India remain at top in ODI rankings

Virat Kohli remained the highest-ranked Indian batsman at the fourth spot in the latest list.

Published: September 2, 2013 1:32:31 am

India have retained their top position in the ICC ODI team rankings table while Virat Kohli remained the highest-ranked Indian batsman at the fourth spot in the latest list issued on Sunday. India,who have been in the number one position since February 2013,have 123 rating points to their credit,ahead of Australia (114) and England (112). While Kohli managed to maintain his position in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen,skipper MS Dhoni also retained his seventh spot in the top-10 list,which still has South Africa’s Hashim Amla sitting at the top. West Indies’ Sunil Narine continues to lead the bowlers’ table,followed by Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan in second place and England’s Steven Finn in third spot.

Warner axed from ODI squad; Starc flies back

David Warner has been dropped from Australia’s one-day international squad while paceman Mitchell Starc will fly back home because of lower back soreness,the country’s cricket board said on Sunday. The aggressive left-handed batsman’s recent lack of runs in the 50-over format was the reason behind his dropping from the 15-man squad,said Darren Lehmann. “By his own admission,David would acknowledge that unfortunately he hasn’t scored the weight of runs that he would like recently in one-day cricket for his country,” Lehmann,who is also a selector,said. Starc is Australia’s latest injury headache with two other fast bowlers,James Pattinson and Pat Cummins,also recovering from injuries. Also,Ryan Harris has also been sidelined for two months with a hamstring problem.

Squad: M Clarke (capt),G Bailey,F Ahmed,N Coulter-Nile,J Faulkner,A Finch,J Hazlewood,P Hughes,M Johnson,S Marsh,G Maxwell,C McKay,A Voges,M Wade,S Watson.

Whatmore has failed to deliver results: Inzamam

Inzamam-ul-Haq has criticised the national team’s coach Dav Whatmore,saying that he has failed to deliver the results. “Honestly speaking when Dav came they were lot of expectations from him and I don’t think he has delivered to those expectations,” Inzamam said in an interview. “The main thing is when the board hired a foreign coach the emphasis was that he would bring about visible improvements in our team and that has not happened from what we have seen since he took over,” Inzamam said.

Whatmore was brought in to replace former Test player Mohsin Khan as Pakistan’s head coach in March,2012 and since than has faced plenty of criticism over his performance with the team.

Cricket memorabilia to go under the hammer

Rare and historically significant memorabilia related to Indian cricket,including photographs of the country’s first Test team,will go under the hammer in Mumbai on September 13. Other items up for auction include unique bats,wickets,gloves,ties,badges,sweaters,books pertaining to the icons

of Indian cricket. The 1932 photograph of the first Test team led by C K Nayudu has an estimate of Rs 50,000-80,000. The organisers said a preview will be held on September 6 at the C K Nayudu Hall at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai.

Hales hits 94 as England level T20 series 1-1

England opener Alex Hales belted a blistering 94 in 61 deliveries to set up a 27-run victory over Australia in County Durham on Saturday and a 1-1 draw in the two-match series of Twenty20 internationals. Hales and Michael Lumb (43) put on 111 for the first wicket as England piled up 195 for five at Chester-le-Street. Opener David Warner hit a quickfire 53 off 42 balls to raise Australian hopes of a second successive victory but paceman Jade Dernbach grabbed three wickets as they collapsed from 111 for three to finish on 168 for nine.

Brief scores: England 195/5 in 20 overs (A Hales 94,M Lumb 43; F Ahmed 3/25,J Faulkner 2/37) bt Australia 168/9 in 20 overs (D Warner 53; J Dernbach 3/23,D Briggs 2/25) by 27 runs.

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