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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar to miss Bangladesh tri-series

World batting record holder Sachin Tendulkar
World batting record holder Sachin Tendulkar has opted out of next month's limited-overs tri-series in Bangladesh, the Indian cricket board said on Saturday.

Tendulkar, 36, was not named in India's 16-man squad for the tri-series, also featuring Sri Lanka, which will be played in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka from January 4-13.

Tendulkar will, however, be available for the two Test matches against Bangladesh that follow the tri-series, cricket board secretary N. Srinivasan said in a statement.

"Sachin Tendulkar desired to be rested for the tri-series in Bangladesh. He will play the Tests against Bangladesh," Srinivasan said.

Tendulkar is the world's leading run-getter and century-maker in both Test (12,970 runs, 43 hundreds) and one-day cricket (17,394 runs, 45 hundreds.)

The selectors dropped seamers Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar, and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, for the tri-series.

They were replaced by seamers Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and Ashok Dinda, and leg-spinner Amit Mishra.

Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who did not figure in the ongoing one-day series against Sri Lanka, was recalled.

The team for the Tests in Chittagong (Jan 17-21) and Dhaka (Jan 24-28) will be announced later.

India's squad for tri-series:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Sudeep Tyagi, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Ashok Dinda, Amit Mishra.

Sachin Tendulkar to miss Bangladesh tri-series

World batting record holder Sachin Tendulkar
World batting record holder Sachin Tendulkar has opted out of next month's limited-overs tri-series in Bangladesh, the Indian cricket board said on Saturday.

Tendulkar, 36, was not named in India's 16-man squad for the tri-series, also featuring Sri Lanka, which will be played in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka from January 4-13.

Tendulkar will, however, be available for the two Test matches against Bangladesh that follow the tri-series, cricket board secretary N. Srinivasan said in a statement.

"Sachin Tendulkar desired to be rested for the tri-series in Bangladesh. He will play the Tests against Bangladesh," Srinivasan said.

Tendulkar is the world's leading run-getter and century-maker in both Test (12,970 runs, 43 hundreds) and one-day cricket (17,394 runs, 45 hundreds.)

The selectors dropped seamers Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar, and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, for the tri-series.

They were replaced by seamers Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and Ashok Dinda, and leg-spinner Amit Mishra.

Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who did not figure in the ongoing one-day series against Sri Lanka, was recalled.

The team for the Tests in Chittagong (Jan 17-21) and Dhaka (Jan 24-28) will be announced later.

India's squad for tri-series:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Sudeep Tyagi, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Ashok Dinda, Amit Mishra.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mahendra Singh Dhoni receives Padma Shri award

Indian cricket team Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
RANCHI - Indian cricket team Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni received the scroll and medal of Padma Shri, country’s fourth highest civilian award, here on Tuesday.

Shiv Basant, Chief Secretary of Jharkhand presented the award to him at a formal event at the state secretariat here.

Dhoni, who was to receive the award from the President Pratibha Devisingh Patil earlier this year, had missed the awards presentation ceremony in New Delhi.

After presenting the award, Shiv Basant wished Dhoni all success.

“He has done India proud. All the best wishes to him…continue to lead the team and do well. It is a great achievement for him, for the country and for the state,” he said.

Dhoni had faced much criticism for missing the award ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

It was said that his absence had hurt the sentiments of cricket fans.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni receives Padma Shri award

Indian cricket team Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
RANCHI - Indian cricket team Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni received the scroll and medal of Padma Shri, country’s fourth highest civilian award, here on Tuesday.

Shiv Basant, Chief Secretary of Jharkhand presented the award to him at a formal event at the state secretariat here.

Dhoni, who was to receive the award from the President Pratibha Devisingh Patil earlier this year, had missed the awards presentation ceremony in New Delhi.

After presenting the award, Shiv Basant wished Dhoni all success.

“He has done India proud. All the best wishes to him…continue to lead the team and do well. It is a great achievement for him, for the country and for the state,” he said.

Dhoni had faced much criticism for missing the award ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

It was said that his absence had hurt the sentiments of cricket fans.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sachin’s advice to U-19 team on acclimatisation in NZ, SA

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While countering hostile conditions in New Zealand or South Africa is considered to be one of the biggest challenges for the Indian cricketers, the Junior World Cup-bound Under-19 team is hardly sweating over the prospect, courtesy some tips from none other than Sachin Tendulkar.

The batting maestro last week spoke to the young cricketers, who will play a tri-series in South Africa later in the month and then participate in the World Cup in New Zealand in January regarding the conditions and the challenges the team will encounter there, besides advising them on how to cope with it.

Sachin talked to the team about the conditions. Besides he also advised them on how to approach the game, and what sort of technique batsmen have to adopt to be successful on those wickets,” coach Chandrakant Pandit told reporters here on Saturday.

“His inputs are equal to almost half of our preparation that we would have had to do on reaching there (New Zealand),” he said.

“To tackle the bounce on the wickets there, the colts have practised batting on wickets covered with wet plastic with a rubber ball being thrown at them,” the coach said.

