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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 4, 2013
Team director Andy Flower says England
are "match-hardened" for the Ashes after
Graeme Swann took five wickets in a win
England completed a 228-run win over
Essex yesterday in their final match before
the first Test against Australia begins on
"This bunch of cricketers have fought a
lot of campaigns and won a lot together,"
"They are match-hardened---that should
give them a lot of confidence."
England bowled the county side out for
186 on the final afternoon at Chelmsford,
with Swann taking 5-58.
Earlier in the four-day match, the spinner
had been struck on the arm while batting
by Essex paceman Tymal Mills.
X-rays revealed he had suffered only
bruising, and the Nottinghamshire man was
able to bowl 20.3 overs on the final day.
"There were great concerns about Swann,
we thought he might have cracked his ulna
[elbow bone]," said Zimbabwean Flower. "It
would have been a serious blow.
"It was important for him to get those
overs done and to show that sort of qual-
ity."Durham pace bowler Graham Onions also
weighed in with four wickets, but would
have to get past Steven Finn and Tim Bres-
nan in order to earn a place in the England
side for the Trent Bridge Test.
Flower said he was already clear which
players would make up both the squad and
the final team for the first Ashes encounter.
"We were pretty clear before this game
about what our squad would be and what
our XI will be," he said.
However, England do have fitness con-
cerns over Stuart Broad, who missed the
game against Essex with a right shoulder
injury which has been treated with a cor-
The Nottinghamshire allrounder bowled
on the outfield during lunch on the final
day at Chelmsford.
"Broad should be OK," said Flower, who
took charge of the England team in 2009.
"That was his first effort at bowling and I
was pretty surprised.
"I anticipate him being fit for the first
Test, but he could not have played in this
England began the day on 217-3 in their
second innings and batted on for an hour
of the morning session before declaring on
279-4, setting Essex a notional 415 to win.
In that time, Jonny Bairstow, likely to bat
at number six in the first Test after Joe
Root s elevation up the order at the expense
of Nick Compton, made 28 before being
bowled playing across the line at Boyd
Bairstow was part of the England squad
for the Champions Trophy but has played
only one domestic Twenty20 game since
the Test series against New Zealand finished
in May, so was promoted up the order to
spend more time in the middle.
Since being left out of the England squad
for the Essex game, Compton has made
scores of 81 and 34 for Somerset against
the touring Australians, then added 79 yes-
terday playing against the same opposition
as a guest for Worcestershire.
Flower is pleased with Compton s per-
formances, but said the right-hander would
only come into consideration if injury or
lack of form affected England s openers,
rather than those in the middle order.
Nick Compton gave the England selectors a
reminder of his talents with 79 for Worcestershire
against Australia, yesterday.
Compton, displaced by Joe Root as Alastair Cook s
Ashes opening partner, has now scored fifties in suc-
cessive matches against the tourists.
He posted 81 against the tourists for Somerset last
week and impressed again in a one-off appearance
The hosts reached 246-7 in reply to Australia s
396-4 declared, with seamer Jackson Bird claiming
Australia added 56 to their overnight score before
declaring with Steve Smith on 68 not out.
Compton and Matt Pardoe made 48 for Worces-
tershire s first wicket before Pardoe was caught in
the slips off all-rounder James Faulkner.
Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar then removed Moeen
Ali via a low edge to Australia captain Michael Clarke.
Compton, who was playing for Worcestershire at
the request of the England & Wales Cricket Board
to maintain his form and confidence for a potential
Ashes call-up, brought up his fifty off 94 balls.
His partnership with Daryl Mitchell had reached
92 when he mis-hit a short ball from Bird straight
to Shane Watson at midwicket.
Three wickets followed in quick succession as Bird
enhanced his Ashes chances by removing Alexei Kev-
erzee, Tom Fell and Mitchell to leave the hosts wob-
bling on 186-6.
Ben Cox and Gareth Andrew steadied the innings
before Cox nicked Agar to Clarke late in the day.
