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ICC World Cup 2019: England vs Australia, Edgbaston – England’s Predicted Playing XI

Hosts England will take on Australia at the Edgbaston in the much-awaited second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 on Thursday (July 11). Of late, The Three Lions boasts about a brilliant record against the Aussies in the One-day Internationals. To talk about England’s predicted playing XI, skipper Eoin Morgan won’t like to tinker much with the side.

With England banking on Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow at the top, Australia will be aiming to witness David Warner going berserk in Birmingham. Meanwhile, it would be interesting how

England will go against a side which is unbeaten in the history of World Cup semis.

Here’s England’s predicted playing XI for the semi-final against Australia:

Jason Roy:

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Since Jason Roy has made a comeback, England line-up has looked more threatening, to say the least.

Roy is an explosive batsman, who on his day could decimate any high-quality bowling attack. Following a brilliant start in the final league stage game, he would be itching to make it count in the semis.

Jonny Bairstow:

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Jonny Bairstow has been exceptional with the bat in hand. The quick learner of the game, Bairstow has slammed a fine ton in the previous match against New Zealand.

Equally, he would like to come good in a pulsating contest between bat and ball in Edgbaston.

Joe Root:

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The backbone of English batting line-up Joe Root might not have a good record against Australia, but he is altogether a player to watch out for in the crucial game.

Root has the onus on his shoulders to deliver in the middle overs.

Jos Buttler:

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Jos Buttler is a pure entertainer of the white-ball cricket. Buttler had shown what he could do in the middle overs.

Known for his power-hitting, Buttler is equally good at rotating the strike which playing an imperative role in the top-flight cricket.

Eoin Morgan:

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The southpaw in the form of skipper Eoin Morgan needs to show more promise early on. Morgan, who had played some courageous knocks in the ongoing tourney.

Morgan has a major task on his shoulders.

Ben Stokes:

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The prominent all-rounder Ben Stokes had played a couple of brilliant innings at the fag end of the innings. Overall, Stokes would be crucial with the ball as well in Birmingham.

Stokes could turn game on his head.

Chris Woakes:

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Chris Woakes is crucial for England with the new ball. He has ten scalps to his name. Also, Woakes ability to strike at the lower order adds much to the Three Lions.

Woakes has a major role to play with the ball.

Liam Plunkett:

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Liam Plunkett has featured in five matches, and he has done an exceptional job by bagging eight wickets. Plunkett’s ability to roll hands on the ball has given a tough time to the batters.

Also, he is handy with the bat as well.

Adil Rashid:

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The prominent English leg-spinner Adil Rashid had a mixed run in the tournament so far. Rashid had snared eight wickets in nine matches.

Also, the Edgbaston wicket will assist the spinners given to the nature of the surface.

Jofra Archer:

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The speedster Jofra Archer is the leading wicket-taker for England. Archer, who clocks at 90 miles, has bagged 17 scalps in nine matches.

He is known for using slower ones well. Thus, he would be crucial against Australia.

Mark Wood:

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The exciting speedster Mark Wood has been in remarkable form. He has 16 wickets under his belt. Also, in the league stage fixtures, Wood had stemmed the run flow apart from picking wickets at regular intervals.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Graeme Swann Lashes Out at Nathan Lyon

In the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019, hosts England are set to face Australia on Thursday (July 11). The two top-notch teams have already lined-up some prominent faces in the set-up. While speaking ahead of the game, former English off-spinner Graeme Swann has further lambasted Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon for his recent comments.

Recently, the senior Australia spinner Lyon maintained Australia will make it to the final of the World Cup by beating England in the semis.

Lyon remarked that Australia has ‘nothing to lose’.

“They have been the No. 1 team for a couple of years now. They should be going into this World Cup as favourites. It’s all on them. It’s their World Cup to lose if you ask me. We have got nothing to lose, only got stuff to gain. That’s the exciting thing about it,” Lyon had said earlier.

Earlier, in the league stage fixture, Australia had thrashed the Three Lions by 64 runs. Thus, they finished as the second-best team after India in the league fixtures of the World Cup.

Also, former England cricketer Swann believes England as a team has done a good job despite losing three matches in league fixtures.

