Rohit Sharma becomes only player to score double ton twice in ODI

Rohit SharmaKolkata, Nov 13 : India's opening batsman Rohit Sharma made history by becoming the only batsman to score a double ton for the second time, as India set up Sri Lanka a massive target of 404/5 in their allotted 50 overs in the fourth ODI of the series.

Sharma was brought into the match to help him improve on his form, replacing Shikhar Dhawan in the dead rubber.

Sharma hit a massive 264 of 173 deliveries. His mountainous innings included 33 fours and nine sixes.

Gilchrist is a self proclaimed legend!

Adam Gilchrist AutobiographyLondon, November 13 : Former Australian captain and wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist has claimed himself to be a legend in his newly released autobiography: " Adam Gilchrist: The Man. The Cricketer. The Legend."

The Australian, who is known for his famous knock of double century against South Africa, had accumulated runs at an average of more than 47, combining 416 dismissals with the gloves during his test match career. His strike rate is among the highest in the history of both One-day and Test match cricket.

Gilchrist released his first autobiography "True Colors" in 2008. (ANI)

Bailey reminds critics of Oz No. 1 batsman Clarke's proven track record

George BaileySydney, Nov 12 : Australia ODI team vice-captain George Bailey has backed his skipper Michael Clarke, saying that the recent criticism of their number one batsman was completely unwarranted and pointed to the captain's proven record of leading from the front.

Australia has given Clarke its emphatic backing as they announced their World Cup campaign under way in Perth. The chance to go head-to-head in a five-game series with World Cup favourites South Africa starting on Friday is being treated by Australia as a selection audition of the highest importance.

Proteas branded with dreaded 'choker' tag ahead of WC

Proteas branded with dreaded 'choker' tag ahead of WCJohannesburg, Nov 11 : With the World Cup still three months away, a blogger has already branded South African team with the dreaded ' choker ' tag as they have not won even one out of the six World Cups.

South Africa Sunday Times blogger reveals that the pressure that comes with living with the truth of not winning any World Cup has unscrewed South Africa's courage from its sticking place too many times.

Injured Dhoni out of last two ODIs,Brisbane Test; Rahul, Karn, Raina in Test squad

mahendra singh dhoniMumbai, Nov 10 : Skipper M S Dhoni has been rested for the remaining two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka and the first Test against Australia to be played in Brisbane to recover from a right wrist injury.

Virat Kohli will lead the side in his absence.

Dhoni had earlier opted out of the first three games of the five-match series against Sri Lanka, citing the need for a break to freshen up ahead of the tour of Australia and the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the selectors have named Karnataka batsman K L Rahul and Railways leg spinner Karn Sharma and Uttar Pradesh south paw Suresh Raina in the 19-member Test squad.

ICC terms West Indies pull out of India tour 'unacceptable'

Dubai - Terming the controversial pull-out by West Indies midway their India tour as "unacceptable", the ICC warned players against taking contractual matters into their own hands and hinted that they could be penalised by disallowing them to play in domestic tournaments like IPL if they repeat such acts in future.

The West Indies team left India four matches into a five-game ODI series after a pay dispute between the players and their Board, with a Twenty20 international and three Tests to play. As a result, the BCCI have demanded USD 42 million in compensation and damages.

The ICC said in a statement that the pull-out by the West Indies team damaged cricket's integrity and reputation.

Oz, Proteas share 'extremely competitive' rivalry, mutual respect: Clarke

Michael ClarkeJohannesburg, Nov 07 : While the Proteas tour Australia for three Twenty20 games and a key five-match ODI series, skipper Michael Clarke has said that the rivalry between the Australian and the South African team is "extremely competitive" and added that there is a huge amount of mutual respect between the two.

Clarke also remarked that this summer will see both teams putting up a tough competition on the field but added that the two teams share a "fantastic relationship," reported News. com. au.

Kohli, Mithali Raj nominated for LG ICC 2014 Cricketer of the Year awards

Virat KohliDubai, Nov 05 : India's star batsman Virat Kohli and Indian women team's skipper and number one ranked batter Mithali Raj have been nominated for ODI Cricketer of the Year in men and women categories respectively as the International Council of Cricket announced the shortlists for LG ICC Awards 2014.

A. B. de Villiers, Charlotte Edwards, Mitchell Johnson, Angelo Mathews, Mithali Raj, Kumar Sangakkara and Stafanie Taylor nominated for two awards each

Australia's Mitchell Johnson and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara are in line to win their second Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year after they were shortlisted for the LG ICC Awards 2014.

Lara expects Windies' cricket to survive despite BCCI's damages lawsuit

Brian LaraLondon, Nov 04 : West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara is expecting his country's cricket to survive a potential 26.2 million pounds lawsuit threatened by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The BCCI expects to recoup losses sustained when West Indies ended their tour of the country early in October due to a pay dispute. However, Lara believes that BCCI would not be that severe on them.

Lara said that he believes West Indies cricket would be alive, adding that he doesn't think anybody has the intention to end their game, The BBC reported.

Pak claim series whitewash with 356-run win in second Test against Oz

Pakistan AustraliaAbu Dhabi, Nov 03 : Pakistan soared to their biggest Test win as they defeated Australia by a whooping 356 runs in their second match and claimed the two match series as well.

The Pakistani spinners ripped apart the Australian batting line up quickly after lunch claiming five quick wickets and letting the batsmen contribute 46 more runs.

This is the first time since 1994 that Pakistan has won a Test series against Australia.

Pakistan had put up a massive first innings total of 570-6 declared while Australia managed to score only 261 before they were all out.

