Mike Hesson quits as New Zealand cricket coach

Mike Hesson has announced that he will be stepping down as Blackcaps coach citing family reasons.

The 43-year-old, who guided the team to new heights across all three formats, will resign as coach at the end of next month, less than a year out from the ICC World Cup.

He made it clear in a statement that he wanted to spend more quality time with his family and said he no longer felt fully committed to the role for another 12 months.

"I know what's required over the next 12 months, but if I'm honest, I don't feel I have the capacity to give the job what it deserves," he said.
Hesson made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday in Auckland. His resignation would take effect at the end of next month.

New Zealand are currently ranked fourth in Tests and ODIs and third in T20s.
07 June, 2018

India squad for One-off Test against Afghanistan

Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the historic one-off Test match against Afghanistan in Bengaluru on June 14.

Saha will miss the Test after failing to recover from a thumb injury he picked during the 2nd qualifier of the Indian Premier League 2018.

BCCI has named Dinesh Karthik as Saha's replacement, ahead of Parthiv Patel.

Karthik, 33, who last played a Test for India back in 2010, has played 23 Tests, scoring 1000 runs with one century and seven fifties.

India squad: Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur

Twitter reacts to AB de Villiers's retirement from international cricket

South Africa star batsman AB de Villiers announced his retirement on Wednesday from international cricket with immediate effect.

The 34-year-old’s shocking decision to hang up his boots comes just four days after he completed another Indian Premier League (IPL) season with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect,” De Villiers was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.

“This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.

“It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. The most important thank you goes out to all of my team-mates throughout my career, I wouldn’t be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years.

“It’s not about earning more somewhere else, it’s about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on. Everything comes to an end. To the cricket fans around South Africa and the world, thank you for your kindness and generosity, and today, for your understanding.

“I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas.”

De Villiers has played 114 Tests, 228 One-Day Internationals and 78 T20 Internationals for his country.

Mark Waugh slams India over D/N Test snub

Former Australian international Mark Waugh has lashed out at "selfish" India for snubbing to play a day-night Test match during their tour of Australia later this year.

Cricket Australia wanted the first Test to be played under the lights in Adelaide from December 6. But India, who are yet to play a day-night format, said they were not ready in playing in such a high-profile series.

The Baggy Green have played four day-night Tests since 2015, three of them in Adelaide itself, winning them all.

Waugh, 52, said the decision from Indian cricket was not only disappointing, but selfish given the falling popularity of Test cricket.

"It's a little bit selfish from India's point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket," the retiring selector said in The Australian newspaper on Thursday.

"Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be."

India to tour Australia from November 21 to January 19 with four Tests, three T20 internationals and three ODI's games on the schedule.

Twitter reacts to Justin Langer's appointment as Australia head coach

The former Australian opener Justin Langer has been appointed as Australia's new head coach, succeeding Darren Lehmann, who resigned following the ball tampering incident that took place in South Africa.

Langer, 47, who is currently in charge of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers, will start his new role on May 22 for a four-year term.

He made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1993 and has since gone on to make 105 Tests for the Baggy Greens, scoring 7696 runs. He also appeared in eight ODIs for the country.

Langer's first assignment gets underway on 13 June when the Aussies travel to England, with five one-day internationals and a sole Twenty20.

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