Sunday, 6 July 2008

Australia fined for slow over rate

Michael Clarke may have escaped with his unbeaten captaincy record intact following Australia's last-gasp victory in the fourth ODI on Friday while he was deputising for the injured Ricky Ponting, but he couldn't avoid a fine for a slow over-rate.

He lost ten per cent of his match fee in his first ODI as captain, the third time he has skippered Australia having led them in two Twenty20s. His team-mates were each docked five per cent after Australia were ruled to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

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Friday, 4 July 2008

Bangladesh bowled out for 115.

Pakistan has bowled Bangladesh out for 115 in the 12th match of the Asian Cup. After winning the toss and electing to bat Bangladesh would have been to put on a score but it wasn't to be in the overcast conditions with the ball swinging around. Iqbal top scored with 26 while Rauf was the pick of the bowlers with 3/24 from 8 overs. Paskistan has just started the chase.

India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets.

Sri Lanka scored 8/308 off their 50 overs. Kapugedra top scored with 75 while Jayawardene and Silva both scored 50. In reply India lost just 4 wickets chasing down the Sri Lanka's scre with 3 overs to spare. Gahmbir, Dhoni and Raina all scored 50s


New Zealand smash Scotland

New Zealand has hammered an uninspiring Scotland. Scotland were bowled out for 101 in 33.2 overs. Jacob Oram doing the damage with 3/13 off six overs. Mark Gillespie and Daniel Vettori chipped in with 2 wickets each. Mohammed Qasim Sheik top scored for Scotland with 18. In reply New Zealand took just 14.4 overs and lost 2 wickets in knocking off the required runs. Ross Taylor was not out on 61 off 31 balls.


Thursday, 3 July 2008

Sri Lanka win toss, bat.

Sri Lanka has won the toss and elected to bat in the penultimate match of the 'Super Fours' part of the Asian Cup. Play will begin in a few minutes,

New Zealand win toss, elect to bowl.

New Zealand have won the toss and elected to field in the hotly anticipated match against Scotland at Aberdeen. Scotland are currently 2/13 off 3 overs. Gillespie has taken both wickets and has figures of 2/2.

List: Top 10 ODI totals of all time.

1. 9/443 Sri Lanka Vs Netherlands. 4th July 2006 at Amstelveen, Netherlands.
This was the 1st of 2 ODI matches between Sri Lanka and Netherlands at Netherlands. Sri Lanka were 2/88 at one stage before a partnership between Snagakarra and Jayasuira, dominated by Jayasuria took them to 3/237 off 27.2 overs. When Jayauria finally departed for 127 off Just 104 balls Sri Lanka were 4/291. Dilshan also scored a century, 117* off just 78 balls with 15 fours and 2 sixes. Netherlands were bowled out for 8.

2. 9/438 South Africa Vs Australia. 12th March 2006. Johannesburg, South Africa
This match wil lgo down as one of the best ODIs of all time. Australia scored a then record 4/434 batting first on a batsmens paradise. Ricky Ponting scored 164 off 105 balls with 13 fours and 9 sixes. Michael Hussey scored 81 off 51 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes. South Africa chased down the target with 1 wicket in hand and 1 ball remaining. Herschelle Gibbs was the hero for the home team scoring 175 off 121 balls with 21 fours and 7 sixes. Michael Lewis conceded a record 113 runs off his 10 overs withot taking a wicket.

3. 4/434 Australia Vs South Africa. 12th March 2006. Johannesburg, South Africa.
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4. 5/418 South Africa Vs Zimbabwe. 20th September 2006. Potchefstroom, Zimbabwe.
160 run opening stand between Bosman and Petersen.
Boucher - 147* off 60 balls. 8 fours and 10 sixes. Zimbabwe were bowled out for 247.

5. 5/413 India Vs Bermuda 19th March 2007. Port of Spian, West Indieas (World Cup)
Sehwag - 114 off 87 balls. 17 fours, 3 sixes.
Singh - 83 off 46 balls. 3 fours, 7 sixes.

6. 5/402 - New Zealand Vs Ireland 1st July 2008. Aberdeen, Scotland. (Associates Tri-Series)
Marhsall 161 off 141 balls. 11 fours, 4 sixes
McCullum 166 off 135 balls. 11 fours 10 sixes.
Opening Partnership - 266

7. 5/398 Sri Lanka Vs Kenya. 6th March 1996. Kandy, Sri Lanka (World Cup)
De Silva - 145 off 115 balls. 14 fours, 5 sixes.

8. 5/397 (44 overs) New Zeland Vs Zimbabwe. 24th August 2005. Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
172 off 120 balls. 16 fours, 9 sixes

9. 6/392 South Africa Vs Pakistan. 4th Feburary 2007, Centurion, South Africa.
Smith 72 off 47 balls. 15 fours.
Boucher 78 off 38 balls. 9 fours, 4 sixes.

