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  • New Zealand eye a Sharjah hat-trick

    Posted on December 14, 2014 by Selby

    December 14, 2014

    The way the first two matches of this series have panned out, there is not much to pick between Pakistan and New Zealand. That's good news from a New Zealand perspective as they are competing very well in foreign conditions, but not so good for Pakistan - their batting, invincible in Tests a month ago, is now back in the familiar zone of unpredictability.

    Twice in two matches, Pakistan lost the top order for cheap scores. More worrying was the fact that they were not able to accommodate Umar Akmal in the side. But Misbah-ul-Haq is out of the series* due to a hamstring injury which opens the door for Akmal. What Pakistan can count as a positive is the practice their batsmen are getting by facing quality pacers even on dead pitches.

    That pace attack has been New Zealand's strength and a revelation. They peppered the Pakistan with short-pitched bowling and with considerable success, an excellent sign as they know this bowling attack is their bench strength in the World Cup once Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Mills (unfit at the moment) are available.

    The third match of an ODI series standing at 1-1 is a bit like the period between 20 and 35 overs in an ODI; If you do well, you move ahead but don't win, and if you make mistakes, there is always a chance to come back. Pakistan, however, would want to find a way to prevent New Zealand's hat-trick of wins in Sharjah this tour.

    Form guide

    (most recent first, completed matches only)

    Pakistan LWLLL
    New Zealand WLLLW

    A recent convert to left-arm spin bowling, Haris Sohail hasn't done badly at all. He followed up his economical, but wicketless, spell in the first ODI with a three-for in the second. The control that he has provided hides all signs that he started bowling spin as recently as last month. It will be interesting to see how he develops in the series, especially since Mohammad Hafeez cannot bowl.

    There is an award at the end of every game for the fastest bowler of the match and every day, it ends up inAdam Milne's pocket. Breaching the 150 kph barrier has been an easy job for Milne, but the wickets column has remained generally bare for him. The two wickets he picked in the last match doubled his ODI tally to four and it may just be the confidence-booster the young bowler needs.

    Misbah-ul-Haq's injury means Shahid Afridi will lead the side in the remaining ODIs. Anwar Ali and Yasir Shah have been named in place of Umar Gul and Bilawal Bhatti, but it remains to be seen if they find a place in the XI.

    Pakistan (probable) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Haris Sohail, 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Shahid Afridi (capt), 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Wahab Riaz, 11 Mohammad Irfan

    New Zealand, after the win in the last game, are likely to play the same XI.

    New Zealand (probable) 1 Anton Devcich, 2 Dean Brownlie, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Mitchell McClenaghan, 10 Adam Milne, 11 Matt Henry

    Pacers from both teams extracted disconcerting bounce from the shiny Sharjah pitch, although it was mainly because of the bowlers' abilities. For batsmen prepared to spend time, it remains a decent pitch to bat. Dew will remain a factor; it showed up in the latter half of New Zealand's innings and Pakistan's bowlers served up a few full-tosses.


    Stats & trivia

    The last ODI was only the fourth instance of Pakistan losing all 10 wickets to pacers at home. The previous instance was also in Sharjah, against Australia in 2012

    • Ross Taylor has 1043 ODI runs in Asia in the last five years. He is only behind AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla in the list of leading non-asian batsmen in this period.
    • 13,138 - Runs given by Shahid Afridi, the most by any bowler in ODIs


    "We are trying to build the right combination for the World Cup and these issues have not allowed us to do so."

    Waqar Younis, the Pakistan coach, on the loss of two bowlers in Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal © ESPN Sports Media Ltd.







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  • Phillip Hughes 1988-2014

    Posted on November 27, 2014 by Selby

    Phillip Hughes 1988-2014

    The cricket world is united today in paying tribute to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died this morning two days after being hit on the head in a Sheffield Shield match.

    Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and opponents at this immensely difficult time.

    He was an outstanding talent - the youngest man to score two centuries in a Test and the only Australian to score a ton on ODI debut - and he has been taken from the game far too soon.

    Read more tributes to a man who had a positive impact on so many here.

    Rest in peace, Phil. You will be sadly missed.


