• Steyn seeks to confirm elite status in England

    South African pacer Dale Steyn who was 31st in the Test bowling rankings a year ago but is now second after briefly holding top place ahead of Muralitharan, talks to Richard Sydenham on the prospect of facing England and Australia over the next few months.

    TAUNTON, England: South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has soared towards the top of the world rankings in the last year and is relishing the prospect of facing England and Australia over the next few months.

     

    "I have done well but we are coming up against two big teams of world cricket who will be difficult to knock over," Steyn told Reuters in an interview ahead of the first match of their England tour in Somerset on Sunday.

     

    "They are big challenges but I like challenges."

     

    Steyn, who sampled English conditions with Essex in 2005 and Warwickshire last season, is due to face the world's top-ranked side at the end of the year.

     

    "We are in England now, then we go to Australia after the Champions Trophy (in Pakistan) and

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  • The original Little Master gets his due

    "The general trend amongst youngsters today is to play all fancy and unconventional strokes, which leave them nowhere in Test cricket. They just don't have the patience to stand on the wicket," Hanif Mohammed said, in an interview to Hindustan Times.

    AT 74, one surely wouldn't like too many demands on his time. But Hanif Mohammed didn't seem to mind it. He was being escorted around to oblige everyone seeking his attention or wanting to have a word with him, and all this while one didn't notice even a hint of irritation on his face.

     

    He went around obliging everyone with utmost patience at the Castrol Asian Cricket Award function, where he was conferred the lifetime achievement award. But then this display of patience is nothing new to the original 'Little Master'; after all it's this patience with which he wore down many ferocious attacks during his playing days, scripting several records against his name - the most famous being the longest innings in Test cricket.

     

    He occupied the

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  • 1000 wickets on, Murali hungry for more

    "Yes, cricket is actually getting tough. When you are around for such a long time, and players have seen so much of you, it does get tough," said the Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan in an interview to Hindustan Times.

    One wondered if one had heard it right - Muttiah Muralitharan admitting that cricket was getting tough for him! "Yes, cricket is actually getting tough. When you are around for such a long time, and players have seen so much of you, it does get tough," he reaffirmed.

     

    Did the admission indicate that he was set to bid adieu to international cricket?
    "Not at all and all I mean is that with the sharp increase in the volume of cricket, players are now under tremendous pressure and it's become really tough," he said, asserting he wasn't done yet.

     

    "I am aiming for 500 wickets in ODIs and touching the 800-wicket mark in Tests would be great. I still have a few landmarks lined up ahead of me." Are 1000 Test wickets on the radar? "That would be a bit too much, but it

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