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World Cup

The essentials of watching cricket - hard cool-boxes, portable braais, beach umbrellas, deck chairs and all beverages - have been banned from next year's Cricket World Cup (CWC) tournament.

The ban is part of the security measures to be tested from Wednesday - to prepare for next year - at the first one-day international between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Wanderers.

CWC security chief Patrick Ronan said manual ticket monitoring would be replaced by automated turnstiles and the bulky items could cause unnecessary delays as they could not pass through turnstiles with ease.

Free water, braais and umbrellas would be available in the grounds. Food and drink would be on sale at "reasonable prices".

Aravinda de Silva's already experienced what South Africa's cricketers can still only dream of, World Cup victory, and the Sri Lankan veteran insists his hunger for success is stronger than ever.

Sri Lanka's young turks provided the South Africans with some feisty opposition during the latter stages of the Test series, but it's the 37-year-old De Silva who will considerably boost the islanders hopes in the one-day series starting at the Wanderers on Wednesday.

De Silva has retired from Test cricket, but intends adding to his 288 one-day internationals and retiring after the World Cup here in February.

"The goal for me is to try and go out there and win.

"I am happy that I've achieved most of my targets in my career.

"Winning a World Cup was one of those targets and I've managed to do that.

"The only thing which motivates me and makes me still want to go on is the World Cup, otherwise I would have packed it in by now," said De Silva - a veteran of 93 Tests and Sri Lanka's leading runscorer in both forms of the game.

England in Australia

England's tour of Australia is in danger of becoming a farce after Andrew Caddick became the latest player to be struck down by injury and made doubtful for a Test match.

Caddick came off the field here with a back spasm during England's innings defeat in the second Test, which ended a day early on Sunday, and was sent for an MRI scan yesterday.

Relating the news of the scan, the England physiotherapist Kirk Russell said: "The scan has revealed long-standing wear and tear, consistent with a fast bowler of Andrew's age, which is continuing to cause him pain. He will have a steroid injection in Perth and his fitness will be re-assessed at nets on Wednesday. At this stage, he has not been ruled out of the third Test."

If Caddick's injection fails to do the trick in time for Friday's Test, the Somerset fast bowler will become the sixth player from England's strongest possible side to be excluded through injury.

Athough Caddick has not shown the leadership qualities one would expect from a bowler with over 200 Test wickets to his name, his presence in Hussain's depleted side will be missed.

Australian selectors might be tempted to impose tearaway Brett Lee on the fragile English batting lineup this week on a WACA pitch groundstaff predict could be the fastest in 20 years.

While incumbent Andy Bichel is favoured for the third paceman's spot for the third Ashes Test starting on Friday, Lee has an imposing record on the bouncy Perth pitch.

Lee has taken 15 wickets at 19.6 in his two Test appearances in the west and has been in career-best form at first-class level.

"We have potential for the fastest Test pitch since the early 80s," head curator Richard Winter said.


A total of 258 runs not out in a 40-over cricket match is a remarkable performance in anyone's books.

But when it is achieved by a 12-year-old schoolgirl from Pretoria, it is even more extraordinary.

Opening batswoman Mignon du Preez hit 16 sixes and 25 fours with a run rate of over two runs per ball in her innings during a provincial under-13 match between Gauteng and Gauteng North in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday.

Experts believe this could be a world record in women's cricket.

Her father, Jacques, who is a Gauteng North junior cricket coach, said his daughter fell in love with the game when she was four-years-old.

Three years ago, the country's provinces instituted girls' teams and now Mignon has been chosen to represent South Africa at the girls' world under-19 championships in New Zealand in March.

Her participation, however, depends on her finding R20 000 to cover her expenses.

"If she had been a boy she would have had full sponsorship by now," her father said.

PwC ratings

Ricky Ponting's innings of 154 in Australia's second Test thrashing of England has helped lift him three places to second in the latest edition of Test cricket's batting ratings published on Sunday.

Ponting, man of the match in Adelaide, has climbed above teammate Adam Gilchrist and India's Sachin Tendulkar, but remains behind fellow Australian Matthew Hayden in the PricewaterhouseCoopers list.

The only bright spot for England after a miserable start to the series has been the form of Michael Vaughan, who has jumped 11 places to fifth, the highest rating achieved by any Englishman since Graham Gooch.

Glenn McGrath's remarkable consistency has ensured the Australian paceman remains top of the bowling rankings, with spinner Shane Warne moving up one place to third, behind Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan.

South Africa's tour of Pakistan

South Africa's cricketers will be the first from outside the subcontinent to tour Pakistan after four countries refused to travel there since September 2001.

South Africa are set to play three Tests in October after a one-day series also involving Bangladesh. The itinerary is yet to be confirmed. Pakistan will first host Bangladesh, cricket's lowest-ranked nation, for two Tests in August.

"At this stage the series is going ahead," Percy Sonn, president of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, said in an interview.

"It was never a problem to us and we haven't even discussed playing at neutral venues. If the situation changes we will review it."

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