England stems tide
after early breaks
DURBAN – Graham Thorpe and Andrew Flintoff stemmed a South African surge as England held on to a slight advantage on the fourth day of the second Test at Kingsmead. England was 4-366 at lunch, a lead of 173.
South Africa’s bowlers struck three early blows before Thorpe and Flintoff put on an unbeaten 52 for the fifth wicket.
After England dominated the third day, South Africa bowled with renewed purpose.
Opener Andrew Strauss added only four runs before he was caught on 136, four more than his opening partner Marcus Trescothick.
to tsunami victims
MELBOURNE – The Australian cricket team will donate its $17,000 prizemoney from the Boxing Day Test to help charities involved in the tsunami tragedy.
Cricket Australia also expects to announce fund-raising initiatives in the next few days.
There was talk of an MCG charity match today between Australia and Pakistan after their Test finished one day early, but it could not be organised in time.
“It’s a tragedy that puts everything into perspective as far as cricket goes,” Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said. “We understand that and it’s very sad for all the people who have suffered and are still suffering.”
Continued Sri Lankan
tour `callous, cruel’
WELLINGTON – Sri Lanka Cricket has been labelled “callous and cruel” for continuing its tour of New Zealand in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami in Asia.
Respected Sri Lankan-based English journalist Charlie Austin yesterday wrote a scathing column on the Cricinfo Web site urging the SLC to reconsider its decision.
“To ask Sri Lanka’s cricketers to stay is callous and cruel,” Austin wrote.
“The SLC must stop prevaricating and reach a swift agreement to cancel. The International Cricket Council, which has not even been properly consulted, will surely be supportive. This is not the time for cricket.”
Hurt Harris still hopes
to play in World Cup
CHRISTCHURCH – Chris Harris will be laid up for the next five or six months but New Zealand’s most capped one-day cricket international has not surrendered his dream of playing in the 2007 World Cup.
If anything, the shoulder injury he suffered in Sydney earlier this month has hardened his resolve to be in the New Zealand team for the next World Cup in the West Indies.
“The next World Cup is still definitely an aim,” Harris said yesterday. “I’m very keen to continue with the goals I had before the injury.”
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