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In the International Spotlight…United Arab Emirates Cricket

Posted by wildkiwi25 on March 27, 2008

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United arab emirates batting against Argentina

The United Arab Emirates cricket team represents the United Arab Emirates at the sport of cricket. The UAE joined the International Cricket Council as an affiliate member in 1989, and were elected to associate membership in 1990.

HISTORY:
They won the ICC Trophy in 1994, which carried with it a place in the 1996 cricket World Cup, but they were elimated in the first round. The team was dominated by ex-patriates from the Test playing nations of South Asia who make up a large part of the United Arab Emirates population. After the 1996 World Cup, the rules were changed requiring a set number of players to be native-born, and the team has never been so strong since. They only managed to win the ICC Plate (a competition for teams eliminated early from the ICC Trophy) in 1997.

The ruling families for the UAE have invested substantially in cricket. Many One Day International matches between the leading cricket nations have been played in Sharjah – and also a Test match series between Pakistan and Australia when security reasons prevented Pakistan from hosting the matches. The International Cricket Council has recently relocated their headquarters to Dubai.

In 2004 the team competed in the ICC Intercontinental Cup for the first time. This competition meant that they played two three-day matches against Nepal and Malaysia. They then progressed to the semi-finals, which were held at Sharjah, but lost to Canada. These matches were accorded first-class status, making them the first first-class games they had played. They also competed in the 2004 Asia Cup, which was granted official ODI status.

In 2005 they competed in the ICC Intercontinental Cup for the second time; this time they took on Nepal and Hong Kong. They qualified for the semi final, but were eliminated by eventual winners Ireland. They also competed in the 2005 ICC Trophy, finishing sixth. Their loss to the Netherlands in the fifth-place playoff meant that the UAE missed out on a place in the 2007 World Cup and full ODI status for the next four years.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
World Cup:

•1975 to 1987: Not eligible – not an ICC member
•1992: Did not participate
•1996: First round
•1999 to 2007: Did not qualify

Intercontinental Cup:
•2004: Semi Finals
•2005: Semi Finals

ICC Trophy:
•1979 to 1986: Not eligible – Not an ICC member
•1990: Did not participate
•1994: Won
•1997: 10th place
•2001: 5th place
•2005: 6th place

Asia Cup:
•1983 to 1988: Not eligible – Not an ACC member
•1990/91: Did not participate
•1995: Did not participate
•1997: Did not qualify
•2000: Did not qualify
•2004: First round

ACC Trophy:
•1996: Runners up
•1998: Semi Finals
•2000 to 2006: Won

CRICKET IN 2006/2007:
In August, the UAE participated in the ACC Trophy, where they won for the fourth consecutive time. After this, they played their group games in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup. They visited Namibia sometime in December, and hosted Ireland and Scotland in early 2007.

In November 2007, the UAE participated in the Division Two of the ICC World Cricket League. They will play Denmark, hosts Namibia and Oman in addition to the two qualifers from the Division Three, Uganda and Argentina. The UAE won tournament, beating Oman in the final. On the basis of their top four finish in this tournament, the UAE qualified for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.

Links On cricket in United Arab Emirates are:

  • United Arab Emirati national cricket captains
  • United Arab Emirates national women’s cricket team
  • Website of the UAE cricket team
  • List of one-day tournaments held in the UAE

    *Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com, Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used

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    In the International Spotlight…United Arab Emirates Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on March 27, 2008

    In the International Spotlight…United Arab Emirates Cricket:

    UAE Cricket team

    United arab emirates batting against Argentina

    The United Arab Emirates cricket team represents the United Arab Emirates at the sport of cricket. The UAE joined the International Cricket Council as an affiliate member in 1989, and were elected to associate membership in 1990.

    HISTORY:
    They won the ICC Trophy in 1994, which carried with it a place in the 1996 cricket World Cup, but they were elimated in the first round. The team was dominated by ex-patriates from the Test playing nations of South Asia who make up a large part of the United Arab Emirates population. After the 1996 World Cup, the rules were changed requiring a set number of players to be native-born, and the team has never been so strong since. They only managed to win the ICC Plate (a competition for teams eliminated early from the ICC Trophy) in 1997.

    The ruling families for the UAE have invested substantially in cricket. Many One Day International matches between the leading cricket nations have been played in Sharjah – and also a Test match series between Pakistan and Australia when security reasons prevented Pakistan from hosting the matches. The International Cricket Council has recently relocated their headquarters to Dubai.

    In 2004 the team competed in the ICC Intercontinental Cup for the first time. This competition meant that they played two three-day matches against Nepal and Malaysia. They then progressed to the semi-finals, which were held at Sharjah, but lost to Canada. These matches were accorded first-class status, making them the first first-class games they had played. They also competed in the 2004 Asia Cup, which was granted official ODI status.

    In 2005 they competed in the ICC Intercontinental Cup for the second time; this time they took on Nepal and Hong Kong. They qualified for the semi final, but were eliminated by eventual winners Ireland. They also competed in the 2005 ICC Trophy, finishing sixth. Their loss to the Netherlands in the fifth-place playoff meant that the UAE missed out on a place in the 2007 World Cup and full ODI status for the next four years.

    TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
    World Cup:

    •1975 to 1987: Not eligible – not an ICC member
    •1992: Did not participate
    •1996: First round
    •1999 to 2007: Did not qualify

    Intercontinental Cup:
    •2004: Semi Finals
    •2005: Semi Finals

    ICC Trophy:
    •1979 to 1986: Not eligible – Not an ICC member
    •1990: Did not participate
    •1994: Won
    •1997: 10th place
    •2001: 5th place
    •2005: 6th place

    Asia Cup:
    •1983 to 1988: Not eligible – Not an ACC member
    •1990/91: Did not participate
    •1995: Did not participate
    •1997: Did not qualify
    •2000: Did not qualify
    •2004: First round

    ACC Trophy:
    •1996: Runners up
    •1998: Semi Finals
    •2000 to 2006: Won

    CRICKET IN 2006/2007:
    In August, the UAE participated in the ACC Trophy, where they won for the fourth consecutive time. After this, they played their group games in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup. They visited Namibia sometime in December, and hosted Ireland and Scotland in early 2007.

    In November 2007, the UAE participated in the Division Two of the ICC World Cricket League. They will play Denmark, hosts Namibia and Oman in addition to the two qualifers from the Division Three, Uganda and Argentina. The UAE won tournament, beating Oman in the final. On the basis of their top four finish in this tournament, the UAE qualified for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.

    Links On cricket in United Arab Emirates are:

  • United Arab Emirati national cricket captains
  • United Arab Emirates national women’s cricket team
  • Website of the UAE cricket team
  • List of one-day tournaments held in the UAE
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    Player Profile(#13)…Kevin Pietersen(England)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on March 24, 2008

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    Kevin Peter Pietersen MBE (born 27 June 1980 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa) is an English cricketer. He is an attacking right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who plays for Hampshire County Cricket Club and is a member of both the England Test match and One Day International teams.

    He made his first-class debut for Natal in 1997 before moving to England after voicing his displeasure at the racial quota system in place in South Africa, and in order to further his opportunities for playing at international level. Being born of an English mother gave Pietersen eligibility to play for England, and after serving a qualifying period of four years playing at county level, he was called up almost immediately into the national side. He made his international debut in the One-day International match against Zimbabwe in 2004, and his Test match debut in the 2005 Ashes series against Australia the following year.

    Pietersen quickly became the fastest batsman to reach both 1000 and 2000 runs in One-day International cricket, and currently has the highest average of any England player to have played more than 20 innings of one-day cricket. He also has the second-highest run total from his first 25 Tests, behind only the Australian Donald Bradman. He became only the third English batsman to top the ICC One-day International rankings, doing so in March 2007.

    Here is a write-up about him by Jenny Thompson (July 2007):

    “Expansive with the bat and explosive with the bombast, the South African-born Kevin Pietersen is not one for the quiet life. Pietersen, an enthusiastic, bold-minded and big-hitting No 5, first ruffled feathers by shunning South Africa – he was disenchanted with the quota system – in favour of England; his eligibility coming courtesy of an English mother. He never doubted he would play for England: he has self-confidence in spades but, fortunately, he has sackfuls of talent too. Sure enough, as soon as he qualified in September 2004, he was invited to tour Zimbabwe for that winter’s one-dayers, where he averaged 104 in three innings. Success here earned him a late call into England’s team against none other than South Africa in early 2005. Undeterred by hostile receptions from the home crowds, he announced his arrival – loudly, of course – with three centuries in five innings, and in doing so demonstrated his peerless eye for the ball and for making headlines, too. On reaching his maiden ton in the second ODI at Bloemfontein, he kissed his badge with unreserved fervour and afterwards announced his next ambition: getting a tattoo of three lions and his England number. Playing at Test level was next on the Pietersen to-do list, and, as a man who puts his money, if not always his mind, where his mouth is, it was only a matter of time. Overlooked for two Tests against Bangladesh, he made his debut against Australia at Lord’s of all places, and responded with a pair of hard-hitting fifties in a losing cause. Six dropped catches in the series appeared to have dented his brash confidence, but with the series at stake, he once again showed his unswerving eye for the limelight by clubbing a phenomenal 158 on the final day at The Oval, to secure the draw that England needed for a first Ashes triumph in 18 years. First to congratulate him on his feat was Shane Warne, his good friend and captain at Hampshire, whom Pietersen had joined at the start of the season after three eventful and fractious years at Nottinghamshire. Unsurprisingly, that innings proved hard to live up to, but astonishingly Pietersen managed it, clubbing two more big hundreds in his next two Test innings in England, the second of which – against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston – included a remarkable reverse-sweep for six off Muttiah Muralitharan. In Australia the following winter, he once again lived up to his reputation with hard-earned runs, but his tour ended in disappointment when he flew home with a fractured rib, courtesy of Glenn McGrath after the first match of the CB Series. While England’s World Cup was a miserable failure for the team it was a personal success for Pietersen who hit two centuries – including his first ODI ton in a winning cause against West Indies – and confirmed his role as England’s leading batsman. His dominance continued against West Indies with a majestic 226 at Headingley – finally beating his previous 158, a score he had made three times previously. It was the highest score by an England batsman since Graham Gooch’s 333, and his march towards greatness continued. “

    EARLY AND PERSONAL LIFE:
    Born of an English mother and an Afrikaner father, Penny and Jannie Pietersen had a strict and well-disciplined childhood, along with his three brothers Tony, Greg and Bryan; he learned valuable lessons from this “fantastic” approach to parenting, and said: “Discipline is good. It taught me that I didn’t always have to have what I wanted; that what I needed was different from what I wanted.” In his autobiography he refers to himself and his brothers getting the cane both at home and at school. Bryan is currently playing club and second XI cricket in England.

