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In 90s, rival teams wanted to copy Australia, now it’s…

Star all-rounder Moeen Ali sees nothing wrong in rival teams trying to "copy" the much-talked-about England template in white-ball cricket following their resounding success in global events. With their recent triumph in Australia, England became the first team to hold the ODI and T20 World Cup trophies in the same…

Sport sparks identity and inclusion debate

ENGLAND winning consistently at cricket still feels a little bit out of character. Yet last weekend’s World Cup victory makes England champions in both the 20-over and 50-over formats, after a sweeping defeat of India in the semi-final was followed by a strong bowling performance that put the final beyond…

For twin World Cup-winner Adil Rashid’s family, this is time…

To have a member of one World Cup-winning squad is more than what a family wishes for. For Adil Rashid's kin, witnessing him to be part of two is something out of this world. The 34-year-old leg-break bowler from Bradford, Yorkshire, produced an eye-catching performance as England defeated a spirited…

I will put my name in this month’s IPL auction:…

Adil Rashid's game-changing performances in England's T20 World Cup winning campaign could certainly make him a hot property at the upcoming IPL auction in Kochi on December 23. Rashid, who literally choked India and Pakistan in the semi-final and final with high-profile scalps like Suryakumar Yadav and Babar Azam, could…

T20 WC: ‘Big Match Stokes’ powers England to second title…

Top performances from Sam Curran and Ben Stokes powered England to their second ICC T20 World Cup title after 2010, as they defeated Pakistan by five wickets in a gripping low-scoring final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. England delivered a fantastic performance with the ball, reducing Pakistan…

‘Test cricket is hard work. I’m 35 and something’s got…

England all-rounder Moeen Ali said he has closed the door on a return to test cricket after having an "honest" conversation with coach Brendon McCullum. Moeen made his test debut in 2014 and went on to score 2,914 runs in 64 tests at an average of 28.29, picking up 195…

Moeen Ali ‘proud’ to lead England in Pakistan T20s

Allrounder Moeen Ali said Sunday that captaining England against Pakistan -- where his family have roots -- was a "huge and proud moment". England are on their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years, and will play seven Twenty20s. The first T20 will be played in Karachi on Tuesday. Captain…

Cricket-England drop Roy, welcome back Woakes and Wood for T20…

England dropped out-of-form opener Jason Roy and welcomed back fit-again seamers Chris Woakes and Mark Wood in their squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia beginning next month. Roy has been an integral part of England's white-ball squad and his explosive batting at the top of the order embodied…

Fear losing the 50-over format in a couple of years…

ENGLAND all-rounder Moeen Ali has warned that other players could follow teammate Ben Stokes in quitting one-day internationals and that the format could become completely obsolete if nothing is done to fix the game's hectic calendar. Stokes, England's test captain, announced his shock retirement from 50-over cricket at the age…

You were fantastic throughout, what a player: Indian cricket fraternity…

Following wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant’s match-winning knock, many Indian cricketers took to social media to heap praises on the heroics of the star batter in Manchester. Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 125* and his 133-run partnership with Hardik Pandya helped India chase down 260 in the final ODI of three-match series at Manchester.…

3rd ODI: India need to change batting approach in series…

Jolted by a thumping defeat in its last game, the Indian team is expected to tweak its batting template from cautious to a more fearless one in the series-deciding third ODI against England here on Sunday. The team under Rohit Sharma did put up an ultra-aggressive batting show with a…

Bhuvneshwar Kumar becomes first bowler in T20I history to bowl…

INDIA star bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar wreaked havoc on the England batting lineup as he went on to become the first Indian bowler to bowl 500 dot balls in the T20s powerplays with his stunning spell. Bhuvneshwar gave India a perfect start defending 171 as the 32-year-old senior pacer removed English…

With players like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, you’ll see more…

ENGLAND cricketer Moeen Ali has said that the participation of British Asians in football at the professional level is minuscule in the country, according to a report. Asian involvement in UK cricket is healthy even in the backdrop of allegations by former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq in which he claimed…

ECB appoints Muslim inclusion adviser post racism scandal

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has appointed a Muslim inclusion body as an adviser, a report said.  Nujum Sports, which devised the Muslim athlete charter, will work with the men's and women's England teams, the 18 counties and the recreational game, the BBC reported. Former Yorkshire player Azeem…

Sir Salman Rushdie heads list of British Asians recognised in…

Author Sir Salman Rushdie and cricketer Moeen Ali are among a number of British Asians honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on Wednesday (1). With doctors, politicians, educators, authors, community leaders and philanthropists among the 13.3 per cent of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background, this list showcases…

Bangalore beat Dhoni’s Chennai to end three-game IPL losing streak

Royal Challengers Bangalore ended a three-match losing streak in the Indian Premier League as Josh Hazlewood and Harshal Patel inspired them to a 13-run win over Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday. Bangalore scored 173-8 after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai won the toss and chose to field first. CSK slipped away…

Miller and ‘nightmare’ Malik shine in IPL Sunday blockbuster

South Africa's David Miller on Sunday said coming in to bat early made him "shine" as his unbeaten 94 led Gujarat Titans to a thrilling three-wicket IPL victory over holders Chennai Super Kings. Chasing 170 for victory, Gujarat slipped to 48-4. But Miller put on an attacking 70-run sixth wicket…

Big-money Livingstone helps Punjab thrash Chennai in IPL

England's Liam Livingstone smashed 60 and took two wickets to lead Punjab Kings to an emphatic 54-run win over Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. Livingstone, who became the most expensive overseas player in this season's IPL auction when Punjab bought the batting all-rounder for $1.52…

Lewis stars as Lucknow down IPL champions Chennai

Evin Lewis hit an unbeaten 55 off 23 balls to star in Lucknow Super Giants' six-wicket win over reigning IPL champions Chennai Super Kings who scored 210-7 after they were asked to bat Thursday. It was the first victory for KL Rahul-led Lucknow who lost their opening match to Gujarat…

Moeen Ali gets India visa, to be available from second…

Chennai Super Kings' star all-rounder Moeen Ali has secured his India visa and will be available for selection from the second game of the upcoming IPL, the franchise's CEO Kasi Viswanathan said. Though the England player arrived in Mumbai on Thursday, the defending champions will missed the services of Moeen…

Indian Premier League season 15: the teams, top players

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 extravaganza begins on Saturday when holders Chennai Super Kings face Kolkata Knight Riders. Eastern Eye guides you through the 10 teams, including two new franchises, who will compete in the world's richest cricket championship. Mumbai Indians Key Indian players: Rohit Sharma…

Mahmood looks to inspire next generation of British Asian cricketers

WHEN English cricket is going through a rough patch tackling racism, a British Asian player Saqib Mahmood is making a name for himself by bowling fast. After his teammates Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, Mahmood is the new face of British Asian cricketers trying to inspire the next generation with…

Pandya, Rahul to lead new teams, IPL to begin in…

ALLROUNDER Hardik Pandya will lead Ahmedabad and batsman KL Rahul will captain Lucknow when the franchises make their debuts in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in March. The 15th edition of the world's richest Twenty20 league will be a 10-team affair with the inclusion of the two new franchises. "I…

