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FanCode to live-stream England tour of South Africa 2023 in India

India’s premier sports streaming platform FanCode will live-stream England’s tour of South Africa starting this Friday, January 27.

The three-match ODI series culminates on February 1. All three ODIs will be streamed on FanCode’s app (Android, iOS, TV).

The series will be crucial for the hosts as they look to achieve direct qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India later this year. All three ODIs are part of the World Cup Super League that determines qualification for the marquee tournament. Meanwhile, England will look to begin 2023 on a winning note and prepare to mount a successful World Cup defence.

With this series and more international cricket to be streamed on FanCode, such as the two-match Test series between Zimbabwe and West Indies early in February, FanCode has a packed calendar for cricket lovers. It is also currently streaming the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup, and the Bangladesh Premier League.

Current ODI and T20 World Champions England will be led by Jos Buttler and will feature the likes of Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Dawid Malan and others. This series will also mark the comeback of all-rounder Jofra Archer after a two-year injury lay-off. South Africa’s pace attack will be raring to go on home turf, headlined by Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, while their batting will be led by Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, and David Miller.

England’s James Anderson becomes first cricketer to play 100 Tests at home

Veteran England pacer James Anderson added another feather to his cap as he became the first cricketer in the history of the sport to play 100 Test matches at home.

The 40-year-old pacer achieved the landmark during the second Test between England and South Africa in Manchester on Thursday.

Overall, 72 players have played over 100 Test matches in their career however, none have played 100 Tests at their home. After Anderson, Sachin Tendulkar, who is the only player to play 200 Tests, has 94 appearances in India.

Anderson’s teammate Stuart Broad is fourth on the list with 91 appearances while former teammate Alastair Cook is fifth with 89 Tests at home.

Overall, when it comes to most number of Test appearences, Anderson comes behind Tendulkar with 174 Tests to his name while Alastair Cook and Broad are the only other England players with more than 150 Tests under their belt.

The veteran started his 100th Test at home on a fine note, dismissing South Africa opener Sarel Erwee caught behind in the fifth over. The fast bowler has incidentally never taken a five-wicket haul at Old Trafford in Manchester, the venue for the second Test of the three-match series that is a part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023.

Ben Stokes urges cricket chiefs to have a sustainable schedule

England Test captain Ben Stokes has urged the cricket administrators to not treat players like ‘cars’ by packing the international calendar with too many games, and stressed on the need for a sustainable schedule of matches

Stokes played his last ODI game in international cricket on Tuesday against South Africa which the tourists won by 62 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. .

Earlier on Monday, Stokes had announced his retirement from ODI cricket and had said that the rigours of playing all three formats of the game were “unsustainable” for him and he was not able to give his 100 percent to the team in the 50-over format.

Speaking ahead of the first ODI against South Africa at Chester-le-Street, the all-rounder said: “We are not cars. You can’t just fill us up and we’ll go out there and be ready to be fuelled up again. We had a Test series and then the one-day team had a series going on at the same time — that was a bit silly.”

“I just feel like there is too much cricket rammed in for people to play all three formats now. It is a lot harder than it used to be. I look back to when I used to do all three and it didn’t feel like it was as jam-packed and all that. Obviously, you want to play as much cricket as you possibly can but when it is making you feel tired, sore and you’ve got to look towards five or six months down the road for what you’re doing in the here and now it is probably not the best thing,” he told BBC’s Test Match Special.

“The more cricket that is played, the better for the sport, but you want a product that is of the highest quality. You want the best players to be playing as much as you possibly can, all the time, and it isn’t just me or us. You see it all around the world now where teams are having to rest some players in a certain series so they feel like they are getting a break,” Stokes added.

Speaking further, Stokes said: “After that one-day game, it hit me in the face. In a quick chat with Jos [Buttler] after the game, I said that if the game was in a different position I’d have bowled more for him. We had five minutes together, he said you don’t owe the team anything and that I had a lot of cricket coming up. That was nice to hear.”

“I went away and had five minutes to myself, I told him I almost felt a bit useless that I can’t do that. It’s not a nice feeling, knowing I have to look after myself, the captain is trying to look after me, the medical team and the coach as well. It’s international cricket you can’t be doing that,” he added.

Stokes also cited examples of Stuart Broad (36) and James Anderson (39), who play only the red-ball format in order to sustain their cricket career.

Stokes revealed a conversation with Broad where the latter spoke about playing a limited number of games as the reason for his longevity.

“I asked Stuart if he felt that not playing white-ball cricket was a reason he is still playing now, 160 Tests. He said without a shadow of a doubt, yes. I want to play 140-150 Tests for England,” the England Test skipper said.

“It’s come a lot earlier than I would have liked at 31 years old, giving one of the formats up. T20 bowl, 2-3 overs here and there. Longevity I have thought about. Hopefully, when I’m 35, 36, still playing Test cricket, I can look back on this decision and say I’m very happy with it,” he added.

Ben Stokes to retire from ODIs after first South Africa ODI

England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Monday announced that the Chester-le-Street game against South Africa, also the first ODI of the three-match rubber between the two sides, will be his final ODI in an England shirt.

Stokes now finishes with 104 ODI caps.

“I will play my last game for England in ODI cricket on Tuesday in Durham. I have decided to retire from this format. This has been an incredibly tough decision to make. I have loved every minute of playing with my mates for England. We have had an incredible journey on the way,” he said in an ECB release.

“As hard as a decision as this was to come to, it’s not as hard dealing with the fact I can’t give my teammates 100% of myself in this format anymore. The England shirt deserves nothing less from anyone who wears it. Three formats are just unsustainable for me now. Not only do I feel that my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I am taking the place of another player who can give Jos and the rest of the team their all. It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories like I have over the past 11 years,” he added.

Stokes further said: “I will give everything I have to Test cricket, and now, with this decision, I feel I can also give my total commitment to the T20 format. I would like to wish Jos Buttler, Matthew Mott, the players and the support staff every success going forward. We have made great strides in white-ball cricket over the past seven years, and the future looks bright. I have loved all 104 games I have played so far, I’ve got one more, and it feels amazing to be playing my last game at my home ground in Durham.”

“As always, the England fans have always been there for me and will continue to be there. You’re the best fans in the world. I hope we can win on Tuesday and set the series up nicely against South Africa,” he added.

Meanwhile, Clare Connor, interim ECB CEO, called Stokes an “inspirational figure” and harked back to his memorable performance in the 2019 World Cup final at the historic Lord’s.

“Ben Stokes is a superstar in every format of our game. His remarkable contribution to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final at Lord’s in 2019 enabled England Men to win that prestigious trophy for the first time. Ben is not only one of the world’s best players, but an inspirational figure too so our ODI team will miss him. But having taken on the Test captaincy and with today’s busy calendar of cricket, we completely understand and respect his decision,” he expressed.

“We look forward to watching him excite and enthral in an England shirt for many years to come,” he added.

On the other hand, Rob Key, Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, said: “Ben Stokes has had an incredible international career in ODI cricket, culminating in his match-winning performance at the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final. I know this must have been a tough decision, but I completely understand why he has reached this conclusion.”

“I’m sure that when we look back on Ben’s career and see this as one of the reasons he will play 120-plus Tests and help England in T20 matches and World Cups for many years to come. It is a typically selfless decision that will benefit England long-ter,” he added.