Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Steve O'Keefe

Australian recent test team spinner, Steve O’Keefe said – India’s tour always is a tough job for every foreign player. But he is very confident for the upcoming Test series against India where Australia will play four-Test series which begins on February 23 in Pune.

Steve directly said that he needs “some damage” for the Indian Team during the Test Series.

The 32-years-old Australian spinner said, “They are a class team, they are exceptional batters at home, and it’s going to be a big job. But I have got no doubt if we get it right for sustained longer periods then we can do some damage.”

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“I have spoken to the guys who have played there before. I had spoken to Daniel Vettori, I was able to chat briefly with Rangana Herath, and the main thing that I got from them is to challenge the batters defense. It is about building pressure by putting the balls in right areas,” he added.

Steve O’Keefe didn’t play any single International match in India, but he had an active memory when he visited in Indian and played against India A team. During that match, he took Virat Kohli’s wicket.

Steve O'Keefe

Steve said about the Indian Batting lineup, “In that line-up, there were plenty of players who have now cemented their places in the Indian team, such as (Cheteshwar) Pujara, K L Rahul, Karun Nair and Virat Kohli – they are four of the top six. The positive was we could play and compete against these guys. We were able to win a game and draw a game. Both Ashton (Agar) and I played over there, we had great chances, and we would draw from it.”

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“But I also understand that it would be quite hard. When they are playing for their country, they go up another level as well. So we were gonna have to match them if not try to get on top of them if we have to win.”

“The body feels good – so far so good. Have been able to get through some long days here in Dubai, getting that volume in will certainly put me in good stead,” he said.

“It wasn’t an easy decision when you step away and see the Sixers play in a final – it’s something you miss out on. But for me, it was about getting some volume under my belt.”

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“In that time I was able to get 100 overs in grade cricket and second XI cricket, and we also play with a Dukes ball, which is a little bit similar to the SG [ball used in India],” said Steve.

“I found it beneficial. Although it would have been nice to play with the Sixers, my main priority is to play well for Australia. I felt that was my best preparation.”

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Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said that he feels India skipper Virat Kohli is the best one-day batsman in the world. However, it is not yet period to named him as great of the five-day format.

When asked by media ‘Sydney Morning Herald,’ Ponting said “Is he the best batsman in the world? Yeah, he probably is. I thought he was six or seven months ago and he’s probably taken it to another level since then.”

Kohli had excellent formats in 2016 as Test captain led India to comprehensives victory against the West Indies, New Zealand, and England before taking over the captaincy of limited overs.

The 42-years-old former Australian captain said that captaincy in all formats would help Kohli. “Is it too premature to call him the best ever? You can probably say that right now as far as his one-day cricket is concerned.”


“His one-day record is outstanding and probably better than anybody that’s ever played the game given how many hundreds (27) he’s made but let’s give him a few years yet in the Test series side of things,” he said.

“It’s too early yet to be taking about him being one of the greats. I think the great players we always talk about – the Tendulkars, the Laras, the Kallises – those guys played 120, 130-200 Test matches. Virat’s not even halfway along that path,” added former Australian skipper.

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Ponting said about the upcoming tour of India; he said “The one thing about Virat Kohli is whenever there’s any confrontation, he does get a little bit outside of his comfort zone. You can see that he gets ultra-aggressive, which may be a good thing for him or maybe good for the opposition. We will wait and see what happens.”


“I think he’s a similar sort of character to me as well. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s pretty animated. He’s a very aggressive player. One thing I learnt about playing in India is the momentum that the home team can create, you have to try and stop that.”

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“Someone like Virat, you have to take his boundary-scoring areas away and make him score his runs in different areas or make him bat for a longer time to make his runs,” he added.

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Australian Team

Before India’s Tour Australian team demanded a review of performance-related pay for contracted players who stand to take one more hit after New Zealand defeated an under-strength ODI team in last week.

For their New Zealand tour, Australian board rested their top class players for the One-Day matches against NZ. Their frontline bowler Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were also rested from the ODI series against South Africa in November that’s why they failed to win any single match and whitewashed by 5-0 against the host team.

Australia could also lose their top ICC ODI ranking if South Africa defeat Sri Lanka in their last two matches of their recent series which played this week, meaning another potential hit for players who can receive further bonuses when the team holds the top ranking across the all three formats.

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Players, who have been conveying their new agreements of the  Australian Cricket Board, said the performance-based system needed to be revisited.

