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Former England cricket captain Ray Illingworth dies aged 89

Dec. 25, 2021 17:57 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Ray Illingworth, a former England cricket captain who went on to coach the team, has died. He was 89. Illingworth, who led England to a 2-0 series victory in Australia in the 1970-71 Ashes, had been undergoing radiotherapy for esophageal cancer. Yorkshire, the English...

EXPLAINER: Guide to the Ashes, test cricket's biggest stage

Dec. 24, 2021 19:27 PM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Cricket got you stumped? Don't know your Ashes from your dust? Ahead of one of the biggest games of cricket on the calendar, with Australia aiming to clinch the five-match Ashes series against England by early next week, here's a quick rundown. ...

New variant hits sports just as they were nearing normality

Nov. 26, 2021 15:15 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Golf, cricket and rugby became the first major sports to be affected by the new COVID-19 variant on Friday, prompting fears of renewed travel restrictions and disrupted events just as they were returning to normal nearly two years into the pandemic. ...

Australia cricket captain resigns after "sexting" scandal

Nov. 19, 2021 02:50 AM EST

Tim Paine took over the Australian test cricket team captaincy following one of the country's biggest and most embarrassing international scandals. He's lost it following a more personal indiscretion. Paine quit as test captain on Friday after being...

English cricket racism exposed by victim Rafiq at parliament

Nov. 16, 2021 14:00 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — English cricket was forced to confront its racist culture on Tuesday when former player Azeem Rafiq testified through tears at a parliamentary hearing but with a determination to expose the Islamophobia and bullying he suffered for more than a decade. ...

Australia wins its 1st T20 World Cup, beats NZ in final

Nov. 14, 2021 15:05 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mitchell Marsh and player-of-the-tournament David Warner smashed half centuries as Australia won its first cricket T20 World Cup with an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand in the final on Sunday. New Zealand lost the all-important...

De Kock takes knee as South Africa beats Sri Lanka at WCup

Oct. 30, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Quinton de Kock took a knee at the start and David Miller took charge at the end as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by four wickets with a ball to spare in the T20 World Cup on Saturday. Miller hit two sixes in the last over as South...

De Kock takes knee, South Africa bowls vs. Sri Lanka at WCup

Oct. 30, 2021 06:27 AM EDT

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Quinton de Kock returned to South Africa's team for Saturday's T20 World Cup game against Sri Lanka — and took a knee for the Black Lives Matter movement before play started. De Kock refused to play in Tuesday's victory over West...

South Africa's de Kock apologizes, will take knee in future

Oct. 28, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African cricket player Quinton de Kock will take a knee after all. De Kock apologized Thursday to teammates and supporters for refusing to play in a T20 World Cup game, but said he felt his rights were “taken away” when players...

De Kock protest after South Africa team ordered to take knee

Oct. 26, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Quinton de Kock refused to play in a T20 World Cup game against the West Indies on Tuesday in protest after Cricket South Africa ordered its players to take a knee before matches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. CSA issued a...