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EXCLUSIVE: We want to make sure we peak at the right time ahead of the ODI World Cup; Ben Stokes is the best all-rounder in the world: Joe Root | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: England's dominant run in limited overs cricket in recent years is no secret. They are the defending ODI World champions as well as the defending World champions in the T20I format, after winning the last edition in Australia to become just the second team after the West Indies to win the T20 World Cup title twice. England will now aim to defend their ODI World Cup title when they travel to India in October this year for the showpiece event. Over the years, one standout player for the English team has been Joe Root. The former England Test captain has now set his sights on the upcoming tour to New Zealand starting February 16.Root, who is playing for the Dubai Capitals in the DP World ILT20 league being played in the UAE, spoke to TimesofIndia.com in an exclusive interview an...
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Ian Healy slams selectors for not considering Steve Smith as white-ball opener | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Legendary Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy has questioned the national selectors for not considering Steve Smith in the role of an opener in white-ball cricket.Smith, 33, has notched up 328 runs in four innings for the Big Bash League (BBL) side Sydney Sixers, scoring 36, 101, 125 not out and 66.Healy says it is difficult to ignore Smith's credentials as opener, especially since David Warner and Aaron Finch are nowhere near their best.Finch retired from ODIs late last year after a miserable season, which also saw the hosts exit the T20 World Cup at home prematurely.Healy also compared Smith with the legendary Don Bradman and said it was a "privilege" watching the cricketer bat.Asked whether he would like to see Smith open in the shortest format, Healy said, "Definitely, how co...
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Watch: How a change in grip helped Steve Smith find his range in T20 cricket

Australia’s prolific batter Steve Smith, who is currently playing in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) is in red-hot form. On Monday, the Sydney Sixers batter scripted a unique feat as he helped his side to 16 runs off one ball against the Hobart Hurricanes. As the explosive stroke maker achieved this feat, commentators and analysts couldn’t help but decode his ball-hitting techniques. Former Australian cricketer Greg Blewett has thrown light on how a change in grip helped Steve Smith find his range in T20 matches. During a 7 Cricket show, Blewett compared Smith’s BBL 9 and the ongoing season 12’s batting style. He pointed out how the 33-year batter has tweaked his bat-holding technique. “You can see on the left, (during season 9) how far is his bottom hand. He’s made a slight tweak (in...
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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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Adam Zampa’s Test aspirations have probably passed him by after India snub: David Hussey | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former Australian cricketer David Hussey believes Adam Zampa's omission from the Border-Gavaskar series in India could have dealt a body blow to the off-spinner's Test aspirations.Hussey, 45, a white-ball specialist, felt strongly about Zampa's exclusion after being assured of a Test berth in the India tour."He (Zampa) played a red-ball Shield game for New South Wales against Victoria at the Junction Oval just prior to the Big Bash starting and he bowled particularly well," Hussey told SEN Radio on Thursday."I think all reports from (head coach Andrew) McDonald and (chairman of selectors) George Bailey (was that) he (Zampa) was going to be going to India."The former Australia cricketer added that had Zampa been selected, he would have been successful in India."Unfortunately f...
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Not having practice and tour games could hurt Australia in India: Ian Healy | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former Australia wicket-keeper Ian Healy doesn't agree with prolific run-getter Usman Khawaja's opinion that practice matches are not required ahead of the four-Test Border-Gavaskar series in India beginning February 9.Australia will not be playing a single practice game in India before the opening Test in Nagpur, and Khawaja, a member of the touring side, recently said it won't harm the team's chances on spinning sub-continent wickets."Have you ever been pre-tour with us? They can be spinning wickets when we play but we go to the practice matches and they are green Gabba-like wickets out there so what's the point," Khawaja was quoted as saying recently by the Australian media."I think we have finally learned. When I heard we weren't going to have a practice game I went up to...
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Australia can recreate magic of 2004 Test series win in India: Adam Gilchrist | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former Australia skipper Adam Gilchrist is confident the Pat Cummins-led side will be able to win the Border-Gavaskar series in India after 19 years if they go in with three seamers to partner spinner Nathan Lyon.The former wicketkeeper-batter, who was Australia's stand-in skipper during the 2004 series win -- the only one they pocketed since 1969 -- added that experimenting with a new spinner in sub-continental conditions has never worked, and Cummins should refrain from doing that."I think they'll do it (win the series). I really do. I think they've got a squad and final XI that will have a lot of similarities to the team we rolled with in 2004," Gilchrist was quoted as saying by Fox Sports on Tuesday."So often teams go to India hoping to unveil some new spinner that's goin...
