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Jesse Ryder in critical condition after being beaten up outside Christchurch bar

New Zealand's Ryder in critical condition after being attacked outside Christchurch bar

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

20:41 GMT, 27 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 27 March 2013

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been admitted to Christchurch Hospital after being attacked at a bar, police have confirmed.

According to reports in New Zealand, the 28-year-old all-rounder is in a critical condition in intensive care after suffering a fractured skull and a collapsed lung.

It is understood that three men attacked the controversial cricketer from behind.

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder

Support: Ryder

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder is in hospital in Christchurch after suffering serious head injuries

A statement on the New Zealand Police website read: 'Police are investigating an incident at a bar in Merivale in the early hours of this morning.

Cricket tweets support for Ryder

Michael Vaughan (former England captain) – Devastating news regarding Jesse Ryder… Just hope he can pull through… Thoughts are with him and his family…

Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire and former Ireland seamer) – Get well soon Jesse Ryder!

Ross Taylor (New Zealand batsman, former captain) – Thinking of you mate @DijaRyder

Black Caps (Official New Zealand cricket Twitter account) – The whole NZC team's thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning.

Luke Wright (England limited overs all-rounder) – Hope your ok @DijaRyder. Get well soon buddy.

Martin Guptill (New Zealand batsman) – Thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning. Get well soon bro.

'Police can confirm the incident did involve Jesse Ryder and that he is currently in Christchurch Hospital.'

St John Ambulance confirmed to TVNZ that two ambulances responded to an alleged assault at 12.34am in the morning.

'We transported to Christchurch Hospital ED under lights and sirens one patient, a male, aged in his 20s, with very serious head injuries,' St John Ambulance said.

Ryder, a controversial figure whose career has been plagued by off-field incidents, is on an indefinite break from international cricket and has not played for New Zealand since February last year.

Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa.

He played yesterday for the Wellington Firebirds in the major preliminary final against Canterbury Wizards at Hagley Oval and was due to fly out to India this week to compete for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

New Zealand Cricket revealed its chief executive David White, Peter Clinton from Cricket Wellington, Heath Mills from the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Ryder's manager Aaron Klee were flying to Christchurch.

'We are all shocked by what has occurred and extremely concerned for Jesse. New Zealand Cricket's thoughts are with him and his family,' White said.

New Zealand Cricket said the four would likely hold a press conference once they had ascertained the facts surrounding Ryder's injuries and his current condition.

Leicester 6 Huddersfield 1 – match report

Leicester 6 Huddersfield 1: New boy Wood bags brace as sorry Terriers are hit for six

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18:01 GMT, 1 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:25 GMT, 2 January 2013

Chris Wood marked his Leicester debut with two goals as the Foxes emphatically brushed aside struggling Huddersfield to maintain their place in the npower Championship play-off positions.

The New Zealand international, who netted 11 times on loan at Millwall before he was recalled by West Brom, completed his switch to the King Power Stadium this morning and needed just six minutes to open his Leicester account.

Wood formed an excellent understanding with the dangerous David Nugent and added his second midway through the first half before Ritchie De Laet's first Foxes goal capped off an outstanding 45 minutes.

Things got better for Leicester after the break as Anthony Knockaert bagged a quickfire brace and, after Scott Arfield netted a consolation, Martyn Waghorn converted late on to help City secure their second successive victory.

Impact: Wood scored twice on his Leicester debut

Impact: Wood scored twice on his Leicester debut

MATCH FACTS

Leicester: Schmeichel, Keane, Konchesky, Morgan, De Laet, Marshall (Dyer 66), Drinkwater, James, Knockaert (Gallagher 74), Nugent (Waghorn 57), Wood.

Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Moore, Futacs.

Goals: Wood 6, 24, De Laet 45, Knockaert 49, 51, Waghorn 76.

Huddersfield: Smithies (Bennett 46), Wallace, Lynch (Dixon 55), Gerrard, Hammill, Hunt, Arfield, Southern, Clayton (Norwood 81), Novak, Vaughan.

