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Kagiso Rabada doubtful for England Test series | Cricket News – Times of India

South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of two Twenty20 Internationals against Ireland this week and is also a doubt for the three-match Test series against England as he works his way back from a medial ligament injury in his ankle. Rabada is a key strike bowler for South Africa in the longer format and his absence would be a huge blow to the tourists' hopes of success in the England series, which starts at Lord's on August 17. Cricket South Africa said on Tuesday the 27-year-old would be closely monitored ahead of the Test series but offered no time frame on a potential return to action. He is definitely out of the T20 games against Ireland that will be played in Bristol on Wednesday and Friday. South Africa will look to cement their lead in the World Test Championsh...
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While You Were Asleep: Pakistan win helps India rise in WTC table, England beat Spain 2-1 to enter Euro 2022 semis & McLaughlin in the women’s 400m hurdles final

A win in the first Test against Sri Lanka helped Pakistan jump to the third spot in the World Test Championship points table with a win-loss percentage of 58.33. It has also helped India improve on spot in the rankings, now sitting at the fourth spot with a win-loss percentage of 52.08. Sri Lanka have dropped sixth with a defeat and now sit below Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, India and West Indies. In what was a closely fought game in Galle, Pakistan chased down 352 with four wickets in hand. Opener Abdullah Shafique was adjudged player of the match for his scintillating 160* off 408 deliveries. Calm under pressure ✨ Playing just his sixth Test, @imabd28 produced a batting masterclass to ace Pakistan’s steep chase 💯👏#SLvPAK | #BackTheBoysInGreen pic.twitter.com/A9M7FKVWIj — Pakist...
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Australia lose top Test championship spot after defeat against Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Australia lost their top World Test Championship position to South Africa Tuesday after they were defeated by Sri Lanka in the second match of their series. The island nation completed a stunning innings and 39-run victory over captain Pat Cummins' Australia in Galle on Monday to end the two-match series level at 1-1. The result shook up the championship table with Sri Lanka climbing to third as the race to make the final hots up. "South Africa take over as the new leader on the latest standings with a win-loss percentage of 71.43 percent, while Australia drop to second with 70 percent after their first Test loss in the current period," the International Cricket Council said. "Sri Lanka are now firmly in the mix for the World Test Championship final next year, with their win ...
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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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2nd Test: England fined for slow over rate in win over New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

England have been fined 40% of their match fee and docked two ICC World Test Championship points for maintaining a slow over rate in their win over New Zealand in the second Test at Trent Bridge, the governing body ICC said on Wednesday. England chased 299 in 50 overs on the final day of the Test to win by five wickets and clinch the three-match series against the reigning world Test champions. Ben Stokes' side were ruled to be two overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration, with match referee Richie Richardson imposing the sanction. "England captain Ben Stokes plead guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing," the ICC said in a statement. England are second-bottom in the World Test Championship ...
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Ben Stokes wants ‘selfless’ cricketers in England Test side | Cricket News – Times of India

CHESTER-LE-STREET (United Kingdom): Ben Stokes says he wants to lead a team of "selfless" cricketers as he plots England's revival after being named as the new Test captain. The 30-year-old all-rounder was appointed to the role last week after Joe Root stood down following a five-year reign that culminated in a string of painful defeats. Stokes, who was vice-captain to close friend Root, takes over with England having won just one of their past 17 Tests and the team bottom of the World Test Championship table. Stokes's first match in charge is against reigning world Test champions New Zealand, the land of his birth, at the start of a three-Test series at Lord's on June 2. He accepts turning England's fortunes around will be tough. "It is a challenge, especially after the last few years,...
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West Indies docked WTC points, drop below Bangladesh to eighth place | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: West Indies on Monday slipped to eighth spot in the World Test Championship standings after being penalised by two points for slow over-rate during their drawn first Test against England in Antigua. The Kraigg Brathwaite-led side were found to have been two overs short after reasonable adjustments and time allowances had been taken into consideration, the ICC said. As a result, West Indies were fined 40 per cent of their match fee and were also penalised two points in the ICC World Test Championship standings, dropping below Bangladesh to eighth place in the nine-steam standings. A blow for West Indies as they slip to eighth in the World Test Championship.🔹 Docked two points for slow over-ra… https://t.co/Wd7pXcQ3mz— ICC (@ICC) 1647259840000They are one of three teams to have bee...
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Boring draw in first Test deflates Australia’s much-hyped return to Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

