remaining wickets as quickly as possible and then go out there and respond strongly to give ourselves a first innings lead. I think it is a very good pitch to bat on.”

West Indies may be left to rue a chance missed by the usually safe Holder at third slip when a diving effort to his right off Woakes was grassed in that final session, much to the chagrin of the other unlucky fast bowler in the quartet, local boy Alzarri Joseph.

England’s fragile top-order had again been exposed within the first half-hour of the match with Root’s dismissal eliciting the greatest celebration from the West Indian players.

He was the second wicket for Roach after the senior seamer had removed debutant opener Alex Lees via a leg-before decision in the day’s third over.

Seales then accounted for the other opening batsman, Zak Crawley, in the next over via an outstanding low diving catch by Joshua da Silva as the wicketkeeper reacted to a sharp inside-edge from an attempted forcing off-side shot.

England appeared to finally have a bit of fortune going their way when Root was missed by Jermaine Blackwood at third slip off Roach, the ball racing to the third man boundary. But off the very next delivery the premier batsman opted to offer no shot and the ball angled into the right-hander and moved in just enough to clip the top of off-stump.

Stokes joined Dan Lawrence and the pair looked to be coping well enough to at least survive before Holder, who bowled five consecutive maiden overs in the morning, drew Lawrence into a forward prod for Blackwood to make amends in the slips and give the former captain his first wicket.

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Seales ended a promising innings from Stokes with a full-length delivery in the afternoon session while Holder earned an LBW decision against Foakes after tea.

However by then England’s recovery was well and truly underway with Bairstow bringing up a deserved hundred off the part-time bowling of West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite and displaying the sort of resolve which appeared to have vanished from English cricket in a desperate Australian campaign.

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Kevin Pietersen Pays Emotional Tribute To “Special Sportsman” Shane Warne

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Kevin Pietersen paid an emotional tribute to Shane Warne.© AFP

The world was left in shock when former Australian cricketer Shane Warne died in a Thailand hotel last week. Since his death, wishes and prayers have been pouring in from all around the world. His friends, family members, teammates and even most of his opposition players have acknowledged and mourned the tragic passing away of the spinner. One such opponent which Warne had a famous rivalry with during his playing days, Kevin Pietersen, shared an Instagram post about, paying an emotional tribute to Warne, calling him a “special sportsman, competitor and person.”

The caption of the post read:

“He played hard and I mean VERY hard, but he always congratulated you if you did something pretty special! Just a special sportsman, competitor & person! Love ya, Shaunie!.”

Recently, the Thai police cited an autopsy report claiming that Warne had died of “natural causes”.

“Investigators received an autopsy report today in which a forensic doctor concludes the death was due to natural causes,” Krissana Pattanacharoen, deputy national police spokesman, said in a statement.

“Investigators will conclude the autopsy reports and send them to state prosecutor as soon as possible,” Krissana added.

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During his lifetime, Warne played 145 Tests, 194 ODIs and 55 Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.

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England Women vs West Indies Women Live Score And Updates

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England vs West Indies Live score, ICC Women’s World Cup 2022: England take on West Indies in the seventh match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday. West Indies won their first match of the tournament against New Zealand and will be on a high. England, on the other hand, will be lookin to bring their campaign back on track after a defeat in their opening encounter.

England Women Squad: Lauren Winfield Hill, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight(c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones(w), Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole, Natasha Farrant, Emma Lamb, Freya Davies, Charlotte Dean

West Indies Women Squad: Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight, Stafanie Taylor(c), Shemaine Campbelle(w), Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Shamilia Connell, Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman, Afy Fletcher, Karishma Ramharack, Rashada Williams, Cherry Ann Fraser

Follow England women vs West Indies Women Live score and updates from the University Oval in Dunedin

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Australia Captain Pat Cummins Reacts To Criticism Of Rawalpindi Pitch After Dull Draw Against Pakistan

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Australian skipper Pat Cummins said he would leave it to fans and commentators to pass judgement on a dead wicket that saw his team’s first Test in Pakistan in nearly a quarter of a century end in a tame draw in Rawalpindi on Tuesday. “I think the players always want a fair battle between bat and ball, and that’s when I think Test cricket is at its best and most rewarding,” the diplomatic Cummins said when asked about a pitch that yielded 1,187 runs for just 14 wickets over five days.

