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Ashes Urn Photo: cricket.com.au
Ashes Urn Photo: cricket.com.au

England Cricket Team Yet To Be Informed Of The Itinerary For The Ashes 2021/22 Tour

England cricket team is yet to be informed of the itinerary, travel plans, and accommodation for the Ashes tour. The Joe Root-led side is reportedly unhappy with the England Cricket Board (ECB) about being left in the dark regarding the proceedings.

The ECB is currently working with Cricket Australia to finalize the details of the tour slated to take place later this year. Skipper Joe Root and other senior players have reportedly been asking the ECB for updates, but there have been no developments to information as of yet.

England, PTI
England, PTI

England Cricket Team Yet To Be Informed Of The Itinerary, Travel Plans And Accommodations For The Ashes Tour

Response from Cricket Australia to the official tour schedule is being awaited so that England can confirm the availability of the players and send a contingent to Australia to win the urn back. The iconic five-match Test series last took place in 2019 and is at serious risk given Australia’s vulnerable condition with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic at the moment.

The nation recorded its highest number of cases involving the virus yesterday and has seen a surge of cases recently. There are concerns that the long-drawn-out series will not be possible given the rate at which Australia is closing its state borders.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Twitter)

England’s multi-format players, such as Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, and Chris Woakes wouldn’t be willing to spend up about four months away from their families as they will fly to Australia straight from the UAE, where the T20 World Cup will be held.

Some of those will also participate in the second half of the IPL 2021. There is also a prospect of a postponed Ashes tour. Australia is the defending holders of the Ashes going into the series, having won in 2017–18 with the 2019 Ashes series ending in a draw.

Ben Stokes, who announced an indefinite break from cricket due to mental health issues ahead of the England vs India Test series, is highly doubtful to attend Ashes 2021. Ben Stokes is also not part of the upcoming IPL 2021 UAE leg and is highly doubtful for the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Pacer Jofra Archer has been already ruled out from playing for the entire year. Hence he will not be part of The Ashes 2021 as well. Jofra Archer is preparing for a comeback to the field in March 2022. Olly Stone has also been ruled to due to injury. Joe Root might have a tough job leading the team in the absence of prominent players.

Jos Buttler Hinted He Won’t Be A Part Of The Squad Touring Australia If Families Aren’t Allowed In Australia

England’s players have already cast their doubts over traveling to Australia to compete in the Ashes. Jos Buttler has hinted that he would not be part of the squad if families are not allowed to travel together with the squad. Ben Stokes could also miss the series due to his indefinite break from the sport. The all-rounder is a doubt for the T20 World Cup in the UAE as well.

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

Pace bowlers Jofra Archer and Olly Stone have already been ruled out due to injuries. Skipper Joe Root is also apparently worried about leading a weakened squad if senior members pull out of the tour. He believes this is his last chance to claim the Ashes as captain, and the task will be tougher fielding a second-string side against Australia away from home.

England had a horrid record in Australia in the recent past. They have only managed to rack up a single victory across the last two editions of the Ashes played Down Under. They lost the 2013-14 Ashes by a 5-0 margin and followed it up with a 4-1 defeat in the 2017-18 edition.

Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Mark Wood Ruled Out Of The 3rd Test With A Jarred Right Shoulder

Mark Wood has been ruled out of the impending third Test against India with a jarred right shoulder. Wood sustained the injury on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s and will not be fit to play at Emerald Headingley starting on Wednesday.

England seamer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the third Test match against India at Leeds, Headingly. The 31-year-old had hurt himself while fielding in the second Test match.

Mark Wood of England celebrates after dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara of India during the fourth day of the 2nd LV= Test match between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 15, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)
Mark Wood. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Mark Wood Ruled Out Of 3rd Test Joining Injured Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, And Olly Stone

He will remain with the squad in Leeds and will continue his rehab with the England medical team. The 31-year-old will be assessed at the end of this Test match.

