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London, July 23 : England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been replaced by Jos Buttler, who plays for English county cricket club Lancashire, for the third Test against India.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

Steyn credits coach Donald for 'red-hot run'

Johannesburg, July 22 : South African fast bowler Dale Steyn credits Coach Allan Donald for the outstanding match figures of 9 wickets for 99 runs against Sri Lanka.

Prior drops out, England calls Buttler

London, July 22 : England cricket selectors Tuesday replaced an out-of-form wicketkeeper Matt Prior with rookie Jos Buttler in the 13-member squad for the third Test against India starting Sunday at Southampton.

CSA didn't want Philander's tempering footage to be broadcast

Johannesburg, July 22 : South Africa reportedly put pressure on broadcaster Ten Sports to not show Vernon Philander's ball-tampering footage in the first Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Alastair Cook should step down as England captain, says Nasser Hussain

Johannesburg, July 22 : Former England cricket team captain Nasser Hussain insisted that Alastair Cook should step-down as captain after a 95-run defeat by India at Lords.

James Anderson hearing to be held on 1 August

Dubai, July 22 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, will hold the hearing of England fast bowler James Anderson via video conference on Friday 1 August.

Sharma, Kumar and Vijay rise in ICC Test player rankings

Dubai, July 22 : Players to make an upward movement on the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings, following the historic win against England at Lord's on Monday, include; man of the match Ishant Sharma, fellow fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, opener Murali Vijay and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane.

Rooney favourite to succeed Gerrard as England captain

London, July 22 : Wayne Rooney is emerging as the favourite to become the new England captain after Steven Gerrard quit international football last night.

Mumbaikars hail team India for conquering Lords

New Delhi, July 22 : Feeling proud of the Indian cricket team for securing its first win against England at the historic Lords cricket ground after 28 years, joyous Mumbaikars congratulated the team and prayed for many more such records.

James Anderson hearing Aug 1

Dubai, July 22 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis will hold the hearing of England fast bowler James Anderson via video-conference Aug 1.

Ishant, Bhuvneshwar, Vijay rise in ICC rankings

Dubai, July 22 : India's 95-run win over England at Lord's Monday, only their second at the 'home of cricket' in 82 years, has seen their youngsters make noticeable improvements in the ICC Test player rankings. India leads the five-match series 1-0 with the third Test to start in Southampton July 27.

Ishant Sharma comes of age

London, July 22 : He was a teenager when Greg Chappell, then the India coach, wanted to summon him as a replacement towards the tail end of India's 2006-07 tour of South Africa. This did not happen.

Sammy to play for Tasmania in Big Bash

Tasmania (Australia), July 22 : West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy is to make his debut in Australia's Big Bash League (BBL) this summer after signing with the Hobart Hurricanes.

Vaughan joins list of ex-skippers to question whether Cook shall continue to captain England

Johannesburg, July 21 : Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has joined the list of ex captains to question whether Alastair Cook should continue to captain the English side

Steyn rates match-winning Galle Test performance among his best

Johannesburg, July 21 : South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has rated his performance in the Galle Test against Sri Lanka among his best and has said that former fast bowling great Allan Donald's videos inspired him ahead of the series-opener.

Shakib Al Hasan begs Bangladesh cricket authorities to review six-month ban

Johannesburg, July 21 : Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has begged his country's cricket authorities to review a six-month ban for bad behaviour and has pledged to behave in a more mature way in future.

'Disappointed' Botham says England bowlers not learned lesson from 1st innings against India

London, July 21 : Former England Test cricketer and captain Ian Botham has said that the host side's bowlers have not learned their lessons from their first innings against India in their ongoing second Test at Lord's.

Star striker Drogba set for Chelsea return as player-coach

London, July 21 : Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who helped the club win the Champions League during his time there, is reportedly set to return to Stamford Bridge as a player-coach at the start of next week.

Ghosts haunt England squad at night, force Broad to change hotel room

London, July 21 : England cricketers' recent poor performance might reportedly be due to a presence of ghosts in their five-star hotel in London.

India beats England, registers first win at Lords in 28 years

London, July 21 : Ishant Sharma's seven wicket helped India register its first victory over England in 28 years at the Lords.

'Combative' England lose Ali's wicket at lunch as India seeks Lord's win

London, July 21 : England lost the their fifth wicket on the last ball before lunch, and are still 146 runs short of the 319-run target set by India for victory.

Lessons from 2011 helped us: Mahahendra Singh Dhoni

London, July 21 : India skipper Mahahendra Singh Dhoni said the lessons learnt from the 0-4 thrashing in the 2011 series helped his team in achieving a historic 95-run win against England in the second Test at the Lord's after 28 years here Monday.

Indians taught Englishmen how to play in their backyard

By Veturi Srivatsa : India's handsome victory at Lord's would have come as a big relief to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, leading a young side with almost the entire top-order batting playing in England for the first time.

