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BCCI, ECB working ‘towards finding window to reschedule cancelled’ Manchester Test

The fifth Test between India and England was cancelled on Friday amid a chaotic turn of events during which the host board’s statement on the visitors changed from “unable to field a team and will instead forfeit the match” to “regrettably unable to field a team”.

MANCHESTER, UK, september 10 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have released a statement saying that the board is presently working with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) towards rescheduling the cancelled Manchester Test.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have jointly decided to call off the 5th Test Match scheduled at Manchester in ongoing India’s tour of England 2021,” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in the statement.

“The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test Match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test Match. In lieu of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match.”

The fifth Test between India and England was cancelled on Friday amid a chaotic turn of events during which the host board’s statement on the visitors changed from “unable to field a team and will instead forfeit the match” to “regrettably unable to field a team”.

“The BCCI has always maintained that the safety and well-being of the players is of paramount importance and there will be no comprise on that aspect.”

The development came after the visiting team was left on tenterhooks following physio Yogesh Parmar’s positive COVID-19 test that led to concerns that the infection could spread during the match which was cancelled a couple of hours before toss.

It is learnt that led by skipper Virat Kohali who had the biggest apprehension of playing the game, the players, late on Thursday, got into a huddle and couldn’t be convinced by the BCCI brass to play the game.

The initial statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board categorically mentioned the word “forfeit” but that was later omitted from a revised media release.

Both statements are in possession of PTI.

“Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team,” read the revised England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement.

Fifth Test between England and India in Manchester called off

The fifth and final Test between India and England has been cancelled due to a “further increase in the number of COVID cases” inside the Indian camp.

Manchester [UK], September 10 : “Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India Men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled,” ECB said in a statement. “Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team.
“We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many,” the statement added.
Ahead of the fifth and final Test against England, physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for COVID-19 in Manchester. This had led to Team India’s training session for Thursday afternoon being cancelled.
However, there were no COVID-19 related worries in the England camp and Jos Buttler had said everything is fine and the hosts were looking forward to the game.
“We don’t know too much about it at the moment. It would be naive to speculate on what’s going on. At the moment we’re fully expecting the game to go ahead and we’re preparing that way so fingers crossed the game will go ahead. Things are fine in our camp and we are looking forward to the game,” said Buttler in a virtual press conference on Thursday.
This came after India head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar returned positive results to their RT-PCR tests during the fourth Test. They are currently undergoing isolation and can come out only after returning two negative results.
On Sunday, just half an hour before the start of play on Day 4 of the fourth Test, the BCCI said its medical team had isolated Shastri, Bharat Arun, Sridhar, and physio Nitin Patel as a precautionary measure after Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive on Saturday evening.
The remaining members of the Team India contingent had undergone two Lateral Flow Tests — one on Saturday night and another on Sunday morning. The members upon returning negative COVID reports were allowed to proceed for Day 4 of the fourth Test at The Oval against England. (

Eng vs Ind, 5th Test: No play today, says Dinesh Karthik

Just hours before the start of the opening day of the fifth Test between England and India, Kolkata Knight Riders wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik took to social media to inform play has been called off for the opening day.

Manchester [UK], September 10 : The fate of the fifth Test between India and England hangs in balance despite all visiting players returning negative COVID-19 results. Karthik in a series of tweets also asked the “bigger question” that whether the game will happen at all.
“Looks like there won’t be any play today guys,” Karthik tweeted.
“The bigger question is, will the match happen at all ???? And what does the scoreline for the series look like if not,” he further asked in a tweet.
“NO PLAY TODAY ok Tata bye bye,” Karthik added.
Ahead of the fifth and final Test against England, physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for COVID-19 in Manchester. This had led to Team India’s training session for Thursday afternoon being cancelled.
However, there are no COVID-19 related worries in the England camp and Jos Buttler said everything is fine and the hosts are looking forward to the game.
“We don’t know too much about it at the moment. It would be naive to speculate on what’s going on. At the moment we’re fully expecting the game to go ahead and we’re preparing that way so fingers crossed the game will go ahead. Things are fine in our camp and we are looking forward to the game,” said Buttler in a virtual press conference on Thursday.
It all started after India head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar returned positive results to their RT-PCR tests during the fourth Test. They are currently undergoing isolation and can come out only after returning two negative results. (ANI)

Eng vs Ind, 5th Test: Kohli and boys eye history as focus remains on Rahane’s selection

Manchester [UK], September 9 : Having registered an emphatic 157-run win in the fourth Test against England, Virat Kohli and boys would now have their eyes firmly set on winning the final Test at Manchester to complete a comprehensive 3-1 series win over the Three Lions.
Heading into the final Test, it is safe to say that the visitors are firm favourites and England is left to do with all the heavy lifting in terms of picking the best possible 11. India’s batting which has been under fire throughout the series, showed signs of revival in the second innings of the Oval Test and everyone chipped in with handy contributions except vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. So on the eve of the Test, it is debatable whether the team management will take the call of dropping the vice-captain for such a crucial game. It is not like this has not happened in the past as Rahane was dropped in 2018 for the first and second Test against South Africa. However, batting coach Vikram Rathour had suggested that team management is not concerned with Rahane’s form as of yet.
If Rahane is indeed dropped, the most likely person to take his place is Suryakumar Yadav. However, the right-handed batsman has not played a Test yet so it needs to be seen whether team management wants to go with Suryakumar in place of Rahane for such a crucial match. Hanuma Vihari too is a possible replacement.
The bowling department has been on fire for the visitors and the Oval Test showed that even if the conditions are not assisting much, Indian seamers can rattle the opposition with reverse swing. However, Jasprit Bumrah has played all four Tests so far and looking at the hectic schedule ahead (IPL, T20 World Cup), one needs to look at whether he can be rested for the final Test to give him some respite and cooling off period.
Mohammed Shami was rested for the fourth Test so if Bumrah is indeed rested for the final match, then Shami is the most likely to take his place. Ravichandran Ashwin has not played a single Test this series and now it looks highly unlikely that he would get a chance at Manchester, looking at how Ravindra Jadeja bowled in the second innings of the Oval Test.
Talking about hosts England, Jos Buttler will be donning the wicketkeeping-gloves, and hence only one of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow will feature in the playing XI. England also has a headache of whether to play both James Anderson and Ollie Robinson looking at their workload.
Mark Wood is fit for the fifth and final Test, and hence it needs to be seen whether England want to go for someone who can rattle the opposition through pace and bounce.

Eng vs Ind: Buttler, Jack Leach return to hosts’ squad for fifth Test

London [UK], September 7 : England men’s head coach Chris Silverwood has named a 16-player squad for the fifth Test against India starting at Old Trafford on Friday. Star batsman Jos Buttler and spinner Jack Leach return to the England squad for the fifth Test.
“Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler returns to the squad following the birth of his daughter during the fourth Test at the Kia Oval,” England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement. “Somerset spinner Jack Leach has been added to the squad for the final Test of the series,” it added.
ECB also said batsman Sam Billings, who was included in the fourth Test squad, has returned to Kent.
In the fourth Test, Indian bowlers delivered big time on the last day at the Kennington Oval on Monday as the genius of Jasprit Bumrah, and an all-round performance by Shardul Thakur helped the visitors beat England by 157 runs to gain a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Meanwhile, after stumbling to a 157-run loss in the fourth Test against India, England skipper Joe Root said that it was frustrating to lose all ten wickets on the final day of the game, however, he also praised the visitors’ bowling attack.
England squad for the fifth Test: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Eng vs Ind: Visitors know how to fight back, all credit to them, says Silverwood

