Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 7th 2014 Contents A58
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, November 7, 2014
KHULNA---Bangladesh recovered from
a mini collapse in the middle order to
reach 201-5 and stretch its lead over Zim-
babwe to 266 at stumps yesterday on the
Mahmudullah on 63 will resume the
fifth day with Shuvagat Hom, who was on
23. Malcolm Waller was the most successful
bowler for Zimbabwe with 4-48 while
Tinashe Panyangara picked up 1-34.
Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan
claimed his 13th five-wicket haul to help
dismiss Zimbabwe for 368 in its first
innings before lunch and earn a 65-run
Tamim Iqbal gave Panyangara a return
catch to be out for 20 after hitting him for
Mominul Haque then gave the innings
a shape along with Shamsur Rahman, who
was beaten by a Malcolm Waller delivery
that turned sharply and was out for 23.
Mominul hit six fours in his 54 and
became the quickest Bangladeshi batsman
to reach 1,000 test runs when he was on
35. He reached the mark in just 21 in 11
tests, beating the previous record held by
Tamim Iqbal, who needed 30 innings and
15 test matches.
After earning his seventh test fifty,
Mominul was undone by a flighted delivery
by Malcolm Waller, leaving Bangladesh on
Waller helped Zimbabwe strike back by
also removing Shakib Al Hasan (6) and Mush-
fiqur Rahim (0) with consecutive deliveries.
However, Mahmudullah and Shuvagat
helped Bangladesh avoid a collapse.
After Zimbabwe resumed the day on 331-
5, Hamilton Masakadza hit a career-best
158 and Regis Chakabva brought up his
maiden test century before being dismissed
on 101 as the last batsman shortly before
the end of the morning session.
It was the first time since 2001 that two
Zimbabwe batsmen scored a century in a
test innings test.
Shakib, who hit 137 in the first innings,
was the successful bowler for Bangladesh
with 5-80. The feat helped him join the
likes of Ian Botham, Garry Sobers, Mushtaq
Mohammad and Jacques Kallis in bringing
up a century and claiming a five-wicket
haul in a single test more than once. Botham
did it five times.
There was a totality about South Africa s
performance in the Twenty20 opener that
would have left plenty of furrowed brows in
the Australian dressing room. JP Duminy s
side were superior in all respects, from more
disciplined and focused bowling to batting
that made the most of Adelaide Oval s dimen-
sions and benefited greatly from one man---
Rilee Rossouw---going on from a fast start to
a substantial tally.
The Australian response to this unexpectedly
heavy defeat has been to bolster the squad
with Glenn Maxwell, just back from the UAE.
While his uninhibited methods were the tar-
get for plenty of criticism after a pair of skittish
Test innings in Abu Dhabi, Maxwell s energy
and impudence may be the extra ingredient
the hosts require, balanced against the batting
skills of Aaron Finch and Shane Watson.
A Friday night fixture at the MCG is likely
to draw the biggest crowd of the Australian
season before Boxing Day, a useful stage for
many young players to get used to the idea of
performing in front of more than 60,000 spec-
tators. After all, the season s end will bring a
World Cup final at the same venue in front of
an even larger crowd, and who s to say which
men from either team won t make it that far?
Not only was he nearly scorched by a flame
thrower at Adelaide Oval but Aaron Finch has
also suffered a slight downturn in form coin-
ciding with his inheritance of the Twenty20
Since he made 54 against South Africa in
the Zimbabwe triangular series final, Finch s
scores across all formats for Australia and Vic-
toria read 5, 0, 14, 18, 32, 4 and 14.
He struggled for timing in game one, and
certainly did not look the same man who blazed
156 against England at the Rose Bowl in August
last year. A return to his best would go a long
way to helping Australia level the series.
LONDON---Unfulfilled as a player on the inter-
national stage, Mark Ramprakash will now
look to make a difference with England s
national team as a coach.
Ramprakash was hired as England s batting
coach yesterday and will work across all formats
starting with the one-day series against Sri
Lanka this month.
The 45-year-old Ramprakash was one of
English cricket s most stylish and talented bats-
men of his generation, hitting 114 centuries in
461 matches in a 25-year first-class career with
Middlesex and Surrey that ended in 2012.
He failed to transfer his county form to Eng-
His brilliant technique was regularly ruffled
by pace, he drifted in and out of selection under
different coaches and an average of 27.32 in 52
tests over 11 years did not do justice to his abil-
ity.The affable Ramprakash has made a seamless
transition into coaching, initially with the sec-
ond-string England Lions team and then in a
temporary role as batting coach for the senior
side since May following the resignation of Gra-
"I will draw on my 25 years of experience as
a cricketer but also am open to learning all the
time," Ramprakash said in an England release
announcing his appointment. "I feel we have
a very exciting group of players and am relishing
the opportunity to continue working with them."
The greatest achievement in his career came
in 2006, when he averaged more than 100 with
Surrey and scored 2,278 runs. To top off that
year, he won the BBC reality show Strictly Come
Dancing---the second English cricketer to do so
after former international teammate Darren
Pakistan have gone in with an unchanged 16-
man squad for the first Test against New Zealand,
following their hugely successful series against
Australia. Chief selector Moin Khan said this
was done with a view to promote stability within
the team and help it build consistency.
"We re proud of Team Pakistan s achievement
in the series against Australia," Moin said. "It was
a heroic performance ...but we need to put this
success behind us for the moment and switch
our focus on the series against New Zealand. It
will be a fresh start and will need to keep the
"There is no change to the side from the Abu
Dhabi Test against Australia. This is to ensure
there is consistency, which will bring more stability
and strengthen team bonding and combination."
Pakistan had swept the two-Test series against
Australia to register their first Test series victory
against them in 20 years. They were massive wins
too, by 221 and 356 runs.
The first Test against New Zealand begins on
November 9, and is followed by two more Tests,
two T20s and five ODIs.
201-5 at stumps on day 4
Ramprakash hired as England batting coach
Pakistan unchanged for
first New Zealand Test
Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Asad
Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Imran
Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Talha,
Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shan Masood,
Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan, Zulfiqar
Bangladesh's Mahmudullah is bowled out by Zimbabwe's Elton Chigumbura during the
third day of the first cricket test match between them in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on October .
27. AP PHOTO
up, South Africa
target series win
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