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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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Windsor Castle to become no-fly zone over concerns for Queen’s safety

London [UK] (ANI/Sputnik): Windsor Castle, the official royal residence of British monarchs, will become a no-fly zone due to the concerns for the safety of Queen Elizabeth II, the country’s media reported on Sunday.The decision on the security measure was taken after an attacker armed with a crossbow entered the castle’s grounds at the end of December, threatening to kill the Queen, according to the Sun. From January 27, planes and unmanned aerial vehicles will be prohibited from flying over the residence at an altitude of 2,500 feet, the news said. Under the order, flying within 1.4 miles from the castle walls will be deemed a crime, the Sun noted.The UK civil aviation authority said the ban was in the public interest.The compliance with the decree will be monitored by air traffic control, and in the event of a violation fighters will be dispatched…

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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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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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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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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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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, 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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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Anderson, Broad ‘fit and ready’ for second Ashes Test

Brisbane [Australia]: England head coach Chris Silverwood on Monday said pace bowling duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad are “fit and ready” to go for the upcoming second Ashes Test.Anderson and Broad had missed the first Test and their omission raised many eyebrows as Australia thrashed England in the Ashes opener last week. “Jimmy will be fit and ready to go for the second Test, as will Stuart. They are available. Certainly, from an experience point of view, with the bowlers we’ve got heaps of experience so I’m happy with that,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Silverwood as saying.Silverwood informed that both pacers were in the groove of the game and are ready for the pink-ball Test.“The guys have already been training with the pink ball behind the scenes. And what we have got is a very skilful set of bowlers. We have talent and we still…

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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…

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Can’t understand why England left out Broad, Anderson for 1st Test, says Ponting

Brisbane [Australia], December 12 (ANI): Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said that he cannot understand why England left out both Stuart Broad and James Anderson for the first Test Ashes.Australia defeated England by nine wickets in the first Test at the Gabba, Brisbane. Both teams will now lock horns in the second Test, set to begin Thursday in Adelaide. “The conditions are only going to get better for Australia. Those conditions in Brisbane were very English like. There was more pace and bounce but as far as their bowling is concerned, they’re probably not going to get that much movement anywhere else for the entire series,” cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.“We saw them bowl really well on the last tour in Adelaide under lights where everything just fell perfectly into place – Australia had to bat for a session, the lights were on,…

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England penalized for slow over-rate in first Test against Australia

Brisbane [Australia]: England have been fined 100 per cent of their match fee and penalized five ICC World Test Championship points for maintaining a slow over-rate against Australia in the first Test in Brisbane.David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Joe Root’s side was ruled to be five overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.In addition, as per Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship playing conditions, a side is penalized one point for each over short. Consequently, five World Test Championship points have been…

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Ashes: Australia to monitor Hazlewood’s fitness, says Cummins

Brisbane [Australia]: Australia skipper Pat Cummins on Saturday said that the team management will continue to monitor Josh Hazlewood’s fitness and a hasty decision would not be made.Hazlewood had not bowled in the afternoon session on Day 3 and he was sent for a scan on Friday night that showed he was fit enough to bowl on Saturday. “He’s a little bit sore. It was good he was able to come out today and bowl, and he got through a really good spell. But he’s a little bit sore so we’re just managing him through – it’s a five-Test match summer and he’s a key for us, so we don’t want to blow him out on day two or three,” cricket.com.au quoted Cummins as saying.“It’s nothing too serious but didn’t want it to turn into a huge injury. We don’t want to put him…

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Lyon, Warner and Head shine as Australia register 9-wicket win

Brisbane [Australia]: Nathan Lyon, skipper Pat Cummins, David Warner and Travis Head were the standout performers as Australia defeated England by nine wickets in the first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Saturday.Chasing 20, Alex Carey (9) and Marcus Harris (9*) made light work of the chase and the hosts registered victory in just 5.1 overs. Pat Cummins had taken five wickets in the first innings while Lyon scalped four in the second for Australia. With the bat, Head scored a century for the hosts while Warner had registered 94 runs in the first innings.Earlier, Lyon and Cummins got among the wickets as Australia inched closer to victory against England on Day 4. England was bowled out for 297, setting a target of just 20 runs for Australia to win the Gabba Test.Resuming Day 4 at 220/2, England got off to a…

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Ashes, 1st Test: Root, Malan stage England’s comeback after early blows (Stumps, Day 3)

Brisbane [Australia]: Joe Root and Dawid Malan kept the hopes alive for England as the two batters remained unbeaten by the end of Day 3 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Friday.At the Stumps, England’s score read 220/2– trailing by 58 runs. Malan and Root have played unbeaten knocks of 80 and 86 runs respectively. Resuming the third session at 107/2 and trailing by 171 runs, the innings acted as a comeback show for the Three Lions as they kept the scoreboard moving. The duo of Malan and Root came to bat during the second session and remained unbeaten since.Earlier, Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed provided England with a stable innings but they faced a body blow straight away as Australia skipper Pat Cummins removed Burns (13) in the 9th over of the innings. Malan then joined Hameed…

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Burns, Hameed survive as England trail by 255

Brisbane [Australia]: Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed managed to survive a tricky half an hour in the opening session on Day 3 of the ongoing first Ashes Test against Australia here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Friday.At the lunch break, England’s score read 23/0– still trailing by 255 runs. Burns (13*) and Hameed (10*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. Trailing by 278, Burns and Hameed managed to survive overs, ensuring that England has all ten wickets in hand entering the second session.Earlier, resuming Day 3 at 343/7, Australia managed to add 82 more runs to the total, extending the lead to 278. In the end, Australia was bundled out for 425 in the first innings.Travis Head was the last wicket to fall, but it was not before he managed to score 152. Mitchell Starc also chipped in with 35 runs while Nathan Lyon…

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‘Take a bow’: Finch hails Travis Head for fiery hundred in Ashes

Brisbane [Australia]: Australia white-ball skipper Aaron Finch on Thursday lauded Travis Head after the batter played a remarkable innings to take the hosts to a comfortable position in the ongoing first Ashes Test against England.Travis Head and David Warner played knocks of 112* and 94 respectively as Australia extended its lead to 196 against England on Day 2 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Thursday. “Take a bow Travis Head, take a bow!!!outstanding,” Aaron Finch tweeted.Earlier, David Warner also praised Head and called his innings an ‘entertaining’ one.“They did bowl well, didn’t they? They hit the target on a short of a length. What an entertaining innings from Travis Head. It has to be up there for him personally, that’s the Travis Head we know. He backed himself and backed his areas and walks off with 112 to…

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Ashes, 1st Test: Warner, Labuschagne help Australia take lead

