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WTC Final | Toss will be key, New Zealand can’t afford to let India post big score, claims Shane Bond

Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond reckons the Kiwis will bowl first if they win the toss, but believes that such a move also poses the risk of India batting first and posting a potentially match-winning score. Bond further feels that the Kiwis will play five seamers, leaving out Ajaz Patel.
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featurecricketan hour ago

Yes, India’s ‘dominance’ will count for little if they fail to win the World Test Championship

And so we go again. For the third time in the last seven years, the Indian team find themselves in the final of an ICC competition. And like each of the previous two occasions, they have reached the summit having absolutely dominated in lead-up, looking indomitable at times.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricketan hour ago

Reports | Quetta Gladiators' Faf du Plessis ruled out of 2021 PSL after concussion

On Wednesday, various media outlets reported that South African batsman Faf du Plessis has been ruled out of the 2021 edition of the Pakistan Super League. Earlier this week, du Plessis, following a collision with a teammate, had concussed himself, suffering subsequent memory loss post recovery.
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newscricket2 hours ago

WTC Final | We will try our best to carry on our form against India, admits BJ Watling

Ahead of his final appearance for New Zealand, BJ Watling has admitted that the BlackCaps will try to their level best to carry forward their golden-form against India in the WTC Final. Watling, while expressing his excitement, insisted that he would take the WTC clash like another Test.
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featurecricket3 hours ago

Drop Mohammed Shami at your peril, India

The familiar tale of the 2018 series against England, everything good and bad is associated with it, especially after India’s promise throughout the series with no real result. It wasn’t just India who fell into that category but also Mohammed Shami, the Renaissance man, in the same space.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricket4 hours ago

Steve Smith regains top spot in ICC Test rankings for batsmen; Kohli re-enters Top four

Australia’s Steve Smith has regained the top position in ICC rankings for Test batsmen following Kane Williamson’s dismal tour of England, in which the New Zealand skipper averaged 7.00. Meanwhile, a disappointing series for Joe Root has also seen Virat Kohli re-enter the top four with 814 points.
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newscricket7 hours ago

Warner, Maxwell, Smith and Cummins among seven players to have withdrawn from Windies and Bangladesh tours

Cricket Australia have confirmed that seven players, including David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins, have confirmed that they will be taking no part in Australia’s white-ball tours of West Indies and Bangladesh. All seven withdrawn players featured in the first half of IPL 2021.
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newscricket8 hours ago

WTC Final | Facing India would be tough irrespective of whoever they field, admits Ross Taylor

Ahead of the World Test Championship final, Ross Taylor has admitted that facing India would be tough, irrespective of who they field in Southampton. While crediting India for setting the bar high, Taylor insisted that the two-Test series against England provided BlackCaps with ideal preparation.
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newscricket8 hours ago

Rohit Sharma could score three tons in England series if he gets his shot selection right, says Sunil Gavaskar

Legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar believes that Rohit Sharma, who has no Test tons outside India, could score as many as three hundreds if he fixes his shot selection up-front. Gavaskar reckoned Rohit is vulnerable in the first two-three overs, but becomes indomitable when he’s set.
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newscricket8 hours ago

WTC Final | We are confident with our preparation for the final, insists Cheteshwar Pujara

Ahead of the inaugural World Test Championship final, Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has reckoned that the Indian team are confident with their preparation for the final. Terming the mental aspect important, Pujara insisted that the youngsters are ready for the challenge, against New Zealand.
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newscricket9 hours ago

Ankeet Chavan eligible to play cricket again as BCCI lift life ban

Ankeet Chavan, who in 2013 alongside Sreesanth was banned by the BCCI for life, for his alleged involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, is eligible to play cricket again after the BCCI reduced the left-arm-spinner’s ban to 7 years. Chavan was informed of the same by interim CEO Hemang Amin.
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newscricket9 hours ago

ECB issues apology for providing used pitch for Women’s Test in Bristol

Just after English skipper Heather Knight called used pitch as not ‘ideal’, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have apologised for hosting the Test match on a used surface. The ECB further stated that with the fixture only added in April, it was logistically a challenge for them.
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newscricket21 hours ago

Twitter explodes as Sarfaraz Ahmed indulges in war of words with Shaheen Afridi after getting hit by bouncer

The PSL 2021 clash between Gladiators and Qalandars on Tuesday got a little bit too competitive as Quetta skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed exchanged verbal blows with Shaheen Afridi, who hit the latter on the head with a bouncer. Sarfaraz asked Shaheen to ‘take it easy’ and the comment baffled the youngster.
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newscricketa day ago

WTC Final | India announce 15-man squad for final; Umesh and Vihari make the cut

On Tuesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the 15-man squad for the World Test Championship final, against New Zealand, with Umesh Yadav and Hanuma Vihari making the cut. Meanwhile, Shardul, Rahul, Washington, Axar, Mayank miss out on the last cut for the final.
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newscricketa day ago

Will treat the World Test Championship final like a World Cup game, admits Mohammed Siraj

Ahead of the inaugural final of the World Test Championship, Mohammed Siraj has admitted that he would treat the encounter against New Zealand like a World Cup game. In comparison to New Zealand’s pace attack, Siraj has reckoned that the Indian bowling unit is stronger than the BlackCaps.
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newscricketa day ago

ENG W vs IND W | Think this might be the start of three format bilateral series, reckons Mithali Raj

Ahead of the one-off Test between India and England Women teams, Mithali Raj has stated this series might well be the beginning of the three formats bilateral series. She also added that the team management is trying to prepare the younger players in every which way for the one-off Test.
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newscricketa day ago

WTC Final | New Zealand will never use lack of resources as an excuse, quips Brendon McCullum

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has asserted that the Black Caps will never use lack of resources as an excuse for their performance and have belief in their abilities. He also added that given the fact that the final will be played at a neutral venue, it will be fair on both teams.
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newscricketa day ago

WTC Final | Intent to score runs should never go on the backfoot in England, admits Shubman Gill

Ahead of his debut Test in England, Shubman Gill has admitted that the intent to score runs should never go on the backfoot in England in conditions tough for batsmen. Gill also added that batsmen tend to get more balls than usual if they are just looking to survive the session instead of attacking.
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featurecricketa day ago

How Devon Conway’s absurd off-season drills gear him up for the ultimate challenge

Devon Conway is currently the man of the moment for New Zealand, but there is more to the southpaw than just talent. Conway puts in strenuous efforts during the off-season, and his coach Glenn Pocknall takes us through the drills his ward goes through in order to attain excellence.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricketa day ago

If everything goes well, I will return to international cricket, states Mohammed Amir

Mohammed Amir, who announced his retirement last year, has taken a U-turn and stated that he's ready to come out of his retirement if everything goes well. Amir had recently met with the PCB's CEO Wasim Khan and had an elaborate discussion about his issues with the current management.
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