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Friday, 12 September 2014

Evian Championship: Brittany Lincicome leads by one at halfway

Evian Championship: Brittany Lincicome leads by one at halfway

Evian Championship second-round leaderboard

-10 B Lincicome (US); -9 Kim HJ (Kor); -7 Hur MJ (Kor); -6 S Pettersen (Nor), K Webb (Aus); -5 S Lewis (US), L Ko (NZ), M Jutanugarn (Thai) Selected others: +1 F Parker (Eng); +2 C Hull (Eng); +4 L Davies (Eng); +9 K Walker (Sco)
Brittany Lincicome leads the Evian Championship by one shot at the halfway stage after a blemish-free six-under-par second round.
United States golfer Lincicome, 28, moved to 10 under overall, with Hyo Joo Kim, 19, a shot behind on nine under.
South Korea's Kim shot a record low major championship round of 61 on Thursday, establishing a four-stroke lead, but followed up with a 72.
Britain's Trish Johnson's challenge ended as she missed the cut.
The Bristolian, 48, who became the oldest winner in Ladies European Tour history a fortnight ago when she won the Scottish Open, recorded an eight-over-par 80 to fall to nine over for the tournament.
Johnson carded just one birdie in a round which included seven bogeys and a double bogey.
South Korea's Mi Jung Hur is third on seven under after a mixed second-round 69 that included five birdies and three bogeys.
Defending champion Suzann Pettersen is joint fourth, alongside Australia's Karrie Webb, on six under.

County Championship: Yorkshire beat Nottinghamshire to win title

County Championship: Yorkshire beat Nottinghamshire to win title

LV= County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge
Yorkshire 532-9 dec beat Nottinghamshire 203 & 177 by an innings and 152 runs
Yorkshire 23pts, Nottinghamshire 2pts
Match scorecard
Yorkshire clinched their first County Championship title for 13 years, with victory over Nottinghamshire by an innings and 152 runs at Trent Bridge.
Former England paceman Ryan Sidebottom took 6-30 against his former club as Notts were all out for 177.
It took the White Rose county just 14.2 overs to collect the five wickets they needed on the final morning.
Sidebottom ended the game when James Taylor (75) was caught at gully, giving him match figures of 9-65.

Most Championship titles

Yorkshire: 31 (+1 shared)
1893, 1896, 1898, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1905, 1908, 1912, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1946, 1949 (shared), 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 2001, 2014
Surrey: 18 (+1 shared)
1890, 1891, 1892, 1894, 1895, 1899, 1914, 1950 (shared), 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1971, 1999, 2000, 2002
Middlesex: 10 (+2 shared)
1903, 1920, 1921, 1947, 1949 (shared), 1976, 1977 (shared), 1980, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993
Lancashire: 8 (+1 shared)
1897, 1904, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1934, 1950 (shared), 2011
Warwickshire: 7
1911, 1951, 1972, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2012
It was a magnificent performance by the evergreen 36-year-old, who was a member of Yorkshire's 2001 title-winning squad, but moved to Notts three years later.
He contributed 50 wickets to help them win the Championship in 2005 and 30 when they did so again in 2010 before returning to his home county for the final phase of his career, after retiring from international cricket.
Yorkshire were relegated in Sidebottom's first season back at the club, but bounced straight back the following year as runners-up in Division Two after Australian Jason Gillespie took over as coach.

BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle

"Many congratulations to Yorkshire, who are worthy county champions.
"In particular, it was terrific to see Ryan Sidebottom in such splendid form. Reviving memories of his glory years with Notts, he was irresistible on the final morning to spearhead his side's charge to the title.
"Notts may have run out of steam in recent weeks, but it's certainly no disgrace to lose to this Tykes team - the battle, though, is now on for the minor places."
They began the game at Trent Bridge with a 26-point lead over the home side and were bolstered by the return to the team of England Test players Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan.
They dominated the game after opener Adam Lyth's sixth hundred of the summer enabled them to pile up 532-9 declared.


