Symonds kicked out of Aussie squad

Andrew Symonds has been kicked out of the Australian squad just over 24 hours before the start of the tournament for an “alcohol-related incident”. The Aussie team leadership group including team-mates Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke recommended that he be kicked out of the squad – presumably making a return to the team in the future highly unlikely.

It is believed that Symonds was drinking on Wednesday morning while watching the State of Origin rugby league match with some of his team-mates, therefore contravening the conditions of a personal contract he struck with Cricket Australia.

In what would now appear to be the end of his international career his contract is apparently going to be reviewed by Cricket Australia, said chief executive James Sutherland – presumably with a view to cancelling it.

It was said not to be a serious offence in isolation but comes on the back of numerous other incidents and a period of rehabilitation for Symonds while trying to prove to Cricket Australia that his problems were behind him.

The ICC have allowed Australia to add big hitting Cameron White to their squad as Symonds replacement.

Australia have drifted slightly in the betting and are now out from 5/1 to 11/2 with Ladbrokes.

Fixtures

ICC World Twenty20 2009

June 5th
Group B – Holland 163/6 beat England 162/5 by 4 wickets

June 6th
Group D – New Zealand 90/3 beat Scotland 89/4 by 7 wickets (7 Overs a side Match)
Group C – West Indies 172/3 beat Australia 169/7 by 7 wickets
Group A – India 180/5 beat Bangladesh 155/8 by 25 runs

June 7th
Group D – South Africa 211/5 beat Scotland 81 by 130 runs
Group B – England 185/5 beat Pakistan 137/7 by 48 runs

June 8th
Group A – Ireland 138/4 beat Bangladesh 137/8 by 6 wickets
Group C – Sri Lanka 160/4 beat Australia 159/9 by 6 wickets

June 9th
Group B – Pakistan 175/5 beat Holland 93 by 82 runs
Group D – South Africa 128/7 beat New Zealand 127/5 by 1 run

June 10th
Group C – Sri Lanka 192/5 beat West Indies 177/5 by 15 runs
Group A – India 113/2 beat Ireland 112/8 by 8 wickets

Super Eights

June 11th
Group F – New Zealand 198/5 beat Ireland 115 by 83 runs
Group E – South Africa 114/3 beat England 111 by 7 wickets

June 12th
Group F – Sri Lanka 150/7 beat Pakistan 131/9 by 19 runs
Group E – West Indies 156/3 beat India 153/7 by 7 wickets

June 13th
Group E – South Africa 183/7 beat West Indies 163/9 by 20 runs
Group F – Pakistan 100/4 beat New Zealand 99 by 6 wickets

June 14th
Group F – Sri Lanka 144/9 beat Ireland 135/7 by 9 runs
Group E – England 153/7 beat India 150/5 by 3 runs

June 15th
Group F – Pakistan 159/5 beat Ireland 120/9 by 39 runs
Group E – West Indies 82/5 beat England 161/6 by 5 wickets by D/L method

June 16th
Group F – Sri Lanka 158/5 beat New Zealand 110 by 48 runs
Group E – South Africa 130/5 beat India 118/8 by 12 runs

June 18th
Semi Final – Pakistan 149/4 beat South Africa 142/5 by 7 runs

June 19th
Semi Final – Sri Lanka 158/5 beat West Indies 101 by 57 runs

June 21st
ICC World Twenty20 2009 Final – Pakistan 139/2 beat Sri Lanka 138/6 by 8 wickets

Twenty20 Squads

Group A

India – MS Dhoni (C & WK), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Pragyan Ojha, Irfan Pathan.

Bangladesh – Mohammad Ashraful (C), Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Raqibul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Mohammad Mithun.

Ireland – William Porterfield, Andre Botha, Peter Connell, Alex Cusack, Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Kyle McCallan, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien (WK), Paul Stirling, Boyd Rankin, Regan West, Andrew White, Gary Wilson, Jeremy Bray.

Group B

Pakistan – Younis Khan (C), Salman Butt, Ahmed Shahzad, Misbah Ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (WK), Fawad Alam, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamir, Saeed Ajmal, Shazaib Hassan.

England – Paul Collingwood (C), James Anderson, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, James Foster (WK), Rob Key, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Eoin Morgan, Graham Napier, Kevin Pietersen, Adil Rashid, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright.

Netherlands – Jeroen Smits (C & WK), Peter Borren, Mudassar Buhkari, Tom De Grooth, Maurits Jonkman, Alexei Kervezee, Dirk Nannes, Ruud Nijman, Darren Reekers, Edgar Schiferli, Pieter Seelaar, Eric Szwarczynski, Ryan ten Doeschate, Dan van Bunge, Bas Zuiderent.

Group C

Australia – Ricky Ponting (C), Michael Clarke, Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin (WK), Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Cameron White, David Warner, Shane Watson.

Sri Lanka – Kumar Sangakkara (C & WK), Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayewardene, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Farveez Maharoof, Jehan Mubarak, Indika de Saram.

