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  • West Indies end 13-match losing streak

    Brathwaite and Dowrich both remain unbeaten on 60 as West Indies beat Pakistan by five wickets in the 3rd Test

    Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich struck unbeaten half-centuries to guide West Indies to a first test victory in 14 matches as the Caribbean side beat Pakistan by five wickets on the final morning of the third test in Sharjah on Thursday.

    Opener Brathwaite, who carried his bat for an unbeaten 142 in the first innings, and Dowrich each scored 60 in adding 87 for the unbroken sixth wicket after West Indies had been reduced to 67 for five chasing 153 for victory.

    The 23-year-old Brathwaite, who was on the field for every minute of the test, was named man of the match.

    "It was a privilege (to bat with Dowrich)," Brathwaite told the broadcaster. "The communication was good, we talked with each other, keep rotating the strike and we brought it home.

    "This is the best batting match of my career... Obviously I've had a good start (to my career), you know the key is to maintain it," added Brathwaite, who has five hundreds and 12 fifties from 34 tests.

    "I just want to continue working hard

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  • Bangladesh makes history against England

    England loses 10 wickets for 64 as Bangladesh wins by 108 runs

    The captains shake hands after the matchThe captains shake hands after the match

    DHAKA, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Teenage sensation Mehedi Hasan claimed his second five-wicket haul of the match as Bangladesh secured their first ever test win over England with a 108-run victory on Sunday.

    England had won all previous nine matches against their South Asian rivals but were all out for 164 in their second innings while chasing 273 for victory on the third day of the second and final test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

    Off-spinner Mehedi took six wickets for the second time in the test as the hosts tied up the series at 1-1.

    Bangladesh had come close to breaking England's winning record in the first test at Chittagong but suffered a heartbreaking defeat by 22 runs.

    England had looked in control as captain Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett took them to 100 without loss at tea, but the hosts produced a remarkable turnaround, taking all 10 of England's second-innings wickets in the final session.

    Mehedi, who took six first-innings wickets and seven in total on debut in

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  • Bhuvneshwar wrecks Kiwis in soggy Eden

    Day 2 - NZ 128 for 7 trails India by 188 runs



    KOLKATA, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up five wickets in a fine display of seam bowling to floor New Zealand after Wriddhiman Saha's battling half-century helped India reach 316 on the second day of the second test at Eden Gardens on Saturday.

    After India were dismissed shortly before lunch, their seamers did most of the damage as New Zealand staggered to 128 for seven at the close on a rain-interrupted day.

    BJ Watling (12) and Jeetan Patel (five) were at the crease for the touring side.

    It was the fourth five-wicket haul for the 26-year-old Kumar, who replaced Umesh Yadav in the side.

    "In India you rarely get this kind of wicket, so I wanted to make full use of it," Kumar told the host broadcaster. "It was one of my dreams to take five wickets in India."

    Mohammed Shami struck first, trapping opener Tom Latham (one) lbw, before out-of-sorts Martin Guptill (13) departed when the ball ricocheted off of his elbow and on to his stumps after he lifted his arms to avoid a

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  • Day/night Tests on way, says ICC president

    World cricket's top administrator is convinced it 'won't be too long' before day/night Tests are being played in either Australia or India.

    Bridgetown: World cricket's top administrator is convinced it "won't be too long" before day/night Tests are being played in either Australia or India.


    David Morgan, the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), in an interview, also said a "context" for Test and One-Day International matches was on its way.


    While Tests in England are generally sold out and England or South Africa Test tours of Australia also attract large crowds, elsewhere other series in the five-day format struggle to attract spectators. Ever since floodlit fixtures were pioneered in Australia more than 30 years ago as part of the 'rebel' World Series Cricket, there have been suggestions day/night Tests could draw in spectators who are at work during normal playing hours.


    But so far, in part because of concerns the white ball used for floodlit cricket won't stand up

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  • Gavaskar says Indians must go back to school

    Because India have some serious Test series coming up, we need to go to our National Cricket Academy where there are a lot of young players in camp," said former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar.

    India's batsmen should be sent back to the national academy to learn how to deal with short-pitched bowling, former great Sunil Gavaskar said in St Lucia on Friday.


    India, who lost all three of their Super Eight games and were eliminated from the ICC World Twenty20, struggled in Barbados against the aggressive bowling of Australia and West Indies.


    "Because India have some serious Test series coming up in the next year and a half... in South Africa, West Indies and Australia, we need to go to our National Cricket Academy where there are a lot of young players in camp," said former captain Gavaskar.


