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Tim Paine Not Concerned Over Australian Players To Be Underprepared For Test Series Against India

Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine is not worried about the preparation of Australia’s Test players, who are currently playing in the Indian Premier League 2020, for the Test series against India later this year.

Some of Australia’s Test players, including Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson, are currently playing the T20 league, Indian Premier League (IPL), 2020. After returning from IPL 2020, they might have to follow a mandatory quarantine period in Australia.

As a result, they will not be able to play their domestic first-class tournament, Sheffield Shield, which will help other Aussie’s Test player to get ready for the Test series against India.

Virat Kohli (India) vs Tim Paine (Australia)
Virat Kohli and Tim Paine. Image Credit: Google

However, Paine dismissed concerns that Australia will be underprepared when heading into the four-match Test series against Virat Kohli’s India. He said that the players will adjust themselves to play the longest format as they have done previously while playing across all the formats.

“I wouldn’t have thought so, with restrictions coming back into the country,” the Tasmania skipper told reporters in Hobart on Tuesday.

“These are guys that have transferred from white-ball to red-ball, from Test cricket to Twenty20 cricket, within a matter of days. It’s never been an issue and we wouldn’t expect it to be,” he added.

Tim Paine recovered from injury:

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Tim Paine. Credits: Getty Images

Tim Paine, who recovered from a hamstring strain, said he had no plans to reduce his workload behind the stumps. Paine will be leading Tasmania against Queensland in their first Shield match this weekend.

“I feel like the more I do it, the better my body feels,” Paine said.

India will tour Australia to play ODI, T20I and Test series. The schedule, however, has not still confirmed because of the quarantine rules. Western Australia has disagreed to give any relaxation on the quarantine period. Therefore, the players coming from IPL 2020 instead of entering the country from Perth will land in South Australia.

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Azhar Ali and Joe Root (Image Credit: Pakistan Cricket Twitter)
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England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Match Preview, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Prediction, Live Streaming Details

The third and final Test between the hosts England and the visitors Pakistan will begin on Friday (21st August) at The Rose Bowl (Southampton). Before this Test match, England are leading this series by 1-0. So, Pakistan must have to win this upcoming Test to save this series, while another draw is enough for the hosts to win this three-match Test series.

Old Trafford (Manchester) hosted the opening Test of this series. It was a very tight game but the hosts England finally managed to win that Test by three wickets.

The Rose Bowl (Southampton) hosted the second Test of this series where the rainy weather discouraged that game and only 134.3 overs were possible to bowl in that entire Test which couldn’t complete the first two innings of the Test.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Full Squad

England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam (vc), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Pitch Preview

The Rose Bowl (Southampton) has already organised two Tests in this season. While West Indies claimed a four-wicket victory at this venue in early July, the unstoppable rainy weather forced to settle with a boring draw in the previous Test against Pakistan in the last week.

Both the Tests of this season at this venue hadn’t the high-scoring encounter.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Weather Forecast

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The Rose Bowl, Southampton (Image Credit: Twitter)

Once again the non-stop rain can spoil the upcoming Test between England and Pakistan. Except for the fourth day of this Test match (24th August), there are the very good chances that rain could interrupt the Test match.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Predicted XI

England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Joe Root (c), Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Dominic Bess and James Anderson

Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Match Prediction

While it is the must-win game for the Pakistan team, their batsmen must have to perform well. This Pakistan team is really competitive, especially when England are currently struggling in Test cricket due to the lack of in-form batsmen. Both the bowling sides have dominated in this series, and they are once again going to play a crucial role in the series-decider.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Fantasy Tips

England

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Image Credit: ICC Twitter

Once again England will miss their all-rounder Ben Stokes. While most of the other English batsmen are struggling to maintain consistency, opener Dom Sibley has maintained the consistent image with the bat very well.

While the most wicket-taker of this series Stuart Broad (10 wickets) is currently in great form, another experienced English pacer James Anderson also bowled well in the previous Test match.

We can’t also put out the game changers Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes, who played the vital roles in the fourth innings of the first Test of this series that helped the England team to snatch a victory. Youngster Sam Curran is another name, who has mostly played crucial roles in the home Tests.

Pakistan

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Image Credit: ICC Twitter

While Shan Masood impressed with his batting in the first Test of this series, another opener Abid Ali and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan performed impressively in the rain-marred second Test. However, Babar Azam is still the vital cog in this batting line-up.

