Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

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Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Supreme Court allows BCCI to incur expenses for England series

  • A much-needed relief for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) arrived today.
  • Supreme Court allowed the BCCI to incur all the expenses for the remaining matches of the series between India and England.
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Most disappointed with this England team: Bishan Singh Bedi

  • Former Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi absolutely lashed at the poor attitude of the England team. In a conversation with Mid Day, Bedi remarked that the body language of the English players has been poor. Despite having won the toss in two Tests so far, they could not dominate the proceedings.
  • “I am most disappointed at this (England) team. Their body language has been atrocious apart from the fact that they have been dropping catches and not cashing on the toss which they won in two of the three Tests.”
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Dilip Vengasarkar feels MS Dhoni should play Ranji Trophy to keep himself match-fit

  • Indian limited-overs captain MS Dhoni hasn’t had any match practice since the last ODI against New Zealand and will now be directly featuring in the ODI and T20I series against England.
  • Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president and former Indian skipper Dilip Vengsarkar feels Dhoni should be playing regularly to stay match-fit.
  • In an interview with mid-day, the former Indian selector questioned the 35-year-old’s decision to not play Ranji Trophy while expecting to stay fit for international cricket.
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We want to play a bit more aggressive and with more intent: Alastair Cook

  • On the eve of the Test England captain, Alastair Cook said that they want to make a comeback in the series and play with positive intent.
  • “It’s a clear message I knew was coming out [from Bayliss]. We sat down at the end of the Mohali game and discussed how we wanted to play.
  • We chatted at the end of that game and it’s a very fair thing as part of the leadership group alongside Trevor and a couple of coaches,” Cook said.
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James Taylor advises England against sledging Virat Kohli

  • Ahead of the fourth Test former England batsman James Taylor has advised the visitors against attempts of sledging Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Allrounder Ben Stokes had a go at Kohli during the Mohali Test but that while having no effect on the batsman earned him an official reprimand.
  • “I am all in favour of Ben Stokes getting stuck into the opposition but I would advise him to leave Virat Kohli alone. Stokes has already been reprimanded for his verbal clash with Kohli in the Third Test and now knows that a couple more incidents like these could mean a Test ban.”
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MCC World Cricket Committee puts forward interesting recommendations for the betterment of the sports

  • The MCC World Cricket committee has come up with innovative recommendations after the meeting in Mumbai on December 6 and 7. T
  • he committee discussed limiting the maximum width of the edge and depth of a bat, allowing catches off a fielder’s helmet, Giving umpires the power to send players off the field for grievous disciplinary violations, working towards making cricket an Olympic sport were some of the key outcomes of the meeting.
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Ajinkya Rahane replaced, Mohammad Shami doubtful for Mumbai Test    

  • The Indian team has been hit with a couple of injury scares a day ahead of the fourth Test of the ongoing 5-match series against England. While the team is busy preparing and ironing out their strategies for the Mumbai Test middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been ruled out while pacer Mohammad Shami remains doubtful for the game.
  • Rahane sustained an avulsion fracture on right index finger during a practice session which has dismissed his chances of taking part in the series any further.
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Alastair Cook confirms debut for Keaton Jennings in Mumbai

  • England skipper will be walking out with another new batting partner in the upcoming 4th test against England.
  • After teenager Haseeb Hameed, who opened in the first three matches of the ongoing five-match series, Cook will have left-handed Keaton Jennings as his batting companion to face the new ball.
  • He will be Cook’s 11th opening partner since the retirement of Andrew Strauss in August 2012.
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Sourav Ganguly discontent with BCCI over cancellation of Bengal’s re-scheduled Ranji match

  • Cricket Association of Bengal  (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly is reportedly unhappy with the BCCI’s decision to cancel Bengal’s rescheduled Ranji Trophy encounter against Gujarat. It has been learnt that he will send a formal letter to take up the issue with the BCCI brass including president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke.
  • “I am aware of the situation. I will be taking up this issue at the appropriate forum with President Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke,” Ganguly told PTI on Tuesday.
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Virat Kohli not impressed with gap in games and between Test and ODI series against England

  • Kohli said that the Indian team hadn’t asked for the break it was a part of the schedule and would want a return favor when his team travels to England. There was an 8-day break before the fourth Test at Mumbai and Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli feels that the schedule for India’s tour to England should also include such a break.
  • Not just this, following the Test series there is a 25 days layoff before the ODI series kicks off. The England team will travel back home for Christmas and New Year and will return for the limited-overs leg of the series.
  • “We did not ask for the gap. It was a part of the schedule. We will make sure when we go there we also get 8-day gap after three Tests and 25-day gap between ODIs and Test series,” Kohli said on the eve of the fourth Test.
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Brett Lee makes a return to cricket in the CommBank MyCricket Legends

  • Lucky cricket fans at the Chatswood Oval had the opportunity to witness ex-Test speedster Bret Lee in action when the legendary bowler made a cameo appearance for the NSW Premier Cricket side Mosman last weekend.
  • The tearaway quick made an immediate impact in his first match on Australian soil since he retired from top-flight cricket. With a new Kookaburra ball in hand, he claimed Gordon opener Tym Crawford caught behind with the first ball of the match to reduce them to 1-0. The hosts were soon reduced to 4-10 with Lee snaring another breakthrough almost immediately to finish with figures of 3-23 from his four overs.
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Uncapped Wikum Sanjaya earns a place in the Sri Lanka squad for South Africa tour

  • Uncapped fast bowler Wikum Sanjaya has got his reward for some of his recent domestic performance after the SLC included his name in the 15-man Sri Lanka Squad which will tour South Africa starting later this month for the three-match Test series.
  • The squad also receives a boost as captain Angelo Mathews, vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal fast bowler and Dushmantha Chameera return to the side after injury lay-offs. Angelo Mathews and Chandimal declared their fitness during SLC’s Dialog Cricketer of the Year award ceremony held in Colombo on Wednesday night.
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Dhaka Dynamites skipper Shakib Al Hasan fined for disciplinary issue

  • Shakib Al Hasan once found himself at the wrong side of the disciplinary issue after the Dhaka Dynamites skipper was found guilty of breaching the BCB Code of Conduct.
  • He was found to have violated Article 2.1.4 of the BCB Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during a Match”.
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ICC provides relief to Mohammad Asif about his cricketing future

  • International Cricket Council’s (ICC) has come out clear regarding Mohammad Asif ‘s eligibility of playing competitive cricket. The apex cricketing authority has stated that the trio of Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt, who all served 2010 spot-fixing bans, have not been barred from returning to international cricket and that it solely up to the Pakistan Cricket Board whether to select them or not.
  • Earlier, there were speculations that the ICC had asked the PCB not to allow the three cricketers, especially Asif and Butt, to return to the national side.
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Comparisons between me and Kohli will always be there: Joe Root

  • England’s Joe Root and India’s Virat Kohli are often tipped as the generation next legends. No wonder why they are compared to one another as well. In a recent conversation with Sky Sports News HQ, Root was unfazed about the comparisons.
  • The English batsman was in praise for Indian Test skipper. He mentioned that the way Kohli is playing is a good learning lesson for batters to see how to bat in these conditions. He also cited that throughout the series, it has been Kohli’s wicket that the visitors have cherished the most.
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