The Lyth of the Land

Adam Lyth scored 1489 runs at an average of 68 in the county championship last summer. His partnership with Alex Lees was prolific. But can one of the stars of 2014 force his way into England’s Ashes plans? 

Waiting For An Opportunity

England have tried, but failed, to find a solid opener partner for skipper Alastair Cook since Andrew Strauss retired in 2012 and they need one if they are to upset the market and pull off an Ashes win. Despite scoring a test century last summer, England decided to move on from Middlesex’s Sam Robson. Instead they selected Lyth and veteran Jonathan Trott in their squad for the West Indies – the first challenge of what could be a testing year for English cricket.

As a known quantity with nine test centuries under his belt, the management gave Trott the opportunity to open with Cook in the first test. Although this is understandable, the decision has been criticised by a number of supporters – not least those east of The Pennines who know what Lyth brings to the table.

Trott hasn’t played for England since leaving the ill fated Ashes tour of 2013 with a ‘stress related’ illness (although he subsequently claimed it was just burn out). What’s more, at 33 years of age the Warwickshire man is hardly the future.

Critics have also complained that Trott isn’t actually a specialist opener: he often bats at four for Warwickshire and has played almost exclusively as a number three in his 49 tests. Why play someone out of position?

With Trott in the side, England’s top order has a rather stodgy feel to it. Neither Cook, Trott, nor the current number three Gary Ballance, are known for scoring quickly. Lyth’s supporters claim the Yorkshireman’s dashing style would be a nice contrast and raise the tempo somewhat.

Lyth’s aspirations, however, are currently buried under the weight of England’s managerial conservatism. With Trott is pole position to score runs against a weakened West Indies team, it could be some time before Lyth gets his chance.

Thinking the Unthinkable

Having scored heavily in domestic cricket, Lyth might wonder what more he can do. He might also look at little enviously at Alastair Cook who, at the time of writing, hasn’t scored an international hundred for almost two years. When you’re eagerly awaiting a single opportunity, it’s frustrating when favourite sons are given infinite chances.

The winds of change, however, are blowing through the corridors of power at the ECB. Paul Downton, the managing director of English cricket, was recently dismissed; there’s also a new chief executive officer, Tom Harrison, in place.

What’s more a new ECB chairman, Colin Graves, will be in place next month. As a Yorkshireman, Graves knows all about Lyth’s qualities. Perhaps Alastair Cook won’t be so untouchable under the new regime? Lyth might yet end up replacing the skipper.

A New Generation Calling?

At 27 years of age, Adam Lyth is mature enough to succeed immediately at test level. He’s served his apprenticeship in county cricket yet he’s still young enough to enjoy a prolonged international career should he get his chance.

Is he talented enough? Only time will tell. His career’s had its ups and downs, but fifteen first class hundreds at an average of 43 suggests Lyth has plenty to offer.

The problem for Lyth is whether he’ll have a chance to establish himself before the Ashes. If Cook and Trott struggle for runs in the West Indies, but the selectors persist with them against New Zealand in May, the left hander could make his debut against the mighty Aussies. What a baptism of fire that would be.

West Indies test squad to face England 2015

Rookie batsman Shai Hope and Guyana leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo duo has been included in West Indies’ 14-man squad for the three test match series against England, starting from Monday.

Second Test from April 21.
Third Test from May 1.


WI Squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice-captain), Sulieman Benn, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor.
12 April, 2015

Top 5 Amazing Facts about Indian Premier League

The eighth edition of the “Indian Premier League” has just begun. The previous seven seasons have seen a lot of fantastic performances and the same is expected in this season.

Here are the top five interesting facts about the Indian Premier League: 


1) Chennai Super Kings is the only team to made it to the playoffs in all seasons held so far. 

2) MS Dhoni is the only player to captain in all previous seven seasons. 

3) Chennai Super Kings is the only team, who haven't changed their skipper.

4) Chennai Super Kings have lost the number of finals (2008, 2012, 2013) - the most by any team in all seven seasons.   

5) Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Suresh Raina is the only cricketer, who have not missed a single match since from the first season.  

and here is the bonus one:

6) Yusuf Pathan has won thrice the IPL trophy - the most by any player in IPL.  

         2008- Rajasthan Royals 

         2012- Kolkata Knight Riders 

         2014- Kolkata Knight Riders 
08 April, 2015
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IPL 2015: Indian Premier League Schedule

The ICC Cricket World cup 2015 has been ended with Australia won the prestigious title for the fifth time in history.

Now everyone is waiting for yet another big tournament in cricketing world that is Indian Premier League season 8, starting on 8th April 2015. 

The first and the finals match of the eighth edition of an IPL will be held in Kolkata at Eden Gardens.  

