Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, who has died after a single-vehicle auto accident, was a big-hitting allrounder who built a credible test career and was an exemplar of Australian sport's prized larrikin tradition.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Allrounder Jimmy Neesham has been omitted from New Zealand Cricket’s list of contracted players for the first time in three years, making way for the Wellington off-spin allrounder Michael Bracewell.
New Zealand cricket great Brendon McCullum was hired as head coach of England's test team on Thursday in another bold appointment coming soon after the decision to select allrounder Ben Stokes as captain.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia on Thursday said its all-formats tour of Sri Lanka is still going ahead despite a heightening of tension due to civil unrest in the south Asian island nation.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Cricket South Africa withdrew all disciplinary charges against national coach Mark Boucher on Tuesday less than a week before he was due to appear at a hearing to face allegations of misconduct and racism.
LONDON (AP) — Former England batter and coach Graham Thorpe has been hospitalized with a serious illness, the country’s players’ union said on Tuesday.
The 52-year-old Thorpe left his role in England’s coaching staff after the Ashes in January and has since accepted the job as head coach of Afghanistan.
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — Keacy Carty has become the first player from St. Maarten to be picked for the West Indies.
The 25-year-old Carty and fast bowlers Jayden Seales and Shermon Lewis were chosen for their first West Indies limited-overs international squad on Monday for short tours of the Netherlands and Pakistan.
Three golden ducks, three single-digit scores and just one score above 50.
If Virat Kohli’s name wasn’t attached to that sequence of batting scores in the world’s richest cricket league, selectors may already have run out of patience.
WORCESTER, England (AP) — Ben Stokes marked his first innings since being appointed England test captain by smashing 17 sixes, a record in English county cricket.
The match on Friday was a breathtaking return to the pitch by Stokes since a knee injury he aggravated in March during England’s third-test defeat to the West Indies.
MUMBAI, India (AP) — Mumbai Indians snatched a sensational five-run win over Indian Premier League leaders Gujarat Titans on Friday.
Gujarat needed nine gettable runs in the final over but fast bowler Daniel Sams conceded just three to earn Mumbai only its second win in 10 games.
LONDON (AP) — English county cricket team Essex was fined 50,000 pounds ($61,900) on Thursday in relation to a racist comment allegedly made by its then-chairman at a board meeting in 2017.
John Faragher, who quit his position last year, has denied what was described in the charge as “using racist and /or discriminatory terminology.”
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Spinner Ajaz Patel, who is one of only three players to have taken 10 wickets in a test innings, will return to the New Zealand cricket squad for its three-test tour to England next month.
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — Nicholas Pooran has replaced Kieron Pollard as captain of the West Indies one-day international and Twenty20 teams.
Selecting allrounders to captain England’s test cricket team hasn’t always worked so well in the past.
Ben Stokes is sure he can make it work.
Stokes accepted the biggest job in English cricket last week, sparking concerns that the captaincy will weigh heavy on a player of whom so much is asked already.
Ben Stokes was appointed as captain of England's test cricket team on Thursday, taking on the high-pressure role just a few months after returning from a long spell away from the game to protect his mental health.
SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australian test batter Michael Slater had charges of domestic violence dismissed on mental health grounds in a Sydney local court on Wednesday.
Magistrate Ross Hudson ordered Slater to undergo a 12-month treatment plan under the care of a doctor.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Former South Africa cricket captain Graeme Smith was cleared of racism allegations on Monday by an independent investigation that looked into claims that he used his influence to ensure a Black player wasn't selected when he led the team a decade ago.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) — West Indies captain Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday after playing 224 limited-over internationals for his country over 15 years.
LONDON (AP) — Rob Key was appointed as the new managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board on Sunday.
Joe Root was the latest of a series of resignations when he announced his decision to retire as England captain on Friday following a disastrous 12 months of test cricket including a dismal 4-0 defeat in the Ashes.
Joe Root stepped down as England’s test cricket captain on Friday, ending his five-year spell in a role that became increasingly challenging because of the team's long run of series defeats — including 4-0 in the Ashes over the winter.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andrew McDonald has been named head coach of the Australian men's cricket team on a four-year contract.
Cricket Australia said Wednesday that McDonald's contract had been made permanent after serving as interim coach since Justin Langer did not agree to a short-term contract renewal in February.
GQEBERHA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa bowled Bangladesh out for 80 to seal a convincing 332-run win in the second and final test and take the series 2-0 on Monday.
Spinners Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer once again accounted for all 10 wickets in the second innings, just as they did when South Africa won the first test by 220 runs.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fast bowler Jhye Richardson has been cut from Cricket Australia’s contracted list after the surprising rise of fellow paceman Scott Boland.
Richardson was the most surprising omission from CA’s 20-player list for the 2022-23 season announced Thursday.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With declining cases of COVID-19, South Africa on Tuesday ended its national state of disaster, the legal framework used for two years to impose restrictions to combat the pandemic.
LONDON (AP) — England will travel to Australia for a three-test rugby series in July, with Sydney Cricket Ground hosting the final match for its first international since 1986.
England last toured Australia in 2016, sweeping the three-test series in Eddie Jones's first year as coach to start an eight-match winning run against the Wallabies.