    Pietersen attended Maritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg, and made his first-class cricket debut for Natal’s B team in 1997, aged 17, where he was regarded predominantly as an off spin bowler and a hard-hitting lower-order batsman. After two seasons, he moved to England for a five-month spell as the overseas player for club side Cannock CC, and helped them win the Birmingham and District Premier League in 2000. This first spell away from home did not leave him with fond memories for England, in particular “those horrible Black Country accents”, living in a single room above a squash court, and working in the club bar. However, he returned to newly-renamed KwaZulu Natal side a better cricketer, a lack of opportunities to bowl having improved his batting.

    Pietersen is widely portrayed in the media as having a self-assured personality, described by Geoffrey Boycott as being “cocky and confident”. England test captain Michael Vaughan counters this, saying, “KP is not a confident person. He obviously has great belief in his ability but that’s not quite the same thing…And I know KP wants to be loved. I try to text him and talk to him as often as I can because I know he is insecure.” He has been noted for his unusual haircuts, with his peroxide blond dyed streak of hair along the middle of his head during the 2005 Ashes series being described as a “dead skunk” look. During the 2006–07 Ashes tour, the Australian team, noted for their efforts to dominate opponents psychologically, dubbed him “The Ego”, or “FIGJAM” (Fuck I’m Good, Just Ask Me). Other nicknames include KP, Kelves and Kapes.

    Pietersen was rumoured to be dating model Caprice Bourret who accompanied him to the ICC awards in October 2005, but he is now married to Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor. The couple married on 29 December 2007 at the Manor House Hotel in Wiltshire, with former England team-mate Darren Gough acting as best man.

    Domestic career:
    He impressed members of Nasser Hussain’s England side when playing for KwaZulu Natal in 1999; he took four top-order wickets and, despite batting at number nine, scored 61 not out from 57 balls, hitting four sixes. Hussain then recommended that Pietersen secure a contract with an English county side.

    Despite the praise from the England side, Pietersen was dropped from the Natal first team. Pietersen felt that this was due to the country’s racial quota system, in which provincial sides were required to have at least four non-white players. Pietersen’s view was that players should be judged on merit, and described it as “heartbreaking” when he was left out of the side, although he later reflected “it turned out it was the best thing that could have happened”. Pietersen has since firmly criticised the quota system, which he feels forced him out of the country of his birth. He has also criticised Graeme Smith, who became captain of the South African side in 2003, calling him “an absolute muppet, childish and strange” and that his behaviour “leaves a lot to be desired”. Smith opposed this, saying, “I’m patriotic about my country, and that’s why I don’t like Kevin Pietersen. The only reason that Kevin and I have never had a relationship is because he slated South Africa”. His outspoken views published in his autobiography, Crossing the Boundary, in September 2006, and in an interview for South African magazine GQ, led to unsuccessful calls for an ICC investigation regarding bringing the game into disrepute.

    In 2000, Nottinghamshire coach Clive Rice, who had seen Pietersen play in 1997 in South Africa at a schools week, heard that Pietersen was playing club cricket in Birmingham and offered him a three-year contract to play for the county. His maiden first-class century came on his Nottinghamshire debut against Loughborough UCCE. In his first season he made 1,275 runs with an impressive batting average of 57.95, including 218 not out in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 352 with John Morris at Derby in July, after having been out lbw for a duck in the first innings.[33] These performances led to praise in the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack: “If he can maintain his first season’s form, the name of Pietersen should be pencilled in for future Test squads.” This form did indeed continue into the following year: he made another unbeaten double-century, against Middlesex, taking part in a partnership of 316 for the fourth wicket with Darren Bicknell. This period proved to be a purple patch for the batsman, scoring four consecutive centuries (254 not out, 122, 147 and 116) in one week in August.

    In 2003, Pietersen scored 1,546 first-class runs, and 764 runs in limited overs cricket. He was selected for the 2003–04 ECB National Academy tour of India, and had a successful tour scoring 523 runs including three centuries in his six first-class innings to record an average of 104.60, and making 131 in a one-day match against India A in Bangalore.

    After Nottinghamshire were relegated in 2003, Pietersen requested a release from his contract, saying “I haven’t been happy for a while….The pitch at Trent Bridge has been one of my problems… I could have done so much better if the wicket had been good.” This led to a public row with club captain Jason Gallian, where Gallian allegedly threw Pietersen’s kit off the Trent Bridge balcony and broke his bat:
    “During the game I told the captain that I was not happy and that I wanted to leave. After the game we spoke in the dressing room and then I went to have dinner. I got a call saying the captain had trashed my equipment. I was told the captain had said, ‘if he does not want to play for Notts he can f*** off.’ I have not spoken to Gallian since, nor have I received an apology.”

    Pietersen was made to honour the last year of his contract at Nottinghamshire, but “didn’t enjoy it at all”. In October 2004, he joined Hampshire under the captaincy of Shane Warne.

    After becoming a regular in the international side, Pietersen rarely gets an opportunity to play domestic cricket. Having an England “central contract” means that Pietersen is only released to play for Hampshire at the discretion of the national coach. After being left out of the national side to face Bangladesh in May 2005, Pietersen had several good innings in the four-day county championship, including two centuries. He only played twice for the county in 2006, and has played once so far in 2007, with an unbeaten 66 against Ireland.

    International career:
    The tour of Zimbabwe caused several players to voice their concerns about the Robert Mugabe regime, the security issues in the country and the standard of the Zimbabwean side. Steve Harmison was the first to boycott the tour for “political and sporting reasons”, and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was reported to be considering taking a moral stand himself. The England Chairman of Selectors David Graveney denied that the selectors would leave out players unhappy with touring Zimbabwe and would put their absences down to injury. Flintoff was, however, “rested” and Pietersen rushed into the squad “at the earliest opportunity”. In the five match ODI series, Pietersen batted in three innings which included a score of 77 not out; he finished the series with an average of 104.00 as England won the series 4–0.

    Pietersen was upset not to be initially in the squad to tour South Africa. With Flintoff withdrawing due to injury, Pietersen was recalled to the squad, and cemented his place in the first team with 97 off 84 balls in the warm-up match against South Africa A, in the face of a hostile crowd. Throughout the tour, Pietersen was subjected to a barrage of abuse from the South African crowd, who regarded him somewhat like a traitor. He said:

    “I knew I was going to cop a lot of stick but it will be like water off a duck’s back…I expected stick at the start of the innings, and I’m sure it will carry on through the whole series. But I just sat back and laughed at the opposition, with their swearing and ‘traitor’ remarks… some of them can hardly speak English. My affiliation is with England. In fact, I’m starting to speak too much like Darren Gough… In fact, I’m going to get one of Gough’s tattoos with three lions and my number underneath…No one can say I’m not English.”

    Pietersen scored a 96-ball 108 not out in the tied second ODI at Bloemfontein, after which the crowd turned their backs on him as he returned to the pavilion. This score set his ODI average at an incredible record 234.00. He made 75 at Cape Town, then at East London Pietersen made an unbeaten 100 from only 69 balls, the fastest century by an England player in a one-day match, although England still lost by eight runs. In the final game at Centurion Park, Pietersen came to the wicket at 32/3 and scored 116, but again could not prevent a defeat. Pietersen ended the series, which England lost 4–1, with 454 runs in five innings, and the Player of the Series award. By the end of the series, the South African crowds had generally replaced hostility with respect for Pietersen, his final century being awarded a standing ovation.

    Mixed success in Ashes build-up:
    Despite press speculation, Pietersen was not picked for the Tests against Bangladesh—his early season form being dogged by a foot injury—but with his county form improving, he was selected for the Twenty20 match against Australia at Southampton, making 34 from 18 balls and taking three catches as England won by 100 runs.

    In the triangular ODI series against Australia and Bangladesh, Pietersen did not get to bat in the first match at The Oval as England won by 10 wickets, but scored 91 off 65 balls in the match in Bristol against Australia. In the remainder of the triangular series, Pietersen scored quickly, although without other half-centuries. He finished the seven-match series with a total of 278 runs at an average of 46.33.

    Pietersen’s performances sparked speculation over whether he would be brought into the Test side for The Ashes later in the summer. A BBC poll of 10 respected cricketers resulted in a minor preference for playing Pietersen and Ian Bell in the middle order, with Graham Thorpe missing out.

    Later in July, Pietersen played in all three matches of the (ODI) NatWest Challenge against Australia. In the final match he was the top scorer for England with 74 runs, however he was forced off the field in the third over of Australia’s reply with a groin injury.

    Speculation over when Pietersen would play for the Test team was ended in July with the announcement by the England chairman of selectors, David Graveney, that Pietersen had been selected ahead of Graham Thorpe. He made his debut in the first Ashes Test at Lord’s, becoming the 626 player to play for the national side. Pietersen scored 57 and 64 not out as England collapsed to a heavy defeat, becoming only the fourth player to top score in both innings on debut for England, the eighth England player to score a half-century in each innings on his debut, and the third cricketer to do so at Lord’s. In the second Test at Edgbaston he scored 71 in the first innings and 20 in the second, with England narrowly winning by 2 runs.

    In the drawn third Test, Pietersen struggled with 21 and 0, then scored 45 and 23 in the fourth as England went 2-1 up. Under pressure to post a large score in the final Test at The Oval, Pietersen did not contribute significantly in the first innings with 14. In the second innings, Pietersen was dropped twice before reaching double figures, but went on to score his maiden Test century with 158, drawing the match and securing the series for England. His innings included seven sixes, a record for an English player in an Ashes innings. Pietersen was named Man of the Match for his efforts, and finished the series as top scorer, with 473 runs over the five Tests, an average of 52.55. However, he had a less successful series in the field, dropping six catches in the five Tests, a point he made wryly when questioned about the Australians dropping him three times on the final day. Pietersen was given an ECB “central contract” to reflect his place in the national side.

    Less rewarding winter tour:
    Pietersen had a less successful time in the three Test matches against Pakistan, which England lost 2–0. He made little impact in the first and third Tests, his highest score being 34. He fared better in the second, however, making his second Test century in the first innings. He was also performing well in the one-day series with two explosive innings of 56 from 39 balls to help England win the first ODI, and 28 from 27 balls in the second. The quick-scoring innings in the second ODI was to be Pietersen’s last on the tour. A rib injury sustained in the first ODI proved too painful throughout the second, and Pietersen returned to England to recover fully for the tour of India.

    In March 2006, Pietersen played in the three Tests against India, which England drew 1–1. His 87 in the second innings of the first match came during England’s acceleration period, helping push the required target over 300. England then declared overnight, and India successfully batted out the final day to secure a draw. This half-century was followed by another in the first innings of the second Test. The second innings was not so good, facing just 13 balls before being given out caught behind off a Harbhajan Singh delivery. The unhappy Pietersen was later fined 30 percent of his match fee for shaking his head and showing signs of dissent. “Replays demonstrated that the ball that had dismissed him had brushed his forearm, not his glove, before ballooning up into the hands of Rahul Dravid at slip. But umpire Darrell Hair gave him out for 4 as England collapsed on the fourth afternoon.” Pietersen posted scores of 39 and 7 in the final Test, a match England won comfortably after a dismal 100 all out in India’s second visit to the crease.