India outbowled, outbatted us: Alastair Cook

London, July 21 : England captain Alastair Cook gave India credit for 'outbatting and outbowling' them after the visitors earned a 95-run win in the second Test at Lord's to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series here Monday.

Dhoni instructed me to bowl bouncers: Ishant Sharma

London, July 21 : Pace spearhead Ishant Sharma credited captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for instructing him to bowl bouncers which helped India win the second Test at Lord's here Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Ishant Sharma's best gives India win at Lord's after 28 years

London, July 21 : Ishant Sharma's career best seven for 74 bounced out England to give India a historic 95-run victory, their first in 28 years at Lord's, in the second cricket Test here Monday.

India deserving winners: Sanjay Manjrekar

London, July 21 : Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has said India are deserving winners of the second Test after defeating England by 95 runs at Lord's here Monday.

India's greatest win overseas: RP Singh

London, July 21 : Currently out of the team, left-arm pacer Rudra Pratap Singh has said India's 95-run win over England at Lord's in the second Test here Monday is their greatest overseas win.

England bullied, bounced out by India: Shane Warne

London, July 21 : Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne Monday said India "bullied and bounced" out England to earn their first win at Lord's since 1986.

India vs England: Second Test, Day 5 scoreboard

London, July 21 : Final scoreboard on the fifth day of the second cricket Test between India and England at Lord's here Monday:

India achieve historic win at Lord's

London, July 21 : India registered a historic 95-run win over England on the fifth and final day of the second cricket Test at Lord's here Monday.

Last ball wicket revives Indian hopes (Lunch report)

London, July 21 : After struggling to pick up a wicket all morning, pacer Ishant Sharma struck on the final ball of the session to revive Indian hopes as England were reduced to 173 for five at lunch, still needing 146 runs, on the final day of the second cricket Test at the Lord's here Monday.

India vs England: Second Test, Day 5, lunch scoreboard

London, July 21 : The following is the scoreboard at lunch on the fifth and final day of the second cricket Test between India and England at Lord's here Monday:

England 173/5 at lunch on final day

London, July 21 : England were batting at 173/5 at lunch on the fifth and final day of the second Test against India at Lord's here Monday.

Gurinder Sandhu on stand-by for Australia A

Melbourne, July 21 : Indian origin cricketer Gurinder Sandhu has been included in the Australia A squad as a stand-by for injured pacer Josh Hazlewood.

O'Brien star of Red Steel victory over Hawksbills

North Sound (Antigua), July 21 : Kevin O'Brien narrowly missed out on a century as Red Steel sent Antigua Hawksbills crashing to their fourth straight loss of the Caribbean Premier League, with a nine-wicket defeat here.

India in firm control as England falter in chase

London, July 21 : India put themselves in pole position by reducing England to 105 for four, still needing 214 runs to win, at stumps on day four of the second Test at Lord's here Sunday.

India vs England: Second Test, Day 4 scoreboard

London, July 20 : The following is the scoreboard of the fourth day of the second cricket Test between India and England at Lord's here Sunday:

India lead England by 243 runs on day 4 despite losing three quick wickets in Lord's Test

London, July 20 : England bowlers pushed India on the backfoot on day four of the second Test at Lord's as the hosts claimed three quick wickets against the visitors.

Steyn charges Proteas to 153-run victory against Lanka in first Test

Colombo, July 20 : South African pace bowler Dale Steyn guided his side to a 153-run win over Sri Lanka as the first Test of the two-match series concluded on Sunday at Colombo.

English cricket authorities might face 16,000 dollars fine over 'poor' Trent Bridge pitch

Sydney, July 20 : English cricket authorities reportedly face the prospect of a 16,000 dollars fine after match referee David Boon rated the docile Trent Bridge pitch on which England and India played out a draw in their first Test as 'poor'.

Schweinsteiger favourite to become new Germany captain post Lahm's retirement

Karachi, July 20 : German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is reportedly the favourite to become the captain of the World Cup winners after Philipp Lahm's surprise decision to retire from his international career.

Domingo says Proteas squad is not earning reputation for ball tampering

Johannesburg, July 20 : South Africa coach Russell Domingo has denied that his team was earning a reputation for ball tampering after Vernon Philander became the second bowler in the last nine months to be fined by the ICC for the offence.

Ex-Oz skipper Waugh feels Cook must stop 'captaining for commentators'

London, July 20 : Former Australia captain Steve Waugh feels that England skipper Alastair Cook must try his instincts and stop captaining for the commentators.

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar: A revelation

London, July 20 : Bhuvneshwar Kumar's all-round performance in India's first two Test matches on the current tour of England has been a revelation. While he was expected to do well with the leather, being a swing bowler - and English conditions lend themselves to this type of an exponent - it is the extent of his success so far and his emergence as a batsman that has taken even experts by surprise.