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Virat Kohli Hints At Four-Bowler Strategy For First Test Against West Indies


India will kick-start their World Test Championship (WTC) against the West Indies on Thursday in Antigua and skipper Virat Kohli gave little insights into the probable playing XI for the first Test in Antigua. Kohli’s love for the specialist bowlers, especially in Test cricket, is no secret but speaking on the eve of the series opener, Kohli hinted that the team might field only four specialist bowlers. Kohli, however, did add that the final decision will only be made after looking at the pitch.

“We could not look at the wicket as it was still covered. After looking at the pitch, it is more or less a choice between three quicks and a spinner or two quicks and two spinners,” Kohli said.

“The last time England played here, pitch had quite a variable bounce so all those factors come into play. But we are very flexible and open at the moment.”  

Kohli has always been a big advocator of playing five bowlers as he feels the key to winning Test matches is taking 20 wickets.

India will be playing their first Test in more than seven months. India’s last series was a memorable one as they beat Australia for their maiden Test series win Down Under.

Kohli said the triumph remains fresh in the players’ memory as well as the bitter series loss in England. After winning the first Test against Australia, India lost the second one in Perth before bouncing back to win the four-match series 2-1.

“The loss at Perth. It gave us a pretty fair idea of what we needed to do. In terms of going into the next Test in Melbourne and how we needed to approach the game. And that is why we ended up winning the series,” Kohli said.

“In Test cricket, it is all about correcting your mistakes very fast and learning quickly from your loses. And that is what the Test Championship will bring in as well. The team that learns quickly from its mistakes will be in the hunt to reach the top of the Championship.

“We have learnt quite a bit (in Test cricket). Capitalising when the situation is with us and need to control damage when things are stacked up against us. That is the most important part of Test cricket. You can’t lose six wickets in a session and then expect to comeback,” said the skipper of the number one Test team. 

A total of 120 points will be up for grabs in the two-match series beginning in Antigua on Thursday, marking the start of India’s World Test Championship campaign.

“It (WTC) put things into perspective. When you have points to gain and you are working towards something then every match becomes that much more important. “It is going to bring in more competition, more requirement of precise cricket and a lot of discipline. I think the format is going to take the standard of Test cricket higher,” Kohli added.

(With PTI inputs)

England Part Ways With Women’s World Cup Winning Coach


The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday announced that Mark Robinson will no longer remain the head coach of the their women’s team after four years in the role. Robinson, who guided England women’s team to their World Cup win over India at Lord’s two years ago, stepped down following the team’s Ashes defeat to Australia earlier this summer. Assistant Coach Alastair Maiden will now take temporary charge of the side ahead of the Women’s Championship series against Pakistan in December.

Commenting on the decision, ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor was quoted as saying by ECB’s official website: “Mark can reflect on his time as England Coach with a great deal of pride.”

“Winning the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017 in front of a packed Lord’s Cricket Ground was a landmark moment for the whole game and his leadership and professionalism were an integral part of our success.

“He drove high standards across young players to become the best team in the world as well as coaching them to understand the demands of professional sport. Mark passionately championed the development of the women’s game during his time in this role and we thank him for all he has contributed to England women’s cricket during such an exciting stage of our journey,” said Connor. 

“However, after discussions with Mark, we have agreed that now is the right time for him to step down as England Women’s Head Coach. It is important that we give Mark’s successor time to shape the team’s future direction and to begin to develop strong relationships with the players as we plan for the next phase of our international calendar,” Connor added.

Mark Robinson said: “Although the recent Ashes was a difficult series, a few hard weeks don’t take anything away from what has been a wonderful four years. I’ve had so many highlights and memorable moments with the team. 

“Nothing could ever surpass winning the ICC Women’s World Cup on home soil, but from a pure coaching perspective, reaching the T20 final last November — with a depleted team, three non-contracted players and three players twenty years old or younger — is a huge personal highlight.

“It’s been exciting to watch so many players grow and to watch so many records broken, but it feels the right time for me to take on a new challenge and to allow a different voice to come in before the next T20 World Cup in Australia.

“We have put a lot of groundwork in place, and this, coupled with the new investment into the women’s game will make a huge difference in time.

“I would like to thank everyone associated with England Women for all the kindness and support they have shown me and wish Heather and the team all the best for the future,” Robinson added.

Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey To Lead India A Teams Against South Africa A


Middle-order batsmen Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey will lead the India A teams in the five one-day matches against South Africa A starting later this month in Thiruvananthapuram, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement on Monday. The senior selection committee of the board met in Mumbai to pick the India A squads for the upcoming five-match series. Pandey will lead the team picked for the first three matches, while the team for the remaining two games will be led by Iyer. 

The one-day series will be played at The Sports Hub, Thiruvananthapuram, starting August 29.

Delhi Capitals skipper Iyer, 24, recently hit back-to-back fifties in the final two ODIs in the West Indies to help India clinch the three-match series 2-0 after the first match got washed out. 

Pandey, who played in all the three T20Is in the West Indies which preceded the one-dayers, failed to impress with the bat.

