The latest cricket news from around the world:
Amla set to join 100-club
Johannesburg, South Africa: Hashim Amla is set to join an elite group of South African cricketers when he plays his 100th Test match in the Third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Johannesburg on today.
The elegant right handed batsman has been in poor form recently, but his influence on the side remains unquestioned as he becomes the eighth South African to play 100 Test matches.
Pakistan to tour West Indies
St John’s, Antigua: The West Indies and Pakistan Cricket Boards have agreed to play three Tests, three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Twenty 20 Internationals matches in the Caribbean from March 27 to May 15.
The Twenty20 Internationals are scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago, the ODIs for Guyana, the teams will then travel to Jamaica, Barbados and Dominica for the Test matches.
Former Australian Test cricketer may appear in court
Sydney, Australia: Former Australian Test cricketer Stuart MacGill may appear in a Sydney Court this week, after his girlfriend Julie Singleton severed him with an apprehended domestic violence order. The interim order states that the former leg-spinner must stay 100 metres away from Miss Singleton home and office.
MacGill 45, was ordered not to approach Miss Singleton, any contact with her can only be made through a lawyer.
Opening made me better says Sharma
New Delhi, India: Rohit Sharma says the decision by Mahendra Singh Dhoni to convert him to an opener in the fifty-over format of the game was a career changing move.
“I believe the decision to open in ODIs changed my career. It was a decision taken by M.S Dhoni, I became a better batsman after that. In fact, it helps me understand my game better, react better to situations”, Sharma said in a recent interview.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand, First Test, Wellington, Day 1
A rain truncated first day of the first Test saw Bangladesh finish on 154 for 3 with half centuries from Tamim Iqbal (56) and Monimul Haque (64 n.o). Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner picked one wicket each. Tamim and Mominul unleashed some exquisite stroke-play, which left the crowd spellbound. Had rain not interfered, it might have been another fascinating day of cricket.