Archive for June, 2011

Cooks looks for one-day glory

New England one-day skipper Alistair Cook has vowed to prove his critics wrong and prove he has what it takes to be a captain in the limited overs game.

Cook has become a stalwart of the test side since making his debut in 2006 but has been unable to consistently secure a place in the one-day side due to his sometimes pragmatic style. Fans of Betfair mobile will know he isn’t the faster scorer around.

The Essex-man has only made 26 ODI appearances and hasn’t played for the 50-overs side since filling in as skipper for Andrew Strauss for the series against Bangladesh in 2010.

However, Cook is known within the game for his strong personality and leadership credentials, which has seen him earmarked as a possible England skipper from a young age. Anyone looking at their iPhone betting app is likely to know this.

However, he knows he has to step up his game if he want to prove himself as a one-day player and is hoping to transfer his excellent recent form in the test series into match winning performances for the one-day side.

“As an international player you are always under pressure and you’ve always got to prove yourself,” he said.

“I’m excited by that challenge and I think my one-day game has evolved.

The five match series kicks off on Tuesday at the KIA Oval and Cook’s form could be key due to the prolific nature of the Sri Lankan batting line-up.

Despite the criticism levelled at him, on closer inspection his one day record isn’t that bad, having scored a century against India as well as five half-centuries during his career. However, he still has a number of fierce critics, including former England captain Michael Atherton but Cook says he is certain he will prove the doubters wrong.

“I know I can score runs at the top of the order and I’m excited that I’m in a good place to go and show that” he added.


June 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

England certain on Broad fitness

England officials say Stuart Broad will be fit to lead the T20 team for the first time, when they face Sri Lanka this weekend.

The pace bowler was recently named as the Twenty20 skipper, replacing Paul Collingwood – who has been omitted from the limited-overs squads for the forthcoming series’.

Broad, who has struggled with injury since pulling out of the Ashes series Down Under earlier this year, suffered a problem in the final Test at the Rose Bowl last week.

But the ECB insist it is nothing more than a ‘niggle’ and that the Nottinghamshire ace, who turns 25 on Friday, will be fit to play against the tourists at Bristol. Anyone looking at the England cricket odds shouldn’t be too concerned.

It has also been announced that “going forward”, Eoin Morgan will be vice-captain to Broad in the Twenty20 squad.

The 24-year-old has now established himself in all three forms of the game at international level, with the Middlesex batsman enjoying an excellent limited-overs record.

After deciding to make himself available for England, having started his career with his native Ireland, Morgan has played 16 T20 internationals. The Dubliner has scored 473 runs in those matches, at an average of 47.30.

Despite only making his debut for England in 2009, Morgan has quickly established himself as a key member of the team in the middle order.

England have yet to name an official deputy to Alastair Cook in the 50-over team, but it is thought the vice-captain will be named before the upcoming five-match ODI series.

June 24, 2011 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

England announce extra fixtures

England have announced their programme or the upcoming year with a few more fixtures having been arranged than was originally predicted.

The ECB have announced that the side will face Pakistan in both a test series and a one-day tournament in January.

The one-day matches are likely to be played in Sri Lanka ahead of England’s two test series to be played in March and April.

England’s winter starts in October when they face this summer’s opponents India in a five-match one-day series as well as a Twenty20 match. That means he England squad will play five tests, 10 one-day matches and a twenty20 during the winter and while not as arduous as the Ashes series of last winter, will still see the team moving around for most of the winter. There will be plenty of chances to place a free online sports bet.

Chairman of the ECB Giles Clarke also suggested there will be a Twenty20 series against the West Indies that is likely to be played at the end of the summer. Those looking for online betting tips should keep an eye out for further news.

Clarke said that the ECB’s contracts with a number of broadcasters had had a bearing on the schedule, especially the short series with Windies but believes in the long-term it could benefit the side ahead of next year’s Twenty20 World Cup as well as helping the struggling West Indies Cricket Board with their poor finances.

“We are in discussions with the West Indies. There are several separate issues here,” Clarke told the BBC’s Test Match Special. “We have a contractual commitment to Sky and BBC”.

“We have said we are interested in more preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup. The new captain would benefit from more opportunity to captain” he added.

June 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

Dravid still feels the pressure

Rahul Dravid still feels under pressure to prove himself every time he steps foot on a cricket pitch despite his glittering career.

Dravid has scored over twelve thousand runs for India averaging over 52 from 155 tests and was once given the Garfield Sobers award for the World’s best Test cricketer in 2004. Anyone who follows the Android betting will know just how good he is.

Add this to his 339 one day international appearances and you have a superb CV. Despite this though, the former captain admits that he still gets nervous before matches due to his desire to help the team.

“You want to make a contribution, but you know that there is a lot that you have accomplished,” Dravid said.

Despite his age, Dravid remains an important cog in the Indian top order alongside Sachin Tendulker and V.V.S. Laxman in what is one of the batting finest line-ups the world has ever seen.

