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  1. #81
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    Tom Curran is big loss for England.
    According to Me he is the best bowler on dry wickets for England & best death bowler in England as well.
    Great opportunity for Sam Curran though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JattMaula View Post
    Don't go by the stats alone please. Krunal is a good LO spinner. And best bat out of all allrounders.

    I agree that Sunder has really high potential. You can check my old posts. I have advocated for him for last 2 years. He can be an all format player for us. But right now he is not a LO bat.
    I dont watch much IPL so dont know about Krunal's bowling. Hoping to see him bowl a bit in one f the next 2 T20Is.

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    Kuldeep Yadav ‘completely deceived us’ – Eoin Morgan

    Eoin Morgan, the England captain, acknowledged that his side needs to improve their game against India’s spin attack after Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm wrist-spinner, ‘completely deceived’ the hosts in the opening Twenty20 International clash on Tuesday, 3 July.

    Kuldeep finished with exceptional figures of 5/24, which restricted England to 159/8. After that, with an unbeaten 54-ball 101, KL Rahul helped India chase down the total with ease.

    “Kuldeep is a very big threat – we knew that,” Morgan told Sky Sports after the match in Manchester. “We maybe need to be a bit better with the way we go about our business.

    “It wasn't a case of us chipping it up in the air. He completely deceived us, and I thought he bowled well. We know we can (do better), so we need to.”

    Batting first, England were off to a flying start with openers Jason Roy (30) and Jos Buttler (69) adding 50 runs inside the first five overs.

    However, once Virat Kohli handed the ball to Kuldeep, the script changed. The spinner first clean bowled Alex Hales in the 12th over. In his next over, he snared three crucial wickets of Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, the last two for first-ball ducks. He later accounted for Buttler too.

    “Three wickets in an over knocked us back quite a bit – we never really regained momentum. That probably cost us 30 or 40 runs and, inevitably, when someone like Rahul gets in, it is going to be difficult to defend,” explained Morgan.

    “Everything seemed to happen pretty quickly, so that's something we will assess between now and the next game. Make sure our plans are the right ones and stick with them.”

    Morgan praised his openers for providing a good start but asked for more from the others. “India thoroughly deserved it – they played well. The best part of our game was the start – Jos Buttler and Jason Roy played well and conditions were pretty good, but they fought back really well," he said.

    “But when the wicket is that good, I think you have to take positive options and when the boundary is short and the wind is blowing into it, it gives you that incentive to play those shots. We just have to be better at doing that.”

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/774662


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    England are expected to fire up the Merlyn spin-bowling machine in the nets at Cardiff on Friday as they search for a method to counter Kuldeep Yadav’s unconventional left-arm wrist spin in their Twenty20 series with India.

    The message from Jos Buttler, the vice-captain, was not to panic after Tuesday’s opening eight-wicket defeat at Old Trafford, despite a middle-order collapse induced by Kuldeep. The former seamer’s flighted “googlies” claimed five wickets for 24 including Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root in the space of four balls.

    With such bowlers scarce in England the best option is turn to Merlyn for assistance before Friday’s second game at Sophia Gardens. The technology was introduced in 2005 to replicate Shane Warne before that summer’s Ashes and its inventor, Henry Pryor, claimed it can “bowl any ball known to man”.


    “Left-arm wrist-spinners seem quite hard to come by,” said Buttler, who top-scored with 69 in Manchester but was Kuldeep’s fifth victim. “One thing we can do is with Merlyn, to replicate the angle. It’s a very good machine to get used to that. But it was the first time some guys have faced Kuldeep and it may take one or two games, plus video.

    “Old Trafford was one game and it’s Twenty20. We are confident, we will stick to what has served us well, stay true to ourselves and come back hard at them in the next game.”

    England did not use Merlyn in the build-up to the series and its deployment now would not be viewed as a panacea. The message in the post-match debrief, which took place before the team watched their footballing equivalents the team watched their footballing equivalents win their penalty shoot-out with Colombia, which sparked wild dressing room celebrations, was that batsmen must remain calm and adapt.

    Buttler, who has faced Kuldeep in the Indian Premier League, said: “He’s a very good bowler. It’s now down to the guys to gain an understanding. You see it a lot in international cricket that guys burst on to the scene and then people get a handle on them.


    “It’s getting used to the angle as wrist spin is usually right-arm. We know we are a lot better than we showed during that little phase of the game.”

    India’s victory, sealed by a magnificent unbeaten century from KL Rahul, demonstrated the huge leap in intensity from the six short-form hammerings of Australia, not least given the vocal support for Virat Kohli’s side from the Manchester crowd and the heatwave in the UK that is creating dry surfaces for their spin bowlers.

    Buttler said: “The pitches will be what they are, so it is down to us to react. We had this in the Champions Trophy last year and in 2013 too. We have to deal with it, counteract that and play in all conditions. That is international cricket.

    “[The pro-Indian crowds] take a bit of getting used to, especially coming off the back of an Australian series which was very pro-England. But we know what to expect. India is a huge cricketing nation with fanatical support. Being a diverse country we have a lot of Indian supporters and it makes for a great atmosphere.”


    England have confirmed that James Anderson, the leader of their Test attack, will return from a spell spent rehabilitating a chronic shoulder issue in a specially arranged three-day second XI fixture between Lancashire and Nottinghamshire from 15 July.

    Stuart Broad, another paceman being handled with kid gloves before the Test series with India begins on 1 August, has experienced pain and swelling in his left ankle this summer and visited a specialist on Wednesday.

    https://amp.theguardian.com/sport/20...20-jos-buttler

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    Shardul Thakur to replace Jasprit Bumrah in ODI squad

    Jasprit Bumrah will not only miss India’s ongoing Twenty20 International series against England, but also the one-day international leg of the tour after undergoing surgery on his fractured left thumb.

    Bumrah suffered the injury during India’s first T20I against Ireland and sat out the next game. He was then ruled out of the T20I series, with the hope being that he would recover in time for the three-match ODI series.

    But, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed in a statement on Friday, 6 July, Bumrah will not be around for the ODIs either, and has returned to India.

    “Bumrah underwent a surgery on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Leeds before returning to India,” said the statement. “The surgery was successful and he will commence rehabilitation under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team.”

    Shardul Thakur, the 26-year-old paceman who has played three ODIs and seven T20Is, has been named as Bumrah’s replacement for the ODIs. Deepak Chahar had slotted in for Bumrah in the T20I squad.

    The first ODI will be played at Trent Bridge on 12 July.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/778377


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    Chris Woakes: England & Warwickshire all-rounder scheduled for injury return

    England all-rounder Chris Woakes is poised to return to action after recovering from quad and knee injuries.

    The 29-year-old was hurt in the Test win over Pakistan at Headingley in June and has not played since.

    Woakes is expected to return as a batsman only in Warwickshire's three-day second XI match against Leicestershire, starting on 10 July.

    He will also feature for England Lions in their four-day match against India A at Worcester, which begins on 16 July.

    Woakes is expected to play a full part in that match as he bids to prove his fitness for the remainder of a busy summer for the national team.

    England are in the middle of a T20 series with India and will play three one-day internationals against Virat Kohli's side before a five-match Test series begins at Edgbaston on 1 August.

