How fortunes turn around in a matter of a couple of years. It was at this very venue in 2014 that James Anderson walked off in tears, unable to play off the last over, putting Moeen Ali’s valiant century in vain
Having won the first Test against South Africa comprehensively, England went into the New Year Test at Cape Town with their noses ahead. The Proteas are known to fight back hard from tough situations, and nothing different was expected of them at Newlands.
England's series against New Zealand was going to be highly significant in the sense that it was going to be their first one-day series in the aftermath of the World Cup debacle. They managed to square the Tests 1-1
Part time leggie Steven Smith got the ball to bite on Day 1 itself to take three key wickets to help Australia reduce England to 289 for 7. Smith got the important wickets of Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow and Matt Prior as England slipped away from an otherwise solid position of 271 for 4 after Tea.
England’s Jonny Bairstow was out in a rather bizarre manner on the third day of the Mumbai Test. He tried to hit left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha against the spin, but the bat took the leading edge and popped up in Gautam Gambhir’s direction...
For any young cricketer, a visit to the subcontinent is among the biggest tests of his career. This applies very aptly to Eoin Morgan as well as Jonny Bairstow, both of whom batted exceptionally well in the practice game against Mumbai A and rescued their side from trouble.