Subs Not Used: Peter Clarke, Scannell, Robinson, Atkinson.

Booked: Lynch.

Goals: Arfield 60.

Att: 25,913

Ref: Mark Haywood

Click here for all the latest Championship table, fixtures and results

The Terriers' struggles continued and they have now gone 10 games without a win.

In a frantic opening, Town midfielder
Adam Clayton had to hack the ball off the line to prevent Knockaert
from breaking the deadlock, while James Vaughan – replacing Jermaine
Beckford who is ineligible to play against his parent club, fired over
from a tight angle.

The Foxes opened the scoring thanks
to Wood, who rose highest to nod in from close range after Alex Smithies
had brilliantly kept out Nugent's header from Knockaert's cross.

Nugent then burst into the box and unleashed a shot that Smithies saved
before the former England striker headed Paul Konchesky's cross wide.

The hosts' front two continued to cause havoc for the Terriers defence
and they were both involved in the second goal after 24 minutes. Wood
linked up superbly with the impressive Nugent and fired a low shot that
flew in off the post.

Wood wasted a chance to complete his treble, heading wide from 12 yards nine minutes before the interval.

Leicester went in at half-time 3-0 ahead. Knockaert picked up the ball
35 yards out and after teasing the Town defence, fed full-back De Laet
who fired past Smithies.

City started the second half where they left off in the first as Knockaert scored twice in three minutes.

Rout: Knockaert scored two goals in three minutes during the thumping win

Rout: Knockaert scored two goals in three minutes during the thumping win

The Frenchman swept home the overlapping Konchesky's cut back from 12
yards and then after fooling the visiting defence with some eye-catching
trickery, he darted through two players and curled a shot past Ian
Bennett, replacing the injured Smithies at half-time.

Huddersfield got on the scoresheet in the 59th minute thanks to Arfield,
who converted after Kasper Schmeichel had parried his initial shot.

That sparked the visitors into life, with Arfield heading over and
Schmeichel denying Lee Novak a goal on his 100th start for Huddersfield.

Arfield and Clayton combined to set up Adam Hammill and the on-loan Wolves winger fired a 25-yard shot wide.

Despite the pressure, Leicester grabbed a sixth 15 minutes from time
when Waghorn, a replacement for Nugent, volleyed home after Wood nodded
Konchesky's delivery back across goal.

James Anderson vs Sachin Tendulkar: The full lowdown of the England seamers nine dismissals of the Little Master

How Jimmy has got the better of the Little Master: Anderson's nine career dismissals of Tendulkar

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12:35 GMT, 14 December 2012

James Anderson today dismissed India great Sachin Tendulkar for the ninth time in Tests, breaking Muttiah Muralitharan's record total. Here, Sportsmail looks back over Anderson's successes against the 'Little Master'.

March 19, 2006, Mumbai
A rare false shot from Tendulkar gifted Anderson his wicket for the first time. Having made only one, the batsman drove loosely outside off stump and the ball took the toe of his bat and went through to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.

The first time: James Anderson dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for the first time in Mumbai in 2006

The first time: James Anderson dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for the first time in Mumbai in 2006

July 20, 2007, Lord's
Umpire Steve Bucknor adjudged Anderson's full inswinger, which hit Tendulkar on the pad as he looked to drive through the leg side, would have clipped leg stump and sent him on his way lbw for 37.

On his knees: James Anderson celebrates with captain Michael Vaughan and Alastair Cook after dismissing Sachin Tendulkar at Lord's

On his knees: James Anderson celebrates with captain Michael Vaughan and Alastair Cook after dismissing Sachin Tendulkar at Lord's

August 10 & 12, 2007, The Oval
Anderson established his dominance over Tendulkar by taking his wicket in each innings, first via a regulation edge to Andrew Strauss at slip when on 82 and then bowled off the inside edge for one second time around.

