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Ben Foakes admits England expect more of the same from Ahmedabad pitch
Visitors must find a way to draw series on most challenging of pitches, keeper says

Gujarat, Andhra, Karnataka qualify for Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-finals
A round-up of the Vijay Hazare Trophy Matches on Sunday, February 28

Rohit Sharma attains career-best eighth spot in Test rankings, R Ashwin moves to No. 3 among bowlers
Axar Patel, who picked up 11 wickets in the third Test against England, also gained 30 slots to reach the 38th position

R Ashwin on pink-ball Tests and quick finishes: 'If you favour the bowlers a little bit, this is what might happen'
The India allrounder says day-night Tests ending sooner than expected have been the norm so far

R Ashwin hits back at pitch critics: 'Who defines what a good surface is?'
"I find it heinous where you have a thought process and you want everyone to follow that and think that"

Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia left out of squads for home series against South Africa
The series begins on March 7 in Lucknow starting with three ODIs followed by five T20Is

Jasprit Bumrah granted leave, to miss fourth Test against England for 'personal reasons'
Decision keeping in mind life for all-format players in bio-secure bubbles and workloads in a year of non-stop cricket

No squads yet, but India, South Africa women go into quarantine
WV Raman and support staff contracts extended, possibility of crowds at 40-50% being explored

BCCI opposed to ICC's new bidding policy for world events
The Indian board would prefer for tournaments to be allocated, as they have been before

Double-World Cup winner Yusuf Pathan announces retirement from all cricket
"Time has come today for me to put a full stop to this innings of my life," 38-year-old allrounder says

Former India quick R Vinay Kumar retires from first-class and international cricket
Former Karnataka captain finished with 504 first-class wickets, including a record 442 in the Ranji Trophy

India domestic season: Women's 50-over competition to begin on March 11
Matches to be held across six venues; teams to report at centres on March 4

Pitch debate: Kohli says 'very good', Cook and Strauss disagree
With the Test ending in two days, and spinners taking 28 of the 30 wickets to fall, the Ahmedabad pitch has come into sharp focus

Virat Kohli: Spinners left no room for others in bizarre game
Batsmen from both sides could have applied themselves better, says India captain

As it happened - India vs England, 3rd Test, Ahmedabad, 2nd day
Updates, analysis and colour from the second day of the third Test

Ashwin: 'It's been a dreamy ride. It's been a fairy tale'
In his last six Tests, Ashwin has taken 36 wickets to jump from 365 wickets into the 400-club.

Race to WTC final: England out, anything but defeat in final Test will do the job for India
Australia will pip India to the post - and set up a final against New Zealand - if England win the fourth Test

Axar Patel 11-for sees India surge to 2-1 series lead in two-day Test
England made their lowest Test score in India on the way to a ten-wicket defeat

Prithvi Shaw smashes 227* to become India's eighth List A double-centurion
This is his second century in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy

Zak Crawley: 'It's nowhere near over' despite England's first-innings collapse
Batsman insists a lead of 100-150 could be defendable in fourth innings on tricky pitch

England ask match referee for 'consistency' amid third-umpire frustrations
Joe Root and Chris Silverwood speak with Javagal Srinath after on-field exasperation

Pink-ball beauty is in the eye of the beholder as India seize control of third Test
India see clean through the optics to dominate England on opening day/night

South Africa 'have a number of tours against India' in the works, says Graeme Smith
CSA director of cricket wants to "ask some hard questions of Australia and challenge them" for postponed tour

As it happened - India vs England, 3rd Test, Ahmedabad, 1st day
Updates, analysis and colour from the first day of the third Test

India women's team to play South Africa women in Lucknow
This will be the first international cricket India women will play since the T20 World Cup final a year ago

Virat Kohli on 36 all out - These are experiences, not scars
India's captain says pink ball Tests upend traditional batting and bowling tactics, and the team will have to adjust to that

Virat Kohli on Ishant Sharma: '100 Tests for a fast bowler is as good as 150 Tests for a batsman'
"Very happy to see him enjoy his bowling over the last four-five years and really become that stalwart of the Indian fast-bowling group"

Kohli on 'dear friend' Ishant: 'To play 100 Tests for a fast bowler is as good as 150 Tests for a batsman'
Heaps praise on the India quick's complete "commitment and attention to Test cricket" over the shorter formats

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Bihar player tests positive for Covid-19
All other players of the squad set to undergo tests on Tuesday, with results expected by evening

Pink ball in hand, India and England prepare for series-defining battle
For the home side, defeat in either this Test or the next one will mean missing out on the WTC final spot

Ben Stokes: England's seamers are 'licking their lips' to use pink ball
Allrounder eyes chance to fufil one of his career ambitions and win a series in India

Umesh Yadav added to Test squad, Shardul Thakur released
Fast bowler cleared a fitness Test and will be part of the squad for both remaining games

