Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cricket:2/20/2013 12:05:51 PM

Pakistan give final chance to Afridi

Pakistan have given Shahid Afridi a final opportunity in international cricket by including him in their team for the one-day series in South Africa next month.

Pakistan recall Shahid Afridi for ODIs

Pakistan selectors have recalled the flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi for next month's one-day international series in South Africa.

Pakistan recall Afridi and Malik for ODIs

Pakistan selectors have recalled the flamboyant Shahid Afridi and former captain Shoaib Malik for next month's one-day international series in South Africa.

'Ensure that Tests remain pinnacle'

Emphasising significance of Test cricket, Gavaskar asked the game's administrators to ensure that the longer version of game remains "pinnacle" of the sport.

Team still in dilemma over Viru's partner

The Indian team management's dilemma over Viru's partner was evident during training as both Vijay and Dhawan were seen spending good time at the nets.

Fit-again David Warner to play 1st Test

The suspense over David Warner's availability for the first Test ended with Australia naming him in the playing XI, which will also see Moises Henriques.

Looking forward to first Test: Henriques

Moises Henriques expressed amazement at being named in playing XI for the first Test against India and said he was looking forward to make it count.

Virat Kohli to captain Royal Challengers

IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday appointed Virat Kohli as their captain for the upcoming sixth edition of Indian Premier League.

Whatmore criticised after defeats in SA

Dav Whatmore has come under severe criticism after the team's successive defeats in the Test series in South Africa, with some holding him responsible.

I'll bowl what my team wants me to: Lyon

In an age when spinners are taking the world by storm with their variations, Lyon is happy to stick to the old school of having a good off-spinner as his stock ball.

'Want Baggy Green more than anything'

The Australian team has class players like Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and David Warner but Glenn Maxwell is the man everyone wants a glimpse of.

We will play our brand of cricket: Clarke

Michael Clarke knows what it takes to win a Test series in India, having made his debut on the 2004 tour when Australia captured a Test series victory.

India seek turnaround against Australia

MS Dhoni & co took England lightly and paid the price, losing a Test series in their own den. Can they avoid making the same mistakes against Australia?

Sachin, Bhajji will fire against Oz: More

Former India cricketer and chief selector Kiran More feels India are favourites to win the Test series against Australia, which begins at Chennai on February 22.

'We know what to expect from Sachin'

Sachin Tendulkar may be approaching his 40th birthday, but David Warner is aware of the threat senior batsman could pose in upcoming Test series.

'Aus will not be intimidated by India'

Aussie captain Michael Clarke sought to dismiss talks of his side's vulnerability against spin bowling in the high-profile Test series against India starting on Fri.

Yuvraj predicts 'good' India-Aus series

Ignored by the selectors for the first two Tests against Australia, Yuvraj Singh said the four-match series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be a "good" contest.

'No guarantee spinners will make impact'

Australia might have taken five spinners to India to tackle the dust-bowl tracks but John Buchanan feels it is the seamers who are likely to make a difference.

'Stop being overawed by South Africa'

Inzamam-ul-Haq feels Pakistan were psychologically under pressure against South Africa and advised the national team players to stop being overawed.

Siddle run out after hitting a boundary!

It was an unsavoury incident that could have been avoided, and one that, hopefully, will not trigger further issues in the Test series between India and Australia.

Out-spun Aussies forced to follow on

The Aussies were looking to get a game plan to tackle spin in place for the Test series, but by the end of their second practice match, they were not close to any.

MSD, Clarke as varied as chalk & cheese

While Michael Clarke is imaginative and has led from the front, MS Dhoni seems clueless and defensive in Tests. TOI deconstructs their leadership styles.

Moment of reckoning for Dhoni & Clarke

Another series loss will almost surely result in MS Dhoni losing the Indian captaincy and Michael Clarke would look to get the best out of a 'weak' Aussie side.

BCCI keen to have IPL matches in Pune

Sahara may have put in a request to shift Pune Warriors home matches to Ahmedabad or Kanpur, but BCCI is still keen on staging the matches in Pune.

Indian cricketers focus on their batting

Indian cricketers had a strenuous net session for over four hours at the NCA with the focus mainly being on batting ahead of the Test series against Australia.

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