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The Top 10 Highest Runscorers of All Time (In Tests)…

Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

Here is a list of the top 10 runscorers of all time in cricket, as of 2nd December 08:

1. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
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Span: 1989-2008
No# of Tests: 154
Runs Scored: 12273
Highest Score: 248*
Average: 54.30
100’s: 40
50’s: 51

2. Brian Lara (ICC/WI)
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Span: 1990-2006
No# of Tests: 131
Runs Scored: 11953
Highest Score: 400*
Average: 52.88
100’s: 34
50’s: 48

3. Allan Border (Aus)
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Span: 1978-1994
No# of Tests: 156
Runs Scored: 11174
Highest Score: 205
Average: 50.56
100’s: 27
50’s: 63

4. Steve Waugh (Aus)

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Span: 1985-2004
No# of Tests: 168
Runs Scored: 10927
Highest Score: 200
Average: 51.06
100’s: 32
50’s: 50

5. Ricky Ponting (Aus)
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Span: 1995-2008
No# of Tests: 125
Runs Scored: 10465
Highest Score: 257
Average: 57.18
100’s: 36
50’s: 42

6. Rahul Dravid (ICC/India)

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Span: 1996-2008
No# of Tests: 129
Runs Scored: 10366
Highest Score: 270
Average: 52.61
100’s: 25
50’s: 53

7. Sunil Gavaskar (India)
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Span: 1971-1987
No# of Tests: 125
Runs Scored: 10122
Highest Score: 236*
Average: 51.12
100’s: 34
50’s: 45

8. Jacques Kallis (ICC/SA)
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Span: 1995-2008
No# of Tests: 125
Runs Scored: 9801
Highest Score: 189*
Average: 55.06
100’s: 30
50’s: 48

9. Graham Gooch (Eng)
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Span: 1975-1995
No# of Tests: 118
Runs Scored: 8900
Highest Score: 333
Average: 42.58
100’s: 20
50’s: 46

10. Javed Miandad (Pak)
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Span: 1976-1993
No# of Tests: 124
Runs Scored: 8832
Highest Score: 280*
Average: 52.57
100’s: 23
50’s: 43

*Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com and owners of pictures used.

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The Top 10 Fastest Cricket Bowlers…

Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

Here is a list of the current and all time fastest bowlers in world cricket. Enjoy!

Current Fastest Bowlers:
1. Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan)
2. Brett Lee (Australia)
3. Shane Bond (New Zealand)
4. Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)
5. Steve Harmison (England)
6. Mitchell Johnson (Australia)
7. Mohammad Sami (Pakistan)
8. Shaun Tait (Australia)
9. Tino Best (West Indies)
10. Ishant Sharma (India)

Bowlers At All Times:

1. Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan)(100.3 mph/161.41 kph)
2. Jeff Thompson (Australia)(99.8 mph/160.61 kph)
3. Brett Lee (Australia)(99.7 mph/160.45 kph)
4. Shane Bond (New Zealand)(98.1 mph/157.87 kph)
5. Andy Roberts (West Indies)(97.8 mph/157.39 kph)
6. Nantie Hayward (South Africa)(96.0 mph/154.49 kph)
7. Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)(95.9 mph/154.33 kph)
8. Waqar Younis (Pakistan)(95.1 mph/153.04 kph)
9. Steve Harmison (England)(95.0 mph/152.88 kph)
10. Tino Best (West Indies)(94.4 mph/151.92 kph)

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Player Profile(#35)… Brett Lee(Australia)

Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

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Brett Lee (born 8 November 1976 in Wollongong, New South Wales) is an Australian cricketer.

After breaking into the Australian Test team, Lee was recognised as one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket. He is also an athletic fielder and useful lower-order batsman, with a batting average exceeding 20.

Style:
Lee is an express bowler, one of the fastest the game has known, and is capable of bowling at 160 km/h (99 mph). Lee’s fastest recorded delivery to date is 160.8 km/h (99.9 mph) which he bowled in his first over on March 5, 2005 at Napier, New Zealand against Craig Cumming. He is also an athletic fielder and aggressive lower-order batsman with a batting average exceeding 20.

Lee ranks with Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar as the fastest bowler in contemporary cricket. Akhtar’s delivery at 161.4km/h (100.2mph) stands as the fastest recorded to date.

Lee’s speed allows opposition batsmen less time to react, increasing their chances of making a mistake and has bowled with great accuracy as Australia’s bowling spearhead. He has a Test bowling average of just under thirty, which sees him ranked in the 5th in the International Cricket Council’s Test bowling rankings.

Early in his career, Lee was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, but was cleared. He was also criticised in early 2005 for bowling a series of beamers at batsmen during ODIs, at a rate which lead some to claim he was deliberately bowling illegal head high full tosses at batsmen.

Lee is at his most effective on the pitches of the southern hemisphere, where the pitches have greater bounce. In the northern hemisphere, he has taken 53 wickets in 19 Tests at an average of 42.11. In the southern hemisphere, he has taken 178 wickets in 40 matches at 28.48. He has had the most success against the West Indies and New Zealand, averaging in the low twenties. He averages more than 40 against England, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and in the 30s against other teams.

He played his first formal game of cricket for the Oak Flats Rats where he took 6/0 from one over or 6 wickets for 0 runs, all of his wickets being bowled [citation needed]. At sixteen years of age, Lee began playing first grade cricket for Campbelltown, where he managed to claim the wickets of a few New South Wales cricketers. He later joined Mosman, where at one point, he shared the new ball with Shoaib Akhtar.

