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SA vs Ind, 3rd ODI: Quinton’s ton help hosts set visitors 288-run target as bowlers make a late comeback

Cape Town [South Africa] (ANI): South African wicket-keeper batter Quinton de Kock scored his sixth ODI ton against India as hosts were bowled out for 287 in 49.5 overs with Indian bowlers making a comeback here at Newlands Cricket Ground on Sunday.Opting to bowl first after winning the toss the Indian team got off to a great start with comeback man Deepak Chahar picking up the wicket of inform opener Janneman Malan in the third over of the match caught behind by wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant for only 1. Quinton de Kock carried on where he left in the previous match scoring runs at a brisk pace for the Proteas. But in the sixth over South Africa lost the wicket of their captain Temba Bavuma for just 8 as Indian captain KL Rahul sent him back to the pavilion with a direct hit from mid-off…

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SA vs India: Battered visitors look to salvage some pride in final ODI

Cape Town [South Africa] (ANI): Having lost the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, KL Rahul-led India would look to salvage some pride by winning the final match, and avoiding a whitewash.The third and final ODI will be a chance for Virat Kohli to end the tour on a high as he would look to end his century drought. Kohli had last registered an international century way back in 2019 as he scored a ton against Bangladesh in the day-night Test at the Eden Gardens. After that, the batter managed to breach half-century several times, but the three-figure mark has kept on evading him. India had suffered a 31-run loss in the first ODI while the KL Rahul-led side suffered a seven-wicket loss in the second game of the three-match series.In the first two ODIs, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul both showed glimpses of…

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SA vs India, 2nd ODI: Pant, Rahul score half-centuries as visitors post 287/6

Paarl [South Africa] (ANI): Rishabh Pant scored a career best 85 and skipper KL Rahul scored 55 as visitors set 288-run target for hosts here at Boland Park, Paarl on Friday.KL Rahul won the toss and chose to bat first and he along with experienced opener Shikhar Dhawan gave India a quick start with the southpaw being the more aggressive of the two. The opening duo of Rahul and Dhawan took India past the 50-run mark in the ninth over. Skipper Rahul got a life when he was on 8 as he was dropped by Janneman Malan at the gully of Lungi Ngidi’s batting. Spin was introduced by South African Temba Bavuma as early as eighth over by bringing Aiden Markram in the attack. In his third over Markram gave Proteas the breakthrough dismissing opener Shikhar Dhawan for 29 who played a slog sleep…

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Women’s Ashes: Lanning, McGrath star as Australia defeat England in 1st T20I

Adelaide [Australia] (ANI): Tahlia McGrath’s all-round performance and Meg Lanning’s spirited show with the bat helped Australia defeat England by nine wickets in the first T20I of the three-match series here at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.With this win, Australia has gained an early lead in the ongoing Women’s Ashes and the second T20I will now be played on Saturday at the same venue. McGrath first took three wickets with the ball and then she backed it up by playing a 91-knock. Chasing 170, Australia got off to a decent start as openers Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy put on 26 runs inside four overs, but this stand was cut short by Sophie Ecclestone as she dismissed Healy (7) and this brought Tahlia McGrath to the middle. Lanning and McGrath ensured that Australia does not lose momentum as they kept chipping away at runs,…

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ICC Test Rankings: Australia top ranked side, India drops to third

Dubai [UAE] (ANI): After winning the Ashes 4-0, Australia has now become the number one ranked Test team in the world.Meanwhile, after suffering a 1-2 series loss against South Africa, India has dropped to the third spot while New Zealand has held onto its second position. New Zealand had played out a 1-1 series draw against Bangladesh.Australia has 119 points at the top and the Pat Cummins-led side is three points ahead of third-placed India.After the series win against India, South Africa has jumped to the fifth spot in the ICC Test Rankings. England is in the fourth position with 101 points.Pakistan has gone down one spot to sixth place, whereas Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Ireland have retained their positions. (Image source: Instagram)

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ICC Test Rankings: Australia top ranked side, India drops to third

Dubai [UAE]: After winning the Ashes 4-0, Australia has now become the number one ranked Test team in the world. Meanwhile, after suffering a 1-2 series loss against South Africa, India has dropped to the third spot while New Zealand has held onto its second position.New Zealand had played out a 1-1 series draw against Bangladesh. Australia has 119 points at the top and the Pat Cummins-led side is three points ahead of third-placed India. After the series win against India, South Africa has jumped to the fifth spot in the ICC Test Rankings. England is in the fourth position with 101 points. Pakistan has gone down one spot to sixth place, whereas Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Ireland have retained their positions. (ANI/Image – InstagramICC)

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Going to be positive in our game: Heather Knight on upcoming women’s Ashes

Adelaide [Australia] (ANI): England women’s team captain Heather Knight said that her side needs to be aggressive and positive in their approach against Australia in the upcoming women’s Ashes.England have not won the Ashes since their victory in Australia in 2013-14 and the previous series ended at 12-4, which brought the end of Mark Robinson’s tenure as head coach. “We are going to have to be positive and trust our game massively against them. They are very aggressive, and we want to be the same and go right back at them,” said Knight as reported by ESPNcricinfo.“I have made it no secret that the last Ashes [series] was tough, we massively underperformed, and didn’t play anywhere near our potential in 2019. Everything we’ve done has been about addressing that, and when you have a big loss like that, it leaves a bit of soul-searching…

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Virat as leader made everyone believe that we can do special things: KL Rahul

Paarl [South Africa] (ANI): India’s stand-in ODI skipper KL Rahul on Tuesday said that Virat Kohli had an amazing quality as a leader and he was able to get the best out of everybody and keep them motivated.Rahul’s comments come days after Kohli announced his decision to stand down as India’s Test captain. “I think under Virat, Team India has done phenomenal things. We have won series outside India which hadn’t been done before. He has done a lot of things right and he has set a standard for all of us and Team India. It would be important for us to build on that as a group. We obviously know what it takes to be a champion team. Obviously, every series is a different opportunity and every one of us is excited to play here in South Africa,” said Rahul during a virtual…

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Preview: SA vs Ind: KL Rahul takes charge but eyes on ‘batter’ Kohli in ODI series

Paarl [South Africa): Virat Kohli might not be India’s skipper but the batter remains a key cog in the visitors’ batting lineup for the ODI series against South Africa which gets underway from Wednesday. Kohli last played an ODI in March 2021, when India locked horns with England.KL Rahul will captain India in absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma but still, the eyes will be on Kohli as he gears up to play an ODI purely as a batter. However, India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has insisted that Kohli will always be the leader in the group. “He brings a lot of energy to the side. He will always be a leader in the group and his contribution has always been immense,” said Bumrah while replying to ANI query during a virtual press conference on Monday. The ODI series will also begin India’s preparation for…

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‘Most challenging bowling I have ever come across’: Petersen on Indian attack

Paarl [South Africa] (ANI): South African batter Keegan Petersen has said that the Indian bowling attack was the most challenging he has ever come across in his cricket career so far.The right-hander was the top run-scorer in the three-match Test series, scoring 276 runs at an average of 46.00. He was the only player to score more than three half-centuries, recording scores of 72, 82, and 62. South Africa came from behind to win the Test series 2-1 and this may very well revive cricket in the country. “It hasn’t completely sunk in yet,” he said. “I still can’t explain how it feels completely despite it being two days already. Myself, my family and everyone close to us are still trying to get over it somehow. It was a challenging series against one of the best bowling attacks in the world,” the official website…

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Ireland stun West Indies in third ODI to clinch historic series

Kingston [Jamaica] (ANI): Andy McBrine and Harry Tector smashed respective half-centuries to help Ireland defeat West Indies in the third ODI by two wickets on Sunday.With this win, Ireland registered their first-ever ODI series win away from home over an ICC Full Member after recording a two-wicket victory over the West Indies in the final match of the series. West Indies had won the first ODI but Ireland came back strongly to register back-to-back wins.West Indies were folded for 212 in the 45th over and Ireland survived a late batting collapse to get over the line in the third ODI.Ireland won the toss and chose to bowl first but didn’t get off to a good start as West Indies added 72 runs for the first wicket.Craig Young removed both Shai Hope and Justin Greaves in his successive overs to bring back Ireland in the…

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‘Stuff of dreams’, says Cummins after Australia win Ashes 4-0

Hobart [Australia] (ANI): After winning the Ashes 4-0, Australia skipper Pat Cummins on Sunday said that to win the series so comprehensively is really a “stuff of dreams”.Cameron Green and Scott Boland took three wickets each in the second innings as Australia defeated England by 146 runs in the fifth Ashes Test here at the Blundstone Arena on Sunday. “It really is the stuff of dreams. Pretty crazy. To be at the end of a 5-match series with so many positives and 4-0, yeah really pumped. I am really happy as a captain. We have had some 15 players used in this series, some tough calls. Certainly feels like we are on to something big,” said Cummins after the fifth Ashes Test concluded.“Cam Green with bat and ball has been outstanding. Scotty Boland was fantastic. And hope the old pros continue their good work.…

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With 40 wins in 68 Tests, here’s look at Virat Kohli’s journey as leader

New Delhi [India] (ANI): With Virat Kohli stepping down as India’s Test captain, the reign of the country’s “most successful captain” in the longest format came to an end.The 33-year-old who is responsible for creating a crop of fast-bowlers that can help the side take 20 wickets in any condition, will now be hoping to have a good run with the bat in all three formats of the game. Announcing his decision on Twitter to leave Test captaincy, Kohli said: “It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil, and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now. There have been many ups and also some downs along the…