It took nearly a quarter of a century for Australia to return to Pakistan but only five days for a lifeless Rawalpindi pitch to sap much of the enthusiasm generated by the drought-breaking Test series. With just 14 wickets falling in the match, the drawn series-opener pleased few apart from the teams' top order batsmen who gleefully boosted their averages until it was called off an hour early on Tuesday. Pakistan may claim a moral victory after Rawalpindi humbled Australia's vaunted pace attack, and the draw may ultimately prove important for the hosts' chances of winning the series and gaining points in the World Test Championship. Match drawn! We head to Karachi for the second test now ✈️ #BoysReadyHain l #PAKvAUS https://t.co/QjKb6G0Vez— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1646740784000Ho...
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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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New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Tom Latham says beaten Kiwis can still defend World Test Championship | Cricket News – Times of India

New Zealand stand-in skipper Tom Latham has not written off his team's chances of claiming back-to-back World Test Championships (WTC) despite defeat in the second Test to South Africa leaving the Black Caps' defence on shaky ground. Held to 1-1 home series draws by South Africa and Bangladesh after losing 1-0 away to India in late-2021, New Zealand are languishing at sixth on the WTC table ahead of a tour to England. Latham said his team believed "100%" they could still make next year's WTC final and would look to sweep England in the three-Test series starting in June. "Obviously we set out with with the ambitions of winning every Test match you play, especially at home," he told reporters after the 198-run loss to the Proteas at Hagley Oval. . "For us, I guess, when we get to England...
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Every Test match is important because of the WTC points: Mayank Agarwal | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: India opener Mayank Agarwal feels that every Test match has become important because of the involvement of World Test Championship (WTC) points. In the current 2021-23 WTC cycle, India are ranked fifth in the table with 49.07 percentage while collecting 53 points. Agarwal will be a part of the 18-member squad which will face Sri Lanka in the Tests at Mohali (March 4-8) and Bengaluru (March 12-16). "I am very excited to be part of the squad and part of the Indian Test team. I am really looking forward to contributing to the team's success. Every Test series is of utmost importance because of the World Test Championship. Each Test carries points. The collective thinking of our team is to pick up a win in every match that we play and try to get the maximum points we can from all...
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Dinesh Karthik sharpening his T20 finishing skills for India comeback | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Dinesh Karthik is currently putting in the hard yards in Mumbai under the guidance of friend and mentor Abhishek Nayar, focussed on sharpening his finishing skills in the T20 format. Not because the IPL auctions are around the corner. His plan is simple. The 36-year-old, who last played for India in the 2019 ODI World Cup semifinal, is committed to playing the game for "another 3-4 years" and is determined to make a national comeback in the shortest format. The motivation to play for India remains as strong as ever, says Karthik who would also want his six-month old twin boys to see him playing at the highest level a couple of years down the line. "T20s will be the starting point for me. Obviously with a tournament like the IPL, you play against the best in the world and you ...
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India drops to 5th in WTC standings after Newlands loss

