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Four century stands by the same pair in a Test series | Cricket News – Times of India

LEEDS (United Kingdom): New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell joined a select group of players when they posted their fourth century partnership of a Test series on Sunday. Only four other pairs have performed a similar feat, with Australia's David Boon and Mark Waugh sharing five hundred stands during the 1993 Ashes series in England. New Zealand's sixth-wicket duo put on 113 on the fourth day of the third Test against England at Headingley on Sunday before Mitchell was lbw to Matthew Potts to leave the Black Caps 274-6 in their second innings, a lead of 243. That also shared a stand of 120 in the first innings of this match which followed their partnerships of 195 and 236 at Lord's and Trent Bridge respectively. Yet despite all of Mitchell and Blundell's runs, World Test champ...
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ECB advertises for separate red and white-ball coaching job | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England are set to return to a split-coaching structure after ECB's new Managing Director Rob Key made his first major decision by advertising for two new head coaches. The split in roles is on expected lines as Key had previous called for it while working as a pundit. Both coaches will report directly to Key and be "accomplished strategists with clear and ambitious plans for how they will develop and build success for English cricket moving forward," according the advertisement. The deadline for applications for the head coach roles is May 6. Key, the former Test batter who was appointed England's new managing director earlier this month, will begin the first-round interviews from May 9 and 10. England previously had two separate head coaches between 2012 and 2014 with Andy Flo...
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Plenty of highs but poor Ashes record tarnishes Joe Root legacy as captain | Cricket News – Times of India

MANCHESTER (England): The runs flowed and some famous wins were achieved, but damaging losses against England's old foes will tarnish how Joe Root's time as captain will be viewed in the years to come. Root stepped down as England Test captain on Friday, saying the job had taken a heavy toll on him recently, despite declaring in late March he wanted to continue as skipper. Analysing his legacy is a difficult task, given the various peaks and troughs he encountered after taking the role in 2017. The Yorkshire-born batsman is England's second-highest Test run-scorer of all time behind Alastair Cook and his tally of 5,295 runs as skipper is the highest by an England captain. Root has recorded more wins as skipper than any of his compatriots (27), but also suffered more defeats (26) in the ...
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Alana King earns Australia contract after World Cup triumph | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Leg spinner Alana King was rewarded for her part in Australia's women's Ashes and World Cup triumphs with her first central contract when the list of 15 players was announced on Thursday. King stepped in for the injured Georgia Wareham and played in every match of the multi-format Ashes series and the 50-overs World Cup, which concluded with Australia's win over England in the final last Sunday. "Alana King came into the side during the Ashes and hasn't missed a beat, she produced match-winning performances across all three formats and thoroughly deserves her spot on the list," head selector Shawn Flegler said of the 26-year-old. Wareham and fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck retained their spots on the list despite missing much of the action this year through injury, but all-rounder S...
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View Review: Marnus the horse and the horse whisperer

They call him the batting whisperer. “Like the horse whisperer, the horse psychologist, but then they have called me far worse over the years,” Neil D’Costa, the Indian-origin maverick batting coach of Marnus Labuschagne and the man who convinced a 13-year old Mitchell Starc to ditch wicketkeeping and pursue fast bowling instead, laughs down the phone line. D’Costa’s life in Australia once his Anglo-Indian parents moved from Chennai is itself quite a tale but we start with the first time he met the current world no. 1 batsman. A friend, Queensland’s coach Blair Copelin, had told him to look out for this lad, Marnus: ‘bit different.” “And so, I go to the ground during a U-19 game between Queensland and New South Wales. I see a boy appealing for lbw from deep square leg. I called up my fr...
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Australia’s Usman Khawaja continues to pile up the runs | Cricket News – Times of India

Usman Khawaja continued his fairytale return to the Australian Test side on Thursday with his second hundred in the series in Pakistan, where he was born. Khawaja had been ignored by selectors since he was dropped during the 2019 Ashes series but the Queensland batter forced his way back into the Australian Test squad after scoring heavily in domestic games. His chance to play a first Test in more than two years arrived in another Ashes series, the fourth Test in Sydney, because Travis Head tested positive for COVID-19. Batting in the middle order at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the 35-year-old Khawaja scored 137 and 101 not out. With the return of Head, Khawaja was forced to convert into a makeshift opener and he has blossomed in the position in Pakistan. The son of Pakistan immigrants, ...
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IPL 2022: Our aim is to reclaim IPL title after 13 years, says Jos Buttler | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Rajasthan Royals wicket-keeper batter Jos Buttler on Wednesday asserted they have the requisite wherewithal and firepower to end a 13-year-long title drought in the Indian Premier League, beginning here on Saturday. Buttler, who has been retained by inaugural IPL champions alongside skipper Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal, said he is fresh, re-energised after the injury-forced break and is desperate to contribute to the team's goal this year. "It's a really exciting time for the team you know, to start a new cycle and build a new team. The aim here is to win the IPL, and I can't wait to contribute to that," Buttler said in a RR release. "We are delighted to have so many great players in the squad. Obviously, (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Yuzvendra) Chahal are two of the best spin...
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Shane Warne would have done terrific job as England coach: Ricky Ponting | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Shane Warne would have been a "terrific" England coach with his immense knowledge of the game, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said in an emotional tribute to the legendary spinner. Following the sacking of Chris Silverwood in the aftermath of Australia's 4-0 Ashes win, Warne had confided to his friends about his aspiration to become England coach, weeks ahead of his shocking death due to suspected heart attack while holidaying in Thailand. "His (Warne's) passion and knowledge for the game is something to behold. He would have made a great coach. Having someone like Warne to take over the England cricket team, I think he would have done a terrific job," Ponting told fellow broadcaster Isa Guha on 'The ICC Review'. "He's a huge loss to the world game. It's simple as that, w...
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Ben Stokes keen to make amends after ‘letting down’ team in Ashes | Cricket News – Times of India

