Cricket

Three pacers more than enough for India tour: Hazlewood

Three pacers more than enough for India tour: Hazlewood

Melbourne [Australia], Jan. 18 : Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood believes three pacers would be more than enough for the upcoming four-match Test series in India.

Cricket Australia on Sunday named a spin-heavy 16-man squad with four specialist slow bowlers in it for the Test series against the number one Test side in February-March.

"I think three's plenty for a tour of India. There hasn't been many quicks go there and be successful," news.com.au quoted Hazlewood as saying.

"I think we can take something out of the way Starcy (Mitchell Starc) bowled in Sri Lanka on similar wickets."

"He sort of takes the pitch out of the equation sometimes with how full and fast he bowls," he added.

Parthiv to retain wicket-keeping gloves in Mumbai Test

Parthiv to retain wicket-keeping gloves in Mumbai Test

New Delhi [India], Dec. 6 : Recalled wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel will continue to be part of the Indian team for the fourth Test of the ongoing five-match series against England beginning December 8 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

In a press release, the BCCI said, "The BCCI medical team has confirmed that wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is still recuperating from the strain in his left thigh, which he sustained during the second Test match at Vizag."

"As a precautionary measure, Saha has been advised rest. The BCCI medical team is monitoring the wicketkeeper-batsman's progress," the release added.

England recall Morgan, Hales for ODI, T20 series in India; Duckett misses out

England recall Morgan, Hales for ODI, T20 series in India; Duckett misses out

Mumbai [India] Dec. 6 : Limited over skipper Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales have made a comeback to the England side for One-Day International (ODI) and T20 series against India which start next month.

Both Morgan and Hales had opted out of England's tour of Bangladesh over security concerns. Wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler led the team in that tour, which featured three ODIs and two Tests.

England batting mainstay Joe Root, who was rested for the ODI series against Bangladesh, has also returned while Ben Duckett, Steven Finn and James Vince have not been included in either of the squads.

Australia aim to clinch Chappell-Hadlee series in Canberra

Australia aim to clinch Chappell-Hadlee series in Canberra

Canberra [Australia], Dec.6 : Australia will aim to clinch the three-match Chappell-Hadlee series when they take on New Zealand in the second ODI at the Manuka Oval here today.

Earlier, the Steve Smith-led side had snapped the five-match losing streak in ODIs by clinching a 68-run win in the opening match in Sydney to take a one-nil lead in the ongoing series.

Australia will be hoping to wrap up the series in Canberra in a bid to rest key players ahead of the upcoming Test series against Pakistan starting on December 15 at the Gabba.

Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are likely to be rested for the final match in Melbourne if it is a dead rubber.

Smith criticises Maxwell for `disrespectful` comments about Wade

Smith criticises Maxwell for `disrespectful` comments about Wade

Sydney [Australia], Dec. 3 : Australian skipper Steve Smith has criticised Glenn Maxwell for his comments about Mathew Wade, dubbing them as "very disrespectful" and the mercurial all-rounder has been fined an undisclosed amount by the team leadership group.

Maxwell had earlier this week expressed his disappointment with the fact that he is forced to bat below Wade in this year Victoria's Sheffield Shield side, saying it is" a little bit painful at times."

As captain of Bushrangers, the batting order is Wade's domain and as he is now back in the Test side, Maxwell's future remains decidedly uncertain, despite his fantastic first-class record.

Lanka have pace, need swing: Wasim Akram

Lanka have pace, need swing: Wasim Akram

Karachi [Pakistan], Dec.2 : Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram, who has recently been roped in as Sri Lanka's bowling consultant, has insisted that although the Angelo Mathews-led side did not lack in raw pace, there is a need to develop the ability to swing the ball.

Akram's comments came after spending several hours with the national team's main established strike bowlers and promising youngsters in a day-long coaching session at the Sinhalese Sports Club ( SSC) Ground in Colombo.

Following the session, the 50-year-old admitted that Sri Lanka consist of some of the promising crop of fast bowlers despite their traditional reliance on spin.

Making a comeback is very hard, admits Parthiv Patel

Making a comeback is very hard, admits Parthiv Patel

Mohali (Punjab)[India], Nov. 30 : Parthiv Patel, the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, who was recalled into the Test side after a gap of eight years in the Mohali game against England, made a mark before the selectors and scored in both the innings.

Usually, whenever a cricketer makes a comeback after such a long time, there is bit of tentativeness and lack of self confidence. But not was the case with Patel, who had made his Test debut at the age of 17.

