Former Pak captain Rashid Latif says Misbah should step down as ODI skipper

Former Pak captain Rashid LatifIslamabad, Sep 03 - After Pakistan's dismal show in ODI series in Sri Lanka, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif wants Misbah-ul-Haq to step down as ODI skipper.

According to the Dawn, Latif said Pakistan were disastrously under-prepared for the World Cup which is now just four months away.

The former wicket-keeper told the Press Trust of India that it was time for Misbah to be replaced, keeping in mind the way Pakistan performed in Sri Lanka.

Latif said that the team seamed directionless even with the presence of former high profile cricketers like Waqar Younis and Moin Khan.

Moores admits England has 'got to work fast' to become serious contenders for WC

Peter MooresJohannesburg, Sep 02 - England coach Peter Moores has admitted on Monday that the squad faces a race against time if they want to prove themselves to be serious contenders to win next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

No England side has ever lifted the World Cup, with the last of their three losing appearances in the final back in 1992, when the tournament was last staged 'Down Under'.

India become sole number one in ICC ODI rankings

India TeamDubai: Their dominating performance against England coupled with Australia's shock loss to Zimbabwe today made India the sole number one team in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued here.

"World champion India have been confirmed as the number-one ranked side in the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings following Zimbabwe's three wickets victory over Australia in a triangular series match in Harare on Sunday," the ICC said in a statement.

Boucher hails De Villiers as world's 'best batsman' in all formats

Mark-BoucherJohannesburg, Aug 9 : Former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has branded AB de Villiers as the best batsman in the world at the moment.

Boucher, who is a former teammate of De Villiers, said that any time the batsman gets a 100, it is going to be difficult to stop South Africa from winning, and added that that is why he is the best batsmen in the world, in all formats of the game.

A passionate conservationist, Boucher recently attended the announcement of the joint venture between the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy programme and the Blue Bulls, in an effort to bolster the fight against rhino poaching, Sport24 reported.

Cook faces one match ban after England fined for slow over-rate in ODI against India

Alastair-CookLondon, Aug 28 : England captain Alastair Cook is reportedly on the brink of a one-match ban after his side was fined for a slow over-rate in the ODI against India in Cardiff.

Cook had been fined 20 percent of his match fee with the other England players fined 10 percent of their match fees. The skipper would face a ban if England repeats the offence in ODI cricket during the next 12 months, The BBC reported.

India beat England by 133 runs in the second one-dayer at Cardiff and lead the five-match series 1-0 after the first ODI at Bristol was abandoned without any play because of rain.

Suresh Raina's ton helps India trounce England by 133 runs in 2nd ODI

Suresh RainaCardiff : Suresh Raina smashed his first overseas century as India began their one-day campaign on a resounding note when they trounced England by 133 runs in the second ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at Sophia Gardens, here on Wednesday.

Put into bat, India, who are looking to put their Test debacle behind them in the limited-overs format, rode Raina's 75-ball 100 to post a challenging 304 for six in 50 overs. The 144-run fifth-wicket partnership between Raina, who registered his fourth ODI century, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52) was the highlight of the Indian innings.

Dhoni's comments on Fletcher to be discussed at working committee meet: BCCI

Mahendra-Singh-DhoniNew Delhi: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s statement that coach Duncan Fletcher continues to remain the `boss` of the team and will stay till the 2015 World Cup has prompted a livid BCCI to take up the matter at the next Working Committee meeting.

The BCCI top brass is fuming at Dhoni`s comments at the pre-match press conference in Bristol, saying that the captain has "over-stepped his brief" and has no business to decide the tenure of coaches.

Harris says India may face 'brutal summer' from 'Johnson and company' during Oz tour

Ryan-HarrisKarachi, Aug 23 : With three months still left to go ahead of India's tour to Australia, pacer Ryan Harris has said that the hosts would not tone down their aggression and the visiting squad might face a brutal summer from Mitchell Johnson and company in the series in December.

Harris has declared that the Australians would seek to extend India's woeful away-from-home record when they kick-start the four-match series on December 4.

Support staff changes could have been made after ODIs: Rahul Dravid

Rahul DravidNew Delhi: Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has said that he would have preferred to wait till the end of India`s England tour to make changes to the support staff as such decisions could be "tough on everyone concerned".

Talking about the appointment of former India captain Ravi Shastri as Team Director after India lost the fifth and final Test against England in under three days to go down 1-3 in the series, Dravid said: "You don`t have problems if people want to make changes, it`s part of professional sport."

'Injured' Prior planning to make England comeback against Windies in April

matt-priorJohannesburg, Aug 22 : England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has dismissed suggestions that his international career is over and has targeted April's series in the West Indies for his return from a long-standing Achilles problem.

Prior will undergo surgery next month on the injury, which has dogged him for two years, and flared up in the home series against India, forcing him to step aside after England lost the second Test last month.

Many were quick to write off the right-hander because of the success of his replacement Jos Buttler, who scored 200 in three innings as England won the remaining Tests to claim the series 3-1, Sport24 reported.

Struggling Cheteshwar Pujara gets BCCI nod to play county cricket

Cheteshwar-PujaraMumbai: Cheteshwar Pujara, who was among the top-order batsmen who failed to click in the five-Test series against England that India lost 1-3, has sought permission to play in the remainder of the English county season and will be allowed to do so by the Board.

"Pujara is not part of the ODI or T20 team now and is free to play. He sought my permission to play in county cricket and I have asked him to send me the details. I have decided to allow him to play," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI from Vadodara.

BCCI: Ravi Shastri appointed to ensure players get their energy back

Ravi-ShastriBangalore, Aug 19 : Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Sanjay Patel said Tuesday that former India captain Ravi Shastri has been appointed as the director of the national cricket team to ensure that players get their energy back between games.

"The BCCI has talked over it for the past two weeks. The entire situation was considered and the opinion of experts was also taken. In the end, we decided that Ravi Shastri is the right person to lead the team and manage the team in such a way that the Indian players should get their energy back and they should be back in the game," said Patel.

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.

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