Ali slams Cook’s captaincy in awkward on-air exchange

MOEEN ALI and Alastair Cook were involved in an awkward on-air television exchange before the fourth Ashes Test. Ali accused Cook of lacking empathy as captain as Ali played 37 times under Cook's captaincy, since making his Test debut in 2014. The allrounder Ali retired from Test cricket after having…

Stokes, Archer released from IPL’s Royals ahead of auction

ENGLAND stars Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have been released by their IPL team Rajasthan Royals ahead of the auction as franchises on Tuesday (30) announced names of retained players. England's Eoin Morgan and David Warner of Australia also parted ways with Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively, with…

Vaughan says sorry to Rafiq but denies racism

FORMER England captain Michael Vaughan denied making a racist remark when he was skipper of Yorkshire but told the BBC on Saturday (27) he apologises to his accuser ex-teammate Azeem Rafiq if he was "responsible for any of his hurt". English cricket has been rocked by revelations of racism from…

T20 World Cup: New Zealand beat England in semifinal

DARYL MITCHELL smashed an unbeaten 72 while Jimmy Neesham was hailed as a "momentum changer" as New Zealand defeated England by five wickets to reach the Twenty20 World Cup final on Wednesday (10). Chasing 166 for victory, New Zealand were in deep trouble at 13 for 2 and 107 for…

Moeen Ali hopes Yorkshire racism row will lead to change

ENGLAND all-rounder Moeen Ali said he was not surprised by the allegations of racism made by Azeem Rafiq against Yorkshire Cricket Club but hopes the issue will lead to change in the sport. Rafiq, who is of Pakistani descent and a former captain of the England Under-19s, said in September…

South Africa exit T20 World Cup despite win, England and…

RASSIE van der Dussen smashed an unbeaten 94 as South Africa beat England by 10 runs but failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday (6). Group 1 leaders England and Australia, who beat West Indies in the first match of the day, made the…

Roy praises bowlers for England’s second T20 World Cup win

Opening batsman Jason Roy on Wednesday credited the England bowlers for helping set up a second successive victory at the Twenty20 World Cup with an eight-wicket drubbing of Bangladesh. Roy smashed 61 off 38 balls as England romped to their victory target of 125 in 14.1 overs in the Super…

England crush West Indies at T20 World Cup, Aussies edge…

ENGLAND thrashed defending champions West Indies by six wickets in their opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday (23), while Australia beat South Africa in a tense, low-scoring match. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid took career-best T20 figures of 4-2 as favourites England began the Super 12 stage by skittling…

Rashid Khan eyes World Cup glory not wedding bells

Rashid Khan insists his mind is occupied by the World Cup and not wedding bells as the leg-spin wizard looks to inspire Afghanistan at the Twenty20 global showpiece. Still only 23, Rashid is key to his nation's hopes of a first world title and a potential triumph which would deliver…

Chennai down Kolkata to win fourth IPL title

FAF du Plessis smashed an attacking half-century to help Chennai Super Kings thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs and clinch their fourth Indian Premier League (IP) title on Friday (15). Du Plessis' 86 off 59 balls guided Chennai to 192-3, a total their bowlers defended by restricting Kolkata to…

England name strong squad for Ashes tour

ENGLAND were able to name their strongest available squad for the Ashes tour to Australia on Sunday (10) as their stars committed to the trip after coronavirus quarantine fears. The Ashes tour had been the subject of tense negotiations after England's players and their families expressed concerns over tough Covid…

Dhoni cameo helps Chennai down Delhi to reach ninth IPL…

RUTURAJ Gaikwad's 70 and an unbeaten cameo from skipper MS Dhoni helped Chennai Super Kings reach a ninth Indian Premier League (IPL) final with a four-wicket win over Delhi Capitals on Sunday (10). Chasing 173 for victory, Chennai rode on a 110-run second-wicket partnership between Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa (63)…

Hetmyer steers Delhi Capitals to top of IPL table

WEST INDIES batsman Shimron Hetmyer produced a match-winning cameo as Delhi Capitals edged out Chennai Super Kings by three wickets to go top of the Indian Premier League table on Monday (4). Chasing 137 for victory, Delhi depended on a brisk 39 by Shikhar Dhawan and Hetmyer's 18-ball 28 to…

Moeen Ali: “I hope I’ve inspired the next generation of…

By Sarwar Alam England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who on Monday announced he was retiring from Test cricket to focus on his white-ball career, said he hopes his achievements can inspire the next generation of British Asian cricketers. The 34-year-old scored five centuries and took 195 wickets in 64 Tests, including…

Moeen a huge loss to England Test side, says skipper…

ENGLAND captain Joe Root hailed Moeen Ali as a role model and said he would be a huge loss to the Test side after the allrounder announced his decision to quit the longest format of the game on Monday (27). Moeen, who made his Test debut in 2014, scored 2,914…

England allrounder Moeen Ali announces retirement from Tests

England allrounder Moeen Ali has announced his retirement from Test cricket, the country's cricket board said on Monday (27). Moeen, who made his Test debut in 2014, scored 2,914 runs in 64 Tests at an average of 28.29 and picked up 195 wickets with his off-spin. Moeen said in a…

IPL 2021: Chennai inflict new defeat on Kohli’s Bangalore

MS DHONI'S Chennai Super Kings inflicted new pain on Virat Kohli on Friday (24), beating his Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in the Indian Premier League. Chennai, bolstered by 38 from opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, overcame Bangalore's 156 for six with 11 balls to spare as Dhoni won the latest…

Pietersen warns Mumbai against slow IPL start

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen says defending champions Mumbai Indians cannot afford their familiar slow start and MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings have a great chance of winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) title after a poor 2020 season. Five-time champions Mumbai Indians, two-time champions Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers…

Cricketer’s life saved by defibrillator provided by National Asian Cricket…

IT was a scary sight when Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during an European Championship game against Finland earlier this year. He suffered cardiac arrest and was resuscitated on the pitch before being taken to hospital. Denmark's team doctor later revealed that Eriksen’s heart stopped and “he…

Stokes left out of England’s T20 World Cup squad

BEN STOKES was left out of England's provisional squad announced on Thursday (9) for next month's T20 World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Stokes is currently taking an indefinite leave of absence from cricket for his mental wellbeing and to recover from a finger injury. The 30-year-old…

India go 2-1 up after Bumrah, Umesh bowling show

SPINNER Ravindra Jadeja combined with his seam bowling teammates to bowl India to an emphatic 157-run victory over England in the fourth Test on Monday (6) and put the touring side 2-1 up in the series. Chasing a record victory target of 368, England started strongly but suffered a spectacular…

Hameed, Burns give England steady start to daunting chase

ENGLAND made a strong start to their pursuit of a daunting 368-run victory target against India in the fourth Test, which appeared delicately poised heading into the final day at the Oval on Monday (6). Openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns guided England to 77 for no loss at stumps…

Pope and Woakes edge England ahead of India in fourth…

Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes both scored valuable fifties on their return to Test cricket as England recovered from a top-order collapse to build a lead over India at the Oval on Friday. Pope made 81 on his Surrey home ground and all-rounder Woakes exactly 50 before England were dismissed…

Moeen Ali named England vice-captain for fourth Test against India

MOEEN ALI has been named England's vice-captain for the fourth Test against India, starting Thursday (2). He will be Joe Root's deputy in absence of Jos Buttler, who will be missing the Test at The Kia Oval due to his wife expecting their second child. It is Ben Stokes acting…

