BBC expects Michael Vaughan to return to cricket coverage after the Ashes | Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan will be welcomed back to the BBC after the Ashes series following positive talks with the former England captain in recent days. Vaughan’s future with the corporation had appeared in serious doubt after it repeatedly postponed the Five Live show Tuffers and Vaughan show amid an investigation into accusations he made racially-insensitive remarks … Read more

Ben Stokes ‘fit and hungry’ for England return in Australia Ashes showdown | England cricket team

Ben Stokes has declared himself “fit and hungry for a big series” ahead of next week’s first Ashes Test. The all-rounder was not named in the original England squad for the forthcoming series having taken an indefinite break to focus on his mental health and recovery from a fractured finger, but was subsequently added to … Read more

Shaun Tait resigns as Afghanistan cricket fast bowling consultant

Shaun Tait resigns as Afghanistan fast bowling consultant Afghanistan cricket: Former Australia pacer Shaun Tait on Wednesday announced that he is stepping down as the fast bowling consultant of the Afghanistan cricket team. “This is to announce that I am stepping down from the fast bowling consultant job of the Afghanistan team with immediate effect,” … Read more

Jack Leach says joke may be on Australia after wet buildup to Ashes | England cricket team

It wouldn’t be an Ashes tour without England players getting chirped by the locals but the latest example left Jack Leach wondering whether the joke might be on Australia. “I was having some food the other day in Brisbane with Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad and some guy came over afterwards and started saying: ‘Hey … Read more

Enticing cricket toss proposal could give each side of the coin equal weight | Cricket

Haris Aziz is not a man to let a problem pass him by. Born in Pakistan, he did a Bsc at Lahore University of management sciences, an MSc in maths at Oxford, a PhD at Warwick and is now an associate professor at the University of New South Wales. There he specialises in computational social … Read more

‘The beauty of Test cricket’: New Zealand rearguard snatch thrilling draw in India | Cricket

Debutant Rachin Ravindra and No 11 batter Ajaz Patel combined in a stunning rearguard to secure New Zealand’s thrilling draw in the opening Test against India. Chasing 284 for victory on a final day surface, New Zealand were in tatters at 155-9 with at least eight overs to go and the light steadily fading at … Read more

Former England captain Ray Illingworth receiving treatment for cancer | Cricket

The former England captain Ray Illingworth has revealed he is receiving treatment for cancer. The 89-year-old, who led England to an away Test series victory over Australia in 1970-71, is undergoing radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer. “They are just hoping to get rid of the last bit [of the tumour] with extra double doses. I will … Read more

Contradictory Australian cricket culture still ruled by traditional machismo | Cricket Australia

Over the weekend, men, women, boys and girls gathered in various parts of the nation to play for their clubs. It is the raw manifestation of Cricket Australia’s core business: people playing, and enjoying, cricket. Culture is never built in one place, but lots of it is built here. For the men, power and status … Read more

Monty Panesar: ‘My message to British Asian players is focus on your cricket’ | Monty Panesar

“I liked your article on Azeem Rafiq,” Monty Panesar tells me with a glint in his eye before we have even sat down. “But I want to challenge it.” Always nice to meet a reader. Albeit, these days Panesar has something of a vocational interest. He is still best remembered as one of England’s greatest … Read more

Ashley Giles suggests Michael Vaughan should be given ‘second chance’ | England cricket team

Ashley Giles, the managing director of the England men’s team, has indicated he believes Michael Vaughan should be given a chance to be rehabilitated and resume his media career after the allegations of racism made against him by Azeem Rafiq. Giles admitted there was no place for racism in cricket but when asked specifically about … Read more