    In the one-day series, which England lost 5–1, he was top scorer for England in four out of the five matches he played, and had the highest average of any player with 58.20. His 71 in the second ODI took him past 1,000 ODI runs, equalling Viv Richards’ record of 21 innings to reach this total.

    In May 2006, Pietersen matched his highest Test score of 158 in the first match against Sri Lanka, and followed it with 142 in the second Test. This took him passed the milestone of 1,000 Test runs, in his 12th Test match, and he became the first batsman since Graham Gooch in 1990 to score a century in three successive Test innings on English soil. This performance moved Pietersen into the top ten of the ICC cricket ratings, as he was named the England (Test Match) Player of the Series. On the first day of the third Test against Pakistan, Pietersen reached his fifth Test century with an overnight score of 104. Although Pietersen retired hurt shortly after reaching three figures, due to cramp, he returned to the crease the next morning and went on to top score in England’s first innings total of 515 with 135 runs from 169 balls.

    Pietersen bowled his first delivery in Test match cricket on June 4, against Sri Lanka. His first Test wicket came against Pakistan later in the summer when Kamran Akmal got a thin edge through to Geraint Jones. Later in June, Pietersen scored 17 in the Twenty20 International as England lost by 2 runs to Sri Lanka. The twenty over match against Pakistan was no better, Pietersen being bowled by Mohammad Asif for a golden duck as Pakistan helped themselves to a five-wicket victory.

    England in Australia, 2006–7:

    In the much anticipated Ashes series in Australia, Pietersen was widely judged to be England’s best player, scoring 490 runs in five matches and averaging over 50. He started well with a defiant 92 in the first Test despite England losing by 277 runs, and then backed up his good form with a century in the second Test in Adelaide, sharing a 310-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Paul Collingwood. When he was eventually run out, his first reaction was to “giggle” because it was the third time he had scored exactly 158 runs (at that point, his highest Test score). However, even Pietersen seemed disheartened by the end of the series, which England lost 5–0.

    In the Twenty20 match, Pietersen was run out on 11, as England lost the match by 77 runs. For a powerful hitter, Pietersen has not posted a large score in the specialised twenty-over format, averaging 15.50 In the first One-day International of the 2006–07 Commonwealth Bank Series, on 12 January at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Pietersen was injured when a ball bowled by Glenn McGrath hit him on the ribs. Despite continuing his innings in some discomfort, making 82, X-rays revealed a fracture and Pietersen was forced to miss the rest of the series.

    CAREER IN 2007:
    In the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Pietersen crafted 104 runs off 122 balls against Australia in the Super Eight stage of the tournament. It was the first World Cup century by an Englishman since 1996, and the first ever against Australia. He made three half-centuries, scoring 60 runs from 92 balls against New Zealand, 56 runs from 72 balls against Kenya, and 58 runs from 80 balls against Sri Lanka. His efforts in the World Cup helped him achieve the status of ICC number-one ranked batsman in the world for ODIs; however, England did not reach the semi-finals. In England’s final match of the World Cup against the West Indies, Pietersen made 100 from 91 balls, and effected the run-out of retiring captain Brian Lara. This century took him past 2000 ODI runs, in doing so equalling the record 51 matches set by Zaheer Abbas. He finished the tournament with 444 runs, at an average of 55.5, and was described as shining in the England team “like a 100 watt bulb in a room full of candles”.

    Having scored a century in the first Test against the West Indies at Lord’s, Pietersen posted his highest score of 226 in the second Test at Headingley, surpassing his previous best of 158 which he had achieved three times. With this score, Pietersen moved ahead of Everton Weekes and Viv Richards to be the batsman with the second-highest run-total out of his first 25 Tests (behind Don Bradman). It is also the highest Test score for England since Graham Gooch scored 333 against India in 1990. This innings subjected the West Indies to an innings and 283 runs defeat, their largest against any team. Pietersen, the Man of the Match, said, “I believe the recipe for success is hard work. I’ve been criticised for throwing my wicket away, and I tried to make it count here”.

    In the third Test at Old Trafford, scoring 68 in the second innings, Pietersen lost his wicket in a bizarre dismissal when West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo delivered a bouncer which knocked Pietersen’s helmet off his head and onto his stumps. He is only the fourth batsman in Test cricket to be dismissed “hit wicket” as a result of headgear falling onto the stumps. This score took him past the 8500 first-class runs mark, and 2,500 runs in Test cricket.

    In contrast, Pietersen’s batting was poor in the following single innings matches; he scored a total of 77 runs in five matches (two Twenty20 and three ODI), recording a second-ball duck in the final ODI.[120] He subsequently fell to second in the official One-day International batting rankings, behind Ricky Ponting. Pietersen himself has commented that his lack of recent form is a result of “fatigue”, and has reiterated his calls for a less “hectic” match schedule.

    Pietersen found some form in the first Test against India, with a magnificent 134 in the second innings to set up a potential England victory. Pietersen described this as his best century, in very testing conditions. After two low scores in the second Test, Pietersen scored his 10th Test Century in the third and final Test at the Oval, helping England to draw the game with 101.

    Pietersen was also picked for and played in the Twenty20 Championship in South Africa. In England’s first game against Zimbabwe on September 13, Pietersen hit 79 runs off 37 balls including four sixes and seven fours in an English total of 188-9. England won the match by 50 runs, however this was to be Pietersens only significant contribution in the competition.[citation needed]

    Sri Lanka 2007–8:
    Pietersen travelled to Sri Lanka with England’s ODI squad in September 2007. He scored 50 in England’s warm up game against the Sri Lankan Cricket XI, however followed this with scores of one, twelve, and eight. He then found form with 63 not out from 75 deliveries to clinch a historic series win for England, the first in the country since the 1980s. He went on to score 28 in the final match which was a consolatory victory for Sri Lanka. In the first test that followed in November, he was the only batsman not to make double figures in a drawn warm up game against the Board President’s XI, being caught for four. In the second warm up match against the Sri Lanka Board XI, Pietersen was again out for a low score in the first innings, surviving just three balls and scoring one run. In the second, however, England snatched a “surprise” win, with Pietersen finding form and hitting 59, the highest score of England’s innings.

    During the test series, however, Pietersen suffered a period of fluctuating form. Scoring 31 and 18 in the first test, he managed only a single in the first innings of the second. While he regained his touch for the second innings, with a match saving 45 not out, he hit one and 30 in the final test, passing 3,000 test career runs but averaging only 25.2 across the series, failing to score a half century in a series for the first time in his career, and having the second lowest average of all the recognised batsmen. He equalled the Test cricket record for passing 3000 runs within 3 years of playing for his country, with the distinction that he reached this total 6 months earlier than the other two players to achieve this.

    New Zealand 2008:
    Pietersen averaged 33 in the five match ODI series in early 2008, a high score of 50 and 165 runs overall failing to save England from a 3:1 defeat. The series was preceded by two warm up matches, where Pietersen scored 48, and 10, and two 20Twenty internationals where he scored 43, and 3, each match resulting in an England win.

    England then played a series of warm up matches before the three test series began, where Pietersen would face New Zealand for the first time in his test career. Pietersen, however, did not play in the first warm up match for the test series, as England featured both wicket keepers Tim Ambrose and Phil Mustard in their batting lineup.

    Achievements:

    Awards-
    Pietersen gained several awards for his performances in the 2005 season. He was named both the ICC ODI Player of the Year and Emerging Player of the Year in 2005, and was one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year (alongside team mates Simon Jones and Matthew Hoggard) for his role in the successful Ashes series against Australia. Along with the rest of the England team, he was decorated in the 2006 New Year Honours list, being awarded the MBE for his role in the successful Ashes series. He also played for the ICC World XI in the ICC Super Series 2005 against Australia.

    Test match performance:

    Test debut: vs Australia, Lord’s, July 21, 2005.
    ·He has the second highest run-total from his first 25 Tests (behind Don Bradman).

    ·Fourth Englishman to top score in both innings of debut Test.
    ·He is one of only twenty-two players to have a peak ICC batting rating over 900.

    One-day International performance:
    ODI debut: vs Zimbabwe, Harare – Nov 28, 2004
    ·Fastest batsman to reach 1000 and 2000 runs.
    ·Fastest century by an England player (69 balls) (v SA, 2005).

    EXTERNAL LINKS:

  • Kevin Pietersen’s Official Website
  • Player Profile: Kevin Pietersen
  • Cricketweb interview with Kevin Pietersen
  • Kevin Pietersen Career Averages

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    *Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com, Wikipedia.com and all other sources.

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    Amateurs vs Professionals Cricket Matches

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on March 24, 2008

    Should there be an annual Amateurs vs Professional Cricket game…?

    Amateurs vs Professionals? Many cricket fans would have had dreams of facing their heroes in the game of cricket. I believe an annual Amateur vs Professional Cricket game would fulfil the needs of the average joe to put their skills to the test by playing the great game with the legends of cricket. Could you imagine yourself batting against the likes of Shane Warne and Brett Lee? Or bowling to batting legends like Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar? Or compare our fielding skills to legendary fieldsman such as Jonty Rhodes and Stephen Fleming? I have thought of a few concepts some which include having an hour or so of cricket with professionals during the intervals of One Day Internationals or Twenty20s, or as I have said have an annual Amateur vs Professional game (even a series) with the amateurs being selected from entries in a competition of some sort (amateurs being general people from the public), and proceeds to go to developing cricketing countries and another charity helping with social issues outside of cricket eg OxFam, World Vision, R.S.P.C.A etc etc. The game would be played in a festival like atmosphere and the main aim of the game would be to have fun and celebrate the game of cricket and how it has influenced peoples’ lives positively. If anyone has any views on this and/or has had the same or similar idea as me feel free to comment on this post. I think there would be many people that would like the idea, it’s a matter of working the idea with the cricketing authorities and working out the logistics of such an idea. But I think it may be possible…

    In the meantime here’s some information about Amateur and Professional Cricket I found on the net:

    AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL CRICKET:
    Cricket at the highest level has developed into a fully professional international sport from which leading players can earn a large income. However professionalism has a long history in English cricket. The first professionals had appeared by the first half of the eighteenth century, when heavy gambling on the game encouraged wealthy patrons to draft the best players into their teams. They would often offer these players full-time employment as gardeners or gamekeepers on their estates. In the second half of the century, the famous Hambledon Club paid its players match fees.

