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India’s captain expressed his surprise at the choices for the awards, which went to Sam Curran and Jonny Bairstow respectively

India’s seven-run win in the third ODI against England won them the series 2-1 and completed a sweep across formats.

India had put up 329 and had England on the ropes at 257 for 8, but a career-best 83-ball 95* by Sam Curran kept England in the game till the end of the final over. Curran had also got the wicket of a free-flowing Rishabh Pant to end India’s best partnership in their innings. In a relatively rare occurrence, players from the losing side were awarded the Player-of-the-Match and Player-of-the-Series awards, Curran winning the former and Jonny Bairstow the latter for topping the run-charts in the series with scores of 94, 124 and 1.

India captain Virat Kohli expressed his surprise at the choices for the awards, holding that Shardul Thakur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were better candidates for both.

“I am quite surprised that he (Thakur) wasn’t the Man of the Match today, to be honest,” Kohli told Star Sports at the post-match presentation ceremony. Thakur had figures of 4 for 67 and had earlier scored 30 off 21.



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Recent Match Report – Essex vs Worcs Group 1 2021

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Essex 266 for 2 (Cook 115, Westley 75*) vs Worcestershire

For a bowling attack which had just spent an entire day in the field without taking a wicket, the sight of Alastair Cook walking out to bat must have been dispiriting.

Sure, Cook hasn’t been in the runs this season. His six previous innings had realised only one score above 15 and none of 50. But he was always going to come good. Even before this match, he averaged 111.25 in first-class games against Worcestershire on this ground. Putting him up against this team at present is like presenting an arachnophobic with a tarantula sandwich.

So it was that, served a slow track offering bowlers little but toil and heartbreak, Cook gorged. He is, perhaps, just a little more expansive than when he last played for England – just a bit more willing to have a dart outside off stump – but the basics of his game have not changed for many years. Block, leave and if the bowlers stray, especially on to his legs, put them away. If you’ve seen him bat before, you can imagine this innings. This was the 68th first-class century of his career and his 25th for Essex. For much of the day you wondered who would go first: Cook or the cathedral.



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Prithvi Shaw breaks record with six fours in first over of a T20 innings

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Shaw’s onslaught came against KKR’s Shivam Mavi



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Heath Streak accepts ICC ban but says he didn’t fix matches

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Former Zimbabwe captain and coach may face a separate investigation by his country’s prosecuting authority

Heath Streak, the former Zimbabwe captain and coach who received an eight-year ban from the ICC for breaching the anti-corruption code, has “apologised” and taken “full responsibility” for his actions but asserts he was not involved in any attempts to fix matches. Streak admitted to disclosing inside information pertaining to international matches involving a 2018 Zimbabwe-Bangladesh-Sri Lanka tri-series, a Zimbabwe-Afghanistan series in 2018, the 2018 IPL and the 2018 Afghanistan Premier League but claims he did not influence any matches directly.

In a statement released by Streak on Thursday morning, he detailed his engagement with “an individual keen to invest in cricket in Africa,” admitted he “should have been more cautious,” with his actions and hoped his sanction would serve as a “cautionary tale,” for others.

“I also want to place on record to the public and fans that I was not involved in any match fixing, spot fixing or attempts to influence a game or share information from a changeroom during a match at any given time in our relationship. This position has been confirmed by the ICC itself in its own statement,” Streak’s statement read.

He confirmed aspects of the ICC’s verdict about establishing a T20 league in Zimbabwe but did not admit to knowing the person he was dealing with, understood to be Deepak Agarwal, was involved in betting.

“In 2017, I met an individual keen to invest in cricket in Africa and in particular they wanted to sponsor a T20 Tournament in Zimbabwe, which would be called the Safari Blast. The individual was subsequently vetted and cleared through the usual protocols and to be honest I let my guard down as the friendship and potential business partnership blossomed. The nature of our relationship was fraternal and cordial at all times. I genuinely believed it was a safe space. I also hoped the relationship would be beneficial not only to myself and to the Academy but to Zimbabwean cricket and I pursued its growth with vigour.

“At the onset I was engaged, and paid the Bitcoin, to assist in buying and building teams in different regional T20 competitions, which was successful, resulting in the purchase of a team in Dubai for this individual. Much later on in our friendship the only other thing I received was a bottle of whisky and my wife was gifted a phone. Several months down the line the ICC then brought to my attention the fact that the individual with whom I had been dealing, and some of the information that I had shared during our friendship/interaction may have been used for online betting.”

Although he is understood to have initially contested the ICC’s charges, in his statement Streak said he “submitted myself to the process and co-operated at every turn,” and that he flouted the ICC’s ethics code “unwittingly.” He asked that any “pain or angst,” be directed to him solely and not his family, friends or Zimbabwe Cricket.

“I also hope that cricket in Zimbabwe should not be punished or suffer for my actions directly or indirectly. I commit to serving out my sanction as guided by the ICC and am committed to help them and cricket in Zimbabwe in whatever manner I can. I look forward to continuing to contribute to the development of cricket in Zimbabwe, making amends and returning to the game as and when the ICC sees it fit,” he wrote.

While Streak’s matter with the ICC is closed, he will continue to work on the anti-corruption education program “so that the next generation of players and administrators can see the potential dangers and pitfalls as well as understand the serious ramifications of their actions.”

That does not necessarily mean he is in the clear completely. Zimbabwe’s sports and recreation commission has requested the country’s national prosecuting authority to “ascertain whether any of the criminal laws in Zimbabwe, particularly those relating to corruption, have been breached by Heath Streak in order that appropriate action is also taken locally,” and he could yet face charges in his own country.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



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