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  • Ashley Giles has endured no end of misery leading England through disaster after disaster, yet he remains the favourite to be appointed coach of the national cricket team in the coming days.

    As the potential occupier of one of the biggest jobs in world cricket, he will know that his career will be judged on results. You know? Whether he oversees defeats and humiliation. Or success and glory.

    Sadly for England and Giles, it has been abundantly clear what he has experienced so far.

    This winter alone, the former slow left-arm spinner has seen just five wins from 18 matches on his watch. As

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    When former Australia coach Mickey Arthur famously punished a group of his players for not adhering to the ‘homework’ they had been set, we thought we had laughed at the most ridiculous cricket offence imaginable.

    Yet somehow that absurdity has been trumped by South Australia’s Daniel Worrall, who set a new benchmark in crass stupidity after being suspended for scratching an image of a penis and testicles into a pitch.

    You read that right: showing all the creativity, wit and artistry of a bored teenager doodling in the margins of their exercise book during double maths, Worrall carved a "meat

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  • Five bowlers to watch out for in World Twenty20

    The fifth edition of cricket's World Twenty20, featuring 16 teams, will start in Bangladesh on Sunday.

    Here are the bowlers to watch out for during the tournament:

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    Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka

    Malinga has now played international cricket for almost 10 years but batsmen still struggle to read the paceman with blond-tinted hair and a sling-shot action.

    Malinga's fast, unorthodox action, toe-crushing yorkers, slow bouncers and pinpoint accuracy make him one of modern day cricket's most versatile bowlers.

    The 30-year-old plays only the shorter formats these days and it is difficult to score

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  • Five batsmen to watch out for in World Twenty20

    The fifth edition of cricket's World Twenty20 will start in Bangladesh on Sunday.

    Here are the five batsmen to watch out for in the tournament:

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    Chris Gayle, West Indies

    The tall Jamaican is dreaded for his big-hitting ability. No boundary is big enough for the left-handed opener and even his mishits often land in the stands.

    In recent times, Gayle has been more watchful during the initial overs, signalling his intent to bat long and launch into the slower bowlers in the middle overs.

    Gayle smashed the first century in Twenty20 Internationals against host South Africa in the inaugural

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  • Five all-rounders to watch out for in World Twenty20

    The fifth edition of cricket's World Twenty20, featuring 16 teams, will start in Bangladesh on Sunday.

    Here are the all-rounders to watch out for during the tournament:

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    Shahid Afridi, Pakistan

    An aura of unpredictability always hangs around Shahid Afridi when he takes the cricket field.

    His swashbuckling batting and fiery legspin make him an exciting player in the shortest format of the game but there is always a chance for him to self-destruct, by throwing away his wicket at a crucial juncture or by means of wayward bowling.

    On his day, however, the 34-year-old former captain can win a

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  • Authorities in cricket-crazy Bangladesh have asked fertiliser factories to halt production in a bid to divert gas supply to power plants.

    It is all in a desperate attempt to ensure an uninterrupted electricity supply ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup.

    The World T20 will feature 16 teams and starts on March 16 with the final on April 6.

    "We have no other options,” Mohammad Hussain Monsur, chairman of the state-owned Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, said.

    “(We must) shut down fertilizer factories for some time to ensure gas supply to power plants,"

    "Today we have asked all seven, except one,

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  • Smith’s retirement ushers in new era for South Africa

    South Africa's Graeme Smith (AFP)

    He was seen as a brash, arrogant and aloof South African but no one can dispute the impact Graeme Smith had on the world stage as he became the most successful captain in Test history.

    Smith's decision to retire from international cricket just nine weeks after Jacques Kallis quit will usher in a new era for South African cricket, which now finds itself shorn of experience and potentially in a leadership crisis.

    The 33-year-old's runs at the top of the order will be missed but so too will his strength of character and grit in times of adversity.

    He has, in many ways, been the face of South

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  • Confident Afghans see no surprise in taming Tigers

    Afghanistan have high expectations of achieving success on the cricket pitch and despite being relatively new to the sport, their breakthrough 50-over victory against a Test-playing nation was met with only muted celebrations among the players.

    Cricket gained prominence in Afghanistan after the refugees who had fled while the country was ravaged by the Soviet war started returning home in the 1990s.

    And it was only in June last year that the International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body, granted Afghanistan associate status, which is the second tier of membership behind the 10

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  • On This Day in 1921: Australia enjoy first Ashes whitewash

    Warwick Armstrong of Australia

    Australia became first nation to win the Ashes 5-0 on this day in 1921 in the first series to be played after an eight-year break due to the First World War.

    The whitewash, which would not be repeated for another 86 years, was clinched with a nine-wicket victory over England in the fifth Test at Sydney.

    The Australians, captained by Warwick Armstrong, easily routed a side that had been decimated by a war that claimed the lives of 166 English first-class cricketers.

    The locals’ emphatic run of victories had also begun in Sydney, where in the first Test they beat England by 377 runs.

    This was

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  • Warne factor big as Australia seek answers

    Shane Warne's vast Test experience has been well utilised by the Australian squad in the lead-up to the series-deciding third Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

    Captain Michael Clarke says the veteran of 145 Test matches and arguably the greatest leg-spinner of all time has played a leading role in mentoring the team in his role as a consultant.

    Clarke believes Warne's cricketing brain and infectious personality will help lift the squad after the demoralising 231-run loss in the second Test in Port Elizabeth last Sunday.

    "It's been fantastic having him around and

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