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'India will challenge Aussies Down Under'

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 22 Juli 2014 | 21.24

MUMBAI: As he mingled with the kids from neighbouring villages, the instructors at the Magic Bus Learning & Development Centre near Karjat were a little confused how they should introduce Steve Waugh to the 10 or 12 year olds who've never watched him play cricket on television.

As they tried hard, one of them said in Marathi, "He is cricket's most successful captain ever...he won 41 Tests for Australia."

There couldn't have been a more fitting way to introduce the 49-yearold. The bottom line was that Waugh was always 'in it to win it' and even if he had pocketed a series he would still go out looking for a win.

His approach is in stark contrast with India skipper MS Dhoni, who has more often than not chosen to end Tests in draws when he could have pressed on for a win. The win at Lord's on Monday though changed that.

"I don't follow cricket that closely these days...but I'm surprised he chooses to do it (settle for draws). You got to be prepared to lose a Test to win it. There's so much competition between various sports these days that you need to put out a good product. People want to see results," said Waugh.

Ask him if Dhoni needs to think about giving up a format having been in the hot seat since 2007, he says, "He's a street smart guy. He'll work that out. In a lot of ways it is not his decision you have the selectors for that."

Having watched India from close quarters at Lord's, Waugh feels that this Indian team could challenge Australia later this year.

"I was very encouraged by Shami and Kumar the other day. They bowled really well. I was impressed with Ishant Sharma. I don't know why Ashwin is not playing. The batting is very good and there is no reason why they can't be very competitive," he says.

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'India will challenge Aussies Down Under'

MUMBAI: As he mingled with the kids from neighbouring villages, the instructors at the Magic Bus Learning & Development Centre near Karjat were a little confused how they should introduce Steve Waugh to the 10 or 12 year olds who've never watched him play cricket on television.

As they tried hard, one of them said in Marathi, "He is cricket's most successful captain ever...he won 41 Tests for Australia."

There couldn't have been a more fitting way to introduce the 49-yearold. The bottom line was that Waugh was always 'in it to win it' and even if he had pocketed a series he would still go out looking for a win.

His approach is in stark contrast with India skipper MS Dhoni, who has more often than not chosen to end Tests in draws when he could have pressed on for a win. The win at Lord's on Monday though changed that.

"I don't follow cricket that closely these days...but I'm surprised he chooses to do it (settle for draws). You got to be prepared to lose a Test to win it. There's so much competition between various sports these days that you need to put out a good product. People want to see results," said Waugh.

Ask him if Dhoni needs to think about giving up a format having been in the hot seat since 2007, he says, "He's a street smart guy. He'll work that out. In a lot of ways it is not his decision you have the selectors for that."

Having watched India from close quarters at Lord's, Waugh feels that this Indian team could challenge Australia later this year.

"I was very encouraged by Shami and Kumar the other day. They bowled really well. I was impressed with Ishant Sharma. I don't know why Ashwin is not playing. The batting is very good and there is no reason why they can't be very competitive," he says.

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Injured Matt Prior pulls out of Test duty

LONDON: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior said after his side's crushing defeat by India on Monday that he will not play any more Tests this season and may have ended his international career.

Prior, 32, said he needs time off to treat injuries, including an Achilles problem that will need surgery, which has hit his form.

The Sussex player revealed his decision to step away from England action just hours after his country slumped to a 95-run defeat in the second Test against India at Lord's.

Lancashire's Jos Buttler is the leading candidate to replace Prior and he will learn if he has been given the nod on Tuesday when England name their squad for the third Test in Southampton starting Sunday.

Prior has had a torrid season behind the stumps and his rash dismissal, unwisely hooking Ishant Sharma, played a key role in England's second innings collapse.

He has dropped six catches of varying difficulty this season and with the bat he has averaged just 25.

Prior attributes his poor form to injury complaints. "I'm not doing justice to myself and more importantly the team and that is what matters first and foremost," Prior said.

"I tore my quad before the first Test and my right hand has been beaten to a pulp, but the main issue is the Achilles.

"Now we have the time, I want to be pro-active about how we deal with it so I imagine that I'll have an operation.

"I've always said as long as I can do my job I will manage the pain and get on with it, but it has now got to the point where I can't do my job to the level I expect of myself."