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)

With Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes already missing the series due to injuries and Ben Stokes taking an indefinite break to focus on his mental wellbeing, England had fielded a depleted XI and now, Mark Wood, too, might join the list of absentees. Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Olly Stone, and Chris Woakes are out due to injury whilst all-rounder Ben Stokes is unavailable owing to a mental health break.

Mark Wood Has A Jarred Eight Shoulder After Diving Headlong Into An Advertising Hoarding While Saving A Boundary

Mark Wood has been ruled out of this week’s third Test with India dealing a blow to the hosts’ hopes of levelling the five-match series which the tourists lead 1-0. The 31-year-old has a jarred right shoulder, a result of diving headlong into an advertising hoarding when saving a boundary on the fourth evening of the second Test at Lord’s.

Mark Wood injured his shoulder while attempting to save a boundary
Mark Wood injured his shoulder while attempting to save a boundary ( Image: Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Even though he bowled at speeds in excess of 93 mph (150 kph) on the last day of the second Test, which England lost, he has been judged not fit to take his place in the starting line-up for the game at Headingley, which gets underway on Wednesday.

England has called up Dawid Malan and Saqib Mahmood for the 3rd Test. Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley have lost their spots. With Mark Wood’s injury, Mahmood, a veteran of 7 ODIs and 9 T20Is, is in line for a place in the starting XI as he is yet to debut in the Tests. He has picked 14 scalps in 7 ODIs averaging 19.93 and 7 scalps in 9 T20Is averaging 43.14.

Saqib Mahmood AFP via Getty Images
Saqib Mahmood AFP via Getty Images

Saqib Mahmood Called Up As An Injury Cover For Lord’s Test

Saqib Mahmood has been called up as cover ahead of England’s second Test against India at Lord’s starting on Thursday 12th August and could be in line for a surprise debut with James Anderson joining Stuart Broad as the England pacers are currently nursing injuries.

James Anderson missed England’s training session at Lord’s on Wednesday morning, and as per reports, he is suffering from a tight quad. While the decision for him to miss training was precautionary, it could leave England without both of their senior seamers heading into the second Test.
James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Saqib Mahmood And Moeen Ali were Recalled In England’s Test Squad For The 2nd Test

Stuart Broad, 35, is awaiting the results of a scan after appearing to slip while undertaking a light warm-up jog during training. He looks certain to miss what would have been his 150th Test after he was unable to put weight on his left foot, and if the injury proves to be a serious one – a calf or Achilles tear – it could yet rule him out of the remainder of the five-Test series.
If both pacers are ruled out, it would be only the second home Test to feature neither James Anderson nor Stuart Broad since 2007.
The injury comes after a fallow first Test for Stuart Broad, who went wicketless in India’s first innings before finding a better rhythm the second time around, claiming KL Rahul’s wicket on the fourth evening before rain washed out an intriguing final day. He currently has 524 wickets at 27.84 in his 149 Tests to date, placing him sixth on the all-time Test wicket-takers list.
England's Stuart Broad holds the ball to celebrate taking 500 wickets Martin Rickett/Pool via AP
England’s Stuart Broad holds the ball to celebrate taking 500 wickets Martin Rickett/Pool via AP
Saqib Mahmood, who impressed for England’s white-ball squad in the recent series against Pakistan, will link up with the squad at Lord’s on Wednesday. Moeen Ali is expected to return to the side to provide England with a spin option, while Mark Wood – unused in the first Test – is likely to join Ollie Robinson among the frontline seamers, with Sam Curran potentially retained in a more conventional allrounder’s role.
That would leave Saqib Mahmood and Craig Overton, the Somerset allrounder, as fast-bowling cover, with one of the two replacing James Anderson in the event he is ruled out.

