India tour of Ireland and England 2018

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    Fixtures -

    Jun 27, Wed
    Ireland vs India, 1st T20I
    The Village, Dublin
    4:00 PM
    03:00 PM GMT / 04:00 PM LOCAL

    Jun 29, Fri
    Ireland vs India, 2nd T20I
    The Village, Dublin
    4:00 PM
    03:00 PM GMT / 04:00 PM LOCAL

    Jul 03, Tue
    England vs India, 1st T20I
    Old Trafford, Manchester
    5:30 PM
    04:30 PM GMT / 05:30 PM LOCAL

    Jul 06, Fri
    England vs India, 2nd T20I
    Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
    5:30 PM
    04:30 PM GMT / 05:30 PM LOCAL

    Jul 08, Sun
    England vs India, 3rd T20I
    County Ground, Bristol
    2:00 PM
    01:00 PM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL

    Jul 12, Thu
    England vs India, 1st ODI
    Trent Bridge, Nottingham
    12:30 PM
    11:30 AM GMT / 12:30 PM LOCAL

    Jul 14, Sat
    England vs India, 2nd ODI
    Lord's, London
    11:00 AM
    10:00 AM GMT / 11:00 AM LOCAL

    Jul 17, Tue
    England vs India, 3rd ODI
    Headingley, Leeds
    12:30 PM
    11:30 AM GMT / 12:30 PM LOCAL

    Aug 01, Wed - Aug 05, Sun
    England vs India, 1st Test
    Edgbaston, Birmingham
    11:00 AM
    10:00 AM GMT / 11:00 AM LOCAL

    Aug 09, Thu - Aug 13, Mon
    England vs India, 2nd Test
    Lord's, London
    11:00 AM
    10:00 AM GMT / 11:00 AM LOCAL

    Aug 18, Sat - Aug 22, Wed
    England vs India, 3rd Test
    Trent Bridge, Nottingham
    11:00 AM
    10:00 AM GMT / 11:00 AM LOCAL

    Aug 30, Thu - Sep 03, Mon
    England vs India, 4th Test
    The Rose Bowl, Southampton
    11:00 AM
    10:00 AM GMT / 11:00 AM LOCAL

    Sep 07, Fri - Sep 11, Tue
    England vs India, 5th Test
    Kennington Oval, London
    11:00 AM
    10:00 AM GMT / 11:00 AM LOCAL
     
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    Rahul, Rayudu picked for ODIs in England

    Batsmen Shreyas Iyer and Ambati Rayudu have been selected in India's ODI squad for the three-match ODI series in England. The two batsmen's latest push has come through performances in the IPL - Iyer 351 runs and Rayudu 423 at strike rates hovering around 150 - but they didn't find themselves in the squad for the T20 internationals in Ireland and England.

    However, fast bowler Siddarth Kaul, who has been impressive with the ball for Sunrisers Hyderabad - 13 wickets, economy of little over seven - made his way into both the limited-overs international squads. Batsman KL Rahul, who is the top scorer for Kings XI Punjab with 376 runs in nine innings at a strike rate of 163, also found places in both limited-overs squads . Rishabh Pant, having a stellar IPL with close to 400 runs at a strike rate of over 170, was dropped as a resurgent MS Dhoni took back the slot he had vacated during the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka.

    Neither Krunal Pandya nor R Ashwin could convince the selectors to add another fingerspinner to the T20I squad. With his all-round performances, Krunal has been one of the important players from Mumbai Indians, and Ashwin has helped turn around Kings XI Punjab's fortunes with his captaincy and newly acquired variations as a bowler.

    The lone fingerspinner in the T20 squad, Washington Sundar, managed to make a foray into the ODI squad despite a lacklustre IPL in the unfamiliar role of not opening the bowling. Sundar's Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mate Umesh Yadav forced a comeback with 14 wickets and an economy of 8.14 in the IPL, replacing Mohammed Shami in both the limited-overs squads. Sundar took Axar Patel's place.

    Others to lose the faith of the selectors in the ODI squad were Manish Pandey and Ajinkya Rahane, whom captain Virat Kohli had projected during the South Africa tour as a possible No. 4 for the World Cup. Kedar Jadhav was still injured, which left India with a hole to fill: batsman who can bowl a few overs to give Kohli options.

    In the T20Is, apart from Axar, Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur faced the axe after a less than satisfactory Nidahas Cup for them. While Kohli has been named to captain the T20I team in Ireland and England, his availablity in Ireland remains doubtful. He is scheduled to play for Surrey against Yorkshire from June 25 to 28 while the two T20Is in Ireland are to be played on June 27 and June 29.

    ODI squad: Virat Kohli (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

    T20I squad for Ireland and England: Virat Kohli (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23440121/kl-rahul-ambati-rayudu-picked-odis-england
     
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    Rayudu fails fitness test, likely to miss England ODI series

    Ambati Rayudu is likely to lose his place in the Indian squad for the three-match ODI series in England next month after failing to clear a mandatory fitness test. Rayudu was among several Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, who appeared for the fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

    Rayudu, 32, was one of the architects behind Chennai Super Kings' title-winning run in the IPL this year. Among the top-five run-scorers, this season was the best IPL Rayudu had, scoring 602 runs at a strike rate of 149.75 including one century.

    After impressing with his form during the IPL, Rayudu got a berth for the England ODIs, which start on July 12 in Nottingham. However, Rayudu, who last played an ODI in 2016, still had to clear the yo-yo test, made mandatory by the Indian team management and supported by the selectors.

    Players need to attain the 16:1 mark, the minimum level set for Indian players by the team's strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu.

    Although the BCCI is yet to make the news public, it is understood that Rayudu fell short of the minimum cut-off by a reasonable distance. The selectors are set to name a replacement soon.

    Fitness has become a key parameter for selection for the Indian teams with the selectors and coaches showing no room for compromise. Last week, the BCCI revealed that Sanju Samson and Mohammed Shami had failed the fitness tests and consequently lost their spots. Shami missed out on being part of the one-off Test against Afghanistan which got over on Friday, while Samson failed to be part of the India A squad to tour England in June-July.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_...s-fitness-test-likely-miss-england-odi-series
     
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    Curran brothers close in on historic moment

    Sam and Tom Curran are set to become the first brothers to play together for England this century having been named in the England squad for the Vitality T20I series against Australia and India.

    The Surrey pair, who have both played international cricket but never in the same side, are set to become the first brothers to represent England at the same time since Ben and Adam Hollioake - also of Surrey - played an ODI against Sri Lanka in Sydney in 1999.

    With both Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes missing the series due to injury - Stokes will be with the squad throughout the series as he continues his rehabilitation from his torn left hamstring - both Currans have every chance of appearing in an England side that has won only one of their last five and three of their last 10 IT20 matches.

    There is no place in the squad for Sam Billings, Dawid Malan, Liam Dawson or James Vince - all of whom were in the squad for the tri-series tournament also involving Australia and New Zealand earlier this year - while Mark Wood, who has struggled to maintain his top pace in the ODI series against Australia, is rested.

    Mooen Ali, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, who were rested from the previous IT20 tri-series, return while Jake Ball is recalled.

    Stokes could be added to the squad if he is deemed to have returned to full fitness.

    England IT20 squad

    Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire)

    Fixtures:

    June 27: England v Australia, Edgbaston (6.30pm BST); July 3: England v India, Emirates Old Trafford (5.30pm BST); July 6: England v India, Cardiff (5.30pm BST); July 8: England v India, Sunday July 8, Bristol (2pm BST)

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23838872/curran-brothers-close-historic-moment
     
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    Sam Curran, Overton added to England's ODI squad

    England have added Sam Curran and Craig Overton to their squad for the final two games of the Royal London Series against Australia.

    With England already having taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, they will consider resting some of their seamers - notably Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett and David Willey - for the final two matches. With such a short turnaround between games - the match in Nottinghamshire finished late on Tuesday evening; the match in Durham starts on Thursday lunchtime - there is some nervousness within the England camp about making unnecessary demands of the faster bowlers. The final match of the series takes place in Manchester on Sunday.

    No firm decision on the make-up of the team is likely to be made until Thursday morning, but Eoin Morgan, the England captain, indicated after the match on Tuesday that England were inclined to pick the same batting line-up. There will also be a temptation to pick Tom Curran, who is highly valued as a death bowler, and it is possible that both Currans will represent England in the coming days. If they do so, they will be the first brothers to represent England at the same time since the Hollioakes did so in 1999.

    While that could mean Wood missing out on an international appearance on his home ground in Durham - something he has achieved only once, against New Zealand in 2015 - England's priority will be the long-term fitness of a bowler who exceeded 91 mph at times in Nottingham.