The moment Yorkshire won the title
Resuming on 149-5 after being made to follow on, Nottinghamshire's chances of holding out for a draw were slim and became even slimmer when Sidebottom knocked back Gary Keedy's off stump in the third over of play.
He then produced an absolute beauty to account for home skipper Chris Read, seaming away to find the edge and leave wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow with a simple catch.
Sidebottom underlined his commitment by racing round the boundary to make a sliding save before collecting his fifth wicket of the innings by having Luke Fletcher taken at second slip by Lyth,
Taylor went past 50, but new batsman Jake Ball found himself ringed by fielders when leg-spinner Adil Rashid replaced Jack Brooks and was soon beaten by a flipper which left the umpire with a straightforward lbw decision.
With only last man Harry Gurney for company, Taylor ran out of patience and carved a ball from Sidebottom straight to substitute fielder Rich Pyrah as Yorkshire wrapped up their eighth win of the season and took the title with a game to spare.
Club captain Andrew Gale was unable to lift the trophy as the England & Wales Cricket Board felt it was not appropriate for him to be involved in the presentation while he awaits a Disciplinary Panel Hearing.
Gale, 30, was banned for the final two Championship games following an altercation with Lancashire's Ashwell Prince on the third evening of his side's innings and 18-run win at Old Trafford.
He was reported by the umpires for "using language or gesture that is obscene or of a serious insulting nature" and an ECB statement at the time said: "The Cricket Discipline Commission will also consider whether any further action needs to be taken in relation to Mr Gale."
Yorkshire's final match of the summer against Somerset begins at Headingley on 23 September.
Yorkshire celebrate title win
Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale, banned for their final two games of the season, holds the trophy
Gary Ballance and Joe Root
Joe Root (right), with team-mate Gary Ballance, was Yorkshire's on-field captain against Notts
Tim Bresnan
Yorkshire and England all-rounder Tim Bresnan is given a champagne shower

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire: Yorks need five wickets to win title

Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire: Yorks need five wickets to win title

LV= County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge
Close, day three: Yorkshire 532-9 dec v Nottinghamshire 203 & 149-5
Yorkshire 7 pts, Nottinghamshire 2 pts
Match scorecard
Yorkshire are closing in on their first County Championship title in 13 years as they continued their dominance over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Jack Brooks took 4-58 as Notts were dismissed for 203, despite captain Chris Read's resolute unbeaten 81.
Notts - one of two sides who can still catch Yorkshire - slumped to 9-2 following-on, including Steven Mullaney to the first ball of the innings.
But the hosts closed 180 runs behind on 149-5, with James Taylor 56 not out.
Yorkshire's 31st County Championship title - and their first since 2001 - will surely come at some stage on Friday with five wickets required and injuries meaning Nottinghamshire's tail is longer than usual.
Notts resumed day three on 58-4 in their first innings and Michael Lumb (41) was the first man to fall, lbw to Brooks.
Ryan Sidebottom celebrates
Ryan Sidebottom celebrates the wicket of Riki Wessels
Riki Wessels (21) chased a wide, angled ball from Ryan Sidebottom (3-35) to be caught behind by Jonny Bairstow, before Read and Luke Fletcher held Yorkshire up with a stubborn 41-run partnership in 16.4 overs.
But Adil Rashid (3-52) took two wickets in an over as he enticed Fletcher (23) to hoist out to extra cover - where Brooks took an excellent catch - and Jake Ball was trapped leg before on the back foot for two.
Notts reached lunch still trailing by 393 runs on 139-8 but, from the 11th ball of the afternoon session, Gary Keedy was caught by Tim Bresnan for four after top-edging a sweep off Rashid.
Harry Gurney joined Read and the pair's 10th-wicket stand of 63 was the highest of the innings to see Notts to a batting bonus point, before Gurney (15) fell to a dubious lbw decision.
Samit Patel is stumped by Jonny Bairstow
A smart piece of work by Jonny Bairstow accounted for Samit Patel
Stand-in Yorkshire captain Joe Root enforced the follow-on with Notts still 329 behind and Sidebottom's first ball accounted for Mullaney leg before for a golden duck, although the ball appeared to pitch outside the line of the leg stump.
Gary Ballance took a low catch at third slip off Brooks (2-45) to see off Lumb for nine but Notts moved to 45-2 at tea, aided by the fortune of two dropped slip catches.
Alex Hales was put down by Adam Lyth on four and Taylor was shelled by Ballance, with just one to his name.
Brooks took a neat return catch to take the wicket of Hales for 43 and Samit Patel (25) was brilliantly stumped by Bairstow after carelessly lifting his back foot in the air to give Yorkshire hope of finishing the game inside three days.
Wessels (10) played all round an excellent Sidebottom (2-24) delivery, before Taylor and Keedy saw Notts through to the close, still with a mountain to climb to even salvage a draw.
  Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:
"Whilst the rub of the green certainly didn't go for Notts, they will be the first to congratulate the new champions-elect on their title success.
"After winning a crucial toss, Yorkshire have demonstrated a ruthless approach to the game and one that will ultimately bring them the coveted prize.
"A battling knock from Chris Read first time round and stubborn resistance from the unbeaten James Taylor in the second innings were the highlights for the home side, but they have it all to do on the final morning."
  Leeds' Dave Callaghan:
"The title is waiting for Yorkshire. They dominated the third day and made Notts follow-on.
"Sidebottom, Brooks and Rashid were the destroyers-in-chief in Nottinghamshire's first innings.
"The follow-on was enforced and again Notts were soon in trouble. So, a Yorkshire victory is on the cards and a deserved title triumph."