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  • Great auction on Nov 2nd - England 1847-1869. Original 'Duke' cricket ball well used

    Posted on November 22, 2014 by Selby

    Lot 603 All England v Canterbury, February 1864

    Another Classic the all England v Canterbury, February 1864'. Robert Crispin Tinley. Nottinghamshire & England 1847-1869. Original 'Duke' cricket ball with shield shaped silver plaque to ball inscribed 'All England v Canterbury. Presented by S. Jones, To R.C. Tinley. The Best Bowler, February 1864'. A very early and unique item from the dawn of Test, Well worth the investment bound to sell  "down under" as usual!!! hope you are watching Gregg??

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  • Steve Finn England right hand bat, medium fast bowler, is planning for a win

    Posted on November 22, 2014 by Selby

    Steven Finn has a simple plan during this World Cup winter – take as many wickets as possible, it is perhaps an understandable philosophy following a difficult 12 months that has seen the tall quick have to re-evaluate his game and fight to regain his England place.

    Finn left the tour of Australia last winter early, after failing to play a competitive match, but could yet return Down Under for the World Cup in two months’ time.

    The 25-year-old knows that if he is to do that he must impress during the current tour of Sri Lanka, where the absence of first-choice duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad has created opportunities for the rest of the seam attack.

    “All I want to do is to try and take as many wickets and bowl as well as I possibly can out here and hopefully that will contribute towards me getting picked for the World Cup,”

    “All I can control is how I bowl. As long as I’m bowling well I can be content with myself that I’ve done as much as I can.”

    Finn admits that he has had some low moments over the past year but, after he has steadily built towards re-selection for the squad in Sri Lanka, he is now only looking forward.

    “It’s been an encouraging end to the last year,” he said.


    Steven Finn is determined to only look forward as he aims to re-establish himself in an England shirt ahead of the World CupSteven Finn is determined to only look forward as he aims to re-establish himself in an England shirt ahead of the World Cup


    “There were some tough times in there but everyone goes through tough times in their career. The most important thing now is that I don’t dwell on the past and I look forward to the future.

    “I’ve been through it, I’ve experienced things that I wish I didn’t experience at the beginning of my career but it happens and moving forward is now the most important thing.”

    For now he is hoping to try and push himself back up the pecking order after being handed the new ball for the tour-opener against Sri Lanka A in Colombo yesterday.

    The right-armer claimed 2-43 in the 56-run Duckworth/Lewis Method win and, while he is the most experienced quick in the squad in terms of games played, he believes he has ground to recover on the likes of Chris WoakesBen Stokesand Chris Jordan.

    “I haven’t played as much as the other guys over the last 12 months so I suppose I’m down the pecking order a little bit,” he said.

    “It’s up to me to try and change that over here. I got given the new ball in this warm-up game and hopefully I’ll be given the new ball tomorrow in the next warm-up game and that’s really a chance for me to make a statement and make a point to be in that World Cup squad.”

    England ODI Tour to Sri Lanka 2014

    Fri 21 Nov - 1st warm-up v SL A (Day), Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo
    Sun 23 Nov - 2nd warm-up v SL A (Day), Tamil Union Oval, Colombo
    Wed 26 Nov - 1st ODI (Day/Night), RPICS, Colombo*
    Sat 29 Nov - 2nd ODI (Day), RPICS, Colombo*
    Wed 3 Dec - 3rd ODI (Day/Night), MRPICS, Hambantota*
    Sun 7 Dec - 4th ODI (Day), RPICS, Colombo
    Wed 10 Dec - 5th ODI (D/N), PICS, Pallekelle*
    Sat 13 Dec - 6th ODI (Day), PICS, Pallekelle*
    Tue 16 Dec - 7th ODI (D/N), RPICS, Colombo

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  • WG Grace Hastings Cricket Festival 1890

    Posted on November 14, 2014 by Selby



    W.G. Grace circa 1890s. Original candid sepia photograph of Grace standing in front of the scoreboard at the Hastings Cricket Festival in blazer and cap. To either side of Grace are two notable umpires of the day, Bob Thoms and Robert Carpenter. 5"x3.75". Rare. VG - cricket

    Original Estimate: £150/250

    Hammer price: £420



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  • Ten of the best tales from England, Australia and the biggest cricketing rivalry

    Posted on November 10, 2014 by Selby

    Maddest Ashes Stories: Ten of the best tales from England, Australia and the biggest cricketing rivalry

    Wednesday will see the start of the 67th series of one sport's greatest rivalries.

    The Ashes has a rich history of memorable moments as England and Australia tussle for the old urn - and this summer will be no different.