    They also have slight concerns over pace bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who are recovering from shoulder and ankle problems respectively - although both are confident of being fit for the first Test.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/44738365

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    England overcame recent troubles against spin to win the second Twenty20 International by five wickets in a tense last-over finish in Cardiff.

    Alex Hales’ unbeaten half-century (58) and some lower-order hitting by Jonny Bairstow (28) helped England bounce back in the series to draw level on 1-1 with one match to play.

    What stood out was how England played Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm wrist spinner, especially after the first game in Manchester where he took five wickets and had their best batsmen out. On Friday, 6 July, Yadav went wicketless.

    “They played Kuldeep really well today, and that was the difference in the middle overs this time," said Virat Kohli, the India captain, adding, "We got to brush it aside. [We] had a good game, but England were better than us.”

    Alex Hales batted brilliantly for his unbeaten 58 from 41 deliveries Alex Hales batted brilliantly for his unbeaten 58 from 41 deliveries
    Hales, who had looked out of sorts in the first game, scoring 8 off 18 before being bowled by Yadav, was much better against him on Friday. "The other day was just a bad day at the office," said Hales, celebrating a "much needed win". “I had to look at a bit more footage of the spinners, and this time I played more on the back foot.”

    His captain, Eoin Morgan, with whom he shared a 48-run fourth-wicket stand, added, “The way Alex played today, he adapted to conditions really well, and did small partnerships that helped us chase this down. We normally play spin quite well, but it's a matter of being logical while playing.”

    “They played him carefully," agreed Yadav’s spin-partner Yuzvendra Chahal, who returned 1/28. "They picked and chose which deliveries to attack against Yadav. They picked the balls to attack and the ones to leave. [But] I think we bowled well as we took the game to the last over despite having only scored 150 (148)."

    Even as they adjusted to the spin, Morgan was also happy with how they adjusted to a pitch had more bounce. “We showed character. There was a bit more bounce today. When it bounces you can take wickets, and that's what we did,” he said.

    It was a tense last-over finish as England, who were left to chase 50 runs off the last six overs, did well to hit Yadav for two sixes in an over – the innings' 17th that went for 16 runs – which in turn helped them narrow the deficit. Despite a three-run over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar that followed, they were left with 12 to get off the last six balls.

    Jonny Bairstow's two big sixes alleviated pressure for England Jonny Bairstow's two big sixes alleviated pressure for England
    Kumar, who had conceded only seven runs from three overs until then, missed his mark in the last, going for a six and a four off the first two balls – both hit by Hales.

    “We didn’t need 170 or 180 here because the wicket was different from the previous match. We could have defended 150 had we contained the sixes we conceded towards the end,” Chahal rued.

    Kohli added, “We would've liked 10-15 runs more. We thought 149 would be competitive, especially since they had to win. But they eventually did win.”

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/780496


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    Joe Root’s place in England T20 side is the least of their worries

    The defeat by India in the T20 series is not a calamity but it is a chastening reminder that England, whatever the rankings, do not necessarily rule the roost in white-ball cricket.

    In Bristol in particular there was also the warning that if the sun keeps shining there are going to be some tough days ahead in the ODIs for bowlers on hard-baked pitches and glassy outfields.

    Paul Farbrace, who was in charge of England during the T20 phase of the summer, is instinctively an optimistic fellow hence he was quick to note: “We’ve learned a lot over the last four matches and we’ve also been taught a lesson in T20 cricket as well”. He highlighted how, in the final game, India kept playing “strong cricket shots” rather than over-elaborating by attempting clever little dinks to third man.

    Farbrace also expanded on the dropping of Joe Root, a justifiable decision but an interesting one. Root is England’s best batsman; he is the Test captain and Farbrace more or less said that he is not an “anachronism” in T20. Ten days earlier, he had suggested he was undroppable.

    “You need people who can manipulate the strike, can play spin well and keep you in tight games. That’s a skill Joe has; he has the ability to hit boundaries; he might not have the raw power of a Stokes or a Bairstow but strong cricket shots, even in T20, will get your reward.

    “I still believe that if England are to be successful in T20 cricket over the next couple of years leading into the World Cup, Joe will play a magnificent and big part in that.”

    Even so, Root was dropped – though there was confirmation from Eoin Morgan he will return for the ODI at Nottingham on Thursday. It is rare for a player of his stature to be left out rather than “rested”.

    Root reacted appropriately. He was both disappointed and eagerly ferrying drinks out to the middle. He had no alternative. Root has been – and will be – involved in hairline selectorial decisions for his Test team. He knows all about the emotions involved for the captain and now he has a reminder what it feels like for the omitted player. His character will allow him to use this as a learning experience; it will also spur him on to greater heights against a white ball, I suspect.

    Once again, Farbrace, who now reverts to his second in command role with Trevor Bayliss returning, sees positives from all this. “Since the Test match in Christchurch [at the end of the New Zealand series] and the two Tests against Pakistan, despite two of the results not being what we wanted, there are signs of Joe really getting to grips with the Test team as captain.

    “Any experience like he’s had over the last few days will definitely help him. And I’ll stick to what I’ve said many times before: players learn from players and I’m sure that Joe will be watching the way Morgs talks to the team, the way he goes about things, the way that he makes decisions and I’m sure those two will have lots of conversations about the role of being England captain whether it’s with a red ball or a white ball”.

    Root, therefore, is the least of England’s worries in white-ball cricket. He will react to being dropped like all great cricketers do: he will be gutted and come back stronger. Of greater concern is how the bowlers, who could well be pummelled in the sun for what may seem an interminable 50 of overs, will survive over the next 10 days.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...ast-of-worries

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    England call up Dawid Malan as cover for Alex Hales to face India

    Dawid Malan has been called up to England's one-day squad to face India as cover for Alex Hales, who has a side injury.

    Hales, who averaged 48 as England lost the T20 series with India 2-1, will continue to be monitored in the coming days.

    Malan, 30, has played five T20s and 14 Tests for England, scoring a century in the third Ashes Test in December.

    The three-match one-day series starts at Trent Bridge on Thursday, live on Sky Sports, as England try to win an eighth consecutive ODI series win.

    Eoin Morgan's men top the ICC ODI rankings, with their opponents a spot back in second.

    http://www.skysports.com/cricket/new...-to-face-india


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    ‘The machine doesn’t have hands’ – Kuldeep Yadav

    Kuldeep Yadav made all the difference in India’s first one-day international against England, his 6/25 stopping the No.1 ODI side in the world at 268 before India cantered to an eight-wicket win.

    It was a pitch full of runs, and England started strongly, crossing 70 with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow inside 10 overs. That’s when Kuldeep struck. Thrice in two overs. Roy, Bairstow and Joe Root were back, and England were suddenly 82/3.

    A gap, and he was back later in the innings, sending back Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and David Willey. That the England total was well below par was evident when Rohit Sharma powered his way to a 114-ball 137* and India reached the target in just 40.1 overs.

    Kuldeep started the tour with 4/21 and 3/16 in the two Twenty20 Internationals in Ireland, and then got 5/24 in the first T20I against England. Out came ‘Merlyn’, the spin-bowling machine, and Kuldeep failed to pick up a wicket in the second T20I in Cardiff and was dropped for the third game.

