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5 Games to go

Pakistan and New Zealand are through to the semi-finals, England and Bangladesh are out, Australia have to beat Sri-Lanka to qualify.

Today SA face NZ, tomorrow they take on India. India have to beat England today in order to give themselves a chance of qualifying. The winner of this group will face Australia or Sri-Lanka, depending on the outcome of tomorrows game. Pakistan face bangladesh and surely must win tomorrow?

Pakistan and South Africa have looked like the danger sides thus far in the tournament and If SA win their last two game these sides will contest the final if they win the semi’s, which will be deserved and an absolute cracker!!!!

Andre Nel selected in Pro20 squad

Andre Nel has been called up to replace the injured Bosman in the World Twenty20 Championships. This comes to many as surprise. The first reason being that SA lost a specialist batsman and if the side was envisioned as being a balanced one with regard to batsman and bowlers immediately one can assume that another top order batsman would be called up.

The second reason is the issue of meeting quota targets. The target of seven was met before Bosman was injured and it seems there is no one of colour suitable to replace him. This is not the case and Hashim Amla after a massive century in Zimbabwe and a good domestic limited over season would have been thinking he had a real chance of getting the nod. Alviro Petersen is another player who fits the credentials perfectly and is an attacking option that South Africa will explore in the future. 

Jacques Kallis might have been considered but if he was selected the selectors would have gone back on their reason for leaving him out. Effectively Kallis was never going to be chosen after the whole debacle.

Bosman has lashed out at the coach claiming he is fine to play and accusing him of telling lies. It is very convenient for Arthur to have the opportunity to rectify the squad. As seen in Zimbabwe, the SA opening attack that has been relied on for many years is slowly losing its threat, while the  backup in the form of van der Wath, Philander and the Morkels might not have enough firepower to contain the talent of the other sides.

Andre Nel might not be everybody’s cup of tea but he plays with his heart and can get the ball in the right places and if he does that in this form he could be inexpensive whilst picking up some wickets. I think it has strengthened the squad – I am huge fan of Bosman and am frustrated by his absence. For South Africa to win the tournament they need to defend the runs they put on the board and Nel could very well be the missing piece in the selection puzzle.
 

Engalnd vs India ODI Preview

In the next 3 weeks, there are seven ODI’s between the 5th ranked India and the 8th ranked England who are propped up by the minor cricketing countries of Bangladesh, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

England will be looking to even out the score after losing the test series to India. A 7-0 whitewash to either side will bring them up into the top 3 of the ICC ODI ratings. This is highly improbable with the English summer more than likely playing a part and will be interfering with the schedule.

The fixtures are:
Tue 21 AUG   1st ODI – England v India
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
 
Fri 24 AUG  2nd ODI – England v India
County Ground, Bristol
 
Mon 27 AUG 3rd ODI – England v India
Edgbaston, Birmingham
 
Thu 30 AUG  4th ODI – England v India
Old Trafford, Manchester
 
Sun 2 SEP 5th ODI – England v India
Headingley, Leeds
 
Wed 5 SEP 6th ODI – England v India
Kennington Oval, London
 
Sat 8 SEP 7th ODI – England v India
Lord’s, London
 

India, Pakistan and England squads for Twenty20 Cup

The Indian Squad for the Twenty20 World Cup consists of: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Dinesh Karthik, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Joginder Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Rohit Sharma

Dhoni was chosen as captain after Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have decided to not take part in the tournament. Irfan Pathan has made a return to the international scene, along with his brother Yusuf. Sreesanth has been picked for the Twenty20 Cup but dropped for the ODI series against England.

Pakistan have also announced their squad which consists of: Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Imran Nazir, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Shoaib Akthar, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, Iftikhar Anjum, Fawad Alam, Abdur Rehman, Yasir Arafat, Misbah-ul-Haq

Englands squad consists of: Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Andrew Flintoff, James Kirtley, Darren Maddy, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Chris Schofield, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Jeremy Snape, Vikram Solanki, Chris Tremlett, Luke Wright

Khan I get a Blue Jelly Bean?

There are various forms of putting the batsman off, the most common is sledging. England it seems to be fairly competent in that department, however in the Second test against India at Trent Bridge they took the mind games to a new level. Zaheer Khan, who hasn’t even cracked the top 100 for test batting and averages 12 after 65 innings, certainly didn’t need any more odds against him.

Yet the English cricketers decided to raise their mind games to the extent that there is no other way to describe it other than disgusting against the spirit and tradition of the game . It is quite clear a batsman of his calibre is tested in a game of village cricket and certainly doesn’t need to be put off by jelly beans thrown on the pitch.  There is no doubt in my mind that jelly beans were thrown onto the pitch, on the third day. This opinion has been reinforced by Paul Collingwood jokingly telling the papers that “perhaps he prefers the blue ones to the pink ones.”

It will be absolute disgrace to the game if such a tactic remains unpunished. The Inernational Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that England won’t be punished unless one of the batsman complains to the match umpires. The ICC has indicated that the English haven’t broken any rules by this act. This is understandable, in fact quite commendable that the law makers of cricket never envisioned this sort of shenanigans happening. In fact there must be few sane and sober people in the world who could have predicted such an antic to be carried out.

This is some of the worst form of gamesmanship in recent times. There are far worse actions carried out by players in every test played, often with sides deliberately scuffling the pitch. However this was so blatant and deliberate the ICC needs to react to this tomfoolery. If this is let slip now what is there to stop another side from this behaviour?