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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Brendon McCullum positive despite 'young' Kiwi team losing T20 series to Proteas

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has said his young team can take various positives from the three-match Twenty20 series against South Africa despite losing it 2-1 following their 33-runs defeat at Port Elizabeth on Boxing Day.
McCullum said the result is a disappointment given the way the Black Caps bounced back from a big defeat by levelling the series with a last-ball victory in East London, News.com.au reports.
McCullum said South Africa won the bigger moments in the game and the Kiwis could have done better at those moments.

Australia asks BCCI to shift Kanpur Test due to inapt international facilities

Australia has urged the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to shift a Test match from Kanpur to some other venue during their upcoming tour due to lack of international facilities.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, an inspection team from Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) concluded that the amenities at Green Park in Kanpur, which has not hosted a Test since 2009, were inapt.
The Test match is expected to be moved to Hyderabad, however, there are few political hindrances to be sorted out before this can happen.
ACA chief executive Paul Marsh said neither they nor the CA were interested in playing at Kanpur, and added that the BCCI has been informed but no definitive response has been achieved yet.

Pakistan to host India in August 2013

The Pakistan Cricket Board has asked the West Indies Cricket Board to play a full series in July, so that it can host India in August 2013. The plan earlier was to split the series consisting of two Tests, five ODIs and a T20 International.

In an interview to PTI, a PCB source revealed,"The problem is now sorted out and our team will be touring (West Indies) in July as planned earlier. Pakistan is very hopeful and keen that India can be convinced to come to Pakistan because India has made it clear it does not have a policy of playing any bilateral series in a third country".

Michael Clarke becomes Australia's highest run scorer in calendar year

Michael Clarke has broken yet another record by making the most runs by an Australian in a calendar year on the second day of the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka, getting past former captain Ricky Ponting's record.

The Australian captain moved to 56 on the second day of the second Test at the MCG with a single to mid-wicket, bringing his runs total for 2012 to 1545, News.com.au reports.

With that stroke Clarke broke his mentor Ponting's record of 1544 runs in a calendar year (2005), and his average for 2012 is 110.35.

Australia 440-8 in reply to Sri Lanka's 156

Australia led Sri Lanka by 284 runs at stumps on the second day of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Australia were 440 for eight in reply to Sri Lanka's 156, with Mitchell Johnson unbeaten on 73 and Nathan Lyon yet to score.

Scoreboard at the close of the second day of the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday:

Sri Lanka 1st Innings 156 (K. Sangakkara 58; M. Johnson 4-63)

No issues between India and Pakistan cricketers: Shoaib Malik

Ishant Sharma and Kamran Akmal had been ready to go at each other’s throat, in Bangalore on Tuesday night, but there was much bonhomie between the teams on Wednesday afternoon.

That’s how it should be.

In fact, soon after India and Pakistan checked-in at the Courtyard by Marriott, one saw Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad lunch together and often break into laughter.

Expectedly, Yuvraj was the most mast.

ICC fines Ishant Sharma and Kamran Akmal for confrontation

Ishant Sharma was fine 15 percent of his match fee and Kamran Akmal five percent.

The two cricketers were found guilty of Level 1 breaches of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Code following an altercation during the match that Pakistan won by by five wickets.

South Africa beat New Zealand, clinch series

Henry Davids hit his second successive half-century and Aaron Phangiso took crucial wickets as South Africa beat New Zealand by 33 runs in the series-deciding third and final Twenty20 international.

Davids struck 68 at St George's Park in a South African total of 179 for six and Phangiso dismissed New Zealand's big guns, Martin Guptill and captain Brendon McCullum, in successive overs, effectively ending the touring team's challenge.

New Zealand finished with 146 for nine.

Spectator suffers fatal heart attack during Pakistan-India match

A 47-year-old cricket fan died late Tuesday following a heart attack while watching the first India-Pakistan T20 match at the Chinnaswamy stadium here, a senior police official said.
"Kamal Jain, who was watching the match from stands, felt uneasy during the 18th over when Pakistan was batting. Though he was rushed to the nearby Mallya hospital by ambulance, he died after admission," Deputy Commissioner of Police Ravi Kante Gowda told IANS here. Jain, who originally hails from Odisha, was working in a private firm in Bangalore. 

Captains play down Ishant-Akmal face-off

Playing down the face-off between Indian pacer Ishant Sharma and Pakistan batsman Kamran Akmal in the first Twenty20 international here, captains of both the sides said it was a minor argument which ended with an exchange of smiles between the two.
A heated argument erupted between the two and umpires had to step in to separate them and continue with the thrilling game which Pakistan won by five wickets. The two got into an argument when Akmal was declared not out after he was caught off a no ball by Ishant and was beaten on the next ball. 

Batsmen got out trying to play big shots, says MS Dhoni

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the failure of middle-order batsmen to capitalise on the good start provided by openers led to the five-wicket loss against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 encounter here. Dhoni said India loss of wickets at regular intervals, after being in a strong position at 75 without loss in 10 overs, hurt the team badly.
"The batsmen got out trying to play big shots. We could have easily scored 200 if we had applied ourselves," Dhoni complained. On the umpire not giving a decision in India's favour when Ishant Sharma had got Shoaib Malik (57 not out) caught off a ball which climbed a tad above shoulder level, Dhoni said, "It was a fair decision but I am not sure if you are allowed to refer it (to the third umpire) or not.

Australia's Mitchell Johnson back to mercurial best in Melbourne

Mitchell Johnson's Jekyll-and-Hyde ways have both exhilarated and frustrated cricket fans Down Under for a number of years, and both sides of the paceman were on display as Australia dominated Sri Lanka in the second test on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old, recalled to the side after being dumped for Australia's first-test victory in Hobart, was at his awkward best at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, belted to all corners of the ground in his first spell, before finding his range after lunch with a withering burst of short-pitched bowling.

Dhoni is a special guy, says Wasim Bari

There is probably no other man who understands the load on Mahendra Singh Dhoni better than legendary Pakistan wicketkeeper and former captain Wasim Bari.

The man who held the record for the most Test dismissals for a sub-continent keeper till recently, when none other than Dhoni surpassed him, feels the Indian skipper is an extraordinary person. “Dhoni is a very special person and he’s done a remarkable job as captain,” Bari said in an exclusive chat with MAIL TODAY, praising the man from Ranchi for handling the pressures that come with leading the Indian team.

Kumar Sangakkara joins elite 10,000-Test runs club

Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has become the eleventh batsman ever to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket, reaching the milestone on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the MCG.

Sangakkara stood tall in a poor opening session for the tourists, getting the 40 runs he needed to reach the five-figure milestone just before lunch, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Fans’ support brought tears to my eyes: Sachin Tendulkar

Overwhelmed by the tributes that have poured in ever since he announced his retirement from one-day cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, on Tuesday, said that the “love and support” of fans brought tears to his eyes.

The 39-year-old, who retired from the limited-overs format last Sunday, is in Mussourie for holidays, after announcing his decision.

Opening up on his Twitter page after the decision that left quite a few surprised, Tendulkar said the emotional reaction to his retirement left him overwhelmed.

Ashwin’s absence helped us: Mohammed Hafeez

Did India play it into Pakistan’s hands by not playing a specialist spinner? At least Mohammed Hafeez feels so.

Asked whether he was surprised not to see Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indian XI, Hafeez said: “We were a bit surprised… But his absence definitely helped us. The Indian pacers were bowling fast. So, Shoaib and I planned that if we can negotiate the new ball, we can easily dominate their spinners, who were not world-class in this match. I think they didn’t have quality of spinners.”

“I know Yuvraj is in great form… But if you are not a world-class spinner, it becomes difficult for you to perform in every match,” he added.

Australia 150 for 3 in reply to Sri Lanka's 156

Australia were 150 for three at the close of the opening day of the second Melbourne Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Michael Clarke was on 20 with Shane Watson not out 13.

Australia skittled out Sri Lanka for 156 and trailed by just six runs at stumps after an eventful opening day saw 13 wickets fall in the second Melbourne Test on Wednesday.