Lee also played for the Australian Under 17 & 19 teams and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Australian Cricket Academy.

In March 1994, Lee was forced out of the Australian under-19 team to tour India due to stress fractures in his lower back. He recovered and made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Western Australia in a Sheffield Shield match as a 20-year old in the 1997–98 season, playing one match and taking 3/114.

One month later, Lee was chosen to represent the Australian A team on a tour to South Africa. He claimed two wickets but in that very match, stress fractures in his back from the previous injury had re-opened and Lee was in a back brace for over three months. When he turned twenty-one, Lee moved to Sydney to be closer to work.

During the 1997-98 season, he played in five of the ten Sheffield Shield games, taking fourteen wickets at 30. He finished outside the top 20 in both the wicket taking list and the bowling averages. In 1999, during a Sheffield Shield match at Perth, Lee bowled a spell against the Western Australian batsmen, compared the fastest bowling seen in Australia since the days of Jeff Thomson back in the 1970s. From that point, Australian captain Steve Waugh and then vice-captain Shane Warne began pushing for Lee’s inclusion in the Test team.

Early Test career:
By the late 1990s there were calls for Lee to be included in the national squad. He was eventually chosen in the final 14 for the Test series against Pakistan in 1999 but failed to make the final 11. By the time the Test series against India came around, he was twelfth man. However, he duly made his Test debut for Australia in December 1999 against the touring Indians, becoming Australia’s 383rd Test cricketer.

Bowling first change, Lee took a wicket in his first over in Test cricket when he bowled Sadagoppan Ramesh with his fourth delivery. He also captured Rahul Dravid in his first spell before returning to take three wickets in six balls to finish the innings with figures of 5/47 from 17 overs. Australia had batted first, and Lee had earlier made 27 runs. Lee took thirteen wickets in his opening two Tests at the low average of 14.15.

Lee won the inaugural Donald Bradman Young Player of the Year Award at the Allan Border Medal award ceremony in 2000 soon after his debut.

During the early 2000 tour to New Zealand, Lee was reported by umpires Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Arani Jayaprakash for a suspected illegal bowling action. He was later cleared.

Lee took 42 wickets in his opening three series, the most by any Australian bowler in the seven matches he played. However, in his seventh Test, where he took seven wickets including a five wicket haul in the second innings against the West Indies, he suffered a stress fracture of the lower back which kept him out of three following Tests. He returned against Zimbabwe but soon suffered another setback a month later when he broke his right elbow and was sidelined until May 2001.

Spearhead of the bowling attack:

Many wondered how Lee would manage the role as the permanent leader of the pace attack upon the retirements of cricket greats Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. However despite scepticism he has already shown sensational form in the role being awarded the Man of the Series in the inaugural Warne-Muralitharan Trophy against Sri Lanka in late 2007. In his first series as bowling figure-head he reaped a phenomenal 16 wickets in two tests at an average of 17.5 stamping himself as the man for the job. This has been achieved by bowling 5 km/h slower to improve accuracy. In the two-test series he also took out each Man of the Match awards. In the following series Lee continued his blistering form taking 24 wickets at 22.58 in four tests against India. In the test series he also overtook Jason Gillespie to become Australia’s 5th highest wicket taker. His consistent efforts saw him rewarded with the Man of the Series Award for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2007/08. He capped off the season by winning the Allan Border Medal, the award given to Australia’s best cricketer of the season.

Lee seemed underdone in the 2008 Australian tour of the West Indies, taking only 5 wickets in the first test match, during which he seemed exhausted. But he got back into the swing of things taking 8 wickets in the second test, including a 5 wicket haul, and 6 in the next test. Overall he seemed to regain his form as the series went on but was often tired by the extra workload; Mitchell Johnson did not live up to expectations until the final test, Stuart MaGill (who retired at the conclusion of the second test) also under-performed with the ball, and Symonds picked up a back injury which meant he could not bowl as often as anticipated.

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One-day International career:
Lee made his debut in One Day International for Australia against Pakistan on 9 January 2000 during the Carlton and United Breweries Series at the Gabba, Brisbane. He became the 140th ODI cricketer to represent Australia.

In One-day Internationals Lee is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest and most feared bowlers, he was ranked by the ICC as the No. 1 ODI bowler in January 2006 and has been ranked among the top ten ODI bowlers since the start of 2003. He has a wide array of deliveries including a dangerous in-swinging yorker. His bowling strike rate of around 30 puts him amongst the most incisive in this form of the game. He also has a One-day International hat-trick to his name, achieved in the 2003 World Cup against Kenya. Lee was the first Australian and fourth bowler to ever achieve this feat in World Cup history.

In the matches Australia played in the 2005-06 triangular one day series, Lee gave a display of his useful batting abilities by making 57 in the second game in a 100 run partnership with Michael Hussey to pull Australia out of a middle order collapse. However, he is yet to consistently contribute with his batting, and his current ICC ranking hovers around the 90-100 region.

Lee finished the series with 15 wickets, the third highest tally behind Nathan Bracken and Muttiah Muralitharan.

While Lee’s average and strike rate in ODIs rank him as one of the best strike bowlers in ODI history, he can still be erratic occasionally, as shown by his relatively high economy rate.

Lee also has the ability to take wickets very early in the innings, often removing batsmen in the first over of the innings. The delivery he bowled to Marvan Atapattu in the semi-final of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, reached 160.1 km/h (99.5 mph).

