Bancroft, Smith admit to ball-tampering

Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft has admitted to trying to change the condition of the ball using a foreign object on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. “I had discussions with the match officials, I’ve been charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball,” Bancroft said after play in Cape Town. “We had…

Starc, Hazlewood help Australia go 1-0 up

Australia required just 22 deliveries to wrap up the first Test on Monday (March 5), ensuring there was to be no on-field drama in the wake of Sunday’s off-field fracas. Josh Hazlewood secured the final wicket Australia required, trapping Quinton de Kock lbw for 83 as South Africa were bowled out for 298 in their second…

Guptill, Simmons fetch biggest bids at CPL draft

Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill fetched the biggest bids while Kieron Pollard was the biggest transfer in the CPL draft on Thursday in London. Simmons and Guptill, along with the quartet of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Sohail Tanvir, were paid the maximum price of USD 160,000 by their franchises. Having been released by the Jamaica Tallawahs, Simmons put himself up for a…