India vs England: English press slams India's abject surrender

india EnglandLondon: The Indian cricket team found itself at the receiving end of scathing criticism by the British media following its humiliating innings and 244-run drubbing in the fifth and final Test at the Oval with Geoffrey Boycott calling the visiting batsmen "lambs to the slaughter".

India`s recent saga of spineless performances touched a new low as they succumbed to their heaviest Test defeat in 40 years in a match that got over well inside three days, gifting away the series to England 3-1.

Did not expect that we will win so emphatically: Cook

England skipper Alastair CookLondon - England skipper Alastair Cook expressed his surprise in the manner his side were able to overturn the Lord`s result and then win three consecutive Tests to steamroll India en route their 3-1 series win.

India lost the fifth and final Test at the Oval by an innings and 244 runs, succumbing in less than three days.

"I remember saying, when we were 1-0 down, that I still thought we were going to win the series. I had a lot of confidence in the talent and amount of skill we had in the dressing-room. I didn`t think we`d win quite so emphatically, as we have done," said Cook after the match.

Oval Test: England add more misery on listless India

Joe RootLondon: Joe Root slammed an unbeaten 92 as England took a substantial first innings lead of 237 runs on the second day to tighten their grip on the fifth and final cricket Test against a hapless India here on Saturday.

Resuming the day on 62 for no loss after bundling India out for 148 yesterday, England scored at a brisk pace by adding 323 runs today from 86 overs to end the day on 385 for seven at an Oval pitch which has eased out considerably.

Root was going strong on 92 not out after facing 129 balls with the help of nine fours and a six. Chris Jordan was giving him company on 19 and the duo have put on 67 runs for the unbroken eighth wicket.

Putting India under constant pressure is key to success: Chris Woakes

CirshLondon: England have been rewarded for putting Indian batsmen under constant pressure says home paceman Chris Woakes, who took three wickets in visitors first innings collapse on the first day of the fifth Test, here.

"I think we have improved over the last few games. It cannot be said that India have batted badly but instead we have bowled well and build up constant pressure. When you do that, it is bound to show in the wickets and that has what has happened in the last few games," Woakes said at a press conference.

I would have picked Rohit instead of Binny: VVS Laxman

V-V-S-LaxmanLondon: Raising concerns over India`s selected XI for the all-important fifth and final Test against England, veteran batsman VVS Laxman said that he would have opted for Rohit Sharma instead of Stuart Binny in the crucial game.

"Little surprised at Binny`s inclusion. The reason given for his inclusion is that he can also bowl a few overs. But for me what is more important is playing a specialist batsman, because it`s going to be a high-scoring game, I believe," said Laxman in an ESPNcricinfo video show `Match Point`.

Dhoni says 'felt like a day off' in run-up to final Test against England

Mahendra-Singh-DhoniJohannesburg, Aug 15 : India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has defended his decision to take a day off in the run-up to the fifth and final Test against England at The Oval, saying that he felt like it.

Dhoni did not train with India, 2-1 down in the five-match Test series against England with one match left to play, on Wednesday but was back at The Oval on Thursday.

Dhoni said that the decision to take a day off was personal and that's why it was a day off. He added that he felt like taking a day off, and took one, Sport24 reported.

Rival batsmen felt that I was an easy target: Moeen Ali

Moeen AliLondon : He has been one of England`s finds in the ongoing Test series against India and off-spinner Moeen Ali feels that visiting team`s batsmen took him lightly which ensured a bagful of wickets for him.

Moeen currently has 19 wickets at a stellar average of 22.94 with two brilliant spells at the Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford as England have gone 2-1 up in the series.

"They (Indian batsmen) felt I was an easy target, a guy they could get easy runs from, which has helped me quite a bit," 27-year-old Moeen was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.

Match is hanging in balance: Ian Bell

Ian BellManchester : England have extended their lead to 85 runs against India but Ian Bell says the fourth Test match was still hanging in balance.

Bell scored 58 runs in England`s unfinished first innings as the hosts reached 237 for six at the end of day two.

"It certainly is poised very nicely. Hopefully tomorrow we can get past the 100-run lead maybe get 150 runs ahead if we can. That will put us in a nice position," Bell said.

"So far this has been a nice Test match, probably the best cricket wicket we have had all season. It has good pace, good for batsmen and bowlers alike," said Bell.

Sangakkara's ton helps Lanka give a strong reply to Pak in Galle Test

Kumar-SangakkaraGalle, Aug. 8 : Replying to Pakistan's mammoth first innings total of 451 all out, Sri Lanka replied strongly, losing only two wickets for 252 runs.

At the start of the day Sri Lanka were trailing Pakistan by 352 runs having lost their first wicket on day two of the match. Now they are 199 runs adrift of the visitors.

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene remained unbeaten on their individual scores of 102 and 55 respectively. Both have been former captains for Sri Lanka.

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed caught Kaushal Silva for his individual score of 64 off fast-medium bowler Mohammad Talha's delivery.

