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Shane Warne
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Virat Kohli Is Still In Disbelief And Shock After Hearing The News Of Shane Warne’s Untimely Death At The Age Of 52

Virat Kohli who is playing his 100th Test match currently against Sri Lanka reacted emotionally to news of legendary leg spinner Shane Warne passing way before the start of play on Day 2 in the Mohali Test.

Australian spinner Shane Warne passed away aged 52 in Thailand due to a suspected heart attack.

Virat Kohli shared an emotional tribute to Shane Warne following his sudden death. |Courtesy-IANS/AP
Virat Kohli shared an emotional tribute to Shane Warne following his sudden death. |Courtesy-IANS/AP

Virat Kohli Said Shane Warne’s Death Was Unexpected And He Is In Disbelief And Shock After Hearing The News

At a time when world cricket was celebrating ex-Indian captain Virat Kohli’s 100th Test, the sporting fraternity was hit by a big shock as legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne passed away aged just 52. The ex-Australian leg-spinner passed away due to a ‘suspected heart attack’ in Thailand according to a statement released by his family.
Ahead of play starting on Day 2 of the first India-Sri Lanka Test match at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium in Mohali, a visibly emotional Virat Kohli gave a heartfelt tribute to Shane Warne. The talisman batter claimed he is in ‘disbelief and shock’ while hailing the departed leg-spinner as the ‘greatest spinner ever.
“Got the sad news last night about demise of Shane Warne last night. Out of nowhere to be honest. We keep doing what we do and we think life is all about what we are involved in. I realise very quickly life is too unpredictable and fickle and need to grateful for all the moments we are alive,” said Virat Kohli.
Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images
“Passing at age of 52 is totally unexpected, went far too early. I stand here in disbelief and shock as I got to know him off-the field too. He brought a charisma to every conversation he was part and with that I could understand what he brought on the field as well,” said Virat Kohli to Star Sports.
“Just a honest honest man, any conversation you could see he spoke too clearly, knew exactly what he was saying. He lived life king-size. Very grateful to have known him, for me the greatest spinner to play the game. I hope we can put the right perspective about life and just be grateful god has blessed us with to be alive and healthy. My deepest condolences to their family and they have all our support. God bless his soul,” he added.
Shane Warne was the first to breach the 600 and the 700-wicket mark in Tests. While Shane Warne finished his career with 708 wickers, Muttiah Muralitharan picked up 92 more(800).
In 2005, two years after he was slapped with a one-year-ban, Shane Warne produced his best year statistically in Test cricket, when he picked up a total of 96 wickets from 15 matches at an average of 22.02. This is still a record for the most wickets scalped by a bowler in a calendar year.

Shane Warne Has Most Ashes Wickets And Led Rajasthan Royals To IPL 2008 Win

With 195 wickets from 36 Tests, Shane Warne holds the record for taking the most wickets by a bowler in the Ashes. With an average of 23.25, no bowler has come to taking as many Ashes wickets. In his maiden Ashes series in 1993, Shane Warne cemented himself grabbing 34 wickets from six Tests including a best of 5/82.
Shane Warne (left) (RR) and MS Dhoni (CSK) - AP
Shane Warne (left) (RR) and MS Dhoni (CSK) – AP
Shane Warne was 37 when he was named captain of the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008. No one gave Rajasthan Royals a chance ahead of the star-studded other teams, but if there was anything Shane Warne knew being part of a dominating Australian team for years was that losing was not an option.
The Aussie legend marshalled his young troops into the final, where they got the better of MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings. It was during the same year that the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan were unearthed by Warne.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23: Michael Vaughan of the BBC commentary team laughs as he waits to speak on air before play on day one of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 23, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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England’s Batting Was Fragile And They Have No Chance In Ashes: Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan, former England skipper came down heavily on the Joe Root-captained home team after they lost to New Zealand by eight wickets in the second Test on Sunday, saying the batting was “fragile”.

New Zealand won the two-Test series 1-0 — their first series triumph in England in 22 years. The win also pushed New Zealand back to the number one spot in Test rankings and gave them a boost ahead of the World Test Championship final against India from June 18.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan: England Can’t Play Ashes With This Fragile Batting Line-up

The first Test between England and New Zealand had ended in a draw while the second was won by the Kiwis as the team reclaimed the top rank in Test rankings. Michael Vaughan, who has played 86 Tests for England, said if the England team continues to underperform, it will have no chance in the Ashes later this year in Australia.

