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CSK all-rounder to be second in command for Aus series
By IPL desk
Mumbai 15 March 2012
Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was named vice-captain of the West Indies cricket team for their five-match ODI series against Australia.
The 28-year-old has replaced wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin in the deputy skipper’s role. Ramdin, suffering from a fractured right thumb, has made way in the 13-man squad for Carlton Baugh.
Bravo, thrilled at returning to the squad after a six-month hiatus, promised to do his best for the national side.
"I was away from the team since last year and I'm happy to be back in the maroon shirt and representing the people of the West Indies," he said.
"It is special to be back on the team for a series in the Caribbean, where most of my fans are and where I get a lot of support. I'm looking to make this year a big year. I want to make 2012 my year."
Bravo last played for the Windies in the home one-day series against India last year. He was not in the team for the away tours to Bangladesh and India late last year.
Bravo acknowledged the importance of his new role in the side.
"I am happy to be named vice-captain. When I was asked to do the job, I happily accepted. As vice-captain, I know I have a very important job to do. My main job is to support captain Darren Sammy and work alongside him and help my teammates and put in those major performances for the team," he said.
West Indies Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Denesh Ramdin (vice-captain), Tino Best, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels
KKR batsman continues form even as NZ fold for 185
By IPL desk
Hamilton 15 March 2012
Brendon McCullum, who was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders at the IPL Player Auction 2012 for a staggering USD 900,000, was the only half-centurion for New Zealand as the hosts collapsed to 185 all out in their first innings on Day 1 of the second Test against South Africa.
However, two wickets from Kiwi paceman, Chris Martin, late in the day gave the hosts some respite; the visitors finished at 27 for two at stumps.
Earlier, McCullum, batting at No. 3, made his way out to the middle when SA pacer Vernon Philander had removed Kiwi opener Rob Nicol (2) with the hosts’ score at 11. Then with Deccan Chargers paceman Dale Steyn accounting for Martin Guptill (22), McCullum was joined by recent Delhi Daredevils signing, Ross Taylor. Together, the pair added 89 for the third wicket and helped consolidate NZ’s position. McCullum even brought up his 22nd Test half-century during the course of his partnership, his second of the series.
However, with the Kiwi score at 133, the hosts lost five wickets in the space of 20 deliveries to hand the advantage right back to the visitors. Philander (four for 70 overall) took three wickets while Steyn (three for 49 overall) chipped in with two scalps in an extraordinary passage of play which saw NZ lose five batsmen without a run being added to the total. McCullum made 61 while Taylor made 44. Imran Tahir’s two lower-order wickets then had NZ bowled out for 185.
However, with South Africa having less than an hour to bat, Kiwi paceman Chris Martin accounted for Graeme Smith (13) and Dale Steyn (4) to bring the hosts back into the match.
McCullum would be happy with his form this far in a series that has largely been dominated by the bowlers. Barring South Africa’s second innings in the drawn first Test, Hashim Amla’s 62 is the highest score in the other innings of this series. In that light, McCullum’s scores of 48, 58* and 61 have been remarkably consistent. Brief scores: New Zealand 1st innings 185/10 in 61.2 overs (Brendon McCullum 61, Ross Taylor 44, Vernon Philander 4/70, Dale Steyn 3/49); South Africa 1st innings 27/2 in 11.0 overs (Alviro Peterson 8*, Chris Martin 2/18)