The players who have been picked for all the five matches include Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Nitish Rana, Ricky Bhui, Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur.

India A team for the first three matches:

Manish Pandey (capt), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Nitish Rana, Ricky Bhui, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed. 

India A team for the last two matches:

Shreyas Iyer (capt), Shubman Gill, Prashant Chopra, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Nitish Rana, Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Tushar Deshpande, Ishan Porel.

 

Ashes: Australia Hold Out For Second Test Draw Against England


Australia held out for a draw after Jofra Archer and Jack Leach nearly bowled England to an improbable win in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Sunday. Australia were 154/6 at the close, having been set a stiff target of 267 in 48 overs when England captain Joe Root declared after lunch on the back of Ben Stokes’s unbeaten century. It seemed the match was destined for a a draw, with Australia 132/3 after tea in a Test where five sessions were washed out completely, with rain also delaying Sunday’s start by over an hour.

But Australia, who still lead the five-match series 1-0 after their 251-run win at Edgbaston, then lost three wickets for 17 runs to give England renewed hope.

Come the last over, bowled by left-arm spinner Leach, England needed four wickets but Pat Cummins played out three deliveries to secure a draw, with Australia finishing on 154-6.

Fast bowler Archer took 3-32 to finish with five wickets on his Test debut, with Leach returning figures of 3-37.

Australia’s Steve Smith had to sit out Sunday’s play with concussion suffered when hit by a bouncer from Test debutant Archer during his 92 on Saturday — the first time this series he had been out for under a hundred.

Given the short turnaround, Smith could now miss the third Test in Leeds starting on Thursday.

His absence would be a huge blow to Australia, bidding for their first Ashes series win in England in 18 years, given he made 144 and 142 at Edgbaston in his first Test since completing a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Labuschagne hit on helmet 

Archer also struck Smith’s replacement Marnus Labuschagne — cricket’s first concussion substitute — on the grille of his helmet on Sunday.

But Labuschagne responded by top-scoring with 59. 

World Cup winner Archer took two for two in seven balls on Sunday.

David Warner’s miserable series continued when, on five, he edged Archer to Rory Burns in the slips.

Australia were 19-2 when Usman Khawaja was caught behind off a fine Archer ball just outside off stump for two.

Archer’s second delivery to Labuschagne, was a 91.6 mph bouncer that him flush on the grille.

But Labuschagne eventually resumed his innings and later bravely drove Archer down the ground for four — one of seven he hit in an admirable 89-ball fifty.    

The first over after tea saw struggling opener Cameron Bancroft (16) plumb lbw to a ball that kept low from Leach, with Australia in trouble at 47-3.

It seemed any hope of an England win had disappeared when Jason Roy dropped a routine chance at second slip to reprieve Travis Head on 22. Head finished on 42 not out.

But Labuschagne fell when his sweep off Leach deflected off Jos Buttler at short leg before looping to Root, diving forward at midwicket.

The onfield ‘soft signal’ was out and third umpire Joel Wilson eventually upheld that verdict to the disgust of Labuschagne, who exchanged words with Root on his way into the pavilion.

Leach then had Matthew Wade (one) taken at short leg before Joe Denly held a sensational diving left-handed catch at midwicket to dismiss Tim Paine following the Australia captain’s full-blooded pull off Archer.

But with the natural light fading, the umpires appeared to instruct Root not to bowl Archer even though the floodlights were on — effectively depriving the paceman of two overs.

Earlier man-of-the-match Stokes scored 115 not out before Root declared England’s second innings on 258-5.

Stokes slog-swept off-spinner Nathan Lyon for two sixes in as many deliveries on the way to a 160-ball century, his seventh in Tests and second against Australia. 

Ashes 2nd Test: Advantage Australia As Steve Smith, Pacers Shine On Day 4


Steve Smith waged a lone battle, survived a deadly bouncer from Jofra Archer which forced him to retire hurt, came back and helped Australia not lose sight of England’s first innings score before Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle set up a victory bid, even as the hosts managed to take a 104-run lead at stumps on Day 4 of the rain-affected second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Saturday. Smith fell eight runs short of his third consecutive hundred as he was trapped in front by Chris Woakes on 92 from 161 deliveries in which he hit 14 boundaries. 

Australia, who were tottering at 102/5 at one stage in reply to England’s first innings score of 258, were bowled out for 250 with Stuart Broad returning best figures of 4/65.

Woakes took three wickets for 61 runs and Archer grabbed two giving away 59 as England once again got past the entire Aussie batting except Smith who seemed to be in a league of his own.

In their second innings, England’s star pair of opener Jason Roy and skipper Joe Root were sent back by Pat Cummins (2/16) for 2 and first-ball duck respectively in two successive deliveries of the 5th over.

England found themselves in a spot of bother at 71/4 after Peter Siddle (2/19) turned back the clock to remove in-form Rory Burns (29) and Joe Denly (26) before England’s World Cup final hero Ben Stokes (16 batting) and Jos Buttler (10 batting) steadied the ship. England were 96/4 in 32.2 overs at close of play, leading by 104 runs with a day’s play remaining.

