Aug 172017
England face Windies in UK?s first ever day/night Test

The first of a three-match campaign starts at Edgbaston on Thursday with the inaugural day/night Test in EnglandBIRMINGHAM: West Indies captain Jason Holder believes his pacemen can help the “huge underdogs” make life uncomfortable for England during their upcoming Test series.The first of a three-match campaign starts at Edgbaston on Thursday with the inaugural day/night Test in England.Leading British bookmaker William Hill have Joe Root´s men as 1/5-on favourites to triumph in Birmingham, with the West Indies 12/1 against.The reason for the huge disparity in the odds is not hard to find — since 1997, excluding matches against the often struggling Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, the West Indies have won just three out of 86 away Tests, losing 66 and drawing 17.Their last Test win on English soil was at Edgbaston back in 2000 and it would constitute a major upset if they defeated an England side who come into this match on the back of a 3-1 series win at home to South Africa.But with the first Test a pink ball affair, all-rounder Holder believes an emerging pace attack can trouble an England top order where only Alastair Cook and Root are currently certain of their places.“I think our bowling has really carried us throughout the last few Test matches,” said Holder.“Shannon Gabriel has had a pretty decent year; I haven´t been doing too badly, and we´ve got young Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins. “Kemar Roach is actually showing some very, very good form — so I´m really confident in [Read More…]

Aug 152017
Broad excited as England step into day/night Test ?unknown?

There have already been four day/night Test elsewhere in the worldLONDON: Stuart Broad is looking forward to seeing England step into the unknown when the first day/night Test to be staged in cricket´s birthplace starts later this week.The landmark fixture will get underway at Birmingham´s Edgbaston on Thursday when England face the West Indies in the first of a three-match series.There have already been four day/night Test elsewhere in the world, three in Australia and one in Dubai where the West Indies were defeated by Pakistan.Now England must confront the challenges that come with using the pink ball — required as it is more visible under lights while the white ball familiar from one-day cricket clashes with the players´ traditional white Test match clothing — as well as the difficulties of batting in an awkward twilight period. As happened in Australia, that could even lead to some unusual declarations and England fast bowler Broad, whose pink ball experience extends to one promotional delivery said Monday: “It´s stepping into the unknown completely. I´ve bowled one ball with the pink ball – I got it relatively straight.“We´re training this (Monday) evening under lights which will be a good session,” the Nottinghamshire paceman added at an event staged by series sponsors Investec.“I just don´t know what to expect. We are just going to have to be so adaptable on the day and figure out what´s going on.“The Adelaide Test matches, I really enjoyed watching — the couple that had the day/night games. I [Read More…]

Jul 092017
Lewis ton carries West Indies to thumping T20 win over India

Evin Lewis blazed his second hundred against India to lead the West Indies to a rampaging nine-wicket victory in the one-off T20 international at Sabina Park on Sunday.Replying to the tourists’ challenging total of 190 for six, Lewis stole the spotlight from returning local hero Chris Gayle with a blistering unbeaten 125 in taking the home side to 194 for one with nine balls to spare.It was the first T20 international hundred scored by a West Indian in the Caribbean, and puts the left-handed opener alongside Gayle and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum as the only players to have scored more than one century in the international format of the game.Lewis’ innings was highlighted by 12 towering sixes and six fours off only 62 deliveries.This memorable knock came 11 months after he compiled an even 100 against the same opponents in Fort Lauderdale, where the West Indies sneaked a one-run win a high-scoring encounter.He completely dominated an 82-run opening stand with Gayle, who fell to debutant Kuldeep Yadav for 18 in the ninth over.Marlon Samuels then supported Lewis’ explosive innings with an assured unbeaten 36 off 29 deliveries as their unbroken second-wicket stand of 112 saw the West Indies home in the 19th over.Lewis fittingly ended the contest with another swing for six off spinner Ravindra Jadeja to achieve the highest individual score in a T20 international chase.“It was at the back of my mind that I didn’t get a score in the one-dayers but I just believe in backing myself [Read More…]

Jul 072017
Learning a lot from Women's World Cup: Sana Mir

Sana Mir top scored for Pakistan with 45 against Australia on July 5, 2017/ICCISLAMABAD: Pakistan Women’s cricket captain Sana Mir believes her team has learned a lot from the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup but needs to build on that experience.Although not mathematically eliminated, Pakistan’s chances of progressing are slim in the World Cup, but Sana feels the team has learned a lot so far, said a press release issued here.“We may not have had the best tournament so far but we need to enjoy it,” she said.“We only qualified for the tournament a few months ago so just being here is an achievement in itself and I think we are better than we have shown so far.“What is very important is that we are able to bat out the 50 overs like we did against Australia.“We need the young girls who are playing in the future to get an opportunity to face the best bowlers in the world. This is a learning curve for the newcomers. New Zealand captain Suzie Bates in action, July 6, 2017/ICC/Getty Images “We started very well with the ball against all the big teams so we are not afraid of playing New Zealand in Saturday’s clash. I think with the kind of attitude and consistency we’re showing with our bowling, particularly early on, we can hurt New Zealand,” she said.A big win over the West Indies pushed New Zealand back into the top four after four games at the Women’s World Cup, but captain Suzie Bates [Read More…]

