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  August 23, 2003 | 16:30 IST

Athers in dark over the light brigade

Mike Atherton blasted England's walk-off for bad light last night and called for the installation of floodlights at Test grounds.
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England misjudge light offer - Jonathan Agnew

This match could not be more perfectly poised.
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Without naming names, Aggers is barking up the wrong tree

Dave Podmore: So the nation was tuned in to its radio sets last Monday awaiting the news about Jonathan Agnew's new dog. Not me.
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Zondeki falls foul of left and loses power base

Tanya Aldred on how Headingley, the most cussed of grounds, showed its sullen face to South Africa's Monde Zondeki.
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Vaughan's form is no cause for alarm

In Yorkshire they complained for 10 years, at least, that Geoffrey Boycott was not England captain and now they are complaining that Vaughan is, says David Hopps.
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Simons laments bowlers' failings

South African cricket coach Eric Simons admitted his all-pace attack had under-performed on the second day of the fourth Test against England at Headingley overnight.
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TMS Talking point: Spin bowling

The Test Match Special box held a discussion on the apparent dearth of quality spinners in England at lunch on day two at Headingley.
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Zondeki makes a splash

It is unusual for a fast bowler to make an impact in his debut Test before bowling a ball.
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Butcher tips Hussain to shine

Nasser Hussain has been identified as the man to lead England into a commanding first-innings lead over South Africa on a deteriorating Headingley pitch.
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Sami to sit out Bangladesh series

Mohammed Sami is almost certain to miss Pakistan's Test and ODI series against Bangladesh with a hairline stress fracture of the ankle.
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Kiwis should pull up their socks: Cricketers

The Kiwis' handicap will not be the absence of Chris Cairns and Shane Bond, it will be the need to think and strategise creatively in their absence, according to former cricketers.
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Genius on a knife-edge

Pakistan's new openers have an eye for a bad ball, but they will rarely destroy a bowling attack with the grace and timing that Saeed Anwar brought to almost every innings.
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A peep into the Laxman diary...

Silken strokes and warm smiles are never far away when V.V.S. Laxman is around. The man who made 281 an unforgettable number, and along with Rahul Dravid forced the Australians to crashland at Eden Gardens, is busy setting benchmarks for the ensuing season.
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You can't destroy us, Simone says

Shane Warne's wife says she will stand by her beleaguered husband despite the latest sex scandals involving the champion cricketer.
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Warne to flee Australia

Shane Warne and his wife are preparing to flee Australia ahead of fresh allegations about his sex life.
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Leg break or wrong 'un? Warne quits training while banned

Shane Warne's delivery was in motion, drifting into Victorian all-rounder Jon Moss, pitching, then spinning viciously towards the off-side.
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Sports chiefs wield $1m funding stick to enforce Warne's drugs ban

A row over Shane Warne's right to train is the latest twist in a saga stretching back to January 2002. Roy Masters investigates.
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Brave Boycs' TV innings not out

Geoff Boycott is planning a comeback in the commentary box this winter after a 12-month battle against throat cancer.
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India, Pak should play more cricket: Lloyd

Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd wears a welcome smile when he talks of the resurgence of cricket in the Caribbean. Here in Mumbai on the occasion of Ten Sports' association with West Indies cricket - they have bought rights to all cricket activity involving West Indies -- Lloyd believes they have a talented squad that is finally coming to grips with contemporary cricket.
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No-one sledged us because we were intimidating: Lloyd

West Indies cricket legend Clive Lloyd is confident the International Cricket Council's code of conduct is powerful enough to tackle the menace of sledging. This ugly aspect of the gentlemen's game is in the news after Sunil Gavaskar, for whom Lloyd has nothing but utmost respect, in a lecture at the Lord's said it was ruining the game.
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Clive Lloyd talks on the art of captaincy

Clive Hubert Lloyd led the hard way, the tough way — and he did it pretty darned successfully. Among the most successful captains in cricket, the West Indian led a pack that dominated, terrorised and put the fear of burning hell in the hearts of any opposition.
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Sledging part and parcel of game: Kirmani

Former Indian stumper Syed Kirmani today described sledging as a part and parcel of cricket, but expressed strong disapproval of the tactics being used for "intimidating" and "disturbing" opponent players during matches.
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Blind cricketers threaten to take BCCI to court over affiliation

A top official of the Indian blind cricketers' association says it would seek legal recourse if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did not grant it affiliation soon.
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Cricket and the faithful

As Saeed Anwar begins preaching at a mosque, his former team-mates rethink religion too.
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Miandad gets MCC life membership

Pakistan's highest Test run-scorer Javed Miandad Friday expressed elation at being given life membership of cricket's most famous and oldest club, England's Marylebone Cricket Club.
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Pollock celebrates birth of daughter

Former South African cricket captain Shaun Pollock became the proud father of a daughter Thursday, just days after he left a Test series in England to be at his pregnant wife's side.
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Over 20 teams for Hindu U-19 cricket meet

Over 20 teams will compete for the title in The Hindu-Under 19 Cricket Tournament 2003 beginning here tomorrow.
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Under-22 cricket set to be reintroduced: BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to revive the under-22 tournament in domestic cricket from the forthcoming season and do away with the under-25 competition which was in vougue for the past couple of years.
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Cricket Union Earmarks $320m for Development

The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) has channeled $320 million towards the development of the game at grassroots level this season.
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