Oct 202018
WOMEN?S ODI: Lanning leads Australia to victory against Pakistan

KUALA LUMPUR: Helped by captain Meg Lanning’s blistering 124 and Rachael Haynes’ measured 79, Australia put up 273-7, and that proved to be too many for Pakistan.Pakistan were bowled out for 123 in 40.1 overs as Australia took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match women’s One-Day International series by winning the second game by 150 runs in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.It also gave Australia two more ICC Women’s Championship points.After winning the toss and batting first, Australia got off to a slow start, scoring at little over three runs per over in the first 20 overs as Pakistan’s spinners, led by Sana Mir, did not let the batters cut loose.Pacer Diana Baig dismissed Alyssa Healy in the seventh over to break a 24-run opening stand while Sana caught Nicole Bolton off her own bowling to send her back for 18, with the score 39 in the 12th over.When Ellyse Perry was caught by Muneeba Ali off Nashra Sandhu, Australia were in a fix at 54-3, but that was when Lanning and Haynes got together and led an excellent recovery. Australian captain Lanning brought up her 50 off as many deliveries even as Haynes brought up Australia’s hundred with a boundary off Nashra in the 26th over.Lanning changed gears soon after reaching the milestone as she and Haynes took the attack to Nida Dar, who conceded 65 runs from her eight overs without picking up a wicket.By the end of the 34th over, both Australia batters had added 109 runs [Read More…]

Oct 172018
Steyn named for Australia tour

JOHANNESBURG: Dale Steyn was named on Wednesday as part of a strong South African fast bowling arsenal for the limited-overs tour of Australia later this month.Steyn, 35, was named in the 15-man squad which includes young stars Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, as well as returning fast bowling all-rounder Chris Morris, who has recovered from a lower back injury.South Africa will play three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international during a tour which starts with a match against a Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra on October 31. Steyn made a successful return to one-day international cricket in the recent series against Zimbabwe after a two-year absence, largely caused by injuries.Leading batsmen Hashim Amla and JP Duminy were unavailable because of injury, leading to a recall for Farhaan Behardien, who did not play against Zimbabwe, while an injury to promising all-rounder Wiaan Mulder created an opening for Dwaine Pretorius, also absent against Zimbabwe.Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn.

Oct 172018
Abbas routs Australia to put Pakistan in control

ABU DHABI: Medium pacer Mohammad Abbas registered a five-wicket haul to steer Pakistan into a dominating position in the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Abbas finished with five for 33 to bowl out Australia for a paltry 145 to give Pakistan a 137-run lead in the first innings on the second day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Pakistan stretched that lead to 281 as they were 144 for two at close, with Azhar Ali not out on 54 for his first half century in the series and Haris Sohail was 17 not out. With eight wickets in hand Pakistan were in a great position to force a 1-0 lead in the two-match series after the first Test ended in a fighting draw in Dubai last week.Azhar, who fell for disappointing scores of 18, four and 15 in the last three innings, batted with resolve, having so far hit three boundaries.But it was once again debutant Fakhar Zaman who lifted Pakistan with a brilliant 66 following up his 94 in the first innings, before giving a return catch to Nathan Lyon who took an evasive action but still managed to hold onto the ball. Zaman hit seven boundaries in an enterprising knock.Mohammad Hafeez, who scored a hundred in the drawn first Test, fell to a lazy shot off pacer Mitchell Starc, caught at short mid-off for six.Earlier, Abbas and spinner Bilal Asif (3-23) wrecked Australia for 145 in their innings.Abbas had Shaun Marsh, in the fourth over of the [Read More…]

Oct 142018
Australia have tried too hard to be aggressive: Anderson

LONDON: Australia’s cricketers have sometimes “tried too hard to be aggressive” as they sought to live up to a traditional stereotype of what is expected from them, England’s James Anderson said on Sunday.“They have tried too hard to be that stereotypical Australian team that are aggressive and go hard at people,” Anderson, 36, told the BBC.Anderson said new Australia captain Tim Paine was “a genuinely nice guy” and was also complimentary about other team members.“Mitchell Starc is not naturally aggressive despite being a fast bowler and even Steve Smith is a really good bloke — there is no real malice with anything he does — so it was really out of character,” said Anderson.