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Devon Conway celebrates his century on debut PA Images via Getty Images
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Nasser Hussain Praised Debutant Devon Conway Who Smashed Unbeaten 136 On 1st Day

Nasser Hussain has hailed New Zealand opener, Devon Conway, for scoring a splendid hundred on his Test debut against England on Day 1 of the first Test at Lord’s.

Devon Conway remained unbeaten on 136 off 240 balls as New Zealand ended the opening day at 246 for 3. The Kiwi left-hander looked in complete control during his stay out in the middle, hitting 16 fours. He featured in an unbroken stand of 132 with Henry Nicholls (46*) to help New Zealand recover from 114-3.

Devon Conway. Pic: Getty Images
Devon Conway. Pic: Getty Images

Nasser Hussain Praised Devon Conway’s Debut Ton

In his column for Daily Mail, Nasser Hussain wrote about Devon Conway’s debut Test hundred, stating the 29-year-old played a ‘lovely’ innings.

“Devon Conway played a lovely innings, in which he let the bowlers come to him, and batted on his Test debut as if to the manner born. And England’s bowlers put in a challenging shift on a difficult surface… In Conway, they had just the player to make good use of a nice batting strip,” Nasser Hussain wrote.

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

The former England skipper Nasser Hussain added that he was particularly impressed with the manner in which Devon Conway stuck it out during a probing spell by Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad after lunch.

“The tourists’ coach, Gary Stead, has spoken about picking on character, and somehow New Zealand just find a way of producing these tough cricketers. He had a nice rhythm to his batting, and he wasn’t afraid to suck up a tough spell when Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad were making it swing after lunch. “

“We’ve seen all around the world in recent years how openers have struggled against the new ball, but Conway looked a natural. I spoke to the New Zealand commentator Simon Doull about him before play, and he just said ‘we’ve got another one in the mould of Kane Williamson – he bats long and he bats time. Conway bats on middle stump, has a fluency to his game, and plays beside the ball, which opens up different scoring areas,” Nasser Hussain added.

Nasser Hussain also stressed the fact that batsmen need to adjust their technique when the ball is moving around and Devon Conway did that well.

“There is a lot to be said for leaving it (the ball) when necessary and letting the bowler come to you. That’s what Conway did so well here,” Nasser Hussain wrote.

An unbeaten hundred from New Zealand’s debutant opener, Devon Conway, set the platform for the visiting side as the return of Test cricket to Lord’s was marked by a day of hard work in the field for England.

Ollie Robinson, another man on Test debut, claimed two of the three wickets to fall before a century stand for the fourth wicket between Devon Conway and Henry Nicholls put New Zealand in control of proceedings as the 1st day saw New Zealand reaching 246/3 at stumps.

Devon Conway Breaks Sourav Ganguly’s Record Of Highest Score By A Debutant At Lords

Following his unbeaten 136, Devon Conway broke former India captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s record for the highest score by a debutant at Lord’s. Sourav Ganguly had scored 131 on his Test debut at the iconic ground back in 1996.

Devon Conway and Sourav Ganguly. (Getty Images)
Devon Conway and Sourav Ganguly. (Getty Images)

Devon Conway’s 136 is also the highest score by a Kiwi debutant while playing outside New Zealand. The southpaw broke skipper Kane Williamson’s record, who had smashed 131 on his Test debut against India in Ahmedabad. Before making his Test debut on Wednesday, the 29-year-old had featured in three ODIs and 14 T20Is where he amassed 225 runs averaging 75 and 473 runs averaging 59.12 respectively.

The sight of a 23-year-old Sourav Ganguly driving Dominic Cork through covers to bring up his maiden Test century will go down as one of the most iconic moments of Indian cricket. During India’s 1996 tour of England, Sourav Ganguly became the 10th Indian batsman to notch up a century on Test debut, but what the effort even more special is that the hundred came at the Mecca of cricket, the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

For 25 years, Sourav Ganguly’s 131 stood out as the highest score by a Test debutant at Lord’s, before New Zealand opener Devon Conway overtook the former India captain on Wednesday. Incidentally, Devon Conway and Sourav Ganguly also share a birthday of July 8.

Tim Southee
Tim Southee
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Tim Southee Loves Test Cricket Since It Gets His Blood Boiling

Tim Southee, veteran New Zealand seamer revealed he loves Test cricket more compared to other formats, adding that it gets the best out of him as it gets his ‘blood boiling’. The Kiwi bowler also spoke about the prospect of facing India in the first-ever World Test Championship final.

