What impact will the loss of the St. Lucia Stars have on the CPL?

By August 12, 2019
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    Australia sought to hammer home their advantage in the third Test on Friday after England were skittled for 67 to leave their hopes of retaining the urn virtually extinguished.

    England arrived at Headingley hoping to make hay in the sunshine but their latest batting collapse inside 28 overs left them with a 112-run first-innings deficit, with the tourists reaching tea at 82-3 and extending their lead to 194.

    Joe Root's team had been 54-6 at lunch and lost their remaining four wickets within 23 balls of the second session in posting their lowest ever total at Headingley, and their lowest in the Ashes in 71 years, as Josh Hazlewood returned 5-30.

    Wickets continued to fall during Australia's second innings but England's flagging attack were only able to do so much as Marnus Labuschagne (13 not out) and Travis Head (17 not out) came off with a insurmountable target firmly in their sights.

    Having entered lunch in such a perilous position, England's tail was unable to wag and Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Jack Leach all departed for single figures to leave Joe Denly's 12 as the top score in a woeful total.

    It was the fourth time since the start of 2018 that England were dismissed for 85 or less, though the mood briefly changed when Australia opener David Warner was struck on the pads by Stuart Broad to depart without score.

    Marcus Harris (19) continued the head-scratching approach to batting when clean bowled attempting to drive Jack Leach's first delivery.

    Usman Khawaja (23) had no control over a shot to Woakes that was caught by Jason Roy in the slips, but Labuschange and Head reached tea without too much trouble and Australia firmly on top.

  • Former England batsman Hameed to be released by Lancashire Former England batsman Hameed to be released by Lancashire

    Haseeb Hameed will leave Lancashire at the end of the season after the county elected not to renew the youngster's contract.

    Opening batsman Hameed looked set to become the natural successor to Andrew Strauss when he shone on his England debut in India in 2016, aged 19.

    Having made his first-class bow against Glamorgan in 2015, Hameed earned three England Test caps during the series against India, scoring two half-centuries.

    However, his form has tailed off dramatically over recent seasons, and he averaged below 10 across 17 innings in the 2018 County Championship.

    Lancashire director of cricket Paul Allott stated at the start of the 2019 campaign that Hameed was "hanging on by his fingertips", and the county have now decided against renewing the 22-year-old's deal.

    "The club met with Haseeb on Friday and explained its decision, and the 22-year-old is now free to discuss opportunities with other counties," Lancashire stated on their website.

    "The club would like to thank Haseeb for all of his commitment and efforts since he made his first-class debut in the 2015 season, having come through the academy."

    Hameed started 2019 in strong form, scoring 117 in an early-season match at Lord's, but has only made 341 runs in total this season.

  • Ashes 2019: England capitulate as Australia dismiss them for 67 Ashes 2019: England capitulate as Australia dismiss them for 67

    England are facing up to the possibility of failing to win a home Ashes series for the first time since 2001 after an embarrassing display on Friday saw them dismissed for 67 in Leeds.

    Joe Root's team were skittled inside 28 overs on day two for their lowest Test total at Headingley, and their lowest against Australia since 1948, to leave them with a first-innings deficit of 112.

    With Australia needing to win only one of the remaining three Tests to retain the urn, England face a mammoth task to save the series, despite dismissing the tourists for 179 on Thursday.

    Glorious batting conditions greeted Rory Burns and Jason Roy when they arrived at the crease on Friday, but it was Josh Hazlewood (5-30) who shone in the sun instead.

    David Warner took four catches at first slip, including ones from Roy - out driving outside off - and Root, who made back-to-back ducks for the first time in his Test career, raising further debate about his position at number three.

    Burns gloved a short delivery from Pat Cummins (3-23) behind before Ben Stokes foolishly went chasing a wide one from James Pattinson (2-9), who also accounted for Joe Denly - his 12 proving to be the only double-figures score of a dismal innings.

    Jonny Bairstow perished when dangling his bat outside off to leave England 54-6 at lunch, and their misery was soon complete as they lost their final four wickets in 23 balls upon the resumption.

    Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Jack Leach were the men to go, Hazlewood bowling the latter to give him a five-for and Australia the upper hand.

    Warner was unable to match his slip-catching exploits with the bat as went for a duck, falling to Stuart Broad once again, before the visitors progressed to 26-1 – a lead of 138.

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