June 7th, 2006

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Flintoff injury causes delay in ODI squad

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England have delayed naming their squad for the upcoming five-match One-day International (ODI) series with Sri Lanka as they wait for news on injured all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.

The England star, captain of the side while Michael Vaughan recovers from a knee injury, endured fresh trouble with his problem left ankle during the third Test against Sri Lanka concluded at Trent Bridge on Monday, a match the tourists won by 134 runs to end the three-match series level at 1-1.

David Graveney, England’s chairman of selectors, had been due to announce the one-day squad on Wednesday.

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Share of spoils moves Sri Lanka up rankings

Sri Lanka’s feat of drawing the three-match Test series with England 1-1 has seen them move up one place in the ICC Test Championship table. The team captained by Mahela Jayawardene gained two rating points as a result, with a 134-run win at Trent Bridge cancelling out England’s six-wicket win at Edgbaston.

The series stalemate, which also included a drawn first match at Lord’s, has lifted Sri Lanka to 97 points and level with New Zealand, but they move into sixth place when the figures are re-calculated to three decimal places. Sri Lanka are now just four rating points behind fifth-placed South Africa.

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West Indies coach downplays catch controversy

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The West Indies cricket team’s coach Bennett King on Monday refused to be drawn into the incident in which his captain Brian Lara snatched the ball from an umpire on the fourth day of the first Test against India here.

The incident occurred after big-hitting MS Dhoni was ruled not out when television replays could not determine if Daren Ganga had stepped on the boundary in claiming a catch on the deep mid-wicket boundary.

The Play was held up for several minutes and, after Dhoni was allowed to continue, an annoyed Lara grabbed the ball from umpire Asad Rauf. Dhoni eventually accepted the word of the fielder, and was declared out.

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Lara asked me to walk, says Dhoni

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Indian wicket-keeper Mahendra Dhoni disclosed that the West Indies captain Brian Lara asked him to walk and he did after he was controversially caught on the fourth day in the opening Test at the Antigua Recreation Ground here on Monday. West Indies fielder Daren Ganga appeared to hold a spiralling that would have dismissed Dhoni, but umpires Asad Rauf and Simon Taufel however, referred to TV Replay umpire Billy Doctrove to legitimise the catch.

The umpires wanted to check that Ganga had not stepped on the boundary ropes in completing the catch, but the TV replays however, were inconclusive and the umpires ruled in the favour of Dhoni, who was trying to hit a fourth successive six off left-arm chinaman bowler Dave Mohammad.

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