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England vs West Indies: Chris Silverwood bats for Buttler ahead of second Test

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London: England’s Jos Buttler dismisses Martin Guptill in the last ball of the super over to win the 2019 World Cup at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on July 15, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

England head coach Chris Silverwood has thrown his weight behind under-fire wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler ahead of the second Test against the West Indies beginning Thursday at the Old Trafford.

England are down 0-1 in the three-match series after West Indies pulled off a stunning four-wicket win at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Buttler recorded scores of 35 and 9 in the two innings while his drop catch of Jermaine Blackwood proved to be costly as he ended up scoring a match-winning knock of 95 for the visitors.

“Jos (Buttler) looked brilliant in practice coming into the game. He just needs to go on and make those big scores now, doesn’t he? He knows that,” Silverwood was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

“From our point of view it’s just making sure he feels confident in the environment he’s in. We’ll give him the best chance to succeed and then if he has a day out and gets some runs the rest will be history,” he added.

England gave their vote of confidence to Buttler ahead of the series by not including Jonny Bairstow in the squad. However, Silverwood reminded they still have back-up stumper Ben Foakes in the side who could come in if Buttler’s problems persist.

“I’m not going to go down the road of putting Jos under pressure because I don’t think that will help him,’ Silverwood said.

“First and foremost we want to give him the best chance to succeed but, yes, we have a very good gloveman here in Ben Foakes.”

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Cricket Australia mull moving Boxing Day Test from traditional MCG home

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Cricket Australia. (Photo: Twitter/@CAComms)

Cricket Australia is mulling the option of moving the Boxing Day Test from the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state of Victoria.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Adelaide has emerged as a potential host.

The report says that CA chairman Earl Eddings has called for a rare convening of the national cricket cabinet next week to talk about how the game’s $300 million season will go ahead.

A senior cricket official told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that there is no way the current schedule can go ahead as planned with the current state border restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, Cricket Australia had said that the current schedule is subject to change and there are plenty of options being considered, including the use of hubs for the Tests against India and the Big Bash.

Last month, it had said it is working towards preparing Adelaide Oval in such a way that Australia and India cricketers get the best training facilities during the quarantine period before the Border-Gavaskar Trophy scheduled to be played later this year.

The four Tests of the much-anticipated series are currently scheduled to be held at Gabba, Adelaide Oval, MCG and the SCG respectively starting December 3.

CA acting chief executive Nick Hockley had stated that Adelaide Oval is similar to Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford, where players can stay at an on-venue hotel and prepare themselves for the matches.

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Mike Tyson using electric muscle stimulation to treat pain in training camp

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson is returning to the ring to fight Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout on September 12. The 54-year-old has said that he is using a therapy that simulates his muscles using electric shock to treat the pain that develops during training.

In a clip that was shared on the video sharing app triller that is part of Tyson’s series in buildup to the fight, he showed fans a sneak into his training camp and that involved a special machine operated by his strength trainer Brad Rowe.

“”I’m getting ready to get rejuvenated. This is the electrician. I couldn’t do this (training) without that, my joints would be all f***ed, no way,” said Tyson as he got hooked up to the device.

“I’d be retired. Listen, before he got on the scene and it was good, but then there was pain. Those pains came back and I said, ‘Wow, this is why I retired, this is why I stopped boxing.’ And then I got this (machine). I mean, you can’t believe this s***, man.”

Rowe says that it is a “neuromuscular stimulator.”

“It’s a DC current, it’s essentially enhancing our body’s signal to recruit more muscle fibres. So you’re saving wear and tear on the joints and tendons. As well as improving strength and performance,” Rowe says in the video.

“I got a text out of the blue saying that his back was sore, come down to Newport and work with him.

“And I told him one day, ‘Mike, let me get on you with the machine before you get in the ring. Let me see how much better you perform.’ Literally within 30 seconds in the ring both him and his boxing trainer just stopped and looked at me. They’re like, ‘What the hell did you just do?'”

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England vs Pakistan 1st Test: Masood lone ranger for Pak as Eng make merry

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Shan Masood on Thursday showed composure of highest order but batters around him did not have an answer to England’s bowling firepower as Pakistan were left reeling at 187/5 at Lunch on Day 2 of the first Test being played at the Old Trafford.

Opener Masood continued to graft on the second day as he reached 77* from 225 balls (10×4) but his overnight partner and highly-rated batter Babar Azam departed for 69, failing to add to his score from Wednesday. Resuming the day at 139/2, Babar was enticed into a false drive by James Anderson who had him caught at first slip by hosts’ skipper Joe Root.

Asad Shafiq (7) followed suit soon after as Ben Stokes took a superb catch at second slip off Stuart Broad’s bowling to get rid of the new batsman.

Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan tried to play watchfully alongside Masood at the other end but half an hour before the end of the first session, Chris Woakes did him with a wider from the crease delivery that caught Rizwan’s edge of the bat and flew to ‘keeper Jos Buttler.

Earlier on a rain-marred opening day, Pakistan — after electing to bat — reached 139/2 before umpire called Stumps due to bad light in the third session which saw only eight overs of play.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 187/5 at Lunch (Shan Masood 77 batting, Babar Azam 69; Chris Woakes 2/28) vs England

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