- Younis Khan hammers Australia to lift Pakistan to 2-304 on day one
Khan claims his third consecutive century as Australia run out of ideas on a flat batting track in the second Test Pakistans Younis Khan struck his third consecutive century as Australia ran out of ideas on a flat batting track on the opening day of the second cricket Test. Australias hopes of levelling the two-Test series with victory in Abu Dhabi faded after Pakistan won the toss and reached 2-304 at stumps on Thursday. Continue reading... Pakistani batsman Younis Khan celebrates after scoring a century during the first day of the second test cricket match between Pakistan and Australia in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.Pakistani batsman Younis Khan celebrates after scoring a century during the first day of the second test cricket match between Pakistan and Australia in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
- Younis Khan and Azhar Ali put Pakistan in control against Australia
Pakistan 304 for 2 First Test report Younis Khans third successive century and a matching hundred from Azhar Ali put Pakistan firmly in control on 304 for two after day one of the second Test against Australia. Younis, having underpinned his sides victory in the series opener with knocks of 106 and 103 not out, was again in imperious form in Abu Dhabi, unbeaten on 111 by stumps. Continue reading... Pakistan's Younis Khan celebrates after scoring a century on the first day of the second Test against Australia. Photograph: Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty ImagesPakistan's Younis Khan celebrates after scoring a century on the first day of the second Test against Australia. Photograph: Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images
- Richie Benaud set for broadcasting comeback a year after car crash
84-year-old Benaud set to return on Australian network Suffered serious injuries in car accident last October The Joy of Six: Benauds greatest moments Archive: Jim White interviews Benaud in 2001 Richie Benaud is set to make his broadcasting return a year after being injured in a serious car crash. The 84-year-old former Australia captain, revered throughout cricket and one of the sports best-loved commentators, sustained shoulder and chest injuries when he lost control of his vehicle in October last year. Continue reading... Richie Benaud, pictured in action at The Oval in 2005, is set for a broadcasting comeback. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the GuardianRichie Benaud, pictured in action at The Oval in 2005, is set for a broadcasting comeback. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
- Englands Stuart Broad dismisses Kevin Pietersens claims of bullying
Broad: the bullying word has not crossed my mind Bowler welcomes Jonathan Trotts return to England set-up Pietersens international absence unbelievable KP: The Autobiography condensed into 600 words Stuart Broad has denied there was any deliberate bullying in the England camp during his time playing alongside Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen has alleged there was a culture in the dressing room where players were bullied and where apologies were demanded by bowlers for fielding errors. Continue reading... Stuart Broad has dismissed Kevin Pietersens claims that there was a bullying culture in the England team. Photograph: Philip Brown/ReutersStuart Broad has dismissed Kevin Pietersens claims that there was a bullying culture in the England team. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters
- Ottis Gibson to make England return at winter fast-bowling camp
Barbadian enlisted to work alongside Kevin Shine Camp will run for three weeks in Potchefstroom Ottis Gibson will make his return to international cricket, and to the England coaching set-up, with the fast-bowling performance camp in South Africa this winter, his first involvement with the game since his departure as head coach of West Indies in August. England have stressed that Gibsons appointment is only on a short-term basis, to work alongside the lead fast-bowling coach, Kevin Shine, while the senior teams bowling coach, David Saker, takes a break before a relentless 2015. Nevertheless it represents quite a coup, given the reputation earned by the 45-year-old Barbadian in taking West Indies to the World Twenty20 title in 2012 and before that in four years working with Peter Moores and Andy Flower in the England set-up. Continue reading... Ottis Gibson, who left his role with West Indies two months ago, has been lauded as a big influence by Jimmy Anderson. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PAOttis Gibson, who left his role with West Indies two months ago, has been lauded as a big influence by Jimmy Anderson. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA
- Brad Haddin rested for Australia's ODI series with South Africa
No1 ODI ranking at stake in series Josh Hazlewood gets call into squad Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been rested from a near full-strength Australia squad to take on South Africa in their pre-World Cup series with the No1 one-day international ranking at stake. The selectors said Haddin had been granted a break to freshen up ahead of the home summer Tests beginning in December, giving fellow keeper Matthew Wade a return to international duty. Australia have included a battery of six pace bowlers and no specialist spinners in the 13-man squad for first two games of next months five-match home ODI series against the Proteas, with those matches on the pace-friendly Waca pitch in Perth on 14 and 16 November. Continue reading... Brad Haddin has been given a break before the Test series starting in December.Brad Haddin has been given a break before the Test series starting in December.