    With Curran and Overton no longer available, Chris Jordan has also been added to the England Lions squad for the matches in Derby on June 22 and 23 against India A and West Indies A respectively. Overton will return to Lions duty after the ODI series is over.

    England have never whitewashed Australia in a five-match ODI series, though in 2012 they won 4-0 with one game lost to poor weather.

    Amended Lions squad: Nick Gubbins (Middlesex), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Steven Mullaney (Nottinghamshire, captain), Ben Foakes (Surrey, wk), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Matthew Fisher (Yorkshire), Reece Topley (Hampshire), Tom Helm (Middlesex), Chris Jordan (Sussex). *Craig Overton (Somerset) to replace Jordan after the first two matches of the series.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_...rton-added-england-odi-squad-series-australia
     
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    Nope. Yet again no warm up games before the five back to back test matches.

    And Rahane should have been made the captain for this test series. Kohli is under pressure already to get runs in England and he plays all formats, so there's a lot on his plate.
     
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    Surprising that they haven't gone for any warm ups.
    Didn't help with Kohli getting injured either. Would have been ideal for you to have him play a few county games before the series.
    England are there for the taking though.
     
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    They should learn from PCB about how to prepare for an away series.

    Look at the level of Pakistan's preparation for their recent England tour. First they went to Ireland, played two proper four day warm up games there followed by a test match. And then after landing in England they again played two warm up games ahead of the first test.

    And we landed in SA four days before the first test :fp

    Proper preparation makes a big difference to the eventual results.
     
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    I have always said this is the ideal preparation. Get some game time in before the series. Adjust to the conditions. Will always make a difference. I'm sure it used to be normal for teams to turn up early on tour. Used to see many of our players in county teams too. Hardly see that happening nowadays.
     
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    India are a rubbish ODI side.

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    England will win the Test series easily, I don’t know why India think they have become a supreme team, they Should not think about beating big teams yet, the retarded explanation they give is “if a poor team like Pakistan can win England than India should aim to humiliate England”

    I can’t wait for this “humiliation”, beghairat fans who have still not realised that this arrogance has led to them being humiliated when they least expected it, it’s important they shut up but what can you do about the kids, it’s best they learn the hard way.
     
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    Hold your horses. Pakistan never won England. 1-1 is not called winning.

    Lulz of course. When Pakistan don't win then watching India lose becomes a reason to celebrate for some "beghairat" fans. :D
     
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    Indian fans and media are Beghairat.

    One more thing, the win I was referring to was at Lords, Pakistan btw has always been miles ahead of India when they play in England.
     
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    We won at Lords in 2014, but lost the series 3-1. Does that count as a win too? Lol. Stop posting drivel.
     
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    No, Kohli is too important. He is basically the Sachin if our generation. Plus he plays better as a captain, he relishes the role.
    If anything, he should have taken a rest from the LO side. You guys are blessed with some mighty backup in the batting department, you would have done fine without Kohli in LO.

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    India could beat this England side in England

    There's a rare opportunity beckoning for India - the chance to beat both England and Australia in away Test series.

    England are in a state of flux after a devastating loss at Lord's and then a less-than-convincing win over the predictably inconsistent Pakistan at Headingley. Australia's problems are self-induced, with the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa ensuring their two best batsmen will be missing from the series against India.

    A reasonably settled Indian side's first hurdle is England. They will face that challenge boosted by the confidence that the hosts are no closer to solving the myriad problems that surfaced on their recent tour of Australia and New Zealand.

    England's top-order collapses are now a regular occurrence, which is not surprising when both opening positions are under a cloud. If it weren't for the fact that Alastair Cook's numerous partners have been under intense scrutiny, Cook himself would be in jeopardy.

    Two classic Cook double-centuries can't mask the fact that in his last 29 Test innings - a period of 12 months - he has had 19 scores under 20, including ten single-figure dismissals. If an opener isn't making centuries regularly then he has to ensure the opposition doesn't get at the middle order while the ball is still new. Too often Cook is doing neither.

    Adding to England's frailties, Cook's current partner, Keaton Jennings, is an already failed Test opener who has a porous defence. Previously, a visit from India would be a wonderful opportunity for struggling English openers to recapture their form, but the tourists now have a well-balanced attack that includes genuine pace and cagey seamers in addition to the traditionally strong spin bowling.

    England's dicey batting order will face yet another stiff test.

    New selection guru Ed Smith might have cleverly plucked the in-form Jos Buttler from the IPL, but the problem is his confidently aggressive batting only bolsters an already strong middle order. At least Smith has convinced Joe Root to bat at No. 3, which is the correct spot for the consistent captain.

    Root is followed by Dawid Malan, who is unconvincing at No. 4, and Jonny Bairstow, whose presence at five would be more palatable if he conceded the gloves to Buttler and played solely as a front-line batsman. All this adds up to a lot of uncertainty for a team about to enter a tough series against a strong opponent.

    However, the headaches don't end there for England.

    Smith's other notable choice in his selection debut was offspinner Dom Bess, an energetic and effervescent cricketer. His batting and desire to be involved in the contest are laudable but the early signs are that his offspin won't threaten an Indian team bred on facing this type of bowler regularly.

    In one over at Headingley, Bess delivered more full tosses than R Ashwin offers up in a year, a prospect that players like Virat Kohli and M Vijay should be relishing.


    Apart from the openers' batting, England's other major problem on the tour of Australia and New Zealand was that the pace attack comprised all right-arm bowlers of similar speed. Their inability to unearth a genuine pace bowler is a greater problem when they are overseas, but if the late UK summer is hot and dry, they will also need someone who can shake things up on home pitches in an attempt to dramatically change the course of a game.

    In recent times, England have relied on swing bowling and a vibrant middle order to produce success at home. There is no doubt that the swing bowling of Jimmy Anderson will present the Indian line-up with a serious challenge, and if there's movement off the seam, Stuart Broad will also be a handful. Nevertheless India have the stronger batting line-up of the two teams and their variety in attack could help negate England's middle-order strength if the openers continue to fail.

    England are an enticing prospect for India before they even contemplate Australia's woes.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23748120/india-beat-england-side-england
     
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    Rayudu fails fitness test, likely to miss England ODI series

    Ambati Rayudu is likely to lose his place in the Indian squad for the three-match ODI series in England next month after failing to clear a mandatory fitness test. Rayudu was among several Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, who appeared for the fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

    Rayudu, 32, was one of the architects behind Chennai Super Kings' title-winning run in the IPL this year. Among the top-five run-scorers, this season was the best IPL Rayudu had, scoring 602 runs at a strike rate of 149.75 including one century.

    After impressing with his form during the IPL, Rayudu got a berth for the England ODIs, which start on July 12 in Nottingham. However, Rayudu, who last played an ODI in 2016, still had to clear the yo-yo test, made mandatory by the Indian team management and supported by the selectors.

    Players need to attain the 16:1 mark, the minimum level set for Indian players by the team's strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu.

    Although the BCCI is yet to make the news public, it is understood that Rayudu fell short of the minimum cut-off by a reasonable distance. The selectors are set to name a replacement soon.

    Fitness has become a key parameter for selection for the Indian teams with the selectors and coaches showing no room for compromise. Last week, the BCCI revealed that Sanju Samson and Mohammed Shami had failed the fitness tests and consequently lost their spots. Shami missed out on being part of the one-off Test against Afghanistan which got over on Friday, while Samson failed to be part of the India A squad to tour England in June-July.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_...s-fitness-test-likely-miss-england-odi-series
     
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    Yo-Yo tests after team selection a "one-off" - BCCI

    Saba Karim, the BCCI general manager for cricket operations, clarified that conducting the mandatory yo-yo tests after teams had already been selected for the England tours by India and India A was a "one-off". Karim said that "logistical issues", and the fact that the IPL was still going on then, left the board with no choice but to conduct the tests after the selection.

    "It's (yo-yo test) always conducted before team selection. This time the change happened because of the IPL," Karim told The Indian Express. "We have to pick the teams early because of logistical reasons, so we couldn't drag out players during the IPL and make them go through fitness tests. That's why we conducted it after the IPL was over. And all the players were given enough time to prepare for that."

    A number of players had to be withdrawn for failing to meet the minimum standards in the test, leading to several questions about the timing of the tests. Mohammed Shami was withdrawn from the one-off Test against Afghanistan, and Ambati Rayudu was left out of the ODI squad for England after falling well short of the 16.1 parameter. Sanju Samson, meanwhile, was dropped from the India A squad for the one-day tri-series in England.

    All the squads were picked a month earlier, on May 8, during the IPL. While Shami featured in just four IPL games, Rayudu finished as Chennai Super Kings' highest run-getter in a victorious campaign. Samson was second on the charts for Rajasthan Royals, who reached the playoffs.

    Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, who wasn't at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru last week when Virat Kohli and other limited-overs regulars underwent their tests, cleared it on Wednesday. Rohit, not picked for the Afghanistan Test, had obtained prior permission from the board to appear later because of sponsor commitments.

    In the past year, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh have also been left out of the national team for failing the test. In October 2017, the teenaged allrounder Washington Sundar failed it and missed out on selection for a T20I series against New Zealand.

    "Earlier, if you see, in the case of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, the fitness tests were conducted before the team selection. It always happened like that in the past," Karim said. "This time, the moment the teams were announced, whether that was the India A side or Team India, the players knew that they had to undergo fitness tests. So they had enough time to prepare. That is why so many of them prepared well and got through."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23858784/yo-yo-tests-team-selection-one-bcci
     
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    England Tests won't even feel like an away series - Kohli

    India are ready to play "difficult" Test cricket. That is the message their captain Virat Kohli has sent out on the eve of their departure for the 81-day long tour of the UK. Kohli has made it clear that what happened on the last tour in 2014, when India lost the Test series 3-1, will have no bearing on the five-match Test series this summer. By the time the Test series starts in the peak of the English summer on August 1, India, according to Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri, would be feeling at home, having been in the country for more than the month.

    India's tour will begin with two T20Is against Ireland from June 27, before heading to England for more T20Is, an ODI series, and then the Tests. Shastri said playing the shorter formats first will be "ideal" preparation for them, giving them a month to acclimatise to the conditions, and Kohli added that by the time they play the Tests, they will be "so comfortable that we won't even feel like we'll be playing an away series".

    "The last time we played [in England], we felt that collectively as a team we didn't perform consistently in all three skills," Kohli said in Delhi before departing for the tour. "Because of that, the batsmen feel the extra pressure, or the bowlers feel the pressure because they feel batsmen aren't doing enough. But when both click together and whether it's swinging or seaming, bounce or turn, if you have momentum, any conditions feel favourable and if you don't have the momentum, flat pitches may also feel tough.

    "But yes, the conditions are going to be different, we will have to respect that. By the time the Tests come, we'll be so comfortable that we won't even feel like we'll be playing an away series. So once you spend time there, you get comfortable and that's the biggest factor. If you are at ease mentally, it will show in your performances."

    Shastri, on the other hand, said India were focusing more on the pitches and the conditions instead of the opposition. He went to the extent of saying they were not even looking at it as an away series.

    "From the preparation point of view, it is ideal [to start with T20s and ODIs," Shastri said. "They will get to play T20s first, then ODIs, the Tests will come a month later. The first game against Ireland is on the 27th (June) and the first Test starts on the 1st (August). So there's a lot of time to acclimatise.

    "For us there is no away, every game is home game because we don't play the opponent, we play the pitch. Our job is to conquer the pitch. Wherever we go - it could be Bombay, it could be Delhi, it could be London, it could be Johannesburg. It is 22 yards that we have to try and conquer, and that is the endeavour. The boys know that they will be rated if they adapt to different conditions. So, if the other team has to adapt to those conditions, so do we. It's not a question of where you're playing, for us every game has to be a home game. You see those 22 yards, you say, 'how am I going to take 20 wickets on those 22 yards, and how am I going to score 350-400.' Keep it simple."

    India's schedule in England is in stark contrast to their most recent tour to South Africa, when they arrived only five days before the first Test. The players even chose to train on their own instead of playing warm-up matches. At the time, Kohli had said they were "very well prepared" but later Shastri admitted that 10 more days of preparation in South Africa would have made a difference. India lost the first two Tests, but won the third and then went on to dominate the ODI (5-1) and T20I (2-1) series.

    "When we were playing the Test series in South Africa, after a couple of Tests, people really thought we were outplayed. And then we won the third [Test] and won the series that followed," Kohli said on Friday. "Then people really understood how well we played in that series. We as a team knew internally we had played well and that led to the success in the ODIs and the T20s as well because we took the confidence into it. People on the outside might not be able to see the small things that happened when you're playing a particular Test match of a series, but the point about teams not travelling well… I think we're one of the teams who are looking forward to other countries and playing.

    "I think that makes a massive difference and that showed with the mindset of someone like Jasprit Bumrah bowling 144kph in his last spell of the third Test. And that's where fitness comes in. When you have people that are hungry, fit and ready, you're not only competing but you're winning. That's the difference between getting emotional and letting go of a policy and holding on to it and actually taking the hard calls and moving ahead with the system. I think all those things have come together really nice and as I said, we're looking forward to playing difficult cricket. It can be anywhere, even in India, because that is the only way we feel we'll be able to test ourselves as a team and judge ourselves as players and as a team. It's a very exciting time for all of us."

    Kohli said he is back to peak fitness having spent time off the field post IPL. A neck injury, which he picked up at the back end of the IPL campaign with Royal Challengers Bangalore, had denied Kohli a much anticipated county stint with Surrey, a deal which was done at the last minute.

    Kohli admitted that playing for Surrey, even for just about a month, would have been ideal preparation for him to not just adapt to English conditions but also keep him mentally charged going into the Test series. The last time India played a Test series in England was in 2014, a tour Kohli will not spend too much time thinking about. In 10 innings in that series, Kohli scored 134 runs at an average of 13.40.

    Kohli said the key thing for him was to enter the Test series fresh and not exhausted, and that not playing county cricket may have helped him in that regard. "In hindsight what has happened was the best thing for me because although, yes, I wanted to go and experience the conditions, that is a place we haven't played so much. There's a big gap of four years and you sort of forget how the conditions were when you played the last time.

    "So I wanted the more difficult phase of those conditions. Now we are going to enter the heatwave. I wanted the damp and the wet conditions, which Puji [Cheteshwar Pujara] played in, Ishant [Sharma] played in and I saw Varun [Aaron] play in as well.

    "But in hindsight when I look at it now if I was 90% fit in my body and used to the conditions compared to feeling 110 (%) now and going in fresh I would much rather be in this position. Because in hindsight when I thought of it, I thought I need to be fresh for the tour. I need to be looking forward to it rather than thinking 'oh, I have been in that place for four months now'. And you don't want that feeling because the Test series is in the latter half [of the English summer]."


    Since last year Kohli has stressed on managing his workload in order to be match-fit for a longer career. He played in the IPL having skipped the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka and then missed out on the Afghanistan Test recuperating from the neck injury, which he said he has completely recovered from.

    "I am absolutely ready to go, went through the fitness test as well so body is feeling fine. I am actually very excited to get back on to the field which is a very rare thing when you play so much cricket. But these sort of breaks really help as mentally they make you fresh and make you excited to go back on to the pitch again."

    Having fought their way back in the closely fought Test series in South Africa, Kohli said his team was now hungry and keen to play the Test series in England. "This is another series as far as I am concerned individually. But for us as a team this is a very exciting time because we are actually looking forward to playing more difficult Test cricket after what happened in South Africa. That I feel is the best thing that can happen to any side. You don't want to go to England and say 'oh, the Test series is one month [away]'. We want it to be actually be sooner. It is just a great phase for Indian cricket."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23870626/england-tests-even-feel-away-series-virat-kohli
     
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    I would say the England should experiment a little and put Buttler up as an opener, with a Sehwag like freedom given to him.
    My XI

    Cook
    Buttler
    Root
    Bairstow
    Malan
    Stokes
    Ali
    Bass/Woakes
    Broad
    Wood
    Anderson


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    Lol at England won't feel like an away tour. This bloody arrogant moron and a cheerleader of a coach make a comical leadership combo.

    How hard is it to comprehend that LOIs are not exactly test practice. And we have a different team for the shorter formats.

    Doesn't matter whether you be there a month before or a year before the tour, if you don't play warm up games it's not the ideal preparation.
     
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    We basically have a nothing test team:

    Dhawan - Hack
    Vijay - Walking wicket, in terrible form
    Pujara - Overrated, walking wicket ( look at his county form)
    Kohli - Coming back from injury
    Rahane - Our only hope
    Dinesh Karthik - unknown in tests
    Pandya - Bits and pieces hack
    Ashwin - Won't do jack in England
    Ishant - Don't get me started on him
    Umesh Yadav - Spray gun
    Kuldeep Yadav/Jadeja - Might be decent in patches.

    Kohli being this arrogant with the set of players he has at his disposal is funny.
     
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    Major milestone beckons MS Dhoni in England; cricketer set to emulate Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni is set to achieve a major milestone in his illustrious career when India face England next month in Twenty20 Internationals.

