Jaques joins NSW as assistant coach

Former Test opener Phil Jaques has joined Cricket New South Wales as an assistant coach. Jaques retired from playing for New South Wales after the 2011-12 season but will return to the organisation to help head coach Trevor Bayliss, while also working closely with the state’s youth teams.

He will also serve as a specialist coach for the Cricket New South Wales Academy programmes, mentoring players based in Sydney and regional New South Wales, as well as providing support to Sydney grade clubs. The state’s new general manager of cricket, David Moore, said it was pleasing to have a man of Jaques’s experience on the coaching staff. Read more

India in England: Pankaj Singh Promises to Make Impact on Debut

India pacer Pankaj Singh was left with mixed feelings after his first day as a Test cricketer, as England piled on a dominating 247/2 at the Rose Bowl on Sunday. (Day 1 Highlights | Scorecard)

The Rajasthan seamer, who got his maiden Test cap from former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, had picked up 300 first-class wickets and came close to snaring his first Test victim, had it not been for a poor drop by Ravindra Jadeja at third slip.

England skipper Alastair Cook, under pressure for a sustained run of poor form and the Lord’s defeat, pressed at a length delivery and edged Singh in his third over to the slip cordon, where Jadeja made a mess of it. Later in the day, Singh came close to striking again but a confident lbw shout against Ian Bell was turned down.Read more

Alastair Cook: England captain hits 95 as Gary Ballance makes ton

Alastair Cook fell agonisingly short of a first Test hundred in 14 months as England controlled the first day of the third Test against India at Southampton.

The England captain seemed set to end his 27-innings wait for a century when he edged a Ravindra Jadeja long-hop down the leg side to wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni to depart for 95.

That ended a stand of 158 with Gary Ballance, who moved to his third ton in five Tests to lead England to 247-2. Read more

Red Steel romp to nine-wicket win over Zouks

Evin Lewis and Kevin O’Brien flayed a hapless St Lucia Zouks bowling unit as the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel recorded a nine-wicket win at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. The pair erased the CPL first-wicket partnership record set 24 hours earlier by Martin Guptill and Lendl Simmons of the Guyana Amazon Warriors by adding 129 at the start of the Red Steel chase.

The Red Steel reached the target of 137 with 32 balls to spare, just one ball short of equaling the fastest chase of CPL 2014 made by the Jamaica Tallawahs who were set 97 to win against the Antigua Hawksbills on July 17. Lewis and O’Brien came within eight runs of notching the first 10-wicket win in CPL history before Lewis fell for 77 in the 14th over to a catch in the deep off Shane Shillingford. Read more

Second Test: Kumar Sangakkara Stars for Sri Lanka on Rain-Hit Fourth Day

Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Angelo Mathews struck brisk half-centuries to help Sri Lanka set up a thrilling finale to the series-deciding second Test against South Africa on Sunday. (Scorecard)

Sangakkara (72) hit his tenth 50-plus score of the year and Mathews chipped in with an unbeaten 63 as the hosts declared their second innings on 229-8 shortly before close of play to set the visitors an imposing target of 369.

At stumps on a rain-interrupted day four, South Africa were 38-1, needing 331 more runs off a minimum 98 overs to pull off a series-clinching win.Read more

Kevin Pietersen agrees T20 contract to join Melbourne Stars

Kevin Pietersen has signed a two-year deal to play for Melbourne Stars in Australia’s T20 Big Bash competition.

The former England batsman, 34, replaces Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, who is unavailable because of preparations for the World Cup.

The Big Bash takes place from 18 December 2014 to 28 January 2015 while the World Cup starts on 15 March, 2015.

Melbourne Stars captain Cameron White said of Pietersen: “He’s a tremendous addition and will fit in really well.” Read more

Loyal crowd wills Cook forward

In the late 1960s, with flower-power and hippiedom at their peak, a large group gathered in central London determined to prove the power of positive thinking. If they all concentrated on the same thought at the same time, they believed they could move a building an inch to its left.

It was a similar story at The Ageas Bowl on the first day of the third Investec Test. You could feel the goodwill for England’s captain around the ground. You feel the desperation among the spectators, among his teammates, among the coaching staff and even among the majority of the UK media, that Alastair Cook would end his run drought and register his first Test century since May 2013. Read more

Sourav Ganguly Begins New Innings as Cricket Administrator

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Sunday started a new innings as a cricket administrator – with his unanimous election to the joint secretary’s post at the Cricket Association of Bengal’s 83rd annual general meeting here.

Ganguly, a talismanic left hand bat during his playing days who captained India to the world cup final in 2003, followed in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors and contemporaries like Polly Umrigar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Dilip Vengsarkar, Javagal Srinath, Brijesh Patel, Shivlal Yadav and Anil Kumble who achieved varying degrees of success as cricket administrators.

Ganguly’s election, however, was a foregone conclusion with there being no challenger to his candidacy.

Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was also unanimously reelected as CAB president, welcomed Ganguly into full-time cricket administration.
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South Africa reclaim number one spot in Test rankings

South Africa have regained top spot in the world Test rankings after winning their series in Sri Lanka.

They drew the final Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo to win the series 1-0 and regain the number one ranking from Australia.

Needing 369 to win on the final day, Hashim Amla’s side sealed the draw they required by finishing on 159-8. Read more

Glamorgan stroll to easy win

Openers Jim Allenby and Jacques Rudolph scored half-centuries to help Glamorgan to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Middlesex in their Royal London Cup opener at Cardiff.

After Glamorgan had put Middlesex in to bat, they restricted the opposition to 174 for 8 in their 50 overs with Michael Hogan and David Lloyd, playing his first 50-over match, claiming three wickets apiece.

Middlesex were given some hope after being reduced to 90 for 8 with an unbeaten 84-run partnership between Neil Dexter and Steven Finn in nearly 25 overs. But in-form Glamorgan carried on from Friday night when they confirmed their place in the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals with an eight-wicket win over Gloucestershire. Read more