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24 wins in 27 bilateral series: India’s incredible home record in ODIs since Nov 2009 | Cricket News – Times of India

If Team India win the third and final ODI vs New Zealand on Tuesday in Indore, they will record back to back ODI series clean sweeps at home. India had blanked Sri Lanka before the ongoing series against the Black Caps.Winning home bilateral ODI series has become more than just a habit for the Men in Blue. Incredibly, since 2009, in 27 home bilateral series that India have played, the team has won 24 and lost only 3.Ahead of the third ODI vs the Kiwis, TimesofIndia.com takes a look at some very interesting statistics and trivia on the Indian juggernaut that continues to steamroll opposition at home in the ODI format. It really makes for very pleasant reading if you also remember the fact that the next edition of the ICC ODI World Cup will be played in India later this year.Team India in...
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T20 cricket is like fast food: Gordon Greenidge

Gordon Greenidge with host Rakesh Mahajan at the Ferozeshah Kotla. | Photo Credit: Rakesh Rao To counter the famed Indian spin trio of leg-spinner B.S. Chandrashekhar and off-spinners E.A.S. Prasanna and S. Venkataraghavan, debutant Gordon Greenidge used his feet on way to 93 and 107 when Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium hosted its first Test in November 1974.On Monday, to beat the traffic jam caused by a road-show in the middle of the Capital, the West Indian used the Airport Express Metro and made it to the Ferozeshah Kotla. The opener made this flying visit to the Capital for a felicitation function by cricket equipment-major B. D. Mahajan (BDM) whose bat he regularly used in his playing days. “No I don’t remember much of it,” was the candid answer to whether he could recall his...
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KL Rahul will play a big role for India in the 2023 ODI World Cup: Sheldon Cottrell | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: It was the year 2013 when West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell was handed a Test debut against India during the first match of the two-match series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.After West Indies were bowled out for 234, thanks to a four-wicket burst by Mohammed Shami, India plundered 453 on the board and were in the driver's seat.Cottrell had a tough time with the ball as he claimed just one wicket in the match but became fans' favourite at the Eden Garnes for his military-style salute celebration. India went on to win the match by an innings and 51 runs.After claiming his only wicket in the match by dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara, as his maiden Test wicket, Cottrell was seen marching and saluting to celebrate the success. "It's a military-style salute. I'm a soldier by profess...
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David Warner defiant ahead of 100th Test | Cricket News – Times of India

Ahead of his 100th Test for Australia in a Boxing Day match against South Africa in Melbourne, David Warner vowed to keep fighting despite having his back "up against the wall" after his recent struggles in the longest format.Warner has not scored a Test century in almost three years, and his declining output has led to speculation he might retire from the format.However, selectors have said he is part of Australia's plans for the tour of India starting in February.Playing in his 100th Test match "means the world to me", Warner told reporters. "It's the same old cliche but it's obviously a massive occasion."I'm living every housing commission boy's dream - I wanted to play cricket for Australia and I'm doing that now," said Warner, who was raised in public housing in an underprivileged ...
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India clubbed with hosts South Africa in U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

BENONI: India have been clubbed with hosts South Africa, Scotland and UAE in group D of the inaugural under-19 Women's T20 World Cup scheduled to be held from January 14-29. Eleven full member nations gained automatic entry, while Scotland, UAE, USA joined World Cup debutants Indonesia and Rwanda in the tournament that will witness 41 matches played across four venues in Benoni and Potchefstroom. Heavyweights Australia find themselves in group A along with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and USA. Group B features England, Pakistan, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. New Zealand, Ireland, Indonesia and the West Indies complete the group C. The toppers from each group will make the semi-finals. Both semis and final will be held at JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom and entry to all the matches of the tournament will...
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How Team India can qualify for World Test Championship final | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With only six Tests remaining for Team India in the WTC cycle, an injury-plagued team has a big task in front of them with the first challenge coming up their way against Bangladesh in the first Test of the two-match series, starting in Chattogram on Wednesday. The Indian team will need to win all their six Test matches, which include two in Bangladesh and four against Australia at home, to keep themselves in contention for a top-two spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) points table. One defeat would be enough to put India on the brink of missing the final. The season-ending World Test Championship will be held in June, 2023 at the Oval in London. India, who will be without the services of injured Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami. will be ...
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2nd Test: Australia hammer West Indies by 419 runs to sweep series | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: Australia routed West Indies for 77 in the second innings to romp to a 419-run victory in the day-night second Test and complete a 2-0 series sweep at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Chasing a hopeless victory target of 497, the West Indies' defeat was merely a matter of time after they began the penultimate day on a precarious 38-4. Australia took 90 minutes to complete formalities, with Michael Neser and Mitchell Starc sharing five of the last six West Indies wickets. Tagenarine Chanderpaul's 17 was the highest score by a West Indies batter in their sorry-looking scorecard. "Big partnerships set us up, and the bowlers were splendid as we continue to be undefeated in pink-ball Tests," said stand-in Australia captain Steve Smith, referring to their 11-0 record in day-night Tests....
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David Warner leadership review: Michael Clarke accuses Cricket Australia of double standards | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has accused his country's cricket board of double standards and making David Warner the "scapegoat" in its messy handling of his captaincy ban following the ball-tampering scandal. Four years after the scandal, Warner is still living with the leadership ban while accomplice Steve Smith happens to lead Australia in the ongoing day-night Test against the West Indies. Not prepared to let his family be the "washing machine for cricket's dirty laundry", an angry Warner on Wednesday withdrew his application for revocation of lifetime leadership ban, saying the independent review panel wanted him to go through "public lynching". Showing support to his former teammate, Clarke said the Cricket Australia's review of the scandal has been inconsist...
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Steve Smith back as Australia Test captain after Cummins ruled out due to injury

