Some players of the England cricket team might have been unhappy with the recent statements of Shane Warne, but, Michael Carberry had some nice things to say about him yesterday.

Carberry played a fluent inning of 153 for England on the first day of the practice game against Australia A. With this hundred, he has now increased his chances of being included in the playing XI of England for the first Ashes test match.

Carberry had played well in the first practice game as well which was played at Perth. He had opened the batting with Joe Root there and had scored 78 runs in the first innings.

Seeing Carberry’s form in that first game, the England team management decided to persist with him at the top of the order even after the return of the skipper Alastair Cook and it proved to be a sensible decision.

Talking to the reporters in the press conference at the end of Yesterday’s play, Carberry said, “Shane Warne has been a great influence in my career. When I had made a move to Hampshire in 2006, I was struggling. I was lost, but, the support that Shane gave me helped me to revive my career. He always backed me and that’s what a youngster needs from his captain. I would say it’s because of Shane that I managed to represent my country in test match cricket.”

Carberry was included in the Ashes squad of England as a backup opener. He was expected to be on the sidelines at least in the first few matches of the series.

If Cook had not had that back problem, he would have probably partnered Joe Root at the top of the order in the game against Western Australia and then here as well. Carberry would have still been watching the games from the sidelines. But, the destiny gave him an opportunity at Perth and he grabbed it.

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Eoin Morgan has said that he doesn’t think England went into the second ODI match against Australia with an unbalanced playing XI.

England went with only 4 frontline bowlers in that match. That decision of the team management didn’t prove to be a wise one as Australia smashed the English attack to every corner of the park and put up a huge total of 315 runs on the board. The hosts, in reply, couldn’t chase down that total and got trailed by 0-1 in the series.

In experts’ views, England should have gone with 5 bowlers – not doing so has seen their cricket betting odds slide.

But, according to Morgan, the playing XI was quite balanced and the team struggled because not enough individuals stepped up.
Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, Morgan said, “We have got plenty of part time bowling options. So, going with only 4 specialist bowlers wasn’t a mistake according to me. It’s just that we didn’t manage to execute our plans perfectly.”

“315 was more than par on that sort of wicket which was assisting the bowlers a bit. However, we still could have got there if we had had a big partnership at the top. But, unfortunately, we lost quick wickets at the start.”
On the other hand, the Australian captain Michael Clarke who led his team from the front with a match winning inning of 105 was looking satisfied in the post match press conference.

Clarke said, “We haven’t had that much success in ODIs here in England in the last few years. So, this series is vital for us.”
“We have begun well today, but, there are 3 games still to be played. Hopefully, we will keep playing as well as we have done today.”

The third match of the series will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Wednesday.

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The stand-in ODI skipper of England, Eoin Morgan, has not confirmed who is going to open the batting for the Poms in the opening match of the ODI series against Australia tomorrow.
Both the regular English openers, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, have been rested for this series.

In the press conference earlier today, when Morgan was asked if it’s Kevin Pietersen who will be one of the openers for England in tomorrow’s game, Morgan said, “Kev has batted at the top of the order for us in the past and has played some good innings. But, his value in the middle order is immense too. So, we will have to think where we should slot him.”

“Opening is a difficult thing to do these days in One day cricket. There are new balls from both the ends and you need to be technically sound to survive” he told 3 Strikes Bet website.

“Alastair and Ian have done superbly well opening the batting for us in the last one and half years. It’s obviously very difficult to fill in their shoes. I just hope whoever gets the opportunity tomorrow plays well.”

“It’s really nice to be the captain of this young team. There are some highly promising guys in the squad and they are getting rewarded for the effort that they have put in over the years playing domestic cricket. It’s something which makes me happy.”

Quite a few uncapped players have been included in the England squad for the ODIs against Ireland and Australia. Three of them made their debut the other day against Ireland and the 4th one i.e. Chris Jordan who is a medium pacer from Sussex is expected to be handed his first ODI cap against the Kangaroos tomorrow.
Jordan’s List A record is quite impressive. He has taken 41 wickets in 27 List A matches at an average of 23.82.


The captain of the England cricket team, Alastair Cook, has lauded Joe Root for showing amazing calmness under pressure in England’s second innings in the second Ashes test match which was played at Lord’s.

Root played a tremendous knock of 180 runs in England’s second innings and helped his team set Australia a huge target of 583 runs.

The Australian team didn’t manage to get even close to that target and ended up getting bundled out for just 235 runs.
Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, Cook said, “I was not surprised to see him bat like this. In his brief international career, he has already shown us a couple of times what he is capable of.”