    In the middle of the nineteenth century William Clarke’s All-England Eleven was a highly successful all-professional venture which did much to popularise the game. The earliest overseas tours were also all-professional affairs.
    For many generations there was a formal divide in English first-class cricket between amateurs and professionals, or “Gentlemen and Players” as they were known at the time. Although amateurs and professionals often played together in the same team, they would use separate dressing rooms and on some grounds went on to the pitch through different gates. The amateurs referred to the professionals by their surname only, but the professionals called the amateurs “sir”. However, this was not specific to cricket, but was the normal nomenclature used between middle and working class associates at that time. The “Gentlemen and Players” divide was a reflection of the divide between officers and other ranks in the army and it seemed perfectly natural to most English people of all classes in the 19th Century. The Gentlemen v Players matches were amongst the highlights of the English season, although the Players could usually put a much stronger side into the field than the Gentlemen.
    An amateur would often be appointed as the captain of a team despite being one of the worst players, or even not good enough to belong in the team at all on the basis of his cricketing skills. This even applied to international Test cricket. After the 1870s and 1880s, when some touring teams to Australia were all-professional, England did not have a professional captain again until Len Hutton was appointed in 1952. Some of their amateur captains were unquestionably worth their place in the side, others were not. In the 1930s, Walter Hammond switched from professional to amateur so that he could captain his country.

    In the 20th century the position gradually changed in cricket as English society became more egalitarian. There was also a mounting problem of shamateurism as the number of men who could afford to play cricket full time for several months each year without being paid to do so decreased. Some “amateur” players were given a largely nominal job as “club secretary” and there were sometimes allegations that a few were paid surreptitiously. The old distinction became increasingly out of step with social conditions after the Second World War and amateur status was abolished in English cricket at the end of the 1962 season.

    When county cricket began to formalise in the mid 19th century, the counties employed professionals. The better supported and therefore richer counties such as Surrey often had teams made up largely of professional players with an amateur captain, while poorer counties such as Somerset relied much more heavily on amateurs to allow them to field a team without going into the red. However, early professionals were paid a low weekly wage and during the off season, which could last for nearly eight months, most were left to fend for themselves and had to take whatever work they could get. A few played professional football in the winter. In order to provide cricketers with some financial security after their playing careers, the benefit system was developed, but this was generally a poor substitute for good wages and a pension.

    By the post Second World War period, most cricketers were on a fixed salary, but only for the summer months and until the 1970s, the earnings of professional cricketers were low. In England many cricketers needed to find other jobs over the winter to make ends meet, and in other countries with less demanding domestic cricket schedules most cricketers fitted their cricket in with study or a regular job. Things began to change in 1977 when cricket was shaken up the Australian media tycoon Kerry Packer. By offering cricketers higher wages than had ever been known in the sport before, Packer induced many of the world’s most famous cricketers to abandon the official cricket competitions and play solely in a new competition called World Series Cricket which was broadcast by a television network which he owned. This was one of the biggest crises in the history of the sport, but it was patched up after a couple of years, when Packer’s channel was granted the rights to official matches. The earnings of top cricketers from “official” cricket then began to escalate.

    In the early 21st century cricket is still not as lucrative as some other sports, but international cricketers typically earn several times the average salary in their country. Regular members of the English cricket team earn several hundred thousand pounds a year. However, the highest paid cricketers in the world are the star members of the Indian cricket team, who make most of their income from endorsement contracts. Cricket is the main sport in India, and the players are front rank celebrities, especially Sachin Tendulkar, who is one of the world’s highest paid sportsmen, with an income estimated by the Times of India to be in excess of thirty million US dollars a year, nearly all of it from endorsements[1]. The Indian Cricket Team is one of the highest paid sports teams in the world and it is the highest paid National Sports team.

    It is also possible to earn an adequate annual income from domestic cricket in some countries, especially in England where the eighteen first class counties each employ about twenty players, most of whom earn at least the national average salary for the six month season, and some considerably more. Nonetheless many cricketers use the offseason to prepare for a post-cricket career.

    *Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com, Wikipedia.org

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    Player Profile(#12)…Richard Staple(U.S.A)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on March 24, 2008

    Richard Staple

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    Richard Wayne Staple (born 25 November 1969 in Kingston, Jamaica) is an American cricketer. He started his first-class cricket career playing for his native Jamaica from 1989-90 to 1994-95. He later emigrated to the United States and became captain of his adopted nation. He played two further first-class games in the 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup. Staple led the United States to victory in the ICC Six Nations Challenge in 2004, which saw the Americans qualify for the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy in England. Staple and his teammates fared poorly against the New Zealanders and Australians as the Americans lost their first two official One Day Internationals by a wide margin. Staple plays his domestic cricket for the Progressive Cricket Club in the New York Metropolitan Cricket League.

    Some extra info about Richard Staple can be found in these links:

  • Windies stars to play in New York next month (Jun 30, 2006)
  • USA axe Staple as captain (Jul 25, 2005)
  • Ponting slams worthless match (Sep 13, 2004)
  • Fleming eyes winner-take-all against Australia (Sep 11, 2004)
  • USA enjoy their outing (Sep 10, 2004)
  • Cricinfo page on Richard Staple
  • CricketArchive page on Richard Staple
  • View the full list of 12 related articles

    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.com and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Player Profile(#13)…Kevin Pietersen(England)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on March 24, 2008

    Player profile(#13)…Kevin Pietersen(England):

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    Kevin Peter Pietersen MBE (born 27 June 1980 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa) is an English cricketer. He is an attacking right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who plays for Hampshire County Cricket Club and is a member of both the England Test match and One Day International teams.

    He made his first-class debut for Natal in 1997 before moving to England after voicing his displeasure at the racial quota system in place in South Africa,[1] and in order to further his opportunities for playing at international level. Being born of an English mother gave Pietersen eligibility to play for England, and after serving a qualifying period of four years playing at county level, he was called up almost immediately into the national side. He made his international debut in the One-day International match against Zimbabwe in 2004,[2] and his Test match debut in the 2005 Ashes series against Australia the following year.[3]

    Pietersen quickly became the fastest batsman to reach both 1000 and 2000 runs in One-day International cricket,[4][5] and currently has the highest average of any England player to have played more than 20 innings of one-day cricket.[6] He also has the second-highest run total from his first 25 Tests, behind only the Australian Donald Bradman.[7] He became only the third English batsman to top the ICC One-day International rankings, doing so in March 2007.[8]
    Here is a write-up about him by Jenny Thompson (July 2007):

    “Expansive with the bat and explosive with the bombast, the South African-born Kevin Pietersen is not one for the quiet life. Pietersen, an enthusiastic, bold-minded and big-hitting No 5, first ruffled feathers by shunning South Africa – he was disenchanted with the quota system – in favour of England; his eligibility coming courtesy of an English mother. He never doubted he would play for England: he has self-confidence in spades but, fortunately, he has sackfuls of talent too. Sure enough, as soon as he qualified in September 2004, he was invited to tour Zimbabwe for that winter’s one-dayers, where he averaged 104 in three innings. Success here earned him a late call into England’s team against none other than South Africa in early 2005. Undeterred by hostile receptions from the home crowds, he announced his arrival – loudly, of course – with three centuries in five innings, and in doing so demonstrated his peerless eye for the ball and for making headlines, too. On reaching his maiden ton in the second ODI at Bloemfontein, he kissed his badge with unreserved fervour and afterwards announced his next ambition: getting a tattoo of three lions and his England number. Playing at Test level was next on the Pietersen to-do list, and, as a man who puts his money, if not always his mind, where his mouth is, it was only a matter of time. Overlooked for two Tests against Bangladesh, he made his debut against Australia at Lord’s of all places, and responded with a pair of hard-hitting fifties in a losing cause. Six dropped catches in the series appeared to have dented his brash confidence, but with the series at stake, he once again showed his unswerving eye for the limelight by clubbing a phenomenal 158 on the final day at The Oval, to secure the draw that England needed for a first Ashes triumph in 18 years. First to congratulate him on his feat was Shane Warne, his good friend and captain at Hampshire, whom Pietersen had joined at the start of the season after three eventful and fractious years at Nottinghamshire. Unsurprisingly, that innings proved hard to live up to, but astonishingly Pietersen managed it, clubbing two more big hundreds in his next two Test innings in England, the second of which – against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston – included a remarkable reverse-sweep for six off Muttiah Muralitharan. In Australia the following winter, he once again lived up to his reputation with hard-earned runs, but his tour ended in disappointment when he flew home with a fractured rib, courtesy of Glenn McGrath after the first match of the CB Series. While England’s World Cup was a miserable failure for the team it was a personal success for Pietersen who hit two centuries – including his first ODI ton in a winning cause against West Indies – and confirmed his role as England’s leading batsman. His dominance continued against West Indies with a majestic 226 at Headingley – finally beating his previous 158, a score he had made three times previously. It was the highest score by an England batsman since Graham Gooch’s 333, and his march towards greatness continued. “

    EARLY AND PERSONAL LIFE:
    Born of an English mother and an Afrikaner father, Penny and Jannie[1] Pietersen had a strict and well-disciplined childhood, along with his three brothers Tony, Greg and Bryan;[9] he learned valuable lessons from this “fantastic” approach to parenting, and said: “Discipline is good. It taught me that I didn’t always have to have what I wanted; that what I needed was different from what I wanted.” [10]In his autobiography he refers to himself and his brothers getting the cane both at home and at school. Bryan is currently playing club and second XI cricket in England.[11]
    Pietersen attended Maritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg, and made his first-class cricket debut for Natal’s B team in 1997, aged 17, where he was regarded predominantly as an off spin bowler and a hard-hitting lower-order batsman.[12][13] After two seasons, he moved to England for a five-month spell as the overseas player for club side Cannock CC, and helped them win the Birmingham and District Premier League in 2000.[14] This first spell away from home did not leave him with fond memories for England, in particular “those horrible Black Country accents”, living in a single room above a squash court, and working in the club bar.[10] However, he returned to newly-renamed KwaZulu Natal side a better cricketer, a lack of opportunities to bowl having improved his batting.[14]

    Pietersen is widely portrayed in the media as having a self-assured personality, described by Geoffrey Boycott as being “cocky and confident”.[15] England test captain Michael Vaughan counters this, saying, “KP is not a confident person. He obviously has great belief in his ability but that’s not quite the same thing…And I know KP wants to be loved. I try to text him and talk to him as often as I can because I know he is insecure.”[16] He has been noted for his unusual haircuts, with his peroxide blond dyed streak of hair along the middle of his head during the 2005 Ashes series being described as a “dead skunk” look.[17] During the 2006–07 Ashes tour, the Australian team, noted for their efforts to dominate opponents psychologically, dubbed him “The Ego”, or “FIGJAM” (Fuck I’m Good, Just Ask Me).[18] Other nicknames include KP, Kelves and Kapes.[1]

    Pietersen was rumoured to be dating model Caprice Bourret who accompanied him to the ICC awards in October 2005,[19] but he is now married to Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor.[20] The couple married on 29 December 2007 at the Manor House Hotel in Wiltshire, with former England team-mate Darren Gough acting as best man.[21]
    Domestic career

    He impressed members of Nasser Hussain’s England side when playing for KwaZulu Natal in 1999; he took four top-order wickets and, despite batting at number nine, scored 61 not out from 57 balls, hitting four sixes.[22] Hussain then recommended that Pietersen secure a contract with an English county side.[23]