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‘Not my job’: Kohli avoids discussing Rahane, Pujara’s spot in team

Cape Town [South Africa] (ANI): India Test skipper Virat Kohli admitted that batting let the visitors down in the Test series against South Africa but did not directly comment on Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s spot in the team.South Africa on Friday defeated India in the third and final Test to clinch the three-match series 2-1 here at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday. “Batting has let us down in the last two games I would say and there is no running away. I can’t sit here and talk about what could happen in the future (about Pujara and Rahane),” said Kohli in the press conference.Pujara scored 43 in the first innings and nine in the second essay of the final Test but Rahane failed to leave a mark in both innings as he scored nine and one in the third game.Kohli said if…

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South Africa beat India by 7 wickets in 3rd Test, clinch series 2-1

Cape Town [South Africa] (ANI): South Africa on Friday defeated India in the third and final Test to clinch the three-match series 2-1 here at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.India had won the first Test by 113 runs but South Africa registered wins in the second and third Test to clinch the series. Needing 41 runs to win after the Lunch on Day 4, Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma took South Africa over the line with ease on Friday. As a result, India failed to win their maiden Test series on South African soil after losing the third match by seven wickets.In the first session on Day four, South Africa scored 70 runs and lost a wicket ensuring they maintained control over the match against India.South Africa were at 171/3 after Lunch with Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma unbeaten…

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SA vs Ind, 3rd Test: Elgar, Petersen score briskly as hosts need 111 more runs to win (Stumps, Day 3)

Cape Town [South Africa] (ANI): Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen held their ground as South Africa gained full control against India on Day 3 of the ongoing third Test here at Newlands, Cape Town on Thursday.At stumps, South Africa’s score read 101/2 — with the hosts still needing 111 runs to win. Petersen (48*) is currently unbeaten at the crease. Needing 212 to win, South Africa openers Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar saw out seven overs, but the 23-run opening stand finally came to an end as Mohammed Shami got the better of Markram (16) in the eighth over.Keegan Petersen joined Proteas skipper Elgar in the middle and the duo kept on moving the scoreboard along. Elgar was given out on the field off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin in the 21st over but the left-handed batter reviewed the call, and replays showed that…

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Inaugural edition of U19 Women’s World Cup on track for 2023, says ICC CEO

Dubai [UAE] (ANI): Geoff Allardice, the CEO of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the inaugural edition of the U19 Women’s World Cup is on the cards.Allardice also said that the ICC would be looking to narrow down on potential hosts for the tournament in the coming few months. “The Under-19 Women’s World Cup is in the schedule for January 2023. Over the next couple of months, ahead of our April board meetings, we will be looking for potential hosts for that tournament with the hosts to be decided at the next board meetings. It’s very much on the cards for next year,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Allardice as saying.The U19 Women’s World Cup was originally slated for 2021 in Bangladesh but was deferred to 2023 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.“We are looking at a similar structure to the Men’s Under-19 World Cup in…

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Bumrah best bowler across formats in the world right now, says Vaughan

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has said that India pacer Jasprit Bumrah is the best bowler in the world right now across all three formats of the game.Vaughan’s remark came as Bumrah took a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the ongoing third Test against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town. “How good is @Jaspritbumrah93!!! I reckon across all formats he is the best in the World at the moment .. #SAvIND,” tweeted Vaughan.Bumrah on Wednesday had said that it is always wonderful to play under the leadership of Virat Kohli as he brings a lot of energy to the side. Bumrah took five wickets in the first innings as India bowled out South Africa for 210, gaining a slender 13-run lead.The Indian pacer had made his Test debut at Newlands, Cape Town in 2018 and four years later,…

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Cricket West Indies salutes Clive Lloyd on knighthood

St John’s [Antigua],: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has congratulated West Indies legend, Sir Clive Lloyd, on receiving Knighthood. The former West Indies captain received the honour for his services to the game of cricket. The investiture was performed on Wednesday by the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle.“On behalf of CWI and everyone involved in West Indies cricket, I want to offer heartiest congratulations to Sir Clive on this tremendous honour. Sir Clive holds a special place in cricket history, as the first man to lift the Cricket World Cup, which brought tremendous pride and joy to West Indians all over the world,” CWI President Ricky Skerritt said in a statement. “That victory at Lords was a hugely significant moment in West Indies cricket when we demonstrated we were the best team in the world, with the unifying style of Sir Clive’s leadership standing…

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IPL 2022: Ahmedabad, Lucknow franchises asked to submit draft picks by January 22

New Delhi [India] (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked the two new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises Ahmedabad and Lucknow to submit the list of their draft picks by January 22.IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed the development to ANI on Wednesday. “Ahmedabad and Lucknow franchises have been given January 22 as the deadline to submit the list of their draft picks,” Patel told ANI.IPL’s two new teams — Sanjiv Goenka RPSG Group for the Lucknow franchise and CVC Capital’s Ahmedabad team on Tuesday had received the formal clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).The formal clearance was given after a meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council on Tuesday.Brijesh Patel had also confirmed that the IPL auction would be held in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13. “Yes, the auction will be…

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SA vs Ind, 3rd Test: Pacers put hosts in strong position, Kohli unbeaten (Tea, Day 1)

Cape Town [South Africa] (ANI): Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier and Marco Jansen put hosts in a strong position as India’s middle order crumbled in the post lunch session of the third cricket test match with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane losing their wickets. Captain Virat Kohli is on the crease with a gritty knock of 40.With India resuming the post lunch session at 75 for 2, the South African pacers bowled tightly and did not allow Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli to bat freely. The duo managed to put up a 50-run partnership to deny Proteas any early breakthrough. Pujara was more aggressive of the two, capitalizing on the opportunities coming his way. The gritty partnership was finally broken as left arm pacer Marco Jansen dismissed Pujara caught behind by wicket-keeper Verreynne for 43 to leave India in a spot of bother at 95…

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SA vs Ind: Virat brings different dynamic to game, says Dean Elgar

Cape Town [South Africa] (ANI): South Africa skipper Dean Elgar on Monday termed India captain Virat Kohli as a ‘world class player’ who brings a different dynamic to the game.India and South Africa will lock horns in the third and final Test, beginning Tuesday at Cape Town. ”Virat brings a different dynamic to the game. I don’t think I missed him. But I think potentially his team missed him, no doubt just from a captaincy point of view and maybe from a strategy point of view. He is a world class player and very experienced within their squad,” said Dean Elgar during a virtual press conference.“His name speaks for itself and it’s one of the more respected cricketers around so I wouldn’t say I missed him… But it doesn’t matter who are playing against. We as a team, we need to focus on us,”…

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IPL auction in Bengaluru, Ahmedabad looking at Hardik Pandya as skipper

New Delhi [India] (ANI): India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is expected to lead the Ahmedabad-based Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise.Sources in the know of developments confirmed to ANI that Hardik is indeed being looked like a captain prospect for Ahemdabad. “Yes, Hardik Pandya is being looked at as the skipper for Ahmedabad. The final decision is expected to come out soon,” a source in the known development told ANI.The 2022 mega auction will take place in Bengaluru in the second week of February.“The auction will be in Bengaluru, the exact date is not finalised. But it would be held between February 11-13,” the source added.In November last year, all the existing IPL franchises had revealed the list of their retained players ahead of the mega auction of the upcoming season.Hardik Pandya was released from Mumbai Indians and the all-rounder will lead the newly formed Ahmedabad-based…

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Ajaz Patel named ICC men’s Player of the Month for December

Dubai [UAE]: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced Ajaz Patel as the winner of the ICC Men’s Player of the Month Award for December 2021.New Zealand’s, Ajaz Patel made history in December, when he picked up 10 wickets in an innings against India at Wankhede, becoming only the third player in Tests to achieve that feat after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble. The left-arm spinner played just one Test in the month, where he picked up 14 wickets at an average of 16.07.Patel picked up all 10 wickets in the first innings against India and in the second innings, he picked up four wickets, including that of openers Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara. Patel finished with figures of 14/225, which are the best bowling figures in a Test match in 2021.Commenting on Patel’s performance, ICC Voting Academy member JP Duminy said: “What…

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NZ vs Ban, 2nd Test: Latham, Boult and Southee help hosts dominate (Stumps, Day 2)

Christchurch [New Zealand] (ANI): Tom Latham’s 252-run knock backed up by a dominant bowling performance helped New Zealand dismantle Bangladesh on Day 2 of the ongoing second Test here at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Before stumps, Bangladesh was bowled out for 126 in the first innings, giving New Zealand a lead of 395 runs. For the hosts, Trent Boult returned with five wickets.Trailing by 521, Bangladesh got off to a horrendous start as the visitors lost their first five wickets with just 27 runs on the board. Trent Boult scalped three while Tim Southee took two to put New Zealand on top. Yasir Ali and Nurul Hasan then got together at the crease and the duo stitched together a stand of 60 runs for the sixth wicket, but this partnership was finally broken by Tim Southee as he had Hasan (41) adjudged leg-before wicket,…

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India will be on top of their game in Cape Town, will win series, says Harbhajan Singh

