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    Peter Moores has joined relegation-threatened Nottinghamshire on a consultancy basis with the aim of turning around their form in the County Championship.

    Moores, who was sacked as coach by the England and Wales Cricket Board at the start of May following a disappointing second spell in charge, will assist the director of cricket, Mick Newell, on an initial three-month contract, reports The Guardian.

    Nottinghamshire are bottom of Division One, having won only one game this season. ‘We need to improve our four-day performances quickly and Peter, with his vast experience and proven reputation as a coach, can help us do that,’ Newell said.


    Australia paceman Mitchell Starc has expressed concerns about the pink ball to be used in the first day-night Test, saying it behaved ‘very differently’ to the usual red ball and crowds might not even be able to see it.

    Starc, who was named the player of the World Cup in March, also questioned the efficacy of the format as a measure of a cricketer’s career, suggesting night Tests might need to be recorded separately given the vastly different conditions on offer.

    The 25-year-old left-armer was involved in a round of Sheffield Shield day-night trial matches in Australia but was not convinced by the concept.

    ‘It doesn’t react anything like the red ball, in terms of swing and the hardness of it anyway,’ he told media in England, where Australia are preparing for the Ashes.

    ‘It goes soft pretty quickly, I didn’t see a huge amount of reverse swing in that game and I don’t think it swung too much until the artificial light took over.

    ‘It definitely reacts very, very differently to the red ball. The other thing as well is, personally, I couldn’t see the thing at night on the boundary. I couldn’t see the ball. So I’m not sure how the crowd are going to see it.’ – Reuters