Batting:
Lee’s batting has always shown potential and in recent times has been improving, averaging just over twenty in both forms of international cricket in the last two years. He has said that he would like to become an all rounder though it is not a main priority. During the 2005 Ashes series, Lee had numerous defiant innings, and showed promise as a batsman. Lee’s aggressive style and strong physique often yields many sixes, including one six which flew out of the Gabba (Brisbane) during a Test match against the West Indies in 2005, billed as the biggest six ever hit at that ground.

On 2 April 2006, Lee hit his highest Test score of 64 in 68 balls against South Africa at Johannesburg. His previous highest score in Tests was 62 not out which he made against the West Indies in 2000 at the Gabba. Lee nearly surpassed this score on 3 January 2008 against India when he made 59 off 121 balls. Lee had also once again nearly surpassed his highest test score when he had made 63 not out, but unfortunately Ricky Ponting had declared the innings in the 2nd test against the West Indies. As a result of this, he fell one run short of his highest test score.

Lee’s highest score in ODI matches is 57 against South Africa at the Gabba in January 2006 with his previous best being 51 against South Africa in 2002.

Awards:

  • The Donald Bradman Young Player of the Year 2000
  • The Wisden Young Cricketer of the Year 1999-2000
  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2006
  • Chosen in “Australia’s Greatest ODI XI”, selected by former and present Australian ODI representatives
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2005 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the Test Team of the Year 2006 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2006 at the ICC Awards
  • VB Series Player of the Series 2002-03
  • VB Series Player of the Series 2004–05
  • DLF Cup Player of the Tournament 2006
  • Warne-Muralitharan Trophy Player of the Series 2007
  • Border-Gavaskar Trophy Player of the Series 2007/08
  • 2007 McGilvray Medallist for ABC’s Australian Test Player of the year.
  • 2008 Australian Test Player of the Year
  • 2008 Allan Border Medallist
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2008 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the Test Team of the Year 2008 at the ICC Awards

    Career highlights:

    Tests:

  • Lee’s best Test bowling figures of five for 30 came against the West Indies at The Gabba, Brisbane in 2005.
  • Lee’s 100th wicket was Marcus Trescothick in his 27th Test against England at Sydney in 2003.
  • Lee took his 200th wicket, Mark Boucher, in his 51st Test against South Africa at Durban in 2006.
  • His best Test batting score of 64 was made against South Africa, Johannesburg, 2006
  • He made his 1,000th Test run in his 53rd Test against Bangladesh at Fatullah in 2006.
  • Lee’s 250th wicket was Anil Kumble in his 62nd Test against India at Melbourne in 2007.
  • Lee’s 300th wicket was Jamie How in his 73rd Test against New Zealand at Brisbane on November 22, 2008.

    One-day Internationals:
    ODI Debut: vs Pakistan, Gabba, Brisbane, 1999-2000

  • His best ODI bowling figures of five for 22 came against South Africa, Melbourne
  • Lee’s best ODI batting score of 57 was made against South Africa, Gabba, 2005-2006
  • Lee’s 100th ODI wicket was Andrew Caddick, against England at the M.C.G. in 2003.
  • Lee’s 200th wicket was Marcus Trescothick, against England at Lord’s in 2005.
  • Lee’s 300th wicket was Darren Sammy, against West Indies at St George’s in 2008

    Other highlights:

  • Lee is the first, and so far only, player in Twenty20 International cricket to have taken a Hat-trick.
  • Lee plays for the Kings XI Punjab team owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta in the Indian Premier League.

    Personal:
    Lee married Elizabeth Kemp in June 2006. They have a son named Preston Charles, born 16 November 2006. However, after two years of marriage, on 21 August 2008 Lee confirmed his separation from Kemp.

    Lee is part of the rock band Six & Out. The band is made up of his brother Shane and former New South Wales cricketers Brad McNamara, Gavin Robertson and Richard Chee Quee. Lee plays the bass guitar or acoustic guitar for the band.

    During the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India, Lee recorded a duet with India’s music diva Asha Bhosle called You’re the One For Me. The song reached a peak position of number two on the Indian and South African charts. In 2008, he filmed scenes for his first Bollywood movie Victory.

    Lee launched his own fashion label ‘BL’, in 2001.

    Lee will be performing the theme song for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, which will be hosted by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

    Links to more information about Brett Lee:

  • Cricinfo profile of Brett Lee
  • Brett Lee’s Designer label
  • Brett Lee Online
  • HowSTAT! statistical profile of Brett Lee
  • ‘I Want To Have An Impact On Every Series’ – Brett Lee
  • *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Introducing…The Compton Cricket Club

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

    Earlier this year I made a short post about the Compton Cricket Club. I realised it did not have enough information about the club so heres another post with more in depth information:
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    The Compton Cricket Club (CCC), or the ‘Homies and the Popz’, is a cricket club based in, Compton, Los Angeles County, California, USA. The CCC is the only all American-born disadvantaged exhibition cricket team.

    The team is currently appealing to major cash backers for their historical tour to Australia in February 2009.

    Recently the Homies and the Popz Team founder, Ted Hayes and team member, Isaac Hayes were interviewed on Light FM Melbourne, Australia on the 27th of November.

    The team, which includes Latino and African American ex-gang members, was founded in 1995 by US homeless activist Ted Hayes and Hollywood movie Producer Katy Haber to combat the negative effect of poverty, urban decay and crime in Compton. The club uses the ideals of sportsmanship, and the particular importance of etiquette and fair play in cricket, to help players develop respect for authority, a sense of self-esteem and self-discipline.

