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Recent Match Report – Lightning vs Vipers 2021



Southern Vipers 215 for 6 (Wyatt 53, Gordon 4-35) beat Lightning 214 for 9 (Beaumont 57, Norris 3-47) by four wickets

Danni Wyatt indicated that she wouldn’t be giving up her place as England opener without a fight with a rapid half-century leading defending champions Southern Vipers to victory against Lightning in their Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy opening match.
With contender Lauren Winfield-Hill sending signals of her own from Headingley with 110 off 126 balls in a losing cause for Northern Diamonds against Central Sparks, Wyatt went industriously about her task of helping Vipers overhaul a modest target of 215 for a four-wicket win in Southampton.
Having established herself at the top of the order with a successful winter tour of New Zealand, Tammy Beaumont’s 57 for Lightning reinforced that England’s batting stocks look healthy heading into a busy international summer.
Georgia Adams, the Vipers captain who as leading run-scorer last year made a strong case to go to New Zealand before succumbing to a shoulder injury that required surgery, managed just 28 from 39 balls, but she gladly took the win, which was slightly more challenging that appeared likely as Lightning floundered at 43 for 4 inside 10 overs. The closeness of the contest largely came down to Kirstie Gordon‘s 4 for 35 which meant Vipers had to contend with losing wickets at regular intervals.

“We said as a team that we knew people were going to come after us hard and we’re the team that people want to beat so we’re chuffed to get a win at home,” Adams said. “I don’t think we hit our A game but I think it shows the depth that we have as a side and as a young side that we can still go out and win.

“It’s always great having Danni back in the side and every time I bat with her she always looks in great form, and she hits the ball in unusual areas. She wanted those runs and she needed those runs and I think that that will give her a lot of confidence moving forward.”

Wyatt managed scores of 17, 0 and 1 in the ODIs in New Zealand, while fellow opener Beaumont amassed 231 runs with three half-centuries from as many innings.

“Every England batter at the minute is scoring loads of runs, which is really good and it’s healthy to have that competition for places because it pushes you to be even better and to work extra hard and think that your place is never certain,” Wyatt said.

“It’s really good to have that pressure and yeah, it makes you want it a little bit more and it can only be a good thing having the competition for places.”

On Saturday, Wyatt carved the third ball she faced, off Sonia Odedra, deftly through the covers for four and she and Adams guided Vipers comfortably to 51 without loss from their first 10 overs.

Adams survived two chances, on 18 and 28, amid a rash of fielding errors by Lightning, although Lucy Higham limited the damage when Adams struck a Gordon delivery to her at mid-on to put the Vipers at 60 for 1.

Wyatt brought up her fifty from 55 balls running three off Higham but she fell a short time later, advancing down the pitch to Gordon and driving hard to extra cover, where Beaumont took a strong catch.

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Jofra Archer ruled out of all cricket for the rest of 2021 after recurrence of elbow fracture




The England seamer will play no part in the Test series against India, the T20 World Cup or the Ashes

Jofra Archer has been ruled out of all cricket for the rest of the year following a recurrence of a stress fracture in his right elbow.

Archer, the England fast bowler, was forced home from the tour of India at the start of the year and subsequently forced to pull out of the IPL due to pain in the elbow. He underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from the elbow in May.

After returning to bowling with his county side, Sussex, in recent weeks he felt increasing discomfort and was sent for further scans. These revealed he had suffered a recurrence of the stress fracture that first became apparent in South Africa at the start of 2020. The ECB insists that the operation and stress fracture are not connected.

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New Zealand’s Adam Milne eyes 2021 T20 World Cup spot as he keeps his rhythm going




Injuries have parched him of steady opportunities but he has been able play more consistently since the start of the 2020-21 BBL

Adam Milne, the New Zealand fast bowler, has set his sights on October’s T20 World Cup in the UAE despite injuries limiting him to two T20I appearances since November 2018.

Milne played only 12 professional games in a two-year period between November 2018 and December 2020, twice undergoing surgery on his left ankle, but has been able to string games together more consistently since the start of the 2020-21 Big Bash League and has been the standout fast bowler in the group stages of the ongoing Hundred to date, playing for the table-topping Birmingham Phoenix.

He won an international recall for New Zealand’s T20I series against Bangladesh earlier this year and while he proved expensive in that series, he has been in contact with the selectors in recent weeks to discuss his potential involvement in the upcoming tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan before the World Cup.