Brisbane [Australia]: Marnus Labuschagne might have perished after scoring 74, but David Warner ensured that Australia take the lead against England in the second session on Day 2 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Thursday.At the tea break, Australia’s score read 193/3 with the hosts leading by 46 runs. Warner (94*) and Travis Head (0*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. Resuming the second session at 113/1, Warner did not waste any time in bringing up his half-century and the signs were ominous for England as both Warner and Labuschagne were looking in fine touch in the middle.Both batters put on 156 runs for the second wicket, helping Australia take the lead. The partnership was finally broken by Jack Leach in the 48th over as the left-arm spinner dismissed Labuschagne (74), reducing Australia to 166/2.Vice-captain Steve Smith (12)…

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Ashes: Captain Cummins takes five as England bowled out for 147 on Day 1

Brisbane [Australia]: Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc got among the wickets as Australia dominated the second session on Day 1 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Wednesday.England was bowled out for 147 with skipper Cummins taking five wickets. Resuming the second session at 59/4, England was given a body blow straight away as Australia skipper Pat Cummins got the better of opening batter Haseeb Hameed (25) and this brought Jos Buttler to the middle. The right-handed Buttler played a counter-attacking knock, however, his 39-run knock finally came to an end in the 41st over after being dismissed by Mitchell Starc.Soon after, the set batter Ollie Pope (35) also departed after top-edging a ball bowled by Cameron Green and England was reduced to 118/7 in the 44th over of the day. The Three Lions’ innings went further into a…

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Ashes, 1st Test: Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins leave England reeling (Lunch, Day 1)

Brisbane [Australia]: Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins got among the wickets as England was left reeling on Day 1 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Wednesday.At the lunch break, England’s score read 59/4 with Haseeb Hameed (25*) and Ollie Pope (17*) unbeaten at the crease. A total of 26 overs were bowled in the opening session of the first Test. England would have hoped to not lose many wickets in the opening session after opting to bat first, however, this was not the case as wickets tumbled at regular intervals.Mitchell Starc took the wicket of Rory Burns (0) on the very first ball of the series as he bowled the left-hander round his legs. Josh Hazlewood then took the scalps of Dawid Malan (6) and skipper Joe Root (0) to leave England at 11/3 in the…

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Alex Carey replaces Tim Paine as wicketkeeper for first two Ashes Tests

Brisbane [Australia]: Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel (NSP) on Thursday added wicketkeeper Alex Carey to the 15-player squad for the first two matches of the upcoming Ashes.Carey has replaced Tim Paine in the squad who decided to take some time off from the game last week. He had also stepped down as the captain of the Test before that and Pat Cummins will now be leading the side. George Bailey, NSP Chair, in an official release said: “Alex has been a regular member of the national side in white ball cricket, particularly in the one-day game. He is an excellent cricketer and a fine individual who will bring many great strengths to the team. He will be a very deserved holder of baggy green cap number 461.”Alex Carey said: “I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity. It’s an exciting build-up for what is a…

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“England had a point to prove”

London [UK]: England captain Harry Kane who scored a hat-trick against Albania was quick to turn the attention on to his teammates after what he described as ‘an incredible performance’.Kane added another Three Lions record to his collection at Wembley Stadium by making it 39 competitive goals in 55 games, meaning he surpassed Wayne Rooney’s record for competitive goals for England. The 1-1 draw with Hungary last month meant England went into the crucial contest with Albania with a job to do but Kane’s treble and goals from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson mean Gareth Southgate’s men top the group by three points and have a superior goal difference of six heading into the final qualifier with San Marino on Monday.With Poland three points behind, England know a draw will be enough in Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle in three days’ time.Speaking at the end…

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“Incredibly proud to be the leader”

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Skipper Eoin Morgan has indicated that he will continue to lead England in the white-ball format despite his side getting knocked out of the ongoing T20 World Cup.Daryl Mitchell’s superb unbeaten fifty fired New Zealand into their first-ever ICC men’s T20 World Cup final following a thrilling win over England on Wednesday. Morgan said he is “incredibly proud to be the leader” of the England team and mentioned that he still has a lot to offer.“I hope so. I’m still offering enough within the side. I absolutely love playing cricket at the moment for that changing room,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Morgan as saying.“The guys give everything. They’re at the forefront of change on and off the field and we’ve a lot of things to be proud about – I’m incredibly proud to be the leader,” said Morgan when asked if he would…

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NZ stun Eng to enter final

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Daryl Mitchell’s unbeaten 72-run knock aided by James Neesham’s quickfire cameo of 27 runs off just 11 balls helped New Zealand defeat England by five wickets to enter the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.New Zealand will now face the winner of the second semi-final between Pakistan and Australia in the summit clash on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. Chasing, New Zealand got off to the worst start possible as the side lost opening batter Martin Guptill (4) in the very first over bowled by Chris Woakes. The Kiwis were given a body blow in the third over as Woakes sent skipper Kane Williamson (5) back in the hut. After the end of the powerplay, New Zealand’s score read 36/2.Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell found run-scoring difficult and at…

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NZ wins toss, opts to bowl

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl against England in the first semi-final match of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Speaking at the toss, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said, “We’re bowling first. It’s a good pitch but a bit of dew later. We’re going in with the same team. Busy period for us, and we’ve come through, giving in good performances.” England had topped Group 1 of the Super 12 stage after winning four matches out of five while New Zealand finished at the second spot in Group 2 after winning the same number of matches.New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.England Playing XI: Jos Buttler (wk),…

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“England aren’t strong favourites”

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: England skipper Eoin Morgan on Tuesday said that his side isn’t strong favourites for the Men’s T20 World Cup semi-final clash against New Zealand.England and New Zealand will be locking horns in the first semi-final of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. “It is a really good compliment for the changing room to all of the players more so to the head coach and support staff who have created an environment where all the players come in and they thrive in it. We have always thought about having great depth within our squad and as a whole, there have been some instances where we have to put out replacement teams but I think in doing so, you can have 30-40 players in domestic setup who can play international cricket but if the right…

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T20 WC: South Africa beat England but fail to qualify for semis

Sharjah [UAE] : Kagiso Rabada took a hat-trick in the last over as South Africa defeated England by 10 runs to end their T20 World Cup campaign on a high here at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday.However, South Africa failed to qualify for the semi-finals despite the win as England and Australia moved to the knockouts on Saturday. Rabada dimissed Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan and Chris Jordan as England batters looked for boundaries since the side needed 14 runs in the last over.Chasing 190, England got off to a firing start but suffered a big blow as Jason Roy limped off with a leg injury.Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali took over the 50-run mark before the completion of the powerplay. However, South Africa bounced back with two quick wickets in the span of six balls.Buttler and Jonny Bairstow departed leaving England at 59/2. Meanwhile,…

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Morgan is to England what Dhoni is to India: Dinesh Karthik

