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FIFA 22 Ratings Prediction – Southampton

In this new series, we predict the potential ratings of footballers in FIFA 22. We will do Southampton Today. Ratings are a huge part of FIFA football games. So we have decided to predict the ratings of players for the upcoming FIFA game.

Every day, we will pick a team and will predict the ratings of the players from that time. Yesterday we did Crystal Palace, today we will predict the ratings of Southampton players.

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FIFA 22 Ratings Prediction – Southampton

Danny Ings – Rating in FIFA 21 – 80 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 80

James Ward-Prowse – Rating in FIFA 21 – 79 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 81

Nathan Redmond – Rating in FIFA 21 – 78 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 78

Ryan Bertrand – Rating in FIFA 21 – 78 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 77

Jan Bednarek – Rating in FIFA 21 – 77 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 78

Jannik Vestergaard – Rating in FIFA 21 – 77 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 78

Alex McCarthy – Rating in FIFA 21 – 77 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 77

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Southampton. Image Credits: Twitter

Mohammed Salisu – Rating in FIFA 21 – 76 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 76

Scott Armstrong – Rating in FIFA 21 – 76 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 76

Theo Walcott – Rating in FIFA 21 – 76 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 75

Fraser Forster – Rating in FIFA 21 – 76 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 74

Moussa Djenepo – Rating in FIFA 21 – 75 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 76

Kyle Walker-Peters – Rating in FIFA 21 – 75 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 75

Jack Stephens – Rating in FIFA 21 – 75 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 74

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Southampton. Image Credits: Twitter

Oriol Romeu – Rating in FIFA 21 – 75 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 75

Che Adams – Rating in FIFA 21 – 74 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 76

Shane Long – Rating in FIFA 21 – 74 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 72

Yan Valery – Rating in FIFA 21 – 71 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 71

Michael Obafemi – Rating in FIFA 21 – 69 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 69

Will Smallbone – Rating in FIFA 21 – 65 – Predicted Rating in FIFA 22 – 66

That is it for Southampton. We tried to predict the potential ratings of the players from the team. Now let us see if they match in reality. Tomorrow, we will predict the ratings of the players of Brighton and Hove Albion.

David Gower © Getty Images
David Gower © Getty Images
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David Gower Hails Virat Kohli And Kane Williamson Ahead Of WTC final

David Gower reserved high praise for Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, terming them as ‘two of the greatest batsmen in the world at the moment.’

Former England captain David Gower praised both Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson. David Gower’s comments are of special significance as it comes less than two weeks before India and New Zealand face off in the inaugural World Test Championship final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 18.

David Gower Credit: PA: Press Association
David Gower Credit: PA: Press Association

David Gower: WTC Final Will Be A Proper Test Match For Both Captains Are Great Batsmen And Teams Are Competitive Enough

It will be a big occasion for both Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson as the duo would walk out to lead India and New Zealand respectively in the WTC final.

“We know there are two of the greatest batsmen in the world at the moment that are going to be involved in Virat and in Kane Williamson. You’ve got two very competitive teams. So, it makes for what I call a proper Test match,” David Gower told Timesofindia.com.

Virat Kohli congratulates Kane Williamson
Virat Kohli congratulates Kane Williamson(Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

David Gower, who represented England in 117 Tests and 114 ODIs, said both India and New Zealand deserved to be in the finals. The former left-hander, who was known for his grace and class while batting in the middle of the crease, said he is expecting a ‘proper Test match’ between two sides of the highest quality.

“First of all, they both deserve to be there. We’ve got a final between two very good teams. Knowing the Southampton ground as I do, I would expect it to be a proper game, a proper Test match. By which I mean that whenever people talk about conditions for Test matches, you want something that gives something for the bowlers, something for a batsman, or something for the spinner. And that’s the template for all matches. And I think the pitch at Southampton will most likely offer that,” said David Gower.