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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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Next year’s T20 World Cup could be David Warner’s last international assignment | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australian batting stalwart David Warner has indicated he wants the 2024 T20 World Cup in the United States and the West Indies to be his international swansong, saying winning the title would be an icing on the cake."(This will) most likely be my last year of my international career. I've got my sights set on the 2024 (T20) World Cup as well, so finishing in the Americas (North America and Caribbean islands), that'd be nice to top it off with a win over there, pending selection," Warner was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Thursday.Warner was adjudged the 'Player of the Tournament' for his tally of 289 runs in Australia's winning campaign in the T20 World Cup in the UAE in 2021. He is currently playing in the BBL for Sydney Thunders."I've signed (with the Thunder) for this yea...
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Australia announce squad for India Test series; include four spinners, six quicks | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Victoria uncapped off-spinner Todd Murphy was included in the 18-man squad as Australia kept their bowling options wide open with four spinners and six quicks for the upcoming four-match Test series in India. The squad, announced on Wednesday, also saw veteran batsman Peter Handscomb being recalled.The 22-year-old Todd will be joining the likes of off-spinner Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson in the spin department for the matches to be played in Nagpur, New Delhi, Dharamshala and Ahmedabad.All-rounder Cameron Green and pace spearhead Mitchell Starc have also been named in expectation of their returns from injury while uncapped pacer Lance Morris was retained in the squad as a back-up.India vs Australia Test series scheduleFebruary 9-13: First Test, NagpurFebruary...
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Virat Kohli equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record, smashes 20th ODI hundred in India | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India skipper Virat Kohli became the batter with joint most ODI centuries in a country when he scored a hundred against Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the three-match series in Guwahati on Tuesday. It was Kohli's 20th ODI hundred in India, equalling the record held by batting great Sachin Tendulkar.Kohli scored 113 off 87 balls in the first match of the new year, his 45th overall in one-dayers. The century took his overall international tally to 73, second only to Tendulkar's 100 hundreds.Kohli took only 99 innings to score his 20 ODI hundreds on home soil, while Sachin did so in 160 innings.South Africa's Hashim Amla (14 centuries in South Africa in 69 innings) and Ricky Ponting (14 centuries in Australia in 151 innings) are next in the list of most ODI hundreds in a c...
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Will likely miss first Test against India, says Mitchell Starc | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Injured Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc has indicated he will most certainly miss the opening Test of the Border-Gavaskar series against India at Nagpur from February 9, saying he should be available from the second Test onwards.Starc suffered an injury on the opening day of the Boxing day Test against South Africa, hurting the finger of his bowling arm while attempting a catch.The 32-year-old Starc was diagnosed with a detached tendon in the middle finger and missed the third and final Test against the Proteas at Sydney."That's probably likely (I will miss the first Test). We'll see how we're placed at the end of the month," Starc was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press on Monday."Hopefully I am there for the second Test if they want to play me. We'll see how ...
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Pat Cummins wants all bases covered in ‘big series’ against India | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australia skipper Pat Cummins wants everything at his "disposal" for the "big" series in India next month and besides frontline spinner Nathan Lyon, he feels Ashton Agar and Travis Head too will be vital to the team's bowling plans.Australia, who completed a 2-0 Test series win over South Africa here, are gearing up for the four-match Border-Gavaskar series, starting in Nagpur on February 9."I think our squad will have basically all possibilities. It's a big series, so we want everything at our disposal," Cummins said after the match.Agar had been called up for the final Test against South Africa keeping in mind the Indian tour. However in the 22 overs he bowled, the 29-year-old gave away 58 runs and remained wicketless in the drawn Test.But being a left-arm spinner, he could pr...
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Aus vs SA third Test, Day 5 | South Africa hang on to draw against Australia

South Africa’s captain Dean Elgar reacts after being dismissed by Australia’s captain Pat Cummins during the third cricket Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney on January 8, 2023. | Photo Credit: AFP Australia started the day needing 14 wickets for an unlikely victory and a South African series clean sweep but could only muster six as the Proteas batting finally showed some grit to force a draw in the third test at at Sydney Cricket Ground.The hosts toiled under some welcome sun in a match that was frequently impacted by weather delays and while it achieved its first aim on Sunday of enforcing the follow on after bowling South Africa out for 255, further inroads proved few and far between.At stumps South Africa was 106-2 in its seco...
