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Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter
Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter

Ben Stokes Praises Skipper Joe Root For His 100 On Day 4 Of 1st Test Against India

Ben Stokes, England’s all-rounder has lauded his captain Joe Root for his defiant century on Day 4 of the Nottingham Test against India.

Joe Root struck 109 off 172 balls as England scored 303 in their second innings to set the visitors a victory target of 209 runs. England is missing Ben Stokes, who pulled out of the Test series just a few days before it began, to prioritize his mental well-being.

Ben Stokes, Joe Root.
Ben Stokes, Joe Root. Image-Twitter

Ben Stokes Hails Skipper Joe Root In A Tweet For Scoring Another Test Ton

Joe Root’s 64 in the first innings helped England from a major deficit and his century in the second innings had so much of a fight for his side as the skipper. He finished with 109 in 172 balls with 14 fours and played a lot of shots that were pleasing to the eyes. He has taken England to a respectable score which can be defended in the 4th innings if they bowl well.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

Taking to his Twitter account on Saturday, Ben Stokes shared a video of Joe Root celebrating his 21st Test hundred and posted: “My man…..through thick and thin.” He also shared a heart emoji along with the post. Joe Root yet again bailed England out of trouble after their top three failed. Rory Burns (18), Dom Sibley (28), and Zak Crawley (6) were undone by the Indian pacers.

The England captain occupied the crease for 284 minutes during his innings and hit 14 boundaries. Jonny Bairstow (30) and Sam Curran (32) chipped in with decent contributions to lift the hosts past the 300-run mark. For India, Jasprit Bumrah was the standout performer with 5 for 64.

Joe Root Said England Team Was Behind Ben Stokes Who Decided To Take An Indefinite Break From Cricket To Prioritize Mental Wellbeing

Speaking ahead of the Test series against India, Joe Root threw his weight behind Ben Stokes, backing the World Cup-winning all-rounder’s decision to pull out of the series due to mental health issues. Joe Root said that the entire England team was behind Ben Stokes and wished him to be well.

At a press conference, Root had said: “From my point of view, I just want my friend to be okay. Anyone who knows Ben is aware that he always puts other people in front of himself. And I think now is the opportunity for Ben Stokes to put himself first. To take time to look after himself and get himself into a good place again.”

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

“Hopefully that can be sooner rather than later. I think cricket has to be the secondary thought down the line. He should take as much time as he needs. He has got my full support. I am sure he has the ECB’s full support and certainly the whole team’s. More than anything, we just want Ben to be okay.”

Ben Stokes suffered a finger injury during the first match of IPL 2021 and was immediately ruled out of the T20 league. He recently returned to lead an inexperienced England side to a 3-0 win over Pakistan in an ODI series, after the entire original squad was sent into isolation due to COVID-19 hitting the camp.

Ben Stokes broke his hand taking a catch for Rajasthan Royals in the now-suspended Indian Premier League 2021 and a repeat X-ray and CT scan revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger. He missed the 2 Tests against New Zealand while his last Test came against India in March 2021.

Ben Stokes, who in normal circumstances would be vice-captain to Test skipper Joe Root, is a key figure for England. In 71 Tests, he has scored 4,631 runs at 37.04 as a dynamic left-handed batsman, including 10 hundred, and taken 163 wickets at 31.38.

England(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
England(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

Marcus Trescothick Blames Scheduling And Lack Of Test Cricket For England’s Dismal Performance On 1st Day Of Nottingham Test

Marcus Trescothick, England batting coach has blamed scheduling and lack of red-ball cricket for the home side’s dismal performance in the first innings of the first Test. England was bowled out for 183 in the first innings as nine of their batsmen apart from Joe Root could not cross 30.

England skipper Joe Root’s decision to bat first backfired badly as India pacers led by Jasprit Bumrah (4/46) and Mohammed Shami (3/28) put up an impressive show to bowl out the hosts for 183 runs in the opening Test at Nottingham on Wednesday.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

Marcus Trescothick: Scheduling Is Always An Issue

England captain Joe Root was the only batsman who could deal with the pace and swing of the Indian speedsters. Joe Root scored his 50th fifty in the format and ended up with 64 runs off 108 balls while Jonny Bairstow (29), Zak Crawley (27), and Sam Curran (27 not out) managed to reach the twenties but the rest failed miserably against the Indian pace trio.

