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    Sri Lanka recall Kulasekara for Twenty20s

    Fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara was recalled to Sri Lanka’s 15-man squad on Thursday for the three-match Twenty20 series at home to South Africa. Kulasekara missed the five-match one-day series against the Proteas, which the home team won 4-1 on Wednesday, due to a dislocated finger he suffered during the tri-series in West Indies last month. Batsman Mahela Jayawardene and fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who were both rested for the fifth one-day game, were also recalled but there was no place for left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. The spin bowling will fall to Ajantha Mendis, Sachitra Senanayake and leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis, who was also recalled to the side after being left out of the one-day series. Sri Lanka are the current number one ranked Twenty 20 team. The first Twenty20 match will take place in Colombo on Friday, with the second and third on Sunday and Tuesday in Hambantota.

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    Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Lasith Malinga, Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis

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    Australia on top despite Pietersen century

    Kevin Pietersen’s first century of this Ashes series helped see England to within sight of avoiding the follow-on in the third Test against Australia at Old Trafford on Saturday. At the close of the third day, England were 294 for seven – still 233 runs behind – after Pietersen had made 113. Matt Prior was six not out and Stuart Broad nine not out, with England now needing just 34 more runs to make Australia bat again in a match the tourists, 2-0 down with three to play, had to win to stand any chance of regaining the Ashes.

    The hundred was Pietersen’s 23rd in 97 Tests – but first at this level at Old Trafford – and left him two shy of the England Test century record of 25 held by Alastair Cook. It came almost a year to the day since Pietersen’s Test hundred against his native South Africa at Headingley, after which he was briefly dropped from the England side for sending texts allegedly critical of then England captain Andrew Strauss to Proteas players. Together with Ian Bell, who made an elegant 60, Pietersen put on 115 for the fifth wicket and 52 for the sixth with Jonny Bairstow (22).

    The Ashes-holders resumed Saturday on 52 for two after Australia had declared at 527 for seven on the back of captain Michael Clarke’s commanding 187. It was his highest Test score against England and the highest by any Australian in an overseas Test since nightwatchman Jason Gillespie’s extraordinary 201 not out against Bangladesh seven years ago. At the start of play, England captain Cook was 36 not out and Jonathan Trott two not out.

    However, Trott fell for five when he edged a good length ball from fast bowler Ryan Harris low to Clarke at second slip. Pietersen, arguably England’s most talented batsman, was fortunate not to nick his first ball, an excellent delivery from Harris, and only got off the mark after just digging out a yorker from the same bowler. Meanwhile left-hander Cook completed a 138-ball fifty including seven fours. But shortly before lunch left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc had Cook caught superbly for 62 by diving wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who held a right-handed chance off a genuine glance. Then Bell, on four, survived an appeal for a catch by Haddin off Starc with the ‘Snicko’ device, not part of the Decision Review System that has caused so much controversy this series, indicating he had got a thin edge.

    At lunch, England were 119 for four with Pietersen on 33 and Bell on four. The 33-year-old Pietersen then attacked Nathan Lyon, dancing down the pitch to drive the off-spinner for two sixes in successive balls as he went to fifty. Bell followed suit by driving Lyon for six. Pietersen might have been out for 62 when Australia opted against reviewing an lbw appeal from all-rounder Shane Watson turned down by umpire Tony Hill that DRS indicated was out. Australia took the new ball with England 198 for four off 81 overs but, three balls later; Bell drove Starc down the ground. Bell’s three off Siddle then saw him to a 93-ball fifty. But Bell, bidding to become the first England batsman to make hundreds in four successive Ashes Tests, was bowled by a brilliant Harris delivery that nipped back to clip the top of off stump.

    Pietersen, however, completed an impressive 165-ball century by upper-cutting Starc behind point for his 10th four in an innings also featuring two sixes. But he was dismissed when, playing down the wrong line of a ball from Starc (three for 75) that pitched on middle stump, he was given out lbw by Hill. Pietersen reviewed and, while there was the tiniest hint of an edge on Hot Spot, part of the DRS, third umpire Kumar Dharmasena upheld Hill’s verdict.