The pacers Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah have impressed in this tour. The leg-spinner Yasir Shah is currently the second most wicket-taker in this Test series with nine wickets.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection

Captain Options: Babar Azam, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad

Vice-Captain Options: Yasir Shah, Shan Masood, Joe Root

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket

Wicket-keeper(s): Jos Buttler

Batsmen: Babar Azam (C), Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Joe Root, Ollie Pope

All-rounder(s): Chris Woakes, Sam Curran

Bowler: Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Stuart Broad (vc)

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket

Wicket-keeper(s): Mohammad Rizwan

Batsmen: Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Joe Root, Dom Sibley

All-rounder(s): Chris Woakes (C), Sam Curran

Bowlers: Yasir Shah (vc), Mohammad Abbas, James Anderson, Stuart Broad

England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: Live Streaming Details

The morning session of each day of this Test match has been scheduled to begin at 15:30 IST.

TV: Sony Six, Sony Six HD

Online: SonyLIV app

The Indian team. Credits: BCCI Twitter
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Five Indian Cricketers Who Will Be Busy To Prepare For Upcoming Australia Tour During IPL 2020

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the IPL 2020 from 19th September to 10th November 2020. After completion of the IPL 2020, the Indian team will travel for the Australia tour to play the four-match Test series and limited-overs bilateral series against the hosts.

The forthcoming Australia tour is going to be very crucial for the Indian team as they have to prove themselves during the Test series, who clinched the first-ever Test and ODI bilateral series trophies in Australia in the previous tour (2018/19).

Here we are talking about the five Indian cricketers who will be busy to prepare themselves for the upcoming Australia tour during the IPL 2020

Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal, Indian, Australia tour, IPL 2020
Mayank Agarwal (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

The Indian opener Mayank Agarwal has already proved himself in the challenging overseas batting conditions. The 29-year-old right-handed batsman has scored 974 runs in 17 Test innings (11 Test matches) with an average of 57.29. He has already hit three centuries, including one double-century, and four half-centuries in Test career. Though he hasn’t scored a Test century yet outside India, he has hit four half-centuries in the overseas Test matches, including scoring 76, 42 and 77 runs respectively in the 2018/19 Australia tour, where he made his Test debut.

While the opening batting position is a very important part during the foreign tour, Mayank will have to play an important role in the 2020/21 Australia tour. During the IPL 2020, Mayank will serve for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). While the last IPL season (2019) was his best IPL experience as he first time scored 300+ runs in an IPL season (332 runs; average 25.53), he will definitely want to perform better in the forthcoming IPL 2020. Meanwhile, his better performances in the IPL 2020 will help the Indian team to start the upcoming tough Australia tour with great confidence.

Joe Root
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England vs Pakistan 2020: Joe Root Hopes To Dominate From The Very Start Of The Test Series

England Test captain Joe Root wants to be dominant against Pakistan from the very start of the three-match series. He doesn’t want to take the visitors for granted because they have not played any series for the past five months amid the pandemic. 

In the last month concluded Test series against West Indies, England didn’t have an impressive start as they lost the first match by four wickets. In that match, the captain Joe root was absent because of his parental duties. However, the host made a strong comeback after winning back to back two Test matches eventually clinching the Trophy. According to Root’s, the victory against West Indies has set the tone for them in the upcoming series against Pakistan, starting from 5 August. 

No Excuse going into this week: Joe Root

Ben Stokes, Joe Root, England and Wales Cricket Board, ECB
Ben Stokes and Joe Root. Image Credit: Getty Images.

England captain Joe Root has cleared his team’s intention of winning against Pakistan. He said that his teammates are up to speed after playing competitive cricket in the last Test series. As per him, the team is in rhythm so there should be no excuse for their preparation. Notably, England played the last two Tests against West Indies at Old Trafford which is also the venue for the first Test against Pakistan. So, Root opines that it is an added advantage for them because they well know with the pitch. 

“Fortunately, we have three games under our belt coming into this. We played some really good cricket in the last two so the guys are up to speed. We are familiar with the rhythm of Test cricket too, so there is no excuse going into this week. Having good success on this ground in two Test matches will fill our group with a huge amount of confidence,” Joe Root said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo. 

“We are playing some very good cricket at the minute; as well as we have done for a while. We are used to playing in this environment, having had three games under our belt now, and feel we are starting to emulate our game-plan more consistently. The challenge for us will continue to keep trying to nail that as much as possible and becoming more consistent,” he added. 

