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  • Posted on February 11, 2015 by Selby

    Tony Selby

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     Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia and NZ finally get chance to host a major ICC event

    The Sydney Morning Herald
    Since 1992, five World Cups, five World Twenty20 championships and seven Champions Trophies have all been staged, but Australia hasn't hosted a single one.

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  • Cricket memorabilia for the Tri series final at Perth

    Posted on February 1, 2015 by Selby

    Glenn Maxwell all but made his maiden  (ODI) century whilst batting in the Tri-series final against the Aussies at the WACA, Perth. Maxwell took the crease when Australia were 3 wickets down and batted  well  making 95 runs and helping Australia to get back into the game.   He played a number of great shots including several  well executed reverse-sweeps supported by Mitchell March. England won the toss and elected to bat, Australia finishing on 278/8, winning by 112 runs

    Cricket memorabilia is available for the Tri - series and will be very popular, especially signed cricket bats and England signed tour brochures, itineraries and team sheets

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  • Youthful England finding the right balance

    Posted on January 31, 2015 by Selby

    It would be unfair to contrast the last days of Andy Flower's period as coach with the relatively early days of Peter Moores second stint. There was a time, under Flower, when England harnessed enjoyment and excellence to play some of the best cricket in their history. His reputation is justifiably high.

    Moores, in partnership with his avuncular assistant Paul Farbrace, has revived England. He has identified players - characters as much as cricketers - who he feels can lead the rebuilding. Players with no baggage from the past and no agenda for the future other than to play to the best of their ability. The shoots of recovery are fragile at present but in Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler and James Taylor England should have the nucleus of a side that can serve them not just at this World Cup but at the next, as well.There are parallels here with Moores' first period as England coach. Even in that largely discredited reign, he made key decisions that laid the platform for some of the success enjoyed later by Flower and co. It was, after all, Moores who made the decision to entrust James Anderson and Stuart Broad with the new ball; Moores who recalled Matt Prior; Moores who backed Swann. Whatever his failings - and he would be the first to admit he is a wiser man now - he was always a decent judge of a player.

    Whatever happens on Sunday, everyone in the England squad will have four days off following the match. There will be no training, no sponsorship engagements and no media opportunities.

    Instead the squad, many of whom have their partners here, will be encouraged to explore this fine country. To embrace the beaches and breweries; the valleys and vineyards; the creeks and the cafes. Moores understands that, however good the dressing rooms and hotels, they become prisons if inhabited for 300 days a year.

    It is unthinkable that Flower would have allowed his team such freedom. And perhaps, because of that, it became unthinkable that they would play free and fearless cricket. Whether they were jaded or fearful of the reaction a dismissal might provoke, they became a team adept at playing the percentages. It was enough to take them to the brink of the Champions Trophy, but such a team has never won a World Cup.

    A team that lives on the road as much as England needs to enjoy the journey. It needs to offer an environment which is relaxed but intense, personally ambitious but selflessly supportive, fearless but focused. Moores has gone a long way towards creating that environment in the last few months.

    Pietersen's memorable description of Moores as "the woodpecker" - a maddening presence whose constant intrusion upon the players became an impediment - may have been true in 2007. But there is no evidence to support it now.

    It does not matter hugely who wins this match. While it is a final in theory, it is the coda that became the overture. England will take confidence simply from reaching it and both sides will know that conditions in Perth bear little comparison to conditions in Melbourne, where they meet again on February 14. All the pressure is on Australia.

    In a perfect world, England would like to see Ravi Bopara contribute a little more and Stuart Broad continue to improve following his comeback. But with runs from Taylor, Buttler, Eoin Morgan and Ian Bell, with good spells from Woakes, Anderson, Moeen and Steven Finn, they have probably already gained more from this tri-series event than they could have expected. They're improving.

