Cricket

Criticism on Alastair Cook motivates teammates to do better

Alastair-CookLondon, June 30 : The criticism on England captain Alastair Cook is bringing his team mates together to produce a winning performance against India.

England bosses are now convinced that the squad is behind Cook and are determined to give their hundred percent against India to help the captain come out of the strong criticism.

There are plenty around the team who were left stunned at the level of the attack launched by Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen.

Meanwhile, teammates are supporting the captain and showing faith in him.

Scolari says Brazil squad becoming 'more afraid' ahead of Chile WC clash

Luiz-Felipe-ScolariLondon, June 28 : Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted that his squad is becoming 'more afraid' as they prepare to face Chile in their first match of the World Cup knockout stage.

Brazil will face Chile on Friday to battle for a place in the last 8 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

According to the BBC, Scolari said that it is normal for Brazil to be anxious, especially now in the knockout stage where they cannot lose.

The coach said that Brazil has become more afraid, more nervous, adding that it is normal, not because it is in Brazil, but because it is a World Cup.

Indian top-order gets quality batting practice on opening day

Gautam GambhirLeicester: The Indian top-order batsmen got much needed batting practice against a below-par Leicestershire attack as they finished the first day of their opening tour match at a comfortable 333 for four here Thursday.

As many as three batsmen went on to complete their half-centuries with comeback man Gautam Gambhir`s 54 being one of the notable contributions.

Shikhar Dhawan (60 retired), Cheteshwar Pujara (57 retired) were also among the runs as opener Murali Vijay (20) and batting mainstay Virat Kohli (29) were the ones to miss out on a scoring opportunity.

Michael Clarke set to participate in Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race

Michael-ClarkeMelbourne, June 25 : Michael Clarke will make his competitive yachting debut in the Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race next month for charity.

The 33-year-old Australian cricketer will be a part of the Perpetual LOYAL crew in the Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race next month to raise money for medical equipment to assist seriously ill children, News. com. au reported.

Clarke, who will also be hosting a lunch to raise money for sick children, revealed that the endeavor is out of his "comfort zone" but he had decided to take it up as it is for a good cause. (ANI)

Chris Cairns still not out of the match fixing case: Report

Chris-CairnsLondon, June 23 : New Zealand's former cricketer Chris Cairns is reportedly still not over the match fixing allegations against him by former team mates.

According to the BBC, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) would not charge match fixing offenses against the former NZ cricketer.

Cairns indicated that was the case with a text message yesterday which suggested he had read the Daily Telegraph report but could not comment as he was "awaiting the Met Police and CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] decision".

Morkel says Proteas determined to make life easy for new skipper Amla

Morne-MorkelJohannesburg, June 21 : South Africa paceman Morne Morkel has said that the squad is determined to make life as easy as possible for newly appointed Test captain Hashim Amla as they prepare for next month's tour of Sri Lanka.

Morkel said that it is a bit of a new-look team, a fresh team, but one that has played well.

According to Sport24, Morkel said that with Amla leading South Africa's Test squad, they are a team that wants to back him and play well for him to make his job a bit easier.

Ashwin stays on eight spot in Test bowlers chart

R AshwinDubai: India may not have played a Test match for more than three months now but off-spinner R Ashwin held on to his eighth spot in the ICC Test bowlers` rankings led by South African paceman Dale Steyn.

Ashwin, who has bagged 104 wickets and accumulated 788 runs in 19 Tests, has also stayed firm behind Vernon Philander in the all-rounders` chart.

Cheteshwar Pujara also kept India`s flag flying high in the Test batsman`s table as the Saurashtra batsman climbed three places to occupy the seventh spot.

Star batsman Virat Kohli (10) also maintained his position in the top-10, which is led by South African AB de Villiers.

AB de Villiers named South African Cricketer of the Year

AB de VilliersJohannesburg: AB de Villiers dominated the Cricket South Africa Awards banquet by bagging four awards, including Cricketer of the Year 2014, here on Wednesday evening.

De Villiers was also named Test Cricketer of the Year, was recognised by his peers as SA Players? Player of the Year and by popular vote of the public, SA Fans` Cricketer of the Year.

The only award for which De Villiers was nominated but did not win was the ODI Player of the Year which went to Quinton de Kock, who scored four centuries in the period under review including three in consecutive innings.

Encouraged by UAE success, BCCI hopes for controversy-free IPL

Encouraged by UAE success, BCCI hopes for controversy-free IPLMumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday stopped short of confirming if paceman Morne Morkel was approached by a suspicious element in the UAE leg of the IPL and remained confident that the current edition of the T20 league will not be hit by any off-field controversy.

There were reports that after being approached by a suspicious person, Kolkata Knight Riders` South African pacer Morkel had alerted the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the IPL.

De Villiers, Amla vie for Test captaincy

AB-de-Villiers-Hashim-AmlaJohannesburg: Star batsmen AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are the leading candidates to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa`s Test captain. Cricket South Africa`s board meets in Johannesburg Tuesday to make what is seen as a crucial decision after a decade of Smith at the helm.