England recall Malan as Sibley dropped for 3rd Test against…

England recalled Dawid Malan on Wednesday (18) and dropped opener Dom Sibley from their squad as they looked to bolster their faltering top order for next week's third Test against India at Headingley. India are 1-0 up in the five-match series after a 151-run win in the second Test at…

Bowlers shine as India thrash England to take series lead

India's pacemen produced a terrific display of swing bowling to crush England by 151 runs in the second test at Lord's on Monday (16), taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. England were bowled out for 120 in pursuit of a target of 272 on the final day, succumbing…

India sense victory after Shami and Bumrah heroics

England were set a target of 272 in a minimum of 60 overs to win the second Test at Lord's on Monday after India declared their second innings on 298-8 shortly after lunch on the final day. Mohammed Shami, with 56 not out and Jasprit Bumrah, 34 not out, both…

Moeen says new ball the key to second Test against…

Moeen Ali forecast the new ball would prove decisive in settling the second Test between England and India after Sunday's see-saw fourth day at Lord's left the match intriguingly poised. India were 181-6 in their second innings, a lead of 154 runs, when bad light forced an early close to…

England in control despite Pujara-Rahane defensive masterclass

AJINKYA RAHANE and Cheteshwar Pujara produced a defensive masterclass to keep India alive but England looked in charge of the second Test after an enthralling fourth day's play at Lord's on Sunday (15). India were 181 for 6, a lead of 154, when bad light stopped play with Rishabh Pant,…

England’s Broad out of India series as Anderson struggles

England could be without both Stuart Broad and James Anderson in a home Test for the first time in nearly a decade following a double injury setback at Lord's. Broad, 35, has been ruled out of the rest of the five-match series against India after pulling up with a calf…

England consider Moeen as they ponder Test changes against India

ENGLAND could recall Moeen Ali in one of several changes for the second Test against India at Lord's starting on Thursday (12) after escaping with a draw in the series opener. The tourists had the better of a rain-affected first Test at Trent Bridge, with a hundred from home captain…

England sweat to T20 series win over Pakistan

A NERVY England beat a battling Pakistan by three wickets, and with just two balls to spare, in a nail-biting thriller at Old Trafford on Tuesday (20) that sealed a 2-1 T20 series win. Pakistan, who won the toss and opted to bat in front of a noisy 20,000-strong crowd…

Spinners shine as England beat Pakistan to level T20 series…

England's stand-in skipper Jos Buttler top-scored with 59 before their spinners ripped through the Pakistan batting unit to seal a 45-run win in the second Twenty20 International and level the series at 1-1 on Sunday. Chasing 201 runs to win at Headingley, Pakistan's openers made a bright start with the…

Resurgent Pakistan beat England in T20 run fest

LIAM Livingstone smashed the fastest Twenty20 century by an Englishman in just 42 balls against Pakistan. But it was in vain as England lost a white ball match for the first time this summer, falling short by 31 runs in Trent Bridge on Friday (16). England's regulars returned from quarantine…

EXCLUSIVE: New rules will test bowlers in the Hundred, says…

THE HUNDRED is all set to turn the cricket fever on this summer in England as the franchise-based tournament involving eight men’s and women’s teams kicks off on July 21. ECB wants the tournament to succeed as England cricket’s big names such as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Joe Root and…

Morgan returns to lead England after squad Covid outbreak

EOIN MORGAN has been cleared to lead England in an upcoming Twenty20 series against Pakistan it was announced on Wednesday (14) after he missed their one-day international clean sweep following a Covid-19 outbreak within the hosts' camp. England had to select an entirely new squad for the ODIs against Pakistan…

Woakes and Root star as England overwhelm Sri Lanka in…

CHRIS WOAKES set up a comfortable five-wicket win finished by Joe Root as England again proved too strong for Sri Lanka in the opening one-day international at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street on Tuesday to go 1-0 up in a three-match series. Woakes, in only his third international in more than…

England are chasing their tail due to new rotation policy:…

ENGLAND have been left "chasing their tail" in the last few Tests due to an incorrect rotation policy which has robbed skipper Joe Root the chance to play his best XI, feels former captain and opener Alastair Cook. The new rest-and-rotate policy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has…

Chris Woakes ‘frustrated’ by lengthy absence from England team

ENGLAND all-rounder Chris Woakes is eager to make up for lost time following a "frustrating" absence of more than nine months from national duty. He was in the wickets during the 2020 season, being named England's most valuable player of the year. Woakes was also in good touch with the…

England football team unites the nation more than other English…

AS a symbol of England, the multi-ethnic football team of Marcus Rashford and Gareth Southgate unites people of all ethnic backgrounds, says a new research published on Thursday (10) ahead of the European championship. However, it says other symbols like the England flag or a St George’s Day party still…

Khawaja asks Australia to look at England cricket team as…

BATSMAN Usman Khawaja is working with Cricket Australia to ensure more South Asian representation in his adopted country's cricketing ecosystem, about a decade after becoming the first muslim cricketer to wear the baggy green. When he made his international debut at the SCG, his home ground, in an Ashes Test…

“New and exciting” The Hundred will be a hit, says…

FORMER England all-rounder Ravi Bopara is confident The Hundred will act as a launching pad to boost the game in the country. After getting delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the innovative new 100-ball franchise-based tournament involving eight men's and women's teams will kick-off on July 21.…

India could struggle in World Test Championship final: Panesar

Former England spinner Monty Panesar feels New Zealand will hold the edge over India in the World Test Championship final if conditions favour fast bowling at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Panesar feels that if the rainy and cold weather in UK at the moment stays that way for the…

England’s IPL players not to be rushed for New Zealand…

ENGLAND may not rush their Indian Premier League players straight from quarantine to the Test squad against New Zealand as they would be lacking red-ball practice, according to reports. This will mean that the likes of Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Moeen Ali, who are serving…

England players unlikely to feature in rescheduled IPL, says Giles

ENGLAND'S centrally contracted players are likely to miss the remainder of the Covid-19-hit Indian Premier League season if the Twenty20 tournament clashes with the international schedule, managing director Ashley Giles said on Monday (10). The IPL was suspended indefinitely last week after several players and support staff tested positive for…

Pollard steers Mumbai to last-gasp IPL win over Chennai

Kieron Pollard hit an unbeaten 87 off 34 balls to power Mumbai Indians to a thrilling four-wicket Indian Premier League win over old rivals Chennai Super Kings on Saturday. Chennai seemed to be coasting to victory when the West Indies star came in, with Mumbai needing 138 from 10 overs…

IPL 2021: Chennai reclaims top spot after easy win over…

RUTURAJ GAIKWAD and Faf du Plessis batted brilliantly and helped Chennai Super Kings reclaim the top spot with seven wickets win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL 2021 match on Wednesday (28). The target of 172 set by Hyderabad was walloped on a canter with openers Gaikwad scoring 75 off…

IPL 2021: Chahar, du Plessis shine in Chennai’s win

Faf du Plessis smashed an unbeaten 60-ball 95 and Deepak Chahar yet again scalped four as Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs in a high-scoring game in IPL 2021. Despite poor form, Chennai persisted with Ruturaj Gaikwad and he bounced back with a fine 64. He…