Earlier, it was all about Smith’s fightback. The former Australia skipper was sent reeling to the ground by an Archer bouncer threatening to cut short a masterclass knock as he was forced to retire after lunch.

Smith was batting on 80 from 152 balls when in the 77th over a delivery by Archer hit him on the unprotected part of the neck. The medics ran into the middle from both sides, as the England players rushed to the former Aussie skipper immediately.

As Smith lay on his back before slowly getting back on his feet, he looked dazed. The medics forced him to leave the field with Australia at 203/6, still some way behind England’s first innings score of 258.

Smith walked back to the pavilion to loud applause after helping his side out of a hole as he did in the first Test. At the crease were Cummins with Siddle joining him.

Soon Smith, who at the outset did not want to leave the field, walked back but this time he was not as composed as he was before the knock, leaving a straight delivery from Woakes which hit his pads and he was plumb.

Smith started walking only to stop for a desperate review which did not help his cause. Cummins fought hard for his 20 off 80 balls (3×4) as the Aussies fell eight runs short of England’s total, which at one stage looked impossible.

Just after lunch, Aussie skipper Tim Paine was out for 23 just, Archer removing him. Archer then bowled an inspired spell of fast bowling few can match at this level to even trouble Smith.

Nathan Lyon scored 6 while Josh Hazlewood remained not out on 3. This was Smith’s seventh consecutive Ashes knock of 50-plus, a record he now holds outright after bettering Mike Hussey’s achievement of passing 50 in six straight digs against England.

Brief scores:

1st innings: England 258 all out (Rory Burns 53, Jonny Bairstow 52; Josh Hazlewood 3/58, Pat Cummins 3/61, Nathan Lyon 3/68);

2nd innings: 96/4 (Rory Burns 29, Joe Denly 26, Ben Stokes 16 batting, Jos Buttler 10 batting; Pat Cummins 2/16, Peter Siddle 2/19) 

Australia 1st innings: 250 all out (Steve Smith 92, Stuart Broad 4/65) At Stumps.

Eoin Morgan’s Desire For Second World Cup Success Tempered By Back Concern


Eoin Morgan would love to add the Twenty20 World Cup trophy in Australia next year to the 50 over version he skippered England to victory in July but he told the BBC it would depend on clearing up a persistent back problem. The 32-year-old Irishman had problems with his back during the drawn-out World Cup campaign — going off early in the game against the West Indies with a back spasm.

Morgan — who recovered to hit a ODI record of 17 sixes four days later against Afghanistan — pulled out of a match with Sussex last week due to further trouble with his back.

Morgan — who was at Lord’s to receive a commemorative cap for his World Cup success over New Zealand, playing 200 one-day internationals for England and captaining them on 100 occasions — said he wanted to captain them but could not commit yet.

“I need more time to think. It’s a big decision and a big commitment,” he said.

“I just don’t want to let anybody down. When you lead, you have to lead from the front and you have to be physically fit.

“Finding form is another thing. Hopefully that works itself out.”

Morgan, who played for Ireland at the 2007 ODI World Cup but had always wanted to play Test cricket for England, the land of his mother’s birth, and eventually did so in 2010, said he wanted the problem dealt with as quickly as possible to leave him time to recover.  

“I need time,” said Morgan.

“I need the season to end pretty soon so I can have that time to physically get fit and guarantee it’s not an injury risk between this year and next, then I can make a call on it.”

England’s next limited overs commitment is five T20 internationals on their tour of New Zealand in November.

The 50-over side do not play until they tour South Africa in February.

Ashes 2nd Test: Josh Hazlewood In The Wickets On Return


Australia’s Josh Hazlewood marked his entry into this season’s Ashes with three wickets as England were dismissed for 258 after the second Test at Lord’s finally got underway on Thursday. World Cup-winning England fast bowler Jofra Archer then marked his Test debut with an electrifying opening spell but the only wicket Australia lost before stumps was when David Warner was bowled by Stuart Broad. At the close Ashes-holders Australia, were 30-1 — a deficit of 228 runs. Cameron Bancroft was five not out and Usman Khawaja 18 not out.

England suffered an all-too familiar collapse as they slumped to 138-6 before a seventh-wicket stand of 72 between Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes repaired some of the damage.

Only opener Rory Burns (53) and wicketkeeper Bairstow, last man out for 52, passed fifty in the innings.

Hazlewood, the lone change to the Australia side that won the first Test by 251 runs at Edgbaston last week, took three wickets for 58 runs from 22 overs.

New-ball partner Pat Cummins took 3-61 from 21 while off-spinner Nathan Lyon equalled Australia pace great Dennis Lillee’s tally of 355 Test wickets with a return of 3-68.

Australia captain Tim Paine decided to field on winning the toss after Wednesday’s first-day washout.

Hazlewood backed him up when, with just the ninth ball of the day, his third, he had Jason Roy caught behind by wicketkeeper Paine after the batsman fended at a rising delivery outside off stump.

