Test Series

  • Sunil Narine, Andre Russell choose CLT20 over Tests 5 hours 23 minutes ago

    St. John's: Mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine has once again chosen the Twenty20 format over Test cricket after opting out of the two-Test series against Bangladesh at home. Narine was a notable omission from the 13-man squad announced by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Friday for the first Test...
  • Saeed Ajmal's bowling action to be tested on Monday 6 days ago

    Dubai: Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's suspect bowling action will be tested at the Cricket Australia National Cricket Centre in Brisbane on Monday and the result will be declared in about two weeks time, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Sunday. The ICC clarified the procedures that will...
  • Dhoni's captaincy not up to Test standard: Mike Brearley August 20, 2014

    London: Former England captain Mike Brearley, one of the sharpest cricketing minds to have played the game, reckons that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy and wicket-keeping is not up to Test standard. Brearley, writing in his column for 'The Times', said India have been a disappointment in the Test series even though...
  • No effort, no heart, no fight, Team India disappointed: Sourav Ganguly August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Former captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly have blasted the Indian team and said it was high time for the selectors to take some tough decisions following the embarrassing 3-1 Test series loss to England. Ganguly said the team had shown "no effort, no heart, no fight." "There have...
  • Misbah-ul-Haq safe despite Sri Lanka defeat, says board chief August 19, 2014

    Lahore: Pakistan's newly elected cricket chief on Tuesday backed captain Misbah-ul Haq despite a Test series defeat in Sri Lanka, calling it a setback not a disaster. A 105-run defeat in the second Test on Monday consigned Pakistan to a 2-0 series loss, which brought them down from third to sixth...
  • World Cup buildup begins now for Australia August 18, 2014

    Brisbane: The continent-hopping buildup to the cricket World Cup will start this week for Darren Lehmann and his Australia squad, who'll test themselves against five countries in six months. The Aussies head to Zimbabwe on Wednesday to take on the hosts and South Africa in a limited-overs series. Next stop after...
  • India simply not good enough, says Dhoni August 18, 2014

    London: India captain MS Dhoni admitted his team had simply not been good enough after losing the five-match Test series against England 3-1 on Sunday. The touring side played excellently to win the second Test at Lord's after losing the toss on a difficult wicket to bat on but they were...
  • India humiliated yet again as England decimate Dhoni & Co. to win Test series 3-1 August 17, 2014

    England wrapped up the five-match Test series 3-1 with a huge innings and 244-run victory on day three at The Oval on Sunday. Team India's win at Lord's seemed a distant memory as they were humiliated once again and had no answer to England's pace attack. India, faced with a...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka close in on a win against Pakistan August 17, 2014

    Colombo: Rangana Herath put Sri Lanka within sight of victory in the second Test against Pakistan by taking four second-innings wickets on Sunday. Chasing 271 to win the Test and level the two-match series, Pakistan were precariously placed on 127 for 7 at stumps on the fourth day with their last...
  • 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...
  • 2nd Test: Pakistan dig in despite Herath's five-wicket haul on Day 2 August 15, 2014

    Rangana Herath again put Pakistan in a spin with a five-wicket haul but half-centuries from Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad guided the tourists to 244 for six at the close of the second day of the second Test on Friday. Pakistan trail Sri Lanka, who lead the two-Test series 1-0, by...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Five things to know about the decisive fifth India-England Test August 14, 2014

    London: England are on the verge of putting to bed one of the most trying chapters in their Test cricket history. India could still extend them, however, in the fifth and final Test at the Oval starting on Friday. A summer for England that began with a first ever Test series defeat...
  • Captain Misbah backs Ajmal to come clean on suspect action August 13, 2014

    Pakistan are not worried about Saeed Ajmal's reporting for a suspect bowling action and are confident that the ace off-spinner will be cleared, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said. Match officials reported Ajmal to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a suspect bowling action following the first Test defeat by Sri Lanka in Galle...
  • Captain Dhoni skips net practice, Ishant close to full fitness for fifth Test August 14, 2014

