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Waqar praises 'best all-rounder' Kallis ABU DHABI: Former Pakistan fast bowler and coach Waqar Younis described Jacques Kallis as one of the world's leading all-rounders after the South African star announced his retirement from Test cricket.Kallis, 38, said on Wednesday that the second Test between South Africa and India, starting in Durban on Thursday, would be his 166th and final appearance although he will continue to play one-day internationals."I think one cannot ask for more from a human body than Kallis's runs, wickets, catches. He has done everything with distinction," Waqar told AFP."He was one of the best all-rounders of this generation and I don't think his records and achievements will be surpassed in the near future. "He has achieved that with quality and he should be proud of himself. "He has a big fan following around the world. He is a complete academy for the newcomers to learn from. It was a privilege to ...

Hafeez, Ajmal guide Pakistan to series-clinching win ABU DHABI: Muhammad Hafeez notched his third hundred of the series while off-spinner Saeed Ajmal grabbed four wickets to help Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the fourth one-day international on Wednesday.Hafeez finished with 113 not out for his ninth one-day hundred as Pakistan knocked off their modest 226-run target in the 42nd over to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead ahead of Friday's fifth and final match.Pakistan had restricted Sri Lanka to 225 ...
Cook says Swann saga 'over' SYDNEY: England captain Alastair Cook declared the furore over Graeme Swann's shock retirement "closed" Wednesday, saying the spinner had assured him controversial remarks about player arrogance were not directed at his teammates.Swann stunned the cricket world with his announcement Sunday that he was immediately resigning from the England team midway through the Ashes series and stoked tensions by saying some players had "no idea how far up their own backsides they are".There was speculation he ...
'Good as gold' Pietersen rebuffs retirement talk MELBOURNE: Colourful England batsman Kevin Pietersen rebuffed suggestions Tuesday he might be next to quit after Graeme Swann's shock exit and expressed "less than zero" interest in the spinner's retirement saga.Pietersen, who notched his 100th Test during this Ashes series in Brisbane, also brushed off questions about the tourists' troubled Australia campaign signalling a changing of the guard for the side following Swann's retirement and return home of Jonathan Trott with a stress-related illness."I'm 33 ...
Samuels out of Windies ODI squad WELLINGTON: An injured wrist has ruled batsman Marlon Samuels out of the West Indies one-day squad to face New Zealand, with Chadwick Walton called in as cover, team officials said Tuesday.West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson said Samuels would return home to see if surgery was required on his right wrist, in a major blow for the tourists as they look to bounce back from a 2-0 Test series defeat."Marlon's injury is unfortunate at such ...
Clarke vows 'full throttle' for Ashes whitewash MELBOURNE: Michael Clarke is vowing to lead an all-out assault on England as Australia go for a 5-0 Ashes series triumph."People have been asking me how we're going to approach the Boxing Day Test after already winning back the Ashes," skipper Clarke wrote in his Tuesday column for The Telegraph."The answer is easy - full throttle," he said in what the daily called the "blueprint for Ashes whitewash"."Momentum is a rare and precious commodity. When ...
Granny blames 'nasty' Aussies for Swann exit NEWCASTLE: Graeme Swann's grandmother has blamed unwelcoming Australians for the spinner's sudden retirement and said something "nasty" must have happened to convince the England star to turn his back on the Ashes.Swann quit cricket after the third Test defeat as Australia reclaimed the Ashes, ending an international career which had yielded 255 wickets for the off-spinner."There is something wrong there and I blame the Australian players. Not all the Australian players, a certain one," Mina ...


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