Clarke says Oz regaining world No.1 spots 'most satisfying day or feeling in career'

Michael ClarkeSydney, May 2 : Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that his team being re-named the top Test and ODI sides in the world is the 'most satisfying day or feeling in his career'.

Australia's elevation above South Africa in Tests has come as results from 2010-11, when Australia was beaten 2-0 by India and 3-1 by England, were stripped off each nation's points, and Tests played in 2012 and last year lost 50 per cent of their weighting.

India drop two places to No.5 in Test rankings

indian-test-cricket--teamDubai, May 1 : India have dropped two places to No. 5 in the latest Test rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday.

This is the biggest change in the rankings table with India dropping 10 points, currently sitting on 102.

India's 2010-11 victories against Australia, New Zealand and West Indies (away) as well as a drawn series against South Africa no longer count in the rankings. Similarly, their 2011-12 victory against the West Indies and 2012-13 victories against New Zealand and Australia are now weighted at 50 percent.

Warner stars in Sunrisers Hyderabad's 15-run IPL win over Mumbai Indians

David WarnerSydney, May 1 - Australian opener David Warner's top score for Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad has led them to a 15-run victory over the Mumbai Indians on Wednesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

The two-point win lifted Hyderabad to sixth place in the IPL standings, while Mumbai has failed to rise above its last-place eighth spot.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Warner put on 65 in 51 balls, firing off four sixes, and smashing an above-waist no-ball straight into umpire Kumar Dharmasena's shoulder, although he eventually fell to a Corey Anderson ball in the 19th over.

`Man of the Match` Faulkner stars in Rajasthan Royals' IPL win over KKR

James FaulknerSydney, Apr 30 - Australian all-rounder James Faulkner has been awarded the Man of the Match title for his impressive wicket-taking spell in his Indian Premier League ( IPL) side Rajasthan Royals' win over the Kolkata Knight Riders on a boundary count after a tied Super Over at Abu Dhabi.

Faulkner marked his 24th birthday by taking three wickets for 11 runs off his two overs after Rajasthan captain Shane Watson won the toss and elected to bat, with his side notching up 152 for five wickets.

Royals win in Super Over with more boundaries

Royals win in Super Over with more boundariesAbu Dhabi, April 30 - The Rajasthan Royals clinched an exciting win in a thrilling Super Over finish based on the total number of boundaries and sixes hit during their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here Tuesday.

PCB considering proposal to appoint Ahmed Shehzad as new Pak T20 captain

Ahmed ShehzadKarachi, Apr 24 : Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) is reportedly considering a proposal to appoint opener Ahmed Shehzad as the new Twenty20 captain following the resignation of Mohammad Hafeez from the position.

However, The Nation reports that the board officials are divided into two factions for handing over T20's captaincy to Shehzad due his aggressive on-field and out-field behavior.

The report mentioned that some officials are pushing for Shehzad's selection as T20 captain as they believe that his exciting style is suitable for T20 cricket.

Sri Lanka appoints Malinga as new T20 captain after axing Chandimal

Lasith MalingaJohannesburg, Apr 24 - Sri Lanka has reportedly named star fast bowler Lasith Malinga as the new Twenty20 captain after sacking Dinesh Chandimal, although they have retained Angelo Mathews as the Test and one-day skipper.

Sri Lanka went on to beat the West Indies in the semi-final and India in the final of the World T20 in Bangladesh to win their first major title since 1996 when they bagged the 50-over World Cup.

Maxwell stars again in Kings XI big win

Maxwell stars again in Kings XI big winSharjah, April 23 - Another stunning batting performance by Glenn Maxwell helped Kings XI Punjab thrash Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs for a hat-trick of wins in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Tuesday.

Maxwell, who had struck 95 and 89 in the last two games, again came up with a whirlwind knock of 95 in just 43 balls hitting five fours and nine sixes as Kings XI made 193 for six in 20 overs.

Veteran pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji starred with the ball picking up four for 13 from his four overs as Sunrisers Hyderabad were bowled out for 121 runs with four balls to spare.

Chennai Super Kings get a big win over Daredevils

Chennai Super Kings get a big win over DaredevilsAbu Dhabi, April 21 - Chennai Super Kings put on a clinical show to beat Delhi Daredevils by a massive 93 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here Monday.

Riding on a strong batting performance led by Suresh Raina's 56 off 41 balls, Chennai Super Kings posted a competitive 177 for seven in 20 overs.

Their slow bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, then picked up two wickets each to bowl out Delhi Daredevils for just 84 runs in 15.3 overs.

Maxwell stars again in Kings XI Punjab's big win

Maxwell stars again in Kings XI Punjab's big winSharjah, April 21 - Another superb show of batting by Glenn Maxwell gave Kings XI Punjab a massive seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in a big run chase in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here Sunday.