    But the rivalry - in addition to long tours - have also brought out some of the oddest and hilarious stories as well.

    We asked Gershon Portnoi - author of Ashes, Clashes and Bushy Taches, to give us his favourites and here's what has caught his eye.



    In 1912, Aussie cricket officials gathered to pick the team for the fourth Ashes Test with their team trailing in the series.

    One of the selectors, Peter McAlister, had a long running feud with captain Clem Hill and made several jibes at him during the meeting including describing him as “the worst captain in living memory.”

    Hill stood up and informed McAlister, “You’ve been asking for a punch all night and I’ll give you one.” Incredibly, Hill lamped the selector before a brawl broke out, during which the skipper had to be stopped from throwing McAlister out of the third-floor window.

    Even more incredibly, Hill kept his place in the team as captain. Let’s hope Michael Clarke isn’t reading this for inspiration.



    When the Aussie opening batsmen warm up for the 2013 first Test at Trent Bridge, it’s a fair bet they won’t do it Geoff Marsh-style. In 1989, Marsh’s roommate David Boon was woken on the morning of the opening rubber at Headingley to the unusual sight of his naked team-mate standing in front of the mirror clad only in helmet and batting gloves while perfecting his er, straight bat technique.



    On the 1982/83 Ashes tour, Ian Botham hosted a party in his hotel room which consisted of the team “demolishing every bottle of booze we could lay our hands on.” “When we came round the next day (a day off I must add) we were rather taken aback to find the room was full of bits of uneaten cheeseburger,” says Beefy. “They were everywhere. [Bob] Willis had one enmeshed in his hair and when I woke up, someone politely inquired ‘Beefy, are you aware that there is a cheeseburger stuck in your ear?’”




    Getty17 Sep 1999: David Boon of Durham
    17 Sep 1999: David Boon of Durham


    It’s common knowledge that David Boon holds the Australian drinking record for a Sydney-to-London Ashes flight with a walrus moustache-soaking 52 cans of beer. What isn’t that well known is how Rod Marsh’s assault on the record ended a few years earlier. The wicket-keeper knocked back 45 cans but, unlike Boon who strolled off the plane seemingly as sober as the pilot, Marsh was comatose. So comatose that team-mates Dennis Lillee and Graeme Wood loaded him on to a luggage trolley and wheeled him through customs - the ‘nothing to declare’ side of course.




    GettyJan 1986: Derek Randall of England
    Jan 1986: Derek Randall of England


    After a hard day in the Adelaide Oval field, Derek Randall ran himself a bath. All ready in his towel, Randall popped in to Ian Botham and Allan Lamb’s adjacent hotel room for a cup of tea. When he returned to his room, he realised he’d forgotten his key and strolled down to reception for a replacement - still in his towel of course.

    As sopping wet hotel guests fled from the restaurant in front of him, he casually asked about the commotion. “Well,” said the receptionist. “Some stupid **** has left their bath water running and flooded the dining area!”



    There are few greater culture clashes than a coming together of a brash Australian cricketer and a member of the English aristocracy. When the Queen and Prince Philip were introduced to the Aussie cricket team at Lord's in 1981 an over excited Rodney Hogg bellowed to a team-mate: "Jeez, she hasn’t got bad legs for an old sheila, has she?"



    As a visiting Ashes captain, one is expected to represent his country with honour - unless you're Allan Border, who arrived in England in 1993 and greeted journalists by telling them: “I am not talking to anyone in the British media. They are all pr**ks.”

    England's 1911/12 skipper Johnny Douglas's diplomacy was not much better and his 'welcome' speech when the team arrived at Melbourne Town Hall is the stuff of legend. He said: “I hate speeches. As Bob Fitzsimmons once said: ‘I ain’t no bloomin’ orator, but I’ll fight any man in this blinkin’ country!’”

    Which is pretty much what David Warner did 100 years later.



    Phil Tufnell's 1994-95 Ashes tour was badly affected by problems in his personal life to the point where he trashed his Perth hotel room and was carted off to a local psychiatric unit for evaluation.

    “It was quite funny, really," says Tuffers. "They took me off to this bleeding nuthouse and this bloke comes in and says, ‘Tell me about your childhood’ and I think, ‘What am I doing here?’ So I just legged it out with all these blokes running after me. I got myself back to the hotel, got myself a beer, went into the team room and said, ‘Sorry about that, chaps, see you at breakfast tomorrow morning.’"




