Amla century frustrates England at Cape Town

News4u-Sports Desk- South Africa captain Hashim Amla’s unbeaten 157 gave his side a fighting chance on Day Three of the second Test against England here at Newlands.

Having started the day at 64, Amla batted the entire day and frustrated the visitors as they were able to pick only one wicket on Monday in Cape Town.

Resuming the day on 141-2, the 32-year-old added another 127 runs with AB de Villiers who was removed by Steven Finn for 88, Sport24 reported.

The right-handed batsman, who had not passed 50 since January 2015 and having not carded a century since December 2014, had come into the match under tremendous pressure.

That pressure was increased by many folds after the visitors destroyed their bowling and declared after scoring a mammoth first inning score of 629/6.

At stumps on Day Three, the hosts were 353 for 3, still trailing by a huge margin of 276 runs.

Earlier, Ben Stokes, who had smashed 258 runs, including 30 boundaries and 11 sixes, broke the record of the fastest 250 in Test match history.

England are currently leading the four-match Test series 1-0 following their 241-run win over the hosts in the opening match in Durban. (ANI)

Amla century frustrates England at Cape Town

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`Sizzling` Morgan steers England to series-levelling win over Australia

News4u-Sports Desk- Eoin Morgan smashed a sparkling half-century as England levelled the five-match ODI series with a three-wicket win over Australia in the fourth one-day international at Headingley.

England chased down the challenging 300-run target in the penultimate over to set up the series decider at Manchester’s Old Trafford on Sunday.

Morgan scored 92, his third consecutive half-century, and shared a 91-run partnership with Ben Stokes (41) and 58 with Jonny Bairstow (31) to steer home to victory, Sport24 reported.

The match was poised for a nail-biting finish as the hosts required 18 more runs to win after the dismissal of captain Morgan and Liam Plunkett (17), thanks to Glenn Maxwell’s superb two catches.

However, Moeen Ali (21) and David Willey (12) held their nerve as they remained unbeaten to help England cross over the line with 10 balls to spare.

Opting to bat first, Australia made an excellent recovery to reach 299/7 from a precarious position of 30-3. Maxwell smacked a quick-fire 85 and was backed by George Bailey (75) and wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade (50).

Fast bowler Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers for the tourists as he scalped four wickets. (ANI)

England ODI squad celebrating a wicket

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Warne picks England’s greatest Test XI since 1990

News4u-Sports Desk- Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne has announced his list of England’s greatest XI in Tests since 1990 after announcing his best Australian Test and one-day teams a few days back.

Michael Vaughan, who led England to Ashes triumph in 2005, has been named as the captain of Warne’s team.

Graham Gooch and Marcus Trescothick were chosen as the openers for the Test side, while England’s highest run-scorer across all formats, Kevin Pietersen and Mike Gatting fill the middle-order spots, News.com.au reported.

Alec Stewart takes the position of wicketkeeper-batsman, while Warne decided to pick 2005 Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff, ahead of Ian Botham for the role of the all-rounder.

“I unfortunately didn’t play test cricket against Ian Botham, otherwise of course he would have made it as to me he was the best all round cricketer to ever play the game,” Warne wrote on his Facebook.

Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Darren Gough and James Anderson form the bowling attack of Warne’s team. (ANI)

Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne

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Rooney calls for Kane to be given enough time to thrive

News4u-Sports Desk- England’s all-time leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney believes that striker Harry Kane should be given enough time to thrive and develop at his own pace.

Kane, who scored 31 goals for his club Tottenham Hotspur last year, is yet to score in the ongoing Premier League season.

Rooney opined that Kane had played only one Premier League season, insisting that the 22-year-old is a quality goalscorer, the Guardian reported.

The England captain emphasised that Kane would be a great player for the national side in future and would score a lot of goals for the nation.

Earlier in the week, Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goal scoring record of England after scoring his 50th international goal in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland (ANI)

Wayne Rooney

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Warner, Smith put Australia in driver’s seat in Ashes finale

News4u-Sports Desk- Australian opener David Warner and vice-captain Steve Smith have put their side in a strong position on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes Test against England at Kennington Oval on Thursday.

Earlier, winning the toss, England skipper Alastair Cook opted to bowl first on a track that had a greenish tinge to it and was supposed to assist the fast bowlers.

However, it was not the case as the visitors had the best start after the Lord’s Test, with openers Chris Rogers and David Warner putting up a 110-run stand for the opening wicket.

Warner played a prolific knock of 85 runs before being dismissed by Moeen Ali.

The hosts, who have already regained the Ashes, took two wickets in the post lunch session after being unable to take a single wicket in the first session.

Outgoing Australian Michael Clarke received an England guard of honour with a capacity crowd at The Oval rising to applaud him as he came out to bat in his farewell Test.

The umpires were forced to stop the play because of bad light.