Ian Bell says Anderson furore blown out of proportion

Ian Bell says Anderson furore blown out of proportionLondon, Aug 6 : England's Ian Bell says that furore over James Anderson's alleged misconduct has been blown out of proportion.

According to the BBC, India have expressed their discontent that Anderson was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over a fracas with Ravindra Jadeja .

ICC chief executive David Richardson is now contemplating whether to appeal the verdict of commissioner Gordon Lewis.

However, Bell says that the hype around the issue does not befit a series that "has been played in a good spirit".

I learnt a lot observing Laxman, says Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya-RahaneManchester: Having quietly cemented his place as India`s middle-order mainstay, Ajinkya Rahane on Tuesday said he has gained a lot from borrowing a trick or two from stylish Hyderabad batsman VVS Laxman.

Coming in at No. 5, Rahane has showed the same bit of maturity that Laxman once displayed during the latter part of his 16-year-long international career.

ICC to consider Judicial Commissioner ruling from Anderson/Jadeja case

anderson-jadejaDubai, Aug 5 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that it has received and is considering the written decision of Gordon Lewis, the Judicial Commissioner, in respect of his findings that England's James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of India were not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct and Player Support Personnel, following an exhaustive disciplinary hearing which was held in Southampton on Friday.

As per Section 8.3.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has seven days - until Sunday, 10 August - to consider whether to lodge an appeal against the decision.

'Matchwinner' Ali rejoicing in 'England shirt' after securing maiden Test win

Moeen-AliLondon, Aug 04 : Pakistani descent England cricketer Moeen Ali has reportedly been rejoicing in the glory of his proudest moment having secured his maiden Test win as an all-rounder.

Ali, who plays for English county cricket club Worcestershire, has admitted that he would happily have given up his 6-67 on the final day at the Ageas Bowl as long as England won the match.

Every time Ali touched the ball in the field he got a raucous cheer from the crowd and it went up a few notches with each wicket he claimed as the all rounder spun England to victory, The Mirror reported.

Don't know what India did in five days after Lord's win: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil GavaskarNew Delhi: Severely critical of the Indian cricket team`s poor show against England in the third Test, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said the old habit of getting complacent after a big win seems to have affected the side during the lost match.

India went down by 266 runs in the Southampton Test yesterday after the morale-lifting triumph in the second Test at Lord`s.

Don't know what India did in 5 days after Lord's win: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil GavaskarNew Delhi: Severely critical of the Indian cricket team`s poor show against England in the third Test, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said the old habit of getting complacent after a big win seems to have affected the side during the lost match.

India went down by 266 runs in the Southampton Test yesterday after the morale-lifting triumph in the second Test at Lord`s.

Proteas Bowling Coach Donald says Colombo Test was 'best winning save'

Proteas Bowling Coach Donald says Colombo Test was 'best winning save'Cape Town (South Africa), Aug. 1 - Allan Donald, the South African cricket team's bowling coach, has described his side's remarkable defiance during the Test match played against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo as the best "winning save" he had ever experienced.

Donald said that it was even better than the extraordinary escape in Adelaide in 2012 when Faf du Plessis batted for 466 minutes to deny Australia an almost certain win.

3rd Test: England crush India by 266 runs to level series 1-1

India-England-Thrid-TestSouthampton: A listless India crashed to a humiliating 266-run defeat against England in the third cricket Test after an abject batting surrender allowed the hosts to level the five-match series 1-1 here on Thursday.

South African cricketers pay tribute to Jacques Kallis

Jacques-KallisJohannesburg: South Africa`s professional players and the South African Cricketers` Association have paid tribute to all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who retired from all formats of the game.

Proteas Test captain, Hashim Amla, said: "Jacques was a one in 50 years cricketer who had a huge influence on so many Proteas players over a 20-year period. I was privileged to have been one of those."

"You appreciate the magnitude of the cricketer not only when you look at his record but also when you play alongside him," he added.

South African captains pay tribute to Kallis

South African captains pay tribute to KallisJohannesburg, July 31 - South Africa's ODI and Test Captains, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, have paid tributes to the star Proteas player Jacques Kallis, who announced retirement from International cricket.

Hashim Amla, Proteas Test captain, said that Kallis is a legend and sportsmen like him only come around once every five decades, News 24 reported.

He added that Kallis is an astute professional who always gave 100 percent for his country and a lot of youngsters coming up can learn a lot from the way he shaped his career.

Jadeja allowed to appeal against ICC fine involving spat with England's Anderson

Ravindra JadejaSouthampton ( UK), July 31- Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will be allowed to appeal against a fine for his part in an incident involving England's James Anderson, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced.

All-rounder Jadeja was fined 50 percent of his match fee for misconduct in a confrontation with Anderson during the drawn first Test in Nottingham on July 10.

According to Sport24, ICC regulations prevented Jadeja contesting his fine after match referee David Boon, the former Australia batsman, downgraded his offence to Level One under the ICC's code of conduct.

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