SYDNEY, June 15 — Former stand-in captain of the Australian cricket team Steve Smithwas named the world’s best Test batsman, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) latestplayer rankings stated on Monday.
Smith jumped to No. 1 in the ICC’s rankings after his brilliant first-innings 199 earned him man-of-the-match honours in Australia’s second-Test triumph over the West Indies inJamaica on Monday morning.
The Australian captain-in-waiting leapfrogged Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara and South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla to become the first Australian to top theTest rankings since captain Michael Clarke did so in 2012.
It would have been an incredible finale regardless, but the sheer number of stories threaded through South Africa v New Zealand of the 2015 Cricket World Cup meant it became something very special. ANDY BULL in The Guardian on a brilliantly dramatic game
Sportsmanship: Morne Morkel of New Zealand congratulates Brendon McCullum of South Africa| Ross Setford/AP
BYE, SINGLE, FOUR, BYE, SIX
(March 24) – Ball one was on a length and landed just outside the line of leg stump. By Dale Steyn’s standards it was slow, and deliberately so. A little under 80mph. Dan Vettori hopped back and swung his bat. Played, missed, and ran anyway. He needed to get Grant Elliott on strike. The two of them had already agreed that with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock standing so far back they would run regardless. And so they did. A bye, then, and New Zealand need 11 to win or 10 to tie. Do that, and they would go through to the final on the grounds that they’d a better record in the group stages. Continue reading
By Usman Mushtaq, with files from Ajay Parasram
(Oct. 3) – Fire in Babylon captures the athletic adrenaline, island music, and anti-colonial ecstasy surrounding the incredible rise of the West Indian national cricket team.
The film is a highly entertaining 2010 British documentary film about the West Indies cricket team of the 1970s and 1980s. Fire in Babylon does justice to the symbolic importance of cricket in building regional esteem in the early period of independence in the Caribbean. Continue reading
From WG Grace to Graham Gooch’s 333
Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne – watched by former England captain Michael Atherton – led rival teams in an anniversary match at Lord’s
(July 17) – Lord’s – the feted ‘Home of Cricket’ – is celebrating its 200th birthday as it hosts the second Test between England and India.
The north-west London venue, founded by cricketer-turned-wine merchant Thomas Lord, is home to the Long Room, the egg-and-bacon colours of Marylebone Cricket Club, the Grace Gates and honours boards on which every cricketer dreams of seeing their name. Continue reading
By Søren Bang*
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(Feb. 14) – THE decision by the governing body of cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) to give the ‘Big Three’ of cricket, India, England and Australia, a dominant position in the organisation is met by criticism from the sport’s stakeholders to Transparency International. Continue reading
Police on sticky wicket as they try to court NY’s South Asian Muslim community with cricket. After establishing a youth cricket league as a front, the police department of New York, one of the most heavily militarized cities in the USA – is marred by spying scandal. Kanishk Tharoor in Aljazeera America
NEW YORK (Oct. 5, 2013) — The players in the New York Police Department’s under-19 cricket league refer to one of its oldest supervising officers as “Shabash”(“Bravo” in Urdu). They call him that because he uses the term so often and so indiscriminately. It is the only Urdu word he has picked up in his six years of working with the predominantly South Asian and Caribbean teams.
Sangakkara’s attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket administration was not prompted by personal agenda but by concern for the game © Getty Images
The Sri Lankan’s speech at Lord’s should serve as a wake-up call to administrators to use the game to serve people, and not for selfish gains
By PETER ROEBUCK*
Kumar Sangakkara has made the most important speech in cricket history. Brushing aside the twin temptations of romance and sentiment, the erudite Sri Lankan has dared to confront the truths about cricket in his country. Along the way he struck many meaty blows on the game’s behalf. His discourse was nothing less than a challenge to cricket to set higher standards for itself, to reject jealousy, pettiness and greed, and to become part of the enlightenment. Continue reading