Kane Williamson has scored 7,129 runs from 84 Tests with the best score of 251. In fact, Kane Williamson has a better Test average than Indian counterpart skipper Virat Kohli (53.6). He owns 24 tons and four double-centuries. Virat Kohli has amassed 7,490 runs from 91 Tests averaging 52.38 with the highest of unbeaten 254. He has 27 tons including 7 double tons.

David Gower: Pitch Will Give Both Teams An Opportunity To Use All Aspects Or Facets Aiding Spinners And Pacers

Talking about the Ageas Bowl pitch, David Gower said it will be a surface that will offer something for the batsmen, seamers, and also the spinners as the game progresses.

“I think they’ll try and prepare a pitch which will reflect the status of the game and will give both teams an opportunity to use all aspects or facets. So I think the fact that, for instance, India just won this last series largely (due to) spin. But we know that when conditions are different, there are some very good Indian pace bowlers (as well). So, you’ve got your three or four perfectly good seam bowlers, and if there’s a bit of help they will do a good job,” he said.

NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)

Virat Kohli-led India’s batsmen haven’t quite proved themselves yet against the swinging ball and their techniques were exposed on the New Zealand tour in 2020. Meanwhile, the Kiwi pace attack of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Neil Wagner has time and again displayed its ability to extract any purchase from the pitch and would be raring to do the same at Southampton.

If there are no injury concerns, the Indian pace troika that is expected to be in the playing XI for the clash starting June 18 would be Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami.

Virat Kohli congratulates Kane Williamson
Virat Kohli congratulates Kane Williamson(Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)
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WTC Final At Southampton May See 4,000 Fans In Attendance

WTC Final in England between India and New Zealand may be attended by 4000 fans. For the first time since September 2019, fans were allowed for a cricket game in England on Wednesday (May 19) which earnestly increased the chances of crowd turnout for India’s World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand next month.

The Covid-19 situation has improved in the UK and around 1500 people were allowed to watch the county game between Leicestershire and Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl, which hosts the WTC final from June 18.

WTC Final: Indian Test Team
WTC Final: Indian Test Team [photo: Twitter]

WTC Final May See 4000 Fans At Southampton, Hampshire As 50% Crowds May Be Taken By ICC For Sponsors And Stakeholders: Rod Bransgrove

About 1500 people were allowed entry for the English County Championship match between Hampshire and Leicestershire at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, a venue that will be hosting the WTC final from June 18.

“We’re staging a four-day county game from today and for the first time since September 2019 fans were allowed for a cricket match in England. The other county games of this round will begin tomorrow and those games too will see crowds,” Rod Bransgrove, the head of Hampshire County Club, told Cricbuzz from Southampton confirming that the WTC final will have a good turnout.

Rod Bransgrove
Rod Bransgrove ©Getty

According to him, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and International Cricket Council (ICC) are permitting a crowd of 4000 people for the pinnacle Test match.

“I understand 50 percent of the permitted crowds will be taken by the ICC for its sponsors and other stakeholders and we will be selling the rest 2000 tickets. We have already received more than double applications from the fans,” Bransgrove said. “It is a high-interest game and there is a good demand for it.”

Virat Kohli and his men will undergo a 10-day quarantine in Southampton but are expected to be allowed to train during the period. The Indian team, currently quarantining in Mumbai for two weeks, depart for the UK on June 2.

Rod Bansgrove Unsure How Many Of ICC And BCCI Members Will Come For The WTC Final Due To Travel Restrictions And Quarantine Protocols

The Hampshire County has also been asked to hand over all the Corporate Boxes at the Rose Bowl but Rod Bransgrove hopes they will have some share on that too.

“Given the travel restrictions and quarantine protocols I am not sure how many of ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India members will come for the game. We will be happy to sell those tickets too,” the veteran administrator said.

