Kevin Pietersen eyes international return

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is hopeful of representing his native South Africa even though he'll be turning 40 when he re-qualifies.

Pietersen, 37, hadn’t been selected for the national team after being sacked in the conclusion of the 2013-14 Ashes defeat in Australia.

The right-handed batsman will be eligible to play for the Proteas in 2019.

"You are talking about in two years' time. Would I? Who knows? We'll have to wait and see where I am," said Pietersen. "I'm going to be playing a lot of cricket in South Africa over the next two years, so we'll see.

"I love batting: I will bat for as long as I love the art of batting. I do at the moment, but I'm an old man now, I've just hurt my calf, I didn't field.

"Who knows where I'll be in two years' time? If I enjoy batting, we'll see where I get to. I'm in a very happy place."

Pietersen is set for his last summer of English county cricket and will be playing Twenty20s across the world over the next two years.

Sri Lanka Test squad against India

Sri Lanka have announced their squad for the three test match series against India, which starts from July 26.

Kohli and Company will directly head for 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and one-off T20I series in Sri Lanka.

The three Test match series will start from July 26 till August 16, while the ODI series will be held between August 20 and September 3. The only T20I game will be played on September 6.

Sri Lanka 15-man squad for the test:

1.   Upul Tharanga (Batsman)
2.   Sadeera Samarawickrama(Batsman)
3.   Kusal Mendis (Batsman)
4.   Dinesh Chandimal (Batsman) (Captain)
5.   Angelo Mathews (Batsman)
6.   Asela Gunarathne (All-Rounder)(Right-arm Off Spin)
7.   Niroshan Dickwella (Batsman)(W)
8.   Dilruwan Perera (Off-Spinner)
9.   Nuwan Pradeep(Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
10. Rangana Herath (Slow left-arm orthodox)
11. Lahiru Kumara (Right-arm fast)
12. Lakshan Sandakan (Slow left-arm chinaman)
13. Vimukthi Perera (Left-arm Fast-medium)
14. Suranga Lakmal (Right-arm fast-medium)
15. Danushka Gunathilaka (All-Rounder)(Right-arm Off Spin)​
16 July, 2017

Gayle In: West Indies one-off T20I squad against India

West Indies selectors have announced the one-off T20 international squad against India to be played at Sabina Park.

The explosive veteran batsman Chris Gayle, who hasn’t played international cricket since the World T20 final win against England in April 2016, has been named in the one-off T20 international against India on Sunday.

"I want to be the first man to play till 50," the 37-year-old said. "I'd love her to see me play cricket. I want her to just turn up in the stands and watch dad play a game of cricket, I'd love her to actually witness it one day. Age is something, it's a number. It's about the body, when you're young you can get away with a lot of things, you definitely do a lot more partying.

Gayle has made 295 T20s appearances and recently became the first batsman to surpass 10,000 runs in the Twenty20 format.

West Indies Squad: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton (wk), Kesrick Williams
06 July, 2017

Twitter reacts as Ravi Shastri applies for the post of Indian cricket team's chief coach

Former India Team Director Ravi Shastri has applied for the post of chief coach of the Indian cricket team.

Following Shastri’s interest for the post of India chief coach, many cricket fans has created quite a buzz and the Twitterati have given a strong reaction to the development.

Here are some of the best reactions:

29 June, 2017

NZ Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi announces retirement from international cricket

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi has announced his retirement from the international cricket at the age of 36.

Born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, Ronchi has played four Tests, 85 ODIs and 32 Twenty20 internationals for Black Caps.

The right-handed batsman, who represented Australia between 2008 and 2009, has averaged 23.67 in ODIs at a strike-rate of 114.50, and 18.89 in T20Is at a strike-rate of 141.33.

"It was a dream come true," the 36-year-old said. "I can't think of a better time to have been involved with New Zealand cricket.

"From the 2015 World Cup campaign through to the overseas tours of that time and some amazing games and series, it's been a genuine highlight for me.”

His knock of 16 against against Bangladesh at the Champions Trophy 2017 earlier this month on June 9 was his last for the New Zealand.

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