Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Pakistan raises players' salaries

Pakistan announced Tuesday that its 21 cricketers on central contracts would get a 15 percent salary increase and a 10 percent rise in match fees this year.
The contracts, up for renewal in January, were finally handed to players hours before they left for Britain early Tuesday.

Wasim Akram inspires New Zealand's Boult

New Zealand's Trent Boult hopes to succeed where cricket hero Wasim Akram failed by getting his name on the Lord's honours board during this week's first Test against England.

England must improve to beat feisty New Zealand

England have been left in no doubt about what will be required of them in the first test against New Zealand starting at Lord's on Thursday.

Captain Michael Clarke backs himself for twin Ashes trials

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke said Wednesday he was confident his troublesome back would not prevent him from leading Australia in the two Ashes series against England this year.

Aussie batsmen must stand up in Ashes series

Australia's pace bowling unit will give the tourists every chance of success in the Ashes series in England but will not be able to win back the precious urn without some help from the batsmen, captain Michael Clarke said on Wednesday.

Peter Fulton set to make 'long drawn' debut at 'hallowed' Lord's

New Zealand cricketer Peter Fulton is finally set to make his debut at Lord's at the grand old age of 34, during the first Test against England on Thursday.

Steyn eyes Champions Trophy as parting gift for Kirsten

South Africa hope to give coach Gary Kirsten the perfect parting gift by winning next month's Champions Trophy, and have no fears that his replacement, Russell Domingo, is up to the job of guiding the world's best test team to further success, pace spearhead Dale Steyn has told Reuters.

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal confident of defeating India in ICC Champions Trophy in UK

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he is confident his side can defeat India in the ICC Champions Trophy that gets underway in England next month.

England to use raised seam of Duke Ball to corner Kiwis

England plans to use the raised seam of the Duke Ball to challenge New Zealand batsmen during the two-Test series beginning this month.
After its disappointing draw in New Zealand, England and captain Alastair Cook are hoping to set the record straight with a greater focus on pace and swing, reports.

Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum ponders spin dilemma

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum admits he will wait until the last minute before deciding if spinner Bruce Martin or seamer Doug Bracewell will fill the final place in his bowling attack for the first Test against England.
McCullum's side open their two-match Test series against England at Lord's on Thursday and the skipper's only selection dilemma is whether to go with an all-seam attack to take advantage of the expected overcast conditions in north London.

Alastair Cook expects England to take fight to Kiwis

England captain Alastair Cook insists there is no chance his team will underestimate New Zealand in the Test series which starts at Lord's on Thursday.
Cook's side were accused of complacency when they were forced to settle for three drawn Tests on their recent tour to New Zealand despite arriving as heavy favourites.