Ex-WI quick Fidel Edwards rejoins Hampshire for fifth straight season

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Fidel Edwards.

Former West Indies paceman Fidel Edwards will rejoin Hampshire for a fifth successive season.

Edwards enjoyed his most prolific campaign for the south coast club last year, leading their wicket-taking charts in the County Championship with 54 scalps at an average of 26.72.

The 36-year-old, who took 165 wickets in in 55 Tests for the Windies between 2003 and 2012, will once again be available for the entirety of this year’s championship.

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White said: “It’s great to have Fidel back with us again next season.

“He’s been an important part of the squad since joining us in 2015 and he had an excellent season for us last year.

“His pace adds variety and offers something different to our attack and he’s a very popular player within the group – having him around for 2019 is another real positive for us.”

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ICC offers 15-day amnesty to informants in Sri Lanka corruption probe

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The International Cricket Council has taken the unprecedented step of announcing a 15-day amnesty to anyone who has not previously come forward about corruption in Sri Lanka.

Under the initiative which will run from January 16-31, any domestic or international participant who divulges full details of any approach, incident or information relating to malpractice on the island will not face a charge.

Failure to do so normally would incur a ban from cricket of up to five years.

But Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, highlighted the “very specific challenges we face in Sri Lanka” as a reason for presenting the measure.

Those who wish to come forward can do so via phone, email or via the ICC Integrity App, while there will also be an ACU representative based in Sri Lanka throughout the duration of the amnesty.

Marshall said in quotes on the ICC’s official website: “This is the first time the ICC has held an amnesty and it is in response to the very specific challenges we face in Sri Lanka.

“Allowing retrospective reporting of alleged approaches to engage in corrupt conduct will assist in our ongoing and wide-ranging investigations, as well as enabling us to continue to develop a comprehensive picture of the situation there.

“If any player or participant has any information concerning corrupt conduct they should come forward and share it with us now without fear of any repercussions.

“We would urge any participant with any information that may demonstrate corrupt conduct affecting Cricket in Sri Lanka to come forward in the strictest of confidence.”

Marshall and his team have been investigating potential corrupt practices in Sri Lanka in recent months. Former captain and chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya was charged with two breaches of the ICC’s anti-corruption code last October. The 49-year-old defended his “integrity and transparency” as he denied any wrongdoing.

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Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls star as New Zealand whitewash Sri Lanka in ODI series

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Ross Taylor struck his 20th one-day international century and Henry Nicholls his first as New Zealand thrashed Sri Lanka by 115 runs to complete a 3-0 series sweep.

Man-of-the-match Taylor top-scored with 137 while Nicholls blazed an unbeaten 124 off only 80 balls as the hosts ran up 364 for four having been sent into bat at Nelson.

That was the third successive time the Black Caps had scored in excess of 300 batting first in the series, having made 371 and 319 in the opening two matches, and once again it proved beyond the Sri Lankans.

The tourists had looked well placed to mount a challenge at 66 without loss and 107 for one, but two collapses put paid to their hopes.

Lasith Malinga’s men lost three wickets for 10 runs to slip to 117 for four, but it was their second disintegration which was the more spectacular.

They still had an outside chance of victory at 244 for five with the big-hitting Thisara Perera having quickly progressed to 80 with seven fours and three sixes.

However, they then lost five wickets for five runs in 20 deliveries to be dismissed for 249 in the 42nd over, with Lockie Ferguson (four for 40) and Ish Sodhi (three for 40) doing most of the damage.

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