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Sunday, 20 January 2013

Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan ready for South Africa challenge

Pakistan's newest pace sensation, Junaid Khan, who made a big impact on teammates, opponents and experts with his stunning performances in India, is now solely focused on the bigger challenge that awaits in South Africa.

Junaid, 23, who hails from Swabi, said he will keep things simple and give his 100 percent every time he gets a chance to bowl, reports The Dawn.

Junaid said he worked hard at the training camp, and with the help of the video analyst, keenly observed the strengths and weaknesses of the South Africans.

Pakistan set for testing South African challenge

The Pakistan Test team are due to arrive in Johannesburg on Sunday night to take on world champions South Africa in a three-Test series.
It is Pakistan's first visit to South Africa in six years and their biggest challenge could be to adapt to the pace and bounce of the pitches they will play on against a fast bowling attack generally acknowledged to be the world's best.
They will have a four-day warm-up match against a South African Invitation XI in East London, starting on Friday, but conditions in the coastal city are less pace-friendly than is likely when they play the Test matches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Centurion.

England stars warned not to go to Pakistan over security concerns

England stars have been urged by the Players' Union not to participate in the inaugural Pakistan Twenty20 Super League because of grave concerns over security.

Several England international and county T20 stars, among them all-rounder Luke Wright, have attracted interest from organisers keen to recruit them to join the PSL starting in March, reports the Daily Mail.

Ricky Ponting admits being shocked at Michael Hussey's international retirement decision

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has admitted that, while Michael Hussey's international retirement shocked him, he didn't know whether he'd have batted on for Australia had he been aware of his friend's plan.

The retirements of both Ponting and Hussey before the tours to India and England, represented a loss of vast experience and knowledge from the Australian team, although he said it presented a number of players with the opportunity to stamp their authority on the team, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

AB de Villiers suspended for two ODIs for slow over rate

South Africa captain AB de Villiers has been suspended for two ODIs while his team-mates have been fined 100 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over rate during their one-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the first ODI here.
David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension after the Proteas were ruled to be six overs short of their target at the end of the match yesterday when time allowances were taken into consideration. de Villiers pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction so there was no need for a formal hearing. 
In accordance with Article 2.5.2 and Appendix 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which deals with serious over rate offences, the captain receives two suspension points while the players are fined 10per cent of their match fees for each of the first two overs short and 20 per cent for every additional over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.

Brisbane Heat beat Perth Scorchers to lift Big Bash trophy

Brisbane Heat got the better of Perth Scorchers by 34 runs to win the Big Bash Twenty20 competition at the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) ground on Saturday.
West Indian pacer Kemar Roach starred in his spell of 3 for 18 and never let Perth get a firm grip of their chase, restricting them to 133 for 9 while in pursuit of 168 to win. This was Perth's second loss in the final after they lost to the Sydney Sixers in 2012. 
Brisbane posted 167 for 5, courtesy fireworks from Joe Burns (43 from 26 balls) and Daniel Christian a (37 off 21).

Rain forces abandonment of 4th ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia

Rain forced the abandonment of the fourth one-day cricket international between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, gifting Sri Lanka an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the series with a match to play.
Sri Lanka were 14 without loss in the fourth over of their innings, replying to Australia's 222 for 9, when steady drizzle began to fall at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 

We failed as a batting unit, admits Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook rued the fact that they failed as a batting unit in the third one-day international (ODI) against India which they lost by seven wickets here at the JSCA International Stadium on Saturday.
"I think as a batting unit we have not scored runs in the last two games. We were not attacking and the batsmen also got out due to poor shot selection. We have to score the runs which are utmost important in any ODI game," said Cook, who himself scored a meagre 17. 
"We have to look and see if we are missing a trick or not. It was disappointing that no one performed. We'll be hurt for the day but we should be ready for Mohali."
India elected to field and bowled out the visitors for 155. The hosts then chased down the target with ease in 28.1 overs to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

It was a perfect script, says MS Dhoni

As he led the Indian cricket team for the first time at his home ground and scored the winning runs in team's comprehensive victory over England, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the script was just "perfect" for Saturday's game.
Chasing a meager 156, India trounced England by seven wicket with 21.5 overs to spare and took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. 
Dhoni said everything fell in place as the bowlers did the job by bundling out the opposition for a small total and batsmen complimented the good bowling effort.

India have found a perfect bowling allrounder in Jadeja: MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni on Saturday said the team has found a "perfect" bowling allrounder in Ravindra Jadeja, who once again produced a spirited show to help the hosts comfortably beat England by seven wickets in the third ODI here.
Dhoni said India were struggling for a bowling allrounder with the only option being Irfan Pathan, but in Jadeja the team had found a suitable answer. "He is definitely someone who is giving us that balance. In that way, Jadeja is the perfect person to have," Dhoni said. 
"We have been struggling with the bowling allrounder.