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Cricket News & Updates, May 17 Highlights: Shafali Verma Wants to Stay in The Middle for Long in England

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WV Raman, who was sacked recently from the position of India women’s team head coach, has got some support from Hyderabad Cricket Association chief and former cricketer Mohammed Azharuddeen.  The former India captain is planning to rope in Raman as he thinks his skills can be very valuable for the young Hyderabadi cricketers. “WV Raman‘s knowledge of the game and coaching skills can be very useful for many. There are very few sharper brains than him and he has many years of experience. Hyderabad cricket association will do its best to engage him and draw immense benefit, ” he wrote on Twitter.

To which Raman replied: “Thanks Azzu..Mighty generous of you..”

20:32 (IST)

Shafali Verma made a name for herself in the ICC World T20 in Australia as she showed her true colours with the bat, some of the fans were quick to compare her with India’s very own explosive opener Virender Sehwag. Now as she gears up for the big clash against England, she is not the one to back away from the challenges of England and English conditions. “[India] Women are getting to play their first Test in seven years. I have been given the chance [to be part of the Test squad], so my aim would be to learn from that Test match as much as I can about choosing the right balls to play, staying on in the middle as long as possible,” Verma told ESPNcricinfo. “All formats – ODIs, T20Is, and Tests – have different experiences and lessons to offer, so I would be looking forward to learning from both the ODI and Test formats,” she told ESPN Cricinfo.

20:09 (IST)

For the very first time in Indian cricket's history the men and their female counterpart will travel together to any foreign assignment and that too in the same charter flight. Looking at the covid-19 situation, the BCCI has opted to fly them together to England on June 2 from Mumbai. While Kohli and Co have a long trip where they will take on New Zealand in WTC Final, Mithali and her team will be playing three ODIs and as many T20Is against England.

20:00 (IST)

Wasim Akram was one of the greatest bowlers in the history of ODI cricket and had the ability to make the ball swing in both directions. While he made the new ball go the conventional away, he was a master at making the old ball reverse. The great Pakistani bowler has found a new fan in R Ashwin – himself regarded as one of the finest spinners in the history of the game – after the latter was stunned by a video of the legendary pacer in which he is tormenting New Zealand’s Chris Harris with both conventional and reverse swing.

19:35 (IST)

Former India cricketer Robin Uthappa was seen dancing alongside his wife in this brand new Instagram video. The video became viral instantly and had over 1 lakh views. “You gotta commit to the role if your wife wants to embarrass you,” he posted the video with this caption.

19:04 (IST)

More people watched cricket in New Zealand than ever before in the first season of New Zealand Cricket’s (NZC) six-year deal with Spark Sport and TVNZ, the NZC said on Monday. NZC said that the combination of free-to-air and digital subscription as a ground-breaking arrangement which is taking cricket to not only more Kiwis, but demographics of New Zealanders previously lost to the game.

18:09 (IST)

Former Pakistan captain and one of the all-time greats of the game, Inzamam-ul-Haq stated that the growing popularity of T20 cricket all over the world was adversely affecting the health and status of Test cricket with schedules accommodating more 20-over clashes than the traditional five-day game. He added that Test cricket was the real thing and should not be compromised at any cost.Inzamam was regarded by many as one of the greatest batsmen of his era in the same league as a Sachin Tendulkar or Brian Lara. He aggregated 8830 runs in 120 Tests for Pakistan at an average of 49.6 with 25 hundreds and was a big impact player for his country.

 

17:25 (IST)

“The comprehensive investigation focused on three main areas: the claims made by the programme, the suspects who were part of it and how the programme gathered evidence. The programme alleged that two matches were fixed: India v England in Chennai in 2016 and India v Australia in Ranchi in 2017. To assess whether the passages of play highlighted in the programme were unusual in any way, the ICC engaged four independent betting and cricketing specialists to analyse the claims. All four concluded that the passages of play identified in the programme as being allegedly fixed were entirely predictable, and therefore implausible as a fix,” the press release said.

16:56 (IST)

The ICC has dismissed the alleged match-fixing as depicted by Al-Jazeera's sting operation due to 'insufficient credible and reliable evidence,' a press release from the world body said. 'Cricket's Match Fixers' was broadcast on May 27, 2018 on the channel and claimed that two test matches-India vs England (2016) and India vs Australia (2017) were fixed. After it went ON-AIR, it created a lot of flutter and caused ICC to open its own investigation to corroborate the claim.

16:16 (IST)

Cricket Australia is 'grateful' to the BCCI for helping its players to land safely at home, after the IPL 2021 suspension and a flight ban left them in the lurch. Cricket Australia's interim CEO Nick Hockley couldn't thank the Indian cricket body enough."We're delighted. We're really grateful to the BCCI for getting them home quickly and safely. I haven't spoken to them since they've landed, but obviously we've been in text exchange and I'm sure they'll be very relieved and very appreciative to be home," Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hockley as saying.

16:01 (IST)

After hosting Pakistan for three Tests and a five-match ODI series in 2007, India then toured Australia for four Tests and VB tri-series also featuring Sri Lanka. Tendulkar was part of both the tours. However, in Australia, he suffered a groin injury following which he underwent a full body scan after returning home. It was then the doctor told Tendulkar he may also have a broken rib.“When I went to Australia, I played the whole series – we played the VB series and towards the end of it, I had a groin injury. I came back to India and we did a full body scan. At that time, it was the doctor who told me about it,” Tendulkar recalled.

