BCCI Awards 2017-18: Virat Kohli Wins The Polly Umrigar Award

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BCCI Awards 2017-18: Virat Kohli Wins Polly Umrigar Award It is awards season across the cricketing world. Kagiso Rabada dominated the South African awards ceremony a few days ago as he picked up four awards. These included SA Cricketer of the Year, ODI Player of the Year and Test player of the Year. Now the […] READ MORE


Criticism of Wanderers Pitch Continues

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Fresh criticism of the Wanderers pitch for the third Test between South Africa and India has continued to come in. Commentator Michael Holding described the pitch as “dangerous”, and said “call it off, forget it”. Several batsmen have been hit on the hand or in the chest over the course of the game, with the […] READ MORE



Ashes 2017/18: Ones to Watch

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Ahead of this winter’s Ashes series, LastWordonCricket‘s team takes a look at the players to watch on each side. Australia Josh Hazlewood (by Sean Wilson) Embed from Getty Images During the last Ashes series in Australia, Mitchell Johnson took virtually all the credit for his 37 wickets that helped secure a 5-0 whitewash for the Aussies […] READ MORE


2016’s Top 25 Players: The Final Five

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As 2017 draws near, our countdown of the top 25 players of 2016 comes to its zenith with five players who have excelled this calendar year. A reminder of the top 25 so far: 21-25: Faf du Plessis, John Hazlewood, Tom Latham, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Hastings. 16-20: Alastair Cook, Usman Khawaja, Stuart Broad, Azhar Ali, […] READ MORE


2016’s Top 25 Players: Part Four

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As Australia end 2016 on a high with a crushing victory over Pakistan, two of their players feature in part four of our countdown of the year’s top 25 players. 10. Steve Smith By Anirudh Srinivaas Eswaran Steve Smith, Australia‘s captain, has been in great touch with the bat all this year, bar a couple of series away against […] READ MORE


2016’s Top 25 Players: Part Three

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As 2017 approaches, our countdown of 2016’s top 25 international cricketers continues, featuring two players who have excelled in one format and struggled in others, a throwback top-order batsman, one of the world’s best all-rounders and a South African who has enjoyed a breakthrough year. 15. Ben Stokes By Luke Flannigan England’s remarkable transformation in […] READ MORE


2016’s Top 25 Players: Part Two

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As a Boxing Day bonanza of international cricket draws to a close, we continue our countdown of the top 25 players of 2016. 20. Neil Wagner By Matt Roller Until 2016, Neil Wagner was little more than a useful domestic cricketer and a Test bowling averaging 33. It appeared that the 30-year-old’s time in the Test team […] READ MORE


2016’s Top 25 Players: Part One

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2016 has been a remarkable cricketing year across all formats. After kicking off with West Indies’ dramatic triumph over England in the final of the World T20, the year brought four different number one-ranked Test sides and a world-record ODI total. This article forms the first in a five-part series counting down the world’s top 25 international players of 2016 […] READ MORE


Unanswered Questions For England

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England face a tough challenge in Mumbai. 2-0 down against India with two Tests to play, the visitors know that to secure an unlikely series draw they need to play out of their skins in the final two fixtures, and with a fragile batting line-up and worn-out bowling attack, that challenge looks insurmountable. LWOS Cricket‘s Sean Wilson, Luke Flannigan and Sean Brown discuss three […] READ MORE