The Indore-born is currently with the Indian side on their tour of the West Indies with the Test series kicking off on Monday at Sabannah Park, Jamaica as the Indians look to kick on after a successful one day campaign against a struggling Windies side who have been without stalwarts such as Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Those looking at the Betfair mobile site will know this was hardly the toughest of tests for India.

Dravid hasn’t played a test match since the series against South Africa which took place throughout the winter and admits that it’s hard to remain focussed with such a long lay-off between matches.

“It has been five, six months since we played a Test match. There has been a bit of IPL in between. It is a challenge to keep it going but the good thing from my point of view is that we have got seven Test matches in a row now [three in West Indies and four in England], once we start from here” he added.

June 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

Collingwood hopes for England recall

Paul Collingwood says his love of representing his country means he’ll fight tooth and nail to reclaim his place in England’s one day sides after being stripped of the Twenty20 captaincy.

The Durham man retired from test cricket following the recent Ashes triumph in Australia but insisted he wanted to continue his career with the limited overs sides.

Collingwood captained the England T20 side to World Cup glory in 2010 and he axing in favour of Stuart Broad came as a surprise to many. The England and Wales Cricket Board had a captaincy shake-up earlier this year with Andrew Strauss remaining as Test captain while Alistair Cook and Stuart Broad were given the one-day and twenty20 jobs respectively. Those looking to place an online bet UK would have been a little baffled by the decision.

Many onlookers saw this as the end of the all-rounder’s international career but Collingwood says he is determined to prove his worth and believes he is still good enough to represent his country.

“I love playing for England. I love the environment. I love what we’ve created,” he told the Wisden Cricketer.

“It’s just a great place to be and so I really lived the dream these last 10 years. And I want more of it. I want to be involved, I want to be playing.”

The 35-year-old, who was part of England’s disappointing recent World Cup campaign in India, is currently recovering from knee surgery knows that his age may have become a problem for the England selectors but hopes his form for Durham can see him return to the side. Fans of free sports betting may be doubtful.

Despite the disappointment of losing the captaincy, Collingwood who has played 197 one-day internationals for his country says he understands the selectors’ decision.

June 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Sri Lanka’s loss plays to England advantage

The loss of captain Tillakaratne Dilshan will be a massive blow for Sri Lanka, especially considering how he did in the second Test, but will at the same time be a huge boost for England.

The skipper suffered a broken thumb when being hit by England fast bowler Chris Tremlett, but that did not stop him heading to a magnificent 193 at Lord’s.

Dilshan has been key wicket for England in and the fact he won’t play in the third Test at the Rose Bowl, a new Test arena for the home cricketers, gives Andrew Strauss’ side a much better chance of securing the series and those looking at the cricket betting promotions should bear this in mind.

In his absence, Kumar Sangakkara will captain the team and Lahiru Thirimanne is reported to be set to open the batting in what is a crucial game for the visitors.

Team manager Anura Tennekoon admitted Dilshan “definitely” will not be playing at the Rose Bowl as he now has to prepare the side for the third Test.

He added: “The main reason we’ve kept him out of this Test match is that, had he played and got another blow while fielding on that thumb, he might have been out for the rest of the tour.

“So as a precautionary measure, we have kept him out.”

England welcome pace bowler James Anderson back into the attack for the third Test with Sri Lanka after he recovered from a side injury. He will no doubt attract plenty of cricket bets to be top bowler in the match.

The 28-year-old was forced to miss the second Test and his return will be welcomed as the trio of Steven Finn, Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett struggled to get wickets at Lord’s.

June 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

Kirsten takes Proteas post

Gary Kirsten has been announced as the new coach of South Africa, with the former batsman set to take charge of the squad in August.

The 43-year-old will lead his home country following success during his time in charge of India, who he lead to top spot in the Test rankings and to victory on home soil in the 2011 World Cup.

Kirsten enjoyed a fantastic record as an opening batsman during his international playing career – scoring over 7,000 runs in 101 Tests, at an average 45.27.

The Cape Town-born star enjoyed a successful three-year spell as India coach, which ended in April after he turned down the offer of a new contract. The cricket odds suggest he can have a positive impact on the fortunes of South Africa.

Kirsten, who scored 13 centuries in 185 one-day internationals, was also the strong favourite to fill the vacant coaching berth with the Proteas, following the departure of Corrie van Zyl.

Van Zyl had been in caretaker charge of South Africa but always looked unlikely to keep the job on a permanent basis, especially when he saw them defeated by New Zealand in the World Cup quarter finals.

Kirsten takes over a team that is currently sat second in the ICC Test rankings and fourth in the ODI standings, describing his appointment as a “major honour”.

The former Western Province batsman will take charge of the Proteas in August ahead of their home series against West Indies and Sri Lanka.

South Africa have also announced that AB de Villiers will be their new one-day and Twenty20 skipper, with Graeme Smith continuing as Test captain.

June 7, 2011 at 9:11 am 1 comment

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