Dravid, Ganguly's big hundreds in Taunton had an incredible impact on me: Buttler

London, May 19 England's swashbuckling batsman Jos Buttler says Indian greats Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly's big hundreds in the 1999 World Cup match against Sri Lanka had an "incredible impact" on him.

The duo of Ganguly and Dravid had stitched together a mammoth partnership of 318 runs for the second wicket to set up an easy victory for India.

That was long before the T20 revolution took the game by storm but, on that day in Taunton, sixes and fours rained down from the blades of the two Indian batsmen, something the destructive Buttler often does these days.

"Those were my formative years and watching that game with Ganguly and Dravid scoring big hundreds had an incredible impact," Buttler told Cricbuzz.

He was surprised by the massive Indian presence in the crowd for a match in England.

"India versus Sri Lanka in 1999 World Cup was my first experience of seeing Indian crowds and that ignites the fire of how passionate people are about the game and how cool it would be to play in a World Cup," added Buttler.

Buttler looked in good form for Rajasthan Royals in the now-suspended IPL-14, including scoring a scintillating 64-ball 124 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Considered one of England's finest limited overs batsman, Buttler was instrumental in guiding them to the 2019 World Cup victory at home, and is expected to play a crucial role in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Indian women set to play Test in Australia after England

New Delhi, May 18  Indian women's cricket team is set to play a Test in Australia after playing one in England next month.

India, who play their first Test in seven years from June 16 in England, will play another one during the tour of Australia. They will also play ODI and T20I matches Down Under.

India last played a Test against Australia in 2006.

"England and Australia are the two teams that still play Tests and going forward you will see a Test slotted in when they visit India or when India tour the two countries," a BCCI official told PTI on Tuesday.

"The idea was floated on the sidelines of the men's pink ball Test and later discussed in the Apex Council meeting (last month)."

The tour of Australia is not yet announced but Australian pacer Megan Schutt said earlier this month the series is planned for mid-September.

The Indian squad assembles in Mumbai on Wednesday ahead of the UK tour comprising a Test in Bristol, followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is.

The team will quarantine for two weeks before flying out to UK with the men's team.

England players unlikely to be available for re-scheduled IPL: ECB

London, May 11  England have a busy international schedule from June onwards and the players are unlikely to be available for the remainder of the suspended IPL if the T20 tournament is rescheduled this year, says ECB Director of Cricket Ashley Giles.

The IPL was suspended last week after multiple COVID-19 cases inside its bio-bubble. There are two windows for the T20 event to be resumed this year -- one is in the second half of September and before the T20 World Cup (October-November ) and the other is after mid-November.

But England's top players will be in action at both times. They have tours to Bangladesh and Pakistan in September and October, while they will compete with Australia at the Ashes right after the T20 World Cup.

"We're planning on involvement of England players in England matches. We've got a full FTP schedule. So if those tours to Pakistan and Bangladesh are going ahead, I'd expect the players to be there," Giles said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

There were 11 Englishman in various franchises in the suspended IPL.

"None of us knows what a rearranged IPL looks like at the moment, where it's going to be or when. But from when we start this summer against New Zealand, our programme is incredibly busy," Giles said.

"We've got a lot of important, high-profile cricket including the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. And we're going to have to look after our players."

Giles dismissed suggestion that this signals a change in approach from the ECB as the management had earlier allowed up to a dozen players to miss the Test series against New Zealand at the start of June due to their involvement in the IPL.

"The New Zealand scenario was very different. Those Test matches were formalised at the end of January, by which time all those contracts and NOCs (no objection certificates) were signed for full involvement in the IPL."

Giles expressed hope that players would be allowed "a bit more freedom" from bio-bubbles as the England summer progresses. The Test players are likely to enter their latest bubble from around May 28.

He is also keen to see England players appearing in the Hundred which starts on July 21 and runs until August 21. England's Test series against India is scheduled to start in Nottingham on August 4.

"We'd love them to be involved in the Hundred at some point and the launch of that competition. It would be great to have our best players playing in it. But we'll have to look at workloads very carefully."

Giles also hinted that England will look to try some new faces against New Zealand.

"What we do know, and what's not going to change, is the weight of cricket. Given the Ashes series (this winter), we don't know what conditions that's going to be played in at the moment with regard to a Covid environment, but we are going to need a bigger group of players still," he said.

"We may also choose against New Zealand to look at some new faces. With the amount of other cricket we have to play, we almost want to get this tapering towards the Ashes. We have got to get that right.

"Is that against New Zealand? I don't know, that's something for us to continue to discuss.

