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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-1st November 2016

Mark Taylor on 4-day Test matches; Vernon Philander reveals tactics; Saurashtra to facilitate International cricketers; and much more on Sk News Point
Updated: 01 November 2016 19:56 IST - Published: 01 November 2016 09:34 IST
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Mark Taylor supports idea of 4-day Test matches

Mark Taylor, the former Australian captain has come out in support of four-day Test matches. Taylor believes that this change would add to the appeal of the game. 

“It’ll only add to the appeal of the game, make it a bit shorter and a bit faster. That’s what people of this generation want to see,” Taylor was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“You’ve got one less day to win, lose or draw a game, so it does force captains and players to be a little bit more aggressive in their thinking,” he further added.

He also said that Day-Night Test is the only way to bring back audiences to Test cricket. 

“The numbers around the world are dying in some countries. That’s why I think we have got to have the stuff like the day-night Test matches, " Taylor observed. 

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Vernon Philander says that the bowlers might 'turn ugly' depending on the situation

South Africa pacer has sent out a strong message to the Australian camp of the first Test between the two teams that is scheduled to start on the 3rd of November. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Philander said that the Proteas will go hard at the Aussies. 

He said, "There's going to be a time when a partnership will develop and it will require one or two bowlers to put up their hands and get a bit ugly and make things uncomfortable."

Philander went on to say that sledging is part of the game and the players needed to consider it as another moment in the game which they should be looking to use it to their advantage.

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Saurashtra to felicitate its Test cricketers 


The Saurashtra Cricket Association has decided to felicitate its Test cricketers  before the start of the inaugural Test against England in Rajkot from 9th November. The association has decided to felicitate Dhiraj Parsana, Karsan Ghavri, Yajurvindra Singh, Dilip Doshi, Salim Durani, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja. 

SCA secretary Niranjan Shah was quoted as by The Hindu as saying, "These are the players who have played for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Vijay Rupani will felicitate them. We are also trying to make special merchandise to commemorate the first Test at Rajkot."

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Peter Nevill wants to score big this summer 

Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Nevill has claimed that he wants to score a lot of runs for the team during the summer. The 31-year old, who is yet to make a major mark at the international stage, is part of the Australian squad for the first Test against the South Africans in Perth on 3rd November. 

Speaking at a press conference last Friday, he said, "I would love a big score this summer, no doubt; but it is international cricket, you're always under pressure. "

Earlier Australian chief selector Rod Marsh had lashed out at the Aussie middle order for lack of runs. Speaking on which Nevill said, "I will always put pressure on myself to perform. I don't need Rod Marsh to spell that out for me, I can read between the lines well enough there."

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India team for England series to be picked on Wednesday


The Indian Test team for the five-match Test series against England, starting in Rajkot next week will be picked in Mumbai on Wednesday.

"The Indian team is to be picked in Mumbai tomorrow," BCCI Sources said. 

India are currently on a nine-match unbeaten run in Test cricket with their last defeat coming in August 2015 against Sri Lanka and it will be interesting to see the kind of side they pick for the series, that will stretch until mid-December.

The teams will play in Rajkot, Vizag, Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai.

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Darren Lehmann says T20 cricket should be taken to USA

Australian coach Darren Lehmann has urged the ICC to consider hosting the World T20 competition in USA.  While the ICC is trying to help build the right governance structure for the United States of America Cricket Association, Lehmann said that the World Twenty20 would be the ideal tournament to take to a country that is already one of the sport's key broadcasting markets.

"Cricket can undoubtedly be a success in the US thanks to the already significant supporter base that exists there among its large Asian community. And a global event has the potential to capture the attention of those not necessarily interested in the sport already," Lehmann was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton lament over lack of spinners in the England team 

Former captains of England, Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton claimed that it was the lack of quality spinners that hurt the England team during its tour of Bangladesh. The England cricket team tied the Test series against Bangladesh 1-1. Both the former captains heaped praise on Mehedi Hassan after the 19-year old took 19 wickets in the two-match Test series.

"It says everything about the dearth of good slow bowlers in England that the four they have chosen in this two-Test series have all been comprehensively outbowled by a 19-year-old newcomer," Hussain was quoted as saying by Wisden India.

"His excellence put the dismal efforts of England’s spinners, who only bowled eight maidens in the match, into focus," Times of India quoted Atherton as saying.

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 Jade Dernbach to play for Wellington Firebirds 

England speedster Jade Dernbach will be playing for the Wellington Firebirds this season in New Zealand's domestic T20 tournament. Dernbach had impressed at Wellington Firebirds last season, and the club has decided to extend his contract.

The coach of the Wellington team, Bruce Edgar has claimed that the presence of Dernbach will only increase their chances of winning the tournament. Cricbuzz quoted Edgar as saying, "Jade added a lot to our team last season and we think he'll complement our squad again this year. To have a player of his skill and experience involved is a massive boost for our campaign, on and off the field."

The T20 tournament is scheduled to start from early December this year and Dernbach will be available for the entire tournament.

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Mark Taylor comes in support of four-day Test  matches

Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has come out in support of dour-day Test cricket in order to preserve the traditional format of the game. Taylor stated that the ICC needed to be quick in coming up with a solution to the 'slow death' of Test cricket. 

 "We have to have things like day-night Tests and start thinking more seriously about four-day Tests. It will only add to the appeal of the game and like all games, make it a bit shorter and a bit faster. That's what people of this generation want to see," Taylor was quoted as saying by the Cricbuzz.