Double joy: Anderson celebrates taking the wicket of Tendulkar twice at the Oval in 2007 and (below)

Double joy: Anderson celebrates taking the wicket of Tendulkar twice at the Oval in 2007 and (below)

James Anderson

James Anderson

December 22, 2008, Mohali
Another loose edge saw Tendulkar depart for five, with Graeme Swann at gully the catcher on this occasion.

Getting the better of him again: Anderson takes Tendulkar in Mohali in 2008

Getting the better of him again: Anderson takes Tendulkar in Mohali in 2008

July 25, 2011, Lord's
Tendulkar's likely last innings at Lord's brought him just 12 runs before Anderson nipped one past his inside edge to dismiss him lbw.

That is out: Anderson takes Tendulkar at Lord's yet again

That is out: Anderson takes Tendulkar at Lord's yet again

July 29, 2011, Trent Bridge
In the second Test of the same series, Tendulkar managed 56 in a forlorn fourth-innings chase before shouldering arms to a big inswinger which trapped him leg before once again.

And again: Anderson has more joy against Tendulkar at Trent Bridge

And again: Anderson has more joy against Tendulkar at Trent Bridge

December 5, 2012, Kolkata
Tendulkar made 76 before an excellent outswinger from Anderson caught his outside edge and was held by a tumbling Matt Prior behind the stumps.

On his way: Sachin Tendulkar's miserable series continued

On his way: Sachin Tendulkar's miserable series continued

December 14, 2012 Nagpur
Tendulkar made just two before Anderson got one to nip back off the seam, deflect off a thin inside edge and on to middle stump.

England must beat India and leave them in turmoil: Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain: Don't let India off the hook now – win and leave them in turmoil

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UPDATED:

23:29 GMT, 11 December 2012

There is always the temptation in
cricket to set yourself targets and tick them off. For me it was beating
West Indies, for Michael Vaughan it was winning the Ashes at home and
for Andrew Strauss it was winning the Ashes both home and away.

Now, for Alastair Cook, it is leading
an England team to a series victory in India for the first time in 27
years. The final Test frontier.

It would be, by anyone’s standards, a
fantastic achievement if England win or draw in Nagpur, particularly
after losing all three tosses so far, and for me these back-to-back wins
in Mumbai and Kolkata have surpassed even the last Ashes.

Leading by example: Alastair Cook has been sensational in India as both captain and batsman

Leading by example: Alastair Cook (right) has been sensational in India as both captain and batsman

But I hope England do not get carried
away with what has happened in India. I didn’t like it when they were
talking about becoming one of the best teams ever after they went to No 1
in the world, and I didn’t like it when they were talking of creating
some kind of legacy. It suggested to me they were looking too far down
the line instead of just the next game.

They just need to be the best they can
be, to keep winning as many series as possible. I’m sure that is what
Andy Flower and Alastair Cook will be thinking now because they will
remember that this has been a bad year. They won’t be getting carried
away but they will know that they stand on the verge of something very
special.

England have to be ruthless now. They
cannot soften their focus with the winning post in sight. They were
ruthless when they left Stuart Broad out of the third Test and they must
be prepared to change a winning side again if it feels the right thing
to do.

Will he get the nod Samit Patel faces pressure from Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow

Will he get the nod Samit Patel faces pressure from Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow

For instance, if the pitch does look as if it will be a raging turner they will not need to worry about Samit Patel’s bowling. He simply won’t be doing any with Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar around if it is a surface like Mumbai.

So then they need to decide whether Patel really is the sixth best batsman in England against quality spin on the subcontinent or whether Jonny Bairstow or Eoin Morgan would be a better pick.

And they must be ruthless in the way they play. I will be watching Kevin Pietersen closely. I don’t want Mumbai to be a one-off. I want him to repay the faith England have shown in him with another major contribution.

England cannot be preoccupied with India’s problems and whether or not this is the end of the road for Sachin Tendulkar. If England ease up in any way then, of course, India are capable of winning in Nagpur.

Don’t let them off the hook now, England. Don’t let them escape with a 2-2 draw and be able to say: ‘Well, we didn’t do too badly in the end.’ Make sure you leave India in turmoil when you come home.

