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India vs England 3rd Test, Ahmedabad: Motera Stadium pitch and weather report , England Cricket Twitter
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Ahmedabad Pitch Used For 3rd Day-Night Test Rated ‘Average’

Ahmedabad pitch, the much-debated one used for the third India-England Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium has been awarded a rating of ‘average’ which isn’t too bad according to standards, considering the negative hype it received from several England players which save the newly refurbished stadium from serious sanctions.

Ahmedabad pitch will now escape any sort of punishment, which could not have been avoided if the rating were found to be below average or worse. The rating for the fourth Test pitch, which was also played on the same ground, is ‘Good’. That Test lasted three days with India inflicting an innings defeat on England.

The world's largest cricket stadium at Ahmedabad-Motera Stadium
The world’s largest cricket stadium at Ahmedabad-Motera Stadium (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

3rd Test At Ahmedabad Ended Within 2 Days And Attracted Severe Criticism From Former England Players

The third Test, which was a day-nighter, ended within two days and had a dubious distinction of being one of the shortest games in Test history, leading to negative criticisms from former English players like David Lloyd, Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook, and Andrew Strauss. The England team management left it to the apex board ICC to decide on the quality of the Ahmedabad pitch while India skipper Virat Kohli blamed it on the failure of the batsmen.

Under the new ICC rules, that came into effect in January 2018, an ‘average’ rating of a certain pitch entails no punishment, and in that sense, the Motera pitch will not be affected by any means. A rating of poor or unfit would have resulted in serious consequences. A below-average rating would have led to one Demerit Point.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The pitch rating is given by the match referee in consultation with match officials, who used to be always from neutral countries. In the aftermath of Covid-19, the ICC was forced to oversee the games through home umpires, the process of grading also got ICC involved with the operations team of the world body working in co-ordination with the match officials. That way the verdict cannot be accused of being a ‘biased’ conclusion. Javagal Srinath was the match referee.

While debating on the Ahmedabad pitch, the match and ICC officials have viewed the footage and concluded that the third Ahmedabad pitch Test surface had the much-required carry, a key ingredient, the absence of which would have led to a lower rating. Further, the colour of the ball was also factored in and it was believed that the extra layer of pink coating facilitated the ball’s skiddy behaviour.

The statistics that were also taken into consideration were most Pink Ball Tests have not lasted the course. Of the 16 Pink Ball Tests so far, only five have gone to the fifth day, with two of them ending inside two days and five inside three days. Four pink-ball Tests ended on Day Four.

Meanwhile, the surfaces for the first two Tests, which were both played at Chepauk in Chennai, received the ratings of Very Good and Average respectively. After losing the first Test, which went to the fifth day, India won the series 3-1 after winning the last 3 Tests.

Ahmedabad Pitch Rated Average Not Substandard Which Would Have Seen One Demerit Point

In the revised ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, if a pitch or outfield is rated as being substandard, that venue will be allocated a number of demerit points. One demerit point will be awarded to venues whose pitches are rated by the match referees as below average, while three and five demerit points will be awarded to venues whose pitches are marked as poor and unfit, respectively.  Demerit points will remain active for a rolling five-year period.

Ahmedabad pitch for the Day-Night Test. Pic: Twitter
Ahmedabad pitch for the Day-Night Test. Pic: Twitter

When a venue accumulates five demerit points or more, it will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for a period of 1 year, while it will be suspended for 2 years when it reaches the threshold of 10 demerit points. A limited amount of seam movement is acceptable early in the match and that a pitch may develop some unevenness of bounce for pacers as the match progresses.

It is acceptable for a pitch to offer some turn on the first day of a match, particularly in the sub-continent conditions, though anything more than occasional unevenness of bounce at this stage of the match is not acceptable.

It is impossible to quantify the amount that a ball is “allowed” to turn as bowlers will turn the ball in differing amounts. The type and identity of the bowler shall be taken into account when assessing this factor.  Ahmedabad pitch should have been allotted demerit points if the pitch was termed below average.