“Joe has got amazing temperament. He is technically sound as well, but, it’s his temperament which makes him a special player.”
“He is a guy who plays according to the situation. If you need quick runs, he can up the ante as well.”

Not only did Root make big contribution with the bat, his performance with the ball was mighty impressive as well. He bowled 7 overs in the fourth innings of the match and dismissed two set Aussie batsmen.

When asked about Root’s bowling performance, Cook said, “He did surprise me a little bit with his bowling figures to be honest. I hadn’t expected him to bowl this impressively.”

When asked about the possibility of England whitewashing Australia in this series, Cook said, “These are early days in the series. It would not be sensible to start thinking about the whitewash at this point of time.”

“We have worked very hard in the last couple of weeks and we need to keep doing that. We can’t relax even a bit.”
The third test match of the series will start from 1st of August at Old Trafford, Manchester.

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England v New Zealand 2013

The England cricket team will be embarking on a tour of New Zealand next month – the first such visit to the country since 2008 – and will be playing a series of Test matches, Twenty20 internationals and one-day internationals during the tour, offering a feast for both cricket fans and those who enjoy betting on the game with sports betting sites. As of yet there is not much information available at these sites about the odds being offered for the tour, but it is only a matter of time before such information becomes available.

Successful cricket betting does tend to depend on having some grasp of the game, because it can seem rather arcane and difficult to get your head around for anyone who doesn’t; but for those who would like to bet successfully on cricket events like this tour of New Zealand there are ways of achieving this. Although there will always be tips sites to help those who don’t have much knowledge of the game, a better way for a betting fan to get over any cricket phobia might be to play one of the cricket games at online casinos.

Games like the slot The Umpire Strikes Back from places like combine a traditional slot format with video and audio designed to evoke the experience of being on the cricket field. With this, plus the symbols based on cricket – like bats, balls, wickets and helmets – they can help a non-cricket betting fan start to understand the game a bit better, in an environment which is conducive.

After all, for those able to appreciate the game, betting on the England tour of New Zealand will offer lots of potential bets to place, including betting on the winners of each match, the highest run scorers for each team, the players who will take the most wickets, the highest scoring opening partnerships and the method by which the first player will be dismissed.

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The captain of the England ODI team, Alastair Cook, has said that he will be making some changes in the playing XI for the third ODI match against New Zealand which is going to be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Wednesday.

England has already lost the series, but, they would definitely not like to suffer the humiliation of whitewash in front of their home crowd. So, they will be going into the third ODI with all guns blazing.

England is playing without a couple of its frontline bowlers in this series i.e. Stuart Broad and Steven Finn. The players who have got playing chances in their absence haven’t been that impressive so far.

Jade Dernbach’s form has been absolutely awful. He is known for his smart change of pace in the death overs and he was included in the team especially to do that job. But, he has been taken apart in the slog overs in the first two ODIs and he might be the one to be left out of the playing XI for the third ODI.
Tim Bresnan’s performance was also under the scanner as he was making a comeback after the elbow surgery. The Yorkshire paceman hasn’t looked in top form so far, but, he is an experienced bowler, so, he might get another opportunity at Trent Bridge.

Ravi Bopara has sat on the sidelines in the first two ODIs and he is likely to get a playing chance in Wednesday’s match. May be Chris Woakes will be making way for him.

Talking to the reporters in the pre match press conference, Cook said, “We have tried out a few combinations in the first two ODIs, but, they haven’t worked. So, we are looking to make some changes and give opportunity to the reserve players.”

“We are not short of options at all. We have got some quality players in the reserves. Boyd Rankin is there who is a tall bowler and can be quite effective here. Also, Ravi Bopara hasn’t got a game yet in the series. He is a classy batsman and is quite handy with the ball too.”

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The former England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart has said that if Chris Tremlett proves his fitness, he must be included in the England squad for the upcoming Ashes series.

Chris Tremlett has been out of cricket since a while because of injury, but, he has got fit now and he will make his comeback by playing for Surrey in the county Championship match against Somerset.

When asked if Chris Tremlett should be included in the England squad for the Ashes, Stewart said, “If he is completely fit, he must be in the squad. He is a fine bowler and with his height, he can be dangerous on any pitch.”

“He has been doing some hard work on his fitness since the last few months. I met him at Oval and talked to him for a while. He told me that he was desperate to be back playing for Surrey and then, for England.”

When asked if Chris Woakes should be slotted at no. 6 in the England test team, Stewart said, “No, I don’t think so. If England has to play 5 bowlers, I would rather slot Matt Prior at no. 6. He is good enough to bat at that position.”

