Monday, 14 January 2013

England cricketers stunned after snake appears in hotel swimming pool

England fast bowler Stuart Meaker decided to call off his morning dip after sighting a snake in their hotel's swimming pool in Kochi.

However, according to an eyewitness the snake was not even close to being as large and frightening, as Meaker was keen to make out, the Daily Mail reports.

Dispute between Misbahul Haq and Pak selectors over Adnan Akmal inclusion

Pakistani selectors are under pressure from skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to include Adnan Akmal and an extra pacer in the touring squad for the Test series in South Africa.

According to a source, there was no consensus between the national selection committee and Test captain Misbah, and that the biggest difference of opinion came over the selection of wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed from Karachi, reports The Nation.

South Africa complete innings win over New Zealand

Fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel used the second new ball to devastating effect as South Africa completed victory by an innings and 197 runs on the fourth day of the second and final Test against New Zealand at St George's Park on Monday.

Man of the match Steyn took three for 48 and Morne two for 36 as New Zealand were bowled out for 211.

They needed only a combined 34 deliveries to take the last five wickets. Steyn took five for 17 in the first innings and had match figures of eight for 65.

Michael Clarke, Matthew Wade and David Warner return to Australia squad against Sri Lanka

Skipper Michael Clarke returned on Monday to the one-day squad to lead Australia after a thrashing by Sri Lanka and an ear-bashing over selection policy from former stars. Quick bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc were also brought back in after being withdrawn as a precaution to protect niggling minor injuries.
Opener David Warner and keeper Matthew Wade completed the list of big guns coming back after a rest for the third and fourth one-dayers in Brisbane on Friday and Sydney on Sunday. National selector John Inverarity also unveiled Moises Henriques as the latest newcomer to get his chance. 

Mickey Arthur defends Australia's selection policy

Australia cricket coach Mickey Arthur has hit back at critics of his rotational selection policy for fast bowlers, saying those who question the system are either "naive" or "stubborn." Arthur was particularly incensed at claims that the rotation, which aims to reduce injuries among the fast bowlers, means Australian teams are being chosen by sports scientists.
The South African-born coach admitted the Australian selectors took the advice of scientists in weighing player workload but said claims they were picking teams was "so far off the mark it's frightening." Criticism of the rotational policy grew loudest when Arthur made the decision to omit the in-form Mitchell Starc from Australia's lineup for its Boxing Day test against Sri Lanka in Melbourne.