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Amla modest despite rare rankings honour   JOHANNESBURG: Hashim Amla occupies the top spot in both the test and one-day rankings but would not call himself the best batsman even in the South African dressing room.   Amla's 74 not out in the second innings of South Africa's 211-run win over Pakistan on Monday elevated him above Australian Michael Clarke to the top of the test batting rankings.   It also made him the first man since former Australia captain Ricky Ponting in December 2007 to top both the test and one-day batting tables.   The 29-year-old, however, remained characteristically modest.   "It's been a great year for our squad, and to be honest I still don't think that I am the best batsman in our team," he said.   "What has been most pleasing though for us has been the all-round contribution from everyone in the squad, that has been the main reason for our success over the last few years."   South Africa have two more batsmen ...

Broad hat-trick as England win N.Z. tour warm-up WHANGAREI: Stuart Broad claimed a hat-trick Tuesday as he led England to a comfortable 46-run win over a New Zealand XI in the visitors' first hit-out of their two-month tour.   England made an imposing total of 186 for three after losing the toss and being sent in to bat in the Twenty20 match, with Jos Buttler top-scoring on 57 not out and Eoin Morgan contributing an unbeaten 48.   Broad, the T20 captain for the tour, then skittled ...
South Africa defeat Pakistan in first Test JOHANNESBURG: South Africa beat Pakistan by 211 runs on the fourth day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday.   Scores: South Africa 253 and 275-3 declared. Pakistan 49 and 268.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Australia defend rotation after Warne attack SYDNEY: Australian cricket chiefs on Monday backed chief selector John Inverarity after stinging criticism from Test great Shane Warne and other ex-players over the controversial rotation policy.   Warne used his website to speak out against resting players -- particularly fast bowlers -- to guard them from breaking down as a result of the relentless demands of international cricket.   But Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Wally Edwards insisted Australia were on the right track after meeting under-fire Inverarity and ...
South Africa close to victory     JOHANNESBURG: South Africa needs six wickets to win the first test match against Pakistan at the Wanderers.   Pakistan finished day three on 183-4, still needing 297 to avoid an innings defeat.   Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
Warne slams Australia rotation policy     SYDNEY: Test great Shane Warne on Monday criticised Australia's contentious use of the player rotation policy and called for changes to the one-day and Twenty20 formats.   Warne, 43, added his voice to other prominent ex-players and the media against the selection policy of rotating players, particularly fast bowlers, to guard against them breaking down from too much cricket.   "When we were number one there weren't mission statements flying around, but we got the selection process right and ...
Australia to send advance party for India tour       SYDNEY: Australia will send an advance party of eight players to India this week to help acclimatise to the playing conditions ahead of the four-Test series later this month, Cricket Australia said on Monday.   Chief selector John Inverarity said the squad would travel to India in three separate groups catering for playing commitments in the current one-day series at home against the West Indies which ends next week.     "It is planned to have Jackson Bird, Ed Cowan, ...


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