New Zealand has taken off for England, and they will start their quarantine soon in preparation for the upcoming two-match Test series against the Three Lions. However, all eyes will be on Southampton at the Rose Bowl when the Blackcaps face off against India in the World Test Championship final on June 18.

New Zealand’s Tim Southee (AP Photo/Ross Setford)
New Zealand’s Tim Southee (AP Photo/Ross Setford)

Tim Southee Loves His Treasured Format Test Cricket Which Gets The Blood Boiling

The New Zealand men’s cricket team departed for England on Saturday night to play a two-Test series, followed by the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against the Virat Kohli-captained India from June 18 onwards. While the Black Caps will play the first Test against the hosts from June 2 in London, the second Test will commence in Birmingham on June 10.

“I love test cricket. For me it’s my most treasured format. I love all three, but test cricket is something that really gets the blood boiling. Being the first [World Test Championship final] it will be pretty special as well. India in England is unusual on its own, but it’s great to test yourself against one of the best sides and they have been for a long period of time. It should be a great match,” Tim Southee said in an interview with stuff.co.nz.

BJ Watling, IND vs NZ, WTC final
This will be the last tour for New Zealand’s wicketkeeper-batsman, 35-year-old BJ Watling. Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Tim Southee also jokingly remarked how the current crop of New Zealand players had got it easy compared to when he started his international cricket journey. The bowler debuted in 2008 as a 19-year-old and won just once in his first 14 Tests. However, things are changing, and the Kiwis have won 9 of their last 11 Test series.

“Ross [Taylor] and I quite often laugh about it because it took so long to have those wins. Guys are coming in and Kyle [Jamieson] has won six test matches already and hasn’t lost a test match,” Southee remarked.

This will be the last tour for Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman, 35-year-old BJ Watling, who recently announced that he was retiring from competitive cricket. He represented New Zealand so far in 73 Tests, 28 ODIs, and five T20Is.

Tim Southee Thinks Age Is Only A Number And One Should Continue Playing Tests As Long As One Is Still Able To Perform And Reach High Standards

The 32-year-old believes as long as he can maintain the requisite fitness standards, age is just a number and he can continue playing international cricket at the top level. Tim Southee also talked about how players take better care of their bodies in the modern-day, which is undoubtedly helping them elongate their careers.

“As long as you’re still able to perform and reach those high standards it takes to represent your country then I think age is only a number. You look at the likes of [England test veteran] James Anderson who is 38. He’s still arguably bowling as good as he ever has. hink cricketers in general look after themselves a lot better. We’re a lot fitter as a group, we train a lot on the strength and conditioning side of things. I think you’ll see players play for longer,” Tim Southee added.

Tim Southee
Tim Southee becomes third New Zealand bowler to pick 300 Test wickets, Black Caps Twitter

The seamer is still going strong in Test cricket and he has the fourth-most wickets in the longest format since 2019 (65 wickets from 14 matches). Only Pat Cummins, Stuart Broad, and Ravichandran Ashwin have taken more scalps in that time period.

Tim Southee has 302 wickets in 77 Tests averaging 28.71 besides having 190 scalps in 143 ODIs and 99 scalps in 82 T20Is. He has also picked 28 wickets in 40 IPL games having played his last match in 2019.

In the 2011 World Cup, he scalped 18 wickets at an excellent average of 17.33  which showed ample proof of his ability to adapt to sub-continental conditions. He also shone during the 2015 World Cup where New Zealand made their first-ever appearance in a final. His career-best spell of 7/33 came in World Cup 2015 where Tim Southee destroyed England’s batting line-up with his lethal spell with the new ball.

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England's Stuart Broad appeals unsuccessfully during play on the second day of the second Test cricket match between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on July 17, 2020. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB
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Stuart Broad Supports World Test Championship But Isn’t Impressed By Points Allocation

Stuart Broad has lent his support to the World Test Championship, calling the competition a promising concept. However, the England pacer was less impressed with the way the points are allocated in the current format, claiming he can’t understand how a five-match Ashes series and a two-Test India-Bangladesh series are on the same pedestal.

