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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2021, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips

The two-match Test series between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will begin on Tuesday (2nd March) morning. They will meet in the opening game of this Test series at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi).

It will be the first-ever Test meeting between these two teams, who last time met in international cricket in September 2019. As they are not part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship, this Test series can’t be played under this Test Championship.

Both teams are taking this Test series very seriously as both teams are desperate to put a crucial mark in the Test cricket that can motivate them in the future Test matches.

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2021, 1st Test: Complete Squads

Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan (C), Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Nasir Jamal, Abdul Malik, Munir Ahmad Kakar, Shahidullah Kamal, Bahir Shah Mohboob, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Saleem Safi, Wafadar Momand, Zia Ur Rahman Akbar, Yamin Ahmadzai

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Zimbabwe: Sean Williams (C), Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Kevin Kasuza, Wessely Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Prince Masvaure, Brandon Mavuta, Tarisai Musakanda, Richmond Mutumbami, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Donald Tiripano

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2021, 1st Test: Playing XIs

Afghanistan (predicted XI): Abdul Malik, Ibrahim Zadran, Munir Ahmad Kakar, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan (C), Afsar Zazai, Shahidullah Kamal, Zia Ur Rahman Akbar, Saleem Safi, Yamin Ahmadzai.

Zimbabwe (predicted XI): Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Sean Williams (C), Ryan Burl, Wesely Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Donald Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza, Brandon Mavuta, Blessing Muzarabani

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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2021, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Sean Williams, Asghar Afghan, Rashid Khan (doubtful)

Vice-captain – Sikandar Raza, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Zia Ur Rahman Akbar

Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket:

Wicket-keeper(s) – Munir Ahmad Kakar

Batsmen – Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan (vc), Ryan Burl

All-rounder(s) – Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams (C)

Bowlers – Zia Ur Rahman Akbar, Rashid Khan (doubtful), Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzarabani

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India vs England 2021, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips

The hosts India and the visitors England will meet for the opening game of the four-match Test series from Friday (5th February) at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk, Chennai).

This Test series is a part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship, which will ultimately decide the second finalist for this Championship (New Zealand have already secured their place for the final of this Championship). So, the cricket fans are expecting an exiting Test series between India and England.

India vs England 2021, 1st Test: Complete Squads

India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur

England: Joe Root (C), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stones, Chris Woakes

India vs England 2021, 1st Test: Playing XIs

India (predicted): Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rishabh Pant (wk), KL Rahul/Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav

England (predicted): Dom Sibley, Ollie Pope, Rory Burns, Joe Root (C), Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson

India vs England 2021, 1st Test: Latest Inclusion(s) And Exclusion(s)

England

(Inclusion)

  • Ollie Pope added to the Test squad after fully recovering from a left shoulder injury.

(Exclusion)

  • Zak Crawley has been ruled out from the first two Tests of this series due to wrist injury.

India vs England 2021, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips

India

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Captain Virat Kohli has returned to the squad, who is currently the fourth-ranked Test batsman. Recently, in the Australia tour, young opener Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant played major roles with their bats.

The right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who has played 17 Tests, is ready to experience his first Test in India. Also, the tall experienced pacer Ishant Sharma has returned after recovering from the injury. However, in the Indian bowling line-up, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is likely to take the huge responsibility in this Test series.

England

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England Test captain Joe Root won the Player of the Series award as well as Player of the Match awards in both the Tests during the recently concluded successful Test series in Sri Lanka. In that Test series, Root scored two big centuries, including one double-century (228, 1, 186 & 11). Jos Buttler also played some crucial knocks in that Sri Lanka tour.

On the other hand, in that same Sri Lanka tour, England off-spinner Dom Bess and left-arm spinner Jack Leach played the vital roles with the balls as they finished that Test series by picking up 12 and 10 wickets respectively.

Moreover, pace-bowling all-rounder Ben Stokes and spin-bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali have returned to the squad.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin

Vice-captain – Joe Root, Ben Stokes

Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Rishabh Pant

Batsmen – Joe Root (vc), Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara

All-rounder(s) – Ben Stokes, Ravichandran Ashwin

Bowlers – Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

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Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Jos Buttler

Batsmen – Joe Root, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane

All-rounder(s) – Ben Stokes (vc), Ravichandran Ashwin (C)

Bowlers – Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

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Bangladesh vs West Indies 2021, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips

The hosts Bangladesh will take on the visitors West Indies in the first game of the two-match Test series from Wednesday (3rd February) morning at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (Chattogram).