    There is a concern about the pitch, though. Facing Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc on the same surface upon which Axar Patel, the left-arm spinner, saw his deliveries spit to head height, is not just challenging, it is potentially dangerous. Nobody wants to see a player ruled out of the World Cup with a broken finger.

    The groundstaff have worked hard since the end of Friday's match to improve the surface. The floodlights stayed on past midnight as the pitch has been rolled endlessly from every angle. But those cracks are a worry and add just a hint of chance to an encounter that should be decided on merit.


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    Posted on January 27, 2015 by Selby

    The ICC Cricket World Cup Final is the biggest stage there is and these are the performances that have become cricket folklore, proved the difference between ecstasy and agony, and given these legends a prominent place in cricketing history

    TOP 10: Cricket World Cup Final Performances - Cricket News

    MS Dhoni, who started in sedate fashion, smashed a six to seal the championship as India broke a 28-year World Cup drought in 2011.
    This week, we take a look at the 10 men who have been named Man of the Match in a World Cup final. Who will be turning this 10 into XI in two months’ time at the MCG? Join the conversation using #cwc15 and let us know.1975: Clive Lloyd, West Indies (102 runs) 
    It was the first World Cup and the one-day format was a relatively new concept.
    The World’s two strongest teams – West Indies and Australia – advanced to the final, with West Indies starting the favourite having beaten Australia by seven wickets during the group stage.
    Sent in to bat, West Indies were soon struggling at 50 for 3.

    Clive Lloyd changed that.

    Lloyd gave an exhibition of explosive hitting, scoring 102 runs in a knock that included 12 fours and two sixes, helping set Australia a target of 292. Most impressively it was scored at a staggering rate for the time, off just 85 balls to change the course of the final.
    Australia fell 18 runs short from the target, handing West Indies the inaugural World Cup. 1979: Viv Richards, West Indies (138*)

    In the second Cricket World Cup final, defending champions West Indies were up against England at Lord’s.

    England won the toss and sent West Indies into bat. Disaster quickly struck for the defending champions, who lost the wickets of Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Alvin Kallicharan and Clive Lloyd to be in serious trouble at 4-99.

    That was before Viv Richards steadied the ship, scoring 138 from 157 balls and combining with Collis King (86 runs) to help their team to an imposing total of 286.

    England started well in reply but it all fell apart for the host nation when they lost 8-11, losing by 92 runs.
    1983: Mohinder Amarnath, India (3-12 and 26 runs)

    West Indies were aiming for a third consecutive Cricket World Cup when they took on India at Lord’s.

    Sent in to bat, India struggled against the powerful West Indies bowling attack and were dismissed for 183, with only Mohinder Amarnath (26) and Kris Srikkanth (38) in the runs.

    West Indies looked destined for victory, but the game turned on its head when the India bowling attack took advantage of the pitch and weather conditions to tear through the defending champion’s batsmen, dismissing them for 140.

    Amarnath (3-12) and Madan Lal (3–31) each took three wickets, with the former’s combined performance with both bat and ball earning him the man-of-the-match title.

    1987: David Boon, Australia (75 runs)
    More than 70,000 people packed into Eden Gardens for the final of the 1987 World Cup. India had been knocked out of the tournament by England in the semi-final a few days earlier and as a result, the crowd was heartily backing Australia in the big dance.

    David Boon had headed into the match in good form having scored 372 runs in seven matches prior to the final.
    Opening the batting alongside Geoff Marsh, Boon scored 75 runs and combined in two significant partnerships with Marsh and Dean Jones to set the tone for the Australian innings.

    Australia finished at 5-253 and England, despite a good start, was unable to reach the total, finishing seven runs short.

    1992: Wasim Akram, Pakistan (33 and 3-49)
    England hoped to make up for the heartbreak of losing the 1987 final when they met Pakistan at the MCG in 1992.
    They also headed in favourites, having bowled Pakistan out for 74 earlier in the tournament.

