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14 August 2018 1:16 AM Smith regains No.1 Test batsman ranking despite Test cricket ban

OK, so the former Australian Test captain is still serving a 12-month suspension owing to his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal from South Africa earlier this year. But while he hasn’t played a Test since that happened in March, he has regained the No.1 spot on the ICC’s Test batting rankings, even though the only cricket he’s been playing is Twenty 8

13 August 2018 9:00 PM Guthrie looks to lift English netball after deciding to return home

Giants centre Serena Guthrie will not re-sign next season after deciding to head back home to England to play in Superleague. In 2015 and after eight seasons and four premierships with Team Bath, Guthrie signed for Northern Mystics before joining the Giants after Australia broke away from New Zealand to form Super Netball two years later. Feeling as though 7

13 July 2018 10:00 AM No quarter given in clash of the cobble stones, Cup and centre court

Unstuck: Chris Froome was broken by the famed cobbles of Roubaix in 2014, which is where Le Tour reaches this weekend. Unusually, the Tour de France carnival rolls into Roubaix tomorrow. A stage of almost 160 kilometres, including 22 kilometres of dangerous, rutted pave. Underlining the pivotal nature of this ninth stage of Le Tour, while Christopher 16

13 July 2018 7:59 AM Croatia's heroes unite country split by scandal as nation dares to believe

“Malo nas je al' nas ima, nije vazno srusit cemo snove svima.” (There’s a small number of us, but there is us. It’s not important, we’ll smash the dreams of others) Zagreb: In the hours leading up to Croatia’s semi-final match against England on Wednesday night, the chorus of Boris Novkovic’s iconic Croatian rock ballad echoed around Zagreb. Before the match 14

13 July 2018 3:43 AM Whirlwind week as English star joins Swifts

On Saturday night (England time) Haythornthwaite played a key role in helping Wasps down Loughborough Lightning 55-51 in the Superleague final, replicating the result against their rivals from 12 months ago. She went out partying with the team but was in bed by midnight, such was the exhaustion she felt after the game. That was merely a taster of what was to come. On Monday 15

12 July 2018 11:53 AM Cheers to tears: World Cup fans react to Croatia's historic win

Nerves set in for England fans - and perhaps the team - as the Croatians levelled the score at 1-1 towards the end of the second half. For British fans, it was a feeling perhaps captured best by actor and comedian Stephen Fry: "Sad. Proud. Annoyed. Relieved. Disappointed. Unsurprised. Impressed. Vexed. Gutted. Elated. Deflated. Despondent. Encouraged 17

10 July 2018 9:00 AM Ponting optimistic about Australia's chances at World Cup despite slump

Australia might have lost 16 of their last 18 one-day internationals but former national captain Ricky Ponting insists they have the “best depth of any cricket nation in the world” and still stand an excellent chance of winning next year’s World Cup in England. After a 5-0 thumping at the hands of England last month, the microscope is well and truly 15

10 July 2018 1:32 AM Alison Mitchell signs on with Channel Seven

English broadcaster Alison Mitchell has been unveiled as one of Channel Seven’s commentators for the upcoming summer of cricket, making her the first female to call ball-by-ball Test action on free-to-air television. Mitchell is a highly rated commentator and award-winning journalist who has worked for the BBC and called cricket in England, India, Sri Lanka 15

8 July 2018 10:56 PM England main beneficiaries of set-piece goal glut

Overall, 42 percent of goals in the World Cup have come from set plays or penalties, beating the previous record of 36 percent from the 1998 World Cup and smashing the portion of goals from these situations in 2014 (27 percent), 2010 (24 percent), 2002 (29 percent) and 1994 (33 percent). This trend has powered the rise of teams that traditionally do not do well in World 15

7 July 2018 12:15 PM Brown lands a treble and earns himself a holiday

But his ride on unplaced Bombarding in an 1100m sprint earned him a ban from July 12 to 25 for shifting in and inconveniencing another runner. Brown, who won last year’s Melbourne Cup on Rekindling, is scheduled to ride for the Rest of the World in the Shergar Cup teams event next month at Ascot in England. ‘‘I’m riding at Grafton on Wednesday for Kris Lees and then the following 17