Gleeson might have been lost to the game but for an impressive spell with Cumberland in the minor counties. He was subsequently signed on a match-by-match basis by Northants and made his first-class debut aged 27. Barely 18 months later, he was called up to the Lions squad. He is now 32 but, with blessed with sharp pace and a good yorker, that England cap remains tantalisingly close. … [Read more...] about Who are the new names in England frame?
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Speaking to IANS over the phone, DCP Central, Sanjay Bhatia said: "Yesterday at about 3.30 PM the said car was parked in front of the house and in morning the same was found stolen. Accordingly, a regular FIR is being registered. We also have the CCTV footage and the same is being scrutinized." … [Read more...] about Shocking! SUV belongs to Gautam Gambhir’s father stolen
Cook, born on Christmas Day in 1984, was the gift that kept on giving for England. Plucked from the county circuit as a prodigy who already had a double century for Essex against Australia, Cook piled on the Test runs for his country, including a ton on his debut in 2006 against India. On this day in 2015, the then-captain Cook passed his Essex mentor Graham Gooch to become England's all-time leading Test run-scorer during an innings of 75 against New Zealand at Headingley. Not content with overtaking Gooch's mark of 8,900 runs, Cook went on to achieve another May 30 feat 12 months later, becoming the first Englishman to tally 10,000 Test runs. He reached that total on the way to England securing a nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street. … [Read more...] about On this day in sport: Babe Ruth’s farewell, Liverpool rock Roma, Tyson topples Thomas and Cook’s twin feats
The biggest with only one score between 50 and 99 is England's 363 against Pakistan at Headingley earlier this month, in which the highest individual score was Jos Buttler's 80 not out. That beat the old record, India's 358 against West Indies in Kolkata in 2002-03, when Sanjay Bangar made 77. And the highest with no half-centuries at all is South Africa's 313 against England in Johannesburg in 2015-16, when Dean Elgar top-scored with 46: everyone else made double figures, with eight of them reaching 20. … [Read more...] about Which non-Test player has scored the most ODI hundreds?
But because nobody goes gaga for his strokeplay, we fall back to his leadership to praise his batting. And in that passes by the great skill and technique; the range of strokes; the occasionally and deceptively loose wrists that kept singles coming; the strength of forearm that kept boundaries coming; the movement of the feet to spin as he expanded his game; the understanding of different conditions and bowlers, to remember that one bowler does this here and that somewhere else - just a few of the very tangible tools that signal to us nothing about captaincy but everything about great batting. … [Read more...] about Don’t forget Graeme Smith, the batsman