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Ali adamant Cook has complete England backing LEEDS: Moeen Ali insisted Thursday that the England team were fully behind Alastair Cook in his role as one-day international captain.Cook came through a tough examination of his leadership credentials during England's 3-1 Test series win at home to India.But he has been under renewed scrutiny during a one-day series with world champions India, where England face a whitewash if they don't win the finale at Headingley on Friday following three heavy defeats. Several leading pundits, including former England captain Michael Vaughan, have urged Cook to quit the one-day game with the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand just six months away.But all-rounder Ali, whose 67 in his series debut at Edgbaston on Tuesday was a lone England highlight in a nine-wicket loss, said no-one within the squad wanted Cook to quit. "He's been the same as he was (in the Tests)," Ali told reporters at Headingley on Thursday. ...

Moin wants bold steps before World Cup KARACHI: Pakistan's chief of selectors and manager Moin Khan Thursday called for bold steps to lift the team's performance ahead of next year's World Cup following a disastrous tour of Sri Lanka.Pakistan lost the two-match Test series 2-0 and went down 2-1 in one-day internationals on last month's tour, a failure which Khan said will affect World Cup preparations."Naturally it has an effect on their minds," Khan told reporters after meeting Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ...
Game would be better off without IPL, says Botham LONDON: The Indian Premier League (IPL) should be scrapped to safeguard the long-term health of cricket, according to former England all-rounder Ian Botham.Botham believes the big-money Twenty20 competition featuring eight franchises which bid for the cream of the world's leading one-day talent has become too powerful and could be fuelling corruption in the game."I am worried about the IPL," Botham said during his MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's."In fact I fear that ...
Du Plessis ton lifts Proteas to 271 HARARE: Faf du Plessis hit his third century in four games as he carried South Africa to 271 for six in the final game of a one-day triangular series on Thursday.Du Plessis paced his innings superbly on another turning pitch to score 121 from 140 deliveries, which allowed the Proteas to recover from the early loss of their openers.The No. 3 batsman only scored his maiden one-day hundred last Wednesday against Australia, but followed it ...
Zimbabwe win toss and choose to bowl HARARE: Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bowl first as they looked to pull off an implausibly large victory over South Africa on Thursday in order to pip the Proteas into the triangular series final.Zimbabwe must win the match with a bonus point and also overturn a significant net run rate deficit if they are to join Australia in Saturday's final, and captain Elton Chigumbura confirmed that they would be targeting the huge victory ...
One cannot write-off green-shirts chances in 2015 WC: Kamran Akmal ISLAMABAD: Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal believes despite the series defeat in Sri Lanka one cannot write-off the green-shirts chances of winning the 2015 World Cup saying when it comes to major tournaments the national team has always risen its game.Kamran Akmal, who last played for Pakistan in April 2014 during the Group 2 game against West Indies in the World T20 tournament in Bangladesh, said the conditions will be tough in Australia and New Zealand ...
New Zealand coach Hesson extends contract WELLINGTON: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson signed a two-year contract extension on Wednesday in a major vote of confidence for the young Black Caps' mentor.Hesson, 39, took over in mid-2012 with New Zealand in the doldrums after a poor run of defeats and soon created controversy by axing the popular Ross Taylor as captain in favour of Brendon McCullum.However, his appointment has paid dividends, with the Black Caps winning their last three Test series against ...


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