London [UK], September 7 : England head coach Chris Silverwood has said that credit needs to be given to Virat Kohli-led Team India as they know how to fight back from difficult situations.
Silverwood’s remarks came after India registered a 157-run win over England in the fourth Test at the Kennington Oval to gain a 2-1 lead in the ongoing five-match series. India was bowled out for 191 in the first innings, but still, the visitors managed to register a thrilling win. “If we’re being truthful, I would like to have gone further past them at that point, that’s going to be the opportunity to really put pressure on the Indians. We failed to do that so it’s something we’ll reflect on in the dressing room and talk about amongst ourselves,” Silverwood told Sky Sports, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
“It would have been great to go maybe 190 past them and really pile the pressure on, but again credit to the Indians, they know how to fight back,” he added.
Indian bowlers delivered big time on the last day of the fourth Test on Monday as the genius of mercurial Jasprit Bumrah, and all-round performance by Shardul Thakur in the match helped visitors defeat England. This is also India’s first win in Oval in 50 years.
With the conditions good enough for batting, England openers got the hosts off to a decent start, with both scoring fifties, however, Shardul came into the attack and got rid of Burns in his first over of day 5.
Shardul, who was part of the Indian quartet in scoring more than 50 runs in the second innings, also dazzled with the ball as he sent back Joe Root to the pavilion later.
Hosts were still in the game until just after lunch on Day 5 when Jasprit Bumrah produced a glorious spell to give India a real shot at victory.

Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: Feel it is good enough wicket to chase any score, reckons Woakes

England pacer Chris Woakes believes that the Oval pitch is still good enough to bat and reckons that his side is in with a chance to chase down 291 runs on the final day of the ongoing fourth Test against India.

London [UK], September 6 : England has been set a target of 368 in the fourth Test of the five-match series and the hosts have all ten wickets in hand heading into the final day of an absorbing Test match. “We felt like it was a good enough wicket to be able to chase any score. To go all the way and chase down that score would be an incredible effort. It would be a great, great chase. But our openers have done a great job and put us in a good position to start on the final day. To get another 291 on a day-five pitch always sounds like a tough task but we’ve got to keep reminding ourselves that this pitch is still good for batting and we can do it if we bat well all the way down,” said Woakes during a virtual press conference.
“We just have to tick it off slowly. We won’t get too far ahead of ourselves. I hear that it’ll be a full house here at The Oval, so the atmosphere will be great. And that’s where you want to be as a player. I watched the first three Tests of this series at home and was desperate to be a part of it, so I’m absolutely buzzing to be here and hopefully, we have an opportunity to win,” he added.
Further talking about the chase, the seamer who took three wickets in the second innings, said: “You know every chase is different. You need guys to get themselves in and create big partnerships and that puts pressure on the opposition from a bowling point of view. We’ve been in this position many times as a side and when you’re bowling, you’re under pressure to take wickets. Each run is chipping away at the opposition. The longer you can get guys batting together and create a partnership that makes it more difficult for the opposition.”
“This team has done some special things over the last few years in different formats. These are the times you want to be part of it. We’re trying to do something special. It’s a great place to be. There’s a lot of hard work still to be done but you can draw on those experiences. You can look back on what we’ve done in the past and what we’re capable of as a team. A lot of time it’s just about believing you’ve got the ability to do that and then going out and executing it. Everyone will be in agreement with the fact that we can go on and get the runs; there’ll be no doubt about that,” he added.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, and Shardul Thakur all registered scores of more than 50 as India set a target of 368 for England on Day 4 of the ongoing fourth Test here at the Kennington Oval on Sunday. Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah also played cameos of 25 and 24 as India posted a score of 466 in the second innings, extending the lead to 367. For England, Woakes returned with three wickets.
At stumps on Day 4, England’s score read 77/0– still needing 291 runs for the win with all ten wickets in hand. For the hosts, Burns (31*) and Hameed (43*) are at the crease.

Eng vs Ind: Jadeja would be the biggest threat in second innings, says Moeen Ali

London [UK], September 6 : England Test vice-captain Moeen Ali reckons that left-arm spinner Moeen Ali would be the biggest threat for his side on the final day of the ongoing fourth Test against India.
England has been set a target of 368 in the fourth Test of the five-match series and the hosts have all ten wickets in hand heading into the final day of an absorbing Test match. “Jasprit Bumrah is one of those bowlers that can make anything happen but Jadeja is the biggest threat on that wicket. It’s such a flat wicket but we’re still going to have to play well. India always fight back strongly and that’s something we’re going to have to be wary about,” Ali told Sky Sports.
“I thought the boys batted excellently. We knew if we get through the first 10 to 15 overs, the two guys who are in are very disciplined. They’ve done it before in the series when they put on an amazing partnership, so hopefully, they can do it again tomorrow,” he added.
England pacer Chris Woakes also believes that the Oval pitch is still good enough to bat and reckons that his side is in with a chance to chase down 291 runs on the final day.
“We felt like it was a good enough wicket to be able to chase any score. To go all the way and chase down that score would be an incredible effort. It would be a great, great chase. But our openers have done a great job and put us in a good position to start on the final day. To get another 291 on a day-five pitch always sounds like a tough task but we’ve got to keep reminding ourselves that this pitch is still good for batting and we can do it if we bat well all the way down,” said Woakes during a virtual press conference.
“We just have to tick it off slowly. We won’t get too far ahead of ourselves. I hear that it’ll be a full house here at The Oval, so the atmosphere will be great. And that’s where you want to be as a player. I watched the first three Tests of this series at home and was desperate to be a part of it, so I’m absolutely buzzing to be here and hopefully, we have an opportunity to win,” he added.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, and Shardul Thakur all registered scores of more than 50 as India set a target of 368 for England on Day 4 of the ongoing fourth Test here at the Kennington Oval on Sunday. Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah also played cameos of 25 and 24 as India posted a score of 466 in the second innings, extending the lead to 367. For England, Woakes returned with three wickets.
At stumps on Day 4, England’s score read 77/0– still needing 291 runs for the win with all ten wickets in hand. For the hosts, Burns (31*) and Hameed (43*) are at the crease.

Eng vs Ind: Rohit has taken his batting notch higher in this series, says Tendulkar

New Delhi [India], September 5: Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday said that Rohit Sharma has taken his batting a notch higher in the ongoing five-match Test series against England.
Tendulkar also praised Cheteshwar Pujara’s 61-run knock in the second innings of the ongoing fourth Test against England at the Kennington Oval. “A solid partnership between @ImRo45 & @cheteshwar1 yesterday. Like I had said earlier, Rohit has taken his batting a notch higher in this series & has looked amongst the most comfortable batsmen at the crease. And with Pujara, I have always believed in him to come good,” tweeted Tendulkar.
Rohit Sharma on Saturday said he knew that the decision of opening the batting in Test matches back in 2019 was his “last chance” to prove his mettle in the longest format of the game. Rohit scored his first overseas Test ton on Saturday as India ended day three of the ongoing fourth Test at 270/3.
“In the back of my mind, I knew it was the last chance for me as well, trying another position in the batting order. When the offer came to open the batting, I was very much aware of it because the talks were happening within the management about me opening the innings at some stage,” Rohit said in a virtual press conference after the end of the day’s play.
“So… mentally, I was ready to take on that challenge, to see if I could do well up the order. I know I batted in the middle order before and things didn’t turn out the way I wanted to but I knew this was going to be my last opportunity, you know, trying whatever the management is thinking,” he said.
“When you are playing a sport you always have to take those chances, those risks… Yeah, you can say that it was my last opportunity, if I hadn’t succeeded, anything could have happened,” he added.
Rohit (127 off 256) also became the first visiting cricketer to hit tons in all three formats while opening in England. The Indian batsman completed 3000 runs in the longest format of the game on Saturday.
“Most pleasing thing was that I was able to pay 250 balls. If you look at all the Test matches [this series] I have nearly played 100 balls in every innings. That to me was a goal,” said Rohit.
“The first goal was to play balls, see how I can stay on the pitch for as long as possible because we do know that things start to get easier when you spend time in the middle, when you see what the bowlers are doing and get the hang of it and get the feel of the entire situation. Spending time in the middle was the biggest takeaway for me in the four Test matches,” he signed off.

Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: KL Rahul fined for ‘showing dissent at Umpire’s decision’

London [UK], September 5 : India opener KL Rahul has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day of the fourth Test against England at The Oval.
“Rahul was found to have breached Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to ‘showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match’,” ICC said in a statement. ICC further said that one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Rahul, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period.
The incident occurred in the 34th over of India’s second innings on Saturday, when Rahul showed dissent on being adjudged caught behind the wicket following a DRS review.
“Rahul admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations. There was no need for a formal hearing,” ICC said.
On-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Alex Wharf, third umpire Michael Gough and fourth official Mike Burns levelled the charges.
“Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points,” ICC said.
Meanwhile, in the match, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 153-run stand for the second wicket enabled India to get in a dominant position on Day 3 of the ongoing fourth Test.
At stumps, India’s score read 270/3 — a lead of 171 runs with seven wickets in the bag in the second essay. For the visitors, Virat Kohli (22*) and Ravindra Jadeja (9*) are at the crease.

Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: Rohit scores ton as visitors extend lead to 100

London [UK], September 4 : Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara displayed clinical batting as India lost no wickets and the side reached a position of strength in the second session of the third day of the ongoing fourth Test against England here at the Kennington Oval on Saturday.
At tea, India’s score read 199/1 — a lead of 100 runs with nine wickets in the bag in the second essay. For the visitors, Rohit (103*) and Pujara (48*) are at the crease. Resuming the second session at 108/1, Rohit and Pujara mixed caution with aggression and the duo saw out spell after spell, taking India to a position of safety. Rohit finally brought up his century in the 63rd over of the innings by hitting a six off the bowling of Moeen Ali. This was Rohit’s first century outside Asia.
Pujara provided perfect support to Rohit at the other end and the duo ensured that the visitors do not lose any more wickets before the break. Pujara and Rohit have so far extended their partnership to 116 runs.
Earlier, KL Rahul might have lost his wicket to James Anderson, but Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara ensured India did not fall behind in the opening session. At lunch, India’s score read 108/1 — a lead of 9 runs with nine wickets in the bag in the second essay. For the visitors, Rohit (47*) and Pujara (14*) are at the crease.
Resuming at 43/0, Rahul and Rohit were looking rock solid and the duo saw out the first hour with both of them looking set for a big one. However, against the run of play, Rahul (46) lost his wicket to Anderson in the 34th over and the 83-run opening stand came to an end. Anderson thought that Rahul was caught behind, but the on-field umpire did not think so. England opted for a review and the replays clearly indicated that there was a huge spike and (46) Rahul had to depart.
Pujara then joined Rohit in the middle and both batters saw out probing spells of English bowlers and India entered the lunch interval with nine wickets in hand. On Friday, India had bowled out England for 290 and as a result, conceded a lead of 99 runs. For England, Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes registered half-centuries.
Brief Scores: India 191 and 199/1 (Rohit Sharma 103*, Cheteshwar Pujara 48*, James Anderson 1-40); England 290.

Eng vs Ind, 4th Test : Joe Root opts to bowl, Umesh and Shardul in for visitors

London [UK], September 2 : England skipper Joe Root won the toss and decided to bowl first against India in the fourth Test at The Oval on Thursday. Speaking at the toss, Root said: “We’re going to bowl first. Going to make use of the overhead conditions. Looks like a good morning for bowling, we need to still hit the right lines and lengths, like we did at Headingley. We’ve got two changes — Ollie Pope in for Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes comes in for Sam Curran. Chris (Woakes) knows his body well and we all know about his performances. (On being the top-ranked batter) It does feel nice but obviously has no standing on this game. India skipper Virat Kohli said: “We would have bowled first as well but toss isn’t something you can control. Need to be prepared for either. We’re looking forward to putting runs on the board. Two changes — Ishant and Shami have niggles — Umesh and Shardul are back. For us, it’s about partnerships, we can’t focus too much on individuals. The opening partnerships have been good, it’s about getting more partnerships. We got a few days left on this tour, the series is poised nicely and there is going to be no shortage of effort from our side.”
Playing XI: England: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

ENG vs IND: We are the team that everyone wants to beat, says Virat Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli says his relationship with head coach Ravi Shastri is based on mutual respect and trust, something that has helped them make this team the one that everyone wants to beat.

London, England, September 2 : India captain Virat Kohali says his relationship with head coach Ravi Shastri is based on mutual respect and trust, something that has helped them make this team the one that “everyone wants to beat”.

On the eve of the fourth Test against England at the Oval on Thursday, Kohli was joined by his teammates at the Taj hotel here for the launch ceremony of a new exclusive members’ club ‘The Chambers’.

“Our working relationship, and off the field as well, has been built on mutual respect and trust, on a vision that has been shared, which has been focussed in one direction which is to take Indian cricket higher and in a better place than we found it,” said Kohli. “That was always our aim and I think, along with the brilliance of the whole team, the talent that we have been blessed with, we have been able to achieve that.

“We stand as the team that everyone wants to beat anywhere we play in the world and that for us is a matter of immense pride.”

The event was marked with a special ‘Rendezvous Series’ around the UK launch of Shastri’s debut as an author with ‘Stargazing: The Players In My Life’.

“It’s his first book and I hope he writes a few more because he has a lot more to share,” said Kohli.

During an interaction around his new book, Shastri was asked about the ongoing series, which stands at 1-1 right now, and he promised things are set to get “spicier” in the last two games.

“When you have a captain on the same page, it becomes pretty easy and most of my boys are on a similar page,” said Shastri. “The idea was to take the game forward and play to win. We’re not here to fill in the numbers, we’re here to play cricket that is positive and play to win.

“It’s been one spicy series, that’s the way it should be, and I just think it’ll be spicier over the next couple of weeks,” he said.

Eng vs Ind: Hosts name Moeen Ali as vice-captain for 4th Test

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday confirmed that all-rounder Moeen Ali will be the vice-captain for the upcoming fourth Test against India, beginning Thursday at the Oval.

London [UK], September 1 : “Moeen Ali has been named as our vice-captain for the fourth Test against India. Congrats, Mo,” tweeted England Cricket. Joe Root has already amassed more than 500 runs in the series and if he continues to pile on the runs, India would definitely be left on the back foot. Good signs for England were that openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns also got 50+ scores in the Headingley Test.
England would be without Jos Buttler in the fourth Test and Jonny Bairstow would don the wicketkeeping gloves. James Anderson is already turning back time to display a vintage style of bowling and it is safe to say, the next match of the five-Test series lies on a knife’s edge.
With the five-match Test series between India and England poised perfectly at 1-1, the focus heading into the fourth game remains on whether ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will finally be given a chance in the playing XI or not.
The fourth Test will be played at the Oval, and traditionally the ground has offered assistance to the spinners so if the management wants to unleash the off-spinner, this would be the perfect opportunity.
England squad for fourth Test: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: Spotlight on Ashwin as visitors look to regain momentum

