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Thursday, 27 June 2013
Back to the future Watson travels

Back to the future Watson travels

If Australian cricket is moving forward under Darren Lehmann, then Shane Watson is hurtling enthusiastically back in time. Commissioned by Lehmann to revert to the opening role he excelled in from 2009 to 2011, Watson has pointed to his time under the captaincy of Ricky Ponting as the "blueprint" for his Test match future, as a reliable batsman, change bowler and durable member of the national team.
Upon Ponting's exit from the captaincy in April 2011, his successor Michael Clarke had charted a rather different role for Watson, making greater use of his bowling while shuffling him around the batting order.
But two years of decreasing returns and increasing unrest in the team left Lehmann to conclude that Watson had to be returned to his former post. The evidence of Watson's appreciation for the chance was written all over his sparkling 90 against Somerset at Taunton.
"That's the blueprint for me anyway, how Ricky used me when I was opening the batting, which worked nicely over that period of time," Watson said. "I was able to get through a lot of cricket without too many injuries, so hopefully I can get that period of time back again and get through a lot of cricket without too many injuries.
"The time when I did open the batting in Test cricket was the most success I'd had physically to be able to hold it together for a period of time so that does bring back good memories of that period of time when I was able to stay on the field and contribute with the ball whenever I could, predominantly being an opening batsman which certainly does excite me.
"Certainly opening the batting means I can't bowl too much which has worked for me in the past. Bowling wise I know I can contribute and that's why I do love bowling, but opening means I won't bowl as much as where I might if I was batting four especially. The balance worked previously so hopefully it can work again."
As an opener Watson can pose a genuine threat to England's high class pace attack, as much for his enthusiastic attitude to the task as his mechanical, repeatable technique. At his worst Watson can look a tad robotic, but his fundamentals and certainty around off stump are of the kind that will allow him to not only blunt the new ball but punch it to the boundary. Moreover, he is likely to be set by the time spin is resorted to.
"Being able to take on the quicks with the brand new ball, I never knew how much I'd enjoy that until I got the opportunity in the last Ashes series here in 2009," Watson said. "Ricky Ponting gave me the opportunity through the middle of that Ashes series and it's certainly something that I did and do love. I feel my game and mentality is really suited to opening the batting. It's nice to get the opportunity again to take on the English quicks.
"Coming into playing spin as well at times means I've got a little bit of batting under my belt instead of at times batting at No. 4 going in against spin. Certainly I find it easier to get things going facing the fast bowlers.
"So that alone and then not from the bowling perspective as well means my bowling workloads are reduced opening the batting, which they were when I did that previously so that worked out well at that stage so hopefully that can happen again."
Watson lauded Lehmann's frankness, something he had first encountered when teammates for Australia in the earliest years of the allrounder's long yet so far unfulfilled international career. "I know the way Darren operates and he certainly doesn't beat around the bush, he tells it how it is and that's a great thing," he said. "In my experiences with Darren playing with him and against him he certainly is very upfront, but he also does care when he needs to as well.
"It is black and white in a really good way, so it's nice for him to know I've got the backing of the coach to open. It's something I've been excited about to get that opportunity, and for that to be confirmed is a great thing."
FICA to refer ICC vote to ethics officer

FICA to refer ICC vote to ethics officer

The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) claims to have evidence captains are pressured by their councils to change their votes to Tim May and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan during player representatives vote in the ICC cricket committee in May. FICA has confirmed it will refer the matter to the ICC Ethics Officer for investigation after waiting in vain for the ICC to do so.

The ICC responded with a statement expressing "anger and disappointment" at what he described as "confrontational stance" of FICA. It inaction denied allegations made by Paul Marsh, the new CEO of FICA, and said he had been made "several weeks of discussions" between the two bodies.

In the vote in early May, Sivaramakrishnan was elected to the committee before the incumbent, May, who later resigned as chief executive of FICA. However, the voting process was widely criticized at the time by FICA and Marsh has said it will refer the matter for investigation.

"FICA has tried everything possible for the ICC to refer the matter to the ethics themselves, however after more than six weeks of downtime that they have no choice but to resort to ourselves," Marsh said. "We have evidence captains are pressured by their advice in exchange for their votes to incumbent representative on the committee Tim May, in favor of Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and we will present this to the ethics officer.

"The evidence is strong and hope you will act on them. This is very disturbing and disappointing that the governing body of our sport has refused to follow its own processes for dealing with allegations of unethical behavior.

"Unfortunately this is another example of bad governance practices that exist in the cricket. The ICC must take these allegations very seriously, but they are ignoring the processes under their own code and hoping the issue will go away."

FICA response to the statement of the ICC
After the ICC issued its press release on Thursday, FICA responded with the following statement by Paul Marsh. "Press Release of the ICC is a disappointing attempt to divert attention from the real problem here The plain facts of the matter are that FICA has evidence that boards captains pressured to change their votes in the process of election of representatives of the players for the ICC Cricket Committee. believe that this is a clear violation of the Code of Ethics of the ICC.
"We asked the International Criminal Court to follow its own processes and independently investigate this matter for more than six weeks. They have refused to do so and instead have tried to FICA to accept a committed approach to ensure that this issue not independently investigated by the ethics officer.'ve rejected this approach based on the principle.
"Since the ICC does not refer this matter to the ethics officer, FICA is trying to do it directly. Though the ICC have expressed anger and disappointment at what they perceive as an approach 'confrontational' FICA, are simply trying to do what the ICC is required to do by themselves.
"If the International Criminal Court is confident that its directors have acted in a way that is consistent with their own code of ethics, then they should have no concern with the investigation take its course."
Late on Thursday, however, the ICC issued a statement condemning the FICA course of action, saying that he had the impression that a meeting of the ICC executives and senior members of the board and chief operating officer of the FICA, Ian Smith, on Tuesday had progressed to the satisfaction of both parties.

"It was by mutual agreement with the representative of FICA that had made significant progress in addressing the deficiencies in the system of election of ICC cricket committee and believed that at the end of the meeting, we were about to reach an outcome acceptable to the players and their representatives, "the statement said.

"Unfortunately, within 48 hours of constructive talks - without returning to the International Criminal Court - FICA CEO decided to issue a press release emotional, which we believe was an abuse of trust agreed processes and protocols London talks. also believe that this approach of confrontation is not in the best interest of the game or the players around the world, performing admirably in all formats.

"ICC is angry and disappointed that Mr Marsh decided to notify the ICC of this unique address change UK time 1:31 a.m. on Thursday and then issued his statement misleading at 4.30am on the same day - when all Board members and managers in London for annual conference of the ICC, were asleep. Such actions do not reflect the spirit in which the ICC and, we believed, FICA entered what seemed to be meaningful and productive dialogue or reflect the willingness to work together to provide a satisfactory solution to this problem. "

The FICA board met in London last week and decided on his course of action, as well as putting together a document called a "Statement of Unity" which was signed by all players of Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies played in the Champions Trophy. FICA has sent a copy of the declaration to the ICC.

"We, the players, the privilege of representing our country at the highest level in the ICC events and bilateral Test, ODI and T20 cricket," the statement said. "We are committed to upholding the traditions of the game, and to maintain the highest standards of sportsmanship and integrity. Return, we expect to enjoy the right to collective representation through the players' associations, a right enjoyed by players of all professional team sports worldwide.

"We support FICA as the voice of the professional cricketers around the world, and hopefully you will receive due recognition and respect from the ICC and the respective boards, as it plays its role in representing our interests. Expect more cricket administrators to ensure our great game is driven off the field to the same high standards of dignity and integrity as those to which we are committed.
ICC moots internet in dressing rooms

ICC moots internet in dressing rooms

Nearly two months before the start of the sixth season of IPL, the BCCI and Cricket South Africa has supported a proposal for Cricket Australia (CA) during a meeting of the ICC board in Dubai, for the introduction of the Internet in dressing rooms during matches International. The proposal was rejected by YP Singh, head of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

The ACSU has consistently opposed Internet access in the area of ​​players and officials, "and that a danger of information disseminated in the outside world.

According to the minutes of the ICC board meeting held on January 29 this year - and is accessed by ESPNcricinfo on Thursday - BCCI President N Srinivasan had supported the proposal of Cricket Australia, who had been shot down once before because "Live performance data can be transferred to the pmoa (Players and Match Officials Area) for direct use by analysts." However, Srinivasan was not alone in supporting this cause.

"Despite the concerns expressed by Mr. Singh as to the ability of the ACSU to control the type of system proposed, Mr. Srinivasan and Mr. Faul [then interim CEO CSA] expressed support CA's proposal, "read the minutes.

The discussion concluded with the card is of the view that "the alternative technology should be available to provide a solution to the concerns of the ACSU". As a result, CA and the England and Wales Cricket Board asked to continue working with the ACSU on a "test" and return to the Board a progress report "in due course".

Singh, who was a special guest for the meeting, reiterated stand not to make internet access to players, support staff, and the referees of the ACSU.

