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  • Team India to get pep talk from Rahul Dravid ahead of first Test July 1, 2014

    Former captain Rahul Dravid will have a few sessions with the Indian batsmen ahead of the first Test against England starting at Nottingham on July 9, although he has not been appointed in any capacity, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said on Sunday. It has been learnt that skipper MS Dhoni and...
  • India's unripe pace attack can leave England wounded July 1, 2014

    Put Ishant Sharma aside, and India's pace attack in England may appear wet behind the ears. But it will be indiscreet for England batsmen to consider it insipid on three grounds: a) unpredictability, b) helpful conditions and c) their own form. The tourists' stretched 18-member squad is carrying six specialist...
  • Ishant should step up during Test series: Zaheer June 30, 2014

    London: Veteran India pacer Zaheer Khan said that it was time Ishant Sharma should step up and spearhead the Indian bowling attack during the upcoming five-Test series against England, starting in Nottingham on July 9. Ishant, who is the only one out of the six front-line seam bowlers in the Indian...
  • It's not important to prove anything to others, says Virat Kohli June 30, 2014

    London: He has seen success across all three formats during the last few years which elevated him to the status of team's 'Numero Uno' batsman but Virat Kohli feels that there comes a point in someone's career when one doesn't feel an urge "to prove anything to others". "Initially, you try...
  • India searching for answers before Derbyshire tour game June 30, 2014

    Derbyshire: After a not-so-satisfactory first practice game against Leicestershire, India are still searching for answers when they take on Derbyshire in their second three-day tour match starting on Tuesday. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and company may have had decent batting practice in the rain-marred game in Leicester before the first of the...
  • From ridiculous to remarkable - expect anything from India in England July 12, 2014

    Starting July 9, first time in over five decades India will be playing a five-Test series in England, and adding to the testing conditions will be the ghost of 2011 that has continued to haunt the Indians over the last three years. Since that 0-4 rout in the 'Summer of...
  • Mixed results for India from the first tour game June 29, 2014

    Leicester: India witnessed a mixed start to their two-and-a-half month long tour to England even as rains played spoilsport in their first three-day practice game against Leicestershire here. While two out of the three days were affected by rain, the only positive to take out of the match for the visitors...
  • Ishant Sharma faces Indian fans' ire in warm-up game June 29, 2014

    A listless Ishant Sharma was heckled by Indian fans on the third day of the drawn warm-up game against Leicestershire when the gangling paceman struggled to contain his wayward bowling. Ishant, who is the only bowler in the current line-up with the experience of bowling in English conditions, began with a...
  • Rahul Dravid to join Indian team as consultant in England June 29, 2014

    Batting legend and former India captain Rahul Dravid is set to join Team India in England as a consultant in a mentoring role ahead of the much-awaited five-Test series beginning July 9. Dravid's appointment came after team's coach Duncan Fletcher floated the idea. "It was the coach who approached us on...
  • Indian bowlers struggle as practice match ends in a draw June 28, 2014

    Indian bowlers struggled even under favourable conditions on a rain-hit third day as the visitor's three-day practice match against Leicestershire ended in a draw on Saturday. India managed to send down 62 overs and tried out all their front-line bowlers, but nearly all of them were taken for easy runs by...
  • Axed Pietersen sinks boot into struggling England June 28, 2014

    Sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen has put the blow-torch on Alastair Cook's England, saying the team's series defeat to Sri Lanka showed senior players were still shell-shocked from the 5-0 Ashes whitewash. Pietersen also heaped additional pressure on out-of-form skipper Cook, claiming his lack of runs was playing on his mind and...
  • Second day's play between India and Leicestershire washed out June 27, 2014

    Leicester: Inclement weather played spoilsport as it prevented a single delivery from being bowled during the second day's play in the opening tour fixture between India and Leicestershire, here on Friday. India were comfortably placed at 333 for four at the end of first day's play with Shikhar Dhawan (60), Gautam...
  • Injury scare for Shikhar Dhawan ahead of Tests against England June 28, 2014

    Leicester: India's Shikhar Dhawan gave his side cause for concern after suffering an arm injury during the team's opening match of their tour of England against Leicestershire at Grace Road on Thursday. Test opener Dhawan retired hurt for 60 after being hit by a short ball from left-arm seamer Atif Sheikh. But...
  • Warne implores Cook to quit captaincy or take a break June 27, 2014

    England skipper Alastair Cook has got only worse after the team's Ashes drubbing last year and should quit Test captaincy or take a break from the game, according to Australian spin great Shane Warne. The outspoken Australian has never been a fan of Cook's captaincy and his constant criticism seemed to...
  • Indian top-order gets quality batting practice on opening day June 26, 2014

    Leicester: The Indian top-order batsmen got much needed batting practice against a below-par Leicestershire attack as they finished the first day of their opening tour match at a comfortable 333 for four here on Thursday. As many as three batsmen went on to complete their half-centuries with comeback man Gautam Gambhir's...
  • Fletcher backs Cook to come through lean spell June 26, 2014