For five more days, show them the mental toughness that you require for Test cricket. Then the transformation in this series will be complete.

Saturday debate: Who is best captain of current era?

Saturday debate: Who do you think is the best sporting captain of the current era

PUBLISHED:

22:00 GMT, 7 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 7 December 2012

With Alastair Cook and Chris Robshaw guiding the England cricket and rugby teams to memorable victories in the last week or so, we ask our panel of experts which captain in the modern era they think is the most impressive…

PAUL NEWMAN Cricket Correspondent
I have to say Alastair Cook, don’t I To score three centuries in his first three Tests as permanent captain, together with the two he recorded deputising for Andrew Strauss in Bangladesh, is to make an extraordinary start to his reign and the records have just kept on tumbling in Kolkata. More tactical acumen will come. For now, Cook is the epitome of leading by example.

Flying start: Cook has made three centuries in three matches

Flying start: Cook has made three centuries in three matches

MIKE DICKSON Tennis Correspondent

It has to be a cricketer and the outstanding skipper of the past 10 years has been Graeme Smith: tactician, diplomat and leader by example. South Africa have never lost a Test when he has made a hundred, and since taking over aged 22 he has steered a skilful course through his country’s racial politics. Smith has had a personal hand in ending the reigns of three England captains, Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss, but may not be around to see off Alastair Cook.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI Football writer

You don’t watch Barcelona for the centre halves, but it’s worth noting that five years had passed without a worthwhile gong when Carles Puyol took the armband eight years ago. Since then they have won five La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues, two Copa del Reys and have produced arguably the greatest club side in history. Michael Laudrup calls Puyol Barca’s ‘heartbeat’; Edgar Davids says he is ‘essential to the way they play and think’. Puyol has done all right since ignoring Louis van Gaal’s demands to get a haircut after his first Barca training session.

Hair we go: Puyol is a natural leader

Hair we go: Puyol is a natural leader

IAN LADYMAN Nothern Football Correspondent

One club, 15 years, 430 games, 3,000 points and endless bloody noses. Kevin Sinfield may not play one of the world’s most heralded sports and he could walk down the street in most towns without even being recognised. But in terms of what he has done for his club, Leeds Rhinos, and for his sport there are few who have contributed more. Nice chap, too, by all accounts.

JONATHAN McEVOY

Imposing and unyielding, Graeme Smith is the brutal embodiment of the South African cricket team. Averaging just a flick under 50, his obdurate brilliance as an opener goes hand in hand with a spirited leadership that has persisted for 96 Test matches over almost a decade. Three England captains have perished at his hands, the latest this summer with South Africa’s return to No 1 in the Test rankings.

The greatest Smith holds the world No 1 mace after drawing in Australia

The greatest Smith holds the world No 1 mace after drawing in Australia

Alistair Cook"s bizarre dismissal the latest in a long line of unusual wickets

Captain Cook will be kicking himself for his freak dismissal in Kolkata… but he's not the first batsman to be left scratching his head

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11:21 GMT, 7 December 2012

England captain Alastair Cook lost his wicket in bizarre circumstances on day three of the third Test in Kolkata.

He failed to ground his bat on returning to his crease and jumped out of the way of Virat Kohli's shy at the stumps.

Cook hung low on his bat for a second as the realisation of what he had done sank in.

And he joins the list of batsmen – including a couple of fellow England captains – to lose their wickets in bizarre circumstances after looking well set at the crease.

Bizarre dismissal: Alistair Cook, ten shy of a double hundred, forgot to ground his bat when leaping out of the way of Virat Kohli's throw at the stumps

Bizarre dismissal: Alistair Cook, ten shy of a double hundred, forgot to ground his bat when leaping out of the way of Virat Kohli's throw at the stumps

Graham Gooch v Australia – Old Trafford (1993)

The England opener was on 133 in the opening Ashes Test in Manchester and slowly but surely was guiding England towards an improbable draw when he was undone by a steep riser from Merv Hughes.