    India have already reached the United Kingdom to play Ireland in two T20Is (June 27, 29) and England in three T20Is, three One Day Internationals and five Tests.

    Dhoni, who is still going strong in T20Is and ODIs, will join an elite list of cricketers headed by former captain and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
    The 36-year-old Dhoni, who made his international cricket debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, will become only the third Indian player to feature in 500 or more international matches.

    Currently, Dhoni has 497 caps and should complete the landmark on July 3 in Manchester when India and England play the first of the three T20Is.

    Tendulkar holds the world record
    Tendulkar holds the world record for most international appearances with 664, followed by Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene (652). At the third spot is Jayawardene's compatriot Kumar Sangakkara (594).

    In the elite 500-club, two Indians - Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid (509) feature. Now, Dhoni is set to join them.


    Overall, Dhoni is at 10th place behind former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq (499). Dhoni is the only active cricketer in the top-10.

    So far, Dhoni has played in 90 Tests, 318 ODIs, and 89 T20Is. He is one of the best captains in the limited-overs format. He took India to World Cup glory in 2011.

    Among other records, Dhoni is the only captain in history to have won all three International Cricket Council's (ICC) global trophies – World Twenty20 (2007), World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy (2013).

    Dhoni is the world record holder for most international matches as a captain. He led India in 331 matches across formats.

    Most international matches by a cricketer (Top 10)
    1. 664 (200 Tests, 463 ODIs, 1 T20I) – Sachin Tendulkar (India)
    2. 652 (149, 448, 55) – Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
    3. 594 (134, 404, 56) – Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
    4. 586 (110, 445, 31) – Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
    5. 560 (168, 375, 17) – Ricky Ponting (Australia)
    6. 524 (27, 398, 99) – Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
    7. 519 (166, 328, 25) – Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
    8. 509 (164, 344, 1) – Rahul Dravid (India)
    9. 499 (120, 378, 1) – Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
    10. 497 (90, 318, 89) – MS Dhoni (India)

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    Ireland look to build on ‘signs of progress’ against India

    Overview
    Ireland v India
    The Village, Malahide, Dublin
    1st T20I
    Wednesday 27 June; 15:00 GMT, 16:00 local

    India are the third-ranked Twenty20 International side, while Ireland are down at No.17. On the face of it, it’s a mismatch. But in Irish conditions – it’s damp and cold in Ireland right now – the difference in rankings might not be too significant. Not to forget that the Indians have just reached the country and have had only a couple of days of training. The first of two T20Is could well be a close scrap.

    Of the two teams, Ireland are more T20I ready. The Indians were all a part of the Indian Premier League 2018, but have since played only one Test against Afghanistan at home. Ireland, meanwhile, were away in the Netherlands playing a triangular T20I series against the hosts and Scotland.

    True, they didn’t have the best time against the Netherlands, losing by four runs and four wickets in the two games, but Gary Wilson’s side did beat Scotland in their first game by 46 runs and then had a tied encounter in the second.

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    Kevin O'Brien can still change the complexion of a game with his bat

    Paul Stirling was in particularly good form, hitting half-centuries in both the games against Scotland on his way to a series aggregate of 176 runs. New captain Wilson also did well with the bat, scoring 128 runs, while Andy Balbirnie was in decent run-scoring touch and Simi Singh, the debutant, shone with bat and ball. It was also heartening for Ireland to see George Dockrell, the premier spinner who had been out of form the past many months, pick up six wickets at an economy rate of 6.60.

    All good signs, but Graham Ford, the coach, knows that there are concerns.

    “We are trying to find answers but we are starting from almost nowhere; we are not a settled team, we don’t know what our best combinations are,” he said after the tri-series. “The pleasing thing is that there were signs of progress over the four games. I just wish we had a few more games so we could give a few guys a fair crack.”

    That would have helped Ireland for sure, and similar exposure before the two-match series would have been good for India as well. They have a long tour of the region, starting with the T20I series in Ireland, followed by three T20Is, three one-day internationals and five Tests in England, with tour games in between.

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    Ireland "are not a settled team", feels Graham Ford, their coach

    But looking at the Ireland games as prep outings might not be a good idea for Virat Kohli’s team. The Irish have a history of upsetting the applecart of higher-rated teams, and India should be wary of the threat.

    The good thing for India is that they have a first-choice squad to pick from. A batting unit headlined by Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey is a formidable one in any part of the world.

    India also have a solid pace attack led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah – the best ODI bowler in the world – Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, the all-rounder, and Siddarth Kaul, the impressive uncapped swing bowler. There are spin options in Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Washington Sundar too, and it might be tricky for the team management to leave players out.

    On paper, India are the superior team. But Ireland are desperate to move up the rankings, hungry to make a statement, and have the players who can change the script of a game on their day. It should be entertaining all right.

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    Rohit Sharma has been a run-scoring machine in the shorter formats

    Key playersKevin O’Brien (Ireland): The burly all-rounder had a lean trot in the Netherlands, totalling 54 runs in four innings and not picking up a wicket. But he is an outstanding cricketer with a history of raising his game for the big occasions – most recently in Ireland’s maiden Test against Pakistan. His bowling might not be what it once was, but he can still hit the ball hard and long, and his experience and temperament are right up there.

    Rohit Sharma (India): His Test career is going through tricky times, as he was left out of the one-off Test against Afghanistan. But he has been a run-scoring machine in the shorter formats for many years now, as an average of 44.55 in ODIs and 30.86 in T20Is underscore. He has been zen about his exclusion from the Test side, saying, “I am going forward with the theory of ‘whatever time I have, make it count’, but will want to create a splash in the limited-overs matches, starting with the games against Ireland.

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    The teams, and the fans, will hope rain stays away and Malahide is as beautiful for cricket as it can be

    Conditions

    It’s wet in Dublin, and while not cold, it can get quite chilly for the Indians, who are not always at their most comfortable in this sort of weather. Rain is always a threat around these parts, and pace bowlers will hope to make the most of favourable conditions when they get the opportunity.

    Squads

    Ireland: Gary Wilson (c), Andy Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson

    India: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav

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    Current pace attack is most complete India has ever had: Tendulkar

    The legendary Sachin Tendulkar feels India has headed to the gruelling tour of England with "the most complete fast-bowling attack in many years", a "luxury" that was not there during his 24 years in international cricket.

    India are starting their nearly three-month tour of the United Kingdom with two T20 Internationals in Ireland from June 27 but all eyes will be on the five-Test series starting August 1 in Birmingham.

    "This is the most complete fast-bowling attack that India have had in many many years. In my assessment, this attack would go as one of the best," Tendulkar said during an exclusive interaction.

    The maestro, who played an incredible 200 Tests in his illustrious career, said even though India have had some quality seamers but never had the "luxury" of an attack of such variety.

    "We have the luxury where we have a swing bowler (Bhuvneshwar Kumar), a tall bowler (Ishant Sharma), a skiddy bowler (Jasprit Bumrah) and a genuine quick bowler (Umesh Yadav). It is a nice combination to have with so much variation on offer," Tendulkar said.

    Tendulkar had played alongside the likes of Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar.

    During the major part of his career though, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan spearheaded the pace attacks

    So does he rate this attack as more potent than some of those during his playing days, Tendulkar replied: "Yeah, I am taking that into account that (attacks of yesteryears) as well because of a reason. We have got Bhuvi, who can bat and also Hardik with good batting ability."

    However, Tendulkar didn't want to comment on what kind of combination India should play.

    "I think the team management would have to assess which opposition batsman is comfortable against what kind of bowling. There will be a few, who would play the swing bowling well and some will have the technique of dealing with deliveries that move off the pitch. You have to pick the team accordingly," he said.

    The highest scorer in Tests and ODIs paid rich compliments to Bhuvneshwar terming him as the man, who can tilt the balance of power in India's favour with his all-round abilities. "The current India team is constantly looking at seamers, who can contribute with the bat big time. I think these two guys (Bhuvneshwar and Hardik) have contributed crucial runs every now and then.

    "Hardik has just got into the side but I think Bhuvi contributing brilliantly and that contribution changes the balance of the team in a positive manner," Tendulkar explained.

    "It's good to have batsmen who can bowl four-five overs but even better if we have bowlers, who can score those crucial runs. The kind of contributions that can help you move forward," he stated.

    Tendulkar has been a part of five Test series in England (1990, 1996, 2002, 2007, 2011) and with his vast knowledge about the English weather and pitches, he is expecting a "pleasant weather" during India's current tour.

    "I think there should be good wickets. It also depends on the kind of summer they have. No one wants to play in wet and cold conditions. I am expecting good bright summer conducive for good cricket," the legend said.

