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.

England bowlers put hosts in driving seat in third Test against India

England bowlers put hosts in driving seat in third Test against IndiaLondon, July 30 - England bowlers put the hosts side in the driving seat as they reduced India to 323-8, 246 runs behind England's total of 569-7 declared and 47 short of avoiding the follow-on, after three days of the third Test in Southampton.

The hosts bowlers backed up their side's batting skills in the first innings, with Stuart Broad claiming three wickets, James Anderson adding two to the one he took on day two and Moeen Ali taking two of his own.

Disappointed how I got out: Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya RahaneSouthampton: Talented batsman Ajinkya Rahane expressed his disappointment in the manner he got out playing a poor shot off a rank longhop bowled by part-time off-spinner Moeen Ali on the third day of the third cricket Test against England here on Wednesday.

"I was really disappointed in the manner I got out. I was concentrating really well at that point of time. I thought it was a loose delivery and played it, but the shot was a miscued one. In the end, it was a bad shot. I just need to learn from this and bat well in the second innings," a dejected Rahane told the mediapersons at the end of the day`s play.

England defends Moeen Ali for wearing pro-Gaza wristbands during third Test

Moeen-Ali-Save-Gaza-wristbandsLondon, July 29 : England has defended their all-rounder Moeen Ali for showing his support for Gaza by wearing wristbands during the third Test with India .

Ali, who plays for county club Worcestershire, wore bands saying 'Free Palestine' and 'Save Gaza' on the second day in Southampton.

International Cricket Council (ICC) regulations state that players should not wear messages relating to 'political, religious or racial activities', The BBC reported.

The ICC is investigating the matter but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that Ali has done nothing wrong.

Have been playing well, feels good to get runs: Ian Bell

Ian BellSouthampton: England batsman Ian Bell today expressed his delight at scoring his 21st Test hundred in the third match versus India here and said that he has been "playing well".

His 167 runs helped the hosts declare at 569 for seven in their first innings and put pressure on the visitors who scored 25/1 at stumps to trail by 544 runs.

"I have felt like I have been playing well and then found some strange ways to get out," said Bell.

Alastair Cook delighted to return among runs

Alastair CookSouthampton: England captain Alastair Cook was a relieved man after finally striking form to end a prolonged lean run even though he was disappointed not to get a hundred on the opening day of the third Test against India here.

Cook missed out on his 26th Test century by just five runs but the English skipper said even though it was frustrating he was delighted to get out of poor form.

Cook marked his return to form with a dogged 95 while youngster Gary Ballance (104 not out) hit his second successive century as England reached a comfortable 247 for two against India on the opening day.

Ben Stokes, Matt Prior testify against Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra-JadejaLondon: In a fresh twist to the alleged altercation between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson, two England players have testified that the Indian all-rounder had turned towards the English bowler with a raised bat during the showdown.

According to a report in a leading cricket website, Ben Stokes and Matt Prior, during the hearing against Jadeja, testified that the Indian raised his bat at Anderson during the altercation for which he was fined 50 per cent of his match fee.

BCCI will take up Jadeja penalty issue with ICC

Ravindra-JadejaMumbai: BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla reiterated on Saturday that the board will appeal to the ICC against its decision to penalise Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for his altercation with England pacer James Anderson during the first Test at Trent Bridge.

Buttler wants to draw inspiration from Prior on Test debut for England

Jos-ButtlerLondon, July 26 - England's Test debutant Jos Buttler wants to draw inspiration from Matt Prior to become one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the world.

The English county cricket club Lancashire player, who will make his Test debut against India on Sunday at Hampshire's Rose Bowl, said that it is an incentive that with the right work ethic, he feels he has the talent to develop into that and knows that it is obtainable from Prior's example.

Buttler comes in for the third Test after Prior stood down from England duty because of injury and the Lancashire player has appeared in 33 ODIs and 36 Twenty20s for England, The BBC reported.

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