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    Mishra steers India to ODI series whitewash

    Leg-spinner Amit Mishra took six wickets as India completed a series whitewash over Zimbabwe in the fifth one-day international at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday. Mishra has bamboozled the Zimbabwe batsmen throughout the series and recorded figures of six for 48 as the home side collapsed to 163 all out. India chased down the modest total with ease, Ravindra Jadeja hitting a massive six to complete the game with seven wickets still intact and 96 balls left in the innings.

    “The first two games were very well fought out by Zimbabwe, but the guys stepped it up in the next three and we are pretty happy with the performance,” India captain Virat Kohli said . “Belief is key, all these 11 guys who played on the field believe that they can win games all by themselves and that is a big thing in international cricket. It has been a beautiful thing to be part of.”

    India won the toss and elected to field first in overcast conditions that suited the bowlers. Only Sean Williams (51) put up any sort of fight for the Zimbabweans, with Hamilton Masakadza (32) the only other player to get out of the teens. Mishra’s six wickets took his tally for the series to 18 at an average of just 11, more than double the next highest Indian wicket-taker, Jaydev Unadkat, who managed eight. India lost Cheteshwar Pujara (0) in the first over of their reply, bowled by the excellent Kyle Jarvis who took two for 18 in eight overs, but never looked troubled in their chase. Shikhar Dhawan (41), Ajinkya Rahane (50) and Jadeja (48 not out) provided a solid base for the thumping win.

    “We have been outplayed by a very good team and there haven’t been too many positives. We have been way below our best as a team and individuals. It’s tough to swallow,” Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor said. “Our mental approach is our biggest issue, maybe our mindset is not all there when we are trying to build a partnership as batters, that is an area we can work with. The batters have not come to the party, but our bowlers can hold their heads up high.”

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    Tendulkar rues not getting chance to play against Richards


    Sachin Tendulkar has some fond memories of playing alongside the legends of the 1980s in the 1992 World Cup but is still disappointed at missing out playing against his hero Vivian Richards. Tendulkar recalled his progress from a ball boy in the 1987 World Cup to playing against the best players of that era in the next World Cup. “I remember in 1987, I was a ball boy so it was a big transformation for me from being a ball boy to participating in the next World Cup. I still remember the group picture of teams in Sydney. It was followed by a dinner at the Darling Harbour. It was an unbelievable experience with all the top players from the world in the room,” the modern-day batting icon said.

    Tendulkar, who entered the 1992 World Cup as a teenager, scored 283 runs at an average of just over 47 and was man of the match in India’s only two victories over Pakistan by 43 runs and Zimbabwe by 55 runs. Tendulkar said it was “special” to play against some big names such as Ian Botham, Graham Gooch, Kepler Wessels, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall and Curtly Ambrose.

    However, he regrets not getting a game against the West Indies legend Vivian Richards. “I was quite disappointed that Vivian Richards was not part of the West Indies squad. He was (and still is) my hero, so it was disappointing that I could not play against him,” he said. Tendulkar also said that the 1992 World Cup introduced a number of newcomers to the world who went on to become household names and great ambassadors for the game. “I have to say Allan Donald was a big name then. Everyone spoke about how good he was. Then there was Jonty Rhodes. His run out of Inzamamul Haq was one of the highlights of the World Cup. Not many guys have seen a run out like that!.

    I remember a new trend started in the tournament of opening the bowling with spin in the form of Dipak Patel. I don’t think it had happened earlier. I thought these were the guys who really made an impact. To play against them was always a wonderful challenge, which I enjoyed,” he said. As a player who has played in three different decades, Tendulkar considered himself lucky to have been pitted his skills against the great all-rounders of the 1980s. Tendulkar said it was an amazing experience to play against the top players, the game has ever seen. “There were some real big names and some of the worlds top all-rounders. One thing I feel happy about is that I played against all of them: Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall, Clive Rice, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan and Ian Botham. They were the best all-rounders the game had produced. Having been able to play against them I consider myself very fortunate. It was quite an experience to play those top guys,” he said

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    Fourth Test commences at Chester-le-Street today


    Flower wants more from Ashes-holders England

    England will bid to complete the second half of their Ashes mission when they face archrivals Australia in the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street starting Friday (today). The drawn third Test at Old Trafford left England an unassailable 2-0 up in the series with two to play and meant they’d retained the Ashes. But it left open the possibility of a shared series, something that hasn’t happened in an Ashes campaign since 1972. It took England just 14 days to hold on to the urn this time around – the quickest they’ve settled an Ashes series in their favour since the end of the Second World War.

