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Gilly reveals funniest sledge he's heard - cricket.com.au

Legendary Australia gloveman Adam Gilchrist has revealed one of the funniest sledges he's heard on a cricket field, and threw a little jab of his own at the victim.

Having played 96 Tests and 300 limited-overs matches at the elite level, Gilchrist would have heard and dished out myriad sledges from teammates and opponents.

But when asked what the was best piece of banter he heard from beyond the boundary, the game-changing wicketkeeper-batsman plucked one involving his long-term ODI opening partner Matthew Hayden.

Gilly lays down a challenge to Barmy Army

"Believe it or not, even standing in the middle … I happen to hear everything with listeners this big," Gilchrist told cricket.com.au pointing to his ears at the XXXX Goldie season launch in Brisbane.

"The best sledge I heard from being on the field was when Matty Hayden, at the SCG, was out on the boundary. 

"He misfielded, he...


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Aussie women keen to claw back to the top with Ashes win

Australian batter Beth Mooney (L) and bowler Jess Jonassen said it hurt to be ranked second.
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A "kick in the guts" is giving the Australian women's cricket team added motivation for this summer's Ashes series.

The Southern Stars host England in a seven-match series, beginning with a limited-overs match in Brisbane on Sunday.

The Australians are hurting after this month losing their place at the top of the world rankings for the first time.

But they start the series with the psychological advantage of having won the last Ashes series in England in 2015.

"I think we've enjoyed having the title of the best team in the world for a number of years and to have that taken away is obviously a bit of a kick in the guts," opening batter Beth Mooney said.

England sits atop the rankings, but less than one point...


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Mankad sparks contentious finish | cricket.com.au - cricket.com.au

The Mankad, the most contentious dismissal in cricket, has once again caused a stir after a Pakistan first-class match was ended by the manoeuvre on Wednesday.

With the Water and Power Development Authority four runs away from victory and just one wicket in hand in the fourth innings of their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against Peshawar, fast bowler Taj Wali ran out unsuspecting non-striker Mohammad Irfan in his delivery stride.

With Irfan deemed out of his ground, on-field umpires conferred and, after checking with Peshawar that they wanted to uphold their appeal, the defending champions WAPDA were defeated by three runs.

The moment Taj Wali pulled off the MankadPeshawar quick Taj Wali pulling off the Mankad

Salman Butt, the WAPDA captain and former Pakistan skipper who has this season returned from a five-year spot-fixing ban, labelled the move unsportsmanlike.

"What's the point of this law when the winning team isn't proud...


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Brad Hodge recounts the day he sledged Allan Border - NEWS.com.au

FORMER Australian Test batsman Brad Hodge has lifted the lid on a brutal sledging match with Allan Border during his time spent knocking on selectors’ doors for a baggy green.

The right-hander, who is often referred to as one of the unluckiest men to play for Australia, was dropped from the Test side after scoring 203* against South Africa.

But before he could even sniff at making a debut for Australia, he had to overcome the frightening Border in a head-to-head on-field stoush.

Speaking on his Bowlology podcast co-hosted with Damien Fleming, Hodge recounted one of the more uncomfortable moments in his career while playing state cricket against the former Aussie skipper.

“I was scared of AB,” Hodge said. “I sledged him. It was a bad day, actually ... it was one of those days where I questioned why I was actually playing the game.

“I managed to open the batting and the great AB was at...


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Aussie women keen to claw back to the top with Ashes win

Australian batter Beth Mooney (L) and bowler Jess Jonassen said it hurt to be ranked second.
Related Story: How does the women's Ashes work?

A "kick in the guts" is giving the Australian women's cricket team added motivation for this summer's Ashes series.

The Southern Stars host England in a seven-match series, beginning with a limited-overs match in Brisbane on Sunday.

The Australians are hurting after this month losing their place at the top of the world rankings for the first time.

But they start the series with the psychological advantage of having won the last Ashes series in England in 2015.

"I think we've enjoyed having the title of the best team in the world for a number of years and to have that taken away is obviously a bit of a kick in the guts," opening batter Beth Mooney said.

England sits atop the rankings, but less than one point...


