Posts Tagged ‘England’

It’s England touring India, after Australia!!

November 10, 2008

Dear Readers,

Now it’s turn for England to pull up their socks, against India. Here is the complete details of 7 ODI’s between India and England:

November 2008
Fri 14
09:00 local, 03:30 GMT
1st ODI – India v England
Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot
Mon 17
09:00 local, 03:30 GMT
2nd ODI – India v England
Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground, Indore
Thu 20
09:00 local, 03:30 GMT
3rd ODI – India v England
Green Park, Kanpur
Sun 23 D/N
14:00 local, 08:30 GMT
4th ODI – India v England
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Wed 26 D/N
14:00 local, 08:30 GMT
5th ODI – India v England
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Sat 29
09:00 local, 03:30 GMT
6th ODI – India v England
Nehru Stadium, Guwahati

– CricVille –
Sandesh Kumar

England announce 15 for Stanford Super Series

September 9, 2008

Stanford Super Series 2008

Ryan Sidebottom: back in contention after an injury-hit summer

England’s selectors have named a 15-man squad for the Stanford Super Series and the seven-match one-day tour of India that gets underway in November, with Ryan Sidebottom earning a recall after an injury disrupted season. He comes in to replace Tim Bresnan, although will have to pass a fitness test, in a squad that is otherwise unchanged from the team that defeated South Africa 4-0 in the recent NatWest Series.

The fact that England have named the same squad for both the Stanford Series and the one-dayers is clearly in the interests of team unity, even though a player like Alastair Cook, who rarely clears the ropes in any form of the game, can hardly expect to feature in the big-money match.

Only players who are in the final eleven will be given a shot at winning a personal fortune of US$1 million, but the remaining four squad members will share another US$1 million between them, while the backroom staff will be well paid as well. The weakening pound is currently making it an even more enticing prospect. In the three months since the match was announced, the potential prize has gone up by more than £50,000.

Steve Harmison, who only came out of ODI retirement last month, is now widely expected to feature in the match. Miller confirmed that Harmison had originally said he didn’t want to be considered for the Stanford match – for fear of being seen hunting riches – but said the final selection was based purely on picking the best squad. “We picked the side on cricketing factors, there were no financial implications at all,” he said.

The 15-man squad is also a clear shift away from the Twenty20 specialists who were chosen for the ICC World Twenty20 last September. On that occasion the likes of Darren Maddy, Jeremy Snape, James Kirtley and Chris Schofield made the side but were predictably out of their depth. This time around there was a clamour from some quarters to include Graham Napier, who hit 152 against Sussex in the Twenty20 Cup this season, but England have stuck with the tried and tested.

In a separate announcement, England have unveiled their list of 12 centrally contracted players for the 2008-09 season, as well as a new seven-man Increment Contract list, tailored for those players who are regular squad members, if not guaranteed first-team players.

As widely anticipated, Matthew Hoggard – who has not played for England since the tour of New Zealand in March – is the most notable absentee from the senior contracts list. Stuart Broad, who replaced Hoggard in the team for the second Test of that series in Wellington and has been a notable performer with bat and ball ever since, has been rewarded for his efforts with his first full contract.

There are few surprises in the contracts list, although one man who will be relieved to feature is the former England captain, Michael Vaughan. He has not played limited-overs cricket for more than a year and has been struggling for form in the first-class game as well. Nevertheless his retention is a reward for his diligent service as captain, and will be a significant boost to his morale ahead of next summer’s Ashes.

Vaughan now hopes to find some form during the last few weeks of the season.

Miller added that he was delighted that Broad had earned a full contract for the first time in his career.

Players awarded an Increment Contract will receive an additional one-off payment from ECB on top of the salary they receive from their county. These contracts have been awarded, for the most part, to England’s one-day specialists, although the announcement of such contracts for both wicketkeepers, Matt Prior and Tim Ambrose, undermines the suspicion that Prior had begun to nudge ahead in his race to cement his place in the team for both Test and one-day cricket.

Squad for Stanford and India ODIs Kevin Pietersen (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Samit Patel, Matt Prior (wk), Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom, Luke Wright

Central contracts James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Ryan Sidebottom, Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan.

Increment contracts Tim Ambrose, Ravi Bopara, Samit Patel, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

South Africa reject tri-series proposal

September 7, 2008

South Africa reject tri-series proposal

With South Africa pulling out of the possible tri-series, Pakistan are now looking to organise a one-day series with Sri Lanka

The proposal for a tri-series in South Africa, also involving Pakistan and probably Sri Lanka has been rejected by Cricket South Africa, who said their top players need to rest after the recent tour of England.

“Cricket South Africa [CSA] have today informed us they can’t arrange the series as their players have had a long and hectic tour of England which ended on a disappointing note for them,” Shafqat Naghmi, the Pakistan board’s chief operating officer, said. Naghmi was also told by a CSA official that “South Africa’s leading players were not interested in playing in a series immediately after their tour of England”.

South Africa’s coach Mickey Arthur had expressed concerns that fatigue was hampering his team’s progress after their 4-0 loss to England in the recent one-day series and warned the administrators against “flogging a dead horse”.

The PCB was trying to arrange the tournament to fill the gap created by the postponement of the Champions Trophy which was scheduled to be held in Pakistan in September. However, five of the participating nations said they would not travel to Pakistan because of security concerns, forcing the tournament to be put off.