Jalandhar (Punjab) [India]: The India versus South Africa 3-match Test series is tied at 1-1 going into the third Test match in Cape Town. India won the first Test match in Centurion while the Proteas clawed their way back in the second Test at Johannesburg to level the series. Despite hosts’ levelling the series former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh backs the Indian team to win the series.“When we toured or any other team toured we never had the luxury of four fast bowlers to bowl at 145 on those pitches and now Team India is full of fast bowlers. They have quality fast bowlers Shami, Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur. They are top class bowlers. Had India had those sort of bowlers been there earlier then India would have achieved this feat much earlier than now. So, yes it is a great opportunity…

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NZ vs Ban, 2nd Test: Skipper Latham’s century helps hosts seize advantage (Stumps, Day 1)

Christchurch [New Zealand]: Skipper Tom Latham scored a remarkable century as New Zealand dominated Day 1 of the ongoing second Test against Bangladesh here at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch on Sunday.At stumps, New Zealand’s score read 349/1 with Latham (186*) and Devon Conway (99*) currently present at the crease. Sent into bat, New Zealand got off to a remarkable start as openers Latham and Will Young put the Bangladesh bowlers on backfoot by registering boundaries quite easily. Both batters played out the first session, ensuring that the hosts do not lose any wickets.Both batters went past their 50-run mark, and ended up forming a 148-run opening stand. Bangladesh finally got the wicket in the 38th over as Shoriful Islam had Young (54) dismissed. However, Latham marched on and he brought up his 12th Test century in the 45th over of the innings.Devon Conway next…

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ICC Player of the Month: Mayank Agarwal, Starc and Ajaz Patel nominated for December 2021

Dubai [UAE]: The nominees for ICC Player of the Month (December 2021) were announced on Saturday, with three men distinguishing themselves with some brilliant performances in the month.India opening batter Mayank Agarwal, Australia pacer Mitchell and New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel have been nominated for the accolade. With regular openers Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and KL Rahul all missing games at some point last month, Mayank Agarwal grabbed the opportunity with both hands in the series against New Zealand and South Africa. In the two matches, he scored 276 runs at an average of 69.00, which included two fifties and a century.Ajaz Patel’s name was immortalised in cricketing history in December, when he picked up 10 wickets in an innings against India, becoming the third player in Tests to achieve the feat after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble.The left-arm spinner played just one Test…

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Ashes, 4th Test: Crawley, Hameed kept hopes alive for visitors (Stumps, Day 4)

Sydney [Australia]: Zak Crawley and Haseeb Hameed anchored the innings as England fought back against Australia in the third session on Day 4 of the ongoing fourth Ashes Test here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.At Stumps on Day 4, England’s score read 30/0– still needing 358 runs to win. Earlier, Australia declared their innings at 265/6, with a lead of 388 runs. Resuming the third session at 149/4, Australia batters Usman Khawaja (101*) and Cameron Green (74) continued with their fiery batting performance and completed their century and half-century, respectively. This was Khawaja’s second ton in the 4th fourth Test.England finally got a sigh of relief when Jack Leach dismissed Green (74), which was followed by Alex Carey’s wicket on his very first delivery.After declaring at 265/6, Zak Crawley (22*) and Haseeb Hameed (8*) took the batting charge for England and played…

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Ashes, 4th Test: Bairstow scores ton as England finally shows some fight (Stumps, Day 3)

Sydney [Australia]: Jonny Bairstow scored a remarkable century as England finally showed some fight against Australia on Day 3 of the ongoing fourth Ashes Test here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.At stumps, England’s score read 258/7 — still trailing by 158 runs. Bairstow (103*) and Jack Leach (4*) are present at the crease for the Three Lions. Resuming the final session at 135/4, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow added some quick runs but the 128-run stand for the fifth wicket was finally ended by Nathan Lyon as he had Stokes (66) adjudged leg-before wicket, reducing England to 164/5.Wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler (0) failed to leave a mark and was sent back to the pavilion by Australia skipper Pat Cummins. Pacer Mark Wood next came to the middle and played an aggressive role to frustrate the Australian bowlers.Wood and Bairstow put on 72 runs…

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SA vs Ind: Kohli should be good to go for Cape Town Test, says Dravid

Johannesburg [South AfricaI): Team India head coach Rahul Dravid said that he is hopeful of seeing Virat Kohli return for the third and final Test against South Africa slated to be played in Cape Town from January 11-15. Dravid’s remarks came after India stumbled to a seven-wicket loss in the second Test against South Africa at the Wanderers, Johannesburg. Virat Kohli had missed the second Test due to back spasms and in his place, KL Rahul stepped in to lead the side.“Virat Kohli should be fine from all accounts, he should be fine. He has had the opportunity to run around a little bit, he has had the opportunity to test it a little bit. Hopefully with a couple of net sessions in Cape Town, he should be good to go. Everything I am hearing and just having a chat with him, he should…

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Dean Elgar credits ‘impressive’ bowling performance for SA win over India

Johannesburg [South Africa]): South Africa skipper Dean Elgar lavished praise on the Proteas bowlers after a historic win over India in the second Test on Thursday. Elgar played a captain’s knock scoring an unbeaten 96 to take the hosts to a 7-wicket win levelling the 3-match series 1-1 against India.“I don’t know what’s the right or wrong way in winning a cricket match, but it’s all about doing the basics right. We ticked a lot of boxes right to make it 1-1,” said Elgar in the post-match press conference. “We now go to Cape Town with plenty of confidence – it wasn’t easy, the batters were determined. but credit to our bowlers, the effort they put in was very impressive,” he added. Skipper Elgar notched up a gritty half-century with a boundary. He along with Rassie van der Dussen struck a fifty-run partnership and…

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SA vs Ind, 2nd Test: Rain washes out first session on Day 4 in Johannesburg

Johannesburg [South Africa]: The first session of Day Four of the second Test between India and South Africa has been washed off due to rain here at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium.The start of Day 4 of the ongoing second Test was delayed due to rain on Thursday morning. “Rain has washed out first session on Day 4 here at The Wanderers. Let’s hope the weather gets better. We will be back for further updates shortly,” BCCI tweeted.South Africa folded India for 266 in the second innings and then got to a decent start as their score read 118/2 at the Stumps on Wednesday and the hosts are just 122 runs away from levelling the three-match series.“Happy with my performance, but not completely. My wicket was crucial yesterday, would have been good if we went to stumps with only a wicket down, let’s see how…

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Ashes, 4th Test: Khawaja scores ton as Australia’s score goes past 300 (Tea, Day 2)

Sydney [Australia]: Steve Smith and Alex Carey perished but Usman Khawaja ensured that Australia did not lose their way in the second session on Day 2 of the ongoing fourth Ashes Test here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.At the tea break, Australia’s score read 321/6 with Khawaja (102*) and Pat Cummins (15*) present at the crease. Resuming the second session at 209/3, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja added 23 more runs to the total before Smith (67) was scalped by Stuart Broad. Soon after Cameron Green (5) also perished off the bowling of Broad and Australia was reduced to 242/5 in the 88th over.Wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey then joined Khawaja in the middle and the duo revived the innings for Australia by putting together a stand of 43 runs. However, as soon as the hosts started to get on top, England skipper Joe…

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Management has shown faith in me, Rahane, it will pay off for sure: Pujara

Johannesburg [South Africa]: India top-order batter Cheteshwar Pujara has thanked the team management for constantly backing him along with Ajinkya Rahane when the runs were not coming consistently. Pujara’s remarks came after he scored 53 in the second innings of the ongoing Johannesburg Test against South Africa. Before this innings, Pujara and Rahane were under fire from all corners for the lack of runs. After their dismissal in the first innings, Sunil Gavaskar had stated that the duo might just have one innings more to save their Test careers.“We are very confident, also there is lot of backing from the team management, and we’ve been learning from Sunny bhai. Whenever I’ve spoken to him he has always been supportive. So yes, there are times when, if you’re going through bad form, there will be questions, no doubt about that, but we are confident players,…

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Markram, Elgar make steady start as South Africa need 206 to win 2nd Test

Johannesburg [South Africa]: South Africa need 206 runs to win the second Test against India with seven sessions left in the match here at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.South Africa folded India for 266 in the second innings and have now got off to a string start with 34/0 at Tea on Wednesday. South Africa started the chase cautiously as Aiden Markram and skipper Dean Elgar survived a tricky phase before Tea on Day Three on Wednesday.In the second session, India added 78 runs after lunch to set South Africa a target of 240. Hanuma Vihari remained unbeaten at 40 while Shardul Thakur played a knock of 28 runs in 24 balls.For South Africa, Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen all picked three wickets to bundle India out for 266.In the first session, South Africa fought back with four wickets late on Wednesday morning.Resuming Day…

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ICC Test Rankings: Bumrah enters top ten, Kohli drops to ninth

Dubai [UAE]: India opening batter KL Rahul has made a huge gain of 18 slots to reach 31st position among batters in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after his Player of the Match effort in Centurion that helped India defeat South Africa by 113 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami are other Indians to move up the rankings. Bumrah is up to three spots to ninth after finishing with five wickets in the match while Shami’s eight wickets, including a five-for in the first innings, see him move up two places to 17th. Rahul, whose best in the format is in the eighth position that he attained in November 2017, struck 123 in the first innings and was associated in an important 117-run opening partnership with Mayank Agrawal (60) as India became the…

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‘It’s morale booster’: Shardul on receiving praise from Sachin Tendulkar

