Lara Wants Chanderpaul to Bat Higher

West Indian cricketing legend Brian Lara has called upon Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the top ranked batsman in Test cricket to bat higher up in the batting order against stronger teams like Australia, South Africa and England.

The West Indies cricket team are currently on tour of England where they play a three match Test series against the number one Test team in the world and after the first Test at Lord’s, they already find themselves down 1-0 in the series. According to Lara, he doesn’t quite understand why the left hander is so reluctant to bat higher up in the order.

JUST SPECULATION

Rumours about a change in the captaincy have no foundation in truth and are just media speculation according to the now 9th best batsman in the world Jonathan Trott.

The English sensation has publicly defended his captain saying that no one inside the English camp has any doubts about who should be leading the team.

While the win against Sri-lanka has taken some off the pressure of his shoulders, speculation is still rife that more poor performances could lead to change at the top of the team. With the ashes coming up England wants to ensure they have the strongest team possible to give themselves the best chance of beating the highly fancied Australians.

TIME TO RETIRE?

The 100th international hundred has been constantly evading from our star Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar for quite some time now, and this has generated quite a bit of gossip among the other ex-cricketers.

While many feel that he should give up from One Day International, some actually go on to advise Sachin to contemplate his entire career. The advice on the contemplation of his career came because of the poor performance of the Indian team in most of their matches despite having some of the star payers who have immense potential within them to excel.

TREMLETT OUT UNTIL JUNE

Chris Tremlett is confident that he will be able to fully recover from his recent back surgery and hopes that this surgery will help him to play in the top level of international cricket for at least another six years.

The fast bowler has been somewhat of an elusive enigma for the England national team, brilliant in some matches but utterly rubbish in others. Tremlett was in a rich vein of form, as evident in the series against India, before he injured his back again.

ENGLAND DROP BELL

Ian Bell has been controversially dropped from the side that will take on Pakistan during the One Day leg of the England team’s tour of the United Arab Emirates.

Bell’s contribution towards the England One Day team has been in decline for a period of time now, and the selectors have decided it is now time to give opportunities to some new players.

Jos Buttler is expected to fill Bell’s space in the order, as he has shown with his stint with the England Lions that he is not fazed by the pitches in the sub-continent, as he scored big runs at an impressive strike rate for them against a Sri Lanka A side.

NOW OR NEVER FOR PONTING

Ricky Ponting is, without doubt, one of the most prolific batsman in the history of test cricket.

At present, he is the third leading scorer in test match cricket behind only Indians Dravid and Tendulkar. His incredibly average of 52.64 is something that would make you think that it would be impossible for the Australian team to drop him.

However, this only tells part of the story. In the history of the game in Australia, almost all ex-captains have left the side immediately after either losing or giving up the captaincy.

KALLIS NETS RINGING PRAISE

Jacques Kallis has recently been the recipient of ringing praise from none other than up and coming Australian all rounder Daniel Christian.

Christian described Kallis as ‘the stand out all rounder in the world’, as well as arguing that Kallis has a case to be regarded the best all rounder the game has ever seen. This is an entirely fair point, as Kallis has scored a mountain of runs in both Test matches and One Day Internationals for his native South Africa, as well as taking over 250 wickets in Test matches.

AUSTRALIAN WHITEWASH

Without a shadow of doubt, one of the most talented test teams in world cricket is the Australia Cricket team.

They proved this in massive style recently as they tore apart the Indian cricket team which was playing a tournament there. The Indians are the holders of the World Cup, so defeating them is no mean feat, but the Aussies looked like they were simply toying with them.

The first match, held at the MCG, began on Boxing Day with very high expectations of the Indian side, and of one person in particular. This person was Sachin Tendulkar, who was carrying the hopes and dreams of an entire nation on his shoulders as he looked to get his hundredth century in international cricket. This is a feat that has not been achieved before, and probably never will be.

MELBOURNE STILL STRUGGLING

In spite of Shane Warne's marvellous comeback in competitive cricket in Australia in the KFC Twenty 20 Big Bash with the Melbourne Stars, his team looks as if it could have done with some tips on how to succeed - the best team in the competition on paper lie at the bottom of the table!

The 42 year old Warne bowled superbly against the Perth Scorchers and it was largely due to his efforts with the ball that the Stars managed to bundle them out for 136, but even then the so-called glamour team of the competition somehow managed to lose by 8 runs!?

Singh eyes February comeback

Yuvraj Singh hopes he will have recovered from a non-malignant lung tumour in time to take part in India's limited-overs games against Australia in February.

The batsman has been receiving treatment for the condition, but has now told the Times of India that he is back in training and should be returning to normal practice in a matter of days.

"I will be ready for the one-dayers in Australia," he said. "I just can't wait to have that India logo on my shirt again. I want to wear that India cap again."