England all-rounder Ben Stokes said he "let the team" down in their 4-0 Ashes drubbing in Australia, and pledged to do better in their three-match Test series against West Indies. Stokes made his return to cricket at the Ashes in December last year after taking an indefinite break from the game to focus on his mental health and recover from a finger injury, but struggled to find his best form Down Under. The 30-year-old, who was hampered by a side strain which he picked up while playing in the fourth test, had an average of 23.60 with the bat, with a high score of 66, and took four wickets. "Looking back on Australia we've had some honest reflections, not only as a team but individuals," Stokes told reporters on Saturday. "One of my reflections on the tour as a whole was that I personal...
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Ashes 2005: When Shane Warne stood tall amidst ruins for Australia

From the moment he bamboozled Mike Gatting with the ‘ball of the century’ in Manchester in 1993, Shane Warne loved playing in England. He fancied a bit of banter with the crowd and rolled over hapless English batters for fun, scripting many memorable Ashes victories. He also inspired Australia to a World Cup win with clutch performances against South Africa and Pakistan in the semifinal and final of the 1999 World Cup in England. Warne’s greatest individual efforts on England soil, though, ironically, came in a losing cause. The 2005 Ashes series was Warne’s ‘tour de force’. Dubbed the ‘greatest Ashes of all time’, the 2005 edition saw a master craftsman, nearing 36, standing tall against resurgent opponents and dragging an uncharacteristically underperforming Australian team along th...
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The ball of the century that launched Shane Warne’s career | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: With a single twist of his right wrist on an early summer day at Old Trafford in 1993 Shane Warne not only bamboozled England's batsman Mike Gatting with the so-called "Ball of the Century" but also revived the noble art of leg spin. The bleached blond-haired Warne arrived on that tour of England relatively unknown outside Australia and with fairly unspectacular figures from his first 11 Test matches. All that changed in an instant on the second morning of an Ashes series in which Warne took an incredible 34 wickets in Australia's 4-1 drubbing of the hosts. Rest in Peace to the man who gave us the Ball of the Century. There will never be another like Shane Warne. https://t.co/ddFaUoiTGD— Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) 1646403416000With England having made a solid start in reply ...
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Shane Warne’s top 3 greatest moments in international cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Australia spinner Shane Warne, considered as one of the all-time greats of the game who redefined spin bowling, died on Friday of a suspected heart attack in Thailand. He was 52. Warne's management released a brief statement that Warne passed away in Thailand and the reason could be a suspected heart attack. An iconic name in international cricket, Warne, since making his debut in 1992, played 145 Tests for Australia, picking up 708 wickets. In his 194 ODI appearances, Warne had 293 scalps. Here's a look at top 3 greatest Shane Warne moments: The ball of the centuryThe Ball of the Century, also referred to as the Gatting Ball, was one of the biggest highlights of Shane Warne's international career. The Australian spin legend produced the delivery against England batter...
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Australia women win final ODI to finish Ashes series unbeaten | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Skipper Meg Lanning led by example as Australia crushed England by eight wickets in the third and final one-dayer to finish the multi-format Ashes series unbeaten on Tuesday. Australia's bowlers, spearheaded by Annabel Sutherland (4-31), laid the foundation for their 3-0 sweep of the one-day leg of the series by bowling out England for 163 at Melbourne's Junction Oval. Lanning led their chase with an unbeaten 57 as Australia romped home with 13.4 overs to spare for a 12-4 series victory less than a month after their men's team's 4-0 Ashes triumph against England. The England team under Heather Knight finished winless, their points coming from two washed out T20 matches in Adelaide and a drawn Test in Canberra. "We have had so many contributors. That holds us in good stead mov...
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Paul Collingwood named England interim coach for tour of West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India