    Despite the praise from the England side, Pietersen was dropped from the Natal first team. Pietersen felt that this was due to the country’s racial quota system, in which provincial sides were required to have at least four non-white players.[1][24][25] Pietersen’s view was that players should be judged on merit, and described it as “heartbreaking” when he was left out of the side, although he later reflected “it turned out it was the best thing that could have happened”.[26] Pietersen has since firmly criticised the quota system,[27] which he feels forced him out of the country of his birth. He has also criticised Graeme Smith, who became captain of the South African side in 2003, calling him “an absolute muppet, childish and strange” and that his behaviour “leaves a lot to be desired”.[28] Smith opposed this, saying, “I’m patriotic about my country, and that’s why I don’t like Kevin Pietersen. The only reason that Kevin and I have never had a relationship is because he slated South Africa”.[29] His outspoken views published in his autobiography, Crossing the Boundary, in September 2006, and in an interview for South African magazine GQ, led to unsuccessful calls for an ICC investigation regarding bringing the game into disrepute.[30][24]

    In 2000, Nottinghamshire coach Clive Rice, who had seen Pietersen play in 1997 in South Africa at a schools week, heard that Pietersen was playing club cricket in Birmingham and offered him a three-year contract to play for the county.[13] His maiden first-class century came on his Nottinghamshire debut against Loughborough UCCE.[31] In his first season he made 1,275 runs with an impressive batting average of 57.95,[32] including 218 not out in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 352 with John Morris at Derby in July, after having been out lbw for a duck in the first innings.[33] These performances led to praise in the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack: “If he can maintain his first season’s form, the name of Pietersen should be pencilled in for future Test squads.”[32] This form did indeed continue into the following year: he made another unbeaten double-century, against Middlesex, taking part in a partnership of 316 for the fourth wicket with Darren Bicknell.[34] This period proved to be a purple patch for the batsman, scoring four consecutive centuries (254 not out, 122, 147 and 116) in one week in August.[35]

    In 2003, Pietersen scored 1,546 first-class runs, and 764 runs in limited overs cricket.[31][36] He was selected for the 2003–04 ECB National Academy tour of India, and had a successful tour scoring 523 runs including three centuries in his six first-class innings to record an average of 104.60,[37] and making 131 in a one-day match against India A in Bangalore.[38]

    After Nottinghamshire were relegated in 2003, Pietersen requested a release from his contract, saying “I haven’t been happy for a while….The pitch at Trent Bridge has been one of my problems… I could have done so much better if the wicket had been good.”[39] This led to a public row with club captain Jason Gallian, where Gallian allegedly threw Pietersen’s kit off the Trent Bridge balcony and broke his bat:
    “During the game I told the captain that I was not happy and that I wanted to leave. After the game we spoke in the dressing room and then I went to have dinner. I got a call saying the captain had trashed my equipment. I was told the captain had said, ‘if he does not want to play for Notts he can f*** off.’ I have not spoken to Gallian since, nor have I received an apology.”[40]

    Pietersen was made to honour the last year of his contract at Nottinghamshire, but “didn’t enjoy it at all”.[41] In October 2004, he joined Hampshire under the captaincy of Shane Warne.[42]

    After becoming a regular in the international side, Pietersen rarely gets an opportunity to play domestic cricket. Having an England “central contract” means that Pietersen is only released to play for Hampshire at the discretion of the national coach. After being left out of the national side to face Bangladesh in May 2005, Pietersen had several good innings in the four-day county championship, including two centuries.[43] He only played twice for the county in 2006, and has played once so far in 2007, with an unbeaten 66 against Ireland.[44]
    International career

    The tour of Zimbabwe caused several players to voice their concerns about the Robert Mugabe regime, the security issues in the country and the standard of the Zimbabwean side.[45] Steve Harmison was the first to boycott the tour for “political and sporting reasons”,[46] and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was reported to be considering taking a moral stand himself. The England Chairman of Selectors David Graveney denied that the selectors would leave out players unhappy with touring Zimbabwe and would put their absences down to injury.[47] Flintoff was, however, “rested” and Pietersen rushed into the squad “at the earliest opportunity”.[48] In the five match ODI series, Pietersen batted in three innings which included a score of 77 not out; he finished the series with an average of 104.00 as England won the series 4–0.

    Pietersen was upset not to be initially in the squad to tour South Africa.[49] With Flintoff withdrawing due to injury,[50] Pietersen was recalled to the squad,[51] and cemented his place in the first team with 97 off 84 balls in the warm-up match against South Africa A, in the face of a hostile crowd.[52] Throughout the tour, Pietersen was subjected to a barrage of abuse from the South African crowd, who regarded him somewhat like a traitor.[12] He said:

    “I knew I was going to cop a lot of stick but it will be like water off a duck’s back…I expected stick at the start of the innings, and I’m sure it will carry on through the whole series. But I just sat back and laughed at the opposition, with their swearing and ‘traitor’ remarks… some of them can hardly speak English. My affiliation is with England. In fact, I’m starting to speak too much like Darren Gough… In fact, I’m going to get one of Gough’s tattoos with three lions and my number underneath…No one can say I’m not English.”[53]

    Pietersen scored a 96-ball 108 not out in the tied second ODI at Bloemfontein, after which the crowd turned their backs on him as he returned to the pavilion.[54] This score set his ODI average at an incredible record 234.00.[55][56] He made 75 at Cape Town,[57] then at East London Pietersen made an unbeaten 100 from only 69 balls, the fastest century by an England player in a one-day match,[58] although England still lost by eight runs. In the final game at Centurion Park, Pietersen came to the wicket at 32/3 and scored 116, but again could not prevent a defeat. Pietersen ended the series, which England lost 4–1, with 454 runs in five innings, and the Player of the Series award.[59][60] By the end of the series, the South African crowds had generally replaced hostility with respect for Pietersen, his final century being awarded a standing ovation.[61]

    Mixed success in Ashes build-up:
    Despite press speculation, Pietersen was not picked for the Tests against Bangladesh—his early season form being dogged by a foot injury[62][63]—but with his county form improving, he was selected for the Twenty20 match against Australia at Southampton, making 34 from 18 balls and taking three catches as England won by 100 runs.[64]
    In the triangular ODI series against Australia and Bangladesh, Pietersen did not get to bat in the first match at The Oval as England won by 10 wickets, but scored 91 off 65 balls in the match in Bristol against Australia.[65] In the remainder of the triangular series, Pietersen scored quickly, although without other half-centuries. He finished the seven-match series with a total of 278 runs at an average of 46.33.[66]

    Pietersen’s performances sparked speculation over whether he would be brought into the Test side for The Ashes later in the summer. A BBC poll of 10 respected cricketers resulted in a minor preference for playing Pietersen and Ian Bell in the middle order, with Graham Thorpe missing out.[67]

    Later in July, Pietersen played in all three matches of the (ODI) NatWest Challenge against Australia. In the final match he was the top scorer for England with 74 runs, however he was forced off the field in the third over of Australia’s reply with a groin injury.[68]

    Speculation over when Pietersen would play for the Test team was ended in July with the announcement by the England chairman of selectors, David Graveney, that Pietersen had been selected ahead of Graham Thorpe.[69] He made his debut in the first Ashes Test at Lord’s, becoming the 626 player to play for the national side.[70] Pietersen scored 57 and 64 not out as England collapsed to a heavy defeat, becoming only the fourth player to top score in both innings on debut for England, the eighth England player to score a half-century in each innings on his debut, and the third cricketer to do so at Lord’s.[71] In the second Test at Edgbaston he scored 71 in the first innings and 20 in the second, with England narrowly winning by 2 runs.[72]

    In the drawn third Test, Pietersen struggled with 21 and 0, then scored 45 and 23 in the fourth as England went 2-1 up.[73][74] Under pressure to post a large score in the final Test at The Oval, Pietersen did not contribute significantly in the first innings with 14. In the second innings, Pietersen was dropped twice before reaching double figures, but went on to score his maiden Test century with 158, drawing the match and securing the series for England.[31][75] His innings included seven sixes, a record for an English player in an Ashes innings.[76] Pietersen was named Man of the Match for his efforts,[77] and finished the series as top scorer, with 473 runs over the five Tests, an average of 52.55.[78] However, he had a less successful series in the field, dropping six catches in the five Tests, a point he made wryly when questioned about the Australians dropping him three times on the final day.[79] Pietersen was given an ECB “central contract” to reflect his place in the national side.[80]

    Less rewarding winter tour:
    Pietersen had a less successful time in the three Test matches against Pakistan, which England lost 2–0. He made little impact in the first and third Tests, his highest score being 34.[81][82] He fared better in the second, however, making his second Test century in the first innings.[83] He was also performing well in the one-day series with two explosive innings of 56 from 39 balls to help England win the first ODI, and 28 from 27 balls in the second.[84][85] The quick-scoring innings in the second ODI was to be Pietersen’s last on the tour. A rib injury sustained in the first ODI proved too painful throughout the second, and Pietersen returned to England to recover fully for the tour of India.[86]

    In March 2006, Pietersen played in the three Tests against India, which England drew 1–1. His 87 in the second innings of the first match came during England’s acceleration period, helping push the required target over 300.[87] England then declared overnight, and India successfully batted out the final day to secure a draw. This half-century was followed by another in the first innings of the second Test. The second innings was not so good, facing just 13 balls before being given out caught behind off a Harbhajan Singh delivery. The unhappy Pietersen was later fined 30 percent of his match fee for shaking his head and showing signs of dissent.[88] “Replays demonstrated that the ball that had dismissed him had brushed his forearm, not his glove, before ballooning up into the hands of Rahul Dravid at slip. But umpire Darrell Hair gave him out for 4 as England collapsed on the fourth afternoon.”[88] Pietersen posted scores of 39 and 7 in the final Test, a match England won comfortably after a dismal 100 all out in India’s second visit to the crease.[89]

    In the one-day series, which England lost 5–1, he was top scorer for England in four out of the five matches he played, and had the highest average of any player with 58.20.[90] His 71 in the second ODI took him past 1,000 ODI runs, equalling Viv Richards’ record of 21 innings to reach this total.[91]

    In May 2006, Pietersen matched his highest Test score of 158 in the first match against Sri Lanka,[92] and followed it with 142 in the second Test.[93] This took him passed the milestone of 1,000 Test runs, in his 12th Test match, and he became the first batsman since Graham Gooch in 1990 to score a century in three successive Test innings on English soil.[94] This performance moved Pietersen into the top ten of the ICC cricket ratings, as he was named the England (Test Match) Player of the Series.[95][96] On the first day of the third Test against Pakistan, Pietersen reached his fifth Test century with an overnight score of 104. Although Pietersen retired hurt shortly after reaching three figures, due to cramp, he returned to the crease the next morning and went on to top score in England’s first innings total of 515 with 135 runs from 169 balls.[97]

