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Eoin Morgan's brutal 148 flattens Afghanistan

The England captain smashed 17 of his side's 25 sixes as he led the hosts to a thumping win

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Morgan overwhelmed by his own record-breaking knock


Ugra: The pall over Rashid Khan's World Cup

England struck Afghanistan where it would hurt them most - by ruthlessly attacking the man who represents their cricket.


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Morgan doesn't rule out Hales return, but conscious of 'stigma'

England want to do all they can to give the injured Jason Roy a chance to have a role in the latter stages of the World Cup

Hussey lauds Root's strike-rotation

Michael Hussey analyses Joe Root's ODI batting since 2018


Is Hales back on England's radar?

Eoin Morgan answers questions about a possible return for the out-of-favour Alex Hales


New Zealand v South Africa

World Cup 2019, Edgbaston

The 2015 semi-finalists meet with plenty on the line again

It is virtually a must-win game for South Africa, while New Zealand will face their first of many big-ticket oppositions in this World Cup

Fernando: When New Zealand let their nasty out

They faced South Africa in a World Cup quarter-final in 2011 and the kindergarten teachers with abs did not hold back

De Kock and Boult on the 2015 semi-final

Four years on, South Africa and New Zealand are set to take each other on again in a high-profile clash at the World Cup


Vettori: Nicholls could add depth to the middle order

Daniel Vettori wants Henry Nicholls and Tim Southee in New Zealand's XI for their clash against South Africa


Morkel: SA openers will be massively important against NZ

Albie Morkel looks ahead to South Africa's World Cup game against New Zealand on Tuesday


Martin Crowe - running out of luck

The New Zealand legend's tryst with the Nervous 90s in World Cups is quite unique


The one with the fancy dressers

The venue of arguably the greatest ODI of all time, Birmingham's cricket ground is ready to host the high-voltage England-India game this World Cup


Bangladesh v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Taunton

Shakib, Liton the stars in Bangladesh's record chase

West Indies restricted to below-par total before their bowlers are taken to the cleaners, the 322-run chase pulled off with 51 balls in hand

Smart Stats - High-impact Shakib floors West Indies

Shakib Al Hasan put together another masterclass against West Indies

India v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Old Trafford

Thompson: India, Pakistan produce electric atmosphere in Manchester

Despite the geopolitical tensions between the countries, the scene was festive and vibrant, the kind of stadium that makes the hair stand up on your arm.

Watching India v Pakistan in Beijing

What do you do if you're an Indian expat in China? You get yourself to an Indian-owned bar that's showing the game on a big screen

Gollapudi: Kohli's India, a scary machine

India out-muscled South Africa then Australia and now Pakistan in every department

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A to Z of the World Cup: M is for minnows

Namibia, Bermuda, East Africa - and Scotland, who have never won a World Cup match


India v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Manchester

Kartik: Kuldeep's ball to Babar was sensational


Rohit and the magic in his touch

There were some brutal boundaries in his 140, but the shot that defined his class was the one that he simply caressed to the straight boundary

Samiuddin: Pakistan must work out what their best XI is

Pakistan have made six changes over three games after their opening match

Australia keep winning

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Stoinis on course as Australia brace for Bangladesh threat

Allrounder on the mend after side strain as Langer seeks right balance for key clash

'Australia still trying to find best XI' - Brad Haddin

Australia's assistant coach also talks of Maxwell's batting position and the Khawaja conundrum

India v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Manchester

Samiuddin: What I think about when I watch Kohli and Rohit

One oozes effortless beauty, the other an intense genius honed to within an inch of its life

Waqar: Kohli has really taken off

Who picked Virat Kohli? Who picked Imran Khan? Find out here as former India and Pakistan cricketers choose their favourite players from the opposite side


Misbah: India v Pakistan is the biggest game in the cricketing world

Misbah-ul-Haq picks his Pakistan XI and looks ahead to the most anticipated meeting of the World Cup


