Somerset sign former Aussie batsman Chris Rogers

Former Australia batsman Chris Rogers has joined Somerset after signing a one-year contract at the County Ground in Taunton.

The thirty-eight-year-old, who recently announced his retirement from an international cricket at the end of the Ashes series 2015 in England, will be joining his fifth county club - having previously played for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Middlesex.

The former Western Australia batsman has scored 24,460 runs at an average of 49.81 in 297 first-class matches till date.  

"I'm really pleased to be joining a club of the stature of Somerset,” he told the club's official website.

I'm looking forward to the challenge and can't wait to get started." 

Rogers becomes one of two new signings for Somerset, having also secured teenager wicketkeeper Ryan Davies from Kent on a three-year deal.

England hopeful of huge success in the UAE

England Test skipper Alastair Cook and their head coach Trevor Bayliss confident of putting in good performances to beat Pakistan in the UAE.

England to face Pakistan in a three-match Test series starting on October 13.

Cook, 30, admitted that the three Test-match series will be a challenging and he is confident that his young side can bring a victory over Pakistan.

"We have got a young and exciting side and we are very clear in our mind how hard it is going to be and what a challenge it is,” said the Essex player.

"It is warm, something we have to get accustomed to, so the first two training sessions tend to be hard work. That's part of the conditions we've got to face. Pakistan are probably a bit more used to it than we are, but we'll be fine. Just a bit of sweat, blood and tears for the first bit.”

England suffered a 3-0 whitewash when the last time the two sides clash in the UAE in 2012.

"Last series we probably should have won it. We had opportunities to win that series but Pakistan hung in and really won the critical moments,” He added. "That can be the way in subcontinent conditions or UAE conditions, the game can turn very quickly and you have to make sure you grab those opportunities.”

The Tests series will be followed by four ODIs and three T20I.

CONFIRMED: Eight teams for ICC Champions Trophy 2017

The International Cricket Council has revealed the names of eight teams, who will be participating in the Champions Trophy 2017.

Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, Bangladesh and Pakistan are the eight teams that have been confirmed by the ICC based on their current ODI rankings.
Unfortunately - West Indies, who won the title back in 2004 defeating England - did not make into the list after Pakistan pipped them to eighth place.

While, Bangladesh returns to the event for the first time since 2006 after replacing the Caribbeans to the 7th spot in the ICC ODI Rankings.

The ICC Champions Trophy tournament will be hosted by ECB from the June 1 to 18, 2017.
01 October, 2015

England Squad for three Test match series against Pakistan

Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel has been included for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan starting from October 13 in the United Arab Emirates.

The 30-year-old will replace uncapped Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari, who was unfit for the UAE test match series because of a hand injury.

Patel who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2012 - has scored 109 runs with four wickets in his five Test match career.
The 1st of the three Test matches gets underway on October 13 in Abu Dhabi.

England Squad:

Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali , James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn , Alex Hales, Samit Patel, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid,Joe Root, Ben Stokes ,James Taylor , Mark Wood.

India squad for T20 and ODI against South Africa

India’s veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh has been included in 15-man squad for the three T20 internationals match series against the Proteas, starting on October 2 in Dharamsala.

BCCI selection committee have also included the uncapped batsman Gurkeerat Mann for the One-Day Internationals.
However, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was not included in the squad.

T20Is Squad: MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra, S Aravind.

First three ODIs Squad: MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

India vs South Africa (Limited Over Schedule):

Oct 02 - Friday, 1st T20I at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

Oct 05 - Monday, 2nd T20I at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack

Oct 08 - Thursday, 3rd T20I at Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Oct 11 - Sunday, 1st ODI at Green Park,Kanpur

Oct 14 - Wednesday, 2nd ODI at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore

Oct 18 - Sunday, 3rd ODI at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot

Oct 22 - Thursday, 4th ODI at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Oct 25 - Sunday, 5th ODI at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
20 September, 2015

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