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Skipper Mashrafe rues Bangladesh's new-ball woes

NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Bangladesh's inability to strike with the new ball cost them dearly in their World Cup match against Australia, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said after their 48-run loss on Thursday.

Williamson is New Zealand's greatest ODI player, says Vettori

(Reuters) - New Zealand captain Kane Williamson's superb World Cup century in Wednesday's win over South Africa is proof that he is the country's greatest one-day international (ODI) player, according to former Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori.

Cricket: Women's T20 moves closer to Commonwealth Games spot

SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Women's Twenty20 cricket moved a step closer on Thursday to featuring in the 2022 Commonwealth Games after being nominated by organisers for its potential inclusion in Birmingham.

Sri Lanka hope for middle order clicking in key game against England

LEEDS, England (Reuters) - Sri Lanka are relying on their middle order to start firing in their World Cup fixture against England on Friday to stay in the hunt for a semi-final berth, captain Dimuth Karunaratne said on Thursday.

England approach every game as if it were their last - Moeen

LEEDS, England (Reuters) - England's approach to a gruelling round-robin World Cup format is to play every game as if it were their last, all rounder Moeen Ali said on Thursday.

Bumrah won't relax in nets despite bruising team mate Shankar

SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah takes his net sessions seriously and said he had no plans to drop his intensity during practice, even after injuring team mate Vijay Shankar.

Warner and Finch opening the way for Australia

NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Openers Aaron Finch and David Warner have proved so consistent in this World Cup that Australia have been able to notch huge totals without major risk and it was their 121-run partnership that set up their 381-5 against Bangladesh on Thursday.

Cricket: Shahidi blow sparks debate if players should take concussion calls

SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Hashmatullah Shahidi's decision to ignore medical advice and keep batting even after being floored by a bouncer on Tuesday has prompted demands that cricketers should not be allowed to take those calls.

Praise for 'gem' Williamson after skipper guides New Zealand to tense win

(Reuters) - Plaudits were pouring in for New Zealand's "gem of a player" Kane Williamson after he displayed ice-cold nerves in guiding his side to a four-wicket victory over South Africa in the Cricket World Cup.

Bangladesh confident of beating anyone at World Cup - Mashrafe

(Reuters) - Bangladesh's outstanding run chase against West Indies has given them the confidence to beat any team in the World Cup, captain Mashrafe Mortaza said ahead of Thursday's clash with in-form Australian at Trent Bridge.