Hazlewood then had England captain Joe Root lbw for 14 to a ball that nipped back.

Burns, fresh from his maiden Test century at Edgbaston, was dropped on 16 when Khawaja failed to hold a routine gully chance off Peter Siddle.

Brilliant Bancroft

But although the sunny conditions appeared good for batting, wickets tumbled early in the second session.

Joe Denly (30), shaken up by a couple of short balls from Cummins, was caught behind off Hazlewood.

But Paine then dropped a low left-handed chance off Siddle to give Burns, now on 47, another reprieve

Burns completed an admirable 119-ball fifty including seven fours but was out when Bancroft held a brilliant diving left-handed catch at short leg off Cummins.

And England were 138-6 when Ben Stokes (13) was lbw on the sweep to Lyon.

Woakes was out shortly after being hit on the head by a Cummins bouncer.

Bairstow completed a defiant 82-ball fifty that came after he had managed just 30 runs in his six previous Test innings before he holed out off Lyon.

Archer, replacing the injured James Anderson, England’s record wicket-taker, was given the new ball alongside Broad on the ground where he had bowled the Super Over that had secured a World Cup final win over New Zealand last month.

His second ball cut sharply back up the Lord’s slope and just missed Bancroft’s off-stump and he beat the bat repeatedly in a thrilling six-over spell.

Thursday saw Lord’s turn red in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation — a lung cancer charity set up to honour the late wife of Andrew Strauss, the former England captain, who died from the disease.

BCCI Goes Back On Its Decision, Keeps Administrative Manager Sunil Subramanium For West Indies Tour


The BCCI on Wednesday went back on its decision to call back the national team’s administrative manager Sunil Subramanium after he tendered “an unconditional apology” for misbehaving with senior officials from the country’s High Commissions in the West Indies. In what could have been a first in Indian cricket, the BCCI had contemplated calling back the manager midway from the ongoing tour, but Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai let him off with a severe reprimand following his apology.

“Sunil Subramaniam didn’t know that it was a request from the government of India. I had initially thought of recalling him back but in the evening, after he tendered an unconditional apology, I have decided to keep him for the remainder of the tour,” Rai told PTI.

“He will complete this tour as I have now accepted his apology,” Rai added.

Earlier, Subramanium was sent flight tickets for bringing him back at the earliest. He had indulged in high-handedness while dealing with senior Indian Foreign Service officers, a top BCCI official told PTI.

The IFS officials had reached out to him with the government’s request for a video shoot by players to promote ‘water conservation’.

“The Indian team had a fairly long shoot on ‘Water Conservation’ project and he needed to oversee that. Once that was over, he was sent an e-mail instructing him to choose the earliest available flight options,” the senior Board official had said.    It remains to be seen whether Subramanium, who is a shortlisted candidate for the administrative manager’s interview, will get a chance to appear for it or not.

The former Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner has offered an unconditional apology for his alleged misbehaviour with officials from the Indian High Commissions in Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago.

It has been learnt that Subramanium cited stress as the reason for his alleged misbehaviour.

“In his apology, he has said that he was sleep deprived and under stress which resulted in poor behaviour. He has apologised unconditionally. But you have to understand that the matter had reached the highest levels of the government and the BCCI can’t be seen doing nothing on the matter,” the official had said earlier.

Subramanium was also accused of repeatedly avoiding calls from senior government officials and then the BCCI brass.

“When a very senior person from Indian High Commission in Trinidad & Tobago called up Subramanium seeking his co-operation, he told him ‘Don’t flood me with messages’. The BCCI has come to know that he refused to entertain their calls when all they were doing was to carry out the government’s directive,” a senior official had said on Wednesday.

The 52-year-old Subramanium, a former coach of Ravichandran Ashwin, has played 74 first-class games and taken 285 wickets.

England’s Moeen Ali Takes Break From Cricket After Ashes Axe

England all-rounder Moeen Ali will take a “short break” from cricket after being dropped from the squad to face Australia in the second Ashes Test this week. The 32-year-old was axed after scoring nought and four in England’s first Test defeat at Edgbaston. He also struggled with his off-spin, taking three wickets for 172 runs across Australia’s two innings, failing to take advantage of a pitch that ought to have suited him. Moeen, who was a member of England’s World Cup-winning squad, has been replaced by Somerset left-arm spinner Jack Leach for the Lord’s Test, with his county Worcestershire revealing he will now take a “short break from action”.

“Mo is spending a little time away from the middle recharging his batteries and putting in some quality practice time which he feels he needs, and we completely respect,” Worcestershire first-team coach Alex Gidman told the club’s website on Tuesday.

“He has had an intense schedule of international cricket involving the ICC World Cup and the start of the Ashes.

“Mo loves playing for Worcestershire and he gives a lift to everyone in the dressing room when he comes back and plays for us. We look forward to when he returns soon.”

Moeen is the world’s leading Test wicket-taker over the past 12 months, with 48 scalps in 10 matches at an average of 25.27.

However, he has struggled for form in recent outings and was dropped during the World Cup over concerns about his batting.