Australia’s Steve Smith gestures as he leaves the field after scoring a double hundred during play on the second day of the first cricket test between Australia and the West Indies in Perth, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP Steve Smith on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, returned as Australia captain after Pat Cummins failed to recover from an injury and was ruled out of the second Test against the West Indies beginning here on Thursday, December 8.The Aussie pace spearhead had suffered a quadricep strain and was out of action on the final day of the first Test that the hosts won by 164 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.Scott Boland, 33, was named as Cummins' replacement by Cricket Australia, while Smith has now been elevated to captaincy for the day-nigh...
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Pat Cummins out of 2nd Test against West Indies, Steve Smith to captain Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): Steve Smith will captain Australia in the second Test against the West Indies after skipper Pat Cummins was ruled out due to injury on Wednesday, with Scott Boland replacing him. The pace spearhead has been nursing a mild thigh problem and did not bowl on the last two days of the opening Test in Perth, which Australia won by 164 runs. Cummins had expressed confidence in being fit for the second day-night Test in Adelaide that begins Thursday but has not recovered in time. "Team medical staff commenced Cummins' recovery in Adelaide but selectors deemed there was not sufficient time for the fast bowler to be fully fit for the match," Cricket Australia said. Cummins also missed last year's Adelaide Test against England as a close Covid-19 contact, with vice-captain Sm...
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Australia’s Nathan Lyon eyes Adelaide Oval records at his former workplace | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Nathan Lyon was once employed as a groundsman at Adelaide Oval but the Australia spinner will this week bid to become the highest wicket-taker at the admired cricket ground in the second Test against West Indies starting on Thursday. With 56 wickets, Lyon needs only one more victim to draw clear of the great Shane Warne at a venue where he toiled in obscurity before being picked for Australia's 2011 tour of Sri Lanka. Having taken eight wickets against the West Indies in Perth, including a match-winning 'six-fer' in the fourth innings, the in-form 35-year-old should not have to wait too long to reach the milestone in the day-night match. Lyon said the pink ball may also lend a helping hand. "You talk to the batters and some batters find it hard to pick up the seam at night," ...
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Peter Handscomb hoping to tour India with Australia squad | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: He may have last played red-ball cricket almost four years back, but Peter Handscomb is hopeful of finding a spot in the Australia squad that will tour India for a four-Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in February-March next year. Handscomb scored 562 runs at 93.66 in this summer's Sheffield Shield and hit a pair of fifties for the Prime Minister's XI against West Indies last month. Handscomb will be leading a Cricket Australia XI against South Africa, starting in Brisbane on Friday. 'The West Australian' quoted Handscomb as saying: "I'm thereabouts ... so the conversations (with Test selectors) are promising. But you've also got to look at the Test squad as well and there are guys that are in front of me and there are batters doing pretty impressive things. I can s...
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Australia add Lance Morris, Michael Neser to squad for 2nd Test against West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India

Western Australia seamer Lance Morris and Queensland quick Michael Neser have been added to Australia's squad ahead of the second Test against West Indies, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Monday. Australia captain Pat Cummins picked up a quad strain which prevented him from bowling in the fourth innings of his side's win in the first Test. Cummins, who limited himself to fielding after the injury, backed himself to return to full fitness in time for the second Test. The Australian squad just got a whole lot wilder! https://t.co/9rH08C9NPf— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) 1670205242000Should Cummins fail to recover, a likely replacement would be Scott Boland, who has 18 Test wickets at an average of 9.55, including an astonishing haul of 6-7 against England in Melbourne last year. Morris,...
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Labuschagne century powers Australia but Windies dig in