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Ross Taylor made 14 for New Zealand against the Netherlands in the third one-day cricket international on Monday, coming to the crease and leaving it to a standing ovation.
Alyssa Healy produced a milestone innings in a tournament that may be transformative for women’s cricket as Australia beat England by 71 runs on Sunday to win the Women’s Cricket World Cup for the seventh time.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Australia beat England by 71 runs Sunday in the final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup at Hagley Oval:
Australia 356-5 (Alyssa Healy 170, Rachael Haynes 68, Beth Mooney 62; Anya Shrubsole 3-46).
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Captain Tom Latham carried his bat to score 140 runs on Saturday as New Zealand recovered from 34-5 to a beat the Netherlands by 118 runs in the second one-day cricket international.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Defending champion England will face six-time champion Australia in the final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup after beating South Africa by 137 runs Thursday in the tournament’s second semifinal at Christchurch.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An eclectic array of celebrities including singer Elton John, golfing legend Greg Norman and champion surfer Kelly Slater paid tribute on Wednesday to their friend, former Australian cricketer Shane Warne, at a star-studded state memorial service.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Allrounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of Australia's remaining limited-overs cricket matches in Pakistan because of a hip injury.
Marsh will join Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League to continue his recovery from the low-grade hip flexor injury he sustained during practice ahead of ODI series in Lahore.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Alyssa Healy struck 126 from 107 balls and shared a 216-run opening partnership with Rachael Haynes as six-time champion Australia beat the West Indies by 157 runs Wednesday to reach the final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup.
MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — A century by Will Young helped guide New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over the Netherlands in the first of three one-day internationals on Tuesday.
Young made 103 and combined with Henry Nicholls in a 162-run partnership for the second wicket which saw New Zealand surpass the Netherlands total of 202 in the 39th over.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Shane Warne mixed with Mick Jagger and Elton John, bowled to Ed Sheeran in the practice nets at the spiritual home of cricket, and for a while was engaged to be married to Liz Hurley.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Australia’s cricket team was weakened by another case of COVID-19 on Tuesday after left-arm spinner Ashton Agar tested positive for the virus just hours before the start of a limited-overs international series in Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — West Indies will tour Pakistan in June to play three ODIs, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Monday.
West Indies will arrive in Islamabad on June 5 to play at Rawalpindi on June 8, 10 and 12.
The head coach is gone. The director of the team is gone. The captain might go soon.
Oh, and make it just one win in 17 tests over the past 14 months.
The English cricket team is in disarray, with what can only be described as its winter of discontent capped by a 10-wicket loss to the West Indies on Sunday that sealed a fifth straight series defeat.
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) — West Indies crushed England by 10 wickets in the third and final cricket test on Sunday to win the series 1-0.
The hosts needed only 4.5 overs on Day 4 for their batters to reach the winning target in Grenada.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia will play the West Indies and South Africa will play England in the semifinals of the Women's Cricket World Cup after the makeup of the top four was finally decided Sunday on the last ball of the last match in the league stage.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Suzie Bates made 126 and became only the third woman to surpass 5,000 runs in one-day internationals as New Zealand beat Pakistan by 71 runs Saturday in its last match at the Women’s Cricket World Cup.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Australia batter Steve Smith has been ruled out of the white-ball series in Pakistan next week due to a left elbow injury.
Legspinner Mitchell Swepson, who made his test debut against Pakistan, replaced Smith in the Australia squad which is due to play three one-day internationals and a one-off Twenty20 at Lahore.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Up there with winning the Ashes.
Australia captain Pat Cummins was jubilant after his team thrived in testing cricket conditions to win the test series against Pakistan 1-0, and he compared it to routing England 4-0 in January.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan failed to hold out in the last session of the third and final cricket test as Australia recorded an emphatic 115-run win Friday to clinch the series 1-0.
The hosts were dismissed for 235 in their second innings on a worn-out wicket an hour after tea as Australia enjoyed a successful end to its first test series in Pakistan since 1998.
NAPIER, New Zealand (AP) — Rain forced the abandonment of a one-off Twenty20 cricket match Friday between New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Heavy rain before the match at McLean Park made the outfield wet and the bowler’s run-ups slippery.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia will travel to Sri Lanka for a 10-match series in all formats in June and July in its first tour of the south Asian country since 2016, when the hosts won a three-test series 3-0.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Beth Mooney battled gale-force winds, frigid temperatures and fading light to guide Australia to a five-wicket win over Bangladesh on Friday to ensure it finished the group stages of the Women’s Cricket World Cup with an unbeaten record.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — South Africa locked in a semifinal place and West Indies kept its hopes alive at Women’s Cricket World Cup when they shared competition points on Thursday from a match abandoned because of rain.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa batsman Zubayr Hamza has tested positive for the banned diuretic Furosemide, the country's cricket federation said Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Hamza is not disputing the positive test and has agreed to a “voluntary suspension” starting immediately while the case is investigated, Cricket South Africa said.
LONDON (AP) — England batter Jason Roy was handed a suspended two-match international ban on Tuesday for bringing the sport into disrepute.
Details about the exact nature of Roy's disciplinary breach were not disclosed by the England and Wales Cricket Board.