ENG v IND, 5th Test: India gain 132-run lead over England despite Bairstow's 106
For England, Jonny Bairstow made a belligerent 106, sharing stands of 66 with Ben Stokes (25) and 92 with Sam Billings (36) but it wasn't enough to avoid conceding a handy lead to India. Bairstow continued from where he left off in lunch, clipping Thakur in the gap between deep mid-wicket and deep mid-on for a boundary.
ENG v IND, 5th Test: Ben Stokes had three brain fades in 10 minutes; did reckless batting, says Pietersen
After being beaten on both sides of the wicket by captain Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, Stokes opted to step out against the pacers, getting some runs in the process. He had two reprieves as Shardul Thakur and Bumrah dropped simple catches. On the very next ball after being dropped for a second time in the day, Stokes stepped out for a big shot off Thakur, only for Bumrah to take a superb diving catch at mid-off, ending his stay at the crease for 25 and bringing his 66-run stand with Bairstow to close.
ENG v IND, 5th Test: No better person to take over after me than Rahul, says Ravi Shastri
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri hailed his successor and former batter Rahul Dravid, saying that he is the best person to take over from him as the head coach of the national side. After Shastri's reign as the head coach ended after Men's T20 World Cup last year, Dravid succeeded him for the job in November 2021 and is currently with the side in the ongoing Edgbaston Test.
ENG v IND, 5th Test: I was telling myself, don't throw bat outside off-stump; play closer to the body, says Jadeja
On Saturday, during day two, Jadeja notched up his first Test hundred outside India, with his splendid 104 becoming the perfect second foil to Rishabh Pant's marvellous 146 on day one. His knock had discipline combined with eye-catch shots, propelling India to post 416 in the first innings. "I was enjoying my batting, especially when coming to England, you have to prepare yourself like that because in conditions like this, you can't throw your bat outside the off-stump.
Ronaldo wants to leave this summer, Manchester United insist forward is not for sale
Earlier, reports surfaced that Manchester United star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is planning to return back to Juventus after an underwhelming season with Premier League club. The 37-year-old feels the urge to win even more in the twilight of his career, but is understood to feel that may not be possible at Old Trafford next season.
There's nothing like playing well for India: Ravindra Jadeja
Earlier on Saturday, he completed a well deserved 104 -- a mature and responsible innings -- to help India reach to an unexpected total of 416 after he joined Rishabh Pant when the score was 98 for five on the opening day of the Test match. He also shared that he was feeling very good. "As a player a 100 in England is very good. I was always thinking of leaving balls outside the off-stump, because discipline is important (in English conditions), otherwise you can get caught in the slips."
ECB official suspended over alleged racial slur directed at England legend Devon Malcolm: Report
Already facing the heat in the wake of Pakistani-origin cricketer Azeem Rafiq's allegations against Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the offensive comments against Malcolm -- the 59-year-old who played 40 Tests and taking 128 wickets -- could further embarrass ECB. A report in mirror.com.uk quoting the Times, said "Malcolm has reportedly been the victim of racism amid his attempts to become a first-class umpire."