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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Shahid Afridi says Stop trying to convince Bangladesh to tour Pakistan

Former captain Shahid Afridi feels under current situation no international team will tour Pakistan and advised the PCB to stop trying to convince weak teams such as Bangladesh to play in their country.

Afridi said on Geo News TV on Wednesday that while he understood the honest efforts made by the board to somehow revive international cricket in Pakistan but felt running after teams like Bangladesh would serve no purpose.

"I don't think teams will tour Pakistan in present circumstances. It is better if the board waits for the situation to improve in our country. When things improve all the teams will want to play in Pakistan it is a matter of time," Afridi said.

Australia seek all-round success on India tour

Australia have named a trio of unproven all-rounders in their test squad for the tour of India and thrown a life-line to discarded spinner Xavier Doherty as they scramble to find a winning combination ahead of back-to-back Ashes campaigns.

Following Mike Hussey's retirement, selectors have gambled on uncapped all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Moises Henriques with the duo set to vie for the veteran batsman's number six spot during the four-test series starting next month.

Injured Pak opener Taufeeq Umar replaced by Imran Farhat for Proteas series

Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar, who was ruled out of the tour of South Africa just two days before the first Test starts in Johannesburg due to an injury, has been replaced by Imran Farhat.

Umar, 31, suffered a muscle injury in his shin and the team management decided to call for a replacement, reports Sport24.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson Nadeem Sarwar said doctors have advised Umar four to five weeks rest.

Haroon Lorgat claims top international players set to play in Pakistan T20 League

Former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has claimed top international players have signed up to participate in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) despite security fears.

PSL advisor, Lorgat claimed players could earn at least 100,000 dollars for the two-week tournament in Pakistan, the BBC reports.

Lorgat rejected claims from players' union, Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) boss Tim May that players would stay away because Pakistan is unsafe.

Graeme Smith set to create history as captain

Graeme Smith will become the first cricketer to captain 100 tests when he leads South Africa out against Pakistan on Friday, his 32nd birthday.

"To achieve what he has achieved, I don't think will be achieved very soon again, if ever," team mate Jacques Kallis told reporters in the build-up to the Johannesburg test.

Friday at the Wanderers has been declared 'Biff Day' in a nod to the nickname that exemplifies Smith's dogged nature and bruising style.

New Zealand gets $1.8m from ICC

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) was allocated $1.8 million by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday for next three years to develop the sport in the country.

The fund comes from ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme which is aimed at developing more competitive teams among Full Members and Associate/Affiliate Members.

Bangladesh T20 league hit by new pay row

International cricket stars threatened Thursday to quit the Bangladesh Premier League as the troubled Twenty20 tournament was hit by a fresh dispute over pay.
The second edition of the BPL has already been deprived of any Pakistani players after they were prevented by their national board from taking part on the eve of the tournament.
Now players from five of the BPL's seven teams could walk away in the middle of the competition unless they receive the salaries that they were promised, according to officials and their representatives.

Michael Clarke,Ricky Ponting top IPL auction list

Australia captain Michael Clarke and former captain Ricky Ponting attracted the highest base price in the list of 101 players that feature in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction to be held here Sunday.

The Australian duo will go under the hammer with highest reserve price of $400,000 (approx Rs.2 crore).

Clarke played for Pune Warriors India in IPL 2012 after they bought him on a one-year contract outside of the auction. Ponting was part of the inaugural IPL season, in 2008, playing for Kolkata Knight Riders. He was released by the franchise in 2010.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Daniel Vettori gives himself only 'slim' chance for playing in upcoming Test series against England

Veteran New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori has said he has slim chances of playing in the upcoming three-Test series against England due to a lingering injury.

Vettori, who has been sidelined because of an ongoing Achilles tendon sprain, is hoping that he will be fit for the return tour to England later this year, Stuff.co.nz reports.

The Kiwi star also said that he is also hoping to be selected for the upcoming ODI campaign of the domestic team Northern Districts, adding that he would not be able to play in any four-day cricket for now.

