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Jayawardene to step down as SL skipper

Mahela Jayawardene will step down as captain of the Sri Lanka test and one-day teams after the current tour of Australia and has backed Angelo Mathews to replace him. The 35-year-old Jayawardene

Swann the skipper for WI T20s

Graeme Swann was Wednesday named captain of England’s squad for two Twenty20 internationals against West Indies. With injured captain and vice-captain Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan currently unavailable, England had been hesitating

Sri Lanka names Dilshan new skipper

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka’s cricket authorities on Monday named all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan as captain for the upcoming tour of England.
Dilshan will lead the side in all three formats of the game — Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20s — on the tour, which starts in May, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.
The 34-year-old replaces Kumar Sangakkara, who stepped down after Sri Lanka lost the World Cup final to India earlier this month.
The five-member national

Sangakkara for long-term skipper

COLOMBO – Kumar Sangakkara has said that the Sri Lankan board should choose a long-term captain as his successor. Sangakkara believes both Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews are ready for captaincy. “If you want to go for Dilshan, give him the confidence for a long term,” Sangakkara told ESPN cricinfo. “Don’t give the captaincy to Dilshan and say, “You are just going to be captain for a year and half”. It’s not going to be good for him, and it won’t be good for the team.”

Skipper Clarke finds form in Australian warm-up victory

FATULLAH – New captain Michael Clarke was among four Australian batsmen to score half-centuries in their 90-run win over a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI on Thursday.
Clarke retired after making 55 in a warm-up match for the three-match one-day international series which starts on Saturday.
Former captain Ricky Ponting made 69, Brad Haddin 66 and Mike Hussey 69 not out as the touring side made 308 for six.
John Hastings was the most successful bowler with figures

Sangakkara quits as skipper

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka’s cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara said on Tuesday he was resigning from the job three days after his team lost to India in the World Cup final. Sangakkara said he told the national selectors that he would quit as one-day and Twenty20 captain with immediate effect, but offered to continue as Test captain on an interim basis if required.
“After careful consideration I have concluded that it is in the best long-term interests of the team that I step down now as

Skipper wants end to stagefright

MUMBAI – Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has warned that his team need to overcome their showpiece stagefright if they are ever to win another World Cup after a third shattering loss in a major final. Since capturing the 1996 World Cup, Sri Lanka have been runners-up in the 2007 and 2011 finals as well as the 2009 World Twenty20.
“We can be very proud of the way we played our cricket. Unfortunately, we couldn’t convert,” said Sangakkara after Saturday’s six-wicket defeat to

Tests will improve us says Zimbabwe skipper

KOLKATA – Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura said Sunday that his country’s return to Test cricket after a six-year absence would help the players become more competitive. Zimbabwe, who played their last Test in 2005 against India, are set to face Bangladesh in August followed by matches against Pakistan and New Zealand.
“The next three months are going to be very important for us. We are all excited about playing Test cricket and we know it is going to improve us as players,”

Dutch skipper cooks far-fetched recipe to upset India

NEW DELHI – Dutch captain Peter Borren has conceived an intriguing recipe to upstage India on Wednesday which requires borrowing Ireland’s discipline, backing it with home-grown talent and then leaving it to the game’s vagaries. On paper, the World Cup Group B contest looks a mis-match featuring tournament favourites India and a Dutch squad, which is essentially made up of a handful of professionals and a host of amateurs trying to make an impact in one-day cricket’s biggest stage.

Stand-in skipper Taylor savours win

PALLEKELE – Stand-in skipper Ross Taylor Tuesday said New Zealand would savour their first win of the 2011 World Cup over a Test nation after his batting blitz helped down Pakistan. Taylor celebrated his 27th birthday by smashing 131 in 124 balls with a whopping seven sixes to take his side to a total of 302-7 in their 50 overs at the Pallekele stadium. He was helped out by Nathan McCullum, who hit 19 in just 10 balls, and Jacob Oram, who hit 25 in nine balls, including three sixes,