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  • Day 4, 3rd Test, Old Trafford

    Posted on August 5, 2013 by Selby


    Michael Clarke had done everything possible to put Australia in a winning position but even he can’t control poor lighting and rain, which has all but put an end to an enthralling 3rd Test.

    Several signings of cricket memorabilia took place which was an unexpected bonus for collectors; we now have available from the series autographed cricket bats, Australian tour paraphernalia, autographs and scorecards.

    Australia are 2 down in the series and need a win here at Manchester to have a chance at winning the series, a draw means victory for the hosts.

    With rain forecast again tomorrow it is difficult to understand Michael Clarke not using his option to declare earlier every minute counts for the tourists who must take 10 wickets, win the match to avoid a third consecutive Ashes series defeat.

    To put things into perspective leading bookies are offering 50/1 on an Australian match win (1/100 draw) and the most England have made to win a match in the 4th test at Manchester is 294, at the moment they need 331, if they weather was ok on Monday would the tourists declare and leave England the chance to get the runs or would England play for the draw and the Ashes. So maybe it better to bet on Kevin Pietesen 7/2 highest scorer 2nd innings!!!

    It could have been one of the classic Ashes contests with a full house here at Old Trafford and Sky audiences watching around the world, maybe with a declaration it’s not too late, play starts at the usual time and an extra 8 overs may be added at the end of the day weather permitting and England focusing on the runs not the draw. A draw seems the most likely result but all three outcomes are still a possibility.

    Health & Safety seems to have encroached the cricket pitch, these were the reasons for the early finish given by Tony Hill and Marais Erasmus for curtailing the innings, England captain had been given the option to put his spinners on but he declined.

    ICC changed the rules in 2010 giving the umpires not the batsman the final word on playing conditions, to quote:

    ."If at any time the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light are so bad that there is obvious and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire, so that it would be unreasonable or dangerous for play to take place, then they shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to commence or to restart," the rule reads.

    "The decision as to whether conditions are so bad as to warrant such action is one for the umpires alone to make."

    If the go slow tactics England used today averaging up to 2 minutes between overs are adopted again on Monday we could be in for tedious final day.

    Cricket Collectables will be attending the match again on Monday and hope to secure a plethora of interesting Ashes memorabilia!!!

    Tony Selby


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  • Baggy Greens have the upper hand

    Posted on August 4, 2013 by Selby


    It was a Kevin Pietersen (113) batting lesson for a change, at Old Trafford, I enjoyed every moment, full house and lots of atmosphere, though not so good for cricket memorabilia as is often the case during pressure phases of a test series.

    Kevin Pietersen’s stimulating performance showed once again how he can turn a match around.

    Cook (62) and Bell (60) all probably did enough to see England avoid the follow on; with 34 runs still needed to reach the crucial 328 Michael Clarkes options may still be open.

    Australia needs to take the final three wickets early tomorrow whilst restricting England’s score to within the 328 target.

    Kevin Pietersen now becomes England’s all time highest scorer in all formats of cricket making 113 runs before being lbw to Michael Starc, yet another controversial DRS decision. The DRS system has led to all sorts of dispute during the current series which must create doubt as to its future in the current format.

    Michael Starc bowled well with 3/75 as did Ryan Harris with 2/50

    The weather reports while unreliable still favour a draw which would not suit the tourists as anything other than a win would hand the England the Ashes

    Ashes cricket memorabilia is always special and judging by individual and team performance this year is no exception.

    Tony Selby


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  • Baggy Greens dominate at Old Trafford

    Posted on August 3, 2013 by Selby


    AN England side with three players  Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Graeme Swann  who have all taken 200 plus test wickets could not contain a fine Australian batting display on the controversially revamped Old Trafford pitch

    Cricket signings are available today at the ground and memorabilia includes Australian tour brochures, autographed cricket bats, signed scorecards and teamsheets

    With 276 runs required to avoid the follow on its time for England’s top order batsmen to show their mettle, with a batting line up stronger than Aus there is a lot expected from Pieterson, Trott, Cook and Bell

    Clarke must take full credit for his outstanding 187 runs and decision as skipper to declare leaving his side to get a couple of wickets before close of play, a great psychological advantage, it was disappointing to see Bresnan and Root back in the pavilion with only nine runs between them even though reviews show Bresnan could still be batting.

