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Monday, 28 January 2013

No need to curb aggression for India tour, says Adam Gilchrist

Sparks fly whenever India and Australia clash on the cricket field but Adam Gilchrist does not see the need to curb the aggression as he feels "heated confrontations" are actually a mark of respect to the rival.
"(It's) a great rivalry and I think when it gets so aggressive in the sporting arena, it's a sign of respect. You feel threatened by an opponent so you play harder and it might lead to heated confrontation," Gilchrist said while talking about the four-match Test series starting February 2
"...that's a sign of ultimate respect...but I have learnt that what might be acceptable in one culture might be frowned upon in another," he added. Gilchrist said India's recent poor Test run, including the recent home debacle against England, can be seen as an opening for the Australians, who are also enduring a transition phase. All top two-three teams in the world are evenly matched. They can beat anyone on any given day. England have challenged India here so there is an opening here for Australia. I am sure it would be a terrific series ," Gilchrist said.

Graeme Smith set to play his 100th Test as South Africa skipper

South African skipper Graeme Smith is all set to become the first cricket player to captain a team in 100 Tests when he will lead the side out against Pakistan on Friday at the Wanderers stadium here.
It will be a double celebration for Smith as it will also be his 32nd birthday. Smith has led the Proteas in 98 Tests to date and has also captained the World XI against Australia. To celebrate the occasion, Cricket South Africa and its sponsors have lined up a host of activities. CSA has also urged fans to be part of the celebrations by signing a huge Proteas replica jersey which will be handed over to Smith during the match. 

Sanath Jayasuriya appointed as chairman of Sri Lanka selection panel

Sri Lanka has revamped its cricket selection panel with a new team under its new chairman, Sanath Jayasuriya, the country's Sports Ministry announced here on Monday. Jayasuriya, a former national captain and a current government parliamentarian, will have Hemantha Wickramaratne, Pramodaya Wickremasinghe, Chaminda Mendis and Eric Upashantha as co-members of the panel.
Wickramaratne, a former ODI player, is the only surviving member from the outgoing panel headed by former Test fast bowler Asantha de Mel. Wickramasinghe was a member of the 1996 World Cup champion side alongside Jayasuriya. They both come from the southern town of Matara. Jayasuriya, whose batting was a key factor to the island nation's victory in 1996, was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Mendis, who had figured in previous selection panels, was also an ODI player. 

India reclaim number one rank in ODIs

India on Sunday snatched the number one rank from England in one-dayers, courtesy their impressive 3-2 series-win over the visitors. India lost the fifth ODI here today by seven wickets but it was a dead rubber.
India, which started the series in third place at 117 ratings points, ended at 119 to re-claim the top spot in the ICC ODI Championhsip table after a gap of three years. England, which had started on 121 ratings points, slipped to 119 ratings points after the series loss, only to see India finish ahead of it by 0.2 when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point

It was an important toss to win, says Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook on Sunday admitted that it was an "important toss to win" and they possibly couldn't have lost the match once his bowlers dismissed India's top four batsmen for only 49 runs during the fifth and final ODI here.
"It was an important toss to win. But you still have to execute your skills and I thought our opening bowlers did that very well. 49 for four gave us a great chance to win and we did that," a relieved Cook said at the post-match press conference today after his team comfortably defeated India by seven wickets

No player ready to fill Michael Hussey's spot: Justin Langer

Former Australian batting coach Justin Langer has said that there is no player perfectly fit for the position left open by Michael Hussey's retirement, although he was impressed by youngster Steve Smith's form.

Adding that the current time was a good period for any young player with a strong work ethic, Langer said that the key to be in good form is mental resilience and good technique, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Sri Lanka beat Australia with last T20 ball

Sri Lanka won an ill-tempered and rain-shortened final T20 international against Australia off the last ball at the MCG on Monday.

Angry words were exchanged as the two sides walked off, with Sri Lanka winning by two runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

The tourists scored 161 for four wickets off their 20 overs but a shower which interrupted the home side's innings reduced the match by five overs.