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New Zealand get chance for rapid revenge in home Tests against England | Cricket News – Times of India

New Zealand will have a chance to exact rapid revenge for their 3-0 series loss in England when they host Brendon McCullum's side in two Tests next February. England beat the Black Caps by seven wickets in the third Test at Headingley on Monday to sweep the series but they might find New Zealand a tougher prospect on home tracks in Wellington and Tauranga in the new year. The series opener at Bay Oval will be the first day-night Test in New Zealand since 2018, when England were beaten by an innings and 49 runs at Eden Park. The Test world champions will also host a two-match series against Sri Lanka in March, New Zealand Cricket said on Tuesday as it announced the 2022/23 home international schedule. The Black Caps are currently languishing in eighth place in the World Test Championship...
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3rd Test: Bairstow bashing seals England clean sweep of New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

Jonny Bairstow hit the second fastest fifty for England in test cricket as they made light work of a 113-run target on Monday to beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third and final Test at Headingley and ensure a 3-0 series victory. Bairstow, whose batting heroics was key to ensuring England won the second Test, picked up where he left off from Trent Bridge as he brought up his half century in 30 balls and then took England to victory on the last day with an unbeaten 71, finishing it off with a six. A 111-run partnership with Joe Root, who was 86 not out, saw England reach the competitive victory target of 296 as they completed their first clean sweep of a home series in over a decade. We’ve done things differently. We’ve loved it. We hope you have too 🏏 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🦁 https://t.co/JYQq...
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Devon Conway says aggression paid off for NZ against England | Cricket News – Times of India

NOTTINGHAM: New Zealand batsman Devon Conway attributed their strong start to the second Test against England to a positive mindset which allowed them to bat more aggressively on Friday. Smarting from their five-wicket loss in the series opener at Lord's where they were bundled out for 132 in the first innings, New Zealand were sitting pretty at 318-4 after the opening day's play at Trent Bridge. Daryl Mitchell (81) and Tom Blundell (67) will resume their bid to press for a series-levelling victory when the second day's play begins. The fifth wicket partnership between them is already worth 149 runs and New Zealand would expect them to consolidate their position with a big first innings total after losing the toss and being put into bat. "One of the things we spoke about in our batting ...
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New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme out of England Tests with heel injury | Cricket News – Times of India

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme will miss the rest of their Test series against England due to a heel injury that he sustained in the opening match, the team said on Monday. De Grandhomme bowled only 3.5 overs in England's second innings due to the heel issue, before New Zealand crashed to a five-wicket loss at Lord's on Sunday to go 1-0 down in the three-match series. New Zealand said scans revealed a tear to De Grandhomme's plantar fascia, with coach Gary Stead confirming that the 35-year-old would need 10 to 12 weeks to recover. "It's a real shame for Colin to suffer this injury so early in the series," Stead said in a statement. "He's a massive part of our test side and we'll certainly miss him." De Grandhomme will be replaced by fellow all-rounder Michael Bracewell, who...
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Pakistan vs Australia: Injured Steve Smith ruled out of white-ball series in Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Australia batsman Steve Smith will miss the one-day and T20 matches against Pakistan to manage a left elbow injury, the team said on Saturday. Smith experienced some discomfort during the latter stages of Australia's 1-0 win in the three-match Test series against Pakistan, team physiotherapist Alex Kontouris said. “Given he had an injury with the same elbow last year, we felt it important to manage this proactively," Kontouris said in a statement. "Withdrawing him ... means Steve will have the necessary time to rehabilitate his elbow to ensure his continuing availability and performance for Australia." Smith said he did not regard his injury as a major issue. "But by staying on top of things now, we can ensure that it doesn't become something more significant further down the...
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Permanent saliva ban not a big deal: Pat Cummins | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE: Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins says since the impact of precautionary prohibition on use of saliva for shining the ball was not as huge as anticipated, a permanent ban on its usage will not be a "big deal" for the seam bowlers. Saliva application was barred by the ICC in view of the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020. Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the custodian of cricket laws, recently imposed a complete ban on the use of saliva while announcing its amended 2022 code, which will come into effect in October this year. The MCC reasoned that applying saliva had no impact on the ball's movement, according to its research. "I don't think so (permanent saliva ban will hamper the performance of the swing bowlers)," Cummins, himself a pacer, told reporters ahead of Australia's third Te...
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Babar Azam, Pat Cummins eye last chance for Pakistan-Australia series win | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE: After two batting-dominated draws, rival skippers Babar Azam and Pat Cummins are both targeting a series-winning victory when the third and final Pakistan-Australia Test starts in Lahore Monday. The series -- Australia's first in Pakistan for 24 years -- opened with a high scoring stalemate on a featherbed pitch in Rawalpindi before the hosts salvaged a fighting draw in Karachi on the back of an epic 196 from Azam. Lahore's Gaddafi stadium is Azam's home ground and will be staging a Test for the first time since a fatal terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 caused international cricket to be suspended in Pakistan. "I can't explain the feelings," said Azam on Sunday. "You have a different feeling when you play on your home ground and before your home crowd. "I see a re...
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West Indies vs England 2nd Test: Saqib Mahmood to debut as England, West Indies reset for second Test | Cricket News – Times of India

