Adaptability the watchword as Mitchell turns opener

2 November 2021, 8:42 AM
Variable conditions in the United Arab Emirates have made the ability to adapt a vital skill for all teams at the Twenty20 World Cup but New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell has had to be more flexible than most players.
New Zealand
Ashes in the bag, next challenge for Cummins is subcontinent success 17 January 2022, 9:37 AM

Pat Cummins began his tenure as Australia's test captain with an emphatic Ashes series triumph but the 28-year-old knows his team must succeed overseas, particularly in the subcontinent, to be counted among the best.

Australia romp to victory as England fold meekly yet again 17 January 2022, 1:31 AM

Australia underlined their utter Ashes supremacy by crushing England's hopes of a consolation victory and winning the day-night fifth test by 146 runs with two days to spare in Hobart on Sunday to seal a 4-0 series triumph.

Kohli gives up India test captaincy in surprise move 15 January 2022, 5:32 PM

Virat Kohli shocked Indian cricket on Saturday by abruptly resigning as the national side's test captain, after leading the team to several memorable victories in his seven years in charge.

England strike late but Australia lead in Hobart 15 January 2022, 3:15 PM

England's bowlers pegged back Australia with three wickets under the Hobart lights on Saturday night but the hosts reached the close of play on three for 37 with a lead of 152 runs after an eventful second day of the fifth Ashes test

South Africa and India evenly poised after Day 2, India finish solidly on 57 12 January 2022, 8:37 PM

The third and final Test match between South Africa and India at Newlands in Cape Town is evenly poised after day two

Petersen stands alone as India keep South Africa in check 12 January 2022, 3:58 PM

Keegan Petersen showed his battling qualities with an unbeaten 70 to help South Africa limp to 176 for seven at tea as India kept chipping away at the wickets on the second day of the decisive third and final test at Newlands.

Kohli returns to form with 79 but India bowled out for 223 11 January 2022, 7:25 PM

India captain Virat Kohli returned to form with a well-constructed 79 but the touring side were bowled out for 223 after tea on the first day of the decisive third and final test against South Africa at Newlands on Tuesday

Ben Stokes
Injured Stokes still hopes to play in fifth Test: Anderson 10 January 2022, 7:46 AM

All-rounder Ben Stokes hopes to be fit enough for the fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia despite suffering a side strain while bowling in Sydney, England teammate James Anderson said.

Injured Buttler to fly home, Root proud of team’s character 9 January 2022, 12:03 PM

England's Jos Buttler will miss the fifth and final Ashes test against Australia in Hobart with a finger injury, skipper Joe Root said after the visitors eked out a thrilling draw in the fourth match in Sydney on Sunday.

Usman Khawaja
Second Khawaja ton leaves England batting to save test 8 January 2022, 11:00 AM

Usman Khawaja scored his second century of the match to help Australia to 265 for six declared on the fourth day of the fourth Ashes test on Saturday, handing England an unlikely victory target of 388.

No need for panic but South Africa batsmen need to step up: Skipper 2 January 2022, 3:37 PM

There is no need for panic in the South African ranks but their batsmen need to take more responsibility if they are to fight their way into the series against India, captain Dean Elgar said ahead of Monday’s start of the second test at the Wanderers.

Gritty South Africa stay in the fight versus India 29 December 2021, 6:35 PM

South Africa captain Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 52 against India as the hosts showed a dogged determination to stay in the fight on a spicy wicket and closed the fourth day on 94 for four in the first test at Centurion Park on Wednesday.

India take lead past 200 in first test v South Africa 29 December 2021, 1:03 PM

India showed patience with the bat to reach 79 for three against South Africa at lunch on day four of the first test on Wednesday, a second innings lead of 209 on a lively wicket providing plenty of assistance to the seam bowlers.

Debutant Boland becomes instant cult hero with six-wicket Ashes haul 28 December 2021, 9:37 AM

Test debutant Scott Boland etched his name in the record books and became an instant cult hero in Australian cricket with an astonishing six-wicket haul that wrapped up the Ashes on day three of the third test in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Rain washes out South Africa v India day two 27 December 2021, 2:27 PM

No play was possible on the second day of the first test between South Africa and India at Centurion Park on Monday as heavy rain meant frustration for both sides seeking to gain the upper hand in the three-match series.

