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Winning Ashes in England and Test series in India are two mountains to climb, says Steve Smith

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STEVE SMITH AUSTRALIA:-

Australian batting maestro and former captain Steve Smith said that there are two big mountains that he wants to climb during his career is Beating arch-rivals England in their own backyard and winning a Test series in India.

Australia recently won the Ashes in England last year but the defeat in the last Test at The Oval still bothers Steve Smith, Steve Smith was the star of the series with 774 runs at an average of 110.57 from four Tests.

The modern great(Steve Smith) had scored three centuries in four-Test matches in India in 2017 but still unable to help Australia to win the series in India and ended up losing 1-2 against India Cricket team.

Cricket.com.au quoted Smith as saying “They’re the two big mountains to climb and if you can do that, it would be pretty special. Hopefully, I get another crack at it, we’ll see how we go,”

“I’m getting a bit old now. You never know how long I’ve got left, and you never know what the future holds. But it’s certainly something to strive for, that’s for sure.”

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Smith further added: “To know that we’d got the Ashes back was pretty special. Unfortunately, we couldn’t win them which is something I’d still like to do.

“It just doesn’t feel the same — you get to the end of the series and we’re there holding up the Ashes but we’d just lost the last Test match, and we actually hadn’t won anything.

“It was cool to get them back, but I was actually more disappointed that we hadn’t won them.”

“From my personal perspective, I think it’s unfinished business. It’s great to retain the Ashes but it just doesn’t sit right with me when you don’t win it. We drew the series— good, but not great.

He added “So I probably left at the end of the fifth Test feeling more disappointed than a sense of achievement,”

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Smith had suffered a concussion during the second test which was held at Lord’s, it was being hit on his neck after a deadly delivery from England pacer Jofra Archer.

Smith was ruled out of the remaining matches and due to the fact he had to miss the third Test against England.

Smith returned to score impressive 211 in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

He added”I’ve seen it a few times. It’s not hard to watch. I’ve looked back at the knock a few times, and I just count myself lucky at times to have been able to get up from it and to only have a concussion,”

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Top 10 Greatest Cricket Batsmen of All Time

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We have combined stats and figures to reveal the top 10 greatest cricket batsmen of all time.

Cricket is the second most followed sport in the world after Football. The fan base of Cricket is large and there is a huge number of fans across the world. There are some great players in the history of the game who made this sport more renowned across the world.

The consistency, unorthodox shots, power, and class, cricket has everything. Here we will talk about the top 10 greatest cricket batsmen of all time

10 Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli needs no introduction to the cricket world. Virat Kohli is on number 10 for the greatest cricket batsmen of all-time list. He is the modern cricketing legend. He is the best batsman in the world in all formats of the game. There is no one else in this era who is more dominant in every format other than Virat Kohli. He has proved his batting skills in every part of the world.

There have been many occasions on the field where he proved why he is still the best batsmen of this generation.

Virat Kohli has the highest rating ever in ICC ODI ranking with 890 points. Earlier the best rating was 887 which was held by Sachin Tendulkar in 1998.

9 Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis is one of the best all-rounders of all time. Jacques Kallis’s contribution to the south African team can’t be ignored. He is just exceptional with the bat and ball. He is on a league of his own. Jacques Kallis is the most consistent batsmen and excellent all-rounder that the world has ever witnessed. Kallis is a player with the most man-of-the-match awards in the history of Test cricket.

He remained as one of the top players for the South African team for a very long period of time. He is the classical and traditional unsung hero, whose feats not appreciated much in the midst of Ponting’s or Tendulkar’s records.

8 Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara is the most classiest and elegant batsmen in the world of cricket. He is the third-highest run-getter in the history of the game of cricket.

Sangakkara leads the Sri Lankan team to the world cup final in 2011. He also won the T20 world cup in 2014. Sangakara had a world record of scoring 4 consecutive hundred in world cup cricket history.

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7 Jack Hobbs

Jack Hobbs is the great servant of the game. He is known as the The original ‘Master’ of cricket.

Hobbs was the first batsman in history to achieve an average over 50 in Test cricket and the first cricketer to be knighted by the Queen. He had 199 centuries in competitive cricket and the player with seven Test centuries after the age of forty which is quite exceptional. Jack Hobbs remains a crucial and the most impactful player for modern-day batsmen.

6 Garfield Sobers

Garfield Sobers is known as the goat of the all-rounder. He is the biggest match-winner with the bat and the ball. He is one of a billion players. Many legends regarded him as the best all-rounder and best cricketer of all time.

Garfield Sobers is the first player ever to hit six sixes in an over. He has been voted as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, which is one of the greatest achievements of him. His number speaks a lot about him as a cricketer. Sobers had 8,000 Test match runs and 235 Test match wickets, linked with over 28,000 First Class runs and more than 1,000 First-Class wickets.

5 Ricky Ponting

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Ricky Ponting is one of the greatest batsmen of his time. He is in the 5th spot in the greatest cricket batsmen of all-time list. Under his leadership, Australia won the 2003 and 2007 world cup. Many regarded him as the best batsmen of all time. His rivalry with Tendulkar is just top-notch.

He is the most successful captain in the history of the game. Australian team under the leadership of Ponting said to be the greatest team ever in the history of cricket. He is one of the few batsmen to reach over 10,000 Test match runs.

Ponting is the only captain to WHITEWASH every single test playing nation in his career and it’would be very difficult for anyone to break these records in the near future.

4 Brian Lara

Brian Lara is the most technically gifted player in the game of Cricket. The best batsmen and the greatest Test batsmen of all time. Brian Lara had 11,953 runs and the legend of all time.

