Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Clarke doubt last league ODI against Sri Lanka

Melbourne: the last league match against Australia and Sri Lanka, Michel Clarke participation is in doubt. Australian captain Michael Clarke. Was stirring on the back of the spine and the thigh injury he did not join in the match against India. For the last league match against Sri Lanka will be detained tomorrow, was integrated in the Australian team.
Meanwhile, Clark participating in this contest is in doubt. He said the Australian team chief selector John, Clark has not been confirmed yet about physical form. He got tomorrow's match would become certified. Maybe if you did not be given a full Fitness, Clark "Risk 'take that,'' he said.

Monday, February 27, 2012

England takes T20 series

Abu Dhabi: England bowlers kept their tension in the last over’s to pull off a thrilling 5run win over Pakistan in the 3rd and last Twenty20 series here on Monday to take the series 2-1.

Set 130 to win Pakistan were going along well at 107-4 with 23 needed off the last three over’s and 17 off the remain two but Stuart Broad and Jade Dernbach did not lose guts and pulled off the win in the final over. Broad dismiss a well set Umar Akmal (22) off the third ball of the one before the last over and gave away just four runs, leaving Jade Dernbach to defend 13 in the last, which he successfully did, removing Misbah-ul Haq (28) off the final delivery.

Dernbach ended with 2-24 and most importantly gave World Twenty20 champions a surprising win. Pakistan won the first match by 8 runs while England win the 2nd by 38 runs -- both played in Dubai. Pakistan had lost opener Mohammad Hafeez for a second nought of the series but Awais Zia (23) and Shafiq added 40 for the second wickets before Zia was trapped leg-before by Graeme Swann and Shafiq was run out.

Captain Misbah and Umar Akmal added 37 for the 4th wickets and when it looks as if that would help Pakistan cross the line England pulls back with remarkable resilience. With 13 needed off the last over Shahid Afridi took a couple before he was run out as taking a 2nd off the next. The next 3 balls produced singles and a wide and with 6 needed off the last ball, Misbah was bowled. Earlier off-spinner Saeed Ajmal finished with 4-23 -- his 3rd four wicket haul in the direct form of the game -- to restrict England to a modest 129-6 after they win the toss and batted.

Ajmal, who cracked England in the preceding 3-Test series with 24 wickets to help Pakistan to a 3-0 rout, put the brakes on his rival's movement. Opener Kevin Pietersen top scored with 62 not out, keeped one end intact during his 52-ball knock for his 7th T20 fifty. He hit 6 boundaries and a 6 off the last ball of the innings. Ajmal provide Pakistan with the get through after England raced to 29 by the 5 over, dismissing Craig Kieswetter (17) off a lofted shot at long-on where Shoaib Malik takes the catch.

Kieswetter had hit a 4r and six off paceman Umar Gul in the third over. Pakistan had Ravi Bopara caught behind off paceman Aizaz Cheema for one and Eoin Morgan run out for nine by Ajmal accounted for Jonny Bairstow (3), Jos Butler (7) and Samit Patel (16).The match ended England's long tour of the United Arab Emirates where they lost the Tests but win the ODI series 4-0.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

No rift in the Indian team, says Srinivasan

Amid intense speculation of a rift between India captain MS Dhoni and his assistant Virender Sehwag, the BCCI said there is nothing to be disturbed about. BCCI President N Srinivasan also term media news alluding to the rift as blown up.

Srinivasan said there is no rift in the team, adding he has check with the team's media manager in Australia. You have no information of it. I don't think there is any rift in the team. There is not anything to be concerned about, Srinivasan told reporters after a meeting of the IPL Governing Council in New Delhi.BCCI Vice head Rajiv Shukla said Sehwag had been misquoted and added the supposed rift was speculation on part of the media.

Sehwag has been misquoted. That's what we came to understand. It is only a speculation by a section of media. I don't think there is any problem. BCCI Srinivasan is in constant touch with the team, Shukla said. Talking about the replacement policy, Shukla said the playing XI in the ongoing Commonwealth Bank Series is sure by the manager.

The bad blood between Dhoni and Sehwag appear to spill out when the latter accuse his skipper of not being truthful on the team's contentious Rotation policy. Talking to the media after India were defeated by Sri Lanka at Brisbane, Sehwag said the senior players had not been up to date that their slow fielding was an issue and added Dhoni had said the Rotation policy has been put in place to ensure the youngsters in the team get a chance to bat on the Australian pitches.

