Narine to be tested again

Sunil Narine

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have decided to comply with rather than confront the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the latest episode involving Sunil Narine by deciding to get him tested at the Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Science Centre in Chennai.

Earlier this week the Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies spinner was reported for suspect action, the third time in the space of a few months.

Indications are that 26-year-old Narine, who was called for illegal bowling action during KKR’s match on Wednesday against Sunrisers Hyderabad, could undergo the testing as early as today, although Narine is eligible to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the KKR management does not want him to undergo the trauma of being banned once again.

Another call from the umpires and Narine will be out of action, but if he comes clean from testing, the first call gets automatically lapsed and he starts afresh.


Brathwaite: WI can win second Test

Despite a draw appearing the most likely result, Kraigg Brathwaite feels West Indies can beat England in the second Test.

West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite believes his team can still win the second Test against England.

The encounter in Grenada appears headed for a draw, with the hosts leading by 37 runs with eight wickets in hand ahead of the final day on Saturday.

Brathwaite (101 not out) has put West Indies in a good position ahead of day five, and he feels his team are capable of winning

"I believe it's possible, but as I said the first hour will be very important for us," he told a media conference.

England are five overs away from having a new ball available, and Brathwaite said that could be decisive.

"First hour will be important. Once we get through that, just got to keep working hard and obviously the new ball is due so that's going to be a crucial factor to the game.

"Once we work hard in the first hour."


Defiant Brathwaite frustrates England

Kraigg Brathwaite led West Indies' revival in the second Test against England, as the hosts closed day four 37 runs ahead.

England's progress on day four of the second Test was checked by the stubborn resistance of centurion Kraigg Brathwaite as West Indies built a slender lead.

Having resumed on 373-6 at St George's, the tourists went on to reach 464 to claim a 165-run first-innings advantage, with Joe Root's 182 not out the highlight.

James Anderson (1-27) - whose ill-advised call for a second run ultimately denied Root a shot at a double hundred - claimed the early wicket of Devon Smith (2), but Darren Bravo (69) and Brathwaite (101 not out) combined for a 142-run stand to put the contest back in the balance.

Stuart Broad (1-23) did get Bravo out before the end of play, but West Indies - who ended on 202-2 - will pick up on the final day with Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels (22 not out) looking to build on the hosts' lead of 37 runs.


‘She has no reason to lie’ – reporter tells court witness had little to gain from fabricating Gayle story

Melissa McLaughlin and Chris Gayle

The reporter who broke the story which accused Windies batting star Chris Gayle of exposing himself to a masseuse during the 2015 Cricket World Cup has claimed the witness should be believed because she has no reason to lie.

 The Age Sports Editor Chloe Saltau told a New South Wales court on Monday that she had first been approached by the masseuse, Leanne Russell, in the aftermath of Gayle’s infamous sideline interview with television reporter Melissa McLaughlin.  According to Saltau, Russell, who contacted her via Facebook, claimed the incident had made her “feel physically sick” as she had recounted being in a similar situation.

“Her frustration is that it was Mel McLaughlin who would have to carry that through her career while Chris Gayle will get to continue being a hero,” Saltau told the court.


Smith lying to protect Gayle claims Fairfax Media Atty

Dwayne Smith

Dwayne Smith a former Windies teammate of Chris Gayle backed up the player’s claims that an incident where he is claimed to have exposed himself to a female masseuse during the 2015 World Cup ‘never happened.’

During cross-examination, however, the defence quickly shot back, accusing the batsman of lying to protect his teammate as high drama unfolded in a New South Wales courtroom where the defamation case pitting Gayle against Australia media entity Fairfax continued on Monday.

Questioned by Gayle’s attorney Bruce McClintock SC Smith supported the version of events previously presented by Gayle saying “that is something I would remember if it happened.” 

Fairfax barrister Matthew Collins QC, however, brought up the fact that Smith had sent a text message to the masseuse, Leanne Russell, the day before the alleged changing room incident and accused the cricketer of colluding with his teammate.