During the third test of India's tour of Sri Lanka in 2010 at the P Sara Oval, ACSU officer had forced the Sri Lanka media manager to enter a password for the wi-fi in the press room. From the box of media was very close to the clubhouse, analysts and officials could access the Internet for media. By the time he realized ACSU, was brought to the attention of the match the referee and a password is entered for the wi-fi in the press room.

The minutes also mention Singh having raised the alarm on the model owned by a few franchises, without specifying the national League Twenty20. "Mr. (Giles) Clarke reported that Mr. Singh had said at a meeting yesterday that his greatest concern was with regard to the identity of the owners of certain national franchises, and lack of transparency of the process around how were granted franchises and how they could be sustained economically. "
Morgan surgery on broken finger

Morgan surgery on broken finger

England the return of Kevin Pietersen was suspended as rain caused the second T20 against New Zealand at the Oval to leave after only two balls. As Pietersen ready to return, it was announced that the man he replaced in the side, Eoin Morgan, will be operated from a finger injury that will keep him out for several weeks.

Fog kept the covers for two hours before a break in the weather raised hopes of a six overs per side match. But with the ground prepared and the presentation of the players off the court, entered heavy clouds and a shower lasts before 21:11 scuppered hopes court game.

In England they are asked to bat, Pietersen had straight to work on his first international appearance since the Wellington Test, after which limped out of England's tour of New Zealand with a knee injury. It would have been his first T20 for England since February 2012.

Pietersen is now potentially two innings before the first Ashes Investec July 10. Ashes England's friendly match against Essex starts on Sunday.

England had been sent in honor of James Tredwell lost the toss. Tredwell was standing Morgan, who had been ruled out of the game with an injured right toe earlier in the day and is due to have surgery on Friday.

Morgan broke his finger on the trophy of Champions semifinal victory in the country in the oval, on June 19, but played through the pain in the final against India three days later.

He considered himself fit to captain England in the first T20 against New Zealand, also at The Oval, on Tuesday, but aggravated the injury during the defeat of five runs. The surgery was decided that the best solution possible.

"It looks like an operation to try to get it covered and ready as soon as possible," said Morgan. "It can be as short as two fifty-eight week low [] then in progress from there. Obviously will be closely monitored by the coaching staff, who have been exceptional, and I hope to return to full fitness as soon possible. "

Next Morgan commitment to England is unlikely before the one-day series against Australia, which begins on August 29. But potentially losing all Friends Life t20 campaign Middlesex.

Craig Kieswetter, who fell as wicketkeeper for England one day before the tour of India earlier this year, suffered a similar injury to play Somerset against Warwickshire in late April and did not return for 11 weeks.
For upcoming tours PCB focus on youth

For upcoming tours PCB focus on youth

After the early departure of Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to expand the selection group of players and the shift in focus to youth before choosing a team for the upcoming tour of West Indies and Zimbabwe. Ten cricketers like Shahid Afridi, underwent aptitude tests conducted by a panel of doctors and coaches from National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

The change in the direction of the PCB, as the suspended Najam Sethi Zaka Ashraf, has been a changed person board. The new interim president publicly rejected the culture of "Sifarish" [recommendation undeserved] and ordered strictly on merit selection to produce immediate results. He asked the selection committee and coaches to take more responsibility from now.

The selections for the tour of the West Indies were almost resolved before the selection committee was given five days by the Chairman, to justify each selection before sending it for approval. The panel, headed by Iqbal Qasim, thereafter formed a great pool to be tested. The intentions are clear as selectors have been given carte blanche to replace older players with youth. Now they can think beyond the likes of Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal, who had a poor performance in the Champions Trophy.

Haris Sohail, who suffered an ankle injury earlier this year, and Hasan Raza, who had major surgery on her spine, are back in the fight, along with Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad. Omar was also seen with wicketkeeping gloves with coach Dav Whatmore, which means it can be selected as the wicketkeeper on the computer. They were also asked Mohammad Irfan and Nasir Jamshed, automatic selections for the past eight months to conduct aptitude tests. The top order batsmen Sohaib Maqsood Multan, Hyderabad Sharjeel Khan, left arm spinners Abdur Rehman and Zulfiqar Babar and legspinner Usman Qadir, all presented in an aptitude test of three hours.
Sunil Narine a lion in his own den

Sunil Narine a lion in his own den

West Indies' performance improvement at home in ODIs, in the last year or so has coincided with the appearance of spinner Sunil Narine as their leader in international cricket. For the year 2000, when the last of his race feared fast bowlers retired, and most of the time since then, spinners were only in the West Indies squad to carry out the face paper of fifth bowler . Narine has changed all that. With 52 wickets in 31 matches, has been the leading wicket-taker in ODIs since his debut in December 2011.

Narine has won three Man-of-the-match since then, with two against New Zealand, Australia and one against. He also won the Man-of-the-Series for his portrayal of bowling against New Zealand in the previous series - the first prize Man-of-the-Series ODI specialist from West Indian spinner Lance Gibbs won the Trophy Prudential in England in 1973. Narine won taking 13 wickets against New Zealand. This is the Antillean roulette has never taken a bilateral ODI series.
Ronchi will open if asked

Ronchi will open if asked

Luke Ronchi, the New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman, continue to open the batting if asked, but believes that it is the best position for him in international cricket. Ronchi opens today for its inner side of Wellington, but has played the same role in the past in Western Australia and Mumbai Indians.

Ronchi made his debut in New Zealand against England on May 31 at Lords a three-ball duck, and subjected to a torrid start re-starts. In six innings, the longest of which lasted only 17 balls, pocketed four scores in single digits.

"After the first game, I started thinking about things that do not need to think [about]," Ronchi said. "That's what disappointed me most. Still games I'm very confident, but I'd go out there and start feeling nervous.

"When I came out to bat I was looking round [at] all gardeners think 'I know all these guys." He had played with or against them all, and had been at the academy with a little [and] some trips environments. I did not know how to feel [or] what to think. "

With New Zealand Cricket ready to announce central contracts, July 7 Ronchi chose to adopt a pragmatic approach. "I still I have a contract with Cricket Wellington [then]. A (New Zealand) A tour in August and September, so hopefully I can get to that. If I can get some good games there and some careers, are expected to [is] a gig I go to Bangladesh (in October) and beyond. "

Ronchi made his debut in international cricket as an opening wicketkeeper batsman of Australia in 2008 against the West Indies. As he was born in New Zealand, and it was not going to be selected for the Australian team regularly, Ronchi decided to move to New Zealand and apply for citizenship, hoping to push your name for selection in the national team
Make winning start Holders Hampshire

Make winning start Holders Hampshire

Adam Wheater did he do to ensure that Hampshire Twenty20 most formidable side in England in recent years, broke Surrey in emphatic on the opening night of Friends Life t20. Actually it felt like an easy victory for Hampshire Twenty20 holders, even though the total Surrey passed with just four balls to spare.

Michael Carberry of explosive 60 of 45 balls set his victory, before the art of Neil McKenzie saw them home. Pattern of the night for the injured Dimitri Mascarenhas, McKenzie stroked the ball, demonstrating once again his class with the bat in hand.

A healthy crowd of 6491 sunlight absorbed in the Ageas Bowl, with some young "lucky" to enjoy playing a pitch-side hot tub - his patience tested as TV cameras zoomed in on them with stunning impertinence.

Surrey captain Gareth Batty won the toss and elected to bat, his side off to a good start as Jason Roy and Rory Burns accelerated at seven once. Hampshire rotated his players as they seemed a breakthrough, before David Griffiths impressively fast pace beat Roy, Surrey 31 for 1.

Danny Briggs, released by England, made the trip from London T20 team to play in this game, and people were glad he did what provoked his second double break. First Solanki was shot trying to guide the ball to third man, before Burns crossed his stumps and rolled behind his legs.

That brought Glenn Maxwell, a former Hampshire player, to the fold. Luck was not in favor of his return: first managed 15 before edging David Griffiths in his helmet, lolloping the ball in the air to be caught by McKenzie at gully.

Wilson and Ansari then put in 49 taking Surrey to 139 for 6 - probably 20 runs below par score - with the Isle of Wight pair Briggs (2-20) and Griffiths (2-23) the choice of bowlers Hampshire . Maxwell clearly felt the desire to impress his former employers, bowling the first over replica Hampshire. Carberry took just four balls to get the measure of his former teammate, however, leads him into the room with the intention of ill omen.

McKenzie joined Carberry in the eighth, and was a contrast in styles as the African worked the ball into spaces that could not be closed with Polyfilla, while Carberry fed into its 12th fifty in Twenty20 13th time. He fell to the side again trapped in front while playing through Zander De Bruyn line, but by then, the damage was done.

Surrey Hampshire threatened to peg back in the 16 on the first time Dunn was launched Sean Ervine to fully deny a certain four along the boundary rope, before bowler de Bruyn - who finished with impressive figures of 3-14 - had a strong return catch it next ball hitter. But Hampshire went ahead, and maximum Wheater - or was, the ball seemed to bounce short of the boundary rope from the press box - closed an important first win for the owners of the South Division of the competition.
Samuels sees West Indies going back on top

Samuels sees West Indies going back on top

Marlon Samuels West Indies cricket feels "going back to the top", after years of disappointments and, although there is a long way to go, the game of one side is "where we want to be" in the moment. After his first start of the Champions Trophy, West Indies backed Samuels do well against strong opponents ODI India and Sri Lanka in the tri-series beginning in Jamaica on Friday.

