Sunday, January 19, 2014



The tourists were on the brink of securing their first win over Australia this winter only for a stunning 57-run last-wicket stand, between James Faulkner and Clint McKay, to snatch away victory in the second one-day international.
Faulkner took the lead role as he smashed 69 from 47 balls, with all five of his sixes struck off Ben Stokes.
Faulkner was able to line up the Durham all-rounder, who bowled unchanged through the final 10 overs, and back-to-back maximums in the penultimate over reduced the task down to 12 from six balls.
Tim Bresnan's first three deliveries then all raced to the boundary to pile on yet more misery for Cook and his side as they slipped 2-0 down in the five-game series.
"I think if Alastair looked at it he'd be honest about it - maybe if he re-ran it again, the last part of that game, he may do things differently," Thorpe said.
"We'll chat later about it. At the same time you have to give an enormous amount of credit to Faulkner, who played fantastically well."
Thorpe has warned that England will find any score below 300 in Australia is not enough as they prepare for the must-win third match in the series in Sydney.
Cook, England's strategists and the players have again been left desperately searching for a winning formula following the demoralising Brisbane loss on Friday.
While they did manage 300, exactly, at the Gabba - thanks to a 94-ball Eoin Morgan century - Faulkner's heroics stole the game away.
Former England batting maestro Thorpe takes comfort in the fact Australia needed such an innings to continue England's winless run against them this winter, but thinks their score was still only the bare minimum.
"In this part of the world 300 is a score we have to be looking to achieve," he said.
"I thought 300 was a decent score but on that surface you can chase that down. That is something we are working on."
Thorpe's scoring targets may appear demanding , after England only twice passed 300 during the Ashes, but he believes the new regulations in the 50-over game, and conditions Down Under, mean standards must be raised.
The 44-year-old wants the team to adapt accordingly, admitting that the preferred method of building steadily before a late burst may have to be reviewed despite England reaching a Champions Trophy final on home soil last June.
"We have to evolve as a side," Thorpe said. "We had a formula that worked pretty well for us in England. We look at it over here and I think we can do things differently.
"You need to be adaptable as a team. I see that as something that will develop."
Cook's form with the bat has been far from impressive but Thorpe has backed the skipper, along with Joe Root, to provide early impetus.
The pair's struggles have meant England are yet to get off to a rollicking start - they were 178 for five in the 38th over in Brisbane, before Morgan and Jos Buttler thrashed 117 in 68 balls.
"I don't think we are that far away as an England team batting," Thorpe said.
"I think we can get better. We have a powerful middle order and we have to keep working at the top.
"Potentially we have players who can play more attacking (at the top of the order), but we also have a couple of players who are out of form - it happens."
Thorpe is not ready, however, to elevate a pinch-hitter to provoke a quicker start.
"I still think at this level where you play on good pitches, good players can just play proper cricket shots," he said.
"The guys who have been out of form at the minute, they're still good players. When they get their form back they can do great things for us in one-day cricket."
For now England's coaching staff must focus on lifting the players for three must-win games to save the series.
"The game comes again tomorrow. If we're not in the right state of mind it will be a very tough game for England," said Thorpe.
"If the guys are in the right state of mind and they're ready to look Australia in the eye again and play with pride, then we'll stand a good chance.
"It's not the time for us to sulk and feel sorry for ourselves. We have to stand up and keep going forward."
Stuart Broad is set to return, providing instant experience to the bowling department, while Morgan has pulled up well despite going off with a tight calf following his century at the Gabba.
"If we can win tomorrow's game it would be an enormous achievement and show enormous strength in the side," Thorpe said.
"We have to demand that from the players. When you put on an England shirt that's what you have to do."
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An ICC committee has drafted a plan that would see the ECB, in conjunction with Cricket Australia (CA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), become the three central figures for major decision-making both on and off the field.

A 21-page 'position paper' was sent out to ICC full members earlier this month and Press Association Sport understands it will be discussed at the ICC's executive board meeting on January 28-29.
The decision will be made solely by the ICC board, with further discussion to take place if required in its meetings in April, July and October.
Reports regarding the paper have only surfaced this weekend, with its wide remit of recommendations said to range from scrapping the future tours programme to remodelling how revenue is distributed amongst the ICC's members.
The key proposal, however, appears to be the formation of a four-man executive committee, on which the ECB, CA and BCCI would all be guaranteed a place. The other position would be selected by the three boards annually.
The powers of the proposed executive committee would supersede those of the ICC's executive board - a panel in which all the full-member nations sit to agree major decisions.
None of the other seven full member nations have yet publicly stated whether they would back or deny such a proposal, which would effectively reduce their power in the game.
They will get the chance to discuss it at this month's meeting, when other topics for debate such as the idea of a two-tier Test structure are on the agenda.
That system, which would involved promotion and relegation, could potentially allow the likes of associate countries such as Ireland the chance to play Test cricket.
Cricket Ireland has set a target date of 2020 to win approval to be included in Test ranks under the ICC's current specifications.
While associate nations may prosper from the chance to win promotion, part of the radical plan reportedly includes making England, Australia and India immune from relegation.
That would ensure the three most economically powerful nations would be guaranteed to play Test series against each other during each cycle - including the Ashes.


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Monday, April 15, 2013

Bangladesh will be hosting the Asia Cup cricket tournament in 2014 most likely in the months of February-March. India had agreed to host the 2014 edition, however they backed out citing a packed international schedule and Bangladesh is set to host the Cup for the second time in a row. 

The probable dates for the tournament will be February 24 to March 8. 

The decision was taken at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) board meeting on April 8 in Kuala Lumpur. India had informed the Asian Cricket Council that they were trying to finalize the itinerary for the New Zealand tour, scheduled to be held in February-March next year. However Bangladesh, in order to host the tournament, have agreed to postpone a scheduled tri-series involving Sri Lanka and Pakistan around the same time. 

There is a possibility of the probable dates changing again as the BCCI has been trying to convince New Zealand Cricket for two Tests, two ODIs and two T20Is, which will enable India to compete in the Asia Cup. The ICC's Future Tours Programme (FTP) has India scheduled to play three Tests, five ODIs and a single Twenty20 international. 

Source :- http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/55114/bangladesh-will-host-asia-cup-2014
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