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New Zealand stops Basin Reserve fly-over WELLINGTON: New Zealand's environmental watchdog stepped in Tuesday to prevent a proposed fly-over in Wellington that would have threatened the historic Basin Reserve's status as a Test cricket venue.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said keeping Test matches at New Zealand's oldest cricket ground was a major factor in rejecting plans for an NZ$90 million ($78 million) fly-over next to the venue."We found that the expert evidence pointed clearly to the conclusion that the project would constitute an inappropriate development within this significant heritage area of the city," a four-person panel of assessors found in a 3-1 judgement.Experts including former Black Caps bowler and New Zealand Cricket chief executive Martin Snedden had warned that traffic on the fly-over could prove a dangerous distraction to batsmen at the ground, jeopardising its Test status."Cricket balls are very hard. Impact on the human body of a fast-moving cricket ball can cause serious injury and ...

Elbow surgery blow for Australia's Marsh SYDNEY: Australian Test batsman Shaun Marsh faces four months out of action after a specialist on Tuesday recommended surgery for a persistent elbow injury.The left-hander is expected to go under the knife next week which rules him out of the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates, where Australia face Pakistan on neutral turf.But he should be back for the opening match of the four-Test series against India, which starts in Brisbane on ...
Cook will never improve: Ponting SYDNEY: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting piled more pressure on under-fire England skipper Alastair Cook Tuesday by saying he will not improve as a player for the rest of his career.England's 95-run defeat by India in the second Test at Lord's on Monday made it 10 successive Test matches without victory for the team -- their worst winless streak in the format for 21 years.Cook, 29, has failed to score a Test hundred in 27 ...
India win 2nd Test against England, lead series 1-0 LONDON: India beat England by 95 runs to win the second Test at Lord's on Monday and so take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Victory gave India their first away win in 16 Tests, a run stretching back to June 2011, and was just their second win in 17 Tests at Lord's.England, set 319 to win, were bowled out for 223.They lost six wickets for 50 runs either side of lunch as India paceman ...
We will be aiming victory against Sri Lanka: Waqar LAHORE: Pakistan cricket teams head coach, Waqar Younis has said that the team will be aiming to play Sri Lanka with a mind-set of victory. "It is a very important series, a step forward to prepare for the World Cup and we will be having victory in our mind when we take on Sri Lanka later this month ", he told reporters here on Monday at a news conference ahead of a training session to ...
Sharma drama leaves second Test in the balance LONDON: India's Ishant Sharma struck off the last ball before lunch on the final day to end a stubborn fifth-wicket England stand that threatened to turn the tide of the second Test at Lord's on Monday.It seemed England would get through the session without losing a wicket when paceman Sharma had Moeen Ali, taking his eye off a bouncer, caught at short leg by Cheteshwar Pujara for 39 made in nearly three hours at the ...
England 173-5 against India LONDON: England were 173 for five, needing a further 146 runs to reach their victory target of 319, at lunch on the fifth day of the second Test against India at Lord's on Monday.Joe Root was 52 not out after Moeen Ali fell for 39 off the last ball before lunch to end a fifth-wicket partnership of 101.The five-match series is level at 0-0 after the first Test at Trent Bridge was drawn.Copyright AFP (Agence ...


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