Jos Buttler

Ben Stokes does not deserve warm reception from England fans - Michael Vaughan

<b>Former England captain Michael Vaughan says all-rounder Ben Stokes "does not deserve" a warm reception from England fans in the third Test against India on Saturday.</b><p>Stokes was involved in a fracas in Bristol last September but was found not guilty of affray on Tuesday.<p>The 27-year-old is set to …

Michael Vaughan

After that courtroom furore, now Ben Stokes is set for the Big Bash!

Ben Stokes's future is being weighed up in Australia as well as England with the authorities Down Under deciding whether to sanction a potential …

Sport (UK)

How do you fit Ben Stokes back in the England team?

The allrounder is available for selection following the conclusion of his trial. But it's not an easy task making room for him

Adil Rashid

When the dust settles on Ben Stokes saga, all concerned must take a long look at themselves

Ben Stokes’ efforts to redeem himself could begin as soon as Saturday if he is selected by England for the Third Test at Trent Bridge.<p>A five-for, a …

Ben Stokes

Lessons for Trent Bridge: pointers for England and India before third Test | Daniel Harris

India in danger of humiliation of a lifetime<p>Two weeks ago India were on the cusp of greatness. Already the best team in the world, a win in England would enshrine them as a team for the ages. And they knew that circumstances were in their favour, with the limited-overs series which preceded the …

Virat Kohli

Jos Buttler: England man blogs on 'selfless' Chris Woakes and 'amazing cricketer' Ben Stokes

"It just shows what a popular member of the team Woakesy is that everyone was out on the balcony for him when he reached three figures. He epitomises …

Cricket

Lord's fall-out: Kohli slides down a spot in ICC Test rankings, out-of-action Smith back on top

The India captain could only manage scores of 23 and 17 as his side crashed to an innings and 159-run loss to England.<p>Indian captain Virat Kohli on …

Kagiso Rabada

India vs England, 2nd Test: Player ratings

Here are The Statesman’s player ratings from the second Test match.<p>The second Test match between India and England started on the second day of the …

Virat Kohli

Beef on Team India's menu at Lord's, fans react on social media

India were left disappointed after lunch on Day 3 of the second Test as Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow piled on the runs for England at Lord's on …

Cricket

High five for Jimmy Anderson as England’s attack cuts through India

It was an idyllic day for England with little play but lots of progress. Seldom have they made such significant inroads with such minimal effort. Despite the regular intrusions of heavy showers England took a stranglehold on the game after putting India in to bat. For everyone else – and the Indian …

Virat Kohli

Jimmy Anderson: ‘Conditions were ideal. It’s so much fun when it’s like that’

Such was the ruthless nature of England’s performance in ideal bowling conditions at Lord’s on Friday that Jimmy Anderson, the architect of India’s 107 all out, felt they would have rolled out any batting line-up in world cricket for a similar total – including their own.<p>Figures of five for 20, …

Virat Kohli

James Anderson takes full advantage of swing conditions as England skittle India for 107

As one deluge passed, another arrived. At 5.10pm, the clouds finally cleared over Lord’s, allowing the second Test to resume after almost two days in …

Virat Kohli

Jos Buttler's day of second chances as England's slips don't prove costly

It's not just the covers that were doing the Hokey Cokey on the second day at Lord's. In, out, in, out ... the same applied to England's slip cordon, …

Virat Kohli

Ed Smith insists door isn't shut to Dawid Malan after Lord's axe

Ed Smith, England's national selector, has clarified his perceived criticism of Dawid Malan in the wake of the batsman's axing for the second Test …

Dawid Malan

Ward drops the mic!