India vs England 2nd ODI: pressure on tourists

Friday 26th March 2021 (Pune):  Over the last two months, twice in as many formats has India come back with a bang to walk away with the series, first in Tests followed by T20Is. On Friday, India will have a chance to seal the ODI series and World champion England will be desperate to keep it alive.

The England team management, while releasing an update on the second ODI, confirmed on Thursday evening that Liam Livingstone will make his ODI debut. Dawid Malan who was part of the England contingent as a cover, has been drafted into the squad in place of Morgan and will be available for selection.

ndia, on the other hand, has plenty of options to replace injured Shreyas Iyer.

Having suffered a shoulder injury on Tuesday, an Indian team spokesperson confirmed that the batsman has been “ruled of the remainder of the series”.

India will thus have to decide whether to replace him with left-handed Rishabh Pant or hand Suryakumar Yadav an ODI debut. Both Pant and Surya have been in fine form and will be hoping to get some game-time.

Kuldeep Yadav, who spent most of the last four months on the bench, deserves to be given a longer rope. The chinaman may need some time to rediscover the mojo.

For two years before the COVID-19 outbreak, Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal had emerged as a lethal spin combination in white-ball cricket. But with Kuldeep losing zing – loss of confidence and loss of pace, something that works against a spinner in modern-day cricket – he has moved south in the preferred spinners’ list.

The second ODI could be a make-or-break opportunity for Kuldeep.

Ahead of the series, there were questions on the context of three one-dayers in a T20 World Cup year, but if India triumphs, it will snatch the No. 1 ODI ranking from England.

The teams (from):

INDIA: Virat Kohli (Capt.), Rohit Sharma (Vice-capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (w.k.), KL Rahul (w.k.), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, T. Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur.

ENGLAND: Jos Buttler (c)(w.k.), Jonny Bairstow (w.k.), Sam Billings (w.k.), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Livingstone, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood, Dawid Malan.

The match starts at 1.30 p.m.

Live on Star Sports


Source: Sportstar

England spin bowling coach admits visitors went in wrong strategy in 3rd Test

28 out of 30 wickets fell to spinners. England team management got their strategy wrong as they went in with three seamers on turning track.

India's Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli appeal for the wicket of England's Bastman during day one of the 3rd Test Match in the series between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad.((ANI Photo/ECB Twitter))

The third Test between India and England has thrown open a big controversy regarding the pitch. The match got finished inside two days with India comprehensively outplaying England by 10 wickets. It was turning track with Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Joe Root and Jack Leach bamboozling the batsmen.

28 out of 30 wickets fell to spinners. England team management got their strategy wrong as they went in with three seamers on turning track. And it backfired big time as England batsmen have been criticized for their approach in the ongoing Test series against India.


England spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel has also admitted that the visitors did not expect spin to play a part so early in the Test match and that is why they picked the playing XI with seamers.


“Look, it is India, it is Asia. We expect to get spinning surfaces, may be we did not expect to take spin as early as it did and hence the line-up we picked. It was a tough pitch to play on and we got on the wrong side of it. In the first innings when we won the toss, 112 was not going to be enough on any surface -- spinning, flat or seaming. We were excited when we bowled India out for 140-odd. But again it did not click in second innings. If we had scored 200 or 230 in the first innings, the game could have been different,” Patel said at a virtual press conference on Monday.

The Pink ball reacted differently and it did not go the way we thought it would go. We had a plan but it did not quite work. The pink ball had so many unknowns really and how it will react in terms of the wicket we did not know. You are never sure how things are going to play in Asia.”


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Root receives special cap for his 100th Test from Stokes

Chennai, Feb 5  It was a special moment for England captain Joe Root as he received a cap from team-mate Ben Stokes for featuring in his milestone 100th Test in the first match of the series against India here.

The stylish right-hander was handed the special cap by star all-rounder Stokes prior to the start of the Test at the M A Chidambaram stadium.

He was also presented a special cap by England national selector Ed Smith on the occasion.

Root had made his debut against India in the 2012-13 tour and also played his 50th Test against the same opponent in Vishakapatnam in 2016.

The 30-year-old Root has scored 8,249 runs with 19 centuries and 49 half-centuries before this Test.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, who is playing in his 50th Test, also received a special cap from Root.

The England players wore black armbands as a mark of respect for inspirational war veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died aged 100 earlier this week after being admitted to hospital with coronavirus, the ECB media manager said in a statement.  PTI

UK announces month-long lockdown as COVID-19 cases cross 1 million mark

Guwahati: Until December 2, people in England will only be allowed to leave their homes for specific reasons, such as education, work or food shopping as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England will enter a month-long lockdown from Thursday.

"Now is the time to take action because there is no alternative," Johnson said in a virtual press conference on Saturday at Downing Street. The prime minister's announcement came just hours after official figures showed that Britain's confirmed coronavirus cases surge past one million mark.

