Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

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Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan says he isn’t irresponsible. (Photo Source: BCCI)

‘I am not irresponsible’: Shikhar Dhawan:

  • In an interview to the National Daily, The Hindu, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has defended his attacking style of play. The opener has been under scrutiny for the past few months for poor form.
  • “I always back my shots. I know this particular shot gives me runs. It can also cost me my wicket. I have to accept it because only I know what is best for me. It is not that I am irresponsible because I get out playing shots,” he said.

Clinical England beat South Africa by 241 runs:

  • Exceptional performances from Steven Finn and Moeen Ali ensured that South Africa were bundled out well below the required target of 416. Resuming at 136 for the loss of 4 wickets, they crumbled in the first hour of day 5, with Moeen Ali picking up 2 quick wickets within the first half hour of the match. Thereafter it was really a formality as English bowlers cleaned up the South African batting order with two sessions to spare.
  • Steven Finn and Moeen Ali picked up 7 wickets in the 2nd innings, and the latter was named the man of the match for his 7-wicket haul.
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Perth hammer Melbourne:

  • Brief Scores
  • Melbourne Renegades 170/4 in 20 overs ( Finch 72, Gayle 41; Behrendorff 2-14)
  • Perth Scorchers 171/0 in 18.5 overs (Klinger 90*, Marsh 76*)
  • Man of the match: Michael Klinger
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Quinton de Kock, Morris added to South Africa squad

  • Following the heavy defeat in the Boxing day Test, CSA has included wicketkeeper-batsman Quinten de Kock and Chris Morris in the squad for the New Year Test.

Pune to host Ranji Trophy final:

  • To facilitate the players’ preparation for the ICC World T20, BCCI has tweaked the schedule for the Ranji Trophy Knockouts. Additionally, it has been revealed that Baroda and Cuttack will host the semi-finals, with the finals to be played in Pune during 24-28 February.

Sangakkara, Jayawardene apologise following unruly scenes during concert:

  • Following embarrassing scenes in the Enrique concert which was held in Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have apologised for ‘unruly scenes’ witnessed during an Enrique Iglesias concert in Colombo on December 20. The concert of the pop star was organised by Live Events, a company co-owned by the two former national cricketers.
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Shahadat Hossain charged for torturing minor:

  • Bangladesh fast bowler Shahadat Hossain has been charged with physically torturing a minor girl who worked as his domestic help. Hossain, 29, who was the spearhead of the Bangladesh bowling attack, faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted. The cricketer has been suspended from all forms of cricket until further notice by his country’s cricket board.
  • The 11-year-old girl, Mahfuza Akhter, found in September in a street in Dhaka with multiple injuries including a broken leg, told investigators that she had been working for Hossain and his wife for a year.
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New Zealand announces squad for last two ODI’s and T20I’s:

  • Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson has recovered sufficiently from a back injury to make the cut for New Zealand’s squad as a specialist batsman for the two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka. Grant Elliott also returned to the T20I fold after he was on his way to recovery from a broken arm during the ODI series.
  • Interestingly, the squad did not feature Brendon McCullum, who had confirmed he will not play in the forthcoming World T20 in March and April. Kane Williamson, who will lead the team in that tournament, was named the captain for the Sri Lanka series also.
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Laxmi Ratan Shukla retires from cricket:

  • Bengal all-rounder and Ranji Trophy veteran Laxmi Ratan Shukla has announced his retirement from cricket. He had donned the Indian cap for 3 ODIs.
  • The veteran has played 137 first-class matches, scoring 6217 runs and has picked 172 wickets.
  • In List A cricket he scored 2997 runs and bagged 143 wickets from 141 games.

‘O-Keefe more likely for SCG Test’: Lehmann:

  • In a rarity in Australian conditions, the team might play in 2 spinners for the New Year Test, as head coach Lehmann himself hinting at the possible inclusion of Steven O-Keefe considering the playing conditions, and the fitness of Peter Siddle.
  • “In the games we’ve been watching it’s been spinning, so I would say more than likely it’ll be two spinners,” coach Darren Lehmann said on Wednesday. “But until we get there – and the weather, there’s a bit of weather about – so we’ll have to sum that up probably closer to day one I would think, before we make a decision. Obviously we’ve got to wait for all the fitness on the quicks as well.”

‘What you are saying is I ball rubbish but I take wickets’: Steven Finn:

  • Steven Finn played a crucial part in England’s victory over South Africa at Durban but responded in a quirky manner when he was asked about how he has a knack of making breakthroughs even though he looks unlikely to take a wicket.