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  • 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...
  • Practicing on hockey turf mantra behind Suresh Raina's success September 3, 2014

    Lucknow: Suresh Raina, whose century in the second ODI helped India regain their confidence back after successive defeats in Tests against England, has extensively worked hard on tackling short pitch deliveries in the hockey turf at Guru Govind Singh Sports College here, his coach Deepak Sharma said. Sharma said before leaving...
  • India likely to rest key players for the fifth ODI September 3, 2014

    Headingley: After taking an unbeatable 30 lead after the ninewicket win in the fourth ODI against England, India are likely to give a break to many of their key players in the fifth and final match at Leeds, here on Friday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled 172.5 overs in the five Tests, picking...
  • It is unfair to compare captains of different era: Sunil Gavaskar September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday refused to draw comparison between country's most successful ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his predecessors, but said that going by sheer record the wicketkeeperbatsman surpassed all his seniors. Dhoni registered his 91st ODI win as India captain, edging past Mohammad Azharuddin...
  • India crush Engalnd in the ODIs September 3, 2014

    Three weeks after the Test humiliation, Team India hit back in their new uniforms, crushing England to clinch the ODI series with a game to spare. ...
  • Shikhar Dhawan reveals mantra behind India's turnaround in England September 3, 2014

    In the absence of regular opener Rohit Sharma, the outofform Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane put on a superb opening wicket partnership to guide India to a astonishing ninewicket win over England. Chasing a a modest 207run target against England at the Edgbaston, Dhawan, who had a terrible Test series,...
  • Sacking Cook before World Cup would be disastrous: Strauss September 3, 2014

    London: Former skipper Andrew Strauss feels that sacking Alastair Cook as the England cricket captain ahead of the 2015 World Cup, Feb 14March 29, would not end the team's ODI woes and, in fact, could turn out to be a disaster. England suffered a ninewicket defeat in the fourth ODI at...
  • Team India hails Ravi Shastri's role as Director September 3, 2014

    Birmingham: Days after Suresh Raina hailed Ravi Shastri's role as Team Director, Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan has said that the former captain instilled confidence in the side after the Test debacle. Relieved after coming good with the bat following a string of poor scores in the Test series and then in...
  • No change, no World Cup chance, insists Kevin Pietersen September 3, 2014

    England exile Kevin Pietersen said on Tuesday changes had to made to the oneday side if they were to be competitive at next year's World Cup. Pietersen took to Twitter after England's humiliating ninewicket defeat, with nearly 20 overs to spare, by India in the fourth oneday international at Edgbaston on...
  • Stewart, Swann slam 'boring' and 'oldfashioned' England September 3, 2014

    London: Former cricket captain Alec Stewart and exTest spinner Graeme Swann blasted the English side and questioned the team's commitment to the 50over game after Alastair Cook and Co. suffered a ninewicket defeat to India in the fourth ODI Tuesday to lose the series 03 with still a match to...
  • England performance an embarrassment, says Ian Botham September 3, 2014

    London: Angry and sad at the way England have been outplayed in the ongoing ODI series against India, former captain Ian Botham and retired spinner Graeme Swann said the performance of the side led by Alastair Cook is nothing short of an "embarrassment". "Rarely have I been so angry at watching...
  • I won't quit as England's ODI captain, says Alastair Cook September 3, 2014

    Birmingham: He might be under tremendous pressure after three consecutive losses, but England skipper Alastair Cook has made it clear that he will not step down as ODI captain in the wake of his side's series defeat against India. England are trailing the fivematch series 03 after losing the fourth ODI...
  • Dhoni lauds all after becoming India's most successful ODI skipper September 3, 2014

    Birmingham: Mahendra Singh Dhoni hailed his former and present team for helping him become the most successful Indian ODI captain after the visitors thrashed England by nine wickets in the fourth onedayer to take an invincible 30 lead in the fivematch series. "When I started leading the team, I got a...
  • Rahane, Dhawan made England look like minnows September 3, 2014

    If the bowlers were clinical with their performance, openers Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan were equally calculative in planning India's runchase of 207 runs. Coming out of a shoddy Test series, India are a different team in coloured clothing and the results are there for everyone to see. Birmingham pitch...
  • It was good to see Shikhar Dhawan back in form, says MS Dhoni September 2, 2014

    Birmingham: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels his side played a "perfect game" on Tuesday as the visitors thrashed England by nine wickets in the fourth onedayer to take an invincible 30 lead in the fivematch series. Opting to bowl, India first restricted England to a modest 206 and then overwhelmed...
  • MS Dhoni surpasses Mohammad Azharuddin in ODI wins as captain September 2, 2014

    Birmingham: Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday became the most successful Indian captain ever in the onedayers after India's ninewicket thrashing of England in the fourth ODI. Tuesday's win at the Edgbaston was Dhoni's 91st ODI victory as skipper. He surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin's tally of 90 ODI victories as captain. Azharuddin took nine...
  • 4th ODI: Rahane, Dhawan power India to series win against England September 2, 2014

    Ajinkya Rahane's maiden ODI ton and Shikhar Dhawan's unbeaten 97 helped India beat England by nine wickets in the fourth game at Edgbaston in Birmingham. England were restricted to 206 and India have chased it down in 30.3 overs. Dhawan finished the game with a handsome six as India now...
  • England's Ian Bell suffers broken toe during 4th ODI at Edgbaston September 2, 2014

    England batsman Ian Bell sustained a "small fracture" in his big left toe on Tuesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced. Bell was hit on his toe batting against throwdowns before the fourth oneday international against India at his Edgbaston home ground on Tuesday. The Warwickshire shotmaker was replaced at No...
  • Restructured Duleep Trophy can help India in Test turnaround September 2, 2014

    Of all the formats, most teams would like to be at number one in Tests. No doubt there is pride and prestige attached to it. It is with such high ambition, Steve Waugh brought his all conquering side to India calling the tour the ultimate frontier, looking for a series win...
  • As it happened: India vs England, 4th ODI September 2, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Match Preview: Two backtoback wins has brought the cheer back in the Indian camp, and if the visitors manage to clinch the ODI series against England at Birmingham, their World Cup preparations will be on track and the hosts' in...
  • 4th ODI: India move in for the kill at Birmingham September 2, 2014

    Two backtoback wins has brought the cheer back in the Indian camp, and if the visitors manage to clinch the ODI series against England at Birmingham, their World Cup preparations will be on track and the hosts' in disarray. What England must be most hurt about is the lopsided nature of...