Alastair Cook: Not too late to drop England ODI captain - Boycott

Alastair Cook: Not too late to drop England ODI captain - Boycott

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott says it is not too late to drop Alastair Cook as one-day captain.
England were beaten at home by Sri Lanka and India this summer, but Cook wants to lead them in the World Cup, starting in February.
Referring to the sacking of David Moyes after 10 months as Manchester United manager, Boycott told BBC Sport: "It's never too late - look what happened at Manchester United.
"If it's not working it's not working."
Cook's captaincy has come under scrutiny this year, although England overturned an early deficit to beat India 3-1 in the Test series.
Former England spinner Graeme Swann said Cook should not play one-day cricket, while ex-captain Michael Vaughan, who admitted he was wrong to call for Cook to be replaced as Test captain, said he should not lead the 50-over team. 
Former England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles told the BBC last week that it was too late to appoint a new captain.

Alastair Cook as England one-day captain

Matches Won Lost Tied No result
63
34
26
1
2
Cook, 29, is 13th on the list of England's all-time ODI run-scorers, with 3,085 at an average of 37.62 and strike rate of 77.57.
"Cook can bat in one-dayers but there are better people," said Boycott.
"The modern game has changed and is so high-scoring now that maybe we need somebody who is a faster scorer up front, so if you picked your best team he might not be in it."
England lost heavily to India in three matches before winning the final game of a one-day series in which they used 15 players.
They play a seven-match series in Sri Lanka starting in November and complete their World Cup preparations with a triangular series against India and hosts Australia in January.
Boycott, 73, said: "You would think that by now we would know what we were doing, but there are a lot of things we don't know.

Alastair Cook's one-day international record

Matches Runs Average Centuries Strike rate
86
3,085
37.62
5
77.57
"It's a number of things: selecting the captain, what order people are batting, the bowlers, we haven't got a left-arm spinner.
"We have such a lot of problems to solve. That doesn't mean to say they aren't solvable but what worries me is the selectors don't seem to be clear on what the team should be, yet we're six months away from the World Cup.
"It's like my football team, Manchester United - they're in disarray. It's about getting round pegs in round holes."
Boycott, who scored 22 centuries for England during an 18-year Test career, played in the inaugural one-day international  in 1971, a 40-over match in which England made 190 and Australia won by five wickets.
"In those days if you made 230 you won most matches," he said. "They knock them off in 30 overs now.
"If you make 270 now you're not guaranteed a win; you can make 300 and lose.
"The game has changed and you have to open your mind; you can't afford to stick in the past. I don't think we're thinking well enough forward

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Notts v Yorkshire: Ballance & Bresnan miss out on tons

Notts v Yorkshire: Ballance & Bresnan miss out on tons

LV= County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge
Close, day two: Yorkshire 532-9 dec, Nottinghamshire 58-4
Yorkshire 5 pts, Nottinghamshire 1 pt
Match scorecard
Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan just missed out on centuries as Yorkshire moved within touching distance of the Championship title against Notts.
The White Rose county piled up 532-9 before declaring at Trent Bridge, despite spinner Gary Keedy's 5-163.
England batsman Ballance was lbw to Keedy for 99 and Bresnan made 95 before being caught at mid-wicket.
Alex Hales, James Taylor and Samit Patel then departed for ducks as Notts tottered to 58-4 in reply at stumps.
Yorkshire will claim their first title since 2001, and the Tykes' 31st overall, if they win, but even a draw might be good enough if Warwickshire do not achieve a maximum-points victory in their game against bottom club Northants.
Gary Keedy takes a wicket
Keedy plugged away to take five wickets in an innings for the 35th time in his career
Resuming on 319-4, Yorkshire were clearly intent on eliminating any possibility of a Notts victory, taking time out of the game, while at the same time piling up a big total.
Ballance, on 82 overnight, took his partnership with Jack Leaning (42) to 64 before playing back to Keedy to be trapped in front, but it did not herald the collapse Notts needed.
Adil Rashid hit six fours in his 42 before falling to Luke Fletcher, but tail-ender Steve Patterson (17) came in to help Bresnan add 57 for the eighth wicket as they pressed on towards 500.
Bresnan was caught on the boundary on 30, by Harry Gurney, only for the England left-armer to carry the ball over the rope for six.

