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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Pitches did not break up as much as expected: Steve Smith

Sydney: Australia skipper Steven Smith on Saturday said that the pitches did not "break up quite as much as expected" during the four-match cricket Test series against India and it hampered the home side's chances of winning by a bigger margin.

I hate losing, says India Test captain Virat Kohli

He "hates" defeats but Indian captain Virat Kohli today said he was not too disappointed by the Test series loss to Australia as his team put up a tough fight, displaying "intent and character" all through.

Moin Khan says Pak needs to play `fearless` and `sensible` cricket to thrive in WC

Chairman of the Pakistan's national selection committee Moin Khan has said that Pakistan would have to play a fearless but sensible cricket in order to thrive in the upcoming World Cup.

India hold on, draw final Test against Australia

India survived a scare in the final session of day five to draw the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Saturday.

England players jealous of me: Pietersen

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has once again criticised his former international colleagues, suggesting he was the victim of professional jealousy.

Virat Kohli: We gave Australia a tough fight

Despite losing the series 0-2 to Australia, India skipper Virat Kohli said the team performed well and gave a tough fight to the hosts in all the four Tests.

Chris Gayle returns to inspire West Indies to victory

Explosive opener Chris Gayle announced his return to international cricket after nearly five months with a stunning half-century, but the West Indies made a meal of their target before stumbling past South Africa by four wickets in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series here.

West Indies board to speak soon on task force report

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will for the first time speak on the report submitted by the task force that was commissioned to investigate the controversial abandoned India tour last year.
In a release, the WICB said it had now studied the report in its entirety and would make "a specific announcement relating to the way forward following the Saturday meeting", reports CMC.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson in Shane Warne's all-time XI

Skipper Michael Clarke and pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson were the only representatives from the current Australian cricket squad to find a place in the country's all-time XI named by spin legend Shane Warne on Friday.

New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond to quit after World Cup

Wellington: New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond will quit after the World Cup Feb 14-March 29. New Zealand Cricket’s head of cricket Lindsay Crocker said Bond did not accept the contract extension that was offered to him.

Win World Cup Again, Virender Sehwag Tells MS Dhoni

Gurgaon: With the ICC Cricket World Cup just a little over a month away, out-of-favour batsman Virender Sehwag on Friday wished the Indian team and hoped that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side would be able to defend its title in Australia and New Zealand.(Sehwag Not in 30 Probables for World Cup)

India's World Cup bowling attack a worry: Azharuddin

Chandigarh: Former captain Mohammad Azharuddin today said that even though India's 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup looks balanced, the bowling attack does seem to pose a worry for the MS Dhoni-led team.

Javed Miandad criticises selectors for not backing Shoaib Malik

Former Pakistan Test skipper Javed Mianded has criticised national cricket selectors for not including veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 squad, saying that the present squad lacks experience.

Warne excludes Bevan from all-time Aussie ODI XI

Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne Friday opted to exclude one of the sport's best finishers Michael Bevan from his all-time Australian One-Day International (ODI) eleven.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Smith claims didn't see Starc's in-your-face send-off post dismissing Vijay in SCG Test

Australia Test team captain Steven Smith has claimed that he did not see paceman Mitchell Starc's in-your-face celebration after dismissing India's opener Murali Vijay on the second day of the SCG Test, but has insisted that he is not a fan of the concept.

Jonathon Trott feeling `really good` on cricket return post 2013-14 Ashes exit

Playing his first game for an England side since leaving the 2013-14 Ashes tour with 'stress-related illness', England Lions skipper Jonathon Trott hit 79 off 127 deliveries as the domestic side drew their opening tour game against a Gauteng Invitation XI in Soweto, South Africa.

De Villiers believes Proteas perfectly primed to win WC

South African skipper AB de Villiers believes that his team has the capability to bring home the coveted World Cup trophy for the first time.

