CHENNAI – Captain Andrew Strauss praised England’s character after a tense six-run win over South Africa reignited their World Cup campaign but said he did not want any more cliffhangers. England, just days after a shock three-wicket loss to minnows Ireland looked all but beaten as the in-form Proteas advanced to 63 without loss, chasing 172 for victory at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. The Ashes heroes had tied with India earlier in the tournament. “We’ve been involved
BANGALORE – England captain Andrew Strauss wants his side to build on their thrilling tie with co-hosts India when they face Ireland in a potential banana-skin World Cup clash on Wednesday. Strauss, who has admitted in the past that England tend to up their game against better teams, saw his side make a sluggish start to the tournament with an unconvincing six-wicket win over the Netherlands.
A rare England highlight in that match was the left-handed opener’s 88 and Strauss was
BANGALORE – Sachin Tendulkar and Kevin Pietersen are poised for a heavyweight World Cup clash of superstars on Sunday when India and England go head-to-head. Tendulkar is the world’s leading scorer in both Test (14,692 runs) and one-day (17,657) cricket, while Pietersen is relishing his new role at the top of the order. “He (Tendulkar) has been one of the mammoths of world cricket over the last two decades,” said England captain Andrew Strauss.
“The fact he’s been able to do it
DHAKA – England skipper Andrew Strauss on Sunday blamed fatigue and injury for his side’s recent 6-1 one-day series pasting by Australia and declared his team were still capable of winning their first 50-over World Cup. England’s mood turned sour after their first successful Ashes test tour in Australia for 24 years in January when the hosts then trounced them at the shorter version of the game.
Strauss, newly arrived in Dhaka ahead of Saturday’s World Cup opening in the
MELBOURNE – Australia captain Ricky Ponting declared himself fit for the all-important fourth Ashes Test after a strong training session Saturday, saying it could be the match of his career.
Ponting broke the little finger of his left hand while attempting a slips catch during Australia’s series-levelling win in Perth last weekend, putting him in doubt for the must-win Melbourne Test.
But the 36-year-old skipper said his injury was on the mend and he was all but certain of
BRISBANE: England are on course to salvage the opening Ashes Test after a dominant batting display to overturn a massive innings deficit into a mounting lead on the fourth day at the Gabba on Sunday.
England surged back after Saturday’s fruitless third day in the field to trail by 221 runs and hit the front on the back of a ground record stand between skipper Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook.
At the close, the Ashes holders, cheered on by their chanting Barmy Army fans, were
ADELAIDE: Opening batsmen Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss hit centuries but rain thwarted England as their three-day tour game against South Australia ended in a draw at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Cook made an unbeaten 111 and Strauss smashed 102 off 121 balls to put the tourists in a position to declare their second innings at 240 for one early on the last day.
But England, building up to the opening Ashes Test against Australia in Brisbane on November 25, only bowled