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Pietersen offers to help school cricket teams

England's all-time leading runscorer Kevin Pietersen has offered to help with youth coaching in order to promote cricket in the country.

After statistics revealed participation had dropped sharply in the last year, from 908,000 in 2013 to 844,000 in 2014, the controversial batsman decided to act.

Cricket participation down by 64,000 in England

Interest in playing cricket appears to be falling. Credit: PA

An ECB report distributed to country clubs across England reveal that participation in recreational cricket has fallen by 64,000 over the past year.

More than 5 per cent of games needed to be conceded because at least one of the teams were unable to field a complete side.

The results of the annual National Playing Survey also show that the number of players aged between 14 and 65 has dropped from 908,000 in 2013 to 844,000 this summer.

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Hafeez to undergo tests for bowling action

Hafeez will undergo biomechanic tests. Credit: PA

Pakistan off spinner Mohammad Hafeez will fly to England next week to undergo biomechanic tests after he was reported for a suspect bowling action during a match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday that all rounder Hafeez had been released from the squad and would appear for the tests on his action on November 24th after arriving in Loughborough a day earlier.

"If he is match fit he will return to Dubai to join the team for the remaining part of the series against New Zealand," a PCB official said.

Hafeez was dropped for the second test due to a hamstring problem which he sustained after his bowling action had been reported in the first match.

Graeme Swann crashes on rally debut

Swann crashed his Ford rally car in Wales this morning. Credit: PA

Former England cricketer Graeme Swann suffered a nightmare racing debut when he crashed on the first stage of the Wales Rally GB this morning.

Swann enjoyed a remarkable international cricket career before retiring midway through last year’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash defeat in Australia.

He only had a few weeks to prepare for his first ever motor racing event, the final round of this year's World Rally Championship, and it's proving a difficult challenge.

Swann was at the wheel of his Ford Fiesta R2 in Gartheiniog on Friday morning when he flipped the car on a hairpin, but managed to recover and complete all four stages.

“No glass left, wearing goggles," he said after crashing. "Having a whale of a time.”

“To be honest your skills as a cricketer are completely wasted when it comes to driving a car,” he continued.

"But I'll do anything if someone offers me the opportunity. And anyone in my shoes who got offered this and turned it down would be mad."

Mitchell Johnson named ICC Cricketer of the Year

Johnson has been rewarded for his incredible form. Credit: Reuters

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been named as the Sir Garfield Sobers ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2014.

Since the the awards began in 2004, Johnson is only the second player after Ricky Ponting to collect the trophy twice, after winning in 2009.

Johnson has also become the third Australian cricketer after Ponting and Michael Clarke to win the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award in a double victory.

"This is something that I’ll be able to look back on in time when my career is over and be exceptionally proud of," he said. "I want to thank everyone for their support, especially my team-mates, support staff and my family for everything they’ve done for me. I wouldn’t be sitting here today without them.”

Johnson claimed 59 Test wickets with best bowling figures of seven for 40 runs against England in Adelaide last December during the voting process which ran from August 2013 until September 2014.

Sharma breaks one-day batting record

Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has hit a new world record one-day international score.

Sharma, 27, reached 264 against Sri Lanka on Thursday, breaking Virander Sehwag's previous record of 219 with a six, but was dismissed off the last ball of the innings.

Rohit Sharmais in superb form. Credit: Reuters

It is the second double century the Nagpur-born opener has struck in the 50-over format in recent times, having plundered 210 against Australia last year.

The top four one-day international scores in history are all held by Indians, with Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag sitting in second and fourth, respectively.

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Cricket fans to hear umpire conversations

Cricket fans will be able to hear conversations between the umpires. Credit: PA

Cricket fans will soon be able to hear conversations between umpires as the ICC decided to trial a broadcast.

During the upcoming one-day international series between Australia and South Africa both viewers and spectators will be able to hear the consultations between the on-field and television umpires.

The trial might be extended to some World Cup matches if it's successful.

Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s general manager, said in an official statement: "For years, viewers have enjoyed seeing the same pictures as the TV umpire and making their own decisions during a referral or review. Now they will be even closer to the game, hearing what the umpire is saying when making those decisions.”

Cricket fan wins £2,500 with stunning catch

A cricket fan in New Zealand has won £2,500 after a stunning catch and in a marvelous twist - the batsmen who hit the ball was his partner's brother.

Andrew McCulloch took the difficult catch after Otago Volts’ Michael Bracewell lashed his shot over the boundary.

As part of a promotional offer for any spectator to catch the ball on the full -McCulloch won NZ$5,000 - nearly £2,500.

McCulloch revealed in an interview after that match that he intended to use the money to pay off credit cards bills.

Pakistan batsman fractures skull after career best score

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has fractured his skull after he was hit in the head at the end of a career-best 176, during the second test with New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

Shehzad failed to fend off the Corey Anderson bouncer, instead being struck, forcing him to fall on his wicket, causing his dismissal.

Ahmed Shehzad was on 176 at the time. Credit: Reuters

Team manager Moin Khan said: "The specialist surgeon has confirmed minor fracture and has advised 48 hours of close monitoring.

"In case the pain doesn't subside, then the surgeon may opt for decompression."

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