Spidercam controversy after Smith's drops Rahul

Australian skipper Steve Smith dropped Indian batsman Lokesh Rahul and then appeared to suggest that the ball hit the wire attached to the Spidercam which put him off on the third day of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Thursday.

Sachin Tendulkar to debut on big screen with biopic

After wrapping up a stupendous innings on the cricket pitch, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is ready to make a splash on the film scene. He will star as himself in a biopic to be released in 2015 itself. The yet untitled feature, conceived by Mumbai-based production company 200 Not Out has been in the works for over a year, in co-ordination with World Sports Group, the firm that manages Brand Sachin.

Australia v India - 4th Test, Day 3: India 342/5 at stumps, trail by 230 runs

India ended day three on 342 for five, still 230 runs behind Australia's first innings score in the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Thursday.

Elliot, Vettori included in New Zealand's World Cup squad

Veteran all-rounder Grant Elliot and ace left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori has been named in New Zealand's squad for next month's Cricket World Cup, announced Thursday.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 193 runs in second Test

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 193 runs in the second Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Wednesday to wrap up the series 2-0.

Sri Lanka take pacer Malinga gamble for World Cup

Colombo: Sri Lanka's selectors provisionally picked sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga for the World Cup on Wednesday, hoping the spearhead will recover fully from ankle surgery four months ago.

Yuvraj Singh not morally down after ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 snub: Yograj Singh

His son and hero of the 2011 cricket World Cup may have been ignored for the next month’s mega event, but cricketer-turned-actor Yograj Singh has said the development has not affected Yuvraj Singh‘s spirits as he is a tough guy who does not melt like snow and exuded confidence that he will bounce back soon.

“Yuvraj is not somebody who melts like snow, I have not raised him that way. He is a tough guy, who is known to weather every storm that comes his way. What if his caravan has left him behind, he too will race ahead and bounce back soon,” the former Test cricketer told PTI on Wednesday. Yograj Singh said that his son always remains in high spirits no matter how difficult the situation he may be facing.

Sad about Yuvraj's exclusion from World Cup: Varun Dhawan

Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan, a fan of Yuvraj Singh, has expressed his disappointment at the cricketer's exclusion from the 15-member Indian squad for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Kohli’s captaincy criticised by Clarke, Ian Chappell

India’s new Test skipper Virat Kohli’s captaincy came under the scanner with former Australian captain Ian Chappell and injured regular skipper Michael Clarke criticising his decisions during the second day of the fourth Test here Wednesday.

Zimbabwe batsman Sibanda left out of World Cup

Zimbabwe opening batsman Vusi Sibanda was Wednesday left out of the country's 15-member cricket World Cup squad.

Pakistan announces squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will announce its 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup later today. The selection committee has sent the names of players to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman who will make the announcement.

Sunil Gavaskar all praise for India's World Cup squad

NEW DELHI: Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar on Tuesday said while India's batting line-up for the upcoming ODI cricket World Cup looks formidable, the all-rounders in the side are expected to play a major role in defending the title at the quadrennial extravaganza in Australia and New Zealand.
The Indian selectors on Tuesday included all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja, still recovering from a shoulder injury, and Stuart Binny in the 15-member squad for the World Cup.

Irfan, Sohail look forward to India clash in World Cup

Karachi: Pakistan youngsters Haris Sohail and Muhammad Irfan are looking forward to the India game in the upcoming cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and are keen to make an impression against the arch-rivals in their opening fixture at the Adelaide Oval.

Tough for bowlers on flat pitch: Mohammad Shami

Sydney: He managed to notch up a five-wicket haul but Indian medium pacer Mohammad Shami today said it was tough to bowl on the flat deck here and his team's bowlers should not be criticised for conceding 572 runs to Australia in the ongoing fourth and final cricket Test.

