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Australia should have separate coaches for Test and white-ball like England: O’Keefe | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Ahead of Australia's Test and ODI tour of India, former spinner Steve O'Keefe has raised the pitch for separate coaches for different formats, saying that it would help reduce the pressure on one individual.Andrew McDonald is currently Australia's all-format coach after he replaced Justin Langer last year ahead of the series against Pakistan.O'Keefe, who played nine Tests and seven T20Is, felt if the two-coach model could work for England, there was no reason why it wouldn't work for Australia.England, after splitting the Test and white-ball coaching setup, have done remarkably well.The Test team under coach Brendon McCullum has won nine out of 10 Tests, while under Matthew Mott, England won the T20 World Cup in Australia last year.With Australia set for a busy year that incl...
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Ranji Trophy matches should be played over five days: Ajinkya Rahane | Cricket News – Times of India

Ajinkya Rahane, who led India to a sensational Test series win against Australia in 2020-21 , wants all Ranji Trophy matches to be played over five days.Speaking on Friday after Mumbai failed to qualify for the Ranji quarterfinals, Rahane said, "First-Class cricket can become five-day cricket. We play Test matches over five days and in five days the possibility of a result is almost guaranteed. Every game should be result-oriented. In four-day games, on flat decks, you don't really get results. We tried to get as many results as possible but it becomes challenging. In five-day cricket, that will happen more frequently. I don't know how it can be fit into the calendar, but five-day cricket will help domestic cricketers to get used to the rigours of First-Class cricket.""If you play out a...
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Defending champions Belgium to face Germany in Hockey World Cup final | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Defending champions Belgium beat the last two editions' runners-up Netherlands in penalty shootout 3-2 to set up a summit clash against Germany in the FIH Men's World Cup on Friday.Reigning Olympic champions Belgium and the Dutch were locked 2-2 in regulation time at the Kalinga Stadium.The match between the oldest side, Belgium, and a young Dutch team was contested equally, but the more experienced defending champions ran away winners in the shootout.Belgium have 11 players over 30 years of age, while the Netherlands have eight players below 25 and just two above 30.The Red Sticks, who have come with almost the same set of players that won the Tokyo Olympics gold, are among the fittest and most experienced sides.Star striker Tom Boon (27th) and Nicolas de Kerpel (45th) sco...
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Gonzalo Peillat sends adopted country Germany to Hockey World Cup final with sensational hat-trick | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Star drag-flicker Gonzalo Peillat struck a second-half hat-trick as Germany made a sensational comeback after being two goals down to beat Australia 4-3 and enter the FIH Men's World Cup final for the fifth time on Friday.Peillat scored from penalty corners in the 43rd, 52nd and 59th minutes, while 'Player of the Match' Niklas Wellen (60th) struck with just a few seconds left in the game to stun Australia, who squandered a 2-0 half-time lead in the semi-final at the Kalinga Stadium.Jeremy Hayward (12th), Nathan Ephraums (27th) and Blake Govers (58th) scored for Australia, who will now play for the bronze medal on Sunday.This was Germany's second comeback win after being 0-2 down against England as well in the quarter-final match. They had scored twice in the last three minu...
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Ravindra Jadeja says ready for Australia series after seven-wicket haul against TN | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, on a comeback trail following a knee injury and a long layoff, said on Thursday that he is ready for the series against Australia after picking up seven wickets for Saurashtra against Tamil Nadu in a Ranji Trophy game."Yes, yes, yes...," the left-handed all-rounder said in response to a question if he was ready for the touring side led by Pat Cummins after the third day's play of the Ranji Trophy fixture at the MA Chidambaram stadium.Jadeja's haul helped Saurashtra bowl out TN for 133 in the second innings and the visitors required 262 runs for an outright victory on Friday.Jadeja last played for India in the Asia Cup in August last year.India take on Australia in the four-Test Border-Gavaskar series beginning at Nagpur on February 9.Jadeja, w...
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‘First cherry of the season’, tweets Ravindra Jadeja after claiming 7-wicket haul on return from injury | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday proved his match fitness, ahead of the crucial Test series against Australia, as he claimed a seven-wicket haul for Saurashtra in Tamil Nadu's second innings in a Ranji Trophy match in Chennai.Jadeja's fine comeback from injury is surely a positive sign and a big relief for the Indian team management with the Test series against Australia starting next month."First cherry of the season. #redcherry," Jadeja tweeted after taking the seven-wicket haul. First cherry of the season.🫣#redcherry https://t.co/NY0TYwQjxn— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) 1674735045000Jadeja has been out of the action since September 2022, after he picked up a knee injury during the Asia Cup. Post that, he underwent a knee surgery and went to the National Cric...
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Door open for Ben Stokes to end ODI retirement and play World Cup: Matthew Mott | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: The door is open for Test captain Ben Stokes to end his retirement from one-day internationals and join England's title defence at the 50-overs World Cup in India later this year, white-ball coach Matthew Mott said.Stokes was named Player of the Match in the 2019 World Cup final when England beat New Zealand at Lord's and was their top-scorer in the final of the T20 World Cup in Australia last year.He decided to quit one-day cricket last year citing his workload but Mott said he would be happy to discuss the situation if things changed ahead of the World Cup in October-November."The door is always open for a player of that quality but we are also very aware that his main focus is red-ball cricket as the captain," Mott told reporters ahead of the three-match ODI series in South A...
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Title holders Belgium beat New Zealand 2-0 to enter World Cup semis | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Defending champions Belgium and three-time winners Australia booked semifinal spots in the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup after getting the better of Spain and New Zealand in their respective quarterfinal matches on Tuesday.While Australia toiled hard for a 4-3 win over Spain in the first quarterfinal, Belgium did not face much problem in their 2-0 win over India's conqueror New Zealand in the second last-eight match of the day at the Kalinga Stadium.With the win over Spain, Australia made their 12th straight semifinals in the World Cup.Winners of the 1986, 2010 and 2014 editions, Australia have made it to the semifinals of a World Cup on 11 occasions since the 1978 edition in Buenos Aires.They had lost to the Dutch in the semifinals in a penalty shootout in the last edition he...
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Don’t understand why Australia is not playing a tour game in India: Michael Clarke | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Michael Clarke cannot fathom why Pat Cummins' side is not playing practice or tour games ahead of the Border-Gavaskar series, beginning in India on February 9.Australia will be touring India for the four-Test series, with the opening game scheduled at Nagpur, and Clarke opined that not playing a tour game could have a "significant" impact on the outcome."That's the part (not playing tour games) I don't understand," Clarke was quoted as saying by Big Sports Breakfast on Tuesday."The no tour game before the first Test in India. I hope I'm proven wrong but I think that is going to be significant."Clarke, who played 115 Tests and scored more than 8,600 runs, added that playing 20-over or 50-over games in India was completely different from competing in th...
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24 wins in 27 bilateral series: India’s incredible home record in ODIs since Nov 2009 | Cricket News – Times of India