Stuart Broad wearing his new-look bandana Getty Images
Stuart Broad wearing his new-look bandana Getty Images

Stuart Broad: World Test Championship Is Really A Good Concept But The Point System Isn’t Right

The inaugural edition of the World Test Championship dished out 120 points per series, irrespective of the number of matches played by respective teams. Points for each win depended on the number of Tests in the series, and many experts in the cricket fraternity have criticized the current system for being too rigid.

ICC World Test Championship mace
File photo of ICC World Test Championship mace. Image Source ICC

Stuart Broad became the latest cricketer to throw up the same question as he spoke to the Press Association about his reservations for the World Test Championship points system.

“The World Test Championship is a really good concept, I just don’t think it’s quite right yet. It’s a first-time effort. I can’t quite work out how a five-match Ashes series can be worth the same as India playing Bangladesh for two Tests,” Broad admitted.

Stuart Broad: WTC Given Great Context To Cricket But Rues England Losing The Opportunity As They Failed To Qualify To The Finals

The decision attracted criticism from several quarters, and Stuart Broad believes that although the World Test Championship has added context to Test matches, the format needs further improvement.

“There’s something in the idea and it has given great context to the game but there needs to be work done on how it all comes together, I think,” Broad added.

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

England played the most Tests in the World Test Championship, with no team matching their tally of 21. India was second with 17 matches, while bottom-placed Bangladesh played just seven Tests. England won 11 Tests losing 7 while 3 were drawn. India won 12 Tests, lost 4, and drew 1. New Zealand who qualified for WTC Final won 7 Tests and lost 4. Australia won 8, lost 4, and drew 2.

But England finished fourth in the standings, and Stuart Broad believes the English calendar works to their disadvantage in the competition.

“We had an opportunity, but the amount of cricket we play as an England side in the current system makes it very difficult to get into the final,” Stuart Broad concluded.

After winning the four-Test series against England at home by a 3-1 margin, India booked their place in the ICC World Test Championship final, where they will play against New Zealand.

Stuart Broad, who has 517 wickets to his name in the longest format, is likely to be part of the two-Test series against New Zealand, beginning on June 2. With England scheduled to host New Zealand in the first Test of the summer from June 2 at Lord’s, Stuart Broad hoped for both him and James Anderson to take the field.

Among fast bowlers, James Anderson is the leading wicket-taker of all-time at Test cricket level, and also holds the record for the most wickets taken by an England player in One-Day International (ODI) cricket. He is the only fast bowler to have 600 or more Test wickets to his name and is the fourth-highest wicket-taker overall. He has taken 614 scalps in 160 Tests.

Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2019. - AFP
Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2019. - AFP
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IPL 2021: Stuart Broad Questions Rajasthan Royals For Not Opening With Jos Buttler

Stuart Broad, England’s veteran pacer has questioned why the Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) did not open their batting with the ‘best opening wicketkeeper in the world’ Jos Buttler.

Rajasthan Royals were eventually defeated by 4 runs against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) who posted a mammoth 221 runs on board at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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 Surprised At Rajasthan Opting To Play Jos Buttler In The Middle Order

After Punjab’s captain keeper KL Rahul (91) and middle order batsman Deepak Hooda’s (64) heroics had led PBKS to a gigantic 221/6, RR’s opening combination of Ben Stokes and Manan Vohra failed to provide them with a good start, and the duo was back in the hut with just 25 runs on the board.

Replying to a tweet by Sky Sports after the dismissal of Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad expressed his surprise at Rajasthan opting to play Jos Buttler (25 off 13 balls) in the middle order instead of opening the batting with him.

Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia
Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia

Coming in to bat at No.4, Jos Buttler looked in sublime touch as he smashed four consecutive boundaries off the fifth over of the innings, bowled by IPL debutant Punjab Kings pacer Riley Meredith.

But just as he was beginning to snatch a bit of momentum back for Rajasthan along with captain Sanju Samson (119* off 63 balls), Jos Buttler was undone by an excellent slower delivery bowled by another IPL debutant and another Australian, pacer Jhye Richardson.

Stuart Broad, Michael Vaughan, and Harsha Bhogle have questioned Rajasthan Royals’ decision to not play Jos Buttler as an opener during Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings match in IPL 2021. All the three were confused and surprised to watch Jos Buttler batting at no.4 position instead of an opener during the match.

They expressed their confusion over the matter on Twitter. England cricketer Stuart Broad called Jos Buttler the best opening wicket-keeper in the world in his tweet and questioned why he is not opening for Rajasthan Royals.

