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This week's highlights (March 16-22, 2015)

International Cricket | March 20, 2015

When Shane Watson stalks in from the slips to lean in and spit those words at Wahab Riaz, does he know? Does he have any bloody idea, what he is really doing to Wahab, and 90 minutes later, to himself?

Australia had, at one stage, spoken in team meetings about easing off Kevin Pietersen verbally. "It fires him up," was Brett Lee's reasoning. They had not had this meeting about Wahab. When Mitchell Starc beats his edge with an outswinging yorker in the 39th over, the bowler slithers forward. He tells the batsman: "It's the white thing, you have to hit it." Wahab, already cranky at another middle-order meltdown from his team-mates, follows Starc down the pitch. He seethes at the bowler, complains to the umpires.

Source: ESPN Cricinfo


International Cricket | March 18, 2015

Followers of England’s 50-over cricket team are already well versed in the idea of adopting a second team at World Cups. Unsurprisingly, perhaps given that over the past five tournaments at least two months of knockout cricket have taken place with England already safely out of the way.

Source: ICC


International Cricket | March 16, 2015

Former Pakistan captain says that though Ireland were the pick of the Associates, he wasn't really expecting an upset

Sunday's seven-wicket victory against Ireland was Pakistan's befitting tribute to late Bob Woolmer – one of the finest coaches I have come across. I still feel the pain of that dreadful loss to Ireland and its aftereffect eight years ago in the ICC Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.

Source: ICC


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