Wednesday December 4, 2013
ICC investigators have been in New Zealand for four months looking into possible match-fixing and spot-fixing by former New Zealand cricketers, according to a report in The New Zealand Herald.
The International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) was established in 2000 after revelations of match-fixing by a number of international players, most notably then-captain of South Africa Hansie Cronje. It pursues allegations of corrupt conduct with a view to establishing long-term deterrents to corruption, such as by issuing bans and referring appropriate matters to police.
The ACSU also offers an education programme for all players and officials that play cricket at international level.
Unfortunately, the emerging New Zealand story is another reminder that corruption is still a huge problem in world cricket. You can learn more about the Hansie Cronje story and fixing in cricket in our two-part series:
UPDATE 1030 NZT
: New Zealand Cricket CEO David White has said in a press conference "no current New Zealand players are being investigated, no games played in New Zealand are being investigated, and no matches under New Zealand Cricket's jurisdiction are being investigated." In other words, the investigation involves former New Zealand players involved in matches played abroad that did not involve the New Zealand cricket team
Saturday November 30, 2013
Keep your sledging in check when you're bowling in the nets: you don't want to put batters off before the toss.
Does that make sense? No? Well, we've got three new additions to the Cricket Glossary this month that might help:
Also, did you know that Wisden Cricket Almanack named its All-Time Test Cricket World XI recently? You can read more about the chosen few here. Among them is W.G. Grace, the first big star of the game; you can learn more about him at W.G. Grace In Quotes.
Sunday November 24, 2013
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Australia hammered England by 381 runs in the 1st Ashes Test at Brisbane. It was England's sixth-worst defeat (by runs) in England's history, and a shock turnaround after they built a strong advantage on the first day but went on to lose inside four days.
Here's a rundown of some of the positives and negatives each team will take from the match.
Saturday November 23, 2013
The Ashes urn
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Three days into the first Test of the 2013/14 Ashes series between hosts Australia and eternal rivals England, the contest is well and truly alive.
Day one saw England's bowlers dominate. Australia's top order failed and it was left to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and all-rounder Mitchell Johnson to restore some respectability to the innings. Having been expected to score at least 400 in their first innings on a good pitch, Australia finished the day on 273/8.
Day two spun the advantage around, and spun heads across the cricket world. After folding for 295, Australia ripped through England's batting and dismissed them for a paltry 136, with fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Johnson leading the charge in this remarkable reversal of fortune. Australia's second innings was at 65/0 at the end of the day.
Day three was all about Australia putting themselves in an unbeatable position and driving England's morale into the dust. It was the Australia of ten years ago: brilliant, controlled, unforgiving. David Warner and captain Michael Clarke racked up excellent hundreds and Clarke eventually declared Australia's innings on 401/7, giving them a massive lead of 560. To make matters even worse for the English, they lost two wickets in just 15 overs before the close of play, finishing on 24/2.
From here, England need a miracle to survive the Test. That miracle can only realistically come in two forms: a match-saving two-day innings from captain Alistair Cook, who remained unbeaten at the close of day three, or enough rain to prevent much play on days four and five. There has been extremely heavy rain overnight but the latest weather forecast indicates possible storms today and dry conditions tomorrow, so it appears a Cook epic is England's only hope.