London [UK], September 1 : With the five-match Test series between India and England poised perfectly at 1-1, the focus heading into the fourth game remains on whether ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will finally be given a chance in the playing XI or not.
The fourth Test will be played at the Oval, and traditionally the ground has offered assistance to the spinners so if the management wants to unleash the off-spinner, this would be the perfect opportunity. Few eyes rolled when Ashwin was not given a chance in the Headingley Test after being excluded in the first two Tests, but now it could be hard to explain the premier off-spinner’s exclusion if he once again fails to make the cut.
Moving forward, if Ashwin does get the go-ahead, it would be interesting to see who goes out of the line-up. Ishant Sharma clearly looked out of sorts in the third Test as he was running in gingerly but skipper Virat Kohli suggested that there was no injury issue with the veteran pacer.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja had also undergone scans on his knee at the end of the third Test against England. It was seen more as a precautionary check after he hurt his knee while fielding in the match. It is not known whether the all-rounder will play at the Oval, and if not, Shardul can make a comeback into the lineup.
It is unlikely that the management would go in with extra batsmen as skipper Kohli has already said that he does not believe in the concept of playing an extra batsman. Coming to the batting, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma have looked like the two best batsmen in the lineup and the real issue has been the middle-order.
Cheteshwar Pujara might have scored 91 in the second innings of the Headingley Test, but he needs to be consistent and hit a purple patch. The same can be said about skipper Kohli, who has gone 51 innings without a ton in international cricket. James Anderson and Ollie Robinson have had the better of the Indian skipper outside off and it needs to be seen whether Kohli looks to leave anything outside the off-stump just like Sachin Tendulkar had refused to play the cover drive back in Sydney against Australia in 2003.
Ajinkya Rahane is under the spotlight and he needs to score runs consistently. Being a vice-captain, the inconsistency is there for everyone to see, and being a senior pro, the right-handed batsman needs to rise to the occasion. Rishabh Pant has also not stayed true to his talent as he has looked to just attack in every situation. The left-hander needs to realise his potential and play according to the situation.
Coming to hosts, Joe Root has already amassed more than 500 runs in the series and if he continues to pile on the runs, India would definitely be left on the back foot. Good signs for England were that openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns also got 50+ scores in the Headingley Test.
England would be without Jos Buttler in the fourth Test and Jonny Bairstow would don the wicketkeeping gloves. James Anderson is already turning back time to display a vintage style of bowling and it is safe to say, the next match of the five-Test series lies on a knife’s edge.
Squads: England: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Abhimanyu Easwaran. 

Eng vs Ind: Harsh to say Kohli’s team playing Australian brand of cricket, says Collingwood

England assistant coach Paul Collingwood on Tuesday said that it would be harsh to say that the Virat Kohli-led India is playing in the same style as the Australian cricket team.

London [UK], August 31 : India and England provided an intense spectacle on day five of the second Test as players from both sides engaged in verbals and in the end, it was Kohli’s team who emerged triumphant. “I think the Lord’s Test was a very heated Test match, it was very close all the way through. Both sides do not want to give an inch, when you have two countries to whom winning means a lot and you do have heated exchanges, so it was great to watch. We were on the wrong end of the result. Both teams were head to head to each other,” Collingwood said while replying to an query during an interaction with select media organised by Sony Network.
“The Australians behaviour and the way they play their cricket has changed over the years, so to say that India is like Australians, would be a little bit harsh,” he added.
With the score reading 215/2 at the start of the fourth morning, India would have hoped to continue the remarkable comeback they had started scripting on the third day of the third Test at Leeds on Friday. But it wasn’t to be as the England bowlers came out all guns blazing and wrapped the game up in the opening session itself on Saturday to register an innings and 76-run win. The five-match series stands level at 1-1, and now the fourth Test would be played at the Oval, London, beginning this Thursday.
“Virat is a very proud man, he leads his country with a lot of emotion. We are very much focused on what we do as an England cricket team, we are trying not to focus on what India do and what decisions they make. We want to make the best decisions to put India under pressure, whatever decisions they make are up to them. Decisions we make is the important thing,” said Collingwood.
“How we behave on the field is important to us, hopefully, we can put India under enough pressure for them to make some difficult decisions. James Anderson prepares for every series, we knew it would be a long and tough series against India. Back-to-back Tests are not easy for anyone, let alone for someone of James’ age. Anderson is super fit, over the years he has understood his body,” he added.
Further talking about Anderson, Collingwood said: “He is still one of our fastest players in terms of running on the park. It is a cliche in sport, when you are on the older end of your career, age is just a number. But for James, I certainly think that. His fitness levels are incredible, his skills levels are probably the best in the world. It is great to watch him. It really is an art when you watch him bowl.”
Talking about Joe Root’s form, the assistant coach said: “What Joe Root has done fantastically well is rotating the strike, he finds the areas to score. Once you put the pressure on the bowler, you know as a bowler, that you do not have much margin for error. Joe Root is in fantastic form and he is obviously seeing the ball, it looks like he has a lot of time on the crease. Hopefully, it continues, it is great to watch him at the top of his game.”
The 4th test of India’s tour of England will be live from 3:30 pm IST on SONY SIX & SONY TEN 3 (Hindi) channels from Thursday.

ENG vs IND | Lot of time left in series, no need to feel low : Mohammed Shami

India were bundled out for a meagre 78 in the first innings on the first day of the third Test against England, and the hosts took a mammoth 345-run lead at the end of second day.

Headingley [UK], August 27 : India pacer Mohammed Shami believes that the visitors can still make a comeback in the ongoing third Test against England despite the hosts having a lead of 345 runs after the end of the second day.
England captain Joe Root completed his 23rd Test ton as the hosts gained full command against India on Day 2 on Thursday. “It’s nothing like mentally, we have finished the game in three days and even two days too. There comes a time when it is your bad day but there is no point in getting our morale down,” said Shami after the end of the day’s play.
“There are two matches left and we are 1-0 up in the series. We have to believe in our skills and back ourselves,” he added.
The India pacer wants the visitors’ bowlers to keep on trying things to keep the England batsmen on their toes.
“It’s your responsibility that, even when a big partnership develops, you should not put your head down. It’s your job. You have to try and take that wicket. You have to keep planning in your mind how to get the batsman out,” said Shami.
“There are lots of things that can be tried. If you put your head down, the partnership will only become stronger and bigger. Instead, if you manage to get a breakthrough, it will open up more options for the team,” he added.
At stumps, England’s score read 423/8– a lead of 345 runs with two wickets in hand. For the Three Lions, Craig Overton (24*) and Ollie Robinson (0*) are at the crease.

Eng vs Ind: Mark Wood ruled out of 3rd Test

Headingley [UK], August 23 : The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday confirmed that pacer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the upcoming third Test against India.
“Wood has been ruled out with a jarred right shoulder,” the ECB said in an official statement. Wood sustained the injury on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s and will not be fit to play at Emerald Headingley starting on Wednesday.
He will remain with the squad in Leeds and will continue his rehab with the England medical team.
The 31-year-old will be assessed at the end of this Test match.
The first Test had ended in a draw but India staged an incredible comeback to take the second game. India and England provided an intense spectacle on day five of the second Test as players from both sides engaged in verbals and in the end, it was Kohli’s team that emerged triumphant in an engaging match.
After the win in the third Test, India opening batsman KL Rahul said that if the opposition chooses to engage in verbals with his side, then they very well know how to give it back.
Last week, England men’s head coach Chris Silverwood named a 15-player squad for the third Test. Yorkshire batsman Dawid Malan returned to the Test squad for the first time in three years.
Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood has also been included. He has yet to make his Test debut but will be aiming to add to his England credentials, having already been capped by the senior side in ODIs and IT20s.

Eng vs Ind : Visitors sweat in out at Headingley ahead of the third Test

Leeds [UK], August 23 : Virat Kohli-led Indian side has begun training for the upcoming third Test against England here at Headingley Stadium.
The visitors arrived here on Sunday for the third Test. The third Test between the two sides will get underway from Wednesday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday shared pictures from Team India’s training sessions.
“Turning the heat on at Headingley,” BCCI tweeted.


