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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Only a miracle can save us: Virender Sehwag

India opener Virender Sehwag on Saturday lashed out at the batsmen for showing lack of patience and held them responsible for putting the hosts on the verge of a heavy defeat in the third Test against England here.
"If you apply yourself on this wicket, it's not that difficult to score runs. It's Test cricket and you have to show some patience. Yes you can say that (we did not show enough patience). The key was the patience," Sehwag told reporters after the fourth day's play. The Delhi player believed that things could have been different had India posted a big first-innings total.

India's attitude and approach not right: Sunil Gavaskar

Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday criticised the Indian cricketers for their lacklustre "approach and attitude" towards preparations and said this was precisely the reason behind the home team's disastrous performance in the ongoing Test series against England.
"We have been outplayed totally in all aspects of the game. Indian players need to look at their approach and attitude towards the preparation ahead of a game. Talent wise there is no question, but I am disappointed with the approach of the Indian cricketers in the last one year. Taking 5-6 days break after the humiliating defeat in Mumbai was not acceptable. The Indian team should have shown a little more seriousness," Gavaskar said.. 

Sticking to plans did wonders for us: Steve Finn

Describing as "frustrating" India's rearguard resistance led by Ravichandran Ashwin which thwarted England's bid for an innings victory, English pacer Steve Finn Saturday credited the bowlers for "sticking to the plans".
"It was frustrating to say the least. The last two wicket partnership was surely very frustrating. I think Ashwin batted really well. India's rearguard action was great," Finn told mediapersons after the fourth day of the third Ttest match against India at the Eden Gardens here. 

Light-up stumps to be used at Big Bash

Twenty20 cricket heralded another illuminating innovation on Friday with the introduction of stumps and bails that light-up when dislodged during an Australian Big Bash League (BBL) match in Melbourne.
Powered by hidden low voltage batteries, once the wicket is broken, the bails instantaneously flash bright red thanks to LED lights and send a radio signal to the stumps which also light up. 
"These light up stumps are all about enhancing the spectator experience during BBL matches and ensuring that the BBL remains highly entertaining for the fans," BBL senior manager Anthony Everard said in a statement.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's behaviour with Aleem Dar unacceptable, say Inzamam and Moin Khan

Pakistan's former captains Moin Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq have criticised Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for arguing with umpire Aleem Dar during the ongoing Test series against England, saying his behaviour was "unacceptable" and the ICC should have taken him to task.
"I am not at all surprised that the ICC has not reacted to the way Dhoni engaged in an argument with Aleem Dar during the series as the ICC can't afford to upset the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)," Moin said. "...the way Dhoni questioned Aleem Dar's umpiring and argued with him it is unacceptable," he added. Moin said since the BCCI was financially very strong and influential in world cricket, the ICC did not reprimand Dhoni

Sachin Tendulkar should continue for another year: Waqar Younis

Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis feels that form of the Indian team is such that they require the services of Sachin Tendulkar for another year, a feeling that was also echoed by his new ball colleague and another former skipper Wasim Akram.
"The situation in which the Indian team finds itself at the moment...from what we find out from the ongoing England series, I believe that he [Tendulkar] would be needed for another 6-8 months," Waqar said while answering to a query. 
Wasim on his part said, "As a cricketer, he is one of the greatest of all times. I don't know what he is feeling at the moment but it's difficult to carry on with the same passion after giving 23 years to the international cricket. If you ask me, he can play for another 6-8 months or a year."

Michael Clarke would love ‘great pal’ Shane Warne to play for Australia again

Australia captain Michael Clarke has said he would love leg spin legend Shane Warne to come out of retirement and play Test cricket again, but does not believe that would happen.

Clarke feels that Warne would make an outstanding mentor for current spinner Nathan Lyon and they would bowl well together as a partnership.

“Ever since Warnie retired, I’ve been telling him he’s still good enough (to play Test cricket). I think he would be a great mentor for Nathan and the whole team and it would be great to have Warnie and Nathan bowling together,” News.com.au quoted Clarke, as saying to an Australian paper.

