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Ponting’s inspirational impact can lead Oz cricket back to its former glory: Langer

 Ponting’s inspirational impact can lead Oz cricket back to its former glory: LangerMelbourne, Mar 28: Former Australian batsman Justin Langer believes that captain Ricky Ponting is the right man to lead Australian cricket back to its former glory despite the national team's World Cup quarterfinal elimination by India.

"Ricky Ponting's century under immense pressure was outstanding. Anyone who believes he is not in the best 11 players in Australia at the moment must be seeing something different from what I witnessed on Saturday," Langer wrote in a column for the BBC.

"More importantly, you would only have to spend five minutes behind the closed doors of the Australian cricket team to recognize the inspirational impact he has across the board."

"Like Sachin, he has an incredible appetite for the game of cricket. He lives, eats, breathes and bleeds Australian cricket," he added.

Ponting scored 206 runs from seven World Cup games at an average of 34.33.

His 104 from 118 balls against India in the quarterfinal was his first international century in 13 months.

The 36-year-old has played in five World Cup tournaments, including Australia's loss to Sri Lanka in the 1996 final and the three titles which followed in 1999, 2003 and 2007, the last two under his captaincy. (ANI)


FA chairman Dyke compares FIFA boss Blatter to Korean dictator Kim Jong-un

Greg-DykeLondon, July 23 : The Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke has said that FIFA boss Sepp Blatter reminds him of something out of North Korea at times and compared the world football governing body's chairman to Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.  Read more »

Pakistan to play two football matches against India next month

Pakistan to play two football matches against India next monthKarachi, July 23 - Footballers from Pakistan and India will face each other in a two-match series next month in India.

According to the Express Tribune, the matches will be played on August 16 and August 21.  Read more »

Williamson suspended from bowling in international cricket

Kane-WilliamsonDubai, July 23 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of New Zealand off-spinner Kane Williamson to be illegal and, as such,  Read more »

Moores gives senior England players 'kick up the backside', asks them to deliver

Peter-MooresLondon, July 23 - England cricket team coach Peter Moores has given his senior players a verbal 'kick' up their 'backside' and told them that it is time to deliver.  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 »

Red Bull F1 reserve Felix da Costa to race in Formula E

Antonio-Felix-da-CostaLeicestershire, UK: Amlin Aguri have announced that Red Bull Racing Formula 1 reserve driver, Antonio Felix da Costa, will join the team for the inaugural all-electric FIA Formula E Championship beginning in September.  Read more »