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The Ashes that might have been | Cricket. Peter Siddle's existence No matter how much he bowls in this last Test, Peter Siddle will bowl less overs than people make banana jokes about him, and that is a crime against comedy and cricket. Siddle is a perpetual champing-at-the-bit cricketer, but watching Josh Hazlewood struggle with lines, must have made him eat the bit, swallow it, find a new bit, and place that on a tight fourth-stump line that zipped away off the seam. Could Siddle at Edgbaston have made a difference with what Shane Warne has called (in a brutal Vic on Vic attack) medium pace? Yes, maybe. But Australia trusted pace and youth, and the old grey mare (a fit-looking 30-year-old who had bowled well in the warm-ups, played in four Ashes, has 69 wickets against England at 29 and 192 career Test wickets) was left in the paddock. Trent Bridge tossing Had Australia won the toss at Trent Bridge, they probably would have bowled.

Scoreboard pressure Not being rubbish Haddin drop © ESPN Sports Media Ltd. Michael Clarke: a battle for greatness and love | Cricket. A clean skin and a baggy green. That is what Michael Clarke used on his home ground of the SCG as he made a triple century. It was a perfect cricket image. The young gun who had never been embraced, had struggled to ever make a positive impact, who had been given a failing team, was smashing around India, in the nation's cap, with a sponsorless bat. Running up those historical SCG stairs, chatting mid innings to the country through Channel Nine, and trying to win over a nation of doubters. For the first time all those whispers, from current players, former players, the media and the fans, were drowned out by nothing but applause.

That is what Michael Clarke has always wanted, to be not just a player, not just a captain, but a great - a legend, loved and idolised forever. Clarke wanted to be the hero riding the white horse. Eight years earlier he did what Australian batsmen for generations before him had never really been able to do, he treated India like his own personal playground. Fire in Babylon. A great film about the rise of the West Indies in the 70s and 80s. : Cricket. Two very different Englands | Cricket. Michael Clarke walks onto the Cardiff ground the day before the Investec Ashes starts.

He stops halfway to talk to the assistant groundsmen. Soon Darren Lehmann joins him. They get down on their hands and knees, they really look at the pitch. Both ends. Clarke jumps up and down at times. Lehmann limps along, puts his coffee down, and gets as low as his body allows him. Clarke walks down and talks to the head groundsman, Keith Exton. Joe Root did not play a pretty innings at Cardiff. Who needs a top order when Root will save the day, Ben Stokes slaps like a kid in a fairy tale, and Moeen Ali is laughing it up with the tail?

Then they just needed to be clever, and patient, with the ball. With a lead, they were always in charge, and with Root saving them again, they were more in charge. England had played their perfect "New England" Test. At nearly 100 with only one wicket down was the only time that Australia ever had a realistic chance of winning, and it was no real chance at all. ScoopWhoop sur Twitter : "Happy Birthday Dhoni, know the Captain Cool in his own words: #Quotes #Cricket @msdhoni. 23 Quotes By MS Dhoni Which Will Give You An Insight About How He Looks At Cricket, Love And Life. 23 Quotes By MS Dhoni Which Will Give You An Insight About How He Looks At Cricket, Love And Life How do you describe somebody like MS Dhoni in words? He captains a country that treats cricket like a religion. Apart from being their best-ever captain, he is also the best finisher in the sport and one of the highest rated keepers.

He has won a World Cup by hitting a six, he has won another by trusting a hitherto unknown player. He captains, bats and keeps, in all 3 formats, for club and country. And when he's not playing for either, he plays for India Cements; and there too, he captains, bats and keeps wickets. So what goes on in this man's head? These 23 quotes by Mahendra Singh Dhoni might give you a better insight about what goes on inside his head: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

All the designing done by our in-house design superstar, Arya Sharma. Hrishikesh Kanitkar retires from cricket | Cricket. Hrishikesh Kanitkar, who last featured in a first-class game more than 18 months ago, has formally retired from cricket. Kanitkar communicated his decision to the BCCI on Wednesday. "The passion for batting was still there but the motivation to be on the ground fielding for long stretches of time, even in a match, didn't really exist," Kanitkar told ESPNcricinfo. "I didn't want fielding to be a formality. If I am not able to give as much as a youngster is giving in the field, then I shouldn't be pushing myself for a place in a side, so I took the call. " Kanitkar had been plagued with fitness issues, which forced him on the sidelines for most of his last two seasons in domestic cricket.

