LONDON: Star all-rounder Ben Stokes was named as England’s new Check captain on Thursday, changing Joe Root, who stood down earlier this month after a string of defeats.
The 30-year-old, who served as Root’s deputy, was the overwhelming favorite to take cost of a struggling staff that has received simply one in every of their previous 17 matches.
Stokes, whose profession is peppered with staggering performances with bat and ball, has been a loyal lieutenant to Root and made a degree of praising his buddy and predecessor in a brief assertion.
“I’m honoured to be given the possibility to steer the England Check staff,” he mentioned. “This can be a actual privilege and I’m enthusiastic about getting began this summer season.
“I need to thank Joe for every little thing he has accomplished for English cricket and for all the time being a terrific ambassador for the game all the world over. He has been a large a part of my growth as a pacesetter within the dressing room and he’ll proceed to be a key ally for me on this position.”
Root resigned after 5 years in cost following a 1-0 sequence loss within the Caribbean, which got here scorching on the heels of a humiliating 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia.
New managing director of England males’s cricket Rob Key mentioned: “I had no hesitation in providing the position of Check captain to Ben. He epitomises the mentality and method we need to take this staff ahead into the subsequent period of red-ball cricket.
“I’m delighted that he has accepted, and he’s prepared for the added duty and the honour. He completely deserves the chance.”
Stokes already has a formidable workload as an all-format, pace-bowling all-rounder and solely final yr took a psychological well being break from cricket.
He has scored greater than 5,000 Check runs and brought 174 wickets in 79 matches and can also be one of many stars of England’s white-ball groups.
New Zealand problem:
Stokes’s first match because the everlasting England captain will come in opposition to New Zealand, the nation of his delivery, initially of a three-Check sequence at Lord’s on June 2.
He beforehand captained the Check facet in a four-wicket defeat by the West Indies in Southampton two years in the past when Root was on paternity depart — his solely first-class match in cost.
However he has lengthy been thought to be a number one determine within the England dressing room and was praised for the best way he led an inexperienced facet in a 3-0 one-day worldwide sequence win at house to Pakistan final yr after a coronavirus outbreak dominated out the first-choice squad.
His promotion to the captaincy completes a exceptional turnaround for the participant, whose profession was within the steadiness when he was charged with affray following an incident exterior a Bristol nightclub in 2017 earlier than being discovered not responsible following a courtroom case.
Key remains to be seeking to appoint a everlasting head coach, though he has mentioned he’ll cut up the job into separate purple and white-ball roles.
No different nation rivals China in sports activities: Pakistan’s volleyball captain
ISLAMABAD: “I consider that there might be a tremendous expertise. And I’d prefer to thank the Chinese language authorities to present us an opportunity to play on this wonderful facility,” stated Issanaye Ramires Ferraz, Pakistan’s Brazilian volleyball coach.
That is Issanaye’s first go to to China and he’s received very excited. “Our preparation goes very effectively, and I hope we are going to play each match until the ultimate,” Issanaye stated, including that “I don’t prefer to say that we’ve one nice participant, China Financial Web (CEN) reported on Thursday.
We’ve group work. That’s our philosophy. We’ll work as a group to present Pakistan a excessive efficiency and get good outcomes.”
“Earlier than this, we’ve performed the Asian Males’s Volleyball Championship. In comparison with that, our group is match now, when it comes to ball abilities and bodily health.
Our head coach can also be happy with our coaching. We anticipate to face on the victory stand,” stated Mubashir Raza Watto, captain of Pakistan’s nationwide volleyball group.
“We went to China for the World Navy Video games. We received a bronze medal. If I discuss in regards to the administration of China, their administration is superb, when it comes to meals, when it comes to lodging.
They deal with us very effectively. When it comes to sports activities, I don’t suppose there’s a higher nation than China that manages it so effectively,” Mubashir added.
The lads’s and ladies’s volleyball competitions began on Sept. 19 and can final by way of Oct. 7 throughout 4 venues in Hangzhou, China.
Pakistan’s largest achievement within the Asian Video games volleyball historical past is their third-place end within the 1962 Jakarta Asian Video games. Within the final Asian Video games held in Indonesia in 2018 Pakistan completed eighth.
Siraj’s heroics energy India to successful Asia Cup 2023 for eighth time
COLOMBO: Mohammed Siraj’s six-fer demolished Sri Lankan batting lineup as India lifted the Asia Cup 2023.
