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Dhoni warns team against complacency in Lee’s absence

Posted by Naif in Australia, Dhoni, Team India on February 16th, 2008

The Australians may have decided to rest their pace spearhead Brett Lee but Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday cautioned his batsmen against getting too complacent in their tri-series game.

“(Brett) Lee, of course, has been a top performer for them and has been in top form but it depends on how the bowler who replaces him perform. We wouldn’t be taking our sights off them,” Dhoni told reporters at the pre-match press conference.

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Symonds tipped to respond to race row

Posted by Naif in Australia, Controversies, General, Team India on January 31st, 2008

Australia’s Andrew Symonds has been tipped to respond in the best way to a claim he sparked cricket’s racism row, but will on Friday play an Indian side refusing to keep quiet.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Thursday voiced his side’s disappointment at India’s Harbhajan Singh having his racial abuse suspension from the second Test downgraded to a fine and of a “character assassination” of Symonds.

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Australia keen to open T20 account against India

Posted by Naif in Australia, General, Team India on January 31st, 2008

Bronze images of legends stare at you as you approach the Melbourne Cricket Ground. A sense of history is overwhelming in this hallowed arena ahead of a Twenty20 face-off.

These are, however, modern times when the game’s dynamics are changing. Sir Donald Bradman, Bill Ponsford and Dennis Lillee could well be gazing at cricket’s latest avatar when World Champion India and Australia meet in what should be a high-octane duel on Friday night.

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Ponting doubtful, Tendulkar unlikely for T20

Posted by Naif in Australia, Team India on January 31st, 2008

Even as the young India and Australia turks got ready for an explosive contest of Twenty20 at the MCG on Friday, two players who can make a significant difference despite being on the wrong side of their 30s are still to make a decision on whether they will play.

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is nursing a sore back and keeping his fingers crossed till the start of the much-awaited game here, while master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is yet to take a call on making the Indian XI. Tendulkar has no fitness worries, but may still not walk out at the MCG on Friday.

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Tempers flare in fightback

Posted by Naif in Australia on January 26th, 2008 - Tags: , ,

Reunited friends Matthew Hayden and Phil Jaques savaged India with a telling counterattack as tempers flared on a pivotal third day of the final Test in Adelaide.

Hayden went past Sir Donald Bradman on Australia’s list of centurions with his 30th ton in 94 Tests soon after lunch on day three. The avid cook has now whipped up six hundreds in 14 Tests against India.

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India edge it as Australia drop it

Posted by Naif in Australia, Team India on January 24th, 2008

Best and worst
Sourav Ganguly was asked about Brad Hogg’s bowling during the Sydney Test and said “he’s not the worst”. By then he was already on top of Hogg’s dismissal list, and today he fell to the wrist-spinner for the fifth time in his career and the fourth occasion in the series. Hogg, who is playing his sixth Test, has struggled to remove any other Indian, but has Ganguly’s measure.

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Ricky Ponting’s day of destiny in Perth

Posted by Naif in Australia, General, Team India on January 20th, 2008

Another magnificent day’s cricket at a ground made for thrills finished with Australia requiring a further 348 to become the first team in the history of the game to win 17 consecutive Test matches. Steve Waugh’s Australians had their 16-match run halted by India at Calcutta in 2001. It has been a frenzied couple of weeks in these parts and the need for something glorious is transparent.

By dismissing India for 294, Australia left themselves 413 for victory. This would be the highest score by any Australian team to win a Test.

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