Johannesburg [South Africa]: Indian bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur expressed his happiness after he being praised by cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. Shardul Thakur picked seven wickets as South Africa was bundled out for 229 in the first innings of the second Test on Tuesday.Taking to Twitter, Tendulkar wrote, “Congratulations to @imShard on picking up 7 wickets with his steady bowling and variations. Good support by the others.” On being asked by bowling coach Paras Mhambrey about how he felt after reading the tweet, Shardul said that the praises from Sachin are always a ‘morale booster’ for him. “It’s my pleasure that the God himself has tweeted about me. Being a Mumbaikar, I have played a few games with him. He has always supported me as a youngster and it’s always good to hear from him, it is a morale booster,” Shardul told Paras Mhambrey. Apart…

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SA Vs Ind, 2nd Test: Shardul Thakur’s maiden five-wicket haul keeps the match in balance (Tea, Day-2)

Johannesburg [South Africa]: Shardul Thakur clinched his first ever five-wicket haul in Test matches as the hosts scored 191 for 7 at Tea on day-2 of the second Test match here at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.Resuming the post lunch session at 102 for 4 the Proteas desperately needed another partnership with the fall of three quick wickets in the previous session and Temba Bavuma alongwith Kyle Verreynne did exactly that. The duo of Bavuma and Verreynne scored runs at a decent pace to take South Africa’s total beyond 150-run mark and also struck a half-century partnership. Bavuma was more aggressive of the two batters.Shardul Thakur once again came and broke the partnership dismissing Kyle Verreynne leg before wicket for 21. This was his fourth wicket of the innings ending the 60-run partnership.Temba Bavuma did not mellow down after the fall of Verreynne’s wicket and…

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Ashes, Sydney Test: England recall Stuart Broad, to replace Ollie Robinson

Sydney [Australia]: England have named their playing XI for the fourth Ashes Test match at Sydney Cricket Ground starting from Wednesday.The Three Lions made one change from the side that played in the third Test in Melbourne, with Stuart Broad coming in to replace Ollie Robinson. Joe Root’s side are currently 3-0 down in the series. For the hosts, Scott Boland has held off challengers for his spot in Australia’s XI while Usman Khawaja has been confirmed as Travis Head’s replacement for the fourth Ashes Test. Khawaja will bat at No.5 in his first Test since the 2019 Ashes tour, replacing Head who came down with COVID-19 last week and has remained in Melbourne.Boland stunned England – and maybe even his own team – when he ripped the heart out of the visitors in their second innings in Melbourne last week, snaring 6-7 including…

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SA vs Ind, 2nd Test: Pacers put hosts in a strong position (Tea, Day-1)

Johannesburg [South Africa]: South African pacers tighten screws against the visitors to leave them tottering at 146 for 5 till Tea here at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.Resuming the post-lunch session at 53 for 3 captain KL Rahul and Hanuma Vihari started cautiously to build the innings but Kagiso Rabada had other plans as he dismissed Vihari for 20 caught off the short leg to a brilliant catch by Rassie van der Dussen. India lost their fourth wicket with only 91 runs on the board. Rahul kept on scoring despite losing partners at the other end to take the team’s total beyond the triple-figure mark and soon also notched up his half-century. But India’s foes were far from getting over as Rahul played a shot straight to the fielder in deep fine where Rabada took a catch off Marco Jansen’s bowling. Jansen took his second…

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Mohammad Hafeez announces retirement from international cricket

Lahore [Pakistan]: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday.After making a debut on April 3, 2003, against Zimbabwe, the all-rounder has decided to retire after 18 years. Hafeez represented Pakistan in 392 international matches, scoring 12,780 runs and taking 253 wickets, besides also captaining the side in 32 international matches. He was a member of the Pakistan side that won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales.Overall, Hafeez played in three 50-over World Cups (2007, 2011 and 2019), six 20-over World Cups (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2021) and three ICC Champions Trophies (2006, 2013 and 2017).“Today I say goodbye to international cricket with pride and satisfaction. In fact, I have earned and accomplished more than I had initially envisaged and for that, I am thankful to all my fellow cricketers, captains, support staff and…

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SA vs Ind: Allahudien Paleker set for Test debut after 15-year journey

Johannesburg [South Africa]: A 15-year long journey will end on Monday when Allahudien Paleker walks out onto the Imperial Wanderers turf in Johannesburg to take charge of South Africa against India in the second Test.The Cape Town-born official turned 44 on Saturday and he will celebrate his latest birthday by becoming South Africa’s 57th Test umpire – and the 497th in the history of the game dating back to the year 1877. A former first-class cricketer, Paleker will line up opposite one of his mentors and inspirations, Marais Erasmus, at the ‘Bullring’ where he will finally reach the top after years of sacrifice and hard work.“It definitely will be a proud moment for me. You know when you start umpiring, your dream and your goal is to get to the highest level and to stand in a Test match,” Allahudien Paleker said in a…

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NZ vs Ban, 1st Test: Mahmudul, Najmul shine as visitors fightback (Stumps, Day 2)

Mount Maunganui [New Zealand]: Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Najmul Hossain Shanto starred with the bat as Bangladesh showed a terrific fightback against New Zealand on Day 2 of the ongoing first Test against New Zealand here at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.After bundling out the Kiwis at 328, Bangladesh’s score read 175/2 at the Stumps on Day 2 with Mahmudul and Najmul registering their individual half-centuries. The visitors are now trailing by 153 runs. Currently, Mahmudul and Mominul Haque are standing unbeaten at the crease and keeping the game in the favour of Bangladesh.Coming to bat, Bangladesh got off to a steady start as opener Shadman Islam got caught and bowled by Neil Wagner and left the score at 43/1. Later, the duo of Mahmudul and Najmul played breakthrough knocks of 70* and 64 runs respectively and kept the scoreboard moving.New Zealand…

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South Africa vs India Test Match: Team India hits training ground ahead of 2nd Test

Johannesburg [South Africa]: Ahead of the second Test against South Africa, Team India hit the nets for an intense training session at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Taking to Twitter, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted some pictures from the training ground and wrote, “Getting Test-match ready at The Wanderers.”Head coach Rahul Dravid was seen supervising while skipper Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha were among those attending the training session. Earlier in the first Test, visitors defeated South Africa by 113 runs on the final day of the game on Thursday. India has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series. Mohammed Shami picked five wickets in the first innings before completing 200 scalps in the longest format of the game on Tuesday. In the second innings, Shami dismissed three South African batters…

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Bumrah as vice-captain is surprising to me: Former selector Sarandeep Singh

New Delhi [India]: KL Rahul was appointed as India’s stand-in ODI captain for the 3-match ODI series against South Africa starting January 18 by selectors in the absence of newly appointed white-ball captain Rohit Sharma. Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was made KL Rahul’s deputy and that has surprised the former India cricketer and selector Sarandeep Singh. “KL Rahul will lead Team India in the blue jersey. I have full faith in KL Rahul but Jasprit Bumrah as vice-captain is surprising to me because a fast bowler names as vice-captain is quite different as he field on the boundary and it’s tough for him to come from the boundary and take part in meetings on the ground after every ball or over,” said Sarandeep Singh while speaking to ANI.The current Chairman of Selectors Chetan Sharma requested media to end whatever has been speculated between Virat…

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Selectors, BCCI asked Virat to continue as T20I captain for sake of Indian cricket, says Chetan Sharma

New Delhi [India]: Chetan Sharma, Chairman, All India Senior-Selection Committee on Friday said that the selectors always wanted one skipper for the white-ball format, and nobody forced Virat Kohli to step down as the T20I captain.Earlier this year, Rohit Sharma replaced Virat Kohli as the white-ball captain. Sharma backed Sourav Ganguly’s statement, saying that along with the BCCI president, the selectors asked Kohli to not leave the T20I captaincy. Chetan Sharma’s remarks came as he announced India’s squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul will lead the ODI side with pacer Jasprit Bumrah acting as his deputy.“It was Virat’s decision, nobody told him to quit the T20I captaincy. Once he quit the captaincy of T20I, the selectors have to think because what our thinking was that there should be one captain for the…

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We are grooming KL Rahul for captaincy: Chetan Sharma

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Chetan Sharma, Chairman, All India Senior-Selection Committee on Friday revealed that selectors are grooming KL Rahul for the role of captaincy. KL Rahul who has been fulfilling the vice-captaincy duties in the ongoing three-match Test series against South Africa on Friday was handed the role of skipper for the ODI series. Rohit Sharma would have been the captain, but he was deemed unfit by the selectors and hence Rahul would act as a captain while Jasprit Bumrah will be deputy of the opener in the three-match ODI series.About grooming KL Rahul for the future, Chetan Sharma in the press conference said: “Yes, definitely we are looking at KL Rahul at the present. He is a three format player and he got a good experience of captaincy and he has proved his leadership qualities, this is what all selectors think.” Captaincy comes…

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South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock announces sudden retirement from Test cricket

Centurion [South Africa]: South Africa wicket-keeper batter Quinton de Kock has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.The announcement comes after the Proteas’ first Test match against India in Centurion, where the visitors won by 113 runs and took a one-nil lead in the three-match series. Cricket South Africa (CSA) said De Kock has cited his intentions to spend more time with his growing family for the timing and reason for his relatively early retirement from the format. He and his wife, Sasha, are anticipating the imminent birth of their first-born child in the coming days.“This is not a decision that I have come to very easily. I have taken a lot of time to think about what my future looks like and what needs to take priority in my life now that Sasha and I are about to welcome our first…

