Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Michael Vaughan says Broad's injury hell could wreck his Ashes hopes

Michael Vaughan has claimed Stuart Broad's constant injury problems could wreck his hopes of playing in the Ashes this year, and former England captain advised the fast bowler to quickly find a way out to solve this issue.

A persistent heel problem is threatening to derail Broad's Ashes summer and more if he can't find a way to not only get on the park, but excel on it too, the Daily Mirror reports.

Vaughan, who gave Broad his Test debut, believes the England Twenty20 captain would need to get psychologically fit as well even if he overcomes his physical injuries.

Keeping up high standard of cricket will be greatest challenge: Graeme Smith

South Africa will have the challenge to keep up its high standards of cricket, said captain Graeme Smith on Monday.

Smith was referring to the fact that in their three Test matches at home this summer, the Proteas have not been stretched to play till the fifth day, toppling their opponents by the fourth.

South Africa defeated Pakistan, in the first of a three-Test series at the Wanderers before lunch on the fourth day.

AB de Villiers growing into keeper's role

The question of whether AB de Villiers should keep wicket for South Africa in tests may have been answered by his record-breaking performance in his team's 211-run win over Pakistan at the Wanderers.

De Villiers became the first player in test history to score a hundred and take 10 dismissals behind the stumps in the same match, with his final tally of 11 equalling Jack Russell's all-time test record for a stumper.

It was an eye-catching performance by the 28-year-old, whose role with the gloves since the retirement through injury last year of Mark Boucher has been the subject of much debate.

Hashim Amla modest despite rare rankings honour

Hashim Amla occupies the top spot in both the test and one-day rankings but would not call himself the best batsman even in the South African dressing room.

Amla's 74 not out in the second innings of South Africa's 211-run win over Pakistan on Monday elevated him above Australian Michael Clarke to the top of the test batting rankings.

It also made him the first man since former Australia captain Ricky Ponting in December 2007 to top both the test and one-day batting tables.

The 29-year-old, however, remained characteristically modest.

Dean Jones says George Bailey has temperament to play for Oz in Tests

Dean Jones has claimed Australia's Twenty20 captain George Bailey has the skills and the temperament to play in the Test format after his unbeaten innings of 125 from 110 balls on Sunday against the West Indies.

Bailey took the hosts from a perilous 6-98 to a winnable total of 7-266 against the West Indies in Perth as Australia grabbed a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, reports.

Since his debut in the Caribbean last March, the Tasmanian is averaging 45 in ODIs, has scored 303 more runs than the next Australian (720 compared to Dave Hussey's 417) and is second only to England's Ian Bell worldwide for most one-day runs in that time.

Michael Clarke says 'batsman-only' Shane Watson would face bigger test for place in Oz team

Michael Clarke has claimed all rounder Shane Watson's decision to quit bowling and return to international cricket as a batsman would expose him to a much bigger fight for a Test berth.

Clarke said that at his best Watson, who will make his latest injury comeback as an opener in the one-day international against the West Indies in Canberra on Wednesday, was as good as any player in the world, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

However, the Australia captain also warned his deputy that he would need to perform to earn back his Test spot for the upcoming tour of India.