IPL 2021: Jadeja, Moeen set up Chennai’s second consecutive win

RAVINDRA JADEJA and Moeen Ali spun Chennai Super Kings to their second successive win as they defeated Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs in an IPL 2021 match on Monday (19). Put in to bat, Chennai posted 188 for nine, with the help of handy knocks by Faf du Plessis (33…

IPL 2021: Chahar spells magic in Chennai’s win over Punjab

DEEPAK CHAHAR starred with the ball by bowling a brilliant opening spell as Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by six wickets to register their first win in IPL 2021 on Friday (16). Chahar's four for 13 helped Chennai restrict Punjab to 106 for 8 as Moeen Ali (46 off…

England cricket team willing to boycott social media, says Stuart…

STUART BROAD said England cricket team would be prepared to boycott social media if the players wanted to take a stand against online racist abuse. His teammates Jofra Archer and Moeen Ali have been subject of abuse on social media recently and Broad said he is more than ready to…

Moeen Ali’s father Munir ‘hurt and shocked’ by Taslima Nasreen’s…

MOEEN ALI's father said he was "hurt and shocked" to learn about the remarks that Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen made about his son in a Twitter post. “If Moeen Ali were not stuck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join Islamic State (Daesh),” she had tweeted. Reacting…

Jofra Archer hits out at Taslima Nasreen for her comment…

ENGLAND cricketer Jofra Archer has hits out at Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen for her comment that his team-mate Moeen Ali could have joined ISIS. Nasreen commented on Twitter that England all-rounder Moeen would have become a terrorist if not for cricket. In a post later deleted, she wrote: "If Moeen…

Let’s not schedule international cricket when biggest show unfolds: Pietersen…

The cricket Boards should realise that IPL is the 'the biggest show in town' and no international game should be scheduled during the course of the T20 event, thinks former England captain Kevin Pietersen. Some English players are reportedly in a dilemma about their participation in the Indian Premier League…

England cricketers will benefit from playing IPL ahead of T20…

The increased participation of English players in the IPL, where there is constant pressure to perform, will benefit them during the T20 World Cup to be held in India later this year, reckons star all-rounder Ben Stokes. Over the years more and more English players have chosen to take part…

India edge England in ODI decider despite Curran heroics

India beat England by seven runs on Sunday to clinch the one-day international series 2-1 despite a courageous unbeaten 95 from Sam Curran. England, who had already lost the Test and Twenty20 series, bowled out India for 329 with 10 balls to spare in Pune. England looked on the ropes…

Moeen remains vital for England despite T20 snub: Morgan

Moeen Ali warming the bench during the Twenty20 series against India was "circumstantial" and the all-rounder remains a vital white-ball player for the team, captain Eoin Morgan said on Monday. Moeen tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Sri Lanka in January. The 33-year-old played one test in India, before…

World Cup spots up for grabs in India-England ODI series:…

England's three one-day internationals against India starting Tuesday will be a fresh opportunity for players to make the case for World Cup places this year, skipper Eoin Morgan said. England lost a hard-fought Twenty20 series against India 3-2. But Morgan and coach Chris Silverwood say the tour is still providing…

Roy looking for elusive ‘big score’ against India

England's top scorer in the T20 internationals in India Jason Roy feels he is closing on a "big score" he is desperate for having fallen in love with the game again in Australia's Big Bash. Roy, 30, hit 49 in England's crushing victory in the first game in Ahmedabad and…

India T20 series opportunity to prepare for World Cup: Morgan

England Twenty20 skipper Eoin Morgan said on Thursday the upcoming series against India was an "extremely exciting" challenge that would help the team prepare for the World Cup later this year. The five-match series starts in Ahmedabad on Friday and would be the only opportunity for a full-strength England squad…

Vaughan warns Test cricket a ‘joke’ if England rotate in…

Former captain Michael Vaughan fears Test cricket will become a "joke" if England rotate players in and out of their side during the 2021/22 Ashes in Australia. England coach Chris Silverwood has suggested the team could continue with the controversial rest-and-rotation policy they used in Sri Lanka and India. Joe…

England must take India humiliation ‘on the chin’, says Root

England must take their Test mauling by India "on the chin" and not just blame the conditions, according to captain Joe Root. Root also staunchly defended the rotation policy that has seen mass team changes between the six Tests in Sri Lanka and India. After seeing his side go down…

Celebrity chefs join NHS to boost Covid-19 vaccine uptake

FAMOUS chefs from UK’s favourite cookery shows have joined  with the NHS to tackle Covid vaccine hesitancy and boost uptake. Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain, MasterChef’s Saliha Mahmood and Asma Khan from Netflix’s Chef’s Table are all backing the vaccine drive focused on the British Bangladeshi community. They…

Root wants England to be ‘brave’ against Indian spinners

Joe Root has urged his England team to be "braver" and to free themselves from fear in the fourth and final Test against India starting on Thursday. The tourists have sustained heavy defeats in the past two matches -- by 317 runs in Chennai and 10 wickets in a chastening…

England batsmen must step up to support Root, says Thorpe

Assistant coach Graham Thorpe has challenged England's batsmen to step up and lighten the load on captain Joe Root's shoulders ahead of the third Test against India. Root is averaging 90 in four Tests this year, with first-innings scores of 228 and 186 laying the groundwork for a 2-0 win…

Bairstow says England benefit from IPL exposure

Jonny Bairstow believes England will ultimately gain from their players' involvement in the Indian Premier League even if it means they miss some international matches. The wicketkeeper-batsman, already retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad, watched Thursday's IPL player auction from the England camp in Ahmedabad, the venue for next week's third Test…

Boycott urges England batsmen to follow Kohli’s spin class

Geoffrey Boycott has told England to learn from the example of India captain Virat Kohli when it comes to batting on spin-friendly pitches. England were twice dismissed cheaply on a Chennai pitch offering considerable turn as hosts India won the second Test by the huge margin of 317 runs on…

Inconsistency in spin department biggest issue for England: Nasser Hussain

England need not moan about the condition of Indian pitches and instead rectify inconsistency in their spin department if they want positive results in the remaining two Tests against India, feels former captain Naseer Hussain. Hussain said Dom Bess' inability to maintain length has been the biggest issue for England,…

England’s Silverwood apologises for confusion over Moeen departure

England coach Chris Silverwood apologised on Wednesday for the confusion surrounding Moeen Ali's departure from the India tour midway through the test series after skipper Joe Root said the spinner had "chosen to go home". Moeen played in the second test against India where he picked up eight wickets while…

Morris smashes IPL record, Moeen goes for £700k as teams…

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris became the most expensive player bought for the Indian Premier League when Rajasthan Royals paid $2.25 million (£1.6 million) as part of a spending spree by the world's richest Twenty20 tournament. Three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, got England spin…

Our top 10 British Asian heroes – Roots & Rhymes…

RDB: Mastered the northern desi sound at the turn of the century and continued to do so for well over 10 years. Growing up in the same community as these three brothers from Bradford, they were an inspiration and were the first artists within British-Asian music to market themselves as…

Moeen Ali to return home from England tour of India

Moeen Ali, England's best bowler in their crushing Test defeat by India, has chosen to return home and miss the rest of the series. The decision, announced by captain Joe Root, added to controversy over England's policy of rotating players in and out of squads during the coronavirus pandemic. Moeen…