    The final started in a similar fashion when Derek Pringle dismissed both Pakistani openers at 24, but Pakistan recovered to score 6-249 and Khan top-scored with 72.

    Javed Miandad scored 58, while Inzamam-ul-Haq (42) and Wasim Akram (33) also chipped in.

    Ian Botham was then dismissed for a duck by Wasim Akram, who also snared two other wickets as England was dismissed for 227.

    Akram finished with 3-49 and was rightly named man of the match.
    1996: Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lanka (107* and 3-42)

    For the first time, the World Cup final was placed at Gaddafi Stadium in Pakistan and more than 62,000 people turned out to watch Sri Lanka play favourites Australia.

    Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga won the toss and sent Australia in to bat.

    Captain Mark Taylor and Ricky Ponting ensured a solid start for the Aussies, but the 1987 champions fell apart when the pair was dismissed, falling to 5–170.

    Australia finished with 7–241 and Sri Lanka looked in trouble early after losing both openers.

    That was before Aravinda De Silva changed everything as he scored a match-winning 107*, supported by Asanka Gurusingha (65) and Ranatunga (47 not out), as Sri Lanka won by seven wickets.

     1999: Shane Warne, Australia (4-33)

    The World Cup final returned to Lord’s in 1999 and Australia was aiming to make amends for 1996 when they played Pakistan.

    Pakistan won the toss and batted but that was as good as the news got for them that day. No batsman scored above 25 as Pakistan was dismissed for 132, with Shane Warne capturing a match-winning 4-33.

    Australia’s top order saw them team over the line in 20.1 overs, with Adam Gilchrist top scoring with 54.

    2003: Ricky Ponting (140*)
    A second-straight World Cup title was on the line when Australia met India at Wanderers Stadium in 2003.

    India sent Australia in to bat and the defending champions got off to a flying start, with Adam Gilchrist scoring 57 from 48 balls.

    Captain Ricky Ponting was the standout, with 140 from 121 balls, and Damien Martyn (88) provided valuable support as Australia scored a massive 359.

    India's run chase faltered in the first over when Sachin Tendulkar was caught out, and they never recovered, bowled out for 234, giving Australia an emphatic 125-run victory.

     2007: Adam Gilchrist (149 runs)

    It was 2007, the scene was Barbados, and Australia were aiming to win their third straight World Cup.

    Rain shortened the match to 38 overs per side and batting first Australia needed a strong start from openers Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden.

    The two batting legends provided, with Gilchrist smashing a memorable 149 off 104 balls in a 172-run partnership.
    Gilchrist took just 72 balls to reach his century and Australia finished on 4-281.

    That target was reduced to 269 off 36 overs after further rain, but Sri Lanka was unable to chase down the Australian score, finishing on 8-215 to hand Australia a 53-run win and a third-successive World Cup trophy.

    Gilchrist’s knock rightly went down as one of the best of his 287-match ODI career.
    2011: MS Dhoni (91*)

    India went into the 2011 final looking to break a 28-year World Cup draught, while Sri Lanka hoped to make amends for losing the 2007 final.In front of a packed Wankhede Stadium with billions watching, Sri Lanka had the better start, winning the toss and batting.

    Sri Lanka scored 6-274 thanks to a century from Mahela Jayawardene and when India opener Virender Sehwag fell for a duck, India appeared to be in trouble.

    Their position was not much better at 4-113 after Virat Kohli was caught, but that was before a determined MS Dhoni strode to the crease.

    The skipper started in a sedate fashion, without a boundary in his first 10 overs at the crease, but stepped up when the equation become 27 runs required from 24 balls.

    Three Dhoni boundaries slashed the deficit to five runs from 12 balls and in a fairy-tale finish, the captain smashed a six to seal the championship.





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  • ICC World Cup 2015: Scotland name 15-member team

    Posted on January 9, 2015 by Selby


    Dubai: Jan 9, 2015

    Scotland’s selectors on Friday named their final squad of 15 players for the ICC World Cup 2015 in New Zealand and Australia in what will be the country’s third appearance at the global showpiece.