On Sunday, after India’s 110-run loss to Australia, Dhoni had said the top 3 batsmen were not playing every game as they very slow on the field.Dhoni had said on Sunday the top three are not being played in concert as it would affect India's fielding, adding that they could not break down fielding in the big grounds of Australia. They are safe fielders, but on the slower side the strain would be on them. There would be breakdowns. You can pull a weight or hamstring, Dhoni said.

Sehwag, who has been under pressure for runs in the Commonwealth Bank Series, said he is available for all matches, but without there was any rift in the team. We are one unit and a happy unit. He (Dhoni) is the captain… He can say anything he wants.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

England Win the 4th ODI and win the series.

Dubai, feb-21: Kevin Pietersen hit his 2nd successive century to help a resurgent England hit Pakistan by 4 wickets in the 4th and last day-night international here on Tuesday for a 4-0 whitewash. The 31-year old right-hander held the innings in concert during his 153-ball career-best 130 his 9th one-day hundred to help England chase down a 238-run target in 49.2 overs at Dubai Stadium.

Pietersen helped England pick up from 68-4 with a 109-run stand for the 5th wicket with Craig Kieswetter (43) to maintain his team's control in the series in which they won the 1st match by 130 runs, second by 20 and the third by nine wickets. By virtue of this win England overtook Pakistan at number 5 and pushed their rivals to 6th in the International Cricket Council one-day rankings and partly made up for their 3-0 loss in the above 3-Test series.

Pietersen hit Junaid Khan for a six and took an only in the next over to reach his hundred off 136 balls and ended with 12 fours and 2 sixes. His previous best of 116 came next to South Africa at Centurion in 2005.Pietersen had lost his opening partner Alastair Cook who hit back-to-back hundreds and 80 in the first three matches off the second ball of the innings to paceman Khan for 4. Jonathan Trott (15), Eoin Morgan (15) and debutant Jos Butler fell in the space of 18 runs before the Pietersen-Kieswetter set lift them from 68-4 to 177-5.

When Kieswetter was run out, England still needed 61 but Samit Patel (17 not out) in the company of Pietersen brought England within two runs of the win when Pietersen chop to Saeed Ajmal. Tim Bresnan hit the winning four. Pakistan promised more than what they made after 50 by Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali but were pegged back in the last overs with paceman Jade Dernbach taking a career-best 4-45.Shafiq made a 78-ball 65 for his 6th one-day fifty while Ali notched a 89-ball 58 for his first to help lift Pakistan from the early on loss of opener Mohammad Hafeez (one) after they chosen to bat.

Skipper Misbah-ul Haq chip in with a 52-ball 46 which integrated one four and a six.Shafiq, who hit six boundaries, repair the early loss during his 2nd wicket stand of 111 with Ali but England pegged back Pakistan when Bresnan dismiss Shafiq off an within edge and debutant left-arm spinner Danny Briggs accounted for Umar Akmal, who made 12.Dernbach had Ali caught off a miscued drive by Morgan to leave Pakistan at 144-4 in the 34th over. Misbah and Shoaib Malik (23) added 58 for the 5th wicket.

Pakistan made three changes as experienced batsman Younis Khan was not there for the 2nd match in a row after he failed to recover from a fever; while opener Imran Farhat was left out due to a groin injury. England also gives debuts to Briggs and Butler in four changes from the last game. Both team now play three Twenty20 internationals in Dubai (February 23 and 25) and Abu Dhabi (February 27)

Monday, February 20, 2012

ICC denies Kaneria of spot-fixing charges

Dubai-Feb20 the ICC on Monday denied that it had cleared Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria to take part in spirited cricket after he was concerned in a spot-fixing case, in which his Essex county team-mate Mervyn Westfield has been jailed for 4 months.

Following reports in the media in which Danish Kaneria claims to have been issue with an approval certificate, the ICC, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can definitely deny that such a clearance certificate was ever issued," the ICC said in a joint issued on behalf of its two member board.

The PCB stated that, following the Mervyn Westfield judgment, Danish Kaneria will once more be called to appear before the Integrity Committee to give explanation his position, it said. The PCB also confirmed that Kaneria clearance matter is pending before the Integrity Committee of the PCB where in the last meeting he was directed to provide copies of the tapes of his Essex police interview, the statement added.

Kaneria and Westfield were under arrest by Essex police in May 2010 on feeling of spot-fixing during a county match against Durham in 2009.Though Kaneria was free and not exciting, Westfield pleaded guilty to spot-fixing charges in January this year, and was sentence by a London court last week.Kaneria, however, claimed that he was in the clear and has been cleared by the ICC and ECB.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cricket Hero Yuvraj health cancer Report

New Delhi: India's 2011World Cup cricket hero Yuvraj Singh issue and happy health report on Thursday after undergo chemotherapy for a malignant cancer tumour among his lungs. The cancer is almost way out of the system," the 30-year-old all-rounder said.

