FLINTOFF SIDES WITH KP

Andrew Flintoff has criticized the cricket controlling body in England i.e. ECB for bulldozing Kevin Pietersen into an early international retirement.

The former English all rounder reckons that one man can’t be responsible for everything that went wrong with the Three Lions on the Ashes tour. There would have been other reasons as well.

Flintoff is also not happy with the senior England guys. According to him, they should have acknowledged the fact that the Ashes whitewash was a result of everybody not playing up to his potential.

"FLINTOFF SIDES WITH KP"

TROTT CAN RETURN

Andrew Flintoff thinks that the English top order batsman Jonathan Trott who left the Ashes tour and returned home after the Brisbane test match due to stress illness will be able to make his comeback to international cricket.
Trott was bounced out by Mitchell Johnson in both the innings of the Brisbane test match.

After that game, the England coach Andy Flower announced that the Warwickshire right hander would not play any more games in the series and would return home immediately as he was struggling with stress illness.

"TROTT CAN RETURN"

FAITH IN CARBERRY

Eoin Morgan has said that the England team management has got full faith in the abilities of the opening batsman Michael Carberry despite his poor outings in the ODIs so far.

Carberry has recently begun his ODI career and has played 3 games so far. He has just managed to score 15 runs in those 3 games at a pathetic average of 5.

"FAITH IN CARBERRY"

MORGAN BACKS YOUNG GUNS

The stand-in captain of the England one day side, Eoin Morgan, has said that he has got full faith in his young players and he expects them to put up a better performance in the third ODI game against Australia tomorrow.

England is currently down by 0-1 in the series courtesy the huge defeat that they had suffered the other day at Old Trafford. One more defeat would make it impossible for the hosts to win the series.

In the Old Trafford game, England was completely outsmarted by the Kangaroos. The men in red struggled both with bat and ball and ended up being defeated by 80 odd runs.

"MORGAN BACKS YOUNG GUNS"

MORGAN BACKS CARBERRY

The stand-in captain of the England ODI team, Eoin Morgan, has said that the Hampshire opening batsman Michael Carberry has got a lot of experience and he will bounce back from his poor debut match.

Carberry made his ODI debut for England by playing in the one off ODI against Ireland at Malahide. It proved to be a terrible day for the 32 years left handed batsman. He struggled in the field and dropped a couple of important catches. Then, when he was called upon to roll his arm over, he gave away 12 runs in his very first over and Morgan decided not to give him any more overs.

"MORGAN BACKS CARBERRY"

AVOID THE FOLLOW ON

The star batsman of the England cricket team, Kevin Pietersen, has said that avoiding follow on is very important for his team on the fourth day of the third Ashes test match which is being played at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Replying to Australia’s 527, the score of England at the end of the third day’s play was 294 for the loss of 7 wickets. To avoid follow on, they still need 34 more runs.
The English team could have been in a worse position if Pietersen had not played a fantastic knock on the third day.

"AVOID THE FOLLOW ON"

Gambling on Cricket

If you’re an avid fan of the cricket then you’ll no doubt have a favourite team, players that you keep an eye on and scores and statistics that you know off by heart. In countries where cricket has become a way of life there are scores of teams playing weekly matches, with leagues and trophies being won by some of the highest earning sports stars in the world. Cricket, to some, is a serious business.

"Gambling on Cricket"

COOK LEFT DISAPPOINTED

The captain of the England ODI team, Alastair Cook, has expressed his disappointment over the performance of his team in the first two ODI matches against New Zealand.
The Kiwis have won both the ODIs and have taken an unbeatable lead of 2-0 in the series.

In the 2nd ODI played at The Ageas Bowl on Sunday, England lost by a huge margin of 86 runs.

Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand put up a huge score of 359 on the board. Martin Guptill was the stand out batsman for the Kiwis. He scored his second consecutive hundred in the series and ended up being not out at 189.

"COOK LEFT DISAPPOINTED"

GILES BACKS BELL

The coach of the England ODI side, Ashley Giles, has made it clear that Ian Bell will be the opening partner of Alastair Cook in the upcoming Champions Trophy.

Bell has been Cook’s opening partner in the ODIs since quite a while now. He was given this role when Kevin Pietersen was out of the team last year and even after Pietersen’s return, he is carrying on that role.

"GILES BACKS BELL"

PANESAR GETS CALL

Monty Panesar has been included in the playing XI of the England team for the first test match against New Zealand.
Panesar was not expected to play any test match on this tour of New Zealand. The conditions in New Zealand are suitable for the seam bowlers.

So, the England team was expected to go with three fast bowlers and one spinner in all the three test matches of the series. And, that one spinner was going to be Graeme Swann. So, Panesar was expected to sit on the bench in all the three test matches.

"PANESAR GETS CALL"