England and Pakistan played Test matches last year at Souhampton's Ageas Bowl in a secure bio bubble ©Getty Images
England and Pakistan played Test matches last year at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl in a secure bio bubble ©Getty Images

Rod Bransgrove said Southampton waits for the Indian players and their family members to arrive in the port city, from where the Titanic had set out for its voyage in April 1912.

“We are waiting for the Indian team to complete their quarantine in India and arrive here. We are ready to host them,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, the ICC said the playing conditions for the WTC final will be released in a couple of days.

The historic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London had originally been in line to stage the World Test Cricket Championship final but the venue switch came as the ICC reacted to the pandemic. The Ageas Bowl, which opened in 200, and first staged Test cricket in 2011, features a hotel boasting 171 rooms. This made it possible to provide a secure “bio bubble” when England played Test matches against West Indies and Pakistan in 2020.

England has played 6 Tests since 2011 at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, and won 2, lost 1, and drew 3.  They defeated India twice in 2014 and 2018. It is at Southampton that England’s Zak Crawley scored 267 against Pakistan in the year 2020.

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Sourav Ganguly Confirmed WTC Final Will Be Played In Southampton

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI President has confirmed that the inaugural World Test Championship final, which was originally scheduled at Lord’s, between India and New Zealand will be held in Southampton from June 18.

The ICC World Test Championship final, which was originally scheduled to be held at Lord’s in London, has been moved to Southampton according to the BCCI’s knowledge.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sourav Ganguly Confirms Change In Venue From Lords To Southampton For The Inaugural WTC Final

BCCI President, on Monday (March 8), confirmed that the WTC final between the two qualified teams India and New Zealand, which is scheduled on June 18, will be held in Southampton. While there have been speculations about the change in venue, the ICC is yet to confirm the move to Southampton but the BCCI President is certain about the new venue for the mega event.

“I’m looking forward to attending the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton,” Ganguly said on India Today.

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

“Yeah, it is in Southampton. It was decided a long time ago. Due to COVID and they [in Southampton] have the hotel absolutely close. When England resumed play after COVID, they had a lot of matches in Southampton due to the same reason.”

When asked if the World Test Championship is up in the ranks with the 50-over World Cup, Sourav said: “Every trophy has its own value. The 50-over World Cup is an amazing spectacle. It (WTC) was a bit complicated this time because of the pandemic. We will see when every team has played an equal number of games.”

“Massive achievements have given what the players have gone through. Right from the IPL in September to early March and they are not finished yet. A good 6 months in bio-bubbles and what they have achieved is fantastic,” Sourav Ganguly said.

“Looking forward to the WTC final and I hope we get past New Zealand. Congratulate Rahane, Kohli, everyone involved. The way Pant won India the Brisbane game was excellent,” Sourav Ganguly added.

India and New Zealand will be up against each other in the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) this summer. India booked their place in the final last week after winning the four-match Test series against England at home. Virat Kohli-led India started the series on a poor note as England stunned them by 217 runs. However, the home side bounced back in style to win the following three games in a convincing manner.

Kane Williamson-led New Zealand, on the other hand, qualified for the final after Australia decided to pull out of the South Africa tour on medical grounds. Southampton was considered as the front runner ahead of Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham because of the facilities at the ground.

Sourav Ganguly Will Go To Ahmedabad For Either The 2nd Or 3rd T20I

Sourav Ganguly, who has two procedures of angioplasty in January, has also updated that he has recovered and is now fit and fine. The BCCI President wasn’t able to attend the pink-ball Test against England, held last month at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad due to health issues, but is looking forward to attending a T20I fixture at the same venue and the WTC final in June.

“[I am] Fit, absolutely fine, I am back to work for a while now. Fit and fine, that’s the best part of it. I will travel and go for the T20Is [after getting vaccinated]. I will go to Ahmedabad for either the 2nd or the 3rd T20I,” Ganguly added.