England ‘outplayed’ by India but still have hope: Root

England were "outplayed" by India in the second Test but can still win the crucial series, captain Joe Root said Tuesday. England's run of six straight wins in foreign Tests came to a crashing halt in their 317-run defeat in Chennai that levelled the four-match series 1-1. "We have been,…

Ashwin stars as India thrash England to level Test series

India captain Virat Kohli said Tuesday (16) his side showed more "grit" and "determination" to thrash England in the second Test, playing down complaints about the difficult pitch. With local hero Ravichandran Ashwin claiming eight wickets in the match and scoring 106 in the second innings, India completed a 317-run…

India sense win after Ashwin century flattens England

India continued their march towards a series-levelling victory after Ravichandran Ashwin's scintillating century on a turning track flattened England in the second test on Monday. Chasing a record 482 for an improbable victory, England endured a top order collapse to finish day three on 53-3, still 429 behind at Chennai's…

England’s spin misery puts India back in series hunt

When Dan Lawrence slumped to his knees after getting out on Sunday, it was the surest sign that England were groggy against India's master spinners on a devilish pitch. As England stare at defeat in the second Test in Chennai some pundits are saying it was one of the toughest…

Moeen returns as England leave out Anderson, Bess for second…

England have left out James Anderson and Dom Bess for the second Test against India, with the visitors naming Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and paceman Olly Stone in their 12. With speedster Jofra Archer ruled out due an elbow injury, Olly, who played his only Test in July…

Joe Root says ‘difficult decision’ to opt out of IPL

Joe Root on Friday said he remains "desperate" to play the Indian Premier League but his commitment to England cricket remains top priority. Root opted out of this year's IPL auctions scheduled on February 18. Eight overseas players including Australia's Steve Smith got a top base price of $275,000. "It…

Eight overseas players in highest bracket for IPL auction

Eight overseas players and two Indian players have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction with a base price of two crore rupees ($275,000), India's cricket board (BCCI) said on Thursday. Australia's Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, England's Moeen Ali, Sam Billings,…

Kohli’s India face England with Lord’s Test final at stake

New dad Virat Kohli returns to captain a buoyant India against England as they aim to build on their crushing win over Australia by sealing a place in the World Test Championship final. Kohli, who welcomed a baby daughter last month, missed most of the Australia series on paternity leave…

Moeen Ali aims to make up for lost time after…

Moeen Ali has set his sights on making a big contribution to England's Test series in India after his comeback was delayed by the coronavirus. Moeen took a break from Test cricket after being dropped during the 2019 Ashes series against Australia. The all-rounder had hoped to feature in England's…

Celebrities urge BAME communities to take the Covid-19 vaccine in…

IN A new video celebrities team up to encourage the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the UK to save lives and take the Covid-19 vaccine. The video titled ‘If You Could Save Someone’s Life…’ includes actors Adil Ray, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Boman Irani, Asim Chaudhry, Shobna Gulati,…

Archer, Stokes to give England ‘huge boost’ against India, says…

England on Thursday (21) named Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the squad for India's tour next month as skipper Joe Root said the two will be a major boost for the side looking for a crucial series win. Stokes and Archer have missed England's recent matches in Sri Lanka…

Bairstow says IPL experience key to ace Sri Lanka spin…

England's Jonny Bairstow said on Thursday that his experience of facing top spinners in the Indian Premier League has prepared him well for Sri Lanka's pitches ahead of his return to Test cricket. Bairstow, a regular in the limited-overs England side, last played a five-day game in December 2019 but…

Moeen Ali tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Sri Lanka…

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Sri Lanka and will self-isolate for 10 days, as will fast bowler Chris Woakes who was deemed a possible close contact, England's cricket board said on Monday (4). England are in Sri Lanka for a two-match test series…

England decision to tour Pakistan a ‘massive moment’ for cricket

England will tour Pakistan next year for the first time since a 2009 attack by gunmen on the visiting Sri Lankan team in a move hailed by England cricket authorities as "a significant moment". England will play two Twenty20 internationals in Karachi on October 14 and 15 in their first…

Moeen says he’s ‘never experienced’ racism in English cricket

Moeen Ali has insisted "hand on heart" he has not experienced any racism during his time in English cricket following a welter of allegations. The England and Wales Cricket Board have been accused of "institutional racism" by former international umpire John Holder and aspiring official Ismail Dawood, who both feel…

England announce India series as they target fans’ return in…

The England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday (18) they hoped spectators would return to matches next year as they announced a full international programme for 2021 culminating with a five-Test series at home to India. Unlike this year's coronavirus-hit schedule, where a full set of men's international matches…

Change of Pace for young ethnic talent

New scheme will tackle 'unconscious bias' and lack of opportunity for BAME youngsters, says cricket coach A NEW initiative tacking inequality in cricket, delivering a holistic mentoring programme to children, will be launched in January 2021 by Croydon-based coach and digital marketing consultant, Trevor Fordyce. PACE (Partnership Achieving Cricket Equality)…

Essex to provide ‘cultural education’ to players after the ‘beer…

COUNTY CLUB Essex has said that it will improve 'cultural education' of players after the 'beer pouring' incident at Lord's. Essex player Will Buttleman poured beer over his Muslim team-mate Feroze Khushi on Sunday(27) during the Bob Willis Trophy celebrations. Khushi, 21, was 12th man in the final in which…

Lessons taken from England and Pakistan’s tied Twenty 20 series

Pakistan prevailed over England in dramatic fashion to conclude their Twenty20 international series, with Pakistan's last-ball victory levelling the series at 1-1. England's opening innings in the first match was cut short by that famous British weather, before the hosts sealed a five-wicket victory in a high-scoring affair at Old…

Moeen thanks Morgan as he ends England run drought

Moeen Ali credited England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan for helping him end a run of low scores after he returned to form during the third Twenty20 international against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Moeen had made a mere 10 runs in four previous international innings this season, but his…

Wasim Akram says England ‘owe’ Pakistan for cricket tour

Wasim Akram has insisted England "owe" Pakistan for going ahead with their tour amid the coronavirus pandemic as he urged English officials to honour a planned returned visit in 2022. England have not played in Pakistan since 2005/06. An attack by armed militants on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore…

Moeen Ali in England training squad for Ireland ODIs

Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow were included in a 24-man England training squad named on Thursday for the three-match one-day international series at home to Ireland. Wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow and off-spinning all-rounder Mooen were left out of the squad for the first Test against the West Indies, taking place in Southampton…

Moeen Ali set to make Test comeback, named in training…

MOEEN ALI has been included in England's 30-member group that will begin training at the Ageas Bowl from June 23 ahead of their first Test against the West Indies on July 8. The 32-year-old all-rounder had announced a break from Test cricket in September last year after losing out on…

Moeen eager for ‘fresh start’ after ending Test exile

Moeen Ali is keen to make a "fresh start" and regain his place in England's Test side after ending his self-imposed exile from the five-day game. The off-spinning all-rounder was dropped by England following a poor display in last year's Ashes opener and then lost his England central contract. Moeen…

England’s Moeen Ali calls for Hundred delay

England all-rounder Moeen Ali called for a year's delay to the start of the new Hundred as officials met Wednesday (29) to consider the fate of the controversial competition. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have long insisted the new 100-balls-per-side format, to be played by eight franchises rather…

Break helps Moeen Ali regain ‘hunger’ for cricket

MOEEN ALI says the break from Test cricket has helped him recharge his batteries, and he’s “ready to come back stronger”. Speaking to Sky Sports on the sidelines of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the English all-rounder said it was his “own decision to not make myself available” for the England Test squad,…

