Live Cricket Blog: Bancroft set for comeback in Big Bash

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Hello cricket fans, and welcome to Wednesday’s live cricket blog.

The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest cricket news from around the world. We bring you all the updates from day three of the deciding Test between Pakistan and New Zealand.

We will also be looking ahead to the four-match Test series between Australia and India which begins from Thursday.

As always, get in touch with us through Facebook and Twitter.

8:30 pm – Bancroft set for comeback

Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft is due to return to professional cricket after serving a nine-month ban for his part in a ball-tampering scandal.

The 26-year-old’s ban from international and domestic cricket expires on December 29 and he is available to line up for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.

More on it here.

7:30 pm – Daredevils now Delhi Capitals

Indian Premier League outfit Delhi Daredevils has been renamed to Delhi Capitals as part of a fresh start by the franchise’s new owners.

The Delhi side held on to the old red and blue hues but had added three tigers to a new logo unveiled in New Delhi.

For more, click here.

5:30 pm – Pakistan on top in Abu Dhabi Test against New Zealand

Day three in the ongoing final Test between Pakistan and New Zealand has drawn to a close at Abu Dhabi. It is Pakistan who have asserted their dominance in the clash after taking a 74-run lead in the first innings.

Centuries from Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq helped Pakistan post 348 runs in their first innings before New Zealand’s openers fell cheaply towards the close of play in their second innings. The Kiwis had been reduced to 26-2 before stumps were drawn on day three.

Stay tuned for the match report.

Pakistan were bowled out for 348 on day three of the Abu Dhabi Test.

Pakistan were bowled out for 348 on day three of the Abu Dhabi Test.

3:20 pm – Australia drop vice-captain Mitchell Marsh

Australia have dropped vice-captain Mitchell Marsh for the first Test against India, which begins in Adelaide on Thursday.

Read more here.

Mitchell Marsh.

Mitchell Marsh.

1:15 pm – Australia not vulnerable, says Kohli

Virat Kohli insists that suggestions of Australia’s vulnerability after the ball-tampering scandal are unfounded.

The star batsman leads India on their tour as they try to win their first Test series Down Under.

Read more here.

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England eligibility for top prospect Jofra Archer gets fast tracked after rule change

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Highly-rated fast bowler Jofra Archer will be eligible for England selection from next year after the qualification criteria was relaxed.

Archer was born in Barbados to an English father but he did not arrive in the United Kingdom until after his 18th birthday in 2015, necessitating a seven-year residency period under the previous regulations.

Despite holding a British passport, that meant he would not have come into contention for England until the winter of 2022.

But the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the residency benchmark would be brought down to three years for British citizens from January 1, 2019, as long as they had not played as a local in an overseas competition during that time.

The move, designed to bring the ECB regulations closer to those of the International Cricket Council, has been welcomed by Archer, who has already set his sights on England’s tour to the West Indies early next year.

The 23-year-old has long coveted England recognition, and he tweeted: “It may or may not happen but I would love to debut in front of my family.”

Archer represented West Indies at Under-19s level but was overlooked for the age-group World Cup four years ago and has since flourished on the county circuit with Sussex alongside fellow Bajan-born Chris Jordan.

He has enhanced his reputation on the domestic Twenty20 circuit, however, playing a starring role for the Hobart Hurricanes as they reached the final of last year’s Australia’s Big Bash.

The Indian Premier League came calling earlier this year as he earned a bumper £800,000 contract with the Rajasthan Royals, and he duly proved his worth by finishing the tournament as the franchise’s leading wicket-taker.

Capable of exceeding 90mph, Archer is also a useful lower-order batsman and an athletic fielder, which should see him come into England’s thinking in all three formats.

The competition for places in England’s World Cup squad next summer is so fierce that he can only really be considered as a bolter but his availability gives them a welcome headache.

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The rule change was agreed at an ECB board meeting, where the playing conditions for the controversial flagship 100-ball competition set to launch in the summer of 2020 were endorsed.

A new format being added to an already crowded fixture list has sharply divided opinion but the eight-team competition – which was tentatively titled ‘The Hundred’ – has moved a step closer to fruition.

Several pilot days at the back end of last season at Loughborough and Trent Bridge were commissioned in an effort to fine-tune the concept.

And an ECB statement on Thursday said: “The Cricket Committee recommendation for playing conditions in the new competition – agreed by the Board – is for; each innings to be 100 balls, a change of end after every 10 balls and an individual bowler able to deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls with a maximum of 20 per game.”

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Live Cricket Blog: Kohli and Co fire for India against Cricket Australia XI

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Good morning cricket fans, and welcome to Thursday’s live cricket blog.

The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest news from around the world .

As always, get in touch with us through Facebook and Twitter.

11:57am – Kohli and Co fire for India against Cricket Australia XI

India opener KL Rahul’s woeful form continued as he was the lone failure in the Indian top-order as the visitors fought to 392 all out from their 92 overs against a Cricket Australia XI in Sydney on Thursday.

The rest of the top and middle-order batsmen all made runs with skipper Virat Kohli making his intentions very clear as he warmed up for the opening Test of the series against the Baggy Green with an impressive 50.

Read more here.

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