England don’t take Pakistan for granted: Root

Joe Root
Joe Root. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Pakistan will be playing their first series since the outbreak of the virus. They have been in England for over a month during which they were under quarantine and had practice matches. 

Although Pakistan might take time to get into the groove, Joe Root doesn’t want to assume the visitors as weak. He is well aware of Pakistan’s talent because England have failed to beat them home or away since 2010. The England captain wants to get onto their nerves with the start of the series. 

“It’s really important we don’t take it for granted,” Root said. “We are very aware Pakistan is a talented team and very up for this series.

“We are all very aware that, in the previous series, we have not got off to the best starts and we have been one-nil down, so the focus this time is trying to get a win early on and trying to drive the series from there,” he said. 

“It always feels like hard work when you are behind in the series. We want to make sure we start well this time around. We are very aware of it,”he added.

After playing the Test series, England and Pakistan will play three-match T20I series, scheduled on 28th August.

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Anil Kumble. BCCI
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Anil Kumble Speaks About Their Position After Monkeygate Scandal

While the 2008 Sydney Test created a big controversy that affected the relation between India and Australian national cricket teams, then Indian Test captain Anil Kumble was very disappointed after his fellow off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was accused of Monkeygate scandal. While Harbhajan was banned for that incident, Kumble-led Indian team was ready to leave Australia immediately.

It was the second Test of the four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India. While India lost the first Test of that series by 337 runs, that Sydney Test was the crucial game for the visitors. Though the Indian team started that Sydney Test dominantly, continuous controversial umpiring decisions mostly went against the Indian team and the visitors finally lost that Test match by 122 runs.

Anil Kumble, Monkeygate
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But the Indian team got a major blow after that game when Harbhajan Singh was accused of the Monkeygate scandal, where the Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds claimed that the Indian cricketer racially abused him by calling him “monkey”. However, the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who was very close during that incident, denied that claim from the Australian side.

Monkeygate Scandal, Andrew Symonds, Harbhajan Singh
Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh (Image Credits: AFP)

Though the on-field umpires were not sure about that incident, Harbhajan was suspended for three Tests. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian national cricket team strongly protested against that decision. Even, they had decided to discontinue that tour immediately.

The legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble told about that incident to the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in his Youtube show ‘DRS with Ash’, “You know as a captain you’re generally tuned to take decisions on the field. Here I was faced with something, which was off the field, to take a decision in the larger interest of the game.” 

“We had to obviously be together as a team but the challenge was that there was a lot of talk about the team wanting to come back at that point in time, and leave the tour and come back. Yes, you know, probably (people) would have accepted that the Indian team was wronged and that’s why they came back.”

We got around as a unit and then we sort of took a decision to continue: Anil Kumble

While India appealed against that decision, Harbhajan was later removed from the racial charges. The off-spinner Harbhajan was finally fined 50 per cent of his match fees. As the situation was cooled down, the BCCI and the Indian team decided to continue that Australia tour. The later matches of that tour, the Indian team showed their unity on and off the field.

Kumble, Monkeygate
Anil Kumble (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Kumble added, “I think as a captain, or as a team, we had gone there to win the series. Unfortunately, with the first two results not going our way, the best result could have been a drawn series because two more Test matches remained and I just wanted to rally around the team. We got around as a unit and then we sort of took a decision to continue and make sure that we go on and win the next couple of matches because that would be the best message that we can give back our fans.”

While the Australian team won that Test series by 2-1 and also won the only T20I match against India, the Indian team won the 2007/08 Commonwealth Bank Series (ODI tri-series – Australia, India and Sri Lanka).

The Indian team. Credits: BCCI Twitter
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Gautam Gambhir Points Out How Indian Team Can Again Win Tests In The Upcoming Australia Tour

While the cricket world believes that the upcoming Australia tour will not be easy for the Indian team due to the strong and mature Australian side, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir believes that the present Indian bowling attack can destroy the strong Australian batting line-up.

Virat Kohli-led Indian team won their first-ever Test and ODI bilateral series in Australia during the 2018/19 Australia tour. However, during that entire tour, Australia missed the services of Steven Smith and David Warner as both of them were banned at that time due to their involvement in the ball-tampering incident during the 2018 Cape Town Test against the hosts South Africa.