Varun Chakravarthy Screengrab / Hotstar
Varun Chakravarthy Screengrab / Hotstar

India has picked Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Varun Chakravarthy, and Rahul Tewatia for the first time in 5 T20Is against strong Eoin Morgan-led England but the spinners Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Tewatia failed fitness tests.

England has played 6 Tests since 2011 at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, and won 4, lost 1, and drew 3. They defeated India twice in 2014 and 2018 and West Indies in 2020.  It is at Southampton that England’s Zak Crawley scored 267 against Pakistan in the year 2020.

Australia, ICC T20 Rankings, England
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Australia Regain No. 1 Spot In ICC T20I Rankings After Beating England By Five Wickets In Southampton

After beating England by five wickets in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Australia has reclaimed their number one spot in the T20I rankings on Tuesday night.

Despite losing the series 2-1, Australia did some hard yards to win the dead-rubber before shifting their focus on ODI series which is scheduled to commence from September 11. The first of the three-match series will kick-off at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

Owing to their run chase of 146 in their consolidated victory, despite losing three quick wickets the visitors recover well courtesy Mitchell Marsh’s 36-ball 39, to chase down the target in 19.3 overs.

Besides, between the score of 70 and 87, Australia lost Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch, who scored 26-ball 39 with the help of four boundaries and a solitary six. However, Marsh played a sensible knock to see his side over the line.

England vs Australia: Moeen Ali made captaincy debut

Moeen Ali, Cricket Australia
Moeen Ali has claimed a rare record. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to field first. Interestingly, as Eoin Morgan rested himself ahead of the ODI campaign, Moeen Ali was handed over the captaincy — to see hosts posting 145 for six in 20 allotted overs. Ali also became the first player from Asian origin to captain England in any of the formats at the international level.

Australian bowlers bowled brilliantly as Finch shuffled his bowlers well. Adam Zampa managed to pick two wickets in his quota of two overs after conceding 34 runs. However, rest of the lot managed to pick a wicket each including Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

For England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow was the top scorer with 55 off 44 deliveries. He had slammed three sixes and as many fours.

As visitors were chasing the target of 146, they had a flying start with 30 in three overs before lost three wickets for 14 runs. However, it didn’t dent visitors who were already trailing by 2-0 in the series.

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Jonny Bairstow top-scored for England in 3rd Southampton T20I. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The victory in the final T20 has allowed Finch-led side — to reclaim their number spot in the ICC T20 rankings after slipping to number two position owing to the back-to-back losses against England in Southampton.

Australia had now claimed 6,047 points with their rating reading as 275 in 22 T201s, whereas, England had 275 rating points in the same number of matches.

The arch-rivals are followed by India (266) Pakistan (261) with South Africa (258) maintaining the fifth spot in ICC T20I rankings.

Australia tops ICC T20I Ranking charts:

ICC T20 Rankings Teams No. of games Rating points
1 Australia 22 275
2  England 22 271
3  India 35 266
4  Pakistan 23 261
5  South Africa 17 258
6  New Zealand 23 242
7  Sri Lanka 23 230
8  Bangladesh 20 229
9  Windies 24 229
10  Afghanistan 17 228

 

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Pitch Was Very Flat: Mushtaq Ahmed Backs Pakistan Bowlers Despite A Poor Show In Southampton

Pakistan spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed has backed his bowlers who were thrashed by England in the first innings of the third and final Test match at Rose Bowl in Southampton. The hosts ended the first day’s play at 336 for four with a 5th wicket partnership of unbeatable 205 runs between Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler.

Crawley, 22, got his maiden Test century and stood at 171 unbeaten at the end of the first day’s game. The second Test of England vs Pakistan was drawn after rain played the spoilsport.

Back then, the teams were frustrated to not have completed the match as the pitch conditions were very favourable for the bowlers and the match was turning out to be a competitive one. England had the lead coming into the second match after they dramatically won the first Test match at Old Trafford in Manchester.

