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Shane Warne to be inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame (ACHoF) at the 2012 Allan Border Medal tomorrow night in Melbourne. ACHoF chairman Mr David Crow today announced that Warne was the selection committee's unanimous choice for induction in 2012. The first cricketer to take 700 Test wickets, Warne is widely regarded as the greatest spinner – if not bowler – of all time. He was named as one of only five Wisden Cricketers of the Century in 2000.

"Shane Warne's contribution to cricket has been enormous," said Mr Crow. "He revived legspin, combining accuracy with variety and enormous turn, even on unhelpful pitches. It was the timing of his performances – in addition to his sheer weight of wickets – that further underlined his legendary status.


Ricky Ponting to play on in Test cricket, expresses desire to finish career on a high

ricky_ponting3A day after he was dropped from the Australian One Day squad for the remainder of the Commonwealth Bank tri-series, former skipper Ricky Ponting called a press conference in Sydney to tackle questions from the media regarding his future. Ponting was quick to point out that he was not retiring from the sport and though he was unlikely to feature in Australia's one-day plans in the future, he did not explicitly say that he was retiring from that format either. Ricky did, however, clearly state that his love for the game was undiminished, and he wished to continue playing test cricket for as long as he deserved on form.

Ponting stated that he was disappointed to be dropped from the one-day side, but understood that his present form in the Commonwealth Bank completely merited the decision that the National Selection Panel had taken. He also conceded that with the selectors looking to build a team for the 2015 World Cup, he definitely didn't want to be denying any other player a chance. When specifically quizzed about whether or not he was retiring from one-day cricket Ponting said, "It's a little bit hard to come here today and say I'm retiring when I've already been left out of the side. I don't expect to play ODI cricket anymore and I wouldn't expect to be picked."


Sunil Gavaskar inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

dev_gavaskarFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar was formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on Wednesday in Dubai when he received his commemorative cap from fellow Hall of Famer and team-mate Kapil Dev. Gavaskar is one of the initial 55 inductees in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame which was launched in January 2009 in association with the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) as part of the ICC's Centenary Year. He now joins a Hall of Fame* that includes 72 male and female cricketers.

In the presence of ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and former Pakistan captains Aamir Sohail, Ramiz Raja and Waqar Younis, Gavaskar accepted the cap from Dev in front of a select gathering.


Pakistan win Third Test by 71 runs to wrap up series 3-0

A target of 324 proved to be 71 too many to chase for the visiting English batsmen as they slid to their third consecutive defeat to Pakistan, thereby putting their world no.1 ranking in serious jeopardy. Starting day 4 of the final test looking for a further 288 runs with 10 wickets in hand, England did decently well in the opening session before some quality swing bowling from Umar Gul saw the fast bowler pick up 4 wickets to bring the English middle order to their knees. The Pakistani spin twins - Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman - kept chipping away too, sharing 6 wickets between them to hasten the end. A few England batsmen got starts today with Alastair Cook and Matt Prior both scoring 49s and each of their top 8 getting into double digits, but failing to kick on and making the most of what were easily the best batting conditions they had this entire series.

The England openers - Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook - started the day rather conservatively, but in a much more confident manner as compared to their previous outings. Strauss though was able to add only 7 runs to his overnight score, falling for 26, trapped leg before by an incoming delivery from Abdur Rehman. Strauss reviewed the decision but it turned to be a lost review for England.


England need 288 further runs to win the third test with all 10 wickets in hand

A painfully slow day of test match cricket saw only 179 runs scored over the course of 90.4 at less than 2 runs per over as first Pakistan and then England made negligible progress. Pakistan added just 143 runs to their overnight score of 222/2 to be bowled out in their second innings. The England spinners took the bulk of the wickets with Monty Panesar pocketing yet another 5-fer, while Graeme Swann ended with 3 wickets. For Pakistan, Azhar Ali kept one end up, playing 442 balls in a marathon 9 hour effort that saw him score 157. Chasing 324 to win, England had 20 overs to survive before the end of Day 3, and did so rather comfortably, taking 36 off their target in the process.

Pakistan started day 3 with Younus Khan unbeaten on 115, while young Azhar Ali was on 75, closing in on his second test century. Khan added a further 12 runs to his overnight score before falling in the 10th over of the morning, leg before to Stuart Broad. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq joined Ali and the pair added 87 runs for the 4th wicket. Ali brought up his century just before lunch, getting to the landmark off 319 deliveries. Pakistan headed into the interval, still very much in control of this match at 295/3.


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