Sussex sign Jake Weatherald for 2019 season

Sussex have announced the signing of SA Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers batsman Jake Weatherald for their 2019 campaign.

The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the hottest batting prospects in Big Bash League. He scored a match-winning century (70-ball 115) in the BBL in February 2018.

The highly-rated opening batsman has been one of the most dominant batsmen in Australia since his debut 2015/16 season. In first-class cricket, he scored 270 runs at 38.57 (2015/16), 634 runs at 31.70 (2016/17), 765 runs at 38.25 (2017/18).

Weatherald follows in the footsteps of Sam Whiteman, Jeet Raval, Keshav Maharaj, SJ Erwee, Will Somerville and Jordan Silk, to name but a few of Cuckfield’s signings over the years.

Ravi Bopara extends Essex deal until 2019

Former England all-rounder Ravi Bopara has signed a one-year contract extension at Essex until the end of the 2019 season.

The 33-year-old, who last played for England in 2015, first represented the County Championship First Division side in 2002, and was a part of the winning team of 2017.

The all-rounder is thrilled to have extended his stay at the Cloudfm County Ground until the end of 2019.

“I’m glad to have signed a new one-year deal with Essex County Cricket Club,” said Bopara.

“I’m excited for the upcoming season, which will be my 18th year with the club and at 33, I still have plenty of years left.”

Essex head-coach Anthony McGrath emphasised on the importance of Bopara’s contract extension.

“Ravi is an integral part of the and will have a big role to play for us next year.”

Bopara has played 13 Tests, 120 ODI and 38 T20 games for England.

Sam Billings delighted after being retained by Chennai Super Kings

England wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings has expressed his happiness after being retained by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for the next season.

He expresses his excitement on Instagram, starting "Can’t wait to wear the @chennaiipl yellow again for @iplt20 2019!".

The 27-year-old Englishman, who plays for Kent County Cricket Club, was considered a winner after CSK bought him in last year’s auction of the Indian Premier League for INR 1 crore.

Billings though did not play well in the previous season, scoring just 108 in 10 fixtures, but Chennai outfit have clearly chosen to invest more time in the talented batsman and retained him for the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League, starting in March 2019.

Mumbai Indians keen on signing Shikhar Dhawan

The Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians have emerged as rumoured suitors for Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Shikhar Dhawan, according to Mumbai Mirror.

It is understood that if the negotiations between the two parties goes well, the 32-year-old batsman could open for Mumbai Indians in the next season of IPL.

The report claims that the left-handed batsman is not happy with the Sunrisers and has expressed his desire to look somewhere else. Although his contract with the franchise is valid for three years.

Dhawan has scored 497 runs from 16 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2017.

Irish batsman John Anderson retires

Ireland's right-handed opening batsman John Anderson has announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 35.

The South-African born batsman, who made his international debut for Ireland in 2012 - has made 26 appearances including eight in ODIs and four T20Is for the national side.

He last played for his country in 2017, while his career-best performance of 127 runs against the Netherlands in an Inter-Continental Cup in 2013.

The 35-year-old said, “It has been an honour and privilege to play for Ireland and it is one of the proudest achievements of my life. I am immensely proud of all my contributions to the team, especially those in the I-Cup. I’d like to thank those at Cricket Ireland who believed in me and gave me the chance to play international cricket.”

As well as retiring from all forms of international cricket, Anderson has also hung up his boots from Inter-Provincial cricket in Ireland.

“I have also decided to step away from all Inter-Provincial cricket,” said the batsman. “It has been six extremely enjoyable and successful years with Leinster Lightning. Thanks to everyone involved for making it such a memorable time, in particular my teammates.”

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