Stuart Broad’s Opinions Echoed By Harsha Bhogle And Michael Vaughan

Rajasthan’s move of not opening with Jos Buttler was also questioned by commentators Harsha Bhogle and former England captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter. Jos Buttler’s dismissal after scoring 25 off 13 balls left RR’s chase stuttering with the score at 70/3 from 7.3 overs. However, with the required asking run-rate touching 12 runs in an over, a struggling Sanju Samson slowly but surely started finding the middle of the bat.

The 26-year-old Sanju Samson was on 29 off 22 balls at the time of Jos Buttler’s untimely dismissal but smashed 90 runs off the next 41 balls he faced to almost pull off the impossible for his team.

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI
Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI

Well-supported by Shivam Dube (23) and Riyan Parag’s (25) quickfire cameos, Sanju Samson never looked ruffled and went about his business in a nonchalant manner, smashing 12 sixes and 7 fours in what was his third IPL century. In fact, with 13 runs needed off the last over bowled by young Arshdeep Singh, victory seemed to be there for the taking for RR.

But left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh delivered his wide yorkers well, making it difficult for Sanju Samson to get under the ball, and conceded only one maximum off the first five balls of the over. With 5 needed off the last ball, Sanju Samson failed to clear the ropes and could only slice another wide yorker into the hands of Deepak Hooda towards the extra cover boundary for a heart-breaking RR loss.

Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 221/6 (KL Rahul 91, Deepak Hooda 64, Chetan Sakariya 3/31) beat Rajasthan Royals 217/7 (Sanju Samson 119, Riyan Parag 25, Arshdeep Singh 3/35) by 4 runs

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
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England Will Be Feared By All Other Teams In 2021 T20I World Cup: Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood, England’s assistant coach said that England, the No 1 ranked T20I side in the world, has been in terrific form in the last 4 years and therefore they will be feared by all the other teams during the T20 World Cup.

Paul Collingwood feels that his team is likely to be feared by a lot of teams going into the T20 World Cup because of the kind of cricket that the team is playing at the moment.

Paul Collingwood with the ICC World Twenty20 trophy. - CLIVE ROSE/GETTY IMAGES
Paul Collingwood with the ICC World Twenty20 trophy. – CLIVE ROSE/GETTY IMAGES

Paul Collingwood: England Is Prepared For T20I World Cup And Will Be Feared By Opposition Teams

England is currently the No 1 ranked T20I side in the world and is levelled 2-2 with India in a five-match series in Ahmedabad, with the decider to be played on Saturday. Paul Collingwood said that England has multiple match-winners and that will help them in their T20 World Cup campaign.

“Going into this World Cup I think we will be feared by a lot of teams because of our white-ball form for the past four years. We’ve got a lot of match winners from one to 11, who can win games from their own bat. Totally different teams from 2010 to now, but I don’t think we could be in a better place. The team in 2010 was a team that came together right at the last moment, and we took a few risks, gambles on selection.”

England World Twenty20 2010
England won the 2010 World Twenty20 trophy within a year of meekly exiting the 2009 tournament. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

“We knew what kind of cricket we wanted to play but it hadn’t been drilled into us over a long period of time like this team has. I think this team is better prepared,” Collingwood told British media on the eve of their T20I series-decider against India.

England won their only T20 World Cup title under Paul Collingwood’s captaincy in 2010. The likes of Ravi Bopara, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, and Eoin Morgan played in that tournament. In the final, England beat Australia by 7 wickets chasing 148.

Paul Collingwood: Never Feel One Wins World Cup By Being Conservative

Paul Collingwood further said that the success mantra of their white-ball teams lies in playing an aggressive brand of cricket. England is one of the favourites to win the 2021 T20I World Cup being the No. 1 ranked T20I team.

“I never feel you win World Cups, big tournaments by being conservative. You’ve got to be ahead of the game. This team has done that over the past four years, which drilled into being aggressive.You’ve got to have a lot of bravery to do it in the big games. Tomorrow’s (Saturday’s 5th T20I against India) another example. Hopefully, we can go out there and play our usual aggressive cricket and of course adapt to the conditions.

Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Ben Stokes Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

 

 

 

 

“That’s how they want to play and that’s how you put teams under pressure whether you’re playing the first game or in the final. That is our mantra,” he added.

This time in 2021 they have the likes of Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, and Mark Wood in their squad which makes it an enviable squad.

