DUBAI: Captains of each of the PSL franchises jointly unveiled PSL’s Trophy here for third season commencing on Thursday 22nd of November.
A Presser followed the ceremony that was addressed by Najam Sethi (PSL Chief), captains Darren Sammy, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Brendon McCullum, Misbah-ul-Haq and Sarfraz Ahmed.
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Australia bat against England in 4th ODI
CHESTER-LE-STREET (UK): Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat in the fourth one-day international against England at Chester-le-Street on Thursday.
Paine opted to field first in the third ODI at Trent Bridge on Tuesday only to see England pile up a record 481 for six on the way to a massive win by 242 runs. That victory put England, the world’s number one ranked side in this format, an unassailable 3-0 up in a five-match series as they went in search of their first 5-0 ODI series whitewash of world champions Australia.
England made one change to their side for this day/night fixture, resting fast bowler Liam Plunkett and giving an ODI debut to Craig Overton. Australia made three changes to the team that suffered their heaviest ODI defeat, in terms of runs, in Nottingham. They recalled experienced off-spinner Nathan Lyon and opted to play an extra bowler as Michael Neser returned and D’Arcy Short was left out.
Cricket: England eye magical 500
NOTTINGHAM: England one-day captain Eoin Morgan said: “the sky’s the limit” for his record-breaking, with a total of 500 firmly in their sights after their rout of Australia.
Morgan’s men posted a new all-time ODI record of 481 for six at Trent Bridge en route to a 242-run thrashing of their arch-rivals to go an unbeatable 3-0 up in the five-match series. Man-of-the-match Alex Hales top-scored with 147 on his Nottinghamshire home ground, just as he had done when making 171 in England’s 444 for three – the previous ODI record total — against Pakistan at Trent Bridge two years ago.
Opening batsman Jonny Bairstow made 139 on Tuesday, his fourth hundred in six ODIs that included a century in a shock loss to Scotland just before this series. Meanwhile, Morgan, who missed the second ODI in Cardiff on Sunday with a back spasm, smashed England’s fastest fifty at this level, off just 21 balls. “I think (we’re) definitely very close (to 500),” said Morgan. “The sky’s the limit with these guys,” Morgan added after England, the 2019 World Cup hosts, cemented their place at the top of the ODI rankings in style.
England might well have broken the 500-barrier had they not lost both Hales and Morgan, who put on 124 for the fourth wicket, off successive balls in the 48th over.
A relevant piece published earlier: Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow both hit hundreds as England broke the record for the highest score in a men’s one-day international for the second time in two years at Trent Bridge by scoring 481 for six against Australia on Tuesday.
Hales made 147 on his Nottinghamshire home ground and Bairstow 139 as England surpassed their own previous all-time record men’s ODI total of 444 for three, also set at Trent Bridge, against Pakistan in 2016. England captain Eoin Morgan became England’s all-time leading run-scorer in this format during a 67 that featured 21-ball fifty — England’s quickest at this level. Bairstow’s hundred was his fourth in six ODIs while Hales’s century ended a run of low scores. “It was amazing,” Bairstow told Sky Sports. “This ground is a special ground for us.
It always tends to bring something exciting – what a pitch it is.” Hales added: “We’ve had some great memories here as a team and today is another special day. “The 500 was murmured when Morg (Morgan) came out but we just couldn’t get there,” he added with England, already 2-0 up in this five-match campaign, eyeing a second series win this year over world champions Australia following a 4-1 success ‘Down Under’ in January. Jason Roy, who made 120 in England’s 38-run win in the second ODI in Cardiff on Sunday – a match Morgan missed because of a back spasm — could have had back-to-back hundreds but instead ran himself out on 82. (Published on 20th June 2018)
Cricket: Chandimal banned for ball tampering
PARIS: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will miss his side’s third Test against the West Indies after being found guilty of ball tampering on Tuesday.
Chandimal was found guilty of changing the condition of the ball during the second day’s play of the second Test, which concluded at Gros Islet on Monday.
He was given two suspension points and fined 100 per cent of his match fee, the International Cricket Council announced in a statement. The points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first.