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Monday, 21 January 2013

Pakistan player Nasir Jamshed wants to become 'complete batsman'

Pakistani cricketer Nasir Jamshed has said he wants to become a "complete batsman" who can adjust to any conditions around the world.
Jamshed, 23, made his international debut in early 2008, in the home ODI series against Zimbabwe. He had a relatively tidy stint between 2008 and 2009, playing mostly against Asian teams in Asia, before missing out due to fitness issues. After two-and-a-half years he returned to international cricket last year, scored 602 runs at 66.88 with three hundreds and three fifties, reports The Nation.

'Australia desperate to find Michael Hussey's replacement in ODI squad'

Cricket Australia's failure to find an appropriate replacement of veteran Michael Hussey in the limited over team is now haunting them as the team is struggling to score runs on seamer-friendly wickets against Sri Lanka, according to cricket writer, Chris Barret.
"Life after Michael Hussey is not going swimmingly for Australia. The ever-dependable left-hander was never going to be easy to replace but when selectors opted, controversially, to activate his international retirement immediately and leave him out of this one-day series, they might have hoped his absence would not be felt so dearly," Barret wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Michael Clarke fine with 'dubious' DRS system since it hits both teams equally

Australia captain Michael Clarke has claimed they have no issues with the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) system since it's applicable to both the teams following double howlers by umpires during the washed-out SCG one-day against Sri Lanka.
Another limp Australian batting performance was magnified when Dave Warner (60 in 73 balls) and Moises Henriques (3) were crucified as Australia struggled to 9/222 after Michael Clarke won the toss and batted, News.com.au reports.
Sri Lanka was 0-14 in reply when light rain stopped player and despite no rain for 45 minutes the match was abandoned at 9pm.

Legendary Viv Richards enjoying life Down Under

Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Vivian Richards has said Australia holds special place in his heart, adding that he is enjoying life Down Under during as his spell as a mentor to the Big Bash League team Melbourne Stars ends.
Richards, who has been a regular visitor to Australia since first touring with the Windies in 1975, added he feels at home whenever he visits the country, News.com.au reports.
Richards said Australia is a country that enjoys cricket for what it is and it gives you a great feeling that people appreciate you even though sometimes you might be in a winning opposition.

George Bailey says onus on umpires, not players to make right use of DRS

Australia batsman George Bailey has claimed it's the responsibility of the on-field umpires to make the right decisions in a cricket match and a player should not feel guilty on using the Decision Review System (DRS).
Captain Michael Clarke used his side's only review in Sunday's washed out one-day clash with Sri Lanka at the SCG when he was given out leg before wicket for 20, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Australia was left with no recourse when Dave Warner (60) and Moses Henriques (3) then copped bad decisions on the way to Australia's 9-222.
Bailey said a player should not feel guilty if he has used the DRS and then an umpire makes a bad decision.
The Australia Twenty20 captain added that he thinks the DRS is there for the howler and the onus is still on the umpires to make the right decision.

Du Plessis replaces banned De Villiers as captain

Francois 'Faf' du Plessis was handed the captaincy of the South African one-day international team Sunday after AB de Villiers was suspended for a slow over rate in the first match against New Zealand.
It was another twist in a tale of two cricketers who were schoolboy team-mates at the Afrikaans Boys High school in Pretoria.
Back then it was Du Plessis who was the captain of the first XI, although De Villiers was always the more obvious future star, playing for South African Schools in his last two years at school, while Du Plessis missed selection.
But Du Plessis earned a place on a South African under-19 tour of England in 2003 and was made vice-captain to Imraan Khan, who played in one Test for South Africa in the 2008/09 season.

No home Tests holding Pakistan back, says Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan are losing ground on Test rivals because they cannot host international teams owing to security concerns and accordingly play fewer Test matches, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Monday.
As his team prepared to take on the world's top-ranked Test team South Africa in the three-Test series starting in Johannesburg on February 1, Misbah said Pakistan were at a disadvantage because of the "limitations". "As a team it is very difficult when you not playing a format on a regular basis. You really have to work hard. But we have to adjust, you could say it is a limitation for us but we are professionals, we have to do well," he told a news conference. 

Ireland to play two ODIs against Pakistan at home in May

Ireland will play two one-day internationals at home against Pakistan in May, Cricket Ireland said Monday.
Pakistan will use the matches at yet to be specified venues on May 23 and May 26 as preparation for the ICC Champions Trophy starting on June 6."It's fantastic news for Irish cricket, and we're grateful to both ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board for making the series possible," said Ireland coach Phil Simmons. 

Stuart Broad prevented from flying to India due to snow

Pacer Stuart Broad will not join the England ODI squad in India after bad weather prevented him from leaving London though it was not sure whether he would be fit for the last two matches of the ongoing five-match series. Broad, who has been rested for the first three ODIs due to a heel injury, was scheduled to return to India before the final two matches but had to shelve plans to join the squad due to extensive cancellations and delays at Heathrow airport.
With the weather conditions not likely to improve quickly, Broad would have struggled to reach India in sufficient time before the fourth ODI to be played at Mohali on January 23. 
"Gutted I can't get to India. I'm off home with all my luggage at Heathrow. I'll be waiting for the lads in New Zealand!!" Broad tweeted.

Inzamam-ul-haq dropped as Pakistan's batting consultant

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-haq has been dropped as the team's batting consultant for the upcoming South African tour after resistance from team's head coach Dav Whatmore. The Express on Sunday reported that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) dropped its idea of sending Inzamam as batting consultant because of resistance from Whatmore.
Although the board wanted to finalise things with Inzamam but Whatmore told the Chairman Zaka Ashraf that he could take care of the batting issues and that former players should only be allowed to work with the team in training camps and not on tours, the report claimed. 

Danish Kaneria seeks help from PCB in his appeal hearing issue

Pakistani Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is now looking towards the Pakistan Cricket Board to step in and help him after his appeal hearing in London has been delayed since December. Sources close to Kaneria, who is presently in London waiting for a fresh date for the hearing on an appeal against the life ban imposed on him last year by a disciplinary panel of the England and Wales Cricket Board from playing in England because of his links with bookmakers.

Shaun Marsh back in Australia T20 squad against Sri Lanka

Top-order batsman Shaun Marsh was recalled to Australia's Twenty20 side Monday, joining others who impressed in the domestic Big Bash League to take on Sri Lanka later this month. Chief selector John Inverarity said Marsh was among six players in the squad who did not feature in last year's ICC World Twenty20 event in Sri Lanka, where Australia were beaten by the West Indies in the semi-finals.
"Each of these six, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner and Ben Laughlin has shown outstanding form in the T20 format over the past two months," said Inverarity. "Their performances have been compelling and we anticipate they will take this momentum into the two fixtures scheduled for 26 and 28 January. 

Shane Warne's smart act invites $5000 fine

Veteran leg-spinner Shane Warne has been fined $5,000 for acting "against the spirit of cricket" during the semi-finals of Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 League.
Warne captained the Melbourne Stars throughout the league but passed the captaincy to team-mate James Faulkner in a semi-final against the Perth Scorchers to avoid a possible suspension for Melbourne's slow over rate. 
Cricket Australia deemed the captaincy switch to be a code of conduct violation after previously warning teams "if a team's official captain is selected but not named as captain...this may attract a code of behaviour charge."