- Notes from the Pavilion the week in Australian cricket
Addressing Australias spin conundrum; Warriors sizzle in the barbie cup; KP goes clubbing in Victoria; Stones roll into Bowral; mother pads up. With the dust now settled on Australias loss to Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai , focus has turned to both selection and preparation, with former national selector Jamie Cox claiming Australia needs to invest in a spin nursery by creating drop-in pitches made of Indian soil, which he says could be inserted into the square at Adelaide Oval. Continue reading... Ian Chappell: if he was young enough hed get out there and play the spinners himself.Ian Chappell: if he was young enough hed get out there and play the spinners himself.
- Jonathan Trott hopes England Lions call-up will lead to Test return
Batsman to tour South Africa in January and February Trott has not played for England since November 2013 Yorkshire players dominate Lions squad Trott signs new Warwickshire deal Jonathan Trott has welcomed his selection for the England Lions trip to his native South Africa in the new year as evidence that his abrupt departure from last winters Ashes tour did not necessarily mark the end of his Test career. Trott has been named in a 14-man squad for the first-class part of the tour, which includes two four-day matches against South Africa A. The 14 also features the Middlesex opener Sam Robson and seven members of Yorkshires County Championship winning squad. Continue reading... Jonathan Trott has not played for England since the first Test of the Ashes series in Australia in 2013. Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty ImagesJonathan Trott has not played for England since the first Test of the Ashes series in Australia in 2013. Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images
- In praise of Pakistan: a team I love to watch but am at a loss to explain | Andy Bull
Is anyone in cricket rewarded for their suffering with such exquisite performances and such paroxysmic peaks of pleasure as the Pakistan fan? Last 25 May, during a talk about Pakistani cricket at the Southbank Centre, I found myself lost for a word. Just one. I couldnt find it because, so far as I know, it doesnt exist. I needed something to capture the embarrassment I felt when I thrust my arm confidently into the air, fully expecting it to be one in a thicket, and found, instead, that I was one of the very few people in the room willing to admit to be being a fan of Shahid Afridi. Raised hands were so few and far between, in fact, that the speaker, that talented man Osman Samiuddin , as he surveyed the rows of seats from the theatre stage, was able to pick me out, a way away in the gloom at the back, and say: Oh look, its Andy Bull. At which point heads turned to see the lone fool with his arm up. Umm Hi. I would say Afridi has achieved the impossible and exhausted the patience of the Pakistani fans. Except that he is still in the team. Continue reading... Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad, third from right, celebrates during the win over Australia in Dubai. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesPakistan's Ahmed Shehzad, third from right, celebrates during the win over Australia in Dubai. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
- The Joy of Six Australian tours of Pakistan
From dubious umpiring to raging turners to Mark Taylors 334 not out, look back on Australias cricket tours of Pakistan 1. The other Pakistan I can only speak for myself here, but when I was young and learning to love cricket, I appreciated on some subconscious level that there was two distinct types of Pakistan team. The first was the one that regularly toured Australian shores (oh for those days again); the one which always brimmed with an intoxicating blend of sublimely skilled superstars, mercurial and frustrating talents, mystery spinners who may or may not have been north of 40 years old (despite the protestations of the tour guide that they were in fact 28) and then at the other end of the spectrum, often a 17-year-old who looked at least 25. Continue reading... Mark Taylor acknowledges the crowd during his triple century at Peshawar.Mark Taylor acknowledges the crowd during his triple century at Peshawar.