West Indies’ Jermaine Blackwood, center, bats in front of Australia’s Alex Carey, left, and Marnus Labuschagne on the 4th day of their cricket test in Perth, Australia, on December 3, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP Marnus Labuschagne racked up another century on Saturday to help Australia set West Indies a huge target of 498 on day four of the first test in Perth, but the hosts still require seven wickets to secure a win on the last day.Visiting captain Kraigg Brathwaite ended the day unbeaten on 101 to give his side, on 192-3 and trailing by 306 runs at the close, a fighting chance after Australia earlier declared their second innings on 182-2.West Indies were bowled out for 283 in their first innings but Australia opted not to enforce the follow-on despite posting a massive 598-4 in their ...
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Rishabh Pant says his white-ball numbers are not that bad | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant may have been woefully out of form in limited overs cricket this year, but that has not shaken his confidence one bit. Talking to the official broadcaster before the third and final ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch on Wednesday, Pant said his white-ball numbers were "not that bad". Pant has scored just one fifty in the shortest format way back in February against the West Indies, while crossing the 30-run mark only twice in the 21 innings that he has played in 2022. In ODIs, Pant scored two fifties and a hundred in the nine innings he has played this year. "...the record is just a number. My white-ball numbers are not that bad okay," Pant said. Pant, who has Test centuries in England, Australia and South Africa, said he doesn't be...
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Pat Cummins denies Justin Langer’s ‘cowards’ comment in Australia team | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With Australia set to take on West Indies in a home Test series, captain Pat Cummins denied that the players had been distracted by former head coach Justin Langer's inflammatory comments adding there are "no cowards" in the Australia cricket team. Langer had lashed out at unnamed "cowards" in the team who complained in the media about his intense coaching style last year in a podcast interview released last week reopening old wounds over his acrimonious resignation. Talking to reporters ahead of the two-Test series which begins in Perth on Wednesday, Cummins said, "There's no cowards in an Australian cricket team, not ever." "I think it's disappointing sometimes the focus gets drawn to off-field issues but it hasn't really affected our team. I think there's no ill will to wh...
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Australia look to ace West Indies Test after T20 flop | Cricket News – Times of India

PERTH: Australia’s summer of cricket starts in earnest on Wednesday as the top-ranked Test side begin a two-match series against West Indies, albeit amid little fanfare after three months of continual white-ball matches across the country. An eighth-ranked opposition and midweek start are unlikely to help draw crowds to the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium, staging its first Test since 2019. But for the hosts it represents an opportunity to put behind them a failed home Twenty20 World Cup campaign in which they crashed out before the semi-finals. A slew of uneventful and unattended bilateral series bookended the popular T20 showpiece, which England won earlier this month, creating an unusual situation whereby the pinnacle of the Australian cricket season came and went before the summer had rea...
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Rishabh Pant needs to reinvent his game, should be given a break: Krishnamachari Srikkanth | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former chairman of selection committee Krishnamachari Srikkanth feels that Rishabh Pant is "messing up" his chances and should be given a break from international cricket to reinvent his game. Pant has scored just one fifty this year in the shortest format way back in February against the West Indies, while crossing the 30-run mark only twice in the 21 innings that he has played in 2022. In ODIs this year, Pant has scored two fifties and a hundred in the nine innings that he has played. "Maybe you can give him (Pant) a break and tell him 'just wait a bit, come and play in India', they haven't handled him well. Are you going to wait for a couple of matches before giving him a break or remove him after one or two games?" Srikkanth said on his YouTube channel Cheeky Cheeka. "Yes...
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Cameron Green excited to be in IPL | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Expressing his excitement after registering his name for the players auction for next year's IPL, Australia all-rounder Cameron Green said the T20 league has the best environment that a cricketer needs to hone his craft. The IPL players auction is scheduled to be held in Kochi on December 23 and the 23-year-old Green is expected to attract huge interest from the franchises. "I have registered for it. It will be an exciting opportunity. Speaking to a lot of guys, especially in the WA (Western Australia) setup about their experiences in the IPL, they speak so highly of it," Green was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. "They speak about the quality coaches that you're around, the quality players that you're around. They're all the best in the world at their craft. "It's a craft...
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In 90s, rival teams wanted to copy Australia, now it’s us: Moeen Ali | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Star all-rounder Moeen Ali sees nothing wrong in rival teams trying to "copy" the much-talked-about England template in white-ball cricket following their resounding success in global events. With their recent triumph in Australia, England became the first team to hold the ODI and T20 World Cup trophy in the same cycle. Eoin Morgan brought about a radical change in mindset and playing style following England's dismal campaign in the 2015 World Cup and Jos Buttler is carrying forward his legacy. An important member of the English white-ball team, Moeen feels it is natural for other teams to emulate their aggressive approach to the game. He also drew a parallel with the all- conquering Australian team of the 1990s and early 2000s. "The template was spoken about long ago. I feel...