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De Villiers issues ominous warning - cricket.com.au

AB de Villiers feels he is hitting the ball as sweetly as ever following his recent break from the South African side, in an ominous sign for Australian bowlers ahead of their Test tour there later this summer.

The Proteas were given a glimpse of what they have been missing as de Villiers flayed Bangladesh's attack with stunning ease on his way to a career-best one-day international score on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old smashed 176 off 104 balls, including seven towering sixes, as the hosts sealed the three-match series with a game to spare following a 104-run victory.

"I'm hitting the ball as well as ever and it felt that way out there, I could feel the ball coming off really well," de Villiers said.

"It's just nice to contribute."

De Villiers had been on a self-imposed exile from the side, but announced last month he would be available again in all three formats as...


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Imam, Hasan guide historic Pakistan - cricket.com.au

Young opener Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq, smashed a century on debut to guide his side to a seven-wicket win in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Seamer Hasan Ali became the quickest bowler to reach 50 ODI wickets for Pakistan as his 5-34 saw Sri Lanka bowled out for 208 in 48.2 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Imam, whose uncle Inzamam is now a Pakistan selector, became only the second batsman from his country and 13th overall to score a hundred on ODI debut before he finally fell for 100 off 125 balls. 

The 21-year-old hit two sixes and five fours as the nominal hosts wrapped up the series with two matches to spare.

Imam-ul-Haq salutes his ODI debut century // GettyImam-ul-Haq salutes his ODI debut century // Getty

Saleem Elahi was the only other Pakistani to hit a debut hundred, also against Sri Lanka at Gujranwala in 1995.

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Easts on top in night cricket thriller - Clarence Valley Daily Examiner

HEAVY HANDS: GDSC Easts blaster Gary Connor took the three points in night cricket this week.

HEAVY HANDS: GDSC Easts blaster Gary Connor took the three points in night cricket this week. Debrah Novak

NIGHT CRICKET: The experience of GDSC Easts' middle order was enough to help notch the side's first win of the 2017-18 Cleavers Mechanical Repairs Night Cricket season.

A guiding hand from Tim White (32 not out) and an entertaining cameo from Gary Connor (33) helped Easts to a thrilling last-wicket win over South Services at McKittrick Park as they chased down Services' 128-run total.

Services got off to a solid start as their top order, including Dylan Cleaver (15), Tom Kroehnert (21) and Steve McLennan (28), fired well on the tricky McKittrick Park wicket.

But a mid-innings collapse spearheaded by a tight spell of bowling from Easts' new acquisition Jim Watters (3-27 off five) was enough to bring Services' innings unglued as they crumbled from 3-88 to 9-118.

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How does the women's Ashes work?

Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Nicole Bolton and Ellyse Perry with Ashes trophy

The women's Ashes are nearly here, with two of the game's heavyweight sides facing off to launch our summer of cricket in style.

With the WBBL on the rise and this year's World Cup well watched all over the world, the women's game has never been stronger — setting up a tantalising contest between Australia and England.

But as you may know, the women's Ashes series works a little differently to the men's, with a points system used to decide a winner at the end of the multi-format series.

So here's everything you need to know about the women's Ashes.

How many games will they play?

All up, seven matches comprise the women's Ashes — three ODIs, three Twenty20s and a four-day Test match.

The series starts this Sunday with the first of the ODIs at Allan Border...


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Abandoning NSW v Victoria cricket match deemed 'right' by some, 'ridiculous' by others - ABC Online

Cricket game cut short

New South Wales opener Daniel Hughes believes the right call was made to abandon a one-day cup game against Victoria at North Sydney Oval, but the boss of Cricket NSW wants to see the umpires disciplined.

Cricket Australia is investigating the decision to call off Sunday's match 26 overs into Victoria's run chase, due to an unsafe pitch.

Hughes said it was a disappointing way to end New South Wales' finals hopes, with the Victorian Bushrangers awarded a bonus point.

But he believes the pitch was dangerous.

"I think so yeah, I think ball is rearing off a length, guys on the front foot getting hit on the glove," he said.

"There was four or five guys getting hit on the gloves. So I think the wicket was dangerous and the right decision was made."

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