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This is quite unfortunate. Always a few bad apples that spoils things.

http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/pakvrsa/content/current/story/315135.html

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Cricket Anyone / Pakistan Dressing room incident
« on: September 11, 2007, 08:15:38 AM »
 Wha' really goin' on here boy? Shoiab could end being banned for life! That would be a great loss to the game of cricket.

http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/309867.html

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http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/engvind/content/current/story/302657.html

England v India, 1st Test, Lord's, 1st day

England stutter after Strauss finds form

The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

July 19, 2007

England 268 for 4 (Pietersen 34*, Sidebottom 0*) v India
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out


 
Andrew Strauss launches into a pull as he leads England's strong first innings Getty Images
 
 


The early predictions for this series were of a contest that would be dominated by two strong batting line-ups and, for much of the opening day at Lord's, England lived up to their side of the bargain. Led by Andrew Strauss, who continued his return to form with 96 after being offered a life before lunch, and a solid innings from Michael Vaughan, they set a strong platform before a previously lacklustre India were sparked into life by a fine spell from Anil Kumble.

England spent the early part of the season feasting on plenty of help-yourself offerings from West Indies and, except for the wily Kumble, India's attack didn't pose many more questions until a couple of late stoppages hit England's momentum and RP Singh removed Vaughan. The easy pickings on offer in the morning allowed Strauss to settle any early nerves and Rahul Dravid was on the back foot from the moment the opening five overs cost 40. England scored at four an over before lunch and their below-par performance hit a trough with Dinesh Karthik's horrible drop at point when Strauss had 43.

Strauss hasn't been a reliable source of runs since the series against Pakistan last summer; his last century came in the third Test at Headingley when he was captain. Although he fell four short of breaking that run, when Kumble beat him in the flight with a quicker top-spinner, he did most of what the selectors will have wanted. Kumble, for his part, showed his importance to a weak Indian attack and added Paul Collingwood for a duck with a classical googly to even the scales.

If Strauss wanted some positive memories to fall back on then Lord's provided the perfect location for a return to form. Not only is it his home ground, he has three centuries and averages 61 in seven Tests. Since his return from a mid-season break, while England played the one-day matches, Strauss has slowly begun to find his feet again; he struck a half-century for Middlesex before making 80 in the second innings playing for England Lions against the Indians last week.


 
Michael Vaughan returned to the England captaincy with 79 Getty Images
 
 

This wasn't a vintage performance as he picked up a couple of early edges to third man and had accepted his fate as his drive looped towards Karthik before realising the let-off. But slowly a few trademark shots - square of the wicket through point and a meaty pull - were brought out on a true surface. He went to his fifty off 109 balls and became increasingly dominant with each over spent in the middle. His dismissal was down to a clever piece of bowling from Kumble, who spotted Strauss' rare decision to come out of his crease and fired the ball wider and faster, which drew an edge to slip, ending a stand of 142 with Vaughan.

Strauss was overshadowed in an opening stand of 76 by Alastair Cook, who quickly found his Lord's groove against wayward pace bowling, and later by Vaughan who approached his average of 90 against India with a classy innings. The lone wicket in the first two sessions went to the unlikely figure of Sourav Ganguly as he nipped one back into Cook in his first over.

Vaughan's innings had important personal significance, too, after his departure from the team for the one-day internationals. He's claimed that it's been easy to slot straight back in but now he has only one form of the game to play runs are even more important. He oozed command throughout his innings, using his feet to Ganguly's medium-pace to counter any swing and impose himself on the bowler, while playing comfortably off front and back foot. He picked the gaps on the leg side and when the bowlers tried to adjust he went through the covers as the half century took 118 balls.

However, his momentum was interrupted by the late stoppages for light and when Singh went round the wicket he extracted a thin edge through to MS Dhoni. Singh and Sreesanth improved as the day wore on although Zaheer Khan failed to lead the attack as his experience suggests he should. But despite the recent poor weather - and, as if on cue, more is expected over the weekend - the pitch is ideal for batting so coupled with the late wickets India are far from out of this contest.

Andrew McGlashan is a staff writer on Cricinfo

Cricinfo

Dem English commentators are so used to West Indies' wayward bowling that anytime any other team is bowling badly, our team immediately comes to mind.
 ;D

What a sad state of affairs.

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Football / U-20: Gambia v Mexico
« on: July 02, 2007, 03:26:25 PM »
For those who are interested, Gambia is playing Mexico on espn360.com

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Cricket Anyone / Australia vs. Sri Lanka final: Live Video Streaming.
« on: April 28, 2007, 08:07:54 AM »
For anyone who's interested, try this link: http://www.desimedia4u.com/forums/index.php.

To watch the live stream, you will need to register (its free) as a member of the site. When you log into the site, click on "search" on the menubar near the top of the page and type in "cricket". A list of forum thread topics relating to cricket should appear and one of them should have the title "World Cup Final 2007 Final Live Streaming." Click on that andpost a "thank you" response in order to view the stream.

For those who don't mind paying $10 U.S to watch the final, these are two other good links: http://www.action8cricket.com/

http://cricketspot.com/

Let me know how everything works out.


