Aussie Test skipper reveals mental demons, losing confidence
Australian Test captain Tim Paine revealed on Sunday he used to hate playing cricket and was left ‘crying on the couch’ after losing confidence during an injury-plagued period of his career.
The 35-year-old has been widely praised after taking over as Test skipper in 2018 when Steve Smith was suspended over a brazen attempt under his watch to alter the ball with sandpaper in Cape Town.
But it has not been easy for Paine, who suffered a career-threatening finger injury in 2010 soon after being identified as Australia’s first-choice wicket-keeper and making his international debut.
It required seven surgeries and two missed seasons, leading to a downward spiral with years of nerves, sleepless nights and frustration as he struggled to rediscover his confidence and form.
“I got to the stage where I was scared of getting hit, and I just had no idea what I was going to do,” he told ...
Blackwood stars as West Indies beat England by four wickets in series opener
Jermaine Blackwood made a superb 95 as the West Indies beat England by four wickets in the first Test at Southampton on Sunday.
The West Indies, set 200 to win on the last day, were struggling at 27-3 after England fast bowler Jofra Archer’s early double strike.
Blackwood held firm until, in sight of just his second Test century, he drove England stand-in captain Ben Stokes to James Anderson at mid-off, with the visitors needing just 11 more runs to win.
But John Campbell, forced to retire hurt on one after being struck on the toe by Archer, returned to hit the winning runs.
West Indies captain Jason Holder, the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder ahead of Stokes, was 14 not out.
The match was a personal and tactical triumph for Holder, who took a Test-best 6-42 in England’s lowly first-innings 204 after Stokes, leading the side in the absence of Joe Root, ...
PSL tickets refund starts from Monday
After a lapse of four months, finally the tickets refund process of 10 HBL Pakistan Super League matches which were abandoned due to rain, played behind closed doors or rescheduled due to coronavirus pandemic, commences on Monday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Saturday.
The refund process ends on Aug 29.
“The refund will be carried out in two phases. During the first phase, which runs from July 13 to Aug 5, the tickets of the five group matches — held behind closed doors — along with the Feb 29 washed-out contest in Rawalpindi will be returned. The second phase will run from Aug 6-29 during which the tickets of the Qualifier, two Eliminators and the final will be repaid,” said a press release issued by the PCB on Saturday.
“The six-week refund process is the only opportunity for all customers to receive their refunds. The tickets will be processed daily from Monday to Saturday from 10...