England, Pakistan
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The wind made it difficult for the bowlers: Mushtaq Ahmed

Former Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Ahmed, who is the current spin bowling coach for the Pakistan team blamed the conditions after visitors’ bowlers looked off-colour against English batting line-up. He blamed the pitch to be very flat and the continuous wind for the bowlers to lose their length.

“It was quite tough. The weather played a huge role. The pitch was very flat, and the toss was vital on that pitch. And because the wind was there the whole day, it was very difficult for the bowlers to control their line and length consistently.

“It was tough especially for young bowlers like Naseem [Shah] and Shaheen [Shah Afridi]. They are new to Test cricket but they made a huge effort and they can be proud of it,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Ahmed as saying.

Mushtaq Ahmed, Yasir Shah, England vs Pakistan, Mushtaq Ahmed,
Mushtaq Ahmed. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“I think we are working on how to deal with being under pressure. When the opposition attacks your young bowlers, it naturally is difficult for them to handle it. But obviously, the credit goes to Crawley and Buttler. They played very well, and this is a flat first-day pitch. The wind made it even tougher, and that’s not an excuse, but it’s also reality,” he added.

Pakistan need to bowl out England in the first session on day two under 400: Mushtaq Ahmed

Ahmed feels that Pakistan need to bowl out England in the first session on day two well under 400 to have a space of three and a half days to try and achieve the massive target ahead of them.

“We need to try and bowl them out in the first session under 400. That leaves us with over three-and-a-half days and an opportunity to put up a big total ourselves,” he said.

Mushtaq Ahmed appointed as assistant coach of Pakistan
Mushtaq Ahmed, Credits: Twitter

Unfortunately, the play was stopped on the second day due to rain. Jos Buttler stands at 91 runs and Zak Crawley will resume his innings at 171 when the game restarts.

Zak Crawley
Zak Crawley. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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England vs Pakistan: I Was Trying To Keep The Hundred Out Of My Head – Zak Crawley

The 22-year-old Zak Crawley has impressed everyone with his stunning maiden Test hundred against Pakistan’s lethal bowling attack on the first day of the third and last Test in Southampton. He got under the skin of the young fast bowler’s Shaheen Afridi and Nassem Shah, who could not find an answer to tackle courageous Crawley.

Although Shaheen had bowled some excellent spells, he could not get Zak Crawely’s wicket who was included in the playing XI after the allrounder Ben Stokes was rested.

After the end of the first day, Zak Crawley, who is still unbeaten at 171, expressed that scoring the maiden Test ton was the best feeling he ever had on the cricket field.

After playing sparkling innings when he walking back to the dressing room, England captain Joe Root and his other teammates stood in the balcony to appreciate his knock. The youngster, who was waving the bat at that time, said that it was an unbelievable moment for him as his whole career flashed in front of his eyes.

Zak Crawley
Zak Crawley. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“It’s the best feeling I’ve had on the cricket field in some way,” Zak Crawley told reporters at the close. “It’s an unbelievable feeling, to see everybody on the balcony, it was almost like my whole career flashed before my eyes in that moment.”

Zak Crawley had put on an unbeaten 205 for the fifth wicket with Jos Buttler (87 not out) to lead England to 332-4 at the close of the opening day.

Zak Crawley reveals the toughest part of the day:

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Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler. Image Credit: Getty Images.

For the youngster, the toughest part was to keep a thought of scoring a hundred away from his mind. When he was close to score hundred, he kept his head cool and didn’t show he was nervous.

I was trying to keep the hundred out of my head when I was on about 25, I just felt in such decent form that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. When I was on around 91, I was really nervous. Jos didn’t think I was, so I must have been hiding it pretty well,” Zak Crawley said.

Zak Crawley said that he had prepared a plan for every bowler which was key for his success.

“I have individual plans for each bowler and luckily I got a few lose ones early from Shaheen (Afridi), so I got off to a bit of a flyer. I was just trying to play straight and every ball on it merits,” he added. 