Got very good news... The cancer is almost way out of the system... 2nd cycle has started," the 30-year-old all-rounder said via Twitter network from the United States, where he is getting treatment. Left-handed Yuvraj, named man of the series after India's 2011 World Cup triumph at house in April last year, was diagnose with cancer soon after the event finished.

Thousands of well-wishers, as well as US cycling great Lance Armstrong, have sent messages of support to the player, who is known for his forceful batting and restricted spin bowling.Yuvraj, who scored 362 runs and bagged 15 wickets in 9 World Cup matches, has not played spirited cricket since taking part in two of the three home Tests next to the West Indies in November.

He has scored 8,051 runs in 274 ODI and 1,775 in 37 Tests since make his international debut in 2000.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Gambhir back India's rotation plan

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Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir says India's excellent four-wicket win over Australia in their one-day international had corrected the team's contentious rotation policy.

India's decision to rotate openers during the series saw master batsman Sachin Tendulkar missed the Adelaide match on Sunday. deny him another chance to score his 100th international century.The decision to go around players has angered the likes of Indian great Sunil Gavaskar, who believe the best team should always take the field.

However, Tendulkar's absence enables Gambhir to return to the side to partner Virender Sehwag at the top of the order and he twisted a man-of-the-match performance with 92 from 111 balls.Gambhir said a busy playing plan meant rotating players was a valid part of international cricket, adding that the Indians were blessed with the playing depth to profit from the tactic.

The total of cricket we play it is always main to rotate players and keep them fresh, he said on Sunday.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Steven Finn said redemption for England in ODIs

Dubai: Young pace man Steven Finn said on Wednesday he hope a fresh and young England squad will put the 3-0 Test series rout by Pakistan in the rear them in the one-day series which starts next week.

The 21-year-old watched from the sideline as Pakistan registered a first-ever loss against England who persisted with James Anderson and Stuart Broad besides playing spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar.Frustrated at not being selected in the Tests, Finn hoped the one-day series will offer him and the team with an chance to forget the Tests.

I think this one-day series is going to be a great chance for us to put what's gone on under the carpet. I hope, moving towards in this ODI series, I am going to get a chance to show what I can do," Finn said. The last of Finn's 12 Test appearances came against Sri Lanka in 2011. "It is infuriating. I am getting very good at combination drinks for the boys. I've sort of got used to it over the last 12 months. But it's not the sort of thing you enjoy," said Finn, the youngest to complete 50 Test wickets for England.

Finn said last year's India tour where England was blanked 5-0 in the one-day series was a erudition process. "After the India series, I've got self-confidence in the way I bowled - and I hope I can bring that forward into this series. I think this one-day team is a very youthful, very stirring place to be," said Finn. Pakistan and England meet in the first of four one-day matches in Abu Dhabi on February 13. Steven Finn show confidence his experience of bowling on the slow subcontinent pitch will help him here.

I play a fair amount of cricket in the sub-continent with the youth teams. The skills you have to use out here, the guys perceptibly did very well in the Test matches, and it's impressive I can do well out here as well," said Finn. Finn has so far taken 15 wickets in 11 one-day internationals.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Kohli start series as highest-ranked ODI

Dubai, Feb 4: Virat Kohli will be the highest-ranked batsman in the ODI tri-series that starts Sunday with a conflict between India and Australia in Melbourne.

Virat Kohli sits in 3rd place of the rankings, 45 points at the back South Africa's ODI captain De Villiers while Hashim Amla is on top, a different 26 rating points ahead.

The additional batsmen in the series inside the top-10 comprise India captain Dhoni (6th), former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara (7th), Mike Hussey (8th) and Michael Clarke (9th).

Ravindra Jadeja is the top ranked Indian bowlers in 13th place while Sri Lankan pacer Malinga is the highest-ranked bowler in the series at 10th place.

In the meantime, India will have a battle on their hands to keep their second place in team rankings. Number-one ranked Australia are on 130 ratings points, foremost second-ranked present world champion India by 14 points with fourth-ranked Sri Lanka another five ratings points at the back.

Sri Lanka could earn momentous number of points if they are successful in the series. In distinction, Australia and India can mislay points if they don't win most of their matches.

South Africa, who will be in concert New Zealand in a three-match ODI series, is in 3rd position, just one ranking point behind India.