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Australia braced for Tahir’s ‘illegal tactics’ during Gabba Test

Australia braced for Tahir’s ‘illegal tactics’ during Gabba TestMelbourne, Nov 9  : Australia is braced for illegal tactics from leg spinner Imran Tahir following revelations that ICC officials considered banning the South African from bowling last year for repeatedly running on the pitch.

A secret Australian dossier identifies Tahir as a weak link who could capitulate if dominated by the top-order batsmen.

The Courier-Mail reports that Tahir has raised the ire of two leading umpires in the past year for running on the pitch centre in his follow through, an act that breaches the laws of cricket.

During last November's second Test against Australia, English umpire Ian Gould privately issued two warnings to Tahir and threatened to remove him from the attack if he flouted the rules for a third time in the dying overs of the Johannesburg epic.

Gould's warning to Tahir came just six months after the Pakistan-born spinner also received a rebuke from Australian umpire Simon Taufel for the same offence during his one-day debut at the World Cup.

Running on the pitch centre is outlawed because repeated traction can wear key areas of the wicket, giving assistance to spinners such as Tahir.

Tahir has impressed at first-class level, taking 642 wickets at 26.21, but has struggled in the Test arena, managing 26 wickets at an average of 40.19. (ANI)


Premier League set to introduce famous WC 'vanishing spray' next season

Richard ScudamoreLondon, July 31 - Premier League is set to add the Vanishing spray in the next season, after its success at the 2014 World Cup.

The spray was used to draw bordering lines for free-kicks, corner-kicks and defensive walls.  Read more »

Everton signs Romelu Lukaku for record breaking 28m pounds

Romelu LukakuLondon, July 31 - English football club Everton has signed Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in a record breaking 28 million pound deal.

The club is aiming to challenge its city rival Liverpool with this transfer.  Read more »

Greame Smith praises team for regaining top spot in Test

Graeme SmithJohannesburg, July 31 - South Africa's former captain Graeme Smith has praised the team for regaining the top spot in the ICC Test ranking.  Read more »

It will be tough for us on day five: Shikhar Dhawan

shikhar dhawanSouthampton: Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has admitted that his team is in a tough position in the third Test against England and will find it difficult to save the match on the final day Thursday.  Read more »

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone attempts to settle bribery trial

Bernie-EcclestoneLondon, July 30 : Lawyers of the Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone said that the F1 boss was ready to pay 25 million euros to a German bank to resolve the bribery case against him.  Read more »

Hamilton denies employing 'mind games' against Rosberg in race for F1 title

Lewis-HamiltonLondon, July 18 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is not trying to employ mind games against his teammate Nico Rosberg as both battle for the Formula One championship.  Read more »