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There are valuable lessons to take into next match against Pakistan: Aaron Finch (Hear audio report)

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 9 June: Australian has lost their first match of the World Cup after going down to India by 36 runs at The Oval.

A century to Shikhar Dhawan (117) and 82 to Virat Kohli helped India to 5/352 off their fifty overs, a total which proved enough to hold off Australia.

Steve Smith (69), David Warner (56) and Alex Carey (55 not-out) did their best to chase down the total but three wickets each to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah ended Australia’s innings on 316. Full Scorecard:


Speaking after the match Captain, Aaron Finch, said there are valuable lessons to take into Australia’s next match against Pakistan.


Australia play Pakistan at the County Ground Taunton on Wednesday.

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Australian Men’s World Cup Squad:
Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Steve Smith (New South Wales)
Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)
Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Western Australia)
Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia)
Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)

Australia’s World Cup Fixture:
Match 1 – June 1
Afghanistan v Australia
Bristol Country Ground, Bristol
1:30pm (Local Time)

Match 2 – June 6
Australia v West Indies
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 3 – June 9
India v Australia
The Oval, London
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 4 – June 12
Australia v Pakistan
County Ground Taunton, Taunton
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 5 – June 15
Sri Lanka v Australia
The Oval, London
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 6 – June 20
Australia v Bangladesh
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 7 – June 25
England v Australia
Lord’s, London
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 8 – June 29
New Zealand v Australia
Lord’s, London
1:30pm (Local Time)

Match 9 – July 6
Australia v South Africa
Old Trafford, Manchester
1:30pm (Local Time)

Semi Finals – July 9 and 11

World Cup Final – July 14

Photo: Cricket Australia

Anil Kumble enters ICC Hall of Fame

Anil Kumble, the former India captain and one of the most versatile wrist-spinners to ever play the game, and Betty Wilson, one of the greatest women’s cricketers of all-time, were inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match between India and South Africa at the MCG on 22 February.

Kumble, with 619 Test wickets, is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket after Muttiah Muralidaran (800) and Shane Warne (708), while his 337 wickets in ODIs ranks him in ninth position on the all-time list of most successful bowlers in that format. Kumble captained India in 14 Tests between 2007 and 2008, winning three and losing five.

In the 138-year history of Test cricket during which 2,156 Tests have been played to date, Kumble is one of only two bowlers after England’s Jim Laker to have taken all 10 wickets in an innings. He achieved this feat against traditional rival Pakistan in New Delhi in February 1999.

Kumble made his Test debut in 1990 in Manchester and his final appearance was in New Delhi in October-November 2008. During his career, Kumble played 132 Tests and 271 One-Day Internationals. Apart from his 619 Test and 337 ODI wickets, Kumble also scored 2,506 runs in Tests and 938 runs in ODIs.


Betty Wilson, a former Australia batter, played 11 Tests between 1947 and 1958 in which she scored 862 runs at average of 57.4 and took 68 wickets at 11.8 per wicket.

On her debut against New Zealand at the age of 26 in 1948, she scored 90 and took four for 37 and six for 28. In her second Test, she scored 111 against England, becoming the first Australia woman to score a Test century against England, and took nine more wickets. Against England in 1957-58, she became the first cricketer, male or female, to score a century and take 10 wickets in a Test.

Wilson passed away on 22 January 2010, aged 88.

Kumble and Wilson were formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the innings break in the India versus South Africa match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday 22 February. ICC Director and Chairman of Cricket Australia, Mr Wally Edwards, presented Kumble with his commemorative cap, while Wilson’s commemorative cap was received by her nephew, Ken Wilson, from ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.

Beforehand on Saturday, 21 February at 1100 at the Yarra Room, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Kumble attended a media conference and will take questions about his career.

Reacting to the news about his induction into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, a modest Kumble said: “It’s an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Indeed, it will be a great moment of pride to receive it during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. I deem it as a great privilege to join the list of great cricketing luminaries.”

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Kumble on his induction. “Anil was an outstanding international cricketer, a very well-respected opponent, a great statesman for his country and a role model for millions of aspiring cricketers. He played hard but within the spirit of the game. His performance and record speak volumes for his tenacity, commitment, endurance and service to the game.”

Mr Richardson said of Betty Wilson: “History shows that Betty was an inspiring cricketer, one of the pioneers of women’s cricket and immensely respected because she always put cricket first. Had her debut not been delayed by World War II, I am sure she would have scored lot more runs and taken many more wickets.”

Kumble, who is now the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee, is the fourth India cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame after fellow former captains Bishen Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar were inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.

Overall, Kumble and Wilson are the 77th and 78th inductees while two more former icons of the game will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, details of which will be announced in due course.

The process for the selection of players into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame started last year when the ICC Chairman invited all the living ICC Cricket Hall of Famers to send their nominations. The ICC Nominations Committee reduced the long-list to 10 men’s and three women’s cricketers. The short-list was then sent to the Voting Academy, which included representatives of all the 10 Full Members, media representatives from all the 10 Full Members, Associate & Affiliate Member, women’s cricket and FICA representatives as well as living ICC Hall of Famers. The ICC collated the nominations and forwarded the ballot papers to the auditors who provided the final results.

