Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bopara and Shah hopeful for tour spot

One major decision over England's Test squad for India has been made with the news of Michael Vaughan's omission. Now most of the 15-man party will be simple for the selectors, but the identity of the reserve players may take up a little more time.

With just two Tests, in Ahmedabad and Mumbai, it will be one of England's shortest Test tours. The performance side will also be India at the same time, so the need for a bloated squad full of spare players is reduced. However, in case of match-day emergencies there will need to be cover in all four departments. 
Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah are fighting for Vaughan's place and the fact that Bopara was named in the squad to face South Africa, at The Oval, probably puts him in front. However, Shah made his Test debut in Mumbai in 2006, making 88 and 38, and will almost certainly have played all seven preceding ODIs to find some form. He deserves another Test chance, but could well miss out again. 
The spin cover favourite for Monty Panesar is Graeme Swann, despite Adil Rashid's 62 wickets this season and the claims of Samit Patel. Swann provides enough batting skill to slot into the lower-order if England opt for two spinners in a match, while Rashid and Patel can spend valuable time with the performance squad. 
Despite a tough series against South Africa, Tim Ambrose looks set to be picked although he will lose his Test spot to Matt Prior. He has finished the season in good form for Warwickshire and the award of an incremental contract showed he was still in the selectors' thoughts. The best keeper this season has been James Foster, but he doesn't expect to get a call from the selectors.

Vaughan out of India tour

The ECB has confirmed that Michael Vaughan won't be selected for the Test series in India, the squad for which will be announced on Monday.

Vaughan, who was awarded a central contract earlier this month, stood down as captain after the penultimate Test of the summer and chose to miss the last match at The Oval. He had been looking to regain his form playing for Yorkshire, but in four Championship innings he managed only 41 runs. 
"Michael has not been selected for the tour of India because his place in the Test squad cannot be justified based on recent form," said national selector Geoff Miller.

Miller, though, offered Vaughan hope of a return, possibly on the tour of West Indies early next year, and the ECB is putting a schedule together to help him find some cricket. He could follow a similar path to Andrew Strauss and Steve Harmison last winter, when they played in New Zealand and South Africa respectively prior to tours. Strauss is the best comparison, as he was then recalled for the New Zealand tour after being dropped for the Sri Lanka trip. 

When Vaughan stepped down as captain, following the third Test against South Africa, he said he still wanted to extend his career. "I believe the best thing for me is to try and get back to being best batsmen I can be. I'll still have all the experience and knowledge to pass on and I hope to be a valuable player for both my county and the England team." 
Vaughan opted out of Yorkshire's final match against Sussex at Hove - a game they went into needing to win to guarantee staying up - and there has been increasing speculation that he is looking at other options. 
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Sehwag complains against Munaf for abusing

Delhi captain Virender Sehwag on Friday lodged a complaint with the Match Referee against his India teammate Munaf Patel, for abusing him and his team mates, in the recent Irani Cup match.

Munaf abused on many instances to Akash Chopra, while he was batting. Then he (Munaf Patel) abused Sehwag while he was batting, that was then when he thought enough was enough and decided to complain to Match Referee Rajendra Jadeja.

News Just came in:

The on-field verbal duel between Delhi skipper Virendra Sehwag and Rest of India speedster Munaf Patel seems to have taken a serious turn with the former taking a sudden decision to fly back to Delhi in the midst of the prestigious Irani Trophy match today.

The match referee was supposed to take a decision on the matter on the fourth day of the match tomorrow after a meeting with both the team captains. When contacted, BCCI Secretary Niranjan Saha said the Board was not aware of the fact that Sehwag had left for Delhi. Delhi team manager was also not available for his comment.

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Delhi v/s Rest of India Irani Trophy Scorecard Day 3

Irani Cup
Delhi v Rest of India
2008/09 season

Played at Reliance Stadium, Vadodara, on 24,25,26,27,28 September 2008 (5-day match)

Rest of India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR

W Jaffer c Kohli b Nanda 50 112 91 5 0 54.94

R Dravid lbw b Sharma 46 164 95 4 0 48.42

S Badrinath b Sharma 16 81 62 2 0 25.80

VVS Laxman c Manhas b Sehwag 17 93 52 2 0 32.69

M Kaif c Gambhir b Nanda 29 107 81 1 0 35.80
wicketkeeper MS Dhoni c Chopra b Sangwan 5 19 17 0 0 29.41
captain A Kumble c wicketkeeperBisht b Sangwan 9 19 17 1 0 52.94

Harbhajan Singh not out 26 61 33 3 0 78.78

Z Khan c wicketkeeperBisht b Sangwan 0 7 10 0 0 0.00

RP Singh c Chopra b Nanda 18 36 30 2 0 60.00

MM Patel b Sharma 19 12 10 4 0 190.00

Extras (b 3, lb 1, nb 13) 17





Total (all out; 81.3 overs; 360 mins) 252 (3.09 runs per over)

Fall of wickets1-77 (Jaffer, 24.2 ov), 2-112 (Dravid, 37.1 ov), 3-127 (Badrinath, 43.2 ov), 4-162 (Laxman, 57.2 ov), 5-172 (Dhoni, 63.1 ov), 6-186 (Kumble, 67.4 ov), 7-186 (Kaif, 68.1 ov), 8-187 (Khan, 69.6 ov), 9-225 (Singh, 78.5 ov), 10-252 (Patel, 81.3 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ

A Nehra 14 2 59 0 4.21 (3nb)

I Sharma 12.3 5 22 3 1.76

P Sangwan 15 1 57 3 3.80 (4nb)

R Bhatia 4.5 0 28 0 5.79 (2nb)

C Nanda 27.1 3 60 3 2.20

V Sehwag 8 1 22 1 2.75

Delhi 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR

A Chopra c Kaif b Patel 42 95 68 7 0 61.76

G Gambhir c Dravid b Khan 5 26 16 0 0 31.25
captain V Sehwag c Dravid b Kumble 43 91 57 3 1 75.43

V Kohli c wicketkeeperDhoni b Patel 4 16 11 0 0 36.36

R Bhatia lbw b Khan 17 72 44 1 0 38.63

M Manhas c wicketkeeperDhoni b Patel 4 6 7 1 0 57.14
wicketkeeper P Bisht c Badrinath b Harbhajan Singh 28 91 82 3 0 34.14

C Nanda c Jaffer b Harbhajan Singh 0 5 5 0 0 0.00

P Sangwan not out 23 55 40 0 1 57.50

A Nehra b Patel 0 2 1 0 0 0.00

I Sharma lbw b Kumble 3 26 15 0 0 20.00

Extras (b 1, lb 3, nb 4) 8





Total (all out; 57 overs; 247 mins) 177 (3.10 runs per over)

Fall of wickets1-23 (Gambhir, 6.1 ov), 2-80 (Chopra, 20.4 ov), 3-96 (Kohli, 24.3 ov), 4-96 (Sehwag, 25.5 ov), 5-102 (Manhas, 26.5 ov), 6-138 (Bhatia, 43.3 ov), 7-139 (Nanda, 44.5 ov), 8-160 (Bisht, 50.6 ov), 9-161 (Nehra, 51.2 ov), 10-177 (Sharma, 56.6 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ

Z Khan 15 3 45 2 3.00

RP Singh 9 0 31 0 3.44

A Kumble 11 2 34 2 3.09 (2nb)

MM Patel 9 0 31 4 3.44 (2nb)

Harbhajan Singh 13 2 32 2 2.46

Rest of India 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR

W Jaffer c Chopra b Sangwan 21 50 36 3 0 58.33

R Dravid c Chopra b Nanda 69 297 211 6 0 32.70

S Badrinath b Sharma 36 142 92 5 0 39.13

M Kaif c wicketkeeperBisht b Sharma 0 2 2 0 0 0.00

VVS Laxman c sub (M Tehlan) b Nanda 18 52 35 1 0 51.42
wicketkeeper MS Dhoni c Kohli b Sharma 84 149 113 12 1 74.33
captain A Kumble lbw b Nanda 9 33 31 2 0 29.03

Harbhajan Singh c Manhas b Nanda 0 2 2 0 0 0.00

Z Khan b Nehra 4 37 20 1 0 20.00

RP Singh lbw b Nanda 24 34 22 4 0 109.09

MM Patel not out 1 17 4 0 0 25.00

Extras (b 12, lb 13, nb 11) 36





Total (all out; 92.5 overs; 407 mins) 302 (3.25 runs per over)

Fall of wickets1-44 (Jaffer, 11.4 ov), 2-111 (Badrinath, 44.3 ov), 3-111 (Kaif, 44.5 ov), 4-152 (Laxman, 54.6 ov), 5-207 (Dravid, 68.4 ov), 6-241 (Kumble, 78.4 ov), 7-241 (Harbhajan Singh, 78.6 ov), 8-261 (Khan, 85.4 ov), 9-277 (Dhoni, 88.6 ov), 10-302 (Singh, 92.5 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ

A Nehra 20 1 84 1 4.20 (8nb)

I Sharma 21 7 52 3 2.47

C Nanda 26.5 8 48 5 1.78

P Sangwan 11 0 35 1 3.18 (3nb)

V Sehwag 12 2 55 0 4.58

R Bhatia 2 0 3 0 1.50

Delhi 2nd innings (target: 378 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR

G Gambhir not out 51
87 8 0 58.62
captain V Sehwag lbw b Khan 3 10 6 0 0 50.00

V Kohli lbw b Khan 16 27 26 2 0 61.53

R Bhatia c wicketkeeperDhoni b Harbhajan Singh 31 98 69 5 0 44.92

Extras (b 1, lb 9, nb 2) 12





Total (3 wickets; 31 overs) 113 (3.64 runs per over)

To bat A Chopra, M Manhas, wicketkeeperP Bisht, C Nanda, P Sangwan, A Nehra, I Sharma

Fall of wickets1-5 (Sehwag, 2.3 ov), 2-37 (Kohli, 8.5 ov), 3-113 (Bhatia, 30.6 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ

Z Khan 8 0 18 2 2.25

RP Singh 8 0 37 0 4.62

MM Patel 6 1 23 0 3.83 (2nb)

A Kumble 5 1 14 0 2.80

Harbhajan Singh 4 2 11 1 2.75

Toss Rest of India, who chose to bat first

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