“Probably not,” said Marcus Trescothick on being asked if the preparation was ideal.

“Scheduling is always an issue and, trying to get the balance right for the batters moving into Test series, of course, you would want them to play a certain amount of red-ball cricket,” the former England opener Marcus Trescothick added.

England is coming off white ball series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Apart from that, domestic cricket has involved the T20 Blast and The Hundred competitions.

“We all appreciate that trying to get all the cricket in for what you need for players across the whole summer — county teams, The Hundred, all these competitions going on — there’s no easy solution to get this right and something always has to give.”

Marcus Trescothick Getty Images
Marcus Trescothick Getty Images

Marcus Trescothick, however, refused to use it as an excuse.

“Of course, we don’t want to use it as an excuse but we’d love to get more time into them at the crease – bowling with the red ball, facing the red ball. But it’s not the way so you have to find a way and get into it in a different fashion.”

He called Wednesday’s performance an aberration and promised an improved show from England in the remaining days as well as the rest of the series.

“We’ll go away, lick our wounds, and find a way to try and get back in the game. Today has not been the ideal day. Of course not, but that does not define how the rest of the game or the rest of the series is going to go.”

It is perhaps hard to single out just one member of England’s top order who was most in need of discovering some form in this series, but Zak Crawley must have felt himself near the top of that list, averaging just 10.25 in Tests since his extraordinary 267 against Pakistan last summer.

Marcus Trescothick: India Is Potent And Covered All Bases As Proved By Reaching Insaugural WTC Final

He also said that India has improved over the past few years. India had lost the 2018 series in England 1-4 but since then they have scored two series wins in Australia.

“India are the most potent in comparison to where they have been for the past few years. They have a lot of bases covered. We saw them go to Australia and perform there. So it is no surprise to us. It’s just challenging and we know it’s a real contest. We have to raise our game to match up against their skills, ” Marcus Trescothick said.

“They have a good stock currently. They don’t get to the World Test Championship final for no reason, ” Marcus Trescothick said.

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source: AP IMAGE

From 138-3, England lost their next six wickets for 22 runs in the space of just 59 balls. Twice they even managed to lose two wickets in an over. Rory Burns was the man to go, the first of four English ducks on the day, taking their total in 2021 to an extraordinary 31 from just nine matches.

England won against West Indies 2-1 after losing the 1st Test in July 2020 at home and also beat Pakistan 1-0 in a 3 match Test series. New Zealand however prevailed against them in a 2 match Test affair prior to the WTC Final as the Kiwis won the 2nd Test by 8 wickets. It was the same result in the WTC Final which the Kiwis won against India.


India Is In A Good Position Having Bowling Out Hosts England For 183, Says Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami, who was at his fiery best on the opening day of the first Test against England, said that his team was in a ‘good position’ after bowling out the hosts for 183.

England skipper Joe Root’s decision to bat first backfired badly as India pacers led by Jasprit Bumrah (4/46) and Mohammed Shami (3/28) put up an impressive show to bowl out the hosts for 183 runs in the opening Test at Nottingham on Wednesday.

 Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (Courtesy: AP)
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (Courtesy: AP)

Mohammed Shami: India Is In A Good Position Having Dismissed Hosts England To Only 183 Which Is A Good Performance

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul provided a solid start after India dismissed England for only 183 runs. Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets whereas Mohammad Shami bagged three wickets to put India in front.

“Obviously because 183 as per me we should make a good score and take the lead. We are in a good position, because any team you bowl out for 183 at its home is a good performance,” Shami said at the post-day press conference.

“Now the thing is that we need to focus on the first hour and according to me the ball has not done much, the way we bowled in the day, we bowled in the right length, and accordingly you have got wickets. I think, we need to focus, and (it) doesn’t matter whether it is 183 or 283, you need to focus a bit and need to add runs,” the right-arm speedster added.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

Injury-stricken India, yet to get their reinforcements, took on England in the first Test from Wednesday 4th August with hopes of ending a streak of series losses that extend to 2011. Even as they have conquered Australia twice over the last decade, India has managed to win just two of the 14 Tests they have played in England.