“They now have just five chances to sort the batting out before the Ashes. They can’t arrive in Australia with a batting line-up this fragile. They’d have no chance. This batting line-up is fragile and we have to now start looking at players and wondering if they are good enough because they keep getting out cheaply,” Michael Vaughan said on the BBC Test Match Special.

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England and Australia -The Ashes © AFP

Despite winning the Cricket World Cup in July 2019 for the first time, England had also been criticized for its fragile top-order in Tests. The retirement of opener Alastair Cook in August 2018 ensured potential top-order batsmen Rory Burns, Joe Denly, and Jason Roy were able to secure a place in the side. The 2019 series was eventually drawn 2–2, with Australia retaining the Ashes. The 2021 Ashes series is scheduled for December 2021 through January 2022.

Michael Vaughan: Everything Has Gone Downhill For England After They Won The 1st Test Against India In India

England will get a chance to redeem themselves when they take on the Virat Kohli-led India in a five-match Test series in August-September this year.

“England have tinkered too much. Everything has gone downhill for England since they went up 1-0 in India. Don’t muck about with Test cricket. England isn’t a good enough team to muck about,” Michael Vaughan added.

Zak Crawley-Twitter
Zak Crawley-Twitter
Zak Crawley is having a poor run as he averaged a mere 8.75 against Sri Lanka, 16.75 against India, and 5.25 against New Zealand in the ongoing Test series, but is still being persisted with. Rory Burns, despite his 132 and 81 in the two Tests, averaged a mere 5 against Pakistan and 14.5 against India in the two preceding series. Dom Sibley’s average hasn’t been above 35 in any of the series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, and New Zealand.
England won the first Test by 227 runs, and India won the second Test by 317 runs, to level the series at 1–1. The third Test, a day/night fixture, was completed inside two days, with India winning by ten wickets. The loss meant that England could no longer qualify for the final of the World Test ChampionshipIndia won the fourth and final Test by an innings and 25 runs, taking the series 3–1.
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Joe Root: Tours To Asia Will Be Build Up For Ashes

Joe Root, England’s Test captain has opined that this winter’s tours of Sri Lanka and India will give a good indication of how much England have progressed as a Test team, and also what to expect from the side ahead of next year’s Ashes in Australia.

England will play two Tests in Sri Lanka in January before heading to India, where they will feature in four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is. It may be recalled that England were the last team to beat India in India in a Test series back in 2012.

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Joe Root. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Joe Root: Build Up To Ashes Start With Sri Lanka And India Tours

Joe Root has played 97 Tests, 149 ODIs and he averages 47.99 and 50.1 respectively with the bat. Following the resignation of predecessor Alastair Cook, he was named as his replacement and the full-time Test captain on 13 February 2017 as the 80th captain of England.

However, Team India have improved tremendously since the loss to England in 2012 and been invincible at home since. Joe Root told Sky Sports that twin tours to the two Asian nations will actually be a build-up to the Ashes.

“The build-up (to the Ashes) starts really a year out. I know it’s going to be a huge series for the team and probably for me as a captain. I’m just really excited. I know we’re in a really good place currently. Can we make sure that we are in that same place in a year’s time walking out for that first Test match?,” he wondered.

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook (Image Credit: Google)

The last time England were in Sri Lanka in 2018, the side achieved incredible results, whitewashing the Lankans 3-0 in the Tests and winning the five-match ODI series by 3-1.

England also clinched the one-off T20I to make it a complete performance. Reflecting on the successful Sri Lankan tour, Joe Root added:

“We had great experiences and results last time out in Sri Lanka and that will give a number of players a huge amount of confidence going back there with some great memories.”

As for the Indian challenge, Root said, “Every team finds it a huge challenge to win in India. I think that’s a really good test for where we are at as a team.”

On a personal level, Joe Root hasn’t had a great time with the bat. Since January 2019, he has only two Test centuries to his name, although one of those was a double century at Hamilton almost exactly a year back. He averaged 79.67 against New Zealand in 2019-20.

Joe Root: Haven’t Really Got Returns As Expected

Comparisons with the likes of Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli have also stopped as he wasn’t getting returns according to expectations.

“I haven’t really got the returns that I would like and would pride myself on but that’s almost a new challenge for me. Can I step my game up again and get to that level that I desire to be at?” Root said.