    One of the aspects that will work in India's favour is the fact that Test series will start only in August and by that time India would have spent a good month in England.

    "I think going early will prove to be an advantage. By the time the Test series starts, India would have spent five weeks in England with lot of match practice. It would help the team to get into the groove," he concluded.

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    Virat Kohli: The record India captain could break against Ireland

    Kohli is just 17 runs away from reaching 2000 runs in the format for his country.

    He has played just 57 matches and is fourth in the list of all-time top runscorers in T20 internationals.

    New Zealand duo Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum take the first two places on the list with Pakistan ace Shoaib Malik third.

    But if Kohli does score 17 in Dublin, he would be the quickest to reach the landmark.

    Indeed, even if he fails in the Irish capital, Kohli should still pass the mark quickest.

    McCullum currently leads the way, having reached 2000 runs in his 66th innings. Guptill followed suit in 68 matches.

    Kohli’s T20I average is above 50, though he is yet to hit a century in the shortest format.

    He will be looking to extend that average during the tour to England and Ireland.

    India face two matches against the Emerald Isle before crossing the Irish sea and playing three T20s against England.

    There is then three ODIs with the Three Lions before a five-Test series ensues.

    That begins on August 1 at Edgbaston with the fifth Test beginning on September 7 at the Oval.

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/cricket/980082/Virat-Kohli-India-Ireland-record-T20
     
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    Middle order the focus in India's Irish reunion

    Big Picture
    The last time India toured Ireland, Rohit Sharma was straight out of the Under-19s, and was handed an ODI debut under Rahul Dravid's captaincy. MS Dhoni had not led India yet. Dinesh Karthik was the only other player from the current group who was around then. Eleven years on, Rohit returns to the venue of his debut as a limited-overs stalwart, Karthik has written yet another chapter in a stop-start career, and Dhoni is the senior-most member of the squad.

    The occasion won't be quite as historic as Ireland's previous international game played here, but Malahide's Village is still sold out for the two T20Is.

    This is India's first T20I assignment since the Nidahas Trophy in March, and the squad doesn't have any major surprises. Virat Kohli, who was earlier in doubt for the series opener because of a stint with Surrey, returns to lead against a side that wants to "show them what we are about". If Ireland's debut Test against Pakistan is any example, those are not hollow words.

    "Anyone can beat anyone else and that's the beauty of sport and cricket," Ireland captain Gary Wilson said. "We have had some great results against England in Bengaluru and against Pakistan in the Caribbean. So we will go in with the belief that we can turn them over."

    They are set to unleash fast bowler Joshua Little - who can bowl in excess of 85mph - on India's batsmen, while their batting quartet of Paul Stirling, Simi Singh, Andy Balbirnie and Kevin O' Brien will be key in their quest to put up tall scores on a small ground. Can they upset the T20 superstars?

    Form guide
    Ireland TWLLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
    India WWWWL

    In the spotlight
    Since his return to the team in February 2018, Suresh Raina has averaged just 21.33. With the battle for the No. 4 spot in the team heating up, the 31-year-old will need to step his game up if he wishes to remain in India's plans. He could face competition from KL Rahul, who is coming off a run-glut in the IPL.

    Simi Singh, the allrounder with roots in India, has developed into a potent weapon for Ireland. Starting off as a bowler, Simi has worked his way up the Irish batting order and he averages 32 with a strike-rate of 150 in T20Is. With the ball, he averages only 17.50 with an economy of 6.63. He could lend balance to the Ireland line-up.

    Teams news
    William Porterfield was rested for the two T20s against Scotland but he's expected to return for this series. That could mean time on the bench for James Shannon. Among the bowlers, Ireland may opt for Andy McBrine in the place of Stuart Thompson, but that decision may hinge on overhead conditions on match day.

    Ireland (probable) 1 Paul Stirling, 2 William Porterfield, 3 Andy Balbirnie, 4 Simi Singh, 5 Gary Wilson (capt), 6 Kevin O'Brien, 7 Stuart Thompson, 8 Stuart Poynter (wk), 9 George Dockrell, 10 Boyd Rankin, 11 Joshua Little

    There are two big questions that India need to address. First, the easier one: play the extra spinner in Yuzvendra Chahal, or opt for a three-man pace attack with Umesh Yadav who hasn't played T20Is since 2012? Remember, he's been in cracking form in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The other one is much bigger: who among Rahul, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik should they leave out? There's also an injury cloud over Washington Sundar, who limped out of training after turning his ankle on a football.


    India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Suresh Raina/KL Rahul/Manish Pandey, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Dinesh Karthik, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal/Umesh Yadav, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

    Pitch and conditions
    For a change, the local weather forecast is clear, but you have to be brave to trust it.

    The ground is small and the surface is likely to be batsman-friendly (it will be brave to prepare a spicy deck for a game that could bring Cricket Ireland more money than any other series they'll host in the near future). Expect batsmen from both sides to have fun then.

    Stats and trivia
    • These team's only T20I meet-up - at the 2009 T20 World Cup - went in India's favour. Gary Wilson, Kevin O'Brien and William Porterfield were part of that Ireland defeat.

    • It will be the first time Malahide will be a hosting a T20I fixture between two Full Members.
    Quotes
    "They are a very fine T20 side, but they have to bat and we have to bowl. If we bowl our best, they have to still play that - no matter if it is Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma."
    Ireland captain Gary Wilson has a simple mantra on match eve


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    Rohit, Dhawan set it up for wristspinners in huge win

    India 208 for 5 (Rohit 97, Dhawan 74, Chase 4-35) beat Ireland 132 for 9 (Shannon 61, Kuldeep 4-21, Chahal 3-38) by 76 runs

    India's opening batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, set off a rollicking start to their tour. Their 160-run stand, the second-highest for India in T20Is, provided momentum enough to last the rest of the game in a 76-run win at Malahide. In response to India's 208 for 5, the hosts couldn't even trump the pair's effort, succumbing to India's wristspinners through the middle overs.

    As is often the case when the two open together, it was Dhawan who first took on the bowling. Having been the benefactor of the first of at least six dropped chances across both innings, Dhawan was ruthless. Never was this more evident than in the sixth over when, after stepping out and copping a bouncer in the grille, Dhawan completed the over by stepping out again creaming a length ball out of the ground, straight over the bowler's head.

    Rohit began edgily, before joining his partner in feasting on the length balls fed by the seamers, hardly any of which were faster than 130kph. Their preferred method was to loft over the infield, a tactic provided for nicely by a flat, insipid surface. Ireland used four seamers in the Powerplay with no success, before some respite through George Dockrell's first over immediately after. But when Rohit skipped down the track to launch offspinner Simi Singh high over deep midwicket for his first six, there would be no further control.

    It wasn't a complete batsman-dominated innings. There were chances. They found Stuart Thompson, in particular, many times. By the time he finally held onto one - his fourth chance - to get Dhawan, India had made 160 in 16 overs.

    Suresh Raina, who along with Manish Pandey, was a surprise pick ahead of Dinesh Karthik, was promoted to No. 3 and had a brisk five-ball innings for 10 before falling to the first short ball bowled at him. With Rohit approaching a third T20I hundred at one end, India went for complete aggression at the other with, first MS Dhoni and then Hardik Pandya being pushed above Virat Kohli.

    But Peter Chase bowled a freak final over, managing to get Rohit - for 97 - Dhoni and Kohli, in the space of four balls to put one final, extremely belated dent to the innings.

    Malahide's 9400 spectators were witness to an immediate display of aggression from Paul Stirling, who stepped out and got squared by a Bhuvneshwar Kumar outswinger first ball. That single down to third man would be his only run. With his next display of aggression, he only managed to chip one to mid-on.

    India dropped James Shannon thrice within the first four overs, none of them patently tough ones. The reprieves allowed a struggling batsman to find his feet against a good nagging pace attack, before he started picking out the leg side at will with predominantly front-foot hoicks. Normally a middle-order batsman, pushed up on the day for the dropped William Poterfield, Shannon found his best in the middle overs.


    Three of his best shots came against Chahal, each one muscled to completion against balls that were turning away from him, landing either side and far behind deep midwicket. But when he attempted the same against Kuldeep, he was promptly caught in front with a front-of-the-palm yorker.

    With that, the wheels came off. Neither the in-form Simi at No. 4, nor the experienced Kevin O'Brien at No. 6 got into the chase and with their tame dismissals against Kuldeep and Chahal, respectively, any hopes of Ireland coming close were dashed. And with Wilson running past a Chahal legbreak immediately after O'Brien had fallen, Ireland were all but done at 96 for 6.