They have drawn one and lost 12. It will be a tough task to beat England in England considering that India is struggling to find an opener to provide stability and a pace-bowling all-rounder who can bring in the balance.

Mohammed Shami: India Should Play The First Hour Of The 2nd Day With Caution And Mustn’t Lose Focus

At the Stumps, India was 21 without losing any wickets. India’s openers Rohit Sharma (9 not out) and KL Rahul (9 not out) negotiated the burst of English pacers in the evening session. Mohammed Shami stressed that the batsmen would need to focus in the first hour.

“Our first innings, the bowling part is over. Our batting part is left. I will say only one thing, you need to play the first hour with caution, because you should not lose your focus, be in control, so the first thing is to achieve this score and then think about the lead. The main focus will be to score 183 and after that whatever comes,” the speedster added.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

Earlier on Wednesday, England’s decision to bat first backfired as they got bowled out for 183 in 65.4 overs, the third-lowest total a team has managed against India on the first day of a Test match outside Asia. Four of their batsmen got out without scoring, a first for England against India in a Test innings on home soil.

Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler, and Ollie Robinson were sent packing by Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Shardul Thakur before they could even open their accounts in Nottingham. Jasprit Bumrah finished as the standout bowler for India with 4 wickets for 46 runs while Mohammed Shami bagged 3 for 28 and Shardul Thakur finished with 2 for 41 in just 13 overs.

England captain Joe Root was the only batsman who could deal with the pace and swing of the Indian speedsters. Joe Root scored his 50th fifty in the format and ended up with 64 runs off 108 balls while Jonny Bairstow (29), Zak Crawley (27), and Sam Curran (27 not out) managed to reach the twenties but the rest failed miserably against the Indian pace trio.

Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

Inzamam-ul-Haq Could See India’s Pain Of Losing The WTC Final Through Their Aggression

Inzamam-ul-Haq, former Pakistan captain praised India’s display against hosts England on Day 1 of the first Test. Inzamam-ul-Haq felt the bowling attack did a fantastic job of dismissing England out for a paltry 183 on a surface he felt was good enough for batting.

The 51-year-old noted that he could feel the pain of the Indian players on the field, after a heart-wrenching defeat in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand prior to this series.

Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP

Inzamam-ul-Haq Opens Up On The 1st Day Of India’s 1st Test Against England

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Inzamam-ul-Haq also claimed that Day 2 would be very vital for India.

“Day 2 is very important for India. If they score 300-350, the fate of the test match will be sealed in favour of India. The players will have to take responsibility, and they have big players. I could see their pain of losing the WTC Final through their aggression. They could not perform in that match and the aggression missing in that match, was visible here,” Inzamam said.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Team India’s decision to bench Ravichandran Ashwin and go for four pacers sparked a debate, but Inzamam-ul-Haq saw that as a positive sign. He felt that the way India chose the team was an indication that they would be playing attacking cricket.

“The body language of India has changed ever since the tour of Australia. They play cricket with aggression, this has happened in the last 1-2 years. The way they announced their team by plating four fast bowlers and an all-rounder was a positive sign. India have made it clear to the England dressing room that they will be playing attacking cricket,” Inzamam added.

Team India marked a memorable day on the field to kick start the tour of England. They triggered a collapse in the final session to dismiss England for 183 in the first innings.

England Bundled Out For 183 As Jasprit Bumrah And Mohammed Shami Shares 7 Scalps Together

The pacers led the charge with Jasprit Bumrah (4/46) and Mohammad Shami (3/28) being the pick of the bowlers. In reply, the opening pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma withstood a burst by the England seamers to finish the day unscathed at 21-0. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 9 runs each as India ended Day 1 without losing any wicket.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

England lost their last six wickets for just 45 runs in the day’s third and final session and was bundled out for 183 in their first innings.  At one stage they were 138/3 but were thwarted by the brilliant seam bowling of Jasprit Bumrah (4/46), Mohammed Shami (3/28), and Shardul Thakur (2/41).