“Woakes is a good, young all rounder, but, his time hasn’t yet come. He should play domestic cricket for at least a couple more years before being given the test cap.”

When asked how weak is the current Australian team, Stewart said, “Look, there is no doubt that England is looking stronger than Australia at the moment, but, I can tell you that Australia’s pace battery will stun a few people. Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson, they are all very good bowlers. In England, on those green pitches, they will certainly be handy.”

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When Steven Finn walked onto the park to bat at no. 3 as a night watchman in England’s second innings towards the end of the fourth day of the first test match against New Zealand, nobody would have expected him to spend 5 hours at the crease. But, he did that. His inning of 56 off 203 balls was one of the best played by a night watchman. He batted for more than two sessions on that crucial final day and helped his team save the test match.

In the first session of the fifth day, the ball was moving and Neil Wagner was creating a lot of problems. The ball went past Finn’s bat on quite a few occasions, but, he showed maturity and didn’t try to go for a slog. He kept fighting and eventually managed to survive for 5 hours.

Just after the tea break, Finn was dismissed by Bruce Martin, but, till then, he had done his job. When he was returning to the pavilion, everyone in the dressing room was applauding.
Finn hit five fours during his inning and most of those boundaries came square of the wicket on the off side.

Immediately after the fall of Finn’s wicket after tea, Joe Root also got out and all of a sudden, the match got exciting. But, Bell and Prior saw off the day after that and made sure that the match would end in a draw.

Talking to the reporters after the end of the match, Finn said, “I really enjoyed batting for so long. I had never thought that I would contribute so much with the bat. But, sometimes, the unexpected things happen in cricket and it’s one of those things.”

“I just wanted to be out there as long as possible. So, I was just looking to block and leave deliveries. I got beaten a few times, but, I kept telling myself not to go for the aggressive shots.”

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The England Cricket team has been defeated by India in the third ODI played at Ranchi. India won the match easily by 6 wickets.

This was the first ever International match played at this venue. So, there was a lot of excitement among the people for this match. The people turned up in big numbers. The stadium was jam packed.

The Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, won the toss and decided to bowl first. England didn’t have a good start and Alastair Cook was dismissed when the score of England was only 24.

The ball was swinging around in the initial overs and the English batsmen were finding it difficult out there in the middle.

Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell added 44 runs for the second wicket. The Partnership was broken by Ishant Sharma who dismissed Pietersen with a brilliant delivery.

England kept losing wickets at regular intervals and there was not a single big partnership in the England innings.

The England team got all out on just 155 runs. Joe Root was the top scorer for them. The 21 years old Yorkshire batsman who was only playing his third ODI scored 39 runs off 57 balls with the help of 4 fours.

India didn’t have to chase a big target and there was not any kind of pressure on the Indian openers. But, India also didn’t have a good start. Ajinkya Rahane was knocked over by Jade Dernbach when the score of India was just 11.

But, after that, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli put together a very good partnership. Both of them played some glorious shots and put India on the driving seat.

Gautam Gambhir was dismissed by Tredwell at the score of 33. Yuvraj Singh came in at no. 4 and he also played a few aggressive shots. But, when there were just 12 runs needed for victory, he got out off the bowling of Tredwell.

Virat Kohli saw the Indian team home along with the skipper MS Dhoni. Kohli remained not out on 77 and was declared man of the match for his brilliant innings.

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The captain of the England Cricket team, Alastair Cook, has said that Kevin Pietersen has made a great comeback in international cricket and England has massive expectations with him in the upcoming ODI series against India. Pietersen has been out of action in One Day Cricket since the last 10 months. The last ODI that he had played was in February last year against Pakistan.

The England team arrived India on Thursday to play 5-match ODI series. Talking to the reporters after reaching India, Cook said, “It’s fantastic to have a great player like Pietersen back in the team He is a game changer and he showed that in the test series. That fantastic hundred in the Mumbai test match was one of the turning points of the series. If he is in top form, he can destroy any bowling attack in the world.”

When asked at which position Kevin Pietersen would bat, Cook said, “He has done well opening the innings, but, Ian Bell has also played some remarkable innings batting at the top in the recent times. So, it would be tough to decide who among these two will open. We will decide about that, but, one thing is for sure, Pietersen will bat in the top order. If he won’t open, he will bat at no. 3. He is our best batsman and we want him to play as many deliveries as possible.”

When asked if England is going to miss Stuart Broad in the upcoming series, Cook said, “Broad’s figures are outstanding in One Day Cricket off late. He has been consistent in this format of the game. So, we would certainly miss him. But, we have got some other talented, young fast bowlers in the squad as well and it’s a great chance for them to cement their place in the side.”

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