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He is a nightmare of the great bowlers including the spin wizard Shane Warne. His 400 not out against England will remain the best knock in the history of this game. The west indies legend holds numerous cricketing records in his name. His style of play wowed the crowds around the globe.

3 Vivian Richards

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Viv Richards is the most fearsome cricketer the game has ever seen. He is known for his hitting and the attacking game of cricket. Richards is the kind of player who can tear apart any bowling attack singlehandedly. He registered his name as the most powerful and dominating batsman in Cricket.

With insane power-hitting and tuns of confidence, the Caribbean legend still regarded as the best cricketer of all generations. 

2 Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin is the greatest player of all time widely known as “The Little Master”. Many regarded him as the number one and the best of all time. If we talk about the best player in ODI it would be no other than Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin is the best cricketer of all time in all formats of the game. He is also knowns as the god of Cricket. He holds the record for the most runs in international cricket.

If we start counting the record of the little master it would take a long list. Tendulkar’s greatness lay beyond the record books and his consistency is unmatched in cricket history.

1 Don Bradman

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The greatest batsmen of all time are none other than Sir Don Bradman. Bradman had a career that would never be replaced or be broken in the game of cricket. He had an average of 99.94 which is impossible and never be broken again. He just had to hit a four in his last innings to achieve an average of 100 however he got bowled for a duck. After Don, the highest test average achieved by the batsmen in the modern era is Steve Smith. Smith had an average of 62.8 in test cricket.

Bradman’s record is still the most dominating record in the history of cricket. Every great batsman had to go through these records to label himself in the list of greats. Bradman set a benchmark for modern-day cricketers.

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ECB confirms, England could tour Pakistan in 2021

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England cricket board confirms England could tour Pakistan in 2021. This would be the first tour of England in over a decade. ECB officials confirmed that they had received an invitation to visit Pakistan at the beginning of the year in 2021 for a “short white-ball series”.

world cup champions England have not played any international matches in Pakistan since 2005/06.

The incident took place in 2009 when some armed militants attacked Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore which ultimately terminated major cricket tours for a decade.

Though the big teams like Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, West Indies, and Bangladesh have all visited Pakistan earlier for cricket series.

England Cricket Board issued a statement stated, “After discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), we can confirm the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has received an invitation in respect of a short white-ball tour to Pakistan during the early part of 2021.

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“We welcome the fact that international cricket is returning to Pakistan and are committed to doing what we can to help this develop further.”

“The safety and welfare of our players and staff are paramount”, with security issues and the development of COVID-19 secure ‘bubbles’ of the kind pioneered in England this year among the ECB’s key concerns.

ECB added, “We will be liaising with the PCB, and as well as other partners over the coming weeks to work through these considerations before a final decision will be taken in due course.”

ECB did not define any confirmed dates, though the chief executive of the PCB, Wasim Khan said: “We have sent them a window of January 13-20, so we will do our best to make this tour happen.

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“They (ECB) will consider it (invitation) and have a security assessment.

He further added “It will be a very important tour and help improve our credibility as a host.”

‘You owe Pakistan’

Pakistan cricket legend Wasim Akram said in August, “You (England) boys owe Pakistan cricket, and the country, a lot, with the boys coming over here.”

Later ahead Joe Root also said: “I’d love to go and visit Pakistan.”

England had a tour to South Africa next month but there are doubts that the campaign could still go ahead after the country’s government indicated it was about to interrupt in the South Africa chaotic cricket administration.

England later had a schedule in Sri Lanka in January 2021 which was originally halted in March because of Coronavirus pandemic.

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Afghanistan has talent and skills to win T20 World Cup says, Rashid Khan

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Rashid khan said the Afghanistan Cricket team has the talent and skills to win T20 World Cup.

One of the best cricketers for Afganistan Rashid Khan said he believes Afghanistan has the talent and skills to win the T20 World Cup. Rashid admitted that we didn’t know what we were doing in our maiden Test, against India which was ended in just two days.

Afghanistan played their first test match against India in 2018 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. India dominated the game being one of the top test teams and defeated Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs in Bengaluru.

Rashid Khan said “I think the biggest accomplishment for Afghanistan Cricket should be, to understand what the team is looking for, what the country is expecting is, to win the T20 World Cup,”

while talking with Ravichandran Ashwin on his show DRS with Ash, Khan further added, “We have all the skills, talent, and we just have to believe in ourselves that we can do it,”

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“Talent-wise we have everything, we have the spinners, we have the fast bowlers, we have the batting skills as well.

“But I think what goes wrong against India was our experience against big teams because we didn’t play enough cricket with them.”

Afghanistan played almost a decade of international cricket but it was on 22 June 2017, at an ICC meeting in London, Afghanistan was granted the full ICC Membership. Afghanistan becomes the twelve nation to play test cricket.

Afghanistan produced some magical moments in limited-overs cricket and won two out of the four-Test matches. Though they have lost against India and West Indies their win against Bangladesh and Ireland shows their fighting spirit.

Khan added, “The biggest dream of the whole country was to be called a Full Member team and to play a Test game.

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“When we were playing against you guys in our first Test game, we didn’t know what we were doing.

“Everyone was just counting – I’m going to be the first one to hit a four, the first one to hit a six, the first one to take a single.

“It wasn’t the best game for us, but there were so many things to learned from that match.”

Rashid said that the country needs to play more cricket against the best teams which could help our team to become better.

“The moment when we started playing more series with them, we can become a better team.

“We are very famous for T20 players, but inshallah, that is a dream of mine and a dream of the country that one day if we keep improving we will win the T20 title and that will be the most prominent accomplishment for Afghanistan cricket and for us as well,”

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