For the hosts, skipper Joe Root made 64 off 108 balls as the others failed miserably to stand up to the Indian pace bowling attack.  It was England who won the toss and opted to bat against India in the first Test on Wednesday.

Shardul Thakur also played a key role, taking two wickets in an over – including that of the danger man Joe Root who scored a fine 64, but with wickets tumbling around him, could not carry on. Sam Curran played an impressive unbeaten knock of 27 off 37 deliveries to give England some crucial runs down the order, but no other batsman could really get going, with Jonny Bairstow‘s 29 and Zak Crawley’s 27 the only other contributions of any note.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders

Eoin Morgan Confirms He Will Play In The 2nd Leg Of The IPL 2021

Eoin Morgan has confirmed his participation in the second leg of the Indian Premier League, which was postponed earlier this year after 29 games due to a spate of Covid-19 cases in the camps of four different teams across two cities.

The rescheduled season will commence in the UAE in September, where the remaining 31 games will be played across three venues (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah).

This was incidentally the same window where England was scheduled to tour Bangladesh for three ODIs and as many T20Is. However, with that tour now postponed to March 2023, all of England’s IPL players are free to resume their duties as the 14th edition of the IPL resumes.

Eoin Morgan, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler
Eoin Morgan, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler

Eoin Morgan: Not A Bad Thing For England Cricketers To Take Time Off Or Go To The UAE To Participate In The IPL 2021

BCCI has confirmed that the English players will be available for the resumption of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held in the UAE from September 19. The postponement of the England-Bangladesh series has opened the doors for the English players to use the IPL as preparatory ground for the T20I World Cup which gets underway just after the IPL at the same venue.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Eoin Morgan, on Tuesday, stated:  “I think it was a win-win either way. If we went to Bangladesh we’d play in conditions that are foreign to us. If some guys go to the IPL, they’ll play in similar conditions [to the World Cup] or for guys that need a rest, they take a rest.”

“We’ve a lot of cricket to play between now and then. We’ve planned on the tour going ahead – that’s been part of our planning for a long time now – but equally, given the nature in which we now compete and live our lives, it’s not a bad thing for guys to either take time off or go to the IPL if they feel refreshed and have enough energy,” said Eoin Morgan.

England’s IPL contingent includes Moeen Ali and Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings), Sam Billings, Tom Curran, and Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Eoin Morgan (Kolkata Knight Riders), Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan (Punjab Kings), Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), and Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy (Sunrisers Hyderabad).

Rajasthan Royals also had Liam Livingstone, Jofra Archer, and Ben Stokes, although all of them were either injured or unavailable during the first leg.

KKR was placed in the 7th spot in IPL 2021 before it got suspended with 4 points, after just managing 2 wins from 7 matches. Eoin Morgan, the 2019 England World Cup-winning skipper, also could only score 92 runs in 7 matches and failed to score runs for the team on many occasions.

BCCI Received Green Signal From BCB On Participation Of England Players In IPL

Sources in the know of developments said the BCCI has received the green signal from the England and Wales Cricket Board on the participation of the English players and is the perfect example of the brilliant working relation BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has with the English and Bangladesh cricket board.

England and Bangladesh were set to play three ODIs and three T20Is in September-October 2021. But the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury has said the board is trying to reschedule the series against England after the T20 World Cup.  England is still set to tour Pakistan for a two-match T20I series which will take place October 14 and October 15 before the T20 World Cup 2021 and the tour is still onboard.

Bangladesh Cricket Team
Bangladesh Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the remainder of the IPL 2021 which will be held in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days. The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings led by MS Dhoni and Mumbai Indians led by Rohit Sharma.

The action will then shift to Abu Dhabi where the Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sharjah will host its first game on September 24 when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings. In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and 8 in Abu Dhabi.

Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell Reckons T20 Format Is Enough To Take cricket Into Olympics And Not The 100

Ian Chappell, former Australia captain reckons that the T20 format is enough to take the sport into the Olympics and the newest addition ‘The Hundred’ was not really needed.

