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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, January 8, 2014
South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn
is suffering from a minor fracture to his
rib but is set to recover in time for the
home series against Australia, the first
Test of which begins on February 12.
"During the second Test [against India]
in Durban, Dale dived for the ball and he
felt a bit of discomfort on the right side
of his chest," South Africa s team doctor
Mohammed Moosajee told Eyewitness
News Sport. "He finished the Test
unscathed and about two days after the
match, he complained that the area was
feeling quite tender.
"We proceeded to have an x-ray done,
which didn t reveal much. A subsequent
scan revealed a minor fracture of the
eighth rib on the right hand side. He will
be fit for Australia. We re quite confident
that with this type of injury, he ll have
time to recuperate and to recover fully."
Steyn took nine wickets in that Test,
which South Africa won by ten wickets
to take the series 1-0, and was Man of
the Match. Australia are set to tour South
Africa for three Tests and three T20 inter-
nationals from February 5 to March 14.
SYDNEY---Thousands of Australian cricket
fans flocked to the Sydney Opera House yes-
terday to honour the Ashes-winning Aus-
tralian cricket team.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott introduced the
team, with the exception of one member, vet-
eran left-handed opener Chris Rogers, who
was absent because he slept through his alarm.
Many of the other Australian team members
looked slightly worse for wear after two days
of celebrating following their win on Sunday
in the fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground
Test, which gave Australia a 5-0 series sweep
for just the third time in history. Man-of-the-
series Mitchell Johnston, who took 37 wickets
in the five Tests, received the biggest ovation.
He and captain Michael Clarke and other mem-
bers of the team later signed autographs.
England s Ashes whitewash signaled
the end of an era for the national team
but Kevin Pietersen intends to be around
for the new regime.
"I want to thank all the England fans
for their terrific support. And I m deter-
mined to help regain the Ashes in 2015,"
the flamboyant batsman wrote on Twit-
ter.The 33-year-old Pietersen s interna-
tional future is under scrutiny, along with
other senior England players, after coach
Andy Flower said it felt like the "end of
an era" following the 5-0 Test series
defeat in Australia.
Flower and captain Alastair Cook
expressed their intentions to stay on in
their roles, but the line-up for the home
series against Sri Lanka and India this
summer could be very different to the
one that was humiliated Down Under.
Pietersen has played an integral role
for England since his debut in 2005, play-
ing in 104 Tests and averaging 47.28 in
scoring more than 8,000 runs. He is
England s leading all-time scorer across
Pietersen was also the team s top run-
scorer in the recent Ashes, even though
he averaged 29.40 over five Tests.
"Very disappointed to lose 5-0, and
not to score more runs personally,"
Pietersen tweeted. "Tough tour against
a top class team."
Former England captain Michael
Vaughan said it would be wrong for the
national team to dump Pietersen.
"My fear is that England will make
him a scapegoat, and England will feel
that the only way they can move forward
is without Kevin Pietersen," Vaughan
"Cricket s got to be careful---because,
while in football you can sign a new strik-
er, in cricket you can t say you know
that No 4 slot, let s go and pay 30 million
pounds and get Virat Kohli in. " (AP)
Pietersen wants to
stay with England
DUBAI---Pakistan is banking on
specialist spinners against Sri
Lanka for today s second Test at
a ground where Misbah-ul-Haq s
men have won their only five-
day game against the islanders
in the last 12 Tests.
Offspinner Saeed Ajmal and
left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman
took 12 wickets in 2011 in a nine-
wicket victory, and Misbah hopes
the spinners earn Pakistan a 1-0
lead in the series.
Last week, Ajmal was ineffective
in Abu Dhabi as Sri Lanka bounced
back after conceding a 179-run
first-innings lead to force a draw.
Rehman, in every likelihood,
will receive his first game in the
three-match series in place of left-
arm fast bowler Rahat Ali, who
was wicketless in the first Test.
"Usually you go with the two
spinners on this (pitch) because
on the third, fourth and fifth days
spin plays a big role here," Misbah
Both teams cancelled practices
yesterday due to an unusual spell
of heavy rain in Dubai, and the
pitch was left covered. However,
clear weather is forecast over the
next four days.
Ajmal has a rich haul of 24
wickets in four Tests at Dubai that
include 8-114 against Sri Lanka in
"This pitch really gives him
something, turn and a bit of
bounce," Misbah said.
"I personally feel your psyche
also plays a big role in your per-
formances and I think psycholog-
ically he is more comfortable play-
ing here in Dubai because he took
lot of wickets here and had lot of
Pakistan wasted an ideal oppor-
tunity to win the first Test after
earning a big first-innings lead.
The side managed to dismiss key
Sri Lanka players Kumar San-
gakkara and Mahela Jayawardene
early in the second innings but
captain Angelo Mathews made a
brilliant unbeaten century and set
up a daunting target of 302 runs.
"We could not really penetrate
through their batting lineup so we
need to set different plans for dif-
ferent players," Misbah said. "We
did very well against their main
players (Sangakkara and Jayawar-
dene) ... but we need to focus on
Misbah and Younis Khan scored
centuries in the first innings before
Pakistan lost its last six wickets
for 56 runs to be dismissed for
383. Misbah was keen to put things
"Both teams realise that this is
the ground, this is the pitch where
we can really have a result and
really want to put in a big effort
here," he said.
But Mathews was confident that
after blunting Ajmal in the series
opener, keeping him wicketless in
49 overs in the second innings,
they can do it again.
"We ve played him (Ajmal)
straight and we ve not given him
wickets so that s a good thing from
our point of view," Mathews said.
He was part of Sri Lanka team
which lost the 2011 Test and said,
"We have to put that out of our
Sri Lanka will make one
enforced change, bringing in wick-
etkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed for Adnan
Akmal, who broke his left index
finger during the second innings
and was ruled out of the series.
Sri Lanka has also flown home
injured fast bowler Nuwan
Kulasekera (hamstring) and Lahiru
Thirimanne (sore ankle) and sum-
moned batsman Kusal Silva.
Sananayake might get another
opportunity after an unimpressive
Test debut. But if he is left out,
another uncapped offspinner, Dil-
ruwan Perera, could play.
"There s a possibility of the
newcomer, but we haven t decided
as yet," Mathews said.
The position of Jayawardene,
despite being dismissed for 5 and
0 by debutant fast bowler Bilawal
Bhatti, was not in doubt and
Mathews wasn t worried about
"He knows about how he
should be going about things so
I m pretty sure he will bounce
back and bounce back very hard,"
Mathews said. (AP)
Pakistan banks on
spinners to beat Sri Lanka
Australian cricket players George Bailey, centre left, and Ryan Harris, centre right, arrive for a public celebration for their Ashes cricket series win
over England in Sydney, yesterday. Australia won the series 5-0. AP PHOTO
Thousands celebrate Ashes cricket win by Australia
from rib injury
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