"We will not blow the horn of it, but at this point if you look at the West Indies configuration we have some amazing players with great experience," said Samuels. "So let's not be ruled out. The good thing about West Indies cricket at the moment is that we are competing and winning games, not like back then, when we were losing games. And not just in the Caribbean but also outside it, the fans are coming back. So is motivating us to win more games so we can regain the hearts of the fans more to put West Indies Cricket back on top. "

Samuels optimism tempered by recognizing that the West Indies, No. 8 position in ODIs, needed to show progress in many aspects of their game. "It is an area steeped in turn, but the good thing is that we are in the corner, we've become so far, so there are plenty of areas that need improvement." Said. "We have to have more match winners and get balls in areas (right) consistent. As a unit we are getting stronger and better and strength in the group, in the long run, to see us win games and beat nonstop the best teams in the world.

"For me, when I finish I want to know that West Indies Cricket is No. 1 again." Samuels said.

West Indies out of the Champions Trophy in heartbreaking circumstances after a rain-hit tied match against South Africa, leaving Samuels to wonder what might have been. "The way I saw it we should go back to the finals and meet India and then it would be perfect, we would play a tournament and finish T20, T20 are the champions. Never happened."

India, winners of the Champions Trophy, ODI side are 1 Sri Lanka Not classified and lie three points above the hosts, but Samuels was optimistic about the chances of the West Indies. "India and Sri Lanka are very good teams, big names and some young players coming through in good shape and playing well, but I'm still supporting the drive that I have a lot of confidence in." he said.

"Let's play some serious cricket at the moment and gaining much respect, both individually and as a team. Playing in brown is more special than anything else for us." Said. "Our cricket is where we want to be at the moment but there is room for improvement."

Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, said they were a bit unlucky in the Champions Trophy and wanted his side to put the "little mistakes" behind.

"I think we were starting to get in shape to do well in this tournament.'s Just to throw from there," said Gibson. "It's to put those little mistakes we made in England, save them. We thought we had a good chance to win that tournament and we want to win this game and prove that we are right."

"It's good to be back home.'s The first time we are playing a three nations tournament in a while so we are looking for positive results." Said. "There is more balance in the side and we are starting to believe much more we can be the team we want to be.'re Starting to show the application and hopefully we can continue to demonstrate that the development and progress.
In opener West IndiesWest Indies seek home advantage

In opener West IndiesWest Indies seek home advantage

Ideally, the West Indies and Sri Lanka should have been playing a series of proof at the time, but economic forces have made have been rejected not only the evidence, but a third participant - India - has come together to make it a ODI tripartite competition. Not all doom and gloom however. A triangular competition can produce more laps than a five-game series opener monotonous and highly controversial-between these two contrasting teams could be the kick of caffeine to fans in the subcontinent is necessary to follow a series that was played across the planet.

In Sri Lanka, evidence or no evidence, is a great tour. It's not often move to the western edge of the cricket world - this is only his sixth trip to the Caribbean, including the 2007 World Cup - and the last time they were here five years ago, drew the Test series 1-1 but failed to win anything in the three-match ODI series. A team in transition, Sri Lanka have had mixed results this year under the new leadership of Angelo Mathews. The big positive was produced in Australia, which took the series of five games, but suffered a setback in his home shortly after failing to win the ODI series against Bangladesh. They found his best game for the Champions Trophy, making it to another semifinal of a major tournament before retiring to India.

Running on England relied heavily on their senior players leading the team repeatedly safety. What was highly anticipated, but never came to England, was a possibility, a spell, or a moment of splendor of the new generation of cricketers from Sri Lanka. Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Eranga Shamida - the list is full of promise that is yet to prove himself. In this series, in the slow Caribbean tones, face two tough opponents and away from the peering eyes of the media, have a glorious opportunity to make some progress.

Antilles are a strong team in a limited number of credits, or so it seems by the presence of a number of players full of energy. However, most of these players have earned their reputation plays in distant lands for a variety of equipment. The truth is, West Indies, as the younger generation of Sri Lanka, has mocked with sporadic flashes of brilliance for too long. Yes, they won the T20 World Cup, but soon after he lost a ODI series in Bangladesh, before they whitewashed Australia in a series of five games.

They were in touching distance of a place in the semifinals of the Champions Trophy, but even there, not imposed themselves with either bat or ball. A glimmer of hope for them is that they have proven some success in home conditions. However, given the strength of the other two teams, West Indies no matter considered favorites.

(Most recent first five games full)
West Indies TLWWW
Sri Lanka LWWLL

In the spotlight
Upul Tharanga was a regular in the side after making his debut in 2005, but lean back in 2011-12 and increased reputation Perera, Tharanga was the last edge for home series against Bangladesh. A brilliant debut Tharanga Perera waited meant an opening in the side, which has now come due to injury of Tillakaratne Dilshan. Tharanga can take heart from the fact that there are places in the batting order still in play - how to Perera is gone too - and that there are at least four games to make his case.

The appointment of Dwayne Bravo as ODI captain raised a few eyebrows around the world, but Bravo brushed aside doubts saying it was part of the rotation policy. He promised proactive captaincy tactics 'strange' before the Champions Trophy, but the team lost a semi-final place when Kieron Pollard lost its discount window what proved to be the last ball of the innings. Bravo was the end of the non-striker then and walked away dejected. However, after having spent some time in England as a leader, Bravo has the opportunity to establish your leadership style in home conditions.

Team news
Mathews had said Dilshan's injury would be an opportunity for others to raise and the player most likely to give solidity to the head could be Tharanga. Despite the releases in the Caribbean are not going to be very different from those in England this season, Sri Lanka could include any or Ajantha Mendis Sachithra Senanayake or both in your template.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (weeks), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Angelo Mathews (captain), 6 Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne 7, 8 Ajantha Mendis, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga 11

Antilles settled on a combination that worked for them in England after the suspension of Denesh Ramdin. Although Ramdin is available for selection, West Indies are unlikely to disturb the agreement, which means that Darren Sammy is likely to remain in the team, while Johnson Charles kept wickets.

West Indies (probable): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Charles Johnson (weeks), 3 Devon Smith, 4 Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo 5, 6 Dwayne Bravo (captain), 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Tino Best / Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul 11

Pitch and conditions
It is expected that more wet weather to interfere with cricket. However, warmer temperatures and conditions for sub-step as the game will suit Sri Lanka.

Stats and trivia
Upul Tharanga has 46 runs short of completing 5,000 runs in ODIs. He has scored 12 centuries and his average is slightly better than Mahela Jayawardene of.
West Indies' head-to-head record against Sri Lanka at home stands at 4-4
Only two batsmen - Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya - have won hundreds of matches in Sri Lanka, the West Indies in the West Indies.
"It's to put those little mistakes we made in England away. We thought we had a good chance to win that tournament and we want to win this game and prove that we are right."
Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, is hoping to put things in your home

"West Indies and India are two very good teams in the shorter format of the game and I think we really have to play good cricket to win against them."
Nottinghamshire sign Butler for T20s

Nottinghamshire sign Butler for T20s

Nottinghamshire have signed New Zealand fast bowler Ian Butler, before their first Friends Life t20 match against Leicestershire. Butler, now part of the New Zealand team participating in the two-match T20 series against England, will join the county after the T20I at The Oval.

"The Notts Outlaws team is very strong and I feel well prepared after having played two twenty20 international matches this week," said Butler. "There is a great tradition of cricketers from New Zealand doing well with Nottinghamshire and I'm eager to play at Trent Bridge."

Butler has played eight tests, 26 and 18 ODIs T20Is New Zealand international has taken 75 wickets. He has previously represented Gloucestershire and Kent in T20s.

"Ian has a good international pedigree and it was very effective bowling party inTuesday top order of England" director of cricket Mick Newell said Nottinghamshire. "We are putting a heavy workload Ajmal Shahzad, Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney and this firm will improve our quality and depth."

Butler, is only available for parties T20 as the format allows field two overseas players, David Hussey be another foreign player Nottinghamshire.
Enquiry on Srinivasan Bindra asks for ICC

Enquiry on Srinivasan Bindra asks for ICC

IS Bindra, former BCCI president and principal advisor to the President of the ICC, has asked the International Criminal Court to conduct an investigation into the actions of N Srinivasan will prevent the activities of the ICC pending the conclusion of such research.

In an open letter to the ICC / IDI (ICC International Development, the commercial arm of the International Cricket Council) board, which began its annual conference in London on Tuesday, Bindra wrote: "If India, through its public, has rejected Mr. Srinivasan of presence in the BCCI, there is no reason why the Court should recognize their position. " He called on the ICC to "hold an inquiry into all the issues raised above and not allowing Mr. Srinivasan to attend meetings of the International Criminal Court to the time you reach a conclusion.'m Aware that this is my request well within their rights and in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the ICC, to be investigated. "

Bindra, who along with Jagmohan Dalmiya turned cricket into a big business property of a mere sport success primarily through the sale of broadcast rights, has been a strong critic of Srinivasan and was the first board member to demand their resignation during the recent crisis.

