England captain Ben Stokes has asserted that chasing big totals becomes a lot easier when teams have clarity of thought, which the current England setup has, according to him. The Englishmen created history on Tuesday, chasing down 378, their highest-ever total in Test cricket.
Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow added an unbroken 150 runs for the fourth wicket at Edgbaston as England seized control of proceedings on day four in what seemed like a challenging chase of 378. Root returned unbeaten on 76 off 112 balls while Bairstow scored 72 not out in only 87 balls as the hosts transferred the pressure onto the visitors by stumps on Day 4. England now need only 119 runs to complete yet another chase in a home Test. They beat New Zealand 3-0 by chasing down significant targets in all three matches of the series.
India gained a significant 257-run lead by stumps on Day 3 of the Edgbaston Test against England in Birmingham on Sunday (July 3). After bowling out England for 284 in response to their first innings score of 416, India reached 125 for 3 at the end of the third day’s play. Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 50 off 139 balls while Rishabh Pant was batting on 30 off 46 balls. The duo had added exactly 50 runs when the day’s play ended on Sunday.
Jasprit Bumrah has termed being named India’s captain for the rescheduled Test against England as the biggest achievement of his career so far. On Thursday, the BCCI confirmed the fast bowler as leader for the Birmingham Test while picking keeper-batter Rishabh Pant as the vice-captain. Regular skipper Rohit Sharma was ruled out due to COVID-19.
Legendary England pacer James Anderson has expressed sadness over the cancellation of the fifth and final Test against India at Old Trafford in Manchester. The last Test of the series was due to start on September 10. It was, however, called off after COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp.
The ECB has written to the ICC, requesting them ask them to start the adjudication process for the Old Trafford Test. The fifth and final Test of the series between India and England did not go ahead after visitors decided to not take part in the match after COVID-19 their camp. While the series currently stands 2-1 in India’s favour, a decision is yet to be taken over whether the final Test stands cancelled or will be considered forfeited by India.
India captain Virat Kohli revealed after the team’s emphatic win at The Oval that Jasprit Bumrah asked for the ball as soon as it started reversing on Day 5 of the Test match. Bumrah (2/27) was one of the star performers as India thumped England 157 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour admitted that the team was a bit distracted ahead of Day 4 of The Oval Test after they came to know that their head coach Ravi Shastri had tested positive for COVID-19. The BCCI informed on Sunday that the medical team had isolated Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and physiotherapist Nitin Patel as a precautionary measure after the head coach’s lateral flow test returned positive on Saturday evening.