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  • Indian Premier League made me a more skilful player: Eoin Morgan September 6, 2014

    Birmingham: Eoin Morgan defended the Indian Premier League as he prepared to captain England in their lone Twenty20 international against India at Edgbaston on Sunday England great Ian Botham used his MCC Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's earlier this week to call for the domestic Indian Twenty20 franchise competition to be shut...
  • Team India peaking at the right time, can defend WC title: Sourav Ganguly September 6, 2014

    Former captain Sourav Ganguly has said that India are peaking at the right time and are currently placed very well for the 2015 World Cup, where they will be looking to defend their title. India hadn't won an ODI series of particular importance since their wins against Australia and West Indies...
  • Kevin Pietersen slams 'selfish' Alastair Cook September 6, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen has slammed England captain Alastair Cook as "selfish" for playing down his team's chances of winning next year's World Cup. Cook's side beat India by 41 runs on Friday to salvage some pride after an emphatic defeat in the oneday series, but former England batsman Pietersen is still frustrated...
  • England can't afford slow start, says Wayne Rooney September 6, 2014

    Wayne Rooney admits England can't afford a slow start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Switzerland on Monday. Roy Hodgson's team head to Basel desperately in need of a strong performance and result to erase the bitter taste of their miserable World Cup campaign. The road to the Euros in France...
  • Underfire Alastair Cook has no ODI captaincy assurances September 6, 2014

    Underfire Alastair Cook has been given no assurances about his future as England's One Day International captain but the stout opener is determined to lead the team in next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The Essex opener answered many critics during England's 31 test series victory against India...
  • India look to end England tour with T20 success September 6, 2014

    Birmingham: The odd loss in the final ODI notwithstanding, India are expected to hold an edge as the visitors seek to bring the curtains down on what has been a mixed tour, with a victory in the only T20 international against England here on Sunday. Having suffered a 13 defeat in...
  • England can forget about shorter forms without IPL: Kevin Pietersen September 6, 2014

    London: English cricketers can "forget" about the shorter format unless they embrace the Indian Premier League, according to the maverick Kevin Pietersen, who says his efforts to get his countrymen to play in the IPL have fallen on "deaf ears". England have not been able to consistently make a mark in...
  • Daniel Sturridge ruled out of England qualifier September 6, 2014

    London: Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of England's opening European Championship qualifier against Switzerland because of a thigh injury, further depleting coach Roy Hodgson's options for his team's toughest test in Group E. The Liverpool striker pulled up hurt during a training session on Friday and was withdrawn from the...
  • We badly needed to win, says Cook September 6, 2014

    Leeds: England captain Alastair Cook expressed satisfaction after his side's 41run win over India in the fifth oneday international here, but was also concerned that this was yet another ODI series loss for them. India won the fivematch series 31 despite the loss in the inconsequential match on Friday. "We badly needed...
  • Alastair Cook ponders England oneday questions September 6, 2014

    London: England captain Alastair Cook admitted his side had more "questions then answers" confronting them after a 31 oneday international series defeat by India. However, England at least spare themselves the embarrassment of a whitewash by the world champions with a 41run victory at Headingley on Friday. Joe Root's careerbest 113 on...
  • Dhoni wants bowling attack to sharpen up for World Cup September 6, 2014

    London: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his side's pacemen would need to hone their bowling skills in the 'slogovers' if the world champions were to defend their title in Australia and New Zealand early next year. Dhoni's men suffered a 41run defeat by England in the fifth and final...
  • India's World Cup preps underway with series win in England September 6, 2014

    India will return home from England with the ODI trophy, though the more desired one slipped badly out of their hands in the Test series. But given the World Cup is less than six months away, it's a consolation that should do the muchneeded good to the flagging spirits of...
  • Soft dismissals cost us the Leeds ODI, says MS Dhoni September 5, 2014

    Leeds: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the target England set for them was very much achievable but soft dismissals scuttled their chances in the fifth onedayer on Friday. Dhoni himself was guilty of gifting away his wicket when he chased a wide delivery from Ben Stokes and handed an easy...
  • England's Tim Bresnan ruled out of Twenty20 against India September 5, 2014

    Leeds: England allrounder Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the lone Twenty20 International against India to be held at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday. England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) twitter handle on Friday stated that he is suffering from a shoulder strain. ".@timbresnan has been ruled out of the NatWest...
  • 5th ODI: India lose to England but win series 31 September 5, 2014

    Riding on Joe Root's second ODI century and an improved performance by their bowlers, hosts England salvaged some lost pride by winning the inconsequential fifth ODI against India by 41 runs at Leeds on Friday, which ended the series 31 in favour of the visitors. Root's 113 at better than a...
  • Injured Daniel Sturridge a doubt for England's Switzerland trip September 5, 2014