Opening the batting for India, walking out to the middle with Murali Vijay, the 31-year-old left hander made a classy 42 in the first innings. Those 42 runs, which he scored with absolutely no discomfort, showed how much it meant for him to don the India whites back again.

Kohli moves to third spot in ICC Test Rankings

Kohli moves to third spot in ICC Test Rankings

Dubai [UAE], Nov. 30 : India Test skipper Virat Kohli has moved up to his career-best third spot in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen following his useful contribution in team's eight-wicket win over England in the third Test in Mohali.

Kohli made 62 and six not out to move to 833 points in the third Test, within 14 points of England's Joe Root in a list led by Australia captain Steve Smith. His knock proved significant in the sense that India have now taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series against the Alastair Cook-led side.

Starting the series in 15th position, the 28-year-old flamboyant batsman has risen at a fast pace scoring 405 runs in the three Tests against England.

Zimbabwe's Brian Vitori's bowling action again comes under scanner

Zimbabwe's Brian Vitori's bowling action again comes under scanner

Bulawayo [Zimbabwe], Nov.30 : Zimbabwe left-arm seamer Brian Vitori has been reported of suspect bowling action during his side's six-wicket defeat in the tri-series final against Sri Lanka at the Queens Sports Club here on Sunday.

The match officials, who handed the report to the Zimbabwe team, cited doubts about the legality of Vitori's deliveries in the finals of the tri-series, which also featured West Indies.

The 26-year-old will now have get his action tested at an ICC accredited centre within two-weeks duration.

He, however, would be allowed to continue bowling in the international cricket until the results of the test are known.

Gillespie backs Starc-Hazlewood to become Oz's greatest pace duo

Gillespie backs Starc-Hazlewood to become Oz's greatest pace duo

Melbourne [Australia], Nov.30 : Former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie has predicted that Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will one day emerge as the best fast bowling combination the country has ever produced.

The performances of Starc and Hazlewood were the only positives for Australia during their recently-concluded three-match Test series against South Africa which the hosts went on to lose 1-2.

The duo finished the home series as the first and the third highest wicket taker, with Hazlewood grabbing 17 wickets at an average of 22 and Starc taking 14 wickets at 30.

And Gillespie believes the pair would soon surpass all to become Australia's greatest pace duo.

Mohali Test: India thrash England by 8 wickets, take 2-0 lead

Mohali Test: India thrash England by 8 wickets, take 2-0 lead

Mohali (Punjab)[India], Nov. 29 : Recalled wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel on Tuesday smashed a brilliant half century to hand India a comprehensive eight-wicket win over England on Day four of the third Test at the Punjab Cricket Stadium (PCA) here in Mohali.

Chasing a paltry score of 103, Patel, who was recalled into the Test side after a gap of eight years, along with inform Cheteshwar Pujara (25) anchored the chase and played an unbeaten knock of 67 runs to help the hosts take a 2-0 lead in the five match series.

Murali Vijay's diminishing returns since Rajkot century continued when he fell for a duck but Patel and Pujara played positively and made sure there no hiccups in the run-chase.

Pandya set to be sidelined for six weeks with shoulder injury

Pandya set to be sidelined for six weeks with shoulder injury

Mumbai [India], Nov.29 : In what may come as a major blow to India, all-rounder Hardik Pandya is set to be sidelined for at least six weeks after suffering a hairline fracture on his right shoulder.

The 23-year-old was struck by a ball during a net session before the start of the ongoing third Test match against England in Mohali and was subsequently released from the side to consult a specialist.

"He will take minimum six weeks to recover from this injury. BCCI medical team will monitor his progress and rehabilitation programme and update accordingly," a BCCI statement confirmed.

Earlier, Pandya was picked in the Test squad as a replacement for injured Rohit Sharma for the first time after impressing the national selectors in the limited-over formats.

NZ bowlers rip through Pakistan to complete Test series whitewash

NZ bowlers rip through Pakistan to complete Test series whitewash

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov.29 : New Zealand bowlers displayed a scintillating performance as the home side pulled off a crushing 138-run win over Pakistan on Day Five of the second Test to complete the two-match series whitewash at the Seddon Park here on Tuesday.

Chasing a daunting target of 369 runs, openers Sami Aslam (91) and stand-in skipper Azhar Ali (58) provided their side with a solid start by sharing a crucial 131-run partnership.

However, Pakistan failed to build partnership after the duo's dismissal and were eventually bundled out for 230 runs. Apart from Kiwis' skillful bowling, it was Pakistan's horrendous batting which led to their downfall as they lost their last nine wickets for just 90 odd runs.