New Delhi [India], November 2 (ANI): India wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik on Tuesday likened the impact of England skipper Eoin Morgan to former India captain MS Dhoni.Karthik hailed Morgan’s leadership in England’s T20 World Cup game against Sri Lanka. He also said that the Three Lions are the team to beat in the ongoing competition. “MS DHONI is to India what EOIN MORGAN is to England. Well-led @Eoin16. Brilliant yesterday. The team to beat this World T20 is @ECB_cricket,” tweeted Karthik.Jos Buttler smashed his maiden ton before England displayed an all-round performance to defeat Sri Lanka by 26 runs in the Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.England scored 163 in 20 overs and then restricted Sri Lanka to 137 to register their fourth win in four games in the tournament.Sri Lanka needed 34 from the…

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T20 WC: Win against SL showed England’s character, says Buttler

Sharjah [UAE]: Jos Buttler praised the character of his England teammates as they came through a tough test against Sri Lanka in Sharjah in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.Opening the batting, Buttler won his side the match with his maiden T20I century coming off only 67 balls and was one of several fielders to excel as England beat Sri Lanka by 26 runs. England was put in to bat for the first time in Sharjah and Buttler believes his side did well to deal with the dewy conditions. “It’s hard to guess if the dew is going to come in or not. Obviously tonight it did and I think it certainly changed conditions. I think it was a great win for us as a team. The three matches before we’ve won the toss and done what we wanted to do, so today…

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T20 WC: Buttler shines with maiden ton as England beat Sri Lanka by 26 runs

Sharjah [UAE], November 1 (ANI): Jos Buttler smashed his maiden ton before England displayed an all-round performance to defeat Sri Lanka by 26 runs in the Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.England scored 163 in 20 overs and then restricted Sri Lanka to 137 to register their fourth win in four games in the tournament. Chasing 164, Sri Lanka got off to a worst possible start as they lost opener Pathum Nissanka in the first over. Charith Asalanka and Kusal Perera also departed in the powerplay reducing Sri Lanka to 34/3 in 5.1 overs.Adil Rashid dimissed both batsmen as Sri Lanka looked clueless during the chase. Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa tried to score some runs but soon departed leaving Sri Lanka reeling at 76/5.Wanindu Hasaranga and skipper Dasun Shanaka then stitched a 53-run…

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Long way to go, not thinking about winning T20 WC right now: Adil Rashid

Dubai [UAE]: Jos Buttler’s power-hitting might have been the highlight of England’s thumping win over Australia but the balance of the bowling attack has been the most consistent element of their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign so far.Leading the way is Adil Rashid, second only to Chris Jordan for T20 international wickets for England, who even took the new ball in the win over the Aussies. That was a statement victory, with England now three from three and within touching distance of the semi-finals, and while the team is not getting carried, Rashid explained that the bowling attack has been feeding off one another so far in this tournament ahead of Monday’s clash with Sri Lanka.“Whether we win by one run or win by 100 runs, we do the same thing with the same mindset. We come again. We don’t look too far…

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T20 WC: Adapting to conditions was a challenge and England did it, says Morgan

Dubai [UAE]: England captain Eoin Morgan said that the team has adapted to the conditions accordingly in UAE after they thumped arch-rivals Australia by eight wickets in their Super 12 game at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on Saturday.England made a statement of intent at the expense of Australia, as they completed a thrashing to remain unbeaten in the Super 12 stage of the World Cup. Jos Buttler led the carnage with the bat, smashing the Australian bowlers to all corners en route his 71* off just 32 balls, as England chased down 126 with eight wickets and 8.2 overs remaining.“Obviously we got off to a good start in the first two games of the tournament and the challenge first is always adapting to the conditions away from home and we did that really in the first two games and then again today,…

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T20: Buttler, bowlers shine as England thrash Australia

Dubai [UAE] : Chris Jordan scalped three before Jos Buttler fired a stylish fifty to help England defeat Australia by eight wickets in the ongoing T20 World Cup here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.Buttler scored 71 off 32 balls as England registered their third win of the tournament to consolidate the top spot in the Super 12 Group 1. The English bowlers dismantled the Australia batting lineup before England batsmen dominated the proceeding as the Aaron Finch-led side looked clueless throughout the game.Chasing a paltry target of 126, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler fired England to a brilliant start as the side scored 66 in the first six overs. It was England’s highest powerplay score in the tournament.However, a successful review two balls later broke the opening stand as Roy departed after scoring 22. Dawid Malan too followed Roy but Buttler…

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T20 WC: Ben Stokes predicts England-Pakistan final

New Delhi [India]: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has predicted that the Three Lions and Pakistan will lock horns in the finals of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.Stokes’ prediction came after Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by five wickets on Friday at the Dubai International Stadium. With this, the Babar Azam-led side registered its third win on the trot. Taking to Twitter, Stokes wrote: “England vs Pakistan Final?”Asif Ali blistering cameo powered Pakistan to a five-wicket win over Afghanistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.Pakistan needed 24 runs in 12 balls but Asif did a Carlos Brathwaite and smashed four sixes to power his side home.Appreciating Ali’s knock, Stokes tweeted: “Remember the name @AasifAli2018.”On the other hand, England has won both of its games so far in the ongoing tournament. The Eoin Morgan-led side will next take on Australia in the World Cup…

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T20 WC: Fielding has been good and has backed bowling as well, says Eoin Morgan

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: England skipper Eoin Morgan expressed his happiness as his side defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets in their clash here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Wednesday.With this win, England went to the top of the table in Group 1 after they consigned Bangladesh to their second loss in the Super 12 stage. England dominated the Asian side in all departments as they chased the modest target of 125 in just 14.1 overs. “The bowlers have been very disciplined and have adapted well. The fielding has been good as well and has backed the bowling as well. It is a huge compliment to the way our white-ball cricket has come up. We have had players fighting for places. It is crucial for Roy and Dawid to get some time on the wicket. It is great to see him like this,” said…

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T20 WC: Jason Roy shines as England defeat Bangladesh by eight wickets

England batter Jason Roy played a crucial knock of 61 runs as his side defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets in their clash here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi [UAE] : With this win, England went to the top of the table in Group 1 after they consigned Bangladesh to their second loss in the Super 12 stage. England dominated the Asian side in all departments as they chased the modest target of 125 in just 14.1 overs. Chasing 125, England faced no difficulties as the opening pair of Jos Buttler and Jason Roy played a partnership of 39 runs in 4.5 overs. The first success came to Bangladesh in the form of Buttler’s wicket, leaving England’s total at 39/1.Later, Dawid Malan anchored the innings as he played a knock of 28 runs and took his team over the line…

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T20 WC: Was thinking of net run rate, reveals Morgan

