Friday May 22 19:57 AEST top cricket stories
Aussie old guard pumped for Ashes campaignAllrounder Shane Watson says Australia's older players will be hugely motivated to get a long awaited Ashes cricket series win in England. Aaron Finch set to return next monthAustralia's Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch is progressing well in his recovery from serious hamstring surgery and hopes to return on June 14. England batsman topples NZ's bowlers and a cameramanJoe Root came out swinging for England on day one of the First Test against New Zealand and the Kiwi bowlers weren't his only victims. Root and Stokes revive EnglandEngland's cricketers, in dire trouble at 4-30, reach 7-354 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's. Henry takes two as NZ take Test ascendancyNew Zealand flew out of the blocks in the First Test against England to have the hosts in trouble at lunch on day one. Pay rise for women cricketersCricket Australia have announced that female domestic cricketers will be given a pay rise. Black Caps eye world top rankingHaving climbed to third in the world Test rankings, Brendon McCullum says New Zealand can push on to be top dogs. TV reporter cops cricket ball blowAn Australian sports reporter was left wincing in pain after being struck by a cricket ball as she hosted a TV segment wither back to the action. Aust power fails to get Rajasthan throughMitchell Starc's Bangalore IPL team are through to a tournament qualifier after a trio of Australian Test teammates failed to fire Rajasthan to a win. Cook denies Pietersen 'ultimatum'England captain Alastair Cook says the decision to exclude Kevin Pietersen from the side was not down to any alleged ultimatum from him.
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Amateur cricketer in unique dismissalAn amateur cricketer has been given out dismissed for handling a no-ball, likely the first time it has been recorded as happening. Test stars given Shield hit with pink ballIf the mooted day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand goes ahead as planned, players from both sides won't go in blind. Southee looks to Lord's it over EnglandUnder-fire England host New Zealand in the first Test at Lord's this week. Boycott slams 'shambolic' EnglandOn the eve of the first Test against New Zealand, Geoffrey Boycott has labelled the way English cricket has been run lately a "shambles". Ponting-coached Mumbai in IPL finalThe Ricky Ponting-coached Mumbai Indians have advanced to the Indian Premier League final after a disastrous start to the tournament. Pakistan recall Malik for Zimbabwe tourPakistan has made some changes for its upcoming home Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe. Afridi praises Zimbabwe 'courage'The Zimbabwe team has arrived in Pakistan under top-level security to play two Twenty20 internationals followed by three one-day matches in Lahore. No contact yet from England cricket: DizzyJason Gillespie says he is flattered by talk linking him to the England cricket coaching role but says he hasn't been contacted about it yet. Langer eyes top Aussie cricket job laterFormer Test opener Justin Langer says family reasons convinced him to re-sign with Western Australia instead of applying for the England coaching gig. Root salutes axed England coach MooresEngland vice-captain Joe Root has praised sacked national team cricket coach Peter Moores for his personal development. Zimbabwe cricket team arrives in PakistanSecurity is tight in Pakistan as the host nation welcomes the Zimbabwean cricket team to its shores. ICC bid to restore bat-ball balanceThe ICC's cricket committee has made recommendations for changes to the game to restore the balance between bat and ball. Hadlee backs NZ to add to England's woesNew Zealand cricket legend Richard Hadlee says if the Black Caps play to their potential they will win against England at Lords. Broad apologises for missing sponsor eventStuart Broad says he missed a sponsor event because of a migraine, not an all night bender. Rogers set to retire after AshesAustralian opener Chris Rogers says he's likely to retire from Test cricket after the upcoming Ashes series in England. Warner's Hyderabad miss spot in IPL finalsThe Ricky Ponting-coached Mumbai Indians have advanced to the IPL finals with a resounding nine-wicket win over David Warner's Sunrisers Hyderabad. Attack survivor picked as Pak-Zim umpireFollowing a decision by the ICC to refuse to send officials to Pakistan for their home series against Zimbabwe, a local umpire has been appointed. 'Inflammatory' KP comments hard to ignoreAndrew Strauss has given further explanation for the continued exile of Kevin Pietersen from the England team. Haddin officially announces ODI retirementBrad Haddin has made the announcement many expected, retiring from the Australian one day side to focus on Test cricket. England weaker without Pietersen: ClarkeMichael Clarke says he would love to see Kevin Pietersen back playing for England, but perhaps not in time for the Ashes.
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