An emotional Prior is reported to have told his England team-mates of his decision in the Lord's dressing room following their defeat.

He feels he has no choice but to have a spell out of the firing line, but is hopeful of regaining his fitness and challenge for his place next year.

For now though he accepts that with 79 Test caps to his name he may have played his last game for England.

That is especially difficult to take as he was keen to play his role in rebuilding a team struggling badly after a miserable run of 10 consecutive Tests without a victory.

"It is a huge decision and not one I've taken lightly obviously because I could have played my last game," Prior said.

"Playing for England is the greatest honour you can have in the game and that is my motivation to come back and try and play again in the best possible condition.

"I've made my decision for the good of the team and whoever comes in I genuinely wish them the best of luck and hope they go well and perform and help the team win. That is all I want.

"If that happens and I don't play again, then that was my lot. I'll be disappointed because there are a few things that I wanted to achieve and thought I would, but I can also look back and know I did some pretty good things," Prior said.

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Injured Matt Prior pulls out of Test duty

LONDON: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior said after his side's crushing defeat by India on Monday that he will not play any more Tests this season and may have ended his international career.

Prior, 32, said he needs time off to treat injuries, including an Achilles problem that will need surgery, which has hit his form.

The Sussex player revealed his decision to step away from England action just hours after his country slumped to a 95-run defeat in the second Test against India at Lord's.

Lancashire's Jos Buttler is the leading candidate to replace Prior and he will learn if he has been given the nod on Tuesday when England name their squad for the third Test in Southampton starting Sunday.

Prior has had a torrid season behind the stumps and his rash dismissal, unwisely hooking Ishant Sharma, played a key role in England's second innings collapse.

He has dropped six catches of varying difficulty this season and with the bat he has averaged just 25.

Prior attributes his poor form to injury complaints. "I'm not doing justice to myself and more importantly the team and that is what matters first and foremost," Prior said.

"I tore my quad before the first Test and my right hand has been beaten to a pulp, but the main issue is the Achilles.

"Now we have the time, I want to be pro-active about how we deal with it so I imagine that I'll have an operation.

"I've always said as long as I can do my job I will manage the pain and get on with it, but it has now got to the point where I can't do my job to the level I expect of myself."

An emotional Prior is reported to have told his England team-mates of his decision in the Lord's dressing room following their defeat.

He feels he has no choice but to have a spell out of the firing line, but is hopeful of regaining his fitness and challenge for his place next year.

For now though he accepts that with 79 Test caps to his name he may have played his last game for England.

That is especially difficult to take as he was keen to play his role in rebuilding a team struggling badly after a miserable run of 10 consecutive Tests without a victory.

"It is a huge decision and not one I've taken lightly obviously because I could have played my last game," Prior said.

"Playing for England is the greatest honour you can have in the game and that is my motivation to come back and try and play again in the best possible condition.

"I've made my decision for the good of the team and whoever comes in I genuinely wish them the best of luck and hope they go well and perform and help the team win. That is all I want.

"If that happens and I don't play again, then that was my lot. I'll be disappointed because there are a few things that I wanted to achieve and thought I would, but I can also look back and know I did some pretty good things," Prior said.

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'Spooked' hotel haunts England cricketers

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 21 Juli 2014 | 21.24

LONDON: England have often looked a haunted side during their ongoing run of nine Tests without a win.

And according to pacer Stuart Broad they have a particular reason to be spooked during matches in London after ghostly goings-on at the team hotel.

Broad said several members of the side and their partners had endured difficulty sleeping at the five-star Langham Hotel in central London, with some players changing rooms in order to get some rest.

Although Broad said he had endured no unexplained disturbances while sleeping during the ongoing second Test against India at London's Lord's ground, that wasn't the case when England played Sri Lanka at the 'home of cricket' last month.

"During the Sri Lanka Test I had to move rooms," fast bowler Broad told a tabloid on Sunday.

"One night I woke up in the middle of the night, around 1.30am and I was convinced there was a presence in the room. It was the weirdest feeling. I turned the light on and looked online and could see Matt Prior was online, too. I went to his room and he said exactly the same thing! He was wide awake as well. Neither of us could sleep because we were so spooked out. Matt was in a twin room so I ended up sharing with him."

