The Players v Board conflict over in Australia continued to hog most of the print space across newspapers on Monday(July 17). Stuart MacGill’s appearance at the Supreme Court attracted most of the attention, while Chris Gayle lent his support to Steven Smith and Co.

Over in England, the national team’s performance against South Africa in the ongoing second Test in Nottingham was analysed threadbare. In India, Robin Singh supported the idea of head coaches having a say in picking the support stuff, Nepal were set to get their Under-19 World Cup qualifiers campaign started, cricket was looking for a solid footing in Amherst in Massachusetts, United States of America, and more.

Stuart MacGill represents himself in Cricket Australia pay fight (Herald Sun)
Former Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill sent down a shaky delivery in the Supreme Court today.

In the baggy green, MacGill was king. In the courtroom, his performance wasn’t so assured.

MacGill shook like a leaf during his brief appearance at the Supreme Court of Victoria, where he represented himself in his case against Cricket Australia.

Chris Gayle Stands by Steve Smith & Boys in Cricket Australia Pay Dispute Fiasco (Cricket Next)
The bitter pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the players continues and while it looked like a dead end till last week, things have slightly moved forward with Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association engaging in marathon meetings. But the signing of a new MoU is still a distant dream.

With more than 230 professional cricketers in Australia rendered jobless, West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has come out in support of Steve Smith and boys and feels that the players deserve what they demand. Cricket Australia wants to break up the fixed revenue percentage model, but the players’ body aren’t sure of the idea and want the old model to continue, something which has been in place since 1998.

Dad’s pay fight fails to deter prodigy (The Australian)
Despite his father’s insistence on ending players’ guaranteed percentage of the game’s revenue, James Sutherland’s son has ­obviously decided there’s a lucrative future in being an Australian cricketer.

Sporting prodigy Will Sutherland, 17, has chosen to pursue a ­career in cricket ahead of Australian rules football, ending one of the most hyped battles for elite young talent in recent years.

Cricket war is nothing like WSC’s revolution: Austin Robertson (Herald Sun)
WARS can unite us, but if it’s a civil war in one of our sports, like the one causing turmoil in cricket, they can divide us. Bitterly.

So Cricket Australia is up against the Australian Cricketers’ Association — and divided we fall.

I’ll admit that a week ago I hadn’t little idea about what was at the heart of the squabble. It was as opaque as national energy policy. It seemed like the ACA was operating the coal-fired power stations (let’s keep the metaphor going) and the CA had the solar panels — but it could easily have been the other way around.

Australian cricket’s pay dispute is a wonderful ad for joining a union (The Guardian)
At the moment one of the most visible industrial disputes in Australia is occurring between Cricket Australia and its players, represented by the Australian Cricketers Association. And while the issues at stake are complex, among the consequences is the issue of the marketing of players. But regardless of what the dispute might do to the ability for cricket players – or Cricket Australia – to make money hawking fast food chicken, the players’ actions are a wonderful advertisement for joining a union.

Five ACT Rockets players named in Australian squad for indoor cricket World Cup (Canberra Times)
Another Australian indoor team selected, another Floros family affair – it’s becoming something of a tradition.

ACT indoor cricket stars Matthew, Tim, and Benji Floros have been selected in the open men’s Australian side alongside Rockets teammates Vinesh Bennett and Luke Ryan.

Cavalier approach to Test cricket leaves England ill-equipped to play defensively (The Telegraph, UK)
Liam Dawson is bowling on the third morning, and he has a problem. Hashim Amla keeps hitting him back over his head, and so after some consultation with captain Joe Root, he hatches a cunning plan. He will bowl over the wicket, outside Amla’s leg stump, and try to play on his patience.

And so, less than halfway through this Test’s scheduled duration, here we were: on a pitch that saw 15 wickets on the previous day, England’s winning tactic was to get their 10th-best spin bowler (generously) to bowl into the non-existent rough, and try to bore out one of the most patient batsmen in world cricket.

