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Babar Azam slams his fourth hundred of the year to lead Pakistan’s recovery against New Zealand in first Test | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam continued his excellent batting form in the last match of the year too, scoring a brilliant century to lead from the front in the first Test against New Zealand in Karachi on Monday.Azam struck spinner Michael Bracewell for a six towards mid-wicket to complete his ninth Test century. It is his fourth Test hundred in 2022. Pakistan were in a spot of bother on the opening day and were struggling on 115/4 at lunch, before Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed added an unbroken hundred-run partnership for the fifth wicket to revive the hosts' innings against the Kiwis.BOOM 💥Century reached in style!#PAKvNZ | #TayyariKiwiHai https://t.co/krAqHkuJz0— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1672047123000Azam has already scored more than 1000 Test runs this year, which included ...
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1st Test: Pakistan and New Zealand seek revival after England battering | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan and New Zealand will hope for a reversal of fortune in the two-match Test series starting in Karachi from Monday after both were whitewashed 3-0 by England in their last series.New Zealand were scuppered in England in May as the home team under head coach Brendon McCullum and skipper Ben Stokes introduced the aggressive "Bazball" style of cricket that is revolutionising the sport.The never-say-die style also saw England inflict a first-ever 3-0 series defeat on Pakistan this month.Since then, the Pakistan Cricket Board has undergone a revamp, with Ramiz Raja removed as chairman and chief selector Mohammad Wasim sacked.Skipper Babar Azam is also under scrutiny after losing an unprecedented four home Tests on the trot.Pakistan and New Zealand teams train for the Test ser...
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Australia captain Pat Cummins praises Mitchell Starc as paceman joins 300-wicket Test club | Cricket News – Times of India

Australia captain Pat Cummins lavished praise on Mitchell Starc as the rangy left-arm paceman joined the 300 wickets club in style on Sunday during the first Test win over South Africa. Starc brought up the milestone by bowling Rassie van der Dussen for a duck with a trademark in-swinging yorker that sliced through the number three's bat and pad and sent the Gabba crowd into a frenzy before lunch on day two. The 32-year-old pointed to the crowd as he jogged down the pitch to be mobbed by his team mates. Eleven years after his debut against New Zealand in Brisbane, Starc became the seventh Australian to take 300 scalps in Tests, joining Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, team mate Nathan Lyon, Dennis Lillee and Mitchell Johnson. "He just keeps impressing," said Cummins after Australia completed...
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Cheteshwar Pujara breaks century drought, smashes his fastest Test hundred ever | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cheteshwar Pujara provided a new life to his dwindling Test career by breaking the century drought on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh on Friday in Chattogram. Pujara, who scored his last Test hundred in January 2019 against Australia in Sydney, brought up his 19th century off just 130 balls. It was also Pujara's fastest Test century in his 97-match career. The right-handed Pujara shifted the gears after scoring his half-century off 87 balls as his next fifty came from just 43 balls. He missed out on the three figure mark in the first innings, but gets there in style in the second innings.A bril… https://t.co/rXKNIuz56q— BCCI (@BCCI) 1671184157000After making 90 in India's first-innings 404, Pujara was unbeaten on 102 having smashed 13 fours with former skip...
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1st Test, Australia vs South Africa: Australia want to bury ghosts of Newlands | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: The ghosts of Newlands still haunt Australia as the hosts prepare for their first Test series against South Africa nearly five years after the ball-tampering scandal rocked the cricket world. Australian cricket has tried desperately to move on from the 2018 furore, pointing to new management and time served by the three players found culpable. Yet questions as to what exactly happened at Newlands - before, during and after - have refused to fade away. Instead, they have come roaring back in recent weeks with the Proteas' arrival and David Warner's frustrations at the permanent leadership ban that still tethers him to 'Sandpaper-gate'. Between Cameron Bancroft being caught with a piece of sandpaper in the field and former captain Steve Smith weeping bitterly upon his return ho...
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Pakistan vs England: ICC rates Rawalpindi Test track below average | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday rated the pitch used for the first Test between England and Pakistan at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium "below average" for not offering any help to the bowlers. As many as seven centuries were scored in the game, which England won by 74 runs after putting on board a record total of 506/4 on the opening day. The visitors scored a mammoth first innings total of 657 with four of their batters touching the three-figure mark. The venue also received one demerit point. This is second demerit point the stadium has received in eight months time. The pitch used for the first Test between Pakistan and Australia in March was also rated as below average. "ICC Elite Panel of Match Referee Andy Pycroft has rated the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium ...
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Australia’s Scott Boland gets nod ahead of Michael Neser for 1st Test against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Scott Boland will be Australia's third seamer for the series-opening Test against South Africa, with Michael Neser to make way for fit-again skipper Pat Cummins, head coach Andrew McDonald said. While Cummins has recovered well from a quadricep injury, Josh Hazlewood will miss the Gabba Test starting on Saturday to continue recovering from his side strain. Mitchell Starc is the other member of Australia's pace attack. "Expect Scott to take that spot at the Gabba," McDonald told reporters. "His record is amazing at the moment, so he'll take his place and the assumption is that Pat does play." Boland, the country's second Indigenous Australian cricketer to play tests, has had a dream start in the longest format, taking 21 wickets in four matches at an average of 10.33. "What's ...