Dhoni welcomes Pant with wicketkeeping tips

Rishabh Pant has joined India's World Cup squad as cover for Shikhar Dhawan


Street art, restaurant-hopping and more in Manchester

The venue of the World Cup 2019's 'most important' match, Manchester, stands for much more - football, wall art and even Bollywood


When Wahab yorked local lad Yuvraj

The Pakistan quick took five-wickets against India in the 2011 World Cup semi-final in Mohali


Old Trafford - the cricketing neighbour of a footballing giant

Old Trafford gears up for another India-Pakistan clash


Afghanistan v South Africa

World Cup 2019, Cardiff

South Africa finally have their 'peg in the ground'

Lungi Ngidi might return to the XI for the next fixture, against New Zealand on Wednesday

Fernando: Afghanistan's World Cup of self-inflicted chaos

The omission of Najibullah Zadran, their batsman of the tournament, summed up a team that is not giving the best account of themselves

Australia v Sri Lanka

World Cup 2019, The Oval

Farrell: Finch's statement century gives sense of a corner turned

After his chronic form dip in the Australian summer, captain is back to form ... with the bat if not the coin

Monga: Dysfunction, hope, more dysfunction for SL

We used to associate the adjectives 'mercurial' and 'unpredictable' with another Asian team, but it's Sri Lanka who could do better justice to those tags

England v West Indies

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Dobell: England show off their strength in depth

They missed a second frontline spinner, and lost two of their top four to injury, but they always had options to cover for those gaps

Roy, Morgan in doubt for Afghanistan after injuries

Opening batsman faces scan on a left hamstring injury, while the captain has back spasms

The Bangladesh camp

World Cup 2019

Bouncer-ready Bangladesh 'favourites' against West Indies - Tamim

Mushfiqur Rahim picks up a forearm injury in the nets courtesy a Mustafizur Rahman short delivery

'We have to do it all over again' - Walsh on facing West Indies

Bangladesh have a 7-2 record against WI over the last 12 months, but their bowling coach knows their next meeting will be the one that counts

England v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Southampton

Ganga: To adapt 'consistently' across formats a challenge for WI

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Kimber: The talent is there but West Indies need to rethink ODI batting

Twice in this tournament, not changing the way they have batted for the conditions, or state of the game, has cost them

England quicks, Root century brush WI aside

Fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood took three wickets each to wrap-up West Indies for a below-par total

Australia's campaign

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Warner's homecoming gathers pace

His hundred against Pakistan was recognition that his singular match-winning skills remain very much intact

'Explosive' Shaun Marsh, Khawaja suit middle order - Langer

The coach has admitted to challenges in balancing the side after the injury to Marcus Stoinis but is content with Australia's start of three wins from four matches

India v New Zealand

World Cup 2019, Trent Bridge

ESPNcricinfo weekly: Stunning spells, gallant gestures, and the sodding rain

Another week into the 2019 World Cup, ESPNcricinfo takes a look back at some of the outstanding moments so far

Why can't other boards take a cue from SLC to tackle rain?

Year after year, SLC successfully hosts series in months afflicted by storms that unload lakefuls of water into their stadia

Around the World Cup

Pressure exists for every team, not just Pakistan - Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir opens up on his strategy against Australia that fetched him his maiden career ODI five-wicket haul

Kimber: Watching Russell, thinking Ali

Dre Russ in the nets has something of The Greatest in him

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India's batting shuffle

Gollapudi: Another door opens for Rahul

Batting coach Sanjay Bangar wants him to accept any challenge, like his namesake Rahul Dravid did

Pant to join Indian team as cover for Dhawan

India will fly the keeper-batsman to England as they monitor Shikhar Dhawan's injury over the next few weeks

Don't want to rule out a precious player like Dhawan - Bangar

India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar discusses Shikhar Dhawan's injury, his importance to the team, and his replacements


The (Trent) Bridge to Run Feasts

Enjoy all the history behind the Nottingham ground, featuring the many records that have fallen here


Bumping into Robin Hood at Nottingham

We took Team India's 'biggest fan' in Nottingham to visit a famous tree, halt for an interesting cuppa and of course, check out the quaint venue of Trent Bridge stadium


Hussey: Dhawan injury destabilises India's top order

With Shikhar Dhawan reportedly out of India's next few games, Mike Hussey and Ajit Agarkar discuss the possible impact of his absence


Shikhar's injury - Rahul's ticket to open?