Suspended Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale

"Very good day from the boys. Go again tomorrow #onestepcloser" (Twitter)
Bresnan's eventual dismissal by Steven Mullaney prompted acting skipper Joe Root to declare, before the Notts top order was then swept away in a flurry of wickets.
Hales went for a duck after edging a beauty from Jack Brooks to the wicketkeeper, then Mullaney and Taylor gave the slip cordon catching practice as they chased angled deliveries in the same over from left-armer Ryan Sidebottom.
Television replays were consulted before Patel was given out, caught by Ballance at third slip off Brooks, but Michael Lumb (35 not out) and Riki Wessels (14 not out) prevented any further damage before the close.
Nottinghamshire batsman Riki Wessels:
"It's never easy to spend the best part of two full days in the field and there were probably a few tired legs going out there to bat.
"Individually, it would be nice to try and get a few runs tomorrow, but it's important we can get as close to them as we can.
"We've got to hang in there for as long as we can, try and get the match into the fourth day and see what happens."
Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan:
"On the whole that was a very good day. There might be some criticism about how we went about that, but for me it was 'keep them out there', get as many runs as we can and let the game take it's natural course.
"As soon as we passed 400, it was just a case of grinding them into the dirt.
"Obviously I'm disappointed to miss out on the hundred, but I probably only got as close as I did because the message came out to clump a few, get to around 550 and put them in."
BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:
"Like a marathon runner hitting the wall, Notts have started to run out of steam as the season draws towards its close.
"Tired after recent exertions, this match was always going to provide the sternest of tests, and two days in the field told on the Notts batsmen in the face of some excellent bowling.
"Lumb and Wessels have it within them to bat long on the third day - and will probably need to, with the champagne already on ice in the away dressing room."
Ryan Sidebottom and Gary Ballance
Yorkshire's slip catching was assured as Notts made a dreadful start to their reply

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Saeed Ajmal: Pakistan spinner banned over bowling action

Saeed Ajmal: Pakistan spinner banned over bowling action

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal has been suspended by the International Cricket Council for an illegal bowling action.
The 36-year-old off-spinner was reported last month after match officials raised concerns during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
Analysis of Ajmal's action revealed that "all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees" by which the arm is allowed to bend, the ICC said.
Ajmal said he was disappointed, but added: "I know I can correct it."
He is currently the world's top-ranked one-day international bowler. 

Saeed Ajmal's international career in numbers

Matches Wickets Average
Statistics correct on 9 September 2014
Test
35
178
28.10
One-day
111
183
22.18
Twenty20
63
85
17.54
He also has 178 Test wickets, at an average of 28.10, and is still the leading wicket-taker in the County Championship  this season with 63 in nine matches for Worcestershire, despite not having played for them in almost two months.
"An independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan's off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect," the ICC said in a statement.
Ajmal's action was analysed by an ICC-accredited team of human movement specialists using the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Australia, on 25 August.
"The ICC has stopped me from bowling because my elbow is bending beyond the 15 degrees allowed and I know I can correct that," Ajmal said.
"It is very disappointing to know the results of the tests, but I am a fighter and I know what I have to do to get back into international cricket before the World Cup."
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed it was considering an appeal, but was more circumspect on Ajmal's chances of returning to the international arena.
PCB spokesman Agha Akbar told BBC Radio 5 live that Ajmal's chances of playing in the World Cup early next year are "bleak".
Asked if the ban could signal the end of the bowler's international career, Akbar said: "It looks like that."

The ICC's clampdown on spinners

Shane Shillingford (West Indies)
Suspended in December 2013. Cleared to return in March
Sachithra Senanayake (Sri Lanka)
Suspended in July
Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Suspended in July
Prosper Utseya (Zimbabwe)
Reported in August
Sohag Gazi (Bangladesh)
Reported in August
The ECB told BBC Sport that the ban would extend to domestic competitions, preventing Ajmal from returning to county cricket.
"We're disappointed for Saeed," said Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale. "He was never reported while playing for Worcester.
"He will now have to go through the remodelling process like other cricketers have had to do before him.
"As regards next season, it's not something to be talked about while he goes through that remodelling process."
Ajmal, who made his international debut in July 2008, can apply for a re-assessment after he modifies his bowling action.
The ICC has recently taken action against several off-spinners.
Sri Lankan Sachithra Senanayake and New Zealand's Kane Williamson were banned from bowling in July, while Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya and Bangladesh's Sohag Gazi are currently under investigation

Monday, 8 September 2014

Ireland ease to win over Scotland in first one-day international

Ireland ease to win over Scotland in first one-day international

First one-day international, Malahide:
Ireland 173-3 (36.4 overs) beat Scotland 172 all out (40.3 overs) by seven wickets
Ireland's Craig Young took five wickets on his one-day international debut as Ireland beat Scotland by seven wickets in the first of three one-day internationals.
Skipper Kevin O'Brien top-scored in the match with an unbeaten 56 to help the hosts overhaul Scotland's 172 all out at Malahide with more then 13 overs to spare.
The visitors had slumped to 101-7, before a half-century by Michael Leask helped them recover slightly following medium-pacer Young's burst.
Both sides are preparing for the World Cup which takes places in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.
With Ireland missing captain William Porterfield and established players Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien, Gary Wilson and Tim Murtagh due to county commitments, fringe players had the chance to impress the selectors.