    “The aim of playing cricket is to teach people how to respect themselves and respect authority so they stop killing each other”
    -(Team Founder, Compton Cricket Club, Ted Hayes)

    The ‘Homies’ mission is to:

    1. Curb the negative effects of gang activities amongst the youth of Compton.
    2. Addressing homelessness in the inner city through the principles and ethics of cricket.
    3. Encourage and promote civility, good and productive citizenship.

    The team motto of ‘Let the game begin again in America’ harkens back to former popularity of cricket in the United States during the 19th century.

    The majority of the team is formed of the founding members and Hayes sees them as a “cross-generational village-like team”.

    Club history:
    The club began in 1995 in the Los Angeles Dome Village, with initial promotion of the club and game through high school workshops. Since then, they have toured the UK in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001. These tours have included rapping for HRH Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace and presenting Gerry Adams with a cricket bat to help broker a peace in Northern Ireland. Disney bought the rights to make a movie about the team, although they have yet to do so.

    In 2003, Warwickshire cricketer Paul Smith spent three weeks helping train the CCC. The trip was a part of Smith’s work with ‘Cricket Without Boundaries’, a charity that seeks to empower communities through cricket.

    Past and Present Activities:

    CCC vs the Afghan national cricket team:

    A match with the Afghanistan national cricket team had been organised for June 7, 2008. Unfortunately the match has had to be postponed due to lack of funding for the National Cricket team from Afghanistan to fly from their home camp to Los Angeles for the historical match.

    The two clubs are working towards another match sometime around September 2008.

    This will be the first time that a cricket team from Afghanistan has toured to America. The match will help raise money for an orphanage rebuilt by US marines in Afghanistan and continue the CCC’s vital work around the world promoting greater peace through ‘cricket diplomacy’.

    Proposed tour of Australia:
    There are currently reported plans for the Compton Cricket Club to tour Australia for which they are looking for sponsors and product donors. This has currently been postponed until February 2009. Preparations for their Australian tour are being managed by Hugh Snelgrove.

    The club hope that the Australian tour will continue their development into a world class competitive and exhibition cricket team and sporting club. While the publicity generated by the tour will be used to highlight other Australian non-profit organizations that deal with similar issues in their own communities. Touring Australia also aims to raise awareness of the CCC with key stakeholders to improve cricket opportunities between the USA and Australia.

    The proposed tour and background to the Compton Cricket Club has recently (May 2007 – June2008) received considerable attention in mainstream Australian and international media including CNN, Sky News, Channel 7, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio National, Alpha magazine, Courier Mail, NT News, Ninemsn.com, ESPN.com, Dailynews.com, Centralian advocate & the Big Issue magazine. They have also been publicized on KPFK (Radio) and KABC-TV in Los Angeles USA. Music publicity includes articles in Faster Louder (online) and 3D music magazine as well as Sky News UK, and SBS World News (Sam Ikin, Jan 3rd 2008).

    The CCC will utilise its high exposure to benefit other organizations in Australia attempting to deal with similar issues in their own community including:

    1. Reclink Australia, who provide recreational opportunities for disadvantaged and were recently publicised on ABC’s reality TV program ‘Choir Of Hard Knocks’.

    2. The Big Issue Street Socceroo’s, who have now played at three Homeless World Cups, in England, South Africa and Holland.

    3. The Mavis Abberton foundation, helping youth at risk through sport whose parents are in jail or have substance abuse problems.

    The CCC will also play an exhibition cricket match at Australia’s premier indigenous cricket competition the Imparja Cup in Alice Springs on the invitation from NT Cricket. A reunion with team members from an all indigenous side that toured the UK and played against the CCC in 2001 is also being planned. The Indigenous Australian’s tour in 2001 was commemorating the 1868 tour to the UK by a roving XI of Aboriginal players – the first Australian cricket team to tour to England (See Ashley Malletts ‘The Black Lords of Summer: The Story of the 1868 Aboriginal Tour of England and Beyond’, University of Queensland Press, 2002).

    Due to a lack of sponsorship the CCC was forced to postpone their inaugural Australian tour until February 2009 when they believe they will have enough financial and material support to fund their four week tour of Australia.

    Cricket Rap Outta Compton:

    The club has recently released two tracks from raps ‘Shots’ and ‘Bullets’ that aim to document their transition from ex-gangsters to global stardom[5]. Their cricket raps have recently (November 2007) aired on FBI 95.4FM & Koori 93.7FM radio programs respectively across Australia.

    A music video about the Compton Cricket Club produced by current members plans to be presented to the public by the end of 2008.

