Australia are regretting their slackness during the Melbourne Test against India last December that ended up costing them a place in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. During the contest, the hosts were guilty of maintaining a slow-over rate which resulted in the ICC docking them four WTC points as they were found of being two overs behind. Once Australia cancelled their three-match Test tour of South Africa, New Zealand qualified for the final after finishing 0.3 per cent ahead of their Trans-Tasman rivals. However, Australia were still in the hunt depending on the outcome of the India-England four-match Test series. As it turned out, India went on to win the series 3-1 punching their way to the summit clash where they will face New Zealand from June 18 in Southampton. Now, Australia head coach Justin Langer has expressed his disappointment saying his team were “really slack”. “This might be the silliest thing I’ve ever said, but our manager Gavin Dovey … he’d been … [Read more...] about ICC World Test Championship: How Slow Over-Rate Against India Cost Australia a Place in Final
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There are 19 players available for selection and with two in contention for each slot, the XI for the five games, starting here on Friday, will be an indication to how head coach Ravi Shastri, captain Virat Kohli and bowling coach Bharat Arun are looking at the next six to seven months for the shortest format. Will they look for a settled combination to first clinch the series and then experiment or will they field absolute rookies in the squad looking at the bigger picture? For a team that's so closely followed, the result does matter and that's why one can expect a settled first eleven for the first three games since all matches are at the same venue on similar kinds of tracks. The roaring comeback of Rishabh Pant will lead to a lot of interesting developments at the top of the order. Pant's inclusion means that KL Rahul, who till a few months back was the first choice keeper-opener, is unlikely to don the big gloves. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were a settled white ball … [Read more...] about India vs England: T20 Dilemmas: Tough calls between Dhawan/Rahul, Chahar/Bhuvneshwar, Shreyas/Surya
Though captain Mithali Raj and her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur had insisted that rustiness won't be an issue in their first series in 12 months, India clearly looked a side which had not played for a long time in the opener of the five-match series on Sunday (March 7). A better prepared South Africa were clinical and will be hard to beat in the coming games. After the game, Kaur realised the players needed some time to gel as a unit. Barring Kaur, Raj and Deepti Sharma to a certain extent, none of the batters could apply themselves on a decent batting surface. A lot of them were guilty of poor shot selection as pointed out by Kaur after the game. The spinners, who are traditionally considered India's strength, hardly troubled the South African duo of Lizelle Lee and 21-year-old Laura Wolvaardt, who put up the highest ever opening wicket stand against India to run away with the contest. There were some positives, however, such as Raj scoring a gritty half-century and pacer Jhulan … [Read more...] about India Women vs South Africa Women, 2nd ODI: Date, Timing, TV Channel, Live telecast, Live Steaming details
Spinners dominated the recently concluded Test series between India and England with Ravichandran Ashwin the standout performer with the ball as he picked up the man-of-the-series award. The veteran offspinner picked 32 wickets at 14.71 including three five-wicket hauls. Fellow spinner and teammate Axar Patel finished with 27 wickets at an unreal average of 10.59 including four five-wicket hauls having played a game less than Ashwin. For England too the top-wicket taker of the four-match series, that India won 3-1, was left-arm orthodox Jack Leach with 18 wickets at 28.72. These basic statistics alone prove how significant was the role of the spinners during the series with the hosts clearly dominating their English counterparts. It was their one-sided domination of the tweakers that irked several former England cricketers with the likes of Michael Vaughan taking a sarcastic jibe at the pitch prepared for the 2nd Test, a day-night contest, which ended inside two days. Several … [Read more...] about Spin vs Pace: What Type of Pitches Should India Produce?