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Robert Key pleased how quickly England’s new Test approach clicked | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England men's director of cricket Rob Key does not like the term "Bazball" but is surprised how quickly the Test team's new approach has clicked under coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes. England had won only one of their previous 17 Tests when the new leadership, including Key himself, was put in charge to script a turnaround. England have since blanked world Test champions New Zealand 3-0 and beat India in Edgbaston, particularly impressive was how they chased down 270-plus targets in all four matches. "I never thought it would work like this," Key told BBC Test Match Special. "There will be times when it won't work, but for now it's been fantastic to see." Key, however, felt the term 'Bazball' did not do justice to the hard work put in by McCullum and Stokes. "I'm n...
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Jonny Bairstow credits impressive run of form to freedom from COVID protocols, role clarity under Brendon McCullum | Cricket News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: Star England batter Jonny Bairstow has credited his sensational run of form in the past five Test innings, including the two against India, to freedom from COVID-19 protocols and role clarity under new head coach Brendon McCullum. Bairstow struck 106 and 114 not out to play a major role in England's seven wicket win over India in the rescheduled fifth Test which the hosts won here on Tuesday. Before that, he scored 1, 16, 8, 136, 162, 71 not out in the three-match Test series against New Zealand which England won 3-0. "It's the freedom we have now. We're not in hotel rooms, bubbles, having to do Covid tests everyday and we can do normal things like go to the shop, go for a beer, see your friends and family," Bairstow told the Tailenders podcast. "All of those things accum...
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India drop in WTC rankings, Bumrah rues batting after loss

As if the seven-wicket loss against England was not bad enough, India were docked two World Test Championship (WTC) points for their slow over rate in the rearranged fifth test at Edgbaston. The tourists were found to be two overs behind the over rate which also led to a fine of 40% of the match fees, the governing International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Tuesday. The points penalty meant India dropped below Pakistan in the WTC rankings to the fourth spot, with Australia at the top followed by South Africa. The top two teams will reach the WTC summit clash. India lost to New Zealand in last year’s final of the competition’s inaugural edition.India held a 2-1 lead going into the Edgbaston test where England pulled off an epic chase to level the series. The tourists domi...
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Babar Azam wants balance between proactive approach and playing as per situation demands | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan captain Babar Azam has admitted that his team needs to strike a judicious balance between playing a proactive brand of cricket and adapting to situations when it needs to employ a defensive approach. Pakistan's go-slow batting approach during their last home series against Australia was criticised as Babar's men couldn't for once score at a rate of more than three runs per over in all the innings played during the three games. "We are trying to change the way we play Test cricket. Not easy for batters when the other team is dominating you," Babar said ahead of the team's upcoming WTC tour of Sri Lanka. "We want to play positively irrespective of the situation but it is only on a given day that we can decide how to win the match and our strategy," Babar added. However t...
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‘Yuvi hai ya Bumrah’: Twitter goes ballistic as Bumrah goes big in a 35-run Broad over

“Just when you think you’ve seen it all, this game surprises you even more,” wrote Ravi Shastri. Indian captain Jasprit Bumrah tempted him to with his swashbuckling batting in Stuart Broad’s over that cost 35 runs, the most expensive in Test cricket history. Bumrah had come in to bat in the 80th over of the India innings with just two wickets remaining. Two overs later, when Anderson dismissed Jadeja who had just scored a hundred, Bumrah took the initiative of going all out. And he found the opportunity to do so in the next over as Stuart Broad misjudged the India no. 10, bowling him wide and short. BOOM BOOM BUMRAH IS ON FIRE WITH THE BAT 🔥🔥 3️⃣5️⃣ runs came from that Broad over 👉🏼 The most expensive over in the history of Test cricket 🤯 Tune in to Sony Six (ENG), Sony Ten 3 (HIN) &am...
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England skipper Ben Stokes becomes third batter to smash 100 sixes in Test cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

LEEDS (UK): England Test captain Ben Stokes on Friday became the third batter to hit 100 sixes in Test cricket history during the third match against New Zealand at Headingley. Stokes achieved the feat with a six off Tim Southee's delivery in his 151st Test innings. Former Kiwi skipper and current England Test format coach Brendon McCullum tops the list with 107 sixes. While Adam Gilchrist is on the second spot, smashing 100 maximums from 96 Tests. Chris Gayle (98) and Jacques Kallis (97) are the top five batters in the table. In the same match, the duo of all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and wicketkeeper-batter Tom Blundell has added the most number of partnership runs for New Zealand during a Test series, adding a total of 611 runs so far. The duo accomplished this record during the third T...
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England pacer Katherine Brunt announces retirement from Test cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON (UK): England pacer Katherine Brunt on Saturday announced her retirement from Test cricket, calling time on a career that spanned 17 years. The 36-year-old seamer will continue to play in the shorter formats of the game. Brunt made her Test debut in 2004, and was part of an influential moment for English cricket in just her third Test match - bagging nine wickets across the match and smashing 52 to help her team to retain the Women's Ashes after 42 years. Brunt claimed it was a 'smart' decision to retire from the game in order to prolong her white-ball career. The end of an era.Our third leading wicket-taker in the format, @kbrunt26 is retiring from Test cricket.Thank you Brunty ❤️— England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1655546340000Brunt said in an official statement released by Eng...
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Women’s Tests should be played over five days, says ICC’s Greg Barclay | Cricket News – Times of India

