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  • 5th Test: India's horror show with the bat continues in England August 15, 2014

    After suffering backtoback defeats at the hands of England in Southampton and Old Trafford, India witnessed another batting collapse in the mustwin fifth Test at The Oval on Friday. Although India's collapse was not quite as dramatic as when they slumped to eight for four in the last Test. England...
  • I would have picked Rohit Sharma instead of Stuart Binny: VVS Laxman August 15, 2014

    London: Raising concerns over India's selected XI for the allimportant fifth and final Test against England, veteran batsman VVS Laxman said that he would have opted for Rohit Sharma instead of Stuart Binny in the crucial game. "Little surprised at Binny's inclusion. The reason given for his inclusion is that he...
  • As it happened: England vs India, 5th Test, Day 1 August 15, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Battered and bruised in the last two matches, it will be a test of character for India's under performing players as they go into the fifth and final Test against England here on Friday, hoping to restore their pride and...
  • 5th Test: Battered India's test of character against England August 15, 2014

    Battered and bruised in the last two matches, it will be a test of character for India's under performing players as they go into the fifth and final Test against England here on Friday, hoping to restore their pride and level the series. India have slipped badly after their historic...
  • A lot at stake for skipper Dhoni and coach Fletcher August 15, 2014

    London: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's continuance as captain in Tests after next year's World Cup and the retention of Duncan Fletcher as coach after the same event are at stake as India, trailing 12 in the series, lock horns with England in the fifth and final Test starting here on Friday. The...
  • Oneoff Test: Indian women keep England in check on Day 2 August 14, 2014

    Wormsley: Indian bowlers once again came to the women's teams' rescue to check England's lead on the second day of the oneoff Test here on Thursday. Surpassing a slender 22run lead, the Charlotte Edwardsled team had reached 84 for six in 38 overs until last reports came in on a rainaffected...
  • We will continue with our fivebowler strategy, says MS Dhoni August 14, 2014

    London: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has once again reiterated that he will not deviate from his strategy of playing five bowlers ahead of the fifth and final Test against England starting Friday. With hero of the Lord's Test match Ishant Sharma already declared fit, the India captain has decided to...
  • James Anderson at par with world No.1 Dale Steyn, says Cook August 14, 2014

    England fast bowler James Anderson ranks alongside South Africa's world No. 1 Dale Steyn and possesses more skill, his captain Alastair Cook said on the eve of the fifth test against India. Anderson needs eight wickets to move past Ian Botham's English Test record of 383 and whether or not he...
  • Stuart Broad practises at nets without any discomfort ahead of fifth Test August 14, 2014

    London: England heaved a sigh of relief as Stuart Broad, sporting a splint on his broken nose, bowled without any apparent discomfort at the nets on the eve of the decider fifth Test starting Friday at The Rose Bowl. Broad, who broke his nose while negotiating a short pitched delivery from...
  • Indian batsmen took me as an easy target: Moeen Ali August 14, 2014

    London: He has been one of England's finds in the ongoing Test series against India and offspinner Moeen Ali feels that visiting team's batsmen took him lightly which ensured a bagful of wickets for him. Moeen currently has 19 wickets at a stellar average of 22.94 with two brilliant spells at...
  • MS Dhoni's Test captaincy illogical, says Martin Crowe August 14, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand batting great Martin Crowe has slammed the "illogical" captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the ongoing Test series in England and feels India would be better off without his leadership in the longest format. "If he (Dhoni) did back down from Test cricket, India wouldn't miss his strange,...
  • India pray for Ishant Sharma's return in final Test against England August 14, 2014

    Had India, who've now won just one of their last 18 Tests on foreign soil, been offered the chance to arrive at The Oval 21 down with one to play in this fivematch series before their tour started, they might have taken up the offer. A tightlypacked schedule of five Tests...
  • Five things to know about the decisive fifth IndiaEngland Test August 14, 2014

    London: England are on the verge of putting to bed one of the most trying chapters in their Test cricket history. India could still extend them, however, in the fifth and final Test at the Oval starting on Friday. A summer for England that began with a first ever Test series defeat...
  • Oneoff Test: India women lose 6 wickets after dismissing England for 92 August 13, 2014

    Wormsley: The Indian women's cricket team on Wednesday shot out England for a paltry 92 before the hosts hit back strongly, reducing the visitors to 71 for six in 34 overs on day one of the oneoff Test. Medium pacer Nagarajan Niranjana was the wreckerinchief, returning impressive figures of four for...
  • MS Dhoni recommended for Padma Bhushan, Virat Kohli Padma Shri August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian Cricket Board has recommended captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's name for the prestigious Padma Bhushan and batting mainstay Virat Kohli for the Padma Shri. Indian women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj has also been nominated for Padma Shri. "Yes, the Board has recommended their names for these honour ...
  • Former India coach Greg Chappell backs MS Dhoni August 13, 2014

