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Fitness and fielding key behind Pakistan’s T20 rise – Sarfraz

Fitness and fielding key behind Pakistan’s T20 rise – Sarfraz

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Pakistan faced a humiliating exit from the Asia Cup. Then, they let go of a sure shot win at Dubai to allow Australia a draw in the first of the two-match Test series. But, when the three-match T20I series began last week, they roared their authority to secure their 10th consecutive T20I series win by registering a 3-0 whitewash against the tourists. Something of this sort happened before as well. In fact, earlier this year. After being whitewashed 5-0 in the one-dayers by New Zealand in New Zealand - also their next opposition - Pakistan lost the first of the three T20Is. Such had been their thumping throughout the tour that the final two T20Is looked a mere formality. But, Pakistan staged an epic comeback to win the series. After their clean sweep of the Australian side, Pakist...
Bangladesh get Mustafizur boost ahead of Zimbabwe Tests

Bangladesh get Mustafizur boost ahead of Zimbabwe Tests

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Bangladesh can heave a sigh of relief as the scans cleared pacer Mustafizur Rahman of any injury concerns ahead of the Test series opener against Zimbabwe, starting Saturday (Nov 3). Mustafizur sustained an elbow injury during the first ODI against Zimbabwe in the just-concluded three-match series and was rested in the third game. He had made a comeback in the Test squad for the two-match series having missed out the Test series against West Indies. However, his participation remained a major concern considering Bangladesh were waiting for the scan report. Mustafizur, who is currently in Dhaka, is expected to travel to Sylhet on October 31 to join his teammates who are currently preparing there. "There was nothing serious in his scan report and we are hopeful that he will be a...
Broad gets Root’s backing ahead of Sri Lanka Tests

Broad gets Root’s backing ahead of Sri Lanka Tests

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Joe Root has backed Stuart Broad to play an important part in the Test series with Sri Lanka but stopped short of providing any selection guarantees for the 32-year-old. Originally, the talk was Broad, with 433 Test wicket to his name, would be watching the series from home as England look to manage his workload and plump for extra pace or extra spin on tracks unwelcoming to the nibble of home. Now that the Nottinghamshire quick has made the trip over, a starting place is the next topic of conversation as far as he is concerned. For what it's worth - he has the complete backing of his captain, and Root was keen to point out that should Broad miss out, it should not be viewed as the start of phasing him out. "I wouldn't say it's a changing of the guard and I wouldn't say he's in a w...
Pakistan name unchanged T20 squad for New Zealand series

Pakistan name unchanged T20 squad for New Zealand series

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Pakistan retained the 15-man squad that whitewashed Australia 3-0 for the forthcoming three-match T20I series against New Zealand, starting on October 31. The selection panel headed by Inzamam ul Haq took the decision to not make any changes to the squad after consulting Sarfraz Ahmed, the present captain, and Micky Arthur, the head coach. Pakistan won the three-match rubber by the margins of 66 runs, 11 runs and 33 runs. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez impressed with the bat, notching up 163 and 111 runs at an average of 81.5 and 55.5 respectively. Meanwhile, Shadab Khan (six wickets), Imad Wasim (four wickets) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (four wickets) put up noteworthy performances with the ball in hand. Abu Dhabi will host the first match of the series against New Zealand, whil...
Mpofu replaces injured Ngarava for Bangladesh Tests

Mpofu replaces injured Ngarava for Bangladesh Tests

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Richard Ngarava will be replaced by Christopher Mpofu in Zimbabwe's Test squad for the two-match series against Bangladesh. The left-arm seamer sustained a groin injury during the just-concluded ODI series between the two sides. Ngarava picked up the injury while bowling in the third and final ODI, in Chittagong on Friday. "Ngarava sustained a groin injury and also complained of pain in the gluteal region after our last ODI," Zimbabwe national team physiotherapist Anesu Mupotaringa said. "Even with aggressive treatment, he will not recover in time for the Test series." The 20-year-old was in line to make his debut in Test cricket, but will now have to wait longer. "Ngarava is part of our plan to deliberately inject youth into the team and he has worked hard on this tour, on the s
Kedar Jadhav included for the last two Windies ODIs

