Connect with us


England vs NZ 2021 – As it happened



Welcome to day three 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

6.55pm: We will have a fourth day

England 303 and 122 for 9 (Wood 29, Wagner 3-18, Henry 3-36) lead New Zealand 388 (Young 82, Conway 80, Taylor 80, Broad 4-48) by 37 runs

A devastating opening spell from Matt Henry backed up by Neil Wagner and later Ajaz Patel snuffed out England’s hopes on the third day of the second Test at Edgbaston.

The home side were left reeling at 3 for 30 as Henry tore through their top order either side of tea and by the close, they were nine down and just 37 runs ahead, their fragile middle order exposed once more and New Zealand on the cusp of victory – although not enough to take the extra half-hour at the end of the day to try and finish it off.

Having resumed on 229 for 3, still 74 runs behind, New Zealand lost their remaining seven wickets for 96 runs, but that wasn’t quickly enough for England, who collapsed to 76 for 7 still nine runs adrift, only clawing their way ahead via an eighth-wicket partnership between Mark Wood and Olly Stone.

Bearing in mind that New Zealand were resting spearheads Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson ahead of next week’s WTC final, and a theme that had developed surrounding the tourists’ incredible depth became outright dominance as England had no answers.

6.15pm: Wood injects some joy

Some more entertainment from Mark Wood, who put on a show on the second morning to reach 41 with some big hitting. This evening he took England into a five-run lead with a slog-sweep off Ajaz Patel over deep midwicket. Two fours off as many balls in Patel’s next over brought up England’s hundred but they were seven wickets down and only 15 ahead, although the home crowd appreciated his efforts. He’s still there, on 29* with Olly Stone 13*.

5.40pm: Patel bags the big fish

Source link

Continue Reading


Match Preview – Ireland vs South Africa, South Africa tour of Ireland 2021, 3rd T20I




With the result of the series sealed, the final T20I will give both sides an opportunity to fine tune their ideal XI for the upcoming T20 World Cup

Big Picture

It’s South Africa’s last dance at the end of two months away from home and they will want to end on a high. They’ve already won the T20I series, albeit that their batting, in particular, has not been as convincing as they may have liked it to be and their combination remains uncertain. After this series, they will only have three matches against Sri Lanka to pin down a strategy for the T20 World Cup.

Ireland also have limited opportunity to firm up their game plan. Their series against Zimbabwe, which was due to start on August 11 will be rescheduled to later in August and September after changes in the regulations over who can enter Northern Ireland.

But Ireland have other reasons to put in a big performance in the finale. This is only their third T20I against South Africa and although the results show that they have lost both previous matches convincingly, the margin of the defeat in the second T20I belies how much pressure they were able to exert on South Africa. The Irish attack had South Africa 58 for 5 at the halfway stage of their innings and were in control of the first quarter of the match. They will want to be able to be in control for longer periods of time to pull off an upset.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)

Ireland LLTLL

South Africa WWWLW

In the spotlight

Temba Bavuma has had a lean run on this winter tour, with a top score of 46 in the second T20I in the West Indies and 103 runs in nine innings across ODIs and T20s. Form aside, Bavuma has looked comfortable in the leadership role and has handled his bowlers and field placements relatively well, he has presented a measured and even reflective image in his media engagements but will want to sign off with runs as South Africa head into a break before their major tournament assignment.

Paul Stirling is three wickets away from entering the top 10 Irish wicket-takers’ list in T20Is and is likely to be used in a bowling capacity more frequently as the team prepare for the T20 World Cup. Stirling has bowled in the format 11 times, taken five wickets and has an economy rate of 5.62, compared with an economy of 7.54 overall, so the signs are there that Ireland are using him well. They’ll want a little more from his batting, after no scores above 30 in the three ODIs and two T20Is so far.

Team news

It may be too early for Ireland to consider benching Kevin O’Brien – who has earned a duck in each of his last three internationals – but their patience with his lack of runs could be wearing thin. Mark Adair had a promising outing in the second T20I and will likely be retained.

Ireland: (possible) 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Kevin O’Brien, 3 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 4 Harry Tector, 5 George Dockrell, 6 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 7 Shane Getkate, 8 Simi Singh, 9 Mark Adair, 10 Josh Little, 11 Craig Young

South Africa may want to reconsider the composition of their batting line-up, which includes four openers in the top four, move Rassie van der Dussen up and include one of Kyle Verreynne or Heinrich Klaasen in the XI. They may also bring in the spin-bowling allrounder George Linde and one of Kagiso Rabada or Anrich Nortje for a last hurrah of this tour.

South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Janneman Malan, 4 Aiden Markram 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 David Miller, 7 Wiaan Mulder, 8 Bjorn Fortuin/George Linde 9 Beuran Hendricks, 10 Kagiso Rabada/Anrich Nortje/Lungi Ngidi 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Pitch and conditions

The home captain Andy Balbirnie judged the surface as a little slower than Ireland expected but acknowledged that it holds runs for those willing to apply themselves. Temperatures in Belfast are starting to cool off with Saturday’s high forecast at 23 degrees and no rain until next week.

Stats and trivia

  • Tabraiz Shamsi is six wickets ahead of his nearest rival, Obed McCoy, in T20Is in 2021.
  • Kevin O’Brien has the most ducks in T20I cricket – 12, including two in this series.
  • Quotes

    “Stirling gives us a different option up top. He is someone who probably hasn’t bowled as much for Ireland as maybe he wanted to. We are going to try a couple of things in the coming weeks, with the World T20 in mind.”
    Ireland are fine-tuning bowling plans ahead of the T20 World Cup,, according to captain Andy Balbirnie.

