It’s surreal joining the 500 club, says Anderson

By Martyn Herman LONDON, Sept 8 : England seamer James Anderson described it as “surreal” as he became only the sixth bowler to take 500 test wickets on Friday. The 35-year-old Lancastrian, who began the third and final test against West Indies on Thursday with 497 wickets, ripped Kraigg Brathwaite’s middle stump out of the […]

Anderson joins 500 club as England take charge

By Martyn Herman LONDON, Sept 8 : James Anderson joined an elite band of bowlers with 500 test wickets and Ben Stokes plundered a vital half century as England took command of a low-scoring third test against West Indies at Lord’s on Friday. By the end of a rain-affected second day West Indies were still […]

Test format being strangled by Twenty20 “weed”, says Holding

By Martyn Herman LONDON, Sept 6 : Test match cricket faces a bleak future with the sport’s administrators failing to control the ‘runaway weed’ of the hugely popular Twenty20 format, former West Indies pace bowler Michael Holding said. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced its 2018 schedule on Tuesday and despite seven tests […]

Holding hopes Windies resurgence is not just a blip

By Martyn Herman LONDON, Sept 6 : Former pace great Michael Holding hopes West Indies’ stunning victory over England at Headingley does not turn out to be just “a blip” in their steady decline as a Test force. Jason Holder’s young team rebounded from a humiliating defeat at Edgbaston, where they lost 19 wickets in […]

Star India wins global media rights for IPL

Mumbai, Sep 4 : Star India on Monday bagged the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for TV and digital broadcast worth Rs 16,347.50 crore with a single consolidated bid worldwide during the auctions here. Star India edged out Sony to acquire the rights from 2018 to 2022. Initially, 24 companies picked up rights papers […]