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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…

South Africa hope for better outings in shorter format against Sri Lanka

DAMBULLA: The Test series was conceded without much of a fight, but South Africa head into the five-match one-day internationals – the opener will be played on Sunday, 29 July – hoping the change in formats will change their fortunes. In particular, they will want a better show against spin. In the 2-0 reversal in the Tests, South Africa were completely flummoxed by all of Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandkan and Akil Dananjaya over the course of the two matches. However, the ODI side has plenty of fresh…

Spinner Rashid recalled to England squad for first test against India

LORDS: Adil Rashid has been recalled to the England squad for the first test against India, despite the leg-spinner saying he wanted to focus on limited-overs cricket. The 30-year-old signed a white-ball only contract with his county Yorkshire in February but said he “was not finished” with the longest format of the game. Rashid, who has played 10 tests and picked up 38 wickets, was picked in the 13-man squad ahead of Jack Leach and Dom Bess, the two Somerset spinners who have featured in the last three tests.…

‘Always wanted to play Test cricket, I rate it highly’ – Jasprit Bumrah

EDGBASTON: Jasprit Bumrah is currently nursing an injury to his thumb, but he can’t wait to don the Test whites again. Bumrah is in line to play at Lord’s on 9 August, when the second of the five-Test series between England and India commences. He will miss the opening match of the series at Edgbaston, having sustained the thumb injury during the T20I's in Ireland. Bumrah, 24, is just three Tests old. He made his debut earlier this year during India’s three-match series in South Africa and has so far picked up 14 wickets…

India’s Pant ready for red ball transition in England

NEW DELHI: India’s Rishabh Pant has grown a nice little reputation as a batsman who can whack the white ball pretty hard and the 20-year-old reckons he would need only minor adjustments to his technique to excel in test matches in England. The Delhi stumper-batsman’s maiden test call-up was a reward for his four fifties in five innings for India A in the United Kingdom. In absence of the preferred Wriddhiman Saha, who missed the tour with a shoulder injury, Pant and Dinesh Karthik will vie for the wicket-keeper’s role when…

Sri Lanka overcome South Africa rearguard to complete sweep

COLOMBO: Rangana Herath's 6/98 helped Sri Lanka overcome dogged South African resistance to win by 199 runs in the second and final Test in Colombo. It completed a 2-0 sweep in the series for the hosts. Needing 351 runs at the start of the fourth day after Sri Lanka had set them 490 to win, South Africa were bowled out for 290 early in the second session on Monday. This despite a maiden Test century by Theunis de Bruyn (101) and a half-century by Temba Bavuma (63). South Africa had managed just 124 runs in their first…

Kuldeep ready for longest version of the game, says Sachin Tendulkar

MUMBAI: Kuldeep Yadav's recent exploits for India against England in the limited-overs series have come in for praise from Sachin Tendulkar, who believes that the 23-year-old is ready to compete in Test cricket. "I have always maintained that he’s ready for the longest version of the game and that will be the most challenging one. I think he’s ready," Tendulkar told Reuters in an interview. Yadav, the left-arm wrist spinner, picked up nine wickets in the three-match one-day international series and five from two matches…

Dominant Sri Lanka show no mercy

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka dominated another day in a series full of them, ending the second day of the Colombo Test at 151/3, a lead of 365, after bundling out South Africa for 124 on Saturday 21 July. By the time stumps were drawn, Dimuth Karunaratne had reached a fourth consecutive half-century in the series, and was unbeaten on a 92-ball 59*. South Africa’s prospects of saving the series now look miniscule. The omens on the second morning weren’t great for the visitors. Sri Lanka resumed the day at 277/9 in their first…

Brace for yet more spin, Sri Lanka warns Proteas

Rangana Herath warned South Africa Thursday to expect yet more spin in the second Test after the visitors were skittled for their lowest total since the Proteas’ readmission to international cricket. Sri Lanka are chasing their first Test series win against the Proteas since 2006 and need just a draw to clinch the honours against the world’s second ranked Test side. South Africa lost the opening Test in Galle inside three days after being dispatched for 126 in the first innings and 73 in the second. Herath said pitch…

Pant in India squad for England tests, Saha ruled out

MUMBAI: Rishabh Pant has been included as the second wicket-keeper in an 18-man India squad for the first three tests of the five-match series against England after regular starter Wriddhiman Saha failed to recover from a left thumb injury. Saha picked up the problem playing in the domestic Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty 20 tournament, an injury that also ruled him out of a one-off test against Afghanistan last month. The 20-year-old Pant, who has played four T-20 internationals for India, is renowned for his…