International Cricket Council (ICC) chair Greg Barclay said women's Test matches should be played over five days, but raised doubts over the place of the longer format in the future of women's cricket. Women's Test matches are played over four days as opposed to five in the men's game, and the five Test matches that have been played since 2017 have all ended in a draw. England captain Heather Knight has backed five day-Tests and England bowler Kate Cross said women cricketers were fit enough to cope with the physical demands of longer matches after the drawn Ashes Test in January. "Most people would say five days are required," Barclay told the BBC. "If they are going play it, my personal view is they should have five days to play it in." The only countries to have played a women's Test...
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ICC chair warns of reduction in volume of Test cricket in future | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: The ever-increasing domestic T20 leagues are squeezing bilateral ties and Test cricket runs the risk of witnessing a reduction in its volume in a decade's time, warns ICC chair Greg Barclay. Barclay, who was appointed as ICC chair in November 2020, said the world body will face a serious challenge in deciding the next Future Tours Program starting next year. "There is a men's and women's event every year and the growth of domestic leagues are forcing things from the bottom and ... what is getting squeezed is bilateral cricket and so we are trying to fit everything in," Barclay told BBC's Test Match Special during the ongoing first game of the three-match series between England and New Zealand at Lord's. "There will be some unfortunate consequences from a playing experience and a...
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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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England Test coach Brendon McCullum open to Jos Buttler’s recall | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England's new Test coach Brendon McCullum has hinted at a possible return to red-ball duty for Jos Buttler following a blistering run-spree in the Indian Premier League. Wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler was dropped after a lacklustre return during England's woeful 4-0 Ashes series loss in Australia. Despite being one of the world's best white-ball run-scorers, the 31-year-old averages a modest 31.94 in Test cricket. And there was no place for Buttler in England's squad for next week's opening Test against McCullum's native New Zealand at Lord's, with Ben Foakes and Jonny Bairstow selected ahead of what will be the new coach's first game in charge. Buttler, however, has been in spectacular form for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, powering the team into Sunday's final of the Twenty20...
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If Rishabh Pant plays 100 Tests, his name would be etched in record books forever: Sehwag | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: If Rishabh Pant wants to get his name etched in record books forever, he should strive to play 100 Test matches for the country, one of India's greatest long format match-winners Virender Sehwag said on Friday. Sehwag, the country's only cricketer to have struck two triple hundreds in Test cricket, is among the 11 Indians to have played 100 plus Tests and scored over 8500 runs. Pant, who has an enviable record being the only Indian wicket-keeper to have scored Test hundreds in Australia, England and South Africa, has played 30 Tests and scored 1920 runs so far at an average of 40.85. "If he (Pant) goes on to play 100+ Tests, his name would be etched in the history books forever. Only 11 Indian cricketers have achieved this feat, and everyone can recall those 11 names," Sehwag sa...
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If Rishabh Pant plays more than 100 Tests, his name will be in history books forever, says Virender Sehwag | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former India opener Virender Sehwag claimed that if wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant completes 100 appearances in Test cricket, his name will be written forever in the history books. Pant came into prominence due to his exploits in T20 cricket. But of late, he has been a force to reckon with in Test cricket, amassing 1920 runs in 30 matches at an average of 40.85, including four centuries and nine half-centuries. In India's last Test assignment, a two-match home series against Sri Lanka in March, Pant, 24, made 185 runs at a strike rate of 120.12, including a 28-ball fifty, the fastest by an Indian batter, on the second day of pink-ball Test at Bengaluru. "If he goes on to play 100-plus Tests, his name would be etched in the history books forever. Only 11 Indian cricketers have ...
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Brendon McCullum a contender to become England’s Test coach: Reports | Cricket News – Times of India