    Whether or not David Warner deserved his barracking from the crowd it is a matter of opinion, I don’t think he will take it too seriously.

    Paddy Power offer 20/1 on an England win and with some spin in the wicket and favourable weather conditions it sounds quite generous odds, forgetting about the draw.

    Cricket Collectables are now available for the first two matches and if this turns into an England win will be in even greater demand!!

    Tony Selby


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  • Posted on August 2, 2013 by Selby


    Fantastic atmosphere up here at Old Trafford as Australia hit form, closing on a comfortable 303/3 in front of 26.000 sell out crowd.

    Signings will be taking place over the weekend as usual and we expect autographed cricket bats, signed scorecards, sports autographs, and plenty of other cricket memorabilia.

    Michael Clarke had said earlier that Australia intended to make a fight of things and that’s exactly what happened as he lead by example with a splendid century (a series first and MC’s 24 th), completing the tourists best Ashes Innings of the series.

    Controversy was never far away, another DRS umpire driven fiasco when Usman Khawaja was caught behind off Graeme Swann, the tourists sought clarification from the ICC , the general consensus was “not out” a decision referred to by Australian PM Kevin Rudd “one of the worst decisions ever”. It should be noted it went both ways and that each teams received poor decisions but the issue runs deeper when it comes to an individual career being on the line leaving an underlying problem, with the ICC relying on neutral decisions rather than more simply selecting the best available, experienced umpires.

    England bowlers Swann, Bresnan and Broad all bowled well the difference from the first two series was that Aus had regained form and this time were all out to win

    It is strange how sports betting can change ones perspective England are currently offered at 7/1 by Paddy Power and I find it very tempting to take the odds, problem being that I don’t really want to spend the next few days willing the tourists to lose, if they win this match it will be good for the game and encourage more tourist cricket collectables signings!!!!

    Back to the Usman decision it does seem to work both ways as when Smith appeared leg before to Broad the hosts had no referrals left leaving Smith at the wicket ending the day on 70 not out, Clarke on 125 with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 174

    I will be watching David Warner with interest tomorrow as he comes in at number 6 whenever that may be, great things are expected from him, no pressure.

    Tony Selby


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  • Sri Lanka beat South Africa to win series

    Posted on July 29, 2013 by Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia from the exciting one day series at Pallekele will be available on Tuesday, in particular signed cricket balls by Dilshan and Sangakkara

    Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara pulverised South Africa's bowling as Sri Lanka took a decisive 3-1 lead in the one-day series with an eight-wicket victory in Pallekele on Sunday.

    Scorecard

    Dilshan returned unbeaten on 115 and Sangakkara made 91 during a record partnership of 184 runs to steer the hosts past South Africa's 238 all out in the 44th over of the day-night match.

    The emphatic victory by the 2011 World Cup finalists reduced Wednesday's fifth and final match in Colombo to a formality.

    Dilshan's 17th one-day century and the second against South Africa was studded with 16 boundaries. Sangakkara kept pace with his partner with eight fours and two sixes.

    The pair put on Sri Lanka's highest one-day stand for any wicket against the Proteas after opener Mahela Jayawardene had been removed for 12 in the 10th over.

    Left-handed Sangakkara missed his second hundred in the series when he holed out in the deep off Morne Morkel when just 10 more were needed for victory.

    Ragged South Africa paid dearly for conceding 20 extras that included 17 wides and a no-ball.

    Earlier, JP Duminy hit 97 and a fit-again Hashim Amla made 77 to lift South Africa to 238 after the tourists won the toss and elected to bat.

    But the Proteas undid a good start by losing eight wickets for 87 runs after cruising at 118-1 in the 22nd over.

    Duminy lashed seven boundaries and two sixes before he was last man out in the 49th over, bowled by unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis three runs short of a century.