    Preston Mommsen will skipper the team which has been drawn in Group A at the tournament. Scotland open their campaign on February 17 against co-hosts New Zealand in Dunedin before going on to face England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

    “It is great to announce our squad for the Cricket World Cup, and it is a fantastic achievement for the players to be named in the final 15,” said Scotland coach Grant Bradburn from Dubai where the squad is playing in a warm-up tournament against Afghanistan and Ireland.

    “They have all worked hard over a long period of time, as they continue to do out here in Dubai during the current tri-series. There is so much natural ability in this squad and we go to the World Cup aiming to do what no other squad has done before and win games of cricket.”

    Scotland squad for ICC World Cup 2015: Preston Mommsen (c), Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Frederick Coleman, Matthew Cross, Joshua Davey, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Majid Haq, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Safyaan Sharif, Robert Taylor, Iain Wardlaw.

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  • India win hearts in 4th Test against Australia

    Posted on January 9, 2015 by Selby


    Virat Kohli led India's unadulterated celebrations once again after the dismissal of David Warner © Getty Images

    Virat Kohli led India’s unadulterated celebrations once again after the dismissal of David Warner © Getty Images

    India has challenged Australia’s authority in emphatic manner in the ongoing fourth Test at Sydney. While there are innumerable issues surrounding the young team under Virat Kohli, there are many aspects for their fans to cheer about as well. Keeping aside the negatives, Devarchit Varma highlights why this young brigade wins the hearts.

    There is always something special about young talent that blesses our beloved game of cricket. Some will announce their arrival in style — like Steven Smith and Virat Kohli smashing almost all records as young captains and key batsmen in their respective sides. There will be bundle of nerves in say, KL Rahul, who will play uncharacteristic strokes and even drop catches, adding more to pressure they are already in. And then there will be characters like Joe Burns as well, of whom the world would not know much. They will silently go on for a couple of days in international cricket and suddenly explode with a blistering knock of 39-ball 66, smashing eight fours and three sixes on the way.

    At times, cricket turns out to be a very interesting game when there is a mix of experience and raw talent in a team. But it turns even more funny and interesting when there are just bunch of newcomers on the cricket pitch, running awkwardly yet successfully between the wickets, dropping catches and throwing the ball to teammates in complete frustration. But the most significant difference one gets to see on the field is the energy, the enthusiasm they bring in, their expressions while celebrating wickets, as well as the reactions while ruing failures.

    As the fourth Test seemingly headed towards a tame draw, the young Team India under its vibrant captain turned tables on Australia. Despite conceding a huge 97-run lead, Kohli and his men came out all guns blazing; they started attacking right from the first ball, set attacking fields, deployed Ravichandran Ashwin in the second over and reaped results for being brave.

    Australia might have planned to add quick runs with an in-form David Warner at the crease, but Indians not only got rid of him early but also gave a send-off. It was not necessary, because India was under pressure and not Warner and Australia. But with Warner’s wicket the close-in fielders exploded in raw, unadulterated enthusiasm, blended with a strong urge to succeed, riding on the undying spirit that no matter how much they are battered, the Indians will continue to come back hard.

    These days it is extremely hard to know what happens inside an international cricket team’s dressing room. But after the draw in the Melbourne Test, team director Ravi Shastri spoke about the team’s spirit and their mindset — something which could be the most important aspect of a side. Some may not have completely understood the message Shastri gave, but in just a few hours of the fourth day’s play at Sydney, this young Team India proved what spirit they have and how profoundly resilient they are.

