Clark blames TV analysts
Melbourne: Stuart Clark believes repeated analyses and comments by the commentary team of the TV network airing the India-Australia matches have tarnished the hosts’ reputation.
The players are adamant that constant replays and discussions on sensitive topics such as claimed catches and walking have a major impact on the viewing audience. “I think some commentators need to understand the influence they have on the viewers,” paceman Clark said.
Adelaide: India are likely to face four fast bowlers in the fastest pitch in the world — the Waca. The selectors are expected to give strong consideration to unleashing Shaun Tait as part of a four-pronged pace attack in Perth, where Lillee and Waca chief executive Graeme Wood confirmed that conditions would, like the fast and bouncy pitches of old, suit pace over spin.
Sydney: Australia have named an unchanged squad for the third Test.
Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Phil Jaques, Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Brad Hogg, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Stuart Clark, Shaun Tait
Letter to Dave
New Delhi: The Delhi Police want to “talk” to former South Africa cricketer Dave Richardson to help in investigations into the 2000 match-fixing scandal. “We have sent a letter rogatory to the South African government requesting it to allow us to question a number of players including Richardson,” additional commissioner of police (crime) Satyendra Garg said.
Colombo: Muttiah Muralidharan was honoured in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Monday where he was called an icon of unity in a divided nation. Muralidharan broke the world record for most Test wickets in December, surpassing Australian Shane Warne’s tally of 708 dismissals.
Parthiv to lead
Mumbai: Gujrat captain Parthiv Patel will lead the West Zone in the Duleep Trophy.
Parthiv Patel (captain; wk), Ajit Agarkar (v-c), Ajinkya Rahane, Sahil Kukreja, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rakesh Solanki, Yusuf Pathan, Ramesh Powar, Rakesh Dhruve, Munaf Patel, Sandeep Jobanputra, Pinal Shah, Samad Fallah and Harshad Khadiwale; Coach - Praveen Amre; Manager Atul Bedade