Despite losing his place in India's side in 2000, Kanitkar continued to slog on the domestic circuit and emerged a doyen of domestic cricket. "Coaching is something I am very keen on. "I have had a great time. Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo © ESPN Sports Media Ltd. #CricketComesHome: With tears and jubilation, the cornered tigers are back with a bang. The country’s favourite pastime was back and they were out in their best to support their men. PHOTO: MALIK SHAFIQ/EXPRESS “Ugg raha hai dar-o-deewar se sabzah Ghalib!

Hum bayabaan mein hein aur ghar mein bahar aayee hai”(Greenery is growing out of the doors and walls, GhalibI am in wilderness and spring has arrived at my house.) In his remarkable yet slightly partial treatise to the game in Pakistan, The Wounded Tiger Peter Oborne identifies two events as being game-changing in the history of the sport in the land of the pure. First was the ‘Test match’ victory over the touring MCC side in Karachi in 1951 which established an Abdul Hafeez Kardar-led Pakistan side as a force in international cricket and second, of course, was the 1992 World Cup win. There was awkward romanticism about landing in Lahore from New York just 20 minutes before the second T20 was due to start. Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first on a flat pitch. As Cricinfo’s Habeel Obaid puts it, UAE Cricket Official sur Twitter : "Today, a gentleman of #UAE #Cricket steps away from the International Game. @1_PAK thank you & see you in the nets!

BCCI sur Twitter : "#Nepal cricketers have reached Dharamsala and are having an official training camp #CricketFamily... Ramiz Raja sur Twitter : "A cricket fan at Gaddafi Stadium wearing Phillips #Lahore. #CricketComesHomes #PakvsZim @ZimCricketv @CricketAus. Shoaib Malik sur Twitter : "We call this #Ussie □ @iamAhmadshahzad #CricketComesHome... Ⓗⓐⓢⓢⓐⓜ™© sur Twitter : ""We Miss U @BCCI " "We Miss U @BCBtigers " "We Miss U @ECB_cricket " "We Miss U @BLACKCAPS " #CricketComesHome. Imran Ahmad Khan sur Twitter : "Pakistan misses you @CricketAus! #CricketComesHome #PakvZim... Rusty, nervous, and ready | Cricket. When Bobby Gill's mother was pregnant with him, his father - a strapping young man famed for his resemblance to Rajesh Khanna - did not want another child. They already had a few, and so he asked his wife to eat garam khanay(dishes supposed to have "warming" properties), in order to induce an abortion.

"Magar us sab ke bawajud, aaj aap dekh rahay hain, mei khara huun aap ke samnay. (But despite all that, as you can see, I am standing before you today.) It is a terrible cliché to use your taxi driver as a metaphor in your story, but as Bobby drove me around Lahore's 40°-plus afternoon, I couldn't help but feel that his anecdote perfectly captured what I had come to report on - cricket had died out, yet it stood before me today. "You see, this tour is an IV drip for cricket, there's no doubt about that. But cricket is still on the borderline. " Mian Mansur Hamid is drenched in sweat, sitting on a bench near the nets of Yuslim cricket club in Model Town, of which he is the president. PCB Official sur Twitter : "Huge roars as the players come out to warm up #CricketComesHome #PAKvZIM... Ahmed sur Twitter : "#CricketComesHome... No Cookies | Fox Sports News, Live Sport, Sports. Watch Rajesh Khilare's Vine "VK Talking about @TheAdelaideOval #IndvPak #ViratKohli #Virat100 #CWC15 #CricketWorldCup"

Faizan Lakhani sur Twitter : "A very realistic reply by @msdhoni to a question regarding #PAKvIND records in World Cup. #Cricket #CWC15. Nikhil Popat #IDL sur Twitter : "Inhin logo ne leliya duppata mera! #CricketMovies... Melbourne Cricket Gd sur Twitter : "Two years ago today at @MCG, Phillip Hughes became the first Australian to score an ODI century on debut. #cricket. Australia vs India: Adelaide ShootAround | Cricket ShootAround. So much has happened in the series opener between Australia and India at Adelaide, Cricket shootaround will take a look at the moments of the game which we will remember and share our opinions on them. Virat Kohli’s Captaincy Debut Virat Kohli was selected to captain India after MS Dhoni had to pull out from the first test thanks to an injury to his hand and Kohli did not disappoint he showed that he can handle the added responsibility of captaincy by scoring twin centuries.

