Saturday, 5 January 2013

'Over-speedy' Shane Warne risks losing driving license

Shane Warne is at risk of losing his driving license after the Australian spin king was charged with driving 53km/h over the speed limit, only a month after launching a road safety campaign.

Warne was reportedly clocked at 165km/h while driving in Scotland last September, and he faces losing his licence for the offence, which he committed in his Jaguar XFR V8 and near the town of Dumfries, the Herald Sun reports.

England looking to rub more 'salt on Indian wounds' in upcoming ODI series

Fast bowler Tim Bresnan has claimed England would be looking to put right their poor one-day record against India in their country during the upcoming five-match series, starting on January 11 in Rajkot.

The Indian team is in complete shambles right now after losing the second ODI to arch rivals Pakistan in Kolkata on Thursday, and by doing so the world champions have also conceded the series 2-0, which is their first defeat in a bilateral home one-day series in more than three years.

It's the perfect time, then, for England to slip into the country attempting to reverse a horrible ODI record in India, which stands at 13 victories from 40 matches and their last two series here have both been lost 5-0, the Telegraph reports.

Pakistan chief selector says pace duo Junaid, Irfan 'biggest positive' from India tour

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector, Iqbal Qasim has claimed pace men Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan are the biggest finds from the ongoing limited over series against archrivals India.

Qasim believes the duo of Junaid and Irfan has the makings of world-class new-ball players in future, the Express Tribune reports.

Junaid and Irfan entered the international fray at a time when Pakistan was experiencing a dearth of fast-bowlers after the exit of Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.

Aus vs SL: Sri Lanka 225 for 7 at stumps

Sri Lanka were 225 for seven at the close on the third day of the final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Dinesh Chandimal was on 22 with Rangana Herath not out nine.

Scoreboard at the close on the third day of the third and final Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday:

Sri Lanka 1st Innings 294 (L. Thirimanne 91, M. Jayawardene 72; J. Bird 4-41)

Rangana Herath proves Twitter death fears unfounded

Rangana Herath proved news of his death was greatly exaggerated on Saturday by bowling and batting for Sri Lanka in the third Sydney Test against Australia.

Social media was abuzz overnight with news that the left-arm spinner had been declared dead following a car crash in Sydney with champion Sri Lankan fast bowler Chaminda Vaas escaping with an injury.

Rumours of Herath's death spread quickly on Twitter, with users expressing their astonishment at the news and passing on their thoughts and prayers for Herath's family.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni doubtful for third ODI

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday cast doubts on his playing in the third and final ODI against Pakistan at the Ferozeshah Kotla, citing a back problem.

Dhoni has been India's top performer in the series, which the hosts have already lost after going 0-2 down.

The Indian captain scored 113 not out in a losing cause in the first ODI in Chennai, while in Kolkata he was again the top scorer hitting an unbeaten 54.

"I am doubtful for tomorrow as of now. I suffered a back problem during the practice today," Dhoni said on the eve of the game.

Imran Khan, Sunil Gavaskar blame IPL for India's poor show

Two legends of world cricket, Sunil Gavaskar and Imran Khan on Friday held IPL responsible for the Indian team's recent downfall, with the former going on to say that for some Indian players national duty comes second to the cash-rich Twenty20 league.
Without naming anyone, Gavaskar questioned some Indian players' complete focus on IPL. "If you look at the events that took place immediately after the 2011 World Cup, you will know the guys who actually took their places for granted, those who did not make themselves available and preferred to play in the IPL and then go for surgeries," Gavaskar said
"I think those are the guys who instead of looking at India were looking at contributing for their IPL franchises. If at all you need to take a rest, you need to take a rest from club matches," he told NDTV, when asked about India's ODI series loss to Pakistan.

New Zealand cricket getting it all wrong

Even winning the toss won't help Brendon McCullum's desperate search for "some positives" from his team's confidence-shaking loss to South Africa in the first test. New Zealand got that wrong, too. McCullum chose to bat and New Zealand crumbled to 45 all out and their third worst batting display ever. Opposite number Graeme Smith said he would have bowled first anyway at his home ground at Newlands.
Even new skipper McCullum and coach Mike Hesson's most outspoken critics — and there have been many back home recently — can't hold them completely responsible for New Zealand's chaotic start in Cape Town. But their call to send a green Black Caps batting order straight into the South African fast bowlers' firing line on a receptive pitch for the quicks was a mistake and will increase the feeling that New Zealand's cricket leadership, from board to captain, is making all the wrong decisions lately.

MS Dhoni should be rested as Twenty20 captain, feels Zaheer Abbas

Pakistan batting legend Zaheer Abbas feels that under-fire Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni should take a break from Twenty20 captaincy to reflect on his game.
"He (Dhoni) should give up the Twenty20 format. He should be rested from the format as a captain. He should remain part of the cricket but as a captain of the ODI and Test formats. He is your Captain Cool and needs some time," said Abbas. 

Sachin Tendulkar to bat at number four, says Ajit Agarkar

Mumbai skipper Ajit Agarkar on Saturday said veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who recently retired from ODIs, will bat at number four in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final clash against Baroda.
"We have got Sachin back, which is great. Someone like him showing keenness to play, it obviously helps. That experience in the dressing room will always help," Agarkar told reporters here.
Asked if Tendulkar will play at number five, the position where he played his last Ranji match against Railways and scored 137, Agarkar replied in the negative and said he would bat a bit higher up the order.
"He was sick that day, that is why he batted at five that day. Sachin will bat at four," he said.

Indian players self-involved, not focused: Kapil Dev

Former India captain Kapil Dev feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni and some other players have lost their focus after winning the 2011 World Cup and the players are putting their self-interest ahead of the team.
"After the World Cup win, I feel they [Dhoni and other players] have lost focus. I think all the players are self-involved," said Kapil, who led India to its first World Cup win in 1983. Kapil's comments came in the wake of India's disastrous performance over the last 12 months. 
The legendary all-rounder believes the team spirit is lacking in the Dhoni-led side. "All players now have their personal coaches, doctors and trainers. The side lacks the team feeling. Sometimes I see them eager to stand at fine leg after finishing their job. Eventually if you have to win, you have to win as a team," said Kapil at an award function here late Friday.

Virender Sehwag may be dropped for England ODIs

Struggling Virender Sehwag's place in the team may come under scanner amid increasing pressure on selectors to drop under-performing stars, but Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to be rewarded with a place in India's ODI squad for the upcoming series against England.
The senior selection committee, headed by Sandeep Patil, will meet here on Sunday to choose the team for the five-match series, starting in Rajkot on January 11
According to sources, there is a high possibility that one among Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir would be getting the boot while Mahendra Singh Dhoni's good show with the bat against Pakistan will put the captaincy speculation to rest for the time being. The axe is also likely to fall on the over-rated Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja, who have failed to live upto expectation despite getting innumerable chances in the 50-over format.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni backs under-fire Duncan Fletcher

Duncan Fletcher's role may be under scanner following India's prolonged poor run of form but Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday refused to blame the coach, saying the utmost responsibility for performance lies with the players.
Dhoni was asked about the role played by Fletcher as India have lost one series after another. "It's time that players take the responsibility. Coaches are there to guide us. If the player has problem in technique, coach can suggest. Coach cannot go to ground. It will be wrong to blame the coach. The utmost responsibility lies with the players at the end of the day," Dhoni said at the pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's third and final one-dayer against Pakistan.