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Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: Pope and Bairstow keep hosts in the game after Umesh’s burst (Lunch, Day 2)

London [UK], September 3 : England batsmen Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow put on 77 to bat the hosts right back into the fourth Test against India at the Kennington Oval on Friday. With the opening day seeing the Indian bowlers slowly clawing back into the game, it was important for the hosts to have a good start to the opening session of the second day. While the Indian bowlers started well, the duo of Pope (38*) and Bairstow (34*) brought the hosts back into the session.At lunch, England’s score read 139/5 — trailing by 52 runs with five wickets in the bag. Both the batsmen mixed caution with aggression as Umesh Yadav clearly looked the most impressive of the Indian bowlers as he picked the wickets of Dawid Malan (31) and Craig Overton (1) to keep the visitors in the game. While the…

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Eng vs India: Buttler to miss Oval Test against India, Woakes in contention

Headingley [UK], August 29 : England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler will miss the upcoming Oval Test against India, head coach Chris Silverwood confirmed on Sunday.“We would like to wish Jos and his family all the very best for the impending birth of their second child. Unfortunately, he will miss this Test, and we’ll then see if he returns for the final Test at Emirates Old Trafford,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Silverwood as saying. “Jonny Bairstow will take over wicketkeeping duties, which he is relishing. As we all know, he has the skills to seamlessly take over from Jos and the ability to score crucial runs in the middle-order if called upon. Sam Billings, who was in the Test squad for the New Zealand series earlier this summer, returns as reserve keeper. He understands how we want to approach our cricket and is a popular member of the…

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Always let legends decide when to retire: Kaif congratulates Anderson

New Delhi [India], August 7 : Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif on Saturday congratulated England pacer James Anderson on becoming the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.Anderson dismissed India batsman KL Rahul on Friday, and as a result, he surpassed Anil Kumble to become the third-highest wicket-taker in the longest format. “As a rule, always let legends decide when to retire… especially someone with a deadly late swing. #JimmyAnderson approaching 40 but has reached 621 & counting. Congrats on becoming the 3rd highest wicket-taker in test cricket,” tweeted Kaif.Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and spin legend Shane Warne are the top two wicket-takers in Tests with 800 and 708 scalps respectively.Anderson has played the most number of Test matches for a pace bowler and he is England’s most-capped Test player as well. In the first innings against India, the pacer went on to take…