He cited several cases of irregularities by Srinivasan.

The arrest of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in relation to allegations of betting IPL, he said, meant Srinivasan violated various codes that the directors of the ICC, which is one, must comply with the Code of Ethics.

Srinivasan, Bindra claimed, was the direct intervention of clause 2.1, which states: Directors must act in an ethical manner and shall not engage in conduct that gives the appearance of impropriety.

He was also allegedly in violation of section 7 of the Code, which deals with "Gambling, Games and Gambling", Subsection 7.2, sub-paragraph (d) says: "It is not permitted and a Director will be in violation of this Code, if a immediate family member (being a spouse, parent, sibling, or child) has a majority stake in a betting company, a substantial relationship with a business of betting or is used in day to day operational control of a gambling business. "

While Meiyappan not running a gambling business, that has been accused by police of being involved in gambling can lead to the clause that applies in this case.

Bindra also pointed to a possible conflict of interest should Srinivasan attend the meeting of finance and commercial matters (F & CA) committee, which is an independent member, during the annual conference.

"I must mention here that the star, the current official broadcast partner (ICC) is also through one of its channels [Life OK] a sponsor of none other than Chennai Super Kings, the IPL team owned by a company controlled by Mr. Srinivasan, "wrote Bindra.

Star Sports will broadcast partner for all ICC events until 2015, and the F & CA Committee has been the renewal rights to deliberate and advise the ICC Board on the future course of action.

Bindra also wrote about another potential conflict of interest, the most publicized that involves owning an IPL franchise Srinivasan through his company India Cements despite BCCI being a union leader and member of the Board of ICC with it.

"I have not heard of any statement is made by Mr. Srinivasan regarding your participation in the Chennai Super Kings and this must surely contravene Clause 4.1 of the Code of Ethics of the ICC."

In accordance with clause 4.1, "Administration should be free from any influence that might interfere or appear to interfere, with the proper and efficient fulfillment of its functions, or which would be inconsistent with his duty of loyalty to the ICC. Duty also of Directors shall not use their position with the ICC to take advantage or personal gain. Chief To do this a conflict of interest will undisclosed.
Holders Hampshire make winning start

Holders Hampshire make winning start

It is the dream of every child, is not it? Winning a Twenty20 match with a huge six over the final.

Adam Wheater did he do to ensure that Hampshire, the most tremendous Tenty20 side in England in recent years, broke Surrey in emphatic on the opening night of Friends Life t20. Actually it felt like an easy victory for Hampshire Twenty20 holders, although full of Surrey passed with just four balls to spare.

Michael Carberry of explosive 60 of 45 balls commissioning His victory, before the art of Neil McKenzie saw them home. Patron of the night instead of the injured Mascarenhas, McKenzie stroked the ball, demonstrating once again his class significantly with the bat in hand.

A healthy crowd of 6491 sunlight absorbed in the Ageas Bowl, with some young "lucky" to enjoy playing a pitch-side hot tub - his patience tested as TV cameras zoomed in on them with stunning impertinence.

Captain Gareth Batty of Surrey won the toss and elected to bat, his side off to a good start as Jason Roy and Rory Burns accelerated at seven once. Its peak Hampshire bowlers Gust turn sought an advance, before Roy David Griffiths impressively fast pace beat, Surrey 31 for 1.

Danny Briggs, released by England, made the trip from London t20 team to play in this game, and people were happy to have done as his second acerca The double breakthrough. First Solanki was shot trying to guide the ball to third man, before Burns crossed his stumps and rolled behind his legs.

That brought Glenn Maxwell, a former Hampshire player, to the fold. Luck does not favor his return: I managed 15 before edging David Griffiths first in their own town, lolloping the ball in the air to be caught by McKenzie at gully.

Wilson and Ansari then put in 49 taking Surrey to 139 for 6 - probably 20 runs below par score - with the Isle of Wight pair Briggs (2-20) and Griffiths (2-23) the choice of bowlers Hampshire . Maxwell clearly felt the urge to impress their former employers, bowling the first over replica Hampshire. Carberry In just four balls to get the measure of his former teammate, however, leads him into the room with the intention of ill omen.

McKenzie joined Carberry in the eighth, and was a contrast in styles as the African worked the ball into spaces that could not be closed with Polyfilla, Carberry powered Twenty20 While in its 12th fifty in the 13th time. I fell to the side again trapped in front while playing through Zander De Bruyn line, but by then, the damage was done.

Surrey Hampshire threatened to plug back into the 16 on the first Dunn When fully launched deny Sean Ervine of Un Certain four along the boundary rope, before bowler De Bruyn - who finished with impressive figures of 3-14 - had a strong comeback next batter catch the same ball. But Hampshire went ahead, and the maximum Wheater - or was, the ball seemed to bounce short of the boundary rope from the press box - closed an important first win for the owners of this South competitive group.
Lehmann says Watson to open in Ashes

Lehmann says Watson to open in Ashes

Shane Watson will open the batting for Australia in the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, the new national team coach, Darren Lehmann, has said. In an unequivocal indicator Lehmann brand is placing on the computer as a result of the deposed Mickey Arthur, Watson was immediately taken to the top of the order for the tour match against Somerset before a clear statement that the SUV would stay there for the ashes Investec, runs allows.

Nottingham will therefore be the first time that Watson has opened for Australia in a test match since the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg in November 2011. There has been much debate about the place of Watson in the team since then, augmented by his lack of runs in messages other than the top of the order, which flourished under captaincy of Ricky Ponting 2009-2011. Lehmann leaves little doubt that he felt he was better off Watson.

"Shane, yes it will be opening for us," said Lehmann. "That's where we want to bat and has done very well for us there and we are very interested in it to open and play an important role in the ashes and obviously do a lot of races for us and start up entries good.

"He has been up and down the order, but his greatest success has been as a revelation. Expect to get a great result for us here tomorrow and see how it goes. You need a good start to great results against a good team , so we need to give us a good start to press to England.

"We talked about guys wanting to meet and if you do you will have the opportunity to play in the first test. Want to give everyone on our team the opportunity to perform well in the games business and that's what we're about."

Watson missed the remainder of the 2011-12 summer with hamstring and calf injuries before returning to the Test team at No. 3 in the West Indies, later moving to No. 4. He struggled to balance their batting bowling level will require Clarke, and a sequence of injuries, poor batting form and general discontent continued. Lehmann and Clarke have given Watson the opportunity he craved.

At the same time, they also opened a lot of speculation about the rest of the batting order. Cowan is a partner Watson opening in Taunton but Chris Rogers waiting in the wings, while the return of David Warner in the team after the suspension now seems more likely to be as a middle order player.

Watson will not bowl on day one of the Somerset fixture but Lehmann said this was intended to allow the other five players chosen the best chance to meet the form and rhythm for testing. "We want to have a look at the other four players, and that's the only reason," said Lehmann. "But he bowl next game without drama."
Pietersen says Cook can go past Tendulkar

Pietersen says Cook can go past Tendulkar

Kevin Pietersen has labeled his England comeback awaited confidently predict that Alastair Cook has the ability to challenge world record number of runs Sachin Tendulkar test.

Tendulkar, with 15,837 Test runs, is more than 2000 ahead of his nearest rival, Ricky Ponting - and he's not quite finished yet. Cook keeps drifting 8000, although Tendulkar regularly paired in the same stage of his career, leaving Pietersen is definitely check his compass.

Pietersen, who is expected to return to England on Thursday in the second T20 international against New Zealand has always openly admitted he has little knowledge of the history of cricket, that will be a relief for Cook, who has enough problems to deal with the Ashes campaign management in England without being the favorite to beat the batter most famous live.

Pietersen Award for cook came out in the second part of a pre-recorded interview with Darren Gough on Talksport - an interview that, in protest at the coverage of the English media of his controversial career, billed as his only summer statement.

"His first series was against India away and we beat India," Pietersen said Cook. "He's done exceptionally well, their cricket just keeps getting better and better.

"For me, he is the right man to lead England, who is doing a great job for us and will continue getting better and someone break all records set, especially in the English game.'s Target to go for Tendulkar number, if you look at the numbers and look at your age. "

Pietersen also offered glowing praise for another colleague who is inclined to have a long and successful career in England Joe Root - not that he was all too aware that the youth of Yorkshire join England on tour for the first time in India last winter was.

"I never knew him, never heard of it, because when you're on stage and coming young players just do not," he said. "But I knew it was going to be good when he came to bat in Nagpur in their first Test match."

Following debuted time England was 2-1 with a test to play and need to avoid defeat to win their first series in India for 28 years.

"I was hitting and ... just did not want to leave India back into it at all and he went out and - just his face walking towards me by 20 meters - I thought this guy will be a superstar flipping.