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Dravid has brought lot of calm and balance in dressing room, says KL Rahul

Centurion [South Africa]: Indian opening batter KL Rahul on Thursday said head coach Rahul Dravid has brought a lot of balance within the side and players want to learn as much as they can from the former skipper.KL Rahul, who scored a century in the first Test against South Africa, said Dravid had made the visitors work hard in the nets before the game. “You want to sit with a great player like Rahul Dravid, you want to learn as much as possible from him for so many years,” Rahul said in the post-match press conference after the win in the first Test.“You talk about the art of batting, we are very lucky to have a guy like him in the dressing room, he has brought a lot of calm and balance in the dressing room. He focuses more preparation, he has made us…

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India beat South Africa by 113 runs to register historic win in Centurion

Centurion [South Africa]: Visitors wasted no time after the lunch break to bowl out hosts for 191 to register a 113-run win and also won their first Test ever here at the SuperSport Park, Centurion on Thursday to take a 1-0 lead in 3-match Test series. Resuming the post-lunch session at 182/7 Mohammed Shami dismissed debutant Marco Jansen caught behind by wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant for just 13. Shami got his third wicket in the second innings and his eighth wicket overall in the match.In the very next over Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed tailenders Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi to wrap up the Proteas for a paltry 191 and guide India to their first-ever win at Centurion. This is Virat Kohli’s second Test win in South Africa the first one came in Johannesburg in 2018. Earlier in the day, the South African team started at 94…

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‘He will be missed’: Tim Southee bids farewell to Ross Taylor ahead of NZ veteran’s retirement

Wellington [New Zealand]: New Zealand pacer Tim Southee expresses his emotions after veteran Kiwi batter Ross Taylor announced his retirement from the international cricket post team’s current home season.New Zealand’s upcoming Test series against Bangladesh will be Taylor’s farewell from the longest format of the game before he plays his final ODIs against Australia and Netherlands. “Any time a player retires, it’s a messy moment especially when someone who has played and been a regular in the squad for such a long period of time. It will take some adjusting to look around and not see Ross as a player or have him in this side. That assurance of having a quality player around, and the runs he’s had and the job he’s done for this side over a long period of time has been amazing,” said Tim Southee in a statement.Southee elaborated on…

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SA vs Ind, 1st Test: Marco justified his selection, says Kagiso Rabada

Centurion [South Africa]: South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has praised debutant pacer Marco Jansen stating that the latter has justified his selection in the team in the ongoing first Test against India. India need six wickets to win the first Test against South Africa as the match enters the final day here at SuperSport Park, Centurion.Marco scalped four wickets in the Indian second innings and gave the visitors a tough fight. “He is a phenomenal talent. He is an awkward customer to face. There is swing, bounce and pace coming at you. In the (Indian) second innings, he justified his selection…he seems like he wants to learn. He is a hard worker. He is really keen on doing well for his team and himself,” said Rabada in the press conference after the end of Day Four’s play. The pacer said that he is…

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South Africa need 283 runs to win first Test against India (Tea, Day 4)

Centurion [South Africa]: South Africa need 283 runs to win the first Test against India with four sessions left for the Boxing Day game.After India were folded in the second session on Wednesday, nine overs bowled with South Africa losing a wicket in the tricky phase. The Proteas went into Tea at 22/1 with 283 runs more required to win. In the second session, India lost seven wickets as South Africa folded the visitors for 174 in the second innings. Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane all failed to leave a mark and were dismissed cheaply.South Africa needed 305 runs to win to start with and the hosts got off to a worst possible start with opening batter Aiden Markram getting dimissed in the second over.In the first session, India went into the lunch with a lead of over 200 after losing Shardul…

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Ashes, 4th Test: Pink Village back to give fans themed entertainment zone at Sydney

Sydney [Australia]: Cricket Australia’s Pink Village will be back this year, providing fans with a dedicated pink-themed entertainment zone at Driver Avenue, Moore Park during the Men’s Ashes Pink Test at the SCG starting on January 5. Fans attending the Pink Village can expect a range of entertainment options, such as a food and beverage area that includes a bar stocked with 4 Pines, plus big screens to catch all the action of the fourth Vodafone men’s Ashes Test. There will also be numerous fan activations, such as a cricket simulator, a nail art salon, smoothie bikes, freebies, and a Spirits stand with non-alcoholic cocktails and a viewing area to watch live entertainment by various artists on the stage. EGM, Event Experience & Operations Brian Nourse is excited to have the Pink Village take place once again this year and extend the support of…

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SA Vs Ind: Bowlers wreak havoc to leave visitors tottering (Tea, Day 3)

Centurion [South Africa]: Hosts are in deep trouble as Indian bowlers wreaked havoc to reduce them to 109/5 trailing the visitors by 218 runs at Tea on day-3 at the SuperSport Park on Tuesday.Resuming the post-lunch session at 21/1 South African batters looked in complete disarray as in the third ball itself Mohammed Shami cleaned up Keegan Petersen for just 15. Unfortunately for India pacer Jasprit Bumrah twisted his right ankle while bowling in his sixth over and had to leave the field immediately. Later on, the report came that Bumrah has a sprain on his right ankle. But Shami was pumped up after getting his first scalp and he also clean bowled opener Aiden Markram for 13.Mohammed Siraj too joined the party as he dismissed Rassie van der Dussen caught in the gully by Ajinkya Rahane to leave the Proteas tottering at 32…

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Didn’t think we will win 3rd Ashes Test this quickly, says Scott Boland

Melbourne [Australia]: Australia pacer Scott Boland on Tuesday said that nobody on his side expected that they will win the third Ashes Test against England this quickly.Boland took six wickets in the second innings as Australia wrapped up a victory by an innings and 14 runs in the Test that was played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). “Can’t really believe. We thought we had a chance of winning today when we came in, but just not so quickly. I came to know on Christmas Eve, and had a lot of support from teammates and family. It was a big step up from anything that I have played, and I knew it would be tough. I want to thank the crowd for all their support over the last three days, really appreciate it,” Boland said after the game ended.“There were about 17 of us who…

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Australia retains Ashes after winning 3rd Test at MCG

Melbourne [Australia]: Pacer Scott Boland took six wickets in the second innings as Australia defeated England by an innings and 14 runs in the third Ashes Test here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. With this win, Australia regained the Ashes as the hosts have gained an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Resuming Day 3 of the MCG Test at 31/4, England kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and the side was unable to match Australia’s lead and in the end, they suffered an innings defeat. Ben Stokes (11) was the first one to depart on Day 3 as he was clean bowled by Mitchell Starc. After this, Scott Boland got in the act and he cleaned up the England lower-order. ‘ In his debut, Boland went on to take six wickets in the second innings to hand Australia a memorable…

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SA vs Ind, 1st Test: Rain washes out Day 2

Centurion [South Africa]: Day 2 of the ongoing first Test between India and South Africa got abandoned due to persistent rain on Monday here at the SuperSport Park, Centurion.The start of play was delayed due to continuous rain and day two had to be called off eventually without being a ball bowled. “Unfortunately, due to the large volume of rain today at Centurion, play has been called off for the day,” tweeted BCCI.Virat Kohli’s side had dominated Day 1 of the ongoing first Test against the Proteas here at the SuperSport Park with the visitors’ score reading 272/3 at stumps.KL Rahul (122*) and Ajinkya Rahane (40*) are unbeaten at the crease and India would be hoping for a strong show from the batters on Day 2.Mayank Agarwal scored 60 runs and shared an opening stand of 117 runs with KL Rahul. Skipper Kohli was…

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Ashes, 3rd Test: Anderson strikes again but Australia take lead (Tea, Day 2)

Melbourne [Australia]: James Anderson struck once again but Australia managed to take lead against England in the second session on Day 2 of the ongoing third Ashes Test here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday.At the tea break, Australia’s score read 200/6 — leading England by 15 runs. Cameron Green (12*) and Alex Carey (9*) are unbeaten at the crease. Resuming the second session at 131/4, Marcus Harris and Travis Head added 40 more runs to the total before the latter was sent back to the pavilion by Ollie Robinson. Head scored 27 from 48 balls with the help of two boundaries.Nine runs later, Marcus Harris perished off the bowling of James Anderson and Australia was reduced to 180/6, still trailing by five runs. Anderson dismissed Harris, picking his third wicket of the innings.In the end, Cameron Green and Alex Carey ensured that…

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SA vs Ind, 1st Test: KL Rahul’s unbeaten ton helps visitors dominate (Stumps, Day 1)

Centurion [South Africa]: KL Rahul’s unbeaten century helped Team India reach a dominating position on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series against South Africa here at the SuperSport Park, Centurion on Sunday.At Stumps on Day 1, India’s score read 272/3 with KL Rahul (122*) and Ajinkya Rahane (40*)unbeaten at the crease. For South Africa, Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped three wickets, including Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Resuming their third session at 157/2, the duo of Virat and Rahul played steady innings and kept on scoring runs from both ends. Unfortunately, Virat failed to leave a mark in the match as he got dismissed on 35 by Ngidi, with Men in Blue’s score read 199/3.It was later Rahane, who joined Rahul and brought some momentum in the game. Their partnership kept the scoreboard moving…

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Ashes, 3rd Test: Starc, Green strike as England batters struggle (Tea, Day 1)