Rain holds up India on day two of first test versus South Africa 27 December 2021, 10:57 AM

Rain delayed the start of day two of the first test between South Africa and India at Centurion Park on Monday, denying the visitors the chance to build on their impressive first innings total of 272 for three.

India openers make solid start as South Africa toil 26 December 2021, 12:21 PM

Openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal negotiated a toothless South African seam attack to steer India to 83 without loss in overcast conditions at lunch on the opening day of the first test at Centurion Park on Sunday.

‘Hurting’ England haven’t given up on the Ashes, says Malan 23 December 2021, 7:00 AM

Dawid Malan says England have not given up on winning the Ashes even if he admits they will need a much improved performance in the third test in Melbourne from Sunday to get themselves back in the series.

South Africa focused on beating India despite off-field woes 21 December 2021, 2:31 PM

Test captain Dean Elgar says he will not let the allegations of racist conduct that have come to light at Cricket South Africa in recent months become an excuse for failure as his side prepare to host India in a three-match series from Sunday.

Seamers to give India hope of first series win in South Africa says Pujara 18 December 2021, 4:55 PM

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says they are confident of claiming a historic first test series win in South Africa, led by their potent fast bowling attack on the lively Highveld wickets where the first two of three tests will be played.

Adelaide Oval
Adelaide dismisses Perth Ashes Test swap proposal 6 December 2021, 6:54 AM

An audacious proposal by Western Australia's Sports Minister to swap the dates of the Perth and Adelaide Ashes Tests was given short shrift by the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) on Monday.

England skipper Root praises Robinson’s rise to prominence 5 December 2021, 10:29 AM

England captain Joe Root praised Ollie Robinson's "fantastic" performances after overcoming a turbulent start to his test career and said the fast bowler has impressed the rest of the team as they prepare for the Ashes series against Australia.

India close on 221 for four on shortened first day against Black Caps 3 December 2021, 3:00 PM

India who have won the toss, have reached 221 for the loss of four wickets when bad light stopped play on the first day of the second cricket test against New Zealand in Mumbai.

Steve Smith
Australia’s former cricket captain Mark Taylor says Steve Smith’s return could heal old wounds 28 November 2021, 7:47 AM

Former skipper Mark Taylor has backed the appointment of Steve Smith as Australia's vice-captain more than three years after he was stripped of the captaincy for his involvement in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

‘We must win back trust’ – English cricket bodies unite to tackle racism 20 November 2021, 3:53 AM

England’s major cricketing bodies collectively apologised on Friday to all those who have suffered racism and discrimination in the game following former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq’s revelations about the abuse he encountered. Rafiq told a British parliamentary committee on Tuesday that he had suffered “inhuman” treatment in his time at Yorkshire and described the sport […]

Tim Paine steps down as Australian captain after 2017 scandal 19 November 2021, 5:00 PM

Australian cricket captain, Tim Paine stepped down earlier today, less than three weeks before the start of The Ashes series against England

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers retires from all forms of cricket 19 November 2021, 3:54 PM

Former South African cricket captain, AB de Villiers has decided to retire from all forms of cricket with immediate effect. He says he has lost his hunger for the game, bringing to an end a 17-year career where he established himself as one of the greats in the sport.

Alex Hales
Hales defends 2009 image appearing to show him in blackface 19 November 2021, 5:46 AM

Former England batsman Alex Hales has defended an old photo appearing to show him in blackface at a fancy dress party, saying it was a tribute to late rapper Tupac Shakur.

Finch wants to lead Australia’s T20 title defence on home soil 18 November 2021, 10:15 AM

Aaron Finch has stepped down from the captaincy of Big Bash League (BBL) side the Melbourne Renegades but is determined to lead Australia's T20 World Cup title defence on home soil next year.

Cricket-India still strong despite big name absentees – NZ coach 16 November 2021, 8:05 AM

New Zealand coach Gary Stead believes India will provide a major challenge on the upcoming test tour despite the absence of a few big names from their squad.