Dubai [UAE]: England skipper Eoin Morgan stated that his side was thinking of Net Run Rate (NRR) after skittling West Indies to a dismal score of 55 in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on Saturday.Ten batters fell on a single-figure score as West Indies were all out for 55 in a rematch of the 2016 final, a score England needed just 8.2 overs to surpass as defending champions’ NRR took a sizable early dent. With this win, England’s NRR skyrocketed to +3.970 as they now sit atop Group 1. During the post-match presentation, Eoin Morgan said: “This is as good as it gets, to start a campaign is a credit to the bowling unit. I thought the wicket was a good one, but the bowling was spot-on, we took all our chances and deserved this win.”Spin twins Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid…

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T20 WC: Adil Rashid stars as England kick-off campaign with 6-wicket win over West Indies

Adil Rashid scalped four as England thrashed West Indies by six wickets in their opening Super 12 match of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Saturday. Dubai [UAE]: Set a paltry target of 56 by West Indies, England completed the formalities in 8.2 overs despite a wobble which saw them losing four wickets. With this win, England defeated West Indies at the men’s T20 World Cup for the first time in six games.Chasing 56, England started off decently but soon lost two wickets. While Jason Roy was dimissed by Ravi Rampaul at the start of the third over, Jonny Bairstow departed six balls later leaving England at 30/2.England lost two more wickets during their chase as Moeen Ali was run out while Liam Livingstone got dimissed as Akeal Hosein took a catch off his own bowling in the seventh over.In the end, Buttler and…

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India, England to conclude Test series next year

London [UK]: The fifth match of the Test Series between India and England’s men’s teams has been rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022.The match, which was supposed to take place last month at Emirates Old Trafford, was called off when India were unable to field a team due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID-19 cases inside the camp. With India leading the series 2-1, the concluding fifth match will now take place from July 1, 2022, at Edgbaston, following an agreement between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Last month, Indian physio Yogesh Parmar had contracted COVID-19 ahead of the fifth Test against England.The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test match, however, the outbreak of COVID-19…

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T20 WC: India and England to go as favourites, reckons Warne

Dubai [UAE]: Former Australian spinner Shane Warne reckons that India and England are the favourites to win the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.India will open its T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai while England will clash against West Indies in their opener on October 23. Warne also stated that the Australian team are being underestimated as they have a lot of match-winners in their squad.“I think Eng & India have to go in as fav’s for the T/20 WC. NZ always perform well in @ICC events too. But I have a feeling the Aussies are being underestimated as they have a lot of match winners in their squad. Then you have Pakistan & the Wi. Excited to see who will win,” Shane Warne tweeted.The legendary leg-spinner also backed the out of form Aussie opener David Warner and England…

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T20 WC: Morgan open to dropping himself if poor form continues

Dubai [UAE]: England skipper Eoin Morgan said that he is ready to get himself dropped from England’s playing XI of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup if his poor form continues.Morgan has just come back after captaining the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and taking them to the finals of the tournament. Morgan has been really short of T20 runs this year with an average of 16.63 with the highest score of 47 not out from 35 innings.“It’s always something I’ve said – it’s always an option. I’m not going to stand in the way of a team winning the World Cup. I’ve been short of runs but my captaincy has been pretty good, as it goes. So, yes is the answer,” said Morgan, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.“Not being a bowler and being a bit older and not contributing as much…

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T20 WC : India to square off against England, Australia in warm-up fixtures

A total of 16 warm-up matches will be played between participant teams of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 – a precursor to a tournament. Dubai [UAE], October 12 : It is pertinent to note that all of the matches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will take place behind closed doors – no spectators will be allowed attendance. India will square off against England on October 18 in Dubai and against Australia on October 20 in Dubai.Apart from facing India, England will also square off against New Zealand in the warm-ups. While Australia will also take on New Zealand in the other warm-up fixture.Pakistan will square off against West Indies and South Africa in their warm-up matches.Those keen on closely studying players will be delighted to know eight of the 16 warm-up matches will be broadcast on Star, with highlights for these matches…

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Ashes : England name full-strength squad to be led by Root

England men’s head coach Chris Silverwood on Sunday named a 17-player squad for the Ashes tour of Australia starting in November. London [UK], October 10 : England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said all 17 players have been capped at Test level and are the strongest available squad selected by Silverwood. Ten of the 17 will be touring Australia in an Ashes series for the first time, including vice-captain Jos Buttler. “Durham’s Ben Stokes was not available for selection and continues to take an indefinite break from all cricket to prioritise his mental wellbeing and rehabilitation from his injured left index finger,” ECB said in a statement.ECB said Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran was not considered for selection after a second scan has confirmed that he has a stress fracture in his lower back. More detail regarding his management and likely return will follow after…

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T20 WC : Winner to get USD 1.6 million, confirms ICC

The winners of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will take home a winners’ cheque of USD 1.6 million while the runners-up will get half that amount, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Sunday. Dubai [UAE], October 10 : All 16 competing teams will receive part of the USD 5.6 million allocated as prize money for the tournament, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14. “The two losing semi-finalists will receive USD 400,000 each from the games taking place on November 10 and 11,” the ICC said in its official release.As in 2016, there will be a bonus amount for every match that teams win in the Super 12 stage. The victors in each of the 30 games in that phase will this time win USD 40,000, a total pot of USD…

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Ben Stokes undergoes second operation on injured finger

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has undergone a second operation to address ongoing issues with the finger that he injured in the Indian Premier League (IPL) while playing for Rajasthan Royals in April. London [UK], October 7 : Stokes had two screws and scar tissue removed from the index finger of his left hand. “He will now undergo an intensive period of rehabilitation for the next four weeks under the supervision of the ECB’s medical team,” said the ECB in an official statement.In July, the ECB had confirmed that England men’s all-rounder Ben Stokes will take an indefinite break from all cricket with immediate effect.“The ECB fully supports Ben’s decision, and we will continue to help him during this period away from the game,” ECB had said in a statement.Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said: “Ben has shown tremendous courage to open…

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England pulling out of Pakistan tour sends signal of ‘western arrogance’, says Michael Holding

London [UK]: Former West Indies pacer Michael Holding has said that England pulling out of Pakistan tour completely sends the signal of ‘western arrogance.After New Zealand decided to abandon their tour of Pakistan right ahead of the first ODI, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had announced that its men’s and women’s tour of Pakistan would not go ahead as planned. “What that signal sends to me is the same western arrogance. I will treat you how I feel like treating you – it doesn’t matter what you think, I will just do what I want. Four days in Pakistan was all they would have spent, I am absolutely sure they would not have done that to India. You know why? Because India is rich and powerful,” Sky Sports quoted Holding as saying.“They were going for four days. Pakistan went to England [in 2020]…

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Former England skipper Clare Connor takes office as MCC’s first female President