Steven Smith with four consecutive tons equals Bradman, Kallis

Australian captain Steven Smith on Wednesday equalled the record of legendary Sir Donald Bradman and South African allrounder Jacques Kallis by scoring four consecutive hundreds in a Test series with his knock of 117 against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Chappell claims 'impatient' Kohli's tactics gave bowlers 'no chance' on day 1 of SCG Test

Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has claimed that India Test team's new captain Virat Kohli's tactics on the first day of the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground gave the bowlers 'no chance' at all.
The Indian bowlers were left humiliated as they failed to grab a decent number of wickets and were thrashed badly enough by the Australians who put up 348-2 at stumps on day one at SCG.

Martin Crowe feared he would succumb to cancer by 2014 end

New Zealand Test cricket legend Martin Crowe has opened about his ongoing fight with cancer, saying that he had not expected to live until the end of 2014, but is determined to survive to see his nation play at the World Cup next month.

Hashim Amla says Proteas perfectly primed to face tough challenges in 2015

South African skipper Hashim Amla believes that his side is determined to face a challenging year ahead after clinching the three match Test series 2-0 against West Indies.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Martin Crowe’s gut feel predicts New Zealand-South Africa World Cup final

New Zealand Test cricket legend Martin Crowe has backed his nation’s current squad to meet South Africa in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and has urged Brendon McCullum’s side to take a fearless approach to the tournament. Crowe, who masterminded New Zealand’s semifinal run at the 1992 tournament in the nation, gave his thoughts as New Zealand prepares to co-host the latest edition with Australia next month.

India reach 71/1 at stumps on day two

India reached 71 for one at stumps on the second day of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Wednesday.

Watson criticised for missing century

Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody has taken a dig at struggling batsman Shane Watson for his shot selection that led to his dismissal on 81 runs on the second day of the fourth Test against India here Wednesday.

Australia vs India, 4th Test, Day 2: India fight after Australia score 572

Steve Smith completed his fourth century in as many matches on Wednesday as Australia compiled a daunting first innings total in the final Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Media unhappy as chief selector Patil stays silent on questions over World Cup team

Expectations that Sandeep Patil would address the media persons for the first time after taking over as chairman of the national cricket selection panel more than two years ago were dashed as he hardly uttered a word when the 2015 World Cup squad was announced here today.

No comebacks for Yuvraj, Sehwag, other 2011 World Cup heroes

In a clear sign of looking for the future, the national cricket selection panel led by Sandeep Patil today dashed the frail comeback hopes of 'Player of 2011 World Cup' Yuvraj Singh for the mega event starting next month in Australia and New Zealand. (PTI)

Morgan will drive England's new mindset, says Moores

England will adopt a positive approach and cast off the shackles at the World Cup under new skipper Eoin Morgan, coach Peter Moores said on Tuesday before the squad flew out to Australia.

South Africa opener Petersen retires from internationals

South African opener Alviro Petersen announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday immediately after the team’s eight-wicket win over the West Indies at Newlands.

South Africa complete win to keep top ranking in tests

Elgar and captain Hashim Amla (38 not out) saw South Africa home as they reached 124 for two wickets before lunch on the final day to secure victory.

New Zealand need to bring 'A' game to ensure victory

Sri Lanka were 45 for one at the close of play on Tuesday, needing another 345 runs on the final day after Williamson and BJ Watling had turned the game in the hosts' favour with a world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365.

No Yuvraj; Axar, Binny in India World Cup squad

MUMBAI: An injured Ravindra Jadeja and young left-arm spinner Axar Patel were today named in India's 15-member squad for the cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, beginning next month.

South Africa to tour Bangladesh in July

Dhaka: South Africa will play two tests, three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches on their month-long tour of Bangladesh starting in July, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday.

Peter Moores: 'Brave' move to drop Alastair Cook

England coach Peter Moores admitted it was a "brave decision" to remove Alastair Cook as one-day captain, but believes it was a necessary measure to help the side's chances at the World Cup.

India and England have plotted against Pakistan: Zaka Ashraf

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf believes that the suspension of Pakistan’s top bowling duo of Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez, was a conspiracy hatched by India and England.
“They (Ajmal and Hafeez) both had cleared the test in the past. So I question how all the things changed and now they have failed the tests,” Zaka said.

