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India vs England: As hosts turn to Ollie Pope in a bid to replace axed Dawid Malan, tracing youngster‘s rapid rise via Australia

Will Jacks has to pause and think for a while to recollect Ollie Pope‘s reaction to being picked in the England Test squad.  It was Sunday afternoon and Jacks was outside his house waiting for his Surrey teammate, Pope, to arrive so he could drive him to the T20 match against Essex at Chelmsford. But the minute Pope stepped out […]

Ball-tampering, sledging are threats to ‘cricket‘s DNA‘, says ICC chief executive David Richardson

London: Global cricket boss David Richardson declared that ball tampering and bad behaviour threatened “cricket‘s DNA” and would not be tolerated by fans in the wake of the Australia cheating scandal. The International Cricket Council chief executive said the “public has spoken” on bad behaviour in the game as he delivered the annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord‘s […]

India vs England: Virat Kohli and Co require support, not nit-picking over taking a break on a tough, long tour

When Sunil Gavaskar, the legend, speaks everyone sits up and takes note. He is an authority on the game, besides being, arguably, India’s best batsman ever. The vast cricket-loving public hang on to his every word and virtually everything he says is accepted as an infallible truth. It is for this reason that television channels love to have him on […]

West Indies vs Bangladesh: Despite Andre Russell‘s spirited show, visitors clinch T20 series after 19-run victory via DLS Method

Lauderhill: Bangladesh withstood a withering assault from Andre Russell to complete a series-clinching 19-run victory via the DLS Method over the West Indies in the rain-affected deciding final fixture of their three-match T20 International Series on Sunday. Mahmudullah (L), Shakib Al Hasan (3rd L) and Rubel Hossain (3rd R) of Bangladesh celebrate the dismissal of Marlon Samuels. AFP Russell smashed […]

India vs England: Virat Kohli is No 1 Test batsman and rightly so, but it can get lonely at the top

Birmingham: When Steve Smith cried on our television screens earlier this year, it made for a despondent scene. On the one hand, you could witness his anguish and ascertain how sorry he felt at what happened in South Africa. On the other, you just wondered aloud how world cricket would shape up in its aftermath, and more pertinently, India’s tour of […]

India vs England: What Virat Kohli‘s teammates need to learn from him in order to counter the swinging ball

On the morning of the third day‘s play, England’s The Guardian published a photograph of Virat Kohli displaying a textbook defence from side-on. The image summed up the artistry of Kohli and why he had succeeded while his peers had struggled to combat the swinging ball. In the picture, Kohli has stretched forward, his head and weight perfectly on his […]

India vs England: Hope Sam Curran can carry-on first Test heroics against Virat Kohli and co, says Trevor Bayliss

Birmingham: England coach Trevor Bayliss believes Sam Curran‘s competitive attitude will serve him well as the all-rounder looks to build on his first-Test heroics against India. Still only 20, Curran starred with both bat and ball as England celebrated their 1,000th Test with a 31-run win at Edgbaston, taking four for 74 in India‘s first innings and hitting a maiden […]