January 17, 2010

South Africa Level The Series

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South Africans bowled brilliantly and ensured that they won this test match after coming close on a couple of occasions in the series. They bowled out England for 169 in their second essay. Barring Paul Collingwood, none of the English batsmen looked set at the crease. He waged a lone battle and was running out of partners. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were jointly declared the Man of the match for their splendid performance which took their team home. Mark Boucher and Graeme Swann were jointly declared the Man of the series award.

Andrew Strauss was thoroughly disappointed and he later went on to blame the review system but also added that his team’s performance was comparitively more irritating. Graeme Smith, on the other hand, was happy by the way his men bounced back in the series. He later said, “We had two debutants who put in solid performances. We certainly were the team who were hungrier going into this game and we played that way. It shows this team wants to progress and within the group there is a real drive to be better.” He also went on to appreciate his opponents saying, “Graeme Swann has had an outstanding series and from our perspective Paul Collingwood has been the glue in the batting line up. Their seamers have bowled well, especially Graham Onions. He was a new package for us and asked a lot of questions. There’s potential there, but there will be a lot of challenges ahead for any team. World cricket today is pretty close and if you aren’t good enough in the series, or things don’t go your way, then you have to fight to stay in it.”

P.S. : Pics Courtesy – Cricinfo

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March 10, 2009

Australia Stay On Top

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Australians have crushed the South Africans again to have sealed the series. The Australians were greatly helped by the performance of the debutante Phillip Hughes who scored a century in each innings making him the youngest to have achieved the feat. Ricky Ponting was all praise for the rookie who seems to be the future for them. Mitchell Johnson was at his usual best in both the innings and helped pick wickets at crucial junctures during the game. Australians can finally be relieved for sometime now.

December 30, 2008

Dethroning The Aussies

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What an amazing display by the South Africans? They’ve beaten Australia second time in a row in their own backyard to clinch the series with another game to go. How many times can you actually see this happen? It was a splendid display by the new-comer Jean Paul Duminy. He has already got the attention of the bowlers the world over. He has a cool head and he displayed his talent in the toughest of conditions that a fresher can face – Australia. But he looked the part from the very begining.

His first test fifty yielded the South Africans a victory. But his efforts in the second test was the most crucial. South Africans were looking down the barrel at the end of second day’s play. There was almost no chance of a comeback. But Duminy ( 166 runs ) clubbed hands with Dale Steyn ( 76 ) and put on a stunning partnership that saw the South Africans claw back into the game. It was again Dale Steyn who brought about the Australian failure. His five wickets hurt the Aussies very badly.

It was good to see Greame Smith make the best use of his bowling resources. He used Steyn in short spells and he did response by picking up wickets everytime he was given the ball. He bowled with lively pace and immaculate line and length. Others supported him well to dismiss the Aussies to a mediocre total and the South Africans needed just 183 runs for the victory and they did it with utmost ease. They cruised through to the target with nine wickets in hand.

Australians were thoroughly outplayed and the South Africans should thank Jean Paul Duminy and Dale Steyn for this emphatic victory which has seen the Australians being dethroned. Its time for the South Africans to party.

October 2, 2008

Rugby Style Super Series In 2009???

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T20 is to take a big leap in the coming future. With its increasing number of viewership across the globe, it has surely got everyone on the edge of the seats. South African board has proposed a Rugby Style Super Series also involving Austalia and India. Two of these nations namely South Africa and Australia will host the games.

This is common in Rugby where the three teams involved are South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It is played every year. If this gets a green signal, TV viewership is surely bound to boom. However there are a few hiccups. First thing will be the availability of a window. 2009 is pretty cramped and already the proposed Champions Trophy itself doesn’t have a proper window. The next thing will be the necessity to negotiate with ICC as they allow only seven T20 International Games per team. Nothing has been finalised yet and we have to wait and see whether this kicks on.

September 11, 2008

ICC Awards 2008 Round Up

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West Indian Batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul bagged the ICC Player Of The Year. With this award, he is the fifth player to receive this prestigious award. He out did the other contenders in Greame Smith, Dale Steyn and Mahela Jayawardene.

South African Dale Steyn was awarded with the Test Player Of The Year. He was in a phenomenal form last year where he became the fastest to 50 test wickets. India’s ODI skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was awarded the ICC ODI Player Of The Year. Even he has been in good touch steering his team home on many occations.

His deputy, Yuvraj Singh bagged the inaugral ICC T20 Player Of The Year for the six sixes that he hit in the T20 World Cup. The newest Spin Sensation, Ajantha Mendis ran away with the Emerging Player Of The Year Award for his splendid performance against the Indians. The Australian Umpire, Simon Taufel, got his fifth award as the Umpire Of The Year after being voted by all the Captains of the 10 member nations and the 8 match referees.

Sri Lanka received the award for Spirit Of Cricket for the second consecutive time for they have managed to behave very well on the field. English Skipper, Charlotte Edwards won the Women’s Player Of The Year after steering her team to a 4-0 win over the Indians. The ICC Test and ODI twelve have been announced and here is the list.

ICC Test Team of the Year : Greame Smith (SA, capt), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Mahela Jayawardene (SL), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Jacques Kallis (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wk), Brett Lee (Aus), Ryan Sidebottom (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), Muttiah Muralitharan (SL). 12th man: Stuart Clark (Aus).

ICC ODI Team of the Year : Hershelle Gibbs (SA), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Ricky Ponting (Aus, capt), Younis Khan (Pak), Andrew Symonds (Aus), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, wk), Farveez Maharoof (SL), Daniel Vettori (NZ), Brett Lee (Aus), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Nathan Bracken (Aus). 12th man: Salman Butt (Pak)

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