    In the build-up to the fifth and final Test against England, India on Wednesday regrouped here at The Oval as they looked to put behind the disappointment of their embarrassing innings defeat in the last game, even though skipper MS Dhoni was a notable absentee at the nets. And the Indian...
  • 2nd Test: Emotional Sri Lanka eye winning farewell for Jayawardene August 13, 2014

    Sri Lanka are determined to send former captain Mahela Jayawardene into retirement with a victory in the second and final Test starting Thursday against a fragile Pakistan and a 2-0 series sweep. Captain Angelo Mathews said emotions were running high in the home team's dressing room before the match at Jayawardene's...
  • Uncapped fast bowler Binura Fernando named in Sri Lanka squad August 11, 2014

    Uncapped fast bowler Binura Fernando and left-hand opener Dimuth Karunaratne were included in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the second Test against Pakistan starting on Thursday. The 19-year-old Fernando, who is a left-arm fast-medium bowler, has been called up after performing well for Sri Lanka under 19 sides. Karunaratne, a regular Test...
  • We need to be patient with Indian team, says Sunil Gavaskar August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: India suffered a humiliating innings defeat against England in the fourth Test to continue with their disappointing recent form overseas in the longest format but former captain Sunil Gavaskar was not ready to criticise the young players and pleaded the public to keep faith on them. "The team is...
  • Shoaib Akhtar criticises Pakistan after Test defeat August 11, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar has said that the players in the present national team need to show more heart and courage if they are to bounce back against Sri Lanka in the ongoing series. Akhtar was critical of the team's performance in the first Test which Pakistan lost...
  • Farokh Engineer slams India's embarrassing defeat at Old Trafford August 10, 2014

    Former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer lamented the team's "embarrassing" innings and 54-run defeat by England in the third Test at Old Trafford on Saturday, criticising both the players and coach Duncan Fletcher. "This was embarrassing," the 76-year-old Engineer, who played 46 Tests from 1961-1975, told BBC Radio Five on Sunday. "India shot...
  • Stuart Broad included in unchanged England squad for 5th Test August 10, 2014

    England named an unchanged 13-man squad for the fifth Test starting on 15 August at the Oval in London. Stuart Broad has been included in the team despite suffering a fractured nose when batting at Old Trafford on Saturday. Broad was retired hurt after being struck on the nose by a...
  • Captain MS Dhoni lashes out at top order after Manchester debacle August 10, 2014

    Manchester: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a dig at the top-order batsmen stating that it was the fifth bowler and the lower order who were scoring all the runs after another abject surrender against England in the fourth cricket Test on Saturday. Asked if the second innings effort was disappointing,...
  • Kumar Sangakkara breaks Don Bradman's 66-year-old record August 9, 2014

    Galle: Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara struck his 10th double hundred on Saturday, surpassing the nine amassed by West Indian Brian Lara and puts him two behind the great Don Bradman. However, the left-hander managed to break Australian's 66-year-old record for most scores of 190 plus. The Sri Lankan captain...
  • 1st Test: Sangakkara's double ton spurs Sri Lanka ahead on Day 4 August 9, 2014

    Galle: Kumar Sangakkara smashed his 10th double century against reckless Pakistan as Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 533 for 9 for an overall lead of 82 runs on the fourth day of the first Test on Saturday. Pakistan lost opener Khurram Manzoor to left-arm spinner Rangana Herath to finish...
  • India beat Bangladesh 5-1 to win hockey Test series August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian Men's Hockey team continued their rampaging run as they thrashed Bangladesh 5-1 in their second match to clinch the three-match Test series played at Dhaka on Friday. This victory brings with itself the series-win against Bangladesh and India now expects a clean sweep by winning the third...
  • 'Samson has Dravid's resilience and De Villiers's flamboyance' August 7, 2014

    Bangalore: Indian cricket's rising star Sanju Samson's coach Biju George feels that his ward possesses the grit of Rahul Dravid as well as the flair of AB de Villiers which will make him a special player for India in the coming days. "Sanju is a combination of Dravid and AB as...
  • James Anderson has no need to change aggressive style: Alastair Cook August 6, 2014

    Paceman James Anderson has no need to tone down his aggression when England and India renew their rivalry in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Thursday, according to Alastair Cook. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday ruled out launching an appeal against the decision to clear the fast bowler...