Graham Thorpe: 'Adapting to the pink ball will be key'
Anderson, Archer, Crawley and Bairstow all likely to be fit and competing for selection

Ishant Sharma ahead of 100th Test: Winning WTC will be the same feeling as winning the World Cup
Fast bowler says he would have got to 100 even if was playing all formats - but maybe not this quickly

Rohit: Need to be 'extra focused' at twilight time in day-night Tests
The India batsman also touched on how the team is managing the pressure of trying to make the WTC final

Rohit Sharma: 'Debate about players and performances, not pitches'
"That's the meaning of home advantage. Else, just take it away," says India's opener

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani wants T20 World Cup shifted if India don't give 'written assurances' on visas
"Legally and constitutionally it's our right to participate in the tournament and nobody can remove us from it"

Suryakumar, Tewatia, Kishan called up to India T20 squad
Bhuvneshwar, Chakravarthy back in squad; Samson misses out

Pujara hopes for short county stint after IPL ends
"That call I'll take once the IPL is over or in-between [the tournament]." says India's No. 3 in Test cricket

'Felt like I was the loneliest guy in the world' - Virat Kohli on his 'lowest point'
Says he "strongly feels the need for professional help" on the mental-health front to be part of team set-ups

We picked Arjun Tendulkar 'purely on a skill basis' - Mahela Jayawardene
"He has to show all the coaching staff and the think tank that he has got the goods to belong there"

Jonny Bairstow: England white-ball players can't be told 'don't go' to the IPL
Batsman admits to mixed emotions after relinquishing Test spot to take time out of bubble

How the eight teams stack up ahead of IPL 2021
All the eight teams look like they have plugged most of the major holes in their line-ups

Royals land Morris for INR 16.25 crore; RCB spend big on Maxwell and Jamieson
The South Africa allrounder became the most expensive overseas player ever at the auction

Vivo back as IPL title sponsor for 2021 season
Dream11 had replaced Vivo last season in the aftermath of the military clashes at the India-China border

IPL 2021 auction: The list of sold and unsold players
Who was sold to whom, and who didn't get a bid?

Live blog - The 2021 IPL Auction
Bidding wars to big steals, don't miss any of it with ESPNcricinfo's live updates

Umesh Yadav to replace Shardul Thakur for Ahmedabad Tests against England
Yadav has to undergo a fitness assessment before linking up with his team-mates

R Ashwin to Virat Kohli: 'What I did was something incredible'
India's premier spinner on how a 'blank' state of mind has brought success

R Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant move up in ICC Test rankings
Ben Stokes loses top spot in allrounder list after Chennai Test

England players could miss New Zealand Tests to play IPL knockouts
South African players likely to miss start of season for white-ball series vs Pakistan

Ashwin wishes for a change in attitude towards cricketers
"We can see a lot of positives, but we tend to choose the negatives"

'A hero feeling' for R Ashwin in 'most special Test' in front of home fans
"I've played four Tests matches here and this is easily the most special Test match"

Virat Kohli: 'It was the perfect game for us'
India's captain on the Chennai pitch, the toss factor, learning from his mistakes, and more

As it happened - India vs England, 2nd Test, Chennai, 4th day
Join us for updates, analysis and colour from the fourth day of the second Test

Shubman Gill taken for scans after blow to left forearm
He picked up the injury while fielding at short leg on the third evening of the second Test

Axar Patel five-for seals crushing India win to level series
India spinners wrap up victory shortly after lunch on day four

Axar Patel defends Chennai pitch: 'We are playing on the same wicket and scoring runs'
"When we go abroad and get a seaming track, we don't talk about excessive grass on the pitch"

As it happened - India vs England, 2nd Test, Chennai, 3rd day
Updates, analysis and colour from the third day of the second Test

Naman Ojha retires from all formats of the game
The wicketkeeper-batsman played one Test, one ODI and two T20Is in a long career

R Ashwin hundred flattens England as India close in
All-round excellence of local hero sees India maintain their dominance of second Test

Foakes - 'Extremely tough pitch, we've got to apply ourselves'
"If the ball is moving around 140-145 clicks that has to be more challenging than somebody bowling at 85-90" - Ashwin

R Ashwin: 'I have got better at varying the seam position'
"Obviously the ball turning away from the left-hander is one very big advantage when it comes to offspinners"

As it happened - India vs England, 2nd Test, Chennai, 2nd day
Updates, analysis and colour from the 2nd Test

India turn screw as R Ashwin rolls through England with five-for
Ashwin claims 29th Test five-for to bowl England out for 134 before India extend their lead

Rohit Sharma pleased with 'proactive' approach on Chennai turner
"You can't be tentative. You can't have two thoughts. If you want to sweep, you sweep it"

As it happened - India vs England, 2nd Test, Chennai, 1st day
Updates, analysis and colour from the first day of the second Test