BRIDGETOWN: West Indies and England square off in the second Test of a three-match series on Wednesday at Kensington Oval in Barbados, with expectations of a repeat of the batsman-friendly conditions which resulted in a drawn first Test in Antigua. In stark contrast to the pitches for their previous series in the Caribbean in 2019 when the hosts' fast bowlers dominated in Barbados and Antigua before Mark Wood led the charge for the tourists in claiming a consolation win in St Lucia, pacers look set for another tough workout over the next five days. With Wood sidelined by an elbow injury suffered during his first-Test exertions and Ollie Robinson still not recovered fully from back spasms experienced in the warm-up match, Saqib Mahmood gets a Test debut for England at the venue where he ...
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Series of quick dismissals left Zak Crawley wondering about his future | Cricket News – Times of India

A long lean spell of quick dismissals tested the self-belief of Zak Crawley, the relieved England opener acknowledged after scoring an unbeaten century on day four of the first Test against West Indies on Friday. Crawley stamped himself as potentially a high-order batter to lead England for years to come when he made a home double century against Pakistan in 2020, but that innings total of 267 proved to be a false dawn. A second Test Match century for Zak Crawley 💯#WTC23 | #WIvENG | https://t.co/71mXRNwEon https://t.co/tlAaZ48x00— ICC (@ICC) 1647029472000He hardly even had a chance to get his eye in before being sent packing, failing to reach double figures in 11 of his 16 subsequent appearances at the crease. Crawley's scores brought to mind the experience of former Australian captain ...
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Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test: Aussies look to second spinner after Rawalpindi stalemate | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Australia are likely to play two spinners as they go in search of a win in the second Test in Karachi, beginning Saturday, after Pakistan batted their seamers into the ground in the draw at Rawalpindi. The historic occasion -- Australia's first Test in Pakistan since 1998 -- was marred by a pitch described as "dead" by vice-captain Steve Smith as Pakistan piled up 728 runs for the loss of just four wickets, and one of those was a run out. Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique both made maiden Test hundreds -- Imam scoring one in each innings -- while senior batsman Azhar Ali also passed three figures during five attritional days. The series now moves to Karachi's National Stadium, a favourite hunting ground for Pakistan, who have won 23 of the 43 Tests they have played ther...
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Ben Stokes keen to make amends after ‘letting down’ team in Ashes | Cricket News – Times of India

England all-rounder Ben Stokes said he "let the team" down in their 4-0 Ashes drubbing in Australia, and pledged to do better in their three-match Test series against West Indies. Stokes made his return to cricket at the Ashes in December last year after taking an indefinite break from the game to focus on his mental health and recover from a finger injury, but struggled to find his best form Down Under. The 30-year-old, who was hampered by a side strain which he picked up while playing in the fourth test, had an average of 23.60 with the bat, with a high score of 66, and took four wickets. "Looking back on Australia we've had some honest reflections, not only as a team but individuals," Stokes told reporters on Saturday. "One of my reflections on the tour as a whole was that I personal...
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Ashwin is shaping up well, looking comfortable in training: Bumrah | Cricket News – Times of India

MOHALI: Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been recovering from an unspecified injury he suffered in January, is shaping up well and looking "comfortable during training" ahead of the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, India vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah said on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Ashwin missed the recent white-ball series against West Indies at home as well as the three-match T20I contest against visiting Sri Lanka due to the injury. "The test team had already come before and they were practising, he (Ashwin) is shaping up well and I don't know, I am not aware that there are any complaints," Bumrah said at the virtual press conference ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka beginning here from Friday. "He (Ashwin) looked good, he looked very comfortable in training...
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Virat Kohli’s 100th Test match will be behind closed doors: Punjab Cricket Association | Cricket News – Times of India

MOHALI: The BCCI won't be allowing any spectators for the upcoming first Test between India and Sri Lanka starting here March 4, which is incidentally legendary Virat Kohli's landmark 100th Test, a Punjab Cricket Association official stated. The decision has been taken in the wake of the COVID-19 cases in and around Mohali while also taking into account that most of the Indian players will be linking up with their respective IPL squads just after the end of the second Test in a bubble-to bubble transfer. "Yes, apart from the people, who are on duty for the Test match, we are not allowing any general spectators as per the directive of BCCI," senior PCA treasurer RP Singla told PTI on Saturday. "Still there are fresh COVID cases emerging in and around Mohali, so it's better we take all sa...
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Indian cricket’s ‘backbone’ Ranji Trophy returns after two years, in bio-secure bubbles | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Indian cricket's 'backbone', the Ranji Trophy, will make a much-anticipated return after two years amid the easing COVID-19 situation in the country, providing host of domestic cricketers an opportunity to make their name in red-ball cricket while giving veterans like Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara a final shot at resurrecting their Test careers. A third wave of COVID-19 had threatened the premier domestic event for the second year in a row but the drop in infections has allowed the BCCI to conduct the 38-team event, a massive logistical task in the new normal of bio-secure environments. All eyes will be on the opening fixture between defending champions Saurashtra and record 41-time champions Mumbai here with Rahane and Pujara on either side, aiming to make the big sco...
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Green wicket holds key to New Zealand-South Africa first Test | Cricket News – Times of India