Lehmann says age will not be factor for Oz selectors regarding Rogers' Test future

Darren LehmannWellington, Nov 03 : Australia cricket team coach and selector Darren Lehmann has said that age would not be a factor for selectors regarding the playing future of Test opener Chris Rogers.

As always, the deciding factor would be runs. Rogers has struggled against pace and spin on the low, slow pitches of the United Arab Emirates ( UAE) against Pakistan.

The opener has scored 88 runs at an average of 22 against Pakistan. And with a career average of 36.06 in 16 matches, the county club Victoria batsman is a realist, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Rogers has previously stated that he's only ever a couple of low scores away from having his head on the chopping block.

Clarke gives Smith 'shelling' over 'friendly chat' with 'adversary' Ali

Michael ClarkeWashington, Oct 31 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke gave a telling off to his teammate Steve Smith during the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan after the batsman's friendly chat with their rival team's Azhar Ali.

Clarke was clearly unhappy with Smith's friendly chat with Ali. Australia had again lost the toss and Pakistan had comfortably moved to 1for 94 on a docile wicket in Abu Dhabi, already one up in the two Test series and cruising by the 33rd over.

So when Smith, who was fielding pitchside, had a friendly yarn to Azhar, Clarke gave him a rocket, Fox News reported.

Graeme Swann defends quitting Ashes tour midway

Graeme SwannJohannesburg, Oct 17 : Graeme Swann has hit back at Graham Gooch for criticizing his decision of quitting midway through England's 5-0 Ashes series.

Swann quit, with England 3-0 down, in December 2013 after deciding a longstanding elbow injury meant it was no longer possible for him to spin the ball properly, according to Sport24.

Gooch said that Swann's sudden decision to opt out of the series made the team a laughing stock and that it left a bad taste.

Speaking to media, Swann said that Gooch was "very old school" and perhaps if he had gained his perspective on it he might have seen the reasons why he did it.

Swann said that he regretted going to the tour.

ODI series: Proteas coach Domingo warns of tough contest from Kiwis

Proteas coach Domingo warns of tough contest from KiwisCape Town, Oct 17 : Though the Proteas have prepared themselves well for the upcoming three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand starting in Tauranga on Tuesday, their coach-Russell Domingo-has labelled the home team a "tough outfit".

Sport24 quoted him, as saying that he was expecting a competitive series regardless of the gap between the sides in terms of ICC ODI rankings.

Domingo was speaking after the squad's first training session at the Bay Oval on Thursday afternoon.

Saeed Ajmal bowls with revamped action under Saqlain Mushtaq's supervision

Saeed AjmalKarachi: Pakistan's suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal yesterday for the first time bowled with his revamped action under the supervision of Saqlain Mushtaq.

Ajmal bowled a number of overs to experienced all-rounder, Muhammad Hafeez who has also resumed batting in the nets after having to return home from the UAE because of a hand injury during practice.

"I am confident of getting cleared before the World Cup and my ambition is to make the World Cup squad," Ajmal, who bowled with high speed cameras filming his deliveries, said.

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Derbyshire in talks with Cheteshwar Pujara for next year

London - Impressed with Cheteshwar Pujara's performance, English county side Derbyshire is in talks with the batsman to sign him for next year as well but his IPL commitments and a tour of Bangladesh could prove to be the "stumbling block".

Pujara played for the club in the closing weeks of the Championships and scored 219 runs at an average of 54.75 in their last three games.

Derbyshire's elite performance director Graeme Welch said the county is in talks with Pujara regarding a potential return in 2015.

"We've spoken to Pujara already and he seemed quite keen to come back. He integrated into the team brilliantly and I think he enjoyed the lads here," Welch said.

Australia grabs top spot in ICC ODI rankings

Australia grabs top spot in ICC ODI rankingsAbu Dhabi, Oct 13 : Australia has grabbed the top spot in the Reliance ICC One-Day International (ODI) team rankings following its 3-0 series victory over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Indian team is just behind the Australians in the rankings and the cancellation of the third ODI between India and the West Indies due to Cyclone Hudhud has ensured that India cannot leapfrog Australia even if it wins the remaining two matches if the series in Dharamshala and Kolkata.

'Injured' Warner confident of being fit for next week's first Test against Pak

David WarnerKarachi, Oct 13 : Australian batsman David Warner is confident that he would be fit for next week's first Test against Pakistan despite suffering a groin injury in the final ODI in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Warner left the field in clear discomfort during the 35th over of Pakistan's innings in Australia's dramatic one-run victory that rounded out a 3-0 sweep of the series in the United Arab Emirates ( UAE).

The big-hitting opener said that he would need to work with team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris but thought that the injury would not prevent him taking his place in the side when the first of two Tests starts in Dubai on Wednesday week, The Dawn reported.

Change in slot helped Virat and team: Dhoni

M S DhoniNew Delhi: Lauding Virat Kohli for agreeing to drop a rung in the batting order for the team's sake, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the strategy used in the second ODI against the West Indies here could be continued as the batsman adjusted well to the change.

Kohli (62), who registered his 31st ODI fifty to return to form, stitched a crucial 105-run fourth-wicket partnership with Suresh Raina (62) to help India put up a respectable 263 for seven in 50 overs. The hosts eventually levelled the five-match series 1-1 by winning the match by 48 runs.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni backs his mediocre bowlers, says they did a decent job

Mahendra Singh DhoniKochi: Barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar all the Indian bowlers leaked runs in the first ODI against West Indies, but home team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has backed his underfire bowling attack despite crashing to an embarrassing 124-run loss in the series opener here.

India paid the price for some mediocre bowling as the Caribbeans, who were on the verge of boycotting the ODI, rode on Marlon Samuels' career-best equalling 126 not out to post a mammoth 321 for six at the Nehru Stadium yesterday.

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