    Leicester: The man who was coach when Alastair Cook made his England debut has no doubt the opener will overcome his struggles with the bat and on the field to enjoy fresh success as as Test captain. Duncan Fletcher was England coach when the then 21-year-old Cook was flown halfway round...
  • Challenge to play five-Test series with less experienced players: Dhoni June 26, 2014

    Leicester: England may be low on confidence after suffering morale-hitting series defeats against Sri Lanka but India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says playing a five-Test series against the hosts will be a new challenge with less experienced players in the side. "They know the home conditions better than us so it...
  • England coach Moores won't take captaincy off Cook June 26, 2014

    Leeds: England coach Peter Moores has insisted he won't be a party to taking the captaincy off Alastair Cook in a bid to get the opener back to his best form with the bat. It is now 24 innings since Cook scored the last of his England record 25 Test centuries,...
  • Alastair Cook needs to be supported, says MS Dhoni June 26, 2014

    Leicester: A day ahead of the start of a long tour in England under tough conditions, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that quality players should not be dumped on the basis of one poor series and they should be backed to return to form. "I think it's very important to...
  • New-look India aim for a positive start of England tour June 25, 2014

    Leicester: With an aim to bury the ghosts of a disastrous tour of 2011, a new-look Indian cricket team would be eyeing a positive start to their two-and-a-half-month long tour of England when they take on Leicestershire in a three-day practice game, starting on Thursday. The visitors, led by skipper Mahendra...
  • Victorious Sri Lanka captain Mathews turns on Vaughan June 25, 2014

    Leeds: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews had the ideal response to criticism from former England skipper Michael Vaughan regarding the Islanders' "county" attack after the tourists completed a dramatic Test series win at Headingley. Mathews's men won the second Test by 100 runs after paceman Shaminda Eranga dismissed England No 11...
  • Cook vows to battle on despite another England defeat June 25, 2014

    London: A defiant Alastair Cook vowed to fight on as captain after England slumped to another defeat in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Tuesday, losing the two-match series 1-0. The home team fought gallantly on the final day and almost snatched a highly unlikely draw before last...
  • Sri Lanka clinch maiden Test series win in England June 25, 2014

    Leeds: Shaminda Eranga ended Jimmy Anderson's stubborn resistance with the penultimate ball on Tuesday as Sri Lanka won the second Test at Headingley by 100 runs to clinch their first ever Test series win in England. Anderson faced 55 balls without scoring in a desperate last-wicket stand with Moeen Ali (108...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica top Group D after 0-0 draw with England June 25, 2014

    Belo Horizonte: Costa Rica finished first in what many considered the World Cup's toughest group after a dour 0-0 draw against a second-string England side on Tuesday. Costa Rica only needed a draw to top Group D and played that way, setting up in a defensive 5-3-2 formation. The result gives...
  • Wally Edwards, Giles Clarke try to pacify associates and affiliates of ICC June 24, 2014

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia supremo Wally Edwards and ECB chairman Giles Clarke tried to pacify the increasingly restless associate and affiliate members of the ICC assuring good governance and greater benefits, on the first day of its Annual Conference on Tuesday. According to ESPN Cricinfo,"Edwards and Clarke spoke on behalf of the...
  • As it happened: Italy vs Uruguay and Costa Rica vs England, World Cup 2014 June 24, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from both the Group D matches as Italy look to shackle Suarez in Uruguay showdown whereas England seek atonement against Costa Rica. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Italy must find a way to shut down Uruguay striker Luis Suarez when the teams clash at the...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on Day 13 June 24, 2014

    It's Day Two of the in-or-out matches of the World Cup, with five teams competing for two places in the knockout stages. Group D winds up in the two early fixtures, with Group C following later. Each pair of games is played simultaneously. The highlight of the early matches is Italy's game...
  • India have ability to destroy opponents, says Leicestershire's O'Brien June 24, 2014

    London: Excited about his county team's practice match against a star-studded Indian cricket team, Leicestershire's Irish import Niall O'Brien says Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men can destroy, dazzle and intrigue their rivals all at the same time. The 18-member Indian squad, which landed in England on Sunday, created considerable excitement in the...
  • World Cup 2014: Frank Lampard undecided on England retirement June 24, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Frank Lampard echoed England colleague Steven Gerrard on Monday by saying that he has yet to reach a decision about whether to prolong his international career beyond the World Cup. England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that Lampard, 36, will captain the side in their final game against...
  • Boycott says out-of-form Cook could quit as captain June 24, 2014

    Former England great Geoff Boycott says the "nightmare of Australia is not over" and believes captain Alastair Cook's poor batting form is a "recipe for resignation". The home team, chasing 350 to win, were reduced to 57 for 5 on the penultimate day of the second and final Test on Monday...