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Joe Root. Twitter

Joe Root has featured in 97 Tests and 149 ODIs for England, scoring 7823 and 5962 runs respectively. He averages nearly 48 in the traditional format and over 50 in ODIs.

Although Joe Root has also played 32 T20Is, he no longer seems to be in the scheme of things for England as far as the shortest format is concerned.

India vs Pakistan cricket matches remain the biggest revenue generating fixtures for the ICC. | File Photo
India vs Pakistan cricket matches remain the biggest revenue generating fixtures for the ICC. | File Photo
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Imran Khan Says It Would Be A ‘Terrible Atmosphere’ To Play Bilateral Cricket With India

Imran Khan, current Pakistan Prime Minister said that a terrible atmosphere prevails which prevents resuming bilateral cricket given the current tense relations between India and Pakistan. India toured Pakistan in 2004 and 2006 when despite Pakistan losing most of the matches, the crowd cheered visitors India for playing well.

India won the three-test series 2-1 and the ODI series 3-2 in 2004 but lost 1-0 to Pakistan in 2006 in a three-test match series. India, however, won the ODI series 4-1 in 2006. A terror attack on a touring Sri Lankan bus in Pakistan in 2009 hindered chances of future tours to Pakistan with questions of security raised by the Indian Government who also are reluctant to see India hosting Pakistan following terrorist activities, especially keeping in mind the 2008 attack which saw militants enter Mumbai killing hundreds of common people.

It is to be mentioned that India and arch-rivals Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket since 2008 after the Mumbai terror attacks although a short tour happened in 2012 when Pakistan toured India to play 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is. The two teams meet only in ICC tournaments and Asia Cups.

India and Pakistan rarely play against each other but have a heated rivalry. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
India and Pakistan rarely play against each other but have a heated rivalry. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Imran Khan: Present Situations Still Not Conductive Enough To Resume Bilateral Ties Between India And Pakistan

Pakistan 1992 World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan who is also the patron-in-chief of the Pakistan cricket board says that it will not be a conducive atmosphere to play bilateral cricket in present situations with the sort of government in power in India at present. Speaking on a Sky Sports documentary, former captain Khan, who is also the patron-in-chief of the country’s cricket board, said it will not be conducive to playing bilateral cricket at present.

“I just think playing cricket in this atmosphere with India with the sort of government they have in power, I would say it would be a terrible atmosphere to play bilateral cricket in,” Imran Khan said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File)

Pakistan whose captain was the current Prime Minister when they won the 1992 World Cup, recalled that he had played two series in India in 1979 and 1987 mentioning that the atmosphere was healthy and fans appreciated both the teams for playing well in 1979 unlike in 1987.

“They were big crowds and the governments were also trying to remove barriers and come close and it meant the atmosphere on the field was great with the crowds appreciating both teams for good cricket in 1979,” Imran Khan said.

“But in 1987 when I captained Pakistan to India the atmosphere was not very good and there was a lot of hostility from the crowds as well because there were tensions between the two governments,” he added.

Since the Kargil War in 1999, India and Pakistan have played bilateral ODI series only 7 times and Test series only 5 times in India, Pakistan, and the Emirates with Indian Board not permitting them even to play in neutral countries.

Imran Khan: Indo-Pak Series Bigger Than Ashes

Imran Khan mentioned that the Indo-Pakistan series was a bigger contest than even the Ashes which take place between Australia and England, two countries that played the first-ever test match in 1877.

“I think obviously the Ashes series has its importance but nothing can match a Indo-Pakistan bilateral series because it is played in a different league and the atmosphere is filled with tension, pressure and enjoyment,” he added.

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

The performers who do well in the Indo-Pak series become heroes contrary to those who do not perform up to the mark. He also considers Tests as the best form but is also equally fascinated by T20Is which see a variety of strokes and is fun to watch if the game is a close contest.

“I am fascinated by T20 cricket and the variety of shots that are played in this format. I see the final five overs of a match as the best time to watch proceedings. If it’s a close game, it’s quite fun to watch. As a connoisseur of cricket, but obviously belonging to the old school, for me Test cricket remains the ultimate competition in cricket,” he added.

T20I format involving 20 overs per side was first seen between neighboring countries Australia and New Zealand in 2005 and was popularized through IPL and T20 World Cups.

