Sports Update: 14 August 2020

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We are doing everything to kick-start Australian summer, says Ben Oliver

Ben Oliver, Cricket Australia’s head of the national teams, thinks that the summer schedule will go according to plans despite the Covid-19 outbreak in Australia, which would result in uncertainty over some venues being able to host matches.

Oliver, however, admitted that there would be some challenges on the way, as the board looks to kick-start the home summer amidst the constantly rising Covid-19 situation.

Australia have announced a 21-man squad for the matches in England, and Pat Cummins has been named as the sole vice-captain to Finch.

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Close-in catching continues to be England’s nightmare

England badly let themselves down at the start of Day 1 of the 2nd Test vs Pakistan at Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Thursday (13 August). Right from the start of the first session, the English slip cordon comprising Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, and skipper Joe Root looked all at sea whenever an edge came flying at them, which was quite shocking. James Anderson had trapped Shan Masood lbw off the 14th ball of the innings to leave Pakistan on 6/1 and under real pressure in the opening session, however the abysmal performance in the slips let them off the hook.

In the third over of Pakistan’s innings, Abid Ali managed to survive a scare (batting on 1) when he edged one to Sibley who put down a straightforward catch at third slip. The ball flew to Sibley’s left but he failed to latch on to it, and that was the first stroke of luck.

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Anil Kumble talks about the challenges of playing cricket during Covid-19 era

Appropriately ‘masked’ in these challenging times, director of cricket operations of Kings XI Punjab, Anil Kumble, watched from afar as five of his players sweated it out under overcast skies at the Just Cricket ground on Friday.

The Covid-19 pandemic has already ensured that the Indian Premier League will be played outside India. 

As reported by ToI, speaking on the sidelines of the training session involving the Karnataka boys in the Punjab set-up, Kumble spoke on the challenges of playing cricket in the prevailing circumstances and at three venues over 53 days in the UAE.

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Australia tour of England in September, England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirms

Australia’s limited-overs tour of England which comprises three T20Is and three ODIs – will now take place in September, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed. This tour was initially slated to take place in July, however that could not become possible due to the spread of coronavirus across the world. With England successfully hosting West Indies and now Pakistan, the two boards have agreed on having the tour in September.

Cricket Australia however, confirmed that assistant coach Andrew McDonald will not travel with the squad to the UK as he is having pre-existing commitment with Rajasthan Royals as their head coach.

The T20Is will take place on September 4, September 6 and September 8 in Southampton before moving south to Manchester for the three ODIs, on September 11, September 13 and September 16. According to the UK government’s guidelines, Australia is one of the countries from where you can travel to UK without having any quarantine period on arrival.

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Graeme Smith denied recent allegations and termed extremely hurtful

Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith categorically denied recent allegations levelled against him by ex-wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile around team selections during his time as captain of the national team. He finds them “extremely hurtful” and tweeted a long statement.

At the age of 22, Graeme Smith, became the youngest to lead South Africa when he was appointed captain of the national team in 2003.

The current director of cricket at Cricket South Africa has held the position of captain until his retirement in 2014.

Thami Tsolekile, who got banned for 12 years after being implicated for fixing matches in 2015, criticised Smith for not backing him enough during their time as international cricketers and also alleged that CSA was trying to protect other wrongdoers.

In his response, Smith tweeted his side of the story.

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30th anniversary of first ton- when Sachin Tendulkar made the history

Test-saving hundreds have become normal now but Sachin Tendulkar carved out one such innings exactly 30 years ago, the seeds of which were sown during one afternoon in Sialkot.

Whenever asked about that special first, and it seemed like yesterday to him.

“I scored that 100 on August 14 and next day was our Independence Day, so it was special. The headline was different and that hundred at least kept the series alive till next Test at the Oval,” Sachin Tendulkar told PTI (Press Trust of India) on the eve of the 30th anniversary of his first ton.

So yes, what exactly was the feeling, apart from the pure joy of achieving the milestone?

“The art of saving a Test match was a new experience for me,” Master Blaster Tendulkar said but added he knew he could save a game when he batted with a “bloodied nose” and a blood-soaked jersey after being hit by Waqar Younis.

He further said, “In Sialkot where I got hit and scored 57, we saved that Test match, too, from 38 for 4. Waqar’s bouncer and playing through pain defined me. After those kind of hits you are either stronger or you are nowhere to be seen.”

Tendulkar, in the first innings of that Manchester match, was actually hit on the back of the head by one of the fastest pacers in the world back then, Devon Malcolm.

To this, he said, “Devon and Waqar, during that phase, were easily the two quickest bowlers in the world bowling at 90 mph.”

“Yes, I didn’t call the phsyio as I didn’t want to show them that I am in pain. My pain threshold was fairly high. It’s okay to get hit. So what. You don’t show your pain to the bowler,” he remembers.

Taking to Twitter he shared a video and expressed his feelings saying, “Scoring my 1st ever 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ was very special as we managed to save the Test & keep the series alive, and it all happened on the eve of our Independence Day. Flag of India

It’s been my privilege to play for India and I thank each one of you for your love & support over the years.

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MS Dhoni, Other CSK team members Arrive In Chennai For Camp Ahead Of IPL 2020

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and some of his Chennai Super Kings teammates arrived in Chennai on Friday (14 August) for a short training camp ahead of the IPL in UAE, where the World Cup-winning star will make his truly-awaited return to competitive cricket after a prolonged sabbatical. 

Apart from former India skipper MS Dhoni, others who have reached the city for the week-long camp at the M A Chidambaram stadium are Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Kedar Jadhav. “Thirteen or 14 of the 16 Indian players will be part of the camp, including MS. Since they came after undergoing COVID-19 tests, their next test will be 72 hours before leaving for the UAE on August 21. They will start training from tomorrow,” a Chennai Super Kings official told PTI.

The three-time IPL champions posted pictures of Dhoni and other players arriving in Chennai on their social media account page.

Dhoni has not played since India’s semifinal exit from the ODI World Cup last year in July and his comeback is a highly expected and awaited sub-plot of this year’s IPL, which starts on September 19.

All the players, except Ravindra Jadeja, are expected to participate in the camp.

A CSK official said that all-rounder Jadeja would be missing training owing to personal reasons and would join the squad before its departure to the tournament venue.

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