Aussies confident skipper Michael Clarke will be fit for Windies ODI series

Australian paceman Clint McKay is confident the team's wounded captain will be ready for battle when the ODI series against the West Indies begins on Friday at the WACA Ground.

Skipper Michael Clarke missed the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka after rolling his ankle at training on the day before the game, reports News.com.au.

McKay said he was confident Clarke would be fit to return for Friday's game. He said Clarke is looking as "fit as ever".

Dennis Lillee joins Australia high-performance team

Cricket Australia have appointed fast bowling great Dennis Lillee as an advisor, days after spinner Shane Warne panned the board and said cricket people needed to be running the team rather than 'muppets'.

Lillee would provide coaching services, guidance and mentoring to Australia's emerging fast bowlers as well as the national team, Cricket Australia (CA) said on their website (www.cricket.com.au) on Wednesday.

"Lillee will be available face-to-face and on mobile to the squad, but won't travel extensively abroad with the national team," it added.

Shane Warne calls for new Australian coach

Test great Shane Warne on Wednesday called on Australia coach Mickey Arthur to be replaced by former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming days after branding the nation's cricket chiefs "muppets".

The outspoken leg-spinner, who said he was "frustrated on many levels at present", praised Fleming as "the best opposition captain we played against" on his website www.shanewarne.com.

"I believe he brings a lot to the table, a calmness, an intelligent understanding of the game and a very good cricket brain. He's a good communicator too as well as a good leader of men."

Holland to play South Africa in ODI

The Netherlands are to play South Africa in a one-day international before this year's Champions Trophy, the Royal Dutch Cricket Association announced on Wednesday.

The game on May 31 at Amstelveen is part of the Proteas' preparations for the eight-team competition in England and Wales, which starts on June 6.

Royal Dutch Cricket Association chief executive Richard Cox was quoted as saying on the International Cricket Council website that the fixture was a "real coup" and would give the game a boost in the Netherlands.

David Warner injures thumb, Khawaja in Australia one-day squad

Australia opener David Warner will miss the first two one-day internationals against West Indies with a fractured thumb and has been replaced in the squad by Usman Khawaja, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday.Warner is checked after being struck on the left hand by Mitchell Johnson.

Warner was struck by a Mitchell Johnson delivery while batting in the nets at Perth, suffering a minor left thumb fracture and ruling him out of the matches on Friday and Sunday at the WACA.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Shane Watson focusing on spin ahead of India tour

Australian allrounder Shane Watson is busy preparing for the India tour and says he is working specifically on tackling spin in the sub-continental conditions.
Watson scored 30 for Sutherland in his comeback game from a calf injury. He is hoping to make the most of the domestic game ahead of the four Test series in India, including a one-day game for New South Wales against Western Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
"I've been developing a few different game plans to be able to try and combat the spin [in India]," Watson was quoted as saying.

Pakistan's tour match ends in draw

The touring Pakistanis were held to a draw when bad light brought an early end to their four-day match against a South African Invitation XI at Buffalo Park on Monday.
The Invitation XI, set 323 to win, were 190 for five in their second innings when the match was called off. Home team captain Justin Ontong made an unbeaten 51 after his side had seemed in danger of defeat when he went in to bat with his team on 101 for four.

Monday, 28 January 2013

No need to curb aggression for India tour, says Adam Gilchrist

Sparks fly whenever India and Australia clash on the cricket field but Adam Gilchrist does not see the need to curb the aggression as he feels "heated confrontations" are actually a mark of respect to the rival.
"(It's) a great rivalry and I think when it gets so aggressive in the sporting arena, it's a sign of respect. You feel threatened by an opponent so you play harder and it might lead to heated confrontation," Gilchrist said while talking about the four-match Test series starting February 2
"...that's a sign of ultimate respect...but I have learnt that what might be acceptable in one culture might be frowned upon in another," he added. Gilchrist said India's recent poor Test run, including the recent home debacle against England, can be seen as an opening for the Australians, who are also enduring a transition phase. All top two-three teams in the world are evenly matched. They can beat anyone on any given day. England have challenged India here so there is an opening here for Australia. I am sure it would be a terrific series ," Gilchrist said.