Former England skipper and Ashes-winning captain Clare Connor has taken the office as the first female President of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). London [UK], October 1 : Connor, who replaced former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara as the club’s president, was nominated for the post in 2020. The former England captain has become the first female President in the Club’s 234-year history. MCC said Connor’s nomination was announced by predecessor Sangakkara at the 2020 Annual General Meeting. Clare takes over from the former Sri Lanka captain this year after his term was extended to two years because of COVID-19.“I am truly honoured to be MCC President and would like to thank Kumar Sangakkara for putting his faith in me to deliver this enormously important role, for the good of the sport I have loved all my life,” said Connor in a statement.“I will try…

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Tim Paine insists that Ashes is happening ‘whether Joe Root is here or not’

Canberra [Australia]: Australia Test captain Tim Paine is adamant that the Ashes will go ahead even if England skipper Joe Root won’t be part of tour amid ongoing uncertainty about the level of restrictions the tourists may face.Cricket Australia is still negotiating with the federal government and England and Wales Cricket Board over the exact nature of travel conditions and whether players families will be able to come. Notably, earlier this week Root couldn’t confirm whether he would travel to Australia or not. But on Friday morning, Paine insisted that the five-Test series would happen.“There’ll be a squad of England players coming here and the First Test will be starting on December 8,” Paine told radio station SEN Hobart as per Fox Cricket.“The Ashes are going ahead. The First Test is on December 8th – whether Joe is here or not. They all want…

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Moeen Ali announces retirement from Test cricket

England men’s all-rounder Moeen Ali on Monday decided to call time on his Test match career. London [UK], September 27 : Moeen Ali, 34, made his Test debut back in 2014 and went on to represent England in 64 Test matches. He took 195 Test wickets including 5 five-wicket hauls and scored five Test match centuries during his career. Discussing his decision, Ali in an official release said: “I’m 34 now and I want to play for as long as I can and I just want to enjoy my cricket. Test cricket is amazing, when you’re having a good day it’s better than any other format by far, it’s more rewarding and you feel like you’ve really earnt it.” “I will miss just walking out there with the lads, playing against best in the world with that feeling of nerves but also from a…

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‘Didn’t do right with us, will avenge on ground’: PCB chief Ramiz Raja on England, NZ pull out

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has said that England and New Zealand’s decision to not play series in Pakistan is a lesson for them and now they will just look after their own interest. Lahore [Pakistan], September 21 : After New Zealand decided to abandon their tour of Pakistan right ahead of the first ODI, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday announced that its men’s and women’s tour of Pakistan would not go ahead as planned. “I am severely disappointed in England’s withdrawal but it was expected because this western bloc gets united unfortunately and tries to back each other. So you can take any decision on the basis of security threat and perception. There was a sense of anger because first New Zealand got away without sharing information about the threat they were facing,”.“Now, this England was expected but…

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England withdraws from Pakistan tour in October

London [UK], September 20 : England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday announced that they have withdrawn from the Pakistan tour in October.Earlier this year, ECB had agreed to play two additional T20 World Cup warm-up games in Pakistan in October, adding a short women’s tour with double headers alongside the men’s games. Official Statement from the ECB Board state: “The ECB has a longstanding commitment to tour Pakistan as part of the Men’s Future Tours Programme in 2022. The ECB Board convened this weekend to discuss these extra England Women’s and Men’s games in Pakistan and we can confirm that the Board has reluctantly decided to withdraw both teams from the October trip.”As per the statement, the mental and physical well-being of England’s players and support staff remains the highest priority of ECB. “We know there are increasing concerns about travelling to…

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Players were devastated when they came to know Parmar had tested positive : Sourav Ganguly

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has revealed Indian players were “dead scared” when they came to know that physio Yogesh Parmar had contracted COVID-19 ahead of the fifth Test against England. New Delhi [India], September 13 : The fifth Test match between England and India was cancelled in Manchester on Friday. 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 game. “The players refused to play but you can’t blame them. Physio Yogesh Parmar was such a close contact of the players. Being the only one available after Nitin Patel isolated himself, he mixed freely with the players and even performed their Covid-19 tests,” Ganguly said in an interaction with the…

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Hope Manchester Test will be played again at some point: Anderson

Manchester [UK]: England pacer James Anderson on Sunday said he hopes the Manchester Test against India will be played at some point and the fast bowler will get to feature in the game at his home ground.The fifth Test match between England and India was cancelled in Manchester on Friday. 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 game. Anderson felt gutted for the Lancashire fans but is hopeful of playing another international game at his home ground.“It’s such a shame the summer of international cricket ended this way. I’m gutted for everyone at @lancashirecricket, for the fans who paid for tickets/trains/hotels, for both sets of supporters that wanted to see the finish this series deserved,” Anderson…

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Playing a one-off Test against India at Manchester an option, says ECB CEO

Manchester [UK]: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the England and Wales Cricket Board Tom Harrison on Friday stated there is a possibility that the rescheduled Manchester Test could be treated as a “one-off” rather than as part of the England and India series, which visitors are leading by 2-1.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 game. “I think [it’s] a standalone situation,” Harrison told Sky Sports when asked about whether rescheduled Test will be a series decider or one-off match. “We’ve also been offered other options. Being a few hours into this, we probably need to take a look.” “The glass-half-full version of this is the prospect of us playing a one-off Test match against India…

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ENG vs IND: All Indian players test negative for COVID-19

Manchester [UK]: Team India has returned negative results for COVID-19 hours after physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for coronavirus in Manchester. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments confirmed the results. “The players have all returned negative results,” the source said.Ahead of the fifth and final Test against England, 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…

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Kohli an amazing character, gave tactical masterclass at Oval on how to win Test: Vaughan

London [UK]: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has hailed Virat Kohli as an incredible leader, saying the Indian captain gave a tactical masterclass to how to win a Test match at the Kennington Oval.The Virat Kohli-led side stormed to an emphatic 157-run win over England to take a 2-1 lead in the ongoing five-match series. Indian bowlers delivered big time on the last day of the fourth Test at the Kennington Oval on Monday as the genius of mercurial Jasprit Bumrah, and all-around performance by Shardul Thakur in the match helped visitors in defeating England by 157 runs to gain a 2-1 in the five-match series. “Virat Kohli is an incredible leader. He’s just got this buzz of energy. He was taking the piss out of the Barmy Army with these trumpet signs. I love it. We don’t have enough characters in the game…

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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…

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Team India thrilled after ‘memorable’ Oval victory against England