Meanwhile, Kangaroos would want to replicate their show in the semis against England. Earlier, Joe Root maintained that England will be firm for the all-important clash as they Lyon’s comments won’t be a distraction.

Meanwhile, apart from the verbal battle, Australia had faced a heat due to the injuries to their crucial players ahead of the semis.

However, with David Warner going all guns blazing, Mitchell Starc, on the other hand, is breathing fire. Aaron Finch is somewhat in good stead before they will battle it out in Birmingham.

On the other side, England has done a terrific job by making good use of their players. Until last month, England were the No. 1 ODI ranked team before India replaced them following a magnificent run at the ODI showpiece.

It’s the most blatant panic call from Nathan Lyon: Graeme Swann

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While echoing the comments of Root, Swann maintained it’s nothing, but it is visible that Australia is under pressure.

“Nathan Lyon has said England are the team ‘under pressure’ going into this one. And that his side will relish their underdog status. Come off it, Nathan. I’m no psychologist but I think that’s the most blatant panic call I’ve ever heard. ‘Nathan is prone to this kind of bluster so pay no attention. When a player says the pressure is on the opposition, it’s a sure sign their own team are feeling the pressure,” Swann told Betfair.

Swann admitted the fact that England had done exceedingly well apart from the occasional failures in the league stage fixtures.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Australia vs England, Edgbaston – Australia’s Predicted Playing XI

Australia is set to face hosts England in the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019, at the Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday (July 11). Despite being marred by injuries, Australia had some quality players waiting in the wings with Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh already being called up as a cover.

So far, Australia is yet to lose a semi-final in the ODI showpiece. It’s going to be an enticing clash in a couple of days time.

Here’s Australia’s predicted XI for the second semi-final against England:

David Warner:

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David Warner has been in incredible form. He has amassed 638 runs in nine matches at an average of 79.75.

The southpaw would be crucial for Aussies in the semi-final clash at Edgbaston. He would be eyeing for a rollicking start.

Aaron Finch:

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Aaron Finch has led from the front. He has scored the bulk of the runs for his team. Finch has backed his team by scoring at the brisk pace.

In nine innings Finch has slammed 507 runs at an average of 56.33.

Steven Smith:

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Steven Smith has a mixed show at the World Cup. The backbone of Australian batting line-up Smith has 294 runs to his name in nine matches.

All in all, the right-handed batsman is a big match player.

Matthew Wade:

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The Hobart-born 31-year-old left-handed batsman, Matthew Wade, has enough experience on his back. In 94 ODIs, Wade has 1777 runs to his name. He also has ten half-centuries and a ton to his name.

Wade is known for his establishing role in the middle overs.

Glenn Maxwell:

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So far, Glenn Maxwell had a below average tournament. He has 155 runs to his name in nine innings.

However, given his ability to change the complexion of the game, Maxwell altogether becomes a threat in such crunch moments of the game.

Alex Carey:

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Alex Carey has been exceptional with his knock, in the previous game, he has played fighting innings to keep Australia afloat in the high-scoring game.

Carey is also known for changing his gears, and he has been handy at the fag end of innings,

Mitchell Marsh:

The 27-year-old all-rounder Mitchell Marsh could get a straightaway game. With his average reading 35.7 in 53 ODIs, Marsh is known for going after the bowlers, as well.

The right-handed batsman Marsh is capable of stitching partnerships in the middle overs.

Pat Cummins:

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Speedster Pat Cummins had done significantly well for his team. Cummins, who not only stemmed the run flow in the middle overs, further went on to pick wickets at the regular intervals. He has 13 wickets to his name.

Mitchell Starc:

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Mitchell Starc is in some red-hot form. The only game he went wicketless came against India. The left-arm paceman has bagged two five-wicket hauls and as many four-wicket hauls.

Starc is the leading wicket-taker of the competition with 26 scalps under his belt.

Jason Behrendorff:

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The promising youngster Jason Behrendorff has featured in four matches. He has nine wickets to his name.

Behrendorff would be crucial for Australia in the initial overs.

Nathan Lyon:

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The premium off-spinner Nathan Lyon has three wickets under his name in as many games. Lyon has a wealth of experience. He could give a tough time to the Three Lions.

