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Thursday, 13 December 2012

ODIs will be history in 3 years: Adam Gilchrist

Australian cricket great Adam Gilchrist believes the one-day format is on an irreversible slide and will be "history" in three years, a report said on Thursday. The trailblazing wicketkeeper-batsman fears the 50-over game, which has been losing its appeal in Australia since the ascent of Twenty20 cricket, will likely not last beyond the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
"I reckon in about three years, as I see it, and it will be pretty much gone," Gilchrist, who made his name in Australia's one-day team before a brilliant 96-match Test career, told radio station Triple M. 

Inzamam, psychologist to help India-bound Pakistan

Pakistan starts a week-long training camp Friday for its landmark limited overs series against India with former captain Inzamam-ul Haq and a psychologist drafted in, an official said.
India and Pakistan play two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals in their first series for five years, which starts later this month and comes after India resumed ties stalled in the wake of the 2008 attacks on Mumbai.
The training camp begins in Lahore and the team fly to India on December 22 and open the tour with a Twenty20 in Bangalore three days later.
The second Twenty20 will be played in Ahmedabad on December 27 followed by three one-day matches in Chennai on December 30, Kolkata on January 3 and New Delhi on January 6.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf said Inzamam had agreed to help as a batting consultant before the tour.

Pakistan-India match at Eden may start few hours earlier

The upcoming India-Pakistan day-night ODI at the Eden Gardens on January 3 could be advanced to 12 noon instead of a 2.30 pm start to tackle the heavy dew factor.
"It's heavy dew couple with fog during this time of the year. We will seek the Board's permission to advance the One-dayer for a few hours so that the match gets over early before the dew falls," CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly, who is in Delhi for a marketing committee meeting of the Board, said

Lasith Malinga returns 2nd-best figures in T20 history

Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga has recorded the second-best bowling spell in top-class Twenty20 history by taking a devastating six wickets for seven runs for the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash competition.
Malinga, who has retired from Test cricket and will not join his Sri Lankan team-mates for the series opener against Australia at Hobart on Friday, needed just four overs on Wednesday night to achieve the feat and spearhead a 10-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers

Mahela Jayawardene to quit captaincy after Australia tour

Mahela Jayawardene will step down as captain of the Sri Lanka test and one-day teams after the current tour of Australia and has backed Angelo Mathews to replace him.
The 35-year-old Jayawardene told a new conference on the eve of the first test against Australia that he thought next year would be a good year to make the transition to a younger leader as there were few high-profile series scheduled.
Jayawardene, who led Sri Lanka to the 50-overs World Cup final in 2007, agreed to take over the captaincy for a second spell in place of opener Tillakaratne Dilshan earlier this year.

Ind vs Eng: England 199/5 at close on Day 1

Indian bowlers let England off the hook and allowed the visitors to recover from a difficult position as they reached 199 for five at stumps on the opening day to leave the crucial fourth and final cricket Test evenly poised on Thursday.

The home team had England in a real spot at 139 for five soon after tea but failed to seize the initiative as debutant Joe Root and the experienced Matt Prior batted for nearly 30 overs to add 60 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket stand.

I don't have a clue what the pitch will do later: Kevin Pietersen

England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Thursday said that the slow-paced pitch prepared for the fourth and final Test here is the toughest he has played on as far as scoring runs in concerned. "It's toughest wicket I have played Test cricket on in terms of scoring runs. I don't have a clue what the pitch will do later. It is playing pretty similar to what it did at the start of the day," said Pietersen after the first day's play.
Pietersen, whose 73 in 198 minutes off 188 balls is the top score in the tourists' end-of-day first innings score of 199 for five, said his team was in a reasonably good position but the runs doesn't mean anything until the game is over. "Like I said after the runs in Mumbai, it doesn't mean absolutely nothing until the game is over. 

India thrash Pakistan to win World T20 for blind

A defiant India beat Pakistan by 30 runs in a thrilling final of T20 World Cup for the sightless at the Central College ground here Thursday.

Batting first on a warm day, India scored 258 runs for eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs and restricted Pakistan to 228 runs for eight wickets in their 20 overs to lift the World Cup. 

 For India, Ketan Bhai Patel hit a hurricane 98, while Prakash Jayaramaiah contributed 42 and vice-captain Ajay Kumar Reddy 25,

'World number two' Chris Gayle claims to be best T20 batsman

Explosive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has claimed he is the best batsman in the Twenty20 format of the game despite dropping to number two in the world ranking T20 rankings behind Brendon McCullum.
Gayle, 33, has become one of the most recognisable faces in world cricket by earning millions of dollars playing for 10 Twenty20 teams in six different countries.
"I don't mind the title of being the best Twenty20 player. I play T20 around the world, I think I've dominated all around the world, getting a few hundreds. It's one of those things you have to accept," News.com.au quoted Gayle, as saying.