Pakistan legspinner Danish Kaneria
has said he is "disgusted" by the ECB s
decision to uphold his lifetime ban from
cricket for spot-fixing and claims he has
been victimised when there was no evi-
dence to support the case.
Kaneria has now been urged to publicly
admit his role in spot-fixing, but he
believes there has been double standards
at work after Mervyn Westfield had his
ban amended so that he is able to play
club cricket from April 1, 2014.
Kaneria was banned in June 2012 after
being found guilty of corruption in the
spot-fixing case involving Westfield, where
he had been "cajoling and pressurising
his Essex teammate into accepting money
to concede a set number of runs in an
over during a Pro40 match in 2009.
He had been hoping to get the sanction
reduced, having earlier lost another appeal
against the convictions in April.
"I am deeply disappointed and disgusted
with the decision," Kaneria said. "I have
been victimised in this case and Westfield
got his ban relaxed.
"Right from the outset there was no
evidence against me and not even the
Essex police charged me, but the ECB has
been unjust towards me and it s unac-
"I feel alone and at times I feel that
because I am from a minority, people don t
support me. The PCB has not supported
me in the case. I appeal to Pakistan Pres-
ident (Asif Ali) Zardari and Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif to please take up my case
"I want to play cricket and don t want
to be stopped because of this unjust ban."
Kaneria said the PCB had set a prece-
dent by asking for the ICC to allow
Mohammad Amir, who was also banned
following the 2010 Lord s Test, to use
national training facilities.
"If they can raise a voice for one player
why can t they contest my case with Eng-
land?" Kaneria said.
However, Giles Clarke, the ECB chair-
man, said that Kaneria should now fully
reveal his role in the events and use his
experiences to help Pakistan s anti-cor-
Last week the former Pakistan captain
Salman Butt admitted for the first time
his role in the 2010 spot-fixing at Lord s,
in an attempt to earn his career.
WELLINGTON---Fast bowler Chris Martin, who
became New Zealand s third-highest wicket-taker
in Tests but endeared himself as much to fans for
his ineptitude with the bat, has retired from all
cricket at the age of 38.
Martin took 233 wickets in 71 matches over 13 years.
His lack of batting ability and his awkwardness in
the field meant he played only 20 one-day matches
and six Twenty20 internationals in the same peri-
od.Martin s inability with the bat became so proverbial
fans cheered him whenever he survived a delivery
and offered a standing ovation if he scored a run.
While his 233 wickets placed him third among Kiwis
behind Richard Hadlee with 431 and Dan Vettori with
360, he managed only 123 runs in 104 test innings.
Martin worked hard to improve his batting, realising
that in modern cricket even the contribution of a No
11 batsman might be vital. But he admitted he simply
didn t have the knack to prosper at the batting crease.
Martin obtained his driver s license at a relatively
late age and credited that with making a small improve-
ment to his batting ability. Until then, he had ridden
to training on a bicycle so he could not bring a bat
and pads, therefore he rarely batted in the nets.
As a bowler he was much more effective and he
carried a heavy load for New Zealand which often
lacked a settled pace attack during his era. The lanky
right-armer seldom blasted through opposing lineups
but was famously hard-working and able to bowl
consistently in long spells.
He maintained a high level of physical fitness and,
even at 38, is not retiring because of injuries.
"It feels like the right time to step down," he said.
"I have loved every second and given it everything
when playing for the Black Caps, but after 15 years
of professional cricket, it s time to pursue a new chal-
Bird makes his case
after Compton's fight
Worcestershire 246 for 7 (Compton 79, Mitchell
65, Bird 4-38) trail Australians 396 for 4 dec
(Watson 109, Rogers 75, Smith 68*, Clarke 62,
Cowan 58) by 150 runs
N Zealand's Martin
retires from all cricket
Kaneria 'disgusted' by spot-fixing ban
ready for Australia
Graeme Swann's five wickets
helped England to a 228-run
victory against Essex on the
fourth day of the Ashes warm up
match in Chelmsford, yesterday.
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