• 1st ODI, Hyderabad

    England were clueless against Indian spin on a slow, low pitch. England were clueless against Indian spin on a slow, low pitch.

    England were clueless against Indian spin on a slow, low pitch.

    Match Coverage: Scores | Action Images | Match Report | Stats: Dhoni's unique wicketkeeping feat

    9.32 pm - 126 runs is the margin of victory. India have posted their second biggest win over England in ODIs, thus ending a winless streak of 11 games this year, and four at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad.

    England's collapse was so swift, we've barely had time to pause for breath. From 111-2, they've lost 63-8, with Ashwin and Jadeja sharing six wickets.

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    9 pm - Spoke too soon. England are in disarray, and by the looks of it, this ODI series will be a contest between their batsmen and India's spinners.

    At the moment, the traffic is one way. England are 126-6. Jadeja has 3-17 and Ashwin 1-19. Trott, Bairstow and Bopara have fallen in quick time, all displaying poor technique against spin.

    Ashwin's carrom ball and straighter one is troubling England.

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  • 100 Years of Vijay Merchant

    October 12 marks the birth centenary of Vijay Merchant, one of the greatest batsmen ever. The right-hander from Mumbai could play only 10 Tests, mostly due to the war. But in 150 First Class matches, he averaged 71.64, next only to Donald Bradman’s 95.14.

    KR Guruprasad pays his tribute to the master batsman in DNA, saying before Tendulkar, Gavaskar’s closest rival in the Indian pantheon of batting was Merchant:

    Merchant was not coached during his growing up years and is largely said to have learnt the game on his own. He was only 5’7” but had the dexterity of a fox when it came to footwork. He is said to have filmed his batting and corrected himself often. And those who watched him play say that he played compact and flawlessly as if eliminating any errors from a craft that he has mastered over the years.

    Against a visiting England side, Merchant played his last Test at the Kotla in Delhi in 1951. Forty-year old Merchant scored 154, his highest, and also became the oldest Indian to

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  • Graeme Swann’s New Book: The Hilarious Bits

    Swann makes a face during a photo-op in Hyderabad earlier this week. Swann makes a face during a photo-op in Hyderabad earlier this week.

    Swann makes a face during a photo-op in Hyderabad earlier this week.

    Graeme Swann, spin bowler, tweeter and joker extraordinaire, will launch his autobiography tomorrow.

    The Breaks Are Off, My Autobiography covers Swann's immense problems with authority, and how the highly talented spinner overcame them to establish himself in the England side.

    Here are the good bits from the book serialised by The Sun.

    On a bust-up with Rodney Marsh:

    I had a big bust-up with Rod Marsh at the new ECB Academy in Adelaide in 2001-02, when I was part of the first intake of players.

    Rodney MarshRodney Marsh

    Rodney Marsh

    Marsh, the legendary former Aussie wicketkeeper who ran the academy, was telling us what was expected.

    With the formalities finished, our physio Kirk Russell mentioned that Robbie Williams was playing in town.

    Then Rod demanded: "Who the f*** is Robbie Williams?"

    To this day I don't know why I did it but I just looked at him and, in a mock-Aussie drawl, replied: "He's a f****** singer, you ignorant c***!"


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