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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Ricky Ponting says rotation to work for Oz stars just as resting Rooney works for Man U

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has backed selectors' controversial rotation policy, adding resting cricketers would be good for them just like Manchester United's star striker Wayne Rooney benefits from resting between games.
Fans, broadcasters and former players have criticized the policy of resting top-tier stars during the summer as the Australian selectors seek to manage workloads during an increasingly congested schedule, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Captain Michael Clarke, opening batsman David Warner, wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and pace man Mitchell Starc are amongst those who have been rotated in and out of the Test, one-day and Twenty20 squads over the past few months.

Cameron White slams CA's 'remarkable' inaction against Samuels for bat-throwing antics

Melbourne Stars batsman Cameron White has slammed Cricket Australia (CA) for their failure to take any solid action against Caribbean all rounder Marlon Samuels for his on-field spat with Shane Warne.
Hitting out at CA officials, White branded the lack of action against the West Indies batsman for throwing his bat at spin great Warne during Big Bash League's Melbourne derby as remarkable.
White said that Samuels is unpopular among many Australian cricketers because of his poor behaviour on the field, adding that being provoked is no excuse for the all rounder's misdemeanors, News.com.au reports.

Misbah-ul-Haq says Pak needs to stop 'danger man' Philander during Proteas Test series

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said South African fast bowler Vernon Philander would be Proteas' most dangerous weapon during their upcoming Test series.
Misbah added minimizing Philander's effect in a Test match would significantly improve Pakistan's chances of gaining something from the series, Sport24 reports.
Philander was included in the Proteas squad for the series after missing out in the second Test against New Zealand with a hamstring injury.
Misbah said the way Philander is currently bowling with the new ball, hitting the seam and swinging the red ball, makes him much more dangerous on bowling friendly South African pitches.

Misbah-ul-Haq says lack of home Test cricket affecting Pakistan's 'competitiveness'

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has claimed lack of Test cricket at home is affecting team's competitiveness, adding they should be allowed to stage international cricket again.
No Test series has been staged in Pakistan since armed militants attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan team in Lahore four years ago, killing eight locals and wounding six visiting players, Sport24 reports.
Misbah said Pakistan is such a big cricketing nation and the world has to think about bringing international cricket back to the country.
The middle-order batsman added Twenty20 tournament in Pakistan saw full stadiums for every game and there were no security concerns, adding the people should have international cricket.
Misbah said having to play home Tests abroad, often in the United Arab Emirates cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, was affecting the competitiveness of the team.

'Injured' Shane Watson's comeback trail hits snag

Australian all rounder Shane Watson will miss this week's Sheffield Shield match for New South Wales (NSW) as Cricket Australia (CA) has decided to take a conformist approach with the comeback of the Test vice-captain.
NSW selectors were finalising their squad on Monday but were unlikely to be able to include Watson for the clash with Western Australia starting on Thursday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Watson was put through his paces under the supervision of national chairman of selectors John Inverarity and fellow selector Andy Bichel at the SCG on Sunday, after which it was decided a return next week was more probable, the paper added.
CA's chief selector John Inverarity said Watson had a good running work out, but he didn't bat.

Lean run was inevitable, says Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, back amongst the runs with a fine 50 in Ranchi, feels the No.3 position in the batting order is best suited to him and he would like to carry on playing in the top-order.

"No.3 has been working fine for me. I wouldn't know too much about the lower order because I haven't batted too much there. I sort of like the pressure situation going in at three. And I like to finish off games as well. So, it gives me the right platform to do the job for the team, which I like to do," Kohli said on the eve of the fourth One-Day International against England.

I knew Kohli would find it difficult to pick my length: Junaid Khan

After dominating Virat Kohli in the ODI series against India last December, Pakistan's promising left-arm pacer, Junaid Khan says he knew the batsman would struggle to pick "my length". Kohli was dismissed by Junaid in all the three one-dayers.
"Before the one-day series I remember Kohli and I came cross each other and he told me that I will be playing my shots and I will score runs off you," Junaid said prior to the team's departure for South Africa. 
"Given his reputation I was a bit apprehensive but once I started bowling in the first ODI and everything was working right for me I knew he would find it difficult to pick my length and I bowled him for a duck," he told 'Geo News'.

We must exploit 'very English' conditions at Mohali, says Ian Bell

Describing the cold weather here as "very English", opener Ian Bell on Monday said that the England pacers will have to exploit the conditions well in order to level the five-match ODI series when they take on India in the fourth and penultimate match on Wednesday. Trailing 1-2, England are in a must-win situation here to keep the series alive.
"(The condition) more familiar than we had in the last couple of games. Obviously, it is nice to get out a little bit of breeze, sure helps everyone. Hopefully, in the next couple of days we will get an opportunity to put up performance like we did in the first ODI and hopefully go 2-2 (in the series)," Bell said after his team's net session at the PCA stadium here on Monday. 

Marlon Samuels escapes punishment

West Indies middle order batsman Marlon Samuels has escaped punishment for his role in an ugly clash with Shane Warne, captain of the Melbourne Stars during a match of the Australian Big Bash League.
Samuels, who plays for Melbourne Renegades, was found guilty by Cricket Australia of unbecoming conduct. However, he has been let off with a reprimand by Commissioner John Price, who acknowledged his conduct had resulted from "extreme provocation". 
Warne was given a $4500 fine and a match suspension from the heated clash between the Stars and Renegades on January 6. Samuels's charge of engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with other players from that match was dismissed.

We can turn things around, says James Tredwell

England can still stage a turnaround in the one-day series against India despite being on the backfoot, according to spinner James Tredwell who said the team will go into the must-win game trying to draw inspiration from their first game which the visitors won comfortably.
"Obviously the two defeats are in the back of our minds but I think if you look forward to the result too quickly, then you take your eye off the process.