Here are the previous IPL Winners:

1st IPL ( 2008 ) – Rajasthan Royals
2nd IPL ( 2009 ) – Deccan Chargers
3rd IPL ( 2010 ) – Chennai Super Kings
4th IPL ( 2011 ) – Chennai Super Kings
5th IPL ( 2012 ) – Kolkata Knight Riders
6th IPL ( 2013 ) – Mumbai Indians
7th IPL ( 2014 ) – Kolkata Knight Riders


IPL 2015 Full Schedule Including Time and Venue


Date Match
IST Ground City

Apr 08 – Kolkata vs Mumbai, 8:00 PM Eden Gardens Kolkata
Apr 09 – Chennai vs Delhi 8:00 PM MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
Apr 10 – Punjab vs Rajasthan 8:00 PM Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium Pune
Apr 11 – Chennai vs Hyderabad 4:00 PM MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
Apr 11 – Kolkata vs Bangalore 8:00 PM Eden Gardens Kolkata
Apr 12 – Delhi vs Rajasthan 4:00 PM Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Apr 12 – Mumbai vs Punjab 8:00 PM Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
Apr 13 – Bangalore vs Hyderabad 8:00 PM M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Apr 14 – Rajasthan vs Mumbai 4:00 PM Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad
Apr 14 – Kolkata vs Chennai 8:00 PM Eden Gardens Kolkata
Apr 15 – Punjab vs Delhi 8:00 PM Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium Pune
Apr 16 – Hyderabad vs Rajasthan 8:00 PM Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium Visakhapatnam
Apr 17 – Mumbai vs Chennai 8:00 PM Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
Apr 18 – Hyderabad vs Delhi 4:00 PM Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium Visakhapatnam
Apr 18 – Punjab vs Kolkata 8:00 PM Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium Pune
Apr 19 – Rajasthan vs Chennai 4:00 PM Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad
Apr 19 – Bangalore vs Mumbai 8:00 PM M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Apr 20 – Delhi vs Kolkata 8:00 PM Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Apr 21 – Rajasthan vs Punjab 8:00 PM Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad
Apr 22 – Hyderabad vs Kolkata 4:00 PM Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium Visakhapatnam
Apr 22 – Bangalore vs Chennai 8:00 PM M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Apr 23 – Delhi vs Mumbai 8:00 PM Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Apr 24 – Rajasthan vs Bangalore 8:00 PM Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad
Apr 25 – Mumbai vs Hyderabad 4:00 PM Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
Apr 25 – Chennai vs Punjab 8:00 PM MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
Apr 26 – Kolkata vs Rajasthan 4:00 PM Eden Gardens Kolkata
Apr 26 – Delhi vs Bangalore 8:00 PM Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Apr 27 – Punjab vs Hyderabad, 8:00 PM Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Mohali
Apr 28 – Kolkata vs Delhi 8:00 PM Eden Gardens Kolkata
Apr 29 – Bangalore vs Rajasthan 8:00 PM M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Apr 30 – Chennai vs Kolkata 8:00 PM MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
May 01 – Delhi vs Punjab 4:00 PM Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
May 01 – Mumbai vs Rajasthan 8:00 PM Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
May 02 – Bangalore vs Kolkata 4:00 PM M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
May 02 – Hyderabad vs Chennai 8:00 PM Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad
May 03 – Punjab vs Mumbai 4:00 PM Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Mohali
May 03 – Rajasthan vs Delhi 8:00 PM TBC TBC
May 04 – Chennai vs Bangalore 4:00 PM MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
May 04 – Kolkata vs Hyderabad 8:00 PM Eden Gardens Kolkata
May 05 – Mumbai vs Delhi 8:00 PM Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
May 06 – Bangalore vs Punjab 8:00 PM M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
May 07 – Rajasthan vs Hyderabad 8:00 PM TBC TBC
May 08 – Chennai vs Mumbai 8:00 PM MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
May 09 – Kolkata vs Punjab 4:00 PM Eden Gardens Kolkata
May 09 – Delhi vs Hyderabad 8:00 PM Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium Raipur
May 10 – Mumbai vs Bangalore 4:00 PM Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
May 10 – Chennai vs Rajasthan 8:00 PM MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
May 11 – Hyderabad vs Punjab 8:00 PM Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad
May 12 – Delhi vs Chennai 8:00 PM Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium Raipur
May 13 – Punjab vs Bangalore 8:00 PM Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Mohali
May 14 – Mumbai vs Kolkata 8:00 PM Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
May 15 – Hyderabad vs Bangalore 8:00 PM Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad
May 16 – Punjab vs Chennai 4:00 PM Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Mohali
May 16 – Rajasthan vs Kolkata 8:00 PM TBC TBC
May 17 – Bangalore vs Delhi 4:00 PM M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
May 17 – Hyderabad vs Mumbai, 8:00 PM Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad
May 19 – IPL 2015 Qualifier 1 8:00 PM TBC TBC
May 20 – IPL 2015 Eliminator 8:00 PM TBC TBC
May 22 – IPL 2015 Qualifier 2 8:00 PM TBC TBC
May 24 – IPL 2015 Final 8:00 PM Eden Gardens Kolkata
05 April, 2015

New Zealand: Vettori and Mills announces retirement

Black Caps off-spinner Daniel Vettori and fast bowler Kyle Mills has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

Vettori, 36, made his debut against England in 1997 - finishes with 362 Test wickets in 113 matches, and 305 wickets in 295 ODIs.
Mills, 37, has played 19 Test matches, 170 ODIs and 42 Twenty20 internationals for his country.

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