Ireland & Afghanistan awarded Test status by International Cricket Council

Ireland and Afghanistan have been granted Test status by the International Cricket Council. It increases the number of countries competing at the top level of international cricket to 12. They are the first admissions since Bangladesh gained Test status in 2000. The two countries, who already have one-day and Twenty20 international status, have enjoyed notable…

Broad doubtful for first Test with heel problem

England are monitoring Stuart Broad’s fitness before the first Test against South Africa after a recurrence of the paceman’s long-standing heel injury. Broad left the field on Wednesday after bowling one over for Nottinghamshire in their win against Leicestershire. The 30-year-old is reported to have had a scan on his left heel after the game….

England thrash South Africa in first T20

Media playback is not supported on this device First Twenty20 international, Southampton: South Africa 142-3 (20 overs): De Villiers 65*, Behardien 64* England 143-1 (14.3 overs): Bairstow 60*, Hales 47* England won by nine wickets Scorecard England responded to their Champions Trophy disappointment with a nine-wicket win against South Africa in the first of three…

Women's World Cup 2017: Cricket on upwards curve – Charlotte Edwards

Media playback is not supported on this device Cricket is “leading the way in women’s sport”, says former England captain Charlotte Edwards. The International Cricket Council has doubled prize money for the World Cup to $ 2m (£1.5m) and plans to “move towards equality within 15 years”. “The ICC have to be applauded for the…

India coach Kumble steps down after rift with captain Kohli

Anil Kumble has stepped down as India head coach after a year in charge because his “partnership” with captain Virat Kohli was “untenable”. Kumble said Kohli had “reservations” about his coaching style. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) advertised the head coach’s job in May but “endorsed an extension” to Kumble’s one-year…