While playing a Captain’s knock in both innings Virat also went ahead to make some bold decision by picking Karn Sharma which made Karn the first spinner in over 20 years to make his debut outside the subcontinent and also the bold decision to go for the win while previous Indian captains would play out for the draw in the similar situations. Steven Smith’s Century Steven Smith started his career with Phil Hughes and his celebration of going towards Hughes’s test number 408 upon scoring his century was really special. Test Cricket Fantasy Lite - Australia v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Canberra : De Villiers gets the inside track on Canberra | Cricket News | Australia v South Africa. On March 3rd, 2015, South Africa's batsmen will be tasked with piling on enough runs to tower over Ireland in a World Cup group game at Manuka Oval. AB de Villiers already knows the game plan for that day because Australia did exactly that to beat his side by a comfortable 73 runs today. Nevermind that Australia's victory gave them a 2-1 lead in a series South Africa are considering crucial for their World Cup preparation; learning about conditions in Canberra, where the visitors last played 17 years ago against an Australian Prime Minister's XI, was more important.

"It's a slowish kind of deck, not an ideal wicket to play on against a team like Ireland," de Villiers said. "Ideally we'd like to have pace and bounce so we can use our seam bowlers, which is one of our strengths. But on the other hand, the ability of our top six or seven batting line-up is also really good so that will be the plan: to bat Ireland out of the game when we play them here. " Faizan Lakhani sur Twitter : "PICTURES: Down the memory lane... When @sachin_rt came to Pakistan in 1989. #Cricket... Watch chris watt's Vine "Ridiculous shot from Rohit Sharma. Flick for 6. #cricket" #CricketBelieveItOrNot This was Shahid Afridi. Historic clash finds its home online. MCC v RoW to stream LIVE and FREE on History is set to be made, and streamed live on, this Saturday as a Sachin Tendulkar-captained Marylebone Cricket Club XI takes on Shane Warne and the Rest of the World.

Celebrating 200 years of the Lord’s Cricket Ground, the once-in-a-lifetime encounter will feature some of the greatest players to ever step foot on the home of cricket’s hallowed turf. The 50-over exhibition will also see the two highest wicket-takers in Test cricket history, in Warne and Muthiah Muralidaran, face off against four of the top eight run scorers in Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Starting 7.30pm Saturday July 5, you will be able to watch every ball LIVE and FREE on Quick Single: Warne, Gilly lead Aussie stars Quick Single: MCC v ROW by the numbers Full Teams: Quick practise @HomeOfCricket with the great man @BrianLara !

Instagram. CricCrazyNIKS : Rotating Strike, West Indies... Saj_PakPassion : An old picture of Pakistan's... Netherlands v SA, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong : Domingo blames 'poor thinking' for South Africa's troubles | Cricket News | World T20. So this is how South Africa do not want their batting line-up to operate. After the New Zealand game, in which they seemed to settle into their strategy of starting slowly, setting themselves up and then speeding up, South Africa took several steps backward against Netherlands. They started in a hurry, shuffled things around, were strangled and almost went up in smoke as a result.

The showing left Russell Domingo steaming. "Our thinking during the innings hasn't been where it needs to be," he said. Although Faf du Plessis said net run-rate would not enter South Africa's minds ahead of winning the match, it was evident that it had. "In our domestic T20s, Hashim had the second best strike rate of all players in South Africa," Domingo said.

What happened after that would not have made Domingo happy at all. Between them, du Plessis and de Villiers are supposed to be the spokes on which the South African batting wheels turn. "We are a strange cricket nation. Instagram. Barca, Real Madrid and cricket's 'Big Three' In September of 2011, Jose Maria del Nido, the president of Sevilla FC at the time, decided that enough was enough.

