Hussain and Gooch take film parts

FORMER England captains Nasser Hussain and Graham Gooch are to appear in an Indian-made film with a cricket background due for release this week as the 2011 World Cup approaches. The film, called Patiala House, starring Akshay Kumar, features Wasim Akram, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds, Hussain and Gooch to add authenticity as relationships among a …

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Ponting rants for subdued Australia

THE futility of Ricky Ponting’s argument with the umpires on the second day of the fourth Test in Melbourne was clear. Australia’s captain did not seem to know that the burden of proof rested with the referring party for the third umpire to overturn an on-field decison. Only wicketkeeper Brad Haddin seemed to think there …

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England must drop jaded Finn

THE difference between the two Ashes sides was never as wide as the chasm suggested by Australia’s trouncing at Adelaide. In the Pom euphoria it was forgotten that England’s suspect batting had flopped in the opening Test at Brisbane in the crucial first innings. The batting failed again in the third Test at Perth, though …

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Lions can look back to Moores era

ENGLAND have announced a Lions party to tour the West Indies for two months as part of the first class championship after a gap of exactly 10 years, when Peter Moores was the coach. James Hildreth has been made captain of a group of players rich in promise, with the coach still to be confirmed. …

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Fielding collision — and broken leg

THERE is nothing that legislation or equipment can do to prevent serious accidents in the deep field. Kyle Wilson has become the latest player to suffer at first class level, breaking his leg during a one-day match in Johannesburg. Wilson, 21, in his first season with Border, was fielding in the CSA Provincial one-dayer against …

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Epps book bought for £150,000-plus

AN anonymous buyer has paid a stunning £151,250 for a single edition of William Epps’s Cricket. A Collection of All the Grand Matches played in England from 1771 to 1791 The price, a record for one cricket book, more than doubled the experts’ prediction when the tome was auctioned at Christie’s on November 17. Published …

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ICC start Pakistan talk shop

THE Pakistan Task Team, a panel set up under Giles Clarke by the ICC to drag Pakistan cricket out of the mire after spot-fixing allegations, has underlined the zero-tolerance policy towards corruption. The panel’s main activity has been to help educate players on corruption issues and to make reforms to restore confidence in the administration …

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MCC ‘grand matches’ up for auction

THE MCC are putting some fabulously valuable and rare cricketana up for auction with Christie’s in November, including three books on ‘grand matches’ published in 1799 with an estimated value of more than £50,000. The MCC announced that their auction of sporting books and pictures would take place at Christie’s auction house in South Kensington …

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MCC rein in boundary acrobatics

SOME laws of cricket have been amended today to counter a trend of gamesmanship, and one spectacular aspect of the Indian Premier League has been whacked into the shrubbery. The sight of boundary fielders in the IPL turning seemingly certain sixes into catches will become rarer now that the Laws define the legality of certain …

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Neil Carter’s value soars again

THE SUCCESS of Neil Carter in becoming the Most Valuable Player of 2010 is an extraordinary turn-up at the age of 35 three years after his Warwickshire career seemed to have nose-dived. The MVP award, sponsored by FTI Consulting, is based on a league table of points gained from performances in all three county competitions …

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