Aussies scrap rotation policy for NZ ODI visit; Lehmann to play Starc, Hazlewood

Aussies scrap rotation policy for NZ ODI visit; Lehmann to play Starc, Hazlewood

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 28 : It seems that Australia have learnt from the humiliation dished out to them by playing the gamble of sending second string ODI attack against South Africa last month as they have decided to scrap its resting strategy for the upcoming one-day series against New Zealand.

Head coach Darren Lehmann has made it clear that Australia would be playing Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood when they would play against the Black Caps to regain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

Earlier this year, Australia lost the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy to the Black Caps and have, therefore, picked a full-strength squad in a bid to regain the trophy.

Hamilton Test: Taylor's century helps NZ set 369-run target for Pak

Hamilton Test: Taylor's century helps NZ set 369-run target for Pak

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov. 28 : Veteran batsman Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten knock of 102 to help his side set a target of 369 runs for Pakistan in the second and last Test here at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

With three overs to survive before stumps on Day Four, Pakistan openers Sami Aslam (1*) and skipper Azhar Ali (0*) got through the task unscathed.

Earlier, Taylor scored his 16th Test hundred to drive New Zealand to a declaration 20 minutes before the end of the day's play which was completely dominated by the hosts.

Du Plessis, Philander fancy more pink-ball Tests despite loss

Du Plessis, Philander fancy more pink-ball Tests despite loss

Melbourne [Australia], Nov.28 : South Africa stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis has expressed his desire to see more pink-ball cricket at home despite losing their first day-night Test against Australia by seven wickets at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Although du Plessis admitted that the lights need to be upgraded dramatically in the country to suit the pink ball, he believes that it would add something different to the Test cricket.

“The questions we had about day-night cricket were more skeptical and now we are not so much like that anymore. But there are positive signs. I would like to see it in South Africa. Obviously, the lights would have to be upgraded dramatically but it adds something different to Test cricket,”ESPNcricinfo was quoted du Plessis as saying.

Injured Pandya, Rahul released from Test squad; to consult specialists

Injured Pandya, Rahul released from Test squad; to consult specialists

New Delhi [India], Nov. 27 : The medical team of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday confirmed that all-rounder Hardik Pandya sustained a blow on his right shoulder during a training session in Mohali where the third Test is currently being played.

He has been released from the Test team and will consult a specialist to decide the future course of action.

On the other hand, batsman KL Rahul is also released from the squad to recover from his left forearm injury. He is expected to regain his fitness for the fourth Test match of the ongoing five-match series against England to be held in Mumbai from December 8. (ANI)

Hamilton Test: Black Caps secure 55 run lead on rain-curtailed day

Hamilton Test: Black Caps secure 55 run lead on rain-curtailed day

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov.27 : Tim Southee, New Zealand's bowling mainstay, took a six-wicket haul to help the hosts secure a 55-run lead on a damp third day of the second and final Test against Pakistan here at Seddon Park.

Only 38.1 overs of play was possible in the entire day. A short shower spell forced lunch eight minutes early, and only six balls were possible in the second session.

Resuming at the overnight score of 76 for 5 and trailing by 195, Pakistan's innings ended 5.2 overs into the third session before they narrowed down the deficit to 55, after which the New Zealand openers came out and faced one ball before it rained again.

Southee, Wagner leave Pakistan reeling in Hamilton Test

Southee, Wagner leave Pakistan reeling in Hamilton Test

Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov. 26 : New Zealand pacers Tim Southee and Neil Wagner wrecked havoc to leave Pakistan reeling at the end of Day Two of the second Test here at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday.

Both Southee and Wagner ripped through Pakistan's batting line-up to leave the visitors in tatters at 76 for 5 at stumps, still 195 runs short of hosts' first innings total of 271.

Southee scalped three wickets while Wagner took two to leave the Azhar Ali-led side at sixes and sevens. Sami Aslam (5), Ali (1) and Younis Khan (2) were Southee's victims, while Wagner dislodged Mohammad Rizwan (0) and Asad Shafiq (23) at the fag end of the day.

Earlier resuming the day at 77 for 2, the Black Caps slipped to 119 for 5 before their lower order hauled them to 271.

Buttler `very lucky` to be back in England Test side, believes Flintoff

Buttler `very lucky` to be back in England Test side, believes Flintoff

London [UK], Nov. 26 : Former all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes that Jos Buttler, who has been included in the England playing XI in the Mohali Test against India, is "very, very lucky" to be even considered for the same.

After the drawn first Test at Rajkot, India went on claim a comprehensive victory in Visakhapatnam, crushing England by 246 runs and have a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Buttler has replaced Ben Duckett after the latter failed to impress in either of the first two Tests.



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