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Ricky Ponting to retire after Perth Test

One of Australia’s greatest ever batsmen, Ricky Ponting, will retire after the Perth Test against South Africa. The 37-year-old officially announced this afternoon that he will step aside following his 168th Test, at the WACA starting tomorrow.

The Tasmanian has compiled an astonishing record, scoring 13,366 Test runs at an average of 52.21. But he felt his performances weren’t good enough to earn a spot in the team.

A glorious career will come to an end. Reuters“This is a decision not made by the selectors, it was made by me,” Cricket Australia tweeted Ponting as saying. “I haven’t been performing consistently over the last 12-18 months. I believe now is the right time to be making this decision.

“I’ve given cricket my all.”

However, Ponting felt his inability to shine at the big moments helped him make up his mind.

“Thing that struck home was even though my preparation and feeling was good I was falling at the big moments. Based on performances on this series. Not good enough output for an Australian batsman,” said Ponting.

Ponting was dropped from the one-day team but has remained in the Test side as a specialist batsman with disappointing results. It will be his 168th Test for Australia, equalling Steve Waugh’s record as most Tests played by an Australian.

CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said he and Ricky had exchanges messages earlier today after Ponting had made his decision overnight.

“Ricky has had an extra-ordinary career and has made an extra-ordinary contribution, including through the example he has set for other elite players and through the excitement he has given fans, young and old,” Mr Sutherland said.

“There is much to admire, including his pride in his roots at his local cricket club that he spoke so eloquently of at last month’s Bradman Oration, through to the fact that he takes to the field tomorrow for his 168th Test as one of the best prepared players in the modern game”.

“I think his record until he retired as captain was outstanding but my respect for him since then has actually increased, seeing first-hand how he stepped back to become a total team player, absolutely committed to his captain, unstinting in his work to help other players and single-minded in his view that everything, including his own ambition, must always be second place after whatever was best for the team”.


Chand ton gives India Under-19 World Cup

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Unmukt Chand led from the front with a magnificent hundred as India Under-19 lifted their third World Cup title after beating formidable defending champions Australia by six wickets in the final today.

This was India U-19s first triumph after Mohammed Kaif and Virat Kohli led their respective teams to victory in 2000 and 2008 editions respectively.

Courtesy a magnificent unbeaten 111 by Unmukt and his unbroken partnership of 130 runs with glovesman Smit Patel, India overhauled a competitive target of 226 on a bouncy strip with 14 balls to spare.

It was one of the best centuries one could have witnessed at the junior level as Unmukt hit seven fours and as many as six sixes during his 130-ball knock.

He completed his century with a six over extra cover off Alex Gregory but the celebrations were very muted. The skipper knew that the job was only half done.

Once Smit, who hit an effective 62, slog-swept off-spinner Ashton Turner towards deep mid-wicket for a four a number of Indian supporters rushed to the ground along to celebrate with the team.

Though four wickets were lost in the chase, it never looked like an uphill task for the Indians, who were subdued in the middle overs but accelerated towards the end to get to the target with ease.

After Prashant Chopra was out chasing a delivery down leg side of Mark Steketee without troubling the scorers, Unmukt and in-form batsman Baba Aparajith (33) took the attack to the opposition.

The duo added 73 runs for the second wicket playing the Aussie pace trio of Steketee, Joel Paris and Gurinder Sandhu with ease.