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Australia’s Josh Hazlewood out of 1st Test against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: Injured pace spearhead Josh Hazlewood on Monday was ruled out of Australia's opening Test against South Africa in Brisbane this week, but skipper Pat Cummins "appears likely" to play. Hazlewood, who has a side strain and missed the just-completed second Test against the West Indies in Adelaide, was the only omission in a 14-man squad. But Cummins is set to return after also sitting out the 419-run win in Adelaide with a thigh problem. That means either Scott Boland or Michael Neser will miss out despite both impressing in their returns to the Test arena against the Caribbean side. Uncapped speedster Lance Morris remains in the 14-man squad as a wildcard option. "Pat continues to improve, bowled with freedom on Saturday and appears likely to play this match, although Josh will ...
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Pakistan-England match becomes highest-scoring Test ever to produce a result | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rawalpindi's track has been in the news for all the wrong reasons since the past five days. England and Pakistan amassed a plethora of runs on a lifeless wicket, including a record 506 runs on the first day of a Test scored by the visitors with four batsmen scoring centuries. But all's well that ends well as the match that saw a whopping 1768 runs scored across five days, made its way into the record books by becoming the highest-scoring Test ever to produce a result. The highest-scoring Test ever (1981 runs) which ended in a tame draw was played between South Africa and England in 1939 followed by West Indies-England (1815 runs) in 1930. The most runs EVER in a five day Test.And this lot still took 20 wickets.We don't do draws.🇵🇰 #PAKvENG 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 https://t.co/DZ4LABcJuJ— Eng...
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1st Test, Day 4: Marnus Labuschagne century powers Australia but Windies dig in | Cricket News – Times of India

PERTH: Marnus Labuschagne racked up another century on Saturday to help Australia set West Indies a huge target of 498 on day four of the first Test in Perth, but the hosts still require seven wickets to secure a win on the last day. Visiting captain Kraigg Brathwaite ended the day unbeaten on 101 to give his side, on 192-3 and trailing by 306 runs at the close, a fighting chance after Australia earlier declared their second innings closed on 182-2. West Indies were bowled out for 283 in their first innings but Australia opted not to enforce the follow-on after smashing a massive 598 in their own first innings. A fiery opening spell on Saturday by Alzarri Joseph, bowling with the sort of aggression that was missing on day one, had Marnus Labuschagne twisting and weaving early in the pro...
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A century and double century in same Test: Marnus Labuschagne joins elite list | Cricket News – Times of India

PERTH: With a "bit of luck" playing a role in Marnus Labuschagne achieving a rare feat, the Australia batter has become just the eighth player to score a century and a double century in the same Test match. Australia declared their second innings of the first Test against West Indies at the stroke of lunch on day four at 182/2, setting the visitors 498 to win. But there was time enough for Labuschagne to complete his century and remain 104 not out. He had scored 204 in Australia's first innings and thus became only the third Australian batter to hit a hundred and a double hundred in the same Test. The other two Australians in the list are Doug Walters and Greg Chappell. He's got it! Marnus Labuschagne joins an elite club of only eight men to score 200 & 100 in the same Test!… https:...
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Pakistan vs England: Pakistan tour a terrific opportunity for Rehan Ahmed, says Brendon McCullum | Cricket News – Times of India

England coach Brendon McCullum said Rehan Ahmed has a fantastic opportunity to showcase his talent in the three-Test series in Pakistan and has no doubts the 18-year-old has the confidence and ability to overcome the challenges he will face on tour. All-rounder Ahmed has featured in only three first-class matches for Leicestershire - taking nine wickets and making 195 runs - and could become England's youngest men's Test player if he plays in Pakistan next month. "What a fabulous kind of opportunity for someone like him," McCullum told the Daily Telegraph. "He seems really confident in himself. He's 18 and on an England tour to Pakistan so there's some real opportunities there and there'll be some challenges along the way, but it's our job to figure this out. "We know that he's not the ...
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South Africa quick Anrich Nortje grateful for skipper Dean Elgar’s ‘honesty’ | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje paid tribute to captain Dean Elgar's "honesty" after the Proteas' innings-and-12-run rout of England in the first Test at Lord's. Nortje finished with match figures of 6-110 as South Africa completed a crushing victory inside three days in London to go 1-0 up in a three-match series. The 28-year-old express quick was especially effective after lunch on Friday, taking three wickets for no runs in 10 balls to have Jonny Bairstow, Alex Lees and Ben Foakes all caught behind as he repeatedly topped speeds of 90 mph (145 kph) and even surpassed 95 mph at one stage. There was no way back for England, who were dismissed for 149 in under 38 overs, with South Africa's bowlers effectively giving themselves some unexpected, but valuable, extra rest ahe...
