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Ponting warms up for South Africa with 162  SYDNEY: Veteran Australian batsman Ricky Ponting smashed an unbeaten 162 Wednesday in the Sheffield Shield as his fine form continued ahead of the first Test against South Africa.   The 37-year-old, who was dumped from the one-day and Twenty20 international squads, has not played a Test since the West Indies last April but has put himself through a gruelling training regime to be ready for the Proteas.   Ponting hit 20 boundaries and one six in a superb display that lasted eight minutes shy of six hours for Tasmania against Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, to follow his unbeaten 85 against South Australia.   Victoria coach Greg Shipperd said Test cricket's second-leading run scorer was in fantastic touch.   "We needed to zero in on tougher, tighter areas for longer periods of time, but certainly Ricky looks in terrific form and that's a great and healthy place for Australia if he's in form," he said.   The first of ...

Jayasuriya, World XI players leave home KARACHI: The skipper International World XI Sanath Jayasuriya and South African and West Indian players left here Monday after featuring in two Twenty20 matches against All Star Pakistan team.   "It was great to play in presence of big crowd. We enjoyed in front of them." Jayasuria said prior to his departure for Colombo.   Pakistan deserved to have international cricket in their grounds," he added.   "We faced no security problem, enjoyed our cricket and Pakistan hospitality," International World XI ...
Pakistan ready for internationals touring stars KARACHI: Players from the visiting International World XI on Monday said overseas teams should return to tour Pakistan soon, after two Twenty20s against an all-star home side passed off successfully at the weekend.   The exhibition games were the first appearances by high-profile foreign players in Pakistan since deadly militant attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009 led to the suspension of international matches in the troubled country.   The visitors' captain Sanath Jayasuriya ...
Pietersen flops again with bat at Champions League  CAPE TOWN: An unhappy Champions League Twenty20 tournament for recalled England batsman Kevin Pietersen continued Sunday when he made a meagre nine runs.   Coming in one place lower than usual at No 4 for Delhi Daredevils against Perth Scorchers at a windy and chilly Newlands, Pietersen made his total off nine balls before being caught at short third man.   A slow, left-arm delivery from Michael Beer did the damage, with South Africa-born Pietersen getting a thick edge ...
Pakistan put off Zimbabwe tour  KARACHI: Pakistan on Sunday put back their tour to Zimbabwe, scheduled for December, to next year as it clashes with the limited over series against arch-rivals India.   "We have written to the Zimbabwe cricket board to put off the tour to next year as the dates were clashing with our tour to India," a Pakistan Cricket Board official told AFP.   Pakistan was due to tour Zimbabwe for two Tests, three one-day and two Twenty20 matches from early ...
Pakistan confident on international cricket return KARACHI: Pakistan's cricket chief on Sunday voiced confidence international matches will return to the country as soon as next year.   Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf said his optimism stemmed from the successful staging of two unofficial Twenty20 matches here on Saturday and Sunday with an International World XI taking on Pakistan All Stars, the first international encounters in three-and-a-half years.   International cricket was suspended in Pakistan after gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in ...
Ex-England captain Tony Greig diagnosed with cancer  SYDNEY: Former England captain Tony Greig revealed on Saturday that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer.   "I have had a few scrapes in my life and this is another one," South African-born Greig, 66, told The Sunday Telegraph in Australia.   "Vivian (his wife) and I are going to put the boxing gloves on and fight this like we've never fought anything before."   Greig will undergo a biopsy next week on his lung to precisely diagnose the seriousness ...


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