    But he is back with a bang now, and put the wicketless performance in Cardiff down to “sometimes you get wickets and sometimes you don’t”. Nothing to do with bowling machines or videos.

    “I think it’s wrong to try and judge someone from videos. It doesn’t work. You can get an idea, but only so much. And then the pitches change, so the bowling becomes very different,” said Kuldeep, who returned his career-best figures.

    “I don’t look at who the batsman is when I am bowling. I don’t believe in bowling machines. The machine doesn’t have hands or fingers. The ball turns, yes, but there is so much more a bowler can do that a machine can’t.”

    One would expect Indian spinners to take time to settle down in England, but Kuldeep has fit in beautifully. Like in the first ODI, where no other bowler from either side really got on top of the batsmen.

    “It was a grassy pitch, good one to bat on. They had started well, so I was looking to keep the runs in check and, at the same time, looking for wickets. Luckily, I got three wickets in two overs, and that really changed the momentum. I am enjoying the English conditions now. It’s perfect for spinners who are turning the ball,” he said.

    “I didn’t try anything new. I just stuck to my basics and bowled wicket to wicket and varied my pace and used my variations. Most of the cricket I have played over the years has been on cement pitches. If I can turn the ball there, I am lucky, I can turn it on most pitches.

    “It needs to be in your hands, your fingers, if your pivot is good. If it’s turning here, it should turn anywhere. You need to have a big heart, and not feel pressured.”

    The second ODI will be played at Lord’s on Saturday, 14 July.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/785093

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    The only way the Englishmen can save this series is if they get a robot that can bowl to them in the nets which has hands and fingers that can replicate kuldeep's intricate movements. India is going to run away with this series otherwise.

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    Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay to feature in India A's match against England Lions

    With just a fortnight to go for the start of Test series, opener Murali Vijay and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will be looking to get into the groove in India A‘s last first-class engagement, against England Lions at the County Ground in Worcester, beginning tomorrow. Vijay and Rahane last played the one-off Test against Afghanistan and were not part of the limited overs squad.

    The Indian Test squad for the England series is expected to be announced during or after the England Lions game as it will give them a clearer picture about the availability of certain players. Rahane and Vijay are certainties in the Indian Test squad but unlike others, they would need more red-ball match time, which is the reason why the selectors, after consultation with the team management and A team coach Rahul Dravid, had chalked out a plan.

    The two other Test specialists — Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma — have played reasonable amount of county cricket and with some of the others playing the limited overs formats, Vijay and Rahane are the only two top players who needed match time. Incidentally, during India’s last tour of England in 2014, Vijay had scored a century in the first Test at Nottingham while Rahane reached the three figure mark at the Lord’s on a green top, a match that India went on to win.

    The team management is waiting for an update on fitness status of first wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (thumb fracture) and pacer Jasprit Bumrah (fractured finger). In case Wriddhiman fails to make it in time, Rishabh Pant, who has played a couple of match-winning knocks for A team across formats on the current tour, will be the favourite to become Dinesh Karthik’s back-up.

    Bumrah’s injury will also keep the team management worried as he is expected to play a vital role in the pace department alongside Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Bhuvneshwar himself is suffering from a stiff back and has not played since the second T20 International against England. Mohammed Shami has apparently cleared his YoYo test but the team management will like to ensure that he is in a good mental space after having gone through personal problems in recent months.

    http://www.cricketcountry.com/news/a...d-lions-726579

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    Malan Released For ODI Decider; James Vince Gets a Call-up

    England Cricket Board has released Dawid Malan and called up James Vince for the decider against India at Leeds. Malan was released so that he could be a part of the England Lions taking on India A in an unofficial Test. Sam Curran has also been released to prepare for Tests against India.

    The Board has opted for a Test-heavy Lions side ahead of their match with India A in a bid to step-up preparations for the summer Test series. Alaister Cook, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dom Bess and Jack Leach will all feature in the XI for the four-day match at New Road, Worcester on July 16. Rory Buns will be leading the side against Karun Nair’s men who recently beat Windies A by 5 wickets.

    All the players have an opportunity to perform and stake a claim for a call-up to the Test side. The 1st Test begins on August 1.

    Meanwhile, the ODI series between India and England is square at 1-1. England came back after losing at Trent Bridge by 8 wickets. They beat India by 86 runs at Lord’s, thanks to Joe Root’s 12th ton and a 31-ball 50 blitz by David Willey.

    For India, it will be interesting to see if Kuldeep Yadav finds a spot in the XI after his performances in the limited overs cricket. Young Kuldeep has also expressed the desire to represent India in whites.

    James Anderson, who last played a Test at the start of June, in the second Test against Pakistan will play County Cricket in order to get ready ahead of the 1st Test against India.

    England looks a formidable side at home but they will have to counter spin which has been their biggest drawback against India in England.

    http://www.india.com/sports/india-vs...ll-up-3167537/


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    Stuart Broad and James Anderson winning fitness races for first England vs India Test match

    Stuart Broad and James Anderson continued their comebacks from injury and are both confident of being fit for the first Test against India.

    Broad was playing in the annual charity cricket match on Bramble Bank sand in the middle of the Solent on Sunday before heading up to London to watch the Wimbledon men’s final.

    He has had three injections in his left ankle since the second Test against Pakistan in June. He limped out of a Nottinghamshire game earlier this month.

    He will bowl a double spell in the nets on Tuesday and slowly build up the rest of the week before hoping to play for Nottinghamshire against Surrey in the Championship starting next Sunday.

    If he comes through that match he will play in the first Test on Aug 1. Anderson took two wickets playing for Lancashire seconds on Sunday against Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford in a match arranged so he could step up his return from a six week lay off to rest his chronic shoulder injury. He got through 14 overs, taking two for 32.

    Anderson will play in the Roses match next week to prove his fitness for the India opening Test at Edgbaston.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/...first-england/


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    New Delhi: India’s first choice wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha is unlikely to make the cut for the Test series in England. Saha had injured his thumb during the IPL and while it was initially believed that he would be fit in four to five weeks, the recovery hasn’t gone as per plan and he was seen sporting a soft plaster even last week. Dinesh Karthik, who stepped in for Saha for the one-off Test against Afghanistan, is likely to continue in the role.

    Saha has lost the battle to get fit in time for either the four-day ‘unofficial’ Test against England Lions from Monday at Worcester or the four-day warm-up match against Essex, which starts on July 25 in Chelmsford. The team management has been very vocal about players acclimatising to conditions before taking the field for the senior team and that is the reason some of the top-order batsmen are expected to play in the India ‘A’ game.

    Speaking to CricketNext, a source in the know of developments said that more than the healing of the thumb, the lack of match practice was also something that makes it difficult for the player to make the Test squad for the first match of the series in Edgbaston from August 1.

    “Saha’s injury hasn’t healed as per plan and to be fair there isn’t a chance that he would be match-fit when the team takes the field in the first game. Even though he was working on his fitness all this while, he could not keep wickets or bat with the soft plaster on. Game time is also something that the current management is looking into and it has been a while since Saha last played any form of cricket.

    “Some of the Test specialists are already in England and will be a part of the unofficial Test against the England Lions and Saha now doesn’t look like he will make it even for the Essex game. In such a circumstance it is only fair that someone like Karthik gets his chance as the player has been with the team and is aware of the conditions on offer. Also, he was the one called in to replace Saha for the Afghanistan Test,” he said.

