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“A Floating Allrounder” — That is My Role and Goal says Ashton Agar

August 26, 2018

Ashton Agar wants to be as good as he can at everything. He wants to be adaptable, to be able to pad up at any time for his side, and be the floater who can go bang from the first ball.

Agar introduced himself to the world in 2013 as a 19-year-old left-arm spinner who smacked a 98 on Test debut, while batting at No. 11, on an Ashes tour. His career didn’t quite take off from there as expected. He has played only 26 international games so far, and has only become a limited-overs regular in recent times.

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Afghanistan undermine Bangladesh comprehensively

June 5, 2018

Mohammad Isam, in ESPNcricinfo, 3 June 2018, with title as “Shenwari and spinners topple Bangladesh”

Afghanistan 167 for 8 (Shahzad 40, Shenwari 36, Mahmudullah 2-1) beat Bangladesh 122 (Liton 30, Mahmudullah 29, Rashid 3-13, Zadran 3-40) by 45 runs

Mohamed Nabi   Rashid Khan

Afghanistan began their historic tour of India with a dominant performance against Bangladesh, crushing them by 45 runs in the first T20 in Dehradun. The clinical display went along expected lines as their big-hitters Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari and Shafiqullah got them to competitive 167 for 8 in 20 overs. That set it up for the usual suspects – Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman – to do their thing and dismantle Bangladesh, as they were bowled out for 122 in 19 overs.

Having broken the back of the chase, Rashid snaffled an excellent catch – diving to his left and grabbing Abu Jayed’s slap overhead with both hands – giving Afghanistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. It was a complete performance from Afghanistan, characterised by a clinical bowling performance that didn’t give Bangladesh any chance of chasing down the total. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Langer’s Daughters on Offer to the Aussie Cricketers? Not Quite

June 2, 2018

Jacob Polychronis, in News.com where the title runs Ädam Gilchrist reveals Justin Langer’s ‘marry test’ for players””

AUSTRALIAN cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has revealed Justin Langer’s interesting new selection criteria for his players ahead of the tour of England.  The Fox Sports commentator said Langer’s players need to prove to the coach that they are worthy of marrying one of his daughters.

Gilchrist made the revelation on Back Page Live on Tuesday night after Langer set the standard for his players during a pre-England tour camp in Brisbane on the weekend.

Justin Langer looks on during an Australian ODI training session in Brisbane.Source:Getty Images  

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Michael Wille’s Cricketing Journey: Ceylon and Melbourne

February 21, 2018

Michael Wille, courtesy of Island, 11 November 2017, swwhere the title is My cricketing journey, from big dreams to big matches””

I have been asked to write an article about my cricketing journey from Colombo to Melbourne. I have some reservations about how relevant my article will be. However, I trust that it will serve essentially as an insight to the exhilarating schoolboy cricketing era of the 1950s.

I debuted for Royal in ’54 and captained in ’57. A couple of weeks after the Royal-Thomian I migrated to Australia and was the first Sri Lankan to play District (Grade) cricket in Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Michael Tissera: Cricket Personified … A Leader To Die For

November 24, 2017

Estelle Vasudevan, courtesy of ThePapare.com, 8 March 2017, where the title is  “Michael Tissera, Cricketing Royalty”

To many of the younger Sri Lankan cricket fans, the name Michael Tissera, though familiar, is probably not one that brings to mind any vivid memories. However, students of the game will know Tissera as one of the pioneers of Sri Lanka cricket, a man whose influence reached well beyond the boundary ropes in the island nation.

The accolades and awards he has won are many and his name will forever be etched in Sri Lankan cricket folklore but as the saying goes ‘he who would search for pearls must dive below.’ And so, in an attempt to do that, the slightly awe-struck bunch of us sat down with the great man himself, in what turned out to be an enriching encounter.

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Sri Lanka Cricket Squad is Injury-free!!!

November 16, 2017

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in Daily News, 16 November 2017,

Injuries have been part and parcel of the Sri Lanka cricket team in recent years contributing largely to the poor standard of fielding. To say that injuries have been eradicated calls for some sort of appreciation. “Everyone is talking about injuries in cricket now finally after about 10-15 years we have zero injuries going into the Indian tour,” Prof. Arjuna de Silva told the Daily News. “Today’s Test series Sri Lanka is going into against India we have zero injuries. There are 42 players in the squad and all of them are available for selection.”

Dr Arjuna de Silva

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Ruchira’s Split Second Escape does not suggest a Helmet

September 12, 2017

Bipin Dani, in Pakistan Observer, 13 September 2017, with the title Won’t use helmet, I am fit enough to move out of danger area: Ruchira

Sri Lankan umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge had a “lucky escape” on Wednesday night.The 50-year-old field umpire could survive the serious injury on Wednesday’s only T-20 match between Sri Lanka and India at the R. Premeadasa Stadium. The powerful straight drive shot from Kohli’s bat (off Lasith Malinga, 16th over of India innings) was “nearly a killer”. Thanks to Palliyaguruge, who fell down on the ground an ugly incident was avoided.

Sri Lankan umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge (C) speaks with Indian captain Virat Kohli (L) and coach Ravi Shastri (R) at the R. Premadasa Stadium after rain delayed the start of the Twenty20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo on September 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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