Kiwis take NatWest Series after convincing win over Windies
NatWest Series final, Lord's: West Indies 159 all out (41.2 overs) lost to New Zealand, 266, by 107 runs.
New Zealand ended their tour of England on a high after a their 107-run win at Lord's clinched the NatWest Series for them. Spinner Daniel Vettori claimed a career-best 5-30 and was responsible for two run-outs as West Indies were dismissed for 159 in a rain-hit match.
New Zealand posted 266 despite losing their last seven wickets for 49 runs after openers Stephen Fleming (67) and Nathan Astle (50) put on 120 together. But their total seemed in danger until the Kiwi bowlers applied a stranglehold.
Wickets fell at key times to thwart the West Indies' plan of forming a platform to build on later. Just before the fourth and final break for rain, Vettori was involved in three dismissals in the space of five overs that effectively finished the contest. His direct throw from point beat Devon Smith to the non-striker's end after the opener had made a career-best, if overly-cautious, 44. He then trapped Brian Lara lbw for 30 and had Dwayne Bravo snagged at midwicket to leave the Caribbean side five wickets down, still needing 161 with 21 overs left. From here West Indies simply subsided.
Gavaskar facing inquiry
Gavaskar facing inquiry
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar is under investigation over alleged offences relating to his involvement with a shoe company. Police in the western state of Gujarat have filed a case against six men, including Gavaskar, accusing them of breach of trust and cheating.
Gavaskar scored 10,122 runs in 125 Tests for India between 1971 and 1987. The 55-year-old is currently in Sri Lanka where he is working as a commentator on the Asia Cup. He also has an important administrative role in the game as chairman of the International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee, which is reponsible for all playing issues.
The Associated Press quoted a police spokesman as saying the case related to a 1992 share issue by the shoe company intended to raise more than £500,000. He said Gavaskar would be asked to make himself available for questioning in the near future. They have also asked to see the company's financial records.
Warne ready for the Indian challenge, seeks to take record
A day after equalling Muttiah Muralitharan's record for the highest number of Test wickets, Shane Warne has already set his sights on his next challenge: improving upon his modest record against India. Warne now has 527 Test wickets.
“We've lost the two series I've played in India ... in my 13 years of international cricket it's the one place we haven't won. I've done well at times but over a full series they've played me better than anyone."
He can say that again. Since returning figures of 1 for 150 in his debut Test in 1991-92, Warne has consistently struggled to make an impression against the Indian batsmen. His best series against them came at home in 1999-2000, when he took eight wickets at nearly 42. On his two tours to India, he took a combined 20 wickets from six Tests at an exorbitant 52.25.
Warne was aware of the lacuna in his record, but believed that he was better prepared now than ever before.
"On the two tours I've been on there they have played me extremely well but I wasn't fully fit either. In 1998 I'd just had my shoulder operation and in 2001 I'd broken my finger."
Warne, who will be returning to England to resume his county stint with Hampshire, emphasised the importance of fitness when touring India.
"I have to make sure I don't sink too many pints in England and keep myself fresh and ready to go. Given how hot it [India] is, it's a test on your fitness."
Warne will be turning 35 in September this year, and admitted that it would be his last opportunity to set the record straight in India.
"It's the last time I'm going to play a Test series in India and hopefully I can take a few wickets and we win. You have to get wickets against the best sides. There's a lot to play for – it's the two best sides in the world and India is the hardest place to win in world cricket."
Australia will play four Tests in India in October, and a rich haul of wickets could help him go past Muralitharan in the wickets tally - Murali will only get two Tests against South Africa in August to build a lead.
Australia takes 2-Test series 1-0
Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Darwin
Australia 207 and 201 beat Sri Lanka 97 and 162
(Jayawardene 44, Kasprowicz 7-39) by 149 runs.
Second Test, Cairns, day five: Australia 517 & 292-9 declared drew with Sri Lanka 455 & 183-8.
Asia Cup update
Asia Cup 2004 Itenarary and teams
Group A: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong
Group B: Sri Lanka, India, UAE
16 July: Bangladesh vs Hong Kong; India vs UAE
17 July: Pakistan vs Bangladesh; Sri Lanka vs UAE
18 July: Pakistan vs Hong Kong; Sri Lanka v India (Dambulla)
21 July: A2 v B2 (SSC), A1 v B1 (Premadasa)
23 July: A2 v B1 (Premadasa)
25 July: A1 v B2 (Premadasa)
27 July: B1 v B2 (Premadasa)
29 July: A1 v A2 (Premadasa)
1 August: Final (Premadasa)
2 August: Reserve day
Asia Cup, Colombo: Bangladesh 221-9 (50 overs) beat Hong Kong 105 (45.2 overs) by 116 runs
Asia Cup, Dambulla: India 260-6 (50 overs) beat UAE 144 (35 overs) by 116 runs
Asia Cup, Colombo: Pakistan 257-6 (50 overs) beat Bangladesh 181 (45.2 overs) by 76 runs
Asia Cup, Dambulla: Sri Lanka 239 (50 overs) beat UAE
123 (47.5 overs) by 116 runs
Asia Cup, Colombo: Pakistan 343-5 (50 overs) beat Hong Kong 165 all out (44.1 overs) by 173 runs (D/L method)
Asia Cup, Dambulla: Sri Lanka 282-4 (50 overs) beat India 269-8 (50 overs) by 13 runs