As the ball bounced down towards the stumps, Gooch brushed the ball away with his glove and umpire Dickie Bird had no option but to raise his finger.

His dismissal made him only the fifth batsman in history to be given out for handling the ball and ended any remaining hope of England saving the Test.

Decent fist of it: Graham Gooch punches the ball away as a Merv Hughes bouncer heads for the stumps in the second innings of England's Ashes first test defeat in 1993

Decent fist of it: Graham Gooch punches the ball away as a Merv Hughes bouncer heads for the stumps in the second innings of England's Ashes first test defeat in 1993

Michael Vaughan v India (2001-02)

Needing a win to level the series on their 2001 tour of India, England weren't helped when Michael Vaughan was given out for handling the ball in their first innings.

Attempting to sweep Sarandeep Singh, the Yorkshire batsman, who was well set on 64, missed completely and the ball trickled underneath his pads towards the stumps.

Without thinking, Vaughan knocked the ball away with his right hand to prevent it hitting. It didn't fool Virender Sehwag at short leg and Vaughan became the seventh batsman to be dismissed for handling the ball in Test cricket.

The Test was eventually drawn and the series lost 1-0.

Not much comfort: Mark Ramprakash tries to find the right words for Michael Vaughan after the latter knocks the ball away with his hand to stop it hitting the stumps on England's 2001 tour of India

Not much comfort: Mark Ramprakash tries to find the right words for Michael Vaughan after the latter knocks the ball away with his hand to stop it hitting the stumps on England's 2001 tour of India

Wayne Phillips v England (1985)

An incident that cost Australia the fifth Test of the 1985 Ashes series and many believe should never have been given out.

Wayne Phillips, offering stout final day resistance on 59, hit a ball from Phil Edmonds onto the instep of Allan Lamb, who was trying to get out of the way at silly point.

The ball ricocheted tamely for David Gower, standing a couple of yards away, to take a simple catch.
Umpire David Shepherd, not having a clear view of the incident, asked square leg umpire David Constant for his version of events. He said conclusively that the ball had not touched the ground.

England had wrapped up victory 48 minutes later when it seemed an Old Trafford Test full of rain delays would fizzle out into a draw.

Out! Australia's Wayne Phillips lost his wicket in a freak incident that saw his shot rebound off the foot of Allan Lamb into the grateful hands of David Gower

Out! Australia's Wayne Phillips lost his wicket in a freak incident that saw his shot rebound off the foot of Allan Lamb into the grateful hands of David Gower

Kevin Pietersen v West Indies (2007)

Pietersen was going well on 68, punishing the West Indian bowlers in the third Test at Old Trafford in 2007, when he was removed in the most bizarre way.

A Dwayne Bravo bouncer struck Pietersen on the helmet, dislodging it and sending it flying onto the stumps.

The look on KP's face as he staggered round is one of pure disbelief, but he had no choice but to walk. It didn't affect the result too badly – England won the Test by 60 runs and the series 3-0.

Disbelief: Kevin Pietersen looks on in horror after a Dwayne Bravo bouncer dislodges his helmet onto the stumps in the third test with the West Indies at Old Trafford in 2007

Disbelief: Kevin Pietersen looks on in horror after a Dwayne Bravo bouncer dislodges his helmet onto the stumps in the third test with the West Indies at Old Trafford in 2007

Ian Bell v India (2011)

Bell was on 137 when Eoin Morgan had played the ball towards the long leg boundary where the fielder made a diving attempt to stop the ball, before falling over the boundary rope.

The fielder in question, Praveen Kumar, thought the ball had gone for four and threw it back towards the stumps. The ball ended up in the hands of Abhinav Mukund, who broke the wicket.

But by this time Bell and Morgan were about to make their way up the steps, back to the pavilion for tea, thinking 'over' had been called.

Cue much lobbying during the break where India captain MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher agreed to reinstate Bell who scored another 12 runs.