    Pietersen bowled his first delivery in Test match cricket on June 4, against Sri Lanka.[98] His first Test wicket came against Pakistan later in the summer when Kamran Akmal got a thin edge through to Geraint Jones.[99]
    Later in June, Pietersen scored 17 in the Twenty20 International as England lost by 2 runs to Sri Lanka.[100] The twenty over match against Pakistan was no better, Pietersen being bowled by Mohammad Asif for a golden duck as Pakistan helped themselves to a five-wicket victory.[101]

    England in Australia, 2006–7:

    In the much anticipated Ashes series in Australia, Pietersen was widely judged to be England’s best player, scoring 490 runs in five matches and averaging over 50. He started well with a defiant 92 in the first Test despite England losing by 277 runs,[102] and then backed up his good form with a century in the second Test in Adelaide, sharing a 310-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Paul Collingwood. When he was eventually run out, his first reaction was to “giggle” because it was the third time he had scored exactly 158 runs (at that point, his highest Test score).[103] However, even Pietersen seemed disheartened by the end of the series, which England lost 5–0.[104]

    In the Twenty20 match, Pietersen was run out on 11, as England lost the match by 77 runs.[105] For a powerful hitter, Pietersen has not posted a large score in the specialised twenty-over format, averaging 15.50.[1] In the first One-day International of the 2006–07 Commonwealth Bank Series, on 12 January at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Pietersen was injured when a ball bowled by Glenn McGrath hit him on the ribs. Despite continuing his innings in some discomfort, making 82, X-rays revealed a fracture and Pietersen was forced to miss the rest of the series.[106]

    CAREER IN 2007:
    In the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Pietersen crafted 104 runs off 122 balls against Australia in the Super Eight stage of the tournament. It was the first World Cup century by an Englishman since 1996, and the first ever against Australia.[107] He made three half-centuries, scoring 60 runs from 92 balls against New Zealand,[108] 56 runs from 72 balls against Kenya,[109] and 58 runs from 80 balls against Sri Lanka.[110] His efforts in the World Cup helped him achieve the status of ICC number-one ranked batsman in the world for ODIs;[111] however, England did not reach the semi-finals. In England’s final match of the World Cup against the West Indies, Pietersen made 100 from 91 balls, and effected the run-out of retiring captain Brian Lara.[112] This century took him past 2000 ODI runs, in doing so equalling the record 51 matches set by Zaheer Abbas.[5] He finished the tournament with 444 runs, at an average of 55.5, and was described as shining in the England team “like a 100 watt bulb in a room full of candles”.[113]

    Having scored a century in the first Test against the West Indies at Lord’s,[114] Pietersen posted his highest score of 226 in the second Test at Headingley, surpassing his previous best of 158 which he had achieved three times.[115] With this score, Pietersen moved ahead of Everton Weekes and Viv Richards to be the batsman with the second-highest run-total out of his first 25 Tests (behind Don Bradman).[7] It is also the highest Test score for England since Graham Gooch scored 333 against India in 1990.[116] This innings subjected the West Indies to an innings and 283 runs defeat, their largest against any team. Pietersen, the Man of the Match, said, “I believe the recipe for success is hard work. I’ve been criticised for throwing my wicket away, and I tried to make it count here”.[117]
    In the third Test at Old Trafford, scoring 68 in the second innings, Pietersen lost his wicket in a bizarre dismissal when West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo delivered a bouncer which knocked Pietersen’s helmet off his head and onto his stumps. He is only the fourth batsman in Test cricket to be dismissed “hit wicket” as a result of headgear falling onto the stumps.[118] This score took him past the 8500 first-class runs mark, and 2,500 runs in Test cricket.[119]

    In contrast, Pietersen’s batting was poor in the following single innings matches; he scored a total of 77 runs in five matches (two Twenty20 and three ODI), recording a second-ball duck in the final ODI.[120] He subsequently fell to second in the official One-day International batting rankings, behind Ricky Ponting.[121] Pietersen himself has commented that his lack of recent form is a result of “fatigue”, and has reiterated his calls for a less “hectic” match schedule.[122]
    Pietersen found some form in the first Test against India, with a magnificent 134 in the second innings to set up a potential England victory. Pietersen described this as his best century, in very testing conditions.[123] After two low scores in the second Test, Pietersen scored his 10th Test Century in the third and final Test at the Oval, helping England to draw the game with 101.[124]

    Pietersen was also picked for and played in the Twenty20 Championship in South Africa. In England’s first game against Zimbabwe on September 13, Pietersen hit 79 runs off 37 balls including four sixes and seven fours in an English total of 188-9. England won the match by 50 runs, however this was to be Pietersens only significant contribution in the competition.[citation needed]

    Sri Lanka 2007–8:
    Pietersen travelled to Sri Lanka with England’s ODI squad in September 2007. He scored 50 in England’s warm up game against the Sri Lankan Cricket XI,[125] however followed this with scores of one,[126] twelve,[127] and eight.[128] He then found form with 63 not out from 75 deliveries [129] to clinch a historic series win for England, the first in the country since the 1980s. He went on to score 28 in the final match which was a consolatory victory for Sri Lanka.[130] In the first test that followed in November, he was the only batsman not to make double figures in a drawn warm up game against the Board President’s XI, being caught for four.[131] In the second warm up match against the Sri Lanka Board XI, Pietersen was again out for a low score in the first innings, surviving just three balls and scoring one run. In the second, however, England snatched a “surprise” win, with Pietersen finding form and hitting 59, the highest score of England’s innings.[132]

    During the test series, however, Pietersen suffered a period of fluctuating form. Scoring 31 and 18 in the first test,[133] he managed only a single in the first innings of the second. While he regained his touch for the second innings, with a match saving 45 not out,[134] he hit one and 30 in the final test,[135] passing 3,000 test career runs but averaging only 25.2 across the series, failing to score a half century in a series for the first time in his career,[136] and having the second lowest average of all the recognised batsmen.[137] He equalled the Test cricket record for passing 3000 runs within 3 years of playing for his country, with the distinction that he reached this total 6 months earlier than the other two players to achieve this.

    New Zealand 2008:
    Pietersen averaged 33 in the five match ODI series in early 2008, a high score of 50 and 165 runs overall failing to save England from a 3:1 defeat.[138] The series was preceded by two warm up matches, where Pietersen scored 48,[139] and 10,[140] and two 20Twenty internationals where he scored 43,[141] and 3,[142] each match resulting in an England win.

    England then played a series of warm up matches before the three test series began, where Pietersen would face New Zealand for the first time in his test career. Pietersen, however, did not play in the first warm up match for the test series, as England featured both wicket keepers Tim Ambrose and Phil Mustard in their batting lineup.[143]

    Achievements:

    Awards-
    Pietersen gained several awards for his performances in the 2005 season. He was named both the ICC ODI Player of the Year and Emerging Player of the Year in 2005,[144] and was one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year (alongside team mates Simon Jones and Matthew Hoggard) for his role in the successful Ashes series against Australia.[145] Along with the rest of the England team, he was decorated in the 2006 New Year Honours list, being awarded the MBE for his role in the successful Ashes series.[146] He also played for the ICC World XI in the ICC Super Series 2005 against Australia.[147]

    Test match performance:

    Test debut: vs Australia, Lord’s, July 21, 2005.[1]
    ·He has the second highest run-total from his first 25 Tests (behind Don Bradman).[7]
    ·Fourth Englishman to top score in both innings of debut Test.[71]
    ·He is one of only twenty-two players to have a peak ICC batting rating over 900.[148]

    One-day International performance:
    ODI debut: vs Zimbabwe, Harare – Nov 28, 2004[1]
    ·Fastest batsman to reach 1000 and 2000 runs.[4][5]
    ·Fastest century by an England player (69 balls) (v SA, 2005).[58]

    EXTERNAL LINKS:

  • Kevin Pietersen’s Official Website
  • Player Profile: Kevin Pietersen from Cricinfo
  • Cricketweb interview with Kevin Pietersen
  • Kevin Pietersen Career Averages
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    Amateurs vs Professionals Cricket Matches

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on March 24, 2008

    Should there be an annual Amateurs vs Professional Cricket game…?

    Amateurs vs Professionals? Many cricket fans would have had dreams of facing their heroes in the game of cricket. I believe an annual Amateur vs Professional Cricket game would fulfil the needs of the average joe to put their skills to the test by playing the great game with the legends of cricket. Could you imagine yourself batting against the likes of Shane Warne and Brett Lee? Or bowling to batting legends like Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar? Or compare our fielding skills to legendary fieldsman such as Jonty Rhodes and Stephen Fleming? I have thought of a few concepts some which include having an hour or so of cricket with professionals during the intervals of One Day Internationals or Twenty20s, or as I have said have an annual Amateur vs Professional game (even a series) with the amateurs being selected from entries in a competition of some sort (amateurs being general people from the public), and proceeds to go to developing cricketing countries and another charity helping with social issues outside of cricket eg OxFam, World Vision, R.S.P.C.A etc etc. The game would be played in a festival like atmosphere and the main aim of the game would be to have fun and celebrate the game of cricket and how it has influenced peoples’ lives positively. If anyone has any views on this and/or has had the same or similar idea as me feel free to comment on this post. I think there would be many people that would like the idea, it’s a matter of working the idea with the cricketing authorities and working out the logistics of such an idea. But I think it may be possible…

    In the meantime here’s some information about Amateur and Professional Cricket I found on the net:

    AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL CRICKET:
    Cricket at the highest level has developed into a fully professional international sport from which leading players can earn a large income. However professionalism has a long history in English cricket. The first professionals had appeared by the first half of the eighteenth century, when heavy gambling on the game encouraged wealthy patrons to draft the best players into their teams. They would often offer these players full-time employment as gardeners or gamekeepers on their estates. In the second half of the century, the famous Hambledon Club paid its players match fees.[1]

    In the middle of the nineteenth century William Clarke’s All-England Eleven was a highly successful all-professional venture which did much to popularise the game. The earliest overseas tours were also all-professional affairs.
    For many generations there was a formal divide in English first-class cricket between amateurs and professionals, or “Gentlemen and Players” as they were known at the time. Although amateurs and professionals often played together in the same team, they would use separate dressing rooms and on some grounds went on to the pitch through different gates. The amateurs referred to the professionals by their surname only, but the professionals called the amateurs “sir”. However, this was not specific to cricket, but was the normal nomenclature used between middle and working class associates at that time. The “Gentlemen and Players” divide was a reflection of the divide between officers and other ranks in the army and it seemed perfectly natural to most English people of all classes in the 19th Century. The Gentlemen v Players matches were amongst the highlights of the English season, although the Players could usually put a much stronger side into the field than the Gentlemen.
    An amateur would often be appointed as the captain of a team despite being one of the worst players, or even not good enough to belong in the team at all on the basis of his cricketing skills. This even applied to international Test cricket. After the 1870s and 1880s, when some touring teams to Australia were all-professional, England did not have a professional captain again until Len Hutton was appointed in 1952. Some of their amateur captains were unquestionably worth their place in the side, others were not. In the 1930s, Walter Hammond switched from professional to amateur so that he could captain his country.[3]

    In the 20th century the position gradually changed in cricket as English society became more egalitarian. There was also a mounting problem of shamateurism as the number of men who could afford to play cricket full time for several months each year without being paid to do so decreased. Some “amateur” players were given a largely nominal job as “club secretary” and there were sometimes allegations that a few were paid surreptitiously. The old distinction became increasingly out of step with social conditions after the Second World War and amateur status was abolished in English cricket at the end of the 1962 season.