Australian Team

“The performance pool was agreed in the last MOU negotiation, but now we have a system that needs to be reviewed,” said Australian present chief executive of Cricket Association.

“There is a situation when this model is combined with the overlapping of the schedule and having players rested; it will need revisiting in the MOU negotiations.”

“The ACA will be exploring both the schedule and the performance pool as part of the current discussions.”

For the upcoming Sri Lanka T20I Series, no key player of the Australian team will be played, because all players are preparing for the Indian tour, that can be a real challenge for the whole Australian Team.

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Captain Steve Smith, David Warner, Starc, Josh Hazlewood and the attacking batsman Usman Khawaja will all be in India preparing for the first Test in Pune which will start from Feb 23rd.

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Former cricketer and current coach of the Australian cricket team Darren Lehmann believes that his team will play flawlessly to defeats Indian on their upcoming tour of India for four-test series which will starts from 23rd February in Pune.

The 47-years-old Australian coach Lehmann said on Tuesday that their team must play near-perfect cricket to achieve an extreme distress.

“Everything’s going to have to go really, that’s a simple fact of life. You’ve got to be really methodical, well prepared. Which they will be. We have to hold every catch; we fielded unbelievably (in 2004),” he added “And we batted big, that’s the key … you got to put pressure on them.”


Lehmann has openly said that Australia needs to bat 150 overs, a task will be the most challenging. “We’re not fearing getting the 20 wickets, we’ve just got to put enough scoreboard pressure on them.”

“We’re going to have to pick up certain areas … playing a world-class side like India is going to be tough. You’ve got to bat well … that’s going to be the challenge,” he added.

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Australian coach said that their team has been studying video analysis of India’s players. “They’ve been doing that for a while. The lads are pretty good with that sort to stuff now, they’ve had that on file now for probably two or three months.”


“We just have to play pressure cricket for five days. Any away tour is really tough … for us, subcontinent tours are the frontier if you like. It (winning) would mean a hell of a lot to a young group,” he added.

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Coach Lehmann believes that Australia needed a batsman like a similar type of heroic series, he said “We hope we have a Martyn or Hayden type series from someone. If we do that, we’ll make enough runs.”

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England captain Alastair Cook has taken a decision to stepping down as captain of the England Test setup.

As per the England and Wales Cricket Board website, Cook first discussed his decision with the Board Chairman ‘Colin Graves,’ who is known for founding the Costcutter chain of convenience stores, and later expressed to Direct of England Cricket Andrew Strauss his continuing commitment playing Test cricket for the country.

The 32-years-old England captain Cook, who steps down as captaincy of England, said to ECB “It’s been a huge honour to be England captain and to lead the Test team over the past five years. Stepping down has been an incredibly hard decision but I know this is the correct decision for me and at the right time for the team.”

“I’ve had time to reflect after the India series and this weekend I spoke to Colin Graves, the Chairman, to explain and offer my resignation.”


Cook said that while quoted by ECB, it was a “sad day personally in many ways.”

“But I want to thank everyone I’ve captained, all the coaches and support staff and, of course, the England supporters and the Barmy Army who follow us home and away and have given us unwavering support,” he said.

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“Playing for England really is a privilege and I hope to carry on as a Test player, making a full contribution and helping the next England captain and the team however I can.”

On Saturday, Cook was awarded as the post of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). He is one of the most capped captains in the longest format of the game.


He also observes as one of the most prolific and greatest batsman ever to play for England. In 1984- 85, Cook has lead England to their first Test victory in India.

Cook’s captaincy came under the observation following England’s poor performance at Bangladesh and their unsuccessful five-match Test series against India.

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Cook managed to score a century in the first Test, but England went on to be in flight 4-0 on the set by an out of control Indian side.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho took a blow at his previous club Chelsea as the Manchester United manager blame the Premier League leaders of lacking style.

Mourinho’s side cruised to win 3-0 at Leicester on Sunday, and he was fast to highlight the difference between the leading United display and what he perceives as the more joint efforts of Antonio Conte’s men.

Upset by criticism of the exact nature of his teams when he was in charge at Chelsea, Mourinho made it clear that he is unimpressed the way the Blues, recently nine points clear at the top, and also Tottenham and Liverpool, have been praised despite employing safety-first philosophies.

The 54-years-old United boss Mourinho said that “My team is playing very well but for many years in my career, especially in this country, when my team were ruthless and phenomenal defensively I listened week after week to people saying that was not enough, despite winning the title three times.”


