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emphatic end to its worst run of
test cricket results in 28 years,
England wasn t quite ready to
herald a turning point in the new
era or say a home series victory
against India was within reach.
Not after a winless streak of
seven losses and three draws since
August last year.
England wrapped up the third
test at the Rose Bowl on the last
morning yesterday, taking the last
six wickets in 25 overs to bowl out
India for 178 and win by 266 runs.
Two of England s most criti-
cised stars produced: Alastair
Cook, his captaincy and position
on the line, unfurled 165 runs and
was vibrant and clever on the field,
and strike bowler James Anderson
took seven wickets to become
leading wicket-taker in the series.
There was a bonus, as part-time
offspinner Moeen Ali took 6-67
in the second innings to fill the
hole left by the retired Graeme
"It s a very small step. It s only
one win," Cook said. "We ll enjoy
the feeling---someone told me its
353 days since the last one. That s
a very long time."
It added up to a series tied at
1-1 with two to go, and England
immediately named an unchanged
squad for the fourth test at Old
Trafford, starting in a week.
But just when England s spirits
were soaring, celebrations could
be muted within 24 hours when
Anderson faces an International
Cricket Council judicial hearing
on a charge of pushing and abus-
ing India allrounder Ravindra
Jadeja during the first test three
Anderson faces a ban of up to
four tests. If he is banned, Eng-
land s chances of beating India
again will nosedive.
"I just hope common sense pre-
vails," Cook said. "I hope we ll see
Jimmy at Old Trafford in his home
England won this test thanks
to the first-innings knock of 569-
7 declared against poor India field-
ing. India s batting reply cracked
under the pressure twice.
"We played to our potential for
a long period of time," Cook said.
"The scoreboard pressure talked,
have. That is the standard we can
set ourselves as a team."
Already in a deep hole at 112-
4 overnight, India lost more early
wickets and the necessary desire
to bat out the fifth day for a draw.
Anderson removed Rohit Shar-
ma for 6 with his third ball of the
day, and captain Mahendra Singh
Dhoni in his third over for 6, too.
Ali then cleaned up the tail, giv-
ing him 15 wickets for the series,
second overall only to Anderson,
and tied with India s Bhuvneshwar
Cook, who was reluctant to
bowl Ali in the lost Sri Lanka series
last month, praised him.
"His level of improvement as a
bowler, I haven t seen in such a
short space of time," Cook said.
"To adjust from bowling county
cricket to a holding role at inter-
national cricket with the lengths
you have to bowl, the lines, the
speed, he has learnt really well.
When he got on a wicket that
spun a bit, he proved he is an
attacking option as well."
Ajinkya Rahane was left strand-
ed on 52 not out, his second half
century of the test, and Dhoni
was frustrated that a team usually
adept at playing spinners was so
poor against Ali s offspin.
COLOMBO---Sri Lanka has dropped
spinner Ajantha Mendis and retained
wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan
Dickwella for the two-test series
against Pakistan starting next week.
Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday
announced a 15-member squad which
also includes seam bowler Nuwan
Pradeep, who was part of the squad
for the concluded series against South
Dickwella was called in to replace
Dinesh Chandimal in the second test
against South Africa concluded earlier
this week. He scored a half-century
in his debut innings and also
impressed as a wicketkeeper.
Mendis was one of three spinners
used in that test but went wicketless
in the match as the visitors snatched
a thrilling draw to win the two-match
series 1-0. Sri Lanka has also named
five pace bowlers in the squad, with
the inclusion of Suranga Lakmal and
Shaminda Eranga in the playing eleven
dependent upon their fitness.
The first test will start on August
PRETORIA---Graeme Smith, the for-
mer South Africa captain, has said
that Jacques Kallis retired from inter-
national cricket because he realised
he might no longer have the mental
strength to last till the 2015 World
Cup, and that he could not face the
possibility of letting his team down.
Kallis had quit Tests late last year
and decided to call time on his lim-
ited-overs career after making 0, 1 and
4 in Sri Lanka earlier this month.
"I ve been calling him an old man
and asking him what he s doing out
there, but I had a hint that he might
decide to retire after he came back
from Sri Lanka and realised that it
would take a lot of hard work for him
to get through to the World Cup,"
Smith told sport24. "When you re
playing full-time it s easier, but focus
is very crucial at international level
and I think he was wondering if his
mind is really on it.
"He really wanted to win the World
Cup, but I ve always appreciated his
honesty and I think he realised that
he might let the team down. He was
honest enough to realise he might not
be strong enough to make it through
to next year, especially in terms of
bowling and mentally."
After Kallis return to the ODI side
last year, the challenge for South Africa
had been to build the side around him
but Smith said the timing of his exit
six months before the World Cup had
given the team time to make up for
"He s given the team enough space
tactically to fill his gap with other guys
but it s obviously always sad when
players of his calibre move on. But he s
had an incredible career which we can
all celebrate and look back on fondly.
He brought so much happiness and
South African cricket got a lot out of
Jacques in so many different eras."
Smith said that Kallis was among
the greatest to have played the game.
England's Moeen Ali, centre, celebrates bowling out India's Mohammed Shami with his teammates, from left,
James Anderson, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Gary Ballance during the fifth and final day of the third
cricket Test match of the series between England and India at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England,
yesterday. Ali took six wickets to lead the hosts to a 266-run win. AP PHOTO
England not over-excited
by first Test win in year
Smith lauds Kallis' honesty
England 1st Inns: 569-7 decl
India 1st Inns: 330
England 2nd Inns: 205-4 decl
INDIA 2nd Inns (o/n: 112-4)
MSinghDhonicButtlerbAnderson . . . . . . . . . . .6
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-29, 3-80, 4-89, 5-112, 6-
120, 7-152, 8-152, 9-154, 10-178
Bowling: James Anderson 14-5-24-2, Stuart
Broad 13-6-22-0 (1w), Chris Woakes 11-3-23-0,
Moeen Ali 20.4-4-67-6, Chris Jordan 5-0-22-0,
Joe Root 2-0-5-1, Gary Ballance 1-0-5-0.
Result: England won by 266 runs.
Series: 5-test series tied 1-1.
To s s : England.
Umpires: Marais Erasmus, South Africa, and Rod
TV umpire: Rob Bailey, England. Match referee:
David Boon, Australia.
Sri Lanka drops Mendis, keeps Dickwella
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