Not only batsmen, Tendulkar had a word of caution for the bowlers too.

“He told us not to get carried away with the wicket conditions. Besides he talked to us about the ideal length to bowl on such wickets to extract swing and also stop runs,” said left arm pacer Jaidev Unadkat.

“You will get help but it it will be of no use if you do not pick up wickets, he advised us,” Unadkat said.

Captain Maneria said, “Tendulkar told us that the South Indians in the team will have more problems in adjusting to the conditions than the North Indians as the North Indians are accustomed to the cold, while the South Indians are habituated to warm conditions.

Maneria said the team also received some advice from former cricketer Sandeep Patil, who is the National Cricket Academy chief.

“Patil sent us some notes about the weather conditions, bounce and the windy conditions. Every member of the team has a copy of the notes,” he said.

Despite all the advice, according to Pandit the team’s success in South Africa and New Zealand would depend on how fast the players acclimatise to the conditions.

“The challenge is to acclimatise, to handle the windy conditions, and getting used to it in the first two-three games itself,” he said.

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Sachin’s advice to U-19 team on acclimatisation in NZ, SA

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While countering hostile conditions in New Zealand or South Africa is considered to be one of the biggest challenges for the Indian cricketers, the Junior World Cup-bound Under-19 team is hardly sweating over the prospect, courtesy some tips from none other than Sachin Tendulkar.

The batting maestro last week spoke to the young cricketers, who will play a tri-series in South Africa later in the month and then participate in the World Cup in New Zealand in January regarding the conditions and the challenges the team will encounter there, besides advising them on how to cope with it.

Sachin talked to the team about the conditions. Besides he also advised them on how to approach the game, and what sort of technique batsmen have to adopt to be successful on those wickets,” coach Chandrakant Pandit told reporters here on Saturday.

“His inputs are equal to almost half of our preparation that we would have had to do on reaching there (New Zealand),” he said.

“To tackle the bounce on the wickets there, the colts have practised batting on wickets covered with wet plastic with a rubber ball being thrown at them,” the coach said.

Not only batsmen, Tendulkar had a word of caution for the bowlers too.

“He told us not to get carried away with the wicket conditions. Besides he talked to us about the ideal length to bowl on such wickets to extract swing and also stop runs,” said left arm pacer Jaidev Unadkat.

“You will get help but it it will be of no use if you do not pick up wickets, he advised us,” Unadkat said.

Captain Maneria said, “Tendulkar told us that the South Indians in the team will have more problems in adjusting to the conditions than the North Indians as the North Indians are accustomed to the cold, while the South Indians are habituated to warm conditions.

Maneria said the team also received some advice from former cricketer Sandeep Patil, who is the National Cricket Academy chief.

“Patil sent us some notes about the weather conditions, bounce and the windy conditions. Every member of the team has a copy of the notes,” he said.

Despite all the advice, according to Pandit the team’s success in South Africa and New Zealand would depend on how fast the players acclimatise to the conditions.

“The challenge is to acclimatise, to handle the windy conditions, and getting used to it in the first two-three games itself,” he said.

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Benn banned over WACA altercation

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West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn has been banned for two one-day internationals for his on-field confrontations in the third Test in Perth.

Benn and Australian pair Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson were charged with bringing the game into disrepute after a heated incident on day two at the WACA ground.

Haddin took umbrage with Benn's unnecessary physicality during an over when he became entangled with Johnson, who was taking off for a quick single.

Benn responded with some words of his own towards Haddin, before the trio became involved in a bit of push and shove at the end of the over.

Benn pleaded not guilty to his level two offence but match referee Chris Broad found him guilty at a hearing.

"It was an incident which could have been avoided," Broad said in a statement.

"No-one likes to see cricketers pointing bats at their opponents or pushing each other away.

"It is not the sort of example that players should be setting at any time, least of all in a series which is being played in a great spirit and being followed by millions around the world on television.

"The decision to find Benn guilty of a Level 2 offence is indicative of the fact that conduct contrary to the spirit of the game is completely unacceptable.

"I hope Mr Benn has learnt his lesson and will be careful in the future."

Benn has 48 hours from the decision being handed down to lodge an appeal.

Haddin and Johnson pleaded guilty to their offences.

Haddin was fined 25 per cent of his match fee and Johnson 10 per cent.

Benn will sit out the first two one-day internationals against Australia on February 7 (Melbourne) and February 9 (Adelaide).

Benn banned over WACA altercation

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West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn has been banned for two one-day internationals for his on-field confrontations in the third Test in Perth.

Benn and Australian pair Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson were charged with bringing the game into disrepute after a heated incident on day two at the WACA ground.

Haddin took umbrage with Benn's unnecessary physicality during an over when he became entangled with Johnson, who was taking off for a quick single.

Benn responded with some words of his own towards Haddin, before the trio became involved in a bit of push and shove at the end of the over.

Benn pleaded not guilty to his level two offence but match referee Chris Broad found him guilty at a hearing.

"It was an incident which could have been avoided," Broad said in a statement.

"No-one likes to see cricketers pointing bats at their opponents or pushing each other away.