    Mendis finished with four for 51, while sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga claimed three for 52 and Dilshan took two wickets.

    Amla, batting for the first time in the series after being injured while fielding in the only other game he played, anchored the start with a fluent half-century that contained nine boundaries.

    Duminy shared a second-wicket stand of 101 with Amla after Quinton de Kock had been bowled by Malinga in the third over.

    Tony Selby

    times of india


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  • Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel to pole

    Posted on July 28, 2013 by Selby

     

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  • Joe Root justifies selection

    Posted on July 21, 2013 by Selby


    What an outstanding performance by Joe Root making his maiden Test century as an England opening bat, leaving the hosts to close day 3 at Lords with  an unreachable 566 run lead, it rather seems to have justified the Nick Compton decision

    Things could have been so different if he had not survived the mix up between keeper Haddin and Michael Clarke on Friday.

    Root and Bell seemed there forever until their 153 run stand ended when Bell misjudged a short ball and was caught by Steve Smith at mid wicket Signed cricket bats are availabe for the Lords Test and containing Roots autograph all the more popular

    It seems today at Lords will just be a formality however Tiger Woods needs to make sure Westwood doesn't move any further ahead at Muirfield (not forgetting Hunter Mahon good odd!!!

    Tony Selby

     


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  • Aussies take the edge at Lords

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by Selby


    Another brilliant day of Ashes cricket at Lords, full of  excitement, sports signings and an abundance of cricket memorabilia, It's definitely advantage to Australia thanks to Ian Bell completing the 19th Test century of his career. Having watched day one of the second Test, I personally wouldn’t read much into the collapse of Peterson and Trott these things happen!! wait for the second innings?

    Ian Bell now proudly follows in the illustrious footsteps of  Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond and Chris Broad by hitting 3 (Hobbs actually did it twice)  Ashes centuries in 3 consecutive matches.

    Bell was on great form when he walked down the pavilion steps with England on 28/3, it is just a shame that Jonathon Trott was unable to follow through on his splendid 58 run innings.

    Mustn't forget Jonny Bairstow’s 67 runs which nearly never happened when he escaped with his wicket from a Peter Siddle no ball delivery.

    it is a shame more runs were not scored as the weather was perfect and the  dry pitch seeming full of potential. it was an opportunity to see new faces as both sides had made necessary  changes for the Lords Test, with Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris joining the Australia side replacing  Cowan and Starc, and Bresnan controversially in my opinion replacing Steve Finn. (we may well miss his bowling!!)

    I am hoping a couple of signed cricket bats (tourists) will made available on Saturday!!!! If the England openers make a job of it with the new ball on Friday morning it could become a memorable Test series which is what Cricket Memorabilia is all about

    I will be making an early start to take a birds eye view in the Warner Stand!!

    Tony Selby

     

    on the field

    England - Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Swann, James Anderson

    Australia - Shane Watson, Chris Rodgers, Usman Khawaja, Phil Hughes, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith, Haddin, Ashton Agar, Peter Siddle,  Pattinson, Ryan Harris.


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  • At Lords today a number of signings over the next few days and plenty of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, autographs, Australian tour brochures, scorecards, teamsheets etc, following on from the exciting last day at Trent Bridge