The first Test had ended in a draw but India staged an incredible comeback to take the second game.
India and England provided an intense spectacle on day five of the second Test as players from both sides engaged in verbals and in the end, it was Kohli’s team who emerged triumphant in an engaging match.
After the win in the third Test, India opening batsman KL Rahul said that if the opposition chooses to engage in verbals with his side, then they very well know how to give it back.
Last week, England men’s head coach Chris Silverwood has named a 15-player squad for the third Test.
Yorkshire batsman Dawid Malan returned to the Test squad for the first time in three years. Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood has also been included.
He has yet to make his Test debut but will be aiming to add to his England credentials, having already been capped by the senior side in ODIs and IT20s.

ENG vs IND: Kohli is right man at the right time to lead India, says Nasser Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hussain said that Indian skipper Virat Kohali is the right man at the right time to lead a formidable Indian team. He also said that Kohli represents the idea of a modern-day India which wont be pushed around.

London , England, August 23 : “Virat Kohli is the right man at the right time to lead this formidable India side. His players, in particular the bowlers, want an aggressive captain. They want Kohli stirring things up, as he did so effectively in that brilliant second Test at Lord’s,” wrote Hussain in his column for Daily Mail.”What Kohli in particular represents is modern-day India, the one that won’t be pushed around. Even though umpires might like to remind him occasionally that he doesn’t run the game. This India are not a side who will be bullied, as perhaps previous generations have been. They wouldn’t allow themselves to be bullied by Aussie players or crowds – when Tim Paine said ‘Wait until we get you to the Gabba’, it just spurred them on,” added Hussain.

He believes that Kohli is setting the tone with his aggression for India to win the Test series. India haven’t won a Test series in England since winning 1-0 under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy in 2007.

“Jasprit Bumrah has always seemed to me a quiet and reserved character off the field, but look at the way he attacked and went after Jimmy Anderson on that third evening. We saw India winning that way in Australia when Kohli went home to be at the birth of his first child after the first Test. They won then with Ajinkya Rahen in charge but it was Kohli who set the tone for that famous series victory and he’s doing it again now.”

Hussain reflected on how Kohli’s aggression works. “Kohli’s aggression is aimed at winding up the opposition and he gets under the skin of every team he plays against. I’m sure most don’t particularly like playing against him and English supporters won’t particularly like him but he won’t care a jot about that.”

India is leading the five-match Test series against England 1-0. The third Test between the two teams begins at Headingley, Leeds on Wednesday.

If someone engages in verbals with one of our players, other 10 get pumped up, says KL Rahul

London [UK], August 17 : India opening batsman KL Rahul has said that if the opposition chooses to engage in verbals with his side, then they very well know how to give it back.
India and England provided an intense spectacle on day five as players from both sides engaged in verbals and in the end, it was Kohli’s team who emerged triumphant in an engaging match. “Look, personally, it shows how badly both teams want to win. When both teams go at each other, it shows how badly both teams want to win and that is how Test cricket is played. We as a team are never shy to say a word or two, if someone goes at one of our players and the rest of 10 guys get pumped, that is the kind of team we are,” said Rahul during a virtual press conference.
“If you go after one of our guys, you are going after the whole team. That is why bowlers were really keen to go out there. This is what people come to watch and this highly speaks about how badly each team wants to win. We are looking forward to the next three games, both teams are going to come hard,” he added.
Earlier, India skipper Virat Kohli had said that the constant verbals between his side and England in the second Test gave extra motivation to his boys to finish the game off.
“But this one, to get a result in 60 overs, when we all thought let’s just have a crack at what we have in front of us… It’s quite special and especially when someone like Siraj is playing for the first time at Lord’s and bowling the way he did, it was outstanding. As I said, what happened on the field )really charged us up and gave us that extra motivation to finish the game off,” said Kohli.
At the start of the day, England looked like the favourites to win the match. But Bumrah and Shami showed class with the bat, and then an epic bowling performance sealed the deal for the visitors. England battled hard, but their top order failures led to their downfall with the team being steamrolled for just 120 in the second innings, handing visitors a win by 151 runs

Eng vs Ind: To win at Lord’s is something very special, says Shastri

London [UK], August 17 : India head coach Ravi Shastri on Tuesday said that winning a match at Lord’s Cricket Ground is very special.
Shastri’s comments came as Virat Kohli-led India registered a famous 151-run over England in the second Test of the five-match series on Monday. “To win at @HomeOfCricket as a player and coach is something very special. Thanks a ton guys for making it happen. Enjoy the moment #TeamIndia,” tweeted Shastri.
Talking about the win, India opener Rohit Sharma tweeted: “Every single one of us wanted this win, you could see it, you could feel it and watching it play out was incredible.”


At the start of Day 5, England looked like the favourites to win the match. But Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami showed class with the bat, and then an epic bowling performance sealed the deal for the visitors.
England battled hard, but their top order failures led to their downfall with the team being steamrolled for just 120 in the second innings, handing visitors a win by 151 runs.

Eng vs Ind: To not being able to see off Day 5 very frustrating, says Root after Lord’s defeat

London [UK], August 17 : England Test skipper Joe Root has admitted that not being able to see off the final day of the Lord’s Test against India was very frustrating.
England collapsed on the final day of the second Test to hand India a memorable 151-run win and with this, the visitors have gained a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. “Unfortunately we couldn’t quite manage to see out today which is very frustrating. But there’s still a lot of cricket to be played in the series. We went from a very strong position where we looked like we would win the game to losing. More than anything, just got a few things wrong. That partnership, they did pretty well,” said Root during the post-match presentation.
“But lots of things I’d do differently if given an opportunity. His attitude (Wood), the way he goes about things.. Mo’s come back well. There are things we can take from this game. We’re used to playing five-match series. Important not to panic and stay calm. So good to have the crowds back to sporting arenas in general,” he added.
At the start of Day 5, England looked like the favourites to win the match. But Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami showed class with the bat, and then an epic bowling performance sealed the deal for the visitors.
England battled hard, but their top order failures led to their downfall with the team being steamrolled for just 120 in the second innings, handing visitors a win by 151 runs.

Eng vs Ind: Verbals really charged us up, gave extra motivation to finish game off, says Kohli

London [UK], August 17 : India skipper Virat Kohli has said that the constant verbals between his side nd England in the second Test gave extra motivation to his boys to finish the game off.
India and England provided an intense spectacle on day five as players from both sides engaged in verbals and in the end, it was Kohli’s team who emerged triumphant in an engaging match. “I was part of the winning Test match last time when I was a player under MS Dhoni. That was pretty special as well, Ishant bowled an outstanding spell. In that game, we put them under pressure on day four itself, ESPNcricinfo quoted Kohli as saying.
“But this one, to get a result in 60 overs, when we all thought let’s just have a crack at what we have in front of us… It’s quite special and especially when someone like Siraj is playing for the first time at Lord’s and bowling the way he did, it was outstanding. As I said, what happened on the field )really charged us up and gave us that extra motivation to finish the game off,” he added.
In the second innings, India was struggling at 209/8 and it was then that Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami got together to stitch an unbeaten 89-run stand for the ninth wicket. Shami and Bumrah remained unbeaten on 56 and 34.
“Just to applaud what Jasprit and Shami did… It takes a lot of character and heart to play under those circumstances as bowlers who don’t get much to bat, and just putting their hand up for the team when we needed it most, it was something that we were really proud of and we want to let them know. They were charged up and both took the new ball and got us two breakthroughs as well, which were very crucial for us,” said Kohli.
“When we were our most successful in Test cricket for a year and a half, our lower order was contributing big time and that’s something that we went away from a little bit when we play away from home. So that was one of our focuses, the batting coach has really worked hard with the boys and they are putting in the hard work,” he added.
When asked about the timing of the declaration, Kohli said: “It was more a case of ‘what’s the number of overs we are comfortable with’. I thought anything under 55 doesn’t sound right, I don’t want to walk off the field later thinking ‘what if we had four or five more overs left with us’. We decided, okay, 60 is our mark, and we are going to have a crack at them in 60 overs but, as I said, the crucial breakthroughs with the ball were the right start for us and we carried on from there.”
At the start of the day, England looked like the favourites to win the match. But Bumrah and Shami showed class with the bat, and then an epic bowling performance sealed the deal for the visitors. England battled hard, but their top order failures led to their downfall with the team being steamrolled for just 120 in the second innings, handing visitors a win by 151 runs. (