"It is not the sort of example that players should be setting at any time, least of all in a series which is being played in a great spirit and being followed by millions around the world on television.

"The decision to find Benn guilty of a Level 2 offence is indicative of the fact that conduct contrary to the spirit of the game is completely unacceptable.

"I hope Mr Benn has learnt his lesson and will be careful in the future."

Benn has 48 hours from the decision being handed down to lodge an appeal.

Haddin and Johnson pleaded guilty to their offences.

Haddin was fined 25 per cent of his match fee and Johnson 10 per cent.

Benn will sit out the first two one-day internationals against Australia on February 7 (Melbourne) and February 9 (Adelaide).

England batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott defy South Africa in first Test

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South Africa’s bowlers toiled through the afternoon session without reward as Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott continued their epic, potentially match-saving stand.

By the tea interval, the partnership was worth 142, and some pundits were even questioning whether England might go on the attack in the final session and try to knock off the 195 runs they needed for victory.

There are a minimum of 36 overs still to be bowled in the day, which would add up to a required run-rate of 5.42 runs per over. South Africa do have the option of taking the new ball for the final 16 overs, however, and that could easily bring a clatter of quick wickets.

Predictions that this pitch would break up towards the end of the match were confounded as the ball failed to misbehave regularly.

But there were a couple of shooters from the Hennops River End, and one of them just after lunch would have had Pietersen plumb lbw if the bowler, Friedel de Wet, had not overstepped.

As the afternoon wore on, South Africa’s options grew so thin that Graeme Smith even called up Jacques Kallis – the allrounder who has been nursing a broken rib - for three overs of gentle medium-pace.

Kallis was clearly well short of full bowling fitness, but his brief turn gave a clear indication that he should be back on song in time for the Durban Test next weekend.

The South African team gave both batsmen a sporting round of applause as they left the field. Pietersen was unbeaten on 80, a superb innings that proves he is back to top condition after his Achilles injury.

Trott was less assertive, making his 53 runs from 148 balls, but once again he has shown that he responds well to pressure.

England batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott defy South Africa in first Test

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South Africa’s bowlers toiled through the afternoon session without reward as Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott continued their epic, potentially match-saving stand.

By the tea interval, the partnership was worth 142, and some pundits were even questioning whether England might go on the attack in the final session and try to knock off the 195 runs they needed for victory.

There are a minimum of 36 overs still to be bowled in the day, which would add up to a required run-rate of 5.42 runs per over. South Africa do have the option of taking the new ball for the final 16 overs, however, and that could easily bring a clatter of quick wickets.

Predictions that this pitch would break up towards the end of the match were confounded as the ball failed to misbehave regularly.

But there were a couple of shooters from the Hennops River End, and one of them just after lunch would have had Pietersen plumb lbw if the bowler, Friedel de Wet, had not overstepped.

As the afternoon wore on, South Africa’s options grew so thin that Graeme Smith even called up Jacques Kallis – the allrounder who has been nursing a broken rib - for three overs of gentle medium-pace.

Kallis was clearly well short of full bowling fitness, but his brief turn gave a clear indication that he should be back on song in time for the Durban Test next weekend.

The South African team gave both batsmen a sporting round of applause as they left the field. Pietersen was unbeaten on 80, a superb innings that proves he is back to top condition after his Achilles injury.

Trott was less assertive, making his 53 runs from 148 balls, but once again he has shown that he responds well to pressure.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Ind VS Sl 2nd ODI cricket live score, latest updates

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India Vs Srilanka 2nd ODI will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, after the match was shifted from Vizag due to the Telangana issue in Andhra Pradesh. The Ind vs Sl 2nd ODI will start at 2:30pm IST and the match can be seen live on Neo Channel and DD National (Doordarshan). Cricket Nirvana and Willow TV will show the online live cricket streaming of the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka.

The men in blue, Team India won the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka in Rajkot by just 3 runs. With India already winning the 1st ODI and taking a 1-0 lead in the 5 ODI match series, Sri Lanka would very much want to bounce back strongly and thus level the series 1-1.

The Nagpur pitch is the same pitch where the Sri Lanka scored over 200 runs in the 1st T20 runs, which they won by 29 runs. However, Sri Lanka would be under pressure as they won’t be having Muttiah Murlidharan and Dilhara Fernando in the playing eleven, because of injury. Sangakkara would be hoping that his good form with the bat continues and would even want Dilshan and Jayasuriya to give them a solid start.


Yuvraj Singh would also be not playing in the 2nd ODI as he is down with flu. However, Sehwag has been declared fit and would be playing in today’s match. MS Dhoni who is in a good form, would again want Sehwag and Tendulkar to fire at the top.

Team India has a good record at the Nagpur stadium against Sri Lanka, with India having played 12 ODIs here and winning 6 of them. On the other hand the Sri Lankan’s have played 3 matches and have faced defeat in all of them.

The toss would be crucial in the 2nd odi between Ind and Sl as it’s a day night affair and the dew factor would come into play in the second half of the cricket match. However, one need not be surprised if the captain winning the toss, opts to field first.

