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This week's highlights (June 15-21, 2015)

International Cricket | June 17, 2015

Pink ball ready for Test cricket, says manufacturer Kookaburra

Melbourne: Kookaburra, the manufacturer of cricket's new pink ball, on Tuesday declared it is Test match ready, if the inaugural day-night contest goes ahead in Australia in November.

Cricket Australia (CA) hopes to stage the first day-night Test against New Zealand later this year, with Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart among the possible venues.

Source: ICC Cricket

International Cricket | June 16, 2015

Steven Smith becomes second youngest player to top batting charts

Australia’s Steven Smith has become the second youngest batsman after Sachin Tendulkar of India to achieve the number-one ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after stellar batting displays in the Kingston Test, which Australia won by 277 runs to win the series 2-0. 

Source: ICC Cricket

International Cricket | June 16, 2015

Cricket helps young Afghan refugees field a new life in the UK

CROYDON, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The two bowlers gasp as the ball flies narrowly past the head of 22-year-old Mati, then burst into laughter as the batsman's momentary look of panic turns into a bashful grin.

Source: Reuters

International Cricket | June 15, 2015

Cricket: Boult reaches new highs in ICC rankings

Trent Boult's injury has come at the same time he has reached new highs in the ICC World Player Rankings.

Boult has been ruled out of the England tour due with a back issue, a tough blow for a Black Caps side benefiting from Boult's career best form.

Source: The New Zealand Herald

International Cricket | June 15, 2015

England should stick to bold cricket

We have had years of England plodding along in one-day cricket so let’s not knock them when they get it slightly wrong playing with this new, carefree attitude, as they did in Southampton.

I prefer it this way, when they will occasionally have to be reined in, than when they are playing full of fear.

Source: IOL Sport 

International Cricket | June 15, 2015

Fatullah, Bangladesh: Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh eclipsed Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram to jump to ninth on the all-time highest Test wicket-takers list on Sunday.

Bangladesh’s Imrul Kayes was Harbhajan’s 415th wicket in his 102nd Test, overtaking Akram’s 414 from 104 matches.

Source: Gulf News