    Chappell heaped praise on Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher despite the Indian team's poor performance in the ongoing fivematch Test series against England where they are trailing 21. ...
  • Captain Dhoni skips net practice, Ishant close to full fitness for fifth Test August 13, 2014

    In the buildup to the fifth and final Test against England, India on Wednesday regrouped here at The Oval as they looked to put behind the disappointment of their embarrassing innings defeat in the last game, even though skipper MS Dhoni was a notable absentee at the nets. And the Indian...
  • James Anderson crossed the line of respect: Former England skipper August 13, 2014

    London: As the storm settles down over the spat between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson, former England captain Mike Brearley has said that the pacer should be encouraged to harness his aggression but not at the expense of respect. Brearley, writing in his column for The Times, said Anderson is not...
  • I can't get too carried away and have to practice hard, says Moeen Ali August 13, 2014

    Manchester: Moeen Ali has become the fastest English spinner to cross the 20 wicketmark in Test cricket, featuring in only six matches that spanned across 58 days and the 'parttime' offspinner has termed his recent performance as "crazy". For a team that was struggling three matches ago to replace Graeme...
  • Danish Kaneria says he will continue to fight against life ban August 13, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's banned legspinner, Danish Kaneria will not give up his fight to get his name cleared and seek damages from the England and Wales cricket board which imposed the punishment on him for spotfixing. A court of appeal in the United Kingdom on Tuesday turned down an appeal by Kaneria...
  • Stuart Broad may play fifth Test against India without protective mask August 13, 2014

    London: England pacer Stuart Broad, who sustained a deep gash on the bridge of his nose after being hit by nasty bouncer from India speedster Varun Aaron, may not need any special protective mask in order to play the fifth Test at Oval as the wound is healing rapidly. According to...
  • India's defeat in three days against England helps feed homeless August 13, 2014

    London: England's defeat of India inside three days in the fourth Test at Manchester's Old Trafford may not have been good news for ground authorities, who lost out on two days' worth of takings and it certainly wasn't good for the tourists. But England's win, which put the hosts 21...
  • Moeen Ali: The spinner of the series August 13, 2014

    Manchester: Moeen Ali has become the fastest English spinner to cross the 20 wicketmark in Test cricket, featuring in only six matches that spanned across 58 days and the 'parttime' offspinner has termed his recent performance as "crazy". For a team that was struggling three matches ago to replace Graeme Swann,...
  • Geoffrey Boycott issues Sam Robson warning August 13, 2014

    London: Geoffrey Boycott has told England opener Sam Robson there is a "huge question mark" against the Australiaborn batsman's international future. Boycott said Robson needed to become more secure outside off stump while England as a whole had to improve their batting against the short ball if they were to cope...
  • Hamish Rutherford leads New Zealand A to triangular series win August 13, 2014

    London: Hamish Rutherford led New Zealand A to victory in the triangular oneday series with a sevenwicket win over England Lions on Tuesday. Chasing a rainrevised target of 220 from 36 overs at New Road, Rutherford struck 95 off 84 balls including 10 fours and two sixes before Tom Latham's 48...
  • India's selection woes worsen ahead of mustwin Test August 13, 2014

    India completely lost the plot and momentum after winning the second Test at Lord's and now find themselves in a doordie situation to draw the fivematch Test series. It is hard to believe but the past can't be undone now, and India have to move forward. Going into the third Test...
  • Michael Vaughan admits Alastair Cook mistake August 12, 2014

    London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has admitted he was wrong to call for Alastair Cook to step down as skipper of the national side. Vaughan was one of several exEngland captains who called for Cook to stand down following England's 95run second Test defeat by India at Lord's three weeks...
  • Danish Kaneria loses final legal challenge against life ban August 12, 2014

    London: Former Pakistan international Danish Kaneria has lost his final legal challenge in an English court against a life ban imposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board for spotfixing while playing for county side Essex, it was announced on Tuesday. Judge Stanley Burton, sitting in England's Court of Appeal, said...
  • England's Hodgson had 'dark moments', never considered quitting August 12, 2014

    Roy Hodgson suffered "dark moments" but did not think of resigning as England manager following his team's disappointing groupstage exit at this year's World Cup in Brazil. Hodgson, 67, guided England to 21 defeats by Italy and Uruguay and a 00 draw with Costa Rica on their way to early elimination...