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Batting in the top-order 'feels good', says all-rounder Deepti Sharma

Batting in the top-order 'feels good', says all-rounder Deepti Sharma

Mulapadu (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Nov. 14 : Indian all-rounder Deepti Sharma, who was promoted in the first two ODIs against West Indies, has admitted that batting at the top of the order makes her "feel good" and gives a different kind of confidence altogether.

Sharma was promoted to the top-order in both the matches of the ongoing one-day series and she responded with responsible contributions.

In the first ODI, she made 16 off 40 balls in the first ODI while opening, and scored 32 off 63 balls during the 63-run partnership for the third wicket after coming to the crease at No 3 in the second ODI.

West Indies, asked to make first use of the surface in the second ODI, struggled for momentum and crawled to 153 for 7 in 50 overs.

We proved to everyone else we can play: Cook

We proved to everyone else we can play: Cook

London [UK], Nov. 14 : England captain Alastair Cook has insisted that his team's performance in the drawn first Test of the five-match series against India was a "proof" that they can compete against the No. 1 ranked team this season.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on a defiant 49 in a tense final session to deny England victory in the opening Test played at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot on Sunday.

"We got ourselves in a position to force a win and did not quite get over the line but it was a good Test match and everyone can be proud of how they played.We proved to everyone else we can play," Cook was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

Bravo axed from Windies ODI squad over `big idiot` jibe

Bravo axed from Windies ODI squad over `big idiot` jibe

Barbados [West Indies], Nov.13 : West Indies' Darren Bravo has been dropped from the ODI squad for the upcoming triangular series in Zimbabwe after the batting mainstay described the top official of the country's cricket board as `big idiot` over the contract row.

Issuing a notice to Bravo, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said that the Trinidad batsman's match contract has been cancelled because of his "disparaging" remarks about board president Dave Cameron.

Bravo took to Twitter to lash out at the WICB for their offer of a C-category contract.

In his outburst, the 27-year-old asked Cameron to stop handling the new deals offered to the leading stars.

Pietersen favours Abbott over Morkel for Hobart Test

Pietersen favours Abbott over Morkel for Hobart Test

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov.10 : Putting his weight behind the horses-for-courses approach, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen insisted that the less-experienced paceman should replace Dale Steyn for the second Test of the three-match series against Australia beginning in Hobart on Saturday.

Specifying his stance, the South Africa-origin batsman said that the Proteas should prefer Kyle Abbott over more-experienced Morne Morkel for the crucial match against the Steve Smith-led side.

Pietersen, who is currently in Australia as a commentator with Nine's Wide World of Sports ahead of his Big Bash return with Melbourne Stars, had earlier backed Morkel's inclusion in the series opener at the WACA Ground in Perth.

Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi to officiate NZ-Pak Test series

Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi to officiate NZ-Pak Test series

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov.10 : Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi is all set to officiate the two-match Test series between New Zealand and Pakistan beginning November 17 at Hagley Oval.

The 50-year-old, who made his Test umpiring debut in October 2013 at Chittagong when Bangladesh hosted New Zealand, has been given on-field duty and will stand alongside experienced Ian Gould of England for the opening Test.

Meanwhile, Australia's Simon Fry, who is currently officiating the ongoing final match of the Zimbabwe-Sri Lanka series in Harare, will serve as the TV umpire during the Christchurch Test.

Fry would then join the Indian umpire in the middle for the second Test beginning November 25 at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Gould will monitor the TV replays of that match.

Warne offers himself up for Australia T20 coaching gig

Warne offers himself up for Australia T20 coaching gig

Melbourne [Australia], Nov.9 : Legendary spinner Shane Warne has expressed his desire to coach the Australian cricket team in the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka to be held in February next year.

The coaching role has become available due to a clash in fixtures, which would see Australia play their final KFC T20 International match against Sri Lanka in Adelaide on February 21 and the first Test of the Qantas Tour of India in Pune the following day.

Therefore, full-time mentor Darren Lehmann and his backroom staff would not be available for Sri Lanka series as they would be preparing for the four-match series against India.

