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July 2018

Root backs Rashid to deliver in first Test against India

Birmingham, July 31: In-form leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who is set to make a comeback into the England Test cricket team against India in the first of the five rubbers here starting Wednesday, gives the team an attacking option, skipper Joe Root feels.Rashid has not played Test cricket since December 2016, and in February signed a contract to play only limited-overs matches for Yorkshire. "With the amount of right handers in India's team, Rashid gives us a really attacking spinning option and he's in…

New Zealand refuse to tour Pakistan citing security reasons

Auckland, July 31: Citing security concerns, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Tuesday turned down a request from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to tour the South Asian country for a T20I series.According to an ESPNCricinfo report, the Black Caps are scheduled to travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to play Pakistan for a full tour that is likely to comprise three Tests, three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) in October-November. The fixtures are not announced yet. The PCB hoped to…

Kohli & Co begin difficult Test battle against England

Birmingham, July 31: India will aim for a bright start to the gruelling and testing five-match Test series against hosts England when the first match begins at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground here on Wednesday.India have not won a Test series in England since 2007, achieved under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid. And now under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India are bracing up for a stern test in difficult English conditions. In this long tour of England, India won the Twenty20 International (T20I) series but they suffered a…

Mars set to appear brighter tonight

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Don't forget to look up and catch a glimple of a brigher Mars tonight as the Red Planet makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years on Tuesday when the two planets will be 57.6 million kilometres apart.On July 27, Mars was at opposition, meaning that the Sun and the Red Planet came opposite to each other, keeping the Earth in the middle. Mars comes at opposition at an average interval of two years and two months when the planet comes close to the Earth and becomes brighter, the Ministry of…

NZ Cricket to host Indian men & women simultaneously

Wellington, July 31: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Tuesday announced the itinerary for India's tour early next year, which will see both the men's and women's teams playing limited overs matches simultaneously.According to a release from NZC, the men-in-blue team will play five ODIs and three T20Is while the women play three ODIs and as many T20Is. The T20Is will be double-headers, to be played on February 6, 8 and 10 in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton, respectively. Three of the men's ODIs will…
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