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James Anderson Wants To Participate In The 2021/22 Ashes Series

The 37-year-old England right-arm pacer James Anderson feels that he is fit enough to stretch his Test career as he is eyeing to participate in the 2021/22 Ashes series in Australia.

James Anderson is an integral part of the English Test team for a long time. After making his international debut in December 2002, Anderson has played 152 Tests, 194 ODIs and 19 T20Is, where he has taken 587, 269 and 18 wickets respectively. He is England’s most wicket-taker in international cricket as well as in the Test and ODI formats too. Also, as a pacer, Anderson is the most Test wicket-taker.

James Anderson
James Anderson (Image Credit: Google)

As his age is growing up, Anderson is facing some fitness issues. Since 2016, he is only focusing on Test cricket for the England team. Due to his fitness issues, Anderson missed out most of the 2019 home summer. But the senior English pacer is now feeling fit enough to continue his Test career for more years.

James Anderson
James Anderson (Image Credit: Google)

Anderson is currently busy in the three-match home Test series against West Indies. While he appeared in the opening game of this series at Southampton, where he took three wickets (3/62 & 0/42), he missed out the next Test at Manchester as he was rested from that game. While the third or final Test of this series will begin this Friday (24th July) at Manchester, Anderson has been selected in the final 14-member squad for this match.

I’m a bit more open to it now than I was: James Anderson

Anderson is not only focusing on this forthcoming series-decider Test match but also eyeing to play the 2021/22 Ashes series in Australia.

According to ESPNcricinfo, Anderson said, “Looking at the bigger picture, I want to be around when we go to Australia for the next Ashes, so to be able to do that, I’ve certainly got to do things slightly differently.”

James Anderson, Ashes series
James Anderson (Image Credit: Google)

He continued, “It might mean missing the odd game here or there to make sure that I’m in the best possible situation. I want to keep bowling and keep my form, but I also want to look after my body as much as I can as well. I’m a bit more open to it now than I was, say, two or three years ago.”

Last time, England won an Ashes series in Australia in 2010/11 season, where Anderson finished as the most wicket-taker (24 wickets). Since then, they have never won a Test match in Australia yet.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon and Virat Kohli. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Nathan Lyon: Australian Rivalry With Team India Is Right Up There With The Ashes

Australian off-spinner, Nathan Lyon has claimed that Australia’s rivalry with team India is nothing short of the Ashes. Nathan Lyon’s comments show how team India has emerged as world-beaters in international cricket and giant teams like Australia always count them as one of the most threatening oppositions.

The Ashes is one of the greatest cricket rivalries that witness England and Australia shed their blood and sweat on the field to register an Ashes win. The Ashes is one of the oldest and most popular sporting rivalries in the global sporting hemisphere as it garners the attention of the entire world watching the two teams collide.

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Now, Nathan Lyon has compared the Indian rivalry to the Ashes and made a bold claim stating that competing with team India is also in the same parlance as competing in the Ashes.

Nathan Lyon Opens Up On Rivalry With Team India

“You definitely don’t like losing games or series while playing for Australia. Obviously, India, a couple of years ago, they outplayed us. So we are looking to have those guys come out here,” Lyon told reporters in a video on Cricket Australia’s Facebook page.

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“It’s getting up there to the pinnacle series alongside Ashes. Obviously, they have got a side full of superstars and it”s going to be an amazing challenge this summer when they get out here.” Lyon was part of the Australian Test side that lost 1-2 to India in the 2018-19 home series.

Team India To Tour Australia Later This Year

India’s tour will begin with a T20 International match on October 11 at Brisbane. The other two T20I matches will be played on October 14 (Canberra) and October 17 (Adelaide). The four-match Test series begins on December 3 at Brisbane.

Virat Kohli, Shane Warne, Steven Smith
Virat Kohli and Steven Smith (Image Credit: Google)

India are then scheduled to play a day/night Test from December 11 to 15 in Adelaide. The third and fourth Tests will be held in Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3 to 7). The ODI series is scheduled to begin on January 12 in Perth, followed by matches on January 15 (Melbourne) and January 17 (Sydney).

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Ashes 2019: I’m Obviously Over The Moon – Ben Stokes

Yesterday’s powerpack performance by Ben Stokes was an unforgettable innings. It was visible that Australia bowlers were under pressure, as the fielders have done misfielding in the ground, which helped Ben Stokes to reach the target.

