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Africa-in-Me. Kevin Pietersen’s Reflections

February 19, 2018

Kevin Pietersen, whose preferred title is “Three Hours that changed My Life” .

They say you’re not born in Africa.

Africa is born in you.

It’s true.

You could blindfold me, put me on a plane, fly me somewhere in the world, open the doors and ask me where I was. I would know immediately if I was in Africa.

I can feel it. Smell it. It’s in my blood. It’s home. It’s part of me, I am connected to it, emotionally and spiritually.

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Eight Wickets!! Aussie Leg-Spinner Pope decimates England Under 19

January 23, 2018

ESPNcricinfo Item

Pope befuddles England U 19 … AFTER Sangha scores 56 for Australia in a low-scoring encounter

Quarter-Final, ICC Under-19 World Cup at Queenstown, Jan 23 2018

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Outfield Catch of the Century …. On Video after Advert

January 23, 2018

Laughlin, Weatherald combine for ridiculous catch!!!

Adelaide Strikers’ Ben Laughlin and Jake Weatherald combined to dismiss Dwayne Bravo as they defeated Melbourne Renegade by 26 runs at the Etihad Stadium

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/_/id/8044/season/2017/big-bash-league/

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Hathurusingha stamps His Authority on Day One at Practice

December 29, 2017

Saádi Thawfeeq, in Daily News, 29 December 2017

The Sri Lankan cricketers got a taste of what lay ahead of them if they don’t fall in line with Chandika Hathurusingha at the inaugural practice session they had with their new head coach at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday. Hathurusingha’s no-nonsense approach has made him one of the most successful, respected and most sought after cricket coaches in the world today and he believes he has arrived at the right time to put Sri Lanka cricket back on the right track to success.

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Where a No Ball denies a Bowler his First Test Wicket. Malinga’s Homilies

December 28, 2017

Bipin Dani … at http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=113533 where the title is Bowler bemuses if he misses the maiden wicket of a no ball: Malinga

England’s Tom Curran is not the only cricketer who missed his maiden Test wicket of a no ball.  There are five other “unlucky” Test cricketers in the list, but England’s Tom Curran is the only bowler, who, while playing in his debut Test, grabbed the wicket of the batsman at his individual score of 99 runs. In the ongoing Ashes Test in Melbourne, his victim David Warner survived.

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Classic Shots: When Waugh and Gillespie clashed and broke their bones

November 22, 2017

Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi of Reuters caught this frightening moment

COL01:SPORT-CRICKET AUSTRALIA:KANDY,SRILANKA,10SEP99 – Australian fielders Jason Gillespie (left) and captain Steve Waugh collide in attempting to take a catch from the bat of Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardena on the second day of the first cricket test at the Asgiriya stadium in central Kandy September 10. Jayawardena survived with his score on 34 but the two fielders were taken to hospital with Gillespie rushed on a stretcher with a broken leg and Waugh with an injured nose. The Jayawardena swept a ball from Colin Miller and Gillespie came in from long-leg while Waugh rushed down from short fine-leg to take the catch. Sri Lanka went in for lunch at 181 for 5. al/Photo by Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi REUTERS

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The Epitome of Grit: Herath top scores in Sri Lanka’s First Innings

November 21, 2017

Building on Lakmal’s bowling work, Rangana Herath saved sri Lanka’s batting blushes in the first innings and ensured that his side secured a reasonable lead by carving out a pugnacious 67 runs. tTjis effort is suitably recognised by Krishnaswamy and ESPNcricinfo.

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Kolkata, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, November 2017, where the title is “A crucial innings, the Rangana Herath way”

 Rangana Herath guides one onto the leg side BCCI

Bowlers who bat a bit (as opposed to bowling allrounders like Mitchell Starc or Vernon Philander) can be broadly divided into two camps: blockers, such as Ishant Sharma or Devendra Bishoo, and bashers, of whom Tim Southee – who has clattered 61 sixes in 57 Tests – would be an extreme example. Rangana Herath doesn’t really fall in either camp. He isn’t built like most bowlers, of spin or seam, and like other short, squat batsmen he’s happiest playing square of the wicket. Early in his innings on Sunday, Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung one into his stumps, late, and was on the verge of appealing for lbw when Herath braced his front leg to make last-minute room for his bat to flick the ball to the midwicket boundary.

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