The Hundred is an England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) brainchild, and it is featuring eight teams taking on each other. The first match in the competition was played between the women’s teams of Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21. The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket competition that is seeing (both men and women) featuring in the tournament.

At what point does cricket become less of a game and more of an entertainment? Getty Images
At what point does cricket become less of a game and more of an entertainment? Getty Images

Ian Chappell: T20 Enough For Participating In The Olympics And A Further Reduction-The 100 Wasn’t Necessary

Trent Rockets is leading the Men’s points table with 6 points by winning all 3 games while Northern Superchargers is leading Women’s points tally with 7 points in 4 games(3 wins and 1 no-result).

“Apart from reducing the number of balls to obtain a terrestrial television deal, the reasoning behind the Hundred could well be that it improves the chances of cricket fulfilling the Olympic dream. This is often cited as a way to spread the game’s popularity to a wider audience. Surely the T20 format could achieve that same outcome without yet another reduction,” Ian Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.

“Cricket is a team game ideally played by 11 members aside. Performance satisfaction is a big reason why youngsters fall in love with the game. Administrators would do well to remember that before they rush into devising shorter forms of the game. The more the length of an innings is reduced, the greater chance that there will be players “just making up the numbers”. Even those players crave occasional performance satisfaction,” Ian Chappell added.

Further talking about the new format, Ian Chappell said: “Throughout my playing career I believed there were two possible solutions to a problem: a simple one and a complicated one. I also believed that to the benefit of Australia, England would regularly choose the complicated solution. They’ve done it again.”

File image of Ian Chappell.(Hindustan Times)
File image of Ian Chappell. (Hindustan Times)

“To overcome the perceived problem of public not fully conversant with cricket, they’ve concocted another form of the game – The Hundred. That’s right, they’ve reduced by a mere 20 balls a format that was extremely popular with players and the public,” Ian Chappell added.

The England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) The Hundred tournament is currently going on with much fanfare. The unique format sees both the team face 100 balls each with new sets of rules for the players.

Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Rashid Khan Are Some Of The Prominent Names Participating In The 100

Players like Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Rashid Khan, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, and Jonny Bairstow are taking part in the tournament. Women’s cricket matches are also taking place simultaneously in the Hundred with five Indian players featuring across women’s teams – Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, and Jemimah Rodrigues.

The Hundred
The Hundred

Probably in her worst batting phase before coming into the tournament, Jemimah Rodrigues dazzled on her Hundred debut with an unbeaten 92 off 43 balls studded with a whopping 17 fours and a six. She pulled Northern Superchargers out of deep trouble from 19 for 4 and took them to a stunning six-wicket win with 15 balls remaining.

Jemimah Rodrigues continued her form in the next game with another fifty – 60 off 41 with ten fours – against Trent Rockets that posted a match-winning 149 for her team.

Jos Buttler. Image-Twitter
Jos Buttler. Image-Twitter

Jos Buttler Will Return To England Squad For The 2nd T20I Against Pakistan

Jos Buttler, England wicketkeeper-batsman will return to the squad for the second T20I against Pakistan on Sunday. Jos Buttler sustained a right calf injury in England’s first T20I victory over Sri Lanka last month and has not played since then.

In the 1st T20I, Pakistan scored a monumental 232 largely due to openers Babar Azam’s 85 and Mohammad Rizwan’s 63 and then bowled out opponents England for 201. Pakistan won despite Liam Livingstone’s 103 off 43 balls as Man of the Match Shaheen Shah Afridi picking 3/30 including wickets of Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow.

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler (Photo/ ICC Twitter)
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler (Photo/ ICC Twitter)

Jos Buttler Is Fit Again And Is Ready To Go And Play The 2nd T20I Against Pakistan: Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood, the standing England head coach has said that there will be quite a bit changes in the hosts’ squad for the second match against Pakistan keeping the T20 World Cup in mind.

“We have Jos Buttler fit again and he is ready to go so he will come back into the side. It will be good to see Jos Buttler back in the ranks. He has the experience and we all know what he can do at the top of the order,” Sky Sports quoted Collingwood as saying.

“We are desperate to win the games but at the same time there is experimenting going on because we have to give guys opportunities, it’s as simple as that,” he said.