    "Some of the young fast bowlers could be asked to bowl short stuff from 16 or 18 yards or the batsmen could practice with the bowling machine."


    Gavaskar, now a television commentator, was known for his

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  • South Africa went missing in action: Matthews

    I don't think a single player looked in touch or in-form which begs a lot of questions about their preparation, former vice-captain Craig Matthews said.

    South Africa went missing in action at the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, according to former selector Craig Matthews.


    "I don't think a single player looked in touch or in-form which begs a lot of questions about their preparation," former vice-captain Matthews said, the day after South Africa were knocked out of the tournament.


    "Perhaps we get so nervous at these events that we just look under-prepared. To win an ICC event a team needs its big-name players to come to the party but... the whole team went missing in action."


    "If I was still involved with CSA (Cricket South Africa) I would be seriously worried. There is very obviously a big problem," added Matthews after Monday's 11-run defeat by Pakistan in St Lucia ended their Twenty20 involvement.


    South Africa have only won one major global competition, the inaugural ICC

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  • Inventor of Hawk-Eye defends technology

    Inventor Paul Hawkins said Hawk-Eye calculated the trajectory of a ball after it had bounced and hit the batsman's pad, based purely on the behaviour of that particular ball.

    South Africa cricket coach Mickey Arthur has become the latest prominent figure in the sport to express reservations about the Hawk-Eye technology which is now being used to check leg-before-wicket decisions.

     

    "I'm not 100 per cent convinced about the predictive element of Hawk-Eye and I don't think many players are either," Arthur wrote in the February issue of Wisden Cricketer which goes on sale this Friday.

     

    Hawk-Eye uses data produced by video cameras to predict whether a ball that has hit the batsman on the pads would have gone on to hit the stumps, the so-called lbw decision which can be among the most contentious in cricket. The technology is used in tennis to decide disputed line calls.

     

    Under the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) implemented in the recent four-match series between South Africa and

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  • India’s fielding must improve: Dhoni

    Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has told India to improve their fielding in this month's ICC Champions Trophy. "I'm not saying we can't field but ... we will be asking everyone to raise their standards by 20 percent," Dhoni told reporters.

    Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has told India to improve their fielding in this month's ICC Champions Trophy.

     

    "I'm not saying we can't field but ... we will be asking everyone to raise their standards by 20 percent," Dhoni told reporters on Saturday. "Fielding can really contribute to your success.

     

    "If you don't give away those extra 10 to 15 runs, or you make it look like you have saved 20 to 30 runs in the field, it can give you a vital cushion."

     

    India start their Group A campaign against arch rivals Pakistan in Centurion next Saturday before meeting Australia at the same ground two days later and West Indies in Johannesburg on Sept. 30.

     

    Dhoni's team can call on coach Gary Kirsten's vast knowledge of local conditions in the 50-over tournament,

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  • Pakistan’s Younus wants international break

    Younus Khan said international cricketers were under great pressure because of the packed calendar, adding that the quality of the sport was suffering.

    KARACHI: The International Cricket Council should give serious consideration to organising a proper break before major tournaments, Pakistan captain Younus Khan said on Wednesday.

     

    The ICC Champions Trophy starts in South Africa next week and some teams are still involved in international series.

     

    "There is too much cricket being played before the Champions Trophy. I think it is only fair that before such a major event players should get a break from international matches," Younus told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

     

    Australia and England finish a One-day series just two days before the start of the eight-nation ICC Champions Trophy, while a tri-series involving India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand ended only on Sunday.

     

    Younus said international cricketers were under great pressure because of the packed calendar, adding that

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  • Bond hungry to strike on New Zealand return

    Shane Bond is preparing for a comeback in the One-day tri-series in Sri Lanka but wants to push his injury-scarred body and excel in all three forms of the game.

    CHENNAI: New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has regained the motivation to spearhead his nation's bowling after a two-year break from international cricket.

     

    The 34-year-old is preparing for a comeback in the One-day tri-series in Sri Lanka next month but wants to push his injury-scarred body and excel in all three forms of the game.

    Bond has earned New Zealand selection again after he cut his ties with the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League (ICL). He has been included in the One-day and Twenty20 sides for Sri Lanka, after being ignored for the Test series.

    "I did miss playing for New Zealand and found it difficult to keep myself motivated," Bond told Reuters.

    "But I suppose since it is all finished with the ICL, the main thing is seeing if I had the motivation to do the training. I started it out and I really wanted to do

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