O'Brien's milestone

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien's unbeaten 56 saw him pass the 2000 run mark in One-Day Internationals
"The team result is always most important, but individual performances matter because there is a big carrot which people are trying to grab," said 24-year-old Irish bowler Young, who had a spell with Sussex.
"It is always nice to get five wickets. It is a nice start to the series and it was a good win for the team."
In Ireland's innings, O'Brien hit an unbeaten 56 off 56 balls, opener and former Under-19 captain Andrew Balbirnie scored 38 and Stuart Thompson finished on 35 not out.
The Scots got off to a disappointing start to the match as they lost Matty Cross for just nine runs after he edged Max Sorensen's delivery to wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter.
Young then made his introduction as he took Calum MacLeod (25) and Hamish Gardiner (10) in quick succession.
The Derry bowler took his third when he clean bowled Preston Mommsen (10) to leave the Scots in trouble at 62-4.
Leask offered some resistance, but when he and Safyaan Sharif (18) also fell to Young, Scotland's hopes of posting a more challenging tally were gone.
The sides meet again on Wednesday and Friday at the same venue.

Australia appoint Aaron Finch as Twenty20 captain

Australia appoint Aaron Finch as Twenty20 captain

Aaron Finch has been named Australia's Twenty20 team captain after George Bailey stepped down from the role.
Finch is currently the number one ranked T20 batsman in the world.
The 27-year-old also has the highest score in the short format of the international game, scoring 156 off 63 balls against England in 2013.
"Having the honour to captain your country in any form of the game is something that all young cricketers dream about," said Finch.
Finch's first game as captain will be against Pakistan on 5 October in Dubai.
"Aaron has gained quality leadership experience through his role as captain of the Melbourne Renegades and the Pune Warriors," said Australia national selector Rod Marsh.
After the Dubai game, Australia face Pakistan in three one-day internationals and two Tests in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai.
Australia Twenty20 squad for Pakistan: Aaron Finch (capt), Sean Abbott, Cameron Boyce, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson.
Australia ODI squad for Pakistan: Michael Clarke (capt), Sean Abbott, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson.
Australia Test squad for Pakistan: Michael Clarke (capt), Alex Doolan, Brad Haddin (wk), Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve O'Keefe, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson

Saturday, 6 September 2014

England v India: Eoin Morgan mystified by poor form

England v India: Eoin Morgan mystified by poor form

Twenty20 international: England v India
Venue: Edgbaston Date: Sunday, 7 September Start time: 15:30 BST

Prior to the men's game, England women take on South Africa in a T20 international starting at 10:30 BST. There will be Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 Long Wave, via BBC Sport website & app, and BBC iPlayer Radio app
Scorecard
England Twenty20 skipper Eoin Morgan is at a loss to explain his poor form this summer ahead of his team's match against India at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Morgan has scored 198 runs in 10 one-day international innings since he returned from injury in March.
"I've worked incredibly hard this year on my game, and I have been light on runs," said Morgan. "I can't pinpoint exactly where it's going wrong."
Surrey batsman Jason Roy will make his debut against India.
Roy, 24, was the leading T20 Blast run-scorer with 677 at an average of 48.35 and a strike-rate of almost 160.
The South Africa-born Roy, who played for England Lions in this summer's triangular series against Sri Lanka A and New Zealand A, made his first-class debut for Surrey in 2010.

Morgan's international Twenty20 career

Matches: 49 Innings: 48 Runs: 1,076 Top score: 85 not out Average: 28.31 Strike rate: 128.40 Fours: 99 Sixes: 37 Catches: 21
But Yorkshire bowler Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the one-off match, which concludes England's summer fixtures, with a shoulder injury.
The match comes on the back of a 3-1 ODI series defeat to India - with England winning the final game at Headingley on Friday, a match that saw Joe Root score 113.
"We didn't compete in the first three ODI games we played against India," added Morgan. "They are a very strong side and didn't let us play - all credit to them.
"But for us to stand up on Friday, and for Joe Root to put in the extremely skilful performance that he did - in difficult circumstances and given the situation when he came in - it was exceptional.
"Guys can take a lot of confidence from that."
And Morgan backed Alastair Cook, who has been England's one-day captain since 2011 but is under pressure with former captain Michael Vaughan  among those who claim he should step down.
"Cooky has been exceptional this summer," said Morgan.

