July 8 Daily Cricket News Updates

01:53 PM (IST): Lizelle Lee, the 30-year-old South African superstar, has announced her retirement from international cricket, shocking many in the cricketing world.

The right-handed opening batter has scored over 5000 runs for South Africa and is currently ranked No.11 in T20Is and No.18 in ODIs.

She has, however, confirmed that she will continue to play T20 leagues around the world, which is good news for The WBBL and The 100 franchises.

12:36 PM (IST): In T20s, a team that chooses to bat first almost always raises eyebrows. However, India did exactly that yesterday, crushing England by 50 runs.

One of the main reasons for the decision at the toss, according to Indian captain Rohit Sharma, was the advantage their seamers will have with the new ball bowling second: “It is why we wanted to bat. At 8’o clock, there’s nip in the air and we wanted to use that. You stop them in the powerplay, you have a lot of control on the game.”

Earlier in the day, India’s No.3 and No.4 – Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav – combined to score 72 runs at a strike rate of 200 despite losing a couple of early wickets. That push from the duo was a big reason India was able to post a massive 198/8 on the board.

Rohit went on to explain the team’s new batting philosophy in T20s: “You got to make use of the six (powerplay) overs. We have spoken about our approach – sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t. That’s what makes it challenging. All the players need to buy into it, not just 1 or 2 players.”

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