    The selectors are expected to pick the squad after the ongoing ODI series and could even wait for the unofficial Test to get over on July 19 before announcing the squad.

    Another selection dilemma will be whether to go ahead and bring back fit-again pacer Mohammed Shami, especially with Jasprit Bumrah set to miss the first Test and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar suffering from a bad back. Shami passed the Yo-Yo test a couple of weeks back after failing to clear it before the Afghanistan Test.

    https://www.news18.com/cricketnext/n...t-1812767.html


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    So Saha injured his thumb during IPL. Oh I see.

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    Anglo-Indian test series

    Here's my team:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Here's my team:

    Replace Wood with Woakes and that's a very good team.

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    England to stick with Stokes despite trial

    England will have no qualms about selecting Ben Stokes for next month's first Test against India, even though the match could finish just one day before the allrounder's trial for affray begins.

    Stokes was charged by prosecutors back in January following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September last year.

    He has since pleaded not guilty to the charge, with his trial set to start on August 6 - the day after the scheduled August 1-5 first Test at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground is due to end.

    Given the trial is expected to last between five to seven days, Stokes, a dynamic middle-order batsman and lively seamer who is also one of England's best fielders, could well miss the second Test of a five-match series that starts at Lord's on August 9.

    But Joe Root, England's Test captain, had no doubt about Stokes being in the right frame of mind to play at Edgbaston despite a looming court appearance.

    "We are going to pick our best team and make sure we go into that series with the strongest squad," Root said.

    "If Ben's fit to play, he'll be up for selection. He loves playing cricket, he loves being out there - you can see when he's on a cricket field he's fully engaged with what's going on.

    "He wants the ball all the time. He wants to be involved in what's happening and I'm sure that will be exactly the same throughout that game."

    Root was speaking after both he and Stokes played in the England side that beat India by eight wickets in the third one-day international at Headingley on Tuesday to seal a 2-1 series win.

    Star batsman Root scored exactly 100 not out on his Yorkshire home ground, his second successive century after his unbeaten 113 during England's 86-run series-levelling win at Lord's.

    His latest hundred saw Root become England's outright most prolific century-maker in ODI cricket, with 13 hundreds from 110 innings at this level, surpassing by one the record he had shared previously with Marcus Trescothick.

    Root, however, was far from satisfied, saying: "It's not a big thing, I don't think.

    "It's obviously nice but I feel I've got a lot more to give this ODI team for hopefully a long time," he added.

    "Hopefully, there's quite a few more (hundreds) left."

    https://cricket.com.au/news/ben-stok...tol/2018-07-19

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    'Most embarrassing thing I've done': Root

    Joe Root is keen to utilise his experience batting against spinner Kuldeep Yadav in limited-overs cricket during England's upcoming Test series with India.

    But Test captain Root made it clear one of the biggest lessons he had learnt from a one-day international series-clinching hundred at his Headingley home ground on Tuesday was never to repeat his unusual celebration.

    When the Yorkshire batsman hit the winning boundary that both took him to exactly 100 not out and clinched an eight-wicket win with 33 balls to spare that saw England seal a 2-1 success in a three-match series, he dropped his bat.

    It was an echo of the 'mic-drop' end of set routine favoured by rock stars and comedians, and far removed from the traditional cricket gesture of raising the bat to acknowledge a hundred.

    "It was something that I immediately regretted," said Root.

    "I've not heard the end of it, it was literally the most embarrassing thing I've done on a cricket field. I don't think it will be the last I hear of it from the group - they've been hammering me," he added of the reaction of his England team-mates.

    Far more encouraging for England was the return to form of Root, who had struggled against Kuldeep, who as a left-arm wrist-spinner is a rarity in world cricket.

    Kuldeep had Root stumped by MS Dhoni for a duck in the first Twenty20 at Old Trafford and then snared him lbw for just three during India's eight-wicket victory in the ODI series opener at Trent Bridge last week.

    Root was not the only home batsman to struggle against Kuldeep, with the bowler's stunning return of 6-25 in Nottingham the best by any spinner against England in ODI cricket.

    But it was a different story at Lord's on Saturday, where Root's 113 not out saw England to an 86-run win that levelled things up at 1-1 before his national record 13th ODI hundred completed a come-from-behind 2-1 win in a three-match series.

    England could face Kuldeep in Test cricket too after he was included Wednesday in India's squad for the first three fixtures of a five-match series that starts at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground on August 1.

    Root, speaking before India unveiled that squad, said he'd gone back to basics in working out how to play Kuldeep rather than use the Merlyn spin-bowling machine for practice.

    "I didn't use Merlyn on this occasion. I looked at the three balls I faced and got out to - one thing that's very easy to do is over-analyse things, over-think things," Root explained.

    "I felt like I was picking him (Kuldeep) fine and when you look at it for what it actually was, both games my movements weren't quick enough and I wasn't getting close enough to the ball, either going forward or back.

    "The best players of spin in the world, their footwork is always sharp and when that contact point is there, you're as still as possible," added Root, who said his training regime was "literally under-arm feeds, trying to get close to the ball, simple as that and the mind-set of either giving myself as much time as possible or smothering the spin."

    England, who in limited-overs cricket are captained by Eoin Morgan, are now number one in the ODI rankings and among the favourites to win next year's World Cup on home soil.

    But they are fifth in an equivalent International Cricket Council Test table topped by India.

    Root urged the Test side to follow the England one-day team's desire for individual and collective improvement, which was fuelled in part by a woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

    "It's something we are trying really hard to replicate within the Test team," Root said.

    "Hopefully over time, and it's not something that will happen overnight, we'll see big improvements long-term within the group," added the 27-year-old, now second in the latest ICC ODI batting rankings, behind India captain Virat Kohli, published Wednesday.

    "It's about putting the hard yards in and doing that extra bit of work and sometimes doing the stuff that doesn't always make you feel good but ultimately will make you a better player."

    https://cricket.com.au/news/joe-root...est/2018-07-19

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    Shami returns to India squad for England Tests, Kumar sidelined

    Fast bowler Mohammed Shami has returned to the India squad for the first three Tests of the five-match series against England, the BCCI confirmed on Wednesday, 18 July.

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been sidelined by the lower back injury that ruled him out of the first two ODIs of the recently-concluded three-match series against England. He returned in the final ODI on Tuesday, but aggravated the injury.

    He is now ruled out of the Test squad for the time being, and BCCI said his condition was "being assessed by the BCCI medical team and a call on his inclusion in the Test squad will be made soon."

    In better news for India, Jasprit Bumrah, the paceman who injured his thumb during the T20I series against Ireland, will be available for selection from the second Test.

    With Shami returning to the side – he missed out on selection for the Afghanistan Test after failing the mandatory 'yo-yo' fitness test – India will have healthy stock of pacemen to choose from, with all of Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav also included.

    Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will have a third spin-bowling partner in Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm wrist-spinner whose superlative performances in the limited-overs series earned him a Test recall.

    Rishabh Pant, the 20-year-old wicket-keeper batsman, has received his maiden Test call-up, while Karun Nair, the middle-order batsman from Karnataka who is captaining India A in the ongoing tour of England, has retained his place.

