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‘Been working on simplifying my action’ – Ravichandran Ashwin

EDGBASTON: His experience in the County Championship has helped Ravinchandran Ashwin vary his pace and simplify his bowling action for English pitches, the off-spinner said after his 4/60 on the first day of the Edgbaston Test. Ashwin was largely the reason why England, who were 216/3 at one point, were reduced to 285/9 by the time stumps were drawn in Birmingham on Wednesday. The 31-year-old had a stint with Worcestershire in 2017 – he scored 214 runs at an average of 42.80, and took 20 wickets in four matches –…

India limp to 76 for three after Curran strikes

BIRMINGHAM: India suffered early blows in their reply to England’s modest first innings total with English left armer Sam Curran pegging them back to 76 for three at lunch on the second day of the first test match. After getting off to a decent start with the Indian openers chalking up a half century partnership, the visitors were rocked by three swift strikes by the 20-year-old swing bowler who is playing in his only second test match. The opening duo of Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan got the visitors off to a good…

English Football Association preparing for potential 2030 World Cup bid

MANCHESTER:  England’s Football Association (FA) is carrying out a study into the feasibility of hosting the 2030 World Cup finals, FA chairman Greg Clarke said in a statement on Wednesday. England, who hosted the World Cup in 1966, failed in their most recent attempt to win the rights for the 2018 tournament, which was held in Russia. “Last month the English FA board agreed to conduct feasibility work into the possibility of putting itself forward to be UEFA’s potential candidate to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup,”…

India eager to cement No 1 status with series win in England

LONDON: India may be the world's top-ranked Test side but they still face accusations they are lions at home and lambs abroad. But a series win in England, where Virat Kohli's men begin a five-Test campaign at Edgbaston on Wednesday, would go some way to ridding India of that unwanted tag. In the past five years, India have won just one of their six Test series outside of Asia, against a struggling West Indies. Their overall Test record in England is uninspiring -- six wins from 57 matches and three series victories…

England series a test of character for India, says Rahane

India’s batsmen face a test of character when they take on hosts England in their five-match test series starting at Edgbaston on Wednesday, Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane says. India were beaten 3-1 in the test series on their last tour of England four years ago as the team led by MS Dhoni struggled for consistency in all departments. However, Rahane believes the current squad have what it takes to reverse that result. “In terms of skill both teams are on par. It will be a test of our mind and character here,”…

England’s Broad expects pace rotation during India tests

EDGBASTON: England fast bowler Stuart Broad is expecting his side to rotate their pace options for the five-match test series against India, starting on Wednesday, and is ready for a possible omission. The 32-year-old, who returned from an ankle injury during a first-class match earlier this month, is one of several pacemen in contention, including James Anderson and the uncapped Jamie Porter, to face India in five test matches in six weeks. Broad believes that a number of factors, including the hectic schedule and…

India awaits Kohli magic in England Tests

Virat Kohli has plundered Test runs in virtually every corner of the cricket world but England is a scoring desert for India’s superstar captain ahead of a tricky five-match series. He returned from his first England series in 2014 with just 134 runs from five Tests, unable to counter swing bowlers. India, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain, lost the series 3-1. The 29-year-old Kohli is now back in England as reigning International Cricket Council player of the year and the world’s leading batsman with an average of…

Buttler looks to follow Kohli example against India

Jos Buttler aims to put the lessons he learnt from watching Virat Kohli while playing in the Indian Premier League to good use during England's upcoming Test series with India. England face Kohli's men in the first Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday, with Buttler keen to build on the encouraging return to the five-day format he made during a recent 1-1 drawn home campaign with Pakistan. The 27-year-old was recalled to the Test line-up purely on the strength of some impressive batting displays in this season's Twenty20 IPL,…