Ind VS Sl 2nd ODI cricket live score, latest updates

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India Vs Srilanka 2nd ODI will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, after the match was shifted from Vizag due to the Telangana issue in Andhra Pradesh. The Ind vs Sl 2nd ODI will start at 2:30pm IST and the match can be seen live on Neo Channel and DD National (Doordarshan). Cricket Nirvana and Willow TV will show the online live cricket streaming of the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka.

The men in blue, Team India won the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka in Rajkot by just 3 runs. With India already winning the 1st ODI and taking a 1-0 lead in the 5 ODI match series, Sri Lanka would very much want to bounce back strongly and thus level the series 1-1.

The Nagpur pitch is the same pitch where the Sri Lanka scored over 200 runs in the 1st T20 runs, which they won by 29 runs. However, Sri Lanka would be under pressure as they won’t be having Muttiah Murlidharan and Dilhara Fernando in the playing eleven, because of injury. Sangakkara would be hoping that his good form with the bat continues and would even want Dilshan and Jayasuriya to give them a solid start.


Yuvraj Singh would also be not playing in the 2nd ODI as he is down with flu. However, Sehwag has been declared fit and would be playing in today’s match. MS Dhoni who is in a good form, would again want Sehwag and Tendulkar to fire at the top.

Team India has a good record at the Nagpur stadium against Sri Lanka, with India having played 12 ODIs here and winning 6 of them. On the other hand the Sri Lankan’s have played 3 matches and have faced defeat in all of them.

The toss would be crucial in the 2nd odi between Ind and Sl as it’s a day night affair and the dew factor would come into play in the second half of the cricket match. However, one need not be surprised if the captain winning the toss, opts to field first.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

South Africa take control after England Draw first blood at Centurion


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first day honours in the process, left England to muse on their decision to field first. If it was one of those opening days which could quite easily have gone England's way, the key reason why it did not was Jacques Kallis. The all-rounder went to his 32nd Test hundred late on as his fifth wicket alliance with JP Duminy was stretched to an unbroken 103 in 35 overs by stumps.

Well though he played and with all his customary compusure, Kallis rode his luck at times, notably when going to his century from 177 balls with what proved his 13th four. Armed with the second new ball, Stuart Broad bowled him a good bouncer outside off stump which Kallis tried to pull. His top edge flew in the direction of long leg where Graham Onions, slow to move round to his right, failed to get close to the ball as it landed just inside the ropes. A more athletic fielder would quite possibly have made the catch, but it was Kallis' good fortune that he picked out Onions, who had gone off the field at one point for treatment on a calf.

Onions had been the best of England's three seamers, and it must have been a matter of real frustration for Strauss that he coud bowl no more than 14 overs in the day. Broad was economical but did not make the batsmen play enough, while Anderson, after an excellent opening spell, lost pace and penetration with each session. He was clearly affected by his knee complaint that almost kept him out of the match. An uncharacteristically slow Centurion pitch flattened out after tea, with England's bowlers looking ever more unlikely to take a wicket. Even with the second new ball, a tired attack were not much of a threat.

Swann played a vital role for his side on a baking hot day when England's three seamers visibly tired. Introduced after 34 overs, he bowled unchanged until tea after having Prince well caught at slip by Collingwood in his first over. South Africa tried hard not to let him settle, taking 24 off his first three overs in a deliberate assault, but the off-spinner responded by conceding just eight runs from his next eight overs.

Honours were just about even at tea on a pitch that never allowed batsmen to feel truly "in", but it could have been so much better for England had they not spurned several opportunities. Kallis, who reached his 52nd Test from 86 balls just before the break, might easily have fallen twice to James Anderson.

First, he narrowly survived an lbw referral after England rejected Aleem Dar's not out decision. Not long after, Kallis completely miscued an attempted pull off Anderson, splicing the ball just wide of mid-on.

De Villiers was also lucky to survive a run out chance on 14 when Cook, fielding at short leg to Swann, missed with his flick at the stumps. Had he done so, de Villiers, who had worked the ball to leg and left his crease, would have been well short of his ground, but although Prior took the bails off, the batsman had got back.

England will not be able to refer any more umpiring decisions in this innings after having had two referrals rejected by the third official. The second came just before de Villiers was out when Swann, convinced he had had him caught behind. Replays were inconclusive and Amiesh Saheba, of India, was left with no option but to endorse Steve Davis's original decision.

Having taken the key wicket of Smith in the second over, England had to wait until 21st for their next breakthrough when Hashim Amla was expertly taken at second slip by Collingwood off Graham Onions.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Destiny drives Dwayne Bravo in ultimate battleground

Dwayne Bravo

The night before he scored the century that revitalised both his West Indian team and the Frank Worrell Trophy series, Dwayne Bravo lay in his hotel bed watching boxing on the television. The combat, the valour, the bloody-minded determination struck a chord with Bravo, the Trinidadian allrounder, and he later relayed to team-mates a quote from one of the duelling pugilists: "Destiny is in my hands."