The last time the T20 World Cup was played in 2016, England just missed out on their opportunity to win their second title. Carlos Braithwaite broke the hearts of all English fans as Ben Stokes wasn’t able to keep his nerve. However, five years since then, Ben Stokes has won a World Cup for England(2019 50 overs World Cup) and his team has become one of the favourites to take home the 2021 title.

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
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Stuart Broad Impressed With India’s Spectacular Batting In 2nd T20I

Stuart Broad was impressed with some of the shots played by debutant Ishan Kishan in his 94-run partnership with Virat Kohli in the second T20I between India and England.

The hosts registered a comfortable win, chasing down a 165-run target with seven wickets and more than two overs to spare, to level the five-match series at 1-1.

Stuart Broad wearing his new-look bandana Getty Images
Stuart Broad wearing his new-look bandana Getty Images

Stuart Broad Rates India’s Batting As Spectacular And Missing Virat Kohli’s Tough Chance Changed The Game’s Course

Ishan Kishan earned the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his brilliant 56 off 32 balls on debut in the 2nd T20I. The left-hander took the attack to the England bowlers early on, with a watchful Virat Kohli joining the party after getting his eye in. Speaking about India’s performance in the second T20I, Stuart Broad hailed some of the shots played by Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan.

“It was spectacular batting; it did look like batting got a little bit easier, but that doesn’t take anything away from the style of the cricket shots that were played. It was beautiful to watch, to be honest. And that’s quite hard to say as an England fan,” Stuart Broad said on Sky Sports.

Ishan Kishan came up with a well-paced 56 on his T20I debut against England in Ahmedabad on Sunday, 14th March in 2nd T20I. He had a memorable debut as the 22-year-old Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman was in his element as his knock helped India seal a comfortable 7-wicket win over World No. 1 England. Ishan Kishan batted at ease after he was handed his T20I debut along with his Mumbai Indians teammate Suryakumar Yadav.
Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli added 94 runs in 9 overs for the 2nd wicket in the 2nd T20I (Reuters Photo)
Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli added 94 runs in 9 overs for the 2nd wicket in the 2nd T20I (Reuters Photo)

Ishan Kishan departed after a 32-ball 56 in the 2nd T20I, which India won by seven wickets on Sunday. He got to his fifty with a six against leg-spinner Adil Rashid as he became only the 2nd India batsman to hit a fifty on his T20I debut after Ajinkya Rahane in 2011. Virat Kohli also hit an unbeaten 73 off 49 balls as he roared back to form after a string of low scores against England at home.

Stuart Broad Explains England Went Wrong By Handing Tom Curran The Final Over Of The Powerplay

Tom Curran, playing his first game of the tour, conceded 16 runs in the last over of the Power Play(6th over). Stuart Broad felt that maybe the visitors could have used a different bowler for that crucial over, as the one from Tom Curran helped shift the momentum of the game in India’s favour.

Tom Curran in his delivery stride Getty Images
Tom Curran in his delivery stride Getty Images

Tom Curran finished with figures of 0-26 in his two overs in the second T20I against India.

“Tom Curran hasn’t played a lot of cricket. It is really hard to come in T20 and hit your strap straightaway. He bowled a very tough over – the final over of the Powerplay; it’s one of the hardest ones to bowl. Maybe England can look back on that, and maybe they could have gone a slightly different route because it was almost that over where England lost the control and momentum of the game,” Stuart Broad observed.

Ben Stokes, England all-rounder
Ben Stokes, England all-rounder (Photo | AP)
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Broady, Jimmy And Jofra Have Been Licking Their Lips Ahead Of 3rd Test: Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes, England all-rounder has said that pacers James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Jofra Archer “have been licking their lips” after the net sessions ahead of the pink-ball Test between India and England.

On the eve of the pink-ball Test between India and England from Wednesday 24th February, all-rounder Ben Stokes has revealed that the pace trio was licking their lips after net sessions which “got really dangerous” under lights.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad (Credits : Twitter)
James Anderson, Stuart Broad (Credits: Twitter)

Ben Stokes: Bowlers Stopped Bowling In The Nets As They Were Worried That Some Of The Batsmen Were Going To Get Injured

Ben Stokes said that he wasn’t sure if the conditions will be the same as the practice sessions but bowlers stopped their bowling in the nets as they feared that batsmen could get injured under lights. Ben Stokes hasn’t fired as expected amassing only 115 runs in the 4 innings averaging 28.75 against India.

