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  • Things going better than I imagined: Pietersen

    Despite his early success, Kevin Pietersen insisted he will continue to push his players to their limits as they prepare for the Stanford Twenty20 clash in November followed by a gruelling tour of India.

    Kevin Pietersen warned his England team that he won't tolerate them sliding into a comfort zone after wrapping up the one-day series against South Africa.

     

    Despite seeing his hopes of a 5-0 whitewash shattered by the Cardiff rain, with only three overs bowled on Wednesday before the fifth and final match was abandoned, Pietersen said he was satisfied with the progress made.

     

    The England captain won his one Test match in charge in August before leading his team to third place in the ICC world one-day rankings with a 4-0 series win over the country of his birth.

     

    Despite his early success, Pietersen insisted he will continue to push his players to their limits as they prepare for the Stanford Twenty20 clash in November followed by a gruelling tour of India. "I would say it has gone

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  • Jayasuriya making no plans for retirement

    The stocky left-hander retired from Test cricket last December but continues to play in one-dayers, a form of the game that made him a hero in his country and a feared opponent.

    KARACHI - Swashbuckling Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya celebrates his 39th birthday on Monday with no retirement plans in sight.

     

    Sri Lanka's highest test scorer and the second most capped player in one-day internationals, Jayasuriya demonstrated he had lost none of his flair by smashing 72 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup on Wednesday.

     

    "I don't think about my future plans," he told reporters. "As long as I am fit I will keep on going."

     

    The stocky left-hander retired from test cricket last December but continues to play in one-dayers, a form of the game that made him a hero in his country and a feared opponent.

     

    His explosive style of batting helped Sri Lanka win the 1996 World Cup and changed the way many batsmen approached one-day matches.

     

    "I don't think age is a factor with Sanath," Sri

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  • Return my gifts if you can’t respect them: Kapil

    Talking to the media, the former all rounder, however, made it clear that he had no intention of seeking those back but at the same time he could not see those invaluable souvenirs being thrown to the dustbin either.

    Insisting that all he wants is to preserve the memorabilia, World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev said Punjab Cricket Association can keep them as long as they take care of the souvenirs.

     

    A fortnight after his cut-out was brought down from the Mohali Stadium, a hurt Kapil wrote an e-mail to the PCA on Tuesday, asking them to return him all the memorabilia he had gifted to the association.

     

    The former all rounder, however, made it clear that he had no intention of seeking those back but at the same time he could not see those invaluable souvenirs being thrown to the dustbin either.

     

    "I never asked them to return (those memorabilia). I said 'if you wish not to keep my stuff, give it back to me, rather than throwing it into the dustbin', so that I can preserve those,"

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