England crush India by 266 runs to level series 1-1

Needing to bat out the whole day with six wickets in hand in order to save the match, Indian batting crumbled in the first session itself getting bundled out for a meagre 178 in 66.4 overs in a completely lopsided contest at the Ageas Bowl. It was one of the biggest defeats for India in terms of runs on English soil but not their worst, having lost a Test match

Moeen Ali banned from wearing 'Save Gaza' wristbands

England batsman Moeen Ali has been warned not to wear wristbands showing support for Gaza during the third Test with India any more. The 27-year-old wore bands saying “Free Palestine” and “Save Gaza” on the second day in Southampton. International Cricket Council rules state players should not wear messages relating to “political, religious or racial activities”  during matches.   A spokesman told BBC Sport Moeen was “warned not to wear

Steven Gerrard retires from international football

England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international soccer, the Football Association said on Monday.    The Liverpool midfielder won 114 caps for his country after making his debut in a 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley in 2000. “I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country, and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won’t pull on the England shirt again,” he told

Ishant Sharma bowls India to historic Lord's win

Ishant Sharma claimed seven wickets to bowl India to a 95-run victory over England in the second test at Lord’s on Monday, their first overseas win since 2011. India’s second victory at the home of cricket and first since 1986 continued England’s miserable year after series defeats by Australia and Sri Lanka. Resuming at 105 for four in pursuit of 319, Joe Root and Moeen Ali survived until the final

James Anderson faces prospect of two-Test ban for "abusing" Jadeja

England pace spearhead James Anderson on Tuesday faced the prospect of a ban of two to four Tests after he was charged with a level three offence for allegedly “abusing and pushing” India`s Ravindra Jadeja during the first cricket Test at Trent Bridge.Anderson has been charged under Level 3 of ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel by India team manager Sunil Dev following the alleged incident

Australia rout England to win Ashes 5-0

Australia completed a 5-0 Ashes clean sweep against England on Sunday as the hapless tourists crumbled to a humiliating 281-run defeat in the fifth Test in Sydney. Demoralised England capitulated after tea against the home side’s pace attack, losing seven wickets in 52 minutes on their way to being bundled out for 166 in 31.4 overs — getting nowhere near the 448 target for victory. It was the sixth time

The Ashes: George Bailey equals Brian Lara's Test record

Australian batsman George Bailey equaled Brian Lara’s Test record for most runs off an over against England in Perth on Monday. West Indian great Lara hit 28 runs off an over from South Africa’s Robin Peterson in Johannesburg in 2003. Bailey matched the feat when he took the same tally off paceman Jimmy Anderson in the final over of Australia’s second innings on the fourth day of the third Test.

England players celebrate Ashes win by urinating on Oval pitch

In an embarrassing display about five hours after the last Ashes Test was stopped due to bad light with England close to victory, the players gathered near the Oval pitch and urinated on it in turns to the cheers of their teammates. According to news.com.au, while the centre of the ground was quite dark, lights were on in the grandstands with dozens of people still cleaning up after a late finish,

India has self-belief to retain World Cup: Kapil Dev

India’s 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev feels the growing self belief of the Indian cricket team that they can win regularly outside their own borders could hold them in good stead to defend the 2015 World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand. Indian sides have notoriously played like champs at home and chumps overseas, but Kapil thinks the country’s triumph at this year’s Champions Trophy in the

India to open World Cup defence against Pakistan on Feb 15

Defending champions India will take on arch-foes Pakistan in their opening match of the 2015 ICC cricket World Cup to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29. Placed in the relatively easy Group B, India, who won the 2011 event after defeating Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai, will start their title defence on February 15. Incidentally, India have never lost to

Dhoni is most intuitive captain since Kapil

“Dhoni has been an outstanding captain, his record is terrific and he has done wonders for Indian cricket,” gushes Sourav Ganguly about MS Dhoni. Hitherto the man with the most successful record as Indian captain and one who changed the image of the Indian captain, Ganguly enjoys an exalted status in Indian cricket. But even he willingly acknowledges the wonderful things that Dhoni has worked out the game in this

MS Dhoni hails India's champion spirit

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised the mental resilience of his side after they beat England by just five runs in a thrilling Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston on Sunday. England, still to win a global one-day international tournament after what was their fifth defeat in a final, were 110 for four come the 18th over chasing 130 after India made 129 for seven in a match reduced by rain