IPL earns Rs 347 cr less than estimate

DESPITE packed houses, several last-ball finishes, and more matches during the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the lucrative T20 tournament earned Rs  347 crore less than the total incomebudgeted.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had budgeted a total income of Rs  1,237 crore for the 2012 IPL and earned Rs  890 crore — Rs  347 crore less.

And the net surplus in 2012 was Rs  176 crore.

Muttiah Muralitharan brands critics of 'doosra' delivery as 'narrow-minded'

Sri Lankan spin legend Muthiah Muralidaran has branded Australian selection boss John Inverarity as narrow-minded for his comment that the contentious bowling delivery, doosra, cannot be bowled legally.
Ahead of the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka, starting tomorrow, Muralidaran spoke of his frustration at ill-informed critiques and offered to teach off-spinner Nathan Lyon the mystery ball to prove it can be bowled without a chucking action.
Inverarity, Australia's chairman of selectors, said Cricket Australia faced a question of integrity when asked at a recent MCG luncheon if the nation's spinners should be educated on how to bowl the doosra.
The 68-year-old qualified the comment by adding he was not opposed to the delivery, which turns from leg to off for the right-arm finger spinner, provided it is taught and executed within the ICC's bowling laws.

Wasim Akram says James Anderson bowling reverse swing like 'watching himself bowl'

Wasim Akram, the great Pakistan fast bowler, has said he was so impressed by James Anderson's ability to deliver reverse swing in the third Test match at Eden Gardens that he thought India's baffled batsmen were facing his own country rather than England.
"The way they bowled tells me England will only get better in this series because they have the knowledge of reverse swing and, crucially, an idea of how to use it," the Telegraph quoted Akram, as saying.
"To me it looked like the Pakistan team were playing out there, it really did. The skill is phenomenal," he added.
"James Anderson has got the knack of reverse swing and will only get better. I reckon he is on a par with Dale Steyn," he said.
Akram added: "Finn is raw and a bit wayward but he has the pace and just needs to spend more time with Mushy (Mushtaq Ahmed). I can sense his influence."

AB de Villiers backs fresh faces for T20s against Kiwis

South Africa limited overs captain AB de Villiers has expressed his support for a new-look Twenty20 side ahead of the three-match series against New Zealand.
The national squad for the series, which starts next week, was set to be named in Cape Town on Thursday, and De Villiers expected fresh faces after South Africa's disappointing ICC World T20 exit before the semi-final stage.
"You've got to keep the T20 team fresh and exciting and it's a great vehicle to get youngsters through into international cricket," Sport24 quoted De Villiers, as saying.
"We want to try fresh faces and there will definitely be a few new names because there are youngsters who have really performed at domestic level and we need to give them a chance. These new players will bring different talents and skills, which is exciting," he added.

Mohammad Irfan confident of success against Indian batsmen

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan is confident of achieving success against Indian batsmen in their upcoming limited-over series.
The 6ft 10in fast bowler from Punjab made his debut against England in a Twenty20 match in 2010, but since then he has been out of the team.
Irfan hopes the natural advantage offered by his towering height will induce apprehension amongst the ranks of Indian batsmen as he looks to replicate the success of other lanky members of the fast bowling fraternity that have played international cricket.

Shane Watson says won't tinker with aggressive approach in Tests despite drop in batting order

Shane Watson has claimed he won't be altering his belligerent approach to batting in Test cricket despite dropping to number four in Australia's top order in place of retired champion Ricky Ponting.
Previously converted into a Test opener, Watson had a successful tenure at the top of Australia's top order, amassing 1878 runs from 45 Test innings at 43.67 in a position that capitalised on his up-tempo style.
There are fears Watson may struggle to be as dominant down the order, particularly when facing spin against defensive fields, but the 31-year-old says he won't be tinkering with his batting in the post-Ponting era.
"I don't think I'm really going to have to change anything at all. Hopefully the bowlers are going to be a bit more tired, the ball's going to be a little bit older and the wicket's going to be more worn as well," News.com.au quoted Watson, as saying.

Pakistan-India T20 tickets to be sold online

Over 7,000 tickets for the first India-Pakistan T20 tie at Chinnaswamy stadium on December 25 will be sold online from Thursday, former Test cricketer and Karnataka State Cricket Stadium (KSCA) secretary Javagal Srinath said.

