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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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  • End of season bad luck at Old Trafford

    Posted on September 27, 2014 by Selby

    Not surprised to see that Lancashire have left been relegated to Division 2 of the County Championship in their last match of the season

    Middlesex survived the same fate when poor weather at Old Trafford cost 14 overs on the last day 341/8 declared leaving 243 to make, impossible, a very disappointing outcome in spite of Lancs skipper Glen Chapple’s best efforts

    Junaid Khan 3/84 off 29 overs and Simon Kerrigan 3/106 off  48 played well but it wasn’t enough, what a shame!!!

    Lancs cricket memorabilia is always very popular so lets hope for a good 2015

    tony selby


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  • PERTH: Australia's women's cricket team face an uphill battle

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by Selby

    PERTH: Australia's women's cricket team face an uphill battle to win back the Ashes after suffering a 61-run Test loss to England at the WACA Ground.

    Chasing 185 for victory, Australia were in big trouble at 5-57 entering the fourth and final day.

    A 44-run partnership between Ellyse Perry (31) and Sarah Elliott (29) breathed life into the Southern Stars' run chase as they moved to 5-99.

    England celebrate after taking the wicket of Australia's Sarah Coyte during day four of the Women's Ashes Test at the WACA Ground in Perth.England celebrate after taking the wicket of Australia's Sarah Coyte during day four of the Women's Ashes Test at the WACA Ground in Perth. Photo: Getty Images

    But Perry's dismissal sparked a collapse of 3-7 as Australia were bowled out for 123 shortly before lunch.

    The Test win gave England six points in the multi-format series, which also features three one-dayers and three Twenty20s.

    With each one-dayer and T20 match only worth two points, Australia need to win five of the remaining six matches to regain the urn.

    That will be a tough task against an England side now brimming with confidence following their early success on enemy territory.

    But the visitors will need to find an answer to star Australian allrounder Perry, who was the clear standout during the one-off Test.

    Perry took 3-41 and 5-38 with the ball, and scored 71 and 31 with the bat to give the Stars a sniff of victory.

    England speedster Anya Shrubsole was the hero on the final day, snaring three wickets, including the key scalp of Perry, to put the Stars to the sword.

    Kate Cross took three wickets late on Sunday to put England on track for victory, with Katherine Brunt wrapping up the triumph when she clean bowled Elliott.

    Tony Selby


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  • Dhoni blinder lifts India to 303

    Posted on October 19, 2013 by Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia from the India v Australia series will be available later this week specifically MS Dhoni signed cricket bat.

    India were 76 for 4, then 154 for 6. But they had MS Dhoni, and they ended on 303 for 9. The India captain twisted his ankle in the 14th over while turning for a second run. He hadn't even faced a ball yet. He motored to 50 off 77, and accelerated to his ninth ODI hundred in the next 30. Dhoni's favourite territory, the final stage of the innings, was yet to arrive. The Australia captain dropped him first ball of the penultimate over. Dhoni pulverized 34 off the final 12 deliveries to end unbeaten on 139. Even if it was normal service coming from Dhoni, that did not make it any less mind-boggling.

    The last time Dhoni made an ODI century, in December 2012, he took India from 29 for 5 against Pakistan to 227 for 6. Helping him that day was R Ashwin, who made an unbeaten 31 in a century stand. Ashwin was around today as well, showing superb calm in adding 76 for the seventh wicket with his captain. Before that, Virat Kohli had been an equal partner in a fifth-wicket stand of 72, but had fallen against the run of play for his third successive score of 50-plus this series.

    Admirable as these twin acts were, they were supporting ones. The stage belonged to Dhoni, who once again showed the entire range of his limited-overs batsmanship - from precisely-judged singles to hustling twos, from deftly placed boundaries to the late, towering sixes. And yes, he turned down three singles in the last two overs with Vinay Kumar at the other end.

    Dhoni hit one four in his first 67 deliveries. He ended with 12 fours and five sixes. Dhoni took little risk against the left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty when India were rebuilding. Doherty, with figures of 9-0-35-0, was held back for one over, which he came on to complete as the 41st. Dhoni pulled and lofted him for successive boundaries off the last two balls of the over. James Faulkner's first eight overs went for 33, including just one run off the 46th. Dhoni hung back in the crease at the end, pulling out scythes, slices, slogs, helicopter-swings. Faulker's last two overs had gone for 32. Between those two overs, the threat of Dhoni had made even as experienced a man as Shane Watson bowl two wides.

    Before all this Dhoni frenzy, India's specialist batsmen had been roughed up for the second time in three games by Australian pace and bounce. A bit of grass and bounce in Mohali and Mitchell Johnson had reduced them to 76 for 4.

