“So that conversation was… when he said that to me, said he was done, he was finished with international cricket, as a friend, my first instinct was ‘I’m here for you, and I’ll support you, if you feel like you’re at the end of your career and you don’t want to do it anymore, then that’s okay – I support that decision 100 per cent’. … [Read more...] about Faf Du Plessis Opens up on AB De Villiers’ International Retirement: ‘Friend in me Trumped The Captain in me’
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Hardest worker?That's a tough one. Graham Gooch or Alec Stewart, I'd say. Stewart was such a professional, but I'll go with Gooch. I remember after he scored a magnificent 150 against the West Indies on a difficult pitch at Headingley in 1991 he was straight back in the nets the next day getting throw-downs. He'd work so hard at his training. He was always in the gym or going for runs and would net as hard as anyone I'd seen. He left nothing to chance. … [Read more...] about Cricket team-mates – Nasser Hussain: Michael Atherton easiest man to captain
Who was once no-balled for throwing in a Test for impersonating a bowler he thought should have been no-balled for throwing? asked Mick O'Brien from EnglandAbid Ali, who was called for throwing in the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch in 1967-68. The New Zealand fast bowler Gary Bartlett had put his side on top by taking 6 for 38, but the tourists felt his bowling action was suspect. Chandu Borde, India's vice-captain, was in no doubt: "Bartlett was a pronounced chucker, and it stood out a mile," he wrote. "When we were making a fight of it in our second innings, Bartlett flattened the stumps of me and Pataudi in a single over to swing the Test in his team's favour." … [Read more...] about Who has top-scored in the most Test innings for England?
Maxwell, playing his first international cricket since last October, played two shots against Rashid that were probably uncalled for in the situations - driving to cover in the first match and reverse sweeping to fine leg in the third - but they are part of the package that comes with him. He has it in him to win matches off his own bat and his offspin is very useful. … [Read more...] about Do Australia know their best middle order for T20s?
According to reports, Sarfaraz became apprehensive the moment he was told he was in the playing XI for the final T20, which Pakistan won, as he had trained for three hours in the nets without knowing he was to play and had gotten tired. … [Read more...] about Overlooked for almost entire tour, Sarfaraz was not keen to play last match in England