In Tests, he has registered seven single-figure scores in his past nine innings, with his career average dipping below 30.

England captain Joe Root said Moeen, a veteran of 60 Tests, could regain his place.

“As he proved last summer, coming into that India series having a massive influence on it, there’s no reason why he can’t go back and do the same again, and try and force his way back into the squad,” Root told reporters at Lord’s on Tuesday before Moeen’s break was announced.

“You know, he’s been a big part of English cricket, he’s done some fantastic things in a Test shirt. And it’s certainly not the last we’ll see of him, he’s a fine character, a great man and gives so much to this team. 

“I’m sure that it won’t be long until you see him back involved.”

Cricket Could Make Olympic Debut In 2028, Says Mike Gatting


Cricket could make its Olympic debut in 2028, MCC World Cricket Committee chairman Mike Gatting said. The former England batsman said that ICC’s new Chief Executive Manu Sawhney in an address to the MCC Cricket Committee said that strong progress has been made on the subject, especially after the Board of Control for Cricket in India came under the auspices of the National Anti-Doping Agency.

“We were talking with Manu Sawhney, the ICC chief exec, and he was very hopeful we can get cricket into the 2028 Olympics,” Gatting was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

“That’s what they’re working towards at the moment and that would be a huge bonus for cricket worldwide, it would be fantastic.”

Gatting said that the duration of the Olympics makes it more convenient for scheduling. 

“It’s two weeks, that’s a good thing about it, it’s not a month, so it’s one of those (events) where scheduling for two weeks should be fine once every four years once you do the first one. You’re going to have – one hopes – a four-year period, once you know you’ve been accepted into the Olympics, that gives you a chance to actually shape your two weeks, so it’s not as if it is butted into the schedule.

“I think the next 18 months will be very interesting as to how we do that. One of the problems has been negated, where the BCCI is now working with NADA, the drugs agency, which it wasn’t previously a part of. That will help a long way towards the sport being whole, which is what we need it to be to apply for the Olympics, both men and women to play and all countries to comply,” he said.

2nd ODI: Virat Kohli Surpasses Sourav Ganguly With 42nd ODI Hundred


Virat Kohli surpassed former India captain Sourav Ganguly with the help of his 42nd century in the One-day Internationals during the second match of the three-ODI series between India and the West Indies in Port of Spain on Sunday. In 311 ODI matches, Sourav Ganguly had scored 11,363 runs, a mark which Virat Kohli surpassed in his 238th ODI appearance. India were 191 for three in 37.1 overs after opting to bat, when Virat Kohli reached the triple-figure mark off 112 balls, decorated with 10 boundaries and a six.

“Virat Kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI.. what a player,” Ganguly congratulated the Indian skipper on Twitter. 

The 30-year-old batsman is now seven centuries short of Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI hundreds.

Earlier, the Indian captain broke a 26-year-old record as he surpassed Pakistan’s Javed Miandad for most runs by any batsman in ODIs against the West Indies. 

Kohli was 19 runs shy of the landmark when he came into bat in the second ODI against the West Indies and he overtook Miandad’s tally of 1930 runs with a single in the fifth over bowled by Jason Holder.

This was Kohli’s 34th ODI against the West Indies while Miandad had accumulated his runs from 64 matches.

Australia’s Mark Waugh is a distant third with 1708 runs from 47 matches, followed by South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis (1666 runs in 40 matches) and Pakistan’s Rameez Raja (1624 runs in 53 matches).

Kohli played his first ODI against West Indies in the 2009 Champions Trophy in Johannesburg in which he scored an unbeaten 79. His first hundred against the West Indies came in 2011 in Visakhapatnam.

Kohli’s domination against the West Indies can be gauged from the fact that he struck four back-to-back centuries against them between July 2017 and October 2018.

(With PTI inputs)

India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI: When And Where To Watch Live Telecast, Live Streaming


After a rain-affected first One-Day International (ODI) between India and the West Indies, the two teams will be hoping that the rain stays away from the second ODI which is scheduled to be played at Port Of Spain in Trinidad on Sunday. In the first ODI, only 13 overs were possible as rain in Guyana led to a no result. Indian bowlers were exceptional once again as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami kept things quiet initially and then Kuldeep Yadav came into the attack to get rid of the dangerous Chris Gayle. Notably, Gayle was the only batsman to be dismissed in the rain-affected encounter.

When is the West Indies vs India 2nd ODI match?

The West Indies vs India 2nd ODI match will be played on August 11, 2019 (Sunday).

Where will the West Indies vs India 2nd ODI match be played?

The West Indies vs India 2nd ODI match will be played at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

What time does the West Indies vs India 2nd ODI match begin?

The West Indies vs India 2nd ODI match will begin at 7:00 PM IST.

Which TV channels will broadcast the West Indies vs India 2nd ODI match?

The West Indies vs India 2nd ODI will be telecast on the Sony Pictures Sports Network.

How do I watch live streaming of the West Indies vs India 2nd ODI match?