No assurances over captaincy - Cook
"He's been under the pump quite a lot - and in challenging times in English cricket at the moment, he's come out really well.
"He's been outstanding dealing with it. I have every confidence in him."
Before the men's game, England women take on South Africa in a Twenty20 international which starts at 10:30 BST.
Charlotte Edwards' team won the first two matches of the three-games series by nine wickets and 42 runs.
England T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wk), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).
India T20 squad: Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson (wk), Karn Sharma.
Umpires: I Gould and T Robinson
Third umpire: R Bailey
Match referee: R Madugalle (SL)

Thursday, 4 September 2014

England must learn from India's style of play - Moeen Ali

England must learn from India's style of play - Moeen Ali

Fifth one-day international: England v India
Venue: Leeds Date: Friday, 5 September Start time: 10:30 BST

England must learn from India's aggressive style of play if they are to turn around their dismal one-day form, according to all-rounder Moeen Ali.
After three heavy defeats, England are 3-0 down in the series with only Friday's match at Headingley remaining.
Moeen, who backed under-fire captain Alastair Cook, said: "Watching the way the Indians bat, you can learn a lot from the way they approach it.
"They play with no fear. If there is a risk, they just take it."
After coming from behind to win the Test series 3-1, England's weaknesses in the one-day international format have been ruthlessly exposed only six months before the World Cup.
They have been bowled out inside their allotted 50 overs in all three completed matches, with 227 their highest score, and were thrashed by nine wickets on Tuesday at Edgbaston with 19.3 overs to spare as India clinched the series.

England v India ODI series 2014

1st ODI, Bristol: Match abandoned without a ball bowled
2nd ODI, Cardiff: India won by 133 runs (D/L method)
3rd ODI, Trent Bridge: India won by six wickets
4th ODI, Edgbaston: India won by nine wickets
5th ODI, Headingley: Friday, 5 September
Moeen, who responded to his recall to the side by hitting 67 off 52 balls in Birmingham, urged more of his team-mates to follow his lead.
"Take it to them," the Worcestershire left-hander said. "There is no point in being the same and getting out the same way all the time.
"I'd rather get caught on the boundary or stumped trying to do something than try and knock it around all the time.
"Watching someone like [India batsman] Suresh Raina in the first game, they were in trouble and he came out and played the way he played.
Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali was the only England batsman to score a half century at Edgbaston on Tuesday
"He took a few risks and they came off. He backed himself. I tried to copy it a little a bit."
Cook has faced calls to step aside from ex-England captain Michael Vaughan and former spinner Graeme Swann after losing his last four series as ODI captain and nine of his last 12 matches against Test-playing nations.
However, research by Test Match Special statistician Andrew Samson revealed that Cook's playing record compares well with those of his predecessors.
His batting average as captain of 40.29 is the best of any England one-day skipper, while his strike rate of 81.06 is third behind Paul Collingwood and Andrew Strauss.

ODI batting strike rates as England captain

Figures compiled by Test Match Special statistician Andrew Samson (correct as of 3 September 2014)
M
Inns
NO
Runs
HS
Av'ge
SR
100s
50s
Paul Collingwood
25
24
4
718
91*
35.90
87.99
0
5
Andrew Strauss
62
62
2
2367
158
39.45
86.54
4
16
Alastair Cook
62
62
4
2337
137
40.29
81.06
4
16
Mike Gatting
37
37
7
1013
82*
33.76
75.82
0
5
David Gower
24
24
0
601
102
25.04
70.87
1
2
Nasser Hussain
56
55
4
1598
115
31.33
70.86
1
12
Michael Vaughan
60
58
9
1418
90*
28.93
66.23
0
11
Alec Stewart
41
41
1
924
88
23.10
64.12
0
6
Mike Atherton
43
43
2
1392
127
33.95
59.81
2
8
Graham Gooch
50
48
2
1378
112*
29.95
55.12
1
7
Mike Brearley
25
24
3
510
78
24.28
45.43
0
3
"I have never met a more mentally strong person than Alastair," added Moeen. "To go through what he is doing and still be the same day in day out.
"I can imagine that it is very tough but I know he will come good.
"Obviously you don't want to keep losing, every game that comes along we're hoping to do well and perform and execute the plans.
"It's taking a bit of time but I am sure once we get one win it will all come good like the Test series did."
England will be without batsman Ian Bell at Headingley because of a fractured toe, but have not called up a replacement.
Listen to the Test Match Special podcast where Jonathan Agnew, Graeme Swann, Alec Stewart and Michael Vaughan discuss the future of England's one-day international side.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Andrew Gale: Yorkshire captain banned for final two games

Andrew Gale: Yorkshire captain banned for final two games

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has been banned for the final two County Championship games of the season.
The punishment follows an altercation with Lancashire's Ashwell Prince on the third evening of his side's innings and 18-run win at Old Trafford.
Gale, 30, was reported by the match umpires for "using language or gesture that is obscene or of a serious insulting nature".
He was also punished for dissent in the previous Roses game in May.
Both offences earned him six disciplinary points and any player accumulating 12 in a two-year period receives an automatic suspension.
An England and Wales Cricket Board statement said: "The Cricket Discipline Commission will also consider whether any further action needs to be taken in relation to Mr Gale."

