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Dane van Niekerk, Women’s T20 World Cup, South Africa, selection, 2km time trial, broken, cut, dumped for failing minimum fitness, reaction

Warning: May contain offensive language below Former captain Dane van Niekerk says she’s been left “broken” after being overlooked for South Africa’s squad for the Women’s T20 World Cup for failing to meet her team’s minimum fitness standards. Ahead of her home tournament, one of the fitness tests requires women cricketers to run two kilometers …

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Cricket 2023: Dane Van Niekerk dropped from South Africa T20 World Cup squad over fitness failure

South African legend Dane Van Niekirk has been left out of South Africa’s squad for their home T20 World Cup campaign after failing “to meet the minimum criteria for fitness”. Van Niekirk ran a personal best 2km time trial of 9 minutes and 48 seconds on January 27, but South Africa’s fitness standards require its …

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Usman Khawaja wins inaugural Shane Warne Men’s Test Player of the Year award

Usman Khawaja has won the inaugural Shane Warne Men’s Test Player of the Year award following a superb 12 months in Australian whites. And he delivered a quintessentially Khawaja acceptance speech. Since returning to the Test side in January last year, Khawaja has been Australia’s leading run-scorer in the five-day format, accumulating 1020 runs at …

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Cameron Green in race against the clock to recover from frustrating finger injury, Mitchell Starc

Cameron Green is in a race against the clock to recover from a frustrating finger injury ahead of the first Test against India, with the Australian all-rounder unlikely to bowl in the series opener in Nagpur. The West Australian broke his finger during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa, where he claimed 5-27 and …

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David Warner, calls for Duckworth Lewis changes, DLS, Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat, hectic schedule, takes its toll, changes

An “exhausted” David Warner says he’ll have to work on ways to stay fresh next summer as he prepares to fly out to India frustrated that rain washed away any chance he and the Thunder had of staying alive in the BBL. Warner was on 36 not out when the heavens opened up with the …

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Cricket 2023: Pat Cummins ‘absolute rubbish’ claims he lost $40 mill sponsor

Pat Cummins has rubbed claims he cost Cricket Australia an eight figure deal. The climate conscious captain opens up on the fallout of the sponsor storm. The Alinta Energy affair will not stop Pat Cummins from becoming a climate change advocate – but he insists it was “absolute rubbish” he cost Cricket Australia an eight …

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Eddie Jones Wallabies coach; reaction, analysis, UK View, how will he fix Wallabies

Eddie Jones’ appointment as Australian coach in a bombshell $4.5 million deal has received plenty of media attention over in the United Kingdom, and understandably so. Less than seven weeks after being stood down as England mentor, the 62-year-old has signed a five-year deal with one of the nation’s biggest rivals — and there’s a …

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Cricket news 2023: Broadcasters, Cricket Austraila urged to reconsider cutting Big Bash league games

It was one of the cornerstones of cricket’s brand spanking new $1.5 billion broadcast deal. But Cricket Australia has already been urged to consider making a major change. Cricket Australia and broadcasters Channel 7 and Foxtel have been urged to reconsider their decision to shorten the Big Bash. Although the reduction in BBL matches isn’t …

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Mankad debate; Mark Butcher warns there will be blood; Adam Zampa, news, updates

Former England star Mark Butcher has warned the “Mankad” revolution could result in “absolute carnage” at amateur level, predicting “there will be blood” this upcoming cricket summer. After the Marylebone Cricket Club amended the Laws of Cricket last year, running out the non-striker during a bowler’s delivery stride has become an accepted practice among professional …

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Cricket 2023: Travis Head explains throwing bat in The Test season two

A monster 12 months awaits Travis Head. The once-maligned batsman has a chance to prove himself as an all-conditions player – and even Australia’s secret weapon in shutting down BazBall. For better and occasionally for worse, the new Test documentary has established this much about Travis Head … he cares. Deeply. One of the most …

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