Birmingham, Aug 1 (AP/UNB) — Steve Smith scored 144 on his return to test cricket after a ban for ball-tampering as Australia recovered from 122-8 to 284 all out against England on the opening day of the Ashes series on Thursday.
England openers Rory Burns (4 not out) and Jason Roy (6 not out) survived two overs to reach stumps at 10-0 in the first test.
Smith and Peter Siddle came to the rescue of Australia's first innings with an 88-run partnership for the ninth wicket at Edgbaston, and Smith then shared 74 runs with Nathan Lyon (12 not out) for the last wicket in an extraordinary turnaround.
Smith was finally bowled while trying to smash Stuart Broad. The former captain's brilliant 219-ball knock, which provided more than half his team's runs, included two sixes and 16 fours.
Smith earned his first test ton — and 24th test century overall in only 65 games — after a 12-month suspension for being involved in a ball-tampering scandal during the third test against South Africa in 2018. He reached his century by hitting Ben Stokes to the boundary, triggering lots of boos and plenty of applause from the Birmingham crowd.
Siddle, who was selected for his bowling, hit a valuable 44 before he sent a delivery from offspinner Mooen Ali to Jos Buttler at short leg.
England had reduced Australia to 154-8 at tea after the visitors chose to bat and reached 83-3 in overcast conditions at lunch. But Smith and Siddle started to dominate after tea when play resumed following a short rain delay.
"I thought we bowled fantastically well this morning, going a bowler down was tricky for the guys to keep going," Buttler told Sky Sports. "But it was an exceptional innings from Smith and we will see what kind of score that is tomorrow."
Broad took 5-86 to reach the 100 mark for Ashes wickets, and Chris Woakes got 3-58.
Jimmy Anderson, England's record test wicket-taker, bowled four tight overs for only one run before the 37-year-old left the field in the morning and went for a scan on his right calf.
Earlier, Australian openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, out for a combined 10 runs, were easy to spot as players wore names and numbers on their shirts for the first time in test history. The pair walked out to chants of "Cheat, cheat, cheat," with some England fans waving pieces of sandpaper. Bancroft was playing his first test since a nine-month suspension for ball-tampering. He was banned along with Smith and Warner, both of whom were suspended for a year.
Smith shared his first important partnership of the day — 64 runs with Travis Head — which ended with Head leg before wicket for 35 against Woakes on a day which had been dominated by lbw dismissals and reviews, including a successful one by Smith.
Australia holds the Ashes, the urn traditionally awarded to the winner of cricket's oldest regular international series, but England goes into the five-test series after winning its first-ever World Cup title in the one-day format. It hasn't lost an Ashes series on home soil since 2001.
Dhaka, Aug 1 (UNB) — Troubled Tigers opener Tamim Iqbal should take a break from his duties with the national side as a way to try and regain his form, according to Bangladesh’s Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan.
Tamim, otherwise Bangladesh’s leading run-getter across all three formats of the game, has been going through an unusually long patch of bad form, having struck just one score of 50-plus in his last 11 ODI innings, encompassing the entire World Cup and the just-concluded series in Sri Lanka.
His total return over this period is a paltry 256 runs at an average of just over 23.
“I think any player can go through a bad time. It will be good for Tamim to get a break for a while to recover. I believe it will help him to come back strongly,” Shakib told the media on Thursday, while participating in a program on raising awareness to prevent dengue at Banani Bidya Niketon in the capital.
It is believed that Tamim’s failure to fire was one of the biggest reasons behind Bangladesh’s inability to meet expectations in the World Cup. Having aimed to reach the semi-finals, the team eventually finished eighth – below their ICC ranking.
Shakib said it was disappointed to lose the series against Sri Lanka. The number one all-rounder of the world feels Bangladesh should have come up with a better mindset to bring a good result.
“There is nothing to hide. It was really disappointing to lose the series in Sri Lanka. We had a thought that if we could play the World Cup game against Sri Lanka, we would have obtained two more points. But the recent series proved we could have lost the game as well. If we had won at least one match, that could could have helped our confidence. But unfortunately, that did not happen,” Shakib said.
According to the Test captain, this is the prime time for BCB to start thinking about the next 3-4 years.
