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.