    Despite the inclusion of Pant, Dinesh Karthik is expected to take the gloves in the absence of Wriddhiman Saha, who is yet to recover from the thumb injury picked up during the IPL.

    Virat Kohli, the captain, returns to lead the side, having been ruled out of the squad for the Afghanistan Test with an injury, while KL Rahul has also been included to bolster the batting options.

    Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/786792

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    Such an amateurish handling of Bhuvi's injury shows the seriousness Indian Team management is giving to England tests. Bumrah is out injured, Bhuvi has had injury concerns, what do we do? Risk playing him in an ODI 2 weeks before test series!

    Absolutely no lessons learnt. Feels like deja vu of 2011 series when Sehwag was injured, rushed into test, earned multiple ducks, same with Zaheer.

    The entire focus of Kohli and Shastri has been to defend Dhoni from criticism as if the guy has become bigger than the team. Signs of things to come. England should be disappointed if they do not thrash us 3-0 or 4-0.

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    There is a good article up about the issues facing India ahead of the test series.

    If you google search "What India need to do to win in England" you'll be able to find it.
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    If Kohli says his runs don’t matter, he is lying: Anderson


    London : Virat Kohli feels “it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t score runs as long as India wins” but England pace spearhead James Anderson says the Indian captain has to be lying if he states that his individual form won’t be a factor in the upcoming five-Test series starting August 1.

    “It doesn’t matter if he gets runs or not? I think he is telling lies there,” Anderson said in jest when asked about Kohli’s statement.


    In 2014, Kohli had struggled to get going and managed only 134 runs in five Tests here, one of his worst Test performances.

    It is a blot on his stellar career to this day, even though he scored 655 runs in five Tests against England in the home series (2016-17) to lead his side to a 4-0 win.

    At the beginning of the ongoing tour, Kohli had laughed off queries about his form, stating that he intends to enjoy his time here rather than obsess over his individual form as long as the team does well. “For India to win here, of course it matters. Virat will be desperate to score runs for his team, as you would expect from the captain and one of the best players in the world,” Anderson said.

    The 35-year-old pacer has an outstanding record against Kohli, having dismissed him four times in six innings during the 2014 tour. Overall, in Tests, Anderson has dismissed Kohli five times going back to 2012.

    However, Anderson struggled during the 2016 tour of India with modest returns of four wickets in three Tests. “Today, cricketers learn from not only watching match footage but also from past experiences. So I would expect a batsman of Kohli’s quality to have learnt from that last series here [in 2014].

    “I am sure he [Kohli] is practising hard at certain aspects of his game and that will make the battle between him and not just myself, but him and the rest of our bowlers, a really exciting one,” Anderson said.

    Interestingly, there is a heat wave in England at present and the conditions could suit India more in the upcoming series.

    Talking about the Mumbai incident (in 2016), where he had a run-in with Ashwin on nature of sub-continental pitches Anderson added, “I think in India, pitches are a lot slower. Here you would expect a little more pace in the wickets, so maybe the bowlers have that little extra.

    “…we have had a hot few weeks [and a hot summer overall]. So the pitches may well be dry and suit India more than us. That is something we will take into account when we come into that series.

    “We will be hopeful that we have a couple of weeks of rain before the series starts and be able to grow some grass on the wickets.”

    Kohli has scored 301 runs in six limited-overs innings on this tour at an average of 60.2. India won the T20I series 2-1 and England claimed the ODIs by a similar margin. The visitng skipper’s two half-centuries in the ODI series, 75 in Nottingham and 71 in Leeds, showed he is in ominous form.

    When Anderson asked about it, he replied, “No. I think, it is a really difficult one to answer because you would think that the red ball swings more or does more off the seam. But it doesn’t work like that.

    “A batsman like Virat plays the ball so late that they have got so much time and they make you feel slow as a bowler. It is hard with white or red ball. [But] sometimes when batsmen are trying to be more attacking in white ball cricket than red ball, you might create more chances. Overall it is hard to say.”

    With AB de Villiers retired, Steve Smith serving a year’s ban and Kane Williamson enjoying some off time during New Zealand’s winter, this summer promises to be a clash between two in-form batsmen, Kohli and Joe Root.

    Having bowled to all of the above names, Anderson was asked to pick the best batsman in world cricket at the moment. “Well I don’t like bowling to any one of them to be honest,” he replied, with a smile.

    “It is hard to pick one of them because they are all different in their own way. They have all got a lot of qualities. The thing that makes them stand out above other batsmen around the world is how they adapt to all different forms of the game.

    “That’s what’s most impressive – to not only be able to score 50 off 20 balls in a T20 but also get a 100 off 250 balls in a Test match. It takes a special batsman and special mentality to do that. So, I will sit on the fence and say these are the best batsmen in the world, and not pick one,” Anderson said.


    http://www.freepressjournal.in/crick...derson/1320808

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    It’s now or never for India. To play 5 test matches vs England in August and September after one of the hottest and driest summers on record doesn’t happen often. If this side can’t win in England this time they never will and we’ll have to wait for the next generation to give it a go.

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    England announce 13-man squad for 1st Test against India: Joe Root, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jamie Porter


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    A million Mabrouk to you @Markhor

    Get the mitai out @Syed1


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    and Rashid both in the squad, nice!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    It’s now or never for India. To play 5 test matches vs England in August and September after one of the hottest and driest summers on record doesn’t happen often. If this side can’t win in England this time they never will and we’ll have to wait for the next generation to give it a go.
    Not with a limp bowling attack.

    Ishant and a brittle man Shami cannot do it. Shardul Thakur is a joke.

    India has to hope that spinners play a major role on the dry pitches. May be Ashwin/Kuldeep/Jaddu can get 20 wickets.

    We are not able to get Essex batsmen out for cheap.

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    What will be England playing XI?

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    Rashid, Moeen, and Jamie Porter called up to England Test squad

    England have named a 13-strong squad for the first Test against India, with all-rounder Chris Woakes missing out through injury, and young off-spinner Dominic Bess dropped from the side.

    The 21-year-old Somerset player had impressed onlookers with his attitude in two Tests against Pakistan, but has been dropped after England chose to include off-spinner Moeen Ali and leg-spinner Adil Rashid as their spin options.

    The two have been stalwarts in England’s white-ball sides of late - playing a key part in England’s ascent to being the No.1 side in the MRF Tyres ODI rankings - but haven't been in the Test fold in recent times.

    Moeen Ali was dropped after a poor tour of Australia and New Zealand in the winter, where he took five wickets in six Tests at an average of 126.80 and scored 207 runs at an average of 18.81 - a knock of 40 his highest score. Prior to his omission from the side Ali was England's first choice spinner, so - after taking eight wickets in a recent Worcestershire defeat against Somerset, including his first County Championship five-for in five years - his recall is less of a surprise than Rashid’s.

    The leg-spinner played the most recent of his 10 Tests in 2016 in India; all his Test appearances to date have come in Asia. After being overlooked for England’s red-ball sides since then, despite being their leading wicket-taker on that tour of India and starring in ODI and T20I cricket, Rashid chose at the beginning of the summer to sign a white-ball-only contract with Yorkshire, seemingly putting his Test ambitions on hold until at least after the Cricket World Cup 2019.