Mohammad Amir to play for English county Essex in 2017

Mohammad Amir to play for English county Essex in 2017

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov.9 : Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is all set to continue his career rehabilitation with Essex in 2017 after the English county announced his signing for the second half of the next season.

Amir, who completed his five-year ban for spot-fixing last year, will join the Essex on June 19 after the completion of the Champions Trophy in England.

Excited to be a part of the Essex family, the left-arm pacer said that he is looking forward to achieve success with the club in 2017.

Will India take revenge from England courtesy Kohli's aggression?

Will India take revenge from England courtesy Kohli's aggression?

New Delhi [India], Nov. 8 : With just a day left for the much-anticipated five-match Test series between India and England, all eyes would be on the new aggressive skipper Virat Kohli to see whether he can motivate his boys to take revenge from the Alastair Cook led-side for the last three series defeats.

It is after quite a while that India are playing a five-match Test series at home. Having already started the home season on high with a 3-0 clean sweep of New Zealand, anticipations and hopes would be at the paramount from the hosts who topped the ICC Test rankings displacing Pakistan from the coveted position.

Perth match `best Test of my career`, says Du Plessis

Faf du Plessis

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 8 : Faf du Plessis, who is leading South Africa in the absence of regular skipper AB de Villiers in series down under, has described the 177-run victory in the first Test against Australia at WACA in Perth as "the best Test" of his career.

After being restricted to two seamers post the injury to bowling spearhead Dale Steyn on the second day of the match itself, the Proteas put in a spirited performance to go one-up in the three-match series against the Steve Smith-led side.

Perth Test: Rabada spearheads Proteas to mighty 177-run win over Aussies

Perth [Australia], Nov. 7 : Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada scalped a five-wicket haul as South Africa made a stunning comeback to clinch a massive 177-run win over Australia in the opening Test of the three-match series at the WACA Ground here on Monday.

Resuming at an overnight score of 169-4, Usman Khawaja (97) and Mitchell Marsh (26) steadied their side's innings before the latter was controversially given out leg before wicket of a Rabada delivery.

Marsh was originally given not out after he was struck low on the pads.However, the decision was over-turned when the DRS's ball-tracking technology showed it to be hitting more than 50 per cent of Marsh's leg stump and he was sent back to the pavilion.

Furious Mitchell Johnson labels DRS a `failure`

Melbourne [Australia], Nov.7 : Former Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson has labelled the Decision Review System (DRS) as a ` failure` after all-rounder Mitchell Marsh's controversial leg before dismissal during the opening Test of the three-match series against South Africa at the WACA Ground in Perth.

The incident took place on the fifth day of the first Test when Marsh was originally given not out after he was struck low on the pads of a Kagiso Rabada delivery.

However, the decision was over-turned when the ball-tracking technology showed it to be hitting more than 50 per cent of Marsh's leg stump and he was sent back to the pavilion.

England have more questions than answers in India, believes Jonty Rhodes

England have more questions than answers in India, believes Jonty Rhodes

New Delhi [India], Nov. 4 : With just days left before the commencement of the five-match Test series against India, former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes believes that England, who recently tasted its first ever Test defeat against Bangladesh, have more questions than answers in the subcontinent.

The England cricket team led by Alastair Cook arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday from Bangladesh to engage the hosts commencing in Rajkot from November 9.

While India thumped New Zealand, England is coming off a dismal tour of Bangladesh where they suffered a humiliating loss in the second and final Test in Dhaka.

Moeen, Rashid not worried about security in India

Moeen, Rashid not worried about security in India

London [U.K], Nov.3 : England's security advisor Reg Dickason has played down speculations that his side's Muslim players, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have any concerns about touring India for the five-match Test series, starting from November 9 in Gujarat.

Dickason's comments came following reports of Pakistan origin ICC Elite panel umpire Aleem Dar's withdrawal from standing in the series due to the escalating tension between India and Pakistan.

Although the ICC confirmed that Dar was never scheduled to stand in the upcoming Test series, it seems the cricket's governing body might have taken the decision after he was pulled out of an ODI series between India and South Africa last year because of threats.

