London (AFP) Virat Kohli says India’s Champions Trophy demolition of South Africa was fuelled by his refusal to spare his players from criticism. Kohli’s side crushed South Africa by eight wickets at The Oval in their final Group B fixture to set up a likely semi-final showdown with Bangladesh on Thursday. India had to win to avoid elimination after slumping to a shock loss against Sri Lanka, a spluttering performance that prompted Kohli to let his team know where they were going wrong. Rather than sugar-coat his comments to saveRead More
London (AFP) England called up uncapped quintet Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tom Curran, Mason Crane and Craig Overton on Monday for their three-match Twenty20 series against South Africa. The five, who have no international appearances between them in any format, are given their chance as several key players including Test captain Joe Root and star all-rounder Ben Stokes have been rested. Those two, alongside several other established players, will instead take part in day/night county championship matches ahead of the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston, which will beRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Under-pressure South Africa coach Allister Coetzee believes he has found the keys to success after a disastrous first season in charge, but some critics remain sceptical. The diminutive 54-year-old former provincial scrum-half and Western Stormers coach says better preparations, coaching changes and a new team spirit will have a profound influence on results. South Africa had three pre-season training camps, Brendan Venter (defence) and Franco Smith (attack) are new assistants, and the mood among the players has improved noticeably. His boasts will be put to the test forRead More
Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) Mickey Arthur has no doubt Pakistan will be “up for the fight” when they face his native South Africa in the Champions Trophy after a humiliating defeat by arch-rivals India. Pakistan’s crushing 124-run loss to title-holders India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on Sunday was labelled the “Mother of all mismatches” by the Indian Express newspaper. Yet, worryingly for Pakistan coach Arthur, there is the potential for an even more lopsided match when they return to Edgbaston on Wednesday — and that’s not simply becauseRead More