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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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  • Hughes ready for Lord’s challenge

    Australia opener Phillip Hughes will play his first Lord's Test, fully prepared for anything the England bowlers may hurl at him.

    Australia opener Phillip Hughes will play his first Lord's Test on Thursday fully prepared for anything the England bowlers may hurl at him.

    Hughes was dismissed cheaply in both innings by Steve Harmison in a warm-up game before the drawn first Test in Cardiff. Harmison has been added to the England squad for the Lord's match.

    Hughes will take the confidence of a winning duel with the most potent new ball attack in the world in South Africa this year when he tamed Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

    "They were the second best team in the world coming in hard at me and their tails were up after winning the series in Australia," Hughes said. "They also came at me hard with the verbals but I said a bit back and enjoyed that contest.

    "Morkel and Steyn are two that stand out and I loved that (verbal) contest but ultimately I play the ball not the bowler, whoever is in

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  • Katich resolve stoked by 2005 Ashes flop

    "If you had told me after the 2005 series that I would be back four years later I would have laughed," Katich told Reuters.

    The last time Simon Katich
    played a Test series in England, Australia lost and he subsequently
    spent three years out of the team.

     

    Four years on, Katich is back as a key member of the national side with an added determination to succeed.

     

    Katich,
    33, who has since reinvented himself as an opener, batted at number six
    for four of the five Tests in 2005 when England won the Ashes for the
    first time in 18 years. He scored just 248 runs at a meagre 27.55.

     

    "If you had told me after the 2005 series that I would be back four years later I would have laughed," Katich told Reuters.

     

    "And having got dropped soon after I guess there would be a few people who would have agreed."

     

    "It
    was probably a good thing for me to get out of that environment and go
    away, work on things and enjoy my cricket to help me fight my way back.

     

    "Part
    of me knew there was a chance it could

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