If Team India win the third and final ODI vs New Zealand on Tuesday in Indore, they will record back to back ODI series clean sweeps at home. India had blanked Sri Lanka before the ongoing series against the Black Caps.Winning home bilateral ODI series has become more than just a habit for the Men in Blue. Incredibly, since 2009, in 27 home bilateral series that India have played, the team has won 24 and lost only 3.Ahead of the third ODI vs the Kiwis, TimesofIndia.com takes a look at some very interesting statistics and trivia on the Indian juggernaut that continues to steamroll opposition at home in the ODI format. It really makes for very pleasant reading if you also remember the fact that the next edition of the ICC ODI World Cup will be played in India later this year.Team India in...
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India’s unbeaten run in Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup ends, go down to Australia by 7 wickets

India’s unbeaten run at the Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup came to an end with a seven-wicket thrashing by Australia in the Super Six stage here on Saturday. Invited to bat, the India batters, who have looked formidable so far in the tournament, were blown away as Australia skittled them for a paltry 87 in 18.5 overs. India had managed to defend 97 against Australia in a warm-up game earlier this month but the Shafali Verma-led side couldn’t repeat the feat as its opponents raced to the finish line with 37 balls to spare. A superb win for Australia to start off their Super 6 round 👏 Watch the Women's #U19T20WorldCup for FREE on https://t.co/CPDKNxoJ9v (in select regions) 📺 📝 https://t.co/znoCEThCFk pic.twitter.com/GLu9QKjrMP — ICC (@ICC) January 21, 2023 The loss has dented India’s net run...
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Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup: India’s unbeaten run ends, go down to Australia by 7 wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

POTCHEFSTROOM (South Africa): India's unbeaten run at the Women's U-19 T20 World Cup came to an end with a seven-wicket thrashing by Australia in the Super Six stage on Saturday.Invited to bat, the India batters, who have looked formidable so far in the tournament, were blown away as Australia skittled them for a paltry 87 in 18.5 overs.India had managed to defend 97 against Australia in a warm-up game earlier this month but the Shafali Verma-led side couldn't repeat the feat as its opponents raced to the finish line with 37 balls to spare.The loss has dented India's net run rate (+1.905), which could play a vital role in deciding who qualifies for the semifinals. The Women in Blue have dropped to second place behind Australia in the Super Six Group 1.Australia, India, South Africa and ...
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Australia Test star Steve Smith signs for Sussex ahead of Ashes | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Australia Test star Steve Smith will prepare for this year's Ashes with a short stint at English county side Sussex, the club announced on Thursday.Smith, second in the Test batting rankings, will be available for County Championship matches against Worcester, Leicestershire and Glamorgan before the first Ashes Test starts at Edgbaston on June 16.The signing of the former Australia captain, who averages more than 60 in 92 Tests, will give him valuable batting practice in English conditions."I am excited about joining Sussex for a few games in May and hopefully making a contribution to a successful season," said the 33-year-old."I am particularly looking forward to working with the younger players in the squad and hoping I can provide some guidance to them."Sussex Cricket CEO Rob...
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Australia make a small point, but miss the larger one 

