Cricket

World media hails McCullum as world's 'best' batsman for antics in Lanka win

Brendon McCullumWellington, Dec 30 : Media all over the world has hailed New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as 'the best batsman in the world' for his blistering knock of 195 runs against Sri Lanka in Christchurch .

English media hailed McCullum as international cricket's player of the week, the Australians labelled him as 'a mould unto himself' and Asian cricket writers suggested that he is the best batsman in the world.

International media showered the skipper with praise after his team's Test win over Sri Lanka, after McCullum's team demolished Sri Lanka within four days, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Warner confident Oz will never trudge 'fine line' of sledging

David WarnerWellington, Dec 30 - Australia's opening batsman David Warner firmly believes that his team knows where the fine line between banter and unsportsmanlike conduct on the cricket pitch is and would continue to walk that line.

Warner explained that there is a line one cannot cross for the often-used cliche regarding players' conduct in the combustible four-Test series against India.

The batsman said that when one talks about sledging and stuff it could be anything more than what they are talking about, physical contact or verbally swearing or something like that, Stuff.co.nz reported.

He added that it comes down to the umpires or the International Cricket Council (ICC) fining people.

`Spoilt brat` Kohli says has no reason to respect `annoying` Johnson

Virat KohliLondon, Dec 29 - Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli has slammed Australia's sledging, claiming that he had no reason to respect their pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson and insisting that the hosts' players called him a spoilt brat.

Kohli, who scored 169 on the third day of the third Test during which he and Johnson exchanged plenty of verbals, claimed that the Australians were calling him a spoilt brat, adding that he said, that maybe that's the way he is; they hate him, and he likes that.

Kohli said that it apparently worked in his favour, as the batsman has hit three centuries in the series but India are 2-0 down in the four-match series, the BBC reported.

India trail Oz by 422 runs at end of day two as Smith's 192 guides hosts to gigantic 530

Murali VijayMelbourne, Dec 27 : India trail Australia by 422 runs with nine wickets remaining at the draw of stumps on the second day of the fiercely competed third Test in Melbourne.

Resuming batting on the second day, skipper Steve Smith played an impressive knock of 192 runs to guide Australia's total 530.

Returning pace all rounder Ryan Harris contributed vital 74 runs, with wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin scoring an impressive half century in the hosts' massive first innings total.

As India went into bat after rounding off the Australian batting line-up for 530 , they amassed 108 runs for the loss of opener Shikhar Dhawan's wicket at the draw of stumps on day two of the Boxing Day Test.

ICC names cricket legend Tendulkar as ambassador for 2015 WC

sachin tendulkarDubai, Dec 22 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) has named cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar as the ambassador for its pinnacle tournament for the second consecutive time, scheduled to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March.

The ICC today announced Sachin Tendulkar as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Ambassador. It will be the second successive time that the India maestro will be the Ambassador of ICC's pinnacle tournament, after he fulfilled the role in the previous event, which was co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in 2011.

Steyn, Amla reveals Proteas not worried about Test rankings

Hashim AmlaJohannesburg, Dec 22 : South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn and batsman Hashim Amla have revealed that they are not focused on the Test rankings, post their recent innings and 220-run win over a beleaguered West Indies team in Centurion on Saturday.

South African squad is in little danger of losing their number one ranking in Tests, as a series victory by any margin against the West Indies, who are plagued by pay disputes, player withdrawals, injuries and poor form, would maintain their position at the top of the ratings.

All-rounder Jason Holder named West Indies ODI skipper

London, Dec 21 - Barbados all-rounder Jason Holder has been appointed as new West Indies one-day international captain, succeeding Dwayne Bravo who has been dropped after his high-profile role in October's India tour fiasco.

Chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd said that he had a very good cricketing brain and the makings of a very good leader, adding that Jason would help people around him to guide them, the BBC reported.

Holder, who has won 21 ODI caps since making his debut in 2013, will captain the team in the upcoming five-match ODI series against South Africa, scheduled to begin on 16 January.

Tendulkar, Sehwag features in Hayden's World Cup XI

Tendulkar, SehwagJohannesburg, December 20 : Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar and swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag have been named in the former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden's list of all-time greatest ever World Cup XI.

Earlier, International Cricket Council ( ICC ) launched an online campaign 'Your Greatest XI', which allows fans a unique chance to pick their greatest cricketers from the previous ten editions of the event.

Hayden's list comprises of four Australian cricketers namely Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting, who is also the captain of the side, Sport24 reported.

Dhoni blames 'worn-out' practice pitch for creating 'unrest' in dressing room post Gabba debacle

Dhoni blames 'worn-out' practice pitchSydney, December 20 : Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed worn-out practice wickets at Brisbane for causing unrest in the dressing room after losing the second Test against Australia at Gabba.

Opener Shikhar was unable to resume his innings on the fourth day as he was rushed for scans after he was hit on the right wrist during warm up.

Speaking at the post match presentation, Dhoni said that the first session was a big debacle for them and had a lack of communication in their dressing room over whether Shikhar would go into batting or Virat.

'Postpone Pak-NZ PDI in the wake of terror atack on children'

Postpone Pak-NZ PDI in the wake of terror atack on childrenKarachi : The sporting fraternity of Pakistan has called for the postponement of the fourth cricket ODI against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in the wake of the terrorist attack on the army school in Peshawar.

In one voice the sports fraternity strongly spoke out against the terrorist attack and said their hearts and minds were with the families of those who have lost their children in the attack.

Nearly 141 people including 132 children were killed in the attack yesterday, which led to a military operation to kill the terrorists and clear the school.

