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Darren Lehmann laments Australian players’ decision-making

  • Having just recently signed an extension to his contract, Darren Lehmann has lashed out at his group of players, lamenting their decision-making ability following a loss in the first Test.
  • “They’ve got to be better at decision-making. The disappointing thing was we gave up a big lead,” Lehmann said of his batsmen.
  • “We should’ve made more runs in the first innings. We let them off the hook there. The positive was we got 20 wickets again. If we keep getting 20 wickets, it gives you a good chance that if your batters are making runs win games of cricket.
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Aaqib Javed underlines need for Bangladeshi bowling role models


  • Although it is only a short stint with the Bangladesh side, former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed ha conceded that Bangladesh youngsters need a Bangladeshi role model.
  • Javed added that it is something to watch the likes of Glenn McGrath and others bowl and quite something else to watch the likes of Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman to bowl in excess of 90 mph.
  • “I think it is a lack of role models,” Aaqib said when quizzed about the lack of genuine fast bowling greats in the country till now.
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Indian origin batsman in Singapore hits record 244 runs in domestic match

  • Batsmen are fearless and outgoing these days. The most recent example can be of Indian origin Rajendran Vijayababu who smashed a 244 not out from 102 balls to register the highest individual score in a 30-over cricket league game in Singapore on Sunday.
  • His knock was studded with 44 fours and five maximums en route. The 34-year-old broke Aslam Parvez’s record, who had slammed 192 playing for Mariners CC versus Meiji Mavericks in another league game on May 29 at the same ground.
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Brett Lee planning a special screening for Sachin Tendulkar and others

  • Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who is set to make his acting debut with Bollywood film ‘Unindian’, opposite Tannishtha Chatterjee  is reportedly organizing a special screening of ‘Unindian’ for his celeb friends in India which including personalities like Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan, and Preity Zinta. Lee, however, won’t be present during the screening here in Mumbai.
  • “The screening will be before the release of the film here in India. We have invited a number of cricketers and Bollywood stars. We have invited Shah Rukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Preity Zinta and others,” Brett told PTI.
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Phil Simmons ‘moderately satisfied’ with West Indies bowlers

  • Although it hasn’t been easy for the West Indies coach Phil Simmons to watch his players performing, for the most part, he would have certainly been mighty pleased with what he witnessed on Day 2 of the second Test match at Kingston. Speaking to the media at the end of the day’s play, Simmons stated that the bowling performance was a lot better than it had been in the previous few days including the previous Test.
  • “I think it’s a lot better. Usually, you average a day to be 270 in Test cricket with 90 full overs and we have restricted them, especially with Rahul going the way he was and then the skipper later. Restricting them to 230 in 90 overs shows there’s an improvement from Antigua.”
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Popularity of cricket on the ascendency in Japan

  • Popular for being a baseball crazy country as well as producing baseball players of international repute, cricket is set to make a sparkling entry into the country.
  • The skipper of the Japanese cricket team also added that playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup was a dream for the nation Naoki Alex Miyaji, chief executive of the Japan Cricket Association also added that Japan’s team is very youthful with their youngest player being just 15 years of age. This is clear evidence of the growth of cricket in a land where baseball has been wearing the sporting crown for decades.
  • “The gap in ability in international tournaments used to be huge,” Miyaji, 37, said. “We didn’t have what it took to build an innings. If we batted first we were lucky to make it through to lunch,” he was quoted as saying by the British paper.
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PCB rope in Carl Crowe to tweak Mohammad Hafeez action

  • Bowling coach and consultant Carl Crowe from the United Kingdom has been roped in by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to help 35-year old Mohammad Hafeez tweak his illegal bowling action before the latter takes the ICC Bowling assessment test in England.
  • A senior official affiliated with the PCB stated that Crowe has been working closely with the senior Pakistan batsman for the last three days in Worcestershire where Pakistan played a tour match in preparation for the third Test against England. The third Test is scheduled to take place at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
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Cricket Australia extends coach Darren Lehmann ‘s contract by two years

  • Darren Lehmann will remain in charge of the Australian Cricket Team for a further two years after Cricket Australia extended his contract which was due to end in June next year. Lehmann will now be the coach till the Ashes tour in 2019.
  • “I suppose the big one on everyone’s lips is the sub-continent – we certainly have to improve there,” Lehmann said today when asked to outline the challenges that await between now and the end of his contract which will include a World Cup immediately followed by an Ashes campaign in the UK in 2019.
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Felt more comfortable after I spent some time on the wicket: KL Rahul

  • KL Rahul broke some records with a wonderfully compiled 158. Speaking shortly after concluding the day, Rahul stated that the biggest challenge was the humid weather of Kingston, Jamaica.
  • “The biggest challenge was obviously the weather, it was a very hot day. When I went into bat yesterday, the wicket was still a little two-paced and a little damp, and the ball was doing a little bit.
  • Those were the challenges but once I got a few runs under my belt and once I spent a little time on the wicket, I felt comfortable.”
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It was a very good effort to get 20 wickets: Kane Williamson

  • After dominating the hosts comfortably for the first three days, New Zealand entered Day four with a hope of wrapping off the game quickly and pocket the match. But, there was a slight twist in the plans as the Zimbabweans decided to fight back and delay the victory process for the visitors till the last session of the day.
  • “The way we bowled in the first innings was a huge part of how we got ahead. When you are trying to bowl that again, it’s going to be extremely challenging,” Kane Williamson said. “Sometimes, on surfaces like this one, you need to try and be a little bit creative. You want to try and make things hostile and difficult but you also need to be patient and build pressure.
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Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch re-sign for Melbourne Renegades

  • Melbourne Renegades have re-signed West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Australian Aaron Finch for the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) season. Bravo, one of the Renegades’ two foreign players, has agreed to a one-year deal and will be playing his third consecutive season for the Renegades while Finch has signed a three-year deal.
  • Stuart Coventry, Renegades chief executive, said Bravo’s return was “fantastic” for the franchise. “He was a driving force for us last season and brings an enthusiasm and intensity about his play that is a really positive combination for the rest of the squad,” he said on Monday (August 1).
  • “We’re delighted Aaron has agreed to extend his relationship with the club. As captain, he is a critical part of our Renegades family and a big factor for our members and fans.
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