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Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Ravichandran Ashwin Will Like To See Media’s Reaction About Green Tracks

Ravichandran Ashwin said he would like to see how global media would react if Indian experts complain about green tracks while hitting back at the pitch critics after India’s 3-1 win in the Test series against England.

Senior Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin hit back at the pitch critics after India defeated England 3-1 in the recently-concluded Test series at home. India won the fourth and final Test by an innings and 25 runs to clinch the series and enter the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) where they will take on New Zealand.

Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)
Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)

Ravichandran Ashwin: Series Win Testament To The Fact That Indian Team At Present Is Very Good

The quality of Indian pitches remained a topic of debate throughout the Test series with several former cricketers and experts taking a dig at the quality of the tracks offered. The pitch debate intensified after the third Test in Ahmedabad finished inside just two days with India recording a dominant 10-wicket win.

The likes of Michael Vaughan, Steve Waugh, and Andrew Strauss among others were critical of the spin-friendly wicket in Ahmedabad. But none of it seemed to have bothered Team India, who won three matches on the trot after losing the series-opener to clinch the series 3-1 and make it to the WTC final.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

“This series win is a testament to the fact that this is a very good Indian cricket team, that is all I would like to say. The criticism around the pitch, all that, the other day, Sunny sir was saying something that makes complete sense,” Ashwin said in a virtual press conference.

The spinner all-rounder further stated that paying attention to the pitch critics is like encouraging them to make a mockery of cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin was the leading wicket-taker with 32 scalps in 4 Tests averaging 14.72 in the recently concluded 4 Test series against England.

Ravichandran Ashwin lifted his batting and scored his fifth Test hundred in the 2nd Test at Chennai on a pitch that was the subject of intense criticism. For his all-around effort (32 wickets and 189 runs), he walked away with the Man of the Series award.

Ravichandran Ashwin: People Giving Attention To People Making A Mockery Of Cricket And Want To See How Global Media Reacts If Grass Is Present On The Pitch

Taking a dig at the critics, Ravichandran Ashwin said he would like to see how global media would react if Indian commentators start posting on Instagram when India is offered green tracks while playing overseas.

“Only because you are giving attention to people who are making a mockery of cricket, I think we are encouraging them to do more and more stuff,” said Ashwin.

Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI
Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

“I would like to see one day when there is a lot of grass on the pitch somewhere else in the world, our Indian commentators talking about it and then putting an Instagram post, I would like to see that and how the global media reacts to that, then we will know, who is at fault,” he added.

India will face England in the upcoming five-match T20I series starting from March 12 after registering a comfortable victory in Tests. India has recalled Test series heroes Axar Patel and Rishabh Pant while including exciting prospects Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan.

Axar Patel, playing in just his second Test, scalped 11 wickets in the 3rd day-night Test at Ahmedabad to spin a web over the Englishmen. He returned with figures of 6/38 and 5/32 as England was bundled out for 112 and 81 only in the 3rd Test. Axar Patel took 27 scalps in his memorable debut Test series playing only 3 Tests against England.

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Series Win Testament Of Indian Team’s Quality: Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin had his say over the pitch debate after India emerged victorious by an innings and 25 runs in the 4th and final Test against England.

The series has made a special place in the history of the game for the raging debates over the pitches on offer. Several former players and experts targeted the spin-friendly tracks after the Joe Root-led England team suffered a defeat in the 2nd Test. The debate was heated up by the criticism from former England captains Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss after the day-night Test in Ahmedabad ended before the completion of two full days.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

 Series Win Is A Testament That The Indian Team Is Excellent: Ravichandran Ashwin

But amid all the off-field chaos, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team kept on the momentum they gained after winning the second Test in Chennai. The 327-run triumph marked India’s terrific comeback and then there was no looking back as India clinched the series 3-1 to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final.

Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)
Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)

Speaking to reporters in a virtual press conference, Ravichandran Ashwin said that the series win is a testament to the quality of the current Indian team.