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ICC World Cup 2019: England vs India, Edgbaston – India’s Predicted Playing XI

England vs India game is some game to witness for the die-hard fans at the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. The top-two ICC ranked ODI teams have given everything to settle for their best playing XI at the ODI showpiece. We’re here to brief about India’s predicted playing XI for Sunday’s clash against Eoin Morgan-led Three Lions.

So far, India has been a dominating unit at the ODI showpiece by winning five matches. However, their game against New Zealand was marred by rain at the Trent Bridge on June 13.

On the other side, following a couple of losses, England’s hopes for semi-finals is lingering on a thin thread. They’ve to win the remainder of the two games to stay in the hunt for the knockout berth.

Here’s India’s predicted playing XI for England tie at Edgbaston:

KL Rahul:

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The young gun KL Rahul looks in reasonable control. The right-handed batsman Rahul has scored cautious 64-ball 48 against the Windies on Tuesday (June 27) in Manchester. He will be backing himself to convert his starts during a crucial tie against England.

Rohit Sharma:

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Team India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma had a stroke of bad luck in the previous game. The prominent batsman was declared out by the straight umpire when many believed benefit of the doubt should’ve gone in batsman’s favour.

Rohit faced 23 deliveries for his 18. He is the leading run-getter for India with 338 runs at an average of 84.50 in five matches.

Virat Kohli:

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Virat Kohli has made it a norm to deliver consistently. Apart from Rohit, the team revolves around Kohli at the top. He has garnered 316 runs in five innings at 63.20.

He is the man to watch out for in the much-awaited clash in Birmingham.

Also Read : ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (Match 38): England vs India – Stats Preview

Vijay Shankar:

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At the No. 4 spot, Vijay Shankar got an opportunity to deliver for the Men in Blue. However, he is yet to take control of an innings with his highest score 29 coming against Afghanistan.

Shankar has an opportunity to prove his credentials.

Kedar Jadhav:

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Kedar Jadhav couldn’t leave an impact with the bat at the World Cup. Known for stringing a partnership, Jadhav is capable of winning games for his team. He would be looking forward to producing an outstanding show against England.

MS Dhoni:

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MS Dhoni has played a responsible knock on a wicket which somewhat proved to be a bit difficult. Dhoni started off quite slow, like he always does, remained unbeaten on 56 off 61 balls.

He is the man to take charge of the middle-order department for India.

Hardik Pandya:

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All-rounder Hardik Pandya has played a good knock again the Caribbean. Although, Pandya struggled in between. Interestingly, he kept on relying on ones and twos in between which is a good sign.

Mohammed Shami:

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Shami to make it to playing XI against Afghans. Photo Credit: BCCI

Mohammed Shami has been incredible with the new and old ball, as well. In two matches, the right-arm pacer has already bagged a two four-wicket haul against Afghanistan and the Windies respectively.

Kuldeep Yadav:

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The left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been in prolific form with the ball. He has mounted pressure on the opposition by stemming the run-flow. While making exceptional use of his skills, Kuldeep has bagged four wickets in five matches.

Yuzvendra Chahal:

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The leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker for India. He has ten wickets to his name at the ICC World Cup.

In the previously-held game, Chahal bagged two wickets to dent the Windies.

Jasprit Bumrah:

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Jasprit Bumrah has been classical with the ball in hand. He has produced outstanding spells before finishing it off at the death. At the World Cup, Bumrah has bagged nine wickets in five matches.

He won’t let things cool down for England.

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Promising figure Warner believes the on-field aggression inspires Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: Web/Google.

David Warner Compares his Notorious Joe Root Incident with Ben Stokes’ Bristol Street Fight

Deputy to Steven Smith and the aggressive left-handed opener – David Warner revealed what surfaced in the CCTV footage regarding Bristol street-brawl involving Ben Stokes, was far better evidence then his 2013 infamous episode when he punched Joe Root in a pub.

While comparing both the incidents, Warner remarked there was a ‘lot less’ available as a proof before chief executive James Sutherland pronounced the verdict when Australia toured England.

“I had to deal with the situation that I was dealt with. Does Cricket Australia regret that or not? I don’t know,” Warner was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

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As Stokes is under investigation after thrashing 27-year-old Ryan Hale, who was hospitalised with facial injuries, as the Durham-star become the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons.