Run out: Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan (bottom left) are already heading in for the tea interval, unaware that Bell has been run out

Run out: Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan (bottom left) are already heading in for the tea interval, unaware that Bell has been run out

Debate: Bell and Morgan are prevented from leaving the pitch for tea as the decision is reviewed

Debate: Bell and Morgan are prevented from leaving the pitch for tea as the decision is reviewed

Norwich complain over alleged racial abuse at Sebastien Bassong

Norwich use Twitter grabs in complaint to police over alleged racist abuse aimed at Bassong

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UPDATED:

18:31 GMT, 26 November 2012

Norwich have made a formal complaint to police over alleged racist tweets directed at defender Sebastien Bassong.

The Canaries confirmed they had passed on evidence to Norfolk Constabulary which was supplied to them by supporters in the wake of Saturday's Barclays Premier League draw at Everton.

It is understood Norwich have sent police screen-grabs of tweets that have since been deleted from Twitter accounts that no longer exist.

Levelling up: Sebastien Bassong earns a point for Norwich with his late goal

Levelling up: Sebastien Bassong earns a point for Norwich with his late goal

Manager Chris Hughton told a press
conference today it was 'hugely disappointing' to learn of the alleged
abuse of Bassong, who scored a stoppage-time equaliser in the 1-1 draw
at Goodison Park.

He added of the tweets: 'We have taken the appropriate action and passed them on to police.'

The alleged racist abuse of Bassong
took place almost a year to the day that Norwich reported similar tweets
directed at former Everton striker James Vaughan.

Bassong's goal at Goodison extended
the Canaries' unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions ahead of
Wednesday's trip to Southampton, which is followed by games against
Sunderland, Swansea, Aston Villa and Wigan.

Hughton's men will be confident of
maintaining their good form, although the settled line-up could be
disrupted by injuries to John Ruddy and Michael Turner.

Hughton confirmed Turner would be out
for 'a few weeks' with the shoulder injury that kept him out of the
Everton game, which saw Ruddy substituted late on with a thigh problem.

Heading for a draw: Bassong was allegedly racially abused on Twitter

Heading for a draw: Bassong was allegedly racially abused on Twitter

If Ruddy fails to recover, Mark Bunn will make his first Premier League start for the club.

After an awful start to the season, Southampton have hauled themselves out of the drop zone with back-to-back wins.

Hughton said: 'They have been playing well and come into it on the back of two great wins, so we know that it will be tough.

'We are also on a good run of results and need to maintain our recent high standards on Wednesday evening.'

Wednesday's match also heralds the return of Mark Clattenburg to refereeing following the dismissal of allegations he racially abused Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The 37-year-old was the fourth official in Tottenham's win over West Ham yesterday but Wednesday will mark a month since he was last the man in the middle.

Hughton said: 'I think he will get a good reception.

'I, for one, am certainly pleased he is back after all that happened.'

BBC stand firm over threat to TMS coverage of England tour of India

BBC stand firm over threat to TMS coverage of England's tour to India

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22:48 GMT, 29 October 2012

The BBC are locked in talks over the cost of sending their iconic Test Match Special team to cover England’s tour of India.

An agreement has still not been reached with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), with Corporation representatives reiterating that the 'unreasonable demands' being made of them by the Indian board would not be stomached.

The BCCI is reportedly charging the BBC an extra 50,000 to cover radio production costs at the four Tests in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Nagpur and Kolkata, while Sky have been asked for an additional 500,000 to install television studios at each ground.

Voice of TMS: BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew (right)

Voice of TMS: BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew (right)

If the row is not resolved, Sky intend to use the voices of Sir Ian Botham, David Gower, Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain, commentating in a west London studio, over pictures fed by Indian host broadcaster Star Sports.

But TMS, which has earned a devoted following since it began in 1957, is reluctant to follow suit due to the existence of the Test Match Sofa website, whose commentators are based in south London and provide a similar service.

With the first Test in Ahmedabad less than three weeks away, a solution needs to be found quickly if hundreds of thousands of fans are not to be deprived of commentary from Jonathan Agnew, Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell.