India on the brink of another defeat

A spineless India were on the verge of a second successive humiliating defeat in their own backyard against England who were within sniffing distance of an emphatic victory in the third cricket Test here on Saturday.

After conceding a mammoth 207-run lead, India's famed batsmen put up a pathetic display but R Ashwin (83 batting) and the tailenders delayed the inevitable as the hosts reached 239 for nine

Pakistan beats India in Blind Cricket T20 World Cup

Pakistan beat India by 8 wickets and qualified for the semi-final of the first-ever Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup December 7.
It was Pakistan’s fifth successive win and first defeat of India in the tournament. Pakistan has already beaten England, South Africa, the West Indies and Australia.
In the match, India set a manageable target of 251 in its allotted 20 overs. Pakistani batsmen gave away only two wickets and reached the target in their 19th over. Amir Ashfaq scored 90 runs, while Muhammad Akarm hit 92. Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Nepal, Pakistan,

Pakistan blind cricket team captain made to drink acid in India

Pakistan blind cricket team captain Zeeshan Abbasi was made to drink a glass of acid during breakfast in India, Geo News reported on Saturday here.

The captain, who is leading national blind side in Twenty-20 World Cup Cricket Tournament for the blind at Bangalore, was apparently made to drink the hazardous liquid as the acid glass was served during breakfast right in front of partially blind Zeeshan Abbasi.

I had no role in Ross Taylor's removal, says Brendon McCullum

Newly-appointed New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum bristled at suggestions he had a hand in removing predecessor Ross Taylor and dismissed talk of a rift as "media hype" on Saturday.
Taylor rejected an offer to keep the reins of the test team after his removal as limited over captain, a move local media linked to his soured relations with head coach Mike Hesson.
The disgruntled batsman has also opted out of New Zealand's tour of South Africa under McCullum, who is now in charge of the team in all three formats. McCullum said he had no role in captaincy decision.

"That's probably the thing that has come out this week which has annoyed me the most," McCullum was quoted as saying by Fairfax NZ News on Saturday.

Ricky Ponting is up there with very best: Viv Richards

Hailing Ricky Ponting’s “no-fear” attitude, West Indies great Viv Richards said the recently-retired former Australian captain is up there with the world’s very best.

“Certainly he’s up there with the very best. What I love about him more than anything else, you look at the way he walks out to the crease. He always has presence,” Richards said.

“There is a tenaciousness about him. He walks out and believes. He’s not going to be intimidated by no one. I would like guys like that. I appreciate seeing guys who come out and have a particular presence,” he added.

Shane Watson to bat at Ponting's number four spot in Test

Shane Watson said on Friday he will be given the first chance to fill the vacancy in Australia's batting order left by Ricky Ponting's retirement and bat at number four in next week's first Test against Sri Lanka.

Recalled Phillip Hughes is expected to bat at first drop in a re-jigged Australian top order for the Hobart Test, starting next Friday.
On the same day skipper Michael Clarke, speaking to reporters in Sydney, suggested the Test batting line-up was still undecided, vice-captain Watson confirmed in Brisbane that he would drop down one spot to number four in the Australian order.

Timing of axing is distressing, says Ross Taylor

Ousted New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor said Friday he was distressed at being axed in favour of Brendon McCullum and needed a break from the game after a "very challenging" time.

After a week of intense speculation about Taylor's future, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed the 28-year-old batsman had been dumped as skipper and would sit out the upcoming tour of South Africa.
"It was felt that the workload for a young captain was a lot," NZC chief executive David White told reporters, adding that Taylor rejected an offer to remain Test captain while handing limited overs duties to McCullum.

West Indies thrash Bangladesh to level series

Darren Sammy hit a fighting half-century and then grabbed three early wickets to help the West Indies beat Bangladesh by 75 runs in the fourth one-day international in Dhaka on Friday.

The 28-year-old scored an unbeaten 60 to take the tourists, after they were put into bat, to 211-9, and his impressive bowling was central to an attack that saw the home team out for 136 in 34.1 overs at Shere Bangla stadium.

The victory meant the five-match series is now level at 2-2, setting up a high-stakes final showdown on Saturday.