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Siddle snapped up by Essex

Peter Siddle has been added to the Essex ranks for this summer’s Twenty20 competition, replacing New Zealander Tim Southee for the tournament which gets under way in June. The Australian will add some much needed pace and aggression the this Essex side, despite only playing two international T20 matches in his career.
The 27-year-old has established himself as one of the most consistent fast bowlers in international cricket, and his arrival at Essex will be a major boost to Paul Grayson’s men for this summer’s campaign. Those looking at the cricket odds online should remember this.

“We are delighted to have signed Australia’s premier bowler in Test cricket,” he said.

“Australia are looking keep him fresh for their schedule and for Peter, this will be a chance for him to enhance his one-day skills.”

While Siddle’s T20 experience is still very much in its infancy, just having an established international bowler around the squad will give the whole group a lift. Siddle has more than enough talent to be a very effective T20 bowler, however, and could well blossom into his role playing the short-format of the game for Essex this summer.

A productive spell with Essex could reopen the door to the Australian one-day sides for Siddle. The fast bowler has seen his ODI chances dry up of recent, despite Siddle still impressing with his form for the Test side.


February 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Bairstow’s brilliance the difference for England

England claimed a 38-run victory against Pakistan in their second Twenty20 match in Dubai with Jonny Bairstow once again showing why he is so highly thought of among the English coaching set-up.

The 22-year old produced an eye-catching innings of 60 from just 46 deliveries to help England to a defendable total of 150-7 from their 20 overs, smashing two sixes and five fours in his scintillating spell at the crease. That total was never in danger of being reached by the Pakistan batsmen, who were cleaned up for 112 as England levelled the series. People looking at the best online Sri Lanka Cricket Odds will be wondering if the side can carry on their winter form.

The young Yorkshireman had scored a well put together 22 in the opening match of the series but it was this innings of 66 that will have once again shown the world that England have a player on their hands.

The management will continue to give Bairstow his chance to impress in the Twenty20 and one-day sides, however, there will be some who believe he could well be close to a call-up to the Test squad, although that appears to be a bit premature.

Not only a big hitting batsman, Bairstow has proven for Yorkshire that he can carry his bat in the longer formats of the game, as well as keep wicket in increasingly capable fashion. Matt Prior is still doing the business for England at Test level, but the selectors will be well aware that Bairstow could well be a long-term replacement for the 30-year old.

February 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm 1 comment

Briggs hails dream debut

England new boy Danny Briggs has admitted winning his first one-day cap for his country was a “dream come true”, following the left-arm spinner’s debut against Pakistan. Briggs finished with figures of 2-39 as England claimed a four-wicket victory, earning the tourists a 4-0 series whitewash against Pakistan in the UAE.

The 20-year old was rewarded for his prolific form with the England Lions and Performance squads over the past couple of winter tours in Australia and the West Indies. Briggs claimed over 50-wickets in just two tours, catching the eye with his tactical bowling and useful late-order batting. Anyone looking at the Betfair cricket odds will have been impressed.

That form saw Briggs elevated into England’s T20 squads for last September’s series against the West Indies, without making it into the match-day teams. Andy Flower has made no secret of his desire to blood some fresh talent in the ODI side, and was true to his word, albeit in a dead rubber of a game against Pakistan.

Briggs finally got his chance, however, and impressed as he picked up the wickets of Umar Akmal and then the critical wicket of Shoab Malik for 58. The youngster, who along with Jos Butler was one of two debutants against Pakistan, was delighted after earning his first cap and being given the chance to show the selectors what he was capable of. Fans of Betfair should remember this.

“I loved it, it was great to get out there and be part of the England set-up. It was really good fun,” he said.

“I loved every minute of it and it was a great experience to be out there playing and just to get the opportunity to do is great.”

Briggs may have to hang on another few years if he is to earn a regular run in the England one-day squads. There is still plenty of life left in Graeme Swann, and Samit Patel appears to have finally got his act together, meaning England are currently looking fairly strong in the spin department. Briggs will just have to keep impressing whenever he’s given the chance.

February 23, 2012 at 9:39 am Leave a comment

Aussies turn to Ponting

Australia have turned to Ricky Ponting to captain the one-day side for their match against Sri Lanka this weekend in the wake of Michael Clarke’s hamstring injury. Ponting will return to the role he departed last March, once again taking the captaincy as Australia look to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to India in this Tri-Nations tournament.

There is hope that Clarke will recover from his injury in time for Sunday’s match against India at the Gabba, although, Ponting’s presence in the side will allow Clarke to take his time and ensure he doesn’t rush back and further damage his hamstring. People looking at the in-play cricket online betting should remember this.

