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South Africa win toss, elect to bowl, against Australia HARARE: South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl against Australia in the second match of a triangular series in Harare on Wednesday.South Africa confirmed that Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were all back.Rilee Rossouw, Aaron Phangiso, Marchant de Lange and Mthokozisi Shezi were the players who dropped out of the side that beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets last Thursday.For Australia, batsman Phillip Hughes was given a chance to batter South Africa again.Hughes scored an unbeaten double hundred in a one-day game against South Africa A last month and then replicated the feat in a four-day game against the same opposition two weeks ago.The 25-year-old was only included in Australia's squad for the tri-series, which also involves hosts Zimbabwe, when Shane Watson was ruled out through injury.However Hughes received his opportunity on the international stage as Australia left out off spinner Nathan Lyon and ...

Benaud offered chance to commentate from home SYDNEY: Australia's voice of cricket Richie Benaud has been offered the chance to commentate on test matches from his home this year if he is not well enough to get to the grounds, according to broadcaster Channel Nine. The 83-year-old former Australia captain has been absent from the commentary box since crashing his car into a low wall as he drove to his home in the Sydney beachside suburb of Coogee last October. Channel Nine ...
Pakistan cancels T20 league KARACHI: Pakistan cricket authorities were Tuesday forced to cancel their ambitious Twenty20 league project due a lack of time to schedule the tournament ahead of the World Cup, leaving question marks over its future.Pakistan Cricket Board had planned to hold the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the United Arab Emirates in January next year based on the lines of the lucrative Indian Premier League and Australia's Big Bash in an attempt to recoup huge financial ...
Pakistan to help bowlers with suspect actions KARACHI: Pakistan Tuesday formed a committee to identify and help bowlers with suspect actions at an early stage after their ace spinner Saeed Ajmal was reported over his deliveries.The 36-year-old underwent tests at a Brisbane lab on Monday and faces a possible ban from the International Cricket Council (ICC) if they reveal his action is illegal.The report on the tests is due in two weeks.Ajmal missed the first two matches in the ongoing one-day series ...
Bangladesh lift ban on all-rounder Shakib DHAKA: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's six-month ban imposed last month for "misbehaviour" has been lifted, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday."After Sept. 15, Shakib will be available for selection," BCB president Nazmul Hassan told reporters after a board meeting.Bangladesh's most prominent cricketer was banned for what the BCB called a "severe attitude problem".He later apologised and made a passionate public plea to the board to reduce the punishment.Shakib, who has played 34 tests ...
Mathews lifts Sri Lanka to 310-9 against Pakistan HAMBANTOTA: Skipper Angelo Mathews scored 93 as Sri Lanka survived a three-wicket burst by Mohammad Hafeez to make 310-9 from 50 overs in the second one-dayer against Pakistan in Hambantota on Tuesday.The hosts, needing a win to keep the three-match series alive after losing the opening game by four wickets on Saturday, stuttered to 62-3 after electing to take first strike.Mahela Jayawardene and Mathews retrieved the situation by adding 122 for the fourth wicket, with ...
Sri Lanka bat against Pakistan in second ODI HAMBANTOTA: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat in the rescheduled second one-day international against Pakistan in Hambantota on Tuesday.The tourists, who won the opening one-dayer at the same venue on Saturday, will look to clinch the three-match series despite the absence of two star players, Saeed Ajmal and Younis Khan.Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is yet to return from Australia where he underwent tests on his bowling action after being reported ...


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