Saqib Mahmood Claimed 9 Scalps In Pakistan ODIs And 4 Scalps In The T20Is

Chris Woakes (bruised heel) and Ben Stokes (personal reasons) are also unavailable for the second Test, leaving England facing the prospect of fielding a second-choice seam attack.
Jofra Archer is now ruled out until after this winter’s Ashes and Olly Stone confirming that he is unlikely to return to bowling for six months after his latest stress fracture, Saqib Mahmood now seems increasingly likely to make his Test debut at some stage this summer, with a view to testing his readiness for a role in Australia.
Saqib Mahmood claimed nine wickets at 13.66 in England’s 3-0 series win in the ODIs against Pakistan in July, after being called up as part of an emergency squad following a Covid outbreak in England’s original party, and retained his place for the subsequent T20I series, where he picked up a further four wickets at 28.00.
Saqib Mahmood is back at Lord's with the England squad after being called up as cover PA Photos/Getty Images
Saqib Mahmood is back at Lord’s with the England squad after being called up as cover PA Photos/Getty Images
Saqib Mahmood has since been one of the star bowlers in the first season of the Hundred, with five wickets at 22.40 for Oval Invincibles, though now looks set to miss their final two group games as they push for a playoff berth. England has also announced that their off-spinner Dom Bess will return to Yorkshire to compete in the Royal London Cup, after being released from the Test squad following Moeen Ali’s inclusion.
For England, Haseeb Hameed and Moeen Ali are in line to enter the playing XI against India. While Haseeb Hameed could replace Zak Crawley who averages just over 11 in tests, Dan Lawrence or Dominic Sibley could miss the spot for Moeen Ali who could bat in the top 3.
File image of Alastair Cook. Reuters
File image of Alastair Cook. Reuters

England Batsmen Can’t Handle Pressure Of Test Cricket, Says Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook, England’s legendary opening batsman delivered a stinging rebuke to the current team’s batsmen by saying they “can’t handle” the pressure of Test cricket as they suffered a humiliating Test series loss to New Zealand at Edgbaston on Sunday.

New Zealand won a two-match Test contest 1-0, taking just 11 overs and 52 minutes playing time on the fourth day to complete a convincing eight-wicket win in the second Test after being set a meager target of 38. Tailender Olly Stone was out to the very first ball of Sunday’s fourth day but by then the damage had already been done, with England resuming on their overnight score of 122/9.

Stand-in skipper Tom Latham is congratulated by the injured Kane Williamson // Getty
Stand-in skipper Tom Latham is congratulated by the injured Kane Williamson // Getty

Alastair Cook: England Batsmen Can’t Handle Intensity Of Test Cricket Under Pressure

New Zealand overpowered England by eight wickets in the second Test at Edgbaston on Sunday as they sealed a 1-0 series win with more than a day to spare. That actually represented a recovery after England had subsided to 76/7 in their second innings inside 27 overs on Saturday.

Although current England skipper Joe Root, Alastair Cook’s successor as England captain, boasts an impressive Test average of 48.68, the next best in his side belongs to opener Rory Burns, with 33.23 — a worrying sign ahead of their bid to regain the Ashes in Australia later this year.

Alastair Cook. Pic/AFP
Alastair Cook. Pic/AFP

Meanwhile, the form of batsmen Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, and Ollie Pope remains a concern, not least to Essex opener Alastair Cook, who retired from Test duty in 2018 as England’s leading scorer with 12,472 runs at an average of 45.35, including 33 hundred. Having only retired in 2018 and while the team contains fresh faces Alastair Cook knows some of the key senior figures better than anyone, including his successor Joe Root.

“From what I’ve seen of this batting line-up when the pressure comes on, the intensity of Test cricket, the scrutiny of it, they can’t handle it,” said Alastair Cook while commentating for BBC Radio’s Test Match Special on Sunday.

“They have quirky techniques, but they’ve scored a lot of runs in county cricket and at times scored Test runs. When the pressure comes, they are not handling the mental pressure that you need to do,” Alastair Cook added.

“It is a massive area of concern for me,” saids Alastair Cook.

New Zealand on Sunday toppled India to become the number one ranked Test team in the world. The Kiwis achieved the feat after defeating England 1-0 in the two-match Test series on Sunday. New Zealand now has 123 points in ICC Team Test Rankings while India has 121 points. Sunday’s defeat, which followed a draw at Lord’s, meant England had lost a home Test series for the first time since a 1-0 reverse against Sri Lanka in 2014.

