Author: RoshanGede

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In a seamless switch, England have gone from being Eoin Morgan’s team in the white-ball side of things to that of Jos Buttler, with the latter getting appointed the new full-time ODI and T20I skipper following Morgan’s retirement from international cricket. Buttler, England’s destroying right-hand batter and wicketkeeper, had been Morgan’s deputy for most of the World Cup-winning captain’s elongated tenure, beginning with the 2015 World Cup exit, peaking at the 2019 edition of the quadrennial event and culminating with a low-key ODI series in the Netherlands.  Also read 👉 England white-ball skipper Morgan announces retirement from international cricket The 31-year-old had stood…

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Travis Head and Nathan Lyon bagged four wickets each on Day 3 of the first Sri Lanka-Australia Test in Galle to skittle the hosts out for 113 in the second innings, thereby setting up a comfortable victory. It took the Aussies just a session to close out on a dominant victory on the third day of the opening Test of the two-match series, with spinners playing the lead roles. Lyon bagged a four-fer in Sri Lanka’s second innings to make it nine for the Test, while wrist-spinner Mitchell Swepson returned 2/34, but it was Head who turned out to be the standout performer,…

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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, and senior players Mohammed Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi received top deals in PCB’s 2022-23 central contracts, while allrounder Faheem Ashraf and speedster Mohammad Hasnain were sidelined. Azam, Rizwan and Afridi have been listed in the highest category in Pakistan’s annual central contracts for 2022-23 for red-ball and limited-overs cricket. The Pakistan Cricket Board restructured its player contracts this year, splitting the players into two pools – for red-ball and white-ball cricket. The number of contacts has also been increased from 20 to 33. Seven players – Salman Ali Agha, Haseebullah, Muhammad Huraira, Ali Usman, Kamran Ghulam, Qasim Akram and Muhammad Haris – have been listed in the…

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India skipper Rohit Sharma is battling a race against time to be available for the fifth rescheduled Test against England, after having tested COVID-19 positive for the second time on June 29. The Men in Blue are sweating over the availability of their captain for the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston, beginning July 1. Rohit, who had tested positive for COVID-19 on the second day of the team’s warm-up game against Leicestershire last week, has returned another positive test on Wednesday, casting further uncertainty over his inclusion. The Mumbai Indians man is set to undergo two more tests – one…

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England Test coach Brendon McCullum wants his team to take their ultra-aggressive approach at a level “too far”, to know “where exactly the line is”. England have had a glorious start to the 2022 home summer with a 3-0 whitewash of the current World Test Championship holders New Zealand. They gunned down three successive run-chases of 275-plus – the only such sequence in Test cricket history – the recent two at Trent Bridge and Headingley, respectively, coming at a breathtaking pace. It has been quite a start to the Brendon McCullum-Ben Stokes era, with the pair taking up the coach and captain’s role to…

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Eoin Morgan, who led England to the No.1 position in the ODI rankings and their maiden World Cup title in 2019, has announced retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. The 35-year-old called it quits on a glorious international career spanning over a decade and a half. Morgan had recently led England in the first two ODIs of the three-match series against Netherlands in Amstelveen. He registered a first-ball duck in the team’s monumental effort of 498/4 – an all-time ODI record – and followed that with another seven-ball blob in a series-clinching six-wicket win. “After careful deliberation and consideration, I…

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England needed just 15.2 overs to knock off the remaining 113 of their 296-run target on the fifth day of the third Test against New Zealand at Headingley, with local heroes Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow playing the lead. England successfully gunned down a third-straight target of 275-plus in the three-match series against the Black Caps – a one-of-its-kind sequence in Test cricket history – to complete a clean-sweep and mark a glorious start to the Brendon McCullum-Ben Stokes era. It’s worth noting that they’d won just one of the 17 Tests in buildup to the home summer. The final day of the Test…

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The No.3 ranked Test batter Steve Smith is set to feature in Australia’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, beginning June 29. However, uncertainty continues over injured Mitchell Starc and Travis Head’s availability. Smith has confirmed his participation in the first Test against the Lankan Lions in Galle, after quad injury had kept him out of the final three ODIs of the five-match series, which Australia lost 2-3. “If we were still playing one-day cricket, I would be touch and go, but Test cricket, I will be fine. Test cricket is a bit easier [on the quad].”I field in…

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Rajasthan Royals director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara spoke highly of Daryl Mitchell’s work ethic as the New Zealander registered his third century in the ongoing England-New Zealand Test series on June 24. The 31-year-old has had quite an English summer, with hundreds in each of the three Tests in the ongoing series. Mitchell wasn’t a certain starter in the New Zealand XI at Lord’s before an injury to Henry Nicholls opened up the way. He got his name onto the famous Honours Boards at the Home of Cricket with a ton in the second innings and later went 190 and 62* in…

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PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has stated that the board will challenge the Indian Premier League’s proposed extended window during the International Cricket Council’s next meet in July. The UPL bagged blockbuster media rights for its 2023-27 cycle, and is set to grow even bigger in coming years. As stated by BCCI secretary Jay Shah earlier in June, the world’s richest T20 league will have a two-and-a-half month window in the ICC’s next FTP calendar, likely to come into effect with the 2024 edition. That would however affect the international calendar and the other cricketing nations, and the issue will be raised by…

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