This Test series will be a part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship. Before this Test series, they just completed the three-match ODI series where the hosts Bangladesh won the series by the 3-0 margin.

Bangladesh vs West Indies 2021, 1st Test: Complete Squads

Bangladesh: Mominul Haque (C), Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Saif Hassan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Shadman Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain, Hasan Mahmud

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood (vc), Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Shayne Moseley, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Raymon Reifer, Jomel Warrican.

Bangladesh vs West Indies 2021, 1st Test: Playing XIs

Bangladesh (predicted): Mominul Haque (C), Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud

West Indies (predicted): Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Joshua Da Silva, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kyle Mayers, Nkrumah Bonner, Raymon Reifer, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican

Bangladesh vs West Indies 2021, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips

Bangladesh

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As all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is fit, Bangladesh will start this Test series with the strong side. Shakib won the Player of the Series award for his brilliant all-rounder performances in the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies. Tamim Iqbal, captain Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim are the other big names in Bangladesh batting line-up.

Meanwhile, spinners Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam can play the big roles with the ball in hand along with Shakib Al Hasan. Everyone will also put a keen eye on the left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman.

West Indies

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Captain Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood are the big names in this batting line-up. In the recently concluded three-day warm-up match against BCB XI, Campbell (44 & 68), Brathwaite (85) and Nkrumah Bonner (2 & 80) impressed with their bats. Meanwhile, Blackwood (216 runs in 4 innings) was the leading run-scorer for West Indies during their previous Test series against the hosts New Zealand, including the knocks of 104 and 69 runs.

In the warm-up game against BCB XI, Rahkeem Cornwall claimed a fifer (5/47), while the left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican got three wickets in an innings (3/25). Also, Raymon Reifer (49* & 2/7) impressed with his all-rounder performances in late period of that match.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal

Vice-captain – Mushfiqur Rahim, Rahkeem Cornwall, Mustafizur Rahman

Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Mushfiqur Rahim (vc)

Batsmen – John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Tamim Iqbal

All-rounder(s) – Rahkeem Cornwall, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shakib Al Hasan (C)

Bowlers – Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam

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Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Mushfiqur Rahim

Batsmen – John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Mominul Haque, Tamim Iqbal (C)

All-rounder(s) – Kyle Mayers, Rahkeem Cornwall (vc), Shakib Al Hasan

Bowlers – Kemar Roach, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam

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Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips

The hosts Pakistan will face South Africa in the first game of the two-match Test series from Tuesday (26th January) at National Stadium (Karachi). This Test series is a part of the 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship.

On the other hand, this Test series will be a historic game as South Africa will play their first international match in Pakistan since 2007.

Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 1st Test: Complete Squads

Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Yasir Shah, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (C), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Daryn Dupavillon, Marco Jansen

Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 1st Test: Playing XIs

Pakistan (predicted): Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (C), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

South Africa (predicted): Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock (C), Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

Pakistan vs South Africa 2021, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips

Pakistan

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Captain Babar Azam is returning to the national squad after recovering from his thumb injury, which definitely big positive news of this side. Babar is their most consistent batsman.

In the recently concluded New Zealand tour, wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan scored three half-centuries and finished that Test series with 202 runs. Also, Faheem Ashraf and Azhar Ali each scored one nervous-ninety while Fawad Alam scored one fourth-innings century in that tour.

Among their bowlers, leg-spinner Yasir Shah and left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi are the strongest names at present. In the recent New Zealand tour, Shaheen was the most wicket-taker for Pakistan as he got six wickets.

South Africa

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In the recent home Test series against Sri Lanka, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis scored one century each, including Faf du Plessis’ unfortunate 199. Also, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and Kesav Maharaj scored one half-century each in that two-match Test series. However, skipper Quinton de Kock was off-form in that Test series. But he can return to the form soon.

