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Bracken delivers tight success for Australia

Nathan Bracken inspired Australia - and weary Twenty20 bowlers the world over - with a sequence of 10 consecutive dot balls from which New Zealand never fully recovered. A late Brendon McCullum onslaught positioned the visitors for a charge at Australia’s modest 7 for 150, but Bracken bookended the innings with a canny final over that left the tourists stranded a run short.

Bracken became just the second Australian bowler to register a maiden in Twenty20 internationals with his first over to Peter Fulton, then proceeded to tie down the lively McCullum for a further four deliveries before conceding a run. He was later summoned by his captain Brad Haddin to close out the New Zealand innings, and he did not disappoint.

Amjad Khan and Bopara to provide cover for Flintoff

England have called up Kent fast bowler Amjad Khan and Essex allrounder Ravi Bopara as cover for the injured Andrew Flintoff in the West Indies. Flintoff struggled with a hip injury on the fourth day of the Antigua Test, batting at No. 9 and bowling only three overs in West Indies’ second innings before going off the field.

While Amjad is yet to play for England, Bopara - who has also played 33 ODIs - has scored only 42 runs from his five Test innings, during the tour of Sri Lanka in 2007-08.

Cricket counts the cost of Stanford crisis

The cricket world has begun to assess the impact on its finances and credibility of the fraud charges levelled against Allen Stanford. The ECB and West Indies Cricket Board, the two boards most closely associated with Stanford, have suspended negotiations with him and indicated that domestic and international tournaments sponsored by him are at risk.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint on Tuesday in a federal court in Dallas accusing Stanford, who heads the Stanford Financial Group, of fraud in the sale of around US$8 billion of high-yielding certificates of deposits held in his organisation’s bank in Antigua.

Pakistan recall Asim Kamal for first Test

Pakistan’s selectors picked five uncapped players in their 15-man squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka in Karachi, also recalling middle-order batsman Asim Kamal. Under-19 opener Ahmed Shehzad, who scored a hundred in a warm-up game against the tourists, was a surprise first-time pick, while others joining him as first-timers in the Test setup are fast bowlers Mohammad Talha and Sohail Khan, opener Khurram Manzoor and allrounder Fawad Alam.

The selectors picked Shehzad following his 146 for the PCB Patrons XI in the two-day tour match against the Sri Lankans in Karachi, again overlooking Nasir Jamshed. The opening batsman was also a part of the U-19 squad for the World Cup in Malaysia last year.

Zimbabwe tour threatens security and safety warns NZ PM

The debate over July’s tour of Zimbabwe by New Zealand rumbles on, but the chances of it taking place appear to have grown slimmer after comments from John Key, the prime minister.

Speaking on local television, Key said he was prepared to consider ordering the players not to go. At the time of New Zealand’s previous tour in 2005, the then prime minister Helen Clark made clear her government’s displeasure at the team visiting Zimbabwe but stopped short of actually stepping in to stop them.

ICC give all-clear for Antigua Test

The Antigua Recreation Ground resembled a building site this morning as construction staff, painters, groundstaff and even firemen all helped to try and transform the venerable but near-derelict ground into a Test arena for tomorrow’s hastily arranged third Test. By 5pm, however, all that hard work had paid off, as Alan Hurst, the ICC match referee, gave the all-clear for the match to get underway at 10am on Sunday, barely 48 hours after the original Antigua Test had been consigned to history’s scrapheap.

Crucial inspections never took place

A crucial inspection of the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium prior to West Indies’ Test against Australia in June 2008, and again before the abandoned Test on Friday against England, never took place according to a WICB source.

In an email to Cricinfo the source said that the WICB wrote to the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, saying “they wanted assurances and would want to do a thorough inspection in sufficient time to shift the venue if they had to”. The health minister, John Maginley, reportedly gave a verbal assurance but “the WICB did not press the issue and the game took place”. Only a single session was played on the third day in the drawn Test against Australia owing to a sodden outfield and poor drainage - two factors which also blighted the ground during the 2007 World Cup.

Jayawardene eyes victorious farewell

Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, is looking forward to a winning farewell as leader of the team. Having announced his decision to step down as captain following the two Tests in Pakistan, Jayawardene is hoping his team-mates will be motivated to help him end his tenure on a high note.

“The team accepted the decision I have made and hopefully it will be a motivation for them to make sure they win the series for me, my last as captain,” Jayawardene said before the team’s departure for the two-Test contest in Pakistan. Sri Lanka, who won the ODI series in Pakistan 2-1 in January, will play a three-day warm-up in Karachi before the first Test, which starts on February 21.

Vaughan seeks clarification on Zimbabwe

Justin Vaughan, NZC’s chief executive, has sought clarification of New Zealand’s stance on touring Zimbabwe ahead of a scheduled tour later this year. New Zealand are to play three one-day internationals in the troubled country in July and Vaughan said he would seek a meeting with Murray McCully, the minister of foreign affairs, and sport and recreation, within the next month.

“We’re still assessing the situation and obviously there are numerous threads there,” Vaughan said in Sydney. “We’ll be looking to understand the Government’s position first and foremost, also the ICC task force are reporting back on Zimbabwe to the ICC conference (in June). There’s a lot of information we need to get before we can make a decision on that.”

Unlucky New Zealand miss out in rain-ruined decider

Australia clung to the Chappell-Hadlee Series despite a brave push from New Zealand after the final game was spoilt by rain. Martin Guptill’s fighting half-century was in vain as the visitors finished at 6 for 123; they were ahead on Duckworth-Lewis but needed to make the target of 156 in 20 overs to qualify the contest as a match.

The result left the series drawn at 2-2 and Australia kept the prize after their win in 2007-08. It was a sad end for New Zealand after a day that swung from saturated to soggy and slippery.

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