Archive for July, 2013

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The Four Horsemen introduce the ICC World Cup, 2015

July 30, 2013

world cup melbourne Courtesy of Getty Images in ESPNcricinfo.org

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Adelaide scores in World Cup draw

July 30, 2013

Kevin Naughton, at Indaily, 30 August 2013,

adelaide oval in futureAdelaide Oval will host four matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, including a quarter final. If Australia qualifies for the quarter final, its match is guaranteed to be played in Adelaide. The draw – released today by the International Cricket Council – has India playing its opening match in the tournament in Adelaide against their traditional rivals Pakistan on Sunday February 15, 2015.India will also use Adelaide as its home base for the warm-up matches.

Melbourne will host the day-night final of the World Cup at the MCG on 29 March 2015. The semi-finals for the tournament, to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, will be played at Auckland’s Eden Park on March 24 and at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 26. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Agar! Agar! Pirith nul bändagena cricket-gahana oztrayliyanu kreedakayaa

July 29, 2013

Saroj Pathirana of BBC, 19 July 2013 …. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/multimedia/2013/07/130719_sonia_ashton_pirith_kiribath.shtml

AGARSසිය දෙටු පුතා ඕස්ට්‍රේලියානු කණ්ඩායමට තේරීමත් සමගම යළිත් වරක් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරය කිරීමට හැකි වනු ඇතැයි සෝනියා විශ්වාසය පළ කරන්නීය. (සෝනියා  සහ ජෝන් ඒගාර් ග්ලෙන් මැක්ග්‍රාත් සමඟ) Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sydney Islanders cricketing on our island

July 26, 2013

sydney islanders 44 SYDNEY ISLANDERS sydney islanders 22 sydney islanders 33

SEE http://www.ozlanka.com/2013/jul/islanders.html for details of tour

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Ashes to Ashton, a new hero rises

July 26, 2013

David Penberthy in the Sunday Mail, 13 July 2013

ASHTON AGAR--APA FEW years ago some mad television executive came up with a hare-brained idea for an edgy new addition to cricket coverage, a boundary rider who would conduct a quick interview with batsmen on the fence after they were dismissed.  The idea did not last long and the interviews were very quick indeed. When David Hookes was given out LBW and was storming back to the pavilion he was asked: “You can’t be happy with that Hookesy”, to which he gave a pithy two-word reply: “Piss off.”

Getting out is rarely pleasant and, over the years, there have been plenty of cricket bats which have ended up being used against lockers, bags and panes of glass by batsmen who were angry at the umpire or themselves. If anyone could give a lesson in how to keep your cool when you have thrown your wicket away, it is Ashton Agar, the 19-year-old who went from complete unknown to national hero in the short space of his quick-fire 98 runs on debut for Australia – the highest score in the history of the sport by a number 11 batsman. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Dilhara Fernando — a Tale of Two Extremes

July 22, 2013

Prakash Govindasreenivasan,

DILHARA FERNANDO _ Getty imagesTo say Dilhara Fernando was destiny’s child, would be a gross understatement. Tall and adequately-built, Fernando took to basketball — a sport that probably suited him better. And then came his first tryst with cricket in 1995. He was 16 when he was roped in to play for his school, De Mahenod. The team was short of a player and needed someone to fill in and they picked Fernando due to lack of options. “One day, on the morning of a match, my school team had only 10 players. They wanted an extra guy. So I was in,” he recalled in an interview with the Hindu in 2001.

But, as fate would have it, he proved to be more than just filler. When his school’s main bowlers were getting plastered all over the park, his captain threw the ball to him in a bid to try something different. Fernando, whose only experience at cricket was with tennis ball on the beaches of Kandana, dismissed half the opposition team. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Angelo: now married

July 22, 2013

ANGELO Wedding 22 Angelo Mathews under pressure

ANGELO Wedding 55 Angelo and wife in raptures –all boundaries cleared Read the rest of this entry ?

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Angelow: Streaking NUDE at Lords

July 22, 2013

Martin Williamson, in ESPNcricinfo,

FREAKER 2- PA PHOTOS from PA Photos

The current Test, being played under cloudless skies and with temperatures nudging 90°F, is the hottest Ashes match at Lord’s in almost four decades. While 1976 set 20th century temperature and drought records, the previous summer had been almost as warm. Although snow fell days before the start of the World Cup in early June 1975, thereafter the country basked in weeks of sun. The nation shed its clothes and basked. Some shed a few too many. The World Cup replaced a planned tour by South Africa and left the second half of the summer empty, so it was filled with a four-Test Ashes series. England had been thrashed the previous winter but the public wanted to see the Australians and the next series was not scheduled until 1977, so the move made commercial sense. Read the rest of this entry ?

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A Classical Appreciation for a Classical Cricketing Man

July 21, 2013

Andrew Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo ……… see “Dominant Sangakkara gets better with age” in http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-south-africa-2013/content/story/653631.html

Kumar Sangakkara

ALSO SEE Rex Clementine:  “Sanga’s Best ever ODI knock,” in Island, 22 July 2013,   http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=84111

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Aleem Dar—Three Howlers and OUT he should be

July 21, 2013

Aleem Dar—Three Howlers and OUT he should be

Michael Roberts

Aleem-Dar 22There is a striking moment in Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger when the criminal mastermind tells James Bond that once is coincidence, twice is happenchance and thrice is war ending in the dungeon. Well! On this comparison umpire Aleem Dar should be consigned to the umpiring dungeons or refuse bin. He has the distinction of committing the same type of horrendous umpiring error not once, not twice, but THRICE!

When a batsman nicks or plays a ball to one of the slips most human beings can perceive the splice of the process so to speak. But not Dar… Not once, not twice, but THRICE. I have a vivid mental image of all three moments. Read the rest of this entry ?