15:49 (IST)

During Pakistan’s India tour of 2007, Sachin Tendulkar copped a blow to his rib cage when facing Shoaib Kahtar in an ODI but he continued to play including touring Australia in the coming months despite being in considerable pain.The reason? Well, Tendulkar didn’t realise the injury even as he had trouble coughing or even sleeping on his tummy for nearly two months.“I got hit in my rib cage in 2007,” Tendulkar said during a session on Unacademy. “We were playing Pakistan in India and in the first over itself I got hit in the rib cage off a Shoaib Akhtar ball. It was quite painful. For a month and a half or two months, I was not able to cough or sleep on my tummy.”

15:16 (IST)

The Beersheba Cricket Club building, a two-storey structure close to the University, which is actually a shelter house with an underground floor, opened its door for the local residents immediately after rockets launched by Palestinian militants started to fall on Israel’s southern areas and also extended the kind gesture to Indian researchers at the University who were looking for proper protection during distressed times.

15:05 (IST)

A cricket club in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba has come to the rescue of several Indian researchers at the Ben-Gurion University in the Negev southern region, who had been struggling for a proper shelter while being under a complete siege with rockets raining over the country's south during the past one week.

14:46 (IST)

“It’s been quite nice, it’s obviously got different characteristics to the Kookaburra,” Wagner said. “The way we’ve been training for the last while is something we didn’t always have in the past, having the facilities and having a marquee up and getting a number of trainings in before going to England. On tours in the past you rock up there and you’ve only got a couple of trainings and maybe one head out with the Dukes ball before the first Test and with that you can find yourself a little bit behind.

-Wagner on playing with Duke's Ball in UK.

14:25 (IST)

NZ pacer Neil Wagner is up for probably the biggest clash of his Test career when he takes on India at the WTC Final at Southampton. He said that the two games against England are not just warm-up games leading to the summit clash. He said as a team NZ's first priority is to win the final at all costs. "We're not going to treat these two Test matches against England just as warm-ups [for the WTC final]," Wagner told reporters before departure to UK.

13:50 (IST)

On the other hand a closer look at Williamson’s numbers indicate that he has struggled against the top Test teams away from home and scored heavily against the weaker oppositions. Williamson has scored just 461 runs in 7 Tests in India – a benchmark for batsmen from SENA countries at an average of 35.46 with just one hundred and three fifties. He has failed in 8 of the 13 innings he has batted in the country. It has been a downhill curve for Williamson post his magnificent hundred on debut in Ahmedabad in 2010.

13:37 (IST)

Kohli has a batting average of in excess of 50 in Australia and South Africa – he has scored 1352 runs in 13 matches Down Under at an average of 54.08 with 6 hundreds and 558 runs in 5 Tests in South Africa at an average of 55.8 with two hundreds. Although he failed in England in 2014, he more than adequately made up for it by blasting 593 runs in the five-match series in 2018 which included two centuries. His worst record is in New Zealand where he has failed in 5 of the 8 innings he has batted though he did register a counter-attacking and match-saving 105 off 135 deliveries in the second Test at the treacherous Basin Reserve in 2014.

13:02 (IST)

However, a closer look at their numbers suggests that Kohli’s runs have come against tougher and higher quality oppositions whereas Williamson has benefitted from massacring the weaker teams! Both Kohli and Williamson have excellent records at home so the real comparison will be seen in testing conditions away from home. The biggest measurement of greatness for Kohli is his performance in SENA countries – the yardstick for all sub-continental batsmen. The Indian batsman has a fine overall record in these 4 countries with an aggregate of 2889 runs in 32 Tests at an average of 46.59 with 11 hundreds.

Cricket News & Updates, May 17 Highlights: Shafali Verma Wants to Stay in The Middle for Long in England

Highlights Cricket News And Latest Updates, May 17: Here you will find all the latest updates as they happen from the world of cricket.

Shafali Verma made a name for herself in the ICC World T20 in Australia as she showed her true colours with the bat, some of the fans were quick to compare her with India’s very own explosive opener Virender Sehwag. Now as she gears up for the big clash against England, she is not the one to back away from the challenges of England and English conditions. “[India] Women are getting to play their first Test in seven years. I have been given the chance [to be part of the Test squad], so my aim would be to learn from that Test match as much as I can about choosing the right balls to play, staying on in the middle as long as possible,” Verma told ESPNcricinfo. “All formats – ODIs, T20Is, and Tests – have different experiences and lessons to offer, so I would be looking forward to learning from both the ODI and Test formats,” she told ESPN Cricinfo.

It added: “The England and Sussex medical teams will now seek guidance, and Archer will see a medical consultant later this week to determine the next course of action on the management of his elbow.” As well as recovering from the elbow injury, Archer had also had surgery to remove a piece of glass from a cut he suffered while cleaning a fish tank. He made a promising start to his comeback match against Kent, taking 2-29 in 13 overs — a return that included England batsman Zak Crawley – as he claimed the first two wickets to fall. But Sussex coach Ian Salisbury confirmed on Saturday evening that he would not bowl again in the four-day match. “The issue here is a sad one for Jofra,” said Sussex captain Ben Brown. “He’s a champion cricketer, so talented and so gifted, but at the moment he cannot do what he wants to do — he cannot do his skill. I really feel for him.”

Brown added: “Jofra did the right thing playing in the second XI game the previous week and we all want him to be fully fit and firing for England and for the Ashes and things like that. “We tried to do what was right for Jofra’s career, and he needed to play in this match to prove his fitness, but it just hasn’t worked out this week.” England have a busy schedule for the remainder of the year, particularly for multi-format players such as Archer, with the New Zealand games followed by a five-Test series against India, ahead of the T20 World Cup in India and the Ashes in Australia. Archer’s absence against New Zealand could pave the way for fellow Sussex paceman Ollie Robinson to be called into the squad, with Somerset seamer Craig Overton who won the last of his four caps in 2019, also in contention for a place.

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