London [UK]: Indian cricket team players are elated after the team’s emphatic 157-run win over England in the fourth Test here at the Kennington Oval on Monday. This was also India’s first win in Oval in 50 years.Indian bowlers delivered big time on the last day of the fourth Test at the Oval on Monday as the genius of mercurial Jasprit Bumrah, and all-around performance by Shardul Thakur in the match helped visitors in defeating England. Virat Kohli lead team have now gained a 2-1 lead in the five-match series after losing the third Test at Headingley. “Tough situations build strong people. Onto the next one. #TeamIndia,” Indian captain Virat Kohli tweeted.“A victory for the ages! Well done, boys #teamindia #mshami11,” Mohammed Shami tweeted.“This victory feels sweeter The aggression. The confidence. The intent,” wrote Surya Kumar Yadav.“We needed to respond, and the only way…

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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…

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Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: Burns, Hameed hold fort as hosts need 291 more runs to win

London [UK]: England might be chasing 368 to win, but openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns provided the hosts a solid start in the final session of Day Four on the ongoing fourth Test here at the Kennington Oval on Sunday.At stumps, 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. Chasing 368, England openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed saw out the first ten overs, managing to score 20 runs. In the end, both these openers saw out 32 overs and ensured that the hosts enter the final day with all wickets intact.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…

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Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: Rohit-Pujara’s 153-run stand give visitors edge, lead extended to 171

London [UK]: 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 against England here at the Kennington Oval on Saturday.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. Resuming the final session at 199/1, Rohit and Pujara scored runs at a brisk pace when Joe Root and Moeen Ali were operating in tandem. However, the second new ball brought about the dismissal of Rohit (127) as he was sent back to the pavilion by Ollie Robinson and this brought an end to a 153-run stand for the second wicket between Pujara and Rohit.In the very same over, Robinson removed…

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Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: Umesh removes big fish Root as hosts trail by 138 runs (Stumps, Day 1)

London [UK]: India might have been bundled out for 191 in the first innings, but Jasprit Bumrah dismissed England’s openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed to end scintillating Day 1 of the ongoing fourth Test here at the Kennington Oval on Thursday.At stumps, England’s score read 53/3– still trailing by 138 runs with seven wickets in hand, For the hosts, Dawid Malan (26) and Craig Overton (1) are at the crease. After bundling out India for 191, England got off to a bad start as openers Rory Burns (5) and Haseeb Hameed (0) were sent back to the pavilion in the fourth over by Jasprit Bumrah. On the cusp of stumps, Umesh Yadav got the big fish as he clean bowled England captain Joe Root (21) and the hosts were reduced to 52/3. In the end, Malan and Overton ensured that England does not…

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Eng vs Ind: Included Prasidh for 4th Test with eye on workload management, says Bharat Arun

London [UK]: India bowling coach Bharat Arun on Wednesday said pacer Prasidh Krishna has been added to the team squad for workload management issues. The five-match series between India and England stands level at 1-1, and now the fourth Test would be played at The Oval, London, beginning Thursday.“Prasidh has been included in the team considering all the workload management issues. There is nothing more to it. Ishant Sharma’s form in the last game was a bit of concern but we have sorted out things. Prasidh’s is a precautionary inclusion, that’s all,” said Arun during a virtual press conference on Wednesday. “To be really honest, we are looking at the workload in this series, we should not look too far ahead. We should look at how we can play bowlers with fresh legs and it is being looked at purely on the basis of…

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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…

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Have to keep Virat quiet if we want to win this series, says Root

London [UK]: England skipper Joe Root on Tuesday said his side would be required to keep India skipper Virat Kohli quiet in the next two Tests if they want to win the five-match series.The five-match series stands level at 1-1, and now the fourth Test would be played at the Oval, London, beginning this Thursday. Kohli has so far gotten just one fifty-plus score in the ongoing series and James Anderson has managed to dismiss him twice. “The credit needs to go to our bowling attack, Virat is a world-class player hence the credit needs to be given to the bowling group. We have been able to keep him quiet, it is an extremely good effort from our bowling group and it is something we have to continue if we have to win this series. We have found ways to get him out, he…

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New Covid variant, C.1.2, may be more infectious, evade vaccine protection: Study

C.1.2 has been found in China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland as of August 13. Nw Delhi, India, August 30 : A new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which cause COVID-19, has been detected in South Africa and many other countries globally which could be more transmissible and evade protection provided by vaccines, according to study. Scientists from National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) in South Africa said the potential variant of interest, C.1.2, was first detected in the country in May this year. C.1.2 has since been found in China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland as of August 13, they said. According to the yet-to-be peer-reviewed study posted on the preprint repository MedRxiv on August 24, C.1.2 has…

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Not to forget what he did in Australia: Rohit Sharma lavishes praise on Pujara

Headingley [UK]: India opener Rohit Sharma lavished praise on Cheteshwar Pujara after the star batsman led visitors’ charge on day three of the ongoing third Test against England on Friday.Pujara (91), skipper Virat Kohli (45) and Rohit (59) played crucial knocks as India ended day three at Headingley on 215/2. Pujara was going through a lean patch and his form had come under the scanner. But Rohit revealed that the “talk” about Pujara’s form didn’t happen in the dressing room as the team knows how important a player he is.“To be honest there hasn’t been any talk about Pujara’s batting. I think the talks are only happening outside. Not a single conversation has happened with Pujara regarding his form inside the team dressing room. We know the quality he brings, we know the experience he brings. When you have a guy like that, I…

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Eng vs Ind, 3rd Test: Rohit, Pujara hold fort as visitors trail by 242 runs (Tea, Day 3)

Headingley [UK]: Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara ensured that India kept England bowlers at bay in the second session of Day 3 of the ongoing third Test here at Headingley, Leeds, on Friday.At the tea break, India’s score read 112/1– still trailing by 242 runs with nine wickets in hand. For the visitors, Rohit (59) and Pujara (40) are at the crease. Resuming at 34/1, Rohit and Pujara gave India a little respite as both batsmen looked firm at the crease, and they mixed caution with aggression, keeping the English bowlers at bay. England had the chance to send Rohit back to the pavilion in the 32nd over, but Joe Root did not opt for the review and Rohit got a reprieve.Rohit then brought up his half-century in the 38th over of the innings. He along with Pujara ensured that India does not lose…

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Eng vs Ind, 3rd Test: Root scores yet another ton as hosts gain full command

Headingley [UK]: England captain Joe Root completed his 23rd Test ton as the hosts gained full command against India on Day 2 of the ongoing third Test here at Headingley, Leeds on Thursday.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. Resuming the final session at 298/3, Jonny Bairstow started scoring runs at a brisk pace and Root carried on with his momentum. In the 104th over of the innings, the England captain brought up his 23rd century in the longest format and the hosts were looking in absolute control. Bairstow’s (29) cameo came to an end in the 108th over as Mohammed Shami sent him back to the pavilion, reducing England to 350/4.Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler (7) failed to leave a mark…

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3rd Test | James Anderson and Co demolish India for 78, England 120 for no loss

