1st Test

  • Steyn thanks Donald, rates Galle heroics among his best July 21, 2014

    Galle: South African fast bowler Dale Steyn rated his match-winning performance in the Galle Test against Sri Lanka among his best and said watching videos of former fast bowling great Allan Donald inspired him ahead of the series-opener. The 31-year-old right-arm fast bowler took a match haul of nine wickets on...
  • Victory vindicates Hashim Amla's declaration gamble July 21, 2014

    Galle: Hashim Amla was probably more relieved than elated after his declaration gamble paid off and the bearded South African began his captaincy tenure with a thumping 153-run win against Sri Lanka on Sunday. South Africa's first permanent non-white skipper made a gamble on the fourth day of the series-opener when...
  • Vernon Philander fined by ICC for ball tampering July 19, 2014

    Dubai: South Africa's Vernon Philander has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee after breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day's play in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Philander was charged with an article 2.2.9 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which...
  • 1st Test: Dale Steyn gives South Africa control at Galle on Day 3 July 18, 2014

    Galle: Pace bowler Dale Steyn grabbed 5 for 50 to help restrict Sri Lanka to 283 for 9 in reply to South Africa's first-innings score of 455 for 9 declared on day three Friday of the first Test. It was the 23rd five-wicket haul in 73 Tests for Steyn, who gained...
  • Picking five bowlers is a positive move, says Dravid July 16, 2014

    London: Former India captain Rahul Dravid termed Indian team management's decision to include five specialist bowlers as a positive move. "It is a very courageous move, a very positive move in my opinion," Dravid told reporters at the Laureus Academy function here on Thursday. "In the past, India have been a bit...
  • India complained within 24 hours of Anderson-Jadeja fracas: report July 16, 2014

    London: India's much talked-about delayed response to the alleged "pushing and abusing" of Ravindra Jadeja by James Anderson during the first Test in Nottingham was not exactly delayed as it has now come to light that the team complained within 24 hours of the incident. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo,...
  • Glad to help England get back in the match: Anderson July 13, 2014

    Nottingham: England pacer James Anderson on Saturday said that he was delighted with his maiden Test half-century and even more so with the fact that his innings allowed his team to find its way into the first Test versus India here. Anderson scored a personal best of 81 runs while Joe...
  • We shouldn't be disappointed with our bowling performance: Pujara July 13, 2014

    Nottingham: Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Saturday said that his team's bowling performances in the first Test versus England was up to the mark and they should not be too disappointed with the 198-run world record stand for the last wicket between Joe Root and James Anderson here. Root remained unbeaten...
  • 1st Test: India lead England by 128 runs on Day 4, draw likely July 13, 2014

    Joe Root and James Anderson's world-record partnership earned England an unlikely slender lead and then two late Indian wickets in the evening turned day four of the first Test in England's favour, leaving the hosts as the only team with a chance to win on the final day. Middle-order batsman Root...
  • Not a perfect day for England, admits Joe Root July 12, 2014

    Nottingham: England middle-order batsman Joe Root has refused to blame his team's batsmen for the slump in the post-lunch session that saw them collapse from 134 for 1 to 202 for 7 handing India the advantage in the first Test at Nottingham. The Yorkshire batsman then had to come up with...
  • I have regained my rhythm, says Ishant Sharma July 12, 2014

    Nottingham: Having engineered a collapse with one of his best spells in recent times, lanky Indian speedster Ishant Sharma said that he feels like having got his rhythm back. "I struggled with my rhythm in the two practice matches. "These things happen when you haven't been playing cricket for too long. I...
  • 1st Test: England fight their way to 352/9 on Day 3, trail India by 105 July 11, 2014

    Dogged resistance by Joe Root and England's late order helped the hosts recover from a precarious 205 for 7 to reach 352/9 at stumps on day three to blunt the effort of Indian pacers and cut down the visitors lead to 105. A six-wicket burst by India, thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar...
  • Alastair Cook confident of Matt Prior's fitness for first Test July 9, 2014

    Nottingham: England captain Alastair Cook was "99 percent sure" Matt Prior will be fit to face India in the first Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday after the wicketkeeper's injury scare. Prior suffered a thigh injury while training on Monday but, with England having called up one-day international Jos Buttler --...
  • Revenge and redemption embody India's England tour opener July 9, 2014

    There was brouhaha about India's last England tour. The 2000th Test coincided with the 100th between the two nations, hence the commotion. At the end of that tour in 2011, there was stillness in the Indian camp - the visitors stood immobile, heads hanging. On the other side of the...
  • England toughest venue for sub-continental players, says Kohli July 7, 2014

