ODI Cricket

English Cricket should introduce a one day franchise cricket tournament.
Jim Smith - Apr 26, 2022

The first English foray into Franchise Cricket was along way from being a success. The considerable cash reserves built up by the ECB over the years were frittered away on the Hundred without many obvious benefits in return. Of course, the Hundred is not without positives. It certainly shouldn’t be overlooked that it provided a […]

Adam Zampa bowling for Australia vs Pakistan.
Jim Smith - Mar 30, 2022

Australia will look to continue their fine recent form when they take on Pakistan in this potentially decisive second ODI of the series. Pakistan, meanwhile, be desperate to bounce back as they face up to the possibility of back-to-back series defeats on home turf. Who will come out on top? Read on for our full […]

Captains Aaron Finch and Babar Azam ahead of the Pakistan vs Australia ODI series.
Jim Smith - Mar 28, 2022

Australia will no doubt be full of confidence after claiming a famous series win with victory in the third test in Lahore. But Pakistan will surely be determined to get a measure of revenge in this white-ball series, whilst both sides will also have next year’s World Cup in the back of their minds. Who […]

Martin Guptill in action for New Zealand.
Jim Smith - Mar 28, 2022

After the first match of the tour was washed out, New Zealand and the Netherlands will be hoping for better luck with the weather as this three-match ODI series gets underway. For the Dutch, in particular, this is a rare opportunity to test themselves against one of the best sides in the world. New Zealand, […]

Aaron Finch of Australia prepares for the ODI series vs Pakistan.
Nilanjan Sen - Mar 27, 2022

The three match Australia-Pakistan ODI series begins on 29th March 2022. The two teams have met 104 matches in this format with Australia leading Pakistan 68-32 head-to-head. One match between these two teams have ended in a tie and three in No Results. The first time the two teams played a bilateral series was during the […]

Annabel Sutherland of Women's World Cup semifinalists Australia.
Nilanjan Sen - Mar 25, 2022

We have almost reached the end of the league stages of the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022. The top two teams have already qualified for the last four. The Australians have been the dominant team in the tournament, winning all their seven round-robin matches. They sit comfortably on the top of the table with 14 points.  […]

Quentin de Kock in action for South Africa vs Bangladesh.
Jim Smith - Mar 21, 2022

An entertaining series in South Africa comes down to this third and final match. Both Bangladesh and South Africa have played some fine cricket across the first two matches and both will believe that they have what it takes to get across the line and earn some valuable Cricket World Cup Super League points. But […]

Shakib Al Hasan in action for Bangladesh vs South Africa.
Jim Smith - Mar 19, 2022

Bangladesh have continued their recent revival and are now in position to record a famous victory on South African shores. But the Proteas will no doubt be determined to fight back after a disappointing first outing in this three-match series. Who will come out on top in the potentially decisive second game? Read on for […]

Litton Das in action for Bangladesh vs Afghanistan.
Jim Smith - Feb 27, 2022

Bangladesh are enjoying a superb Cricket World Cup qualifying campaign and currently sit atop the Super League. They will be looking to extend that advantage when they take on Afghanistan in this third and final ODI of a series they have already won. Afghanistan, however, will not lack motivation as they seek much-needed Super League […]

Suryakumar Yadav celebrates an Indian victory with KL Rahul.
Vyom Nanavati - Feb 23, 2022

It was quite perplexing that one of the IPL’s best performers over the last few seasons couldn’t find himself a place in the national team. On paper, Suryakumar Yadav seemed to be the role player India needed. He made this even more perplexing when he went head to head with one of India’s greats in […]

Liton Das in ODI action for Bangladesh.
Jim Smith - Feb 22, 2022

With the race to qualify for next year’s Cricket World Cup hotting up, both Bangladesh and Afghanistan have the chance to secure valuable points from this three-match series. Bangladesh will be the favourites thanks to their fine record at home in this format, but Afghanistan have shown that they can pack a punch and are […]

Rohit Sharma in action for India.
Jim Smith - Feb 10, 2022

After the disappointment of losing the Freedom Trophy in South Africa, and being whitewashed in the subsequent ODI series, India have returned to winning ways against the West Indies. They will now be looking to wrap up the whitewash, but the West Indies have valuable ODI Super League points still to play for. Who will […]