Eng vs Ind, 2nd Test: Rahul, Rohit and Virat fall as hosts gain upper hand (Lunch, Day 4)

London [UK], August 15 : England pacer Mark Wood dismissed India opening batters Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul while Sam Curran sent Virat Kohli back to the pavilion as the visitors were put on the back foot in the opening session of Day 4 of the ongoing second Test here at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday.
At lunch break on Day 4, India’s score read 56/3 with Cheteshwar Pujara (3*) and Ajinkya Rahane (1*) currently unbeaten at the crease. The visitors have extended their lead to 29 runs. Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma put on 18 runs for the first wicket, but the partnership was finally broken in the 10th over as Mark Wood sent Rahul (5) back to the pavilion. Rohit Sharma (21) might have dispatched Mark Wood for a six while playing a pull shot, but the same led to his dismissal in the very same over and India was reduced to 27/2.
Kohli and Pujara got together at the crease and the duo kept moving the scoreboard slowly and steadily. Both batsmen put on 28 runs for the third wicket, but the stand came to an end in the 24th over as Sam Curran sent Kohli (20) back to the pavilion. In the end, Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane ensured India does not lose more wickets.
Earlier, Mohammed Siraj led India’s charge to bundle out England for 391 in the first innings of the second Test. Skipper Joe Root was left stranded on 180* as James Anderson was dismissed on the final ball of day three.
Brief Scores: India 364 and 56/3 (Rohit Sharma 21, Virat Kohli 20, Mark Wood 2-16); England 391.

Eng vs Ind, 2nd Test: Unruly crowd at Lord’s throw champagne corks at KL Rahul

London [UK], August 14 : As India and England continue to fight it out in the ongoing second Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, there was some bad crowd behaviour on show as some unruly fans decided to throw champagne corks at India cricketer KL Rahul on Saturday.
The incident happened in the 69th over of the innings when Rahul was fielding at third man. Skipper Virat Kohli also intervened and he was seen gesturing towards the opening batsman to know more about the incident. An over later, the TV visuals showed that many champagne corks were thrown inside the playing field, and the Indian players were visibly left frustrated. Coming to the game, England skipper Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow showed remarkable skill and determination to frustrate the Indian bowling attack in the opening session of Day 3.
At the lunch break, England’s score read 216/3, still trailing the visitors by 148 runs. Root (89*) and Bairstow (51*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. The first session saw 97 runs being scored from 28 overs and the hosts did not lose even a single wicket in the morning session.
Resuming at 119/3, England skipper Root brought up his half-century in just the second over of the day. Root along with Bairstow saw out the first hour rather easily and it was the Indian bowlers who were put under a bit of pressure by the duo.
In the first innings, India was bundled out for 364 and KL Rahul (129) was the top scorer for the visitors. For England, James Anderson took a five-wicket haul and this was the pacer’s 31st fifer in the longest format.

Eng vs Ind: Pujara, Rahane can make a comeback, they are playing in tough conditions, says Rahul

London [UK], August 14 : India opening batsman KL Rahul has come out in support of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane who are going through a lean patch in the ongoing Test series against England.
While Pujara scored 9 runs, Rahane got out after scoring one in the first innings of the second Test against England. “Pujara and Ajinkya are fabulous players and have done the job for India many times we were in trouble. They are world-class and I’m sure they are hungry to go out and score some runs,” Rahul said in a virtual press conference after the end of the second day’s play.
“They are experienced players so they know how to come out of a couple of innings they haven’t scored runs,” said Rahul.
“You have also to realise they are playing in tough conditions. In English conditions batting is always going to be challenging, you are going to get good balls. You can’t go out there and score runs in every innings, but if you get a start you make it count,” he added.
Rahul hit a classy ton on Thursday but England pacer Ollie Robinson removed the Indian opener on the second ball of the second day on Friday.
Rahul on Thursday received a rousing welcome when he walked back to the dressing room at the Lord’s Cricket Ground after scoring a brilliant century on the opening day.
“Every time to walk out to pitch playing for your country you want to do well and give the team a good start opening the batting,” said Rahul.
“It was special once I step out of the ground and like you said once you see your name on your honours board, you feel a sense of achievement, feel a sense of pride,” he further said.
“Every Test 100 is very very special, especially after coming back to Test squad. If at Lord’s it becomes a lot more special,” he added.
Talking about playing in the longest format of the game, Rahul said, “Challenges are there in every format and we as players know what are the challenges and what we need to do to deal with them. But sometimes you perform, sometimes not because when you go in the middle the pressure is slightly different. The situation of the game is slightly different.”
“Yes, one-day cricket is different because after 2 or 3 overs the ball stops swinging, even in green top it will swing for 5-10 overs but it’s completely different in Test cricket,” he said.
“It’s all about being disciplined and waiting for the loose balls and just trying to be as patient as you can and keep discipline in shot selection,” he added.
England skipper Joe Root is batting steadily on 48* as hosts went to stumps at 119/3.
Earlier in the day, India were bowled out for 364 after the visitors scored 88 runs and lost seven wickets on Friday.

Eng vs Ind, 2nd Test: Siraj delivers, as England score reads 119/3 on Day 2

London [UK], August 13 : Joe Root unbeaten 48 and Roy Burns gutsy 49-knock helped England to claw their way back against India on the second day of the 2nd Test here at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Friday.
At stumps, England’s score read 119/3 as they trail by 245 runs with Joe Root(48*) and Jonny Bairstow(6*) currently unbeaten at the crease after 45 overs. Resuming the final session, Mohammed Siraj provided a dream start for the Indian team in his first over after Tea as he took two successive wickets of Dom Sibley and Haseeb Hameed. In a replay of his Trent Bridge dismissal, Sibley flicked a length ball on the pads in the air to the waiting short midwicket. Then, on the next delivery which was full and straight from Siraj, the England number three – Haseeb – simply missed as the ball clattered into his stumps for the golden duck.
England captain Joe Root then took matters into his hands and with opener Burns, he started rebuilding for the hosts. Root then soon went past Graham Gooch’s 8,900 runs as the 2nd highest run-scorer for England in Tests just behind legendary Alastair Cook.
Indian pacers bowled a tight line and length, but Burns and Root were up to the task as England went past the 100 run mark after 38th over of their innings.
In the additional last half hour of the play in the day, it was Mohammad Shami who speared one into the pads of Burns from around the wicket to give India a crucial breakthrough in the game. England opener walked to the pavilion for 49 off 136. Bairstow and Root then made sure to walk England into day three without losing any further wickets.
At Tea, England’s score read 23/0 after 14 overs with Rory Burns(11*) and Dom Sibley(11*) unbeaten on the crease. The second session witnessed the English bowlers wrapping up the wagging Indian tail in a quick manner for the score of 364 as India lost eight wickets for just 97 runs.
Brief Scores: England 119/3 (Rory Burns 49, Joe Root 48*; Mohammed Siraj 2-34, Mohammed Shami 1-22); India 364 (KL Rahul 129, Rohit Sharma 83; James Anderson 5-62) vs England.

