Here are the top analysis of the day:
1) Gary Stead named new New Zealand’s head coach
Gary Stead has been named as the new New Zealand’s head coach after Mike Hesson decided to step down in the June this year. He has played 5 Test matches for the side in the year 1999 and also has a bit of coaching experience.
Gary Stead was the coach of New Zealand’s women’s cricket team that reached the final of 2009 World Cup. He also helped Canterbury win three Plunkett Shield titles. He has been assigned for 2 years and his ultimate motive would be to win the World Cup for New Zealand which is to be played in England next year.
2) Stokes Returns: A masterstroke from England
Ben Stokes has been included in the third specsavers Test against India after being found not guilty. The all-rounder was a part of the first Test which England won by 31 runs at Edgbaston.
Stokes’ return will strengthen the already solid side. Also, an extra pacer in the side could raise more trouble for the Indians as they are suffering from the rock-solid pace attack. Stokes was one of the players who helped England won the 1st Test by taking the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli.
3) Sri Lanka win the low-scoring encounter against South Africa
In the one-off T20 between South Africa and Sri Lanka, the Asian side won it by 3 wickets in the end. Dhananjaya De Silva won the Man of the Match with his all-round performance while Dinesh Chandimal was exceptional throughout the game with his wicket-keeping as well as batting. He made a great return after being banned for 2 Tests and 4 ODIs.
Now, with the return of Chandimal, the Sri Lankans would be hoping for some extraordinary show in the upcoming Asia Cup to be started from September 15. They didn’t play good cricket in past one year including their terrible series defeat against Zimbabwe. The Lankans were defeated 5-0 against India and Pakistan after Zimbabwe series.
4) Team deserves the thrashing they are getting, says Boycott
Geoffrey Boycott slammed India’s batting performance by calling it a naive, irresponsible and bordering on stupidity. The former English player said that the team deserves this kind of thrashing. “India have come to England complacently and arrogantly thinking they can bat the same way and everything will be OK on the day. Any time you do not plan and work at your cricket, the game will kick you up the backside, and India deserve the thrashing they are getting,” Boycott wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.
India are on the verge of losing the Test series like 2011 and 2014. Kohli & Co. have to solve their issues related to batting otherwise who knows another if whitewash could take place.
5) Bhajji slams Hardik Pandya after his poor ongoing outing
Indian veteran Harbhajan Singh is unhappy with the way Hardik Pandya is performing in the ongoing Test series. He said that an all-rounder contributes in both the department but Pandya has failed to do so.
“We have to remove the all-rounder tag from him as an all-rounder contributes in both the departments as Stokes, Curran did in the first Test and now Woakes has done at the Lord’s. The same is expected of Hardik Pandya, he cannot become Kapil Dev overnight!,” Harbhajan said.
Indian team have to win the 3rd Test to make their fans realise that they have learnt from their past mistakes. Meanwhile, a loss from here will end their hopes for this series. Stat-wise India have won only 1 Test in England in the past 11 years.