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Ind vs Eng, 2021 – Shreyas Iyer out of England ODIs; set to miss at least first half of IPL also

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It is likely that Rishabh Pant, the Delhi Capitals vice-captain, will lead them until Iyer returns

Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the remaining two England ODIs after hurting his left shoulder in the field during the series opener on Tuesday night in Pune. ESPNcricinfo understands Iyer, who dislocated his shoulder, is set to miss the first half of the IPL where he is the captain of the Delhi Capitals.

On Tuesday Iyer was taken for scans immediately after he walked off the field during the eighth over of England’s chase. In a flash medical update at the time the BCCI said Iyer had “subluxated” (partially dislocated) his left shoulder. Although the BCCI is yet to announce Iyer’s exit from the England series, it is understood that the injury will take several weeks to heal, putting in doubt Iyer’s return for the IPL. It is understood that Iyer is likely to undergo surgery on the left shoulder which he has injured thrice since the 2020 IPL. In case Iyer does undergo surgery, his recovery period could stretch to a few months.

Iyer’s absence is unlikely to hurt India’s gameplans for the remaining two matches in the ODI series considering there is more than one option on bench in Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill.

It is the Capitals who will feel the pain of Iyer’s injury considering he is not only their leader but also a key batsman in the top order. It is likely that Rishabh Pant, who is the vice-captain, will lead the Capitals until Iyer returns.

This is the second time in the last six months that Iyer has suffered a shoulder injury, having picked one during the white-ball segment of the Australia tour. Before joining the India squad for the limited-overs series against England, Iyer had played in just four of the eight 50-overs matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Mumbai, in which he scored two centuries.

The timing of his injury will also concern Lancashire, who had signed Iyer for the Royal London Cup (50-overs tournament) in the summer. Iyer was meant to join Lancashire from July 15.

Iyer had a prolific IPL season in 2020 and led the Capitals to the final, in which they lost to the Mumbai Indians. Iyer was the fourth-highest run-scorer then, and second-highest for the Capitals, with a tally of 519 runs behind KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner.

The Capitals’ first game is on the second day of the 2021 IPL, against the Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai.

Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo





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Alex Davies to trade Lancashire for Warwickshire at season’s end

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Wicketkeeper-batter says time is right for “new challenge” as he seeks England honours

Alex Davies will leave Lancashire to join Warwickshire on a three-year deal at the end of this season.

Wicketkeeper-batter Davies, who linked up with Southern Brave on Monday ahead of The Hundred, said he saw the move as a chance to press for England selection and that it was the right time “to look for a new challenge”.

“Warwickshire are a massive club with a proud tradition of winning,” Davies said. “The Bears squad have potential to win trophies and I want to contribute to future success. At the same time, I remain totally committed to my ambition to play cricket for England and I believe that Warwickshire can help me do that. I have loved my time at Old Trafford and am now looking forward to an exciting next chapter in my journey.”

Davies made his first-team debut in 2011, going on to become the first Lancashire keeper to score 1,000 first-class runs in 2017. He has made 90 appearances in red-ball cricket, scoring 4,682 runs at an average of 36.57 and he has 170 catches and 16 stumpings.

Davies has also excelled in white-ball games as part of the Lancashire Lightning side that won the 2015 Blast. In T20s, he averages 27.40 with 42 catches and 10 stumpings and, in List A, he has made 1,380 runs at 32.08, with 48 catches and 11 stumpings.

Davies has largely played this season as a top-order batter with Dane Vilas keeping wicket for Lancashire. Middlesex wicketkeeper John Simpson got the nod for England honours when a new-look white-ball squad had to be plucked from the counties for the recent ODI series against Pakistan following a spate of positive Covid tests within the original group.

Paul Farbrace, Warwickshire’s director of cricket, described Davies’ signing as “huge” for the county.

“Alex has firmly established himself as one of the best wicketkeeper-batters in the domestic game and he knows what it takes to win,” Farbrace said. “In the red-ball game Alex has broken Lancashire records, whilst in white-ball cricket he bats with a fearless approach that can change the course of games.

“To have a player of his calibre want to join Warwickshire with an ambition to win trophies and push for international selection is a fantastic boost to everyone connected with the club. Aged only 26, we believe that Alex’s best years are ahead of him and we’re committed to giving him the best platform possible to push for a place in the England team across all formats.”