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I know that he doesn't play for the West Indies, but I'm still proud of what Ntini has accomplished for South Africa. Here' s the story.

http://usa.cricinfo.com/cricinfomagazine/content/current/story/277030.html

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Cricket Anyone / Great video on Sobers
« on: December 15, 2006, 09:07:27 AM »
I already posted this link in RRamdin's thread on the greatest cricketer of all time. For those of you who may not have had a chance to view it, it is a definite must see.

Enjoy

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5617967923170823460&q=west+indies+cricket&hl=en

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Cricket Anyone / Trescothick has mental breakdown
« on: November 15, 2006, 02:06:38 PM »
Fletcher had already considered sending opener home

Trescothick's dressing-room breakdown

Cricinfo staff

November 15, 2006


 
Duncan Fletcher explains the background of Marcus Trescothick's Ashes withdrawal Getty Images
 
 

Marcus Trescothick suffered a breakdown during day two of the match against New South Wales and had to be cared for by the team doctor for two hours before asking for a release from the Ashes tour. Duncan Fletcher, the England coach, had already considered sending Trescothick home when the incident occurred on Monday.

"We decided well maybe the best way to deal with it was bring his wife [Hayley] out," Fletcher told AAP. "And then I was a little bit uncomfortable about that, because was that going to help the problem?"

Fletcher was planning to talk to Trescothick, who scored 8 before being bowled by Brett Lee, after the game about whether he should end the tour before the first Test. "I was pretty uncomfortable about it [sending him home]," Fletcher said. "It was taken out of my hands when Marcus came off the field in the afternoon [on Monday] and there was a reoccurrence of the problem he had in India."

Trescothick flew back to England in the lead-up to the first Test against India in February and he also missed the Champions Trophy in the same country last month before declaring his fitness for the Ashes. "He was feeling pretty upset," Fletcher said of the SCG episode. "He wanted to go back." Trescothick boarded a plane for England on Tuesday and a replacement will come from the team of "shadow" players that is due in Perth this week.

"It was unpleasant in the change room with him," Fletcher said. "The doctor just had to sit and console him for about two hours or so. After a while the doctor spoke to him and said to him it's best if he does go home. I only told the chaps last night after the game."

Fletcher hoped the illness would not force the end of Trescothick's 76-Test career. "I can't say at this stage," he said. "It would be foolish of me to turn around and say anyone's Test career is over."

Cricinfo

What does everyone think about this? I think that this is unfortunate.

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Cricket Anyone / What does the board make of this?
« on: March 16, 2006, 06:58:51 PM »
West Indies in New Zealand, 2005-06

Styris lashes out at 'laughing' Windies

Tony Cozier

March 16, 2006


 
Hit first, remorse later: Ramnaresh Sarwan was felled by a Shane Bond bouncer © Getty Images
 
 

Scott Styris, the New Zealand allrounder, has accused the West Indies players of "laughing and joking" when he and three of his team-mates were hit on the helmet during the first Test in Auckland.

Styris adopted the holier-than-thou attitude that the New Zealanders always show compassion in similar circumstances. "There was a little bit of disappointment when their guys were laughing and joking when our guys got hit," Styris said during New Zealand's practice session in Wellington yesterday. "I mentioned it to Fidel [Edwards] after I got hit [by him], just their lack of checking out to see if we are fine. You want to play the game hard, you want to play the game fair, but you always want to make sure the other bloke isn't hurt," he added.

Styris claimed that the New Zealanders ensured Ramnaresh Sarwan was okay after he was felled by a bouncer from Shane Bond in the West Indies' second innings. "That's why we got pretty grumpy and disappointed with [Shivnarine] Chanderpaul and [Daren] Ganga when Jamie How got hit under the lid," he explained, referring to the blow to the helmet to the short-leg fielder when Chanderpaul pulled a ball from Daniel Vettori.

Brendon McCullum was heard through the television stump microphone telling Chanderpaul to move away when he approached to see if How was alright. "You didn't show any concern before," McCullum, the talkative wicketkeeper, said.

Styris conceded that the West Indies players "finally showed a bit of concern for someone, but we thought it was a little too late. I don't know if there is an international understanding but you expect natural consideration for someone who is hurt," he said. "You want to get him out, you want to intimidate him to get him out, but you don't want to see a guy carried off on a stretcher." "We certainly don't, and I know Bondy [Shane Bond] doesn't, and he's mentioned that," Styris added. "He's trying to hit him but he's not trying to knock the guy out and if he does hit him then he is looking to see if he is okay."

The New Zealand media has picked up the theme with Jonothan Millmow citing the alleged "lack of remorse" shown by the West Indies as "probably a legacy of their upbringing". "They will have been raised on stories of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner breaking bones as regularly as they broke stumps and of home crowds delighting in batsmen being carted off injured," he wrote.

© Trinidad & Tobago Express


I just read this Trinidad Express story on cricinfo. Jonothan Millmow's reference to the upbringing of the West Indian players was particularly troubling to me as he seems to be making a sweeping generalization as a whole about all West Indians in general based on what he has seen and heard of West Indian cricket.

Anyone have any thoughts?

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Football / Liverpool vs. Man Utd
« on: January 22, 2006, 12:59:50 PM »
As a Liverpool fan, I will be the first to congratulate Man Utd. on a well-deserved victory. Liverpool controlled possession for long periods of the game, but failed to find that decisive through ball when it mattered most.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=190634&cc=5901

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