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Friday, December 31, 2010

SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND : Report

Established: 1848
Capacity: 44,000
Floodlights: Yes
Ends: Paddington End, Randwick End
Home Team: New South Wales
Head Groundsman: Tom Parker
Test History: 98 Tests; 54 home wins; 27 away wins; 17 draws
Last 10 Tests: 8 home wins, 1 away win, 1 draw
Last 10 Tosses: 10 batted first (5 wins, 1 draw, 4 defeats);

Overview:

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is situated in Moore Park and is the home of the New South Wales Cricket Association. Formerly known as the Garrison Ground, the first recorded cricket match was played there in 1854 but the venue was rebuilt in 1877. Just five years later it welcomed Test cricket, by which time it boasted two grandstands. The rebuilding continued, including the removal of a cycling track in the 1920s, with the Bradman Stand being completed in 1973. It has long been used as the venue for Australia's New Year Test and although not huge by Australian standards, can create an intense atmosphere with the spectators so close to the players. The SCG is also the home of the AFL's Sydney Swans and has staged tennis, both codes of rugby and even motor racing. In 1938 it hosted the British Empire Games.


England's Last Visit

The 2006/7 reached a conclusion that had been inevitable since the final day in Adelaide: Australia completing a 5-0 whitewash with a crushing victory.

There was some minor resistance in the first innings as Andrew Flintoff through off the shackles to smack 89 on the back of Ian Bell's patient 71, but a total of 291 all out rarely threatened to be sufficient.

Contributions all the way down the Australia order - the top six all reached double-figures before Adam Gilchrist (62) and Shane Warne (71) turned the screw - secured a 102-run lead for the hosts.

England, not for the first time in the series, collapsed pathetically second time around, mustering just 147 to leave Australia's openers the simple task of knocking off the 40-odd required for victory, wrapping up an historic Ashes whitewash with an emphatic 10-wicket triumph.

They Said:

"It depends on the weather and the preparation we have leading into it. I think we're on track at this stage to have a traditional SCG pitch."
Sydney curator Tom Parker suggests spin will be important.

Happy Hunting Ground

Mike Hussey had a quiet game in Melbourne but should be pleased to arrive in Sydney. Two unbeaten centuries in five games - including a sensational effort to help Australia to the unlikeliest of victories against Pakistan last time out - have helped him to a three-figure Test average here.

New skipper Michael Clarke will be hoping the leadership inspires him to improve a mediocre record in Sydney, with just one Test hundred to his name here and an average below 30.

Again, not much to shout about for England on their previous visit here. Ian Bell made a few runs, while Kevin Pietersen produced two astonishingly dreary out-of-character displays in that game.

James Anderson took three wickets in Australia's first innings.

Weather Forecast

Not brilliant, but neither is it the doom and gloom "rain for three days" that has been suggested in some quarters. There will almost certainly be showers on the first day, but after that cloud rather than rain should dominate and plenty of time can potentially be made up. And neither side's bowlers will be displeased to see clouds overhead.

Conclusion

Sydney may not be the haven for spinners it has been in recent years, and the rain in the build-up to the game is sure to have an effect too.

But the talk of a "traditional" SCG surface suggests spin will play a part and this is clearly an area in which England are superior to their hosts.

Again, it's another Australian ground where the draw can almost be discounted: there has been just one stalemate in the last 17, and the possible rain that's forecast always comes with the caveat that while it may take time ouf of the game it is also likely to assist the bowlers.

Also pointing to a positive result is the fact Australia will surely do all they can to force a victory - even at the risk of defeat - as they try to earn a share of the series.

Their recent record is good - seven wins on the bounce and eight in the last 10 - but England were the last side to beat Australia here at the start of 2003 and have a better record in Sydney than anywhere else Down Under, with 21 wins and 25 defeats.

Indeed, 78% of all Australia's Test defeats at the SCG have come against England. No other touring side has prevailed more than twice here.

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SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND : Report

Established: 1848
Capacity: 44,000
Floodlights: Yes
Ends: Paddington End, Randwick End
Home Team: New South Wales
Head Groundsman: Tom Parker
Test History: 98 Tests; 54 home wins; 27 away wins; 17 draws
Last 10 Tests: 8 home wins, 1 away win, 1 draw
Last 10 Tosses: 10 batted first (5 wins, 1 draw, 4 defeats);

Overview:

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is situated in Moore Park and is the home of the New South Wales Cricket Association. Formerly known as the Garrison Ground, the first recorded cricket match was played there in 1854 but the venue was rebuilt in 1877. Just five years later it welcomed Test cricket, by which time it boasted two grandstands. The rebuilding continued, including the removal of a cycling track in the 1920s, with the Bradman Stand being completed in 1973. It has long been used as the venue for Australia's New Year Test and although not huge by Australian standards, can create an intense atmosphere with the spectators so close to the players. The SCG is also the home of the AFL's Sydney Swans and has staged tennis, both codes of rugby and even motor racing. In 1938 it hosted the British Empire Games.


England's Last Visit

The 2006/7 reached a conclusion that had been inevitable since the final day in Adelaide: Australia completing a 5-0 whitewash with a crushing victory.

There was some minor resistance in the first innings as Andrew Flintoff through off the shackles to smack 89 on the back of Ian Bell's patient 71, but a total of 291 all out rarely threatened to be sufficient.

Contributions all the way down the Australia order - the top six all reached double-figures before Adam Gilchrist (62) and Shane Warne (71) turned the screw - secured a 102-run lead for the hosts.

England, not for the first time in the series, collapsed pathetically second time around, mustering just 147 to leave Australia's openers the simple task of knocking off the 40-odd required for victory, wrapping up an historic Ashes whitewash with an emphatic 10-wicket triumph.

They Said:

"It depends on the weather and the preparation we have leading into it. I think we're on track at this stage to have a traditional SCG pitch."
Sydney curator Tom Parker suggests spin will be important.

Happy Hunting Ground

Mike Hussey had a quiet game in Melbourne but should be pleased to arrive in Sydney. Two unbeaten centuries in five games - including a sensational effort to help Australia to the unlikeliest of victories against Pakistan last time out - have helped him to a three-figure Test average here.

New skipper Michael Clarke will be hoping the leadership inspires him to improve a mediocre record in Sydney, with just one Test hundred to his name here and an average below 30.

Again, not much to shout about for England on their previous visit here. Ian Bell made a few runs, while Kevin Pietersen produced two astonishingly dreary out-of-character displays in that game.

James Anderson took three wickets in Australia's first innings.

Weather Forecast

Not brilliant, but neither is it the doom and gloom "rain for three days" that has been suggested in some quarters. There will almost certainly be showers on the first day, but after that cloud rather than rain should dominate and plenty of time can potentially be made up. And neither side's bowlers will be displeased to see clouds overhead.

Conclusion

Sydney may not be the haven for spinners it has been in recent years, and the rain in the build-up to the game is sure to have an effect too.

But the talk of a "traditional" SCG surface suggests spin will play a part and this is clearly an area in which England are superior to their hosts.

Again, it's another Australian ground where the draw can almost be discounted: there has been just one stalemate in the last 17, and the possible rain that's forecast always comes with the caveat that while it may take time ouf of the game it is also likely to assist the bowlers.

Also pointing to a positive result is the fact Australia will surely do all they can to force a victory - even at the risk of defeat - as they try to earn a share of the series.

Their recent record is good - seven wins on the bounce and eight in the last 10 - but England were the last side to beat Australia here at the start of 2003 and have a better record in Sydney than anywhere else Down Under, with 21 wins and 25 defeats.

Indeed, 78% of all Australia's Test defeats at the SCG have come against England. No other touring side has prevailed more than twice here.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

MICHAEL Clarke : It's time for style with substance


MICHAEL Clarke has five days and five weeks to demonstrate that he has the qualities needed to captain any cricket team, let alone his country's. His tactical acumen is not in doubt - in that regard he surpasses an occupant inclined to get bogged down. He is fresh and has a sense of the game, the steps that need to be taken and the nerve to take them.

However, captaincy is not a matter of moments. It is a full-time job, a sizeable undertaking. There is no hiding place. Clarke needs to convince colleagues that he can carry a team along with him, has to persuade the public that he cares, demonstrate to elders that he is sufficiently mature and all and sundry that he can stand his ground against high pace. No one has ever doubted his style. Now is the time for substance.

It won't be an easy task. Somewhere along the way Clarke's image as the golden boy of Australian cricket has been tarnished. Perhaps it was always too heavy a burden to carry. Certainly Kim Hughes could not sustain it and his brittle, brilliant contribution ended in tears.


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It is harder for precocious youth to grow because it represents a closing of doors. After all, their fortune lies in the very trait they are supposed to abandon; good looks, boyish charm, dashing strokes and puckish manner can carry a man a long way. Everyone tries to bottle success.

And his youth was astonishing. In his early days, not least in his audacious and breathtaking hundred made on debut in Bangalore, Clarke was a delight. His parents came along that day, an unpretentious mob from the dryer suburbs, and burst into tears as their lad tucked Anil Kumble through mid-wicket to reach three figures. It was a family affair.

Clarke's conduct as his hundred beckoned was telling. With a few runs needed he replaced his helmet with his baggy green cap, the better to kiss it at the memorable moment. In hindsight it might appear corny, even calculating. At the time it came across as a simple, sincere act by an emotional young man.

Somewhere along the way that curious mixture of innocence and confidence was mislaid. Nor has anything lasting been put in its place, except a certain anger, a sense that the world that loved him has turned its back on him, and for no obvious reason. After all, he scored a stack of runs, won Test matches, turned down tempting IPL contracts and dared to break the rules of the Boy's Club and call Andrew Symonds to account. It is a fair record.

Clarke feels he has proved his loyalty a hundred times over. What more do they want? It is a question that haunts him. He hears boos and craves cheers. Everyone does. Of course, he has not helped himself, has been indiscreet, has sought the spotlight, appeared on the front pages of gossip magazines and in saucy adverts, and then grizzled about intrusion and criticism. Sometimes he puts it down to jealousy but it's deeper than that; it's closer to disappointment. He has not quite kept his promise, has seemed more concerned with retaining youth, with its eternal traps.

Perhaps it was that Clarke is more complicated than he first appeared, a man as worried as any other about his future, a man seeking love and security and instead held back by a Peter Pan facade bestowed on him by the gods. He has not faced the choices thrust upon the less talented and so has not defined himself, not least for his own purposes. It is not easy to grow. The world is a dark place and everyone searches for the light.

His original ways had taken him from the humdrum to the dream. Even his batting depends to a high degree on the gifts of youth - quick eye, swift footwork, daring. Steve Waugh was old at 15; Clarke remains young at 29. Moreover, he appears at a time of sporting crossover as ancient and modern collide. He does not fit comfortably in the old guard, mixes mostly with the young guns, especially Phillip Hughes. They talk about the same things - fashion, music, tattoos and so forth. It's no use expecting him to guzzle beer in back rooms.

Now Clarke's chance has come. Somewhere inside lurk the idealist and the leader. It's time to let them loose. His first task is to guide and reassure his team at the SCG. In the longer term he needs to laugh about the follies of the past and put them aside. Once he settles down he will stop losing his wicket in the last over of the day.

Although he is the right age, few think Clarke can captain his country. Most believe that Brad Haddin is a better bet. And so it seems at present.

It's not too late, though, for Clarke to change opinions. He has the capacity and the motivation but not yet a real understanding of the meaning of leadership. Always it starts with the self.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

MICHAEL Clarke : It's time for style with substance


MICHAEL Clarke has five days and five weeks to demonstrate that he has the qualities needed to captain any cricket team, let alone his country's. His tactical acumen is not in doubt - in that regard he surpasses an occupant inclined to get bogged down. He is fresh and has a sense of the game, the steps that need to be taken and the nerve to take them.

However, captaincy is not a matter of moments. It is a full-time job, a sizeable undertaking. There is no hiding place. Clarke needs to convince colleagues that he can carry a team along with him, has to persuade the public that he cares, demonstrate to elders that he is sufficiently mature and all and sundry that he can stand his ground against high pace. No one has ever doubted his style. Now is the time for substance.

It won't be an easy task. Somewhere along the way Clarke's image as the golden boy of Australian cricket has been tarnished. Perhaps it was always too heavy a burden to carry. Certainly Kim Hughes could not sustain it and his brittle, brilliant contribution ended in tears.


Advertisement: Story continues below
It is harder for precocious youth to grow because it represents a closing of doors. After all, their fortune lies in the very trait they are supposed to abandon; good looks, boyish charm, dashing strokes and puckish manner can carry a man a long way. Everyone tries to bottle success.

And his youth was astonishing. In his early days, not least in his audacious and breathtaking hundred made on debut in Bangalore, Clarke was a delight. His parents came along that day, an unpretentious mob from the dryer suburbs, and burst into tears as their lad tucked Anil Kumble through mid-wicket to reach three figures. It was a family affair.

Clarke's conduct as his hundred beckoned was telling. With a few runs needed he replaced his helmet with his baggy green cap, the better to kiss it at the memorable moment. In hindsight it might appear corny, even calculating. At the time it came across as a simple, sincere act by an emotional young man.

Somewhere along the way that curious mixture of innocence and confidence was mislaid. Nor has anything lasting been put in its place, except a certain anger, a sense that the world that loved him has turned its back on him, and for no obvious reason. After all, he scored a stack of runs, won Test matches, turned down tempting IPL contracts and dared to break the rules of the Boy's Club and call Andrew Symonds to account. It is a fair record.

Clarke feels he has proved his loyalty a hundred times over. What more do they want? It is a question that haunts him. He hears boos and craves cheers. Everyone does. Of course, he has not helped himself, has been indiscreet, has sought the spotlight, appeared on the front pages of gossip magazines and in saucy adverts, and then grizzled about intrusion and criticism. Sometimes he puts it down to jealousy but it's deeper than that; it's closer to disappointment. He has not quite kept his promise, has seemed more concerned with retaining youth, with its eternal traps.

Perhaps it was that Clarke is more complicated than he first appeared, a man as worried as any other about his future, a man seeking love and security and instead held back by a Peter Pan facade bestowed on him by the gods. He has not faced the choices thrust upon the less talented and so has not defined himself, not least for his own purposes. It is not easy to grow. The world is a dark place and everyone searches for the light.

His original ways had taken him from the humdrum to the dream. Even his batting depends to a high degree on the gifts of youth - quick eye, swift footwork, daring. Steve Waugh was old at 15; Clarke remains young at 29. Moreover, he appears at a time of sporting crossover as ancient and modern collide. He does not fit comfortably in the old guard, mixes mostly with the young guns, especially Phillip Hughes. They talk about the same things - fashion, music, tattoos and so forth. It's no use expecting him to guzzle beer in back rooms.

Now Clarke's chance has come. Somewhere inside lurk the idealist and the leader. It's time to let them loose. His first task is to guide and reassure his team at the SCG. In the longer term he needs to laugh about the follies of the past and put them aside. Once he settles down he will stop losing his wicket in the last over of the day.

Although he is the right age, few think Clarke can captain his country. Most believe that Brad Haddin is a better bet. And so it seems at present.

It's not too late, though, for Clarke to change opinions. He has the capacity and the motivation but not yet a real understanding of the meaning of leadership. Always it starts with the self.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

ICC : No complaint made against drunk "Steve Davis"

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rubbished reports that Cricket South Africa (CSA) lodged a protest against Umpire Steve Davis, who was allegedly found drunk by South African cricketers on the eve of the second Test match here against India.

Colin Gibson, ICC's head of media and communications, reportedly said that the world body has not received any complaint from the CSA.

Team needs discipline to beat South Africa: Dhoni

"No allegations have been madeĆ¢€¦ The CSA hasn't told the ICC anything. It's all nonsense," he said.


The CSA's media officer Michael Owen-Smith also confirmed that they have not lodged any protest.

Afrikaans daily Beeld quoting team sources reported that some of the South African cricketers saw the Australian umpire frequently at a particular bar over the past week and he was also seen stumbling into the Sandton hotel in the early hours of the morning during the first Test at Centurion.

Durban win is one of India's greatest ever

During the second Test, Davis made some umpiring errors that saw South Africa losing the Test match by 87 runs. He turned down Dale Steyn's appeal against Zaheer Khan on day three that allowed India to extend the lead to over 300, thanks to a 70-run partnership between Zaheer and V.V.S. Laxman.

On the final day, Davis also upheld an lbw appeal against Mark Boucher though replays showed the ball was clearly missing the off stump.

Asad Rauf, the other umpire, too erred in giving AB de Villiers leg before wicket when the replays showed the ball would have gone much above the stumps.

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ICC : No complaint made against drunk "Steve Davis"

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rubbished reports that Cricket South Africa (CSA) lodged a protest against Umpire Steve Davis, who was allegedly found drunk by South African cricketers on the eve of the second Test match here against India.

Colin Gibson, ICC's head of media and communications, reportedly said that the world body has not received any complaint from the CSA.

Team needs discipline to beat South Africa: Dhoni

"No allegations have been madeĆ¢€¦ The CSA hasn't told the ICC anything. It's all nonsense," he said.


The CSA's media officer Michael Owen-Smith also confirmed that they have not lodged any protest.

Afrikaans daily Beeld quoting team sources reported that some of the South African cricketers saw the Australian umpire frequently at a particular bar over the past week and he was also seen stumbling into the Sandton hotel in the early hours of the morning during the first Test at Centurion.

Durban win is one of India's greatest ever

During the second Test, Davis made some umpiring errors that saw South Africa losing the Test match by 87 runs. He turned down Dale Steyn's appeal against Zaheer Khan on day three that allowed India to extend the lead to over 300, thanks to a 70-run partnership between Zaheer and V.V.S. Laxman.

On the final day, Davis also upheld an lbw appeal against Mark Boucher though replays showed the ball was clearly missing the off stump.

Asad Rauf, the other umpire, too erred in giving AB de Villiers leg before wicket when the replays showed the ball would have gone much above the stumps.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

BRAD HADDIN Support to MICHAEL CLARKE


The Australian wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin has backed Michael Clarke as the new captain of the team. Haddin was tipped as a better option to lead the Australian team by former legends such as Steve Waugh and Ian Chappell.

A recent public-poll conducted in Australia indicated that Clarke was not the choice of the cricket lovers in Australia, but his deputy Haddin has said that Clarke is the right man for the job. Commenting on the public-poll, Haddin said, “The reaction with the public with all our players changes from week to week. You're one good innings away or sometimes one good cover drive away from the support being with you.”


Haddin has played first-class cricket with Clarke for many years, and both players are good friends of each-other. Haddin was confident that Clarke will be able to justify his captaincy role. He said, “Michael's a very strong character so things will be okay. He's got a very good cricket brain. He'll do Australia proud. I've played most of my first-class career with Michael and he deserves to be Australian captain.”

This is not the first time that Clarke will lead the side. He is the current Twenty20 captain and has led his side in a few one-day internationals (ODI). Haddin said that the team is totally behind him, “He is a very good captain. We've seen that in the Twenty20 form of the game and the handful of one-dayers he's led. We're 100 percent behind him. He's the best man for the job now that Ricky's out.”

Australia has lost the Ashes but there is a chance to level the series by winning the final match. Haddin realises this and he said, “We're bitterly disappointed with losing the Ashes and we can't hide behind that. It still hurts but with sport these days you've got to get over it pretty quick and move on. We have lost the Ashes but we can still draw the series.”

Both teams will have lesser pressure as the Ashes has already been decided, but a win for England will complete a dominant series for them. The Australian team will be eying a victory to bring some joy to their fans.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

BRAD HADDIN Support to MICHAEL CLARKE


The Australian wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin has backed Michael Clarke as the new captain of the team. Haddin was tipped as a better option to lead the Australian team by former legends such as Steve Waugh and Ian Chappell.

A recent public-poll conducted in Australia indicated that Clarke was not the choice of the cricket lovers in Australia, but his deputy Haddin has said that Clarke is the right man for the job. Commenting on the public-poll, Haddin said, “The reaction with the public with all our players changes from week to week. You're one good innings away or sometimes one good cover drive away from the support being with you.”


Haddin has played first-class cricket with Clarke for many years, and both players are good friends of each-other. Haddin was confident that Clarke will be able to justify his captaincy role. He said, “Michael's a very strong character so things will be okay. He's got a very good cricket brain. He'll do Australia proud. I've played most of my first-class career with Michael and he deserves to be Australian captain.”

This is not the first time that Clarke will lead the side. He is the current Twenty20 captain and has led his side in a few one-day internationals (ODI). Haddin said that the team is totally behind him, “He is a very good captain. We've seen that in the Twenty20 form of the game and the handful of one-dayers he's led. We're 100 percent behind him. He's the best man for the job now that Ricky's out.”

Australia has lost the Ashes but there is a chance to level the series by winning the final match. Haddin realises this and he said, “We're bitterly disappointed with losing the Ashes and we can't hide behind that. It still hurts but with sport these days you've got to get over it pretty quick and move on. We have lost the Ashes but we can still draw the series.”

Both teams will have lesser pressure as the Ashes has already been decided, but a win for England will complete a dominant series for them. The Australian team will be eying a victory to bring some joy to their fans.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Khawaja set to become first Muslim to wear Baggy Green

Usman Khawaja will have some very big boots to fill when he makes his debut for Australia in the fifth Ashes Test next week but the 24-year-old is more concerned about making the most of his call up to the national side. The free-scoring, fast-quipping, guitar-playing, blog-savvy lefthander was named in Australia’s 12-man squad for the Sydney Test on Thursday and is almost certain to replace injured captain Ricky Ponting in the top order.

Ponting, the second most prolific batsman in Test history, is being rested to allow his fractured finger to recuperate and Khawaja was not thinking any further than the five days next week when Australia hope to level the Ashes series at 2-2. “I’m not really here to fill Ricky Ponting’s shoes, I’m there to go out and do as well as possible and put my team in the best place possible and that means score runs,” he said on Thursday.


“Other than that, there’s not really much more that I can do than just enjoy my cricket. To replace 12,000 runs, that’s a big feat and I still haven’t scored any so I’d better go out and score my first one first. Ricky’s a legendary cricketer and a legend of a bloke... he’s the kind of guy, if he told me to jump off a bridge, I probably would,” Khawaja, who is normally an opener, added. “Me taking over Ricky’s place? I highly doubt that. I’m just happy to get the opportunity while he’s unfortunately injured.”

Born in Pakistan to a cricket-enthusiast father who subsequently took his family to Australia, Khawaja has been accumulating runs since making his debut for New South Wales two years ago and boasts a first class average of 51.7. He was called up to the Test squad for the series against Pakistan in England earlier this year, and again when Michael Clarke was an injury worry before the first Ashes test, but failed to get a game.

Khawaja was still always the first name bandied about when replacements were being considered for injured or failing batsmen and has long said he was ready. “I guess you need that confidence, I’ve played first class cricket for a long time but I guess you’re never really gonna know until you go out there and do your thing,” he said.

Khawaja said he celebrated his elevation to the squad with a thrash on the guitar and a spell on the Playstation but had no time to consider the significance of becoming the first Muslim to represent Australia. “That’s the first time I’ve thought about that all day,” he said when asked about it. “It’s been a childhood dream for me. Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to play for Australia. The dream was a long way away when I was younger and it’s a lot closer now and I’m just jumping out of my boots and hoping I get the opportunity.”Nick Mulvenney

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Khawaja set to become first Muslim to wear Baggy Green

Usman Khawaja will have some very big boots to fill when he makes his debut for Australia in the fifth Ashes Test next week but the 24-year-old is more concerned about making the most of his call up to the national side. The free-scoring, fast-quipping, guitar-playing, blog-savvy lefthander was named in Australia’s 12-man squad for the Sydney Test on Thursday and is almost certain to replace injured captain Ricky Ponting in the top order.

Ponting, the second most prolific batsman in Test history, is being rested to allow his fractured finger to recuperate and Khawaja was not thinking any further than the five days next week when Australia hope to level the Ashes series at 2-2. “I’m not really here to fill Ricky Ponting’s shoes, I’m there to go out and do as well as possible and put my team in the best place possible and that means score runs,” he said on Thursday.


“Other than that, there’s not really much more that I can do than just enjoy my cricket. To replace 12,000 runs, that’s a big feat and I still haven’t scored any so I’d better go out and score my first one first. Ricky’s a legendary cricketer and a legend of a bloke... he’s the kind of guy, if he told me to jump off a bridge, I probably would,” Khawaja, who is normally an opener, added. “Me taking over Ricky’s place? I highly doubt that. I’m just happy to get the opportunity while he’s unfortunately injured.”

Born in Pakistan to a cricket-enthusiast father who subsequently took his family to Australia, Khawaja has been accumulating runs since making his debut for New South Wales two years ago and boasts a first class average of 51.7. He was called up to the Test squad for the series against Pakistan in England earlier this year, and again when Michael Clarke was an injury worry before the first Ashes test, but failed to get a game.

Khawaja was still always the first name bandied about when replacements were being considered for injured or failing batsmen and has long said he was ready. “I guess you need that confidence, I’ve played first class cricket for a long time but I guess you’re never really gonna know until you go out there and do your thing,” he said.

Khawaja said he celebrated his elevation to the squad with a thrash on the guitar and a spell on the Playstation but had no time to consider the significance of becoming the first Muslim to represent Australia. “That’s the first time I’ve thought about that all day,” he said when asked about it. “It’s been a childhood dream for me. Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to play for Australia. The dream was a long way away when I was younger and it’s a lot closer now and I’m just jumping out of my boots and hoping I get the opportunity.”Nick Mulvenney

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 is Like rollercoaster ride for Indian sport

India Sports
2010 is Like rollercoaster ride for Indian sport, Individual brilliance shone through in record-breaking medal hauls at the Commonwealth and Asian Games, while the iconic Sachin Tendulkar raised the bar further on the cricket field in what turned out to be a golden year for Indian sport.

There were moments of pure ecstasy when the country's athletes notched 101 medals (including 38 gold) in the Commonwealth Games, in Delhi, and 64 (14 gold) in the Asian Games, in Guangzhou.

It was the best ever medal haul in both events for a nation that hardly looks beyond cricket on its sporting calendar.

Speaking of India's unofficial national sport, cricket, there were cherishable moments all through 2010 and Tendulkar provided two of the biggest ones by fittingly becoming the first batsman to pull off a double century in One-dayers at the beginning of the year before signing off with another first of recording 50 Test hundreds.


But, for a change, cricket and Tendulkar did not matter for at least 14 days in October as India hosted its biggest sporting event after the 1982 Asian Games.

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2010 is Like rollercoaster ride for Indian sport

India Sports
2010 is Like rollercoaster ride for Indian sport, Individual brilliance shone through in record-breaking medal hauls at the Commonwealth and Asian Games, while the iconic Sachin Tendulkar raised the bar further on the cricket field in what turned out to be a golden year for Indian sport.

There were moments of pure ecstasy when the country's athletes notched 101 medals (including 38 gold) in the Commonwealth Games, in Delhi, and 64 (14 gold) in the Asian Games, in Guangzhou.

It was the best ever medal haul in both events for a nation that hardly looks beyond cricket on its sporting calendar.

Speaking of India's unofficial national sport, cricket, there were cherishable moments all through 2010 and Tendulkar provided two of the biggest ones by fittingly becoming the first batsman to pull off a double century in One-dayers at the beginning of the year before signing off with another first of recording 50 Test hundreds.


But, for a change, cricket and Tendulkar did not matter for at least 14 days in October as India hosted its biggest sporting event after the 1982 Asian Games.

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Steve James : Tom Maynard release for best

Ex-Glamorgan opener Steve James says it would be best if  Tom Maynard is allowed to leave the Welsh county so a line can be drawn under a tumultuous period.

Maynard has handed in his resignation believing his father, Matthew, had been treated badly by the club.

Matthew Maynard resigned as director of cricket after the club appointed Alviro Petersen as captain without his say so.
"It would probably be best for all concerned if Glamorgan just let Tom Maynard leave," James told BBC Sport.

"I see it as another sad situation to add to the many we've had over recent months.

"The Tom Maynard situation was always going to be difficult after what happened to his father, Matthew, and it's no surprise to me that Tom does want to leave.


"If it were me, there's no point in trying to keep a player at the county who is so obviously unhappy and so obviously doesn't want to play for Glamorgan."

Glamorgan chief executive officer Alan Hamer has hinted that they will allow the unhappy 21-year-old Maynard Jr to find another county, but has made it clear that they would expect compensation for the player.

Tom Maynard signed a three-year contract that is set to run until 2013 before Matthew Maynard quit as director of cricket last November saying his position was "untenable".

James believes that there should be plenty of suitors for Tom Maynard, but hopes that his future can be decided swiftly.
"I'm sure he'd find another county, I'm certain of that much," James added.

"I suppose the worry for him is that the longer this drags on, the less likely it may be that he can get another county for next season.
"But I think it would be very wrong for Tom Maynard not to be playing county cricket next year.

"He's obviously decided in his own mind that he doesn't want to play for Glamorgan.

No Maynard, chairman, president et al are bigger than GCCC Superglammy

Glamorgan are in turmoil following the resignation of Matthew Maynard, replaced skipper Jamie Dalrymple and president Peter Walker.

A new coach has yet to be appointed to fill Maynards Sr's role at the Swalec Stadium, although ex-Australia batsman Matthew Elliott and New South Wales coach Matthew Mott have both been interviewed for the post.

"That does need to be sorted very quickly in the new year. I feel for the players at the moment, they're still in limbo with no coach," James said.
"I believe Alviro Petersen is going to turn up in January and meet the players but they do need to get that coach in place very quickly."

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Steve James : Tom Maynard release for best

Ex-Glamorgan opener Steve James says it would be best if  Tom Maynard is allowed to leave the Welsh county so a line can be drawn under a tumultuous period.

Maynard has handed in his resignation believing his father, Matthew, had been treated badly by the club.

Matthew Maynard resigned as director of cricket after the club appointed Alviro Petersen as captain without his say so.
"It would probably be best for all concerned if Glamorgan just let Tom Maynard leave," James told BBC Sport.

"I see it as another sad situation to add to the many we've had over recent months.

"The Tom Maynard situation was always going to be difficult after what happened to his father, Matthew, and it's no surprise to me that Tom does want to leave.


"If it were me, there's no point in trying to keep a player at the county who is so obviously unhappy and so obviously doesn't want to play for Glamorgan."

Glamorgan chief executive officer Alan Hamer has hinted that they will allow the unhappy 21-year-old Maynard Jr to find another county, but has made it clear that they would expect compensation for the player.

Tom Maynard signed a three-year contract that is set to run until 2013 before Matthew Maynard quit as director of cricket last November saying his position was "untenable".

James believes that there should be plenty of suitors for Tom Maynard, but hopes that his future can be decided swiftly.
"I'm sure he'd find another county, I'm certain of that much," James added.

"I suppose the worry for him is that the longer this drags on, the less likely it may be that he can get another county for next season.
"But I think it would be very wrong for Tom Maynard not to be playing county cricket next year.

"He's obviously decided in his own mind that he doesn't want to play for Glamorgan.

No Maynard, chairman, president et al are bigger than GCCC Superglammy

Glamorgan are in turmoil following the resignation of Matthew Maynard, replaced skipper Jamie Dalrymple and president Peter Walker.

A new coach has yet to be appointed to fill Maynards Sr's role at the Swalec Stadium, although ex-Australia batsman Matthew Elliott and New South Wales coach Matthew Mott have both been interviewed for the post.

"That does need to be sorted very quickly in the new year. I feel for the players at the moment, they're still in limbo with no coach," James said.
"I believe Alviro Petersen is going to turn up in January and meet the players but they do need to get that coach in place very quickly."

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Cape Town to celebrate 50-day countdown to Western Cape tomorrow

Cricket fans will get a rare opportunity to join Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and the two rival captains, Graeme Smith of South Africa and MS Dhoni of India to celebrate the 50-day countdown to the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Cape Town, tomorrow.

Zille, Lorgat and the two national captains will kick-off the celebrations by holding a media conference at a city hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, where the World Cup trophy will also be on display.

The full version of the official promotional film of ICC World Cup, which will be used in an extensive marketing campaign starting in January, will also be released at the conference.


The cricket fans will get a chance to get themselves clicked with the Cup and be a part of the new year as well as 50-day to go for the mega-event celebrations.

After the conference, around midnight at the hotel, there would be a fireworks display which will entertain the crowd.

The opening World Cup match will feature co-hosts Bangladesh and India in Mirpur, Dhaka, on February 19, 2011.

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Cape Town to celebrate 50-day countdown to Western Cape tomorrow

Cricket fans will get a rare opportunity to join Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and the two rival captains, Graeme Smith of South Africa and MS Dhoni of India to celebrate the 50-day countdown to the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Cape Town, tomorrow.

Zille, Lorgat and the two national captains will kick-off the celebrations by holding a media conference at a city hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, where the World Cup trophy will also be on display.

The full version of the official promotional film of ICC World Cup, which will be used in an extensive marketing campaign starting in January, will also be released at the conference.


The cricket fans will get a chance to get themselves clicked with the Cup and be a part of the new year as well as 50-day to go for the mega-event celebrations.

After the conference, around midnight at the hotel, there would be a fireworks display which will entertain the crowd.

The opening World Cup match will feature co-hosts Bangladesh and India in Mirpur, Dhaka, on February 19, 2011.

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India victory - Dhoni be proud for that

Mahendra Singh Dhoni hailed the upward curve that Indian cricket continues to follow after they squared their three-match Test series at 1-1 with an 87-run victory over South Africa at Kingsmead.

The world number one side needed only 45.3 overs on day four to claim the remaining seven wickets - amongst them the highly valuable ones of Jacques Kallis (17) and AB de Villiers (33), who both departed early. Zaheer Khan claimed three of the wickets that fell, while there were one each for Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma.

"What this means is that we have a good side - we've played consistent cricket over a period of time," said Dhoni. "This process started in September 2008 and in the next two years we are in a position where we can say that most of the places we have done well. So it's a proud moment, 2010 has been good for us."
Asked what the key was to victory, he continued: "A bit of worry for us was to get 20 wickets, but the bowlers did really well over here.


"Of course there was something for the bowlers and a bit of bounce for the spinners, so I think the bowling department did really well."

Bowlers aside, the one man that stood out amongst the batsmen was man of the match VVS Laxman, who made 38 and 96, two of the top three scores in the game, with Ashwell Prince 39 not out making the other one.

Dhoni added: "It was a very special innings. You always count on Laxman. It was one of those wickets where it's very difficult to convince yourself that you are settling down and you are set because one odd ball will do something.

"But it was special because at the end of the day it was those 90 odd runs that really mattered."
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith was predictably disappointed, saying: "I think we probably lost the Test match on day two. I don't think it was a 131 wicket (South Africa's first-innings score) and if we'd managed to draw level with India then it would have made our lives a lot easier in the fourth innings.

"We had one or two unlucky decisions, but I thought India bowled well. I don't think we played terribly in the Test, but that 131 wasn't good enough."

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India victory - Dhoni be proud for that

Mahendra Singh Dhoni hailed the upward curve that Indian cricket continues to follow after they squared their three-match Test series at 1-1 with an 87-run victory over South Africa at Kingsmead.

The world number one side needed only 45.3 overs on day four to claim the remaining seven wickets - amongst them the highly valuable ones of Jacques Kallis (17) and AB de Villiers (33), who both departed early. Zaheer Khan claimed three of the wickets that fell, while there were one each for Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma.

"What this means is that we have a good side - we've played consistent cricket over a period of time," said Dhoni. "This process started in September 2008 and in the next two years we are in a position where we can say that most of the places we have done well. So it's a proud moment, 2010 has been good for us."
Asked what the key was to victory, he continued: "A bit of worry for us was to get 20 wickets, but the bowlers did really well over here.


"Of course there was something for the bowlers and a bit of bounce for the spinners, so I think the bowling department did really well."

Bowlers aside, the one man that stood out amongst the batsmen was man of the match VVS Laxman, who made 38 and 96, two of the top three scores in the game, with Ashwell Prince 39 not out making the other one.

Dhoni added: "It was a very special innings. You always count on Laxman. It was one of those wickets where it's very difficult to convince yourself that you are settling down and you are set because one odd ball will do something.

"But it was special because at the end of the day it was those 90 odd runs that really mattered."
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith was predictably disappointed, saying: "I think we probably lost the Test match on day two. I don't think it was a 131 wicket (South Africa's first-innings score) and if we'd managed to draw level with India then it would have made our lives a lot easier in the fourth innings.

"We had one or two unlucky decisions, but I thought India bowled well. I don't think we played terribly in the Test, but that 131 wasn't good enough."

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Once again, the V V S Laxman effect

An observation posted on the web highlights the importance of Indian cricket’s crisis man: Sachin Tendulkar is God but it is VVS Laxman who answers prayers. From Colombo to Durban this year, each time the team has been in trouble, he has produced magical knocks. “I relish batting in such conditions,” he has often said.

The 36-year-old might have missed a century by four runs at Durban but this innings, says former Test opener WV Raman, “is worth its weight in platinum, forget gold.” Though the focus this year has been on Tendulkar, “Laxman has been a match-winner in his own right,” he adds.

“He is solid, cool and his batting has always been of the highest order. His ability to score runs in adverse situations makes him special. He has been the key to India’s success in recent times,” says former cricketer and national selector VB Chandrasekhar.


Always a hero but never a star, Laxman has often said: “There is a lot of satisfaction when my team wins or saves the match. It is all about team spirit.” What helps him shine in tough conditions or when the team is in trouble? “One of the reasons might be that he has often done it for Hyd­erabad, right from under-19 level. This has helped him in the long run,” says Raman. Batting with tailenders is always difficult. “One has to look for runs and, at the same time, pray for the tailender to survive. That Laxman has done this consistently is a tribute to his batsmanship,” says Chandrasekhar.

On Laxman’s four major kn­ocks (at Mohali, Colombo, Ahmedabad and Durban) this year, Raman says: “At Colombo (against Sri Lanka), it was about chasing. At Mohali (against Australia), it was about two good balls from the opp­o­sition and defeat, but he turned the im­possible into victory. Ag­ainst New Zealand, he took India to safety at Ahmedabad. Each knock is very, very special.”

As Gundappa Vishwanath says: “India has produced so­me amazing cricketers but La­xman’s contribution has its own merits.”

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Once again, the V V S Laxman effect

An observation posted on the web highlights the importance of Indian cricket’s crisis man: Sachin Tendulkar is God but it is VVS Laxman who answers prayers. From Colombo to Durban this year, each time the team has been in trouble, he has produced magical knocks. “I relish batting in such conditions,” he has often said.

The 36-year-old might have missed a century by four runs at Durban but this innings, says former Test opener WV Raman, “is worth its weight in platinum, forget gold.” Though the focus this year has been on Tendulkar, “Laxman has been a match-winner in his own right,” he adds.

“He is solid, cool and his batting has always been of the highest order. His ability to score runs in adverse situations makes him special. He has been the key to India’s success in recent times,” says former cricketer and national selector VB Chandrasekhar.


Always a hero but never a star, Laxman has often said: “There is a lot of satisfaction when my team wins or saves the match. It is all about team spirit.” What helps him shine in tough conditions or when the team is in trouble? “One of the reasons might be that he has often done it for Hyd­erabad, right from under-19 level. This has helped him in the long run,” says Raman. Batting with tailenders is always difficult. “One has to look for runs and, at the same time, pray for the tailender to survive. That Laxman has done this consistently is a tribute to his batsmanship,” says Chandrasekhar.

On Laxman’s four major kn­ocks (at Mohali, Colombo, Ahmedabad and Durban) this year, Raman says: “At Colombo (against Sri Lanka), it was about chasing. At Mohali (against Australia), it was about two good balls from the opp­o­sition and defeat, but he turned the im­possible into victory. Ag­ainst New Zealand, he took India to safety at Ahmedabad. Each knock is very, very special.”

As Gundappa Vishwanath says: “India has produced so­me amazing cricketers but La­xman’s contribution has its own merits.”

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Sehwag-like Tamim good enough for Aussie XI

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons :his team cannot wait to take on the declining Australians in a Test series come April and claims that the "Virender Sehwag-like Tamim Iqbal" and Shakib Al Hasan are good enough to walk into the Oz dressing room.

"(Al Hasan) I would say is the equal of (New Zealand's Daniel) Vettori but a much, much better batsman. Tamim Iqbal, a Sehwag-type player who made hundreds in England, he's a quality player," Siddons was quoted as saying by 'The Sydney Morning Herald'.

"There's a couple of guys there who are dynamite. Shakib would walk in and bat at six and be their No.1 spinner by that far it's not funny, and Tamim Iqbal would be your other opener with (Shane) Watson without a doubt.


"They'd walk in at the moment, but it's easy to say that when the boys are struggling," he added.

Al Hasan has 1179 runs at an average 31.02 and 75 wickets at 32.1 in Test cricket.

Iqbal, on the other hand, notched up back-to-back Test centuries in England this year, and has an average of more than 40 after 19 games.

Australia are due to tour Bangladesh in April next year, after the World Cup.

Siddons said Ricky Ponting's men, who failed to regain the coveted Ashes after losing the fourth Test in Melbourne, are not upto it against quality spin.

"(Australia are) a little bit vulnerable to spin, especially to our left-arm spinners, so it'd be a good time to get them, that's for sure," Siddons said.

"They're still a few rungs above us, and we're still climbing that ladder, but they'd have to come back a lot further than they are for us to really consider ourselves a chance.

"But our left-arm spinners, and their vulnerability to that would probably make it a pretty close contest in Dhaka. We haven't played a Test against them for a long time. I don't know what the reasons are but it'd be nice to have them," he added.

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Sehwag-like Tamim good enough for Aussie XI

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons :his team cannot wait to take on the declining Australians in a Test series come April and claims that the "Virender Sehwag-like Tamim Iqbal" and Shakib Al Hasan are good enough to walk into the Oz dressing room.

"(Al Hasan) I would say is the equal of (New Zealand's Daniel) Vettori but a much, much better batsman. Tamim Iqbal, a Sehwag-type player who made hundreds in England, he's a quality player," Siddons was quoted as saying by 'The Sydney Morning Herald'.

"There's a couple of guys there who are dynamite. Shakib would walk in and bat at six and be their No.1 spinner by that far it's not funny, and Tamim Iqbal would be your other opener with (Shane) Watson without a doubt.


"They'd walk in at the moment, but it's easy to say that when the boys are struggling," he added.

Al Hasan has 1179 runs at an average 31.02 and 75 wickets at 32.1 in Test cricket.

Iqbal, on the other hand, notched up back-to-back Test centuries in England this year, and has an average of more than 40 after 19 games.

Australia are due to tour Bangladesh in April next year, after the World Cup.

Siddons said Ricky Ponting's men, who failed to regain the coveted Ashes after losing the fourth Test in Melbourne, are not upto it against quality spin.

"(Australia are) a little bit vulnerable to spin, especially to our left-arm spinners, so it'd be a good time to get them, that's for sure," Siddons said.

"They're still a few rungs above us, and we're still climbing that ladder, but they'd have to come back a lot further than they are for us to really consider ourselves a chance.

"But our left-arm spinners, and their vulnerability to that would probably make it a pretty close contest in Dhaka. We haven't played a Test against them for a long time. I don't know what the reasons are but it'd be nice to have them," he added.

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Aussie decline similar to Windies: Holding

Michael Holding feels the Australian cricket team's decline is similar to the West Indies and attributed it to a "lost generation of players" who did not get a chance due to the presence of older stalwarts in the side a few years ago.

"There is almost a lost generation of Australian players in their late twenties, players who should have been learning their trade during the 2006-07 Ashes, but couldn't find a spot because there were so many exceptional thirty somethings in the team," Holding said while explaining the Aussie downfall.


The former fast bowler felt the fall has a lot to do with mindset rather than the skills.
"There comes a tipping point when your opponents realise that you are human after all, and suddenly they stand a foot taller when they walk on to the field against you," he explained.

"A huge amount of cricket is played in the head. I know the power of intimidation from my own time in the West Indies team. We saw players who could dominate other attacks, but when they came up against us they would surrender as meekly as mice," the West Indian wrote in his column for Daily Telegraph.

The Australian team lost the coveted 'urn' to England for the first time in 24 years in a home series during their fourth Ashes Test at Melbourne on Wednesday.

Attributing the English success to the changing structure in the county circuit, the cricketer-turned-commentator wrote, "You can find structural reasons for the revival of English cricket. County players aren't coasting through the second half of the season any more, because of the two-division system."

He, however, maintained that a talented pool of youngsters always makes a difference. "A lot of it comes down to talent. England have uncovered a decent crop, while the Aussies have had a thin few years," the veteran insisted.

The West Indian, though signified that you cannot do away with the likes of Hayden or Gordon Greenidge. "These people were world-class batsmen, and you have to enjoy your success while it lasts," he maintained.
"But sometimes there can be a hangover after a party.

Australia are experiencing one now," Holding wrote.

Australia have plummeted from number one in the world last year to number five.

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Aussie decline similar to Windies: Holding

Michael Holding feels the Australian cricket team's decline is similar to the West Indies and attributed it to a "lost generation of players" who did not get a chance due to the presence of older stalwarts in the side a few years ago.

"There is almost a lost generation of Australian players in their late twenties, players who should have been learning their trade during the 2006-07 Ashes, but couldn't find a spot because there were so many exceptional thirty somethings in the team," Holding said while explaining the Aussie downfall.


The former fast bowler felt the fall has a lot to do with mindset rather than the skills.
"There comes a tipping point when your opponents realise that you are human after all, and suddenly they stand a foot taller when they walk on to the field against you," he explained.

"A huge amount of cricket is played in the head. I know the power of intimidation from my own time in the West Indies team. We saw players who could dominate other attacks, but when they came up against us they would surrender as meekly as mice," the West Indian wrote in his column for Daily Telegraph.

The Australian team lost the coveted 'urn' to England for the first time in 24 years in a home series during their fourth Ashes Test at Melbourne on Wednesday.

Attributing the English success to the changing structure in the county circuit, the cricketer-turned-commentator wrote, "You can find structural reasons for the revival of English cricket. County players aren't coasting through the second half of the season any more, because of the two-division system."

He, however, maintained that a talented pool of youngsters always makes a difference. "A lot of it comes down to talent. England have uncovered a decent crop, while the Aussies have had a thin few years," the veteran insisted.

The West Indian, though signified that you cannot do away with the likes of Hayden or Gordon Greenidge. "These people were world-class batsmen, and you have to enjoy your success while it lasts," he maintained.
"But sometimes there can be a hangover after a party.

Australia are experiencing one now," Holding wrote.

Australia have plummeted from number one in the world last year to number five.

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2010: Golden year for Indian sports

For India Sports 2010 is Golden Year Individual brilliance shone through in record-breaking medal hauls at Commonwealth and Asian Games while the iconic Sachin Tendulkar raised the bar further on the cricket field in what turned out to be a golden year for Indian sports.

There were moments of pure ecstasy when the country's athletes notched up 101 medals (including 38 gold) in the Commonwealth Games here and 64 (14 gold) in the Asian Games in Guangzhou.

It was the best ever medal haul in both events for a nation which hardly looks beyond cricket on its sporting calendar.


Speaking of India's unofficial national sport, cricket, there were cherishable moments all through 2010 and Tendulkar provided two of the biggest ones by fittingly becoming the first batsman to pull off a double century in one-dayers at the beginning of the year before signing off with another first of recording 50 Test hundreds.

But for a change, cricket and Tendulkar did not matter for at least 14 days in October as India hosted its biggest sporting event after the 1982 Asian Games.

The 19th Commonwealth Games were supposed to showcase India as the next big sporting destination but left fans with mixed feelings after a botched build-up but a historic medal haul.

The athletes were undoubtedly on an unprecedented high at the event in front of home fans but the administrators touched a nadir when they made the country a subject of international mockery with preparations so shoddy that it seemed that top participating nations would give the Games a miss.

In fact, administrators were the only source of embarrassment for Indian sports this year because going by on-field performance, 2010 can easily be counted among the most successful in Indian sporting history.

At the centre of it all was Suresh Kalmadi, the man who has headed the Indian Olympic Association for over a decade and was chairman of the organising committee for the CWG.

The messed build-up to CWG was squarely blamed on him but most importantly he was the focus of an alleged multi-crore scam in CWG deals now being investigated by the CBI.

The veteran administrator claimed innocence but damning evidence, some of it chronicled in national dailies, meant that his houses in Pune and Delhi were raided, adding another low to his chequered career.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

2010: Golden year for Indian sports

For India Sports 2010 is Golden Year Individual brilliance shone through in record-breaking medal hauls at Commonwealth and Asian Games while the iconic Sachin Tendulkar raised the bar further on the cricket field in what turned out to be a golden year for Indian sports.

There were moments of pure ecstasy when the country's athletes notched up 101 medals (including 38 gold) in the Commonwealth Games here and 64 (14 gold) in the Asian Games in Guangzhou.

It was the best ever medal haul in both events for a nation which hardly looks beyond cricket on its sporting calendar.


Speaking of India's unofficial national sport, cricket, there were cherishable moments all through 2010 and Tendulkar provided two of the biggest ones by fittingly becoming the first batsman to pull off a double century in one-dayers at the beginning of the year before signing off with another first of recording 50 Test hundreds.

But for a change, cricket and Tendulkar did not matter for at least 14 days in October as India hosted its biggest sporting event after the 1982 Asian Games.

The 19th Commonwealth Games were supposed to showcase India as the next big sporting destination but left fans with mixed feelings after a botched build-up but a historic medal haul.

The athletes were undoubtedly on an unprecedented high at the event in front of home fans but the administrators touched a nadir when they made the country a subject of international mockery with preparations so shoddy that it seemed that top participating nations would give the Games a miss.

In fact, administrators were the only source of embarrassment for Indian sports this year because going by on-field performance, 2010 can easily be counted among the most successful in Indian sporting history.

At the centre of it all was Suresh Kalmadi, the man who has headed the Indian Olympic Association for over a decade and was chairman of the organising committee for the CWG.

The messed build-up to CWG was squarely blamed on him but most importantly he was the focus of an alleged multi-crore scam in CWG deals now being investigated by the CBI.

The veteran administrator claimed innocence but damning evidence, some of it chronicled in national dailies, meant that his houses in Pune and Delhi were raided, adding another low to his chequered career.

For More Detail Visit @ Livecricketnewz.blogspot.com

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Amla recalled to SA's Twenty20 squad

Hashim Amla was Wednesday recalled to South Africa's Twenty20 squad for the one-off match against India Jan 9 while Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were rested from the 12-member squad.

Amla, considered a Test batsman, will be playing only his third Twenty20 match. He last played in the shortest-version of the game at the international level against Australia in 2009.

'We have decided to rest Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel because of the heavy workload they have had in the Castle Test series and the important roles they will have to play in the MTN ODI series against India as well as in the ICC Cricket World Cup,' Convener of selectors Andrew Hudson said.


The match will be played at Moses Mabhida football stadium in Durban.

South Africa squad: Johan Botha (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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Amla recalled to SA's Twenty20 squad

Hashim Amla was Wednesday recalled to South Africa's Twenty20 squad for the one-off match against India Jan 9 while Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were rested from the 12-member squad.

Amla, considered a Test batsman, will be playing only his third Twenty20 match. He last played in the shortest-version of the game at the international level against Australia in 2009.

'We have decided to rest Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel because of the heavy workload they have had in the Castle Test series and the important roles they will have to play in the MTN ODI series against India as well as in the ICC Cricket World Cup,' Convener of selectors Andrew Hudson said.


The match will be played at Moses Mabhida football stadium in Durban.

South Africa squad: Johan Botha (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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Amla in SA T20 squad

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday recalled Test specialist Hashim Amla for the Twenty20 International against India on January 9.

Amla, who has so far played only two T20 internationals, has replaced Loots Bosman for the match to be played at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Retired pace bowler Makhaya Ntini, who announced his retirement last month, is all set to make his final international appearance for South Africa. Ntini has played 101 Tests and 173 ODIs for the Proteas.

est all-rounder Jacques Kallis, pacers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.


About the team selection, convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson said: "We have rested Kallis, Steyn and Morkel keeping in mind the one-day series against India and the preparation for the World Cup. As promised we are giving a farewell match for Ntini."

After Ntini retired from international cricket, CSA had said that he will be given a farewell game.

The squad:
Johan Botha (captain), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Rusty Theron and

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Amla in SA T20 squad

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday recalled Test specialist Hashim Amla for the Twenty20 International against India on January 9.

Amla, who has so far played only two T20 internationals, has replaced Loots Bosman for the match to be played at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Retired pace bowler Makhaya Ntini, who announced his retirement last month, is all set to make his final international appearance for South Africa. Ntini has played 101 Tests and 173 ODIs for the Proteas.

est all-rounder Jacques Kallis, pacers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.


About the team selection, convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson said: "We have rested Kallis, Steyn and Morkel keeping in mind the one-day series against India and the preparation for the World Cup. As promised we are giving a farewell match for Ntini."

After Ntini retired from international cricket, CSA had said that he will be given a farewell game.

The squad:
Johan Botha (captain), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Rusty Theron and

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Fans say they don't want Michael Clarke as Australian cricket captain

MICHAEL Clarke is the player favoured by Cricket Australia and bookmakers to replace Ricky Ponting in the highest office in Australian sport.

But he looms as the most unpopular Test captain in recent memory after a poll of Daily Telegraph readers revealed only 15 per cent want him in the job.

Instead, they overwhelmingly prefer NSW opening batsman Simon Katich - a bloke who has not played in the past two Tests with injury, is a remote chance of playing in the fifth Test in Sydney next week and, at 35, is in the twilight of his career.


Clarke, 29, has been vice-captain for four years and was earmarked for the job before he played a Test.

He remains firm favourite with Cricket Australia suits to assume the role, although full-time selector Greg Chappell showed a lack of faith in him during the Perth Test.

Fans would prefer Katich, Ponting or Watson for the captaincy role. Anyone but Clarke.

Test legend Chappell said pointedly during the Perth Test: "If we're going to replace Ricky, we've got to make sure we've got someone that we're confident has the right frame of mind who can take over and do a good job.

"And I don't know that we've got somebody that we feel we want to rush Ricky Ponting out the door at this moment.

"There is nobody absolutely ready for it. I don't think there are too many other players I'd want to put that pressure on."

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland, though, has publicly declared Clarke still has support in the corridors of power.

Clarke's woeful average of 21 runs for the Ashes series could explain the lack of love from the public, but it is also the fact he has become tabloid fodder following his relationship then break-up with model fiancee Lara Bingle.

He has also been conspicuous in his absence when dealing with the media throughout this Ashes series. After his controversial dismissal in the second innings in Adelaide, when he walked but stopped to refer the decision to the video umpire, he refused to speak but tweeted an apology as soon as his gloves were off.

Australian fans want something harder from the next in line to captain the Test team.

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Fans say they don't want Michael Clarke as Australian cricket captain

MICHAEL Clarke is the player favoured by Cricket Australia and bookmakers to replace Ricky Ponting in the highest office in Australian sport.

But he looms as the most unpopular Test captain in recent memory after a poll of Daily Telegraph readers revealed only 15 per cent want him in the job.

Instead, they overwhelmingly prefer NSW opening batsman Simon Katich - a bloke who has not played in the past two Tests with injury, is a remote chance of playing in the fifth Test in Sydney next week and, at 35, is in the twilight of his career.


Clarke, 29, has been vice-captain for four years and was earmarked for the job before he played a Test.

He remains firm favourite with Cricket Australia suits to assume the role, although full-time selector Greg Chappell showed a lack of faith in him during the Perth Test.

Fans would prefer Katich, Ponting or Watson for the captaincy role. Anyone but Clarke.

Test legend Chappell said pointedly during the Perth Test: "If we're going to replace Ricky, we've got to make sure we've got someone that we're confident has the right frame of mind who can take over and do a good job.

"And I don't know that we've got somebody that we feel we want to rush Ricky Ponting out the door at this moment.

"There is nobody absolutely ready for it. I don't think there are too many other players I'd want to put that pressure on."

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland, though, has publicly declared Clarke still has support in the corridors of power.

Clarke's woeful average of 21 runs for the Ashes series could explain the lack of love from the public, but it is also the fact he has become tabloid fodder following his relationship then break-up with model fiancee Lara Bingle.

He has also been conspicuous in his absence when dealing with the media throughout this Ashes series. After his controversial dismissal in the second innings in Adelaide, when he walked but stopped to refer the decision to the video umpire, he refused to speak but tweeted an apology as soon as his gloves were off.

Australian fans want something harder from the next in line to captain the Test team.

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Biggest Cricket events await in 2011

India Captain M.S Dhoni has stated that the bowling department has become a cause for concern but it will not be long before the cream of batting will walk into the sunset.

One wonders what would be Indian cricket like without Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and even though we all know that the game will go on, the little master has spent so many years in international cricket and achieved so many milestones, the scorecard will probably sport a bare look sans one S. R. Tendulkar at number four.

The SuperSport Park it was for the master batsman to get to his 50th Test century and in a way it was an apt venue for him to achieve the feat as the former name of the ground was the Centurion Park. However, as is the case with so many of his hundreds, the little master had to once again celebrate his achievement with a mixed feeling as the team lost the match rather badly.

Not only has Tendulkar made the bowlers run out of ideas during his career, but he has also made the scribes and millions of his fans run out of words to describe his achievements.

It may be a matter of yet another day in the office and yet another century for the great man, but how on earth can one keep unearthing adjectives and phrases to match up with his deeds? With the monkey off his back, the little master can now continue to churn runs for his country which of course will be needed given the start Team India has got off to in South Africa.

The Test series with South Africa is big enough but as far Team India and Tendulkar are concerned bigger events await them in the year 2011. This is not to suggest that the results in the ongoing Test series is not of consequence as the ratings are bound to fluctuate with time but the bigger event is approaching fast.


Yes. It does not take a genius to figure out that I am referring to the World Cup. Team India has raised the expectation levels of the public with their performances in the last couple of years, (the debacle in SA notwithstanding) and hence the pressure is on the Indians to live up to the expectations.

It has been a very long wait for India to regain the most coveted title and whether Dhoni's boys will do it in 2011 is what is going on in everyone's mind. In as much as the entire squad of Team India will be keen to win the title, Tendulkar's keenness will border on desperation as this will in all probability be his last crack.

He has maintained that winning a World Cup is high on his priority list and it is a case of either 2011 or never for him on a personal level. He has figured in 5 World Cups so far and the campaigns in all those five but 2003 were nothing to write home about. The champion cricketer will be looking forward to playing and contributing his might in the campaign set to start in February and I am sure that Tendulkar will gladly swap all his achievements for the title.

The coming World Cup will assume as much significance for Dhoni as it would for Tendulkar simply because Dhoni's captaincy will be really put to test in 2011. The outcome in the World Cup will largely dictate his tenure as captain and while his head may not roll in the event of a lesser than expected result, he still has a lot of challenges in 2011 as there are a lot of away series scheduled for India.

Not that the year 2010 did not have challenges for India and Dhoni as the lacklustre performances in South Africa have given Team India enough jolts. The Indian skipper has stated that the bowling department has become a cause for concern but it will not be long before the cream of batting will walk into the sunset.

The latter half of 2011 might be the time when Dhoni and Team India will feel the need for some muscle in the batting line up as well. There is no doubt that Dravid and Laxman are accomplished but they both will realise that batting against the quicks in the late 30's is not the same as it was in their late 20's.

The New Year will kick off with the third Test in Cape Town and the Indians will look to bounce back at Newlands, thereby starting the New Year afresh and better. But the Proteas are looking a better side simply because of their bowlers being far superior than their Indian counterparts.

The Smith led side has given no quarter to the Indians and they will be keen to extend the ruthless streak well in into the third Test and one-day series. Smith has the arsenal to unnerve the Indians even in the one-day format and though South Africa seemingly lack quality spinners, they will be one of the main contenders for the World Cup.

On the other hand, Dhoni will be thinking about ways and means to revive the confidence of the team during the one-dayers which will help them psychologically for the World Cup even if the victories are achieved a few weeks before the big campaign. Regardless of the outcome in South Africa, the New Year will pose Dhoni and his team a few challenges and it remains to be seen how well the captain responds to the challenges ahead of him. My best wishes to Team India and the readers for the New Year.

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Biggest Cricket events await in 2011

India Captain M.S Dhoni has stated that the bowling department has become a cause for concern but it will not be long before the cream of batting will walk into the sunset.

One wonders what would be Indian cricket like without Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and even though we all know that the game will go on, the little master has spent so many years in international cricket and achieved so many milestones, the scorecard will probably sport a bare look sans one S. R. Tendulkar at number four.

The SuperSport Park it was for the master batsman to get to his 50th Test century and in a way it was an apt venue for him to achieve the feat as the former name of the ground was the Centurion Park. However, as is the case with so many of his hundreds, the little master had to once again celebrate his achievement with a mixed feeling as the team lost the match rather badly.

Not only has Tendulkar made the bowlers run out of ideas during his career, but he has also made the scribes and millions of his fans run out of words to describe his achievements.

It may be a matter of yet another day in the office and yet another century for the great man, but how on earth can one keep unearthing adjectives and phrases to match up with his deeds? With the monkey off his back, the little master can now continue to churn runs for his country which of course will be needed given the start Team India has got off to in South Africa.

The Test series with South Africa is big enough but as far Team India and Tendulkar are concerned bigger events await them in the year 2011. This is not to suggest that the results in the ongoing Test series is not of consequence as the ratings are bound to fluctuate with time but the bigger event is approaching fast.


Yes. It does not take a genius to figure out that I am referring to the World Cup. Team India has raised the expectation levels of the public with their performances in the last couple of years, (the debacle in SA notwithstanding) and hence the pressure is on the Indians to live up to the expectations.

It has been a very long wait for India to regain the most coveted title and whether Dhoni's boys will do it in 2011 is what is going on in everyone's mind. In as much as the entire squad of Team India will be keen to win the title, Tendulkar's keenness will border on desperation as this will in all probability be his last crack.

He has maintained that winning a World Cup is high on his priority list and it is a case of either 2011 or never for him on a personal level. He has figured in 5 World Cups so far and the campaigns in all those five but 2003 were nothing to write home about. The champion cricketer will be looking forward to playing and contributing his might in the campaign set to start in February and I am sure that Tendulkar will gladly swap all his achievements for the title.

The coming World Cup will assume as much significance for Dhoni as it would for Tendulkar simply because Dhoni's captaincy will be really put to test in 2011. The outcome in the World Cup will largely dictate his tenure as captain and while his head may not roll in the event of a lesser than expected result, he still has a lot of challenges in 2011 as there are a lot of away series scheduled for India.

Not that the year 2010 did not have challenges for India and Dhoni as the lacklustre performances in South Africa have given Team India enough jolts. The Indian skipper has stated that the bowling department has become a cause for concern but it will not be long before the cream of batting will walk into the sunset.

The latter half of 2011 might be the time when Dhoni and Team India will feel the need for some muscle in the batting line up as well. There is no doubt that Dravid and Laxman are accomplished but they both will realise that batting against the quicks in the late 30's is not the same as it was in their late 20's.

The New Year will kick off with the third Test in Cape Town and the Indians will look to bounce back at Newlands, thereby starting the New Year afresh and better. But the Proteas are looking a better side simply because of their bowlers being far superior than their Indian counterparts.

The Smith led side has given no quarter to the Indians and they will be keen to extend the ruthless streak well in into the third Test and one-day series. Smith has the arsenal to unnerve the Indians even in the one-day format and though South Africa seemingly lack quality spinners, they will be one of the main contenders for the World Cup.

On the other hand, Dhoni will be thinking about ways and means to revive the confidence of the team during the one-dayers which will help them psychologically for the World Cup even if the victories are achieved a few weeks before the big campaign. Regardless of the outcome in South Africa, the New Year will pose Dhoni and his team a few challenges and it remains to be seen how well the captain responds to the challenges ahead of him. My best wishes to Team India and the readers for the New Year.

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