Graeme Smith set to play his 100th Test as South Africa skipper

South African skipper Graeme Smith is all set to become the first cricket player to captain a team in 100 Tests when he will lead the side out against Pakistan on Friday at the Wanderers stadium here.
It will be a double celebration for Smith as it will also be his 32nd birthday. Smith has led the Proteas in 98 Tests to date and has also captained the World XI against Australia. To celebrate the occasion, Cricket South Africa and its sponsors have lined up a host of activities. CSA has also urged fans to be part of the celebrations by signing a huge Proteas replica jersey which will be handed over to Smith during the match. 

Sanath Jayasuriya appointed as chairman of Sri Lanka selection panel

Sri Lanka has revamped its cricket selection panel with a new team under its new chairman, Sanath Jayasuriya, the country's Sports Ministry announced here on Monday. Jayasuriya, a former national captain and a current government parliamentarian, will have Hemantha Wickramaratne, Pramodaya Wickremasinghe, Chaminda Mendis and Eric Upashantha as co-members of the panel.
Wickramaratne, a former ODI player, is the only surviving member from the outgoing panel headed by former Test fast bowler Asantha de Mel. Wickramasinghe was a member of the 1996 World Cup champion side alongside Jayasuriya. They both come from the southern town of Matara. Jayasuriya, whose batting was a key factor to the island nation's victory in 1996, was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Mendis, who had figured in previous selection panels, was also an ODI player. 

India reclaim number one rank in ODIs

India on Sunday snatched the number one rank from England in one-dayers, courtesy their impressive 3-2 series-win over the visitors. India lost the fifth ODI here today by seven wickets but it was a dead rubber.
India, which started the series in third place at 117 ratings points, ended at 119 to re-claim the top spot in the ICC ODI Championhsip table after a gap of three years. England, which had started on 121 ratings points, slipped to 119 ratings points after the series loss, only to see India finish ahead of it by 0.2 when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point

It was an important toss to win, says Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook on Sunday admitted that it was an "important toss to win" and they possibly couldn't have lost the match once his bowlers dismissed India's top four batsmen for only 49 runs during the fifth and final ODI here.
"It was an important toss to win. But you still have to execute your skills and I thought our opening bowlers did that very well. 49 for four gave us a great chance to win and we did that," a relieved Cook said at the post-match press conference today after his team comfortably defeated India by seven wickets

No player ready to fill Michael Hussey's spot: Justin Langer

Former Australian batting coach Justin Langer has said that there is no player perfectly fit for the position left open by Michael Hussey's retirement, although he was impressed by youngster Steve Smith's form.

Adding that the current time was a good period for any young player with a strong work ethic, Langer said that the key to be in good form is mental resilience and good technique, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Sri Lanka beat Australia with last T20 ball

Sri Lanka won an ill-tempered and rain-shortened final T20 international against Australia off the last ball at the MCG on Monday.

Angry words were exchanged as the two sides walked off, with Sri Lanka winning by two runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

The tourists scored 161 for four wickets off their 20 overs but a shower which interrupted the home side's innings reduced the match by five overs.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Glenn McGrath claims Oz sans Hussey, Ponting would find it tough in India

Pace legend Glenn McGrath has claimed Australia would struggle in their upcoming Test tour to India in the absence of veterans like Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.

While Ponting's absence goes without saying, McGrath said the absence of Hussey will also be a big facto, the Nation reports.

McGrath added Hussey's retirement is going to leave a very big hole in the Australia middle order, and he added that finding someone to fill his

Lot riding on Australia series: Rahul Dravid

There is a lot riding on the upcoming India-Australia cricket series since it will help the selectors identify the next generation of players, Rahul Dravid, the team's mainstay till his retirement last year, said at the Jaipur Literature Festival Saturday.

"Each series is significant like the series with England. But like India, Australia too has lost a lot of big players. So both teams are quite similar. But there is a lot riding on the teams. It will help them recognize the next generation of players," he told reporters here after taking part in a session.