"It was the confidence that came out to bat in his debut match with test in India, two spinners bowling, from each end, who had just lost a wicket or a couple of windows and left with a smile on his face, and was' boy All right, you're right, you're playing well there. And I was like, 'mate!'ve played 90 odd test matches and I do not go that way. "But it's great for English cricket, absolutely brilliant".

"You go through rocky patches in all walks of life - business, marriage, as a child, through her teenage years in a locker not everyone is going to move forward."
Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen, no stranger to controversy, but expressed admiration for the way he handled the incident root root Walkabout bar in Birmingham in the early hours of the morning, when David Warner took a root wig wearing and literally , threw the first Ashes Bash summer.

According to Pietersen, the matter was exaggerated by the media - a view not shared by Cricket Australia, which quickly Warner banned until the start of the Ashes series. Root flinch, though.

"He knew that the media would be with him all day and he'd had a haircut - looked sharp that I think he knows how to deal with that," said Pietersen. "I saw that day and could not believe what she's doing, but welcome to English cricket and welcome to how the medium."

Referring specifically to the assessment of Pietersen Wisden as "arrogant, self-pity and isolation," Gough drew attention to the fact that Pietersen's relationship with the English media is now very healthy, as with any player since Tony Greig conspired in favor of Kerry Packer's breakaway World Series Cricket in 1970.

Pietersen said: "I've been burned too many times and it is just a case of me now focus on my game of cricket and cricket my best that I can, because the whole situation hurt my family too I get all day every day. .

"Someone asked me yesterday, 'Can you take a little constructive criticism? I said,' Excuse me?'re Talking to someone who has it for breakfast, lunch and dinner." So it does not affect me, is the water off a duck back now. I have absolutely no interest in it but hurt my family and my best friends.

"You go through rocky patches in all walks of life - business, marriage, as a child, through her teenage years in a locker not everyone is going to go ahead and I knew I had altercations in her dressing room ..

"I know some other great players that I have spoken in other countries when they hear the things that happen in other costumes and now happens, will happen. Unfortunately, it was quite famous fall because of what happened, but not all is absolutely fantastic, we showed that in India the way we went up and played well and beat India in India.

"I just want to make the best of my talent. Only live for each day, I play every day. Salgo and try new things. I have that personality, that personality impatient, he wants to try things, want things, want to achieve things and I'll never stop trying.
Pietersen back in as NZ bow out

Pietersen back in as NZ bow out

Match facts
June 27 The Oval
Start time 18:30 (1730 GMT)

Hamish Rutherford goes for the big hit, England v New Zealand, first T20, The Oval, June 25, 2013
No matter Kevin Pietersen, which could classify the carnage could unleash Hamish Rutherford? © AFP
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Big Picture
Kevin Pietersen was in the clubhouse England on Tuesday night and, if all goes well, will get back on its striking new red pajamas and take to the field for the second T20 international against New Zealand on Thursday. Between he fished with peers (and was excited enough to tweet about it) and, although its contribution is largely in the broadest sense sweeping an Ashes summer, especially after his strutting, Surrey unbeaten 177 in the weekend, see him in an England shirt for the first time since March nerves will be installed.

Who makes room for him after the batsmen, Eoin Morgan as England except all close failed impressed achieve greater success in career pursuit T20s is another matter. Morgan, standing in as captain for the rested Stuart Broad, joked after the first match Pietersen would work to enter and win the second and probably fit the bill for a partisan crowd Surrey and England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles. With Pietersen in the XI, England will also be able to compete with New Zealand and Brendon McCullum IPL glamor, another sell-out game that comes a day after the launch of the FLt20, little duller circumstances.

For New Zealand, there is a possibility that another series victory in the Garden of England, after his backhand ODI. More than 15 competitions in all three formats since early February, New Zealand has won five (three ODIs, two T20S) to England seven (two trials, three ODIs, two T20S) and no neutral observer envy him at McCullum team which is 6-7 after nearly five months of cricket in which the difference between the two countries has constantly denied the gap in the standings.

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In the spotlight
From the perspective of England, the spotlight is not likely to deviate from Pietersen for a long time, but should a spare photons will not be wasted on Ben Stokes. The Durham SUV made its first appearance in England in two summers at Tuesday, his bowling stood up better than several of his senior colleagues and although I could not quite sure victory with the bat he showed his power with a towering six.

Tom Latham was given a chance with the bat and gloves and one was lost campaigning aside, gave a good account of himself. His cheerful hitting helped maintain the momentum of entries from New Zealand, gave an excellent catch to dismiss Luke Wright, top scorer in England, and then got run out Jos Buttler at a crucial stage (possibly with the help of a little luck) . With BJ Watling's injury and the uncertainty surrounding Luke Ronchi, Latham has the opportunity to advance their claims.

Team news
Night Chris Woakes' ended after about ten minutes in the first T20 - the one over costing 19 runs - and could be removed from the firing line after a few weeks of testing, with Pietersen slotting into the order. Danny Briggs played a crucial role in FLt20 Hampshire victory in the opening match of the tournament and had hoped to continue playing on the oval. If so, James Tredwell have earned a bad night.

England 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Eoin Morgan (captain), 6 Ravi Bopara, 7, Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Ben Stokes, 9 Danny Briggs, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Boyd Rankin

McCullum Guptill suggested that would struggle to be fit for the second match and if New Zealand decided not to risk further damage to his hamstring, James Franklin will have another chance like pinch-hitting opener. Kyle Mills and Doug Bracewell are the other fast-bowling options template.

New Zealand 1 Hamish Rutherford, 2 James Franklin, 3 Brendon McCullum (captain, weeks), 4 Ross Taylor, Tom Latham 5, 6 Colin Munro, 7, Corey Anderson, 8 Nathan McCullum, Ian Butler 9, 10 Mitchell McClenaghan, 11 Ronnie Hira

Pitch and conditions
The field, located to the south-west of the square, was exceptionally fast and bouncy, with a limit shorter than the two teams led to good results. Morgan felt New Zealand 201 for 4 was ten runs below par, but the chance of rain on Thursday could dampen the prospects of a repeat.

Stats and trivia
New Zealand's victory was only his third over England in ten T20s - and his first in this country.
Since returning to England T20 side last year, Luke Wright has scored 346 runs at 31.45 and taken 10 wickets at 18.10. Before that, he averaged 15.43 with the bat and 36.50 with the ball.
62 Hamish Rutherford at the Oval was his first half century since making 171 in international Test debut in March.
"It's very small margins, especially in Twenty20 in a very good wicket. A blow and we had won the game."
Eoin Morgan believes that there was not much between the two sides

"He came out first ball - it can happen."
Brendon McCullum was not too concerned about the fact that James Franklin
FLt20 South Group preview

FLt20 South Group preview

Essex (14-1)
Foreign players: Hamish Rutherford, Shaun Tait
T20 pedigree: Three visits to the final day, but still to play in the showpiece match, Essex have enough firepower to win this competition. Why not have a bit of a mystery, especially considering its staff.
Prediction: Tait Rutherford and Owais Shah reinforce line-up boasting, Ryan ten Doeschate, Graham Napier and Ravi Bopara international rejuvenated. They are one of the few parts whose hopes do not rest on the success of their firms abroad, but given his season so far backwards that might not necessarily be a good thing. Quarterfinals must be a minimum - outsiders for the title.

Hampshire (10-1)
Foreign players: Sohail Tanvir
T20 pedigree: One of the few teams in the world who are fully aware that this form of gambling and much of that is due to his captain Dmitri Mascarenhas. The last three years have seen him win the competition twice, with a semi-final sandwiched in between.
Prediction: No county has defended the national title and it is doubtful Twenty20 Hampshire will change that. Mascarenhas is fighting an ongoing battle with the injury but, when they can manage well their situation, it could become the third team for four days straight finals appearances.

Kent (20-1)
Foreign players: Brendan Nash, Vernon Philander
T20 pedigree: quarterfinals, the winners, runners-up and semifinalists from 2006 to 2009, inclusive, Kent have shown that a consistent method can reap results in the madness that is Twenty20.
Prediction: The wise heads are still there, but the bodies are older and maybe even leave the group will be seen as a bonus. Darren Stevens continues to prove how valuable a player of cricket after his 44-ball hundred helped Kent chasing a world record 336 for victory in the YB40 against Sussex. Moreover, with Philander, anything is possible.

Middlesex (18-1)
Foreign players: Adam Voges, Kyle Mills
T20 pedigree: A win and a place in the quarterfinals. His focus over the last couple of years has been the recovery of their division in the championship situation and thereby achieved and consolidated, they will be eager to excel in cup competitions.
Prediction: his batting training shows that a change of game can cause a change of form, much of the middle order failed in the Championship has excelled in the YB40. Dawid Malan, Joe Denly and Neil Dexter have enjoyed the freedom of the limited-overs cricket, while youngsters like James Harris, hard-hitting Adam Rossington and Paul Stirling - ranked as the eighth best ODI batsman in the world - can be changers game.

