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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Daniel Vettori gives himself only 'slim' chance for playing in upcoming Test series against England

Veteran New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori has said he has slim chances of playing in the upcoming three-Test series against England due to a lingering injury.

Vettori, who has been sidelined because of an ongoing Achilles tendon sprain, is hoping that he will be fit for the return tour to England later this year, Stuff.co.nz reports.

The Kiwi star also said that he is also hoping to be selected for the upcoming ODI campaign of the domestic team Northern Districts, adding that he would not be able to play in any four-day cricket for now.

Aussies confident skipper Michael Clarke will be fit for Windies ODI series

Australian paceman Clint McKay is confident the team's wounded captain will be ready for battle when the ODI series against the West Indies begins on Friday at the WACA Ground.

Skipper Michael Clarke missed the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka after rolling his ankle at training on the day before the game, reports News.com.au.

McKay said he was confident Clarke would be fit to return for Friday's game. He said Clarke is looking as "fit as ever".

Dennis Lillee joins Australia high-performance team

Cricket Australia have appointed fast bowling great Dennis Lillee as an advisor, days after spinner Shane Warne panned the board and said cricket people needed to be running the team rather than 'muppets'.

Lillee would provide coaching services, guidance and mentoring to Australia's emerging fast bowlers as well as the national team, Cricket Australia (CA) said on their website (www.cricket.com.au) on Wednesday.

"Lillee will be available face-to-face and on mobile to the squad, but won't travel extensively abroad with the national team," it added.

Shane Warne calls for new Australian coach

Test great Shane Warne on Wednesday called on Australia coach Mickey Arthur to be replaced by former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming days after branding the nation's cricket chiefs "muppets".

The outspoken leg-spinner, who said he was "frustrated on many levels at present", praised Fleming as "the best opposition captain we played against" on his website www.shanewarne.com.

"I believe he brings a lot to the table, a calmness, an intelligent understanding of the game and a very good cricket brain. He's a good communicator too as well as a good leader of men."

Holland to play South Africa in ODI

The Netherlands are to play South Africa in a one-day international before this year's Champions Trophy, the Royal Dutch Cricket Association announced on Wednesday.

The game on May 31 at Amstelveen is part of the Proteas' preparations for the eight-team competition in England and Wales, which starts on June 6.

Royal Dutch Cricket Association chief executive Richard Cox was quoted as saying on the International Cricket Council website that the fixture was a "real coup" and would give the game a boost in the Netherlands.

David Warner injures thumb, Khawaja in Australia one-day squad

Australia opener David Warner will miss the first two one-day internationals against West Indies with a fractured thumb and has been replaced in the squad by Usman Khawaja, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday.Warner is checked after being struck on the left hand by Mitchell Johnson.

Warner was struck by a Mitchell Johnson delivery while batting in the nets at Perth, suffering a minor left thumb fracture and ruling him out of the matches on Friday and Sunday at the WACA.