Joe Root Warns Against Wholesale Changes As He Feels It Would Be The Wrong Time To Panic

But Joe Root, ahead of a five-match Test series at home to India — who face New Zealand in next week’s inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton, warned against wholesale changes.

“It would be the wrong time to start panicking and rip up all the hard work we have done for such a long period of time,” he said. “Historically we’ve done that going into major tournaments and going into major series and it’s made things even worse.”
He added: “We’ve been outplayed in all three departments and particularly batting.”

England entered this match amid the off-field furore caused by the suspension of Ollie Robinson for historic racist and sexist Twitter posts.

Joe Root, however, insisted: “I don’t think that dripped into the way we played and it would be a bit of an excuse, to be honest.”

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

England, already without the injured all-rounder Ben Stokes and pacer Jofra Archer, rested batsman Jos Buttler, all-rounder Chris Woakes, batsman Jonny Bairstow, and spin all-rounder Moeen Ali from this series after their return from the now-suspended IPL 2021. Rest and rotation, initially a response to the pressures of ‘bubble’ life amid the coronavirus pandemic, has been a feature of England’s selection for more than a year.

England coach Chris Silverwood, now in sole charge of picking the side has repeatedly defended the policy. But England, beaten 3-1 in India earlier this year, appear to be nowhere near good enough to avoid selecting their best-available team.

“That’s out of my hands, to a degree,” said Joe Root. “In terms of having our best XI, I’d like to think that if we are all fit and ready, that will be the case for the five-Test matches against India.”

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 ongoing 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. Rory Burns managed 238 runs averaging 59.5.
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Viv Richards Is Wrong, England Batsmen Are Right: Nasser Hussain Questions England’s Batting Technique

Nasser Hussain questioned the batting technique showed by England, who were reduced to 122/9 in their second innings and are heading towards a series defeat against New Zealand.

Former captain Nasser Hussain has lambasted the England cricket team for their pathetic show with the bat in the second innings of the second Test against New Zealand in Edgbaston.

In response to New Zealand’s first-innings lead of 85, England’s top-order was dismissed cheaply by pacers Matt Henry and Neil Wagner as Joe Root’s side collapsed to 76/7 before Mark Wood and Olly Stone added a semblance of respect to the total.

Nasser Hussain (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain Questioned England’s Batting Technique

England ended the day on 122/9 with a lead of just 37 runs and is heading towards a series defeat. Nasser Hussain questioned England’s batting technique, believing they should have shown orthodoxy in their approach.

“There seems to have been a reinvention of the wheel out there with batting. Techniques out there that everyone else who has played the game before – they are all wrong and we are right.

“We’re going to have these odd little techniques, we’re going to have the bat coming across it, we’re going to stand funny, we’re going to swing outside our off stump because everyone else in the history of the game – Viv Richards, you are wrong, and we are right,” Nasser Hussain wrote on Sky Sports.

Joe Root
Joe Root
Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

In the first Test in Lord’s as well, England received flak for opting not to chase down 273 runs in the final two sessions of the match. Joe Root, England captain defended his side’s approach by saying the “series is very much alive” after they laboured to a draw in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday. England, who has not lost a home red-ball series since 2014, was 170-3 in 70 overs when a draw was agreed in the 1st Test.

Nasser Hussain Urges England Batsmen Have To Get Back To Playing Normally

 With a five-Test series awaiting against India, Nasser Hussain believes England needs to take a stock of where they stand in terms of batting. The former captain reckons the current tactics need to change in order to ensure good performances at both international and County cricket alike.

“I’m not seeing we are right at the moment, whether it be in Sri Lanka where Joe Root carried them, whether it be in India and they don’t have the excuse of the pitches turning here. Whether it is the seaming ball or the spinning ball, they are right and everyone else is wrong. And I don’t see a young batting line-up.

