Babar Azam, Marnus Labuschagne and other stars who could dominate cricket this decade

In 2014, the late Martin Crowe made a prediction that has turned out to be a highly accurate one. The New Zealand great coined the term ‘Fab Four’ to describe Joe Root, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.

Aged between 23-25 at the time, the four batsmen were still young in cricket terms and were yet to really hit their peaks. Crowe predicted the ‘Fab Four’ to dominate Test cricket for years to come, believing that they would each go on to captain their respective countries.

While Smith has since gone on to lose his Australia captaincy, Crowe has been right on the money for the most part when it comes to the incredible rise of the Fab Four. They have been a dominant force for the best part of a decade, and should continue to break plenty of records in the years to come.

At their current respective ages, these stars might not be around when the second half of this current decade comes rolling around.

Below, we have picked four upcoming stars aged 25 or below, who are well poised to dominate cricket for the best part of the 2020s. These players are just starting to hit their respective peaks, and have time on their side when it comes to establishing themselves as cricket’s biggest superstars of the new decade.

Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

Role: Right-arm Pace

Age: 24

International Appearances: 122

Wickets: 344

Having made his international debut for South Africa in 2014, Kagiso Rabada is now established as the country’s frontline bowler in all three formats.

Blessed with searing pace and an explosive temperament, the Johannesburg-born bowler has already touched those lofty heights that fast bowlers can only dream of. The fact that he was only 22 when he rose to the top of the

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John Riel Casimero still wants to face Naoya Inoue

FILE – WBO champion Johnriel Casimero faces WBA and IBF titleholder Naoya Inoue of Japan in a bantamweight title unification showdown on April 25 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. INQUIRER PHOTO/MARK GIONGCO

MANILA, Philippines—John Riel Casimero may have to wait a little longer but he is still keeping his sights on Naoya Inoue.

The COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to the bout originally scheduled for April 25, preventing Inoue and Casimero from making their Las Vegas debuts that would’ve unified the WBO, WBA, and IBF World bantamweight titles.

Nevertheless, Casimero (29-4) only wants to fight Inoue and no one else, even though Top Rank CEO Bob Arum floated the idea of the Filipino to fight up-and-comer Joshua Greer.

MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons insisted that Casimero, the WBO champion and the fighter he promotes, would only fight Inoue (19-0) and the bout could happen in July.

“I’ve assured him that The Monster [Inoue] is coming,” said Gibbons in video uploaded on Casimero’s Facebook page. “We’re preparing for July, we’ll be waiting for July. We’re waiting for The Monster.”

Arum said in a previous report from that it’s near impossible to fly Inoue to Las Vegas as long as travel restrictions are in place. 

Greer, who is riding a 19-fight winning streak. never held a World title but has had successful reigns with regional bantamweight championships.

“One of the possible fights we’re talking about for [Casimero] is Joshua Greer, our kid from Chicago,” said Arum in’s report. “He was gonna fight Jason Moloney, so we could have him fight Casimero. That’s a good, competitive fight.”

Arum is Inoue’s promoter and has been one of the chief proponents in putting the fight between the Japanese slugger and Casimero in place.

Gibbons, however, pushed the planned replacement fight aside and

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LOOK: Ellen Adarna flaunts tanned ‘mom bod’

Ellen Adarna is staying active in quarantine, and her fitness routine is paying off.

The actress bared her tanned and toned physique in a bikini on Instagram
yesterday, April 29.

“#quaranTan #mumbod,” Adarna said of her series of pictures as she posed by a wall outdoors.

She also explained why her stomach appears dark in the pictures on her Instagram Stories. “I forgot to put sunblock on my stomach weeks ago. So this is why it looks darker and weird. #tanningfails,” she said, sharing pictures of her sunburnt tummy.

Image: Instagram/@maria.elena.adarna

Adarna has been doing jump rope exercises to keep fit and shares her workouts on Instagram, too, while also offering advice to followers who want to follow suit.

“I go hard 5 days straight then I rest/recover 2 days. I take stretching seriously before and after a workout,” she told one Instagram user in her post on April 15.

Adarna is mom to Elias, her only child with former partner John Lloyd Cruz.  /ra


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