Melbourne [Australia]: Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green struck in the second session to help Australia further dominate England on Day 1 of the ongoing Boxing Day Ashes Test here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.At the tea break, England’s score reads 128/6 with Jonny Bairstow (21*) at the crease. Resuming the second session at 61/3, Joe Root and Ben Stokes managed to add 22 runs more to the total and along the way Root also managed to bring up his fifty. However, the England skipper was dismissed immediately after by Mitchell Starc and the visitors were reduced to 82/4 in the 34th over.Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow then got together at the crease and the duo kept on moving the scoreboard at a brisk pace. Both batters put on 33 runs for the fifth wicket, but it was cut short by Cameron Green…

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Ashes: Would have played Broad instead of Robinson in 3rd Test, says Warne

Melbourne [Australia]: Former Australia spinner Shane Warne on Sunday said that he would have played Stuart Broad in place of Ollie Robinson in the ongoing third Ashes Test. England made four changes to their lineup as they brought in Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Jack Leach into the lineup. These four replaced Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.“England looks a better balanced side – but I would have played @StuartBroad8 instead of Robinson & Pope looks a good player to me, but Bairstow had to play. Pope will play a lot of test cricket. Aussies will welcome back @patcummins30 & good luck to S Boland on debut, he’s good,” tweeted Warne. England openers Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley failed to leave a mark as Australia gained an upper hand in the morning session on Day 1 of the ongoing…

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If Kohli does not score runs in Tests then that position could be up for grabs, says Monty Panesar

London [UK]: The Indian team will lock horns against South Africa in the ‘Boxing Day’ Test match as the three-match Test series kick starts in Centurion. The Indian team beating Australia twice in a Test series in their backyard and taking an unbeatable 2-1 lead against England have raised the expectations from them to win their first Test series in the ‘Rainbow Nation’.“I think India have got a great chance. They seem like a favourite to win that series. They know how to win now away from India and that is to do with Ravi Shastri’s coaching philosophy. He really instilled that belief, the motivation to say guys any situation we are going to fight and if you are in a dominant position then we are going to keep our foot on the throat. So, I think it is still there within this Indian…

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Ashes, 3rd Test: Scott Boland named in Australia playing XI, skipper Cummins also returns

Melbourne [Australia]: Australia skipper Pat Cummins on Saturday confirmed the playing XI for the upcoming Boxing Day Test, beginning Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.The hosts have made two changes to their lineup as Pat Cummins and Scott Boland have replaced Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson. Joe Root’s England are 0-2 down in the series with three matches to play.“He (Jhye Richardson) was pretty sore. We were umming and ahhing – he had a bowl yesterday but we thought seven days off (before the fourth Test in Sydney) will give him enough rest,” cricket.com.au quoted Cummins as saying.“He’s got a small leg injury which is nothing major but we thought rather than risking a long-term injury, we’d give him a week off,” he added.Talking about Boland, Cummins said: “We earmarked him as a chance for here and the SCG in particular, we think his…

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Wishing you happiness in ‘doosra’ phase of your career: Tendulkar bids farewell to Harbhajan

New Delhi [India]: India cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar bid farewell to spinner Harbhajan Singh as the latter has announced his retirement from all the formats of crickets on Friday.The 41-year-old spinner has played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20Is for Men in Blue. He scalped 294 wickets in limited-overs cricket. Taking to his Twitter, Sachin wrote, “What a wonderful & fulfilling career, Bhajji! I first met you at India nets in ’95 – over the years, we’ve been part of wonderful memories. You have been a great team man, playing with all your heart. Both on the field and off it – it is always fun to have you as part of any team. I cannot forget all those moments of laughter. You have done your best for India in your long career, we are all very proud of you. Wishing you happiness…

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Harbhajan Singh announces retirement from all forms of cricket, put curtains on ’23-year-long journey’

New Delhi [India]: Veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 41-year-old has played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20Is for Men in Blue. He scalped 294 wickets in limited-overs cricket.“All good things come to an end and today as I bid adieu to the game that has given me everything in life, I would like to thank everyone who made this 23-year-long journey beautiful and memorable. My heartfelt thank you Grateful,” Harbhajan Singh tweeted on Friday. He played his last red-ball match against Sri Lanka in 2015 while his last ODI was against South Africa in the same year. His last game for India was a T20I against UAE in the 2016 Asia Cup. Since then he was not picked for the Indian side. Harbhajan retires after scalping 417 wickets in 103 Tests at…

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Bangladesh Premier League to kick off from Jan 21, final on Feb 18

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: The 2021-22 season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will begin from January 21 with the final scheduled to be played on February 18.According to ESPNcricinfo, the players’ draft will take place on Monday. During the BPL game, a team has to select three foreign cricketers. BPL governing council chairman Ismail Haider Mallick said Bangladesh is prepared to hold the tournament and teams registered have to make payment before the showpiece event begins.“There was a bit of uncertainty regarding the BPL. We had to consider whether the Bangladesh team can finally play in New Zealand due to the Covid situation. We were prepared to hold the BPL,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Haider Mallick as saying.“Six teams have registered with us. We have a few conditions for them – they have to guarantee the participation money. They have to make this payment before the tournament…

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Series against India ‘massive’, bowling to Kohli ‘exciting challenge’, says Olivier

Centurion [South Africa]: South African pacer Duanne Olivier on Thursday said that the upcoming series against India is massive and bowling to Virat Kohli will be an exciting challenge. India and South Africa will lock horns in three Tests and three ODIs. The first Test will begin on December 26 at the SuperSport Park, Centurion.“It’s massive series. India hasn’t won here, so they want to come and win here and for us, we don’t want that to happen. For me, it’s probably the biggest series I will play so, if selected, there will be those pressures. We’re playing against world-class players but at the same time, it’s an exciting challenge. Like, I’ll need to bowl to Virat Kohli,” said Olivier during a virtual press conference on Thursday. “It will be tough, but it’s exciting. We’ll be bowling to probably the top four batters in…

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Spinning tracks in NZ will allow players to learn how to cope: Ajaz Patel

Auckland [New Zealand]: New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel on Thursday said that if the groundsmen are able to create spinning tracks in the country, then it will help the batters to develop their game further.Ajaz’s remarks come as he has been dropped from the Test squad for the series against Bangladesh. The spinner had last taken ten wickets in an innings against India at the Wankhede Stadium. “The reality is that they are looking for more batting at home and that is one aspect I am working on. Hopefully, there are a few opportunities to play some good knocks, and I will make sure that hunger is there. Right now, we’ve got some of the best proper fast bowlers we’ve ever had in New Zealand. That’s not disrespecting any other era but, that’s the reality now. In the future, it may be different where…

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‘He’ll play, no worries about that’: Langer backs Harris for Boxing Day Test

Melbourne [Australlia]: Australian head coach Justin Langer on Thursday confirmed that Marcus Harris will open the batting for hosts in the Ashes Boxing Day Test which gets underway from Sunday.Australia are 2-0 up in the ongoing Ashes after winning the second Test at the Adelaide Oval and will meet England in the Melbourne Game on Sunday. Harris’ recent form in the ongoing Ashes has come under the scanner but Langer said the batter will play the third Test.“He’ll play in the Test, no worries about that. This is his home ground. He’s played a lot at the MCG. He hasn’t made the runs he’d like to so far, but he dominates domestic cricket,” ICC quoted Langer as saying.“So he knows that he knows how to play. He’s a fantastic bloke around the squad … And we know he’s a very good player. For him…

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Williamson ruled out of New Zealand team for B’desh Tests, Latham to lead

Wellington [New Zealand]: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the Test series against Bangladesh starting at Bay Oval on New Year’s Day.In the absence of Williamson, batter Tom Latham will be leading the BlackCaps in the series. Following an impressive start to his Test career in England, Devon Conway returns to the squad. He suffered a hand injury in the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final against England in November.There’s no space for a specialist spinner in the 13-man squad, meaning left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel misses out despite his heroics in India, with Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell covering the spin and seam all-rounder spots, respectively.“It’s great to be back home and at venues, we know well, and where we’ve had success in recent times,” said New Zealand coach Gary Stead as per an official release.“It’s obviously disappointing not to have…

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On this day in 2017: Rohit Sharma blasted joint-fastest T20I ton

New Delhi [India]: Four years ago, on this day, Indian opening batter Rohit Sharma slammed the joint-fastest ton in the shortest format of the game against Sri Lanka.Rohit completed his hundred in just 35 balls and played an innings of 118 runs. His knock included 12 fours and 10 sixes. Interestingly, South Africa batter David Miller had also brought up his hundred in 35 balls against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom a few weeks prior to Rohit’s milestone.Rohit guided India to a massive total of 260/5 after being asked to bat first at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. KL Rahul also smashed a quickfire 89 off 49 balls to steer India to a mammoth total.India then restricted the visitors to 172 all out. Yuzvendra Chahal bagged four wickets while Kuldeep Yadav scalped three.Rohit Sharma would have been in action in the South Africa series but a…

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Wagner, Conway to play for New Zealand XI in practice match ahead of Bangladesh series

