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7th March 2002 - Page 3

Ricky Ponting in the saddle

The sacking of Steve Waugh as captain of Australia's One Day Team came as a surprise to everyone. To think of the Defending World Cup Champions without Steve leading them is unimaginable. He has also lost a place in the team, just because Australia didn't make to the finals of a Tri-Series played at Home. This is the same man who brought home the World Cup and recorded a series of 16 consecutive Test wins. The Contenders for the position of Captain were Adam Gilchrist (the current Vice-Captain), Ricky Ponting (a top order batsman) and Shane Warne (undoubtedly the world's best leg spinner.)
Ultimately Ricky Ponting was named as Steve Waugh's successor as Australia's One-Day cricket Captain and Adam Gilchrist would be his deputy for the one-day



series of matches in South Africa and Zimbabwe over the next few months. This was difficult to digest, as Ponting is only 27 years of age and both Gilchrist and Warne have tasted the sweet success of vice captaincy before. Ponting said that he would like to continue playing aggressively but would be more open and mature as a captain. 
Former Captain Kim Hughes said that Ponting's place in the Test Team was not assured and that he had a lot to prove in that field of the game. I would have gone with choosing Warne as Captain with Gilchrist remaining at his previous post, but the selectors must have seen some potential in Ricky Ponting and lets hope he takes the extremely talented Australian side, great places.

India were all out for 54 in October 2000, their lowest ever total in One Day Internationals against Sri Lanka.

Only four test series have ended 0-0 with all five matches being drawn. India was involved in three of them, including two in a row against Pakistan.

Steve Waugh made 87 consecutive ODI appearances for Australia, and was then
dropped, only to be replaced by his twin brother Mark Waugh.  

Two spectators were killed and several injured when a stand collapsed during the India v England game at Nagpur in January 1985. 

Mark Waugh was run out 4 times in five innings in One day International matches in 1992.

Paul Strang is the only Zimbabwean batsmen to score 100 runs and take 5 wickets in an innings of a test match.


Pakistan beat South Africa 5 -0
Spain beat Belgium 2 - 0
Germany beat Argentina 5 - 2
Holland beat New Zealand 4 - 0

South Korea beat Cuba 6 -2
England beat Poland 1 - 0
India drew with Japan 2 - 2
Australia beat Malaysia 3 - 0

Australia and India have a good week

Australia have inflicted the worst ever defeat in the history of Test Cricket when they beat South Africa, playing at home, by a huge margin of an innings and 360 runs. South Africa were bowled out for 159 and 133 in reply to Australia's mammoth first innings declaration total of 652 for seven. The Australian innings saw three centurions in Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and Damien Martyn of whom Gilchrist scored 204* of just 213 balls (the fastest double century in the history of 

cricket). Glenn McGrath finished with a total of 8 wickets in the match. Australia wrapped up the test match on the third day itself.

India also registered a convincing win over the touring Zimbabwe team winning by an innings and 101 runs. The Indians made 570 runs in reply to Zimbabwe's first innings total of 287. The centurions for India were S.S. Das, Sachin Tendulkar and Sanjay Bangar with Tendulkar registering the top score of 176. Zimbabwe had an uphill task and could not overcome their challenge of drawing the match. They made only 182 and lost the match before the lunch session of the fifth day as Anil Kumble picked up a total of nine wickets in the match.

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