Luckily, the weather in Southampton was in favour of Crawley because there was drizzle ahead of the first day.

Stuart Broad, England vs India 2018
Stuart Broad. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)
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One And A Half Lung: Struggling Stuart Broad Used Inhaler During Southampton Test

Stuart Broad looked in discomfort while bowling in the fourth over of the second Test and called for an inhaler. The incident happened during the Southampton Test against Pakistan. Stuart Broad waited for some time and was seen in a reclining position on the field.

Stuart Broad, who suffers from asthma which is not a secret, but the fact that he had half a lung less than his contemporaries because of premature birth was revealed only during the 2015 Ashes Test.

Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad after completing 500 Test wickets (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)

Stuart Broad Required Inhaler To Cure Asthma But Bowled Exceptionally Well

Stuart Broad has recently reached 500 Test wickets which came during the third Test against West Indies in 2020. Broad became the seventh bowler and fourth fast bowler and also second England cricketer to achieve the exceptional feat.

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Stuart Broad. Image Credit: Getty Images

He sometimes requires inhaler to cure asthma. Despite struggling, Broad bowled a first spell that read 5-2-7-0 and he almost had Pakistan captain Azhar Ali to add to his collection but was dropped in the slip region.

Stuart Broad Played 14 Years Despite Having 1/2 Lung Less Than Teammates

The fact that a cricketer especially a pacer with over 500 Test wickets has survived for 14 years with one and a half lung which was only revealed to his teammates during an Ashes Test five years back. He revealed the secret at a pre-training camp when they asked each other to provide a piece of information about them that was not known by others.

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James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Credit: Getty Images

James Anderson, his England teammate has 592 wickets whereas Broad has 508 wickets. Broad still may continue playing for England as he is aged 34 but James Anderson has reached the fag end of his career since he is already 38. Broad has played his last ODI in 2016 and T20I in 2014.

“One night we were asked to provide a piece of information about ourselves that no one else knew, with the notion of being open with each other,” Broad had once written in the Daily Mail.

“I shocked the boys a little when I told them I only had one and a half lungs because I was born three months premature.”

His teammates were astonished to hear his secret and also were amazed that he had played 14 years with half of a lungless and carries inhaler being asthmatic.

“I explained that because I was so tiny when I was born, basically at death’s door, one of my lungs never fully developed. That’s why I’m asthmatic and carry an inhaler. It has never affected me as a sportsman, but the idea that I’ve played my entire career with half a lung less than everybody else is quite amazing when you think about it, Broad concluded.

Jofra Archer
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Tino Best Feels Jofra Archer Shouldn’t Have Replied In The Middle Of A Test Match

During the recent Southampton Test between England and West Indies, the veteran Caribbean pacer Tino Best and the 25-year-old English pacer Jofra Archer were involved in a tweet war. Best feels that Archer shouldn’t have replied to him in the middle of a Test match.

It was the first Test of the ongoing three-match Test series between England and West Indies which Southampton hosted between 8th and 12th July. It was also the first international match since the sudden stoppage from the middle of March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

During West Indies’ first innings batting in that Test, English pacer Jofra Archer finished with the wicket-less bowling figures (22-3-61-0). After that innings, the 38-year-old Tino Best heavily criticised Archer’s bowling speed. Best even asked why Archer was selected over Stuart Broad in that Test match.

Jofra Archer, reply
Jofra Archer (Image Credit: Twitter)

Later, Archer teased him by asking him why he wasn’t a coach yet.

Best then replied by claiming that his pace dropped since the Ashes 2019. Archer then tweeted without taking any name, “You must live a miserable life”

My first tweet was that he was bowling military medium, and that he can bowl faster than that: Tino Best about Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer, reply
Jofra Archer (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Best has now claimed that he didn’t expect any reply from the Barbados-born English cricketer Archer in the middle of that Test match. The Caribbean right-arm fast bowler, who played 57 international matches from 2003 to 2014, wasn’t trying to disrespect Archer. And the senior also advised that the youngster would realise with the time progress that he couldn’t fight every battle.