“Broady, Jimmy and Jofra have been licking their lips,” Ben Stokes told talkSPORT. “It’s been a completely different game. Whether that’s going to be similar in the middle we’re not sure.When the lights came on, the nets actually got really dangerous. The bowlers had to stop bowling in the nets because we were actually worried that some of the batters were going to get injured.”

James Anderson, 38, himself played the series-opener where he took five wickets in England’s victory but was rested for the second where India emerged triumphant by a massive 317-run margin. 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.

Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer.
Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

Stuart Broad went wicketless in the 2nd Test despite bowing 20 overs on a spin-friendly pitch at Chennai while James Anderson picked 5 wickets averaging a meagre 12.6 in the 1st Test and Jofra Archer picked 3 scalps but missed the 2nd Test with an elbow niggle. Olly Stone picked 4 scalps in the two innings combined in the 2nd Test.

Joe Root: The Pitch May Offer Turn At Some Point As One Expects Ball To Spin In The Subcontinent

Further, England skipper Joe Root is preparing himself to play against spin as well. The 30-year-old is sure that spinners will have a role to play sometime in the 3rd Test match.

“It’s going to spin at some point, it’s just a question of when,” he said. “That’s always the case when we come here. We experienced it very early in the last Test, it might not be the case quite so much this time around.Playing against India in the subcontinent you expect the ball to spin. We have to make sure we are in the best place to manage that.”

Joe Root
Joe Root. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

“If they (India) go in with a similarly balanced team we should be mentally prepared for that and we should have put the work in this week which, from what I have seen, the guys have certainly done. If it is more seam-orientated then the experience of growing up in English conditions should be in our favor and it is about handling those conditions as best we can and try to exploit them with the ball in hand,” Root said.

In the first innings of the first Test at Chennai, England skipper Joe Root played a knock of 218 runs and he also became the first player in the history of cricket to register a double century in his 100th Test. Joe Root followed it up with a quickfire 40 in the second innings as England won by 227 runs.

He managed 6 and 33 in the 2nd Test as Axar Patel dismissed him both times. The spinner Axar Patel who debuted in the 2nd Test didn’t play the first Test owing to injury. Joe Root is the leading run-scorer with 297 runs averaging 74.25 in the 4 innings.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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James Anderson Looks At The Broader Picture Regarding Rotation In Hectic Schedule

James Anderson, veteran pacer of England urged experts criticizing the much-debated rotation policy to look at the “bigger picture”, considering the massive amount of cricket to be played by the England team in the coming days.

England did not play Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood in the first two Tests but have brought them back for the final two Tests as a part of rotation policy while first-choice keeper Jos Buttler is back home after the opening Test to help players cope up with life inside the bio-bubble.

James Anderson became the fourth bowler in history to reach 600 Test wickets (PA)
James Anderson became the fourth bowler in history to reach 600 Test wickets (PA)

James Anderson Feeling Good And Fresh Supporting Rotation Policy

Former players, especially former England international batsman Kevin Pietersen, have criticized ECB’s thought process, saying they must play their best players in a big series like the ongoing one against India.

“You have got to try and look at the bigger picture. The idea was if I missed that one, that would give me the best chance of being fit and firing for the pink-ball Test,” Anderson was quoted as saying by the ‘Guardian’.

“I am feeling good and fresh and ready to go again if called upon. It’s frustrating to an extent but I can see the bigger picture with the amount of cricket that we have got.”

James Anderson, Stuart Broad (Credits : Twitter)
James Anderson, Stuart Broad (Credits: Twitter)

To further his argument, James Anderson cited injuries he had to endure in the last two years when he missed matches in the 2019 Ashes series and also could not play two Tests against South Africa.

“It’s the same for all bowlers, not just me. We’ve got 17 Test matches this year and the best way of getting your best players firing for as many of those as possible is to take little rests every now and then. It’s not a case of shielding, it’s just a case of trying to make sure you’re not wearing someone out until they completely break in half.”

James Anderson, 38, himself played the series-opener where he took five wickets in England’s victory but was rested for the second where India emerged triumphant by a massive 317-run margin.

James Anderson Is Sure That Pitch Would Be Devoid Of Grass On 1st Day Of The Test Match At Ahmedabad

England has called back pacer Mark Wood but James Anderson definitely would not mind bowling in tandem with Stuart Broad.