The fourth day of the third game in Ashes 2019 was an adventures day to watch. The explosive allrounder on the field made 135 runs and single-handedly led to the victory. He expressed that he was over the moon after bouncing back in the match and appreciated the effort of the team.

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“In terms of where we were at in the Ashes series, I’m obviously over the moon that we’ve managed to stay in the series,” Stokes noted.

“We’ve got a few days off before the next Test starts, so when we turn up to Manchester, we’ve got to put everything behind us, what we’ve just managed to achieve, and start again because this will all be forgotten if we lose the next Test because then the Ashes are gone,” he added.

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Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Google)

Ben Stokes appreciated the crowd support and cheering, which gave strength to players for the match.

“When there was nothing to cheer about they were cheering. I hope the fans understand how much that influences us in terms of where we are in the game. It gives you that extra drive and adrenaline to really push you through.”

Was Ben Stokes out?

The fourth day was a thriller match. Jack Leach was almost run out at the non-striker end. The unlucky Australian team have no review left on Stokes lbw decision as the umpire decision was not out. But later ball tacker showed that Ben Stokes was out. When he was asked about the decision, he disagreed that he was out.

“I knew it wasn’t out against Jack Leach. I have seen the DRS on my lbw shout, which obviously shows up with three reds, but DRS has got that completely wrong, as it flicked my front pad first and didn’t spin. It shows how crucial it is to make sure you use your reviews. When you get to a situation like that, you still need one. If they had one they would have used it and ended up winning. I still cannot believe it was three reds. I thought, as soon as it hit me, that it was sliding down leg because there was no spin.”

The match was at 286/9, and it was looking that Australia might win. But Stokes elevated the score and reached the target on his own. The hosts won by one wicket, and the 5-day Test match was over in 4-day. Both the teams are with a lead of 1-1.

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Next Test Match will start from 4th September at Manchester.

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Sourav Ganguly Feels The Ashes Series Have Kept The Test Cricket Alive

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly feels that The Ashes series have kept the Test cricket alive.

Two oldest international cricket teams England and Australia meet in the Ashes series. Since 1998/99 season, it runs in a five-match Test series. The ongoing Ashes 2019 is the 71st edition of the Ashes series, which is running from 1982/83. Before the ongoing Ashes 2019, Australia have won 33 Ashes series and England have won 32 Ashes series.

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The ongoing calendar year 2019 is the unique year as England is hosting both the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and Ashes series. After the successful ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, England are focusing on winning the Ashes 2019. They have won all their home Ashes series since 2005.

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On the other hand, Australia are the defending title-holders in Ashes 2019. They are desperate to end their long drought of away Ashes series.

The visitors Australia have perfectly started the Ashes 2019. In the first Test of Ashes 2019 at Edgbaston, Australia won by 251 runs. Former Australian captain Steven Smith played a significant role for his team’s victory as he scored 144 and 142 runs in that Test.

Ashes Series, Sourav Ganguly
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The rain-interrupted second Test at Lord’s had a draw result, but it was thrilling till the end of the game. While England scored 258 runs in the first innings, Australia replied with 250 runs. England declared their second innings on 258/5 and set the 267 runs target for the visitors. Finally, Australia scored 154/6 at the end of that Test.

Sourav Ganguly is excited about the Ashes series

Observing that thrilling Lord’s Test, Sourav Ganguly has claimed that the Ashes series have kept the Test cricket alive.

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Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

Ganguly wrote on his official twitter account, “The” Ashes “ series have kept test cricket alive …. upto rest of the world to raise their standards”

The International Cricket Council is working hard to grow up the Test cricket. They have recently introduced the ICC World Test Championship that has begun from the Ashes 2019. Moreover, since the Ashes 2019, the ICC has introduced names and numbers on the back of Test shirts, just like the limited-overs cricket.

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Many experts are excited to experience the ICC World Test Championship, but many former cricketers have criticised the names and numbers introduction on the Test shirts.

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James Anderson Suffers Calf Injury Ahead Of Ashes Trophy

The England fast bowler, James Anderson who will be the must-have player for the team during the Ashes Trophy, suffered a Calf injury during the county match. Though the injury isn’t that scary to rule him out for months, he is currently experiencing a lot of pain, as the ball hit on the flesh, which would be tough to handle for quite a few days.

