England

  • Dark days disappear for transformed England cricket team August 18, 2014

    Drenched in champagne and surrounded by jubilant teammates, England captain Alastair Cook held his arms aloft and savored the feeling of winning a test series again. It had been a while. Following the humiliation of a 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia and the dejection of a last-gasp home series loss to Sri...
  • IPL main cause of India's disgusting show: Bishen Singh Bedi August 18, 2014

    Baffled by the meek surrender in England, former India skipper and left-arm spinner Bishen Singh Bedi says the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the main culprit behind the Test embarrassment India have suffered. A fierce critic of the IPL, spin-bowling great Bedi minced no words summarising India's shameful performance, saying...
  • BCCI not giving enough importance to Test cricket: Dilip Vengsarkar August 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Finding fault with the BCCI for not being serious enough about Test matches, former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar said the itinerary was wrongly drawn without any tour games in between the rubber that India miserably lost to England 1-3 at The Oval on Sunday. Vengsarkar also castigated team coach Duncan...
  • May be it is time to sack Dhoni as captain, says Srikkanth August 18, 2014

    Though it's time to remove Dhoni from captaincy, we don't have a suitable replacement at present, says former India captain. ...
  • Michael Vaughan tweets picture of 'white Indian cricket flag' August 18, 2014

    London: Michael Vaughan took criticism to another level after the former England skipper posted a 'white flag' on his twitter handle, terming it as the new Indian cricket flag after MS Dhoni and Co's abject surrender at The Oval. Vaughan not only slammed the Indian team for its poor showing after...
  • India fined for slow over rate at The Oval August 18, 2014

    London: India were fined for maintaining a slow over rate during the fifth and final Test against England at The Oval here on Sunday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday. Match referee Ranjan Madugalle imposed the fines after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side was ruled to be three overs short...
  • Former players want Fletcher out, question Dhoni's captaincy August 18, 2014

    New Delhi: India's beleaguered cricketers have come under sharp criticism from former players who called for coach Duncan Fletcher's immediate ouster while questioning Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy in the Test series against England that culminated with an innings and 244 runs annihilation at the Oval. The players were critical of Fletcher's...
  • Jadeja incident helped me: James Anderson August 18, 2014

    London: The series against India has taught England pace spearhead James Anderson a lesson or two. Instead of being aggressive with his attitude and mouth, Anderson now prefers to let the ball do all the talking. Anderson, who was involved with an altercation with India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the first...
  • World Cup buildup begins now for Australia August 18, 2014

    Brisbane: The continent-hopping buildup to the cricket World Cup will start this week for Darren Lehmann and his Australia squad, who'll test themselves against five countries in six months. The Aussies head to Zimbabwe on Wednesday to take on the hosts and South Africa in a limited-overs series. Next stop after...
  • Dream come true for us, says Sanju Samson's family August 18, 2014

    The family of Indian cricket's newest player Sanju Samson on Monday said the opportunity for the 19-year-old to play for the national team was a "dream come true". Sanju - who was earlier this month selected for the ODI team as a wicketkeeper-batsman - Monday morning left the coastal town of...
  • 'Wait and watch', Dhoni replies to queries on quitting captaincy August 18, 2014

    London: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave an open-ended reply to a query if he is ready to quit captaincy after another Test debacle on foreign soil having lost the current series 1-3 to England. To a question that if he is contemplating resignation, Dhoni replied,"You will have to wait and...
  • Wife convinced Alastair Cook to stay on as England skipper August 18, 2014

    Alastair Cook said support from his wife, Alice, had persuaded him to stay on as England captain after leading the side to a come-from-behind Test series win over India. After last month's 95-run defeat by India in the second Test at Lord's, a result that meant England had gone 10 Tests...
  • India simply not good enough, says Dhoni August 18, 2014

    London: India captain MS Dhoni admitted his team had simply not been good enough after losing the five-match Test series against England 3-1 on Sunday. The touring side played excellently to win the second Test at Lord's after losing the toss on a difficult wicket to bat on but they were...
  • Still no cure for Team India's travel sickness August 18, 2014

    London: 'Tigers at home, pussycats abroad', has long been said about India's cricketers. It is one that will be repeated after India's 3-1 defeat by England in a five-match Test series finished with a colossal innings and 244-run loss at The Oval on Sunday that culminated in the tourists collapsing to...
  • Sunil Gavaskar slams 'jelly-like', 'embarrassing' India August 18, 2014