“I see Sibley, Burns, Crawley, Root, and Pope. There’s no one missing in that top five – then come Stokes and Buttler. They’ve got all the coaches, all the backroom staff – please, just get back to playing normally and getting a first innings score,” Hussain added.

Zak Crawley-Twitter
Zak Crawley-Twitter
“Technically gifted, sound batsmen playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played – let the ball come to you, leave it well and play with a straight bat. Six changes they’ve made and they still look such a sharp outfit.”
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 ongoing Test series, but is still being persisted with.
Rory Burns, despite his 132 and 81 in the two Tests, averaged a mere 5 against Pakistan and 14.5 against India in the two preceding series. Dom Sibley’s average hasn’t been above 35 in any of the series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, and New Zealand.
England's Stuart Broad holds the ball to celebrate taking 500 wickets Martin Rickett/Pool via AP
England's Stuart Broad holds the ball to celebrate taking 500 wickets Martin Rickett/Pool via AP

Stuart Broad Wants ICC To Look Into The Soft Signal Rule

Stuart Broad wants ICC to look into the matter of the soft signal after a controversial call during the ongoing England and New Zealand Test match. The debate on whether soft signals should be banned from the game keeps coming up.

The topic gained attention during the recent limited-overs T20I series between India and England when Suryakumar Yadav was given out contentiously when the fielder Dawid Malan at the boundary rope (fine-leg) seemed to touch the ball while taking a clean catch.

Dawid Malan claimed the catch, but replays showed that he might have grassed it. Suryakumar Yadav was eventually ruled out which raised a furore over how the on-field umpire can give a decision (read ‘soft signal’) when he does not have a clear sight of the incident in real-time.

England's Dawid Malan successfully takes the catch to dismiss India's Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)
England’s Dawid Malan successfully takes the catch to dismiss India batsman Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Stuart Broad: One Can See From England Players Reaction That Devon Conway Was Caught But It Was Not To Be

Now, Stuart Broad seems to be one of the many voices to suggest a complete stop on soft signal following a controversial moment on the second day of the ongoing Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston. The incident occurred when the home team was desperate to get the wicket of in-form batsman Devon Conway.

Stuart Broad induced an edge from the batsman and he was confident that fielder Zak Crawley had taken a clean catch. But the on-field umpires were unsure whether the catch was caught perfectly and hence they went upstairs with a soft signal of not out being given to the TV umpire Michael Gough.

As with the soft signals, if the on-field umpires give not out then there should be conclusive evidence for the TV umpire to overturn the decision.  In Devon Conway’s case, the umpires failed to find any evidence and Michael Gough eventually stuck with the soft signal thereby ruling Devon Conway not out.

Devon Conway celebrates his century on debut PA Images via Getty Images
Devon Conway celebrates his century on debut PA Images via Getty Images

The southpaw went on to score 80 runs and put the visitors in ascendancy. Stuart Broad was not impressed by this verdict and has asked the ICC to make do with this rule of the soft signal.

“You can see from our reaction on the field that we thought it was out,” Broad told Sky Sports before play on the third day.

“Zak thought he had his fingers under the ball and you only have to look at Joe Root’s reaction at first slip and James Bracey’s reaction behind the stumps – who are a yard away from it – to know that that ball has carried.”

Devon Conway, who cemented his place in the side with 200 on debut in the series opener at Lord’s, produced another valuable, though not chance-less, innings of 80. And, while he would have been disappointed not to press on to triple figures again, a gutsy 82 from Will Young – in the side as a replacement for injured captain Kane Williamson – mitigated the damage.

Stuart Broad Empathized With The Umpires On The Soft Signal Rule

The veteran right-arm pacer though supported the umpires by saying that it’s their job to send upstairs if they are not sure about the catch taken cleanly. Stuart Broad felt the umpires are always put in these tricky situations and he feels for them.

“It’s actually the ruling that’s putting the umpires in a really difficult situation. It’s having to get a soft signal. You’re going upstairs because you’re not sure whether it’s carried or not. So then to have to give an opinion whether you think it has, puts the umpire in a really tricky position. Then the third umpire’s hands are tied a little bit with whatever that on-field call is,” the fast bowler said.

