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Birthday boy Ben Foakes’s wicket-keeping gets high praise

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England wicket-keeper Ben Foakes, who turned 28 on Monday, drew all-round praise from renowned former players from around the world for his brilliant work against India, with Kiran More calling him one of the best overseas players to have kept wickets in India.

On a wicket that aided turn from the first session of the first day of the second Test, England did not concede a single extra in the 95.5 overs in India’s first innings.

Also, on a third day wicket, Foakes, playing his sixth Test, conceded just five byes, including a boundary from a viciously turning delivery.

“Ben Foakes has been one of the best overseas keepers in Indian conditions. His right leg opens up when collecting from a left-arm spinner. Off-spinner bowls and his left leg goes slightly back @englandcricket #cricket #IndvEng,” tweeted More during the third day’s play at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Monday.

“When Foakes opens up while keeping his body opens up, that helps him to collect the ball when it is bouncing and jumping. He has a great head and hand position has great balance about him @englandcricket #cricket #IndvEng,” More added.

Former Australia stumper Adam Gilchrist also acknowledged him by tweeting, “Geez, how brilliant is Ben Foakes.”

Former England wicket-keeper Matt Prior called it a master-class tweeting, “This is an absolute master class from Ben Foakes behind the stumps (Emticons: Clapping hands) #INDvsENG.”

Former India batsman VVS Laxman also praised Foakes, calling him the best overseas wicket-keeper he has seen in a long time.

“Ben Foakes has been excellent behind the stumps in this test. He is best overseas wicket-keeper I have seen for a long time. Very strong fundamentals, great hands and excellent technique. More importantly very good body language. #INDvEND @StarSportsIndia,” added Laxman, who played 134 Test matches and scored 8,781 runs.

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Mushfiqur Rahim suffers hairline fracture ahead of Zimbabwe tour

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Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has sustained a hairline fracture on his left index finger, which could affect his prospects of touring Zimbabwe in July.

Bangladesh are scheduled to play a one-off Test, three ODIs and three T20Is in Zimbabwe, but there is some uncertainty over the tour as the country has halted all sporting activity because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rahim, who plays for Abahani Limited in the Dhaka Premier League T20 tournament, sustained the fracture during his team’s match against Gazi Group Cricketers on Monday.

“We did a CT scan on Mushfiq’s hand, which has come up with a hairline fracture on his left index finger,” Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) chief physician, Debashish Chowdhury, told ESPNcricinfo.

“We have asked him to take a break of one week, but we are hopeful that the recovery won’t take too long, since it is a hairline fracture. We will review the injury after one week, and then we can determine what to do next,” he added.

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PCB, batting coach Younis Khan part ways ahead of crucial series

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and national men’s team batting coach Younis Khan on Tuesday “mutually” parted ways, seven months after the former batsman had accepted a two-year contract.

Younis was appointed in November 2020 until the 2022 ICC men’s T20 World Cup.

The development means that the 43-year-old former Pakistan captain will not travel with the squad for the England and West Indies series.

PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement on Tuesday, “It is sad to lose an expert of the stature and experience of Younis Khan. Following a series of discussions, we both have reluctantly but mutually and amicably agreed that it was time to move in different directions.

“I want to thank Younis Khan for his contributions during his short stint as the Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s batting coach and hope he will remain available to assist the PCB by sharing his vast knowledge with the emerging cricketers.”

The Pakistan men’s squad will travel to England without a batting coach, while the decision to appoint Younis Khan’s replacement for the West Indies tour will be made in “due course”.

The team will be in England from June 25 till July 20 for three ODIs and three T20Is, while the West Indies tour will be from July 21 till August 24 where the teams will play five T20Is and two Tests.

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WTC final: Fifth day’s play starts after rain delay

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The fifth day’s play of the World Test Championship final here at the Hampshire Bowl started after an hour-long delay due to rain. Pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah bowled the first over of the day. It was also the first over in over 40 hours as the entire fourth day’s play was washed out.

Besides the fourth day, the first day was also washed out. The second and the third days were affected by bad light.

New Zealand were 102/2 after the end of Bumrah’s over. Kane Williamson (12) and Ross Taylor (0) were at the crease.

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