Anrich Nortje finished that Test series as the most wicket-taker as he got 11 wickets in two Tests. Playing his first Test series, Lutho Sipamla bagged 10 wickets in that series. While Wiaan Mulder and Lungi Ngidi got 9 and 7 wickets respectively in that same Test series, Kagiso Rabada’s return to the squad has made stronger their bowling side.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Babar Azam, Faf du Plessis, Mohammad Rizwan

Vice-captain – Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Mohammad Rizwan, Quinton de Kock

Batsmen – Babar Azam (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar

All-rounder(s) – Faheem Ashraf, Wiaan Mulder

Bowlers – Shaheen Shah Afridi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada (vc)

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Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Mohammad Rizwan (vc)

Batsmen – Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Faf du Plessis (C), Dean Elgar

All-rounder(s) – Faheem Ashraf

Bowlers – Shaheen Shah Afridi, Yasir Shah, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada

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New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips – Pakistan Tour Of New Zealand 2020-21

The hosts New Zealand and the visitors Pakistan will face each other in the opening game of the two-match Test series at Bay Oval (Mount Maunganui) from Saturday (26th December) morning.

This Test series will be a part of the ongoing inaugural ICC World Test Championship. Before this Test series, they played a three-match T20I series where the hosts New Zealand won by the 2-1 margin.

New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st Test: Complete Squads

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (C), Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah and Zafar Gohar.

New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st Test: Predicted XIs

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Imran Butt, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (C), Faheem Ashraf, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas.

New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips

New Zealand

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is currently in great form as he scored three T20 fifties and one Test double-century in his last five innings. While Henry Nicholls scored a brilliant century in the last Test against West Indies, opener Tom Latham played a knock of 86-run in the earlier period of that series.

Youngster Kyle Jamieson has impressed in his early international career, both as a right-arm pacer and right-handed lower-order batsman. The other pacers Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner all are in good form with the ball in hand.

Pakistan

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This Test series is not going to be easy for the Pakistan team, especially when they haven’t their consistent player Babar Azam, who is their new Test captain. The top-order batsmen have to deliver well to put strong challenge against the mighty hosts.

The left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has already impressed. If he gets enough support from the other bowlers, it will be very effective for the Pakistan team.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee

Vice-captain – Shaheen Afridi, Azhar Ali

Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):

Wicket-keeper(s) – BJ Watling, Mohammad Rizwan

Batsmen – Kane Williamson (C), Tom Latham, Azhar Ali

All-rounder(s) – Mitchell Santner, Faheem Ashraf

Bowlers – Kyle Jamieson (vc), Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Shaheen Afridi

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Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Mohammad Rizwan

Batsmen – Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Azhar Ali

All-rounder(s) – Mitchell Santner

Bowlers – Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee (C), Shaheen Afridi (vc), Yasir Shah

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Australia vs India, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips – India’s tour of Australia 2020-21

The four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India will begin on Thursday (17th December) with the day/night pink-ball Test at Adelaide Oval (Adelaide).

This opening game of the four-match Test series will be also the first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match between Australia and India, who have won all their matches in this new Test format (Australia won 7 matches, India won 1 game).

Australia vs India, 1st Test: Complete Squads

Australia: Tim Paine (C/wk), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade

India: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj

Australia vs India, 1st Test: Playing XI

Australia (predicted XI): Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine (C/wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

India (announced XI): Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia vs India, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips

Australia

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Former Aussie captain Steven Smith, who is currently in great form, is the no.1-ranked Test batsman at present. Though they will miss the no.6-ranked Test batsman David Warner, they have the no.4-ranked Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne.

On the other hand, they also have the top-ranked Test bowler Pat Cummins along with the left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc (no.6-ranked Test bowler), another right-arm pacer Josh Hazlewood (no.9-ranked Test bowler) and the off-spinner Nathan Lyon (no.14-ranked Test bowler).

India

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While skipper Virat Kohli is the no.2-ranked Test batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are in the no.7 and no.10 positions respectively.

Meanwhile, they have the pacers like Jasprit Bumrah (no.8-ranked Test bowler) and Mohammed Shami (no.12-ranked Test bowler) along with the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (no.10-ranked Test bowler and no.6-ranked Test all-rounder).

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Steven Smith, Virat Kohli, Mitchell Starc

Vice-captain – Cheteshwar Pujara, Marnus Labuschagne, Mohammed Shami

Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Matthew Wade

Batsmen – Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith (C), Virat Kohli (vc)

All-rounder(s) – Travis Head, Ravichandran Ashwin

Bowlers – Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami

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Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Wriddhiman Saha

Batsmen – Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Prithvi Shaw

All-rounder(s) – Hanuma Vihari

Bowlers – Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc (C), Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Shami (vc)

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India Tour Of Australia 2020-21: Ravindra Jadeja Unlikely To Play First Test

While the much-awaited four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India will begin in just more than a week, the Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is likely to miss the opening match of this series.

