January 22nd, 2007

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Shabbir, Razzaq may join Pakistan for third Test

Pakistan have put medium-pacer Shabbir Ahmed and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq on stand-bye following reports from South Africa that three of their injured squad members could be heading back home in the next few days.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told this correspondent on Sunday that Shabbir and Razzaq could be sent to South Africa as replacements for injured fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, medium pacer Umar Gul and all-rounder Shoaib Malik ahead of the third Test.

However, he said that the final decision over the replacements would be taken on Monday in consultation with national selectors following a Pakistan team management meeting in Port Elizabeth.

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Shoaib to return home; could face the music over spat with Woolmer

Pakistan’s enigmatic pace star Shoaib Akhtar is expected to return home this week after suffering from a hamstring injury in the second Test against South Africa under progress in Port Elizabeth, writes Khalid Hussain.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told ‘The News’ on Sunday Shoaib is out of the three-match series following a medical report that suggests that the fast bowler needs at least a two-week rest to recover from his latest injury.

“According to an interim medical report Shoaib has torn his hamstring and would require at least 14 days to recover. He would not be taking any more part in the current series and may be sent back home by the team management,” said Salim Altaf, PCB’s Director of Operations.

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WORLD CUP 2007 FORM GUIDE

Matthew Hayden has been restored to the Australian one-day side boosting his hopes of playing in the World Cup in the Caribbean.

The 35-year-old left-handed opener was left out of the limited-overs team after the ODI against England at The Oval in July 2005, but has been given a lifeline as Adam Gilchrist’s opening partner in the ongoing home tri-series against England and New Zealand.

Hayden, who formed a prolific Test opening partnership with the recently-retired Justin Langer, was called up for two matches in the Malaysia DLF Cup last September, scoring 49 and 54.

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Pakistan seek series-levelling triumph after Asif’s five-for

Mohammad Asif and Danish Kaneria wore down the resistance of South Africa’s batsmen and gave Pakistan a chance of gaining a series-levelling win on the third day of the second Test at St George’s Park here on Sunday.

Needing 191 to win, Pakistan were eight for no wicket at the close.

Opening bowler Asif took five for 76 and leg-spinner Kaneria claimed four for 105 as South Africa were bowled out for 331 in their second innings.

Jacques Kallis made 91 for South Africa. No other batsmen could make a half-century although there were useful contributions down the order, including a last wicket stand of 41 between Andre Nel and Makhaya Ntini.

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Ganguly returns strongly as India beat West Indies in first one-dayer

West Indies opening batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul smashed a robust century, but failed to stop India from posting a thrilling 14-run win in the first One-day International here on Sunday.

The left-hander cracked an unbeaten 149 for his fifth one-day hundred before the West Indies were restricted to 324-8 in reply to India’s challenging total of 338-3 on a batting pitch.

India were indebted to Sourav Ganguly for posting their highest total against the West Indies as the left-handed opener celebrated his comeback with a superb 98.

The former Indian captain, playing his first one-dayer in 16 months, hammered three sixes and 11 fours in his 110-ball knock to help the hosts surpass their previous best total of 325-5 against the West Indies.

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New Zealand fumble chance to beat Australia in tri-series

New Zealand blew a golden opportunity to upset Australia when the home side won their triangular series One-day International (ODI) by two wickets here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Michael Clarke’s 75, batting at number three, and Mike Hussey’s cool head (65 not out) at the finish, enabled Australia to scramble to victory with eight balls to spare and remain unbeaten in the series, making 8-224 from 48.4 overs in reply to New Zealand’s 218.

New Zealand had a great chance to finally break the shackles of recent Australian domination when they had the home side 3-17 early in their chase.

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