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CHESTER-LE-STREET---England leveled the
Twenty20 series against Australia with a
27-run win in their second and final game
Alex Hales hit 94 runs from 61 balls but
missed the chance to become the first England
batsman to score an international Twenty20
Hales, who combined in a 111-run part-
nership with Michael Lumb (43), was denied
his moment of glory when he holed out in
the deep in the penultimate over from James
Faulkner. It was, however, still a match-
defining performance as hosts England, which
lost the toss, reached 195-5.
Jade Dernbach then took three for 23 as
Australia fell short, despite 53 from David
England reached 195 for the third successive
completed match but the hosts' bowlers knew
they still faced a task after Australia's 248
for six in Southampton on Thursday earned
them a 39-run win.
Aaron Finch's world-record 156 was the
backbone of that total but he managed just
five for Australia on Saturday before miscuing
Broad to mid-wicket.
A direct hit from England's Eoin Morgan
then caught Shane Watson short before
Warner attempted to belt Australia out of
early trouble.The left-hander hit straight
sixes in consecutive overs from Steven Finn,
Dernbach and Danny Briggs and put on a
quickfire 67 with Shaun Marsh.
Marsh swept Joe Root for six, but just as
Australia nudged closer to England's scoring
rate he was bowled trying to repeat the dose.
Warner brought up his 10th Twenty20
half-century from 38 balls, pushing Root for
When Warner was caught by Hales in the
deep, Australia required 12 an over to win.
The task swamped Australia's remaining
batsmen despite late hitting from Glenn
Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
The man of the match, though, was Hales
after England was put in to bat. Hales got
off the mark with back-to-back fours before
lofting Faulkner for a straight six as 61 was
taken from the powerplay without loss.
Australia turned to the slow bowling of
Fawad Ahmed in the eighth over and while
that eased the rate slightly, Hales milked the
leg-spinner for some runs to bring up his
sixth Twenty20 half-century from 34 balls.
Soon Ahmed, who after fleeing Pakistan
three years ago was only granted his Australian
citizenship in June, was celebrating claiming
his first international wicket.
After Lumb top-edged a sweep high into
the air, which wicketkeeper Matt Wade held
on to, Ahmed celebrated with a kiss to the
England kept operating at around ten an
over though as Maxwell's second over went
for 18, and Luke Wright followed a six with
a pair of fours.
Wright contributed 30 from 17 balls before
Johnson athletically caught him above his
head at mid-off as the stage looked set for
Hales to bring up three figures.
But Hales picked out Warner on the long
off rope to leave him shy of a century.
"I'm disappointed not to get there having
got to 94," Hales said. "It was a fantastic
team effort and set the tone early with the
bat on what was a fantastic wicket." (AP)
England levels T20
series against Australia
England 195 for 5 (Hales 94, Ahmed 3-
25) vs Australia 168 for 9 (Warner 53,
Dernbach 3-23). England won by 27 runs.
Sri Lanka Cricket president Jayantha
Dharmadasa has said that the board had
not questioned Kumar Sangakkara s loyalty
to his country. In an email exchange with
Sangakkara, published in the Daily Mirror,
Dharmadasa said the board had not mis-
represented any facts or misled the media.
Earlier this week, Sangakkara confirmed
that he would represent Kandurata Maroons
in the Champions League T20 tournament,
instead of his IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyder-
abad. He also criticised SLC, saying he was
perturbed by the manner in which the board
had publicly framed his situation.
"We totally deny that SLC has misrep-
resented facts to the media nor mislead the
media in any manner whatsoever and we
have not stated anything to question your
loyalty to play for the local team nor have
we tarnished your image for that matter,"
Dharmadasa wrote to Sangakkara. "In so
far as SLC is concerned, we took a pragmatic
view of the issues faced by us with regard
to this matter and accordingly communi-
cated to you our position."
In a reply to Dharmadasa's email, San-
gakkara explained why he had communi-
cated with the media: "The damage to my
reputation had already been done in the
days preceding my meeting with you and
I was left with little choice but to address
In his reply, Sangakkara also told Dhar-
madasa that an earlier email he had sent to
SLC secretary, Nishantha Ranatunga,
encompassed his experiences over the last
year-and-a-half. In the email to Ranatunga,
Sangakkara had written: "You have made
me seem disloyal to Sunrisers Hyderebad
and also disloyal to my country. In the
process, you have quite possibly jeopardised
my future in the IPL. It ultimately leaves
me to question whether your interest in this
matter is more in line with a personal agenda
against me rather than a national interest.
"I sincerely hope that your comments in
the public are your own and are not in any
way representative of the collective view of
SLC and the current Ex Co. Since you have
now set the precedent of demanding and
insisting upon local players representing
their home franchise over their IPL teams
in the Champions League, I will be very
interested to see if in the future when the
same situation arises that you demand the
same of other players."