Wellington [New Zealand]: Blackcaps’ Neil Wagner and Devon Conway will get an early look at the touring Bangladesh team when they play for the New Zealand XI in a two-day match on December 28 and 29 on Bay Oval’s number two ground. Both players have been selected in the side to get some much-needed cricket under their belt ahead of the Walton Test Series against Bangladesh, starting on January 1 at Bay Oval.Wagner is primed for a return to cricket having not featured in the team’s recent Test tour to India. “I love getting the red ball in my hand and this match presents a perfect opportunity to get some miles in the legs ahead of what should be a hard fought Test series against Bangladesh,” said Wagner in a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) statement. “The boys are happy to be back home and…

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David Lloyd announces retirement from cricket commentary

London [UK]: Former England batter and coach David Llyod on Tuesday announced his retirement from commentary.Llyod was employed with Sky Sports and he was popularly known as ‘Bumble’ by his colleagues. While announcing his decision, Lloyd said that the commentary box feels a little emptier following the departure of David Gower, Ian Botham and Michael Holding. “I’ve decided the time is now right to pass on the microphone,” Lloyd said in a statement, as reported by ESPNcricinfo. “It’s been an immense privilege to try and bring the sport I love into people’s homes up and down the country.”“Sharing a commentary box in Australia in 2013 with my broadcasting hero Bill Lawry was a real highlight. It has been a great pleasure to work alongside Ian Bishop, Ravi Shastri, Shane Warne, Shaun Pollock, and Ian Smith amongst many others,” he added.Further in his statement, Lloyd…

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‘The harder I tried, the farther it felt’: Ashwin reveals he contemplated retirement in 2018

New Delhi [India]: Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed that in the year 2018 he had given serious thought about retiring after the England series as he felt he was not being adequately backed despite being a stellar performer for the side.Ashwin has not only been a key cog in the Indian bowling wheel but has also played useful knocks to help the side come out of precarious positions during a game. Ashwin said there was a time three years ago when he used to feel tired just after bowling six balls. The seasoned off-spinner explained how he had to adjust his techniques to keep bowling along the same lines as he used to do.“Between 2018 and 2020, I contemplated giving up the sport at various points. I thought, ‘I have put in a lot of effort, but it is not coming through.’ The…

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SA vs Ind: Test, ODI series to be played behind closed doors

Johannesburg [South Africa]: Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday informed that owing to the increasing COVID-19 cases around the world, and the fourth wave locally, CSA along with the BCCI have taken a joint decision to protect the players and the tour by not making tickets available for India vs Proteas series.India and South Africa will lock horns in three Tests and three ODIs. The first Test will be played in Centurion beginning December 26. “This decision was taken in order to avoid any breaches that could compromise the tour from a Covid-risk perspective and to also maintain a hazard-free bubble environment,” said CSA in an official release.“At this stage, we would like to remind all cricket fans that the tour and the matches will still be broadcast on SuperSport and SABC platforms,” it added.In addition to this and as part of ongoing efforts…

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Cummins, Hazlewood rejoin as Australia announce unchanged squad for rest of Ashes

Melbourne [Australia]: Australia on Monday named an unchanged 15-man squad for the three remaining Ashes Test matches in Melbourne, Sydney, and Hobart.According to Cricket Australia (CA), fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood rejoin the squad when it assembles in Melbourne on Thursday. “Australia has named an unchanged 15-man squad for the three remaining Vodafone Ashes Test matches in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart. Australia has a travel day tomorrow and rest days on Tuesday and Wednesday,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.Australia’s third Test squad: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc), Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David WarnerMeanwhile, Australia and England are currently locking horns in the second Ashes Test. The hosts are in firm control of the match as the game got underway on…

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New Zealand to tour Pakistan twice in 2022-23 to make up for abandoned series

Lahore [Pakistan]: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has confirmed it will tour Pakistan for two Tests and three ODIs in December/January 2022-23 as part of the Future Tours Programme and will return in April 2023 for 10 white-ball matches to make-up for the September 2021 abandoned tour, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Monday. PCB said the arrangement was finalized following meetings and discussions between the PCB and NZC Chairpersons Ramiz Raja and Martin Snedden, respectively.The two Tests and three ODIs will be part of the ICC World Test Championship and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, respectively, while the second visit will include two additional ODIs and will now comprise five ODIs and five T20Is that will count towards the ICC Rankings. “I am pleased with the outcomes of our discussions and negotiations and thank Martin Snedden and his board for their…

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Ashes, 2nd Test: Wicket has quickened up, Lyon had set up Root nicely, says Richardson

Adelaide [Australia]: Australian pacer Jhye Richardson on Sunday said that Nathan Lyon had a big role in setting up England skipper Joe Root before Mitchell Starc got the prized scalp on Day 4 of the ongoing second Ashes Test.Root was dismissed on the stroke of stumps on Day 4 as Starc dismissed the England skipper. “Nicely set up from Lyon from one end. Ruffled Root there and drew the false shot. I didn’t think I bowled too badly in the first innings. The wicket has quickened up a little bit today,” Richardson said after stumps on Day 4.“It was nice to see him (Green) get some runs as well. He comes from a height, so it’s not easy to face. I tried to hit a first-ball six in the first innings,” he added.Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne and Jhye Richardson were the standout performers as…

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Ashes: Root to not take field at start of Day Four in 2nd Test

Adelaide [Australia]: England skipper Joe Root will not take the field at the start of Day Four of the ongoing second Ashes Test against Australia on Sunday.Root was hit in the abdomen during throw downs in the build-up to Day Four on Sunday. The visiting captain is being assessed by the England medical team. Meanwhile, Australia are in firm control of the ongoing second Ashes Test bundling out England for 236 in the first innings.Australia have seven wickets in hand and have begun the play on Sunday in the driver’s seat. Aussies’ second innings score had read 45/1 after the close of play on Day Three.Dawid Malan and Root top-scored for England with innings of 80 and 62 respectively. Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were the only other batters for visitors to reach the double-figure mark.For hosts, Mitchell Starc starred with the ball as…

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SA vs Ind: Kohli-led Indian squad begins training for first Test

Centurion [South Africa]: The Virat Kohli-led Indian Test squad has begun preparation for the South Africa tour ahead of the first Test which gets underway from December 26. South Africa and India will lock horns in the three-match Test series before the two sides meet in the limited-overs format.The Indian squad held their first practice session on Saturday to gear up for the South Africa tour. “#TeamIndia begin preparations for the first Test in Centurion Stadium. First practice session done,” BCCI tweeted the pictures from the practice session. The Indian Test squad arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday. Rohit Sharma will be missing the upcoming Test series after the hamstring injury and Priyank Panchal was named as the replacement. Meanwhile, the All-India Senior selection committee on Saturday named KL Rahul as vice-captain for the upcoming 3-match Test series against South Africa.

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Ashes, 2nd Test: Australia in total control after taking 282 runs lead (Stumps, Day 3)

Adelaide [Australia]: Australia are in firm control of the ongoing second Ashes Test after the stumps on Day 3 as hosts lead England by 282 runs here at Adelaide on Saturday.Australia have nine wickets in hand and two days to play. Hosts’ second innings score read 45/1 with Marcus Harris (21*) and Michael Neser (2*) on the crease. In the last session of the day, Aussies bowled out England for 236. Visitors who were in control in the first session found themselves in a deep hole after losing 8 wickets for 86 runs this afternoon.Dawid Malan and Joe Root top-scored for England with innings of 80 and 62 respectively. Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were the only other batters for visitors to reach the double-figure mark.For hosts, Mitchell Starc starred with the ball as he scalped four wickets, while Nathan Lyon bagged three. Cameron…

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White-ball captaincy row: Ganguly does not comment on Kohli’s remarks

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly on Friday refused to speak on white-ball captaincy row following remarks of Virat Kohli on his earlier comments.“Let’s not take this further, I have nothing to say,” Sourav Ganguly told reporters here. Asked if there would be any action taken against Virat Kohli after the South Africa tour, Ganguly said, “I have nothing to say. It is the matter of the BCCI and they will only deal with it.”A day after Kohli was removed as the ODI captain, BCCI President Ganguly had told ANI that he had indeed spoken to Virat regarding the leadership change adding that he had requested Virat to also not give up the T20I captaincy.“It’s a call that the BCCI and the selectors took together. Actually, the BCCI had requested Virat to not step down…

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Rohit Sharma addresses India U-19 team at NCA preparatory camp

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Team India white-ball captain Rohit Sharma on Friday addressed India’s U-19 team during their preparatory camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.Rohit will be missing the upcoming Test series after the hamstring injury and Priyank Panchal was named as the replacement. Last week, Rohit was handed the reins of ODIs along with the T20I formats. Taking to their Twitter, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared some pictures from the NCA with Rohit interacting with the young players.“Priceless lessons #TeamIndia white-ball captain @ImRo45, made most of his rehab time as he addressed India’s U19 team during their preparatory camp at the NCA in Bengaluru,” tweeted BCCI.On the other hand, Virat Kohli-led Indian red-ball squad is in Johannesburg, South Africa to lock horns with Proteas in the three-match Test series.India and South Africa will lock horns in…

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Rizwan becomes first batter to score 2,000 T20 runs in single calendar year

Karachi [Pakistan]: Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan on Thursday became the first batter to score 2,000 T20 runs in a single calendar year.He achieved the feat in the third and final T20I against West Indies here at the National Stadium, Karachi. He crossed the landmark in the 11th over of Pakistan’s batting innings. Off the 2000 runs scored in 2021, more than 1200 runs have come in 26 T20I innings for Pakistan.Rizwan and Babar Azam starred with the bat as Pakistan defeated West Indies by seven wickets in the third and final T20I here at the National Stadium on Thursday.With this win, Pakistan won the three-match series 3-0. Chasing 208, Pakistan got off to a good start as openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan put on 60 runs inside the first six overs. At the halfway mark, Pakistan’s score read 98/0, with the hosts needing…

