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Sri Lanka level series after Chandimal, Jayasuriya heroics

Dinesh Chandimal smashed a maiden double hundred and Prabath Jayasuriya claimed 12 wickets in a dream debut to script Sri Lanka’s series-levelling victory by an innings and 39 runs in the second test against Australia on Monday. Sri Lanka, beaten inside three days in the series opener, amassed 554 all out after five of their six batsmen smashed 50-plus scores to fetch a handy lead of 190. Chandimal provided the bedrock with a career-best 206 not out, smashing 16 fours and five sixes in the first double hundred by a Sri Lanka batter against Australia. Left-arm spinner Jayasuriya, who claimed 6-118 in the first innings, returned to bundle out Australia for 151 with figures of 6-59. The tourists had began well with opener David Warner (24) and Usman Khawaja (29) batting positively. Ramesh ...
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2nd Test: Dinesh Chandimal hundred puts Sri Lanka ahead against Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Dinesh Chandimal smashed 118 not out and Kamindu Mendis produced a half-century in his debut Test to help Sri Lanka eclipse Australia's first innings 364 on day three of the second Test in Galle on Sunday. The hosts finished day three on 431-6 for a lead of 67 after five of their top six batsmen registered 50-plus scores at the Galle International Stadium. Chandimal added 83 runs with Angelo Mathews (52) and 133 with Kamindu (61) to keep alive Sri Lanka's hopes of a series-levelling victory. Chandimal hit nine fours and a six in his patient knock and had Ramesh Mendis giving him company on seven at the other end at stumps. Earlier, Nathan Lyon (2-160) extracted sharp turn from the track and one of his deliveries spun significantly from outside the off-stump to rap overnight bat...
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2nd Test: Smith, Labuschagne hundreds power Australia to 298-5 in Galle | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Steve Smith ended his century drought and Marnus Labuschagne struck his first Test hundred abroad to steer Australia to 298-5 on day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Friday. Prabath Jayasuriya, one of the three debutants fielded after five COVID-19 cases in the Sri Lanka camp, claimed three wickets either side of the tea break but Australia appeared on course for a massive first innings total. Smith was batting on 109 not out at stumps, his first century after a gap of 16 innings, which included 14 fours. A century for Labuschagne. A century for Smith.A wonderful day for Australia #SLvAUS— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) 1657279962000Alex Carey was batting on 16 at the other end with Australia pressing for a 2-0 series sweep. Earlier electing to bat, Australi...
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Pant surges to career-best number five, Kohli drops out of top-10 in ICC Test ranking

India’s star wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant blazed his way into a career-best fifth position in the latest ICC Test rankings announced on Wednesday, even as the out-of-form Virat Kohli dropped out of top-10 for the first time in six years. After 6 long years, Virat Kohli is out of the top 10 in the ICC Test batsman ranking. — Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 6, 2022 Pant’s meteoric rise in the rankings comes after his heroics in the recently-held COVID-delayed fifth Test between India and England in which he scored 146 and 57 across two innings.It is worth mentioning that Pant scored two tons and three half centuries in his last six Test innings.However, former India skipper Kohli dropped four places to 13th in the batting rankings, thanks to a prolonged lean run. Rishabh Pant becomes ...
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SL vs AUS 1st Test: Australia 98/3 after Lyon mauls Sri Lanka

Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 212 but endured a top order wobble of their own before reaching 98-3 in reply after a frenetic, spin-dominated day one of the opening test in Galle on Wednesday. Usman Khawaja rode his luck to an unbeaten 47, while Travis Head was on six at the close with Australia still 114 behind in what promises to be a low-scoring contest. The tourists could have been in a better position but for two avoidable dismissals in the final session. On a pitch where spinners dictated terms from the opening session, David Warner realised the futility of trying to hang around and scored at a run-a-ball rate. He made 25 before falling lbw to Ramesh Mendis. Marnus Labuschagne fell for 13 after a rash reverse-sweep shot found the only fielder on the vast off-side and Steve Sm...
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‘It’s gotten easier with time’: Marnus Labuschagne on coping with scrutiny

Not many can claim they know how it feels to be in Marnus Labuschagne’s shoes. Not because in a short Test career he has scored 6 hundreds and 13 fifties. That he is brilliant is not the primary reason. That he is different is. Different is a bit of an understatement, isn’t it? ‘NO RUN!’ Two words, five syllables and a whole lot of body movement. All of this with no effect on the scorecard, Marnus is a tireless entertainer. A personalised Labuschagne cam, and the broadcast economy shall never be in risk. Marnus displaying all his variations of the ‘No Run!’ #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/gLQZjI50B7Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2020 In a latest newsletter, Beyond the Bat, the Australia international opened up to this part of ...
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‘Best Test batter’: Shane Watson picks Virat Kohli ahead of Steve Smith, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Babar Azam | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has picked Virat Kohli as the best batter among the 'big five' in Test cricket, preferring to not read much into the Indian maestro's failure to score a hundred since November 2019. As per Watson's list, the former India captain has pipped the likes of Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and Babar Azam. "In Test match cricket, I am always going to say Virat Kohli," Watson said when asked by Isa Guha who he thought is the best Test batter in the world, in his latest episode of the ICC Review. "It's nearly superhuman, what he is able to do because he has such high intensity every time he goes out to play," Watson added. While Kohli has slipped to 10th on the ICC rankings, the Indian great continues to hold a remarkable Test batting r...
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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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Usman Khawaja misses hundred for Australia as Pakistan Test hit by rain | Cricket News – Times of India

