July 17th, 2006

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Sri Lanka hungry for revenge against India: Murali

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Sri Lankan off-spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan on Sunday said his team are keen to avenge their drubbing on Indian soil last year in the upcoming One-day International (ODI) tri-series in Colombo.

Sri Lanka were outplayed 6-1 by India in the one-day series in September-October last year and the tri-series would be their first meeting since then. South Africa is the third team in fray for the August 14-29 competition.

“We have shown our strength by winning the (one-day) series against England last month. We had played extremely well against them. We are also keen to take revenge for our loss on Indian soil last season,” he told reporters after flagging off the MyTVS Heritage Car Rally here.

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Atapattu targets ICC Champions Trophy return

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The Sri Lankan cricket team captain Marvan Atapattu will miss the Test series against South Africa starting later this month, the chief selector Ashantha de Mel said on Sunday.

Atapattu has not played since March because of an acute disc problem in his lower back but had hoped to return for the two Tests against South Africa and a one-day Tri-Series also involving India in August The 35-year-old travelled to Australia in May for surgery on the career-threatening injury but the rehabilitation process has been slower than expected.

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Flintoff could be a great captain: Imran Khan

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Pakistan legend Imran Khan believes Andrew Flintoff has what it takes to become a “great captain” for England.

Lancashire star Flintoff has led the team in six Tests and been tipped as Michael Vaughan’s long-term successor. World Cup-winning captain Imran told BBC Five Live: “I’ve always believed an all-rounder has an extra advantage.

“He can see things from a batsman’s and bowler’s point of view. A captain who understands bowlers is important — the main captaincy is done in the field.”

Flintoff took charge of the team in India when Vaughan returned home early because of a knee problem.

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New faith has strengthened me in every way, says Yousuf

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Yousuf, one of the few Christians to play for Pakistan, converted to Islam last year and has since become a run-making machine.

Before becoming a Muslim, Yousuf averaged in the 40s in Test cricket. He has been scoring runs at an average of over 90 since his conversion. He has scored over a 1000 Test runs since his decision to convert at an astonishing average of 92.63.

On Sunday, he completed a glorious double ton here against England and said it was “all because of Allah”.

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Ponting targets Ashes revenge after 2005 embarrassment

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Ricky Ponting has fired another warning shot ahead of this November’s Ashes rematch Down Under, by vowing to exact revenge for their “embarrassment” in last summer’s 2-1 defeat in England.

England’s cricketers may be doing their best to postpone thoughts of the return series, as they struggle with injuries and the demands of a busy home season against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but for the Aussies — who are in the midst of a five-month break from international cricket — the Ashes are looming large on the horizon.

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Brian Lara faces probe after selection outburst

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West Indies skipper Brian Lara faces an investigation after he bitterly hit out at cricket authorities following India’s first series win in the Caribbean in 35 years.

Lara, in charge of the team for an unprecedented third time, threatened to quit after he claimed there was a month delay in informing him that he had been made a member of the West Indies selection committee.

The 37-year-old batting superstar had been at loggerheads with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over selection policy and believed he was rebuffed in his efforts to get the players he wanted in the team.

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Flintoff looking towards magic boot for peak fitness

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England’s stand-in captain Andrew Flintoff is hoping that ‘magic’ German boot would put him back on track against Pakistan later this summer.

Flintoff, England’s most valuable player, who missed the opening Test at Lord’s against Pakistan because of a recurring ankle injury, is planning to fly to Germany to try out a custom-made new shoe that might make things better for the charismatic all-rounder who is planning to play a major role in England’s Ashes campaign in Australia later this year.

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British media salutes Lords double-centurion Yousuf

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The British press on Sunday paid glowing tributes to Mohammad Yousuf for his potentially match-saving knock on the third and fourth days of the first Pakistan-England Test here at Lord’s.

‘Yousuf has England’s attack on its knees’ cried a Sunday Express headline commenting on the Pakistani batsman’s unbeaten 185 that took the tourists from 66-3 to 409-7 in reply to England’s first innings total of 528-9 declared.

While most of the reports reflected the English frustration at the fact that Yousuf has become a regular pain for them, they also conceded that it was one classic knock.

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Mushtaq can ease bowling woes of Pakistan: Zaheer

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Pakistan are expected to succumb to the temptation of recalling aging googly maestro Mushtaq Ahmed for the second Test against England at Old Trafford, following an unimpressive bowling display in their first outing of the series at Lord’s.

A Pakistan team official told this correspondent here on Saturday that he has advised the management to consider fielding Mushtaq at Old Trafford as a weakened pace attack is unlikely to win matches for the visitors.

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