10 most recent news feeds
- The widening gulf: where is cricket heading?
Cricket’s law-makers are prone to act on controversial decisions such as the no balling of Steve Finn after he had dislodged the bails at the non-striker’s end during the England-South Africa series in 2012. But what are the impacts of these knee-jerk changes to the laws of cricket on club cricketers? Alan Flook examines this thorny issue from the perspective of those that play the game for recreation at the grass-roots.
- Triple century club: Highlights of legendary Test knocks
Ever since England opener Andy Sandham stroked his way to 325 (640 balls, 28 fours) against the West Indies in the 4th Test of 1930 at Sabina Park, it has been a dream for batsman to crown their career by achieving a triple century in test cricket. Amongst the many greats of the game that did not record a triple are Sachin Tendulkar (Highest score 248 not out), Ricky Ponting (Highest score of 257), Rahul Dravid (Highest score 270) and Allan Border (Highest score 205) – this list comprises 4 of the top 5 run scorers in test cricket, with only Lara making a triple century.
- Fastest ever centuries in Tests, ODIs and T20's
Rookie Kiwi allrounder, Corey Anderson, smashed a 36-ball century to beat Shahid Afridi's 18 year old record for the fastest ever ODI century. Anderson ended up on 131 not out in 47 balls as New Zealand beat the West Indies in a rain shorted ODI in Queenstown, Jan 2014.
Chris Gayle, one of the cleanest strikers in modern cricket, set a new record for the fastest century in the history of professional cricket with an astonishing century off just 30 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 Indian Premier League. How does Gayle’s feat compare with other rapid centuries?
- Sledging war makes mockery of the Ashes battle
Players from both sides became fired up during various stages of the Ashes series as the sledging war escalated to ugly heights. Alan Flook examines this hot topic.
- PAGE OF SHAME series : A timeline of Match and Spot Fixing activities
What are the sequence of events in the colourful and recent history of activities that has resulted in match-fixing? How are the players undermining the entire essence of cricket in an ever increasing frequency of scandals? This article lists out the timeline of match fixing, spot fixing and the related allegations that has tainted cricket.
- Critical Ashes moment: Should Stuart Broad have walked?
It has been many years since it was automatic for a batsman to walk when a ball was taken off an edge. This was largely a British thing surrounding the concept of ‘Sportsmanship’. It was never a part of the general Aussie approach or, indeed, in the UK at the professional level. Was Stuart Broad doing the right thing to stand his ground during a crucial period in the 1st Ashes Test at Trent Bridge?
- A progressive look at the highest One Day Innings of all time
On the same ground that he was booed off for slow scoring four years previously, Sachin Tendulkar become the first batsman to make a double-hundred in the history of one-day international cricket. His innings of 200 not out made in 147 balls (25 fours, 3 sixers) was the cornerstone of India’s 401 for 3 as they rolled over South Africa by 153 runs in the 2nd ODI at Gwalior on 24th Feb 2010.
- PAGE OF SHAME series: Match-fixing and Spot-fixing taints cricket
Match-fixing and other ways to manipulate the goings-on in cricket is eating away at the entire fabric of the game. The fundamental attraction for millions of fans who follow World Cups and Test matches for the sheer unpredictability of the outcome get cheated with yet another sting operation that reveals more cheats who are playing the game – whilst the ICC stands by haplessly doing too little, too late.
- 2012 ICC T20 WORLD CUP: Preview of the teams and the stars
Belt up cricket fans – the most exciting cricket tournament in the most exciting format is ready to launch in Sri Lanka on 18th September when the hosts, Sri Lanka, take on Zimbabwe in the opening game of the ICC T20 World Cup in the sleepy fishing hamlet of Hambantota on one of the largest cricket playing surfaces in the world.
- Is Dinesh Chandimal the real McCoy?
A new ‘star’ has emerged in the Sri Lankan cricketing scene. Well, experts on the game and statistics certainly seem to indicate that Dinesh Chandimal, the right-handed batsman/wicket-keeper, qualifies for this often-misquoted title of ‘star’. Indeed one should be cautious when making such predictions.