West Indies vs India LIVE: Unchanged visitors made to bat first in final Test

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The two sides meet in the final Test at Jamaica.

India are aiming to complete a fourth successive Test series win on West Indies soil as the two sides lock horns in the second and final Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica.

Virat Kohli and his men currently lead the two-match series 1-0 after their record 318-run win over the hosts at Antigua and they will be looking to finish their Caribbean tour on a high after their earlier conquests in the ODI and T20 clashes.

The hosts, on the other hand, will be desperate to salvage something from the series after being completely dominated by India in the first Test.

Will India finish their Caribbean sojourn on a high or will the Windies come roaring back at Kingston? Find out by following the ball-by-ball live commentary from Sabina Park below.

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Mustafizur Rahman excluded as Bangladesh name squad for one-off Test against Afghanistan

Waseem Ahmed 30/08/2019
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No place for Mustafizur Rahman in the Test squad.

There was no space for pacer Mustafizur Rahman as Bangladesh named their 15-man squad for the upcoming one-off Test against Afghanistan at Chattogram.

He 23-year-old’s exclusion was the biggest talking point from the squad for the four-day Test which gets underway on September 5.

Along with Mustafizur, the other names to miss out are opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and Khaled Ahmed who is currently recuperating from a recently undertaken knee surgery.

Veteran opener Tamim had earlier been granted a break from cricket by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after a run of poor form with the bat. The left-hander is expected to return to action for the tour of India which gets underway later this year in November.

Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will lead the side in the one-off Test against Afghanistan after missing out on the tour of New Zealand earlier this year due to an injury.

Taskin Ahmed, Abu Jayed and Ebadat Hossain are the three pacers selected in the squad with Bangladesh taking a spin-heavy approach for the Test. There are as many as five spinners in the squad including Shakib with Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain and Nayeem Hasan making up the rest of the contingent.

The hosts have announced no specialist replacement for open Tamim Iqbal with Shadman Islam likely to partner Soumya Sarkar at the top of the innings.

Afghanistan had earlier announced their squad for their maiden Test with Bangladesh with star leg-spinner Rashid Khan elected as their skipper.

Bangladesh 15-man squad

Shakib Al Hasan (c), Soumya Sarkar, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain.

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Ashes 2019: England pacer Jofra Archer left bemused by 'terrible' Australia banter at Headingley

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England pacer Jofra Archer.

England pacer Jofra Archer was left bemused by some ‘terrible’ Australian banter in the third Ashes Test at Headingley where the hosts prevailed dramatically by one wicket.

Archer was the eighth England batsman to be dismissed in the second innings at Headingley after his attempted slog found Travis Head on the boundary ropes. England will still quite a distance away from a win at that stage before Stokes pulled off a blinder of an all-time great innings to steal victory.

Looking back on the dramatic Test, Archer revealed that the Australians’ attempt to sledge him after his dismissal had only elicited a laughter from his end.

“It was terrible chat. Nothing to worry about. It made me laugh,” Archer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“It was either Tim Paine or Matthew Wade but someone said ‘that is a great shot Jof’.

“You should never get complacent … the crowd started getting on their backs and I think they panicked a bit.”

Joe Denly registered his first fifty of the series to give England hope.

Joe Denly registered his first fifty of the series to give England hope.

Another Englishman to receive plenty of chat from the Aussie players at Headingley was Joe Denly. The England top-order batsman finally converted a start into a half-century in the second innings at Leeds but not before he copped a few sledges from the visitors.

“When you first go out there, the Aussies are always in your face talking to you. Trying to get you to nibble,” Denly told KentOnline after the match.

“They were calmly explaining to me that Joe Root would want to bat at No.4 in the next game because he hasn’t done too well at three. That I’m only playing because Joe has to try to fit me in the batting order somewhere.

“If they don’t get you out in the first two or three overs, they go a bit quiet. They were certainly getting a bit nervous as the partnership developed.”

The two Englishmen can expect the ‘banter’ on the field to resume when the penultimate and pivotal Ashes Test gets underway at Old Trafford on September 4. The series is currently locked at 1-1 after Stokes’ extraordinary heroics at Headingley thwarted Australia’s hopes of retaining the urn.

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