    London: England striker Daniel Sturridge is in doubt for the team's opening European Championship qualifier against Switzerland on Monday after getting hurt in training. The English Football Association says Sturridge, England's firstchoice central striker alongside Wayne Rooney, "felt an injury in training this morning and will go for a scan this...
  • As it happened: England vs India, 5th ODI September 5, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Series already in their pocket, a rampaging India would look to keep the foot on the pedal and press for a clean sweep when they take on England in the fifth and final cricket onedayer on Friday. In a remarkable turnaround...
  • Lack of IPL hurting England in shorter formats, says Akram September 5, 2014

    London: Not playing the Indian Premier League is the reason behind England's struggles in the shorter formats, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said, a day after England great Ian Botham called for the rich Twenty20 competition to be scrapped. England were thumped 41 in Australia in their oneday international series at...
  • England duo Stuart Broad, Matt Prior undergo surgery September 5, 2014

    London: England pace bowler Stuart Broad and wicketkeeper Matt Prior are set to start their rehabilitation programmes after both players underwent surgery to cure longstanding injuries. The England and Wales Cricket Board issued an update on Broad and Prior's progress following their surgery on Thursday. Following surgery on the patella tendon...
  • Suresh Raina's attacking cricket inspires England's Moeen Ali September 5, 2014

    Leeds: England allrounder Moeen Ali said watching India's Suresh Raina had encouraged him to maintain an attacking approach to batting in oneday internationals. Ali's 67 his team's first fifty of the series was the lone highlight for England in their ninewicket thrashing by world champions India in Birmingham on...
  • 5th ODI: Series in pocket, India can test bench strength September 5, 2014

    When India and England meet for the final of the fivematch ODI series at Leeds, it would be interesting to see whether the 'men in blue' decide to go for the kill or give chance to some of the fringe players. With the series already in their pocket, a rampaging...
  • Ravi Shastri's tips helped me in converting starts: Ajinkya Rahane September 4, 2014

    Leeds: Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane joined the bandwagon of Indian players, who have attributed Team Director Ravi Shastri for bringing about a turnaround in the team's fortunes with his technical inputs in the ongoing ODI series after their dismal show in the Test matches. Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan have already paid...
  • Moeen Ali adamant Cook has complete England backing September 4, 2014

    Moeen Ali insisted Thursday that the England team were fully behind Alastair Cook in his role as oneday international captain. Cook came through a tough examination of his leadership credentials during England's 31 Test series win at home to India. But he has been under renewed scrutiny during a oneday series...
  • Alastair Cook should avoid ODIs to focus on regaining Ashes: Swann September 4, 2014

    London: Continuing his verbal duel with the England captain, Graeme Swann has suggested that Alastair Cook should miss the "turmoil" of inevitable oneday failures ahead to keep himself fresh for the challenge of regaining the Ashes. "The Ashes is the biggest thing in cricket, let's not forget that, and I am...
  • Dhoni has become a mere 'stopper' in Tests: Martin Crowe September 4, 2014

    Wellington: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicketkeeping skills in the Test format has came under scrutiny yet again with former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe saying that the Indian gloveman has become a mere "stopper" due to burnout and attrition. "Much has been said and written about the decline in MS Dhoni's wicketkeeping....
  • Split captaincy is the way forward for England: Mike Atherton September 4, 2014

    London: Slamming the team's decisionmaking and selections, former captain Mike Atherton has said that split captaincy between Test and oneday cricket is an obvious way forward for England. "England's decisionmaking over the last cycle, though, is still based on the historical: selections are made through the prism of Test cricket. The...
  • India to aim for clean sweep in the fifth ODI against England September 4, 2014

    Leeds: Series already in their pocket, a rampaging India would look to keep the foot on the pedal and press for a clean sweep when they take on England in the fifth and final cricket onedayer here on Friday. In a remarkable turnaround following their humiliation in the preceding Test series,...
  • Captain Rooney's penalty spares England's blushes September 4, 2014

    New captain Wayne Rooney scored a penalty to give England an unconvincing 10 friendly win over Norway at Wembley on Wednesday in their first match since the World Cup finals. Raheem Sterling, England's most incisive player, was brought down by Omar Elabdellaoui for the 68th minute penalty which Rooney blasted into...
  • Ian Bell ruled out of final EnglandIndia ODI September 3, 2014

    Ian Bell has been ruled out of England's fifth and final oneday international against India at Headingley with a broken toe, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday. The batsman's injury was due to be assessed during practice on Thursday, but England have already decided that he will not...
  • Vaughan accuses Cook of dropping players better than him September 3, 2014

    London: Former skipper Michael Vaughan accused Alstair Cook of dropping players, who are better than him, and also said that if the England cricket captain doesn't step down voluntarily then the selectors should sack him. Vaughan said Cook was dropping players like allrounder Ravi Bopara, who are better than him in...