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newscricket24 minutes ago

ENG vs IND | Takes relentless madness and pursuit of excellence to win in England, asserts Virat Kohli 

Ahead of the Test series opener, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has stated that to win a Test series in England requires relentlessness and excellence every day during the five-match Test series. He, however, personally doesn't feel winning in the UK is any different to winning anywhere else. 
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newscricket25 minutes ago

ENG vs IND | England’s ‘heartbeat’ Ben Stokes is incomparable and irreplaceable, states Joe Root

England skipper Joe Root termed Ben Stokes ‘the heartbeat’ of the Test side and admitted that he and the coach will have a hard time balancing the XI in the all-rounder’s absence. Root further asserted that he couldn't care less when Stokes returns, and all he wants is for his friend to be okay.
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newscricket29 minutes ago

Reports | Team India set to drop Ravindra Jadeja to accommodate Mohammed Siraj

Team India are reportedly keen to field four seamers on a green top at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, and hence it is believed that it will be Ravindra Jadeja who will make way for an extra seamer. Meanwhile, KL Rahul is expected to be the front-runner to replace Mayank Agarwal up top.
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newscricket16 hours ago

IND vs ENG | Concussed Mayank Agarwal ruled out of the first Test

The BCCI, two days ahead of the first Test, have confirmed that opener Mayank Agarwal will not be taking any part in the game at Trent Bridge after taking a hit to the head during a net session on Monday. The board, however, have confirmed that Agarwal is ‘stable’ and is under medical observation.
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newscricket16 hours ago

IND vs ENG | ‘Fully fit’ Ajinkya Rahane raring to go for England Tests

Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane addressed the media ahead of the first Test and spoke about a host of topics, including his own fitness. Below are the key excerpts from the press conference.
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newscricket18 hours ago

Reports | England players set to be available for the second half of IPL

With The Telegraph reporting that England’s series against Bangladesh stands on the verge of being cancelled, the English players are all set to be available for the second half of the IPL. The report also added that the Bangladesh tour would be postponed to be played within the next 18 months.
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newscricket18 hours ago

ENG vs IND | England will be a bit weakened due to Ben Stokes’ absence, reckons Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra has said that the England team, led by Joe Root, will be weakened ahead of the Test series against India after star all-rounder Ben Stokes took an indefinite break from cricket. Chopra believes that Stokes' absence will benefit the Indian team a lot across the five Tests.
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newscricket19 hours ago

England’s top three and an understated Hameed conundrum that surrounds it

When Zak Crawley scored that scintillating double century against Pakistan, it was widely expected that the Three Lions’ search for a No.3 was coming to an end. But with his turbulent performance in the recent past combined with the glorious return of Haseeb Hameed, England have a decision to make.
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newscricket19 hours ago

IND vs ENG | Confident that India will triumph against England as we did against Australia, affirms Mohammed Siraj

Ahead of the five-match Test series, Mohammed Siraj has stated that he is confident that the visiting Indian team will beat England in a similar manner they did against Australia. Like in Australia, Siraj has his sights set on picking the wicket of the opposition skipper during the series.
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newscricket19 hours ago

St Lucia Zouks to be called Saint Lucia Kings from CPL 2021

The St Lucia-based franchise in the CPL will now be called ‘Saint Lucia Kings’ instead of St Lucia Zouks, due to K.P.H. Dream Cricket Private Limited, which owns the Punjab Kings IPL franchise, wanting to ‘cement ties’ between the two brands. Three CPL teams have now been named after IPL franchises.
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newscricketa day ago

Our sports stars are like caged animals, watching cricket is like going to a zoo, fumes Steve Harmison

Steve Harmison, post-Ben Stokes’ decision to take a break, has raged and stated that English sports stars are like caged animals and compared watching cricket to going to a zoo. Harmison also batted for the postponement of The Ashes, calling for flexibility in the scheduling of cricket events.
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newscricketa day ago

BAN vs AUS | Ashton Turner hoping for increased bowling workload with World T20 round the corner

Ashton Turner, who returned to bowling in international cricket last week, is hopeful of having an increased workload with the ball in the games to come, and insisted that he has started to enjoy bowling again. Turner also revealed that, in the Caribbean, he picked the brains of Andre Russell.
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newscricketa day ago

The Hundred | London Spirit head coach Shane Warne tests COVID-19 positive

Shane Warne, who is currently the head coach of The Hundred franchise London Spirit, has contracted the COVID-19 virus and has isolated himself along with an unknown team member on Sunday. Meanwhile, David Ripley stood up as London Spirit's acting head coach against Southern Brave.
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newscricketa day ago

Reports | BCCI planning to change U-23 championship to U-25 tournament

In wake of several youngsters being ignored post the 23 age group, the BCCI reportedly are planning to change the U-23 championship to a U-25 tournament, in order to include a larger pool. Cricbuzz also reported that BCCI have also decided to appoint a permanent CEO in the coming months.
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newscricketa day ago

Monty Panesar withdraws from inaugural Kashmir Premier League

Former England spinner Monty Panesar has confirmed that he is withdrawing from the inaugural Kashmir Premier League (KPL) due to ‘political tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir issues.’ Panesar was set to represent ‘Kotli Lions’ as an overseas player in the inaugural KPL season.
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newscricketa day ago

ENG vs IND | Hopeful of being fit for the opener against India, reveals Ollie Pope

On the back of severe scheduling, England’s batsman Ollie Pope stands doubtful for the first Test, with the right-hander being hopeful of being fit in time for the opener. He also shut down the criticism regarding his new adopted technique, stating that it has helped him bat well this season.
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newscricketa day ago

Matthew Wade to skipper Australia in five-T20I series against Bangladesh

Australia have confirmed that, in the absence of incumbent Aaron Finch, wicket-keeper Matthew Wade will lead the side in the five-match series against Bangladesh that will commence on August 3. Wade has, to date, led Australia once, a T20I against India which they lost by six wickets.
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newscricket2 days ago

ENG vs IND | Pujara must be mindful of his lean patch, No.3 slot crucial for the team, states VVS Laxman

Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman has stated that the No.3 slot is a very important position for any team, and Cheteshwar Pujara will also be mindful of his lean patch. He also added that India's former No.3 Rahul Dravid was crucial to their victories on both 2002 and 2007 tours of England.
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newscricket2 days ago

BAN vs AUS | Shakib Al Hasan could open in case Sarkar is ruled out, asserts Russell Domingo

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo has hinted that senior player Shakib Al Hasan is likely to open the batting order for the team in the upcoming T20I series against Australia. Domingo backed his batters to play with a clear mind while facing Australia's duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.
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featurecricket2 days ago

Why Ben Stokes' absence could fully wreck already-unstable England's team balance

As if England didn’t have enough problems to contend with, already, heading into the five-Test series against India, they will now have to make do without their best Test cricketer.
Anirudh Suresh