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Thursday, 14 March 2013

England all out for 465 against New Zealand

England were bowled out for a first innings total of 465 at tea on day two of the second Test against New Zealand at Wellington's Basin Reserve on Friday.

England bowler Graeme Swann has successful elbow operation

England off-spinner Graeme Swann has had successful surgery on his troublesome right elbow and will now start a rehabilitation programme, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Thursday.

Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott seize control for England

England seized control of the second Test against New Zealand on Thursday as centuries by Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott put the tourists on course for a mammoth first innings total.

Matthew Hayden backs ‘axed’ Shane Watson, says CA lacks ‘fundamental Oz ways’ of cricket

Australian Test great Matthew Hayden has strongly supported axed vice-captain Shane Watson calling him a team man, and adding that senior cricket officials may not be committed to the ‘fundamental Australian ways’ of the game.

I have improved a lot: Steve Smith

Australia's young batsman Steve Smith Thursday said he has vastly improved as a player since he was dropped from the team after the Ashes defeat at home 26 months ago.

Michael Clarke to bat at No.3, Brad Haddin to keep

Australia skipper Michael Clarke will bat at No.3 while Brad Haddin will be keeping wickets against India in the third cricket Test that will resume Friday after the first day's play was washed out without a ball being bowled due to heavy rains here Thursday.

Shillingford spins West Indies to nine-wicket win

Shane Shillingford destroyed an inept Zimbabwe batting line-up to set the West Indies on the way to a comprehensive nine-wicket win inside three days in the first Test on Thursday.

Australia vs India: First day's play of Mohali Test washed out

 The first day's play of the fourth Test between India and Australia that was to be played at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) grounds in Mohali from today, was washed out due to incessant rain.

Ian Botham mocks Australia's woes in India

Wellington: England great Ian Botham revealed he was relishing Australia's woes in India after four players were suspended for indiscipline, mocking the "wellness reports" they are forced to complete. The former swashbuckling all-rounder was referring to the daily reports Australia's players are required to fill out every morning while on tour, including details such as how much they slept the night before.

Ricky Ponting comes out in defence of Shane Watson

Suspended Australia vice-captain Shane Watson received the backing of former skipper Ricky Ponting on Thursday as crisis surrounding the team rumbled on. Watson, along with three other players, was suspended for the third Test in India after failing to respond to a request from Australia's management for feedback on how the team could be improved.

South Africa focus on improving yorkers

CENTURION, South Africa: Barring their superior performance in the second Twenty20 of the tour, Pakistan have not given South Africa many lessons to learn. It is a Pakistani fast bowler, though, that South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald is holding up as an example to his charges, because he wants them to emulate his exemplary ability to endanger toes.

Shane Watson denies rift with Michael Clarke

SYDNEY: Australian vice-captain Shane Watson has denied any rift with skipper Michael Clarke and strongly rejected suggestions he is not a team player after being axed for one Test for indiscipline.

Decision to bowl first was shocking: Aaqib Javed

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former fast bowler Aaqib Javed, has said that Pakistan team should have batted first after winning the toss in the first One-day International (ODI) against South Africa.

Pakistan face fast bowling crisis, says PCB selector

Pakistan face a looming crisis in world cricket unless they nurture more fast bowlers at grassroots level, the country's chief selector Iqbal Qasim warned on Wednesday. Qasim said selectors no longer had the luxury of choosing from an array of top fast bowlers as the talent pool had dried up and the country needs to quickly find a new generation of Wasim Akrams and Waqar Younises.

Pakistan coach, manager hold closed-door meeting with seniors

Pakistan team coach Dav Whatmore and manager Naved Cheema have held a closed-door meeting with senior members of the national team, currently in South Africa, in a bid to reverse the flow of poor results on the tour.

I delayed Test retirement to keep my place, reveals Michael Hussey

Michael Hussey, the retired Australia batsman, has revealed that he held back on calling it quits from Test cricket because he feared he would be dropped for the remainder of the season. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Hussey admitted he had been secretive about his retirement plans in order to keep playing at the Test level.

South Australia coach backs Mickey Arthur's 'four player' dump from Mohali Test

The coach of the domestic South Australian team has backed Australian coach Mickey Arthur's dumping of four players from the Mohali Test for failing to complete their homework.

Stuart MacGill urges players to focus on 'individuality' before team issues to improve Test cricket performances

Former Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill has said that in cricket, players needed to focus on their individuality and being on top of their own game, rather than rely on teammates to help them prepare for the challenges of Test cricket.

Zaheer Abbas demands batting coach for Pakistan

Pakistan's former Test batsman Zaheer Abbas has lamented the absence of quality batsmen in Pakistan and advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint a batting coach for the national team

South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald underlines need to improve profligate 'death bowling' performances

South Africa's bowling coach Allan Donald has said that the team needs to improve their death bowling in limited overs cricket ahead of their second one-day international (ODI) against Pakistan at Centurion on Friday.

Daniel Vettori wants opportunity to prove form, fitness after recovering from injury

Former Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori is close to returning to action for the first time in six months after succumbing to a long-term nagging Achilles tendon injury.

Ex-Pak openers call for Kamran Akmal's promotion

Former Pakistan Test openers Mudassar Nazar and Mohsin Khan have urged the national team to settle on the opening three positions in the side, in order to bring about stability to the batting line-up.