West Indies – Chris Gayle (C), Denesh Ramdin (WK), Andre Fletcher, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Fidel Edwards, Lionel Baker, Sulieman Benn, Jerome Taylor, Lendl Simmons, Xavier Marshall, Dave Bernard.

Group D

New Zealand – Daniel Vettori (C), Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Brendon Diamanti, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (WK), Nathan McCullum, Peter McGlashan, Kyle Mills, Iain O’Brien, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor.

South Africa – Graeme Smith (C), Johan Botha, Yusuf Abdulla, Mark Boucher (WK), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Roelof van der Merwe.

Scotland – Gavin Hamilton (C), Richie Berrington, Kyle Coetzer, Gordon Drummond, Majid Haq, Neil McCallum, Calum MacLeod, Navdeep Poonia, Dewald Nel, Glenn Rogers, Colin Smith (WK), Jan Stander, Fraser Watts, Ryan Watson, Craig Wright.

ICC Test Match Rankings

ICC Test Rankings – Updated 30/08/09

122 Rating – South Africa – 3672 Points (30 Matches)
120 Rating – Sri Lanka —- 3248 Points (27 Matches)
119 Rating – India ——– 3327 Points (28 Matches)
116 Rating – Australia —- 3600 Points (31 Matches)
105 Rating – England —– 4102 Points (39 Matches)
84 Rating — Pakistan —– 1424 Points (17 Matches)
80 Rating — New Zealand – 2001 Points (25 Matches)
76 Rating — West Indies — 1910 Points (25 Matches)
13 Rating — Bangladesh — 255 Points (19 Matches)

South Africa have replaced Australia at the top of the ICC World Test Rankings after the Aussies lost the Ashes series 2-1 to England. It is the 1st time since the ICC started the World Rankings that Australia are not the top ranked side. In losing the final test at The Oval, Australia not only lost top spot but plunged down to No.4, England retain their place as the No.5 ranked side in the World.

Books And DVDs

DVDs

Here on cricket betting blog I have put together a selection of books and DVDs about cricket that I find interesting, and to start with, as an England fan I have selected winning Ashes series DVDs as my favourite viewing.

Not many to choose from over the last 20 years or so. The most recent is The 2009 series Ashes victory, The official story on DVD, which tells the story of how England won a scrappy series 2-1. It includes how Monty and Jimmy Anderson held out for a draw in Cardiff and Flintoff’s remarkable match winning performance at Lord’s.

After the rain affected draw at Edgbaston, England were then thrashed at Headingley. Then the final Test at the Oval, Ian Bell set up England’s 1st innings total with a hard fought 72, before Stuart Broad’s inspired spell of bowling and Jonathan Trott’s maiden century finished the job and won England the Ashes.

Before that was arguably the greatest test series ever, certainly in my time of watching cricket. The next DVD is the The 2005 Ashes, 3 disc box set, from the 2-1 home series victory over Australia.

Including action from the Aussies win at Lord’s. The unbelievable 2nd Test from Edgbaston. The Aussies celebrating a draw at Old Trafford, then England taking the momentum to Trent Bridge and taking a 2-1 lead. Finally the remarkable scenes at the Oval after Kevin Pietersen’s brilliant hundred saved the match and won the series for England.

BOOKS

2009 Ashes

Atherton’s Ashes: How England Won the 2009 Ashes. A collective of Mike Atherton’s newspaper columns from over the course of the summer, along with his views of the series as a whole.

Gideon Haigh’s take on the story of the 2009 Ashes Series : The Ultimate Test

England’s Ashes: The Exclusive and Official Story of the npower Ashes Series 2009 Written by Peter Hayter this book includes input from the England squad, giving you their views on the series and how they felt during and after it.

Bodyline Series

Harold Larwood – The story of one of England’s greatest ever bowlers by author, Duncan Hamilton. The man made the scapegoat for the ‘bodyline series’ which almost brought Anglo-Australian relations to the brink of collapse.

Bodyline Autopsy The Full Story of the Most Sensational Test Cricket Series – England Vs. Australia 1932-3 David Frith’s account of the story of the most contraversial Test series ever.

In Quest of the “Ashes” by Douglas and Fianach Jardine. Douglas Jardine’s take on ‘leg theory‘ as he called it, and his plan to neutralize Don Bradman.

Autobiographys

Matthew Hoggard – Hoggy: Welcome to My World: The Peculiar World of Matthew Hoggard, this book was described as confirming Hoggard’s retirement from international cricket, given his opinions on the ECB and the selectors.

Shane Warne – My Autobiography – Warne’s version of events of his colourful career.

Michael Vaughan Time to Declare – Vaughan’s take on his career.

Andrew Flintoff: Ashes to Ashes Flintoff charts his turbulent time between the 2005 and 2009 Ashes series.

Coming Back to Me: The Autobiography of Marcus Trescothick Tres tells all about his struggles with anxiety and depression.

Alternative Cricket Reading

Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2010

Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2009

Shane Warne’s Century: My Top 100 Test Cricketers