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Sunday, 13 January 2013

New Zealand stare at another big defeat

South Africa were on track for their second successive big win over New Zealand when they claimed four second innings wickets on the third afternoon of the second and final Test at St George's Park on Sunday.

New Zealand were 157 for four at the close, still 247 runs short of avoiding a second conscutive innings defeat, after being forced to follow on 404 runs behind.

Dale Steyn took five for 17 as New Zealand were bowled out for 121 in their first innings.

Chris Gayle warns Brad Haddin of ‘fiery re-match’ in 50-over format after ‘verbal feud’

Explosive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has lit the fuse for a fiery return to Australia next month, warning Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin he is ready for a re-match in the 50-over format.
Gayle flew out of Australia on Friday for a month-long holiday at home in the Caribbean after a disappointing Big Bash series with the Sydney Thunder.
According to news.com.au, Gayle and Haddin engaged in a heated war of words during the Big Bash, after the Thunder’s prize signing Gayle told The Sunday Telegraph he was unhappy with the way the exchange ended.

Role of senior Pak batsmen during South Africa tour will be vital: Mohsin Khan

Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan has termed Pakistan's Test squad for the tour of South Africa a balanced one that will be able to give the Proteas a tough time.

However, Mohsin warned that a good show was needed from Mohammad Hafeez, Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan and the trio will have to be at the top of their game in order to withstand South Africa's strong pace attack, reports The Express Tribune.

Mohsin also said that the in-form Nasir Jamshed has done well in one-day cricket but Test cricket will provide a different test for the left-hander and he would have to adjust his game accordingly.

ICC gives support to cricket-starved Pakistan

Cricket's governing body will continue to support Pakistan in its efforts to bring back the international game, but much depends on the security situation, an official said Saturday.
International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan since terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, leaving eight people dead and seven visiting players wounded.
It led foreign teams to shun tours to Pakistan due to security fears.
David Richardson, chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Pakistan will continue to be supported.

Sri Lanka beat Australia to level series 1-1

Lahiru Thirimanne struck his first one-day century as Sri Lanka levelled the one-day series against Australia with a convincing eight-wicket win on Sunday.
Sri Lanka put the hosts in to bat after rain delayed the start at the Adelaide Oval and the bowlers capitalised on cloud cover and moisture in the pitch to restrict Australia to 170 all out from 46.5 overs.

Saeed Ajmal bags four trophies in first PCB annual awards

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal dominated the first ever annual awards held by the Pakistan cricket board, scooping up four awards, while T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez won the PCB cricketer of the year award. Saeed, who had a successful tour of India recently, won the PCB best bowler awards for all three formats of the game but missed out on the prestigious cricketer of the year award.

Can't guarantee future of international cricket in Pakistan: David Richardson

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson on Sunday completed a two-day visit to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which included meetings with PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf and members of his board, a tour of the National Cricket Academy here and attending the inaugural PCB awards function.
"It has been an invaluable trip which offered a great opportunity to meet with PCB's chairman, Board members, past and present cricketers as well as cricket lovers in Pakistan. I heard of the PCB development strategy and also plans for the Pakistan Super League Twenty20 competition," Richardson said.

MS Dhoni must bide his time: Sourav Ganguly

Under-fire Indian skipper M S Dhoni on Sunday got a bit of backing from former captain Sourav Ganguly who said the team has to cope up with this transition phase.
Responding to the widespread criticism for Team India's repeated below-par performance, Ganguly said,"It comes in every captain's tenure. MS has to bide his time."
"It's easy to comment from outside. You have to give the newcomers some time to settle down. Hopefully, they will do well in couple of years' time," he said.