Test Championship points, potatoes, and bhindi gosht – a recap of last week

It’s raining cricket and only the losers are complaining as India beat England, Pakistan beat Australia and the ICC beat down on ball-tampering, and this was just last week. There are major comebacks and big games in the offing, so here’s everything you need to know coming into this week.

India draw first blood on their tour of England
Rohit Sharma’s 100 not out in the third T20I led India to a 2-1 series win over England, and it wasn’t just spin doing the heavy lifting. England now have three ODIs and five Tests to prove themselves.

Watch: 25 questions with Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir spoke with us about Bollywood, Brian Lara and bhindi gosht as part of our ongoing 25th anniversary series.

Watch: Will Steyn finally become South Africa’s leading Test wicket-taker?
Meanwhile, South Africa are about to take on Sri Lanka in what is generally considered one of the tougher subcontinent tours for non-Asian sides. Most eyes will initially be on the return of Dale Steyn and his long, interrupted pursuit of South Africa’s most-wickets record.

Why Pakistan are the best T20I team of the last two years
If you look at their figures, it wouldn’t surprise you that Pakistan won the tri-series in Zimbabwe after beating Australia in the final. Their bowlers have conceded just over seven an over and averaged 18.39 runs per wicket over the last two years. S Rajesh has more numbers.

ICC approves harsher penalties for ball-tampering
The ICC held its annual conference last week in Dublin, where they announced their intent to deal with poor player behaviour and cheating. But Nagraj Gollapudi got the scoops that matter: on the points system of the Test Championship as well as the concerns over the mushrooming T20 league ecosystem.

You say “potato”, we say cricket ground
Peter Della Penna meets Jim Perchard, the potato farmer in Jersey, who turned his farmland into a world-class cricket ground.

Watch: What’s the big deal about Shannon Gabriel?
West Indies may have finally found a fast bowler worthy of a rich legacy. How has Shannon Gabriel suddenly become so good?

Why isn’t Colin Ingram being picked in all the T20 leagues?
Jarrod Kimber wonders why Colin Ingram, a Blast star, is not more popular elsewhere in the world.

T20 league shambles leave CSA looking out of touch with reality
Cricket South Africa’s long-awaited domestic T20 league has been sinking deeper and deeper into trouble almost since the day it was announced. Their latest response to impending legal threats, as Firdose Moonda picks apart in this strong comment, isn’t comforting.

Are there parallels to be drawn between Sandpapergate and Bodyline?
Both crises involve Australia, but Vaibhav Sharma spots five other things connecting them.

Quiz: How well do you remember your Blasts from the past?
The T20 Blast, the competition that gave Twenty20 to the world, has begun in England. We asked our readers how well they remember the Blast in this engaging quiz.

The Briefing: How Australia made a fresh start and Shastri became a rapper
What do a sad Steven Smith, an angry Fawad Alam, a rapping Ravi Shastri and a baseball-pitching Rohit Sharma have in common? They are all in the crosshairs of Andrew Fidel Fernando‘s June briefing, for starters.

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