Archive for November, 2010


South Australia’s redbacks steal amazing win

November 29, 2010

Ben Sutton, courtesy of

 The Redbacks’ first innings total of 55 was the lowest by a side that went on to win a first-class clash.

George claimed 5/28 as the Redbacks skittled the Tigers for 177, chasing 221 for victory, in a pivotal Sheffield Shield clash. The Tigers needed 77 runs with five wickets in hand but Cassell (4/48) locked skipper George Bailey lbw (77) with the first ball of the day – triggering a game-changing collapse. George wiped away allrounder Luke Butterworth (20) and tailenders Jason Krejza (14) Brady Jones (7), Brendan Drew (2) to deliver a miraculous triumph and match-figures of 9/93.

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West Indies ODI Squad for Sri Lanka

November 29, 2010



Sunday, November 28, 2010

 Middle-order batsman Kirk Edwards gets maiden West Indies call up

St John’s, Antigua – Barbadian batsman Kirk Edwards has received a maiden call up to the West Indies squad for the five match One Day International Series and T20 International against Sri Lanka.

The right-handed Edwards is one of four players who will join the squad presently playing in the three match Test Series. All rounder Kieron Pollard, left arm spinner Nikita Miller and fast bowler Ravi Rampaul along with Edwards will replace left hander Brendan Nash, wicketkeeper Devon Thomas, pacer Nelon Pascal and off spinner Shane Shillingford.

Darren Sammy, appointed Test captain has been named leader for the Limited Overs side as well.

Andre Russell, the Jamaican fast bowling all rounder who is currently on tour also gets his maiden Limited Overs selection.

Courtney Browne, the WICB Selector on tour noted: “This will be a very important series for us as we look ahead to the ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be played in the subcontinent in a few months. These are the last ODIs before the World Cup, so we expect the players to make the most of the opportunities.”

Edwards has just completed playing for the West Indies A against Pakistan A in St Vincent. Miller and Rampaul were also in the West Indies A squad for the Limited Overs Digicel Series against Pakistan A.

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Foundation of Goodness thanks Joe Hoad, Bajan Coach

November 25, 2010


Dear Joe,

Hope that you had a pleasant flight back home and reached Adelaide in time for your junior cricket match which I hope your side won hands down !!

Over here we have had a lot of rain and I am sure the rain gods are crying because you left us!!

Joe, there were two paper articles written over the weekend about you, one by Aubry Kuruppu in the Sunday Times and the other by Saadi Thawfeeq in the Nation and I will be sending them to you via courier along with the following other items:

1. CD’s with your coaching sessions (hope the FOG CD already given to you would be useful for your fund raising work back in Adelaide);
2. Grey color FOG T’shirt;

…. We are ever so grateful for your contribution during your two week stay in Seenigama and we are certain that the poor rural kids and the coaches gained a wealth of experience by listening to your coaching/psychological sessions and this we are sure would help them immensely in the future.

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Sri Lanka and the Galle Test Match

November 23, 2010

Michael Roberts

This is a rolling review, written episodically over several days; and delayed by other tasks.

The West Indies squad arrived in Sri Lanka to see headlines anticipating a series whitewash by the Lankan side – an absurd prognosis that did not attend to the wonderful leveling capacity attached to any game of cricket. Nor did such fanciful expectations take cognizance of the slow, but solid revolution within the West Indian team that has been generated by the combined force of Joel Garner and coach Otis Gibson, ably seconded by the rigorous physical conditioning imposed by the Cuban trainer Hector Martinez Charles. In the result even a senior player such as Sarwan was dropped because he did not come up to scratch in this realm. This regime was rounded off by a week’s camp at Barbados prior to their departure, an exercise that must surely have furthered camaraderie within the squad.


 Whether the Sri Lankan team was as complacent as the local reporters I cannot say [and, indeed, both Prasanna Jayawardena and Sangakkara subsequently denied that any such foolishness existed]. But I felt the Selectors got the final XI wrong for Galle. For many years I have believed that we should have just one paceman in matches at Galle and deploy three spinners. My paceman on Monday would have been Dilhara Fernando; while my spinners in order of preference would have been Herath, Randiv and Mendis.

On this issue, namely my belief that an extra spin-bowler would be of greater benefit than an iffy pace bowler, I am now fortified by brief chats with Daminda Wijesuriya and Anuruddha Polonowita. Put in other words, we are certain that a good spin bowler is of more value in Galle than a pedestrian or inconsistent medium-pace bowler.

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West Indies Cricket Board backs Shillingford

November 21, 2010

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 Windies Coach: Shilllingford has our full support

Colombo, Sri Lanka – West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson and the West Indies Team has given full support to off-spinner Shane Shillingford. Gibson spoke on Sunday after the Windies had a training session at Singhalese Sports Club.