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India won 2-1 in 2018/19 Australia tour (Photo by Matt King – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

But both Smith and Warner can be present in the upcoming home summer when India will tour in Australia for the four-match Test series and the limited-overs series. While they are the very strong addition in the Australian batting line-up, Marnus Labuschagne is also a top performer with the bat. That’s why many believe that it will be tougher for the Indian team to beat Australia in Australia in the forthcoming series.

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Captains Virat Kohli and Tim Paine with Border-Gavaskar Trophy (Image Credit: Google)

It’s the bowlers that will win you the Test matches: Gautam Gambhir

However, Gautam Gambhir believes that the present Indian bowling attack is very strong that can destroy the dangerous Aussie batting line-up. The former Indian top-order batsman thinks that the bowlers are the main reason to achieve continuous success in the Test matches, and the present Indian team has this kind of bowling attack.

Gambhir, Indian team, Australia tour
Gautam Gambhir (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Gambhir recently said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected, “Because India has got the bowling attack to rattle the Australian batting line-up even with David Warner and Steve Smith, but yeah, it’s going to be a different challenge than what it was last time around. So, you would want Virat Kohli to fire plus the bowlers as well because it’s the bowlers that will win you the Test matches.” 

While Gambhir also admitted that the upcoming Australia tour will be different for the Indian team, the former Indian cricketer also believes that the Indian captain Kohli is preparing to face the strong hosts.

Gambhir added, “Whether it was his (Kohli’s) first tour, whether it was second tour, this time around, obviously, he (Kohli) would be gearing up for it because it’s going to be a different challenge with David Warner and Steve Smith coming back into the Australian Test line-up.” 

The four-match Test series between Australia and India will run between 3rd December 2020 and 7th January 2021. Their second Test at Adelaide (11th-15th December) will be the day/night pink-ball Test match.

The Indian team. Credits: BCCI Twitter
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MSK Prasad Bats For ‘Large Indian Contingent’ For The Australia Tour

Former Indian wicket-keeper and the former chief of the Indian senior men’s selection committee panel, MSK Prasad supports to send a big Indian squad for the upcoming Australia tour.

Though the coronavirus pandemic is still on, international cricket is now slowly returning. While ongoing England vs West Indies Test series resumed the international cricket, England will then play against Ireland, Pakistan and Australia at home. Other teams are also trying to resume international cricket as soon as possible.

Till the latest plan, India can resume their international cricket journey through the Australia tour at the end of this year. In this Australia tour, India will play four Tests and some limited-overs matches.

While the Cricket West Indies (CWI) has sent a 26-member squad for the ongoing Test series in England, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a 29-member squad (including some limited-overs specialists) for the Test and T20I series in England. MSK Prasad supports this process of sending a jumbo squad for the most-recent upcoming foreign tours, like India tour of Australia 2020/21.

MSK Prasad, Indian squad, India tour of Australia
MSK Prasad (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Prasad told PTI, “The team management and seniors will have an opportunity to look at the youngsters who are knocking the doors. In this process, you can also monitor those players who can be the potential guys for different spots in future.”

Prasad feels that it is tough to trust the net bowlers in this present COVID-19 pandemic moment. So, it will be better to send a big squad in the foreign tours which can help to get the proper net practice too in a bio-secure environment.

He added, “Since we cannot trust the net bowlers about their exposure to COVID, it would be ideal to go with a large contingent as we can be assured of all the players’ safety as they will be in a bio-secure environment. In case someone tests COVID positive, then the players from this contingent can be picked as they would have served the mandatory quarantine period.”

Our main bowlers will have fresh batsmen to bowl at unlike the same bunch of first-team boys: MSK Prasad

Prasad further explained how this process will be helpful for every Indian cricketer.

MSK Prasad, Indian squad, India tour of Australia
MSK Prasad (Image Credit: Google)

He continued, “Even for our main bowlers, they will have fresh batsmen to bowl at unlike the same bunch of first team boys. For instance, Shreyas Iyer is very aggressive and at times can be unorthodox. So, he might offer variety of skills which the Australian batsman might possess. On the other hand, a left-armer Khaleel Ahmed’s presence will help in preparing for Mitchell Starc’s angled deliveries.”

The former chief selector also picked up his favourite 29-member Indian squad (including three limited-overs players) for the upcoming Australia tour.

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Indian team (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

MSK Prasad’s Indian squad for 2020/21 Australia tour

Openers: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul.

Middle-order: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer.

Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha.

All-rounder: Hardik Pandya

Spinners: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav.

Pacers: Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur.