Anderson (8-5-6-3) then did what he does best — messed with the minds of the top-order batsmen in a sharp eight-over morning spell getting three wickets and then passing on the baton to the younger lot which didn’t disappoint him. After bundling out India for 78, openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed ensured that England took the honours on the opening day of the ongoing third Test here at Headingley, Leeds on Wednesday.At stumps, England’s score reads 120/0 and the hosts have extended their lead to 42 runs. For the Three Lions, Burns (52*) and Hameed (58*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. After bundling out India for 78, England openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed ensured that their side gets off to a solid start. The duo saw out the first 20 overs and managed to score 48 runs.Both the batsmen managed to see…

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Eng vs Ind, 3rd Test: Visitors bundled out for 78 after dismal batting display, Anderson scalps three wickets

Headingley [UK]: England pacers James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, Sam Curran and Craig Overton hunted in a pack as India was bundled out for 78 in the first innings in the second session of the opening day of the ongoing third Test here at Headingley, Leeds on Wednesday.Anderson and Overton scalped three wickets each while Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran took two wickets each. Resuming at 56/4 after lunch, India once again got off to a bad start as Rishabh Pant (2) failed to get going and he was sent back to the pavilion by Ollie Robinson. This brought Ravindra Jadeja to the middle. The short ball once again led to the downfall of Rohit Sharma (19) and India were left staring down the barrel at 67/6.Mohammed Shami (0), Ravindra Jadeja (4), Jasprit Bumrah (0), and Mohammed Siraj (3) failed to get going and India…

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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…

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

Leeds [UK]: 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,…

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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…

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Eng vs Ind: All-round Bumrah and Siraj steal show at Lord’s as visitors take 1-0 lead

London [UK]: If Jasprit Bumrah stole the show with bat and ball (3/33 and 34*), Mohammed Siraj (4/32) wasn’t ready to miss the opportunity to shine at the Home of Cricket as India registered a 151-run win over England in the second Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.It all started with the mind-blowing 89-run 9th wicket partnership between Mohammed Shami (56*) and Bumrah that set the game up and swung the momentum right in India’s favour from a position wherein the hosts were looking favourites to take the game. Once the Indian team declared the innings, the morale of the team was sky-high and it was visible from the moment they stepped onto the field in the second session on Monday. Bumrah struck in the very first over in England’s second innings to…

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Eng vs Ind, 2nd Test: India on verge of famous Lord’s victory, need 5 wickets in final session

London [UK]: Indian bowlers gave another tremendous performance as the visitors now need six wickets in the final session to win the second Test against England here at iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on Monday.At Tea, England’s score read 67/4 after 22 overs in the second innings, still needing to bat 38 overs in the second session to save the match and 205 runs to win the contest. Joe Root (33* off 57) is again fighting the lone battle for England as he frustrated the Indian bowling attack throughout the second session of the final day. India got to the flying start after Bumrah removed Burns off the third ball of the second innings. The ball took the leading edge of the Englishman and looped gently to cover. In just next over, Shami got Sibley’s outside edge and Indians were all over the hosts as…

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Did not look deliberate, just accidental, says Rathour on England’s alleged ball-tampering

London [UK]: India batting coach Vikram Rathour has said that he does not think England was trying to tamper with the ball, and the whole sequence of events was just “accidental and it was not deliberate”.Two English players were seen stepping on the ball with their spikes before the 34th over of India’s second innings in the ongoing second Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday. “Not really, we were sitting outside so we hardly saw those replays. I saw it later, it does not look anything deliberate. I think it was accidental, we did not think anything about it actually,” said Rathour during a virtual press conference.Shaun Pollock who was commenting at that time also showed his disapproval regarding the incident. Notably, the ball wasn’t changed by the umpires after this incident.Pollock even mentioned the match referee might want to have a…

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ENG vs IND 2nd Test: Joe Root torments Indian bowling attack as England gain 27-run lead on Day 3

England surpassed the visitors’ first-innings score of 364, giving them a lot of psychological advantage going into the last two days. London : England captain Joe Root continued his dream run with an artistic 22nd hundred to ensure a morale boosting first innings lead as the second Test against India is poised for an interesting finish in the next couple of days. Root (180 not out), who scored his second successive hundred of this series, took England from a position of weakness to strength with the first innings total of 391 after India scored 364 in their first essay. More than the quantum of lead which stands at 27 currently, it is the psychological advantage that England gained after a poor first day which will put them in good stead as their bowlers would go flat out to dismiss the low on confidence Indian middle-order cheaply…

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Lord’s Test: England Captain firm with hundred, Indians claw back

London [UK]: England skipper Joe Root scored his second consecutive century of the series as the Indian bowling attack fight their way back in the second session of Day 3 of the ongoing second Test here at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday.At the tea break, England’s score read 314/5 still trailing the visitors by just 50 runs now. Joe Root (132*) and Moeen Ali (20*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. The second session saw hosts losing their first two wickets of the day in the form of Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler. Resuming at 216/3, Indian bowlers showed more intent and consistently pitched the ball on a good length. Just before the new ball was to be taken, the clever work from Mohammed Siraj gave the much-needed breakthrough to the Indian side. Siraj went round the wicket and landed the short pitch…

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Prithvi, Suryakumar link up with the Indian squad after completing the quarantine period

London [UK]: Batsmen Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav have linked up with the Indian Test squad and the duo was seen watching the ongoing second Test between India and England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday. The official Twitter handle of BCCI shared a photo of Prithvi and Suryakumar and it captioned the post as: “Hello @PrithviShaw and @surya_14kumar. Welcome to Lord’s! #ENGvIND #TeamIndia.” Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw had departed for the UK from Colombo on August 3 and upon arriving, the duo underwent a mandatory 10-day quarantine period. Coming to the ongoing second Test, 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) were unbeaten…

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Joe Root leapfrogs Graham Gooch to become England’s 2nd highest run-scorer in Test cricket

London [UK], August 14 (ANI): Skipper Root Joe Root on Friday surpassed former cricketer Graham Gooch to become England’s second-highest run-scorer in the longest format of the game.Root achieved the feat in the ongoing second Test against India here at the Lord’s. The English skipper scored unbeaten 48 runs in the first innings of the second Test on Friday. Root has now 8935 runs under his belt and is only behind former England skipper Alastair Cook, who has scored 12472 runs in Tests.Gooch sits at the third position now having scored 8900 runs in the longest format of the game for England.Meanwhile, Root’s unbeaten 48 and Roy Burns’s 49-knock helped England to claw their way back against India on the second day.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…

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Eng vs Ind: You have not played Ashwin and this pitch is getting slower, says Aakash Chopra

