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Trevor Bayliss, has brought an aggressive mentality with himself

The coach of the England Cricket team, Trevor Bayliss, has brought an aggressive mentality with himself.

Addressing his very first press conference as the Three Lions boss, the Aussie made clear he wanted some ‘fire’ off the England players.

That showed in England’s performance in Cardiff. Everyone was up and ready for the task. There were counter attacks with both bat and ball.

Even Alastair Cook, who is known to be slightly cautious in his game, was ready to take on the opposition.

Cook going down the track and going for the lofted shot against a spinner is a rare sight in test match Cricket.

But, he was regularly trying to do so in the first test match.

He couldn’t succeed though, but, the intent was there.

However, earlier today while talking to the reporters, Bayliss said it’s not necessary for somebody like Cook to tinker with his natural game just for the sake of being aggressive.

According to Bayliss, the England skipper has spent whole his career being solid and he should continue that way as that would give the rest of the guys the freedom to play around him. (more…)

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Angelo Mathews Superb Knock Against India

Angelo Mathews’ superb half century against India at the Sardar Patel Stadium went in vain as his team lost for the second time in a row against the home side. Mathews who had batted one position down in the previous game came in at his usual number yesterday and stabilized the Sri Lankan ship which was sinking quite fast.

He could not get to his hundred, but, his 92 runs were invaluable considering the pressure which he was in when he had made his way to the crease.

He was not on attack, neither was he too defensive. He manoeuvred the Indian spinners and then, in the batting power play, he targeted certain bowlers, whom he thought, were not bowling particularly well.

Then, when Sri Lanka lost some wickets in succession in the death, he pulled himself back a little bit again and made sure he batted for full 50 overs.

Dhammika Prasad, the tail-ender, supported him at the end there. He scored some handy runs which dragged the score past 270 which looked competitive on that wicket which was dry and thus, was believed to be going to spin.

With the ball though, Sri Lanka could not deliver. There was movement under the lights. With a bit of coolness in the air, the quickies were getting the white ball to nip around.

The visitors were unlucky not to get Shikhar Dhawan out early as the umpire Bruce Oxenford could not pick a clear nick.

However, that does not mean the Sri Lankan bowling was overall good. It wasn’t, especially the spin bowling. The spinners did not pitch too many balls in good areas. Seekuge Prasanna got three wickets, but, it was more due to the recklessness of the batsmen, not due to the quality in his deliveries.



The Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has said that he is glad with his recent performances in international cricket, but, he is looking not to get complacent and keep going on like this.

The last couple of months have been brilliant for Rohit. In the ODI series against the Aussies, he scored almost 500 runs including a double hundred and then, in the recently finished test series against West Indies, he scored a couple of successive tons and ended up becoming the player of the series. (more…)

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Rahul Dravid Ready to Step Aside

Indian cricket legend Rahul Dravid says that if the management of his Indian Premier League team the Rajasthan Royals can find a suitable opening partner for Ajinkya Rahane, one of the finds of the fifth edition of the IPL, he will not think twice about stepping aside from his playing capacity with the side as he already looks ahead to the 2013 season after a moderately successful 2012 season. Although the Royals finished the season with a 10 wicket thrashing at the hands of the Mumbai Indians and failed to qualify for the playoffs, finishing in seventh position out of the 9 teams, Dravid himself had an IPL to remember.

The opening pairing of the veteran Indian cricketer and up and coming youngster Ajinkya Rahane was the most successful opening partnership in the IPL and this achievement gave Rahul Dravid immense pleasure. Speaking to the media, he stated that the Rajasthan Royals did not have the services of all rounder Shane Watson for almost three quarters of the tournament and he also stated that his team is not as star studded as the Chennai Super Kings, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Mumbai Indians or the Delhi Daredevils but what they did have was team spirit and that is what took them so close to making the playoff spots.

Dravid himself has scored 462 runs in the 16 matches that he has played while leading the side, which makes him the highest scoring batsman among The Holy Trinity of Indian cricket, namely himself, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.

The 39 year old recently retired from international cricket after 15 years at the top of his game and it is being believed that Rahul Dravid is reluctant to continue playing in the next edition and might be given the role of mentor.