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Centurion s SuperSport Park was due to
host the fourth ODI between South Africa
and India as per the original schedule. In the
early planning stages, the administrators were
hopeful that it would be in the midst of an
exciting series. Instead, what this ground has
got is two dead rubbers, but they will be more
pleased with this one.
When South Africa played Pakistan here,
the hosts had already lost the series. Now they
will take on India, having already won.
The difference in the results --- a mere 12
days apart --- is largely a sign of the opposition s
ability to adjust to these conditions, but it is
also an indication of South Africa s progress.
AB de Villiers, South Africa s captain, said he
wanted consistency from his team at the end
of the six-week period in which they would
play 11 ODIs.
He got some of that in the UAE, when they
beat Pakistan 4-1 but was disappointed to see
them lose immediately afterwards. Now, after
three successive victories, things have begun
to move in the way de Villiers would have want-
ed them to once again. While the bowling has
remained outstanding throughout, the batting
has caught up.
De Villiers will want all departments firing
in South Africa s last ODI for months. With
none scheduled against Australia, this is likely
their final appearance in 50-overs cricket until
July next year, when they are due to play Zim-
India don t have a gap that large and they
won t be looking too far ahead. For them, the
match is about turning up, a week after arriving
in the country. So far, they have failed to adjust
to conditions with neither their batsmen nor
their bowlers showing much aptitude for South
African surfaces. With the Tests still to come
and rain likely to affect the tour match, this
may be their last chance to make the technical
tweaks they need.
Admittedly he has not had much opportunity
to spend a lengthy period of time in the middle,
but David Miller has gone 12 innings --- across
both the home and away series against Pakistan
and the current one against India --- without
a fifty. At No 6, Miller is expected to be the
finisher but with little time to construct an
innings, he has not always been able to fulfill
that role. He will hope for a longer spell in the
middle and a chance to show off both his big-
hitting and his temperament.
After slumping to 65 for 4 and 34 for 3 in
the first two ODIs, India s top order will be
expected to have adjusted sufficiently to prevent
another collapse. Their ability to deal with pace
and the short ball will be under scrutiny on a
surface that is expected to be another testing
one, and India s line-up will want to get it right
with the Test series looming.
Despite making his return to ODI cricket
just four matches ago, Jacques Kallis is being
rested for the dead rubber. Henry Davids will
come back into the side, with a view to improv-
ing his recent international showing. Wayne
Parnell will play as the second allrounder, behind
Ryan McLaren. One of Dale Steyn and Morne
Morkel may also be given a break and with no
other seamers in the squad, that would allow
Imran Tahir game time ahead of the Test series.
India changed the composition of their attack
for the second ODI without success and may
have to revert back to some of the seamers
from the Johannesburg match. Umesh Yadav
was the least impressive and could make way
for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while it will be a tricky
choice between Ishant Sharma and Mohit Shar-
ADELAIDE---England will rest Test regulars Kevin
Pietersen, James Anderson and Graeme Swann from
the five one-day internationals and three Twenty20s
against Australia following the Ashes series.
Head coach Andy Flower was quoted by English media
yesterday as saying the omission of Pietersen, Anderson
and Swann is designed to allow them to prepare for
England s busy playing schedule over the next 15 months
leading up to the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New
"Our players that play all three forms of the game
cannot play constantly 12 months of the year," Flower
was quoted as saying by The Guardian newspaper. "Guys
like Anderson and Pietersen are in their early 30s now
and prized assets, and we need to look after our prized
"From a physical perspective they are always dealing
with various niggles and sometimes they need to be
taken out of competition."
Test captain Alastair Cook will lead the England ODI
squad, with Stuart Broad again captaining the Twenty20
Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bopara
and Eoin Morgan will join the England squad for the
short-form matches after the Test series.
"We have an important period of limited overs cricket
coming up with an ICC World T20 in Bangladesh in
March and we are just over a year away from the ICC
Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and Australia," Eng-
land selector Geoff Miller said in a statement.
"These two series against Australia allow valuable
opportunities for players to push for places in both
squads and given the rivalry between the sides both
series will no doubt be keenly contested."
