Australia international Shaun Tait has retired from the game.
The 34-year old bowler played Tests against England in the 2005 Ashes, playing three Tests in his career. He is renowned for his exploits for Twnety20 in recent season.
Injuries are amongst the reasons he is retiring from the game, having suffered a spate of different injuries in his career. A chronic elbow problem has finally forced him out of the game.
“I wanted to play a couple of more years. The elbow has pretty much gone off a cliff now, it’s done and dusted.
“I’m 34 years old and I suppose when you’re not contributing on the field as much as you’d like to, it’s time to finish up. The game’s getting quicker and better and I’m getting slower and a bit older,” the player explained.
Pakistan lost to Bangladesh in the national Stadium in Dhaka last night and was knocked out of the Asia Cup.
It was Pakistan’s second loss in the tournament as they had been toppled by India as well in their first game.
Now, they have to play Sri Lanka on Friday which will be a dead rubber.
The Pakistani team had come into the Asia Cup on the back of the Pakistan Super League and thus, had been considered as a strong contender, but, it was the same old story of irresponsible batting and lethargic fielding from them.
Their bowling was fast and furious as always or even more so with the arrival of Mohammad Amir, but, the rest two departments let them down.
The games against India and Bangladesh which they lost, they just didn’t put enough runs on the board.
83 and 129 are not the scores which give you the guarantee of winning matches especially when you have a fielding as inefficient and inconsistent as Pakistan’s is.
Pakistan’s selections have been a bit questionable too. They have played Khurram Manzoor three games in a row despite the fact that he is looking all out of sorts.
They could have been better off playing an extra bowler in the form of Wahab Riaz in the Bangladesh game and getting an all rounder, maybe Anwar Ali slightly up the batting order.
Riaz was dropped after just an off day against India which was bizarre because he has been Pakistan’s most successful bowler lately and on pitches with a little seam movement, he can make big impact.
Stuart Broad got two crucial wickets for England in the last match of the ODI series against New Zealand yesterday.
Broad had not played in the first two matches of the series because of his shin injury. He managed to recover in time for the third match.
Broad was given the new ball in the absence of James Anderson and he made the most of it.
He bowled with good pace and created problems for the Kiwi batsmen from his very first over. He could have got the wicket of Luke Ronchi on the second ball of his spell, but, Eoin Morgan at Backward point dropped an easy catch.
However, Broad eventually managed to dismiss Ronchi on the last ball of his third over. It was a quick, short pitched delivery which got big on Ronchi. The Kiwi wicketkeeper tried to pull it, but, ended up slicing it to mid on. Jonathan Trott didn’t make any mistake there.
Broad bowled only 4 overs in his opening spell in which he gave away 37 runs. He came back to bowl again in the 23rd over and he got a wicket in that spell too. He dismissed James Franklin at the score of 7.
It was a good length delivery which was going across Franklin. The tall leftie tried to punch it and got an outside edge. The ball flew to gully where the English skipper Alastair Cook had positioned himself. He took a sharp catch and Broad got his second wicket.
After Franklin’s dismissal, England’s victory was not looking far away. But, Ross Taylor played sensibly with the lower order batsmen and kept New Zealand in the game.
However, Taylor got out in the form of 9th wicket at the score of 71 and that was the final nail in the coffin.
Steven Finn dismissed the last man Mitchell McClenaghan in the 47th over and secured England’s win.