Rohit Sharma 161 gives India control on spinning deck
Opener's big hundred leaves England playing catch-up despite dismissing Virat Kohli for 0

Delhi Capitals CEO Dhiraj Malhotra replaces Saba Karim as BCCI GM
Malhotra will be in charge of game development and operations

New fitness target for Indian players: yo-yo level raised to 17:1, time trial 2k run
Fast bowlers have to run two kilometres in 8 minutes 15 seconds, the rest in 8 minutes 30 seconds

The dry run: 'Don't need to worry,' says Ajinkya Rahane as team backs its 'impact player'
"It is all about what the team wants from me - and then go and contribute. And I am pretty much confident about that"

Chennai Part II - India look for right spin combination as England chase history
England, 1-0 up after one Test, are going to be without James Anderson and Jofra Archer

England weigh merits of Olly Stone's pace vs Chris Woakes' control for second Test
Joe Root resists temptation to pair Broad and Anderson with heavy itinerary still to come

Joe Root calls for 'real squad effort' as England make four changes to winning team
Buttler, Bess, Anderson, Archer out of contention; Foakes, Moeen, Broad, Woakes, Stone in squad

Shaun Marsh, Corey Anderson, Morne Morkel on final IPL auction list
A total of 61 slots have to be filled by the eight franchises including 22 overseas players

After slow start, Chepauk pitch likely to take fast turn in second Test
Spinners likely to get help from the pitch as early as the first day

Ben Foakes plays down expectations as long-awaited return looms
Keeper distances himself from success of first Test call-up as he takes up Buttler role

Jofra Archer ruled out of second Test after suffering elbow injury
England plans dented after paceman is ruled out of contest following injection

England's success across formats justifies Joe Root's T20I omission, says Ed Smith
Test captain attaining greatness, says selector, but white-ball results not suffering from absence

'With you, Wasim' - Anil Kumble backs Jaffer in Uttarakhand controversy
Former India opener also finds support from Irfan Pathan, Manoj Tiwary and Dodda Ganesh

Axar Patel declared fit and 'raring to go' for the second Test
India struggled with their support bowlers Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem in the first Test

Hanuma Vihari to lead Andhra, Natarajan released from Tamil Nadu squad for rest before England T20Is, ODIs
Newsfile: All the updates in the lead-up to the 2020-21 edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy

Wasim Jaffer denies reported 'communal' allegations after quitting as Uttarakhand coach
Former India opener says it's "sad" that he has to take the step to deny the "baseless" allegations

Chris Silverwood 'not worried' about Dom Bess
Offspinner produced an up and down performance in first Test

No 'weakening' of England team, even with changes afoot - Chris Silverwood
Ben Foakes comes in for resting Jos Buttler, coach mulls bowling options

Joe Root moves to No. 3 in Test batting rankings, Virat Kohli slips to fifth
Chattogram hero Kyle Mayers and Rawalpindi star Hasan Ali make solid gains too

Wasim Jaffer steps down as Uttarakhand coach, cites 'interference and bias' in team selection
Jaffer has become the third Uttarakhand coach to resign after a short stint in recent years

Ramesh Powar takes charge as Mumbai coach
Appointment comes just days before Vijay Hazare Trophy after wrangling between CIC and MCA

Race to WTC final: England's chances improve after Chennai win, but India not out of it yet
Australia might just be the happiest as they are hoping for a drawn series or a (not too big) England win

Kohli: Don't jump the gun on India, or Rahane
India captain says the vice-captain, alongwith Pujara, remain India's 'most important batsmen' in Tests

James Anderson vows to put his 'name in the hat' for second Test against India
Despite lighting up final day, Anderson presumes nothing amid need to rest and rotate bowlers

Joe Root: 'Really important we don't just stand still now' after England seal big win
"We've executed the gameplan brilliantly and to finish in the manner we have done today is really pleasing"

Virat Kohli: Our support spinners didn't 'create enough pressure with the ball'
Kohli affirmed that their "lack of execution is acceptable", as long as the mindset was in the right place

As it happened - India vs England, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day
Updates, analysis and colour from the final day in Chennai

James Anderson and Jack Leach consign India to rare home defeat
Kohli's 72 in vain as England wrap up 227-run win for their sixth straight away victory

Ashwin, Ishant confident of India's batting depth for fifth-day chase
"Even if some parts of my body are not responding, I can really keep going," says Ashwin about injury fears

Ishant Sharma reflects on 'rollercoaster' career: 'I've enjoyed it quite a lot'
Fast bowler confident India can chase down the target in the fourth innings

As it happened - India vs England, 1st Test, Chennai, 4th day
Join us for analysis, updates and colour on the fourth day of the series opener

Tough final day ahead for India as England seek nine wickets to win
Leach strikes first blow for visitors after they set India a target of 420

Pujara: I love batting with Rishabh Pant
India's No. 3 backs the wicketkeeper batsman to keep playing his natural attacking game

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