Warner added all eyes are on Stokes’ case and it is up to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to decide the fate of the promising all-rounder whether he would participate in the Magellan Ashes or not.

“It’s up to them what they want to do – how they punish him and first of all it’s up to the police. Obviously with their investigation findings, to see what happens there,” Warner stated.

Moreover, Avon and Somerset’s police have already launched the investigation of a fracas as the verdict is expected to come out in the last week of October.

“I think everyone in the world is waiting to see what happens there and what the outcome is,” Warner expressed.

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Warner further stressed the Cricket Australia hadn’t accessed any footage and hinted he is further interested in going through the video which would reveal the blow to Root at Walkabout Bar Birmingham.

“One thing they didn’t have was video footage, I’d still like to know where that is,” Warner added.

Pertinently, the 30-year-old New South Wales-based Warner was banned for the warm-up fixtures which further saw him missing out on first two Ashes Tests against England when root.

“I just copped it on the chin and moved forward,” Warned maintained.

On the other side, the notorious incident somewhat also witnessed the sacking of South Africa-based Mickey Arthur, who is concurrently a head coach for Pakistan.

“I did do my time. It was a lot less than what we’ve seen on that footage, that’s for sure,” Warner further added.

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Pertinently, Warner tendered an apology for the incident in London. Photo Credit: AFP.

However, the incident grabbed the headlines in the United Kingdom, as Warner did not face any charges from the British police.

After on-field battles in the recent past, Warner has further backed himself to show his aggressive side in the upcoming Ashes series which is scheduled for November 14.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure that when we’re out there, we’ve got a lot of energy and lot of buzz,” Warner said.

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The bold and brash Warner always wear heart on sleeve, as he felt newly-appointed skipper Root the then insulted South African batting mainstay Hashim Amla. Photo Credit: AFP/GI.

Coming to a conclusion, Warner, who has witnessed ups and downs further lavished praised on her wife Candice Falzon for playing a significant role in his professional career.

“I am fortunate enough that my wife came into my life at that time and really got me into a routine,” Warner concluded.

Warner is averaging 47.94 with the bat in 66 Test matches after making his international cricket in 2009.

Birmingham Is Britain’s Choice To Host 2022 Commonwealth Games

London, Sep 8 (IANS) Birmingham has been named as the British government’s choice to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The city beat Liverpool in the race to stage the event, after the organising federation started a search for a new host city after Durban pulled out, reports Xinhua news agency.

The decision was announced on Thursday evening.

Britain’s second biggest city will now face competition from rival bids made by Australia, Canada and Malaysia.

The British government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had sought potential bidders in Britain to host the showpiece event after the South African city pulled out. It became a two-horse race between Birmingham and Liverpool.

Organisers of the Birmingham bid say if the city is chosen it will see major investment worth hundreds of millions of dollars through upgraded sports venues and training facilities, a new aquatics center, as well as major upgrades in the city’s transport network.

Birmingham’s plans also include the building of Britain’s largest permanent athletics stadium, along with four indoor arenas.

The cost of staging the games in Birmingham would be as much as $900 million with 75 percent coming from the national government and the rest from Birmingham’s city hall.

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Vaughan believes India will challenge England at the 2019 World Cup. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

ENG vs WI 2017: Michael Vaughan Bats for Two-Division Cricket in Tests

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has expressed concern in the gentleman’s game while reckoning the two-division cricket would serve the cricketing fraternity after witnessing the Windies drubbing in the day-and-night Test against England at Edgbaston.

Vaughan’s comment came soon after Jason Holder-led side Windies lost the pink ball Test miserably by an innings and 209 runs inside three days of the first Investec Test (August 19).

The Manchester-born Vaughan, who had played a pivotal role while donning the white jersey for England, believes such games can’t be good for the longer format; as he has hinted that two divisions could eventually yield the better results, in the foreseeable future.

The world-beaters’ Windies are now struggling in the ICC Test rankings, as they are placed eighth. It’s pertinent to mention; the Windies side is yet to win a Test match in the United Kingdom since 2001 which further shows how dominant force England as a team has been since past 17 years.

