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  • Wayne Rooney to captain England team August 28, 2014

    Wayne Rooney has been named England captain, taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worstever World Cup. England coach Roy Hodgson confirmed the Manchester United player's appointment from a small pool of potential captains while naming the squad for England's first...
  • An ODI win can't quieten the shouts for Fletcher's removal August 28, 2014

    Even as the future of coach Duncan Fletcher hangs in the balance and uncertainty looms large over the Zimbabwean's job with BCCI, former India players, including master batsman Gundappa Vishwanath are batting for an Indian to take over the national team's coaching reins. "We have so many greats to guide the...
  • Different format, different Team India August 28, 2014

    It wasn't surprising to see a drastically different India in the second ODI against England at Cardiff on Wednesday. A team coming from consecutive Test defeats both inside three days took to ODIs like fish to water. And before we forget, it's the ODI champions after all that...
  • England fined for maintaining slow overrate in Cardiff August 28, 2014

    Cardiff: As if the loss was not enough, England's cricketers were fined 10 per cent of their match fees while their skipper Alastair Cook was docked 20 per cent of his earnings for maintaining a slow overrate in the second onedayer against India. "Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of...
  • Suresh Raina provides India the perfect 'ton'ic August 28, 2014

    Bereft of an inspiring performance since Ishant Sharma's sevenwicket burst at Lord's, Team India received the perfect tonic on Wednesday provided by its limitedovers specialist Suresh Raina. Offfield disagreements had taken precedence and Raina's century in a winning cause in the Cardiff ODI played the right notes to lift...
  • Cook disappointed with 'friend' Swann's World Cup comment August 28, 2014

    Cardiff: With friends like Graeme Swann, England captain Alastair Cook may feel he has no need of any enemies. England suffered a massive 133run defeat by world champions India in the second oneday international in Cardiff on Wednesday, effectively the first of what is now a fourmatch series following Monday's total...
  • ODIs a good format to come back into form, says MS Dhoni August 28, 2014

    Cardiff: Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaved a sigh of relief after his team turned its fortunes around with a 133run win in the second ODI against England on Thursday and the Indian captain said it's a "good format to come back into form" following the Test series debacle. Dhoni was cheered on...
  • Lot of improvement to do, says Alastair Cook after loss to India August 28, 2014

    Cardiff: Dejected after a 133run loss (D/L method) against India in the second onedayer on Wednesday, England skipper Alastair Cook said that his team has a lot of improvement to do if it wants to overturn the 10 deficit in the fivematch series. "If we play like that we're not going...
  • Captain MS Dhoni hails Suresh Raina's fantastic knock August 28, 2014

    Cardiff: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaped praises on Suresh Raina for his matchwinning hundred in the second onedayer against England on Thursday that helped the visitors take a 10 lead in the fivematch series. "It was a fantastic knock," said Dhoni, about Raina's 75ball 100. India humbled the hosts by 133...
  • 2nd ODI: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja star as India thrash England August 27, 2014

    Cardiff: A superb century from Suresh Raina and a 4wicket haul from Ravindra Jadeja helped India clinch a massive 133run victory by D/L method over England in the second oneday international on Wednesday. Victory gave India a 10 lead in the fivematch series following Monday's washout in Bristol and saw...
  • As it happened: India vs England, 2nd ODI August 27, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) With offfield matters taking precedence over onfield performance, Indian cricket is in need of a cracking show by its team at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Wednesday, where weather permitting the visitors take on England in the second...
  • 2nd ODI: A cracking win over England need of the hour for India August 27, 2014

    With offfield matters taking precedence over onfield performance, Indian cricket is in need of a cracking show by its team at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Wednesday, where weather permitting the visitors take on England in the second ODI after a washout in the first. India captain...
  • Vaughan, Swann want Cook to be sacked as England ODI captain August 26, 2014

    London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan and exspinner Graeme Swann said that Alastair Cook must be sacked as the ODI captain for England to win the 2015 World Cup. Both Vaughan and Swann feel that the selectors are picking the ODI side on the basis of performance in Tests and that...
  • Team India avoids media ahead of 2nd ODI August 26, 2014

    Cardiff: Hit by controversies right through their troubled England tour, the Indian team management on Wednesday sought to stay clear of the media by not sending any player for the prematch press conference ahead of the second ODI against the hosts. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had created a flutter at...
  • England haven't lost momentum owing to rain, says Joe Root August 26, 2014