    Posted on July 18, 2013 by Selby


    At Lords today a number of signings over the next few days and plenty of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, autographs, Australian tour brochures, scorecards, teamsheets etc, following on from the exciting last day at Trent Bridge. After heroic last-wicket stands in each innings, Australia eventually lost by 14 runs on Sunday. But they will be buoyed by the resilience and resource they showed at the midpoint of a horrible year in which they have been beaten 4-0 in India and failed to advance past the first round of the Champions Trophy. The touring side's cause was hardly advanced with news on Tuesday that their former South African coach Mickey Arthur, who was sacked 16 days before the Trent Bridge Test, had alleged he was the victim of discrimination and was demanding reinstatement or $3.6 million compensation. Despite the narrow margin in Nottingham, England were ultimately deserved winners and James Anderson at the height of his powers produced the decisive deliveries of the game to account for two of his 10 wickets. Anderson removed captain Michael Clarke in the first innings with the perfect delivery, a ball which swung late into the batsman then evaded the outside edge to hit the top of the off-stump. The second key wicket was the final ball of the match which vice-captain Brad Haddin, whose gritty 71 had threatened to snatch victory from England's grasp, edged to Matt Prior. Australia will relish the sun and the surroundings at the home of world cricket. To recover from one-down and regain the Ashes, though, their top-order batting must fire and Usman Khawaja may come in at number three to replace the out-of-form Ed Cowan. "He had a tough game," said new coach Darren Lehmann. "We've told Ed how we want him to play and how we want him to bat. That certainly hasn't changed from when he first came into the side. "He'll be disappointed with the shots. So are we. "We've certainly got to bat better as a top order, that's probably the key. We're going to bowl very well and we know we can control their batters. It's a matter of making more runs." WATSON IN SPOTLIGHT Clarke, who enjoyed a wondrous 2012 with 1,595 runs at an average of precisely 106, failed in both innings after his build-up was hampered by a chronic back ailment. The only other Australian batsman of comparable pedigree is the highly gifted but perennially frustrating Shane Watson who contributed 46 to a second-innings opening partnership of 84. Australia urgently need an innings from Watson of a stature to match his talent and Lord's would be the perfect setting to shrug off the under-achiever's tag. But he will be under even more pressure after it was reported in Australia that Arthur had claimed Clarke had described his former vice-captain as "a cancer" in the side. Another option is to drop a batsman and play five specialist bowlers with off-spinner Nathan Lyon joining Ashton Agar. Agar, who fell two short on his debut of becoming the first number 11 in Test history to make a century, took two for 82 from 35 overs in the second innings with his left-arm orthodox spin. In contrast to Australia's fragile top order, England's key batsmen scored runs at critical times at Trent Bridge. Jonathan Trott contributed 48 to their modest first-innings 215 and captain Alastair Cook (50) laid a solid foundation in the second with Kevin Pietersen (64). The crucial innings came from Ian Bell, whose 109 in more than six hours was perfectly calibrated for a sun-baked pitch demanding intense concentration with its low, slow and sometimes unpredictable bounce. England have named the same 13-man squad for the Test with the final decision again resting between the pacers Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions. Finn, given the new ball in the first innings, dismissed two of the first three Australian batsmen cheaply on the first day. Thereafter life was more difficult. He took no more wickets, conceded 117 from his 25 overs and was entrusted with only two overs on the final day which went for 25 runs as Haddin decided he was the bowler he could attack. Teams (from): England: Alastair Cook (Capt.), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Graham Onions. Australia: Michael Clarke (Capt.), Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Phillip Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson.

    Tony Selby,

    times of india,

    cricketcollectables


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  • Australia bite tongues over Broad decision

    Posted on July 13, 2013 by Selby

    Australia are privately fuming but biting hard on their tongues and declining to express any public anger over the reprieve of Stuart Broad after the umpireAleem Dar failed to detect a thick edge to slip from the bowling of Ashton Agar.

    In the second major umpiring controversy in successive days at Trent Bridge, England were only 232 ahead when Broad stood his ground. Australia's players reacted with considerable dismay at the decision, which they could not refer to the third umpire after using up their DRS allocation earlier in the day.

    Broad was still in occupation alongside Ian Bell at the close, by which time the hosts' lead had reached 261. While the players' immediate response on the field was plain, and the coach Darren Lehmann made his displeasure plain on the dressing room balcony, the fast bowler Peter Siddle did his best to avoid critiques of Broad, the umpires or the current protocols for the use of technology, saying only that he had only seen a bigger edge not given out "in the backyard maybe off my brother".

    "How many people have ever walked? Some. That's right, some," Siddle said. "At the end of day it's the umpires' decision. The umpires make the decision and players stick with it. We just went about it. You finish the over and go through to the next over. If you watched out there, there wasn't a big deal made of it. We got stuck in and just kept working to get the wicket.

