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10:00pm – India seize complete control of Trent Bridge Test

Day two at Trent Bridge has drawn to a close and what a day it has been for India! After bowling out the hosts for just 161, the visitors ended the day batting on 124-2 with skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara as the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease. India’s overall second innings lead now stands at 292 runs.

To know more about the day’s play, check out the report here. For an in-depth look into the day’s proceedings, read out talking points here.

England are staring down the barrel in the third Test.

England are staring down the barrel in the third Test.

8:05pm – Jeet Raval undergoes India stint to prepare for Pakistan series

New Zealand batsman Jeet Raval has undergone a short stint in India to sharpen his skills against spin ahead of the start of the side’s Test series against Pakistan. Raval, who made his debut for New Zealand in 2016, spent four weeks training in the Indian city of Hyderabad to help overcome his deficiencies against the turning ball.

Read what the Kiwi had to say about his India stint here.

New Zealand Test opener Jeet Raval.

New Zealand Test opener Jeet Raval.

8:00pm – AB de Villiers rates final Test ton as his very best

AB de Villiers says his best ever international century was for South Africa in the Port Elizabeth Test against Australia earlier this year. The 34-year-old called quits on his South Africa career in May, 14 years after making his debut for his country in 2004.

Read what ABD had to say about that special ton and more here.

AB de Villiers rated his Port Elizabeth Test century as his best.

AB de Villiers rated his Port Elizabeth Test century as his best.

7:20pm – England bowled out for 161 at Trent Bridge

India’s pacers bounced back in style in the second session at Trent Bridge on Sunday as England lost 10 wickets inside one session to be bowled out for 161. Hardik Pandya’s maiden five-wicket haul (5-28) was the driving force behind England’s collapse as India picked up a 168-run first innings lead.

Stay updated with the latest happenings at Trent Bridge by following our live ball-by-ball updates here.

Pandya's sensational spell has put England on the mat.

Pandya’s sensational spell has put England on the mat.

4:00pm – India’s Gautam Gambhir set to enter politics

Even as former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan took oath as the newly elected Prime Minister of the country on Saturday, the trend of cricketers turning to politics could continue if latest reports are to be believed.

According to a report by a leading Hindi daily, former India batsman Gautam Gambhir could contest the upcoming elections for the state of Delhi.

Read more on this developing story here.

Gautam Gambhir could be about to contest the Delhi elections.

Gautam Gambhir could be about to contest the Delhi elections.

2:30pm – India bowled out for 329 in first innings at Trent Bridge

The second day’s play commenced after a delayed start at Trent Bridge in the third Test between England and India. India could only add 22 runs to their overnight score of 307-6 to be bowled out for 329. In reply, England’s openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings added 46 runs in no time before lunch was taken on day two.

Do not miss any of the live action from the second day’s play by following the ball-by-ball updates here.

A wet outfield has prevented play from commencing on day two.

A wet outfield delayed the start on the second day.

1:00pm – Mitchell Johnson retires from all forms of cricket

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said Sunday he was retiring from all forms of cricket as his body was “starting to shut down”, almost three years after he stepped down from the international game.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Mitchell Johnson in action for the Perth Scorchers

Mitchell Johnson in action for the Perth Scorchers

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New Zealand opener Jeet Raval sharpens up for Pakistan series with training stint in India

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New Zealand Test opener Jeet Raval.

New Zealand batsman Jeet Raval has undergone a short stint in India to sharpen his skills against spin ahead of the start of the side’s Test series against Pakistan.

Raval, who made his debut for New Zealand in 2016, spent four weeks training in the Indian city of Hyderabad to help overcome his deficiencies against the turning ball.

The India-born opening batsman arranged a deal to train with the Dayanand academy through the help of his friends back in India and Auckland team-mate Tarun Nethula.

“They said I’d be eligible to play, so I put a proposal forward to New Zealand Cricket and they were supportive. That was the reasoning behind the trip,” Raval told the New Zealand Herald on his return.

“Being in New Zealand as an opener, I don’t get to face a lot of spin, so I wanted to explore some options playing it in subcontinental conditions, especially with the next tour coming up (against Pakistan) in the UAE.

Raval has registered six fifties so far in 11 Tests.

Raval has registered six fifties so far in 11 Tests.

“The value in speaking to local cricketers helps you realise you need a different skill set to succeed over there. Watching how they go about their cricket is fascinating. If I had the chance again, I’d do it for longer.”

The 29-year-old believes that the India stint has been a sharp learning curve for him.

“I was familiar with the culture and lifestyle, but in terms of the cricket, I felt like I was out of my comfort zone,” Raval said.

“I was getting out five to six times each training session and these young teenage spinners were laughing at me, thinking ‘what’s this guy doing?’ But I enjoyed the challenge and kept an open mind about wanting to learn. If you have that, I believe you’ll come out a better player,” he added.

The left-hander has notched up 648 runs in 11 Tests so far at a healthy average of 38.11 and he will play an important role for the Kiwis when they take on Pakistan in a three-Test series later this year.

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Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir reportedly set to enter the field of politics

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Gautam Gambhir could be about to contest the Delhi elections.

Even as former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan took oath as the newly elected Prime Minister of the country on Saturday, the trend of cricketers turning to politics could continue if latest reports are to be believed.

According to an article by leading Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, former India batsman Gautam Gambhir could contest the upcoming elections for the state of Delhi.

The report states that Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), which is the ruling national party in the country, is eager to field Gambhir in the Delhi elections.

If Gambhir does indeed take to the field in the assembly elections, he would follow in the footsteps of several Indian cricketers who have started a new innings in politics post their cricketing careers.

Navjot Sidhu, Mohammad Azharuddin, Vinod Kambli and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi are just a few of the former India cricketers who have given politics a shot.

Navjot Sidhu currently serves as a Minister in his home state.

Navjot Sidhu currently serves as a Minister in his home state.

36-year-old Gambhir has played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20s for India over the course of his career. His last appearance in an India shirt came in November 2016 in a Test match against England at Rajkot.

The Delhi native had returned to his home franchise Delhi Daredevils in the IPL at the start of the year after a hugely successful tenure as Kolkata Knight Riders skipper.

He was given the captaincy of the Daredevils as well but stepped down midway through the competition after a poor run of form with the bat which coincided with the team’s dismal performance.

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