The live streaming of the West Indies vs India 2nd ODI match will be available on SonyLIV. You can also catch the live updates on sports.ndtv.com.

(All telecast and streaming timings are as per the information received from the host broadcasters)

Suresh Raina Undergoes Knee Surgery, Out Of Action For Four To Six Weeks


Suresh Raina underwent a knee surgery on Friday and he will miss out on the initial phase of India’s upcoming domestic season as he will be out of action for the next four to six weeks. The BCCI’s official Twitter handle posted the news on Friday. The 32-year-old left hander last featured for India in the One-Day International series against England back in 2018. “Mr Suresh Raina underwent a knee surgery where he had been facing discomfort for the last few months. The surgery has been successful and it will require him 4-6 week of rehab for recovery. We wish him a speedy recovery,” the tweet read.

MS Dhoni Brand Ambassador Of Indian Army, Says Senior Army Official: Report


MS Dhoni, who is currently serving the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army in Jammu and Kashmir, has been termed as “brand ambassador” of the Indian Army by a senior army official, according to reports. News agency IANS quoted defence sources saying that former India captain MS Dhoni is scheduled to travel along with his regiment to Leh on August 10. “Dhoni is a brand ambassador of the Indian Army. He has engaged in motivating members of his unit and has often been playing football and volleyball with the soldiers. He is also undertaking battle training exercises with the corps. He will remain in the valley till August 15,” a senior army official said as quoted by IANS.

According to IANS, there is a possibility that Dhoni might unfurl the tricolour on the occasion of Independence Day in Leh in the newly-created union territory of Ladakh. However, there is no official confirmation on the news as such.

The 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has taken a two-month break from active cricket, after India were edged out of the World Cup following a loss to New Zealand in the semi-final, to serve his regiment in the Kashmir valley.

However, officials did not disclose the exact location at which Dhoni is likely to hoist the national flag on August 15.

The Union government has undertaken a programme to hoist the tricolour in each and every village of Jammu & Kashmir as part of Independence Day celebrations in the state.

Dhoni has remained stationed in the Valley throughout the security build-up exercise when all communication networks across the state have also been snapped by the central government to prohibit any break down in law and order.

(With IANS inputs)

Sri Lanka Suspend Coach Chandika Hathurusingha Ahead Of New Zealand Series


Sri Lankan cricket authorities on Wednesday suspended head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and appointed a temporary replacement for the upcoming New Zealand series. Cricket board chairman Shammi Silva said former Sri Lanka fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake was made interim coach pending a final decision on the status of Hathurusingha. “Hathurusingha will not be involved in this (New Zealand) series,” Silva told reporters in Colombo. “We can’t tell you details because this might end up being a legal issue.”

Sports Minister Harin Fernando said this month that Hathurusingha would be given until the start of Sri Lanka‘s home Test series against New Zealand, which begins on August 14, to quit and make way for a new coach.

“If Hathurusingha does not leave, we may have to consider legal action or offer him a different job at the board,” Fernando said at the time.

Following Sri Lanka’s disappointing World Cup, where they finished in sixth-place, Hathurusingha and his assistants were expected to be shown the door.

There was no immediate comment from Hathurusingha who had earlier said he wanted to continue in the post till his contract runs out in 16 months.

Fernando was critical of a reported 40,000 dollars monthly salary paid to Hathurusingha and said Sri Lanka could have hired a foreign coach at half the price.

Fernando said there were three international candidates hoping to replace Hathurusingha and they were asking for lower salaries of between 17,500 to 25,000 dollars a month.

Sri Lanka cricket was in crisis when Hathurusingha was appointed in December 2017, after a successful three-year spell in charge of Bangladesh.

They had just been hammered in Tests by India at home and away, and played poorly in one-day internationals. Under Hathurusingha, Sri Lanka notched up Test wins against England and Australia.

The first Test against New Zealand will be played in Galle starting August 14, and the second will begin on August 22 at Colombo’s P. Sara stadium.

Three T20s will be played on August 31, September 2 and September 6 with all three in Kandy.

TV Umpire To Call Front-Foot No-Balls On Trial Basis


The International Cricket Council (ICC) will be identifying few upcoming limited-overs series over the next six months in which trials will be conducted wherein TV umpires would be calling the front-foot no-balls, ICC General Manager Cricket Operations Geoff Allardice confirmed on Tuesday. “Broadly, yes the same technology as 2016 will be used. The idea is the third umpire will be presented an image of the front-foot landing within a few seconds. He would communicate to the on-field umpire that a no-ball has been delivered, so every delivery on the field would be played as a fair delivery until called otherwise,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Allardice as saying.

The system was also tried earlier, notably in the ODI series between England and Pakistan in 2016.

“The Cricket Committee recommended that we do it in all ODIs and T20Is. In 2018 there were about 84,000 balls delivered around the world in those formats in men’s international cricket. So to monitor the no-ball on each of those deliveries at all of the different venues is a big exercise. We just need to understand all the challenges before implementing this across all matches,” Allardice said.

