Test Team

  • MS Dhoni in ICC ODI and Test team of 2013, but no Virat Kohli December 4, 2013

    India skipper MS Dhoni made his sixth consecutive appearance in ICC's ODI team of the year and was also included as a wicketkeeperbatsman in the Test squad, but there was no trace of Virat Kohli in either of the 12man squads announced by the apex body on Tuesday. Kohli's absence...
  • Yearender 2012: Cricketnext's Test team of the year January 1, 2013

    We sift through the numbers, wickets and runs to pick the 11 most valuable Test cricketers of the year. 1. Alastair Cook M 15, I 29, Runs 1249, Avg 48.03, HS 190, 100 4, 50 3 The secondhighest runscorer in Test cricket this year, after his captain in our...
  • South Africa look to build on Australia win December 5, 2012

    Cape Town: South Africa want to use their recent series win in Australia as a stepping stone to cement their position as the world's dominant Test team and to build something "really special", captain Graeme Smith said on Wednesday. South Africa, who have not lost an away Test series since 2006,...
  • Focusing on Tests, Australia suffering in ODIs July 11, 2012

    It's an unfamiliar situation that Australia find themselves in at the moment. The team that was invincible in all forms of the game just some time back is now finding it hard to win matches consistently. A 40 drubbing at the hands of the archrivals England is the latest of...
  • England beginning to assert their supremacy July 11, 2012

    But while England seem unbeatable at home, they need to win abroad, especially on the tour of India later this year, to assert their supremacy. England, the home of cricket, has always had its share of uncertainties and misfortunes throughout its cricketing existence. The originators of the game once even...
  • 'Awesome' South Africa a threat for England June 14, 2012

    Johannesburg: South Africa convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson has labelled the team that will tackle England in a midyear threeTest series as "awesome". The former Test opener said the 15man Proteas squad skippered by batsman Graeme Smith had 'unbelievable talent and were a wonderful team that I believe will do...
  • Richards predicts England domination in Tests June 13, 2012

    London: West Indies legend Vivian Richards said on Tuesday that he expects Andrew Strauss's England to dominate Test cricket over the next few years. England took over the top of the Test rankings last summer, displacing India with a 40 series whitewash after an Ashes series win in Australia. And Richards,...
  • England extend qualifying period for overseas players April 30, 2012

    London: England, who regularly include several overseasborn cricketers in their Test team, have extended the qualifying period for players from four to seven years. Players who start living in England or Wales after their 18th birthday will now need to complete a residence period of seven consecutive years, the England and...
  • Botham backs England to bounce back May 2, 2012

    London: Ian Botham expects England to hold onto their world number one status for "quite a while now", provided they learn from the disappointments of their recent series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. England climbed to the top of the Test match rankings after whitewashing India 40 in England last...
  • du Plessis eyes SA Test berth with good IPL show April 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings allrounder Faf du Plessis is looking at the Indian Premier League as a gateway to the South African Test squad. du Plessis made his ODI debut last year against India and has since made himself something of a fixture in the side, playing 21 matches,...
  • Who wants to be No. 1? February 8, 2012

    First India, now England. For the second time in eight months, the No. 1 Test team has lost each Test of an away series. Not just lost, in fact, but has been drubbed, humiliated and whitewashed to such a degree that one may be forced to wonder whether the top...
  • Clueless England in a spin February 6, 2012

    England have aspired to be the best Test team in the world for some time, but once they reached the top they suffered a severe bout of vertigo. The No. 1 rankedTest team has been humiliated 30 in the UAE by a superb Pakistan bowling attack led, admirably, by Saeed...
  • SA recall Duminy for NZ Test series January 25, 2012

    Johannesburg: South Africa handed a Test recall to batsman JP Duminy and dropped Ashwell Prince for next month's tour to New Zealand, Cricket South Africa announced Wednesday. Duminy played the last of his 12 Tests against India in February 2010 and is the only change to the 15man squad that beat...
  • Sachin's verdict: this is the best Indian team ever December 6, 2009

    Mumbai: The Indian cricket team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the best ever to have represented the country, believes batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. "Yes. Right from number 1 to 7, we have a solid batting lineup," said Tendulkar when he was asked if this was one of the...
  • Race for the top Test team still wide open January 8, 2009

    New Delhi: Put the celebrations on hold. Australia are still world number one after winning the Sydney test. But the shield of invincibility surrounding Ricky Ponting's men has been shattered beyond repair and it has opened up a close race for the top sport in test cricket with South Africa...
  • Dhoni likely to pull out of Test team for SL tour July 7, 2008

    New Delhi: India's squad for the Test tour of Sri Lanka will be named on Tuesday and sources have told CNNIBN that pacer S Sreesanth has been ruled out of the series after being advised three weeks rest due to a side strain. Sreesanth hasn't played since the Indian Premier League...