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  • 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...
  • Dhoni must show he still cares about Tests: Michael Atherton August 16, 2014

    London: Former England captain Michael Atherton feels that it is high time for Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to show that he still cares about the longer format of the game. Atherton feels that it is the last chance for Dhoni to prove in the ongoing fifth Test at The Oval...
  • No need to panic about India's slip fielding: Trevor Penney August 16, 2014

    London: India's fielding coach Trevor Penney said there was no need to worry about slip catching but added that Mahendra Singh Dhoni won't be stretching himself for catches between him and the first slip. Slip fielding has been a concern for the Indian team in the ongoing Test series against England. "It...
  • Alastair Cook contemplated resignation last month: Paul Downton August 16, 2014

    London: Alastair Cook has succeeded in pulling England out of Ashes defeat depression with two massive victories over India but the England captain was mulling putting in his papers during the Sri Lanka series, it has been revealed. England team's managing director Paul Downton says Cook was contemplating resigning from his...
  • England's Matt Prior set for long absence after surgery August 16, 2014

    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior will undergo Achilles surgery next month and anticipates a four-month recovery period, the 32-year-old said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo on Friday. Prior stood down from the England team after the second test match against India at Lord's last month in an attempt to regain fitness and...
  • 5th Test: Fielding coach Trevor Penney defends struggling Indian batsmen August 16, 2014

    London: India's fielding coach Trevor Penney defended the under-performing batsmen, saying the visitors had to encounter tough conditions after losing the toss on the opening day of the fifth and final Test against England. Put in to bat on overcast conditions, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni waged a lone battle with a...
  • We used the conditions very well, says England pacer Chris Woakes August 16, 2014

    London: England bundled out India for a paltry 148 to take the upperhand on the very first day of the fifth and final Test, and medium pacer Chris Woakes said the home team bowlers used the seaming conditions at The Oval to perfection. After dismissing India in only 61.1 overs, England...
  • 5th Test: Full marks to MS Dhoni, not India August 16, 2014

    London: It was at least a 275 wicket, but India on Independence Day again made a mess of it by being bundled out for 148. It was, admittedly, a bad toss to lose, given the intermittent rain than has bathed London this week, thereby leaving residual moisture on a pitch with...
  • One-off Test: India women inch closer to victory against England August 16, 2014

    Wormsley: Test matches are often decided by a team's ability to adapt and the best example was seen at the Sir Paul Getty's Ground where India women need just 62 runs to beat a star-studded England. On the other hand, India men's cricket team failed miserably and are on the...
  • 5th Test: England in a commanding position after bowling out India for 148 August 16, 2014

    After a humiliating defeat at Old Trafford, Indian batting saw another collapse at The Oval. England pacers toppled the Indian batting with wickets at regular intervals and India were all out for a mere 148 in the first innings of the fifth and final Test on Friday. In reply, openers...
  • 5th Test: India's horror show with the bat continues in England August 15, 2014

    After suffering back-to-back defeats at the hands of England in Southampton and Old Trafford, India witnessed another batting collapse in the must-win fifth Test at The Oval on Friday. Although India's collapse was not quite as dramatic as when they slumped to eight for four in the last Test. England...
  • I would have picked Rohit Sharma instead of Stuart Binny: VVS Laxman August 15, 2014

    London: Raising concerns over India's selected XI for the all-important fifth and final Test against England, veteran batsman VVS Laxman said that he would have opted for Rohit Sharma instead of Stuart Binny in the crucial game. "Little surprised at Binny's inclusion. The reason given for his inclusion is that he...
  • Live Score, 5th Test: Unchanged England opt to bowl at The Oval August 15, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Battered and bruised in the last two matches, it will be a test of character for India's under performing players as they go into the fifth and final Test against England here on Friday, hoping to restore their pride and...
  • 5th Test: Battered India's test of character against England August 15, 2014

    Battered and bruised in the last two matches, it will be a test of character for India's under performing players as they go into the fifth and final Test against England here on Friday, hoping to restore their pride and level the series. India have slipped badly after their historic...
  • A lot at stake for skipper Dhoni and coach Fletcher August 15, 2014

    London: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's continuance as captain in Tests after next year's World Cup and the retention of Duncan Fletcher as coach after the same event are at stake as India, trailing 1-2 in the series, lock horns with England in the fifth and final Test starting here on Friday. The...
  • One-off Test: Indian women keep England in check on Day 2 August 14, 2014

    Wormsley: Indian bowlers once again came to the women's teams' rescue to check England's lead on the second day of the one-off Test here on Thursday. Surpassing a slender 22-run lead, the Charlotte Edwards-led team had reached 84 for six in 38 overs until last reports came in on a rain-affected...
  • We will continue with our five-bowler strategy, says MS Dhoni August 14, 2014

    London: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has once again reiterated that he will not deviate from his strategy of playing five bowlers ahead of the fifth and final Test against England starting Friday. With hero of the Lord's Test match Ishant Sharma already declared fit, the India captain has decided to...
  • James Anderson at par with world No.1 Dale Steyn, says Cook August 14, 2014

    England fast bowler James Anderson ranks alongside South Africa's world No. 1 Dale Steyn and possesses more skill, his captain Alastair Cook said on the eve of the fifth test against India. Anderson needs eight wickets to move past Ian Botham's English Test record of 383 and whether or not he...
  • Stuart Broad practises at nets without any discomfort ahead of fifth Test August 14, 2014

    London: England heaved a sigh of relief as Stuart Broad, sporting a splint on his broken nose, bowled without any apparent discomfort at the nets on the eve of the decider fifth Test starting Friday at The Rose Bowl. Broad, who broke his nose while negotiating a short pitched delivery from...
  • Indian batsmen took me as an easy target: Moeen Ali August 14, 2014

    London: He has been one of England's finds in the ongoing Test series against India and off-spinner Moeen Ali feels that visiting team's batsmen took him lightly which ensured a bagful of wickets for him. Moeen currently has 19 wickets at a stellar average of 22.94 with two brilliant spells at...
  • MS Dhoni's Test captaincy illogical, says Martin Crowe August 14, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand batting great Martin Crowe has slammed the "illogical" captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the ongoing Test series in England and feels India would be better off without his leadership in the longest format. "If he (Dhoni) did back down from Test cricket, India wouldn't miss his strange,...
  • India pray for Ishant Sharma's return in final Test against England August 14, 2014

    Had India, who've now won just one of their last 18 Tests on foreign soil, been offered the chance to arrive at The Oval 2-1 down with one to play in this five-match series before their tour started, they might have taken up the offer. A tightly-packed schedule of five Tests...