    When county cricket began to formalise in the mid 19th century, the counties employed professionals. The better supported and therefore richer counties such as Surrey often had teams made up largely of professional players with an amateur captain, while poorer counties such as Somerset relied much more heavily on amateurs to allow them to field a team without going into the red. However, early professionals were paid a low weekly wage and during the off season, which could last for nearly eight months, most were left to fend for themselves and had to take whatever work they could get. A few played professional football in the winter. In order to provide cricketers with some financial security after their playing careers, the benefit system was developed, but this was generally a poor substitute for good wages and a pension.

    By the post Second World War period, most cricketers were on a fixed salary, but only for the summer months and until the 1970s, the earnings of professional cricketers were low. In England many cricketers needed to find other jobs over the winter to make ends meet, and in other countries with less demanding domestic cricket schedules most cricketers fitted their cricket in with study or a regular job. Things began to change in 1977 when cricket was shaken up the Australian media tycoon Kerry Packer. By offering cricketers higher wages than had ever been known in the sport before, Packer induced many of the world’s most famous cricketers to abandon the official cricket competitions and play solely in a new competition called World Series Cricket which was broadcast by a television network which he owned. This was one of the biggest crises in the history of the sport, but it was patched up after a couple of years, when Packer’s channel was granted the rights to official matches. The earnings of top cricketers from “official” cricket then began to escalate.

    In the early 21st century cricket is still not as lucrative as some other sports, but international cricketers typically earn several times the average salary in their country. Regular members of the English cricket team earn several hundred thousand pounds a year. However, the highest paid cricketers in the world are the star members of the Indian cricket team, who make most of their income from endorsement contracts. Cricket is the main sport in India, and the players are front rank celebrities, especially Sachin Tendulkar, who is one of the world’s highest paid sportsmen, with an income estimated by the Times of India to be in excess of thirty million US dollars a year, nearly all of it from endorsements[1]. The Indian Cricket Team is one of the highest paid sports teams in the world and it is the highest paid National Sports team.

    It is also possible to earn an adequate annual income from domestic cricket in some countries, especially in England where the eighteen first class counties each employ about twenty players, most of whom earn at least the national average salary for the six month season, and some considerably more. Nonetheless many cricketers use the offseason to prepare for a post-cricket career.

    *Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com, Wikipedia.org

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    Player Profile(#12)…Richard Staple(U.S.A)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on March 24, 2008

    Player Profile(#12)…Richard Staple(U.S.A):

    Richard Staple

    Richard Staple2

    Richard Wayne Staple (born 25 November 1969 in Kingston, Jamaica) is an American cricketer. He started his first-class cricket career playing for his native Jamaica from 1989-90 to 1994-95. He later emigrated to the United States and became captain of his adopted nation. He played two further first-class games in the 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup. Staple led the United States to victory in the ICC Six Nations Challenge in 2004, which saw the Americans qualify for the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy in England. Staple and his teammates fared poorly against the New Zealanders and Australians as the Americans lost their first two official One Day Internationals by a wide margin. Staple plays his domestic cricket for the Progressive Cricket Club in the New York Metropolitan Cricket League.

    Some extra info about Richard Staple can be found in these links:

  • Windies stars to play in New York next month (Jun 30, 2006)
  • USA axe Staple as captain (Jul 25, 2005)
  • Ponting slams worthless match (Sep 13, 2004)
  • Fleming eyes winner-take-all against Australia (Sep 11, 2004)
  • USA enjoy their outing (Sep 10, 2004)
  • Cricinfo page on Richard Staple
  • CricketArchive page on Richard Staple
  • View the full list of 12 related articles
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    Posted in American, Cricket, Intercontinental Cup, Jamaica, New York, New York Metropolitan Cricket League, Progressive Cricket Club, Richard Staple, Unted States, USA, West Indies | Leave a Comment »

    In the International Spotlight…New Zealand Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on March 20, 2008

    nz cricketers dressed in Beige for twenty20

    shane bond

    The New Zealand cricket team, also known as the Black Caps, played their first Test in 1929-30 against England in Christchurch, New Zealand, becoming the fifth Test nation. It took the team until 1955-56 to win a Test, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland. They played their first ODI in the 1972-73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.

    The current Test captain is Daniel Vettori. He replaces the Black Caps’ most successful captain, Stephen Fleming who led New Zealand to 28 Test victories, more than twice as many as any other captain. Vettori lost his first match as captain (vs South Africa) by 358 runs, New Zealand’s worst ever defeat by runs.
    The New Zealand cricket team became known as the Black Caps in January 1998, after its sponsor at the time, Clear Communications, held a competition to choose a name for the team.

    As of October 2007, the New Zealand team has played 332 Test matches, winning 18.67%, losing 39.45% and drawing 41.86% of its games.

    DOMESTIC TEAMS:
    New Zealand Cricket involves the following first-class teams:

    ·Auckland Aces
    ·Canterbury Wizards
    ·Central Districts Stags
    ·Northern Districts Knights
    ·Otago Volts
    ·Wellington Firebirds

    CRICKET DEVELOPMENT:
    New Zealand Cricket has established High Performance Cricket training centre based at Lincoln University. It also operates a grassroots development programme for school children called ‘MILO Kiwi Cricket’ . John Wright, former NZ opening batsman, was appointed acting high performance manager for NZC in November 2007.
    New Zealand has many private cricket academies and the Bracewell Cricket Academy based at Rathkeale College is one of the largest cricket academies, providing an Overseas Cricket Development Programme, a Pre-Season Coaching Camp, a Festival of Cricket.

    There are around 100,000 registered cricketers in New Zealand. By way of comparison, Australia and the U.K. have around 500,000 each. According to Mark O’Neill, New Zealand’s batting coach from 2007-09, the competition at club level in NZ is nowhere near as intense as in Australia.

    “In Sydney there are 20 first grade teams, each club has five grades. To get to first grade you’ve got to be a friggin’ good player and once you get there the competition is very, very fierce. Unfortunately it’s not the same standard [in NZ]. Competition is everything and the only way the New Zealand guys are going to get that is to play the world’s best players.”

    TOURNAMENT HISTORY:

    World Cup
    ·1975: Semi Finals
    ·1979: Semi Finals
    ·1983: First round
    ·1987: First round
    ·1992: Semi Finals
    ·1996: Quarter Finals
    ·1999: Semi Finals
    ·2003: 5th Place
    ·2007: Semi Finals

    Mini World Cup
    ·ICC Knockout 1998: Quarter Finals
    ·ICC Knockout 2000: Won
    ·ICC Champions Trophy 2002: First round
    ·ICC Champions Trophy 2004: First round
    ·ICC Champions Trophy 2006: Semi Finals

    Twenty20 World Championship
    ·2007: Semi Finals

    Commonwealth Games
    ·1998: Bronze medal

    World Championship of Cricket
    ·1985: Fourth

    Austral-Asia Cup
    ·1986: Semi Finals
    ·1990: Semi Finals
    ·1994: Semi Finals

    TOURNAMENT VICTORIES:
    ·ICC Knock-Out Trophy Nairobi Gymkhana Club Nairobi Kenya 2000. New Zealand beat India in the final.

    ·2003 Bank Alfala Series Trophy held in Sri Lanka (New Zealand, Pakistan,Sri Lanka)
    ·2004 NatWest Series Trophy held in England (West Indies, England,New Zealand).
    ·2005 Videocon TriSeries held in Zimbabwe (India, Zimbabwe,New Zealand).

    WORLD RECORDS:
    ·Richard Hadlee, one of New Zealand and the world’s best all-rounders, took the world record for most Test wickets (374) vs India at Bangalore in 1988. He lost the record to Kapil Dev. Hadlee was the first bowler to reach 400 Test wickets vs India at Christchurch in 1990

    ·Andrew Jones and Martin Crowe held the highest ever 3rd-wicket partnership in Tests which at the time was the highest partnership for any wicket.

    ·Brian Hastings and Richard Collinge together scored 151 runs for the highest ever 10th-wicket partnership against Pakistan in 1973.

    ·Nathan Astle scored Test cricket’s fastest ever double century versus England Christchurch 2002. He scored 200 off 153 balls with the second hundred coming off just 39 deliveries. He was eventually out for 222 — the dreaded double Nelson. He knocked the first hundred off 114 balls. Astle smashed the record by 59 balls, previously held by Adam Gilchrist Australia vs South Africa Johannesburg 2002).

    ·Geoff Allott holds the record for the longest time taken to score a duck. South Africa Auckland 1999. He faced 77 balls in 101 minutes for his zero score.

    ·Danny Morrison held another “unwanted” record for the most ducks in Test cricket(24)
    . He lost the record to Courtney Walsh.

    ·Chris Cairns and his father Lance Cairns are one of the two father-son combination to each claim 100 Test wickets, South Africa’s Peter and Shaun Pollock being the other.

    ·Chris Cairns held the record for the most Test sixes. He passed Viv Richards record of 84 (vs England, Lord’s, London, 2004) and retired from Test cricket with 87. He has since been passed by both Adam Gilchrist (the current record holder) and Brian Lara.

    ·Chris Harris is the only New Zealand cricketer to have taken 200 wickets in ODIs. (vs England, Lord’s, London, 2004). He is only the second player in ODIs to complete the 4000 run / 200 wicket double. (The other is Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya). He holds the record for the most ODI caught and bowled dismissals, with 29.

    ·Fast bowler Shane Bond holds the best strike rate in the history of One Day International cricket of 26.5 (one player out for every 26.5 balls bowled).

    ·John Bracewell became the first – and so far only – substitute fielder to take four catches in a One-Day International, vs Australia in Adelaide on 23 November 1980.

    ·The New Zealand team holds the dubious honour of the record for the most consecutive Test series played without a win – 30 series between 1929-30 and 1969-70 (40 years), comfortably ahead of Bangladesh on 16 series.

    ·Another unenviable distinction is the largest margin defeat in the Cricket World Cup, by 215 runs, by Australia. (April 2007).

    Notable
    ·New Zealand dismissed Zimbabwe (Harare 2005) twice in the same day for totals of 59 and 99. Zimbabwe became only the second team (after India Manchester 1952) to be dismissed twice in the same day. The whole Test was completed inside two days.

    ·Daniel Vettori scored NZ’s fastest Test century. (vs Zimbabwe Harare 2005). Vettori needed only 82 balls to reach the 100 mark.

    ·In the same match, he became the third NZ cricketer (after Richard Hadlee and Chris Cairns) to take more than 200 Test wickets.

