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World Cricket League: Jersey coach Neil MacRae targets division four title

Jersey won all five of their matches in World Cricket League Division Five Jersey coach Neil MacRae says his team is capable of winning World Cricket League Division Four next year after gaining promotion from the tier below. The Channel Islanders were crowned division five champions for the third time in South Africa on Saturday. However, MacRae’s side have been relegated on each of their past three tournaments at division four level. “This side is still young but they’ve got a lot of tournament experience now,” he told BBC Radio…

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England coach Trevor Bayliss does not expect new faces in Ashes squad

Pint-sized TMS: England win series as Blofeld says goodbye England are likely to fill their Ashes squad with players that have been used in the past 18 months, according to coach Trevor Bayliss. Joe Root’s side still have concerns over their batting despite Test series wins against South Africa and West Indies this summer. Their defence of the Ashes in Australia begins in November. “I can’t see us going outside of the people that have played in the last 12 to 18 months,” said Bayliss. “There are two or three…

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Pierre de Bruyn leaves role as Leicestershire head coach

Leicestershire are bottom of Division Two after 11 matches this season Leicestershire head coach Pierre de Bruyn has left the Division Two club after one year in the role. The 40-year-old South African has overseen 11 County Championship matches without a win this term, losing six. Graeme Welch and John Sadler have been placed in interim charge of the side until the end of the 2017 season. “It has been quite a testing season for Pierre, his first real head coach role,” Foxes chief executive Wasim Kham told BBC Radio…

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T20 Blast: Title always Glamorgan’s target says coach Croft

T20 Blast semi-final: Glamorgan v Birmingham Bears Date: Saturday, 2 September Time: 11:00 BST Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham Coverage: Commentaries on BBC Sport website from BBC Wales, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and BBC Radio 5 live; text and video updates on BBC Sport website Glamorgan coach Robert Croft says his side have targeted winning the T20 Blast since early in their campaign. The Welsh county take on hosts Birmingham Bears in the first semi-final at Edgbaston. “From very early on, we talked about winning the competition, not a home quarter-final or…

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Ravi Shastri: Former all-rounder named India coach until 2019

Ravi Shastri (left) was India’s team director before Anil Kumble’s appointment as coach Former all-rounder Ravi Shastri has been appointed India coach until the 2019 World Cup in England. The 55-year-old will replace Anil Kumble, who resigned following India’s Champions Trophy campaign in which they lost to in the final to Pakistan. Kumble said he stepped down after one year because his “partnership” with captain Virat Kohli was “untenable”. India’s cricket board, the BCCI, said Shastri brings “a wealth of experience, both as player and as coach”. Shastri was India’s…

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