Pakistan not favorites, but capable of winning 2015 WC: Zaheer Abbas

ISLAMABAD: Former captain Zaheer Abbas sees Pakistan not favorites for the 2015 World Cup but believes the green-shirts chances of winning the mega event cannot be written-off as when it comes to major tournaments the national team has always performed with all its might.

Richie Benaud's hoped-for return to commentary box in hometown SCG Test scrapped

Former Australian cricketer and legendary commentator Richie Benaud's hoped-for return to the commentary box for his hometown Sydney Cricket Ground Test has been scrapped.

Symonds admits rediscovering 'love' for cricket as he readies for coaching stint

Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has said that he is rediscovering his love for the game as he gets ready for his first venture into coaching.

New Zealand strike as Sri Lanka chase 390 for victory

Mark Craig dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne in the final 15 minutes of play to give New Zealand a slight edge in the second test as Sri Lanka reached 45 for one, chasing 390 for victory, at the close of the fourth day's play on Tuesday.

Broad hails Aussies for respect they showed Hughes

England all-rounder Stuart Broad has praised Australia captain Michael Clarke, his team and the general public for the respect they showed Phillip Hughes following the death of the opening batsman in November.
The 25-year-old Hughes was struck on the back of the neck by a bouncer delivered by fast bowler Sean Abbott during a domestic first-class game at the Sydney Cricket Ground and died two days later from his injuries.

Warner, Rogers put India on the mat on opening day

Sydney: David Warner's 12th test century and a bittersweet 95 from Chris Rogers put Australia on course for a huge total on an emotional first day in the fourth and final test against India on Tuesday.

Australia vs India: David Warner century leads Australian domination on Day 1

Opener David Warner continued to torment a hapless India by slamming a fluent century as Australia reached a resounding 348 for two on the opening day to take early control of the fourth and final cricket Test here today.

Williamson, Watling record smashes Sri Lanka hopes

A world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365 by Kane Williamson and BJ Watling, who both posted career bests, slammed the door on Sri Lanka in the second Test in Wellington Tuesday.

Sri Lanka chase big target after New Zealand pair set world record

WELLINGTON  A world record sixth-wicket partnership between Kane Williamson and B.J. Watling on Tuesday handed New Zealand an unlikely shot at victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

Warner honours Hughes memory as Aussies punish India

David Warner kissed the ground in Phillip Hughes's memory to lead an Australian run spree with an emotional century on the opening day of the final Test against India on Tuesday.

Monday, 5 January 2015

De Villiers century gives Proteas edge

A century by AB de Villiers and two early strikes by the bowlers gave South Africa the edge on the third day of the third and final Test against the West Indies at Newlands. De Villiers was last man out for 148 as South Africa were bowled out for 421, a lead of 92.

Maxwell, Cummins named in Prime Minister's XI to play England

Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell and fast bowler Pat Cummins will have a chance to bolster their World Cup selection claims after being named to a Prime Minister's XI to play England in a one-day match on January 14.

Pakistan spinner Mohammad Hafeez fails second bowling test

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has failed an unofficial test to rectify his bowling action in a bio-mechanics test in Chennai, according to media reports in Pakistan.

Cook shattered after being dropped: Anderson

England pacer James Anderson has said captain Alaistair Cook was shattered after being dropped from One-Day Internationals (ODI) side following a terrible run of form with the bat and was "very, very upset" following the decision.

Kohli vows positive India under his leadership

New India skipper Virat Kohli says he will encourage his team to play positively and not back down against Australia in the final Test in Sydney, which begins on Tuesday.

Starc replaces injured Johnson for final India Test

Sydney: Australia replaced injured Mitchell Johnson with another left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc on Monday in their only change for this week's fourth and final Test against India.