Dharmadasa defended Ranatunga, stating
the latter "commands the respect of the
entire membership at Sri Lanka Cricket".
SLC president reacts to Sangakkara's outburst
New Zealand Cricket is "very excited" about
the prospect of playing a day-night Test on their
tour of Australia in late 2015, after Cricket Aus-
tralia announced plans to trial floodlit long-
form cricket in the Sheffield Shield this summer.
The Australian Cricketers' Association said
that while it needed to be convinced on several
aspects, particularly the durability of the pink
ball, it was approaching the issue with an "open
The potential to attract a much larger television
viewership in the evening by roping in audiences
in India and other big markets was of chief interest
to NZC, according to chief executive David White.
"We are very interested in the concept," White
said. "I don't think anyone is trying to make out
that this is going to replace Test cricket as we
know it. From a New Zealand Cricket perspective,
if it's successful we would maybe play one game
a series. It will give people an opportunity to
watch the game after work or after school, at the
game and on the television, so that's got com-
While the administrators are enticed by the
promise of enhanced revenues, ACA chief exec-
utive Paul Marsh sounded caution, saying players
weren't entirely convinced yet and would not
want the "integrity of the game" to be compro-
"At the moment the support from the players
is divided. It's roughly 50-50 in terms of players
who think day-night Test cricket should be pur-
sued and that has moved towards more support
over time,'' he said.
As has been the case with all the
major BCCI meetings in the last
quarter, N Srinivasan s anticipated
presence will be the most intrigu-
ing factor during the working com-
mittee meeting in Kolkata today,
the last meeting of the board s
Srinivasan has refrained from dis-
charging his duties as president after
temporarily stepping aside in June
to let former BCCI and ICC pres-
ident Jagmohan Dalmiya run the
board's day-to-day affairs.
However, he could well attend his
first working committee meeting
since June today.
Though it could not be ascer-
tained whether Srinivasan will pre-
side over the meeting, thus taking
over as the BCCI president, it is all
but certain that he will attend the
meeting at least as president of the
Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.
Irrespective of Srinivasan's pres-
ence at the meeting, he will still
have to sign the board's accounts
for the year, which will be ratified
The notification, date and venue
of the annual general meeting,
which is decided by the working
committee, is also likely to be
finalised in the meeting today.
Technically, it won't be a problem
for him to sign these documents
even if he chooses not to attend the
"The constitution allows only the
president to officially appoint the
secretary and treasurer. Didn't he
do that even after stepping aside?"
a BCCI official pointed out.
Two days before Srinivasan
stepped aside as president, Sanjay
Jagdale and Ajay Shirke resigned
their posts as secretary and treasurer
They cited displeasure over the
manner in which the BCCI had
reacted to the IPL spot-fixing scan-
dal, which saw Srinivasan's son-in-
law and a senior official of Chennai
Super Kings, Gurunath Meiyappan,
being arrested by Mumbai police.
Sanjay Patel and Ravi Savant were
named secretary and treasurer on
June 6 and 10 respectively.
The working committee is also
expected to discuss and ratify var-
ious proposals related to the revamp
of the National Cricket Academy.
These include abolishing the three
specialist academies (batting in
Mumbai, pace bowling in Mohali
and spin bowling in Chennai) and
replacing them with six regional
Tie-ups with the MRF pace acad-
emy in Chennai, to let India bowlers
use their facilities and expertise,
and the Karnataka State Cricket
Association, for use of the Alur facil-
ity near Bangalore, are also on the
NZC excited by prospect
of day-night Tests
Tour schedules, NCA revamp on BCCI working committee agenda
Sachin Tendulkar underwent surgery last
month to treat an injury to his left hand, sus-
tained during the Indian Premier League earlier
He had flown to London for the operation and
reports suggest he has looked comfortable prac-
tising at the Mumbai Cricket Association. Ten-
dulkar is expected to make his final appearance
for Mumbai Indians in the upcoming Champions
League after being named in the 15-man squad.
The injury had occurred in a match against
Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai when, after loft-
ing legspinner Karan Sharma for a six, Tendulkar
found it difficult to grip the bat and asked for
the physio's help. He retired hurt and further
checks revealed swelling in his wrist and around
a tendon in the left hand. Tendulkar was sub-
sequently ruled out of all the remaining games,
including the final and, after Mumbai's victory,
the batsman announced his retirement from the
Mumbai will play Rajasthan Royals in the open-
ing match of the Champions League in Jaipur on
surgery to injured hand
England's Alex Hales celebrates after
scoring 50 during their Twenty20 cricket
match against Australia, yesterday. Hales
went on to reach 94 to guide England to a
27-run win. AP PHOTO
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