Alastair Cook can give England the foundation to save Test, says Moeen Ali (The Guardian)
Moeen Ali on Sunday night optimistically talked up England’s chances of batting six sessions and escaping from Trent Bridge with at least a draw, provided Alastair Cook can survive the new ball and produce an epic innings that lays the platform for the remainder of the batting order.

Coaches should be allowed to pick own support-staff: Robin Singh (The Times of India)
Newly-appointed Team India coach Ravi Shastri’s statement that he is the one who should pick his support staff has created a stir over the past couple of days. On Sunday, Shastri found a staunch supporter in former India fielding coach Robin Singh.

Robin, who was the fielding coach of the Indian team from 2007-2009, stressed if he was the coach, then he would want people with whom “he is comfortable” with.

Won’t play first-class cricket this year: Badrinath (The Times of India)
Veteran batsman S Badrinath, who led Hyderabad last season, has decided “not to play” the upcoming first-class season. However, he clearly mentioned that he “isn’t announcing” retirement at the moment.

Women’s World Cup: Professionalism driving change in women’s game, but plenty of room for improvement (ABC News)
And then there were four. Australia, India, South Africa and England remain in contention for the Women’s Cricket World Cup of 2017. But while three finals are yet to come, the pool stage involving all eight teams is the best means to see what can be learned.

Most notably, there’s an excitement about women’s cricket that is very different to tournaments past.

Measuring expectations (Trinidad Express)
“It looks like West Indies have a chance now.”

As with many others invigorated at what appears to be the imminent return of Darren Bravo to international duty, a young man with great cricketing aspirations of his own was speaking enthusiastically on Thursday night about the regional team’s prospects in England next month.

It is just the latest manifestation of that yearning for a return to glory ever since the dark clouds rolled in with the watershed triumph of Mark Taylor’s Australians in 1995.

UAE teenager aims to follow famous footsteps to professional cricket in UK (The National, UAE)
A teenager from Dubai is targeting a professional cricket career in the UK, after graduating from the school that produced international players such as Simon Jones, Ben Hollioake and Craig Kieswetter.

After representing the UAE at Under 16 level, Sid Jhurani left two years ago to study for his A-levels at Millfield School in the west of England.

Why Bangladeshis love cricket and perhaps have the most passionate set of fans (Yahoo Cricket)
Before the start of any international cricket series in Bangladesh, it is a very common sight to see a never-ending line in front of the ticket counter 3-4 days prior to the opening of the sales. These people will actually take pillows with them to spend their nights on the streets, waiting for the counter to open and buy tickets to watch their team play.

This is the kind of craze that this sport has in Bangladesh. I have never really fathomed it, but then I am more of a football fan than a cricket enthusiast. However, to some people, cricket means more than anything – and the count of these people is on the rise.

Nepal beginning U-19 cricket world cup qualifiers today (The Republica, Kathmandu)
Nepal is set to begin its ICC U-19 World Cup Division -1 Asia Qualifiers taking on host Singapore on Monday. Nepali youth cricket team which has reached Singapore after one month long preparation in India will face Malaysia and Afghanistan alongside Singapore in the qualifiers to be played in double round robin league format.

Growing Indian-American population embraces new cricket pitch (Buffalo News)
It wasn’t the first crack of a bat in Ellicott Creek Park in Amherst, but it was the first official crack of a cricket bat in the Erie County parks system.

The India Association of Buffalo tried out the county’s first and only cricket pitch Sunday afternoon. Until then, the group’s 35 teams had played on parking lots near schools and apartment complexes. But roughly seven months after approaching the county about adding a dedicated field for the popular game, members were already bowling their first balls and running between the wickets.

Martin McGuinness, cricket and the republican prisoners known as ‘Long Kesh MCC’ (Newsletter, UK)
Raymond McCartney still has a vivid recollection of a mobile phone exchange he had with the late Martin McGuinness in the summer of 2015.

McCartney, the Sinn Fein Assembly member, had made an impromptu visit to Lord’s with a friend for the last session of England’s Test match against New Zealand and he texted McGuinness to let him know where he was.