Will be a big thing to win second Test on Independence Day, says Rohit

London [UK], August 13 : Known for his light-hearted replies, India opener Rohit Sharma on Thursday once again hogged the limelight as he won hearts with a smart response in the virtual press conference after the end of the opening day’s play in the second Test against England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
KL Rahul’s unbeaten ton and Rohit’s classy 83-run knock helped India take the opening day honours at the Home of Cricket against England. At the fag end of the press conference, a journalist told Rohit that if the visitors manage to wrap up a win in four days, it will give Team India another reason to celebrate as the fourth day falls on August 15 — India’s Independence Day.
Rohit first saluted the reporter and then said, “If that (India winning the second Test on August 15) happens it will be a big thing for us.”
Rohit’s IPL franchise Mumbai Indians too saluted the skipper for “hitting it out of the park” while he was off the field.
“Hitting it out of the park, on and off the field. Salute, Ro!” Mumbai Indians tweeted.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma said his innings was the “most challenging” knock he has played in the longest format of the game away from home.
“I wouldn’t say the best because as long as you are playing there will be a lot of opportunities that you will be having. But yes, certainly challenging, the most challenging innings I have played. I felt very good, I was happy with the way we started off. Unfortunate dismissal but I couldn’t have done anything to that,” said Rohit while replying to a query from ANI.
Rohit adopted a calm approach and hit the accelerator only in the second session. He smashed 11 fours and one six during his knock.
“That’s the challenge of Test cricket, you may have lots of shots in your books but when the conditions are against you, you have to keep talking to yourself and cut down the shots — unnecessary shots especially with the new ball,” said Rohit. (

Eng vs Ind, 2nd Test: Root puts visitors into bat, Ishant replaces injured Shardul

London [UK], August 12 : Joe Root-led England won the toss and opted to bowl against India in the second Test of the five-match series here at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Having won the toss, England captain Joe Root said: “Going to bowl. Obviously a tinge of green but it’s more the overhead conditions. Got three changes: Hameed for Crawley, Wood for Broad, Ali for Lawrence. Do think it will spin at some point, it generally does here. Ali an experienced campaigner, offers us runs and wickets. Anderson went through all of the hurdles you have to jump when you think there could be something wrong. No issues there.” India skipper Virat Kohli said: “Same, we would’ve bowled first as well. But not too bad batting first as well, good opportunity to put a score. Ishant replaces Shardul, that’s the only change.”
India made one change to the line-up as the side brought in Ishant Sharma in place of the injured Shardul Thakur. On the other hand, England made three changes, and the hosts brought in Haseeb Hameed, Moeen Ali and Mark Wood in place of Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, and Stuart Broad.
On Wednesday, England pacer Stuart Broad was ruled out of the Test series against India after sustaining a tear to his right calf.
The first Test between India and England ended in a draw after rain played spoilsport on the final day of the Test. The visitors looked set for victory, needing 157 runs to win on the final day, with nine wickets in hand, but the weather gods had something else in mind.
India playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
England playing XI: Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood.

Eng vs Ind, 2nd Test: Shardul Thakur unavailable for selection due to injury

London [UK], August 11 : The Indian team management announced on the eve of the second Test against England at the Lord’s that pacer Shardul Thakur is not available for selection for the Test starting on Thursday due to injury. India skipper Virat Kohli said the bowler should be available for the third game.
The first Test between India and England might have ended in a draw after rain played spoilsport on the final day of the match, but it is fair to say that the visitors hold the upper hand going into the second match of the series at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. The Virat Kohli-led side needed 157 runs to win on the final day, with nine wickets in hand, but rain played spoilsport and as a result, the series stands level at 0-0.
In the first Test, India went in with four-seamers (Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur) and one spinner (Ravindra Jadeja). However, a few eyebrows were raised when Ashwin did not feature in the playing XI even when he had played a county game before the first Test.
Ashwin could come into the XI with Shardul down with a hamstring injury. Ishant Sharma too would be in the race if the management wishes to go for a pacer to replace Shardul.
Squad: England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Mark Wood, Craig Overton, Jack Leach, Dominic Bess, Ollie Pope, Haseeb Hameed, Moeen Ali.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur (unavailable), Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Abhimanyu Easwaran.

Eng vs Ind, 2nd Test: Time for Indian batsmen to make it count as visitors look to shine at Lord’s

New Delhi [India], August 11 : The first Test between India and England might have ended in a draw after rain played spoilsport on the final day of the match, but it is fair to say that the visitors hold the upper hand going into the second match of the series, beginning on Thursday at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The Virat Kohli-led side needed 157 runs to win on the final day, with nine wickets in hand, but rain played spoilsport and as a result, the series stands level at 0-0. In the first Test, India went in with four-seamers (Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur) and one spinner (Ravindra Jadeja). However, a few eyebrows were raised when Ashwin did not feature in the playing XI even when he had played a county game before the first Test. While the bowling attack rose to the challenge and didn’t let the English batsmen settle down, the same cannot be said of the batting unit. India’s batting performance in the first innings of the opening game left a lot to be desired. Openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul stitched a 97-run stand, but the visitors failed to capitalise as Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane disappointed with the bat.
Comeback man Rahul and Jadeja were the bright spots with the bat in hand, and it would be interesting to see whether the rest of the batting line-up comes forward and makes it count at the Lord’s.
It will also be interesting to see how the battle between India skipper Virat Kohli and England’s pace spearhead James Anderson plays out. It was 1-0 to Anderson in the first Test as he dismissed Kohli for a golden duck. But one can expect Kohli to come back hard as the battle between the two has over the years managed to grab headlines and it is one of the most exciting spectacles in the longest format. A quality performance at the Home of Cricket is definitely something that the India skipper would be aiming for.
Talking about England, the hosts have a few problems of their own as the batting order still does not give much confidence and it is only Joe Root who continues to perform day in and day out. The rest of the batting order continues to struggle and in Ben Stokes’ absence, it is the need of the hour that the likes of Jos Buttler and Zak Crawley rise to the occasion.
James Anderson and Ollie Robinson were the standout performers with the ball in hand for the hosts in the first Test, and it is likely that England once again plays Anderson and not give him rest, looking at the veteran’s form. Moeen Ali has been added to the squad for the second Test, and it would be interesting to see whether England play him as a spin-bowling all-rounder.
Squad: England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Mark Wood, Craig Overton, Jack Leach, Dominic Bess, Ollie Pope, Haseeb Hameed, Moeen Ali.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Abhimanyu Easwaran.

ENG vs IND, 1st Test: Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah script England’s collapse as India take Day 1 honours

Jasprit Bumrah picked up four wickets for 46 runs, Mohammed Shami had 3/28, while Shardul Thakur bagged 2/41 as England collapsed for just 183.

Nottingham, England, August 4 : Indian pacers breathed fire in helpful conditions to dismiss a vulnerable England batting line-up for 183 and put their team in a strong position on day one of the first Test here on Wednesday.

Jasprit Bumrah (4/46), who was not at his best during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, was back in his element and ran through the opposition alongside his new-ball partner Mohammad Shami (3/28).

In fact, all the pacers including Mohammad Siraj (1/48) and Shardul Thakur (2/41) made the ball talk throughout the England innings lasting 65.4 overs, vindicating the team management’s decision to go for a four-pronged pace attack while leaving out premier spinner R Ashwin from the playing XI.

Ravindra Jadeja was picked as the sole spinner in the XI ahead of Ashwin, raising a few eyebrows.