The veteran has been selected as captain ahead of David Warner, the much fancied future Australia captain, who had taken the role as vice-captain in last weekend’s game against India.

The young batsman will continue his role as deputy, this time to Ponting, after national selector John Inverarity admitted the board had wanted to avoid adding pressure on Warner’s developing shoulders, making it clear, however, that the 25-year old’s leadership skills would only be helped by playing under someone as experienced as Ponting.

“After careful consideration the NSP has asked Ricky Ponting if he would captain the Australian ODI team in Michael Clarke’s absence.” Inverarity said.

“David Warner is a young player making his way. David has been gaining valuable experience under Michael Clarke’s captaincy and now he will have the opportunity to grow his leadership skills further as vice-captain to Ricky Ponting.”

February 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Cook Urges England To Learn From Defeats

It has been a disappointing last month for the England side in the betvictor review, with their dismal performances in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan, and England captain Alastair Cook has urged his side to prove they have learned from last weeks disappointment and their 5-0 series whitewash in India four months ago, as they prepare for their next ODI series against Pakistan.

Worryingly, England have lost nine of their last 10 one-dayers heading into Monday’s opener against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and so are not one of the popular stan james free bets.

Cook said: “One of the things we said at the time was that we tried as hard as we could and we came up quite a long way short again against India.

“There’s no shame in that, but there will be a shame if we don’t learn individually from that and where we need to take our game. I hope people have done that.”

Go back to the last time England faces India in October, England had just added an ODI series victory over the world champions to the 4-0 Test success which took them to the top of the International Cricket Council rankings last summer.

Their was an air of euphoria and great confidence surrounding the squad back in October, but now the current circumstances are very different, as England try to put behind them not only that 5-0 ODI drubbing in India, but also a shock 3-0 Test whitewash here against Pakistan over the past month.

“The Tests didn’t go to plan, and we didn’t play very well,” said Cook. “But it’s a new format, and the squad has introduced six new faces. It’s brought a freshness and enthusiasm to the squad.”

February 13, 2012 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

Flower looks to improve England’s current form!

It has been a bitterly disappointing test series for England in the United Arab Emirates as they lost 3-0 to Pakistan against victor chandler free bets, but England coach Andy Flower now insists that he is relishing the challenge of arresting his side’s current slump in form.

The stan james review shows just how bad England’s defeat was but their is plenty of hard work to be done before England face Pakistan once this year! England’s limited-overs specialists must somehow tame Pakistan’s spinners in four one-day internationals and three Twenty20s.

When England meet Pakistan again there will be 9 of the current test series squad involved out of the 15 chosen for the one day’s, and so Flower knows that will be obvious difficulties facing them:

“This’ll be a really challenging series for us,” he said.

“In our last one-day series in sub-continental conditions, we lost badly [5-0] to India.

“The batsmen are lower in confidence after the Test series against this type of bowling, so it will be a serious challenge for us.

“It will be really interesting to watch, and really interesting to be involved in – trying to turn things around.

“I expect better things from the batsmen, and I really expect to see us improve with our knowledge and method of how to combat their spin.”

February 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

Proteas closing in on top spot

England’s grip on the ICC Test ranking top spot is coming under serious threat following their 3-0 series whitewash at the hands of Pakistan. Currently on 118 points, England are in danger of losing their number one spot, with South Africa now just a single point behind them in second and looking to end the English’s short reign at the top.

The current kings of Test cricket were brought down to earth with a real bang in the United Arab Emirates, at the hands of a Pakistan side that was thought to be in disarray. A complete lack of tactical awareness seemed critical to England’s mauling, with the Pakistani spin attack taking apart the English batsmen in ruthless fashion. Anyone looking at the cricket betting will have been surprised by how poor they were.

While the result has had a negative impact on England’s ranking, it has breathed fresh life into Pakistan’s Test hopes, moving them to within touching distance of the top four, three points behind the Indians and Australians in joint third. If Pakistan can maintain this level of performance, then their dreams of returning to being a major Test power again are very achievable. Fans of Betfair should bear this in mind.

Pakistan’s coach Mohsin Khan has admitted he believes this side could yet go on to achieve what England have – becoming the world’s best Test playing nation.
“It’s not a very experienced team, not a world beater, but it’s a very talented team and I have lot of faith in the captain,” he said.

“But we have to perform the same way when we play in Australia, South Africa or England.”

“To become number one it’s very important you perform all over the cricketing world.”

England will now have to wait to see the outcome of South Africa’s upcoming series against New Zealand to see whether or not they can maintain their hold on the top spot. The Proteas will know that a 3-0 series victory against a hit-and-miss New Zealand side will see them leapfrog the English at the top of the tree ahead of the April 1 end-of-season awards.

February 7, 2012 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

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