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Friday, 25 January 2013

England squads for New Zealand tour

England cricket squads announced Thursday for the tour of New Zealand:

Test squad

Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior (wkt), Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes

Australian one-day squad against West Indies

Australia announced a 13-man squad on Friday for the first two of five one-day internationals againt the West Indies in February.

The matches will be played on February 1 and 3 at the WACA in Perth.

Australia ODI squad:

West Indies postpones Pakistan ODI series: Reports

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has postponed their one-day international series at home against Pakistan, according to reports.
Pakistan will now play two Test matches during its Caribbean tour as West Indies has deferred the ODI series, according to a report from Geo News.
Pakistan was to play two Test matches and five ODIs during its West Indies tour in June-July this year.
According to earlier reports, West Indies were scheduled to host Pakistan from June to July but they also have a tri-series against India and Sri Lanka during that time and to avoid the clash with Pakistan, the WICB had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) if their Caribbean tour could be rescheduled to August.

David Hussey's future hangs in balance after getting sack from Oz ODI team for Windies tour

Australian cricketer David Hussey's international career looks uncertain after he was dropped from Australia's 12-man one-day squad in favour of Aaron Finch for their upcoming series against West Indies.

John Inverarity, chairman of the Australian team selectors, said Hussey had been dropped from the squad because the selectors were concerned over the team's poor batting performance, especially Hussey being run out twice, during the recent series against Sri Lanka, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Brendan McCullum says Kiwis looking to build on 'historic' success against Proteas

New Zealand captain Brendan McCullum has said the team would be looking to get as consistent as possible following their unexpected one-day international series win over mighty South Africa at their home.
An ODI series win in South Africa, the first in any format for New Zealand after 60 years of playing international cricket in the Republic, represents a good starting point for the Black Caps, Stuff.co.nz reports.
The third and final ODI against South Africa may be a dead rubber, with the tourists up 2-0, but the Kiwis are eyeing a series whitewash over South Africa at their home.
McCullum said Kiwis have had starting points before, granted, but they were never really kicked on from those and that's what the next challenge will be.

Geoffrey Boycott backs Proteas' 'world class' bowlers to win Test series against Pakistan

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott believes South Africa's world class pace attack will be the vital difference between the sides when the Proteas host Pakistan shortly in a three-match Test series.

Boycott said Pakistan's hopes of winning anything against the Proteas depends on how their batsmen play South Africa's world-class fast bowlers, Sport24 reports.

Boycott added the South African batsmen are good as there is experienced Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith, alongside AB de Villiers, who is a fabulous player as well, but it is not that that would worry me if he was a part of the Pakistan team.

One-day cricket losing fans to T20 games Down Under

One-day internationals in Australia will be witnessing record low visitors as cricket fans now prefer to watch Twenty20 games. Coming in the backdrop of the upcoming 2015 World Cup, which will be hosted by both Australia and New Zealand, Australia's imminent T20 matches against Sri Lanka at ANZ Stadium and at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will see twice as many fans as they were in the recent ODIs, reports News.com.au.