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is a contender to take over as England Test coach, the BBC and other British media reported. Chris Silverwood left the role in February in the aftermath of their 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, with Paul Collingwood named as caretaker. The England and Wales Cricket Board then invited applications for separate Test and white-ball coaches. The reports said 40-year-old McCullum, who is currently in charge of Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders, was keen on taking the job and that an announcement was expected this week. Former South Africa and India head coach Gary Kirsten has been linked with the role, while Collingwood was also considered a candidate. McCullum played the last of his 101 Tests at Christchurch in February 2016 against ...
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New Zealand expect steely England under new skipper Ben Stokes | Cricket News – Times of India

New Zealand expect Ben Stokes's leadership to galvanise England but they intend to make life as difficult as they can for the new skipper in the upcoming Test series, head coach Gary Stead said. New Zealand-born Stokes replaced Joe Root as Test captain last week, with England seeking a swift turnaround under the talismanic all-rounder after managing only one win in their last 17 matches. The combative 30-year-old's first assignment will be to turn the tables on New Zealand in the three-Test series starting at Lord's on June 2, a year after England lost 1-0 to the 'Black Caps' while Stokes was taking a break from cricket. "Look, I imagine that he will bring - there will be an immediate steel to their group," Stead told reporters on Wednesday. "I think the abrasive way that he plays will ...
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Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman to pick and choose formats to prolong career | Cricket News – Times of India

DHAKA (Bangladesh): Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman has intimated he may not return to Test cricket as he needs to pick and choose between three formats to prolong his international career. Mustafizur last played a Test match for the Tigers in February 2021 in a home series against South Africa. He then opted out of red-ball cricket after the BCB decided to introduce format-wise contracts. Subsequently, he has missed the one-off Test against Zimbabwe and two-match series against Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa and is unlikely to play the longest format again. Mustafizur Rahman has opened up on his decision to prioritise white-ball cricket 💬 Details 👇 https://t.co/ho6Fwpais9— ICC (@ICC) 1650618008000Mustafizur has now said that he is willing to speak to the board in order to ex...
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ICC recommends one neutral umpire for Tests | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Neutral umpires will be back in international cricket since the Covid-19 pandemic started in March 2020. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to work on a hybrid model to encourage more local umpires. This could mean that the bilateral Tests may have one neutral umpire and one local umpire. “The chief executive’s committee (CEC) acknowledged that the performance of home umpires was strong and had not affected games. The use of home umpires had also led to 12 members of the international panel umpires making their Test match debut. CEC agreed that more neutral match officials should be utilised as travel restrictions are lifted while building on the success of the use of home umpires,” an ICC statement read after the board meetings in Dubai on Sunday. The ICC ha...
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Pakistan vs Australia: Pakistan’s Azhar Ali reaches 7,000-runs milestone in Test cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE: Veteran Azhar Ali scored his 7,000th Test run on Wednesday during the series-decider against Australia in Lahore, joining an elite list of Pakistan batsmen. The 37-year-old swept spinner Nathan Lyon to reach the landmark before being caught and bowled by Australia captain Pat Cummins for 78. It took Azhar 94 matches to achieve the milestone and he becomes only the fifth Pakistan batsman and 54th in all to cross the 7,000 Test-run mark. Azhar joins Pakistan legends Younis Khan (118 Tests, 10,099 runs), Javed Miandad (104 Tests, 8,832), Inzamam-ul-Haq (119, 8,829) and Mohammad Yousuf (90, 7,530). The three-match series against Australia is tied at 0-0 after the first two Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi ended in high-scoring draws. Azhar started his Test career against Australia at...
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England’s red-ball reset gets reality check in West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India

England's so-called red ball reset after the recent Ashes debacle endured a sobering reality check against West Indies on Friday when their bowlers toiled for only three wickets on a long day in the field at Kensington Oval in Barbados. West Indies closed on 288 for four in their first innings in reply to England's 507 for nine declared. On a placid pitch that has exposed the bowling limitations of both teams, England struggled to regularly beat the bat of a stoic West Indies upper order determined to survive after starting day three of the second Test in a deep hole. With England's two genuinely quick pacemen, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, injured, and veterans Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad left out of the touring party, the Caribbean trip is serving as an audition for those present. B...
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Weekly Sports Newsletter: How T20 leagues will never throw up Test quality spinners

A couple of months back, the Pakistan Cricket Board’s very active social media team put out a ‘drool video’ for the fans of fantasy cricket. It had Babar Azam taking up the Saqlain Mushtaq challenge during a training session. The post Pakistan team nets contest involving the coach and captain had some learnings, along with the obvious hit and giggle entertainment. Babar would get stumped on the third ball – under pressure to reach the pre-set target, the wily Saqlain would anticipate the world’s top batsman’s thoughtless stepping out of the crease misadventure. Saqlain vs Babar!@Saqlain_Mushtaq in full flow 😍#WeHaveWeWill#T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/PC0IvDXdo5 — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 29, 2021 This isn’t the usual lament about falling batting standards with special sco...