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)

Having resumed on 229 for 3, still, 74 runs behind, New Zealand lost their remaining seven wickets for 96 runs, but that wasn’t quick enough for England, who collapsed to 76 for 7 still nine runs adrift, only clawing their way ahead via an eighth-wicket partnership between Mark Wood and Olly Stone.

The home side was left reeling at 3 for 30 as Matt Henry tore through their top order on either side of tea and by the close, they were nine down and just 37 runs ahead,

England 303 and 122 for 9 (Wood 29, Wagner 3-18, Henry 3-36) lead New Zealand 388 (Young 82, Conway 80, Taylor 80, Broad 4-48) by 37 runs

England’s Ollie Robinson Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
England’s Ollie Robinson Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters

Ollie Robinson Decides To Take A Sabbatical From Cricket After His Suspension

Ollie Robinson has decided to take a short break from cricket. England pacer Ollie Robinson, who was suspended from international cricket recently for his racist tweets, has decided to take a sabbatical from cricket.

Ollie Robinson, England pacer issued an apology for the posts he sent in 2012 and 2013 when he was in his late teens, which were unearthed and shared online on the day he made his Test debut against the Black Caps.

Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images
Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images

Ollie Robinson Missed 2nd Test Against New Zealand For Suspension

The 27-year-old missed England’s second Test against New Zealand after being suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation into historical racist and sexist tweets. Ollie Robinson issued an apology for the posts he sent in 2012 and 2013 when he was in his late teens, which were unearthed and shared online on the day he made his Test debut against the Black Caps earlier this week.

A statement from the player’s county, Sussex, announced: “After a difficult week, Ollie has decided to take a short break from the game to spend time with his young family.”

Confirming Robinson would not be part of the Sussex squad for the team’s opening two Vitality Blast fixtures against Gloucestershire and Hampshire, the statement continued: “Player and staff welfare – including mental health and wellbeing – is a priority for the club and, as such, Sussex Cricket fully supports Ollie in his decision.”

Olly Stone’s last appearance for England was his Test debut, against Ireland at Lord’s in 2019.
Olly Stone’s last appearance for England was his Test debut, against Ireland at Lord’s in 2019. Photograph: Shutterstock

“When he is ready to return, Ollie will be welcomed back to the club, where discussions with the remainder of the squad over the last week have made clear that he retains the support of all his Sussex teammates. We remain in close contact with Ollie from a welfare perspective and will issue further updates on his availability at the relevant times.”

Sussex quick Ollie Robinson made an impressive on-field England debut in the drawn first Test at Lord’s concluded Sunday. But his efforts with bat and ball were overshadowed by the re-emergence of racist and sexist social media messages the 27-year-old had posted as a teenager in 2012 and 2013. Olly Stone replaced Ollie Robinson in England’s XI for the second Test that is currently underway at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Ollie Robinson Picked 7 Wickets In The 1st Test While Rory Burns Who Scored 132 In The 1st Innings Of The 1st Test Scores 81 In The 2nd Test’s 1st Innings

The pacer Ollie Robinson led England’s attack with 4-75 in the first innings at Lord’s and followed up with 3-26 in the second while in between making a useful 42 with the bat as England fought hard to earn a draw in the 1st Lord’s Test against New Zealand.

Rory Burns Getty Images
Rory Burns Getty Images
In the 2nd ongoing Test, England managed 258/7 at stumps at the end of 1st day’s play. Rory Burns, who scored 132 in the 1st Test, scored 81 as Zak Crawley and Joe Root failed with the bat. Dan Lawrence was unbeaten on 67 with Mark Wood giving him company on 16.
New Zealand showed their impressive strength in depth in making six changes to the side which drew at Lord’s and three of the bowlers who came in – Trent Boult, Matt Henry, and Ajaz Patel – claiming two wickets apiece so far.