RAWALPINDI: Australian opener Usman Khawaja missed out on a century in the country of his birth by three runs Sunday as his side made a strong response to Pakistan on the third day of the first Test in Rawalpindi. Bad light stopped play and then rain poured down with Australia on 271-2, trailing Pakistan by 205 runs with eight wickets remaining after the home side declared Saturday at 476-4. Marnus Labuschagne was on 69 and Steve Smith 24. With rain forecast for the last two days a result is unlikely. The second Test in in Karachi from March 12-16, and the third in Lahore from March 21-25. It could have been a memorable day for Khawaja had he completed his 11th Test century in Pakistan, where he was born in 1986 before his parents emigrated to Australia. The left hander was caught at fo...
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Marnus Labuschagne bats on balcony with view to Pakistan tour | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: The world's top-ranked Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne is hoping to take his dominant form on Australian pitches to Pakistan and is leaving no stone unturned as he prepares for the three-Test tour. Labuschagne has been practising batting on his home balcony on a rubber mat laden with pieces of taped aluminium sheeting to try to emulate the variable bounce and turn of Pakistan wickets as Australia readies for its first tour there since 1998. The Australian number three said he had tried something similar before heading to England for a county season in 2019 which culminated in a strong Ashes series later that year. Annnd the batting video https://t.co/6IQpqyvlsC— Marnus Labuschagne (@marnus3cricket) 1645070853000"I tried to create a wicket and a ball that nipped around a lot b...
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Marnus Labuschagne ready for spin challenge in Pakistan

Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne believes the only part that they don’t have “cover for is spin” with regard to the upcoming tour to Pakistan. After thrashing England to retain the Ashes last month, Australia are now the no 1 ranked team in the world. However, the Aussies are touring Pakistan after a gap of 24 years and Labuschagne rightly refers to the challenge of playing there as a big unknown. The South Africa-born naturalised Australian has emerged as one of their premier batsmen in Test match cricket along with his mentor Steve Smith. So it was no surprise that Labuschagne consulted Smith before preparing a batting track on a mat with aluminium and metal pieces to simulate spin conditions in his backyard. Playing around with recreating spinning conditions in th...
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Watch: Marnus Labuschagne unveils crafty home training to counter spin before Pakistan tour

World No. 1 Test batter Marnus Labuschagne has developed his own unique training method to counter the turning ball before Australia travels to Pakistan next month. Labuschagne recreated his own subcontinent-style pitch in his backyard and posted a video of the same on Twitter. Explaining his homemade surface – using a rubber mat smattered with sheets of taped-down aluminum and metal as the pitch, the 27-year-old said that this method is helping him sharpen his skills for the challenge ahead. “In the sub-continent one of the big factors that everyone sees is the ball spinning big and then also sliding on big,” said Labuschagne “You always see the replays of all the straight balls getting wickets, but people don’t watch the balls in between that are spinning big. “The idea is the bal...
‘Not the evening I planned’: Steve Smith gets stuck in elevator for 55 minutes
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‘Not the evening I planned’: Steve Smith gets stuck in elevator for 55 minutes

Australia’s Steve Smith on Thursday got stuck in an elevator at a Melbourne hotel for almost one hour. He livestreamed his experience on Instagram while teammate Marnus Labuschagne made efforts to help him from outside, even offering chocolates from the tiny gap in the door of the lift. Providing live updates of his ordeal on Instagram, Smith said, “I’m on my floor, I’m staying on this level but the doors won’t open. Out of service up there apparently. I’ve tried to get the door open; I’ve got this side open, Marnus is on the other side trying to open that to not much avail. “Not quite the evening I had planned, let’s be honest,” he ssaid such incredible content from the big man stuck in a lift pic.twitter.com/5XtZasAMWk — Abi Slade (@abi_slade) December 30, 2021 When ...
Joe Root has Ashes century in his sights in Melbourne | Cricket News – Times of India
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Joe Root has Ashes century in his sights in Melbourne | Cricket News – Times of India

