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Tendulkar’s Plaudits for Alastair Cook

September 4, 2018

Item in Cricket Age,  4 September 2018,

Sachin Tendulkar has paid tribute to former England captain Alastair Cook, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday. “#AlastairCook has been one of the finest batsmen to have represented @ECB_cricket, and his conduct on-field and off it, has been impeccable,” said Tendulkar in his tweet. Tendulkar is just one of many current and former cricketers who have paid tribute to Cook, who will play his final Test, his 161st, at the Oval starting on September 7.

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Pulsating Test Cricket in England says Joe Root

September 3, 2018

Vipin Darwade in Cricket Age, 3 September 2018, with this title “India-England series shows Test cricket is alive and kicking”

The hard-fought five-match series against India shows that Test cricket is still alive and kicking, said skipper Joe Root after England secured a 60-run win in the fourth rubber to take a series-clinching 3-1 lead. “I think it’s a really good sign for Test cricket. It shows that for me Test cricket is still alive and kicking — very much at the pinnacle of the sport,” Root said.

Credit to India — they’ve played some really fine cricket throughout, not just this game but the whole series. It must have been great viewing for people at home to see the way that especially the first game and this one, how tight they’ve been, how it swung both ways.”

Pic from Getty Images

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A Miracle at Lords: England Down India in Thriller … Now, Now Where were you Then?

July 28, 2018

Melinda Farrell in ESPNcricinfo, 24 July 2018, “Where were you?”

Where were you when England won the World Cup?

Where were you on Sunday morning when the queues to get into the ground, half of them women and girls, stretched along Wellington Parade almost the entire way to St John’s Wood station? Were you in the excited, buzzing throng, ignoring the touts? Who could have imagined they would ever hear the slightly seedy muttering of “Buy or sell any tickets? Buy or sell any tickets?” on their way to a women’s match?

 Alex Hartley enjoys taking the wicket of Harmanpreet Kaur AFP

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Records Galore as England Thrash Australia

June 20, 2018

George Dobell, in ESPNcricinfo,

England 481 for 6 (Hales 147, Bairstow 139) beat Australia 239 (Rashid 4-47, Moeen 3-28) by 242 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England thrashed the highest score in the history of ODI cricket to set up the most crushing defeat – in terms of runs – ever inflicted upon Australia.

On the same Trent Bridge ground where they plundered the previous record – 444 for 3 against Pakistan in August 2016 in the most recent completed ODI on the ground – England thrashed 21 sixes and 41 fours in becoming the first side to reach 450 in ODI history. Only once in the 56-year history of List A cricket – when Surrey scored 496 for 4 against Gloucestershire at The Oval  in 2007 – has any side scored more.

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That Ground-Breaking Scotland-England Match: Implications

June 11, 2018

ONE: The Statistical Story

371 – Scotland’s total, the highest by any Associate team in ODIs.The previous highest was Kenya’s 347 for 3 against Bangladesh in 1997. Scotland’s previous best was 341, against Canada in 2014. In matches between an Associate and a Full Member team, the next highest is Ireland’s 331 for 8 against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup. (Afghanistan made 333 for 3 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah, but that was after they gained official Test status.)

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Flower of Scotland down English in Nail-Biting Finish

June 11, 2018

Peter Della Penna, in ESPNcricinfo, June 2018, where the title is The Stockbridge soundtrack to Scotland’s sensational Sunday”

Five minutes before the start of play on Sunday morning at The Grange, a bagpiper led the players onto the field. Moments later, the Scotland players cleared their throats to sing “Flower of Scotland”. The consensus amongst local journalists in the media box who had stood on the boundary edge to take it in was that none of Scotland’s 13-man squad was ever going to stand a chance against Paul Potts in a sing-off, let alone any other contestant past or present on Britain’s Got Talent.

But a funny thing happened. As the players’ off-key voices grew louder, so did those of the Stockbridge faithful who had poured into The Grange through the gates off Arboretum Avenue to the east and Portgower Place to the west. The fans didn’t care how they sounded, and the players had sung their last false note of the day. From here on, their willows would produce a melody for the ages.

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Al-Jazeera’s Sensation: Two More Presentations

May 28, 2018

ONE =Sport24: Sri Lanka suspends two caught in pitch-fixing sting,” https://m.sport24.co.za/Cricket/sri-lanka-suspends-two-caught-in-pitch-fixing-sting-20180527

Colombo – Sri Lanka Cricket on Sunday suspended a player and a groundsman who allegedly agreed to tamper with the pitch to alter the result of an upcoming Test against England, as police launched an investigation into the claims.The Sri Lankan board (SLC) said it had suspended the curator of the Galle International Stadium as well as a professional player, who were featured in an Al Jazeera documentary on corruption in cricket. The board also lodged a complaint with the local police, who launched a criminal investigation into the scandal exposed by the Doha-based television network.

 A View of the Galle Cricket Ground from the Fort -where marriages are made beyond the bed

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