• Former England captain Michael Vaughan said he expects England to sweep Bangladesh and Pakistan aside by winning all six of their home Tests this season.

    London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan said he expects England to sweep Bangladesh and Asian rivals Pakistan aside by winning all six of their home Tests this season.


    England, fresh from their World Twenty20 triumph in the Caribbean, begin a two-Test series against minnows Bangladesh at Lord's on Thursday before taking on Pakistan in four Tests later in the summer.


    Bangladesh have won just three out of 66 Tests since joining cricket's elite in 2000 and former England captain Vaughan expects Andrew Strauss's side to enjoy a "walkover" against them.


    "The England team, I have no doubt, will be ruthless and want to beat Bangladesh convincingly, as the A side have just done last week in Derby," Vaughan said on Monday.


    "They will expect that kind of performance, probably a little bit better. They will expect to win by an innings,

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  • World cricket's top administrator is convinced it 'won't be too long' before day/night Tests are being played in either Australia or India.

    Bridgetown: World cricket's top administrator is convinced it "won't be too long" before day/night Tests are being played in either Australia or India.


    David Morgan, the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), in an interview, also said a "context" for Test and One-Day International matches was on its way.


    While Tests in England are generally sold out and England or South Africa Test tours of Australia also attract large crowds, elsewhere other series in the five-day format struggle to attract spectators. Ever since floodlit fixtures were pioneered in Australia more than 30 years ago as part of the 'rebel' World Series Cricket, there have been suggestions day/night Tests could draw in spectators who are at work during normal playing hours.


    But so far, in part because of concerns the white ball used for floodlit cricket won't stand up

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  • Because India have some serious Test series coming up, we need to go to our National Cricket Academy where there are a lot of young players in camp," said former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar.

    India's batsmen should be sent back to the national academy to learn how to deal with short-pitched bowling, former great Sunil Gavaskar said in St Lucia on Friday.


    India, who lost all three of their Super Eight games and were eliminated from the ICC World Twenty20, struggled in Barbados against the aggressive bowling of Australia and West Indies.


    "Because India have some serious Test series coming up in the next year and a half... in South Africa, West Indies and Australia, we need to go to our National Cricket Academy where there are a lot of young players in camp," said former captain Gavaskar.


    "Some of the young fast bowlers could be asked to bowl short stuff from 16 or 18 yards or the batsmen could practice with the bowling machine."


    Gavaskar, now a television commentator, was known for his

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