Brian Lara the former West Indies captain, has confirmed he is in talks with the Trinidad & Tobago board about a role for him in T&T’s Champions League campaign. His role is likely to be a coaching one since he cannot join the side as a player – under the rules, the squad must be the same as the one that participated in the domestic competition.
Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka’s most successful fast bowler, ended his Test career during an emotional farewell at the SSC after the third and final Test against Pakistan ended in a draw with the hosts winning the series 2-0.
Vaas, a 111-Test veteran, was given a standing ovation by the spectators, who stayed behind after the end of the match, when he was presented with a memento and one million rupees by Sri Lanka Cricket chairman DS de Silva.
In the end the pitch won. Pakistan created late excitement by knocking out five top-order wickets but they didn’t have enough time to pull off the miracle. After four-and-a-half dreary days dominated by the bat, the game sprung alive in dramatic fashion on the final evening when Umar Gul and Danish Kaneria struck in rapid succession to leave Sri Lanka struggling at 120 for 5. Thilan Samaraweera and Prasanna Jayawardene, however, pulled down the shutters with some cautious batting to ensure there would not be any further drama.
Younis Khan took full advantage of a dead pitch at the National Stadium, scoring his maiden triple-century – the third by a Pakistan batsman – to push his side to safety and the match towards a draw. After four bat-dominated days, the only interest now left in the contest is whether the new Pakistan captain can break Brian Lara’s Test record of 400.
Brian Lara believes that Ricky Ponting can eventually take the Test run-scoring record from Sachin Tendulkar, who overtook Lara’s mark of 11,953 runs on Friday. Lara said there was no better person he could have passed the mantle on to than Tendulkar, who he said had been “a great for so many years”.
Lara held the world record for nearly three years, having passed Allan Border’s milestone in Adelaide in November 2005. Tendulkar is nearly two years older than Ponting and has a lead of almost 2000 runs on him, but Lara expects Ponting to be the next man to top the Test tally.
Five days on a cracking pitch could not separate Australia and India, who will head to Mohali for Friday’s second Test at 0-0 after playing out a draw in Bangalore. VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar helped grind out the result – or lack of – which was a pleasing outcome for India after Australia dominated the first couple of days.
Hoping for another Sydney, Ricky Ponting set India 299 from 83 overs but his attack lacked the firepower to blast through India’s resolute middle order. For the full five days the surface had featured crevices so wide that, had the wiry Ishant Sharma gone missing, you would know where to look. Strangely, it continued to play relatively well throughout. Occasional deliveries spat and bounced while others stayed low but batsmen who applied themselves could survive.
Sachin Tendulkar will not play the five-ODI series in Sri Lanka after sustaining an injury to his left elbow during the third Test in Colombo. S Badrinath, the Tamil Nadu batsman, will be his replacement.
“I spoke to Sachin and the team physio [Nitin Patel] this morning and I can confirm that Tendulkar has been ruled out of action for two to three weeks,” Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI’s chief administrative officer, told Cricinfo.
With birthday boy Sanath Jayasuriya racing to the sixth fastest ton in the history of ODI cricket on Monday, we look at his and the five other occasions blitzkrieg batsmen have smashed sub 60-delivery tons…
Responsible: Shahid Afridi
Site Of The Carnage: Nairobi
Unlucky Opposition: Sri Lanka
Barely able to sprout facial hair and very short on international experience, the then 16-year-old rookie strode into a batting order that included moustached greats like Saleem Malik, Ijaz Ahmed and Rameez Raja.
Most career hundreds in Test match cricket following Ricky Ponting’s century for Australia on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies here on Thursday:
1. Sachin Tendulkar (India) 39 hundreds
2. Ricky Ponting (Australia) 35
3=. Sunil Gavaskar (India) 34
3=. Brian Lara (West Indies) 34
5. Steve Waugh (Australia) 32
6. Matthew Hayden (Australia) 30
6. Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 30
8. Don Bradman (Australia) 29
9. Allan Border (Australia) 27
10. Garfield Sobers (West Indies) 26
Jacques Kallis is looking to continue performing at the highest level for several more years after registering his 30th Test century in South Africa’s resounding second Test victory over India.
Kallis’s stylish 132 in middle leg of the three-match series which ended on Saturday took him past Australian great Don Bradman’s 29 centuries and the 32-year-old all-rounder is now level with Australian opener Matthew Hayden.
Five batsmen have scored more than 30 hundreds with India’s Sachin Tendulkar on top with 39 centuries. The only other active cricketer in the group of five is Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who has 34 centuries.