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14,000 completed now. What next?

Yes, the Man in fact, the God of Cricket makes new history by scoring 14,000 Runs in International Test Cricket. From being a young lad to becoming the God,  from Nothing to 14,000 test runs, he duly is a Specialist, the Best Cricketer according to me in this world. Read the rest of this entry

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Ajantha Mendis: No more a mystery

Ajantha Mendis came into the World of International Cricket as unpredictable and mysterious spinner. His off breaks, googlies and flippers bewildered all the Batsmen. He became the most successful bowler in his starting periods of his career. Read the rest of this entry

Sachin Tendulkar-The Living Legend

Sachin Tendulkar’s life can be summed up quite rightly in one sentence. From Tendulkar to Ton-dulkar to End-ulkar to Ton-dulkar again. Such has been his importance to the game that it had be quite an achievement to find an Indian cricketer who says that he has not been inspired by Tendulkar. For the past two decades, Sachin Tendulkar has quite successfully handled the magnanimous task of living upto the expectations of a billion people. Read the rest of this entry

Muralitharan to retire from Test after 1st game

Highest Wicket taker in Cricket, Muttiah Muralitharan has announced his retirement from Test matches Yesterday bringing an end to 18 years of bowling career. Read the rest of this entry

Aussies name their UK tour squads

Cricket Australia has named the T20 and One Day squad for the Australia tour of England and Australia A squad for a series against Sri Lanka A. Even though Micheal Clarke had a poor run in the T20 World Cup, CA has retained him as the T20 Captain.

Shaun Marsh makes an comeback to the One Day team after being ruled out of the New Zealand tour with injury. His younger brother, Mitchell Marsh too has been given a chance to play in the Australia A team.

But, Australian test squad has not yet been announced.

Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris commented:

“Peter Siddle is recovering well from a lower back stress fracture sustained during the Australian summer. However it was felt that there was too big a risk for his to return for the tour of England and Ireland, particularly with the important 12 months coming up. Peter remains on target to return to the playing field at the start of the Australian domestic summer. Brett Lee is recovering from the elbow muscle injury that he picked before the ICC World Twenty20 and is yet to commence bowling.”

“Brett Lee is recovering from the elbow muscle injury that he picked before the ICC World Twenty20 and is yet to commence bowling.”

SQUADS

ODI squad Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Cameron White, Brad Haddin, Steven Smith, James Hopes, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Clint McKay, Doug Bollinger.

Twenty20 squad Shane Watson, David Warner, Michael Clarke (capt), Cameron White, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Daniel Christian, Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait.

Australia A four-day squad Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Michael Klinger, George Bailey (capt), Peter Forrest, Andrew McDonald, Tim Paine, Mitchell Marsh, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Hilfenhaus, Josh Hazlewood, Peter George, Mitchell Starc.

Australia A one-day squad Tim Paine, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, George Bailey (capt), Travis Birt, Aaron Finch, Andrew McDonald, Mitchell Marsh, Xavier Doherty, Brendan Drew, James Pattinson, Jake Haberfield, Josh Hazlewood.

SCHEDULE

VB Tour of The British Isles
17 June Australia v Ireland, Clontarf, Dublin (One-Day International)
19 June Australia v Middlesex, Lord’s (One-Day Tour Match)
22 June Australia v England, Rose Bowl (One-Day International)
24 June Australia v England, Cardiff (One-Day International)
27 June Australia v England, Old Trafford (One-Day International)
30 June Australia v England, The Oval (One-Day International)
3 July Australia v England, Lord’s (One-Day International)

VB Pakistan Series
5 July Australia v Pakistan, Edgbaston (Twenty20 International)
6 July Australia Pakistan, Edgbaston (Twenty20 International)
*8-9 July Australia v Derbyshire, Derby (Two-Day Tour Match)
*13-17 July Australia v Pakistan, Lord’s (1st Test)
*21-25 July Australia v Pakistan, Headingley (2nd Test)

Australia A Series
18-21 June Australia A v Sri Lanka A, Allan Border Field, Brisbane (Four-Day Match)
25-28 June Australia A v Sri Lanka A, Townsville (Four-Day Match)
2 July Australia A v Sri Lanka A, Townsville (Twenty20 Match)
4 July Australia A v Sri Lanka A, Townsville (One-Day Match)
7 July Australia A v Sri Lanka A, Townsville (One-Day Match)
10 July Australia A v Sri Lanka A, Allan Border Field, Brisbane (One-Day Match)

Pink ball has both plus and minus

The pink ball test which happened yesterday had a mix bag of replies. The players playing with it has told its fine but the Spectators and those outside the field are not able to spot the ball from the distance.