    Kohli’s India wants to win. Kohli’s India was aggressive at the Adelaide Oval and it will be aggressive on the fifth day of the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Remember, for these young Indians, it has been an arduous journey in four Tests away from home, right before they go on to defend something they held so closely to their hearts — the World Cup. But they will not get bogged down, they will not be pressurised with any amount of runs Australians score, and they will not be scared with the battery of pacers Australia have in their ranks. They will come out fighting every single day, and this is precisely the reason why Steven Smith is not likely to declare before Australia take their lead past 400 on final day. An overnight declaration could actually be risky — India can also get into limited-overs mode and knock off the set target.

    Mitchell Starc is a young man with tremendous promise. He is among the huge pool of talented pacers Australia has produced in recent years, and there is certainly a very healthy competition among them. He has a well-known public life as well: he dates Alyssa Healy, the niece of Ian Healy. Without anyone saying, he certainly has a lot of pressure on him; he cannot afford failures for many reasons.

    Here, he would not like to be rattled by Shane Warne, who has a history of destroying the strongest of mindsets (remember the Alastair Cook incident?). Now, was Starc wrong in giving a send-off to Murali Vijay after dismissing the in-form batsman early? Was he not trying to make a statement that he is not ‘soft’?

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  • A reply to recent comments by Sir Ian Botham regards the England Skipper

    Posted on January 3, 2015 by Selby

    Tony Selby

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    Cricket Collectables think that there is a little more to consider about Alistair Cook

    Those in the know were saying that the tall, dark and handsome Alastair Cook was destined for great things very early on, and on the Ashes tour of 2010-11, he came good on a host of promises, scoring an incredible 766 runs in seven innings to anchor England's first series win in Australia for 24 years. In so doing, he went past 5,000 Test runs, having turned 26 on Christmas Day - the second youngest batsman to reach the landmark after Sachin Tendulkar. Two years later and further records had been broken as he became England's leading Test century-maker - hitting No. 23 against India in Kolkata, his third in three matches - and became the youngest player to pass 7000 runs.

    It had seemed inevitable, from the moment he scored a hundred on debut against India in 2006, that he would have a prolific career and captain his country. The leadership came firstly when Andrew Strauss was rested for the Bangladesh tour in 2010, then the ODI side in 2010 before he took full control of the Test team in 2012 after Strauss retirement. It was a challenge that could have broken lesser men; an away trip to India and the ongoing Kevin Pietersen saga. It turned into a triumph as England won the Test series 2-1 and Pietersen returned to the side to play a key role.

    A correct and stylish left-hander strong on the pull, Cook was thrown in at the deep end by Essex the year after he left Bedford School with a fistful of batting records, and has barely looked back since. His early England career was full of successes, although a barren spell in 2010 briefly threatened his place before a century against Pakistan at The Oval - a rather more frenetic affair than Cook's usual knocks - transformed him in time for the Ashes. Up until that point, he had looked increasingly vulnerable outside off stump, with a tendency to play around the front pad proving costly. Cook had already lost his one-day place after a moderate run, not helped by his fielding sometimes being less than scintillating.

    He captained England in the Under-19 World Cup early in 2004, scored his maiden first-class hundred later that year, and added a double-century for Essex against the Australian tourists in 2005. The following spring he was called up by the full England side when injuries struck in India. He had been in the Caribbean with the A team when the SOS came but, unfazed, stroked 60 and a magnificent century to complete a memorable debut in Nagpur. He remained consistent, seemingly at ease with the pressure, and was a shoo-in for the 2006-07 Ashes. Before that series even started Glenn McGrath paid him the honour of publicly announcing that he would be targeting Cook: it made for a tough baptism, but although he was hardly prolific (276 runs) he did manage a century in Perth.

    Bowlers began to exploit that penchant for hanging on the front foot, but Cook still made his share of runs. By the time of his 25th birthday on Christmas Day 2009 he had scored far more runs (3536 to David Gower's 2548) and centuries (nine to Ian Botham's six) than any other Englishman of a comparable age. He hit three more Test hundreds in 2009 - but none of them were in the Ashes series, in which 95 at Lord's was his only score above 32 as the Aussies probed that front-pad problem.

