Ryan Harris: Australian bowler retires...!

Australian bowler Ryan Harris has took retirement from all forms of cricket on Saturday with immediate effect.
The 35-year-old has battled with a right-knee problem, forcing him to miss the next week’s Ashes series which is to be played on English soil.

The veteran has claimed 113 wickets in 27 Tests and 44 wickets in 21 ODIs.

"Given the news I received yesterday, and after talking it over with my family, I know now is the right is the time to step away from cricket," Harris is quoted as saying by Cricket Australia's official website

"I'm pretty lucky, I have had a wonderful career and nothing made me prouder than pulling on the Baggy Green. I played 27 more Tests than I ever thought I would and I have relished every single moment of them.”

The news comes as a major blow to the Aussies for their hopes of retaining the Ashes urn. 

Meanwhile, Harris is heading back to Down Under with New South Wales’s Pat Cummins flying over to England to join Australia’s Ashes squad as a replacement option ahead of the first Test next Wednesday in Cardiff.

REVEALED: Younis Khan’s retirement plan

Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has revealed his retirement plans after playing his 100th test match in Colombo last week.

The 37-year-old right-handed batsman becomes the fourth Pakistani cricketer to playing 100th test match for his country, which makes him at the top among other players at that point of career.

He expressed his desire to achieve more than this and have certain goals, which he wants to complete before announcing his retirement from Test cricket.

Younis said in an interview: “I believe I still have a lot to achieve and there is a lot to do in life. But I managed to get to 100 Tests, which is a big honour. A country like Pakistan, where the number of matches is fewer compared to other parts of the world, even Javed Miandad took about 18 years to play 124. For me it has taken 15 years to get to 100”.

While talking about his further plans, he added, “It’s very near and obviously I will call off my career with grace. I will walk away myself, but I still have some goals in my mind and I am close to achieving those goals as well. I can't share that goal at this point, but you will know very soon”.

Khan, who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2000, has scored 8640 runs in 100 Tests at 53.33 avg.
01 July, 2015

Sachin Tendulkar best Test player of 21st century

India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been named the best Test cricketer of the 21st century by by Cricket Australia's website.

An online poll conducted by CA website, in which the 42-year-old bagged the highest number of votes to become on top of the list of the 100 best Test players since 2000.

Sri Lanka's Wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara received the second highest votes, followed by Australian legend Adam Gilchrist in the third position.

Tendulkar earned 23% of votes, while Sangakkara got 14% votes.

The former India skipper, Tendulkar, is the only Indian player to be listed in the top-10 list, while there are four Aussie, three South African and two Sri Lankan cricketers.

"After 10 days of counting down and no end of deliberations, cricket.com.au released its final countdown of the 100 best Test players since 2000 a couple of days ago. 

"Readers debated the top 10, just as you did players 11 through 100, but we also provided an opportunity for you to decide your No.1 Test player of the century," CA's website stated.

"Tendulkar, the Little Master who remains an iconic figure in the sport, was a runaway winner, jumping four places from where cricket.com.au had him placed, while batting giants Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis were separated on countback, with the Australian just edging out his Proteas counterpart," it further said.
Tendulkar is the only batsman, who made 100 international centuries - the record for highest run scorer in both Tests and ODIs.

Reactions: England win series 3-2 over New Zealand

This victory is what has been needed, Congratulations to England cricket team for their standard of play and the spirit of fairness which prevailed throughout in a fantastic ODI series.

This was more than a victory for Eoin Morgan's men, which is so entertaining to watch - thanks to both teams bringing wonderful cricket to their fans.

England’s Jonny Bairstow has won the Man of the Match, while New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson named the Royal London Player of the Series for his stellar performances with a total of 396 runs.

21 June, 2015

5 Pakistan players to watch out for the Sri Lanka tour

Pakistan will play three Tests followed by five ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka, starting June 17 in Colombo.

The international bilateral series, considered as one of the longest series during summer 2015 and both teams will battle it out during the hottest weather of the season.

Here are top five Pakistan players to watch out for,

Ehsan Adil

The 22-year-old hasn’t played much but provided good support to the likes of Pakistan primary pacer Wahab Riaz in the recently ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Mohammed Imran Khan

The right arm fast bowler has claimed nine wickets in four Tests. He earned his place into the Test team following his consistence performance in the domestic cricket.

Shan Masood

The 25-year-old got selected on the basis of his stellar performance in the domestic circuit. His gutsy 75 runs against a formidable South African makes him one of the greatest batsman in Pakistan cricket.

Zulfiqar Babar

Babar, the oldest cricketer from Pakistan to make his T20 debut, against South Africa, picking up 27 wickets in 5 matches.

He will certainly be the key player for the Pakistan. With Saeed Ajmal has been dropped due to poor performance, Babar has got a wealth of experience to the domestic cricket where he has more than 300 wickets under his belt.

Haris Sohail

Haris Sohail has got an average of 52 in first class cricket and 43 in one day internationals is no brickbat and will certainly look to build his position permanently in the team by giving 100 percent  against the Lankans in their den.

17 June, 2015

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