India concede advantage to England

Southampton, July 27 (IANS/RAY) India downsized their bowlers from five in the first two Tests to four in the third, which started here Sunday. It was a decision based on the tourists concluding the wicket would help bowlers.


Cook, Ballance put England on top at the end of day 1

Southampton, July 27 : Captain Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance's 158-run second wicket stand took England to 247 for two, putting them in a strong position at the end of the opening day of the third Test against India at The Rose Bowl here Sunday.


Scoreboard: India vs England, day 1, third Test

Southampton, July 27 : The following is the scoreboard at stumps on the first day of the third cricket Test between India at England at The Rose Bowl here Sunday.


Ganguly pads up as cricket administrator, Dalmiya re-elected

Kolkata, July 27 : Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly Sunday began a new innings as a cricket administrator - with his unanimous election to the joint secretary's post at the Cricket Association of Bengal's 83rd annual general meeting here.


Dalmiya and Ganguly: A roller-coaster relationship

Kolkata, July 27 : "He is a bachcha (child). It's not right to talk about bachchas," Jagmohan Dalmiya had thus dismissed Sourav Ganguly eight years back, minutes after winning a fiercely contested Cricket Association of Bengal presidential election, where the talismanic cricketer had turned against the seasoned administrator.


Cook keeps England steady as hosts elect to bat on day 1 of third Test against India

London, July 27 : England captain Alastair Cook has kept his side steady as the hosts opened play after winning the toss in the third Test against India.


Proteas requires 331 runs to beat Lanka in second Test

Colombo, July 27 : South Africa need 331 runs to defeat Sri Lanka with nine wickets remaining after day four of the second Test ended with the hosts piling up a total of 229 runs in their second innings on a day that saw rain and bad lighting conditions.


Cook, Ballance frustrate India as England reach 186/1 (Tea report)

Southampton, July 27 : An unbeaten 131-run stand between captain Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance gave England the initiative and took them to 186 for one at tea on day one of the third Test against India at The Rose Bowl here Sunday.


ICC urges Dhoni, Cook to show respect to its judicial process

Dubai, July 27 : Stung by criticisms from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Alastair Cook on the Ravindra Jadeja-James Anderson row, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has requested both the Indian and England skippers to show restraint and have respect in the judicial process that went into the alleged altercation during the first Test in Nottingham.


Tea scoreboard: India vs England, day 1, third Test

Southampton, July 27 : The following is the scoreboard at tea on the first day of the third cricket Test between India at England at The Rose Bowl here Sunday.


Ganguly pads up as cricket administrator, elected CAB joint secretary

Kolkata, July 27 : Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly Sunday began a new innings as a cricket administrator -- with his unanimous election to the joint secretary's post at the Cricket Association of Bengal's 83rd annual general meeting here.


Lanka leads Proteas by 247 with seven wickets remaining on day 4 of second Test

Colombo, July 27 : Sri Lanka lead South Africa by 247 runs with seven wickets remaining on the fourth day of the second Test at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.


England lost last four Tests for lack of ruthlessness, skill: Bell

London, July 27 : England batsman Ian Bell has pointed out that his side had chances to win all four Tests this summer, having gained a first-innings lead in each, but they have not been ruthless or skilful enough to capitalise on it.


Michael Clarke finds himself 'all at sea' for first time in life!

Sydney, July 27 : Australia Test and ODI captain Michael Clarke has set sail in his first major ocean race.


Cook shrugs off KP's call to quit as England captain

Johannesburg, July 27 : England captain Alastair Cook has reportedly brushed aside calls from 'sacked' batsman Kevin Pietersen to resign from his post ahead of the third Test against India at Southampton.


Cook strongly recommends Buttler not to change 'attacking batting' style

London, July 27 : England captain Alastair Cook has strongly recommended wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler not to change his attacking batting style when he goes up against India in his Test debut.


Sourav Ganguly begins new innings as cricket administrator

Kolkata, July 27 : Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly Sunday started a new innings as a cricket administrator - with his unanimous election to the joint secretary's post at the Cricket Association of Bengal's 83rd annual general meeting here.


Lunch scoreboard: India vs England, day 1, third Test

Southampton, July 27 : The following is the scoreboard at lunch on the first day of the third cricket Test between India at England at The Rose Bowl here Sunday.


Cook keeps India at bay, takes England to 78/1 (Lunch report)

Southampton, July 27 : Captain Alastair Cook's unbeaten 48 took England to 78 for one at lunch on the opening day of their third Test against India at the Ageas Bowl here Sunday.