Yorkshire's remaining fixtures

9-12 Sept: v Notts (a)
23-26 Sept: v Somerset (h)
The left-handed batsman, who has represented England Lions, has been Yorkshire skipper since taking over from Anthony McGrath in 2009.
Earlier this season, he dropped himself for a Championship game at Lord's against Middlesex, who scored 472 runs in the fourth-innings to win the game.
Yorkshire were led on that occasion by England's Joe Root.
The White Rose county, who last won the title in 2001, have a 26-point lead over Notts in the Division One table.

Mike Hesson: New Zealand coach signs contract extension

Mike Hesson: New Zealand coach signs contract extension

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has agreed a two-year contract extension and will be in charge until April 2017.
The 39-year-old former Kenya coach took over in July 2012 and was originally contracted until next year's World Cup.
Hesson's New Zealand have won two Test series against West Indies and beaten India in both Test and one-day series.
"It's a really exciting time with the World Cup at home, our senior players performing well and a promising group of youngsters," he said.

England v India: Ian Bell to miss final ODI with toe fracture

England v India: Ian Bell to miss final ODI with toe fracture

Fifth one-day international: England v India
Venue: Leeds Date: Friday, 5 September Start time: 10:30 BST
Coverage: Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 Long Wave, via BBC Sport website & app, and BBC iPlayer Radio app; live text commentary on BBC Sport website & app
England's Ian Bell has been ruled out of Friday's fifth one-day international against India with a fractured toe.
The Warwickshire batsman suffered a small fracture to his left big toe in practice ahead of Tuesday's nine-wicket defeat to the tourists at Edgbaston.
Bell played no part in the heavy loss at his home ground that secured India an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, with Gary Ballance drafted into the XI.
England will not call up a replacement for the final contest at Headingley.

Ian Bell's ODI record

Matches
Innings
Runs
Average
High score
Strike rate
100s
50s
148
144
4,861
36.82
126*
76.02
3
31
England's management team were initially planning to assess Bell's injury in practice on Thursday but have decided already the number three will not recover in time to play.
After the first one-day contest was washed out, Bell, 32, scored just one run in the heavy defeat in Cardiff and 28 in the six-wicket loss at Trent Bridge.
India's tour of England concludes with a one-off Twenty20 match at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Listen to the Test Match Special podcast on the future of England's one-day international side.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

England v India: Alex Hales named in ODI squad, Ravi Bopara out


England v India: Alex Hales named in ODI squad, Ravi Bopara out

England have called up Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales for the one-day international series against India.
Hales, 25, averages 37.85 in 32 Twenty20 internationals for England, but has yet to play an ODI.
There is no place for all-rounder and limited-overs regular Ravi Bopara in the 15-man squad while paceman Stuart Broad, facing surgery on a longstanding knee injury, also misses out.
The five-match ODI series begins at Bristol on 25 August.
It will be followed by a T20 international at Edgbaston on 7 September.
England completed a 3-1 Test series win over India with an innings-and-244-run win at The Oval on Sunday.

England v India ODI & T20 schedule

25 August: 1st ODI, Bristol
27 August: 2nd ODI, Cardiff
30 August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge
2 September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston
5 September: 5th ODI, Headingley
7 September: Twenty20 international, Edgbaston
Aside from Broad, who will seek a specialist surgical opinion on his knee later this week, opener Sam Robson is the only player from the final Test XI not involved in the squad.
Pace bowler Steven Finn, who has not represented England in any format since last September but recently returned to the Test squad, is included, as is all-rounder Ben Stokes who was dropped after the second Test against India.
Despite the absence of Bopara, one-day regulars Eoin Morgan and James Tredwell retain their ODI places, as does left-arm seamer Harry Gurney who made his one-day debut earlier this season, but seamer Tim Bresnan and opener Michael Carberry are omitted, having been in the ODI squad against Sri Lanka in May and June.
Hales, who made his T20 debut in 2011, became the first England player to score a T20 century when he hit an unbeaten 116 off 64 balls to help beat Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20 in March.
However, he was overlooked for the home one-day series defeat by Sri Lanka this summer.

