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  • Michael Vaughan tweets picture of 'white Indian cricket flag' August 18, 2014

    London: Michael Vaughan took criticism to another level after the former England skipper posted a 'white flag' on his twitter handle, terming it as the new Indian cricket flag after MS Dhoni and Co's abject surrender at The Oval. Vaughan not only slammed the Indian team for its poor showing after...
  • India fined for slow over rate at The Oval August 18, 2014

    London: India were fined for maintaining a slow over rate during the fifth and final Test against England at The Oval here on Sunday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday. Match referee Ranjan Madugalle imposed the fines after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side was ruled to be three overs short...
  • Still no cure for Team India's travel sickness August 18, 2014

    London: 'Tigers at home, pussycats abroad', has long been said about India's cricketers. It is one that will be repeated after India's 31 defeat by England in a fivematch Test series finished with a colossal innings and 244run loss at The Oval on Sunday that culminated in the tourists collapsing to...
  • India hit new low in Test cricket after 31 drubbing August 18, 2014

    London: When Gary Ballance converted a quarter of a chance into a magnificent catch at slip to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane on the third afternoon of the fifth and final Test, that pretty much summed up a series in which England inflicted a third consecutive defeat on India, after trailing 01. While...
  • 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 fiveTest 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 fiveTest series beyond the mental and physical faculties...
  • 5th Test: England push India into a corner with 237run 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...
  • As it happened: England vs India, 5th Test, Day 2 August 16, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 1 roundup: 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 mere 148 in the first...
  • 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 backtoback defeats at the hands of England in Southampton and Old Trafford, India witnessed another batting collapse in the mustwin 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...
  • 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 12 in the series, lock horns with England in the fifth and final Test starting here on Friday. The...
  • 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...
  • How India can right their wrongs to save England series August 11, 2014

    "A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life." The plot for India to salvage lost pride in England is not as serious as the 2000 flick 'Gone in 60 seconds', but the...
  • Kevin Pietersen flops on return to English cricket June 7, 2014

    London: Kevin Pietersen disappointed on his return to action in English cricket as he scored just five runs for Surrey in their fivewicket defeat against Essex. Pietersen's flop came on Friday in a domestic Twenty20 clash at the Oval, where the controversial batsman was playing for the first time on home...
  • Briton's 26 hours batting breaks world record November 9, 2013

    London: A British graduate who batted for 26 hours solid at The Oval cricket ground in London has broken the world record, officials confirmed on Friday. Guinness World Records said Alby Shale had set a new global benchmark with his marathon feat in the indoor nets. The 22yearold, from Oxfordshire in southern...
  • England players apologise for urinating on pitch August 28, 2013

    London: England's cricketers have apologised after team members were seen urinating on the pitch at The Oval as they celebrated the Ashes series victory over Australia on Sunday. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the team responded to criticism by accepting "we got carried away (in) the euphoria of winning such...
  • Swann says urinating on Oval pitch 'nothing untoward' August 27, 2013

    London: England spin bowler Graeme Swann on Tuesday confessed that some of his team-mates may have urinated on the Oval pitch during late-night celebrations toasting their Ashes victory. Australian journalists earlier reported seeing three England players - swing-bowler James Anderson, batsman Kevin Pietersen and fast bowler Stuart Broad - relieving themselves...
  • Steven Smith relieved after maiden Test ton August 23, 2013

    London: Steven Smith's maiden Test hundred ensured Australia maintained their grip on the Ashes finale at The Oval on Thursday. Smith's 138 not out powered Australia to an imposing first innings total of 492 for 9 declared on the second day as they sought a consolation win after England had already...
  • James Faulkner set to make Australia debut in fifth Test August 21, 2013

    Australia allrounder James Faulkner is in line to make his Test debut after replacing Usman Khawaja for the fifth and final Ashes Test, starting at The Oval on Wednesday. Australia have also recalled fast bowler Mitchell Starc in place of Jackson Bird, captain Michael Clarke told a news conference on Tuesday....
  • Captain Alastair Cook targets 'historic' 40 Ashes victory August 20, 2013

    London: Alastair Cook said Tuesday the prospect of being the first England side to win a home Ashes series 40 was a spur as they prepared for the fifth and final Test against Australia at The Oval. At 30 up, England have already retained the Ashes and won the series. But...
  • Brad Haddin expects Shane Watson to be fit for Ashes finale August 19, 2013

    London: Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is confident allrounder Shane Watson will be fit for this week's fifth and final Ashes Test against England at The Oval, he said on Monday. Mediumpacer Watson was forced off the field midway through an over by a groin injury on the third day of the...
  • Chris Tremlett eager for England recall at Oval August 19, 2013

    London: Chris Tremlett is "dying" to revive his Test career against Australia after being included in England's squad for the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval, his Surrey home ground. The 31yearold fast bowler made his Test debut in 2007 but has played just 11 Tests with injuries,...
  • Captain Alastair Cook hungry for more Ashes glory August 13, 2013

    ChesterleStreet: England captain Alastair Cook promised no letup against archrivals Australia in the final Test after a stunning win gave them an unbeatable lead in the Ashes series. Stuart Broad's latest matchwinning spell saw England to a 74run win in the fourth Test at ChesterleStreet on Monday as Australia, set...
  • We have failed as a batting group, laments Dwayne Bravo June 12, 2013

    London: West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo lamented his team's batting performance after India thrashed them by eight wickets in a Group B ICC Champions Trophy match at The Oval here on Tuesday. "Our batsmen have to take the blame for this," Bravo said. "Another 25 runs could have made a difference if...
  • This fivewicket haul is very special: Ravindra Jadeja June 12, 2013

    London: India's newest 'Man Friday' Ravindra Jadeja feels that secret of his success lies in "keeping things simple" which helped him get a careerbest of five for 36 against West Indies in a group league of Champions Trophy on Tuesday. "This is my best bowling performance and I am very happy...
  • Need to get Chris Gayle out early: Dhoni June 11, 2013

    Coming off contrasting wins in their previous matches, West Indies and India will faceoff at The Oval hoping to make it to the semifinals. ...
  • ICC announces schedule of warm-up matches ahead of Champions Trophy May 9, 2013

    Dubai: The ICC has announced the schedule of warm-up matches to be played in the lead-up to the Champions Trophy, to be staged at Cardiff Wales Stadium, Edgbaston and The Oval from June 6 to 23. The warm-up matches will be played from May 30 to June 4 at the three...
  • 3rd ODI: Dernbach stars as England beat SA September 1, 2012

    London: Jade Dernbach marked his return to England duty with three wickets, including the prize scalp of Hashim Amla, in a four-wicket win over his native South Africa in the third one-day international at The Oval. Dernbach, recalled in place of Tim Bresnan, took three for 44 in nine overs on...