“Now we have to think about the future. I hope BCB already started their job. They appointed two specialist coaches, and the head coach will be appointed soon as well. If we can ensure a good set-up we will progress again,” Shakib added.
Shakib will be travelling to Saudi Arabia on August 2 to perform the hajj. After returning from the pilgrimage, Bangladesh’s most accomplished cricketer will start preparing for the series against Afghanistan scheduled for early October.
Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB) — Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team marched to the final of the ongoing tri-series in England beating the hosts by 72 runs on Thursday at Billericay. With this win, Bangladesh secured 9 points from six matches and became the first finalist.
England Under-19 won the toss and opted to field first. Bangladesh batted first and posted a moderate total of 224 all-out in 47.1 overs. While replying, England tumbled for 151 all-out in 39 overs.
While chasing the target of 225 runs, England lost five wickets just in 51 runs. After this batting collapse, they were never returned to the race.
For Bangladesh, right-handed pacer Tanzim Hasan Sakib and left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan bagged three wickets each while Shahin Alam and Mrittunjoy Chowdhury took two apiece.
Earlier, England’s decision to bat first seemed to be a good one as they picked the first wicket of Bangladesh in just 18 runs.
But in the second wicket stand, Tanzid and Mahmudul Hasan Joy added 118 runs which set a good foundation for Bangladesh to post a big total.
However, the young Tigers failed to take advantage of a good start as the middle-order failed to deliver a firm batting show.
Joy fell for 41 and Towhid Hridoy added 31. But the other batsmen failed to show their prowess as Bangladesh tumbled for 224 all-out in 47.1 overs.
For England, right-arm pacer Nick Kimber took five wickets conceding 38 runs in nine overs while Blake Cullen and George Hill took one wicket each.
Bangladesh now won four of their six matches and they are currently at the top of the points table. Along with Bangladesh and England, India are playing in this 50-overs age-level event. The final of the event will take place on August 11 at Brighton.
Dhaka, Aug 1 (UNB)- Dhaka Mohammedan played to a 2-2 draw with Rahmatganj MFS in their last match of the ongoing 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Striker Souleymane Diabate of Mali and midfielder Mohamed Habibur Rahman Sohag scored one goal each for the traditional black and white Dhaka Mohammedan in the 24th and 85th minutes respectively while striker Rakibul Islam and midfielder Enamul Islam scored one goal each for the old Dhaka outfit Rahmatganj in the 33rd and 89th minutes respectively.
After the day’s draw, Dhaka Mohammedan SC remained at 8th slot securing 25 points from all 24 matches while Rahmatganj MFS also at the 10th slot earning 22 points from all 24 matches.
Dhaka, Aug 1 (UNB) - Touring Bangladesh Emerging Players Women’s Cricket team (A Team) lost the three-match unofficial T20 series 0-2 after conceding the 2nd successive defeat against hosts South African Emerging Players Women’s team by 6-wicket at the Mandela Oval in Hammanskraal on Thursday.
Bangladesh Emerging Players Women’s Cricket team (A Team) made a frustrating start in the three-match unofficial T20 series losing to hosts South African Emerging Players Women’s team by 5 runs in the first match at the Mandela Oval in Hammanskraal on Wednesday (July 31).
They will play their third and last T20 match against South African women’s to avoid whitewash on August 4 at the same venue.
Sent in to bat first in the day’s 2nd T20, touring Bangladesh team scored a moderate total of 119 runs loss of 4 wickets in stipulated 20 overs.
Captain Nigar Sultana remained unbeaten scoring the innings highest 44 runs off 51 balls hitting three fours while Sanjida Islam contributed 33 off 39 hitting three fours and Fahima Khatun added 26 runs off 14 balls hitting 4 fours.
Tumi Sekhukhune bagged 2 Bangladeshi wickets conceding 23 runs while Evodia Yekile and Dane van Niekerk took one wicket each.
In reply, South women’s team scored 120 runs for 4 in 19.3 overs to beat Bangladesh by 6-wicket.
Dane van Niekerk remained unbeaten on 50 runs off 40 balls hitting 6 fours and one six while Faye Tunnicliffe also remained unbeaten on 20 runs off 21 hitting one six.
Shaila Sharmin claimed 2 wickets for 13 runs while Nahida Akter and Ritu Moni took one wicket each for Bangladesh.