Monday, July 23, 2012

Steyn Claimed 5 wickets South Africa by an innings

Dale Steyn claimed 5 for 56 to help bowl South Africa to a complete innings and 12-run victory over England before tea on the 5th day of the 1st cricket test at The Oval on Monday.

South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series, fuel their hopes of winning the series and leapfrogging England as the number one team in the world rankings.

Steyn wrapped up England's 2nd innings with a fiery burst with the 2nd new ball of three for 8 in his 4-over spell as England were bowled out for 240, replying to the Proteas' only innings of 637 for 2 declared. In bright, sunny conditions, Ian Bell tried to save a draw with his thorough innings of 55 in 220 balls, his slowest test 50, but, like his team mates, he could not stay in.

It was a crushing win for South Africa, in particular after England closed day one on 267 for 3 but then failed to capitalise. Hashim Amla plunders a national record 311 not out in more than 13 hours at the crease in his team's huge total. Jacques Kallis also made 182 not out and captain Graeme Smith 131 in his 100th test.

South Africa was a small nervy having managed just the wicket of Ravi Bopara (22) in the morning session as Bell and then Matt Prior (40) dug in. Prior's the sack, however, started off a spell of wickets. Fast bowler Steyn, ranked number one in the world, had started the destruction job in the 1st hour of the day by removing Bopara, who deflect a bottom edge on to his stump while trying to cut a short and wide delivery.

Despite a couple of let-offs for Bell, when AB de Villiers failed to hold on to a nick off leg-spinner Imran Tahir on 20 and a run out chance on 28, he batted courageously. Prior's wicket halt their promising stand of 86 as England stopped from 203 for 5. Prior gave away his wicket, trying to sweep Tahir when the shot was not on.

Instead he managed a faint edge to a leg-break from about the wicket and Kallis took his 183rd test catch at slip. Steyn then claimed the prized wicket of Bell with his 2nd delivery with the new ball, as he edged to the reliable Kallis at second slip. He added the scalps of Stuart Broad, caught at the back after a review, and Graeme Swann.The last wicket went down when Tahir trapped last man James Anderson lbw.

The 2nd test is in Leeds from August 2 and the 3rd match at Lord's starts on August 16.

ENG 1st Inn-385/10

SA 1st Inn-637/2

ENG 2nd Inn-240/10

SA win by Innings

Man of the match: Hashim Amla

Thursday, July 19, 2012

After the second surgery Boucher

CAPE TOWN - South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher announce his international retirement after suffering an eye injury before the test series with England, undergo further surgery on Thursday.

Boucher suffered a lacerate eye after person struck in the left eye by a bail during the Proteas' warm-up match against Somerset earlier this month.

The 35-year-old underwent a 3-hour operation on Thursday when the blood that had accumulated, due to the trauma suffer by his eye after the injury and the succeeding initial surgery, was removed.

Cricket South Africa said in an announcement that it was established that the important parts of the retina were intact.

The statement added that the outcome looks very positive and the surgeon is pleased with the process, is alleviate some of the concern that Boucher may lose his sight in the injured eye.

Boucher played in 147 tests for his country and completed 555 dismissals in tests, a world record.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Brett Lee announced his retirement on international cricket

Australian pace bowler Brett Lee on Friday announced his retirement from international cricket after a 13-year career, saying his body were no longer up to the stresses of touring.

The 35-year-old said a calf muscle strain that forced him home from Australia's recent ODI tour to Britain was the final straw after a string of setbacks caused by injuries. I woke up this morning and just like I was ready, Lee said, adding his original plan had been to play at September's World Twenty20 series in Sri Lanka as his international swansong.

I think personally in a team environment you have to have 100 percent commitment -- mentally and physically, he told a press meeting at the Sydney Cricket Ground. And I deduction looking at the next few months I just didn't have that desire any more. It wouldn't be fair on me, or my team if I went with that approach... you gets to the point in life where you say enough is enough.

Lee said he would continue to play the less difficult Twenty20 cricket in the IPL and the Australian BBL. Lee’s calf injury was the latest in a long line of injuries that punctuate his playing career, of 310 Test wickets at 30.81 from 76 matches and 380 ODI wickets at 23.36 from 221 matches.

He also endured side strains, a broken toe, ankle issues, and stress fracture to his back, persistent elbow problems and appendicitis. Lee was not obtainable a national contract in Cricket Australia's latest round of agreements, and decided not to take up a deal with his state side, New South Wales, for this coming summer.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland paid tribute to Lee's payment to Australian cricket and as a motivation to youngsters to take up the game. His record as a wicket-taker and leader of the attack is extraordinary and speaks for itself but his resilience and ability to bounce back after many injuries has also been impressive," Sutherland said.

On top of this, and this is an important part of his legacy, Brett inspired young Australians to play cricket and bowl fast. Lee also became very popular in cricket-mad India where he wrote and recorded the song you’re the One for Me, which reached number 2 on the Indian charts and led to a role in his 1st Bollywood movie Victory.

Lee said while he had enjoyed his cricket career, he was tired of being away from home for long period and was looking forward to a dissimilar phase of his life. It’s been an extraordinary career and I've loved all minute of it, but its stage two of my life now, he said. My holiday will be at home -- I'm sick of life form away. That was on my mind as well -- time away from home.

I just want to maybe do some fish and just chill out for a few months.

Lee retired from Tests in February 2010 as Australia's 4th-highest Test wicket-taker but played on in ODI and Twenty20 cricket up until Friday's announcement.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Indian Vs Sri Lanka Series. Indian team announced

being a part of the squad for the 5 ODIs and a T20 international starting July 21.Sehwag, Zaheer, and young pacer Umesh Yadav, had to miss the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March due to injuries. Sehwag was getting better from back spasms and a carry injury while Zaheer and Umesh had niggles as well.

Tendulkar, who is now a Rajya Sabha MP, made him unavailable for selection keeping in mind the hectic season. He is likely to attend his 1st session of parliament when the monsoon session begins later this month. Tendulkar has been replaced by young Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane while left-arm spinner Pagan Ojha took the place of out-of-form all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Praveen made way for Umesh.
 Mahendra Singh Dhoni *+
Virat Kohli
R Ashwin
Virender Sehwag
Umesh Yadav
Gautam Gambhir
Ashok Dind
Suresh Raina
Irfan Pathan
Rohit Sharma
Pragyan Ojha
Ajinkya Rahane
Rahul Sharma
Manoj Tiwary
Zaheer Khan
We have selected the best available team. I think it is a very good side which has very strong batting line-up and good bowlers and we are confident that it will do well in Sri Lanka, chairman of selection committee Srikkanth said. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who recently signed for Essex, remains out of favor after his not noteworthy form the Indian Premier League (IPL). His stalemate leg-spinner Rahul Sharma has been retained in the side.

Srikkanth hope the team would return to winning ways. It is a long season in front and I think we will come back to winning ways. He must be aiming at England and Australia (series later this year). He is spacing it out very well, said Srikkanth. I don't really want to dwell on whys, they are hard. We should look at what has been selected, he said. Virat Kohli is the vice-captain and Srikkanth said it is time to back the Delhi boy.