    Kuldeep capped off the embarrassment, lulling the lower order batsmen forward with dipping, fizzing deliveries which they scarcely had an idea about. In doing this he slipped in a maiden, before tonking the off stump of Stuart Poynter as he wicketkeeper looked to flick one from leg stump. That was his fourth wicket, and at 4 for 21, he had the best figures in his exciting young T20I career.

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    Stokes returns as England name 14-man squad for India ODIs


    Ben Stokes is set to return to ODI action as he was named in England's 14-man squad for the Royal London three-match series against India. Stokes is stepping up his recovery from a torn left-hamstring with a game for Durham Jets against Yorkshire Vikings in the T20 Blast next Thursday (July 5) and, should he get through unscathed, will be available for selection in England's T20I against India in Bristol a few days later, on Sunday, July 8.

    The allrounder last competed in a 50-over international for England in New Zealand, which was his first competitive action after the ECB banned him from international cricket after his involvement in the incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September of last year. He returned 141 runs and five wickets. With the India ODI series beginning on July 12, Stokes will be able to build-up match practice ahead of the five-match Test series with India, starting on August 1.

    There is no place in the squad for Sam Billings. The Kent skipper was also left out of the original squad for the Australia ODIs, only to be drafted back in when Stokes was ruled out. In two innings for England, the wicketkeeper batsman has managed just 12 (against Scotland) and 11 (Australia) and the opportunity to return to his county and get a run of games under his belt in their T20 Blast campaign is one he, privately, will relish having spent most of the last 12-months carrying drinks for the international side.
    Sam Curran misses out, too, having also been drafted into the ODI squad for the Australia series as injury cover for his brother, Tom, and Jake Ball. While he subsequently made his debut in the fifth and final ODI, taking two for 44 and contributing 15 with the bat, the return of both quicks sees the 20-year-old drop out.

    England will be looking to step-up against high profile opposition, after whitewashing an under-strength Australia 5-0. While India are second in the ODI rankings, England are far enough ahead that defeat would still see them hold onto top spot.

    Squad: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood.

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    Bumrah ruled out of England T20Is

    Jasprit Bumrah, India pacer, has been ruled out of the three-match T20I series against England. The pacer had suffered an injury to his thumb of his non-bowling hand in the first T20I against Ireland in Malahide while looking to stop a ball on his run-up. He didn't train the following day and was rested for the second game of the series.

    The pacer underwent a scan of his injured hand and the results revealed a fracture. He could return to the set-up for the the three-match ODI series against England, starting on July 12 in Nottingham. Deepak Chahar, who has snared seven scalps in the ongoing one-day tri-series, also involving England Lions and Windies A, will replace him in the T20I squad.

    Meanwhile, Washington Sundar, the all-rounder, has been ruled out of both the T20I and ODI series due to a right ankle injury, which he suffered whilst playing football during India's practice session in Malahide on Tuesday.

    Spin-bowling all-rounders, Krunal Pandya and Axar Patel, will replace Sundar for T20Is and ODIs respectively. Both of them are presently playing for India A in the tri-series. Axar has snared five scalps at an average of 20, while Krunal has bagged two wickets so far in the tournament. Krunal also took 12 scalps at an average of 23.66 for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018.

    The first match of the T20I series is set to begin on July 3 at Old Trafford.

    Additionally, the selectors have also added Rishabh Pant to India A squad for the four-day match in England. Currently a member of the India A's squad for the one-day games, Pant will continue to be with the side for the longer format as well. The Indian side is scheduled to play a two-match series against Windies A, starting July 4, and a one-off unofficial Test against the hosts starting July 16.

    Updated squads:

    For T20Is vs England: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav

    For four-day matches: Karun Nair (C), R Samarth, Mayank Agarwal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, Vijay Shankar, KS Bharat (wk), Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Rajneesh Gurbani, Rishabh Pant

    http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-new...ler-jasprit-bumrah-ruled-out-of-england-t20is
     
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    England are on a roll and at home, while India have a stellar team too and look good to compete against the hosts on an even footing.

    Overview

    England v IndiaOld Trafford, Manchester
    1st T20I
    Tuesday 3 July, 16:30 GMT, 17:30 local

    When England host India for the first Twenty20 International of their three-match series on Tuesday at Old Trafford, it will be a clash between two outstanding 20-over teams. India are ranked No.2, and England are No.4, and while India have warmed up nicely for the series with two convincing wins over Ireland, England are at home and in rollicking form. No quarters will be given and none will be asked for.

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    KL Rahul and Suresh Raina set up India's win in the second T20I against Ireland

    If India are coming off a strong showing against Ireland, England are, if anything, on an even bigger roll. Give them coloured clothes and a white ball, and the eyes of the batsmen light up. The reversal against Scotland in a one-off one-day international was a scarring one, but they have since had a blast against Australia, steamrolling the visitors 5-0 in the ODIs and then winning the lone T20I.

    What, really, can oppositions do if the pack of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan hit a purple patch at the same time and then stay there? The Australians found out over the past few days, and now it could be India’s turn.

    Not to forget the England bowling. On pitches where the England batsmen made merry, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid bowled like a dream. Both of them picked up 12 wickets apiece in the ODIs, at a combined economy of just over five an over, and Rashid did well in the T20I too. Liam Plunkett was also among the wickets, while David Willey and Mark Wood did their jobs well.

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    Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali did exceedingly well with the ball against Australia

    It mustn’t be forgotten, however, that Australia were without their best batsmen – Steve Smith and David Warner, and best pace bowlers – Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, as well as premier all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.

    With India, it’s pretty much the full-strength team, bar one notable exception: Jasprit Bumrah, the No.1 bowler in ODI cricket and a master of death bowling, is out with a fractured thumb. Washington Sundar, the off-spinning all-rounder, is also out with an ankle injury but that might not be as big a blow for India, because he isn’t a first-team regular, but Bumrah’s absence might hurt India.

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    Virat Kohli couldn't quite get going in Ireland

    In their place, India have called up the uncapped Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya. One wonders if either of them will get a chance, though, because India have pace options in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and the one-T20I-old Siddarth Kaul, plus all-rounder Hardik Pandya, and outstanding limited-overs spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

    Not to forget the batting. Virat Kohli didn’t really get going in the T20Is against Ireland, but Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma did brilliantly in the first game, and KL Rahul and Suresh Raina did the same in the second – all of them hit big half-centuries in quick time. And with the ball, 13 wickets in two T20Is is a pretty fantastic achievement – that’s what Kuldeep (7/37) and Chahal (6/59) did between them in Ireland.

    There isn’t much to choose between the two sides, that’s for sure. Home advantage might give England an edge, but the stands are likely to be pretty full of Indians. It will be fun for sure, especially if you like big hitting and crafty spin bowling.

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    Kuldeep Yadav picked up seven wickets in the two T20Is against Ireland

    Key players


    Jos Buttler (England): Buttler has been in the form of his life, across formats. It’s difficult for a middle-order batsman to do much when the men before you include some of the best in the business, but Buttler has got his chances and he has made the most of them. The Indians know him well, and know what a huge threat he can be.

    Kuldeep Yadav (India): The left-arm wrist-spinner just has that happy knack of picking up wickets. Keeping things tight is key in T20s, and Kuldeep does that too, but his real job is to strike as often as he can – that helps keep the scoring down too, doesn’t it?

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    Jos Buttler has been in excellent form across formats, and led England to an unlikely win in Manchester recently

    Conditions


    It’s likely to be the perfect day for cricket in Manchester, with forecasts suggesting a sunny day and, in the evening, a clear sky with comfortable temperatures. No T20Is have been played at Old Trafford since September 2016, but in the one-day international between England and Australia last month, run-scoring wasn’t too easy. Australia were rolled over for 205, and it took till the penultimate over for England to cross the target, and that too after Buttler played an outstanding innings.

    Squads

    England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey

    India: Virat Kohli (c), Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/769230
     
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    Well I hope they (Indians) enjoy the weather because that’s the only thing that they will enjoy on this tour.
     
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    Manchester T20 to kickstart limited-overs blockbuster

    And so we have arrived at the cricketing summer's main event. With all due respect to Pakistan and Australia, the upcoming T20I, ODI and Test series against India has always been the most enticing part of this season's schedule and given the relative strengths of both England and India, the white-ball matches between these two teams are set to be blockbuster viewing.

    The first of eleven encounters across three formats begins on Tuesday (July 3) with a T20I at Old Trafford before two more short format games in Cardiff and Bristol. England's strong recent showings against Australia and India's remarkable strength in depth in T20 cricket, driven by the IPL behemoth, means the expectation is for some high-quality, high-octane cricket.

