Archive for December, 2008

England bowlers lacking quality – Changes needed


India recorded an unlikely 6 wicket victory over England in the first test despite being set a record 387 to win. After being in command for 3 and a half days, a win for England looked the most likely result and the team will deservedly come into criticism. England captain Kevin Pietersen could be blamed for the defeat with some wrong key decisions but that would be harsh, while the positions of Bell, Anderson, Harmison and Panesar will come under the microscope. (more…)


December 16, 2008 at 11:49 am 1 comment

India vs England 1st Test

Date: 11-15 December     Start: 4:00am
Venue: Chennai
Live coverage: Skysports1 (TV), BBC Radio four (LW Radio)

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India win by 6 wickets

England 316 all out
Strauss 123 (233 balls, 15 fours)      Mishra 34 – 6 – 99 – 3
Cook 52 (116 balls, 5 fours)               Harbijan 38 – 2 – 96 – 3
Prior 53* (102 balls, 1 four)

India 241 all out
Dhoni 53 (82 balls, 5 fours)               Flintoff 18.4 – 2 – 49 – 3
Harbijan 40 (58 balls, 7 fours)         Panesar 19 – 4 – 65 – 3

England 311-9 (declared)
Strauss 108 (244 balls, 8 fours)      Zaheer 27 – 7 – 40 – 3
Collingwood 108 (250, 9 fours)      Sharma 22.5 – 1 – 57 – 3

India 387 – 4
Tendulkar 103 (196 balls, 9 fours)        Swann 28.3 – 2 – 103 – 2
Yuvraj 85 (131 balls, 8 fours, 1 six)      Flintoff 22 – 1 – 64 – 1
Sehwag 83 (68 balls, 11 fours, 4 sixes)

Man of the match: Virenda Sehwag

Full scorecard can be found here

December 10, 2008 at 1:04 pm 1 comment

India vs England Test series preview


After weeks of uncertainty over this series, after terror attacks in Mumbai, it is good that we finally get some cricket. England’s decision to send their strongest team to India sends a message to the terrorists and provides a boost for the cricket mad Indian public. India test matches have previously attracted a low turn out, but India’s win over Australia will raise the countries expectations and Interest in this series. It sees Mahendra Singh Dhoni take charge of his first test series after Kumble’s retirement against Kevin Peitersen’s first test match in charge in the sub continent. (more…)

December 9, 2008 at 11:53 am 3 comments

Amjad Khan earns England call up


England have called up Kent pace-man Amjad Khan to replace Sidebottom in the squad for the two test sereis against India. Khan was initially part of the performance squad and beat off competition from capped test bowlers Plunkett and Mahmood to claim a place in the England side. The Denmark born Khan, 28, has had a mixed season for Kent. He missed a large part of the season through injury but returned with impressive figures, In 6 matches he claimed 21 wickets at an average of 20.61. (more…)

December 9, 2008 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Yuvraj returns to India test squad

yuvrajYuvraj Singh’s fine form in the ODI series has rewarded him with a place in India’s test squad. He is in line to fill the gap left in the middle order by Ganguly’s retirement. The left-hander is joined in the team by Pragyan Ojha and Subramaniam Badrinath. Kumble’s retirement means that Dhoni will captain the side in his first full series as captian. RP singh misses out. The squad contains 3 spinners with India looking to make most use of helpful spin conditions. (more…)

December 4, 2008 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

England players agree to resume tour

England players agreed to continue the tour of India after a team meeting at Lords on Wednesday evening. This comes after the ECB security inspection showed that it was safe to tour and they will now fly out to Abu Dhabi on Thursday. England have named a 14-man team which will be joined by nine Performance programme players. (more…)

December 4, 2008 at 11:54 am 1 comment

Dominic Cork: At least 5 will withdraw from test series

Dominic Cork revealed that at least 5 England players are planning to pull out of the test series with India. SkySports reports that the ECB has received the security report and have decided it is safe to play in the test series but have left it up to individual players to decide. However, former Lancashire bowler Dominic Cork told Radio 5 Live “I know at least five who will turn their backs.” (more…)

December 3, 2008 at 1:13 pm 1 comment

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