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Buchanan, Warne on CA radar

Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) is planning to appoint Shane Warne and John Buchanan as mentors. “Looking back over the past 10 years, you could argue that Buchanan has been the most successful coach in the game at any level,” CA spokesman Peter Young told a newspaper. “And it’s the same with Warne in terms of bowlers. So the thought of having them both work for us is salivating,” he added.
Young admitted that Warne and Buchanan’s rivalry, which became all the more bitter after the former issued acerbic statements on the ex-coach’s style of functioning, was an issue but he hoped that once appointed the duo will put its differences aside to work as professionals. However, going by Warne’s latest salvo, in which he described Buchanan as a “goose”, it would be hard to imagine them working together.

England drop to 5th spot

Calcutta: The rainfall in Galle may have helped England save the third and final Test but it could not prevent them from losing the series to Sri Lanka or from slipping three places to fifth position in the LG ICC Test Championship table. According to an ICC release Saturday, South Africa replace England in second position ahead of their Test series against the West Indies, which starts in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. India remain on fourth position but will be hoping to improve.

TEST RANKINGS

TEAMS — 1. Australia (143 points), 2. South Africa (109), 3. Sri Lanka (109), 4. India (109), 5. England (107), 6. Pakistan (94), 7. New Zealand (91), 8. West Indies (72), 9. Bangladesh (4)

Kapil gesture

Chennai: Kapil Dev Saturday held a four-hour long discussion with the members of the Chennai Superstar team who won the inaugural ICL tournament recently. Kapil told them it is important that they do well as the coming season had more tournaments. The World Cup winning captain held one-to-one discussions with the players and then interacted with the team.

PCA hits back

Chandigarh: The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Saturday termed as “sheer frustration” the allegations levelled by their Orissa counterpart about the Ranji Trophy tie played at Mohali earlier this week and said they were ready to get the video recording of the match verified by the BCCI.

CAB plan

Calcutta: The CAB is not leaving any stone unturned in an effort to boost the team morale ahead of their Ranji Trophy tie against Andhra Pradesh from Tuesday. Bengal face a must-win situation to save relegation from the Super League. In the latest attempt, the CAB has decided to accommodate the players at a city hotel during the match. “We are trying our best to do whatever we can… This arrangement will enhance team spirit,” an official said.


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