Maximum tickets for public - 7,187 - will be sold online at www.bookmyshow.com for stands across the stadium at different fares, while 5,500 tickets for gallery stands, priced at Rs.250, will be sold Dec 21 through counters at the stadium," Srinath said.

Allan Border says Australia's budding leg spinners should try emulating Kumble not Warne

Former captain Allan Border has advised Australia's budding leg spinners to strive to bowl like Indian great Anil Kumble rather than blatantly trying to copy Oz legend Shane Warne.
Border has noted the Warne method of taking eight or nine steps before a gentle three pace run-up and a power-packed delivery stride may have worked for the master but for the thousands who tried to mimic him life is a different story.
"Warnie was a freak. He had these big fingers, a strong wrist and shoulder and he could do it all off a few paces with a shuffle to the wicket. But I am wondering whether that is the right way for a lot of the bowlers who have tried to copy him," News.com.au quoted Border, as saying.
"I see young teenagers try and bowl like Warnie and its very difficult for them because they don't have that momentum at the crease. Most of them end up just being too slow through the air," he added.

Ricky Ponting says captain Clarke's remarkable form another reason behind retirement

Australia captain Ricky Ponting has hailed Michael Clarke's spectacular batting form this year, and added that Oz captain's evolvement as leader of the team was another reason behind him deciding to retire.
Clarke has enjoyed a dream year, thumping 1358 runs in nine Tests at an amazing average of 104.46.
Clarke heads into the first Test against Sri Lanka, starting on Friday, within striking distance of legendary Don Bradman's total.
The incomparable Bradman is 10th on Australia's Test run scoring list, having plundered 6996 runs from only 52 Tests at the remarkable average of 99.94.
Clarke will go past Bradman with a big series against Sri Lanka, needing 324 runs in three Tests to move inside Australia's top 10.

Angelo Mathews waiting for Sri Lankan selectors' nod to replace Jayawardene as 'captain'

Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews has claimed is ready to become the captain of the national team, and added he just needs the nod from the selectors.
With captain Mahela Jayawardene's future unsure, 25-year old Mathews is a decade younger than the skipper and is already the team's vice-captain.
"That's totally up to the selectors - if they think that I'm ready, I'm ready," News.com.au quoted Mathews, as saying ahead of the first Test against Australia in Hobart, starting tomorrow.
"Mahela has been a great captain for years, been serving the country for more than a decade. There's a lot, as youngsters, we can learn from Mahela.

Former Sri Lankan coach Trevor Bayliss says Jayawardene as good as Ponting

Former Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss has claimed veteran Mahela Jayawardene has been rated in the same batting stratosphere as Australian legend Ricky Ponting.
Jayawardene is eying a special place alongside the legendary Steve Waugh in Friday's first Test against Australia in Hobart.
Having already amassed 10,640 Test runs at 50.19, Jayawardene needs just one ton in Hobart to equal Waugh's feat of 32 Test centuries.
By the New Year, Jayawardene could surpass Waugh (10,927) on Test cricket's all-time run scoring list if he tallies 288 runs against the Australians.
An additional 72 runs would see him become the first Sri Lankan to reach 11,000 Test runs, a scoring mountain just six players, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Brian Lara and Allan Border have conquered.

Du Plessis named South Africa T20 captain against New Zealand

Faf du Plessis will lead South Africa in the three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand later this month to free regular limited overs skipper AB de Villiers from the burden of captaincy, the cricket board said on Thursday.
De Villiers remained part of the 15-member squad, which includes four uncapped players, for the Twenty20 matches in Durban (December 21), East London (December 23) and Port Elizabeth (December 26).
"AB de Villiers remains our first-choice captain in this format," selection convener Andrew Hudson said in a statement.
"But AB is one of the players we need to rotate in the interest of his workload across all three formats and we want to have one captain for the entire series," he added.

Kiwi legend Martin Crowe 'burns blazer' to protest Taylor's maltreatment

New Zealand legend Martin Crowe adopted a unique way to protest Ross Taylor's maltreatment during the entire captaincy row by apparently setting his black blazer alight, according to reports.
Crowe criticised the axing of Taylor as New Zealand limited overs captain that also saw the gifted batsman decide to surrender the Test leadership in favour of keeper-batsman Brendon McCullum.
Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox retweeted a message from Crowe's @MartinCrowe299 account: "Burnt NZ cricket blazer Dec 7, 2012. RIP."
Crowe's account has been deleted, along with the tweet. Fox's retweet is also no longer on Twitter, News.com.au reports.
According to reports in the New Zealand press, the 77-Test star Crowe had destroyed the blazer so he would never be tempted to wear it again.