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Pak vs WI: Pity about the rescheduling of ODI series, says Ramiz Raja

Karachi [Pakistan]: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja expressed disappointment after the ODI series against West Indies was rescheduled following the COVID scare. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Thursday issued a joint statement after five more positive cases were reported in the West Indies camp following Wednesday’s PCR testing, taking the total number of positive cases to nine since their arrival in Karachi on December 9.It was agreed that the ODI series, which forms part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, will be postponed and rescheduled for early June 2022. “Very impressive record chase tonight. Self-belief & calmness was at the heart of that feat! Great year for Rizwan & he doesn’t have a bad partner in Babar too. Pity about the rescheduling of the ODI series but we will have a full-fledged fit…

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Indian Test squad lands in Johannesburg for three-match series

Johannesburg [South Africa]: The Indian Test squad has landed in Johannesburg, South Africa, to lock horns with Proteas in the three-match Test series.India and South Africa will lock horns in the Test series which gets underway from December 26. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday shared pictures of the Indian Test squad at the Johannesburg airport.“Touchdown South Africa,” tweeted BCCI.Rohit Sharma will be missing the upcoming Test series after the hamstring injury and Priyank Panchal was named as the replacement. Last week, Rohit was handed the reins of ODIs along with the T20I formats.India’s squad for South Africa Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Priyank Panchal, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj.

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Steve Smith to lead Australia 3.5 years after ball tampering scandal

Adelaide [Australia]: Former Australian skipper Steve Smith will lead Aussies after three and a half years on Thursday in the second Ashes Test against England.Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test against England after being deemed a close contact of a person who received a positive COVID-19 test last night. Smith has been named captain of Australia for second Test against England.“Cummins is understandably very disappointed not to be able to captain Australia for the day-night Test in Adelaide. Steve Smith will captain the team in Cummins’ absence,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.In March this year, Smith for the first time had openly talked about wanting to lead Australia again. The 31-year-old cricketer was removed as the skipper following his involvement in the Sandpaper Gate fiasco in the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March…

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Former Indian spinner Amit Mishra calls for transparency between players and management

New Delhi [India]: Former Indian spinner Amit Mishra feels that there should be transparency between the players and the management to maintain an unhindered flow of communication.Mishra’s statement came after India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli claimed that no prior communication happened between him and the selectors before he was removed as the captain of the ODI team. The row erupted after Rohit Sharma was named India’s new ODI skipper last week and took the reins from Kohli as India gear up for the South Africa series.“This is not the first time it has happened. It happened before also and I feel that a player who has performed so much for the country and worked so hard, should have a right to know why he has been removed from the team or for a particular position. A player should know where he is lacking and…

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Was contacted 1.5 hours before selection of Test team: Kohli

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: India Test skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said no prior communication happened between him and the selectors before he was removed as the captain of the ODI team. Rohit Sharma was named India’s new ODI skipper last week and he takes the reins from Kohli as India gear up for the South Africa series.Kohli said he was just contacted one and half hours ago before the selection meeting on December 8. “Whatever was said about the communication that happened during the decision that was made was inaccurate. I was contacted one and half hours before the selection meeting on 8th for the Test series,” said Kohli while replying to a query from ANI. “And there was no prior communication with me since I announced the T20I captaincy decision up till December 8. The chief selector discussed the Test team to which…

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Jhye Richardson to replace Hazlewood for second Ashes test, Warner deemed fit

Adelaide [Australia]: Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins on Wednesday confirmed the playing XI for the second Ashes Test.Pacer Jhye Richardson will be replacing the injured Josh Hazlewood while left-handed batter David Warner is fit for the day-night Test at Adelaide, reported cricket.com.au. England and Australia will lock horns in the second Test, beginning Thursday at Adelaide. Australia won the first Test by nine wickets to gain a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Hazlewood has been sidelined due to a side strain and his injury has been described as minor. The pacer’s return for the Boxing Day Test is also not guaranteed at the moment.Richardson had made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2019 and he went on to take five wickets in his first outing in the longest format.Australia XI: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex…

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Honoured to be donning Team India jersey, says Priyank Panchal

New Delhi [India]: Batter Priyank Panchal, who replaced injured Indian opener Rohit Sharma for the South Africa Test, said he was honoured to be donning the jersey of Team India.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday confirmed that Rohit has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against South Africa due to a hamstring issue. Priyank Panchal was then named as a replacement of Rohit in the Test squad for the South Africa tour.“Thank you everyone for all your good wishes. Honoured to be donning the team India jersey. Thank you for showing faith in me @BCCI. Looking forward to the series!” tweeted Priyank Panchal.Rohit, who was recently appointed as the vice-captain of the squad, sustained a left hamstring injury during his training session in Mumbai on Sunday.India’s squad for South Africa Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Priyank Panchal, KL…

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Kohli requests BCCI for break in January, set to miss ODI series against South Africa

New Delhi [India]: India Test skipper Virat Kohli is set to miss the upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa.Kohli has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a break in January to spend some time with his family. It is important to note that Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s daughter Vamika will turn one on January 9, 2022. Sources in the know of developments confirmed to ANI that Kohli has indeed asked the board for a small break in January next year.“Yes, Kohli has asked for a small break in January to spend some time with his family. It effectively means that he would miss the ODI series against South Africa,” the source said.Last week, Rohit Sharma was appointed as the white-ball skipper and it was confirmed that Kohli would just lead the Test side.The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly also…

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Rohit Sharma ruled out of South Africa Tests, Priyank Panchal named replacement

New Delhi [India]: India Test vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match series against South Africa, confirmed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah on Monday. “Rohit Sharma is ruled out of the Test series against South Africa,” Shah told ANI.Rohit was hit on his hand while he was training with throwdown specialist Raghavendra on Sunday in Mumbai.The BCCI has also confirmed that Rohit is indeed ruled out and Priyank Panchal has replaced him for the three-match series.“Priyank Panchal replaces injured Rohit Sharma in India’s Test squad. Rohit sustained a left hamstring injury during his training session here in Mumbai yesterday. He has been ruled out of the upcoming 3-match Test series against South Africa,” BCCI tweeted.Last week, Rohit was named India’s Test vice-captain and he was also given the rein of white-ball format. Rohit Sharma,…

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On this day in 2017: Rohit Sharma blasted his 3rd double ton in ODIs

New Delhi [India]: Four years ago on this day, Indian opening batter Rohit Sharma blasted his third double century in the One Day Internationals.Rohit, went on to score 208 runs against Sri Lanka at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali in the match held on December 13, 2017. The right-handed batter smashed 13 fours and 12 sixes to register the score of 208 against Sri Lanka which helped India post a score of 392/4 in the allotted fifty overs. The hosts then went on to win the match by 141 runs.Rohit has scored two double hundreds against Sri Lanka and one against Australia in ODIs. The right-handed batsman is the only cricketer to smash three double hundred in ODI history.Legendary batter Sachin Tendulkar was the first cricketer to score a double hundred in ODI cricket.Rohit was named India’s new ODI skipper last…

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Kohli has put Team India in situation where there is no looking back, says Rohit Sharma

New Delhi [India]: Rohit Sharma, India’s new white-ball skipper lavished praise on Virat Kohli for leading the team from the front.Rohit was named India’s new ODI skipper last week and he takes the reins from Kohli as India gear up for the South Africa series. “He’s (Kohli) put the team in the situation where there is no looking back. Those five years that he has led the team led from the front every time we stepped onto the park. And yeah! there was a clear grit and determination to win every game that was the message to the entire squad,” Rohit said in an interview posted on the BCCI website“We had a great time playing under him obviously we played I played a lot of cricket under him and enjoyed every moment and I will still continue to do that,” he added.Rohit said Team…

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Outside talk immaterial, want to create strong bond between players: Rohit Sharma

New Delhi [India]: India white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma feels that one should not pay attention to the outside talks as they are ‘immaterial’ and focus on the game.Rohit was on Wednesday named India’s new ODI skipper and the star player will take over from Virat Kohli starting with the South Africa series in January next year. “When you are playing cricket for India it is always going to be high pressure. The pressure is always going to be there. There will be a lot of people talking about it, positives and negatives. For me, personally, as a cricketer, not as a captain, it is important to focus on my job and not to focus on what people are talking about because you can’t control that. I have said it a million times and I will keep saying that,” said Rohit in a video posted…

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Richardson set to replace Hazlewood for second Ashes Test in Adelaide

Brisbane [Australia]: Australian pacer Jhye Richardson is set to play the second Ashes Test in Adelaide after pacer Josh Hazlewood flew home on Sunday.Hazlewood had not bowled in the afternoon session on Day 3 of the first Test and he was sent for a scan on Friday night that showed he was fit enough to bowl on Saturday. According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, Hazlewood was seen boarding a flight from Brisbane to Sydney without other Australian players.According to the same report, a Cricket Australia spokesman has said whether Hazlewood plays the second Test on Thursday or not has not been decided yet.On Saturday, Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins said that the team management will continue to monitor Hazlewood’s fitness and a hasty decision would not be made.Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon, skipper Pat Cummins, David Warner, and Travis Head were the standout…