Stokes, Root, Bairstow excited with return to ODIs against India, says Matthew Mott
Since the time Stokes took over as Test skipper from Root, England have won all of their four Tests till now, playing a new brand of attacking cricket in the longest format of the game. A 3-0 sweep of New Zealand by chasing down 277, 299 and 296 was followed by a record 378-chase against India in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston to draw the five-match series 2-2, with Bairstow and Root being heavy contributors with the bat.
England is injecting life into Test cricket: Justin Langer
Since McCullum took charge of the Test side, England have looked a completely different outfit, defeating New Zealand 3-0 at home with successful chases of 277, 299 and 296. In July, they took it a notch higher, chasing down a mammoth 378, their highest-ever chase in the format, to win the rescheduled fifth Test against India at Edgbaston, raising the decibel level of 'Bazball' higher than ever.
I don't have any idea what Baz-ball is' - Brendon McCullum
England have been in fine form this summer, winning all four Test matches they have played. Coach McCullum, nicknamed 'Baz', and captain Ben Stokes have made a formidable partnership in the longest format of the game and under them, the Three Lions have played an attacking brand of cricket, which the English press has labelled as 'Baz-ball'.
Hardik Pandya inspires India to 50-run win over England in opening T20I
Hardik Pandya carried his sublime form from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the recently-concluded series against Ireland into the game against England, guiding the visitors to a massive 198/8 in 20 overs, before returning to bowl a fiery spell that saw the hosts bundled out for 148 in 19.3 overs. The side has now won 14 of the last 17 T20Is since the tournament, with a no-result against South Africa in Bengaluru.
CLOSE-IN: Cricket has become a mad-hatter's game
Cricket has always had such characters. India's Virender Sehwag, Kris Srikkanth, Kapil Dev, Ramnath Parkar, Sandeep Patil and domestic batters such as Jaswant Bakrania, Vijay Telang, Kiran Asher and many others have played these uncharacteristic innings, which were at that time looked upon as, "this is not cricket". Each one of them was exciting to watch.
England's win one of the hosts' best-ever run chases in hist7y of Test cricket: ICC
It's extremely rare that a team 378 runs in deficit comes back to win a Test, but England played patiently on Day 4 and 5 and rode on superb unflinching performances from their most consistent batters -- Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow -- to carve out a win against one of the most feared Test sides in the world. On Wednesday, the ICC listed the most successful Test run-chases ever by Engand before the historic Edgbatson victory.
Root, Bairstow, Mitchell shortlisted for ICC Men's Player of the Month for June
Bairstow, the stylish England batter, who struck a hundred against India in the rescheduled fifth Test at Birmingham, is enjoying a brilliant run with the bat in the longest format this year. In the three-match ICC World Test Championship series against New Zealand, Bairstow accumulated 394 runs at an average of 78.80. He struck two centuries and one half-century and was the third-leading run-scorer in the series.
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."
Jos Buttler named as England's new white-ball captain
The batter has been an integral part of the set-up, having been a vice-captain since 2015 and has led the team 14 times previously (Nine ODIs & five T20Is). He has represented England 151 times in ODIs scoring 4,120 runs at an average of 41.20, including 10 centuries. "It is the greatest honour to captain your country, and when I have had the chance to step in the past, I have loved doing it. I can't wait to take this team forward," said Buttler on his appointment as captain.
Tendulkar, Buttler lead tributes to Morgan on his international retirement
Morgan called time on his 16-year international career on Tuesday, saying, "After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect." Having made his debut for Ireland in 2006, Morgan went on to play for England and retired as one of their greatest white-ball players.