It was a motto that resonated throughout Bravo's innings on Friday, and one that stands as a beacon for his side to follow in this series and beyond. The dispiriting Brisbane defeat still weighing heavily upon them, West Indies might well have been expected to capitulate when Adrian Barath, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan fell inside the first session, only for Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to combine for a century stand that was as much sweet science as precise batsmanship.

Whereas Chanderpaul, fighting out of the crouch, was content to counter-punch on a bouncier-than-usual Adelaide Oval wicket, Bravo advanced. Risks were taken and luck was ridden, but when Bravo raised both his half-century and century with hard-driven boundaries down the ground, the Adelaide patrons offered generous ovations to a born entertainer and a battle-forged fighter.

It may have surprised them to learn that this was Bravo's first Test century since Hobart in 2005; the result of a long battle with an Achilles injury, wavering application at the crease and the distractions caused by the Twenty20 game. The current series is Bravo's first in whites since Australia's tour of the Caribbean 18 months ago, and his match-turning efforts have provided the region with hope that the once flashy youth is maturing into a responsible veteran capable of inspiring a new generation.

"I was very confident coming here to play in Australia," Bravo said. "I think they're the best team in the world and I'm the type of person who loves challenges. After being out of the game for so long I took this tour to make sure I got my Test career back on track. I have a lot of starts at times and tend to give it away. I'm just happy that I got a start in this game and carried on. It's long overdue and I'm happy to get another hundred behind my name and looking forward to the innings ahead of me."

For so long, Bravo has been the embodiment of all that is right, wrong and worrisome about West Indian cricket. Here is a man blessed with athletic gifts the envy of his peers; an allrounder with the hubris and flair to snap Caribbean cricket out of its decade-long malaise. It was this Bravo who defied Australia in its own backyard with a century of pure power and panache, lifting his side to a competitive first-innings total in the process.

But there has been another side. Fairly or not, Bravo has been portrayed as one of the poster children for the Twenty20 game - an IPL mercenary, a Stanford millionaire, a buck chaser. That perception wasn't helped when Bravo did not represent West Indies during their ill-fated Test tour of England earlier this year, yet was deemed fit enough to represent the Mumbai Indians in the concurrent IPL. Club over country debates raged, as they had the previous year when he made an 11th-hour arrival for the Test series against Australia in a Mukesh Ambani-sponsored private jet.

A tentative peace has taken hold between players and the board of late, and perhaps with it will come a more dedicated view towards international cricket. Certainly, Bravo gave every indication after play that he remained committed to both the region and the five-day format in an oration every bit as refreshing as his innings.

"Test cricket to me is the ultimate," he said. "I think all players have to make a name for themselves through Test cricket. It's the only way you can become one of the best players in the world and be recognised by the best players in the world. Once you've dominated at Test level then you become a world-class player. I really love playing Test cricket. I think it is the ultimate.

"I'm very happy to be back in the team playing Test cricket again. After that first Test I was very disappointed for us as a team. We regrouped after that first Test and identified where we went wrong as a team. We knew coming into this Test that we would play better and make a better showing of ourselves."

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Destiny drives Dwayne Bravo in ultimate battleground

Dwayne Bravo

The night before he scored the century that revitalised both his West Indian team and the Frank Worrell Trophy series, Dwayne Bravo lay in his hotel bed watching boxing on the television. The combat, the valour, the bloody-minded determination struck a chord with Bravo, the Trinidadian allrounder, and he later relayed to team-mates a quote from one of the duelling pugilists: "Destiny is in my hands."

It was a motto that resonated throughout Bravo's innings on Friday, and one that stands as a beacon for his side to follow in this series and beyond. The dispiriting Brisbane defeat still weighing heavily upon them, West Indies might well have been expected to capitulate when Adrian Barath, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan fell inside the first session, only for Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to combine for a century stand that was as much sweet science as precise batsmanship.

Whereas Chanderpaul, fighting out of the crouch, was content to counter-punch on a bouncier-than-usual Adelaide Oval wicket, Bravo advanced. Risks were taken and luck was ridden, but when Bravo raised both his half-century and century with hard-driven boundaries down the ground, the Adelaide patrons offered generous ovations to a born entertainer and a battle-forged fighter.

It may have surprised them to learn that this was Bravo's first Test century since Hobart in 2005; the result of a long battle with an Achilles injury, wavering application at the crease and the distractions caused by the Twenty20 game. The current series is Bravo's first in whites since Australia's tour of the Caribbean 18 months ago, and his match-turning efforts have provided the region with hope that the once flashy youth is maturing into a responsible veteran capable of inspiring a new generation.

"I was very confident coming here to play in Australia," Bravo said. "I think they're the best team in the world and I'm the type of person who loves challenges. After being out of the game for so long I took this tour to make sure I got my Test career back on track. I have a lot of starts at times and tend to give it away. I'm just happy that I got a start in this game and carried on. It's long overdue and I'm happy to get another hundred behind my name and looking forward to the innings ahead of me."

