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Ashes: Cricket Australia should consider moving New Year’s Test to MCG, says Michael Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ashes: Cricket Australia should consider moving New Year’s Test to MCG, says Michael Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan on Monday said Cricket Australia should act proactively in the wake of the COVID scare on the second day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test here and consider moving the Sydney fixture also to Melbourne. The second day of play on Monday was delayed by half-an-hour following multiple positive cases within the England camp. "I think Cricket Australia have to act quickly and be proactive in terms of the situation. It's unprecedented times," 'Sen Radio' reported Vaughan telling 'Fox Cricket'. "Could the next Test match be played here in Melbourne, under lights at the MCG, to make sure we all stay in Victoria where the protocols are different to Sydney? "Do we really want to risk taking two teams over to Sydney, broadcast and production staff? You...
Ashes: Stokes hasn’t looked like the aggressive presence that oppositions have feared, says Ponting | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ashes: Stokes hasn’t looked like the aggressive presence that oppositions have feared, says Ponting | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting feels Ben Stokes hasn't looked like the "physically aggressive" presence that opposition teams have feared due to his "ultra-defensive approach" in the ongoing Ashes series. Ponting also slammed England skipper Joe Root, Stokes and Jos Buttler for the manner of their dismissals in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test which the two-time World Cup winning captain believes was "inexcusable". England are 0-2 down in the marquee showdown between the traditional rivals. "He's looked ultra-defensive. He hasn't looked like the big, physically aggressive presence at the crease that opposition teams have feared to bowl to in other series," Ponting told 'cricket.com.au'. "You can understand why - the batting conditions haven't been easy in any ...
Australia vs England: Can’t fathom Stuart Broad’s omission from Boxing Day Test, says Michael Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India
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Australia vs England: Can’t fathom Stuart Broad’s omission from Boxing Day Test, says Michael Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Sunday said he "can't fathom" why experienced pacer Stuart Broad was not included in the playing XI for the third Ashes Test and believed the tourists have "got pretty much everything wrong" so far in Australia. England, who are lagging 0-2 in the five-match series, left out Broad along with three others for the Boxing Day Test, which began here on Sunday. "I look at someone like Stuart Broad, in Brisbane he wasn't selected on that green top there, he's not selected here," Vaughan, who led England to 26 wins in 51 Tests, including the 2005 Ashes, said on Fox Cricket. Like the balance of Englands attack .. Personally would have played Broad for Robinson this week .. Ollie pope is s… https://t.co/ROzBQVJCkl— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVau...
Virat Kohli will be back in form in this series, feels coach Rajkumar Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India
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Virat Kohli will be back in form in this series, feels coach Rajkumar Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian skipper Virat Kohli's childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma feels that the batter will be back in his original form in the Test series against South Africa. The Indian team will lock horns against South Africa in the 'Boxing Day' Test match as the three-match Test series kick starts in Centurion. "Last time, Virat played an amazing innings in the Centurion and I hope he will play that once again. All his fans are eagerly waiting to see him perform just like before. He is a mature person. He has been captaining for a long time now and he is passionate about team India's performance. This time the fans will get to see the original Virat back in form," Rajkumar Sharma told ANI. "It will be a tough call for team India that should be included in the Playing XI among Rahane, Pujar...
India vs South Africa: Playing in our backyard gives us upper hand against India, says Dean Elgar | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: Playing in our backyard gives us upper hand against India, says Dean Elgar | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: South Africa are "wary" of India's overseas success but home conditions provide the hosts the edge going into the three-Test series beginning on Sunday, said Proteas skipper Dean Elgar. India had claimed a 2-1 win on Australian soil earlier this year to qualify for the World Test Championships final, which they lost to New Zealand. Virat Kohli's men also grabbed a 2-1 result in England before the fifth Test of the season was postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19. "I think it's pretty even-stevens. Us playing at home, obviously, gives us a little bit of an upper hand," Elgar said ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion. "They are ranked No. 1 in the world; we can't not look at that. That's something they have been for quite some time, in my opinion - just my being a cricket watc...
India vs South Africa: Can Virat Kohli rediscover his batting form in South Africa? | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: Can Virat Kohli rediscover his batting form in South Africa? | Cricket News – Times of India

We will deal with it. Leave it to BCCI.” Board president Sourav Ganguly’s words have a certain chilling undertone which would not have been lost on Virat Kohli. But the cricketer must now dismiss notions of consequences and reprisals and get his ‘A’ game ready for the first South Africa Test in Centurion on Sunday. Team India, in dire need of runs, will be hoping the task isn’t as onerous as it seems. Kohli is now ‘merely’ Test skipper instead of the talismanic leader and multi-format energiser bunny who lights up your TV screens whenever India are in play. He is also without any serious Test runs for two years. The fourth-most successful Test captain in history finds his leadership status undermined by the happenings of the last few weeks. The team itself is in a strategic transition a...