Australia leads the five-match Ashes series 2-0 ahead
of the third Test starting Friday at Perth. England will
play Australia in the ODI and T20 series in January and
ODI: Alastair Cook (captain), Gary Balance, Ian Bell,
Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad,
Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan,
Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James
T20: Stuart Broad (captain), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan,
Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn,
Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe
Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.
PERTH---Australia batsman George Bailey played
down expectations that an Ashes-series clinching win
in the third Test in Perth is a formality.
Australia leads the five-Test series 2-0 after convincing
wins in Brisbane and Adelaide, thanks largely to the
express bowling of left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson.
The fast and bouncy WACA pitch is expected to only
heighten Johnson s impact.
However, Bailey said Australia couldn t afford to be
complacent heading into the Test starting on Friday.
"I think it would be a bit naive of us to suddenly think
that we had any sort of advantage over them," Bailey
said of England, who won the last Ashes series 3-0 this
"We ve played really good cricket and we ve had
even contributions from so many players, and that s
been really important. But it s been very much drilled
into us that we ve only won two Tests in 12 months."
The 31-year-old Bailey, who made his Test debut only
last month, is looking to improve on the 53 he made on
the batting-friendly Adelaide wicket in the second Test
when he was dismissed just before stumps on the first
"It was a bit frustrating really. It was a beautiful batting
wicket and Michael (Clarke) and I had wrested the
momentum back," Bailey said.
"So for me to get out late in the day, it left the innings
in a bit of a precarious position. ... But my scores are
going up, so hopefully that continues." (AP)
ISLAMABAD--- Uncapped fast bowler
Usman Khan Shinwari has been sum-
moned by Pakistan for the two-match
Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka in
The 19-year-old paceman from the
province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa impressed
selectors in the recent domestic T20 tour-
nament final in which he took 5-9 while
representing Zarai Taraqiati (Agriculture
Development) Bank against Sui Northern
The Pakistan Cricket Board says in a
statement yesterday that Shinwari will join
the team early today, possibly in time for
the opening match late that night.
Shinwari was praised by Pakistan one-
day captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who was
bowled by the left-armer off the second
ball during the T20 final at Lahore on
December 3. (AP)
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has
named Faruk Ahmed the country s new
chief selector. President Nazmul Hassan
confirmed the appointment, saying that
there was voting among the board s direc-
tors to pick between Faruk and Minhajul
Abedin, a current selector.
Whether such a method was used to
appoint previous chief selectors is unknown,
but it clearly demonstrates the support
that Faruk enjoys among the BCB direc-
"In the last board meeting I had spoken
about two names," Hassan said. "Between
them, we have picked the person who was
voted for the most. He is Faruk Ahmed
and he has been signed up for two years.
The letter will go to him today. Nannu
[Abedin] and Shumon [Habibul Bashar]
are there, they will be national selectors."
Faruk, who played a sprinkling of ODIs
between 1988 and 1999, had served as chief
selector from 2003 to 2007, a period during
which the team made significant progress.
He took over after the disastrous 2003
World Cup in which Bangladesh lost to
Canada and Kenya. He, along with then
captain Habibul Bashar and coach Dav
Whatmore formed a good combination to
steer Bangladesh to the Super Eights phase
of the 2007 World Cup.
Faruk now takes over at a time when
the team is winning regularly at home. He
will look to maintain the "stability", Faruk
said: "My major goal is to continue working
towards developing the national team keep-
ing our stability in place. We cannot make
changes for the sake of changing because
they have been playing together for quite
some time now.
"I think the challenge is quite different
from my earlier stint. During that time we
were trying to develop a niche for ourselves
on the world map but now that is not the
case. We are winning on many occasions
and it has raised our expectations as well."
Faruk s first international assignment is
Sri Lanka s tour of Bangladesh in mid-Jan-
uary. Before that, he would be asked to
oversee the three-match Twenty20 series
between Bangladesh and Bangladesh A
that begins today.
India's Ravindra Jadeja was bowled by South Africa's Jacques Kallis for 29 in the first
ODI in Johannesburg on December 5. The question is will India's batsmen finally click.
PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
India seeks mood
lift before Tests
Pietersen, Anderson, Swann
to sit out ODI series
Bailey warns against
complacency in 3rd Ashes Test
Pakistan in Dubai
new chief selector
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