“This series win is a testament to the fact that this is a very good Indian cricket team, that is all I would like to say. The criticism around the pitch, all that, the other day, Sunny sir was saying something that makes complete sense,” Ashwin was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the leading wicket-taker with 32 scalps in 4 Tests averaging 14.72 in the recently concluded 4 Test series against England. Ravichandran Ashwin lifted his batting and scored his fifth Test hundred in the 2nd Test at Chennai on a pitch that was the subject of intense criticism. For his all-around effort (32 wickets and 189 runs), Ravichandran Ashwin walked away with the Man of the Series award

Ravichandran Ashwin Felt That Critics Are Encouraged To Make A Mockery Of Cricket By Targeting The Pitch

The pitches in Chennai (first 2 Tests) and Ahmedabad (last 2 Tests) have been under the scanner ever since the 4-match Test series between India and England kicked off. Former England captains Michael Vaughan, Andrew Strauss, and Alastair Cook have slammed the turning tracks aiding spinners, especially the one used for the day-night Test which ended in 2 days.

“Only because you are giving attention to people who are making a mockery of cricket, I think we are encouraging them to do more and more stuff. I would like to see one day when there is a lot of grass on the pitch somewhere else in the world, our Indian commentators talking about it and then putting an Instagram post, I would like to see that and how the global media reacts to that, then we will know, who is at fault,” he added.

Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI
Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

Axar Patel, playing in just his second Test, scalped 11 wickets in the 3rd day-night Test at Ahmedabad to spin a web over the Englishmen. He returned with figures of 6/38 and 5/32 as England was bundled out for 112 and 81 only in the 3rd Test. Axar Patel took 27 scalps in his memorable debut Test series playing only 3 Tests against England.  India came back remarkably after losing the first Test both against Australia and England.

India lost the 1st Test by 227 runs but won the next 3 Tests by 317 runs, 10 wickets, and an innings and 25 runs respectively. India had performed similarly in the Australian tour by losing the 1st Test by 8 wickets. They won the 2nd Test by 8 wickets before drawing the 3rd Test and winning the last by 3 wickets chasing a stiff 329 odd target.

Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss
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Andrew Strauss Accepts England Batsmen Were Not Good Enough

Andrew Strauss criticized England batsmen after they got bowled out for 205 on the 1st day of the fourth and final Test against India at Ahmedabad on Thursday, 4th March.

Andrew Strauss criticized England batsmen rather than the pitch, for a change, after yet another poor performance from the visiting team against India in the ongoing fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad.

Former England cricketer Andrew Strauss. (Photo | AFP)
Former England cricketer Andrew Strauss. (Photo | AFP)

Andrew Strauss: England’s Batting In These Conditions Isn’t Good Enough

Andrew Strauss has been vocal in his criticism of the Ahmedabad pitch after the previous Test match ended in 2 days with India winning by 10 wickets. The fourth Test, even though it’s taking place at the same venue, is being played on a different pitch with this one not turning as much as the previous one.

England however, couldn’t make use of the perfect batting conditions on Thursday and got bowled out for 205 in less than 3 sessions on the first day. The English batsmen once again struggled against Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin, with the spin duo grabbing 7 wickets in the first innings.

Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI
Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

Looking at England’s performance, Andrew Strauss accepted that their batsmen are just not good enough to deal with the conditions in India.

“The Indian bowling was good, we’ve come to expect good quality Indian bowling… but let’s not hide away from the truth: England’s batting in these conditions is not good enough, quite frankly. You can think of all sorts of excuses around pitches and balls and inexperience, but if you want to win in India you have got to find a way of getting first-innings runs and England haven’t been able to do that,” Strauss said on Channel 4.

Axar Patel bagged 4 scalps, Ravichandran Ashwin picked 3 scalps while Washington Sundar took a solitary wicket as England got bowled out in 75.5 overs after electing to bat first on a surface that did not aid spinners that much.

