Sunday, 6 January 2013

Shane Warne, Marlon Samuels in ugly T20 bust-up

Australian star Shane Warne and West Indian international Marlon Samuels were involved in an ugly, foul-mouthed clash on Sunday when a Twenty20 match boiled over in front of a record crowd.

Spin legend Warne, captaining the Melbourne Stars against city rivals Renegades in the domestic Big Bash tournament, was furious that Samuels had pulled back David Hussey when the batsman was turning for a second run.

Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer hit hundreds in Ranji quarterfinal

Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Jaffer scored hundreds to give Mumbai a strong start to their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Baroda.

Tendulkar was watchful during his 233-ball knock of 108 runs while Jaffer made 137 and was unbeaten at stumps. Mumbai made 272-3 in the day.

Electing to bat in this home fixture at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai began poorly. They lost opener Kaustabh Pawar and one-down Hiken Shah cheaply.

Virender Sehwag out, Cheteshwar Pujara in for three England ODIs

Virender Sehwag, battling poor form in international cricket, has been dropped from the Indian one-day squad for the first three ODIs of the five-match series against England starting in Rajkot on January 11. He has been replaced by Cheteshwar Pujara in the only change made to the squad that was picked for the Pakistan series, which ended with India winning the dead rubber in New Delhi on Sunday.
There had been much speculation that Sehwag, 34, would face the axe when the selection committee, headed by Sandeep Patil, met on Sunday to pick the 15 for the ODI leg of England’s tour. Sehwag managed just one fifty in his previous 11 ODI innings dating

Dale Steyn vows to keep wreaking havoc

Dale Steyn said joining the 300 Test wickets club did not mean the end of his ambitions as a fast bowler.
Speaking after South Africa's crushing win by an innings and 27 runs over New Zealand, achieved in three days at Newlands, Steyn, 29, said he was aware of the significance of the landmark but he hoped there was more to come. "I've got a lot more to offer," he said. "There's another Test in Port Elizabeth next week and hopefully I've got a few more years in these legs."

Mike Hussey left out of Australia's ODI squad

Captain Michael Clarke was rested and senior batsman Mike Hussey omitted from the Australian squad named on Sunday for the opening two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka this month.
Selectors, as expected, decided to give Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade a break from the early ODIs after they played in all six Test matches against South Africa and Sri Lanka this Southern Hemisphere summer.
Injured pair paceman James Pattinson (side strain) and Shane Watson (calf) were not considered for selection for the opening two ODIs in Melbourne on January 11 and Adelaide on January 13.

India beat Pakistan by 10 runs in third ODI

India beat Pakistan by 10 runs in the third and final One-day International but lose the three-match series 1—2 here on Sunday.

 Brief scores:
India: 167 all out in 43.4 overs (Mahendra Singh Dhoni 36, Suresh Raina 31, Saeed Ajmal 5/24).
Pakistan: 157 all out in 48.5 overs (Misbah—ul—Haq 39; Ishant Sharma 3/36, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/31). 

Eoin Morgan says England 'more than ready' to topple India in ODI series

Eoin Morgan has said England is fully prepared for the upcoming one-day series with India, and added that they are looking to carry the momentum after winning the Test series 2-1.

Ashley Giles' men play the first warm-up game on Sunday against India A ahead of the five-match series which begins in Rajkot on Friday.

Most members of the 15-man squad have spent plenty of time in India already this winter, the Sun reports.

Sri Lanka not good enough in Australia, says Mahela Jayawardene

Mahela Jayawardene signed off his second stint as Sri Lanka captain in disappointment on Sunday after a 3-0 series sweep in Australia and said the bottom line was his team had just not played well enough.

After arriving in Australia confident they could finally win a first test Down Under, Sri Lanka fell to defeat by five wickets in Sydney following an innings and 201 humiliation in Melbourne and an 137-run reverse in Hobart.

"I think Hobart was a good fight, tough conditions, I thought we hung in pretty well there," Jayawardene told reporters. "Melbourne, we never showed any fight in that test match which was pretty disappointing.

Mike Hussey goes out a winner with Australian victory

Mike Hussey bowed out of Test cricket with a win when he guided Australia to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka Sunday, giving the home side a clean sweep of the three-match series.
Left-hander Hussey, playing in his 79th and final Test after announcing his international retirement, got his team over the line after the loss of five wickets on a tense fourth day at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The 37-year-old provided the steadying hand as Australia made hard work of running down 141 runs for victory on a turning pitch.

Pakistan-India cricketers bat for 'bowling out' polio

Cricketers from both India and Pakistan have come forward to show their support to a campaign against polio and they will be sporting ribbons with 'Bowl Out Polio' inscribed on them when they come out for the third and final one day international in New Delhi on Sunday.

On Saturday, two members of the Pakistan cricket squad turned up to administer polio drops to children at a specially held event in New Delhi, the local newspaper reports.

Australia complete 3-0 series whitewash, beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets

Mike Hussey capped his final Test before retirement by steering Australia to 141 for 5 and a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Sunday, completing a 3-0 series sweep. Sri Lanka spinners Rangana Herath and Tillakaratne Dilshan made Australia work hard to reach the small victory target, taking regular wickets, but the outcome was never in doubt.
Hussey reached 27 not out and the Sydney Cricket Ground crowd was baying for the 37-year-old batsman to hit the winning runs but 'Mr Cricket', as Hussey is nicknamed for his dedication, was typically undistracted.