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Michael Vaughan reckons that Joe Root can replace Alastair Cook as England test skipper.
Vaughan, who himself led the Three Lions with distinction for quite some time, is a television analyst these days and is known for speaking clear cut about the cricket issues.
According to him, Root has proved himself as test player over the last home season and watching him on the field, one can pretty easily feel that he is a captaincy material as he always looks involved in the game. He looks more pumped than anybody else at the fall of every wicket and he gives his all in fielding.
In the last test series against India, Root had stood very close to the batsmen in the slip cordon at times on the slow pitches with a helmet on and he had grabbed a couple of catches too at that position which was unbelievable.
As far as Root’s batting is concerned, it was high class during the India series. There was not a single game in that 5-game series in which Root did not contribute with the bat for the Three Lions. He was there every time England needed him.
The one match that England lost in that series, Root, perhaps, could have won that one too if he had not smashed a pull shot straight into the hands of the square leg fielder. He was batting absolutely beautifully during that innings and was taking the game away from India fast.
Root’s performance in the India series was a sign of his character too. He had completely lost it against Mitchell Johnson and company back there in Australia and had even been dropped in the last test match, but, the way he came back this summer, he sent a clear signal across the world that he is the horse of long race.
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Michael Clarke, the skipper of the Australian One Day International side, is expecting himself to get totally fit for the upcoming match against Zimbabwe which will be played in Harare this Sunday.
Clarke has not featured in Australia’s first couple of matches in the ongoing tri-series in which South Africa in the third team.
Clarke’s batting hasn’t been missed by the Kangaroos in those two games as they have managed to put up 300 plus on the board both times, but, yes, they have certainly missed Clarke’s leadership at times especially in that game against South Africa.
Clarke’s fitness struggles on away tours is not something new for Australia. Even during the Champions trophy, he had established a back problem because of which he had to miss the whole tournament.
However, it’s not the back problem which has kept him out this time around in Zimbabwe. He had actually stretched his hammy a little bit while warming up ahead of the start of the tri-series and it’s due to that he’s sat out on the tour so far.
The Australian fans would hope that the New South Wales man remains injury free going into the World Cup.
The Kangaroos might regain their status of World Champions in 2015 in their home conditions, but, Clarke’s fitness is the key for them.
In the absence of Clarke, Australia looks a slightly lost unit. George Bailey is a decent captain, but, he is certainly not as wise a tactician as Clarke is.
Clarke hasn’t been successful in winning an ICC title as captain so far and considering his age, he is not going to be playing One Day Cricket for too long. So, next year’s tournament at home is perhaps his last chance of achieving glory at World Stage as captain.
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Brian Lara was a part of the MCC XI in the exhibition match against the Rest of the World XI which was played at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, London last week.
Quite a few greats of the game were in both the teams. In Lara’s team, there was Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Brett Lee etc. while, in the opposition team, there was Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Kevin Pietersen and a few more.
So, it was a star studded encounter. The stands were completely filled as if it was an international match.
Batting first on a slow deck, Rest of the World XI posted a score of 293 on the board which was challenging.
But, MCC got such a good start from the openers that the task became too easy for them.
MCC’s opening pair got separated after a century stand when Sachin got bowled off the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan trying to play a late cut on a delivery which was marginally too full for that shot.
After Sachin’s departure, Lara came on to the crease and he started playing his trademark shots on the off side. He cut Tino Best for a delightful boundary through point which got the spectators on their feet.
But, Lara, like Tendulkar, also threw away his good start as at the score of 23; he guided a short of a length delivery from Paul Collingwood in Adam Gilchrist’s hands. He was trying to collect a four through the point region again, but, the ball was a little quicker than his expectation and he couldn’t put it away.
The Caribbean legend, however, got a standing ovation from the crowd when he was returning back to the dressing room. Lara acknowledged the cheers by raising his bat towards the fans.
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