India beat New Zealand by 9 runs to reach final


India beat Kiwis, face Aussies in final

Townsville, Aug 23: India defeated New Zealand by 9 runs to make it to the final of the U-19 World Cup for the fourth time, as they restricted their opponents to 200/9.
Amazing bowling performance saw India through as they rip through New Zealand top order as the opponents were reeling at 63/4 after 18 overs.
K Passi gave India the first breakthrough as he dismissed Davidson for 6 in the 10th over, while Harmeet Singh and Ravikant both joined the party as they dimsissed Ben Home (10) and Joe Carter (30) in 16th and 17th over respectively.
After losing four wickets, New Zealand managed to get a 56-run stand (Fletcher and O’Donnell) for the 5th wicket while they managed 36 runs ( Fletcher and Neynens) for the 6th wicket as well but fell short by 9 runs as India made it to the finals for the fourth time.
New Zealand’s wicket-keeper Cam Fletcher top scored with 53 (89) as he held the hopes of guiding the team to the finals, but Sandeep Sharma ensured it was India’s day as he dismissed Fletcher in the 48th over, which meant New Zealand had to score 37 runs off 16 balls.
India’s Harmeet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Ravikanth Singh all picked 2 wickets each as Passi and Aparajith got a wicket each to restrict New Zealand to 200/9 as India won by 9 runs.
Having asked to bat first, India scored 209/9 in their allotted 50 overs with Prashant Chopra (52), Aparajith (44) and Unmukt Chand (31) playing a vital role to set a target of 210 for the Kiwis.
India has reached the final of U-19 World Cup in 2000, 2006, 2008 and 2012 as they have emerged victorious in 2000 and 2008 as they defeated Sri Lanka and South Africa respectively to lift the Cup, while Pakistan defeated India in 2006 in the final. With India making its fourth appearance in the U-19 final, expectations are soaring high on Unmukt Chand’s team as they have the potential to beat Aussies in the final on Sunday.

Pujara’s maiden ton lifts India to 307/5


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Cheteshwar Pujara dominated the Indian batting with an unbeaten 119 as they finished at 307/5 on Day 1 of the first Test against New Zealand at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Pujara shared an unbeaten 47-run stand with skipper MS Dhoni (29*) to survive the last half an hour of the day after Kiwis took the new ball.

Pujara notched up his maiden Test hundred to lead Indian first innings. Pujara, who played his last Test in January 2011, made a remarkablecomeback to Test cricket. Pujara smacked 14 boundaries and a six in his century knock that came in 169 balls.

India suffered another blow in quick succession after losing Virat Kohli when Kiwi spinner Jeetan Patel struck to dismiss Suresh Raina and reduced India to 260/5.

Pujara held the one end after being promoted to number three and added 125 runs with Virat Kohli for the fourth wicket to frustrate the visitors.

Chris Martin broke the crucial century stand by dismissing Kohli to give New Zealand much needed breakthrough soon after the tea.

Kohli complimented his partner by scoring a half-century to consolidate India against the Kiwis. He reached his fourth Test fifty in 79 balls, smashing seven boundaries.

India were 182/3 at tea with Pujara and Kohli going well. Pujara hit a patient half-century to steady the Indian first innings.

Pujara’s second Test fifty came after Trent Boult clean bowled Sachin Tendulkar with a superbdelivery.

The delivery came in sharply and stayed a little low to sneak through the gap between bat and pad to uproot the middle stump.

India went to lunch at 97/2 with Pujara and Tendulkar at the crease on 12.

Doug Bracewell gave New Zealand the second breakthrough when he had Virender Sehwag caught by Martin Guptill at second slip.

Sehwag hit 9 fours in his 41-ball 47 before falling to Bracewell.

India lost their first wicket when Trent Boult induced an edge off Gautam Gambhir’s bat.

Gambhir (22) tried to play the ball down to third man without moving his feet and ended up giving a simple catch to keeper Kruger van Wyk.

Earlier, Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat.

Laxman retires from international cricket

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India’s star batsman VVS Laxman is contemplating retirement from international cricket after the two-Test series against New Zealand starting August 23 in Hyderabad.

It is learnt that the veteran of 134 Tests will be addressing the media in a day or two to announce his decision to call time on his illustrious 16-year international career although there has been no official confirmation from the BCCI or the Hyderabad Cricket Association so far.

The 37-year-old batsman, who formed the core of India’s famed middle-order that had Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, ruled world cricket for more than a decade with his wristy stroke-making.

It was the contribution of this famed quartet that helped India to gradually make progress in Test matches and get to the No 1 in the ICC Test rankings. He scored 8781 runs with 17 Test centuries with highlight being the epic knock of 281 against Australia where India won the Test match after being made to follow on. He has a Test average of 45.97.

Laxman was not a regular in India’s ODI team and played 83 matches for 2338 runs with six centuries. The most disappointing aspect of his glorious career would be his failure of not playing in any of the four World Cup editions during his career span.

There has been intense speculation regarding the future of the Hyderabadi stylist after he managed a meagre 154 runs in eight innings during India’s disastrous tour of Australia.

It is also learnt that Laxman has been hurt by the constant criticism following his failure in the last two series and comments by critics that he should give way to youngsters

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