“This season it looks that being strong defensively and good on the counter-attack is art. That is a big change in England. We are Manchester United; we want to play attacking football. This is the way the fans want us to play,” he said.

“But I don’t want to be a manager of a team that doesn’t win matches. We have to score goals. Today we did and that made the difference. Today was very important.”

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Mourinho‘s says about little harsh “The last time I was in this chair I was sacked a day later.”

Mkhitaryan scored United’s opener and placed in third for Juan Mata after Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled the lead.


Mourinho recognized the first goal had been vital as it boosted his team’s, he said “We missed the first big chance but scored the next one. That is the story of the game. We didn’t play better than in many other matches. We were solid, but we scored goals.”

He added “It makes all the difference. In the second half you are in emotional and tactical control. You kill the emotion of the opponent and the whole game looks different.”

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Mourinho said about having left Mkhitaryan out at the start of the season. “If a player isn’t playing sometimes it can seem the manager is disturbing them, but that is not true. Sometimes, the best way to protect the player is not to play him. Henrikh is one of these cases; you see the magic things he does.”

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Davis cup

In the group 1 of India’s Davis Cup, New Zealand and India tied which was a straight forward pretty seen for the observer. But finally, India beat New Zealand by 4-1 that was a predictable win for the Indian Site.

Before six months ago Bhambri comes back from a major injury, and he impressed in the opener and set that match to win by 6-4, 6-4, and 6-3. All his fan knows that his game wasn’t to that level that took him into the top 100 in 2015. That was more than enough for Tearney which ranked 415.

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However, Bhambri’s return is a good news for the Indian team. The good thing is that after his comeback he played well with the good intensity in all three sets of his first rubber. That was a test for him for the upcoming April session.

Davis cup

Bhambri gave a statement about his recent and upcoming game, “If I don’t take my chances I have to run a lot. I don’t enjoy that.”

“It’s just how I play. Even though I missed a few, I felt I was in control, I did miss a couple early, but then they all started going in,” said Bhambri.

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43 years ago, Pune hosted a tie match of Davis Cup and that match moves that tournaments portal to non-traditional venues which was appreciated by Amritraj. “I like the smaller cities because it brings all the people out. In Delhi, nobody cares.”

On that night Bhambri said something for the next generation next generation people and said, “I don’t know if the AITA has the desire to do it. I haven’t come across anything in the last 5 to 10 years that shows that desire. Everyone has come up training by themselves and not through a system. That’s why we see just one great singles player every ten years.”

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Bangladesh Vs India

In November 2000, Bangladesh played their first ever Test match against India. That match was played at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.

That was the first match for Bangladesh Cricket Team but wasn’t for India. Since 2005 that Stadium has only hosted football matches. In the International Test match record, that match was listed as 1512 Test match number which played between November 10-13 of 2000.

For Bangladesh, the captain was Naimur Rahman, and on the other side, Indian Captain was Sourav Gangly who also played his first test match aginst Banhladesh as a Captain.



Bangladesh Captain won their first International Test match and chose to bat first. That was the joy for the whole Bangladeshi cricket team.

 On Day one:

After 44/2 Bangladeshi team come back with a strong plan with the help of Aminul Islam and Habibul Bashar. They put 66 runs for the third wicket until the former was out 71 runs from 112 balls. At the end of the day, one BAN scored 231/6.


On Day Two:

On the second day that was a remarkable day for Aminul Hasan. Because He converts his half century in a big ton. With his century, Bangladesh was scored 395/9 where Aminul contributed 145 runs from 380 balls.

Then India came to bat and give their 1st wicket in the early few over where SS Das bowled on 29.

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Day Three:

On the day three India lost their two wickets in the morning session where Rahul David scored 28 run and Ramesh for 58. At lunch time India reaches 165/3.

After that, a big disaster came for the India side when Sachin Tendulkar falls on 18 runs. At the 190/5 India was ion big trouble. But then Captain Ganguly and Keeper Saba Karim came for India as a real saver. They put together 121 runs on the board and on the closing date India scored 366/7with Joshi’s 71 runs.

Day Four:

On the day four Joshi and Ajit Agarkar scored 56 runs in together. Finally, India put 429 runs on the board. For the critical pitch, eventually India won this test with a big margin.

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Australia vs Sri Lanka

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On 19th February, Australian team faced against the visitor Sri Lankan team on the second T20I. Of 2016/17 season that match was T20I no....