England assistant coach Paul Collingwood has been named interim head coach for next month's three-Test tour of the West Indies, the country's cricket board (ECB) said on Monday. Collingwood takes over after Chris Silverwood stepped down last week following the team's 4-0 series defeat in the Ashes against Australia. Collingwood was a former captain of England's limited-overs side who led the team to the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup title. He took charge of the team's T20 tour of the West Indies last month which England lost 3-2. Our Interim Head Coach, @Colly622 👍Colly takes charge for the #WIvENG Test series 🏏— England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1644231554000"Having a challenging Test series against the West Indies straight off the back of the Ashes disappointment gives us a chance from now ...
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‘Bruised’ Joe Root to captain England in West Indies after Ashes flop | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Joe Root was confirmed as England's Test captain for next month's tour of the West Indies by interim managing director Andrew Strauss on Friday despite leading the side in a woeful 4-0 series loss in Australia. But batting coach Graham Thorpe is the latest senior member of team management to pay the price for the Ashes humiliation, following the departures of managing director Ashley Giles and head coach Chris Silverwood. Ex-England captain Strauss, who has replaced Giles on a temporary basis, said Root would remain in charge for the red-ball tour of the Caribbean, with the first Test starting on March 8. "It's probably worth saying at this stage that Joe Root will be captaining the side in the West Indies," Strauss told reporters. "Having spoken to him it is absolutely clear th...
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Graham Thorpe steps down as England batting coach | Cricket News – Times of India

Graham Thorpe has become the latest casualty of England's woeful Ashes series after he stepped down as batting coach, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Friday. Head coach Chris Silverwood and managing director Ashley Giles had already left their roles this week in the aftermath of England's 4-0 Ashes series defeat, with Thorpe following after several batting collapses by the team in Australia. Former England skipper Andrew Strauss has replaced Giles on an interim basis and will appoint a caretaker coach for the forthcoming tour of West Indies in March. "I have been very fortunate to have worked with so many good players and coaches who I consider my friends for life," Thorpe said. England are due to play three Test matches against the West Indies starting from March 8 in ...
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I’ve really loved my time working with Justin Langer: Pat Cummins | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Australia Test captain Pat Cummins feels his country's cricket board is doing the right thing by evaluating head coach Justin Langer's performance before deciding on his contract extension as players too go through the same process at regular intervals. Langer, under whose tutelage Australia hammered England in the Ashes and also won the T20 World Cup for the first time last year, has been in service for the past four years. Cricket Australia will be considering a contract extension for him on Friday. Cummins insisted that he enjoyed working with Langer but it was only "fair" that the coach goes through an "evaluation process". "It's in Cricket Australia's hands," Cummins was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'. Cummins said speculation surrounding Langer's job wa...
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Women’s Ashes: England miss record target against Australia in thrilling draw | Cricket News – Times of India

CANBERRA: In a fantastic advertisement for women's Test cricket, England hung on for a dramatic draw as their Ashes contest against Australia came to a thrilling finish on the last session of the fourth and final day here. The visiting England finished at 245 for nine after a sporting declaration from Australia captain Meg Lanning set the tourists a target of 257 runs from 48 overs at the Manuka Oval. England looked on course to pull off the biggest fourth-innings chase in the history of women's Test cricket before escaping with a tense draw after an inexplicable batting collapse. Captained by the inspirational Heather Knight, England needed 43 runs in the last 48 balls with seven wickets in hands, but ended up drawing the match with just a wicket left. The Australian bowlers made a ter...
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Pacers should play each and every game, don’t like them rested: Brett Lee | Cricket News – Times of India

MUSCAT: Former Australia pacer Brett Lee is against the whole concept of workload management for fast bowlers, something that has become a trend amid a packed international calendar. Besides the hectic schedule, bubble life amid the COVID-19 pandemic has also taken a toll on cricketers, forcing them to switch off from the game. "I'm against the whole resting rule. I don't like bowlers resting, I like bowlers to play each and every single game," Lee told PTI in an exclusive interaction on the sidelines of the Legends League Cricket here. Mohammad Shami did not play the white ball series against South Africa in which India were routed 0-3 by an under-strength South Africa. The selectors have also "rested" the Indian pace duo of Shami and Jasprit Bumrah for the upcoming home series against...
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‘No silver bullet’ for English cricket after Ashes fiasco: ECB | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England cricket chiefs have said there is "no silver bullet" for domestic first-class cricket following demands for substantial reforms after a dismal Ashes campaign. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison called for a red-ball "reset" to help Joe Root's Test team, who recently slumped to a 4-0 series defeat in Australia The ECB announced its 2022 domestic fixtures on Thursday. There will be five rounds of four-day County Championship matches in June and July, compared with just three last year, as the competition returns to its regular two-division structure following two revamped seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the season will start on April 7, with four successive weeks of red-ball matches, and finish on September 29 -- with no Cha...