England

  • Ravi Shastri feels MS Dhoni should bat at No.6 July 8, 2014

    Kolkata: Former captain Ravi Shastri says it's time that Mahendra Singh Dhoni promotes himself to number six in batting order to put pressure on underfire England captain Alastair Cook. "There were a lot of senior players in the side when he took over and he did magnificently managing egos. He performed...
  • Dhoni hints at five bowlers for opening Test against England July 8, 2014

    Nottingham: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that he is ready to bat at number six and thus dropped big hints that his side will look to go into the first Test against England with five bowling options on Wednesday. "I have to be ready at number six because that's...
  • We would love to get back to winning ways: Alastair Cook July 8, 2014

    Nottingham: England skipper Alastair Cook has admitted that it has been long since his side won a Test match and said they would desperately look to change that when the five-match series against India gets underway, here on Wednesday. "We haven't won a Test in a while and we would love...
  • Five things to know as India begin grudge series against England July 8, 2014

    London: After being beaten by Sri Lanka in a Test series on home soil for the first time, England will look to recover their reputation with five matches against India. It's the first five-Test series in 55 years between the two countries. They will be played quickly, across 42 days,...
  • Kevin Pietersen fears England in for Swann dive July 8, 2014

    Nottingham: Kevin Pietersen thinks England could be in for a particularly tough Test series at home to India in the absence of Graeme Swann. Off-spinner Swann's retirement during England's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia has left Alastair Cook's side without a specialist slow bowler, given the selectors refusal to recall Monty...
  • Jos Buttler called up as cover for injured Matt Prior July 8, 2014

    Uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has been called into the England squad as injury cover for Matt Prior ahead of the first Test against India, starting in Nottingham on Wednesday. Prior, who was recalled ahead of England's home series against Sri Lanka after being dropped towards the end of the 5-0 Ashes...
  • Numbers game: India at Trent Bridge July 8, 2014

    On Wednesday morning, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks out for the toss with Alastair Cook in the first Investec Test against hosts England, he will become the first Indian captain to lead the team in successive Tests at Trent Bridge. Here are some facts from the Trent Bridge cricket ground...
  • MS Dhoni and Co keen to keep Alastair Cook on the defensive July 8, 2014

    Nottingham: India are determined England captain Alastair Cook remains on the defensive in the first Test at Nottingham's Trent Bridge starting on Wednesday. Cook, upon whose leadership officials have staked plenty after ditching former star batsman Kevin Pietersen following the 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia, has now gone more than a...
  • England out to stem losing tide against India July 8, 2014

    London: England aim to avoid a third consecutive series defeat and ease the pressure on captain Alastair Cook when they host India in a five-Test series for the first time since 1959, starting in Nottingham on Wednesday. Following the embarrassing 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia at the start of the year,...
  • Umpires have the final say in England vs India series July 8, 2014

    Nottingham: Something rather strange, by modern standards, will happen when either Australia's Bruce Oxenford or Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena raises his finger in the first Test between England and India. For any batsman seeing the time-honoured signal confirming his dismissal will be unable to challenge the decision, just as the fielding...
  • Dhoni needs to pick between Ashwin and Jadeja for Nottingham Test July 8, 2014

    India will begin their gruelling two-month tour of England with the first of the five Tests starting at Trent Bridge on July 9 as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men would be desperate to reclaim the lost glory after being routed 0-4 on the 2011 tour. In warm-up for the big Test, 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,...
  • Stuart Broad ready for gruelling Test series against India July 7, 2014

    Nottingham: England seamer Stuart Broad has insisted the hosts have the bowling depth required to cope with a frenetic Test series against India. Wednesday sees the two nations meet at Nottinghamshire paceman Broad's Trent Bridge home ground for the first of five Tests condensed into a six-week period. Both Broad and new-ball...
  • India in with chance to rise in ICC Test rankings July 7, 2014

    Dubai: The Indian cricket team has a chance to go up a rung and be third in the ICC rankings if it beats England in the upcoming five-Test series starting July 9. As things stand at present, India occupy fourth position with 102 ratings points, while England are a spot behind...
  • Ashley Cole arrives for medical with AS Roma July 7, 2014

    Rome: Former England defender Ashley Cole has arrived in Italy for a medical with AS Roma and is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Serie A club. "Welcome to Rome, Ashley", said the Italian club on its official Twitter feed, publishing a photo of the former Chelsea player on...
  • My gut feeling driven by logic and experience: MS Dhoni July 7, 2014