New Delhi [India], August 14 : Former India batsman Aakash Chopra feels veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s absence in the second Test against England will hurt the the visitors as the pitch at the Lord’s Cricket Ground is slowing down.Ashwin wasn’t included in the squad for the second Test after missing the opening game of the series. Moreover, England didn’t allow the Indian tail to wag as the visitors folded up for 364 in the first innings. The former cricketer reckons since the wicket is getting slower, Ashwin would have been a key for India on the final two days of the second Test.“Let’s be fair, let’s be honest, the tail was too long. Shami, Siraj, Bumrah, Ishant — I mean you don’t expect a lot of runs. So it has come back to bite you because none of the four fast bowlers you played…

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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…

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England to lock horns with Pakistan in 2 T20Is on Oct 13, 14 in Rawalpindi

Lahore [Pakistan], August 13 : The England men’s side that will feature in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will visit Pakistan in October for two T20Is.Both matches will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on October 13 and 14, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Friday. Eoin Morgan’s side, along with Heather Knight’s team, will arrive in Islamabad on October 9 and while the men’s squad will depart for Dubai on October 15, England women will stay back for the three ODIs to be played on October 17, 19 and 21 at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.“We are delighted to welcome both the England men’s team for what will be their first tour to Pakistan since 2005, and the England women’s team, who will be touring Pakistan for the first time,” PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement.“Both…

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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…

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Rahul, Rohit help visitors take honours on Day 1

London [UK]: KL Rahul’s unbeaten ton and Rohit Sharma’s gutsy 83-knock helped India take the upper hand against England on the opening day of the ongoing second Test here at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday.At stumps, India’s score reads 276/3 with Rahul (127*) and Ajinkya Rahane (1*) currently unbeaten at the crease. Earlier, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had also played knocks of 83 and 42 respectively to put the hosts onto the back foot. Resuming the final session at 157/2, Kohli and Rahul mixed caution with aggression and they kept on moving the scoreboard, piling on the pressure on the hosts. Rahul brought up his century in the 78th over of the innings and he along with the skipper kept the hosts at bay.England’s hopes of taking a wicket relied heavily on the new ball, and in the fifth over with the…

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Eng vs Ind: Stuart Broad ruled out of entire Test series after tear in right calf

London [UK]: England’s fast bowler Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the entire Test series against India, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Wednesday. Seamer has sustained a tear to his right calf. He underwent an MRI scan in London on Wednesday lunchtime, which revealed a tear. Broad sustained the injury during the warm-up on Tuesday afternoon at Lord’s. “England have called up Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood as cover,” the statement by ECB read. 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.The second Test will take place on Lords from Thursday.

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Eng vs Ind, Lord’s Test: BCCI officials to interact with Shastri and team

New Delhi [India]: With the BCCI inviting applications for the position of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) cricket head on Tuesday, rumours have started doing the rounds that current NCA head Rahul Dravid might just be elevated to a bigger role with the senior team in the near future. In fact, there are also talks of current head coach Ravi Shastri not being keen on continuing after the T20 World Cup in the UAE. But sources in the know feel it is too early to talk about this.Speaking to ANI, a BCCI source said that the office-bearers will interact with Shastri and the team during their stay in London during the course of the Lord’s Test, and if there is much to the talks of the current head not wanting to continue, there will be discussions around that as well. “Too early to talk…

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Eng vs Ind: First Test ends in draw

Nottingham [UK]: The first Test between England and India ended in a draw after Day five of the match was abandoned due to rain on Sunday. It was the first match of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 cycle. The start of day five got delayed twice after an early Lunch and Test was taken as rain played a spoilt sport. India needed just 157 runs to win the first Test on day five but no play was possible due to rain. The visitors scored 52 runs after bundling out England in the third session on Saturday. India got off to a cautious start but eventually lost KL Rahul as Stuart Broad bowled an absolute peach of a delivery to dismiss the Indian batsman. India bundled out England on 303 in the third session after Joe Root’s classy ton in the second innings.Root played…

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England vs India, 1st Test: Rahul, Jadeja shine as visitors dominate rain-curtailed day

Nottingham [UK]: Having survived a tricky short session, England ended day three of the opening Test against India on 25/0 after KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja hit the fifties to put India in the driver’s seat on Friday.Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley scored 11* and 9* runs respectively before persistent rain forced the play to be called off in Nottingham. England is still trailing by 70 runs in their second innings. India was bowled out for 278 in the first innings after the last wicket added 33 runs. Ollie Robinson picked five, while James Anderson bagged four wickets respectively.For India, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja hit the fifties and bowlers added some crucial runs as visitors took the lead of 95 runs in the first inningsResuming the day, India suffered a jolt as the side lost Pant in the 50th over. Rahul and Jadeja…

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Eng vs Ind: Have to respect challenging conditions and keep scoreboard moving, says Rohit Sharma

India openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are both known to play attacking cricket. But on Thursday it was all about focus as the two put on a brilliant show for the opening wicket on the second day of the first Test against England. While Rohit did get out against the run of play with the score on 97, he has said one needs to be ready to play shots. Nottingham [UK], August 6 : “Not really, like you said it is my shot so I have to play my shots. As you saw in the first hour of play, we did not get any loose balls and you know their bowlers were really disciplined so you have to take your chances. When the ball is there to be hit, you have to punish it. However, if you get out close to break or…

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KL Rahul holds Indian fort but England end day two on top

Nottingham [UK]: England ended day two of the first Test against India as the momentum shifted towards the hosts after staging a comeback in the second session on Thursday.India is 125/4 with KL Rahul (57*) and Rishabh Pant (7*) at the crease and the visitors are trailing by 58 runs in the first innings before an early stump was called due to rain. In the third session, only one ball was bowled as the rain returned to play the spoilsport.In the second session, India had suffered a collapse as the visitors lost three quick wickets. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane all went cheaply as James Anderson dismissed the India skipper for a golden duck.In the first session, India had scored 97/1 with KL Rahul unbeaten on 48 at the crease.Rohit Sharma once again was not able to capitalise on a good start…

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England vs India: Shami strikes twice, reducing hosts to 138/4 at tea

Nottingham [UK]: Dominic Sibley (18) and Jonny Bairstow (29) were dismissed in the second session as England was reduced to 138/4 in the ongoing Day 1 of the first Test here at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Wednesday.At the tea break on Day 1, England’s score is 138/4 with Root (52 ) unbeaten at the crease. Mohammed Shami removed Sibley and Bairstow in the second session. Resuming the second session at 61/2, England lost the wicket of Dominic Sibley (18) in the third over of the session as he handed a simple catch to KL Rahul off the bowling of Mohammed Shami. Jonny Bairstow then joined skipper Joe Root in the middle.Root and Bairstow played with caution but upon the introduction of Ravindra Jadeja, the Three Lions skipper started to look more proactive. Both batsmen were playing well, but right on the cusp of tea…