It is not the first time Test cricketers have been subjected to supposed paranormal activity.

In 2005, Shane Watson was spooked by the ghost said to haunt Durham's Lumley Castle where the team were staying ahead of a match at the nearby Chester-le-Street ground in north-east England.

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India win Lord's Test by 95 runs

LONDON: India clinched their first Test win at the historic Lord's in nearly three decades as they rode on Ishant Sharma's inspired spell of fast bowling to demolish England by 95 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the five match series on Monday.

The lanky speedster, whose consistency has always been under the scanner, delivered when it mattered most, as he grabbed a career-best 7 for 74 to bowl out the home team for a 223 in pursuit of a competitive victory target of 319.

From a relatively comfortable 173 for four, the last six wickets fell for only 50 runs with the final five coming in only 12.2 overs after lunch on an absorbing fifth day's play.

It took 28 long years for India to win a Test match at the 'Home of Cricket' after 'Kapil Dev's team achieved the feat back in June 1986 winning by five wickets.

It also marked Mahendra Singh Dhoni's first significant victory as Test captain outside the sub-continent. The last time India won a Test match outside the South Asian region was back in 2011 when they defeated West Indies in a 1-0 series win.

The victory was achieved in the 89th over when James Anderson tapped a Ravindra Jadeja delivery towards short cover and set off for non-existent single but Jadeja was alert enough to pick up and break the stumps down with a direct throw triggering off instant celebrations.

Skipper Dhoni as usual collected a stump as souvenir as the jubilant players hugged each other with the support staff and reserve bench applauding them from the hallowed balcony.

Resuming at a precarious 105 for four on the final day, the two overnight batsmen Joe Root (66) and Moeen Ali (39) batted with a lot of determination adding 101 runs in 44.4 overs before Ishant struck at the stroke of lunch.

He got one to rear up awkwardly as left-hander Ali took his eyes off the ball in order to fend it. The ball lobbed up at short leg for Cheteshwar Pujara to complete a simple catch.

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England 173/5 at lunch on Day 5

LONDON: Moeen Ali fell to the final ball before lunch, denting England's hopes of saving the second Test against India as the hosts reached 173 for five on the final day at Lord's on Monday.

Resuming on 105 for four and needing 319 for victory, Root and Moeen added 68 runs before Moeen was out for 39 to a short ball from Ishant Sharma.

Root will resume on 52 in the afternoon session accompanied by Matt Prior.

England have failed to win any of their last nine test matches, while India are looking to secure their first victory away from home since 2011 and go one up in the five-match series.

The touring side had reduced England to 72 for four midway through Sunday's final session, before Root and Moeen survived the last hour.

India opened the final day with the off-spin of Ravindra Jadeja in the hope of exploiting the wearing pitch.

However, other than the odd problem caused by variable bounce, Root and Moeen showed commendable poise in a testing opening session as England look to complete an unlikely victory.

Root brought up his half-century with his third boundary off Sharma's 16th over as the run-rate slowly increased later in the session.

The pair looked to have survived the morning session before a brute of a delivery from Sharma forced Moeen to fend off the ball to Cheteshwar Pujara at short leg.

Both teams will be conscious of the looming new ball, due shortly after play resumes, which could prove to be the defining point of an enthralling match.

The first test at Trent Bridge was drawn.

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England 173/5 at lunch on Day 5

LONDON: Moeen Ali fell to the final ball before lunch, denting England's hopes of saving the second Test against India as the hosts reached 173 for five on the final day at Lord's on Monday.

Resuming on 105 for four and needing 319 for victory, Root and Moeen added 68 runs before Moeen was out for 39 to a short ball from Ishant Sharma.

Root will resume on 52 in the afternoon session accompanied by Matt Prior.

England have failed to win any of their last nine test matches, while India are looking to secure their first victory away from home since 2011 and go one up in the five-match series.

The touring side had reduced England to 72 for four midway through Sunday's final session, before Root and Moeen survived the last hour.

India opened the final day with the off-spin of Ravindra Jadeja in the hope of exploiting the wearing pitch.

However, other than the odd problem caused by variable bounce, Root and Moeen showed commendable poise in a testing opening session as England look to complete an unlikely victory.