“That has definitely crossed my mind. Ideally, we would get into a position where there will be times – a crucial game potentially – when they want the experience thereof both of us and that might get called upon. All we can do is when we get the nod do the best for the team, try and stay in as good shape as possible, stay as fit as possible, and eventually whether it’s in the summer or the back end of the year hopefully we will get the chance to play again together,” he said.

James Anderson is pretty sure that the newly laid track at the Motera Stadium will be devoid of any grass for the upcoming Day/Night Test against India even though there is a nice green cover on it at the moment. The third Test under lights will start from Wednesday and for England’s premier fast bowler, he doesn’t expect it to behave much differently from the second Test track at the Chepauk which India won by 317 runs.

“The pitch, it has got grass on it but I am pretty sure it’s not going to be there when we turn up on the match day,” Anderson said with a wry smile during a virtual conference with British media on Sunday.

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

“So we have to wait and watch. As seam bowlers, we have to be prepared to bowl as best we can in any given condition. If it swings, it’s great and if it does not, we still have a job to do,” Anderson said.

He felt that the pink SG Test ball that he bowled with during the net sessions, swung more than its red counterpart.

“Look this is the second pink Test in India and first in February so we don’t know how it would behave.”

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. Stuart Broad went wicketless in the 2nd Test despite bowing 20 overs on a spin-friendly pitch at Chennai.

James Anderson picked 5 wickets averaging a meagre 12.6 in the 1st Test while Jofra Archer picked 3 scalps but missed the 2nd Test with an elbow niggle. Olly Stone picked 4 scalps in the two innings combined in the 2nd Test.

Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli
Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli
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Sachin Tendulkar Proud Of Virat Kohli’s Success And Decision To Share Experiences

Sachin Tendulkar, legendary former Indian batsman on Saturday said he is proud of Virat Kohli’s achievements after the Indian skipper decided to open up on his battle against depression in 2014 during the tour of England.

Virat Kohli had opened up on battling depression way back in 2014 during the tour of England saying that he felt like he was the “loneliest guy in the world”.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. (PTI Photo)
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. (PTI Photo)

Sachin Tendulkar Is Proud Of Virat Kohli’s Success & Decision To Share Personal Experiences

Virat Kohli had a substandard tour of England in 2014 as he was able to register scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6, and 20 in the five Tests and his total average read 13.50 in 10 innings.

He felt like he was the “loneliest guy in the world” when he went through a stretch of five Tests on the England tour in 2014 without a half-century. He found it tough to adjust against the line, length, seam, and bounce of England pacers. James Anderson dismissed him 4 times while each of Stuart Broad and Chris Jordan dismissed him twice besides each of Liam Plunkett and Moeen Ali dismissed him once.

Virat Kohli has played in 31 ODIS (including the 2011 ODI World Cup) and 17 Tests with Sachin Tendulkar between 2009 and 2013.

“@imVkohli, proud of your success & decision to share such personal experiences. These days youngsters are constantly judged on social media. Thousands speak about them but not to them. We need to be able to listen to them and help them flourish,” tweeted Sachin Tendulkar.

“I did. It’s not a great feeling when you wake up knowing that you won’t be able to score any runs and I think all batsmen have felt that at some stage or the other that you are not in control of anything at all. And you just don’t understand how to get over it.

“That was a phase where I literally couldn’t do anything to overturn what I was going through. I felt like I was the loneliest guy in the world,” Kohli said during a conversation with former England first-class cricketer Mark Nicholas on his podcast — ‘Not Just Cricket’.

Virat Kohli scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in 5 Tests in England in 2014 (Reuters Photo)
Virat Kohli scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in 5 Tests in England in 2014 (Reuters Photo)

He also said: “For me, personally, that was a revelation that you could feel that lonely even though you are a part of a big group.  Someone that you can go to at any stage, have a conversation around, and say ‘Listen this is what I am feeling, I am finding it hard to even go to sleep, I feel like I don’t want to wake up in the morning. I have no confidence in myself, what do I do?'”

Virat Kohli, who described the 2014 tour as the lowest point in his career, remembers feeling alone despite having established himself as a key member of the Test side by then. In hindsight, he looks back at that phase as one where he needed professional help but didn’t seek it.

Sachin Tendulkar Advised Virat Kohli To Let Pass Negative Feelings

The Indian skipper also revealed former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s advice to him, which he “took on board” and helped him change his mindset.