A BBC spokesman said: ‘We are continuing talks with the relevant authorities in India about what we regard as unreasonable demands for facility fees.

‘We remain hopeful that the talks will be resolved successfully and we can broadcast Test Match Special from India for England’s Test series.’

Warsaw washout was a total disgrace, say England fans

Warsaw washout was a total disgrace, says Sportmail's man in the stands

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00:14 GMT, 17 October 2012

It was raining from the minute I touched down in Warsaw at 11am on Tuesday. The rain got steadily worse throughout the day and by 4pm it was torrential.

This is a new stadium and it has a roof. That it was not shut earlier in the day is an absolute disgrace.

Just getting to Poland cost me 250 and the fact that 2,500 England fans paid good money (my ticket cost 30) to get here and took time off work – and for there to be no attempt to get the game played – is shameful.

Wasted trip: Many fans had to head home without seeing a ball kicked

Wasted trip: Many fans had to head home without seeing a ball kicked

TORRENT ON TWITTER

ALEC STEWART @StewieCricket ‘Roy Hodgson to make two team changes if the game starts tonight. Tom Daley and Rebecca Adlington to play up front in place of Defoe and Rooney.’

RIO FERDINAND @rioferdy5 ‘Well I’ve managed to watch Eastenders while this shambles is being decided!

MICHAEL VAUGHAN @MichaelVaughan ‘Seriously — What kind of sport gets called off just because of some Rain’ GARY LINEKER @GaryLineker ‘No England manager will ever carry a brolly again!’

KELLY SMITH @kjs8eng ‘It’s completely crazy in this day and age for a top level international to be called off when you have a roof to cover the pitch. #mindblowing.’

WAYNE ROONEY @waynerooney ‘Thanks to the England fans who came tonight. Sorry we couldn’t come out of the tunnel to see you, but we all really appreciate your support.’

ASHLEY COLE @TheRealAC3 ‘Can’t believe game was off, #eng 2morrows a different day thou, now time to watch #thevallys good times.’

DANNY CARE @dannycare ‘If this game doesn’t go ahead its a disgrace. England should be awarded the points. Just close the roof!!’

The communication in and around the ground was also very poor. The majority of England fans who were inside the stadium were getting news via Twitter and text messages from England. That is not good enough.

We arrived at the ground in good time for kick-off. A pitch inspection was called soon afterwards and you would expect a team of people on the pitch doing all they could to get the pitch in a better condition — but not one person came out.

The fact that Poland have the chance to rearrange a game when, in my opinion, they did not do enough to get the original game on is disgraceful.

England should have kicked off the game and been awarded the points, just as Scotland believed they had been against Estonia in 1996.

It’s all left me a very wet and angry England fan in Warsaw.

Soak it up: The officials have decided the game will be played at 4pm

Soak it up: The officials have decided the game will be played at 4pm

What the fans said…

The 2,000 travelling fans were
stunned by the postponement, furious with Polish authorities who ignored
weather warnings and disappointed that Roy Hodgson and his players did
not come out to see them in Warsaw.

Some were weighing up the extra cost
of rearranging flights home while others were resigned to missing the
game and not even seeing it on television because they will be in the
air.

James Holland and Matthew Newton, both in the RAF and based at Lossiemouth in North Scotland, are just back from Afghanistan.

Holland said: ‘The FA advised fans to
pack for rain on our fans’ website so no-one can say that they weren’t
expecting rain. It’s a disgrace.

No communication: Fans were left frustrated after being left in the dark

‘We had to take two different flights. We’re working-class lads, this is a treat for us.’

Newton said: ‘What disappointed me most was the players could not be bothered to come out and see the fans.’

Brian Wright travelled from Coventry
with his father, also Brian, and David Hartopp, flying from Birmingham
to Katowice and then more than six hours on a minibus by road to Warsaw.

‘The fact that we were getting our
information from friends at home was a disgrace,’ said Brian Jnr. ‘There
was only one announcement in English all night. Why didn’t they shut
the roof We knew it would rain.’

