Ashwin,Kohli move up rankings
Dubai: Ravichandran Ashwin broke into the top 20 of ICC’s Test Rankings to reach a career-best 18th spot after leading India to a 2-0 Test win over New Zealand. The off-spinner with 18 wickets in the series,gained 26 places,with team mate Pragyan Ojha moving up to 17th place. in second and third positions,respectively. Virat Kohli,who scored 103 and 51 not out in the second Test moved 12 places to hit 35. Losing ground were Sachin Tendulkar in 16th (down by 5),Virender Sehwag in 23rd (down by 1) and Gautam Gambhir in 38th (down by 2).
Irish coup: McDermott signs as bowling coach
dublin: Ireland pulled off a major coup with the signing of former Australia paceman Craig McDermott as their new bowling coach and consultant. The 47-year old held a similar role with Australia until earlier this year and links up with the Irish squad at a pre-World Twenty20 Cup training camp in Sri Lanka. McDermott,cited as the main reason for the recent improvement of Australia’s pacemen,will face his home country as Ireland have been drawn in the same group as the Australians at the World Twenty20.
PCB miffed over Ajmals omission from ICC awards
islamabad: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written to the ICC for reconsidering their decision to omit Saeed Ajmal,the top Test wicket-taker in the last 12 months,from the shortlist for its Test Cricketer of the Year award. The 34-year-old finished with 72 wickets in Tests and was placed No.2 in the list of top wicket-takers for One-dayers in the period reviewed. Hashim Amla,Vernon Philander,Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Clarke have been shortlisted.
Hussey heroics help Australia win ODI series against Pak
Sharjah: Michael Hussey and Glenn Maxwell hit half-centuries to help Australia beat Pakistan by three wickets in the third and final ODI,taking the three-match series 2-1. Hussey scored 65 and Maxwell hit a 38-ball 56 not out to round off a chase of a target of 245 in 47 overs. Brief scores: Pakistan 244 for 7 (Md Hafeez 78,N Jamshed 48; M Starc 4/51,M Johnson 2/33) vs Australia 250 for 7 in 47 overs (M Hussey 65,G Maxwell 56 n.o; J Khan 2/42,S Ajmal 3/37)
Akram takes aim at Pakistan for poor show
Karachi: Former captain Wasim Akram lashed out at the Pakistan team after they lost the one-day series 1-2 to a depleted Australian side following their three-wicket loss in the third match at UAE. Giving his comments on the third one-day international to Geo News channel,Wasim said that Pakistan had made a number of mistakes in the series and final match that Australia won to take the series 2-1. As far as captain Misbah is concerned in this series he has appeared out of sorts as a captain,batsman and fielder and made some costly tactical mistakes on the field, Wasim said.
India versus New Zealand T20 tickets selling fast
Visakhapatnam: The tickets for the first T20 between India and New Zealand on Saturday are selling like hot cakes as the organisers sold 10,000 of them within an hour after opening the sales. In all,17,000-odd tickets are available for general public at the 27,000 capacity Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ADA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in the outskirts of the coastal city. Long queues were seen since early morning at the counters and all the lower denomination tickets were sold out.