India's centurion against Australia is injured.. and it opens the batting order debate again!


Has the late start to India's World Cup worked in their favour?

Ajit Agarkar, Daren Ganga, Cyrus Broacha and the Runorder crew discuss India's scheduling in the World Cup


Australia v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Taunton

Monga: Warner finds old mindset to flick 'on' switch

This was a difficult innings in testing conditions but there was a familiar assertiveness in David Warner's footwork

Samiuddin: Error-prone Pakistan squander their advantage

Inconsistent bowling among the quicks - Mohammad Amir excepted - fielding errors and mistakes with the bat all cost Pakistan

Hussey: Pakistan will be kicking themselves

Both Michael Hussey and Ajit Agarkar are of the mindset that Pakistan lost this game, rather than Australia winning it.


Australia v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Taunton

Misbah slams 'undisciplined' Pakistan with bat and ball


Warner, Cummins star in nail-biting victory

Mohammad Amir five-for and heroics from the tail not enough as Australia hold on for 41-run win

Thought I might never score another Australia hundred - Warner

Batsman credits wife Candice for helping him 'get out of bed' on long road back from ball-tampering ban

Australia v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Taunton

'We can't change Fakhar's role, and we don't want to' - Imam-ul-Haq

Opener Imam-ul-Haq discusses the dynamics of Pakistan's top three, and how they are in sync with each other


Imam, Babar and Fakhar - Pakistan's batting heartbeat

One opener goes harder than the other, and the number three is the anchor around whom everyone else bats

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

World Cup 2019, Bristol

Steve Rhodes unhappy with ICC's reserve day policy

"We've sent men to the moon, why can't we have a reserve day for group stages," asks Bangladesh coach

World Cup weather watch: your guide to the soggy scenario

With three abandonments in less than a week, this has already been the most rain-affected World Cup

All-time World Cup XI

Graeme Swann

'Yeah, I'm captain of my own all-time World Cup XI'

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England news

World Cup 2019

England relish 'fear' factor provided by Archer and Wood

Mark Wood says 'friendly competition' between the two fastest men at the World Cup is a good thing for England

Archer's presence adds spice to England v West Indies

West Indies coach Floyd Reifer says Jofra Archer is a known quantity and his players will be ready

South Africa v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Southampton

Truncated game could have hurt SA - du Plessis

Floyd Reifer said a completed game would have helped West Indies, especially since their opponents were 'demoralised'

De Villiers revelations could bring squad closer, captain says

Du Plessis says furore over de Villiers' proposed return has not been a factor in their disjointed campaign

Bails fail (again)

World Cup 2019

Kohli and Finch express concern over continuing bails saga


The curious story of the bails that lost their zing

Jasprit Bumrah to David Warner was the fifth instance at this World Cup of a batsman surviving despite the ball hitting his stumps

Australia v India

World Cup 2019, The Oval

Hussey: India injected Pandya at the perfect time

Michael Hussey and Ajit Agarkar recap India's batting performance against Australia


Gollapudi: Relaxed Dhawan slips back into his batting groove

The talisman of India's 2013 Champions Trophy victory found form with another joyous innings in England

Samiuddin: The exact moment Hardik Pandya joined the freak show

Find ball 45.3 of India's innings and watch it over and again, because it shows why Hardik Pandya belongs to an elite club


World Cup 2019, The Oval

Tactics Board: How India can beat Australia

No two teams have met more often at World Cups, but the results have been one-sided in Australia's favour. Is there a way for Virat Kohli's men to change that?

The easy-going sibling of Lord's

Get to know the history behind The Oval, which has hosted cricket, football and rugby over the years


When Kapil 'Gifted' Two Runs

What happened after Kapil Dev agreed to turn a 'four' into a 'six' versus Australia in the 1987 World Cup?