    Links to more information about the Compton Cricket Club:

  • Compton Cricket Club website
  • The Dome Village website
  • The charity “Cricket Without Boundaries” website
  • 3d World.co.au Compton Cricket Club – Wickety Wack
  • Sydney Morning Herald, How the Googly turned youths from LA’s gangs
  • BBC Sport Website – Spreading the cricket gospel
  • Compton Cricket Club – The Afghan Games
  • Compton Cricket Club – Compton Cricket Raps
  • Compton Cricket Club on Youtube

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

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    The Top 10 Highest Runscorers of All Time (In Tests)…

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

    Here is a list of the top 10 runscorers of all time in cricket, as of 2nd December 08:

    1. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
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    Span: 1989-2008
    No# of Tests: 154
    Runs Scored: 12273
    Highest Score: 248*
    Average: 54.30
    100’s: 40
    50’s: 51

    2. Brian Lara (ICC/WI)
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    Span: 1990-2006
    No# of Tests: 131
    Runs Scored: 11953
    Highest Score: 400*
    Average: 52.88
    100’s: 34
    50’s: 48

    3. Allan Border (Aus)
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    Span: 1978-1994
    No# of Tests: 156
    Runs Scored: 11174
    Highest Score: 205
    Average: 50.56
    100’s: 27
    50’s: 63

    4. Steve Waugh (Aus)

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    Span: 1985-2004
    No# of Tests: 168
    Runs Scored: 10927
    Highest Score: 200
    Average: 51.06
    100’s: 32
    50’s: 50

    5. Ricky Ponting (Aus)
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    Span: 1995-2008
    No# of Tests: 125
    Runs Scored: 10465
    Highest Score: 257
    Average: 57.18
    100’s: 36
    50’s: 42

    6. Rahul Dravid (ICC/India)

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    Span: 1996-2008
    No# of Tests: 129
    Runs Scored: 10366
    Highest Score: 270
    Average: 52.61
    100’s: 25
    50’s: 53

    7. Sunil Gavaskar (India)
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    Span: 1971-1987
    No# of Tests: 125
    Runs Scored: 10122
    Highest Score: 236*
    Average: 51.12
    100’s: 34
    50’s: 45

    8. Jacques Kallis (ICC/SA)
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    Span: 1995-2008
    No# of Tests: 125
    Runs Scored: 9801
    Highest Score: 189*
    Average: 55.06
    100’s: 30
    50’s: 48

    9. Graham Gooch (Eng)
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    Span: 1975-1995
    No# of Tests: 118
    Runs Scored: 8900
    Highest Score: 333
    Average: 42.58
    100’s: 20
    50’s: 46

    10. Javed Miandad (Pak)
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    Span: 1976-1993
    No# of Tests: 124
    Runs Scored: 8832
    Highest Score: 280*
    Average: 52.57
    100’s: 23
    50’s: 43

    *Acknowledgements to Cricinfo.com and owners of pictures used.

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    The Top 10 Fastest Cricket Bowlers…

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

    Here is a list of the current and all time fastest bowlers in world cricket. Enjoy!

    Current Fastest Bowlers:
    1. Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan)
    2. Brett Lee (Australia)
    3. Shane Bond (New Zealand)
    4. Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)
    5. Steve Harmison (England)
    6. Mitchell Johnson (Australia)
    7. Mohammad Sami (Pakistan)
    8. Shaun Tait (Australia)
    9. Tino Best (West Indies)
    10. Ishant Sharma (India)

    Bowlers At All Times:

    1. Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan)(100.3 mph/161.41 kph)
    2. Jeff Thompson (Australia)(99.8 mph/160.61 kph)
    3. Brett Lee (Australia)(99.7 mph/160.45 kph)
    4. Shane Bond (New Zealand)(98.1 mph/157.87 kph)
    5. Andy Roberts (West Indies)(97.8 mph/157.39 kph)
    6. Nantie Hayward (South Africa)(96.0 mph/154.49 kph)
    7. Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)(95.9 mph/154.33 kph)
    8. Waqar Younis (Pakistan)(95.1 mph/153.04 kph)
    9. Steve Harmison (England)(95.0 mph/152.88 kph)
    10. Tino Best (West Indies)(94.4 mph/151.92 kph)

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    Player Profile(#35)… Brett Lee(Australia)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

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    Brett Lee (born 8 November 1976 in Wollongong, New South Wales) is an Australian cricketer.

    After breaking into the Australian Test team, Lee was recognised as one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket. He is also an athletic fielder and useful lower-order batsman, with a batting average exceeding 20.

    Style:
    Lee is an express bowler, one of the fastest the game has known, and is capable of bowling at 160 km/h (99 mph). Lee’s fastest recorded delivery to date is 160.8 km/h (99.9 mph) which he bowled in his first over on March 5, 2005 at Napier, New Zealand against Craig Cumming. He is also an athletic fielder and aggressive lower-order batsman with a batting average exceeding 20.

    Lee ranks with Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar as the fastest bowler in contemporary cricket. Akhtar’s delivery at 161.4km/h (100.2mph) stands as the fastest recorded to date.

    Lee’s speed allows opposition batsmen less time to react, increasing their chances of making a mistake and has bowled with great accuracy as Australia’s bowling spearhead. He has a Test bowling average of just under thirty, which sees him ranked in the 5th in the International Cricket Council’s Test bowling rankings.

    Early in his career, Lee was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, but was cleared. He was also criticised in early 2005 for bowling a series of beamers at batsmen during ODIs, at a rate which lead some to claim he was deliberately bowling illegal head high full tosses at batsmen.

    Lee is at his most effective on the pitches of the southern hemisphere, where the pitches have greater bounce. In the northern hemisphere, he has taken 53 wickets in 19 Tests at an average of 42.11. In the southern hemisphere, he has taken 178 wickets in 40 matches at 28.48. He has had the most success against the West Indies and New Zealand, averaging in the low twenties. He averages more than 40 against England, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and in the 30s against other teams.