Both, Michael di Venuto and Kyle Coetzer found it easy to play with the Pink ball and both went on to score hundreds against MCC.

The Pink ball is been tested as a part of making five day test cricket under lights.

The game started on Monday at 2.30 pm local time and the ball became a deep reddish hue by the time the lights came on.

Durham finished on 3 overs, with Michael di Venuto making 131 and Kyle Coetzer 123 not out.
The players wore whites and the sightscreens were also the usual white during the game

ICC World Cup 2011

With less than a year to go for the World Cup, India prepares to host the World Cup in a superb fashion. There are renovations seen in many stadiums. Here are the schedules:-

Date and Time Match Weather
2011
Sat Feb 19 1st match – India v Bangladesh
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
2011
Sun Feb 20 3rd match – Sri Lanka v Canada
Hambantota International Cricket Stadium
N/A
Sun Feb 20 2nd match – Kenya v New Zealand
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
N/A
Mon Feb 21 4th match – Australia v Zimbabwe
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
N/A
Tue Feb 22 5th match – England v Netherlands
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
N/A
Wed Feb 23 6th match – Kenya v Pakistan
Hambantota International Cricket Stadium
N/A
Thu Feb 24 7th match – South Africa v West Indies
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
N/A
Fri Feb 25 9th match – Bangladesh v Ireland
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
Fri Feb 25 8th match – Australia v New Zealand
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
N/A
Sat Feb 26 10th match – Pakistan v Sri Lanka
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Sun Feb 27 11th match – India v England
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
N/A
Mon Feb 28 12th match – Netherlands v West Indies
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
N/A
Mon Feb 28 13th match – Canada v Zimbabwe
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
N/A
Tue Mar 1 14th match – Kenya v Sri Lanka
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Wed Mar 2 15th match – England v Ireland
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
N/A
Thu Mar 3 17th match – Canada v Pakistan
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Thu Mar 3 16th match – Netherlands v South Africa
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
N/A
Fri Mar 4 19th match – Bangladesh v West Indies
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
Fri Mar 4 18th match – New Zealand v Zimbabwe
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
N/A
Sat Mar 5 20th match – Australia v Sri Lanka
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Sun Mar 6 21st match – India v Ireland
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
N/A
Sun Mar 6 22nd match – England v South Africa
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
N/A
Mon Mar 7 23rd match – Canada v Kenya
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
N/A
Tue Mar 8 24th match – New Zealand v Pakistan
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
N/A
Wed Mar 9 25th match – India v Netherlands
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
N/A
Thu Mar 10 26th match – Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
N/A
Fri Mar 11 28th match – Bangladesh v England
Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
N/A
Fri Mar 11 27th match – Ireland v West Indies
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
N/A
Sat Mar 12 29th match – India v South Africa
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
N/A
Sun Mar 13 30th match – Canada v New Zealand
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
N/A
Sun Mar 13 31st match – Australia v Kenya
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
N/A
Mon Mar 14 33rd match – Bangladesh v Netherlands
Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
N/A
Mon Mar 14 32nd match – Pakistan v Zimbabwe
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
N/A
Tue Mar 15 34th match – Ireland v South Africa
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
N/A
Wed Mar 16 35th match – Australia v Canada
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
N/A
Thu Mar 17 36th match – England v West Indies
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
N/A
Fri Mar 18 37th match – New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
N/A
Fri Mar 18 38th match – Ireland v Netherlands
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
N/A
Sat Mar 19 40th match – Bangladesh v South Africa
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
Sat Mar 19 39th match – Australia v Pakistan
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Sun Mar 20 41st match – Kenya v Zimbabwe
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
N/A
Sun Mar 20 42nd match – India v West Indies
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
N/A
Wed Mar 23 Quarter Final – TBC v TBC
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
Thu Mar 24 Quarter Final – TBC v TBC
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Fri Mar 25 Quarter Final – TBC v TBC
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
Sat Mar 26 Quarter Final – TBC v TBC
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
N/A
Tue Mar 29 Semi Final – TBC v TBC
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Wed Mar 30 Semi Final – TBC v TBC
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
N/A
Sat Apr 2 Final – TBC v TBC
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
N/A