Only for limited-overs: Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya.

Brett Lee, India tour of Australia
Brett Lee. Photo Credit: Twitter.
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Brett Lee Points Out How Australia Can Win The Home Test Series Against India

Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee is very excited to watch Australia vs India Test series in the forthcoming home summer. Recently, he talked about the crucial points of this series.

Last time, when India toured in Australia in 2018/19 summer, Australian cricketers Steven Smith and David Warner were absent due to their suspension period for their involvement in the ball-tampering incident during the 2018 Cape Town Test against South Africa. In that tour, India won their first Test series in Australia by the 2-1 margin (also won their first-ever ODI bilateral series in Australia).

When India will tour in Australia in the upcoming Australian summer, the visitors will have to face the strong and mature hosts. Brett Lee believes that Australians are strong enough at their home, but the Indians are also strong enough to control the Australian side. Lee feels that the Aussie bowlers will have to play the crucial role to regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy, which has been scheduled to run between 3rd December 2020 and 7th January 2021.

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Indian captain Virat Kohli and Australian captain Tim Paine with the Border-Gavaskar trophy (Image Credit: Google)

Lee told PTI, “Playing at home obviously gives you that advantage, but that said I know that India will pack a full strength squad to tour Australia. I still believe if Australia is to win our bowlers hold the key.”

The former Aussie speedster also praised the Indian pacers as he feels that they can destroy any top order.

He claimed, “India have got some extremely good pace bowlers that are capable of knocking over any top order. Once again I think it comes down to how the ball will swing or not swing in different conditions (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney).”

Maybe they need to come up with some artificial substance that they can use: Brett Lee

Brett Lee feels that the saliva ban can make the bowlers’ job harder than before, especially with the Kookaburra balls.

Brett Lee
Brett Lee (Image Credit: Twitter)

The 43-year-old said, “It will definitely change the way the game is played so we don’t want to make it even harder for bowlers even more than it is currently is.”

As saliva ban can affect the bowlers, Lee supports adding some artificial substance during the match.

He added, “Essentially you do need saliva to keep the new ball shiny and also the old ball to reverse swing. Usually (fast bowlers) use less saliva on a new ball compared to the old one. Maybe they need to come up with some artificial substance that they can use.”

Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine took the Test captaincy role after the controversial sandpaper-gate incident during the 2018 Cape Town Test, which led the one-year ban for Steven Smith and David Warner along with the nine-month suspension for Cameron Bancroft. Brett Lee praises the Test captain Paine for guiding the Australian team to the successful path in the deep crisis moment.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Lee said, “I think Tim Paine has done a tremendous job and should be complimented for the way that he has led the side. Keeping in mind he’s had a few dramas to deal with, he’s still the right man for the job.”

Tim Paine-led Australian team secured the Ashes 2019 trophy in England with the 2-2 result, which was also their first away Ashes trophy since 2001.

 

 

 

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Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)
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England Vs West Indies 2020, 2nd Test: Day 2 – Twin Centuries Set A Good Platform For The Hosts

Twin centuries of the overnight English batsmen, Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes, helped the hosts England to dominate the second day of the Manchester Test, which is the second game of the three-match Test series against West Indies.

Starting the day on their overnight score of 207/3, the hosts once again batted patiently and scored 469/9 before declaring the first innings. In reply, the West Indies scored 32/1 at the stumps of the day, and they are trailing by 437 runs.

England: Ben Stokes scored 176 and Dom Sibley scored 120 runs

Opener Dom Sibley continued his slow batting, while the Test vice-captain Ben Stokes patiently started the day and slowly added the pace in his innings. Just before lunch, Sibley completed his second Test century for which he took 312 balls. At lunch, England scored 264/3, where Stokes was not out on 99 runs and Sibley was batting on 101 runs. In that first session, England managed to add only 57 runs on the board.

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Dom Sibley (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Soon after the lunch, Stokes completed his 10th Test century in 255 balls. Sibley and Stokes stretched their fourth-wicket partnership to 250+. After building up the 260 runs partnership, Sibley lost his wicket to Roston Chase. Before losing that wicket, Sibley scored 120 runs off 372 balls (5 fours).

Soon, Chase dismissed Ollie Pope (7) after trapped him lbw. On the other hand, Stokes was batting comfortably and striking hard after completing his century as he completed 150 runs in 301 balls, taking only 46 balls to reach the last fifty. At Tea, England were batting on 378/5.

