Top 3 bowlers to watch at ICC World Cup 2015

With just couple of months are left for the World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, the excitement of the tournament has reached on its peak. 

The Australian pitches is considered as the toughest pitch in this world that could help the fast bowlers who have pace and bounce. Being the hosts, Aussies and BlackCaps will familiar with the conditions.

Here we made top three bowlers who could make an impact at the ICC cricket world cup 2015.

Dale Steyn

South Africa’s right-arm fast bowler Dale Steyn is known for his pace, who rattles the opponent batsman with his quick delivery.

The 31-year-old, who made his ODI’s debut in 2005, has been a key player for the Proteas with a best bowling figures 6/39.

Steyn has claimed 145 wickets in 93 One Day Internationals.

Mitchell Johnson

Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is considered as one of the fast bowlers in the world cricket with an average speed of 144KPH and capability to bowl in excess of 150kph.

The 33-year-old’s ability to extract extra bounce, who can able to swing the ball in any conditions.

Johnson took 221 wickets in 144 ODIs, his best figures are 6/31.

Lasith Malinga

Sri Lanka’s right arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga is the backbone of his team. His slinging action makes him a lethal bowler to deal with it.

The 31-year-old is the only bowler, who claimed three ODI hat-tricks. 

Malinga took 271 wickets in 177 ODIs with an average of 27.21. His best figures are 6/38

Australian captain Michael Clarke future in doubt?

Australia skipper Michael Clarke, who was forced from the pitch with a hamstring injury on the fifth and final day of the first Test against India at Adelaide.
The 33-year-old picked up the injury while attempting to field a shot from Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the 44th over.

The captain immediately left the ground to undergo scans on his right leg at a nearby hospital.

Later - The left handed batsman has admitted that he might never play cricket again after sustaining a hamstring injury.

"I had a scan and the results are not fantastic. I'm going to struggle to make any more part in the series," BBC Sport quotes Clarke as saying.

"There's a chance I may never play again. I've got to be honest with myself."

Clarke ruled himself out of the remainder of the Test series following the dramatic a 48-run victory on Saturday afternoon.

Shaun Marsh, 31, who plays for the Western Warriors in Australian domestic cricket - will replace Clarke for the Brisbane Test, starts this Wednesday.
14 December, 2014

Top 5 Youngest Skippers in Indian Test Cricket

India’s middle-order batsman Virat Kohli became the fifth youngest captain for Indian Cricket Team in Test cricket, when he captained for the first test against Australia at Adelaide on Tuesday.

Kohli, 26, who made his Test debut against West Indies at Kingston, 2011. He has scored 1855 runs in 26 test matches with an average of 39.46.

Here is the list of top five young captains for India in Test Cricket:

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi at the age of 21 years.

Sachin Tendulkar at the age of 23 years.

Kapil Dev at the age of 24 years.

Ravi Shastri at the age of 25 years.

Virat Kohli at the age of 26 years.
10 December, 2014

England provisional squad for World Cup 2015

ECB have announced a 30-man provisional squad for the ICC World Cup 2015, which will be reduce to a squad of 15 at the end of December.
Alastair Cook, 29, will remain the captain for the World Cup, despite his recent struggles at the ongoing series with Sri Lanka.

Three uncapped players - Jack Brooks, James Vince and Jason Roy are included to the squad.

However, Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott has been omitted from 30-man list.

The ICC World Cup 2015 begins in Australia and New Zealand on February 14.

England provisional World Cup squad: Alastair Cook (Essex) (Capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jack Brooks (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Luke Wright (Sussex).
07 December, 2014

South Africa Test squad for West Indies series

South Africa have announced their 14-men squad for the three test match home series against West Indies, starting on December 17th.

All-rounder JP Duminy has been sidelined due to injury but he is expected to get fit for the One Day Internationals. While, Robin Peterson has been selected to the squad after playing his last Test against Australia earlier this year. 

Test Schedule:

Wed Dec 17: 1st Test at SuperSport Park, Centurion
Fri Dec 26: 2nd Test at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Fri Jan 2: 3rd Test - Newlands, Cape Town

Test Squad: Hashim Amla (capt), AB de Villiers (vice-capt), Stiaan van Zyl, Quinton de Kock, Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Vernon Philander, Robin Peterson, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Temba Bavuma

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