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Small changes make a big difference for Broad and England

Small changes make a big difference for Broad and England

10:48 AM ET Melinda FarrellCricinfo Stuart Broad is standing at the top of his mark at the Pavilion End at Lord's. It may as well be called the Jimmy End, so iconic is the sight of Anderson running in with the egg-and-bacon ties, the red bricks and the turrets behind him. The Nursery End is…
It’s time for Ravi Shastri to wade in and get his hands dirty

It’s time for Ravi Shastri to wade in and get his hands dirty

In 2014, when Ravi Shastri was appointed team director during India's previous tour of England , Nottingham was the third venue in his assignment. Shastri arrived, chest out, chin up, stride heavy, voice loud. India, led by MS Dhoni at the time, had already lost the Test series 3-1. The BCCI rang in changes: the…
India refuse to take a backward step, but is it prudent?

India refuse to take a backward step, but is it prudent?

Five Tests into India's overseas cycle, their batsmen have thrown up quite a few remarkable statistics. One that you hope hasn't escaped the attention of the team management is that in three Tests in South Africa at the start of this year, India played only 22 cuts against the quick bowlers, for 46 runs. The…
Nasir Jamshed banned for ten years on corruption charges

Nasir Jamshed banned for ten years on corruption charges

Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been banned for ten years after an independent anti-corruption tribunal found him guilty of five of the seven breaches of the PCB's anti-corruption code he had been charged on. In a short verdict, the three-man tribunal ruled on Friday that apart from suspension from playing any level of cricket, a…
What India’s batsmen need to do at Trent Bridge

What India’s batsmen need to do at Trent Bridge

With India's batting in dire straits, there is no divine intervention forthcoming. Trent Bridge, the venue for the next Test, has the reputation of aiding seam and swing. In such cases, when you have a crisis of sorts, it's best to focus on the controllables - like the playing XI. Albeit a Test late, India…
9th Match (N), Caribbean Premier League at Gros Islet, Aug 16 2018 | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo

9th Match (N), Caribbean Premier League at Gros Islet, Aug 16 2018 | Match...

Trinbago Knight Riders 218 for 5 (Darren Bravo 94*, McCullum 68, McClenaghan 2-21) beat St Lucia Stars 212 for 2 (Warner 72*, Pollard 65*) by five wickets Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum shared a match-winning stand¬†Getty ImagesAfter a dim start to the season, marked by three winless matches on the road, St Lucia Stars' season…
Lara’s 153 not out against Australia

Lara’s 153 not out against Australia

What We Remember # 3 He could conjure up innings like this one in Barbados, that others could only fantasise about Rahul Bhattacharya August 17, 2018 Play 05:32 Sometimes a work is so complete in itself, it requires no larger claims on its behalf. Brian Lara's 153 not out against Australia in 1999 did not…
England suffer Whispering Death

England suffer Whispering Death

If eight in the first innings wasn't enough, Michael Holding took another six in the second ¬© Getty Images 1976One of the most extraordinary pieces of sustained fast bowling ended with Michael Holding becoming the only West Indian to take 14 wickets in a Test. On an Oval pitch known as a graveyard for pace…
Playing Kuldeep at Lord’s a mistake, says Shastri

Playing Kuldeep at Lord’s a mistake, says Shastri

India seem to have accepted that they made an error when they played a second spinner in Kuldeep Yadav at Lord's in dank, overcast conditions last week. Kuldeep and R Ashwin went wicketless as Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes took advantage of the only dry day in the match to flatten India's resolve after they…
Rishabh Pant lines up for Test debut at Trent Bridge?

Rishabh Pant lines up for Test debut at Trent Bridge?

Rishabh Pant might be in line for his Test debut, based on the training session India had at Trent Bridge two days before the third Test. Dinesh Karthik, who kept wicket for India in the first two Tests, was feeding balls to Pant during the wicketkeeping drills. It is not known whether Karthik, if he…
Will Chris Woakes beat Jimmy Anderson to become UK prime minister?

Will Chris Woakes beat Jimmy Anderson to become UK prime minister?

The Art of Test Batsmanship Against the Swinging Ball - Special 2010s Edition is one of the shortest books in the many-shelved library of cricket. It is two pages long, the first of which contains only a large red question mark, and the second a cartoon of a puppy trying to catch a butterfly in…
Ajit Wadekar: The man in charge when India went from an also-ran to a world power

Ajit Wadekar: The man in charge when India went from an also-ran to a...

Indian captains fall into two categories - great and significant. Ajit Wadekar was one of the latter, giving the final touches to the team built by MAK Pataudi by leading India to series victories in the West Indies and England. In 1971, India had pretensions to being the No. 1 team, with the brilliant South…

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