For so long, Bravo has been the embodiment of all that is right, wrong and worrisome about West Indian cricket. Here is a man blessed with athletic gifts the envy of his peers; an allrounder with the hubris and flair to snap Caribbean cricket out of its decade-long malaise. It was this Bravo who defied Australia in its own backyard with a century of pure power and panache, lifting his side to a competitive first-innings total in the process.

But there has been another side. Fairly or not, Bravo has been portrayed as one of the poster children for the Twenty20 game - an IPL mercenary, a Stanford millionaire, a buck chaser. That perception wasn't helped when Bravo did not represent West Indies during their ill-fated Test tour of England earlier this year, yet was deemed fit enough to represent the Mumbai Indians in the concurrent IPL. Club over country debates raged, as they had the previous year when he made an 11th-hour arrival for the Test series against Australia in a Mukesh Ambani-sponsored private jet.

A tentative peace has taken hold between players and the board of late, and perhaps with it will come a more dedicated view towards international cricket. Certainly, Bravo gave every indication after play that he remained committed to both the region and the five-day format in an oration every bit as refreshing as his innings.

"Test cricket to me is the ultimate," he said. "I think all players have to make a name for themselves through Test cricket. It's the only way you can become one of the best players in the world and be recognised by the best players in the world. Once you've dominated at Test level then you become a world-class player. I really love playing Test cricket. I think it is the ultimate.

"I'm very happy to be back in the team playing Test cricket again. After that first Test I was very disappointed for us as a team. We regrouped after that first Test and identified where we went wrong as a team. We knew coming into this Test that we would play better and make a better showing of ourselves."

Source: http://www.cricinfo.com/ausvwi09/content/story/438039.html

Tower Hamlets College to found new cricket club

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A new college cricket club is set to appear in the new year.

Tower Hamlets College is to plough a £1,500 grant from the Mayor of London's Play Sport London initiative into the formation of the Tower Hamlets College Cricket Club in January.

The college hopes to purchase new kit and have weekly coaching sessions with qualified external coaches during the winter, and is looking to join the Victoria Park Community Cricket league in the spring.

Daniel Searle, the college's sports co-ordinator, said: "It is terrific that we are now able to create a proper cricket club.

"We were awarded the full amount that we applied for and it will be put to good use. This college hasn't had a cricket team to speak of for 15 years but I know we have some good players who will only get better when given professional coaching and the opportunity to play competitive league cricket."

Play Sport London gives out funding to sports clubs and community groups to boost sport participation in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic games. It is the first time the college has received funding through this initiative.

Sourch: http://www.wharf.co.uk/2009/12/tower-hamlets-college-to-found.html

Tower Hamlets College to found new cricket club

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A new college cricket club is set to appear in the new year.

Tower Hamlets College is to plough a £1,500 grant from the Mayor of London's Play Sport London initiative into the formation of the Tower Hamlets College Cricket Club in January.

The college hopes to purchase new kit and have weekly coaching sessions with qualified external coaches during the winter, and is looking to join the Victoria Park Community Cricket league in the spring.

Daniel Searle, the college's sports co-ordinator, said: "It is terrific that we are now able to create a proper cricket club.

"We were awarded the full amount that we applied for and it will be put to good use. This college hasn't had a cricket team to speak of for 15 years but I know we have some good players who will only get better when given professional coaching and the opportunity to play competitive league cricket."

Play Sport London gives out funding to sports clubs and community groups to boost sport participation in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic games. It is the first time the college has received funding through this initiative.

Sourch: http://www.wharf.co.uk/2009/12/tower-hamlets-college-to-found.html

BCCI appoint Michael Young as new Fielding Consultant BCCI appoint Michael Young as new Fielding Consultant

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The BCCI announced today the appointment of Michael Young as the new Fielding Consultant to the Indian cricket team.

Young takes over from former India international Robin Singh, who was unceremoniously sacked from the role on 15th October after a string of poor performances by the national squad. Young's appointment appears to be a short term assignment atleast for the time being, he will join the Indian team on 6th December and will remain with them till the end of the ODI series against Sri Lanka on 27th December.

Young, who turns 44 later this month, has been part of the Australian national set-up for the last 9 years, and was part of the Australian think-tank that visited India for 7-ODIs in October-November. His contract with Cricket Australia was not renewed at the conclusion of that series.

Young's entry into cricket is an interesting story in itself. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Young played baseball in leagues across the US, Netherlands and Australia, before venturing into baseball management, leading the Australian national team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. His work in Australia saw a large number of second string American players head over to the country thereby developing both the level of the local leagues, and raising the standard of play.

In 2000 Young was approached to advise the Australian cricket team on aspects in their fielding, and in 2005 was offered a permanent role in John Buchanan's backroom staff.

Sourch: http://www.thesportscampus.com/200912042951/news-bytes/india-fielding-consultant

BCCI appoint Michael Young as new Fielding Consultant BCCI appoint Michael Young as new Fielding Consultant

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The BCCI announced today the appointment of Michael Young as the new Fielding Consultant to the Indian cricket team.