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1st Test: England captain Ben Stokes ‘absolutely fine’ after an ‘off-game’ against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England captain Ben Stokes insisted he was "absolutely fine" with his side's "off-game" after a humiliating innings and 12-run defeat in the first Test against South Africa at Lord's. The hosts were comprehensively outplayed as the Proteas won inside three days, with this reverse England's first loss under their new red-ball leadership duo of skipper Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum following a run of four successive wins. It was only England's fourth innings defeat in 128 years of Test matches at Lord's and the first since a South Africa team led by Graeme Smith enjoyed a similar thumping in 2003. "It was an off-game for us, and that's absolutely fine," said Stokes. "It's not something I'm going to be throwing our toys out of the pram over." England were already in dire strait...
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1st Test: South Africa thrash England by an innings and 12 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: South Africa skittled England out for 149 on Friday to win the first Test by an innings and 12 runs inside three days at Lord's and go 1-0 up in the three-match series. It proved an emphatic triumph for South Africa's bowling attack, who nullified the threat of England's new attacking batting 'Bazball' approach, forging a 161-run first innings lead before dismissing their hosts in only 37.4 second innings overs. As it happened: England vs South Africa, 1st TestAnrich Nortje took three wickets in the space of 10 balls to rip through the heart of the home batting, removing Jonny Bairstow (18 runs), opener Alex Lees (35) and Ben Foakes (0) in quick succession with a spell of fast bowling for figures of 3-47. He was ably backed up by fellow quicks Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi and Kagis...
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Abdullah Shafique’s hundred helps Pakistan pull off big chase to beat Sri Lanka in 1st Test | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Abdullah Shafique's career-best 160 not out helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in the opening Test in Galle on Wednesday. Chasing 342, Pakistan wrapped up victory in the second session to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series. Spinner Prabath Jayasuriya was the pick of the Sri Lanka bowlers, claiming 4-135 in the second innings to finish with a match haul of nine wickets. The teams stay put in Galle for the second Test beginning on Sunday. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function() { (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function()...
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WATCH: Pakistan’s Yasir Shah rekindles memories of Shane Warne’s ‘Ball of the Century’ with a similar dismissal | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah on Monday rekindled memories of Shane Warne's 'Ball of the Century' to dismiss Sri Lankan batter Kusal Mendis. Shah produced this peach of delivery during the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle. The delivery and the mode of dismissal were remarkably similar to the delivery Warne had produced to dismissing England's Mike Gatting in 1993. On Day three of the Test match during Sri Lanka's second innings, Shah delivered an absolutely unplayable delivery that pitched well outside the leg stump and hit the top of the right-hand batter's off stump after spinning unbelievably. Ball of the Century candidate❓Yasir Shah stunned Kusal Mendis with a stunning delivery which reminded the viewers… https://t.co/346z0ZaCLi— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) 165...
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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: Coach Silverwood lauds ‘fantastic’ Jayasuriya | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Sri Lanka coach Chris Silverwood on Sunday said there were lessons to be learnt from the team's new spin hero Prabath Jayasuriya after his third successive five-wicket Test haul. Jayasuriya remained Sri Lanka's go-to bowler as he returned figures of 5-82 with his left-arm spin to help bowl out Pakistan for 218 after skipper Babar Azam's defiant century. The 30-year-old took 12 wickets on debut in a series-levelling Test win over Australia last week at the same venue, six in each innings. Sunday's performance made him the first Sri Lankan bowler and only eighth overall to claim three five-wicket hauls in his first two Tests. "I think he has been absolutely fantastic so far," Silverwood told reporters. "I think the one thing that he does really well is hits line and length and I th...
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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st Test: Babar’s resolute century leads Pakistan fightback against Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Pakistan captain Babar Azam stood firm amid a batting collapse to compile his seventh Test hundred on Sunday, leading his side's fightback against hosts Sri Lanka on the second day of the opening Test at Galle. Sri Lanka's left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya continued his dream start in Tests by picking up his third five-wicket haul in as many innings and helped the hosts, who made 222 after batting first, to reduce Pakistan to 85-7 at one stage. Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs PakistanBut Pakistan added 133 for their last three wickets to reach 218, courtesy of Babar's heroic 119 before the 27-year-old became the final wicket to fall for the touring side. Sri Lanka extended their overall lead to 40 at the close of play, reaching 36-1 after losing captain Dimuth Karunaratne for 16 in the...
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Spin vs spin as Sri Lanka take on Pakistan in Test series opener | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Dimuth Karunaratne's Sri Lanka will be looking to build on their winning momentum at Galle as the hosts take on Pakistan in a likely spin battle in the opening Test starting Saturday. Cricket has remained a welcome distraction for Sri Lankans around the island nation's political unrest and unprecedented economic crisis with the sport providing some smiles. Sri Lanka head into the Pakistan series after two contrasting results in Galle where they first lost to Australia on a vicious turner and then bounced back to hammer the tourists on Monday. Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail said the touring batsmen will have to overcome their weakness against left-arm spin to succeed in the two-match series. "Both the teams have grown up on spin wickets and have a hang of these types of pitc...