Surrey (9-1)
Foreign players: Ricky Ponting, Glenn Maxwell
T20 pedigree: The inaugural champions, who became the first four days late, but have been unable to leave the group in the last six times. Its financial leverage always given the opportunity, especially in this way, and the acquisition of Maxwell excite.
Prediction: A victory will be so crazy? The romantic narrative sport often vomits Surrey would certainly lift the trophy at Edgbaston after a season of discontent, not to mention last year's tragedy. His fans and the rest of the country want to see how good Jason Roy, Steven Davies, Jade Dernbach, Zafar Ansari and Matthew Dunn and this contest may be given the opportunity to prove that the future is bright in the oval.

Sussex (8-1)
Foreign players Scott Styris, Dwayne Smith
T20 pedigree: Semi-finalists last year, Sussex were winners in 2009 with a well balanced team, much of which has remained in place in Hove. Smith was man of the match against Somerset this year and renewal of the contract, along with that of Styris, is a good omen.
Prediction: consistency of Luke Wright and the acquisition of Chris Jordan add some pressure to their bowling attack, along with Chris Liddle providing some Skiddy variation left arm seam. Will beer improved with the bat should have it nailed to the spin option and give Sussex the total package that should have them gunning for the final day.
FLt20 Midlands/ Wales/ West Group preview

FLt20 Midlands/ Wales/ West Group preview

Gloucestershire (25-1)
Foreign players: Michael Klinger, Dan Christian
T20 pedigree: A limited-overs outfit solid, as shown by their shape YB40 so far, he finished as runner-up in 2008, when a hat-trick McClaren 'Ryan said Kent did not have much of a chase on their hands.
Prediction: Potential quarterfinals, especially with the signing of Australia allrounder Dan Christian, who helped Hampshire win the title in 2010. Last season, incredible 37-ball century from Scott Styris' took the quarter against Sussex out of reach before they had a right of reply. Christian hope Gloucestershire will be allowed to cause that kind of coup de grace to others.

Northants (25-1)
Foreign players: Cameron White, Richard Levi
T20 pedigree: Four quarterfinals and a semifinal seems fair and appropriate taking into account the resources available to Northants. His only visit to the Final Day came in 2009, where they fell in the first game against the eventual winners Sussex.
Prediction: Former Australia captain White brings a wealth of experience and nous short-form, while Levi - in Somerset last season - is responsible for most international T20 hundred, but the loss of Trent Copeland will be a disappointment. Alex Wakely and David Willey Steven Crook are also influential players but you need to excel at everything if they will leave the group.

Somerset (4-1)
Foreign players: Alviro Pietersen, Yasir Arafat
T20 pedigree: Winners in 2005, Somerset suffered the ignominy of finishing as runners-up three years in a row from 2009. The perennial bridesmaids had to settle for a place in the Congregation for the end of last year, after losing in the semifinals of Hampshire.
Prediction: A strong batting line-up has always taken away. His experience fits bowling Alfonso Thomas with natural talent and pace of Craig Meschede and Jamie Overton, while Pedro Trejo is one of the best multi-faceted country. Anything less than a Final Day will be seen as a disappointment. The question is, after so much disappointment, you can rediscover its value?

Warwickshire (16-1)
Foreign players: Jeetan Patel
T20 pedigree: He does not get out of the group stage in 2012 ended a four-game streak of consecutive quarterfinals (seven in total). Finalists in the inaugural competition, which are arguably the best of which are yet to win the competition.
Prediction: YB40 His form has been abysmal, with none of the batsmen seemingly able to build a worthwhile possibility. The opportunity to free his arms really could help the likes of Varun Chopra and Rikki Clarke and seems that England might not make much use of Chris Woakes during competition. If the same happens with Boyd Rankin, could ruin some higher orders out. Otherwise, they will not leave the group.

Glamorgan (33-1)
Foreign players: Marcus North, Nathan McCullum
T20 pedigree: In addition to a semi-final in 2004 and the quarterfinals in 2008, Glamorgan have consistently failed to get out of their group. The loss of Dirk Nannes injury is a blow, but his replacement Nathan McCullum is ranking top 10 international T20.
Prediction: The trio of Australians - Northern Captain Jim Allenby and Michael Hogan - will be dangerous, but unless one or two people around as Mark Wallace and Mike Reed can put on great performances, then it is unlikely we'll see in the final eight.

Worcestershire (33-1)
Foreign players: Thilan Samaraweera, Andre Russell
T20 pedigree: Three quarterfinals is their fate. Russell is an exciting substitute for Jacob Oram, who had to withdraw from FLt20 duty because of a hernia. Players like Daryl Mitchell and Jack are very practical Shantry limited-overs players
Prediction: Phillip Hughes of Australia led the scoring charts with 402 competition 2012 runs in eight innings, and in his absence, it seems unlikely that another quarter-final appearance. Mitchell and Moeen Ali - in the form of his life this season - could step up to carry the burden of tug, but both will struggle to match the expansiveness of Hughes.
North Group preview FLt20

North Group preview FLt20

Derbyshire (28-1)
Foreign players: Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Albie Morkel
T20 pedigree: Not good. Only once you have gone beyond the group stage (quarterfinals in 2005) - the worst record in all 18 counties. A team greater than the sum of its parts may be, but the success of this format is based on having one or two players expressive, they just have not had ...
Prediction: How long now? Acquiring Morkel for nine of the ten matches is an intelligent group, which gives the team a big hit road with six IPL cricket seasons behind him. Despite his talents, however, the onus is on the players 'home', as Wes Durston, Chesney and Mark Hughes Footitt to remove them from the group. Probably too much of a stretch.

Durham (20-1)
Foreign players: None
T20 pedigree: Two quarter-finals and a final, day by day, all in the last five years. Durham have gradually gotten to grips with Twenty20 cricket, coinciding with two Championship titles 2008.
Prediction: An organized unit always will be, but the sole responsibility of the younger players should see to reach the quarter-finals. Mark Stoneman has been a revelation at the top of the order this season, while Scott Borthwick and Ben Stokes are two of the most versatile shaped the country and Graham Onions is a class act. Watch Mark Wood, also one of the fastest players around, with good credentials Twenty20 - so much so that almost won a contract to play in the big leagues last season Bash in Australia.

Lancashire (12-1)
Foreign players: Simon Katich, Mitchell McClenaghan
T20 pedigree: They appeared in three Final days and made quarterfinals in all but two occasions, but, despite their consistency, Lancashire have never won the competition. The closest he came was in 2005, when Graeme Smith 's undefeated ₩ 64 Final the rain of Somerset.
Prediction: McClenaghan has led to English conditions with joy and searing pace left arm will have something extra to an attack that has rolled the side of the top of the second division championship and third in Group B of the YB40. Quarterfinals are a given.

Leicestershire (25-1)
Foreign players: Joe Burns, Shakib Al Hasan
T20 pedigree: The most successful Twenty20 team, Leicestershire have won the competition on three occasions. The team has a much more youthful look the same as when they were last FLt20 champions in 2011, but, as demonstrated above, have the natural talent and exuberance that can see through limited-overs games.
Prediction: Shiv Thakor and Rob Taylor will have to endure Captain Josh Cobb, who can be a match-winner - who already has three hundred a day of this season and is useful with the ball, as his party won 4 of 22 in 2011 showed end. The valuable experience of Shakib - ranked as the fifth best T20 bowler in the world - and Niall O'Brien could ensure that the third place in the group.

Nottinghamshire (8-1)
Foreign players: David Hussey
T20 pedigree: Underachievers, when you look at the talent he possesses. Runner-up in 2006 is the closest I've come to glory, but they have reached the quarter-finals in each of the last three years, going a step further in 2011.
Prediction: Could this be the year? Even with England call-up, his bowling attack containing various hand, with the speed of Ajmal Shahzad, left-arm seam of Harry Gurney, and orthodox spin Samit Patel, who also adds to an impressive batting line-up capable of dealing with any 20-over cricket permutations. Add to that the part-time spin and tug Twenty20 Hussey unique and you should have one of the participants at the Last Day.

Yorkshire (12-1)
Foreign players: None
T20 pedigree: David Miller almost single-handedly dragged Yorkshire to victory in last year's final with some outstanding hitting, but that was the first time they had made it past the quarterfinals. His two previous forays beyond the group stage came in 2006 and 2007.
Prediction: Flying in the First Division in the YB40 still wobbly, the discrepancy between the Championship and the performances of a day and the staff suggests that the former is the main priority. Twenty20 cricket Wealth trust his change of course, but you will miss Joe Root and, perhaps, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan most of the group stage. Mitchell Starc was top wicket-taker in the competition in 2012 and will have to bring a player of similar level to give them a chance to get close to what they achieved last year.
Tremlett tells England I'm ready for Ashes

Tremlett tells England I'm ready for Ashes

It has taken nearly 18 months and a couple of operations, but Chris Tremlett finally feels he is ready to return to the Investec Ashes series.

England have not been entirely convinced that it can play a role. Not appointed in their squad to face Essex in Chelmsford, beginning Sunday, preferring another fast bowler Boyd Rankin Warwickshire height, but still of interest.