Young takes over from former India international Robin Singh, who was unceremoniously sacked from the role on 15th October after a string of poor performances by the national squad. Young's appointment appears to be a short term assignment atleast for the time being, he will join the Indian team on 6th December and will remain with them till the end of the ODI series against Sri Lanka on 27th December.

Young, who turns 44 later this month, has been part of the Australian national set-up for the last 9 years, and was part of the Australian think-tank that visited India for 7-ODIs in October-November. His contract with Cricket Australia was not renewed at the conclusion of that series.

Young's entry into cricket is an interesting story in itself. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Young played baseball in leagues across the US, Netherlands and Australia, before venturing into baseball management, leading the Australian national team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. His work in Australia saw a large number of second string American players head over to the country thereby developing both the level of the local leagues, and raising the standard of play.

In 2000 Young was approached to advise the Australian cricket team on aspects in their fielding, and in 2005 was offered a permanent role in John Buchanan's backroom staff.

Sourch: http://www.thesportscampus.com/200912042951/news-bytes/india-fielding-consultant

New Zealand takes honours

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Daryl Tuffey did his best Shane Bond impression but Pakistan's Umar Akmal could not replicate his heroics on debut as New Zealand dominated a disrupted opening day of the second cricket Test at the Basin Reserve yesterday.

Although Tuffey could never match Bond's menacing pace and persona from the first Test in Dunedin last week, he made a successful return to the Test arena with the key wicket of Pakistan's rising teenage star as New Zealand made the most of Daniel Vettori's call to field.

When Kamran Akmal, on 21, and Mohammad Aamer, two, were offered the sanctuary of the dressing room at 6.44pm local time as the light deteriorated, Pakistan were struggling at 6-161.


Bond twice took care of 19-year-old Umar Akmal in Dunedin and yesterday it was a 33-year-old playing his first Test in more than five years who prevented him maintaining a remarkable record of passing 50 in each Test innings.

Promoted two positions to first drop after crafting 129 and 75 last week, Umar looked on track to reach another half-century early in the final session but, after scoring 46, Tuffey nipped an inswinger through the gate to bend back his off stump and worsen Pakistan's predicament.

Like his strident century in Dunedin, Umar made his runs in a rush, off just 48 balls with a half dozen boundaries and a slog sweep for six off Vettori.

But for every crisp drive there was an airy slice through or over slips as New Zealand's remodelled pace trio made life difficult after an uninspiring beginning.

Chris Martin, Iain O'Brien and Tuffey derived little assistance from a pitch expected to benefit the seamers while the batsmen confronted chilly, overcast conditions.

Pakistan made a solid start, Imran Farhat and recalled opener Salman Butt making an unruffled 60, easily the highest first wicket stand by either side in the series.

They looked in little difficulty until O'Brien extracted some venom downwind in his second spell, and Butt could not resist a pull shot that skied to Tuffey at mid on, a misjudgment that triggered a mini-collapse before tea.

Vettori soon struck twice in his ninth over, with Farhat, on 29, edging to Ross Taylor at first slip then two balls later Mohammad Yousuf was leg before wicket for a duck, the captain walking off after pondering a referral to the umpires decision review system.

Yousuf's demise left Pakistan vulnerable at 66 for three before Umar and Misbah-ul-Haq, who joined the tour on Monday to strengthen the middle order and slips catching, added 53 for the fourth wicket before Tuffey claimed breached Umar's defences to celebrate his first Test wicket since Andrew Strauss was caught by Nathan Astle for 10 in England in June, 2004.

Tuffey, who took two for 32 from 16 overs, then had Shoaib Malik driving loosely to Vettori at mid off before the captain had the final say of a fairly forgettable day for the visitors when Misbah was leg before wicket for 21.

Vettori ended the day with 3-43, although his biggest impact was arguably at a coin toss delayed after both captains were unhappy with the state of the bowler's run-up at the RA Vance Stand end of the ground.

Sourch: http://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/new-zealand-takes-honours-20091203-k8yd.html

New Zealand takes honours

http://nimg.sulekha.com/Sports/original700/sri-lanka-new-zealand-cricket-2009-9-2-14-11-17.jpg

Daryl Tuffey did his best Shane Bond impression but Pakistan's Umar Akmal could not replicate his heroics on debut as New Zealand dominated a disrupted opening day of the second cricket Test at the Basin Reserve yesterday.

Although Tuffey could never match Bond's menacing pace and persona from the first Test in Dunedin last week, he made a successful return to the Test arena with the key wicket of Pakistan's rising teenage star as New Zealand made the most of Daniel Vettori's call to field.

When Kamran Akmal, on 21, and Mohammad Aamer, two, were offered the sanctuary of the dressing room at 6.44pm local time as the light deteriorated, Pakistan were struggling at 6-161.


Bond twice took care of 19-year-old Umar Akmal in Dunedin and yesterday it was a 33-year-old playing his first Test in more than five years who prevented him maintaining a remarkable record of passing 50 in each Test innings.

Promoted two positions to first drop after crafting 129 and 75 last week, Umar looked on track to reach another half-century early in the final session but, after scoring 46, Tuffey nipped an inswinger through the gate to bend back his off stump and worsen Pakistan's predicament.