“We have the option of inviting one or two teams for one-day matches but will only go ahead with them after getting a clearance from the Interior Ministry,” Naghmi told .

Pakistan are now trying to set up a one-day series against Sri Lanka.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

England win series after Cardiff washed out

September 3, 2008

England v South Africa, 5th ODI, Cardiff

3 overs South Africa 6 for 1 (Amla 3*, Kallis 0*) v England – Match abandoned

Scorecard

Stuart Broad removed Herschelle Gibbs for 3

England’s hopes of securing a 5-0 whitewash over South Africa were denied by the Welsh rain, as the fifth and final ODI at Cardiff was abandoned after only three overs of play. England will no doubt feel frustrated in being deprived a fifth win in succession, but a scoreline of 4-0 against South Africa represents an achievement far beyond their pre-series aspirations. Not even Kevin Pietersen, their unerringly positive captain, could have foreseen England’s dominance.

South Africa, who recalled Justin Ontong in place of Vernon Philander, only had three overs in which to bat, but such is their flattened confidence that they lost Herschelle Gibbs, perhaps the only man in their current lineup capable of ratcheting them out of their slump. A neat outswinger from Stuart Broad lured him into a loose drive, and Matt Prior pulled off his second diving catch of the series, clinging on with his right hand in front of first slip. Demure – perhaps even expectant – celebrations by England were an acute reminder of just how dramatically Pietersen’s team have stolen the late-summer momentum.

And that was that. The Cardiff rain shot down from the heavens to end England’s international summer, and finally finish what has been a thoroughly dismal denouement to South Africa’s tour. Their 2-1 win in the Test series seems an awfully long time ago now, and as Jacques Kallis has admitted, their one-day tribulations – of the sort England themselves have become far too accustomed to – has scuffed the gloss of their visit. It seems inconceivable there won’t be a clear-out when the debrief takes place in Johannesburg in the next few weeks.

A disappointing day for England, but also for Wales. Today’s match was the first to be held at Cardiff’s revamped stadium, the contentious venue for the first Ashes Test next summer. Quibbles aside about its makeshift, untraditional appearance, it was mostly a shame that a full 100 overs weren’t possible in order to gauge just what sort of pitch England will face Australia on next summer.

And yet, despite the Cardiff clouds, nothing can dampen England’s mood. It was a faintly absurd notion that England were in a position to win this series 5-0. Indeed, they should have, had the rain not intervened. But 4-0 is no less loopy a result considering the hapless ODI form they have shown for so many years, and although they would have skipped into second position in the world rankings with today’s win, they nestle neatly and proudly into third.

Perplexed wonderment aside, the solution to England’s one-day woes has been relatively simple. Pietersen has coaxed Steve Harmison out of retirement and squeezed the best out of him as a second and third-change bowler. In addition, his best friend, Andrew Flintoff, has found a rich vein of batting form, carving two innings of 78 and a blistering 31 in the shortened 20-over thrash at Lord’s. Aside from the two giants, Pietersen has shown confidence in Owais Shah, whom he lofted to No.3, while Samit Patel – who played with him at Nottinghamshire – has offered runs, wickets and a calm head. All four of these players have at one time or another been described as contentious characters. Pietersen doesn’t care about their past troubles, however, and appears to be getting the very best out of them.

It was Flintoff, however, who was the difference between the two teams. Averaging 187 with the bat and 12.90 with the ball, he slowed South Africa’s innings down and accelerated England’s. Perhaps more importantly, the added responsibility of his status as the senior statesman of the side hasn’t dulled his naturally youthful instincts, unlike the burden of captaincy which surely did.

Pietersen, on the other hand, appears unsaddled by his new leadership role, though he did admit to being “knackered” prior to today’s match. If he’s tired now, one can only imagine the exhaustion he might feel when things don’t go quite so swimmingly. For now, though, a successful start to his tenure has hinted at an exciting time for England in one-day cricket, and all eyes now turn to Antigua.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

England v/s South Africa 5th ODI Scorecard

September 3, 2008
NatWest Series [South Africa in England] – 5th ODI
England v South Africa
2008 season
Played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on 3 September 2008 – day/night (50-over match)

Result No result ( Match Abandoned due to rain)

South Africa innings (43 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
HH Gibbs c wicketkeeperPrior b Broad 3 5 7 0 0 42.85
HM Amla not out 3 13 6 0 0 50.00
captain JH Kallis not out 0 7 5 0 0 0.00
Extras 0
Total (1 wicket; 3 overs; 13 mins) 6 (2.00 runs per over)
Did not bat AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, wicketkeeperMV Boucher, JL Ontong, J Botha, M Morkel, DW Steyn, A Nel
Fall of wickets1-3 (Gibbs, 1.3 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
JM Anderson 2 0 6 0 3.00
SCJ Broad 1 1 0 1 0.00
England team
IR Bell, wicketkeeperMJ Prior, OA Shah, captainKP Pietersen, A Flintoff, PD Collingwood, SR Patel, LJ Wright, SCJ Broad, SJ Harmison, JM Anderson

Toss England, who chose to field first
Series England won the 5-match series 4-0

– About Cricket –
Sandesh Kumar Jaggi