    Suresh Raina, the new India No 4, looked thoroughly uncomfortable against Johnson, who was brought back soon after the left-hander came in at 37 for 2. Raina hopped, jabbed and missed. He tried hooking but could not bat to ball. When he did, off another attempted hook, he only edged to slip. Yuvraj Singh walked in on his home ground and walked back first ball, his dismissal a replay of the manner he fell to Johnson in the first ODI - wafting at a short of a length delivery away from the body and nicking it to the wicketkeeper.

    After their 176-run opening stand in Jaipur, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan didn't lasted long. Dhawan went caught-behind to a Clint McKay rising across him and squaring him up. Rohit tried forcing a front-foot pull off Watson, but the ball reared up quicker and higher than he anticipated, and a top-edge was taken by slip running back.

    Australia hadn't even been too disciplined with their lines and lengths, but only Kohli was able to take advantage of that. He looked every inch a batsman who had reeled off the fastest century for his country three days ago. He was ready to pounce on even slightly wide deliveries, and his timing ensured even some reasonably good ones went for fours. His driving on the off side stood out, as also his eagerness to take singles when wickets were falling. Kohli had chugged to 68 before he nicked part-timer Glenn Maxwell behind. India still had more than 20 overs to bat out, but they also had Dhoni.

    Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Posted on August 13, 2013 by Selby


    Surprised to see the Aussies let that one get away allowing England to confirm their superiority winning the Ashes 3/0  and the 4th Test with a convincing 74 run victory at Chester Le Street

    The last few days has seen a number of Autograph Signings, Signed Cricket Bats and Memorabilia, and what a nice way to spend your spend watching exciting cricket especially the Ashes. Cant say enough about the delightful ground Durham and the hospitality of the club.

    Alastair Cook’s team were winners at Durham with a day to spare in the 4th test when Australia somehow lapsed into a sudden batting collapse while attempting to score a not unobtainable 299 runs for a first series win. Stuart Broad put the nail in the coffin for the tourists with some splendid bowling 5/71 in the 1st innings and 6/50 in the 2nd.

    It is a landmark for England as the last time they won 3 matches In a home series was 28 years ago

    The England 1st innings was disappointing with only one half century scored by Cook, with Nathan Lyon taking 4 important wickets for 42 runs, Ian Bell who has had a great series so far, was the hero of 2nd innings  scoring 113 runs before being bowled by Ryan Harris, a seriously good fast bowler, who ended the innings with 7 important wickets for 117 runs.

    The tourists will be all out to win their first match of the series at the Oval starting Wednesday 21st August, should be a match well worth attending!!

    Tony Selby


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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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  • 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

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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,

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  • India need to win against the West Indies

    Posted on July 5, 2013 by Selby


     

    PORT OF SPAIN FRIDAY

     

    Following two defeats on the run, India need to get organised as they go into a crucial match against the West Indies in the Tri-series  today.

    Cricket Memorabilia has been available throughout the series and a number of Signed cricket bats, autographs, tour material, sports photographs and scorecards are available

    The Champions Trophy winners are under pressure as they found it difficult to come to terms with the changing conditions, if the two-paced Caribbean wickets were not enough to trouble the Indian side, injury to skipper Singh Dhoni has only made the job more difficult for them.

    Friday's contest comes as a huge challenge and test for the leadership quality of Virat Kohli, who is being considered as a future captain of the country.

    Kohli's tactics during the defeat against Sri Lanka proved insufficient and it will be interesting to see how he leads  his team in the pressure match, where a defeat will almost certainly mean the campaign end.
    West Indies are well placed  with nine points, thanks to 2 wins from as many matches while Sri Lanka in second place on 5 points. Both teams have managed to win  bonus points.

    Victory today will keep India  in the competition. Their defeat would send the hosts into the final and from there, India's chances to qualify will be by no means assured.

    First and foremost, India would need a favour from the West Indies that the hosts beat Sri Lanka in their final league match on Sunday and then India will have to beat the Asian neighbours on Tuesday in a certain number of overs to make it to the final
    India's victory on Friday will keep the tournament open as all three teams will have a chance to book a place in the title clash.
    India need Shikhar Dhawan to provide a solid opening along with Rohit Sharma, who is the only one so far from the side to score his half-century.

    The bowlers struggled to find length against Sri Lanka and repeat of the same will be disaster against the high scoring Caribbean side.

    Chris Gayle is always a big threat and his opening partner Johnson Charles has also given a good account of himself. Kieron Pollard in the middle and Darren Sammy in the lower order are also capable of taking the game away from the opposition on their day.

    India may not select Shami Ahmed and could bring back Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. It is also unlikely that Ambati Rayudu will get his debut match in the crucial game.

    For West Indies, captain Dwayne Bravo is likely to return to the side, having missed the India match due to injury.

    Cricket collectables will be attending signings throughout the weekend and look forward to seeing some great sports memorabilia

     

    India Team

    Virat Kohli (Capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Shami Ahmed and R Vinay Kumar.

    West Indies Team

    Dwayne Bravo (Capt.), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Jason Holderm, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, and Devon Smith.

     

     

    Tony Selby


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