Stokes turns into top-ranked Test all-rounder


Manchester: England vice-captain Ben Stokes’ match-winning efficiency within the second Test hoisted him above Windies skipper Jason Holder to grow to be the top-ranked all-rounder within the recreation’s longest format, the ICC stated at present. Stokes adopted up his 176 within the first innings with an unbeaten 78 within the second and likewise picked up three wickets within the contest to tug off a series-levelling win, incomes the Player of the Match award. The 29-year-old grew to become the primary England participant to achieve the highest spot since Andrew Flintoff in May 2006. His shifting common of 497 ranking factors, the very best of any Test all-rounder since South Africa nice Jacques Kallis racked up 517 in April 2008, ended Holder’s 18-month reign on the high. Stokes additionally climbed to a career-best third place amongst Test batsmen, behind Virat Kohli and Australia’s top-ranked Steve Smith.

BCCI seeks govt nod to host IPL in UAE

New Delhi: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) will search authorities permission to stage this 12 months’s Indian Premier League (IPL) within the United Arab Emirates, league chief Brijesh Patel stated at present. “We are yet to finalise when it will begin, maybe sometime in September,” IPL governing council chairman Patel informed Reuters. “We’ll discuss the issue in the next governing council meeting in 7-10 days.” Patel informed PTI that “the plan is to have a full-fledged IPL comprising 60 games.” The BCCI has been searching for a brand new window by which to stage the league, which was postponed days earlier than it was to start in late March, and keep away from a possible $536 million loss in income. The 2009 version of the league, which coincided with India’s elections, was held in South Africa, and the UAE hosted the early matches of the event 5 years later for a similar cause.

2-week quarantine for India earlier than Oz collection

Melbourne: India must endure a two-week quarantine interval, more than likely in Adelaide, as soon as they contact down in Australia for the much-anticipated tour later this 12 months, stated Cricket Australia performing chief Nick Hockley. Hockley’s assertion is in full distinction to the views of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who had already made it clear that he was not in favour of a two-week quarantine interval for the Indian staff as soon as they disembark in Australia. The web site reported that the Australian cricketers returning after enjoying within the IPL can even must serve the obligatory quarantine interval.

Tickets for T20 WC legitimate if Oz hosts in 2021: ICC

Dubai: The tickets bought for the now-postponed T20 World Cup will stay legitimate if Australia hosts the version in 2021 as a substitute of India. In case the occasion is shifted to 2022, all ticket-holders will probably be entitled to a full refund, the ICC stated.

Need to indicate extra battle: WI skipper Holder

Manchester: West Indies skipper Jason Holder bemoaned his staff’s lack of grit within the second Test towards England and felt their tentative batting allowed their opponents to degree the collection. The vacationers wanted to bat out 85 overs on the ultimate day to safe a draw however lasted 70.1 overs earlier than succumbing to a 113-run defeat. “…maybe (we need) a little bit more grit, a little bit more determination to get through one or two challenging spells,” Holder stated. West Indies want a draw within the decider, starting at Old Trafford on Friday, to retain the Wisden Trophy.

Archer rejoins England after 2nd unfavourable check

Manchester: Fast bowler Jofra Archer rejoined England for the deciding Test after a second unfavourable check for the coronavirus. Archer was faraway from the squad on the eve of the second Test after he breached the bio-secure guidelines. He was fined about £15,000. Agencies



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