Ravindra Jadeja started the ongoing Australia tour in a great way. While he tried his best to fight against the hosts during the first two ODIs in this tour where the left-handed batsman scored 25 and 24 runs respectively but failed to take at least one wicket, he scored an inspiring 66 not out off 50 balls and also picked up one wicket during the third ODI at Canberra, where India claimed a victory.

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In the opening match of the three-match T20I series, Jadeja once again saved the Indian team with his powerful batting as he scored 44 not out off 23 balls, which played a major role for India’s 11-run victory in that game. But in the last over during India’s first innings of that match, batsman Jadeja got a hit on his helmet. Earlier, in the 19th over of that innings, Jadeja got a hamstring injury.

In the second innings of that match, the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal replaced Jadeja as a concussion substitute, which raised confusion in the Australian dressing room.

After that game, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Jadeja ruled out from the remainder of the T20I series and Shardul Thakur replaced him in this series. Now, the big question is whether Jadeja can be available for the opening match of the four-match Test series in this tour, which will begin on 17th December at Adelaide that will be played as a day/night pink-ball Test.

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It is next to impossible that the Indian team management would field Ravindra Jadeja, without any warm-up game time ahead of the opening Test

A BCCI source has recently given some light in this question. While Jadeja is recovering and he has to take rest for 7-10 days as per ICC”s concussion protocols, the all-rounder will miss the upcoming three-day day/night warm-up game. As Jadeja is unavailable for the upcoming pink-ball warm-up match, the team management will unlikely to select him in the playing XI for the opening game of the Test series, which will be also a day/night Test.

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The source told PTI, “As per ICC’s concussion protocols, after any head injury, a player needs to be rested for 7 to 10 days, which effectively rules Jadeja out of the three-day day/night warm-up game at the SCG from December 11. Therefore, it is next to impossible that the Indian team management would field Jadeja, without any warm-up game time ahead of the opening Test.”

While Ravindra Jadeja is recovering from the concussion, his hamstring injury is still a concern. After making his Test debut in December 2012, Jadeja has played 49 Tests where the left-handed batsman has scored 1869 runs (average 35.26) and also the left-arm spinner has taken 213 wickets.

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 1st Test: Day 3 – England Openers Provide Steady Start After West Indies Manage 100+ Lead

The third day of the Southampton Test between England and West Indies was very exciting, but the visiting side is in a comfortable position at the stumps of the day. While the Caribbean top and middle-order batsmen were much positive, the new English Test captain Ben Stokes brought something to cheer up for the England side in the last session of the day.

West Indies started the third day of this Test match on their overnight score 57/1. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite and no.3-positioned batsman Shai Hope, who remained unbeaten on the last night, set up the 59 runs partnership for the second wicket. While Hope scored 16 runs, Brathwaite added 45 runs on the third day morning and scored 65 runs before losing his wicket.

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West Indies’ middle-order wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich scored a crucial fifty

While the West Indies were losing their wickets, Shamarh Brooks (39 runs), Roston Chase (47 runs) and the wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich (61 runs) played the valuable knocks. Also, Chase and Dowrich built up the 81 runs partnership for the sixth wicket, which helped the visitors to manage the 100+ lead at the end of their first innings.

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In the third session of day three, West Indies were bowled out for 318 runs. While England scored 204 runs in their first innings, West Indies managed to earn the 114 runs lead.

The 81st England Test captain Ben Stokes, who is leading the English team for the first time, was the best bowler during the visitors’ first innings as he finished with the bowling figures of 14-5-49-4. Also, the experienced pacer James Anderson bagged three wickets (3/62), while the off-spinner Dom Bess (2/51) got two wickets and pacer Mark Wood (1/74) took the only other wicket.

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Ben Stokes took four wickets on the third day (Image Credit: Twitter)

With the second new ball, England managed to take the last five wickets in 22 overs, while the Caribbean team added 83 runs. In this period, Stokes added three wickets in his account.