“I did have a chat with him about the mental side of things as well and the thing that he told me was, in cricket what he experienced was if you are going through a strong negative feeling and if that is coming into your system regularly, it is best to let it pass. If you start fighting that feeling, it grows stronger. So, that is the advice I took on board and my mindset really opened up from then on,” he said.

Virat Kohli said veteran legendary Sachin Tendulkar advised him not to fight the negative feelings and instead let them pass because fighting only makes those feelings stronger.

Virat Kohli scored a masterful 62 in India's second innings in the 2nd Test against England.© BCCI
Virat Kohli scored a masterful 62 in India’s second innings in the 2nd Test against England.© BCCI

Virat Kohli, who is yet to score a century in any format in more than a year now, has played some crucial innings in his last three Tests. The Indian captain scored a 74 in the day-night Test in Adelaide against Australia, a solid 73 in the second innings in the first Test in Chennai but his 62-run innings in the second innings of the second Test against England was perhaps the best.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
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The Conversation With Sachin Tendulkar Opened Mindset: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has played in 31 ODIS (including the 2011 ODI World Cup) and 17 Tests with Sachin Tendulkar between 2009 and 2013.

India captain Virat Kohli, who revealed that he went through depression during the disastrous England tour in 2014, said a conversation on mental health with legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar ‘opened up’ his mindset.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. (PTI Photo)
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. (PTI Photo)

Virat Kohli Had A Chat With Sachin Tendulkar Who Advised Him To Let Pass The Negative Feelings

Virat Kohli said veteran legendary Sachin Tendulkar advised him not to fight the negative feelings and instead let them pass because fighting only makes those feelings stronger.

“I did have a chat with him about the mental side of things as well and the thing that he told me was, in cricket what he experienced was if you are going through a strong negative feeling and if that is coming into your system regularly, it is best to let it pass. If you start fighting that feeling, it grows stronger. So, that is the advice I took on board and my mindset really opened up from then on,” Kohli told renowned broadcaster Mark Nicholas on the latter’s podcast ‘Not Just Cricket’ according to ANI.

Virat Kohli (R) With Sachin Tendulkar (L) (Photo: AP)
Virat Kohli (R) With Sachin Tendulkar (L) (Photo: AP)

The India captain said he didn’t know how to get over the negative feelings during that England tour in which he averaged a pathetic 13.50 in the 5 match Test series.

“I did (feel depressed). It’s not a great feeling when wake up knowing that you won’t be able to score any runs and I think all batsmen have felt that at some stage or the other that you are not in control of anything at all. And you just don’t understand how to get over it. “

“I think when you look back at a very difficult phase, you realise that you had to go through that phase fully to be able to understand what is wrong and rectify and move forward and open yourself up for change. That was a phase where I literally couldn’t do anything to overturn what I was going through. I felt like I was the loneliest guy in the world,” said Kohli, recalling the England tour back in 2014.

The Indian skipper has revealed how he felt he was the “loneliest guy in the world” as he narrated his struggle during India’s tour of England in 2014, where he averaged a mere 13.50 in 10 innings – his lowest in a series with more than three Tests. He had returned with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6, and 20 in the five Tests, averaging 13.50 in his 10 innings.

Virat Kohli: One Feels Lonely Even Though One Is Part Of A Big Group

Virat Kohli felt like the “loneliest guy in the world” when he went through a stretch of five Tests on the England tour in 2014 without a half-century. Virat Kohli found it tough to adjust against the line, length, seam, and bounce of England pacers James Anderson who dismissed him 4 times. Each of Stuart Broad and Chris Jordan dismissed him twice while each of Liam Plunkett and Moeen Ali dismissed him once.

Virat Kohli scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in 5 Tests in England in 2014 (Reuters Photo)
Virat Kohli scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in 5 Tests in England in 2014 (Reuters Photo)

He also said: “For me, personally, that was a revelation that you could feel that lonely even though you a part of a big group. I won’t say I didn’t have people that I could speak to but not having a professional to speak to who could understand what I am going through completely, I think is a huge factor. I think I would like to see it change. “

“Someone that you can go to at any stage, have a conversation around and say ‘Listen this is what I am feeling, I am finding it hard to even go to sleep, I feel like I don’t want to wake up in the morning. I have no confidence in myself, what do I do?'”

Virat Kohli will lead India in the third Test against England, which will be a day-night pink-ball affair in Ahmedabad starting from February 24.

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