Jul 072017
Kohli clinches match, ODI series against Windies

India captain Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten century as his team crushed West Indies by eight wickets to clinch their one-day international series in the final match on Thursday.Kohli scored 111 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, securing victory in style with a six as India won at a canter with 79 balls to spare to take the five-match series 3-1.India scored 206 for two wickets in reply after West Indies won the toss and batted, compiling 205-9 off their allotted 50 overs on a good batting surface.Kohli scored at almost a run a ball, smashing 12 fours and two sixes for his 28th ODI century. He was ably assisted by Dinesh Karthik, 50 not out, and opener Ajinkya Rahane (39).Kohli was named Player of the Match, with Rahane Player of the Series.“First and foremost the aim was to win the series, have a complete team performance,” Kohli said in an on-field interview.“Special mention to Rahane, who has come back after a while and he was outstanding… “Really pleased with the team effort in general. People are grabbing their opportunities.”Rahane finished the series with 336 runs at an average of 67.2, taking his opportunity after failing to make the team for the recent Champions Trophy in England.“I wanted to enjoy my batting,” he said. “Even in the Champions Trophy I was batting very well in the nets, and I really wanted to make it count here.”The Hope brothers provided a rare bright spot for the home team, with opener Kyle [Read More…]

Jul 022017
Holder leads West Indies to ODI win over India

West Indies captain Jason Holder led from the front with a five-wicket haul as his side snatched an 11-run win over India in the fourth one-day international in Antigua on Sunday.India came into the match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium leading 2-0 in the series and set a modest target of 190 to maintain their unbeaten run in this short campaign.But the visitors were undone by a combination of disciplined West Indies bowling and their own inexplicable lethargy at the crease.That pedestrian progress was typified by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s painstaking innings of 54 off 114 deliveries — the slowest of his 64 ODI half-centuries — before he fell off the last ball of the 49th over bowled by Kesrick Williams.That left India needing 15 runs off the final over with only two wickets in hand.It was Williams’ only success of a miserly 10-over spell but proved critical as Holder sealed the win which keeps the series alive heading into the fifth and final match in Kingston on Thursday.He dismissed Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami in the space of four balls to finish with five for 27, his best-ever ODI figures as India folded for 178.“At the halfway stage there were a few heads dropping in the dressing room but it took a big effort and I’m really pleased to play a part in keeping us in the series,” said Holder after receiving the man of the match award.“We targeted getting wickets at the front to challenge their other batters [Read More…]

Jun 152017
India pick Pant, Yadav for WI tour

NEW DELHI: Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav were picked on Thursday for India’s limited-overs tour of the West Indies comprising five One-day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 starting June 23. The two youngsters replace opening batsman Rohit Sharma and allrounder Hardik Pandya from the 15-man Champions Trophy squad, which is defending its title in England and Wales. Pant, who has played just one T20 international for India, and Yadav were already on the radar after being named among five players kept on standby for the 50-over tournament. The duo have been rewarded for their excellent showing on the domestic circuit, including impressive displays in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. Pant, 19, hit two fifties for Delhi Daredevils in the recent IPL edition, following on from a 326-ball 308 in the domestic Ranji Trophy last season. His aggressive left-handed batting and ability to handle the pressure of a high-stakes match impressed chief selector MSK Prasad, who described him as a “player for the future”. Yadav piqued interest in his Test debut, clinching four wickets in India’s series victory over Australia in March. The 22-year-old from Kanpur in northern India also put in a strong showing for his IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders. The Virat Kohli-led India will leave directly for the Caribbean Islands after wrapping up their ongoing Champions Trophy campaign. India though do not officially have a coach for the West Indies tour, with Anil Kumble only contracted until the end of the Champions Trophy. [Read More…]

Jun 022017
Pakistani players will perform their best against India, says Manager Talat Ali

BIRMINGHAM: Former test player and manager of Pakistan Cricket team Talat Ali is hopeful for a victorious start of Pakistan’s campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy with a win against India.Pakistan will take on India on Sunday in its first game of champions trophy, the high voltage match is considered as most awaited game of the tournament.Talking exclusively to, Talat Ali said that team’s moral is very high and players are coming to UK after a positive tour of West Indies were team won series in every format of the game.“Team’s morale is very high, every player is eager to give his best against India and aiming to kick off the tournament with win against India. My observation is that players are very committed for the tournament,” Talat told Geo on sidelines of Pakistan Cricket team’s training session on Friday.“We won in every format during West Indies tour which boosted players’ morale, boys are really looking forward to the big match,” he said.Talat, who has represented Pakistan in 10 tests from 1972 to 1979, said that he has told players not to get involved in any war of words to create pre-match hype.“My instruction to boys is very clear and that is to focus on cricket only don’t give any importance to any hearsay,” Talat said.“Let your bat and ball do the talking,” he added, when asked what his advice is to the players ahead of the India game. Click for detailed story

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