The new Test captain of the English team Joe Root is hoping to lead the team out in the field excellently.

Root is hoping that his assistant Ben Stokes can learn some tricks and get tips form the dressing room when he features in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The Ashes series is over six months away but Root and Stokes seem to be planning ahead. Funny enough many would not observe this as the spotlight would be shone on Australian players after the ill-tempered Border-Gavaskar series.

Last year Ravichandran Ashwin, who is now injured, barely bowled but his leg spin was able to do the job. This time around at the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) franchise, Steve Smith would likely keep a little distance after the series for dressing room advantage safety.

RPS signed Stokes for AUS$2.8 million this year. The England player would share the dressing room with Smith, and other Ashes rivals like Adam Zampa, Dan Christian, and Usman Khawaja. Smith would likely be the target of information siphoning, being the world’s revered Test batsman.

“Smith has become one of the best players in the world. In fact, he is ranked as the best player in the world and is just racking up the runs for fun. So the one thing Stokesy can do for us is make sure he finds a little weakness in Steve Smith’s armoury for us when we go down in Australia,” Root said. (more…)


A rampaging Indian Test team led once again by the Indian Test Captain, Virat Kohli, will look to create more history in their fifth and final Test against England on Friday, thus piling more misery on Alastair Cook, the England’s skipper, in what could be his last outing as their skipper.

If they are able to finish the series finale in Chennai without being defeated, the Indians will thus set a new record as the first Indian Test team to go unbeaten in 18 matches.

This comes on the heels of their innings victory in Mumbai during the fourth Test played on Monday.

Kohli, who currently is in the best form of his career after having scored his third double century this year, has no plans of easing up on their belabored visitors.

For England, their last win against India had been at home in 2012, at the beginning of Cook’s record breaking career as test captain. (more…)