“There are not many games before the T20 World Cup and we want to make sure every single position in the side is covered and we understand what every player who is backing up the other players can do,” he added.

Paul Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 One-day Internationals and 36 T20 for England.© AFP
Paul Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 One-day Internationals and 36 T20 for England.© AFP

Paul Collingwood also confirmed that Jonny Bairstow is “raring” to go in the second T20I against Pakistan.

“Jonny has a bit of bruising on the finger but he seems fine. Everyone is fit and raring to go,” said Collingwood.

Last month, the wicketkeeper-opener Jos Buttler sustained a calf tear in the first T20I against Sri Lanka, where he scored an unbeaten 68. He then missed the next two T20Is, the ODI series versus Sri Lanka, and the ODI series and the first T20I versus Pakistan, which the hosts lost on Friday by 31 runs. Dawid Malan opened alongside Jason Roy on Friday in the 1st T20I against Pakistan.

In the first T20I, Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan were rested while youngster Matt Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Curran were given opportunities. On the other hand, Pakistan is likely to go unchanged after registering their first win on the tour.

Liam Livingstone’s Fastest T20I Ton By An England Player Goes In Vain

In the first T20I, Liam Livingstone scored the fastest T20I century by an England player but failed to take the hosts over the line as Pakistan recorded a 31-run win on Friday.

Liam Livingstone made a 42-ball century, the fastest in England's T20I history Getty Images
Liam Livingstone made a 42-ball century, the fastest in England’s T20I history Getty Images

With this win, Pakistan has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Liam Livingstone smashed nine sixes and six fours in a scintillating 103 off 43 balls but Pakistan bowlers held their nerve to eke out a hard-fought win. Shadab Khan turned the tables in the visitors’ favour by dismissing Lewis Gregory (10) and Liam Livingstone in the 17th over of the match to leave the hosts on 183 for seven, 50 runs behind their 233-run target.

The England chase subsided after Liam Livingstone’s dismissal as they were bowled out for 201 with four balls to spare.  England and Pakistan will lock horns in the second T20I on Sunday.

Liam Livingstone has two more chances to gatecrash England’s first-choice XI for the Twenty20 World Cup, with assistant coach Paul Collingwood admitting his record-breaking hundred could make him impossible to ignore.

Liam Livingstone hit England’s fastest-ever century in a losing cause against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, blitzing nine sixes as he reached 103 in just 42 balls. Four years and a couple of false starts from his debut, it was the kind of devastating innings that changes perceptions and alters plans.

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali | AFP
Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali | AFP

Hasan Ali To Miss First England T20I Due To Left Leg Strain

Hasan Ali, Pakistan pacer has been rested for the first of the three T20Is against England as a precautionary measure due to a strain in his left leg, which he picked during a training session at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

The fast bowler will now be assessed ahead of the second T20I, following which a decision on his participation will be made.

Hasan Ali picked up an injury during training on the eve of the game
Hasan Ali picked up an injury during training on the eve of the game © AFP

Hasan Ali Picked Up A Strain In His Left Leg

Hasan Ali will miss the first of the three T20Is against England as a precautionary measure after picking up a strain in his left leg during a training session at Trent Bridge on Thursday. PCB has announced Hasan Ali’s unavailability on the morning of the first game.

Hasan Ali played all the three ODIs against England where he returned a five-wicket haul in the second game. It was his first ODI five-wicket haul since 2017 after having had been set back by a back injury that ruled him out for over a year. He was then hit by a groin injury on return, forcing an absence that extended 20 months.

Hasan Ali Image Credit: AFP
Hasan Ali Image Credit: AFP

A decision on the pacer’s further availability will be made after assessments ahead of the second T20I. The first match of the three-match series will be played on Friday (July 16).

Babar Azam-led Pakistan will take on Eoin Morgan’s England at Trent Bridge on Saturday. In a disappointing 0-3 drubbing at the hands of a seconds-string England in the ODI series, Hasan Ali shone brightly in the 2nd ODI, bagging five wickets for 51 runs.

