Sachin Tendulkar best Test player of 21st century

India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been named the best Test cricketer of the 21st century by by Cricket Australia's website.

An online poll conducted by CA website, in which the 42-year-old bagged the highest number of votes to become on top of the list of the 100 best Test players since 2000.

Sri Lanka's Wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara received the second highest votes, followed by Australian legend Adam Gilchrist in the third position.

Tendulkar earned 23% of votes, while Sangakkara got 14% votes.

The former India skipper, Tendulkar, is the only Indian player to be listed in the top-10 list, while there are four Aussie, three South African and two Sri Lankan cricketers.

"After 10 days of counting down and no end of deliberations, released its final countdown of the 100 best Test players since 2000 a couple of days ago. 

"Readers debated the top 10, just as you did players 11 through 100, but we also provided an opportunity for you to decide your No.1 Test player of the century," CA's website stated.

"Tendulkar, the Little Master who remains an iconic figure in the sport, was a runaway winner, jumping four places from where had him placed, while batting giants Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis were separated on countback, with the Australian just edging out his Proteas counterpart," it further said.
Tendulkar is the only batsman, who made 100 international centuries - the record for highest run scorer in both Tests and ODIs.

Reactions: England win series 3-2 over New Zealand

This victory is what has been needed, Congratulations to England cricket team for their standard of play and the spirit of fairness which prevailed throughout in a fantastic ODI series.

This was more than a victory for Eoin Morgan's men, which is so entertaining to watch - thanks to both teams bringing wonderful cricket to their fans.

England’s Jonny Bairstow has won the Man of the Match, while New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson named the Royal London Player of the Series for his stellar performances with a total of 396 runs.

21 June, 2015

5 Pakistan players to watch out for the Sri Lanka tour

Pakistan will play three Tests followed by five ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka, starting June 17 in Colombo.

The international bilateral series, considered as one of the longest series during summer 2015 and both teams will battle it out during the hottest weather of the season.

Here are top five Pakistan players to watch out for,

Ehsan Adil

The 22-year-old hasn’t played much but provided good support to the likes of Pakistan primary pacer Wahab Riaz in the recently ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Mohammed Imran Khan

The right arm fast bowler has claimed nine wickets in four Tests. He earned his place into the Test team following his consistence performance in the domestic cricket.

Shan Masood

The 25-year-old got selected on the basis of his stellar performance in the domestic circuit. His gutsy 75 runs against a formidable South African makes him one of the greatest batsman in Pakistan cricket.

Zulfiqar Babar

Babar, the oldest cricketer from Pakistan to make his T20 debut, against South Africa, picking up 27 wickets in 5 matches.

He will certainly be the key player for the Pakistan. With Saeed Ajmal has been dropped due to poor performance, Babar has got a wealth of experience to the domestic cricket where he has more than 300 wickets under his belt.

Haris Sohail

Haris Sohail has got an average of 52 in first class cricket and 43 in one day internationals is no brickbat and will certainly look to build his position permanently in the team by giving 100 percent  against the Lankans in their den.

17 June, 2015

Aussies favourites for Ashes but can England cause an upset?

Ahead of the 2015 Ashes Series, both sides have been involved in intriguing warm up tests but it’s Australia who have enjoyed the best of the exchanges. The Aussies were completely dominant in crushing the West Indies and will start as red hot favourites against England after their 2-0 whitewash.

Michael Clarke’s men will dominate the markets for the Ashes itself so you may want to seek a price enhancement if you’re backing the tourists. As for England, there were some positive signs in their drawn series against New Zealand but what do the hosts need to do to upset the predictions?

Key areas

While their series win in the Caribbean was a comfortable one, Australia did show a little vulnerability against the new ball and the pace of the Windies opening attack. In Dominica, Clarke’s team were 178-8 at one stage in their first innings and in the follow up in Jamaica, Jerome Taylor dismissed both openers with just 16 on the board.

In both cases, the Aussies recovered to post strong totals but is there an issue at the top of the order that England’s James Anderson and Stuart Broad can exploit? Unfortunately for Alastair Cook’s side, the middle trio of Steve Smith, Michael Clarke and Adam Voges are in top form so they will need to make early inroads if they are to keep the tourists’ batters in check.

A welcome return

The most positive factor in England’s series with the Kiwis was the return to form of Captain Cook. The Essex man scored a century and looked in perfect touch throughout, showing that an absence of one day cricket has helped him rediscover where his off stump lies.

There were further tons from Ben Stokes and Adam Lyth while Joe Root also made good runs at Lord’s. Lyth’s 100 was a particular comfort to the selectors after a long search for Cook’s opening partner but in contrast, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell are hopelessly out of form.

There are further concerns over Moeen Ali who was batting as low as number eight, suggesting that the selectors view him as a front line spinner. The Worcester man’s bowling was woeful however, and must surely force a rethink with Yorkshire leggie Adil Rashid hoping for a chance.

Compare and contrast

Ahead of the Ashes, England have too many players out of touch. Along with Bell, Ballance and Ali, the bowling has many question marks too. Stuart Broad took wickets against New Zealand but was particularly expensive while James Anderson passed 400 test victims without ever really looking at his best.

Mark Wood made an impressive debut at Lord’s but having never played back to back first class matches before, the Durham quick was down on pace at Headingley. Compare this to Australia’s pace battery where Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood are all in top form and ready to make it an uncomfortable few weeks for English batsmen.

There is hope for England ahead of the Ashes which starts in Cardiff on July 8th. It’s a promising new era where young players such as Stokes, Lyth, Root and Wood could be stars for years to come while the return to form of Captain Cook is another huge bonus.

Home conditions could also favour Cook’s men but on balance, it’s tough to see past the Australians here. This is a side at the top of their game and while we might not see another 5-0 whitewash, the Aussies to retain the urn looks to be the safest call of the 2015 cricket season.
16 June, 2015

Sangakkara to announce retirement after first India Test?

The Legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara is expected to retire from Test cricket in August 2015, when Sri Lanka will play their first Test against India at Galle, starting August 18th.

Sangakkara, 37, who already announced his retirement form one-day internationals and Twenty20 format, is likely to finalise his decision on his Test cricket future after having a meeting with the national selectors next week.

The Test match series for the India yet to be formally announced, amid speculation that wicketkeeper’s farewell match to be played to his home city of Kandy.

The world No.1 test batsman has scored 12203 runs at 58.66 in 130 Tests, including 11 Test match double centuries to his name.

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