In response, K L Rahul, playing his first Test in two years, and Rohit Sharma , took India to 21 for no loss at stumps, surviving 13 testing overs from England fast bowlers.

For a packed crowd at Trent Bridge, it was a treat to watch the Indian pacers display their supreme skills. Shami moved the ball both ways, Bumrah bowled his fast swinging yorkers, Thakur flaunted his natural outswinger and Siraj used the scrambled seam to perfection.

India bowled brilliantly but their job was made easier by the English batsmen, who looked under prepared for red ball cricket after coming fresh from white ball games in The Hundred.

Skipper Joe Root (64) was the only batsman who looked comfortable in the middle and Jonny Bairstow to a certain extent, as the duo shared a 72-run stand.

England, who were 138 for four at tea, lost their last six wickets for 45 runs and if it was not for Sam Curran’s unbeaten 27 towards the end, they would have struggled to cross 180.

Shami, who had removed Bairtsow at the stroke of tea, struck four balls after the break by having Daniel Lawrence caught down the leg side, a soft dismissal.

Struggling to get off the mark, Jos Butter attempted a loose drive off Bumrah on his 18th ball only to edge it back to Rishabh Pant.

Thakur got the prized wicket of Root with a beautiful delivery that swung away slightly from the middle and leg stump to crash the England skipper’s pads, trapping him in front. He had Ollie Robinson caught at mid-on three balls later.

Eng vs Ind, 1st Test: Root wins toss and opts to bat, Rahul playing as opener

Nottingham [UK], August 4 : Joe Root-led England won the toss and opted to bat against India in the first Test of the five-match series here at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
India and England will be locking horns in five Tests, and this series marks the start of the second World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. England captain Joe Root said: “We’re going to bat first. It looks like a reasonable wicket, with a little bit of movement. If we get off to a good start in the first hour, we could capitalize. Always exciting to play a big series like this. And hopefully, we could perform really well. Jonny Bairstow comes back, Sam Curran comes in as well. It has been so long since we last played. Jack Leach unfortunately misses out; a very tough decision. As you progress as a Test player, there comes the responsibility and there is an opportunity for the guys to take what Ben Stokes has left in his absence.”
Shubman Gill is ruled out of the series due to an injury and on Monday, Mayank Agarwal was ruled out of the first Test due to a concussion, as a result, KL Rahul has now been drafted in as an opener.
India had last won a Test series in England in 2007 under the leadership of Rahul Dravid and after that, the Indian boys have struggled to get past the Three Lions at their own backyard.
India playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
England playing XI: Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Ollie Robinson

Eng vs Ind: Don’t care whether I dismiss Kohli or not, says Anderson

Nottingham [UK], August 3 : Ahead of the Test series against India, England pacer James Anderson on Tuesday said that he does not care whether he dismisses Virat Kohli or not as long as someone else is managing to take his wicket in the series.
India and England will be locking horns in five Tests, with the first starting on Wednesday. This series marks the start of the second World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. When India toured England in 2014, Anderson proved to be Kohli’s nemesis, however, the tables turned around in 2018 as the Indian skipper got the better of England seamer. “I’m definitely excited to play against him again. You always want to challenge yourself against the best in the world and he’s certainly that. We know how big a player he is for them both as a batsman and as captain, he has a huge influence on that team. So we know he’s a big wicket and to be honest I don’t care if I get him out. As long as somebody gets him out that’s the main thing. He’s an important wicket,” said Anderson during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
“But I think challenging yourself against the best in the world is really exciting and their top six is riddled with talent. It’s going to be a big challenge for us seam bowlers,” he added.
When Virat Kohli was asked during a press conference on how he will tackle Anderson, the Indian skipper replied: “I’ll just bat.”
The first Test will be played at Trent Bridge and Anderson has enjoyed bowling at this particular ground. At the Bridge, the seamer has taken 64 wickets at an average of 19.62 with seven five-wicket hauls.
“I do like playing here. I feel at home here. It is such a friendly place to play. The stewards and staff are incredibly friendly. It’s just somewhere I feel really comfortable,” said Anderson.
“In years gone by, swing has played a big part here. It’s a ground where you look up [at overhead conditions] not down at the pitch. If there’s cloud cover or if it’s humid, it’s generally a good place to bowl. If there’s a bit of grass on the wicket it will carry to the keeper and slips,” he added.
India had last won a Test series in England in 2007 under the leadership of Rahul Dravid and after that, the Men in Blue have struggled to get past the Three Lions on their own backyard

Eng vs Ind: Sehwag, Agarkar in Hindi commentary panel, Gavaskar, Cook to share expertise in ‘LIVE studio’ show

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 3 : Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, ex-England captains Alastair Cook and Nasser Hussain are among eminent panelists named for the upcoming India-England Test series.
India and England will lock horns in a five-match Test series beginning Wednesday at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The series will mark the start of the second cycle of the World Test Championship. The much talked about series will begin from August 4, and all five Tests will be aired Live on SONY SIX in English, SONY TEN 3 in Hindi and the newly launched SONY TEN 4 channels in Tamil and Telugu from 2.30 pm IST as well as live-streamed on its on-demand OTT platform SonyLIV.
To further enhance the viewers’ experience, Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN), has announced its LIVE studio wraparound show Extraaa Innings. IT will feature eminent panelists like Gavaskar, Shaun Pollock, Cook among others to provide their insights through the duration of the series.
The LIVE studio show in English will be presented by former players like Gavaskar, Shaun Pollock, Sanjay Manjrekar, and Harsha Bhogle along with Cook, Hussain, and Mike Atherton (on-ground) while the Hindi studio show will be presented by former cricketers Ashish Nehra, Virender Sehwag, Ajay Jadeja, Ajit Agarkar, Mohammad Kaif and Vivek Razdanalong with Arjun Pandit.
The Tamil commentary box will feature Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, WV Raman, Vidhyut Sivaramakrishnan, TR Arasu, and S Seshadri while the Telugu commentary will be presented by Venkatapathy Raju, Gnaneshwar Rao, C Venkatesh, Vijay Mahavadi, RJ Hemanthand Sandeep Kumar.
“Cricket has always been more than just a sport for fans in India and Sony Sports aims on giving our viewers the best of international cricket. All eyes will be on this highly anticipated test series as Team India will look to advance further from their last tour to England,” said Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India in a statement.
“With significant audiences expected to tune in, our LIVE studio show, Extraaa Innings, will provide real time insights and viewers across India can enjoy the series in four languages,” he added.

ENG vs IND: Joe Root hopes England rotation policy dumped vs India

The England Test captain hopes that with India series followed by Ashes awaiting, he hopes to have hi best players at his disposal.

England Test captain Joe Root came out against the England cricket board’s (ECB) controversial rotation policy saying he hopes it is kept behind during the England vs India five-match Test series from August.

England and Wales Cricket Board adopted the policy to look after their players’ mental health due to the long isolation periods spent in bio-secure bubbles over the COVID-19 safety protocols. However, with recent series losses against New Zealand at home and against India at their own den has called for severe criticism from several experts.

Root said with 10 big Test matches coming, including the Ashes in Australia late in the year, England will need their best team in action.

“We are coming into a period of time now where rest and rotation is put behind us. Hopefully, if everyone is fit, we are going to have our best team available for what is to follow. That’s really exciting and something I’m very much looking forward to,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Root as saying. “We have ten very hard Test matches against two brilliant opposition coming up but it is a great opportunity for us to play some strong cricket and if everyone is fit and available we will have a good team ourselves.”

He further stressed: “I’d like to think that, over the next five Test matches, we’ll be trying to play our strongest side or have our strongest squad available for those games. This is, I suppose, what you do it for: to ready yourself for this lead-in and for in particular that Ashes. To make sure everyone’s peaking for that, and these big games.”

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