June 29 Evening Brief: Today's Top news and headlines from cricket world

Here is a quick wrap-up of the events that grabbed the spotlight in the cricketing world today.

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1. 'This is The Ashes and not an exhibition game!' - Kevin Pietersen's message to England bowlers ahead of Day 2 of Lord's Test

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen had a stern message for English bowlers ahead of Day 2 of the second Ashes Test following their subpar performance on Day 1. (READ MORE)

2. 'It's not some local tournament, it's a bloody World Cup' - Basit Ali's no-nonsense verdict on Pakistan's issue with Indian venues for World Cup

Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali lambasted the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) and opined that they should put their differences aside and travel to India for the World Cup. (READ MORE)

3. 'Usually Stokes is very proactive' - Andrew Strauss evaluates Ben Stokes' tactics on Day 1 of Lord's Test

Former England skipper Andrew Strauss reflected on Ben Stokes’ tactics on Day 1 of the second Ashes Test and opined that he was not proactive enough. (READ MORE)

4. 'Bat mein hai dum' - Virender Sehwag travels down memory lane, shares pictures of bats used in iconic knocks

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag took to Instagram to share a picture of the bats that he used during some of the best knocks of his career. (READ MORE)

5. KL Rahul sweats it out in bid to regain fitness ahead of ODI World Cup

Ace Indian batter KL Rahul shared pictures of himself at the gym as he strives to recover from a recent thigh injury and make his return before the ODI World Cup. (READ MORE)

6. ‘They are not gods’ - WV Raman reflects on BCCI selectors' thought process over not selecting Sarfaraz Khan for West Indies tour

Former Indian cricketer WV Raman reflected upon the BCCI selectors’ thought processes over not selecting Sarfaraz Khan in the Indian team for the West Indies tour. (READ MORE)

7. 'It ends up becoming a cause for laughter' - Wasim Akram cautions PCB on ODI World Cup itinerary row

Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram opined that the PCB has made a mockery of themselves over their venue dispute for the upcoming ODI World Cup. (READ MORE)

8. 'Felt that game was meant to be finished by me' - Ravichandran Ashwin recalls India's famous win against Pakistan in ICC T20 World Cup 2022

Veteran Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin reflected on how it felt like it was meant for him to finish the historic game between India and Pakistan at the T20 World Cup 2022. (READ MORE)

9. England can make a comeback again but will need to be sharper in field: Michael Vaughan

Former English cricketer Michael Vaughan was of the opinion that England can indeed make a comeback on Day 2 of the second Ashes Test, however, they would have to be very sharp in their fielding. (READ MORE)

10. BBL: Scott Boland returns to Melbourne Stars ahead of 13th edition

Star Australian pacer Scott Boland signed for Melbourne Stars ahead of the 13th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) (READ MORE) 

11. Ashes 2023: Lord's turns Red as England and Australia players wear unique jerseys to support special cause

Players of both teams donned red hats and wore special jerseys to support the cause before taking the field on Day 2 of Lord's Test. (READ MORE)

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