Shane Watson wants to open batting for Oz during India tour with eye on bowling role in Ashes

Shane Watson has claimed he would like to open the batting during Australia's upcoming Test tour to India with an eye on slowly recovering his bowling to bowl some overs during the Ashes series.

Watson intends to build his bowling form on the tour of India, with a view to playing a key role with the ball during the Ashes, News.com.au reports.

Jesse Ryder not to return in Black Caps squad for England series

Former New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has made himself unavailable for the upcoming tour by England, as he is not ready yet to end his self-imposed exile from international cricket.

The talented 28-year-old has been one of the form domestic players of the New Zealand summer, prompting speculation that he could return to the Black Caps set-up following their just-completed tour of South Africa, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Graham Gooch steps down as England limited overs batting coach

Graham Gooch has stepped down as batting coach for England's one-day and Twenty20 teams and will focus exclusively on the test side, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Sunday.
Graham Thorpe, like Gooch one of England's most successful batsman of the past 25 years, takes over as batting coach for the limited overs matches for the tour of New Zealand starting next month.
The demands of the three forms of the game has already led England

England beat India by 7 wickets

Ian Bell's 113 runs helped England win the fifth and the final cricket ODI in Dharamsala on Sunday.
A swashbuckling knock by Suresh Raina helped India reach a decent total of 226 after an inept batting performance by the top-order batsmen in bowling friendly conditions.
Put into bat in conditions helpful for seam bowling, India were 79 for five before Raina (83) led a recovery act before the home team folded for 226 in 49.4 overs at the picturesque HPCA Stadium.

Pakistan add pace duo to squad

Pakistan have added pace bowlers Tanvir Ahmed and Rahat Ali to their side in South Africa before the first test starting on February 1, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Sunday.

A PCB spokesman said the decision followed a request from the touring team's management.

"They have taken this decision after considering the conditions and duration of the tour in South Africa," the spokesman said. "Both players will arrive before the first test."

The team already includes pace bowlers Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan and uncapped Ehsan Adil.

Graham Thorpe to be England batting coach in ODIs and T20s

Graham Gooch has stepped down as batting coach for England's one-day and Twenty20 teams and will focus exclusively on the Test side, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Sunday.
Graham Thorpe, like Gooch one of England's most successful batsman of the past 25 years, takes over as batting coach for the limited overs matches for the tour of New Zealand starting next month. 

PCB, Inzamam trigger controversy

The PCB and Inzamam-ul-Haq have triggered off a controversy in Pakistan cricket because of their differing views on why the former captain was not sent to South Africa with the national team as its batting consultant.
Inzamam, the most capped player for Pakistan, told reporters in Lahore that the board never contacted him after he returned from India about the tour to South Africa. 
"The board had initially offered me to be the batting consultant for the tours to India and South Africa. I couldn't go to India because of a prior commitment with a channel. But after I returned from India no one from the board contacted me to speak about the South Africa tour," Inzamam said.

We should've batted sensibly: MS Dhoni

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said had India batted "more sensibly", the hosts could have won the fifth and final ODI here and wrapped up the series by a bigger margin.
Sent into bat, India were all out for 226 and Dhoni said the home team were 30-35 runs short of the target that they would have liked to set before England at the picturesque HPCA Stadium which made its ODI debut. 
"The ODI series was as tight as the Test series. We should have won this game, maybe we should have batted more sensibly. We were 30-35 runs short," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.

Pakistan strengthens bowling attack for South Africa

Pakistan said on Sunday that they would add pacemen Tanveer Ahmed and Rahat Ali to their squad for the three-Test series in South Africa starting next week.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the team, currently playing a four-day tour opener in East London before the first Test in Johannesburg, sent a request for the extra bowlers. 
"After considering the conditions and duration of the tour in South Africa the Pakistan team management has requested the national selection committee to send two fast bowlers," said a PCB press release, adding that they would reach South Africa before the start of the first Test on Friday.

Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Gul revive Pakistan in tour game against South African Invitation XI

Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and opening bowler Umar Gul spurred a strong showing by the touring Pakistani team on the second day of their four-day match against a South African Invitation XI at Buffalo Park on Saturday.
Ahmed hit 93 and Gul made 49 as the tourists recovered from their overnight 178 for six to reach 329 all out. Gul then took two early wickets to put the Invitation XI under pressure. They reached 213 for seven at the close in their only warm-up match before the first Test against South Africa starting in Johannesburg on Friday. 

Saturday, 26 January 2013

South Africa beat New Zealand by one wicket

A six from Ryan McLaren off the final delivery and a rapid 116 by Graeme Smith helped South Africa to a thrilling one-wicket victory over New Zealand in the third one-day international on Friday.

The Proteas, who came into the game having already lost the three-match series 2-0, had been set a target of 261 after half-centuries from Grant Elliott (54), Colin Munro (57) and James Franklin (53 not out) had steered New Zealand to 260 for nine in their 50 overs. Man-of-the-match Smith's knock seemed to have put the home side on course for victory but a lower-order collapse meant they required three off the final delivery with just one wicket in hand. However, a six over fine leg from all-rounder McLaren (25 not out) gave South Africa their first victory of the series and ensured they avoided a whitewash. New Zealand had already claimed their first ODI series on South African soil but still went wholeheartedly for the final victory as they won the toss and elected to bat.

Sri Lanka beat Australia by 5 wickets in first T20

David Warner's unbeaten 90 went in vain as Sri Lanka beat Australia by five wickets in the first Twenty20 International on Saturday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.

Shot-making was not easy on the drop-in pitch at Sydney's Olympic Stadium but Warner blasted an unbeaten 62-ball 90 in a brilliant display of controlled aggression to power Australia to 137 for three wickets.

Kushal Perera (33) and captain Angelo Mathews (35 not out) shone with the bat for Sri Lanka before Thisara Perera (19 not out) clobbered back-to-back sixes to see the visitors home with seven balls to spare.

West Indies Cricket Board wants coach Gibson to continue

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says Ottis Gibson will be offered a second contract as head coach of the West Indies team when his term expires in March.
The WICB says the decision to retain his services and team manager Richie Richardson was arrived at during a meeting of directors in St. Lucia last weekend. However, Gibson, who travelled to Australia on Wednesday with the West Indies squad for their five-match ODI series, has yet to accept the deal. 

Friday, 25 January 2013

England squads for New Zealand tour

England cricket squads announced Thursday for the tour of New Zealand:

Test squad

Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior (wkt), Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes

Australian one-day squad against West Indies

Australia announced a 13-man squad on Friday for the first two of five one-day internationals againt the West Indies in February.

The matches will be played on February 1 and 3 at the WACA in Perth.

Australia ODI squad:

West Indies postpones Pakistan ODI series: Reports

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has postponed their one-day international series at home against Pakistan, according to reports.
Pakistan will now play two Test matches during its Caribbean tour as West Indies has deferred the ODI series, according to a report from Geo News.
Pakistan was to play two Test matches and five ODIs during its West Indies tour in June-July this year.
According to earlier reports, West Indies were scheduled to host Pakistan from June to July but they also have a tri-series against India and Sri Lanka during that time and to avoid the clash with Pakistan, the WICB had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) if their Caribbean tour could be rescheduled to August.

David Hussey's future hangs in balance after getting sack from Oz ODI team for Windies tour

Australian cricketer David Hussey's international career looks uncertain after he was dropped from Australia's 12-man one-day squad in favour of Aaron Finch for their upcoming series against West Indies.

