England and New Zealand Test Series Highlights

One of the most exciting events to have happened in the world of cricket this year is the England and New Zealand Test Series. Two of the world’s best cricket teams came together to play two exciting test matches in June 2021 which were held in England. 

Here is a summary of the series if you missed watching it –

The England squad comprised of Joe Root (Captain), Stuart Broad (Vice Captain), James Anderson, Dom Bess, Sam Billings, James Bracey (wicketkeeper), Rory Burns, Jack Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone and Mark Wood. Ben Foakes had also been selected for the England squad but he had to be ruled out due to his hamstring injury. 

The New Zealand squad had Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Latham (Vice Captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper) and Will Young. 

1st Test

The first Test was played at Lord’s, London between 2 June and 6 June. New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. In the 1st innings, Devon Conway scored 200 runs in 347 balls, thus becoming the 12th batsman for New Zealand to score a double century on his Test debut. He scored 22 fours and 1 sixer for his team. In bowling, Ollie Robinson had a score of 4/75 in 28 overs. In England’s turn to bat in the first innings, Rory Burns scored 132 runs in 297 balls, whereas Tim Southee took 6 wickets in 25.1 overs. 

In the second innings, New Zealand’s Tom Latham scored 36 runs in 99 balls which included 3 fours, whereas Ollie Robinson took 3 wickets in 14 overs. The English squad’s Tom Sibley got 60 runs in 207 balls with 3 fours. Among bowlers, Neil Wagner had the top score of 2/27 in 16 overs.

In all, New Zealand scored 347 runs in 122.4 overs and England scored 275 runs in 101.1 overs. The match was drawn with Devon Conway being declared as the Player of the Match. 

2nd Test 

The second Test was played at Edgbaston, Birmingham between 11 June and 14 June. England won the toss and elected to bat first. In the first innings, the England squad’s Dan Lawrence scored 81 runs in 124 balls with 13 fours. In bowling, Trent Boult had a score of 4/85 in 29 overs. In New Zealand’s turn to bat, Will Young scored 82 runs in 204 balls with 11 fours. In bowling, Stuart Broad scored the highest with 4/48 in 23.1 overs. 

In the second innings, England’s Mark Wood scored 29 runs in 38 balls with 5 fours and 1 sixer. Among bowlers, Neil Wagner performed the best with a score of 3/18 in 10 overs. New Zealand’s Tom Latham scored 23 runs in 32 balls with 3 fours and among bowlers, Olly Stone got 1 wicket in 1 over. 

In all, England scored 303 runs in 101 overs whereas New Zealand scored 388 runs in 119.1 overs. New Zealand won the 2nd Test by 8 wickets, and Matt Henry of the New Zealand squad was declared the Player of the Match. 

England Tour of India 2021 – Highlights of Past Matches and Schedule of Upcoming Matches

One of the most exciting cricket events of 2021 is happening right now – The England Tour of India 2021! England and India – two of the most powerful teams in the world of cricket have been competing against each other in test matches since February. The test series is over and they are now getting ready for T20I and ODI series. 

First, let us recapitulate the results of the test series.

1st Test – The first test match was played between the two teams in early February at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. It started on 5th February 2021 and ended on 9th February 2021. England scored 578 & 178 and India scored 337 & 192. England won the match by 227 runs and Joe Root was the Player of the Match.

2nd Test – The second test match was played between the two teams in February at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. It started on 13th February 2021 and ended on 17th February 2021. England scored 134 & 164 and India scored 329 & 286. India won the match by 317 runs and Ravichandran Ashwin was the Player of the Match.

3rd Test – The third test match was played between the two teams in February at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. It started on 24th February 2021 and ended on 28th February 2021. England scored 112 & 81 and India scored 145 & 49/0. India won the match by 10 wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin was the Player of the Match.

4th Test – The fourth test match was played between the two teams in early March at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. It started on 4th March 2021 and ended on 8th March 2021. England scored 205 & 135 and India scored 365. India won the match by an innings and 25 runs. Rishabh Pant was the Player of the Match.

From March 12, the T20I series is beginning. The first, second, third, fourth and fifth T20I matches will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on 12th March, 14th March, 16th March, 18th March and 20th March respectively. 

The ODI matches will take place at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune after the T20I series finishes. The ODI matches will take place on 23rd March, 26th March and 28th March. 

Which match did you find the most exciting so far? Let us know in the comments below!

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Do You Know Which English Players Were Sold in the IPL 2021 Auction?

In February, a total of 16 English players had participated in the IPL 2021 Auction in Chennai and only a few of them were sold. These sold players will now be playing in the 2021 Indian Premier League, which is scheduled to begin on the 9th of April 2021 and end on the 30th of May 2021. The matches will be held across six different venues in India, marking the fourteenth season of the IPL. 

Here’s what you need to know about the sold English players who will be playing in 2021 IPL –

  1. Moeen Ali – Moeen Ali is an English international cricketer of Pakistani descent who got sold for £692,000. He will be playing for Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming IPL. He is a left-handed batting allrounder and right-arm off spinner who has represented England in all formats of cricket, including the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He was honoured with the Warwickshire’s NBC Denis Compton Award in both 2004 and 2005 and Worcestershire’s NBC Denis Compton Award in 2009. 
  2. Tom Curran – Tom Curran is an English right-arm fast-medium bowler and right-handed batsman. He was auctioned for £518,000 and he will be playing for Delhi Capitals. He has represented England in Test Matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals, and in domestic cricket, he plays for the Surrey County Cricket Club. Though Curran was selected for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, he could not play any matches during the tournament. 
  3. Sam Billings – Sam Billings, who will be playing for Delhi Capitals, got auctioned for c. £197,000. He is a right-handed batsman who fields as a wicketkeeper. He comes with experience playing in the Pakistan Super League, Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League in Australia. He currently plays domestic cricket for the Kent County Cricket Club. 
  4. Dawid Malan – Dawid Malan, who got auctioned for £148,000, will be playing for Punjab Kings in the upcoming IPL tournament. He is a left-handed batsman and bowls legbreak. He currently ranks first in the ICC T20I batsman rankings, with a whopping 915 points – the highest ever rating. He plays domestic cricket for England and Yorkshire County Club. 
  5. Liam Livingstone – Liam Livingstone got auctioned for £74,000 and he will be playing for Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming IPL tournament. He is a right-handed opening batsman and an occasional spin bowler. He can also bowl right-arm leg and off spin. He has been playing in T20I tournaments since 2015. 

Unfortunately, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Ben Duckett, Nayan Doshi, Lewis Gregory, Reece Topley, George Garton, Ravi Bopara and Liam Plunkett are players that went unsold in the auction. 

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