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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian Amla braces
of leading SA
GALLE---The two-Test series start-
ing in Galle today marks the start of
a new era for South Africa and the
pending end of one for host Sri Lanka.
Following the retirements of captain
Graeme Smith and allrounder Jacques
Kallis, Hashim Amla becomes only the
second non-white captain of South
Africa after Ashwell Prince and the first
to be appointed for the long run.
Leading the team, he says, is "an
honor and privilege" and hopes his
team will draw confidence from its 2-
1 one-day international series win last
week, its first in Sri Lanka.
Winning both Tests to wrest back
the top spot in the Test rankings will
be difficult, though.
"The one-dayers have given the team
a lot of confidence and a lot of belief
of winning here even though test cricket
is a largely different game," Amla said.
"We ve got an experienced bunch of
guys and it has been a lot easier to
"After a series like that, you don t
really need a down time."
Amla himself smashed two centuries
in the series under one-day captain AB
de Villiers, who carries a hamstring
injury into the opening Test, and may
have to hand the wicketkeeping gloves
to Quinton de Kock.
"AB has been struggling with his
hamstring so he ll be playing but it s
highly unlikely he ll be keeping," Amla
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews
says they don t have an advantage just
because South Africa has a new cap-
"Changing the captain doesn t really
matter because they ve still got those
players in the team," Mathews said.
"They re a very strong team to beat.
They ve lost to us in the past but they ve
played some really good cricket in the
recent past so we can t be complacent."
Stalwart Mahela Jayawardene has
declared this series to be his second-
to-last in Tests.
Mathews conceded it will be difficult
to make up for Jayawardene, who
announced on Monday he will retire
next month after playing two Tests
each against South Africa and Pakistan.
"He s been tremendous for us in the
past 15 years or so. It s going to be a
loss and difficult to fill his shoes. When
I walked into the national team he was
my first captain, and I learnt a lot by
looking at him, by what he is doing on
and off the field, the way he handles
situations," Mathews said.
He indicated that left-hander Upul
Tharanga, who was recalled to the test
side after six years, would open the
batting with Kaushal Silva on a pitch
expected to help slow bowling as the
The second Test will in Colombo
from July 24-28. (AP)
in Jadeja incident
England fast bowler James Ander-
son has been charged under Level 3
of the ICC Code of Conduct for
allegedly "abusing and pushing Ravin-
dra Jadeja" on the second day of the
first Test at Trent Bridge.
The complaint was not brought by
the umpires but by the India team man-
ager Sunil Dev.
Dev said he lodged the complaint
only after confirming the incident with
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni,
other players and coach Duncan Fletch-
er. "Mahi (Dhoni])and everyone com-
plained that he (Anderson) physically
touched him (Jadeja) and pushed him.
It was all over the dressing room," Dev
said. "It is serious matter only because
you can t push anybody. So I put in a
complaint with the match referee."
The ECB reacted with surprise that
India had reported Anderson for what
they described as a "minor incident"
in a press release. The ECB notified its
intention of lodging a complaint against
Jadeja as well.
"James Anderson categorically denies
the accusations made against him and
the ECB have pledged their total support
for the player should he be charged,"
the board said.
Though Dev did not respond to the
ECB reaction, another India team offi-
cial said had it actually been a minor
incident, it would not have warranted
The ICC said the incident allegedly
took place after the players left the field
for lunch on the second day and that
it was reportedly a continuation of a
verbal altercation between Anderson
and Jadeja as they were walking off.
Anderson was charged under Article
2.3.3, which states: "Where the facts
of the alleged incident are not ade-
quately or clearly covered by any of the
above offences, conduct that either: (a)
is contrary to the spirit of the game;
or (b) brings the game into disrepute".
If found guilty, Anderson s suspension
could range between two Tests or four
ODIs and four Tests or eight ODIs.
"Level 3 charges are referred to a
Judicial Commissioner for adjudication,"
the ICC said. "As such, where required
under Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of
Conduct for Players and Player Support
Personnel, the ICC will appoint a Judi-
cial Commissioner who will hold a
hearing as soon as reasonably practi-
cable. These details will be announced
in due course. (ESPNcricinfo)
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