    However, further honours were just around the corner. Strauss took time off at the start of 2010, and Cook captained in Bangladesh, scoring centuries as both Tests were won. It was the prelude to the great feats in Australia to come and the evolution continued in May 2011 when he was named as Strauss' successor in the one-day captaincy. Little more than a year later, after Strauss' abrupt retirement, the Test role followed, with a demanding tour of India his first assignment. It was another challenge he ticked off.

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  • Top 10: Most expensive pieces of cricket memorabilia

    Posted on December 22, 2014 by Selby

    10) Keith Miller 53 Ashes cap – £16,000

    In 2004 a cap worn between 1954 -55 by the man considered to be Australia’s greatest all-rounder, Keith Miller, was sold at auction for A$40,775 (approx £16,000).

    Gary-Sobers-six-sixes-ball9) Garfield Sobers’ ‘six sixes’ ball – £26,400

    In 1968 Garfield Sobers made county cricket history by hitting six consecutive sixes in a single over for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan. One of the balls used during this historic innings was sold at a Christie’s auction in 2006 for £26,400.

    8) Victor Trumper 1907 -11 test cap – £33,642

    In 2004 another green cap, this time belonging to Australian Cricket legend Victor Trumper, sold at auction for A$83,000 (approx. £33,642).

    7) Don Bradman’s 1946-47 Ashes bat – £42,484

    The bat used by Don Bradman during the 1946-7 Ashes series including his World Record Fifth Wicket partnership with Sid Barnes, sold for A$65,000 (approx. £42,484) at Ravenswick Auctions in December 2012.

    The cap worn by Bradman during the same Ashes series of 46-47 had sold at a Christie’s auction in June 2003 for £35,250.

    6) Garfield Sobers’ 1958 bat – £46,892

    In October 2000 at a Christie’s auction in Melbourne, the bat used by Garfield Sobers to achieve 365 not out for West India against Pakistan in 1958 (breaking Len Hutton’s test record) was sold for A$129,250 (approx. £46,892).

    5) Sachin Tendulkar’s bat – £58,480sachin

    At an auction in Mumbai in October 2010, the bat used by India’s greatest batsman Sachin Tendulkar in his record-breaking one-day innings of 163 against New Zealand in 2009 sold for Rs 42 lakh (approx. £58,480).

    4) A set of Wisden’s Almanacs 1864-1984 – £90,000

    In 2009 at a Bonham’s auction, a complete run of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack for the years 1864 to 1984 was sold for £90,000, far beyond its estimated price of £50,000 – £70,000.

    3) MS Dhoni’s World Cup winning bat – £100,000

    In July 2011, the bat used by Indian captain MS Dhoni to hit the winning runs in that year’s Cricket World Cup Final was sold for £100,000. The sale was during a charity auction held to raise funds for Dhoni’s own charity ‘Winning Ways Today for Tomorrow’, which encourages disadvantaged children to play cricket.

    bradman2) Don Bradman’s ‘Invincibles’ tour cap – £175,375

    In 2008 the baggy green cap worn by Don Bradman on the 1948 ‘Invincibles’ tour of England was sold at a Charles Leski auction for A$400,000 (approx £175,375).

    1) Samuel Britcher’s cricket scorebooks – £324,000

    In a Christie’s auction in 2005 the MCC purchased a collection of cricket scorebooks written by Samuel Britcher, the MCC’s first official scorer. His record of matches between 1795 and 1806, recorded in four books, was sold for a combined total of £324,000.

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  • CommBank Test Series v India, Second Test

    Posted on December 20, 2014 by Selby

    CommBank Test Series v India, Second Test

    Cricket memorabilia connected with the CommBank Test Series is always popular  and on this occasion in abundance

    Brisbane was awash with pre-Christmas revelry on Friday night and those party folk who didn’t quite make it to the Gabba in time for the resumption next morning could have conceivably felt they hadn’t missed much.