India Are 80/4 In 37.5 Overs

India, who are 2-1 up in the four-Test series, reached 24 for 1 at stumps on Day 1 and will be confident against a spin-heavy England attack on Day 2 with James Anderson as the lone frontline seamer, while Ben Stokes battles an upset stomach. Rohit Sharma was batting on eight and Cheteshwar Pujara was on 15 with the hosts 181 behind.

On the 2nd day, India lost the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara for 17 and skipper Virat Kohli who fell without troubling the scorers. Shubman Gill was earlier dismissed without opening his account. Rohit Sharma is batting on 32 while Ajinkya Rahane fell to James Anderson after scoring 27. India is reeling at 80/4 at lunch break on Day 2.

Ben Stokes (Photo | AP)
Ben Stokes, England all-rounder (Photo | AP)

All-rounder Ben Stokes accounted for skipper Virat Kohli’s prized scalp while Jack Leach and James Anderson were also among the wickets. Ben Stokes had top-scored with 55 in England’s 1st innings. India trail by 125 runs.

Ollie Pope,
Ollie Pope. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Andrew Strauss Reckons Ollie Pope As The Real Find For England Team

Former England Skipper Andrew Strauss heaped praise on Ollie Pope’s batting technique. He labels Pope the real finding for England. Strauss’ remark came after the middle-order-batsman scored 91 runs in the first innings of the ongoing third Test match against West Indies in Manchester

Ollie Pope was the answer to England’s prayer when the team lost three wickets at 92 runs. He came as the saviour and stitched up a 140 runs match-saving partnership with Joss Buttler. In the last two Tests, he could not even touch 15 runs mark but his innings the third Test has impressed Strauss. 

Ollie Pope is a guy who can score quickly: Andrew Strauss

Ollie Pope
Ollie Pope (Image Credit: Twitter)

In his 91 runs innings, Pope averaged 60.67, striking 11 boundaries. Strauss was amazed by some of the Pope’s shot during his innings. He added that the 22-year-old was impressive while batting against spinners and seamers. He also doubts if the Pope has any weakness. 

“If you look at his first-class record, he’s averaging 57 and he’s proved that he can do it in Test cricket with that great innings he played in South Africa,” Strauss told ‘Sky Sports’.

“Today was more of the same. He’s a guy who can score quickly without you really noticing it. He played some really eye-catching shots as well and he looks equally comfortable against seam and spin, so no obvious weaknesses there. He’s a real find for England, I think,” Strauss added.

Pope would also suit for ODIs: Strauss

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Ollie Pope. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Although Ollie Pope is yet to make debut in ODIs, Strauss is sure that he would easily cement his place in that format. However, he believes the youngster should currently focus on the longest format of cricket. 

“He’s got the game to play in ODIs, in various different positions. We know he can play all those funky ramp shots and whatever. But for the time being I’d quite like him just doing his time in the Test team, not getting funky with his technique which is perfect,” Strauss said.

Meanwhile, England’s first innings ended with, scoring 369 runs. West Indies will have to toil hard to minimize the lead. 

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2011 World Cup: Top 5 Most Runs Scorers From The Boundaries In An Innings

Boundaries are very crucial in cricket, and it plays more powerful role in the limited-overs matches. During the 2011 World Cup (originally known as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011), we experienced a total of 1902 fours and 258 sixes (a total of 9156 runs from the boundaries).

In the 2011 World Cup, some batsmen played the game-changing aggressive knocks with the help of high boundaries.

Here we are talking about the top five most runs scorers from the boundaries in an innings during the 2011 World Cup.

Ross Taylor (New Zealand) – 74 runs against Pakistan (at Pallekele on 8th March 2011)

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Ross Taylor (Image Credit: Getty Images)

It was the 24th match of the 2011 World Cup (Group A). Ross Taylor came to bat when New Zealand were struggling in the first innings. The right-handed batsman was lucky as the Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal dropped him twice at the early of that innings, and Taylor counted those opportunities in an incredible.

