Stuart Broad. (AP Photo)SOUTHAMPTON: Senior England pacer Stuart Broad might be dropped from the playing XI for the first Test against West Indies starting Wednesday with Jofra Archer and Mark Wood being tipped to partner James Anderson. According to a report in 'The Guardian, "Broad faces the prospect of missing a first home Test match in eight years as England give serious consideration to unleashing the dual pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood at the earliest opportunity." Both Wood and Archer have had their injury issues but are now match fit. Wood, who had suffered a stress fracture during England's tour of South Africa is now good to go. With only one spinner in offie Dom Bess, Broad's place
Joe Denly (Photo credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)LONDON: National selector Ed Smith had no qualms justifying the inclusion of batsman Joe Denly in England's 13-man squad for next week's first Test against the West Indies at Southampton after the experienced pair of Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali failed to make the cut. With regular England captain Joe Root unavailable for the opening contest of a three-match series after already leaving the hosts' bio-secure bubble to attend the birth of his second child, there was a vacancy in the top order. But there was still a chance the 34-year-old Denly, averaging a modest 30 from his 14 Tests, could have made way for the uncapped Dan Lawrence in a match that will
LONDON: England captain Joe Root will miss next week's first Test against the West Indies, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Tuesday. Root will leave the training camp at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday to be with his wife Carrie, who is expecting the couple's second child later this week. The skipper will miss England's three-day intra-squad warm-up match starting on Wednesday and next week's first Test, also being staged at Hampshire's headquarters, which starts on July 8. Root's absence had been widely expected. Under health protocols for the bio-secure series, Root will begin a seven-day self-isolation period at home once he leaves hospital with his family, in a measure designed to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
LONDON: Jonny Bairstow believes he can regain his role as England's Test wicketkeeper as players prepare to go head-to-head for a place in the side to face the West Indies. England are gearing up for a three-Test series against the Caribbean side next month that will mark the return of international cricket after the coronavirus shutdown. With no first-class matches in the run-up to the series, they will use warm-up games at Southampton, the venue for the first Test, starting on July 8, to assess players' form. Bairstow was dropped from last year's tour of New Zealand, with England selection chief Ed Smith indicating his international future was as a specialist batsman. He played just one Test in South Africa
LONDON: The Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped English cricket grow, feels batsman Jos Buttler, admitting that the cash-rich T20 tournament is the best in the world after the ICC World Cups. Butler said he was desperate to be a part of this year's IPL, which now has been indefinitely suspended owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Cup-winning England wicketkeeper batsman, has been a part of two franchises in the IPL. After playing for Mumbai Indians in the 2016-17 season, Buttler moved to Rajasthan Royals in 2018. "There's no doubt that it (IPL) has helped English cricket grow and the numbers of players who were involved in the last few years," Buttler said in the BBC Podcast 'The Doosra'. "It was something I
लंदन: जोस बटलर (Jos Buttler) को लगता है कि इंडियन प्रीमियर लीग (IPL) ने इंग्लिश क्रिकेट के विकास में मदद की है और साथ ही उन्होंने स्वीकार किया कि यह लुभावनी टी-20 लीग ICC वर्ल्ड कप के बाद बेस्ट टूर्नामेंट है. बटलर ने कहा कि वो इस साल के आईपीएल चरण का हिस्सा बनने के लिये बेताब हैं जिसे कोरोना वायरस (Coronavirus) महामारी की वजह से अनिश्चितकाल के लिए स्थगित कर दिया गया है. यह भी पढ़ें- Lockdown के बाद पूरी तरह बदल जाएगा क्रिकेट, लागू होंगे कई नए नियम वर्ल्ड कप विनर इंग्लैंड टीम का यह विकेटकीपर बल्लेबाज आईपीएल में 2 फ्रेंचाइजी टीमों का हिस्सा रह चुके हैं. 2016-17 सत्र में मुंबई इंडियंस के लिए खेलने के बाद बटलर 2018 में
NEW DELHI: Cricket, like most other sports around the world has come to a grinding halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. With stadiums empty and players unable to train, let alone play matches, all cricketers are at home, waiting for the worst to pass. Amid these trying times, the England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday put up a heart-warming video in an attempt to boost the morale of cricketers and fans. In the video shared on their official Twitter handle, ECB shared what players and local counties are up to during the times of the pandemic. The video is voiced by legendary English actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry. Stressing on the fact that the 'waiting game' has always been part of
NEW DELHI: As stylish he was with the blade in hand, David Gower also possessed the power of breathing life into matches with his unique voice. His England career lasted close to 15 years and his commentary stint even more. After being on top of the game for most parts of four decades, Gower now walks into the sunset, packing his microphone with his bat that he put away in 1992. But according to the 117-Test veteran, he 'knew it was coming'. "I've had 20 fantastic years with Sky and loved every moment of it. My broadcasting career started, with the BBC home. But then 20 years at Sky started with the 1999 World Cup and it was pretty good," Gower