    As the late morning cloud, if not quite the personal fog began to lift and the lunch break beckoned, stragglers would have noted that the batting pair who had carried India to 1-71 and within sniffing distance of an overall lead the previous evening – Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara – were still in occupation.

    But having eased into their seats and let their glazed eyes focus slowly on the ground’s large electronic scoreboards, they must have then wondered if they had slept through an entire day.

    Or if it was the Gabba software rather than their own internal computational gear that was malfunctioning.

    India six wickets down and not yet 50 runs in front?

    With their number two and three batsmen at the crease?

    That a fifth day that had promised such delicate balance and intrigue was being made redundant by Australia’s steamrolling towards their eventual four-wicket with more than a day to spare to gain a two-nil stranglehold on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy?

    What was in that final round of fruit-laden cocktails? How many hours did I lose standing in that never-ending taxi queue?

    It was only when Pujara lost his wicket 10 minutes before lunch and the board rolled the vision of the morning’s carnage that the picture, though most likely not the throbbing heads and bewildered minds, became a little clearer.


    For the early risers, the session of dramatic twists and India’s downward turn in a match where they had established and held a deserved ascendancy for the first two days began even before the players took the field.

    Dhawan, the explosive opener who had threatened but failed to ignite in Adelaide and in the first innings at Brisbane, had reportedly been struck on the right forearm while having a warm-up hit in the Gabba nets and was about to head to hospital for precautionary x-rays.

    While uncertainty surrounded the nature of the injury, the extent of the damage and whether it had been inflicted by an over-enthusiastic local net bowler or a member of India’s coaching staff serving up a few gentle ‘throw downs’, the Indian team made its displeasure known.

    Quick Single: India unimpressed with practice pitches

    A hasty, testy statement was drafted and released claiming they had been asking for days for access to the pristine practice pitches being prepared for teams competing in upcoming KFC T20 Big Bash League matches and that Dhawan’s injury justified their concerns.

    Queensland officials countered the “worn out” practice wickets did not differ greatly form the cracked, increasingly unpredictable fourth-day surface on which both team’s batsmen would encounter out in the middle, but the tourists held to their belief they had been done a disservice.

    What’s worse, Virat Kohli, the batsman despatched prematurely to join Pujara in the middle when Dhawan was unable to resume had also been struck while preparing before play, which might explain why the dual century-maker from the first Test looked so out of sorts this morning.

    A nervous moment when struck on the pads by Mitchell Johnson without offering a shot was replaced by dread shortly after when Kohli’s angled bat deflected the ball to his right thigh and, from there, back on to his stumps.

    India’s grievance was about to give way to another of those freefalls into disaster that has come to characterise so many of their Test performances during a year that has delivered MS Dhoni’s team a solitary Test win from nine attempts.

    In all but one of those – the drawn Test against New Zealand at Wellington remembered for Brendon McCullum’s triple century – India has suffered collapses in which five, six, eight or (as at The Oval in August) all 10 wickets have fallen in a clatter for the addition of less than 100 runs.

    This morning’s calamity was 6-72 in fewer than 25 overs but even those confronting numbers don’t do full justice to the speed and indignity with which India hurtled towards defeat.

    In keeping with the stage set by yesterday’s counter-productive baiting of Johnson that helped spark his match-altering innings, the Australian spearhead who had struggled for rhythm and impact until that moment rediscovered his menace and completed the rebuttal of his taunters.

    Having skittled the stumps of Kohli, whose chirpiness in the field yesterday gave way to silent disbelief when he stood as if frozen for what seemed a minute before dragging himself from the scene, Johnson followed up with a brutal throat ball to Ajinkya Rahane in his next over.

    Rahane’s instinctive parry gifted Nathan Lyon the first of two of the simplest catches any gully fielder could hope for, and then Johnson narrowed his sights on Rohit Sharma who he had identified as India’s chief provocateur from the previous afternoon.