'Won't forget the lashing Border gave Hughes when I hit him for six'

In a tense encounter in the 1992 World Cup, one Manjrekar shot led Allan Border to lose his cool with Merv Hughes


Afghanistan v New Zealand

World Cup 2019, Taunton

Fernando: New Zealand and the gym selfie

With three wins in three World Cup games, they're basically showing off right now. But the toughest test is yet to come

Neesham's five propels New Zealand to the top

Afghanistan were unsettled by the short ball - with Rashid Khan suffering a concussion - as they slipped to another defeat at the World Cup

Kimber: Whole-hearted Afghanistan continue to self-sabotage

There is talent aplenty but mistakes in selection and on the field continue to hamper Afghanistan's chances at this World Cup

Team selection

South Africa news

'If AB wanted to be here, he would be here' - Gibson

South Africa coach wants the focus to turn from AB de Villiers back to the cricket, as his team prepares to take on West Indies

Runorder - Could AB de Villiers have changed South Africa's fortunes?

Ajit Agarkar, Daren Ganga and the runorder crew discuss what the road ahead looks like for South Africa



ICC says no to dagger emblem on MS Dhoni's gloves

Latest update comes after BCCI called it a "non-issue"; Dhoni likely to use the same gloves going forward, with the insignia covered by a tape

Quiz - How closely did you follow the first week?

Looking back at all the big talking points, records and achievements from the first week of the World Cup

Australia v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Trent Bridge

Kimber: Australia revive fear factor in scrappy win

From the brink of certain defeat Australia have sent a World Cup warning

Starc excited that Australia can get 'a lot better'

Five-wicket haul secures second win in a row but fast bowler thanks Coulter-Nile for saving the team with the bat

Smart Stats: The missed chance that hurt West Indies

West Indies could have limited the damage had they held on to a catch off Coulter-Nile in the 44th over

Australia v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Trent Bridge

Holder 'couldn't believe' poor umpiring decisions

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Coulter-Nile, Starc provide star turns in see-saw game

Torrid beginning against new ball gives way to smart batting and savvy bowling as Australia beat West Indies in Trent Bridge

West Indies' fury at 'dodgy' decisions as Australia get rub of green

Frustration after series of poor umpiring calls mar tightly fought contest

India v South Africa

World Cup 2019, Southampton

Rohit's best ODI innings, 'by far' - Kohli

'He played the perfect innings for that situation, on that wicket, against a bowling attack that was threatening to pick up wickets at any stage'

Fernando: The spectre of wristspin, the spectre of the past

With Chahal and Kuldeep getting the ball to drift, dip and turn around corners, a self-fulfilling prophecy played out in Southampton

'The guys are very disappointed and a bit angry' - Morris

His captain du Plessis, meanwhile, blamed the batsmen for their third straight defeat

Bangladesh v England

World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Wood backs England to bounce back against Bangladesh

With first-match nerves out of the way, fast bowler is ready to help his side overcome loss to Pakistan

India v South Africa

World Cup 2019, Southampton

Kohli on Rabada's jibe: 'He can discuss with me man-to-man'

India captain responds Kagiso Rabada calling him 'immature'


Dilshan slams SL middle order for batting like 'small kids'

Says that no one is batting responsibly in the middle order after Sri Lanka collapsed from 144 for 1 to 180 for 8

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Ugra: Malinga grabs the limelight but Pradeep turns the game

Pradeep hailed by his team for keeping them in the contest against Afghanistan

Kimber: Madness beats joy as Afghanistan miss their chance

Afghanistan are one of the greatest things to happen to the game, yes, but they are also professional cricketers who want to win matches

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Mark Nicholas' World Cup diary: Warnie's Chinese diet, and Mickey's love for Pakistan

Plenty of action (and wining and dining) for one commentator as the World Cup kicks off

Afghanistan v Sri Lanka

World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Gulbadin Naib: 'If you had told me I would be Afghanistan captain, I'd never have believed it'

Gulbadin Naib is the joker of a team that laughs plenty - despite their circumstances. He talks about how cricket offered him hope, like it did a lot of his team-mates

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