    Unhappy: WG Grace was unhappy with Billy Midwinter


    For all his runs and facial hair, WG Grace was actually a bit of a thug. When he discovered that Australian Billy Midwinter, who he’d signed to play for Gloucestershire, hadn’t turned up for a county match at The Oval in 1878 and was instead at Lord’s playing for his country, Grace hit the roof and took a horse-drawn cab across the capital. He marched straight into the Lord's pavilion, dragged Midwinter out (in his batting pads) and took him to Kennington. The Aussies gave chase but Grace fought them off (literally) and Midwinter played for Gloucestershire.



    The 1932/33 series will always be remembered for England’s Bodyline tactics but it also deserves to be recalled for the heroics of English batsman Eddie Paynter. After being hospitalised with a high fever and acute tonsillitis during the decisive Brisbane fourth Test, Paynter listened to England’s struggles on a radio before ordering a taxi to the ground and walking out to bat to the astonishment of all present.

    After overnighting at hospital he returned to guide England to a first-innings lead then retired to hospital again. The following day, England needed 160 to win the Ashes and Eddie once again threw off his hospital gown and returned to the Gabba in time to hit the six which clinched the urn.

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  • South Australian bowlers make inroads against NSW in Sheffield Shield match in Adelaide

    Posted on November 8, 2014 by Selby

    South Australian bowlers make inroads against NSW in Sheffield Shield match in Adelaide

      Redbacks star Johan Botha.

      Redbacks star Johan Botha. Source: Tom Huntley / News Corp Australia

      AFTER suspecting they were victims of daylight robberies, South Australia’s bowlers turned into night-time stranglers of NSW in their Sheffield Shield match. The Blues were 9-227 at stumps on Saturday’s opening day at Adelaide Oval after a final-session collapse in the day-night fixture.

      From a powerful 1-147, NSW struggled from dusk onwards: they lost 8-77 against a disciplined Redbacks bowling attack inspired by captain Johan Botha.

      The South African-born spinner took 5-34 from 29 miserly overs, quick Joe Mennie claimed 2-36, while paceman Chadd Sayers and Daniel Worrall picked up a wicket each.

      Blues opener Nick Larkin top-scored with 78 and first drop Scott Henry made 56 - they put on 110 for the second wicket before both fell to rash shots.

      Henry smacked an innocuous Botha ball straight to short cover to end his knock.

      And Botha, in his next over, dismissed Larkin when the polished right-hander tried to cut a short, wide delivery but feathered an edge to wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman - one of the gloveman’s five catches on the day.

      The dismissals were the first and second in a costly slide, and also placated a Redbacks outfit seething at having a string of lbw shouts refused earlier in the day.

      The trend started in the third over when Ryan Carters appeared to be trapped plumb in front by Sayers, only for New Zealand umpire Wayne Knights to inexplicably decline the appeal.

      Sayers’ mood didn’t improve in the middle session when he had two lbw shouts against Larkin rejected by the same umpire - replays showed the batsman was extremely fortunate to survive both.

      Larkin kept his cool and produced a patient 173-ball innings, highlighted by some sweet offside drives, until his untimely demise.

      Botha and Mennie then turned the screws under lights, with the Redbacks seeking consecutive home wins, after downing Queensland by eight wickets in their season opener.

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    • Quick off spinner in trouble!!

      Posted on November 8, 2014 by Selby

      Bangladesh fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain is the latest international to be reported for a suspect bowling action.

      The 24-year-old is the sixth bowler, and the first non off-spinner, to be reported by match officials since July.

      His action must be tested in the next 21 days at an International Cricket Council facility in either Cardiff or Brisbane.

      Hossain, who has played four Test matches, can continue bowling until the results are known.

      The right-armer has also played nine one-day internationals and nine Twenty20s.

      Pakistan spinner Saaed Ajmal has been suspended after analysis showed his arm bent more than the 15 degrees allowed.

      Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake, New Zealand's Kane Williamson, Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya were reported recently, Senanayake, and Williamson also subsequently banned from bowling.

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    • Cricket Memorabilia memories - on sale

      Posted on October 25, 2014 by Selby

      Lot 603 All England v Canterbury, February 1864

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    • This Cricket Memorabilia is not to be missed

      Posted on October 25, 2014 by Selby

      Knights Sports, Sporting Memorabilia, Wisden Almanack Auctions

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