Moeen Ali keen on promoting ‘uniting game’

ENGLAND all-rounder Moeen Ali, who has been named captain of the Birmingham Phoenix side for The Hundred’s inaugural season, is determined to “promote” the “uniting” spirit of cricket. Ali, 32, will join fellow World Cup-winning teammate Chris Woakes and national players Liam Livingstone and Pat Brown, when the home team…

Moeen Ali is taking a break to prolong his Test…

Cricketer Moeen Ali is taking a break from Test cricket in a bid to prolong his career. Writing in his column in The Guardian, Ali said taking some time away has always felt liberating and therefore he does not want to rush his return. He however acknowledged that he had…

Rashid taken with first pick in Hundred draft as Gayle…

Afghanistan star Rashid Khan became the first player selected in The Hundred draft, but West Indies legend Chris Gayle wasn't selected for next year's tournament. Rashid has enjoyed a superb start to his international career, with 81 wickets at 12.03 in Twenty20 making him ideal for the new eight-team UK-based…

England’s Moeen Ali takes break from cricket after Ashes axe

England all-rounder Moeen Ali will take a "short break" from cricket after being dropped from the squad to face Australia in the second Ashes Test this week. The 32-year-old was axed after scoring nought and four in England's first Test defeat at Edgbaston. He also struggled with his off-spin, taking…

World Cup-winner Adil Rashid ruled out for rest of season

England's World Cup-winning spinner Adil Rashid will play no further cricket this season due to a shoulder injury, he revealed on Friday. The 31-year-old said he was hoping to be fit for the winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa. "The aim was to come back after the World…

Lyon rips through England to hand Australia Ashes advantage

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon made light work of England's batting line-up as the hosts were bowled out for 146 in their second innings, losing the first Ashes test by 251 runs to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the series. Chasing the second highest successful run chase in Ashes…

England battle to save Ashes opener after Smith’s second ton

A second successive century from Steve Smith swung an unpredictable Ashes opening test in Australia's favour on Sunday as the tourists set England a daunting 398 runs to win. The Australians declared on 487-7 before England, facing a huge battle to save the game at Edgbaston, reached 13-0 at stumps…

Smith again frustrates England to leave test finely balanced

Steve Smith's unbeaten 46 helped Australia recover to 124-3 in their second innings before bad light stopped play with the tourists 34 runs ahead at the end of day three of the first Ashes test at Edgbaston. England's first innings resumed on 267-4 as Rory Burns added eight to his…

Barnie Choudhury: ‘We must challenge and confront dog-whistle politics’

by BARNIE CHOUDHURY Former BBC journalist NO MATTER how old your son or daughter, you don’t want to see or hear them cry in pain. It’s absolutely heart-breaking, and worse when you cannot physically comfort them. So, when Olivia, our Leicester-born, Cambridge-educated and absolutely resilient 22-year-old rang in tears, we…

Rashid and Ali reflect on England’s World Cup glory

by RONNIE RUFF ADIL RASHID and Moeen Ali have spoke of their joy of winning the World Cup with England – describing the experience as the “most euphoric sporting sensation you could possibly imagine”. The British Asian heroes were reflecting on that unforgettable Super Over victory over New Zealand at…

Moeen Ali reveals why he walked away from England’s World…

CRICKETERS Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid were spotted running away from champagne sprays during England’s World Cup win celebrations, and the Birmingham-born player said they did so to stay true to their faith. Both Ali and Rashid are practicing Muslims and consumption of alcohol not permissible in Islam. Writing for…

Cricket comes home – for all of us

By Sunder Katwala “We had Allah with us as well,” England captain Eoin Morgan told reporters on Sunday, when asked whether the ‘luck of the Irish’ had played a part in England’s sensational cricket World Cup victory. He went on to pay tribute to the team’s “diverse backgrounds and cultures”…

“Allah was with us” – England stars hail diversity as…

By Sarwar Alam CRICKET chiefs in Britain have said diversity was key to the England team’s historic World Cup win last weekend as they spoke of securing the game’s future for the next generation of fans in the UK. An estimated 8.3 million people were glued to their TV screens…

‘The ECB have woken up to what needs to be…

by NADEEM BADSHAH CRICKET clubs are moving away from its booze culture and grounds are introducing prayer rooms and diverse menus in a bid to attract more British Asian stars. Previous research cautioned that drinking sessions were putting off some Asians from reaching the top of the game and the…

Clinical Australia outclass England to reach semis

Australia ruthlessly demolished England by 64 runs at Lord's on Tuesday to march into the Cricket World Cup semi-finals and put the hosts in serious danger of failing to make the last four. Captain Aaron Finch continued his fine form with a knock of 100 to lead Australia to 285…

Morgan urges England to hold their nerve after Sri Lanka…

Eoin Morgan urged England to revert to type after a shock World Cup defeat by Sri Lanka cast doubt over their ability to reach the semi-finals. Friday's 20-run loss at Headingley means England could have to win all three of their final group games against champions Australia, India and New…

Sri Lanka survive Stokes assault to beat England in World…

Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews played key roles in Sri Lanka's stunning 20-run World Cup win over England that revived the race for semi-final berths at Headingley on Friday. England were all but out of the match after slumping to 186-9 as they chased 233 for victory. Ben Stokes' blistering…

England v Afghanistan: Morgan sets new sixes record as hosts…

ENGLAND captain Eoin Morgan set a new world record of 17 sixes in an individual one-day international innings as the World Cup hosts thrashed Afghanistan by 150 runs today (18). Victory at Old Trafford saw favourites England go ahead of holders Australia to sit top of the World Cup group…

Dhoni told to ditch World Cup gloves with military insignia

Cricket's governing body insisted on Friday that India's MS Dhoni will not be allowed to wear an apparent military insignia on his World Cup wicketkeeping gloves. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had defended Dhoni after he sported a dagger logo on his green gloves in India's…

England v Pakistan: Four talking points

Pakistan lived up their reputation as the most unpredictable team in international cricket to shock World Cup favourites England at Trent Bridge on Monday. Sarfaraz Ahmed's side took the fight to their top-ranked opponents from the start, reaching 348 for eight in their 50 overs, with Mohammad Hafeez (84) the…

Saini, ABD star in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s victory

Navdeep Saini's fabulous penultimate over kept Royal Challengers Bangalore afloat as they beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs in an Indian Premier League encounter in Bengaluru on Wednesday. AB de Villiers' unbeaten 82 off 44 balls took RCB to a healthy 202 for 4 and things could have gone…

Kuldeep’s loss of form worrying for India before World Cup

Kuldeep Yadav is expected to lead India's slow-bowling attack in the World Cup but his poor form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) could become a headache for Virat Kohli's men with just over a month left before the 50-over tournament. The left-arm wristspinner sits at seventh in the…

RCB pull off 1-run win over CSK in last-ball thriller

Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the umpteenth time was in line to pull off another incredible chase, but finally ran out of luck as Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to beat CSK by one run in another last-ball IPL thriller on Sunday. Chasing a target of 162, CSK needed a near-impossible 26…

