Kallis to miss Sri Lanka Tour

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South African all-time best all-rounder Jacques Kallis is likely to miss the forth-coming Sri Lanka tour owing to his elbow injury, Cricket South Africa (CSA) reported.

The South African cricketer had surgery on the tennis elbow injury, which has affected his leading arm since November. Shuaib Manjra, chairperson of CSA’s medical committee said the initial diagnosis that surgery was required has been confirmed.

Kallis should rest for at least 10 to 12 weeks for full healing. Keeping team’s perspective in the world cup next year, the CSA has decided to rest veteran Kallis for the Sri Lanka tour. Kallis’s unavailability will put his team in pressure in the Asian soil. Coach Micky Arthur said he was disappointed to miss the all-rounder for the Sri Lanka tour from July 19 to August 30.

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Team India’s South Africa tour in November

Team India will fly to South Africa in November this year to play three tests and five ODIs. The Tours Programmes and Fixtures Committee of BCCI has finalized it. Besides playing the international matches against the host South Africa, India will also appear in a four-day warm-up game.

The committee has also approved the tri-series in August between India, South Africa and hosts Sri Lanka. The BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said that the South Africa A will play in the Duleep Trophy in the coming season besides playing five ODIs against India A. In reciprocal visit, India A will land on South Africa in the early of next year for three test and five one dayers.

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India all set to take revenge in the test series

indian test teamRiding on the superb batting performance in the Antigua tour match, wounded Team India is now fully determined to take revenge on the Indies when they play first test of the four match series.

Although the second and final practice match ended in a draw, Indian batsmen got good batting practice with the visitors scoring 311 for 9 in reply to Antigua and Barbuda XI’s 300 in the first innings.

Wasim Jaffer, VVS Laxman, Mohammad Kaif and Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored fluent half-centuries. Noticeably, Jaffer and Laxman appearing the first tour game stood long time in the crease with beautiful strokes. VVS Laxman, the test passionate faced 204 balls and hit nine fours in his 71 knock. Wasim Jaffer produced another valuable 52 dashing eight boundaries. Kaif once again seen in the test squad faced 127 balls to score 53 with five fours and two sixes.

After losing the ODI series by 4-1, the pressure is building on Rahul Dravid’s men. The practice match to some extent relived that pressure. India is looking forward to register their first series win over the West Indies since 1970-71.

The Squads:

India: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer, VVS Laxman, Mohd Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Romesh Powar, VRV Singh and Dinesh Karthik.

West Indies: Brian Lara (Captain), Chris Gayle, Darren Ganga, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin(wicketkeeper), Ian Bradshaw, Corey Collymore , Jerome Taylor, Dave Mohammad and Fidel Edwards.

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Tough task ahead for fast bowler

west indiesAs Caribbean conditions are no longer in favor of the pace bowler, the spinners would have an indispensable role to play in the test series to be played between India and West Indies ahead, tells Curtley Ambrose.

The bowler who himself brought about havoc for batsmen around the world before putting off his boots after getting claim of 405 wickets in 98 tests at 20.99 average, reveals, ‘The pitches in the Caribbean no longer find faster men licking their lips in anticipation.Instead,I expect spinners to play a big role in the forthcoming test series.’

Australian captain Steve Waugh describes Ambrose as the ‘meanest and most perfect fast bowling match machine of his time.’, and reveals that he stares at the West Indies team and centralizes his finger on some areas of concern.
Antiguan described,’ As Caribbean conditions are no longer in favor of the pace bowler, the spinners would have an indispensable role to Somebody like Fidel Edwards is not bad. He has the potential. But he doesn’t have anyone senior helping him through. He has to find his way through trial and error. I was lucky in this regard that I had the likes of Courtney Walsh and Malcolm Marshall sharing their experience with me.”

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Dave Richardson: BCCI should focus on umpire’s performance, they lack standards

dave richardsonDave Richardson made a strong comment on Indian umpires saying they are not up to world standards. For that reason, most of times Indian umpires fail to reserve their seats in ICC Elite Umpires panel.

Richardson quoted in Delhi:

It is high time for the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to take necessary initiatives for the improvement of umpire’s performance.

Asserting fair composition of ICC Elite Umpires panel, former South African wicketkeeper Dave Richardson who holds the post of ICC General Manager of Cricket Operation said that the international governing body gives priority on the performance of the umpires.

He added;

So far, Indian Umpires are concerned; they have not shown their skills. It is a big challenge for the BCCI to see that Indian umpires make it to the Elite panel.

It is now for you to decide whether he is right or if not, which Indian umpire in your opinion is better than the ‘elite’ umpires? Do let us know.

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Windies complete a 4-1 rout of India

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It was the great success of getting three wickets apiece for the inexperienced duo of Jerome Taylor and Dave Mohammed stymied India’s run chase to ensure that Brian Lara’s one-day farewell from the Queen’s Park Oval would be a triumphant one. Virender Sehwag made a masterful 95 of 103 balls, but the failure of anyone else to go past 30 cost India dear as the West Indian bowlers overcame a mid-innings wobble to inflict another embarrassing defeat on India.

