January 26th, 2007

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Bangladesh name rookie opener for Zimbabwe tour

Teenage opening batsman Tamim Iqbal Khan was named on Thursday in the Bangladesh squad for next month’s one-day series in Zimbabwe.

The 17-year-old is expected to make his debut for Bangladesh in the four-match series beginning in Harare on February 4.

Tamim, younger brother of out-of-form Bangladesh opener Nafis Iqbal Khan, has replaced Farhad Reza, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said.

The rookie, who has played some brilliant innings in the ongoing Dhaka league, is also a likely candidate to make the team for the upcoming World Cup in the West Indies which starts in March.

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10 in double-figures, eleventh scoring a duck

In the recently concluded second Test against Pakistan at Port Elizabeth, all South African batsmen reached double figures except Paul Harris who was dismissed for a duck. This provided only the 18th instance when all 11 players batted in an innings and ten went into the double-figures while one dismissed for a duck. The table has the complete details.

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Lack of competition may hurt World Cup chances

Australia coach John Buchanan fears his team’s World Cup preparations are being hurt by New Zealand and England’s failure to put them under enough pressure.

Australia have beaten both sides twice during the tri-series competition but Buchanan is concerned his team are not being tested sufficiently in vital areas of the game.

“Our ability to deliver yorkers, length balls, bouncers, variety balls (such as slower balls, cutters, etc) has not been placed under constant scrutiny by an opposition batting line-up,” Buchanan said in a “progress report” on Cricket Australia’s (CAs) web site.

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Top-scorer from both sides scoring in 90s

During the recently concluded second Test between Pakistan and South Africa at Port Elizabeth top-scorers from both sides scored in the 90s. This provided only the 13th such instance in the annals of Test cricket and the fourth one involving Pakistan. For reader’s interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

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Boucher goes past Healy

During the first Test against Pakistan at Centurion, Mark Boucher broke Ian Healy’s world record of most catches by a wicketkeeper in Test cricket. The Australian had previously taken 366 catches in his 119 match Test career. Boucher took only 101 matches to surpass his record. Interestingly, Boucher is now 11 short of toppling Healy’s all time record of most wicket-keeping dismissals in Test cricket – 395 dismissals. The accompanying table shows keepers with most catches in Test cricket.

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Two century partnerships in the same innings

During in the first game of the Commonwealth Bank Tri series between Australia and England, the hosts posted two three century stands in the same innings against - 101 for the first wicket between AC Gilchrist and ML Hayden and 125* runs between RT Ponting and MJ Clarke - it provided the 76th instance of two three figure partnerships in the same innings. Australia now holds the record of registering most such instances. The accompanying table has the details.

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Ntini completes 300 Test wickets

During the second Test against Pakistan at Port Elizabeth, South Africa’s Makhaya Ntini completed his 300 wickets In Test cricket. He became the 21st bowler in the annals of Test cricket to achieve this feat. Ntini took eight years and 308 days to reach this milestone. He is also the third South African after Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald to reach this landmark. The accompanying table lists Ntini’s bowling performance against each Test playing nation.

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Tendulkar chasing ducks record

Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as one of the best batsman in the history of cricket as the Little Master has many records under his belt including the most number of One-day International (ODI) centuries (40) and runs (14568).

However, there is one more record that is also within Tendulkar’s grasp though he may not like it against his name.

On Wednesday during the Cuttack one-dayer against the West Indies when Tendulkar was caught by Devon Smith off Daren Powell for a duck, it was the 17th time in 376 matches that he had failed to trouble the scorers.

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Bond becomes the second Kiwi bowler to take an ODI hat-trick

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Changes expected for Pakistan-South Africa Test decider

Both teams are expected to make changes in crucial positions for the decisive third and final Test between South Africa and Pakistan starting at Newlands on Friday (today).

Pakistan will be without injured fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar who had a meteoric impact on the series in what was effectively a single day of action.

Shoaib’s express pace sent South Africa crashing to 124 all out on the first day in Port Elizabeth, setting up Pakistan for their eventual series-levelling five-wicket win. He took four for 36 but apart from a brief innings with the bat Shoaib took no further part in the match because of a hamstring strain.

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Herschelle Gibbs no racist, but ICC reject appeal

South African Herschelle Gibbs will miss one Test Match, one One-day International (ODI) and a Twenty20 international after the International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected his appeal on Thursday against a ban imposed by ICC match referee Chris Broad.

It means Gibbs will not be eligible for his side’s third Test against Pakistan starting in Cape Town on Friday (today) and will also miss the first of the ODIs of the five-match series between the two sides that follows.

Gibbs was initially accused of “racially offensive” comments during the first Test against Pakistan.

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Pakistan - South Africa Test Match Summary

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England face more injury concerns ahead of Australia clash

England could face Australia in the One-day International (ODI) on Friday (today) without their two opening bowlers, in another blow to the already weakened side.

England’s hopes of making the tri-series finals are hanging in the balance after their thrashing by New Zealand on Tuesday.

Neither Jon Lewis nor James Anderson trained in Adelaide on Thursday with the first suffering back stiffness and the second an ankle problem.

England batsman Paul Collingwood said back-up seamers Chris Tremlett, Sajid Mahmood and Liam Plunkett were all ready and capable of performing if the pair were declared unfit for the game in Adelaide.

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