Former champions Rajasthan Royals thought they had a winning total on board after half-centuries from Sanju Samson (52) and skipper Shane Watson (50) took them to a competitive 191 for five in 20 overs.

ECB officially names Peter Moores as new England coach

ECB officially names Peter Moores as new England coachJohannesburg, Apr 20 : The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has officially named Lancashire coach Peter Moores as the new head coach of the England national cricket team for the second time in his career.

Moores, who led England in seven Test series after replacing Duncan Fletcher in a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, replaced Andy Flower after the former Zimbabwe batsman stood down following the team's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia.

Sussex skipper touts Barbadian Jordan for Tests

Sussex skipper touts Barbadian Jordan for TestsLondon, April 18 - Sussex captain Ed Joyce says Barbadian seamer Chris Jordan is ready for Test cricket and is pushing for him to be included in the England squad for the India series in July.

The 25-year-old Jordan, who played first class cricket up to last year for Barbados, has already turned out for England in seven One-Day Internationals and six Twenty20 Internationals, reports CMC.

Pietersen ruled out of opening Delhi Daredevils match with finger injury

Kevin PietersenLondon, Apr 17 - Sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen has reportedly been ruled out of his opening Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Thursday due to a finger injury.

The former England batting star was due to skipper Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah but his seasonal bow is on hold due to the injury.

According to the BBC, Delhi's assistant coach Eric Simons expressed his disappointment at the development, saying that Pietersen would not be considered for the match, adding that it is a setback for Delhi as he is an important player in their set-up.

Anderson needs medical clearance to make IPL debut

Corey AndersonWellington, April 16 - Corey Anderson will require clearance from New Zealand Cricket's medical staff before making his Indian Premier League debut, TVNZ reported Wednesday.

The $866,000 allrounder is preparing with his Mumbai Indians team in Abu Dhabi but won't play until New Zealand Cricket is satisfied he's over the dislocated little finger suffered at the World Twenty20 April 1.

PCB chief says ICC president for 2015 to be from Pak

Najam SethiKarachi, Apr 12  : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi said that the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2015 would be from his country.

Pakistan had opposed changes to the world cricket's governing body, which hand the majority of powers and revenues to the ' Big Three' of international cricket: India, Australia and England .

Wisden backs England's decision to axe Pietersen without explaining to public

Kevin PietersenLondon, Apr 10 : The recent edition of the revered cricket almanac Wisden has backed England for axing controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen, although it agreed that the 'biggest losers' in this debacle was the public, who deserved to know exactly what went on.

The 151st edition of the Almanack, also called as the 'cricketing Bible', has delivered its verdict on the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) decision to dump their leading run-scorer after the dismal winter Ashes, and pronounced 'the part's over'.

Dhawan named Wisden's Leading Cricketer

Shikhar-DhawanLondon, April 9 : India's dashing opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan along with England women's captain Charlotte Edwards, Australians Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers, Englisman Joe Root and South African speedster Dale Steyn have been named Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World for 2013.

The five Cricketers of the Year are chosen by the editor of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack based on their "excellence in, or performance on, the previous English summer".

The Leading Cricketer of the World award, which has no such limit, recognises the strongest international performance of the previous year.

Don't crucify Yuvraj, Tendulkar pleads

Sachin-TendulkarNew Delhi, April 7 : Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar pleaded with fans not to crucify Yuvraj Singh for his lacklustre performance in the final of the World Twenty20 and warned against writing him off.

Tendulkar wrote on his Facebook page that Yuvraj, who took 21 balls for his 11 runs, had a tough day and should be criticised but should not be written off.

"It is the unpredictable nature of the game that makes cricket such an exciting sport. As cricketers, we always enjoy the applause when we succeed but it is the support and encouragement from fans during tough times that we appreciate the most," said Tendulkar.

Dhoni named captain of World T20 Team of Tournament

Mahendra-Singh-DhoniDubai, April 7 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday announced the men’s Team of the Tournament for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its captain.

The team includes four players from India, two each from South Africa and the West Indies, and one each from Australia, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.

Chosen by a select group of experts, the team was aimed at being suited for Bangladeshi conditions, on the basis of performances at the just-concluded World T20 tournament. Statistics were used but were not the sole basis for selections.

Dhoni wary of Sri Lankan spinners in World T20 final

Mahendra-Singh-DhoniMirpur (Bangladesh), April 5 : India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has pointed to Sri Lankan spinners as the ones to watch out for when the two teams clash in the final of the World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Sunday.

Spinners Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake have done exceptionally well in the tournament and add to that Ajantha Mendis's exploits against India.

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