    He played his first formal game of cricket for the Oak Flats Rats where he took 6/0 from one over or 6 wickets for 0 runs, all of his wickets being bowled [citation needed]. At sixteen years of age, Lee began playing first grade cricket for Campbelltown, where he managed to claim the wickets of a few New South Wales cricketers. He later joined Mosman, where at one point, he shared the new ball with Shoaib Akhtar.

    Lee also played for the Australian Under 17 & 19 teams and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Australian Cricket Academy.

    In March 1994, Lee was forced out of the Australian under-19 team to tour India due to stress fractures in his lower back. He recovered and made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Western Australia in a Sheffield Shield match as a 20-year old in the 1997–98 season, playing one match and taking 3/114.

    One month later, Lee was chosen to represent the Australian A team on a tour to South Africa. He claimed two wickets but in that very match, stress fractures in his back from the previous injury had re-opened and Lee was in a back brace for over three months. When he turned twenty-one, Lee moved to Sydney to be closer to work.

    During the 1997-98 season, he played in five of the ten Sheffield Shield games, taking fourteen wickets at 30. He finished outside the top 20 in both the wicket taking list and the bowling averages. In 1999, during a Sheffield Shield match at Perth, Lee bowled a spell against the Western Australian batsmen, compared the fastest bowling seen in Australia since the days of Jeff Thomson back in the 1970s. From that point, Australian captain Steve Waugh and then vice-captain Shane Warne began pushing for Lee’s inclusion in the Test team.

    Early Test career:
    By the late 1990s there were calls for Lee to be included in the national squad. He was eventually chosen in the final 14 for the Test series against Pakistan in 1999 but failed to make the final 11. By the time the Test series against India came around, he was twelfth man. However, he duly made his Test debut for Australia in December 1999 against the touring Indians, becoming Australia’s 383rd Test cricketer.

    Bowling first change, Lee took a wicket in his first over in Test cricket when he bowled Sadagoppan Ramesh with his fourth delivery. He also captured Rahul Dravid in his first spell before returning to take three wickets in six balls to finish the innings with figures of 5/47 from 17 overs. Australia had batted first, and Lee had earlier made 27 runs. Lee took thirteen wickets in his opening two Tests at the low average of 14.15.

    Lee won the inaugural Donald Bradman Young Player of the Year Award at the Allan Border Medal award ceremony in 2000 soon after his debut.

    During the early 2000 tour to New Zealand, Lee was reported by umpires Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Arani Jayaprakash for a suspected illegal bowling action. He was later cleared.

    Lee took 42 wickets in his opening three series, the most by any Australian bowler in the seven matches he played. However, in his seventh Test, where he took seven wickets including a five wicket haul in the second innings against the West Indies, he suffered a stress fracture of the lower back which kept him out of three following Tests. He returned against Zimbabwe but soon suffered another setback a month later when he broke his right elbow and was sidelined until May 2001.

    Spearhead of the bowling attack:

    Many wondered how Lee would manage the role as the permanent leader of the pace attack upon the retirements of cricket greats Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. However despite scepticism he has already shown sensational form in the role being awarded the Man of the Series in the inaugural Warne-Muralitharan Trophy against Sri Lanka in late 2007. In his first series as bowling figure-head he reaped a phenomenal 16 wickets in two tests at an average of 17.5 stamping himself as the man for the job. This has been achieved by bowling 5 km/h slower to improve accuracy. In the two-test series he also took out each Man of the Match awards. In the following series Lee continued his blistering form taking 24 wickets at 22.58 in four tests against India. In the test series he also overtook Jason Gillespie to become Australia’s 5th highest wicket taker. His consistent efforts saw him rewarded with the Man of the Series Award for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2007/08. He capped off the season by winning the Allan Border Medal, the award given to Australia’s best cricketer of the season.

    Lee seemed underdone in the 2008 Australian tour of the West Indies, taking only 5 wickets in the first test match, during which he seemed exhausted. But he got back into the swing of things taking 8 wickets in the second test, including a 5 wicket haul, and 6 in the next test. Overall he seemed to regain his form as the series went on but was often tired by the extra workload; Mitchell Johnson did not live up to expectations until the final test, Stuart MaGill (who retired at the conclusion of the second test) also under-performed with the ball, and Symonds picked up a back injury which meant he could not bowl as often as anticipated.

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    One-day International career:
    Lee made his debut in One Day International for Australia against Pakistan on 9 January 2000 during the Carlton and United Breweries Series at the Gabba, Brisbane. He became the 140th ODI cricketer to represent Australia.

    In One-day Internationals Lee is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest and most feared bowlers, he was ranked by the ICC as the No. 1 ODI bowler in January 2006 and has been ranked among the top ten ODI bowlers since the start of 2003. He has a wide array of deliveries including a dangerous in-swinging yorker. His bowling strike rate of around 30 puts him amongst the most incisive in this form of the game. He also has a One-day International hat-trick to his name, achieved in the 2003 World Cup against Kenya. Lee was the first Australian and fourth bowler to ever achieve this feat in World Cup history.

    In the matches Australia played in the 2005-06 triangular one day series, Lee gave a display of his useful batting abilities by making 57 in the second game in a 100 run partnership with Michael Hussey to pull Australia out of a middle order collapse. However, he is yet to consistently contribute with his batting, and his current ICC ranking hovers around the 90-100 region.

    Lee finished the series with 15 wickets, the third highest tally behind Nathan Bracken and Muttiah Muralitharan.

    While Lee’s average and strike rate in ODIs rank him as one of the best strike bowlers in ODI history, he can still be erratic occasionally, as shown by his relatively high economy rate.