RCB pull-off 10-run win after another Russell carnage

Royal Challengers Bangalore eked out a 10-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders for only their second success of the season after Andre Russell and Nitish Rana nearly pulled off the impossible in the Indian Premier League on Friday. Needing 113 runs off the last six overs, Russell (65 off 25)…

Hardik Pandya stars with late cameo in MI’s 5-wicket win…

HARDIK Pandya produced a sensational late cameo of 37 not out off just 16 balls as he guided Mumbai Indians to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in an IPL match in Mumbai on Monday (16). Chasing 172 for a win, the match was in a balance when he…

RCB crash to fourth successive defeat as Royals win by…

Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal bamboozled the batsmen with his googlies before Jos Buttler struck 59 as Rajasthan Royals finally won their first game of this IPL season with a seven-wicket defeat of Royal Challengers Bangalore, here on Tuesday. Gopal claimed three wickets, including that of Virat Kohli (23) and AB de…

Singh leads Chennai demolition of Bangalore in IPL opener

India's Harbhajan Singh led an inspired spin attack to help Chennai Super Kings open the 2019 Indian Premier League season with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday. Singh and South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed three wickets each to dismiss Royal Challengers for a paltry 70,…

Herath on happy hunting ground for last hurrah against England

Rangana Herath, the most successful left-arm spinner in history, will be looking to bring down the curtain on his long and glittering Test career with some big name England scalps in Galle this week. Sri Lanka's Herath, aged 40, has taken five-wicket hauls against all the Test nations during his…

England look for World Cup boost against struggling Sri Lanka

In-form England will look to maintain their one-day momentum ahead of next year's World Cup when they take on a Sri Lanka side in disarray in the first of a five-match series at Dambulla on Wednesday. But Sri Lanka are expected to prove much tougher opposition when a three-Test series begins next month, England's first for…

Oval’s Massacre Monday: India’s Much-hyped Cricket Team Let Their Supporters…

By Amit Roy Seen from the viewpoint of Indian cricket fans and those who fail the Tebbit test, the fourth day of the fifth and final Test match between England and India at the Oval last week turned out to be Massacre Monday. I won’t delve too deeply into the…

Moeen Ali reveals he was called ‘Osama’ by Australian player

Cricket Australia are to seek clarification from their English counterparts about an incident in which England all-rounder Moeen Ali says he was called "Osama" by an Australian player during an Ashes test in 2015. Moeen, who is a Muslim, made the allegation in his autobiography, which is being serialised in…

England’s Moeen Ali hits out at ‘rude’ Australia

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has criticised the "rude" approach of several Australia teams he has played against, saying their "disrespect" for opponents makes them the only side he has "disliked". The off-spinner and left-handed batsman first came up against the infamously aggressive Australians in 2015 before his struggles with both…

Cook holds firm in farewell to strengthen England’s grip on…

Alastair Cook's typically grinding effort of 46 not out in his final Test innings before international retirement left England in a strong position in the fifth Test against Indiaat the Oval on Sunday. England were 114 for two in their second innings at stumps on the third day, a lead of…

Birthday boy Buttler puts England in command of India finale

Jos Buttler celebrated his 28th birthday with an innings of 89 that left England on top in the fifth Test against India at the Oval on Saturday. England, who had already won this five-match series at 3-1 up, started the second day in danger of being dismissed for under 200 at 198…

Cook exit in final Test sparks England collapse

Alastair Cook marked his final Test appearance with a fifty before India's Jasprit Bumrah sparked an England collapse at the Oval on Friday. England only lost one wicket before tea and were making steady, if slow, progress at 131 for one on the first day of the fifth Test. But Cook's…

India eager to spoil Cook’s England farewell

Ravi Shastri has promised India "will not throw in the towel" when they face England in the fifth Test at The Oval starting Friday despite having already lost the series. England's 60-run win in the fourth Test at Southampton gave them an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match contest. It also meant India,…

Ali bowls England to series win over India

Moeen Ali bowled England to a series-clinching 60-run win in the fourth Test against India at Southampton on Sunday. Victory, achieved with more than a day to spare, left England an unassailable 3-1 up in the five-match series against India, the world's number one ranked Test side, ahead of Friday's finale at The…

Kohli wants India to do more than ‘compete’ after England…

India captain Virat Kohli said being "competitive" was not enough after a 60-run defeat by England in the fourth Test at Southampton condemned his side to yet another away series loss. Sunday's result, achieved with more than a day to spare, left England an unassailable 3-1 up ahead of the fifth…

Curran revives England against India after familiar collapse

Sam Curran marked his England return with a Test-best 78 as the hosts fought back on the first day of the fourth Test against India at Southampton on Thursday. It was a familiar story when Curran, primarily a left-arm swing bowler and playing just his fourth Test, came into bat with England…

Adil Rashid gets surprise England call-up

Adil Rashid has been recalled to the England squad for the first test against India, despite the leg-spinner saying he wanted to focus on limited-overs cricket. The 30-year-old signed a white-ball only contract with his county Yorkshire in February but said he "was not finished" with the longest format of the game.…

England weigh options ahead of India opener and 1,000th Test

England could name an extended squad for their 1,000th Test when selection chief Ed Smith unveils on Thursday (26) the group chosen for next next week's series opener against India at Edgbaston. But while Smith has already shown himself to be unconventional by recalling Jos Buttler purely on the basis…

Root century inspires England to series-levelling win

Joe Root struck a fluent 113 as England crushed India by 86 runs in the second one-day international at Lord's on Saturday to level the three-match series at 1-1. Chasing a stiff victory target of 323, the touring side struggled after getting off to a decent start in sunny conditions and kept…

Kuldeep, Rahul lead India to T20 victory over England

Kuldeep Yadav claimed his maiden Twenty20 international five-wicket haul and KL Rahul struck his second century in the format as India began their tour of England with an impressive eight-wicket victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Left-arm spinner Yadav finished with 5-24 as England were restricted to 159-8 after they collapsed from…

ECB unveils Action Plan aimed to revolutionise cricket for British…

By Sarwar Alam ECB action plan designed to widen south Asian appeal A NEW initiative by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) aims to increase the game’s appeal among south Asians and “transform” the game in the community, with the project’s head, Lord Pa­tel of Bradford, describing it as…

Pujara: Yorkshire stint will help me prepare for England tour

Come April when the country's top cricketers crisscross the nation for IPL, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara will be starting his "homework" for India's 'English Test'. Pujara will be turning out for English county heavyweights Yorkshire in Division 1 with an eye on five-match Test series against England in August. "I am…

India – Set to Take England by Storm or Flatter…

England and Wales Cricket Board announced a schedule for next summer’s test matches which promises some mouth-watering contests. For once, the Ashes is the appetiser. Two tests against Pakistan get 2018 under way, followed by a five-match series against the current world number one, India. That won’t have changed by…

England hero Moeen Ali wants Ashes role for coach Saqlain…

England star Moeen Ali wants Saqlain Mushtaq's coaching role made permanent so he can continue to work with him in the upcoming Ashes series following his record-breaking feats against South Africa. The 30-year-old Ali, an off-spinner and left-handed batsman, became the first man to score more than 250 runs and…

Meet your cricketing heroes and help shape the future of…

Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Haseeb Hameed and Zafar Ansari created a little bit of history last winter when they stepped on to the field in Rajkot in the first Test against India. For the first time ever, four players from a South Asian background represented England together in the same match.…

