Today’s Top Headline – Cricket – 20 Dec 2017

Cricket Headline – 20 Dec 2017

 
Top Headlines
– Junaid out of NZ tour with stress fracture
– Duckett omitted from Lions’ 2018 tour of WI
– Craig Overton ignored risk of punctured lung
– Big gains for PCB in updated FTP
– IPL auction to be held on January 27, 28
– Kirsten likely to join RCB in coaching role
– Smith closer than ever to matching Bradman
– De Villiers, Steyn back in SA Test squad




Junaid out of NZ tour with stress fracture

Fast bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out for four weeks due to a stress fracture of the foot, a setback for the Pakistan team ahead of their limited-overs tour to New Zealand. Junaid fractured his right foot during the Bangladesh Premier League in November. Read More>>

Junaid ruled out of NZ tour with stress fracture

 

Duckett omitted from Lions’ 2018 tour of WI

Ben Duckett has been omitted from the England Lions tour of the West Indies next year as the ECB get tough on the off-field antics that has left them defending the professionalism of the Ashes squad. Read More>>

Duckett disciplinary axe gives Northeast his chance

 

Craig Overton ignored risk of punctured lung

Craig Overton risked a punctured lung to play his part in the third Ashes Test in Perth – and reckons that withstanding the pain was second nature because of the fast-bowling batterings he took while growing up from his twin brother Jamie. Read More>>

My brother's batterings helped me bear the pain - Overton

 

Big gains for PCB in updated FTP

The PCB made considerable gains in its scheduling for a new Future Tours Programme (FTP) during a workshop held in Singapore earlier this month. Last week ESPNcricinfo reported on a version of the FTP that Full Members took into the workshop, held on December 7 and 8. Read More>>

Big gains for PCB in updated FTP

 

IPL auction to be held on January 27, 28

The 2018 IPL auction will be held on January 27 and 28, in Bangalore. That means the mega auction will coincide with the final two days of India’s third Test on the tour of South Africa; Virat Kohli’s team is scheduled to play the final Test of the South Africa tour from January 24-28 in Johannesburg. Read More>>

IPL auction to be held on January 27, 28

 

Kirsten likely to join RCB in coaching role

Former South Africa batsman and India coach Gary Kirsten is likely to return to the IPL in a coaching role at Royal Challengers Bangalore. Although the franchise has not yet made the news public, Kirsten will handle the coaching responsibilities although a defined role is yet to be established. Read More>>

Kirsten likely to join Royal Challengers Bangalore

 

Smith closer than ever to matching Bradman

Australia captain Steven Smith is closer than ever before to matching Don Bradman as the top-rated batsman of all time, according to the ICC rankings for Test batsmen. Read More>>

Steven Smith closer than ever to matching Bradman

 

De Villiers, Steyn back in SA Test squad

AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn have returned to South Africa’s Test squad for the inaugural four-day, day-night Test against Zimbabwe, which starts on Boxing Day in Port Elizabeth. De Villiers last played a Test in January 2016, Read More>>

De Villiers, Steyn, Philander back in SA Test squad