Proteas spinner Botha’s action similar to Lanka’s Murli, says Oz bio-mechanist

Proteas spinner Botha’s action similar to Lanka’s Murli, says Oz bio-mechanistPerth, Apr. 16 : A University of Western Australia bio-mechanist has said Proteas off spinner Johan Botha's action is similar to Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan.

According to Bruce Elliot, Botha has an action that looks "not quite as different as Murali but heading in that direction."

Dokic brother hopes to eventually reunite

Dokic brother hopes to eventually reunite Perth, Australia  - With Jelena Dokic finally putting her life back together both on and off the court, the surprise Australian Open quarter-finalist may soon be back in contact with her younger brother.

The estranged Dokic family is now spread around the globe, with former tennis bad dad Damir involved in a Serbian vineyard near Belgrade and his Croatian ex-wife Ljiljana now based in Sydney.

Haddin angry over Vettori’s cheat claim

Haddin angry over Vettori’s cheat claimPerth, Feb. 2: Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has angrily denied claims by the New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori that he cheated during the one-day clash at the WACA yesterday.

The dispute centers around the dismissal of Black Cap Neil Broom at a vital stage of New Zealand''s two-wicket win.

Broome was given out bowled by Michael Clarke in the 36th over, but replays quickly showed Haddin had clipped off the bails with his gloves rather than the ball.

Ponting demands Symonds inclusion for Proteas tour

Ponting demands Symonds inclusion for Proteas tourPerth, Feb. 2 : Australian cricket skipper Ricky Ponting is reportedly ready to urge the national selectors to pick Andrew Symonds for the tour of South Africa.

Ponting said he wanted the all-rounder in his squad for "all forms of the game" in South Africa after Australia lost the Test and one-day series at home for the first time in 16 years.

ICC awards Oval test to England

Perth, Feb. 1 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) has awarded the controversial 2006 Oval test match to England.

In a meeting of the ICC Board here today, England was declared the winner of the Test match against Pakistan played in 2006 at the Oval Cricket ground

"After reconsideration of the matter, which included consideration of legal advice and input from the MCC, the custodians of the Laws of Cricket, the Board decided that the original umpires' decision to award the match to England, should apply," an official statement from the ICC said.

Earlier in July 2008, the ICC had reversed the decision of the field umpires and termed the match as " abandoned as a draw".

ICC to relocate Champions Trophy from Pakistan

Perth, Feb. 1 : In what may be seen as a major jolt to the Pakistan Cricket Board's hope of reviving international cricket in the country, the International Cricket Council
(ICC) has decided to relocate the 2009 Champions Trophy from Pakistan.

In a meeting of the ICC Board here today, it was decided that due to the reluctance of several teams to visit Pakistan, it would be prudent to relocate the event, scheduled for September/October 2009.

However, the ICC said that it would send a delegation to visit Pakistan and work with the PCB to find ways to bring back international cricket in the country.