Pakistan thrash England in Champions Trophy semi-final

Pakistan booked their place in the Champions Trophy final with a crushing eight-wicket win over England in Cardiff on Wednesday. Set just 212 to win, Pakistan finished on 215 for two. Pakistan will now face title-holders India in Sunday's final at the Oval if their arch-rivals beat Bangladesh in Thursday's…

Ali ton catalyst for England series win

Moeen Ali said he owed England a big score after his Test- best 155 not out helped England secure a seriesclinching win over Sri Lanka. Ali’s innings was at the heart of England’s commanding 498 for 9 declared on the second day of the second Test at the Riverside. The…

Broad out for revenge against Sri Lanka

Stuart Broad has said England will be out for revenge when they face Sri Lanka in the first of a three-Test series at Headingley next weekend. Two years ago, Yorkshire’s headquarters ground in Leeds played host to a thrilling match that saw Sri Lanka win the second of a two-Test…

England turn to Pakistan great Saqlain to help solve spin…

England are in a spin in more ways than one as they head into the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Friday (July 22) looking to level the four-match series at 1-1. Alastair Cook’s men suffered a 75-run defeat inside four days in last week’s first Test at…

Teenager Hameed set to impress on England’s tour of Bangladesh

Uncapped Lancashire teenager Haseeb Hameed has “run-scoring in his DNA”, England national selector James Whitaker said on Friday (September 16) after confirming his place in the Test squad for the tour of Bangladesh. The 19-year-old Hameed is set to compete with Ben Duckett, another uncapped batsman, for the opening berth…

England pick teenager Hameed, veteran Batty for upcoming Bangladesh tour

TEENAGED opening batsman Haseeb Hameed was one of the three uncapped players named on Friday (September 16) for England’s forthcoming tour to Bangladesh. Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari and Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett are the others, while Ansari’s 38-year-old team mate Gareth Batty returns as one of the four spinners, 11…

Mehedi spins Bangladesh to first test win over England

England had won all previous nine matches against their South Asian rivals but were all out for 164 in their second innings while chasing 273 for victory on the third day of the second and final test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Off-spinner Mehedi took six wickets for the…

England need two wickets, Bangladesh 33 runs to win test

England need two more wickets on the final day to keep their all-winning record in tests against Bangladesh intact with the hosts 33 runs away from a famous victory in the closely-contested opening test at Chittagong. Chasing 286 for their first win in nine tests against England, Bangladesh reached 253…

Fired-up Stokes puts England in command against Bangladesh

An inspired Ben Stokes revived England with ball and bat on the third day against Bangladesh on Saturday (22) to put the visitors firmly in control of the opening test in Chittagong. Stokes produced a brilliant effort to complete figures of 4-26 on a pitch largely unresponsive to pace bowling,…

Tamim leads Bangladesh recovery after Moeen strikes for England

Opener Tamim Iqbal led Bangladesh’s fightback with a dogged 78 after the hosts had got off to a wobbly start in reply to England’s first innings 293 on the second day of the opening test on Friday (21). At stumps the match was delicately poised with Bangladesh on 221 for…

Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif named in Pakistan Super League…

Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif have been given a reprieve by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by including them in the player draft for the second Pakistan Super League (PSL). The disgraced former Pakistan players were both ignored for the first PSL draft as they had just completed their five-year…

Ashwin’s triple strike leaves England reeling in third Test

RAVICHANDRAN Ashwin’s fine all-round performance put India firmly in control of the third Test today, as he followed up a dominant innings of 72 with three wickets to leave England reeling on 78 for four. The visitors, who conceded a 134-run first-innings lead, trailed their hosts by 56 runs with…

Bairstow helps England rally after top order fail
 in third…

JONNY Bairstow’s composed 89 helped England survive some poor top order shot-making and reach 268 for eight at the close on the first day of the third Test against India today. Alastair Cook won an important toss but the tourists conceded much of the advantage and would have been in…

Cook defends England’s defensive tactics in Test loss

England’s defensive batting approach against India was a conscious decision to save the second Test on a wearing track, the touring side’s captain Alastair Cook said after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the series on Monday (November 21). Cook and Haseeb Hameed showed exemplary patience and defensive technique…

India spinners wrap up win over England in 2nd Test

Ravichandran Ashwin finished with a match haul of eight wickets as England collapsed on the last day of the second Test to hand India a thumping 246-run win and a series lead on Monday (November 21). Chasing an unlikely 405 for victory, England were bowled out 20 minutes after lunch…

India in control after England collapse

ENGLAND were left with a mountain to climb after India made 455 in their first innings before returning to blow away the tourists’ top order on a spin-dominated second day of the second test today (November 18). England reached 103 for five, trailing India by 352 runs, at stumps with…

Kohli and Pujara put India on course for big total

Captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara made centuries and shared a stand of 226 to put India on course for a big first-innings total against England on the first day of the second Test on Thursday (November 17). Kohli was unbeaten on 151 and Ravichandran Ashwin on one as India…

Super India crush England by innings and 75 runs to…

Ravindra Jadeja ripped the heart out of England’s batting order to bowl India to a thumping innings and 75-run victory in the fifth and final test on Tuesday (20). The left-arm spinner claimed seven of the 10 English wickets that tumbled in the final two sessions as India completed an…

Nair triple century fuels record India total

Karun Nair made an epic unbeaten triple century to power India to their highest ever innings total against a demoralised England in the fifth and final test on Monday (19). Nair became the second Indian batsman to score a test triple hundred and his 303 not out helped the hosts…

Ben Stokes punishes sloppy India as England amass 537 runs

All-rounder Ben Stokes lived a charmed life to register his fourth century as England punished a sloppy India to post a huge first innings total on the second day of the opening Test on Thursday (November 10). After winning the toss and asking the hosts to bowl on a docile…

Joe Root and Moeen Ali frustrate India in first Test

Joe Root said England played fantastic cricket on Wednesday (November 9) after his sparkling century helped the tourists reach 311 for four at stumps on the opening day of the first Test against India. The 25-year-old put on 179 with Moeen Ali, who reached the close one run shy of…

Ashwin fights back for India after Jennings’ debut ton

England opener Keaton Jennings struck a century on debut before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin led an Indian fightback with late wickets to leave the visitors 288 for five on the first day of the fourth test at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday (8). The touring side, trailing 2-0 in the five-match…

Brilliant Bumrah secures India’s thrilling win

Jasprit Bumrah kept his nerve to send down a brilliant final over and secure India’s series-levelling five-run victory against England in the second Twenty20 international on Sunday (29). Chasing 145 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, England needed eight runs from the last over but the 23-year-old…

India eye whitewash against hapless England

The series in their grasp along with a distinct psychological edge, India will be aiming for a clean-sweep to dent England’s confidence a bit more in their final ODI outing before the Champions Trophy in less than five months. England have been winless in the disastrous tour so far, having…

India pip England in Cuttack run-fest to clinch series

Limited overs stalwarts Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni rolled back the years to smash scintillating centuries to help India secure a series-clinching 15-run victory in the second one-day international against England on Thursday. England captain Eoin Morgan blasted a blistering 102 but could not take his team over the…

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Jasprit Bumrah kept his nerve to send down a brilliant final over and secure India’s series-levelling five-run victory against England in the second Twenty20 international on Sunday (29). Chasing 145 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, England needed eight runs from the last over but the 23-year-old…