    His ODI form soared following that decision. He was joint leading wicket-taker in England's 5-0 whitewash of Australia, while his dismissal of Virat Kohli in the decisive third ODI between the two sides, a ripping leg-break that pitched on leg stump, hit off and prompted a stunned reaction from the Indian captain, quickly went viral, leading many to question whether he might be able to have similar success in Test cricket.

    Basing a Test recall purely on white-ball form has recent precedent, with Jos Buttler called up to the England squad after scoring five successive IPL fifties and subsequently earning England’s Player of the Series award against Pakistan. But some fear the effect Rashid’s selection could have on spinners who ply their trade in the Championship with success, only to be overlooked for those who have given up the competition altogether.

    “Moeen Ali has taken his strong bowling form from England’s ODI team into the county championship, where he picked up eight wickets in a fine display against Somerset this week.” Said national selector Ed Smith. “Moeen is recalled to the XIII having missed out on selection against Pakistan.

    “Adil Rashid also returns to the England Test squad. Before the selection meeting, Adil had confirmed his availability to play Test cricket for England for whole of this summer and the upcoming winter tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies. Following his earlier decision in February 2018, Adil has a white-ball only contract to play for Yorkshire this summer. That arrangement is unchanged by his selection for England. However, Adil fully understands that if he wishes to be eligible for Test cricket in the 2019 season, he must have a county contract to play four-day cricket. Moving forward, England Test players must be committed to the county championship.

    “Clearly, the one-off circumstances around Adil’s return to the Test squad are unusual. However, the selection panel was unanimous in believing that Adil should be selected in England’s squad.”

    The two spinners who will be most aggrieved are Bess and Jack Leach. The former looks a precocious talent, having already taken seven five-wicket hauls in 22 first-class games. But having looked raw on Test debut, it seems the ECB are allowing him time to mature.

    The latter has been the leading spinner in England in the past three years and made a capable Test debut in New Zealand, only to be ruled out of parts of the season with injuries. Smith indicated that both players remain in his and his panel’s thoughts.

    “Jack Leach has had an exceptional run of bad luck which now leaves him short of bowling at the start of the series against India,” he said. “Having broken his thumb before the first Test against Pakistan, Jack then suffered concussion on his return to county cricket. As a result, Jack has bowled only 37 overs in county or Lions cricket since first being injured. The selection panel felt it was too early for Jack to play in a Test match. Though he is not included in the XIII, Jack will join the team throughout preparations for the Test.

    “The same applies to Dom Bess. Dom made an outstanding all-round contribution in his debut series against Pakistan and impressed everyone with his character and competitiveness. For different reasons, unfortunately Dom has also found opportunities scarce in championship cricket. Though not included in the XIII, he will also practice fully with the squad before the Test.

    England’s batting order was more settled coming into this squad announcement. Opener Keaton Jennings and middle-order batsman Dawid Malan were the two players with places most at risk, but with the former having played only one Test since his recall, and the latter having shown signs of return to form with twin fifties for the England Lions against India A, both were expected to be included.

    The make up of their fast bowling attack was less certain, with Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes and Durham’s Mark Wood both injury concerns. England have a cavalcade of options, who have recently played Test cricket, to call upon – the likes of Craig Overton, Jake Ball, and even Steven Finn – but have chosen instead to call up Essex’s Jamie Porter for the first time.

    Operating in the low-to-mid 80s, accurate, and capable of hitting the seam regularly, the quick played a vital hand in Essex’s barnstorming march to the County Championship title last season, taking 85 first-class wickets at 16.74. After injury ruled him out of a Lions tour in the winter, he has impressed again, taking 28 wickets at 26.82 in this year’s Championship.

    Teenage all-rounder Sam Curran also retains his place. Like Bess, the youngster looked raw on his Test debut against Pakistan, which he played instead of the injured Ben Stokes. He has perhaps been included with an eye on the short- and long-term future, with Stokes set to miss the second Test against India due to a court appearance.

    “Jamie Porter has been the outstanding seam bowler in the county championship over the past three seasons. He also impressed for the Lions v India A last week. With his resilience and appetite for wicket-taking, Jamie fully deserves his elevation to the England Test squad. Sam Curran, also full of form and confidence in Lions and county cricket, retains his place in the squad after his promising debut at Headingley.”

    England squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Dawid Malan, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jamie Porter

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/789034

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    England bowlers' class will make the difference vs India: Dale Steyn

    ndia's five-Test series against England which begins in Birmingham from August 1 is certain to grab the attention of the entire cricketing world. The hosts, ranked No.1 in Test cricket will take on Virat Kohli's team, ranked No.2 in the Test format, in what is expected to be a battle of attrition, resilience and grit.

    England had been triumphant in the last Test series at home, winning the five-match series 3-1. India returned the favour in their own den in 2016, winning the five-match series 4-0. This time, ironically, many experts believe spinners will play a key role given an extraordinarily warm English summer.

    Therefore, despite reservations, England controversially picked leg-spinner Adil Rashid and recalled Moeen Ali, two of their best spinners for the first Test. Radhid enjoyed some success against India in the ODI series and his ripper of a delivery to dismiss Virat Kohli prompted the National Selection Committee to recall the leg-spinner despite his reluctance to play the traditional format.

    India, meanwhile, have packed their side with three spinners - R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. But they have some injury concerns. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will not be available for the first three Tests while Jasprit Bumrah will be out of action in Birmingham.

    And given India's injury concerns in their bowling department, South African pace ace Dale Steyn belives England's bowling attack will make the difference in the Test series against India.

    "My experience in England (where he has been playing county cricket for the last two months) tells me that the wickets are quite flat; good for batting and tough for bowling. That's going to be the difference between India and England. With India losing Bhuvi for three Tests and Bumrah (undergoing rehab), they are going to struggle a little bit I reckon," Steyn who is in Mumbai to promote Go Pro said. "They are going to need that kind of experience and class and quality. That's going to be the tipping scale between the two sides. It will be a high-scoring Test series but England's bowling will just tip India."

    Both sides have enough experience in their bowling ranks, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have toured England to play Test cricket before. England, meanwhile, boast of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who have 957 Test wickets between them.

    However, both men are on the wrong side of 30. But Steyn, 35, and set to become South Africa's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, disagreed with observers who felt the English pace duo might be getting too old to be ruthless with their job.

    "I think Anderson's skills will always be there; he will swing the new ball, he will contain really well, he doesn't go at 3.5 or 4 runs a over. He is a great asset to have and his record in England is fantastic.

    "Age means nothing when it comes to that. Broad too has always been there and done that. I see that in every Ashes he runs in; there seems to be a spring in his step. He is fantastic in those conditions. So age won't matter when it comes to the both of them. Their skills are exceptional. They know what to do in those conditions," he said.

    While several experts in India believe Kuldeep could be a major threat to England if the pitches offer turn during the series, Steyn said Ashwin would be the bigger threat.

    Kuldeep has had a remarkable tour of England so far, picking up five-wicket hauls in the T20I as well as ODI series. But Steyn said bowling consistently well for prolonged spells in Test cricket would be a different challenge altogether. "Ashwin will be the bigger key (for India). Kuldeep is new right now. Although he does well in the shorter formats, when you ask someone to deliver in Test cricket, it's completely different. He needs to bowl with attacking fields for longer periods of time; in ODIs, you can have a more spread out field, so he can run in and do his thing. Ashwin will be key because he has amazing control and experience."