Paul Allott, Farbrace’s counterpart at Lancashire, said: “We are sad to see Alex leave Lancashire, but respect his decision to move on. On behalf of everybody at the club, I would like to thank Alex for his commitment and efforts during his time at Emirates Old Trafford and wish him well for the next stage of his career.”



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John Woodcock, legendary former Times cricket correspondent, dies aged 94

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Tributes paid to ‘doyen’ of profession, who wrote on cricket for the Times for 65 years

John Woodcock, the doyen of English cricket writing, has died at the age of 94.

Woodcock, who lived almost his entire life in the village of Longparish in Hampshire, was cricket correspondent of The Times from 1954 to 1987, and continued to contribute articles after his retirement – the last of which turned out to be an appreciation of Ben Stokes’ match-winning hundred at Headingley in 2019.

He also served as editor of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack for six editions from 1980, where he “immediately increased the status and literary quality of an institution that was starting to ossify”, according to his colleague and eventual successor as editor, Matthew Engel, in his tribute in The Guardian.

Few men in history can have been witness to more live Test matches than Woodcock, who watched his first as a nine-year-old in 1936 when England took on India at Lord’s, before travelling to Australia in 1950-51 as an assistant to EW Swanton, for whom he was tasked with shooting cine-film footage for the BBC, in the wake of a brief stint as their scorer in 1948.

At Headingley in 1952, he covered his first Test match as a reporter for the Manchester Guardian – a match made famous by Fred Trueman’s 0 for 4 scoreline. Then in 1954-55, he returned to Australia for his first assignment as the Times’ (then-unbylined) correspondent, travelling on the SS Orsova alongside Len Hutton’s team, with whom he struck up many life-long friendships.

A self-styled “cricket writer” rather than a journalist, he rarely broke stories but covered every match with an unparalleled detail and a beautifully under-stated turn of phrase.

“He was the most thorough watcher of a day’s cricket I’ve ever known,” Henry Blofeld, the former Test Match Special commentator, said in a tribute to mark Woodcock’s Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing Award in 2018. “If I was watching the same day of cricket that he was, I would open the Times the next day and read in it at least two points I’d never seen. He was a very close examiner of the game and any report he wrote was always worth reading.”

Other former colleagues of Woodcock’s paid tribute on Twitter, including those whose playing careers he covered. “One of the finest of cricket writers, and wonderful company,” wrote Mike Atherton, the former England captain who has followed in Woodcock’s footsteps as Times correspondent since 2008.

Mike Selvey, the former Guardian correspondent and England seamer, paid his own tribute on Twitter. “The finest of all cricket writers,” he wrote. “The Doyen. The Godfather. You wanted context, he could provide it because he’d seen so much.”

“One of cricket’s greatest friends and writers,” added Derek Pringle, who followed his own England career by becoming cricket correspondent of the Independent and later the Daily Telegraph. “John Woodcock was the kind of scribe we’d all like to be – elegant, informative and generous with a beautiful turn of phrase.”



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The Hundred 2021 – Sandeep Lamichhane in doubt for Hundred opening rounds after visa hitch

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Nepalese legspinner awaiting clearance to play for Oval Invincibles


Sandeep Lamichhane
is a doubt for the opening games of the Hundred due to visa issues.

Lamichhane, the Nepalese legspinner, is due to play for Oval Invincibles in the competition on a £60,000 deal but his availability is now uncertain. He had also been due to play for Worcestershire in the Vitality Blast earlier in the summer but was forced to pull out of his deal shortly before the tournament after delays in his visa’s approval.

Lamichhane’s agent confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that he has arrived in the UK and that Monday was the ninth day of a mandatory 10-day quarantine period he spent in a government-approved hotel, but that despite being allowed into the country on a Tier 5 visa, he is not permitted to play in the Hundred as things stand.

“At the moment, we’re unsure,” Sam Billings, the Invincibles’ men’s captain, said. “I obviously heard that today and fingers crossed he can get here. It’s been a difficult time for a lot of players with the various restrictions and things around the world. Hopefully that can get resolved [because] he’s a special talent. If not, back to the drawing board.”

At this stage, the Invincibles are expected to field only two of their permitted three overseas players in their opening game against Manchester Originals on Thursday night, with Colin Ingram and Sunil Narine both in London and available for selection.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Tabraiz Shamsi, the South African left-arm wristspinner who is No. 1 in the ICC’s T20I bowling rankings, has been lined up as a potential replacement in the event that Lamichhane is ruled out of the tournament altogether.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98



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