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‘I’m going nowhere’, Steve Smith dampens down retirement talk | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australia batsman Steve Smith dampened down talk of his retirement on Friday after suggesting it was by no means certain that he would be still playing Test cricket next season.The 33-year-old former captain scored his 30th Test hundred on the second day of the third Test against South Africa on Thursday, moving above Donald Bradman in the list of Australian century-makers.Admitting his comments in a news conference after the day's play had been deliberately "cryptic", Smith said he had no immediate plans to hang up his bat."I'm not going anywhere, I'm comfortable with where everything's at," Smith told Fox Sports before the start of the third day of the final Test."We've got a few good tours coming up. I'm excited and I'm still trying to get better."So, whilst I have that hunge...
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Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith hit milestones in SCG Test against South Africa

Usman Khawaja made his highest Test score, Steve Smith scored a milestone century and Australia reached a commanding 475-4 when rain forced an early end to the second day of the third and final Test against South Africa. Khawaja made an unbeaten 195 off 368 balls, with 19 boundaries and a six, and had earlier Thursday shared an epic 209-run partnership with Steve Smith, who made his 30th Test century and also became Australia fourth-highest run scorer in tests in front of his home Sydney Cricket Ground fans. Usman Khawaja closes in on his first Test double-ton and Steve Smith passed Sir Donald Bradman’s number of Test centuries 👇@ARamseyCricket | #AUSvSA — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2023 Marnus Labuschagne (79) and Travis Head (70) both scored half-centuries as Australia...
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3rd Test: Usman Khawaja on cusp of double ton as Australia demoralise South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Usman Khawaja was stranded just short of a pinnacle double-century when rain interrupted Australia's run plunder against South Africa in the third Sydney Test on Thursday.In another dominant day for the Australians with the series already won, Khawaja peeled off an imperious unbeaten 195 - his highest Test score - while Steve Smith passed a Don Bradman's century landmark with his 30th hundred.At the rain-enforced close on day two, Australia were 475 for four with Matt Renshaw -- who tested positive for Covid-19 at the start of the match -- five not out.The runs kept flowing on another demoralising day for the Proteas.Deserves a double! Watch Khawaja's full innings highlights here #AUSvSA— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) 1672901026000Khawaja and Smith shared in a 209-run stand and...
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Aus vs SA 3rd Test, Day 2 | Steve Smith scores 30th test ton; Khawaja passes 150 in SCG test

Australia’s Usman Khawaja celebrates with teammate Steve Smith after reaching 150 runs during day two of the third cricket Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney on January 5, 2023. | Photo Credit: AFP Steve Smith passed yet more batting milestones and joined Usman Khawaja in making another Sydney Cricket Ground century as Australia piled on the runs to be 394-3 at tea on the second day of the final cricket test against South Africa.After Khawaja raised his third consecutive SCG hundred before lunch Thursday and then pushed past 150 runs, Smith made an imperious century to join former Australia opening batter Matt Hayden on 30 test centuries. Only Ricky Ponting (41) and Steve Waugh (32) have more among Australian men’s test players. S...
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ICC T20I rankings: Ishan Kishan jumps 10 places to 23rd, Deepak Hooda re-enters top 100 | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India opener Ishan Kishan jumped 10 places to 23rd position while Deepak Hooda re-entered the top-100 in the latest ICC rankings for T20I batters issued on Thursday.Both moved upwards in the chart after their impressive performances in the first T20 International against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Tuesday, which India won by two runs.Hooda moved up 40 places to 97th after his unbeaten 41 off 23 balls while Kishan was rewarded for his brisk 37-run knock at the top of the order.The swashbuckling Suryakumar Yadav continued to hold the top spot for batters despite a rare failure in Mumbai.India's new T20I captain Hardik Pandya, up nine places to 76th among bowlers, is the other to move up the rankings.As far as Sri Lanka are concerned, Wanindu Hasaranga was once again a strong contributo...
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Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test: Steve Smith’s 30th Test ton takes him past Don Bradman | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Steven Smith passed a Don Bradman landmark to claim his 30th Test century on Thursday as Usman Khawaja and Australia piled on the misery for the beleaguered South Africans in the third Test in Sydney.Smith passed Bradman's 29 Test hundreds with a majestic pull shot off Anrich Nortje to the boundary ropes to claim a home-town hundred off 190 balls.He was out two balls later on 104 when he innocuously chipped back a catch to Keshav Maharaj for the left-arm spinner's first wicket of the series.At tea on day two, Khawaja had moved on with his 13th Test century to be unconquered on 172 with Travis Head on 17 to have Australia in firm control at 394 for three.Along the way, Smith also overtook Michael Clarke to become Australia's fourth-highest Test run-getter with 8,647 behind Ricky ...