Mushfiqur Rahim, Kathryn Bryce voted ICC players of the month

DUBAI: Former Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Scottish all-rounder Kathryn Bryce were on Monday adjudged the ICC Players of the Month for May in the men’s and women’s categories respectively. The winners were announced by the ICC in a press release. Diminutive wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur played one Test and three ODIs against Sri Lanka in…

Swinging ball could be a problem for Rohit Sharma: Scott

NEW DELHI: Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris feels India opener Rohit Sharma might find it difficult to negotiate the swinging ball during the World Test Championship final against the Kiwis, beginning in Southampton on June 18. Head groundsman at Southampton, Simon Lee has made it clear that they are aiming to produce a fast…

WTC Final: New Zealand's variety of fast bowlers will challenge

NEW DELHI: Former Team India wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel feels Virat Kohli needs to give himself a bit of time in regards to his batting ahead of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand. “I think probably he will have to give himself a bit of time and try to think about what…

Rahane offers Test batting tips to Mithali & Co ahead

NEW DELHI: Playing close to the body, working on mindset and setting small targets are some of tips that Indian men’s Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane gave to Mithali Raj & Co ahead of their first red-ball game in seven years, against England. According to sources in the know of developments, Rahane, a Test specialist…

England wasn't at their strongest against New Zealand, says Paine

MELBOURNE (Australia): Australia Test skipper Tim Paine on Monday said England wasn’t at their strongest in the series against New Zealand and the Joe Root-led squad will be different in the Ashes this year. England lost the two-match Test series against New Zealand 0-1 after facing a defeat at the hands of the Kiwis in…

WTC Final: Winner to take home purse of $1

DUBAI: The winner of the upcoming World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will walk away with a prize money of $1.6 million along with the Test Championship Mace, the International Cricket Council said on Monday. India and New Zealand will battle it out for the prestigious title at Southampton on June 18.…

'These quicks are dominating': Kohli on Ishant Sharma and Mohammed

SOUTHAMPTON (UK): India skipper Virat Kohli has hailed the dominating performance of Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj in the nets and in the intra-squad game as the team gears up for the final of the World Test Championships at the Ageas Bowl. “These quicks are dominating every day,” tweeted Kohli alongside a picture with Siraj…

ICC looking at same points per Test win from next

NEW DELHI: The much-debated World Test Championship points system is set to undergo a change during the second edition where all teams will get “same standardised number of points” for winning a game rather than the 120 allocated per series, ICC interim CEO Geoff Allardice said on Monday. During the last cycle, the value for…

Picked Rahane's brains, we are mentally prepared for England: Harmanpreet

BRISTOL: Indian women’s team vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Monday said the squad is mentally prepared to take on mighty hosts England in its first Test in seven years, especially after “picking the brains” of red-ball specialist Ajinkya Rahane. India and England will play a one-off Test here from Wednesday, which will start the visitors’ full-fledged…

Best-of-three WTC final not realistic, says ICC

NEW DELHI: Deciding the World Test Championship (WTC) in a best-of-three final is not a realistic idea in a crowded calendar, the governing International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday. India and New Zealand will contest a one-off match in Southampton on Friday for test cricket’s biggest honour, along with the Test Championship Mace and…