While New Zealand were battling on 163/4 in 40 overs, set batsman Taylor’s superb batting helped his team to manage the first innings total of 302/7 in 50 overs, including 100 runs in the final five overs. During that knock, Taylor scored 131 not out off 124 balls. During that game changing batting performance, Taylor hit 8 fours and 7 sixes and scored 74 runs from the boundaries.

In reply, Pakistan were bundled out for just 192 runs as New Zealand won that match by 110 runs.

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Sir Andrew Strauss Becomes A Surprise Candidate For The Next CA CEO Role: Report

While Cricket Australia (CA) is currently facing a deep crisis, there has now opened up a battle to become the next CA CEO. Very surprisingly, the former England captain and former Director of Cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Sir Andrew Strauss, has reportedly become a candidate to take the role of next CA CEO.

The recent financial crisis has put the CA in a deep mess. CA CEO Kevin Roberts, who took up the role around 20 months ago, has been removed from the post on last Tuesday (16th June). Nick Hockley, the CEO of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 local organising committee, is currently handling the CA CEO role for the interim period. So, the CA is now busy to find out a proper candidate for this post.

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According to a recent report in The Australian, some influentials are supporting Sir Andrew Strauss for the next CA CEO role. CA Chairman Earl Eddings also recently claimed that the board is searching for the full-time CEO ‘here and overseas’.

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Andrew Strauss (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Former England captain Strauss played the international cricket between 2003 and 2012 where he played 100 Tests, 127 ODIs and four T20Is. Under his captaincy, England cricket achieved some great successes, remarkably noted winning the 2010/11 Ashes series in Australia which was there first Ashes series victory in Australia since 1986/87.

Sir Andrew Strauss was an impactful Director of Cricket for the ECB

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Sir Andrew Strauss (Image Credit: Twitter)

Strauss also played a very important role as a Director of Cricket for the ECB in the build-up a strong limited-overs England team, who has not only dominated in the world but also won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and just missed out to winning the ICC World T20 2016 (finished as the runners-up). He took up that role in 2015, after England’s early exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and encouraged the England cricket to grow up to end their ICC trophy droughts. During his tenure, England Women’s cricket team also won the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 at home.

Strauss resigned from the role of Director of Cricket for the ECB in October 2018 due to his wife’s illness, who was battling against lung cancer and later died on 29th December 2018.

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‘Blessing in disguise’- Andrew Strauss on how the Ben Stokes episode revived England cricket

England’s Ben Stokes had his fair share of ups and downs. From being a trouble maker to be an instrumental figure in the country’s 2019 World Cup victory- Stokes has been at extreme ends of the pole. His involvement in the 2017 Bristol nightclub brawl nearly ended his cricketing career, but that episode played a key role in shaping up England cricket’s culture in the long run, according to ECB Director of Cricket- Andrew Strauss.

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The Johannesburg-born 40-year-old played 100 Tests followed by 127 ODIs and four T20Is for England. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Strauss played a crucial role in revamping the England side. Speaking on Sky Sports podcast, Strauss narrated how the incident featuring Stokes played a pivotal role in shaping fortunes. “That was a massive spanner on the works. It made us realize no matter what you do in the park, there can be some things that can happen off the pitch that can be far more damaging than anything that happens on the pitch.” he said.

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Andrew Strauss on the Ben Stokes episode

“Us losing a series is a bit of a step back but it’s not a big deal. But losing our best player for an extended period of time. Having to reshape our team and constantly back off questions about the England team’s culture and drinking and that sort of stuff was incredibly damaging.” the former England skipper opined.

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Stokes was England’s match-winner at the World Cup and the home Ashes series against Australia. The heroics at Headingly by the batter denied Tim Paine’s men a series win on English soil in nearly three decades. Strauss termed the turbulent period as a blessing in disguise as that earned England their maiden World Cup and stitched their team culture for good.