The distribution of the TV rights deal was to be decided. What was on the table was this: 16 La Liga clubs would get 45% of the share; Atletico Madrid and Valencia would share 11% between them; meanwhile Real Madrid and Barcelona would get 35% of the money. The inequality was to be institutionalised; Spain, as fans of everyone outside of the 'Big Two' feared, was to become Scotland with better weather. And so del Nido had had it. Only four years earlier, Sevilla had competed for the title – they had probably been the best team in the league that season, but a combination of inexperience and fighting on too many fronts caught with them.

Thus, in 2011, del Nido decided to call for a resistance, he even compared it to the French Revolution at one stage. International cricket is not club football. And it’s what the other nine boards are signing on for. CricCrazyNIKS : The Asia Cup schedule is out. An analysis of the "Double after 30 overs" rule : Cricket. Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd T20, Dubai : Faf du Plessis' No. 1 goal for South Africa in T20 | Cricket News | Pakistan v South Africa. Cricketers tell us the rankings are just numbers, especially in limited-overs formats, where the only thing that really matters is victory in a global event. But Faf du Plessis has found some significance in the digits and placed emphasis on South Africa summiting the T20 mountain before next year's World Twenty20. "We've set a goal for ourselves to try and get to number one by the time the tournament starts.

Then you have the confidence and momentum in your side," he said. "I don't expect us to compete in a tournament if we're ranked number five or six. That means you are inconsistent. If you get to number one it means there's a lot of consistency in your side. " South Africa are currently fifth but a 2-0 series win against Pakistan will leapfrog them into second place. The actual mathematics of how they plan to get there will become clearer once the results of other series are known but the point remains. Du Plessis himself has had to do a bit of the same. SirIshantSharma : The reason why I'm not playing... The Last Scoring Shot Of SACHIN TENDULKAR in T20. Tripura XI 160/10 17.4 ov v Vanillawallah 161/2 14.2 ov. Australia Cricket News: Month-long Ryobi Cup in Sydney confirmed. The Ryobi Cup will be played exclusively in Sydney as a standalone tournament at the start of Australia's domestic summer this season, leaving space for only three rounds of Sheffield Shield cricket before the first Ashes Test.

Three weeks from the start of the state competition, Cricket Australia has released its full domestic fixture for 2013-14, with clearly defined periods for all three formats, which will not overlap. The Sheffield Shield will be played in two blocks, with six rounds of matches before Christmas and the remaining four rounds and the final to take place after the end of the Big Bash League. Cricket Australia has stressed that all Test players will have at least two and in many cases three Sheffield Shield matches to acclimatise to the longer format before the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in November. "From 30 October until mid-December there will an intensive block of Sheffield Shield cricket," he said.

Akon 121/10 12.1 ov v Vanillawallah 268/0 20.0 ov. Vanillawallah 148/0 10.0 ov v Himachal XI 142/7 20.0 ov. Women's Ashes 2013 decided by all three formats. Smallest SIX in the history of cricket. Zimbabwe Cricket News: India's July tour to Zimbabwe 'on hold' India have put their ODI tour to Zimbabwe that was scheduled for July "on hold". A BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo that the "fatigue factor", which will follow the Champions Trophy and a tri-series in the West Indies between June 28 to July 11, was the reason for the board's decision to put the series on ice. The Future Tours Programme had pencilled in three ODIs to be hosted in Zimbabwe but there was talk of that being extended to five. The BCCI has given an assurance it will "respect" its commitment to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and intends for India to travel there at some stage, but it has not set a deadline for taking a call on when to reschedule.

Both ZC and broadcasters SuperSport are unaware of the proposed postponement. An India no-show will have wide-ranging consequences for Zimbabwean cricket, most notably financially. The cost of hosting Bangladesh in April and early May will not have helped that situation. Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo © ESPN Sports Media Ltd. WellPitched : So Gary Neville used to be... Domestic cricket deserves a listen. ImHibaHasan : Sachin Tendulkar's signature... Pakistan Cricket Board has plenty of wrinkles to iron out. Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Quarter-finals : Sussex globe-trotter laps up Ranji Trophy | Cricket Features | India v England.

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