Set to chase a meager 51, India comfortably accomplished the pursuit in 6.1 overs with out shedding a single wicket to carry their eighth Asia Cup title.
India’s new opening pair of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan carried the momentum and dominated the Sri Lankan bowlers to script a press release victory for the previous champions.
Gill top-scored for India within the Asia Cup 2023 closing with a 19-ball 27 which featured six boundaries whereas Kishan scored 23 not out in 18 balls.
Opting to bat first, the Sri Lankan batting lineup failed utterly and was bundled out for a paltry 51 within the sixteenth over.
The house aspect misplaced their opener Kusal Perera (0) within the first over with only one run on the board.
What adopted was a complete annihilation by Mohammed Siraj who picked up 4 wickets — Pathum Nissanka (2), Sadeera Samarawickrama (0), Charith Asalanka (0) and Dhananjaya de Silva (4) — within the fourth over to depart Sri Lanka reeling at 12/5.
Sri Lanka did not recuperate from Siraj’s demolition and he got here again so as to add additional to their distress by dismissing skipper Dasun Shanaka in his subsequent over and finishing his five-fer.
Wicketkeeper batter Kusal Mendi, who held on for Sri Lanka then placed on the very best partnership of the Asia Cup 2023 closing for the house aspect with Dunith Wellalage earlier than Siraj struck once more.
Kusal Mendis remained the top-scorer for Sri Lanka with a 34-ball 17 which featured three boundaries.
Following Siraj’s dominance, Hardik Pandya put the ultimate nail within the coffin by eliminating the Sri Lankan batting tail.
He eliminated Dunith Wellalage (8) earlier than wrapping up Sri Lanka’s dismal innings in his subsequent over by dismissing Pramod Madushan (1) and Matheesha Pathirana (0).
Younger all-rounder Dushan Hemantha remained unbeaten with a 15-ball 13 and remained the one Sri Lankan batter to amass double figures beside Kusal Mendis.
Notably, Sri Lanka’s 50-run whole is now the bottom whole within the Asia Cup historical past, breaking the earlier document held by Bangladesh, who had been dismissed for 87 runs towards Pakistan in 2000.
Moreover, Sri Lanka’s 50-run whole is the bottom in males’s ODI historical past in a match closing. Additionally it is the third time this 12 months that Sri Lanka have been bowled out for lower than 100 in ODIs.
Mohammed Siraj led the bowling assault for India within the Asia Cup 2023 closing with a 6/21, adopted by Hardik Pandya’s 3/3 whereas Jasprit Bumrah had a wicket to his title.
Cricket fever in China choosing tempo forward of upcoming Asian Video games Asian Video games
HANGZHOU: Cricket fever in China goes excessive forward of upcoming Asian Video games set to happen in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8.
A “Friendship Cup” was organized by Chinese language firm Guangdong YaJiaSiTechnology (YJS) and Beijing Cricket Membership (BCC) on the Cricket area of Dulwich Faculty Beijing, Gwadar Professional reported on Friday.
The purpose of the occasion is to share the eagerness for sports activities, improve friendship between the folks of taking part nations in addition to to advertise the sport of cricket in China.
The match was nicely attended by the diplomatic workers and groups from totally different embassies, faculties, and universities, notably gamers from China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, the UK, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh, and Nepal which gave a possibility to show the cricketing abilities.
Cricket is without doubt one of the most enjoyable sports activities on the earth and is now slowly however absolutely getting a spot in sports activities in China.
The upcoming Asian Video games to be held in Hangzhou is without doubt one of the greatest examples the place Pakistan males’s and girls’s Cricket groups will probably be taking part in.
Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque additionally congratulated China for internet hosting the Asian Video games 2023 in Hangzhou and hoped that this may promote not solely sports activities competitions but additionally people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges.
Bilal Ahmed, a Cricket Participant from Pakistan, advised Gwadar Professional that Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, and Jinan are the hub of cricket in China.
Greater than 150 faculties and universities have been concerned within the sport of cricket. Again-to-back cricket tournaments by totally different Chinese language firms and organizations in several cities and particularly the holding of a grand sporting occasion comprising each males’s and girls’s T-20 Cricket in Asian Video games 2023 in Hangzhou exhibits China’s keenness to unfold the sport of Cricket at its faculties and universities stage.
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