Ben Foakes has a massive task on hand as he replaces Jos Buttler behind the stumps for the remaining three Tests against India. Having featured in the opening Test, Buttler has returned back home with England’s rotation policy very much in place. Despite making a century on debut in November 2018, Foakes last played a Test in early 2019. As he now returns to the Test fold, Foakes knows Buttler remains the first choice behind the stumps.
A day after quitting as Uttarakhand coach citing interference and bias in selection, former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer dismissed allegations of religion-based selections levelled against him by a Cricket Association of Uttarakhand official. In a media a report, Cricket Association of Uttarakhand secretary Mahim Verma had claimed he favoured Muslim players. Rubbishing the allegation, Jaffer said that he was very hurt by the shocking turn of events.
England registered a memorable 227-run triumph over India to go 1-0 up in the four-match series. Chasing a tough target of 420, the hosts folded up for 192, with only skipper Virat Kohli putting up some resistance with his 72.
Senior England all-rounder Ben Stokes lavished praise on skipper Joe Root for his record-breaking double hundred on Day 2 of the first Test against India in Chennai. Root scored 218 and became the first batsman to hit a double century in his 100th Test. Root and Stokes (82) featured in a 124-run stand for the fourth wicket as England ended the day on a healthy 555 for 8.