• - New Zealand capped BJ Watling for this game. He became the 162nd cricketer to represent New Zealand in one day games. He is the 22nd cricketer to make one day debut against Sri Lanka.

     

    - MJ Guptill scored zero in this game of the very first ball he received providing the 108th occasion of a New Zealand batsman collecting the first ball duck in one day games. DR Tuffey joined MJ Guptill later in the innings to provide 109th occasion of New Zealand batsman collecting the first ball duck.

     

    - MJ Guptill and DR Tuffey with their first ball ducks in this game provide the 13th and 14th occasion of a New Zealand batsman suffering such an ignominy against Sri Lanka.

     

    - MJ Guptill's first ball duck in this game provide the 16th occasion of a New Zealand opening batsman collecting the first ball duck in one day games. He is the third New Zealand batsman to suffer such an ignominy against Sri Lanka. Others are - CJ Nevin at Sharjah on 17.04.01 and MJ Horne at Sharjah on 14.04.02.

     

    - MJ

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  • Over the years, Indian cricket has been fortunate in the batting their traditional strength. Swashbucklers and stonewallers, technicians and artists, craftsmen and artisans, right-handers and left-handers - you name it and a varied field has graced Indian cricket for almost 80 years.

     

    So many of them have run up an enviable record and this thought came to my mind when just the other day I had a cursory glance at the nine Indian batsmen who have crossed 6000 runs in Tests.

     

    The list of outstanding batsmen of course is much longer but opportunities were rather limited in the formative years of Indian Test cricket and it is no surprise that all these nine players made their entry during the last 40 years when there was the scope to figure in more matches.

     

    All the same, you still have to score runs consistently while notching up the three-figure knocks at regular intervals to figure in the top bracket and there is little doubt that these nine batsmen are symbolic of the myriad of

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  • Alastair Cook's place in the England side is coming under increasing scrutiny but I would definitely stick with the opener ahead of the third Test at The Oval.

     

    The Essex left-hander is a class act, and has achieved a considerable amount in his career already, and all of that at the age of just 25.

     

    Anyone who has 4238 Test runs to their name at such an early stage in their development must be a very special talent, and some people are far too impatient with their cricketers.

     

    Cook may have scored a lot of his runs early on in his career, but this is just a bad patch of form and nothing more serious.

     

    What is important is that Cook has shown he has the mentality and the discipline to cut it at international level, and the maturity to lead is country.

     

    There is no doubt that he will read the papers and feel under immense pressure as a result, and that does not help one bit.

     

    Make no mistake, England cricketers do read the press, and I can tell you first hand that it does affect

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