Check todays hot topics and new pictures Today is: 19 April, 2014
Muralidaran tips Herath to hassle Oz batsmen in upcoming series

Muralidaran tips Herath to hassle Oz batsmen in upcoming seriesLondon, Dec 4: Sri Lankan spin great Muthiah Muralidaran is optimistic his countryman Rangana Herath, the leading Test wicket-taker in 2012, will be influential in the looming Australia-Sri Lanka Test series.

Left-arm finger-spinner Herath has taken 55 wickets from eight Tests this year, at an average of 20.95.

Second-placed Graham Swann''s 53 wickets have come from four additional Tests.

Muralidaran, whose Big Bash League stint for Melbourne Renegades will overlap the entire three-match Test series, said if pitch conditions in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney were in Herath''s favour the veteran would exploit them.

"If the wickets start turning he''ll be a big threat for Australia because, [as] I understands, Australians don''t play left-arm spin much or that well . . . so he''ll be an ideal person to bowl against them," the Age quoted Muralidaran, as saying.

Besides Herath, however, Muralidaran said he was concerned about the lack of Test experience among the Sri Lanka seamers coming to Australia.

Nuwan Kulasekera, Chanaka Welegedara, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga or Nuwan Pradeep have not yet played 20 Tests, or a Test in Australia.

"Our bowling attack is very, very new so they have to get some experience. Other than that, we''re a very, very good side," Muralidaran said.

Since the start of the year, Sri Lanka has played three home Test series, beating Pakistan one-nil and recording one-all stalemates against England and New Zealand. (ANI)


Man City planning record 250 mln-pound swoop to bag Barca star Messi

Man City planning record 250 mln-pound swoop to bag Barca star MessiLondon, Apr 19 : Manchester City are reportedly speculated to be working on a 250 million-pound deal to add Lionel Messi to Manuel Pellegrini's squad this summer.  Read more »

Three top Liverpool footballers nominated for Association Player of the Year award

Liverpool footballersJohannesburg, Apr 19  : Three of Liverpool's top players have reportedly been nominated for England's Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award.  Read more »

Hafeez imparting young cricketers in native city with 'Skills to Shine'

Hafeez imparting young cricketers in native city with 'Skills to Shine'Karachi, Apr 19 : Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who recently resigned from the Twenty20 captainship post, is reportedly mentoring upcoming cricketers  Read more »

Eoin Morgan credits IPL 'pressure' for helping 'long-term' cricket career

Eoin MorganLondon, Apr 19  : England batsman Eoin Morgan has said that playing in front of 80,000 people during past Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons has helped his long-term cricket career.  Read more »

Rosberg plans on discussing concerns on 'over the line' Bahrain GP with Hamilton

Nico RosbergLondon, Apr 18  : Mercedes racer Nico Rosberg is reportedly planning to discuss concers regarding their fight for victory in Bahrain, which went 'over the line', with his teammate Lewis Hamilton.  Read more »

FIA uphold decision to disqualify Ricciardo

Daniel-RicciardoParis, April 15 : International automobile federation (FIA) announced Tuesday that it will uphold the decision on Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from last month's Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.  Read more »