*ICC Cricket Hall of Fame – initial inductees (55)

Sydney Barnes, Bishan Bedi, Alec Bedser, Richie Benaud, Allan Border, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Donald Bradman, Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Denis Compton, Colin Cowdrey, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Lance Gibbs, Graham Gooch, David Gower, WG Grace, Tom Graveney, Gordon Greenidge, Richard Hadlee, Walter Hammond, Neil Harvey, George Headley, Jack Hobbs, Michael Holding, Leonard Hutton, Rohan Kanhai, Imran Khan, Alan Knott, Jim Laker, Harold Larwood, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Clive Lloyd, Hanif Mohammad, Rodney Marsh, Malcolm Marshall, Peter May, Javed Miandad, Keith Miller, Bill O’Reilly, Graeme Pollock, Wilfred Rhodes, Barry Richards, Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Garfield Sobers, Brian Statham, Fred Trueman, Derek Underwood, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Frank Woolley, Frank Worrell

2009-10 Inductees
Herbert Sutcliffe, Steve Waugh, Wasim Akram, Victor Trumper and Clarrie Grimmett

2010-11 Inductees
Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, Ken Barrington, Courtney Walsh and Joel Garner

2011-12 Inductees
Belinda Clark, Frederick Spofforth, Curtly Ambrose and Alan Davidson

2012-13 Inductees
Enid Bakewell, Brian Lara, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne

2013-14 Inductees
Adam Gilchrist, Debbie Hockley, Bob Simpson and Waqar Younis

2014-15 Inductees
Anil Kumble and Betty Wilson. Two more to be announced in due course

-ICC Media Zone

India train hard after a day’s break


Throwdowns from elevated height and a mini-match made for an interesting training session

By Anand Subramaniam

Adelaide,12 February : India’s location for the practice session in Adelaide on a sunny Thursday morning was nothing short of scenic. A plush surrounding in the midst of greenery welcomed the team at St.Peter’s College, a ten minute drive away from the team hotel. The team went about its regular routine with the normal stretches and warm-ups before they walked out to the nets.

Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had a long stint at the nets batting for close to an hour. An interesting feature of India’s practice session was the use of two mini stools to throw down at the batsmen. A member of the team management would climb on to the stool and then throw down the deliveries to the batsmen. The result, the bowl was delivered from a height greater than usual with a steep bounce, making the batsmen play on the backfoot – a method to prepare for facing seven feet tall Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan one would assume. Most deliveries were dealt with confidence with the backfoot punch and the pull shot on display.

Away from the main nets, a mini-match was going on between the rest of the teammates with proper field placements and batsmen on each end. The pacers got to bat with some innovative and big shots flying off Mohit Sharma & Mohammad Shami’s bats. Once done, the duo bowled for a long time trying to stick to a line and length all under the watchful eyes of coach Duncan Fletcher.

Amidst all this India team director Ravi Shastri and captain MS Dhoni were found having a long discussion. Dhoni then walked out to bat and spent some quality time at the nets. He timed a few deliveries well and tonked some of them to bring a loud cheer from the school children gathered there. Virat Kohli too walked out to some cheers as he played some exquisitely timed shots often clearing the field.

Umesh Yadav worked up a good pace and beat the batsmen on occasions. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a silent bowling session and bowled a few delivers towards the end of practice. Interestingly, Dhawal Kulkarni bowled for long along with the rest of the pacers. The rest of the batsmen got their regular throwdowns from Sanjay Bangar who also occasionally bowled spin and the batsmen hit the sweet spot of their bats.
Source: BCCI

Cricket Australia targets multicultural communities

Photo: SN/SAT.

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 18 January: Cricket Australia (CA) is on a mission to promote Cricket as a sport for all. The aim is to make the game reflective of the current and future Australian population, to ensure their involvement and participation all levels of Cricket. Three subcontinent players F. Ahmad, Usman Khawja and Gurinder Sandhu are already in first class Cricket.
It’s ‘National Multicultural Engagement Framework’ for Game and Market Development to grow multicultural participation at all levels of Cricket. Further, the strategy focuses on the creation of role models across players, coaches, umpires, administrators and officials.
This message was given at an interaction with the multicultural media with CA and ICC officials presenting the strategy followed by a lively question answer session. Those present included CA’s Sam Almaliki, Sr. Manager Communiuty Engagement, Andrew Ingleton, Ececutive General Manager, Game and Market Development and John Kent, General Manager, Communications and Communiuty Engagement ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.Pakistan origin Australian cricketer Fahad. Ahmad also answered questions from media persons.
Answering to a question on the coming India-Pakistan match in Adelaide (during the ICC World Cup), Fahad Ahmad said, the Indian team is good and in the previous World Cup India won against Pakistan but Pakistan on its day can win.
In their addresses Sam Almaliki and Andrew Ingleton briefed the media persons how the CA plans and resources are driven by the principals of inclusion that will lead to increased access, choice and opportunities for the multicultural communities.
For more information: www.playcricket.com.au/a-sport-for-all or Sam Almaliki – sam.almaliki@cricket.com.au or Aaron Dragwidge – aaron.dragwidge@cricket.com.au

- SAT News Service.