    However, England coach Andy Flower was far from satisfied. “I suppose it is (a great achievement). But for me it’s all about winning this series, so it is still alive with two Tests to go,” he said. In Manchester, Australia produced a much-improved performance with England collapsing to 27 for three on Monday’s final day before rain ensured a draw. The result meant Australia had ended a run of six successive Test defeats – their worst for 29 years – and avoided equalling their all-time record losing streak of seven straight Tests set by the 19th century teams of 1885-88.

    Former Australia captain Allan Border said it looked like the tourists had “drawn their own line in the sand”, in much the same way his side did during the 1986/87 series, where, having lost the Ashes, they won the final Test in Sydney before starting 16 years of unbroken series dominance against England in 1989. “England are worried,” Border said. “The way this side is going over the next few months, look out. Australia has the momentum.” Then again, Australia had even more “momentum” during the 2010/11 Ashes after winning the third Test by 267 runs in Perth to level at 1-1.

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    Dhoni to promote English Premier League

    India’s cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will promote English Premier League football for the sports channel, which beams the games live across the country. Dhoni will serve as “brand ambassador” for the Sports channel, which said in a statement it plans to launch Hindi-language commentary for the first time for over 100 EPL games this season. The move to use the popular cricketer is an attempt to harness the EPL’s rising popularity in the cricket-mad country. The EPL, watched by millions across India, has so far been broadcast only in English.

    Dhoni, a Manchester United fan, said he was delighted to be associated with the Premier League. “Soccer is extremely exciting and very close to my heart,” he said in a press release . “I was a goalkeeper during my schooldays. Even today, I play soccer to warm up for key cricket matches. If I am not busy with cricket, I am always busy with the Premier League during week-ends.” Dhoni urged cricket-mad Indian fans to embrace other sports as well. “I want them to be passionate about cricket as they are, but at the same time one needs to give healthy respect for other disciplines as well,” he said. India are currently ranked a lowly 146th in world football, but the sport’s popularity has grown due to live television coverage of matches played around the globe.

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    England and Australia still backing DRS: ICC

    England and Australia will continue to back the Decision Review System (DRS) for the last two matches of the Ashes series despite a string of controversies in the opening three games. “We acknowledge the DRS has not performed as effectively during the past three tests as it has in other series,” International Cricket Council general manager Geoff Allardice said in a news release issued on the eve of the fourth test in Durham.

    “The purpose of my visit was to meet with the teams to listen to their feedback and to identify potential improvements to DRS moving forward. “It was very encouraging to hear both teams reiterate their support for the use of DRS. Some of the ideas that were suggested during the meetings could improve the system and will be considered further by the ICC,” said Allardice. England, who hold a 2-0 lead, have already wrapped up the Ashes but Alastair Cook reiterated on Thursday that the goal of his players was to win the series outright.

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    I miss the T20 matches

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    Nice nice information ...

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    Hi there,
    Now a days Misbah Ul Haq is traveling on the sky and brake the very old record after the very long time and also make a very fast century in the test cricket history actually not only century he also make a world fastest fifty in that match no doubt that is Misbah class and he is one of the most decent player in the world : now i just say something about Younis khan because he is also unbelievable player he break the 90years old record just few days ago and comes a first pakistani to break that record and also he is comes first Pakistani who makes the Number of centuries in Pakistani test history and make the 3 consecutive hundreds against Australia both are make the history same Match Wow:! what a achievement i solute both of them .
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    Sameer shokat.

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