- Jonathan Trott set for England Lions call-up for South Africa tour
Warwickshire batsman to take a step closer to England recall Trott furthers comeback by signing new deal with Warwickshire Jonathan Trott is expected to take a significant step closer to a possible England recall on Tuesday when provisional squads for the Lions tour of South Africa are announced. Trott, whose international career was widely written off after his abrupt departure from last winters Ashes tour, made a successful comeback with Warwickshire at the second attempt last summer and, although he lost his England contract in September, he has continued to work closely with the national teams support staff. Continue reading... Jonathan Trott lost his England contract in September but has continued to work with the national teams support staff. Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty ImagesJonathan Trott lost his England contract in September but has continued to work with the national teams support staff. Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images
- Meg Lanning passes Channel 9 commentary debut with flying colours
The Southern Stars skipper overcomes the awkwardness of her commentary box colleagues to make an assured debut The Australian domestic mens one-day cricket competition started on 4 October, and with it commenced a new era of cricket commentary for Channel 9, with Meg Lanning, current Australia womens cricket captain, joining the team. The Matador BBQs Cup was played at various grounds in southern Queensland and Sydney over a three-week period. Western Australia were the victors, defeating NSW by 64 runs in the final. . @SouthernStars captain Meg Lanning is on air NOW. Watch our live stream or tune into @WWOS9 : http://t.co/GnEb0yvvBw pic.twitter.com/as8847AAT2 Continue reading... Meg Lanning seemed as assured with the mic as with the bat in hand.Meg Lanning seemed as assured with the mic as with the bat in hand.
- David Rayvern Allen obituary
BBC music producer and author of books about cricket and music One day in 1959, David Rayvern Allen, who has died aged 76 of cancer, received two job offers as the pianist for a six-month cruise of the Caribbean or as a music arranger for BBC television shows. He chose the latter and remained at the corporation until 1993, when he retired as a chief producer. Along the way he befriended John Arlott , crickets great radio commentator and Guardian writer. Outstanding among the more than 40 books that David wrote or contributed to were biographies of Arlott and another of the sports leading journalists and broadcasters, EW Swanton . Continue reading... David Rayvern Allen at Lord's in June. Photograph: BBC Test Match SpecialDavid Rayvern Allen at Lord's in June. Photograph: BBC Test Match Special
- Leicestershire break new ground by making Wasim Khan chief executive
Wasim Khan becomes first British Asian to hold role The 43-year-old was key in developing Chance to Shine Essexs James Foster highlights Leicesters failings It is some time since Leicestershire were described as trailblazers, but by appointing Wasim Khan as English crickets first non-white chief executive, the whipping boys of the county game have made a statement that will be welcomed well beyond Grace Road. Wasim, a 43-year-old from Birmingham who had a first-class playing career with three counties lasting seven seasons, was anxious to stress in a range of interviews that he has been given the job on merit, and his ethnicity has not been a relevant factor in that process. Continue reading... Leicestershire won the T20 title in 2011 but have failed to win a County Championship game for two years. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action ImagesLeicestershire won the T20 title in 2011 but have failed to win a County Championship game for two years. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images
- Australia's gung-ho approach exposed in first Test defeat by Pakistan
Australias aggression under Darren Lehmann is all well and good, but it doesnt disguise obvious faults that lay elsewhere Velocitys a big thing for us, said Australia coach Darren Lehmann in the wake of Australias aberrant Test loss against South Africa last February. The November prior hed marveled at the velocity of Mitchell Johnsons bowling in Australias home Ashes. When Ryan Harris looked doubtful for the fifth Test of that series, Lehmann saw velocity too in his potential replacements, Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile. In his thirst for that explosiveness and aggression, Lehmann now has an ally in national selector Rod Marsh, who included in his squad for Australias current Test tour of the UAE both Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell. Both would presumably measure high on Lehmanns velocity index. Marsh was most excited about (the other) Marshs capabilities with the ball, particularly his speed, though would effectively install him as a Test number six batsman as well. Continue reading... Australias top six needs to respond quickly after a forgettable first Test against Pakistan.Australias top six needs to respond quickly after a forgettable first Test against Pakistan.