Babar Azam Led Pakistan Will Be Under Pressure For Losing The ODI Series 3-0 And Because Of England Regulars Return In T20Is

After the drubbing, Babar Azam & Co are aiming to bounce back and clinch the three-match T20 series against Eoin Morgan’s England, who have got their first team back after the entire squad was put into isolation following a COVID outbreak in the Three Lions camp ahead of the Pakistan series.

The series is going to be a huge step in preparations for the upcoming 2021 T20I World Cup for both teams and nail-biting encounters may be seen when the series kicks off on Friday. Things will be difficult for the visitors as a host of England regulars will return to the side including captain Eoin Morgan.

Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan (Getty)
Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan (Getty)

Pakistan was undone in the ODI series due to the lack of partnerships at the top of the order and the only time they crossed 200 was when two of their top three batsmen registered big scores. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will take a cue from their series win over South Africa earlier this year and hope to give brisk starts, with pitches very conducive for scoring runs in England.

Mohammad Rizwan has the license to take on the bowlers as Babar Azam takes up the anchor role, and both will need to practice their roles to perfection should the Men in Green have any chance to win the T20I series.

England recently won the three-match ODI series against the visitors with their second team after the first side had to self-isolate due to seven Covid-19 cases in the squad just before the series. Several second-team players gave commanding performances as England beat Pakistan 3-0.

Three players who have stood out in the ODI series against Pakistan are fast bowler Saqib Mahmood, seam-bowling all-rounder Lewis Gregory and James Vince, who scored a century in the third ODI. The likes of Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, and Eoin Morgan return while Ben Stokes has been rested.

ENG vs PAK Probable Playing 11

ENG Playing 11

Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordon, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Curran

PAK Playing 11

Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf

Sir Ian Botham(Getty Images)
Sir Ian Botham(Getty Images)

Ian Botham Criticizes England’s Rest And Rotation Policy

Ian Botham, former England all-rounder did not mince words on England’s contentious rest-and-rotation policy. The legendary all-rounder called said that he would not have liked someone ordering him to take a rest after a couple of good Tests during his playing days.

England’s rotation policy, devised to manage the workload of multi-format players and avoid lengthy periods in bio-bubbles, got underway before the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year. However, since then, the management led by Chris Silverwood and Ashley Giles has repeatedly forced the team to field second-string sides for crucial Test matches, leading to defeats against India (3-1 in 4 Test Series) and New Zealand (1-0 in 2 Test Series).

Ian Botham
Ian Botham. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)

Ian Botham: Rotation Is An Absolute Garbage

As part of the policy, England rotated several key players for important assignments – including the tour of India earlier this year – including Jos Buttler, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Mark Wood, and Jonny Bairstow, as the team drew flak from former cricketers.

England batsman Jos Buttler
England batsman Jos Buttler (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ian Botham gruffly brushed aside the need for workload management, saying athletes should look to get and stay fit by playing regularly more games and rotation is absolute garbage as one stays fit by bowling.

“I am not sure we are picking the right players. Rotation, I think, is the biggest load of b******s of all time. Absolute garbage. I tell you what, I would like to have seen someone say to me when I was playing “well done, but you’re having a rest next game”. Er no I’m not. Bowl, get fit and stay fit by bowling,” Ian Botham was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

Ian Botham: England’s Batting Is A Big Worry

Ian Botham also slammed the England team management and players for their 1-0 loss against New Zealand. He said their decision to draw the 1st Lord’s Test by not chasing a competitive target of 273 from 75 overs wasn’t the best for Test cricket, adding that the series defeat was ‘what they deserved’.

“I think our batting is a big worry. Last month, England had a great opportunity at Lord’s when they were given the opportunity of a last-day run chase against New Zealand. People had been waiting for months and months to see live sport and to go out and bat like that in the final innings with no intent was appalling.”

Zak Crawley-Twitter
Zak Crawley-Twitter

“I thought ‘you guys need to wake up a bit, you rely on the public’. Their reason for why they didn’t do it was because Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes weren’t playing. Excuse me. That gives a chance for someone else to come through. I thought it was very weak. They got what they deserved in the end, to be quite frank,” added Ian Botham.