Better late than never: two hours after the ‘game’, the roof is on. This picture was tweeted by the BBC’s Richard Conway…
Better late than never: two hours after the game, the roof is on. This picture was tweeted by the BBCs Richard Conway

Blackpool 1 Huddersfield 3: Terriers up to second

Blackpool 1 Huddersfield 3: Happy return for Grayson lifts Terriers up to second

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21:03 GMT, 24 September 2012

Simon Grayson returned to Bloomfield Road to scupper Blackpool's chances of moving top of the npower Championship as his Huddersfield side leapfrogged them with their third successive victory.

The Terriers boss, who spent seven years on the Lancashire coast as a player then later a manager, inflicted Blackpool's first home defeat of the season while moving his current team up to second.

Grayson went back to the home of his former employers for the first time since his departure for Leeds in 2008, and it was clear long before Lee Novak's 13th-minute opener that Ian Holloway's men were in for a difficult evening.

Three and easy: Norwood (left) celebrates his strike

Three and easy: Norwood (left) celebrates his strike

MATCH FACTS

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley (Dicko 78), Baptiste, Evatt, Crainey, Gomes (M Phillips 64), Osbourne, Ferguson (K Phillips 64), Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso, Ince.

Subs not used: Halstead, Sylvestre, Martinez, Broadfoot.

Booked: Crainey.

Goal: Taylor-Fletcher 27.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Dixon, Clayton, Norwood (Woods 85), Southern (Arfield 90), Ward, Novak, Vaughan (Scannell 80).

Subs not used: Bennett, Wallace, Lee, Robinson.

Booked: Vaughan, Dixon, Norwood.

Goals: Novak 13, Vaughan 45, Norwood 48.

Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)

Attendance: 13,886.

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A direct approach had troubled
centre-back pairing Alex Baptiste and Ian Evatt from the off so it was
no surprise to see Novak profit from a James Vaughan flick-on to break
the deadlock.

The hosts were back on level terms just 14 minutes later, though, when
the relatively subdued Thomas Ince set up ex-Huddersfield forward Gary
Taylor-Fletcher for the equaliser.

However, Grayson's men found themselves back in front again when Oliver
Norwood's inviting free-kick was headed home by Vaughan.

And Norwood
himself gave Huddersfield a two-goal cushion less than three minutes
after the break with another set-piece which eluded everyone before
flying into the far corner.

Blackpool went into the game having dropped just five points from their
opening six encounters but they failed to seize the initiative on a wet
evening as the visitors took a deserved lead.

Adam Clayton and Daniel Ward had already gone close and the hosts failed
to heed the warning as Vaughan headed the ball into Novak's path and he
coolly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

False dawn: Taylor-Fletcher had equalised against his former club

False dawn: Taylor-Fletcher had equalised against his former club

Ince has turned in a series of eye-catching performances to underpin
Blackpool's strong start and he was instrumental in the leveller,
bamboozling Anthony Gerrard before sliding the ball across for
Taylor-Fletcher, who just had to prod home.

Stephen Crainey nearly picked out Nathan Delfouneso moments later as the
Seasiders began to grow into the game, but Grayson's men delivered a
killer blow on the stroke of half-time.

A Norwood free-kick from the right was begging to be thumped home and
Vaughan obliged with a header in front of the stranded Gilks.

Holloway's half-time words were still ringing in his players' ears when
former Manchester United midfielder Norwood curled in a third. The set
piece specialist's centre was aimed towards Vaughan, but the ball evaded
him and Gilks was left grasping air as the ball ended up in his net.

That prompted Blackpool to bring on substitutes Matt and Kevin Phillips,
with the former firing just wide, while Delfouneso should have reduced
the deficit when he blazed wide.

It could have turned into a thrashing, though, had the offside flag not twice denied Vaughan from grabbing his second goal.

But Huddersfield had enough to coast to a victory which will have been
particularly sweet for Grayson, whose Leeds side crashed to a 5-0 home
defeat to Blackpool last season.