Thursday, 21 March 2013

Australia coach Mickey Arthur defends decision to drop players

Australia coach Mickey Arthur has again defended his decision to drop four players for the third test against India for disciplinary reasons.
Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Usman Khawaja were suspended for failing to respond to a request from management to suggest ways to improve the Australia team.

Shane Warne blames defensive captains for leg-spin decline

Six years since he quit international cricket with 1,000 wickets to his name and a reputation for reviving a moribund craft, Shane Warne is concerned about the current lack of high-class leg-spinner in cricket.

Five slow bowlers feature in the top 10 test bowlers' list but none are leg-spinners, who seem to be being overshadowed by their left-arm and off-spinning cousins.

Shane has my full support: Michael Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke on Thursday said there are doubts over his participation in the fourth Test against India starting on Friday due to his chronic back injury.

"At this stage, there is still doubt of me pulling up fit enough to play tomorrow but I've been given every opportunity. I'll have plenty of treatment again today. I've got another 24 hours to assess my fitness and do everything I can to get myself right to play this Test match," said Clarke during a press conference at the Feroze Shah Kotla.

Imran Farhat and Misbah-ul-Haq help Pakistan level series

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq led his side to a three-wicket win over South Africa in the fourth one-dayer on Thursday, setting up a series decider in the final match in Benoni on Sunday.

Misbah made 80 and Imran Farhat scored 93 as Pakistan chased down South Africa's total of 234 for nine with eight balls to spare.