At stumps, Australia were 287-3, with Smith and Adam Voges unbeaten at 78 and 47 respectively. (ANI)

David Warner

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Cook considers England’s triumph in Ashes ‘beyond belief’

News4u-Sports Desk- England skipper Alastair Cook has expressed his excitement after claiming an emphatic innings and 78-run win over Australia in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, saying that it was beyond his belief.

Cook praised his players for surprising him with their brilliant performance, adding that he never thought that his side was quite ready to win the Ashes.

The 30-year-old admitted that his side has won some really critical moments, saying the players with little experience have turned into match-winners for England.

Earlier, the tourists were bundled out for a paltry 60 in their first innings as fast bowler Stuart Broad wreaked havoc on the Australian batsmen to claim career-best figures of 8-15.

England then capitalised on Joe Root’s century (130) before declaring their first innings on 391-9 to give a commanding lead.

The win also marked a remarkable turnaround for England from the 5-0 hammering they endured in Australia 18 months ago.

England have now beaten Australia in four consecutive home series. (ANI)

Cook

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Ashes: Twitter flooded with praises over England’s triumph in Fourth Test

News4u-Sports Desk- Twitter has exploded with congratulatory messages for the England team, after they regained the Ashes series, claiming an emphatic innings and 78-run win over Australia on the third day of the fourth Test at a jubilant Trent Bridge.

Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne greeted England for their remarkable performance, tweeting, “Congratulations to Alastair Cook & the England team on the Ashes victory. Played fearless & entertaining cricket, was nice to watch!!”

“Huge congratulations to Andrew Strauss, Ali Cook and all of the England team on a stunning ashes victory. I’m a very proud Englishman today! ,” Former England cricketer Graeme Swann tweeted.

Reacting to their triumph over Australia, England all-rounder Ben Stokes wrote on Twitter, “Sorry for the miserable attempt at downing that beer…….but hey we’ve just won the #ASHES”

Meanwhile, Australian coach Darren Lehmann apologised Australian fans for their loss and also congratulated the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the team on winning the Ashes.

Earlier, the tourists were bundled out for a paltry 60 in their first innings as fast bowler Stuart Broad wreaked havoc on Australian batsmen to claim career-best figures of 8-15.

England then capitalised on Joe Root’s century (130) before declaring their first innings on 391-9 to give a commanding lead.

The win also marked a remarkable turnaround for England from the 5-0 hammering they endured in Australia 18 months ago.

England have now beaten Australia in four consecutive home series. (ANI)

The Triumphant England Team

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Eng dismissed Aus for just 60 runs in under 20 overs

News4u-Sports Desk- England seamers rose to the occasion after their captain Alastair Cook won the toss and opted to field first.

The total of 60 was the seventh lowest total in Ashes Test series.

Stuart Broad was the wrecker-in-chief as took 8 for 15 in 9.3 overs. Broad became third in Best bowler in Ashes, behind Jim Laker’s 10 for 53 and 9 for 37.

The other wicket-takers were Wood and Finn. Only three bowlers were used by Cook.

Stuart Broad equalled the fastest five-wicket haul in Test history on a remarkable.

The 29-year-old took 5 for 6 with his first 19 balls to become the fifth England bowler to reach 300 Test wickets.

His 300th wicket was Chris Rogers, caught at first slip by Alastair Cook with the third ball of the game.

Stuart Broad equaled the fastest five-wicket haul in Test history on a remarkable first day of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

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Broad relishes prospect of Australian Bayliss-led England lifting Ashes

News4u-Sports Desk- England fast bowler Stuart Broad has expressed his desire to see an Australian guiding England to Ashes glory while terming that prospect as ‘beautiful’.

Trevor Bayliss will become the first Australian to coach England and his first assignment will be to guide the Alastair Cook-led team in the Ashes, which starts in Cardiff on 8 July.

Broad said that Bayliss could potentially take the Ashes away from Australia, adding that it would be beautiful to see a picture of an Aussie with the Three Lions on his chest and Ashes in his hands, the BBC reported.

England will seek to avenge 5-0 whitewash incurred against their traditional rivals during the 2013-14 series in Australia. (ANI)

Stuart Broad

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Hales believes England’s aggressive-style of play won back fans

News4u-Sports Desk- England opening batsman Alex Hales has said that his side’s new-found aggressive style of play has won back the fans following a dismal World Cup campaign.

Although England trail New Zealand 2-1 in the ongoing series, the hosts have managed to score three consecutive totals above 300.

England also secured a record 210-run win over New Zealand in the first game of the five-match series after posting 408-9.

Reflecting on their performance, Hales said that it has been really enjoyable, adding that it looks like they won their fanbase back in one-day cricket, the BBC reported.

England will meet the visitors in the fourth match of the series at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. (ANI)

Alex Hales

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