    "And just in case the pitches do not offer any turn? Then India should be worried," said Steyn.

    "A right arm off-spinner against Jos Butler, Jonny Bairstow and their other right handers; they could look to take him down especially with the lack of fast bowlers. It's going to be a tough tour for India," he says.

    "India do have some amazing batting. So, if they do well with the bat and put enough pressure with the ball, you never know," he said.

    https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cri...844-2018-07-26

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    Shikhar Dhawan goes for pair 0 & 0 vs essex in practice match. I still doubt that kohli will pick him ahead of rahul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam99 View Post
    Shikhar Dhawan goes for pair 0 & 0 vs essex in practice match. I still doubt that kohli will pick him ahead of rahul.
    India struggling against these nobodies.

    Ishant, Shami and Shardul Trundler could not get 10 Essex wickets

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    India struggling against these nobodies.

    Ishant, Shami and Shardul Trundler could not get 10 Essex wickets
    Ishant bowled well. Shami was poor on 1st day but bowled really well today sadly 2 - 3 of his catches dropped by wicket keeper and in slip. Thankur is trundler idk why he is even playing.

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    If this is the performance vs Essex, believe me its gonna be 5-0 to England

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    Dhawan deserves to play all 5 tests You can't drop your best FTB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam99 View Post
    Ishant bowled well. Shami was poor on 1st day but bowled really well today sadly 2 - 3 of his catches dropped by wicket keeper and in slip. Thankur is trundler idk why he is even playing.
    Thakur is short, fat and trundler.Disastrous combination for a fast bowler in Tests.They should have instead drafted in Mohammed Siraj who bowled brilliantly in A team games against Windies and English Lions with Cook.

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    So whatever we have seen from the practice match-

    Rahul, Umesh and Karthik seem to be playing the 1st test. Dhawan is a big no.

    Real dilemma here is spin department. Whether India goes with 1 spinner or 2 Spinners. Who among the 3 gets the chance. I think Ashwin will be preferred over Kuldeep and Jadeja if India goes with single spinner, at least for 1st couple of tests.

    This should be the playing eleven-

    Rahul
    Vijay
    Pujara
    Kohli
    Rahane
    Karthik
    Pandya
    Ashwin
    Umesh
    Ishant
    Shami

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    India vs England: I Am Excited But Nervous Too, Says Dinesh Karthik

    Dinesh Karthik on Saturday said that he is nervous and can't escape the feeling of deja vu as he gets ready to don the big gloves in a Test series in England exactly 10 years after his impressive knocks against the same opposition. Karthik, who made his Test comeback against Afghanistan in June, will have a big responsibility of filling up for Wriddhiman Saha, who is set to undergo shoulder surgery. In 2007 series in England, Karthik had played a pivotal role scoring 60 at Lord's, 77 at Trent Bridge and 91 at the Oval in India's 1-0 victory.

    "I am feeling nervous and a little excited. Playing Test cricket after a long time, and I am looking forward to it. Playing in England is a great challenge, and like any other player, I am as excited as I can be," Karthik told BCCI.TV.

    Interestingly, Karthik is the only surviving player from that tour of 2007, when India last won a Test series in England under Rahul Dravid.

    "I don't remember so far back, my memory is so bad. I do remember it as the highlight of my career (so far). It was a terrific Test series - one of the few series where both sides played the same XI through the three Tests," Karthik said.

    "It just goes to show how competitive it was. Both teams didn't feel the need to make any changes, which shows the kind of quality of cricket in the contest," Karthik fondly recollected.

    Karthik remembered the banter and arguments with the famous "jelly bean incident" at Trent Bridge involving Zaheer Khan and England players. Zaheer while batting found some chewed jelly beans on the pitch and had an argument with England players. A fired up Zaheer took a five-for in the second innings to set up an Indian win.

    "There was also a lot of banter and arguments, quite a few heated moments in the Test series but it was all played in a good spirit. We saved a game at the Lord's, won in Nottingham, and Anil Kumble got a hundred at Surrey (Oval). They had no way to make a match out of it," said Karthik.

    The 33-year-old was all praise for captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri for leading the unit from the front.

    "We are looking forward to it as a team and we are excited to see the captain and coach leading us from the front with a lot of positive energy and positive vibes, so at this point of time the mood in the camp is upbeat," he said.

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    Stuart Broad is '100 per cent fit' and raring to go at India

    The ankle injury that sidelined Stuart Broad was unfortunate, but it has allowed him time to recharge his batteries ahead of the five-match Test series against India.

    Broad, 32, feels that he is at peak fitness ahead of what is expected to be a gruelling series against the No.1 side in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. "I am going in 100 per cent fit and you can't say that too often. It's an exciting place to be," he said.

    England's Test-playing trio of Alastair Cook, Jimmy Anderson, and Broad last played an international match during the two-Test series against Pakistan in late May and early June. Cook has since turned out for England Lions against India A, but Broad and Anderson have been given time off.

    "We haven't had a huge amount of overs towards the end of June and July, so we're going into a five-Test series in just over six weeks really fresh," said Broad.

    "As a professional in this country, you could be going into August a little tired: here's another warm-up, that sort of thing. But the likes of Cooky, myself and Jimmy Anderson should be able to bring a lot of energy to the guys who have been playing all summer. I see that as a big positive."

    In the previous two home series against India – England won 4-0 in 2011 and 3-1 in 2014 – Broad picked up a total of 44 wickets at a brilliant average of 17.

    To be that effective again, however, would be tricky, given the rigorous schedule, with five matches being played over six weeks.

    Broad expects the bowlers to be rotated during the Tests. "There have already been small conversations about you shouldn't be disheartened if you are left out for a Test match," he said. "It's not a personal attack or dropping: it's a management of your bowlers to make sure we give ourselves the best chance."

    All eyes will be on Anderson's battle against Virat Kohli, the India captain, but Broad chose to play it down. "I really don't agree with the theory that one particular bowler can target a world-class batsman," he said. "You have to have that pressure and theatre at both ends against that sort of quality – that's when you get mistakes.

    "If he's able to really watch Jimmy (Anderson) and play carefully but score off me, you're taking away any advantage as a team. As a bowling unit we will just have to make it as hard for all of their batsmen to score early runs, but particularly a key player like Virat. We have to try and create pressure that way."

    The first Test between England and India will begin at Edgbaston on 1 August.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/789922

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    Anderson will start the series against India as the No.1 bowler in the world, and Joe Root as the No.3 batsman.

    Fifth-ranked England can rise to as high as second while India will aim to consolidate their No.1 ranking
    Virat Kohli has top-ranked Steve Smith firmly within his sights; James Anderson to start as No.1 ranked bowler as India boasts six bowlers inside the top-30

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has sent its congratulations to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as their men’s team prepares for their 1000th Test match, which begins at Edgbaston in Birmingham against India on Wednesday, 1 August.

    Out of the 999 men’s Tests to date since their debut Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 1877, England have won 357 Tests and lost 297 Tests with 345 ending in draws. At the Edgbaston alone, the venue of the 1000th Test, England have played 50 Tests to date since their first Test in May 1902 against Australia, winning 27, losing eight with 15 ending in draws.