India’s seven-wicket loss to South Africa in the series-deciding third Test has cost them a top four spot as Virat Kohli and his men slipped to the fifth position in the World Test Championship standings. India, the runners-up of the inaugural edition of the WTC, are currently placed fifth in second cycle with a 49.07 percentage of points won (PCT), which is taken into account rather than the points earned. India have played nine Tests in the second cycle of WTC, winning four, losing three and drawing two. They have 53 points, the highest among all teams so far. After the second Test India were in fourth position with 55.21 PCT and South Africa were one slot behind with a PCT of 50. But the win in the Newlands Test has helped South Africa (66.66 PCT) rise to the fourth spot. Current...
It feels harsh at times but we need to get better at it: Rahul Dravid after India’s over-rate penalty | Cricket News – Times of India
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It feels harsh at times but we need to get better at it: Rahul Dravid after India’s over-rate penalty | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: India head coach Rahul Dravid on Sunday admitted his team needs to do better at maintaining over rate after being docked one WTC point following the first Test against South Africa in Centurion though he felt "leeway" can be given in certain cases. Points deduction from the World Test Championship tally for over-rate offences could prove costly for any team in its bid to reach the final. England were recently fined eight WTC points for being eight overs short in the Brisbane Test against Australia. "The ICC is trying something obviously. It does feel harsh as a coach and it does feel a bit tough at times but it certainly gets us thinking, gets us wanting to quicken it up," said Dravid ahead of the second Test here. Dravid said he doesn't mind the new rule put in place by t...
India fined for slow over-rate in first Test against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India
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India fined for slow over-rate in first Test against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: The victorious Indian cricket team was on Friday fined 20 per cent of its match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against South Africa in the first Test here. India will also lose one point from their ICC Men's World Test Championship tally due to this offence, the ICC said. Andrew Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after India ended one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, the ICC said in a statement. In addition, as per Article 16.11 ...
Virat Kohli has driven culture of fitness and energy levels in Team India: Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India
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Virat Kohli has driven culture of fitness and energy levels in Team India: Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has lauded Test skipper Virat Kohli for driving a culture of fitness and energy levels within the team. India and South Africa will lock horns in three Tests and three ODIs. The first Test will begin on December 26 at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. "I was there when Virat Kohli made his debut, I was there when he played his first Test match and I batted with him in that particular game. It is actually phenomenal to see how he has grown as a cricketer in the last 10 years, just the kind of performances he has had for the team. The way he has led the team and it has been terrific. He has driven a culture of fitness and energy levels among the team. I am looking forward to work with him, he just keeps evolving and he keeps pushing himself," Dr...
Dhoni, Williamson two of the calmest guys in cricket: Mitchell Santner
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Dhoni, Williamson two of the calmest guys in cricket: Mitchell Santner

For a country with a population under five million, New Zealand’s prowess on the sporting stage has always appeared to be disproportionate. The country has produced several Olympic champions in rowing, sailing, canoeing and athletics and is a force in team sports such as rugby and cricket. Mitchell Santner, the New Zealand left-arm spinner, believes the country’s outdoors culture has played a key role in its sporting success. “I guess we are very fortunate in having a lot of space to run around. We play a lot of sports growing up, which is a culture. I did the same. I tried to play everything I could,” Santner tells The Indian Express. “Although cricket was my kind of No. 1 sport, I started taking it seriously when I was 16 or 17. I played golf, soccer, tried my hand at rug...
England fined 8 WTC points for over-rate offence in Brisbane, not 5: ICC
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England fined 8 WTC points for over-rate offence in Brisbane, not 5: ICC

England have been penalised eight World Test Championship penalty points and not five, as announced earlier, for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane, the ICC clarified on Friday. The International Cricket Council had earlier announced that England were fined 100 per cent match fee and five WTC points for the over-rate offence in Brisbane last week. England were eight overs short (not 5 overs short as previously announced) but were only fined 100 per cent of their match fee due to the limit. “However, the points deduction for penalty overs is not capped and must reflect the actual number of penalty overs a team is short of the minimum requirement as per Clause 16.1.2 of the ICC Playing Conditions, hence they have been penalised o...
England fined eight WTC points for over-rate offence in Brisbane, not five: ICC | Cricket News – Times of India
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England fined eight WTC points for over-rate offence in Brisbane, not five: ICC | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: England have been penalised eight World Test Championship penalty points and not five, as announced earlier, for maintaining a slow over rate in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane, the ICC clarified on Friday. The International Cricket Council had earlier announced that England were fined 100 per cent match fee and five WTC points for the over-rate offence in Brisbane last week. England were eight overs short (not 5 overs short as previously announced) but were only fined 100 per cent of their match fee due to the limit. England lose more ICC World Test Championship points 📉Details 👇— ICC (@ICC) 1639748398000"However, the points deduction for penalty overs is not capped and must reflect the actual number of penalty overs a team is short of the minimum requirement as per...
A series like India can set the ball rolling in right direction for SA cricket: Lungi Ngidi | Cricket News – Times of India
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A series like India can set the ball rolling in right direction for SA cricket: Lungi Ngidi | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi reckons the upcoming home series against India can set the "ball rolling" in the right direction for South African cricket, which has gone through a transition phase over the past few years while enduring upheavals. Ngidi is a part of the South Africa Test squad announced for the three-match series against Virat Kohli's men, starting December 26. This will be South Africa's first series in the 2021-23 World Test Championship (WTC) cycle and the fast bowler wants his team to start on a perfect note. "A tour like this can really get the ball rolling in the right direction," Ngidi told ESPN Cricinfo. "The processes we are following now are putting us in a good position to compete in this Test Championship (cycle]). We've been speaking about a rebuilding p...