    London: Sunil Gavaskar accused India of "embarrassing the country" after their humiliating innings and 244-run defeat by England in the fifth Test at The Oval on Sunday. It was the second time in as many matches that India had been beaten inside three days after their innings and 54-run reverse in...
  • India hit new low in Test cricket after 3-1 drubbing August 18, 2014

    London: When Gary Ballance converted a quarter of a chance into a magnificent catch at slip to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane on the third afternoon of the fifth and final Test, that pretty much summed up a series in which England inflicted a third consecutive defeat on India, after trailing 0-1. While...
  • It was an amazing performance: Alastair Cook August 17, 2014

    London: England skipper Alastair Cook, who led his side to make a remarkable turnaround to win the five-match Test series against India 3-1 despite being 0-1 down in the beginning, called it "an amazing performance". After drawing the first Test, England lost the second at Lord's and questions were raised at...
  • Top-order failed to absorb pressure, says MS Dhoni August 17, 2014

    London: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says continuous failure affected the confidence of their top-order as they could not absorb the pressure but at the same time he blamed lack of experience for India's meek 1-3 surrender in the series, which concluded here on Sunday. "The top-order felt the pressure of not...
  • India's shocking batting stats in last four innings: 63/6, 66/6, 44/6, 62/6 August 17, 2014

    Another batting disaster by the Indian batsmen once again illustrated the fact that the top order haven't learnt anything from their previous outings on the ongoing tour. The visitors have not crossed the 200-run mark in the previous four innings and surely have made a habit of losing five to...
  • India humiliated yet again as England decimate Dhoni & Co. to win Test series 3-1 August 17, 2014

    England wrapped up the five-match Test series 3-1 with a huge innings and 244-run victory on day three at The Oval on Sunday. Team India's win at Lord's seemed a distant memory as they were humiliated once again and had no answer to England's pace attack. India, faced with a...
  • Indian slip fielders standing too close to each other, says Laxman August 17, 2014

    London: With India's 'butter fingered' slip-cordon struggling to hold on to catches, former slips specialist VVS Laxman feels the fielders are standing too close to each other, which is causing confusion between them. "Definitely, they are very close. I was the one who used to take the gap between the first...
  • Root-Buttler put us in strong position: Gary Ballance August 17, 2014

    London: England batsman Gary Ballance rued at not completing another hundred against India in the fifth and final cricket Test here while praising team-mate Joe Root for countering the visitors' efforts on day two. The hosts finished 237 runs ahead at stumps, replying to India's 148 runs with 385/7. "I felt good...
  • Don't rule out Indian batsmen, says Ashwin August 17, 2014

    London: Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Saturday conceded that India had a bad day in the office but expressed confidence that his team's batsmen would do a better job in the second innings of the fifth and final Test against England here. On day two, the hosts finished at 385 for 7...
  • Is a five-Test series beyond today's Indian cricketers? August 17, 2014

    India's campaign in the current series can, without fear of contradiction, be summarised as the tourists losing their way after the second Test, especially after the third. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) needs to seriously ponder: why? Was a five-Test series beyond the mental and physical faculties...
  • 5th Test: England push India into a corner with 237-run lead August 16, 2014

    England's lead swelled to 237 on the second day of the fifth Test against India at The Oval, thanks largely to Joe Root's 92* that further exposed India's lackluster bowling on a track where England bowlers dismissed the visitors for 148. The hosts reached 385 for 7 at stumps with notable...
  • Happy to play another Test before hanging my boots: Mithali Raj August 16, 2014

    At 31 years and 256 days, Mithali Raj does not know how many more years of international cricket is left in her but Indian women's cricket team captain is "happy" to have played at least one more Test before she called time on her illustrious career. "When we won the last...
  • India's performance in England is shameful: Kirti Azad August 16, 2014

    Kolkata: Former cricketer Kirti Azad on Saturday said he was ashamed of the Indian cricket team's disastrous performance in the current Test series against England. "I have earned a lot of accolades playing for the country. But now the way this Indian cricket team is playing I feel ashamed," said Azad...
  • India men struggle but women beat England by 6 wickets in one-off Test August 16, 2014

    Wormsley: The Indian men's cricket team has disappointed with their spineless performance in the last three weeks but the women counterparts showed steely temperament as they made a remarkable comeback into Test fold, beating England women by six wickets on Saturday. Skipper Mithali Raj led from the front with a gutsy...