England 78/1 at lunch

Southampton, July 27 : England were 78/1 at lunch on the first day of the third cricket Test against India at the AGS Bowl here Sunday.


England elect to bat against India in 3rd Test

Southampton (England), July 27 : England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat against India in the third cricket Test of their five-match series at the Ageas Bowl here Sunday.


Beaton's last over leaves Smith, Tridents beaten

Bridgetown (Barbados) Another dazzling Dwayne Smith hundred took Barbados Tridents to the brink of victory but failed to get them over the line as speedster Ronsford Beaton bowled a superb final over to hand Guyana Amazon Warriors an tense seven-run victory in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).


Lewis, O'Brien end Tallawahs unbeaten run

Port-of-Spain (Trinidad), July 27 : Evin Lewis's fiery half-century and Kevin O'Brien's four-wicket haul have fired Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel to their fourth win and third on the trot, as they beat Jamaica Tallawahs by 13 runs.


Dharamsala to host West Indies for ODI

Dharamsala, July 27 : This picturesque Himalayan hill resort will host a match of India-West Indies One-Day International series in October-November, match organisers said Sunday. This will be the second ODI match at the venue.


Wakaskar, Devdhar make merry

Bangalore, July 26 : Baroda Cricket Association rode on centuries by Saurabh Wakaskar (142, 233b, 15x4, 2x6) and Kedar Devdhar (173, 209b, 23x4) to pile up 383 for two in their first innings against Dr DY Patil Academy on the first day of the match in the KSCA's All-India invitational cricket tournament, here Saturday.


India need Shami to fire at Rose Bowl

Hampshire, July 26 (IANS/RAY) If pacer Mohammed Shami fires in the third India-England Test match for the Pataudi Trophy starting at the Rose Bowl here Sunday, the tourists could be well placed to hold their own.


Gower wanted to be game ranger in Africa as a kid

London, July 26 : Former England captain David Gower has revealed that he wanted to be a game ranger in Africa.


Buttler wants to draw inspiration from Prior on Test debut for England

London, July 26 : England's Test debutant Jos Buttler wants to draw inspiration from Matt Prior to become one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the world.


Buttler aims to mimic KP's 'big hitting heroics' on Test debut for England

London, July 26 : Jos Buttler, who will make his Test debut for England, is aiming to follow in Kevin Pietersen's footsteps and carry his big-hitting style from ODIs and Twenty20s into the five-day game.


India should have upper hand in third Test (Preview)

Southampton (England), July 26 : India should have the upper hand in the third Test against England, starting here Sunday, after winning the second Test to take a one-nil lead in the five-match series.


CPL: Tridents stumble to victory as Hawksbills slide continues

Bridgetown (Barbados), July 26 : Barbados Tridents managed to complicate a simple run chase before pulling off a one-wicket victory in the last over, to send Antigua Hawksbills crashing to their fifth straight defeat of the Caribbean Premier League here.


Bravo brothers power Red Steel victory over Warriors

Port of Spain (Trinidad), July 26 : Darren Bravo smashed a six off the final delivery of the game to lift Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel to a sensational four-wicket victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors, in a thrilling encounter of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) here.


Sethi says resigned to fulfill promise of not playing 'long innings' in PCB

Karachi, July 25 : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has said that he has fulfilled his promise of not playing a long innings in the PCB by resigning last week.


Bob Willis 'amazed' with Cook not consulting ex batting mentor Gooch

London, July 25 : Former England skipper Bob Willis has said that he is amazed that skipper Alastair Cook has not consulted his mentor Graham Gooch since the Essex and England great was axed as the team's batting coach three months ago.


BCCI not satisfied with ICC's decision to find Jadeja guilty of Level 1 breach

Dubai, July 25 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed that it is not satisfied with the ICC's decision to find Indian all rounder Ravindra Jadeja guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Code for Players and Player Support Personnel.


Ravindra Jadeja fined 50 percent match fee for Anderson incident

Dubai/Mumbai, July 25 : India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been found guilty of Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct by match referee David Boon and fined 50 percent of his match fee for his involvement in an incident with England's James Anderson during the second day of the first cricket Test in Nottingham July 10.


Best, Shoaib fined over CPL altercation

Bridgetown (Barbados), July 25 : Temperamental fast bowler Tino Best and former Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik have been hit with hefty fines following an on-field altercation during a Caribbean Premier League match between Barbados Tridents and St. Lucia Zouks at Kensington Oval.