The former right-handed batsman Vaughan has further suggested the world cricket governing body ICC could introduce the divisional set-up in the five-day format after two young teams, Ireland and Afghanistan were recently added to the fold, as a Full-Time ICC Members.

“This really isn’t a good spectacle for Test Match Cricket… 2 (two) divisions please,” tweeted Vaughan on his official Twitter handle.

The 42-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator, who is active on the micro-blogging site Twitter, revealed it is a sorry state of affairs to see the Caribbean side going down without fighting in the British Isles.

After the thumping win by Joe Root-led England, Vaughan, who has also congratulated Stuart Broad opined it’s sad to see the downfall of a nation which has made things quite difficult for the oppositions in the 1980s.

“This saddens me to see the demise of a Cricketing nation who back in the 80s were one of the main reasons I played the game,” Vaughan mentioned in his Tweet.

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England’s former and current captain in the frame while sharing a laugh. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

(Read Also: Stuart Broad Surpasses Sir Ian Botham to Become England’s Second Highest Wicket-Taker)

Vaughan further revealed he grew up while watching the Windies side playing at their best and the team has equally inspired him to make a career out of gentleman’s game.

Earlier, the two-tier decision backfired which further saw Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vehemently opposing the World Test Championship scheduled for 2019 from ICC.

(Read Further: England Demolish Windies Inside three days to Register Massive Win)

As the Windies board has applied the rigid approach in the recent past which helped many young players to come into the scheme of things after senior campaigners were overlooked particularly for the Test set-up owing to the long-standing disagreement that now stands resolved between the Board and players.

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Spot-Fixing Scandal: I’ve Little Confidence In The PCB – Nasir Jamshed

Discarded Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed, who has been provisionally suspended for obstructing the spot-fixing scandal case which surfaced in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL), in the United Arab Emirates, has lambasted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the rigid approach, as he believes the national board is cooking up the stories against him while adding he has little faith in the cricket body.

“We have every confidence in the National Crime Agency. But we have very little confidence in the PCB,” Jamshed was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

The 27-year-old Lahore-born Jamshed revealed PCB stated they have launched an independent probe, but the former PCB officials are hearing the case adding one can’t trust the board when they had already leaked the ‘filmsy’ information to the media houses.

“I’ve been here in Birmingham since January – and the tribunal they have formed to hear my case is made up of former PCB employees. How can that be independent?” asked Jamshed.

The reports suggested Jamshed has laughed out at the evidence provided by PCB after being grilled by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) while asking the Pakistani opener to share more details.

Interestingly, the details collected by the committee against Jamshed has been leaked, as the reports suggested eight Whatsapp voice notes in Urdu between Khalid Latif and the latter were exchanged over the bat deals.

“I’ve had an arrangement for years whereby I would sell a few CA bats and take a 10% commission. It’s no secret; I’m allowed to do it,” Jamshed revealed.

However, Jamshed stated there’s no code used when they were talking about the business of bats, as he agreed on that front while explaining he has been doing that in the past too.

As many as six players were quizzed by the Anti-Corruption Committee since February, in which two were handed a minimum ban of six months and two months respectively that further is subjected to the cooperation and behaviour of a player during the effect of the ban.

“They claim they have WhatsApp voice messages that show me talking about spot-fixing in code. But what they actually have is WhatsApp voice messages that show me talking about selling bats,” Jamshed maintained.

PCB has further revealed Jamshed hasn’t cooperated with the board, in a bid to put an end to the menace of corruption in Pakistan.

Moreover, the fresh development revealed PCB’s three-member tribunal committee in Lahore, is looking to present other charges to strength the case, as Jamshed is facing two separate cases back in Pakistan.

“I expect the NCA to clear me. But my worry is that I could be cleared by the NCA and found guilty by the PCB. That would still prevent me from playing cricket again,” Jamshed asserted.

In a startling revelation, Jamshed stated PCB is desperate to show the world the cricket in Pakistan is free from any corruption, after Lord’s infamous Test brought disgrace to the country.

“The PCB knew I was looking at a future in England. I was hoping to play county cricket here. I would still like to after all this has been resolved,” Jamshed concluded.

Jamshed has played 48 One-day Internationals, in which he scored 1,418 runs at an average of 31.51. He has also featured in 18 Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests for Pakistan.