 Gibson said: “I had a very good chat with Shane and he understands what is going on. We are 100 percent behind Shane. The entire team is behind him and he knows he has our full support. Our job is to keep Shane focussed on the upcoming match and the Series.

 “From what we have been told, he can play and he comes into our thinking as normal, as we look ahead to the match. We are building towards doing well in the 2nd Test, as we did in the 1st Test. As a team we are looking forward to the upcoming match. Shane bowled very well for us in the last Test and he’s a key part of our bowling unit.”

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Wake up West Indies says Joe Hoad

November 21, 2010

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in

Noted sports psychologist and cricket coach Joe Hoad called on the entire West Indies population to wake up and come together to uplift their cricket before it is too late. “People have to realise that Australia is a complete team. The taxi driver driving you to the cricket will tell you Australia is going to win but in the West Indies people are more interested in dollars and cents. They criticise and criticise but they don’t do anything,” Hoad told The Nation.

“It makes no sense to me the whole West Indies will have to wake up, administrators, coaches, selectors and everybody must come together and say what is best for West Indies cricket. How can we climb this ladder again? It can be done. We’ve done it before and we can do it again. But it needs an all round effort,” he said.

        Two master blasters —Pic by Ajit Jayasekera 

Sobers greets Satha in Sri Lanka–see Essaying Cricket, by Michael Roberts

 Joe Hoad celebrates Sri Lanka’s triumph in World cup, 1996, by producing two paintings … seen here in back garden of Michael Roberts’s house in Adelaide Read the rest of this entry ?


How much does Zulqarnain Haider really know?

November 21, 2010

David Bond

Courtesy of and BBC

It was a bizarre setting for an extremely unusual story – but what Zulqarnain Haider had to say was chilling.
In the back room of a curry house on the Broadway in Southall, west London, the 24-year-old wicketkeeper recounted what he had been told by a shady middleman in Dubai seeking to fix one-day matches: “He said: ‘If you work with us, we will give you a lot of money. If (not and) you go back home, we will kill you and your family’.”
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Joe Hoad’s Cricketing Lore

November 21, 2010

Aubrey Kuruppu in under a different title

Taking in the test match at Galle was Joe Hoad, a West Indian born Sports Psychologist, whose main claim to fame is the fact that he’s the son of the first West Indian Captain in test cricket- E.L G. Hoad.

 Joe Hoad and Aubrey Kuruppu at Galle

Joe, who played plenty of first class cricket for Barbados, has another string to his bow. He was the Table Tennis Champion of Barbados for seventeen years and also the champion of the West Indies and South America. Turning out for the combined services in England, he made 202 not out and took all ten wickets, including a hat- trick, in a match against Dulwich in 1962.

Presently, he’s the Head Coach of the Southern Districts teams in Adelaide. He is mentor to four senior teams, two under 17 and under 15 teams and three ladies teams. He served as the Psychologist to the 1999 West Indian team, led by Jimmy Adams, that toured Australia. A year on, he performed the same role for Carl Hooper’s team against South Africa.

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West Indies master Sri Lanka in Galle

November 16, 2010

As the West Indies with Chris Gayle in commanding touch, smash, grind and niggle Sri Lanka’s cricketers down during the First Test match in Galle, they had three intrepid fans cheering them on during the first day: Michael the Canadian from Calgary is the extrovert one; Ian from Cornwall and Verity from Adelaide were the supporting hands. They clearly favour the principle that one should not stand with the mass. Rather stand with the underdog –even when he stands tall with over 200 runs under his belt.

Not that there was a mass of people watching the match; but the  sprinkling few were presumably mostly Sri Lankan in spirit. Note, however, that as I wondered around part of the ground on the second day I spooted quite a number of europeans here and there. Tom an dLucie in the stands of the Galle Cricket Club turned out to be scousers from Liverpool and afcianados of the game, cricket tha is, not soccer though that was one of their interests tooas supporters of Everton.

West Indies prepare


Murali signs off on a high note

November 8, 2010

Quintus de Zylva

MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN –  “the smiling assassin” – aged 38 – bade farewell to Australia – for just one more time – in the Commonwealth Bank Series.

His final appearance at the MCG saw him score the winning runs with a deft leg glance that took the ball to the boundary when Sri Lanka required just one run to nail Australia in the first ODI. In the second ODI in Sydney he took a brilliant outfield catch that saw Michael Clarke walk back to the pavilion shaking his head in absolute amazement. The writing was then on the scoreboard that Sri Lanka would go on to win it’s first ever series on Australian soil. And to think that this 800+ wicket taker would make his contribution with bat and with both his hands just above the ground as he rolled over taking one of the catches of the season.

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