Recently, Archer told Sportskeeda, “The whole Jofra Archer thing was just blown out of proportion. To be honest, when I tweeted, it was only about the way he was bowling in the first innings. He didn’t put in as much effort as I saw from Mark Wood and Jimmy Anderson. I thought he was just going through the motions a little bit.”

Tino Best
Tino Best (Image Credits: Twitter)

He continued, “I am here in Barbados; I didn’t expect him to reply. My first tweet was that he was bowling military medium, and that he can bowl faster than that. You’ve got Wood who was absolutely steaming in every ball, and then you’ve got him (Archer) a little lethargic in his approach.”

“He then replied saying I should be a coach, so I asked him not to attack me personally. I wasn’t trying to disrespect him in any way. But he was in the middle of a Test match, and I don’t think he should have replied. The older you get, you realise that you can’t fight every battle.”

In the fourth innings of that Test, Archer bowled impressively and bagged three wickets. He finished that innings with the bowling figures of 17-3-45-3. However, West Indies finally managed to win that Test by four wickets as they chased down the 200 runs target in the fourth innings after losing six wickets.

Jermaine Blackwood
Jermaine Blackwood (Adrian Dennis/Pool via AP)
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Phil Simmons Credits Jermaine Blackwood’s Incredible Batting For Their Southampton Test Victory

While West Indies won the first Test of the ongoing three-match Test series against the hosts England, the Caribbean Head Coach Phil Simmons credited their fourth innings hero Jermaine Blackwood for their four-wicket victory.

That Southampton Test was also the resume chapter of the international cricket, which was forced to stop after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic since last March. After the Caribbean skipper Jason Holder (6/42) and Shannon Gabriel (4/62) dominated during the first innings of this Test as England were bundled out for just 204 runs, the Caribbean team replied with 318 runs with the lead of 114 runs.

Later, Shannon Gabriel’s fifer (5/75) helped the Caribbean team to all out the hosts again for 313 runs. Chasing down the 200 runs target, once the visitors were struggling on 27/3, along with their opening batsman John Campbell’s retired hurt. However, Jermaine Blackwood fought brilliantly from that situation along with Roston Chase (37) and Shane Dowrich (20), and his 95 runs knock helped the Caribbean team to win that match by four wickets as they chased down the 200 runs target after losing six wickets.

Blackwood, Southampton Test
Jermaine Blackwood (Image Credit: AFP)

It was only Blackwood’s second Test since October 2017. Caribbean Head Coach Phil Simmons praised right-handed middle-order batsman Blackwood for his incredible batting performance in the most crucial time.

Phil Simmons, Southampton Test
Phil-Simmons (Image Credit: Twitter)

 

Simmons said according to ESPNcricinfo, “I think he must be commended because he has worked very hard on trying to get that temperament right for each part of his innings. As we saw in the first innings, it was still there a bit, but in the second he controlled it a lot better. And that helped him to bring home the game for us.”

After playing 29 Tests, Blackwood has scored 1469 runs with an average of 31.25. His latest 95 runs knock was his first Test fifty since August 2017. At present, he has scored 605 runs in seven Tests against England with an average of 55.00.

Jermaine Blackwood looked at the situation and played it as well as he could have: Phil Simmons

Simmons feels that Blackwood’s mindset is improving, which is important to stretch his international career.

Jermaine Blackwood, Southampton Test
Jermaine Blackwood. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for ECB)

 

The Caribbean coach added, “Try to get him irrational, but I think he held his own. He looked at the situation and played it as well as he could have. So that shows that his mindset is improving, and that’s all you can ask for.”

Jermaine Blackwood, who made his Test debut in June 2014, he also played two ODIs in late 2015 where he managed to score a total of 11 runs.

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