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.