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Mark Geenty interviews Dale Steyn for the Dominion Post, and asks the South Africa fast bowler about his brushes with wildlife, how he began playing cricket, and whether he can tell if a batsman is scared.
Can you sense fear in a batsman? "The answer is yes. Through body language you can see it. A lot of players are scared and they back away and hit you over extra cover and it looks really good, it's a one bounce four and he runs down near where I'm standing but I know inside that he's absolutely crapping himself. I know, and he knows, the only reason he played that shot was because he was shitting himself. I get that feeling all the time."
New Zealand's batsmen are struggling against South Africa in their first series in the build-up to the 2015 World Cup. Jesse Ryder is plundering lesser attacks, dividing opinion of whether he should be picked in the national side.
Writing for the Dominion Post, Jonathan Millmow is adamant that New Zealand can do without Ryder.
Three conditions need to be placed on Ryder before he is even considered for the World Cup. (1) Will he swear off alcohol for the duration of the tournament. (2) Will he shorten his Big Bash contract with the Melbourne Renegades to focus on New Zealand's buildup to the tournament. (3) Will he toe the line in terms of his fitness work. Only then, should he be considered and even then I wouldn't pick him. If New Zealand is stuck for an opener then Brendon McCullum is as good as anything going around. My guess is Ryder won't agree to those conditions, so he is not an option for the World Cup.
In the New Zealand Herald, Mark Richardson writes that Martin Guptill, who is struggling for form against South Africa, needs to be given more chances at the top of the order.
Guptill has played 86 matches and averaged nearly 39 with five centuries and 18 half centuries and a strike rate of 80. What's more, he's a specialist opener. He's not been good lately but you cannot deny the class is there. To write him off on the back of two tough starts on a tough wicket to start on is knee-jerk and irresponsible.
In an exchange moderated by Vipin Pubby, Yuvraj Singh opens up to Indian Express about his fight against cancer, his favourite captain, his equation with Sachin Tendulkar, and also shares his thoughts on Virat Kohli's "angry young" persona, WAGs, politics, and coming under criticism for his infamous knock in the World T20 final.
Well, I have tried my hand at acting when I was a kid. I remember I flunked in exams once in school, my father took me to his film set for a role. I managed to do roles in two Punjabi movies as a child artist. One was Putt Sardaran de and the other one was Mehandi Shagna Di. Lets see what happens in the future. But I don't think I can do cricket commentary.
In his blog the Wasted Afternoons, Russell Jackson presents every Australian domestic one-day uniform from the last 30 years.
At some point I may update this and provide some more detail on the designers and the competitions themselves, but for now let's just stick with pictures because that's what you're really here for. One final word of warning; uniform designers were dead to me after about 1999 and you might feel the same way, so the final 15 years at the bottom was something of a chore for me and I'm sure it will be for you other purists.
Where does Younis Khan rank among Pakistan's finest batsmen? Osman Samiuddin has his say in the National.
It is in this time, the era of Misbah-ul-Haq that Younis has pushed himself right up in that conversation and made it into an era of his own. Has anyone brought as great a sense of security and comfort as Younis to this flimsiest batting order? It is difficult to remember one who has had to nurture as many young batsmen around him, or who has figured in as many critical partnerships. There is something more there, right? Some heart, an inner struggle that maybe puts him beyond all of them.