Monday, 11 March 2013

Young cricketers need to earn place in Australian Test team: Darren Lehmann

Former cricketer Darren Lehmann says that the young crop of Australian cricketers need to score substantial runs and pick up good number of wickets in domestic cricket before they are drafted into the national team. "We have to make sure the younger players are making runs and taking wickets before we promote them to play for Australia," said Lehmann. "I know everyone is trying to find the next Ricky Ponting or Michael Clarke, but they found us. Guys have to earn the right to wear the baggy green. Did Glenn Maxwell earn it last week? Probably not, but that's the selectors' call," he added.

'Off-field stuff' also led to players' sacking, says Michael Clarke

Australian captain Michael Clarke Monday defended the team management's decision to suspend four players including vice-captain Shane Watson for the third Test stating that it's "not just about one incident" but also about "off-field stuff" which has been unacceptable.

Alastair Cook worried over Kevin Pietersen's knee injury ahead of Wellington Test

England captain Alastair Cook has admitted star batsman Kevin Pietersen's knee is bit of concern ahead of their second Test match against New Zealand in Wellington.

James Pattinson, Shane Watson among four Oz players dropped for Mohali Test for disciplinary breach

Australian management has sensationally dropped vice-captain Shane Watson, fast bowlers James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson and batsman Usman Khawaja from their squad for the third Test match against India in Mohali for serious disciplinary breach.

Coach Mickey Arthur and team manager Gavin Dovey made the stunning announcement on Monday afternoon as Australia continued preparations for the third leg of the series, which they trail 2-0, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

History-making Mushfiqur Rahim leads Bangladesh run-spree

Mushfiqur Rahim on Monday became the first Bangladeshi to crack a double-century while Nasir Hossain hit a maiden ton as the tourists gained a 68-run lead in the first Test against Sri Lanka.