Even when he was struggling to get out of bed and wondering if his career was over, he received encouraging phone calls to remind Andy Flower was in the plans of England. And now, finally, feels he is ready to return.

Tremlett played the last of his 11 tests against Pakistan in Dubai in January 2012. He flew home soon after with a back problem that required surgery and, although he tried to return in the subsequent English domestic season, managed only a championship game before injury intervened again and was forced to undergo surgery knee.

"If I was picked for a test would be confident morning" ESPNcricinfo Tremlett. "Had I been asked that three games into the season, my honest answer would have been that I am not ready to play Test cricket. But now I have some games under my belt, I have my confidence. Feel that 'I'm ready now. I have doubts ".

Tremlett admitted he had struggled for pace in the first two months of the season, but was back to something like his best in the last match against Yorkshire Surrey Championship. While only claimed two wickets, 48 ​​overs delivered at a steady pace and for the first time, he felt that he had returned to the level that helped him win 49 wickets in his first 10 tests.

"My body was difficult for him two or three games of the season," said Tremlett. "The first games were not as enjoyable as it was so much work on my back and knees. Still felt a little.

"But I'm far from my best. Something clicks in Leeds. At Derby took eight wickets and I was stunned pretty well, but I felt better in Yorkshire. Ran harder. I bowled 48 overs against Yorkshire and I was playing fast bowling in my last post as I was in my first.'ve enjoyed my pace and much more confidence in more body now. "

Tremlett was a key part of the ashes of England's victory in Australia in 2010-11, when he had 17 wickets in three matches, but admitted that, although I would love to return to that level, I would consider "an advantage" after all his injury problems.

"I would love to play for England again," said Tremlett. "That's what motivates me when I train.'s Hard to beat being at that level and playing in the ashes while in county cricket, but would be a bonus for the dark times I've had.

"I see it as an advantage when playing for England again. After staying in theaters and being opened by surgeons, I am grateful to just go back and play cricket at all.

"I never thought it was all over, but there were times when I thought I could fight. Were times when I was in a lot of pain and could not get out of bed. So it's nice to go through that, like other bowlers have, and it's great to be playing and enjoying.

"I've been trying not to think of England too.'m Trying to relax, play Surrey and not think too far. If I keep doing the right things to Surrey, I will work my way back into the England team. But I feel safe that I am almost back to my best. "
Oval thrills leave no signs of T20 fatigue

Oval thrills leave no signs of T20 fatigue

Much has been made in the letter of the accumulation of the two T20 international between England and New Zealand, for their abundance. The first was won by New Zealand, after nearly 400 runs were scored in the oval, came two days after the final of the Champions Trophy and for some sectors of the press, the series has already been swallowed or not outshone by an increase in the mercury ashes.

Test Series England against Australia starts in two weeks, but if there is any sense of fatigue in the continued commitments with New Zealand, which was not noticeable in Tuesday night. Nearly five months after the New Zealand tour of England began with three T20s high score, a full house at The Oval showed raucous appreciation for more of the same in the second leg.

Although England rested several players, including Stuart Broad, regular T20 captain Graeme Swann and Steven Finn, and New Zealand is approaching the end of a long tour that has already taken two tests, three ODIs and the Trophy Champions, both Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum, captains at night, defended the program.

"It's very important," said Morgan of the game. "Most of the Twenty20 team obviously is not involved in the test match or one-day international team so for many of you this is the pinnacle of your summer and I think it's very important."

England Twenty20 specialists - the likes of Alex Hales, Michael Lumb and Luke Wright - seemed particularly interested in capturing your opportunity to participate in the past on what the ECB has been marketing as the "Summer of Cricket. If a carnival atmosphere in a field full of what the governing body is then outstanding was another reminder of the importance of overall health Twenty20 game.

"It was great," said McCullum. "Obviously, I did not expect such a big crowd today, but I thought it was great. Were probably a little criticism about these two T20 are inserted in the end, but I think what we saw today was the justification for them and hopefully we can get another big crowd on Thursday. "

Surrey will hold similar hopes. The club pays a fee staging for both games, but even with discount £ 1 entry for children under 16 years, the economy seems likely to have worked in his favor, once you take the spending in various foods and beverages take into account. On Thursday, the expected return of Kevin Pietersen England colors also Surrey player, as well as close the weekend could make for a more lively adventure yet.

And all this enthusiasm for a defeat of England. Morgan admitted some disappointment at the outcome, but felt the difference was only "a hit and we had won the game." He had praise for England debutant Boyd Rankin, who took 1 of 24 in one night when bowlers were fodder, and how his inexperienced side struggled to stay in the game after Hamish Rutherford and McCullum had given New Zealand initially fierce.

Maybe it was Morgan's dismissal, caught at slip in the 14th over England to match the required rate, which was crucial moment of the game. McCullum's decision to put Ross Taylor in a catching position, instead of trying to protect the borders, was indicative of their thinking as captain and provided the crowd with a moment to savor.

"He took a very special catch to release it," said McCullum. "We had to take wickets, for me it was not necessarily a risk. If we had the sheet in place would have seen the game run out, I think, so we had to keep trying to make some plays sometimes fall and looks great and other times not. Fortunately today we did. "
Injured Tiwary out  for four months from matches

Injured Tiwary out for four months from matches

Manoj Tiwary, the Indian batsman, has been ruled out of competitive cricket for four months due to a twisted left knee. Tiwary was injured during a mock football for cricket club Kalighat in Calcutta. Consequently, it is likely to miss the India tour of Zimbabwe, which is scheduled to begin July 24.

The BCCI has asked Tiwary to fly to England on June 29 to meet with Dr. Andrew Williams, a British orthopedic surgeon and knee specialist, consultation and immediate surgery. Dr. Williams has worked with artists such as Andrew Flintoff, Shoaib Akhtar, and more recently Cheteshwar Pujara.

This is the second time this year that Tiwary has been ruled out through injury. Previously, suffered a shoulder injury during the Vijay Hazare Trophy semifinal against New Delhi in March, just a month after making his return to competitive cricket in the Irani Cup for Rest of India against Mumbai. During this year's IPL, he was out for a week because of a bruised right hand he suffered against Kings XI Punjab, April 26.

In December last year, was prescribed rest six weeks after suffering a back injury during the Ranji Trophy. As a result, missed the ODI and Twenty20 series against England and Pakistan
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Adam Hollioake leads team of the decade

Adam Hollioake leads team of the decade

Today marks a decade since the ECB launched Twenty20 cricket. Advance ticket sales are said to be buoyant, but it's a decade came to uncertainty and counties to embark on the last summer season condensed format before switching to a season-long tournament.

But as Britain seeks to gain the most from its innovative format, a format that has spawned several imitators - and a powerful imitator of all - it's time to celebrate the occasion.

Below is a selection of the best County XI of the last ten years, from impacts of players in the tournament at the time. Foreign players have appeared only shortly have been decidedly excluded. It is important to have stuck for a while.

Inevitably, it will create debate. A lot of players will feel unfairly excluded. Tim says that "individuals will apologize Darren Maddy, Graeme Hick, Azhar Mahmood, Danny and Chris Briggs Liddle." Chris Liddle? Let us know what you think.

Marcus Trescothick
No English view T20 has been so consistently destructive like Trescothick in Taunton. Blunt pulls units and disdainfully players have led to despair - and England fans who regret that only played three T20 internationals. Its domestic T20 strike rate, 161, is 16 better than any other among the top ten scorers execution County.

Jonathan Trott
Yes, really. Until his England career, Trott had perfected the role of anchor for T20 Warwickshire - quietly averaging 40 and scored in the seven-a-more. As far as mixed business, understated power and astute ability to judge a chase period, Warwickshire never had reason to complain.

Brad Hodge
Not even Chris Gayle has the most runs T20 as Hodge. Hodge, mostly with unorthodox shots but hitting them with rare power and momentum, hit a brilliant 77 * T20 to ensure victory for Leicestershire in 2004, with an average of 45 in English T20. Its back out was apparently effective also.

Owais Shah
No English batsman reaches 1,000 total executions Shah has scored 4,500 runs. The format is made for cleaning surprising Shah's ability to hit the ball to areas devastated unusual and skill balls off the ground - as the three consecutive sixes off James Tredwell LegSide in the 2008 final.

Darren Stevens
England went through a spell of collecting T20 specialists, but somehow Stevens was not one of them. His power and cool temperament Stevens make an excellent hunter, and when sealed the end of 2007. Add in his crafty bowling T20 and Stevens has topped the list of most valuable T20 players in the last six seasons of the ACP.

Adam Hollioake (capt)
The original master T20. Hollioake bowling varieties and seasoning to join the attack on high octane moments perfectly suit the format: baffled batsmen lost their land to him at least every ten balls. Add in his destructive batting and captaincy relentlessly aggressive, and only age prevents him from being a star of IPL.

James Foster
Able to cope with stumps even a bowler 80 mph regularly, Graham Napier, Foster far not only in their catch and Stumpings - has more layoffs English T20 cricket than any other - but in the how their presence annoys hitters. Facing the window, idiosyncratic foot movement - taking its position as if the fungus comes from square leg - helps make him a tremendous finish.

