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He wept real tears, but David Warner's straight-bat answers kept much hidden

The breakdowns of his fellow players over ball-tampering soothed matters, but with Warner, the questions still burnAnother day another shell-shocked Australian cricketer fronting up, welling up, and speaking up. But unli ...

Guardian Saturday, 31st March 2018, 3:42AM - Read article


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David Warner sorry for ball-tampering decision he will 'regret as long as I live'

Cricketer admits part in bringing game into disreputeDavid Warner repeatedly breaks down before media in SCGAn emotional David Warner has issued an unreserved apology for his actions in the ball-tampering scandal, saying ...

Guardian Saturday, 31st March 2018, 1:17AM - Read article


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New Zealand v England – second Test, day two – live!

Over-by-over updates from the action in ChristchurchRead Vic Marks’ report on day oneMark Wood: when I get to 20 I play too many shotsEmail Nick with any thoughts or tweet @NickMiller79 11.01pm BST The players are out th ...

Guardian Friday, 30th March 2018, 11:01PM - Read article


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Australia rally with late wickets after Aiden Markram century for South Africa

• South Africa 313-6• Tourists endure mocking chants from sections of home fansOpener Aiden Markram led the way with a career-best 152 as South Africa had the better of the opening day of the fourth Test against a much-c ...

Guardian Friday, 30th March 2018, 5:01PM - Read article


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Mark Wood: When I get to 20 I think I’m like Bradman and play too many shots

• Test-best 52 helps pull England round against New Zealand• I’ve got a Test 50 before a five-for, Wood addedNew blood and fresh minds came to the rescue alongside Jonny Bairstow. Mark Wood galloped to his maiden half-ce ...

Guardian Friday, 30th March 2018, 11:38AM - Read article


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Aussie cheating looked blatant, but only because they were caught

Watching random TV footage escalate into one of the biggest cricket scandals was compellingMondayI was dozing on the sofa with the South Africa v Australia Test match on in the background on Saturday afternoon, so watche ...

Guardian Friday, 30th March 2018, 11:16AM - Read article


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South Africa v Australia: fourth Test, day one – live!

Updates from the final match of the series in JohannesburgAdam Collins on Steve Smith, David Warner and the futureFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.09am BST 15th over: South Africa 40-0 (Elgar 9, ...

Guardian Friday, 30th March 2018, 10:09AM - Read article


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Jonny Bairstow keeps England afloat on day one of second Test in New Zealand

England 290-8Jonny Bairstow unbeaten on 97 and Mark Wood hits vibrant 52As the tampering saga begins to recede – or is this just a little lull? – it is no longer possible to hide the fact that England’s Test team is unde ...

Guardian Friday, 30th March 2018, 8:24AM - Read article


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Steve Smith can be a great leader still – but Warner failings will haunt him

Former Australia captain just wants to play cricket but redemption story will have to wait after others let him downTake a look through Steve Smith’s Instagram. There, you’ll find a series of quite beautiful pictures tak ...

Guardian Friday, 30th March 2018, 2:00AM - Read article


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New Zealand v England: second Test, day one – live!

Over-by-over report from the action at the Hagley OvalVic Marks on the ‘sex and drugs and rock’n’roll tour’England Women lose second straight T20 in heavy defeat to IndiaEmail nick.miller.casual@theguardian.com | Tweet @ ...

Guardian Thursday, 29th March 2018, 11:49PM - Read article


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Wanderers playlist captures downbeat mood of Australia’s players

Stadium music sums up disposition of a sports team as broken as could be imagined on the eve of the fourth Test against South Africa‘Tell ’em all I’m sorry I screwed up this time.’ The lyrics to Paul Kelly’s How to Make ...

Guardian Thursday, 29th March 2018, 8:36PM - Read article


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Why did Smith and Bancroft have to front up, only to break down? | Andy Bull

It is not clear who benefited from all the weeping in the fall-out of the Australia ball-tampering scandal but not the playersFive days deep into the scandal the Australia team finally hit bottom. Their coach has quit, t ...

Guardian Thursday, 29th March 2018, 7:39PM - Read article


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Australia's ball-tampering scandal delivers bout of soul-searching

Tearful cricketers face the cameras as national team sees wave of resignations in what could be country’s biggest sporting crisis Australia was on Thursday confronting arguably the gravest sporting crisis in its history ...

Guardian Thursday, 29th March 2018, 6:27PM - Read article


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Australia coach Darren Lehmann quits after witnessing Smith and Bancroft 'hurting'– video

Australia coach Darren Lehmann said he had no choice to step down from his position as coach after seeing the ‘hurting’ of former captain Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft following their involvements in the ball- ...

Guardian Thursday, 29th March 2018, 3:54PM - Read article


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Australia ‘explosion’ down to decline in standards, says former coach

• Mickey Arthur says fallout from ball-tampering scandal inevitable• ‘Cricket Australia demonstrated no desire to improve culture’Mickey Arthur, the former Australia coach, has given a withering assessment of the cricket ...

Guardian Thursday, 29th March 2018, 2:18PM - Read article


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Somerset opt against Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft will not be joining Somerset as an overseas player this season following his role in the Australia ball-tampering scandal.

Sky Sports Thursday, 29th March 2018, 2:10PM - Read article


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ICC to review players’ behaviour in week of ball-tampering scandal

• ICC talks of ‘one of worst periods in recent memory form the game’• Review conducted by International Cricket Council committeeThe International Cricket Council has launched a wide-ranging review into player behaviour ...

Guardian Thursday, 29th March 2018, 12:40PM - Read article


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When England cricketers made the front pages – for no apparent reason

Allegations surrounding the lost Test at Christchurch in 1984 eventually saw the expedition dubbed the ‘sex and drugs and rock’n’roll tour’ – and they tell me I was on itCricket seldom makes the front pages with a good n ...

Guardian Thursday, 29th March 2018, 12:19PM - Read article


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England Women suffer second straight T20 loss in heavy defeat to India

• India coast to eight-wicket victory in Mumbai Tri-Series match• England need to regroup before their final against AustraliaEngland Women suffered a second successive T20 Tri-Series defeat as India coasted to an eight- ...

Guardian Thursday, 29th March 2018, 11:38AM - Read article


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Steve Smith breaks down as he faces the media over ball tampering scandal – video

Former Australia captain Steve Smith broke down as he faced the media following the ball tampering scandal against South Africa last weekend that cost him his Australian captaincy. Smith expressed his sorrow and regret f ...

Guardian Thursday, 29th March 2018, 11:19AM - Read article


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