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Monday, 17 December 2012

Aus vs SL: Sri Lanka end day 4 at 65 for 2 chasing 393 to win

Australia lead Sri Lanka by 328 runs heading into the final day of the first Test, setting the tourists a challenging victory target before restricting them to a second-innings 65-2.
Australia captain Michael Clarke helped his side to 278-9 and a target of 393 before Shane Watson and Mitchell Starc removed the Sri Lanka openers before close of play Monday
Kumar Sangakkara (18) and Mahela Jayawardene (5) were the unbeaten batsmen, intent on staying at the crease rather than scoring. Jayawardene faced 25 balls before his first run.

Shane Watson could lead Aus in Boxing day Test if Michael Clarke is ruled out

Shane Watson is in line to captain Australia in the second Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka after skipper Michael Clarke joined the home side's injury list during the Hobart Test.
Clarke tweaked his right hamstring during the fourth day's play on Monday and was forced to retire hurt on 57 after scoring his fastest Test half-century. He did field in Sri Lanka's second innings, but parked himself at slip to direct the team. The skipper's setback followed paceman Ben Hilfenhaus's side strain which has prevented him from bowling again in Hobart, though he did bat in Monday's second innings.

India stay at number 5 in ICC Test rankings

Despite losing to England 1-2 in the home Test series, India retained their number five position as per the latest ICC Test Championship rankings issued here on Monday. India, however, dropped a ratings point to 105, and are now four-points behind arch-rival Pakistan who are placed at the fourth position.
England, on the other hand, consolidated their number two slot by adding a point after drawing the final Test at Nagpur, thereby winning a Test series in India after a long gap of 28 years. England now stand just five points behind leaders South Africa who are at 123 points.

England deserved to win, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said England deserved the series win after the fourth and final cricket Test ended in a drab draw here Monday. England won the series 2-1, their first win on Indian soil since 1984-85. Dhoni, asked if England deserved the series win, said: "I think so, we struggled in the batting department but their spinners were right on the mark, James Anderson was very good, testing the batsmen."
Dhoni, however, criticised the pitch conditions saying it was difficult to pick wickets. "As the game progressed there wasn't much for the spinners or fast bowlers.

Eng vs Ind: 4th Test ends in a draw, England win series 2-1

England middle-order batsmen Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell scored fighting centuries against India on the last day of the final Test match in Nagpur, helpinh the touring team draw the match and also giving them their first Test series win in the country in 28 years.
After leading the four-match series 2-1, with their wins in Mumbai and Kolkata, England only needed a draw in Nagpur to clinch a historic series victory, which they did with utmost aplomb.
England had scored 352 with the loss of four wickets at stumps on day five after taking a four runs lead over India, with Trott scoring 143 of 310 balls and Bell staying not out on 106 of 306 balls.

Pakistan Cricket Board asks BCCI to invite Pakistan's PM to third ODI

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants both the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers to watch the third and final One-day International in Delhi, and it has asked its Indian counterpart to prevail upon the government to send a formal invitation for the PM as per the protocol.

The PCB has also told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that in case the Indian government doesn't send the invite, it would on its own invite PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to watch the game at the Ferozeshah Kotla on January 6.

Michael Vaughan says Dhoni should work on 'uninterested' Indian players' mentality in Tests

Former England batsman Michael Vaughan has claimed India Test captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be given a free hand to overcome team's miserable run of form in Test cricket, and added the skipper should work on changing the mentality of the young players in the team.
Vaughan believes young Indian Test players are more interested in playing limited over cricket rather than the longest version of the game.
"Indian captain M.S. Dhoni and middle-order batsman Virat Kohli have proved India has inner strength, but even if they help India win the fourth Test in Nagpur and level the series, they still have to be honest with the state of their Test team," Vaughan wrote in his column for the Telegraph.

Shane Warne scoffs at Oz T20 captain George Bailey during BBL match

Legendary leg spinner Shane Warne taunted Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey during Melbourne Stars clash with Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League on Saturday.
Warne's pointed critique of Bailey was different to his usual barbs because, rather than drawing on the rich tradition of bowlers trying to mess with batsmen's minds, this sledge was made for television.
"You would think the Australian Twenty20 captain would smack me out of the park, wouldn't you, rather than keep nicking me?" the Age quoted a miked-up Warne, as saying after Cameron White had dropped Bailey for a second time at slip off his bowling.

Now, in form Michael Clarke joins long-list of injured Oz players

Australia suffered their biggest injury setback so far when in form captain Michael Clarke succumbed to a hamstring injury and retired after scoring a blazing half-century against Sri Lanka in the Hobart Test match.
Clarke had produced another sparkling innings, scoring 57 from 46 balls before his injury, steadying a ship which was starting to look wobbly post-lunch.
Cricket Australia issued a statement saying Clarke would be assessed but it doesn't look promising, with the skipper likely to join Tasmanian Ben Hilfenhaus on the sidelines, the Herald Sun reports.

Proteas replaces injured Wayne Parnell with Ryan McLaren for Kiwi T20 series

South Africa has called up all rounder Ryan McLaren to replace injured Wayne Parnell in the Twenty20 squad for the three-match series against touring New Zealand.
Parnell has been ruled out for two weeks with a wrist injury, Sport 24 reports.
The first match takes place at Kingsmead on Friday.

Bangladesh agree first post-attack Pakistan tour

Bangladesh have agreed in principle to tour Pakistan early next year and become the first team to play international cricket there since the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka's team bus, officials said Monday.
"We have in principle agreed to tour Pakistan. It's a commitment made by former BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) president Mustafa Kamal. We are keeping his word," Enayet Husain Siraj, the board's head of cricket operations, told AFP.
"The tour is subject to security clearance," he added.