England Playing XI: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (captain), Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey, Mark Wood, Olly Stone, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson

New Zealand Playing XI: Tom Latham (captain), Devon Conway, Will Young, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult

Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Every English Pacer Is Dying To Bowl At The Seam-Friendly Ahmedabad: Mark Wood

Mark Wood of England has said that the pacers of his team are dying to get hold of the swinging pink ball, ahead of the Day-Night Test against India at Ahmedabad.

Before the 3rd Test between India and England, England pacer Mark Wood has said that he along with his fellow pace teammates James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, and Chris Woakes are “dying” to bowl with the pink ball in Ahmedabad from February 24.

England fast bowler Mark Wood Photograph: Ricardo Mazalán/AP
England fast bowler Mark Wood Photograph: Ricardo Mazalán/AP

Mark Wood: England Have Got Good Depth In Pace Bowling And Are Confident

Mark Wood, who was included in England squad for the last 2 Tests, said that England pacers were impressed with the SG pink ball during their net practice sessions. Besides giving a soft warning signal to India, Mark Wood added that England bowlers can be lethal as soon as the ball starts moving.

“We’ve been bowling with them in the nets they have swung quite a bit and they’ve lasted longer which was interesting to see,” he said.

“With the ball, as soon as it moves, every one of the bowlers from the past couple of months is dying to get it in their hand. I’m not the only one who’s trying to get hold of it.”


Stuart Broad (Credit: Getty Images)
Stuart Broad (Credit: Getty Images)

“As soon as the ball moves we know how good our seam bowlers can be. We’ve got good depth there, good skills, and two of the best ever (James Anderson and Stuart Broad). Hopefully, if the ball does move and it is seamer-friendly we can be very confident going into the game,” he said.

Stuart Broad didn’t play the 1st Test but played the 2nd Test where he wet wicketless despite bowing 20 overs on a spin-friendly pitch at Chennai. James Anderson picked 5 wickets averaging a meager 12.6 in 1st Test but was rested for the second. Jofra Archer picked 3 scalps bowling 30.1 overs in the 1st Test but missed the 2nd with an elbow niggle as Olly Stone and Stuart Broad were picked in XI in the 2nd encounter. Olly Stone picked 4 scalps in the two innings combined.

Mark Wood: Swing Movement Makes It Feel Quicker For Batsmen

It remains to be seen whether pacer Mark Wood gets a chance to take the field in the upcoming Day-Night Test or not but the 31-year-old has kept his plans ready irrespective of selection. He aims to bowl fast and expects the movement of the swinging ball to make his delivery look quicker.

“The wickets in the nets have been a bit green and had good pace and carry too. I don’t know if that’s anything to go by or whether it’s a bit of a trick.”

“Being a fast bowler, trying to take wickets is my job and the captain has used me as a bit of a battering ram.”

Jofra Archer (AP Image)
Jofra Archer (AP Image)

“It should be the same here because I’ll charge in just the same, but the movement should make it even deadlier. Any sort of movement you can get, at that pace, makes it feel quicker for batsmen and that will be the trick for us,” Mark Wood added.

Jofra Archer was Most Valuable Player in IPL 2020 though his franchise Rajasthan Royals finished last. Jofra Archer has picked 41 scalps averaging 31.22 in 12 Tests. In the 1st Test won by England, he picked crucial scalps of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in the 1st innings. Jofra Archer is coming into the India series after a refreshing break as he was rested for the Sri Lanka series.

It will be interesting to see the fast bowlers that England picks in their playing 11 in the day-night Test given the fact that the addition of Mark Wood in the squad has only given them too many options to choose from.

England, Jack Leach, Moeen Ali
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Ashes 2019: Jack Leach Replaces Moeen Ali In The England Squad For The Second Test

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the 12-member squad for the upcoming second Test match of the Ashes 2019. Out of the previous Test squad, the selectors have dropped Moeen Ali and added Jack Leach.

After winning the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, many believed that the hosts England would make a positive start in the Ashes 2019. Though their bowlers mostly bowled well, Australian Steven Smith’s outstanding batting performances in both the innings destroyed their dream.