“Can this technology be implemented consistently across the 80 venues that hosted ODIs and T20Is last year? There are different levels of television coverage across these matches, so it will be easier to implement at some matches than at others. We now have 104 members who play T20I cricket and many of their matches are not televised, so what do we there? Thinking through all of the implications of introducing this is the exercise for us over the next six months,” he added.

In the recently concluded World Cup 2019, the on-field match officials were criticised as they had missed calling a no-ball in the match between West Indies and Australia. Chris Gayle had to bear the brunt as he was dismissed on the very next ball. If the no-ball had been called, Gayle would got a free hit.

If the trials prove successful, the ICC may bring in the change in full force going forward.

Emotional Steve Smith Revels In Ashes Centuries


An emotional Steve Smith said his brilliant contribution to Australia’s first-Test humbling of England was a dream come true after the pain of his ball-tampering ban. Smith hit 144 and 142 as Australia beat England by 251 runs at Edgbaston to win the opening game of the five-match Ashes series. It was a personal triumph for the 30-year-old, who was playing in his first Test since a 12-month ban for his role in last year’s shocking ball-tampering scandal on Australia’s tour of South Africa.

“It feels pretty special, winning the first Test in England is really special. It feels great, I’m loving being back playing cricket for Australia, doing what I love and contributing to wins,” Smith told BBC’s Test Match Special. 

“To score two hundreds in a match — the first time I’ve done that in any form of cricket in my life — is very special and I’m very proud.”

Smith’s appetite for runs is such that he is being compared to Australia sporting icon Don Bradman, widely regarded as the greatest-ever Test batsman.

Bradman, in a career spanning the years either side of World War II, averaged a staggering 99.94 in 52 Tests including 29 hundreds.

Of batsmen to have played at least 20 Test innings, Smith’s career average of 62.96 is second only in the all-time list to that of ‘the Don’.

And by becoming just the fifth Australian to score hundreds in both innings of an Ashes Test, Smith has an achievement that eluded even Bradman.

Smith, who has now scored 25 hundreds in 65 Tests, revealed he had lost his passion for cricket as a result of his ban and an elbow injury, but he is now fully motivated again and reaping the rewards.

“I didn’t dream about how I would come back. I was just letting time pass and when I got my elbow brace off after surgery something clicked and I was ready to play cricket again. I did lose that love for a little bit but I’m back doing what I love now and it’s great,” he said.

Smith changed the tone of the match, leading Australia to 284 all out in their first innings from a perilous 122-8.

“When I got that first hundred I was just thinking, ‘don’t burst into tears.’ That was as special as my first hundred back in 2013. It was a relief to get it out of the way,” he said.

“I copped a bit of stick out there (over the ball-tampering incident) but I’m not paying much attention to that and fortunately we’ve got a good Aussie contingent here. They’re creating a good atmosphere for us and we’re grateful for it.”

Bishan Bedi Pushed “His Undeserving Son For Selection”: Gautam Gambhir Hits Back


Gautam Gambhir and Bishan Bedi engaged in an ugly spat after fast bowler Navdeep Saini made an impressive debut in the first match of the three-T20I series between India and West Indies in Florida on Saturday. After the former India opener took to Twitter to slam former DDCA members Bishan Singh Bedi and Chetan Chauhan, the former spinner replied saying Gautam Gambhir “hasn’t sobered even after becoming a Member of Parliament”. Gautam Gambhir hit back at Bishan Bedi, alleging that he tried to get his “undeserving son” into the Delhi team.

“@BishanBedi talking about ‘stooping to conquer’, man who was pushing his undeserving son for selection or @ChetanChauhanCr bent on getting his nephew in DDCA team. Shame,” Gambhir said on Twitter.

Gambhir and Bedi took potshots at each other after the former made a scathing attack on the latter and erstwhile DDCA selection committee chief Chetan Chauhan for trying to block Navdeep Saini’s entry in the Delhi Ranji team back in 2013.

Gambhir reacted after the Karnal-born fast bowler made an impressive debut for the country in the first T20 International against the West Indies.

The 26-year-old Saini claimed three wickets for 17 runs to star in India’s four-wicket win against the Windies at Lauderhill in USA on Saturday. Former India opener Gambhir took the opportunity to take a dig at the two ex India players.

“Kudos Navdeep Saini on ur India debut. U already have 2 wkts even before u have bowled-@BishanBedi & @ChetanChauhanCr. Their middle stumps are gone seeing debut of a player whose cricketing obituary they wrote even before he stepped on the field, shame!!!,” Gambhir tweeted.

Bedi responded to Gambhir in an interaction with PTI where he said: “I don’t believe that I have to stoop to conquer. I would rather not react to any comments on twitter. I have never said a negative thing about Navdeep Saini. Also I believe if someone has made it, it’s his credit not any Tom, Dick or Harry’s.”

Gambhir shared a report from 2013 in which Bedi had written a letter questioning Saini’s selection as he wasn’t from Delhi domicile. On Sunday, Bedi denied that he had any role to play.

