Australian Test Squad for South Africa

Australia announced their test squad for the tour to South Africa. There has been some comments about the inexperience of the side by some SA cricket writers, however Australia have been one of the best grooming grounds for international cricketers, with most of the players chosen having long and successful careers.

The side has a few surprises and it will be interesting to see how North, Hughes and McGain (a 36 year old spinner) do in South Africa.

Australia Test squad Phillip Hughes, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Marcus North, Andrew McDonald, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Peter Siddle, Doug Bollinger, Bryce McGain, Ben Hilfenhaus

IPL Auction final players

With the IPL auctions fast approaching, here is the breakdown what each team has available for the auction. IPL has lost all the players from Pakistan, which is sad but opens up the doors for others

Bangalore Royal Challengers
Slots available 2
Amount they can spend: US$1.945 million

Kolkata Knight Riders
Slots available 1
Amount they can spend: US$ 1.21 million

Deccan Chargers
Slots available 2
Amount they can spend: US$ 1.90 million

Kings XI Punjab
Slots available 2
Amount they can spend: US$ 1.45 million

Chennai Super Kings
Slots available 3
Amount they can spend: US$ 2.0 million
Delhi Daredevils

Slots available 2
Amount they can spend: US$ 1.45 million

Rajasthan Royals
Slots available 2
Amount they can spend: US$ 1.875 million

Mumbai Indians
Slots available 3
Amount they can spend: US$ 1.76 million

Final list of players for auction (all figures in US$)

Australia: Aaron Bird (45,000), Brett Geeves (45,000), Bryce McGain (50,000), Daniel Harris (50,000), Dominic Thornley (50,000), George Bailey (50,000), Jon Moss (50,000), Michael Clarke (1,000,000), Michael Dighton (85,000), Michael Hill (50,000), Phil Jaques (100,000), Shane Harwood (75,000), Shaun Tait (250,000), Steven Smith (75,000), Stuart Clark (250,000).

England: Kevin Pietersen (1,350,000), Andrew Flintoff (950,000), Luke Wright (150,000), Owais Shah (150,000), Paul Collingwood (250,000), Ravi Bopara (150,000), Samit Patel (100,000).

Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (75,000), Mohammad Ashraful (75,000), Mashrafe Mortaza (50,000), Tamim Iqbal (50,000).

New Zealand: James Franklin (50,000), Jesse Ryder (100,000), Kyle Mills (150,000).

South Africa: Gulam Bodi (100,000), JP Duminy (300,000), Morne van Wyk (100,000), Tyron Henderson (100,000), Yusuf Abdullah (25,000).

Sri Lanka: Thilan Thushara (100,000), Nuwan Kulasekara (100,000), Kaushalya Weeraratne (50,000), Chamara Kapugedera (150,000).

West Indies: Kieron Pollard (60,000), Fidel Edwards (150,000), Dwayne Smith (tbc), Kemar Roach (50,000), Jerome Taylor (tbc).

IPL Auction

The fixtures have yet to be announced, however the auction kicks off on the 6th of February, with 111 players up for auction. Each franchise has a maximum of US$2m to spend on their overseas signings in the auction, it is likely that only about 16 players – or two per franchise – will be chosen out of the 111. Kevin Pietersen has a base price of 1.35 million and the experts reckon he will be worth more than the 1.5 million paid for Dhoni.

Modi said the demand for England’s top stars would be high. “If you look at the base price it’s close to US$250,000 and US$350,000 a week for each week he [Pietersen] plays, which is comparable to the top soccer players around the world,” he told Setanta Sports News. “Andrew Flintoff has a minimum base price of US$950,000, but he’ll probably go for a higher figure. It’ll be quite competitive. All the teams can afford it. Everyone’s trying to get England’s top players in their team.”

List of players for second auction

Australia: Brad Haddin, Michael Clarke, Nathan Hauritz, Stuart Clark, Brad Hogg, Beau Casson, Mark Cameron, Peter Forrest, Lee Carseldine, Doug Bollinger, Michael Dighton, Jason Krejza, Nathan Reardon, Chris Hartley, Shaun Tait, Ashley Noffke, Bryce McGain, George Bailey, Travis Birt, Michael Hill, Chris Swan, Michael Klinger, Ben Edmondson, Aiden Blizzard, Mark Cosgrove, Adam Voges, Shane Harwood

England: Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Ravi Bopara, Monty Panesar, Robert Key, James Foster, Sajid Mahmood, Matt Prior, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Owais Shah, Darren Gough, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, James Anderson, Ed Joyce, Dominic Cork

Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Mehrab Hossain jnr, Rajin Saleh, Ziaur Rehman, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Raqibul Hasan, Nadif Chowdhury

New Zealand: Mark Gillespie, Tim Southee, Jesse Ryder, Jeetan Patel, Kyle Mills, Chris Martin, Jamie How, Peter Fulton, James Franklin

Pakistan: Asim Kamal, Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Danish Kaneria, Yasir Arafat

South Africa: Gulam Bodi, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Ashwell Prince, JP Duminy, Martin van Jaarsveld, Roelof van der Merwe, Andre Nel, Neil McKenzie, Yusuf Abdullah, Paul Harris, Johan Botha, Morne van Wyk, Tyron Henderson

Sri Lanka: Thilan Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Mahela Udawatte, Dammika Prasad, Thilina Kandamby, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Jehan Mubarak, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Malinga Bandara, Malinda Warnapura, Michael Vandort, Prasanna Jayawardene, Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Jeevantha Kulatunga

West Indies: Sylvester Joseph, Darren Sammy, Andre Fletcher, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Fidel Edwards, Dwayne Smith, Kemar Roach

Zimbabwe: Vusi Sibanda

SA vs Aus 4th ODI preview

SA are 2-1 up in this spectacular series, with the 4th ODI soon to get underway on Australia day.

Every South African would love to see SA clinch the series on Australia day even though it would be par for the course if it was 2-2 going into the final ODI. The injuries for both teams are hurting, SA have lost Greame Smith, Mark Boucher has been ordered to sit out with a broken toe and Jaques Kallis has a side strain and will possibly sit out.

Australia have their injuries as well with Bracken being the latest man to sit out. It should be interesting to see what the make-up of the sides are.

AB de Viliers will take the gloves and needs to perform with the bat to ensure SA can clinch the series – that is if the rest of the side performs like they have done. Sa will be short on the batting if Kallis sits out 

Cricinfo reckons the sides will be:

South Africa(probable) 1 Herschelle Gibbs, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Neil McKenzie, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Morne Morkel, 9 Johan Botha (capt), 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Makhaya Ntini, 12 Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

Australia1 Shaun Marsh, 2 David Warner, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 David Hussey, 6 Cameron White, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Hopes, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Shaun Tait, 12 Nathan Hauritz

SA go up 2-1 after thrashing Australia

South Africa beat Australia by 4 wickets with many balls to spare after Albie Morkel smashed 40 runs after 22 balls to get the Proteas home safely.

Australia managed to drop 2 regulation catches in the first over, Ponting dropped a sitter in slips with Hussey ensuring his captain wasnt the only villain putting down a sitter at point.

Again, McKenzie slowed the tempo down and made a relatively simple run chase get out of hand, however he managed to run himself out before the run chase was too high to get like the previous match. On a more positive note, he seems to be finding his form and hopefully will be back to his best on Australia day when SA can claim the series. My colleagues in Australia tell me that the press has taken the Australian team to shreds recently, with the headline “Australian Cricket is Dead”

It was great to see Warner come good again and he is a real prospect for Australian cricket. His home crowd got to see him for the first time last night and he didnt disappoint.