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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Glenn McGrath claims Oz sans Hussey, Ponting would find it tough in India

Pace legend Glenn McGrath has claimed Australia would struggle in their upcoming Test tour to India in the absence of veterans like Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.

While Ponting's absence goes without saying, McGrath said the absence of Hussey will also be a big facto, the Nation reports.

McGrath added Hussey's retirement is going to leave a very big hole in the Australia middle order, and he added that finding someone to fill his

Lot riding on Australia series: Rahul Dravid

There is a lot riding on the upcoming India-Australia cricket series since it will help the selectors identify the next generation of players, Rahul Dravid, the team's mainstay till his retirement last year, said at the Jaipur Literature Festival Saturday.

"Each series is significant like the series with England. But like India, Australia too has lost a lot of big players. So both teams are quite similar. But there is a lot riding on the teams. It will help them recognize the next generation of players," he told reporters here after taking part in a session.

Shane Watson wants to open batting for Oz during India tour with eye on bowling role in Ashes

Shane Watson has claimed he would like to open the batting during Australia's upcoming Test tour to India with an eye on slowly recovering his bowling to bowl some overs during the Ashes series.

Watson intends to build his bowling form on the tour of India, with a view to playing a key role with the ball during the Ashes, News.com.au reports.

Jesse Ryder not to return in Black Caps squad for England series

Former New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has made himself unavailable for the upcoming tour by England, as he is not ready yet to end his self-imposed exile from international cricket.

The talented 28-year-old has been one of the form domestic players of the New Zealand summer, prompting speculation that he could return to the Black Caps set-up following their just-completed tour of South Africa, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Graham Gooch steps down as England limited overs batting coach

Graham Gooch has stepped down as batting coach for England's one-day and Twenty20 teams and will focus exclusively on the test side, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Sunday.
Graham Thorpe, like Gooch one of England's most successful batsman of the past 25 years, takes over as batting coach for the limited overs matches for the tour of New Zealand starting next month.
The demands of the three forms of the game has already led England

England beat India by 7 wickets

Ian Bell's 113 runs helped England win the fifth and the final cricket ODI in Dharamsala on Sunday.
A swashbuckling knock by Suresh Raina helped India reach a decent total of 226 after an inept batting performance by the top-order batsmen in bowling friendly conditions.
Put into bat in conditions helpful for seam bowling, India were 79 for five before Raina (83) led a recovery act before the home team folded for 226 in 49.4 overs at the picturesque HPCA Stadium.

Pakistan add pace duo to squad

Pakistan have added pace bowlers Tanvir Ahmed and Rahat Ali to their side in South Africa before the first test starting on February 1, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Sunday.

A PCB spokesman said the decision followed a request from the touring team's management.

"They have taken this decision after considering the conditions and duration of the tour in South Africa," the spokesman said. "Both players will arrive before the first test."

The team already includes pace bowlers Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan and uncapped Ehsan Adil.

Graham Thorpe to be England batting coach in ODIs and T20s

Graham Gooch has stepped down as batting coach for England's one-day and Twenty20 teams and will focus exclusively on the Test side, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Sunday.
Graham Thorpe, like Gooch one of England's most successful batsman of the past 25 years, takes over as batting coach for the limited overs matches for the tour of New Zealand starting next month. 

PCB, Inzamam trigger controversy

The PCB and Inzamam-ul-Haq have triggered off a controversy in Pakistan cricket because of their differing views on why the former captain was not sent to South Africa with the national team as its batting consultant.
Inzamam, the most capped player for Pakistan, told reporters in Lahore that the board never contacted him after he returned from India about the tour to South Africa. 
"The board had initially offered me to be the batting consultant for the tours to India and South Africa. I couldn't go to India because of a prior commitment with a channel. But after I returned from India no one from the board contacted me to speak about the South Africa tour," Inzamam said.

We should've batted sensibly: MS Dhoni

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said had India batted "more sensibly", the hosts could have won the fifth and final ODI here and wrapped up the series by a bigger margin.
Sent into bat, India were all out for 226 and Dhoni said the home team were 30-35 runs short of the target that they would have liked to set before England at the picturesque HPCA Stadium which made its ODI debut. 
"The ODI series was as tight as the Test series. We should have won this game, maybe we should have batted more sensibly. We were 30-35 runs short," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.

Pakistan strengthens bowling attack for South Africa

Pakistan said on Sunday that they would add pacemen Tanveer Ahmed and Rahat Ali to their squad for the three-Test series in South Africa starting next week.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the team, currently playing a four-day tour opener in East London before the first Test in Johannesburg, sent a request for the extra bowlers. 
"After considering the conditions and duration of the tour in South Africa the Pakistan team management has requested the national selection committee to send two fast bowlers," said a PCB press release, adding that they would reach South Africa before the start of the first Test on Friday.

Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Gul revive Pakistan in tour game against South African Invitation XI

Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and opening bowler Umar Gul spurred a strong showing by the touring Pakistani team on the second day of their four-day match against a South African Invitation XI at Buffalo Park on Saturday.
Ahmed hit 93 and Gul made 49 as the tourists recovered from their overnight 178 for six to reach 329 all out. Gul then took two early wickets to put the Invitation XI under pressure. They reached 213 for seven at the close in their only warm-up match before the first Test against South Africa starting in Johannesburg on Friday.