Sunny to replace Gazi in Test squad

Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny has replaced Sohag Gazi in Bangladesh’s squad for the two-Test series in the West Indies. Sunny will leave Dhaka on Tuesday to join the team in St Vincent for the first Test, which starts on September 5.

Gazi returned home from St Kitts along with Mohammad Mithun, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza and Taskin Ahmed. He had to submit documents to apply for a UK visa because he is required to be at the Cardiff Metropolitan University by September 19 to have his bowling action tested. Gazi was reported by the umpires after the second ODI against West Indies. Read more

India pile pressure on Cook

Match facts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Start time 10.30am local (0930 GMT)

Big Picture

It feels like only a few weeks ago that Alastair Cook was batting off questions about his form and captaincy. In fact, it was only a few weeks ago. This time, however, it seems unlikely that India will roll over to have their tummies tickled, as happened in the Tests. They cannot be beaten in the ODIs and could claim a first bilateral series victory in England since 1990 with a third consecutive win at Edgbaston.

It was in Birmingham last summer that India lifted the Champions Trophy, after MS Dhoni stuck an Ishant Sharma-shaped spanner in England’s well-oiled machine. Since then, England have lost 12 out of 20 completed one-day games and the failure to beat India will extend their run without a series victory at home (the last was against Australia in 2012) into a third year. At the start of a lengthy one-day run-up to the World Cup, England are struggling to go through the gears. Read more

Clarke unhappy with Smith omission

Australia captain Michael Clarke has expressed displeasure with the XI he was given by the selectors, after his side’s three-wicket defeat against Zimbabwe in Harare. While criticising the team’s performance against spin on a slow wicket, Clarke also said Australia had missed Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson, both of whom were not picked for this game.

“I think our middle-order batting certainly missed Steve Smith, he’s a very good player of spin and it was disappointing he wasn’t out there to combat those conditions, but that was the way the selectors went,” Clarke said after Australia had lost an ODI to Zimbabwe after 31 years. “I want to take nothing away from Zimbabwe. I think they outplayed us and they certainly deserved to win today. Read more

Robin Uthappa Eyes India’s Opening Slot With Good Show in New Season

With Rohit Sharma nursing a finger injury and Shikhar Dhawan struggling with his form, India discard Robin Uthappa is eager to earn the opening slot in the national team with some good performances in the upcoming season, which ends with 2015 World Cup. (Also read: IPL 2013 Probe: Supreme Court Gives Mudgal Panel Two Month Extension to Complete Investigations)

“I think we can do with another opener and I believe I have been justifying that with big performances. I am hopeful that few more good performances can give me back that spot,” he told PTI on the sidelines of an event earmarking his association with Sports Mantra.Read more

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Hails Team’s Historic Win vs Australia

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has hailed the national cricket team for its historic three-wicket win over Australia in an ODI in the ongoing triangular series here Sunday. (Related: Defeat rips open Australia’s scars)

The Fox Sports reported that Mugabe, who is also the patron of Zimbabwe Cricket, was “very very happy” with the team’s first win over Australia in 31 years.Read more

Durham v Nottinghamshire: 14 wickets tumble on first day

Fourteen wickets fell on day one between Durham and Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street.

Ajmal Shahzad (3-71) and Samit Patel (2-20) helped bowl Durham out for only 253, following a 62-run third-wicket partnership between Mark Stoneman (55) and Michael Richardson (73).

The away side were reduced to 3-2 as John Hastings dismissed Steven Mullaney and James Taylor without scoring.

Notts ended on 66-4 as Patel (26) fell to Paul Coughlin, trailing by 187 runs. Read more

England v India: Peter Moores defends Alastair Cook’s ODI role

England coach Peter Moores insists skipper Alastair Cook can be an influential batsman in one-day cricket.

Last week ex-England spinner Graeme Swann said Cook should not be in the one-day team as he scores too slowly.

“Alastair has taken some criticism but is a very good one-day player with five hundreds and 19 fifties,” Moores said. Read more

England v India: Jason Roy & James Taylor in Twenty20 squad

England have named uncapped Surrey batsman Jason Roy in their 14-man squad for the Twenty20 international against India at Edgbaston on 7 September.

Roy, 24, was the leading T20 Blast run-scorer with 677 at an average of 48.35 and a strike rate of almost 160.

But he needed an X-ray to show his right thumb was not broken batting against New Zealand A on Sunday.

All-rounder Ravi Bopara, seamer Tim Bresnan and batsman James Taylor are also called up. Read more

Ramdin, Bravo centuries flay Bangladesh

Denesh Ramdin wouldn’t have had as much fun on a cricket field as on Monday afternoon at Warner Park. His belligerent 169 contributed to the highest third-wicket partnership in ODIs with Darren Bravo, who also accumulated a century, and ensured West Indies completed a 3-0 whitewash by 91 runs.

The hosts were catapulted to 338 for 7 in 50 overs, a score that was well out of Bangladesh’s reach especially at a time when their batsmen are scraping the bottom of the confidence barrel. But they did show signs of a fight after the hiding, playing out their full quota of overs to make 247 for 8.

Bangladesh were 2 for 2 in the second over and were threatening to sink further, before Tamim Iqbal struck his first international fifty after 18 innings and more than nine months. Tamim added 99 runs for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim, who top-scored with 72. However, the last hopes Bangladesh had faded away when Mushfiqur holed out in the deep in the 37th over. Read more

Unforgiving Australia expose Zimbabwe’s cracks

“Get ready for a broken f***ing window,” Mitchell Johnson didn’t say to Elton Chigumbura as he strode out to bat, though a warning to the television commentators, who were sprayed by shards of glass after Johnson’s monstrous mow down the ground smashed a press-box window, might have been charitable. Charity, however, has never been the Australian way.

For Zimbabwe, charity clearly begins at home and their meek showing surely helped Australia ease into the tour, if they had any rust to shake off after a five-month lay-off. Australia have only been in the country since Thursday, but there was more intensity to their centre-wicket practice at the Country Club on Saturday than there was at any point during this match – until Johnson shattered the peace. Read more