    Lee also has the ability to take wickets very early in the innings, often removing batsmen in the first over of the innings. The delivery he bowled to Marvan Atapattu in the semi-final of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, reached 160.1 km/h (99.5 mph).

    Batting:
    Lee’s batting has always shown potential and in recent times has been improving, averaging just over twenty in both forms of international cricket in the last two years. He has said that he would like to become an all rounder though it is not a main priority. During the 2005 Ashes series, Lee had numerous defiant innings, and showed promise as a batsman. Lee’s aggressive style and strong physique often yields many sixes, including one six which flew out of the Gabba (Brisbane) during a Test match against the West Indies in 2005, billed as the biggest six ever hit at that ground.

    On 2 April 2006, Lee hit his highest Test score of 64 in 68 balls against South Africa at Johannesburg. His previous highest score in Tests was 62 not out which he made against the West Indies in 2000 at the Gabba. Lee nearly surpassed this score on 3 January 2008 against India when he made 59 off 121 balls. Lee had also once again nearly surpassed his highest test score when he had made 63 not out, but unfortunately Ricky Ponting had declared the innings in the 2nd test against the West Indies. As a result of this, he fell one run short of his highest test score.

    Lee’s highest score in ODI matches is 57 against South Africa at the Gabba in January 2006 with his previous best being 51 against South Africa in 2002.

    Awards:

  • The Donald Bradman Young Player of the Year 2000
  • The Wisden Young Cricketer of the Year 1999-2000
  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2006
  • Chosen in “Australia’s Greatest ODI XI”, selected by former and present Australian ODI representatives
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2005 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the Test Team of the Year 2006 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2006 at the ICC Awards
  • VB Series Player of the Series 2002-03
  • VB Series Player of the Series 2004–05
  • DLF Cup Player of the Tournament 2006
  • Warne-Muralitharan Trophy Player of the Series 2007
  • Border-Gavaskar Trophy Player of the Series 2007/08
  • 2007 McGilvray Medallist for ABC’s Australian Test Player of the year.
  • 2008 Australian Test Player of the Year
  • 2008 Allan Border Medallist
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2008 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the Test Team of the Year 2008 at the ICC Awards

    Career highlights:

    Tests:

  • Lee’s best Test bowling figures of five for 30 came against the West Indies at The Gabba, Brisbane in 2005.
  • Lee’s 100th wicket was Marcus Trescothick in his 27th Test against England at Sydney in 2003.
  • Lee took his 200th wicket, Mark Boucher, in his 51st Test against South Africa at Durban in 2006.
  • His best Test batting score of 64 was made against South Africa, Johannesburg, 2006
  • He made his 1,000th Test run in his 53rd Test against Bangladesh at Fatullah in 2006.
  • Lee’s 250th wicket was Anil Kumble in his 62nd Test against India at Melbourne in 2007.
  • Lee’s 300th wicket was Jamie How in his 73rd Test against New Zealand at Brisbane on November 22, 2008.

    One-day Internationals:
    ODI Debut: vs Pakistan, Gabba, Brisbane, 1999-2000

  • His best ODI bowling figures of five for 22 came against South Africa, Melbourne
  • Lee’s best ODI batting score of 57 was made against South Africa, Gabba, 2005-2006
  • Lee’s 100th ODI wicket was Andrew Caddick, against England at the M.C.G. in 2003.
  • Lee’s 200th wicket was Marcus Trescothick, against England at Lord’s in 2005.
  • Lee’s 300th wicket was Darren Sammy, against West Indies at St George’s in 2008

    Other highlights:

  • Lee is the first, and so far only, player in Twenty20 International cricket to have taken a Hat-trick.
  • Lee plays for the Kings XI Punjab team owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta in the Indian Premier League.

    Personal:
    Lee married Elizabeth Kemp in June 2006. They have a son named Preston Charles, born 16 November 2006. However, after two years of marriage, on 21 August 2008 Lee confirmed his separation from Kemp.

    Lee is part of the rock band Six & Out. The band is made up of his brother Shane and former New South Wales cricketers Brad McNamara, Gavin Robertson and Richard Chee Quee. Lee plays the bass guitar or acoustic guitar for the band.

    During the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India, Lee recorded a duet with India’s music diva Asha Bhosle called You’re the One For Me. The song reached a peak position of number two on the Indian and South African charts. In 2008, he filmed scenes for his first Bollywood movie Victory.

    Lee launched his own fashion label ‘BL’, in 2001.

    Lee will be performing the theme song for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, which will be hosted by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

    Links to more information about Brett Lee:

  • Cricinfo profile of Brett Lee
  • Brett Lee’s Designer label
  • Brett Lee Online
  • HowSTAT! statistical profile of Brett Lee
  • ‘I Want To Have An Impact On Every Series’ – Brett Lee
  • *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Introducing…The Compton Cricket Club

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

    Earlier this year I made a short post about the Compton Cricket Club. I realised it did not have enough information about the club so heres another post with more in depth information:
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    The Compton Cricket Club (CCC), or the ‘Homies and the Popz’, is a cricket club based in, Compton, Los Angeles County, California, USA. The CCC is the only all American-born disadvantaged exhibition cricket team.

    The team is currently appealing to major cash backers for their historical tour to Australia in February 2009.

    Recently the Homies and the Popz Team founder, Ted Hayes and team member, Isaac Hayes were interviewed on Light FM Melbourne, Australia on the 27th of November.

