Former England skipper Michael Vaughan keeps a keen eye out for talented youngsters and passion for the game of cricket all around the world. With the ICC World Test Championship underway, teams like Australia, India, England and Afghanistan have already put up classic performances, rekindling the love for the longer format of the game. From unplayable deliveries to masterclass innings, the Ashes has seen it all with one match still left to go. While everyone remained glued to the action in the international circle, a hilarious video of children playing street cricket has taken the internet by storm and was also shared by former England opener Michael Vaughan on social media.
The video shared by the former England skipper left the netizens in peals of laughter. In the video, children are seen playing cricket on the streets of India. A kid takes the bowler's run-up and continues to steam towards the batsman even after crossing the bowling crease. To everyone's surprise, the kid bounces off the batsman's bat and gets caught like a proper catch at the slips on the cricket field by one of the fielders, leaving the viewers in splits of laughter. The excited kids are seen celebrating after the 'catch' is completed. Michael Vaughan shared the video on his Instagram handle with the caption 'unplayable delivery and greatest catches'. See the video here:
Joe Root must inspire his troops to one last effort after a grueling season in which England became world champions in the 50-over format for the first time. Their failure in the Ashes has prompted questions over the Yorkshireman's position, but outgoing coach Trevor Bayliss is adamant the captain retains the support of the England hierarchy. "He's not come under question from anyone making any decisions," Bayliss said. "He's under no pressure at all." Speaking about Root's form with the bat, Bayliss added: "Everyone goes through periods where they don't score as many runs as they'd like. I think the Australian team have bowled pretty well to him."
England talisman Ben Stokes was included in an unchanged 13-man squad but will be assessed to find out whether he is fit to bowl at the Oval. The England vice-captain did not bowl in Australia's second innings at Old Trafford following a right shoulder injury sustained in the tourists' first innings. If Stokes is unfit to bowl in London, he is expected to play as a specialist batsman, meaning either Sam Curran or Chris Woakes would come into the side and one of the struggling batsmen would make way, perhaps Jason Roy. Stokes is England's top-scorer in the series, with 354 runs and two centuries but, with the exception of Rory Burns, the rest of the batsmen have struggled to build totals for the bowlers to defend. In the continuing absence of the injured James Anderson, Root will be relying on his new-ball pairing of Stuart Broad and Archer to do the damage. But he will know that for every minute Smith is at the crease, any hopes of denying Australia a first series win in England for years will recede.