Alex Hales' career in numbers

Matches Runs Average Strike rate
First-class
71
4,293
37.00
58.99
List A
80
2,711
35.67
99.77
Twenty20
116
3,240
30.00
139.83
He made 101 for England Lions against Sri Lanka A this month, 141 in Nottinghamshire's victory over Middlesex in the One-Day Cup and 102 not out in the County Championship win against Northants on Monday.
He has scored 926 Championship runs at an average of 54.47 this season, including a one-game loan spell at Worcestershire, and averages 70 from four One-Day Cup matches.
Although Finn, 25, was included in the England squad for the final two Tests against India, he has not played since last summer's one-day series against Australia.
He returned home early from the Ashes tour without playing a game to "work on technical aspects of his game".
However, he has taken 44 wickets at 29.72 apiece in 10 Championship games for Middlesex this season.
National selector James Whitaker said: "With the ICC Cricket World Cup now less than six months away our focus over the coming months switches to identifying our strongest possible squad for that competition.
"However this is an important series in its own right and we have selected 15 players who we believe will perform well against an Indian side with a strong one-day record."
England now play only one-day and T20 cricket until April 2015. They face seven ODIs in Sri Lanka later this year, and a triangular ODI series against India and hosts Australia shortly before the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand gets under way in February 2015.
England one-day squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wk), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

Thursday, 14 August 2014

England women v India: Hosts hold slender 88-run lead in Test


England women v India: Hosts hold slender 88-run lead in Test

Women's Test, Wormsley (day two of four):
England 92 & 110-6 v India 114
Scorecard
England women hold an 88-run lead in their second innings after two days of their Test match against India.
Having been bowled out for just 92 in their first innings on day one, Charlotte Edwards's side limited India to 114 in reply - a lead of 22.
Jenny Gunn claimed 5-19 while fellow seam bowler Kate Cross took 3-29 at the Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley.
England struggled once again with the bat in their second innings to be reduced to 110-6 at stumps.
Wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor - top scorer in England's first innings - remains unbeaten on 30 with Gunn two not out at the other end.
Taylor said: "We needed to dig in and stick around because India are in a strong position.
"It's not a natural role for me to defend but it was essential for the team and Jenny and I have a massive job ahead of us.
"I was nervous when I came in especially after losing quick wickets but I felt proud at the end of the day."
This Test is England's first match since they became full-time professionals in May when central contracts were given to 18 players.
After the four-day Test, the sides meet in three one-day internationals and before England play South Africa in three Twenty20 internationals.

England women v India

13-16 Aug: Only Test, Wormsley
21 Aug: 1st ODI, Scarborough
23 Aug: 2nd ODI, Scarborough
25 Aug: 3rd ODI, Lord's

England women v South Africa

1 Sep: 1st T20, Chelmsford
3 Sep: 2nd T20, Northampton
7 Sep: 3rd T20, Edgbaston

Monday, 11 August 2014

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal reported to ICC over bowling action

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal reported to ICC over bowling action

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) over a suspected illegal bowling action.
The 36-year-old raised concerns of match officials during the seven-wicket first Test defeat by Sri Lanka.
He is required to undergo testing within 21 days and is permitted to bowl in international cricket until the results are known.
Ajmal has taken 174 wickets in 34 Tests at an average of 27.79.
He is the leading wicket-taker in the County Championship this summer, having taken 63 wickets in nine matches for Worcestershire before joining up with Pakistan last month.
In February 2012, the Pakistan Cricket Board was forced to clarify Ajmal's claims that he had been given special dispensation to straighten his arm 23.5 degrees in his bowling action - more than the ICC's 15-degree limit.
After he took 24 wickets as Pakistan whitewashed England 3-0 in a Test series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Ajmal said he was allowed more leeway because an accident left his arm with a resting position of an 8.5-degree bend.
At the time, then-ICC general manager Dave Richardson, now the chief executive, said that Ajmal's action had "not been cleared for life".
The second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Colombo begins on Thursday.


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Stuart Broad may wear mask to play in England-India fifth Test


Stuart Broad may wear mask to play in England-India fifth Test

England pace bowler Stuart Broad may wear a protective mask to play in the final Test against India after suffering a broken nose.
Broad, 28, was struck by a Varun Aaron bouncer during England's fourth Test win at Old Trafford on Saturday.                                          
  
                                                                
 

He has been named in an unchanged 13-man squad for the fifth match at the The Oval, which begins on Friday.
Broad tweeted  on Sunday: "Little bit sore this morning but not too bad! On to The Oval! (With a mask)."
The Nottinghamshire all-rounder will see specialists this week before a decision is made on his fitness.
Broad had hooked Aaron for successive sixes but, looking for a repeat, top-edged the ball between the grille and peak of his helmet.
He retired hurt on 12 and did not take the field in India's second innings, heading to hospital where X-rays confirmed a fracture.
In his absence, Chris Woakes shared the new ball with James Anderson as the tourists were bowled out for 161 to give England an innings-and-54-run-win and a 2-1 series lead.
Steven Finn and Ben Stokes retain their places in the fifth Test squad, while fellow seamer Liam Plunkett is again left out after an ankle injury.
England squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wk), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Sam Robson (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

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