    Nottingham: Virat Kohli has described England as 'one of the toughest venues for sub-continental teams' but said they are focused on putting up a strong performance in the five-Test series to start the transition of the young Indian team to a good quality side. The opening Test begins on Wednesday here,...
  • Stokes included in England squad for first Test against India July 3, 2014

    London: Allrounder Ben Stokes has returned to the England national team for the opening Test against India as the only addition to the 13-member squad that recently lost 0-1 in a two-Test series at home to Sri Lanka. The England selectors on Wednesday announced a 13-member squad to be led...
  • 1st Test: England lead Sri Lanka by 389 runs on Day 4 June 16, 2014

    London: Gary Ballance hit an unbeaten 104 on Sunday for his first Test century as England fought back to finish the fourth day on 267 for 8 and lead Sri Lanka by 389 runs in the first Test at Lord's. With one day left, the Sri Lankans will have to pass...
  • 1st Test: Kumar Sangakkara's ton leads Sri Lanka to 415-7 on Day 3 June 15, 2014

    Kumar Sangakkara's first century at Lord's led Sri Lanka to 415 for 7 at stumps and within 160 of England's first innings after three days of the first Test on Saturday. Sangakkara cruised to his 36th Test century, and helped Sri Lanka sail past the follow-on mark after England declared at...
  • 1st Test: Sri Lanka in control despite Root's double-ton June 14, 2014

    London: Joe Root scored a career-best 200 not out and England immediately declared their first innings at 575 for 9 against Sri Lanka on Friday, the second day of the first Test at Lord's. But Sri Lanka replied strongly, with Kaushal Silva leading the visitors to 140 for 1 at the...
  • 1st Test: Root's century puts England on top on day one June 13, 2014

    London: Joe Root's second hundred in as many Lord's Tests was the cornerstone of England's recovery on the first day of their series opener with Sri Lanka on Thursday. Root's 102 not out helped take England to 344 for 5 at stumps on the first day of the first Test after...
  • 1st Test: Debutant Mark Craig stars as New Zealand defeat West Indies by 186 runs June 12, 2014

    Kingston: Debutant offspinner Mark Craig took 4 for 97 and legspinner Ish Sodhi added 3 for 42 as New Zealand completed victory against the West Indies by 186 runs late on day four Wednesday of the opening cricket Test. The West Indies, set an improbable 403 to win, were bowled out...
  • England debutant Moeen may unveil doosra at Lord's June 10, 2014

    London: England newcomer Moeen Ali is preparing to unveil a surprise should he make his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lord's on Thursday - his doosra. The Worcestershire allrounder is set to play in the opening game of the two-match series, with captain Alastair Cook likely to call on Moeen's...
  • Do it well twice, Darren Bravo urges batsmen June 7, 2014

    Kingston: Darren Bravo has called on the West Indies batting unit to deliver in both innings if they are to trounce New Zealand in the upcoming three-Test series. The Caribbean side have struggled with inconsistent batting in recent years, leading to nightmare results on tours of India and New Zealand last...
  • England pick uncapped trio for first Sri Lanka Test June 5, 2014

    London: England named a trio of uncapped players on Thursday in their squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's later this month. Selecting his first Test squad since returning to the job, coach Peter Moores picked 24-year-old batsman Sam Robson and all-rounders Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali for...
  • South Africa's Test champions tag in danger February 16, 2014

    Centurion: South Africa entered their Test series against Australia as undisputed world champions in the five-day form of the game. But the crushing nature of their 281-run defeat in the first Test at SuperSport Park has raised the possibility that their era of dominance may be coming to an end. Irrespective...
  • 1st Test: Johnson helps Australia crush No. 1 South Africa February 15, 2014

    Centurion: Australia crushed cricket's top-ranked team on Saturday as unstoppable fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 12 of 20 wickets to send South Africa to a humbling 281-run defeat at home in the first Test. Already with 7 for 68 from the first innings, Johnson ripped out 5 for 59 in the...
  • Morne Morkel goes for scan on injured right shoulder February 13, 2014

    Centurion: South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel missed the start of the second day of the first Test against Australia to go for a scan on an injured right shoulder. The South African team said Morkel hurt his shoulder diving for a ball while fielding on the first day. South Africa's bowling...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1 February 12, 2014

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Michael Clarke hadn't even arrived in South Africa before his first dig: Ready to depart from Sydney airport, the Australia captain said he was unaware top-ranked South Africa had beaten No. 2 India to extend their unbeaten run to...
  • Losing wickets of second new ball proved crucial: Dhoni February 9, 2014

    Auckland: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that losing wickets of the second new ball including a poor umpiring decision, proved to be a decisive factor, as the visitors lost by 40 runs against New Zealand in the first cricket Test here on Sunday. India lost Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma...