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Friday, December 30, 2011

Lee Asks Pattinson to Retain Aggression

Melbourne: Australian fast bowler Brett Lee on heaped praise on James Pattinson and asked the new pace sensation to retain his aggression.

"I think it`s controlled aggression and as a fast bowler you have to be in the batsman`s face," Lee said of the 21-year-old Pattinson who was the man of the match in Australia`s 122-run win over India in the first Test at the MCG.

"There`s a line that we know you can`t cross, but as long as no one is being racially vilified or being sworn at, so the kids at home can see it, it`s Test cricket, so it`s meant to be nice, hard, competitive cricket.

"It`s great to see him steaming in. He`s obviously full of confidence and he`s got his tail up and he`s bowling fast and taking wickets ... it`s great," Lee was quoted as saying by `Sydney Morning Herald`.

Pattinson claimed 20 wickets in his first three Tests, a feat similar to Lee, who took 42 victims in his first seven Tests after bursting onto the scene more than a decade ago.

Bowling at 150km/h consistently, Pattinson has quickly emerged as a potential bowler who can spearhead a rejuvenated Australian pace attack that is preparing to tear into India`s line-up in the second Test at the SCG from Tuesday.

The youngest member of the present Australian team also didn`t shy away from using glares and growls at opposition batsmen and was able to make breakthroughs at crucial times but Lee said he would have to choose his moments to agitate batsmen in the future.

"I think when you`re bowling at different batsmen around the world you act differently," Lee said.

"Some blokes you can get right in their faces, some blokes you`ve got to pull back, because they actually enjoy that. You look at his mannerisms now, he`s confident, he`s hitting the crease hard, and I think that`s really important for a young fast bowler.

"He`s got a really good fast bowler`s make-up: strong legs, strong shoulders and he takes the ball away from the right-hander. If he can do that at over 140km/h then you`re doing pretty well," Lee added.

Lee felt Australia have a good bench strength of fast bowlers and praised skipper Michael Clarke for using them efficiently.

"Australia have got some pretty amazing bowling stocks at the moment. The guys have done well collectively as a team," Lee said.

"It`s not like they were only bowling well from one end. They`ve been used very cleverly by Michael Clarke, he hasn`t over-bowled them, he knows that it`s so important to keep them fresh and to give them short little bursts. He`s done that beautifully.

"Ryan Harris is a class act, and you`ve got guys like Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson to come back from injury. Unfortunately six or seven bowlers don`t go into three spots," he added.

Cricekting Year 2011 - Highlights


1 Shahid Afridi and Waqar Younis are sought after to appear before the ICC's Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing in the case of the three Pakistan players accused of spot-fixing.

4 Ten teams are confirmed for IPL 4 after the BCCI decides to suspend its legal battles with the Rajasthan Royal and Kings XI Punjab franchises.

5 England batsman Paul Collingwood announces that he will retire from Test cricket after the Sydney Test against Australia.

6 Gary Kirsten's final Test as India coach, at Newlands, is drawn after Gautam Gambhir bats with an injured arm to score half-centuries in either innings and Jacques Kallis makes two hundreds. Harbhajan Singh takes seven in the second innings but the final-day target of 340 is too steep for India. The series is drawn 1-1.

7 England grind Australia by an innings and 83 runs at the SCG to take Ashes 3-1. It's their first Test series win in the country since 1986-87.

15 Rajasthan lift the Ranji Trophy for the first time, after securing a first-innings advantage in the final against Baroda.

17 Habib Bank Limited secure the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after beating Pakistan International Airlines by five wickets in the division one final.

18 Pakistan draw the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington but protected the series 1-0.

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf is dropped from the World Cup squad.

19 Cricket South Africa president Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka is asked to quit after a motion of no-confidence against him.

21 Muttiah Muralitharan says he will retire from all international cricket after the 2011 World Cup.

22 Pakistan's oldest Test cricketer, Aslam Khokhar, dies in Lahore aged 91 after a prolonged illness.

23 India coach Gary Kirsten says he will not renew his contract with India after the 2011 World Cup.

South Africa survive a blitzy century by Yusuf Pathan in Centurion to take the one-day series 3-2.

Trinidad and Tobago surge to the Caribbean T20 title for the second time in three years after beating Hampshire by 36 runs in the final.

26 Matthew Bell, the New Zealand batsman, announces his retirement from all forms of cricket.

The ICC seeks an explanation from the PCB about Mohammad Amir playing a club game after he was provisionally suspended from all levels of cricket following the spot-fixing allegations.

27 Eden Gardens in Kolkata loses its India-England fixture for the World Cup because the ICC's examination team says it won't be ready in time to host the fixture.

Allen Stanford, the American billionaire, is deemed unfit to stand trial on charges fraud to the tune of $7 billion, and needs treatment for a drug addiction.

28 Back-to-back Ashes series are confirmed, with the teams playing ten consecutive Tests across two series home and away in 2013-14.

29 Nathan Bracken, the Australian left-arm seamer, announces his retirement from all forms of cricket due to a knee injury.

30 Australia take an unassailable 4-1 lead in the one-day series against England after a 51-run win at the Gabba.

31 South African franchises the Warriors and the Lions confirm they have not received their prize money for the Champions League T20, totalling US$ 1.5 million.


4 Shahid Afridi is named Pakistan captain for the World Cup.

5 Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are banned for 10, 7 and 5 years respectively after an ICC tribunal found them accountable of spot-fixing. Amir says he will appeal.

It is announced that Hot Spot will not be part of the Decision Review System used during the 2011 ICC World Cup.

6 Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 26 runs in the third one-day international to take the series 2-0.

England batsman Eoin Morgan is ruled out of the World Cup due to a finger injury. Australia's Michael Hussey and Nathan Hauritz are also ruled out due to injuries. Later, injuries also rule out Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Bravo of West Indies, and Australia's Doug Bollinger .

Cricket Australia announces it will commission independent reviews of the game's governance and team performance in the wake of the Ashes defeat.

10 Trevor Bailey, the former England allrounder, dies in a fire at his retirement home in Essex, aged 87.

Rajasthan Royals seek US$30 million in damages from the BCCI as compensation for their summary expulsion from the IPL in October 2010.

Mahela Jayawardene is appointed captain of Kochi Tuskers Kerala for IPL 2011.

18 The ICC says there will be no going back on the decision to reduce the 50-over World Cup from 14 to ten teams, despite protests from the Associates.

19 The 2011 World Cup gets underway in Mirpur, with Virender Sehwag blazing 175 against Bangladesh to get India off to a winning start.

21 The official ticketing website for the World Cup crashes, leaving fans high and dry. A few days later the ICC decides to set up a public ballot system for ticket sales for the semi-finals and final of the 2011 World Cup following the tickets website's crash.

22 An earthquake in Christchurch causes concern in the New Zealand camp, but the families of the players are safe back home.

23 Ricky Ponting is reprimanded for damaging a television set in the dressing room in frustration after he was run out against Zimbabwe.

25 Yasir Hameed is banned by the PCB from domestic cricket for his interview with an undercover reporter from News of the World in the immediate aftermath of the spot-fixing controversy.

27 The India-England World Cup match in Bangalore ends in a high-scoring tie.

28 England and Surrey wicketkeeper Steven Davies reveals he is gay, becoming the first playing professional cricketer to so.

Kemar Roach takes a hat-trick as West Indies thrash Netherlands by 215 runs.


1 The ICC defends the 2.5m rule relating to the ball-tracking technology used in the DRS.

Lasith Malinga destroys Kenya with a hat-trick, his second in World Cups.

2 Kevin O'Brien stuns England with the fastest World Cup hundred , helping Ireland chase down 328 after they were reeling at 111 for 5.

4 Bangladesh crash to 58 all out against West Indies in Dhaka. The West Indies team bus is stoned after the game.

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi's passport is suspended by the Mumbai Regional Passport Office, five months after he was sacked from the league on charges of financial irregularities.

6 Kevin Pietersen is ruled out of the World Cup due to a hernia and has to go through surgery.

7 The ICC announces a tweak in the DRS guidelines, allowing on-field umpires to reverse not-out decisions if the replays show part of the ball to be hitting middle stump, even if the batsman is hit more than 2.5m away.

Gautam Gambhir is named Kolkata Knight Riders' captain for the fourth season of the IPL. Later in the week Yuvraj Singh is named captain of Sahara Pune Warriors for the fourth season of the IPL.

11 Bangladesh beat England by two wickets in Chittagong in the World Cup.

12 Graham Manou, the South Australia wicketkeeper who played one Test on the 2009 Ashes tour, quits first-class cricket.

South Africa edge past India, thanks to Robin Peterson's six in the last over in Nagpur. Sachin Tendulkar scores his 99th international century in the match.

16 Peter Loader, the Surrey fast bowler who took 39 wickets in 13 Tests for England, dies aged 81.

Under-pressure umpire Asoka de Silva is removed from a couple of key World Cup games he was originally marked for due to his poor decision-making.

17 Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar says he will retire from international cricket after the World Cup.

18 BCCI umpire Devendra Sharma is removed from duty following a TV sting operation showing him supposedly supplying information about the pitch and conditions before a game.

20 Steve Tikolo, Kenya's most capped player and captain, bows out of international cricket.

23 Fred Titmus, the former Middlesex and England allrounder, who made 1449 runs and took 153 wickets in 53 Tests, dies aged 78 following a long illness.

24 Michael Yardy, the England allrounder, pulls out of the World Cup citing depression.

*India progress to the World Cup semi-finals, knocking out Australia and ending their chance of extending their 12-year reign as one-day champions.

25 South Africa are dispatched of the World Cup after they lose their quarter-final to New Zealand by 49 runs.

26 Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit centuries as Sri Lanka storm into the semi-finals, beating England by ten wickets.

28 Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait retires from ODIs.

29 Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by five wickets to progress to the World Cup final.

30 The marquee clash of the tournament goes India's way as they beat Pakistan in the semi-final in Mohali to set up the title clash with Sri Lanka.


2 India lift the World Cup for the first time in 28 years, beating Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai. MS Dhoni leads from the front with an unbeaten 91, and hits a six to seal the title.

Cape Cobras take the SuperSport Series in South Africa with a seven-wicket win against Warriors.

4 The ICC confirms that the next two World Cups will be ten-team events. Ireland captain William Porterfield calls the decision "an absolute joke".

Martin Horton, who played two Tests for England in 1959 as an allrounder, dies after a long illness, at the age of 76.

5 Kumar Sangakkara steps down as captain of Sri Lanka's ODI and T20 teams but offers to continue as the Test captain on an interim basis for the forthcoming series against England and Australia. The same week, former Australia batsman Stuart Law takes over as interim coach of Sri Lanka for the tour of England, and the Sri Lankan selection committee, headed by chief selector Aravinda De Silva, hands in its resignation .

Trevor Chesterfield, the veteran cricket journalist and former first-class umpire, dies aged 75 in Sri Lanka.

7 Canterbury defeat Northern Districts by eight wickets to take New Zealand's Plunket Shield 2010-11 title.

9 Jamaica win their fourth-successive regional first-class title with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Combined Colleges & Campuses inside two days.

10 Former Sri Lanka captain Duleep Mendis is appointed head of Sri Lanka's new selection panel.

12 Bangladesh announce they will not expand national coach Jamie Siddons' contract.

Sri Lanka Cricket announces that it's in debt to the tune of $23 million after the World Cup.

13 Pubudu Dassanayake quits as Canada coach after three years in the job.

15 John Buchanan, the former Australia coach, is appointed New Zealand's director of cricket.

17 Gerry Alexander, the former West Indies captain, dies at the age of 82 in Jamaica.

18 Tillakaratne Dilshan is appointed Sri Lanka's captain for all three formats for the tour of England.

Former Yorkshire and England legspinner Eddie Leadbeater dies in Huddersfield at the age of 83.

Eldine Baptiste steps down as Kenya's coach two months before his contract expires.

20 The West Indies Cricket Board conveys its disappointment at Chris Gayle's decision to play in the IPL instead of making himself available for West Indies' home season. Gayle says he had no choice but to turn his back on West Indies after the way the WICB had treated him. He also slams the coach, Ottis Gibson.

21 Jimmy Kamande is sacked as Kenya's captain following the country's dismal performance at the World Cup.

22 Lasith Malinga gives up Test cricket due to his long-standing knee problems.

24 Colin Snedden, a former New Zealand cricketer and sports broadcaster, dies in his sleep at the age of 93.

27 Duncan Fletcher, the former England coach and Zimbabwe captain, is appointed India's coach.

Former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan is named the chief selector.

29 Peter Chingoka is re-elected chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket.

ICC rankings:Tendulkar Rises, Dravid Slips

Iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar rose a couple of steps to be joint fourth but fellow veteran Rahul Dravid dropped out of the top 10 in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Friday.

Tendulkar, who scored a half century in the opening MCG Test defeat against Australia, contributed the fourth spot with South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, while Dravid slipped to 11th after falling a couple of spots in the latest list, the ICC Rankings.

Among the bowlers, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was the only Indian in the top-10 at an unchanged sixth position.

Among the Australians, fast bowler Peter Siddle, who took three for 63 and three for 42 in Australia`s 122-run victory, improved five places to seventh, where he is joined by Sri Lankan Rangana Herath.

Herath claimed match figures of nine for 128 which turned out to be the foundation of Sri Lanka`s 208-run victory over South Africa .

Australia fast bowlers Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson have also moved in the right way. Hilfenhaus, who took five for 75 and two for 39, has gained seven spots in the rankings and now sits just outside the top 20 in 22nd position.

Man of the match Pattinson has been rewarded for match figures of six for 108 with a jump of five places which puts him in 31st position.

There is something to cheer for young India fast bowler Umesh Yadav and South Africa`s debutant Marchant de Lange.

Yadav has moved up five places to 42nd spot after figures of three for 106 and four for 70 while de Lange has entered the list in the 51st position after figures of seven for 81 and one for 45.

The bowling list is still headed by South Africa`s Dale Steyn.

In the batsmen`s top-50 list, Hashim Amla (up by three to seventh), Thilan Samaraweera (up by three to 13th), Mike Hussey (up by one to 16th), Virender Sehwag (up by one to 18th) and Ricky Ponting (up by seven to 24th) are among those who have lead up.

Australia opener Ed Cowan has entered the list at the 61st position after making an impressive debut in Melbourne.

The batting list is headed by Kumar Sangakkara who became the eighth Sri Lanka batsman to score a zero and century in the same Test.

Siddle Wants to Take Tendulkar's Wicket Again

Siddle claimed the prestigious wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in both the innings of the first Test at MCG, Australia pace leader Peter Siddle hopes to nail the iconic batsman again throughout the Test series.

He says Sachin is a big head and to get him out is pleasant feeling. There's a lot more cricket to be played and hopefully I can get him again and again to keep winning Tests, about taking Tendulkar’s wicket he says There's no big secret or plan works against sachin. Both the dismissals were different.

He was bowled in the first innings and caught off a slider in the second. A few good balls before that possibly put pressure on him. Siddle claimed six wickets in the match and scored a vital 41 in the first innings, denied that he tries extra hard when the batsman at the opposite end is Tendulkar.

Siddle's first wicket incidentally was also of Tendulkar, back in 2008 and he now has three dismissals of the champion batsman to his name. By remembering he says the second evening when Tendulkar walked out to take the first strike and upper cut his first delivery over slips for a six is a brilliant shot.

We are fired up and determined on the field. Like when Dravid was bowled off a no-ball, I was enthusiastic, but we know how far we can go. We go out there and play hard and fair. It’s just how it comes across. We look to get wickets all the time, he said.

The sturdy Victorian fast bowler needs only three wickets to complete his 100 in Tests. His 97 wickets have come from 28 Tests at an average of 30.78 with four five-wicket hauls.

Sachin: SCG is My Favorite Ground Away from India

“There are these certain grounds where you go out there feeling you’re going to do well and the SCG is one of those grounds where I feel comfortable.” Says Sachin Tendulkar

The SCG Trust and Cricket NSW are keeping fingers crossed for the unique landmark to be achieved by the Indian legend which will add to the celebrations of the 100th Test at the SCG.

The second cricket Test between India and Australia here next week will be an greatest platform for Tendulkar, maybe the greatest stylish batsman, to get his 100th international century at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), which will coincidentally be hosting its 100th Test.

Officials at the SCG hope the occasion and the expectations of the Indian batting legend achieving the landmark in the 100th Test at the historic ground will see a rush for tickets to walk through the baffle gates.

Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle played spoilsport in the Boxing Day Test after dimissing Sachin for 73 and 32 in the both innings where he stood out amongst the Indian batsmen.

SCG Trust chairman Rodney Cavalier sees Sachin's long wait for the 100th hundred as a case of destiny and says everything is falling in place for the batting maestro to achieve the landmark at the 100 Test at the ground. "You really think universe, the Almighty and the Hindu gods were going to allow him to score it anywhere but the SCG?" Cavalier was quoted as saying by the Cavalier says it is natural that more people will turn up to watch the game, hoping Sachin reaches the three-figure mark this time around.

Definitely it will cause the sale of tickets to rise," he said. Tendulkar's 99th century came against South Africa during the 2011 World Cup in March-April.

Daryl Harper: India's Refusal to Use DRS is 'Foolish'

FORMER Test umpire Daryl Harper says India’s ludicrous refusal to use crickets electronic eye is a calculated move to preserve a successful approach to over-appealing that is neutralized by technology.

Harper says India is holding the world to ransom while a weak International Cricket Council fails to implement required adoption of a Decision Review System wanted by other Test countries.

"If you get one wrong in this format it can’t be rectified. It is a ludicrous situation which makes every situation magnified. It is very frustrating," said Harper, who retired from the ICC elite panel after 95 Tests and 175 one-day internationals in June.

Australian batsmen Mike Hussey and Ed Cowan were given out caught behind in first innings error against India in the test series at the MCG - precisely the errors the DRS was intended to address says Harper.
The Indian Cricket Board - at the behest of senior players - refuses to the use the DRS - complaining the technology isn't fool proof.

It's a lowest common denominator argument says Harper.

He also added "The technology is not 100 per cent accurate but it never will be. It is not perfect but it is a step in the right direction,"
There is a widespread view among Test nations and many in the umpiring fraternity the real reason India opposes the DRS is that the aggressive appealing and intimidation of match officials that win dubious verdicts would be short-circuited by technology.

Harper’s career was finished after challenging India skipper Mahendra Dhoni’s condoning of over the top appealing in the West Indies during the first Test between the West Indies and India at Kingston in June - and public denigration of his performance after the match.

The ICC this year ruled the DRS would be applied for all Test matches only to reverse the edict under pressure from India - an impractical inconsistency allowed by a compromised body says Harper.

"The ICC is doing no controlling and the rest of the world is being held to ransom," said Harper, with Dhoni again guarding the DRS attitude after the first Test in Melbourne.

Former Australian captain Greg Chappell agreed India's powerful position in world cricket played a part in the ICC not demanding uniform adoption of the DRS.

"The fact that they are so powerful they pretty much can make the decisions that fit them best."

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ind vs Aus: First Test Day 3 Highlights

Following are the statistical highlights of the third day's play between India and Australia in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Earlier in the day, fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus wrecked India's middle-order with his maiden five-wicket haul (5/75) to give Australia a vital 51 run first innings lead. Peter Siddle bagged three for 63 while James Pattinson got two for 55.

Resuming at an overnight 214 for three, Indian batsmen struggled against the pace and swing generated by the Australian fast bowlers during the morning session. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin offered some resistance with his quickfire 31 off 35 balls.

Hilfenhaus dismissed Rahul Dravid, who failed to add to his overnight score of 68, with the second ball of the day and then removed Virat Kohli (11) with the second ball of his second spell.

Australia were 179 for eight in their second innings and stretched their lead to 230 runs at stumps against India on the third day of the first cricket Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here Wednesday.

Mike Hussey was batting on 79 and James Pattinson three at close of play. Earlier in the day, India were bowled out for 282 in the first innings in reply to Australia's 333.

Today Total 15 wickets fell for 247 runs.

Dhoni: It Has Not a Brilliant Year for Me

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have won millions of cricket fans' hearts when he won the ICC World Cup for the nation earlier this year. However, Captain Cool has failed to repeat the same magic in test matches.

One flop show after another in Test cricket this year has got tongues wagging and Dhoni knows that he has been under huge pressure. I am not technically very sound. So, at times, it is about adapting to the conditions out here. Batting at number seven, it has not been a very brilliant year for me as an individual, Dhoni admitted after he was out for just 6 runs in the first innings against the Australia.

Over the past year, Dhoni has not produced regularly with the bat, especially in Tests. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's presence as a Test batsman has not matched his performance in the shorter formats. A look at his record this year cuts a sorry figure. At an average of just 37, Dhoni has hit only one century in 12 Test matches against. Surely, his repeated failures with the bat have hurt cause in Tests.

His record against Aussies has been woeful. In nine Innings in Australia so far, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has managed just 147 runs at a poor average of just over 16. Forget about a century, he was yet to reach the 50-run mark with his highest score being a paltry 38. It is important for India that their skipper fires big with the bat. For, it is not just with the gloves, Dhoni the batsman too is a match-winner.

Counters India Pace assault - Hussey

It was a day for bowlers. India's dramatic collapse in the first session, in which they lost their final seven wickets, handed Australia a 51-run lead. But Umesh Yadav ' s brilliant spell with the new ball and then Zaheer Khan with the elderly ball put India in command again.

Fortunes continued to fluctuate wildly in the Melbourne Check as Australia done Day three 230 runs ahead, but with only Michael Hussey and the tail-end remaining.

Night watchman Ishant Sharma applied himself to bat longer than those combined. But Ravichandran Ashwin minimised India ' s losses, hooking, whipping, driving and pulling his way to a speedy 31.

Fifteen wickets fell on the day. India began the day at a healthy 214-3 before losing Rahul Dravid second ball to a beauty from Ben Hilfenhaus who done his first Check fiver. IndiaĆ¢��s middle order of VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni disappointed, all falling in the catching cordon behind the wicket.

Ponting, Hussey rescue Australia

veterans at the finish of their rope, Ricky Ponting and Hussey combined at a dire time both in the match and their careers ' and added 113. As their partnership grew, India ' s assault wore narrow. It took Zaheer Khan ' s old-ball spell to remove Ponting caught driving to gully and Brad Haddin to bring India back in to the game.

On 69, Hussey was dropped at slip by Dravid, whose form in that fielding position has been below par this year. Hussey has moved on to the highest score in this match, and looks nice to score the hundred that will lengthen his career.

Hilfenhaus is making his Check comeback having last played for them in the disastrous Ashes campaign. In that series, they had taken seven wickets in Tests and was branded a one-trick bowler for persisting with gentle out-swing. Today, the trick finally paid off. The ball to remove Dravid angled in to the batsman before moving away late to knock back the off-stump. They backed that up with Kohli and Dhoni to put Australia on top.

Hilfenhaus, Umesh shine

But Umesh's first spell restored parity in the game. Zaheer Khan tied down David Warner and Ed Cowan, and Umesh gained from it. Warner tried a forceful shot to chop on of the six dismissals of that kind in the game. Cowan, in a defensive mood, shouldered arms to an in-swinger, and Shaun Marsh played on .

Before Australia could draw a breath, Ishant came on first-change and had skipper Michael Clarke play on to a speedy in-cutter. Ishant touched the 150s today but like so lots of times, didn't have wickets to show for his nice work.

Monday, December 26, 2011

India vs Australia: 1st Day Highlights of Boxing Day Test

By Electing a bat Australis didn't get the sort of opening they would have desired as Indian pacer Umesh Yadav got rid of opener David Warner and after an over later picks Shaun Marsh on a duck to when the Aussies are at 46/2.

Later former Aus skipper Ricky Ponting and opener Ed Cowan combined to provide the much-needed stability before rains stopped play minutes before lunch when the score was 68/2.
Soon the former Aussie skipper Ponting completed his half-century in style and he was  supported by  Cowan, who too completed his half-century a little later.An edge off Ponting (62) was nicely lapped up by VVS Laxman in the slips cordon and his 113-run stand with Cowan came to a close as Aussies lost their third wicket on 159.

At the tea time score was 170/3.

Then after Hussey and Clarke were batting nicely for some time but meanwhile Zaheer Khan struck to remove Aussies skipper Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey on consecutive balls which reduce aussie teams score to 205/5. Zaheer got his first wicket, nice and clean, dislodging Clarke's stumps but the second one was a bit doubtful. Unfortunately for Hussey there's no DRS in this series

Two quick wickets and India were back in thick of things and that's when offie R Ashwin, who was bowling in tandem with Zaheer struck to send dangerman Cowan back to the pavilion. An edge off his turner was cleanly taken by Dhoni and the man was walking back after a fine 68 and Australia were looking in bad shape with 214/6 on board.

At the end Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin added 63 runs for the sixth wicket to push Australia's total to 277/6. The two were on the crease at close.

So till now India  restricted Australia to 277/6 on Day 1

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Clarke hopes Tendulkar Will not Hit 100th Ton in Australia

Talking about the great Sachin Tendulkar, Clarke hoped that the master blaster scores his much-awaited 100th hundred in his next series. He said I enjoy watching Sachin Tendulkar bat but hoped that the Indian icon doesn't score his much-awaited 100th international century during the upcoming four-match Test series, starting on December 26.

Sachin is been an unbelievable player for such a long period of time. I really enjoy watching him bat. If he does score his 100th century, he deserves every bit of credit and applause. I think it's going to be a great crowd at this Test match, watching him and supporting him. I wish him well but in a perfect world, I would like Sachin to score his 100th century in the next series India play," he added.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke also has reportedly asked a win against India as a Christmas gift from Santa.

I am confident that we got the best eleven to help us win this first Test in these conditions. I can use Hussey, Ponting and myself to bowl a few overs. David Warner can bowl leg-spinners too. We've got the right XI to give ourselves a chance to win this Test," insisted Clarke.

About relationship between two teams "We all understand there's a fine line you can go to but can't cross. I guarantee nobody in the Australian team will cross that. If they do, there'll be punishments from the ICC but also from Cricket Australia," clarified Clarke.
The 30-year-old skipper expressed confidence if Australia could play consistently for five days they would win the first Test.

Stating that he would want to bat first if he wins the toss, Clarke said, "My favourite thing to do when we win the toss is always bat. But you can't make that decision unless you see the conditions on the day of the toss.

"My goals are no different to any (other) series I've played. I want to go out there, lead from the front and make sure I'm performing with the bat. But, most importantly, I want Australian cricket to continue to head in the right direction. I want us to play some good cricket," he said.

Friday, December 23, 2011

VVS Laxman - Ishant, Zaheer Fit for Boxing Day Test

VVS Laxman said Zaheer Khan and fellow pacer Ishant Sharma appeared to be fit to play in the opening Test against Australia beginning in Melbourne from Monday. Laxman gave enough indication that the pace duo could feature in the starting line-up.

'Ishant was not available for the first warm up, but he bowled in Canberra and the way he bowled today at the nets was proof that they are both fit and raring to go,' Laxman said. He also added 'Winning in Australia is everyone's dream in the world. Not just India but across the world because when you play Australia in Australia, it is the toughest cricket that you can play.' Laxman also said says Indians are full of confidence leading up to Boxing Day Test.

Zaheer was also buoyant about his fitness and said the four-month break since undergoing an ankle surgery in London has helped him to prepare better for the four-Test series.
'Because I had a four-month break, I could prepare well for the series. In the past, it used to be at the end of the season that I would go to Australia and break down. We (along with physios) chalked out this plan. So far I've been achieving the milestones about 8-10 days before they were delivered,' Zaheer said.

Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who watched them at the nets, said the two bowlers looked impressive and they were seen bowling full tilt without displaying any sort of discomfort at the MCG nets here Friday

Since their arrival here, Zaheer and Ishant's fitness have been a cause of concern for the Indian team management, which has preferred to keep the updates about the duo under wraps.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Nehra: Everyone had some issue with Chappell so there must be something wrong

A day after former India captain Sourav Ganguly termed Greg Chappell a "mad" man, pacer Ashish Nehra on Tuesday said that he too "never had a great experience" playing under the Australian.

"I only played two-three series when Chappell was the coach of Indian team, but I can say I never had a great experience. Everyone had some issue with him so there must be something wrong," Nehra said.

The out-of-favour Indian speedster said though he did not play enough cricket under former India coach Chappell, the couple of series' which he was involved in were not worth remembering.

Nehra fractured his finger during the World Cup semi-final against Pakistan on March 30 and since then has not found favour from the national selectors, about his career Nehra said as I have mentioned I will keep doing my bit and rest depends upon the selectors whether they find me good enough at this level or not. I have given proof of my fitness and now it is the selectors who have to take a call.

The 32-year-old was also dropped from the central contract, but he remains positive about the future.

Mickey Arthur Says Nobody is assured of a Place in National Team

Australia coach Mickey Arthur made it clear that nobody is assured of a place in the national side and he also warned former captain Ricky Ponting that he will only be picked for this winter's four Tests against India on merit.

Arthur said: "Ricky is vital to where we want to take this team but I don't think anyone's guaranteed a start and we're really hoping he finds his form and hopefully his form is just around the corner."We'll discuss that again tonight and make sure we've got all our bases covered in terms of selection. He said "We are really hoping that he finds his form and hopefully that form is just around the corner.

Ponting and middle-order batsman Michael Hussey have been struggling for runs for sometime but all hell broke loss after they failed to save Australia from the ignominy of losing to New Zealand at Hobart -- their first defeat in 18 years.

Arthur, a member of Australia's five-man selection panel, will help decide on Ponting's immediate future on Tuesday.

Australia begin the four-Test series against India with the traditional Boxing Day game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 26 December.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sourav Ganguly Says Greg Chappell is 'MAD' and Dravid hasn’t Courage

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Greg Chappell's presence in the Australian dressing room, in trying to plot the downfall of Indian batsmen, won't be of much benefit to the home team.

There was no love lost between Sourav Ganguly and the then India coach Greg Chapplle, but the former Indian captain has taken their feud a step further by calling the Australian "mad" and also added that Chappell has proved to be a failure in every coaching-related project he has taken up, which is enough proof that the fault lies with him. The people should realise that the problem lies with him, he is the one making mistakes. A person can be wrong once but if he commits the same mistake again and loses his job for that, then that man to me is mad," said Ganguly.

By recalling Chappell's restrictions, Ganguly He (Chappell) made mistake after mistake, but the then captain Rahul Dravid never had the guts to stop Chappell from his wrongdoing. Rahul Dravid is such type of a person who wants that everything goes smoothly. He knew that things were going wrong, but he had no courage to revolt and tell him (Chappell) that he was doing wrong as Chappell’s rule in life was my way or the highway," he said.

Before this ganguly was called a "panicker" The Australian said he had refused to be Ganguly's "henchman". And now Ganguly said Chappell never really had the welfare of Indian cricket on his mind and was too focussed on implementing his plans. You can say that Greg Chappell's foresight and thinking was not cricket-oriented. He came here with a personal vendetta and it didn't work with Indian cricket said “Ganguly”

Saturday, December 17, 2011

IPL2012 - Auction Set for February 4th

The governing committee has announced today that the player auction for the 2012 IPL will be held on February 4th and the players from the Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise, which was terminated earlier this year, will be part of the auction. The venue is yet to be announced.

The council had also confirmed that the squad sizes for each team have been increased from 30 to 33, with eleven foreign players per squad, the previous limit of 10 which will increases to 11. However, the number of foreign players that can be part of the final XI will remain at 4. The teams will have an additional salary cap of $2 million.

Should any of the Kochi players fail to attract the bid, their salaries will be covered by the IPL through the franchise's bank guarantee worth Rs 156 crores that has been encashed by the BCCI. Among the leading players that will be part of the auction are Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan, Brendon McCullum, and Ravindra Jadeja.

The governing council also decided that the first window for trading players will be between December 15 and January 20, with a shorter window after the auction. There is no financial cap on trading, though each franchise can add only a maximum of four players to their squad through trading.

India's Youngest Cricketer : Musheer Khan

At the age of six and a half years, Musheer Khan, a student of Anjuman Islam High School in Mumbai became India's youngest cricketer when he took part in inter-school cricket.

Musheer debuted for his school against Shailendra Education Society this week for the Giles Shield Under-14 inter-school tournament. The left-arm spinner had an impressive first match. He picked up six wickets for just 11 runs, that helped his team inflict and innings defeat on the opposition.

Musheer is the younger brother of Sarfaraz Khan who made the headlines two years ago when he went past Sachin Tendulkar's score of 326 not out in the Harris Shield tournament at the age of 12.

Musheer says New Zealand spin great Daniel Vettori is his Idol, and he is also following an advices from batting great Sunil Gavaskar.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dhoni Says India Has Best Chances to Beat Australia

As Australia were upstaged in a Test at home by New Zealand for the first time in 26 years Australian team morale is bit hurt and it will create the best chance for us to beat Australia at their home. Indian Skipper M.S Dhoni told to reporters before getting departure for Australia.

He added – we had sufficient time for some homework before the start of the Boxing Day Test match that we play on 26th December and hopefully we do not have too many injuries till that. I think talent wise we are there and Indian side have a good exposure for the youngsters who are part of the side now touring Australia.

But he did hope that Indian fielders, certainly not the best in track by their own admittance, and they would handle on top of catches that come their way in Australia,
Apart from that if you see the batting lineup is quite the same. Bowling wise we have got Umesh Yadav who can bowl over 140 kmph. I think it looks like a good group. We need to do well on the field rather than looking at it as to how we look on paper," he said.

Tours to Australia almost always include a bit of controversy, the ugliest of which was perhaps the 2008 'monkeygate scandal'. But this time Indian skipper MS Dhoni has also assured rival side that there will be no repeat of the infamous racism history that spoiled their last tour of Australia

Monday, December 12, 2011

Virendra Shewag Gets 12th Spot in ODI Rankings

Sehwag's breathtaking 219 that came off 149 balls and included 25 fours and seven sixes catapulted him to the 12th position.

After his record-breaking double century against the West Indies in the fourth ODI Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag has jumped eight places in the ICC ODI Player Rankings and got the 12th Position. His magnificent 219 that came off 149 balls integrated with 25 Fours and 7 Sixes helps home to achieve that position. He had also become the 24th batsman who completed 8,000 ODI runs during his brilliant innings at Indore.

ViratKohli (on 3rd), M.S DHoni (on 5th) and GautamGambhir( 18th) are the other Indian batsmen inside the top 20, apart from this Rohit Sharma also has jumped 20 places to claim 36th position.

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, India's left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has achieved a career-best ranking of 13th after taking nine wickets in the recent series against West Indies.His good show with bat and the bowl has also made him India's highest-ranked all-rounder and 10th position.

At other side West Indies batsmen like Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo and Andre Russell also have significantly improved their rankings despite of lost the five-match series by 4-1. The latest table of ICC ODI Player Rankings was released on Sunday after the final game of the series.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

BCCI Award: Dravid Best Cricketer For 2010-2011

Chennai: BCCI award ceremony for season 2010-2011.
BCCI annual awards were given on Saturday to a host of cricketers who excelled in 2010-11 season.

Rahul Dravid, who scored 1285, runs from 15 Tests at 53 during the year, acknowledged by the Polly Umrigar award for the best cricketer.
And former skipper Ajit Wadekar, who led India to victory against the West Indies and England in 1971, received the Col CK Nayudu award for lifetime achievement.

Check the full list of Awards given (For 2010-11 season) :
Best Overall Performance: Railway Sports Promotion Board and Delhi and District Cricket Association.
Best Umpire in domestic cricket: S Ravi
MA Chidambaram Trophy: Best U-16 cricketer: Vijay Zol (Maharashtra).
Under-19: Avi Barot (Gujarat).
Under-22: Suryakumar Yadav (Mumbai).
Best woman cricketer (Senior): Jhulan Goswami (Bengal).
Best woman cricketer (Junior): Mona Meshram (Vidarbha).
Madhavrao Scindia Award for the highest scorer in Ranji Trophy: S Badrinath (Tamil Nadu).
Madhavrao Scindia Award for the highest wicket taker in Ranji Trophy: Bhargav Bhatt (Baroda).
Lala Amarnath Award for the best all rounder in Ranji Trophy: Iqbal Abdulla (Mumbai).
Lala Amarnath Award for the best all rounder in domestic cricket: Sumit Narwal (Delhi).
Polly Umrigar award: Rahul Dravid.
Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award: Ajit Wadekar.
Dilip Sardesai Award for India’s best cricketer in the 2011 series in the West Indies: Ishant Sharma.
Dilip Sardesai Award for India’s best cricketer in the 2011 series against the West Indies: R Ashwin.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Vinay Replaces Varun Aaron for Test Series in Australia

Vinay Kumar - right-arm medium pacer was got the place into the Indian test squad for the tour of Australia in replacement of Varun Aaron after he was diagnosed with a back injury on Thursday evening. VarunAronis India’s second first-choice pace bowler to pull out of the tour because of injury. Praveen Kumar also had been ruled out earlierdue to a rib injury. “It’s a like a dream come true for me. I always wanted to be part of the Test squad, and happy to have made the place,” Vinay said.

Despite a proven track record in first-class matches, the 27-year old Karnataka skipper had to see players and his State-mates like Abhimanyu Mithun, Aaron and Umesh Yadav jump the queue and play Tests in recent times.

Vinay has been on the fringes of India’s one-day squad for the last year and half, and he had some excellent outings against England at home as well as in the on-going one-day series against the West Indies, which increase his experience and now a days he is leading aindia’space attack with self-confidence. “ He said -I am very happy and feel privileged to lead the Indian attack,

Australia is certainly not an unfamiliar place for Vinay, who has toured Down Under a couple of times as part of the Emerging Players’ squad.
Meanwhile, Aaron said: “I have got a stress reaction in my back and that’s why I won’t be a part of the Test squad.” It’s really a tough time for Varun Arom as he is going to miss an opportunity. He will leaving for Bangalore on Monday and undergo to complete rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Highest Individual Score in ODIs - 219, Virender Sehwag

Anything was possible for Virender Sehwag. By the time he was out for 219, the highest individual score in ODIs, there were still 53.3 overs left to be bowled at Indore. But everyone knew the contest was over. Cricket is a team sport. But not when Virender Sehwag is in the mood and in torrent.

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Once Virender Sehwag's ODI career started poorly when he scored 1 against Pakistan in Mohali in April 1999 when he fell lbw to Shoaib Akhtar. His bowling performance was also ineffective and expensive, conceding 35 runs off 3 overs. He did not get another chance in the national team for 20 months.

and Now This was a Virender Sehwag, Viru special. Like the online smash hit, it instantly took India by storm. But there was no kolaveri, or murderous rage, on display. It was vintage kola-Viru - nonchalant execution, Sehwag style. His strokes were violent; his demeanor was almost child-like.

The stand-in India captain even joked with the Caribbeans. He seemed to be batting for pleasure, as if sharing a gift of the gods with lesser mortals. No surprise that despite being at the receiving end, they all shook hands with him when he departed. That included captain Darren Sammy, who had let slip the dolliest of chances when Virender Sehwag was on 170.

They knew they were privileged.

Last year, Ian Chappell likened Sehwag to Don Bradman for his ability to combine two difficult tasks: score rapidly and post mammoth scores. The astute Aussie may have a point.

Art of making it large

In Tests, the Delhi opener already has two triple tons to his name, both scored at hurtling pace. But this is the kind of defining ODI innings - 25 fours, seven sixes off 149 balls - the astute Aussie probably had in mind when penning those lines. In recent weeks, Sehwag seemed to have lost that quality of making it large.

His last dominator display had come against Bangladesh; a statement of intent 175 in the World Cup opener in February this year. With scores of 20, 26 and 0 in the three ODIs in the ongoing series, the Delhi opener had looked like a careless millionaire bent on squandering the abundances of riches at his disposal. On Thursday, he looked far more motivated than he ever appeared in recent weeks.

Would he have got to 250, the first ever in the game's history, if he had stayed on till the end? Who knows. Even in an age characterized by the death of memory, at least two of his shots will endure: One, an upper cut off paceman Ken Roach, guided over the wicket-keeper's head like directing a curious passerby. Second, a pulled six off Russell that smashed into the boundary boards. They were not just shots; they were knock-out blows.

Yet ODI was never really Sehwag's forte. He has scored more than 8,000 runs in the game's shorter format but his reputation primarily rests on his huge Test scores. Last month Graeme Pollock, the blessed South African southpaw whose talent was lost to the larger cricket world in the Apartheid era, had said, "Sehwag is the best player in the world today and certainly the most dangerous. He has got a triple hundred in a day. He has been largely responsible for turning Indian cricket around and set up Tests for bowlers to win."

His views, however, were different from those of former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar. Taking a dig at Virender Sehwag and his partner Gautam Gambhir, Vengsarkar had written in his column on Thursday, "No point in playing with those having problems motivating themselves." Hopefully, he is satisfied now.