    All the ingredients are there. In Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler, there is a match-up of two of the most destructive batsmen in the world game while these are probably the two best batting line-ups in limited overs cricket right now. Both bowling attacks have pace, skill and spin - although India's has the stronger pedigree in T20 cricket - while there shouldn't be too much to choose between them in the fielding stakes either.

    Both teams are in good form too. England have just defeated Australia five-nil in the ODI series and also emerged victorious in a one-off T20I while India, ranked number two in the world in the shortest format, have just routed Ireland twice to make that six successive T20I victories in all. England have fond recent memories of Old Trafford having narrowly beaten Australia there in an ODI last week, thanks to a genius hundred from Buttler.

    This is a strong looking Indian party and after giving everyone a good run in Ireland, picking a final eleven is not going to be easy for Kohli and the team's management. There is, however, little doubt that India have more depth and experience in this format than England who are missing the injured pair Ben Stokes and Tom Curran and the rested Mark Wood, all three of whom played in this season's IPL.

    Perhaps the most interesting aspect across the series will be how England handle India's spin twins of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzi Chahal. The pair, who are the two leading wicket-takers in T20I cricket since the last World T20, should pose more problems to a stellar home batting line-up than Australia's depleted bowling attack managed but the wrist-spinners could find things tough going in Manchester. Traditionally, the slower men struggle in T20s at Old Trafford, averaging almost double that of seamers.

    The last time the two teams met in T20Is, in India in early 2017, Kohli's team emerged victorious, winning the three-match series 2-1. The overall head-to-head record between the two teams favours England, however, with six victories coming from their eleven games against India but given the relative scarcity of T20Is and the resulting difficulty in building patterns of play and confidence, that arguably matters little.

    Perhaps the only thing that will distract from the clash will be the football World Cup with England playing Colombia in Moscow in the first knock-out round of the tournament on the same evening. Kick-off is 7pm UK time which should be just as the second innings is set to begin. England's supporters will be hoping for a double celebration.

    When: Tuesday July 3, 2018. 5:30pm UK time.

    Where: Old Trafford, Manchester.

    What to expect: It's set to be another scorcher for the match - England is enjoying a prolonged and very welcome heatwave at the moment - and the pitch should be hard and true and good for batting, unlike the slow surface which hosted the fifth ODI against Australia.

    Team News

    England

    England are likely to stick to the same team which beat Australia at Edgbaston last week although captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed he will look to experiment throughout the three matches as he looks ahead to the next World T20. Ben Stokes and Tom Curran are not fit for this match but could come into contention for the latter two games which will give Morgan more options.

    Without the rested Mark Wood, Chris Jordan, David Willey and Liam Plunkett should make up the seam attack in the final eleven in Manchester as they did in Birmingham with Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali supplying the spin. Joe Root, despite some scrutiny over his place in the side and the inclusion of Dawid Malan in the squad as injury cover for Tom Curran, will keep his slot in the middle order.

    Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid.

    India

    Umesh Yadav was the biggest positive this year for the IPL team that Virat Kohli leads, and is likely to edge Siddarth Kaul to the fast-bowler's spot left vacant by the injured Jasprit Bumrah. Umesh's ability to trouble the batsmen with pace in the powerplay overs could be a big asset against this England side. Kaul, with his variations, seems like a more all-round option, but Umesh is likely to get the nod at the start. The first T20I might be too soon for Deepak Chahar, even if he is the man India are looking for, as he's scheduled to join up with the squad only after India A's tri-series final, being played at Kennington Oval in London on Monday (02 July).

    The middle-order around MS Dhoni at 5 also seems uncertain. India have three options in Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik for potentially two spots - No.4 and No. 6 or 7 - with Hardik Pandya also being a definite starter as one of the finishers.

    Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey/Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav

    What they said:

    "We believe in our abilities as a team, we have a lot of T20 experience, we have just come off the IPL and coupe of games against Ireland as well where the team has looked great. Obviously, in T20 cricket the wickets are going to be something that provides entertainment to the crowd, so there's no one team that has an advantage in this format." - Virat Kohli isn't in the mood for picking favourites for the T20Is.

    "I think our experience of playing in the IPL is of benefit to us. It exposes our players to the biggest competition in the world.We had 9 picked up in the auction, eventually 13 going with replacement players, which is the most we've ever had. It's great experience and exposure for our players, but it also shows where we are at as a team." - Eoin Morgan on the advantages of IPL for England players.

    http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-new...er-t20-to-kickstart-limited-overs-blockbuster
     
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    Want to win every session, every ball - Virat Kohli


    The challenge of beating England in their own den and then walking away with the spoils is "exciting" and not daunting. The thought actually makes India captain Virat Kohli more relaxed than nervous.

    On Monday, Kohli walked into his first media conference of the two-month-plus-long tour of England with one hand in his pocket. He was calm, not the busybody, full of intent as he is on match day or training. Up front, Kohli was asked whether India were ready for the "stern" test posed by England, who had recently blanked out Australia 6-0 in white-ball cricket.

    Kohli admitted he understood England would "come hard", but felt the vastly experienced Indians had enough know-how to challenge England in the limited-overs leg. Later on, he would go on to throw the challenge to England who, he reminded, had lost in all three formats during their 2016-17 tour of India.

    "Playing against a good team in their conditions and at their home, to get the opportunity to be able to beat them in their home conditions, it is a point of excitement for us and not pressure," Kohli said. "Because when they came to India last time, we won the series and the trophy is with us, and now they are on home soil and they need to play well to win it back. We will play fearless cricket and literally we have nothing to lose."

    Two weeks ago when he left India, Kohli wanted to take a walk on the streets and enjoy a coffee. Kohli wanted to do simple things like that so he and the rest of India's players would remain in the right mindset ahead of the gruelling tour, which will last just under three months.

    Just over a week into their trip, the Indians have been taking advantage of an unprecedented toasty beginning to the English summer - not limiting themselves to just sipping coffee but drinking in the pleasant sights and surroundings.

    Now that they are relaxed in the mind, Kohli says India are more than ready for the England tour which comprise three T20s, an equal number of ODIs followed by a five-Test series that begins in August and will run into mid-September.

    Kohli is clear that India need to replicate the mindset and game they displayed on a tough tour of South Africa where they bounced back to win the final Test even though they lost the series 2-1. Subsequently, India won both the ODI and T20I series.

    And this what Kohli wants to go home with: the desire and intent to win every session of play. "Takeaway from this tour obviously will be the way we play our cricket and the mindset and the attitude that we maintain for the length of the tour that we are here. No one can guarantee results, but just wanting to win every session and every ball that we play, if we can carry that on for the length of the tour, I will be really proud as a captain and we will be really proud of ourselves as a team.

    "This is what we did in South Africa till the last day of the tour: we continued the mindset from day one, even though we lost some games, but we knew we were in the games for us to be able to turn it around very quickly and that is why those results followed after."

    Maintaining such high, competitive spirit over such an extended period of time will never be easy especially if things do not go as India intend. In such circumstances, it would be vital to maintain mental balance and team spirit, Kohli pointed out.

    "If the mindset is not right after a few days or a couple of weeks then things can get more difficult, but if we can stay positive and enjoy each other's company and just look forward to being here for that period of time and just look forward to being on the field and play competitive cricket, I think we will be able to space it as a team and certainly take a lot from this tour when we go away."


    India are happy that the six-match limited-overs phase allows them to settle nicely into English conditions before the Test challenge. But the six matches will also allow India to figure out answers to some of the questions they have before the team thinktank and selectors sit down to shortlist the group that will participate in the 2019 World Cup which will be held in England.

    Without delving too deep into the issue Kohli said one area India would be keen to fix is the middle order in ODIs. Although Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli and MS Dhoni pick themselves, the rest of the top six remains undecided. KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav are the contenders.

    "Looking at the World Cup, we will try a lot of players in the shorter formats," Kohli said. "The middle order in the ODIs has been something that we have been looking for, so we have a few things that we want to try out and address there as well. This next phase is going to be really important to figure all those things out and have the best balance that we need going into that big tournament, but that's quite far away but we have a vision for it."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23975686/want-win-every-session-every-ball-virat-kohli
     
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    Start of Indian summer offers true test of England's white-ball aspirations

    It's not just that Australia are currently lacking half a first-choice team due to injury and suspension, and it's not just that India are currently rated No. 2 in the ICC's ODI and IT20 rankings. There's little doubt that, after a 6-0 start to the white-ball leg of England's home summer, the true examination of their limited-overs progress is just about to begin.

    After all, this India side contains at least two of the best batsmen in limited-overs history - certainly Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni qualify in that category - and a bowling attack that contains an enduring source of heartbreak for England teams: good-quality spin bowling - in particular wrist-spin.