Root brought up his half-century with his third boundary off Sharma's 16th over as the run-rate slowly increased later in the session.

The pair looked to have survived the morning session before a brute of a delivery from Sharma forced Moeen to fend off the ball to Cheteshwar Pujara at short leg.

Both teams will be conscious of the looming new ball, due shortly after play resumes, which could prove to be the defining point of an enthralling match.

The first test at Trent Bridge was drawn.

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India lead England by 243 runs at lunch

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 20 Juli 2014 | 21.24

LONDON: Murali Vijay fell five runs short of a well-deserved century on Sunday as England took three valuable wickets in the morning session of fourth day of the second test at Lord's.

A free-hitting Ravindra Jadeja (37) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (13) will resume after the break with India on 267 for seven, having extended their lead to 243 as they seek to give England a challenging fourth innings chase.

Opener Vijay looked set for his fifth test century, having resumed on 59, but fell shortly after the new ball was taken, edging James Anderson to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

England's bowlers had started poorly, pushing the ball either side of the wicket, but once against Yorkshire paceman Liam Plunkett provided the burst of inspiration his side desperately needed.

On Saturday afternoon, as the England attack grew increasingly weary, he removed Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in consecutive balls to haul his side back into the match.

The following morning, a touch of extra bounce saw an unusually circumspect Mahendra Singh Dhoni (19) edge through to Ian Bell at slip.

Moeen Ali was introduced for a few overs of spin before the new ball was taken and Alastair Cook's decision immediately vindicated when Stuart Binny, yet to get off the mark, skied a shot that the captain caught at full stretch.

The hosts will be conscious of wrapping up the India innings quickly, with Jadeja prepared to chance his arm in the pursuit of quick runs and Kumar, who was dropped by Joe Root, full of confidence after two half-centuries in the drawn first test at Trent Bridge.


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Dale Steyn stars in big South Africa win

GALLE: Dale Steyn grabbed a match haul of 9-99 as South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by 153 runs on Sunday on the fifth and final day of the first Test.

Steyn's figures, the best by a quick at the Galle ground, helped the visitors bowl out Sri Lanka twice in the match despite a wicket which offered little help.

It was only South Africa's third win on the island and their first since 2000.

Steyn was well-supported by seamer Morne Morkel, who picked up four wickets as Sri Lanka's second innings ended on 216 shortly into the second session.

Sri Lanka needed to make another 260 runs on the final day with nine wickets in hand to pull off a come-from-behind win. But they lost their remaining wickets for just 106 to go down tamely in the end.

The victory was especially sweet for Hashim Amla, who was leading the side for the first time in Test cricket.

Amla celebrated his winning start by hugging his teammates and exchanging high fives.

South Africa can now reclaim their top world ranking from Australia if they win the second and final Test in Colombo from July 24-28.

Part-time spinner Jean-Paul Duminy picked up two wickets including the crucial scalp of Kumar Sangakkara, who made a fighting 76 to salvage some pride for the hosts.

Sri Lanka, who had resumed on their overnight 110-1, added just 51 off 24 overs in the first session while losing five wickets.

Steyn, who had taken a five-wicket haul in the first innings, struck in the fourth over of the day to give his side the breakthrough they needed.

His victim was opener Kaushal Silva (38) who nicked the seamer behind the wickets, where Quinton de Kock dived to his right to take a stunning catch.

Silva's dismissal ended a 104-run stand with Sangakkara for the second wicket, the highest of the innings.

Sri Lanka were dealt a bigger blow off the first ball after the drinks break when Morkel had big-hitter Mahela Jayawardene caught behind for 10.

Sangakkara was dropped on 65 but failed to take advantage of the reprieve, pulling Duminy to short midwicket where Amla took a fine catch.

He hit nine fours and a six in his 145-ball innings. The dismissal of Sangakkara and Jayawardene in quick succession infused new energy into the visitors.

Lahiru Thirimanne was caught by AB de Villiers off Steyn for 12, while Morkel had Dinesh Chandimal (one) caught behind by de Kock.

Sri Lanka lost Dilruwan Perera (zero) to Steyn in the second over of the post-lunch session, the tailender offering an edge to de Kock who took five catches in the innings.

Rangana Herath (20) was caught by de Villiers as he tried to play the sweep shot against Duminy.

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