Live Cricket Blog: Sarfraz Ahmed thrilled with Pakistan's third ODI victory performance

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Hello, David Cooper and the rest of the Sport360 team are in place to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket.

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6:00pm – Sarfraz Ahmed is thrilled with Pakistan’s third ODI victory performance 

The Pakistan skipper had nothing but praise for his team after they sealed the ODI with a convincing nine-wicket victory against Zimbabwe on Wednesday. Click here on what he said.

5:15pm – Sachin Tendulkar launch cricket academy with Middlesex

The Indian legend has joined hands with Middlesex to launch a cricket academy for boys and girls. Children aged between nine and 14 will be eligible to join the “Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy” (TMGA). Click here for more on that story.

5:00pm – Kuldeep Yadav gets Test call-up for England series

The left-arm wrist-spinner was rewarded for his fine form in the limited-overs series by being selected for the first three Tests against England, which gets underway on August 1. Find out who else in the squad here.

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4:00pm – Pakistan seal ODI series with thumping win against Zimbabwe

Faheem Ashraf impressed with the ball, taking his first five-wicket haul in international cricket to guide Pakistan to a nine-wicket victory against hosts Zimbabwe. Pakistan were set a target of just 68 and needed just nine overs to reach their target. Read more on that story here. 

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10:30am: England were ‘clinical’, says Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan called his team’s eight-wicket victory over India “clinical” as Joe Root‘s second consecutive unbeaten century helped them to a one-day international series success.

Root greeted a winning boundary that also brought up his ton at Headingley by performing a statement ‘mic-drop’ celebration with his bat – an act that provided an emphatic end to an emphatic victory in this decider.

Find out what the England skipper had to say after sealing a 2-1 ODI series win on Tuesday, here.

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Sachin Tendulkar and Middlesex to launch cricket academy

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Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and English county Middlesex are coming together to launch a cricket academy for young girls and boys, it was announced on Wednesday.

Children aged between nine and 14 will be eligible to join the “Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy” (TMGA).

Cricket camps will be set up at English school Merchant Taylor’s from August 6-9 and will later move to Mumbai, London and other places.

“The academy will provide young girls and boys between the age of 9 and 14 an opportunity to learn from two of the most respected and renowned institutions in world cricket – Sachin Tendulkar and Middlesex Cricket,” read a joint statement.

“The comprehensive training curriculum developed by the professional coaches at Middlesex and the Master himself will help young and budding cricketers with various aspects of cricket, including insights into athletic development, sport psychology, tactical development and technical modifications.

“With talent identification at the core of the academy, TMGA will also provide opportunities for talented underprivileged children with 100 scholarships available.”

Tendulkar, who retired as the batsman with most runs in international cricket also opened up about the idea behind taking this initiative.

“I am delighted to be partnering with Middlesex Cricket on this new venture,” he said.

“The objective is not only to produce good cricketers but also good global citizens of the future, the 45-year-old said.

“Through this association, Middlesex and I are focused on providing the very best in cricket education, as much as possible, for our students.”

Meanwhile, Richard Goatley, chief executive officer of Middlesex, explained that the project is being launched after collaboration and talks with Tendulkar for over a six-month period.

“It has been a great privilege over the past six months to work with Sachin Tendulkar and his team in developing what we believe will be the market leading coaching programme in the world,” he said.

“Our established academy programme, twinned with the unique insight, knowledge and ability of the most successful cricketer of all time will provide kids with a unique experience that they will never forget.”

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Live Cricket Blog: England thump India by eight wickets to clinch ODI series

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Hello, Denzil Pinto and the rest of the Sport360 team are in place to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket.

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10:50pm – England thump India by eight wickets to clinch ODI series

That was a consummate display from England’s Joe Root and Eoin Morgan! The pair forged an unbeaten 186-run stand to lead England to an almighty eight-wicket win in the final ODI at Headingley. The win has helped the hosts clinch the three-match series 2-1 as India were left to rue a sloppy display all-round.

Read more on how the game panned out in our talking points here. We also took a closer look at how Dinesh Karthik fared in his first ODI since December last year. Read our in-focus piece on the Indian batsman here.

Root and Morgan did not give a sniff to India's bowlers.

Root and Morgan did not give a sniff to India’s bowlers.

9:30pm – Hasan Ali trolled for trademark celebration gone wrong

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali picked up three wickets in his side’s nine-wicket win in the second ODI against Zimbabwe on Monday. However, the pacer has become the talking point in social media after he injured his neck while performing his trademark wicket celebration.

Watch Hasan Ali’s hilarious incident in Bulawyo as well as the social media reaction it it here.

Hasan Ali had injured himself while celebrating during the second ODI.

Hasan Ali had injured himself while celebrating during the second ODI.

9:00pm – Ramesh Powar delighted to be appointed as India women’s team interim coach

Remember Ramesh Powar? The former India off-spinner was on Monday appointed as the interim coach of the national women’s cricket team following the resignation of Tushar Arothe. Powar has expressed his delight at being appointed to the role and cannot wait to get started.

Read the Mumbai-born man’s quotes in full here.

Ramesh Powar played 31 ODIs for India.

Ramesh Powar played 31 ODIs for India.

7:45pm – India set England a target of 257 in deciding ODI

India’s innings at Headingley has drawn to a close and it has not been easy going for the men in blue. The visitors were restricted to 256-8 in their 50 overs with skipper Virat Kohli top scoring with a 72-ball 71. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was the pick of England’s bowlers with three wickets to his name.

England’s chase is now underway. Do not miss any of the action from Headingley by following the live updates here.

Adil Rashid has been sensational for England.

Adil Rashid has been sensational for England.

5:30pm – Former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis hits back at PCB chief

Waqar Younis has slammed Pakistan Cricket Board chairman’s Nejam Sethi commments, who said there is a dearth of talent in the country. Younis wasn’t impressed and took to social media to express his thoughts. Click here for more on what he said.

The Pakistan pace legend is not happy with Najam Sethi's comments.

The Pakistan pace legend is not happy with Najam Sethi’s comments.

3:30pm – ODI return for Andre Russell

The West Indian all-rounder was recalled to the ODI squad for their series against Bangladesh. It was the first time he is part of the 50-over squad since he last played in November 2015. Read more here.

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2:15pm – Zimbabwe have a tough task of stopping Fakhar Zaman and Pakistan 

Pakistan and Zimbabwe meet in the third ODI on Wednesday with Sarfraz Ahmed’s side taking a 2-0 advantage in the five-match series. A win in Bulawayo will seal a series win against a depleted Zimbabwe squad. Fakhar Zaman will be aiming for another big score after hitting a century in the second ODI. Click here for our preview to that match.

1:30pm – Thabang Moroe named permanent chief executive of South Africa Cricket

Cricket South Africa have a new man in charge with the appointment of Thabang Moroe as their new permanent chief executive. Read more on that story here.

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11:30am – England sweating on the fitness of Jason Roy for ODI decider

The hosts face an anxious wait whether their opening batsman will be fit for the crucial third and final ODI against India on Tuesday afternoon. The opener sustained a deep cut to the little finger on his right hand when fielding at Lord’s on Saturday and will undergo a fitness test. Read more on that story here.

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