Katherine Brunt, an all-rounder for England, revealed her retirement from Test cricket on June 18, after a 17-year, 162-day career. The 36-year-old made her Test debut against New Zealand in 2004 and played her final match in Canberra earlier this year against Meg Lanning's Australia. "I feel like as an athlete there is never an obvious time to step away from doing the thing that you love,” said Brunt.
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New Zealand Cricketer Ajaz Patel on January 10 has been awarded ICC player of the month for December, following his 10-wicket haul against India. Ajaz was nominated for the award, as he became the only third player in test history, to pick 14 wickets in total in that match, including 10 in the first innings. Mumbai-born Ajaz made a fairy-tale comeback in his first-ever India tour with the Test team.
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With seamer Edabot Hossain's six wickets, Bangladesh defeated New Zealand for the first time by eight wickets on January 5. New Zealand was dismissed for 169 early on day-five at Mount Maunganui and Bangladesh knocked off forty runs for the victory. "It was a great achievement for us, our first win out of Asia. We stuck to the process. We gave 110%. It feels great," said seamer Taskin Ahmad.
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Former captain and wicketkeeper-batsman of South Africa team Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from Test cricket. As per the statement issued by Cricket South-Africa, De Kock intends to spend more time with his family, who played his last Test against India and scored 34 and 21 in the two innings. De Kock, however, said that he intends to continue playing white-ball cricket for South Africa.
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Many cricket fans took to Twitter to congratulate Rishabh Pant after he became the fastest India wicketkeeper to complete his 100 dismissals in 26 Test matches, on December 28. He achieved the milestone while playing against South Africa at the SuperSport Park. Pant surpassed MS Dhoni and Wriddiman Saha who took 36 matches. ''Very glad that he improved a notch up,'' said a user on the social media platform.
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Nathan Lyon, Australian spinner, became the third cricketer from Australia to complete 400 wickets on December 11. He achieved the milestone at the opening Test against England at Gabaa, Brisbane. ''He becomes the 17th player to achieve the milestone, joining Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath,'' tweeted Cricket Australia. However, Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan is at the top with 800 wickets. ''It's pretty amazing to get the breakthrough,''… read-more
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Tim Paine announced his indefinite leave from all forms of cricket amidst the sexting scandal controversy. His announcement came only 12 days ahead of the start of Ashes. Furthermore, Pat Cummins and Steve Smith have been named as the Captain and Vice Captain respectively for the Test team by Cricket Australia. Henderson wrote, "Confirming that Paine is… read-more
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Moeen Ali, who's known as an all-rounder for England cricket, has announced his retirement from Test cricket matches. The 34-year-old Ali joined Test cricket in 2014 and scored 2,914 runs in 64 Test matches. Besides, he's taken 195 Test wickets and is also famous for taking five-wicket hauls. "I've enjoyed Test Cricket...I feel like I've done enough of it and I'm happy and content," said Ali.
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Virat Kohli, who is considered the most successful Indian Test Captain, has achieved a new milestone after winning six Test matches among the Asian captain in SENA countries, comprising Sout Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia. Kohli set the record on the last day of the fourth test on September 6 in the Kennington Oval against England. Notably, the fifth test will begin on September 10 in Manchester.
English pacer Stuart Broad after tearing his right calf muscle will miss out on the remaining of the test series against India. Considering his injury, Broad took to Instagram saying, “Things can change so quickly," Reportedly, Saqib Mahmood has been added to the England team as Broad’s replacement. Besides, this test match is Broad’s 150th. Also, it is doubted that James Anderson has undergone an injury.
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