“It’s for fans and you guys (media) to kind of watch it from the outside and kind of judge the spectacle.”

Pakistan were 252 without loss in their second innings when the match ended without a result. Australia scored 459 in reply to Pakistan’s first innings score of 476-4 declared.

“Turning up to a pitch — probably not a traditional pitch — you get here in Rawalpindi and coming away with a draw, it’s not a bad result,” Cummins said afterwards.

It was Australia’s first Test on Pakistan soil since 1998, having declined to visit previously on security grounds.

With a draw assured, the Pakistan openers took the opportunity for batting practice ahead of the second Test in Karachi starting Saturday.

The final day was dominated by Pakistan’s openers, with Imam-ul-Haq cracking his second century of the match and Abdullah Shafique scoring a maiden hundred.

Haq made an unbeaten 111 following up his first-innings 157, while Shafique finished on 136.

In doing so, they became the first Pakistan pair to put on a century opening stand in both innings of a Test against Australia, after teaming up for 105 on Friday.

Shafique was the first to reach his century, pushing seamer Cameron Green for a single to reach the mark in 209 minutes. In all, he hit 15 boundaries and a six.

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Haq, who was playing his first Test since December 2019, pushed part-timer Travis Head for two to complete his century in 276 minutes.

Their stand is Pakistan’s highest for the first wicket against Australia in all Tests, bettering the 249 set by Khalid Ibadulla and Abdul Kadir in Karachi in 1964.

So dominating were the two openers that it became only the first instance in 51 years when Australia conceded 100-plus opening stands in both innings of a Test.

Geoff Boycott and John Edrich of England were the last pair to achieve the feat against Australia, in Adelaide in 1971.

The famed Australian pace trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood — with 674 Test wickets between them before this match — got just one more on the flat, lifeless surface.

Shafique said he was delighted to score a hundred.

“This century will give me confidence and step up my career,” he added.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Nauman Ali bowled a nagging line and length to mop up the Australian tail and finished with career-best figures of 6-107 in 38.1 overs — his third five-wicket haul in eight Tests.

His effort enabled Pakistan to get the last three wickets with the addition of just 10 runs after Australia resumed on 449-7.

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Nauman — whose previous best of 5-35 came on his debut against South Africa in Karachi last year — dismissed Australian skipper Pat Cummins for eight and Nathan Lyon for three in quick succession.

Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi got rid of Starc to finish with figures of 2-88 in 30 overs.

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Australia’s First Test In Pakistan In 24 Years Ends In Tame Draw

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Imam-ul-Haq cracked a century in each innings and his opening partner Abdullah Shafique hit a maiden hundred as Pakistan’s first home Test against Australia in 24 years ended in a tame draw in Rawalpindi on Tuesday. Haq made an unbeaten 111 following up his 157 in the first innings, while Shafique finished on 136 as Pakistan were 252 without loss when the match ended without a result.

Australia scored 459 in reply to Pakistan’s first innings score of 476-4 declared.

Australia’s first Test on Pakistan soil since 1998 — they previously declined to visit on security grounds — was ultimately spoiled by a flat Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch.

A combined total of 1,187 runs were scored for just 14 wickets over five days as the famed Australian pace trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood — with 674 Test wickets between them before this match — got just one more.

With a draw assured, the Pakistan openers took the opportunity for batting practice ahead of the second Test in Karachi starting Saturday.

In doing so, they became the first Pakistan pair to put on a century opening stand in both innings of a Test against Australia after teaming up for 105 on Friday.

Shafique was the first to reach his century, pushing seamer Cameron Green for a single to reach the mark in 209 minutes. In all, he hit 15 boundaries and a six.

Haq, who was playing his first Test since December 2019, pushed part-timer Travis Head for two to complete his century in 276 minutes.

Their stand is Pakistan’s highest for the first wicket against Australia in all Tests, bettering the 249 set by Khalid Ibadulla and Abdul Kadir in Karachi in 1964.