England, Ben Stokes, Manchester Test
Ben Stokes (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

In the early third session, Stokes lost his wicket after scoring 176 runs off 356 balls (17 fours and 2 sixes). The Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach took that wicket which was his first Test wicket after 521 balls. On the very next ball, Roach dismissed Chris Woakes for a golden duck.

After scoring 40 runs, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler was dismissed by the Caribbean Test skipper Jason Holder. In the very next over of that wicket, Sam Curran (17) became the fifth victim of Chase in that innings. While England were batting on 427/9, Dom Bess (31*) and Stuart Broad (11*) quickly added 42 runs for the unbroken 10th wicket before the English captain Joe Root declared the innings.

Roston Chase had the bowling figures of 44-3-172-5. Kemar Roach (2/58) was the only other bowler to claim more than one wicket in that innings. The other wicket-takers in that innings were Alzarri Joseph (1/70) and skipper Jason Holder (1/70).

West Indies, Manchester Test
Roston Chase (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

West Indies: opener John Campbell lost his wicket

While England batted 162 overs in the first innings of this Test, the visitors batted 14 overs before the umpires ended the day’s play. In the 10th over of Caribbean innings, Sam Curran dismissed the opener John Campbell (12) after he trapped him lbw. At the stumps of the day, opener Kraigg Brathwaite was batting on six runs and the nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph was not out on 14 runs.

Brett Lee, India tour of Australia
Brett Lee. Photo Credit: Twitter.
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Brett Lee Talks How The Australian Team Can Perform Strongly Against India In Upcoming Test Series

Former Australian speedster Brett Lee is excited for Australia vs India Test series in the upcoming Australian home summer. He feels that the Australian team needs to put the Indian captain Virat Kohli under pressure early in the series to achieve success.

When India toured in Australia last time in 2018/19 season, they won their first-ever Test and ODI bilateral series in Australia. In that Test series, India won by the 2-1 margin while Steven Smith and David Warner missed out that entire home summer due to their suspension for their involvement in the sandpaper-gate incident during 2018 Cape Town Test against the hosts South Africa.

However, the upcoming India tour of Australia will be fairly challenging for both sides as the strong Indian team will face the developed Australian side, including the presence of Steven Smith and David Warner.

Brett Lee feels that upcoming Australia vs India Test series is going to be one of the best series in recent times. However, he believes that the present Australian team is too strong on the home soil.

Brett Lee, Australia vs India, Test series
Brett Lee (Image Credit: Twitter)

Lee told IANS, “To me, it’s one of the best series that you can look forward to. Australian will definitely want revenge but I know that India will come out and play their style of cricket which could definitely put Australia on the ropes. I personally think Australia will be too strong on home soil.”

According to the schedule, the Test series will run between 3rd December 2020 and 7th January 2021. Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney will host the Test matches while the Adelaide Test will be the day/night pink-ball Test match. In this forthcoming tour, the Indian team will also play the limited-overs series against the hosts.

Virat Kohli is a world-class player: Brett Lee

Lee believes that the Australian team can go on top in the upcoming home Test series against India if they can put the Indian skipper Virat Kohli under pressure from the beginning.

Virat Kohli, Australia vs India, Test series
Virat Kohli (Image Credits: BCCI)

Lee claimed, “He is obviously a world-class player and Australia will have to make sure they’ve got clear concise plans to bowl to him. I think if they can put him under pressure early in the series that will allow maybe Australia to go on top of him.”

The Indian pacers dominated in the last Australian tour and it was the crucial factor for the visitors to finish that tour successfully. Lee talked about the reason for their recent success in every condition.

Brett Lee, Australia vs India, Test series
Brett Lee (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The fast bowler said, “I think with their height and agility they are able to bowl in all conditions, but it looked as though they are really up for the contest.”

Brett Lee also talked about the concern over Jasprit Bumrah

Indian right-arm fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah highly impressed during India’s last tour in Australia as he finished as the joint-most wicket-taker in that Test series (21 wickets). While Bumrah is now an integral part of the Indian pace-bowling line-up, Lee feels that the short run-up can affect the fast bowlers’ fitness as it put a lot of pressure on the body.

Jasprit Bumrah, Australia vs India, Test series
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Lee commented, “I think it’s a matter of him keeping strong and doing what works for him. Obviously, with a short run-up, it does put a lot of pressure on your body but at the moment it looks as though it’s working for him.”

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