England Test captain Joe Root's desire to prove himself as a top-level T20 cricketer is set to see him squeeze in a brief spell in the Big Bash in …

Sport (UK)

I was good but not great because they picked me too late - so young Ollie Pope's England Test debut has come at the right time

There is not a lot of advice you can give a young kid on debut like Ollie Pope other than watch the ball and trust yourself. He will be brimming with youthful enthusiasm and he is lucky to be walking into a side containing three of England’s greatest ever players and a captain with 6,000 Test …

Michael Vaughan

Joe Root deflects captaincy praise onto team-mates and eyes consistency

There was still a noticeable spring in Joe Root's step on the eve of the second Test at Lord's, undoubtedly due to the lingering warm glow of that …

Virat Kohli

Who is Ben Stokes' wife Clare Ratcliffe? Glam WAG who is standing by cricketer's side over brawl case

Ben Stokes has hit headlines over his brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol last September, for which he is currently standing trial.<p>But while the …

Cricket

England’s Joe Root backs Ollie Pope to overcome lack of experience at No 4

Joe Root expects Ollie Pope to demonstrate his maturity as England continue to embrace youth by entrusting him with the No 4 position, despite the 20‑year‑old never having batted there for his county.<p>You have to go back to The Wanderers in 1999 for the last time an England batsman made his Test …

Virat Kohli

Jos Buttler column: Edgbaston thriller, Sam Curran's star turn and James Anderson's golfing mishap

"Sam is a bit of a cheeky young kid, loving every minute of it, as you'd expect from a 20-year-old lad. He is a terrible footballer though. Truly …

Sam Curran

Ben Stokes and the Lord's Test: what England's senior players must do to make up for all-rounder's absence

Certain England senior players will have to step up to make good the absence of Ben Stokes in the second Test against India which starts at Lord’s on Thursday.<p>Alastair Cook<p>Ed Smith, the national selector, is well aware of the law of diminishing returns – that is, how senior players hang on to their …

Cricket

Afghanistan spinner Zahir Khan joins Lancashire

Lancashire have signed Afghanistan left-arm wristspinner Zahir Khan for the remainder of the season.<p>Zahir, 19, has an impressive record with both red …

Rajasthan Royals

Sawyer takes the mic

The RFU are at civil war with some Twickenham grandees who are concerned about the way the body are managing their financial affairs.<p>Former RFU chief …

Sport (UK)

England selector Ed Smith is ruthless and brave... but his true acid test is still to come as he bids to catapult his country up the world rankings

I’ve been impressed so far with almost everything Ed Smith has done in his first couple of months as England’s national selector.<p>I’ve worked with …

Sport (UK)

Battle between James Anderson and Virat Kohli promises to be an epic after opening skirmish

@SamDrury11<p>In a match filled with so many memorable moments, Shikhar Dhawan dropping the ball into the offside and scurrying through for a single on …

Virat Kohli

Ben Stokes' absence adds to England's batting concerns for Trevor Bayliss

England coach Trevor Bayliss admitted the team are "under no illusions" about the improvements they will have to make if they are to retain a lead in …

Virat Kohli

Alex Hales, his cricket career highlights, future wife, tattoos and controversies including Bristol nightclub attack

Alex Hales hasn't had the best 12 months.<p>In September 2017, he was on a night out in Bristol with England team-mate Ben Stokes and others when there …

Sport (UK)

England select Ollie Pope for second Test with India as Malan is dropped

A little plume of smoke may have been visible over ECB towers and a new Pope was selected: Ollie Pope, the 20‑year‑old Surrey batsman who has played 15 first-class games in his life and whose 16th may well be a Lord’s Test against India with the stands heaving.<p>Ed Smith, the chief selector, who is …

Cricket

India vs England 1st Test: Sussex captain reveals person behind Ishant Sharma's sudden massive improvement as a pacer

With a mere lead of 13 runs, when England came to bat for the second time, they lasted at the crease for some 50-odd overs in the ongoing first Test …

India News

England out for 180; India need 194 to win first Test

Birmingham, Aug 3 (IANS) India bowled out England for 180 in their second innings at tea on the third day, getting a target of 194 runs to win the …

Sam Curran