England captain Joe Root has backed himself to get a first Ashes hundred in Australia as he prepares for the third Test starting in Melbourne on Boxing Day, a must-win game if England are to claim the series. Root has already plundered an English record 1,630 Test runs in 2021 and has two half-centuries in the Ashes series so far with 89 in Brisbane and 62 in Adelaide as his side slipped to two heavy defeats. He has also seen Australia's Marnus Labuschagne take over his position as the number one batsman in the world after the second Test. "I feel in a really good place with my batting," Root was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "I feel confident I can, in these next three games, bang out a hundred in these conditions. "I know that's a brave thing to say but my conversion rate this year,...
ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli slips to No. 7 | Cricket News – Times of India
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ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli slips to No. 7 | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Indian captain Virat Kohli slipped a notch to be placed seventh in the latest ICC rankings for Test batters even as Australia's Marnus Labuschagne, riding on his prolific Ashes form, displaced England skipper Joe Root to become the new world number one. India's Rohit Sharma remained static at fifth position. Among bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin is still in second place behind Australia skipper Pat Cummins. Kohli, who played the second Test against New Zealand, was earlier placed sixth and now with 756 points is in seventh position. Labuschagne has climbed to the top of the ICC rankings for batters for the very first time after sensational performances in the two matches of the Ashes so far. With career-best 912 rating points, he went past Root (897), who has dropped to the second s...
ICC Test Rankings: Labuschagne climbs to top spot, Kohli slips to seventh
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ICC Test Rankings: Labuschagne climbs to top spot, Kohli slips to seventh

Indian captain Virat Kohli slipped a notch to be placed seventh in the latest ICC rankings for Test batters even as Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne, riding on his prolific Ashes form, displaced England skipper Joe Root to become the new world number one. India’s Rohit Sharma remained static at fifth position. Among bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin is still in second place behind Australia skipper Pat Cummins. Kohli, who played the second Test against New Zealand, was earlier placed sixth and now with 756 points is in seventh position. Labuschagne has climbed to the top of the ICC rankings for batters for the very first time after sensational performances in the two matches of the Ashes so far. With career-best 912 rating points, he went past Root (897), who has dropped to the se...
Smith hails ‘exceptional’ Starc after Australia win second Test | Cricket News – Times of India
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Smith hails ‘exceptional’ Starc after Australia win second Test | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): Marnus Labuschagne won man-of-the-match for scoring a century and a fifty in Adelaide, but it was "exceptional" Mitchell Starc who was praised by stand-in Australia captain Steve Smith after England were beaten by 275 runs in the second Ashes Test. The left-arm seamer led from the front after his regular partners Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were both ruled out of the Adelaide day-night clash, replaced by inexperienced pair Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser. Starc took 4-37 to help skittle England for 236 in the first innings and a fiery 2-43 as they were bowled out for 192 on Monday. "They all bowled exceptionally well as a group, led by Mitchell Starc," said Smith, captaining the side for the first time in nearly four years after Cummins was ruled out as a clos...
2nd Ashes Test: Great to have two bowlers out and still be able to dominate, says Labuschagne | Cricket News – Times of India
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2nd Ashes Test: Great to have two bowlers out and still be able to dominate, says Labuschagne | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne expressed happiness after his side defeated England in the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Monday. Jhye Richardson scalped five wickets in the second innings as Australia defeated England by 275 runs in the second Ashes Test. With this win, Australia has gained a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The Boxing Day Test will begin on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). "We really stuck it out there, and Davey batted very well and put the pressure on the bowlers. I tried to absorb the pressure and if you have a combination like that out there, it hands us the advantage. I do a bit of self-talk, especially when I congratulated myself on playing the bouncer by Stokes, as opposed to the one before that I played ...
Marnus Labuschagne plays down batting milestone | Cricket News – Times of India
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Marnus Labuschagne plays down batting milestone | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: Australia run-machine Marnus Labuschagne enjoys winning games for his team more than any personal milestone, the 27-year-old said after his sixth Test century consolidated their position in the second Ashes Test against England on Friday. South Africa-born Labuschagne top-scored for the dominant hosts with a patient 103 to help Australia post 473-9 before declaring their innings in the day-night contest. Labuschagne's current average of 62.48 is second only to legendary Don Bradman's benchmark of 99.94 among players who have batted in 20 innings or more. Currently number two in the official rankings for test batsmen, Labuschagne dismissed the compliment as if it were an England bowler. "It's the first I'd heard of it," he said. "A couple of nick offs and you are right down the...
2nd Ashes Test: Australia remove openers to leave England in deep trouble | Cricket News – Times of India
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2nd Ashes Test: Australia remove openers to leave England in deep trouble | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): England were battling to stay in the second Ashes Test on Friday after Australia removed both openers in a fiery spell under lights on day two to leave the visitors reeling. The home team declared their first innings on a commanding 473 for nine in Adelaide, leaving England to face a trying 40 minutes against a swinging pink ball. ScorecardThey didn't fare well with under-pressure Rory Burns lasting just three balls against a rampant Mitchell Starc, edging a rising delivery to Steve Smith at second slip after making just four. Haseeb Hameed hung on slightly longer before Michael Neser, in for skipper Pat Cummins -- who pulled out of the Test at the last minute over a Covid scare -- bagged his maiden Test scalp. Hameed, on six, chipped to Starc at mid-on with Neser ...