In that Edgbaston Test, England suffered a 251-run defeat while Smith won the Player of the Match award. Smith scored 144 and 142 runs in that match.

However, the ECB selectors have put the faith mostly on the same team for the second Test. Lord’s (London) will host the second Test of Ashes 2019 from 14th August.

Apart from Moeen Ali, the injured James Anderson and Olly Stone missed out the England squad

From the 14-member squad of the Edgbaston Test, English pacers James Anderson and Olly Stone have missed out the second Test squad due to their injuries. During the Edgbaston Test, James Anderson faced the calf injury. Though he batted (3 & 4*) in both the innings, bowled only four overs in the first innings (4-3-1-0).

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Meanwhile, recently, Olly Stone has received an injury on his lower left-back during the training session. He has to take rest for at least two weeks.

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In the meantime, the 28-year-old left-arm spinner Jack Leach has replaced the 32-year-old all-rounder Moeen Ali for the second Test. Ali has recently struggled both with the bat and ball.

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On the Other hand, Leach has played five Tests after making his international debut in March 2018. The left-arm spinner has taken 20 wickets. In his last Test against Ireland at Lord’s in last month, the nightwatchman Leach scored an incredible game-changing 92-run.

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The pacer Jofra Archer is likely to make his Test debut in the forthcoming Lord’s Test. He was the leading wicket-taker for England in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

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While Archer was recently battling with the side issue, he has just proved his fitness with some impressive performances in the domestic match. He took six wickets (6/27) in an innings and also scored a smashing century (108) in the recently concluded second XI game.

England squad for the second Test of Ashes 2019: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
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Ashes 2019: Olly Stone Will Miss The Second Test Due To An Injury

English pace bowling line-up is not facing a good time at present. The right-arm pacer Olly Stone is the latest member to join in the injury list. Due to the back injury, the 25-year-old is going to be unavailable for the next two weeks as he will miss the second Test of the ongoing Ashes 2019.

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The Warwickshire pacer Olly Stone has got a lower left-back injury during the training session at Edgbaston on last Tuesday. Due to this injury, he needs to take rest for at least the next two weeks. So, Stone will miss the second Test of the Ashes 2019 that will begin on 14th August at Lord’s (London).

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Warwickshire sport director Paul Farbrace said, “It’s really disappointing for Olly. To be ruled out of action for such an important two weeks of cricket because of a reoccurrence of his back injury.”

On Wednesday (7th August), Stone will undergo the scan which can clarify his present condition.

Farbrace added, “At the moment there’s a bit of inflammation, but he will undergo a scan later this afternoon so that we know the full course of treatment that he can undertake with the club’s medical team and with the support of the ECB. In the meantime, he needs to rest up before he can get his body strong again and ready to deal with the demands of being a fast bowler.”

Olly Stone has played only one Test

Stone made his Test debut in last month during England’s only Test match against Ireland at Lord’s. In that game, he took three wickets (3/29) during Ireland’s first innings. However, he didn’t get a chance to bowl in the second innings of that match. Due to the latest injury, Stone has to wait now for more time to make his second Test appearance.

In last October, during England’s tour of Sri Lanka, Stone made his ODI debut. He has played four ODIs till the date and taken only one wicket.

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Mark Wood and James Anderson are in the injury list, Jofra Archer has just proved his fitness

Mark Wood, who was the second most wicket-taker for England in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, will miss the entire season due to the knee injury. The senior English pacer James Anderson faced the calf injury during the opening Test of the Ashes 2019, and he will miss the upcoming second Test of this series.

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England’s new sensation, Jofra Archer, is battling with a side issue. The right-arm pacer was the leading wicket-taker for England in the 2019 CWC. Recently, the 24-year-old has proved his fitness after performing impressively in the domestic game. Playing for Sussex second XI against Gloucestershire, Archer took six wickets (6/27) and also scored a century (108). He is likely to make his Test debut during the forthcoming Lord’s Test.

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England lost the first Test of Ashes 2019 at Edgbaston by 251 runs. Lord’s (London) will host the second Test of this series.