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Yuvraj made effortless progress until his movement became labored, and a beautifully disguised googly from Mohammed did him in, leaving Sehwag to shepherd the middle and lower order.

India had been insipid in the field as well, dropping two catches and conceding 13 wides and three no-balls in a listless display. Both lapses turned out to be incredibly costly for the Indian team.

Earlier, batting first, West Indies lost the first wicket for just 8 runs. However, Gayle didn’t tamper with his usual approach, and made 51 in 61 balls with 10 hits to the fence. Sreesanth, who had gone for 25 in his first three overs, came back much improved, bowling two types of slower balls. Bravo was undaunted, playing with the confidence in the space of the past 10 days. today, he went one better scoring 62 off 44 balls.

It was a fairy-tale ending for Brian Lara in front of his home crowd.

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Brief Scores:

India won the toss and elected to field.

West Indies: 255 for 6 in 50 overs.

Dwayne Bravo 62 (44 balls), Ramnaresh Sarwan 52 (97 balls), Chris Gayle 51 (61 balls).
Agarkar 2 wickets for 44 (10 overs), V Sehwag 1 wicket for 29 (10 overs)

India: 236 for 10 in 48 overs.

Virender Sehwag 95 (103 balls), Yuvraj Singh 26 (30 balls), Harbhajan Singh 26 (33 balls)
D Muhammad 3 wickets for 39 (9 overs), JE Taylor 3 wicket for 48 (10 overs).

Man of the Match: DJ Bravo (West Indies)
Man of the Series: RR Sarwan (West Indies)

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Fourth ODI: Windies beat India in Port of Spain, win series 3-1

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Brain Lara’s last games in front of his home crowd are turning out to be almost fairytale like. With West Indies leading the five-match series 2-1, the setting at Port of Spain was perfect for a thriller. The promise came from the previous three games that went right down the wire.

However, breaking off, Windies won the fourth ODI as convincingly as a team can beat and opponent. With the bowlers sticking to their guns, they reduced India to 217 for 7 in 50 overs. The wicket didn’t have any snakes on it, however, the nagging line and length of the Windies bowlers did the trick for them. Dwayne Bravo scalped 3 wickets for 32 runs. Only, Yuvraj (52), Kaif (62) and Dhoni (46) made moderate contributions when all the others failed.

In reply, West Indies reached the target with loss of 4 wickets 6 overs to spare. Chris Gayle played a good knock of 46. After the start, suddenly the Windies went 2 down with Sarwan and Samuels departing cheaply. Then came the local legend Lara and played a masterful innings of 69 with 8 hits to the fence and 1 over it. Bravo chipped in with the bat too scoring 61.

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It is a rare ODI series win for the West Indies; the last two wins were against the minnows Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. India was maybe a bit too overconfident and thus paid the price of taking West Indies lightly.

The excuses for the loss as given by the skipper sounded really hollow and pathetic.

India can salvage some pride by winning the final game. However, with the momentum with the Windies, it seems very unlikely that India can bounce back to win.

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Brief Scores:

West Indies won the toss and sent India to bat.

India: 217 for 7 in 50 overs.

Md. Kaif 62 (84 balls), Yuvraj Singh 52 (78 balls), MS Dhoni 46 (58 balls).
Dwayne Bravo 3 wickets for 32 (5 overs), I Bradshaw 2 wickets for 41 (10 overs)

West Indies: 218 for 4 in 44 overs.

Brain Lara 69 (97 balls), Dwayne Bravo 61 (62 balls), Chris Gayle 46 (70 balls)
Powar 2 wickets for 56 (9 overs), Ajit Agarkar 1 wicket for 26 (8 overs).

Man of the Match: Dwayne Bravo

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Fourth ODI: India arrives in Lara country

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Team India has arrived in Port of Spain in the exotic Caribbean country Trinidad and Tobago for the fourth and fifth One-day Internationals. India trails the five-match series 2-1. The previous three games were all heart-stopping thrillers.

What makes the fourth ODI so special is that this is Brian Lara’s own country. He has made it very clear that the last two games in the series will be his last two games in front of his home crowd.

This is an opportunity for Lara, arguably the last of the great West Indians, to sign off in style. With a man who has an awesome record in his home ground in Queen’s Park Oval, someone who has a sense of occasion, the Indian’s can very well afford to be wary. So far, he has not clicked in the series and in any case, a big knock is due.

Brian Lara has been doing this all his life; it would rather be a surprise if he fails. But with the Windies leading the series 2-1, his knocks can very well coincide with a famous series win over India.

So will India be able to deny him his last wish in front of the prince’s own fans? For that, Team India will have to show the character that it has not shown very often.

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