Dimi Mascarenhas
While he is most famous for his hitting ability, Mascarenhas is good enough to get into this side of Bowling Alone: ​​their land come in 17 each, with an economy rate of only 6.7 Hampshire. Bowling window to window and giving the hitters to hit anything in the Powerplay overs, often bowls their surplus Mascarenhas directly. The T20 final days of last year, the figures were 8-0-31-4.

Jeremy Snape
Snape was drifting off Twenty20 cricket when he began, and it seemed that there was no place in this new game for a offspinner. Snape, however, had other ideas, as his "moon ball", landing on a 40 mph cozy and greedy fool hitters. Also scored runs at crucial times, as with the 18-ball 34 at the end of 2004. Furthermore, in a difficult situation, who better to have on your side of a sports psychologist?

Alfonso Thomas
The last attempts of Somerset is no reflection on the efforts of Alfonso the Great. Your business yorkers and slower balls-honed Thomas have won 94 English wickets in T20 cricket and a reputation as one of the best players of death worldwide.

Ryan Sidebottom
The price of the shares left arm seamers in T20 cricket is high, and Sidebottom has been the best in the domestic circuit. Your ability to localize its Yorker under pressure and seamless fit between the pins on and around the window operator Sidebottom made supreme in the beginning and end of entries
For Friends Life t20 Levi to join Northamptonshire

For Friends Life t20 Levi to join Northamptonshire

In what has been a week of urgent transfer to the Friends Life t20 competition which starts on June 26, Richard Levi, the South African batsman, has been signed by Northamptonshire for the campaign this summer. Levi will join the squad ahead of their first match against Gloucestershire on June 28. This is the club's second overseas signing after Cameron White joined in February.

Somerset head coach, David Ripley, was optimistic about the sum of Levi for the team, "We are delighted to welcome Richard to the county land and that will add the much needed firepower to the top of our order.

"His desire to get on a plane and come here a very short time is a testament to his desire to play not only for us, but to try to force himself on the international race - something to look forward to this season at Northants (Northamptonshire) will help you achieve.

"We are excited to join Richard Cameron White here on county land on the fly all out for a place in the last stages of the Friends Life t20."

Levi has appeared in 13 T20Is and 78 Twenty20 matches for the likes of Cape Cobras, Mumbai Indians and Somerset. He scored the fastest century in T20 international history of just 45 balls in just his second international appearance. It also reached a record 13 sixes during the coup unbeaten.
 A level series Deonarine stars as West Indies

A level series Deonarine stars as West Indies

West Indies A 240 of 9 (Bonner 64, de Silva 3-43) beat Sri Lanka A 150 (51 Karunaratne, Deonarine 3-25) by 90 runs

Best figures of 3-25 helped Narsingh Deonarine middle order to stifle Sri Lanka after a promising start by the openers, in the second game of an official day in Granada to help West Indies to level the series at 1-1 .

Set a modest goal of 240 after West Indies A captain Kirk Edwards won the toss, Sri Lanka A captain and wicketkeeper Dimuth Karunaratne Niroshan Dickwella eliminated more than a third of them with the goal of opening 94 association management.

Karunaratne became one of the two vicitims of Nikita Miller in the more than 21, shortly after scoring his second consecutive fifty of the series. Sri Lanka A, maintaining a healthy run rate of nearly five up until then could only add 21 runs in the next ten credits, during which part-time offbreaks appreciated Deonarine was Angelo Perera, Thilina Kandamby and Ashan Priyanjan. They were too comfortable in the last game either, contributing 51 runs to a chase of 283.

Fast players Cotterrell Sheldon and Jason Holder took two wickets a piece for the tail end as Sri Lanka folded for 150 in the 43rd time.

West Indies A will also eat solid opening partnership, as amended Nkrumah Bonner a run of four balls in the first encounter with a half century which included five four one six. He and Lendl Simmons put on 89 runs before Simmons hit the left arm spinner Chaturanga de Silva after 23 minutes. De Silva picked up two more to finish its quota, as West Indies A lost five wickets, including the crucial race Deonarine, in the last ten overs.
New Zealand blitz squeezes out new-look England

New Zealand blitz squeezes out new-look England

For a supposedly useless apparatus violently pulled timing, this game produces enough power to light up a large part of South London. New Zealand were the winners in a game that added 397 runs as a full house at The Oval has filmed a classic bully international T20.

Hamish Rutherford and Brendon McCullum smashed some poor bowling on a good pitch as New Zealand posted 201 for 4 and although Luke Wright a typical busy muscular half-century, middle-end of England was left with plenty to do after Ian Butler and Mitchell McClenaghan struck in successive overs.

Dismissal Eoin Morgan Butler, through a brilliant one-handed catch Ross Taylor, leaping high to his right at slip, was like a stroke of shock as any. For the captain, McCullum, to insert a sheet at that stage was another surprisingly aggressive tactics.

Although the floor vibrated to the rhythm of "Seven Nation Army", The White Stripes', as the crowd chanted in support of his new cult hero, Ravi Bopara, 30 of 18 balls was just enough to complete the highest successful chase England in international T20.

This is what T20 in England is supposed to be about - warm summer nights, turbocharged batting crowd well lubricated and ready to cheer on any team hits harder. The T20 series with New Zealand has eclipsed the launch of Friends Life t20 but there may be hope that internal competition can be connected to a power source similar for the next couple of months.

The weather will play a role in that and, after the 20-issue forced again for a soggy final of the Champions Trophy on Sunday, for once, the sun was shining and the sky was clear for a genuine T20 competition.

A team with four players in Morgan, Bopara, Jos Buttler and James Tredwell who participated in India as well as several of T20 specialists in England, may have lost a handful of protected customary ashes, but pushed a more experienced New Zealand all the way. The loss of five races had a familiar ring, but the circumstances could not have been more different to the matter of astute in Edgbaston.

At the end of the Powerplay, England were 67 for 1, which offered a cheerful compared to New Zealand 54 to 1. Although Michael Lumb were shot, playing the ball into his stumps via a boot in the room again, who had two strokes rhythm crunch six-leg side.

Nottinghamshire mate, Hales, who last made more than 21 six weeks and coming off a run of 11 individual figures score in 13 innings, there was luck cutting is required when a top edge flew high to adjust the legs Rutherford chasing and dropped the ball, which then rolled for four.

Delivery is also known as no-ball - but may have pointed McClenaghan fundamental dismissal of Kane Williamson Stuart Broad in these teams' Champions Trophy encounter as a defense - and the most was 25.

A partnership worth 55 with Wright chose Hales followed before a mishit deep midwicket slog. Wright reached 50 from 29 balls but his dismissal after the requirement was raised to 63 from 30, which to swing and buckle the whole family and Bopara proved beyond England. With 16 needed, Ben Stokes hit the first ball of the last over six, but the bowler, Corey Anderson, remained calm.

The tone of the evening had been established by second-wicket partnership of New Zealand, worth 114 runs in 67 balls, between Rutherford and McCullum, with the former scoring his first half-century in limited-overs international. McCullum, unusually, was not as belligerent as his partner, but he was the top scorer with 68 from 48 balls in a manner reminiscent of his form against England, when these two teams began the round of 16, bi-continental fight in February .

England New Zealand inserted after Morgan had won the toss and substitute captain night was also driven by Boyd Rankin, former Irish bowler taking a wicket with his fourth installment of the England shirt. But the next hour and a half were almost as rapidly downhill the ball seemed steadily skyward, Rutherford and McCullum batting with dizzying drop on a real surface that England were forced to use seven players.

The couple had evidently not say it was a glorified exhibition game, but a crowd-pulling of one, and went on to give England reservists beat thoroughly. Rankin and Wright, apart, players lined up like naughty schoolboys to be disciplined: Chris Woakes' cost only about 19, including a slow over deep square leg Rutherford, Tredwell was rated for 15 in his first, as Rutherford pounded him for, six consecutive compelling.

Tredwell was again crashed into the crowd at the length of his second feature, after Rutherford spent 50 of his 28th delivery. England had reason to lament the fall of Jade Dernbach Bopara in the room again. Rutherford got the ball to the point at the height of the head just above, but Bopara seemed to have too much spring in the heel and a clear shot deflected off the wrist.

Bopara afternoon against 22 in an envelope and he and Tredwell, who had provided crucial spells with the ball in the Champions Trophy final, rolled four extensions at a cost of 64 runs here.

Rankin can be a bit more difficult to get served at The Greyhound, the Irish pub near Kennington, after inclusion confirmed an anticipated change to England but there were many in the land that would have gladly bought him a drink after that hit in the first envelope.

His pace and hostility back-of-a-length stump around made him look like a Steven Finn imported knock-off and soon exposed James Franklin, Martin Guptill in the paralyzed, for the opening of imitation that is - at least internationally - with that bit again. With New Zealand 1-1 after four balls, England may have felt they had the luck of the Irish, but they had run out of it by the end.