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Sri Lanka to bowl first against New Zealand DUNEDIN: Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first on a green-tinged wicket in the fifth one-day international against New Zealand in Dunedin on Friday.New Zealand lead the series 2-1 with one match washed out.Sri Lanka captain Lahiru Thirimanne, standing in for regular skipper Angelo Mathews who is being rested with a slight leg strain, said conditions were ripe to bowl first."It looks a little bit green and we want to take advantage," he said.Dinesh Chandimal comes in for Mathews while Suranga Lakmal replaces Rangana Herath in the one other change in the Sri Lanka line up.New Zealand have also replaced two, bringing in Nathan McCullum for Daniel Vettori in a straight rotation of spinners, and Trent Boult replaces Adam Milne who suffered a side strain in the fourth ODI in Nelson on Tuesday.Teams:New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (capt), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, ...

Ajmal hopeful of clearing bowling action test LAHORE: Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal Thursday raised hopes that he will pass a bowling action test after he was suspended last year, but ruled out any chance of featuring in next month's World Cup.The 37-year-old will travel to Chennai, India later Thursday and have a reassessment test on his bowling action in the International Cricket Council (ICC) accredited laboratory.He was reported during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in August last year and he was ...
Misbah to rewrite history by beating India in World Cup Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq wants to rewrite history by beating India in an upcoming World Cup 2015. He is hopeful and focused to win the match against arch-rival India. According to media reports, Pakistani captain said, “"We know how important this match is and we are going with a clear mind that we want to change history and beat India in a World Cup. We are focused for the match and the players are going to ...
Petersen joins Lancashire after S. Africa exit LONDON: South African batsman Alviro Petersen has joined Lancashire after retiring from international cricket, the English county side announced on Thursday.The 34-year-old bowed out of the international game earlier this month after scoring 2,093 runs in 36 Tests with five hundreds at an average of 34.88.He has signed a two-year contract with an option for a third year and joins Lancashire as a non-overseas player, subject to receiving official clearance."We are delighted to bring a ...
Bangladesh eye World Cup quarter-finals DHAKA: Bangladesh have set their sights on the quarter-finals of next month's cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the team's Sri Lankan coach said Thursday.Chandika Hathurusinghe told journalists in Dhaka he was happy with the team's preparations and hoped they would go "all the way".But he said he was "taking one game at a time" and would focus on qualifying for the quarter-finals stage of the six-week tournament, which begins on February 14.Bangladesh ...
Cook named in MCC squad for UAE trip LONDON: Alastair Cook was on Thursday included in the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) squad for the Champion County match and the Emirates Twenty20 tournament in the United Arab Emirates in March.Cook, omitted from England's one-day squad for the World Cup, made himself available for the trip so as to gain match practice ahead of England's three-match Test series against the West Indies in April.The MCC will take part in the Emirates T20 tournament in Dubai ...
Court says Srinivasan guilty of conflict of interest NEW DELHI: India's Supreme Court ordered Thursday world cricket chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan to give up his stake in the Indian Premier League if he wanted to be re-elected head of the country's powerful board.The court found Srinivasan guilty of a conflict of interest for having commercial dealings in the sport while head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by owning an Indian Premier League franchise."Srinivasan or any other administrator can't contest ...


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