Will apply for Coach next year: Andrew Flintoff

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Andrew Flintoff has once again entered the ring for the position of the England Cricket team.

London, January 16:  Andrew Flintoff, Former England captain and legendary all-rounder, has tossed his hat in the ring for the position of coach for England’s team. Current coach Trevor Bayliss recently had announced that 2019 would mark his resignation from his duties. Following the former coach’s announcement, Flintoff has proclaimed that he will apply for the position next year.

Speaking on his podcast Flintoff, Savage and The Ping Pong Guy, he said, “I’m talking with my heart, yes (I’ll apply), I want to do it one day … if they want me to do it, I’ll do it.”

This is not a first time that Flintoff will be applying for this position. Earlier, in 2014, when Peter Moores was selected, Flintoff was one of the contenders. “I knew I wouldn’t be better than Peter Moores, so after a half an hour conversation I withdrew, but also said if Moores doesn’t get it, put me back in the hat. I thought you can bang on about it and put players down, or actually do something about it, so I thought that I would have a crack at this, I wrote an email, three weeks past and no reply,” Flintoff said before adding, “I found out the ECB thought it wasn’t me despite me having one email all my life.”

Flintoff also described about how he would specifically emphasize on the mental aspect of the game if given a chance to coach the team rather than laying sole focus on the skills of the game.

“A coach’s job now is to get players feeling the best they can be to perform, as a coach or mentor, that’d be my greatest asset,” he said. In conclusion, he also mentioned that in retrospect, he should have spent additional time on his mental state; he had spent all his time focusing on the physical health and he now realised the significance of focusing on mental health.

Source: The Indian Express, SportsKeeda


Smith, Anderson engage in war of words ahead of the second Ashes test

Australian skipper Steve Smith believes that England seamer James Anderson is among the’ biggest sledgers in the game of cricket. Smith also said that Anderson tried to get stuck in his head during the initial phase of his career and that he seemed happy doing so. 

Earlier, Anderson had compared the Aussies to bullies in a column he wrotin the Daily Telegraph. England did not seem amused by comments aimed towards Jonny Bairstow during their second innings. 

During the first test at Brisbane, Anderson picked up two wickets and gave away 77 runs while Smith starred for Australia with an innings of 141 not out. Australia defeated England by ten wickets to take a lead of 1-0 during the five-match series.  

Australians have had a reputation for sledding on the cricket field. However, Smith believes that the Aussies played the Brisbane test in ‘good spirits ‘. He said that it is the responsibility of umpires and match referees to take care of on-field matters. Australia will continue playing ‘good, hard cricket ‘ throughout the series, he added.

ICC clears Kraigg Brathwaite’s bowling action

The International Cricket Council (ICC) cleared the knocking down some pins activity of West Indies offspinner Kraigg Brathwaite, who had been accounted for a month ago. An autonomous appraisal of Brathwaite’s knocking down some pins activity was performed at the Loughborough testing focus in England on August 31.”… the rocking the bowling alley activity of Windies off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite has been observed to be lawful, and the player can keep knocking down some pins in universal cricket,” the ICC said in an announcement. The ICC said that the measure of elbow expansion in Brathwaite’s conveyances was well inside the 15-degree level of resistance allowed under the world body’s controls.
Brathwaite was accounted for amid the main Test against England at Edgbaston a month ago. The 24-year-old has played 40 Tests, getting 12 wickets up until now. His 10 ODI appearances have gotten him only a lone scalp up until this point. In their answer to the ICC following the match, coordinate authorities raised worries over the legitimateness of Brathwaite’s activity after he sent down six wicketless overs for six keeps running in his side’s thrashing in Birmingham, as said on cricket.com.au.
Brathwaite dumbfounded only one amid the Headingley Test and was instantly made a request to experience testing at Loughborough University following the Windies’ win. As indicated by ICC, the greater part of Brathwaite’s conveyances were “well inside” the 15-degree allowed level of resistance.