So dominating were the two openers that it became only the first instance in 51 years when Australia conceded 100-plus opening stands in both innings of a Test.

Geoff Boycott and John Edrich of England were the last pair to achieve the feat against Australia, in Adelaide in 1971.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Nauman Ali bowled a nagging line and length to mop up the Australian tail and finished with career-best figures of 6-107 in 38.1 overs — his third five-wicket haul in eight Tests.

His effort enabled Pakistan to get the last three wickets with the addition of just 10 runs after Australia resumed on 449-7.

Nauman — whose previous best of 5-35 came on his debut against South Africa in Karachi last year — dismissed Australian skipper Pat Cummins for eight and Nathan Lyon for three in quick succession.

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Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi got rid of Starc to finish with figures of 2-88 in 30 overs.

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Shane Warne Would Have Done Terrific Job As England Coach: Ricky Ponting

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Shane Warne would have been a “terrific” England coach with his immense knowledge of the game, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said in an emotional tribute to the legendary spinner. Following the sacking of Chris Silverwood in the aftermath of Australia’s 4-0 Ashes win, Warne had confided to his friends about his aspiration to become England coach, weeks ahead of his shocking death due to suspected heart attack while holidaying in Thailand.

“His (Warne’s) passion and knowledge for the game is something to behold. He would have made a great coach. Having someone like Warne to take over the England cricket team, I think he would have done a terrific job,” Ponting told fellow broadcaster Isa Guha on ‘The ICC Review’.

“He’s a huge loss to the world game. It’s simple as that, whether he would have done some coaching or even just the way he talks, the insights he gave us through his commentary, I think we’re all gonna miss that.” Ponting, who played for much of his 15-year international career with Warne said the spin king, however, did not talk to him about his intention to helm the England team. “He didn’t (talk to me about that) because I would have tried talking him out of it pretty quickly.

“I think he had a pretty good idea of things to talk to me about and not talk to me about. He would have made a great coach,” said the batting legend.

Guha herself said that Warne’s desire to coach England was real.

In a column for ‘News Corp’, Guha said Warne had floated the idea to her.

“The last time I saw Shane Warne in person, he came to me with a question… ‘Hey Ish … I’m keen to put my hand up for this England job, what do you reckon?’ He was serious,” Guha wrote.

Warne had previously coached and captained the Rajasthan Royals to win the inaugural Indian Premier League in 2008. He also coached The Hundred franchise, the London Spirit.

“I know he’s done a bit of it in The Hundred (with the London Spirit) but having someone like Shane Warne to take over the England cricket team now he would have done a great job,” Ponting said.

“I don’t think he left too much in his head. Whenever he had something to talk about, he made sure he got that out there and he did it in such a great way.

“It was in an educational way. That was what he was. He was very much a teacher through his commentary.” Warne’s career was marred by many unfortunate incidents and controversies and one of the lowest points was when he had to deal with his broken marriage with then wife Simone Callahan, a few days before the famous 2005 Ashes series.

Their marriage lasted 10 years before the duo split in 2005. But Warne showed character, returning with 40 wickets and finishing as the fifth leading run getter for Australia in their 1-2 defeat.

“I was worried about him, not just his cricket, but his life and home. I wanted to make sure everything was okay,” Ponting remembered.

“I finally got him at breakfast and spoke to him. He told me, ‘Mate what are you talking? I will deal with all this stuff, I guarantee you when the first ball is bowled in the first Test, you would not even know that anything’s up’.

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“If you look back, that was probably the greatest series he had in his career, not just with the ball but with the bat.”

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West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Live Score Updates: Kemar Roach On A Roll, England Lose Top Three Early

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West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Live Score Updates:England lost their top three Alex Lees, Zak Crawley and Joe Root cheaply after opting to bat against West Indies in the first Test being played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua. Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales provided the breakthroughs for West Indies. Roach sent back Lees and Root while Seales got the wicket of Crawley. The English side lacks the services of veteran pace duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson. (LIVE SCORECARD)

West Indies Playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Veerasammy Permaul, Jayden Seales

England Playing XI: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Daniel Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes (wk), Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Mark Wood, Jack Leach

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