Pakistan will be going head on with Australia as the first test of the Pakistan series begins on Thursday.

Speaking with one of the news media, Brett Lee, a former Australian fast bowler has pleaded with the bowling cartel in Australia to adjust to the conditions of play at the Gabba as they move into the first Test on Thursday against Pakistan.

Lee, during his own career, had played no less than 12 tests in Brisbane where he was able to cart away a total of 29 wickets at the venue, with two five-wicket hauls.

The 40-year old ex-cricketer has also insisted that the key to keeping the batsmen honest at the ground all boils down to one major issue.

“Your length probably has to be a foot fuller when you’re playing at the Gabba,” Lee told Fox Sports News 500. Read more »

Tannishtha Chatterjee With Brett Lee in Indian Movie

Tannishtha Chatterjee did not know who Brett Lee was when she was told that he was going to be in the lead role with her in the movie Un-Indian.

Tannishtha reveals what came to her mind first up was that the guy must be a professional actor and it’s only later that she found out the truth that his hero in the movie had actually been a sportsman and had not had any kind of career in movies.

Tannishtha believes it proved an advantage that she didn’t know Lee and he was like any other normal hero for him on the sets. If she had been aware of which field he belonged to and was awestruck by his Cricket heroics, she might have felt uncomfortable romancing with him on the big screen.

As per Tannishtha, Lee’s experience of working in product advertisement videos came handy and his performance in the movie was really decent acting-wise. It seemed to her that acting came pretty naturally to him. However, she knows that because he is a debutant and she is someone who’s been doing the movies for over a decade, the critics would be going easier on him in comparison to her and it’s only her work which would be rated.

On asked how she personally got along with Lee, Tannishtha said that the two of them found a fantastic tuning straightaway as they had similar taste regarding songs and many other things. Also, the sense of humour of Lee makes him someone really nice to be accompanied by.

The movie hit the screen in Australia the previous year itself and had made decent collections. It is likely to be appreciated in India too once it comes in the cinema halls next week.

Ian Botham is fancying Pakistan to go on to emerge winners in the ongoing Sharjah

Sir Ian Botham is fancying Pakistan to go on to emerge winners in the ongoing Sharjah test match, but, he reckons the Three Lions have an outside chance too if their captain and vice captain who were at the crease at the stumps today manage to survive for a couple of more sessions.

Pakistan batted superbly well in the second innings and posted a score of 355 on the board to set England a stiff target of 284 on a pitch where not only is the ball turning square, but, its keeping low as well.

It was always going to be tough for England to see off an hour or so left in the third session on day 4. It would have given them a lot of confidence if they had not lost any wicket in that duration, but, Shoaib Malik, playing in his farewell test match, struck back-to-back to leave the visitors in disarray.

Malik had dismissed 4 English batsmen in the first innings as well.

Analyzing the play on a television channel, Botham said, “I think for the game and the series to get interesting, it’s important that the two who are unbeaten at the moment don’t get out early tomorrow. They have to keep going because they are England’s best bets. If they bat big, we would be in for a close finish, that’s for sure.” Read more »

Kevin Pietersen reckons Jonathan Trott was one of the best test match players

Kevin Pietersen reckons Jonathan Trott was one of the best test match players that England produced in the recent times.

Trott recently announced his retirement from all forms of the game after finding out that he was technically not good enough to represent England any more.

In the test series against West Indies, Trott was given the chance by the England selectors to make a comeback and try and establish himself in the team again, but, he failed big time.

He could not open his account in run scoring on three occasions in the whole series and at the end of it, reached the conclusion that it was time to shut the shop.

Trott might not be that fluent in the last few matches of his career, but, he still ended up with very impressive numbers.

His average in test Cricket is close to 45.

And, it’s not that Trott scored most of his runs in England only. He had a lot of success in Australia, India and Sri Lanka too.

However, more than anything, Trott should be praised for showing the courage to get prepared to return to international Cricket again.

It has been seen with a lot of players in the past that they suffered mental illness and then, they never played Cricket at the highest level. Read more »

Glenn Maxwell has returned to the fold for Australia in test match Cricket

Glenn Maxwell has returned to the fold for Australia in test match Cricket and he will probably be playing as second spinner in the two test matches against Bangladesh.

Maxwell has played 3 test matches so far in his career and all of them have been in subcontinent.

He played a couple against India in 2013 and then, lost his place.

Thereafter last year, when Australia toured Emirates to play Pakistan, he was slotted back in the squad and he got to play one of the games there.

But, his miserable shows resulted in him being left out again.

He was not a part of the Australian squad in the Ashes, but, with the retirement of Michael Clarke and Shane Watson, a couple of spots in the Australian middle order have vacated and thus, Maxwell has been given another recall to see if he can grab this opportunity for himself and get established in the playing XI.

Maxwell has proved his credentials over the last year in limited-over Cricket.

He was one of the impact players for the Kangaroos in the World Cup as he played quite a few match changing innings at crucial times and with the ball too, he has been quite effective on occasions for Australia.

There have been real improvements in his off spin bowling.

If he gets a look in the playing XI in the first Bangladesh test match, he will probably bat at no. 6 or maybe if Australia decides to go with only two specialist quickies and play Mitchell Marsh as batting all rounder, Maxwell might have to bat 8.

This Bangladesh series will probably be the make or break for Maxwell as a test cricketer.

In limited-over Cricket, he has already become one of the biggest names in World Cricket, but, success has lured him in test Cricket big time.

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