    Cardiff: England batsman Joe Root on Tuesday said that his side hasn't lost the momentum gained in the triumphant Test series as it prepares to take on India in the second ODI on Wednesday. The first ODI of the fivematch series was abandoned in Bristol without a ball being bowled on...
  • Frank Lampard's retirement adds to England's central problem August 26, 2014

    Although it was far from unexpected, Frank Lampard's international retirement increased the challenge facing England manager Roy Hodgson as he looks to move the team forward for the 2016 European Championship and beyond. Lampard, on loan at Manchester City before heading to New York City, called time on his international career...
  • England's Frank Lampard retires from international football August 26, 2014

    London: England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps. The 36yearold was released by Chelsea in May after 13 years at the London club and he signed for New York City before agreeing to move to Manchester City on a sixmonth loan deal. Lampard scored 29 goals...
  • Is Dhoni and Fletcher's job in Ravi Shastri's hand? August 26, 2014

    With confusion reigning supreme at the moment in Indian cricket's leadership, reports emerging in the media suggest that the future of Duncan Fletcher as India's coach and Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Test captain is in the hands of the Team India Director Ravi Shastri. BCCI officials and Dhoni have...
  • Will try to bowl consistent yorkers to England batsmen: Umesh Yadav August 26, 2014

    London: Fresh from a successful India A tour of Australia, paceman Umesh Yadav has revealed that his Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach Wasim Akram helped him get his yorkers right and he is now keen to use the toecrushers against England batsmen in the onedayers. "I had a problem with the...
  • Kevin Pietersen credits Alastair Cook for England turnaround August 26, 2014

    London: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen lauded captain Alastair Cook for the 31 Test series win against India but feels that they are playing ODIs with Test selection in mind. The former England captain said England did fantastically well to turn the Test series against India into a brilliant 31 victory....
  • Chance for youngsters to stake claim for World Cup berths: Dravid August 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid hoped that the youngsters would put up a better show in the fivematch ODI series against England and stake their claim for the few spots available in the team ahead of the 2015 World Cup that will be cohosted by AustraliaNew Zealand from...
  • Is Indian cricket heading towards a Dhoni vs BCCI faceoff? August 26, 2014

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni's comments on Duncan Fletcher have added a few decibels to the chorus demanding Dhoni's sacking as Test captain. The interesting twist is that it's the BCCI, Indian skipper's saviour on many occasions, that could look to clip his wings. Referring to Fletcher as the "boss", Dhoni has sounded...
  • MS Dhoni bats for underfire coach Duncan Fletcher August 25, 2014

    Dhoni's comment that Fletcher will stay as "boss" has raised speculation on whether he was on the same page with the BCCI bigwigs who had appointed Ravi Shastri as the Director of cricket. ...
  • England have no hope at World Cup, says Graeme Swann August 25, 2014

    London: England have no hope of winning next year's World Cup because of their "oldfashioned" approach to the oneday game, according to former spinner Graeme Swann. Swann, who retired from international cricket during the 50 Ashes series defeat in Australia in December, believes the oneday team need to do away with...
  • Dhoni has no business to decide Fletcher's future, says BCCI official August 25, 2014

    BCCI on Monday took exception to Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's statement that coach Duncan Fletcher continues to be the "boss" of the team, describing it as "unbecoming of the Indian captain" who had "overstepped his brief". "Dhoni is no one to comment as to who is the boss of the...
  • Rain washes out 1st EnglandIndia ODI without a ball being bowled August 25, 2014

    Bristol: The first of the five oneday internationals between England and India has been abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain at the County Ground. Rain began to fall before the start of play and the match was abandoned at 1:30 p.m. local time, three hours after the scheduled start. It...
  • Kevin Pietersen says IPL not to blame for India's Test form August 25, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen has said it is wrong to blame the Twenty20 Indian Premier League for the tourists poor Test form in England. In the absence of exiled former captain Pietersen, England came from behind to beat India 31 in a fiveTest series, with skipper Alastair Cook overseeing the recovery. That led many...
  • As it happened: England vs India, 1st ODI August 25, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) After getting humiliated in the Test series, India would look to redeem their campaign when they take on England in the first onedayer in Bristol. The visitors would be more comfortable in the 50over format after being boosted by fresh...
  • BCCI calls Dhoni comments on Fletcher as 'personal opinion' August 25, 2014

    The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) has labelled Mahendra Singh Dhoni's comments as "personal opinion" after the national team's captain said beleaguered coach Duncan Fletcher still called the shots and would lead them into next year's World Cup. "I have not spoken to Dhoni and so the BCCI...