Johnson re-signs with Scorchers in BBL

After helping the Perth Scorchers win the Big Bash League last season, Mitchell Johnson has re-signed.

Former Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson has re-signed with the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.

Johnson, 35, took 13 wickets at an average of 15.46 to help the Scorchers win the BBL for a third time in 2016-17.

The left-arm speedster impressed in a semi-final win over the Melbourne Stars, finishing with figures of 3-3 from his four overs.

A veteran of 73 Tests, 153 one-day internationals and 30 Twenty20s for Australia, Johnson said he never questioned returning to the Scorchers.

"Returning for another season is a pretty easy decision when you've got a team like the Perth Scorchers," he said on Tuesday.

"Not only have they played well over the years, but they're also a great bunch of blokes.


Wellington openers put on record 432 after Auckland bowled out for 62

Michael Papps and Luke Woodcock set a New Zealand first-class record with a 432-run opening partnership for Wellington.

The Wellington Firebirds know how to back up bowling out their opposition for 62 – by breaking an opening-stand record.

The Firebirds ripped through the Auckland Aces for 62 in the opening round of the Plunket Shield – New Zealand's domestic first-class competition – on Monday.

The decision to bowl first at Basin Reserve was clearly the right one, with the Aces stunningly reduced to 12-7 at one stage.

Tarun Nethula (23) top-scored for Auckland, while Ollie Newton took 4-26 on debut for Wellington.

Wellington's response with the bat was incredible.

Michael Papps, 38, and Luke Woodcock, 35, put on a New Zealand domestic first-wicket record 432 for their opening stand.

Woodcock fell for 151 to bring an end to the stand, while Papps passed 250 and was unbeaten on day two.


Nikita Miller named captain but out of Jamaica Scorpions’ opening Regional 4-day matches

Nikita Miller

As was first reported by, Jamaica’s Scorpions’ Nikita Miller will miss out on the team’s opening match against the Guyana Jaguars in the Cricket West Indies Regional Four-Day Tournament set to get under way on Thursday.

The veteran off-spinner underwent a medical procedure recently and has not recovered in time.

However, he has been included in the squad and named captain even though he will miss the first two games.

In his absence, Paul Palmer has been named the interim captain.

The squad departed the island on Monday for Guyana where they will face the Jaguars, starting Thursday, October 26. 


Kohli could be rested during Sri Lanka's tour

Sri Lanka will surely be grateful for an opportunity to tackle an India side missing inspirational captain Virat Kohli in some matches.

Virat Kohli could be rested during Sri Lanka's tour of India in November and December.

The team's inspirational captain missed a home Test against Australia in March due to a shoulder problem but has otherwise been a constant presence for his country in all three formats.

The 28-year-old's packed schedule has not impacted negatively on his form.

Kohli made 121 in defeat to New Zealand on Sunday to overtake Ricky Ponting and move second on the list for most one-day international centuries behind only countryman Sachin Tendulkar.

But the prolific batsman could finally spend some scheduled time out of the team when Sri Lanka arrive for three Tests, three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals in a series starting next month.


Gayle, partner devastated by exposure allegations - Windies cricketer denies entire event

Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle, testifying in a lawsuit against Fairfax Media over an allegation that he exposed himself to a femal masseuse during the Cricket World Cup in Australia in 2015, said the incident shattered his family, upsetting his partner.

Gayle's attorney, Bruce McCLintock, called the allegations, published in 'The Age', 'Sydney Morning Herald', 'Canberra Times' and 'Brisbane Times', 'quite foul' and 'quite wrong', suggesting the news organisation knew what it was doing when it carried the story.

"They intended to blacken his name. They want to destroy him," said McCLintock.

According to Gayle, the allegations were "the most hurtful thing I've come across in my entire life."

The big left hander says the incident never happened, saying he was in the dressing room fully clad because he was about to train, and only went in their for a pair of boots.


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