Brathwaite, Samuels, Bravo turn down WICB central contracts

Brathwaite, Samuels, Bravo turn down WICB central contracts

Barbados [West Indies], Nov.3 : T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite, along with batsmen Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo, has denied central contracts offered by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the 2016-17 international cricket season.

Consequently, the list of centrally-contracted players has now depleted back to 12 after the country's cricket board had increased it from 12 to 15 earlier this January for 2015-16.

The WICB cited no reason as to why Samuels, Bravo and Brathwaite had turned down the contracts,ESPNcricinfo reported.

Pandya replaces `injured` Rohit, Gambhir retained for Tests against England

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Nov.2 : Veteran batsman Gautam Gambhir, who returned to the Test squad against New Zealand after a two-year absence from international cricket, has been retained in the 15-man squad for the first two matches of the five-Test series against England starting from November 9 in Rajkot.

Pace spearhead Ishant Sharma has also been recalled in the Test squad after recovering fully from Chikungunya, which had ruled him out of the New Zealand series.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has been left out of the squad due to an injury which he sustained during India's final ODI against New Zealand. Hardik Pandya has been called in as his replacement.

I did open my `big mouth` during 2014 Proteas series: Clarke

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 2 : Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has admitted that he did open his "big mouth" during the 2014 Test series against South Africa.

Injured South Africa skipper AB de Villiers, who will miss the first Test of the three-match series starting from tomorrow, had earlier claimed that the sledging done by Australian cricketers in 2014 was the worst he has witnessed in his entire career.

In a closely-fought series, Australia had emerged as the winners by a margin of 2-1 punctuated by a series of verbal altercation, including a feud between Clarke and Proteas pace spearhead Dale Steyn, and David Warner barking at Faf du Plessis on his dismissal.

Azhar Mahmood appointed as Pakistan bowling coach

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 2 : Prior to New Zealand Test series starting from November 17, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has roped in former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood as the bowling coach of the national team.

Azhar had coached Pakistan during the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 held earlier this year.

The former Pakistan all-rounder, who had played 21 Tests and 141 ODIs for Pakistan, had also assisted the national team in the limited over series in England after which his contract ended.

As per the Dawn, a PCB official said earlier Mickey Arthur, Pakistan team head coach, had recommended some other foreigner coaches' name for the job of the bowling coach but talks with them didn't work out due to financial and availability issues.

Indian squad for England Test series to be announced today

New Delhi [India], Nov.2 : The national selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet in Mumbai today to pick the Indian team for the upcoming Test series against England commencing from November 9.

The England squad is scheduled to arrive in Mumbai tomorrow from Bangladesh after drawing a two-Test rubber against the hosts.

England would depart for Rajkot on November 5, where the first Test will be played. The other Tests will be held in Vishakapatnam (November 17-21), Mohali (November 26-30), Mumbai (December 8-12) and Chennai (December 16-20).

Pacer Ishant Sharma is likely to make a comeback and veteran opener Gautam Gambhir, who made a comeback in a test against New Zealand, might catch the eye of the selectors yet again.

We'll play the `Australian way` against Proteas, says Nathon Lyon

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 1 : Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has insisted that his team are ready compete with South Africa in the sledging department in the upcoming three match Test series.

Ever since Steve Smith has took over the captaincy, Australia---who are considered to be the masters of sledging in world cricket---have somewhat toned down their approach.

But the Australian off-spinner has suggested that there would be lot of fireworks on the field if the situation warrants it during the Proteas Test series, starting at the WACA in Perth from November 3.

Ian Botham backs DRS, especially on turning tracks

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 1 : Former England captain Ian Botham has come in support of the Decision Review System (DRS), saying it is not going to go away.

The DRS grabbed many eye balls and featured prominently during the recently concluded England's 1-1 drawn Test series in Bangladesh. The series ended with Bangladesh's dramatic 108-run win in Dhaka, which was also their first Test match win over England.

Kumar Dharmasena alone, who was one of the umpires during the two-match series, had 13 out of the 27 decisions referred to the third umpire.

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