New Zealand are expected to confirm squads for those tours at the start of next week, though it is unclear at this stage whether Milne and the other players with IPL deals will be part of them. Milne confirmed he is expecting to fly to the UAE to fulfil his contract with the Mumbai Indians where he will link back up with Shane Bond, Mumbai’s assistant coach and his Sydney Thunder head coach and mentor.

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Live Report – England vs India, 1st Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day | Cricket



India’s bowlers performed admirably to give them the advantage against England on day one. Can their batters push it home? Follow ESPNcricinfo’s live updates to find out (Please refresh the page to get the latest). Click here for ball-by-ball commentary. Also, here is our coverage of the match in Hindi

30 minutes, 7 overs, 6 runs, 1 review lost, 0 wicket

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Gripping stuff as it often is in bowling conditions. England have chosen to open up with James Anderson and Ollie Robinson. Ideally you want to open with the best two bowlers, but possibly England want experience in each spell so holding Stuart Broad back for later.

In seven overs, England have induced 10 mistakes from India, but no edge has gone to hand. James Anderson has bowled four overs but not a single inswinger although he has flipped the shiny side on a couple of occasions. The ball is still swinging, but England have shown desperation in wasting their second review on Rohit Sharma. India have made 27 false responses and lost no wicket. England were bowled out in 93.

India 27 for 0 in 20 overs, Rohit 13 off 56, Rahul 11 off 65.

Ishant Sharma watch

We have Nagraj Gollapudi on the job. This is what he has to report

Every day since India arrived at Trent Bridge, Ishant Sharma has been undergoing what appear to be fitness tests: running lengths, bowling to empty nets, and training away from the rest of the squad. He was absent from the team huddles on Wednesday and Thursday, running through the paces while being observed by Indian trainer Nick Webb and physiotherapist Nitin Patel. On Thursday India bowling coach Bharat Arun had a quick conversation with Sharma, on what from a distance could have been about his follow-through where Ishant has fallen on all fours several times during matches.

However, the question remains: does Sharma have an injury or a niggle? The BCCI has not yet given an update, and insiders claim there is nothing wrong. Ishant last played in the WTC final against New Zealand where he was hit on his webbing and got a few stitches but was cleared fit during India’s preparations for the Test series in Durham.

Ishant remains a key player in the Indian fast bowling attack, and India would want him to be fit for a long series with four more Tests to go. Ishant has enjoyed bowling in English conditions, and is on the verge of becoming the first overseas fast man to take 50 wickets in the country.

Length and luck

‘Look at them fools, trying to unravel mysteries of cricket’ © Getty Images

A complicated, messy topic to start off the day then. We have all had the feeling Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have had to work harder for their wickets in England than, say, Anderson, Broad, Boult, Southee and Jamieson. At lunch yesterday, we dug numbers to go with the claim. While Bumrah and Shami were getting a wicket for every 19 false responses in England, Anderson and Broad needed to induce around 10 false responses for a wicket. No fast bowler since 2014 has a worse ratio in England.

It can be attributed to two things: luck and length. Observers of sport – and practitioner, at least when speaking publicly – don’t like to acknowledge luck because it messes around with their idea of merit in sport.

Also there is logic to the idea that the fuller you bowl, the likelier you are to take the edge as opposed to beating the bat. On to length then, but we don’t have accurate data for lengths Anderson and Broad bowl in same conditions as Shami and Bumrah. However, yesterday when Bumrah and Shami got their wickets at around 10 false responses apiece, it kinda sorta checked out. Host broadcaster put out a graphic that said Shami had bowled 31% deliveries in the full zone as opposed to 19 in the World Test Championship final. Bumrah had taken it up from 26 to 35 after a wicketless return in the final.

However, what accounts for this? Kyle Jamieson, the most prolific bowler in the final, bowled the lowest percentage of deliveries in the full zone among all fast bowlers in the game.

Also the length bowlers bowl is not binary. They are also bowling to batters and to conditions. If they know a batting group is likelier to punish anything too full, you will see they will bowl a slightly shorter length. Does that say something of the England batters, who made quite a few driving errors against New Zealand too?

There is no evidence either to suggest that if you bowl fuller, nothing deliveries down the leg side will get you two wickets. It is all very complicated, and it is possible that both these assertions are correct: India bowled fuller, but were also luckier.

We will be keeping an eye on the lengths Anderson and Broad bowl today. Welcome to the Live Report on Day 2. India trail by 162 and have all their wickets in hand. The weather is fair to start off with, but there are showers forecast later in the day.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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