England Cricket Board's managing director Rob Key has lavished praise on Test captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum for turning around the team’s fortunes significantly in the post-Joe Root era. England endured a horror run in Test cricket under Root. However, things have taken a complete turn under the new captain-coach regime.
South Africa hammered England by an innings and 12 runs in the first Test of the three-match series at Lord’s on Friday, August 19. In a Test match that ended in three days, the Proteas were completely dominant over the Englishmen, bowling them out for 165 and 149.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the schedule for the white-ball series against Australia and South Africa, which will be played in India in September-October. India will take on Australia in 3 T20Is and South Africa in six white ball games before the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Team India’s stand-in captain Rishabh Pant has admitted that he is keen to make a significant contribution with the bat during the upcoming tour of England. The 24-year-old had a poor T20I series against South Africa at home, which ended on Sunday following the abandonment of the final T20I in Bengaluru due to rain.
Indian fast bowler Avesh Khan has hailed head coach Rahul Dravid after his fine four-wicket haul in the Rajkot T20I against South Africa. There were a few critics who felt that Avesh should have been replaced after he went wicketless in the first three matches of the series. However, the Indian think tank stuck to him and the 25-year-old delivered with figures of 4 for 18.
Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has stated that he tried to bowl quick leg breaks, but with a different seam position during the third T20I against South Africa on Tuesday. Having lost the first two matches, India were in a must-win position in Vizag. Defending a total of 179, Chahal claimed 3 for 20 as the hosts bowled out the visitors for 131 and registered a crucial 48-run victory.
Team India skipper Rishabh Pant lamented that his side was at least 10-15 runs short, batting first after losing the toss in the 2nd T20I against South Africa on Sunday (June 12) in Cuttack. He added that the Men in Blue fought back well with the ball in the first half but lost their way after that.
Team India’s captain for the T20I series against South Africa, Rishabh Pant, lamented that the wicket in Delhi got better to bat on in the second innings, as a result of which their bowlers could not build much pressure. The 24-year-old, however, gave credit to Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller, whose unbeaten 131-run stand lifted the Proteas to a record win.
India wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant has expressed relief at the fact that the home series against South Africa will be played without a bio-secure bubble in place. The BCCI has decided to do away with the bio-bubble for the five-match T20I series against South Africa, which will begin on June 9. Post COVID-19, most teams were forced to organize series’ in restricted environments keeping the safety of the players and fans in mind