Check todays hot topics and new pictures Today is: 1 September, 2014
Gooch says England more than happy to play on spin-friendly pitch in Nagpur Test

Gooch says England more than happy to play on spin-friendly pitch in Nagpur Test

London, Dec 11 : England batting coach Graham Gooch is confident of winning in the final Test match against India in Nagpur irrespective of the spin-friendly pitch, saying Test wins in Mumbai and Kolkata has given batsmen enough confidence to face Indian spin barrage.
The Nagpur wicket is expected to be much like the one set up for the second game in Mumbai that Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann were able to exploit.
"I can't see it not being a pitch prepared for a result so we've got to be ready for that and go for it. We are not looking at drawing this match - that would be a bad attitude to take," the Daily Star quoted Gooch, as saying.
"You go there, you take the opposition on and you want to outplay them. It will be a tough pitch for the batsmen but after our last two performances we can go there with confidence," he added.
"We are in the ascendancy but don't think for one minute that the guys think the job is done. We are 2-1 up with one to play and we have to bring our A-game to Nagpur," he said.
Gooch is also convinced Cook can lead England to victory in India for the first time since 1984-85.
England is leading the four Test-match series 2-1. (ANI)

'Excruciating pain' forced Gabriel Batistua to ask for leg amputation post retirement

Gabriel BatistutaLondon, Sep 01 - Former Fiorentina striker Gabriel Batistuta, who called time on his career in 2005, has revealed that he asked a specialist to amputate his legs following his retirement.  Read more »

Real Sociedad come from two goals down to beat Real Madrid 4-2

Real Sociedad come from two goals down to beat Real Madrid 4-2London, Sep 01 - European champions Real Madrid suffered a famous defeat against Real Sociedad as Jagoba Arrasate's men came back from two goals down to win their La Liga clash.  Read more »

Following Zim win against Aus, India ranked first among ODI teams

Following Zim win against Aus, India ranked first among ODI teamsDubai, Sep 1 - India has been confirmed as the top team in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day international (ODI) rankings, following Zimbabwe's historic three wicket win over Australia in Harare yesterday.  Read more »

Clarke says 2015 Cricket WC will decide champions of 50-over game

Michael ClarkeJohannesburg, Sep 01 - Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has said that next year's Cricket World Cup will decide the kings of the 50-over game no matter what happens in the race to top the ICC world rankings between now and then.  Read more »

Miguel Oliveira finishes fourth at British GP in MotoGP

Miguel OliveiraSilverstone: Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira missed a second top-three podium finish of the season by just five hundredths of a second at the British Grand Prix in Moto3 category of the MotoGP championship, here Sunday.  Read more »

Hamilton might consider quitting Merc due to increasing tension with Rosberg: Reports

Hamilton-RosbergWashington, Aug 26 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is reportedly threatening to quit the team due to the clash that has been building all year between him and teammate Nico Rosberg, which reached its  Read more »