India vs South Africa: Rahul hints India will play five bowlers, admits it will be ‘tough call’ between Rahane and Iyer | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: Rahul hints India will play five bowlers, admits it will be ‘tough call’ between Rahane and Iyer | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: India vice-captain KL Rahul on Friday indicated that the team will continue with its five-bowler strategy in the first Test against South Africa but agreed that the choice between Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer for the number five slot is a tough one. India have been practising here for a week ahead of the opening match, starting Sunday, and the newly-appointed vice-captain believes that a good start is needed to set the tone in the Rainbow Nation where they have never won a Test series. Asked if playing four bowlers, which allows an extra batter in the line-up, becomes a workload management problem for the team, Rahul replied in an affirmative. "Every team wants to pick up 20 wickets to win a Test match. We have used that tactic and it has helped us in every Test match that...
South Africa pacer Anrich Nortje ruled out of India Tests | Cricket News – Times of India
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South Africa pacer Anrich Nortje ruled out of India Tests | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa pacer Anrich Nortje was on Tuesday ruled out of the upcoming three Test series against India due to a "persistent" injury. Cricket South Africa (CSA) did not specify the nature of injury and also did not name a replacement for Nortje who has taken 47 wickets in 12 Tests, including three five-wicket hauls. The first Test is slated to begin in Centurion from December 26. "Proteas bowler, Anrich Nortje, has been ruled out of the three-match, Betway Test series against India, due to a persistent injury," CSA said in a statement. #Proteas Squad update 🚨 Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the 3-match #BetwayTestSeries due to a persistent inj… https://t.co/lOOm8HFN09— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 1640077870000"He has unfortunately not recovered adequately for...
Jhye Richardson happy to play a cameo in Australia’s Ashes domination | Cricket News – Times of India
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Jhye Richardson happy to play a cameo in Australia’s Ashes domination | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Jhye Richardson is painfully aware that the depth in Australian fast bowling means his five-wicket haul in the second Ashes Test is far from a guarantee that he will take the field in the third. Richardson came into the side for the Adelaide Oval clash with Michael Neser to replace the injured Josh Hazlewood and skipper Pat Cummins, who was ruled out after being adjudged a close contact of a COVID-19 case. The personnel changes made no difference to Australia's utter dominance of the series and Richardson took 5-42 in the final innings as the hosts romped to a victory by 275 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the series on Monday. Cummins and Hazlewood, ranked first and fourth in the world rankings, will return to the squad on Thursday ahead of the Boxing Day Test and Richardson was phi...
Battling England succumb as Australia clinch second Ashes Test | Cricket News – Times of India
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Battling England succumb as Australia clinch second Ashes Test | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): Australia ground down a battling England to win the second Test in Adelaide Monday and go 2-0 up in the Ashes series, leaving the visitors' dreams of winning back the hallowed urn in tatters. England resumed day five of the pink ball Test in deep trouble at 82 for four chasing a massive 468 to win, needing a miracle to salvage a draw. AS IT HAPPENED | SCORECARDThey gamely hung on into the final session, fighting a desperate rearguard action until ultimately crumbling to be all out for 192, crashing to a 275-run defeat. Jhye Richardson was the pick of the attack with 5-42. Two wins in two Tests, Australia are ruling the #WTC23 standings alongside Sri Lanka 🌟#Ashes | #AUSvENG https://t.co/LaICTLLvCZ— ICC (@ICC) 1639993864000England slumped by nine wickets in the firs...
India vs South Africa: I hope fast bowlers can give us 20 wickets in every Test against South Africa, says Cheteshwar Pujara | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: I hope fast bowlers can give us 20 wickets in every Test against South Africa, says Cheteshwar Pujara | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Senior India batter Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that his team's fast bowling unit will keep up the good work and get 20 wickets in every Test match in the upcoming series against South Africa, starting December 26. The Indian team has already started its skills training with all the premier batters having a quality net session on Saturday. "Our fast bowlers are our strength and I hope that they will be able to utilise these conditions and give us 20 wickets in every Test match. They have been the difference between the two sides whenever we have played abroad," Pujara told local media. "If you look at the Australia series, even if you look at the England series, we have done exceptionally well as a bowling unit and I am sure that will be the case even in South Africa," ...
South Africa confirm India itinerary starting with Boxing Day Test | Cricket News – Times of India
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South Africa confirm India itinerary starting with Boxing Day Test | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: South Africa and India will start their three-match Test series later this month on Dec. 26 with a Boxing Day fixture in Pretoria, officials confirmed on Monday. The second Test will be staged in Johannesburg from Jan. 3-7, with the third in Cape Town from Jan. 11-15 in a revised itinerary after India requested to arrive a week later than originally planned for the tour. The teams will also contest a three-match One-Day International Series between Jan. 19-23, with the first two games played in Paarl and the third in Cape Town. UPDATED SCHEDULE 🚨The dates for the upcoming #SAvIND tour have been revised. The tour has been reduced to 3️⃣ Bet… https://t.co/3CYzbFuWXQ— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 1638798215000The Test series will form part of the new cycle of the World Te...