John Inverarity, chairman of the Australian team selectors, said Hussey had been dropped from the squad because the selectors were concerned over the team's poor batting performance, especially Hussey being run out twice, during the recent series against Sri Lanka, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Brendan McCullum says Kiwis looking to build on 'historic' success against Proteas

New Zealand captain Brendan McCullum has said the team would be looking to get as consistent as possible following their unexpected one-day international series win over mighty South Africa at their home.
An ODI series win in South Africa, the first in any format for New Zealand after 60 years of playing international cricket in the Republic, represents a good starting point for the Black Caps, Stuff.co.nz reports.
The third and final ODI against South Africa may be a dead rubber, with the tourists up 2-0, but the Kiwis are eyeing a series whitewash over South Africa at their home.
McCullum said Kiwis have had starting points before, granted, but they were never really kicked on from those and that's what the next challenge will be.

Geoffrey Boycott backs Proteas' 'world class' bowlers to win Test series against Pakistan

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott believes South Africa's world class pace attack will be the vital difference between the sides when the Proteas host Pakistan shortly in a three-match Test series.

Boycott said Pakistan's hopes of winning anything against the Proteas depends on how their batsmen play South Africa's world-class fast bowlers, Sport24 reports.

Boycott added the South African batsmen are good as there is experienced Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith, alongside AB de Villiers, who is a fabulous player as well, but it is not that that would worry me if he was a part of the Pakistan team.

One-day cricket losing fans to T20 games Down Under

One-day internationals in Australia will be witnessing record low visitors as cricket fans now prefer to watch Twenty20 games. Coming in the backdrop of the upcoming 2015 World Cup, which will be hosted by both Australia and New Zealand, Australia's imminent T20 matches against Sri Lanka at ANZ Stadium and at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will see twice as many fans as they were in the recent ODIs, reports News.com.au.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Geoffrey Boycott backs MS Dhoni amidst severe criticism

The Indian cricket team is "very average" at the moment and is "lucky" to have a captain like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is copping the blame for "lack of quality in the side", feels former England skipper Geoffrey Boycott.
"...Do you judge captains on their win and loss ratio, or do you take into account or consideration the quality, or lack of quality, in his team? If you're thinking about India, there's a lack of quality at the moment, lack of quality seam bowling, lack of quality spin bowling, and in some cases your best players are beginning to retire after getting past their sell-by date. Aren't they?" Boycott told ESPNCricinfo

India's tour to Pakistan was almost finalised: PCB chief

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has claimed that a tour by the Indian team to Pakistan had almost been finalised before the recent situation across the Line of Control (LoC) "spoiled everything".
Ashraf, who, since taking over as PCB chief in October 2011, has been making efforts to invite teams to Pakistan in a bid to revive international cricket here, said that he had held positive talks with the BCCI and government officials recently in India. 
"I would like to disclose here that India's tour to Pakistan had almost been finalised after both PCB and BCCI held a series of useful meetings during the Pakistan tour," Ashraf told the Dawn today.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

India beat England by 5 wickets, clinches grudge series by 3-1

A rejuvenated India clinched the one-day series against England as the hosts rode on the batting heroics of Rohit Sharma (83) and Suresh Raina (89 not out) to fashion a comfortable five-wicket victory in the penultimate game and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in Mohali on Wendesday.

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs to level ODI series

Moises Henriques and Xavier Doherty took three wickets each to capitalize on Phil Hughes' unbeaten century Wednesday as Australia beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs and share the five-match limited-overs series 2-2.

Despite an aggressive 38 off 39 balls by Mahela Jayawardena and a defiant 67 from Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka could manage just 215 in its chase of Australia's 247 and just a second series win on Australian soil.

Spinner Doherty (3-21) sparked something of a top-order collapse with the dismissal of Jayawardene in the seventh over, while allrounder Henriques (3-32) closed down the tailend.

Earlier, Phil Hughes smashed an unbeaten century to lead Australia to 247-5.

New Zealand beat South Africa by 27 runs

New Zealand beat South Africa in the second one day international here to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson's superb unbeaten career best 145 saw the tourists to a total of 279-8 while the hosts were all out for 252 in their reply to lose by 27 runs yesterday.
New Zealands victory goes some way towards putting behind them their 2-0 test series defeat by the South Africans. Williamson's knock was only the second century for New Zealand on their tour of South Africa and saw him bounce back from a disappointing Test series with a confident, stroke-filled innings.