    ·Lou Vincent holds the record for the highest one-day cricket innings by a New Zealander of 172 (vs Zimbabwe Bulawayo 2005). The previous best was Glenn Turner 171 not out (vs East Africa Birmingham 1975). Vincent and captain Stephen Fleming broke the New Zealand one-day opening partnership record against all countries. Their total of 204 beat Fleming and Nathan Astle’s 193 (vs Pakistan Dunedin 2000-2001). The team total of 397 was just one run short of the then record one-day total of 398 (Sri Lanka vs Kenya Kandy 1996).

    ·Brendon McCullum scored the fastest World Cup (2007) fifty (off 20 balls) for New Zealand against Canada, beating Mark Boucher’s 21-ball record set against the Netherlands six days earlier.

    ·In a match for the New Zealanders (i.e., the New Zealand national team playing a tour match against non-test opposition) at Scarborough, Yorkshire, in 1986 vs the D.B. Close XI, Ken Rutherford scored 317 runs off just 245 balls, including 228 runs in boundary fours and sixes. In terms of balls faced, this is almost certainly one of the four fastest first-class triple-centuries ever recorded.

    EXTERNAL RELATED LINKS:

  • BLACKCAPS official website
  • New Zealand cricket
  • Beige Brigade Official Website
  • Cricinfo New Zealand
  • A somewhat wacky site – Fun with the Black Caps
  • Cricket database
  • Runs on the board – New Zealand cricket (NZHistory)
  • New Zealand Cricket website
  • New-zealand Cricket News
  • Black Caps website
  • Bracewell Cricket Academy
  • New Zealand Cricket Blog

    REFERENCE LINKS:

  • Cricinfo Test Team Records page

    SEE ALSO:

  • List of New Zealand cricketers
  • New Zealand national cricket captains
  • New Zealand women’s cricket team
  • Beige Brigade Blackcaps Supporters

    New-Zealand-team-Natwest-Series-trophy

    Ross Taylor

    *Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com, Wikipedia.org and other related sites/links in this article/post.

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    In the International Spotlight…New Zealand Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on March 19, 2008

    nz cricketers dressed in Beige for twenty20

    shane bond

    The New Zealand cricket team, also known as the Black Caps, played their first Test in 1929-30 against England in Christchurch, New Zealand, becoming the fifth Test nation. It took the team until 1955-56 to win a Test, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland. They played their first ODI in the 1972-73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch.

    The current Test captain is Daniel Vettori. He replaces the Black Caps’ most successful captain, Stephen Fleming who led New Zealand to 28 Test victories, more than twice as many as any other captain. Vettori lost his first match as captain (vs South Africa) by 358 runs, New Zealand’s worst ever defeat by runs.
    The New Zealand cricket team became known as the Black Caps in January 1998, after its sponsor at the time, Clear Communications, held a competition to choose a name for the team.

    As of October 2007, the New Zealand team has played 332 Test matches, winning 18.67%, losing 39.45% and drawing 41.86% of its games.[1]

    DOMESTIC TEAMS:
    New Zealand Cricket involves the following first-class teams:

    ·Auckland Aces
    ·Canterbury Wizards
    ·Central Districts Stags
    ·Northern Districts Knights
    ·Otago Volts
    ·Wellington Firebirds

    CRICKET DEVELOPMENT:
    New Zealand Cricket has established High Performance Cricket training centre based at Lincoln University. It also operates a grassroots development programme for school children called ‘MILO Kiwi Cricket’ . John Wright, former NZ opening batsman, was appointed acting high performance manager for NZC in November 2007.
    New Zealand has many private cricket academies and the Bracewell Cricket Academy based at Rathkeale College is one of the largest cricket academies, providing an Overseas Cricket Development Programme, a Pre-Season Coaching Camp, a Festival of Cricket.

    There are around 100,000 registered cricketers in New Zealand. By way of comparison, Australia and the U.K. have around 500,000 each.[1][2] According to Mark O’Neill, New Zealand’s batting coach from 2007-09, the competition at club level in NZ is nowhere near as intense as in Australia.

    “In Sydney there are 20 first grade teams, each club has five grades. To get to first grade you’ve got to be a friggin’ good player and once you get there the competition is very, very fierce. Unfortunately it’s not the same standard [in NZ]. Competition is everything and the only way the New Zealand guys are going to get that is to play the world’s best players.”[3]

    TOURNAMENT HISTORY:

    World Cup
    ·1975: Semi Finals
    ·1979: Semi Finals
    ·1983: First round
    ·1987: First round
    ·1992: Semi Finals
    ·1996: Quarter Finals
    ·1999: Semi Finals
    ·2003: 5th Place
    ·2007: Semi Finals

    Mini World Cup
    ·ICC Knockout 1998: Quarter Finals
    ·ICC Knockout 2000: Won
    ·ICC Champions Trophy 2002: First round
    ·ICC Champions Trophy 2004: First round
    ·ICC Champions Trophy 2006: Semi Finals

    Twenty20 World Championship
    ·2007: Semi Finals

    Commonwealth Games
    ·1998: Bronze medal

    World Championship of Cricket
    ·1985: Fourth

    Austral-Asia Cup
    ·1986: Semi Finals
    ·1990: Semi Finals
    ·1994: Semi Finals

    TOURNAMENT VICTORIES:
    ·ICC Knock-Out Trophy Nairobi Gymkhana Club Nairobi Kenya 2000. New Zealand beat India in the final.

    ·2003 Bank Alfala Series Trophy held in Sri Lanka (New Zealand, Pakistan,Sri Lanka)
    ·2004 NatWest Series Trophy held in England (West Indies, England,New Zealand).
    ·2005 Videocon TriSeries held in Zimbabwe (India, Zimbabwe,New Zealand).

    WORLD RECORDS:
    ·Richard Hadlee, one of New Zealand and the world’s best all-rounders, took the world record for most Test wickets (374) vs India at Bangalore in 1988. He lost the record to Kapil Dev. Hadlee was the first bowler to reach 400 Test wickets vs India at Christchurch in 1990

    ·Andrew Jones and Martin Crowe held the highest ever 3rd-wicket partnership in Tests which at the time was the highest partnership for any wicket. [3].

    ·Brian Hastings and Richard Collinge together scored 151 runs for the highest ever 10th-wicket partnership against Pakistan in 1973. [4].

    ·Nathan Astle scored Test cricket’s fastest ever double century versus England Christchurch 2002 [5]. He scored 200 off 153 balls with the second hundred coming off just 39 deliveries. He was eventually out for 222 — the dreaded double Nelson. He knocked the first hundred off 114 balls. Astle smashed the record by 59 balls, previously held by Adam Gilchrist Australia vs South Africa Johannesburg 2002).

    ·Geoff Allott holds the record for the longest time taken to score a duck. South Africa Auckland 1999. He faced 77 balls in 101 minutes for his zero score.

    ·Danny Morrison held another “unwanted” record for the most ducks in Test cricket(24)
    . He lost the record to Courtney Walsh.

    ·Chris Cairns and his father Lance Cairns are one of the two father-son combination to each claim 100 Test wickets, South Africa’s Peter and Shaun Pollock being the other.

    ·Chris Cairns held the record for the most Test sixes [7]. He passed Viv Richards record of 84 (vs England, Lord’s, London, 2004) and retired from Test cricket with 87. He has since been passed by both Adam Gilchrist (the current record holder) and Brian Lara.

    ·Chris Harris is the only New Zealand cricketer to have taken 200 wickets in ODIs. (vs England, Lord’s, London, 2004). He is only the second player in ODIs to complete the 4000 run / 200 wicket double. (The other is Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya). He holds the record for the most ODI caught and bowled dismissals, with 29.[2]

    ·Fast bowler Shane Bond holds the best strike rate in the history of One Day International cricket of 26.5 (one player out for every 26.5 balls bowled) [8].

    ·John Bracewell became the first – and so far only – substitute fielder to take four catches in a One-Day International, vs Australia in Adelaide on 23 November 1980.

    ·The New Zealand team holds the dubious honour of the record for the most consecutive Test series played without a win – 30 series between 1929-30 and 1969-70 (40 years), comfortably ahead of Bangladesh on 16 series. [9]

    ·Another unenviable distinction is the largest margin defeat in the Cricket World Cup, by 215 runs, by Australia. (April 2007).

    Notable
    ·New Zealand dismissed Zimbabwe (Harare 2005) twice in the same day for totals of 59 and 99. Zimbabwe became only the second team (after India Manchester 1952) to be dismissed twice in the same day. The whole Test was completed inside two days.

    ·Daniel Vettori scored NZ’s fastest Test century. (vs Zimbabwe Harare 2005). Vettori needed only 82 balls to reach the 100 mark.

    ·In the same match, he became the third NZ cricketer (after Richard Hadlee and Chris Cairns) to take more than 200 Test wickets.

    ·Lou Vincent holds the record for the highest one-day cricket innings by a New Zealander of 172 (vs Zimbabwe Bulawayo 2005). The previous best was Glenn Turner 171 not out (vs East Africa Birmingham 1975). Vincent and captain Stephen Fleming broke the New Zealand one-day opening partnership record against all countries. Their total of 204 beat Fleming and Nathan Astle’s 193 (vs Pakistan Dunedin 2000-2001). The team total of 397 was just one run short of the then record one-day total of 398 (Sri Lanka vs Kenya Kandy 1996).

    ·Brendon McCullum scored the fastest World Cup (2007) fifty (off 20 balls) for New Zealand against Canada, beating Mark Boucher’s 21-ball record set against the Netherlands six days earlier.

    ·In a match for the New Zealanders (i.e., the New Zealand national team playing a tour match against non-test opposition) at Scarborough, Yorkshire, in 1986 vs the D.B. Close XI, Ken Rutherford scored 317 runs off just 245 balls, including 228 runs in boundary fours and sixes. In terms of balls faced, this is almost certainly one of the four fastest first-class triple-centuries ever recorded [3].

    EXTERNAL RELATED LINKS:

  • BLACKCAPS official website
  • New Zealand cricket
  • Beige Brigade Official Website
  • Cricinfo New Zealand
  • A somewhat wacky site – Fun with the Black Caps
  • Cricket database
  • Runs on the board – New Zealand cricket (NZHistory)
  • New Zealand Cricket website
  • New-zealand Cricket News
  • Black Caps website
  • Bracewell Cricket Academy
  • New Zealand Cricket Blog
  • REFERENCE LINKS:

  • ^ Cricinfo Test Team Records page retrieved on November 3, 2007
  • ^
    Winning without losing a wicket, and Kumble’s record. Cricinfo (January 12, 2004). Retrieved on 200702-21.
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  • SEE ALSO:

  • List of New Zealand cricketers
  • New Zealand national cricket captains
  • New Zealand women’s cricket team
  • Beige Brigade Blackcaps Supporters
  • New-Zealand-team-Natwest-Series-trophy

    Ross Taylor

    *Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com, Wikipedia.org and other related sites/links in this article/post.

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