Dale Steyn has been chosen in the South African test squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. Steyn who is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time has been in and out of the Proteas squad in the recent times due to injury, however he has been able to prove his fitness just in time to earn a ticket to Sri Lanka where he will spearhead the South African attack along with Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander.
With Morne Morkel not being a part of the South African set up anymore as he bid adieu to the game, Steyn’s role in Sri Lanka will be crucial, not only with the new ball, but with the old ball as well. The 34-year old is one of those rare fast bowlers who possess the capability of generating both conventional and reverse swing with enormous efficiency.
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Michael Clarke denies that the articles coming out in the Australian press of late reflect the opinion of the entire Australian population about Virat Kohli.
As per Clarke, there is no hatred for Virat in Australia at all and he is well respected in the country and he gets that respect from the Aussie players as well. All those who have played and are playing against him have high regards for him.
Clarke feels that Virat is actually pretty much like an Aussie. If someone says something to him, he gives it back and he is never afraid of a challenge coming towards him.
Clarke also doesn’t think that there is a witch hunt going against Virat in Australia. As per Clarke, things shouldn’t be generalised because the whole Australian press is not slamming Virat. It’s only a couple of people who are doing so.
Clarke is sure Virat would not be paying any attention to those journalists and neither would be the Australian squad because they also wouldn’t want to be distracted ahead of the decider. Continue reading “Michael Clarke denies any Support to Media Reports about Kohli”
Mickey Arthur believes that it won’t take so much more time now before the Australian Cricket team rebounds from their Test Cricket crisis.
The last time the Aussies hit rock bottom, Arthur had been in charge as the coach, where they went down 4-0 in 2013 to India, with the homework-gate saga that followed and the lack of discipline that pervaded over the team as of that period.
These factors accompanied by the Champions Trophy game in England, ensured that Arthur’s time as the national coach of the Australian team, came to a premature end. With Arthur not taking it lying down, he instituted legal action against his employers, Cricket Australia, which in the end, led to a private settlement between both parties.
Arthur has however come out to speak about the situation of the Australian team, where they lost Five Tests in a row, and dropped so many players after the Hobart Test, a situation which he attributed to being a natural part of cricket in the international scene. Continue reading “ARTHUR: WE WOULD HAVE TO PLAY EXCEPTIONALLY WELL”
MS Dhoni says fitness is the only base for him to make the call of retirement.
Till he feels his running speed is up to the level he wants it to be, he would keep looking to represent India and it’s only when he starts having troubles achieving the same sort of speed in terms of his running, he would decide hanging his kit.
There has been a huge interrogation mark over the form of MS, but, as per the busty Jharkhand wicketkeeper, form can’t be the same all the time for anyone playing the game. It would fluctuate, but, what must be constant is the level of fitness especially when you get close to 35.
MS, who has normally kept himself away from the low profile tours like those of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the recent times, is travelling to Zimbabwe this time around with the rookie players and that is perhaps because of the lesser workload that he would have on his shoulders in the coming season.
The Indians, going by the programme that the BCCI has released, are mostly playing the tests in 2016-17 and are hardly appearing in the coloured clothes.
MS, who has quitted the longest form already, will have abundant leisure time then and therefore, there’s no reason skipping the Zimbabwe tour.
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Mashrafe Mortaza is very impressed with how his young bower Mustafizur Rahman has carried himself after having a sensational first season in international Cricket.
According to Mortaza, the name and fame has not got Mustafizur fascinated at all and he is just enjoying his game.
The rookie left arm seam bowler destroyed the powerful batting line ups of India and South Africa on the home pitches in back-to-back One Day International series in 2015.
His exploits brought him in the limelight in the Cricketing world as he even managed to earn a contract in the Indian Premier League.
Mustafizur’s slower balls and cutters which he disguised with expertise caught a lot of accomplished players in awkward positions.
Most of the wickets that he got were the soft dismissals and that’s because the batsmen were finding it almost impossible to pick his variations.
However, as nobody had played him at that time, it all came as an element of surprise, but, it would be slightly tougher for Mustafizur from here onwards as the batsmen would be better prepared to take him on. Continue reading “Mashrafe Mortaza is very impressed with how his young bower Mustafizur Rahman”
Brian Lara has failed to entertain in the two All Stars games that he has played so far.
He has gotten out cheaply both times and that against the spinners.
Those people who followed Lara’s international career would know how good a player of spin he was. He had the capability to pummel even the best of spinners on the turning tracks.
But, playing in USA, he doesn’t seem to still have got that in him.
He showed a slight glimpse in the second game though when he danced down the track to a nicely lopped delivery and whacked it straight down the ground for a one bounce four, but, soon after that, he was taken down as Andrew Symonds, the former Aussie part time spinner, beat him in the air and got one past him to knock him over at a score of 19.
It was a shot which was bread and butter for Lara when he was on his roll, the loft over the spinner’s head. He was such an expert at that, but, not anymore. Even somebody like Andrew Symonds was good enough to outfox him.
In the first All-Stars game too which was played in New York, Lara had been dismissed on a shot which he would never fault at during his playing days, that is the sweep shot. Continue reading “Brian Lara has failed to entertain in the two All Stars”