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Thursday, 6 December 2012

South Africa look to build on Australia win

South Africa want to use their recent series win in Australia as a stepping stone to cement their position as the world's dominant test team and to build something "really special", captain Graeme Smith said on Wednesday.
The Proteas, who have not lost an away test series since 2006, won their second consecutive series in Australia after their victory in the third test in Perth. They have a rating of 123 in the test rankings, with England in second place on 117.

Marlon Samuels helps West Indies defeat Bangladesh

Marlon Samuels' century helped the West Indies defeat Bangladesh by 4 wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Wednesday. Darren Sammy's men now trail 1-2 in the five match series.

Chasing Bangladesh's first innings score of 227 all out, the West Indies chased down the total with 18 balls to spare, riding on knocks from Marlon Samuels (126) and Kieran Powell (47).

Phillip Hughes recalled to replace Ponting in Sri Lanka test

Australia recalled top order batsman Phillip Hughes to replace the retired Ricky Ponting on Thursday for next week's first match in a three-test series against Sri Lanka.
The 24-year-old, dropped last year as an opener amid questions over his technique, was named in the 12-man squad for the Hobart test with a strong indication that the top order will be reshuffled.
"Phillip Hughes has been selected to fill the vacancy created by Ricky Ponting's retirement," head selector John Inverarity said in a news release.

Daniel Vettori to miss Black Caps' South African tour

Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori will reportedly be missing New Zealand's tour to South Africa starting later this month due to an Achilles tendon injury.
The 33-year-old Vettori, who has taken 359 wickets in 111 Tests, picked up the injury during the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September, Sport 24 reports.
According to the report, he has since missed New Zealand's most recent tours to the West Indies, India and Sri Lanka - a total of seven test matches.
New Zealand will play two Tests, three one-day matches and three Twenty20 internationals against the Proteas from December 21, the report said.

IPL GC asks franchises not to pick Pakistani players

The  Indian cricket fans might be engrossed in the England series but, without doubt, the contest they are all eagerly awaiting is the two T20 and three ODI series against Pakistan, starting December 25.

While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) welcomed the resumption of bilateral series between the two teams after the government’s go-ahead, it has also decided to clearly demarcate their stance on the Pakistan team and Pakistani players.

Ross Taylor might pull out of South Africa tour

Under-pressure skipper Ross Taylor is all set to skip the upcoming South Africa tour and beyond.

According to reports, Taylor will decline an offer to split the captaincy duties with Brendon McCullum when he meets NZC chief executive David White in Auckland.

That will clear the way for McCullum to be confirmed as skipper when the test and Twenty20 teams to tour South Africa are named tomorrow, and Taylor looks increasingly unlikely to be on the plane when the team departs for South Africa next week.

Record-breaking Alastair Cook shows England how it's done

There was much brouhaha before this series kicked off. Former cricketers proclaimed, in unison, that England would be demolished in India. Michael Vaughan predicted a 0-4 pasting for Alastair Cook’s team due to their ineptitude against top-class spin, while the current crop of Indian cricketers made no bones while asserting that they would like to settle scores with the visitors for India's 0-4 drubbing in England last year. Graeme Swann added fuel to the fire by saying that India's spin attack was ordinary and would not pose any threat to England batsmen.

Bangladesh add Sunny to spin attack against Windies

Bangladesh bolstered their spin attack for the final two one-day internationals against West Indies by calling up left-armer Elias Sunny on Thursday.
"Sunny was added to the squad as we felt a spinner short in Wednesday's third match," said selector Minhajul Abedin. "West Indies were struggling against spinners but we were short of options. We missed Shakib badly in this game."
Bangladesh are without their main spinner Shakib Al Hasan, who was ruled out after aggravating an injury in his right shinbone during a test match in Khulna last month.