    One story circulating then suggested Sharma had greeted Johnson – who had bowled without success in India’s first innings – with a “how many wickets have you got in this match?”, or something similar.

    It’s unknown if Johnson responded with “more than you’ve made runs in the second dig” after he had Sharma caught behind for a second-ball duck, but he certainly flashed him one of those smiles most famously unleashed on England’s James Anderson in Adelaide last summer.

    At that point Johnson had snared 3-10 in the space of 11 balls, and when Dhoni ambled across his stumps and was immediately told he should keep walking back to the dressing room that was by now in turmoil, India had lost four specialist batsmen for a combined contribution of 11 runs.

    Which meant half the team was gone with them still 10 runs in deficit.

    Plans to send Dhawan to hospital were hurriedly revised and he was instead marched to the middle, where he handled the pace and bounce Johnson and Josh Hazlewood were still enjoying on the deteriorating surface with greater competence than his teammates who hadn’t been traumatised in the nets.

    Despite the regular loss of wickets at the other end, Dhawan closed to within 19 runs of what would have been a remarkable rearguard century but fell to Lyon when his attempt to improvise with a lap sweep shot saw the ball miss bat and front pad, but struck his right thigh in front of middle stump.

    There was a time not so far from the present when Australian nerves would have jangled at the thought of a fourth-innings target of 128.

    Even more so had India been able to push it towards 200.

    And pulses might have quickened further when the batsmen most likely to chase down that tally before palms had a chance to sweat up – belligerent opener David Warner and brutal No.3 Shane Watson – were both dismissed for single-figure totals inside the first 10 overs.

    Of equal concern was the blow that Warner took on his left thumb, which initially raised fears he might join Mitchell Marsh (hamstring) in doubt for the Boxing Day Test that begins in Melbourne on Friday.

    But those haunting memories – which became indelible with the failed pursuit of 117 against a Fanie de Villiers-inspired South Africa in Sydney in the summer of 1993-94 – harked backed to days before Steve Smith had started school.

    And even though the scorecard shows Australia’s pursuit was far more fraught than they would have liked – and would have been more so had Smith not been missed by Kohli in the slips on nine – the skipper’s decisive 63-run partnership with Chris Rogers (55 from 57 balls) made sure of his perfect captaincy record to date.

    It was left to the younger Marsh to hit the winning runs – a classy cover drive for four, no less – after his older brother was out for a run-a-ball 17, and Brad Haddin (one) again missed out with just six runs required.

    Fittingly, it was Johnson, the man who started it all some six hours earlier, who was left unbeaten at the other end as his namesake made it two-nil heading to Melbourne for Boxing Day.

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  • Alastair Cook may relinquish the Captaincy for the down under World Cup

    Posted on December 17, 2014 by Selby

    With the selction committee meeting next Friday to confirm the players for the 2015 World Cup, recent poor performances in Sri Lanka could not have come at a worse time

    Cricket memorabilia from the series is abundant and in big demand especially signed cricket bats and autographed tour programmes

    The tourists were beaten by 87 runs yesterday in Columbo which led to a series loss 5-2 and this so soon before they head to Australia for their World cup opener on Feb 14th

    Skipper Alastair Cook in particular has been getting a lot of flak, he has not got above 50 runs in ODIs in his last 10 visits to the crease and recently things have only got worse. Cook has made it clear he will not walk away from his position as England captain and chances are that the selection committee will feel the same way, Peter Moores and  ECB MD Paul Downton  have openly implied that he is the man to lead, in many ways it would be good to see back in form as captain on the down under tour

    Looking back at  2014 England have lost 4 of the 5 ODI series their only win in the Caribbean without Cook on the pitch

    World cup Cricket Memorabilia is no 1 on Cricket Collectables agenda throughout the competition and we look forward to putting many more interesting items on our website, pinterest and other social media channels

    Tony Selby

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