Kevin Pietersen dumped for not supporting captain, says ECB

Kevin Pietersen paid the price for not supporting Alastair Cook. Photo: Reuters

Kevin Pietersen’s England career was brought to an end due to concerns about his support for captain Alastair Cook, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed on Sunday.

Monday, 10 February, 2014, 10:39am 1 comment

Kevin Pietersen's England career fizzles out

Kevin Pietersen never seemed to fit in with England's team ethic. Photo: AP

The international career of Kevin Pietersen, the most talented and flamboyant England batsman of his generation, ended in atypically quiet fashion on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old South African-born right-hander was left out of the one-day party to tour West Indies this month as England look to rebuild following their recent ignominious Ashes defeat.

5 Feb 2014 - 9:54am

Tense time as Hong Kong face Papua New Guinea in crunch qualifier

Irfan Ahmed has been outstanding at the crease for Hong Kong during the ICC World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand. Photo: Dickson Lee

"Can we dare to dream?" Hong Kong Cricket Association chairman Mike Walsh and all local fans are on tenterhooks as Jamie Atkinson leads Hong Kong out for their final game at the ICC World Cup qualifiers against Papua New Guinea in Lincoln, New Zealand, today.

29 Jan 2014 - 10:25pm

Global game set for major shake-up as ICC backs 'principles'

England celebrate the wicket of Aaron Finch in their first match in the Twenty20 series against Australia in Hobart. Changes are afoot after the ICC gets unanimous support to alter its structure and governance. Photo: EPA

World cricket was set for a major shake-up after the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave "unanimous support" for "principles" to change its structure and governance.

However, no sooner had the ICC presented a united front following the first of a two-day board meeting at its Dubai headquarters on Tuesday, than South Africa broke ranks.

29 Jan 2014 - 9:56pm

Michael Atherton leads global criticism of power grab within ICC

Former England captain Michael Atherton has condemned a proposal to effectively cede control of world cricket to India, Australia and England. Photo: Reuters

Former England captain Michael Atherton and a leading global anti-corruption watchdog have joined the chorus of criticism on plans to effectively cede control of world cricket to India, Australia and England.

28 Jan 2014 - 11:21pm

Great all-rounder Kallis to quit test arena after India finale

Jacques Kallis celebrates his double century against Sri Lanka in Cape Town on January 4, 2012 - one of his many magnificent innings. Photo: Reuters

Jacques Kallis will retire from test cricket after this week’s second match against India, ending the career of one of the game’s greatest all-rounders and South Africa’s most significant player of the modern era – and possibly ever.

26 Dec 2013 - 10:45am

Lehmann confident Watson will be fit for Test

Shane Watson should be fit to play in the Ashes, Australia's coach said. Photo: AP

Australian coach Darren Lehmann said on Saturday he is confident Shane Watson will be fit to play in the Ashes series opener against England later this month.

The experienced all-rounder was cleared this week of a serious left hamstring injury he picked up during Australia’s recent tour of India, raising concerns that he could miss the Test opener at Brisbane starting on November 21.

9 Nov 2013 - 2:43pm

Du Plessis fined for ball tampering

Faf du Plessis has been fined after pleading guilty to tampering with the ball. Photo: Reutrs

South Africa’s Faf du Plessis has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee after pleading guilty to tampering with the ball during the ongoing second Test against Pakistan in Dubai, the ICC said on Saturday.

South Africa were penalised five runs and umpires ordered the ball to be changed on Friday, and match referee David Boon of Australia swiftly summoned du Plessis.

26 Oct 2013 - 4:08pm

Tendulkar to retire after 200th Test

Sachin Tendulkar has announced he will retire next month. Photo: AP

Indian Sachin Tendulkar, the world’s most prolific international run-scorer in cricket, will retire after playing his 200th test match at home against West Indies next month.

10 Oct 2013 - 9:52pm

Hot Spot dropped for winter Ashes series

Australian and English players at the Ashes in July. New decision-review technology has been dumped weeks before Australia’s next Ashes series against England. Photo: AFP

The decision-review technology known as Hot Spot has been dumped just weeks before Australia’s Ashes series against England, reports said on Thursday.

The controversial infrared camera system has been dropped by the host broadcaster due to costs, Hot Spot’s Australian inventor Warren Brennan told Fairfax Media.

10 Oct 2013 - 9:57am

Pietersen awarded damages over advertisement

 Kevin Pietersen has been awarded damages over an advertisement suggesting he tampered with a bat. Photo: AFP

England cricketer Kevin Pietersen was on Tuesday awarded undisclosed libel damages over an advertisement that suggested he had tampered with his bat during this year’s Ashes series against Australia.

The advert for opticians Specsavers showed a picture of the batsman alongside the statement: “‘Bat tampering’ in the Ashes? Apparently Hot Spot should’ve gone to Specsavers.”

9 Oct 2013 - 11:20am

Australian batsman Warner in trouble again

David Warner as he walks off the pitch during a Australian game against New Zealand earlier this year. Photo: AP

Controversial Australia batsman David Warner was in more trouble on Tuesday after being disciplined by Cricket New South Wales for failing to show up for a grade game last weekend.

8 Oct 2013 - 1:37pm

Afghanistan seek World Cup boost from India, Pakistan

Afghan cricket fans celebrate runs by their team. Photo: AFP

Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan is pleading with India and Pakistan to help his team make an impact in their maiden World Cup appearance in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.

Afghanistan booked their place in the game’s global showpiece by beating Kenya by seven wickets on Friday and now will look for crucial support from defending champions India and 1992 winners Pakistan.

5 Oct 2013 - 1:11pm

Injured Clarke out of India tour

Michael Clarke has been ruled out of Australia’s one-day tour of India. Phot: AP

Captain Michael Clarke was Tuesday ruled out of Australia’s one-day tour of India this month with his long-standing back problem needing further treatment.

The star batsman was picked in the initial 14-man squad last month but the injury has failed to show as much progress as expected, with George Bailey assuming responsibilities as skipper.

1 Oct 2013 - 3:08pm

Panesar in Ashes squad after drunken incident

Monty Panesar has promised selectors he has put his problems behind him. Photo: AFP

England selectors forgave players for drunken incidents by including them on Monday in the squad heading to Australia in search for a fourth straight Ashes victory.

Monty Panesar is in the 17-man traveling party despite last month being fined by police for drunk and disorderly conduct - urinating in public following his ejection from a nightclub.

24 Sep 2013 - 1:53pm