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Sri Lanka v England, seventh one-day international: as it happened … working backwards in review

December 18, 2014

 

– SRI LANKA (302/6) BEAT ENGLAND (215) BY 87 RUNS
– SRI LANKA WIN SERIES 5-2
– Dilshan hits 18th career ODI hundred
– Root top-scores with 80 in England reply
Sri Lanka say goodbye to Sangakkara and Jayawardene
Cook is natural leader of England, says Downton
Sri Lanka v England: scorecard

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16.36 So that is the end of England’s tour to Sri Lanka. Has anything been concluded or are there now more unanswered questions than ever? They have been outplayed for much of the series and Sri Lanka fully deserve their 5-2 win. The England selectors will meet on Friday to decide their squad for the tri-nations tour Down Under in January, which is expected to be very similar, if not identical, to the World Cup squad the following month. Does Alastair Cook stay? We will find out with the announcement on Saturday. Thank you for joining today. Cheerio.

16.28 These are great scenes. Not so for the England guys. Don’t know where they are. Crying in the changing room one presumes.

16.26 In case you need reminding, this is Jayawardene and Sangakkara’s final ODI on home soil after two phenomenal careers. The entire Sri Lankan team is doing a lap of honour round the park but all eyes are on the two of them.

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The Ali Cousin Brothers: Working Class to County Cricket Class … and as British as Any Muslim can be

December 18, 2014

Scyld Berry, in The Telegraph, 4 October 2014 … where the title readsMoeen Ali reflects on his incredible journey from Birmingham tarmac to the hallowed turf of Lord’s”

It is the size of an Olympic swimming pool, only it is covered in rough tarmac. It is set in a scruffy park in south Birmingham, through which a tornado went nine years ago, but here Moeen Ali, the find of the English season, learned to play cricket. “We used to live there,” said Moeen, driving down Stoney Lane and pointing to a row of rundown terraced houses. “I don’t live far away now, in fact I never want to leave this area. I love it here.”

STONEY LANE PARK Proving ground: England spin bowler Moeen Ali sits in Stoney Lane Park, the patch of tarmac in Sparkhill, Birmingham, where he started playing cricket. Photo: Andrew Fox

 Because of the multiracial harmony? “Yes, that was very good, it was really mixed when I was growing up. That’s why I don’t have a problem when it comes to people’s origin – because I was raised to mix in and feel normal and be a straight sort of person. I feel safer living in a community like this than going to a posher area. I went to a school called Nelson Mandela primary over there from the age of three.” Read the rest of this entry ?
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When Moeen Ali was the target of racial taunts from Indian Brits

December 17, 2014

The Guardian’s Sports Staff, 9 September 2014, http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/sep/08/moen-ali-family-booing-england-india-edgbaston-police, where the title is Moeen Ali’s family appalled by booing of England player against India”

Moeen Ali was booed during England's T20 match against India but does not want to pursue the matterThe family of Moeen Ali have called the booing of the England player at Edgbaston “disgraceful” after a complaint from a spectator resulted in police classing it as a ”non-crime hate-related incident”. An accusation of racially motivated abuse was made by a member of the crowd watching the one-off Twenty20 international between England and India but, after an investigation, the police concluded that no crime had been committed. They are unable to take further action without a complaint from Moeen, who does not want to pursue the matter.

Instead the police have recorded the episode as a “hate-related incident” and suggested they would need more evidence. The spokesman confirmed that police officers did not review TV footage. “If further action was to be taken, the victim would need to make a complaint,” a spokesman for West Midlands police told ESPNcricinfo. “While the booing was perceived by the complainant as being racially motivated, booing is not in itself a crime. Had someone been shouting an offensive term, it would be different.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Caught SANGA bowled MAHELA — A Rare Event at a Momentous Moment at Khettarama

December 17, 2014

MHELA KUMAR FAREWELL Mahela and Kumar in a Lap of Honour as they bid farewell to the Sri Lankan cricket fans in their last ODI match at home …

a MOMENT TO REMEMBER ……. even drowning out another remarkable moment: when they combined in the first time of their life in cricket to dismiss a batsman: JC Tredwell …….ct Sangakkara b. Jayawardene … 17 …..ending the  England innings way behind the Sri Lankan total.

After countless rounds of golf together, after momentous and magnificent partnerships together [inclusive of a record-breaking mammoth marathon at the SSC grounds against South Africa], these two machang would never have imagined that their cricketing union would be consummated in this manner.

 

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Without DRS Technology the Test Lottery spins away from India

December 15, 2014

Chloe Saltau, in the Sydney Morning Herald, 13 December 2014, where the title is “Absence of review allows umpiring shockers in first Test” … http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/absence-of-review-allows-umpiring-shockers-in-first-test-20141213-126j1s.html

Spinner Nathan Lyon produced a man-of-the-match performance in Australia’s first Test win at Adelaide Oval. India’s refusal to accept the decision review system in its current form meant four umpiring howlers of the kind the system was designed to eliminate went unchallenged on the tense final day of the Adelaide Test.

Johnson- Getty

But the absence of the contentious DRS from this series cut both ways. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was given out, caught behind, off his shoulder. And Nathan Lyon was denied the wicket of Dhawan’s opening partner Murali Vijay, despite the Eagle Eye ball-tracker showing the ball crashing into his stumps. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Cook’s Torment continues unabated

December 15, 2014

Vic Marks in The Guardian, December 2014, http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/dec/13/sangakkara-sri-lanka-england-series-win, where the title is “Kumar Sangakkara stars as Sri Lanka crush England to seal series”

The torment of Alastair Cook intensified under the Sri Lankan sun, which has had the good grace to make an appearance in the last few days. Here, the captain endured another England defeat, a numbing one by 90 runs, which means that the series is now lost. Sri Lanka are 4-2 up with one more game left, in Colombo on Tuesday. Cook dropped the simplest of catches to allow Kumar Sangakkara to celebrate his last one-day outing a few miles from his birthplace with his 20th ODI century. Then Cook succumbed for one – lbw yet again to a gentle off-break from Sachithra Senanayake – in the first over of England’s reply.

 Sri Lanka v England  Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake celebrates with captain Angelo Mathews after taking the wicket of England’s captain Alastair Cook. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters Read the rest of this entry ?

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Aussie Cricketers’ Emotional Farewell to Hughes at Moment of Triumph, Twilight, 13 December 2014

December 15, 2014

remmebering HUGHES

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https://cricketique.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/australian-people-honour-phil-hughes-at-adelaide-oval-test-match/

* https://cricketique.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/hookes-hughes-and-adelaide-oval/

* http://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/michael-clarke-became-indispensable-god-in-the-second-week-of-december/

* http://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/australian-patriotism-and-sacrificial-christian-symbolism-embodied-in-one-image-commemorating-phil-hughes/