- Western Australia break domestic one-day cup drought with win over NSW
WA 6-255; NSW 191 all out Behrendorff takes 5-27 for Warriors Western Australia defied the odds to end their 11-year domestic one-day cup drought with a 64-run win over NSW in Sydney. At 2-125 NSW seemed on track to haul in WAs 6-255 against a depleted attack, following a century partnership between Shane Watson and Kurtis Patterson. Continue reading... Not a worry in the world as Western Australia claim overdue trophy success.Not a worry in the world as Western Australia claim overdue trophy success.
- Australia slump to defeat against Pakistan after battling past tea on day five
Mitchell Johnson controversially given out stumped late in the day, but 221-run margin highlights weakness against spin A controversial stumping decision triggered Pakistans 221-run win over Australia in the first Test in Dubai after tea on the fifth day. Notionally chasing a world-record total of 438 to win, Australia held on desperately until there was just over an hour of play remaining before being bowled out for 216. Continue reading... Mitchell Johnson given out stumped off the bowling of Yasir Shah.Mitchell Johnson given out stumped off the bowling of Yasir Shah.
- Kevin Pietersen affair shows sport stars are really just like us | Tim Lewis
Far from being an unknowable, elite atmosphere, as suggested by the England cricket team, the dressing room poses problems we all face Pietersens book and his England legacy As the Kevin Pietersen storm rumbled mightily in its teacup , Graeme Fowler sent a tweet. Anyone who has not been in a pro sport dressing room will not understand its dynamic, wrote the swashbuckling, leftie former opening bat. Similarly we dont understand your office. Graeme Swann, one of the players fingered by KP, retweeted his tacit approval. Soon after, Swann linked to his latest Sun column entitled: This is elite sport not under-11s. Elsewhere, the vicious assault by Wigans Ben Flower on Lance Hohaia of St Helens in rugby leagues Grand Final brought some surprising pleas for clemency from former players. Jonathan Davies, a dual-code legend, told BBC Radio 5 Live: People who havent been involved on a rugby field cant understand the emotion and controlling that on the big stage. Continue reading... England players at Lords in 2010, including Kevin Pietersen (far left), enjoying the dynamic of a pro sport dressing room. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PAEngland players at Lords in 2010, including Kevin Pietersen (far left), enjoying the dynamic of a pro sport dressing room. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA
- Australia facing defeat as Pakistans spinner Zulfiqar Babar takes two
Pakistan 454 & 286-2d; Australia 303 & 59-4 Spinners put Pakistan in winning position Pakistans spinners scythed through Australias top order in the second innings to edge them close to victory in the first Test after centuries from Younis Khan and Ajmal Shehzad helped the hosts set an improbable target of 438. The left-arm spinner, Zulfiqar Babar, and the debutant leg-spinner, Yasir Shah, took two wickets each as Australia crawled to 59 for four at the close of play. Continue reading... The Pakistan players celebrate as spinner Yasir Shah takes the key wicket of Australian captain Michael Clarke lbw. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty ImagesThe Pakistan players celebrate as spinner Yasir Shah takes the key wicket of Australian captain Michael Clarke lbw. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images
- Why legacy of West Indies cricket cries out for a truly stout defence | Vic Marks
Pulling out from their tour of India has left the Caribbean game in crisis which deserves urgent understanding and help Withdrawal from tour a mistake, says Clive Lloyd India may decide not to tour West Indies The West Indies are often cited as everyones second favourite team in world cricket except perhaps in the Caribbean where they may currently be regarded as the least favourite team of the lot . Even in this era when West Indies have so often been emasculated they have still had the capacity to enchant fleetingly as they did in Colombo when winning the World T20 in 2012 . The current team lacks the majesty and power of the magnificent sides of the Eighties, yet in Sri Lanka two years ago they had a rollercoaster ride to the T20 final, which was ultimately mesmerising. Their campaign was unpredictable, joyous and stylish and everyone enjoyed their triumph. Yet now, with the 50-over World Cup round the corner, there is serious doubt whether West Indies will even turn up - or indeed whether the ICC will want them there. Continue reading... Clive Lloyd (left), in happier times for the West Indies, conducts his team recording a song entitled Victory Calypso. Photograph: PA ArchiveClive Lloyd (left), in happier times for the West Indies, conducts his team recording a song entitled Victory Calypso. Photograph: PA Archive