Steyn says Hughes' passing will not change his 'aggressive' approach to bowling

Dale SteynJohannesburg, Dec 16 : South Africa pace express Dale Steyn has said that Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes' passing would not change his aggressive approach to bowling .

Steyn said that the short-pitched delivery, which struck Hughes on the neck, resulting in the batsman's passing, was out of the ordinary. Hughes lost consciousness and died in a Sydney hospital two days later, aged 25, after being struck by a bouncer.

Steyn, the number one-ranked fast bowler in Test cricket, said that he really feels for Hughes and his family, adding that it's a terrible accident, but admitting that cricket would continue, Sport24 reported.

Steve Smith named new Oz Test captain in 'injured' Clarke's absence

Steve SmithSydney, December 15 - In the wake of Australian skipper Michael Clarke's injury, Steve Smith has been appointed as the new Australia Test captain for the remaining Test series against India.

Cricket Australia released a statement, saying that Steven Smith had been appointed vice-captain of the Australian Test team effective immediately and would captain the Australian side in the absence of Michael Clarke, News. com. au reported.

The statement further read that current vice-captain Brad Haddin, who led the Australian side on the final day of the Adelaide Test, would serve as Smith's deputy in Brisbane.

Hughes' family thanks Oz for 'support' since son's passing through full-page messages in newspapers

Hughes' family thanks Oz for 'supportWellington, Dec 14 : Late Australian batsman Phillip Hughes' family reportedly took out full-page messages in newspapers around Australia on Sunday to thank the nation for its support since their son's passing.

The message, which was published in News Corp Australia papers, is reportedly topped with a simple 'Thank You From The Hughes Family' and a photograph of the late batsman in his baggy green cap.

Cook vows to remain England's one-day captain despite fourth successive ODI series loss

Alastair CookLondon, Dec 14 : Despite losing a fourth successive ODI series, Alastair Cook has vowed to remain England's one-day captain.

Cook managed to score only a single run on Tuesday as England lost to Sri Lanka by 90 runs to trail 4-2 in the seven-match series with one ODI remaining. Cook admitted that he still expects to be captain when England travel down under next month, first of all for a tri-series against Australia and India .

Cook claimed that it's tough at the moment, adding that he is a better player than he is showing at the moment, and added that he has just got to keep going, The BBC reported.

David Warner hits another ton as Australia dominate proceedings

David WarnerAdelaide: Opener David Warner extended his purple patch with the bat by cracking his second century of the match as the first cricket Test against India headed for an exciting finish with Australia gaining an overall lead of 363 runs runs here today.

At stumps on the fourth day at Adelaide Oval, Australia were 290 for five with Steven Smith and Brad Haddin batting on 52 and 14 respectively. The hosts may declare the innings early tomorrow leaving India with the task of batting out the fifth day to save the match

Kohli becomes third to score ton on captaincy debut

Virat KohliAdelaide (Australia), Dec 11 : Virat Kohli on Thursday became the third cricket player in Test match history to score a century on his debut as captain.

Kohli notched up his seventh century in his 30th Test. At the time of the filing of this report, he was batting on 107 of 164 balls with twelve hits to the fence.

Kohli's ton has helped India give a strong reply to Australia's first innings total of 518 for seven declared. At the time of the filing of this report, India were sitting pretty on 346 for the loss of four wickets off 87 overs, but are still trailing Australia by 171 runs.

Keeping him company at the crease was Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma on 19 of 37 deliveries. (ANI)

Johnson's bouncer hitting Kohli sends shock waves across Adelaide Oval

Mitchell JohnsonSydney, December 11 - Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson's bouncer delivery that hit Virat Kohli on the helmet appeared to have shaken up both players, while sending shudders around Adelaide Oval shortly before lunch on the third day of the first Test against India.

The stand-in India captain Kohli, who was facing his first delivery, came out unhurt as it was hit on the badge of the helmet. However, a genuine concern was displayed by the Australian players, who immediately rushed towards the player to ensure Kohli wasn't injured, News. com. au reported.

Clarke, Smith score ton as Oz amass 517-7 on day 2 of first Test against India

Michael Clarke Steven SmithSydney, Dec 10 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke added another ton to his Test figures as he contributed 128 runs to his side's massive total of 517 at the end of the second day of the first Test against India.

The ongoing Test between India and Australia was interrupted thrice due to wet conditions at the Adelaide Oval on the second day when the hosts resumed batting on 354-6 from their previous day's score.

Skipper Clarke fired 128 runs before he was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara off pace bowler Ishant Sharma's delivery.

Emotional Warner dedicates 'greatest ever innings' to Hughes

David WarnerSydney, December 09 : Australian opening batsman David Warner has dedicated his splendid ton amassed against India to late cricketer Phillip Hughes, in order to honour his memories.

Amassing a blistering 145 runs, Warner rated the innings as his best in Test Cricket, adding that he dedicates this ton to Hughes. He further said that Hughes was there with him when he scored his first century and also at the other end, News. com. au reported.

According to him, he shed a tear when he reached 63- the score when Hughes was hit on the neck. He believes that the number is special for all of them and it would remain special for the years to come. (ANI)

Clarke retired hurt on 60 as Oz choose to bat in emotion filled first Test against India

Michael ClarkeSydney, Dec 09 - Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has been retired hurt on his individual score of 60 as the ongoing first Test against India is under way in an emotionally charged atmosphere at the Adelaide Oval.

Clarke scored 60 runs off 84 deliveries, reaching his half-century off 69 deliveries while hitting nine fours during his batting spell.

The skipper recently overcame a hamstring injury and was deemed fit to play but he left the ground after his brilliant knock of 60 and speculations are that it is a recurrence of the same injury that has overshadowed Clarke.



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