10. 4/391 England Vs Bangladesh. 21st June 2005. Trent Bridge, England.
Strauss 152 off 128 balls. 19 fours.
Collingwood 112 off 86 balls. 10 fours, 5 sixes.

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Friday, 15 February 2008

Hopes, Hogg in, Clark, Haddin out as Sri Lanka aim to top the table.

Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene has thrown down the gauntlet for Friday's match in Perth after vowing to target perceived Australian weaknesses - and Ricky Ponting in particular - as they try to leap to the top of the table. A win for Sri Lanka would see them top the ladder, and drop the Aussies down to last. Ponting is yet to reach double figures this tournament.

Australia have made two changes to the team that lost to Inida: James Hopes and Brad Hogg are in, replacing Stuart Clark and Brad Haddin. Ponting said Australia were looking for extra variety.

Hopes, has recovered from a hamstring injury and offers allround options. With Australia opting for Hogg's spin over Clark's seam. Ponting recognised Clark was unlucky to miss out, having bowled well against India and returning figures of 1 for 26 last match.

"The wicket is very hard and very flat," Ponting told AAP, "so I think some change of pace with those two guys coming into the side will help us out. I think we will use the other part timers as well, because the quicks out there might just be the easiest bowlers to face."

Thursday, 31 January 2008

Speed unloads some bullshit to explain why Harbhajan's sentence was downgraded.

SYDNEY (AFP) - International Cricket Council chief Malcolm Speed said Thursday it accepted the blame for the administrative blunder that enabled Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh to escape a stiffer penalty in his racial abuse case.

Harbhajan's three-Test suspension for allegedly racially abusing Australian Andrew Symonds during the contentious second Test in Sydney was overturned at a code of conduct appeals hearing in Adelaide on Tuesday.

At the hearing, the charge was downgraded to a level two charge of using abusive language and Harbhajan subsequently pleaded guilty, with appeals commisioner Justice John Hansen fining the spinner half of his match fee.

However, Hansen then revealed he would have handed out a stiffer penalty, including a possible suspension, had he been aware of Harbhajan's full record.

Hansen was only informed of one prior misdemeanour by the spinner, with three other previous offences overlooked by the ICC, including a one-match suspended sentence for showing dissent to an umpire in 2001.

Speed issued a written statement on Thursday that acknowledged the ICC had been at fault.

"It is very unfortunate that human error led to Justice Hansen not having the full history of Harbhajan's previous Code of Conduct breaches and the ICC accepts responsibility for this mistake," Speed said.

Hansen said the suspended sentence did not show up in the ICC records because the incident was logged under another player's name, while the other two priors were omitted because of a database issue and human error.

He said on Wednesday that Harbhajan had been very fortunate and admitted he considered increasing the penalty when informed of the oversight.

"Singh can feel fortunate he has reaped the benefit of these database and human errors," he said.

In making his statement, Speed also took the opportunity to warn players to lift their standards of behaviour.

"One thing that has come out of this is the need for players to review their on-field behaviour," Speed said.

"In this case, it is clear that Harbhajan verbally abused an opponent having been provoked to do so by that opponent.

"This is not acceptable behaviour on the cricket field.

"I expect all players to use this as a wake-up call that on-field behaviour must improve."

India play Australian in a Twenty20 match at the MCG on Friday, followed by the triangular one-day series that also includes Sri Lanka.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Boycott the BCCI

It seems as though money talks. Cricket Australia should be ashamed of themselves, scared of losing some money if India went home. I would have called their bluff and refused to play them ever again.

India makes the bulk of it's broadcast rights money when they're playing Australia and it would have been worth more to them to play that for Australia. It's a fucking disgrace that Singh's charge was downgraded and it shows just how much power India has and how much power the other boards let them have.

I am refusing to watch any more games featuring India this summer and I call on everybody else to do the same.

Andrew Symonds should not have to put up with being racially vilified just because CA is scared of losing some money. As one anonymous contracted player told the Sydney Morning Herald "The thing that pisses us off is that it shows how much power India has" "The Aussie guys aren't going to make it [the accusation] up. The players are frustrated because this shows how much influence India has, because of the wealth they generate. Money talks."

The BBCI even chartered a plane to whisk their one-day squad from Melbourne - the venue for Friday's Twenty20 fixture - to Adelaide, so that they could fly home to India if the charges against Harbhajan were not dropped. The move was described by MV Sridhar, the team's assistant manager, as a "show of solidarity". What a load of bullshit.

If the ICC continues to allow the BCCI to dictate what happens in world cricket, a whole lot of people will eventually get so turned off that they will just stop watching.