England finished the day on 15/0

Before the end of the third day, England batted ten overs in the second innings where they managed to score 15/0, and they are still trailing by 99 runs. Opener Rory Burns scored 10 runs while another opener Dom Sibley was not out on five runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara, ICC Test Championship, India
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Dilip Vengsarkar Reveals How Cheteshwar Pujara Can Release The Pressure

Ahead of the Christchurch Test against the hosts New Zealand, the former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar has given crucial advice to the experienced Indian batsmen, including Cheteshwar Pujara.

Indian batsmen mostly surrendered to the host bowlers during both innings of the previous Test at Basin Reserve (Wellington). It was the first game of the two-match Test series between New Zealand and India where the visitors India scored 165 and 191 runs. While the hosts scored 348 runs in their first innings, they won by ten wickets after reaching the nine runs target without losing their wickets.

While there are some new cricketers in the Indian batting unit, Cheteshwar Pujara (11 & 11) and captain Virat Kohli (2 & 19) failed to perform in that Wellington Test match.

Dilip Vengsarkar, Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Dilip Vengsarkar: Cheteshwar Pujara has to be able to rotate the strike

Dilip Vengsarkar feels that the senior Indian batsmen have to take responsibilities as they haven’t the settle opening partners in this series. While Pujara was heavily criticised for his slow non-responsive batting, scoring a total of 22 runs in 123 balls, Vengsarkar believes that Pujara has to rotate the strike to help the team.

The Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane scored 46 and 29 runs in the last game. Dilip Vengsarkar pointed out his performances too as the former Indian cricketer believes that Rahane failed to convert his starts.

Dilip Vengsarkar, Cheteshwar Pujara
Dilip Vengsarkar (Image Credit: Google)

Vengsarkar told according to Times Now, “He (Pujara) has scored a lot of runs, but he has to be able to rotate the strike, otherwise his batting partner will be in trouble as he will lose the rhythm being stranded at the other end for long periods. Pujara can’t get bogged down. Also, Ajinkya Rahane was not able to convert his starts.

“They have not allowed the team to settle down. The opening combination is not settled, and so is the middle-order.”

The second and final Test series will be played at Hagley Oval (Christchurch) from 29th February. While India can only save this Test series, they must have to win this game to fulfil their only wish.

Virat Kohli, 1st Test, Fans, Kyle Jamieson
Virat Kohli and Kyle Jamieson (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Rashid Latif Points Out Reasons Why India Failed In Wellington Test

While the Indian team was outclassed by the hosts New Zealand in the Wellington Test, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif feels disappointed with the performances of the Indian cricketers.

Wellington Test was the first game of the two-match Test series between the hosts New Zealand and the visitors India. The hosts won the toss and decided to field first in that game.

While the no.1-ranked Test team was bundled out for just 165 runs in the first innings, the hosts replied with 348 runs in their first innings. The visiting batsmen again failed in their second innings as they managed to score 191 runs in that innings. New Zealand chased down the nine runs target in the fourth innings without opening their wicket column in that innings.

Wellington Test, India
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Talking about India’s poor performances in that entire Test match, Rashid Latif pointed out India’s failure in the planning.

Rashid Latif believes that the Indian batsmen should have attacked the Kiwi bowlers in the first innings as the visitors left many boundary balls.

Rashid Latif, Wellington Test, India
Rashid Latif (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The former Pakistan captain told on his YouTube channel, “India’s record in overseas conditions is not too good. India did not play their natural game, they were bogged down in both the innings. This is not how India play, when you leave so many boundary balls and keep leaving balls, there will be one ball with your name on it.”

India should have attacked in their first innings: Rashid Latif

Also, Rashid Latif pointed out that the Indian bowlers disappointed by targeting stumps in the seam and swing bowling conditions while outside the off stump bowling could be more effective. While the experienced Ishant Sharma took five wickets during New Zealand’s first innings, the other Indian pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami only managed to pick up one wicket each.

Rashid Latif feels that the right-arm fast bowler Umesh Yadav would have achieved success in that condition than Bumrah and Shami.

Umesh Yadav,
Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

The former Pakistan skipper added, “India should have attacked in their first innings, batting disappointed but bowling was also disappointing. Umesh Yadav would have succeeded here, Bumrah and Shami kept targeting stumps. In Test cricket, especially when conditions are conducive to seam and swing, you have to target outside the off stump and get the batsmen driving.”

New Zealand and India will play the second and final game of this Test series at Christchurch from 29th February. It will be the must-win game for India to save this Test series.

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