    The team, which includes Latino and African American ex-gang members, was founded in 1995 by US homeless activist Ted Hayes and Hollywood movie Producer Katy Haber to combat the negative effect of poverty, urban decay and crime in Compton. The club uses the ideals of sportsmanship, and the particular importance of etiquette and fair play in cricket, to help players develop respect for authority, a sense of self-esteem and self-discipline.

    “The aim of playing cricket is to teach people how to respect themselves and respect authority so they stop killing each other”
    -(Team Founder, Compton Cricket Club, Ted Hayes)

    The ‘Homies’ mission is to:

    1. Curb the negative effects of gang activities amongst the youth of Compton.
    2. Addressing homelessness in the inner city through the principles and ethics of cricket.
    3. Encourage and promote civility, good and productive citizenship.

    The team motto of ‘Let the game begin again in America’ harkens back to former popularity of cricket in the United States during the 19th century.

    The majority of the team is formed of the founding members and Hayes sees them as a “cross-generational village-like team”.

    Club history:
    The club began in 1995 in the Los Angeles Dome Village, with initial promotion of the club and game through high school workshops. Since then, they have toured the UK in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001. These tours have included rapping for HRH Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace and presenting Gerry Adams with a cricket bat to help broker a peace in Northern Ireland. Disney bought the rights to make a movie about the team, although they have yet to do so.

    In 2003, Warwickshire cricketer Paul Smith spent three weeks helping train the CCC. The trip was a part of Smith’s work with ‘Cricket Without Boundaries’, a charity that seeks to empower communities through cricket.

    Past and Present Activities:

    CCC vs the Afghan national cricket team:

    A match with the Afghanistan national cricket team had been organised for June 7, 2008. Unfortunately the match has had to be postponed due to lack of funding for the National Cricket team from Afghanistan to fly from their home camp to Los Angeles for the historical match.

    The two clubs are working towards another match sometime around September 2008.

    This will be the first time that a cricket team from Afghanistan has toured to America. The match will help raise money for an orphanage rebuilt by US marines in Afghanistan and continue the CCC’s vital work around the world promoting greater peace through ‘cricket diplomacy’.

    Proposed tour of Australia:
    There are currently reported plans for the Compton Cricket Club to tour Australia for which they are looking for sponsors and product donors. This has currently been postponed until February 2009. Preparations for their Australian tour are being managed by Hugh Snelgrove.

    The club hope that the Australian tour will continue their development into a world class competitive and exhibition cricket team and sporting club. While the publicity generated by the tour will be used to highlight other Australian non-profit organizations that deal with similar issues in their own communities. Touring Australia also aims to raise awareness of the CCC with key stakeholders to improve cricket opportunities between the USA and Australia.

    The proposed tour and background to the Compton Cricket Club has recently (May 2007 – June2008) received considerable attention in mainstream Australian and international media including CNN, Sky News, Channel 7, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio National, Alpha magazine, Courier Mail, NT News, Ninemsn.com, ESPN.com, Dailynews.com, Centralian advocate & the Big Issue magazine. They have also been publicized on KPFK (Radio) and KABC-TV in Los Angeles USA. Music publicity includes articles in Faster Louder (online) and 3D music magazine as well as Sky News UK, and SBS World News (Sam Ikin, Jan 3rd 2008).

    The CCC will utilise its high exposure to benefit other organizations in Australia attempting to deal with similar issues in their own community including:

    1. Reclink Australia, who provide recreational opportunities for disadvantaged and were recently publicised on ABC’s reality TV program ‘Choir Of Hard Knocks’.

    2. The Big Issue Street Socceroo’s, who have now played at three Homeless World Cups, in England, South Africa and Holland.

    3. The Mavis Abberton foundation, helping youth at risk through sport whose parents are in jail or have substance abuse problems.

    The CCC will also play an exhibition cricket match at Australia’s premier indigenous cricket competition the Imparja Cup in Alice Springs on the invitation from NT Cricket. A reunion with team members from an all indigenous side that toured the UK and played against the CCC in 2001 is also being planned. The Indigenous Australian’s tour in 2001 was commemorating the 1868 tour to the UK by a roving XI of Aboriginal players – the first Australian cricket team to tour to England (See Ashley Malletts ‘The Black Lords of Summer: The Story of the 1868 Aboriginal Tour of England and Beyond’, University of Queensland Press, 2002).

    Due to a lack of sponsorship the CCC was forced to postpone their inaugural Australian tour until February 2009 when they believe they will have enough financial and material support to fund their four week tour of Australia.

    Cricket Rap Outta Compton:

    The club has recently released two tracks from raps ‘Shots’ and ‘Bullets’ that aim to document their transition from ex-gangsters to global stardom[5]. Their cricket raps have recently (November 2007) aired on FBI 95.4FM & Koori 93.7FM radio programs respectively across Australia.

    A music video about the Compton Cricket Club produced by current members plans to be presented to the public by the end of 2008.

    Links to more information about the Compton Cricket Club:

  • Compton Cricket Club website
  • The Dome Village website
  • The charity “Cricket Without Boundaries” website
  • 3d World.co.au Compton Cricket Club – Wickety Wack
  • Sydney Morning Herald, How the Googly turned youths from LA’s gangs
  • BBC Sport Website – Spreading the cricket gospel
  • Compton Cricket Club – The Afghan Games
  • Compton Cricket Club – Compton Cricket Raps
  • Compton Cricket Club on Youtube

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

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