Smith captained South Africa in a world-record 109 Tests before announcing his retirement during the third and final Test against Australia last March. The national selectors will table their recommendation for the captaincy, but the final decision will be made by the board.

IPL final scoreboard: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

IPL final scoreboard: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight RidersBangalore, June 2 - The following is the scoreboard in the Indian Premier League final between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here Sunday.

Kings XI Punjab:

Sehwag c Gambhir b UT Yadav 7

M Vohra c & b Chawla 67

GJ Bailey b Narine 1

WP Saha not out 115

GJ Maxwell c Morkel b Chawla 0

DA Miller not out 1

Extras (lb 4, w 3, nb 1) 8

Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 199

Knight Riders take home second IPL title

Knight Riders take home second IPL titleBangalore, June 2 - Manish Pandey's innings made sure Wriddhiman Saha's valiant knock of 115 not out went in vain as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by three wickets to clinch their second Indian Premier League (IPL) title at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here Sunday.

Put in to bat, the Kings XI were powered to a strong total of 199/4 by Saha's maiden and brilliant century after they suffered an early setback. In reply, Pandey's 94 anchored the 2012 edition champions to victory with only three balls to spare.

Smith has no immediate retirement plans despite suffering another serious injury

Graeme SmithJohannesburg, June 01 - Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who seemingly sent a farewell message earlier this week, has reportedly revealed that he has no immediate plans to retire despite suffering another serious injury.

Smith, who is set for surgery in Cape Town after fracturing his knee playing for English county cricket side Surrey, said that he hopes to continue his career.

According to Sport24, Smith said that he has unfortunately gone to play for county cricket two years in a row and picked up two pretty serious injuries, which shortened his time at the club.

Sehwag's ton leads Kings XI Punjab to first IPL final following 24-run win over CSK

Virender SehwagJohannesburg, May 31 - Veteran Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has returned to his original best by scoring an impressive century to lead the Kings XI Punjab to their first Indian Premier League (IPL) final following a 24-run win over the Chennai Super Kings in the second eliminator at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.

Punjab, which will meet the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL final in Bangalore on Sunday, managed 226 for six in their innings, which was highlighted by a magnificent 122 off 58 balls by Sehwag, including twelve fours and eight sixes.

CSK books IPL semifinal spot following 7-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in `eliminator`

CSKJohannesburg, May 29 - The Chennai Super Kings has booked a spot in the semifinal of the seventh season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) following a seven-wicket victory over the Mumbai Indians in the IPL Eliminator at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Led by Suresh Raina, Chennai, which will meet Kings XI Punjab in the semifinal round, chased down Mumbai's par-score of 173 for eight, ending on 176 for three with eight balls remaining.

Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson fires Mumbai Indians into IPL-7 play-offs

Corey AndersonMumbai, May 26 ANI : Burly Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson played a sensational unbeaten innings of 95 on Sunday night to help Mumbai Indians pull off an extraordinary five-wicket victory with 32 balls to spare over the Rajasthan Royals.

With this win, the Mumbai Indians moved into the play-offs of the tournament.

The match had been billed as the playoff decider, with the fourth placed Royals two points clear of the Indians, although with a significantly superior net run rate.

Having been sent in by Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma, the visitors cruised their way to 189 for four, seemingly burying Mumbai's hopes.

I've never seen such an innings, unbelievable hitting: Gambhir

Gautam GambhirKolkata, May 25 - Having watched with awe Yusuf Pathan's fireworks that enabled his side finish second in the round robin stage of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir Saturday admitted he had not see such an innings before.

Pathan (72 of 22 balls) plundered seven massive sixes and five fours as he slammed the fastest IPL fifty to propel the Knight Riders to a four-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad with 34 balls to spare.

Warner smashes 90 off 45 to charge Sunrisers to victory against CSK

David warnerNew Delhi, May 23 - Australian opener David Warner smashed a splendid 90 off 45 balls to help Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in Ranchi on Thursday in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 7 clash.

The Super Kings had posted a target of 186 runs for Hyderabad, but Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put on a 64 in the power play to help their side to a victory that has kept alive their slim hopes of making it to the play-offs.

Robin Uthappa credits his focus for technique behind dream IPL run

Robin UthappaKolkata, May 21 - Kolkata Knight Riders' batsman Robin Uthappa who has been a revelation with the bat helping his side inch closer to a playoff berth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Tuesday attributed his success to his ability to trying to be technically in shape.

The dashing opener so far has scored 489 runs from 12 outings and was declared the man of the match in the Tuesday's game against Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens for his blistering 39 ball 67.

Our soft attitude hurt us: CSK coach

Stephen FlemingKolkata, May 21 - Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming Tuesday admitted his team played badly even as credited the Kolkata knight Riders for taking away the game during their Indian Premier League encounter at the Eden Gardens here.

Speaking at the post match press conference Fleming rued the twin drop chances of KKR batsman Robin Uthappa who went on to score a blistering 39 ball 67 to script an eight wicket win over CSK.



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