“In retrospect I think what happened with Ben Stokes was a blessing in disguise because it helped the players appreciate the culture bit. They realised it’s not one of those things that the coach or the director wants us to do but it is something which either takes us close to winning or takes us away from it.” Strauss said.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan Reveals Three Major Factors For Their Incredible Transformation In ODI Cricket

England’s recent ODI performances have amazed the entire cricket world. The present no.1-ranked ODI side England is one of the hot favourites to win the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Recently, their limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has revealed the three major points for their incredible transformation in ODI cricket.

Though England is one of the oldest international cricket teams, they haven’t won a Cricket World Cup yet. In the Cricket World Cup history, their best record is runners-up for the three times (1979, 1987 and 1992).

However, in the last six Cricket World Cups (since 1996), England hasn’t qualified even for the semi-finals. They had a poor experience in the previous Cricket World Cup (2015) in Australia and New Zealand. England massively failed to impress in that tournament as they ended their journey from the Group Stages. In the crucial Group Stage encounter against Bangladesh, England suffered a nervous 15-run defeat which forced them to finish their campaign at the early stage.

Since then, the England cricket team has gradually transformed, and now they are one of the strongest ODI sides. In the last two years, England has achieved massive success in ODI cricket. They are one of the most consistent ODI teams at present. Since May 2018, England is holding the top rank in ODI cricket.

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Andrew Strauss’ appointment as the director was crucial

Talking about their recent ODI success, England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has credited Andrew Strauss, the former English captain and former England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket. While Strauss retired from international cricket in 2012, he took the director role in May 2015. In last October, Strauss resigned from that director post to spend more time with his wife, who was undergoing cancer treatment at that time.

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Andrew Strauss (Image Credit: Google)

Morgan recently told the ICC, “The appointment of Andrew Strauss, and the direction that he gave myself, the coach and the selectors in how we were going to play our cricket, we were certainly on board with that.

“And then selecting a group of players who played in the manner that we wanted to play, and then trusting them and giving them plenty of time to adapt to the new style of play. I think those three key things were massive in our transformation.”

It’s been a long process – Eoin Morgan about their transformation

Eoin Morgan has taken the regular captaincy charge for England in limited-overs cricket just before the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Morgan has claimed that the previous World Cup failure was the massive learning for them.

He added about their present success, “It’s been a long process. I think there have been a number of key factors that have contributed to that process. I think certainly learning from the 2015 World Cup was a huge part of that and actually the cornerstone of the thinking behind how we were going to change how we played.”

England will participate in the upcoming 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup as the host side (England and Wales). This 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup will run from 30th May to 14th July. England will start their new World Cup campaign on the opening day (30th May) when they will face South Africa at The Oval (London).

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England vs India 2018: Andrew Strauss Praises Alastair Cook As England’s Greatest Player

Former English skipper, Andrew Strauss has shared high praise for Alastair Cook as England greatest player prior to his international retirement after the completion of the ongoing five-match Test series against India.

Meanwhile, former captain Cook, England’s all-time record run-scorer, walked out to a guard of honour from the opponents. Furthermore, Strauss presented him with a commemorate cap before the start of the play. Strauss, now the ECB director, addressed the England team before handing Cook a cap numbered 161 to mark the final international match of a 12-year international career.

Moreover, Alastair Cook also expressed his pleasure to share the dressing room with incredible players throughout his career. Furthermore, the southpaw also added that he is keen to go out with a win in the England shirt.

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“Not that I am wishing this week away but once it is out of the way and the dust has settled and life has moved on I think it will be a great watch, just to appreciate how many people I have played Test cricket with and how special everything has been.” Cook said.

Andrew Strauss shares his praise for Alastair Cook

Strauss out of his understandable loyalty to his former opening partner expressed high praise for Cook. So much so, he labeled him as England’s greatest cricketer ever.

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That average, that consistency, the number of times he has passed fifty and obviously the hundreds and the match-winning hundreds he’s got, all combine to make him England’s greatest player ever in my opinion,” Strauss said.

Meanwhile, India got the upper hand late in the day banking on their fast bowlers. After a gritty start, England finally gave up to finish the day on 197 for seven.

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