On the face of it, Australia’s withdrawal from a One-Day International series against Afghanistan might appear to be the right thing to do, human rights trumping sport. But in cricket, as in life, the Emerson Principle applies. “The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted our spoons,” as Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American philosopher said in the 19th century. So it is now time to count the spoons. For one, the matches are not in Afghanistan, but in the UAE. For another, it will affect Afghanistan’s cricket rather than the political fortunes of the Taliban who are not overly worried about what the world thinks of them.There is too a pattern here that is emerging in Australian cricket — the reluctance to play teams like Afghanistan and Bangladesh. What would have been the ina...
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KS Bharat is a tough cricketer, he should get a chance in the Test series against Australia: MSK Prasad | Cricket News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: It was in November 2019 that Andhra wicketkeeper Kona Srikar Bharat was first drafted into the India Test squad as a cover for Wriddhiman Saha for the second game against Bangladesh. In November 2021, Bharat took the field in the first Test against New Zealand as a replacement for the injured Saha and managed to take two catches and stumped Tom Latham (95) off Axar Patel.Three years since the first call, the Andhra batter is still looking to make his India debut. It is not that he fell out of the radar but a couple of factors, namely a phenomenon called Rishabh Pant, kept Bharat stranded on the bench during this period.Any other player could have lost his confidence after warming the bench for so long, but Bharat is made of sterner stuff. He just kept working on his game and ...
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India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Axar Patel emerges out of the shadows | Cricket News – Times of India

Always believed in his batting potential, says coach RathourTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: For long, Axar Patel has lived under the shadow of Ravindra Jadeja. The two have similar attributes with the bat and ball but Jadeja holds the edge, especially when it comes to fielding. Seen as a like-for-like replacement, Axar has always stepped in to fill the void left by Jadeja.With Jadeja going through a lengthy injury lay-off, the Gujarat left-arm spin-bowling allrounder has had an extended run with the Indian team and has proved that he is a more than able replacement. In fact, his numbers have vastly improved in the last year, especially in ODIs. Axar claimed 10 wickets at an impressive strike rate of 25. 70 in 8 ODIs and smashed 168 runs at an average of 42. 00 last year. And he has started the new ...
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Inaugural Women’s U-19 World Cup: Young players finally get global platform to shine | Cricket News – Times of India

BENONI: Young female players will get their much awaited opportunity to shine on the global stage when the inaugural U-19 Women's World Cup begins here on Saturday.While the International Cricket Council has staged 14 Men's U-19 World Cup editions since 1988, the future stars of the women's game will finally get the much needed exposure they were craving for.Women's cricket has grown massively over the past five years but there is still a pressing need to unearth more talent to popularise the game further.A total of 41 games will be played across four venues in Benoni and Potchefstroom. The 16-team event was supposed to be held in 2021 but was pushed back to 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.A total of 11 full members -- Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakis...
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Going to be a lovely game of chess: Labuschagne makes changes in his game to combat Ashwin | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Star Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne can't wait to engage in a "lovely game of chess" with Ravichandran Ashwin during next month's Test tour of India after making required changes in his game to combat the ace spinner.Australia, who haven't won a Test series in India since 2004, will play four Tests in Nagpur (February 9-13), New Delhi (February 17-21), Dharamsala (March 1-5) and Ahmedabad (March 9-13).Labuschagne was dismissed twice by Ashwin even though he emerged as the leading run-scorer in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia with 426 runs at an average of 53.25."I've changed some of my game because of what I've heard about Ashwin and how he bowled to me," Labuschagne was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au."I've adapted my game to try and foil a few of his...
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Data | From Lara and Sachin to Smith and Labuschagne, who are the best batsmen in Tests across eras 

Best batsmen in Tests: Australia’s Steve Smith celebrates after scoring a century during play on the second day of the first cricket test between Australia and the West Indies in Perth, Australia, Thursday, Test cricket in the T20 era has been increasingly decisive with most games finishing with a win/loss record instead of draws. Considering that Test victories require the winning team to get the opposition team all out at least once, this means that bowlers have rarely had it so good in Tests as they have in the current era. Which also suggests that batting in Tests has become more challenging than before.Only 33 batsmen have historically scored at an average of more than 50 per innings and having played at least 30 Test matches. And in the current era, there exist just three such ba...
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Always considered myself as 100 percent keeper, who can open batting if need be, says KS Bharat | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In line to make his Test debut against Australia next month, wicketkeeper batter KS Bharat is ready to fill in the shoes of the injured Rishabh Pant and be a marauder like him too if the situation demands.Pant has been a proven match-winner in Tests, who has changed the complexion of games from a hopeless situation. Most recently, his counter attacking efforts served India well in Bangladesh.India will surely miss the x-factor of Pant in the four Tests against Australia but the southpaw suffering an unfortunate accident last month has thrown an opportunity for Bharat, who has had to sit on the sidelines since being part of the national set-up.The modern game demands the keeper to be an able batter and Bharat backs himself to excel in both the departments."I have always consid...