Kedar Jadhav included for the last two Windies ODIs

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Kedar Jadhav, India's middle-order batsman, has been drafted into the squad for the fourth and fifth One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Windies after the Indian selectors were satisfied with his fitness. "After Jadhav has demonstrated his fitness, he's been included in the team for the 4th and 5th ODIs," Amitabh Choudhary, BCCI's acting secretary, said during the press conference on Friday (October 26). Jadhav was not named in the 15-member ODI squad that was announced on Thursday (October 25). "I need to see why they didn't pick me. I have cleared all tests and that's why I played the match today," said a surprised Jadhav, who was playing in the Deodhar Trophy at that time. "He is coming back from an injury which is why we asked him to play in the Duleep Trophy. We expected t...
Vijay, Rohit and Parthiv return; Hardik out of Australia Tests

Vijay, Rohit and Parthiv return; Hardik out of Australia Tests

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Hardik Pandya, having had to be stretchered off the field in the recently concluded Asia Cup, hasn't "fully recovered" and doesn't find a place in India's 18-man Test squad announced by BCCI for the 2018-19 Australia tour. Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel mark their comebacks while Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj, both of whom earned maiden Test call-ups during the Windies series, have been left out. Squad for the 4-Test series vs Australia: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar "Hardik Pandya has not yet recovered and will at least sit out till Novembe...
Dhoni not part of India T20I squads, Rohit to lead against WI

Dhoni not part of India T20I squads, Rohit to lead against WI

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MS Dhoni hasn't been named in India's T20I squads for the series against the Windies and Australia, with Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik being chosen as the wicketkeeping options by the MSK Prasad-led selection panel which met in Pune on Friday (October 26). Dhoni, who has played 93 T20Is in his career so far - 11 less than what India has played overall - has scored 1487 runs and has effected 87 dismissals behind the stumps, apart from leading India to a title victory in the inaugural edition of the World T20 in 2007. The decision to exclude Dhoni was taken with an eye on the future as far as India's wicketkeeping options are concerned for the shortest format, while it could also be the new direction for India's wicketkeeping after the 2019 World Cup. "The T20Is here and in Au...
Foakes added to England Test squad as Bairstow’s injury cover

Foakes added to England Test squad as Bairstow’s injury cover

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Surrey's wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes has been called up to England's squad as cover for the injured Jonny Bairstow for the Test series against Sri Lanka. Bairstow, England's first-choice 'keeper in Tests, twisted his right ankle in the training session while playing football a day before the fourth One-Day International. The Yorkshireman, recovering from the injury, will also not take part in the one-off Twenty20 International in Colombo on Saturday (October 27). Foakes was part of the England Test squad as Bairstow's back-up for both the overseas series - Australia and New Zealand, though did not take part in any of the matches. The Surrey player averaged 36.70 in this season's County Championship and has been touted as the best wicketkeeper in the country. The 25-year-old a...
Mustafizur returns, four new inclusions in Bangladesh Test squad

Mustafizur returns, four new inclusions in Bangladesh Test squad

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Mustafizur Rahman returns to the Bangladesh Test squad for the upcoming two-Test series against Zimbabwe and is one of five changes to the squad that was chosen for the Test series during the Caribbean tour. Apart from Mustafizur, the four other inclusions - Ariful Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Khaled Ahmed, Nazmul Islam - have all earned their maiden Test call-ups. Mustafizur was among the stand-bys named for the Windies Tests in July but a toe injury that he had picked earlier kept him out of action. He looks set to play his first Test since his appearance against Sri Lanka at the start of this year and is set to lead an attack which includes three other pace options in Shafiul, Khaled and Abu Jayed. Ariful, a 25-year-old right-handed batsman who can also double up as a seam option, ...
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