Selectors likely to mull over Yuvraj Singh’s inclusion in Cup squad

Mumbai:  The out-of-favour Yuvraj Singh's brilliant domestic form will weigh on the selectors when they meet here on Tuesday to pick the squads for the ODI tri-series gainst Australia and England besides the World Cup next month.

I hope to be as calm as Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Virat Kohli

Sydney: Still coming to terms with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shock retirement, new Indian captain Virat Kohli on Monday said he is keen to emulate his predecessor by staying calm in tough situations when he leads the side out in the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia starting here on Tuesday.

India start a new chapter with Kohli as leader

The series is out of bounds but Indian cricket is all set to enter a new era under the feisty Virat Kohli, whose leadership would be put through a trial by fire when the visitors seek redemption in the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia starting here on Tuesday.

Smith looks to play on Kohli’s emotions

Sydney: Relishing the challenge of squaring off against new Indian captain Virat Kohli in the fourth and final cricket Test here, Australian skipper Steve Smith on Monday described his rival number as an “emotional character”.

4th Test, Sydney: Australia vs India - Preview

Sydney: The series is out of bounds but Indian cricket is all set to enter a new era under the feisty Virat Kohli, whose leadership would be put through a trial by fire when the visitors seek redemption in the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia starting here from Tuesday.

Shocked by MS Dhoni's retirement decision: Virat Kohli

India's new Test captain Virat Kohli has insisted that he would adopt a positive approach and encourage his squad to play positively and aggressively, after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shock resignation from the long format of the game. Kohli would lead the team in the fourth and final Test starting in Sydney on Tuesday after Dhoni's announcement last week. He claimed that they were all shocked by Dhoni's decision because it was so sudden.

Ireland name unchanged squad for World Cup

Ireland are to stick with the 15 players at their pre-World Cup training camp for their campaign in the global tournament which gets underway in Australia and New Zealand next month.

Ranji: Sehwag scores century, J&K hit back to stay afloat

Virender Sehwag's second consecutive century (not out 147) lifted Delhi to 278 for seven on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy encounter against Haryana at Lahli, Rohtak, while Jammu and Kashmir, after being dismissed for 160 in their first innings, kept themselves in the hunt by reducing hosts Karnataka to 123 for five at stumps on the first day in Hubli Monday.

Bangladesh announce 15-man World Cup squad

Bangladesh, on Sunday, picked all-rounder Soumya Sarkar in their 15-member squad for the 2015 One-Day International (ODI) Cricket World Cup.

West Indies can put pressure on Proteas, says Richie Richardson

Team manager Richie Richardson believes the West Indies can put pressure on South Africa over the final two days of the third Test, if they can produce a strong batting performance.

Australia vs India 2014-15 - 4th Test: A new beginning for India post MS Dhoni era

India go into the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia embarking on a new era after the shock retirement of talismanic captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara expected to be axed for fourth Test against Australia

Newly appointed Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is set to make a clear statement that he is the big boy in town by axing opener Shikhar Dhawan, who reportedly stood up to him in a heated exchange in Brisbane.

Virat Kohli: MS Dhoni is still replacement keeper

India's new Test skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired from the longest format of the game after the third Test in Melbourne, is still on standby and will take the field in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) if something untoward happens to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.

Sri Lanka grab 135-run lead as Sangakkara moves closer to Don Bradman's record.

The closest New Zealand came to taking a huge first-innings lead - or, as it panned out, not conceding a huge one - in Wellington was in the first delivery of Trent Boult's first over of the day, when the ball swung sharply past the outside edge as Kumar Sangakkara went for a drive Twice, in Christchurch, Sangakkara had fallen for single-digit scores edging similar deliveries from Boult. The cover drive maybe Sangakkara's signature shot, but that early wake-up call was a sign he had to lock the shot in a safe, at least till Sri Lanka were out of danger.

Kevin Pietersen's England exile baffles Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff is at a loss for words as to why England will refuse batsman Kevin Pietersen a place in their World Cup squad.