Bedi and Chauhan were part of a faction of the Delhi and District Cricket Association members who did not approve of Gambhir’s move to bring in Haryana-born Saini in the Delhi Ranji Trophy team. They had questioned how an ‘outsider’ could get into the Delhi team.

This was not the first time Gambhir had taken a potshot at Bedi and Chauhan. He had done the same when Saini made it to India’s Test squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan last year. Saini, however, did not play in that Test.

Saini had said earlier that he owed his success to Gambhir and a few other senior Delhi players.

(With PTI inputs)

Ashes 1st Test, Day 3: Australia Look To Steve Smith Again As England Take Charge


Australia were left hoping for another major innings from Steve Smith as England took charge of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Saturday. When bad light cut short the third day’s play, Australia were 124/3 in their second innings with a lead of just 34 runs. Former captain Smith, who had made a superb 144 in the first innings of his first Test since completing a 12-month ban for his role in last year’s ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, was 46 not out.

Travis Head was 21 not out, with the pair’s stand worth 49 runs.  

Ashes-holders Australia, looking to win their first series away to England in 18 years, were struggling at 27/2 after openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft — also returning to Test duty after the ball-tampering scandal — both fell in single figures.

In a match full of overturned decisions, England had to review umpire Joel Wilson’s original not out verdict when Warner feathered a catch behind to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow on eight to give Stuart Broad his 450th Test wicket.

Warner walked off to raucous chants of “Same old Aussies, always cheating” from England fans. 

It was an important blow for Broad, who took 5-86 in Australia’s first innings of 284 as new-ball partner James Anderson was absent with a calf injury that meant England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker only bowled four overs first time around. 

Birmingham-born off-spinner Moeen Ali then had Bancroft lob a simple bat and pad catch to Jos Buttler at short leg.

Smith’s arrival at the crease prompted a huge chorus of boos from England fans who earlier in the day had taunted him with chants of “Crying on the telly, we saw you crying on the telly” in a reference to the star batsman’s emotional press conference in Sydney after he was sent home from South Africa.

Usman Khawaja might have been out for 11 but Buttler, now in the slips, failed to hold a tough chance off Moeen.

The left-hander made an attractive 40 but Khawaja was undone by Ben Stokes’s second ball, a superb delivery that cut back sharply to have him caught behind.

Struck on head

Australia were now 75-3, still 15 runs behind.  

Smith, on 41, was struck on the side of the head after missing an intended pull off a Stokes bouncer, but was passed fit to bat on by the Australia team doctor.

Soon afterwards, although the floodlights were on, the umpires decided it was too dark to continue and halted play shortly before heavy rain fell.

Earlier, England opener Rory Burns batted for nearly eight hours for 133 — his maiden Test hundred — in an innings of 374 featuring half-centuries from captain Joe Root (57) and vice-captain Stokes (50).

England lost three wickets for four runs to slump to 300-8 — a lead of just 16 runs.

But a ninth-wicket partnership of 65 between Chris Woakes, who made 37 not out on his Warwickshire home ground, and Broad (29) boosted their total.

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins took 3-84 in 33 overs on a placid but wearing pitch and off-spinner Nathan Lyon 3-112 in 43.5 overs. 

England resumed on 267-4, 17 runs adrift, with Burns 125 not out and Stokes 38 not out.

Stokes was out for exactly 50 when he a loose cut off Cummins was caught behind by Australia captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

Lyon then finally ended left-hander Burns’s marathon innings when a delivery that turned and bounced took the outside edge and was well caught by Paine. 

Burns faced 312 balls, with 17 fours.

By contrast, new batsman Moeen lasted just five balls before he inexplicably shouldered arms to Lyon and was clean bowled for a duck.

Woakes and Broad’s stand started with both batsmen on nought.

But Woakes hoisted Lyon for six and the pair accumulated runs steadily before Broad, who batted for nearly two hours, turned Cummins straight to long leg.

Hasan Ali To Tie Knot With An Indian National On August 20


Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali, ending speculation surrounding his marriage with an Indian national, on Friday said that he is marrying Shamia Arzoo in Dubai on August 20. As per reports, Shamia is a flight engineer with Emirates Airlines, while her family members are settled in New Delhi. “Our families wanted to keep this a low key affair but since the matter has come out in the media I have decided to make an official announcement to ensure there are no speculations surrounding my marriage,” Hasan told a news conference in his hometown, Gujranwala (Pakistan).

“I will be wearing a black and red sherwani suit while she will be dressed in Indian style,” Hasan added.

Hasan said he had met with Shamia one year ago in Dubai and their friendship had grown since that meeting.

Earlier on July 30, Hasan Ali in a tweet, had said that the wedding is not confirmed yet and he will make a public announcement about it very soon.

Hasan, who has played nine Tests and 53 ODIs, played an instrumental role in Pakistan’s 2017 Champions Trophy triumph.

However, his form and stock has plummeted in the past few years. The 25-year-old struggled at the World Cup in England and Wales and was dropped from the playing XI midway in the tournament.

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik had married Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on April 12, 2010. The couple also have a son named Izhaan Mirza-Malik who was born on October 30, 2018.

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