Petition to bring Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga back into national team gathers momentum

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Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga is 35 and believed to be past his use-by date as an international bowler.

He was overlooked for the T20 against South Africa this month despite being among the wickets in the recently concluded Global T20 League in Canada. There, playing for the Montreal Tigers, was the third-highest wicket taker with 13 scalps from six games.

However, Malinga has not been in the Sri Lankan scheme of things for some time. It has been a year since he played for Sri Lanka. He looked down on pace during the limited overs series against India at home in September last year, in which the hosts got whitewashed.

However there is growing support for his return to the national set-up.

A petition, started by Sri Lankan cricket enthusiast Daniel Alexander – addressed to the Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister, Sports Minister and the board – has gained some traction with the hashtag ‘BringBackMalinga’ getting support on social media.

As of now the petition has attracted only 200 signatures but the buzz it has created shows the second-most successful bowler in T20 history has quite a few supporters and with many believing Sri Lanka need his experience during the World Cup in England next year, and possibly even in the upcoming Asia Cup in the UAE.

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9:10 pm – Pujara scores century

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten 132 as India made 273 in the first innings of the fourth Test against England.

Pujara rescued India after Moeen Ali snared five wickets in the second and third session. India went from 195-8 to gain a lead of 27.

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7:00 pm – England fight back

Rishabh Pant was out for a duck on Friday.

Rishabh Pant was out for a duck on Friday.

England dismissed wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for a 29-ball duck to gain the upper hand in the Southampton Test against India.

India took tea at 181-5 with Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 70.

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5:30 pm – Rashid picks up three wickets

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan continued his splendid form in Ireland as he snared three wickets to dismiss the hosts for 124 in the deciding third ODI in Belfast.

Rashid picked up 3-18 from eight overs as Ireland could only manage 124 in 36.1 overs. All-rounder Mohammad Nabi picked up 2-26 after the hosts elected to bat first.

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4:02pm – India in charge at lunch in Southampton

Stuart Broad picked up the wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan (23) and Lokesh Raul (19) early in the morning session of the second day of the fourth Test in Southampton but Virat Kohli (25*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (28*) have put India firmly in control at lunch, safely guiding the tourists to 100 for the loss of just the two wickets.

Joe Root’s men must get a break through early in the middle session or they are facing down the barrel of a big chase to save the game in the second dig.

Follow all the ball-by-ball live scores from Southampton right HERE.

 Virat Kohli in charge in Southampton


Virat Kohli in charge in Southampton

2:03pm – England need quick wickets on second morning of Fourth Test

After England were skittled out for just 240 on Thursday, a total greatly inflated by Sam Curran’s fighting 78, India began their run chase without loss reaching 19 by the close of play at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The hosts desperately need wickets early in the first session or run the risk of India getting away from them, as happened in Nottingham.

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Jimmy Anderson needs to strike early for England

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11:15am – Three options to solve England’s top order batting crisis

After yet another catastrophic failure from England’s top order on the opening day of the fourth Test against India in Southampton, the selectors are once again looking for solutions ahead of what shapes as a deciding fifth Test at The Oval.

The England openers, Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, have been nothing short of a disaster with Cook averaging just 16.16 in the series to date and Jennings a woeful 15.66.

So bad was Jennings latest dismissal that former England captain Michael Vaughan described it yesterday as a “bad a dismissal as you can see in Test match cricket.”

With the Three Lions desperately in need of answers here are our three quick fixes for the top order batting for the Fifth Test starting on September 7.

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England v India fourth Test LIVE: Pujara century brings India back into contention

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Cheteshwar Pujara scored a fine century as India took the lead on the second day of the Southampton Test.

After England were skittled out for just 246 on Thursday, a total greatly inflated by Sam Curran’s fighting 78, the hosts fought hard on day two at the Ageas Bowl.

Stuart Broad picked up the wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan for 23 and Lokesh Raul for 19 early on. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara guided India to lunch on 100 for the loss of just the two wickets.

Kohli was dismissed by Curran for 46 before Ajinkya Rahane was controversially given lbw off what seemed a no-ball from Ben Stokes. Thereafter, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was dismissed for a 29-ball duck as the Indians took tea at 181-5.

In the final session, Moeen Ali completed his five-wicket haul before Pujara completed his century to take India ahead. India were bowled out for 273, for a lead for 27.

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