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz were also charged with the hefty amount of fine, as Sharjeel Khan, Khalif Latif and Shahzaib Hasan are currently facing the corruption charges.


2017 ICC Champions Trophy: England Vs Australia – Five Talking Points

The England cricket team is a great force to reckon; be it their batting powerhouse or bowling ability, they have shown quality improvement in their fielding too — to save crucial runs and put pressure on the opponent like they did against Australia, in the virtual eliminator during the ongoing 2017 ICC Champions Trophy for visitors on Saturday (June 11).

After claiming a comprehensive 40-run win, England in other context was playing it out for Bangladesh for the semi-final race.

The occasion has witnessed brilliance from Australia too with the ball in first six overs after top-order showed some significant promise with the willow and late-order surrendered before England’s much-improved bowling which has been bolstered by leg-spinner Adil Rashid after missing out the inaugural game of ICC Champions Trophy against Bangladesh.

Interestingly, the superlative performance from Morgan and Co. had witnessed quality cricketing shots without too much of a fuss and the clean hitting from skipper Morgan himself made it easier for three Lions to frustrate Australian bowlers, who looked bleak after both the batsmen set their eye in.

Here’re the five points of the highly-anticipated clash between England and Australia.

The Great Ben Stokes Struck Hundred:

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Ben Stokes delivers a punch to knock out Australia in style. Photo Credit: Getty Images

If there was anyone who showed the application, dedication and courage; he was Ben Stokes, who not only shifted the gears but made batting ridiculously easier when England was reeling at 35 for three after the outstanding start from Australian fast bowlers with the new ball as Steven Smith’s side didn’t hinge on the chances that were on offer.

The adamant Stokes was in complete control, as he played some fine strokes to rebuild England’s innings alongside skipper Eoin Morgan.

Piercing gaps and sending a couple of maximums into the stands, the Christchurch-born Stokes remained unbeaten on 102 off 109 deliveries, as he registered his maiden ICC Champions Trophy century to knock Australia out of the multilateral event.

Jason Roy Claim A Stunner:

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Roy O’ Boy’ swoops on a catch in the deep to dismiss Glenn Maxwell and open the floodgates. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Who would’ve thought Australia would lose five wickets for just 15 runs in five overs, but as it has been said: ‘cricket is the game of glorious uncertainties.’

Australia’s dramatic collapse started off with a sensational catch of swashbuckling Glenn Maxwell (20 off 31), from Jason Roy in the deep when he jumped to the perfection, before making a safe landing on time; to balance himself, Roy released the ball and completed the catch while come back on to the ground after cross the cushioned boundary rope.

Roy was praised for his acrobatics on the field while playing a crucial role to send Maxwell timely back to the pavilion, but he has to deliver with the bat in a bid to maintain his position at the top.

Stokes-Morgan Record Partnership:

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Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan broke Allan Lamb and Derek Randall’s One-day Internationals record for the fourth wicket which they set against Australia in January 1983 in Melbourne. Photo Credit: Getty Images

After Australia had an upper hand in the first powerplay, it was Ben Stokes and England skipper Eoin Morgan, who launched an assault on quality Australian bowling line up – to set the new record for the fourth wicket against Ashes rivals in One-day Internationals.

The side has not only laid the strong plinth for England, for the third consecutive win but has frustrated the Australian fielders from time-to-time, who looked dismal on the day that is further a rare sight in the game of cricket.

Stoke and Morgan posted 159-run partnership off 158 balls, for the fourth wicket as Stokes contributed 85 off 90 balls and Morgan collected 67-ball 73, before Jos Butler contributed 29 off 32 balls and Stokes 17 off 20 for the fifth wicket unbeaten 46-run partnership off 52 deliveries.

Mark Wood To Hazlewood, Adil Rashid Show:

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Fast bowler Mark Wood claims ODI career best of four for 31 in his quota of 10 overs. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Bowling in Tandem Mark Wood, who boasts pace, and Adil Rashid has been working on bagful of trick did the damage to Australia by sharing four wickets each on a surface which was touted to assist batsmen in general, but hitting the right area both bowlers made it difficult task for the visitors after plinth was set by the top-order including Aaron Finch and skipper Steven Smith.