Like his strident century in Dunedin, Umar made his runs in a rush, off just 48 balls with a half dozen boundaries and a slog sweep for six off Vettori.

But for every crisp drive there was an airy slice through or over slips as New Zealand's remodelled pace trio made life difficult after an uninspiring beginning.

Chris Martin, Iain O'Brien and Tuffey derived little assistance from a pitch expected to benefit the seamers while the batsmen confronted chilly, overcast conditions.

Pakistan made a solid start, Imran Farhat and recalled opener Salman Butt making an unruffled 60, easily the highest first wicket stand by either side in the series.

They looked in little difficulty until O'Brien extracted some venom downwind in his second spell, and Butt could not resist a pull shot that skied to Tuffey at mid on, a misjudgment that triggered a mini-collapse before tea.

Vettori soon struck twice in his ninth over, with Farhat, on 29, edging to Ross Taylor at first slip then two balls later Mohammad Yousuf was leg before wicket for a duck, the captain walking off after pondering a referral to the umpires decision review system.

Yousuf's demise left Pakistan vulnerable at 66 for three before Umar and Misbah-ul-Haq, who joined the tour on Monday to strengthen the middle order and slips catching, added 53 for the fourth wicket before Tuffey claimed breached Umar's defences to celebrate his first Test wicket since Andrew Strauss was caught by Nathan Astle for 10 in England in June, 2004.

Tuffey, who took two for 32 from 16 overs, then had Shoaib Malik driving loosely to Vettori at mid off before the captain had the final say of a fairly forgettable day for the visitors when Misbah was leg before wicket for 21.

Vettori ended the day with 3-43, although his biggest impact was arguably at a coin toss delayed after both captains were unhappy with the state of the bowler's run-up at the RA Vance Stand end of the ground.

Sourch: http://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/new-zealand-takes-honours-20091203-k8yd.html

Virender Sehwag powers towards Brian Lara record

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Virender Sehwag proved yesterday, not for the first time, that when the pitch is fine, the bowling friendly and he is in the right mood, there is no more voracious scorer of runs than the India opening batsman.

He made 284 not out from 239 balls as India moved into a strong position on the second day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

Having removed the last two Sri Lanka batsmen early — Angelo Mathews was run out for 99 before his side reached 393 — India started steadily and then ratcheted up the power. They had reached 221 in the 40th over when Murali Vijay departed for 87, but Sehwag and Rahul Dravid batted on to the close, by which time India had made 443 at 5.6 an over.

Sehwag needs 16 more runs to become the first man to score three triple hundreds in Test cricket, but, having passed 200 at this level for the sixth time, he has put India on track for the win that they need to go to No 1 in the world rankings. It was the most runs made by a batsman in a day of Test cricket since Wally Hammond’s 295 against New Zealand in 1933.

More than 200 of Sehwag’s runs came in boundaries, with 40 fours and seven sixes, and if he continues in this frame of mind, Brian Lara’s record of 400 not out will appear vulnerable. Muttiah Muralitharan, in his final Test overseas, suddenly looked mortal. The 37-year-old, whose 20 wicketless overs cost 119 runs, has now gone 69 overs without a maiden.

At least bowlers were enjoying themselves in yesterday’s other Test. Pakistan reached the close at 161 for six against New Zealand on a rain-shortened first day of the second Test in Wellington. Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, took three for 42 with his slow left-arm spin.

Sourch : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/cricket/article6943340.ece

Virender Sehwag powers towards Brian Lara record

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Virender Sehwag proved yesterday, not for the first time, that when the pitch is fine, the bowling friendly and he is in the right mood, there is no more voracious scorer of runs than the India opening batsman.

He made 284 not out from 239 balls as India moved into a strong position on the second day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

Having removed the last two Sri Lanka batsmen early — Angelo Mathews was run out for 99 before his side reached 393 — India started steadily and then ratcheted up the power. They had reached 221 in the 40th over when Murali Vijay departed for 87, but Sehwag and Rahul Dravid batted on to the close, by which time India had made 443 at 5.6 an over.

Sehwag needs 16 more runs to become the first man to score three triple hundreds in Test cricket, but, having passed 200 at this level for the sixth time, he has put India on track for the win that they need to go to No 1 in the world rankings. It was the most runs made by a batsman in a day of Test cricket since Wally Hammond’s 295 against New Zealand in 1933.

More than 200 of Sehwag’s runs came in boundaries, with 40 fours and seven sixes, and if he continues in this frame of mind, Brian Lara’s record of 400 not out will appear vulnerable. Muttiah Muralitharan, in his final Test overseas, suddenly looked mortal. The 37-year-old, whose 20 wicketless overs cost 119 runs, has now gone 69 overs without a maiden.

At least bowlers were enjoying themselves in yesterday’s other Test. Pakistan reached the close at 161 for six against New Zealand on a rain-shortened first day of the second Test in Wellington. Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, took three for 42 with his slow left-arm spin.

Sourch : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/cricket/article6943340.ece