• "My style of bowling suits Indian conditions and I'm happy to bowl a particular length and bowl wicket to wicket," says Australia's Shane Watson.

    Doug Bollinger was out of breath after a session with the medicine ball when Stuart Karpinnen, the physical trainer, threw him a sandbag and ordered three sets of squats. A newcomer in the Australian team, the paceman was going through all the drills with great intensity even as Shane Watson walked past him with a huge grin on his face. "Well done," he quipped.

    Watson, after all, knows a thing or two about heavy training - both its benefits and the risks attached with overdoing it.

    Now a replacement for Andrew Symonds, he was the obvious first choice all-rounder before frequent breakdowns kept him out of action. "It's a long story," Watson said after Thursday's training session. "How much time have you got?" he asks.

    "During my initial years, no matter how hard I trained, I never used to let go until I was completely satisfied that I got

    Read More »from Australia determined to win, says Watson
  • It has become the biggest challenge for Australian cricketers to play and win a series against India, says Australian all-rounder Shane Watson. Sept. 25: Simon Katich’s two Test hundreds in the Caribbean make him the likely candidate to take over the wayward Andrew Symonds’ slot in the starting line-up, but fit-again all-rounder Shane Watson who is on the comeback trail is a tempting prospect.

     

    Watson’s career has been riddled with injuries and despite being on the international scene for six years, he has played only three Tests. Now, having established himself as a one-day and Twenty20 specialist, he wants to translate his success in the shorter formats of the game in the Test arena.

     

    And by the looks of it, he’s all fired up. "What my bowling does give is a bit of impact, especially more so on the fourth and fifth day of a Test when I know I can come in, give it all I’ve got and have a bit of a crack," Watson said here on Thursday. "It definitely will help the team if I do get an

    Read More »from Symonds’ absence won’t hurt: Watson
  • "I know I'm not going to get picked or dropped because of how many runs I score or don't score in this tournament. I'm not trying to make any statements, I just want to play," says Sourav Ganguly in an interview to The Indian Express.

    After a long workout in the gym, a washed out Sourav Ganguly drops on the sofa and points at the pouring rain through the glass window. "I came from Kolkata to escape this, and look what I've found here. These definitely aren't good days for me," he says with a laugh.

     

    Spending the afternoon at the five-star hotel wasn't what Ganguly had in mind when he surprised every one, including the local organisers, by asking for a slot in the annual JP Attray one-day tournament in Chandigarh this week.

     

    Ganguly and Punjab have developed a strange relationship of late. On a cold, misty day almost two years ago, he had inspired Bengal to victory in a Ranji Trophy match at Mohali in front of a few thousand fans who were strangely cheering for the former India

    Read More »from I’m here to just play cricket: Ganguly

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  • Five memorable moments from the India-West Indies match that don’t fade away
    The West Indies are evoking their legendary teams of the 1980s

    As part of a generation of cricket fans too young to remember Viv Richards or Clive Lloyd, we relied on mythology to learn about those inimitable West Indies teams of the 1970s and ‘80s who ruthlessly crushed opponents to the tune of their magnetic rhythm. Perhaps no team has ever transcended the sport quite like those inimitable West Indies, comprised of a collection of effervescent players that even captured the hearts of opposition fans. Legendary pacemen Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh were in their primes, and a young Brian Lara beguiled with the bat but it was obvious the West Indies were on the slide. More »The West Indies are evoking their legendary teams of the 1980s

    Five memorable moments from the India-West Indies match that don’t fade away

    As part of a generation of cricket fans too young to remember Viv Richards or Clive Lloyd, we relied on mythology to learn about those inimitable West Indies teams of the 1970s and ‘80s who ruthlessly crushed opponents to the tune of their magnetic rhythm. Perhaps no team has ever transcended the sport quite like those …

  • ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016: Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it
    Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it Bharat Sundaresan

    IT’S A steaming hot day in Nagpur, but as always you can’t make that out by looking at Marlon Samuels. Then as Stokes looked to reciprocate with a few verbals, he would say, “The English boys don’t learn because whenever they talk to me, I score runs.” Back in 2012, he got into plenty of scuffles with the Australians, later claiming, “the Aussies only know to give lip, but you give them back and they don’t know how to handle it.” But the magic of Marlon is that even when he is hot under the collar, you hardly can make it out, for he remains entrenched in his unflappable cocoon, while also being cool, calm and enigmatic. More »Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it

    ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016: Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it

    IT’S A steaming hot day in Nagpur, but as always you can’t make that out by looking at Marlon Samuels. Then as Stokes looked to reciprocate with a few verbals, he would say, “The English boys don’t learn because whenever they talk to me, I score runs.” Back in 2012, he got into plenty of scuffles with the Australians, …

  • Smith sad to see Watson miss out on fairytale finish
    Unfairly mocked and maligned, Shane Watson will be missed from international cricket

    Loved by the Indian public for his IPL performances, the 34-year-old does not evoke similar sentiments from his compatriots. More »Unfairly mocked and maligned, Shane Watson will be missed from international cricket

    Smith sad to see Watson miss out on fairytale finish

    Loved by the Indian public for his IPL performances, the 34-year-old does not evoke similar sentiments from his compatriots.

 

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