     

    'I don't see bowlers asking you back'

    • "The review system was brought in to get rid of the howler, I don't see why umpire Dar couldn't have had someone is his ear saying you've got that one wrong let's just overturn that quickly. This has been a terrific game but I think a lot will be talked about that incident, which is sad." - Michael Vaughan
    • "DRS was brought in to correct obviously wrong decisions and that is how captains should use it. Alastair Cook does just that, he is very sparing with it, and hopefully Michael Clarke does the same after this. To me, it has to be the umpire [fault]. A player is allowed to stand his ground. If Australia had one appeal left, Broad would have walked. The fact there was no referral left, he left it up to the umpire." - Glenn McGrath
    • "The rules say that it's 'in the opinion of the umpire' so it's above things like 'The Spirit of the Game'. I don't see bowlers asking you back when the ball is sliding down leg. There is no debate, it's quite simple. The Australians I have played with and have watched, with the exception of Adam Gilchrist, believe in standing and it's up to the umpire to give you out - there shouldn't be a morale argument. They should be upset, disappointed and angered by the umpires. If they keep making poor decisions, it's up to the ICC to do something about it." -Geoff Boycott
    • "He (Dar) always gets the crucial decisions wrong & always has, that's why he's not a great umpire! We all make mistakes & it's a very tough job being an umpire, but when Dar continually makes crucial mistakes why does he keep getting a gig?" - Shane Warne on Twitter

     

     

    "Obviously people are going to be frustrated but it's hard out there for players, for umpires. It's a long day, it's a tough day for people out there. Things are going to happen and we just have to deal with it. That's just a part of the game and spectators have to understand that - that there are times when things like that happen. Obviously it's a long day and it's hard for everyone involved. We can't be blaming anyone."

    Siddle's acceptance of Broad's failure to walk - common practice in professional cricket for a generation and more - was in contrast to howls of outrage on social media sites and from media commentators, many of who judged Broad's behaviour as immoral and unsporting.

    Michael Holding, the former West Indian fast bowler, was one former player who did call for Broad to be banned, contending that his behaviour was comparable to that of the West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who falsely claimed a catch against Pakistan in a Champions Trophy match at The Oval in London last month. Ramdin was banned for two one-day games by the ICC match referee, who happened to be Broad's father, Chris.

    "What Stuart Broad did amounts to the same thing as Ramdin," Holding told Sky TV. "He knew he had hit the ball. The ICC fined Ramdin and suspended him for 'actions that were contrary to the spirit of the game'. What Stuart Broad did is contrary to the spirit of the game. He played the ball and stayed there."

    The day after England sought clarification from the ICC following a Hot Spot operator error that contributed to Jonathan Trott's lbw dismissal, Dar's howler was not referred to technology that would have picked up the mistake because Australia no longer had any recourse to do so. Umpires do have the right to refer some decisions themselves if in doubt, but for now are limited to low catches and bump balls. Dar's refusal of Australia's appeal was as unequivocal as it was mistaken

     

    "You can't do anything about that," Siddle said of the burned referrals. "You use them because you think you're going to get a result early on and you don't. You can't just hold them and put them in the back pocket and say 'I'm going to get one in the afternoon' and save it for that. You use them when you think there's a chance of getting a wicket and that's what they're there for."

    For their part, England stood by the view that Broad was well within his rights to stand and wait for Dar's decision. It is debatable whether he would have done so had Australia still been able to use a video referral, but his team-mate Kevin Pietersen did not think Broad should have taken any other action in the circumstances.

    "Each and every player who plays for their country, their club side, for their franchise or their county has the opportunity to wait for the decision the umpire makes and you respect the umpire's decision," Pietersen said. "We play hard. We play fair and each individual has the responsibility and makes the judgement if he will wait for the umpire's decision. Aleem Dar is a fantastic umpire and he has been rated one of the best umpires in world cricket over the last few years. Wait and respect his decision."

    Contrary to reports, no apology has been forthcoming from the ICC to the ECB regarding the Trott decision on the second day.

    Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo, George Dobell is senior correspondent

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