England will host India for 5 Tests, starting on August 4 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Among England batsmen, Zak Crawley is having a poor run as he averaged a mere 8.75 against Sri Lanka, 16.75 against India, and 5.25 against New Zealand in the recent Test series, but is still being persisted with. Dominic Sibley’s average hasn’t been above 35 in any of the series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, and New Zealand.

Joe Root managed only 97 runs averaging a mere 24.25, Dominic Sibley managed 103 runs averaging 34.33, Daniel Lawrence managed 81 runs averaging 40.5 while Rory Burns, England’s highest scorer managed 238 runs averaging 59.5 in the 2 match Test series against New Zealand.

Kusal Mendis AFP
Kusal Mendis AFP

Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella And Danushka Gunathilaka To Miss India Series After Bio-bubble Breach In England

Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, and Danushka Gunathilaka, who were sent home from England for breaching bio-bubble protocols, will not be part of the upcoming limited-overs series against India.

The trio of Sri Lanka players Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwell, and Danushka Gunathilaka will not be part of the upcoming limited-overs series against India, starting July 13.

Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella are two of three cricketers to be penalised AFP/Getty Images
Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella are two of three cricketers to be penalized AFP/Getty Images

Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, and Danushka Gunathialaka Likely To Get SA Minimum Of 1 Year Suspension If Found Guilty Of Bio Bubble Breach

The trio of cricketers returned home on Tuesday as per the direction of the Sri Lankan cricket board after they were found to breach bio-bubble protocols in the lead-up to the ongoing ODI series between Sri Lanka and England in Durham. Sri Lanka Cricket officials said an inquiry into how they left the team’s pandemic isolated hotel in England would start after their mandatory two-week quarantine, according to the AFP.

Danushka Gunathilaka | Ian Kington/AFP
Danushka Gunathilaka | Ian Kington/AFP

Sri Lanka will host the Indian team comprising of youngsters, led by Shikhar Dhawan, for 3 ODIs and as many T20Is from July 13 to 25. India would field 2 sides simultaneously with the Test specialist team currently in England.

“They are likely to get a minimum one-year suspension if found guilty of several breaches of their contract,” one official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella were seen smoking in the streets of Durham, where they were based ahead of the ODI series. In a second video on social media, Danushka Gunathilaka is seen joining the pair, violating the coronavirus rules of their stay.

Sri Lanka Lost The T20I Series 3-0 To England And The First ODI Too

England won the first ODI on Tuesday by five wickets. The second ODI is due to be played Thursday with the final on Sunday. After Sri Lanka’s whitewash in the T20 series against England, their fifth consecutive series defeat, disgruntled fans launched a campaign to shun the team on social media.

England's Chris Woakes bowls a delivery during the first one day international cricket match between England and Sri Lanka, in Chester-le-Street. (AP Photo)
England’s Chris Woakes bowls a delivery during the first one-day international cricket match between England and Sri Lanka, in Chester-le-Street. (AP Photo)

As far as the performance on the field is concerned, Kusal Mendis scored only 54 runs in three matches with the best score of 39 runs at a poor strike rate of 98.18 while Niroshan Dickwella played in two T20Is only mustering only 14 runs and he wasn’t great behind the stumps either.

In the 1st ODI, Sri Lanka lost 3 for 45 at the top of their innings, and then their last seven for 40, making an eventual 185 that was miles from being sufficient. Man of the Match Chris Woakes was particularly disciplined and skilful as he claimed 4 for 18 from his 10 overs.

Chris Woakes’s five maidens in his spell of 10 overs are the most for England since Jimmy Anderson (10-6-12-1) at Adelaide in January 2002. Chris Woakes returned with outstanding figures of 10-5-18-4.

Then Jonny Bairstow blasted a 21-ball 43, and Joe Root scored an unbeaten 79. Moeen Ali accompanied the latter through a 91 run stand. England had bowled out Sri Lanka out inside 43 overs. They surpassed their score inside 35 overs, with five wickets to spare.

England 189 for 5 (Root 79*, Chameera 3-50) beat Sri Lanka 185 (Perera 73, Hasaranga 54, Woakes 4-18) by five wickets

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