Waugh wants Clarke as Captain

Former successful Australian Captain, Steve Waugh has backed Michael Clarke and wants him as the Captain of the Aussie side. He said that Clarke’s ability should be as a Captain and not in personal life.

WHAT HE SAID ABOUT CLARKE ?

Clarke’s took right decision to leave in between the New Zealand tour to handle his personal life matters which should not affect his game.

It’s a personal matter. I think all captains have had issues they’ve needed to deal with. You look at Ricky Ponting when he was in the Australian side he had the personal issue when he was at Kings Cross and he gained a black eye, yet he went from strength to strength afterwards

ON HIS T20 SKILLS:-

You need to lead a normal life as well. I think Michael will show what kind of leader he is by the way he plays his cricket.

He’s done very well as captain for Australia in the Twenty20 and also the one-days and I don’t think it should affect his Test captaincy chances one little bit.

ON TIGHT SCHEDULES:-

I don’t think it’s a scheduling issue. I think the way of the world now is cricketers are high profile and when you have a high-profile partner, all of a sudden it can be hard.

HE FURTHER ADDED:-

I think ever since David Beckham and Posh, every country has wanted their own version of Posh and Becks. Unfortunately someone has to carry that mantle and it was Michael and Lara, and I don’t think they understood how big it was going to get and the burden it was going to become

Brett Lee went back due to Security Concerns

The Australian Speedster, Brett Lee who was an integral part of the Kings XI Punjab team in IPL 1 and IPL 2 pulled out of the tournament even before the start of it.

Actually, Lee was to miss the starting games because he was suffering from an elbow injury and remain in India to play rest of IPL.

The Veteran had announced his retirement from Test Cricket recently this summer and wanted to concentrate in shorter versions of Cricket- ODI and T20.

He wanted to get back to the T20 World Cup Team and play in T20 World Cup starting April end in the Caribbean Islands by performing well in the Indian Premier League tournament.

But, his manager had told in an Australian Daily that- Lee was preferring to wait in Australia rather than staying in Chandigarh, from a security point of view.

The Kings XI Punjab team are undergoing a disastrous period with a low bowling attack in the IPL 3.

Let Afridi be The ODI captain: Inzaman

Inzamam-ul-Haq the former captain of Pakistan insisted that Afridi should be made the captain of the Pakistani One Day team.He tells that Yousuf should be given longer stride as a test captain.

“Lack of planning was the reason for the loss of the test series in Australia”he says.

With the desperate loss,he tells that Yousuf should not be sacked like how the board did injustice to Younus Khan.

Shahid Afridi has been doing well as the Captain of domestic team and as the captain of the T20 Side. His performance has been excellent and he will do well as the ODI captain.

It won’t be a bad choice to make two different captains for test and ODI matches- he says. “In fact, more young players should be bred into the ODI and T20 team and if they perform well in both the shortened forms, they should be let into the test side” he adds.

Test matches need experienced players and lack of experience was the reason for the team’s failure down under. Inzamam also blamed a lack of communication between the captain, coach, selectors and the board for the poor results in Australia.

“It is imperative that the captain and chief selector must be thinking on same wavelength because I don’t think the board should have any role to play in selection matters,” he said.

Inzamam said the board had also taken some poor decisions in recent times as far as the team and management was concerned.

“We have three coaches with the team but with due respect all of them are bowlers and the team urgently requires a batting and fielding coach. I think the board should not waste anymore time in bringing in professional batting and fielding coaches,” he added.

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