    ICC Chairman Mr Shashank Manohar said: “On behalf of the cricket family, I want to congratulate England on their 1000th men’s Test match, the first country to reach this milestone.

    “I wish England all the best in this historic match and may it continue to produce players and performances that inspire the following of Test cricket, the oldest and most demanding format of the game.”

    To commemorate the occasion, Jeff Crowe, former New Zealand captain and member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, on behalf of the ICC, will present a silver plaque to England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Mr Colin Graves before the start of the Test.

    England have dominated India since their first Test in June 1932, winning 43 and losing 25 out of a total of 117 Tests. On home turf, England have won 30 Tests and India have emerged winners on six occasions with 21 Tests ending in draws.

    Edgbaston has hosted six Tests between the two sides, with England leading 5-0 on a head-to-head.

    These statistics will give England further impetus to their ambitions of improving their current ranking of fifth on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. If England makes a 5-0 sweep, then they will jump to second on the table with a 10-point rise to 107 points, reducing the pre-series gap with top-ranked India from 28 points to just five points.

    In contrast, if India can display their strength and prowess which has made them the highest-ranked side in the world, then they will further strength their grip on the top spot. If India wins 5-0, then they will rise to 129 points and England will drop to sixth place on 94 points.

    To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, please click here. The MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, unlike the ODI and T20I rankings, are updated after the end of a series.

    The followers of the most challenging format of the game will also be keeping a close watch on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings as India captain Virat Kohli will look to snatch the coveted number-one position from Australia’s Steve Smith, while England fast bowler James Anderson will aim to defend his number-one ranking.

    Kohli trails Smith by 26 points and will have to produce a string of strong performances to leapfrog the Australian, while Anderson will also need wickets to either defend or consolidate his top spot.

    Apart from Kohli and Anderson, both the sides comprise players who feature prominently in the Test player rankings who, during the course of the series, will be hoping to make upward movements. This makes the upcoming series a perfect recipe for entertaining, interesting and enthralling red ball cricket.

    Amongst the batsmen, both England and India have five each inside the top-50. From England, Joe Root is ranked third (48 points behind Kohli), Alistair Cook 13th, Jonny Bairstow 16th, Ben Stokes 28th and Moeen Ali 43rd, while India’s Cheteshwar Pujara is sixth, followed by Lokesh Rahul 18th, Ajinkya Rahane 19th, Murali Vijay 23rd and Shikhar Dhawan 24th.

    Amongst the bowlers and besides Anderson, Stuart Broad is the other bowler who features inside the top-30 in 12th position.

    In contrast, India boasts six bowlers inside the top-30, including two spinners in Ravindra Jadeja (third) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth), and four fast bowlers, namely Mohammed Shami (17th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25th), Ishant Sharma (26th) and Umesh Yadav (28th).

    India’s left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who caused problems for the England batsmen in the ODI series, is ranked outside the top-50 in 56th position.

    The Test player rankings will now be updated following the conclusion of the Edgbaston Test, while the Test team rankings will be updated following the conclusion of the fifth and final Test at The Oval.

    Series schedule

    1-5 August – 1st Test, Edgbaston
    9-13 August – 2nd Test, Lord’s
    18-22 August – 3rd Test, Trent Bridge
    30 August – 3 September – 4th Test, Hampshire Bowl
    7-11 September – 5th Test, The Oval

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/789939
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    [QUOTE=Mamoon;9742871]Don't see us ascending from 7th/6th in the near future. 5-0 in England and South Africa awaits us, we will be lucky to even draw one match. [/QUOTE]

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    Ajinkya Rahane 'not at all' surprised by Adil Rashid selection

    India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said he was "not at all" surprised with Adil Rashid's inclusion in the England squad for the first Test at Edgbaston from Wednesday.

    The batsman said Rashid "bowled really well" against India in the three-match ODI series, in which the Yorkshire spinner took seven wickets.

    Rahane believes recent conditions have allowed Rashid to be particularly dangerous, saying: "Right now in England, it's like playing in Mumbai or Chennai. [Rashid is] a quality spinner and we don't want to take anyone lightly."

    India last toured in 2014, losing the series 3-1. Rahane was part of that squad, but feels far better prepared for the challenge four years on. "We know what it takes to play good cricket here in England," he said.

    "So for us it is important that we play good cricket without thinking of the result. Because sometimes what happens is you think about the result and put pressure on yourself."

    With the sides so evenly matched, Rahane believes attitude is key to India's success.

    He said: "It's important that as well as working on our skill sets, we prepare our mindset, especially here in England. I feel that it will be a test of our mind and character here.

    "In England, patience is the key [to batting well]. It depends on the weather; if it's sunny then it's good to bat on, if it's cloudy then it definitely favours the bowlers. But as a batting unit, I feel that backing your ability and your own game, rather than copying anyone else, is important."

    On the topic of India's bowling battery, Rahane was confident. "Our pace bowlers are very experienced now," he said.

    "[Mohammed] Shami and Umesh [Yadav] were here in 2014 as well. They've been doing so well for us – not only in India – in South Africa they got 60 wickets.

    "For them it is a challenge to bowl in England, but I'm really confident in them. We have the attack to destruct opponents, but it will be a challenge for them to bowl in the right areas for long periods of time."

    Batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara have been inconsistent of late, but Rahane said: "We're not worried at all [about their form].

    "Both are quality batsman and all it takes is one good innings to get into form. As I'm concerned, they're quality players and are batting well in the nets."

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/790212

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    On a sidenote, which channel is broadcasting this series in Pakistan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joggerman View Post
    On a sidenote, which channel is broadcasting this series in Pakistan?
    Watched on Sony Six. Don't think any of the local channels (PTV Sports/Ten Sports) are showing it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Watched on Sony Six. Don't think any of the local channels (PTV Sports/Ten Sports) are showing it.
    How was the picture quality? Mine was terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    How was the picture quality? Mine was terrible.
    Sony Six is HD. Quality is excellent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Sony Six is HD. Quality is excellent.
    Mine was “HD” too. Quality was terrible

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    Mine was “HD” too. Quality was terrible
    Your TV provider is the culprit

    PTCL?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Your TV provider is the culprit

    PTCL?
    Wateen

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    Wateen
    I have StormFiber


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    Thanks for informing Abdullah. Guess I need to switch from Cable TV to StormFiber now. Have been missing out on a lot of cricket in the last few months. Damn, couldnt watch this test match live.

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    England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has been sent to a Nottingham hospital after being struck on his left middle finger during the third morning’s play against India at Trent Bridge.

    The ECB confirmed that Bairstow, who copped a blow behind the stumps off the final ball of James Anderson’s 10-over spell on Monday, was taken to hospital for an x-ray. As the Trent Bridge pitch started to agitate on the third morning, several deliveries kept low off the England pace bowlers. One such delivery from Anderson beat Cheteshwar Pujara and as it deviated past the batsman’s bat it surprised Bairstow, who was hit on his left hand and immediately fell to the ground in pain.

    After a brief inspection from the England physio, Bairstow walked off the field in pain. Jos Buttler took over the wicketkeeping duties as soon as Bairstow was forced off.

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