    Nottingham: Being instinctive is seen as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's best attributes but the man who has captained India to unprecedented highs in the last seven years reveals that his often talked about gut feeling is backed by cold logic. In a rare interview on his 33rd birthday, Dhoni recollected the time...
  • India in England: Will Rahul Dravid's words do the magic? July 7, 2014

    Many have carried cricket's hallowed 'gentleman' tag with grace but very few come close to the sanctity Rahul Dravid maintained in his distinguished career. Dravid embodies 'team before self', and though the testimony to that (declaring with Tendulkar not out on 194) isn't acknowledged in most aficionado courtrooms, there can't...
  • Deciding the playing XI will be a big test for MS Dhoni July 7, 2014

    India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to put in some serious thinking as to what will be his playing XI in the first Test of the five-match series. Will Dhoni go with five specialist batsmen and give Stuart Binny a Test debut at Trent Bridge? Indian players warmed up with...
  • Kohli, Pujara hold key to India's success in England July 6, 2014

    Nottingham: With a relatively inexperienced bowling attack at their disposal, India will be banking on their batsmen to get the team in position of strengths and the spotlight especially will be on Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the forthcoming Test series against England. The preparations have already begun in earnest...
  • India's pace potency could decide their fate in England July 6, 2014

    As India prepare to take on England in what promises to be a hard-fought series, the potency of a bowling attack in which Ishant Sharma is the only paceman to have played a Test on English soil could prove to be the decisive factor. India were humiliated 4-0 the last time...
  • India's attack key to England series, says Rahul Dravid July 5, 2014

    India's largely unproven attack will decide if the tourists win their forthcoming Test series in England, according to former captain Rahul Dravid. Next week sees England and India begin a five-match campaign at Nottingham's Trent Bridge ground. It was at Trent Bridge where India, under Dravid's leadership, beat England by seven wickets...
  • Kevin Pietersen still dreams of playing for England July 4, 2014

    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen says he still harbours dreams of turning out for his country despite being controversially axed from the national team. The 34-year-old had his central contract terminated by the England and Wales Cricket Board following the 5-0 Ashes defeat by Australia, with the governing body saying captain...
  • Bowling unit keeps Dhoni guessing ahead of first Test July 4, 2014

    Derbyshire: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to put in some serious thinking in the next four days as to what exactly will be his team's bowling combination in the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, starting July 9. The Indian attack led by the erratic Ishant Sharma gave...
  • Virat Kohli can take total control in England July 4, 2014

    In 2014, gazing back at run-filled recent past of Virat Kohli, it seems almost a surprise to be reminded that India's new run-machine spent two Tests on the bench on the disastrous 2011 tour of England where he joined the squad to replace the injured Yuvraj Singh. While it's true,...
  • Tour match: Indians pocket morale-boosting win against Derbyshire July 4, 2014

    Derbyshire: Indian batsmen and bowlers warmed up with a morale-boosting five-wicket win against Derbyshire in their second three-day tour game here on Thursday, ahead of the first Test against England in Nottingham starting July 9. Chasing 142 for a win after a sporting second innings declaration on Day 3 - 156...
  • Broad glad to have Stokes back in the Test squad July 3, 2014

    London: Stuart Broad has backed Ben Stokes to have as big an impact on the England scene as he did on a Barbados dressing-room locker after the young allrounder was recalled to a 13-man squad for next week's first Test against India. Stokes missed England's recent 1-0 home loss to Sri...
  • Moment of reckoning for Cheteshwar Pujara in England July 3, 2014

    Ever since Rahul Dravid hung his boots after India's disastrous tour of Australia in 2011-12, Cheteshwar Pujara has taken over the role of the coveted number 3 position in the Test team. Because of his batting position and his success in the longer format, the man whose spot he endeavours...
  • Tour match: Pujara, Binny hit fifties as Indian batsmen enjoy outing July 2, 2014

    Stuart Binny and Cheteshwar Pujara led the way with fluent half centuries as India ended day two of their three-day tour game versus Derbyshire at 341/6, enjoying a useful day of batting practice before the first Test begins at Nottingham on July 9. Binny (81*, 111 balls, 9 fours, 2 sixes)...
  • 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...
  • Get stuck into Cook: Shastri tells India July 2, 2014

    "If you have the leader under pressure, always go for him, You need to get stuck in." Ravi Shastri has minced no words in his advice to the Indian team in England, set to play their first five-Test series since 1959. England captain Alastair Cook hasn't scored a hundred in last...