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BCCI awaiting exemption for family members of squad

The Indian contingent that will head to the UK for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and the five-match Test series against England this summer will undergo a hard quarantine, spanning two weeks, starting May 19. Also part of this plan will be the Indian women’s squad, which is scheduled to play a one-off Test followed by three ODIs and three T20Is. Both the Indian squads will assemble in Mumbai and are likely to fly out together on a charter flight to London on June 2.

As per the BCCI’s plan, the 20 players in the men’s Test squad, excluding those residing in Mumbai, will start their quarantine at the team hotel from Wednesday. The BCCI has arranged charter flights that will pick up all the players, coaches and support staff from different parts of India and bring them to Mumbai.

From May 24 onwards the rest of the squad and members of the team management residing in Mumbai, including Indian captain Virat Kohli, his deputy Ajinkya Rahane, senior batsman Rohit Sharma along with head coach Ravi Shastri, will enter the bio-secure bubble at the Mumbai team hotel. The Mumbai group will also serve a strict home quarantine starting on May 19.

To ensure the bubble is completely secure, the BCCI has arranged for all members – both the men’s and women’s squads – to get three negative tests before they board the flights to Mumbai. There will be further testing done at the team hotel in Mumbai before they embark on the London flight.

Saha to join Mumbai bubble later

Wriddhiman Saha, who is one of the two wicketkeepers along with Rishabh Pant for the WTC final and the England series, will join the Mumbai bubble in the week leading to the England departure. Saha had tested positive for Covid-19 during his stay in the Delhi leg of the IPL where he plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad. ESPNcricinfo has learned that Saha, who has been in quarantine for two weeks, has got the BCCI permission to visit his family in Kolkata before he heads to Mumbai to join the Indian Test squad.



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Recent Match Report – West Indies vs South Africa 1st Test 2021

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Jason Holder was the most successful bowler for West Indies, picking up 4 for 75

South Africa 322 (de Kock 141*, Holder 4-75) lead West Indies 97 (Holder 20, Ngidi 5-19, Nortje 4-35) by 225 runs

Quinton de Kock‘s career-best took South Africa’s lead past 200 and put them in a commanding position in the St Lucia Test. In his first innings since being relieved of the captaincy, de Kock batted with freedom and assurance and ushered the tail, to take South Africa from 233 for 8 to their third total over 300 in their last nine Tests.

This was de Kock’s sixth Test century, and the first since October 2019 when he scored 111 against India in Visakhapatnam. He also shared in the joint-highest partnership in the match so far, 79 runs for the ninth wicket with Anrich Nortje.

Conditions had improved for batting from the first day and though there was early seam movement on offer, it lessened as the ball wore. West Indies’ attack was disciplined in the morning session but grew frustrated as de Kock kept them in the field and punctured the on-side primarily, where he scored 80 runs.

He set the tone when he cut the first ball of the day, short and wide from Kemar Roach, through point for four and then drove the last ball of the over, full on middle, past mid-off for four more. It took West Indies five overs to find their rhythm, and they conceded 24 runs in that period, before Jayden Seales sent down the first maiden over of the day to start tightening the screws.

Kraigg Brathwaite took that as his cue to introduce spin and brought on Roston Chase at the other end and in his second over, he almost got rid of de Kock, who missed a sweep and was hit on the pads. de Kock was given out lbw by Gregory Brathwaite but he reviewed and replays showed he gloved the ball onto his pad and the decision was overturned. de Kock was on 23 at the time.

West Indies kept the pressure on and Chase and Jason Holder gave away just four runs in the next four overs before van der Dussen outside-edged to gully. The wicket was a reward for Holder’s persistent line outside off, which van der Dussen had approached watchfully until he was lured into playing at one.

Holder and Chase bowled in tandem for another five overs before Brathwaite brought back Seales and Roach for a burst before lunch. Seales was particularly impressive and tested Wiaan Mulder with outswingers outside the off stump and induced the edge, but the chance fell short of Holder at second slip. Mulder made it to lunch but was dismissed in the third over after the break when he half-heartedly attempted a back-foot punch off Holder and was caught behind.

de Kock brought up fifty in the over after that, with a push through the covers. He almost lost Keshav Maharaj five balls later when Rahkeem Cornwall reviewed for a catch at short leg but the ball ballooned up off the front pad. Cornwall didn’t have to wait long to get the same dismissal. Maharaj inside-edged the next ball he faced from Cornwall to concussion substitute Kieran Powell, who took a superb one-handed low catch.

West Indies took the second new ball as soon as it became available and de Kock duly drove Roach for four. Kagiso Rabada was less convincing. He fended Seales over the slips for a boundary but edged Roach to Holder at second slip four balls later.

It could easily have unravelled for South Africa from there and de Kock seemed to think so. He slogged Seales for four and then plundered two sixes off the next three balls to suggest he wanted to get big runs quickly. But Nortje hung tough and worked well to keep de Kock on strike, with the pair refusing singles more than taking them.

de Kock smashed Kyle Mayers over square leg for a six to reach his century. Reaching the landmark freed de Kock up. He cleared the rope twice more against Cornwall, and then top-edged Holder to fine leg where Mayers took the catch, but Holder had overstepped. de Kock was on 118. To add insult to injury, de Kock went on to his highest score in Test cricket with a pull over deep square, off Holder.

Holder had some cheer when Nortje lobbed a catch to Shai Hope at gully and Lungi Ngidi nicked off to give him a four-for. In between those dismissals, de Kock bashed him over extra cover for six, his seventh of the innings, the joint-most by a South Africa batter in Tests with AB de Villiers.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



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England vs NZ 2021 – As it happened

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Welcome to day two of our live report of the second Test between England and New Zealand from Edgbaston. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here.

* Most recent entry will appear at the top, please refresh your page for the latest updates. All times are local

6.35pm: Young out last ball

New Zealand 229 for 3 (Conway 80, Young 82, Taylor 46*, Broad 2-22) trail England 303 (Lawrence 81*, Burns 81, Boult 4-85) by 74 runs

New Zealand boasted an embarrassment of riches for a second day running as Devon Conway and Will Young frustrated England’s bowlers and moved to within 74 runs of the hosts’ first-innings 303 with seven wickets in hand at Edgbaston.

Conway, who put his place in the side beyond doubt with 200 on debut in the first Test at Lord’s, produced another valuable, though not chance-less, innings of 80. And, while he would have been disappointed not to press on to triple figures again, a gutsy 82 from Young – in the side as a replacement for injured captain Kane Williamson – mitigated the damage.

Stuart Broad bowled superbly for his 2 for 22 from 15 overs, including six maidens, but he was the only England bowler to reap any reward for his considerable efforts – until Young’s dismissal by part-time off-spinner Dan Lawrence on the last ball of the day.

6.05pm: NZ bring up 200



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India tour of Sri Lanka 2021 – Chetan Sakariya

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The year 2021 has given Chetan Sakariya some of his most cherished memories. But it has also taken away the pillars of his life. In February, his younger brother died by suicide days before the IPL auction. In May, soon after Sakariya impressed in his maiden stint with the Rajasthan Royals, he saw his father succumb to Covid-19.

At 23, Sakariya is no stranger to hardships and struggle, having been the sole breadwinner of his family for the last three years, but he now wants to live with the happy memories life has thrown at him, like the news of his India call-up for the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka in July.



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