Virat Kohli in ODI action for India.
Jim Smith - Feb 6, 2022

India recorded a comprehensive victory in their 1000th ODI and now stand just one win away from a valuable series win. The West Indies will know that they have the quality to improve on their showing in the first match. Who will come out on top? Read on for our full India vs West Indies […]

Amy Jones in WODI action for England against Australia.
Jim Smith - Feb 6, 2022

There was something familiar about the way England’s batting folded in the second ODI of this women’s Ashes series. But England, though the Ashes are now gone, still have the chance to strike a blow against Australia, particularly with the World Cup just around the corner. But who will come out on top in the […]

Ellyse Perry in action for Australia vs England.
Jim Smith - Feb 5, 2022

If the circumstances have been markedly different, the end result has been effectively the same. Australia have sealed both the men’s and women’s Ashes without tasting defeat, with England now facing two more matches with nothing to play for but pride. Will the women’s side battle back more effectively than the men’s? Read on for […]

Deepak Chahar in action for India.
Jim Smith - Feb 4, 2022

India and the West Indies will look to continue their preparations for next year’s World Cup with this three-match series in India. The hosts will, understandably, be the favourites from the off, but both teams have room for improvement, especially if they hope to dethrone England in 2023. Who will come out on top? Read […]

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Last Word Staff - Feb 4, 2022

Can you use a VPN to watch T20 World Cup live from anywhere? The easiest way to view the matches live during the T20 world cup is by using a VPN service. You may live stream T20 matches on your smartphone or laptop by signing up for a free or premium VPN subscription. Cricket lovers […]

Jimmy Anderson in action as England skittle New Zealand.
Jim Smith - Feb 4, 2022

England’s latest red-ball reset has gotten off to a flying start with England skittling New Zealand at Lords. Having lost the toss and been put into the field by the Black Caps on what looked like a good day for batting day, it did not take long for Jimmy Anderson to make an impact on […]

Angelo Mathews was player of the match in the Chattogram Test.
Jim Smith - Feb 4, 2022

There was not very much in it for the bowlers in the Chattogram Test and not for the first time. Angelo Mathews, in particular, delivered a timely reminder of his quality with the bat, falling just one run short of a double century in Sri Lanka’s first innings. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim struck centuries […]

Ben Stokes in action for Durham ahead of England vs New Zealand.
Jim Smith - Feb 4, 2022

England have named their first 13-man squad of the new era under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes. The immediate takeaway is that if English cricket administrators have not always been as appreciative of Stuart Broad and James Anderson as they should have been, England cricket fans will certainly be grateful that they can call upon […]

Tom Harrison leaves the ECB with the game in poor repair.
Jim Smith - Feb 4, 2022

Tom Harrison ends his reign as CEO of the England and Wales Cricket Board with the game in disarray. The principal victim of that is cricket in England and Wales, but it is also an unedifying end to the career of a man who brought a great deal to the sport. The TV rights package […]

Alex Lees in County action ahead of England vs New Zealand.
Jim Smith - Feb 4, 2022

With the start of the English Test summer now barely three weeks away, the stage is set for an entertaining England vs New Zealand tussle. The two sides have met fairly regularly of late and there should be few secrets, not least because England’s new coach is none other than former-Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, […]

Pakistan star Shaheen Shah Afridi in County Championship action.
Jim Smith - Feb 4, 2022

One of the chief criticisms levelled at the County Championship in recent years is that it fails to prepare English batters for Test cricket. The reason for that is that the green-tinged pitches and the playing conditions allow medium-pacers to run riot, giving the Counties little to no incentive to play genuinely quick bowlers or […]

Umran Malik, the Jammu Express, has made a fine start to life with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Vyom Nanavati - Feb 4, 2022

Abdul Samad has perhaps done Indian Cricket its biggest favour in recent times. Introducing Umran Malik as a net bowler to the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad in 2020, eventually paved the way to international recognition for India’s latest (and fastest) bowling sensation. Meet Umran Malik: the Jammu Express. The speedster is able to rack up speeds […]