England great James Anderson was forced to leave the field with a calf injury while bowling for Lancashire in their County Championship match against Durham on Tuesday.

Before leaving the ground, James Anderson tried his bit by walking and running on the field for a fair bit of time to continue for his side. However, the calf never allowed him to stay for the team. Certainly, it asked him to stay away for the game.

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James Anderson (Credits – Getty)

James Anderson sat with an ice pack:

As far as the International cricket is concerned, James Anderson can possibly be seen playing next for England when they take on Ireland in the four-day Test at Lord’s from July 24 before the Ashes series against Australia.

“Jimmy has been sat with an ice pack on but he seems fine and reasonably jovial,” he added. With any bowler, if they feel something abnormal we would much rather they came off and get assessed rather than take it a step too far.

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“He has been very well managed with regards to his bowling loads and his overs and I think that has been managed expertly right throughout the season.”

His 575 wickets from 148 matches in the five-day game place him fourth in the all-time list of Test wicket-takers. The first Ashes Test is scheduled to start at Edgbaston in Birmingham on August 1. Australia holds the Ashes but they have not won a Test series in England since 2001.

Recently, there were also the reports circulated in the media that he would be calling curtains on his career. However,  James Anderson would love to have one more Ashes cap in his career. He still got the quality in his kitty, which would certainly help his side to make things fall in place.

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I am Not Expecting the Ashes Call – Aaron Finch

Australia’s limited-overs captain knows well about his white-ball career. After having failed in five Test Cricket matches, Aaron Finch is not expecting a call for the upcoming Ashes series. The 32-years-old Finch has though built quite a solid career with Australia’s T20 and ODI side.

Finch has had his share of ups and downs in cricket career, debuting in T20I for Australia in 2011. And he earned his place in the team as a permanent player with his then T20I record for 156 runs against England. And then seven years later, Finch ended up setting a new record of 172 runs against Zimbabwe.

However, Finch’s Test Cricket career was not so brightly lit-up. Last year in the United Arab Emirates, Finch opened his Test Cricket career against Pakistan. He hit his first half-century in his debut Test innings but couldn’t perform up to expectations in the rest of the matches. He has thus far scored a total of 278 runs with an average of 27.80.

Finch reasoned him failing to cash in the chances as a possible ‘no call’ from The Ashes

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And when asked about his chances of being called for The Ashes, referring his current performance in World Cup 2019, Finch bluntly answered it as ‘no’. The right-handed batsman said that having missed out the opportunity in Test cricket, his name will be ‘way down the list’.

“I haven’t honestly thought about it whatsoever. I’m not sure what they [the selectors] are planning with the squad or anything like that,” he said. “Obviously I’d love to play if the opportunity comes up. I think being The Ashes is way down the list, or I’m way down the list, having missed my opportunity throughout the summer.”

Further explaining, Finch said that the arrival of ‘young guys’ has also made it difficult for him to make it to the coveted Test event. He said that the guys now coming in have the talent and are more likely to be on top of the list.

“The short answer is, no. I would love … of course I’d love to. But the young guys have come in and done such a good job, and they have got such bright futures, all of them. Whether they all get picked or whether one or two misses out, I don’t think that will be the end of the world for them.”

The ODI and T20I skipper of Australia picks Will Pucovski as an ‘absolute superstar’

Aaron Finch, The Ashes, Young Guys,

According to Finch, the current players chosen for Test cricket are doing a great job. The aggressive batsman then went on to pick names of the young lads showing off their skills in the Test game. He picked Will Pucovski as an emerging ‘superstar’.

“The guys who come in, the young guys come and played really well. Kurtis Patterson played beautifully. Heady [Travis Head] has done a great job. We saw him evolve over the summer and changed his game or changed his mental attitude, I think really quickly to Test cricket, which was a real positive from such a young guy,” said Finch.

He said, “Will Pucovski, he’s an absolute superstar in the making. I think that between them guys, and you’ve got [Cameron] Bancroft who started off the summer over here really well. Joe Burns, unfortunately, had to go home for some personal reasons. But they are all guys that are right there in the mix with Steve [Smith] and Dave [Warner] coming back into the frame, as well.”

In the 5-0 ODI sweep in the UAE against Pakistan, Finch ended up scoring 451 runs with two centuries. In the ongoing World Cup, Finch has scores of 66, 6, 32 and 86 and 153.

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