Amla scores century in his hundredth Test match
Johannesburg, South Africa: Hashim Amla became the eight cricketer to score a century in their hundredth Test match as he guided South Africa to a commanding 338 at the close of play on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers Cricket Ground.
Amla ended months of frustration as he put his recent wretched form behind him to finish the day on 125 not, the stylish 33 year old batsman posted 292 (a record for any wicket against Sri Lanka) with JP Duminy (155) to boost South Africa chances of whitewashing Sri Lanka in the series.
He will resume on Friday with debutante night-nightman Dianne Oliver, who is yet to score. ” It was never a big thing in my mind playing the hundredth Test. I just wanted to get some runs on the board. You are never in on this wicket, it was about spending at the crease”, Amla told reporters at the close of play.
He joined an elite group of cricketers who have scored centuries in their hundredth Test match, the others being Colin Cowdrey, Javed Miandad, Gordon Greenidge, Alec Stewart, Inzamam- ul-Haq, Ricky Pointing (both innings) and Graeme Smith.
India A wins second warm up match against England
Mumbia, India: India A defeated England by six wickets in the second warm up fifty-over match played at Brabourne Stadium on Thursday. Set a total of 283 to win the match, India reached the target with 10 overs to spare. Opener Ajinkya Rahane made 91, other batsmen who contributed good scores were Sheldon Jackson 59, Rishabh Pant also scored 59 and Suresh Raina 45.
Earlier in the day England were bowled out for 282, Jonny Bairstow (64) continued his fine form in India, Alex Hales contributed 51. Parvez Rasool too 3 wickets for 38 runs.
Cook given more time to decide on captaincy
London, England: Alastair Cook has received more time to decide on his future as the Test captain. According to reports in the British media, Cook has been advised privately that his meeting on Friday (today) with director of cricket, Andrew Strauss will not be followed by a definitive announcement on the subject.
Cook has been considering whether to continue in the position since returning to England from the 4-0 series defeat to India before Christmas and there has been growing expectation in recent days that he is ready to quit and hand over the captaincy to Joe Root.
Great day for Bangladesh at Wellington
Bangladesh added the good work of day one into day two as they finished on 542 for 7. Shakib Al Hasan scored 217 runs and Mushfiqur Rahim scored 159 runs and added 359 runs for the fifth wicket, thereby helping the Tigers to finish strong. Shakib in the process overtook Tamim Iqbal to register the highest Test score by a Bangladesh batsman.
Pakistan’s misery in Australia continue
Australia won the first ODI by 92 runs after Pakistan were bowled out for all out for 172 chasing 269 for victory. Earlier, Matthew Wade (100) scored his first ODI ton to help the Aussies finish on 268 for 9 from being 78 for 5 at one point.