Lanka off to slow start on first day of second Test against Proteas

Colombo, July 24 : Sri Lanka got off to a slow start on the first day of their second Test against South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo, and have so far lost three wickets.


Oz legend Gilchrist backs England's Buttler to make immediate impact in Test cricket

London, July 24 : Australian wicketkeeping legend Adam Gilchrist has backed England's Jos Buttler to make an immediate impact in Test cricket, just like he did.


President congratulates Indian cricket team for winning Lord's test match

New Delhi, July 24 : President Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated the Indian cricket team for their historic win in the Test Match against England at Lord's.


'Banned' Williamson vows to return to bowling crease

Johannesburg, July 24 : New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has said that he would concentrate on changing whatever is necessary to return to the bowling crease after he was banned by the ICC from bowling his occasional off-spin in international cricket because of an illegal action.


Sussex manager says media has 'hunted Prior mercilessly'

London, July 24 : English county club Sussex manager Mark Robinson has said that media 'mercilessly hunted' England wicketkeeper Matt prior, which prompted him to take the decision to stand down from national duty for the rest of the summer.


CLT20 from Sep 13 to Oct 4

Mumbai, July 24 : The sixth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 will be held from Sep 13 to Oct 4 across venues in India with the final to be hosted in Bangalore's M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, which also hosted this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) final.


Bravo defends sending Pooran in Super over

Port-of-Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), July 24 : Red Steel skipper Dwayne Bravo has defended his decision to allow 18-year-old Nicholas Pooran to take on Sunil Narine in a Super Over against the Guyana Amazon last week.


Moores gives senior England players 'kick up the backside', asks them to deliver

London, July 23 : England cricket team coach Peter Moores has given his senior players a verbal 'kick' up their 'backside' and told them that it is time to deliver.


Delhi HC to hear plea on BCCI as national sports body

New Delhi, July 23 : The Delhi High Court Wednesday agreed to hear a plea seeking to declare the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as a national sports body.


PCB names committees to sell media rights of two international series

Karachi, July 23 : The Pakistan Cricket Board has named bid committees for selling media rights for two upcoming international series and the newly introduced Pakistan Super League (PSL).


Forbes rates Dhoni as fifth most financially valuable athlete on earth

Johannesburg, July 23 : India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the fifth most financially valuable athlete on earth, according to Forbes Magazine.


Boycott says Cook will not quit England captaincy unless six wild stallions pull him out

London, July 23 : Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has said that Alastair Cook is too stubborn to quit captaincy and would not move unless they get six wild stallions to pull the skipper out.


Moores does not doubt Cook's ability to lead England out of present slump

Johannesburg, July 23 : England coach Peter Moores has backed captain Alastair Cook again and has no doubt that the skipper could lead the squad out of their present slump.


Buttler replaces 'injured' Prior in England squad for third Test against India

London, July 23 : England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been replaced by Jos Buttler, who plays for English county cricket club Lancashire, for the third Test against India.


Niroshan Dickwella included in Sri Lanka Test squad

Colombo, July 23 : Uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been included in the Sri Lanka squad for the second and final Test against South Africa which starts at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground here Thursday.


Thirimanna to lead Sri Lanka cricket team at Asiad

Colombo, July 23 : Left handed batsman Lahiru Thirimanna will skipper the Sri Lanka cricket team at the Asian Games to be held at Incheon from Sep 19 to Oct 4.


Kiwi spinner suspended from bowling in international cricket

Dubai, July 23 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) Wednesday confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of New Zealand off-spinner Kane Williamson to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.


Dream come true for Buttler, surgery time for Prior

London, July 22 : New England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler finally gets the Test status after serving as a One-Day cricketer and this, he says, is a "dream come true".


Morkel a great support bowler, says Robin Jackman

Johannesburg, July 22 : Former England Test bowler Robin Jackman has described Morne Morkel as one of the best support bowlers he has seen.


Court ruling makes me rightful PCB chairman: Najam Sethi

Lahore, July 22 : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has said that a Supreme Court ruling has established him as the rightful head of the board.


Cook will never improve as a player, says Ponting

Karachi, July 22 : Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has written the England cricket team Captain off by stating that Alastair Cook will never improve as a player for the rest of his career.


Waqar counting on Ajmal for Sri Lanka series

Karachi, July 22 : Pakistan's national team head coach Waqar Younis is reportedly banking on ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to win the series against Sri Lanka.


Matt Prior to miss rest of summer over 'fitness problems'

London, July 22 : England wicketkeeper Matt Prior will stay off the fields this summer due to several fitness problems, a report has revealed.