"From Thursday until the start of December you must stay at home, you may only leave home for specific reasons," he said in the live broadcasted news conference. Under the new measures, which will be effective until December 2, people in England will only be allowed to leave their homes for specific reasons, such as education, work or food shopping, said Johnson. Pubs, bars and restaurants will close across the country except for takeaways. Non-essential shops, hairdressers and leisure and entertainment venues will also be shut, he said.

Schools, colleges and universities will remain open, the prime minister said, adding that those who cannot work from home, such as construction or manufacturing workers, will be encouraged to continue going to their workplaces. Meanwhile, different households will be banned from mixing, although support bubbles and childcare bubbles will remain. Gyms will be shut but people can continue to exercise outdoors, at most with one person from another household, Johnson announced.

After December 2, the restrictions would be eased and regions would go back to the tiered system, the prime minister said.

"Christmas is going to be different this year, perhaps very different, but it's my sincere hope and belief that by taking tough action now we can allow families across the country to be together," Johnson said.

The British government has previously pursued a localized approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic with a three-tier alert system according to local infection rates. Earlier Saturday, official figures showed that another 21,915 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 1,011,660. The coronavirus-related deaths in Britain rose by 326 to 46,555, the data showed.

To bring life back to normal, countries, such as Britain, China, Russia and the United States, are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

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Moeen Ali named England vice-captain for ODI series against Ireland

3-match ODI series to begin on July 30

London: England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been named vice-captain of the side for the upcoming One-day International (ODI) series against Ireland, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Tuesday. The three-match series between Ireland and England is slated to begin from July 30. The series will take place behind closed doors in a bio-secure bubble at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

"Moeen Ali has been confirmed as Eoin Morgan's vice-captain for England Men's three-match Royal London Series against Ireland," the ECB said in an official statement.

Earlier, the ECB had named 24-member behind closed doors training group for the Ireland series.

Behind-Closed-Doors ODI Training Group: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Henry Brookes, Brydon Carse, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Ben Duckett, Laurie Evans, Richard Gleeson, Lewis Gregory, Sam Hain, Tom Helm, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey.

The first ODI of the three-match series will be played on July 30 followed by the other two on August 1 and 4.

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Manchester washout concerns host and West Indies

Manchester: Rain prevented any play on the third day of the second cricket test between England and West Indies in Manchester on Saturday. England is trailing 1-0 in the three-match series, has only two days left to try for a victory. England all-rounder Ben Stokes told media, "It's not ideal. It's looking like we'll have to take 19 wickets in two days”.

Stokes further added,"But the wicket has offered something throughout the whole test so far, so we just need to make sure we can expose that. We know that once we get on a roll, anything is possible with the bowling attack we have." Better weather is forecast for the last two days. With no fans present, West Indies will resume Sunday morning on 32-1 in reply to England's first innings 469-9 declared, with KraiggBrathwaite 6 not out and nightwatchmanAlzarri Joseph unbeaten on 14.

Opener John Campbell fell for 12 on Friday, trapped leg before by Sam Curran. Stokes top-scored in England's innings with 176 - his 10th test century - while Dom Sibley hit 120, his second century. Jos Buttler also made 40 and Dom Bess finished unbeaten on 31. Off-spinner Roston Chase was the most effective West Indies bowler. He took 5-172 and paceman Kemar Roach picked up 2-58.

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Protect Your Stumps, Play beside the Line of the Ball: Lara to WI Team

London: Former West Indian batting maestro Brian Lara has issued an advisory to the West Indies cricket team as to how to bat against the England bowlers under English conditions. Interestingly, the Windies are in England and the first test between the two sides has already begun in Southampton in England.

Lara made a two-point advice to the WI team skippered by Jason Holder prior to the series getting underway. The 2-point mantra is – ‘protect your stumps, play beside the line of the ball’.

Both skipper Holder and head coach Phil Simmons have underlined that batting appears to be the team's weakness. This factor came to light in the rain-affected second intra-squad warm-up match in Manchester. In fact, Holder has reportedly stated that some WI batsmen needed to ‘look at the mirror’.

With Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer not available, Windies seems set to rely heavily on Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope to keep the batting tempo going their heroics.

"The key to any team taking the field, especially if they are taking the field after batting, is the number of runs they have to play with," Lara is reported to have said. "This present West Indies team needs the luxury of having run on the board. They need their batsmen to come up trumps and give them that sort of comfort. So the effectiveness of a Kemar Roach or Shannon Gabriel will only come into play if they don't have to go on the defensive because of the lack of runs. That has been our problem for many, many years," Lara added.

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