    If that sounds like an exaggeration, consider the last time these teams met in this format. On that occasion we were treated to a batting collapse to rate with some of the most dramatic in England's history (and the competition for that accolade is pretty stiff) when, confronted with the potent mix of a demanding target (203) and a good leg-spinner (in Yuzvendra Chahal), they lost eight wickets for eight runs on the way to a 75-run loss.

    To make matters worse - for England, anyway - both these limited-overs series are set to be played in conditions that should encourage spin and negate any advantage England might have had from 'home' conditions. With the country in the middle of an unusually hot and dry spell - by English standards, anyway - the surfaces encountered in this series (and probably the Test series that follows) might be expected to assist spin more than normal. The distinctive smell of burning wood - there are two major moorland fires near Manchester - provides an even greater sense that this first match might as well be taking place in an Indian city.

    "Generally, it is a different challenge when you play against subcontinent teams," England's captain, Eoin Morgan, said. "It normally exposes sides like ourselves, South Africa and Australia to spin and reverse swing: different challenges to that we are normally used to. But we are in the middle of our summer and we have played a lot of cricket. Hopefully we will be able to deal with it

    "The weather normally has a big impact on the pitch that's produced. The grounds we go to in the T20 series normally take a bit [of spin] as well.

    "Like everything, if you play against a side with good players and you focus on one or two of them, say the spinners, it's more than likely it's the seamers who will actually get the wickets. It can have a completely different impact if you focus on two guys too much within a team. They are a strong side and have other components to their game. It's going to be a difficult challenge."

    There are reasons for optimism from an England perspective. For a start, they are a better side than many of those that preceded them and they are, after overwhelming Australia home and away, playing joyful, confident cricket.

    Perhaps more importantly, the sense of mystery that once accompanied them in any series against overseas sides - and India in particular - has been diluted by exposure to the IPL. Ten of this squad (including the injured Ben Stokes and Tom Curran) have IPL experience and one of them (Moeen Ali) played alongside Chahal for RCB.

    "That has a big impact," Morgan said. "When I was coming through to the international team, playing against somebody like a Chris Gayle for instance, who you'd built up as quite a significant player in the game, you felt a million miles away from that, whereas our guys are rubbing shoulders with the best, competing and doing quite well.

    "I think our experience of playing in the IPL is of benefit to us. It exposes our players to the biggest competition in the world. We had nine players picked up in the auction, with 13 eventually going including replacement players, which is the most we've ever had. It's great experience and exposure for our players, but it also shows where we are at as a team."

    Whatever happens over the next few weeks, England's eyes will remain - in this format, at least - upon the next World T20 tournament in Australia in late 2020. Gone are the days of using the format to take a look at players with a view to the ODI side and gone are the days of resting players with a view to keeping them fresh for Test cricket. With a global event on the horizon - albeit distant at present - the format will take greater precedence.

    That was a point confirmed by Morgan ahead of the series. As well as stating he would like to continue as captain to that World T20 tournament, he said England would continue to tinker with their line-up - and batting order, in particular - with a view to finding their optimum strategy over the next 12 months or so.

    "I'd love to do it [the captaincy]," Morgan said. "2020 [and the World T20] is where all our plans are going in this format.


    "You will see more experimentation [in this series]. I think we have to be open to what might be the best combination down the line. I don't think here and now that making a solid decision and sticking with it for the next two years is productive or healthy. We have to be as adaptable as we can be, going forward with one eye on the World T20 in Australia. And we have also the Big Bash: some of our guys might go down there and absolutely tear it up. So you have to be open-minded."

    Two men who are clearly in with a chance of selection are Reece Topley and Matt Fisher. Both were considered for selection for this squad once it become clear that Tom Curran was not fully fit. Fisher, aged 20, has long been thought of as a promising player and made his Championship debut for Yorkshire aged just 17, while Topley has recently recovered from a stress fracture of the back and was overlooked for Hampshire's team that won Saturday's Royal London One-day Cup final.

    Ultimately, the England management raised some eyebrows with the decision to select a batsman - Dawid Malan - to replace a bowler (Curran). But they reasoned that allowing Topley and Fisher to play for England Lions against India A may be more beneficial than calling them to Old Trafford with little realistic prospect of playing.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_...fers-true-test-england-white-ball-aspirations
     
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    Sam Curran has his sights on Virat Kohli in 'surreal' season

    Sam Curran has been savouring the "rollercoaster" for the last few weeks after earning England debuts in Tests and ODIs and is now eyeing up a chance to challenge himself against Virat Kohli after missing out playing alongside him for Surrey.

    Kohli had been due to play a month with Surrey in preparation for India's tour of England but a neck injury sustained towards the end of the IPL put paid to that. Curran had been looking forward to seeing county attacks trying to keep Kohli quiet but now he knows that demanding task might fall to him as part of England's T20I squad for the three-match series, which starts at Old Trafford on Tuesday, where Curran would complete a hat-trick of debuts in a little over month should he play.

    "I was pretty excited when he was meant to be my team-mate at Surrey and I was expecting to be laughing at the other county bowlers," Curran said. "Now if I get the chance it'll be my chance to get taken down! It'll be fun.

    "You want to play against these big names and test yourself, find out where you need to improve. All the Surrey boys were gutted he didn't come because we were expecting some big crowds and learning the way he trains, apparently he's a freak in the gym, so it would have been special to work with him."

    India, who completed a 2-0 T20I series win over Ireland last week, should prove a much sterner challenge than Australia provided, with Kohli part of a power-packed batting line-up. England, though, have had a stellar season in the white-ball game having whitewashed Australia in the ODIs, during which they piled up a men's world-record 481, then careered to 221 in the T20I at Edgbaston.

    Curran was drafted into England's ODI squad for the final two matches against Australia and, for a short while, batted alongside Jos Buttler in the early stages of his magnificent century at Old Trafford to seal the whitewash. "Bowling at Kohli is probably like what other teams think bowling at England at the moment," he said. "They are special, particularly on these wickets."

    Curran overcame an expensive start on his ODI debut at Old Trafford to grab two middle-order wickets making him England's youngest one-day wicket-taker ahead of Stuart Broad and it included the sight of Ashton Agar leaving a straight delivery. "I was surprised if I'm honest. Even Jos, as soon as it left my hand, he said, this is ending badly. One of those, [Kumar Sangakkara] was saying it pitched on middle and hit middle, but I'll take it!"

    His white-ball debut followed a maiden Test match against Pakistan at Headingley. He joked that in years to come he'll describe his first wicket as caught slip, rather than Shadab Khan being taken at deep midwicket, but said it was "surreal" to be part of the attack.

    "It's been a pretty special couple of weeks. Wouldn't have thought it at the start of the summer, thought I'd just deal with my Surrey stuff but that's how things go, you just get on a roll and ride the rollercoaster and just try to enjoy it. Watching Jimmy and Broad on the sofa and then next thing I know I'm stood at mid-on watching while they are steaming in. It's pretty surreal. I won't forget it."


    As it stands, Curran is not part of the one-day squad to face India although that may change if his brother, Tom, does not shake off a side strain which will keep him out of at least the first T20I. There could be the chance of an England Lions appearance in the four-day match against India later in July and Curran will remain in the Test mix when Ben Stokes is unavailable for the Lord's Test against India due to his trial in Bristol.

    In the shorter-term, however, Curran will switch his focus back to Surrey duty and the Vitality T20 Blast. Curran is one of a host of young players making a big impression with the county who are top of the County Championship. Earlier this season Curran played alongside Ryan Patel, Amar Virdi and Ollie Pope as the first quartet of teenagers in a Championship side in the post-war era and he hopes their success can move into the T20 format.

    "It's been pretty mad," he said. "I started first, then Ollie Pope came through last year in T20s, and Ryan Patel and Amar Virdi in the four-day stuff. This year Will Jacks is in. I have played with them since U-15s and some of them have played together since U-9s or below. It's pretty cool, some of the wickets Amar Virdi has got this year is amazing. He has got some serious players out when filling the shoes of Batts. Pope has three hundreds this year. He whacked it in T20s and has taken it to four-day stuff. Hopefully it carries on."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23965269/sam-curran-sights-virat-kohli-surreal-season
     
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    India won the toss and chose to bowl.

    England reach 50/1 after 5 overs
     
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    Kohli is just nuts. Why do you need to play Bhuvneshwar in these useless T20s when Bumrah is already injured? We need him for the tests.

    Plus what value does this overrated Chahal bring to the team? Can't bat can't bowl and can't field to save his life.

    And why bowl first on this belter when you have just smashed Ireland by 143 runs three days ago? Bowling second would have made Kuldeep even more effective.

    Now watch the likes of Moeen and Rashid run through us :fp
     

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