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Monday, 11 February 2013

George Bailey says depleted T20 squad due to India tour may spell trouble for 2014 World Cup

Australian Twenty20 captain George Bailey has said that a depleted T20 squad against the West Indies may compromise Australia's chances for the 2014 T20 World Cup.

Bailey was reportedly frustrated over the repeated dropping of cricketers from the T20 squad following the assembling of the 17-member Australian squad in India for the upcoming Tests, the Age reports.

Bailey said that although he understood Cricket Australia's prioritizing the Test series, there are still 7 or 8 games left until the T20 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh, which may compromise the preparation for the game.

Afghanistan fall in Pakistan tour opener

Afghanistan's warm-up tour of Pakistan got off to a losing start on Monday as they fell to an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of the hosts' second-string team.

Pakistan 'A' bowlers led by captain Shahid Afridi bundled the Afghans out for a paltry 122 in 38.5 overs with the main resistance coming from Mohammad Shahzad who scored 33 and Javed Ahmadi who managed 23.

Indian fast bowling coach Dawes says Sachin Tendulkar still 'god' among teammates, fans

India's fast bowling coach Joe Dawes has described cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as still having a god-like status among his teammates and cricket fans.

The former Australian cricketer, who has been a constant companion to Tendulkar for the past nine months, said that Tendulkar's teammates copied his every little gesture, even carrying their bats with them on the team bus like the Little Master, News.com.au reports.

Mohammad Irfan, Younis Khan shine in practice match

Pakistan's left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan made a claim for a Test place and senior batsman Younis Khan played himself into form on the second and final day of a practice match against an Emerging Cape Cobras team at the Western Province Cricket Club on Monday.

Irfan followed up his first innings haul of four for 20 with three for 20 as the home side, comprising amateur players from the Western Cape franchise, were bowled out for 78.