Movie Score: two / 5
The experts always criticize Umesh Yadav for his tendency to lose line and length regularly.
As per the experts, Umesh tries to do too much when he is at bowling crease. In almost all his spells, he goes for more and more pace and thus, ends up falling on the pads of the batsman or giving him too much room.
But, in the Pakistan encounter yesterday in South Australia, Umesh showed how great an asset pace can prove to be.
The Nagpur bowler though started typically bowling some rubbish deliveries and giving easy runs away, but, he came back for his second spell in a very good rhythm.
The match was delicately poised at that time with Pakistan having crossed the 100 mark at the loss of only 2 wickets. Read more »
Online video Rating: 4 / five
The Indian bowlers had a good day on the field at Gliderol Stadium on the first day of their second practice game as they got the opposition all out below 250.
Varun Aaron led the way for India as his extra bounce was something that the batsmen found difficult to manage.
Yes, most of the batsmen there in that XI which was up against India were not the top cricketers in the domestic circuit of Australia.
It was an XI composed of youngsters, but, still, Aaron’s bowling was fantastic. On quicker pitches like Brisbane and Perth, the 25-year old will have his tail up.
Aaron was given the new ball today. Generally, he comes as the first change bowler as he is not known that much for his swing. Read more »
Movie Rating: three / 5
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Michael Vaughan reckons that Joe Root can replace Alastair Cook as England test skipper.
Vaughan, who himself led the Three Lions with distinction for quite some time, is a television analyst these days and is known for speaking clear cut about the cricket issues.
According to him, Root has proved himself as test player over the last home season and watching him on the field, one can pretty easily feel that he is a captaincy material as he always looks involved in the game. He looks more pumped than anybody else at the fall of every wicket and he gives his all in fielding.
In the last test series against India, Root had stood very close to the batsmen in the slip cordon at times on the slow pitches with a helmet on and he had grabbed a couple of catches too at that position which was unbelievable.
As far as Root’s batting is concerned, it was high class during the India series. There was not a single game in that 5-game series in which Root did not contribute with the bat for the Three Lions. He was there every time England needed him.
The one match that England lost in that series, Root, perhaps, could have won that one too if he had not smashed a pull shot straight into the hands of the square leg fielder. He was batting absolutely beautifully during that innings and was taking the game away from India fast.
Root’s performance in the India series was a sign of his character too. He had completely lost it against Mitchell Johnson and company back there in Australia and had even been dropped in the last test match, but, the way he came back this summer, he sent a clear signal across the world that he is the horse of long race.