The 27-year-old Ashington-born right-arm fast bowler Mark Wood picked his career best of four for 33, in his quota of 10 overs.

At the other end, the Bradford-born Rashid used his slow bowling according to the field and a plan, conceded 41 runs to pick four crucial wickets in his 10 overs which further dent Australia after aiming to register 300-plus target while hinging on a decent start.

Australia allowed a lot of freebies following the Josh Hazlewood breezy spell at the start of the second innings in which he claimed two wickets after Mitchell Starc sent out-of-form Jason Roy back to pavilion at the score of four, on the very second ball on the England’s innings.

Rain Nemesis For Australia:

2017 ICC Champions Trophy: England Vs Australia – Five Talking Points 7
Rain has haunted Steven Smith and his men in England during the ongoing 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Australia and its die-hard fans had a dismal chapter to read out in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy following a loss against England which was also affected by inclement weather as England emerge winners by being forty runs ahead of the Kangaroos, on the Duckworth-Lewis Method when rain poured down heavily at the Edgbaston.

Interestingly, Australian could have been more threatening for the hosts when the weather improved which didn’t witness swing from Aussie pace portent.

Coming to the first match, Australia were chasing the target of 291 thanks to Josh Hazlewood’s six-for which restricted New Zealand batsman.

While going for an all-together different plan, Australians struggled with the bat as they lost three crucial wickets at 53 runs in nine overs when the match was called-off.

In their second game against Bangladesh, Australia was in commanding position while going at brisk pace, as they posted 83 for one in 16 overs, after bundling out the Tigers for 182 in 44.3 overs.


2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Salman Butt Feels Players Lose ‘Concentration’ In Pressure Games

Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has thrown his complete support behind national side by stating, Sarfraz Ahmed-led side must do basics right against India in their tournament opener of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at the Edgbaston in Birmingham, on Super Sunday.

Salman suggested that they should enjoy the game after looking at the head-to-head record against arch-rivals India in the ICC Champions Trophy tournament.

“They [Men in Green] should not take any kind of pressure. Instead, they should just enjoy the game and play like they normally do,” Salman told Express Tribune.

The 32-year-old Salman feels there would be an added pressure, as it would grab the attention of millions of eyeballs, as he further urged the team to give their best while stating the nation is in all support for the national team.

“There is of course added pressure since the entire world is watching but they must know that all of Pakistan is behind them,” Salman remarked.

The left-handed batsman Salman, who has had enjoyed his batting against India in the past revealed players do get carried away in the heat of a moment.

“The pressure in the game against India always makes players lose their concentration,” Salman asserted.

Salman has further opined if Pakistan would eke out a win against formidable India, there are good chances of them making it to the much-awaited semi-finals in the short event adding a game against the Proteas would be ‘tough’ one.

“If they manage to get a good start by winning against India, then that will boost them mentally for their next matches,” Salman further said.

Salman revealed it’s the pressure that makes things pretty difficult during the high-octane games between the two neighbouring countries while praising Sarfraz for being aggressive and active with the bat and in the field as well.

“He gets really involved in the game, which is good to see,” he said. “It is always a test of the captain in pressure matches against India but I think the whole team is with Sarfraz,” Salman said on Sarfraz, who will be leading his side for the first time in ICC Champions Trophy.

Having the experience of playing against India, Salman went on to say that the mixture of youth and experience would play a crucial role at the neutral venue.

“We have number of experienced players who can guide the team to a good position during the match, while the juniors have a golden opportunity to perform against India and make a good impression in the cricketing world,” Salman further added.

Salman reiterated Virat Kohli-led side is complacent one in terms of an experience, as they have emerged as best of the outfit throughout the years.

“India have the more experienced side but Pakistan has always gone with a combination of senior and junior players; that seems to work for them in difficult situations,” Salman added.

Interestingly, the Lahore-born batsman, who was jailed after Lord’s infamous Test in 2010, has registered five hundreds for Pakistan after playing 21 games against India.

After making his international debut in 2003, Salman had featured in 78 One-day Internationals in which he has amassed 2,725 runs at an average of 36.82. He has also eight centuries and 14 half-centuries to his name in the 50-over format.