The last time South Africa visited Australia Graeme Smith tried to talk the series up as an action-packed thriller that might just have a surprise ending. Five losses in the six home-and-away Tests in 2005-06 turned the picture into a bloodbath for South Africa and, while many of the performers have changed, Ricky Ponting hopes the script will remain the same when the contest starts in Perth on Wednesday.Read More
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Duncan Fletcher, the former England coach, has been drafted in as part of South Africa’s set-up as they step up their preparations for the tour of Australia next month.Read More
Mickey Arthur, the South Africa coach, has backed his team to take advantage of an Australian side which is low on confidence when the three-Test series starts on December 17. Australia failed to defend the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India, losing the four-Test series 2-0, and Arthur felt this was South Africa’s best chance of beating them in a Test series, something they have failed to do since being readmitted to international cricket in 1991.Read More
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar missed the first one-day match against the West Indies here on Wednesday after pulling his left calf muscle during a practice session Tuesday night.
Team manager Yawar Saeed said the latest setback in the 34-year-old bowler’s injury-prone career was not serious.Read More
The ICC has asked the 2011 World Cup organising committee to begin preparations for the tournament for which they are already ten months behind schedule.Read More
Graeme Smith, the South African captain, is likely to return to the side for the second ODI against Bangladesh on Sunday. Smith hasn’t played any competitive cricket since August after a tennis elbow problem worsened during the tour of England.Read More
The ICC has said it will look into the appointment of Saleem Malik, the former Pakistan captain, as head coach of the country’s National Cricket Academy. “We will write to the PCB and ask them to explain after hearing media reports which say that Salim Malik has been given a position of responsibility in the current Pakistan cricket set-up,” an ICC spokesperson told Cricinfo.Read More
Intikhab Alam has emerged as the leading contender for the position of Pakistan coach after the removal of Geoff Lawson yesterday.
Intikhab said he has been offered a two-year contract but added that an official announcement will come from the board. “Yes, chairman Ijaz Butt has talked to me and offered a contract for two years. But they will officially announce it next month,” Intikhab said.Read More
Habibul Bashar, the former Bangladesh captain, has said he was prompted to join the ICL because of the lack of respect and importance shown to him by the team management. He has also criticized the Bangladesh board’s decision to axe several senior players at the same time (after the 2007 World Cup) and said he hoped the Indian board would not do the same.Read More
Former Indian opener Kris Srikkanth, who was appointed the new chairman of selectors on Saturday, has said his long-term goal was to identify the best team possible for the 2011 World Cup, while his immediate priority was to choose the best side for the series against Australia.Read More