Rank will decide fate of FIFA World Cup 2018

 FIFA adopted a simple format of global ranking for the 2018 World Cup draw. ON Thursday, the Organising Committee decided that the four pots will have teams as per their ranking instead of continent-wise.
Pot 1 will have seven topmost teams along with host Russia. Pot 2 will have next 8, and similarly, the remaining 16 countries will be divided. Draw from each pot will decide the teams that will compete in a group. Europe gets an exception in the case that no two teams from the same continent can be a part of a group.
The whole process will be based on the teams’ positions in the October rankings. Till now, Argentina, Germany and Portugal are expected to be in Pot 1 whereas Pot 2 could have France, Spain, England and Italy.
The previous world cup saw complexities with Pot 1 as per ranking, others as per continent, additional Pot X which attracted criticism.
The rankings will be out on October 16, 2017 and the draw will happen on December 1.

England striker Wayne Rooney announces retirement

England’s all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney decided to be the superannuated man, retiring from international football. He holds the most number of caps for the English football team and has a tremendous record of netting 53 times in his 119 appearances.

England manager Gareth Southgate ringed him up to inform him about his inclusion in the squad for the matches against Malta and Slovakia. But Rooney expressed his decision to relieve himself of international duties in that very telephone conversation.

According to ESPN, in a statement released to Press Association Sport, Rooney said, “It is a really tough decision, and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me.”

He also conceded that although leaving Manchester United was difficult, but he is all the more happy with the decision to join Everton, his boyhood club. Not having been part of a successful England tournament side was what he regarded as one of his very few regrets but at the same time, he showed his excitement about Southgate bringing new players to achieve that goal.

Rooney debuted at a young age of 17 in 2003 in a friendly against Australia and scored his first goal later in September that year against Macedonia,

In spite of coming close to Peter Shilton’s record of 125 caps, Rooney announced his retirement.

Sources: ESPN, BBC

Mithali Raj becomes all-time leading run scorer in women’s ODI cricket

Indian skipper Mithali Raj created history as she became the leading run-getter in women’s one-day internationals. She achieved this feat during the ICC Women’s World Cup against Australia at Bristol.
She overtook England cricketer Charlotte Edwards’ record of 5992 runs by scoring her 34th run while batting against the Aussies. Edwards scored these runs in 191 matches, whereas it took the 34-year-old 184 matches to reach this achievement.
This was not the only record she broke. Apart from overtaking the Englishwoman, she also became the first woman to reach the 6000-run landmark.
With a 50-plus batting average, Mithali boasts the most number of ODI half-centuries, 49. Recently she created a streak of scoring seven consecutive half-centuries before that ended with getting out on 46 runs against West Indies at the ongoing World Cup.
She also grabbed headlines a few days ago during the tournament, when she was seen reading a book before getting down to bat. At a pre-World Cup press conference, she confidently retaliated to a sexist question from a reporter, drawing praise from all corners. According to Times of India, she was asked about her favourite male cricketer to which she had replied, “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?”
Currently, Mithali has scored 6028 runs, including five centuries and 49 half-centuries.

Sources: NDTV

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Alastair Cook steps down as Test captain

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday announced that Alastair Cook has stepped down as England’s Test captain. Cook conveyed his decision to the Chairman of ECB Colin Graves on Sunday and also informed his desire to continue playing.

Appointed as the captain in 2012, Cook has led the England team in 59 tests matches which is more than any other captain ever led. The matches included series win in India and South Africa as well as Ashes victory in 2013 and 2015.

“It’s been a great honour to lead the Test team over the past five years,” Cook said. “Stepping down has been an incredibly hard decision but I know this is the correct decision for me and at the right time for the team.”

The 32-year-old opening batsman has scored more centuries in test matches than in ODIs and is one of the most celebrated players with 11,057 runs in 140 tests. He has also been titled as the Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2012.

The hunt for the new captain has started by the ECB. Although there is no mention of a successor, Joe Root, the current Vice-captain is a probable candidate.

“Playing for England really is a privilege and I hope to carry on as a Test player, making a full contribution and helping the next England captain and the team however I can” he signed off.

Sourced from Reuters and The Gaurdian