Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Michael Clarke needs 87 runs to surpass legendary Bradman's run tally for Oz

In form Michael Clarke is in touching distance of surpassing legendary Don Bradman's run tally for Australia, as he needs only 87 runs in the final Test match against Sri Lanka in Sydney to go beyond the great cricketer's career total of 6996.

While there is only one Bradman, scoring his runs in almost half as many Tests as Clarke while averaging nearly twice as much, it was at the SCG exactly a year ago that Clarke did something so special not even Bradman had managed it, reports.

The 329 not out Clarke scored against India is the only Test triple century made at the SCG, and he also eclipsed Bradman by becoming the only player in history to pass 200 four times in a calendar year, the paper added.

Dale Steyn captures 300th Test wicket

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn captured his 300th Test wicket when he bowled Doug Bracewell on the first morning of the first Test against New Zealand at Newlands on Wednesday.

Steyn, 29, was playing in his 61st Test. Only Australia's Dennis Lillee, who achieved the feat in his 56th Test, and Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka (58) have reached the milestone in fewer matches.

Muthiah Muralidaran backs Marlon Samuels following chucking allegations

Spin legend Muthiah Muralidaran has backed West Indian all rounder and Melbourne Renegades teammate, Marlon Samuels in the ongoing chucking debate over all rounder's bowling action.

Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann was reprimanded and received a suspended 3000 dollar fine by Cricket Australia for publicly questioning the validity of Samuels' fast 120km/h off-spinners, reports.

Muralidaran has said the Renegades and Samuels are bewildered by what appears a storm in a teacup over an action cleared by the International Cricket Council in 2011.

Younus Khan hopeful Junaid would become Pak's next 'Wasim Akram' in future

Veteran batsman Younus Khan has expressed hope that new pace sensation Junaid Khan would go on to emulate the success obtained by legendary left-arm pace bowler Wasim Akram for Pakistan following impressive bowling performance during the first one-day international against India in Chennai.

Junaid grabbed four wickets to rock India's top-order but it was the manner in which he picked up those that remained more impressive with swing, seam and sense, the local newspaper reports.

On-field emotions and anger have no place: Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who has been described as "captain cool" by his coach Dav Whatmore, ON Wednesday said that as a leader of the team it is essential not to show emotions on the field.

"As the captain, it is essential that you do not show emotions or anger on the field. On the field there is no place for emotions. The important thing is you give your 100 percent and not think about winning or losing which is not under your control," Misbah told mediapersons on the eve of the crucial ODI against India at the iconic Eden Gardens here.

Misbah also exuded confidence about his team doing well at the Eden where Pakistan have won all the three ODIs they have played against India.

Armstrong will always be my hero: Yuvraj Singh

Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Wednesday said fellow cancer survivor cyclist Lance Armstrong would always be his hero, despite the ban slapped on the American for use of performance-enhancing drugs.

However, the all-rounder said he was "worried" about the consequences that the cyclist may have to go through.

Yuvraj said he sent a message on Wednesday itself to Armstrong wishing him happy New Year and telling him: "You will always be my hero, no matter what people say."

Time for our batsmen to come good: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Ahead of the crucial second One-Day International against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday admitted that batting was a "concern" and hoped his batsmen would come good in the match on Thursday.

"It is a must-win game for us and obviously we are under a bit of pressure, especially when it is a short series. Our batting has been a problem. That is one area that we need to come good in. It is the right time for our batters to come back to form," Dhoni told mediapersons on the match-eve.

Dhoni also said that the team was going through a transition period as some of the legends, including Sachin Tendulkar, had bowed out.

South Africa in charge after New Zealand crash

South Africa were firmly in control after New Zealand crashed to 45 all out on the first morning of the first Test at Newlands on Wednesday.

South Africa needed only 12 overs to take a first innings lead after a sensational performance by their bowlers, led by Vernon Philander, who took the first five wickets in the space of 20 balls. South Africa were 119 for two at tea.

South African Jacques Kallis passes 13,000 test runs

All-rounder Jacques Kallis became the first South African to score 13,000 test runs on an eventful opening day of the first test against New Zealand on Wednesday.

The hosts dismissed New Zealand for 45 in the morning session, the touring side's third lowest total, and Kallis reached his personal milestone after tea with a four through third man off seamer Doug Bracewell.