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Saeed Ajmal target return in ICC World Cup KARACHI: Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is pleased with the progress he has made with the remedial work on his bowling action, and has said he is targeting the 2015 World Cup for his international comeback.He recently underwent unofficial tests on his bowling action at the ICC-accredited testing centre in Loughborough, where biomechanist Dr Mark King noted "substantial improvement" in his action, even though the straightening of his elbow still exceeded the permitted 15-degree mark."I'm very pleased with the assessment of Dr. King," Saeed Ajmal told a a website, the other day."It was very heartening to hear what he had to say. I was expecting a reduction to about 30 degrees but to see that some deliveries are down to 20 degrees is fantastic and positive news for me," he said."Also, what is really encouraging is that most of my deliveries are now within the 15 degree limit. The ICC's rules ...

As World Cup looms, UAE face Afghanistan in one day series DUBAI: United Arab Emirates coach Aaqib Javed is hoping the series of four one-day internationals against Afghanistan starting this week in Dubai will help prepare his team for next year's World Cup.The February-March World Cup will be UAE's second after they featured in the 1996 event held in the subcontinent while for Afghanistan it will be their maiden appearance in a 50-over tournament.Javed, a former Pakistan paceman, said he would have liked his team to ...
Clarke to miss vital India Test lead-up game SYDNEY: Injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke said Monday he will miss a vital lead-up game, raising fresh doubts about his chances of playing in next month's first Test against India.Clarke, who was named in a 12-man squad Monday subject to a fitness test on his left hamstring, was selected to play for a Cricket Australia XI against the tourists in Adelaide on Friday.Clarke later confirmed that he will not be playing in that match, placing ...
Toss vital as Pakistan, New Zealand play for series SHARJAH: Rival captains Misbah-ul Haq and Brendon McCullum hope to win the toss and enjoy a kick-start to the series-deciding third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand starting in Sharjah on Wednesday.Pakistan piled up 566-3 in the first Test in Abu Dhabi after winning the toss and then spun out New Zealand twice for a comprehensive 248-run win to take a 1-0 lead.Despite the odds New Zealand staged an impressive comeback in the second Test ...
Clarke on fitness deadline for 1st India Test SYDNEY: Injured skipper Michael Clarke faces a fitness deadline this week to have any chance of playing for Australia in next month's first Test against India, chief selector Rod Marsh said Monday.Clarke was named in a 12-man squad subject to a fitness test on the left hamstring he injured in the recent one-day series against South Africa in Perth. He also continues to undergo daily treatment for an ongoing back condition.The captain needs to prove ...
Team mates will determine success of my captaincy: Kohli SYDNEY: Virat Kohli says his team mates will determine the success or otherwise of his captaincy when he takes charge of India in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the first test against Australia next month.The 26-year-old batsman will make his test captaincy bow in Brisbane on Dec. 4 while Dhoni sits out the first of the four matches in the series to recuperate from a hand injury."I'm pretty confident of the ability the guys ...
Australia scramble to victory, reclaim number one ranking SYDNEY: Australia scrambled over the line for a two-wicket victory in the fifth one-day international against South Africa on Sunday to move back to the top of the world rankings less than three months before the World Cup.What looked like being a stroll to a convincing 4-1 series triumph when Steve Smith departed for 67 with Australia 11 runs from their target of 275 was transformed into a tense finale by Robin Peterson.The South African ...


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