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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

India thrash England by 127 runs, level series 1-1

India finally found their winning touch as they relied on a brilliant all-round display to thrash England by an emphatic 127 runs in the second cricket one-dayer on Tuesday.

India first posted a competitive 285, riding on captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 72 and Ravindra Jadeja's 61, before the bowlers skittled out the visitors for a paltry 158 in just 36 overs to level the five-match series 1-1.

'Disappointed' Michael Hussey keen to prove Oz selectors wrong over ODI dumping

Veteran Australian batsman Michael Hussey has claimed he is disappointed after getting axed from the one-day squad for the ongoing one-day series against Sri Lanka, but claimed he understands selectors' long-term thinking behind the decision.

Hussey, who announced his Test retirement earlier this month, was keen to play in the home one-day series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies before stepping down from the international ranks altogether, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Tillakaratne Dilshan says Lanka holds impetus over Oz following Adelaide win

Tillakaratne Dilshan has claimed the momentum is Sri Lanka ahead of the third one-day against Australia in Brisbane on Friday, due to their comprehensive eight-wickets win in Adelaide.

Sri Lanka is aware of a poor record in the finals of one-day, Twenty20 World Cups and triangular series finals, now set on excelling in a big game environment at the Gabba, News.com.au reports.

Dilshan said Sri Lanka has always played good cricket, but unfortunately lost too many finals not just here in Australia but in the World Cups too, adding that it is an area they should improve.

Shane Warne joins long-list of ex-Oz stars slamming CA's 'ridiculous' rotation policy

Legendary leg spinner Shane Warne has joined the likes of former Australian players Brett Lee, Ian Chappell and Michael Slater in slamming selectors' rotation policy, branding it as mind-boggling and ridiculous.

Warne has blasted Cricket Australia's (CA) for refusing to allow recovering pace man James Pattinson to play for the Melbourne Stars in Wednesday's Big Bash semi-final against the Perth Scorchers, yet he was cleared to play Victorian grade cricket last weekend, the Herald Sun reports.

Brendon McCullum not certain to open for Black Caps in Tests

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has said there is no certainty that he would open the innings for the Test team during their upcoming home series against England, adding that any decision would be taken in the best interests of the team.

Speaking after New Zealand's humiliating innings and 193 run defeat to South Africa in the second test, McCullum was unrevealing when asked if he'd continue at the top of the test order in March.

McCullum said he wasn't hundred percent sure of who would open for Kiwis in Tests in the future, adding every position in the team was under review following their poor showing against Proteas.

India retain No. 5 spot in ICC Test rankings

India retained number five position, while South Africa further consolidated their lead as per the latest ICC Test Championship rankings issued Tuesday. India, who last played a three-Test series in December against England, losing 1-2, also maintained their ratings point to 105. They are four points behind arch-rivals Pakistan, placed at the fourth spot with 109 points.
A 2-0 series win over New Zealand have earned South Africa one rating point and has lifted them to 124 points, while opening a six-point lead against second-ranked England. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar is the lone Indian batsman in the top 20 list of ICC rankings for Test batsmen

Sachin Tendulkar walks out of training session due to poor pitch

Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday cut short his net session ahead of Mumbai's Ranji Trophy semi-final against Services after facing only four deliveries as the practice pitch provided by the host association was not upto the mark. Services had allocated two practice pitches for the Mumbai team and Tendulkar was the first one to pad up and enter the first of the two nets.
While he negotiated the first three deliveries from young left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar with ease, the fourth delivery suddenly kept low and hit in the toe-region of Tendulkar's boot. There was a wry smile in the face of the batsman as bowler Dabholkar also looked a bit embarrassed. 

Ricky Ponting in reckoning for Big Bash Player of the Tournament

The Twenty20 Big Bash League (BBL) on Monday announced the finalists for the Player of the Tournament award. The shortlisted players represent each of the four BBL semi-finalists, as well as Ricky Ponting from the Hobart Hurricanes.
The following are the finalists: Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades), Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat), Lasith Malinga (Melbourne Stars), Shaun Marsh (Perth Scorchers), Luke Pomersbach (Brisbane Heat), Ricky Ponting (Hobart Hurricanes). The Player of the Tournament will be awarded to the player who received the most votes from umpires at the end of the 32-match regular season. After each match, both umpires cast individual 3-2-1 votes.

All players responsible for win or defeat: Gautam Gambhir

Opener Gautam Gambhir on Monday backed the under-fire Indian bowlers, saying they alone cannot be blamed for defeats and the responsibility of a result lies with all the 11 players of the side.
India gave away too many runs in the last two overs of the Rajkot ODI, where England scored a huge 325 runs and won the match by nine runs. However, Gambhir said it would be wrong to paint the bowlers as villain as the side prepares for the second ODI, here on Tuesday. 

Mohammad Hafeez urges PCB to organise more Test matches

Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has urged the PCB to organise more Test matches for the national team as he feels that the players can sharpen their cricketing skills only by playing the longest format of the game.
Speaking to the media ahead of Pakistan's tour to South Africa at the national stadium on Monday, Hafeez said it was unfortunate that in the last few years, the team had played very few Test matches compared to other countries.