    “We are very fortunate to have someone like Shamsi in our team so we can bowl around him, make his life easier. We have the bowling unit to compete. It’s a matter of game plans and clarity. On a day when the game plans are clear, it’s an unstoppable unit.”
    Lungi Ngidi lauds Tabraiz Shamsi, the top-ranked T20I bowler in the world

    Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

    Source link

    Continue Reading


    ‘When you are competing with white players and you are black, you have no chance’




    Former South Africa opener puts team’s inability to win World Cups down to poor culture

    Loots Bosman has put South Africa’s inability to win a major tournament down to poor culture, which he said left players of colour feeling excluded. The former opening batter was speaking strictly about the time he was part of the team, which included the 2007 World Cup and the 2007 and 2010 T20 World Cups, as he highlighted broader problems within the system.
    “There was no chance of us winning a World Cup. The team was divided,” Bosman said at CSA’s Social Justice and Nation-Building hearings. “We go into camps where we buy into one thing and then you deal with the same person who treats you like you don’t exist. How are you going to win a World Cup when you don’t back the guy next to you?”

    Bosman detailed instances of foul language and private conversations which he felt belittled him. “The environment was bad. Most of the time, the guys don’t greet you. They will just look at you. You could see they don’t care that you are greeting. They literally look the other way. They made you feel as though you don’t belong there.

    Source link

    Continue Reading


    SL vs IND 3rd ODI – Suryakumar Yadav




    He has made use of all chances at international level and wants to improve at getting deep in the innings

    Suryakumar Yadav is only five-innings-old in international cricket. You wouldn’t know that, looking at him bat in any of those games. He’s looked nerve-less, decisive and crisp in his stroke-play, calm and confident in his batting.
    Having made his debut when already past 30 has meant, perhaps, that Yadav might not have the same length of international cricket to look forward to that the Prithvi Shaws and Ishan Kishans have, but it’s also meant he’s come into international cricket with a greater understanding of his game. He made an immediate impact in the T20Is against England in March, and given a go in the ODI side, he’s returned a Player-of-the-Series performance against Sri Lanka.

    India lost the third one-dayer, but took the series 2-1, and Yadav played a key hand in each of the three games. Starting out in his career, Yadav has got the fine balance of soaking it all in after years of waiting for it, versus the hunger because of a wait that lasted as long as it did.

    “Obviously, everyone dreams of playing for India. It has been a lot of effort, lot of grind, lot of patience behind this,” Yadav said after the third ODI against Sri Lanka. “It has been worth the wait, and I’m really happy about it. From here on, how I build it is all in my hands. I’m really excited for the journey ahead.”

    Yadav had always been a batter with plenty of sparkle. But he pinpointed returning to Mumbai Indians in 2018 as the turning point, after which his game has gone to a new level. It’s borne out by the numbers too. Since the 2018-19 season, Yadav has averaged 55.56 in List A cricket, at a strike rate of 131.88. In T20 cricket, his average has been 37.60 at a strike rate of 147.30.

    “I’ve always been batting the same way as I am now,” Yadav said. “But yes, after I came to Mumbai Indians in 2018, things started changing a bit. I got to know what my responsibility is, how do I go about my game, how can I take it one step ahead. That’s when I started practicing even more. Talked to all the players who knew me really well from the last five-six years.”

    Yadav’s scores in the ODIs, 31*, 53, and 40 – all scored at better than a run-a-ball – point to how quickly he got into the groove, although he did express disappointment at not carrying on in the second and third games. He was looking in command during the second game, steering India’s chase after half the side had been out, when one moment of indecision meant he was trapped in front. While India won that match on the back of Deepak Chahar’s heroics with the bat, Yadav’s fall in the third ODI – he was once again the key wicket – meant there was no similar recovery.

    “I’m disappointed about that,” Yadav said. “The way I started in the first game, I got good confidence. In the second game, it was the perfect situation to win a game of the team. But that time too, it was not the way I play and I got out. Really disappointed with that. In the third game too, there was a good opportunity today to hold one end and try and play till the end, but couldn’t do it. That’s two things I’m really keeping in mind, how do I build from here? But that’s how you learn and move forward.”

    It’s perhaps a sign of the new-found consistency that Yadav has found in his game. He’s in a patch of form where he’s not had a ‘bad’ season, but cutting down on failures has not come at the expense of any inventiveness. Yadav still executes the ramps, the paddle-scoops, the drives, the flicks through the on-side while seemingly off balance.

    “I’ve been a Mumbai boy,” he said. “Growing up in Mumbai, the types of pitches you get in club games and in domestic cricket are very challenging. So there you automatically think what strokes you have to play on those kinds of wickets, and the same thing I’ve been carrying to the international stage. I’ll be doing the same thing. Just trying to keep things simple, following my routines.

    “The game remains the same. There’s no change in the game, you play against any team, any level, you just have to go out and do the same things. What I do in domestic cricket, what I do in the nets, I try and do the same thing be it IPL, be it an international game. I just like to be myself. I like to go out there and enjoy. You must have seen, I just like to run when I get an opportunity to bat. I really enjoy that moment.”

    For now, Yadav is doing the running, and ensuring that even when India field a full-strength team, he’s in serious contention to be part of it, whether in ODIs or T20Is. Like he said, how he builds his career is in his hands. So far, those hands have done a pretty good job.

    Saurabh Somani is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

    Source link

    Continue Reading