England’s white ball coach Matthew Mott has hinted that captain and keeper-batter Jos Buttler could take part in the last two T20Is of the ongoing seven-match series against Pakistan. Keeping the upcoming T20 World Cup in mind, the visitors haven’t risked Buttler yet in the first four matches of the series as he continues to recovers from a calf strain.
England Cricket Board's managing director Rob Key has lavished praise on Test captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum for turning around the team’s fortunes significantly in the post-Joe Root era. England endured a horror run in Test cricket under Root. However, things have taken a complete turn under the new captain-coach regime.
South Africa hammered England by an innings and 12 runs in the first Test of the three-match series at Lord’s on Friday, August 19. In a Test match that ended in three days, the Proteas were completely dominant over the Englishmen, bowling them out for 165 and 149.
Experienced England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who announced his retirement from one-day cricket on Monday (July 18), has lamented that the jam-packed schedule is taking a toll on cricketers. He stated that players are not cars that can be filled up with petrol.
Reacting to India’s one-day series win over England, Team India captain Rohit Sharma admitted that he is very pleased. Conceding that England is not an easy place to win, the 35-year old said that they wanted to achieve this triumph.
Following India’s 100-run loss to England at Lord’s in the second one-dayer of the three-match ODI series, Indian captain Rohit Sharma admitted that his team’s batters let the side down. The Men in Blue needed a gettable 247 to clinch the series 2-0. However, England left-arm pacer Reece Topley claimed 6 for 24 as the visitors were bundled out for 146 in 38.5 overs. Not a single India batter reached the 30-run mark.
India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has admitted that the white ball swinging helped him as he claimed career-best figures of 6 for 19 in the first one-dayer against England at The Oval on Tuesday (July 12). Bumrah and Mohammed Shami (3 for 31) made great use of the swinging conditions as the Men in Blue bundled out England for 110 in 25.2 overs. The openers Rohit Sharma (76*) and Shikhar Dhawan (31*) then featured in an unbeaten 114-run stand as India got home in 18.4 overs.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has thrown his weight behind out-of-form batter Virat Kohli. He said that despite the lack of runs from Kohli’s blade, it is still a bit too early to worry about his place in the T20 World Cup squad. While admitting that Kohli has been struggling, Gavaskar pointed out that the likes of skipper Rohit Sharma and some others have also failed to deliver in recent times.