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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Cricket

All time
# Alastair Cook
Tiger's twilight, farewell Captain Cook and all the week's best sportswriting
Stick on the kettle and settle into some of our favourite sports articles from this week.
# honours even
Ireland beat Afghanistan by three wickets to level ODI series
The sides will meet again in Friday’s decider.
# Cricket
Short-lived recovery not enough to save Ireland from T20 series loss to Afghanistan
Ireland will be playing to avoid a whitewash in Belfast on Friday.
# cleared
England cricketer Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray after brawl outside nightclub
He has rejoined the squad.
# Special Occasion
Dates confirmed for historic England-Ireland Test clash
The game will be played at Lord’s.
# Competition
'AFL has such big resources that they are identifying players from the age of 12'
Rebels coaches Shaun Berne and Eoin Toolan outline the challenges rugby faces in Melbourne.
# Teenage Kicks
17-year-old breaks world record in Dublin as sorry Ireland put to the sword again
The Irish batters could learn a thing or two from Amelia Kerr.
# Upset
England embarrassed as Scotland claim greatest victory in their history with shock ODI win
The Scots held their nerve in a lone one-day international at Edinburgh on Sunday.
# Hanging up the bat
Ireland cricket legend Ed Joyce announces his retirement
The 39-year-old is taking up a new role overseeing leadership development and as a batting coach.
# Test Match Special
Pakistan launch rearguard action to halt Ireland's early joy at Malahide
The visitors held the upper hand before rain and bad light ended the second day at Malahide prematurely.
# cheat scandal
Australia lose major sponsor as Warner apologises for 'stain on the game'
Warner used social media to issue a statement on Thursday after being suspended for a year.
# foul play
Australia cricket captain handed one-match ban for part in ball-tampering scandal
Opener Cameron Bancroft is free to play after escaping suspension though.
# Controversy
Australia's captain and vice-captain stand down for third Test amid ball-tampering scandal
There had been calls for captain Steve Smith to be sacked as captain after he admitted being the mastermind of a premeditated plan.
# Sticky Situation
I saw an opportunity to change the ball condition - Bancroft
After being charged with ball tampering by match officials, Cameron Bancroft hopes he can rebuild his reputation.
# Just Not Cricket
Australia batsman caught up in ball-tampering row during Test against South Africa
Cameron Bancroft appeared to rub the ball with a yellow item, which was then returned to his pocket before being dropped down the front of his trousers.
# Cricket
Heartbreak for Ireland as Phil Simmons' Afghanistan beat them to final Cricket World Cup place
Graham Ford’s side were held to just 209 runs in today’s must-win match.
# U Beauties
Massive result for Ireland's Cricket World Cup chances as UAE stun hosts Zimbabwe
Ireland will qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup if they beat Afghanistan tomorrow.
# Cricket
West Indies' nailbiting win is bad news for Ireland's Cricket World Cup hopes
The Windies chased down their 290 target with just six balls to spare.
# Cricket
Not done yet: Ireland hand Scotland first defeat to keep faint World Cup hopes alive
Andrew Balbirnie scored a magnificent century with 105 off 146 balls.
# down and out
Ireland's World Cup hopes in tatters as time catches up on a golden generation
Heavy defeat to Zimbabwe leaves Ireland needing a miracle to qualify for a fourth straight World Cup.
# stirling work
Stirling and Porterfield in record-breaking form as Ireland book place in Super Sixes
Hosts Zimbabwe are next up for Ireland on Friday.
# windies
Frustrated Ireland lose out to Windies in World Cup qualifier
Ireland will have to beat the United Arab Emirates to be sure of progression on Monday.
# Howzat?
South African officials face action over Sonny Bill Williams masks
The masks were likely to have been worn to taunt Australian batsman David Warner, whose wife reportedly had an encounter with Williams in 2007 before meeting Warner.
# hit for six
Ireland to host India in two T20 internationals in June
Malahide will play host to the games.
# New Challenge
Ireland will come up against a familiar face when they face Afghanistan in 2018
Phil Simmons will lead the country into Test cricket.
# Howzat?
Australia win Ashes with crushing victory in third Test
But it wasn’t without controversy.
# the comeback
Superb Stirling century inspires Ireland to confidence-boosting series win
John Bracewell’s reign in charge ends on a high note in Sharjah.
# bad behaviour
England cricket player dropped after pouring drink over teammate's head on night out
‘I’m disappointed. With what we have had to go through already with these problems, it is not acceptable.’
# The Ashes
I was 'stitched up' by Aussies over headbutt incident – Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow reiterated there was no wrongdoing following his coming together with Cameron Bancroft prior to the Ashes.
# as it stands
A dream start for Australia in the Ashes, as problems mount up for England
David Warner and Cameron Bancroft cemented a crushing 10-wicket victory.
# Out Of The Blocks
Australia's secret weapon for the Ashes? Usain Bolt is teaching them how to sprint
The first Test starts on Thursday in Brisbane.
# Grievous Bodily Harm
Man arrested over crossbow bolt fired into Oval cricket ground
The 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm.
# London
Oval cricket ground evacuated after crossbow bolt lands on pitch
Police are at the scene.
# Disappointing end
Ireland handed heavy defeat by New Zealand in their final Tri-Series game
John Bracewell’s side were beaten by 190 runs at Malahide.
# tri-series
Bangladesh beat Ireland by eight wickets at Malahide
Bangladesh eased to their target with 22.5 overs to spare.
# flying kiwi
Watch: New Zealand cricketer takes incredible one-handed catch in India
Outrageous bit of timing from Martin Guptill.
# in control
Ireland improve, but England still far too strong on a historic day at Lord's
“We put up a bit more of a fight,” says Ireland captain William Porterfield.
# Under Pressure
Bracewell: External pressure and years of history weigh heavily on Ireland
The head coach was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s historic visit to Lord’s.
# worrying times
'One bad game doesn't make us a bad team' - Ireland captain defiant after England thrashing
William Porterfield has had to defend Ireland’s claim for Test status.
# TJ
Ex-Ireland captain Johnston would welcome return as head coach - but not just yet
The 42-year-old is currently head coach of New South Wales and is in talks to sign a new contract with the club.