Former captain Nasser Hussain has criticised the selection committee of the England cricket team after the Joe Root-led side slumped to a 340-run defeat to South Africa in Trent Bridge Test.According to him, too many recent call-ups led to this debacle.He believes that the match in Trent Bridge reflects poorly of the selection committee comprising chairman James Whitaker, who played one Test as a batsman for England in 1986; former Test seamer Angus Fraser, now the director of cricket at county champions Middlesex and Mick Newell, who holds a similar position at Trent Bridge-based Nottinghamshire, a Second Division county.In addition to them, coach Trevor Bayliss and Root have a say in selecting the team.Chasing a mammoth target of 474 runs to win, the hosts failed to counter South Africa’s bowling attack and were eventually collapsed to 133 all out in their second innings on the fourth day, succumbing to the second biggest defeat, in terms of runs, in their history against the Proteas.None of the England batsmen were able to contribute much in the side’s second innings, with former skipper and opener Alastair Cook being the top scorer with 42 runs.While South Africa’s first innings lasted 96.2 overs, the hosts batted for only 96.1 across the entire match, thus inviting criticism from many.Hussain blamed England’s top order for not producing the goods.”The lads who are coming in aren’t doing anything,” Sport24 quoted Hussain as saying.”They won (the first Test at Lord’s because of Joe Root…the ones they’ve won before have been because of Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad in Johannesburg.”advertisement””The selectors are going to have to have a good long look at themselves because their record in the last two years — two years ago it was one-day cricket, now in Test match cricket — their selections have been abysmal,” he added.The former England skipper criticised Gary Balance, who was recalled for a third crack at Test cricket this series following his prolific form for Yorkshire this season.However, Hussain insisted, “Selection is not just about saying ‘Gary Ballance has 1,000 first-class runs so Gary Ballance plays’.”Speak to umpires, speak to bowlers, has he actually changed? He hasn’t changed a thing and we’re getting exactly what we got the last two times. He’ll go back to county cricket and score runs again but that doesn’t mean he’s an international cricketer,” he added.The four-match series is now leveled at 1-1 and the two sides will now take on each other in the third Test, beginning July 27 at the Oval.
Bollywood’s new-age Bharat Kumar is back with another film that is high on patriotism. This time Akshay Kumar has brought to the big screen the inspiring story of India’s first Olympic win as an independent nation. Titled Gold, Reema Kagti’s directorial venture has not only got a thumbs up from critics but has struck the right chord with fans too.Despite stiff competition from John Abraham’s Satyamev Jayate at the box office, Gold is holding its position. So much so, that the film is now slowly inching towards the Rs 100-crore mark.The sports drama, which opened to a smashing Rs 25.25 crore on Independence Day, has become the third highest opener this year, after Sanju and Race 3. It has also overtaken Singh Is Bliing (which earned Rs 20.67 crore on its first day) to become Akshay Kumar’s highest opening film ever.After crossing the Rs 50-crore mark, the film struck gold at the ticket windows on Sunday. According to early estimates, Gold earned Rs 16 crore (approx), thus taking the total to Rs 71.25 crore (approx).The film revolves around independent India’s first Olympic gold win – a feat achieved by the Indian men’s hockey team in 1948 at the 14th London Olympiad. Akshay plays the role of the manager of the team, Tapan Das.It was a clash of the titans this year, as Gold locked horns with the other Independence Day release, John Abraham-starrer Satyameva Jayate, which also opened to a phenomenal response at the box office. While Gold raced ahead of Satyameva Jayate in multiplexes, the latter was popular in single screen theatres.advertisementGold, which marks the debut of television actress Mouni Roy, also starred Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Nikita Dutta in pivotal roles.MOVIE REVIEW: GOLDALSO READ: Gold true story – How independent India won its first Olympic goldALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood