Thursday, 30 May 2013

IPL spot-fixing: IPL chief Rajiv Shukla refuses to talk more on scandal, N Srinivasan

A day after expressing his unwillingness to be IPL Chairman again, Union Minister Rajiv Shukla on Thursday refused to talk more than what he had already said on the raging spot-fixing scandal and the demand for resignation of BCCI President N Srinivasan.

IPL spot fixing: Cash paid to Sreesanth recovered from Mumbai

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police on Thursday claimed to have recovered Rs 5.5 lakh, which was part of the Rs ten lakh allegedly paid to cricketer Sreesanth for spot-fixing in an IPL match, from Mumbai.

The recovery was made in Mumbai at the instance of Abhishek Shukla, who was arrested for allegedly removing money and articles of Sreesanth soon after the cricketer's arrest in May 16.

IPL gave Indian cricket nothing but disrepute: Arjuna Ranatunga

New Delhi: Ridiculing the Indian Premier League for turning cricketers into a bunch of avaricious people, World Cup winning Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Thursday said that the cash-rich T20 league has given Indian cricket nothing but disrepute.

Srinivasan will be forced to quit, says Jaywant Lele

Mumbai: Beleaguered BCCI president N Srinivasan will eventually have to step down as the choice before him is to go out honourably or exit unceremoniously in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal, former board secretary Jaywant Lele said on Thursday.

Brendon McCullum wants ODI relief against England

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hopes a change of format and the introduction of several new players will revive his side from the depths of a Test whitewash when they face England in a three-match one-day series starting at Lord's on Friday.
For both teams, this series will serve as a warm-up for next month's ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England and Wales.

Ricky Ponting dismisses 'Ashes recall' statement

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has backed off from a statement that he could return to Test cricket as an emergency Ashes back-up and has ruled himself out of the upcoming back-to-back series against England.
Although Ponting had recently said in an interview that he would not say no to the Australian team management if he was needed at the last minute for the Ashes, he, however has since made clear his international career was definitely over, reports.

ICC warns cricketing nations to play 'maximum Test matches over four years' or lose Test status

The International Cricket Council's (ICC) cricket committee has warned cricket-playing countries that they could risk losing their Test status unless they played a 'minimum number of Test matches over a four-year period'.
According to a statement, the committee, chaired by former India captain Anil Kumble and featuring former England skipper Andrew Strauss, was concerned by several recent examples of Test matches being postponed to make way for one-day games, Sport24 reports.

Michael Clarke focusing on 'must-win' Champions Trophy more than 'eagerly-awaited' Ashes

Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that his team is focusing more on the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy at this point of time than the eagerly-awaited Ashes, which is still some time away.
Clarke and his men are in Cardiff ahead of the defence of the last edition of the eight-nation one-day trophy they won in South Africa in 2009, marking the start of their British tour, the centrepiece being their attempt to regain the Ashes urn, having lost the past two five-Test rubbers, reports.

Andy Flower's hopes of 'special' Pietersen being fit for Ashes fired by Twitter 'batting' pics

England team director Andy Flower has said that he is hoping positively about star batsman Kevin Pietersen's chances of returning to fitness in time for the Ashes series against Australia, after seeing the player batting in Twitter images.
A knee injury has kept Pietersen out of action since March, forcing him to miss the two-Test series at home to New Zealand, the Indian Premier League and next month's ICC Champions Trophy, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Alastair Cook says English Ashes confidence boosted by 2-0 Black Caps whitewash

England captain Alastair Cook has said that England has boosted its confidence for the Ashes with their home turf 2-0 pounding of New Zealand.
Cook's charges beat the Kiwis by 247 runs at Headingley on Tuesday in what British press trumpeted as an ominous warning to Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Cricket should be played in grounds, not courts, says Wasim Bari

Former Pakistan Test captain Wasim Bari has said that cricket should be played on the grounds and not in the courts.
According to Bari, litigation against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had sent a negative image of Pakistan cricket across the world, the Daily Times reports.

Zaka Ashraf determined to fight against opposition challenging PCB re-election

Re-elected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Mohammad Zaka Ashraf is reportedly determined to put up a strong fight against those challenging his election despite a strong opposition.
This came on the heels of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) order for Ashraf to stop working as the PCB chairman while terming the electoral process 'dubious following a petition, the Express Tribune reports.
According to an official, the suspended PCB chief was considering premier lawyers to fight his case, whose first hearing will be on June 13.

Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Zahid backs Wahab Riaz as 'matchwinner' for Champions Trophy

Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Zahid has backed bowler Wahab Riaz as a matchwinner for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
According to Zahid, the combination of pace bowlers Pakistan have selected for the ICC Champions Trophy is the right one for the conditions, with very good bowlers for all types of pitches - bounce, swing and seam, reports.

ICC probes match-fixing in Bangladesh

Dhaka: The International Cricket Council is probing allegations of match-fixing in Bangladeshi cricket with former national captain Mohammad Ashraful among those being questioned, local officials said on Thursday.

ICC anti-corruption inspectors were investigating allegations of wrongdoing during a match in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a spokesman for the Bangladesh Cricket Board said.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Pakistan raises players' salaries

Pakistan announced Tuesday that its 21 cricketers on central contracts would get a 15 percent salary increase and a 10 percent rise in match fees this year.
The contracts, up for renewal in January, were finally handed to players hours before they left for Britain early Tuesday.

Wasim Akram inspires New Zealand's Boult

New Zealand's Trent Boult hopes to succeed where cricket hero Wasim Akram failed by getting his name on the Lord's honours board during this week's first Test against England.

England must improve to beat feisty New Zealand

England have been left in no doubt about what will be required of them in the first test against New Zealand starting at Lord's on Thursday.

Captain Michael Clarke backs himself for twin Ashes trials

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke said Wednesday he was confident his troublesome back would not prevent him from leading Australia in the two Ashes series against England this year.

Aussie batsmen must stand up in Ashes series

Australia's pace bowling unit will give the tourists every chance of success in the Ashes series in England but will not be able to win back the precious urn without some help from the batsmen, captain Michael Clarke said on Wednesday.

Peter Fulton set to make 'long drawn' debut at 'hallowed' Lord's

New Zealand cricketer Peter Fulton is finally set to make his debut at Lord's at the grand old age of 34, during the first Test against England on Thursday.

Steyn eyes Champions Trophy as parting gift for Kirsten

South Africa hope to give coach Gary Kirsten the perfect parting gift by winning next month's Champions Trophy, and have no fears that his replacement, Russell Domingo, is up to the job of guiding the world's best test team to further success, pace spearhead Dale Steyn has told Reuters.

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal confident of defeating India in ICC Champions Trophy in UK

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he is confident his side can defeat India in the ICC Champions Trophy that gets underway in England next month.

England to use raised seam of Duke Ball to corner Kiwis

England plans to use the raised seam of the Duke Ball to challenge New Zealand batsmen during the two-Test series beginning this month.
After its disappointing draw in New Zealand, England and captain Alastair Cook are hoping to set the record straight with a greater focus on pace and swing, reports.

Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum ponders spin dilemma

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum admits he will wait until the last minute before deciding if spinner Bruce Martin or seamer Doug Bracewell will fill the final place in his bowling attack for the first Test against England.
McCullum's side open their two-match Test series against England at Lord's on Thursday and the skipper's only selection dilemma is whether to go with an all-seam attack to take advantage of the expected overcast conditions in north London.

Alastair Cook expects England to take fight to Kiwis

England captain Alastair Cook insists there is no chance his team will underestimate New Zealand in the Test series which starts at Lord's on Thursday.
Cook's side were accused of complacency when they were forced to settle for three drawn Tests on their recent tour to New Zealand despite arriving as heavy favourites.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Pakistan's Danish Kaneria bids to overturn life ban

Pakistan's Danish Kaneria will try to resume his cricket career when he challenges a life ban for spot-fixing in London on Monday.

Misbah ul Haq backs Proteas experience to help Pak win Champions Trophy

Pakistan Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul Haq has set his sight on winning the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, saying that the South Africa tour was good preparation for the team ahead of the eight-nation tournament.

Wasim Akram says 'aggressiveness, adaptation' key to being good fast bowler

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has said that although there are no 'serious concerns' regarding the lack of quality fast bowlers in the country, however, the available batch needs to be aggressive and also adapt to the new rules that have been introduced in one-day international (ODI) cricket.

Shane Watson says 'team succession planning' real reason behind quitting deputy role

Australian cricketer Shane Watson has said that the real reason behind his quitting the vice-captainship was not only to focus on his own game but also to allow the team to plan for the future beyond captain Michael Clarke.

Zimbabwe celebrate record test win against Bangladesh

Zimbabwe bowled a hapless Bangladesh out for 147 in their second innings to complete a massive 335-run victory in the first test at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Mohammad Hafeez backs 'positive' Misbah for good leadership qualities

 Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has reiterated his support for Test and ODI skipper Misbah-ul Haq, saying that Misbah is a cricketer with a positive frame of mind and is also a good leader.

'Isolated' Akmal 'empty' without playing Tests

Experienced Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, who is no longer a preference for Test cricket, has said that he missed the longer version of the game, adding that he felt a sense of emptiness without playing Test cricket.

Timeline of cricket corruption cases

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who on Wednesday lost their appeal at the Court of Abritration for Sport against spot-fixing bans, were the first players with team-mate Mohammad Aamer to be punished by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Brendan Taylor holds off Bangladesh on testing pitch

Brendan Taylor's sixth Test half-century steadied Zimbabwe as Bangladesh struggled to make full use of a green wicket on the first day of the first Test at Harare Sports Club.

CAS reject Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif's appeal against ICC ban

The cricket careers of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad Asif appeared over after they lost their appeals against spot-fixing bans at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi refuses to join PML-N

Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi reportedly met chief of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif on Sunday to condole the death of his brother, but denied reports of him planning to join the opposition party.

Pakistan T20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez fourth 'icon' player to sign for Caribbean T20 tournament

Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has become the fourth international icon or 'franchise player' to join the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament.

Hafeez, who currently ranks No. 2 behind Australia's Shane Watson in the standings for all rounders, has scored 1013 runs in 43 matches while his record in T20s is 35 wickets in 43 matches coming at an average of 22.14, the Dawn reports.

PCB denies reports of eyeing 'Grant Flower as batting coach'

 The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dismissed reports that it was in talks with former Zimbabwean batsman Grant Flower to appoint him as batting coach of the national team.

Misbah ul Haq declines county offer for national duty

Pakistan's Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq said Monday he had turned down an offer from English county Worcestershire as it would have meant missing duties with the national side.

Misbah, who turns 39 next month, has been leading Pakistan after reviving his career in the aftermath of the spot-fixing saga of 2010, which saw then-captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer banned and jailed.

Former Pakistan coach Aaqib Javed says pacer Wahab Riaz is wasting his talents

 Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed has described the underachievement of talented fast bowler Wahab Riaz.

PCB suspends umpire Nadeem Ghauri for four years on charges of corruption

Pakistan cricket umpire Nadeem Ghauri has said that he would appeal against his suspension for four years by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on charges of corruption.

The umpire's corrupt act was revealed during a sting operation by an Indian television station in 2012, Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Shahid Afridi backs 'right man' Misbah to lead Pak in ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has shown his faith on the leadership of Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq, saying that he is the right man for the job to lead the squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

Shahid Afridi blasts ex-PCB chairman Butt for 'Misbah-Hafeez rift' comments

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has lashed out at former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt, saying that Butt should quit making comments harming the game in the country.

Recently, Butt had claimed that Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and coach Dav Whatmore had formed a nexus to pressurise Test and one-day skipper Misbah-ul Haq, a statement that drew a strong denial from the two team members, the Express Tribune reports.

'Excited' Saeed Ajmal hopes for success on Indian pitches in Champions League T20

Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has expressed his excitement at his participation in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament to be held in India later this year, saying that he hoped that the Indian pitches will be an advantage for him in the tournament.

Two Pakistan umpires banned on corruption charges

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned umpires Nadeem Ghouri and Anis Siddiqui for four and three years respectively after they were found guilty of being willing to compromise their integrity in discharge of their professional duties.

Wasim Akram calls off Bollywood marriage rumours

Pakistan cricket icon Wasim Akram demanded privacy and respect from fans and media alike Friday, calling for an end "once and for all" to rumours he is marrying Bollywood heroine Sushmita Sen.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Wasim Akram requests BCCI to allow Pak players to play in IPL

 Former Pakistan captain and pace legend Wasim Akram has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow the Pakistani players to take part in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal learning 'new mystery bowling variations' ahead of ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan off-spinner Saaed Ajmal is preparing to learn new variations in bowling ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, even as he represents his department Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) in the ongoing domestic President's Cup ODI tournament.

Pakistan media says wrong selection' may cost team ICC Champions Trophy win

Pakistani media has lambasted the list of 30 probables for the ICC Champions Trophy announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last week, saying that selection may cost the country any hopes of winning the ICC Champions Trophy.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returns for Zimbabwe Tests

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Friday returned to bolster Bangladesh for an upcoming two-Test series in Zimbabwe after recovering from a shin-bone injury.

Shakib, who underwent surgery in Australia in February, missed last month's tour of Sri Lanka. He has scored 1,835 runs and taken 102 wickets in 28 Tests.

Gillespie, Guptill recalled to Kiwi Test squad for England series

New Zealand pace bowler Mark Gillespie and batsman Martin Guptill have been recalled into the Test squad for the re-match with England.

PCB eyeing Moin Khan for 'suitable' team management role

Former Pakistan captain and wicket-keeper Moin Khan has been considered by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a suitable post in the team management, according to sources.

Alastair Cook eyeing long-term England dominance until next World Cup

 England captain Alastair Cook expressed confidence about his team's long-term success, saying that his team's dominance in the game may go through until the World Cup in two years.

Stating that he believes that England's recent lacklustre displays in the drawn Test series against New Zealand will soon be forgotten as they head into a busy programme, Cook said that there is a chance of winning the World Cup if they manage to have success in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy and the Ashes, reports.

'Sultan of swing' Wasim Akram calls for politics to be 'separated' from sports following IPL stand-off

: Former Pakistan Test captain Wasim Akram has said that politics must be kept separate from sports following India stalling all bilateral ties after the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai, which were blamed on Pakistani-based militants.

Wasim Akram stresses need for Pak bowlers to master swing for international success

Former Pakistan Test captain Wasim Akram has said that it is necessary for Pakistani bowlers to master the art of swing bowling for winning in international games.

Pak unlikely to tour Caribbean in 2013 following PCB-West Indies plans clash

Pakistan's tour to West Indies this season appears to be in jeopardy after the cricket boards from both the countries failed to find a suitable window for the tour.
Pakistan, which was originally scheduled to play two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s in the Caribbean in June and July, is unlikely to go ahead with its tour following a clash of plans between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the Daily Times reports.

Former keeper Rashid Latif urges Younis Khan to retire from ODI and start coaching

Former national captain Younis Khan has been suggested to quit one-day cricket and take up coaching of the national side by former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif.

ICC Champions Trophy: Bhajji sidelined, Praveen Kumar and Pervez Rasool included in probables list

Jammu and Kashmir cricketer Parvez Rasool has achieved another first by getting the nod from the selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been left out.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Uncapped trio in South Africa's Champions Trophy squad

The preliminary squad of 30 players for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament to be played in England and Wales in June has been revealed by Cricket South Africa (CSA).

The final squad of 15 will be named later this month.

Four uncapped players in England Champions Trophy squad

England named four uncapped players on Thursday in a provisional 30-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales in June.

The selectors included uncapped Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, Warwickshire opener Varun Chopra and seamers James Harris and Chris Wright in the squad which will be cut to 15 players by May 5.

Pakistan to prepare English-style pitches for Champions Trophy

Pakistan's cricket authorities Thursday ordered English-style pitches to help their struggling batsmen prepare for the Champions Trophy, to be played in England in June.

Pakistani batsmen had a woeful time on the fast and bouncy tracks in South Africa where they were whitewashed 3-0 in Tests and edged out 3-2 in the one-day series last month.

Alastair Cook may 'doctor' home pitches to 'fry' Aussies during Ashes

England captain Alastair Cook has said that England is ready to beat Australia during the Ashes series this year.

PCB ropes in Wasim Akram to mentor Pak quicks

Former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Wasim Akram has been brought in by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to supervise a 10-day specialised camp for fast bowlers in Karachi.

ICC introduces new 'No ball' playing condition

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a new playing condition for Tests, One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20s) that instructs the umpires to call 'No ball' whenever a bowler breaks the non-striker's wicket during the act of delivery.

This playing condition will come into effect on April 30, and the first international match to be played under the new regulation will be the first ODI between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Bulawayo on Friday May 3.

PCB chief selector Iqbal Qasim admits need to improve 'middle-order' batting

Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) chief selector Iqbal Qasim has admitted that there is a need to improve the middle-order batting following the team's recent whitewash in South Africa.

Talent hunt winner bags IPL contract with Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals Thursday awarded an IPL contract to Kumar Boresa, winner of the 'Cricket Star Rajasthan 2012' -- a talent hunt presented by the Royals and Dainik Bhaskar to unearth the hidden talent in the state. The 18-year-old Boresa, who won the contest in 2012, has signed a contract with the Rajasthan Royals worth Rs 10 lakh,and is all set to don the royal blue jersey in ongoing Indian Premier League.

It's a fresh start for us, says Angelo Mathews

Pune Warriors might have ended at the bottom up of the table in the last two IPL editions, but current captain Angelo Mathews Thursday said that his side would be making a fresh start and look for a better result this season. "It is going to be a fresh start. Past is past, we got to look for the future. We have a great team and we will take one step at a time and focus on our games," Warriors captain Angelo Mathews told reporters.

Shane Watson to miss Rajasthan Royals' opening game

Rajasthan Royals' Australia all-rounder Shane Watson will miss his team's opening IPL game against Delhi Daredevils to be played at the Feroze Shah Kotla here on Saturday.

Chennai Super Kings are an all-round side, says MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is upbeat about the chances of his side in the ongoing IPL, saying that he has got an all-round team with some impact players in it. Talking to the media at the launch of CSK merchandise here Thursday, Dhoni said that the core of the team was intact and he would expect a strong show by his side in this edition also.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

'Struggling' Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul may go same way as 'dropped' Younis Khan ahead of Champions Trophy

The future of senior Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi and paceman Umar Gull appear to be in doubt ahead of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, according to team management sources.

With veteran Younis Khan axed from the list of 30 probable players named on Sunday for the Champions Trophy, team management sources said the poor performances of Afridi and Gul has put a question mark on their international cricket future prospects.

Pakistan chief selector says 'dropped' Younis Khan's career not over yet

Pakistan's chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said that veteran Younis Khan's career is not yet over, even though he has been omitted from the country's 30-man initial squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy to be played in England.

'Relieved' Saeed Ajmal says no surgery needed ahead of ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he will not require surgery to treat his abdomen problem, which was related to hernia, as it can be treated by medication, ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Ajmal, who has made a late start in international cricket, said that the news came as a relief for him, adding that he had a complete examination with all the necessary tests in Lahore at the weekend, the Daily Times reports.

Former Pak coach Mohsin Khan slams Whatmore's appointment as 'disaster' for team

Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan has criticised the appointment of Dav Whatmore as the current head-coach for the team, saying that Whatmore's appointment has been a disaster for the squad following a disappointing performance in South Africa.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh in T20

Sri Lanka registered a 17-run victory over Bangladesh in the one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Sunday.

Bangladesh finished at 181-7 in reply to Sri Lanka's 198-5, with Mohammad Ashraful (43), skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (39) and Mohammad Mahmudullah (31) being the main scorers.

Jesse Ryder feeling 'heaps better' after waking up from coma

New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder has said he is feeling 'heaps better' in his first public statement after a street attack put him in intensive care.

Ryder, 28, was admitted to hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning and placed in an induced coma after suffering multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, in an attack outside a bar.

Pakistan drop 'out-of-form' Younis Khan from Champions Trophy squad

Pakistan has dropped out-of-form Younis Khan from a 30-man initial squad for the eight-nation Champions Trophy.
The move comes after the middle order batsman failed to perform in recent one-day matches.

England out-batted, out-bowled and out-thought by New Zealand: Alec Stewart

Former England cricket captain Alec Stewart has said that the Alastair Cook-led national squad were out-batted, out-bowled and out-thought by New Zealand during their tour of that country.
Stewart said England would do well to improve skills in all departments of the game ahead of this year's Ashes series.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Captaincy has never affected my game, says Virender Sehwag

New Delhi: He has relinquished the Delhi Daredevils captaincy after last season but Virender Sehwag feels that his decision will have no bearing on his approach as he again shoulders the burden of being the batting mainstay of the franchise in the sixth edition of IPL.

Jesse Ryder out of coma, no memory of attack

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder emerged from an induced coma Saturday, but faced "a big battle" ahead as he recovered from a vicious assault, his manager Aaron Klee said.

Ryder required medical assistance to keep breathing when he was rushed to hospital in a critical condition early Thursday morning.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in third ODI

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by three wickets under the Duckworth/Lewis system to win the third and final one-day international at Pallekele on Thursday.

Under pressure Misbah-ul-Haq refuses to quit one-dayers

Pakistan's under fire captain Misbah-ul-Haq has ruled out quitting one-day internationals.

Misbah told reporters on Thursday that he had instead decided to adopt a more aggressive and positive approach to batting after being criticised for his slow displays.

"I have discussed this with all my players and they all agreed that overall we all needed to be more positive while batting and put aside fears of losing our wicket," Misbah said.

Saeed Ajmal may need surgery for suspected hernia

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan's leading wicket-taker in all three forms of the game for the past two years, could require surgery for a suspected hernia after suffering stomach pains for the past two months.

"I have been examined by doctors and they feel I could require a surgery for a suspected hernia," he told Reuters on Thursday.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Australian batting is on the decline, says Ian Chappell

The former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has said in an interview to ESPNcricinfo that there won't be another Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke if numerous gaping "holes in the production line" are not addressed by Cricket Australia (CA) soon. Chappell pointed out how the Australian batting was exposed in the recently concluded Indian tour and the reason for the debacle is the commercial evolution of the game.

Players in IPL endorsement of human rights abuse charges: Arjuna Ranatunga

Colombo: Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday slammed the decision of the cricket Board and government to allow Sri Lankan players to participate in the IPL as an endorsement of human rights abuse allegations against Sri Lanka.

Ross Taylor not happy in New Zealand set-up

Wellington: Ex-New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor, replaced as captain late last year, admitted on Wednesday he was not entirely comfortable in the team following a dramatic Test series draw against England.

Taylor also indicated there was more to the way he lost the captaincy to Brendon McCullum than has been revealed.

Players in IPL endorsement of human rights abuse charges: Arjuna Ranatunga

Colombo: Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday slammed the decision of the cricket Board and government to allow Sri Lankan players to participate in the IPL as an endorsement of human rights abuse allegations against Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Michael Clarke to miss IPL but fit for Ashes - Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia said Tuesday skipper Michael Clarke will miss the IPL but should be fit in time for the Ashes as he endures a lengthy lay-off for treatment of his chronic back and hamstring problems.

CA said after a medical assessment that Clarke was several weeks away from returning to training as he works to resolve the persistent injury issues.

Clarke has had scans since returning home last weekend from the India tour, but CA said it was confident the batsman would lead Australia in the Ashes Test series in England starting in July.

Misbah-ul-Haq admits Pakistan game in 'alarming' state

Skipper Misbah-ul Haq on Tuesday admitted Pakistan cricket was in an "alarming" condition after the team suffered several heavy defeats on a disappointing tour of South Africa.

A miserable Pakistan were thrashed 3-0 in Tests and lost 3-2 in the one-day series, despite fighting hard, losses which Misbah attributed to poor batting.

England accept New Zealand take moral series win

England captain Alastair Cook acknowledged New Zealand as moral winners of their drawn series on Tuesday, saying the David and Goliath battle had definitely gone David's way.

England started the series ranked second in the world to New Zealand's eighth placing. Even though none of the three Tests produced a result, New Zealand were the dominant side in two of them.

Proteas coach Gary Kirsten backs Kallis to play in ICC Champions Trophy

 South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis is likely to return to the one-day team for the ICC Champions Trophy event, which is to be held in England in June, according to coach Gary Kirsten.

According to Kirsten, although Kallis will not play one-day cricket anymore because the team management values him in Test matches, they reserve the right to pick him for certain tournaments, adding that the ICC Champions Trophy is one such tournament, Sport24 reports.

New Zealand three wickets from historic win

New Zealand claimed the vital wicket of Ian Bell in the last over before tea to move to the brink of an historic series win over England with one session remaining in the deciding Test on Tuesday.

It was the second wicket England lost in the session as they were reduced to 237 for seven with Matt Prior unbeaten on 45, the only recognised batsman left.

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland says 4-0 Oz thrashing by India 'not acceptable'

Criticising the Australian team over their flop show in India, Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland has said that the team's 4-0 defeat in the Border-Gavaskar series is not acceptable.

Stating that although the national team management, which includes coach Mickey Arthur, John Inverarity and Pat Howard, still retains the full support of CA, Sutherland, however, said that to lose so convincingly is not acceptable to either the board or Australian cricket fans, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

8 members of 'Indian-thrashed' Oz team set for big pay rises

Upto eight members of the Australian team thrashed by India 4-0 in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Test series are reportedly set for six-figure pay increments.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 wickets in fifth ODI

South Africa beat Pakistan by six wickets in the fifth and final one-day international at Willowmoore Park on Sunday to win the series 3-2.

South African captain AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten 95 to help guide his side past Pakistan's 205 all out. De Villiers, who was dropped on one, overcame some hostile bowling on an unpredictable pitch as South Africa chased down the Pakistani total with six overs to spare.

Jadeja, Pujara take India to historic 4-0 win against Australia

India inflicted a series whitewash on Australia on Sunday, thanks to a five wicket haul by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja in the Australian second innings, and a battling unbeaten 82 by opening batsman Chesteswar Pujara in India's second innings while chasing a victory total of 155.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Graeme Smith likely to miss fifth ODI against Pakistan

Durban: South Africa opener Graeme Smith is unlikely to play in the final one-day international on Sunday after his ankle flared up during Pakistan's three-wicket win on Thursday, officials said. Smith was unable to field for the majority of the Pakistan innings and a decision on leaving him out of the decisive match in Benoni will be made on Friday.

Michael Clarke flying home to receive treatment for injured back

New Delhi: Ruled out of the final Test here due to a back injury, Australian captain Michael Clarke will be flying back home on Friday night to receive treatment. Clarke watched the first day's play of the final Test on Friday from the Australian dressing room but will not be around on Saturday as he has been advised a series of tests on his back and a hamstring complaint that affected him during the summer.

It's a dream come true to lead Australia in Tests: Shane Watson

New Delhi: Two weeks after he angrily stormed out of the team, Shane Watson finally achieved his dream of becoming Australia's Test captain as he stepped out to lead the team in place of injured skipper Michael Clarke in the fourth Test against India here on Friday. Watson, who became the 44th Australian Test captain, said it was an honour to be appointed. Clarke stood down after he failed to recover from chronic back pain. Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will be Watson's deputy.

Won't let back problem end career: Michael Clarke

New Delhi: The latest recurrence of Michael Clarke's back spasm has raised questions about his long-term future but the Australia captain insisted that the chronic back troubles, which have plagued him for nearly half his life, will not force him to cut short his international career.

Pakistan sign deal to lift Afghanistan cricket

Lahore: Pakistan on Friday signed an agreement to provide greater support for cricket in Afghanistan by training players and staff to help lift the sport in the war-torn country.

Cricket is fast overtaking football as the most popular sport in Afghanistan after the 2001 US-led invasion brought down the Taliban regime, with the national team qualifying for back-to-back World Twenty20s in 2010 and 2012.

West Indies crush Zimbabwe by an innings and 65 runs to win the series

Dominica: West Indies cruised to an innings and 65-run victory over Zimbabwe to clinch the second and final Test inside three days at Windsor Park on Friday. After declaring at their overnight position of 381 for eight, and with a first innings lead of 206, the hosts bowled out Zimbabwe for 175 in the afternoon session to claim the series 2-0.

Darren Lehmann likely to replace Mickey Arthur as coach: report

Melbourne: Australia's coach Mickey Aurthur faces a tough task to save his job following the debacle in the Test tour of India, with former player Darren Lehmann emerging as a candidate to replace him, according to reports.

Besides being a decent batsman during his 27-Test career from 1998 to 2004 with an average of nearly 45, Lehmann has won the Indian Premier League in 2009 as coach of Deccan Chargers. He is now the coach of Queensland.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Australia coach Mickey Arthur defends decision to drop players

Australia coach Mickey Arthur has again defended his decision to drop four players for the third test against India for disciplinary reasons.
Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Usman Khawaja were suspended for failing to respond to a request from management to suggest ways to improve the Australia team.

Shane Warne blames defensive captains for leg-spin decline

Six years since he quit international cricket with 1,000 wickets to his name and a reputation for reviving a moribund craft, Shane Warne is concerned about the current lack of high-class leg-spinner in cricket.

Five slow bowlers feature in the top 10 test bowlers' list but none are leg-spinners, who seem to be being overshadowed by their left-arm and off-spinning cousins.

Shane has my full support: Michael Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke on Thursday said there are doubts over his participation in the fourth Test against India starting on Friday due to his chronic back injury.

"At this stage, there is still doubt of me pulling up fit enough to play tomorrow but I've been given every opportunity. I'll have plenty of treatment again today. I've got another 24 hours to assess my fitness and do everything I can to get myself right to play this Test match," said Clarke during a press conference at the Feroze Shah Kotla.

Imran Farhat and Misbah-ul-Haq help Pakistan level series

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq led his side to a three-wicket win over South Africa in the fourth one-dayer on Thursday, setting up a series decider in the final match in Benoni on Sunday.

Misbah made 80 and Imran Farhat scored 93 as Pakistan chased down South Africa's total of 234 for nine with eight balls to spare.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

England seek to clinch series without Kevin Pietersen

New Zealand and England face off in a winner-takes-all third and final Test this week, with the tourists striving for a series-clinching victory despite the absence of star batsman Kevin Pietersen.

After rain-affected draws in Dunedin and Wellington, hopes are high for a result in the match beginning Friday at Auckland's Eden Park.

Mike Hussey, Ricky Ponting rule out Ashes return

Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey Wednesday ruled out shock comebacks to the Australian Test ranks for the Ashes tour of England after the team's troubled series in India.

With Australia 3-0 down in India and the first of back-to-back Ashes series rapidly approaching, coach Mickey Arthur has indicated he would be open to Hussey returning to the national set-up.

PCB planning players' guide to avoid controversy during Champions Trophy in England

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has started planning measures to avoid any mishap during the ICC Champions Trophy this year in England, where they were rocked by the notorious spot-fixing controversy three years ago.

We hope Michael Clarke gets fit for fourth Test: Ed Cowan

Australia's Test opener Ed Cowan on Wednesday backed Shane Watson to lead the team in the fourth and the final match against India if skipper Michael Clarke if unfit.

An out-of-form Watson has been in the centre of controversy after he was sidelined from the third Test in Mohali along with three others over a breach of discipline last week.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Shahid Afridi unhappy over his bowling form

KARACHI: Despite being in good batting knick in the ongoing limited-over series against South Africa, flamboyant Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi said it is his bowling form that is worrying him.

I did not want to break down in front of Yuvraj Singh: Sachin Tendulkar

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said that he was scared of breaking down in front of Yuvraj Singh when he met the left-handed batsman in London after his treatment in the United States for a rare germ cell cancer. "When I went to meet him in London, I was telling my wife (Anjali) that I don't want to break down when I see him. I met him and gave him a tight hug. We enjoyed a meal and from the way he (Yuvraj) ate, I was convinced that he is back on track," Tendulkar told a select gathering during the release of Yuvraj's book "The Test of My Life'.

Michael Clarke and Shane Watson need to sort out differences, says Steve Waugh

Melbourne: Former skipper Steve Waugh has urged current captain Michael Clarke and his deputy Shane Watson to sort out their differences for the betterment of Australian cricket. Watson was one of the four players to be suspended from the squad ahead of the third Test against India at Mohali for failing to submit performance reviews nine days ago, fuelling rumours of a possible rift between the all-rounder and Clarke.

Hashim Amla says De Villiers compliments him well while batting in ODIs

South African batsman Hashim Alma has claimed he enjoys batting with captain AB de Villiers as they both compliment each other very well after both of them were involved in a world-record stand on Sunday against Pakistan in the third one-day at Johannesburg.

Australia leave door ajar for retired Mike Hussey

Australia are contemplating bringing Mike Hussey back from retirement if he wants to stage a middle-order return for the Ashes.Hussey bats during the Sheffield Shield match.

Sri Lanka clinch Bangladesh Test series

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by seven wickets on the penultimate day of the second and final Test in Colombo on Tuesday to clinch the series 1-0.

Sri Lanka, who drew the opening Test in Galle, achieved a 160-run target in the last session as opener Tillakaratne Dilshan (57) and Kumar Sangakkara (55) made impressive half-centuries.

Wasim Akram to help groom fast bowlers for Pakistan

Pakistan pace great Wasim Akram on Tuesday promised to help groom a future generation of speedsters as his country looks to recapture former fast bowling glories.

Monday, 18 March 2013

New one-day rules have slow bowlers in a spin: Shahid Afridi

Karachi: The new rules in one-day international cricket have made it difficult for slow bowlers, Pakistan's experienced legspinner Shahid Afridi said on Monday.

The former Pakistan captain has 348 victims in 352 one-dayers but is without a wicket in the first three games in South Africa who lead the five-match series 2-1 going into the fourth contest in Durban on Thursday.

Michael Clarke not certain to play Delhi Test

Mohali: Michael Clarke's participation in the fourth and final Test against India is shrouded in uncertainty due to his sore back, which has opened up the possibility of Shane Watson taking over the mantle in case the regular skipper misses out.

This Aussie team not weakest ever to tour India, says Sunil Gavaskar

New Delhi: Legendary Sunil Gavaskar does not believe that the present Australian team is the weakest to have toured India, but feels the Michael Clarke-led outfit is undoubtedly the most inexperienced side to have visited the Indian shores.

India Monday recorded a six-wicket victory in the third cricket Test against Australia to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match series, and many experts, including former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, feel that the present side from Down Under is the weakest to have toured India.

De Villiers praises team for 'fighting' win over Pakistan in Johannesburg ODI

 Captain AB de Villiers has lauded his players' performance during their hard-fought 34-run win over Pakistan in the third one-day at Johannesburg on Sunday.

South Africa has taken a 2-1 lead in the five-match one-day series after winning the first match in Bloemfontein, Sport24 reports.

Shane Watson to rejoin Australia for fourth test in India

Suspended vice-captain Shane Watson will rejoin the Australian squad for the final test against India, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Monday.

Watson was dropped from the Australian squad for the third test in Mohali after failing to present three ideas on how the team could improve following their defeats in the first two tests.

Wellington Test between New Zealand, England drawn after rain washes away final day's play

The second Test match between England and New Zealand ended in a draw after the final day's play was washed out due to persistent rains and the three-test cricket series between thee two teams will go to a deciding match in Auckland, starting on Friday.

India beats Australia by 6 wickets in Mohali Test to win Border-Gavaskar Trophy 3-0

India won the third Test match against Australia here by six wickets on the fifth and final day of play.

The win ensured that the hosts regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 3-0 score line and one match remaining in Delhi, starting from March 22.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

South Africa triumph despite Shahid Afridi fireworks

Centuries by Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers set up a 34-run victory for South Africa despite a thrilling innings by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi in the third one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

Amla (122) and De Villiers (128) shared a world record third wicket partnership of 238 as South Africa made 343 for five after being sent in.

Asutralia vs India: Australia 75/3 in 2nd innings at stumps on Day 4

The India vs Australia, Mohali Test is set for another repeat of Chennai and Hyderabad, where the Michael Clarke's boys lost in never-before-seen humiliating manner, that revived and M S Dhoni's captaincy. Murali Vijay (153) cracked his second successive century before young paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar quickly snapped up three Australian wickets to raise hopes of an Indian victory in the third cricket Test which seemed headed for an exciting finish.

South Africa beat Pakistan by 34 runs in third ODI

South Africa beat Pakistan by 34 runs in the third one-day international at the Wanderers on Sunday. Scores: South Africa 343-5 (H Amla 122, AB de Villiers 128) v Pakistan 309 (Shahid Afridi 88, Mohammad Hafeez 57; McLaren 3-56).

T20 has no relation to Dhawan hitting fastest ton: Captains

New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan might have scored the fastest-ever Test century on debut on Saturday but the former cricket captains of the world believe it has nothing to do with the advent of Twenty20 cricket. Dhawan created history on Saturday by scoring the fastest-ever Test ton on debut in the third Test against Australia and was unbeaten on a 168-ball 185 at the end of the third day's play.

New Zealand 162 for two at stumps, trail by 49

New Zealand were 162 for two in their second innings at the close of a rain-disrupted fourth day of the second Test, trailing England by 49 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Sunday.

Kane Williamson was on 55 and Ross Taylor 41.

Sehwag, Gambhir, Steyn congratulate Dhawan on his superb knock

New Delhi: Senior players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir on Saturday took to micro-blogging site twitter in order to congratulate their statemate Shikhar Dhawan, who announced his arrival on international stage with a mindblowing unbeaten 185 off 168 balls.

Sachin Tendulkar told me to be gutsy: Shikhar Dhawan

Mohali: After signalling his arrival in Test cricket with a bang, debutant Shikhar Dhawan on Saturday said it was a great moment to receive his maiden cap from Sachin Tendulkar, who told him to be as 'gutsy' in international cricket as he has been in the domestic circuit.

Don't treat Oz players like kids: Ian Chappell

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has criticised the team management and told them that it is important to remember that the players are grown men, not schoolboys, even though the game may have evolved and the players have become full-time professionals, following the suspension of four key players from the Mohali Test.

Former Test skipper Kim Hughes warns of 'future' pitfalls for Clarke

 Former Test captain Kim Hughes has warned of the obstacles facing captain Michael Clarke, who is leading a divided team, and said that a shake-up is necessary to confront Australia's cricket crisis.

Hughes, who resigned after a second Test loss in Brisbane that meant five in succession against the West Indies during 1984, said that the internal tensions that led to the axing of vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja for the Mohali Test reminded him of his doomed leadership during the 1984 low against the Caribbean, reports.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Aus vs Ind: India 0-283 against Australia in 3rd Test

Australia's bowling attack was again cut to ribbons on Saturday as Shikhar Dhawan blazed his way to 185 not out, the highest score by an Indian batsman on Test debut.
India raced to 0-283 from 58 overs at stumps on day three in reply to Australia's first innings of 408.
The day was made even more painful for Australia's Steve Smith (92) and Mitchell Starc (99), who both fell narrowly short of scoring their maiden Test hundreds.

Duncan Fletcher lucky to get contract extension: Sunil Gavaskar

New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that Duncan Fletcher is lucky to have been handed an extension as no Indian coach would have been able to survive after losing 10 Test matches. "If he were an Indian, probably he would not have got an extension. If you look at the past, every time an Indian coach didn't do well in a series, he was removed," he said.

Ed Cowan hits back at Ian Chappell for questioning his opening spot

Mohali: It seems that Australian opener Ed Cowan had been waiting for an opportune moment to hit back at his critics as after his 86-run knock against India here, he said he did not care about the likes of former captain Ian Chappell questioning his Test credentials.

Sri Lanka 18-1 in reply to Bangladesh's

Sri Lanka were 18-1 in their first innings at stumps in reply to Bangladesh's 240 on the opening day of the second and final Test in Colombo on Saturday.

Mominul Haque top-scored for Bangladesh with an impressive 64, while left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took five wickets for Sri Lanka.

New Zealand 77-1 after England enforce follow-on

New Zealand were 77 for one in their second innings at stumps on the third day of the second Test against England, 134 runs in arrears after being forced to follow on.

Peter Fulton was not out 41 with Kane Williamson on 16.

New Zealand were dismissed for 254 in their first innings in reply to England's 465.

Ricky Ponting to be first international player to play in Caribbean T20 league

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been selected to take part in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and will be the first international player to take part in a West Indies Twenty20 series.

Ponting, who retired from international cricket in December 2012, will be heading toward West Indies for the T20 tournament in late July, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Mohammad Irfan leads Pakistan to six-wicket victory

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan took four wickets in a devastating opening spell to set up a six-wicket win in the second one-day international against South Africa on Friday.

Tall left-armer Irfan took a career-best four for 33 in seven overs as South Africa were bowled out for 191 in a match reduced to 44 overs a side.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan wrecks South African top order

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan took four wickets in a devastating opening spell in the second one-day international against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Friday.

Aus vs Ind 3rd Test: Australia 273/7 at stumps on day 2

Australia ended day two of the third cricket Test against India at 273 for seven at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here on Friday.

Duncan Fletcher gets one year extension as India coach

Duncan Fletcher's contract as India's cricket coach was today extended by one more year despite a below-par track record, setting to rest the intense speculation on his future.

The decision to renew the 64-year-old Fletcher's contract, which was due to end at the end of this month, was taken by the BCCI's Working Committee which met here today.

I played my part in team's cause today: Ed Cowan

Mohali: Ed Cowan's answer to Australia coach Mickey Arthur's demand for preparing a presentation on how to improve team performance was not a 10-slide power-point outline, but a desire to "bat for as long as one could."

Shane Watson may return to play the fourth Test in Delhi

Melbourne: Australia vice captain Shane Watson is likely to return to India for the fourth Test in Delhi next week and will also make himself available for the Ashes. Herald Sun, quoting sources close to Watson, said he has "cooled on retirement threats" and "will take the first steps towards atonement by considering a return to India next week to prepare for the final Test in Delhi".

South Africa bat in second ODI against Pakistan

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat in the second one-day international against Pakistan at SuperSport Park on Friday.

Shane Watson rethinks retirement after becoming first time dad

Australian all rounder Shane Watson has downplayed his retirement talks and is considering making himself available for the final Test match in Delhi as well as Ashes after becoming father for the first time.

Eng vs NZ: New Zealand 66 for three at stumps

New Zealand were 66 for three at stumps on day two of the second Test at the Basin Reserve Friday in reply to England's first innings total of 465.

Kane Williamson was unbeaten on 32 and Dean Brownlie on eight not out. England's Stuart Broad has taken two wickets for 18 runs.

Michael Clarke says can't accept Oz to stay third-best in Test cricket

Michael Clarke has claimed he can't accept Australia to stay third best in Test cricket, adding he would take every possible step to help his men reach the summit even if it requires taking hard decisions.

De Villiers confident of sustained ODI success for Proteas in future

AB de Villiers is confident his South African one-day team would consistently get success in the fifty-over format in future ahead of their second match against Pakistan at Centurion on Friday.

Cricket ticket sales in South Africa surpasses 1m mark for first time

Cricket sales in South Africa have shown a momentous increase this season, surpassing the one million for the first time, according to Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Thursday, 14 March 2013

England all out for 465 against New Zealand

England were bowled out for a first innings total of 465 at tea on day two of the second Test against New Zealand at Wellington's Basin Reserve on Friday.

England bowler Graeme Swann has successful elbow operation

England off-spinner Graeme Swann has had successful surgery on his troublesome right elbow and will now start a rehabilitation programme, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Thursday.

Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott seize control for England

England seized control of the second Test against New Zealand on Thursday as centuries by Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott put the tourists on course for a mammoth first innings total.

Matthew Hayden backs ‘axed’ Shane Watson, says CA lacks ‘fundamental Oz ways’ of cricket

Australian Test great Matthew Hayden has strongly supported axed vice-captain Shane Watson calling him a team man, and adding that senior cricket officials may not be committed to the ‘fundamental Australian ways’ of the game.

I have improved a lot: Steve Smith

Australia's young batsman Steve Smith Thursday said he has vastly improved as a player since he was dropped from the team after the Ashes defeat at home 26 months ago.

Michael Clarke to bat at No.3, Brad Haddin to keep

Australia skipper Michael Clarke will bat at No.3 while Brad Haddin will be keeping wickets against India in the third cricket Test that will resume Friday after the first day's play was washed out without a ball being bowled due to heavy rains here Thursday.

Shillingford spins West Indies to nine-wicket win

Shane Shillingford destroyed an inept Zimbabwe batting line-up to set the West Indies on the way to a comprehensive nine-wicket win inside three days in the first Test on Thursday.

Australia vs India: First day's play of Mohali Test washed out

 The first day's play of the fourth Test between India and Australia that was to be played at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) grounds in Mohali from today, was washed out due to incessant rain.

Ian Botham mocks Australia's woes in India

Wellington: England great Ian Botham revealed he was relishing Australia's woes in India after four players were suspended for indiscipline, mocking the "wellness reports" they are forced to complete. The former swashbuckling all-rounder was referring to the daily reports Australia's players are required to fill out every morning while on tour, including details such as how much they slept the night before.

Ricky Ponting comes out in defence of Shane Watson

Suspended Australia vice-captain Shane Watson received the backing of former skipper Ricky Ponting on Thursday as crisis surrounding the team rumbled on. Watson, along with three other players, was suspended for the third Test in India after failing to respond to a request from Australia's management for feedback on how the team could be improved.

South Africa focus on improving yorkers

CENTURION, South Africa: Barring their superior performance in the second Twenty20 of the tour, Pakistan have not given South Africa many lessons to learn. It is a Pakistani fast bowler, though, that South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald is holding up as an example to his charges, because he wants them to emulate his exemplary ability to endanger toes.

Shane Watson denies rift with Michael Clarke

SYDNEY: Australian vice-captain Shane Watson has denied any rift with skipper Michael Clarke and strongly rejected suggestions he is not a team player after being axed for one Test for indiscipline.

Decision to bowl first was shocking: Aaqib Javed

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former fast bowler Aaqib Javed, has said that Pakistan team should have batted first after winning the toss in the first One-day International (ODI) against South Africa.

Pakistan face fast bowling crisis, says PCB selector

Pakistan face a looming crisis in world cricket unless they nurture more fast bowlers at grassroots level, the country's chief selector Iqbal Qasim warned on Wednesday. Qasim said selectors no longer had the luxury of choosing from an array of top fast bowlers as the talent pool had dried up and the country needs to quickly find a new generation of Wasim Akrams and Waqar Younises.

Pakistan coach, manager hold closed-door meeting with seniors

Pakistan team coach Dav Whatmore and manager Naved Cheema have held a closed-door meeting with senior members of the national team, currently in South Africa, in a bid to reverse the flow of poor results on the tour.

I delayed Test retirement to keep my place, reveals Michael Hussey

Michael Hussey, the retired Australia batsman, has revealed that he held back on calling it quits from Test cricket because he feared he would be dropped for the remainder of the season. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Hussey admitted he had been secretive about his retirement plans in order to keep playing at the Test level.

South Australia coach backs Mickey Arthur's 'four player' dump from Mohali Test

The coach of the domestic South Australian team has backed Australian coach Mickey Arthur's dumping of four players from the Mohali Test for failing to complete their homework.

Stuart MacGill urges players to focus on 'individuality' before team issues to improve Test cricket performances

Former Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill has said that in cricket, players needed to focus on their individuality and being on top of their own game, rather than rely on teammates to help them prepare for the challenges of Test cricket.

Zaheer Abbas demands batting coach for Pakistan

Pakistan's former Test batsman Zaheer Abbas has lamented the absence of quality batsmen in Pakistan and advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint a batting coach for the national team

South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald underlines need to improve profligate 'death bowling' performances

South Africa's bowling coach Allan Donald has said that the team needs to improve their death bowling in limited overs cricket ahead of their second one-day international (ODI) against Pakistan at Centurion on Friday.

Daniel Vettori wants opportunity to prove form, fitness after recovering from injury

Former Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori is close to returning to action for the first time in six months after succumbing to a long-term nagging Achilles tendon injury.

Ex-Pak openers call for Kamran Akmal's promotion

Former Pakistan Test openers Mudassar Nazar and Mohsin Khan have urged the national team to settle on the opening three positions in the side, in order to bring about stability to the batting line-up.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Proteas ODI captain AB de Villiers shudders from word 'over-rate'

South Africa captain AB de Villiers has admitted that he fears being punished for his side maintaining a slow over-rate in one-day cricket.

Nasser Hussain says Aussie team structure is flawed

Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels structure of the Australian team management is flawed and suspended vice-captain Shane Watson should have been involved in the decision making process of the team.

Michael Clarke hopes Watson returns for fourth Test

Australia skipper Michael Clarke said on Wednesday that Shane Watson can again take up the role of vice-captain and was free to return to the side for the fourth Test against India starting on March 22 in New Delhi.

Bangladesh omit injured Mashrafe Mortaza for Sri Lanka ODIs

 Pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza was left out of Bangladesh's 15-man squad for the three-match one-day series against Sri Lanka as he has failed to recover from a left ankle injury.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Suspended Shane Watson wants to play for Australia again

Suspended Australia vice-captain Shane Watson is determined to play for his country again and dismissed on Tuesday suggestions that he had a poor relationship with captain Michael Clarke.Watson arrives at Sydney International Airport.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Young cricketers need to earn place in Australian Test team: Darren Lehmann

Former cricketer Darren Lehmann says that the young crop of Australian cricketers need to score substantial runs and pick up good number of wickets in domestic cricket before they are drafted into the national team. "We have to make sure the younger players are making runs and taking wickets before we promote them to play for Australia," said Lehmann. "I know everyone is trying to find the next Ricky Ponting or Michael Clarke, but they found us. Guys have to earn the right to wear the baggy green. Did Glenn Maxwell earn it last week? Probably not, but that's the selectors' call," he added.

'Off-field stuff' also led to players' sacking, says Michael Clarke

Australian captain Michael Clarke Monday defended the team management's decision to suspend four players including vice-captain Shane Watson for the third Test stating that it's "not just about one incident" but also about "off-field stuff" which has been unacceptable.

Alastair Cook worried over Kevin Pietersen's knee injury ahead of Wellington Test

England captain Alastair Cook has admitted star batsman Kevin Pietersen's knee is bit of concern ahead of their second Test match against New Zealand in Wellington.

James Pattinson, Shane Watson among four Oz players dropped for Mohali Test for disciplinary breach

Australian management has sensationally dropped vice-captain Shane Watson, fast bowlers James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson and batsman Usman Khawaja from their squad for the third Test match against India in Mohali for serious disciplinary breach.

Coach Mickey Arthur and team manager Gavin Dovey made the stunning announcement on Monday afternoon as Australia continued preparations for the third leg of the series, which they trail 2-0, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

History-making Mushfiqur Rahim leads Bangladesh run-spree

Mushfiqur Rahim on Monday became the first Bangladeshi to crack a double-century while Nasir Hossain hit a maiden ton as the tourists gained a 68-run lead in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

New Zealand-England Test drawn

The first Test between New Zealand and England ended in a draw at University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday.

England were 421 for six in their second innings, a lead of 128, when play ended with 15 overs remaining.

South Africa beat Pakistan by 125 runs in first ODI

South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa beat Pakistan by 125 runs in the first one-day international on Sunday.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Sunrisers' new bowling consultant Waqar Younis excited to work with Ishant in IPL

 Pakistani pace great Waqar Younis, who has been appointed as a bowling consultant with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisee Hyderabad Sunrisers, has said he is really excited to help team's quicks especially Indian pace spearhead Ishant Sharma.

England fight back with Cook, Compton centuries

A double century stand by Alastair Cook and Nick Compton pulled England off the ropes and into a relatively safe position in the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

Dean Jones says India would struggle more than Oz in away from 'home' conditions

Dean Jones has claimed the current Indian team would struggle more than the Australian team if both the teams play Test cricket away from their home conditions.

Sri Lanka 570-4 declared in Bangladesh Test

Sri Lanka declared their first innings closed at 570-4 on the second day of the opening Test against Bangladesh in Galle on Saturday.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Sourav Ganguly praises MS Dhoni for breaking his captaincy record

Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday lauded MS Dhoni for becoming the most successful Indian Test captain, surpassing his record, and hoped that the wicketkeeper batsman would be able to carry his showing in the coming foreign engagements.

MS Dhoni should continue as captain till 2019 World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar

Impressed by the changed leadership style of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar Tuesday said that the Jharkhand dasher should continue as India's captain till the 2019 World Cup. Gavaskar feels that Dhoni has changed his captaincy approach after the debacle against Australia and England last year and he was now a much-more assertive leader on the field.

Australian media lashes out at team's abject surrender

Launching a scathing attack on their cricket team for a spineless show in the second Test, the Australian media on Wednesday dubbed their players as "pale warriors", who did not have the stomach for fight and the legs to last the distance.

Selectors must take call on Virender Sehwag's fate as opener, reckons Rahul Dravid

Former India captain Rahul Dravid has said that the national selectors must take a call on whether to continue with struggling Virender Sehwag as an opener in the Test series in South Africa later this year or give someone else a chance.

Winning most matches is a collective effort: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels winning most matches as an Indian Test captain is a collective effort and said the credit should go to all the team members.

Match-fixers to face 10 year jail terms under new proposed Oz laws

 Australian state Victoria has stepped up efforts to save its lucrative sports industry after Sports Minister Hugh Delahunty revealed on Tuesday that they would introduce match-fixing laws this week that could see match-fixers jailed for up to 10 years in jail.

Pakistan cricket chief backs under-fire Whatmore

Pakistan's cricket chief threw his weight behind under-fire coach Dav Whatmore on Tuesday, after the national team's 3-0 Test whitewash in South Africa, saying he was doing a good job.

1st day of England-New Zealand Test washed out

Bad light and heavy rain prevented play on the first day of the opening Test between New Zealand and England on Wednesday, as the tourists lost spinner Graeme Swann without a ball being bowled.

'Inexperience' no excuse for Australia's abysmal batting performance against India

The inexperience of Australian batsmen in the sub-continent conditions can't be accepted as an excuse for their disastrous showing so far in the first two Test matches against India, according to sports journalist, Chris Barrett.

Lasith Malinga to face SLC inquiry on 'unfriendly' behaviour with media over contract row

Sri Lanka's Twenty20 vice-captain Lasith Malinga is set to face a behavioural inquiry by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after he had exchanged unfriendly words with the media during the recent contract dispute crisis of Sri Lankan players with the SLC.

Sri Lanka's Thilan Samaraweera considering retirement much against bosses' will

 Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera wants to retire from all forms of cricket but bosses are trying to persuade him otherwise.

Michael Hussey urges Oz to keep faith in current batsmen during India Test series

Retired Australian Michael Hussey has urged selectors to keep faith in their current crop of batsmen following their horrendous batting display in the first two Test matches against India, and he added recalling him in the Test team won't solve any problems.

Ricky Ponting recalls Gambhir's 'wait, till you see what you get in India' threat

Ricky Ponting has revealed Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir had warned the Australian team of instant vengeance by making spin-friendly pitches in India after their 4-0 Test flogging Down Under last year.

Ashes fears as England's Graeme Swann faces surgery

England off-spinner Graeme Swann faces a race against time to be fit for this year's Ashes double-header after injury forced him out of the Test series against New Zealand on Wednesday.

Alastair Cook admits adjusting with 'intense' Flower and 'laid-back' Giles no cakewalk

England captain Alastair Cook has conceded he is still getting used to working with limited-over coach Ashley Giles, who has a laid-back approach and Test team coach Andy Flower, who is quite intense on the field.

Monday, 4 March 2013

It’s unfair to criticize Whatmore: Mohammed Hafeez

Unless it is the World Twenty20 final, winning a match in the shortest format is seldom the cause for massive celebration. Today, it was.

For Mohammed Hafeez, Pakistan's thumping of South Africa was as much an individual triumph as it was a team one. It showed that he has not lost his touch even after the Test series brought that up for debate. It showed that the team is not incapable of competing with and beating an opposition that continues to be talked up as better than them. And it showed those who have called for heads to roll, their words came too early.

Australia 74/2 in 2nd innings, trail by 192 runs against India

West Indies defeat Zimbabwe by 41 runs, clinch series 2-0

Kieron Pollard hit an unbeaten 45 off 24 balls and Samuel Badree followed with 3 for 17 on Sunday as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs to complete a 2-0 win in the Twenty20 series. Pollard slammed three fours and three sixes to lift the West Indies to 158 for 7 off 20 overs. Opener Lendl Simmons anchored the top order with 41 off 39 balls.

There were two wickets apiece for Zimbabwe legspinners Tino Mutombodzi (2 for 28) and Natsai M'shangwe (2 for 33). Badree put the skids under Zimbabwe's run chase early with the wickets of both openers and captain Brendan Taylor.

Changes likely in Pakistan team management: sources

Even if Pakistan does well in the upcoming one-day and T20 series, it is possible that key positions in the team management, including the job of coach and manager, may be offered to former players.

Pakistan bowling coach under fire after South Africa debacle

Pakistan's bowling coach Mohammad Akram is likely to face the heat after the lacklustre showing by the pace attack in their recent 0-3 drubbing in the Test series against South Africa. Sources close to the team have claimed the bowlers have little respect for Akram and primarily don't take his advice or tips seriously.

Mickey Arthur defends 'technically flawed' Lyon's Hyderabad Test axe

Coach Mickey Arthur has defended their decision to axe Nathan Lyon from the Australian playing eleven for the second Test against India in the Hyderabad Test, saying the sidelined off-spinner has technical issues to work on.

Rahul Dravid says Oz made 'tactical blunder' by dropping Lyon

Rahul Dravid has claimed Australia's decision to drop off spinner Nathan Lyon was a tactical blunder as the touring bowlers struggled against the hosts on the second day of the Hyderabad Test.

Faf du Plessis says Proteas can learn from brutal T20 mauling by Pakistan

South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis, after suffering an embarrassing Twenty20 defeat on Sunday at the hands of Pakistan, has said his team can learn a thing or two from the Pakistani players.

Arjuna Ranatunga willing to help revive international cricket in Pakistan

Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has said he is willing to help Pakistan in reviving international cricket in the country, which was stalled four years ago following a dreaded terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricketers.

Sri Lanka name squad for first Bangladesh Test

Sri Lanka's selectors on Monday picked a 16-man squad for the first Test against Bangladesh starting in Galle on Friday:

Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Gul put woes behind them to give Pakistan win

Captain Mohammad Hafeez and bowler Umar Gul put their test woes behind them as Pakistan beat South Africa by 95 runs on Sunday to win the two-match Twenty20 series 1-0.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Rain washes out South Africa v Pakistan T20 clash

The first Twenty20 international between South Africa and Pakistan was abandoned because of rain at Kingsmead on Friday.

New Zealand XI beat England by 3 wickets

A New Zealand XI beat England by three wickets here Saturday in a four-day warm-up match before the first Test.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Misbah-ul-Huq blames lack of Test cricket, different conditions for whitewash by Proteas

Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Huq has blamed the lack of Test cricket played by his team and their inexperience in settling in different conditions responsible for the 3-0 Test series whitewash by South Africa.

Former Pakistan captains call for team revamp after Proteas whitewash

Former captains have stressed the need for a total revamp of the failing system of Pakistani cricket and urged for more focus on Tests after the team's humiliating 3-0 defeat by South Africa.

India takes 1-0 lead against Australia with eight-wicket win in Chennai Test

India defeated Australia by eight wickets on the fifth and final day of the first Test that was played at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Michael Clarke's presence in the middle had a calming influence: Henriques

Australia's Moises Henriques on Friday said that his skipper Michael Clarke's presence in the middle had a calming influence on the debutant, who signalled his arrival on the big stage with a crucial half-century on the opening day of the first Test against India here.

Test cricket will 'die' after Sachin Tendulkar's retirement: Arjuna Ranatunga

Sri Lanka's World Cup-winning former captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels Test cricket would "die" if players like Sachin Tendulkar call it quits.

Sri Lanka public don't like juniors playing IPL: Jayasuriy

Former Sri Lanka captain and present chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya feels that it will be better if junior Sri Lankan players are kept away from IPL although it remains an "individual decision".

MS Dhoni doesn't back out-of-form players: VVS Laxman

Former India batsman VVS Laxman on Saturday criticized India captain MS Dhoni for keeping aloof from struggling players when they need him most. Laxman, who is part of the Star Cricket commentary team for the first Test against Australia here, gave the example of Harbhajan Singh who he thinks needs plenty of encouragement considering that the offspinner, playing his 100th Test, is going through a lean patch.

Ricky Ponting to captain Mumbai Indians in IPL 6

Ricky Ponting has been named captain of Mumbai Indians for the six edition of the Indian Premier League, the franchise said in a statement on Thursday.

Don't put pressure on me: Shahid Afridi to selectors

Karachi: Flamboyant all rounder Shahid Afridi on Saturday asked national selectors to not put pressure on him by making unsolicited statements and also made it clear that the decision to quit the game remains his prerogative. After recalling Afridi in the One-day squad for the series against South Africa, chief selector Iqbal Qasim had said the all rounder will have to justify his selection by putting up a good show.

Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo lead Windies to Zimbabwe rout

Johnson Charles blazed a second consecutive century and Darren Bravo made a maiden limited overs ton as the West Indies routed Zimbabwe by 156 runs to win the first one-day international on Friday.

Dean Jones says world of cricket massively benefited from 'powerbroker' BCCI

Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has claimed world of cricket has massively benefited from the influence of game's major powerhouse Board of Cricket Control (BCCI).

England thrash New Zealand, win series

Devastating bowling from Steven Finn and a solid top-order batting display gave England a five wicket win over New Zealand in the deciding one-day international at Eden Park on Saturday to claim the series 2-1.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Pakistan give final chance to former captain Shahid Afridi

Karachi: Pakistan have given former captain Shahid Afridi a final opportunity in international cricket by including him in their team for one-day series in South Africa next month.

Ricky Ponting joins Surrey on two-month contract

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Thursday agreed a deal to play for English side Surrey for two months of this year's county season.

Ross Taylor more relaxed after Napier century

New Zealand's Ross Taylor has admitted the century he scored in Wednesday's defeat to England has eased the pressure on him as he makes his way back into the side following a self-imposed break.

Jonathan Trott stunned by young Root's sensational temperament

England batsman Jonathan Trott has said it took him a while to overcome the mental pressures of the international game, and he lauded rookie Joe Root's exceptional temperament at such a young age.

Martin Guptill ruled out of remaining England series with thumb injury

New Zealand cricketer Martin Guptill has been dropped out of the remainder of England's tour of the country after it was revealed that he required a thumb surgery.

Michael Clarke's unbeaten century rescues Oz on day one of Chennai Test

 Captain Michael Clarke scored a magnificent century to rescue Australia from a struggling position after Ravichandran Ashwin snared all six top-order batsmen to leave the visitors reeling at 153/5 at one stage of the day one of the Chennai Test against India.

Zimbabwe win toss and field against West Indies

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor won the toss and elected to field against West Indies in the first one day international at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada on Friday.

Pak vs SA: Hashim Amla misses century as Pakistan fight back

Hashim Amla was denied a century but helped South Africa to 201 for five at tea on the opening day of the third test against Pakistan at Centurion on Friday.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Pakistan hindered by lack of home tests - Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq reiterated his belief that the continued boycott of his country by international sides is hindering their chances of becoming the leading test nation.

Ongoing security concerns mean the last test match played in Pakistan was against Sri Lanka in 2009, one of just four home fixtures for the side in the last seven years.

In that time, the Pakistanis have played "home" matches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and even England.

Vernon Philander can get better: Graeme Smith

South African opening bowler Vernon Philander has built up a phenomenal record since his Test debut against Australia in November 2011 but his captain Graeme Smith is looking for more.

"Vern has got the results but he is still a work in progress," said Smith. "I think he can get better."

Philander, 27, has taken 87 wickets in 15 Tests at an average of 16.81 - a strike rate and an average unmatched by any other contemporary Test bowler.

He has shot up the International Cricket Council rankings and is second only to his South African new ball partner, Dale Steyn.

South Africa to retain ICC Test mace

South Africa has been guaranteed the number-one position on the ICC Test Championship table at the April 1 cut-off date after victory in the Cape Town Test against Pakistan.

It means their place cannot be overtaken by closest rivals - England, Australia and India.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill guide NZ to win over England

Hamilton: Brendon McCullum produced a match winning innings while a limping Martin Guptill returned after retiring hurt to guide New Zealand to a three-wicket victory over England in their first one-day international at Seddon Park on Sunday.

McCullum finished on 69 while Guptill, who retired hurt on three after he strained his left hamstring only to return when New Zealand were 218 for seven, was 27 not out as the hosts scored 259-7 in 48.5 overs, having bowled England out for 258.

South Africa take series after Pakistan collapse

South Africa reinforced their status as the world's number one Test team when they beat Pakistan by four wickets on the fourth day of the second Test at Newlands on Sunday.

The victory, with a day to spare, gave South Africa a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series and came after a dramatic Pakistan collapse in their second innings.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

South Africa fightback puts Test on knife

Robin Peterson and Dale Steyn led a South African fightback which left the second Test against Pakistan evenly poised at the end of the third day at Newlands on Saturday.
Pakistan were 100 for three at the close, a lead of 112.

Peterson hit 84 to enable South Africa to get within 12 runs of Pakistan's first innings total of 338 and Steyn bowled at blistering pace to take two wickets as Pakistan lost their first three second innings wickets for 45 runs.

Friday, 15 February 2013

We got Jacques Kallis dismissal wrong, say Test officials

The playing control team in charge of the second Test between South Africa and Pakistan admitted on Friday that a mistake had been made when star home batsman Jacques Kallis was given out.

Kallis was given out caught at short leg off spinner Saeed Ajmal by umpire Steve Davis but the batsman immediately sought a review, which went to television umpire Billy Bowden.

Replays showed the ball had not touched Kallis' bat before looping to Azhar Ali.

Controversy rages over Jacques Kallis dismissal

South Africa team manager, Mohammad Moosajee, said on Friday he had received a satisfactory explanation after Jacques Kallis was dismissed in controversial circumstances on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands.

Kallis was given out caught at short leg by umpire Steve Davis but the star batsman immediately sought a review, which went to television umpire Billy Bowden.

Saeed Ajmal strikes to put Pakistan on top

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took all five wickets as Pakistan finished on top on a controversial second day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Friday. South Africa were struggling at 139 for five at the close, still 199 runs behind Pakistan's first innings of 338 after Ajmal had finished with five for 41.

"Pakistan are ahead of the game," admitted South African assistant coach Russell Domingo.

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore admitted that his side should never have been written off despite being mauled by 211 runs in the first Test in Johannesburg.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq hit centuries as Pakistan fight back AFP

Centuries by Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq transformed Pakistan's fortunes on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Thursday.

Pakistan were 253 for five at stumps, having been reeling at 33 for four after being sent in.

Younis was caught behind off Vernon Philander 13 balls before the close for 111, while Shafiq was unbeaten, also on 111.

The pair put on 219, a record partnership for any wicket by Pakistan against South Africa.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

West Indies beat Australia by 27 runs

The West Indies beat Australia by 27 runs in their one off T20 international in Brisbane on Wednesday.
West Indies scored 191 for six then restricted Australia to 164 for eight.

Scores in the one off T20 international between Australia and West Indies in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Injury rules Pakistan's Junaid Khan out of second test

Injured Pakistan seamer Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the second cricket test against South Africa at Newlands starting on Thursday.

Coach Dav Whatmore said the tourists were weighing up a replacement for the 24-year-old, who has failed to recover from a thigh injury sustained before Pakistan's practice match against the Emerging Cape Cobras.

"Junaid is definitely out of the second test but we hope to have him fit again for Centurion," Whatmore told a news conference.

The third test at Centurion starts on February 22.

Graeme Smith hopes Pakistan batsmen will be tentative

South African captain Graeme Smith said he hoped Pakistan's batsmen would be tentative when they face South Africa's fast bowlers in the second Test starting at Newlands on Thursday.

Fifteen of the 20 Pakistan wickets that fell in the first Test in Johannesburg were to catches behind the wicket or in the slips. South Africa won by 211 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

"I'd like to put it down to our guys creating good angles, getting good swing," said Smith.

Monday, 11 February 2013

George Bailey says depleted T20 squad due to India tour may spell trouble for 2014 World Cup

Australian Twenty20 captain George Bailey has said that a depleted T20 squad against the West Indies may compromise Australia's chances for the 2014 T20 World Cup.

Bailey was reportedly frustrated over the repeated dropping of cricketers from the T20 squad following the assembling of the 17-member Australian squad in India for the upcoming Tests, the Age reports.

Bailey said that although he understood Cricket Australia's prioritizing the Test series, there are still 7 or 8 games left until the T20 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh, which may compromise the preparation for the game.

Afghanistan fall in Pakistan tour opener

Afghanistan's warm-up tour of Pakistan got off to a losing start on Monday as they fell to an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of the hosts' second-string team.

Pakistan 'A' bowlers led by captain Shahid Afridi bundled the Afghans out for a paltry 122 in 38.5 overs with the main resistance coming from Mohammad Shahzad who scored 33 and Javed Ahmadi who managed 23.

Indian fast bowling coach Dawes says Sachin Tendulkar still 'god' among teammates, fans

India's fast bowling coach Joe Dawes has described cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as still having a god-like status among his teammates and cricket fans.

The former Australian cricketer, who has been a constant companion to Tendulkar for the past nine months, said that Tendulkar's teammates copied his every little gesture, even carrying their bats with them on the team bus like the Little Master, reports.

Mohammad Irfan, Younis Khan shine in practice match

Pakistan's left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan made a claim for a Test place and senior batsman Younis Khan played himself into form on the second and final day of a practice match against an Emerging Cape Cobras team at the Western Province Cricket Club on Monday.

Irfan followed up his first innings haul of four for 20 with three for 20 as the home side, comprising amateur players from the Western Cape franchise, were bowled out for 78.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Australia win final ODI, whitewash West Indies

Adam Voges scored his maiden one-day international century as a depleted Australia secured a 5-0 series whitewash by beating West Indies by 17 runs in the final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The 33-year-old middle order batsman blasted an unbeaten 112 off 106 balls to propel Australia to a commanding total of 274 for five, before the tourists' promising chase stumbled in the final overs with late wickets.

Johnson Charles, who replaced injured opener Chris Gayle, also scored a maiden ODI ton to give West Indies hope of hauling in the total, but the innings quickly petered out when allrounder James Faulkner had the hard-hitting Kieron Pollard caught for 45.