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand and South Africa are focusing on the notoriously green Hagley Oval wicket as they draw up battle plans for the first Test starting in Christchurch on Thursday. New Zealand are desperate for a first series win against South Africa and to prove they can still muster a winning combination despite missing 273 Tests-worth of experience with the absence of Ross Taylor (retired), Kane Williamson (injured) and Trent Boult (paternity leave). South Africa are thirsting to lift both their world ranking (fifth) and to boost their World Test Championship standing, with the chance to move up to second if they sweep the two-Test series. Test cricket returns tomorrow in Christchurch! Get for the challenge of South Africa with @dazmitchell47 and bowlin… https://t.co/nbjMcdDbn7—...
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India-Sri Lanka T20I series to begin from Feb 24, Mohali to host first Test on March 4 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BCCI on Tuesday announced a revised itinerary for the home series against Sri Lanka, beginning February 24, confirming that the Twenty20 series will be played before the two Tests. Originally, the two-Test series was planned before the T20s but the BCCI has made the change following a request from Sri Lanka Cricket. "Sri Lanka will first play the T20I series comprising three matches followed by a two-match Test series, which will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship, 2021-23," said the BCCI in a statement. 🚨 NEWS 🚨: BCCI announces a change in schedule for the upcoming @Paytm Sri Lanka Tour of India. #INDvSL #TeamIndia More Details 🔽— BCCI (@BCCI) 1644925599000It was widely reported that the T20s against the Lankan side will take place before Test matches in Mohali...
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Bangladesh set to tour South Africa for ODI, Test series in March

Bangladesh are set to tour South Africa for three ODIs and two Tests as CSA on Wednesday confirmed the date and venues of the fixtures, starting March 18. The tour, set to be played across four venues from March 18 to April 12, will be a part of ICC’s ODI Super League and the World Test Championships. “SuperSport Park will host two of the ODI matches, with the third taken by the Imperial Wanderers, while the coastal cities of Durban and Gqeberha will take on the Test fixtures,” CSA said in statement. SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT🚨 Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban and St George's Park, Gqeberha will host the #BetwayTestSeries as Bangladesh head to our shores to take on the #Proteas in 3 Betway ODIs and 2 Tests from 18 Mar-12 Apr 🔗https://t.co/q7xTXqAWR6#SAvBAN #BePartOfIt pic.twitter.c...
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New Zealand’s Kane Williamson to miss Test series against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

WELLINGTON: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the upcoming Test series against South Africa after failing to recover from an elbow injury, Black Caps coach Gary Stead said on Tuesday. Stead named Tom Latham as stand-in skipper in a 15-man squad that features two debutants in wicketkeeper Cam Fletcher and paceman Blair Tickner. Batter Hamish Rutherford was also recalled after seven years in the Test wilderness, while allrounder Colin de Grandhomme returns after shaking off a recent form slump. Stead said Williamson was "desperate" to participate in the two-Test series against the Proteas but had not recovered sufficiently from an elbow injury that sidelined him late last year. "The priority has to be trying to get the injury right and having him available long term," he said....
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India vs Sri Lanka: Sourav Ganguly confirms pink-ball Test in Bengaluru | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sourav Ganguly, the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), confirmed on Thursday that the two-match Test series between India and Sri Lanka will have a pink-ball Test to be played in Bengaluru. After the white-ball series against the West Indies concludes in Kolkata on February 20, India will host Sri Lanka for three T20Is and two Tests scheduled for late February and early March. "Yes, the pink-ball Test will be happening in Bengaluru. We have not decided on all the venues for the Sri Lanka series yet, but it will be announced shortly," Ganguly was quoted as saying by Sportstar. It will be just the third time India will host a pink-ball Test after playing against Bangladesh in Kolkata in November 2019 followed by facing England in Ahmedabad in Februar...
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South Africa vs New Zealand: Keegan Petersen to miss Test series due to COVID-19 | Cricket News – Times of India

South Africa batsman Keegan Petersen will miss the two-match Test series in New Zealand after testing positive for COVID-19, South Africa's cricket board (CSA) said on Wednesday. The 28-year-old, who was named player of the series in the 2-1 series win against India at home, will be replaced by Zubayr Hamza, who played his last Test over two years ago. "The number three batsman is well and asymptomatic. Cricket South Africa's (CSA) medical team will keep in close contact with him to ensure his physical and mental well-being," CSA said in a statement. In a move to minimise COVID-19 risk, both matches will take place at Christchurch's Hagley Oval, starting Feb. 17. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(argum...